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31 March 2009 : Obika Provides A Spot Of Deja Vu
Yeovil Town managed an action replay of their Saturday result, with another 1-0 win tonight to lift them firmly out of the relegation zone. The Glovers beat Northampton Town by a single Jonathan Obika goal to repeat Saturday's Swindon Town match and give them six points out of six from two vital relegation six-pointers. Obika got his goal thanks to a ball into the box from substitute Luke Rodgers as he fired into the corner from just inside the box. But they could have easily had more as they dominated the majority of the match, even if the Cobblers hit the woodwork six minutes from the end to leave everyone in Huish Park holding their breath.

Team selection was easy - don't change a winning team, and with no new injuries, manager Terry Skiverton only had to check on an illness that Paul Warne had recovered from before deciding to pick the same starting line-up. Only Craig Alcock represented a change with Nathan Jones dropping out of the sixteen.

The Glovers took the bull by the horns and there was little doubt who was in control right from the start. A long range shot by Gavin Tomlin was deflected by Chris Doig for a corner and straight from the set piece Jonathan Obika fired on targetbut his attempt was blocked on the line by Jason Crowe and hacked away. It took Northampton 35 minutes to fashion their first chance - an Adebayo Akinfenwa header from a Danny Jackman free kick that looped just over the bar and it was only in the 15 minutes leading up to the break that the Cobblers looked like they had any chance in getting anything out of the game.

The second half started with some serious end to end action. Firstly Chris Weale made his first save of the game, diving down low to his left. Almost immediately though, Jonathan Obika was down the other end, forcing Chris Dunn into a terrific parried save. A minute later Gary Roberts drove from the edge of the box but his attempt went just wide of the mark. Five minutes later Andros Townsend was the next to keep Chris Dunn's hands warm by shooting from distance.

That dominance couldn't last forever though, and just as in the first period, the Glovers took their foot off the gas a little and there was just a slight feeling that the Cobblers might grab an undeserved draw. However, manager Terry Skiverton made good use of his bench, with Andy Welsh being introduced as a substitute with 20 minutes left and he almost made an instant impact with his cross into the box seeing shots from Obika and Tomlin on target, only for the latter to be pulled up for a foul.

But it was Skiverton's second substitution that was instrumental in winning him the points. Luke Rodgers was introduced just 16 minutes from time and he needed five minutes to make his impact on the game known. Threading a ball into the box towards Jonathan Obika, he set the Spurs man up to plant the ball into the corner of the net from 15 yards out, and give Yeovil the lead their play so richly deserved.

It could have still gone pear shaped. Danny Jackman had a ball into the box flicked onto the post by Chris Doig with Chris Weale grabbing the rebound. And two minutes into injury time Northampton almost grabbed an equaliser when Chris Weale had to make a strong save from a header from Jason Crowe, grabbing the ball at the second attempt.

But if Northampton had come out of the game with anything it would have been daylight (well floodlight anyway) robbery. If anything the Glovers looked the more likely to add the next goal, frequently terrorising the Cobblers back line on the break. Nathan Smith could have sealed the points when he broke clear up the flank, with Luke Rodgers in attendance, but Dunn once again kept the scoreline down by saving at his near post.

With only two other games in League One tonight, and neither being relevant to the bottom area of the table, the result lifts the Glovers up to 16th, and three points above the Cobblers having played the same number of games. They are not out of the woods by any means, but with Northampton not due to play this weekend, and four clubs now sandwiched between them and the relegation line, they can take this Saturday's trip to Stockport County in renewed heart, having given themselves a significant platform to build upon.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (79 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 30. David Noble 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
9. Andy Welsh (70 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield 12. Craig Alcock (86 mins for Andros Townsend) 15. Luke Rodgers (74 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 18. Keiran Murtagh

Northampton Town:
13. Chris Dunn
27. Jared Hodgkiss 4. Mark Hughes 6. Chris Doig
2. Jason Crowe 7. Giles Coke 15. Abdul Osman 3. Danny Jackman 14. Liam Davis
16. Scott Vernon 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa

Substitutes:
9. Colin Larkin (85 mins for Liam Davis) 11. Andrew Holt 17. Aleksandar Prijovic (83 mins for Jared Hodgkiss) 12. Ikechi Anya (67 mins for Scott Vernon) 19. Liam Dolman

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Northampton Booking: None.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon).

Fourth Official: Mark Philpott (Cornwall).

Attendance: 3,884


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31 March 2009 : Skiverton Wary Of Cobblers Strike Duo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has warned his players that they may have two classy strikers to deal with ahead of tonight's match with Northampton Town. Whilst the name of Adebayo Akinfenwa is one of the best known on the League One circuit, Skivo admitted he is also wary of former Blackpool marksman Scott Vernon, who arrived at Sixfields just over a week ago on loan from Colchester United and has already netted for the Cobblers.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton admitted that he remembered Vernon well from the 2006-07 season, where the striker netted at Bloomfield Road in a 1-1 draw during October 2006:

"Vernon was always the bane of us when he was at Blackpool and when he was at Colchester he came on and did okay against us as well. So we've got to watch them. We know all about Bayo and how dangerous he is. He is a really nice lad and I wish him all the best for the other games, but not on Tuesday night!"

Skiverton knows all about Akinfenwa, having trained with him for two months during the 2007-08 season, before he left Huish Park in search of a contract with Millwall. The Yeovil boss rued the fact that the club missed out on signing him:

"He's a good character and I think we were unfortunate to miss out on him. He's gone on and done fantastic for them, and I felt that if we could have kept him at the time then we might have been in a different situation. He's a good character to have around the changing rooms and he is someone that you always want in your team. But that is not the case and we are going to have to counteract him. We've done a little bit of work on the training pitch today to do that."


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31 March 2009 : Youths Undefeated In March
Yeovil Town U18 are in their best form of the season, a 1-0 win away at Oxford United on Saturday closing out the month of March with a record of three wins and a draw. Unfortunately we have absolutely no details on the match other than the result at present.

The run Stuart Housley and his lads have put together has seen them move up into a comfortable mid-table berth in the South West Conference, 6th, after struggling for much of the campaign.


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31 March 2009 : Northampton Boss Gray Would Settle For A Draw Tonight
Northampton Town manager Stuart Gray admits that he would take a draw out of tonight's match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. The Cobblers lie in 20th place in the League One table, but don't play this weekend due to Scunthorpe United's involvement in the JPT Final on Sunday.

A win for Yeovil tonight would mean that the Cobblers would have to suffer being stuck in the relegation zone right up until the Easter weekend, when they play their next game. That's a situation that Gray is anxious to avoid, and after having drawn 1-1 with Carlisle United on Saturday, he told the Northampton Chronicle that he would settle for a repeat showing:

"The most important thing is we can't get beat. We've got to come away with a result, especially with not having a game at the weekend. We can't afford to throw away all the hard work of Saturday's performance at Carlisle. We went there and didn't get beat so we've shown we can travel that distance and grind out a result, and we've got to do a similar thing at Yeovil tonight. We need to put in a 90-minute performance and when that ball's bouncing around we need to make sure someone's putting their head on it."


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31 March 2009 : Live Commentary For The Northampton Game
For those living in Somerset who can't get to Huish Park tonight, you may like to know that there will be live commentary of tonight's game. There will be a sports programme hosted by Geoff Twentyman from just after the 7.00p.m. news, with both Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers playing at home.

The Glovers take on Northampton Town, whilst Rovers are home to Huddersfield Town. The only other match in League One tonight sees Millwall at home to Colchester United.

The expectation is that both games will be broadcast live, and so make sure you are on the 95.5FM frequency if you want to catch the Yeovil Town commentary.


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31 March 2009 : Ladies vs Chesham United Match Report
Yeovil Town Ladies continued their good form of recent weeks at Somerton on Sunday to overcome a strong Chesham United team, beating them 3-2. And it was a goal fest for the forwards, with Anusia Rourke, Kayleigh Nardiello and Jemma Tewkesbury scoring the goals, so keeping Yeovil's promotion hopes alive, as the season now moves into the final stages.

Despite beating Chesham 4-0 two weeks previously, Yeovil took their time to settle in this second game. United took full advantage of this by piling on the early pressure, and subsequently took the lead on three minutes when following a corner into the box, Tash Sandall volleyed in from 8 yards.

This acted as a good wake up call for the Glovers, and they immediately fought back with some good attacking football. The midfield were now holding the ball a lot better, and with wing backs Emma Brazell and Kia Bowles getting forward well, chances were starting to be created. The equaliser was always on the cards, and it duly came on eight minutes when Bowles intercepted an United pass, sending an inch perfect ball to Nardiello, who swept down the line to cross in for Anusia Rourke to head into the back of the net.

Perhaps still not playing their best football, the Glovers continued to attack. They created a number of good chances, the best of which saw Rourke send Nardiello clear on 10 minutes, but the 'keeper got there just in time, desperately grabbing the ball at the feet of the winger. Nardiello was constantly getting the better of the opposition defence, and went close on 16 minutes, only to be thwarted again by the 'keeper.

United were still well in it, and had a good spell as the game moved towards the half hour mark, but the Yeovil defence were in good form, with Stacey Pearson looking very strong between the sticks. Despite this pressure, you always felt that Yeovil had something in reserve, and this was well proved on 31 minutes when Brazell hit a great ball down the line, sending Nardiello clear into the opposition box. The 'keeper saved her first shot, but couldn't hold it. The ball came back to Kayleigh Nardiello who made no mistake the second time, burying it into the back of the net to give her side a 2-1 lead.

Manager Steve Phelps gave a strong half time team talk, and subsequently the girls came out in the second period looking more like their usual selves, playing some fine running and passing football. However, they suffered a blow on 54 minutes when centre half Claire Heyden took a nasty fall, and had to come off with a badly cut head. This gave a chance for Louise White, who came on for her League debut, going on to put in a good performance.

The Glovers continued to battle, and extended their lead on 62 minutes when Rourke received the ball in midfield, and sent it to Bowles on the left to cross in for Jemma Tewkesbury to power home from close range.

The game seemed to be won, but Chesham had other ideas, and five minutes later were awarded a dubious penalty after White had been judged to have brought down an attacker in the box, despite the challenge looking to have been just outside the line. There were few complaints though, and Sian Williams stepped up to blast the ball past the outstretched Pearson.

Despite this minor setback Yeovil continued to dominate the game, and they could well have added to their tally right at the end when Lindsey Roe sent in a great shot from 20 yards that went just over the bar. The referee's whistle went minutes later, and the Glovers had won another valuable three points, points well won against a good Chesham side.

Speaking after the game, manager Steve Phelps was mainly happy with what he had seen:

"I thought that we were perhaps a little out of sorts in the first half. But we came back well in the second, not only playing some good football, but showing fine resilience against an excellent team. Chesham are a difficult side to beat, but we broke them down well, and fully deserved this win. QPR are still in pole position in the league, but the race is not over yet. We will continue to battle and are determined to win our final three games, still giving ourselves a chance of promotion."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Chesham United Ladies 2.

[Report by Ali King.]

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies v Chesham United Photo Gallery


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31 March 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Northampton Town tonight (Tuesday) at Huish Park, for yet another huge game as they reach the climax of the League One season. If Saturday's match against Swindon Town was big, then the game against the Cobblers becomes monumental.

The match at Huish Park is one of only three games in League One and the only one featuring teams in the pack near the bottom of the table, and so this represents a game in hand for both clubs following the postponement earlier in the season. A win for the Glovers could put them up to the dizzy heights of 16th, whilst a win for Northampton would place them in 15th place in the table. Yet defeat would leave the losers firmly in the bottom four. With both sides tied on 42 points from 38 games it really is that tight. This is a cup final, a six-pointer and almost every other cliche you can lay your hands on. Even whilst a draw would still leave Yeovil in the relegation zone, it would drag Crewe, Carlisle and Hartlepool further into the mire with only one point separating tonight's teams from the trio above them.

It seems likely that Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will be selecting from the same squad as he was on Saturday, with no new injury complaints. Central defender Aaron Brown is only likely to resume training later this week after a groin injury, whilst Skiverton's foot injury also prevents him from training. Craig Alcock could be drafted in, but whilst Spurs loanee Danny Hutchins is playing so well, there seems little hurry to do so. In fact barring any unnamed niggles, it would seem likely that the Glovers will merely name the same elevent players again.

Certainly when talking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton's message was 'more of the same', hoping that his side will be able to convert a few more of their chances tonight:

"We know what we've got to do and it's a case of us building on Saturday's but also taking into it the positives in the way that we played in creating the chances. I think if we create as many chances then we will probably take a couple more. In the games leading up to Saturday we were starved of chances or it was just half chances, but at the moment we are creating a few clear-cut chances and we need to take them. If we get a couple of goals then I feel we will be very hard to beat."

Northampton's team news is covered in yesterday's article and they expect to leave winger Luke Guttridge, defender Adam Watts and goalkeeper Paul Walker at home whilst they recover from injuries. Bar Guttridge, they should be able to select from the same squad as on Saturday, with strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Aleksandar Prijovic able to line up against the club that once housed them.

The Cobblers are in fairly indifferent form, with just four wins to their name in the last four months as they have slowly drifted closer and closer to the relegation line from the mid-table safety they occupied when they beat the Glovers 3-0 at Sixfields in mid-October. Curiously, they've not been a team to get thrashed - only four games have seen them beaten by more than a single goal margin, suggesting that they are not a poor side, but one that has lost their way the further the season has progressed. On their current form though, they are in danger of getting sucked into the relegation zone at exactly the wrong time. Like Yeovil, they need a win rather badly.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the game subject to the usual matchday tariffs. The last time the two clubs met at Huish Park was also on a Tuesday night, and the end result was a late late 1-0 win with Terry Skiverton firing home the final minute winner. Whilst Skivo will not be on the pitch to do that this time round, it will mean just as much if his side can repeat that showing this time around.


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30 March 2009 : Ambassador Cup Competition Is Cancelled
The South West Combination Women's Football League have today announced that the "Ambassador" League Cup has this season been cancelled. In a statement sent out to the clubs still in the competition (including Yeovil Town Ladies), the League committee said:

"Unfortunately this season's South West Combination League Cup has been cancelled due the large number of fixtures still to be completed. The Committee did look at various options, but could see no way clear to run the competition this season.

It is no doubt a disappointment to many clubs, but due to the very bad weather in the middle of the season, there is insufficient free Sundays left to play the Cup competition
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30 March 2009 : Reserves Back At Huish Park
Yeovil Town Reserves will be playing their next match at Huish Park. The game against Swindon Town Reserves will be played on the Huish Park Main Pitch, as per the original fixture list.

The Glovers have switched their last two Reserve home fixtures to Gassons Lane, Somerton. But following heavy criticism from last week's opponents Plymouth Argyle, Wednesday afternoon's match will not be played at Somerton.

Kick-off will still be 2.00p.m. on Wednesday 1st April, and usual admission prices apply, at £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions, with season ticket holders gaining free admission.


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30 March 2009 : Team News From Sixfields
Northampton Town are reporting that they are likely to not risk attacking midfielder Luke Guttridge for their trip to Huish Park tomorrow night. Guttridge was Northampton's goalscorer in their Saturday 1-1 draw against Carlisle United but damaged medial knee ligaments in the game. He was withdrawn as a precaution, but it would appear that Tuesday night's match will come too soon for him to feature.

On loan Fulham defender Adam Watts will definitely miss out due to concussion, whilst the Cobblers may play tomorrow night's match without a substitute keeper, with Paul Walker picking up a thumb injury in training last week. Despite Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar being available for Saturday's match, the Glovers chose to do the same, and so the match could easily see both benches operating without sub keepers. Chris Dunn will be between the sticks for Northampton, whilst Yeovil will undoubtedly keep Bristol City loanee Chris Weale where he has been for the last two fixtures.

Northampton do have a problem with defender Jason Crowe, with the former Arsenal trainee suffering from a groin strain. However, he played through Saturday's match with the same problem and survived the 90 minutes.

Northampton will have two familiar faces in their squad for tomorrow night's match. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic spent a month on loan at Huish Park earlier this year and has since moved to Sixfields for his second spell away from Derby County.

Meanwhile Adebayo Akinfenwa needs little introduction, with the former Swansea City and Torquay United powerhouse having spent a couple of months training with the Glovers during the early part of the 2007-08 season and turning out for the Reserves before signing a permanent deal with Millwall. Since heading to Sixfields, he has scored at a rate of over a goal every two games, with 20 strikes in 37 starts, including one of the goals in Northampton's 3-0 win over Yeovil in October 2008.

Tomorrow night's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the game subject to the usual matchday tariffs. If you want to take advantage of the pre-match prices, you'll need to phone or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office by 5.00p.m. tonight.


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30 March 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
Tomorrow night's League One match between Yeovil Town and Northampton Town will be looked after by referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is yet another league referee who has been promoted to the Football League's referees list this season and is making his 'debut' at Huish Park as the man in the middle. Prior to that we've only ever seen him as a linesman and as a fourth official.

He has so far done 22 games this season, according to soccerbase.com, dishing out a relatively average 51 yellow cards and 2 red cards. His last match was the 0-0 draw between Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe on March 21st, where four yellows were produced, whilst both reds came in the same match just before Christmas when Gillingham met Brentford.

He is a bit of a whippersnapper at just 28 years old, and started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level, it would appear that he is an official that the authorities are looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Mark Philpott (Cornwall).


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29 March 2009 : Glovers Miss Out On Family Club Award
Yeovil Town missed out on the League One Family Club award tonight, despite gaining their second nomination in consecutive years - the only League One side to be nominated two years running. In tonight's official Football League awards, the Glovers lost out to Southend United, who took the honour. For what gave Southend the edge, the Football League have said:

"Southend United displayed evidence of a wide range of family-focused initiatives, such as family days at matches, the Southend United School initiative, family entertainment and opportunities to meet the players, and take part in half-time penalty shoot-outs. Additionally, the club offer many kids-discounted tickets, and family pricing structures. They also fully support The Football League's 'Enjoy the Match' campaign

The judges in this category commented that Southend United offered 'outstanding and well thought through family entertainment and a superb junior membership scheme.'
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Aside from Southend, other clubs in League One to pick up 'gongs' were Leicester City, Leeds United, Milton Keynes Dons, Carlisle United and Leyton Orient. The full list of award winners are shown below:

Championship Player of the Year- Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves)
League One Player of the Year - Matt Fryatt (Leicester)
League Two Player of the Year - Grant Holt (Shrewsbury Town)
Young Player of the Year - Fabian Delph (Leeds United)
Championship Apprentice Award - Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace)
League One Apprentice Award - Tom Aldred (Carlisle United)
League Two Apprentice Award - Matthew Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers)
Goal of the Year - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves v Charlton)
Championship Community Club of the Year - Charlton
League One Community Club of the Year - Leyton Orient
League Two Community Club of the Year - Brentford
PFA Player in the Community - Graeme Murty (Reading)
Fan of the Year - Warner Duff (Ipswich)
Best Fan Marketing Campaign - Preston
Best Matchday Programme - Burnley
Best Digital Communication - MK Dons
Championship Family Club of the Year - Wolves
League One Family Club of the Year - Southend United
League Two Family Club of the Year - Shrewsbury Town
Outstanding Contribution to League Football - Jimmy Hill


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29 March 2009 : Interview With Danny Hutchins
On loan Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Hutchins made his third appearance for the Glovers on Saturday, putting in a strong performance in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town. After the game Danny spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the game, as well as explaining his current contract situation at White Hart Lane and what he expects to happen over the summer.

The full transcript of Danny's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Danny Hutchins Talks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Swindon Town.


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29 March 2009 : Interview With Jonathan Obika
On-loan Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika scored his first ever league goal yesterday, as part of a 1-0 win over Swindon Town. After the game he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the match. The full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Jonathan Obika Talks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Swindon Town.


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29 March 2009 : Ladies Keep The Pressure On
Yeovil Town Ladies are not giving up their hopes of a top two finish in the South West Combination without a fight. News in mid-week of leaders Queens Park Rangers demolishing Reading Royals 13-0 on Wednesday evening to open the gap at the top to nine points would not have been welcome, but the Glovers battled to three points of their own this afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Chesham United.

The visitors took the lead after only four minutes through Tash Sandalls from a corner, but Yeovil fought back immediately with Anusia Rourke heading home from close range just three minutes later. On 31 minutes Kayleigh Nardiello forced a fine block from the Chesham goalkeeper, but she couldn't hold on and Nardiello tapped in the loose ball.

After going into the break 2-1 up the Glovers extended their lead further on 57 minutes when Jemma Tewkesbury ghosted in at far post to slot home Yeovil's third. Chesham were awarded and Sian Williams converted a penalty shortly after the hour mark, but the home side didn't panic and mostly dominated the last half hour without managing to recover the two goal cushion.

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 Chesham United 2

In other results: Queens Park Rangers beat Team Bath 3-0; Forest Green Rovers drew 1-1 at home to Swindon Town; and Oxford City crushed Weston St John 9-2.


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28 March 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Following today's 1-0 win over Swindon Town, manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match reaction, in what was his first win in charge of the team. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's thoughts are recorded via the transcript below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game.


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28 March 2009 : Obika Sparks First Skiverton Win
Yeovil Town gained their first win in nine matches this afternoon with a crucial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Swindon Town at Huish Park this afternoon. The only goal of the game was scored by Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jonathan Obika, who latched onto a ball over the top and with Robins keeper Phil Smith losing his feet as he came out to meet the ball, Obika's lob gave Yeovil three points they deserved, even if the slender scoreline made for a few nervy second half moments.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes from last weekend's match against Milton Keynes Dons. One change reflected how that game had ended with the injured Terry Skiverton making way for Danny Hutchins with Lee Peltier moving inside once again to play as a centre-back. The other change saw the experience of David Noble replace Keiran Murtagh. New loan signing Danny Maguire didn't even make the bench due to Football League loan rules.

For once, the roll of the dice early on went Yeovil's way. Swindon were forced to make two substitutions early on, including one on the back of a robust challenge from Terrell Forbes in a goalmouth melee that saw Sean Morrison come out worse. Hal Robson-Kanu was another early withdrawl in an opening period that was dominated by the blustery conditions and both sides trying to impose themselves physically on the game. Referee Roger East also seemed to be trying to make his mark. He's rarely pleased a Huish Park crowd, and his series of early bookings antagonised both teams and threatened to boil the game over.

As for the football, Jonathan Obika showed that heading is not necessarily his strong point by badly skewing wide an early attempt. However, when Paul Warne's lob over the top of the Swindon back line was chased by the Spurs loanee, Swindon keeper Phil Smith's slip on the turf gave the striker the edge and he calmly lobbed the ball into the net to give Yeovil the lead.

Rather like last week's match, getting the ball in the back of the net seemed to give the whole team a lift and Yeovil deserved their half time lead. Andros Townsend was a menace for former Glover Kevin Amankwaah to cope with - so much that the Robins needed to double-mark the Spurs player out of the game to prevent him exploiting the flanks.

For Swindon, Simon Cox was unsurprisingly their main threat, with their top scorer getting in front of his marker for a second period near post cross that Chris Weale anticipated well, blocking at the striker's feet for a corner. Cox also put a free header wide of the post that he really should have buried. As the second half opened up and Swindon began to take more risks, they occasionally threatened, but not as much as a side that had scored 10 times in their last three games perhaps should have.

As it happened it was the Glovers who missed the golden opportunity to grab the next goal - Gavin Tomlin was put through clean on goal by Obika, but Phil Smith smothered his shot well to keep the match on an edge. In the end it was just the single goal that decided it, and that led to a few frayed nerves, but there was little doubt on the final whistle which side deserved the three points.

The result keeps Yeovil in the relegation zone, but only on goal difference. Northampton Town's draw with Carlisle United was a perfect result whilst Leyton Orient were the only other winners amongst those trying to avoid the drop. The Glovers are now at the foot of a cluster of six clubs within two points of each other which makes Tuesday night's 'game in hand' against Northampton at Huish Park all the more vital. It's still tight, but with Brighton, Hereford and Cheltenham all falling by the wayside, it looks like any one team from seven clubs for the fourth from bottom spot, and as of 5.00p.m. tonight there is a light at the end of a dark tunnel. See below for full analysis.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 0.

Scorer: Jonathan Obika (33 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 30. David Noble 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 9. Andrew Welsh 11. Danny Schofield 15. Luke Rodgers (78 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 18. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Paul Warne)

Swindon Town: (4-4-2)
1. Phil Smith
15. Kevin Amankwaah 25. Sean Morrison 33. Gordon Greer 2. Jack Smith
7. Hal Robson-Kanu 4. Michael Timlin 17. Lilian Nalis 11. Anthony McNamee
20. Billy Paynter 31. Simon Cox

Substitutes:
12. Peter Brezovan (GK) 5. Jerel Ifil (13 mins for Sean Morrison) 19. Michael Pook (76 mins for Lilian Nalis) 30. Callum Kennedy (24 mis for Hal Robson-Kanu) 22. Hamdi Razak

Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (11 mins, foul), Chris Weale (70 mins, timewasting), David Noble (81 mins, taking free kick too quickly)
Swindon Bookings: Jack Smith (14 mins, dissent), Kevin Amankwaah (19 mins, foul)

Referee:

Attendance: 5,476 (including approx 1,200 Swindon fans).


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28 March 2009 : Tighter Than A Gnat's Posterior
The new regime of Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones secured their first victory this afternoon with a 1-0 win over local rivals Swindon Town, the first team to concede six points to the Glovers this term. With Leyton Orient the only other team in the bottom ten to win the Glovers do remain in the relegation zone but the table has tightened up even further. It looks like a scary scramble for the line for seven teams currently only separated by three points, and all desperate to avoid that 21st position.

Although taking the lead, Cheltenham Town (7 to play) were pegged back at Walsall. Draws are no good to the Robins, and the 1-1 sees them remain rooted to the foot of the table eleven points adrift and seemingly doomed. Hereford United (8 to play) lost 1-0 at home to Huddersfield Town, and the nine points they have to make up increasingly looks too big an ask. A 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at the Withdean Stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion (8 to play) saw one of the four wins Russell Slade had targetted for survival slip away, and the Seagulls are now six points adrift.

Above this trio, seven clubs are packed together with only three points between them. Yeovil Town (8 to play) occupy the last relegation spot with 42 points on the strength of their horrendous minus goal difference. The Glovers have another huge '6-pointer' coming up at Huish Park on Tuesday night against 20th placed Northampton Town (42 points, 8 to play). The Cobblers 1-1 at Carlisle United (43 points, 6 to play) did neither side any favours. A Millwall winner, 1-0, on 90+2 at Gresty Road saw Crewe Alexandra (6 to play) drop to 19th, also on 43 points, four goals worse off than Carlisle. The third club on 43 are Hartlepool United (6 to play), who lost 3-2 to Southend United last night.

On 44 points are Swindon Town (6 to play), hauled back into the mire by Jon Obika's goal, while Leyton Orient (7 to play) leapt five places to 15th on 45 points after coming back from a goal down against Oldham Athletic to snatch a 2-1 win in the 84th minute.

This has all the makings of a very very sweaty last five weeks of the season.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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28 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Swindon Town Match
If you went to Huish Park today, don't forget to vote for your top three players as part of your Man of the Match vote. The Glovers won today's match through a Jonathan Obika goal against Swindon Town and the 1-0 win represents their first league win since February 14th - a result that keeps them in the relegation zone but level on points with Northampton Town.

Vote for your top three players using the Man of the Match voting form, along with your performance and entertainment ratings, plus any other additional comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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28 March 2009 : Further 2009-10 Dates
With next season kicking off on 8th August 2009 and various Finals and play-offs already inked in (20th March), the calendar is now increasingly filling up.

The schedule for the Football League Cup is as follows (all week commencing):

Round One - 10th August 2009
Round Two - 24th August 2009
Round Three - 21st September 2009
Round Four - 26th October 2009
Round Five - 30th November 2009
Semi-Final 1st Leg - 4th January 2010
Semi-Final 2nd Leg - 18th January 2010

The Final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 28th February 2010.

The schedule for the Football League Trophy is as follows (all week commencing):

Round One - 31st August 2009
Round Two - 5th October 2009
Area Quarter-Finals - 9th November 2009
Area Semi-Finals - 14th December 2009
Area Final 1st Leg - 18th January 2010
Area Final 2nd Leg - 15th February 2010

The Final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 28th March 2010.


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28 March 2009 : Wilson Predicts Bloody Derby
Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson is expecting a full-blooded atmosphere when the Wiltshire side meet Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon. With both teams at the wrong end of the table Wilson is not predicting anything pretty :

"Itís a big derby game to play in. There will be lot of blood and sweat out there and we have to make sure we are ready for that. Thereís a lot of pride at stake. Theyíve got everything to lose and we will have to really be on our game. I expect it to be muck and nettles and all the stuff that goes with a derby game, and Iím really looking forward to it."

The Robins have put one of their best runs of a poor season together over the last few weeks to begin pulling themselves up the table. In contrast Yeovil have been heading in the opposite direction, bottom of the League One form table and sinking into the relegation zone. Despite this the first goal of the Swindon boss appears to be not to lose :

"On Saturday the main challenge from our point of view is donít let them get any closer to us. If we can keep the distance between ourselves and Yeovil then thatís part one of the challenge achieved. Itís a big test for us because theyíve signed a few players, shown their intentions, and they will know itís important to get something from it."

Swindon are expected to bring around a thousand supporters to contribute to what will be a tense and passionate afternoon with so much at stake for both sides :

"The bigger the game the more weíve risen to the challenge, and on Saturday we will rise to it again. We will take some great support down there numbers-wise and it should be a cracking atmosphere. I donít think it will be anything but a battle down there but the pressure is massively on Yeovil because they have to get a result."


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28 March 2009 : Live Commentary For The Swindon Town Match
For those who can't get to Huish Park this afternoon, there should be live commentary of this afternoon's match against Swindon Town available. Due to the international break, Bristol City are not playing and that therefore allows BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol to devote their output to Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers.

There should be live commentary on both clubs, but expect the Glovers to be on the 95.5FM frequency. For those who live in Wiltshire and find it difficult to pick up the Somerset frequency, there is also live commentary from a Robins point of view on BBC Radio Swindon/Wiltshire who broadcast on 103.6FM, 104.3FM, 1332MW and 1368MW.


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28 March 2009 : Skivo Happy To Have Squad Options
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that he now has a much better squad to pick from, if only in terms of numbers. The Glovers have gone throughout the season often struggling to field 16 players for matches, but a series of five loan deals and one work experience deal has seen their squad size go up significantly.

Skivo told BBC Somerset that he believed that has given him a chance to select from a bigger squad and to put his own stamp on things as he attempts to take the club out of an eight game winless run by beating relegation rivals Swindon Town this afternoon:

"I think it's improved just in the case of bodies, as I had hardly a fit squad to pick from. A lot of Russell Slade's loans went back and it was a chance to put my stamp on things. I'm making contacts very fast. There's a lot of people out there looking to help the club. It's been really good and I've been getting a lot of positive feedback. There are a lot of teams that want to put some of their players our way. It's only going to help us as a squad."

The Glovers beat Swindon 3-2 at the County Ground, with goals from Craig Alcock, Lee Peltier and a Jerel Ifil own goal grabbing three points, and Skivo considered that to be one of Yeovil's best so far:

"The game when we played Swindon before was quite a good game of football. It was one of our best away performances of the season. It was a good exciting game. They'll come here and they'll be buoyed by their recent form. But at home so far we have been putting in some good performances. It's all geared up for a really good game and a typical local derby. It will be a case of us really going out there and being positive and we'll see what we can get from the game."

After suffering two away thrashings at the hands of Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion, the Glovers saw a chink of sunlight come out of last week's 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes Dons and Skivo said he hoped that his team could build on that performance:

"The fans have got to see what we showed last week, and that's the passion behind the performance, and the commitment. It's all the other stuff like the closing down, the getting tight to people, and putting them under pressure. That's what our fans want to see and that's what I want to see. I know that we've got the ability in the squad and that's a big ingredient in the game. Once we do win the ball back we're going to have to create chances, and if we do take our chances then we'll be scoring goals. If we do that on the back of a clean sheet like we did against a team that was one of the highest scorers in the league, then we won't be very far away."


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27 March 2009 : Reserves Get Salisbury Trip Moved
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture against Salisbury City Reserves has been moved. The away match was due to be played on April 21st, but will now be played on Thursday 16th April, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.


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27 March 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swindon Town tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in what has become the first of two mammoth fixtures for the Glovers. They take on a Swindon side that a week ago was on level points with them but have gained significant form at the right point in the season.

The Robins have scored 10 goals in their last three games, with Simon Cox bagging seven of those in a purple patch that has lifted them out of the relegation zone and all the way up to the dizzy heights of 15th. They are now five points ahead of Yeovil, albeit having played two games more.

Yeovil desperately need to gain a win to turn around the recent results that have put them firmly at the foot of the form table. Just three draws out of the last available 24 points have seen them slip to 21st in the table, and currently two points adrift of the relegation line and with a goal difference that in practice means that they'll need three points to stand a chance of climbing out of the relegation zone. On the plus side, those eight games have seen the Glovers unbeaten at home, although ultimately they will need to collect some wins amongst the draws if they are to stay in League One for next season.

Team news in the Glovers camp suggests that midfielder Darren Way and centre-back Terry Skiverton will be the main absentees tomorrow afternoon. Skivo is due to go for a scan today on the foot injury that has caused him problems over the past six weeks. Aaron Brown is another centre-back that could miss out, with the former Reading trainee still not back in training following a groin injury. If he does not make it, Yeovil could be forced to switch Lee Peltier to the centre of defence once again. Otherwise the Glovers have the chance to give debuts to midfield pair David Noble and Danny Maguire, with Jonathan Worthington, who would have been suspended anyway, returning to Huddersfield Town.

Swindon are without Owain Tudur-Jones, who is on international duty with Wales, whilst former Glover Jamie Vincent is a doubt with a thigh problem and Craig Easton has a calf injury that may not allow him to play. Striker Blair Sturrock will definitely not feature though - he has gone on loan to Torquay United.

The two sides last met just before Christmas last year, when the Glovers triumphed 3-2 at the County Ground thanks to goals from Craig Alcock, Lee Peltier and an own goal from Jerel Ifil. It was an emotional day, coming on the back of a week that had seen midfielder Darren Way involved in a traffic accident. It's therefore highly appropriate that this week has seen Darren take his first steps out of his wheelchair, with him now being on crutches as he continues to battle his way back from his injuries.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the match subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those wanting to avoid the surcharge, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight, either in person or by calling 01935-847888.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Matchday Officials.


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26 March 2009 : Terry Skiverton Testimonial Golf Day
The next event in the Terry Skiverton Testimonial Diary will be a Golf Day to be held on Tuesday 19 May 2009 at Long Sutton Golf Club, just outside Yeovil. The entry fee will be £100 for a team of 3; the fourth player will be either a Yeovil Town Football Club Player, Former Player, friend of Terry Skiverton or Sporting Celebrity.

The format for the day will be an 18 hole 4 ball Stableford, with the best 2 scores to count on each hole. There will also be prizes for Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive, as well as a putting competition, the costs also includes an after match meal.

The following have already confirmed their desire to play in the event:

Chopper Harris (Ex Chelsea)
Jimmy Giles (Former Manager)
Colin Addison (Former Manager)
Russell Osman (Ex Ipswich Town)
Keith Parsons (Somerset Cricketer)
Mike Burns (Somerset Cricketer)
Steve Dunn (Former Premier League Referee)
Paul Durkin (Former Premier League Referee)
Dave Linney
Andy Lindegaard
Paul Warne
Nathan Jones

(This list will be updated as names are confirmed)

Unfortunately the number of teams is at a premium, so it is important you register to play in the event early to avoid disappointment. Register by e-mailing: stew@brathertons.freeserve.co.uk

The event will be played off full handicap, however the maximum playing handicap will be 18. Players with a higher handicap can enter but will be required to play off 18 for the day. Stew emphasises that it is not about winning but about taking part!


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26 March 2009 : Skivo Explains Worthington Exit
Barring any significantly late bits of business that are yet to be publicised, Yeovil Town ended transfer deadline day with just one transaction - namely the return of Jonathan Worthington to his parent club Huddersfield Town.

Manager Terry Skiverton indicated at lunchtime today that he was still looking to bring in one additional body but it would appear that has not come off. The assumption has been that the additional player was a central defender, but it now seems likely that the Glovers will have to make do with their existing squad for the remainder of the season.

Worthington is midway through a two match suspension, and so it was a slight surprise that the Terriers wanted to take him back to the Galpharm, but speaking to BBC Somerset Terry explained that the midfielder and Huddersfield wanted Yeovil to commit to an end-of-season loan deal and the various parties couldn't come to an agreement. Hence Huddersfield recalled him in the hope that they could sort out another loan deal for him:

"The situation came up where we needed to look at redoing his loan until the end of the season. It wasn't quite right for what we were looking to do, and the chance to bring in David (Noble) came up as well. Jon wanted to know what his future was with the window closing and I think you'll probably find that he'll be going to another team. I had to give him enough notice so that he could find himself another club as well. He did fantastic for us, but I had to be fair on him and Huddersfield and I thought that we were as a club and that we gave them adequate notice to get him out somewhere else."

As it happens, unless matters are being kept very quiet, it looks as though Worthington will be remaining at the Galpharm Stadium until the end of the season as no outgoing loan has been arranged.

Yesterday Skiverton brought Noble in, who will effectively act as Worthington's replacement, albeit with Noble being a more attacking midfielder than the Terriers blocker. Skivo said he was mindful of the fact that his squad lacked some experience at present and that was a factor when he made his move for Noble:

"I know what kind of qualities he brings to Bristol City. I actually remember him scoring the goal in a play-off semi-final to get them to the final. So he's played in a lot of big games for Bristol City. I've been bringing in a lot of kids lately and I needed someone with a bit of experience and he's definitely got that in abundance."


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26 March 2009 : Brighton Man Of The Match Result
Our apologies for reminding our readers of this match again, but it's time to go back to Yeovil Town's last away match, which was held at the Withdean Stadium. The less said about the 5-0 thrashing against Brighton and Hove Albion the better.

Man of the match voting had a definite air of disdain about it. We try and encourage supporters to at least vote for your "three least worst" after a poor performance, but on this occasion, the numbers who filled in the form but refused to award any marks, almost exceeded those who did.

A scattering of random votes for various players saw one player rise above the rest by a comfortable margin, with once again left-winger Andy Welsh coming out on top. What is worth noting is that everyone who voted gave the team performance the minimum mark possible. We doubt that there will be too many arguments about that one:

1 Andy Welsh 48 (4)
2 Terry Skiverton 16 (1)
3 Paul Warne 12 (1)
4 Jonathan Worthington 12 (0)
6 Gary Roberts 10 (1)
6 Nathan Smith 10 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 8 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 2 (0)
8 Craig Alcock 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 2.14

Performance: 2.00
Entertainment: 2.29

VOTES RECEIVED: 14


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26 March 2009 : Glovers Bigger Than Lazio (Apparently!)
Fellow League One side Leeds United have declared Yeovil Town as bigger than European giants Lazio. OK, bear with us here. The claims are made in the Match Day Programme that followed our recent visit to Elland Road where the Glovers succumbed to a 4-0 defeat on the field of play.

Off the pitch, one Leeds programme contributor was rather more impressed by what Yeovil had to offer. A total of 163 supporters made the long midweek journey and with tongue slightly in cheek, they had this to say about those who travelled:

"The game against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night brought back some rather bizarre memories from some of our European exploits. The away support brought by our friends from Somerset reminded me of our UEFA and Champions League campaigns. There, tucked away in the South East Corner was a handful - okay, a large handful - of diehard, dedicated away supporters who had made the long trip north for the game.

Their travelling support of 163 might not equate to 10 percent of what we would have taken to Huish Park for a league game on a Tuesday in March, but that's not the issue here. We've spoken plenty about our own support this season and the numbers we take away, but it's all relative - and that's what set me thinking about our European games.

Whilst our own away support was unquestionably the biggest in European competitions around the Millennium, how many of the continent's champions and cup winners brought many to Elland Road? Not one. Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan ... the list could go on. They just didn't travel. Yeovil's 163 was in fact substantially higher than the number of Italian fans that followed Lazio to Elland Road during the second group stages in 2001. If I remember rightly, the official figure put on Lazio's away following was a paltry 23. That's right, Yeovil brought more for a pretty meaningless game (for them) than Lazio could muster for a Champions League fixture.

I'm sure some of those 163 who came here on Tuesday night will have taken some perverse enjoyment from their trip because that's what being a travelling football fan is all about. It's something that is quintessentially British. It must be, because the Europeans don't seem to do it!

There was many a night here during our European campaigns when there was no visible presence of any support from the visiting club, and that in itself is a shame. The more the merrier usually makes for a better atmosphere and, if the game isn't up to much, the presence of an away following usually provides an entertaining distraction.

So, fair play to Yeovil. It's a long old trip by anyone's standards and their away following certainly did their best to make themselves heard. Well done, you! You had no idea you were better supported than Lazio or some of the other European "giants" did you?
"


Article partially reproduced from the Leeds United vs Swindon Town Matchday Programme, March 14th 2009, and credited to 'White Fans Man'.


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26 March 2009 : Worthington Heads Back To The Galpharm
On loan midfielder Jonathan Worthington has returned to his parent club Huddersfield Town, midway through his second month at Huish Park.

The club say that Worthington has been 'recalled' by Huddersfield, although given that he is midway through a two match suspension he can't play for either club this weekend. The only possibility is therefore that he is about to be loaned out to another club before the transfer deadline closes tonight.

Jonathan played nine times for the Glovers during his stay in South Somerset and certainly made a positive impression amongst supporters during that time. With the Glovers having signed David Noble and Danny Maguire yesterday, they are a little top-heavy in midfield though, and so hopefully Worthington's recall will not have too much effect.

Update: 4.00p.m. The Huddersfield official site confirms they have recalled him, but make no mention of another outgoing loan.


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26 March 2009 : Jones The Sponsors
Yeovil Town have officially announced that as from next season they will be sponsored by D R Jones, aka Jones Building Contractors. The deal will be effective from the start of the 2009-10 season, in July 2009, and will last for 2 years, with an option for a third year.

They replace Bradford's Building Supplies, who decided to cease their eight year involvement with the club last month, with their deal terminating at the end of this season.

Jones are current sponsors of Yeovil Town's Under 18s side, and have been a prominent name around the ground for many years - they also sponsor the electronic scoreboard above the Copse Road Terrace. They have offices in Yeovil, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and New Milton. They employ over 200 people throughout the South-West.

Jones Building Contractors will continue to sponsor the Youth Team.

Link: Jones Building Contractors Website.


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25 March 2009 : Ticketing For Stockport County
Yeovil Town's trip to play Stockport County on Saturday 4th April is a pay on the day fixture. Glovers fans will be housed in the Railway End at Edgeley Park, which is the area we had for the FA Cup First Round Replay. Note that this is uncovered seating - check the weather forecast nearer the time and dress accordingly. Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Seniors/Students: £11.00; Under 16s: £5.00.

Disabled supporters are housed in the home areas of the ground - either the elevated Cheadle End or pitchside in front of the Popular Side. There are no disabled facilities in the Railway End.

The admission price for disabled supporters in each stand at Edgeley Park is £10.00 - a copy of disability living allowance may be required. A helper will be admitted free of charge when accompanying a disabled supporter. However, the disabled supporter must be in receipt of medium to high disability allowance and, again, proof of the allowance may be required. Parking is available on the Booth Street car park, but this needs to be booked in advance.

For further information, call the Stockport County Ticket Hotline on 08456 885 799.

Link: Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Ticketing Information.


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25 March 2009 : Obika Makes International U19 Debut
On loan Jonathan Obika got his first call up for the England U19 squad, and made his debut tonight in a friendly played at Banks's Stadium, Walsall, against the Czech Republic.

Obika started and was given the whole of the first half before manager Brian Eastick took a look at another debutant, Nile Ranger, after the break. TheFA.com match report records:

"It was debutant Jonathan Obika who came the closest though, when he did well to turn his man in the area after more good work from Rodwell and Gosling, only to see his left footer arrow narrowly wide of the target on the stroke of half-time."

Final score: England 0-0 Czech Republic

The full squad was :

Henri Lansbury - Scunthorpe United (on loan from Arsenal)
Gavin Hoyte - Watford (on loan from Arsenal)
Nathan Delfouneso - Aston Villa
Daniel Gosling - Everton
Jack Rodwell - Everton
Alex Smithies - Huddersfield Town
Aidan White - Leeds United
Joseph Mattock - Leicester City
Martin Kelly - Liverpool
Kieran Trippier (1) - Manchester City
Andrew Tutte - Manchester City
Danny Drinkwater - Manchester United
Daniel Welbeck (2) - Manchester United
Jason Steele - Middlesbrough
Kyle Walker - Sheffield United
Jordan Henderson - Coventry City (on loan from Sunderland)
Jonathan Obika - Yeovil Town (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Jordan Spence - Leyton Orient (on loan from West Ham)

(1) Withdrawn and replaced by Nile Ranger - Newcastle United
(2) Withdrawn and replaced by James Wallace - Everton


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25 March 2009 : Noble Arrives From Bristol City
Yeovil Town have signed Bristol City midfielder David Noble on loan until the end of the season. The 27 year old has not been involved in first team football for City since December and is out of contract at the end of the season, and so therefore will want to put himself in the shop window whilst at Huish Park.

Noble is a former Arsenal trainee who was born in Hitchin and operates in the centre of midfield. He didn't make any appearances for the Gunners, but made his league debut for Watford whilst on loan during the 2001-02 season. A move to West Ham United failed to significantly add to his league appearances, and it wasn't until he moved to Boston United in February 2004 that he finally began to get regular first team action.

City boss Gary Johnson snapped up Noble in November 2005, initially on loan but eventually moving for an undisclosed fee. He's been a reasonable regular in the City side up until this season, making 87 appearances, but this season has found things hard to come by, having just five starts in nine appearances during that time, and so it would seem likely that he would look to move on during the summer.

The loan deal now brings the number of loan players at Huish Park to seven, with Chris Weale, Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, Danny Hutchins, Jonathan Worthington, Danny Maguire and Noble himself now on the Glovers books. The Glovers also have Plymouth's second year apprentice Ashley Hodgkinson on their books as part of a work experience deal.

Only five players can be named in a first team squad of sixteen for any given game, so some will find themselves out of luck in forthcoming matches. Worthington will be one to drop out on Saturday - he will be serving the second game in a two match suspension.

We welcome David to Huish Park and wish him the best of luck in making an impression over the next six weeks.


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25 March 2009 : Maguire Arrives From QPR
Yeovil Town have signed Queens Park Rangers youngster Danny Maguire on loan today. The 19 year old arrives on loan for the remainder of the season to provide cover in the centre of midfield.

The London press believe that Maguire is due to be released by QPR at the end of this season, despite only giving him his first professional contract at the club last summer. He has yet to make a first team appearance at the club and has recently had trials with Crystal Palace and Stockport County as well as playing for AFC Wimbledon as part of a work experience agreement.

Maguire has also captained QPR's Under 18s side, but looks likely to find himself out of Rangers' plans due to the West London side's big spending plans. We welcome Danny to Somerset and wish him the best of luck in grabbing a place in the side.


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25 March 2009 : Argyle Have Grounds For Complaint
Plymouth Argyle plan to complain to the Football Combination league about the pitch and facilities that were used for yesterday's Reserve Team match at Somerton. Yeovil Town Reserves played Argyle Reserves at the Gassons Lane ground, which is normally used for Youth Team games and Ladies matches, but Argyle officials believe the environment is not up to scratch for a Football Combination match to be played.

The Plymouth Herald doesn't mince its words, calling the pitch "diabolical" and "hard as concrete". They said about the ground:

"With only a flimsy rope around the playing surface, it had the feeling of a Sunday morning parks match, not a reserve team fixture for two Football League clubs. The changing rooms left a lot to be desired and the facilities for the small number of supporters were non-existent. There were no team-sheets, or anywhere to get refreshments Ė other than the village shop! Quite how the Combination saw fit to allow Yeovil to play the match there is beyond belief. It was a total shambles, and reflects no credit at all on the reserve team league."

Argyle themselves did not make any substantial comment about the state of the pitch or the facilities at the ground, except for Head of Youth Coaching Mike Pejic, who said he found it impossible to assess the performances of his players:

"It's just not fair to judge those kids on a pitch like that."

Football League clubs often switch their Reserve Team matches to alternative venues to preserve their main pitches. But usually these are games at established non-league grounds, such as Bristol Rovers making use of Mangotsfield's Cosham Street ground, or Bournemouth's use of Lymington and New Milton's Fawcetts Field venue.

However, with those grounds having seating, terracing, floodlights and refreshments available, that is a world away from Somerton's ground, which is a park pitch with a perimeter rope. With the pitch being used by the Youth Team, Yeovil Town Ladies and presumably Somerton FC themselves, at Saturday morning's Youth Team match, it was rock hard and almost impossible to play anything resembling quality football on, and so it is easy to see why Argyle would want to voice their complaints.

The Glovers have used the pitch once before for a first team match against Forest Green Rovers, but we suspect they may have had lower expectations than a Championship side. The club plan to play their remaining Football Combination fixtures at the Somerton venue - doubtless Argyle's complaint will determine whether the league allow that to continue.


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24 March 2009 : Argyle Edge Out Glovers Reserves
Yeovil Town Reserves slipped to a 1-2 home defeat this afternoon, despite taking the lead initially against Plymouth Argyle Reserves. In truth this was a match that was close to both clubs' youth teams, with the Glovers fielding only youngsters Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald from their professional squad.

Ashley Hodgkinson - a second year apprentice the same age as Street and Fitzgerald - faced his employers, whilst a trialist went under the name of Dan Mobsby, although don't bother googling his name for any clues. Otherwise, this was a Stuart Housley led side, with the Youth Team boss putting out almost the same line-up that had played for the Under-18s just three days previously.

The Glovers took the lead on 11 minutes when a Lloyd Moyce cross was struck home by Adam Wakely, but both teams struggled to create quality chances on a rock hard poor quality pitch.

Argyle grabbed two goals before the break to take the lead - one where the Glovers failed to clear their lines, whilst a second saw a deflection from what we think was a Roudolphe Douala shot.

The second period was somewhat more end-to-end, with the Glovers perhaps unlucky not to come away with a 2-2 scoreline, with many chances going astray. But in the end neither side was able to add to their tally.

If we can get any more information on the game, we'll add it in here later.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 2.

Scorers: Adam Wakely (11 mins, 1-0), Argyle Scorer (22 mins, 1-1), Argyle Scorer (39 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Jamie Beale 2. Jason Sangha 3. Jordan Street 4. Rob Fitzgerald (Capt) 5. Ashley Hodgkinson 6. Tom Scott 7. Lloyd Moyce 8. Harry Nodwell 9. Stephen Friend 10. Dan Mobsby 11. Adam Wakely.

Subs: 12. Danny Thompson 14. Joe Byrne 15. Ashley Clarke


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24 March 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town will be looked after by referee Roger East (Wiltshire). Mr East is a familiar name to Yeovil Town matches, but not so much as a man in the middle. He was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League in 2007 and has covered numerous Glovers matches as an assistant referee and as a fourth official as well as dealing with a few friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

Our experience of him as a referee has been minimal but has not been good. He dealt with the February 2008 match againast Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box that won them a free kick. We didn't play well on the day, but certainly things like that did not help.

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

His last match was the Championship game between Swansea City and Crystal Palace in the Championship on March 14th. According to soccerbase.com he has produced 67 yellow cards and 5 red cards across 27 matches - with his last dismissal coming back on November 29th 2008.

Mr East will be assisted by Michael Rowley (Berkshire) and AD Sainsbury (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

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

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


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24 March 2009 : Football League Chief Gives Economic Warning
Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney believes the league's members must have 'realistic business plans' set out in stone to enable them to get through the current economic recession in one piece. Speaking to The Mirror Mawhinney warns that clubs have so far been protected by their annual schemes such as Season Ticket packages and sponsorship deals, but says that those who have not planned ahead will be badly placed for the future.

Mawhinney believed that because those packages had been sold to supporters and sponsors around 12 months ago, that many football clubs had this season's income protected by the early take-up. But he considered that those clubs that had not planned for change could be in for a nasty shock that could last up to three years:

"I'm not sure everybody really has a sense of how bad things are and how hard they're going to get. I've said to all the owners and shareholders that they've been protected from the worst of what's going on. They sold this season's tickets and executive boxes in the commercial market 12 months ago. But the world has changed hugely since then and it's over the next three months they will discover how much it's changed. What has happened so far is only the tip of the iceberg. I have told the clubs that I believe life will be extremely tough through to the end of the 2011-2012 season."

The League Chairman admitted that he had informally discussed the issue of wage capping, but had got a mixed response from the league members. He also added that any club that was not preparing themselves for financial change was living in denial, and said that they must get a grip on their outgoing costs:

"That's a scary prospect for all businesses - and clubs have to understand they are not protected from the real world. What I would say to every club is simple. If your attitude is that it can't happen to you, then you do not have a realistic business plan. This is the time to batten down the hatches. Directors must have realistic business plans. They have to control all their costs and of course wages are the single biggest outlay for most clubs. I've been exploring with owners and shareholders if they'd like to put in place some sort of limit on wages but different clubs take a different attitude. It's a dog eat dog world."

The report names seven clubs that The Mirror believes are currently living on the edge financially, with few surprises in the list. Relegation threatened Championship duo Southampton and Charlton Athletic have both been in problems since they dropped out of the Premier League, whilst Stockport County and Cheltenham Town in League One have been regularly covered on these pages this season. Meanwhile in League Two, Darlington have recently suffered a 10 point deduction after falling into administration, whilst Bournemouth have lurched from crisis to crisis over the last few years. Finally relegation-threatened Chester City are named on their list, but have recently gone through a takeover to save them from extinction.

On the plus side, all clubs will benefit from a new BBC and Sky television broadcast deal that will start next season and see £88 million come into the league per season for transmission rights involving Football League, Carling Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy matches.

This will see member clubs gain by the sum of £2.9 million for the Championship division, £440,000 for those sides in League One, whilst those in League Two will get £300,000. This means that in television rights alone, Yeovil Town's League One status is worth £140,000 although a couple of League One Chairmen have recently priced the cost of relegation at around £300,000.


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24 March 2009 : Reserves Starting Line-Up At Somerton
Yeovil Town Reserves have named the following line-up for this afternoon's match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves. The team is almost entirely youth-based, echoing that chosen by Argyle earlier today. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Jamie Beale 2. Jason Sangha 3. Jordan Street 4. Rob Fitzgerald (Capt) 5. Ashley Hodgkinson 6. Tom Scott 7. Lloyd Moyce 8. Harry Nodwell 9. Stephen Friend 10. Dan Mobsby 11. Adam Wakely.

Subs: 12. Danny Thompson 14. Joe Byrne 15. Ashley Clarke


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24 March 2009 : Argyle Hold Back Squad Members From Reserve Fixture
Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has modified his team selection for this afternoon's Reserve Team match that is being played at Gassons Lane, Somerton. The Pilgrims boss is unwilling to risk his squad players on what is a hard bobbly park pitch, and will instead keep the majority of his players at Home Park for a practice match that will be played behind closed doors. Sturrock told the Argyle official site:

"The reserve team game is going to be on a non-league pitch and I don't want to put my squad players up there. We have had an awful lot of games on various pitch surfaces from very dry to very wet, as well as a reasonable distance of travelling. I've decided instead that we will have a closed-door practice match here."

It looks as though Argyle's new signings George Donnelly and Rudi Duoala will still travel with goalkeeper Graham Stack. But the remainder of the Argyle line-up will be formed from club apprentices and Centre of Excellence youngsters.

The expectation is for Argyle defender Ashley Hodgkinson to line up against his employers. The second year apprentice is on a work experience loan with the Glovers, but Argyle have already made the decision to release him at the end of this season, and therefore in effect he is on trial at Huish Park.

There is no word from the Yeovil end concerning any line-up, or indeed any acknowledgement of the fixture itself. However, it is quite possible that the Glovers may also opt for the same tactic as Argyle when considering team selection.

Argyle Reserves: Graham Stack; Ryan Leonard, Ben Gerring, Ryan Brett, Jordan Trott; Joe Mason, Luke Young, Sean Kinsella, Josh Grant; George Donnelly, Rudy Douala.


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23 March 2009 : Family Excellence Award For Huish Park
The Football League has announced its 2008-09 Football League Family Excellence Awards.

Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, stated :

"The 'Football League Family Excellence Award' provides a benchmark towards which clubs can work. It also aims to encourage their efforts to attract and retain family groups as supporters. Increasingly, our clubs are recognising the importance of adding value to the matchday experience of fans, so that families keep returning."

Forty-one of the seventy-two Football League clubs have achieved the award, an increase of nine on last season. Thirteen were from League One :

Cheltenham Town
Colchester United
Huddersfield Town
Millwall
Milton Keynes Dons
Northampton Town
Oldham Athletic
Peterborough United
Southend United
Swindon Town
Tranmere Rovers
Walsall
YEOVIL TOWN

Clubs are assessed by an anonymous visit from a family on behalf of the Football League.


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23 March 2009 : Argyle Closing Fast
With Yeovil Town Ladies having a blank Sunday they could only sit and watch as their rivals for the top of the South West Combination clashed. Plymouth Argyle inflicted the first defeat of the season on leaders Queens Park Rangers with a fairly comprehensive 3-0 home victory. It was probably the result the Glovers least wanted. They are unlikely to catch QPR in all honesty, but second place may deliver a promotion, depending how the proposed geographical reorganisation of women's football which is pending for the end of the season pans out. However Argyle have now closed to within one point of Yeovil Town, and have three games in hand. The Glovers do still have to play Plymouth twice in the league, so all is not yet lost, though the meeting earlier in the season back in November in the First Round Proper of the FA Women's Cup between the two teams saw Argyle trounce the home side 8-2.

1. Queens Park Rangers, played 14, 37 points
2. Yeovil Town, played 14, 31 points
3. Plymouth Argyle, played 11, 30 points

Next Sunday, 29th March, Yeovil are at home to Chesham United, the reverse fixture of their last match which saw a 4-0 win away at Chesham a week ago.


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23 March 2009 : Reserves Finish With A Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves finished their league campaign in the Somerset County Women's Division One with a 1-1 draw against Ilminster. Although a number of clubs still have games to play, in Ilminster's case as many as five, no one can catch the top two.

Yeovil Town complete their season with a 16-3-1 record, scoring 73 goals and conceding 25 on their way to the title which was eventually secured by 2 points over runners-up Nailsea United.


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23 March 2009 : Lee Peltier Lands In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier has been placed into the Football League's Team Of The Week for the weekend just gone. As it happens, Lee spent most of the game playing as a centre-back and had a storming game, with several important block tackles. He also grabbed the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match award.

The Football League have placed Lee in the right-back slot that he opened up the game at, but we'll forgive them for not recognising the tactical switch where most of Lee's hard work came into play. MK Dons goalkeeper Willy Gueret also gets the nod following the 0-0 draw at Huish Park, following his penalty save from Gavin Tomlin, and last minute stop from Andros Townsend:

Willy Gueret (MK Dons)
Lee Peltier (Yeovil Town) Charlie Lee (Peterborough) Peter Clarke (Southend) Danny Jackman (Northampton)
Luke Guttridge (Northampton) Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool) Mark Bradley (Walsall) Mark Yeates (Colchester)
Neil Harris (Millwall) Simon Cox (Swindon)


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23 March 2009 : Reserves Switched To Somerton Again
Tomorrow's home Reserve Team match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves will be played at Gassons Lane, Somerton. It would appear likely that most, if not all of the remaining Reserve Team matches are going to be switched out to the venue, which is normally used for Youth Team and Ladies Fixtures. Kick-off tomorrow will be 2.00p.m. and admission to the game will be free.

Plymouth Argyle will be sending down their new signings Rudy Duoula and George Donnelly for the match, with Argyle manager Paul Sturrock planning to watch both strikers. Duoula is a Cameroon International who signed up for Argyle following a short trial and has been playing in Greek football until recently. He has 11 Cameroon caps to his name, although may find the bumpy hard Somerton pitch a little bit of a surprise.

There's no word yet on the line-up that Yeovil Town are likely to field. If you are going and can supply updates, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with your mobile number if we don't have it already.


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23 March 2009 : Sandwiches And (Law)suits
This morning's Brighton Argus reports on the statement made by former Glovers manager Russell Slade on Saturday. That in turn was a response to a statement issued by Yeovil Town Football Club on Friday.

The paper repeats quotes from Slade that were published on the Brighton and Hove Albion website, as well as being published on the League Managers' Association website.

The Argus does add one additional snippet, claiming that the disciplinary matter the club charged Slade with "relates to meal and laundry expenses during a pre-season tour of Devon as long ago as last summer." The Glovers competed in the Errea South West Challenge Cup between July 23rd and July 26th 2008, eventually bowing out in the semi-final of the competition, and the full first team squad spent several days in a local hotel.

There is no explicit confirmation or quotes from any party over the newspaper's claims, but fits in with several accounts that have been circulating on the rumourmill over the past four weeks. Although it appears that the club charged Slade with "gross misconduct" eight months after the event, the Brighton boss denied the claims. On Saturday Slade claimed that the club had given him financial compensation and a contractual settlement "by mutual consent". Slade is currently believed to be consulting the League Managers' Association with a view to taking legal action against the club.

Whilst on the subject of Brighton, an update on their defender Jim McNulty, who landed in intensive care following an injury sustained in February during their home match against Crewe Alexandra. McNulty had an operation on Friday to have a kidney removed, due to the damage sustained as part of the injury. He is expected to remain in hospital for another week, and will miss the start of next season. However, thankfully it appears that he will have a full quality of life and Brighton are hopeful he will play for them again. As with our own Darren Way, some events do put football into perspective. Our best wishes to Jim and we hope he turns out in a Seagulls shirt early next season.


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23 March 2009 : Ciderspace Is Ten
Ten years ago today, the world was a very different place. Boyzone were No.1 in the UK pop charts with "When The Going Gets Tough" and Cher had "Believe" on top in the American Billboard Charts. The European Parliament were warning that mobile phones fry your brain whilst there were health and safety studies commenced into the effects of killer laptops. The major world news was the assassination of Paraguay's Vice President Luis MarŪa ArgaŮa.

In other news, a website called Ciderspace was born. We opened up this website with a 3-1 win (please don't laugh at our web design skills) over Southport with Warren Patmore, Owen Pickard and Murray Fishlock. Midfielder Phil Simpson and defender Rob Cousins were our star performers on the day, whilst Yeovil were described as having a "makeshift defence". Colin Lippiatt was our manager and rather like today, we were looking for a central defender and a striker to bring in on loan before the Thursday transfer deadline. Injuries and suspensions were hampering our team selection significantly. John Fry was Chairman, and Norman Hayward was a major shareholder at the club.

Whilst some things never change, clearly Yeovil Town Football Club has moved on significantly during that time. We were a part-time club that was nudging the top five in the Conference, but not quite good enough to get any higher. We had no roof on the home terrace. All the supporters could drink in the upstairs bars alongside the club's directors, and the area where the beer tent is was used for parking cars.

Three major trophies and two promotions later, the world is a bigger slightly more scary place for the Glovers. But would we swap another game against Southport for the prospect of a league match against Southampton next season? A South East London trip to Welling United instead of a similar trip to Charlton Athletic? To go to Forest Green Rovers again or to go to Nottingham Forest again? Let's hope we get what we all want for next season as well as over the next ten years. Up the Glovers!


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23 March 2009 : Centre-Back Priority Steps Up
Yeovil Town are likely to step up their hunt for a central defender after manager Terry Skiverton limped out of Saturday's match with a recurrence of the foot injury that has affected him for the majority of his managerial reign.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports the Glovers as targetting a player in that position - something that Skiverton admitted to last week. The WDP repeat the name of Bristol City youngster James Wilson. However, with Aaron Brown and Craig Alcock both missing Saturday's match through injury and the loan transfer window closing on Thursday, the situation has become more urgent, with Lee Peltier playing most of Saturday's match as a makeshift centre-back.

Assistant manager Nathan Jones explained the situation with Skiverton to the paper:

"Terry's having to juggle a lot of things and he was forced to play even though his foot wasn't quite right. He's not fully recovered from the injury he got against Peterborough and shouldn't really be playing. He did a job last week and did a job in the first half against MK Dons but we are looking to strengthen that area. The gaffer is a warrior and will play through pain but we are looking to get a central defender in to take the pressure off him."

Alcock will have no problems with facing Swindon Town next Saturday, with the management team giving the right-back an extra match to recover from a knee injury. However the situation with Brown is slightly less clear, with the centre-back needing to recover from a groin injury and he is likely to be out for a little longer.

The Glovers are believed to be trying to bring in a second loan signing before Thursday's deadline, with a striker the most likely target. However, with five loans already in at Huish Park, the club will need to bear in mind that they can only name five players in a single matchday squad, and so additional recruits will mean that some will have to sit in the stand. Midfielder Jonathan Worthington will be one of those as he will serve the second match of a two match suspension during the Saturday game against Swindon Town.


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22 March 2009 : Youths See Off The Bulls
Yeovil Town's Under 18s kept up their impressive recent form yesterday with a 2-1 home win over Hereford United. The match stretched their unbeaten run to four matches, and saw them see off the league's basement side with relative comfort, even if a late Bulls goal created a bit of nerves.

On a hard bobbly pitch that provided irregular bounce, much of the game was about both sides showing their physical presence on the field of play, rather than about pretty passing. After a fairly non-descript 35 minutes, Yeovil took the lead when Corrie Lewis was put through, and he neatly chipped the advancing goalkeeper to put the Glovers 1-0 up at the break.

Yeovil increased their lead five minutes into the second period, when a mix-up in the Hereford United defence saw their goalkeeper come out of his box, and when Corrie Lewis robbed him of the ball, he had an easy task to grab his second and Yeovil's second by putting the ball into an empty net.

Lloyd Moyce almost scored goal of the game when he curled a 25 yard shot that rattled the corner of the crossbar, and if it wasn't for some rather controversial offside flags being waved as the Glovers played down the slope, they could have easily grabbed a third goal. As it happened, Hereford got a rare sight on goal 10 minutes from time, beating Jamie Beale on the inside of his far post and setting up a difficult finish for the home side. Thankfully Yeovil rode out the remaining minutes without too many heart-flutters and recorded a win that they just about deserved.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 2 Hereford United 1.

Scorers: Corrie Lewis (1-0, 35 mins), Corrie Lewis (2-0, 50 mins), Hereford Scorer (2-1, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town U18s: 1. Jamie Beale 2. Danny Thompson 3. Tom Scott 4. Joe Byrne 5. Jason Sangha (Capt) 6. Ashley Clarke 7. Lloyd Moyce 8. Harry Montacute 9. Adam Wakely 10. Corrie Lewis 11. Josh Robinson.

Substitutes: 12. Harry Nodwell (83 mins for Corrie Lewis) 14. Stephen Friend (60 mins for Josh Robinson) 15. Richard Whittingham (65 mins for Adam Wakely).


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21 March 2009 : Nathan's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Following this afternoon's 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes Dons, assistant manager Nathan Jones spoke to BBC Bristol about the game. Talking to reporter Rob Scanlon, Nathan's views are recorded in full, via the transcript below.

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


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21 March 2009 : A Point Gained As Glovers Shut Out Dons
Yeovil Town gained an impressive home point against promotion-chasing Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park this afternoon, but will feel that with a slice of luck they could have come away with all three. A disallowed goal from Jonathan Obika and a penalty from Gavin Tomlin that was saved by visiting keeper Willy Gueret showed first half promise. Andros Townsend almost nicked it at the death with Gueret producing a superb one-handed save.

The Glovers went into the match with a whole stack of changes from last weekend's 5-0 mauling by Brighton and Hove Albion. Loan signings Chris Weale, Andros Townsend and Jonathan Obika made their debuts with Wealey sporting his familiar all-blue kit as if he had never left the club in 2006. Keiran Murtagh and Paul Warne also came into the side, with Josh Wagenaar, Jonathan Worthington, Andy Welsh, Craig Alcock and Aidan Downes all dropping out.

They started slightly nervous and tentatively - perhaps understandable following the past two weeks - but grew into their stride when Jonathan Obika was put through on the left side of the field, slotting the ball home before he noticed a linesman's flag up for offside. Whilst no goal was given, it served to give the Glovers a bit of belief about their own abilities and seeing them take the upper hand.

MK Dons still looked lively though, and goalkeeper Chris Weale did extremely well to keep out a Jemal Johnson free kick - the ball coming through the wall and a crowd of associated players, with Wealey punching the ball away for a superb reaction save and a corner. Wealey's next save was a little more unorthodox though - Lee Peltier's sliced clearance span right over the keeper's head, and Wealey landed in the back of the net, mercifully clutching the ball in outstretched hands just inches in front of the line.

On the half hour mark Spurs duo Obika and Townsend, combined for move of the half, with Obika laying the ball into the path of Townsend, resulting in a clumsy challenge from Dons defender Flavien Belson that resulted in a clear penalty. Up stepped Gavin Tomlin, who was Yeovil's previously successful penalty taker all the way back in September at Brentford, but his penalty was well saved by Willy Gueret despite it being placed into the bottom left hand corner.

The Dons made a tactical switch at half time with Luke Chadwick coming on, and the result was that they had the better of the second period, sucking Yeovil back inside their own half at times. Terrell Forbes and Danny Hutchins both had to do goal-line clearances, with the header from Hutchins particularly impressive. Lee Peltier was in inspiring form, with two superb block tackles inside his own box, after being converted into a centre-back following the first half withdrawl of Terry Skiverton.

Both teams seemed to be flagging somewhat towards the end, but the Glovers still had a wonderful chance to grab all three points, when substitute Luke Rodgers fed Andros Townsend. But with both goalkeepers in superb form, it was Gueret's turn to save his side, by brilliantly turning Townsend's drive around for a corner. So near, but so far, with the Glovers having to eventually settle for a point.

The result is a valuable one on the scale of things with few expecting the Glovers to get anything out of this match. The progress on the back of two away hammerings at Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion suggest that Yeovil may have climbed out of their rock bottom state, but their joy at managing a clean sheet will be tempered by news that both Northampton Town and Swindon Town had achieved impressive home wins that have cut Yeovil adrift of the relegation line by two points. With both clubs representing Yeovil's next home opponents, these two fixtures are looming large, with just nine matches left to play.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
9. Andy Welsh 15. Luke Rodgers (86 mins for Paul Warne) 17. Aidan Downes (76 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 19. Andre McCollin 24. Danny Hutchins (36 mins Terry Skiverton)

Milton Keynes Dons (4-4-2):
12. Willy Gueret
17. Shaun Cummings 6. Sean O'Hanlon 4. Miguel Angel Llera 3. Dean Lewington
16. Jason Puncheon 20. Alan Navarro 24. Flavien Belson 8. Jemal Johnson
9. Aaron Wilbraham 22. Peter Leven

Substitutes:
1. Nathan Abbey (GK) 2. Jude Stirling 21. Luke Howell 18. Ali Gerba (90 mins for Jason Puncheon) 26. Luke Chadwick (46 mins for Flavien Belson)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (foul, 63 mins)
MK Dons Bookings: Flavien Belson (foul, 29 mins)

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,028 (including 360 MK Dons fans).


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21 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The MK Dons Match
If you were at Huish Park, don't forget to vote for your Man Of The Match following today's 0-0 draw with Milton Keynes Dons. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment rankings along with any additional comments you want to make on today's game.

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


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21 March 2009 : Slade Bites Back
Following on from last night's official statement from Yeovil Town, former manager Russell Slade has provided his own counter statement on the Brighton official site. A direct copy of the Brighton article is reproduced below:

[Statement Starts]

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Russell Slade has moved to set the record straight about his departure from Yeovil Town FC - refuting claims of gross misconduct made by his former employers.

He said, "I want to put the record straight following Yeovil Town's seriously inaccurate statement about me, released on their website last night. Firstly, I want to confirm that at no stage have I ever committed any misconduct at Yeovil Town or indeed at any time in my career.

"Throughout Yeovil's inquiry into this matter, which has been ongoing since November 2008, I have been assured by the LMA's legal team that I have no case to answer and am innocent of any misconduct.

"Having left Yeovil Town on 15th February, I attended an internal hearing with the club on 27 February 2009, during which they backed down and offered me a confidential compensation package with an agreed departure by mutual consent.

"I was pleased to reach an amicable resolution of the matter on that day and we all shook hands on the agreement. The agreement was also then confirmed in writing.

"I want to stress that I had no job to go to when the deal was done. I left Yeovil on 15th February and accepted the job of manager at Brighton & Hove Albion on 5th March, having met with Brighton chairman Dick Knight for the first time a few days previously.

"After accepting the job with Brighton, and following Yeovil's recent results, Yeovil Town have now tried to completely renege on our agreement. Even worse, they issued this inaccurate statement,which I am advised is seriously defamatory, and I am therefore obliged to set the record straight.

"Due to Yeovil's unfortunate actions, the matter is now with the LMA's lawyers, Russell Jones & Walker, and I am sure that full details will be made known in due course."

[Statement Ends]


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21 March 2009 : Skivo Praises Premier Manager Help
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp for allowing him the chance to take three Spurs players to Huish Park on loan. With Danny Hutchins already at Huish Park, Skiverton this week took on two more Spurs youngsters after watching a Tottenham Hotspur match against Chelsea.

Skiverton said that it was important for him to have managers that he could rely on, particularly during the early stages of his managerial career:

"He's been fantastic to help a young manager out, and the same as Gary Johnson in loaning us players. You've got to have people like that and when you have got people like Harry Redknapp and Gary Johnson, it's great for the game and it's great for us as a club to get the likes of these players in. It's been quite difficult, because I've been in the job for such a short time, to make these contacts with people. But moving forward this is the route that we want to go and to get in young exciting lads in and give them new opportunities."

Skivo also credited Glovers Chief Scout Chris Johnson and local London scout Dave Lee for their assistance in watching games in recent weeks, but he also added that his early experience of dealing with some of the 'big' names in football, such as Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate had been a pleasant one so far:

"I've had to rely on certain people like Gary Johnson for advice, and getting people like Chris (Johnson) in. I was speaking to Gareth Southgate this morning. But all of these people you call and leave a message on their phone, will always get back to you and that is one thing you are thankful of, is that the managers up and down the country actually do all get back to you, even if it is a polite 'No, we can't do that', it's nice that they do return your calls. Hopefully we'll get another couple of bodies in before the end of next week and I think then we will be there or thereabouts."

In terms of the players themselves, left-sided midfielder Andros Townsend and striker Jonathan Obika stand by to make their debuts this afternoon. Spurs fan James has been in contact with our site, and believed that both players would do well at League One level. Speaking about Jonathan Obika he said:

"Obika is a pacey hard-working striker who will not stop running for the cause. He impressed against Shaktar and his goals to game record is pretty impressive. The key thing for him is how he deals with the more 'agricultural' defenders he may come up against in League 1. Given the chance (especially in the box) he won't let you down."

Talking of Andros Townsend, who usually plays on the left wing, but can switch to the other flank, James added:

"Townsend is a player who has got pulses racing and tongues wagging at White Hart Lane. His pace is devastating and he also (more often than not) has a final ball. Watching him in the recent FA Youth Cup cup game against Arsenal was a joy to behold. Spurs may have lost the game, but Townsend (switching wings constantly) gave his opposition fullback and midfielders no end of problems with his speed and willing running. I certainly think he is a 'spark' player, get the ball to him on the wing and let him do the rest. I certainly don't envy anyone who is going to mark him, he's rapid!"

The best of luck to both players this afternoon, and of course goalkeeper Chris Weale, who we already know plenty about, in their debuts this afternoon.


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21 March 2009 : Skivo Hoping For Home Advantage
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton hopes that home advantage will count for something when the Glovers commence their final 10 matches of the season, starting with this afternoon's match against Milton Keynes Dons. The Glovers will play seven of their remaining matches at Huish Park including three games in a row, and speaking to BBC Somerset he said that after a string of disappointing away matches, that it was the home ones that the club needed to take advantage of:

"The home games are the ones that are going to be vital for us. On Saturday MK Dons had a great result, and we could have done with them winning again really. The result against Millwall was a bit disappointing for them, so they'll be looking to bounce back. But for us we've got to show that we can bounce back from Brighton as well, and not go out like a damp squib. We're working hard still, and we've not had a day off this week. We've really trained hard, and everyone is of the like mind that we've got to go out there and put ourselves about a lot more."

MK Dons lost 0-1 at home to Millwall in midweek, and so Skivo was wary of the possibility that he might see a reaction from the promotion-chasing side:

"They'll not necessarily be looking to prove something, but they'll be looking to put that disappointment away. They are right up there and they are pushing for a promotion place. They want to kick on and get out of this league. They are all geared up for it with the stadium and the finances that have been put in place for them. We know that we're up against it when we are playing against those teams. But at home, we seem to be a different side to what we are away from home. So I'm looking at the positives from that and looking forward to the game. The pitch looks excellent out there and it's hopefully going to be a lovely weekend and people will be going out and wanting to play football."


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20 March 2009 : Club Statement On Russell Slade
Yeovil Town FC has this evening issued the following statement on the departure of former manager Russell Slade from Huish Park :

"Yeovil Town Football Club would like to make the following statement in connection with their former manager Russell Slade and the termination of his employment with the Club.

In recent weeks there has been a tremendous amount of speculation and rumour concerning the circumstances of Russell Slade's departure. On the advice of its legal representatives, the Board has to date taken a decision not to make further comment on the matter. However, in view of the continuing speculation the Club has decided to make this statement concerning the circumstances of Russell's departure.

Russell Slade's position as First Team Manager was terminated by the Club with immediate effect on 15 February 2009 following allegations of gross misconduct. This decision followed a disciplinary process which was carried out in accordance with the Club's Disciplinary Procedure following advice from the Club's professional advisers.

Although Russell Slade had always denied the allegations, the outcome of the process, which had been ongoing since November 2008, was that the Club believed there were reasonable grounds to conclude that Russell Slade had committed gross misconduct and, based on this belief, the Club decided that the position warranted the summary termination of his employment.

The Club finds itself in a position that it clearly does not want to be in and believes that the focus of everyone connected with the Club must now be on the remaining games and achieving safety in the league.

To achieve this the Club asks that everyone, including the fans, the players, coaching staff and the employees and Directors of the Club should get behind Terry Skiverton and the team to turn the current situation around.

John Fry

Chairman
"

As fans of the club we just have to hope the wording will stand up to legal scrutiny. The immediate reaction is that publicly stating that one merely believed an employee had committed an act of gross misconduct, which then occasioned termination of employment, could open up a whole new area of dispute. One hopes this is not the case, for the sake the club, and the Chairman will get the closure he presumably wants rather than correspondence from the League Managers' Association.


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20 March 2009 : Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance sale tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Whaddon Road are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match against Cheltenham Town takes place on Monday 13th April, kick-off 3.00p.m. and is the Easter Monday fixture.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Carlsberg Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters. Cheltenham have in the past allocated additional blocks in the In2Print Stand, but there is no indication of this being the case on this occasion.

Advance prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £12.00; Aged 16 and Under: £7.00.

Concessions apply to those aged 65 and over, students in full time education and disabled supporters. Disabled supporters are entitled to take an assistant into the ground free of charge.

Those wishing to get further information, particularly for disabled facilities, should email info@ctfc.com or call 01242-573558.

Prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the game for all rates, with the exception of the Juniors price. Tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 6.00p.m. on Thursday 9th April and therefore will NOT be on sale over the Easter Weekend. If you decide to purchase after that time, you'll have to buy at the matchday rate from Whaddon Road.


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20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season
Yep, believe it or not we can start inking in next season's dates already.

The Football League season will kick off on Saturday 8th August 2009. Leagues One and Two will finish on the weekend 9th May 2010, whilst the Championship season ends a week earlier on the weekend of 2nd May.

Play-off Final dates have been set for :

Championship - Saturday 22nd May 2010;
League Two - Saturday 29th May 2010;
League One - Sunday 30th May 2010.

The First Round of the League Cup will begin in the week starting Monday 10th August 2009, with the Final on Sunday 28th February 2010.

The Final of the Football League Trophy will be on Sunday 28th March 2010.

Once again there will be no fixtures on New Year's Day, with the Third Round of the F.A. Cup set for 2nd January 2010. The Christmas period will see fixtures on Saturday December 19th, mid-week on the 22nd or 23rd, the traditional Boxing Day fixtures on Saturday 26th, before the weekend comes to an end with a full fixture list on Bank Holiday Monday, the 28th.


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20 March 2009 : Work Experience Youngster In
The Plymouth Argyle Official Site has announced that Ashley Hodgkinson will be spending time at Huish Park on work experience terms.

Hodgkinson is a second year apprentice at the Devon club, plays at centre-back, and has captained Argyle's Under 18 side this term.


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20 March 2009 : Hatters And Robins Continue To Sweat
Two of Yeovil Town's League One rivals face 'interesting times' in the coming weeks as they try and sort out some of their off the field problems. Stockport County have been placed under a transfer embargo due to money they owe to the Professional Footballers' Association and the situation has been compounded by them having injuries to both goalkeepers at present.

Main keeper Owain Fon Williams has a shoulder injury and may need surgery and his main back-up Lloyd Rigby is also out with the same problem. Unless Fon Williams recovers, Stockport will have to blood one of their Youth keepers, although Chief Executive Sean Connelly is currently requesting special dispensation from the footballing authorities to allow them to being someone in.

The Hatters have an unpaid £450,000 tax bill hanging over their heads at present. Last week a local MP intervened in the matter, persuading the Taxman to put back a demand for payment by two weeks, pending takeover talks from a consortium headed by Lord Peter Snape. On top of that a club employee is believed to have coughed up £16,000 to pay wages at the club, whilst the PFA debt is believed to be due to player wages. However, the exact financial picture remains unclear, with several reports painting significantly different pictures over when the debts will be called in. Both administration and liquidation have been mentioned by various parties, but Connelly believes this is speculation and rumour-mongering.

The Chief Executive's response to this is to implement a news blackout at Edgeley Park on members of the Supporters Trust Board and the main Stockport Board, whilst both parties try to determine a way forward for the club.

Meanwhile Cheltenham Town have gone cap in hand to their local Council for a £100,000 loan to help them out of their financial troubles. They too considered administration at the end of last month, but currently appear to be bailing out players from their oversized squad in an attempt to bring the wage bill down.

They claim that they have reduced their wage bill by £8,000 a week by offloading Lloyd Owusu, Alex Russell, Ashley Vincent and Ian Westlake to other clubs whilst their current board have invested another £100,000 to keep the wolves from the door. Wages at the Gloucester club are estimated at £1.4 million, but they have not got enough income to support that.

The Robins will go to their Council for a commercial loan later this month to further ease their financial pressures and the deal will be rubberstamped on March 30th. League One's basement side are expected to get approval for the money, with council chief executive Andrew North having already publicly given it his backing.

Football League sides have until March 26th to go into Administration if they want the automatic 10 points deduction to be taken from this season's totals. Thereafter deductions made depend upon more complex Football League rules. Neither Stockport nor Cheltenham would significantly affect the League One standings from Yeovil's point of view if they suffer a points deduction. Stockport are currently 18 points clear of the drop zone, whilst Cheltenham already lie 10 points from safety at the foot of League One.

Elsewhere in the Football League Darlington have already taken a 10 point penalty in League Two, joining Luton Town, AFC Bournemouth and Rotherham United who all took hits at the start of the season, whilst rumours persist with respect to Championship side Southampton and League Two strugglers Chester City. On Thursday it may not just be that last-ditch loan transfer that some fans are left sweating on.


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20 March 2009 : Yeovil Town vs MK Dons Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, looking to get themselves out of a rut that has seen them slide down the table since mid-February. A seven game run without a win has seen an eight point gap on the relegation places evaporate entirely, and Swindon Town's win in midweek finally saw the Glovers topple into the bottom four. Their 21st placed position is the lowest they've been in the table for over three months, and with just 10 games left in the League One season, they need to drag their way out of trouble fast.

Whilst the 4-0 and 5-0 defeats in the last two matches represented two rock-bottom moments in the Glovers' season, it shouldn't be forgotten that part of the problem has been the unkindness of the fixture list, combined with one or two postponements on the fragile Huish Park pitch. The Glovers last lost at home on January 19th, but in turn have only played three matches in Somerset during that period. Eight away matches in 11 games is not easy for any side, and whilst results have been increasingly miserable, the hope would be that by getting back on home turf that the situation can be turned around, with three consecutive home matches inside 10 days, with the latter two against relegation rivals Swindon Town and Northampton Town. It makes for a defining period in Yeovil Town's season.

They go into the match with Craig Alcock (knee) and Aaron Brown (groin) looking doubtful for the game. Josh Wagenaar and Jonathan Worthington are suspended, whilst midfielder Darren Way is out indefinitely. Suggestions are that there may be the odd unnamed niggle in the Glovers camp, but it seems likely that those will be kept under wraps until the teamsheets are handed in.

MK Dons have two players definitely out of contention, with Danny Swailes (Achilles) and Tore Andre Flo (calf) both out of action. Their major dilemma lies with striker Sam Baldock, who netted three times in two games, only to miss out on Tuesday night's 0-1 reverse against Millwall with a hamstring strain. Manager Roberto di Matteo would dearly love to bring him back into the side, but knows the risk is that if Baldock pulls up a second time, they could lose him for a more lengthy period. The more likely scenario would be that Baldock sits on the bench as emergency cover in case his side needs a late goal.

In terms of form, Tuesday night's defeat at home to Millwall was their first loss in nine league games. That said, with four of those nine being draws, MK Dons have been stuttering in certain matches and just four wins in the last 13 games is not the kind of form you need to claim an automatic promotion slot. They currently sit in 3rd position in the League One table, with two games in hand that would lift them above Peterborough United, but only if they win both matches. Draws are not good enough if they want to avoid the play-off lotteries, and it may be that they go into the match with a few jangling nerves.

If the Glovers do let them control the game though, they could find themselves in a spot of bother. September 2008's 3-0 win for the Dons in Milton Keynes, was a one-sided affair, with Tony Leven grabbing a brace and Sam Baldock getting the other, as the physical strength of the home side overcame the Glovers a little too comfortably. They are the top scorers in League One, and only Leicester City, Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Peterborough United and Millwall have stopped them from netting this season. Most punters will be sticking their odds on an away win tomorrow and it will be a tough job for Yeovil to stop that from happening.

In the other relegation-themed matches, the one to watch out for is Swindon Town vs Hereford United. Northampton Town have a winnable match against Stockport County, as do Leyton Orient who are at home to an erratic Walsall side. However Brighton and Hove Albion will do well to come out of anything from a trip to Scunthorpe United. In other matches around that end of the table, Cheltenham are at Huddersfield, Carlisle are at Southend, whilst Hartlepool host Millwall and Crewe host Leeds.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and tickets will be available on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you want to avoid that, the Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight.


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20 March 2009 : Spencer Joins Brentford On Loan
Former Yeovil Town transfer target Damian Spencer has joined League Two side Brentford on loan. The Glovers made two bids for the striker - one under former manager Russell Slade then another more recently was initiated by Terry Skiverton.

The latter was refused as the Glovers could not agree financial terms with the Gloucestershire side, with the Robins making it public that any club looking to take on one of their players must take on their full wages. League Two leaders Brentford have agreed to do that, and Spencer will now look to help them secure promotion to League One, whilst his parent club look likely to head in the other direction.


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20 March 2009 : Team News For The MK Dons Match
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has a few pre-match selection issues to deal with prior to tomorrow's match against Milton Keynes Dons. Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar serves a one match suspension, whilst midfielder Jonathan Worthington starts the first of a two match ban.

Whilst Wagenaar's place will undoubtedly be taken by on-loan Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale, Worthington's midfield position could be taken up by a number of players, with Keiran Murtagh, Danny Schofield and new loan signing Andros Townsend all hoping to grab a place in the starting line-up.

Two players will require fitness tests before the game, with right-back Craig Alcock and centre-back Aaron Brown both still doubtful for the game. There are believed to be a couple more unnamed minor knocks. Brown has a groin injury, whilst Terry explained to BBC Somerset Alcock's situation:

"Craig Alcock is still struggling a little bit with his knee. Fingers crossed he will be all right, but it's one of these ones where he's about 50:50 at the moment."

If Alcock does not make it into the side then Danny Hutchins seems likely to make his second appearance for the club. The versatile Lee Peltier is another option at right-back but with Jon Worthington suspended, it is likely that Skiverton will want to keep some bite in the centre of the park.

Brown's injury means that there is still a lack of cover in the central-defensive area, and Terry admitted that this was one of the positions he still wants to add additional strength in, targetting "a couple more faces" to arrive before next Thursday's loan transfer window deadline.

For now though, two new faces stand by, hoping to make their debuts for the club, with striker Jonathan Obika and left-sided midfielder Andros Townsend having arrived yesterday and Skivo added that he was impressed so far:

"We've brought in the lads from Tottenham and they are good characters. We put a bit of pressure on them straight away to sing a song! It's just going to freshen the squad up a little bit. We need numbers and they are the right type of characters and we are looking forward to seeing how they do for us."

The song Terry referred to was "If I Ever Fall In Love Again" - part of an ongoing dressing room initiation ritual that requires new arrivals to pick a song to sing to their team-mates on their first day of training. Thankfully an audio version of this event is not currently available!


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20 March 2009 : Skivo Wants To Work On Team Spirit
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that additional work is needed on getting the team spirit within the Yeovil camp right. The Glovers go into tomorrow's game against Milton Keynes Dons on the back of two 4-0 and 5-0 hammerings, and are currently seven matches without a win.

The controversial removal of former manager Russell Slade coincided with the start of the bad run, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Terry explained that some of the changes that have gone on over the past month may have affected his players:

"I think we've got to go back and do a bit more work in terms of getting the team spirit right. It's been a hard situation within the club with everything that has gone on. It may have affected the lads a little bit but we are looking to remedy that. The positive that I'd take is that I'm unbeaten at home! Hopefully we can keep that going and get a result on Saturday. I'm very satisified with the response (from the players in training this week). We'll see that on Saturday and I'm looking forward to the game now."

Skivo added that he was still enjoying the job, despite the pressures that existed. He said that there were plenty of positives to being first team manager:

"You've got to realise this is a great job, a great club and it's a great place to be. It was a tough week, but I've had tough weeks before and it's probably going to happen to me again along the way. I love this job, and I love going out on the training pitch. I love working with the lads and it's just a case of us all being like-minded, and getting out there and fighting for each other."

There are 10 matches left and on paper at least, some games are more important than others. But Skivo said that he was only focussed on tomorrow's game, and on the need to plan out next week's training sessions:

"I'm not focussing on this game or that game. All I'm seeing is that Saturday is vitally important and then we've got another week's training again. There may be a couple more faces that come in before next Thursday just to add to the squad again, and we'll be moving on from there. The games are coming up as Saturday-Saturday-Tuesday, so they'll be a chance for us to get in some really good work on the training pitch and keep us ticking over. We did come off a really hefty Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday. I'm not making excuses but the boys did look very leggy in the last two games that we've played. We've worked a little bit on their fitness both with the ball and without the ball. The two boys that came in have done fantastic today, so it's going to be exciting for the weekend."


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19 March 2009 : Ten Games Left, But Plenty Of Drama Still To Come
With most clubs in League One now down to their last 10 games, the fight to stay in the division is undoubtedly hotting up, with Yeovil Town, Swindon Town and Northampton Town all on level points for the final relegation spot, and Brighton and Hove Albion just three points behind them.

A quartet of teams on 42 and 43 points can not be ruled out, if any of them go into freefall, and it's safe to say that the bottom four places will be ultimately taken by sides currently in the bottom 10, with Huddersfield Town probably safe already on 50 points, in 14th place.

With the situation so tight, each team's League One status may come down to how they perform in matches against their relegation rivals - the 'six-pointers' that can on a good day mean three points for your team, and three denied for the opposition, or on a bad day mean the reverse. There are plenty of them out there over the next six weeks. Listed below are the key matches that will undoubtedly have a huge influence in defining the final League One table:

21/03/09 : Swindon v Hereford, 15:00
24/03/09 : Carlisle v Hereford, 19:45
24/03/09 : Northampton v Swindon, 19:45
28/03/09 : Carlisle v Northampton, 15:00
28/03/09 : Yeovil v Swindon, 15:00
31/03/09 : Yeovil v Northampton, 19:45


04/04/09 : Cheltenham v Leyton Orient, 15:00
04/04/09 : Swindon v Crewe, 15:00
07/04/09 : Hereford v Brighton, 19:45

11/04/09 : Brighton v Swindon, 15:00
11/04/09 : Crewe v Hartlepool, 15:00
13/04/09 : Cheltenham v Yeovil, 15:00
13/04/09 : Swindon v Leyton Orient, 15:00

18/04/09 : Carlisle v Swindon, 15:00
18/04/09 : Crewe v Cheltenham, 15:00
18/04/09 : Leyton Orient v Northampton, 15:00
18/04/09 : Yeovil v Hartlepool, 15:00

21/04/09 : Yeovil v Hereford, 19:45

25/04/09 : Cheltenham v Carlisle, 15:00
25/04/09 : Northampton v Hereford, 15:00

As can be seen above, five of Yeovil's remaining 10 fixtures fit into that category. Swindon Town have seven of their remaining nine games against relegation rivals, suggesting their form could be key in the outcome.

The couple of weeks could also be worth watching. Whilst the Glovers go into a home game with Milton Keynes Dons, their main two rivals have a pair of key fixtures. Northampton Town and Swindon Town, currently tied on 38 points with Yeovil, face home matches against Stockport County and Hereford United respectively. That is then followed by a showdown at Sixfields next Tuesday when both sides play each other. The Glovers then face home matches straight after against ... Swindon and Northampton! By the time the full time whistle blows on March 31st against the Cobblers, the League One table could be looking very different.

The big crunch day comes on April 18th when eight of the current bottom 10 play each other, with Hereford and Brighton the only two exceptions. On the final day of the League One season, there are no 'six pointers' with many sides paired up with clubs at the opposite end of the table. Let's hope that the drama doesn't go quite that far down the line though.


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19 March 2009 : Winning Their Spurs
Following on from the loan of Danny Hutchins (3rd March) from Tottenham Hotspur, it is again to White Hart Lane that the Glovers have turned in their bid to preserve League One status as the season reaches the final run in. The Spurs official site confirms the signing of two of their youngsters on one month loan deals.

The recent downturn in form means Yeovil Town desperately need to win some games, with Tuesday's League One results seeing them slip into the relegation zone. To win games you must score goals, and supporters have been scanning every news item for several weeks to see if a striker is on the way. The task has fallen to Jonathan Obika.

Obika is a Second Year Academy Player with the Premier League club. Last season he was top scorer in the Academy with 14 goals in 26 appearances. This led to a call up to the Reserves, with a debut against Derby County in March 2008. He was then a regular in the Reserve squad for the rest of the 2007-08 season but has been used sparingly this campaign, most recently brought on on the hour mark in the 4-0 demolition of Chelsea last Monday (16th March).

He made his First Team debut on 27th November this season as substitute for the last seven minutes of the UEFA Cup group game away against NEC Nijmegen. In January 2009 he was awarded a full professional contract by Spurs, and then went on to make his first start for the First Team in another UEFA Cup tie, at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on 26th February. He played the full ninety minutes in a 1-1 draw. Manager Harry Redknapp said of his performance :

"Jon Obika never stopped working and showed strength. It was encouraging. I couldn't have asked for more."

Obika was born in Enfield on 12th September, 1990.

As revealed earlier (link) the other loan in is now confirmed as Andros Townsend. Also in his second year in the Academy he is billed by Spurs as an 'attacking midfielder'. Born in Walthamstow on 16th July, 1991, Townsend secured five caps for England Under-16s and was also involved in a friendly against Spain at the new Wembley Stadium in April 2007. Like Obika he was given a professional contract in January 2009, and was an unused substitute in the same UEFA Cup second leg tie with Shakhtar Donetsk that saw Obika's first start.

We wish both lads a very successful time at Huish Park.


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19 March 2009 : No Guarantees On Slade Exit Announcement
Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has admitted that there is no guarantee that the club will ever make an announcement explaining the reasons for former manager Russell Slade's departure.

In this week's Western Gazette, they report that the Glovers may stay quiet over the matter, with Slade having already indicated that he left "by mutual consent", pointing to a financial payoff for Slade and a severance contract. Starnes has told the Gazette that there will only be an announcement if the solicitors acting on behalf of the club believe that can be done:

"We are in the hands of the lawyers. We can only act on the advice of our professional legal team and if they give us the green light to make an announcement then we will do so."

It is common practice in football for severance deals to include confidentiality clauses that restrict either party from divulging the reasons for the separation taking place. This is generally done to avoid dirty laundry being aired or to prevent information such as contracts, budgets and wages being put into the public domain.

If that is the case here, then there may never be an 'official' reason given as to why Yeovil felt they had to remove a manager after four straight wins in League One. Most of the clues now appear to be pointing to a falling out with club owner Norman Hayward, and that is the line being adopted by various other media sources, although no-one has put in print the basis of the fall-out at this stage.


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18 March 2009 : Footballers And Their Facebooks
What hope have websites got when players now provide a running commentary of their every action on their Facebook? Tottenham Hotspur youngster Andros Townsend has revealed that he is heading for Yeovil. Unless he fancies a night out in one of the dullest towns in England one has to presume he means to inform the World he's heading to Huish Park to play some football.

In his second year in the Academy he is billed by Spurs as an 'attacking midfielder', generally playing on the left. Born in Walthamstow on 16th July, 1991, Townsend secured five caps for England Under-16s and was also involved in a friendly against Spain at the new Wembley Stadium in April 2007. He was given a professional contract at White Hart Lane in January 2009, and was an unused substitute in the UEFA Cup second leg tie with Shakhtar Donetsk on 26th February.

More if and when we have more formal confirmation.


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18 March 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Yeovil Town's home match against Milton Keynes Dons this coming Saturday will be looked after by referee Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Mr Sarginson was only appointed to Football League level last summer as a referee, and so we have only had him as a match referee on one occasion, although he has been an assistant for a couple of away matches in the last few years.

The one occasion in the middle was November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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18 March 2009 : Supporters Group Subsidises Loan Move
Yeovil Town have revealed that goalkeeper Chris Weale's one month loan has been partially funded by a Glovers supporters' group. The Green and White Supporters Club have provided funding for the deal to go through with Wealey's parent club Bristol City.

Certainly the GWSC deserve praise for putting up the funds so quickly, given that with Josh Wagenaar suspended, the club had no registered keeper for the weekend match against Milton Keynes Dons.

However, it does raise the more concerning question of how close to the edge the club are living financially in that they've had to go cap in hand to supporters for what is an essential purchase. Thankfully the club have seven home games to play over the next 6.5 weeks, so cashflow should be there during the next few weeks, but this is certainly an unprecedented situation under Chairman John Fry's stewardship.


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18 March 2009 : Leeds United Man Of The Match Result
Trying to find a suitable Man of the Match after a defeat is never easy. After a 4-0 defeat, even if it was against Leeds United, that becomes even harder. With what was Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat (to be 'bettered' just days later at Brighton) obviously few players shone on the night.

Central midfield pair Lee Peltier and Jonathan Worthington were two that did come in for praise. But once again it was left-winger Andy Welsh who took the plaudits with yet another Man of the Match performance. Is Welshy planning on letting anyone else have a go? Full results are as usual shown below:

1 Andy Welsh 60 (4)
2 Jonathan Worthington 32 (2)
3 Lee Peltier 28 (2)
4 Craig Alcock 22 (1)
5 Aidan Downes 16 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 12 (0)
7 Gary Roberts 10 (1)
8 Nathan Jones 4 (0)
9 Danny Schofield 2 (0)
9 Josh Wagenaar 2 (0)
9 Aaron Brown 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.38

Performance: 3.38
Entertainment: 5.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 11

Don't forget you still have a late chance to submit your Man of the Match vote if you were at the away match at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. Place your vote ASAP if you've not done so already.

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


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18 March 2009 : Carlisle United Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was a 1-1 draw with Carlisle United, which was a curate's egg of a performance. On the one hand, the Cumbrians did more than enough to deserve a share of the points, but on the other hand, conceding in the 90th minute was a real body blow to the team's morale.

Midfielder Gary Roberts was the goalscorer, although he was beaten by three other players in the Man of the Match voting. All three were wide players, with right-winger Danny Schofield and right-back Danny Hutchins impressing those voting.

However, left-winger Andy Welsh, who won the February 2009 Player of the Month vote, showed that month was no fluke as he came out on top of yet another poll as he continues his purple patch. Full results of the poll are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Andy Welsh 224 (18)
2 Danny Hutchins 152 (8)
3 Danny Schofield 134 (6)
4 Gary Roberts 92 (4)
5 Jonathan Worthington 60 (3)
6 Aaron Brown 48 (4)
7 Gavin Tomlin 46 (2)
8 Paul Warne 40 (1)
9 Terrell Forbes 28 (1)
10 Josh Wagenaar 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.68

Performance: 5.62
Entertainment: 5.74

VOTES RECEIVED: 47


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18 March 2009 : A Mixed Bag
You may recall that former BBC Bristol reporter Ben Orr launched his new Blog back in February, featuring Yeovil Town as his first club, in pages that cover sport within the Bristol and Somerset region.

Ben has produced several more articles during that time, one of which centres on the rise and rise of former Glovers manager Gary Johnson and the way he transformed the club. The latest article, penned yesterday, is entitled A Mixed Bag and does exactly what it says on the tin. Ben covers the region's three main football clubs, finishing off with a strong assessment of Yeovil Town's current fortunes. Read the article (and others) via the link below.

Link: Ben Orr's Blog : 16/03/2009 : A Mixed Bag.


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17 March 2009 : Glovers Hit The Bottom Four
Yeovil Town entered the relegation zone tonight for the first time in over three months, as Swindon Town swapped places with them, finally eliminating the eight point gap the Glovers had on the bottom four just four weeks ago.

Swindon beat Southend United 3-0 at the County Ground to push Yeovil into 21st place. Mercifully Russell Slade's Brighton and Hove Albion failed to build on their weekend result, losing 3-0 at Walsall who were recovering from their own 5-0 thrashing over the weekend.

Cheltenham Town's 1-0 win gave the division's basement side their second consecutive three points, although it would appear to be too late to plot a great escape for the Gloucestershire side. They could still lift themselves off bottom spot though, with Hereford United's 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United their fourth in a row. But it would seem likely that both sides must start planning for League Two football next season, with Hereford still eight points adrift of the escape line.

The battle against the drop would therefore appear to be about the last two places. Crewe Alexandra inched their way further from trouble with a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers, pushing them four points clear of the bottom four.

This now means that the main three clubs for Glovers fans to watch out for are Brighton and Hove Albion (35 points) along with Northampton Town and Swindon Town who lie on 38 points - the same as the Glovers with a superior goal difference. With home matches against Swindon (March 28th) and Northampton (March 31st) coming up in the next two weeks, these two matches are real genuine six-pointers for all three teams. In a further twist, Swindon and Northampton meet each other next Tuesday - so one team has to pick up points.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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17 March 2009 : The 2009-10 Season Starts Here!
The 2009-10 season is starting already. Well almost! Championship side Derby County have become a rather early addition entry to next season's calendar, by coming down to Huish Park for a pre-season friendly.

The Rams, managed by Nigel Clough, will play on Tuesday 21st July 2009, with kick-off yet to be confirmed, although most likely 7.45p.m.


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17 March 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Oxford United
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides took on Oxford United over the weekend just gone. We've got the following results in so far:

Yeovil Town Under 9s: Drew 2-2 (away)
Yeovil Town Under 11s: Won 6-3 (home)
Yeovil Town Under 13s: Won 2-1 (home)
Yeovil Town Under 15s: Won 1-0 (away)
Yeovil Town Under 16s: Lost 0-2 (away)

We're missing a number of results at present, so if you can help us fill in the gaps, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with any scorelines or scorers you can help us out with.


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17 March 2009 : Warne Calls For Stronger Character
Yeovil Town striker/winger Paul warne believes some of his team-mates need to show stronger character as they go into the last 10 games of the League One season. The Glovers sit in 20th place and three points off the drop zone, but have not won in seven games now, and the last two results against Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion have turned into thrashings described as "embarrassing" by the management team.

Warney believes that some players in the dressing room are staying strong in the circumstances, but speaking after the 5-0 defeat at the Withdean Stadium, the player admitted he had his concerns about how much mental strength and character some of the others had:

"There's probably five or six strong characters in there. We can say things and huff and puff as much as we like and go on about togetherness and how we need to do this. Personally, I need to do this for my own family, my friends, the team, the town and everything. But you can say that until you're blue in the face. If someone doesn't feel that, then you can't make them feel like that. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, a couple of them don't feel like that."

Paul clarified that he did not necessarily link the current bad run with the departure of former manager Russell Slade, although clearly it is a factor that can't be ruled out. The former Oldham Athletic striker admitted it could be merely an innocent loss of form:

"I'm not saying that they thought any differently under Russell - I'm not saying that. For some reason or another, a few of the lads are going through a bad dip of form, and they can't get out of it. And maybe it is just a dip of form and it isn't intentional and if that is the case then that's fair enough. You're not going to play 40-odd games a season well. It's just the fact that at the moment, four or five of them are having the same dip at the same time and it's costing us massively."

Paul admitted that bad runs were part and parcel of the game and so recognised that such things may happen. However, he considered the last two results against Leeds and Brighton to be beyond the pale:

"With football, you can go on a good run as well as go on a bad run. After the good run we had, we're now on a bad run. But it's not just the fact that we're on a bad run. If I'm absolutely honest, the last two games have been absolutely horrendous. Although we started very well against Leeds, we never looked as though we were going to score. I thought we started really well and controlled the game. But 4-0 and 5-0 - Crikey O'Reilly! Nine goals in two games and not really a shot in anger? That isn't really the way that you want to play football and that's not really the way I want to end my career."

Paul added that this was only his opinion on the situation, and that he expected others to see it from different angles. But he had very firm opinions on how to get out of a bad run and said that changes needed to be made to be made for that to happen:

"Obviously I can only see it from my point of view, and so if you brought out the other 15 lads then they'd all come out with different opinions. My opinion is that I came on with 40 minutes to go and I tried to get people going. I tried to smash someone, I tried to get a run in, and I tried to get in a header. I was just trying to get things going. Now I'm not a good player by any stretch of the imagination, but if 10 other lads try with the same effort and with the same desire that Jonesy has got and the gaffer has got then you are going to win games. But I don't feel that it is there. I don't know if it is the belief that's not there, or whether they are having a bad run of form. I'm no world class player, but I know how to play and I know what makes teams win and the way that we're playing at the moment we are not going to get a win."


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16 March 2009 : Sunderland Anniversary Match Gets New Date
Yeovil Town's 60th Anniversary celebration match against a Sunderland Veterans side has been set to be played on Sunday 3rd May 2009. The game had been due to be played on the exact date that the Glovers defeated 'Bank of England' side Sunderland in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1949. Unfortunately bad weather and the Huish Park pitch meant that match had to be postponed.

The new date means that the game will now take place 24 hours after the First Team complete their League One season against Colchester United at Huish Park. Kick-off time has yet to be determined, but will be sandwiched around a club Family Day.


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16 March 2009 : Youth Stalemate
Yeovil Town U18 fought out a 0-0 with Torquay United U18 at Somerton on Saturday.

The Glovers currently lie 8th in the South West Conference on 16 points with a record of 4-4-6.

The Youths next fixture is a match postponed from December against bottom of the table Hereford United on Saturday 21st March, with an 11.00 a.m. kick-off at Somerton Sports Ground.


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16 March 2009 : Reserves Defeated At Last
Mid-March, and at long last Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves lost a match, going down 2-4 at home to Nailsea United for their first defeat of the season. However it mattered naught as, with one fixture each remaining, Nailsea are four points adrift and can not catch the leaders.

Link: Somerset County CHAMPIONS!


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16 March 2009 : Ladies Back to Winning Ways
Yeovil Town Ladies dramatically got back to winning ways on Sunday, with an emphatic 4-0 win at promotion rivals Chesham United. Jemma Tewkesbury grabbed two goals, with Amy Wilde and Kia Bowles scoring one a-piece, as their team got their promotion challenge right back on track.

Changing their formation to a 4-4-2, the Glovers started well, playing some nice football through midfield, and almost straight away started to create some good chances on goal. It was a joy to watch as they laid to rest some disappointing results of late, stroking the ball about, not allowing the opposition to get a look in.

Yeovil took the lead midway through the half when Amy Wilde was taken down just outside the Chesham penalty box. Jemma Tewkesbury duly fired in a great free kick that went through the wall and into the bottom corner of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper fumbling for the ball.

Shortly after the restart Georgia Coles played a pass out wide to Kayleigh Nardiello who whipped in a perfect cross that was met by Amy Wilde, who made no mistake as she belted the ball into the back of the net. Just ten minutes later an almost identical move saw Nardiello send in another great cross that was this time met by Jemma Tewkesbury to bury her second of the game, and with her side three up, the match was all but won.

Chesham came back well in the second half, but Yeovil held their nerve, and despite being under pressure for periods, they always looked the likely winners. Yeovil had a great chance on 75 minutes when Tewkesbury received a fantastic ball from Anusia Rourke, and beat the defensive to line to go on a one on one with the 'keeper. She shot beautifully over the 'keeper, but was unfortunately denied by the cross bar, which bent under the shear force of the shot.

Yeovil then made several changes, one of which was bringing on former Bournemouth midfielder Janie Morgan for her debut. Shortly afterwards, Nardiello made another great run down the left and into the box, only to be flattened by a defender. The referee pointed to the spot, and Kia Bowles sent the 'keeper the wrong way with a great penalty to complete a fine afternoon of football for her side.

Speaking after the game, Glovers Manager Steve Phelps was delighted with both the performance and result:

"We went back the 4-4-2 this week, and proved our flexibility with a great result. Chesham are a good side, but we made them look ordinary, with a very good performance. I was happy with everything I saw today. The players knuckled down and earned a very good win. This result keeps our title challenge well and truly alive, and with it, we'll keep fighting to the end."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Chesham United Ladies 0.

[Report by Ali King.]


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16 March 2009 : A Wealey Good Goalkeeper Signs On Loan
Yeovil Town have brought in on loan a rather familiar face as cover for goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar whilst he is out suspended. Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale spent seven years at Huish Park during the club's rise up the leagues and arrives on a month's loan where he will undoubtedly start against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

Born in Yeovil, Wealey joined the Glovers youth team in August 1999 from Dorset side Gillingham Town. He turned professional in the summer of 2000 and was part of Yeovil's FA Trophy, Conference and League Two title winning squads, clocking up 204 appearances along the way.

Chris found his final season with the Glovers rather punctuated by a knee injury, meaning that he spent the last few months of the 2005-06 season on the sidelines. In the summer of 2006, he followed former Glovers boss Gary Johnson up the A37 to Bristol City where he has made 14 appearances, including seven this season. He has also had two very brief loan spells with Hereford United, but we won't hold that against him!

Welcome home Wealey, and let's hope he can keep us a few clean sheets over the next month.


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16 March 2009 : Interview With Russell Slade
Following Saturday's 5-0 result at the Withdean Stadium, former Glovers manager Russell Slade talked to the BBC about the game. Facing his old side for the first time, Russell talked about Brighton and Hove Albion's thrashing of the Glovers, as well as giving his views on the Yeovil Town fans and the new Glovers management team.

Link: Interview With Russell Slade After The 5-0 Win For His New Side Brighton.


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16 March 2009 : Glovers Duo Bans Officially Confirmed
Further to our news on Saturday, the Football Association have confirmed the suspensions of two Yeovil Town players. Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar will serve a one match ban in next Saturday's home match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town midfielder Jonathan Worthington, currently in his second month of a loan spell at Huish Park, faces a two match ban that will see him sit out the same match, along with the following weekend's game against Swindon Town.


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16 March 2009 : Glovers Target Loan Trio
This morning's Western Daily Press states that Yeovil Town hope to bring in three loan signings later this week. With the Glovers having been thrashed 4-0 and 5-0 in the last week, new blood is urgently needed in the side, and so far the club have been slow to react to a set of increasingly bad results since former manager Russell Slade left Huish Park.

Top of the list is a goalkeeper, given Josh Wagenaar's impending suspension for a red card incurred during Saturday's 5-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Glovers do not have a registered second choice keeper, with youngster Lloyd Irish doubling up between Taunton Town and Yeovil Town Reserves this season and so there is little doubt that there will be one new arrival.

The WDP name Asmir Begovic as the club's main target. The Portsmouth goalkeeper has already had two loan spells with the club, totalling 16 games, and so would be a familiar face to most of the Yeovil Town squad.

Bristol City defender James Wilson is also named. He can play at either centre-back or right-back and played against Yeovil whilst on loan at Brentford earlier in the season. He has captained the Welsh Under 19s side, and currently represents his country at Under 21 level. He was born in Chepstow on February 26, 1989 and has therefore just turned 20 years old. He was given a four year contract by manager Gary Johnson last November, just after he had made his first team debut as a substitute against Southampton. Johnson said of Wilson at the time:

"I'm sure James has a big future with this club and that's why he's been offered such a long deal. He's already a Welsh international and he's going to be a very good player. This contract recognises that fact and shows the faith we have in him. It also gives him time to develop his game properly without feeling under pressure to prove himself. We don't want him worrying that he's not in the first team, because there's plenty of time for that."

The final position the Glovers are inevitably hunting for is a striker. No names are predicted here though. The problem that Yeovil face here is that if they go for the cheap rookie option as they have recently with Scott Rendell and Aleksandar Prijovic, it may not add to Yeovil's meagre tally of 32 league goals in 36 games this season. And if they go for a more experienced target, then these will be harder to find, and inevitably will require the club to make a significant financial decision on the value of retaining League One football.


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15 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
For those supporters that had the misfortune to visit the Withdean Stadium yesterday, don't forget that your Man of the Match votes are due. Whilst we realise that may be hard, vote for your top three players (or your three least worst if you prefer) using the Man of the Match Voting Form below. Include performance and entertainment marks as well as any additional comments/rants you wish to have about the game and Yeovil Town's current situation.

Link: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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15 March 2009 : Paul Warne's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Winger/striker Paul Warne played as both a striker and a goalkeeper in yesterday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion. Coming on as a substitute in the game, the damage was already done in a 5-0 defeat against the Seagulls, but Warney donned the gloves for the final seven minutes after Josh Wagenaar was sent off. Read Warney's post-match interview with BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon via the link below.

Link: Paul Warne Talks To The BBC About The 5-0 Defeat At Brighton.


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15 March 2009 : Sheridan Leaves Boundary Park
Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan has become the latest man to lose his job in League One. The Latics boss was fired today following yesterday's 6-2 defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town's next opponents Milton Keynes Dons.

Oldham are currently 8th in the League One table and four points off the playoffs. However, they have won just one match in their last six games, and last week there were huge question marks over Sheridan's control of the squad's discipline, after claims of fighting amongst players at Belle Vue dog track last Tuesday. Certain newspapers had claimed Sheridan had been involved in the brawl, although he retorted saying that such allegations were exaggerated.

Eventually one player was fined two weeks wages and two more were warned about their future conduct, although they were not identified, and there was no suggestion that Sheridan himself had been disciplined by the club. What effect that may have had on Oldham's dressing room as a consequence can only be guessed at, but it is probably safe to assume that it did not help the manager's position. When the Latics fell apart against one of their promotion rivals yesterday, managing director Simon Corney felt the club had to act:

"This has been very upsetting and a tough decision, but we have been in a bit of a rut of late and we feel this is the best course of action. Now we will be looking to get someone in who can bring freshness and who can get us over the line and into the play-offs. John has done a great job here and I am sure he will go on to better things. It was a learning curve for him and we are sad that he is gone but that is football and we must move on. Myself and John have become good friends and I would like to thank him for his services. But the standard of football has dropped recently Ė particularly at home Ė and we found ourselves in a difficult situation."

Sheridan was one of League One's longer serving managers, having replaced Ronnie Moore at Boundary Park in the summer of 2006. He is the 13th manager in the division to lose his job this season.

Update: In the blink of an eyelid, Oldham have replaced John Sheridan. They have called on Joe Royle, who managed the Latics for 12 years and took them to the top flight for three seasons, and he has the job until the end of the season.


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14 March 2009 : Nathan's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Assistant manager Nathan Jones was in the dugout today as Yeovil Town came unstuck badly against Brighton and Hove Albion, losing 5-0 at the Withdean Stadium. A rather angry sounding Nathan talked to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon after the match and the full transcript of his interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Nathan's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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14 March 2009 : Duo Expecting Suspension Next Weekend
Next week's match against Milton Keynes Dons will see two players suspended, subject to confirmation. Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar will be suspended following his red card against Brighton and Hove Albion today. The press association are reporting it as 'violent conduct' but we're pretty sure that Josh was dismissed for a second yellow card offence - or at worst a professional foul, both of which would result in a single match ban.

In addition, Paul Warne said in his post-match BBC radio interview that he believed midfielder Jonathan Worthington had got his 10th booking of the season today. Assuming Warney is correct, then Worthington will receive a two match ban and miss next weekend's home match as well as the following week's crucial encounter against Swindon Town. Most football statistics websites still have Worthington down for eight bookings, but we're aware that on his arrival on loan from Huddersfield Town that those statistics were wrong. We'll try and confirm the news on both players on Monday or Tuesday.


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14 March 2009 : Glovers Torn Apart By Seagulls
Four days after suffering their record Football League defeat, Yeovil Town suffered an increase on that unwanted record with a 5-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium today. Former manager Russell Slade had the last laugh as his team ran riot in a match where the Seagulls could easily have had more than five they got in the end. Nicky Forster and Dean Cox grabbed braces, whilst Glenn Murray added a penalty. Matters got worse seven minutes from the end when goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar was red carded for bringing down a Brighton player outside the box, although this had little effect on the scoreline with the Glovers already four down at that stage.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes from the midweek match at Leeds United. Terry Skiverton made his first start as a player since becoming manager, replacing Aaron Brown who was out with a groin strain. As a result, assistant boss Nathan Jones was relegated to bench duties in favour of Nathan Smith. Meanwhile Danny Schofield's groin strain meant he was not quite fit enough to justify a starting slot and so he dropped to the bench, in favour of Luke Rodgers, which also allowed the Glovers to revert to a 4-4-2 line-up.

The start was a relatively even one, with perhaps the Seagulls edging things. But Brighton took the lead on 16 minutes with the goal coming when play broke down from a Yeovil free kick. Caught short at the back, a pass through to Dean Cox exposed players out of position, and when Craig Alcock tried to recover his ground, Cox slipped past him, and firing home to put the Seagulls 1-0 up.

Yeovil nearly got an equalising goal out of nothing when Nathan Smith's cross found Gavin Tomlin, who hit the outside of the post, surprising a static Brighton back line. But matters got worse for the Glovers before even half an hour had passed on the clock when midfielder Al Bangura threaded a pass through to Nicky Forster who found it a little too easy to double Brighton's lead. As with many of Yeovil's recent matches, they had held their own relatively well at 0-0, but as each goal went in, heads went down and the determination to stay in the match gradually slipped away. Brighton finished the half well in control of the situation.

A brief second half rally at the start of the half, and then again when Paul Warne and Aidan Downes were introduced as substitutes, threatened to make a game of it. But an hour into the match, Nicky Forster grabbed his second of the afternoon. A sloppy pass from Nathan Smith fell into the path of Dean Cox, and his threaded pass found Forster, who punished the defensive mistake with the third of the afternoon.

Thereafter it was a case of 'goodnight Yeovil' as the Glovers fell apart. The home side grabbed a penalty when a Dean Cox cross was blocked by Terry Skiverton's arm and referee Steve Bratt pointed to the spot. Significantly Josh Wagenaar was booked for kicking the ball away amidst the protests, but substitute Glenn Murray wasn't fazed by that and despite Wags going the right way, Brighton were 4-0 up and rampant.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. As has been mentioned on these pages many times throughout the season, whilst the Glovers rarely have the option of a substitute that can affect the game, the opposition usually do, and just three minutes after substitute Glenn Murray had netted, it was the turn of substitute Craig Davies to do his bit. The striker ran onto a ball wide of the box, and Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar rashly charged out of his area and brought Davies down outside the box. With Wags already on a yellow, the red card that was shown was an obvious one, although we'll have to wait for the FA to confirm the exact nature of the ban. With Yeovil down to 10 men, Paul Warne ended up between the sticks for the final seven minutes. Even if the Glovers had used a substitute keeper they wouldn't have been able to bring him on - all three substitutions had already been made.

There was little Warney could do about Brighton's fifth goal of the afternoon which came a minute from time. Dean Cox, who had been involved in all of Brighton's goals during the afternoon, was afforded a huge amount of space inside the penalty box. When no-one closed him down, he fired across the face of the Yeovil goal to increase the embarrassment for the visitors. The only positive of the afternoon was that referee Steve Bratt did not linger on the injury time and put the Glovers out of their misery. Not even Brighton boss Russell Slade could have seen something like this happening.

The result leaves the Glovers still three points off the drop zone, with Swindon Town losing to a late Jermaine Beckford goal at Leeds United. But Brighton's win pulls them level on points with Swindon, and with the Glovers goal difference now in tatters. Wins for Crewe Alexandra, Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town saw two of their rivals pull clear of the relegation zone and increasing the pressure on Glovers boss Terry Skiverton as he still looks for his first win as manager. With performances now on a massive slide, something radical needs to be done to help him if Yeovil Town's owner, the Chairman and the Board of Directors really do value League One football.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including this afternoon's results).

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 5 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Dean Cox (16 mins, 1-0), Nicky Forster (29 mins, 2-0), Nicky Forster (62 mins, 3-0), Glenn Murray (80 mins, 4-0, pen), Dean Cox (89 mins, 5-0)

Brighton and Hove Albion: (4-4-2)
40. Mikkel Andersen
2. Andrew Whing 6. Adam El-Abd 12. Matt Heath 14. David Livermore
7. Dean Cox 8. Jason Jarrett 39. Alhassan Bangura 28. Sebastien Carole
38. Lloyd Owusu 9. Nicky Forster

Substitutes:
11. Kevin McLeod 17. Glenn Murray (65 mins for Nicky Forster) 22. Tommy Fraser (77 mins for Jason Jarrett) 24. Tommy Elphick 25. Craig Davies (80 mins for Lloyd Owusu)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
27. Lee Peltier 16. Gary Roberts 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 15. Luke Rodgers

Substitutes:
11. Danny Schofield (54 mins for Andy Welsh) 14. Paul Warne (54 mins for Luke Rodgers) 17. Aidan Downes (66 mins for Craig Alcock) 18. Keiran Murtagh 24. Danny Hutchins

Brighton Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (foul, 70 mins), Paul Warne (dissent, 74 mins), Josh Wagenaar (kicking ball away, 79 mins). Red Card: Josh Wagenaar (second bookable offence, 83 mins)

Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: David Buck (Kent) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Ray Lee (Essex).

Attendance: 6,291 (including 262 Yeovil supporters).


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14 March 2009 : Glovers To Withdraw From Reserves League
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they plan to withdraw from the Football Combination league at the end of this season. The Glovers have struggled to fulfil their fixtures this season, with two matches so far being switched to alternative venues, as the problems with the Huish Park pitch have gradually escalated throughout the season, with St James Park, Exeter and Gassons Lane, Somerton being used to schedule 'home' fixtures in the competition.

The withdrawl from the league has been confirmed in the latest Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership minutes. The club cite a number of reasons, including issues with the Huish Park pitch, and the shrinking of the size of the Glovers first team squad.

The plan in the future will be to play ad-hoc friendlies as and when needed, however these are likely to be held behind closed doors or on club training pitches, and so regulars who watch the Reserve Team play at Huish Park will certainly find it harder to see how players on the fringe of the first team squad are performing.

It also seems likely that all remaining home fixtures in the Football Combination will not be playing at Huish Park. The club are likely to use Gassons Lane, Somerton or alternative venues to fulfil their remaining fixtures.


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14 March 2009 : Terry Skiverton Testimonial Shirt
As part of Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Year, a souvenir shirt has been produced and is on sale now. The shirt, which is pictured below, is available for £20.00, and comes in Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes. Postage for orders can be arranged at an additional cost of £3.00.

Contact Testimonial Committee member Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk for further details, or how to buy one.
New Terry Skiverton Shirt - on sale now
New Terry Skiverton Shirt - on sale now
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace

Close-up of the shirt design
Close-up of the shirt design
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace



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13 March 2009 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 8
On February 26th, the latest Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting was held at Huish Park. The full set of minutes have been prepared by Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley and now published by the club. You can read the full minutes, via the link below.

Link: February 26th 2009 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 8.


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13 March 2009 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Extraordinary Meeting Minutes
On February 18th 2009, an Extraordinary Meeting of the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership was called to discuss the situation that had developed after the removal of former manager Russell Slade.

The meeting took place just before current manager Terry Skiverton was appointed to the position and talked about the club's Press Statements that were issued in the lead-up to Russell Slade exiting Huish Park.

The full meeting minutes are now available via the link below.

Link: February 18th 2009 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Extraordinary Meeting Minutes.


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13 March 2009 : Skivo And Slade Full Of Praise For Each Other
Whilst former manager Russell Slade's departure from Huish Park may have been one of the more tetchy separations of Football Manager from Football Club, that level of dispute is not seen between the current Brighton and Hove Albion boss and his Yeovil replacement. Slade's former Club Captain Terry Skiverton is full of praise for his former boss, and the feeling is clearly mutual.

Slade admits that he thought Skiverton would eventually become manager of Yeovil Town, and said that he had a high level of respect for him and his assistant Nathan Jones:

"I thought it would possibly happen one day, although even by Terry's admission it's come very early, and at an early stage for him. Of course he has Nathan Jones as his sidekick. It's a combination that did great for me as players, I have to tell you. They were terrific pros, always. I confided in them and we had a terrific relationship whilst I was there. Now it's a different gameplan for them, as their careers go in a slightly different direction, where they now take the responsibility for coaching and managing the players. That's a big step."

Unsurprisingly, Slade's family home is still in the Yeovil area, although he expects that situation to change in the long run. His contract with Brighton is only until this summer though, so his temporary situation may take a few months to be resolved. Slade explained to the BBC his current situation:

"My other half has put the house up for sale. We're looking at moving and certainly won't be staying at Yeovil in the long term. At this moment in time I'm living in a hotel room with a view - but over the station! Obviously you want your family around you. I'm used to having my family around me and the quicker I can get them down and settled, the better really."

Skiverton echoed Slade's comments, saying that he had a good working relationship with the man he worked for during the last 2.5 years:

"It will be nice to go and see Russell, because Russell was good to me in the past. He's already said to me that the fridge will be stocked up no matter what the result. We're all welcome to go in there and have a drink with him and have a laugh. We're both going to go out there and give it a right good go, but afterwards shake hands and share an orange juice."

Terry was philosophical about the change, pointing out that managers come and go in football, and that experiencing that was one of the hazards of the trade:

"Things happen in football. Russ left this job for whatever reason and whatever circumstances. But he did a great job for the football club. But then something similar has happened at Brighton and now he's got a chance to go in at Brighton. That's the managerial career and the path that you take and that's what happens in football. It's one of the shortest jobs for people, with the career span you have with managers at certain clubs. I think Russ had a good run here anyway. He got us some fantastic results and took us to the highest place we've ever been to. We'll go into this weekend and he will know everything about everyone. He'll know all our strengths and weaknesses, but we'll know all his strengths and weaknesses as a manager as well. We've just got to go out there and go for it tooth and nail, and really try and get stuck into each other."

With the Glovers now on a run that has seen them go six games without a win since Slade's departure, and five under Skiverton's management, several theories have been that the players are still suffering from a post-Slade hangover. But Skiverton refuses to use that as an excuse for recent results:

"No, the situation is as it has always been at football clubs. It has been like that during my whole career. The King Is Dead - Long Live The King! Someone else comes in and it's a new regime and you've got to start again. That's what we've been doing. We've got a very small squad to call upon. You could see with the Leeds squad they had people like Lee Trundle to come on and he wasn't even needed."

As for Brighton's chances of staying up, rather like himself, Skivo feels Slade will need time to mould his new team into the way that he wants them to play. The Seagulls brought in five loan players in the week leading up to Slade's arrival, and Skiverton said that Brighton's chances of avoiding the drop would depend upon how quickly things settled down at the Withdean Stadium:

"It's all about how quickly can those new players gel. There's new players and there's a new manager that has come in. It's not a case that they've come in and they've got a result straight away. It's going to be a fight down there and their home form is not particularly the greatest. There will be pressure on them at home to do something. It's exciting and it's got the makings of a great game."

Finally Slade denies that he sees tomorrow's game as a grudge match against his former employers. Slade claims that he is now forward looking and is only concentrating on keeping Brighton in League One. Speaking to the Brighton Argus he insisted there was no ill-feeling:

"Thereís not, because I am a positive person. Iím not really for looking back, I am somebody who looks forward to the next chapter. I am very much that way in life in general, so it doesnít affect me too much. Not only that, in my opinion I have come to a football club which, with all due respect to Yeovil, has more potential and is possibly more forward thinking and ambitious. These are the factors which led me to jump at the opportunity to come to Brighton."

Despite the Glovers now occupying an uncomfortable 20th position in the League One table and just three points away from the relegation zone, Slade was unsurprisingly quick to point out to the Argus where his old side were when he left them:

"We were eight points clear with a game in hand of the relegation zone. Since then, unfortunately for them, they have been sucked right back into it, which will obviously cause them a problem, but Iím not bitter about it. I am forward thinking, Iím at a club that I think can go forward. I am ambitious and I want to manage in the Championship, probably like most of my counterparts in this league. The difference is I feel as if I am at a club that could one day do that. Thatís the long-term picture. The short-term picture is to keep Brighton in League One and I wonít look at the longer term until that is achieved."

As a footnote, as part of their article the Brighton Argus claim that Slade "fell out with Yeovilís owner, former Bournemouth chairman Norman Hayward". There's no quotes or further information to back up that claim, but is one of the more specific claims that has been made on the subject.


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13 March 2009 : Rovers Stay On Top
As the season draws to a close 'Awards Time' comes round again. Programme Monthly (editor John Litster) is seen as setting the standard in its field, and has been handing out its annual gongs for nearly thirty years.

'The Pirate', issued by Bristol Rovers, has dominated the lower leagues for some seasons now, and once again came out a winner, taking first place in League One. The 1-2-3 across the four divisions was as follows :

Premier League: 1st Manchester City; 2nd West Bromwich Albion; 3rd Arsenal.

Championship: 1st Coventry City; 2nd Birmingham City; 3rd Queens Park Rangers.

League One: 1st Bristol Rovers; 2nd Colchester United; 3rd Brighton & Hove Albion.

League Two: 1st Exeter City; 2nd Rochdale; 3rd Port Vale.

A number of lesser categories are also acknowledged by the magazine, but the only one we've picked up on so far for League One is the 'Best Read', which went to Carlisle United. If we find out any more - there have been 'Design' and 'Most Improved' in previous seasons for instance - we'll add them in.

The overall title usually, but not always, goes to a club from the top flight with their huge resources. This season the Programme of the Year is indeed the issue from Manchester City.


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13 March 2009 : Ladies Get Fixture Switch
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a change to their fixture list announced. On Sunday March 29th, they will be at home to Chesham United Ladies in the South West Combination Womens Football League, instead of the original fixture against Plymouth Argyle Ladies that was scheduled for the same day. The Plymouth fixture will require a new date to be arranged.

The Ladies side also face Chesham on Sunday, in the corresponding away fixture.


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13 March 2009 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow for what is possibly their biggest game of the season so far. The game is important for all kinds of reasons, but primarily because Brighton lie a mere six points behind the Glovers and with a game in hand.

With the Glovers just one place above the relegation line in 20th position, and Brighton in 22nd place, clearly a win would make a huge difference to each side's fortunes. Brighton boss Russell Slade's description of the game as a "cup final" is a touch exaggerated - the team that loses tomorrow will live to fight another day - but certainly there is every chance of the League One table looking very different at 5.00p.m. tomorrow.

The match is also important for a number of other reasons. The focus will undeniably be upon Seagulls boss Russell Slade - given his marching orders from Huish Park after a run of four consecutive wins, and now the man needing to plot Brighton's great escape at the expense of his former employers. However, it shouldn't be forgotten that Glovers assistant manager Nathan Jones will be trying to do exactly the same thing - against the side he won promotion with to the Championship, spending five years in Sussex in the process. Then there is Lloyd Owusu - a Glover at the start of the season, and now a Seagull, via Cheltenham Town, and paired up again with his old boss.

The Glovers go into the match with a number of injury concerns. Midfielder Darren Way is of course out for the season, whilst manager Terry Skiverton had to pull out of training yesterday, with his foot injury still not having healed. There are also doubts over defender Aaron Brown, who lasted just nine minutes of the midweeker against Leeds United due to a groin strain, and Danny Schofield, who retired at half time with the same complaint and did not train yesterday. Striker Gavin Tomlin looks to have recovered from an ankle knock in the same game though. With still no new signings on the horizon, it would seem likely that Skiverton will be merely shuffling his pack to try and produce a result.

Brighton have one major headache ahead of tomorrow's game. The left-back position had been occupied by Jim McNulty, but a horrific injury that left him in intensive care in hospital with kidney damage has put him out for the reason. Gary Borrowdale was drafted in from Queens Park Rangers as his replacement, but a knee injury has put him out for three weeks and it seems likely that the Seagulls will have to devise a makeshift option in that position, with one of their central defenders likely to shuffle across to the left. All the more important then for the Glovers to hope that Danny Schofield passes his fitness test.

Elsewhere, Slade's options within the Brighton ranks have been boosted by a midweek Reserve match that saw several players making their way back from injury. Defender Tommy Elphick (ankle) and striker Glenn Murray (hernia) both returned to action, and much will depend upon their match fitness and their reaction to the Reserves game as to whether they are pushed back into first team action yet.

In terms of form, both clubs have a lot in common. Both teams have yet to win under their new management teams, with the Glovers now having gone six games without a win since Slade's departure, and five under Skiverton's control. Brighton were already on a dreadful run of form before the change of management at the Withdean Stadium, and have lost 12 out of their last 19 matches. Slade has yet to arrest that slide, having lost both games he has presided over, although Tuesday night's 1-3 defeat at the hands of Southend United was the first match that he had picked the team for.

Both teams also have an alarming habit of shipping goals towards the end of halves, so don't be tempted to head to the teabars or the exits until the whistle has blown. Brighton have let in 21 goals in the five minutes leading up to the end of halves, whilst the Glovers have let in 17 across the same period. Expect the word "concentrate!" to be screamed from both dugouts rather a lot during this period.

In terms of past meetings, the Glovers have the upper hand, with a 100 percent away record at the Withdean Stadium, and with Brighton yet to beat them at Huish Park. Only the 1-1 draw last September spoils a 100 percent record overall, with Darren Way's late goal cancelling out a Nicky Forster penalty scored just three minutes earlier.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and if you've not bought your ticket for the away end yet, then unfortunately you're too late to get one. This is an ALL TICKET match for away fans, and so you'll have to make do with BBC Somerset's live commentary of the game on 95.5FM instead. Given the distance of the Withdean Stadium away end from the pitch, your trusty radio is probably about as close as you'd get to the action anyway. For those who are going, take a pair of binoculars, and also take a copy of the Ciderspace guide to Brighton, which is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


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13 March 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton
A reminder for those making the trip to the Withdean Stadium that our usual travel guide is available. Containing everything you need to know about travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion (and if you're travelling privately and haven't been before you probably need to read carefully) including directions, parking, pub guides and a club history, the guide is available via the link below.

Note that this game is an ALL TICKET match and tickets for away fans are no longer on sale. Hence do not depart unless you have a guarantee of a match ticket.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


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12 March 2009 : Skivo Tightlipped Over Player Signings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is continuing his search for new blood in the Glovers squad, but it is looking increasingly likely that his current squad will have to see him through the weekend. Yeovil Town travel to Brighton and Hove Albion looking to break a run of six games without a win, and although the Glovers boss admitted he was still looking for new players to take his side out of their current rut, he was staying tightlipped over their identities:

"I've got one or two irons in the fire and we'll just have to see what happens. I don't really want to say anything in case something gets out. That happened with one of my first deals. People knew about it before it had gone through and then it didn't happen. So I think I better keep my own counsel on that."

We suspect he is referring to Cheltenham Town striker Damian Spencer, who the club tried to sign up earlier this month, with the Robins doing a u-turn on the deal for unspecified reasons.

Within the current squad, Terry rates himself and Aaron Brown as his two immediate areas of concern ahead of the game:

"I tried to train today and it was still very sore. So we'll just have to wait and see. The only one that is really struggling is Browny, with his groin. But that's the only one. I think he'll be OK for the weekend."

Gavin Tomlin came off 50 minutes into the midweeker at Leeds United with an ankle injury, but has already returned to training this morning. Midfielder Danny Schofield did not join in with training after suffering a groin strain in midweek and physio Wayne Jones will assess his chances tomorrow, but his withdrawl up in Yorkshire was a precautionary measure rather than anything serious.


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12 March 2009 : Thommo Proud Of Time At Yeovil
Having had some time to reflect on his abrupt dismissal on 18th February Steve Thompson has been speaking to the Western Gazette about his pride in the club and in the almost eleven years he served it :

"I am proud to have managed such a famous club as Yeovil Town, with all of its tradition. I am proud to have assisted some excellent managers and I am proud of the fact that when I joined we were in the Conference but when I left we were an established League One club."

Thommo, who had two spells as manager himself at Huish Park plus several caretaker cameos, feels he did not always receive the credit he should have, particularly for maintaining the club's status during its first season in League One. He also slips in an aside about interference from above, an issue once again on the agenda at Yeovil :

"People underestimate what I did as manager. When I took over we were 21st in September and I did the job for the rest of the season, finishing 15th. I lost my two best midfielders in Lee Johnson and Darren Way in the January transfer window and had to put up with that. I also had two players imposed on me that I had to have in my squad. To finish 15th after starting 21st I thought was a good achievement and one I do not think I have been given credit for."

One presumes the two players Thommo had forced upon him that he didn't want were Daniel Webb and Bradley Thomas, signed by David Webb in his then role as CEO for no other apparent reason than the former is Webb's son and the latter was his son's good mate.

Link : Thommo Departs


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11 March 2009 : Skivo Experiences The Longest Night Of His Life
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton declared last night's match against Leeds United as the "longest night of my life" after his team were hammered 4-0 at Elland Road. Skivo clearly found it a painful experience, but he felt that it was important to get the game into context and pointed out to BBC Somerset that Saturday's game at Brighton and Hove Albion would be far more defining of their season:

"Tonight's not going to determine our season, playing Leeds United away. What is going to determine our season is playing against Brighton, Cheltenham and Hereford. It just makes those sort of games a lot bigger now. So we've got to go into them and put tonight to bed. Forget about it. Learn from it and learn the way that we feel when you are so heavily defeated like that and with such ease. We had heart in the first 15 minutes and we kept them quiet. But we gave away a silly goal, and then you can end up in the longest night of your life. I felt that with us as a team and me as a manager, that was the longest night of my life tonight."

Skivo also felt that he and his players needed to learn from the experience and stick together and show some mental toughness. One nasty pattern from Yeovil's recent matches has been that they have performed relatively well as a unit up until the first goal has been conceded. Last night's game was certainly true to that form:

"You've got to learn from that, because you make mistakes, and we have done as a club tonight. I'll take some of the responsibility, or even most of the responsibility as I pick the team. You find out about that and then you also find out the people who are with you. There weren't many people there tonight. We need to dig in, and I know what we've got to do. As I've said before, we've got to put this one behind us and go into the Brighton game. We've got to pick ourselves up and show mental toughness."

Whilst no-one would ever suggest that it influenced the result on the night, the Yeovil boss was none too happy with the performance of referee Andy Haines. Terry felt that bookings for two of his players were not matched by some equally bad tackles on his players from the opposition, including a couple of heavy challenges on Gavin Tomlin that ultimately forced him off the field:

"I was a little bit disappointed really. Their lad came through Gav (Tomlin) early on in the game and the referee patted him on the back and said good tackle. Aidan did exactly the same and got a yellow card. One thing I do feel about this is that a lot of decisions go against us. It might be me being a little bit paranoid, but I always feel it's because it's little old Yeovil up against these big teams and that little decisions like that go against you and that sets the scene for the whole night. There were certain instances where we were getting fouled and not getting anything. These things happen though, and it's probably just me being paranoid."

With Tomlin, Danny Schofield and Aaron Brown all injured on the night, and the team looking rather shellshocked, Terry admitted to the Western Daily Press that he needed some "help" from the outside, with so far only Danny Hutchins having come into his playing squad since he took over as manager. Quite clearly some players are going to need to come in from the outside if Yeovil's slide down the table is to be arrested:

"We are going to need help, definitely. We will see who we can get in over the next three or four days or weeks. With finances we can't compete with teams like Leeds. We are going to have to do some wheeling and dealing just to get bodies in because we are going to be short for the squad for the weekend."

Skivo admitted that if anyone from Brighton and Hove Albion was watching the match at Elland Road that the report sent back to former Glovers boss Russell Slade would definitely put a smile on his face. But Terry predicted a much tighter game on Saturday:

"His (Slade's) scout will be rubbing his hands. But that will be a totally different game. That will be a more intense game, tighter and I think there will be only one or two goals in it. I don't think there are any real positives (tonight). Nothing came off for us. We gave away a couple of goals and they scored a couple of goals and we came up short as a club."


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11 March 2009 : Officials For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's match at the Withdean Stadium between Brighton and Hove Albion and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Steve Bratt (West Midlands). We've had Mr Bratt on four separate occasions, despite the official being relatively new to the Football League lists.

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

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

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

Mr Bratt will be assisted by David Buck (Kent) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Ray Lee (Essex).

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

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

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

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


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11 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Leeds United Match
A reminder to those hardy souls who braved Elland Road last night, that your Man of the Match votes are now required. We realise there are few positives out of a 4-0 defeat, but vote for your top three players on the night, plus entertainment and team performance ratings for the match against Leeds United, along with any other additional comments you wish to make, using the form below.

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


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11 March 2009 : Ticketing For Brighton Reminder
A reminder to those who are looking to travel to Yeovil Town's away fixture on Saturday that you have just today and tomorrow to purchase your match tickets. The game against 22nd placed Brighton and Hove Albion, managed by a certain Russell Slade has increased in importance over the past few weeks, with Slade admitting in the Sussex press that it represented a "cup final" for his side's fortunes.

This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters and tickets must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office by 5.00p.m. tomorrow.

Link: Ticketing For The Brighton Game.


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10 March 2009 : Glovers Crash At Elland Road
Yeovil Town were taken apart by a rampant Leeds United side at Elland Road tonight. Despite keeping the Yorkshire side quiet for the first 25 minutes, once Jermaine Beckford netted the opening goal, it was one-way traffic as the Glovers failed to get a shot on target all night. Beckford completed his hat-trick early in the second half after Neil Kilkenny had put Leeds two goals up, whilst Leeds even had the opportunity to waste several second half chances, including a missed penalty from Luciano Becchio.

The Glovers went into the game making several changes to Saturday's line-up. Right-back Danny Hutchins didn't even make it into the sixteen, whilst Aaron Brown was only fit enough to sit on the bench. Aidan Downes became a fifth midfielder in a 4-5-1 formation that saw Lee Peltier operate as a makeshift centre-back for the night. The new look outfit didn't start too badly, holding Leeds steady in an opening 25 minute period where neither side managed a single shot. Whilst that didn't make it a great game, it made it one in which the minutes were ticking down nicely.

All of that changed radically though with the opening goal. Terrell Forbes will probably feel a bit hard done by, that his block tackle on Ben Parker fell straight into the path of Jermaine Beckford to open the scoring with 25 minutes gone. At that point, a quiet balanced game turned into one-way traffic. Beckford had another goal ruled out for offside, whilst Josh Wagenaar had to save smartly from another attempt from the same player.

Two minutes before the break though, Leeds got their second through Neil Kilkenny, as he was given far too much room in the centre of the park to advance forward and smack the ball from long range, swerving over the diving Wagenaar and for a 2-0 half time lead.

The second period opened in chaotic fashion for the Glovers. Danny Schofield was withdrawn at half time with more knee problems, and his replacement Aaron Brown lasted just nine minutes before he had to retire, still hobbling from the knock he picked up on Saturday. In between Gavin Tomlin left the field, also crocked as all three Yeovil substitutions came in quick succession.

In the midst of that, Brown's lack of match fitness was cruelly exposed by Beckford as he latched onto a Fabian Delph pass to make it 3-0 and then with not even an hour played, Beckford completed his hat-trick, chipping a helpless Wagenaar and introducing concerns that the scoreline could get rather ugly.

Thankfully that was as bad as it got, even if Luciano Becchio wasted a golden opportunity for a fifth goal, after he was fouled in the box by Craig Alcock. After an argument over who was going to take it, Becchio probably wished he hadn't been so forthright, blasting his attempt over the bar. Thereafter, a few substitutions from the home side broke up the play a little, and the Glovers managed to stop the night turning into total embarrassment. Still, it is difficult to imagine Leeds having an easier victory this season.

For the Glovers, it was a wretched night, compounded by injuries to Danny Schofield, Aaron Brown and Gavin Tomlin, all three of which must be now doubtful for Saturday's crunch trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. Thankfully the Seagulls and Swindon Town lost tonight, but with Leyton Orient winning and Crewe Alexandra grabbing a last minute equaliser, the Glovers have now slipped to 20th and therefore just one place above the drop zone. Saturday's match at the Withdean Stadium will be as big as they come as matters get uncomfortably tight down at the bottom just weeks after it looked as though Yeovil were cruising towards the mid-table positions.

Final Score: Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Jermaine Beckford (1-0, 25 mins), Neil Kilkenny (2-0, 43 mins), Jermaine Beckford (3-0, 51 mins), Jermaine Beckford (4-0, 58 mins)

Leeds United: (4-4-2)
1. Casper Ankergren
4. Jonathan Douglas 36. Richard Naylor 5. Rui Marques 19. Ben Parker
23. Robert Snodgrass 14. Jonathan Howson 8. Neil Kilkenny 15. Fabian Delph
10. Luciano Becchio 9. Jermaine Beckford

Substitutes: 12. David Lucas (GK) 6. Lubomir Michalik 13. Mike Grella (72 mins for Luciano Becchio) 16. Bradley Johnson (73 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 35. Lee Trundle

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 16. Gary Roberts 11. Danny Schofield 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
14. Paul Warne (50 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 15. Luke Rodgers 18. Keiran Murtagh (55 mins for Aaron Brown) 23. Aaron Brown (46 mins for Danny Schofield) 28. Nathan Smith

Leeds Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Aidan Downes (foul, 18 mins), Gary Roberts (foul, 34 mins)

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Darren England (South Yorkshire) and Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Richard Hewitt (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 18,847

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including tonight's results).


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10 March 2009 : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Elland Road today for one of their more difficult remaining fixtures in the League One schedule. Leeds United may not be firing on all cylinders on their travels, but on their home patch they have won five matches in a row and will be hot favourites tonight to make that six.

Leeds lie in 7th place in the table and 18 points better off than the Glovers, who urgently need to arrest a five game run without a win that has seen them slip to 18th place and just three points off the drop zone, having collected just two points from the last 15 available. In theory Yeovil are just turning up to be the Yorkshire club's whipping boys, but of course half the fun of football is to expect the unexpected, and Yeovil Town have built up years of being known as the country's most famous giantkillers.

They go into the match with more or less all players available, and only midfielder Darren Way definitely out. Manager Terry Skiverton has refused to rule himself entirely out of contention for the match, whilst midfielder Lee Peltier is on the edge of a return. Skiverton's team selection will probably be influenced by which players are the closest to full match fitness, with himself, Peltier, Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith as the four to ponder as the team bus heads up the motorway.

Leeds of course have a huge squad available to them, and that may well influence matters in manager Simon Grayson's team selection. The Yorkshire club took a bit of a battering on Saturday against a physical Bristol Rovers side, with Neil Kilkenny, Rui Marques and Robert Snodgrass all picking up facial injuries during their 2-2 draw, although Grayson claims all three are available for selection. Midfielder Bradley Johnson returns from a one match ban whilst Andy Hughes is back in training after a recent hamstring injury. The only two players unlikely to feature are Andy Robinson (hamstring) and Frazer Richardson (calf).

Bristol City striker Lee Trundle completes a loan spell at Elland Road tonight. The former Swansea City player has scored one goal in 10 appearances since arriving in January, and although Grayson was tight-lipped over whether that deal would be extended, the fact that Trundle merely warmed the bench on Saturday would suggest that tonight will be his final bow before returning to the West Country.

Past meetings between the two clubs do not throw up too many rays of hope for the Glovers, with two defeats and a draw to their name. That said, all three matches have been very tight affairs. Two 1-0 defeats during the 2007-08 season were followed up by a 1-1 draw earlier this season, and there is little doubt that everyone in green and white would be delighted if the latter result could be repeated in Yorkshire tonight.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and for those not going, there will be live commentary on BBC Somerset tonight, with coverage starting after the 7.00p.m. news. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide to Leeds can be found below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.


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9 March 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United
For those slightly deranged Glovers who are heading all the way up to Elland Road tomorrow night, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide is as usual available for you to take on your travels. Featuring all you need to know about Leeds United and plenty more you didn't need to know, including directions, pub guides, ground information and ticketing, the guide can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.


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9 March 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides took on teams from Swindon Town over the weekend. So far we have the following results at the various age groups:

Yeovil Town Under 9s: Won 4-1
Yeovil Town Under 10s: Won 5-4
Yeovil Town Under 11s: Drew 2-2
Yeovil Town Under 12s: tba
Yeovil Town Under 13s: Drew 3-3 (away)
Yeovil Town Under 14s: tba
Yeovil Town Under 15s: tba
Yeovil Town Under 16s: Won 3-1 (home)

If anyone can fill in the gaps for the above results or provide any more detail on the games, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can add.


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9 March 2009 : Superstituous Slade Switches Seagulls Around
Whilst he was with Yeovil Town, we had no idea that former manager Russell Slade was so superstitious. Although the green cap was acknowledged by the man as something he didn't dare take off during the 2006-07 Wembley season, Russell has gone to new lengths with his new club Brighton and Hove Albion.

For tomorrow's match against Southend United and Saturday's match against Yeovil Town, Slade has asked for the home and away dugouts to be switched so that he is stood in front of the bench where he currently holds a 100 percent record as a manager.

The Glovers won 3-1 in December 2006 and followed that up with a 2-1 win in September 2007 and so has yet to see a side led by him drop points from that dugout. Brighton currently have the worst home record in League One and Slade has suggested all of this is good reason enough to swap the benches:

"I have stood in that other dugout and won twice. What would I want to change that for?"

Managerial madness, or a sign of clever mind games with his new club's players? You decide!

Meanwhile on a more serious note, Slade has given a more expanded reflection of his time at Huish Park. He doesn't explicitly state it, but the implication is that he feels the club failed to build on the success they gained by getting to Wembley:

"It wonít be the first time a chairman and manager go in different directions. I enjoyed my time at Yeovil and Iím proud of what I achieved there. I just see a wonderful opportunity here of building on something and then taking it that little bit further. I got within 90 minutes of Championship football at Yeovil. I would hope if I can bring that kind of success here we can take a big step forward and ensure we get there. Thatís the difference."

Following the trip to Wembley, the Glovers lost Aaron Davies and Chris Cohen later that summer, along with of much of the Wembley squad and led former keeper Steve Mildenhall to criticise the club's lack of ambition when he left Huish Park 12 months later. General opinion amongst supporters was that Slade's close friend was speaking for his manager when he let off steam upon his departure from the club.

The Glovers travel to the Withdean Stadium on Saturday for what is likely to be a classic six-pointer fixture. Brighton lost 2-1 at Leyton Orient on the weekend in what was the final side picked by caretaker boss Dean White, with Slade assuming full control after the game.


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9 March 2009 : Roy Planning To Double-Up
New Dorchester Town manager Roy O'Brien has given the biggest hint yet that he is prepared to run with two jobs for the forseeable future. Roy is Yeovil Town's Community Manager but also became the First Team Manager for the Magpies late last week.

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Roy has admitted one of his concerns was how he would be able to juggle both jobs, but it sounds like he plans to run with both at the same time:

"Before taking the job I had to think about my other career which is just as important. I love what Iím doing with Yeovil. I like both jobs and Iím going to have get even more organised now. Itís a massive learning curve for me and Iíd like to turn things around and keep us in this league. I look forward to the challenge. The last four to six weeks (at Dorchester) have been very unsettling but itís done with now and weíve all moved on. Itís certainly been a roller-coaster though."

Roy didn't have the dream start he had hoped for though - a 0-2 home defeat against Bishop's Stortford - with the Irishman playing for an hour before subbing himself and assessing the remaining 30 minutes from the dugouts. Roy added that he enjoyed the experience, but not necessarily the performance:

"Itís nice being manager and I like the whole feeling that goes with it. Everyone has their view and my view on the game was that it wasnít good enough. Iíve told the players that and they agreed."

Dorchester lie in 17th place in the Conference South table, and four points above the drop zone.

Whilst on the subject of players who have turned out for the Glovers, our best wishes go to former full-back Jerry Gill who is currently on loan at Forest Green Rovers from Cheltenham Town whilst also performing the duties of assistant manager at the New Lawn.

Jerry collided with an advertising hoarding just before the half time break in their 3-3 home draw against Oxford United. In doing so, he has injured both knees, but more seriously he has suffered three fractures on the right side of his face and will be out of football for a month. Jerry is due to travel to Worcester this week for three days in a specialist clinic where he will undergo an operation to insert a plate to help support his cheekbone and eye socket. Hopefully there will be no lasting damage.


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9 March 2009 : Somerset County CHAMPIONS!
Congratulations to Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves who have taken the title in the Somerset County Women's League - without kicking a ball.

All eyes had been on next Sunday's head-to-head clash between Yeovil Town and Nailsea United, the two runaway leaders of the division, but a shock 2-1 defeat for Nailsea by Ilminster yesterday means that United can no longer catch the Glovers, whatever the results in each club's remaining two fixtures.

Yeovil, who had a blank weekend, will complete their league season against Nailsea on Sunday 15th March and Ilminster on Sunday 22nd March. With the title secured they will be looking to go undefeated the whole campaign, their record currently reading 16-2-0.

YEOVIL TOWN LADIES RESERVES : CHAMPIONS


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8 March 2009 : February 2009 Player Of The Month Result
Those who have been keeping an eye on the February 2009 Man of the Match voting will know that there was only ever likely to be one winner. In four out of the five matches in February, the same player finished first or second in the polls, and that meant a runaway winner for the month.

Although midfield pair Jonathan Worthington and Lee Peltier featured well, it was left-winger Andy Welsh who was the outstanding player for February by a considerable distance. The top 10 for February are as follows, with the percentage of the vote cast shown along side each player:

1 Andy Welsh 31.0
2 Jonathan Worthington 12.3
3 Lee Peltier 12.0
4 Paul Warne 9.2
5 Gavin Tomlin 8.1
6 Craig Alcock 6.3
7 Aaron Brown 6.3
8 Terrell Forbes 4.3
9 Shaun MacDonald 3.8
10 Danny Schofield 3.5


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8 March 2009 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's trip to the Bescot Stadium saw a poor team performance once the Saddlers had opened the scoring early in the second half, despite a more even first period. The Glovers struggled to create chances, and this is perhaps reflected in the Man of the Match voting that saw three players noted for their workrate rather than their creativity dominating the voting.

This was a poll that in the end was as tight as can be. Lee Peltier and Jonathan Worthington were level pegging, with Worthington just edging ahead of his midfield partner by an extra outright MOTM vote. But it was captain Terrell Forbes that got the nod by a whisker as the winner of the poll.

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

1 Terrell Forbes 38 (3)
2 Jonathan Worthington 36 (3)
3 Lee Peltier 36 (2)
4 Craig Alcock 30 (2)
5 Paul Warne 30 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 26 (1)
7 Josh Wagenaar 16 (1)
8 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
9 Luke Rodgers 4 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)
10 Aaron Brown 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.23

Performance: 4.15
Entertainment: 4.31

VOTES RECEIVED: 13

Don't forget to cast your votes for Saturday's match against Carlisle United, using the form below. You have until Tuesday 7.45p.m. to get those votes in.

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


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8 March 2009 : Officials For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Tuesday night's long trip to Elland Road will be looked after by referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Mr Haines is in his second season as a Football League official, and with him being up in the North-East, it's no surprise to find that we've not had Mr Haines too many times.

Aside from a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee, his one time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Darren England (South Yorkshire) and Tony Harrington (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hewitt (North Yorkshire).

Link: January 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 March 2009 : Last Gasp Bridges Strike Brings Glovers Down
Yeovil Town extended their run of games without a win to five matches today, yet were denied new manager Terry Skiverton's first victory in charge by a whisker as a last minute Michael Bridges strike gave Carlisle United a share in a 1-1 draw. The Glovers had led the match for an hour, following a goal from Gary Roberts, and despite some nervous moments, they looked to be holding onto all three points until the final minute of the match.

They went into the game making three changes from last weekend's defeat at Walsall. New loan signing Danny Hutchins made his Football League debut, whilst Gary Roberts was restored to midfield, with both Lee Peltier and Craig Alcock not fit enough to start the game. Danny Schofield was restored to the starting line-up meaning that Luke Rodgers dropped to the bench.

The Glovers endured a shaky start to the game, with Carlisle having three good chances in the opening 15 minutes, with the pacey Joe Anyinsah providing a perfect foil for the bulk of Gareth Taylor, and Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar did well to block one effort from the Bristol-born player.

When the Glovers scored, half an hour into the match, they'd created little more than half chances, and had looked nervous and stretched at the back, so it came as a bit of a surprise. Danny Hutchins was involved in bringing the ball forward, the ball was put into the path of Paul Warne, whose one-touch flick fell perfectly into the path of Gary Roberts, who passed the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal, and one that really showed off the Glovers passing skills.

Goals change games, and for Yeovil it changed their mood. From being at times tentative and nervous, they looked confident and imposing, and from then until half time, they took the game to Carlisle, and gone was the Cumbrian's wing play and dominance. In its place was the best spell of the game for Skivo's side and they would have been 2-0 up if visiting keeper Ben Williams had not produced an outstanding reaction save from a close range Gavin Tomlin shot after an Andy Welsh corner dropped loose in the box.

The half time whistle wasn't really what the Glovers wanted. It allowed Carlisle a chance to regroup. They pushed Yeovil into their own half for much of the second period, albeit in suffering from much of the same problems as Yeovil seem to have - turning possession and territory into goalscoring opportunities.

Their main chances came from an increasing number of free kicks the Glovers were conceding, with referee David Phillips having a poor second half, winding up both sets of supporters with many of his decisions. He wasn't alert enough to spot Graham Kavenagh shift the ball by a number of yards whilst he was positioning the Yeovil defensive wall on a free kick, and the movement of the kicking position allowed Kavenagh the angle to curl the set piece around the blind side of the wall - fortunately Wagenaar appeared to anticipate the bit of gamesmanship and got right across his goal to force the ball out for a corner.

Despite Carlisle forcing the territory for much of the second period, the Glovers did have their moments to wrap the game up. Paul Warne got into the perfect position inside the box with only the keeper to beat on one such break, but Williams flung himself across goal to block the striker's attempt. And referee Phillips again incurred the wrath of the home crowd when a Nathan Jones cross was blocked by Carlisle substitute Tony Kane inside the box, with the home fans screaming for a handball and a penalty. Gavin Tomlin also got himself into a similar position to Warne, but succeeded in embarrassing himself by falling over the ball, allowing a Carlisle defender to mop up.

As the Glovers got deeper and uncomfortably deeper, Carlisle introduced Scott Dobie and Michael Bridges into the game. As has been said many times before this season - the Glovers can only dream of having such experience and quality on their bench. And it was Bridges who produced the killer blow just when it looked as though Carlisle were running out of ideas. A hopeful long ball reached the former Bristol City striker out on the left side of the field, and his 20 yard drive towards goal looked a little optimistic, but it crept in via Josh Wagenaar's near post for a sickening 90th minute equaliser. There was no time for any late winner for either side.

The draw sees Yeovil inch a little bit closer to the relegation slots in the League One table. They still remain in 18th position, but wins for Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient, plus draws for Northampton Town and Swindon Town means that what was an eight point gap following Yeovil's February win over Peterborough United has now rapidly shrunk to three points, and with a visit to Elland Road and Leeds United on Tuesday night, life isn't going to get any easier in the final 12 games of the season.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Scorers: Gary Roberts (31 mins, 1-0), Michael Bridges (90 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 7. Jonathan Worthington 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes:
12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers (82 mins for Andy Welsh) 17. Aidan Downes 18. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith

Carlisle United:
1. Ben Williams
2. David Raven 21. Richard Keogh 6. Peter Murphy 29. Michael Liddle
17. Cleveland Taylor 11. Paul Thirlwell 23. Graham Kavanagh 18. Lewis Neal
24. Gareth Taylor 14. Joe Anyinsah

Substitutes: 19. Michael Bridges (78 mins for Cleveland Taylor) 26. Scott Dobie (65 mins for Joe Anyinsah) 27. Tony Kane (79 mins for Peter Murphy) 28. Gary Madine 32. Jeff Smith

Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (entering field of play without permission, 51 mins), Danny Schofield (dissent, 84 mins)
Carlisle Bookings: David Raven (foul, 50 mins)

Referee: David Phillips (Sussex). Assistants: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: James Cox (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,892 (including approx 300 Carlisle fans).


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7 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Carlisle United Match
A reminder to those who were at Huish Park for today's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United that your Man of the Match votes are required. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment rankings along with any additional comments you wish to make, using the form below.

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


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7 March 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle United Game
Following today's 1-1 home draw with Carlisle United, manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match analysis of the game. Talking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo's full interview transcript is now available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle United Game.


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7 March 2009 : Gas Extinguished By Late Strike
The Yeovil Town U18 side carried on their improvement against Bristol Rovers this term. The first meeting, in the Alliance Cup group stage back in September, saw a 1-2 defeat. This was followed by a 1-1 draw away in the league in November. And this morning the Glovers beat their West Country rivals 3-2 at Somerton.

Yeovil took the early advantage when, with a Glover bundled over in the box, Rico Wilson converted the subsequent penalty on 10 minutes. However the visitors hit back, and went into the break with a 2-1 lead after scoring around the 20 and 35 minute marks.

In the second period a Stuart Housley substitution paid off almost instantly. On 65 minutes Lloyd Moyce was brought on, and just a minute later his first touch saw him skipping down the touchline, beating his man, and sending in a peach of a ball to the far post, which was prodded in by Josh Robinson at the back post for 2-2.

That looked like it would be the final score until the 89th minute when Wilson picked the ball up around 40 yards out, made a surging forward run relatively unchallenged, and beat the keeper with a perfectly judged lob from 20 yards.

Final score: Yeovil Town U18 3 Bristol Rovers U18 2


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7 March 2009 : Live Commentary For The Carlisle United Match
For those who don't make it as far as Huish Park this afternoon, BBC Somerset will have full live commentary on today's game against Carlisle United. The usual format is for the two BBC local radio stations to only cover away matches for their respective clubs, but with Bristol City's match an early kick-off, this means that both Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town will be getting live commentary of their home matches at 3.00p.m.

Note that to hear the Yeovil Town commentary you must be tuned to 95.5FM within the South Somerset area, as the BBC Bristol frequency will be covering the Bristol Rovers match.


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7 March 2009 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have a Youth Alliance South West Conference match at Somerton this morning against Bristol Rovers Under 18s. The match kicks off at Somerton Sports Ground in Gassons Lane, with a kick-off of 11.00 a.m.


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7 March 2009 : Slade Philosophical On Yeovil Exit
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given his first views on his exit from Huish Park. The new Brighton and Hove Albion boss was philosophical in his views about the mid-February departure saying that he and the Chairman and board had "moved in different directions".

Russell also confirmed that he had left the club by "mutual consent" meaning that both parties will have agreed a severance contract that will have netted Slade a financial settlement as part of leaving Somerset. Slade said he left Yeovil with good memories:

"It's just one of those things and it happened. It was mutual consent in the end and both of us move on to pastures new. I enjoyed my time there and I'm pleased with my work there. Yeovil is probably not the most fashionable club in the league, but I enjoyed my time there and we were reasonably successful and I was pleased with what I achieved there over the two and a half years. I got within 90 minutes of Championship football at Yeovil. I would hope if I can bring that kind of success here we can take a big step forward and ensure we get there. That's the difference."

Slade said that he hoped his track record in the Football League would speak for itself and spoke of the play-off semi-final second leg tie against Nottingham Forest as the highlight of his time at Yeovil:

"Sometimes things happen for a reason and let's hope that's the case here. I've proved myself in this league particularly. I've had two play-off finals in three seasons. Unfortunately I didn't win them, but I've kept a relatively small club in the comforts of League One over the last 12 months, so I'm proud of what I achieved at Yeovil and I want to be proud of what I achieve at Brighton."

His arrival at Brighton quickly reunites him with striker Lloyd Owusu, just six months after he left Huish Park for Cheltenham Town and Slade said he was pleased to see him again:

"I met Lloyd at breakfast this morning, so we were chewing the fat a little bit. I like him and he's a good type."

Slade, who is under contract at the Withdean Stadium until the end of the season, believed that the club he had arrived at had significant ambition and that in the long run they could go far:

"Hopefully I can take Brighton onto more successful things. They've got huge potential, they are capable of getting back into the Championship and of attracting gates of 15,000 to 20,000. The Chairman has convinced me that it is an ambitious club and I'm happy to be here until the end of the season, when we can look at it again and see where we go from there."


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6 March 2009 : Ladies vs AFC Bournemouth Is Cancelled
Yeovil Town Ladies regret to announce that this Sunday's home match with AFC Bournemouth Ladies has been cancelled. This is due to the fact that Bournemouth have this week announced that they have disbanded with immediate effect.

The following official statement was released on 4th March :

"It is with deep regret that AFC Bournemouth Ladies have made the difficult decision to disband the team.
It has been an extremely difficult season for players and staff with the problems off the field finally becoming insurmountable.
The final straw for the team was the well respected Manager, Symon Pickett deciding on Saturday 28/02/09 that his position had become 'untenable' and was resigning with immediate effect. In an emergency meeting the players agreed that the only way forward for all concerned was to 'fold' the team.
We wish all the other remaining teams in the SWCL the very best of luck for the remainder of the season and for the future and hope that one day AFC Bournemouth will once again be in a position to make a comeback.
"

Yeovil Town Ladies have met the news of their rival's demise with great sadness, and would like to wish all involved with their club all the very best for the future.

In terms of the table, the expunging of Bournemouth's record has little immediate significance. Working down from the top: the first, second and third placed teams - QPR, Yeovil and FGR - will all lose three points, as does the fifth placed side, Team Bath. Fourth placed Plymouth Argyle had yet to meet them.


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6 March 2009 : Roy O'Brien Officially Signs Magpies Contract
Yeovil Town Youth Development Community Officer Roy O'Brien has been officially unveiled as the new Dorchester Town manager. Roy has signed a contract that will see him take on the role as player-manager until the end of next season at the Avenue Stadium.

The 34 year old will first take charge in a Conference South home fixture against Bishopís Stortford tomorrow afternoon. The Dorset Echo had expected the deal to be concluded on Thursday, but it has been only announced today, with the Echo saying that Roy "spent much of the day in meetings with Yeovil Town regarding his community officer role at Huish Park". It doesn't say what the outcome of those meetings were, and Yeovil Town have yet to make any comment on Roy's daytime job with respect to the Magpies role.

Dorchester Chairman Eddie Mitchell has said that their plans to gradually revert back to becoming a part-time outfit will continue, suggesting that those still on full time contracts will be found other clubs to train with during the day:

"Weíre going to go part-time. Any players who do wish to remain full-time, most likely to be the younger ones, we will do our best to place elsewhere in terms of training."

Our congratulations to Roy, and we hope that he has every success in taking Dorchester forward.


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6 March 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Carlisle United at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, with both sides still needing points on the board to ensure their League One futures. The Cumbrians lie two places and three points above the Glovers in 16th place in the current league table but still need at least another 10 points to secure their survival.

Carlisle are in fairly mixed recent form at present, although much of their recent points tally has come on the road, winning two out of their last three away matches including Tuesday night's 2-1 win at Crewe Alexandra. Overall it's been a disappointing season for them - after competing in the playoffs last year, autumn 2008 saw a massive slide in their form, and the dismissal of John Ward - the man who got them there. Their current boss Greg Abbott has been in charge since November and so far has managed perfect midtable form, with eight matches each won and lost, whilst six have been drawn.

Carlisle have a number of question marks over the availability of players. Midfielder Chris Lumsdon is out with a bruised foot sustained in their Tuesday night match at Crewe. Winger Jeff Smith could be included in the squad after recovering from a hip injury, although the game may come too soon for centre-back Danny Livesey (knee) and midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (foot). However, striker Danny Graham, who suffered a groin injury last Saturday, has been given the all-clear and he will battle for a slot up front with Joe Anyinsah and Gareth Taylor who both scored in his absence. The Glovers may prefer manager Greg Abbott to stick with a winning team - Graham netted a hat-trick in August's 4-1 defeat at Brunton Park, with Gavin Tomlin Yeovil's early goalscorer on the day. Don't expect to see former Glovers hero Kevin Gall though, as he is on loan with League Two side Port Vale.

The Glovers go into the match with manager Terry Skiverton still unable to select himself, whilst Darren Way is out for the season. However, his biggest concern will be to see which of full-backs Nathan Smith, Lee Peltier and Craig Alcock are fit enough to take to the field of play. Assistant manager Nathan Jones may continue in the left-back slot, but if the Glovers are short on the opposite side then Tottenham Hotspur youngster Danny Hutchins stands by to make his debut. Midfielder Danny Schofield though should be available for selection, having had a full week now to recover from his knee problem.

In terms of past meetings, the Glovers will be hoping that counts for something on the day. With the exception of one freakish match at Brunton Park in February 2007, all matches between the two clubs have gone with home advantage, with Yeovil having a 100 percent home record against the Cumbrians. Certainly a win would be a good tonic for a team that needs settling down under the new management team.

Kick-off at Huish Park is 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the match, subject to the usual two pound surcharge. The weather forecast is for an extremely mild afternoon, with just the odd chance of a light shower, so hopefully there should be no repeat of Tuesday night's late problems.


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6 March 2009 : Twentyman Talks Back Fans Panel
Tonight, BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset show Twentyman Talks Back is running a fans panel. As part of the usual Friday night phone-in, the show will invite fans from Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers onto the show to talk about the fortunes of their respective clubs.

Glovers supporter Michael Bromfield will be putting himself into the hotseat for the evening, but calls are still welcome and requested from other Yeovil Town fans throughout the show. You can contribute by calling 0845 900 59 55 tonight from 7pm, or merely by tuning to 95.5FM (in the South Somerset area) or via the internet.


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6 March 2009 : Russell Slade Gets Brighton Job
Brighton and Hove Albion have appointed Russell Slade as their new first team manager. The former Glovers boss has wasted little time in getting himself new work, and has initially been placed under contract until the end of the season. However, with Brighton having no obvious man waiting in the wings, it would seem likely that he would be offered a longer stay at the Withdean Stadium if he is a success on the South Coast.

Suggestions that Slade had an interest in the Brighton position date back to March 2nd, despite the Brighton press flirting with some high profile names, and Chairman Dick Knight has told the Brighton official site that Russell has been on his wanted list for a while now:

"Russell was on my key-candidate shortlist from the beginning, his CV speaks for itself. He impressed when I first met him, he has the confidence to make things happen and I know he gives that to players. He has an excellent record and I am delighted to welcome him to the club."

He went on to mention the role of Yeovil Town's player and new assistant manager Nathan Jones ahead of the appointment:

"I had a long chat with Nathan and he told me some good stuff. It was a very honest appraisal and I took that into account.

He has delivered at this level. He has an extremely competent track record at clubs who have punched above their weight, like Grimsby and Yeovil.

His players like him. He will convey confidence to our squad and give them a lift."


There's no immediate chance of former assistant Steve Thompson following him there. Current caretaker boss Dean White and Reserve Team manager Bob Booker will remain at the Withdean to assist him. Slade faces a mammoth task to rescue Brighton's fortunes. They lost 0-4 at home to relegation rivals Crewe Alexandra last weekend and are one of the division's poorest 'form' teams at present.

They currently lie in 22nd place in the League One table and two points from safety and are five points from the Glovers. However, they have an away tie at 4th from bottom Leyton Orient on Saturday and of course a home match against Yeovil Town on March 14th coming up that could turn their season around. The latter will be the most intriguing given that it will line Slade up in the opposition dugout for the first time since the Glovers fired their manager after a run of four wins.

Brighton have already signed up five loan players this week, albeit with three arriving before Slade's appointment was officially confirmed. Gary Borrowdale (Queens Park Rangers), Mikkel Andersen (Reading), Al Bangura (Watford), Lloyd Owusu (Cheltenham) and Matt Heath (Colchester) will all be seeking to make their debuts in East London on Saturday.

We'd naturally wish Russell good luck in his new role at the Withdean Stadium - but may have to defer that message until the Glovers have secured League One safety!


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5 March 2009 : Team News For The Carlisle United Match
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is still waiting on the fitness of three of his full-backs ahead of Saturday's match against Carlisle United. Of the four players who have been on the treatment table recently, only Danny Schofield has returned to full training, meaning that the trio of Nathan Smith, Craig Alcock and Lee Peltier are all still doubts for the League One match.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo gave his views on how the quartet were doing:

"Danny Schofield trained today, but Craig is still resting along with Pelts. They're progressing and we are just going to have to wait as late as possible to see if they are available for the weekend. They're progressing and with the knocks that they had on Tuesday, we're just hoping that they will be able to go into Saturday's game and be fit and available. Nathan is the same. He's got a little bit of a tight knee. He's getting over that now and hopefully he will be fit and available."

Some significant snow settled in Somerset on Wednesday night, but the weather forecast is for a swift thaw to set in from tomorrow onwards, and Skivo added that at this stage he had no concerns about Saturday's match being on, although he was more concerned about how to organise his training sessions in such weather:

"No I'm not concerned at this stage as all the snow can all be swept off and taken off the top. But it will just be a case of seeing what happens tonight and when we come in tomorrow. We got some training done on the top pitch, but we couldn't do much and what I do need is a lot more time up on the training pitch with the lads. That's just a little bit disappointing when the whole of the Somerset area doesn't have a 3G surface. It makes it quite hard to find a decent surface."


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5 March 2009 : Interview With Paul Warne
Earlier this week, striker Paul Warne was interviewed by the BBC about his views on the change of management at Huish Park. Paul always gives good value for money in his interviews, and this one is no exception, talking about how he felt when Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones became the management team, and why his own teammates may be wary of Warne when he approaches them in the dressing room! The full interview with reporter Rob Scanlon can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Warne Talks About The Recent Management Changes.


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5 March 2009 : Magpies Chairman Expects Roy To Sign
Dorchester Town Chairman Eddie Mitchell has now officially recognised Glovers Community Manager Roy O'Brien as his number one target for the manager's job at the Avenue Stadium.

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Mitchell sounds confident that Roy will be accepting the position today. The defender/midfielder is already on the playing books at the Conference South club, and Mitchell said that was a major factor when choosing the appointment:

"Weíve decided to appoint Roy OíBrien as manager, terms have been agreed and he should be signing the contract tomorrow morning. Iím not a great one for change and Roy is an obvious candidate as heís got the respect of the players. Weíve not had a shortage of people wanting to come to the club but Iíd rather have someone that I know and the players know. I think Roy will do well. He would be an added value to us in being a player-manager and with him on board now we can look to address the team for next season."

Mitchell added that Roy would not have a large amount of money to spend. The Magpies had gone full time in 2007 as part of their efforts to climb out of the Conference South division, but that move had backfired badly, causing a financial black hole in the club and making little impression upon their league position. They currently lie in 17th place in the table, and just four points off the relegation spots. Mitchell recognised that Roy had a big challenge ahead of him:

"Heís taken on a lot of responsibility and itís a bad time in terms of the lack of money that is evident everywhere. He wonít have the biggest budget to work with but I believe he can get the team to do well. Obviously his immediate concern is to stay in this division and weíve got a battle to do that. The contract is until the end of next season but if things work out, and I hope they do, it will then be way beyond that. Weíve put our faith in Roy now. Heís well respected and anyone you talk to canít speak highly enough of him."


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4 March 2009 : Thommo Relaunches Playing Career!
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has wasted no time in getting his way back into football, following his departure from Huish Park last month. Thommo has been registered as a player with Bridgwater Town, in what is almost certainly a short term informal arrangement with the Somerset club.

Thommo went to school with Bridgwater manager Craig Laird, and at the age of 46 he is expected to make his debut tomorrow in a Southern League Cup Semi-Final match against Swindon Supermarine.

In terms of his former boss Russell Slade, there is still no word from Brighton and Hove Albion concerning their appointment of a new manager. The Seagulls admitted that their plans to appoint a successor to Micky Adams had been put back a couple of days, but they are still hopeful of concluding a deal with an unnamed party before the weekend. The Brighton Argus has listed Slade as one of the major contenders for the vacant position, although there has never been any firm confirmation of this.


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4 March 2009 : O'Brien Gets Magpies Offer
Yeovil Town Youth Development Community Officer Roy O'Brien has been offered a player-manager position at Dorchester Town. According to the Dorset Echo, Magpies Chairman Eddie Mitchell has offered him a contract until the end of next season.

The position at the Avenue Stadium has been vacant since January, with Shaun Brooks departing the Conference South club, and since then Brian OíDonnell has been indefinitely put in charge.

Dorchester are reported to have also talked to former Lewes manager Steve King, who won the division with the Sussex side last season. However the latest line with the Echo is that O'Brien has an offer on the table that he is currently mulling over.

Roy is already doubling up a playing position at the Dorset club with his daytime duties at Huish Park, but inevitably will have to choose between the two positions if it is upgraded to a management position with the Magpies.


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4 March 2009 : Bulls Postponement Could Be A Blessing In Disguise
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that last night's postponement of the home fixture against Hereford United could be a blessing in disguise. On the one hand, the waterlogged pitch meant that yet another game has to be put back further in the fixture calendar, but he told BBC Somerset that the other issue was that he had a trio of players all out injured.

Even worse was that all three were full-backs, with Nathan Smith, Craig Alcock and Lee Peltier all ruled out, meaning that Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Hutchins would have been chucked straight in the deep end. Skivo admitted he had mixed feelings on the game being called off:

"A mixture really - I was pleased and disappointed. We had Nathan Smith turn up (on Tuesday morning) injured. Pelts was out injured and Craig Alcock is injured. So we got in the young lad on loan from Tottenham, Danny Hutchins, who is going to be a great addition to the squad. But we were a little bit short and I was even contemplating playing myself at one point. But we're not that desperate yet!"

Speaking about the Spurs defender, Skivo explained that although he had been brought in to fill the immediate problem concerning available full-backs, they did know a fair bit about him:

"He's an exciting young lad. He has been watched. He is someone who was on the radar. We weren't looking to get him quite as quickly as we did as he is definitely one for the future, but the opportunity came up for us to have him and he is going to be a great acquisition for the squad. He was going to be starting (against Hereford) and playing, so it would have been a really good occasion for him and it would have been nice for the fans to see some new blood out there."

The Glovers have 13 League One matches left before the end of the season, and eight of them are at home. That has resulted in quite a tough schedule ahead for an already fragile Huish Park pitch, and Skivo admitted that if the game had gone ahead it could have had long term repercussions:

"If we had gone out there (on Tuesday), it would have mucked it up for the five games we do have in March, which are vital games for us. We need that pitch to be spot on for the way that we are trying to play football. It's just one of those things. I'm disappointed for the supporters, because we were prepared for the game and we were looking forward to the game, but one of the plus points is that we've got a few more days for people to rest up. They are only slight knocks and they are things that people will recover from for the weekend."

Despite the trio of injuries, the Yeovil boss expects all three to recover in time for Saturday's home game against Carlisle United, with the players currently scheduled to return to training on Thursday:

"A couple of days rest and they will definitely be available for the weekend. It's a case of giving them a little bit of TLC. Wayne (Jones) will be looking after them and giving their treatment and they should be ready to train on Thursday. It's an important time for us. We know what we've got to do. We've just got to put a bit of an arm around them and a cup of tea and let them read the paper (on Wednesday), get all the ailments out of the way, have a nice massage and then we can get ourselves ready for Thursday and Friday training and then there's a really big game for us on Saturday against Carlisle."


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4 March 2009 : Hereford Game Gets New Date
Last night's postponed home match against Hereford United now has a new date set. The game will be played on Tuesday 21st April with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

As things stand, this would now place the fixture as the third-from-last fixture of the 2008-09 season and the penultimate home match.


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4 March 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United will be looked after by referee David Phillips (Sussex). As Mr Phillips is in his first season as a Football League referee, we've only had him as the man on the middle on one previous occasion, despite having experienced him several times as an assistant referee.

The match in question is November's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Whilst we've been relatively impressed by many of the new arrivals to the Football League's referees' list, Mr Phillips was one that we were less impressed by with a stop-start game making for a dull encounter in Essex.

Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night. Hopefully second time around will be a less controversial experience.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be James Cox (Worcestershire).

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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3 March 2009 : No Table Change Despite Glovers Postponement
Yeovil Town remain 18th in the League One table despite having their match postponed tonight. Results largely went their way, with Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient slipping up at home, whilst Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town drew their matches.

Northampton Town saw their match abandoned due to heavy rain, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion and of course Hereford United did not play tonight. All of the above means that bar Swindon edging a point closer to the Glovers and leapfrogging Crewe tonight, nothing substantial has changed in the foot of the League One table.

Link: League Table (As of March 3rd 2009).


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3 March 2009 : Hereford Game Is OFF
Tonight's match against Hereford United is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.


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3 March 2009 : Spencer Staying Put At Whaddon Road
League One side Cheltenham Town have officially denied that striker Damian Spencer is leaving Whaddon Road, less than 24 hours after stating that he would be. Chairman Paul Baker appears to have done a u-turn against his earlier comments made to the Gloucestershire Echo that he was overruling boss Martin Allen and allowing Spencer to leave.

Spencer's destination was never revealed, but both the Echo and the Western Daily Press reported that Yeovil Town were the club bidding for the 27 year old's services. Now the Robins Chairman has said that Spencer will not be leaving, telling his club's official site:

"We received an approach from another League One club to take Damian on loan until the end of the season but turned it down."

Part of the stumbling block may well have been Spencer's wages - the Robins were insisting that any bidding clubs must take on the player's wages in their entirety, leaving little room for negotiation in any talks.


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3 March 2009 : Marquee Closed For Tonight's Game
Yeovil Town have stated that the Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will be closed at Huish Park tonight. The decision has been taken, prior to tonight's game against Hereford United due to the bad weather in South Somerset that is currently sweeping through Yeovil, and is expected to continue throughout the evening.


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3 March 2009 : Hutchins Signs On From Spurs
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton's first ever signing has been confirmed this afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Hutchins has been brought in on a month's loan and has been registered in time for tonight's match against Hereford United.

Danny is described as a "versatile" defender by the Spurs official website, with them also classifying him as a midfielder, suggesting that he can also fulfil the defensive midfield 'blocking' role that the Glovers have often used during the past three seasons. Spurs say that he has mainly been used as a full-back during his time at White Hart Lane.

He is 19 years old, and born on September 23rd 1989, and attended Northolt High School in West London before moving to Leighton Buzzard. He captained Spurs Under 16s, and turned full time for the 2006-07 season, featuring in 23 out of 28 of Spurs' Academy fixtures last season. He has also made six appearances for Tottenham Hotspur Reserves. He has yet to be involved in the Spurs first team.

We obviously welcome Danny to the club and hope that he has a successful time at Huish Park.


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3 March 2009 : Ticketing For The Brighton Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 14th March are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. This is an ALL TICKET game, meaning that you must buy your ticket in advance. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Senior Citizens: £14.00; Under 21s: £16.00; Under 16s: £13.00.

There is an offer where Under 10s can purchase tickets for £1.00 when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Disabled supporters must book through Brighton's Ticket Office on 01273 776992 and prices for both Wheelchair-bound and Ambulant Disabled are £16.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Thursday 12th March at 5.00p.m. You will not be able to buy tickets at the Withdean Stadium.

Glovers fans will be housed in the West Stand at the Withdean Stadium - an uncovered seated 'temporary' stand behind one goal that holds just 756 supporters. Note that this stand is a huge distance from the pitch. Note also that if you choose to go via private transport, then you will almost certainly have to cope with the "park and ride" system around the Withdean, due to the matchday exclusion zone for anything other than residential parking.

Brighton currently lie in 22nd place in the League One Table and although much can change over the course of the next two weeks this is likely to be an important match for both sides.


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3 March 2009 : Hereford Boss On Yeovil Game
Tonight's opposition manager Graham Turner has recognised the Glovers as a strong passing side ahead of Yeovil Town's home game against Hereford United. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with both sides desperate to win the game, and Turner scouted his opponents last week when he ended up at Gresty Road, seeing the Glovers lose 2-0 on the night, although he has admitted that he did see some positive things in the Glovers play that night:

"I saw them play at Crewe last week and although they were 1-0 down just before half time, in the second half they passed it all around Crewe. But then they made a change and they lost the initiative and then Crewe finished them off. But in that period they looked as though they could be a threat."

The two teams pair up in almost opposite form - the Bulls with three wins in four matches, whilst the Glovers are without a win in four games. Turner noted that the recent managerial change at Huish Park had disrupted things:

"We go there with some confidence on the back of three wins in four now. It won't be easy. You look at them, where they had four straight wins under Russell Slade, things have gone wrong for them. I think they've only picked up a point in the last four. So we will go there with confidence and we've got to get them opened."

The Bulls lie in 23rd place in the current League One table but lie just three points from safety. With a game or two in hand on all of the teams around them, Turner remains confident that his side can afford the drop:

"We've always felt that we've got to do it right. There's still 15 games to go. There's a long way to go yet. We're capable of getting ourselves out of trouble. We need to defend a little bit better than we've done (against Leyton Orient on Saturday) but I can understand the reasons why we were a little bit shaky."


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3 March 2009 : Worthington Extends Loan Deal
On-loan midfielder Jonathan Worthington has, as expected, extended his stay at Huish Park. The Huddersfield Town midfield battler will now remain at Huish Park for a second period, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner - at present the loan length is not stated.

Update: 11.30a.m.: The Huddersfield official site confirms this, and states that the loan deal will keep Worthington at Huish Park up to and including April 4th, which will take in eight League One matches, finishing with the away trip at Stockport County.


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3 March 2009 : Spencer Linked Again With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Cheltenham Town striker Damien Spencer. The 27 year old is mentioned in today's Western Daily Press and was getting frequent mentions on the Green Room yesterday in connection with the Glovers, although there is no official word yet and no direct quotes indicating a firm interest.

The striker was a target of former manager Russell Slade's earlier this year, but Cheltenham briefly took Spencer off the transfer list after he scored a hat-trick against Peterborough United. Now with financial problems at the Gloucestershire club having come to public attention, and the Robins more or less doomed to League Two football next season, they are looking to off-load their squad members and Spencer is one of those they have agreed to let go.

Cheltenham are nine points adrift at the foot of League One, it would appear that at boardroom level they have thrown in the towel, with an admittance from Chairman Paul Baker that he had overruled the wishes of his manager Martin Allen in putting his playing squad up for loan transfer:

"Martin doesnít want to lose these players, but I have had to overrule him because we have to be a lean, mean machine that is fighting fit for next season. Administration is not a realistic threat, but things are still very tight. However, I am feeling very positive about next season and we will be in a better position than a lot of other clubs."

The Gloucester Echo have claimed that any clubs coming in for their players will have to pay up the full value of their wages during the loan period, and stated that strikers Lloyd Owusu and Damien Spencer were top of the exit list, and in fact expected both to leave on Monday. Owusu did exactly that - with the former Yeovil Town striker moving to Brighton and Hove Albion until the end of the season. With Brighton one of Cheltenham's main relegation rivals, it is pretty clear that Cheltenham consider their financial situation to be of greater concern than their league position.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has not directly commented on any names circulating on the rumourmill, and wasn't asked about Spencer in yesterday's press conference, although he has openly admitted that he is after new blood to come into the side. Terry explained his current thinking of the situation, and explained that he didn't expect arrivals before tonight's match:

"We're quite light squadwise. We're out there and we're looking around. There could be a couple that could be quite close. They are maybe not the ones that you think they are, but there could be a bit of movement happening in the near future. That is something that we are still monitoring. We want to bring in the right characters and not just bring people into the squad. We need to bring in people who are ready to play and start. I don't see this happening before (tonight's) game, but never say never. I think now Prijovic has gone back, that is something that we have been missing and that is one area that I'm looking at. But there are two or three other areas that I'm looking at where we need to strengthen, just for cover, because if we do pick up knocks then we are very very light."


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2 March 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Hereford United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Hereford United in an important League One match tomorrow night at Huish Park. Both clubs desperately need the points in what is always a highly contested derby match, with much of the rivalry stretching back to both clubs' Southern League days.

The Glovers go into the game with three defeats in their last four matches, meaning that new manager Terry Skiverton is still looking for his first win - a statistic that he will be anxious to remove from future press reports as quickly as possible. Conversely, the Bulls have won their last three games out of four, giving themselves a fighting chance of clawing their way out of the relegation zone before the season ends.

Hereford lie in 23rd place but now only seven points behind the Glovers. Whilst it would take a goal avalanche to pull them out of the bottom four on the night, they are capable of drawing level with Swindon Town and Leyton Orient who are currently separated by the relegation line, and so it is important for the Glovers not to lose tomorrow, whilst a win would make a massive difference to the situation.

As far as team news goes, midfielder Danny Schofield should be added to Saturday's squad after being given the weekend off to recover from tendonitis, and with the team having suffered from a lack of creativity at Walsall the temptation must be for him to go straight into the starting line-up. Otherwise Skiverton himself remains out of the side, whilst the manager alluded to a couple of knocks being experienced by a couple of unnamed players that will require fitness tests prior to tomorrow night's fixture. No new signings are expected, although clearly in such situations nothing can be ruled out until the teamsheet is handed in.

Hereford have had a blow today, with winger Jennison Myrie-Williams returning to Bristol City after his loan spell expired at Edgar Street. However much of Hereford's recent form has been built around a number of players borrowed from Premier League clubs, with Febian Brandy and Sam Hewson arriving from Manchester United, seeing both land on the scoresheet several times since their arrival, whilst from Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulasci and defender Godwin Antwi have been recruited. Bristol Rovers midfielder Andy Williams and Carlisle United defender Josh Gowling make up a total of six loan players still left on their books, although the latter is out with an ankle injury at present.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Craig Samson remains out with a groin injury. Dean Beckwith could return from concussion but with the Bulls winning 2-1 on the weekend against Leyton Orient then he may only make it as far as the bench, where club captain Karl Broadhurst has currently been sat whilst regaining full fitness following a recent injury.

Skivo suggested in his post-match analysis of the Walsall game that he may need to compromise his footballing beliefs to try and get some results under his belt. Prior to Russell Slade's departure, the Glovers had conceded just one goal in four outings but that has been followed by nine being leaked in the four games that have followed since. Skivo explained to BBC Somerset that he was annoyed at the sloppy way that many of those goals had been conceded:

"If people are going to score against us, then let them be good goals, and not goals that we have helped them to get. We want to make it as difficult as possible for them, so that the more clean sheets we get, then the more likely it is that we can nip up the other end and grab a goal and we'll all be happy. You feel like they are better wins for you when you grind out a 1-0 result. But obviously I'll take any win no matter how it comes in the end."

We'd tend to read into this and Skivo's post-match views from Walsall, that the Yeovil boss may revert to a tighter more rigid formation more akin to his predecessor than the more open style that has seen attacking players talk of more "freedom" but still deliver little in the way of goals. For now the result is of paramount importance - the bells and whistles can wait for another day.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Huish Park and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Note though that for this fixture only, no internet ticket sales are allowed. Otherwise, usual arrangements apply. One last word of advice though - take appropriate clothing, as the weather forecast is for heavy rain to come down before, during and after the game.


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2 March 2009 : Skivo Staying In The Dugout
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton does not expect to be selecting himself for tomorrow night's match against Hereford United. The central defender has only played two partial matches during 2009, with a sending off and a foot injury curtailing both appearances, and with the new manager's job giving him plenty to concentrate on, it doesn't sound like he is hurrying himself back.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo admitted that he had yet to get back into training and that even when he did that he was expecting to need a full week on the training ground before he could realistically be in contention:

"I went out there today and I was only really standing around as my foot is still sore. So I've not actually struck a football yet. I've got to make sure that when I do come back that I am 100 percent fit. It's no good sending myself out there and not being up to the standard. I need to do a lot of work on the fitness side and get a good week's training under my belt. As soon as I can strike the ball, I'll be back in training."

Midfielder Danny Schofield has returned to training following a short break on the weekend caused by a knee problem, whilst Skivo is waiting on a couple of identified niggles amongst a couple of his players to clear up before selecting his side for tomorrow night's game. Skiverton is still looking for new bodies to bring into his squad, but as yet has not been able to finalise any deals. Current thinking from the Yeovil boss is that he does not expect that to happen prior to tomorrow night's match.


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2 March 2009 : Slade Linked With Brighton Job
Today's Brighton Argus is linking former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade with the vacant position at the Withdean Stadium. The speculation down in Sussex is that the Seagulls are looking to appoint a manager prior to tomorrow night's away match at Bristol Rovers.

As usual, it's difficult to tell whether the paper has merely plucked his name out from a list of "managers currently out of work" or whether this is a genuine informed tip-off. The paper believes Brighton are running off a shortlist of four managers, with two being interviewed today and two others having already been seen by Chairman Dick Knight.

Knight has talked about wanting to recruit a young manager on a long term appointment, but the Seagulls crashed badly on Saturday, losing 0-4 at home to relegation rivals Crewe Alexandra - a result which is likely to have increased the urgency for Knight to get in a successor to Micky Adams, who was fired late last month.

The paper also links Paul Ince, Alan Pardew and Aidy Boothroyd with the vacant position, which tends to point to the Argus spending a few too many hours browsing the list of available managers on the League Managers Association website, although nothing should be ruled out. One theory the paper offers is that Brighton may move for a "firefighter" on a short term basis to try and get themselves out of their current troubles.

The Seagulls currently lie in 22nd place in the League One table, despite briefly topping the table in August. Aside from Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town, they are one of the worst form teams at present and have been on a steady downward spiral for several months. Whoever takes the job on is certainly putting his Football CV on the line.

Whilst on the subject of Brighton, spare a thought for Albion defender Jim McNulty. He is currently in intensive care with a ruptured kidney after suffering a second half injury in Saturday's match against Crewe. We obviously hope he makes a swift and full recovery.


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2 March 2009 : Interview With Jonathan Worthington
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Walsall, on-loan midfielder Jonathan Worthington has talked about his time at Yeovil Town. The Huddersfield Town player also gave his views on the chances of him staying longer at Huish Park, when speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson.

Read the full transcript of the interview, via the link below.

Link: Jonathan Worthington Talks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat At Walsall.


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2 March 2009 : Physio Heads For Ashton Gate
Yeovil Town's Youth Team and Centre of Excellence physio Phil Cole is to leave Huish Park. Most supporters will recall Phil as being the physio who stepped into first team duties after Jim Joyce left for Aldershot Town, staying up until the arrival of current first team physio Wayne Jones.

Phil has been looking after the Youth Team and Centre of Excellence teams over the past two years, but today's Western Daily Press states that he will now join Bristol City where another former Glovers physio Glen Schmidt is a fitness coach there. Phil will be working with City's youth team up in Bristol. We naturally wish Phil all the best in his new role.


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1 March 2009 : Interview With Darren Way
Late last week, the BBC Points West cameras and BBC Radio Bristol team travelled down to Yeovil to talk to Glovers midfielder Darren Way about his ongoing recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in December 2008.

A short video feature was broadcast on the BBC Points West programme, and also a separate interview was broadcast on BBC Bristol's Saturday Sport programme a day later. In both features, which contain different material, Darren explained how he is helping the management team behind the scenes by watching DVDs of Yeovil Town matches as well as his hopes for the future.

Watch the video feature on the BBC Sport website, or read the transcript of the separate interview, via the two links below.

Link: Darren Way Talks To The BBC About His Ongoing Recovery From His Injuries.

Link: BBC Sport Website: Darren Way Video Feature.


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1 March 2009 : Runners Up Spot For Ladies?
Today's results pretty much ended any remote hopes Yeovil Town Ladies had of the South West Combination title. Queens Park Rangers won 3-1 at Swindon Town while the Glovers lost 2-1 away at Team Bath. The Londoners now hold a six point lead at the top of the table and have a game in hand.

The question has more become whether the Ladies can hold on to second spot, with three teams behind them all having enough games in hand to catch and overtake them.


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1 March 2009 : Blank Sunday For Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves
Oh well, if the Football Association can't get its fixtures and results lists correct, what hope have we?

Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves did not have a fixture against Winsham this afternoon - (23/02/09). In fact they won't be playing Winsham again this season at all as both the away and home fixtures have already taken place. The FA FULL-TIME site has now amended its details to show that the Glovers will have to wait a while longer in their bid to take the Somerset County League title, with their final two fixtures being against Nailsea United on Sunday 15th March and Ilminster on Sunday 22nd March.


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1 March 2009 : Crewe Alexandra Man Of The Match Result
In the fourth of our Man of the Match results published today, the Glovers travelled to play Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night. The result was a disappointing 2-0 defeat that gave one of the relegation-threatened sides a chance to close up on the tails of Yeovil.

Only four players registed outright MOTM votes, with Craig Alcock, Terrell Forbes and Danny Schofield being given the thumbs up by a number of voters. But for the fourth match running Andy Welsh finished in the top two players of the day, and for the second game running he was the outright leader with a comfortable majority. Full results are shown below.

1 Andy Welsh 88 (8)
2 Danny Schofield 38 (2)
3 Terrell Forbes 30 (1)
4 Craig Alcock 24 (2)
5 Aaron Brown 10 (0)
6 Gavin Tomlin 8 (0)
6 Paul Warne 8 (0)
6 Lee Peltier 8 (0)
6 Nathan Smith 8 (0)
10 Josh Wagenaar 6 (0)
11 Jonathan Worthington 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.62

Performance: 5.54
Entertainment: 5.69

VOTES RECEIVED: 13

Finally, don't forget to cast your vote on yesterday's match at Walsall. Please make sure your vote is cast before 7.45p.m. on Tuesday as voting for the home match against Hereford United will automatically kick in at that point.

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


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1 March 2009 : Oldham Athletic Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's match at Huish Park saw the Glovers gain a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic. This game was new player-manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge, and two Gavin Tomlin goals helped him gain an opening point.

Gavin featured well in the Man of the Match voting, as did midfield pair Lee Peltier and Jonathan Worthington. However, left-winger Andy Welsh is in his best form for the club, and yet again he was one of the names consistently voted for on the back of last weekend's match, seeing him come comfortably out on top.

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

1 Andy Welsh 362 (27)
2 Jonathan Worthington 174 (8)
3 Gavin Tomlin 168 (7)
4 Lee Peltier 132 (8)
5 Craig Alcock 42 (2)
6 Danny Schofield 40 (0)
7 Paul Warne 26 (1)
8 Terrell Forbes 24 (1)
9 Aaron Brown 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.02

Performance: 6.89
Entertainment: 7.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 56


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1 March 2009 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
If the match at Peterborough United represented one of the season's high points, then the trip to Bristol Rovers, three days later, represented one of the season's low points. Left managerless between the two fixtures, the Glovers went up the A37 and never really performed, particularly after the first goal was conceded, eventually slumping to a 3-0 defeat.

The two players who came out with significant praise were winger Andy Welsh (again!) and striker Paul Warne, who shared almost all of the outright votes between them. Warney sneaked the overall Man of the Match poll, by virtue of his second and third placed votes, but only by a small margin. The full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Warne 118 (7)
2 Andy Welsh 108 (8)
3 Craig Alcock 24 (1)
4 Lee Peltier 18 (1)
5 Shaun MacDonald 12 (1)
6 Jonathan Worthington 12 (0)
7 Nathan Smith 8 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 2 (0)
8 Aaron Brown 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.83

Performance: 4.78
Entertainment: 4.89

VOTES RECEIVED: 18


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1 March 2009 : Peterborough United Man Of The Match Result
With so many things having happened at the Football Club over the past fortnight, there are a number of Man of the Match results to catch up on. Two weeks ago, the first team put in probably their best performance of the season - a 3-1 win against promotion-chasing Peterborough United - and a result that made what followed on the Monday all the more extraordinary.

In the Man of the Match voting, two players dominated the poll, with both having had strong hands in the three goals. Winger Andy Welsh was the catalyst for the opening two strikes, with his set piece trickery outdoing the Posh defence. They also couldn't cope with eventual MOTM winner Aaron Brown, who was the presence inside the box to flick on the ball for Paul Warne's opener and also netted himself minutes later.

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

1 Aaron Brown 118 (9)
2 Andy Welsh 100 (8)
3 Shaun MacDonald 72 (3)
4 Lee Peltier 70 (4)
5 Jonathan Worthington 46 (1)
6 Paul Warne 22 (0)
7 Craig Alcock 20 (1)
8 Josh Wagenaar 16 (0)
9 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.92

Performance: 8.92
Entertainment: 8.92

VOTES RECEIVED: 26


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1 March 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Walsall Match
For those who travelled to the West Midlands yesterday, to witness Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat at Walsall, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players on the day, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the forum below.

As usual, please make sure your vote is cast before 7.45p.m. on Tuesday as voting for the home match against Hereford United will automatically kick in at that point.

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


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1 March 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hereford United
Yeovil Town's home match against Hereford United on Tuesday night will see Andy Penn (West Midlands) take charge of proceedings. We've not had Mr Penn for a while now, but he's certainly been a regular in our matches over the years, stretching all the way back to our Conference days.

We are somewhat less complimentary about some of Mr Penn's previous performances. He managed an undistinguished effort in the match at home to Scunthorpe United back on 25th November 2006. Then in another match against Scunny in March 2004 at Glanford Park we described him as "an irritatingly inconsistent official who never really gained control of the game".

Mr Penn is an official who excels in extending games beyond the bounds of reality. A February 2006 home match against MK Dons saw the visitors grabbing a 94th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. But probably his most infamous moment for wonky stopwatches came in May 1999 when he added on nine minutes of injury time that allowed Cheltenham Town into the Football League on the back of a 3-2 win and a 97th minute winner.

He did the same trick on Saturday - refereeing the MK Dons vs Leicester City match that saw ten minutes of additional time played, with Leicester scoring 97 minutes into the match. We'd therefore recommend that you advise your nearest and dearest to leave the key under the doormat and to not wait up and to prepare yourself for a little bit of random card waving for nothing in particular.

Into 2007-08 and Mr Penn took charge of the infamous FA Cup match at Plainmoor against Torquay United. We don't think our match reporter would have even dared suggest the match referee had any influence on what was a rather horrible day. He earlier did the 0-3 home defeat against Nottingham Forest that season of which he had little impact on the game.

Mr Penn will be assisted by David Belbin (Middlesex) and Richard Martin (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire).

Link: April 1999 : Cheltenham Town 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2004 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2005 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: February 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 MK Dons 1.

Link: November 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: May 2007 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Sept 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 3.

Link: November 2007 : Torquay United 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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1 March 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked to BBC local radio about the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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