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31 March 2010 : Leeds Fans To Turn Their Backs On Football
Easter Monday's League One match against Leeds United will see away fans unite in a protest against tragic events that took place 10 years ago to the day in Turkey. When the whistle blows on kick-off for the 12.30p.m. match, which is being televised on Sky Sports, fans in the Copse Road Terrace will turn their back on the game for a period of one minute to recognise what they see as 'disgust' at the European football authorities and the Turkish judicial system.

On April 5th 2000, two Leeds United supporters, Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, were stabbed to death prior to a UEFA Cup Semi-Final match against Galatasaray in Istanbul. Despite five people being arrested in connection with the murders, a series of trials, appeals, over-turns, retrials and adjournments mean that the Turkish judicial system has still yet to run its course almost 10 years on.

Leeds fans have asked for the protest to be pre-publicised so that it is clear as to the context of the demonstration, and so that Yeovil Town fans and Sky Sports are aware of its purpose. Leeds United will also be holding a minute's silence two days previously, prior to kick-off for their Easter Saturday home match against Swindon Town. Both Yeovil Town and Leeds United's players will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect during Monday's game.


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31 March 2010 : Officials For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Easter Saturday six-pointer between Southend United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). To be blunt, he's not one of our favourite officials, although our last sighting of him up at Hartlepool United in December 2009 passed off without hackles being raised too much. In general though, he has wound up Glovers fans - and often opposition fans and management - to a huge extent.

Using a search on this site for the name of Russell Booth, the top matches brought back are as follows: "Referee Russell Booth was having an awful match, and really got this decision wrong" ... "With eight minutes left, the erratic Russell Booth awarded Yeovil a controversial free kick" ... "Lambert was sent to the stands after his reaction to a decision made late in the game by match referee Russell Booth after he failed to award the home side a penalty" ... "Referee Russell Booth was making some particularly bizarre early decisions" ... "They weren't getting it despite referee Russell Booth awarding an inexplicable five minutes injury time" ... "The flow of the game was not being helped by some awful decisions by referee Russell Booth - not that the Glovers could complain because for every gaffe he made that went against them, there was another one that inexplicably went in their favour".

To put a bit of context around some of those excerpts from our match reports and news items, the other 2009-10 fixture we've had him for was the trip to Colchester United in August 2009 in a game we lost 2-1. Poor decisions went against both sides - Gavin Tomlin should have had a penalty, the free kick that led to Ryan Mason's goal was questionable, whilst a rather dubious challenge on Colchester striker Scott Vernon in the box caused Colchester manager Paul Lambert (now at Norwich City) to lose the plot entirely and get himself sent off and an FA call-up. Trying to stick on our neutral hats, Lambert had a bit of a point, although Booth's awfulness extended to both teams.

Over the years, a fairly consistent pattern of performance has been maintained, even if on many occasions it's been obvious that he did not directly affect the outcome of the games involved. The only positive thing we can say about him is that when he's awful, he's awful for both sides, and thus maintains his neutrality.

Mr Booth will be assisted by Glenn Hambling (Norfolk) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Ashley Slaughter (Sussex).

Link: December 2009 : Hartlepool United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Crewe Alexandra 3.

Link: August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: January 2006 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2004 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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30 March 2010 : Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's penultimate away match of the 2009-10 season are now available. The game against Brentford takes place on Saturday 24th April at Griffin Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This will be a pay-on-the-day game with no advance sales from Huish Park. You have a choice of either terracing at a lower tier level or seating at an upper tier level.

Prices for the Brook Road Upper Tier (Seating) are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over 60s: £15.00; Students: £13.00; U16s: £5.00.

Prices for the Brook Road Lower Tier (Terracing) are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over 60s: £14.00; Students: £12.00; U16s: £5.00.

Wheelchair Users pay the concessionary price according to their age, although Brentford don't make it clear whether this is against the seated or the terracing rates. An assistant can enter free of charge.

Both students and disabled supporters MUST book their tickets before the day of the game, direct from Brentford Football Club. Call 0845-3456442 (Option 4) to place your booking. Students must be in full-time education and produce a valid NUS/NUS Associate Card or a valid photo Oyster Card. No other card is acceptable.

Brentford's official site also indicates that unemployed supporters will be admitted on a match-by-match basis at the concessionary rate on proof of a valid Jobseekers Allowance booklet (ES40) and photographic ID. Again you must apply via their ticket office before the day of the game.

The Brook Road stand holds 1,885 spectators overall, with 600 seats and 1,285 terrace spaces.

This should complete all ticketing arrangements for the 2009-10 season. Follow the links below for all other special ticketing arrangements for away matches and for Easter Monday's ALL TICKET match against Leeds United.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leeds United.

Link: Ticketing For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.


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30 March 2010 : One Game At A Time For Skivo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants his side to concentrate only on the next match, and not to look at the wider picture. The Glovers are currently in 15th place in the latest League One table, but have seen their position erode slightly over the last fortnight, having been in 11th position and 11 points clear of the drop on the morning of the Carlisle United away match.

They now have a six point advantage on 21st placed Tranmere Rovers and have a crucial game on Saturday when they travel to Roots Hall to play Southend United, who lie in 22nd place and seven points behind the Glovers. That makes the Easter Saturday fixture a huge game for both teams, and although Skiverton is not denying it is important, he wants to stress that his side are still in a strong position:

"We're not in the relegation mire and we're not looking at teams above us. We still need a couple of results and we'd want to get those sooner rather than later. But as you know, all of the games between now and the end of the season are going to be tough ones. So we're just going to concentrate on the first game that comes up and that will be Southend on Saturday, which if we can get a result there, that will probably take us to about 10 points away from them. So that will be an important game for us."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend.


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30 March 2010 : April 2010 Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster
As we wind down towards the final full month of the 2009-10, there is a new Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster available for April 2010. Produced by supporters to help publicise matches at Huish Park, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

The month includes the Easter Monday home game against Leeds United (included on the March poster), followed by a midweeker against Millwall and a weekend match against Southampton. The home fixtures reach their conclusion with what could be a six-pointer against Oldham Athletic.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: April 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster.

Link: March 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster.


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29 March 2010 : No Contract Talks Until Glovers Reach Safety
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that there will be no contract talks at Huish Park until the Glovers have their League One position guaranteed. This is nothing new; it appears to have been a fixed policy maintained by the club since the departure of Gary Johnson as manager, and the club's rise into League One during the 2005-06 season.

The club's policy has been to only hold talks once the first team are mathematically safe from relegation, which in practice means that such matters drift into the close season, and often as far as the following pre-season. Skiverton has said that policy will not be changing this summer:

"I'm not going to be talking about contracts now. We've got to be safe before I start talking about that. There's quite a few managers out there who are not talking about contracts, until first of all the club is 100 percent sure that we are in this division. It also gives players an opportunity from now until the end of the season to say that they're worthy of a contract."

With the Glovers first team squad so top-heavy with loan players, obviously seven in the team will automatically return to their parent clubs during May. That will mean the following players will cease to be Yeovil Town players on or before the end of the season:

Steven Caulker, Shaun MacDonald, Arron Davies, Scott Davies, Gavin Williams, Alex McCarthy, Luke Ayling.

With the majority of other players on one year deals, that leaves only a handful of players with contracts going beyond this summer. These are as follows (click on the links for the relevant news item written at the time of their last contract talks):

Andy Welsh, Danny Hutchins, Sam Williams, Craig Alcock, Stefan Stam.

The players who will require decisions to be made on their futures include:

Dean Bowditch, Richard Martin (length not explicit), Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Murray, Aidan Downes, Nathan Smith, Andre McCollin.

The club will also need to resolve the contract situation concerning Terry Skiverton and his assistant Nathan Jones, who have both tended to take a step back from their playing duties, and probably will only be considered as management next season, rather than player-management.

Skiverton had planned to look at some of his fringe players in tonight's County Cup game against Bishop Sutton before it got called off. Whilst he said that was in mind for a weekend place in the squads for the two Easter games, there was inevitably the presumption that it would be to try and win a new contract deal as well:

"People will be playing for maybe a couple of places that will be open for a starting place. For me it is going to be very important to look and see how people show up in tonight's game."


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29 March 2010 : The Davey Vanishes
Yeovil Town supporters are more familiar than most with the mysterious comings and swift goings of one David Webb. Ooh, there he is. Nope, blinked, and he's gone again.

Brought back to Southend United, and our next opponents, on 9th March to assist Steve Tilson after the dismissal of Assistant Manager Paul Brush, the local press is reporting uncertainty as to the whereabouts of Football Club Repair Man. An unnamed club insider is quoted as stating:

"We havenít seen David since the Carlisle game now. He hasnít been on the training ground since then and he was not at our games with Walsall or Bristol Rovers either. Steve Tilson has been doing it all on his own and we arenít really too sure if he is still going to be involved."

Into further familiar territory, Webb was unavailable for comment. However the club has responded with an opaque statement to "clarify the position" that clarifies very little, saying that:

"David Webb has a lot of business commitments and dropped everything when he was asked earlier this month to come and assist.
The request of David Webb was to assist Steve Tilson not be his assistant. David said at the time he would slide in and out as needed. Steve Tilson can of course deal with the day to day training issues until a full time replacement is found and which is already being considered by the Manager in readiness for the close season.
"

So there you have it. Is he still there? Is he not? Who knows, though perhaps there wouldn't have been need for so much 'clarification' if the club itself had not stated in its announcement on 9th March that Webb had been appointed as the "Blues new assistant manager".

Link: David Webb Returns To Football Management ... Again!

Link: Shrimpers Assistant Gets The Brush-Off


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29 March 2010 : Ticketing For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's away trip at Edgeley Park are now available. The game against Stockport County takes place on Saturday 10th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

There will be no advance tickets on sale from Huish Park, and so all Yeovil Town fans travelling must pay on the day. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Over 65s: £12.00; 16-21yo: £12.00; U16s: £6.00.

Although Stockport sometimes vary which part of the ground they house away fans in, much in the same way that the Glovers do at Huish Park, last year we were given the Railway End, which is an uncovered crumbling terrace with bolt-on seats. Prepare yourself for zero leg room, exposure to the elements, and if last season was anything to go by, some rather officious stewarding.

Wheelchair users will be housed in the Hardcastle Main Stand. Call the Stockport County Ticket Office on 0845-688-5799. No prices have been published, but the costs for disabled supporters in the Cheadle End and Popular Side is £12.00. There's no mention of what price (if any) an assistant would pay.

Stockport's official site also indicates that students qualify for the Seniors and 16-21yo concessionary rate so take along your ID to the game.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leeds United.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.


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29 March 2010 : County Cup Match Is OFF
Tonight's Somerset Premier Cup match has been called off. The match against Bishop Sutton has been curtailed due to a waterlogged pitch - the second time the Huish Park pitch has failed to stage this fixture after it was postponed earlier this month.

As usual we'll post a news item once a new date is known.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final Draw.


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29 March 2010 : Thommo Departs Truro
Steve Thompson has left Truro City after a mere eighteen games in charge. Official comment reveals little further than the standard "mutual consent" scenario:

"OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT

Following discussions with Mr. Steve Thompson, it has been agreed by mutual consent that with immediate effect, Steve will no longer continue in his role as 1st Team manager. The club would like to thank Steve for all of his efforts on behalf of Truro City Football Club and wishes him every success in the future.

Until such time as a new manager is appointed, Lee Hodges will be assisting with 1st Team affairs, commencing with our game at Evesham United, scheduled for tomorrow evening.

Kevin Heaney
Chairman
Truro City Football Club
29th March 2010"


The fifth manager in five years at Truro, Thommo was appointed at the end of December 2009 after Sean McCarthy was shown the door, also by 'mutual consent'. The club was dropping like a stone when Thommo took over, having fallen from second to fourteenth in the Southern League Premier during a sequence of nine games with only one win. Thompson stabilised the situation, and the club has stuck in mid-table, currently twelfth. However one assumes that a record of five wins, seven draws and six losses failed to meet Heaney's expectations, and so the ridiculous levels of short-termism in football have struck again.

Link: Thommo Back In Management.


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29 March 2010 : Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's final match of the 2009-10 season against Brighton and Hove Albion are now on advance sale. As with all matches at the Withdean Stadium, the away section is ALL TICKET and no sales will be available on the day of the game.

The reason for this is that Brighton's away 'stand' holds only 756 spectators and is sometimes split with home fans. The away 'stand' is a piece of temporary scaffolding with uncovered seats situated half a pitch length from the actual pitch. Binoculars and umbrellas are pretty essential travel accessories. Prices for these facilities are at the following bargain prices:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors: £14.00; U21s: £16.00; U16s: £13.00; U10s: £1.00.

Under 21s must bring ID with them. The Under 10s ticket price is valid only when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £14.50 and can take an assistant with them for free. You'll need to call Brighton on 01273-776992 to place your booking.

Obviously with this being the final day of the season, this match could be hugely important to one or both teams ... or it could be a mid-table kick-about with nothing to play for. Let's hope for the latter!

You have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 6th May to make your decision (subject to availability). Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or by calling 01935-847888.


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29 March 2010 : County Cup vs Bishop Sutton Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves get a rare outing tonight when they take on Bishop Sutton in the Somerset Premier Cup. This Quarter-Final tie sees the Glovers come up against a mid-Somerset side who currently lie fourth in the Western League Premier Division. On Saturday they played Bitton and won their match 2-0 and so go into the game in good spirits.

With there being no first team match for a fortnight, the Glovers will be fielding a number of first team players, with Richard Martin, Danny Hutchins, Aidan Downes, Keiran Murtagh, Andy Welsh, Arron Davies and Scott Murray all taking to the field. Youth team defender Rhys Baggridge has also been co-opted into the side, suggesting that the knee injury that he picked up for Sherborne Town over the weekend was not serious. Assistant manager Nathan Jones also gives himself a rare outing. The remainder of the side is filled with players from Yeovil's Under 18s side.

The winners will face a trip to Welton Rovers in the semi-finals of the competition, with all other quarter-final ties having been completed at the start of the month.

Kick-off is at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night. At present admission prices have not been published by the club, but the usual tariff is £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.00. Only the Main Stand will be open tonight.

Expected Squad: Richard Martin, Danny Hutchins, Rhys Baggridge, Nathan Jones, Joe Grimstead, Aidan Downes, Keiran Murtagh, Andy Welsh, Arron Davies, Scott Murray, Lloyd Matthews, Tyler Shepherd, Sam Ford, Ciaran Levet, Lewis Clarke, Steve Boore (GK).

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final Draw.


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28 March 2010 : Leeds Striker To Miss Huish Park Trip Through Suspension
Easter Monday's opponents Leeds United are set to go into the televised match against Yeovil Town with one of their strikers suspended. Tresor Kandol got himself a red card for violent conduct, but probably the term 'early bath' would not have been appropriate here.

Firstly it wasn't early - the red mist descended upon Kandol in the 90th minute. Secondly, does a player need a bath after being on the pitch for merely seconds? The striker's contribution to the game was to replace Andy Hughes, foul Norwich City's Russel Martin, and then get involved in a spot of off-the-ball handbags with the same player. Did he even touch the ball?

The BBC Football League Show stated that Kandol had lasted around 20 seconds - about enough time to walk onto the pitch and walk off again. They cited it as the third fastest red card in Football League history. He now faces a minimum of a three match ban, and quite possibly four matches. Either way he will miss Easter Monday's game at Huish Park.

The length of Kandol's ban will depend upon how the Football Association interpret a retrospective ban he was given earlier in the season - as a result of a post-match incident in Yeovil Town's game at Elland Road in November. After the final whistle, Kandol appeared to swing a punch at Yeovil's Sam Williams and although he did not receive a red card during the game, the FA retrospectively issued a three match ban to recognise the 'violent conduct' offence. If they include that in the totting up procedures, then Kandol will be out for four matches.

For the record, the quickest sending offs in Football League history belong jointly to Sheffield United's Keith Gillespie (2007) and Swansea City's Walter Boyd (2000). Both were red-carded due to incidents that occurred whilst play was waiting to be restarted after they came on as substitutes, and so are both are recorded as zero seconds.


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28 March 2010 : Glovers Loan Watch : Baggridge Picks Up Knee Injury
Yeovil Town's three loanees had a disappointing time over the weekend, as their sides both lost in Saturday afternoon matches. Defender Rhys Baggridge had the most frustrating afternoon as he left the field carrying a knee injury just before the half time break in Sherborne Town's match against Warren Patmore's Wellington side.

Sherborne lost the game 2-0 despite creating plenty of chances, with Glovers striker Rob Clowes seeing two first half chances go begging, with one blocked by the feet of Wellington's keeper and the other squirm wide. Rhys got his injury when he went in for a 50-50 block tackle with Wellington's captain and despite initially returning to the field of play, he had to be substituted around 40 minutes into the match. It could have been worse - the opposition captain also came off and needed hospital treatment. Sherborne head on their travels to Dawlish Town on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile at Southern League leaders Farnborough, they suffered a shock 1-2 home defeat against 8th placed Stourbridge. The Hampshire side are still 12 points clear at the top of the table, although Nuneaton Town's two games in hand mean they can't pop the champagne yet.

On loan striker Andre McCollin has missed their last two matches after he was on the receiving end of a two-footed challenge in their match against Merthyr Tydfil. The good news is that Andre is back and fit, and came on as a 90th minute substitute in their game yesterday.


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28 March 2010 : Saints Pick Up Football League Trophy
League One side Southampton are the new holders of the Football League Trophy, after they defeated Carlisle United at Wembley today. The Saints, who were playing in the competition for the first time in their history, picked up the silverware at a canter, as they capitalised upon defensive blunders by the Cumbrians, ultimately winning 4-1.

Carlisle centre-back Peter Murphy inexplicably handled inside the area to give Rickie Lambert the opener from the penalty spot after 14 minutes. Lambert turned provider to flick on a cross that Adam Lallana converted from six yards and with Carlisle's defence watching and admiring, instead of defending.

In the second period, another Lambert cross saw Evan Horwood get his legs in a tangle and after an initial shot was blocked, Papa Waigo N'Diaye got the third. A 20 yard Michail Antonio strike put Saints 4-0 up, meaning that by the time Carlisle's Gary Madine headed home a late free kick, it was already game over.

The game was watched by 73,476 spectators at Wembley, representing a nice little earner for both clubs. The total of 44,000 Saints fans was a joint record at the new stadium, after they sold out their allocation for the final.


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28 March 2010 : League One Matches Live On Sky Sports
As we head towards the month of April, Sky Sports have selected four League One matches for live transmission, in what are likely to be the final quartet ahead of the League One play-offs. Obviously, Yeovil Town's home match against Leeds United is already known about, with the game taking place on Easter Monday at 12.30p.m.

The other three feature a mix of promotion-chasing and relegation-threatened sides, with Norwich City, Swindon Town, Huddersfield Town and Millwall picked out from the top seven positions in the League One table.

Meanwhile Tranmere Rovers - who dropped into the bottom four again on Saturday evening, plus Exeter City, who leapfrogged them in the process, are the two sides battling to avoid the drop. All matches are on Sky Sports and are as follows:

02/04/2010 : 19:45hrs : Tranmere Rovers vs Norwich City (League One)
05/04/2010 : 12:30hrs : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United (League One)
12/04/2010 : 19:45hrs : Swindon Town vs Exeter City (League One)
16/04/2010 : 19:45hrs : Huddersfield Town vs Millwall (League One)

Whilst on the subject of the Easter Monday game, don't forget that the match against Leeds United is ALL TICKET and that your final chance to buy tickets will be on Good Friday, when the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m. See our previous news articles for full details.

Link: Leeds United Match Ticketing Deadline.

Link: Yeovil vs Leeds Is Live On Sky.

Link: Leeds United Home Match Made All-Ticket.


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28 March 2010 : Southend Midfielder Suspended For Glovers Visit
Next Saturday's opponents Southend United will have to do without an in-form midfielder when Yeovil Town come to Roots Hall. Franck Moussa, who has scored three goals in the last three games will be sitting out three matches following a sending off yesterday. The former Anderlecht academy product got involved in an alteraction with Bristol Rovers defender Byron Anthony yesterday that led to Moussa kicking out at the Welshman on the touchlines. Moussa was dismissed, leaving Southend down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes of their match at the Memorial Stadium.

Worse was to follow for the Shrimpers. Having held a two goal lead in the match, they were holding the game at 3-3 when Moussa got his marching orders. But a 90th minute own goal by Anthony Grant saw them lose 4-3, and keep them two points adrift of safety in the League One table.

Moussa will sit out their home match against Yeovil Town, plus their trips to Gillingham and Leeds United for yesterday's red card.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend.


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27 March 2010 : Youths Back On Track
March has been a tough month for the Yeovil Town U18 side, with three defeats, two of them coming under the 'severe trouncing' banner, so it is good to be able to report a victory today.

Things did not look promising, away to Cheltenham Town, when Cory Lewis had to depart the game after just four minutes with an injury. However replacement Danny Williams was to have an excellent morning, coming on up front for the Glovers and scoring twice as the visitors ran out 1-2 winners right at the death.

Yeovil went into the match without injured midfielder and captain Tom Gallagher, and the late withdrawal of full-back Joe Grimstead (illness). However they were able to welcome back apprentice keeper Steve Boore from a long term hand injury, and he appeared to inspire confidence in the defence.

The first half was pretty even, though Robins had the better of the chances, with their forward line proving difficult to handle. However they failed to convert, and the break was reached with the score still 0-0.

The second half continued in the same vein until the 71st minute when Cheltenham exploited some naivety: Lloyd Matthews lost possession in a dangerous position, Lewis Voizey allowed himself to be turned too easily in the box, and the opposition striker slotted home from an angle. 1-0.

Yeovil made two substitutions, with Voizey replaced by Will Moggridge (75 mins) and Andy Baker off for Lewis Morgan (80 mins).

With time running out Danny Williams struck twice in three minutes, a poacher's effort on 85 minutes, 1-1, and nipping in again to take advantage of a goalkeeping error (88 mins) and 1-2.

A happy coach, Andy Gill, admitted that his team had Ďgot out of jailí and that he couldnít see a goal coming from the boys. However, he had demanded a response from them after some very poor recent performances, especially the 6-0 drubbing away at Oxford United last week, and he was delighted to have got it. He was full of praise for the whole team, but picked out Tyler Sheppard and Ciaran Levet (who was carrying an injury and wasnít expected to play the full 90 minutes), who he described as "buzzing" throughout the whole match. Although disappointed to concede in the way they did he believed the boys would learn from their mistakes.

Final score: Cheltenham Town U18 1 Yeovil Town U18 2

Yeovil Town U18:
Steve Boore, Lewis Clarke, Sam Ford, Lewis Voizey, Adam Wakley, Adam Baker, Johnny Oliver, Tyler Sheppard, Ciaran Levet, Cory Lewis, Lloyd Matthews.

Subs: Danny Williams (4 mins for Cory Lewis), Will Moggridge (75 mins for Lewis Voizey), Lewis Morgan (80 mins for Andy Baker).


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27 March 2010 : Brentford Appoint New CEO
League One side Brentford have appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to run their club on a day-to-day basis. Andrew Mills will take the role from Monday 29th March. The news follows a few days after it was revealed that Yeovil Town's CEO Martyn Starnes would not be taking up the position at Griffin Park.


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27 March 2010 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Team News
Yeovil Town are playing Cheltenham Town Under 18s this morning in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The Glovers welcome back Steve Boore in goal after a long absence caused by a hand injury, but suffered a blow on the morning of the match when Joe Grimstead had to pull out due to illness. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore
Lewis Clarke, Sam Ford, Lewis Voizey
Adam Wakley, Adam Baker, Johnny Oliver, Tyler Sheppard, Ciaran Levet
Cory Lewis, Lloyd Matthews

Subs: Lewis Morgan, Danny Williams, Will Moggridge


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27 March 2010 : Emergency Loan Deadline Day League One Signings
Thursday's Emergency Loan Transfer Deadline Day, from a Yeovil Town point of view, didn't even go off with a whimper, let alone a bang. Whilst the Glovers don't engage in the last minute panic sales too often these days, this week's closure didn't even offer up any claims of sightings of players in Asda let alone anything that implied something was going to happen.

For several of League One's clubs it was a little bit like that. As far as we can tell, nine clubs did not do any business at all. The busiest for incoming players was Charlton Athletic who brought in three new players, whilst probably the most eye-catching was Tranmere Rovers grabbing former Swansea City midfielder Andy Robinson from Leeds United, who has fallen radically out of favour at Elland Road this season.

The full list of deadline day transfers involving League One clubs - unless you spot any we've missed - are shown below.

BRENTFORD:
IN: Lewis Grabban (Striker, Millwall)
IN: Pim Balkestein (Defender, Ipswich Town, transfer fee agreed)
OUT: Alan Bennett (Defender, Wycombe Wanderers)

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION:
IN: Ashley Barnes (Striker, Plymouth Argyle)
IN: Danny Naisbitt (Goalkeeper, Histon)
OUT: Nicky Forster (Striker, Charlton Athletic)

BRISTOL ROVERS:
OUT: Aaron Lescott (Cheltenham Town, loan extended)

CARLISLE UNITED:
None.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC:
IN: Nicky Forster (Striker, Brighton and Hove Albion)
IN: Tony Warner (Goalkeeper, free agent, two month deal)
IN: Matt Fry (Defender, West Ham United)

COLCHESTER UNITED:
IN: Franck Queudrue (Defender, Birmingham City)
OUT: Medy Elito (Cheltenham Town, loan extended)

EXETER CITY:
IN: Ryan Taylor (Striker, Rotherham United, one month loan)
OUT: Chris Shephard (Winger, Salisbury City)

GILLINGHAM:
OUT: Arron Brown (Defender, Wrexham)
OUT: Jacob Erskine (Striker, Croydon Athletic)

HARTLEPOOL UNITED:
None.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN:
None.

LEEDS UNITED:
IN: Sanchez Watt (Midfielder, Arsenal)
OUT: Andy Robinson (Midfielder, Tranmere Rovers)
OUT: Liam Darville (Right-Back, Rotherham United)

LEYTON ORIENT:
IN: Eric Lichaj (Defender, Aston Villa, one month)
IN: John Spicer (Midfielder, Doncaster Rovers, one month)

MILLWALL:
OUT: Lewis Grabban (Striker, Brentford)
OUT: Kiernan Hughes-Mason (Striker, Cheltenham)

MILTON KEYNES DONS:
OUT: Dean Morgan (Striker, Aldershot)

NORWICH CITY:
None.

OLDHAM ATHLETIC:
None.

SOUTHAMPTON:
OUT: Lee Molyneux (Defender, Port Vale)

SOUTHEND UNITED:
None.

STOCKPORT COUNTY:
None.

TRANMERE ROVERS:
IN: Andy Robinson (Midfielder, Leeds United)
IN: Ben Gordon (Left-back, Chelsea)

WALSALL:
None.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS:
IN: Alan Bennett (Defender, Brentford)

YEOVIL TOWN:
None.

NOTE: All deals are loans until the end of the season unless stated.


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26 March 2010 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Match Venue
For those looking to find a game to go to a game tomorrow and may live in the Gloucestershire area, Yeovil Town's Under 18s are on their travels. They take on Cheltenham Town at the Seasons Training Complex which you may find the locals refer to as the Eagle Star Sports and Social Club, which is its former name.

It is situated on the north side of Cheltenham in a village/suburb called Swindon - for obvious reasons referred to as 'Swindon Village'. Head out of Cheltenham northbound, initially following signs for Cheltenham Racecourse on the A435 (Evesham Road). At the last roundabout before you reach the racecourse (at the junction with New Barn Lane - B4075) turn left into Swindon Lane. At the end of Swindon Lane, turn right into Wyman's Lane. Take the first left into Church Road, then the first right into Quat Goose Lane.

Link: Multimap Website : Seasons Training Complex.

Address: Seasons Training Complex, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RX


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25 March 2010 : Glovers Finances Heading For 'A Significant Loss'
Yeovil Town are expecting to announce 'a significant loss' when they reveal their accounts for the 2008-09 season. The Glovers are in the process of finalising the accounts for last season and will publish them around the end of June.

Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes cites three events as having affected the club's finances during that season with the Western Gazette listing them as the retirement of midfielder Marc Bircham, the road traffic accident involving fellow midfielder Darren Way, and the parting of company with manager Russell Slade. Bircham retired at the end of January, whilst Way's accident kept him out from December onwards and Slade left in mid-February.

Starnes also blames the lack of any transfer income and cup runs for the club, although the club have made a point in the past of stating that they do not budget for club runs. All of these factors added up to significant losses for the club according to Mr Starnes and he admitted that last season had been very difficult to manage because of it. The CEO had this to say on those factors:

"We had no transfer income, no cup run of any significance and we had very difficult situations with respect to three individuals - one of which was Marc Bircham's injury situation, and another was the tragic crash involving Darren. They were both players who were important to us with regards to their abilities but also the fact that their value was reflected in their wages and they had to be replaced in the squad."

Starnes doesn't reveal what sort of size of losses he is meaning by 'substantial', but stated that the club did have cash reserves to cope with the situation:

"From a financial point of view last season was very difficult and we will be reporting a significant loss. Because of the way the club had been run we had the resources to ride out that loss and it is just as well that we did."

The transfer of defender Lee Peltier to Huddersfield Town took place on June 30th 2009 - the period end date for the 2008-09 accounts, so given the Chief Executive states there was no transfer income, it should probably be assumed that payment from the Terriers will fall into the 2009-10 books. Probably helped by the sale of Peltier, Starnes states that this season's books are looking far better, having done an interim review:

"We have now done an interim review from the beginning of the season and we have got everything back on the rails and we expect to, at the very least, break even and we hope to return a profit."


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25 March 2010 : Emergency Loan Transfer Window Closes Tonight
The 'Emergency Loan' transfer window is due to close for all Football League clubs later today. All clubs have until 5.00p.m. today to register any remaining 'short term' loan deals. Thereafter the only options open to clubs for outfield players are for signings to be made from clubs below the Conference National division, or players who are free agents and have not played for a designated club since the closure of the main transfer window in January.

Following the deadline, there is provision for special dispensation where a club may have been left without a registered goalkeeper on their books, but this is strictly controlled and has to be applied for on a rolling seven day basis to the Football League.

Yeovil Town are not expected to make any last minute signings today. With seven loans already on the Glovers' books, and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy having extended his deal until the end of the season, today is expected to be a quiet one at Huish Park. We'll bring news of any major deals in League One once the dust has settled tonight.


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25 March 2010 : No Brentford Move For Starnes
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes will be staying at Huish Park and will not be moving to League One rivals Brentford. This week's Western Gazette reports this news within the context of "restructuring plans" at the club suggesting that Starnes has "chosen to stay" with the Glovers.

Suggestions that Starnes was heading to the Bees were reported on January 26th by their sister paper Western Daily Press and our understanding is that he was sat on a job offer at one stage, but had yet to make a decision.

Fry told the Gazette that Starnes would continue to be part of the club following plans the board have to restructure the club stating that the Chief Executive will be in charge of the running and development of the first team, Centre of Excellence and Community Sports Trust, although this is pretty much his job description today. Fry told the paper:

"We are now looking to develop the club because to remain in the Football League we have to provide the resources to back it up. Martyn will be part of the new structure that I am looking at to take the club forward over the coming years."

There's no meat on the bones to explain exactly what the restructuring entails, or how it will benefit or change the club's way of working. Fry himself will remain responsible for business development, improving facilities at Huish Park and the Yeovil Town brand. Starnes said his objectives were as follows:

"We are looking to build the team, build the brand and build on our reputation in the community. We want to build on the development of the Centre of Excellence and over the coming years build additional facilities in and around the stadium for the benefit of our supporters."

The lack of development at Huish Park - particularly the lack of a permanent Social Club for grass-roots supporters - has been a long-standing and thorny issue amongst the club's fanbase. The club's Mission Statement, published in April 2007 included ambitions to build a 14,000 all-seater stadium by 2012. That is looking somewhat unlikely within the stated timescales, and Fry implied that funding was the issue for delays in this area:

"It is not going to happen overnight - these things never do. But we are going into that next stage and it is partly down to how long the town takes to recover from the credit crunch."


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24 March 2010 : Alex McCarthy To Stay With Glovers For Rest Of Season
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has had his loan deal extended until the end of the season. The 20 year old keeper has been at Huish Park for the whole of the 2009-10 season and has so far made 37 appearances. His parent club Reading have agreed now for the deal to be extended out for the remaining eight matches of the campaign.

One notable thing is that it would appear that the 93 day rule for emergency loans has been relaxed for goalkeepers or that the loan has been converted into something else we don't know about. His final day at the club is listed as Sunday 9th May - the day after the away match at Brighton and Hove Albion that closes the League One season.

Reading retain the right to a 24 hour call-back for the keeper.


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23 March 2010 : League One Tuesday Night Round-Up : Glovers Down One Place
League One went a bit goal-crazy tonight with 14 goals spread around the three matches being played tonight. Most significant from Yeovil Town's point of view was that Brentford sneaked above the Glovers on goal difference by using up one of their four games in hand with a 3-3 draw against Colchester United.

Brentford threw away the lead twice during the game, having raced to a two goal lead through David Hunt and Leon Legge. Hunt then a got charitable by giving Colchester their first goal of the game, and they equalised right on half time through Anthony Wordsworth. Striker Charlie MacDonald celebrated his contract extension this week with what could have been the winner, but the much-travelled David Prutton kept the home side in the play-off hunt with an equaliser 14 minutes from time. 3-3 it stayed, lifting the Bees two places and seeing the Glovers drop to 14th.

Southampton could have been forgiven for fielding their Youth Team ahead of Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Carlisle United - the reason why Yeovil Town have a blank weekend coming up. Instead, all the usual suspects were on display and once they got past the shock of away day strugglers Hartlepool United having the cheek to take the lead through Andy Monkhouse, Lee Barnard got goal No.24, whilst Rickie Lambert moved onto No.29 for the season. In the second period Ndiaye Papa Waigo extended things further before Neil Austin pulled it back to 3-2 for the monkey hangers. Saints held on to send them onto Wembley in good spirits.

Finally relegation-threatened and taxman-threatened Southend United shook off the ghost of losing Barnard to Southampton during the transfer window. The Shrimpers haven't won a game since they sold their top scorer to the Saints, leaving a string of 12 games in which they have slid down the league rapidly. Tonight they found a goalscorer in Franck Moussa. Before Saturday he'd scored twice this season. He's now netted three in three days with two of them tonight. Their opponents Walsall decided to give them a leg-up when giant centre-back Clayton McDonald was dismissed for violent conduct with 51 minutes still to go and with Southend already one up through Moussa. Former Glovers loan player Scott Spencer grabbed a second after the break before Moussa wrapped things up with a minute to go.

For those of a nervous persuasion, the results tonight mean that Southend and Exeter City are now level on 37 points with the Glovers on 44 points, meaning that the 'relegation gap' is now seven points against both clubs, with Yeovil having played a game more than all of the sides below them. On the plus side, Hartlepool's defeat will leave them feeling nervous as they lie just two points off the drop, with the last two relegation places threatening to close up significantly as the season closes.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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23 March 2010 : Leyton Orient Lose A Cool Million
League One side Leyton Orient have announced huge operating losses in their latest accounts, distributed to Shareholders today as part of the club's Annual General Meeting. The East London side recorded an operating loss for the 2008-09 season of £1,077,687, meaning that they have overspent to the tune of £1,834,256 over the past two seasons.

The club attribute the losses to "declining match receipts and commercial income due to the economic recession, coupled with an increase in salaries following changes in managerial staff and high levels of loan players."

Despite the heavy losses, the overall Orient balance sheet remains in the black. Just over a year ago, they sold Brisbane Road to Matchroom Sport - Chairman and owner Barry Hearn's sport event promotions company. The fee that passed between the two company balance sheets was £6.0m, but in practice Orient received just £2.6m as Hearn also used the transaction as an opportunity to wipe out the £3.4m worth of accumulative loans that Matchroom Sport had given the Londoners since Hearn took over the ownership of the club.

A cash injection of £2.6m initially sounds attractive for a smallish lower league club to get into its bank account. But at the rate that Orient are going, it will only be a couple of years before that diminishes down to zero. Hearn claims that the 2009-10 figures when published "will show a considerable improvement" and with their crowds up by 3.4 percent that will help them a touch. But certainly Leyton Orient need to consider what will happen when that £2.6m is exhausted, particularly as their biggest asset will no longer be regarded as their own and so will no longer be securable against any future financial liabilities.


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23 March 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Southend United
It may be almost two weeks away, but it's our next first team match. On Easter Saturday, we pack our bucket and spades and head to the seaside for a Bank Holiday weekend. Our opponents will be the familiar sight of Southend United who currently occupy one of the relegation slots in League One.

For a club background, pub guide, ticketing information, parking and a whole load of other stuff, head to the Ciderspace guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend.


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23 March 2010 : England Schools International Played At Huish Park
The England Schools and Colleges team played an international match at Huish Park on Sunday. They were playing for the Anglo-Welsh Shield, with England coming out as 1-0 winners against Wales on the day.

England had already beaten Wales 2-1 in the first leg match which was played at Port Talbot, and so the second leg score guaranteed them the Shield.


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23 March 2010 : Carlisle United Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday night's match was the long-haul trip to Carlisle United that saw the Glovers come out on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline. A total of 83 Glovers fans made it to Brunton Park, with reports of the team getting back to their beds at 6.00a.m.

Once everyone had a good night's sleep, the Man of the Match voting was simple and unanimous. Central defender Steven Caulker grabbed everyone's outright Man of the Match vote, leaving all others trailing in his wake. Full results are as shown below:

1 Steven Caulker 80 (8)
2 Craig Alcock 22 (0)
3 Terrell Forbes 14 (0)
3 Shaun MacDonald 14 (0)
5 Sam Williams 8 (0)
6 Nathan Smith 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.25

Performance: 5.50
Entertainment: 5.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 8

Don't forget that if you were at Saturday afternoon's 0-3 defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, you can cast your Man of the Match vote for that game. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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22 March 2010 : Ladies Suffer Reverse In Chesham Return Match
Yeovil Town Ladies yesterday lost the 'second leg' of their League double-header against Chesham United Ladies by a 3-1 scoreline, after having beaten the same side at home 4-1 last weekend. They had held a 1-0 half time lead through Jemma Tewksbury, but conceded three times during the second period to send the South West Women's Combination Football League into a four horse race.

Newquay Ladies who had been leading the table until recently didn't play and found themselves slip to fourth. Havant and Waterlooville continue to lead the table despite a surprise 1-1 home draw against Cullompton Rangers, whilst Chesham's win ensured that they swapped places with Yeovil for the second week running.

Crucially, Yeovil in third have a game in hand over the top two clubs that would send them top - provided of course that they win it. But realistically any of the to four clubs will feel they have a chance of winning the league, with even 5th placed Plymouth Argyle not out of the hunt whilst just four points adrift - particularly as Argyle's next match is a home game against Yeovil Town Ladies, due to be played on Sunday 28th March.

A full Ladies match report can be found on the Official Yeovil Town Ladies website news page.


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22 March 2010 : Alcock Frustrated At Unplanned Break
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has admitted that he is frustrated at having to take a fortnight's break from playing football. The Glovers now do not play a game until Easter Saturday when they travel to play Southend United, by which time a further 19 League One matches will have been played. This is due to Carlisle United's participation in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final against Southampton that saw Yeovil's League One game against the Cumbrians brought forward to last Tuesday.

With the game against Carlisle finishing in a 1-0 defeat, and a further 3-0 reverse against Bristol Rovers taking place on Saturday, the Glovers will be left licking their wounds for 14 days until they head to Roots Hall, and Alcock saw that as a bad thing:

"For me personally, it's a bad thing I think, because you want another game to come quickly so you can put some wrongs right. But I think we've now got time to think about what has happened and really get back to training and kick on. It is frustrating, as chances like this don't come around every time. This was a good chance to continue and do the double over Bristol Rovers at home, but it wasn't to be."

Alcock's manager Terry Skiverton saw things differently, believing the fortnight would be good for the players to get some much needed rest, and for a few players to get over some knocks. Skivo's views on that and his full post-match press transcript were published here over the weekend. If you've not already read them, they are available via the link below.

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


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22 March 2010 : Glovers Trio Loan Watch
Yeovil Town loan pair Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge completed their fifth 90th minute spell at Sherborne Town on Saturday as part of their loan spell with the Dorset club. Sherborne grabbed a 2-2 draw at home to Dawlish Town, with Marc Caines once again grabbing both goals.

But manager Mickey Spencer was unhappy with his players' performances - with Caines the only player given praise - after 13th placed Dawlish grabbed a two goal lead, with Spencer telling their official site that he felt that recent standards had slipped during the early part of the game:

"In the first 20 minutes we were unrecognisable from the high standard performances from the previous two or three weeks. We had a poor attitude to the basics in the first 20 minutes and it was as if we did not turn up. We dug a hole for ourselves because we gave away two soft goals."

For those hunting for a match to get to next Saturday, whilst Yeovil Town are on a mid-season break, Sherborne's next fixture is an away trip against Wellington, pitching up two Yeovil Town century-makers against each other. Wellington's manager is Warren Patmore, who is the only Glovers player to pass the 100 goal mark since Spencer did the same in the mid-1990s. Then on Tuesday March 30th, Sherborne do the return trip to Dawlish Town, hoping to improve on Saturday's performance.

Sherborne Town: Ashley Knibbs, Ollie Wake, Rhys Baggridge, Keith Emmerson, Aaron Mead, Andy Martin, Ross Plain, Steve Burton, Rob Clowes, Marc Caines, Glenn Nathan. Subs: Sean Westlake (for Wake), Ollie Pearson (for Nathan), Chris Luke (for Plain).

Our other loaned out player Andre McCollin has missed the last two matches for Southern League table-toppers Farnborough. McCollin has made five appearances for the Hampshire side, scoring the winning goals in matches against Leamington and Didcot Town.

However, it looks like McCollin has picked up an injury in last Saturday's win over Merthyr Tydfil. A two-footed lunge on the Glovers striker by Merthyr's Simon Gregory saw him red-carded and McCollin subbed soon after. Farnborough's official site described McCollin as "rested" for their midweek match, but his absence from their 4-0 win over Rugby Town on Saturday would suggest that the striker picked up a knock in that challenge.

Farnborough currently lie 18 points clear at the top of the Southern League, and seem nailed on to head up to Conference South level for the 2010-11 season. Andre is due to remain with them until April 24th - the final day of the Southern League season (excluding play-off matches).


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22 March 2010 : Interview With Steven Caulker
During the build-up to Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers, on loan central defender Steven Caulker spoke to the BBC. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of the Tottenham Hotspur player's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Steven Caulker Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Bristol Rovers Game.


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21 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Bristol Rovers 3
Any defeat in football is disappointing. Defeat against your nearest League One neighbours is even more disappointing. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, there's obviously more than a few grumbles to be had. Find out what Taff thought of the Bristol Rovers game, both from the point of view of the team and the individuals that took part in the game.

Read on and supply your own views via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Bristol Rovers 3.


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21 March 2010 : Hartlepool United Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played host to Hartlepool United and equalled their best scoreline of the season, grabbing a 4-0 victory. Goals came from Gavin Tomlin, Gavin Williams and Dean Bowditch, with an own goal from Sam Collins completing the rout.

Man of the Match voting though produced a fairly clinical outcome. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald put in another solid performance, whilst the impact of Sam Williams, who won the free kick for the second goal and provided the assist for the third and fourth was noticed by most home supporters. However, despite his red card, Gavin Williams came out comfortably on top, having scored a superb free kick, and having induced the own goal from Sam Collins through his lobbed shot-cum-cross.

Full voting, with outright MOTM votes, can be seen below:

1 Gavin Williams 374 (33)
2 Sam Williams 216 (13)
3 Shaun MacDonald 210 (15)
4 Steven Caulker 144 (4)
4 Dean Bowditch 144 (4)
6 Nathan Smith 94 (1)
7 Craig Alcock 52 (2)
8 Gavin Tomlin 36 (1)
9 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 22 (0)
10 Alex McCarthy 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.51

Performance: 8.58
Entertainment: 8.44

VOTES RECEIVED: 73


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21 March 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match against Bristol Rovers. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript is available via the link below.

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


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20 March 2010 : Skivo And Darren Start Sport Relief Run Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way will be starting the Yeovil Recreation Centre Mile race tomorrow. The race takes place in aid of the Sport Relief Charity and is at Yeovil Recreation Centre in Chilton Grove. Both Skivo and Darren will also be taking part in one of the three races - we've heard suggestions that Skivo may have been persuaded to upgrade to the three-mile race.

For full details and also Skivo's views on the Sport Relief Charity, see the original article below.

Link: Skivo And Darren To Get Some Sporting Relief.


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20 March 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
If you were at this afternoon's 0-3 defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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20 March 2010 : Yeovil 0 Rovers 3 : Kuffour Double Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten this afternoon by Bristol Rovers as the Pirates recorded their first ever victory at Huish Park in the Football League. Two goals for Jo Kuffour, including one with just four minutes on the clock, were added to by a Paul Heffernan finish in between. All three goals came before the break, leaving the second half as a non-event as Rovers snuffed out any Yeovil attempts to get back into the game with ease.

Manager Terry Skiverton made just one change to the side that travelled to Carlisle United, with Scott Murray making way for Jean-Paul Kalala, who had recovered from a hip injury. Bristol Rovers were unchanged for the fourth consecutive match despite only picking up one point from their last two games.

It was Rovers who grabbed the lead as early as the fourth minute, with a goalkeeping error to blame. Alex McCarthy dithered a little bit too much with a backpass and his clearance was charged down by Jo Kuffour and on the rebound the Rovers striker got himself a 4th minute lead.

Despite the goal, the Glovers were well on top during the early stages, with dangerous crosses from Scott Davies and Craig Alcock inches away from hitting either the goal direct or incoming players as their back post delivery was judged to perfection. But the problem was that there was no-one getting on the end of the balls, and despite the pressure, nothing to make Rovers keeper Mikkel Andersen actually work for his money.

Yeovil suffered a mid-half blow when Sam Williams pulled up twice with what appeared to be knee ligament problems after an attempt at a shot was blocked by two Rovers defenders and the target man appeared to jar his knee. He hobbled about after treatment but after pulling out a second time, he was withdrawn, replaced by Arron Davies.

Without their target man, Yeovil seemed to lose the ability to provide any attacking focus, even if a Terrell Forbes powerful header from a corner, blocked on the line by Steve Elliott, threatened to double his career tally against the opposition that had given him his first career goal.

Rovers had done little all half, but their first proper outfield move was to double their lead. Left-back Daniel Jones broke forward wide and his cross into the box found Paul Heffernan eight yards out who converted in far too much space, having been given the chance to take one touch inside the box before converting. Two shots, two goals, 2-0.

By this time Yeovil were starting to look a little ragged and sorry for themselves, and a third goal was soon forthcoming. Another cross into the box from Dominic Blizzard saw Jo Kuffour with his back to goal, but his swivel and turn was decisive and emphatic as he turned the scoreline into 3-0. Three shots, three goals, 3-0.

Rovers had further attempts to increase their lead, with Alex McCarthy partially redeeming himself for the opening goal and a series of nervy clearances on a greasy pitch that was a goalkeeper's nightmare. His saves from Daniel Jones and Jeff Hughes stopped the half time scoreline getting any more embarrassing than it already was.

The second half saw Rovers a lot less inclined to go forward, sticking their two banks of four in front of Yeovil and inviting the home side to try and break them down. Yeovil's answer was to huff'n'puff and not really do a lot to threaten an improbable comeback. In fact it took 21 minutes for either side to have any chance of any sort with an ambitious Craig Alcock run finishing with a shot wide of the target. Gavin Tomlin also shot wide minutes later.

Manager Terry Skiverton tried switching things but without effect. Arron Davies swapped with Gavin Tomlin to allow Davies to partner Dean Bowditch. Scott Davies swapped with Shaun MacDonald to give the Swansea player a chance to play a more central role. Then Davies made way for Andy Welsh for a more orthodox left winger. But all to no avail as the Glovers struggled to unlock a defence that had been quite open during the first half.

With 13 minutes remaining an unusual statistic was broken - Steven Caulker picked up his first booking of the season for a foul on Daniel Jones. The Tottenham Hotspur loan player has played over 30 games as a centre-back without landing in the book, but he will have had few complaints about his yellow card on that occasion.

Gavin Tomlin shot wide of the target as he attempted to surge forward. Then Nathan Smith shot high and wide and out of the away end and across to the top pitch area, but this was fairly typical of Yeovil's afternoon and in particular the second half, where Rovers found containment an easy job and Yeovil found it impossible to break through. Into injury time and a Craig Alcock attempt was blocked on the line, but the game was long since gone.

This was a game of two halves, but not in terms of the balance of the game, but more in terms of the style that Bristol Rovers adopted. In the first half they soaked up Yeovil's attempts to open the scoring, counter-attacking brilliantly and efficiently to convert their chances. Then in the second half, they provided two brick walls for Yeovil to get past, and thus it became a "play on until midnight" game, where it became increasingly obvious what the final score was going to be. Rovers had the game long since won, and they didn't need to attack any more, whilst Yeovil didn't have the invention or belief to open them up and get back into the game. In the end, only one team was ever going to win, and win comfortably.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 3.

Scorers: Jo Kuffour (0-1, 4 mins), Paul Heffernan (0-2, 37 mins), Jo Kuffour (0-3, 41 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 27. Scott Davies 25. Shaun MacDonald
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. Arron Davies (24 mins for Sam Williams) 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh (63 mins for Scott Davies) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Bristol Rovers (4-4-2):
27. Mikkel Andersen
15. Byron Anthony 5. Danny Coles 6. Steve Elliott 48. Daniel Jones
16. Dominic Blizzard 4. Chris Lines 7. Stuart Campbell 11. Jeff Hughes
9. Paul Heffernan 17. Jo Kuffour

Substitutes:
51. Rhys Evans (GK) 2. Carl Regan 3. Mark Wright 8. Andrew Williams (82 mins for Paul Heffernan) 20. Charles Reece 23. Ben Swallow 28. Elliot Richard

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (56 mins, foul), Steven Caulker (77 mins, foul)
Rovers Bookings: Danny Coles (53 mins, foul), Steve Elliott (58 mins, foul)

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Eric Mackrell (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Somerset).

Attendance: 5,968


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20 March 2010 : Oxford United vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under 18s suffered a heavy defeat this morning at the hands of Oxford United. In a match played at Iffley Road, the Glovers lost 6-0 against an Oxford side currently sat in 4th place in the league. It was the second time during 2010 that the Glovers had been given a thrashing by their hosts, having gone down 7-3 earlier in the season.

The rout started pretty early on with poor defending allowing Henry Owen to head home after just 13 minutes. But certainly there was little sign that Oxford would go on such a run, as the Glovers largely held the home side's attack during the first period, albeit without creating any chances of their own. Goalkeeper Connor Siddley-Adams saved well from a free kick, whilst Adam Wakley landed in the book after he clattered an opponent, but the Glovers went into the break just one goal adrift, even if Oxford's keeper was probably as active as one of the spectators at the game.

Ten minutes into the second period, Yeovil's newest signing Johnny Kaye replaced Lewis Morgan, and that was shortly followed by Oxford's first booking after left back Lakita brought down Ciaran Levet. With 61 minutes gone, the floodgates finally began to open as Oxford doubled their lead. Dan West found himself unmarked a yard from goal after he received a pinpoint pass from Connor McDonagh.

For the Glovers Ciaran Levet cut inside on the right and fired a shot just over the Oxford bar as Yeovil created a rare chance. Tom Gallagher brought down an opponent in the Oxford half and so became his side's second booking.

With 20 minutes left, it was 3-0 as Jamie Connor played a superb crossfield pass to find the impressive Arron Woodley free on the right who cut inside and fired past Siddley-Adams in the Yeovil goal. Six minutes later and Arron Woodley grabbed his second as he converted a parried Siddley-Adams save.

With five minutes remaining, Lloyd Matthews was unlucky to be flagged offside when he burst through on goal with a rare one-on-one situation. But all the action was down the other end, as Dan West got his second of the game as another Siddley-Adams parried save was capitalised by the Oxford player. The Glovers keeper blocked from Connor in a one-on-one as the game reached its final minute. But there was nothing he could do with Connor McDonnagh's strike right on full time which polished off victory for the home side and another sound thrashing.

In probably their worst display of the season, Yeovil's youngsters were given a lesson in team play and determination by an Oxford side who seem to relish playing the Glovers. Coach Andy Gill was an unhappy man after the match saying the home team wanted it more and he felt the players had let themselves down. He expects improvements next week when the boys travel to Cheltenham Town. Besides Ciaran Levet's shot he couldn't recall the opposing keeper being troubled, and even that effort was not on target.

Full Time: Oxford United U18s 6 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Scorers: Henry Owen (1-0, 13 mins), Dan West (2-0, 61 mins), Arron Woodley (3-0, 70 mins), Arron woodley (4-0, 76 mins), Dan West (5-0, 86 mins), Connor McDonnagh (6-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Connor Siddley-Adams 2. Sam Ford 3. Lewis Voizey 4. Joe Grimstead 5. Lewis Clarke 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Adam Wakley 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Ciaran Levet 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Lewis Morgan.

Subs: 12. Cory Lewis 14. Adam Baker (73 mins for Joe Grimstead) 15. Johnny Kaye (55 mins for Lewis Morgan)

Bookings: Adam Wakley (18 mins, foul), Tom Gallagher (68 mins, foul).


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20 March 2010 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Bristol Rovers Interview
Just before kick-off today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bristol Rovers.


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20 March 2010 : Glovers Youth vs Oxford United Match Result
Yeovil Town Under 18s suffered a heavy defeat this morning at the hands of Oxford United. In a match played at Iffley Road, the Glovers lost 6-0 against an Oxford side currently sat in 4th place in the league.

A full match report will appear on these pages later in the weekend.

Full Time: Oxford United U18s 6 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Connor Siddley-Adams 2. Sam Ford 3. Lewis Voizey 4. Joe Grimstead 5. Lewis Clarke 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Adam Wakley 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Ciaran Levet 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Lewis Morgan.

Subs: 12. Cory Lewis 14. Adam Baker 15. Johnny Kaye


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20 March 2010 : Davies Hoping For A Happier Huish Park Visit
On loan Yeovil Town midfielder Scott Davies stands by to make his home debut this afternoon. The Reading player had been on loan for Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the season, and had a miserable first visit to Huish Park on Boxing Day when he played 90 minutes in the team that lost 4-0. He is hoping for a better second experience when he lines up in a green and white shirt against Bristol Rovers this afternoon. So far he says the experience of being in South Somerset has been a good one so far:

"I had a taste of playing here on Boxing Day for Wycombe, and we got beat 4-0 on the day. You could see the class that Yeovil had on that day. There's a lot of good young players here coming through, and also some experienced heads. The club has been brilliant so far from what I've seen of it, and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Scott added that he had a few familiar faces in the Yeovil dressing room having played regularly for Reading Reserves when he came up against Sam Williams who was at Aston Villa and Dean Bowditch who was at Ipswich Town. He also revealed that he knew Aidan Downes whilst getting call-ups for Ireland's junior international squads:

"I've played against the likes of Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch and obviously Aidan Downes from the Ireland Under-21 squad. I've been with him a couple of times and been away all over the shop with him. But he's obviously a good player, although he's a player who has been on the bench, which shows the strength in depth."


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20 March 2010 : Norwich City Man of the Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town undertook the difficult journey to Carrow Road and Norwich City. The end result was a fairly emphatic 3-0 defeat, and a rearguard action throughout the whole 90 minutes. As such this was not a match for the attack-minded members of the Glovers squad, and it's little surprise to find that with the exception of one player, all votes went to those trying to keep the scoreline down.

In the end, the vote was a tight affair between two players that have been consistent throughout the season. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald ran him close, but it was central defender Steven Caulker who came out on top with yet another top placed finish. Full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Steven Caulker 114 (8)
2 Shaun MacDonald 108 (6)
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 16 (1)
3 Craig Alcock 16 (1)
5 Nathan Smith 12 (0)
6 Gavin Tomlin 10 (0)
7 Terrell Forbes 6 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.24

Performance: 3.53
Entertainment: 4.94

VOTES RECEIVED: 16


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19 March 2010 : Skiverton Wary Of Rovers Strike Threat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is well aware of the strike threat that tomorrow afternoon's opponents Bristol Rovers can pose, despite them drawing a blank on two consecutive occasions during the past week.

Rovers are expected to line up with a front pairing of Doncaster Rovers striker Paul Heffernan, who is on loan at the Memorial Stadium, and former Brentford poacher Jo Kuffour and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that they were very familiar names for him:

"I've known Jo (Kuffour) for a few years and I've played against him quite a few times. If he does get you on the edge of the box and starts rolling and gets his hips into you, he's going to cause you all sorts of problems. (Paul) Heffernan is another one I know as well, who is on loan from Doncaster and he is an experienced pro that always chips in with a few goals, and he's a talented player as well."

The Yeovil boss added that the Rovers goal threat could also come from deeper positions, citing a trio of players that included local boy Chris Lines, winger Jeff Hughes and former Watford trainee Dominic Blizzard:

"But they've got (Chris) Lines, they've got (Dominic) Blizzard and (Jeff) Hughes and they're all sort of people who will cause you all sorts of problems, and they've got (Stuart) Campbell who I think always sits in there and rings it well. So it will be a tough game. But we've got some dangerous players ourselves and with the loans we've signed as well, I think we're going to be very strong on the day. Hopefully it will be a very good footballing occasion with both teams trying to pass it the right way, like we do. The pitch seems to have held up and we can put in a good performance on it."

The Glovers are looking to do the double over Rovers tomorrow, and Skiverton remembered the October 2009 win at the Memorial Stadium fondly. Not only was it his first managerial away win, it was also a landmark occasion for defender Terrell Forbes, after 368 matches in the professional game. Skiverton explained:

"Terrell Forbes scored his very first goal, and for us it was another tough game. We're expecting it to be another tough game on the weekend. It's a local derby. I think the players that we've got here now understand that, with playing against Exeter and with the game against Bristol Rovers before that. I think they will bring a few fans down, so it will be keenly contested."

The Yeovil boss warned that Rovers would be looking to bounce back from a last minute loss against Exeter City in midweek. Skiverton had a scout at the game and was told that the Bristol club were unlucky to lose to James Dunne's 90th minute goal:

"I know they will be a little bit disappointed with the result last night (Wednesday against Exeter City) because I heard in the second half they were supposed to be fantastic. So they'll be coming to us still with that bit of confidence and they've got some really good players that can cause you problems on the day and we'll have to stand up to that. On Tuesday night (at Carlisle) I didn't feel we played too bad, so it's got all of the makings hopefully for a really good game."


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19 March 2010 : Somerset Womenís Senior Cup Final
The 2009-10 Somerset Women's Cup Final between Keynsham Town and Yeovil Town has been scheduled for Thursday 29th April. The Glovers won the cup in 2004-05, but since then Keynsham have held the trophy for four consecutive years.

The venue is West Shepton Playing Fields, Old Wells Road, Shepton Mallet, with kick-off set for 7.30 p.m.


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19 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : From Hero To Zero
Just before the big weekend game tomorrow against Bristol Rovers, but Taff's main focus in his latest blog entry is to look at matters on the other side of Bristol. With Gary Johnson leaving Bristol City this week, the latest Taff's Gloversblog article considers what Gary achieved Up The Road, as well as a brief look at tomorrow's game.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : From Hero To Zero.


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19 March 2010 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Venue And Directions
For those who live in the Oxford area, a reminder that Yeovil Town Under 18s are in action tomorrow in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The match is between Oxford United U18s and Yeovil Town U18s and is the third attempt to get the match played.

Arrangements are as already posted in the Forthcoming Events section on the Ciderspace Home Page - i.e. that the game will take place at the Oxford University Iffley Road Sports Complex, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off. You can find the venue here or on OX4 1EQ on your Sat Nav. Note that the red ring on the Multimap website is a little too far north - you can see the Athletics track marked a few yards south and this is where you need to be.

Most famous as the site of the first sub four minute mile by Roger Bannister, Iffley Road Sports Complex is just off the A4158, one of the routes in towards the centre of the city from the South from the Oxford Ring Road. The complex has its own car park with 110 spaces although expect these to fill up quickly as this location will be hosting multiple events throughout the University.


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19 March 2010 : Skivo: Ayling Has The Physique To Cope With League Football
New loan signing Luke Ayling may not have made a senior first team appearance for any club yet, but Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he doesn't see him as a youth team player. The 18 year old signed a month loan deal from Premier League side Arsenal and will hope to make his professional first team debut at some point during his spell in Somerset.

Skiverton pointed out that whilst Ayling may be young and inexperienced, that he is older than fellow defender Steven Caulker, who only turned 18 over the Christmas period. The Yeovil boss said that strength of character and physique was more important than age:

"He's not a kid. He's a little bit like Steven (Caulker) in that he's a man in his body in the way that he thinks and the way that he acts. These are the type of characters that I am looking for. I'm looking for young men. They've that sort of physique and that sort of personality that can come into a team and enhance it, and not someone who is going to be like a quivering wreck and not be able to get on the ball. He's been a leader in their Youth Team and the Reserves and I think he's captained them on a number of occasions. That's what I'm looking for, with him coming here, and that's to be very vocal and to defend well."


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19 March 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Officials for tomorrow's local derby between Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). He is not an official we are overly familiar with, having only experienced him once as a referee for a Yeovil match.

He's had nearly four seasons as a referee at Football League level and the one time our paths did cross was for the January 2008 match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In that game, he sent off Marc Bircham for two bookable offences, and although neither of Bircham's tackles were particularly bad ones, they were the sort that most referees would produce a card for. So no complaints there.

His game in charge was for Preston North End's 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest in the Championship that took place last Saturday. He waved his yellow card seven times in that match - the most he'd done all season in a single game.

Mr Haywood will be assisted by Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Eric Mackrell (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Somerset).

Link: January 2008 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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19 March 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to a good old-fashioned West Country derby tomorrow when Bristol Rovers are the visitors for a League One clash. Both sides lie relatively comfortably in midtable, although with both managers still believing their sides have things left to play for. Rovers manager Paul Trollope thinks his side can still make the play-offs. Glovers manager Terry Skiverton thinks his side still need more points to secure League One football next season. Of the two, probably Skiverton's side appear to be the one with more to play for. The rest is all about local pride.

The Glovers are of course also looking to do the double over Rovers after a 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium back in October 2009. An equaliser from Jonathan Obika was followed up three minutes later by a bit of history - a Terrell Forbes goal that won the game, after Rovers had gone ahead through Chris Dickson.

As far as team news goes Yeovil will definitely be without central defender Stefan Stam, who is expected not to return until after the end of the season. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala missed Tuesday night's match at Carlisle United but returned to light training yesterday, giving the club some hope that he may return to the side. Manager Terry Skiverton spoke of a few other unnamed players carrying a couple of knocks, but didn't hint as to whether they were causing him significant concern for Saturday.

On loan midfielder Gavin Williams is definitely out though, as he serves the second of a three match suspension. Another loanee will also be sat in the stands with him - the arrival of Scott Davies from Reading and Luke Ayling from Arsenal means that one of the club's seven loanees will have to join Williams on the sidelines.

For Bristol Rovers, their local press has been swamped by coverage of Gary Johnson's exit from Bristol City, to the extent that the other Bristol club barely get a look-in today. On Wednesday night, Trollope named an unchanged side for the trip to Exeter City and so with two games without a win and without a goal, he must now consider whether to ring the changes.

They have recently lost Fulham loan midfielder Wayne Brown who has returned to West London, but have been boosted by the loan extension for Wolves defender Daniel Jones. Other loan players on their books include Doncaster Rovers striker Paul Heffernan and of course Alex McCarthy's team-mate at Reading, Mikkel Andersen in goal. Unless any of their players suffered knocks down in Devon, they have no significant injury problems we're aware of.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3.00p.m. and if you want to purchase tickets at the pre-match rate then the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight. This is not an all ticket match, and so you can buy from the club tomorrow, subject to the match-day surcharge.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Still Hoping To Land Play-Off Place.


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18 March 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Still Hoping To Land Play-Off Place
Yeovil Town's opponents on Saturday, Bristol Rovers, will go into the game at Huish Park still believing that they can reach the League One play-offs. Rovers go into the match in 9th place and 11 points off 6th placed Colchester United with just 10 games remaining. They have not been in the top six since the start of December. They've barely moved from their current position since the turn of the year.

Despite all of this, and a midweek defeat at Exeter City, manager Paul Trollope still believes his side are capable of making a late charge for the play-offs, telling the Bristol Evening Post that this was still his target:

"We'll keep believing. There are ten games to go so there is a lot of points to play for. We will brush ourselves down and go to Yeovil on Saturday to try and produce a performance to win the game and take it from there."

Rovers lost at St James Park to a last minute goal from James Dunne, meaning they have not scored in their last two matches. What Trollope appears to be clinging onto is that when Bristol Rovers won promotion from League Two at the end of the 2006-07 season they did so by winning five of their final seven matches to sneak into the play-offs right at the death. Trollope cites that run when he talks about what his side need to do:

"Losing at Exeter has made it difficult now but we have to keep going. The game at Yeovil now is massive for us if we have any aspirations of making the play-offs. We showed what is possible three years ago. We know it is harder by the game and losing here has certainly not helped the cause. We'll keep pushing to try and find the performance that we feel the players are capable of."


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18 March 2010 : Arthur Stenner R.I.P. 1934-2010
Former Yeovil Town player Arthur Stenner has passed away at the age of 76. Mr Stenner had suffered from dementia and heart problems for a period of more than 10 years, and had his roots in Yeovil all his life. He died on March 11th 2010.

He was born in Yeovil on January 7th 1934 and educated at Stoke (Stanchester) School and played for Somerset boys before turning professional at the age of 17 and being signed up by manager Harry Lowe. He made only seven appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal across the 1951-52 and 1952-53 seasons before returning in the 1957-58 season, scoring once and making four appearances under Jimmy Baldwin. In between he did his National Service and then had spells with Bristol City, Plymouth Argyle, Norwich City, Exeter City and Oldham Athletic.

Whilst his footballing career may have not left too much of a dent on Yeovil Town fans' memories, his career off the field became well known as A.W. Stenner and Sons - a Removal and Storage business based in Armoury Road in the Lufton Trading Estate, yards from Huish Park. Son Martin Stenner spoke to the Western Daily Press today and added:

"Dad was a very good family man, and he loved talking to people. He would feel comfortable talking to the Queen or a tramp, and he would treat them the same. He would go out of his way to help someone and loved his two grandsons, little Martin and William. He became very well known in the trade."

Another son Kevin will be running the New York Marathon in November to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society Charity and hopes to raise £5,000 for the cause. Kevin had already made his decision to run the marathon prior to his father's death.

Arthur is survived by wife Fay, sons Kevin, Martin and Mark, and two grandsons Martin, 12, and William, seven. To them we send our condolences. Arthur's funeral will take place on Wednesday 24th March at 11.00a.m. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Britt at A.W. Stenner and Sons on 01935 476555 or email britt.mk@virgin.net

Link: Kevin Stenner New York Marathon Alzheimer's Society Sponsorship Page.

Link: Arthur Stenner : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 March 2010 : Leeds United Match Ticketing Deadline
With just one home game to go before the Easter Monday match against Leeds United, a reminder that this game is an ALL TICKET match, with special arrangements for buying tickets. The arrangements are in place to minimise the chances of Leeds fans buying tickets for the home ends of the ground. The match takes place on Monday 5th April 2010 at Huish Park with a 12.30p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports.

If you have not bought a ticket for this match and plan to attend it, we'd highly recommend that you read the instructions linked below, particularly if you live outside the Yeovil area.

Note also that with the game coming on the last day of the Easter weekend, that the deadline for purchasing tickets is a little earlier than normal. To compensate for this, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open on Good Friday from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m. Because the first team are at Southend United on the Saturday, Good Friday will therefore be your last chance to buy tickets. There will be no tickets on sale on the day of the game.

Link: Leeds United Home Match Made All-Ticket.

Link: Yeovil vs Leeds Is Live On Sky.


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18 March 2010 : Wanderers Plan To Go A'Wanderin'
League One side Wycombe Wanderers have announced plans that would see them leave Adams Park for a new stadium. Despite their current stadium being less than 20 years old, Wycombe and Rugby Union side London Wasps are looking to build a 15,000-20,000 stadium at an alternative site after the Hillbottom Road site proved to be too restrictive for their plans.

The driver for change is that London Wasps need to move to a 12,000 capacity stadium in order to comply with Rugby Union Premiership ground regulations. Various plans for expanding Adams Park have been discussed, but the sticking point has been that the current site only has a single access road to and from the stadium, and that therefore the club's safety certificate will only allow a capacity of 10,000 spectators. Various attempts to provide a secondary access route have so far not succeeded and it now looks like Wycombe and Wasps are moving onto Plan B.

The two clubs go hand-in-hand because Wanderers owner Steve Hayes also owns the rugby union club, and he has now formed a third limited company Wycombe Sports Developments Limited (WSDL) with the goal of finding new land and building a new stadium, although the statement stops short of suggesting that WSDL will fund the new stadium. For now, WSDL and Wycombe District Council (WDC) have committed to spend up to £250,000 each on performing searches for suitable sites and conducting viability and suitability studies.

Their press statement talks of providing an accompanying 'sports village' and 'community facilities', claiming that the theoretical site will act as a central hub for all of Wycombe's Sports and Leisure facilities. This is presumably why WDC feel able to jointly support such developments financially.

The joint venture plans to report back by June 2011, with a series of public consultations along the way. Clearly any Wycombe or Wasps fan is going to have to be patient - the first sign that London Wasps may have a capacity issue with Adams Park was raised back in 2005.

Meanwhile Oldham Athletic appear to be encountering problems concerning the ownership of land they plan to use to build their new stadium in Failsworth. Oldham Council have been advised to approach the Charity Commission concerning the legal status of land to the North of the Lancaster Club in Failsworth (where the ground is due to be built), and the belief that the land should be regarded as charitable land. Oldham Council's initial advice is that there would need to be a search for equivalent value land to be purchased then 'swapped' with the Lancaster Club land to ensure that no net value is lost.


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18 March 2010 : GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Southend United. The match takes place at Roots Hall, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 3rd April 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.30a.m. and then Huish Park at 8.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00 for adults, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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18 March 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Southend United. The match takes place at Roots Hall on Saturday 3rd April (Easter Saturday) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 8.30a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £11.00. The trip will include a full-length food stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

They can arrange pick-up points along the way - for example Wincanton - if you live somewhere East of Yeovil and can get to a location close to the A303.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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18 March 2010 : Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Southend United on Easter Saturday - April 3rd - are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game at Roots Hall will see the following pre-match prices in force:

Adults: £20.00; Over 60s: £13.00; Students/17-20yo: £12.00; 9-16yo: £10.00; Under 8s: £5.00.

On the day of the match, prices will increase for most groups and will be as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over 60s: £15.00; Students: £14.00; 9-16yo: £11.00; Under 8s: £5.00.

Tickets for those 17-20 years old can only be bought in advance, and you will need to bring ID. Otherwise you will pay the full adult rate.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users are charged £13.00 in advance with the right to bring in an assistant free of charge. If you need any special arrangements, email Southend at tickets@southend-united.co.uk or ask for Matthew Fletcher on 08444 770077.

A Family Ticket will cost you £20.00 and this will admit one adult and one junior.

Yeovil Town fans are housed in the North Stand at Roots Hall, which is a seated covered stand situated behind one of the goals.


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18 March 2010 : Gary Johnson Shown The Door By Bristol City
Bristol City have parted company with former Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson after four and a half years. Despite taking the Robins to automatic promotion from League One, and within one match of the Premier League, Johnson has been forced out today after a run of poor form saw City supporters - and allegedly players - rebel against the man who had brought them back to the second tier of English football.

City had been on a run of two wins from 12 games, and the final straw appears to have been a 3-2 defeat against Plymouth Argyle in which City lost to a last minute goal. The curse of the 90th minute has been Johnson's undoing this season with 11 goals conceded during the last five minute of games, with a huge number of those matches costing the Robins points.

They currently lie in 15th place in the Championship table - fairly par for the course for a side that is the 16th best supported club in the division. But there have been growing calls for Johnson's resignation within the Bristol club's supporter base, and on Tuesday night there were allegations of a half time bust-up with winger Ivan Sproule. That appears to have made Chairman Steve Lansdown finally respond to the growing pressure from City's over-demanding fans.

Johnson's record in football since he joined Yeovil Town in June 2001 is nothing short of stunning. For those of short memories the highlights are:

1) 2001-02 : Wins Yeovil Town the FA Trophy - the club's first major national silverware.
2) 2002-03 : Wins Yeovil Town the Conference by a record 17 point margin
3) 2004-05 : Wins Yeovil Town the League Two title
4) 2006-07 : Wins Bristol City promotion after they had spent eight years trying to get out of League One
5) 2007-08 : Gets Bristol City within 90 minutes of the Premier League - losing to Hull City in the play-off final

So how does such a good manager become a bad manager overnight? The answer, of course, is that he doesn't. But football clubs are rarely run in the same way as normal businesses are run, and once a campaign to remove a manager becomes relentless, turning the tide becomes almost an impossibility. Once that began to sneak through the dressing room door - allegedly - the end was nigh.

Gary Johnson deserves better than that, and we're sure that he will have little difficulty in finding future employment. He will go with some significant financial compensation as well - he had signed a five year contract at Ashton Gate that ran until June 2013, meaning that City will have had to pay out against the remaining three years and four months of his contract.

As an aside, the news is not particularly good for Yeovil Town supporters. Johnson had made it clear that he would allow the loan deal for Gavin Williams to be extended beyond the initial month if all parties agreed. However, with a new man likely to be in the hot seat by the time his deal expires, it would seem likely that Williams would be recalled to Bristol to allow him to assess the Welshman's suitability for a new contract, which expires in the summer. Unless City's new manager knows Williams well already, he will probably want to see what he can do at Ashton Gate.


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18 March 2010 : Skivo Wants Williams To Keep Working With Squad
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he plans to keep attacking midfielder Gavin Williams as close to the Glovers squad as possible during his suspension. Gavin is one game into a three match suspension and will only make his comeback on Easter Monday when Leeds United are the visitors. The Bristol City player can of course keep training with the club, and made the journey up to Carlisle United on Tuesday night to watch the game, and Skiverton said that sort of aspect was important:

"He's a good lad and he's a good character to have around the changing rooms. He's a real team player, he's come along and he has bought into it and we want to keep on top of his fitness and keep him doing his little bits and pieces and getting the boys used to him as a player. I think that's the most important thing as he's out for a couple of weekends now and then he'll come straight back into the squad and we'll have him for another two games. So it's important that he stays with us, gets his training in so that these players - and it's the same with Scott (Davies) as well - are bedded in and can really graft the way that we are trying to play."

Given Skiverton mentions Williams will have two more matches, these will be the home game against Leeds United and the away game at Stockport County.

The Glovers do in theory have the option of extending his loan spell further, but there is likely a fly in the ointment later today. Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is expected to leave Ashton Gate later today, following a run of poor results. Not only would that break the relationship between City and Yeovil Town, it is highly likely that any new manager would want to see Williams at close hand, given the Welshman is out of contract in Bristol this summer.


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17 March 2010 : Baggridge Impresses In Sherborne Draw
Yeovil Town's loan duo of Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge clocked up their fourth consecutive 90 minutes for Sherborne Town as they continue to impress at the Western League Premier League club. On this occasion Sherborne drew 1-1 away to Bishop Sutton on Tuesday night, with Marc Caines opening the scoring before the mid-Somerset club equalised. Sherborne have now collected two wins and a draw in the four matches since Rob and Rhys arrived, having previously been on a run of one win in nine.

Bishop Sutton had beaten Sherborne three times already this season, and so a draw was another improved result for the Dorset club, even if manager Mickey Spencer said after the game that he felt that his side had dropped two points.

Striker Rob Clowes has tended to dominate the Yeovil-related news on Sherborne's matches so far since the pair went on loan. Hence it's pleasing to note that on this occasion Rhys Baggridge has stolen the limelight - being noted on Sherborne's official site as their Man of the Match for "a strong performance". Meanwhile Sherborne continue their slow climb up the table, and last night's result put them 15th.

Sherborne Town: Ashley Knibbs, Ollie Wake, Rhys Baggridge, Aaron Mead, Rob Clowes, Andy Martin, Ross Plain, Steve Burton, Tony Cunningham, Marc Caines, Glenn Nathan. Subs: Ian Jenkins (for Cunningham), Ollie Pearson (for Nathan), Sean Westlake (for Plain).


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17 March 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle Game
Following last night's 1-0 defeat at Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local press. With questions fielded by local journalist Chris Spittles on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle Game.


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17 March 2010 : Yeovil Town Sign Up Arsenal Defender
Yeovil Town have signed 18 year old central defender Luke Ayling on loan from Premier League side Arsenal. Luke was born on August 25, 1991 in London and is captain of Arsenal's Reserve side. He has yet to notch up a first team appearance. He will be at Huish Park for an initial month, with presumably the option to extend if all goes well.

Luke was given his first professional contract by the Gunners in the summer of 2009, having signed scholarship forms two years previously. His first season at scholarship level appeared to be somewhat flakey, but he was awarded a full professional deal after an outstanding season for the Under-18s and Reserves during the 2008-09 season. He has now completed eight years with the North London club.

Luke played in every minute of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup winning season last year and also added nine appearances for the Reserves. He plays mainly in the centre of defence, but can also deputise as a right-back or in midfield.

Welcome aboard Luke, and here's hoping he is as successful as the last three players to arrive on loan at Huish Park from a London Premier League club.

Link: The Guardian : April 2009 : Steve Claridge Scouting Report on Luke Ayling.


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17 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Another One Bites The Dust (Part 2)
With the Green Room closing this week and two new forums taking over the baton of managing debate amongst Yeovil Town supporters, Taff looks at the history of such message boards. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, he looks at both the responsibility of the forum moderator and also the responsibility of the poster.

For the full article, follow the link below, and feel free to supply your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Another One Bites The Dust (Part 2).


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17 March 2010 : Skivo Reveals Defensive Signing's Parent Club
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton hopes to finally seal the signing of a central defender on loan today. The Glovers boss has confirmed that the player concerned is an Arsenal player who he watched play against Colorado Rapids in a behind-closed-doors match a week ago. See our March 15th article for a list of the four centre-backs who played in that game.

Skiverton explained that he had spoken to Arsenal Chief Scout Steve Rowley and Reserve Team Coach Neil Banfield about the possibility of a loan and now is confident that it will go through later today:

"They had a game against Colorado Rapids and I went to watch that game. There's a couple of people that I know from Arsenal from when I was a young kid, like Steve Rowley who is the Chief Scout down there. So I went and watched the game and had a cup of tea and I spoke with (Reserve Team Coach) Neil Banfield. There was a player that was alerted to me by one of my scouts, so I went there and watched him and he did a fantastic job and hopefully we can get him tomorrow (Wednesday). He'll come as back-up and he knows that. But he's going to push for a place and hopefully he can get a couple of league games before the end of the season."


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17 March 2010 : Skivo 'Humble' In Carlisle Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton had few complaints at the final score after his side lost 1-0 at Brunton Park against Carlisle United last night. An Adam Clayton goal was enough to give the Cumbrians all three points in a game where Yeovil struggled to carve out chances until the final 10 minutes.

Skiverton pointed out that Carlisle's position in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final a week on Sunday showed that they were a good side, and admitted that the club's away form was a bit of a headache for him:

"I think that sometimes you've got to be a little bit humble. Carlisle haven't got to a major final for nothing. I think they're a really good side at home. Teams like MK Dons have come here and got an absolute hiding at 5-0. So we knew that we were coming to a tough place tonight. Greg (Abbott) has got them very well organised. We came here very confident on the back of our last performance, but there's still a little bit of an away game headache that we keep having. It's going to build it up now for a real humdinger of a home game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday."


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16 March 2010 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Man of the Match Voting Form
If you were at this evening's 1-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note that given only 83 Yeovil fans travelled tonight, your votes will be very significant, so if you don't normally vote, but travelled, please stick one in for tonight!

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


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16 March 2010 : Carlisle 1 Yeovil 0 : Clayton Strike Seals Another Away Defeat
Yeovil Town lost 1-0 at Brunton Park tonight, as a single Adam Clayton goal saw Carlisle United grab all three points in a fairly scrappy low quality encounter. Clayton's goal came when Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy punched a corner to the edge of the box and the Manchester City midfielder fired home. Yeovil only really woke up in the final 10 minutes of the game, and couldn't find a way through, despite a few late chances.

The Glovers went into the match without the suspended Gavin Williams and the injured Jean-Paul Kalala (hip) whilst Scott Davies made his debut, and Scott Murray surprisingly lined up on the left wing. Despite bringing in Davies on loan, Yeovil could only field six substitutes again.

The game got off to a quiet start, but the opening chance fell to Carlisle when home striker Jason Price got in front of his marker but headed wide of the target. At the other end Williams and Bowditch combined well in Yeovil's first attack only to find a slightly weak shot easily saved by Adam Collin. As the half wore on, Carlisle gradually began to assert control on the game, albeit with few chances. Price again was involved in one of those, sending a second headed chance over the bar. Graham Kavanagh shot wide from the edge of the box in a fairly wayward attempt and that was matched by a similar long-ranger at the other end from Scott Davies that was just as unlikely to trouble either goalkeeper.

Carlisle were forced into a half time substitution with Ben Marshall, who had gone into a block tackle with Nathan Smith midway through the first half, taken off and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson coming on. The second half opened up with more of the same, with only a deflected shot from Graham Kavanagh providing any goalmouth action in the opening 20 minutes.

But on 66 minutes, the breakthrough came from a Carlisle set piece, with Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy punching Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's corner to the edge of the area. But the Glovers failed to pick up Adam Clayton and he was able to fire the loose ball from 20 yards out and past an out of position McCarthy for the opening goal of the game. A match of very few chances, but on the balance of play a deserved lead.

It took until the final 10 minutes of the game for Yeovil to have their first chance of the second period of any description, although Sam Williams shot into the midriff of home keeper Adam Collin for a comfortable save. Minutes later Shaun MacDonald went inches away from converting when he fired from just inside the box, having burst inside, and suddenly Carisle looked nervy as the Glovers got half a sniff of an equaliser. Craig Alcock headed wide an Andy Welsh corner. Deep into injury time, Steven Caulker sliced one last chance wide of the target, but it was all too little too late.

Once again the Glovers proved to be Jekyll and Hyde with their home and away performances, with the team a shadow of the side that had hammered Hartlepool 4-0 on Saturday. Few players shone, with Steven Caulker one of the players that deserved credit on the night. But apart from the final 10 minutes, there was little attacking intent, and although Carlisle did little more at the other end, their attacking play and balls into the box were more incisive, and on that count, they probably deserved their win.

Final Score: Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Adam Clayton (66 mins, 1-0)

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
21. Richard Keogh 5. Danny Livesey 14. Ian Harte 3. Evan Horwood
8. Graham Kavanagh 11. Paul Thirlwell 25. Adam Clayton
10. Matthew Robson 31. Jason Price 16. Ben Marshall

Substitutes:
39. Mark Gillespie (GK) 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (46 mins for Ben Marshall) 6. Peter Murphy (73 mins for Danny Livesey) 17. Richard Offiong 19. Tom Aldred 23. Tony Kane 28. Gary Madine (65 mins for Graham Kavanagh)

Yeovil Town:
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 27. Scott Davies 25. Shaun MacDonald 16. Scott Murray
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh (56 mins for Scott Murray) 17. Aidan Downes 7. Arron Davies (68 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 23. Danny Hutchins

Carlisle Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (foul, 47 mins)

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire). Assistants: Ross Joyce (Cleveland) and Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Stephen Smith (County Durham).

Attendance: 3,731 (including 83 Glovers fans)


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16 March 2010 : Skivo Previews The Carlisle Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's away match at Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript is recorded via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Carlisle Game.


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16 March 2010 : Two New Yeovil Message Boards
Following the closure of the Green Room (15/03/2010), within hours two new enterprises were launched last night.

Town Talk

Yeovil True

We wish both every success.


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16 March 2010 : Football League Gets A New Sponsorship Deal
Energy provider npower are to become the new sponsors of the Football League. They will replace existing sponsors Coca Cola for the start of the 2010-11 season, with the division Yeovil Town are currently in being retitled as "npower League One". Other divisions follow a similar logic.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of the new sponsorship deal:

"I am delighted to welcome npower to this new partnership with The Football League.They are a widely respected company with a strong pedigree in sports sponsorship. Their support is a huge boost to our clubs and represents the enhanced reputation of The Football League in the commercial marketplace."

The new sponsors will be providing a grant to each of the League's 72 clubs, from their npower Charity Fund for a Community project within the local area of each club. Supporters will also be "rewarded" for switching their gas and/or electricity supply to npower, although the League's press release don't say how.

npower will also be sponsoring The Football League Community Cup, which is the annual six-a-side competitions for teams of mixed Under-11's and Under-13 girls played in towns and cities throughout the country, culminating in finals played at Wembley Stadium before the end of season Play-Off Finals.

The deal agreed runs for three years in the first instance.


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16 March 2010 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tonight's match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge will be Tony Bates (Staffordshire). Mr Bates is the infamous official that took charge of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton at St Mary's that saw the home side triumph thanks to two Richard Lambert penalties.

Whilst the first penalty was one of those ones where if you're an away supporter you'll claim that Marek Saganowski dived, and if you're a home supporter you'll claim it was nailed on, it was the second spot kick that left both home and away fans utterly bemused. A supposed handball against Nathan Jones wouldn't have raised a cry from even the most optimistic Saints fan. Mr Bates and his assistant saw it differently, and gifted the Saints with a decisive second goal. Speaking after the game manager Terry Skiverton said that he was "disgusted" with the decision, whilst even goalscorer Lambert said after the game that the decision was "harsh", admitting that his initial reaction had been to abuse the linesman for what the Saints striker had assumed was an infringement against his own side.

Whilst that match will no doubt mean that the name of Tony Bates will live long in Yeovil Town fans' memories, up until that match, our matches involving him had been pretty uncontroversial. Prior to the Saints match, we met twice during the 2006-07 season, with him taking charge of a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Huish Park and the 1-1 at Sixfields in September 2006. Prior to that he was at Huish Park for the 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers in April 2006, and twice in 2004-05 - away to Swansea City (2-0 victory) and away to Rushden & Diamonds (0-2 loss).

Our profile on the officials for the Saints match last September pointed out how good his performances had been in those games, and added that "he's seriously overdue a stinker". Well we got that bit right! Let's hope the St Mary's performance was a one-off and that we can go back to his more 'normal' performances tonight.

Mr Bates will be assisted by Ross Joyce (Cleveland) and Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Smith (County Durham).

Link: Sept 2009 : Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Feb 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 0.

Link: Sept 2006 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: Jan 2005 : Swansea City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2005 : Rushden and Diamonds 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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16 March 2010 : Skiverton Wants Glovers To Keep Driving On To Victory
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he does not want his team to ease their foot off the pedal, despite them being on the edge of League One safety with 10 games to go. The Glovers currently stand on 44 points from 36 games, and are in 11th place in the latest league table and 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

The exact number of points needed to stay up in League One of course varies from season to season. Since Yeovil have been in this division, a points total of 50, 49, 48 and 51 would have been sufficient to maintain a position in this division, although it is possible to pick out the odd past season where a club has stayed up on 45 points, whilst in 1988-89, Southend United were relegated on 54 points. In most seasons though, any club that breaks through the psychological barrier of 50 points before the final day of the season can start to feel safe, and with Exeter City and Southend United on 33 points from 35 games, this season would suggest a fairly low points total for survival.

That said, at least two more wins will be needed from Yeovil's last 10 matches, and Skiverton wants his side to build on a current record of three wins in four matches and grab those points whilst his side are still in form:

"We know that we are still looking over our shoulders. It's all well and good, but I've been speaking to some supporters who think that we are practically up now and I don't see it that way. I see it that we need to keep running and that we need to get to that finishing line as quickly as possible. I don't want to slow up to that finishing line. I want to go through it as quickly as possible and I want us to keep driving forward and keep driving each other on to make sure that we get there as soon as possible. When you have a good run, you can just as easily go on a bad run. So we've got to keep our feet on the ground and keep driving away and keep enhancing our own personal reputations and our reputation as a team, in terms of how far we've come this season."


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16 March 2010 : Davies Loan Clarified
Further to yesterday's news concerning Reading midfielder Scott Davies, the exact length of his loan has been made available. The Irishman signed for Yeovil Town yesterday and will stay at Huish Park until April 13th. This will allow him to take in six matches, with his time ending after the midweek home match against Millwall.

Also in the Western Daily Press, they report that Jean-Paul Kalala did not travel on the team coach yesterday when they headed up to Cumbria. However, the plan is for him to have his fitness test in Yeovil this morning, and he will travel up on the day if he is fit for selection. They report his injury as an ankle problem, whereas manager Terry Skiverton reported it as a hip injury in his Saturday post-match interview.


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16 March 2010 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their longest journey of the season today - with supporters having the extra obstacle of having to tackle it as a midweek trip. It is of course the journey up to Carlisle United and Brunton Park - something in the region of a 640 mile round trip if you're heading up there from Yeovil.

On the pitch, the two sides are separated by the mere width of a hair. Level on points and with just a two goal difference. Yeovil in 11th, Carlisle in 12th. Thus the winners of tonight's game know that they will gain a three point advantage as they look to pick up the final half dozen points they will probably need to guarantee League One football for next season.

Carlisle's form is a touch erratic, although in fairness their last five home matches have involved Milton Keynes Dons, Huddersfield Town, Gillingham, Millwall and Colchester United. They thrashed the Dons 5-0, and beat Gillingham 2-0, whilst on Saturday they recorded an impressive 2-1 win over promotion chasing Colchester. The games against Huddersfield and Millwall were not so fruitful. This is their fourth home game in their last five matches, so expect a bit of wear and tear on the Brunton Park pitch.

The Cumbrians have a long list of absentees, with Tom Taiwo the latest as he sits out one match for a red card in their Saturday match. Scott Dobie (groin) Darryl Duffy (groin), Joe Anyinsah (double hernia), David Raven (hip) and Andy Cook (foot) are all injured. They will need to give a fitness test to Kevan Hurst who came off early on Saturday with a jarred knee, but otherwise seem likely to name an unchanged squad tonight with the exception of Taiwo. His position is likely to be taken by Carlisle skipper Paul Thirlwell, who came off the bench on Saturday.

For the Glovers, they suffered the blow of losing Gavin Williams to a three match suspension, after he was red-carded on Saturday. Other than defender Stefan Stam (hamstring) he is Yeovil's only definite absentee, although Jean-Paul Kalala's hip injury risks him missing tonight's match. Other than that, there are no other injury concerns. The absence of Williams, combined with Ryan Mason's return to Tottenham means that new loan signing Scott Davies could well make his debut for the club. The Glovers hope to sign a central defender today as well, although it seems unlikely that he would be able to get up to Cumbria in time to feature.

On the whole, matches between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have tended to go with the home side. At Huish Park, the best Carlisle have managed is a single draw, whilst at Brunton Park, the Glovers have only come home once with something to show for their efforts, although the February 2007 4-1 win was a fairly spectacular one. The last meeting in Cumbria though was an entirely different affair, with the 4-1 result in August 2009 going the home side's way. Gavin Tomlin put Yeovil ahead, but Danny Graham grabbed a hat-trick and Gary Madine finished off the job near the end.

On that cheery note, it's time to remind you that tickets for the game are available on the day of the match, although note that like Huish Park, prices go up on the day of the game. The Ciderspace guide below gives you full details. For those who are less insane, BBC Somerset will give you live coverage on 95.5FM from the comfort of your armchair, and with a sensible bedtime to go with it. They start just after the 7.00p.m. news. Good luck to those who are travelling to the match, and have a safe journey up and back.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.


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15 March 2010 : Kalala Remains A Major Doubt For Cumbrian Trip
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is considered to be a major doubt ahead of tomorrow evening's match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. The players made the mammoth midweek trip today, stopping overnight in the area, but it may well be that they will have to take to the field without the Congolese midfielder.

Kalala has been suffering with a hip injury over the past month or so and came off midway through the second half of Yeovil Town's 4-0 win over Hartlepool United. Manager Terry Skiverton hasn't ruled him out of game, but is believes it will go to the wire:

"JP is struggling but we're going to give it as long as possible. Hopefully he'll be fit, but we need to keep assessing him and hopefully he'll be all right and make the game. He should be all right for the weekend, but with this one, with the games being so close together and with all the travelling as well, it was a case that we just needed to monitor him and make sure he was OK."

Skiverton added that he would not be taking any risks with Kalala, pointing out that if he forced him into playing against the Cumbrians, then he would run the possibility of the midfielder aggravating the problem and ending up out for much longer:

"What we can't afford to do is to have him coming all the way up here, doing it, and then coming all the way back again. It really does put pressure on him and on the hip. What we can't afford to do is to be forcing him to play and then having him out for two or three games."


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15 March 2010 : Green Room Closes
The dedicated Yeovil Town forum, The Green Room, has been closed down this afternoon. Set up after this site took the decision to stop providing a message board service at the end of 2005 it has provided four years of excellent service.

The owner has left this message:

"It's no longer possible to cover the time and expense required in running a forum, so it's time for someone else to have a go.

If other people would like to set up alternatives, I'll put links from here

David (aka Hoagy)
" (link)

We'd like to thank Hoagy and the various other administrators who have put in their time over the years, usually for little thanks and sometimes for downright abuse.

It will be interesting to see who takes up the mantle to provide the next forum to serve the Yeovil Town fanbase. Long-term users of the Ciderspace forum and then the Green Room may have a shrewd suspicion that it won't be any of the more vociferous exponents of how a forum should be run, but we'll have to see.


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15 March 2010 : Great Scott! Another Davies Signs For Yeovil
Yeovil Town have signed up Reading midfielder Scott Davies on a month's loan. The move is an immediate response to the loss of Bristol City midfielder Gavin Williams, who was sent off on his comeback on Saturday and will miss three games.

Scott is a 22 year old former Irish youth international who has been on loan at Wycombe Wanderers earlier this season, playing in the 4-0 defeat at Huish Park on Boxing Day. He made 17 appearances for the Chairboys, scoring four goals, and had started the season at the Madejski Stadium, making five appearances for the Championship side - so far his only appearances for the club. Since his return to Berkshire, the best he has managed is a place on the bench as an unused substitute and he will now spend a month in Somerset.

Scott started life as an Aylesbury United player before being merged into Watford's youth system. A first spell at Wycombe followed before Reading snapped him up in 2002. He has also had loan spells with non-league Yeading and two loan spells with Aldershot where he was part of their Conference National title winning squad, winning the league's Goal of the Season that year.

Reading Director of Football Nicky Hammond spoke to their official site and said of the move:

"This is a good opportunity for Scott to go and play some games. He has been training well for us since coming back from his loan at Wycombe but we've had a number of midfielders ahead of him recently. He'll be available for us again once the month is complete and will be ready and match fit."

Scott will of course know one Yeovil Town player - team-mate and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Welcome to Yeovil Scott, and may your stay be fruitful.

Now about that central defender Skivo (again!) ...


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15 March 2010 : One Signing 'Done' - But Another May Follow
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has completed the signing of one player today - expect an announcement shortly. Via his Twitter account, Skivo says that one signing is "done" but says that there is "another hopefully tomorrow". As yet there are no names - see our article earlier today for what information is available.

Today's signing should be the central defender he plans to sign on loan (although we said that last Thursday!) whilst the mention of another loan suggests that as per his post-match interview that his wish to sign a midfielder to cover the loss of Ryan Mason and Gavin Williams has been authorised by the Yeovil Town board.

Update: And the 'one done' is Reading's Scott Davies - see the later news item. The central defender wait goes on though ...


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15 March 2010 : Tomlin Praised For Standing Up For Spot Kick
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton praised striker Gavin Tomlin for being the player to "stand up" for the penalty that opened the scoring in Saturday's match against Hartlepool United. Tomlin netted his third penalty of the season when Pools defender Peter Hartley was harshly judged to have handled a Terrell Forbes knock-on from a Tomlin corner, and referee Steve Rushton pointed to the spot.

The Glovers have had a season-worth of missed spot-kicks with Scott Murray and Ryan Mason the club's only other men to be successful from 12 yards, but Tomlin stepped forward to convert his fifth goal of the season. Skiverton said that was typical of Tomlin's character, although was concerned that Gavin had to endure some unwanted pressure from unexpected quarters:

"That's the type of character that he is. He always puts himself up for everything. And he did it today (Saturday). I don't want to speak too much on it, but it did seem as though there were portions of our own crowd trying to put him off. I've never heard such a big groan when someone tries to pick a ball up. But testament to him - he stood up to take it, and he stood up in front of the home crowd."

Skiverton added that in open play, Tomlin was not without his flaws, but said that his workrate always stood out in every game:

"He can be quite frustrating at times, and there was one occasion where he made a great run and just missed the target. But he really does give us that energy, workrate, determination and he goes both ways very well. It seems that every time he plays we get a good result."


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15 March 2010 : No Hamstring Problems For Bowditch
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that striker Dean Bowditch should be fit to face Carlisle United tomorrow night. The Yeovil boss explained that his side's fourth goalscorer did not suffer a reaction to his recent hamstring problems, and was merely withdrawn as a precaution and to save him for the long Tuesday night fixture.

Bowditch scored Yeovil's fourth goal on the day minutes after switching to right-wing in a 4-4-1 after the sending off of Gavin Williams, but three minutes after his decisive strike, he was substituted and replaced by Andy Welsh. Skiverton has confirmed that although the former Ipswich Town man was hobbling a touch, that his withdrawal had nothing to do with his recent injury:

"Because he was on the right, I didn't really want him running up and down. His hamstring wasn't tight at all. It was just a measure to bring him off to save him for Tuesday night."

The question of whether midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala would make it up to Cumbria was a more doubtful one. The Congolese blocker has been suffering with a hip injury for some time and went straight down the tunnel with physio Simon Baker when he came off 69 minutes into the match. Skiverton said that they would have to wait and see how that one turned out:

"We don't know yet. We're icing it and we'll give it as long as possible."


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15 March 2010 : Skivo: Incoming Defender Would Act As Cover
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his plans to sign a central defender on loan - due to be announced today - do not centre around an experienced player. Skiverton states that the player concerned is due to arrive as 'cover' and talks of the player gaining experience of playing first team football, pointing to a player at the same stage of his career as Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker.

Skiverton explained that the incoming player would be acting as back-up to current first choice pairing Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker but that he expected the new loan player to get some experience during his time at Huish Park:

"He'll be coming in as cover. If we keep winning and doing well then the centre-half will come in and get a little bit of experience of playing a few games. If we are struggling and do go on a bit of a bad run, then he might get in through default as well."

The Yeovil boss said that whilst he didn't know what the player's future contract status was likely to be that he would use the loan spell as a good opportunity to see how the player performed:

"It's someone who we are looking to bring in, and maybe to make a signing at the end of the season as well. We don't know what the parent club is thinking at the moment. I don't know the situation regarding him at his parent club so all I know is that it's a player that I'm looking to take on loan until the end of the season. We've had it with Shaun (MacDonald) where he'll be going back and discussing new contracts there. With the type of player that he is, I think they'll be offering him a new contract, but in this world you never know."

Skiverton has said previously that he had watched the central defender in a behind closed door game in London. One such candidate would be Arsenal Reserves and their game against Colorado Rapids. In that match, the four centre-backs used were Luke Ayling, Ignasi Miquel, Daniel Boateng and Rhema Obed. Saturday's BBC radio coverage also suggested the defender came from either a top four Premier League side, or one of the 'big four' sides. Given the match took place in London, again Arsenal would look a strong possibility, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur other candidates.

Meanwhile, further to Saturday's post-match interview, Skiverton said that he would ponder the question of whether to bring in another midfield loan, having lost Gavin Williams to suspension, and Ryan Mason who has returned to Tottenham. The Yeovil boss told the Western Daily Press that when he signed Gavin, he also had a second option on the table:

"We've got another target that was very close if Gavin hadn't come through. So we may pursue that and we may not. I can't say too much on it at the moment."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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14 March 2010 : Awards Are Overrated
The annual Football League Awards were tonight and, as you may have already surmised from the headline above, Yeovil Town didn't win any. For the record:

Fan of the Year
Herbert Taylor - Southampton

Family Club of the Year - League Two
Shrewsbury Town

Family Club of the Year - League One
Huddersfield Town
Highly commended - Milton Keynes Dons and Swindon Town

Family Club of the Year - Championship
Reading
Highly Commended - Leicester City

Best Matchday Programme
Scunthorpe United - 'The Iron'!
Best divisional programmes - Huddersfield Town (League One); Rotherham United (League Two)

Apprentice of the Year - League Two
Kyle Haynes - Cheltenham Town

Apprentice of the Year - League One
Tom Adeyemi - Norwich City

Apprentice of the Year - Championship
Adam Matthews - Cardiff City

PFA Player In The Community
Zesh Rehman - Bradford City

The Football Foundation Community Club of the Year
Joint winners - Southend United and Watford

Goal of the Year
Nicky Maynard - Bristol City

Best Marketing Campaign
Nottingham Forest - 'Mixed Family Area'

Best Digital Content
Derby County

The Football League Trust Best Community Project
Brighton & Hove Albion - 'Making a Difference' Disability Project
Highly commended:
Huddersfield Town - 'Cheerleaders' Sports Participation Project
Notts County - 'Active Schools' Health Project
Rotherham United - 'United 4 Communities' Social Inclusion Project
Southend United - 'Goals!' Education Project
Southend United - 'Going Green for the Blues' Environment Project

Young Player of the Year
Nathaniel Clyne - Crystal Palace

Player of the Year - League Two
Craig Dawson - Rochdale

FourFourTwo Player of the Year - League One
Jermaine Beckford - Leeds United

Player of the Year - Championship
Kevin Nolan - Newcastle United

Contribution to League Football
Gordon Taylor

Congratulations to all the deserving winners..........humph. As if we care.


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14 March 2010 : Glovers Loan Pair Suffer Defeat Against Leaders
Yeovil Town duo Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge got in another 90 minutes for Sherborne Town yesterday, but were unable to prevent the Dorset club's first defeat since they arrived at Raleigh Grove.

But the defeat was no disgrace for Mickey Spencer's side, given that they lost 2-1 to Bideford, who are 12 points clear at the top of the division, and who they lost 7-2 to earlier in the season on their own patch.

Sherborne could easily have snatched a draw when Marc Caines pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining. In the closing Rob Clowes was brought down in the penalty area but the match referee waved away Sherborne's chance of an equalising goal. Spencer told the Sherborne official site that even the Bideford manager was surprised at the decision:

"Their manager after said he could not believe we did not get a stonewall penalty to bring it back to 2-2."

Having operated as a midfielder in his first two games for the club, Clowes was used in a three-pronged attack for this game. As an aside, former Yeovil Town Youth Team player Ollie Wake was celebrating his 21st birthday on the day of the game.

Next up for Rob and Rhys is a Tuesday night away trip to Bishop Sutton, with a kick-off of 7.45p.m. for any of you not fancing the Glovers first team trip to Carlisle United. Bishop Sutton's Lakeview ground can be found on the A368 heading out towards Weston-super-Mare from the A37, half a dozen miles south of Bristol. The ground is situated behind the Butchers Arms pub. Postcode for Sat Nav users is BS39 5XN.

Finally, Sherborne's official site have uploaded a video interviewing the Yeovil Town pair. You can view it here.

Sherborne Town: Ashley Knibbs, Ollie Wake, Rhys Baggridge, Aaron Mead, Glenn Nathan, Rob Clowes, Andy Martin, Steve Burton, Ross Plain, Tony Cunningham, Marc Caines. Subs: Chris Luke (for Nathan), Sean Westlake (for Plain), Ollie Pearson.


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14 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 4 Hartlepool 0
Ah, Saturday, the return of Super Gav, aka Gavin Williams. The trouncing of Hartlepool United, the equalling of the best scoreline of the season, putting Yeovil Town on the edge of League One safety. What a fantastic time to go and visit Huish Park for the day. You wouldn't want to miss it, would you? Find out what Taff thought of it all in his latest Taff's Gloversblog entry.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 4 Hartlepool 0.


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14 March 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting : Gavin Williams
Those of you who are eagle-eyed, may have noticed that the name of Gavin Williams wasn't available on the Man of the Match Voting Form until this afternoon. A number of you have already spotted this and have put footnotes against your vote to ask Gavin to be inserted into your vote. If you've done that, we'll try and sort out the insertion at our end.

However, if you've already voted, and had also overlooked Gavin, and want to re-vote, then just vote a second time (using the same name and email address) and we'll count your second vote rather than your first.

Apologies for any confusion - Gavin Williams is now available on the voting form.

Please place all votes for this match by Tuesday 7.45p.m. as we'll then open up voting for the Carlisle United match.

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


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14 March 2010 : Ladies Win In Crucial Promotion Clash
Yeovil Town Ladies won a crucial South West Women's Combination League match this afternoon as they comfortably beat promotion rivals Chesham United 4-1. It was the first of a double-header, with the ladies travelling to Chesham's ground next Sunday, and it ensured that the Glovers leapfrogged Chesham in the table, with Yeovil still having a game in hand. The result puts Yeovil at least third, depending on the outcome Havant and Waterlooville's weekend fixture.

Jemma Tewksbury put Yeovil 2-0 up by half time, with two goals from Lindsey Roe in the second period recording a 4-1 win for the league's top scorers.

Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves had their match against Bude Town Ladies postponed, due to Bude going through an injury crisis. The Cornish side were only able to raise six players for the match, and so the South West Womenís Football League fixture was called off.


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14 March 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Following Saturday's 4-0 win over Hartlepool United, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions fielded by BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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13 March 2010 : Skivo Awaiting Referee's Report Over Williams Red Card
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he wants to see the referee's report before deciding what to do about the red card dished out to Gavin Williams today. Williams was dismissed in the 64th minute of this afternoon's 4-0 win over Hartlepool United after a confrontation with visiting winger Andy Monkhouse.

The two players squared up by the touchline with Williams allegedly using his head to strike his opposite number, and that led to referee Steve Rushton producing a red card after consultation with his linesman. After the game, Skiverton refused to tell BBC Somerset his own view on the red card, saying that he would wait to see what was on the referee's report, and obviously what the match video showed:

"I'm not going to talk about any sendings offs. All I want to talk about is that he (Gavin Williams) was fantastic on the day. I need to see it. I'm not sure what the referee has done. I think he's put it in for a headbutt. So if he's put it in for a headbutt then we might appeal it. We'll have to wait and see what comes out of the referee's report."

The rules on appeals against red cards are that the club must be able to produce firm proof that the referee's decision was wrong, usually with the aid of the match video. Any video evidence that is inconclusive or where opinions may play a part rarely succeed, hence the club will need to understand the referee's wording as to why he dismissed Williams to know what chance they have of an appeal succeeding. An appeal that is deemed to be frivilous by the appeals committee may attract an additional match suspension, so the club would only appeal if they feel very confident of it succeeding. Based on reports from supporters in the Main Stand who were closest to the incident, our initial impression is that we'd be surprised if the club appealed, although we've yet to see any TV footage of the incident.

At present, and by default, Gavin will miss the away match at Carlisle United, the home match against Bristol Rovers and the away trip to Southend United. He will return for the Easter Monday home match against Leeds United. Our understanding is that the County Cup match against Bishop Sutton on March 29th counts as a Reserve Team fixture and therefore can not be used as part of the suspension - nor can Gavin play in that match.


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13 March 2010 : Torquay 2 Yeovil 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s narrowly lost against Torquay United this morning at Bovey Tracey. The Glovers were heading for a 1-1 draw thanks to a Lewis Morgan goal, but conceded in the last few minutes to lose the game.

That they got that far in the match was a fairly impressive feat. The Youth Team were only able to name eleven players for the match, with one of those who did take to the field playing with a broken nose. Lloyd Matthews and Tyler Sheppard pulled out of the squad due to illness, whilst Tom Gallagher was not ready to make his return from an ankle injury.

The first half took around 10 minutes for it to warm up from a Yeovil point of view, eventually switching to a more even end to end contest, although overall Torquay still edged the 45 minutes.

This was a game that had turned into a bit of a bloodbath earlier in the season, with Torquay ending up with eight men in the home match played at Carey's Field, and so when a full-blooded challenge between Joe Grimstead and Torquay's Rob Hemmings - red carded in the home fixture for throwing an off the ball punch at Ciaran Levet - there must have been fears of a repeat performance.

With Grimstead lying on the deck following the challenge, Hemmings cynically landed a boot in the Yeovil player's back, resulting in Ciaran Levet rushing in to get involved, pushing Hemmings hard in the chest. Presumably the match referee didn't spot the kick or Hemmings would have been off again - instead a yellow card for him and Levet for the aftermath resulted.

Thankfully the remainder of the half progressed in better spirits, with Torquay still slightly on top, but without a real glut of chances being created for either side. The second half continued with more of the same, with the scoreline still deadlocked at 0-0.

Another clash of two players, twenty minutes from time, was more innocent as Torquay right-back, ex-Argyle schoolboy Nick Milton was involved in a clash of heads with Lewis Morgan and was knocked unconscious for a few seconds. The match is delayed, with both club physios attending to him but fortunately Milton was able to leave the pitch under his own steam, promptly subbed from the game.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Torquay finally broke the deadlock with a spot of good old-fashioned Route One football. The Gulls keeper received a header back from his own player, and then booted a ball deep into the Yeovil half. Another ex-Argyle schoolboy Ray Spear took the ball down, controlling it well, before planting a right-footed shot into the net for the opening goal.

Yeovil weren't finished yet, and levelled the scores straight from the kick-off. They drove directly into the opposition penalty box, and a Lewis Morgan strike gave the game parity again. The Glovers even had chances to win the game, with Cory Lewis having a couple of good chances.

But with five minutes to go, the young Glovers saw all their efforts turned to dust, as Ray Spear - who was the difference between the two sides on the day - got the ball inside the box and fired a left-footed strike home to win the match for Torquay.

That was harsh on a Yeovil team, who in difficult circumstances worked hard for each other and were a credit to the club, despite all eleven having to play a full 90 minutes. Considering a couple of recent heavy scorelines against Oxford United and Swindon Town, it was a shame that they didn't come home with something to recognise that effort today.

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

Scorers: Ray Spear (1-0, 75 mins), Lewis Morgan (1-1, 76 mins), Ray Spear (2-1, 85 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Connor Siddley-Adams
Will Moggridge, Lewis Voizey, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Johnny Kaye, Sam Ford, Johnny Oliver, Ciaran Levet
Cory Lewis, Lewis Morgan

Substitutes: None named.


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13 March 2010 : Ryan Mason Leaves Yeovil Town
Attacking midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is to return to parent club Tottenham Hotspur permanently. The 18 year old has gradually drifted out of Yeovil Town's first team line-up and has not completed 90 minutes of football since the turn of the year, and manager Terry Skiverton admitted in the build-up to this afternoon's match that Mason was struggling with injuries and the state of various League One pitches.

Skiverton has said in tonight's post-match interview that Mason will be returning to White Hart Lane, having also missed today's match. He made 29 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring six goals along the way. Skiverton told BBC Somerset the circumstances that had led to the move:

"Ryan Mason will be going back to Tottenham now. He's come to the end of his spell and it's been quite hard for him because he's had a few niggles and a few little injuries. I think he's going back just to get himself fit and flying for next season. He'll be going on a weights programme. So he'll be going to the next step in his career. They'll be taking him out for I think what will be mostly strength training."

Despite Mason tending to drift out of the side towards the end of his loan spell, Skiverton paid tribute to what the Tottenham player had achieved during the first half of the season:

"He's been fantastic for us. I can't speak highly enough of him. The performances that he has put in were like Gavin Williams did for us today. Ryan has done that for us on numerous occasions this year. He's a fantastic player with a bright future, and who knows, I might go back in for him next year - if I can get him!"

All the best to Ryan for the future and let's hope this is not the last we have seen of him.


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13 March 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Man of the Match Form
If you were at this afternoon's 4-0 win against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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13 March 2010 : Yeovil 4 Hartlepool 0 : Super Gav Becomes Glovers' Hero And Villain
Yeovil Town gained an emphatic 4-0 win over Hartlepool United this afternoon at Huish Park to rebound from last week's disappointing defeat at Norwich City. A Gavin Tomlin penalty was added to by a Gavin Williams free kick, as he celebrated his return to Huish Park. Williams was also on hand to cause Sam Collins to score an own goal as he collected the rebound off the crossbar from a lobbed shot. Williams went from hero to villain as he got his marching orders in the second half for an off the ball incident involving Hartlepool's Andy Monkhouse, but there was no stopping the Glovers as Dean Bowditch added a goal 20 minutes from time.

Team selection saw Hartlepool name an unchanged line-up, whilst Yeovil named two changes. One was Gavin Williams, who displaced Arron Davies, whilst Ryan Mason dropped entirely out of the squad, allowing striker Dean Bowditch to return from a hamstring problem. Yeovil started sloppily, giving the ball away far too often. Roy O'Donovan shot wide of the target as he received the ball when Yeovil gifted Hartlepool the ball inside their own half. The positioning of Shaun MacDonald as a left-winger, and Gavin Williams as a central midfielder took time to gel, with the whole midfield line struggling to find their passes early on.

Twenty minutes into the half, and without a shot on goal, the Glovers got themselves a firm foothold into the game. A cross into the box was blocked by the arm of Peter Hartley at close range. Quite possibly ball-to-hand, but referee Steve Rushton thought otherwise and responded to the home crowd appeals by pointing to the spot. Up stepped Gavin Tomlin to net his fifth goal of the season, despite former Glover Scott Flinders going the right way.

Hartlepool had been the dominant force up until that point, and they continued their good efforts as an Andy Monkhouse cross evaded the Glovers defence and Roy O'Donovan's header had Alex McCarthy well beaten, but it also beat the goalpost in what was to be Hartlepool's best chance of the first half. O'Donovan, who had netted a hat-trick last weekend against Southend United had earlier skewed a ball wide of the post.

Seven minutes from half time, Hartlepool central defender Sam Collins, who had already been booked earlier in the half, barged into the back of Sam Williams for a pretty unimpressive foul that would have probably earned him a booking if he was not already on a yellow. But Collins got full punishment for his transgression direct from the set piece, as Gavin Williams curled the free kick around the wall, and in off the post for a glorious second goal on his comeback, with the Welshman showing his delight to the Huish Park crowd by leaping into the air.

Shaun MacDonald landed a shot into the midriff of Scott Flinders, and Sam Williams put a header from a MacDonald cross over the bar as a shellshocked Hartlepool went off the boil significantly. They hadn't played badly and had more than matched the Glovers in open play, but two dead ball situations had left them with a mountain to climb, and they needed half time to come badly as Yeovil finished the half well on top.

Hartlepool's official site had tipped former Glover Ritchie Jones to score the opening goal of the game. He instead lasted just 45 minutes, being replaced by James Brown - not the former 'Lord Lucan' of Yeovil Town who Glovers fans never saw step out in a green'n'white shirt, but a striker coming back from a knee ligament injury. Brown lined up out on the right wing.

Whatever Hartlepool's game plan was for clawing back the two goal deficit, all of that was fairly irrelevant five minutes into the half when Gavin Williams produced a lobbed shot-cum-cross that beat Scott Flinders easily, and then rebounded off the body of Sam Collins for an own goal and a 3-0 lead. All was going swimmingly well, but there was to be a twist to the game that threatened Yeovil's dominance.

Twenty minutes into the second half, an off the ball incident broke out after Andy Monkhouse fouled Gavin Williams. Monkhouse, the aggressor, pushed Williams in the chest, and Williams reacted by appearing to push his head into Monkhouse's chest - technically a headbutt but one of minor consequence. A bout of common sense by refere Steve Rushton might have seen him realise that this was little more than handbags, but instead, Williams got his marching orders. Over five years apart, but on a technicality Gavin's second consecutive sending off for Yeovil. By the letter of the law, Yeovil will have little chance of an appeal, for what will be logged as violent conduct.

Yeovil moved to a 4-4-1 formation, with Dean Bowditch moving to the right wing, whilst Gavin Tomlin switched to the left and Shaun MacDonald moved central. That change of formation, and the switch around of players may have confused the Hartlepool back line as Bowditch received a layoff from Sam Williams. He danced his way through a couple of half-hearted challenges, and rifled home a shot to put the Glovers in firm command and four goals to the good. Game over!

Despite the goal that was Bowditch's last action as Andy Welsh replaced him to give the Glovers a slightly more orthodox set of wingers. Sam Williams had two great chances to increase Yeovil's lead, whilst Steven Caulker headed over as they belied the fact that they were a man down on the field of play. Hartlepool never responded to the small glimmer of hope that the red card had given them, and the final 20 minutes that might have been nervy because of the man deficit turned into a stroll in the park, with the Glovers dominating the play.

In the closing minutes, referee Steve Rushton was again the centre of attention as he looked set to blow for a penalty as Andy Welsh's shirt was clearly pulled by Gary Liddle inside the box, but when Liddle finally decided to challenge Welsh legally by putting out a boot on the ball, he changed his mind. Thankfully at 4-0 up, no-one was going to complain too loudly.

Aside from the red card - for which Williams will (unless the club appeal) receive a three match ban, the only down side to the afternoon was Jean-Paul Kalala's departure down the tunnel, carrying an injury minutes after the red card. Otherwise with the Glovers in 11th place and 11 points clear of the drop zone, Terry Skiverton's side continue to lie in boring-old-midtabledom and realistically the team should be able to relax and enjoy their football a bit over the final 10 games with around two wins needed to secure League One football. A couple of weeks ago, the idea of that seemed unthinkable.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Hartlepool United 0.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (20 mins, pen, 1-0), Gavin Williams (38 mins, 2-0), Sam Collins (50 mins, own goal, 3-0), Dean Bowditch (71 mins, 4-0)

Yeovil Town:
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Gavin Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. Arron Davies 8. Keiran Murtagh (69 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 11. Andy Welsh (74 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Scott Murray (82 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 4. Gary Liddle 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley
8. Ritchie Jones 30. Joe Gamble 15. Antony Sweeney 11. Andy Monkhouse
10. Adam Boyd 32. Roy O'Donovan

Substitutes:
21. Mark Cook (GK) 3. Ritchie Humphreys 6. Ben Clark 7. Leon McSweeney (66 mins for Adam Boyd) 12. James Brown (46 mins for Ritchie Jones) 16. Steven Haslam 26. Armann Bjornsson

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (55 mins, handball), Gavin Tomlin (56 mins, foul). Red Card: Gavin Williams (64 mins, violent conduct).
Hartlepool Bookings: Sam Collins (8 mins, foul), Andy Monkhouse (65 mins, retaliaton)

Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Somerset) and Mark Philpott (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 4,169 (including 96 Hartlepool Supporters)


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13 March 2010 : No-Brainer For Williams To Make Huish Park Return
New loan signing Gavin Williams has said that the need to play football matches lay at the heart of his decision to temporarily leave Ashton Gate. Williams has featured in 17 matches this season with Bristol City but has only made two starts during that time.

The Welshman, who left Yeovil Town in 2004 for West Ham United said that he considered the decision as a 'no-brainer' when the opportunity came up and admitted that he had become 'frustrated' by only making bit-part appearances for the Championship side. Williams told BBC Somerset that it didn't take him long to make up his mind:

"Obviously I was getting frustrated at Bristol in not playing. When this opportunity arose for me to go out and get a few games, I thought it was a good idea."

Gavin will be of course in familiar company, even if the Yeovil Town side has obviously changed radically since he was last at the club. Striker Dean Bowditch was at Ipswich Town whilst he was there, whilst Scott Murray is a former Bristol City player. Meanwhile although Arron Davies replaced Williams in the Glovers squad, he knows him well from teaming up with him in the Welsh international squad.

But of course it is the Glovers management that Gavin knows well, with Darren Way now a first team coach. And the Welshman said that he liked what manager Terry Skiverton had to say about the game, having known him for a long time as a player and a team-mate:

"Obviously I know him well and from playing against him. I had a chat with him and I like his ideas and the way that he thinks about football. So it was a no-brainer really. I had some good times here and we were a successful team and it's good to be back. Hopefully we can have a good finish to the season and push on as far up the league as we can. The club has done really well over the past couple of years."


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13 March 2010 : Skivo's Patience Over Williams Loan Deal Pays Off
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he has had to wait for a long time to secure the services of attacking midfielder Gavin Williams. The Welshman was signed on a month's loan from Bristol City on Thursday, and Skiverton admitted that he had tried to get hold of the player a while back, but at the time was turned down.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that when the opportunity finally came up, he felt he had to make his move:

"I'm very pleased to have him on board and I think everybody at the club knows the qualities that he does bring. It was someone who we did try to get a while ago, but there wasn't a chance then. I've been speaking with Gary (Johnson) about a few players at Bristol City, and the opportunity came up and we have to thank Gary and the Chairman (Steve Lansdown) for letting this happen."

Skiverton added that since Gavin had left Huish Park in 2004, that he had gained plenty of experience at Championship level, and that he would be a big asset to his side:

"I just think it's that quality, and that breaking from midfield and scoring goals. He's played at the Championship level for quite a few years now with Ipswich and Bristol City. I think he's been getting a little bit frustrated recently in that he's not been getting in and he needs games."

With Skiverton having been turned down earlier in the season in his attempts to take Williams on loan to Huish Park, the Yeovil boss explained that the opportunity came about due to Bristol City team-mates Marvin Elliott and Evander Sno coming back from injury and therefore City boss Gary Johnson feeling he had enough depth in his squad in midfield to allow Williams to head out on loan:

"It's taken a lot of persuading with Gary (Johnson) because he's definitely part of Gary's plans. He's been sub every single week, but with the developments regarding (Marvin) Elliott and (Evander) Sno it's become a case of getting Gavin some football in League One and we've been lucky enough to be the first in line."


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13 March 2010 : Torquay United vs Youth Team Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s narrowly lost against Torquay United this morning at Bovey Tracey. The Glovers were heading for a 1-1 draw thanks to a Lewis Morgan goal, but conceded in the last few minutes to lose the game.

That they got that far in the match was a fairly impressive feat. The Youth Team were only able to name eleven players for the match, with one of those who did take to the field playing with a broken nose. Lloyd Matthews and Tyler Sheppard pulled out of the squad due to illness, whilst Tom Gallagher was not ready to make his return from an ankle injury.

A full match report will be posted on this site later today.

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

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Connor Siddley-Adams
Will Moggridge, Lewis Voizey, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Johnny Kaye, Sam Ford, Johnny Oliver, Ciaran Levet
Cory Lewis, Lewis Morgan

Substitutes: None named.


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13 March 2010 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's match against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Hartlepool Game.


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12 March 2010 : Skiverton Explains Mason Situation
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has gone into some depth concerning his current views regarding on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder/striker Ryan Mason. The 18 year old has been used sparingly since the turn of the year and has not completed 90 minutes during 2010, leaving a slight question mark over whether he would complete the season at Huish Park or return to White Hart Lane.

Skiverton admitted that the level of performances that he'd managed to get out of Ryan recently had not compared with his first half of the season, but said that there were circumstances that had affected his performance, and that it shouldn't be forgotten that it was his first full season playing at this level:

"In the first half of this season he's been absolutely magnificent for us. But then little bits of injury and illness have hampered him. But we've got to remember he's only a young boy and he's still learning his game. He's going back to Tottenham (during midweek for Reserve Team matches) and they are saying little bits and pieces about him as well."

Skiverton said that getting the player's professional development right had to be the priority and so he was prepared to treat Mason with kid gloves where necessary and listen to what Spurs had to say:

"With Ryan, we've got to monitor him and we've got to remember it's early on in his career as well and we've got to make sure that the development is right. Tottenham are making sure that the development is right and we're doing our best from our side too. We have been trying to put him in and see where we can play him, but with the way the pitches have been it's not really been conducive to playing with Ryan."


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12 March 2010 : Stockport Still Left In Limbo
League One side Stockport County have once again failed to convince the Football League that their proposed new ownership structure is ready to take over the league membership Golden Share, on behalf of the old Stockport County company that fell into administration last April.

Just over a week ago, administrators Leonard Curtis announced that the Melrose Consortium had agreed all terms with them, paving the way for them to take over the running of the club. Last week they said:

"We can confirm that the administrators have agreed terms with the Melrose Consortium for the sale of the club. As with their previous offer however, the sale remains conditional upon them reaching agreement with the landlord, Cheshire Sports, and the Football League."

A meeting was held yesterday with the Football League, but the league have once again bounced their attempts to regain full membership of the league, with a statement saying:

"The Board raised a number of further queries about the proposed takeover of the club and these will be discussed in due course with the administrator and the proposed purchasers."

The transferring of the Golden Share from the old Stockport Company company to the company controlled by the Melrose Consortium is a necessary step for the club to come out of administration. If they are unable to agree terms with the Football League for the start of next season, which will include the way that the Cheshire club will honour its debts and the presentation of a credible business plan and ground lease, the belief is that Stockport would be expelled from the league over the summer. This is because without the Golden Share, Stockport would lose membership of the Football League and the league will not allow a club to go two seasons running without full membership.


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12 March 2010 : Football League Appoint New Chairman
The Football League have appointed a new Chairman to succeed Lord Mawhinney, who is due to step down at the Football League Awards Dinner at the end of this month.

Greg Clarke is a former Chief Executive of Cable and Wireless Communications PLC and is 52 years old. His last position was as CEO for O3b, a Satellite Broadband company, who he left in February. His appointment was rubber-stamped at the League's Board meeting on Thursday 11th March.

Clarke is a lifelong Leicester City fan who had a brief period of time as the club's Chairman. He joined the Foxes board in 2000 before becoming Chairman in August 2002, with the club in administration. He was still Chairman when the club came out of administration, as part of a consortium that included Gary Lineker. He said of his appointment:

"As a lifelong football fan it is a privilege to serve the game in this capacity. My time at Leicester City provided an insight into the challenges clubs face on a daily basis. The lessons learnt from that experience will not be forgotten. I look forward to joining a highly successful organisation whose clubs are at the heart of their communities.I intend to build on The League's recent successes and represent all our 72 clubs."

Independent board member Ian Richie welcomed the appointment of Mr Clarke adding:

"Greg will build on the substantial progress made by Lord Mawhinney, focussing on further improving League football's professionalism and business structure, as well as maintaining the momentum on good governance. In short, he will aim to make the league even more effective on behalf of all its clubs."

A formal date for Mr Clarke to take over as Chairman has yet to be agreed. Meanwhile, the League's Board have also set aside a motion for Lord Mawhinney to be made an Honorary President of the Football League, in recognition of his services to the league over the past seven years.


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12 March 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Hartlepool United in a League One fixture tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, with both sides still needing points to keep themselves firmly away from the drop zone. With Yeovil in 13th on 41 points, and their visitors on 15th on 38 points, and only a single goal difference separating the clubs, this is a game that could put Yeovil six points clear of one of their rivals, or could see both teams swapping positions by 5.00p.m. Saturday. There may be a nine point gap between Yeovil and the last relegation position, but they will not want to be complacent, with around 10 points still probably needed to ensure League One football next season.

Back in October 2009, Hartlepool looked like they were going to be one of this season's away day specialists. Three wins, three draws and two defeats from their opening eight away matches was an impressive return, and probably just as well as they were struggling for wins at Victoria Park. On October 31st, they drew away at Brighton and Hove Albion, and thereafter the wheels came off badly - W0 D0 L8 - not a single away point for over four months. Make it nine defeats and they will equal their club record for consecutive away defeats, set in 1985. Just as well then, that their home form also turned around over that period.

Based on that sort of a run, there's little doubt that Yeovil Town will crave all three points. But the Glovers are a somewhat erratic beast this season - getting in two solid 1-0 victories against MK Dons and Walsall at the tail end of last month, but then looking a world away from League leaders Norwich City in a one-sided 3-0 defeat last Saturday. Normally at home the Glovers look more comfortable, although even there they have wobbled slightly with one win and two defeats in their last four.

They go into the game boosted by the return of the hugely popular Gavin Williams - back on loan from Bristol City for a second spell with the Glovers. There seems little doubt that he will start the match, just leaving the question of which loan player will drop out of the matchday squad, with once again the Glovers back with six loans on their books. Arron Davies and Ryan Mason are probably the two with most to be worried about, given that they occupy similar positions and roles to Williams.

Up front, the main question mark will be whether striker Dean Bowditch has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained two weeks ago. Central defender Stefan Stam remains the only definite absentee - expected to be absent for the remainder of the season. The back four therefore virtually picks itself with Alcock, Caulker, Forbes and Smith near certainties to start along with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

For Hartlepool, they suffered a significant blow this week when striker Denis Behan was stretchered off in a Reserve Team match against Rotherham United in midweek. He is likely to be out for six weeks, and there are fears his season may be over. Ben Clark is available though, after completing a three match ban.

Hartlepool's official site has a bit of a cheeky moment today, suggesting that their supporters should bet on midfielder Ritchie Jones to score the opening goal against his old club, with him rated at 18/1. Slightly more likely is striker Roy O'Donovan, who is on loan from Sunderland and bagged all three goals in their 3-0 win over Southend United last weekend. Top scorer this season is Adam Boyd with nine goals, with Andy Monkhouse one strike behind. The aforementioned Jones has four to his name.

The December meeting between the two clubs at Victoria Park saw the points shared in a 1-1 draw as Sam Williams and Andy Monkhouse netted in each half. The last meeting at Huish Park was in April 2009, and saw Hartlepool grab all three points in a 2-3 away win, with Gavin Tomlin and Andros Townsend netting for Yeovil. But it was their inability to cope with striker Joel Porter that undid them as he netted two, followed by a winning goal from Daniel Nardiello, 18 minutes from time.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the game, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For pre-matchday prices, call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight on 09135-847888.

Don't forget that this is a Kids for a Quid match. Any supporter aged under 16 can gain admission for one pound only, with no conditions or limits to this offer attached. The offer will still be in place on the day of the match itself.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United.

Link: Hartlepool United : Kids For A Quid Offer.


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12 March 2010 : Defensive Signing Due Early Next Week
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that this week's trip to London was a scouting mission, and that he hopes that the journey will bear fruit early next week. As widely expected, he plans to bring in a central defender as cover for Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker before the emergency loan transfer window shuts.

Skiverton says he hopes that he will be able to finalise a deal with an unnamed player early next week, having watched the player concerned in a practice match in London on either Tuesday or Wednesday. He told the Western Daily Press that he was confident of something being sorted out after the weekend:

"I've been away and I've been in London for a couple of days, watching a couple of clubs play in behind-closed-doors games. Hopefully we'll be having someone who will be coming in at the beginning of next week as cover to the two (central defenders) that we've got playing at the moment. As I've said before, we definitely need cover and I've been out and about, and we're quite close to sorting out a deal to bring someone else in."

Skiverton's Twitter account suggests that there should be movement on Monday: "Hopefully one more in on Monday."


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12 March 2010 : A303 Closure Set To End Early
There's good news likely for Yeovil Town supporters planning to head to tomorrow's home match against Hartlepool United. The Highways Agency report that they hope to re-open the A303 section between Willoughby Hedge and Mere that has been closed for the past month. It is due to re-open sometime tonight, nine days earlier than planned.

The Highways Agency report that good weather during the past month has meant that contingency built into the plans was not needed and that therefore they expect to finish their work today.

Spokesman David Stock told BBC Somerset this morning that the only things outstanding were a series of safety inspections and a tidy-up operation before the barriers could be removed. Mr Stock added that if all went well today, then the road could well open by early evening:

"We're looking at opening it early evening. So what people will see are the signs being taken down and the closure being removed. We have had people working out there overnight and we've got people undertaking safety inspections. They are now doing the final tidying up. Literally as soon as they've finished all that, then they will open up the road. If we can do it sooner than early evening, then we are pushing to do that."

Naturally we'd suggest a degree of caution for drivers setting out to Yeovil first thing tomorrow morning, in case there are any last minute hitches, but given that a press release has been put out, it can probably be assumed that the Highways Agency are very confident about this.


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11 March 2010 : Bridport Boss Claims Glovers Bid For Symes
Bridport manager Trevor Senior has confirmed that Yeovil Town have tried to sign 16 year old midfielder Jamie Symes. However, the manager of the Western League First Division side believes that he has done enough to persuade the youngster not to go anywhere until the end of the season.

Symes has already had a trial with Championship side Blackpool earlier this year, albeit one that was curtailed by bad weather, and they were impressed enough to invite him back to Bloomfield Road for a second trial when he turns 17 in the summer.

Yeovil already know plenty about Symes - he was part of the club's Centre of Excellence until last summer when he left to sign dual registration forms with Bridport and Dorchester Town. However, he is currently there on a non-contract basis, meaning that any club coming in only has to give seven days notice of approach to the two clubs. He will be able to sign a full contract after his 17th birthday.

At present though, ex-Reading, Watford and Middlesbrough player Senior's advice to the player is to continue his studies at Kingston Maurward College for the academic year, and to see the season out with the Dorset side. His course at the College runs until the summer of 2011 and so he may be swayed in the long run by any arrangements that would allow him to complete the course. Senior explained to the Dorset Echo his conversation with Symes:

"I spoke to Jamie a couple of nights ago and my advice was to see the season out with us. Weíve plenty of football and he is in a comfortable environment. He agreed with what I had to say and said he is happy where he is at the moment. It may only be for two months but a lot has happened to him in a short space of time. When heís 17 I can see a lot of clubs clambering for his signature and I think itís a safe bet to say he will be moving on at the end of the season. Heís in a good position because heís got clubs like Yeovil interest in him, which is down to how well heís been playing so it makes sense for him to continue to do that."


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11 March 2010 : Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the Semi-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup, if they win their outstanding Quarter-Final tie. The winners of the Bishop Sutton vs Yeovil Town Quarter-Final match, which is due to be played on Monday 29th March, will face a trip to Welton Rovers, who currently lie in second place in the Western League Premier Division. Welton got through the Quarter-Final stage by beating Wellington 4-3 away in front of a crowd of 31.

In the other semi-final draw, Wells City take on Bridgwater Town. Wells needed an 8-7 penalty shoot-out to get past hosts Street with a total of 263 spectators watching the game, whilst Bridgwater were 2-0 winners over Frome Town as 159 watched the match that saw the holders knocked out at Badgers Hill.

Both semi-final ties are due to be played during the week beginning 12th April.

Semi-Final Draw:
Welton Rovers vs Yeovil Town or Bishop Sutton
Wells City vs Bridgwater Town


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11 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Loan Arranger Bites Back
In what has been a deathly quiet week at Huish Park up until today, Taff has posted another blog entry piecing together everything from last weekend's defeat at Carrow Road against Norwich City to this morning's signing of Gavin Williams on loan from Bristol City.

There's an in depth look at fans' expectations at the club, as well as manager Terry Skiverton's usage of the home season. Then there's Saturday's match against Hartlepool United to consider. Oh, and it's all kicking off again at the Little Club Down The Road, with former Glover Jerry Gill quitting as the captain of the ship, currently sinking into the English Channel.

All this and inevitably more, can be found in the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog, readable via the link below, with comments and views always welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Loan Arranger Bites Back.


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11 March 2010 : Caulker And Mason Lose Out To California Side
Yeovil Town loan pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason featured for Tottenham Hotspur Reserves yesterday in a friendly against Californian side San Jose Earthquakes. In a match played at Spurs lodge, Spurs lost against a side who act as their club partners in the USA, with the goal coming from Bobby Burling in the 50th minute.

Ryan Mason played a full 90 minutes in the match, whilst Steven Caulker came on as a 60th minute substitute and so played no part in the conceded goal.

Two former Glovers also featured in the match, with left winger Andros Townsend (on loan at Milton Keynes Dons) and Jonathan Obika (on loan at Millwall playing for Spurs.

Spurs: Alnwick; Walker, Dervite (Byrne, 84), Kaboul (Caulker, 60), Smith; Townsend, Parrett (Oyenuga, 81), Livermore, Rose; Mason; Kane (Obika, 46).

San Jose Earthquakes: Weber; Morrow, Opara, Burling, Beitashour; Sanchez, Elliott, Ribeiro; Amerikwa, Wondolowski, Glen.


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11 March 2010 : Super Gav Returns To Huish Park
As reported earlier, Yeovil Town have signed a player on a month's loan. Although it wasn't quite what we were expecting. Manager Terry Skiverton has added another attacking midfielder to his ranks, and the name of the player is the rather familiar one of Gavin Williams.

He has joined from Bristol City on a month's loan, thus becoming the latest player to make a 'second return' to Huish Park, having left in December 2004 for West Ham United for a fee of £250,000.

Since leaving Huish Park, Gavin's career has been somewhat blighted by injury - with his ankles being particular problems. Just over two years after arriving at Upton Park, Gavin joined Ipswich Town for £300,000, before being reunited with Gary Johnson at Bristol City in the summer of 2008. He has been involved in three Bristol City games during 2010, with the last coming against Ipswich on February 27th. He has made 17 appearances for the Championship side this season.

First time round in green'n'white colours, Gavin made 110 appearances, scoring 21 goals. He arrived at the club in the summer of 2002 from Hereford United, but really came into his own once the club got into the Football League, playing either on the wing or in the hole and scoring 13 goals during the 2003-04 season that made him the club's leading goalscorer for that season, despite operating in midfield. Legendary for both his mazy runs and for his practical jokes on his team-mates, Gavin will certainly liven up the dressing room and the pitch. Good luck to him in his stay at Huish Park.

Perhaps significantly, he has taken Squad Number 20, until recently held by Owain Tudur Jones, suggesting that one Welshman will not be returning to Huish Park in the near future. Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has told their official site that there is an option for Yeovil to take Gavin on for more than a month:

"He knows Yeovil and they know all about him. They made an approach and we're happy for him to go down there for a one month and play first team football. After the month there is the chance to extend it with us having a 24-hour recall, so it's a good deal for all parties."

Now, back to that central defender we need ...


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11 March 2010 : New Signing Imminent
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he expects to announce a new signing very soon. On his Twitter account the Glovers boss says "Just signed a player, find out in next twenty mins". Whilst it may take a little longer than 20 minutes for the news to reach us, it's probably safe to say that there will be an announcement today, with a central defender the most likely outcome.

Skiverton's Twitter account indicated earlier in the week that he was heading to London on Tuesday and he reported back a day later that he had a "very productive two days". Would it be adding two and two together to suggest that the Yeovil boss may have been up in the Smoke watching a spot of Reserve Team action or Academy football somewhere?

As the saying goes - watch this space.

Update: The new signing is central defender attacking midfielder Gavin Williams. See the later news article for more details. It would rather suggest that Crystal Palace vs Bristol City was one of Skivo's chosen matches for his two days in London - although Gavin did not feature in that match.


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10 March 2010 : Venue And Directions For Saturday's Youth Game
Saturday's Youth Team game against Torquay United will be played at Bovey Tracey AFC. Kick-off on Saturday is at 11.00a.m.

For those wishing to travel to the game, assuming you are travelling from the Exeter direction, take the A38 to Plymouth, turn off at Drumbridges Roundabout signposted Trago Mills. Take the 4th exit signposted Bovey Tracey.

Proceed down Bovey Straights, to the end where upon reaching a roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Monks Way, then follow the road to next roundabout. With the firestation in front of you, turn right, signposted Town Centre and after about 25 metres take a left into St Johns Lane. At the end of this road is the entrance to Mill Marsh Park, the Western Counties Roofing Ground is to the left of this entrance.

Address: Bovey Tracey AFC, Western Counties Roofing Ground, Mill Marsh Park, St Johns Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9FF.


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10 March 2010 : Southend Tax Case Adjourned Again But Chester City Wound Up
League One side Southend United have been given another 35 days by the High Court to cough up their outstanding tax debts, after a judge adjourned their ongoing case today. Their battle against HMRC concerns a financial dispute to the tune of £183,000, which Southend have held from its PAYE payments to late last year, claiming that they had overpaid a £2.1million bill in November.

Their next court session will take place on April 14th, where they must either pay the outstanding sum, or persuade HMRC or the courts that they do not owe that amount. Chairman Ron Martin has said that the disputed sum relates to HMRC's calculations concerning late payment penalty charges, added to the main tax bill by HMRC due to Southend's failure to pay their tax bills on time. It is not clear whether Martin disputes the principle of applying penalty charges, or whether he disputes the mathematical calculations applied.

Meanwhile Martin has now gone public after weeks of silence and has admitted that Southend's players have not been paid in January or February. The Southend Echo yesterday reported that to be the case, and finally the Shimpers Chairman has admitted this to be the case although his views on the role the PFA play in the game should attract a few raised eyebrows at PFA headquarters:

"The PFA acts not dis-similar to a bank. Itís a bridging loan that in this instance is being automatically repaid in just five weeks. In an ordinary market it would be available from a high street bank but not currently. Without security the PFA would not advance money as it must be copper bottomed."

He stops short of explaining exactly why Southend have had to resort to this last resort of ensuring their players receive their wages. Martin also denies that the subsequent transfer embargo they've been placed under will affect the club, despite the Essex side dropping into the relegation zone this week, and having new blood in assistant manager David Webb who might have a view on the need to strengthen their side. It would appear that Webb and manager Steve Tilson will have to work with what they've already got:

"The downside in loans being facilitated by the PFA is that it attracts an embargo but with just a couple of weeks before the window closes, at this present time, is not an impediment."

If Martin needed any reminder of the seriousness of a winding up order in the High Court then it came today. Conference National side Chester City were wound up in the High Court today, over an unpaid tax bill of £26,125 - seven times smaller than Southend's debt.

Chester, who were Yeovil Town's last opponents in the Conference back in 2003, had already been expelled from the Conference for breaching five rules, including a failure to fulfil fixtures. Without any fixtures, and therefore matchday income, persuading any court that they would be able to raise the appropriate funds was somewhat unlikely. A fans group Chester Fans United (CFU) are expected to try and relaunch the club at a lower level.

Update: 10.00p.m. It now transpires that Southend's position is far worse than what was initially reported. The High Court bulletin indicates that in fact they owe £411,000 to HMRC. It now transpires that the earlier reported figure of £183,000 is an additional value on top of HMRC's claimed value of £228,000 due to Southend failing to make another month's payment. The Court bulletin provides no mention of Ron Martin's claims that the amount was under dispute - the only discussion appears to be about whether Southend are capable of paying the debt. The Court Registrar has awarded the adjournment based on the club's flimsy premise that they are due to get a sum of money for Roots Hall as part of their plans to build a new ground, with Sainsbury's having agreed to buy the Roots Hall land. However, this is hardly likely to happen in the next 35 days before the court sits again, and Mr Martin has been more than a little economical with the truth.


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10 March 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). This will be our first experience of Mr Rushton as a man in the middle, and in fact to our knowledge we've only experienced him once as an assistant referee - a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest in January 2007.

The reason for the lack of knowledge of Mr Rushton is that this is his first season as a Football League referee. He was promoted in the summer of 2009 after his final Nationwide Conference match - the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match between Histon and Cambridge United, which probably represents his high point in his short refereeing career so far.

He comes from a footballing family - his father was also a Football League referee. So far he's taken charge of 16 Football League matches, plus three cup matches this season, with a fairly modest 47 yellow cards and three reds from those 19 games. His last match was the 1-0 win for Notts County over Macclesfield Town on March 2nd.

Mr Rushton will be assisted by Richard Martin (Somerset) and Mark Philpott (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).


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9 March 2010 : Tuesday Night League One Round-Up : Glovers Still 13th
Yeovil Town remain 13th in the League table despite four matches being played in the division tonight, plus one last night. Carlisle United, Leyton Orient and Tranmere Rovers all lost tonight, with only Oldham Athletic in the lower reaches of the League One table picking up maximum points.

Oldham's win was in fact over Leyton Orient, as they pulled four points clear of the drop, opening up a significant gap between 20th and 21st place, currently occupied by Tranmere Rovers and Exeter City respectively. Goals from Deane Smalley and Dale Stephens saw Leyton defeated, who stay in 16th as a result.

Tranmere Rovers occupy the last 'safety' slot tonight, after they were hammered 1-4 at home to second placed Leeds United. Before the game Tranmere captain Ian Thomas-Moore said Leeds were having "a little wobble at the moment". Two goals from Jermaine Beckford plus strikes from Robert Snodgrass and Luciano Becchio may cause him to revise his opinion, with only John Welsh answering back for the home side on 19 minutes when the scoreline was already 2-0.

Carlisle United also suffered a home defeat, with Millwall moving into 5th place in the play-offs as a result. Two goals from Sean Morrison put them on their way, before a 92nd minute Danny Livesey gave the Cumbrians some late hope. But the five minutes of injury time benefitted the Lions as former Glover Danny Schofield netted Millwall's third, giving them a 3-1 win.

In the evening's other game, Swindon Town suffered their second defeat in three days as their play-off charge stutters, losing 2-1 at Milton Keynes Dons, who still have their own play-off ambitions in 8th place. An early goal from Aaron Wilbraham and a first half James Tunnicliffe goal set them on their way. Daniel Ward's 93rd minute strike was merely a consolation for a Swindon side that have now slipped to sixth.

In last night's match, Colchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion ended up in a 0-0 stalemate in front of the Sky Sports cameras, although 17th placed Brighton looked far more likely to steal the points than 4th placed Colchester did.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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9 March 2010 : Dates For Your Diary
The Football League have begun to plan out the key dates for the 2010-11 season. Next season will begin on Saturday 7th August 2010 and will end on Saturday 7th May 2011 (or a day later if you're a Championship side).

The fixture list for next season will be released on Thursday 17th June 2010 at 10.00a.m. A few days before that the First Round draw for the Carling Cup will be made, and the matches for that round will be played during the week commencing August 9th 2010. The first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be played on August 30th 2010.

The Christmas fixture schedule looks a little more crowded this season, with an extra date to squeeze in. Games will be played on December 26th, December 28th, January 1st and January 3rd.

For all the optimists amongst you, the Carling Cup final will be played on February 28th 2011, whilst the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final will be played on April 3rd 2011. Both finals will be played at Wembley Stadium.


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9 March 2010 : David Webb Returns To Football Management ... Again!
Former Yeovil Town manager, owner and Chief Executive David Webb has made a return to football management through League One side Southend United. Webb has been appointed as the Shrimpers' assistant manager, replacing Paul Brush, who was fired from his position yesterday.

The appointment of Webb as Steve Tilson's assistant presents an interesting bit of role reversal. Tilson was signed by Webb as a player back in 1988, whilst Tilson was at non-league Witham Town, with Tilson eventually becoming manager in 2003. Webb has had four spells at Roots Hall, between 1986-87, 1988-92 and 2000-01 with the latter coming after he left Huish Park as first team manager. The fourth spell came as a caretaker manager in November 2003, where he was replaced as manager by ... Steve Tilson.

Since then, the 63 year old has had a short spell of ownership of Yeovil Town between December 2005 and February 2006, as Chief Executive, before resigning and ultimately selling his shareholding to the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, currently controlled by John Fry and Norman Hayward. Webb has up until recently maintained his links at Huish Park, with current manager Terry Skiverton mentioning conversations he had had with Webb on a couple of occasions. However, the former Chelsea player holds no official position at Huish Park at present, and will now presumably concentrate his efforts on trying to save Southend from relegation from League One.

Whilst on the subject, the Southend Echo states that the Shrimpers are back under a transfer embargo again. This has been triggered because the PFA have had to step in to pay Southend's players' wages for January 2010, by providing a loan to the Essex club. Whilst that loan is outstanding, Southend will be barred from making any incoming transfers, subject to current Football League regulations. The paper reports that the February 2010 wages - due on Friday 26th February - have still yet to be paid.

Meanwhile Chairman Ron Martin claims that contrary to a statement issued yesterday where he stated that sacked assistant Paul Brush would not suffer financial hardship following his removal from the post, that he does not plan to pay up the full value of his contract. Martin claims that he does not have to honour the monetary value of the contract - something that the League Managers' Association and their lawyers may hold a different view on:

"The club is not contractually obliged to maintain Paul's salary for the entire period of his unexpired contract and I doubt there are many employers that would take this view."


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9 March 2010 : February 2010 Player Of The Month
The month of February was a reasonably fruitful one on the scale of things, with Yeovil Town picking up three wins along the way, against Wycombe Wanderers, Walsall and Milton Keynes Dons. Two defeats and a draw meant that Yeovil gained 10 points from 6 games - a decent haul in their efforts to steer clear of relegation trouble.

There were six individual Man of the Match winners across the six matches. These were Dean Bowditch (Wycombe Wanderers), Steve Caulker (Gillingham), Arron Davies (Colchester United), Craig Alcock (Charlton Athletic), Sam Williams (Walsall), Shaun MacDonald (MK Dons).

Once the overall votes for February were tallied up, the final scorers saw left-back Nathan Smith sneak into third place, despite not being one of the individual MOTM winners. Nathan appears to be back on form following a somewhat below par first half of the season, and is now getting a regular run in the side. But the top two places for the month went to two loan players that have consistently come out near the top of many votes this season. Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald was the runner-up for February, but top spot was taken by Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Steven Caulker, who once again proves to be a lynchpin in the Yeovil Town side.

Full results and percentage of the vote gained during the month is shown below:

1 Steven Caulker 14.9
2 Shaun MacDonald 13.5
3 Nathan Smith 12.6
4 Dean Bowditch 9.3
5 Craig Alcock 8.4
6 Sam Williams 7.3
7 Arron Davies 6.5
8 Owain Tudur Jones 6.0
9 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 5.0
10 Alex McCarthy 4.2


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8 March 2010 : Argyle Youth Match Gets New Date
We haven't had much luck in getting matches on with Plymouth Argyle this season. The Youth Alliance league fixture, originally scheduled for 12th December 2009, has now been given a new date of Saturday 24th April 2010 at Elburton Villa.

The thrice postponed Youth Alliance Cup tie against Argyle remains listed as 'to be arranged'. Given its now utter purposelessness, with both sides knocked out of that competition, there must be doubts whether it ever will be.


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8 March 2010 : Downes Has Mixed Feelings About Carrow Road Return
Yeovil Town winger/striker Aidan Downes has said that he has mixed feelings about making his return from injury at Carrow Road on Saturday. On the one hand, Downes put to an end a 10 month gap without League football, but on the other hand the Glovers were on the end of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of League leaders Norwich City.

Downes started the pre-season in July, but sustained cruciate knee ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, and also found he needed a shoulder operation following a dislocated shoulder. Prior to Saturday, his last piece of competitive football was the May 2009 home match against Colchester United, and the Irishman admitted after the game that he was glad to get that record out of the way:

"I was happy to get on the pitch, but it's disappointing overall really. For myself it's nice to get on, but at the end of the day we lost 3-0, and it's the team before me. But I'm happy to get back out there, I suppose."

Downes had to have secondary knee surgery when his initial operation resulted in an infection, and he said that added to his frustration as it lengthened the time that he was out. Having been through cruciate knee ligament surgery on his other knee whilst at Everton he added that it was disappointing to go through it all again:

"It has (been frustrating) because I've been through this before. Then to have a relapse on it has been very frustrating. Hopefully that's all behind me. Touchwood it's all gone and I can get a good run in the team."

Downes revealed that manager Terry Skiverton's half time substitution that brought him onto the field of play was cast in stone five minutes before the break, with the actual change being made during half time:

"The gaffer said during the week to just be ready because I might get a run. He said around five minutes before half time that I was coming on and said to try and stretch them a little bit because they were going really deep. So we wanted to stretch them a little bit and get in behind and open up play for ourselves, but unfortunately it wasn't to be."

Yeovil will now try to forget about their Carrow Road experience and concentrate instead on a home match against Hartlepool United. Pools lie three points and two league positions behind the Glovers in 15th place, and Downes agreed that this made Saturday's match a winnable game:

"I think so, yes. They are in and around us, so it's a vital game. The gaffer has said that it's a big game for us, so we just need to get our heads around that and get a good week's training ahead of us, and then focus on that and hopefully get a result."

Link: Downes To See Season Out As A Striker.

Link: Hartlepool United : Kids For A Quid Offer.


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8 March 2010 : Downes To See Season Out As A Striker
With Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton hinting that he may not move for a loan striker prior to the emergency loan transfer window deadline, that has opened up the question as to which players he sees as covering for main strike pair Dean Bowditch and Sam Williams if either become unavailable.

The answer may surprise one or two Yeovil Town supporters, with Skiverton indicating that he plans to give Aidan Downes more of an advanced role between now and the end of the season. As yet, Glovers fans have not really seen Downes play as a striker, with the former Everton trainee being used almost exclusively as a right-winger in his 32 appearances as a Yeovil Town player so far.

The 21 year old did, however, sign for Yeovil after being used as a striker in Everton's academy sides, and so certainly would not find the more advanced position an unfamiliar one. Former assistant boss Steve Thompson's view was that Aidan was better utilised as a winger until he got more experience at League One level - Skiverton believes that after a long layoff for the Irishman that the time has come to put him up front, and use him to fill the gap left by Jonathan Obika, who cut his loan spell with the club short last month.

As a result, Downes was put on as a substitute at half time in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Norwich City for his first appearance of the 2009-10 season, having recovered from cruciate knee ligament damage, and he was placed just behind Sam Williams as a supporting striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation. Skiverton has told the Western Morning News that he is likely to repeat this sort of a move in Yeovil's last 11 games of the season. Speaking about his second half performance he explained:

"He came on and had nothing to lose, really. I'll be looking for him to have a good end to the season now. He was very unfortunate to get the injuries in pre-season and he has worked very hard to get fit again. He looked good in the 45 minutes he was on the pitch and, with Jon Obika leaving, we'll be looking to use Aidan as a striker. We've got enough wide players so we'll use Aidan up top and hopefully he can do well for us up there."


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8 March 2010 : Shrimpers Assistant Gets The Brush-Off
League One side Southend United have parted company with assistant manager Paul Brush today. The Shrimpers dropped into the bottom four on Saturday - their lowest point of the season so far - and are on a run of 10 matches without a win - not having picked up three points during 2010.

Perhaps more to the point, their last win happened whilst striker Lee Barnard was still on their books and whilst they were occupying the relatively safe position of 13th in the League One table. However, Barnard was sold to Southampton during the transfer window, already netting six times for the Saints to bring his tally to 23, and for the Shrimpers it's all gone a bit pear-shaped. They now are in 22nd position, and without Barnard - who had netted 17 times for them this season - their next top scorer has the grand sum of three goals, with five other players having contributed two each.

With all that in mind, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out what event has caused Southend's fall from grace. But with rumours of problems with the Shrimpers wage bill, and an ongoing financial dispute with the taxman seeing the Shrimpers due back in court on Wednesday to answer a winding-up order, the off-the-field problems haven't helped the Essex side.

Today, Brush has been given his cards by Chairman Ron Martin, rather than dismiss popular manager Steve Tilson, who has led the Shrimpers to two promotions during his time in the hotseat. Martin told his club's official site that today's decision was provoked by the club's drop into the relegation zone:

"When a club 'hits' the relegation zone there is a danger the mindset of players and management changes and we all get sucked into a downward spiral. Relegation for the Club and its supporters would be fatal and as Chairman I am never going to let matters with your Club drift and risk that calamity. It is therefore urgent that change is evident. Steve Tilson has attributes I wish to preserve but at this time we need to bring new energy, a fresh outlook, momentum and most importantly a positive approach to the on field activities. Therefore this morning Paul Brush has been relieved of his management responsibilities."

Despite Southend's precarious financial position, Martin has promised Brush that he will be getting an appropriate pay-off that will not see him lose out on the back of today's decision:

"I personally wish to thank Paul Brush for his contribution over the years. Paul's contract does not expire until the summer of next year and I have promised him that as a result of this necessary step he will not be financially hardshipped in any way."

No doubt Southend's players - rumoured to have not been paid or paid late (depending on your source on the rumourmill) during January and February would appreciate such a guarantee as well.


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8 March 2010 : Angry Skivo Accuses Players Of Lacking Commitment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has accused his players of lacking determination and commitment on the back of Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The Yeovil boss said in Saturday's BBC post-match interview that he was "angry" with his players at half time, but wasn't explicit about where his anger stemmed from.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Skiverton has expanded upon this, explaining that he felt his side lacked attributes that he felt they could match Norwich on - despite the financial gulf between the two sides. The Yeovil boss accused his side of shirking tackles and said that he felt that wasn't good enough:

"I thought we were beaten by the better team from start to finish. We were not on it right from the start. I told them to be aware of people and their abilities, but I did not think it was a game like that. I thought we lost it on other things - determination, tackles and commitment and that disappoints me more."


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8 March 2010 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played host to Milton Keynes Dons in a match that finished with a 1-0 win for the Glovers. A Shaun MacDonald belter from the edge of the box was all that was needed to pick up a hugely valuable three points.

The Man of the Match voting saw MacDonald establish himself as the runaway winner on the day as well. Although left-back Nathan Smith continues to pick up acclaim, and Jean-Paul Kalala showed up well, MacDonald took over half of the outright votes, and so was an obvious winner.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as seen below.

1 Shaun MacDonald 532 (38)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 272 (15)
3 Nathan Smith 156 (9)
4 Steven Caulker 130 (4)
5 Sam Williams 66 (2)
6 Craig Alcock 62 (3)
7 Alex McCarthy 32 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 16 (0)
9 Arron Davies 8 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.00

Performance: 7.10
Entertainment: 6.90

VOTES RECEIVED: 71


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8 March 2010 : Defensive Cover Remains The Priority For Skiverton
Further to Terry Skiverton's Saturday post-match interview where he talked about his on-going need to provide central defensive cover, the Yeovil boss has also expanded upon his thinking in that area. Skiverton has confirmed that he will be definitely getting in a centre-back before the emergency loan transfer window closes, regardless of what standard of player is out there, purely because he feels he has no cover for Terrell Forbes or Steven Caulker, if either of them should get injured or suspended during the final six weeks of the season. Speaking after the match in the BBC's interview he explained:

"I'm still looking for a centre-half as back-up as I've got T (Terrell Forbes) and Steven Caulker playing with nobody that can really step in and play if there are any problems. So we'll have to wait and see, but I think we've got a week and a half to get a couple of players in and we're still looking to do so."

In this morning's Western Daily Press, Skiverton has said that although he has talked about getting a striker in to cover for target man Sam Williams, he sees the centre-back position as the outright priority of the two:

"We are still looking to strengthen a little bit before the loan window closes. I do not think we have been struggling that much for goals, but we definitely want a centre-half."

Whilst a move for a striker might be an optional need for the Glovers, Skiverton added that in the case of a defender it was a case of 'when', not 'if':

"I'll definitely get one in before the window shuts. It's just a case of seeing what will be. It's looking at whether it will be a young lad, or whether it will be someone who is a bit more experienced on a non-contract basis. Whatever comes up, and whatever comes up first, we'll grab them. I'm out and about this week looking at a couple of people and we'll have to wait and see how certain results and certain players have done."


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7 March 2010 : Youth Team Get Routed By Robins
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side suffered badly at the hands of Swindon Town yesterday, as an experienced Robins side undid a depleted Glovers side. The Under 18s, who were already missing Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge, who are on loan at Sherborne Town, were hampered by a series of injuries, forcing a number of players to line up in unfamiliar positions. With two more injuries during the game,

Swindon opened the scoring 14 minutes into the match through former Plymouth Argyle schoolboy Seb Broomfield. Defender Sam Ford suffered an injury during the build-up to the goal and lasted only another 19 minutes before being replaced by Under 16s player Lloyd Matthews.

The Robins were lucky to keep all eleven players on the pitch as half time approached, as defender Will Evans received only a booking for an alleged professional foul - as he brought down Cory Lewis who was clean through on goal. And that decision was made all the more crucial as five minutes later Seb Broomfield doubled his side's tally with his second goal of the morning.

The Glovers tried to rally in the second period, with Cory Lewis putting the ball wide of the posts within 60 seconds of the restart. But their efforts were hampered further, as left-winger Ciaran Levet was forced off with a hamstring injury minutes into the half, replaced by Under 15 midfielder Aidan Chainey.

Ten minutes into the second half, Adam Wakley, who is more used to playing at the other end of the pitch, brought down a Swindon player for a penalty as he acted as a makeshift centre-back, and Matty Barnes struck home from the spot to make it 3-0.

Swindon grabbed two more goals before the end as attacking midfielder Billy Bodin - son of former Swindon legend Paul Bodin, who is now their Youth Team manager - headed home a left wing cross. Then with seven minutes left, Josh Parsons wrapped the game up at 5-0 to finish a miserable morning for the Glovers.

All in all, the Glovers were well beaten, although put up a defiant effort throughout the game, even when the game was lost. Cory Lewis was a thorn in the side of Swindon centre-back Will Evans throughout the game, whilst Joe Grimstead put in an outstanding performance at left-back. Unfortunately, Swindon, who have often produced highly experienced academy sides, proved too much for the Glovers on the day.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 0 Swindon Town Under 18s 5.

Scorers: Seb Broomfield (14 mins, 0-1), Seb Broomfield (43 mins, 0-2), Matty Barnes (55 mins, 0-3), Billy Bodin (0-4, 68 mins), Josh Parsons (0-5, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (4-4-1-1)
Connor Siddley-Adams
Danny Williams, Sam Ford Adam Wakley, Joe Grimstead
Tyler Sheppard, Johnny Kaye, Tom Gallagher, Ciaran Levet
Johnny Oliver
Cory Lewis

Subs: Lloyd Matthews (33 mins for Sam Ford), Aidan Chainey (47 mins for Ciaran Levet), Lewis Morgan (68 mins for Johnny Oliver)


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7 March 2010 : Door Is Closed On Goal-Line Technology
The International Football Association Board have blocked the use of 'technology' in football for the second time in four months, following their Annual General Meeting in Zurich yesterday. The board, which comprises of four FIFA representatives and the four British football associations, provides the direction for the game, including all issues relating to the Laws Of The Game, but they have indefinitely bounced any possibility of using goal-line technology and video replays, following a series of presentations and discussions at the AGM.

The fact that the AGM even had the item on the agenda appeared to be a knee-jerk decision. Only last November, the IFAB had ruled out such technology until their March 2011. But a series of controversial incidents in matches - most notably the Thierry Henry handball that saw France qualify for the World Cup ahead of their opponents the Republic of Ireland had put pressure upon IFAB to put it back on the agenda again. On Saturday they did so, and the outcome was the same as the November meeting.

The vote for further research into goal-line technology and video replays was supported by the English and Scottish FAs. However, all four FIFA representatives were opposed to any such developments and they were supported by the Welsh FA, and perhaps surprisingly, given the Henry incident, by the Irish FA. For the motion to be passed, the vote would have needed six representatives to vote in favour - instead the opposite happened. The Ireland FA CEO Patrick Nelson, who perhaps had the most emotive position on the table, given recent events, said of the decision:

"We very much appreciate the human side of the game, the debate, the controversy, that's why the board has taken this decision."

The English FA, who supported the proposals said that the six representatives who had opposed the motion had provided some very powerful arguments which he was willing to accept:

"In the end it came down to a difference of opinion about whether you believe the future of football involves technology or not. We had supported the idea of investigating experiments into the use of technology on goal-lines and we would like to have seen it. But some of the arguments were very powerful and persuasive and we have to accept them."

The IFAB looked into two technology proposals, both of which have been on the table before and rejected, hence it was unlikely that thoughts on the subject would be changed. The Cairos system involved a chip being inserted inside a football, whilst the Hawkeye system is well known from its usage in tennis and cricket. Trials of Cairos in the World Club Championships in Tokyo in December 2007 had failed during one of the seven matches due to radio interference, whilst Hawkeye failed after problems were experienced with players blocking too many of the 12 Hawkeye cameras during goalmouth scrambles. Hence until the flaws in these technologies are overcome it seems unlikely that the IFAB will reconsider any proposals. The Welsh FA Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said he also had other concerns:

"I was worried that you would end up with a stop-start situation where you review all decisions and I don't see that as part of the game."

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke had a fairly blunt view of the situation, suggesting that the whole debate was now at an end, as far as he was concerned:

"The door is closed. The decision was not to use technology at all. Technology should not enter into the game, It was a clear statement made by the majority of the IFAB. Let's keep the game of football as it is."

The IFAB are still considering making official the concept of using an additional official behind each goal. This has been trialled in the 2009-10 Europa League competition, and once that season's competition ends, a special IFAB meeting will decide on May 17-18 whether that trial has been successful and whether the system should be extended worldwide from next season.

Link: Technology Kicked Into Touch Until 2011.


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7 March 2010 : Clowes Nets Again As Sherborne Dish Out A Thrashing
Yeovil Town's Under-18s striker Rob Clowes scored again yesterday, as he and Rhys Baggridge were part of a Sherborne Town side that thumped Radstock Town 6-0 in their Western League Premier Division match at Raleigh Grove.

Clowes scored Sherborne's second goal of the afternoon, as three goals from Tony Cunningham and two from Marc Caines produced a rout that allowed them to leapfrog their opponents in the table, with goal difference crucial in allowing that to happen.

Both Rob and Rhys played a full 90 minutes again, and the Dorset side have now lifted themselves up to 16th in the table on the back of two impressive wins since the pair arrived on loan from Huish Park.


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7 March 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Norwich City Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game against Norwich City. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

As part of the interview, Skivo also confirms the latest in terms of his hunt for new players ahead of the loan transfer window deadline.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Norwich City Game.


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6 March 2010 : Norwich 3 Yeovil 0 : Canaries Show The Gulf In Class
Yeovil Town were comprehensively beaten by League One's league leaders this afternoon at Carrow Road as Norwich City put three goals past the Glovers to no reply, and even passed up a number of other opportunities to increase the lead further. Goals from Wes Hoolahan, Grant Holt and Chris Martin gave a familiar look to Norwich's scoresheet for a trio who have now netted 60 goals between them. The Glovers barely got a shot on goal all afternoon, and the gulf between the rich and the poor in League One was at times very apparent.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change from last weekend's game, with striker Dean Bowditch as expected ruled out through his hamstring strain, and Ryan Mason was on hand to replace him. That meant that Gavin Tomlin played as a frontline striker whilst Mason occupied the right-wing slot.

Clearly when you are playing in front of a 25,000 strong home crowd, the first thing you want to do is to silence and frustrate them and to keep the scoreline at 0-0. If that was the intended game plan, then that went right out the window from the start, as Norwich scored an opening goal announced by the Carrow Road PA as scored 104 seconds into the match. A corner was headed against the woodwork by Grant Holt and in the resultant confusion, Wes Hoolahan was on hand to plant home the rebound. 1-0 down and about the worst possible start.

The first half tended to be a case of men against boys at times, with Norwich appearing to have plenty of time to make their passes count, whilst Yeovil's tended to be hurried. If anything the home side were overplaying the ball and trying to create the perfect goal. The Glovers battled hard, but were all too often chasing shadows. A 13th minute bobbling shot by Jean-Paul Kalala that was meat and drink for home keeper Fraser Forster was their only shot of the half. It was to be their only shot - on or off target - of the entire game.

That said, the second half opened up with Norwich threatening to go off the boil. The Glovers had made a double substitution, taking off both wingers and bringing on two more, with Andy Welsh and Aidan Downes. Downes filled a space in the hole in a 4-4-1-1 formation as Gavin Tomlin switched to the right wing, and this provided a more compact Yeovil midfield, and Norwich struggled to find a route through the midfield, frequently misplacing passes and sending balls off for throw-ins as they struggled to find width on the pitch.

Even when Norwich threatened through long range shots, Alex McCarthy was equal to them, and if only Yeovil could have created chances at the other end then they might have given the home side a scare. As it happens on 69 minutes, Yeovil's resolute performance was finally broken thanks to their nemesis Grant Holt. A ball into the box from Anthony McNamee took a deflection and left McCarthy backpedalling. His punch away from danger wasn't the best, and with various players including McCarthy left on the deck, Holt was the first to react and to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

Six minutes later, and it was all over, as Chris Martin was delivered a clever through-ball, and his powerful drive squirmed under the body of McCarthy and slowly fell into the back of the net. Yeovil heads unsurprisingly went down and really that was the end of the match. Norwich were able to withdraw their trio of goalscorers, and introduce more strikers - thankfully none troubled the scoreline.

With Norwich's trio of leading scorers having hit 60 goals, the gulf between the two sides was there for all to see. Norwich got 18 goal attempts during the match. Yeovil managed just Jean-Paul Kalala's first half attempt. With Yeovil's leading goalscorer Jonathan Obika no longer with the club, and second placed Dean Bowditch missing out through injury, it's worth noting that Yeovil's entire starting eleven have scored 20 goals between them - six less than Grant Holt has managed on his own this season. When that's the playing field that both sides are operating to, it's little surprise that the Glovers came up short today. The only consolation is that Yeovil are not the first and they won't be the last to fall at Carrow Road this season. Move on, and prepare for Hartlepool United next weekend, and write this game off.

Final Score : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Wesley Hoolahan (3 mins, 1-0), Grant Holt (69 mins, 2-0), Chris Martin (75 mins, 3-0).

Norwich City:
21. Fraser Forster
6. Russell Martin 12. Gary Doherty 5. Michael Nelson 23. Michael Rose
24. Anthony McNamee 30. Korey Smith 14. Wesley Hoolahan 19. Simon Lappin
9. Grant Holt 16. Chris Martin

Substitutes:
13. Declan Rudd (GK) 4. Matthew Gill (86 mins for Wesley Hoolahan) 8. Stephen Hughes 11. Stephen Elliott (77 mins for Grant Holt) 15. Michael Spillane 18. Paul McVeigh 32. Oli Johnson (77 mins for Chris Martin)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
13. Ryan Mason 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 7. Arron Davies
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (87 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 11. Andy Welsh (46 mins for Arron Davies) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes (46 mins for Ryan Mason) 23. Danny Hutchins

Norwich Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (82 mins, foul)

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).

Attendance: 24,868


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6 March 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town
If you were at Carrow Road today for the 3-0 defeat against Norwich City, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes from the game. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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6 March 2010 : Youth Team vs Swindon Result
Yeovil Town's Youth Team suffered a heavy defeat this morning at the hands of Swindon Town in their Youth Alliance fixture. The Under 18s went down by a 0-5 scoreline in a game played at Ilchester. Full match report to follow later.


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6 March 2010 : Walsall Man of the Match Result
The Tuesday night match at Walsall was Yeovil Town's last away game, and the Glovers managed to pull off a shock result with a 1-0 win in snowy conditions on a fairly dodgy pitch. The match-winner was striker Sam Williams, who knocked in a 5th minute goal that was to ultimately settle the tie.

With the Man of the Match voting, views were more or less split between three players, as Craig Alcock and Steven Caulker once again picked up a sizeable number of votes along the way. But the workrate of Sam Williams that saw him run himself into the ground, as well as of course that goal, edged him ahead of the defensive pair and won him the vote.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as shown below:

1 Sam Williams 66 (4)
2 Steven Caulker 46 (4)
3 Craig Alcock 40 (4)
4 Nathan Smith 30 (1)
5 Shaun MacDonald 26 (1)
6 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 22 (1)
7 Dean Bowditch 16 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 12 (0)
9 Gavin Tomlin 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 7.20

Performance: 7.60
Entertainment: 6.80

VOTES RECEIVED 15


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6 March 2010 : Darren Makes Return To Carrow Road After Ten Years Away
For one person on the Yeovil Town coach that will travel to Norwich City, the journey to Carrow Road will be a special one and an emotional one. Glovers first team coach Darren Way grew up taking the train from his home town of Plymouth up to Norwich as an Associate Schoolboy in their set-up, joining the Canaries in 1994 and eventually departing in 2000.

He captained Norwich's Reserve and Youth Teams, as well as gaining six England Under-16s caps for their schoolboys side. He signed a one year professional contract at Carrow Road in the 1999-2000 season, and spent several games sat on the first team bench, but never got the first team appearance he craved.

In the summer of 2000, he left Carrow Road and got himself a trial with Yeovil Town - where his professional career finally took off. Ten years after leaving Norwich, he returns on Saturday afternoon as First Team Coach of the opposition, having retired from the game due to the injuries he sustained in his road traffic accident.

In the build-up to the match, Darren spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin who talks about his time at Carrow Road. In addition, Darren reveals that he is close to naming the opposition for his benefit match, which will be used to give him a final farewell from the professional game. Darren hopes to reveal the opponents sometime next week.

To read the interview transcript, click on the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Norwich Game.


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5 March 2010 : Charlton Man of the Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town made a trip to Charlton Athletic, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat, and a performance that was OK in places, but lacked the bite that would give them a goal to get them back into the match.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, it would appear that no-one could make up their minds. In one of the tightest votes of the season, eight players got outright votes yet no-one got more than three, whilst 12 players were listed in the top three. We suspect the message was that no one player stood out on the day, but no-one played particularly badly.

Battling it out in the end were three defenders with Nathan Smith and Steven Caulker getting a number of nominations. But edging it by a whisker was right-back Craig Alcock who won by virtue of a single third-placed vote. Full results are as follows with outright MOTM scores in brackets:

1 Craig Alcock 48 (3)
2 Steven Caulker 46 (3)
3 Nathan Smith 38 (2)
4 Owain Tudur Jones 32 (2)
5 Shaun MacDonald 26 (2)
6 Terrell Forbes 24 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 16 (1)
8 Arron Davies 12 (0)
9 Alex McCarthy 10 (1)
10 Sam Williams 6 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 6 (0)
12 Andy Welsh 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.80

Performance: 5.60
Entertainment: 6.00

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5 March 2010 : Lambert Waits On Owain Talks
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has said that he has yet to speak to Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton following the return of Owain Tudur Jones to Carrow Road. The two managers are most probably keeping their distances for fear of giving away any secrets ahead of tomorrow's match, but want to meet up to discuss the future of the Welsh international tomorrow.

Tudur Jones returned to Carrow Road following the completion of his one month loan spell in Somerset, and with the Canaries the next opposition there was no chance of the loan deal being extended with any purpose. However, Skiverton has said he wants to consider whether a second loan deal can be agreed for a player that turned out six times, scoring one goal for the Glovers.

Lambert told the Norwich official site that conversation hadn't happened yet, but was relaxed about it, and expected something to be discussed tomorrow:

"I never spoke to Terry but no doubt I'll see him tomorrow. Owain's back with us and he just gets going again."

Tudur Jones got back in Norwich colours in midweek for their Reserve side, in a 1-1 draw against Colchester United. He played 61 minutes in midfield before being substituted in the match at Colney.


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5 March 2010 : Andros Standing By For Spurs First Team Debut
Former Yeovil Town player Andros Townsend could be making his Tottenham Hotspur first team debut this weekend. The 18 year old has been recalled by Spurs following a two month loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons where he has scored twice in nine appearances for the club.

Spurs are playing in the FA Cup Quarter Finals with a trip to Premier League side Fulham taking place on Saturday tea-time and being broadcast live on ITV, making a great stage for Andros to make a possible debut.

Andros has been recalled along with Jake Livermore from Peterborough United, following an injury to Jermaine Jenas and a sickness bug doing the rounds at White Hart Lane that has left the East London side short of players.

Dons manager Paul Ince has told their official site that he hopes that the recall will be for one game only, with the League One side still able to take back Townsend if Spurs have sorted out their midfield crisis:

"Harry's asked to have Andros back, which is a blow for Saturday but hopefully it's just for one game. They've got a few injuries at the moment and it's a chance for the kid to be involved in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. He's been outstanding for us since he came in, he's given us something fresh and different out wide and I'm sure he would have loved to have played against Orient, having been on loan there earlier this season. But we'll have to deal with it now and hopefully we can get him back at some point next week."


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5 March 2010 : Skivo Previews The Norwich Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match at Carrow Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC yesterday about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of Skivo's views on the Norwich City game are recorded via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Norwich Game.


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5 March 2010 : Youth Team Venue Set For Swindon
Yeovil Town Under 18s have had tomorrow's venue for their Youth Alliance League home fixture against Swindon Town set. The game will be played at Ilchester Football Club with an 11.00a.m. kick-off.

Link: Ilchester Football Club Ground Directions.


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5 March 2010 : Norwich City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long journey to Norwich City this weekend in the hope of causing a significant upset as they look to secure a third win in a row. That's the theory anyway. In practice, things will be a little harder than that. The Norfolk side lie on top of the League One table and five points clear and have lost just twice since mid-October.

It seems crazy now to note that Norwich started off the season bottom of the table (save for Southampton's 10 point deduction) and in the bottom three after three matches, as a 7-1 hammering by Colchester United and one point from their first three matches saw them off to a horror start. Bryan Gunn became the first managerial casualty of the season, sacked after Norwich's 4-0 Carling Cup win over Yeovil Town, albeit with the decision to relieve him of his duties taken before the game. In came Paul Lambert - the man who had embarrassed them as Colchester manager, and he set about restoring their pride, and their goal difference.

Since then, their transformation has been a highly impressive one. They have gradually climbed the table, knocking Leeds United and Charlton Athletic out of the way in what had looked like a two-horse race, and since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leeds in a Sky Sports televised match in mid-October, their record reads W17 D2 L2. A total of 53 points gained out of the last possible 63. By anyone's yardstick, that is promotion form.

Just in the last month or so though, a slight wobble has hit the league's leading goalscorers. In February, defeats at the hands of Millwall and Southampton ended a 16 game unbeaten run, whilst both Brighton and Hove Albion and Southend United forced the Canaries to come from behind, in both cases grabbing late goals for 2-1 victories. A case of teams trying to knock the Canaries off their lofty perch, perhaps?

Whatever Norwich's form, it is still going to take a mammoth effort from Terry Skiverton's side to get anything out of this game. The Canaries may well be without Adam Drury (thigh), Cody McDonald (thigh), Zak Whitbread (calf) and Darel Russell (suspended) but they have an embarrassment of riches in their side. The names of Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan, Oli Johnson, Anthony McNamee, Russell Martin and Fraser Forster are all familiar to Yeovil Town fans who have picked out key players in opposition sides in the past, and this has given Norwich the 'cream of League One' to select from. They've even signed on loan former Glover Michael Rose who was largely cast aside after Yeovil won promotion to League One and stuck him in their first team - a move that saw him score Norwich's winning goal against Hartlepool United on his debut. Preston North End striker Stephen Elliott is another new loan signing, brought in to bolster their squad today.

Of course, despite Norwich's huge resources, and the way the bookies seem to think tomorrow's match is a one-horse race, there will be two teams out there on the field of play and the Glovers are not planning on turning up just to be lambs to the slaughter. They go into the game on the back of two excellent 1-0 victories over Milton Keynes Dons and Walsall - only the second time this season that they've managed back-to-back wins, and that will give a confidence boost ahead of the game.

Manager Terry Skiverton is as usual tight-lipped over his pre-match injury concerns, giving little away in terms of who will be available. Centre-back Stefan Stam is a definite absentee, with his hamstring injury likely to be out for the rest of the season. Skiverton talks about having "one or two" pre-match concerns, one of whom is almost certainly striker Dean Bowditch, who limped out of last Saturday's match against MK Dons with a tight hamstring. As a former Ipswich Town player, he will be desperate to play tomorrow, but that should not happen at the expense of the risk of a longer term injury. Other concerns last weekend came from Gavin Tomlin (groin) and Jean-Paul Kalala (hip) who seemed to both be suffering discomfort during the second period, but given Skiverton does not name names, there is no firm suggestion that this trio of players are amongst the ones the Yeovil boss is worried about.

One other player who will definitely be missing will be midfielder Owain Tudur Jones. That's because he will be sat in the home area of the ground, after his one month loan deal with the Canaries expired last Saturday. He made six appearances and scored one goal during his stay at Huish Park, and Skiverton has suggested he will be talking to Norwich manager Paul Lambert after the game about whether it is possible to arrange a second spell in Somerset.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and Yeovil Town have stated that there will be tickets available on the day of the game, although it's not clear whether you go to a Ticket Office or the turnstiles to get hold of them. For all other details, directions, pub guides, parking, follow the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Norwich City.

Link: Canaries Sign Another Striker For Tomorrow.

Link: Skiverton Wary Over Norwich Backlash.

Link: Officials For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Tickets Available From Carrow Road On The Day.

Link: GWSC Travel To Norwich.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich.


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5 March 2010 : Canaries Sign Another Striker For Tomorrow
You're top of the league with a five point margin. You're the top scorers in the division. You've got a leading goalscorer who has netted 25 times, and your supporting striker has netted 19 times. Even your midfield play-maker has bagged 13. Your opponents tomorrow have a top scorer with 7 goals, and he's no longer with the club. So what do you do? If you're Norwich City, you go out and buy another striker.

Ah, how the other half lives. Preston North End's Stephen Elliott is the man in question. The 26 year old has had a medical at Carrow Road this morning, and now just needs the paperwork processed to allow him to play in tomorrow afternoon's match against Yeovil Town.

Elliott is a former Manchester City youth product, who became a first team regular at Sunderland, scoring 16 goals in his first season at the Stadium of Light, that helped them gain promotion to the Premier League. With Sunderland being a bit of a yo-yo club around that time, he picked up a second Championship medal with the same side a couple of years later. He is a Republic of Ireland international, capped nine times, with one goal to his name.

Since leaving Sunderland in 2007, he has played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and in the summer of 2008, he moved to Preston North End. He has now signed on loan at Carrow Road until the end of the season, thus bolstering a squad that already boasts Grant Holt, Chris Martin, Wes Hoolahan, Cody MacDonald and Oli Johnson as attacking options. Don't suppose you'd let Yeovil take one of them on loan would you, Mr Lambert?


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5 March 2010 : Skiverton Wary Over Norwich Backlash
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has warned his side not to let tomorrow's opponents Norwich City use his side as a means to re-establish form in front of their home fans. The League One leaders are five points clear at the top, but have stuttered slightly in their last two home matches - losing to Southampton and needing a last minute goal to come from behind and beat Southend United.

Earlier in the season, Norwich inflicted a 0-4 home defeat in the Carling Cup as a reaction to their shock opening day 7-1 defeat, and Skiverton has said he doesn't want to see the Canaries using Yeovil as a springboard to regain their home dominance at Carrow Road:

"It's a really tough game for us. It could be an intimidating atmosphere but it's one in which the boys are really relishing going. We're on the back of two really good results. I think Norwich's form at home has not been the greatest. They've still been winning but not as well as they had done earlier in the season. We've got to make sure that they don't use Yeovil as a little bit of a game for Yeovil to find their form and hit us for a big score."

Despite this being Norwich's first season at League One level for 50 years, their side still holds plenty of familiar names, including big target man Grant Holt, who is their top scorer with 25 goals this season, including a hat-trick at Huish Park in that Carling Cup win. However, Skiverton singled out winger and midfield playmaker Wes Hoolahan, who played a pivotal role in helping Blackpool win the League One Play-Off Final against Yeovil, as being Norwich's main danger man:

"He (Hoolahan) does pick up the ball between our midfielders and the defenders and he'll run at you. He's got that final pass, and he's a little bit like what we've got with Ryan Mason when Ryan plays. He's got that killer pass that puts people in; he's got that final ball. Then when you've got someone like (Grant) Holt coming in on the end of it - he just scores goals, and so does (Chris) Martin. So they've got real strengths, but we've got to negate them, and we've also got to take them down the other end and we've got to get into those sort of areas and cause them problems there."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Norwich City.


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4 March 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : White Men Speak With Forked Tongue
This week has seen a line drawn under twelve months worth of legal negotiations between Yeovil Town and former manager Russell Slade, concerning his exit from Huish Park back in February 2009. A settlement was reached between the club and the League Managers' Association's lawyers concerning the manner of the departure and the content of a second statement posted by the club a month after the event.

With all that settled, the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog gives a diary of quotes and considers the question, are we any wiser now, and where did the events leave the club? Plus there's also a brief look at some crazy betting on Saturday's game at Carrow Road.

Read on, and pass your own comments, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : White Men Speak With Forked Tongue.


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4 March 2010 : Skiverton Prepared To Be Patient Over MacDonald
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the club are not thinking beyond the end of this season when it comes to loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The Swansea City midfielder this week said that he was fed up with living out of a suitcase, prompting suggestions that he could well leave his home town club in the summer, in search of a permanent contract with a club more likely to offer him first team football.

Of course, the Glovers would jump at the chance to sign the Welsh Under 21 international if they got the chance, but Skiverton has said that for the moment, all he is concentrating on is Shaun's loan spell at Huish Park and maintaining the club's relationship with Swansea City:

"We've got ongoing dialogue with Swansea. They've been absolutely brilliant with us, letting Shaun (MacDonald) come on a Standard Loan. Even if they needed Shaun, they can't use him now. He's with us until the end of the season, and then he'll be going back and having talks with Swansea."

Skiverton added that come the summer, when MacDonald is out of contract, that he would have a lot of big decisions to make, but that those decisions were his and his alone:

"We'd love to keep Shaun, but with the way that he is playing and the way that he is progressing, there are going to be a lot of decisions that are going to fall on him. With what's happening at Swansea, I don't want to get involved in that, because he's a Swansea City player, they've been kind enough to loan him out to us, and what will be, will be in the future. First and foremost, he's only on loan, and we're not looking past the end of the season or trying to get into anyone's head. It's going to have to be Shaun's decision."

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes told the Western Gazette that he was of the same mind, pointing out that the management team were already planning for next season, but that there would be no early move for MacDonald whilst he was a Swansea player:

"Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones are already looking at their options and compiling lists of targets. Shaun has been a great performer for us this season, but we have got to understand that it is not just in our hands. He is still a Swansea City player."


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4 March 2010 : Hartlepool United Ticketing Offer
An early reminder that Yeovil Town's next home match against Hartlepool United has a special ticketing promotion offer in place. The match on Saturday 13th March has a Kids For A Quid offer running which allows all supporters aged Under 16 to gain admission to the match for one pound only.

This is generally a popular promotional offer that has boosted attendances in the past. The offer has no strings attached. There are no forms to fill in, no adults required, and no limit on the number of people who can take up the offer. It is simply one pound coin, for a supporter aged Under 16, gains you one match ticket anywhere in the ground. Tell your friends, family and school friends, and get as many as possible to take advantage of the offer.

Link: Hartlepool United : Kids For A Quid Offer.


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4 March 2010 : Caulker And Mason Pick Up England Caps
Yeovil Town loan pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason picked up England caps yesterday as part of England Under 19s 1-1 draw with Holland at the Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk. England had taken a 7th minute lead through Jacob Mellis and held that advantage until four minutes from the end. However, an own goal from Reece Brown four minutes from time saw the Dutch equalise as a free kick deflected off the defenders head in this friendly international.

Steven Caulker played the first 45 minutes of the match, starting the game, before being replaced by Brown in the centre of defence. Meanwhile Ryan Mason came on as a 61st minute substitute, with England using all eighteen squad players throughout the evening.

There was no luck for England Under-21s goalkeeper Alex McCarthy last night. He was edged out of the final squad selected for their match, as first choice keepers Scott Loach and Frank Fielding got the nod. England Under 21s lost 2-1 to Greece at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster in a UEFA European Championship qualifying match. The end result is that Greece have gone five points clear at the top of England's group leaving the Three Lions with a mountain to climb if they are to overhaul the group leaders.

Final Score : Holland Under 19s 1 England Under 19s 1.

England Under 19s: Wesley Foderingham, Steven Caulker, Scott Malone, Nathaniel Clyne, Matthew Briggs(c), Thomas Cruise, John Bostock, Jacob Mellis, Nile Ranger, Sanchez Watt, Frank Nouble

Subs: Liam O'Brien (61 mins for Wesley Foderingham), Reece Brown (46 mins for Steven Caulker), Ryan Mason (61 mins for Thomas Cruise), Jordan Mutch (46 mins for John Bostock), Nathaniel Wedderburn (72 mins for Nathaniel Clyne), Ryan Noble (61 mins for Nile Ranger), Roarie Deacon (68 mins for Sanchez Watt).


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3 March 2010 : Skivo And Darren To Get Some Sporting Relief
Yeovil Town first team manager Terry Skiverton and his first team coach Darren Way have been chosen by Sport Relief to start the forthcoming Yeovil Recreation Centre Mile race in aid of the Sport Relief Charity.

The race is due to be run on March 21st at 11.00a.m. at Yeovil Recreation Centre in Chilton Grove, and Terry and Darren will be on hand to get three separate races underway. The default test is the one mile section, but there are also three mile and six mile races being run for those with greater stamina.

Having acted as the formal starters for the race, Terry and Darren will then join the one mile race behind all the athletes, and take part in the race - in Darren's case a fairly incredible target to aim for given his road traffic accident injuries sustained in December 2008. With both now retired from their playing duties Skiverton said that he saw it as a great opportunity to get involved in the race:

"I just think that it's a great cause. Every year I've been watching it and when the chance came up to be involved, I jumped at it. With Darren Way and everything that he has been through, it's a nice gesture for him to get involved. We need to get a bit of competition back, because neither of us are playing any more. We can have a race between ourselves and I think it can give a lot of local people a good chance to beat me in the mile. I want a few people (Yeovil Town supporters) to beat me and I want to make it a bit more competitive!"

Terry admitted that with him having stopped playing football over the past year, that his own personal fitness had slipped badly, and with Darren Way keeping himself fit through road running that he may have his work cut out on the day:

"I feel probably the unfittest I've ever been! Even with Darren and all the injuries he's had, Darren is probably fitter than me at the moment. He'll probably be leading me in the mile, so that will probably be a bit embarrassing! I think if people come down and they see me and they want to put in a little burst and beat me, then so be it, but just to let them know that I'll be giving it a little bit of a go myself."

Skivo said that one of his problems in the past was that whilst he was a player for Yeovil Town, he would not have been allowed to participate in such a race, in case he got injured. Now with purely managerial responsibilities to concentrate on, he was free to get involved rather than watching the television coverage:

"I think it's just a great thing to get involved in. As a player I've always watched the Sport Relief stuff on the television and always tried to make donations with the family. When the television cuts to the quite serious bits, it does make you quite emotional. But to get involved in it and to be asked (to start the race) is a real honour. Me and Darren are definitely up for supporting it and hopefully meeting some of the supporters, and hopefully we can get as many supporters as we can to really get involved for a worthy cause."

The Yeovil boss pointed out one slight snag of himself and Darren having a dual role in the race - when he started the race, he would need to start running himself:

"What will be quite difficult is if I'm starting it (the race) and then running in it, then I'm going to have to run round to the back and then go for the run myself. So I'm not envisaging setting any world records!"

Entry for adults costs £5.00 whilst for children Under 16, the charge is £2.00. A special family ticket for two adults and two children will cost £12.00. Note that this fee is merely to cover the costs of staging the race - all participants are asked to gain additional sponsorship to help fundraising for Sport Relief.

The Sport Relief Charity is an off-shoot of the Comic Relief Charity, which aims to help disadvantaged people, both at home in the UK and across the worldís poorest countries, to turn their lives around. For further information visit the website below.

Link: Sport Relief Website : Yeovil Recreation Centre Mile Entry Details.


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3 March 2010 : Officials For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Norwich City have been announced. The man in charge will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Although Mr Linington has been a regular at Huish Park over the years, it has largely been as an assistant referee or fourth official. He was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season and he has since taken charge of four Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions.

The most recent encounter was the December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authorative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Mr Linington has already taken charge of a Yeovil Town match against Norwich City this season, looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 and consequently Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing.

The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.


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3 March 2010 : Tickets Available From Carrow Road On The Day
Yeovil Town have issued a statement indicating that tickets for Saturday's match against Norwich City definitely will be available on the day of the match from Carrow Road. The deadline for tickets purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office remains as 5.00p.m. today, and there will be no outlet for tickets to be purchased on Thursday and Friday.

Due to problems experienced by fans of other League One clubs in purchasing tickets from Carrow Road on the day of matches, there has been some doubt about whether sales on the day would be possible. However, the club have now stated that Yeovil Town fans travelling to Carrow Road on the day of the match will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game without issues.

Link: Ticketing For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Norwich.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich.

Link: Guide to Norwich City.


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3 March 2010 : Clowes Nets On Debut As Sherborne Win
Yeovil Town Youth Team striker Rob Clowes made an instant impact for his loan club Sherborne Town as he scored on his debut and set up another goal in a 3-0 win over Longwell Green Sports. Clowes, who was playing in a midfield position, took just eight minutes to put Sherborne ahead and then on 25 minutes helped the Dorset side double their lead when he set up Marc Caines for the Dorset side's second. Sherborne grabbed their third from the penalty spot through 22 year old Andy Martin, who played for Yeovil Town's Reserve and Youth Teams between 2003 and 2005.

Whilst Clowes grabbed the headlines, defender Rhys Baggridge was also a star performer, according to Sherborne Town manager Mickey Spencer who told their official site that he felt he could see the difference the pair made to the side:

"The inclusion of the two Yeovil lads made a noticeable difference, who I thought equipped themselves really well. It was a great goal from Rob (Clowes), who was playing out of position. But I knew that with his fitness and engine he would cope. Rhys in defence gave us that extra aggressive edge that we needed and he seemed to bring the best out of Aaron Mead, who had a colossal performance."

Sherborne's win over the top six side lifts them up to 17th in the Western League Premier Division and thus out of the relegation zone. Not only that, the 3-0 win represented their first clean sheet of the season. Next up is a home game against Radstock Town on Saturday - if you're not going to Yeovil Town's match at Norwich City, kick-off is 3.00p.m. at Raleigh Grove.


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2 March 2010 : Glovers Stay 12th As Saints Go On The Rampage
Whilst we lie in the apparent sanctity of boring old midtabledom, it's nice not to get too stressed out by a pair of midweek League One results. Two sides just above Yeovil Town in the table recorded victories tonight, with the most emphatic coming at St Mary's.

South coast side Southampton had ten points deducted at the beginning of the season due to their parent club going into administration. That looks likely to scupper any chances of a League One play-off position, but try telling that to manager Alan Pardew. Three days after his side hammered Walsall by a 5-1 scoreline, the Saints decided to take apart Huddersfield Town, who are a side who have realistic ambitions of a play-off slot.

Pardew's team matched their Walsall scoreline by sticking five more goals past the Terriers, with five different scorers netting on the night. Rickie Lambert, Lee Barnard, Jason Puncheon, Dean Hammond and Ndiaye Papa Waigo grabbed the glory, whilst Huddersfield probably couldn't wait to get back on the motorway back to Yorkshire. 5-0, and is Southampton's 14 point gap between themselves and the Terriers impossible to bridge in the last 14 matches? Probably, but clearly no-one is giving up at St Mary's.

Whilst all of that was happening, the Memorial Stadium was probably boring by comparison. A Jeff Hughes goal was all it took for Bristol Rovers to see off Stockport County, although a red card for former Glover David Poole in the dying minutes probably didn't help the Hatters.

For the pessimists amongst you, Stockport remain bottom of the League One table, and nine points from safety, with a grossly inferior goal difference. However, given that they remain in administration, 10 months after that insolvency event, this is probably the least of their worries.

For the Glovers, they remain in 12th place, although Southampton's win means they pull clear of Yeovil's 41 points, climbing up to 10th, whilst Bristol Rovers finish the night in 9th place with Walsall in 11th. Apart from the minor issue of a trip to League One leaders Norwich City on Saturday, the League One table still looks good to read.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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2 March 2010 : Caulker And MacDonald In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town loan duo Steven Caulker and Shaun MacDonald have been selected in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. Surprisingly this is Shaun's first selection of the season, and the Swansea City midfielder breaks into the team following his match-winning goal against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, in a game the Glovers won 1-0.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker has received his second selection of the season, having been nominated last October. Steven got the October nomination after he was part of a central defensive partnership that kept three clean sheets in a row during late September and early October, and once again it is clean sheets that has got him included this time round. The Glovers recorded two 1-0 wins during the past week, with Walsall and MK Dons the opposition, and those two defensive performances helped give Yeovil their first back-to-back wins since October.

Shaun and Steven become Yeovil's 12th and 13th nominations of the 2009-10 season. The full Football League team for this week is as follows:

David Lucas (Swindon)
Stephen Purches (Leyton Orient), Tommy Elphick (Brighton), Steven Caulker (Yeovil Town), Ian Harte (Carlisle)
Jason Puncheon (Southampton), Jonny Howson (Leeds), Shaun MacDonald (Yeovil Town), Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Lee Barnard (Southampton), George Donnelly (Stockport)


Link: 08/02/2010 : Dean Bowditch In Team Of The Week.

Link: 25/01/2010 : Ryan Mason and Stefan Stam In Team Of The Week.

Link: 19/10/2009 : Ryan Mason In Team Of The Week.

Link: 12/10/2009 : Scott Murray In Team Of The Week.

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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2 March 2010 : Deadline For Norwich City Ticket Sales Approaching
A reminder to all Yeovil Town supporters that the deadline for purchasing tickets for Saturday's match against Norwich City is fast approaching. The Huish Park Ticket Office will stop selling tickets for this game at 5.00p.m. tomorrow.

The game hasn't been explicitly labelled as an all-ticket game, however, the experience of other League One sides in recent months has been that with demand for home tickets at Carrow Road at a significant high, that Norwich City officials have tended to reallocate unsold away tickets to Canaries supporters. Thus it is quite likely that there will be no tickets available on the day of the game. If you plan to attend Saturday's match, then we'd encourage you to purchase your tickets by the end of tomorrow, or run the risk of not being able to buy one at all.

If you do not purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office by the end of tomorrow, we do not advise travelling to Carrow Road before determining whether any tickets are available on the day of the game. There will be no outlet settling away tickets on the Thursday or Friday. For ticket and travel information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Norwich City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Norwich.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Norwich.


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2 March 2010 : LMA Respond To Slade Statement
The League Managers' Association have responded to yesterday's statement concerning former manager Russell Slade to provide their own view on the subject. In the LMA response, they also confirm that the situation has been "amicably resolved" and state that "the settlement has been agreed". Like yesterday's statement this points to a financial settlement being agreed by both parties by mutual consent, with the LMA's statement being more explicit in its tone as to what the outcome was.

Aside from partially repeating yesterday's Yeovil Town statement, the LMA had this to say on the matter:

The League Managers Association (LMA) can confirm that Russell Slade and Yeovil Town FC have amicably resolved all issues in relation to his departure from the club in February 2009.

Slade joined Yeovil in 2006 and, during his time in charge, he won the Coca-Cola League One Manager of the Year award in his first full season after leading the club to their highest ever league position as well as the play-off final, just missing out on a place in the Coca-Cola Championship to Blackpool.

Commenting on the issue, LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan, said;

"All parties are delighted that the settlement has been agreed in a cordial and professional manner. I am sure that a manager of Russellís experience, will be back in management in the not too distant future
."


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2 March 2010 : MacDonald Fed Up With Living Out Of A Suitcase
Yeovil Town midfielder Shaun MacDonald wants to put an end to living his life out of a suitcase, and wants his next move to allow him to give him more settled surroundings. The Welsh Under-21 captain is out of contract at parent club Swansea City this summer, and as yet has not been offered a new deal at the Liberty Stadium.

Saturday's matchwinner is on loan at Yeovil Town until the end of the season and at that point does not know what the future holds. Being Swansea born and bred, he has in the past stuck firmly to his belief that he wants to play for the Championship side, but in speaking to Sky Sports this week, it would appear that he has started to get frustrated, and now wants to have his future nailed down:

"Swansea is my home town club but it's difficult to say I definitely want to stay when I don't know what the club is thinking. I know the gaffer, Mr Sousa, is busy concentrating on the squad he has and pushing for promotion, but you can't help feel that you are not in future plans if it's March and you still don't know where you stand."

MacDonald added that even if he gets a new contract offer from Swansea, that this may not mean that he would accept it. Having spent most of this season on loan with Yeovil Town he explained that he wanted any club that gave him a contract next season to include him in their first team plans rather than send him out on another loan spell and another period of moving in and out of hotels:

"Hopefully, Swansea will let me know soon. Even then, I need to play first team football and the deal needs to be right. I don't want to sign a deal that simply sends me back out on loan again, I want to feel part of someone's immediate and long term plans so I can settle down. It is hard living out of a suitcase and if I settle down, my football will get even better."

There is little doubt that Yeovil Town would jump at the chance to get Shaun on a permanent contract. The snag as ever is money - if Swansea offer MacDonald a new contract on equal or better terms than his current deal, then the Glovers would have to pay Swansea a training and development fee to take him to Huish Park, given the 21 year old falls under the Bosman age cut-off and has been with Swansea since the age of nine. This could easily price the Glovers out of the market, although MacDonald says that if the opportunity arose he would consider it:

"I love the town (of Yeovil), the club and the supporters. The manager (Terry Skiverton) is great too. I know I am ready to play in the Championship but sometimes you have to be patient. That said, the sooner I play regularly in the Championship, the sooner I will be able to determine if I can make the step up to the promised land of the Premier League."

MacDonald's words suggest that he is ready to leave Swansea this summer, although in talking of Championship football, it suggests that he has his sights set higher than Yeovil Town. However, as MacDonald's current temporary home, there would be no harm in the Glovers getting a foot in the door. Chances are slim, particularly if Swansea offer him a new deal that would put a price tag on his head, but making intentions clear to MacDonald and his agent won't cost anything at this stage.


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2 March 2010 : Owain Back With Canaries
Loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has now formally returned to Carrow Road after his one month loan spell with Yeovil Town expired on Saturday. The Norwich City player has been selected for their Reserve Team game against Colchester United today (kick-off 2.00p.m.) despite missing the last game of his loan spell at Huish Park with a slight groin injury.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he plans to have some discussions with Canaries boss Paul Lambert over the possibility of taking Owain back to Somerset for a second spell, suggesting that he hopes to have a meeting after Saturday's game at Carrow Road. With the Glovers taking on Norwich this weekend, certainly nothing will happen before then.


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2 March 2010 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's mammoth trip to Carlisle United are now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th March at Brunton Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £12.00; 11-17 Years: £8.00; Under-11s: £4.00; Under 7s: Free.

The offers for Under-11s and Under-7s are applicable only when the child is accompanied by a paying adult. Otherwise the 11-17 year old admission price would apply.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £2.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. Ambulant disabled pay the above standard admission prices, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge. Note that Carlisle have priced wheelchair users at the low rate "due to the fact that wheelchair user gets no choice of area, and is seated at pitch level".

Away fans will be in the north corner in the all-seated East Stand, which carries the sponsorship name of the Cumberland Building Society Stand. Note that the Adult and Over-65s prices increase by £2.00 where purchases are made on match days, so you may prefer to make your purchase in advance from Huish Park.

Update: Tickets have now arrived at the Huish Park Ticket Office, and so you can purchase these in advance from today.


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1 March 2010 : Glovers Reach Slade Settlement
Yeovil Town have this afternoon issued a statement stating that they have "amicably resolved" all outstanding issues concerning former manager Russell Slade. Following Slade's departure from Huish Park in February 2009, the club had issued a statement on March 20th 2009 making "allegations of gross misconduct".

This statement was followed up a day later by a rebuttal from Slade, issued via the Brighton and Hove Albion official site, indicating that he had placed the matter in the hands of the League Managers' Association's lawyers Russell Jones & Walker, refuting the allegations.

The club's statement is rather opaque, but states that "we are pleased we can all draw a line under the matter for the benefit of both parties". They thank the LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan, and for the first time since his departure from Huish Park, have the grace to thank Russell Slade for his time at Yeovil Town.

Given the discussions with the LMA have led to the issue being "amicably resolved", the end result appears to be a case of a "mutual consent" financial settlement between both parties to resolve the legal dispute that had been lodged with the LMA's lawyers by Slade. The club's full statement reads as follows:

"On 20 March 2009 we posted a statement on this website regarding the departure from Yeovil Town FC about our then manager, Russell Slade.

"We are pleased to say that all issues between Russell and Yeovil Town Football Club have now been amicably resolved and we are pleased we can all draw a line under the matter for the benefit of both parties.

"We are grateful for the help of the League Managers Association through its Chief Executive Richard Bevan in dealing with this matter. We wish Russell well in his future career and thank him for his time at Yeovil Town
."

At present there is no counter-statement from the League Managers' Association.


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1 March 2010 : Dean Bowditch Pre-MK Dons Interview
As part of the build-up to Saturday's home match against Milton Keynes Dons, striker Dean Bowditch spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview with BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson conducted on Thursday and broadcast on the BBC on Saturday, just prior to kick-off, Dean's thoughts on the two games against MK Dons are captured via the transcript below.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The MK Dons Game.


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1 March 2010 : Rob And Rhys Frustrated By Weekend Wash-Out
Yeovil Town's Youth Team pairing Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge were left frustrated on Saturday, as their hopes of making their debuts for Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town in a home match against Hallen were left washed out due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Under 18s duo will hopefully get a second bite of the cherry tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45p.m.) when Sherborne travel to play Longwell Green Sports in hopefully milder, dryer conditions. Rob and Rhys have been introduced to their new fan base already, via Sherborne's official site, and Clowes admitted that he was expecting far more physical encounters than what he was used to at Youth Team level:

"It is going to be a new challenge for us. It will be a lot more physical than what we have been experiencing in the youth team, so it is something that we are going to have to step up to, get used to, get involved and get stuck in as soon as possible. We have had a quick chat with the coaching staff about how the team plays and how it is having to adapt to the league. Hopefully we can help with that."

Baggridge added that he felt that they were already physically equipped to deal with the new challenge, and felt that both players could use their pace as an asset to the Sherborne side:

"We are just looking to get in straight away and show our physical side, use pace, see how the team works and learn from them. Both of us are quite strong and physical lads, so hopefully we will fit in and develop our strengths even more, as well as improve our weaknesses. Hopefully we can show our coaches at Yeovil what we can do with a new team and with new people around us. We want to show them we can adapt to adult football and show them that we are ready to make that step up."

For those who live up in that neck of the woods and fancy popping along to tomorrow night's match, Longwell Green Community Centre is situated on the East side of Bristol, just north of Keynsham on the A431. Full ground address is as shown below.

Address: Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 9DU.


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1 March 2010 : Glovers Set Sights On New Striker
As part of Saturday's BBC Bristol post-match interview, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton suggested that he wants to move for a new striker before the loan transfer window shuts, in addition to the well-publicised need to provide cover at centre-back for the injured Stefan Stam.

This morning's Western Daily Press has expanded upon Skiverton's thinking in terms of looking for a new striker, explaining that he needs a second target man to give Sam Williams a breather every now and then. He certainly has room within his squad, given the departure of Jonathan Obika, who has returned to London and signed a loan deal with League One rivals Millwall. However, the perennial problem is that of league rules concerning the number of loans allowed in a matchday squad. Skiverton has told the paper he would like his attacking and defensive targets to be free agents, although inevitably the chances of finding such quality out of contract at this stage of the season are likely to be small:

"Ideally they will be free agents, but we will see if we bring in another loan, which I am not scared to do. With the shifts Sam (Williams) puts in, it is very difficult to keep asking him to do that every game. We need a striker that is going to hold up the ball and take a bit of pressure off Sam with 15-20 minutes to go. We have got Sam, Dean Bowditch, Ryan Mason and Gavin Tomlin who can play there, but I do think we need another big man."

Skiverton admitted after Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Walsall that Williams was "physically exhausted", despite scoring the winning goal at the Bescot Stadium. And there were concerns leading into that fixture that the target man would struggle to make it through the whole 90 minutes. Ryan Mason and Gavin Tomlin can play as front line strikers, but have looked their best when operating from deeper positions, leaving Bowditch and Williams as the club's only true front line strikers. A third option would do no harm at all, provided of course that it does not leave the club overloaded with loan signings, particularly given that Bowditch limped off on Saturday with what is believed to be a slight hamstring strain.


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1 March 2010 : March 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster
With this being the first day of a new month, there is a new Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster available for March 2010. Produced by supporters to help publicise matches at Huish Park, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

The month includes a Kids For A Quid promotional offer for the next home match against Hartlepool United on Saturday 13th March and is then followed up a week later by the local derby match against Bristol Rovers.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: March 2010 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster.


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