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31 March 2011 : Away Fans Barred From Beer Tent This Saturday
A warning to all visiting Bristol Rovers fans this coming Saturday, that you will not find any alcohol on sale at Huish Park upon your arrival. The Beer Tent (aka the Hospitality Marquee) is, as per previous visits to Huish Park, off limits for away supporters. For those less familiar with the ground, this means that you will need to walk a fair bit, with not too many local options for pubs in the area.

The page linked below details which pubs are walkable, along with which ones can be found in the town centre, or on the outskirts of the town for those coming into the area by road.

Link: Directions To Huish Park (including a pub guide).


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31 March 2011 : Skiverton To Pick Up LMA Award
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is to pick up an award from the League Managers Association. The Glovers boss has received recognition for Saturday's 5-1 win over Leyton Orient, which has been given the LMA's Performance of the Week Award.

The LMA's five man panel comprises of Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry. Skiverton will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to be screened on Sky Soccer Saturday on 2nd April 2011.


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31 March 2011 : Interview With Sam Williams
Last night, striker Sam Williams was back on the bench, just 10 days after suffering a shoulder injury midway through the match against Exeter City at St James Park. Whilst he was recovering from that knock, BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson caught up with him and that interview is now captured in transcript form, via the link below.

Link: Sam Williams Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leyton Orient.


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30 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Interview
Just before the match against Carlisle United kicked off last night at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset about the match. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Carlisle United.

NB: Apologies for wrong interview being uploaded initially - the correct interview should now be visible.


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30 March 2011 : Young Glovers Get Early Start
A minor bit of tweaking has been made for Saturday's Youth Alliance home match. The game at Alvington (behind the Airfield Tavern) will now kick off half an hour earlier at 10.30a.m. - the opponents remain Plymouth Argyle's Under-18s side.

Admission to the game is free, with all supporters welcome to attend.


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30 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Game
Following last night's 1-0 win at Huish Park against Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset about the win. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

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


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30 March 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Officials for Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on April 2nd 2011, with a 3.00p.m. The man in charge of the game will be referee Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). We've so far had him three times in the past, and with two of those games being West Country derby matches, it's probably safe to assume that the Football League regard him as one of their more cool-headed officials.

The most recent of those matches was in January 2011, where he took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town at the County Ground. Matches against the Robins often tend to involve red cards, and this one was no exception, with former Glover Michael Rose being dismissed for stamping on Ed Upson. The video replay showed Mr Swarbrick had little option other than to dismiss Rosey - and in fact our only complaint was that the same player could have gone earlier in the match, when he appears to haul back Andy Welsh when he was clean through on goal.

Mr Swarbrick has also taken charge of a match against Saturday's opponents. The October 2009 match at the Memorial Stadium was Terry Skiverton's first ever away win and gave us THAT moment from Terrell Forbes as the Glovers came back from a goal down to win 2-1. We had a slight grumble about Mr Swarbrick's lack of a decision for a potential Ryan Mason penalty, but given that he gave us two good free kicks on the edge of the Rovers box that gave us both goals, we can't have too many loud complaints about his performance.

Aside from two occasions when he has been running the line at Bury and Darlington, the only other time we saw him as a match referee was the 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers that saw our first ever trip to the Keepmoat Stadium. This was a frustrating stop-start match throughout anyway, but Mr Swarbrick probably didn't help the game flow by some minor irritances throughout the game that saw one too many unnecessary free kicks given. Nothing major to alter the outcome of the game, but certainly when Nathan Jones became the game's only booking for taking a free kick too quickly it rather summed up the night as a whole.

Mr Swarbrick will be assisted by Charles Breakspear (Surrey) and Andy Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: February 2007 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2009 : Bristol Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2011 : Swindon Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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30 March 2011 : Skivo: We Took The Opportunity When It Came
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt that his side took an opportunity when it came last night, when his side saw Carlisle United off by a single goal. Their 1-0 win over the Cumbrians saw Jonathan Obika seize on a pass from Dean Bowditch for the crucial strike.

Apart from Yeovil's two recent away wins, the Glovers have had a tendency to fluff their lines in such situations, but speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton felt that this time when the opportunity fell, they'd grabbed it well:

"It was a good result and it was an important result. It was one where we took the opportunity and we chose to take it. We didn't wait for anything to happen. It was a bit of a slow tempo start. I felt we needed to be a bit more combative and competitive. But in the second half, we seemed to have a bit more legs in there, leading up to the goal."

Carlisle came back into the match after Obika's goal, and put the Glovers under a degree of pressure during the closing stages of the match. The Yeovil boss admitted that there had been a degree of a tactical decision to sit on the 1-0 lead rather than keep pushing up the field and risk getting caught out on the break:

"When we got the goal we seemed to try and keep it, rather than try to go on. I've been caught out trying to do that a few times. I'd rather be that little bit negative and come out with a 1-0 win, than try to go out for that second goal and get sucker-punched."


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29 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's 1-0 home win against Carlisle 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 Carlisle United.


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29 March 2011 : Yeovil 1 Carlisle 0 : Obika Strike Puts Glovers Seven Points Clear
Yeovil Town gained a priceless three points this evening as a single Jonathan Obika goal saw off Carlisle United. The 1-0 victory pushed them up into 16th place in the League One table, and pushed them seven points clear of the drop leaving them well clear of danger now. Obika's goal came on the hour mark when he slotted home a Dean Bowditch pass and despite some worthy Carlisle pressure in the final 20 minutes, Yeovil hung on for a valuable win.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side with just three changes to the bench as Nathan Smith, Sam Williams and Luke Ayling displaced Nathan Jones, Billy Gibson and Danny Fitzsimons. The first half saw the Glovers dominate possession in the main, with both sides playing 3-5-2 formations - however clear-cut chances were not quite so fruitful. The Cumbrians only had a couple of optimistic chances - a Francois Zoko shot through a crowd of players, whilst Paul Thirlwell saw one thumped straight into the arms of Stephen Henderson.

Dean Bowditch almost got in on the end of an Andy Welsh cross with his header not quite gaining enough power and direction to make a difference. However, Welsh went far closer, with his shot beating Carlisle keeper Adam Collin but finding defender Lubomir Michalik in the way and able to head clear and stop the ball going near the net.

Yeovil's fluency was not helped by a three or four minute delay by one of the more odd sights at Huish Park - the sprinklers came on midway through the half, soaking Stephen Henderson and a photographer under the Blackthorn Stand. It took an age to get them turned off, and with that seemed to take a little bit of Yeovil's forward momentum, with a head injury to Craig Alcock and a knee injury to Tom Taiwo causing further stoppages that caused five minutes to be held up on the board for additional time.

In that time, the Glovers finally got fully behind the Carlisle United defence, as Craig Alcock's ball over the top, set Dean Bowditch out into a one-v-one. His shot beat Collin in the Carlisle United goal, but also hit the side netting. A good first half that the home side edged, but not enough clear-cut chances to count.

The second half opened with Carlisle making a substitution and a formation change, but before they could get into their stride, Jonathan Obika shot just wide of the target. At the other end of the pitch, Matthew Robson put a free kick just over the bar, then Paul Huntington's near post header was put just wide of the post.

The crucial opener in the end to end match came just short of the hour mark, when Dean Bowditch accepted a long ball from the Yeovil defence, 30 yards out from goal. He slipped the ball through to Jonathan Obika, who drew the Carlisle goalkeeper then slot the ball home, celebrating in front of the home terrace for the opening goal of the game.

When the Glovers go a goal up, they often go on to cause the opposition a lot of problems with breakaways, as they force their opponents to push players forward, but that never really happened tonight. Carlisle made a double substitution and another formation change and it was them who began to dictate play, with Ben Marshall and Harry Arter looking particularly effective. Yeovil Town made their own double substitution as well, although chose to maintain their shape as the game was closed down. The visitors continued to press well, making for a nervous end phase to the game, and the fear that just one error could blow away Yeovil's evening.

The closest Carlisle came to doing that was when Ben Marshall put over the bar from close range, as Carlisle's bodies in the box caused confusion in the Yeovil Town defence. But in a game that had already had a lengthy stoppage due to the sprinklers in the first half, we got a second delay as an injury to referee Graham Horwood, who had a tidy game overall, saw him replaced by Fourth Official Andrew Rodda and the delay there meant a massive seven minutes injury time to deal with. Frank Simek's shot in the 97th minute almost produced a late late equaliser, but Stephen Henderson was equal to it, forced it out for a corner, and when the ball came back in, the final whistle blew, and with Dagenham and Swindon both losing tonight, Yeovil Town had picked up three massive points on the way to League One safety.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (59 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Nathan Smith (73 mins for Oli Johnson) 7. Andrew Williams (79 mins for Andy Welsh) 8. Luke Ayling (79 mins for Craig Alcock) 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson

Carlisle United: (3-5-2)
1. Adam Collin 2. Frank Simek 6. Peter Murphy 25. Lubomir Michalik 10. Matthew Robson 12. Tom Taiwo 11. Paul Thirlwell 14. Ben Marshall 21. James Berrett 13. Francois Zoko 15. Craig Curran

Substitutes:
23. Tony Caig (GK) 5. Danny Livesey 17. Liam Noble (62 mins for James Berrett) 18. Rory Loy 19. Patrick Madden (62 mins for Tom Taiwo) 24. Liam Cooper 28. Harry Arter (46 mins for Francois Zoko)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (84 mins, foul)
Carlisle Bookings: Craig Curran (45 mins, dissent), Lubomir Michalik (85 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Richard Corp (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Andrew Rodda (Devon).

Attendance: 3,331 (including 117 Carlisle fans)


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29 March 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
No big surprise that Yeovil Town have selected an unchanged line-up for tonight's visit of Carlisle United. It's therefore safe to say that the Glovers will be employing a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation as they did in the second half at Exeter City and for the full 90 minutes against Leyton Orient.

All of the changes tonight are on the bench with Nathan Jones, Billy Gibson and Danny Fitzsimons disappearing out of the squad, whilst Nathan Smith, Luke Ayling and Sam Williams are fit and available and added to the squad. The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Nathan Smith 7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson


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29 March 2011 : Shaun Makes A Second Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has been named in a second Team of the Week. The Sky Sports listings are for the whole of the Football League and so tend to be heavily dominated by the Championship, but with the weekend just gone being an 'international weekend', League One took top billing, meaning that the majority selected are from that division. Of Shaun, they say:

"The Wales midfielder was on target with a first-half hat-trick which paved the way for Yeovil Town's 5-1 thrashing of Leyton Orient. MacDonald fired in a superb double in the early minutes before crowning his treble from the penalty spot just before the break."

Also featuring is former Yeovil Town left-back Anthony Tonkin, who is currently playing for League Two side Oxford United. Since completing his second spell with the Glovers in May 2007, Tonks has played for Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United before moving to Oxford in January 2010. Sky say of his performance:

"Oxford piled more woe on struggling Burton Albion while boosting their own hopes of reaching the League Two play-offs, and left-back Tonkin was a key component in the win. The stopper produced a solid all-round display to provide the perfect complement to goals from team-mates Steve MacLean and Tom Craddock."

The full Football League Team of the Week is as follows:

Owain Fon Williams - Rochdale
Marvin McCoy - Wycombe
Peter Clarke - Huddersfield
Mark Roberts - Stevenage
Anthony Tonkin - Oxford
Shaun MacDonald - Yeovil Town
Danny Green - Dagenham
Danny Rowe - Stockport
Jeffrey Schlupp - Brentford
Ian Thomas-Moore - Rotherham
Jordan Rhodes - Huddersfield

Goalkeepers John Sullivan and Stephen Henderson are the only two other Glovers players to manage to get into the Sky Sports Team of the Week during this season.


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29 March 2011 : Bristol Rovers Director Sets Off For Glovers Derby Clash ... Today!
You may think that all Football Club Directors set off to matches in plush cars, or in luxury at the front of the team coach. Bristol Rovers director Ken Masters is going to be proving a few people wrong over the next fortnight - he has already set off for Saturday's match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park - and is walking the full distance.

As if that wasn't enough, when he leaves Huish Park on Saturday night, he will carry on walking - down to Exeter City's St James Park. He will then turn around and start walking back up to Bristol - hoping to arrive back at the Memorial Stadium just as the Grecians arrive on April 9th for their League One match against Rovers.

By the time he makes it back into Bristol, the 66 year old will have covered 180 miles in 10 days. It's all in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation - a remarkable tribute from a director whose club was one of the few professional West Country sides not to have a connection with Adam. His own connection lies at a more personal level - Ken's wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation. As such he has told the Rovers club site that he is more than willing to join the campaign, with his own club due to play Exeter in quick succession:

"We are playing Yeovil on Saturday at their place, and the following Saturday we are playing Exeter City at our place. Adam Stansfield played for both those clubs, he passed away aged only 31 last year, and he died of bowel disease, so I am walking to Yeovil, on to Exeter and then back to our place. It is about 180 miles in ten days, to raise money for his foundation. I really want to do this and I am committed to it. Please donate, I really don't care how small every little bit helps and will be gratefully received. Every penny will go to the Adam Stansfield Foundation which helps to support children through the medium of football."

Whilst the Adam Stansfield Foundation are going through the final stages of registration as a Charitable Organisation, pledges to support Ken should be made by contacting Kirsty Pugh at the club on 0117 9542003 or email kirstypugh@bristolrovers.co.uk - Ken would also welcome company from anyone who wants to tag along with him for a session - we'd recommend contacting Kirsty if that interests you.


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29 March 2011 : No Spring In Orient's Step
League One side Leyton Orient have lost their appeal against the sending off of midfielder Matthew Spring. Following their decision to challenge referee Geoff Eltringham's 14th minute decision to dismiss Spring for a foul on Glovers left-winger Andy Welsh, the FA's Appeals Panel have met today and decided not to over-turn the decision.

The guidance of the Appeals Panel is such that they must confirm, using the available evidence, that the match referee made his decision incorrectly, and thus the video evidence must provide reasonable proof that the original decision was wrong. Where the evidence supplied is inconclusive, they will abide by the referee's decision. Spring will now serve a three match ban for the red card.


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29 March 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Carlisle United in a League One match tonight at Huish Park. The match is the first of six home matches in just over a month that will end the 2010-11 season. The Cumbrians come into the match with perhaps (and hopefully) other things on their minds - they are in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and this is their final League One match before they head to London for that big day.

Yeovil Town management pairing Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones watched Carlisle in their dress rehearsal for the match against Brentford the night before the Glovers played Leyton Orient with the Cumbrians losing by a 2-1 scoreline. How much they'll be able to read into that game is another matter - it's unlikely that either side at Griffin Park will have been revealing their hand too much. They come to Huish Park at full strength, meaning that they may put up a bit of a fight if manager Greg Abbott tells his players that there are still places up for grabs for their Wembley final.

Similarly the Glovers are more or less at full strength for tonight's match. Skiverton reports that he expects Nathan Smith and Sam Williams to put themselves back into the frame, despite their recent injuries. One who is definitely back is Luke Ayling, who has completed a two match suspension, whilst Andrew Tutte - who was the club's 'sixth' loanee on Saturday - is also available. However, when you've won your last match by a 5-1 scoreline it's hard to see the starting line-up changing, and so unless there are any last minute knocks that we don't know about, it's only the bench places that will be realistically up for grabs.

Past meetings between the two sides have gone almost with exception with the home team, with Carlisle never having won a match at Huish Park, whilst all bar one of the matches at Brunton Park have gone with the home side. Carlisle's best result at Huish Park was a 1-1 draw in March 2009 - their last visit was in October 2009 and saw them lose 3-1 with two goals from Ryan Mason and a late one from Kieran Murtagh polishing things off - an Ian Harte penalty was Carlisle's only reward.

In terms of recent League form, Carlisle's travels again appear to be not to their liking - they've lost their last three matches, including last Friday's 2-1 defeat at Brentford, with the previous match being a 6-0 thrashing at Peterborough United. However, the Glovers aren't in the best of form at Huish Park either and have gone five matches without a win in front of their own fans - an odd statistic given the results they have been getting during 2011 away from home.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets for the game will be available right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. There is a three for two ticketing offer available tonight though. We'll be on Twitter tonight if you want to stay informed about the game as well as other key League One matches tonight, whilst BBC Somerset will be on 95.5FM from just after the 7.00p.m. news bringing live commentary from Huish Park.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.


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28 March 2011 : Youth Alliance Fixture Change
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had a fixture rearranged for this coming Saturday, 2nd April. The Youth Team will play their Youth Alliance League home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday morning - expect a kick-off time of 11.00a.m. and for one of the Alvington pitches behind the Airfield Tavern to be used - if that changes we'll provide a further update.

Saturday's match is a rearrangement of the December 4th fixture which was postponed due to the widespread snow and ice around the country during that month.


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28 March 2011 : Guess Who's In The Team Of The Week?
There probably would have been a letter of complaint sent off to the Football League if they'd missed his name out. Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has landed in this week's selection, following his impressive hat-trick against Leyton Orient this weekend as part of the 5-1 thrashing at Brisbane Road.

Perhaps the only surprise is that Shaun is the only player from the Glovers who lands in there - Rochdale land three players for their 2-0 away win over Hartlepool United, Brentford manage two for a 2-1 win over Carlisle United, whilst Huddersfield Town's 3-0 win over Notts County sees them have two players included. The team is as follows:

Owain Fon Williams (Rochdale)
Michael Morrison (Sheffield Wednesday) Peter Clarke (Huddersfield) Craig Dawson (Rochdale) Craig Woodman (Brentford)
Scott Wagstaff (Charlton) Shaun MacDonald (Yeovil Town) Gary Jones (Rochdale) Ashley Vincent (Colchester)
Jeffery Schlupp (Brentford) Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield)

Yeovil Town's nominations so far this season read as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
12. Paul Wotton (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
13. Oli Johnson (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
14. Dean Bowditch (19/03/2011 : Exeter (a) W3-2) details).
15. Shaun MacDonald (26/03/2011 : Leyton Orient (a) W5-1 details).


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28 March 2011 : Orient Hoping For Spring Recoil
Last Saturday's opponents Leyton Orient are to appeal against the dismissal of midfielder Matthew Spring. The central player was dismissed just 14 minutes into the weekend's 5-1 win for Yeovil Town, when referee Geoff Eltringham considered that he was guilty of serious foul play, for a tackle on Glovers left-winger Andy Welsh.

Orient boss, and former Glovers manager Russell Slade said after the game that he was 'devastated' at the way that Eltringham's decision-making had affected the match, and he has now confirmed to their club site that he will be appealing against the decision:

"Having studied the challenge over the weekend, we don't believe it was a red card offence. We have launched an appeal to the FA and hope that the decision will be overturned."

Russell may have some sympathy and support from his opposite number Terry Skiverton, who told the Football League Show after the game that he felt the home side's protestations had some merit, but was pleased that his side had capitalised on the situation:

"I don't 100 percent agree with the sending off. But it happens and it has happened before in the past and we haven't capitalised on it. We did today. We changed our formation and our system and it seemed to work. We need to make sure that we're fighting to stay in this league. We've still got a big battle against us, but that's a mini step in the goals that we've created for ourselves to then try to make sure that we're in this division next year."


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28 March 2011 : MacDonald Still Hanging On For Swansea Breakthrough
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has said that he is still holding out for a first team place at his parent club Swansea City. The 22 year old is on loan at Huish Park until the end of the 2010-11 season, and still has over a year to run on his Liberty Stadium contract.

Since arriving for his fifth loan spell at the club, the Glovers have made it very clear that they want to take him on permanently, with manager Terry Skiverton saying after Saturday's Leyton Orient match, in which MacDonald scored a hat-trick, that he would be lodging a bid with Swansea.

MacDonald is inclined to be more coy about the situation, perhaps mindful that his home town club are the ones who ultimately hold his contract. He told the Daily Star after Saturday's match that he hadn't given up on playing for Swansea again:

"Iím still hoping to make the breakthrough at Swansea. I love the club, Iíve just come to Yeovil to get games at the moment. Iíve got another year left at Swansea so Iíll just have to wait and see what happens in the summer. I need to be playing football though and I canít be hanging around back home. Playing football and doing what Iíve just done Ė scoring a hat-trick and helping Yeovil win Ė is what Iíd rather be doing than sitting in the stands every weekend."

The prospects for MacDonald at the Liberty Stadium do not look particularly great - he last played for them on August 18th 2009. Since that time he's made 51 appearances for Yeovil Town, giving a strong indication of which club is more likely to give him first team football.


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28 March 2011 : Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to London Road to play Peterborough United is now available. The game takes place on Easter Monday - which lands on April 25th - with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The penultimate away trip of the season is a pay on the day game with no advance purchases from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The standard away supporters allocation at London Road is 850 seats in the Main Stand (A Block) and 3,475 standing spaces in the Moyes End Terrace. Prices are as follows:

Seats: Adults: £25.00; Over-60s and Students: £15.00; Under-16s: £12.00

Terracing: Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Students: £15.00; Under-16s: £12.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above prices. Wheelchair users must book places in advance by calling 01733 865674.

Link: Ticketing For Clevedon Town vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 March 2011 : Yeovil Town First Team April 2011 Fixtures Poster
With just one more home match to come in March, the April 2011 Fixtures Poster is now available for download. Covering all Huish Park games during next month, the document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

Following Tuesday night's home game against Carlisle United (March 29th), there are five home games in April for you to get your teeth into. First up is a local derby against Bristol Rovers (2nd), followed by a midweeker against Notts County (12th). Five days after the Magpies visit, Oldham Athletic come down on the 16th, followed a week later by the visit of AFC Bournemouth (23rd). The month, and indeed the home season, is polished off by the match against Colchester United (30th).

We've included two versions - one with a background colour and one without a background colour. Obviously the former is going to be fairly heavy on your printer ink, so if that's a concern, you'll probably want to choose the one without a background to it. In addition, we're now carrying the documents in both PDF and Word format to widen the ability of supporters to display these.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. 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. For any comments on the poster design or feedback of that nature, contact Ben Barrett at benbarrett10@gmail.com

Link: March 2011 Fixtures Poster (with background) (MS Word).

Link: March 2011 Fixtures Poster (without background) (MS Word).

Link: March 2011 Fixtures Poster (with background) (PDF).

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28 March 2011 : Skiverton Trying To Keep MacDonald Interest Under Wraps
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is probably not pulling up too many trees with the statement that he would love to sign Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The Welshman is in his fifth loan spell at Huish Park at present, and after arriving for his latest spell in Somerset Skiverton made it clear that he wanted a permanent deal to be sorted out.

Having scored a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, the biggest danger is that Saturday's performance creates headlines that alerts other clubs. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton praised the midfielder, but said he didn't want to praise him too much:

"From my point of view, I don't want to big him up too much because it alerts other people to him. But he was head and shoulders above everybody on the pitch. You could see that with the quality and what he does have. It's a credit to us that we got him back again, because he could have seen the season out with Swansea and not been involved there. He's decided to come out here at a difficult time. I think that when he left he knew there was unfinished business and he wanted to come back and help us and fight to make sure we stay in this division. Along with the other players today I thought it was an excellent team performance."

In this morning's Western Daily Press, they reconfirm that Yeovil Town have spoken to MacDonald's parent club Swansea City about making the deal permanent. However, he admitted that any such plans would be bound by whether other clubs stepped in with their own bids:

"I would love to (sign Shaun MacDonald) and we are trying to put things in place. We are an ambitious club, there is stuff going on with our development and we are trying to move things forward. We are governed by outside influences and if someone comes in with £1 million we are not going to be able to put in £1,000,001. Again the problem is that when you have got players on loan you are enhancing their reputations. We will keep it close to our chest and see where we go from here."


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27 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Orient Interview
Just before kick-off at Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's pre-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leyton Orient.


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27 March 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies April 2011 Fixture Flyer
Yeovil Town Ladies have a string of three big home games in a row coming up during April, as they reach the climax of their first season at their new League level. On April 3rd, 10th and 17th they host FA Women's Premier League Southern Division matches against Colchester United, Keynsham Town and Queens Park Rangers respectively. To help advertise those games, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available.

All games take place at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word. All supporters are welcome to attend the matches at Sherborne Town's ground over the next three weekends.

In today's match at Raleigh Grove, Yeovil Town Ladies secured a point against Cardiff City Ladies in a 1-1 draw. More details should be up on the Ladies Website in the next 24 hours or so.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies April 2011 Fixture Flyer.


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27 March 2011 : Interview With Hat-Trick Hero Shaun MacDonald
Following yesterday's 5-1 win over Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald spoke to the BBC about the match. The Swansea City player answered questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson with the transcript available via the link below.

Link: Shaun MacDonald Speaks To The BBC After The 5-1 Win Over Leyton Orient.


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27 March 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Yeovil Town's Tuesday night home game against Carlisle United have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 29th March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of proceedings will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've had Mr Horwood three times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

The most recent occasion was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was also named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but of course that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Richard Corp (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Rodda (Devon).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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26 March 2011 : Youth Team vs Hereford United Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s came from a goal behind to secure a 3-1 win over their Hereford United counterparts this morning. Trailing at the break by a single goal, the young Glovers responded well to score three second half goals, with a Rhys Baggridge header being followed up by two excellent Isaac Reid goals.

The Glovers went into the match without the suspended Nick Lyskov, whilst coach Scott Green and Adam Cleary were both unavailable for the match. First choice goalkeeper Steve Boore gracefully stepped aside for 16 year old trialist keeper Will Britt, providing a chance to look at a potential addition for next year's squad, with Boore having already shown by his consistency and application throughout the season that he is capable of moving beyond his current scholarship and into professional football. Another candidate for that chance, Lewis Clarke, remained on duty with Weymouth.

Hereford's coaching staff included the father of Glovers striker Andy Williams, meaning that both sides had an interest in the first team match at Leyton Orient. Playing on the best pitch at Alvington it was Williams Snr who was the happier when the game started as the Bulls took the lead, settling the quickest of the two teams. A second minute goal was thought to be offside by most of the onlookers but not by the linesman who was well behind the play when the through ball was played. 1-0 to the visitors.

Yeovil responded to the apparent injustice by attacking the Hereford goal at every opportunity and though they had many attempts they could not score. Playing the ball around well on the good pitch surface, Jonny Kaye was involved with every move that they had, controlling play well in the middle of the park. Rob Clowes, Isaac Reid, Tyler Sheppard, Will Gordon and Lloyd Matthews all had attempts on goal but were either high, wide or saved by the keeper. Yeovil's frustration at not being able to get their way back into the game, despite having the lion's share of the chances saw Tyler Sheppard landing into the book for dissent, 10 minutes before the break. The Glovers were well on top but could not get the goal they deserved and they went into the break still a goal down.

Glovers stand-in coach Tam Burns must have said the right things at half time, as the Glovers side came out very fired up and determined to make their superior ability pay. That said, Hereford had the first attack of the second period and only a good save by goalkeeper Will Britt with his feet kept the scoreline the same.

Yeovil responded by playing their best football of the day with all the players involved. The pressure they created forced a free kick which was taken by Jonny Kaye, who planted the ball onto the head of captain Rhys Baggridge whose powerful header ended in the net to force an equalising goal.

The Glovers were now rampant, attacking at every opportunity and one goal down very quickly turned into one goal up, as Isaac Reid received a long ball out of defence which he won well. Reid then turned the Hereford centre half in the same movement, shooting under the keeper to put Yeovil ahead for the first time in the game.

Hereford were stung into action and Yeovil had to defend. Both Rhys Baggridge and Josh Doyle were called into action and both denied the opposition with perfectly timed tackles. Then Aiden Chainey and Joe Grimstead stopped attacks by good interceptions. After weathering this storm Yeovil began to attack again, and a precision defence splitting pass from Jonny Kaye put Isaac Reid through, one on one with the keeper, and his clever shot sealed the win with a 3-1 scoreline to Yeovil.

There was just about time for Tyler Sheppard be taken off with a suspected broken toe and replaced by Will Agbo and for Will Gordon to get a yellow card. However, overall this was a really good win by Yeovil who did not panic when they went one behind but kept playing good football on the ground until their superior ability shone through and they got their just desserts.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Hereford United Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Hereford Scorer (0-1, 2 mins), Rhys Baggridge (1-1, 2nd half), Isaac Reid (2-1, 2nd half), Isaac Reid (3-1, 2nd half).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
13. Will Britt 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Josh Doyle 6. Will Gordon 17. Tyler Sheppard 8. Jonny Kaye 9. Isaac Reid 10. Rob Clowes 11. Lloyd Matthews.

Subs: Will Agbo (for Tyler Sheppard) and Steve Boore.


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26 March 2011 : Skivo: We're Playing With Confidence
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his team are looking full of confidence after they picked up their second away win in a row this afternoon. Their 5-1 away win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road today was the club's record Football League away win, but the game's key moment came just 14 minutes into the match when referee Geoff Eltringham put himself at the centre of attention by dismissing Orient's Matthew Spring.

Skiverton praised the way that his side capitalised upon that moment, and didn't allow Orient to get back into the match, as a Shaun MacDonald hat-trick, and goals from Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch won the game:

"Sometimes playing against ten men can galvanise the other team but we didn't allow that to happen. We're playing with confidence, our shape looks good and we're creating chances and you've seen here that when we take those chances we can score fours and fives."

Skiverton warned though of complacency, with Yeovil still just four points clear of the drop zone. Whilst the Glovers' away form has been very impressive post-Christmas, on their home patch they've not won in five matches, and with six home matches in just over a month, the Yeovil boss said that needed to be sorted:

"We've still got a fight on our hands and I'm already thinking about a massive game at home on Tuesday night against Carlisle. We can't afford to let all our hard work count for nothing on Tuesday. We need to sharpen up on our home form."


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26 March 2011 : Youth Team vs Hereford United Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this morning against Hereford United in a Youth Alliance League fixture. The Youth Team ran out 3-1 victors despite being a goal down at half time. A second half Rhys Baggridge header and two goals from Isaac Reid gave the Glovers three welcome points at Alvington.

More to follow in the next 24 hours or so.


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26 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil
If you were one of the 271 at this afternoon's 5-1 away win against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, 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 Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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26 March 2011 : Orient Win Sets Yeovil Town Club Record
This afternoon's 5-1 away win over Leyton Orient has set a club record in the Football League. The match at Brisbane Road was Yeovil Town's biggest away win since entering the League in 2003, as a Shaun MacDonald hat-trick was followed up by strikes from Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch.

The last time the Glovers scored five goals away from home in a competitive fixture was back in May 2007 when they beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground by a 5-2 scoreline in a play-off fixture. As it stood that was the club's record competitive away win in Football League competitions. The 5-3 win over Cambridge United in December 2004 is the only other time that the Glovers have scored five goals on their travels.

Taking out the play-off match, if the margin of victory is how you measure things then Yeovil Town have won 4-1 away from home on three separate occasions. These were the October 2003 match against Cambridge United, the February 2007 win at Carlisle United and most recently the February 2010 meeting against Wycombe Wanderers.

Yeovil Town's record win in the Football League remains the 6-1 win over Oxford United in September 2004. They've scored five or more at home on on just one other occasion - the 5-2 win over Mansfield Town.

Shaun MacDonald's hat-trick is the first scored by a Yeovil Town player since Arron Davies netted all three in a 3-0 win against Chesterfield in March 2006.


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26 March 2011 : Orient 1 Yeovil 5 : MacDonald Hat-Trick Destroys The O's
A Shaun MacDonald first half hat-trick destroyed Leyton Orient on their home patch this lunchtime, as the Glovers ran riot at Brisbane Road. The on-loan Swansea City midfielder scored all three of Yeovil's opening goals in a tempestuous game that saw Orient play 76 minutes with 10 men as Matthew Spring got his marching orders for a foul on Andy Welsh. Welsh himself landed Yeovil's 4th, with Dean Cox merely getting a consolation for Orient as Dean Bowditch wrapped things up late on in the game.

The match saw Yeovil make three changes to their starting line-up and a starting formation change as Adam Virgo replaced Nathan Smith to play three at the back. Oli Johnson replaced Sam Williams, whilst Paul Wotton's return in midfield was a slight surprise with Andrew Tutte the unlucky man as the sixth loan.

The first half saw a chain of events push the game rapidly into Yeovil's favour, with the Glovers taking the lead as early as the 9th minute. The ball dropped loose for Shaun MacDonald on the edge of the box and he struck a superb volley from 20 yards out that flew in off the post for the opening goal and a 1-0 lead, despite Orient's midfield pairing having looked bright during the early exchanges.

Just 14 minutes into the match came the second early nail in Orient's coffin. Matthew Spring and Andy Welsh flew in on a 50:50 ball, with Welsh coming off the worst. Referee Geoff Eltringham had already produced 12 red cards this season, and he had little hesitation in producing a 13th dismissal, putting the home side down to 10 men with 76 minutes for them to play.

With the extra man and flooding men forward, Yeovil began to dominate the match with Oli Johnson and Jonathan Obika both having chances to extend the lead. But four minutes after the red card, Johnson exchanged an excellent one-two with Shaun MacDonald inside the box, and the midfielder was in behind the Orient defence and able to slot the ball home to double Yeovil's lead.

Orient struggled to deal with tracking the extra man, particularly with Yeovil pretty much playing a three man front line with Oli Johnson tucking in behind the front pairing. A series of late challenges by home players, some of which were worse than Spring's challenge somewhat tied referee Geoff Eltringham in knots, leaving the match official in a bit of a mess, with the home crowd bellowing for blood every time a foul was committed by a Yeovil player.

Three minutes before the break the match was as good as ended, as Shaun MacDonald's cross into the box was blocked by midfielder Stephen Dawson, and referee Geoff Eltringham again put himself at the centre of attention, deciding that the ball had been blocked by Dawson's arm deliberately. MacDonald grabbed the ball, and ensured that he got the match ball by converting a 42nd minute hat-trick and a 3-0 half time lead. The home fans chants of "3-0 to the referee" and "you don't know what you're doing" made it clear where they felt the blame lied for the one-sided game, although there was a lot more to it than that, with Yeovil having dominated the match from the first goal onwards.

Former Glover Terrell Forbes arrived as a half time substitute as Orient switched to three at the back, but any plans they may have had to get back into the game were ended just over a minute into the half. A Jonathan Obika shot was well parried by former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones, but only straight into the path of Andy Welsh. 4-0 up and no way back for the home side.

Inevitably, with the game won, the second period became a rather more leisurely affair, with Yeovil operating in cruise control. The home side did manage to score a soft goal when Dean Cox capitalised upon indecision in the Yeovil box, after an Adam Virgo header had looped up in the air. But that was only likely to be a consolation goal, with Yeovil always looking the more likely to extend their lead, as Jones saved on numerous occasions.

The game was polished off by an act of unselfishness as Jonathan Obika's run saw him square the ball into the path of the unmarked Dean Bowditch and he grabbed his third goal in two games, to pass his tally from last season and to give an impressive looking 5-1 final scoreline.

No doubt that the red card issued early on in the match influenced the magnitude of the scoreline, with Orient often left chasing shadows during the match. But aside from that moment, the Glovers were good value for their win and with Dagenham drawing and Swindon losing in today's matches, they've now given themselves breathing space. A win on Tuesday night against Carlisle United, and they could easily put themselves within touching distance of League One security for next season. Certainly for now, the pressure is off for a change. If there is a down side to today's game, will anyone have noticed Shaun MacDonald's performance?

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table

Final Score: Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Scorers: Shaun MacDonald (9 mins, 0-1), Shaun MacDonald (18 mins, 0-2), Shaun MacDonald (42 mins, 0-3), Andy Welsh (47 mins, 0-4), Dean Cox (70 mins, 1-4), Dean Bowditch (88 mins, 1-5)

Leyton Orient: (4-4-2)
1. Jamie Jones
2. Elliot Omozusi 4. Ben Chorley 30. Adam Barrett 17. Jason Crowe
8. Stephen Dawson 16. Matthew Spring 25. Thomas Carroll 7. Dean Cox
9. Scott McGleish 18. Jonathan Tehoue

Substitutes:
12. Lee Butcher (GK) 3. Andrew Whing 6. Terrell Forbes (46 mins for Thomas Carroll) 10. Adam Chambers 11. Alex Revell (72 mins for Jonathan Tehoue) 20. Jimmy Smith (42 mins for Stephen Dawson) 29. Harry Kane

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 7. Andrew Williams (69 mins for Oli Johnson) 15. Alex Russell (87 mins for Paul Wotton) 16. Ed Upson (89 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Orient Bookings: Scott McGleish (33 mins, foul), Jason Crowe (66 mins, foul), Dean Cox (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Matthew Spring (14 mins, serious foul play)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (44 mins, foul), Andy Welsh (47 mins, excessive celebration), Max Ehmer (53 mins, unsporting behaviour), Adam Virgo (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear). Assistants: John Hopkins (Essex) and Philip Knight (Kent). Fourth Official: Mike Blackledge (Cambridgeshire).

Attendance: 4,258 (including 271 Yeovil fans)


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26 March 2011 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Leyton Orient. Both stem from last week's match at St James Park, with striker Sam Williams and left-back Nathan Smith both missing through injury. Midfielder Paul Wotton makes his return, with Andrew Tutte dropping out of the squad.

Oli Johnson replaces Sam Williams, whilst Adam Virgo gets a start in place of Nathan Smith. Given the latter, we'd assume that the Glovers are playing a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-1-2 formation, with either Oli Johnson or Dean Bowditch playing the deeper role.

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 7. Andrew Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
2. Elliot Omozusi 4. Ben Chorley 30. Adam Barrett 17. Jason Crowe
8. Stephen Dawson 16. Matthew Spring 25. Thomas Carroll 7. Dean Cox
9. Scott McGleish 18. Jonathan Tehoue

Substitutes:
12. Lee Butcher (GK) 3. Andrew Whing 6. Terrell Forbes 10. Adam Chambers 11. Alex Revell 20. Jimmy Smith 29. Harry Kane


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26 March 2011 : Sam's Relief At Injury Diagnosis
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has admitted his relief at his current shoulder injury not being as bad as first feared. The target man had to come off just before half time with what was initially feared to be a dislocated shoulder during the 3-2 win over Exeter City.

Further diagnosis this week revealed that there had been no broken bones and that even the question of whether the shoulder had been dislocated was not conclusive. However, Sam told BBC Somerset this week that the initial thoughts that went through his mind:

"As I landed I heard a crack, and that's when I started to get a bit scared. But luckily, I went to hospital on the Sunday morning, and they came back with just ligament and tissue damage. The doctors said about two weeks, and that I should give it a rest for about two weeks just like a normal muscle injury, but it's healing really well at the minute, and considering it's my arm and not a leg, I can still be running on it. I want to get back as soon as possible."

The current expectation is that Sam will be back and available for selection for the April 2nd home match against Bristol Rovers in a week's time.


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26 March 2011 : Adam Stansfield Wristbands In Stock At The Club
Those of you who have been unable to get hold of the Adam Stansfield Foundation wristbands we mentioned last month will be pleased to know that they are available again. The Huish Park Club Shop has them in stock after a fresh batch was produced.

They are available in adult and junior sizes and are priced £3.00. For full details and a picture of what they look like, along with other local outlets stocking these, see the article below.

Link: Wristbands On Sale From Adam Stansfield Foundation.


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26 March 2011 : Youth Team vs Hereford United Reminder
If you're stuck for something to do in Yeovil this morning, don't forget that Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are in action today. They play their Youth Alliance League Match against Hereford United at Alvington (behind the Airfield Tavern), kick-off 11.00a.m.

All are welcome to attend, admission is free of charge, and there will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale for those who want something to keep them going during the match - that facility will be open from 9.45a.m.


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25 March 2011 : English Schools Edge Past Wales
England edged out Wales by a single goal at Huish Park in a Centenary Shield match tonight. The Under-18s Schools International saw a Jordan Ayris 53rd minute goal separate the two teams in front of a crowd of 6,197. The Bicester Community College pupil took advantage of a poor goal kick to fire the ball straight past the Welsh keeper and that was enough to give the Three Lions the win.

Goalkeeper Ed Baldy (Team Bath Academy and Bradford Town) got a full 90 minutes between the sticks, whilst other local interest during the evening came from King Alfred's School pupil Josh White and Millfield School's Tom Hurley. Josh was born in Bristol and also went to school in Clevedon, whilst Taunton-born Tom started off his school days in Burnham-on-Sea.

Final Score: England Schools Under-18s 1 Wales Schools Under-18s 0.

England: 17. Ed Baldy, 2. Thomas Boakye, 3. Josh Glover, 5. Jamie Summers, 7. Josh White, 8. Jonny Evans, 9. Jordan Ayris, 12. Connor Thompson, 15. Scott Cheetham, 16. Alex Meaney, 19. Tom Hurley.

Subs Used: 11. Fabio Goncalves De Abreu (75 mins for Jordan Ayris), 4. Cliff Moyo (78 mins for Thomas Boakye).


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25 March 2011 : Skivo Previews The Leyton Orient Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match at Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leyton Orient.


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25 March 2011 : Watching The England Game At Leyton Orient
We would imagine a number of Yeovil Town supporters will be wanting to do a 'double header' for tomorrow's match and to stick around in the area to watch tomorrow afternoon's England match. The 1.00p.m. kick-off for the League One match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town means that it is possible to get out of the ground and to have a pint in your hand for the start of the England match in Wales but only just.

Leyton Orient welcome visiting supporters to their club bar - our past experience is that it's one of the better ones in League One (and is therefore packed). They charge a small day membership fee. The bar is situated in Oliver Road, next to the club's Main Reception. The second option is to make your way up to the Second Floor of the West Stand (again by the main reception) where they will be screening the game in the Gallery Bar. Away from the ground, the Coach and Horses is in Leyton High Road and is the closest pub to the ground. However, like the Orient Supporters Bar, it will be packed out.

We've not experienced problems with mixing with Orient fans in the past, but obviously we'd recommend that you show a degree of discretion in terms of club colours and etiquette if you do go and join them for the game post-match.


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25 March 2011 : Gritton Abused In Final Chester Game
New Yeovil Town signing Martin Gritton appears to have been on the receiving end of some noticeable stick during his final match for Chester. The 32 year old completed a short spell in non-league football by playing 90 minutes in their 2-1 defeat at Lancaster City, with it being well known that he was heading towards Huish Park during his final few games for the club.

The reformed Northern Premier League Division One North side, who were formed out of the ashes of liquidated side Chester City are top of their division by six points at present and the Lancaster game ended a 15 match unbeaten run. But Gritton was accused by their fans of not putting in enough effort. Chester manager Neil Young agreed with the Chester Chronicle that his player did not have the best of finales to his career in the North-West, but felt that what was dished out was uncalled for:

"Football is all about opinions and debate Ė thatís what makes it so great and Iím all for it. But there is a difference between expressing an opinion or showing your dissatisfaction and in some cases verbally abusing a player, and I thought a very small minority overstepped the mark. Irrespective of what it was, on that day he was a Chester player."

Without having seen the man himself in action for Chester, it wouldn't be the greatest of surprises if Gritton was doing his best not to get injured prior to travelling down to Somerset on the Monday to sign his contract at Huish Park.


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25 March 2011 : Glovers Stage International Fixture Tonight
Some people may have a slightly closer eye on the match being played tomorrow afternoon, but tonight football fans in the Somerset area have got a chance to view England taking on Wales at Huish Park. The Under-18s Schools international match kicks off at 7.30p.m. tonight, with tickets still available on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The friendly match sees England go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat in a Centenary Shield match played at the New Bucks Head in Telford, at the hands of Northern Ireland last week. So far, the Glovers are reported to have sold over 3,000 tickets for the match.

One player to look out for, if he gets onto the field, is goalkeeper and local lad Ed Baldy, who has yet to be snapped up by a professional club, and is currently registered with the Team Bath Academy side at the other end of the county. Baldy's last match came on Tuesday night when he played for Bradford Town against Bridport in Western League Division One. In the match against Northern Ireland, he sat on the bench, behind first choice Josh Hart but with tonight's game being a friendly, he'd doubtless hope to get onto the pitch and impress a few local scouts.

Link: Glovers To Stage England International Fixture.


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25 March 2011 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Leyton Orient this weekend as they make their second successive away trip, still needing a number of points to secure their League One status. The match at Brisbane Road takes place on Saturday 26th March at the earlier 1.00p.m. kick-off time, due to an England international taking place later on in the day.

The match has an additional twist in that former Glovers boss Russell Slade will be in the home dugout, having had an impressive start to his reign in East London. His team lie in 7th place in the latest League One table and are still in with a sniff of the play-offs, having rapidly closed a large gap between themselves and the sixth place position down to four points, and with a game in hand. What probably stands between them and overhauling that position is their team's own weary legs, having taken part in an astonishing eight game FA Cup run that saw them knock out Championship sides Norwich City and Swansea City as well as taking Arsenal to a Fifth Round replay.

During that time, their League One form has held up well, including a 14 game unbeaten run that ran from the start of the year, but there's been possible signs of things slowing up in their last two matches - losing to Brentford by a 2-1 scoreline, whilst needing a controversial Trevor Kettle awarded last minute penalty kick to scrape a home point against Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night, in a game watched by the Glovers management team. Having played a succession of midweekers lately in order to catch up on their FA Cup heroics, now might be just about the right time to play them, even if they are still riding very high in the current form table.

The Glovers go into the match with a few squad changes to speak of. Out go goalkeeper Richard Martin and striker Antonio German who have left the club, with German not finding a new club before the loan transfer deadline yesterday. In comes striker Martin Gritton, whilst goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart has been registered to play, but will sit on the bench. Apart from those fairly uniform swaps, Luke Ayling will serve the second of his two game ban, whilst Sam Williams has the shoulder injury he sustained last weekend at St James Park.

Orient should welcome back former Glover Terrell Forbes into their squad after he missed their midweek game against the Daggers. Forbes was rested due to a virus. However, they will almost certainly be without left-back Charlie Daniels (ankle), Ben Chorley (knee) and winger Paul Jose M'Poku (international duty). Daniels was injured on Tuesday, whilst Chorley is currently only just back in training and so is unlikely to play a major part. The other former Glover in the Orient squad is Aaron Brown, but he is on loan at League Two side Stockport County and so will not be at Brisbane Road.

Yeovil Town's record at Brisbane Road is not the best, with their only win in the last five visits coming in a January 2009 game that saw Gavin Tomlin's flicked header seal the win, in one of the final matches for tomorrow's opposition manager for the Glovers. Last season was a fairly miserable 2-0 defeat that couldn't really be argued with - Tamika Mkandawire and Scott McGleish the scorers. This season's home match maybe caught Orient on the hop given that it was the first match of the 2010-11 season, with Dean Bowditch and Luke Freeman the Glovers scorers in a 2-1 win, with Alex Revell getting Orient's goal.

Saturday's game kicks off at 1.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the match with no surcharge in operation. The Ciderspace guide will tell you what you need to know - as we said earlier in the week, steer clear of the Westminster and Hyde Park areas on Saturday. You will find us on Twitter throughout the day, whether you are travelling to the game or on your mobile phone elsewhere, whilst BBC Somerset's coverage will start at the earlier time of 12.55p.m. to cater for the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Serious Transport Disruption In Central London This Weekend.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leyton Orient.


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24 March 2011 : Steve Phelps Parts Company With Yeovil Town Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club regretfully announce that First Team manager Steve Phelps has departed the club with immediate effect. Speaking today, Phelps has explained that his decision is due to factors outside the club:

"Unfortunately my work and personal commitments mean I am no longer able to invest the time needed to run the first team. I would like to wish the Yeovil Town Ladies squad the best of luck in their quest to stay in the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division, and I hope that they bring the County Cup home.

"I think the world of all the players' and thank them all for playing for me. In my six and half years at the club we have reached numerous cup finals and won two promotions. I feel that my record speaks for itself, and I am very proud
."

Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club would like to thank Steve Phelps for the fine service he has given the club, and are grateful for the success he has brought. All at the club would like to wish Steve all the very best for the future.

Coach Nigel Williams and club captain Sarah Lawler have been appointed as joint managers until the end of the season.

[Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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24 March 2011 : Fry's Views On The Stadium Plans
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has spoken about why the club have made the decision to go into partnership with a property developer this week. The club's plans to put a Retail Park into the club's top pitches, led by Chris Dawson of CDS and The Grange have been announced this week along with plans for a 3,500 seater stand at the Copse Road End of Huish Park.

Shortly after the launch, Mr Fry was interviewed by BBC Somerset about why he wanted to go down the route the club have chosen. He started off by pointing out that the maintenance of the top pitches was a costly overhead and felt that even by spending a sum of £50,000 a year on the two pitch areas that they were not delivering value for money:

"We have an asset here that needs to be looked after and developed. There is no point in having this sort of area of land that is costing us well over 50,000 pounds a year to maintain, and getting very little out of it. It's literally past its useful life. The first person we are dealing with is a Property Developer, and what he likes about Yeovil Town Football Club is the business model that we have put forward and the potential of the site that we have."

Whilst Dawson's Retail Park is intended to provide the funding for the stand, with Fry having said that if the Park does not get approved, then the building of the stand will not go ahead, he is keen to market the new facilities as being available for the community at large, along with a plan to find new first team training facilities in the area:

"We're looking at this, not just from a retail point of view. That is to help us develop the stadium. The money there will be to develop the stadium and the associated facilities like pitches and associated facilities needed by the community. It will be a community stand, and our idea is to assist the council in their thinking, and the local people, by doing something. We need to have some sort of action plan and get on with it."

The club currently have control of a number of pitches down in Alvington, around the area of the Airfield Tavern, where both the Under-18s and the Centre of Excellence play their matches and train. However, Fry has frequently highlighted that he believes there is a shortage of quality football pitches within the town of Yeovil, and that the situation needs to change. He sees this as the right time to make that happen:

"It's not just about this park, it's about the facilities that are needed for sport, and for football in particular and amateur grass roots football and the community aspect of our programme, and also the Centre of Excellence and Women's football. Apart from our site down at Alvington, which is owned by AgustaWestland, there's no decent pitches around Yeovil and in the area. It's time to wake up and let's grab this opportunity."

Although there has been no firm commitment as to what will fit into the interior of the new all-seater stand, one item that has to be near the top of that list of priorities is a new supporters bar, with the ordinary supporter losing their rights to the upstairs bars in the Main Stand just after the club entered the Football League. With the reputation of the Beer Tent (aka the Hospitality Marquee) having been a 'temporary' structure that has become not quite so temporary, Fry admits that the Marquee gives the club an unwanted uniqueness at this level:

"We've got a Marquee on site as a bar, which is the only Marquee in the Football League. We've got to move on and if we don't, the club will fall back and go into a lower league and we will not achieve our ambition for the next 20, 30 or 50 years of having a facility in Yeovil and a lead football club in the County."


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24 March 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
Saturday sees Yeovil Town back on the road for the second weekend running, and this time it is a trip to East London and the home of Leyton Orient. You'll need to set your alarm clocks a little earlier for the 1.00p.m. kick-off and you'll need the Ciderspace guide linked below for all your ground directions, pub guides, parking and ticketing information, past meetings and anything and everything else - all linked in below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Serious Transport Disruption In Central London This Weekend.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leyton Orient.


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24 March 2011 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leyton Orient
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to Brisbane Road for a League One match against Leyton Orient. The match against the Londoners takes place on Saturday 26th March 2011 with a 1.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

The cost of travel will be £15.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.00a.m. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you agree in advance. They currently have three spaces left.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Serious Transport Disruption In Central London This Weekend.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.


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24 March 2011 : German Recall Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news, the recall of Queens Park Rangers striker Antonio German has now been confirmed. Antonio's appearances for the club were restricted to just four substitute appearances, totalling 48 minutes. He was left out of Saturday's matchday squad for the trip to St James Park, with only five loan players able to be selected out of the seven available, for the match against Exeter City.

QPR's expectations yesterday were that they would arrange for another club to take Antonio on loan before the loan transfer deadline this afternoon. If we spot him going out to another club, we'll post another update.


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23 March 2011 : Glovers Fan Arrested At Grecians Match
At any other football club this probably wouldn't be news, but Yeovil Town have suffered what is believed to be their first supporter arrest of the 2010-11 season. When it comes to these sort of statistics, the Glovers tend to be top of the league, having had just one fan arrested during the whole of last season.

The supporter in question clearly wasn't the of a shy and retiring nature - he was arrested for running onto the pitch at half time during Saturday's match at St James Park, wearing what the Exeter Express and Echo describe as merely black underwear. He was spotted climbing out of the away end of the ground, yet managed to get across the full length of the pitch in front of the home fans. The paper reports that the fan was "greeted with laughter" until a steward removed him from the pitch. They assure their readers that he made no attempt to remove his underwear.

The paper says that he has been charged with a Section Four office under the Football Spectators Act for encroaching onto a football pitch. In addition he has been charged with possession of a small quantity of cannabis, which may go a way towards explaining his actions!

He has been named as 26 year old Nathaniel Maidment from Yeovil, and will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on April 12th. Whilst the encroachment appears to be of a non-violent nature, if convicted Devon or Avon and Somerset Police have the right to pursue a Football Banning Order against him.

The paper also reports that four other Yeovil Town supporters were ejected from the ground, although not arrested, for getting involved in a subsequent argument with stewards over the incident.


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23 March 2011 : Gareth Stewart Registers As Back-Up Keeper
Yeovil Town's goalkeeping coach has been registered as a player for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. Following the departure of Richard Martin earlier this week, the Glovers have been left with only one keeper on their books, in Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson.

As suggested in yesterday's news, one option the club had was to register their goalkeeping coach, who played for Welling United earlier in the season, as a back-up keeper much in the same way that Ben Roberts was used before his departure over Christmas.

That has now been done meaning that Gareth will be the No.2 keeper for the last ten League One matches. The bulk of Gareth's professional career was spent with AFC Bournemouth, although he did also have a spell with Dorchester Town towards the end of his main playing career before signing for Welling.


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23 March 2011 : Yeovil Town Holdings Issue Letter To Local Residents
The Yeovil Town Holdings company has written to local residents in Abbey Manor this week, following the club's plans to redevelop Huish Park. We're not sure as to how far and wide the letter has been circulated, but it has certainly reached local residents in sight of the ground.

The letter has been sent out by the holding company which now owns the land surrounding Huish Park, as well as being the majority shareholder of the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club (aka Yeovil Town Football Club). We've reproduced the main text below, as well as a full scan of the letter itself (minus the recipient's home address). It reads as follows:

21st March 2011.

Dear Neighbour,

Proposals for Huish Park, Yeovil Town Football Club

As one of Yeovil Town Football Club's (YTFC) neighbours, I wanted to take the opportunity of writing to you with news about future plans for our home ground, Huish Park.

A bright future for the Club
YTFC has, following recent discussions, entered a partnership with CDS, a property and development business, with a view to developing an exciting set of proposals involving a new stand and association facilities alongside a new retail park at the Huish Park site. With the need for improvements to be made to our existing football ground alongside the need to secure additional funding, we consider that the plans currently being developed will provide a bright future for the Club ensuring we remain in the Football League and benefiting our supporters, partners and the wider town.

Ahead of moving any further forward, which will result in the submission of a planning application to South Somerset District Council, YTFC is required to submit initial reports connected to the future plans. Given this and the resultant discussions that will be taking place with the Council, the club was keen to ensure that you were made aware of both its current activities and the prospect of the forthcoming proposals.

Engaging the community
Given the importance that YTFC places on its relationship with the local community, consultation will be undertaken with you and a range of other individuals ahead of the plans being finalised and submitted. It is planned that a public exhibition will be held which will provide you with opportunities to view the draft plans, to discuss them with our professional team and to provide us with your feedback. Details of this event will be confirmed in due course and in line with the progress that is made in planning and design terms. We will ensure that you are kept informed and updated.

I do hope that you recognise the potential that these plans have to offer both the Club and to Yeovil town. In the meantime, should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the Club's freephone information line on 0800 298 7040, established especially for this project. Our website - www.ytfc.net - will, of course, be regularly updated in line with progress on the proposals.

I do hope that I will have the chance to discuss our plans with you in the coming weeks and months and look forward to making this tremendous project a beneficial reality.

Yours sincerely
John Fry
Chairman

The letter to local residents sent out by Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd
The letter to local residents sent out by Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd



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23 March 2011 : QPR Planning German Recall
Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Antonio German looks set to leave Huish Park soon. His parent club Queens Park Rangers are planning to recall him from his loan, assuming they can find him a new club to go out to ahead of Thursday's loan transfer deadline.

The 19 year old was not selected for Saturday's squad that travelled to Exeter City, and with the Glovers currently having seven loan players on their books, it's unlikely that he will be getting game time soon, with Football League rules forcing the club to drop two of their loan players for each matchday squad.

Even before the arrival of midfielder Shaun MacDonald and striker Jonathan Obika, chances for German were highly limited, having made just four substitute appearances during his spell at Huish Park. In total he's been on the pitch for just 48 minutes, despite the Glovers going through a spell where they were - until Saturday - struggling significantly to score goals.

QPR assistant manager Mick Jones has said that he is already sat on enquiries for their academy graduate, and that with them wanting him to get game time, they may look to get him farmed out to another club instead. Speaking to the Kilburn Times he explained:

"A couple of people have asked about Antonio and we're going to try and get him another club before the end of the season because he's not been playing at Yeovil. That isn't their fault - they've been on a good run and it's hard for them to get him into the team, but it doesn't suit Antonio."


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22 March 2011 : Interview With Chris Dawson
Over the last 24 hours, we've covered a few interview clips relating to the thoughts of Huish Park investor Chris Dawson, who plans to build a retail park on the club's land. The longer transcript of that interview with BBC Somerset reporter Hamish Marshall is now available via the link below.

Link: Chris Dawson Speaks To The BBC About His Investment In Yeovil Town.


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22 March 2011 : Gritton Signature Confirmed
Yeovil Town have now confirmed the signing of former Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United striker Martin Gritton. The 32 year old has signed a deal until the end of the 2010-11 season - effectively a 10 game contract. He signs for a second spell, having previously had a four game loan spell during March 2001 whilst on the books of Plymouth Argyle.

Born in Glasgow, he was schooled in the South-West, and has a long string of clubs to his name, moving through Perranporth, Truro City and Porthleven in non-league football before being signed up by Argyle. Then came the Glovers loan spell 10 years ago, which was followed by further loans to Shelbourne and his first Torquay United spell. That earned him a permanent move to Plainmoor until he teamed up with Russell Slade at Grimsby Town. He has since played for Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town before Chesterfield snapped him up in 2009 for a fee of £40,000.

He was released in January 2011 by the League Two side, and as a free agent signed for Chester FC, who play in the Northern Premier League Division One. The Glovers made contact with Gritton around March 10th and since that time, and particularly with a recent injury to Sam Williams it has been fairly obvious that he would be signing for the club. As Chester lie under the level of the pyramid where the transfer window applies, his signing does not count as a loan - much in the same way that Nathan Smith's arrival from Potters Bar applied.

At 6'1" he is a goalscoring target man, providing an obvious alternative to Sam Williams when fit, and cover for Sam over the next two weeks at least whilst he recovers from a shoulder injury. We wish Martin well with his second spell with the club.

Link: Martin Gritton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 March 2011 : Gritton Deal Should Be Last Bit Of Business
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has said that bringing in striker Martin Gritton will be the last deal that he expects to do before the loan transfer window closes this week. The emergency loan window is due to close on Thursday at 5.00p.m. and thereafter no more players are allowed to be registered (apart from free agents, and special circumstances involving clubs who run out of fit and available goalkeepers).

Speaking to Sky Sports, Skiverton appears to suggest that his plans to recruit the Chester player have gone back by 24 hours, although the former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle player is definitely down in Somerset, staying with former Gulls team-mate Alex Russell. Skiverton explains:

"I've got Martin Gritton in today, so I'll be chatting with him at some point today to see if there is a possibility of doing something with him and that will probably be my last piece of business this season. I'm a little top heavy with loans at the moment and I'm looking to add a bit of experience if I can, which is where Martin will come in."

As with other recent interviews, Skiverton states that Gritton's recruitment is a means to add more experience to the squad over the final 10 games of the 2010-11 season. Given the Glovers are still not safe from relegation, the Glovers boss felt that it was important to have those sorts of attributes in his squad:

"I have got Alex Russell and Paul Wotton, but I'd like to add another experienced head in there because we know that we are in a relegation fight here. We need to make sure that we get as far away from that as quickly as possible and you do need players that have been through that kind of experience before because they can bring the younger lads through it. It also gives my younger players a leader to follow."

Although Skiverton talks of Gritton being his last signing, Monday's departure of back-up keeper Richard Martin means that he needs to at least make a decision concerning who will warm the bench in a goalkeeper shirt for the remainder of the season. It may be that he is mentally already counting on-trial West Ham United keeper Sam Cowler in those numbers, although second year scholar Steve Boore would be another option. A third option would be goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart, who prior to joining Yeovil Town was Welling United's first choice goalkeeper, although any notion of Stewart playing has not been mentioned by the club.


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22 March 2011 : Three For Two Ticketing Offer Confirmed
Further to Sunday's news item, the ticketing offer planned for the home matches against Carlisle United and Notts County has now been confirmed. With both fixtures falling on a Tuesday night, the club is offering supporters the chance to buy three tickets for the price of two for both matches in much the same way that was done for the Peterborough United match in mid-February.

There will be a form that you can fill out in Thursday's Western Gazette - alternatively, if you phone or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office and quote the 'Three For Two' offer then they will do it for you. Call them on 01935-847888.

Former first team sponsors Mostly Media have designed posters to help promote the game, as shown below.
Three For Two Ticketing Offer For Last Two Tuesday Matches
Three For Two Ticketing Offer For Last Two Tuesday Matches. Poster design by Mostly Media.



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22 March 2011 : Bowditch Claims Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has been nominated into the League One Team of the Week. At St James Park on Saturday, the 24 year old turned around the match with two goals in six minutes after being moved from his recent wing position to a front line striking role. And he responded to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over Exeter City.

Also included in the line-up is Jamie Cureton who during the first half had notched up his 200th and 201st Football League goals, to put the Grecians ahead at half time. The full team is as follows:

Conrad Logan (Bristol Rovers)
Frank Simek (Carlisle United) Jose Fonte (Southampton) Peter Murphy (Carlisle United) Aaron Cresswell (Tranmere Rovers)
Danny Green (Dagenham and Redbridge) Marcus Bean (Brentford) Gary Jones (Rochdale) Dean Bowditch (Yeovil Town)
Colin Larkin (Hartlepool United) Jamie Cureton (Exeter City)


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22 March 2011 : Dawson: I Have No Interest In Running A Football Club
Yeovil Town's new investor Chris Dawson has said that he will not be getting involved with the running of the football club itself. The retail entrepreneur has made it clear that he sees his role purely as an enabler to build a retail park on the Huish Park land. Dawson has stressed that his role will involve "nothing with the football club - absolutely nothing" telling BBC Somerset that he had no interest in running a football club at all:

"I won't even be going to a match. Unfortunately, I don't do football, even though it's the biggest sport on the world and I appreciate that. It (the land deal) works for us, and it certainly works for them. It's a long way to go and it's very very early days. The reason why this gets news is because it's football, and I appreciate that. But I'm doing this every week. We've probably got 23 other developments on the go. But it's news (here) because it's football. It's a joint venture of the surplus land. We're nothing whatsoever to do with the football club. It's purely a joint venture, and it will be subject to planning the retail park."


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22 March 2011 : Serious Transport Disruption In Central London This Weekend
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Leyton Orient this coming Saturday are strongly warned to avoid certain areas of Central London this coming Saturday. A Trades Union Congress march in the Capital is expected to attract around 200,000 demonstrators to the area, with both Union members and numerous other interested parties campaigning against Coalition Government cuts.

Their supporters plan to assemble on Victoria Embankment for an 11.00a.m. start and will then march a route along the north bank of the Thames through to Hyde Park. If you're planning on a bit of sight-seeing or pub-crawling before you head off to Brisbane Road, then we would strongly recommend that you avoid the following areas:

The North Thames river bank, particularly around Temple and Embankment, plus Westminster, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner and Hyde Park itself.

It is also likely that stations like Waterloo will be particularly congested given that those travelling into the event will tend to converge in that area. We'd recommend that you allow additional time for your journey to Leyton, and in addition to avoiding the above areas, make sure that you have a couple of alternative routes to get your way across London. Where the police or Transport for London feel a station is becoming dangerously overcrowded or where there is an incident, they will close the station, and this tends to ripple outwards once people seek alternative stations.

In addition, you'll find the usual selection of weekend engineering works on London Underground over the weekend. Whilst the more obvious routes involving the Waterloo and City Line, Central Line and Jubilee Line do not have engineering work in the Central/East London area, the likes of the District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines all have works in place, so if you're planning on a non-standard route into Leyton then be aware of this. The Transport For London Website should help you plan alternatives.


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22 March 2011 : Dawson: Glovers Will Make Money From Huish Park Plans
Plymouth-based retailer Chris Dawson believes that today's announcement concerning ground and land developments at Huish Park represents a good deal for both parties. As revealed yesterday, Dawson, who fronts Home, Leisure and Garden chain The Range through his company CDS plans to provide the expertise to turn the club's two training pitches at Huish Park into a new retail development as well as provide a new 3,500 seater stand at the Copse Road End of the ground.

The commercial relationship between the Football Club and Dawson has yet to be revealed, both in terms of how the project will be funded and also in terms of who owns the freehold on the land after each development has been completed. However, Dawson told BBC Somerset today that he felt the scheme could be a real money-spinner for the club:

"The club should make a lot of money. It's very very early days yet. There's a long way to go. We've got to go through planning, consultancies and so on and so forth. But I get along very well with the football club and for me it stacks up and the figures stack up and that's the only way that I can ever go forward on any development. Those guys up there seem to have a very good vision of what they want to do with the money."

As well as a new stand at Huish Park, the Dawson's retail park plans on the land are claimed to provide a permanent growth in local jobs, with the former market trader currently employing over 4,000 people nationwide. He believes the project is a selling point for the town and the community:

"If the planning application is successful, we will deliver more than 300 new jobs for the town as well as some established retail brands. I must, however, stress that at present any development plans for the site are in the very early stages. However, our proposals are being developed with the supporters, the community and the club's needs very much in mind."


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21 March 2011 : Richard Martin Departs Huish Park
Yeovil Town's second choice goalkeeper Richard Martin has left the club by mutual consent. The 24 year old, who has had two spells with the club, has had his contract torn up to allow him to sign for Puerto Rico Islanders for a 12 month period. They are based in Bayamůn, Puerto Rico and play in the North American Soccer League.

Richard's five appearances all came during his 2009-10 spell at Huish Park - failing to make an appearance during his second spell at the club.

The Glovers have brought in West Ham United goalkeeper Sam Cowler on a week's trial today and it's quite possible that if things work out well for him that he may be invited to act as a back-up for Stephen Henderson for the remainder of the season. Cowler travelled to Somerset to commence training today, although the club have yet to state their views on how they plan to use him. Yeovil Town's Under-18s keeper Steve Boore was back between the sticks on Saturday for the Youth Team, meaning that his knee ligament problems are now sorted.


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21 March 2011 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Leyton Orient have been announced. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Saturday 26th March with an earlier 1.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Given his home is in Sunderland and this is only his second season at Football League level, it's no big surprise to find that we've rarely experienced his refereeing. The one and only time came last April, when we visited Edgeley Park and relegated Stockport County in a 3-1 win - one of our best performances of the season. In that match we still have time for a grumble about Mr Eltringham's officiating, accusing him of playing to the home crowd somewhat, but this was a happy day for the Glovers so we weren't too down about him once the final whistle blew.

Worthy of note is that Mr Eltingham's overall record this season is decidedly spectacular on the card count. He's produced a pretty astonishing 12 red cards during the 2010-11 season, and across 25 matches - pretty much one every other game. That run of card waving appeared to begin at the start of 2010, with him producing five more during the final four months of the season. All in all, we're talking 17 dismissals in around 14 months woth of football, which makes the two yellows he dished out to Terrell Forbes and Gavin Tomlin at Edgeley Park sound like he was being pretty lenient with us.

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by John Hopkins (Essex) and Philip Knight (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Mike Blackledge (Cambridgeshire).

Link: April 2010 : Stockport County 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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21 March 2011 : Stam Packed Off To Join The Bulls
Yeovil Town's out of favour central defender Stefan Stam has finally been found a new club. The Dutchman will join League Two side Hereford United on a month's loan, which should pretty much bring to an end his stay at Huish Park, having not been selected for a first team squad since New Year's Day.

Stefan made his last appearance for Yeovil Town Reserves whilst surrounded by ten Youth Team players in the Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final tie at Hengrove Athletic, with manager Terry Skiverton making clear that he would never play for Yeovil Town whilst he remained first team manager.

With him out of contract at the end of the season, a month's loan won't quite take him to the end of his current deal with the Glovers, but will at least allow him to kick a football in a season that has seen him make just three appearances to add to last season's twenty.

Link: Stefan Stam : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 March 2011 : Club To Build New Stand At Huish Park
Yeovil Town are to launch plans to build a new stand at Huish Park. The new development will be at the Copse Road End of the stadium, with a capacity of 3,500 being stated as planned by the Glovers. The move also confirms that the two top training pitches at the club will cease to be used and plans are afoot to redevelop the land for retail usage which is claimed will create 300 jobs for the town. The land is planned to be transformed into retail land - the business purpose is not described, although the project to redevelop the land will be managed by CDS which is a company owned by Chris Dawson, who also owns The Range - a Home Leisure and Garden empire. It would therefore be no surprise if he plans to open a branch in Yeovil on the current land.

As far as we can tell, there are no plans lodged with South Somerset District Council although the club have frequently reported holding talks with the council. A formal planning application would be needed though, to push through such a development. If the plans are successful then the club will need to find new first team training facilities for the first team. Chairman John Fry is quoted as labelling the project as a 'lynchpin' that will promote future the growth of the club. He states:

"Yeovil Town FC is an important economic driver in the South West region and is embarking on this project to ensure that it has the resources and supporters facilities on site to continue to compete in the Football League. We have entered this joint venture to ensure that Yeovil Town FC remains at the heart of our town and county. By developing the area around Huish Park we have the opportunity to bring in much needed investment to the club and the area.

Without this investment there is a high chance that we wonít meet the Football Leagues future demands for stadium improvements, which will mean that we may not be able to stay in the League. The football club is urging supporters, local people and business owners to get behind the proposed developments to ensure that the club has a bright future. If this proposal is given the go ahead by the council we can deliver a great new leisure, sports and retail environment on site at Huish Park
."

A few words of caution - firstly the formal planning process - as Bristol City are finding - can be a lengthy, laborious and costly process. The club will need to answer to any concerns from local businesses and residents in the area. In addition, our understanding is also that the club or CDS (via Chris Dawson) would need to apply for a 'Change of Use' for the land that currently houses the training pitches. Bearing in mind how long it took for the home terrace stand to be covered this is a plan that may take a number of years to be executed.


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21 March 2011 : Injury Update For Sam Williams
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has received some welcome news today, after diagnosis on his shoulder injury. The target man was helped off the field just before the half time interval in Saturday's 3-2 win over Exeter City.

The news is that Sam's shoulder has suffered some tissue damage, but that there are no broken bones. He is expected to be out for around two weeks at present, although as the club's medical staff have been unable to firmly conclude whether his shoulder was dislocated at any time, this may well vary.

Sam received his injury when he fell awkwardly in scoring Yeovil's opening goal in the match in the 43rd minute, and did not take any further part in the match. Hopefully he will be able to return sooner than was initially expected.


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21 March 2011 : West Country Retail King To Invest In Yeovil Town (Story Updated)
As yet unconfirmed reports suggest that a Devon businessman is to invest in Yeovil Town Football Club. BBC Radio Bristol have said that Chris Dawson, who owns Home, Leisure and Garden chain The Range, employing 4,000 staff nationwide is to put money into Yeovil Town.

At present, we have no further information on the nature of Mr Dawson's interest - whether this is as a small investor, or whether this is a move towards a full takeover of the club, but obviously this story may develop over time. The BBC report his empire as being worth in the region of £250 million with the West Country press revealing that he last month opened up his 50th store nationwide, having started his career in business as a market trader in Plymouth.

More on this will doubtless follow - we've little doubt that BBC Somerset will include this on their sports bulletins later today.

Update: All becomes crystal clear with this news item.


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21 March 2011 : Clarke Makes Terras Move
Yeovil Town's second year scholar Lewis Clarke has turned out for Southern League side Weymouth. The Under-18s player, who recently played for Sherborne Town did not feature in Saturday's Youth Team match against Oxford United and instead travelled to Chippenham Town for an away fixture for the Terras.

Clarke started the match and was on the pitch for 88 minutes until he was the recipient of an elbow in the face on an aerial challenge and was forced to leave the field with a head injury. That meant that he wasn't on the pitch when the Terras conceded in the 96th minute to lose their match by a 1-0 scoreline, leaving them still deep in relegation trouble.

It's not 100 percent clear on what terms Clarke has joined Weymouth - the most likely arrangement is a youth loan or on work experience terms. His move there could be in question anyway, given that first team manager Martyn Rogers resigned this morning, citing "personal reasons" for quitting his position. In the latest bit of soap opera down at the Wessex Stadium, the 56 year old managed 20 years with Tiverton Town, yet could barely manage two months down in South Dorset - 64 days being the sum of his time with the Terras.

Yeovil Town's other loanee Craig Calver made his second appearance for Braintree Town on the weekend. He managed 12 minutes as a substitute as the Iron drew 1-1 with St Albans City to put themselves seven points clear at the top of the Conference South division.


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21 March 2011 : Photos From The Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup Match
On Saturday, Exeter City supporters and Yeovil Town supporters competed in the second Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup match. One of the Grecians watching the game has posted a large 200 photo gallery set online, so particularly for those in the Supporters Teams, or for those who had friends playing, the gallery is available via the link below.

Link: Flickr Website : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Fans Match : March 2011.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match Report.


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20 March 2011 : Three For Two Ticketing Offer Returning?
It would appear that Yeovil Town's recent Tuesday night ticketing offer is being repeated for the next two midweek home matches. The 'Green and White Tuesday Nights' deal was initially brought in for the mid-February match against Peterborough United but was dropped for the following Tuesday night game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

A similar (if not identical) offer is expected to be launched for the forthcoming home games against Carlisle United on Tuesday 29th March and also for the rearranged match against Notts County on Tuesday 12th April. Both games have 7.45p.m. kick-offs.

As yet we don't know the precise details, but the general gist of the Peterborough offer was that supporters could purchase three match tickets for the price of two in return for filling in a form that was included in the Western Gazette newspaper - this may or may not be the plan this time around. The marketing strap line of 'Turn Up, Sing Up, Stay Up' is likely to be used to promote it, with local firms Screwfix and Mostly Media involved in the promotion again.

At present, the details have not been confirmed, but with the Carlisle game just nine days away, those potentially interested in the offer should look out for full details, which we'll try to confirm one way or the other as soon as we can.


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20 March 2011 : Ticket Prices For Clevedon Town County Cup Match
Admission prices have been set for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final match against Clevedon Town. The game takes place on Tuesday 5th April with a 7.45p.m. kick off at the Hand Stadium. Entrance to the match will cost you the following:

Adults: £8.00; Seniors/Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Clevedon Town's Social Club will be open from 6.30p.m. with all supporters welcome, whilst their teabar will be open from 7.00p.m.

Link: Date Set For County Cup Semi-Final.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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20 March 2011 : Interview With Craig Alcock
On Thursday, Yeovil Town's right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC about the build-up to Saturday's match at Exeter City. The interview with local journalist Chris Spittles that was broadcast on BBC Somerset in the lead-up to Saturday's kick-off, is now transcribed and available via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Exeter.


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20 March 2011 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient
Next Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town have a trip to Brisbane Road for a League One match against Leyton Orient. The match against the East London club takes place on Saturday 26th March 2011 with a 1.00p.m. kick-off (note the earlier time). The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00, 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: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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20 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 win over Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcription of the interview for BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Away Game.


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20 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Exeter Interview
Just before kick-off for yesterday's match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcription of the interview for BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

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


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20 March 2011 : Skivo Confirms Gritton Talks
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he will be holding formal talks with Chester striker Martin Gritton on Monday. The former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle player's name has been on the rumourmill for the last 10 days, and whilst Skiverton has tried to play down talk of his arrival at Huish Park, Gritton himself admitted that he had travelled down to Yeovil last Monday.

With Sam Williams facing a lay-off through the shoulder injury he sustained on Saturday at St James Park, the Glovers could be leaving themselves without a physical presence up front. However, regardless of that, Skiverton has now confirmed to BBC Somerset that he is now holding talks with the 32 year old:

"It was happening (regardless of Sam Williams' injury) anyway. I'm speaking to Martin (Gritton) on Monday. You know with Alex Russell the way that he came on and affected the game in a positive way today as well, it shows you what that kind of experience does at this stage of the season. They've rested up well, as they haven't had much football and we're coming into a time when we're going to need them. So I'm speaking to Martin on Monday and we'll see what unfolds."


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19 March 2011 : Glovers To Send Sam For Scan On Shoulder Injury
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has rued striker Sam Williams's luck - after seeing the player injured in scoring Yeovil Town's opening goal against Exeter City today. The target man is thought to have suffered a dislocated shoulder as part of the challenge that he made to provide the equalising goal during the first half at St James Park, in a match that the Glovers ran out 3-2 winners.

Unable to celebrate his goal, Sam had to immediately exit the field during the last few minutes of the first half, and although Skiverton was not 100 percent certain of what the injury was, he gave a fairly gloomy prognosis:

"I've been waiting all season for Sam to get a goal, and as soon as he gets in, we're not sure but we think his shoulder might have popped out. We're not going to know yet. He's going for a scan."

The 23 year old has come in for a fair chunk of stick from Glovers fans over the past three months or so with his scoring record coming under particular scrutiny. Today's match at St James Park was only his second goal of the 2010-11 season, and in recent weeks he has been utilised as a winger. Skiverton though defended his player's performances and felt that he had the right attributes for his team:

"Fingers crossed that he's all right because he was really pumped up for today and I thought he played excellent for us in that first half and I thought he was one of the real positives. Every time we hit those little diags (diagonal passes) he was bringing them into play and he was a real handful today. Maybe come of our supporters have questions his goals, but he's a brave lad and he gives me 100 percent. That's why I use him. I use him because he is with the team ethos and the spirit and the way that we want to play. He's another soldier who went out there and got himself hurt today to get us a goal."

Sam probably should have seen the moment coming. Yeovil Town have played Exeter City three times this season so far. In the first match in August, he was sent off for violent conduct. In the second fixture a month later, he scored his one and only goal until today. Now in Sam's third game against the Grecians, he has added his second goal of the season, but once again a major incident has seen him forced to leave the field.

In another odd coincidence, Sam's last major injury was on the same weekend last season in another West Country derby. On that occasion, knee ligament damage in the home game against Bristol Rovers ended his season. If a dislocated shoulder is diagnosed then it is quite likely that Williams will experience the same end to his season again if other Glovers recently experiencing such injuries is anything to go by. In the case of Dean Bowditch, a similar injury kept him out for three months, whilst Aidan Downes had a lengthier prognosis although that was complicated by additional knee ligament problems.


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19 March 2011 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match Report
Exeter City Supporters hosted Yeovil Town supporters in the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup at Exeter Civil Services Social Club this morning as a pre-runner to the main event at St James Park during the afternoon. As with the fixture played on the training pitches at Huish Park last September, the match was played in a friendly spirit with about 50-60 fans spectating including Adam's parents.

The Game started with the Yeovil supporters having a lot of possession but doing little with it, but the Grecians then counter-attacked and took an undeserved lead that was short lived as Lee Christopher scored a 25 yard screamer to equalise. A Scott Davis strike then hit the cross bar leaving Ben Haime to convert to for Yeovil to go into the break with a deserved 2-1 lead.

The second half was a much more even affair and with 20 minutes to go Exeter supporters squared the game with a well taken goal on the break that reflected their greater grip on the match. Exeter supporters then looked the most likely to win the game in normal time, but this time Yeovil hit on the counter with Dave Lilly holding up the ball well to pass to Nathan Doey who slotted in Scott Davies for a well taken goal. Marcus Partridge then put the game out of sight with a well taken strike.

The evergreen Mick Pardoe was nominated Man of the Match, at 57 years old he controlled the Yeovil defence with superb professionalism. George Gillingham also had a very good game in goal as well as his Dad Steve who played well in midfield. Overall a great day was had by all, all the players would like to thank Steve and Phil from Exeter City Supporters for organising the fixture and for being so hospitable.

Final Score: Exeter City Supporters 2 Yeovil Town Supporters 4.

[Report by Chris Burke - Yeovil Town Supporters Team.]

NB: Chris plans to have some photos of the game made available soon. We'll either pick some out here, or provide a link when they're ready.


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19 March 2011 : Skivo: We Rode Our Luck In Grecians Win
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted his side were fortunate to come out as winners from this afternoon's 3-2 win against Exeter City at St James Park. The Glovers came from behind twice to win through a Sam Williams header and two second half goals from Dean Bowditch.

However, a succession of late chances from the Grecians almost allowed them to snatch an equalising goal in the dying minutes. Speaking after the game, Skiverton said that he was delighted with the result, but admitted it might not have been quite so sweet in the end:

"I am very pleased. We had to hang on in there at the end because they had two or three good chances and we rode our luck a little bit. Stephen Henderson made some good saves and we made some good blocks. All round, it was a good local derby. Both sets of supporters will be pleased with a good game, there were lots of goals and it was not a bore off with two teams knocking it long. Both teams tried to play at the right times and it was a good advert for League One football."


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19 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 3-2 away win against Exeter City at St James 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 Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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19 March 2011 : Glovers Change First Team Captaincy
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he has changed the first team captaincy for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. Despite the return of right-back Craig Alcock to the starting line-up this afternoon, the transfer of the captain's armband was transferred from left-back Nathan Smith to another returning player, with Paul Huntington taking over.

Huntington took over the captain's armband for the bulk of the time that Alcock was absent for, with a lengthy back injury and then a septic toe stopping him from playing for the Glovers. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Skiverton has stated that he will now keep it even if Alcock stays in the side, with the Glovers boss wanting his right-back to concentrate upon working his way back to full match fitness:

"Paul Huntington has been by far our best defender this season. He's earned having the captain's armband and he'll stay as captain as well now for us in the future, because I just want Craig (Alcock) to come in and worry about his game and his playing and I don't want to put too much pressure on him."


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19 March 2011 : Exeter 2 Yeovil 3 : Bowditch Double Stuns Grecians
Yeovil Town grabbed three valuable points against Devon rivals Exeter City at St James Park this afternoon, as they edged them out in a topsy-turvy match that ended with a 3-2 win. Exeter striker Jamie Cureton netted his 200th Football League goal to open the scoring before Sam Williams produced a flicked header to level the scores. Cureton then scored his 4th goal against Yeovil this season to give the Grecians the edge at half time, before two Dean Bowditch strikes turned the game on its head to give Yeovil a win in a match that was a typical lively local derby encounter in which both sides had chances to grab the points.

Yeovil Town's first team line-up contained a radical five changes to the starting line-up. New loan signings Jonathan Obika and Shaun MacDonald slotted straight into their favoured positions, whilst a training ground injury to Andy Williams force him out. Ed Upson dropped to the bench for MacDonald, whilst Luke Ayling's suspension meant that Craig Alcock could return. Paul Huntington came back from his toe injury, with Adam Virgo also dropping to the bench, whilst the matchday loan rules meant that two loanees had to drop out, with Oli Johnson and Antonio German not included in the squad - Sam Williams occupied Johnson's role in the hole, although he was to switch with Dean Bowditch partway through the match from Bowditch's initial left-wing starting spot.

The home side edged the first half and Grecians striker Jamie Cureton had got in behind the Glovers back line once earlier in the half which should have acted as an alarm bell for the Glovers back four, given what the 35 year old had done to Yeovil in the Football League Trophy earlier in the season. Another previous thorn in their side was midfield playmaker Ryan Harley, and it was his threaded ball down the channel that allowed Cureton to break behind the lines for his second chance on goal. Stephen Henderson parried his initial shot, but the same player was first to react to slot the ball home for the opening goal of the game.

Yeovil's equaliser came two minutes before the break when Andy Welsh's free kick was met by a brave header from Sam Williams, who neatly flicked the ball past Ben Hamer and into the back of the net to make it 1-1. On the down side, Williams took an awkward fall in winning the ball, and that was his last action of the game - coming off after a lengthy delay with a shoulder injury that looked to be a possible dislocation.

The irony of the four minute delay was that it gave Exeter the chance to retake the lead in a topsy turvy game. In the 49th minute of the first period, Scott Golbourne's hopeful lob into the box saw the Yeovil defence dither and Stephen Henderson unsure whether to come off his line or not. Jamie Cureton knew exactly what to do - nip into no man's land and slot the ball home for a 2-1 half time lead to the Grecians.

With Alex Russell having replaced Sam Williams just before the break, Yeovil began playing the match with a 4-5-1 but 10 minutes into the half replaced Nathan Smith with Adam Virgo, switching to a 3-5-2 with Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh the wing-backs as Dean Bowditch finally went up front alongside Jonathan Obika.

Although initially that change appeared to unsettle the Glovers, with their marking suspect during the couple of minutes following the substitution, the moving of Dean Bowditch into his favoured front line position reaped dividends just 13 minutes into the second half. A free kick from assist king Andy Welsh was put into the box, and Grecians keeper Ben Hamer was left stranded as Bowditch got in front of him, and the Glovers were back and level at 2-2.

Six minutes later, and a goal behind turned into a goal in front with a nice bit of athletic running by Jonathan Obika. Alex Russell thread the ball through to the striker, and he sprinted towards goal. Ben Hamer blocked his attempt, parrying the ball loose, but there was no stopping Dean Bowditch who netted his second goal of the match to put Yeovil 3-2 up and stun the home crowd.

With there being 25 minutes remaining, the Glovers were never going to have it easy, particularly with Paul Tisdale introducing Daniel Nardiello and Marcus Stewart in the closing stages. Stewart himself could have grabbed the sixth goal of the game when Henderson saved at his feet, producing a mass goalmouth scramble that was ended when referee Gavin Ward blew for a foul. Nardiello shot over, Stewart shot wide as the Glovers got the jitters across four minutes injury time but they held on for a marvellous victory.

All just as well, as with Tranmere winning 1-0, Walsall overturning a 2-0 deficit to win their match 5-2 and Bristol Rovers winning 1-0 whilst Dagenham won 2-0. So although the win over Exeter will have been good for confidence and morale it does little to change the overall picture at the bottom. However, the two goals for Dean Bowditch will hopefully show where he is best placed to serve Yeovil Town in the closing stages, and his goals could be priceless given where things stood at half time.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Jamie Cureton (25 mins, 1-0), Sam Williams (43 mins, 1-1), Jamie Cureton (45 mins, 2-1), Dean Bowditch (58 mins, 2-2), Dean Bowditch (64 mins, 2-3)

Exeter City: (3-5-2)
1. Ben Hamer
5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Matthew Taylor 3. Richard Duffy
2. Steve Tully 4. James Dunne 7. Ryan Harley 22. Liam Sercombe 11. Scott Golbourne
20. Richard Logan 12. Jamie Cureton

Substitutes:
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 8. David Noble (52 mins for Steve Tully) 10. Daniel Nardiello (72 mins for Richard Logan) 14. Bertrand Cozic 16. Marcus Stewart (62 mins for Richard Duffy) 18. Billy Jones 29. John O'Flynn

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 24. Shaun MacDonald 18. Andrew Tutte 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 15. Alex Russell (45 mins for Sam Williams) 16. Ed Upson 19. Adam Virgo (52 mins for Nathan Smith) 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Exeter Bookings: James Dunne (28 mins, foul), David Noble (74 mins, off the ball incident), Troy Archibald-Henville (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Dean Bowditch (74 mins, foul), Jonathan Obika (90 mins, kicking ball away)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 5,841 (including 829 Yeovil fans)


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19 March 2011 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have put new loan signings Jonathan Obika and Shaun MacDonald straight into the starting line-up for this afternoon's match at Exeter City. MacDonald replaces Ed Upson in midfield, whilst an injury to Andy Williams in training means that Obika replaces him.

With the loan rules forcing Yeovil to remove two of their loanees from the matchday squad, Oli Johnson and Antonio German are the unlucky parties, with Sam Williams coming back into the starting line-up as a result.

Other changes include the return of Craig Alcock, replacing the suspended Luke Ayling, whilst Paul Huntington is fit enough to play, replacing Adam Virgo in defence.

As usual, the exact formation of the attacking players may vary slightly, however, the expectation is for the Glovers to line up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 24. Shaun MacDonald 18. Andrew Tutte 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Exeter City
1. Ben Hamer 2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Matthew Taylor 11. Scott Golbourne 3. Richard Duffy 4. James Dunne 7. Ryan Harley 22. Liam Sercombe 20. Richard Logan 12. Jamie Cureton

Substitutes:
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 8. David Noble 10. Daniel Nardiello 14. Bertrand Cozic 16. Marcus Stewart 18. Billy Jones 29. John O'Flynn


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19 March 2011 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Result
Yeovil Town's Supporters Team were in action this morning in the second staging of the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy. In a match played at the Exeter Civil Service Club in Exwick, Yeovil Town triumphed over the Exeter City Supporters Team by a 4-2 scoreline.

The result means that they retain the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy, having won the inaugural match by a 5-2 scoreline on the Huish Park Top Pitch last September.

Final Score: Exeter City Supporters 2 Yeovil Town Supporters 4.

If we can get any more details on the match, we'll record it later in the weekend.


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19 March 2011 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this morning in Alvington against Oxford United Under-18s in a Youth Alliance League match. The final score was a 2-0 win for the Youth Team, ensuring that they did the double over their opponents, having already beaten them 1-0 last November.

The win came through a goal in each half, with Isaac Reid netting five minutes into the match, with the game being polished off ten minutes from time as substitute Teran Singh Jheeta scored Yeovil's decisive second goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Oxford United Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Isaac Reid (5 mins, 1-0), Teran Singh Jheeta (80 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Adam Cleary 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Josh Doyle 7. Tyler Sheppard 8. Rob Clowes 9. Isaac Reid 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Ryan King.

Substitutes:
Joe Grimstead (55 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Andy Venning (70 mins for Adam Cleary), Teran Singh Jheeta (55 mins for Ryan King), Matt Kaffer (GK, not used).


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19 March 2011 : Interview With Stephen Henderson
After last weekend's home match against Walsall, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson spoke to the BBC about the 1-1 draw. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is now archived via the link below.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Walsall.


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18 March 2011 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a rearranged fixture. The Youth Alliance League against Oxford United Under-18s will be played at Yeovil's Alvington venue (behind the Airfield Tavern).

Kick-off tomorrow will be 11.00a.m. and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits on sale for supporters from 10.15a.m. Anyone who isn't travelling down to St James Park for the first team game (or fancies taking in both games with a drive in the middle) is welcome to turn up and watch - admission is free.

Oxford United currently lie in 6th place in the League Table, with the Glovers five places and five points behind them. Back in November, a Jonny Kaye goal won the match at Iffley Road though, so the Under-18s will hope to close that gap tomorrow.


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18 March 2011 : Skivo Previews The Exeter Away Game
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to St James Park where they will face Exeter City in a League One match. As part of the build-up, manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, with the transcript available via the link below.

Link: Skivo Previews The Exeter Away Game.


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18 March 2011 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make one of their shortest away trips of the season tomorrow when they travel into Devon to play Exeter City. The journey of just over 50 miles (depending on where you start from) will be a popular one with a large selection of Glovers fans heading to St James Park for a ground that a few may have missed out on last season due to its midweek status.

Exeter have been a bit of a thorn in Yeovil's side this season so far. They knocked the Glovers out of the Football League Trophy by a 1-3 scoreline at Huish Park in August. Then a month later, they recorded the same scoreline in the League One game between the two clubs. In the first match, Jamie Cureton did the damage with two goals, whilst Ryan Harley added in with a free kick, whilst in the second game, Richard Logan's brace shot the Glovers down, with Harley once again the other scorer.

That trio of players presents Exeter's main goal threat, with Cureton (15), Harley (13) and Logan (10) having all scored more goals than any Yeovil Town player this season. They've even got the experience Daniel Nardiello who has netted nine times, so Yeovil will have their work cut out if they are to keep a clean sheet tomorrow. Given that the Grecians have won both of their last two matches, without conceding themselves, this is not likely to be an easy game. Cureton has scored in the last two matches, and now sits on 199 Football League goals - a possibly ominous statistic given how prolific he has been against the Glovers over the years.

As if that wasn't enough, they've still got former Glovers hero Marcus Stewart on their books who might sneak onto their bench, although with just nine appearances to his name this season and only two since mid-November, it looks as though he is winding down his playing career in favour of his first team coaching role at St James Park. He is not expected to take a playing role next season, so if he does step out onto the field of play, this is likely to be the last time Glovers fans will see him with his boots on.

The Grecians lie in an impressive 10th place in the latest League One table - a total of 11 points and nine places ahead of the Glovers. They probably need a point or two to guarantee their League One position for next season, but in reality are looking at the other end of the table, with manager Paul Tisdale not being afraid to discuss the "play-offs" with the press this week, even though the eleven points they need to overhaul Milton Keynes Dons in 6th place is probably asking a bit too much.

For the Glovers, a team selection conundrum faces manager Terry Skiverton as we return to the problems of needing to have fully fit players sat in the stands. The matchday loan rules mean that two out of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, centre-back Max Ehmer, midfielder Andrew Tutte, strikers Antonio German and Oli Johnson or new boys Jonathan Obika and Shaun MacDonald will need to be left out. Without any inside knowledge of the situation, we'll predict that German and one of Tutte or Johnson will be the unlucky parties.

Elsewhere, Andy Welsh's comeback from an Achilles tendon injury last weekend should see him continue on the wing, however it is questionable whether centre-back Paul Huntington (toe) or midfielder Paul Wotton (hamstring) will have had enough time to recover from their knocks. Both trained on Thursday, but Skiverton has admitted that he is very reluctant to shove Wotton, in particular, back into play before he is ready. The arrival of MacDonald from Swansea City yesterday should make that decision-making a little easier.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at St James Park with tickets available on the day (subject to any capacity issues particularly concerning seating). Don't forget that the two supporters teams are in action at 10.30a.m. in Exwick as they contest the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide is linked below - be prepared to plan out your car parking if you're driving, as the prices around the city car parks differ depending upon what you've got planned for your day. If you can't make it, then expect us to be tweeting away on Twitter during the day, whilst you can catch BBC Somerset on 95.5FM throughout the afternoon with their live commentary.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Exeter.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Exeter City.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup Match.


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18 March 2011 : Glovers Need To Throw Their Hat Into The Ring More Says Skivo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the Glovers need to start throwing their hat into the ring to buy players of the calibre that he brought in yesterday. Having completed the return of midfielder Shaun MacDonald and striker Jonathan Obika to Huish Park, the Yeovil boss wants to see players of that standard permanently on the club's books.

In recent seasons the Glovers have tended to not pay transfer fees, and have recruited soley from the free transfer market, making up their squad each summer from trialists and loan signings. However, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he wants to see Yeovil Town bid for players like Obika and MacDonald, reaffirming his position that he would like to bring the latter to Huish Park this summer:

"We'd like to take him (Shaun MacDonald) permanently and I think we'd do everything in our power to try to make that happen in the summer. Part of the process that I'm trying to put in is 'Why not go for people like Jon Obika and Shaun MacDonald and try to sign them permanently?' Then we can really build and stamp our authority upon League One, by getting in these brilliant young players. I'm not saying that we'll get them, but we're certainly going to see if we can try and throw our hat in the ring."

This morning's Western Daily Press records a similar message from Skiverton from yesterday's press interviews, with the Glovers boss making clear to the paper that his intentions concerning MacDonald should come as no surprise to the midfielder or his parent club Swansea City:

"I think Shaun knows and I think Swansea know Ė we would like to take him permanently."

The WDP also report that yesterday's signing of Obika and MacDonald on loan does not rule out any chance of Martin Gritton arriving from Chester. Skiverton is in talks with the player, who had said on his Twitter account on Monday that he had been in Yeovil and had visited former Torquay United teammate Alex Russell's house whilst he was there.

There's no mention though of Crystal Palace right-winger Kieron Cadogan, who Sky Sports reported on Wednesday was being lined up for a move to Yeovil. At the Palace end, the Croydon Advertiser report manager Dougie Freedman as labelling Cadogan's interest as "agent talk", claiming that he has had no approach from Yeovil Town for Cadogan's services. Given the tendency for Sky Sports to act as a conduit for Football Agents looking to drum up interest in their clients, this isn't too much of a surprise.


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18 March 2011 : Skivo Talks About His New Contract
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton and his assistant Nathan Jones signed new contracts at Huish Park that will keep him in his current position until the summer of 2013.

In an interview for BBC Somerset, local journalist Chris Spittles talks to him about his plans for the future, with the transcript available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC About His New Contract.


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18 March 2011 : Skivo: Obika Deserves A Chance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will put new loan signing Jonathan Obika straight into his matchday squad for Saturday's trip to St James Park, promising him he will get the chance to perform that he didn't get during earlier loan spells with Swindon Town and Peterborough United. The Glovers will take on Exeter City in a League One match this weekend where Obika stands by to start his third loan spell with the club, having played for Yeovil during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 season.

Obika's first spell with the Glovers came shortly after Skiverton was appointed first team boss in the spring of 2009, and he had a big influence upon Yeovil Town's fortunes during the closing stages of that season - scoring the winning goal in the Yeovil manager's first win in his new job. Obika also scored the goal that kept Yeovil in League One that season. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he recalled that time fondly:

"He came in at this time two seasons ago along with Andros Townsend and he made a big difference and a big impact. He'll come in and be involved straight away. He's got goals in him. He's a very good player, and in the way that we've moved forward, I've been chasing him all year to be honest with you."

Skiverton's confirmation that Obika had been the main striker he had been chasing comes as no surprise. His attempts to secure a regular goalscorer coincided with Obika moving on loan to first Peterborough United and then in February Swindon Town.

However, Obika's decision to head to two rival League One sides backfired on both occasions, with Gary Johnson and Danny Wilson both being fired from their jobs shortly after the 20 year old's arrival and on both occasions their successors had alternative plans that did not involve the Tottenham Hotspur player. Skiverton felt that Obika had been unlucky in that respect and that he'd not been given a fair chance to prove himself:

"He's been very unlucky with the last two clubs that he's been at, because of the change of managers. He's not really had a go at it this year, or been given the opportunity. One thing I will do is because I know him and I know him as a lad and our supporters know him, is I will give him a chance. I think he deserves it."

Link: Obika Signs Up For Third Glovers Spell.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 March 2011 : Skiverton Wants Permanent MacDonald Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that he wants to make Shaun MacDonald's fifth stay in South Somerset a permanent one. The 22 year old signed a two year deal with his parent club Swansea City last June, and so still has just over a year to run on that contract.

However, MacDonald has yet to play a single first team match for the Championship side since signing that deal, with his last piece of first team action at the Liberty Stadium coming on August 18th 2009. Since then, Shaun has made 49 appearances for the Glovers across three of his four loan spells, and with a fifth deal now commencing, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he wants this to be the last time that Shaun signs loan forms at Huish Park:

"We'd like to take him permanently and we'll do everything in our power to make that happen in the summer."

Whether Swansea would want a fee, or whether a side currently pushing for the Premier League and currently in a strong Championship play-off position would prefer to see him eased off their wage bill, isn't clear at this stage. However, this is the first time that Skiverton has strongly suggested that anything more than a loan deal is on the cards - let's hope that can be brought to fruition.


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17 March 2011 : MacDonald Heads Back For Fifth Glovers Spell
Yeovil Town have brought back Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald for a fifth loan spell at Huish Park. The Welshman has had four loan spells in South Somerset so far, and has now agreed to play for the Glovers until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Manager Terry Skiverton revealed earlier this month that he was interested in bringing him back to cover for injured midfielder Paul Wotton, who is expected to be out for the remainder of March.

Shaun was first brought to Huish Park by former Glovers boss Russell Slade, managing a four game loan spell during the 2008-09 season at the tail end of Slade's reign at the club. He then managed two lengthy loan spells during the 2009-10 season, separated by a month's break around Christmas after his first deal ran out and he returned to the Liberty Stadium.

More recently, Shaun managed a seventeen game loan spell earlier this season that ran from September 11th until January 3rd 2011. In total he's made 53 appearances for the Glovers, scoring five goals in the process. The 22 year old is also a record holder at international level, having played 25 times for the Wales Under-21 side. He made his full international debut on 12th October 2010, whilst a Yeovil Town player, against Switzerland in Basel - so far his one and only full cap.

Since returning to the Liberty Stadium after Yeovil Town's home match against Milton Keynes Dons, Shaun has yet to feature for Swansea's first team, and so with over two months without competitive first team football, he may take a game or two to get back into his stride again.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 March 2011 : Glovers To Take Part In Adam Stansfield Testimonial Match
A Yeovil Town XI will take part in a Testimonial Match for former striker Adam Stansfield in May. The match at St James Park will feature select elevens from both Yeovil Town and Exeter City to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

The match will be played on the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend on Monday 2nd May, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Exeter City's ground, and is expected to feature a number of guest appearances, with Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton having earlier indicated that he planned to feature in the match.

The referee for the match will be Premier League referee Mark Halsey, with World Cup linesman Mike Mullarky and Devon referee Andy Turner assisting him. Halsey is the Patron of the Adam Stansfield Foundation with the official having suffered his own personal battle against cancer in the past.

Update 28/04/2011: The club expect the following set of players to represent Yeovil Town during the game: Steve Collis, Tom White, Roy O'Brien, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Colin Miles, Michael McIndoe, Carl Alford, Lee Johnson, Gary Johnson, Andy Lindegaard, Chris Weale, Andy Williams, Warren Patmore.


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17 March 2011 : Obika Signs Up For Third Glovers Spell
Yeovil Town have secured their 17th loan of the 2010-11 season by snapping up Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika. As covered on this site, Obika had his loan spell with Swindon Town cut short yesterday, leading to immediate speculation as to whether manager Terry Skiverton would make a move for a player that he is believed to have tried to sign twice earlier this season.

Obika arrives at Huish Park on a loan contract until the end of the 2010-11 season. This will be his fourth loan deal of the season, having already played for Crystal Palace, Peterborough United and Swindon Town earlier in the campaign.

With 11 goals in 35 appearances across his two loan spells at Huish Park so far, Skiverton will doubtless hope that the arrival of the 20 year old will cure his side's stuttering in front of goal that has plagued them for the majority of this season.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 March 2011 : Sullivan Becomes An Addick
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has agreed a loan deal with League One side Charlton Athletic. The Millwall keeper will head to The Valley for a month, subject to the paperwork being completed this afternoon.

Sullivan will act as cover for main goalkeeper Ross Worner, with the Addicks having lost two goalkeepers in recent times. Permanent signing Rob Elliot is out with an injury, whilst they lost loan keeper Neil Etheridge after he was recalled by his parent club Fulham.

The 23 year old made 17 appearances for Yeovil Town earlier this season, interrupted by a shoulder injury midway through his half-season spell at Huish Park, but returned to the New Den just after the turn of the year, with Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson replacing him. Sullivan will be well known to Charlton goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, who coached him during his four month stay in Somerset.

Link: John Sullivan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 March 2011 : Glovers Management Pair Sign New Contracts At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's first team management pair of Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones have signed new contracts at Huish Park. The duo have agreed new deals that will keep them at the club until the summer of 2013, following contract negotiations that have been taking place during the year of 2011.

The new two and a half year deals replace the unspecified deal that they had been on during this season, even though the Glovers have yet to guarantee their League One status for next season. Quoting Chief Executive Martyn Starnes as describing the deal as "Great, excellent, smashing" and stating that the pair had "done a fantastic job" the club statement speaks of stability and continuity.

Manager Terry Skiverton says that the club are operating to a long term plan and that the Glovers plan to reduce their use of the loan market that has seen them clock up 16 loan deals during the 2010-11 season. The Yeovil boss claims that there will be less use of this in the coming season although doesn't set any targets in this area yet:

"There is a longer term plan in place which includes the recruitment of new players and with this backing from the board, it really helps me get on with my job. Over the next few years, we want to add to players like Paul Huntington, Luke Ayling and Ed Upson and start to build a strong squad so that we won't have to rely on the loan market to such a degree."


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16 March 2011 : Obika's Swindon Deal Cut Short - And Signs For Glovers
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Jonathan Obika is back at Tottenham Hotspur after his loan spell with fellow League One side Swindon Town was cut short today. The 20 year old was taken on loan by the Robins in early February until the end of the season, but managed just three starts and two substitute appearances before being recalled by his parent club to return to White Hart Lane.

Obika's downfall appears to have been the arrival of new manager Paul Hart, who replaced Danny Wilson earlier this month. Hart used Obika as a substitute in his first match at the club, but in Swindon's last two games, he dropped him entirely from the matchday squad - doubtless the reason for Spurs initiating the recall of their player.

The striker's luck with loans this season has not been the best - immediately prior to his move to the County Ground, he was on loan with Peterborough United, but turned out to be former manager Gary Johnson's final signing before he was fired and replaced by Darren Ferguson. Obika scored Posh's winning goal on his League debut at London Road, but then was never seen again. Prior to that he made eight substitute appearances for Championship side Crystal Palace.

Where today's return could be of interest is that Obika was twice rumoured to be heading back to Huish Park, with manager Terry Skiverton admitting two days after Obika's move to the County Ground that he had missed out on a striker with the unnamed player choosing another club - the few loan deals for a striker during that week pointed heavily towards Obika being that man. There were also more vague suggestions around the time that he joined Peterborough that the Glovers had tried to bring him back to Somerset at that time. Whether Skiverton would consider third time lucky or not is of course an entirely different kettle of fish.

Update 17/03/2011: Obika has now signed a loan deal with Yeovil Town - see new story here.


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16 March 2011 : Elmore Open Adam Stansfield Stand
Western League side Elmore have unveiled their new stand at Horsdon Park. The Tiverton-based club officially opened the Adam Stansfield Stand on Saturday in homage to the player who got his break into professional football with Yeovil Town, whilst playing part time for the Devon club.

The stand features a four foot high picture of Adam, taken in his Elmore days, as well as additional signage on the side of the stand. Club secretary Neville Crocker has told the Exeter Express and Echo interest in the fixture against Hengrove Athletic gave them a boost in their gate on the day, as various West Country football fans headed into Tiverton to see the opening:

"We usually get around 35 people to watch a game but I would say there was more than 100 on Saturday."

The new stand was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Adam's widow, Marie, their sons and his parents.

Meanwhile just down the road, Tiverton Town held a Sportsman's Dinner on Saturday night, in aid of the Foundation. That event, which included guest speaker Jeff Stelling, raised almost £8,000 in various auctions, raffles and the dinner itself.

Finally, don't forget that just before we play Exeter City in a League One match on Saturday, a Yeovil Town supporters team will hopefully be showing their first team counterparts how to do it, in a rematch for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy. Kick-off for the supporters match is at 10.30a.m. - head here for full details. There will be some fundraising activities around the match, in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation so plenty of spectators, especially those with loose change in their pockets, are welcomed.

The Adam Stansfield Stand - now open at Horsdon Park, Elmore
The Adam Stansfield Stand - now open at Horsdon Park, Elmore.
Photo © Adam Stansfield Foundation.



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16 March 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
For those heading off to St James Park this coming Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Exeter City has been updated. Featuring the usual diet of ticketing information, parking, pub guides, general club background and many such other things, the guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Exeter.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Exeter City.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup Match.


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15 March 2011 : Date Set For County Cup Semi-Final
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a date set for their Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final tie. Their match against the Southern League side will take place at the Hand Stadium on Tuesday 5th April with a 7.45p.m. kick off.

Address: The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, Clevedon, Bristol, Somerset, BS21 6TG.

Officials for the match have also been assigned, with the referee set as Alan Raggett, whilst his assistants will be Adam Fricker and Adam Penwell.

The other semi-final match between Weston Super Mare and Radstock Town is scheduled to take place on the same evening at Woodspring Park.


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15 March 2011 : Glovers Linked With Move For Palace Winger
Speculation on the rumourmill suggests that Yeovil Town are lining up a move for Crystal Palace winger/striker Kieron Cadogan. The Sky Sports website claims that the Glovers are seeking a loan move for the 20 year old, who was born in Wandsworth in London on August 16th 1990.

Cadogan has a youth background with Arsenal and Fulham and played 90 minutes at Huish Park earlier this season in Palace's 1-0 win in the Football League Cup.

Cadogan generally plays on the right-wing and has so far clocked up 20 appearances for the Championship side, scoring twice. However, he has not featured for their first team since January 8th. He has also had a short spell with Burton Albion during late 2009 where he made three appearances.

As yet, there's no confirmation of this move, apart from what Sky Sports have said - however he fits the sort of profile of player that the Glovers would be looking to bring in before the loan transfer deadline.


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15 March 2011 : Bridport Glovers Travel To Exeter City
The Bridport Glovers have seats available for the trip to Exeter City on Saturday. The match takes place on Saturday 19th March at St James Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their travel plans will see their Ridlers coach leaving Crewkerne at 10.30a.m. then travelling to Bridport and will be leaving there at 11.00a.m. Pickups can also be made at Charmouth and Axminster.

The fare is £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for Under-16s.

If you would like to join the Bridport Glovers on their trip, then ring Tom Burt on either of 01308 456145 (Home) or 07971 096662 (Mobile).

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Exeter.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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15 March 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Taff's Final Resting Place
For those who knew Taff Glover, whether in person, or through his blog and his input into this site, we've added a short update to Taff's Gloversblog. Following his untimely death last December, his ashes have now been interred, and a memorial stone placed at Yeovil Crematorium.

Taff's brother Paul Morgan has sent in a picture, following his visit there and it has been added to the blog, along with some location information, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Taff's Final Resting Place.


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14 March 2011 : Calver Makes Braintree Debut
Barely hours after Craig Calver headed out on loan today, he made his debut for his new club. Enjoying his second loan spell with Conference South leaders Braintree Town tonight, Calver came on as a 56th minute substitute with his side trailing 1-0 at Havant and Waterlooville.

By the final whistle, Cliff Akurang and Scott Shulton had netted to give The Iron three points in a 2-1 win that keep them on top of the Conference South division.


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14 March 2011 : Date And Venue Set For Ladies County Cup Final
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a date set for their County Cup Final match. Their game against Larkhall Athletic Ladies will be staged at Shepton Mallet FC on Tuesday April 19th 2011, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

The Ladies reached the final last month by knocking out holders Keynsham Town Ladies at the semi-final stage, with a 3-1 scoreline propelling them through to their second final in two years.

Nearer the date of this match, we'll provide more information on admission, directions etc.

Address: Shepton Mallet FC, Old Wells Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5XN.


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14 March 2011 : Two Former Glovers In England U21 Squad
Two former Yeovil Town loan players have been included in the latest England Under-21 squad. Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Steven Caulker are both named in a 31 man squad that manager Stuart Pearce has selected for a double-header that is to be staged towards the end of this month.

The Under-21s will travel to Viborg for an away match in Denmark on Thursday 24th March, and then return for a home game at Deepdale, Preston where Iceland will be the opposition on Monday 28th March. The emphasis is that this is Pearce's last extended get-together for his players before he chooses his UEFA Under-21 European Championship squad that will play in Denmark this summer, and therefore as many players have been chosen for the two matches. The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Frankie Fielding (Derby County - loan from Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town), Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Defender:
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Bristol City - loan from Tottenham), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Ben Mee (Leicester City - loan from Manchester City), Kyle Naughton (Leicester City - loan from Tottenham), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa - loan from Tottenham)

Midfielders:
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Jack Cork (Burnley - loan from Chelsea), Tom Cleverley (Wigan Athletic - loan from Man Utd), Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Norwich City - loan from Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)

Forwards:
Nathan Delfouneso (Burnley - loan from Aston Villa), Gary Hooper (Celtic), Daniel Sturridge (Bolton Wanderers - loan from Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Sunderland - loan from Man Utd), Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town).


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14 March 2011 : Calver Heads Back To Essex On Loan
Yeovil Town have sent striker Craig Calver out on loan. The former Southend United youth team player has struggled to make an impact upon the Glovers first team, spending much of the time since his arrival last summer sat on the substitutes bench without getting onto the field of play.

He has been given a month's loan with Conference South leaders Braintree Town, who also have ex-Glovers Glenn Poole and Sam Lechmere on their books. This will be Craig's second loan spell at Cressing Road, having also stayed there whilst he was on the books of the Shrimpers.

So far, Craig has made just six substitute appearances with the Glovers, totalling 59 minutes worth of first team football and just 16 minutes during 2011. With opportunities so thin on the ground, giving him an opportunity for first team football in a winning team makes sense if he is not likely to get on the pitch at Huish Park.


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14 March 2011 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's visit to St James Park this coming Saturday have been announced. The League One match against Exeter City takes place on Saturday 19th March, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge for the derby game will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

If Mr Ward's name looks somewhat familiar, it is because he has only just recently taken charge of another Yeovil Town match. He was the man in the middle for last month's midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - not the first time we've levelled that claim at him. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam.

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches.

Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and no real complaints about Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam. Yes, the exact same comment that we'd made about him in last month's Posh game.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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14 March 2011 : Youth Alliance Fixture Change
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had their home fixture against Oxford United Under-18s rearranged. The match had been due to be played on January 29th but was called off at the last minute.

The Youth Alliance League fixture will now be played on Saturday 19th March. The usual 11.00a.m. kick-off at Yeovil's Alvington venue (behind the Airfield Tavern) should apply here - we'll post another article if there are any changes to that default plan.


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14 March 2011 : 'One Or Two' New Faces Still The Target For Skiverton
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has reaffirmed that he is still looking to add 'one or two' players before the loan transfer window shuts later this month. The deadline day falls on the fourth Thursday in March, at 5.00p.m. which this season will be on Thursday 24th March - i.e. 10 days time.

With the Glovers having the rarity of a clear week ahead, Skiverton has said that he will spent his time scouting for new blood, having previously confirmed that he will look to bring in a striker to replace Oli Johnson, whose last game under the 93 day emergency loan rules falls on April 16th's home match against Oldham Athletic.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press today, he doesn't offer up too many clues, but says that that the wheels will start to be put in motion during the coming week:

"You never know, there might be one or two coming in. For us it is exciting times, I am having a look at a couple of people next week and we can move forward. Before that window shuts, you never know, someone else might jump on the boat."

The WDP reports that Skiverton has denied that Chester striker Martin Gritton has arrived at the club on trial, despite the Chester Chronicle indicating that the 32 year old had missed their midweek match to travel down to Huish Park. However, they do say that Skiverton has confirmed that Gritton is a player that is on his target list and that he plans to hold talks with the former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle player. The Chester Chronicle have this morning repeated their belief that he was in South Somerset last week on a trial, but report that he was in Chester's starting line-up for their match against Witton Albion on Saturday.

It therefore seems clear that at least one of Skiverton's targets over the coming 10 days will be a striker, and that where his other thoughts lie may depend upon how quickly midfielder Paul Wotton appears to be recovering from his hamstring strain that is expected to keep him out for the rest of March. Where the Yeovil boss needs to exercise caution is that he already has five loan players on his books at present, meaning that until Oli Johnson returns to Norwich City, any new blood brought in will require someone to sit in the stands.


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14 March 2011 : Ayling Ban Confirmed By FA
Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Luke Ayling has had his suspension confirmed this morning by the Football Association. The 19 year old has been banned for two matches after picking up his 10th relevant booking in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Walsall at Huish Park.

Ayling has already served two suspensions this season, and will now miss Saturday's trip to St James Park, where the Glovers will play Exeter City, along with the following week's trip to play Leyton Orient. His return will be on March 29th when the Glovers play a midweek match against Carlisle United.

The Glovers have a ready-made replacement at right-back, with club captain Craig Alcock having kept the subs bench warm in recent games after recovering from a septic toe, and before that various back-related problems. He will therefore slot into Ayling's position for at least the next two matches.


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14 March 2011 : Saddlers Boss: Poor Game, Poor Performance
Walsall boss Dean Smith has admitted that he was unimpressed by what he saw during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Huish Park. The Saddlers were lucky to pick up a point despite taking the lead through a Jonathan Macken goal, with Yeovil failing to convert a glut of chances on the day. Andy Williams in particular could have had a hat-trick, although he was credited with the equalising goal which landed into the net via the post and Saddlers captain Andy Butler.

Smith felt that the recent sequence of weekend and midweek fixtures that most League One clubs have had to deal with had caught up with his side admitting that from his side's point of view what he saw wasn't good enough:

"It was a poor game and a poor performance from us. We were lucky to get a point. As a team in general we were off the pace and I think the amount of games we have had over a short time has caught up with us. Having a break this week will give us a chance to recharge the batteries. There were a lot of flat performances from us out there. I have told the players that sort of performance is not acceptable."

Whilst the Glovers continued to have the edge in the second period, it was Walsall who had the best chance of the second period, as a shot from substitute Emanuel Jorge Ledesma crashed off the underside of the bar. Smith said that if that had been the match winner, then it would have been undeserved:

"We could have nicked it at the end when Ledesma had a chance and hit the bar, but it would have been an undeserved victory. Where we are at the moment, we take what we can get. At least we haven't got beat which is good for us."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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13 March 2011 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Exeter
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to St James Park for a League One match against Exeter City. The match against the Grecians takes place on Saturday 19th March 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

The cost of travel will be £10.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 11.30a.m. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you agree in advance. They currently have three spaces left.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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13 March 2011 : GWSC Travel To Exeter City
Next Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town have a trip to St James Park for a League One match against Exeter City. The match against the Devon club takes place on Saturday 19th March 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 11.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £10.00, with no concessions on this occasion. 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: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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13 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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13 March 2011 : Torquay United vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost out narrowly to Torquay United Under-18s yesterday, despite a great second half comeback nearly giving them a share of the points. Trailing at the break by three goals, the Glovers hit back after the break, with a Tyler Sheppard strike added to by two Lloyd Matthews goals to set up an exciting final quarter hour. But the Gulls held on for a 4-3 win, despite them having to clear off their own goal line three times in the closing minutes, as well as relying upon a goal post to save them in a frantic finale.

The game was played at the Torquay Community College on their brand new 4G synthetic pitch, in weak sunshine and with a brisk breeze blowing across the pitch. Yeovil lost the very capable services of goalkeeper Steve Boore to an ligament injury from their midweek 2-0 win over Exeter City. In his place came trialist Jack Boyd, who was one of two such players, with Taran Singh Jheeta playing his second match for the Glovers. Making a welcome return after two months work experience with Sherborne Town were Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke.

Yeovilís first move of any significance was up the right with Lloyd Matthews slipping the ball to Rob Clowes whose cross was headed over by Tyler Sheppard. Both teams took a while to get used to the new synthetic surface but it was Torquay who adapted the quicker with a goal from the left wing that appeared to go through the keeper for a ninth minute lead.

Yeovil responded well to the disappointment of giving away a relatively soft goal and played some attractive football mainly through Jonny Kaye in centre midfield who put a defensive splitting 16th minute pass through to Taran Singh Jheeta. Jheeta then beat his man and put in a good cross to Tyler Sheppard but his final attempt shot over the bar.

After a period of end to end football, Torquay's much bigger side, and their robust style, used their strength and power to fashion a second goal. It came from a ball which took a wicked deflection directly through to a forward rushing in, who doubled their lead with 25 minutes gone.

Once again Yeovil responded well and a Lloyd Matthews shot was just over. In the next attack Joe Grimstead ran through from his left back position, with his powerful shot being blocked by a Gulls defender. The resulting ball ran loose to Lloyd Matthews who also had his shot blocked. Minutes later though, Torquay were given a free kick just outside the Yeovil box, with the set piece being deflected into the net off a defenderís head for a three goal lead. There was just about enough time for another Torquay attack before the break, with a corner on the left being put into the box, but goalkeeper Jack Boyd saved well down to his left.

Coach Scott Greenís half time talk inspired Yeovil to come out and start playing the ball on the ground, leaving Torquay chasing shadows. That play culminated in a good goal by Tyler Sheppard which he slipped under the diving keeper to pull a goal back five minutes into the second period.

The Glovers introduced striker Isaac Reid as their first substitute, replacing Taran Singh Jheeta. But two minutes later the Gulls got their fourth and perhaps decisive goal against the run of play, with a defence splitting pass putting their forward clean through on goal to make the scoreline 4-1 with 33 minutes remaining.

Goalkeeper Jack Boyd did well to cling onto a hard drive from only two yards as Torquay looked for their fifth, but the introduction of subsitute Isaac Reid was having a profound effect on the game as he was the missing link to all the good play that had gone before. Nick Lyskov and Joe Grimstead were subbed by Lee Sweet and Adam Cleary as Yeovil made their last two changes and the first thing that Sweet had to do was whip the ball off a Torquay forward's feet and save a certain goal.

From the resulting corner Rob Clowes cleared upfield to Isaac Reid who was fouled just outside the box. The ball broke to Lloyd Matthews though, the referee played a good advantage and Matthews shot low into the left corner to pull the game back to 4-2 with 21 minutes remaining. The Glovers were now on fire, linking well and two minutes after that goal, Reid slipped a ball through to Matthews whose shot hit the post. A minute later they repeated the move but this time Matthews missed the target, firing to the left of the goal.

On the next Yeovil Town attack, they forced a corner, and from the resulting pressure brought by the set piece, a defender handled inside the box and Yeovil were awarded a penalty. The spot kick by Lloyd Matthews was a powerful one, but the Gulls keeper managed to keep it out - although only as far as the same player, who accepted the rebound and put the ball past the keeper at the second time of asking. Now 4-3 the scoreline, and 14 minutes to pull the game out of the fire.

Now it was all Yeovil and they were camped in the Torquay end. Rob Clowes slipped the ball inside to Aiden Chainey whose shot went just over the bar. Lloyd Matthews now turned provider for Isaac Reid whose strong shot was saved by the keeper. Next, Tyler Sheppard ran down the left wing, cut inside and released a powerful drive into the side netting. Reid then put a peach of ball inside the fullback for Mathews to run onto. The resulting cross was met by the head of Rob Clowes, but a Torquay defender managed to prevent the equaliser by clearing the ball off the line.

Isaac Reid dispossessed a Torquay centre half and shot on the turn but the goal post came to Torquayís rescue. The corner from Yeovilís next attack was headed just over by Lewis Clarke. Then Rob Clowes fed the ball back to Adam Cleary who shot over the bar. Reid and Lloyd Matthews both had shots blocked on the line in quick succession in the 88th minute as Torquay's rearguard action held firm. There was time for one last chance, when captain Rhys Baggridge brought the ball out of defence unchallenged until he was brought down just outside the box - from the free kick Tyler Sheppard shot over the bar, and the Gulls somehow held out for the win.

Final Score: Torquay United U18s 4 Yeovil Town U18s 3.

Scorers: Torquay Scorer (9 mins, 1-0), Torquay Scorer (25 mins, 2-0), Torquay Scorer (42 mins, 3-0), Tyler Sheppard (50 mins, 3-1), Torquay Scorer (57 mins, 4-1), Lloyd Matthews (69 mins, 4-2), Lloyd Matthews (76 mins, 4-3).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Jack Boyd 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge (Capt) 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Aiden Chainey. 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Taran Singh Jheeta

Substitutes:
Isaac Reid (55 mins for Taran Singh Jheeta), Josh Doyle, Adam Cleary (67 mins for Joe Grimstead), Lee Sweet (67 mins for Nick Lyskov)


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12 March 2011 : Skivo: We Should Have Won With Those Chances
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was frustrated that his side did not see off Walsall this afternoon. In a 1-1 draw at Huish Park, the Glovers wasted a number of chances before Jonathan Macken netted from close range to put the Saddlers in the lead.

A goal created by Andy Williams just before the break that was knocked over the line by Walsall captain Andy Butler, gave Yeovil a share of the points, but Skiverton believes that his side should have taken three points on the day:

"We should have won with the chances we created. They are clear chances but we didn't take. Then it's the same old - they go down the other end and score. The response was magnificent but it has happened several times. We eventually got the goal from Andy Williams and in the second half we again created chances but Walsall could have nicked it."

With the Glovers holding a 19th place in the League One Table, this afternoon's result was not the disaster that it could have been, and Skiverton added that the fact that Walsall did not steal all three points themselves was a blessing:

"It was important we didn't get beat, especially for our morale. None of the other teams below us had caught us but we don't want there to be too much of a gap between us and the teams just above us. Overall I thought the performance was magnificent."


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12 March 2011 : Glovers Take Interest In Hammers Keeper
Yeovil Town appear to be lining up a move for a new goalkeeper in the near future. West Ham United's Second Year Scholar Sam Cowler is the man in question, and is 18 year old (born 26th October 1992).

He has been on the Premier League side's Academy books from a young age, having started playing for a Little Oakley Youth side in North Essex, attending Tendring College before signing for the Hammers, but has been on a 'work experience loan' at Queens Park Rangers since February 21st, turning out for their Reserve and Youth teams.

Given a two year scholarship in the summer of 2009, he's yet to play for West Ham's first team, but was called up into their first team squads for matches this season against Bolton Wanderers and Oxford United albeit without making the final squads, due to an injury further up the ranks. He spent four months last season on loan with Wycombe Wanderers, playing for their Under-18s side, during which they clocked up a club record of 10 consecutive victories.

Cowler has indicated, via his Twitter account, that he expects to go out on loan to Yeovil Town in the "week after next". Obviously what isn't clear is what sort of a role Cowler would have at Huish Park - given the timing appearing to coincide with the end of his loan spell at Loftus Road, this doesn't appear to be necessarily any cause for concern regarding either Stephen Henderson or Richard Martin - possibly more of a nod towards next season and a chance for Glovers boss Terry Skiverton to see him in more low-key matches. However, we'll freely admit we're guessing on that count.

The goalkeeper is still on loan at QPR, and played in their Youth Alliance League match this morning against Aldershot Town U18s, in a match QPR won 2-1. It would therefore seem likely that any move would be finalised once his month at Loftus Road is completed.


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12 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Walsall
If you were at this afternoon's 1-1 home draw against Walsall 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 Walsall.


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12 March 2011 : Yeovil 1 Walsall 1 : Wasteful Glovers Drop Two Points
Yeovil Town could only draw 1-1 at home with relegation rivals Walsall this afternoon as both sides squandered chances to pick up the win they needed to ease their fears of the drop. In a nervy encounter, Jonathan Macken put the Saddlers one up from a corner, before an equalising goal just before half time, credited to Andy Williams, but in reality an own goal from Andy Butler, levelled things out. The second half saw both sides miss chances to grab the win, but Yeovil will feel that they let two points slip the most.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up from Tuesday night's heavy defeat at Southampton, with Andy Welsh restored to the eleven after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. Alex Russell dropped to the bench, meaning that Andrew Tutte moved into the centre of midfield, whilst Welsh occupied a right-wing slot, although a degree of swapping between and Dean Bowditch on the opposite flank made for plenty of fluidity in the formation.

The first half had a degree of farce to it at times. Yeovil's tactic was to try to exploit what appeared to be a fairly sluggish Walsall back line. The ball was frequently pumped over the top of the visiting defence for players to run onto, and that as a tactic appeared to work very well. Unfortunately no-one in Yeovil's attacking line-up appeared to have their shooting boots on, with Andy Williams particularly guilty of missing a glut of first half chances.

All that started with Andy Williams receiving the ball from the Andrew Tutte on the edge of the box. His turn was skillful, but his shot was wide of the target. Then the lone striker fired over the crossbar as the Glovers started well. However, it was the Saddlers who grabbed the lead, shortly after Julian Gray had created Walsall's first chance, with Stephen Henderson putting the shot around the post for a corner, having seized upon some dithering from Max Ehmer. From the corner delivered by Matthew Richards, there was more defensive dithering before Jonathan Macken stabbed home from just inside the six yard box as the Glovers once again conceded from a set piece, and the Saddlers took the lead against the run of play.

Once again Andy Williams spurned another chance after he took advantage of a dreadful back-pass by Matthew Richards, but he took his shot too early, slicing wide of the target - on another day that could easily have been his hat-trick, but instead the Glovers remained 0-1 down. In fact, some defensive jitters and the growing impatience of the sparse Huish Park crowd threatened to see Walsall grabbing a second, as Max Ehmer allowed himself to get out-muscled by Jonathan Macken, but Stephen Henderson smothered the ball.

In the lead-up to the half time whistle, Dean Bowditch had penalty appeals turned down as he slipped past Walsall keeper Jimmy Walker but hit the deck. However, referee Roger East waved away the appeals, sparking fury from the Glovers bench. Bowditch had moved into a front line position just before the break, with Andy Williams moving out into a wide position, and the irony of that when matched up against the misses he'd made was that it produced an equalising goal, as right on half time Luke Ayling's cross was met by the head of Williams. Even so the ball rebounded off the post and then off the body of Walsall centre-back Andy Butler and into the net. In all probability an own goal, but at present it has the name of Williams on it. Nothing less than the Glovers deserved at the break, but if they were more clinical they could have been ahead by some distance in an error-strewn half.

The second half continued along much the same lines - Yeovil having more of the play, although without quite as many clear cut chances. A glut of corners all seemed to end up with the same end result - a Walsall defender getting easily above his Yeovil counterparts and clearing danger every time. The Saddlers were coping a little better with Yeovil's forward runs with sluggish centre-back Olly Lancashire replaced by Emmanuele Smith at the break.

Still Dean Bowditch, Ed Upson and Andy Welsh all sliced chances wide of the target, with the Press Association stats showing by the end of the match that the Glovers had put 12 of their 17 shots wide of the goal. Some shooting practice needed in training over the coming week? Oli Johnson was a little more unlucky, as his shot was parried by Jimmy Walker then hacked off the line by Tom Williams.

And yet still Walsall could have easily done a smash'n'grab. Argentine substitute Emanuel Jorge Ledesma was put through by Darren Byfield after Adam Virgo was robbed of the ball inside his own half. Ledesma's shot flew past Stephen Henderson, crashed off the underside of the crossbar, and then close to the goal line and back out again. So close to Yeovil losing the match entirely.

The game ended with referee Roger East losing control of the match somewhat as a series of niggly moments saw four players - two from each side - land in the book, as Ed Upson and Sam Williams joined Luke Ayling's earlier yellow - almost certainly a two match ban for the right-back's 10th booking of the season. More controversial though was Walsall centre-back Andy Butler remaining on the pitch - the match referee allowing Butler to get involved in two skirmishes after his yellow but without taking action to produce the necessary red.

Not that it would have probably mattered. Both sides were so guilty of mistakes and missed chances during the afternoon, that even with a man advantage the Glovers probably wouldn't have taken advantage of the opportunity. A point isn't a disaster, and keeps the Glovers in 19th place in the table. But when it easily could have been more than that, it was a frustrating afternoon.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Macken (0-1, 18 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 45 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 18. Andrew Tutte 16. Ed Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 9. Sam Williams (84 mins for Oli Johnson) 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 23. Billy Gibson

Walsall:
29. Jimmy Walker
2. Darryl Westlake 5. Oliver Lancashire 32. Andy Butler 28. Tom Williams
18. Julian Gray 14. Richard Taundry 23. Marco Gbarssin 8. Matthew Richards 11. Alex Nicholls
10. Jonathan Macken

Substitutes:
4. Clayton McDonald 6. Emmanuele Smith (46 mins for Oliver Lancashire) 9. Darren Byfield (61 mins for Richard Taundry) 12. Paul Marshall 21. David Bevan (GK) 30. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma (for Jonathan Macken) 15. Jamie Paterson

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (41 mins, foul), Ed Upson (82 mins, retaliation), Sam Williams (89 mins, retaliation)
Walsall Bookings: Matthew Richards (69 mins, dissent), Emanuel Jorge Ledesma (82 mins, foul), Andy Butler (89 mins, foul)

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Ceri Richards (Carmarthenshire). Fourth Official: Ron Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,737


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12 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Interview
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC just before kick-off in the home game against Walsall this afternoon. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of his interview can be found via the link below.

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


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12 March 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's six-pointer against Walsall. The main coming into the starting line-up is the nice surprise of left-winger Andy Welsh, who has recovered from an Achilles tendon injury, goes straight back into the team, with Alex Russell dropping to the bench.

Whether Welsh or Dean Bowditch starts on the left flank today remains to be seen, but the line-up should be something like:

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 18. Andrew Tutte 16. Ed Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 23. Billy Gibson

Walsall:
29. Jimmy Walker
2. Darryl Westlake 5. Oliver Lancashire 32. Andy Butler 28. Tom Williams
18. Julian Gray 14. Richard Taundry 23. Marco Gbarssin 8. Matthew Richards 11. Alex Nicholls
10. Jonathan Macken

Substitutes:
4. Clayton McDonald 6. Emmanuele Smith 9. Darren Byfield 12. Paul Marshall 21. David Bevan (GK) 30. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma 15. Jamie Paterson


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12 March 2011 : Brighton Home Man Of The Match Result
Moving into March, Yeovil Town hosted League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion on the first day of the month. A 0-1 defeat saw Elliott Bennett divide the two sides, despite the Glovers showing a brighter second half performance.

Man of the Match was contended almost exclusively between two players, with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson again highly impressive between the sticks. However, in a repeat of the February Player of the Month results, he found left-back Nathan Smith nudging ahead of him once the final votes were counted:

1 Nathan Smith 240 (18)
2 Stephen Henderson 180 (11)
3 Luke Ayling 66 (0)
4 Andrew Tutte 38 (1)
5 Oli Johnson 36 (2)
6 Paul Huntington 36 (1)
7 Sam Williams 32 (3)
8 Alex Russell 12 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.36

Performance: 6.33
Entertainment: 6.39

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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12 March 2011 : February 2011 Player Of The Month
The Month of February was a fairly mixed one for Yeovil Town, with a far less fruitful outcome compared to the previous month. Two wins and three defeats came out of it, with just three goals scored during the five matches.

In terms of the Man of the Match results for the month, the individual match winners were Stephen Henderson (Plymouth Argyle - Home), Nathan Smith (Charlton Athletic), Luke Ayling (Peterborough United) and Oli Johnson (Dagenham and Redbridge, Tranmere Rovers).

Once the results were all totted up the month's stars came from the defensive line, with the top four players all coming from that area. Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has had a strong month, including two clean sheets, but the overall winner was left-back Nathan Smith who has been in sparkling form since the turn of the year. Full results, with the percentage of the votes cast, can be viewed via the link below:

1 Nathan Smith 19.2
2 Stephen Henderson 17.7
3 Luke Ayling 14.7
4 Paul Huntington 11.5
5 Oli Johnson 11.4
6 Max Ehmer 5.6
7 Paul Wotton 4.6
8 Andrew Tutte 4.4
9 Andy Williams 3.5
10 Andy Welsh 3.4


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12 March 2011 : Tranmere Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in the month of February gave them a valuable victory at Tranmere Rovers. The 1-0 win at Prenton Park was hardly a pretty display, but the game shone through one magical Oli Johnson moment.

Man of the Match voting saw defensive positions on top though in a game of few chances, with Stephen Henderson and Paul Huntington getting plenty of kudos. However, that Oli Johnson looping strike that one the match doubtless influenced a fair number of you, and he was the ultimate winner of the poll. Results are as follows, with outright votes as follows:

1 Oli Johnson 42 (2)
2 Paul Huntington 38 (1)
3 Stephen Henderson 32 (3)
4 Nathan Smith 26 (2)
5 Luke Ayling 20 (1)
6 Max Ehmer 14 (1)
7 Ed Upson 12 (1)
8 Paul Wotton 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.82

Performance: 5.82
Entertainment: 5.82

VOTES RECEIVED: 11


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12 March 2011 : Torquay United vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action this morning with an away trip to Torquay United in the Youth Alliance League. In a match being played at Torquay Community College, the news at half time is not good with the Glovers 3-0 down at the break to the Gulls.

Update: The second half for the Glovers was far more impressive one, with Yeovil Town's Under-18s almost pulling a comeback out of the bag. In the end, Torquay narrowly won the match in Devon by a 4-3 scoreline.

More detail to follow on this game in the next 24/48 hours.

Final Score: Torquay United U18s 4 Yeovil Town U18s 3.


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12 March 2011 : Twelve Games That Could Decide The League One Relegation Slots
As Yeovil Town prepare to host Walsall this afternoon in a League One match, it's clear that we've reached the crunch part of the season. Whilst all games are important to clubs in and around the League One relegation zone, today's is one of two 'six pointers' taking place today, with Swindon Town's home match against Dagenham and Redbridge also a huge match.

Knowing in these games that at least one of those clubs will pick up points near the bottom, that end of the table is going to potentially look very different at 5.00p.m. tonight. There will of course be more matches like that between now and the end of the season that will shape who stays up and who goes down.

After today, Yeovil Town play only two of the bottom eight sides that can realistically be seen as candidates for relegation this season. The first will come on April 2nd when they will take on Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, followed by the midweek match against Notts County nine days later.

Although the Magpies are the least likely of the bottom eight to get relegated - they have up to five games in hand on their rivals. However, they also have five matches against such teams, meaning that their fixture backlog has the potential to either draw them fully clear, or get them sucked back into trouble.

We've identified twelve crucial matches below that are likely to be the 'cup finals' that decide the final relegation slots, two of which take place today, leading up to the final day of the season, when Tranmere Rovers take on Swindon Town. Of those crunch matches, Notts County (5 games) and Dagenham and Redbridge (4 games) are the teams with their fate clearly in their own hands, although with Yeovil Town and Tranmere each having three home matches, these could easily prove influential. The twelve key games between now and the end of the season are as follows:

12/03/2011 : Swindon Town v Dagenham and Redbridge
12/03/2011 : Yeovil Town v Walsall
19/03/2011 : Notts County v Bristol Rovers

02/04/2011 : Yeovil Town v Bristol Rovers
09/04/2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge v Notts County
09/04/2011 : Plymouth Argyle v Walsall

12/04/2011 : Yeovil Town v Notts County
16/04/2011 : Tranmere Rovers v Dagenham and Redbridge
19/04/2011 : Tranmere Rovers v Notts County

22/04/2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge v Plymouth Argyle
23/04/2011 : Swindon Town v Notts County
07/05/2011 : Tranmere Rovers v Swindon Town


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12 March 2011 : Around The Grounds Team Complete The 92 Tour
Sincere congratulations are due to Hereford United fan Adam Wright, whose trusty car load have arrived back at Edgar Street, having completed their tour of all 92 professional English league grounds. With a car load that included a Bristol City fan and two Exeter City supporters, they set out to visit all 92 grounds (plus Elmore Town) inside 80 hours, as a means of raising money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

We're pleased to say that they completed the trip in 77 hours and 28 minutes, arriving back home around 9.30a.m. this morning. Many congratulations to them - you can visit their blog via the link below, and also still sponsor them by emailing them at aroundthegroundsin80hours@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Around The Grounds In 80 Hours.

Meanwhile if for any reason you can't make Yeovil Town's home game this afternoon, then Horsdon Park, home of Elmore Town is the place to be. Today is the day that they will open up the Adam Stansfield Stand at the club where he played before signing for Yeovil Town, and manager Chris Vinnicombe has told the Exeter Express and Echo that he is expecting it to be a special day for the club as they play host to Hengrove Athletic:

"It is going to be an emotional occasion for everyone on Saturday. Adam was a person who was really well liked at Elmore and he was well known around the area. Hopefully there will be a big crowd to see the unveiling of the stand and we can make it a really good day by getting three points on the pitch. Adam gave this club some great memories and we need to do the business on Saturday to give the day a perfect end. This is a big day for the club and we want to mark it with a victory."


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11 March 2011 : Download The Ladies vs Cardiff Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies have their next home game at the tail end of this month, when they host an FA Women's Premier League Southern Division match against Cardiff City Ladies. To help advertise that game, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available.

That game takes place on Sunday 27th March at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Cardiff City Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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11 March 2011 : Venue Set For Torquay United Youth Match
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a Youth Alliance League match against Torquay United. The match is being played at Torquay Community College which is situated on the North-West side of Torquay, convenient for those who will arrive via the A380 that splits towards Newton Abbott and Torquay from the A38.

Take the A3022 towards Torquay, heading past Bridge Retail Park (junction with A379). Continue on the A3022 then take the third left into Old Woods Hill which then becomes Cricketfield Road. The school's driveway is situated by a zebra crossing on Cricketfield Road - turn left into the school gates.

If on the A3022 you get as far as Torre Railway Station, you've gone too far down the road - turn around and retrace your steps.

Address: Torquay Community College, Cricketfield Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7NU

Kick-off tomorrow is the slightly later time of 11.30a.m.

Whilst on the subject of Torquay United, their first team have taken former Glover Gavin Tomlin on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge after Gavin started to drop out of contention within the Daggers ranks. Gavin has played 18 times for the League One side, and is on a three year contract at Victoria Road, but has been farmed out to the Plainmoor side in order to get more football.


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11 March 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Preview
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town take on relegation rivals Walsall at Huish Park, in what is a huge match for both clubs as they seek to stay in League One for next season. This is the stage of the season when all good footballing cliches come out of the woodwork.

With the two clubs two points apart, and two places apart in the latest League One Table, there's no doubt that the cliche "six-pointer" can be safely used, perhaps calling it a "must win" game may be going over the top. However, given that the winning club is guaranteed to be above the losing club by 5.00p.m. on Saturday and could be in the relegation zone, this could be called a "must not lose" match.

If the form book was being used as a guide, then it would strongly predict a single goal winning the match. Whilst the Glovers are the lowest scoring team in the division, their opponents have scored just two goals in their last seven matches, and none of those games have featured more than two goals, with three 1-0 results and two 0-0 draws.

Meanwhile Yeovil Town have scored just 32 goals in 34 games this season - the lowest in the division, with Dagenham and Redbridge and Notts County having collected their 36 goals from fewer games. They've netted three times in the last seven matches compared to two for the Saddlers, so everything for this game points to a 0-0 or a single goal winning it.

The Glovers go into the game without midfielder Paul Wotton (hamstring), centre-back Paul Huntington (toe) and left-winger Andy Welsh (Achilles tendon). However, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson should be available despite suffering a knee cut in the midweek match against Southampton and right-back Craig Alcock is now recovered from a septic toe that had been keeping him out of action until recently.

Former Bristol Rovers full-back Aaron Lescott is the main absentee for the Saddlers. He picked up medial knee ligament damage last Saturday and will not play any part in Saturday's game. Experienced striker Darren Byfield should be in line for a start with Walsall attempting to deal with their stuttering firepower. He has been out injured recently and has been confined to the substitutes bench. But with him taking part in a midweek Reserve Team friendly he should be available to manager Dean Smith if he chooses. The Saddlers have one recent arrival on their books, with midfielder Marc-Antoine Gbarssin having come to the club on loan from Carlisle United, and apart from Lescott should travel down with a full squad to pick from.

Rather oddly, Yeovil Town have enjoyed more recent success against the Saddlers on their travels than they have at Huish Park. They've won the last two meetings between the two clubs, both by 1-0 scorelines, with Adam Virgo providing the winner back in October 2010, whilst Sam Williams was the hero in the ice and snow back in February 2010. However, the last home meeting was not a good day, with Walsall winning a December 2009 rain and windswept game by a 1-3 scoreline, as Jonathan Obika netted for the Glovers, but Darren Byfield, Steve Jones and Sam Parkin gave the away side the points.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Note that there is a Kids For A Quid promotion for this game though that means that any supporter aged Under-16 can gain admission for one pound only. For non-Junior tickets, if you want to take advantage of the pre-match prices, you have until 6.00p.m. tonight to visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. For those who can't make it, then sign up and follow us on Twitter and/or tune your radio dial to 95.5FM where BBC Somerset will keep you company.

Link: Hunts And Wotton Out Of Walsall Six Pointer.

Link: Kids For A Quid For Walsall Match.

Link: Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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11 March 2011 : Danny Paton 1936-2011 RIP
We're sorry to report that former Yeovil Town striker Danny Paton passed away yesterday. Danny played for the Glovers for two years between 1959 and 1961 whilst he was on National Service. During his two seasons at the Huish, he scored 41 goals, before the end of his armed forces duty made for his return to Edinburgh, where he was on the books of Hearts for seven years (including the two spent at Yeovil).

Danny, who was born in West Calder, on January 27th 1936, also played for Woodmuir Colliery, Newtongrange Star, Oxford United, Bedford Town, Cambridge City and then Washington Diplomats before retiring from the game in 1972. He was capped for Scotland at Under-23 level and was part of a Hearts team that won the Scottish League Cup in 1962.

During his time in Somerset, Danny was based at Houndstone Camp - the very base upon which the current Huish Park ground is built upon. He was Yeovil's top goalscorer during the 1959-60 season, and was second only to Dave Taylor during the following season. He was part of Yeovil Town's FA Cup giantkilling side that knocked out tomorrow's opponents Walsall at the First Round stage and our club history section reports him being chaired off the pitch during his final game as testament to how fondly supporters looked upon him.

He passed away aged 75, yesterday afternoon, after a short battle against Motor Neurone Disease. We'll provide a more lengthy review of his career and life in due course.


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11 March 2011 : Hunts And Wotton Out Of Walsall Six Pointer
Yeovil Town's experienced pair of Paul Huntington and Paul Wotton will not be available for tomorrow's crunch match at Huish Park against relegation rivals Walsall. Both players missed Tuesday night's game against Southampton and will continue to be unavailable when the Glovers face the side that are currently occupying 21st place in the League One table and just two points behind.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that centre-back Huntington is hoping to be available for the trip to Exeter City in just over a week's time, but will definitely not play tomorrow due to a toe injury. Midfielder Wotton is less certain in terms of the time that he will be out of action, but the current thinking is that he will be missing for three weeks, suggesting that the start of April would mark his most likely comeback date. Wotton picked up a hamstring problem in last Saturday's home match against Huddersfield Town.

Left-winger Andy Welsh is expected to still be out of tomorrow's match with an Achilles tendon injury although there's nothing new to report on him at present, whilst goalkeeper Stephen Henderson's knee cut is not expected to cause problems and is expected to be between the sticks for the match against the Saddlers.


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11 March 2011 : Peterborough Man Of The Match Result
The fourth League One match played in February turned into Yeovil Town's third consecutive defeat. The 0-2 home defeat against Peterborough United was a frustrating night given that if the game had been stopped on 86 minutes the Glovers would have had a point.

The Man of the Match voting saw two players grab the lion's share of the vote, with both full-backs impressing on the night. Left-back Nathan Smith ended up being pipped by right-back Luke Ayling as again voters were more impressed by the defensive areas of the team. Results were as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Luke Ayling 222 (16)
2 Nathan Smith 172 (9)
3 Andrew Tutte 62 (3)
4 Oli Johnson 30 (1)
5 Paul Huntington 24 (1)
6 Sam Williams 18 (1)
7 Max Ehmer 18 (0)
9 Stephen Henderson 16 (1)
9 Ed Upson 16 (1)
10 Paul Wotton 8 (0)
11 Andy Williams 8 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.97

Performance: 5.94
Entertainment: 6.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 33


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11 March 2011 : Daggers Away Man Of The Match Result
Returning to February's Man of the Match results, and the middle of the month saw a nasty jolt to the system for the Glovers, as they lost out to one of their relegation rivals. The 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge was a poor quality affair, with Oli Johnson's goal cancelling out a Romain Vincelot header, before Jon Nurse's late goal ended the day on a bit of a miserable note.

As far as the voting was concerned, although there was a reasonable spread of opinion out there, most of it gravitated towards Oli Johnson, who was a clear winner. Note the entertainment value mark of 3.5 out of 10 - one of the lowest scores of the season. Results as follows:

1 Oli Johnson 60 (5)
2 Nathan Smith 36 (1)
3 Paul Huntington 24 (2)
4 Andrew Tutte 22 (2)
5 Andy Williams 18 (1)
6 Stephen Henderson 16 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 14 (0)
8 Paul Wotton 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.83

Performance: 4.17
Entertainment: 3.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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10 March 2011 : Ladies Midfielder Scores On International Debut
Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Shannon Osman has celebrated her international call-up by scoring on her debut. The Bridgwater College student was selected for the England Colleges team for last Friday's match against Wales Colleges - the Ladies team second ever call-up for this representative squad.

With Georgia Coles having also played for England Colleges, Shannon went one better than her predecessor by scoring in a 3-0 win over their Welsh counterparts. Shannon was one of two Yeovil Town Ladies players called up for the college trials, with Terri Trowbridge getting to the final stages, but just missing out on the final 21 strong squad.

The Yeovil Town Ladies website has some pictures of Shannon in her England kit - head here to view them.


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10 March 2011 : Glovers Duo Return To Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Under-18s pair Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke have returned to Huish Park. The duo have had a highly successful spell with Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town since January, with both players scoring two goals each and being a regular feature of Sherborne's first team.

Sherborne's official site have stated that both players will now return full time to Yeovil Town, and play in the club's remaining Youth Alliance League and Somerset Premier Cup fixtures.

Explaining the decision, Sherborne's first team manager (and Glovers legend) Mickey Spencer has told their site:

"I had a very good chat with (Yeovil technical coach) Darren Way and he feels that the guys have achieved a lot while they were with us. We would like to thank Yeovil Town for their support and we hope that it has been a useful experience. We have seen a notable improvement in both players, especially in Lewis, who along with Rhys Baggridge, who we had last year, looks like he has a bright future."

With Rob Clowes having had two spells at Raleigh Glove, and Rhys Baggridge having spent time last season with the Dorset club, we've little doubt that they will not be the last Youth or fringe players to cross over the county border in the months and years to come.


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10 March 2011 : Glovers Scholar Nominated For Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town's Second Year Scholar Tyler Sheppard has been nominated for a February 2011 Goal of the Month Award. The nomination is made by the League Football Education body, who manage the educational needs for Apprentices at Football League clubs over their two year scholarship period.

Scholars are enrolled onto the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence which allows budding players to achieve qualifications in tandem with their footballing education.

The LFE have picked out a total of eight goals from the month of February, with Tyler's 10th minute strike from outside the box in Yeovil's 2-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town being selected from the match played at Quat Goose Lane.

Yeovil Town supporters can view the goals, as well as place their vote (Tyler's is Goal E) by clicking on the link below. Although all eight goals are of high quality, we're sure we don't need to tell you where to cast your votes!

Regardless of the outcome of the poll, congratulations to Tyler on getting noticed amongst the various Youth and Academy Leagues around the country.

Link: League Football Education : February Goal Of The Month.


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10 March 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Shift Too Far?
The start of 2011 brought about a clear shift in tactics for Yeovil Town, accompanied by a clear shift in results. Having had a highly promising January, the months of February and March have been less fruitful for the Glovers.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog our scribe Cruncher considers the philosophies and effects such tactical changes have had on the Glovers form, and possible reasons why that strong start to 2011 may not have continued. Read on via the link below, and feel free to stick in your own twopenneth worth at the bottom of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Shift Too Far?


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10 March 2011 : Glovers Put Striker Gritton On Trial
Yeovil Town have given a three day trial to striker Martin Gritton with consideration towards giving him a contract. The Chester Chronicle claims that the former Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United target man, who is on the books of Chester FC (the club formed from the ashes of former Conference rivals Chester City), has arrived in South Somerset for three days, hoping to persuade manager Terry Skiverton to offer him a deal.

The 32 year old was given permission by Chester to miss their home game against Salford so he could travel to Huish Park and take part in this week's training. He is a former Yeovil Town player, having had a brief loan spell with the Glovers in March 2001 whilst on the books of Plymouth Argyle.

Born in Glasgow, he was schooled in the South-West, and has a long string of clubs to his name, moving through Perranporth, Truro City and Porthleven in non-league football before being signed up by Argyle. Then came the Glovers loan spell 10 years ago, which was followed by further loans to Shelbourne and his first Torquay United spell. That earned him a permanent move to Plainmoor until he teamed up with Russell Slade at Grimsby Town. He has since played for Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town before Chesterfield snapped him up in 2009 for a fee of £40,000.

He was released in January 2011 by the League Two side, and as a free agent signed for Chester FC, who play in the Northern Premier League Division One. As they lie under the level of the pyramid where the transfer window applies, he would be able to make a permanent transfer to Yeovil Town despite the permanent transfer window having loan since closed - much in the same way that Nathan Smith did from Potters Bar.

The attraction to Terry Skiverton is fairly obvious - at 6'1" he is a goalscoring target man, although in more recent years has applied his trade at League Two level, having not stepped up to League One level since his days at Home Park.

Link: Martin Gritton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 March 2011 : Ladies Sign Up League Rivals Captain
Yeovil Town Ladies this afternoon have announced the signing of Keynsham Town Ladies captain Dana Hinton, as Steve Phelps looks to enhance his squad ahead of the final run in to the season. The powerhouse midfielder had her transfer and signing confirmed by the FA Womenís Premier League earlier in the week, and will be available for selection against Colchester United Ladies this Sunday.
Dana Hinton
Dana Hinton
© Yeovil Town Ladies
Dana Hinton primarily operates in central midfield, but she is just as comfortable playing in the back four, either in the centre or on either full back. She will add much to the squad, both in her ability and mental strength, and will play a vital role in an important stage of the season. Glovers boss Steve Phelps said of the signing today:

"I have been a long admirer of Dana Hinton. She captained Keynsham in the County Cup final against us last season, and you could see her quality throughout. I have seen her play on several other occasions, and she is one of the Premier Leagueís top players. She has been a massive influence in the Keynsham midfield and one of the reasons why they are one of the top rated teams in the league. This is a massive signing for us."

The twenty-three year old started her career as an apprentice in the Arsenal Academy, before moving on to fellow National League club Watford. After a couple of seasons with the Hornets she moved onto Cardiff City, before transferring to Keynsham for a two year stay. Phelps explained her pedigree:

"Dana Hinton is a born leader, and her leadership in midfield will do much to enhance the team. She has an excellent presence on the pitch, is a good passer of the ball and has good physical strength. She is just the player will need to boost our run in to the season, and as our existing players continue to improve at this level, she will help to make us into a real force next season."

Hinton already knows many of the Yeovil players, so should fit in well, and as she told us this afternoon she is looking forward to pulling on the Glovers shirt and getting in some match play:

"I am really excited to be joining Yeovil Town Ladies. In coming here I am joining a club with good aspirations for the future, and ambitions that match my own. I am looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing a part in the clubís continued progress. Iím really looking forward to hopefully making my debut on Sunday at Colchester. It will be a tough game, but I am sure we can come away with a result."

Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills today spoke of his delight in seeing Hinton join the club:

"It is brilliant to be able to welcome Dana Hinton to Yeovil Town Ladies FC. Dana is one of the best players in our division, and her addition to our existing squad, which is already packed with talented experienced and young players, means that during the run in to the end of the season, we can field probably the strongest ever side in the history of the club."

We are sure that all the players, officials and supporters of Yeovil Town Ladies will join us in welcoming Dana Hinton to the club.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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9 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game
Following last night's 3-0 defeat against Southampton, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match at St Mary's Stadium. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.


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9 March 2011 : Baby Joy For Virgo
Centre-back Adam Virgo's long wait appears to be over, with his partner having given birth to his first child during the last 24 hours. His team-mate Andy Welsh reports on his Twitter account that the Virgo family now have a baby boy to take care of, with no name being chosen as yet.

Virgo was recently left out of the squad that travelled to Tranmere Rovers to avoid him being away from home a full two days. However, he was restored to the squad for Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town and played 90 minutes in last night's match against Southampton. Thankfully, the big event appears to have missed last night's match, but means that Adam has had a very busy 24 hours.

Our congratulations to him and his partner, and let's hope he can get a few hours sleep in before Saturday's match against Walsall at Huish Park.


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9 March 2011 : Exeter City vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained an excellent win yesterday in their rescheduled Youth Alliance League match against Exeter City. In a match that was brought forward from the end of April, the Youth Team won 2-0 at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in Clyst St Mary's to give them their first win over the Grecians this season, having lost the earlier home game, and a League Cup match, both played prior to Christmas.

With Sherborne Town having no midweek game, Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes were able to turn out for the Under-18s, with Clowes fresh from netting his second goal for the Dorset side in their 1-5 defeat against Hallen on Saturday. With none of the players called up to the first team squad, it was a strong side that travelled to Devon.

Yeovil grabbed both of their goals during the first half. Captain Rhys Baggridge netted when he headed home from a corner, whilst striker Isaac Reid doubled the Glovers tally when he hit a lofted 25 yard drive over the Exeter keeper to put Yeovil 2-0 up at the break.

That was the way it stayed, with Yeovil playing well as a team, and Exeter's few chances being denied by the in-form Yeovil keeper Steve Boore. The home side's misery on the day was completed when a two footed lunge on Yeovil's Tyler Sheppard resulted in the Grecians being reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes to go, and forcing the Glovers to replace the midfielder with Adam Cleary for the final spell of the game. There was no route back into the game for Exeter after that, and Yeovil ran out as relatively comfortable winners.

Final Score: Exeter City U18s 0 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: Rhys Baggridge (0-1), Isaac Reid (0-2).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Steve Boore, Joe Grimstead, Nick Lyskov, Rhys Baggridge, Lewis Clarke, Tyler Sheppard, Aiden Chainey, Johnny Kaye, Lloyd Matthews, Rob Clowes, Isaac Reid.

Substitutes:
Josh Doyle, Adam Cleary (70 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Lee Sweet.


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9 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Southampton Interview
Just before kick-off against Southampton last night, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about how he would approach the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo also explained why he gave left-back Nathan Smith the captaincy, and also gave his thoughts on going into negotiations for a new contract. The full transcript is available via the link below.

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


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9 March 2011 : Kids For A Quid For Walsall Match
Yeovil Town supporters aged Under-16 can gain admission to Saturday's match for ONE POUND only. The 'Kids for a Quid' offer has been introduced for the League One match against Walsall which takes place on Saturday 12th March at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As with previous offers of this nature, there are no restrictions in place here. There are no forms to fill in, no adults required, and no restrictions on the numbers who can take up this offer. Simply turn up with your one pound coin to the Huish Park Ticket Office and claim your ticket to any part of the ground.


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9 March 2011 : Skivo Plays Down Henderson Injury Fears
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has played down any concerns that might exist concerning a late injury to goalkeeper Stephen Henderson last night. The Bristol City keeper collided with Southampton substitute Jonathan Forte in the 90th minute of the 3-0 defeat at St Mary's Stadium, as Forte raced onto a through ball.

Henderson needed lengthy treatment on his knee and spent the remainder of injury time hobbling about, with defender Adam Virgo taking his goal kicks for him. However, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that there is no ligament damage, with a cut causing the main problem to his keeper. He also gave an update on centre-back Paul Huntington and midfielder Paul Wotton who both missed last night's match:

"He's got a bit of a gash on his knee, but there's nothing underneath it, and nothing wrong with it. It just scared him a little bit because he saw the sight of blood. So he should be all right. We're hoping that (Paul) Huntington has an outside chance (for Saturday's game against Walsall) and (Paul) Wotton a very outside chance."

Another concern was the withdrawal of midfielder Alex Russell midway through the second period. Skiverton said that was merely a case of conserving Russell's legs after two tough games in quick succession, rather than an actual concern with the 37 year old's fitness:

"You've got to make sure that you're playing Aggy (Alex Russell) the right way. For all of the bits and pieces that he does when he gets on the ball, 90 minutes is a bit of a stretch, especially out there when he gets into the last 15 or 20 minutes."


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9 March 2011 : Skiverton Ponders MacDonald Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has refused to rule out the possibility of bringing midfielder Shaun MacDonald back to Huish Park. The Swansea City player has had four loan spells in South Somerset so far, and the Glovers boss admits that he would be interested in extending that if the circumstances were right.

Skiverton's main concern at present is determining how long Glovers midfielder Paul Wotton will be out for. The Plymouthian missed last night's match at his old club Southampton having limped out of the home game against Huddersfield Town just five minutes into the game with a hamstring problem.

The Glovers boss has said that if Wotton's injury transpires to be a long term issue, then he will consider moving into the loan market, with MacDonald high on his list of interests, but has told BBC Somerset that he remains reluctant to bring in new blood for the sake of it, given that the club already have five loan players on their books, meaning that one player would have to sit in the stands:

"I've got five loans at the moment, so we'll have to wait and see what happens with that. He's someone that I would look to get back in again if it was long term for Wotts (Paul Wotton). But the lad has got to want to come. He's fighting for his life to get a place with Swansea and I know there's one or two other clubs interested in him at the moment. So we might visit it."

The emergency loan transfer window is scheduled to shut later this month - with the final date expected to be Thursday 24th March - and Skiverton has reiterated that he will need to bring in at least one new player, due to Oli Johnson's 93 day loan spell running out after the April 16th match against Oldham Athletic. Hence he is certain that there will be at least one new arrival before the window closes:

"I'm looking to bring maybe one more in before the (emergency loan) window shuts because Oli Johnson's loan will run a little bit shy of the full term. So I'll be looking for at least one, but maybe two more to bring in before the window shuts."

For those wondering - Shaun's four loan spells with Yeovil Town are as follows:
1) A four game loan spell during the 2008-09 season
2) A thirteen game loan spell between September 26th 2009 and December 19th 2009
3) A nineteen game loan spell between January 19th 2010 and April 17th 2010
4) A seventeen game loan spell earlier this season that ran from September 11th until January 3rd 2011.

In total he's made 53 appearances for the Glovers. The two loan spells during the 2009-10 season are often referred to as a single loan spell. However, MacDonald was back at Swansea City during the Christmas of 2009, with the paperwork for his second loan spell of that season completed in early January - wintry weather delayed his actual return to the Glovers first until the 19th.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 March 2011 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing prices for Yeovil Town's away trip to Brisbane Road are now available. The match against Leyton Orient takes place on Saturday 26th 2011. Note that this is a 1.00p.m. kick-off due to an England international being played later in the same day. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Concessions are available for Over-65s, Under-18s, Full Time Students, Unemployed and the Armed Forces. With the latter three you will need proof of identity and entitlement.

The Under-18s admission price is applicable only to Orient's Family Section in their East Stand, and must be accompanied by an adult. Otherwise you pay the Concessionary price. Orient's official site indicates that you must purchase your ticket in advance by calling 0871 310 1883.

Ambulant and Wheelchair disabled supporters are admitted free of charge, although Wheelchair users must call 0871 310 1883 to arrange bookings.

As far as we can tell, this match is a Pay on the Day game with no advance tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Hence with the exception of Wheelchair users and Under-18s in the Family Section, simply turn up on the day and pay on the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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9 March 2011 : Skiverton Unaffected By Saints Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his main focus is unaffected by last night's defeat at St Mary's Stadium. The Glovers were well-beaten by an impressive Southampton side, as they lost 3-0 on the night, leaving them just two points off the relegation zone.

Two goals from Lee Barnard and one from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw the Saints finish the game on cruise control, and speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton admitted that the end result could not be argued with, but pointed out that Saturday's home match against Walsall would be more important than what happened on Tuesday night:

"We were well beaten in the end and you've got to lick your wounds. But as I said to them straight after the game, this game doesn't affect me one bit. It wasn't going to be a promotion or relegation game for us. Now it starts on Saturday (against 21st placed Walsall). We're going to lick our wounds and recover and now we're going to really go into this game, focused and fully knowing that we've matched Brighton, we've matched Huddersfield, we've matched Peterborough and for thirty-odd minutes I think we matched Southampton."


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9 March 2011 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Walsall have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 12th Match at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, oddly with all of the matches being away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

More recently, Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Following Charlton but in the same season, he was in charge of the 2-0 defeat against Walsall in February 2009, where we had no significant complaints about his performance on the day.

Finally, and most recently,he took charge of a November 2009 away match at the Priestfield Stadium. Here he dished out six yellow cards and a red card to Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the incident that caused JP to walk, given that it looked more like Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace than a touch of the beautiful game. However, there were a number of worthy complaints about what had gone on before, with Gillingham using some rough-house tactics to try to wind up both Kalala and Sam Williams with the pair on yellow cards. Manager Terry Skiverton felt his players deserved better protection from the match officials from that kind of tactic. Mr Miller also awarded Gillingham a penalty in the 10th minute that eventually won the game - no big complaints there.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Ceri Richards (Carmarthenshire). The Fourth Official will be Ron Ganfield (Somerset).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 March 2011 : Skiverton's Thoughts On Management Contract Talks
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his views on the current contract talks that are being held between himself, his assistant Nathan Jones and the Yeovil Town board. On Tuesday lunchtime the Glovers confirmed a long running rumour that talks were taking place to provide Yeovil Town's management pairing with a new contract at Huish Park.

As yet nothing has been signed, but speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that he saw the contract negotiations as a means to cement stability at the club, citing that other West Country clubs were finding a very different picture out there:

"I think it's good news for everyone, especially with what is going on around the corner. With a lot of the South-West teams it seems there's a lot of instability within their clubs. But we're very stable here. I think the board are very happy with what we're doing on the field."

Skiverton didn't name names, but it seems inevitable that he is principally referring to Bristol Rovers, who are currently on their fourth manager of the 2010-11 season, along with the other two bottom three sides, with Plymouth Argyle in administration and having made 14 administration staff redundant this week, along with Swindon Town, who swapped Danny Wilson for Paul Hart earlier this month.

The Yeovil boss said that negotiations between the management team and the Glovers board had been going on for some time, and that although things had not been finalised, that he was confident that things would go through soon:

"We're quite close. Nothing has been set in stone, but we're quite close. Both parties have been talking for a little while now and it's great news for me and my family and for Nathan and his family, but also for the football club - to know that we're stable, and we're all fighting in the right direction. This isn't a short term plan. We've got a long term plan for the football club and it's really nice that the Chairman sees me as being part of that."

Skiverton added that the current in-flux of League One matches was putting talks on the back-burner to an extent at present, with the matches themselves taking a firm priority. However, he was hopeful that they would be drawn to a conclusion once the fixture list started to thin out a touch:

"Hopefully we can get something sorted out in the next couple of weeks, but with the Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday games, the football takes priority. It takes priority over me, Nathan and everybody else at the football club on the playing side and the management side. But it's very good news and I hope the supporters see that as a step in the right direction for the long term future of Yeovil Town."


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8 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Southampton vs Yeovil
If you were at this evening's 3-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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8 March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil 0 : Slick Saints Breeze To Victory
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten at St Mary's Stadium tonight as a very strong looking Southampton side brushed them aside in a 3-0 win. The Glovers rarely looked like getting into the match once Lee Barnard had opened the scoring 15 minutes into the match. The same player added a second, opening up the ability for the home side to take control, and they added a third shortly afterwards with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finishing the game off and sending the Glovers home without anything to show for their efforts.

The Glovers went into the match without the injured Paul Wotton (hamstring) and Paul Huntington (toe) with Ed Upson and Adam Virgo like-for-like replacements. Nathan Smith was made the captain for the night for the first time in his Yeovil career.

Both sides made early statements of intent with Dean Bowditch trying his luck, and then Dan Harding's wayward shot going wide. It was a relatively low key opening 45 minutes with neither side really imposing themselves on the match, which made the opening goal all the more frustrating.

Time and time again Yeovil's Achilles heel has been their ability to concentrate on set pieces and they were caught out once again just 15 minutes into the match. Adam Virgo conceded a free kick, and as Yeovil seemed to be dithering on how they planned to defend it, Danny Butterfield slipped a simple pass through to Lee Barnard and he was able to slot the ball into the back of the net for a goal that was as soft as you can get.

The Saints didn't really capitalise on that lead during the remainder of that half, even though they dominated possession in spades, with their front four players looking lively when they had the ball. That tendency to sideways pass frustrated the home crowd increasingly throughout the half, with them doubtless wanting the Saints to put on the style in front of their home fans.

That didn't really happen in terms of chances, although certainly the Glovers weren't looking like they would score either - their best chance of the half came when a Dean Bowditch shot span off Dean Hammond for a corner, with the Glovers getting three corners in quick succession without any great output, and a woeful free kick that was tapped into the Saints wall, rather than struck with any real intent.

The second half proceeded with more of the same - Saints classy and holding possession, and Yeovil trying to thwart and frustrate them. But the decisive second goal came 10 minutes into the half, where the home side carved open the Yeovil back line. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain combined with Adam Lallana who skinned Nathan Smith down the right flank, and when the cross came into the box, Lee Barnard was given far too much free space inside the box to head home and make it 2-0.

At this point the floodgates began to open, with Barnard in particular looking to add to his tally to grab a hat-trick. A tackle by Luke Ayling inside the box on the Saints striker mercifully didn't result in a penalty, with Ayling already on a yellow card. Then Stephen Henderson blocked brilliantly from the same player to prevent him getting his hat-trick.

Instead it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who grabbed the third, 67 minutes into a game that Saints were threatening to run away with. His shot had a small amount of fortune to it - a deflection off the leg of Dean Bowditch who had been forced into defending deep, and that was enough to spin past Stephen Henderson for a 3-0 scoreline.

At that point, Saints clearly had the game won, and made a series of substitutions to wind the game down. The Glovers didn't look likely to score, or at least not from normal play. A cross by Nathan Smith deceived Saints keeper Kelvin Davis who dropped the ball onto the crossbar, losing it momentarily. Had a Yeovil player been more alert to Smith's cross they could easily have had a tap-in before Davis got his bearings again.

In the closing stages, Saints substitute Jonathan Forte almost grabbed a fourth, but Stephen Henderson bravely blocked, getting a bang on the knee for his pains, leaving him limping and leaving Adam Virgo taking his goal kicks thereafter. Why the Yeovil back line though persisted in giving the hobbling Henderson backpasses to kick out though is anyone's guess.

Game over though, and the four minutes injury time were fairly pointless. Well beaten by a team that at times played the game in second gear, Yeovil's biggest concern will be whether Stephen Henderson's knee injury will add to a treatment table containing Paul Wotton and Paul Huntington. The game on Saturday against Walsall will be more crucial to whether Yeovil end up playing League One football next season, and they will need everyone fit for them to stand the best chance of beating the Saddlers.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Lee Barnard (15 mins, 1-0), Lee Barnard (55 mins, 2-0), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (67 mins, 3-0)

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis
12. Danny Butterfield 6. Jose Fonte 17. Aaron Martin 3. Dan Harding
26. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 14. Dean Hammond 30. Richard Chaplow 20. Adam Lallana
9. Lee Barnard 7. Richard Lambert

Substitutes:
23. Tommy Forecast (GK) 2. Frazer Richardson (80 mins for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) 5. Ryan Dickson 8. Jonathan Forte (77 mins for Adam Lallana) 19. Daniel Seaborne 27. Oscar Gobern (69 mins for Richard Chaplow) 32. Dany N'Guessan

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Ed Upson 15. Alex Russell 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (62 mins for Alex Russell) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (57 mins for Andrew Tutte) 17. Craig Calver (83 mins for Oli Johnson) 21. Antonio German 25. Daniel Fitzsimmons

Southampton Bookings: Richard Chaplow (37 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (23 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (45 mins, foul), Craig Alcock (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Ian Cooper (Kent) and Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 18,623 (including 497 Yeovil fans).


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8 March 2011 : Team News For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town go into tonight's match against Southampton forced into two key changes to their starting line-up. As expected from Saturday's match, Paul Wotton drops entirely out of the squad due to his hamstring problem, whilst centre-back Paul Huntington is also absent having picked up a toe injury during the closing stages. Left-back Nathan Smith becomes captain for the night in Huntington's absence - Craig Alcock is on the bench.

In their place comes Ed Upson and Adam Virgo as straight replacements - again no surprise on those, meaning the starting line-up is exactly as predicted in the match preview. The only question will be whether the collection of wingers and strikers are reorganised from Saturday's match. Working on the basis of Saturday's formation being repeated, the Glovers should look something like this:

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith (capt)
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Ed Upson 15. Alex Russell 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 25. Daniel Fitzsimmons

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis
12. Danny Butterfield 6. Jose Fonte 17. Aaron Martin 3. Dan Harding
26. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 14. Dean Hammond 30. Richard Chaplow 20. Adam Lallana
9. Lee Barnard 7. Richard Lambert

Substitutes:
23. Tommy Forecast (GK) 2. Frazer Richardson 5. Ryan Dickson 8. Jonathan Forte 19. Daniel Seaborne 27. Oscar Gobern 32. Dany N'Guessan


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8 March 2011 : Bowditch Not Afraid Of Saints Test
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that the Glovers should go into tonight's match at St Mary's Stadium in full confidence that they can get a result. The 24 year old believes that his teammates should take heart from recent performances against the bigger sides to put into perspective the task that they face tonight.

The Glovers play Southampton in a League One encounter (kick-off 7.45p.m.) and like Max Ehmer, Bowditch has told BBC Somerset that the club's best chance is to put on the kind of show that they've managed against clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic, Peterborough United and Huddersfield Town over the last month:

"They're an ex-Premier League club and they've got a Premier League stadium. They're striving for that goal. I think we've got to go down there with the thought of not necessarily winning the game, but in terms of not worrying about it being Southampton. We've gone to the big clubs before and played very well, so who knows what we can do?."

Bowditch is confident that he will be back to full match fitness once he completes the next couple of games, having missed a succession of matches in February with a number of minor injuries, with a hamstring problem turning into further knee and ankle niggles. Having played 90 minutes against Huddersfield Town on Saturday he feels he is now on the road to full recovery:

"I had a few niggly injuries that I got frustrated with because I hadn't had them all season, and touchwood I won't get them again. I think that now I've had that 90 minutes (against Huddersfield), I felt tired after the game. But I think that maybe after the next game or the game after I'll feel fully fit and I'll be fine to play 90 minutes right down to the final whistle."

The Huddersfield match on Saturday saw the Glovers play for 76 minutes with a man advantage after Lee Peltier was red carded for an incident involving Bowditch, leaving the Terriers with a significant disadvantage. Despite their current third place League position, Bowditch admitted that it was a disappointment not to turn them over once that happened:

"No matter what team you play against, whether it's Huddersfield or whether it's Dagenham and Redbridge or where they are in the league, when someone goes down to 10 men, you expect to take all three points. That's why I think a few of the boys are a bit disappointed after the game. But if you'd said about getting a point before the game, we might have taken it. I think the fans might have taken it, and we might have taken it. So we're a little bit disappointed but we've got to think that it's another point on our tally."

The Glovers striker felt that the onus was upon himself and his various strike partners and wingers to up their game, believing that if Yeovil could convert some of the chances that were coming their way, that they would be capable of finishing off sides like Huddersfield in similar situations in the future:

"We played very very well in the first half. In the second half we didn't play as well, so there's obviously room for improvement. Like the gaffer says, we've got to be more prolific in front of goal, especially with the chances that we're creating. Against Huddersfield I had three or four, Andy Williams has had three or four and Oli Johnson has had three or four. So everybody has had a few chances, and we've got to do something about them."


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8 March 2011 : Exeter City vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s picked up an excellent three points this afternoon in their Youth Alliance League match against Exeter City. The Glovers won their match 2-0, in a game played at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in Clyst St Mary. Centre-back Rhys Baggridge and striker Isaac Reid netted the goals today, giving Yeovil their first victory this season over the Grecians at the third attempt.

More details on this match to follow in the next 24/48 hours.


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8 March 2011 : Charlton Man Of The Match Result
The second Yeovil Town match in February was another home game, this time against Charlton Athletic. Whilst things had gone to plan well at this stage during 2011, on this occasion they suffered a 0-1 home defeat, with Bradley Wright-Phillips proving the difference.

On this occasion, the Man of the Match voting was spread out all over the place, with eight different players getting the nod from various people across the day. The top players though came from the back four, with Paul Huntington and Max Ehmer doing well on the day. However, left-back Nathan Smith was the winner of the poll by a comfortable margin. Results with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets below.

1 Nathan Smith 102 (7)
2 Max Ehmer 68 (5)
3 Paul Huntington 64 (2)
4 Luke Ayling 50 (3)
4 Paul Wotton 50 (3)
6 Stephen Henderson 36 (2)
7 Andy Welsh 24 (2)
8 Ed Upson 22 (1)
9 Andy Williams 18 (0)
10 Oli Johnson 6 (0)
10 Alex Russell 6 (0)
12 Andrew Tutte 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.16

Performance: 6.24
Entertainment: 6.08

VOTES RECEIVED: 25


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8 March 2011 : Plymouth (Home) Man Of The Match Result
At the start of February, Yeovil Town played Plymouth Argyle for the second time in precisely a month, with the Pilgrims having shed a number of players during the transfer window. The end result was a 1-0 home win with Andy Williams netting the crucial goal.

Not that those who voted for the Man of the Match quite saw the game as comfortable. Left-sided duo Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh picked up a good number of votes along the way, but the very large majority of you saw goalkeeper Stephen Henderson as the hero of the day once again, as he claimed another clean sheet. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM results shown in brackets:

1 Stephen Henderson 508 (47)
2 Nathan Smith 120 (2)
3 Andy Welsh 110 (3)
4 Paul Huntington 74 (0)
5 Luke Ayling 66 (1)
7 Andy Williams 32 (0)
7 Paul Wotton 32 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 22 (1)
9 Oli Johnson 4 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.11

Performance: 7.33
Entertainment: 6.89

VOTES RECEIVED: 54


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8 March 2011 : Ehmer Still Targeting St Mary's Win
Yeovil Town defender Max Ehmer says that his side will be hoping to win at St Mary's Stadium tonight, despite the size of the opposition they will be playing. The Queens Park Rangers loan signing acknowledges that home side Southampton have got a big reputation and a former Premier League status, but has told BBC Somerset that he sees the Glovers' as being capable of chipping away more points to ensure their League One survival tonight:

"Southampton are a very big team, and a team that played in the Premier League many years back, but we're going to go down there with a lot of confidence and hopefully we'll get a win. We need to keep picking up as many points as we can, and keep climbing away and catching teams above us and get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season."

Ehmer was one of two New Year's Day signings that came in, with Paul Wotton arriving from tonight's opponents Southampton, initially on loan but ultimately signing a permanent 18 month contract at Huish Park. That has brought around a significant change in form that has seen the Glovers gain six wins and three draws in their last 14 matches.

Ehmer said that the view of the squad was that team spirit had improved since the turn of the year, although acknowledged that Wotton - who is expected to be missing tonight with a hamstring injury - had been an integral part of what had happened so far during 2011:

"Me and (Paul) Wotton came in, and I wouldn't say we changed the team, but we've got a better spirit than we had before, from what I've heard. But I'm enjoying every moment. Paul Wotton is an important part of our team. He does the sitting in, just in front of the back four, really well. He wins all his headers, wins his tackles and spreads the ball really well."


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8 March 2011 : Glovers Management Pair Commence Contract Talks
Yeovil Town have announced that contract talks have opened up with first team management pair Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones. At present there's no indication as to what that might entail, but presumably implies that their current deals expire at the end of the current season.

The duo were appointed to their current positions back in February 2009 when Skiverton said that he had been put on an 18 month contract with Jones understood to have got the same.

At the end of that 18 month period, during the summer of 2010, there was no indication of what had happened to the pair from a contractual point of view, leaving a grey area as to where things stood. There have since been rumours in the past couple of months that a two year deal for Skiverton has been on the table, although that was never backed up by anything concrete.

The move is a little unusual for the Glovers, given that the club's previous position with respect to contracts has been a refusal to discuss terms until League safety has been assured. However, the flip side of that has been that players have been able to walk on free transfers when new deals come up for grabs. Hopefully this represents a small shift in that policy, provided it trickles down as far as the key players in the squad as well.


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8 March 2011 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip to the South coast tonight, when they take on Hampshire side Southampton in a League One match. The match at St Mary's Stadium kicks off at 7.45p.m. on Tuesday as both sides fight at opposite ends of the table. Whilst Southampton's games in hand mean that they're still looking for automatic promotion from their current 5th placed slot, the Glovers lie 28 points and 14 places worse off, still needing to keep clocking up the points to ensure that they keep the five point cushion between them and the bottom four in place.

Southampton are undefeated at home in the League since December 11th - a result that still represents manager Nigel Adkins' only defeat in this competition at St Mary's Stadium since his arrival in mid-September. Since then, nine wins and three draws in 13 matches have set them up as a big of a fortress on their home patch, meaning that tonight's match will be a difficult task. Not that the Glovers will necessarily be pushovers, with oddly their away form being far better than their own home form during 2011 - three wins, two draws and a defeat so far this year.

The main question for the Glovers is what kind of a side they'll be able to put out. Andy Welsh (Achilles tendon) has been a long term absentee, whilst manager Terry Skiverton said after Saturday's match that Paul Wotton was 99 percent out with a hamstring injury - we've not heard anything since then to confirm a more firm prognosis. Equally worrying is that centre-back Paul Huntington finished the match against Huddersfield Town hobbling around, but unable to be subbed. If Wotton doesn't make it against his old club, then Alex Russell and Ed Upson will form the midfield partnership, whilst if Huntington isn't available, then Adam Virgo will stand by to make his first start since mid-December, having played just 34 minutes worth of football since the Glovers exited the FA Cup at Hartlepool United.

Saints will be without Morgan Schneiderlin, who has a knee injury, whilst Guly do Prado has a hamstring problem and although he is back in light training he will not be considered. However, centre-back Dan Seaborne (back), winger Jonathan Forte (groin) and Ryan Dickson (concussion) are all on the comeback trail and will be available on some shape or form for selection following their recent injuries.

Yeovil have yet to beat Southampton in a competitive fixture, with the nearest they've managed being earlier this season when an Adam Virgo penalty cancelled out Guly do Prado's second half strike in a 1-1 draw. The last meeting at St Mary's Stadium was one full of controversy, with referee Tony Bates gifting the Saints a 2-0 victory as Rickie Lambert took full advantage of his generosity with two penalties converted. Lambert himself was honest enough to admit baffled by the second decision, whilst manager Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright, saying that he was disgusted as a manager at what he had seen. Let's hope that tonight's officials are on somewhat better form.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and you can get tickets on the night of the game from St Mary's Stadium, subject to a matchday surcharge. Take careful note of the parking restrictions around the stadium if you're travelling under your own steam - details and other stuff in the Ciderspace guide. If you can't be there, then follow us on Twitter for a few views on the evening, whilst BBC Somerset on 95.5FM will also be supplying their own, with coverage starting from just after the 7.00p.m. news. There's a full set of League One fixtures tonight so expect another lively evening with twists and turns as the final quarter of the season approaches.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southampton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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7 March 2011 : Young Glovers Fixture Change
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had a Youth Alliance League fixture brought forward to tomorrow afternoon. The Youth Team were due to play Exeter City on April 30th, but this game will now be played on Tuesday 8th March, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The match will take place at Exeter City's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground which is situated in Sidmouth Road in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads as well as where you're coming from will no doubt dictate what route to take so have a look at the more detailed map below, or a wider area map here. The relevant postcode for those with Sat Nav is EX5 1DP.

Link: Multimap.com : Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, Clyst St Mary.


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7 March 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Southampton
For those of you who are heading to St Mary's Stadium tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to reflect this season's match. With directions, parking, pub guides, ticketing, and a club background, this should cover you through the maze of what you need to know to get to a football match against Southampton and hopefully back home again afterwards.

There's a number of League One clubs where you can bumble your way through in and out of the ground, but particularly if you are going by private or public transport then we'd recommend you clue yourself up on what you can and can't do in and around the stadium.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southampton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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7 March 2011 : Rovers Sack Their Manager ... Again!
League One side Bristol Rovers have this afternoon sacked manager Dave Penney. Despite being only in charge for a total of 13 matches this season, they have dispensed with his services, having slumped to 23rd in the League One table on the back of just two wins under his command.

Midfielder Stuart Campbell has been given the job until the end of the 2010-11 season, and thus becomes Rovers' fourth manager of the season, with Paul Trollope lasting until mid-December, and Darren Patterson having a month at the helm as caretaker, albeit only taking charge of two games due to the bad weather.

Rovers have also fired first team coach Martin Foyle. The former Port Vale and York City boss had only arrived at the Memorial Stadium on January 21st 2011, and thus lasted just six weeks in the job before being given his cards.


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7 March 2011 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Hartlepool United has been published. The match takes place on Saturday 9th April at Victoria Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £10.00.

Concessions apply to the Over-60s, Under-16s and full time students. Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters pay the above prices, with an assistant admitted free of charge, provided you are on the higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance. For any arrangements required, call Sarah Smith on 01429 272584 (extension 6).

All Yeovil Town supporters, including disabled, are housed in the Rink End of Victoria Park - a covered seated stand that houses up to 961 spectators.

Hartlepool do not operate any matchday surcharging and tickets will be available on the day of the match. However, if you're a student, note that you will not be able to obtain concessions on the turnstiles and must purchase from either the Huish Park Ticket Office or the Victoria Park Ticket Office. Bring your NUS card with you.

Hartlepool's official site also advertises that concessions are available for those aged Under-19, although this does not appear to be offered through the Huish Park Ticket Office. Again, like the student concessions, they state that these can not be purchased on the turnstiles, and must be bought from the Victoria Park Ticket Office (presumably with proof of age and identity).

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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7 March 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Making A Useful Point
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry looks at what was good and band about the weekend result. Regular blogger Cruncher considers the game, the tactical options open and not so open to manager Terry Skiverton, as well as the latest in a series of disappointing crowds at Huish Park.

If you were at the game, and want to offer up your own alternative views, then feel free to do so via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Making A Useful Point.


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7 March 2011 : Season Ticket Holder Deadline For Exeter Tickets
A reminder that today is the final day that Season Ticket Holders can gain priority tickets for the forthcoming League One match against Exeter City. The match will be played on Saturday 19th March at 3.00p.m. at St James Park, and Season Ticket Holders have until 5.00p.m. today to purchase advance tickets.

As of 9.00a.m. Tuesday morning, all remaining tickets will go on general sale for all supporters. For full details, head to the original article below.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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7 March 2011 : Peltier 'Distraught' At Huish Park Red Card
Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark has described his right-back Lee Peltier as 'distraught' after his actions saw him last just 14 minutes of Saturday's game at Huish Park. The former Glovers player was dismissed for swinging an arm at Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch right in front of the dug-outs early on in the 1-1 draw against the Terriers.

Having already been dismissed once this season, in a League Cup tie against Everton, Peltier will now face a four match ban, and Clark told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner after the game that the player would be disciplined for it, having had a clear view of the incident:

"I donít know what happened, but Lee threw his arm back and hit the lad in the face (Dean Bowditch) and, with it happening against his old club where he had so many happy times, Lee was distraught. He apologised to the lads in the dressing room but we will discipline him because you canít do that sort of thing and Lee knows it. We want controlled aggression, because itís hard enough when itís 11 v 11 without going down a man, but the other lads responded superbly and not only did themselves proud, but the club proud. Lee is going to miss a lot of games now and thatís a blow because he is a big, big player for us and this is an important time."

Peltier himself said on his Twitter account after the game that he knew he was in the wrong over the incident saying "Can't argue with the decision - was stupid - looked worse than it was! Absolute gutted". His former boss Terry Skiverton took a fairly laid-back approach to the incident in his post-match interview, saying:

"I'd never say a bad word about him, because of the job that he did to keep us in this division when he was playing as a centre-half."


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7 March 2011 : Saints Match Advance Ticket Deadline
A reminder that today (Monday) is the final day for Yeovil Town supporters to buy advance tickets for Tuesday night's trip to St Mary's Stadium. The League One match against Southampton takes place on Tuesday 8th March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

You can still purchase tickets from St Mary's on the day of the match, however note that prices go up by £2.00 on the day and you must pay cash only. You should also note that if you are driving or going via public transport and intend to make use of the shuttle buses at the park and ride facility that you are expected to show your matchday ticket. Obviously if you're travelling with either the GWSC or the Devon and Dorset Greens, they will head direct to the stadium.

For full details, see the earlier news item. Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or call them on 01935-847888 to place your booking.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southampton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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6 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game.


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6 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Match Huddersfield Interview : Sheepskin Coats, Slacks and Slippers!
Just before kick-off against Huddersfield Town yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about how he felt the game would pan out. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Skivo also talked about one of his players, who turned up to the ground in an unusual selection of 1970s-oriented clothes. What was going on and why? The Glovers boss explains all, in his interview.

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


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6 March 2011 : Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Southampton and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place at St Mary's Stadium, on Tuesday 8th March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill three times as a Football League club, although oddly only once whilst we've been a League One club, with the other two coming in our League Two days.

The one and only time in League One came during a home match against Southend United, and there's little doubt that Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men on the back of an excellent tackle, and the game was over.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill has continued to do Football League matches on a regular basis since those days, but given how often we get officials coming down from the Hertfordshire area, it is surprising that we have not crossed swords since. Based upon his Southend performance, maybe that's for the best.

His record during the 2010-11 season points to more of the same - his 118 yellow cards and 5 record cards are by far the most that have been raised in the Football League this season, with only two other officials (Iain Williamson on 107 and Lee Mason on 100) having broken through the century mark for yellow cards this season.

Saints fans already have experience of him from this season, with the St Mary's Stadium match against Bolton Wanderers back in August 2010 seeing him produce six yellow cards, evenly spread across both sides.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Kent) and Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southampton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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6 March 2011 : Skiverton Backing Adam Stansfield Wristband Campaign
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his backing to a series of initiatives designed to give funding and publicity for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. Set up in the name of the former Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Hereford United striker, the organisation aims to provide funding for youth sports in the Devon and Somerset area, as well as increasing awareness of bowel cancer.

As mentioned in last month's news item, the Foundation have launched a wristband, available in both adult and junior sizes, that is available from various outlets in and around Exeter, Tiverton, Hereford and also in Tony Pryce Sports in Middle Street, Yeovil.

Skiverton has indicated that these are now available from Yeovil Town in the Huish Park Club Shop, as well as a couple of other locations around the ground on matchdays, and told BBC Somerset that when they arrived at the club that he was one of the first to fork out on a wristband, which he wore during Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town:

"I purchased a 'Living the Dream' Adam Stansfield band for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. I think they are selling them in the club shop and they've got a collection box there. They are in the tent and upstairs and also in Tony Pryce Sports in town. I bumped into Adam's mum and dad yesterday and I just wanted to give them a plug to say that for everyone who appreciated Adam, it's a nice touch if they come and get these bands. I've got my one on today, and we can support him."

Whilst Yeovil Town and Exeter City supporters prepare to battle it out on March 19th for a second match for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup, Skiverton said that an end of season match was in the pipeline between the two clubs and that he hoped to don his own football boots one more time to get involved in that:

"There's a game at the end of the season at Exeter against a Yeovil Town XI and I'm hopefully going down to play in that. So I'm supporting him, and hopefully the Yeovil Town supporters can get behind that cause. I think there's a website as well, so let's get behind it, and say thank you to a great servant of the football club."
Adam Stansfield Wristbands - Now available from Huish Park
Adam Stansfield Wristbands - Now available from Huish Park (© Adam Stansfield Foundation).


Finally, a reminder that in the small hours of Wednesday morning, a car containing two Hereford United supporters, led by Adam Wright, plus a Bristol City fan and an Exeter City fan, will be aiming to visit all 92 professional football grounds, plus Elmore Town. Their goal is to visit all 93 grounds inside 80 hours (and presumably without the traffic cops coming after them!) Support them via their blog via the link below - it could be the one and only time you support anything to do with Hereford United!

Link: Around The Grounds in 80 Hours.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Website.

Link: Glovers Players Wanted For Stansfield Fans Return Match.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Wristbands.


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5 March 2011 : Skivo Disappointed With Glovers Second Half Fade-Out
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he was disappointed with the way that this afternoon's match against Huddersfield Town 'petered out' after a strong first half showing. The Glovers looked to have the game well under control when Andy Williams struck before the break to put the home side 1-0 up.

With former Glovers right-back Lee Peltier red carded for an incident involving Dean Bowditch all appeared to be going to plan, until Antony Kay's second half header forced an equaliser, and Skiverton has his side failed to apply pressure on their opponents:

"I am disappointed because of the way the game petered out in the second half. We didn't get our passing going like we did in the first half. We got a bit tippy-tappy and the pitch played a part. It was disappointing to be playing 10 men and not putting pressure on them in the second half."

The Glovers had numerous chances before the Terriers equalised to seal the game, and Skiverton admitted that he thought the game would end with a 1-0 scoreline at that stage. However, he still felt that his side had gained an important point given the other scores in the division that kept Yeovil five points clear of the drop zone:

"We had the chances and I thought one goal would be enough. We knew that if we gave them chances from set plays it could give us problems and when they got the goal it came from a corner that could have been cleared for a throw-in. These things go against you when you are down at the bottom but it turned out to be an important point for us, especially as a couple of the other teams around us drew as well so didn't claw back on us."


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5 March 2011 : Plymouth Argyle vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down to a heavy defeat this morning as they were well beaten by a Plymouth Argyle side, with the game all over by half time. Conceding four before the break, they thankfully produced a more impressive second half, with Lloyd Matthews netting. However, Argyle scored again, and both sides were reduced to 10 men, as Yeovil's Nick Lyskov was red carded for foul and abusive language.

Yeovil were without six of the first team squad. Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke are still on work experience at Sherborne Town. Meanwhile Aiden Chainey, George Coward, Will Gordon and Adam Cleary were either injured or unavailable. This forced coach Scott Green to change a winning team from Monday nightís game in the Somerset Cup when ten of the eleven players starting the match were selected from his team. The conditions were perfect cool with a wintry sunshine and on a good pitch.

The game kicked off and before Yeovil could settle Plymouth brought two good saves out of Steve Boore. The resulting corner was not dealt with by the defence and Plymouth scored with just four minutes gone. At the other end, some neat approach work from Yeovil gave debutant Taran Singh Jheeta a shooting opportunity which he put over the bar.

However, Yeovil quickly went two goals behind, after a period of end to end football. Rhys Baggridge's sliding tackle on the edge box landed straight into the path of Plymouth's in-rushing winger who was unchallenged to double the Pilgrims lead. 0-2 down with just 14 minutes gone.

As the players got used to each other and the system, the football improved and Yeovil held their own. A good save by Glovers goalkeeper Steve Boore preceded a nice passing move down the left which was put into the path of Isaac Reid who held off the defender to put in a powerful shot that was slightly left of target. Then Yeovil had a free kick taken by Jonny Kaye on to captain Rhys Baggridge who headed just wide.

However, Plymouth were rampaging through the Yeovil defence and on their next attack Nick Lyskov gave away a penalty. The Pilgrims duly scored to put themselves 3-0 up, and now Yeovil were really up against the rampant home forwards who shot at every opportunity, and the pressure produced an own goal by Rhys Baggridge to put Yeovil even further behind. Plymouth continued to charge forward putting a header just over the bar. Then Joe Grimstead headed off the line when Steve Boore was beaten, even though the keeper had also blocked with two good saves. In reply all Yeovil had was one attack where Isaac Reid had a strong shot on goal deflect through to the Plymouth keeper. 4-0 down at half time, and a bit of a shock to the system.

As often happens the teams changed ends for the second half and so did the game. Now it was Yeovil doing all the attacking and after good attempts on goal by Isaac Reid and Taran Singh Jheeta, Lloyd Matthews ran with the ball from the right and just before he reached the penalty area released an unstoppable drive over the keeper to pull the score back to 4-1, with five minutes gone into the second period.

The second half developed a very significant under-current when Jonny Kaye was late into a tackle, and in the resulting melee two Plymouth players threw punches. Eventually three yellow cards were given but with one of the guilty parties getting off without caution. Yeovil were still pressing but finding it hard in the final third to get past some resolute defending. Plymouthís next attack resulted in a one on one situation with Steve Boore coming out the winner as the forward shot wide.

Will Agbo was introduced as a substitute with 20 minutes left for a struggling Lloyd Matthews, but the next piece of action was an elbow into the face of Nick Lyskov that split his lip in two places. When the ref refused to acknowledge the offence Lyskov in colourful football language said what he thought of him and was sent off for abusive language, leaving Yeovil a player down with 18 minutes left, and the assailant again went unpunished. The Yeovil management were so incensed they encroached the pitch to talk to the ref and were told to leave the field of play.

Yeovil made a tactical substitution replacing Joe Grimstead with Under-18s centre-half Lee Sweet the under 16ís centre half. Within a minute, a second red card was produced, as Plymouth's No.8 was sent off for fouling Steve Boore. With both sides now down to 10 men, Plymouth adapted the better and pressed repeatedly but the makeshift defence held out with Boore making two more good saves but even he could do nothing from a Plymouth free kick which was forced in from two yards out for Plymouth's fifth and final goal. Boore blocked another Pilgrims one-on-one then made three more saves before the very welcome final whistle was blown, ending a bit of a miserable day for the Under-18s.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle U18s 5 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Plymouth Scorer (1-0, 4 mins), Plymouth Scorer (2-0, 14 mins), Plymouth Scorer (3-0, 30 mins), Rhys Baggridge (4-0, own goal, 34 mins), Lloyd Matthews (4-1, 50 mins), Plymouth Scorer (5-1, 83 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lloyd Matthews 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Isaac Reid 10. Andy Venning 11. Taran Singh Jheeta

Substitutes:
Lee Sweet (73 mins for Joe Grimstead ), Will Agbo (70 mins for Lloyd Matthews).


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5 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield
If you were at this afternoon's 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield Town 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 Huddersfield Town.


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5 March 2011 : Yeovil 1 Huddersfield 1 : Glovers Held Despite Peltier Madness
Yeovil Town let valuable points slip from their grasp when they failed to hold onto a lead against promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town at Huish Park this afternoon. Despite having a man advantage for 76 minutes, when former Glover Lee Peltier had a moment of madness by getting sent off for striking Dean Bowditch, the Terriers got an equaliser from Antony Kay to wipe out the first half advantage the Glovers held through Andy Williams. In the end, a 1-1 draw was the best Yeovil could manage, despite their front pair having chances to increase the first half lead.

Team news saw two of Tuesday night's substitutes take to the field and start the match. Alex Russell and Andy Williams replaced Ed Upson and Sam Williams in the starting line-up, with Dean Bowditch being shuffled back out onto the wing. A frenetic start from both sides saw play switch from end to end although perhaps the biggest early incident came away from the ball itself, with Paul Wotton barely lasting a couple of minutes in the match. The midfielder pulled up with what looked to be a significant hamstring problem, hobbling off straight away and being replaced by Ed Upson in the centre of the park.

More early drama added a twist to the game, when Dean Bowditch and former Glover Lee Peltier tussled close to the benches, and Pelts stupidly made use of his elbow right in front of the Fourth Official. Referee Phil Crossley took his time, consulting with John Busby, before producing a straight red card, leaving Huddersfield down to 10 men for 76 minutes, and Peltier suffering a miserable return to his former club. The Terriers made an instant substitution to realign their back four in the light of the dismissal.

Inevitably, with the extra man, Yeovil began to dominate possession, albeit without producing a huge number of chances. Visiting keeper Ian Bennett smothered a ball at the feet of Andy Williams to stop him breaking through, whilst Oli Johnson's strong run resulted in him placing a shot just wide of the post as the centre of the park opened up invitingly. Then the Terriers almost gifted the Glovers an opening goal, as Stephen Jordan put a Nathan Smith cross onto his own post, with the ball rebounding back out into the grateful arms of Ian Bennett.

Finally though, with six minutes remaining of the first half, Yeovil made their possession turn into a clear-cut chance, as the vision of Alex Russell found Andy Williams in space. His first touch was miscontrolled although in doing so forced a Terriers defender to commit himself. Williams slipped inside onto his left foot and then fired home from just inside the box to put his side 1-0 up, and to give 10 man Huddersfield a mountain to climb.

Just before the break, the Glovers could have been 2-0 up, as Oli Johnson was put through in a one-on-one, but his hesitance allowed Terriers defender Peter Clarke time to get back and put in an excellent challenge before Johnson could pull the trigger. The Glovers deserved their half time lead, but needed to be a bit more authoritative with what they were doing in order to take true advantage of the situation.

Huddersfield introduced a bit of pace to their front line for the start of the second half, with Benik Afobe introduced for Lee Novak. Early chances for the Glovers saw Oli Johnson and Andy Williams spurn opportunities, with the latter firing wide of the target after broke through, with perhaps the angle on his shot defeating him in the end. Luke Ayling put a disappointing free kick attempt wide of the target.

If Huddersfield were going to get back into the game then it was almost certainly going to be from a set piece. And so it proved when an Anthony Pilkington corner was greeted by the head of centre-back Antony Kay, who powered the ball home for an equaliser for yet another occasion when the Glovers had switched off from a set piece. 1-1 and despite the man disadvantage, the Terriers were back in the game.

There were lengthy periods during the second period where Huddersfield began to look as though that was deserved. Following the equaliser, Yeovil seemed to lose their way, and despite being a man down it was Huddersfield who began to control the midfield. The Glovers front pair couldn't hold the ball up, or create anything of note, and a double substitution of Oli Johnson and Andy Williams were swapped out for Antonio German and Sam Williams as the Glovers opted for a front line duo. Not that this significantly changed the pattern of the game.

A lengthy delay and a lot of on field discussion ensued when Sam Williams and Antony Kay jumped up for a header, resulting in a head injury for the Huddersfield goalscorer. Huddersfield's Peter Clarke tried to wind the situation up, both by confronting Williams and then confronting referee Phil Crossley. Clarke's persistence forced the match official to consult with his assistant, who ruled that the collision had no malice to it, with Crossley not even awarding a free kick, despite Clark continuing his argument with the officials.

Huddersfield had chances to win the match late on with substitute Benik Afobe forcing Stephen Henderson into a smart save, and the visitors unable to follow up the rebound. Then Hendo was forced to make a save from Anthony Pilkington, whilst the Glovers ended the match with Paul Huntington worryingly hobbling around after he needed lengthy treatment. But with all three substitutes already used, he had to try to carry on.

The final four minutes of added time produced no further action, unless you count Peter Clarke trying to lay into Sam Williams upon the final whistle, with assistant manager Nathan Jones wisely separating the pair and leading Williams away from any provocation coming his way. In the end the second half was a bit of a damp squib from a Glovers point of view - a man advantage for 76 minutes, and yet it never really showed as the match went on. At the start of the match, a point against a top three side would have been seen as a good result, but the opportunity was there for the Glovers to take command and it never quite happened that way.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 39 mins), Antony Kay (1-1, 59 mins).

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 20. Paul Wotton 15. Alex Russell 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 9. Sam Williams (75 mins for Andy Williams) 16. Edward Upson (5 mins for Paul Wotton) 19. Adam Virgo 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German (75 mins for Oli Johnson) 25. Daniel Fitzsimmons

Huddersfield Town:
13. Ian Bennett
2. Lee Peltier 5. Peter Clarke 8. Antony Kay 22. Stephen Jordan
20. Kevin Kilbane 31. Chris Atkinson 16. Scott Arfield
7. Gary Roberts 21. Lee Novak 11. Anthony Pilkington

Substitutes:
1. Alex Smithies (GK) 12. Tom Clarke 32. Jack Hunt (16 mins for Chris Atkinson) 24. Benik Afobe (46 mins for Lee Novak) 19. Alan Lee 18. Jamie McCombe 17. Jordan Rhodes

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Huddersfield Bookings: Antony Kay (59 mins, excessive celebration). Red Card: Lee Peltier (14 mins, violent conduct).

Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent). Assistants: Mike Cairns (Somerset) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,620


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5 March 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Huddersfield Town. Both are tactical switches, with Sam Williams being left out for Andy Williams, whilst Ed Upson drops to the bench in a straight swap for Alex Russell.

We'll wait to see how manager Terry Skiverton organises his formation and the selection of the wingers and the front line players, however, based on Tuesday night's formation, the starting line-up should look something like this:

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 20. Paul Wotton 15. Alex Russell 10. Dean Bowditch
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 9. Sam Williams 16. Edward Upson 19. Adam Virgo 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 25. Daniel Fitzsimmons

Huddersfield Town:
13. Ian Bennett
2. Lee Peltier 5. Peter Clarke 8. Antony Kay 22. Stephen Jordan
20. Kevin Kilbane 31. Chris Atkinson 16. Scott Arfield 7. Gary Roberts
11. Anthony Pilkington 21. Lee Novak

Substitutes:
1. Alex Smithies (GK) 12. Tom Clarke 32. Jack Hunt 24. Benik Afobe 19. Alan Lee 18. Jamie McCombe 17. Jordan Rhodes


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5 March 2011 : Glovers Players Wanted For Stansfield Fans Return Match
Many of you will remember that when Yeovil Town played Exeter City in a League One match last September, there were a series of events launched relating to former striker Adam Stansfield. One of these was the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup, which was a match staged between the supporters of both sides.

The Glovers are the current holders of that trophy, having won last September by a 5-2 scoreline, although Grecians supporters have decided they want a second bite of the cherry, challenging Glovers fans to a return match down in Exeter when the return League One match is played on Saturday 19th March.

If you were one of the players who took part in the September fixture, or if you would like to get involved in a Supporters Team match, then email Chris Burke at chrisburke_11@hotmail.com and let him know your interest, and contact details.

We'll bring more details on how spectators can view this game nearer the time.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Update: The game is being played at Exeter Civil Service Club in Exwick, Exeter

Address: Foxhayes, Exwick Rd, Exeter, EX4 2BQ

Website: http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/exetercivilservicefc01

Kick off at 10.30a.m. There is a bar and showers at the club and Exeter will put on food after the game.


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5 March 2011 : Plymouth Argyle vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action this morning in a Youth Alliance League match against Plymouth Argyle.

Unfortunately, the half time score from Elburton Villa is that the Glovers are 4-0 down. More to follow on this game at full time.

Update: Full Time now and Plymouth have won the match by a 5-1 scoreline, with the Glovers putting in an improved second half performance to even out the final 45 minutes. More detail on this game to follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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5 March 2011 : January 2011 Player Of The Month
Having now dug out all of the January Man of the Match Results (oops!) it's now possible to calculate the overall winner for that month, based upon the votes that we've received from Yeovil Town supporters across the month.

It was of course a good month, with four wins, two draws and one defeat easily the best month of the season, leading to manager Terry Skiverton and defender Paul Huntington getting noticed by the Football League's committee that decide the monthly nominations - Hunts of course went on to win the award for League One.

Of the Man of the Match winners, these fell to four players across the seven games, with Nathan Smith (Plymouth Argyle, Milton Keynes Dons), Paul Huntington (Brentford - home), Andy Welsh (Rochdale) and Stephen Henderson (Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford - away) the star performers.

Despite Smith and Henderson winning more than one Man of the Match vote each during the month, the winner for January was identical to the way that the Football League saw matters. Step forward Paul Huntington who won by a narrow margin from his goalkeeper, with the percentage of votes cast as follows:

1 Paul Huntington 18.8
2 Stephen Henderson 17.9
3 Nathan Smith 15.5
4 Paul Wotton 10.4
5 Andy Welsh 9.7
6 Andy Williams 8.3
7 Max Ehmer 5.5
8 Luke Ayling 3.9
9 Ed Upson 3.1
10 Shaun MacDonald 2.6


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5 March 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday Man Of the Match Result
The other match in the pair of lost/forgotten January matches for Man of the Match results - and how could we forget it - was the away match at Hillsborough at the tail end of the month. Our first Football League trip to Sheffield Wednesday turned into a backs against the wall performance when the Glovers were reduced to nine men.

The Man of the Match voting reflected the finale to that match. Whilst Paul Huntington picked up a sizeable number of votes on the back of scoring the second goal for the Glovers and then turning his attention to keeping Wednesday out, the almost unanimous verdict was that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson was the star of the show, as the Glovers picked up a 2-2 draw against the odds.

Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets - incidentally check out the overall team performance and entertainment ratings - by far the highest of the season so far:

1 Stephen Henderson 282 (27)
2 Paul Huntington 134 (0)
3 Andy Welsh 38 (2)
4 Nathan Smith 18 (0)
5 Andy Williams 14 (0)
6 Max Ehmer 12 (0)
7 Ed Upson 10 (1)
8 Paul Wotton 6 (0)
9 Oli Johnson 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 9.47

Performance: 9.40
Entertainment: 9.53

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


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5 March 2011 : Rochdale Man Of The Match Result
There's a good number of Man of the Match results we've yet to publish, including a couple that we missed out entirely from the month of January that have only just sprung to light. Hence with apologies, a reminder of our home game against Rochdale, which saw Yeovil Town record a 0-1 home defeat in a tight match that ended 521 minutes worth of clean sheets.

The Man of the Match voting appeared to heavily favour the left flank. Although Paul Huntington got a sizeable number of votes, it was Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh who caught the eye the most, with Welshy winning by a small margin. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Andy Welsh 170 (13)
2 Nathan Smith 154 (9)
3 Paul Huntington 102 (6)
4 Max Ehmer 44 (1)
5 Stephen Henderson 38 (0)
6 Andy Williams 32 (2)
7 Luke Ayling 28 (2)
8 Dean Bowditch 18 (1)
8 Oli Johnson 18 (1)
10 Ed Upson 12 (1)
11 Paul Wotton 12 (0)
12 Alex Russell 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.17

Performance: 6.06
Entertainment: 6.28

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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4 March 2011 : Peltier To Feature On BBC Phone-In
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Lee Peltier will be featured on a BBC local radio phone-in programme tonight. The Huddersfield Town player returns to Huish Park for tomorrow afternoon's League One match, but will be interviewed on the Twentyman Talks Back programme, which goes on the air just after the 7.00p.m. news on both BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol.

The phone-in programme will also feature Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still, whose side travel to play Bristol Rovers this weekend, in a match that pitches 22nd vs 23rd at the Memorial Stadium, and so will doubtless have Glovers fans hoping for a draw!

Tune in via the usual frequencies of 95.5FM (Somerset) or 94.9FM (Bristol) or listen in via the internet by clicking here.


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4 March 2011 : Terrier Boss Says Bowditch Has 'Immense Ability'
Tomorrow's opponents Huddersfield Town will come up against a player that they missed out on in the January transfer window, if the rumourmill is to be believed. On the final day of January, Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to the Galpharm Stadium.

That interest appeared to be ended when the Terriers landed Danny Cadamarteri during the same evening, and Bowditch himself used his Twitter account just under an hour before the window closed to state that he would not be moving anywhere. How far it went, we'll probably never know.

Terriers first team manager Lee Clark admits in his pre-match interview with the Huddersfield Examiner that he knows Bowditch well from his time as Norwich City's assistant manager, between 2007 and 2008, whilst Bowditch was plying his trade with their East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and says that he rates him very highly:

"Dean Bowditch is a very talented player, someone I know very well from his time at Ipswich when I was with Norwich, and I think heís got immense ability. I donít know what has happened in his career because, with no disrespect to Yeovil, when he broke into the team at Ipswich a lot of Premiership clubs were having a look because the natural ability the lad has got is of the highest quality. He is certainly a player weíll have to keep an eye on."

Although Clark admits to knowing plenty about his old club's striker Oli Johnson, his time at Carrow Road pre-dates Oli's arrival there from Stockport County.


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4 March 2011 : Away Draw For Glovers In Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn away in the Semi-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup. Their hosts will be Clevedon Town, who play in the Southern League First Division South and West. Their games are played at the Hand Stadium in Clevedon.

No confirmed date has been set for this fixture at present, although the Somerset FA expect both Semi-Finals to be played during the week commencing April 4th 2011. The other semi-final has seen Weston-super-Mare drawn at home to Radstock Town.


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4 March 2011 : Plymouth vs Youth Team Venue Information
Yeovil Town's Under 18s make an away trip to play Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, in a Youth Alliance League match. The match will be played at Elburton Villa F.C. which is situated on the South-East side of Plymouth just off the A379.

Address: Elburton Villa Football Club, Haye Road, Plymouth, PL9 8HS.

It is possible to get there without going as far as the outskirts of Plymouth, although will involve a more tricky journey along minor roads. Assuming you'd prefer the main roads, take the A38 as far as the Marsh Mills roundabout (the main one at the end of the A38 dual carriageway that marks the start of the Plymouth city suburbs) then take the first exit for the A374. Next take a left turn for the A379, recrossing the River Plym, signposted Kingsbridge and towards Brixton.

Once you get into Elburton, at the Elburton Road mini-roundabout junction turn left into Haye Road. The Elburton ground is approximately 100 metres on your left.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 11.00a.m.


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4 March 2011 : Gary Johnson Back In Management With Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is back in football management. For the first time since leaving Huish Park, he will manage at a lower level than the Glovers, agreeing a two and a half year contract at Sixfields.

He replaces former boss Ian Sampson, who was fired on Wednesday with the Cobblers sat in 16th place in the League Two table, and nine places off the play-offs. Johnson's first task will be to take on fifth placed Shrewsbury Town - one of the sides that they would need to overhaul if he is to make any improbable late charge on the League Two play-offs during their final 13 games.

Gary had been out of work since Peterborough United sacked him in January 2011, but has been linked with almost every Football League vacancy since that date. The very best of luck to him in his new role.


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4 March 2011 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southampton
Next Tuesday, Yeovil Town have a trip to St Mary's Stadium for a League One match against Southampton. The match against the Saints takes place on Tuesday 8th March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

The cost of travel will be £10.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 3.45p.m. and they have pre-booked parking at the stadium. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you agree in advance. They currently have four spaces left.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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4 March 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Huddersfield Town tomorrow afternoon in their second League One match in five days. The Glovers return to Huish Park to play yet another promotion challenger, hoping to end a run that has seen them lose their last three home matches, whilst failing to score in all three games.

Any attempt to end that will require Yeovil Town to be at their best against a Terriers side who currently lie in third place in the League One Table. On 56 points, they are precisely 20 points ahead of the Glovers in 19th place. Their form is good as well - they are unbeaten in 2011 in the league with six wins and six draws and in Jordan Rhodes (17 goals), Anthony Pilkington (14 goals) and Gary Roberts (10 goals - and not the ex-Yeovil player) they have goals a-plenty. Largely from set pieces defender Jamie McCombe has weighed in with six goals, and their particular strength is their first half record - the best in League One.

When you're facing all that strike power, the last thing you need to know is that there is more in reserve. Striker Danny Cadamarteri has been out with a back injury, and Huddersfield manager Lee Clark is just waiting to see how he has reacted to a Thursday training session before working out whether taking him on a lengthy coach trip down to South Somerset is the best way for him to continue his rehabilitation from that injury. Cadamarteri was a transfer deadline day signing for the Terriers, with plenty of rumours on that night that Yeovil's Dean Bowditch had been also on their wish list until Cadamarteri signed. Perhaps we'll see on Saturday whether the Terriers got their right man or not.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield are definitely without defender Gary Naysmith, who has a calf injury and midfielder Damien Johnson who has a knee injury. Neither will travel to Somerset. Goalkeeper Alex Smithies should travel, but his recent knee injury is likely to keep him on the bench, whilst Liam Ridehalgh's ability to travel will be assessed after he went down with glandular fever recently.

The Glovers will hopefully welcome back club captain Craig Alcock after he was left out of Tuesday night's squad for the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. However, manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that left-winger Andy Welsh will remain sidelined by his Achilles tendon injury:

"Craig has worked so hard to get back fit, but he's got a bit of a septic toe. So we're hoping that he will be available for the weekend. Andy Welsh is progressing well, but we've not put a timeframe on him yet."

Past meetings between the two sides have been mixed, although the Glovers have pulled a few surprise results out of the bag from time to time. The 2-1 win at the Galpharm Stadium in April 2006 is probably the most memorable, given that it kept Steve Thompson's side in League One that day. However, the January 2007 3-1 win on Sky Sports was probably the most emphatic performance of the 13 meetings, from a Glovers point of view. Huddersfield have won the last three matches though with the most recent being last September's 4-2 win, although it shouldn't be forgotten that Dean Bowditch and Owain Tudur Jones stunned the Terriers by going 2-0 up after 15 minutes. A shame it didn't last! The January 2010 game was the last one at Huish Park, with Huddersfield grabbing a somewhat low key 1-0 win through a Nathan Eccleston goal.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. If you are buying tickets, then you have until 6.00p.m. tonight to purchase at the pre-match price - call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to place your booking. Tickets will be available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those who can't make it, then signing up to Twitter and following us or tuning into 95.5FM to listen to BBC Somerset's live commentary should keep you company throughout the afternoon.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town.


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3 March 2011 : German Settling In Through Familiar Faces
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Antonio German has said that having familiar faces around the place has helped him settle in at Huish Park. The 19 year old has come down from West London to South Somerset for the remainder of the 2010-11 season in what is his third loan spell in his career, having had previous short stays with Aldershot Town and Southend United.

Antonio has been one of a number of players recruited in from Loftus Road in recent times, with defender/midfielder Max Ehmer brought in on loan for the rest of the season, whilst left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons is on a short term deal at Huish Park having been released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of 2010. The striker told the Kilburn Times that seeing people he knew when he arrived at the club helped hugely:

"Itís always good to have another player you know and Max is doing really well for Yeovil. They had four clean sheets in his first four games and heís starting most weeks. This is a good club to come to Ė the place is quite relaxed and the
team spiritís very good even though unfortunately weíve been in the relegation zone. But itís good to be playing for something. Everyone here is 100 per cent focused on staying up. I think it also helps when you know youíre staying for a few months Ė you get used to how the team play and you feel part of the team rather than just a loanee
."

So far, Antonio has featured in three matches, all from the substitutes bench, and he explained that the move came about after manager Terry Skiverton watched him in two QPR Reserves matches, with the West London side's Youth Team coach and former Glover Marc Bircham key to the deal going through:

"The Yeovil manager watched me in friendlies against Tottenham and Charlton, he spoke to Birchy afterwards and said he really liked me. Iím enjoying myself down here and the manager said he wants to ease me into the team, so I have to be patient. Iím waiting for my opportunity and then I have to grab it with both hands. If I can get a few games under my belt and score a few goals, then I hope I can get the attention of (QPR Manager) Neil Warnock, thatís my main goal. I feel he knows whatís best for me."

Antonio's appearances so far have been at Dagenham and Redbridge (13 minutes) and the home games against Peterborough United (7 minutes) and Tuesday night's match against Brighton and Hove Albion (12 minutes).


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3 March 2011 : Welshy Dips Into His Own Pocket For Treatment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has huge sympathy for left-winger Andy Welsh, who has missed the last month's worth of football through injury. The 27 year old has been missing since February 5th with an Achilles tendon injury and as yet there is no sign of a date for a return.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that Welsh had even paid for his own treatment on the injury away from the club in an effort to get the problem sorted, and admitted that he was not the only player to have done so this season:

"I'm really frustrated for him at the moment. He's doing everything that he can. He's been paying money out of his own pocket and I really respect that when you see lads do that. Craig Alcock has done that as well in that he's gone and seen people away from the club. We welcome that because it shows players' appetites for not being out."

Aside from his recent injury, Welsh has often been the fall guy when on the field of play, generally starting matches, but being the first player substituted during matches in an effort to change things tactically. Skiverton added that he felt Welsh had shown a positive attitude when that had happened to him during the season:

"He was out for whatever reason, and I've taken him off early in games for tactical reasons, but he's like a tennis ball. He comes back for more - he doesn't go off sulking."


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3 March 2011 : Swindon Take Hart From Managerial Change
League One side Swindon Town have wasted no time in appointing a new manager. Around 12 hours after announcing the departure of Danny Wilson as their boss, they have unveiled Paul Hart has his successor, on contract for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

Hart has held a variety of jobs since giving up a lengthy career as a defender in the 1970s and 1980s, mainly with Blackpool and Leeds United. He has managed Chesterfield, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Rushden and Diamonds and rather briefly Queens Park Rangers. However, Swindon indicate their rationale for appointing him lies with his success in keeping Portsmouth (2008-09) and Crystal Palace (2009-10) away from relegation despite him picking them up in precarious positions. The remit will undoubtedly be for him to make it a hat-trick of 'near misses'.

Whilst tidying up another loose end in League One, Brentford have given caretaker manager Nicky Forster the job on a full time basis, also until the end of the season. The 37 year old has won four and drawn two of his six games in charge so far, including helping the Bees reach the Football League Trophy final. Despite being on Brentford's books as a player, Forster has not put himself on the pitch since being appointed as manager, with his last match as a striker being Brentford's January defeat at Huish Park.


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3 March 2011 : Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Results
The line-up for the Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Finals are now known after all four Quarter-Final fixtures were completed this week. Joining Yeovil Town Reserves in the Semi-Finals will be Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon Town and Radstock Town with the away sides triumphing in all four fixtures. Results this week were as follows:

Hengrove Athletic 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 1 (Att: 124)
Taunton Town 1 Weston-super-Mare 2 (Att: 179)
Paulton Rovers 1 Clevedon Town 2 (Att: 90)
Frome Town 3 Radstock Town 3 (AET: 2-2 after 90 mins, Radstock win 4-2 on penalties).

As soon as the Semi-Final draw is made, we'll publish it here.


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2 March 2011 : Wilson Resigns From Swindon Job
League One side Swindon Town have parted company with manager Danny Wilson. The announcement made this evening is mildly odd timing in that the Robins dropped into the bottom four last night without Wilson's side playing any part in proceedings, as Walsall's 1-0 win over Southampton sent them into the relegation zone.

However, it is a move that has been on the cards, with Swindon becoming the latest side to suffer the post-play-off blues, having reached the League One Play-Off Final last season. They're currently on a run of 11 league matches without a win, recording their last three points on January 3rd. They've not won at the County Ground for three months, and that has seen them go on a slide that currently sees them in 21st place in the League One Table, and three points short of safety. They are five points behind Yeovil, having played a game more.

Swindon have described Wilson's departure as a resignation, although there is the suggestion that a little bit of pressure was applied upon him to fall on his own sword. Chairman Andrew Fitton appears to already have a successor lined up saying in the statement:

"The club will be announcing a replacement for Danny within the next 24 hours. It will be a proven, senior manager whose prime responsibility will be to ensure our League One survival by the end of the season."

With respect to Wilson, he's not had it easy in that like former Glovers boss Russell Slade, as soon as Swindon returned from Wembley they lost two of their more talented players, with top scorer Billy Paynter leaving on a free transfer to Leeds United, and Swindon eventually buckling under a series of Brighton and Hove Albion offers for Gordon Greer. Matters got worse in late January when Paynter's strike partner Charlie Austin was sold to Burnley. There's little doubt that the loss of these players will have contributed to Wilson's downfall.

The Swindon local press are already naming former Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth manager Paul Hart as Wilson's successor although that's yet to be absolutely confirmed.


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2 March 2011 : GWSC Travel To Southampton
Next Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town have a trip to St Mary's for a League One match against Southampton. The match against the Hampshire club takes place on Tuesday 8th March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Huish Park at 4.00p.m. Note that there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station for this trip. Cost of travel will be £13.00, with concessions available at £11.00. 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: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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2 March 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following last night's 0-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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2 March 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Huddersfield Town have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 5th March with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Phil Crossley (Kent). Mr Crossley took up the whistle in 1990 and progressed through the local leagues before being promoted to the Panel list in 1998 and then the National list in 2000.

The last time Mr Crossley crossed swords with Yeovil Town was for a League One match against Brighton and Hove Albion. No, not last night's match, where a number of Glovers fans had significant grumbles about the performance of Scott Mathieson, particularly during the first half, but for the October 2010 game at the Withdean Stadium. No complaints about the end result on that day, nor of Mr Crossley's performance, and in fact a weaker referee could have sent off Jean-Paul Kalala when he put in a fairly robust challenge whilst already on a yellow card. So perhaps we should have been thanking him for being level-headed on the day.

The first appearance that Mr Crossley made to Huish Park as a referee was on 15th December 2001. After that, we had him for two Atkins related matches: first against Oxford United in February 2004; and then the infamous game against Bristol Rovers where he had the strength to send off two Pirates on the night in front of the usual baying coin and lighter chuckers of the Memorial Stadium, and report Atkins to the Football Association for, amongst other things, chucking a cup of tea at Gary Johnson - 19th October, 2004.

Moving on, there were two matches during the 2008-09 season. The first was the opening match of the season in a 1-1 draw with Walsall that passed off without incident. The second was a rather lively 2-4 home defeat against Stockport County, where we felt that he was a bit too lenient with how he dealt with two incidents involving former Glover Michael Rose, who was a little bit too up for the game against his former employers.

Finally, there was one occasion during the 2009-10 season where we saw Mr Crossley. This was for the 0-0 draw against Gillingham at Huish Park back in February 2010. We had a small grumble with him in that match in that he didn't award a penalty for one of those 'bodies lying in the box' moments involving Sam Williams, but we've got a long string of referees who we'd point the finger at with that one.

Mr Crossley will be assisted by Mike Cairns (Somerset) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Link: October 2010 : Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Gillingham 0.

Link: December 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 4.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2004 : Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Oxford United 0.


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2 March 2011 : Skivo: Stonewall Penalty Shout Cost Us
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt a failure to award a 'stonewall' penalty denied his side a share of the spoils against League One's leaders last night. The Glovers lost 0-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park, allowing the Sussex side to stretch their lead at the top of League One to four points whilst the Glovers remain stuck in 19th place.

Skiverton's view after the game was that referee Scott Mathieson had got it wrong when he waved away claims for a spot kick after Brighton defender Adam El-Abd collided with Glovers striker Oli Johnson during the first half, with the game still goalless. He told BBC Somerset that he felt that was a crucial decision against his side:

"Decisions went against us and I thought it was a stonewall penalty, and I think that everybody else did in the stadium. But Brighton had a few chances, and you can see why they are top of the table. They're a great side, but so they should be, with the amount of money that they've got to spend.With us, on the other hand, I felt we came out for the second half and I think we absolutely destroyed their game plan, but we need that cutting edge up front."



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2 March 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brighton Interview
Just before kick-off in last night's 0-1 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

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


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1 March 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brighton
If you were at this evening's 0-1 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion 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 Brighton and Hove Albion.


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1 March 2011 : Yeovil 0 Brighton 1 : Bennett Strike Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town went down by a single goal tonight at Huish Park, as they lost out to an Elliott Bennett goal midway through the first half in an open League One encounter. That was enough to give all three points to a professional looking Brighton and Hove Albion side, who showed a lot of the organisational skills to give a clue why they have led League One since September last year. Headers for Oli Johnson and Andy Williams in the second half could have made it interesting, but the Seagulls deserved what they got for their first half show.

Team news saw just one change to Yeovil's starting line-up with Dean Bowditch coming in for Andy Williams, and more formation tweaking with a 4-4-2 that verged towards 4-4-1-1 with Oli Johnson running deep. The game opened up at 100mph with both sides looking to impose themselves upon the game. That said, there wasn't too much in the way of clear-cut chances during those early stages - more huff'n'puff than cutting edge. Yeovil's best was an Oli Johnson shot that deflected off Brighton defender Adam El-Abd for a corner. The same pair had a coming together inside the box a few minutes later inside the box, leaving Johnson sounding off heavily towards referee Scott Mathieson, who took the criticism on the chin for not awarding the decision - to be fair not too many of Oli's team-mates called for it.

Brighton took the lead 25 minutes into the match with a spot of clinical build-up and finishing of the type that Yeovil should look at both from a defensive point of view as well as a lesson in how to carve teams open. When both Chris Wood and Glenn Murray ran down the left flank, Luke Ayling was left entirely exposed, with no support, and that meant that Wood was able to switch the ball across to Elliott Bennett, who was one of Brighton's best players on the park at the Withdean Stadium back in October. He enhanced that reputation by shooting from the edge of the box to put the Seagulls a goal up.

If Brighton had not really imposed themselves fully on the game before the goal, they certainly did so after the goal, nearly doubling their lead through Inigo Calderon, who was another player who displayed a decent shot on himself at the Withdean. His shot was just about saved at the second attempt by Stephen Henderson. Further attempts by Adam El-Abd and Glenn Murray showed up which team was in command, and the only thing the Glovers had to show at the other end was a Paul Wotton free kick ten minutes before the break, after Luke Ayling had been fouled, but Casper Ankergren saved well through a crowd of players.

As the half closed off, Yeovil began to get a little frustrated with not being able to get near the ball at times with a fluent Brighton side looking comfortable. Ed Upson and Max Ehmer landed in the book, whilst it would have been very easy for Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson to have joined them, with Wotton clattering former Glover Liam Bridcutt and only a referee's advantage saving the yellow, with referee Scott Mathieson perhaps having forgotten by the time play stopped. At half time the Seagulls had a deserved lead and looked in control.

A switch at the break saw Alex Russell replace Ed Upson, with the latter having committed more fouls than anyone else on the park during the first half. An early chance created by Sam Williams, who had started off on the right wing, slipping the ball in for Alex Russell but he couldn't get his shot away. Then Luke Ayling struck a free kick over the bar as the Glovers came out flying and in an attacking mood, although had to be wary of what Brighton could do at the other end, with Chris Wood forcing Stephen Henderson into a strong save from a narrow angle.

After Sam Williams had been replaced by Andy Williams and the Glovers employed yet another switch of their front players and wingers, the best chance of the game was presented to Oli Johnson as Alex Russell put in a cross on a plate for him inside the box. Unfortunately Johnson's head has been proven in past games to not have the talent that his feet have - the chance was flicked wide from around eight yards out with little doubt that one side or the other of Casper Ankergren would have seen an equaliser. Five minutes later, and Andy Williams did little better - his weak header being planted straight into the keeper's arms.

Elliott Bennett almost made it 2-0 when his shot deflected off a defender, deceiving Stephen Henderson and with the ball bouncing off a goal-post and a linesman's flag stopping Glenn Murray from following up. Still Yeovil persevered, and even though they struggled to carve open the Brighton defence they were determined to give them a run for their money and attempt to put them on the back foot. Former Glover Liam Bridcutt became the game's most obvious booking as he took out Nathan Smith to stop him breaking through on goal. A professional foul in the true sense of the word, but with defenders covering, no danger of a red.

But Brighton seemed to have enough organisation and professionalism to see the game out, and in the end it was those headed chances from Johnson and Williams that were Yeovil's real chances to sneak a point. Once again, like Charlton and Peterborough though, coming up against the big boys the Glovers were edged out, and again it is that clinical nature in front of goal that proved to be the difference between the two sides. On the plus side, a spirited second half performance should give Yeovil some heart when they come up against the lesser sides in the division - Brighton are surely heading for bigger and better things.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Scorers: Elliott Bennett (25 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin 19. Adam Virgo 15 Alex Russell (46 mins for Ed Upson) 25. Danny Fitzsimons 7. Andy Williams (62 mins for Sam Williams) 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German (79 mins for Dean Bowditch)

Brighton and Hove Albion:
16. Casper Ankergren
14. Inigo Calderon 3. Gordon Greer 6. Adam El-Abd 22. Marcos Painter
18. Gary Dicker 26. Liam Bridcutt
7. Elliott Bennett
9. Ashley Barnes 39. Chris Wood 17. Glenn Murray

Substitutes:
1. Peter Brezovan (GK) 4. Tommy Elphick (90 mins for Elliott Bennett) 10. Matthew Sparrow (83 mins for Chris Wood) 20. Chris Holroyd 21. Francisco Sandaza 27. Mauricio Taricco 31. Craig Noone (66 mins for Ashley Barnes)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 38 mins), Max Ehmer (foul, 43 mins)
Brighton Bookings: Adam El-Abd (foul, 65 mins), Liam Bridcutt (foul, 80 mins)

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistants: Adam Watts (Worcestershire) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 3,832 (with 547 Brighton fans).


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1 March 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion. Striker Dean Bowditch makes his full return from a series of minor injuries and he displaces Andy Williams.

On the bench, Adam Virgo returns after being given the weekend off, with news yet to come concerning the arrival of his first child. The team is as follows - with formation subject to change on kick-off:

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin 19. Adam Virgo 15 Alex Russell 25. Danny Fitzsimons 7. Andy Williams 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German

Brighton and Hove Albion:
16. Casper Ankergren
14. Inigo Calderon 3. Gordon Greer 6. Adam El-Abd 22. Marcos Painter
18. Gary Dicker 26. Liam Bridcutt
7. Elliott Bennett
9. Ashley Barnes 39. Chris Wood 17. Glenn Murray

Substitutes:
1. Peter Brezovan (GK) 4. Tommy Elphick 10. Matthew Sparrow 20. Chris Holroyd 21. Francisco Sandaza 27. Mauricio Taricco 31. Craig Noone


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1 March 2011 : Ladies West Ham United Match Postponed
Due to West Ham United's continued involvement in the Women's FA Cup, their FA Women's Premier League match with Yeovil Town Ladies, due to have taken place at Raleigh Grove this Sunday 6th March, has been postponed.

The East London side were due to have played Colchester United in the cup last Sunday, but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This game will now take place this coming Sunday.

A fresh date for the Glovers' match with West Ham, and for last weekend's postponed game at Portsmouth will be announced in the near future by the Premier League.

[Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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1 March 2011 : Virgo Absence Explained
The more eagle-eyed of you would have noticed that central defender Adam Virgo dropped out of the squad entirely on Saturday, when the Glovers travelled to Prenton Park. Despite not being injured, manager Terry Skiverton told Virgo to stay at home for the game against Tranmere Rovers to allow him to deal with more personal matters at home.

Unless matters develop further during today, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that Virgo should return to the squad for tonight's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, and said that he felt that it was only right that the player did not make the two day trip up to the North-West in the circumstances:

"He's got a little one on the way and he's done the decent thing in moving all of his family to Yeovil. I didn't think it was right for him to travel, especially if you're travelling when you've got a baby that is imminent. So it's a good story rather than a bad one. It was not his call, it was my call. I told him to stay at home. Football is important but if you miss out on the birth of your first child, he'd never forgive me in life, and I don't think I could forgive myself."

As is often the case with meetings between Yeovil Town and Brighton, there are a number of players who will be coming up against their former clubs. As well as Virgo, who was born in the town, assistant manager Nathan Jones spent five years in Sussex and to our knowledge still owns a flat there, goalkeeper Richard Martin started his career in Sussex, whilst strike pair Dean Bowditch and Sam Williams have had loan spells there.


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1 March 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion this evening in the first of two home matches inside five days against promotion-chasing sides. The Seagulls have been top of League One since the end of September and are currently a point clear of AFC Bournemouth with three games in hand. They have a six point cushion on the automatic promotion slots and are currently 18 places and 23 points better off than the Glovers.

Brighton suffered a mini-wobble on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 by Milton Keynes Dons, but prior to that they had won seven out of their previous nine League One matches. They've also had time to squeeze in an FA Cup run that took them to the Fifth Road that only ended when they were blocked by Premier League side Stoke City. There's little doubt that they are hot favourites to start next season in the Championship, which with a new stadium at Falmer almost completed, would be a suitable point for them to end their fairly miserable surroundings at the Withdean Stadium.

Any side up at the top of a League table usually has a pair of dangerous strikers, and Brighton are no exception, with Glenn Murray and Ashley Barnes have scored 27 goals between them this season. Murray got one of those goals in their 2-0 win over the Glovers back in October in a game where the Glovers contained the leaders well for the opening half hour, but eventually succumbed, with Inigo Calderon adding a second later in the game.

The Seagulls do have a number of long term absentees with Alan Navarro (cruciate knee), Jamie Smith (foot) and Jim McNulty (ankle) not having played recently. In addition former Plymouth Argyle winger Craig Noone missed their Saturday defeat with a leg injury, although is back in training and so may be recalled for tonight's game. Midfielder Radostin Kishishev is the other man who could be recalled to the squad, after some time out with a back injury.

For the Glovers, their main absentee will be left-winger Andy Welsh who is still out with an Achilles tendon problem. Centre-back Adam Virgo should be available to face his former club after being given special leave over the weekend to deal with a house move and the impending arrival of a baby in the Virgo household, although obviously the latter could still mean that Virgo pulls out. The other absentee over the weekend was winger Billy Gibson but at present details of his injury are not available.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. That is unless you're a Seagulls fan where for unknown reasons their end of the ground has been assigned an 'all ticket' status. For those who can't make it down to Huish Park, expect us to be tweeting on Twitter to keep you company, whilst BBC Somerset's live commentary on 95.5FM will also be available.

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


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