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31 March 2012 : Johnson Pleased With Glovers Workrate
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hailed his side's workrate this afternoon, after they battled out a 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court this afternoon. The point gained was a rearguard action at times, with the Glovers having to defend for the bulk of the match, gaining only a small number of chances themselves.

Speaking after the game, Johnson felt that his side had to work hard against a Cherries side who came into this afternoon's match on 49 points, and therefore realistically safe from any relegation concerns. He said that allowed them to play with some flamboyance and freedom, but agreed that his own team had put in a great deal of effort to stop them in their tracks:

"That was a shift. We're very pleased with the workrate - that was the main thing coming down here. When a team (like Bournemouth) is already on 49 points and safe, they can throw a little bit of caution to the wind. And they're a good footballing side, Bournemouth."

Johnson also praised the 814 travelling supporters, who made plenty of noise throughout the match, but particularly paid tribute to goalkeeper Sam Walker, who put in probably his best performance for the Glovers so far:

"That was a super performance by our boys on the pitch and our fans off the pitch. I thought they were great as well. We hung on in their and had our two or three chances, and when they had their chance, our goalkeeper (Sam Walker) was up to the task. He's come good and looked like that Premier goalkeeper he's going to be."

This afternoon's draw lifts Yeovil Town up one place in the current League One table, rising above Preston North End on goals scored, and maintaining their six point advantage between themselves and the relegation zone.


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31 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Bournemouth vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, 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 AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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31 March 2012 : Bournemouth 0 Yeovil 0 : Walker Masterclass Shuts Out Cherries
Yeovil Town gained their first 0-0 draw of 2012, and their first goalless game under Gary Johnson, as they continue to inch their way towards League One safety. Another point on the board in a draw against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon at Dean Court, was only gained thanks to a series of saves made by Chelsea loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, who kept the home side at bay despite them having the lion's share of the chances. At the other end, Yeovil's chances were few and far between, but Andy Williams clipped the top of the crossbar in the first half, whilst Lawson D'Ath was denied in the second period by a goal line clearance.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up as Jonathan Grounds dropped out of the squad, due to his partner giving birth, meaning that he stayed in Middlesbrough for the week. That allowed his Boro team-mate to be recalled to the squad, and the starting line-up. Josh Morris moved into the back line to block the absence of Grounds, whilst Lawson D'Ath swapped wings to allow Franks to resume his right-wing role. At the back, the second change saw Richard Hinds return to the starting line-up following his calf injury, meaning that Bondz N'Gala dropped to the bench, allowing the Glovers to name five subs after leaving the bench one short last weekend.

The pattern of the game was well established by the opening chances that fell to the home side after a busy but scrappy start. Wes Thomas headed wide, then Shaun Cooper's deflected attempt saw Glovers goalkeeper Sam Walker readjust himself well to tip the ball over the bar. Steve Cook put the ball over from the corner that followed.

Yeovil's chances were minimal, and the only one worth talking about came when Lawson D'Ath put Andy Williams through on goal, and force Darryl Flahavan off his line. Williams lobbed the former Southend United keeper, but managed to just about clear the goal frame with the ball clipping the crossbar and out for a goal kick.

But most of the play was at the other end, and was mainly about whether Bournemouth could get past Sam Walker. The Chelsea keeper has come in for plenty of stick for errors that have given sides goals in recent matches, but he was standing up to the task well, getting down low to his left to block a Wes Thomas effort, then a brilliant tip over the bar as a Marc Pugh cross was met by a Steve Cook header, but with the Cherries being forced to go in goalless at the break, despite clearly having dominated proceedings.

The second half saw more of the same, even if things were not quite so one-sided, as Bournemouth began to struggle to carve out chances during long period of the half. Zavon Hines rounded several Yeovil defenders who failed to get in blocks or tackles, only to find Sam Walker in his way, smothering the ball as Marc Pugh threatened to get the rebound.

The Glovers could have sneaked a goal against the run of play though, as a breakaway saw a cross into the box met by Lawson D'Ath whose downward header appeared to be heading towards the back of the net, only for Steve Cook to block the ball off the line with a great clearance. Overall though it was the home side continuing the pressing, and the longer the game went on, the more nervy and tense everything got, leaving both sides scrambling at times, as legs tired.

Inevitably in the final five minutes, it was a bit of a rearguard action. Sam Walker put in another terrific save as Wes Fogden's looping header towards the top corner seemed a stick-on for a goal, only for the Chelsea man to again palm the ball away for a corner. Then as time ticked out Walker did it twice more - once from Scott Malone, then from Wes Thomas. An excellent day for him, and a big confidence boost for a goalkeeper that has been under pressure in recent matches. For the Glovers, with only Bury and Scunthorpe winning in the bottom half of the table, and the vast majority gaining draws, they still remain six points off the drop zone with a game more played, and even nudged above Preston North End, who seem to be imploding under new manager Graham Westley at present.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

AFC Bournemouth:
23. Darryl Flahavan
18. Simon Francis 22. Scott Malone 3. Steve Cook 34. Miles Addison
7. Marc Pugh 8. Harry Arter 4. Shaun Cooper 16. Shaun MacDonald
9. Wesley Thomas 30. Zavon Hines

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal (GK) 12. Wes Fogden (76 mins for Harry Arter) 15. Steven Gregory (67 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 32. Donal McDermott (59 mins for Zavon Hines) 40. Stephane Zubar

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 15. Josh Morris
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (None used)

Bournemouth Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Walker (kicking the ball away, 90 mins)

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Dave Bushell (London) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 6,170 (including 814 Yeovil supporters).


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31 March 2012 : Team News For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to AFC Bournemouth. Both alterations come in the back four, with Bondz N'Gala being replaced by Richard Hinds, who has recovered from a calf strain picked up in the midweeker at Charlton Athletic.

The other change comes at left-back, with Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Grounds dropping out of the squad after his partner gave birth during the early part of the week. As revealed earlier today, he has stayed in the North-East, meaning an easy choice for who is this afternoon's 'sixth loanee'. Thus Blackburn Rovers player Josh Morris moves into the back four as his positional replacement, whilst Jonathan Franks returns to the squad.

Injured trio Gavin Williams (hamstring), Nathan Jones (ankle) and Kelly Youga (Achilles) remain absent this afternoon.

The Glovers are expected to line up as follows with Bondz N'Gala the only change on the bench, as he restores the numbers back up to the usual five:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 15. Josh Morris
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

AFC Bournemouth:
23. Darryl Flahavan
18. Simon Francis 22. Scott Malone 3. Steve Cook 34. Miles Addison
7. Marc Pugh 8. Harry Arter 4. Shaun Cooper 16. Shaun MacDonald
9. Wesley Thomas 30. Zavon Hines

Substitutes:
1. Shwan Jalal (GK) 12. Wes Fogden 15. Steven Gregory 32. Donal McDermott 40. Stephane Zubar


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31 March 2012 : Oldham Away Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town made the trip to Oldham Athletic for a League One fixture at Boundary Park. A long range strike from Gavin Williams and a second half goal from Andy Williams sandwiched a Zander Diamond header, with the Glovers running out 2-1 winners on the day.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back pairing Richard Hinds and Paul Huntington win praise from those at the match as they landed 3rd and 2nd spots in the poll. However, it was the opening goalscorer Gavin Williams who grabbed most of your votes, coming out on top of the poll. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Gavin Williams 108 (8)
2 Paul Huntington 76 (6)
3 Richard Hinds 72 (3)
4 Andy Williams 50 (1)
5 Sam Walker 32 (2)
6 Luke Ayling 22 (1)
7 Dominic Blizzard 20 (1)
7 Jonathan Grounds 20 (1)
9 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
10 Ed Upson 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.26

Performance: 7.57
Entertainment: 6.96

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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31 March 2012 : Franks Hoping For Recall To The Team
Yeovil Town right-winger Jonathan Franks says that he is hoping for a recall to the squad after missing out in last weekend's home match against Hartlepool United. The Middlesbrough loanee was dropped as the club's 'sixth loanee', missing his first match since arriving at the club in February, but is standing by to make his return in this afternoon's game against AFC Bournemouth.

Franks told BBC Somerset that was particularly disappointed to miss out given that the visitors are close to the 21 year old's Stockton-on-Tees birth place, and also his parent club. However he did admit that he had been involved in a large number of matches recently:

"I really wanted to play last week, because Hartlepool are a local team, but I've just missed out. Now I'm back and hopefully in for Bournemouth on Saturday, and I'm looking forward to it. The gaffer said I needed a rest. I didn't agree with him, but I have played a few games now, and I hadn't been playing for a couple of years. So I think now I've had the rest, I'm ready to go again."

Echoing the thoughts of his boss Gary Johnson, Franks said that it was important to be aware of the boost that the Cherries players would get out of working under new management, but hoped the uncertainty could be turned to his team's advantage:

"Obviously I've been at Middlesbrough where there's been a change of manager, and everybody does put that extra ten percent in, and we've got to be ready for that. Hopefully it can work in our favour. We'd like to have got the three points in the last game, but obviously we never. But there's still teams at the bottom so we've still got to push ourselves over that line, and hopefully we can do that on Saturday."

Pre-match signs were that Franks' Middlesbrough team-mate Jonathan Grounds may be the 'sixth loan' player that misses out today. Having been up in the North-East for the early part of the week due to the birth of his partner's child, he had yet to return to Somerset on Thursday. Although the birth has now happened, there's a question mark over how quickly the left-back will get back to the club, and how much sleep he will have had in the process.


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31 March 2012 : Johnson Wary Of New Cherries Management Team
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be wary of Saturday afternoon's opponents when his side travel to play AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court. The Cherries are under new management this week, and after a Tuesday night 2-2 draw against Stevenage, interim duo Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks will take charge of their first home match, with the Glovers their opponents.

The duo are in charge until the end of the 2011-12 season after former manager Lee Bradbury was sacked last Sunday. Brooks is a 49 year old who as a midfielder had a playing career that took in Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, AFC Bournemouth, Dorchester Town, Ringwood Town and Bournemouth Poppies before taking up a position as Portsmouth's Youth Team manager. He then returned to Dorset when he became Director of Football under Eddie Mitchell during the Bournemouth Chairman's tenue at the Avenue Stadium, eventually becoming their first team manager.

Groves is a former Grimsby Town manager, who also had two lengthy periods with them along with a number of other clubs, including Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion. He was briefly Portsmouth's Caretaker Manager in between Paul Hart and Avram Grant and followed Grant to West Ham United as a first team coach, before switching to Bournemouth as their Youth Team manager upon Grant's sacking at Upton Park.

Thus despite moving up from the youth ranks to take charge, the pair have a reasonable amount of front line management experience. Having seen the new team in action for 90 minutes at Broadhall Way, Johnson said that he could see the Cherries had some strengths his team would need to make sure they didn't get caught out by:

"We watched Bournemouth play in the week at Stevenage, and to be fair they looked like a decent team. I know they've not won many games over the last month or two. But they've got two new lads in charge now, and they're going to want to impress. So we need to make sure that we're not caught out."


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30 March 2012 : Pre-Bournemouth Interview With Sam Walker
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town's on loan Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Sam's thoughts on his current form and tomorrow's fixture, can be found via the link below.

Link: Sam Walker Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Bournemouth Game.


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30 March 2012 : Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 31st March 2012 at Dean Court with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of tomorrow's fixture will be Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009, and that means we've only seen him on three occasions as a man in the middle. The first was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance.

Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.

We're probably at our most critical for his last visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.

He is one of the more card-happy referees overall and has dished out 11 reds this season across just 28 matches, with 83 yellow cards accompanying them. He's yet to do a Bournemouth match this season - you have to go all the way back to October 2010, and their away match at Brighton and Hove Albion for the last time he took charge of a Cherries game.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Dave Bushell (London) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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30 March 2012 : Cup Final Date Set For Ladies
It's not just about winning League titles. Yeovil Town Ladies also have a chance of making it a 'double' in the Somerset Women's Senior Cup, with a date for their Cup Final now set. They will take on Larkhall Athletic Ladies in a final that will be held on Thursday 3rd May 2012, with a 7.30p.m. at Wells City FC.

Before that match takes place, they have two League matches against Havant and Waterlooville to come, with their match in Hampshire taking place on April 8th, and the return game at Raleigh Grove being staged on April 22nd.


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30 March 2012 : Gary: We Will Try Our Hardest To Keep Star Players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club will 'try their hardest' to keep their star players as the club are left with a huge number of decisions to make at the end of the 2011-12 season. As reported yesterday, the Glovers have got sixteen players out of contract in seven games time, plus a couple of loan players who they would like to make offers to, if they become free agents over the summer.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that if supporters want to make a judgement on which players he is likely to make offers to, then the final list will come from those who are 'playing regularly' in his side at present:

"Certainly with the ones who have been playing regularly, we'll be looking to talk to them, and try to keep for this club. But there's lots of other things out there for them; lots of other clubs, lots of other agents. So we'll have to wait and see. But all we can do is try our hardest to keep them."

Gary has spoken of his belief that the next three points should realistically give his side a big enough tally to give them League One football for next season, even if the mathematicians might see things slightly differently. At that point he will try to get contract talks moving in earnest:

"Once we feel we're safe, it does give you that chance to say to the lads: right, now we believe that we're going to be in this division once again, so let's talk properly. At the moment it's little conversations here and there. The boys have put in the effort and we'd just like to finish the job now."

Link: Sixteen Players Out Of Contract In Summer.


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29 March 2012 : Second Parish Council Recommends Food Store Refusal
Yeovil Town's plans for a Food Store to be built on six acres of land to the north of the Huish Park stadium have been given a thumbs down by a second local Parish Council. The neighbouring Yeovil Without Parish Council, which covers the northern edge of Yeovil, including Yeovil Marsh, Longcroft, Johnson Park and Bucklers Mead and contains three wards of Brimsmore, Combe and Lyde. The Brimsmore area is significantly close to Huish Park, given that it covers the Thorne Lane area that is used by many supporters to access the ground, and so they have been consulted as one of the neighbouring parishes.

The Parish Council met on March 27th to consider the application, and as with Yeovil Town Council and Brympton Parish Council, who provided their views in late February, they are providing a Recommendation for Refusal. They list the following reasons:

"* They object on the grounds that there is no clearly defined need for such a development given that there are available sites within the Town centre.
* Lack of constructive detail throughout the application, for example the enabling mechanism for upgrading the football facilities. Also the lack of detail of the provision for the public open space.
* Traffic – There is already significant deterioration in traffic flow, which increases at home match days. This application if granted would add to already congested traffic route through the parish.
"

This week's Western Gazette has covered the claim made last week by the club's planning representatives MWA Planning that there would be four million pounds worth of development provided to the stadium and its surrounds if the Food Store is approved, although MWA's letter did contain a large caveat against that figure that isn't challenged.

Fry has said that the plans have been provided to allow the club to meet future 'regulatory' standards, and still remains hopeful that South Somerset District Council's final decision will go in their favour:

"Refurbishment and enhancements to the stadium are long overdue and essential for the club to progress within the football league and meet future regulatory standards. However, that requires considerable investment. I’m positive officers and members of the district council will seize the opportunity to support Yeovil Town’s plans to bring significant benefits to the area by way of employment, retail choice and improved leisure facilities, which will stimulate the local economy for years to come."

SSDC have set a target date for a decision on the application for May 1st 2012, although requests from MWA and from the council this week suggested that deadline was likely to slip, due to additional information being requested and/or provided after the application was submitted.


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29 March 2012 : Sixteen Players Out Of Contract In Summer
With seven games left of the 2011-12 season to go, Yeovil Town will soon be turning attention to the large number of players that they have out of contract at the end of the season. As with previous seasons, decisions are being left until the club's League One future has been secured, which of course will mean that many of the club's players will be able to match up any offers given by the Glovers against those of their rival clubs.

Working out exactly who is under contract and who is out of contract at the end of the season is not a precise science, given that one or two of the signings were not announced with contract lengths specified. However, this is our best guess of where things stand. In summary, Yeovil Town have got sixteen players out of contract at the end of the season, and just three players under contract beyond the summer. Two more registered players are part of the management team, whilst the other six players are loanees.

We've provided a link back to the news item that specified the contract length, where appropriate:

IN CONTRACT:

Under Contract Until June 2013: Curtis Haynes-Brown, Bondz N'Gala, Anthony Edgar.

OUT OF CONTRACT:

Out of Contract in June 2012: Luke Ayling, Paul Huntington, Ed Upson, Dominic Blizzard, Andy Williams, Michael Woods, Kieran Agard, Kelly Youga, Richard Hinds, Steve MacLean, Billy Gibson.

Presumed out of Contract: Gavin Williams and Alistair Slowe. Also first year professionals Rhys Baggridge, Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes.

Of the above, manager Gary Johnson has already strongly implied that Steve MacLean and Billy Gibson have played their last games for the club, with them out on loan at Cheltenham Town and Braintree Town respectively.

Contract lengths for Gavin Williams and Alistair Slowe have not been specified - although we believe both signed one year deals. In the case of Slowe, there have been rumours that he is no longer even at the club, particularly as the first thing Johnson did when he arrived as Northampton Town manager was to show Slowe the door. In the case of the trio of first year professionals Baggridge, Clarke and Clowes it can probably be safely assumed that they all got one year deals.

LOAN PLAYERS:

Under Contract At Parent Club Beyond This Summer: Jonathan Obika, Sam Walker, Josh Morris, Lawson D'Ath.

Out of Contract At Parent Club: Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks.

Although the club could take out further loan deals with the quartet of players above, realistically the only ones they could sign up permanently are Grounds and Franks, who are expected to leave Middlesbrough this summer as free agents. However, the likes of Hartlepool United are expected to hold a strong interest.

MANAGEMENT TEAM:

The contract that Gary Johnson holds has never been disclosed by the club, and the press have never commented upon this. Assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Nathan Jones have deals that run until the end of the 2012-13 season. The contract lengths for Darren Way and Gareth Stewart have never been disclosed.

As far as Johnson is concerned, he has said that a number of players have already been 'informally' spoken to about their contract situation, but that no deals would be put on the table until League One safety was assured. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, he hoped that would be as soon as the club picked up their next win:

"I have informally spoken to them and some of them are in no doubt that I and the club would like to keep them. They already know that and it gives them a chance to think about it. I think the minute that we are safe, as in not mathematically but one more result will seal it, at that point you can formally start talking to people and that is all I can do now."


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29 March 2012 : Hinds Back In Contention
Yeovil Town should be able to add centre-back Richard Hinds back into their squad for this weekend's trip to AFC Bournemouth. The 31 year old was substituted at half time during the recent midweek match against Charlton Athletic with a hamstring strain; this week's Western Gazette reports that he has now recovered from that problem, and so should mean the Glovers would be able to name sixteen players in their matchday squad this weekend.

Gavin Williams, who also limped out of the same match, with a calf injury, is rated as "less than fifty-fifty" for this weekend's game, although hasn't been entirely ruled out. It seems more likely though that the club will have their eye on getting him ready for the pair of games over the Easter weekend.

Left-backs Nathan Jones (ankle) and Kelly Youga (Achilles) remain unavailable for this weekend's games. In theory there is a minor doubt over Middlesbrough left-back Jonathan Grounds although hopefully we should know whether that is going to be a problem over the next 24 hours. His partner was due to give birth on Monday, meaning that he has been back in the North-East since Saturday. All being well, Grounds was due to be back at Huish Park today, but obviously priority will be given to his family.

With Dean Parrett having returned to Tottenham Hotspur, manager Gary Johnson is back down to six loans, meaning that if Grounds was absent on Saturday, then it would merely mean that his Boro team-mate Jonathan Franks would get recalled to the first team squad. However, assuming Grounds is back in Somerset today, then one of the six players would need to sit out the trip to Dean Court.

Striker Steve MacLean, right-winger Billy Gibson and defender Rhys Baggridge will continue their loan spells with other clubs this weekend.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.


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29 March 2012 : Interview With Josh Morris
Following Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's new Blackburn Rovers loan signing Josh Morris spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Josh's thoughts on his arrival in South Somerset can be read via the link below.

Link: Josh Morris Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Hartlepool.


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28 March 2012 : Ladies Celebrate League Title - In Photos
On Sunday, there was some great news as Yeovil Town Ladies won promotion from the South West Combination Women's League. In beating the University of Portsmouth by a 2-0 scoreline, they guaranteed the League title, and a return to the FA Women's Premier League for the 2012-13 season.

Not too surprisingly there were plenty of celebrations after the game had finished. With thanks to the Western Gazette, who were at the game and will doubtless feature it in tomorrow's edition in detail, we have a couple of photos from the day at Raleigh Grove, that records the team that got them there - so far without losing a single league match.

Yeovil Town Ladies team celebrate in style their South West Combination League Title
The victorious Yeovil Town Ladies team after they won the South West Combination League Title.
Photo © 2012 Western Gazette


Yeovil Town Ladies team celebrate in style their South West Combination League Title
Yeovil Town Ladies team celebrate in style their South West Combination League Title.
Photo © 2012 Western Gazette



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28 March 2012 : Clarke Ends Loan Spell With Terras
Yeovil Town's first year professional Lewis Clarke has now formally returned to Huish Park, after his loan period with Southern League side Weymouth ran out without being renewed. The right-sided player has actually been back with the Glovers for a couple of weeks now, after he returned for treatment on a knee injury. However, with his current loan deal expiring at the end of March, the Dorset Echo report that he has now had his time at the Wessex Stadium ended.

Overall, Clarke made six starts and one substitute appearance for the Terras. With the loan transfer window now closed, he'll spend the remainder of the 2011-12 season at Huish Park, regardless of his fitness. His team-mate Rhys Baggridge is continuing his loan spell on the South Coast, and he clocked up another 90 minutes in his second appearance for the club last night. They went down to a 1-0 defeat against Barwell as they conceded the only goal of the game in the 91st minute, in front of just 127 spectators.

Right winger Billy Gibson also made his second appearance for Braintree Town last night - again lasting the full 90 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Stockport County. Their boss Alan Devonshire seems impressed with the way the 21 year old has started in Essex, although recognises that he's not at top fitness yet. Speaking after their Saturday win at Barrow, Devonshire said of Gibson:

"It was his first game for a few months and he tired a bit, which you would expect, but he gave us a nice balance and got some good crosses in as well. I think it was from his play that our penalty came as one of his headers came off someone’s hand. He did OK and I’d like to think he will do well for us now he is here and can settle in properly. We didn’t have long to work with him before the game, but we just told him what pockets we wanted him to play in and where we wanted him to go. He did what we asked and gave us the width that we needed for the shape we like to play. It’s a shape that has worked well for us this year and we want to continue with it. So I’m very glad that we have been able to get Billy in."

Meanwhile striker Steve MacLean has said that a fax machine at Plymouth Argyle was the main reason why he managed to squeeze in a last minute loan deal with Cheltenham Town just before the loan transfer window closed last Thursday. MacLean has continued to live in Plymouth throughout his time with the Glovers, and explained to the Gloucestershire Echo that he was at home when he got the call to tell him that the Robins had rekindled their interest in him:

"I almost signed a few weeks ago, but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. But I got the phonecall last Thursday when I was giving my kids their dinner. I managed to use Plymouth’s fax machine because I still know a guy there and I am delighted to come here. I have come here to prove a few people wrong and I believe in my own ability. I want to help Cheltenham get promoted. I have had that from the division above (with Sheffield Wednesday). I want to play games here and do well."

Finally, former loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will spend the rest of the 2011-12 season back at his parent club Reading, after his loan spell with Ipswich Town was cut short. Team-mate Mikkel Andersen suffered a knee injury in a midweek friendly and with the Royals in an automatic slot for promotion from the Championship, manager Brian McDermott wanted McCarthy back at the Madejski Stadium.


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27 March 2012 : Trio Cut Adrift As Saddlers Climb
The battle to avoid relegation from League One looks increasingly like a case of trying to avoid landing in the final spot, after the bottom three clubs found themselves badly cut adrift based on tonight's results. Wins for Leyton Orient and crucially Walsall mean that Rochdale, Exeter City and Chesterfield are now at least eight points away from safety, and with an inferior goal difference.

The substantial damage was done by the Saddlers, who came from behind to beat Colchester United 3-1, thanks to goals from Emanuel Jorge Ledesma, Mat Sadler and George Bowerman. Walsall and Wycombe Wanderers have been playing a bit of a game of leapfrog in recent weeks, and with the latter not playing tonight, they slipped into the bottom four, and now realistically look the only side in the relegation zone that is capable of climbing their way out - but are now two points behind Walsall.

Leyton Orient drew level with Yeovil Town, thanks to their 1-0 away win over Oldham Athletic. The O's have a game in hand, but their inferior goal difference just about stopped the Glovers dropping from the 16th place they held after the weekend's games. Immediately above the Glovers in 15th place are Preston North End, whose woes continue since Graham Westley's arrival at Deepdale. A 1-3 home defeat to Brentford means the Lilywhites have picked up only 12 points from 14 games since he became manager in January - with just eight goals scored during that time.

Saturday's opponents AFC Bournemouth drew 2-2 at Westley's old club Stevenage, leaving the latter just outside the play-offs. Wes Thomas and Scott Malone put caretaker duo Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks into an early 2-0 lead, but a goal from former Glover Luke Freeman and a second from Michael Bostwick tied the two teams by the break. No injuries for the Cherries on the night if the match reports are anything to go by.

Just above Stevenage, Carlisle United have put themselves in with a great shout of reaching the play-offs by gaining a 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons - both teams occupy the last two play-off positions. Sunderland striker Jordan Cook was their hero, coming off the bench to score two goals, including a last minute penalty.

As far as 'safety' is concerned, Yeovil Town now lie just six points above the relegation line, thanks to Walsall's win tonight. Given they are twelve points ahead of the bottom three clubs, Walsall and Wycombe are clearly the sides to watch out for over the next month, although a betting man using the form table might consider 19th placed Bury as being the club that should be sweating the most at present, given the way the two sides below them are clocking up the points. The Shakers are now on a run of 13 league games without a win, and need to break out of that rather sharpish.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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27 March 2012 : Grounds and Franks Attracting Pools Interest
Yeovil Town's on loan Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks are attracting the interest of one of their League One rivals. Hartlepool United have just visited Huish Park, and manager Neale Cooper witnessed Grounds put in another strong 90 minutes as a left-back in the Glovers back line.

Cooper was appointed as Hartlepool's manager last December, and with his side more or less safe from relegation on 50 points for the season, he is now turning his attention towards next season.

Most notable for him was that Grounds and Franks are local lads, from Thornaby-on-Tees and Stockton-on-Tees respectively, and both are not expected to be offered new deals with their parent club at the end of the season, leaving them as free agents in the summer. Cooper didn't see Franks play, due to the rules concerning the number of loan players allowed in a matchday squad, but told the Hartlepool Mail that he was interested in both, and was impressed with what he saw of Grounds on the day:

"If everything is still fine, and I’m still here, then I would like to bring in players who I feel could strengthen the side – that’s the exciting part. We can build something here. There’s some players who, added to, can make a very good team. I like the lad Jonathan Franks, who couldn’t get on the bench on Saturday. I also thought Jonathan Grounds did well, he was comfortable, strong and athletic. So I’ll keep looking because it’s an important time coming up and there’s areas we have to strengthen once the season ends."

With Grounds and Franks remaining as Boro players for the time being, there isn't a lot that the Glovers can do here, except to persuade both players verbally that their future would be better off in Somerset. However, this was the problem that they had last season with Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte; when local side Rochdale came calling, with Tutte's former youth team boss Steve Eyre at the helm, he chose not to extend his stay at Huish Park, and instead remained in the North-West.


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27 March 2012 : Delays Likely For Food Store Decision
Yeovil Town's planning application for a Food Store at Huish Park looks as though it will face some delays in terms of the final decision made by South Somerset District Council. A target date of May 1st for the application, which is for a supermarket to be built on six acres of land to the north of the stadium, was originally envisaged by SSDC when the application was put in, whilst the club's documented schedule aimed for an April/May 2012 determination.

The anticipated delays are two-fold, and relate to the SSDC Traffic report and to expectations that the club will need to provide separate, but linked, applications relating to their stadium plans and provisions for alternative training and community pitches. At present it looks as though this will potentially extend any decision-making by around a month.

The bigger of the two delays - at present, anyway - relates to the traffic plans associated with the Food Store developments. The County Highways department indicated in February that they required further information relating to the traffic impact, along with a proposed new roundabout at the junction of Western Avenue and Copse Road. There was also a request made for details of proposed temporary traffic management arrangements at the junction of Western Avenue and Thorne Lane. That information was requested on February 15th by County Highways, and the club's transport consultants Richard Parker Consultancy provided a response on March 21st. However, Country Highways have asked for "a month or so" to consider the additional information provided before they give a viewpoint.

This is coupled with the club's main representatives MWA Planning requesting a further ten days to provide SSDC with the necessary information to address other outstanding issues. In addition to the County Highways information, subsequently provided above, MWA plan to submit to SSDC a response to the objection raised by SSDC Planning, along with details of their plans to provide details on their 'linked' applications for stadium improvements and replacement Public Open Space. With SSDC about to commence the compiling of their Local Planning Authority report to SSDC Councillors, the submission of this information is expected to put back the completion of that report.

The planning application has also received an objection from Sport England, the brand name of the English Sports Council, which sits under the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In addition to its role as a distributor of National Lottery funds into community sports activities, it also acts as a statutory consultee in planning applications that affect playing fields - their goal being to ensure the quality and availability of sports fields are preserved within a given region.

It is therefore little surprise that they currently object to the Food Store developments. They indicate that they have consulted with the Football Association who have advised "that they want to see adequate replacement new playing fields with community access ... identified and implemented within two years." Sport England indicate that if the planning application is accepted as it stands, they would expect it to be referred to another Government body called the National Planning Casework Unit, which sits under the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government's remit.

This doesn't necessarily add to the club's issues, given that SSDC Planning had already provided objections earlier this month, based on Saved Local Plan CR1 which is to protect the availability of existing community facilities. However, Sport England's objections would strengthen the SSDC Planning report. As before, the club would need to identify alternative pitches within the area to satisfy Sport England's objections.


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27 March 2012 : Date Set For 2012-13 Fixture Lists
The Football League have announced a date for the release of the 2012-13 fixture lists. Supporters will find out the full schedule for next season on Monday 18th June 2012 at 9.00a.m. At present there are a few additional dates available for next season, that will take a slightly compressed form due to the London Olympics and the need to squeeze the Champions League Final into the May 2013 Wembley schedules.

So far, we have the following dates for the 2012-13 season:

Monday 18th June 2012 : Fixture Lists for the 2012-13 Season are released

Saturday 18th August 2012 : Football League Season Commences

Sunday 24th February 2013 : Carling Cup Final
Sunday 7th April 2013 : Football League Trophy Final

Saturday 18th May 2013 : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 : Championship Division Play-Off Final


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26 March 2012 : Trio Make Loan Debuts
Three of Yeovil Town's players made their debuts on the weekend for their new loan clubs, having commenced deals away from Huish Park last week. Steve MacLean, Rhys Baggridge and Billy Gibson are playing for Cheltenham Town, Weymouth and Braintree Town respectively, and had mixed experiences at their new clubs.

Striker Steve MacLean started for Cheltenham Town, playing the first 68 minutes of their 0-0 draw against Oxford United. Having not played for the Glovers since early February, Robins boss Mark Yates admitted he was not expecting MacLean to be at full fitness, and was happy enough with his partnership with Ben Burgess, who also signed on loan on the same day:

"I thought both Ben (Burgess) and Steve (MacLean) were good today. Stevey hasn't played a lot of football over the last month but he did well and Ben was a handful for them all afternoon."

MacLean himself appears to be in tune with Glovers boss Gary Johnson's views that the striker is not in his plans for next season, saying that he wants to use his time at Whaddon Road to put himself in the shop window:

"I've got a point to prove to a few people. Hopefully I'll perform well here and get a few goals. I'm here to help the team but also to put myself in the shop window. I'm going to work really hard. This was my first game for a while, so I should get better along the way."

Of defender Rhys Baggridge, he played a full 90 minutes on his debut for Weymouth, playing as a centre-back alongside former Glovers trialist Alex Jeannin, and in a line-up that included former defender/midielder Stephen Reed - however Baggy's team-mate Lewis Clarke remains absent with a knee injury. The Muff crumbled in the second half, throwing away a goal lead to lose 2-1 at Bedford Town. Boss Brendon King wasn't happy with what he saw in the second half from his whole team, but felt that Jeannin and Baggridge had looked fine during the first period:

"Having lost our two regular centre-backs to injury, we went with a new pairing in Alex Jeannin and Rhys Baggridge for the first time and to be fair in the opening 45 minutes we controlled it."

Finally right-winger Billy Gibson also started in a lovely trip up the M6 to Barrow in his debut for Braintree Town. The 21 year old set up Aswad Thomas for his opening goal, and played just short of the 90 minutes before being substituted during second half injury time, by which time his new side were cruising at 4-0 up.

Yeovil Town's other player currently out on loan at present is striker Rob Clowes - he was a 77th minute substitute for Bridgwater Town, who gained their first win of 2012 with a 2-1 home win over Clevedon Town. Lloyd Matthews, who has been on a work experience loan deal with Frome Town recently was selected for the Glovers Under-18s side on the weekend instead.


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26 March 2012 : Gary Johnson's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United, the BBC conducted their usual pre-kick-off interview with manager Gary Johnson. In a fairly extended one this week, BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden covered Gary's thoughts on new Blackburn Rovers loan signing Josh Morris, plus his views on the loaning out of Steve MacLean and Billy Gibson. Gary also explains why he took his players over to the Beer Tent before the game.

The full interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Hartlepool.


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26 March 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Secure The South West Combination League Championship!
The Champagne corks were flying on Sunday at Raleigh Grove as Yeovil Town Ladies secured the South West Combination League title, following a 2-0 victory over the University of Portsmouth. Jodi Cornwall and Stacey Pearson got the all-important goals as the Glovers won promotion with two games to spare, with them now able to look forward to Premier League football next season.

"I am absolutely delighted," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "We have achieved what we set out to achieve when we started to plan for this last season. It was important to us to make sure of promotion today, and moving on; it is now our priority to keep a clean record right through the season. We still have two games to go, and the girls are fully focussed in winning them both. The celebrations will come and go, and they will be re-ignited at the end of the final match."

The game got off to a ferocious start with both teams attacking at pace. However, the Glovers were on top and enjoying the better of the possession, and this was proved well in the fourth minute when following some nice one touch football Shannon Osman set up Jodi Cornwall for an early chance that saw Rosie Dimery in the Portsmouth goal grab the ball gratefully with both hands. A few minutes later Cornwall was at it again as she sent the ball over the bar from a sweeping Laura Bray cross to the front of the box.

The Glovers were determined to take first blood, and on eleven minutes Stacey Pearson went close from an Emma Brazell corner, with Bray unlucky not have got on the score sheet a few minutes later from another set piece. Portsmouth were not lying down. They are a good footballing side, and were attacking at will, spreading the ball well. They were having a good spell, holding good possession, though not holding much threat in front of goal.

The Glovers were always the stronger side, and Bray went close again on 18 minutes, and they should have taken the lead five minutes later when Bray sent a lovely ball to Cornwall to force the Dimery into a good save, the ball came back out to Osman who crossed in for Cornwall to have another crack, but the ‘keeper gratefully held. Three minutes later Jodi Cornwall picked the ball up 25-yards out on the left wing, and twisted her way round her marker to the edge of the box to send in a cracking low shot that beat the goalkeeper as they ball flew into the far corner of the net.

"It was a well taken goal by Jodi," Williams said. "She came in from the left hand side and shot the ball low across the face of the ‘keeper into the bottom right hand corner. We have been asking her to do more of this, and that is just what she did, with it paying off superbly."

Yeovil were buzzing now, and pushing for a second goal. Osman made a lovely run down the right on 36 minutes and crossed in for Laura Wensley to hit the ball just over the bar. Five minutes later Nadine Grogen sent a great ball to Cornwall on the edge of the box, but her shot went inches over. On the next attack Trowbridge seemed to have the ball glued to her foot as she powered her way into the box to cross low for Stacey Pearson to crack the ball home from two yards and double the lead at the break.

Portsmouth were much improved in the second half, and Natasha Angel forced Rachel Simkin into a decent early save. Still the visitors attacked, and on 55 minutes Victoria Lewis sent in a free kick that forced Simkin into an outstanding one handed save. Three minutes later Gemma-Ann Green went close with a shot from the edge of the box that went just over the bar. The Glovers continued to edge their way to victory, and looked to increase their lead when on 61 minutes Williams brought the best out of Dimery with a great 20-yard shot, the ball coming back off the post. A minute later Osman hit a fire cracker from a similar distance, but the ball went just wide.

Portsmouth ended the match attacking with force looking for an unlikely two goals, but they were unable to get through a superb Glovers defence marshalled brilliantly by captain Rachael Edwards, and anchored to perfection by goalkeeper Rachel Simkin, and it was Simkin who had the last laugh as she pulled off the save of the season from a Lewis free kick that saw her tip the ball over the bar with fantastic agility.

"It was a committed and professional performance from the girls today," joint manager Sarah Lawler said. "What we can take from the season is that we have not just seen this from the squad, but also from the coaches, the managers, the club committee, the support we have had from Chairman and the sponsors at the Quedam Centre in Yeovil. That commitment and that dedication to this team has given us the edge to get promoted."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies: 2 University Of Portsmouth 0

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Edwards, Grogen, Brazell, Osman (Whitton – 81), Williams, Wensley, Pearson, Bray, Cornwall

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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26 March 2012 : Downloadable April 2012 Fixture Poster Available
And so the end is near. The month of April 2012 sees Yeovil Town play out their final six (including the solitary game in May) matches of the 2011-12 season. Three of those matches are at home, starting with the Easter Saturday visit of Rochdale (7th). Then follows the return of Stevenage (14th) to Huish Park for the first time in ten years a week later. Finally the home matches are polished off with the visit of Chesterfield on the 28th, with us on the road for the final match at Huddersfield Town on May 5th.


For those three home matches, there is a new Fixtures Poster that can be downloaded. The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: April 2012 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: April 2012 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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25 March 2012 : Cherries Sack Bradbury
Next weekend's opponents AFC Bournemouth have this evening sacked manager Lee Bradbury after a poor run of results. Having been manager since January 2011, the former player has been removed from his duties following their 0-1 away defeat against Oldham Athletic.

The recent statistics against Bradbury are fairly damning. One win in their last nine matches, with six defeats and just three goals scored in that period. That's not good when you've been given £800,000 to spend on a striker - Matt Tubbs, signed from Crawley Town - financed by Bournemouth's new Russian co-owner Maxim Demin.

Only three days ago, Chairman Eddie Mitchell gave Bradbury a vote of confidence saying that this season they had achieved their targets explaining:

"We've done what we set out to do, we've established ourselves in this league. We want success more than anybody but you can't get it overnight. We've gone a series of games [without winning] but so what?"

So what, indeed. Three days later, Bradbury has been shown the door, leaving his side in 13th place in the League One table. Youth team manager Paul Groves and head of youth Shaun Brooks have been placed in charge until the end of the 2011-12 season, and so will be in charge against Yeovil Town next Saturday.


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25 March 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth
For the first time in March, Yeovil Town's first team players actually get a clear week before they play their next fixture. That game is the away League One clash against AFC Bournemouth which takes place on Saturday 31st March at Dean Court (currently sponsored as the Seward Stadium) - kick-off is 3.00p.m.

In preparation for that fixture, the Ciderspace guide has now been dusted off to include all the latest ticketing and travel information, as well as a pub guide, directions, parking and other related information for your day out on the South Coast. Head via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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25 March 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Clinch Promotion With Win
Congratulations are due to Yeovil Town Ladies this afternoon, after they clinched promotion back to the Premier League just twelve months after relegation. The Glovers beat the University of Portsmouth this afternoon by a 2-0 scoreline, with Stacey Pearson and Jodi Cornwall providing first half goals that secured the South West Women's Combination League title and the knowledge that they will play the 2012-13 season back in the FA Women's Premier League.

On an odd note, their final two games of the season will come against Havant and Waterlooville - both home and away fixtures against the Hampshire club have yet to be fulfilled, meaning that the Glovers achieved promotion without playing their nearest challengers to the title. However, with Yeovil Town Ladies now on 44 points, Havant can no longer catch them, meaning that those final two games will be only for pride, with the Ladies anxious to maintain their unbeaten League record.

A big well done to Nigel Williams, Sarah Lawler and the team on such a great twelve month turnaround. Doubtless we'll have more reaction to this in the next day or two.


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25 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game.


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24 March 2012 : Huish Park Hosts Marathon Event
A reminder that tomorrow morning sees Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium host the Yeovil Half Marathon for the second year running. The 13.1 mile run commences and finishes at the football club, meaning that the area surrounding the stadium will be very busy throughout the morning. With the 13.1 mile race commencing at 9.03a.m. (we've no idea why the time is so precise!) the route followed is relatively similar to last year's race, rotating clockwise around the town. Last year's winner took 1hr 12mins and so some of the faster runners get around the course very quickly.

In addition to Huish Park itself, where there will be car parking available, there are designated spectator locations at Goldenstones Leisure Centre/Ninesprings Country Park, the Quicksilver Mail public house and at the Palmers/Asda Roundabout. The expectation is that there will be a number of road closures around the route running from early morning up until 12.00 noon when the 'official' race will be deemed to be closed.

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson will be starting the race, whilst assistant manager Terry Skiverton will be running, so keep a look out for him. Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Skivo is hoping to see plenty of familiar faces both in the race and in the watching crowds:

"It is a fantastic event, a really good day where a lot of people are running for charities close to their heart. It is a really positive sporting event where even the person who finishes last gets a clap and a cheer. It is no mean feat to go and run 13.1 miles, and for people to do that takes true dedication. You cannot just turn up and run it.

I've already had a few tweets from supporters saying they will enjoy running past me, so I am already getting a bit of banter. I managed 1:57 last year, but I am not sure if I will get under that this year. The manager is starting the race, so it will be good to try and get around as quickly and safely as possible. It is all good fun and a great event. Hopefully the people of Yeovil will come out and support it
."

Needless to say, expect traffic delays if you're moving around the town tomorrow morning - hopefully the majority of the closures will be out of the way by the time people move across to Raleigh Grove for the big Yeovil Town Ladies game at 2.00p.m.

Finally, don't forget that the clocks go FORWARD by an hour tonight when considering the above events.


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24 March 2012 : Johnson: Glovers Guilty Of Dead Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believed that his side were as guilty as Hartlepool United of turning this afternoon's match into the flat spectacle that it turned out to be. The 0-1 home defeat against the North-East side saw the Glovers chances on goal fizzle out after a promising start where they should have been several goals ahead.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt that after that bright start that his side failed to keep up momentum, and although Hartlepool used plenty of tactics to slow the game down and block men behind the ball, that his own players had to take responsibility for the way the game turned out. The Glovers boss felt that after the opening half hour, the quality of the game began to disintegrate:

"We had maybe four or five great opportunities. Once they didn't go in, Hartlepool tried to deaden the game and we were as guilty as they were because we didn't keep a tempo and we didn't show enough ability on the day to get going and create other opportunities like we did in the first half hour or so."

The winning goal itself came on 65 minutes when a cross into the box was headed onwards into the path of Ryan Noble. With the Glovers defence and keeper static, the on loan Sunderland man stabbed the ball home from inside the box with Hartlepool's only on target shot of the game. Johnson was disappointed with his players for the way they defended that move, feeling that some unnamed players had not covered themselves in glory for the way the ball was allowed to land in the net:

"A few haven't done themselves too many favours for me. Once again we had someone in the middle of the penalty area who was free. The only way that they were going to score really was on a set play when they'd got numbers in there. We worked really hard on showing the lads their strengths, and it was going to come from throw-ins and set plays, because they'd got no grandeur really of trying to out play you. But we lacked the kind of quality to go on and win the game today, so I blame us as much as them."


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24 March 2012 : Interview With Ladies Boss Sarah Lawler
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies play a crucial league match at Raleigh Grove, that they hope will clinch promotion from their division. Having led the South West Women's Combination since just before Christmas, they take on the University of Portsmouth needing just a point to complete a rapid turnaround from last season's disappointment, and a place back in the FA Women's Premier League.

With tomorrow being a potential big day for the Ladies, BBC Somerset presenter John Ford caught up with their Joint Manager Sarah Lawler to discuss the current prospect of promotion, and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Sarah Lawler Speaks To The BBC About Yeovil Town Ladies Aiming For Promotion.

Link: Ladies Ready For Their University Challenge.


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24 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Hartlepool
If you watched this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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24 March 2012 : Yeovil 0 Hartlepool 1 : Glovers Left Flat By Noble Strike
Yeovil Town's hopes of climbing back into the top half of the League One table again were dashed as they went down to their second defeat in a week. An excellent performance from former Glovers loan keeper Scott Flinders, and a side that gradually ran out of ideas, saw Hartlepool United steal the points as Ryan Noble netted midway through the second half. Before the goal, Yeovil had looked by far the more likely side to score, but by the end, the longer the game wore on, the less likely it seemed that they would find the net, meaning that they slipped down to 16th in the League One table by the end of the match.

Manager Gary Johnson made four changes to the team that had lost 3-0 in midweek at Charlton Athletic. Gavin Williams had a calf injury whilst Richard Hinds was out with a hamstring problem meaning that they had to be replaced by Bondz N'Gala and Lawson D'Ath. Meanwhile Dean Parrett's impending return to Tottenham Hotspur meant that he was replaced by Blackburn Rovers left-sided player Josh Morris who was making his debut. The final change saw the Glovers switch back to a 4-4-2 with Jonathan Obika coming in, whilst Jonathan Franks got a chance to rest his legs in the stand. Curiously, the substitutes bench ran with only four names on it with not even the likes of Anthony Edgar included on the teamsheet, perhaps giving an idea of where the future lies with certain players.

The first half was very much a battle of wills. Yeovil doing everything they could do to attack, whilst Hartlepool were doing everything they could to slow the game down and prevent the game from flowing. The pattern of the game was set by Andy Williams breaking through in the first minute, only to put over the bar. Then Scott Flinders saved from Lawson D'Ath after Jonathan Obika put the Reading man through on goal.

Hartlepool were having next to no chances all half - the only half chances that came there way were induced by some nervous looking goalkeeping from Sam Walker, with a dropped cross from Andy Monkhouse landing at the feet of Antony Sweeney who was perhaps surprised at the opportunity. Somehow the Glovers got away with it. The game overall suffered a loss of rhythm at times, largely thanks to some of the antics of Hartlepool striker Ryan Noble, who chose to hit the deck and writhe around every time any remotely physical challenge that came his way. The injury to his teammate Peter Hartley though was a real one, with the centre-back Peter Hartley getting stretchered off after a five minute break.

As the half closed out, Jonathan Obika and Lawson D'Ath combined again, but D'Ath's shot was wild after a weaving Obika run. Then Andy Williams broke clear after a long goal kick by Sam Walker put him away. Right at the end of the extended half though, Hartlepool finally got a clean shot in on goal as Ritchie Humphreys broke clear and fired from distance, but it went just wide of the post - it would have been fairly criminal if the visitors had been able to repeat the 1-0 half time lead that Walsall had grabbed a week ago. Chances for Obika and Jonathan Grounds closed out the half, and the only disappointment was that the Glovers had not shown enough cutting edge in the final third.

The second half opened in a somewhat flat manner, with Jonathan Grounds heading over representing one of very few chances out there. Replacement referee Phil Gibbs had an odd afternoon - normally fans like officials who don't want to take over games, but when Neil Austin flattened Lawson D'Ath the match official somehow didn't see that as a booking - the game was completed without a single booking, which was somewhat at odds to some of the fouls out there, and in particular five more minutes of injury time in the second period, largely down to Hartlepool's attempts to run down the clock.

That slowing down of the game was bound to double when the away side sneaked the lead with their first - and only - shot on target of the whole game. A ball into the box looped off a head in a crowded box, and with the Glovers defence and goalkeeper completely static, Sunderland striker Ryan Noble ended a goal drought for Hartlepool that had lasted nearly 500 minutes, by stabbing home from close range. 0-1 down and no doubt that it was against the run of play.

That should have been the moment that Yeovil needed to turn the screw on their ultra-defensive opponents, but it didn't really happen. Debutant Josh Morris was putting in some great crosses and one that he curled in should have been headed home by Jon Obika, but the striker fluffed his lines and missed the ball into the box. On came Michael Woods for sponsors Man of the Match Lawson D'Ath in an attempt to liven up proceedings, but that didn't have much of an effect upon the game - Yeovil had run out of ideas and the game finished in a frustrating, flat and inert manner, with not even attempts to push Paul Huntington and Bondz N'Gala up front in the closing stages changing the way that Yeovil pressed for the equaliser, but without having the invention to be able to fashion it. In the end it was a little too comfortable for Hartlepool to hang on for the win.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 1.

Scorers: Ryan Noble (65 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 17. Jonathan Grounds
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Josh Morris
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Michael Woods (74 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 18. Kieran Agard (82 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Hartlepool United: (4-5-1)
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 29. Peter Hartley 5. Sam Collins 6. Evan Horwood
15. Antony Sweeney
18. Jack Baldwin 4. Gary Liddle 20. Paul Murray 11. Andy Monkhouse
35. Ryan Noble

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 3. Ritchie Humphreys (36 mins for Peter Hartley) 7. James Brown 10. Adam Boyd (90 mins for Ryan Noble) 16. Steven Haslam

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Hartlepool Bookings: None.

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Christopher Powell (Dorset). Fourth Official: Richard Corp (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,033 (including 98 Hartlepool United supporters).


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24 March 2012 : Johnson On The Future Of Parrett, Gibson And MacLean
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained by he is looking to return midfielder Dean Parrett to White Hart Lane on Monday. The Tottenham Hotspur player is not included in this afternoon's line-up against Hartlepool United and has already stated on Twitter that he will leave the club after the weekend.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that it is the form of Ed Upson and Dominic Blizzard that is making him look forward to the 2012-13 season, and with League One safety now only a few points away, the Glovers boss wants to look at next season. Needing to drop two loan players for every match at present, and with Upson and Blizzard his preferred central pairing, Johnson explained it wouldn't be fair on Parrett to keep him sat in the stands:

"Well of course you can't keep all seven (loans). With Dean Parrett, we're talking with him at the moment, and Tottenham, about going back to Tottenham. That's because what I want to start doing, is I want to start keeping a team together, if I can, that can go into battle for next season. Ed Upson, Dominic Blizzard, Gavin Williams and even Woodsy (Michael Woods) are all people that I want to fight for a place in our squad for next season. I think that Ed and Dominic have done very very well so far, and I want to keep them as the midfield two at the moment. It's not fair to have a Tottenham player who is not getting regular games."

Johnson added that he would not be looking to return any other loan players at this stage, and explained that striker Steve MacLean and right-winger Billy Gibson's loans to Cheltenham Town and Braintree Town respectively would see them end their time at Huish Park, with both out of contract at the end of the season:

"I don't mind having six (loans) because of injuries. We've got a small squad anyway, and if one of the loanees gets injured then at least I've got another to use. Steve MacLean has obviously gone to Cheltenham, and Billy Gibson has gone to Braintree. They needed games as well, but with all due respect they are not in the plans for next season."


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24 March 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home game against Hartlepool United. As expected, midfielder Gavin Williams (calf) and central defender Richard Hinds (hamstring) have not recovered from the injuries they picked up in midweek against Charlton Athletic.

As revealed on this site yesterday, Dean Parrett is returning to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, and so it's no surprise to find that he has also dropped out of the squad, whilst the other loanee to sit it out is Middlesbrough winger/striker Jonathan Franks.

Centre-back Bondz N'Gala replaces Hinds, whilst Blackburn Rovers left-sided player Josh Morris is expected to positionally replace Gavin Williams on the left flank. Meanwhile the Glovers revert to a 4-4-2 which allows Jonathan Obika to return as a second striker, whilst Lawson D'Ath starts the game.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the bench is that there are only four substitutes named, with the loan rules preventing Parrett and Franks from playing, whilst Nathan Jones and Kelly Youga are not selected due to injury. Steve MacLean and Billy Gibson are out on loan at Cheltenham Town and Braintree Town respectively. The whereabouts of Anthony Edgar and Alistair Slowe is unknown.

The line-up is expected to be as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 17. Jonathan Grounds
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Josh Morris
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Michael Woods 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Hartlepool United: (4-3-3)
1. Scott Flinders
2. Neil Austin 29. Peter Hartley 5. Sam Collins 6. Evan Horwood
18. Jack Baldwin 4. Gary Liddle 20. Paul Murray
15. Antony Sweeney 35. Ryan Noble 11. Andy Monkhouse

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 3. Ritchie Humphreys 7. James Brown 10. Adam Boyd 16. Steven Haslam


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24 March 2012 : Upson Closes In On Personal Targets
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has said that he is close to achieving his own personal targets as the 2011-12 season gets into its final stages. The former Ipswich Town trainee has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Huish Park, having made just 15 league starts during his first year with the Glovers.

This season has been entirely different for the 22 year old. He has been a near ever present in the club's first team, missing just three League One matches due to two suspensions, with all bar one of those games involving starts. Upson is also the club's leading player in 'assists' for goals, with the Football League stats saying that he has supplied eight of Yeovil's goals this season.

Add in the five he has scored himself and there's little doubt he's been one of the club's most improved players. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Upson didn't reveal what his targets were, but said that he was on track:

"Before this season had started, I had targets in my head of where I wanted to reach. I'm getting there and I'm really enjoying myself. I'm really enjoying playing, and obviously being in those sort of stats is nice. Hopefully in the future I can get a few more games and a few more assists and goals, and everything that comes with it."

This afternoon, the Glovers take on Hartlepool United, who lie two places and one point above them in the League One table, meaning that a win would guarantee that they would go up at least one place. Upson said that with safety still not quite guaranteed, that leapfrogging other teams was very much part of their current thinking:

"That's what we're trying to do. We're trying to rope teams in above us, and distance ourselves from the bottom as well. That's something that we've been doing over the past month and we want to carry on doing. There's eight games left of this season, and 50 points is our target. We're close to that now, and hopefully we can get there soon, and then carry on and see where we can get to after that."


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23 March 2012 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in the Youth Alliance League. They take on fourth placed Bristol Rovers who are one of five teams still in with a serious shout of the title. The match kicks off at 11.00a.m. and as usual the game will be held at the club's Alvington pitches, which are situated just behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) off Bunford Lane.

There will be teas and coffees on sale from the main building kiosk for those heading to the game. Admission is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.


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23 March 2012 : Ladies Ready For Their University Challenge
Yeovil Town Ladies come into this weekend's South West Combination League match with the University of Portsmouth requiring just one point to secure the championship and promotion back to the FA Women's Premier League.

Unbeaten in the league this season. the girls will be in confident mood, but as joint manager Sarah Lawler explained, they will come into the game treating it as any other, with their feet planted firmly on the ground.

"After all the hard work this season, we cannot afford to let it slip at the eleventh hour," she said. "We have to approach the game in our usual professional manner, and do the job as required. We are not thinking about the potential glories of winning this game. All of that is out of our heads, with us instead focussed on the game itself, and victory, We have three games left this season, and we want to come away with the maximum nine points."

Eighth place Portsmouth come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at bottom club Keynsham Development. They have lost their last five games, but as fellow manager Nigel Williams explained, they will be no pushovers.

"We beat them 3-1 at their place back in October," he said. "The score line suggests a comfortable victory, but the reality was very different, with them giving us a tough test. They are a strong and robust side, who are difficult to break down. We came away from that game knowing that we had had a game on our hands.

"We will have to work hard on Sunday to get another result against them, and we will have to remain focussed throughout, and be at the top of our game. It would be a massive mistake on Sunday to think that all we have to do is turn up and go through the motions. We do not want to have to come into those last two games against Havant needing to get anything from them. That would be unnecessary pressure on us. We want to wrap it up this Sunday, but to do so we need to be sharp, we need to be on our game, and we need to be professional."

The Ladies have played some wonderful football this season, scored goals galore and have piled on the points. This has been achieved through good preparation, hard work and know-how. However, it has also been achieved with a very hard working twelfth man - the enthusiasm of the supporters, who have played a massive part in this successes achieved.

"Our supporters have been incredible," Lawler said. "They have been at their largest in numbers this season, and certainly at their noisiest, both home and away. They have been our inspiration, and have driven us along. For that we are so grateful, and for them we would love to win some silverware this season.

"As a team we have pushed towards our season goals, and we are nearly there. But one last push is needed, so we would ask Yeovil Town supporters to come along to Raleigh Grove in their numbers on Sunday and support the girls. If you have not yet watched women’s football, why not make it your first game. It could be the first of many! Like Gary Johnson’s men’s team we play good attacking football, have a never say die attitude, and I like to think that the crowd are well entertained. We would love to see a big crowd on Sunday."

Yeovil Town Ladies take on the University of Portsmouth at Raleigh Grove this Sunday, 25 March 2012, the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. The ground will be open two hours previous to that, with refreshments and full bar facilities available to supporters. Admission prices are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 to concessions. Please come and support the girls.

For directions to the Yeovil Town Ladies home ground, Raleigh Grove, please click here.


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23 March 2012 : Gary Previews The Hartlepool Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Hartlepool Game.


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23 March 2012 : Deano To Become An Ex-Parrett
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Dean Parrett is to leave the club after tomorrow's match against Hartlepool United. The 20 year old Tottenham Hotspur player has indicated that he will be leaving to return to White Hart Lane next Monday after completing 12 appearances at the club.

Dean scored one goal during his time at Huish Park, in the 3-2 win over Colchester United. However, a red card, a knee injury, and Football League rules concerning the number of loan players that can be fielded in a matchday squad, have meant that his presence in the side has been a little sporadic of late - four appearances since February 18th. With Josh Morris arriving from Blackburn Rovers this week, the club are now up to seven loan players, and this would doubtless have played a part in manager Gary Johnson's thinking.

We wish Dean the very best of luck for the future.


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23 March 2012 : Club List Out Stadium Improvement Plan
Yeovil Town have provided a list of developments that they would be prepared to undertake as a consequence of the sale of six acres of land to the north of Huish Park. In a submission made to South Somerset District Council, the club's planning representatives MWA Planning have provided outline information on what improvements they would make to Huish Park. This information was requested by SSDC earlier this week, with the council wanting sight of the club's whole plans, including the 'enabling development' that would take place as a consequence of a Food Store being built on the land.

In the submission, MWA confirm that the six acres of land are now owned by Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and this company along with Yeovil Town Football Club, would commit a minimum of £4,000,000 (four million pounds) towards other development projects. These projects are listed (unedited) as follows:

"* Construction of new community stand with a maximum capacity for 2,500 supporters together with supporter and community facilities at the northern end of the ground.

* The refurbishment of some parts of the existing buildings and the provision of a supporters bar in the home end stand.

* Provision of 80-100 space car park adjacent to the North End stand including coach drop off and pick up area.

* Provision of a new safety control room to Football Stadium licensing standards.

* Improvements to the Main Stand car park including re-surfacing and landscaping.

* Replacement of the main pitch possibly with an artificial playing surface if and when permitted by the Football League. This would be available as a dual use facility with community groups and other organisations.

* The acquisition of land within the district to provide 2 training pitches for 1st team use. This would be in addition to the planned provision of two community pitches within the Brympton area or the payment of an appropriate lump sum to the Council to ensure provision within this area.

The list set out above sets out the Club's aims and aspirations with a priority for a new community stand and improved facilities.
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The letter notes that the above list is "subject to receiving sufficient monies from the sale of the land to fund the improvements", which provides a large caveat against the above four million sum being committed. Elsewhere in the letter, the club offer to lodge a sum of money in an escrow account that can be controlled by the District Council, and for SSDC and Yeovil Town to set up a bilateral agreement controlling this, the planning approval for the above works, and a commitment for the club to implement those works within two years of planning permission being granted.

As it stands, this is merely a proposal to SSDC, and the initial reaction from the Council, reported earlier this week was that they would expect to be able to conduct "a full and proper assessment of those works" rather than take what is a 'wish list' at this stage.

It should be noted that the capacity of the new North Stand is a downsize from the originally announced 3,500 capacity stand that was detailed in March 2011. In addition, the mention of a supporters bar in the 'home end stand' is ambiguous given that this could mean the North (Copse Road) End or the existing home terrace end of the ground. The mention of an artificial playing surface is in line with comments made by Chairman John Fry yesterday suggesting that this idea had been discussed amongst the club's hierarchy prior to the Western Gazette's report this week.


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23 March 2012 : Early Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town look likely to have to make at least two changes to their first team squad for tomorrow afternoon's visit of Hartlepool United. The League One match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. but midfielder Gavin Williams (calf) and centre-back Richard Hinds (hamstring) are rated as extremely doubtful for the match, having both been replaced during Tuesday night's midweek defeat at Charlton Athletic. Manager Gary Johnson hasn't entirely ruled the pair out of contention, but has admitted that both have yet to be passed fit. His initial prognosis was for them to be missing for two or three weeks, although that was given immediately after Tuesday night's match.

Assuming Williams and Hinds sit out the games, their Tuesday night replacements Bondz N'Gala and Lawson D'Ath are the most likely players to benefit, although in the case of the latter, Johnson may prefer to revert to a 4-4-2 formation and recall Jonathan Obika to the squad.

One issue that Johnson does have is that the arrival of left-sided Blackburn Rovers player Josh Morris leaves him with seven loans on his books, meaning that two of his current squad will need to sit in the stand. D'Ath, Morris, Obika plus goalkeeper Sam Walker, defender Jonathan Grounds, midfielder Dean Parrett and right-winger Jonathan Franks are the seven needing to be cut down to five.

Left-back Kelly Youga continues to be absent with his Achilles problem, with no sign that the former Charlton Athletic defender will be returning to training. Meanwhile the squad has been thinned a touch with the departure of right-winger Billy Gibson to Braintree Town and striker Steve MacLean to Cheltenham Town with both now out of the club until the end of the season.

Tomorrow's game has a 3.00p.m. kick-off and tickets are available on the day of the game. To avoid the matchday surcharges, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight - call them on 01935-847888 or turn up in person. There is also a Kids For A Quid promotion in place for this game, which is valid on the day of the match itself.


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23 March 2012 : Johnson Cautious On Plastic Pitch Idea
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given a cautious viewpoint on the idea of plastic pitches being reintroduced into professional football, and in particular at Huish Park. In this week's local press, Glovers Chairman John Fry has spoken about possible plans to replace the current grass turf on the main pitch with an artificial pitch.

Mr Fry admitted that he had yet to discuss the matter with Johnson, and so with his assistant manager Terry Skiverton having given his view on a 3G pitch at Keynsham Town last October, it was going to be interesting to hear what the gaffer himself made of it.

Thankfully BBC Somerset put Gary on the spot, and whilst he seemed keen to choose his words carefully, he did stress that the quality of the surface chosen would have to be taken into account:

"It would have to be a good one. I can understand the thoughts behind it, that's for sure. A lot of the real state of the art plastic pitches now, do play very much like grass. So I can see that from the commercial point of view, and from the point of view that you'll always have a flat surface, because we want to play football. Sometimes it's very difficult to play our game on our pitch on occasions. Maybe it's a good idea, but it's got to be a good cheap one."


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22 March 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Hartlepool United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 24th March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be Michael Russell (Hertfordshire). Mr Russell started refereeing in the early 1990’s, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the referees’ list in 2004. In his 36 matches to date this season he has issued 3 red and 90 yellow cards.

Russell (who seems to prefer to be known as Mick rather than the name of Mike we saw in his earlier days, although we've stuck with what the Football League call him) was a regular face at Yeovil matches in our early League One years, but we've only seen him once since a January 2008 match against Walsall that saw him have to deal with a game being played in gale-force conditions.

The first time we met him was against tonight's opponents, Millwall, in the Football League Cup, when he sent off Liam Fontaine in what subsequently turned out to be the last ever game for Gary Johnson as Yeovil Town's manager. Millwall were also the opposition the last time we saw him at Huish Park - we felt he was maybe a bit too lenient on some of the incoming tackles on this occasion, and could have taken a firmer line.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Christopher Powell (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Richard Corp (Somerset).

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1.

Link: March 2006 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1.

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.


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22 March 2012 : MacLean Heads Out The Door To Join Robins
Yeovil Town striker Steve MacLean has headed out the door on loan. He has finally completed his loan move to League Two side Cheltenham Town, weeks after an attempt to seal a deal had fallen dead between the two clubs. MacLean becomes the second player to leave Huish Park this afternoon, with Billy Gibson having joined Braintree Town on a temporary deal until the end of the 2011-12 season.

MacLean also heads to Whaddon Road until the end of the 2011-12 campaign and this almost certainly spells the end of his time at Huish Park. He made 24 appearances for the Glovers, scoring four goals, but perhaps significantly was not selected after his final game at the club - an away match at Bury that saw him score at Gigg Lane, but celebrate with a gesture towards the away bench.

Although the club said after the event that the matter had been closed without any disciplinary action, MacLean did not set foot on the field of play following that incident. He joins a Robins side still hoping for automatic promotion from League Two and has been given squad No.30.


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22 March 2012 : Morris Joins Yeovil Town On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up Blackburn Rovers left-back Josh Morris on loan. The 20 year old has signed until the end of the 2011-12 season. Born in Preston on 30th September 1991, he is an England Under-20 international who has made six appearances for the Premier League side.

He has only made one appearance for Rovers this season, as a substitute against Manchester United. However, they think highly enough of him to have just given him a two and a half year contract at Ewood Park, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014.

Josh's arrival means that the club now have seven loan players on their books, meaning that two will need to sit out fixtures between now and the end of the season.


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22 March 2012 : Chairman Pitches In With Plastic Plans
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that the club are looking at the possibility of introducing a plastic pitch to Huish Park as their main stadium surface. In this week's Western Gazette they indicate that the Glovers are considering pulling up their existing grass surface that was laid at the start of the 2002-03 season at a cost of around £200,000.

Mr Fry tells the paper that the existing pitch needs "£500,000 investment" in it adding that "it should have been replaced five years ago", implying that the surface that got them into the Football League only had a shelf life of five years. Whilst still a mile away from the boggy mess that the club played on around the start of the current millennium, the Huish Park pitch has not reached its previous quality in recent years, with the turf cutting up and looking a little bare in places.

Last month, the Football League opened up a consultation period with its member clubs and other interested parties to canvass views on whether it should allow artificial pitches to be reintroduced to the professional game, after they were banned following criticism of their use during the 1980s. They plan to discuss the matter further at their summer AGM, although it would be a significant surprise if rule changes were brought in then, with some clubs guaranteed to oppose it.

In addition the Football League need to consider what would happen to clubs promoted/relegated to/from the Premier League and Conference divisions, along with the views of the Football Association, who in addition to their governing role, determine the rules of the FA Cup. If the Football League introduced the rule unilaterally, then a club promoted from the Championship into the Premier League might be forced to rip up their pitch, and it is in the second tier that there is thought to be the most opposition to such a change.

So far, League Two side Accrington Stanley and League One side Wycombe Wanderers have come out in favour of the proposal, whilst Championship side Burnley have said they would vote against it. The view of the BBC Sport website last November was that for this proposal to be carried, the league constitution would require a majority of Championship clubs to vote in favour of it, as well as a standard majority of all 72 clubs. Fry tells the paper that the return of plastic pitches "has been agreed in principle" but we will not find out until June how strong those views are.

Fry indicates that he has yet to discuss the issue with manager Gary Johnson, although his predecessor Terry Skiverton gave strong views on Keynsham Town's 3G pitch, making the decision to take all of his professional players out of a Somerset Premier Cup tie last October due to him not regarding the pitch as a suitable playing surface. However, the Glovers Chairman indicates that it comes down to money, adding "the money we will save through maintenance is staggering."

There is no word on the status of American artificial turf provider Blue Sky International, who the club claimed back in October 2011 would be providing them with a 'free' artificial surface. BSI have had a perimeter advertising board at Huish Park this season, along with a full page advert in the matchday programme, but all has gone quiet since the initial announcement six months ago and the Gazette don't make reference to them.

Elsewhere, the paper reports on the views of the SSDC Planning unit, who believe the club's Food Store planning application to be in breach of four local and national planning policies. The Gazette quote the capacity of the mooted Away Stand as being 2,500, down from the originally announced 3,500 capacity figure - the downsize is sourced from the club's planning consultant Mark Wood of MWA Planning. Mr Fry gives an indication of what is on the table as stadium improvements if the plans were to be approved:

"There is a huge demand for improvements including training pitches, artificial pitches, a replacement marquee and bar as well as car parking and traffic measure and an improved safety control box in the ground."


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22 March 2012 : Gibson Makes Essex Loan Move
Yeovil Town winger Billy Gibson has gone out on loan in an effort to win first team football. Having made just eight appearances for the Glovers this season, the former Watford trainee is off to Braintree Town on a month's loan.

The 21 year old last got onto the pitch for the Glovers on December 13th in the FA Cup Second Round defeat against Fleetwood Town and has not been selected in a single matchday squad under new manager Gary Johnson. Since making his full debut at the start of October, he has had just 24 minutes on the pitch in Football League matches.

During January, Conference National side Lincoln City showed signs that they wanted to take him on permanently, but a move for that was rebuffed by the Glovers. Despite that he's shown no signs since of breaking into the side, and with him out of contract at the end of the season, it would be a surprise if he is offered another deal with the club. In total he has made 13 appearances for the club, but with 11 of those coming from the bench.


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22 March 2012 : Club Aiming To Bring Future Plans Back In Scope?
Yeovil Town appear to be taking the first steps towards submitting further planning applications connected with their plans to build a new Food Store on land at Huish Park. The club's representatives MWA Planning have written to South Somerset District Council, outlining their plans to formally link the Food Store development to other planned future works.

Early reaction from Brympton Parish Council to the plans submitted to South Somerset District Council, included their view that the club's submission "lacked plans for the upgrade of the football facilities". Meanwhile the SSDC Planning Policy unit raised concerns in their report at the lack of alternative training pitches or land that would provide "equal community benefit" if the current training pitches are dug up.

Put in simple terms, both the Parish Council and SSDC Planning were pointing out that if the club's plans for the Food Store were to be approved, then it was likely that they would need to provide detail on the other associated work they would be carrying out. When the club first unveiled their outline vision, back in March 2011, the original blueprint had been to provide a 3,500 capacity stand to replace the current Copse Road terrace at the ground. However, the club's public exhibition and subsequent plans submitted to SSDC dropped those from the scope, with only a Special Circumstances Report tagged onto the application referring to the club's long term intentions.

Andy Cato, who is the SSDC Team Leader in charge of Area South Planning, and the main contact within the District Council regarding the application, has written to MWA noting that the Special Circumstances Report shows the club "will include the provision of alternative land for public open space and recreation, a future development by the Club of land in Alvington and developments at the football ground itself to, inter alia, increase community use of the stadium." However, Mr Cato points out that SSDC would require formal information to be provided on these works in order to determine "whether they are all achievable in both financial and planning terms or indeed within the time frame suggested."

The understanding of SSDC is now that "the club are now proposing to enter into a planning obligation to provide a formal link between the proposed retail development and the future works of ground improvements" - assuming that is correct, Yeovil Town would then be looking to bring back into scope the 'missing' Away Stand and training pitches, in order to satisfy some of the concerns raised by Brympton Parish Council and SSDC Planning Policy. This makes sense from an SSDC point of view in that they can assess all plans as a single 'group', and reduces the risks of the club being later left in limbo if any of their secondary redevelopment plans are refused.

There is a fly in the ointment at present in that the club have so far only submitted plans for the Food Store, and Mr Cato indicates that the Special Circumstances Report can not realistically be used to represent these plans, given that there are no locations identified for some of the associated works. Without that, Mr Cato has 'serious doubts' stating: "it would be illogical for the Local Authority to enter into a planning obligation to secure significant enabling works without a full and proper assessment of those works ... a planning permission should be in place for the as yet unknown alternative area of open space and recreation before a decision can be made on the current application."

On the plus side, it would appear that SSDC are willing to work with the club to explain why early reaction to the plans has not been favourable, and how to overcome those issues. On the minus side though, the speed of any further movement may depend upon how far advanced the other associated plans are, and whether plots of land have been identified.


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21 March 2012 : Ladies Announce New Annual Football Tournament
Yeovil Town Ladies are happy to announce what they hope will turn out be an annual ladies six-a-side football tournament, and they are now inviting teams to compete in the 2012 tournament which is taking place on Sunday 8th July 2012.

The tournament on the day will be organised and run by the Yeovil Town Ladies senior team, and the entry fee per competing team is £25. If you wish to enter the tournament please complete and return the attached forms specifying all required details. The closing date for entries is Friday 1st June 2012.

Please make cheques/postal orders payable to ‘Yeovil Town Ladies FC’.

There will be a cup and a plate competition to encourage maximum involvement, and the tournament will run in a league style with the top two teams going into the cup and the other teams into a plate competition. There will also be a fair play award and a player of the tournament chosen by the referees. There will be other events going on throughout the day including, ‘Tug of War’, ‘Sumo Suits’, ‘Skittles’ and much more. And of course, full refreshments, including a barbeque will be available throughout the event.

Please come along and join us. It should prove to be a great day, and of course a chance to enjoy some great football, and win some silverware.

Stacey Pearson - Tournament Organiser.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Football Tournament : Entry Form.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Football Tournament : Further Information.


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21 March 2012 : Parish Council Maintain Food Store Opposition
Yeovil Town were once again featured in the local media on Monday evening as BBC Points West ran a feature on the club's plans to build a new Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium. The two minute piece was the latest in the aims to relaunch their plans, following a recent 'thumbs down' from Brympton Parish Council and Yeovil Town Council. The BBC ran a feature containing brief clips of manager Gary Johnson's DVD video, as well as showing footage of the first team training on the land that is planned to be built on.

As part of the feature, the Parish Council have maintained their opposition to the plans, with Chairman Elizabeth Glaisher, who also serves on SSDC's Standards Committee, telling the programme that the club's proposals are not following 'planning rules', presumably referring to last week's report from SSDC's Planning Policy area. She explains:

"We support the club and we want to see it thrive, and we want to see it upgraded. How they go about it is up to them, but they should follow the planning rules. We can't consider this, because there's nothing to consider except building a huge shop."

Glovers Chairman John Fry is interviewed on the training pitches, and states that the costs of maintaining the land at present is £50,000 per season, describing both the club's car parks and training pitches as not fit for purpose:

"Quite clearly we're not asking the earth. The car parks are not fit for use. This training pitch, although it looks nice and green, this lot costs us about £50,000 a year to keep. It's not fit for training on."

Away from the BBC's own feature, Rod Hallett, Chairman of the Yeovil Town Vice Presidents organisation, has written to SSDC, expressing their 'dismay' at "the apparent indifference of the council to all the efforts being made" with respect to the club's application to SSDC.

Mr Hallett disputes the traffic assessment given by Yeovil Town Mayor Phil Chandler earlier this month that suggested that an additional 568 vehicles would be moving over the 'Asda Roundabout' per hour, asking where the figure has come from. Mr Hallett states cites Morrisons and Asda as supermarkets outside the town centre, stating "they were given planning consent so why should the football club be punished for their plans" adding that the Glovers' move to the current Huish Park location allowed Tesco to take up the old Huish site.

The Vice Presidents point out that visiting away supporters bring business into the town and finishes calling for a public meeting to be arranged to discuss the plans: "for some years we have been involved with John Fry and the football club, concerning the lack of facilities at the ground. It seems that the major problem in improving facilities for supporters concerns the covenants on the ground surrounding Huish Park. Surely it is time that these issues were resolved and if necessary a public debate is needed to discuss the problem and make public all parties interests."

In reply, Andy Cato, who is the SSDC Team Leader in charge of Area South Planning points out that many of Mr Hallett's concerns relate to the Yeovil Town Council report on the plans, following their February 27th meeting, rather than any views expressed by SSDC.


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21 March 2012 : GWSC Travel To AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make the short trip to play AFC Bournemouth in a League One match. The game at Dean Court (currently known as the Seward Stadium) takes place on Saturday 31st March 2012 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 from Yeovil Bus Station at 10.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £10.00 with no concessions available on this occasion. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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21 March 2012 : Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One away match against AFC Bournemouth is now available. The match takes place at Dean Court on Saturday 31st March 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Pricing for this fixture is set as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £11.00.

Concessions are available to those aged Over 65 or Under 16 or those carrying a Full Time NUS Card. As always, carry proof of entitlement for concessions, in case you are asked for it at the turnstiles.

Ambulant Disabled supporters on the middle or lower rate of mobility/care DLA are also entitled to enter on the concessionary rate. Note that those on the middle/lower rate of disability do not qualify for an assistant to accompany them - any assistant will pay normal matchday admissions.

For both wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters on the higher rate of mobility/care DLA, supporters are entitled to FREE entry, along with an assistant, who is also admitted free of charge.

Disabled supporters must contact the club's Disabled Liaison Officer Phil Tyrrell on 07803 090047 or via email at disability@afcb.co.uk detailing your requirements. There are spaces in the away section of the ground, but these are booked on a first come, first served basis.

Away supporters are housed in the East Stand at Dean Court, with the default away allocation comprising of Blocks 21-24, which gives around 1,200 seats. Access to the stadium is via Turnstile F and supporters will be required to pay cash on the turnstiles.

As far as we know, the Huish Park Ticket Office are not carrying advance tickets for this game - in any case with the exception of disabled supporters, there is no particular need to book in advance, with no matchday surcharge.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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21 March 2012 : Glovers Duo Heading For Spell On Sidelines
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson looks set to be without two players this coming weekend, for the visit of Hartlepool United, as the run of quickfire fixtures finally began to tell its toll. The Glovers are six matches into a busy eight game period during March, but last night's 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic saw them lose midfielder Gavin Williams and centre-back Richard Hinds to injury around the half time period.

Williams limped off 30 seconds before the break, whilst Hinds was withdrawn during half time, with Lawson D'Ath and Bondz N'Gala their respective replacements. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he expected both to be absent this weekend, whilst his immediate expectation is for them to be out for a couple of weeks:

"They both had an injury; Gavin Williams with a slight calf strain, and Richard Hinds with a bit of a hamstring strain. So obviously we've had to change it. But it shouldn't make any difference, because you've got a squad. They're struggling for Saturday, as once you've got pulls like that, they could be out for two or three weeks. So we'll have to see what we've got in reserve, and bring them in."

Tomorrow sees the emergency loan transfer window close at 5.00p.m. and with the Glovers already having six loan players on their books, it is highly unlikely that Johnson will make moves to bring in new blood. With the likes of Jonathan Obika, Dean Parrett and Lawson D'Ath currently rotating as the club's sixth loan player sat in the stand, under Football League matchday rules.

As such, bringing in any further loan signings would be of questionable benefit and Johnson recognises that. Speaking to Sky Sports before last night's match, the Glovers boss said that there wasn't any urgent need to change things:

"On the run we are on at the moment I don't feel we need to tinker too much, plus we've already got six loan lads here and you can only put five down on the team sheet, so we have to leave one out each week now. I've been pleased with our loan signings because they are all making an effort, helping to make a difference and have enhanced the good group of players that we already have here."

Johnson hinted to Sky Sports though that tomorrow could see a few of his fringe players go out on loan, although his opinion on that may have changed given last night's injuries to Williams and Hinds. With right-winger Billy Gibson, attacking midfielder Anthony Edgar and left-sided defender Curtis Haynes-Brown getting little in the way of first team action at present, they would appear to be those Johnson is speaking of, although he doesn't name names:

"We won't be doing any business before Thursday in terms of arrivals, but we've got a couple of lads that we wouldn't mind loaning out. There is always interest and some clubs will leave it late due to the midweek games because they might pick up injuries or suspensions along the way, so we'll let people know that if they need somebody to do a job that we've got a few that might be available."


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21 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Charlton Away Game
Following last night's 3-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Charlton Away Game.


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21 March 2012 : Johnson: Glovers Came Up Short At The Valley
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he had no complaints about the end result, after his side lost 3-0 against Charlton Athletic at The Valley last night. Goals from Dany N'Guessan, Bradley Wright-Phillips and one in the final minute from Darel Russell kept the Addicks nine points clear at the top of the division, whilst the Glovers slipped to 14th place in the League One table.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt that whilst the magnitude of the scoreline didn't reflect the balance of the game, that the actual result did - pointing out that Charlton had better end product, with the error for the opening goal not helping matters:

"We did come up short tonight. It was a horrendous mistake really that led to the first goal. We were playing neat and tidy, but without an end product really, and Charlton had the end product. They scored three and we weren't able to get any of our chances. We hit the crossbar a couple of times and the centre-half should have scored when he hit it at the goalkeeper. I don't think we deserved to get beat 3-0 but we didn't do enough to win the game, that's for sure. And we didn't do enough to draw the game either, so that is exactly how it went."

The seventh minute opener from Dany N'Guessan saw the Millwall striker fire in a fierce cross-shot across Sam Walker's goal, and the young Chelsea keeper misjudged the attempt, letting the ball go past him, only to find it hitting the back post netting. Johnson said that there was no way he could defend that:

"The first goal was a poor misjudgement by the keeper, whether you are young or old. He has done really well for us but a lapse of concentration, a major misjudgement, and you find yourselves a goal down at the league leaders and we never really quite got back from that."

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

Link: Charlton 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Hit Slippery Slope At The Valley.

Link: Hunts: We Gifted Charlton Two Goals.


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21 March 2012 : Hunts: We Gifted Charlton Two Goals
Yeovil Town captain Paul Huntington felt that his side had gifted League One leaders Charlton Athletic two goals during last night's 3-0 defeat at The Valley. The central defender felt that the Addicks didn't have to work for their win, having taken an early lead when a Dany N'Guessan cross-cum-shot went direct into the back of the net.

The Glovers then conceded a second crucial goal after the Glovers defence lost Charlton top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, who headed home following a well worked free kick. Huntington told BBC Somerset that he was willing to overlook the last minute goal by Darel Russell that finished the game off, but felt that the first two should have been cut out. The 24 year old believes though that the players should be able to pick themselves up for Saturday's home game against Hartlepool United:

"We've just got to move on and go again on Saturday. It's the next game isn't it? We're at home; we're in good form. Charlton are a good side, but what's disappointing from our side is that they didn't really have to work a lot for it. We kind of gifted them two goals at least. The last one came when the game was a bit stretched, but that's the disappointing bit of it. But I think we'll carry on with the way we've been playing at home. Don't forget that apart from tonight it's been a huge effort from a small squad."


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20 March 2012 : Charlton 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Hit Slippery Slope At The Valley
Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat in six matches tonight, as they lost 3-0 to Champions Elect Charlton Athletic. In a game in which the Glovers looked a little off their usual pace, Dany N'Guessan's early goal left them with problems right from the start, and despite Lawson D'Ath hitting the woodwork during the second period, a Bradley Wright-Phillips header, and a last minute Darel Russell goal ensured that the Addicks remained nine points clear at the top of the league, whilst the Glovers still need a win or two to ensure their own League One status.

Team news saw one change in the starting line-up, combined with a bit of tactical reshuffling, as Jonathan Obika was left out of the squad as the club's sixth loan player. Dean Parrett came back into the starting eleven, as he formed part of a five man midfield, using pretty much the same tactics that were employed for another Tuesday night match against a top six side, where the Glovers had previously gained a win against Milton Keynes Dons. On the bench, Lawson D'Ath came into the squad, but apart from that, and the 4-5-1 formation, things were pretty much as you were. There was a change of match referee, with David Coote a late replacement for Carl Berry - he was to go on to have a tidy uneventful game.

The victory over MK Dons worked because the Glovers blocked up their defence for the entire 90 minutes, and frustrated their opposition by stopping them from getting a sight on goal. However, that relies upon the whole gameplan not being thrown out by an early goal. Step forward then, Dany N'Guessan, signed by Charlton on loan yesterday from Millwall. He apparently has a reputation for scoring on his debut - seven minutes into the game he did just that. It was hard to know whether he meant it - from his left wing position he rifled in a cross-cum-shot into the box. Glovers keeper Sam Walker perhaps had lost his bearings, and chose to leave the attempt, only to find it hitting the inside of the netting on the back post. A horrible start to the game.

Despite that early lead, Charlton never really arrested control of the first half, with the game being played at a curiously slow pace, as the home side allowed Yeovil plenty of possession, but without truly allowing them to get in behind their back four. With just one man up front, Andy Williams struggled at times to get into the game, being marked far better than any MK Dons defenders had managed on his previous spell as a lone striker. Jonathan Franks produced a long range daisy-cutter that was easily collected by former Holyrood School pupil Ben Hamer, whilst Luke Ayling and Williams fired wide.

At the other end, Yann Kermorgant headed just wide of the posts from a Chris Solly set piece, although Dean Parrett easily had the attempt covered as he watched it from his position on the goalpost. The Glovers were less proficient on their own set pieces - one utterly woeful free kick saw two Glovers tap the ball short to each other, only for a third player to fail to read the script, with Charlton's Rhoys Wiggins gleefully robbing them of possession before the ball could be hit with any great anger.

And that was largely how the Glovers looked in the first half - tidy on the ball in midfield, albeit with a lot of the competed passes going sideways - but they had little to offer in the final third. In fairness, Charlton weren't offering much more either. A Gavin Williams free kick curled over the bar three minutes before the break, but that was the last we saw of him in serious action, as he limped off during first half injury time, replaced by Lawson D'Ath in a like-for-like swap. On the plus side, by being only a single goal down, the game was far from being over.

Having made one change just before the break, manager Gary Johnson made a second one at half time. Again this was a straight swap, with Richard Hinds replaced by Bondz N'Gala. The defender was into the action early on; clearing his lines after a ball into the box evaded Sam Walker. Andy Williams scuffed an early attempt wide of the target, and then came Yeovil's first golden opportunity - a set piece that saw two home defenders get in each others way, somewhat fudging their attempt to clear straight into the path of N'Gala. Unfortunately, his low shot was straight into the midriff of Ben Hamer, and easily saved - if only it had dropped to someone like Williams.

That was to prove costly on the hour mark, as the second and crucial goal as scored by the home side. A Rhoys Wiggins set play was skillfully headed back across the face of the box by Yann Kermorgant, and with the Yeovil defence having been dragged towards one post, Bradley Wright-Phillips was on hand to head the ball home, for a 2-0 advantage that was going to be hard to come back from.

Still Yeovil fought well, and they created their best move of the match in the final 15 minutes, as they finally overlapped the Charlton back line. With Luke Ayling overlapping well on the right flank, Jonathan Flanks slipped the ball though to him, and the right-back's cross into the box was flicked towards goal by Lawson D'Ath, with the ball coming off the crossbar and back out.

Not too surprisingly, the Addicks began to wind the clock down after that scare, and really the Glovers only managed one further chance with two minutes remaining, as Andy Williams curled an effort over the bar. And with them pushing numbers up, Yeovil were caught a little bit flat-footed in the final minute of the game, as Rhoys Wiggins received a pass down the flank and delivered the ball into the box, allowing Darel Russell the chance to wrap the game up by converting at the near post.

The final scoreline was perhaps a little flattering on the home side, although there was enough difference in class on the night to show the gap between the two sides in the League One table. Occasionally the pace of the game made it look as though Charlton were playing a little within themselves, whilst the Glovers struggled to create the cast iron chances they've managed to do in recent matches. No disgrace though - it's highly unlikely that Yeovil Town will be travelling back to The Valley for the 2012-13 season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Dany N'Guessan (7 mins, 1-0), Bradley Wright-Phillips (60 mins, 2-0), Darel Russell (90 mins, 3-0)

Charlton Athletic:
1. Ben Hamer
20. Chris Solly 28. Leon Cort 5. Michael Morrison 16. Rhoys Wiggins
11. Scott Wagstaff 37. Darel Russell 22. Danny Hollands 39. Dany N'Guessan
10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 36. Yann Kermorgant

Substitutes:
13. John Sullivan (GK) 6. Matthew Taylor 7. Danny Green (74 mins for Dany N'Guessan) 8. Dale Stephens 18. Bradley Pritchard

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala (46 mins for Richard Hinds) 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath (45 mins for Gavin Williams) 18. Kieran Agard (69 mins for Dean Parrett)

Charlton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Lawson D'Ath (83 mins, foul).

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Ian Cooper (Kent).

Attendance: 13,717 (including 250 Yeovil fans).


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20 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched tonight's match against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, 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 Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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20 March 2012 : Team News For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change for tonight's away match against Charlton Athletic. Jonathan Obika drops out of the side as the sixth loanee with his Spurs team mate coming in as part of a five man midfield. Lawson D'Ath is on the bench. The line-up for the game reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath 18. Kieran Agard


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20 March 2012 : Former Boss Recommended Baggridge Loan Move
Yeovil Town first year professional Rhys Baggridge's loan move to Southern League side Weymouth came about following a recommendation from his former boss. Poole Town manager Tom Killick, who was in charge of the 19 year old over a 15 game period, was impressed enough with his play to suggest that he was capable of playing in the division above the Dolphins.

Yesterday, Baggridge joined the Terras on loan, teaming up with Lewis Clarke, who is also being borrowed by the Dorset side. Boss Brendon King has drafted him in after he lost two defenders to head injuries at a time when Clarke is also sidelined with a knee problem. Speaking to the Dorset Echo, he said his move was as a direct result of the double injury:

"It is a month’s loan and we are looking forward to working with him (Rhys) after having received such good reports from Tommy Killick at Poole Town, who told me last week if we get a chance to take him then do it. Poole did not want to lose him but his three months was up. At that time, I didn’t really need anyone but with what happened to (defenders) Ben (Gerring) and Sam (Poole) at the weekend things have changed."

King added that his contact with the Glovers had actually come before the problems with Gerring and Poole, having had a call from first team coach Darren Way. With Baggridge unable to stay at Poole any longer, after he reached the 93 day limit allowed for 'emergency' loans, King explained that Darren was looking to push the former Youth Team captain up another level to see how he coped:

"Darren Way also spoke to me last week and asked if there was any way I could take Rhys. Darren is on the coaching staff up at Yeovil and he told me they want the lad to kick on now to the next level. There is no doubt this deal has come at the right time and I have been told he has a fantastic attitude too, so he should have no problem slotting in for us ahead of some big games coming up."


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20 March 2012 : Andy Williams' Thoughts On The Walsall Game
Following Saturday's 2-1 win over Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman, Andy's post-match thoughts after another two goals are recorded below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Walsall.


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19 March 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic
The mad month of March continues tomorrow with another Yeovil Town League One match. This sees us face the prospect of a trip to The Valley, home of runaway leaders Charlton Athletic, and one of our favourite away trips - sod's law that this has landed as a midweeker. Kick-off is 7.45p.m. on Tuesday night.

For those heading to the SE7 portion of London, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with the latest ticketing and travel information for this season, along with the usual directions, parking, pub guides and other such stuff.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Addicks Make Double Signing For Tomorrow's Game.

Link: Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.


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19 March 2012 : Addicks Make Double Signing For Tomorrow's Game
Tomorrow evening's opponents Charlton Athletic have signed up two new players on loan in time for the Tuesday night League One game at The Valley. They have taken 24 year old Millwall striker Dany N'Guessan and Queens Park Rangers left-winger Lee Cook on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season as they attempt to get themselves over the finishing line for their likely promotion back to the Championship.

N'Guessan is a former Auxerre Youth Academy player, who has played alongside Charlton players Yann Kermorgant Michael Morrison at Leicester City, as well as Addicks boss Chris Powell and so is well known them. He has been drafted in after Charlton allowed Leon Clarke to head out on loan to League Two side Crawley Town.

Cook is a 29 year old, who has already featured at League One level this season as part of a ten game loan spell with Leyton Orient. This will be his second spell at The Valley, having had a 2007-08 loan spell whilst on the books of Fulham. He has also played for Aylesbury United and Watford, and has made one League Cup appearance for QPR this season.

With Danny Haynes suffering from hamstring problems, and goalscoring midfielder and club captain Johnnie Jackson having limped out of their last match with an ankle problem, both players could challenge for a position in their squad for the match against the Glovers. Winger Danny Green who scored the winner in the Boxing Day match at Huish Park, has been out with a shoulder injury, but reported as being ready to return.


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19 March 2012 : Baggridge Heads Out On Loan Again
Yeovil Town defender Rhys Baggridge has gone out on loan again, shortly after ending his loan spell with Poole Town. As mentioned last week, the 19 year old's temporary spell with the Southern League Division One South and West side ended last Tuesday after making 15 appearances, scoring four goals for the Dorset club.

Rhys now shuffles along the coast, signing for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth until the end of the 2011-12 season. He in theory joins team-mate Lewis Clarke down at the Wessex Stadium, although Lewis was back at Huish Park for treatment on a knee injury last week.


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19 March 2012 : Football League Brand Celtic Links As 'Disrespectful'
The Football League have today rubbished suggestions that they are in talks with Scottish Premier League side Celtic regarding a move into League One for next season. The claims were made in Sunday tabloid The People over the weekend suggesting that the Glasgow side were prepared to work their way up the divisions, starting at the third tier.

League Chairman Greg Clarke has today said that he would not entertain such discussions, branding it 'disrespectful' to the Scottish footballing authorities:

"We have absolutely no intention of having any discussions with any club from another national league regarding membership of our competition. This would be highly disrespectful to the Scottish FA and Scottish Premier League and will not be countenanced by the Football League."

Of course, such an idea would also be disrespectful to Clarke's League One and League Two members who have achieved their current status by promotion and relegation, and not by being inserted in at a particular level.

This is not the first time that this issue has come up - in the summer of 2009, Clarke's predecessor Lord Mawhinney rubbished proposals submitted by Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside for a two-tier Premier League structure that would have included Celtic and their Glasgow rivals Rangers. Then in Autumn 2009, Gartside's proposals were formally rejected killing it dead.

However, since then with Rangers falling into administration and speculation that Championship side Portsmouth might not take up their place in League One next season, the issue has come up again. Hopefully this will kill it dead - for now.


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19 March 2012 : Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 20th March 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at The Valley. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Berry (Surrey).

We've only had Mr Berry once before as a match referee, as this is his first full season at Football League level, although he is recorded as having taken charge of a couple of games during the 2010-11 season. The one and only occasion was the October 2011 home game against Carlisle United. The 0-3 home defeat saw the Glovers shoot themselves in the foot somewhat, with Flavien Belson picking up a red card before the break for two yellow cards.

The suggestion was that Mr Berry had already issued Belson with a 'final warning' before he gave the midfielder his marching orders. Terry Skiverton was manager at the time, and he felt that Mr Berry had lost control of the game by producing his cards early on, and claimed that he should have made sure that Belson understood what he was saying:

"I think the decision for the first booking created the whole tempo of the game. After that it seemed to spiral a little bit out of control for certain people. The lad's French (Flavien Belson) - what's he saying to him? The lad has come in, it's his debut and he's hyped up. The first one wasn't a booking. Then right after that, Steve MacLean goes up for a header, and their lad comes up and crashes right through the back of him. Should that have been a yellow then, based on the balance of probability and what happened with the one before? That doesn't happen. Then with the cards he gave out in the second half, it was outrageous."

Skiverton was also aggrieved with a decision to rule out a Steve MacLean goal whilst the scoreline was still 0-0, although in fairness that one was flagged for by a linesman. Skivo said of that incident: "It was not handball, by the way - not handball. I looked at it again on the video, and it was not handball."

The Western Gazette took a slightly different slant on his performance saying "His decisions were accurate but his communication was poor" adding that "Flavien Belson's dismissal was reckless" - in the end, a second half collapse made Carlisle's victory emphatic, with those first half incidents having swung the game in their direction.

To our knowledge, this is the first time he's taken charge of a match involving Charlton Athletic. So far he's raised 67 yellows and four red cards across his 21 games this season.

Mr Berry will be assisted by Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Wade Norcott (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Ian Cooper (Kent).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 3.


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18 March 2012 : Rivals Defeat Puts Ladies Within Reach Of Title
Yeovil Town Ladies took another big step towards claiming the league title this afternoon - without kicking a ball. Whilst the Glovers had the weekend off, their main rivals Havant and Waterlooville were playing one of two catch-up games, as they travelled to play Swindon Town Ladies.

The end result was a shock 4-1 defeat for the Hampshire side, thus maintaining Yeovil's 12 point lead at the top of the South West Combination Women's Football League, but crucially with Havant having now used up one of their games in hand. That means that Yeovil Town Ladies will win the title and secure promotion if they get a point from next weekend's home game against University of Portsmouth, or if Havant drop points in their home game against Gloucester City and Forest Green Rovers fail to win at Chesham United.

Next weekend's match against the University of Portsmouth takes place on Sunday 26th March, at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC, kick-off 2.00p.m. Needless to say, it would be great if as many Glovers fans can get down to Sherborne next weekend - if things go to plan you could witness a Yeovil Town side gaining promotion.

If things don't go to plan next weekend, dates for the two matches against Havant and Waterlooville have been arranged for dates in April as shown below.

Forthcoming Fixtures: (key games scheduled)
25/03/2012 : Havant and Waterlooville vs Gloucester City
25/03/2012 : Yeovil Town vs University Of Portsmouth
08/04/2012 : Havant and Waterlooville vs Yeovil Town
22/04/2012 : Yeovil Town vs Havant and Waterlooville

League Table:
1. Yeovil Town Ladies (P15 Pts41 GD+36), 2. Havant and Waterlooville (P14 Pts29 GD+21), 3. Forest Green Rovers (P14 Pts29 GD+29).

Finally congratulations are due to Yeovil Town Ladies Under-16s. They have clinched their League title this weekend, by beating Wells Under-16s by a 2-0 scoreline. Given this acts as a feeder into the senior Ladies team, it suggests that they will be well equipped in the years to come.


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18 March 2012 : Johnson Magic Spreads North Of The Border
We're not quite sure whether the Johnson family are growing four leaf clovers in their back garden at present, but whatever it is, it's working. Former midfielder Lee Johnson has become a Scottish Communities League Cup winner this afternoon, as his new club Kilmarnock created a huge shock in Scottish football by defeating Celtic in the final.

In front of 49,572 spectators at Hampden Park, Johnson Jnr had been on the pitch for the majority of the game, despite being named as a substitute, with the midfielder an early change after just 20 minutes following an injury to Danny Buijs. The 30 year old even had a strong influence in ensuring that the Ayrshire side lifted the trophy for the first time. His 84th minute assist allowed Dieter Van Tornhout to head home the match winner. The BBC Sport website says of the crucial goal:

"Ben Gordon released substitute Lee Johnson on the left and his whipped cross was headed into the net by van Tornhout at the back post, the Belgian's first goal for Kilmarnock."

Lee's cup winner's medal will now be added to his FA Trophy, Conference and League Two Championship honours that he gained at Yeovil Town. He also gained promotion from League One with Bristol City along with a Scottish Premier League runners up slot with Hearts.


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18 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's post-match thoughts are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Home Game.


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18 March 2012 : Saddlers Boss Rues 'Lucky' Yeovil's Win
Walsall manager Dean Smith felt his side should have killed the game off during the second half yesterday, after losing 2-1 at Huish Park. The Saddlers boss admitted that their opener from Sam Mantom came against the run of play, but believed that his side had enough chances after that to have sealed the points.

Instead, two goals from Andy Williams won Yeovil Town the game, with both coming from heavy deflections - the first a Jonathan Franks shot that came off his team-mate's back, and the second that saw the ball turned into the net by Walsall substitute Anton Peterlin. As such, Smith felt the Glovers were lucky to win, and suggested that they'd also had a lot of luck during last weekend's 2-1 win at Oldham Athletic:

"We took the lead against the run of play in the first half, but in the second half we had lots of chances. It was too much end-to-end for my liking but we should have killed the game off. Yeovil's goals were heartbreaking but they seem to be having a lot of luck at the moment. They were lucky when they won 2-1 at Oldham last week, but that's the way it goes."


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17 March 2012 : Johnson On Willo: He Scores When He Doesn't Mean To!
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted his side had a slab of luck after this afternoon's 2-1 win over Walsall this afternoon. The Glovers boss celebrated his side's sixth win in the last eight matches, as they once again came from behind to grab all three points, lifting them into a 12th placed position in the League One table.

The latest Glovers comeback was once again thanks to two goals from Andy Williams, who notched his 14th and 15th goals of the 2011-12 season. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson admitted that his side's top scorer had been rather fortunate to get both goals, with his first of the day coming when he got in the way of a shot by Jonathan Franks:

"It was definitely the right result. We were a bit worried, because in the first half we created a lot of chances, and the goalkeeper had a fantastic day. He must have made three or four magnificent saves. When you create opportunities you deserve your own luck. We have a goalscorer (in Andy Williams) who is scoring goals even when he doesn't mean to at the moment!

This afternoon's performance was not the best Johnson's side had produced, even if goalkeeper David Grof was the reason why the Saddlers were always in the game. Gary added that he felt the players were suffering slightly from the busy March schedule that sees them halfway through a run of eight matches in 29 days:

"The lads are going beyond the call of duty. It was obvious that we were a bit leggy. When you keep playing Saturday - Tuesday - Saturday - Tuesday it catches up with you. Walsall are going well and we knew we had to be a bit more ruthless in the second half. We made a few subtle changes and created opportunities - and had a bit of luck."


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17 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Walsall
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win 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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17 March 2012 : Grounds And Franks Extend Stays At Huish Park
Middlesbrough loan pair Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks have extended their stays at Huish Park. The Glovers have now received confirmation that both players will remain at Huish Park until the end of the 2011-12 season.

Both players have made six appearances for the club, with Franks having scored one goal. Earlier this week manager Gary Johnson made it clear that he wanted to discuss permanent moves for the duo in the summer, with both out of contract at the Riverside Stadium at the end of the season.


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17 March 2012 : Yeovil 2 Walsall 1 : Willo Double Puts Glovers In Nosebleed Territory
Yeovil Town came from behind yet again this afternoon at Huish Park, as they beat Walsall 2-1 in win that comes close to removing any doubts of relegation problems for the 2011-12 season. Trailing at the break from a Sam Mantom goal, once again the Glovers were the comeback kids, and once again it was Andy Williams who scored both - even if both goals had a slice of luck to them. Williams deflected in a Jonathan Franks shot, and then hooked a ball in via a Saddlers defender for the winner six minutes from time, lifting the team up to 12th in the League One table - the first time they've been in the top half of the table since August 13th - the second game of the season.

For the third match running, Gary Johnson selected the same starting eleven, choosing to just tweak the bench slightly, swapping Lawson D'Ath for Dean Parrett as the sixth loanees, as D'Ath sat out this time round. The Glovers had the lion's share of the first half. Andy Williams headed wide from a Jonathan Grounds cross into the box, then at the other end Kevan Hurst shot straight at Sam Walker.

But most of the play was coming in through the trio of Obika, Franks and Andy Williams putting pressure on some slightly sluggish Saddlers defenders. Jonathan Franks was the most unlucky not to be on the scoresheet - twice being denied by terrific saves from Saddlers keeper David Grof. Luke Ayling produced a dipping shot from distance that struck the top of the crossbar before going out for a free kick, then Groff saved again from Andy Williams, as the pressure was piled on. Williams was unlucky not to get his side a penalty when he appeared to get a shove in the back by Oliver Lancashire as the ball was cut over the top for him to run onto - one of two good penalty shouts that referee Robert Madley didn't seem to want to take any notice of.

With all this pressure, there was always the risk of the sucker punch, and the Saddlers had shown the odd glimpse that they were capable of doing that, with Emanuel Jorge Ledesma robbing Paul Huntington of possession in his own half, and squaring for Jonathan Macken, with the ball mercifully being cleared. But a minute before the break, more weak defending allowed Walsall in and this time they took advantage, with Sam Mantom easily muscling off the attentions of Jonathan Obika, and when the Saddlers midfielder shot at goal, Sam Walker was too slow to get down and stop the ball slipping into the net close to his post for a soft goal and a shock 0-1 reversal at the break.

If the first half had been largely one-sided, the second half was more end-to-end with Yeovil pushing players further up the field, but with Walsall able to counter-attack as soon as the Glovers lost possession. A demonstration of that was when an Ed Upson corner saw Paul Huntington head over the bar, but less than 60 seconds later, Kevan Hurst was through the Yeovil defence, after a quick one-two, putting his shot over the bar.

Gary Johnson changed things around just before the hour mark, withdrawing Jonathan Obika and Dominic Blizzard and putting on Dean Parrett and also Michael Woods for his debut, changing to a 4-4-1-1 that saw Parrett playing as a deep forward to support Andy Williams. The goal when it came had a huge slice of luck attached to it, as a shot from Jonathan Franks ballooned off the back of Andy Williams and into the back of the net for the striker's 14th goal of the season - not that he knew anything about it at the time.

Game on, although it was initially Walsall who looked the more likely to score, with Yeovil getting the jitters at the back, and Jonathan Macken, Andy Butler and substitute Anton Peterlin all having chances to score. Matters weren't being helped by referee Robert Madley's tendency to stop the game and see things that few people in the crowd were seeing, disrupting the flow of the game.

Finally though, over a two or three minute spell, a sustained bit of Yeovil pressure paid off. Andy Williams broke on a solo run and forced a corner off a blocking defender's leg. Then Dean Parrett went close with David Grof forcing yet another terrific save. From the resultant corner from Gavin Williams, Paul Huntington headed towards goal, and in the right place at the right time, Andy Williams was able to hook the ball over his own head, with the ball taking a deflection off a Walsall defender and into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.

There was to be no comeback from Walsall, even if they did push centre-back Andy Butler up as a striker in the closing stages. The four minutes of injury time passed by without incident, giving the Glovers three hugely valuable points against a team that are also battling to beat the drop. The 46 points they've got won't quite be enough to guarantee League One survival, but with a current 12th place and still nine games still to go, is anyone still concerned about the teams below them?

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Walsall 1.

Scorers: Sam Mantom (0-1, 44 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 63 mins), Andy Williams (2-1, 84 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods (54 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 18. Kieran Agard 22. Dean Parrett (54 mins for Jonathan Obika)

Walsall:
21. David Grof
12. Lee Beevers 5. Oliver Lancashire 4. Andy Butler 3. Mat Sadler
16. Alex Nicholls 27. Sam Mantom 25. Florent Cuvelier 11. Kevan Hurst
10. Jonathan Macken 28. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma

Substitutes:
1. Jimmy Walker (GK) 6. Emmanuele Smith 15. Jamie Paterson (60 mins for Kevan Hurst) 17. George Bowerman (86 mins for Jonathan Macken) 19. Anton Peterlin (64 mins for Emanuel Jorge Ledesma)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Walsall Bookings: Kevan Hurst (57 mins, dissent)

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and William Bull (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,705 (including 208 Walsall fans)


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17 March 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made one change to his squad for this afternoon's home game against Walsall. For the third consecutive match, the starting eleven remains unchanged, with the Glovers lining up in their usual 4-4-2 formation.

The only alteration comes on the bench, with Lawson D'Ath dropping out of the squad as the 'sixth loan'. He is replaced by Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett who has missed the last two matches - initially due to suspension, but then as the 'sixth loan' in midweek.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 18. Kieran Agard 22. Dean Parrett

Walsall:
21. David Grof
12. Lee Beevers 5. Oliver Lancashire 4. Andy Butler 3. Mat Sadler
16. Alex Nicholls 27. Sam Mantom 25. Florent Cuvelier 11. Kevan Hurst
10. Jonathan Macken 28. Emanuel Jorge Ledesma

Substitutes:
1. Jimmy Walker (GK) 6. Emmanuele Smith 15. Jamie Paterson 17. George Bowerman 19. Anton Peterlin


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17 March 2012 : MK Dons Away Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to Buckinghamshire to play Milton Keynes Dons, who are chasing for a League One play-off place. The result was a shock 1-0 win with a Gavin Williams goal just before the break sealing the win in a backs-against-the-wall performance.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Andy Williams given plenty of credit for his performance as the lone striker, particuarly with the Glovers down to ten men, whilst goalkeeper Sam Walker clocked up plenty of votes for a number of excellent saves. However, the winner by a comfortable margin was centre-back Paul Huntington - if he missed a header during the second half, we don't recall it!

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

1 Paul Huntington 186 (13)
2 Sam Walker 84 (5)
3 Andy Williams 64 (3)
4 Ed Upson 34 (3)
5 Richard Hinds 28 (0)
6 Gavin Williams 24 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 10 (0)
7 Dominic Blizzard 10 (0)
9 Jonathan Grounds 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.64

Performance: 8.00
Entertainment: 7.28

VOTES RECEIVED: 25


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17 March 2012 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first game of March saw them come from behind to secure a 2-1 win against Brentford. A first half goal from Sam Saunders was cancelled out by two strikes from Andy Williams in the second period, including a winning goal three minutes from time.

As far as Man of the Match votes were concerned for this game, although there were a number of supporters who rated Gavin Williams, Sam Walker, Luke Ayling and Paul Huntington, the overwhelming majority opted for Andy Williams, who clocked up the lion's share of the outright MOTM votes as well as a healthy number of 2nd and 3rd place votes.

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

1 Andy Williams 620 (55)
2 Paul Huntington 194 (3)
3 Luke Ayling 122 (4)
4 Sam Walker 84 (4)
5 Gavin Williams 80 (2)
7 Dominic Blizzard 32 (0)
7 Jonathan Obika 32 (0)
8 Ed Upson 26 (1)
9 Jonathan Franks 18 (0)
10 Jonathan Grounds 12 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.91

Performance: 6.61
Entertainment: 7.22

VOTES RECEIVED: 69


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16 March 2012 : Four Former Glovers Go On The Move
With the final week of the Emergency Loan window coming up after this weekend, a number of clubs appear to be ramping up their plans for the season run-in by bringing in new players. The former Glovers quartet of Stephen Henderson, Max Ehmer, Rob Kiernan and Andre McCollin have all found new clubs this week as a result.

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson's move from cash-strapped Championship strugglers Portsmouth to West Ham United has been on the cards for so long that you'd swear he'd been signed by the Hammers five times over according to the articles that have appeared on websites over the last seven days. That deal is now confirmed, with it being a loan agreement with a view to a permanent move - although the two clubs don't confirm it, the rumourmill claims that the Irishman has a three year contract on the table to sign at Upton Park. By that time he could be a Premier League player, given his new club's position in the Championship League Table.

Portsmouth have said that they will be receiving "significant loan fee" as well as having the Hammers pay 100 percent of the player's wages. Their financial plight means they have little choice in the matter - a decision made by the club's administrators who are currently conducting a fire sale that will almost certainly consign Pompey to League One football - assuming the club is not liquidated entirely. Outside the relegation zone even after their ten point penalty for falling into administration, they have now picked up two points out of their last eight fixtures and that has left them cut adrift of safety by eight points.

With Henderson not the only player leaving the Fratton Park payroll in a hurry, Pompey are unlikely to recover. Boss Michael Appleton said that he personally did not want to lose Henderson, but felt that he had little say in the matter:

"We don’t want to lose our best players, but the situation the club is in doesn’t leave us with many options. Stephen has a fantastic future in the game and this is a good opportunity for him to join a club fighting to win promotion to the Premier League."

Administrator Trevor Birch made it clear that the goalkeeper would probably not be the last player to disappear off their books, explaining that there were still issues with keeping Pompey alive on an ongoing basis, despite the Football League agreeing to provide £800,000 in rights payments that it had initially withheld when they went into administration:

"Stephen Henderson will be joining West Ham on loan with a view to a permanent contract. We still need money to get past the end of the season. It doesn’t just stop then, so I am trying to get in that extra cash which pushes it even further. I cannot divulge how much we will receive (from West Ham), it wouldn’t be right to. But it’s a significant fee. We wouldn’t be doing it otherwise."

Former defender Max Ehmer is another one on the move, joining League One rivals Preston North End on loan, having yet to break into the Queens Park Rangers first team. Max will stay with the Lilywhites until May 5th as he becomes Graham Westley's tenth signing since arriving as their manager in mid-January. Westley believes that getting Ehmer into his squad will provide them a 'steady player' in his side:

"Max gives us versatility, he can play at centre back or play in the midfield holding role. He has got plenty of experience at League One level and for those reasons he gives us an extra pair of legs. I've seen a little bit of him over the last couple of years and he is certainly a steady player who can make a strong contribution to the side. He knows this level of football and I know that Queens Park Rangers think very highly of him."

Meanwhile Wigan Athletic defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan has gone out on loan to League Two side Accrington Stanley. The 21 year old's transfer from Watford to Premier League side Wigan was a bit of an odd one, given that he'd failed to break into the Hornets first team, and the same fate has hit him at his new club. As a result he is now with Accy for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Kiernan says he hopes to go straight into the Accrington side:

"I can't wait. I'm looking forward to my first game tomorrow and getting going. Hopefully we can get three points and do well. I think the gaffer's been watching me for a while in a few reserve games and with Ireland and spoke to Roberto Martinez to see if I could come down and play a few games. I've been on loan a few times before so I know what's expected. It's a big step up compared to reserve football and it's so important to get three points. I know what to expect."

Finally, former striker Andre McCollin has been spotted playing for Surrey side Merstham, having just signed for them from Tooting and Mitcham. Merstham play in Isthmian League Division One South, and McCollin has joined them after missing a fair chunk of the 2011-12 season with a double leg break.


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16 March 2012 : Yeovil Town Blog : Dear Blog Reader
Yesterday, many Yeovil Town supporters will have received an email in their Inbox from the club, addressed as a 'personal message' from manager Gary Johnson. Glovers fan Seb White has penned his own reply to that letter, giving his thoughts on the Yeovil first team manager getting involved in the plans.

Seb's reply can be read via the link below. As usual, alternative views or nodding agreements are welcomed - simply use the 'Comment' facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : Dear Blog Reader.


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16 March 2012 : Gary Previews The Walsall Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on current form, and tomorrow's opponents, can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Walsall Game.


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16 March 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town v Walsall
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Walsall have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 17th March 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). He is not to be confused with the referee Andrew Madley, who is also from the same County - inevitably leading to some confusion and contradiction across the internet between the pair.

Robert Madley is a former Leeds United and Barnsley academy player, who was released at the age of 16 and had to retire from football after breaking his wrist eight times, whilst playing for the two Yorkshire clubs' youth sides. He turned to refereeing instead, and five years later he was one of the first officials to be present at the new Wembley Stadium, as an assistant referee at an England U16 vs Spain U16 match in 2007, aged just 21 years old. His habit of appearing at Wembley continued in 2009 as an assistant at the FA Vase Final, whilst he was the Fourth Official a year later for the Conference play-off final. He made the move onto the Football League's lists in the summer of 2010.

Mr Madley has taken charge of two Yeovil Town matches - both of them in the FA Cup. He looked after the 2010-11 FA Cup exit at the hands of Hartlepool United. Not that we can blame him for going out of the competition - the only controversial thing on the night was Yeovil's defending as they threw away a two goal lead to lose 4-2.

He also took charge of Yeovil Town's 2011-12 FA Cup match against Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium. As such, it was his decision to award the Lancashire club a late penalty for a foul by Ed Upson on Kieran Charnock - described in our match report as a 'generous' decision - we felt that Mr Charnock took a tumble a little too easily, fooling the match referee, but then again we would think that. Other than that one decision, Mr Madley had a fairly tidy game - just one Fleetwood booking.

He last took charge of a Walsall match in January 2011 - again in the West Country, as they lost 2-1 at Exeter City. One booking for each side on the day. So far this season he's taken charge of 30 games (assuming the Press Association's stats haven't included or excluded any of Andrew Madley's matches) and has booked 60 players and sent off three more - fairly par for the course.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and William Bull (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: December 2010 : Hartlepool United 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2011 : Fleetwood Town 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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16 March 2012 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets are now on sale for Yeovil Town's trip to Notts County. The match takes place on Easter Monday - April 9th 2012 - at Meadow Lane with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office and will cost the following:

Adults: £22.00; Aged 16-21 and Over-60s: £13.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Disabled supporters are admitted at the above prices. You're entitled to take an assistant in free of charge if you are on the medium (or above) rate of disabled living allowance. Disabled car parking spaces can be booked by phoning 0115-9557-204 in advance of the match. This is also the number to use in case of any other special arrangements needed for the game.

Away supporters are housed in the Z Block area of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. This is a corner allocation in a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces but County make this flexible if they think there's more of you turning up. There are ten wheelchair disabled places in this stand, with some of them provided in the Z Block area - if that's fully booked they tend to use the Haydn Green Family Stand.

Tickets will be on sale at the game at no additional charge, so your advance purchase is largely for your own convenience of entry into the ground on the day.

Note that we've done some amendments to the pricing listed for next Tuesday's match at Charlton Athletic; see the original article which has been updated to include the latest picture.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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16 March 2012 : Council Planning Department Highlights Concerns For Foodstore
Whilst Yeovil Town have been relaunching the promotion of their plans to build a new Food Store this week, the review and reaction to those plans has continued to be received by South Somerset District Council. On Monday, the SSDC Planning Department made known its assessment of the viability for the proposed supermarket development at Huish Park. Planning officials have considered the views and proposals put forward by the club and its development partner CDS Superstores International and their feedback against the application comes in the form of a six page fairly technical report (which can be seen in detail here) and indicates a number of obstacles in the way that the club must overcome.

For those have never got involved in a Planning Application, local Council planning departments aim to adhere to a number of local and national policies that are defined in order to provide both a strategy and consistent assessment of incoming applications. Doubtless most will have heard phrases like 'brownfield' sites and 'greenfield' sites mentioned in local and national news - the idea is that you build in areas that are already vacant in central areas, to stop a town sprawling across green countryside whilst its original town centre becomes a ghost town. Such policies are then documented. Two that have been used by SSDC Planning in this area include Saved Local Plan Policy MC2 and Saved Local Plan Policy MC3. The latter requires "out-of centre locations to undertake a sequential test to demonstrate that all preferred locations have been thoroughly assessed, and deemed unsuitable." In addition to the Planning Policy documents, the Planning department also refers to a number of reports that detail how the town looks today, along with projections for the future based on population and business sector changes. Two reports referred to by the Planning department include the South Somerset Core Strategy and the South Somerset Retail Study (2010).

As applicants, the development partners have responsibility to thoroughly research and illustrate that in-town locations are not suitable for their proposals and for what the town needs. The club claims that no alternative sites exist and that there is short-term need for further retail provision, but the SSDC Planning Report disagrees, as well as disputing that there is 'overtrading' by the current main food retailers. The report refers to vacant Peacock and Somerfield buildings as "ideal town centre supermarket premises" and notes that the club has only concentrated on the Cattle Market site out of all options available. On that location, the Planning report challenges the club claim that it is unsuitable, explaining that it at least offers potential for further exploration rather than rejection. Mention is also made of potential retail sites discounted by the applicant that were identified in the Retail Study report "which are in town centre or edge-of-centre locations."

The club has stressed in its application the need in Yeovil for another supermarket, referring especially to the large housing development around Thorne Lane (known as Brimsmore Key Site in planning circles) that has been given the go ahead. The Planning Report doesn't see it that way in their analysis, using figures in the Retail Study report, identified need for 1800 square metres of convenience retail floorspace by 2014 has almost been already met by the planning acceptances for 1700sqm on an extension to Morrisons and a deep discount store (eg: a Lidl/Aldi or similar type) on the former Southern Electric premises. There is expected need for a total of 4,000sqm by 2026, which means that when taking into account the 3,577sqm internal retail floorspace of the proposal (similar to the town's Asda) and adding it to the 1700sqm where planning permission is granted, that the Huish Park project would take the provision (almost) 1300sqm over what the town needs and over 20 years before it needed it. No surprises then that the planning assessment asks: "Given the identified need for additional floorspace in Yeovil, why are the applicants proposing such a large store, when there is no justification for it?"

The planning department has even more to observe on local needs for retail stores. As well as expressing a view that the town has a qualitative provision (adequate range of good standard stores), it refers to Core Study report to comment further about the quantitative provision (volume of stores). With Yeovil being the prominent retail town in South Somerset, the council have taken steps to maintain the retail strength of its less populated neighbouring towns in the area, by putting upper limits on increased convenience retailing floor space in the town. The provisions for 2014 (1800sqm) and 2026 (4000sqm) can be added to by another which is 2021 (3100sqm). These can be viewed as both targets and limits, as the council aims to maintain Yeovil's retail strength on the one hand, but on the other to protect the strength in the smaller locations of its governance, named examples are: Martock, South Petherton and Stoke Sub Hamdon.

There is also disagreement with the degree that current town centre trading would be affected. It concludes that the club's Retail Impact Assessment has not sufficiently explored and evaluated the effect on existing town centre stores; being too selective in its research material and generating its own more-optimistic figures without showing the basis of those calculations. It stresses "the PPS4 Companion Guide is clear ... where a development is on the edge (of a town) ... the development may undermine investment or harm the vitality and viability of a nearby town", referring to the Government's national Planning Policy Statement 4 (PPS4) policy framework. Also quoted is the above-mentioned Retail Study report: "... estimates of 'surplus' expenditure may over estimate the need for additional provision, as there is no substantial evidence of overcrowding or congestion in existing stores or universal 'overtrading' against company benchmark across all stores in the town."

The planning report also questions the number of jobs that would be created, stating that based on the floor space, and a mathematical rule of thumb, that in the region of 188 jobs would be created. This is lower than the planning application's suggestion of 300-377 jobs - it should be pointed out that this week Chris Dawson mentions "the supermarket itself will create 150 jobs" which is much closer to the Planning report's estimates. Mr Dawson does in his interview refer to potential future jobs that might be created within the football club as part of any future plans that the club may have, but as these haven't been submitted to the Council yet, they can't be included in any assessment.

The report also states that the application is contrary to Saved Local Plan CR1 "which seeks alternative provision of equal community benefit" because whilst the club mention that they plan to move the training facilities (including pitches available for public use) to another suitable Brympton location, there is no land currently identified. This is similar to a problem that League One Oldham Athletic encountered with their attempts plan for a new stadium in Failsworth - their local council insisted that the Latics made equivalent alternative community land available before they would accept their plans, rather than just taking it on blind faith that this alternative space would eventually be provided. Thus it would appear that the club will need to identify such land and include it as a linked application to provide the community pitches before the Planning department will allow them to build on the existing pitches.

Similarly, the report notes that there is no detail to show how the development will benefit the long-term security of the football club. They don't detail this as an absolute show-stopper, but note that "the statement suggests that the development is part of the long-term future of the football club but ... it is not clear how or why enabling development is required or be implemented." As an aside, on Tuesday Chairman John Fry said "we need about seven million pounds" to complete the club's stadium developments, while the ITV West Country bulletin on the previous night talked of a potential two million pound gain, although they didn't say where they had sourced that from. It implies that even if the Food Store gets approval, that the club will still be financially short on what they want to achieve.

In summary, the Planning department appraisal is that the application as "not robust" in regard to firstly the sequential test because there are central sites "suitable, available and viable for the defined need identified in the retail study", and secondly on the Impact Assessment which they are not convinced by. The application is not deemed to be in step with both a local vision for the future nor national policy, and has not clarified how the club would benefit or how it would provide alternative training pitches/open spaces. The report therefore concludes that the application as it stands is contrary to Saved Local Plan Policies MC2, MC3, CR1, and the National Guidelines covered in PPS4.

Turning this back into more straight-forward English, the Planning view is that there are more suitable locations for the Food Store development in or around the town centre, or that at least that these preferred locations have not been adequately considered. They also state that the development will effect the trade in existing town centre stores. In addition they want the club to provide locations (and associated planning application) for the replacements for the training pitches. The club will need to either address those issues, or provide further justification as to why those planning policies can be bypassed.


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15 March 2012 : Finances In Place For Boro Pair Loan Extension
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the Glovers have already pre-agreed financial terms with Middlesbrough to extend the loan deals for Jonathan Grounds and Jonathan Franks. The duo signed on loan on February 22nd and so have two more matches of their initial month deal to go before anything urgent needs to be settled between the two clubs.

However, with both players having already clocked up five appearances, and showing signed of becoming regulars in the Glovers side, Johnson admits that he has already left a message for Boro boss Tony Mowbray to call him. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson explained that when he gets his phone message returned, that the two managers won't be talking money matters, as those terms were pre-set at the start of their deals:

"We'd like them both; they're both good footballers. They're good lads. We did a deal with Middlesbrough anyway, where we've already done the finances if we were to keep them for another month. I've put in a call to (Middlesbrough manager) Tony Mowbray, and all we need to do is to just make contact, and I'm sure we'll keep them - hopefully we'll keep them until the end of the season. Even more hopefully we'll keep them beyond that, but we'll have to wait and see, and when the right time comes, we'll sit down and have a chat with them and their representatives."

Of the pair, Jonathan Franks also spoke to the BBC, shortly after the midweek draw against Scunthorpe United. He has said that as far as he was concerned, the initial one month loan was always with the intention of it being extended if things went well, and he is happy with how things are going so far:

"We signed for a month, but they wanted us until the end of the season. Obviously if we didn't do well, then they'd probably send us back. But it works both ways, because if we weren't enjoying it, then we could go back. But I'm enjoying every minute of it, and I think Groundsy (Jonathan Grounds) is as well, and hopefully the gaffer is enjoying us being here. So I think it's us looking at them and them looking at us, and I think I'm thriving on it really. Hopefully that's the plan. We both want to play games and we both want to play for Yeovil Town. It's a really nice club and a nice area and good fans, and a great set of lads in the changing room. We want to do our best for Yeovil Town."

Franks scored his debut goal for the club during that Scunthorpe match, having been sent up by his Middlesbrough team-mate. He explained that he had an instinct the pass was going to come his way during the game:

"Groundsy obviously set me up, and I had a funny feeling he was going to put it across goal. But I've asked for it and I've just seen him look up out of the corner of his eye. He picked me out nicely and I just tucked it away. So I thought we'd settle for a win, but it's disappointing to let in an injury time equaliser. On the plus side, we've been on a good run, and we're still unbeaten, and we'll look forward to Saturday now."


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15 March 2012 : Interview With John Fry
Over the course of this week, Yeovil Town have been relaunching the promotion of their Food Store plans with a series of interviews and features in the local media. One of those saw Glovers Chairman John Fry speak live on BBC Somerset just before the home game against Scunthorpe United kicked off.

In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles, for the BBC, Mr Fry gave his view on the ongoing plans. If you missed the interview, it can now be read via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About His Latest Views On The Food Store Plans.


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14 March 2012 : Gary To Make DVD Appeal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is to get directly involved in the club's relaunched promotion of their Food Store plans this weekend. With the club getting involved a series of interviews and media features this week across the region, relating to the sale of six acres of land at Huish Park to the north of the stadium to retail chain CDS Superstores International, Gary will appear on a DVD aimed at igniting interest in the plans amongst supporters.

Fans who attend Saturday's home match against Walsall will be given a copy of the DVD when they arrive at the ground, which will contain a message from the Glovers boss, giving his views on the Food Store plans. Speaking earlier this week to ITV West Country, Gary said that he hoped fans would give the scheme their backing:

"The club has worked very very hard to keep this club in League One. That's what they've done. The area now and the stadium just needs a little bit of an upgrade, and that's really where we are. We hope that the supporters will lobby the council and support it for us."

Late last month, the club received a set-back in those plans when Brympton Parish Council and Yeovil Town Council issued a recommendation for refusal of the plans. However, the final decision on the plans will be taken by South Somerset District Council, who have given a notional target date of May 1st for their decision to be made.

Link: Chris Dawson Speaks To The BBC About The Latest On The Food Store Plans.


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14 March 2012 : Interview With Chris Dawson
With Yeovil Town's plans for a Food Store to be built six acres of land at Huish Park having been submitted to South Somerset District Council last month, responses to that application are currently being pooled together. Early response from Brympton Parish Council and Yeovil Town Council has not been favourable, with both passing back a recommendation for refusal.

In response to this, Yeovil Town and their joint-venture partner CDS Superstores International have been giving a series of interviews on the subject to the local media. One of those involved CDS owner Chris Dawson speaking to BBC Somerset's Breakfast programme this morning. If you missed it, the interview with Matt Faulkner can be found on iPlayer, or can be read via the link below. The second half of the interview is not too Yeovil Town specific, but the whole interview has been transcribed below.

Link: Chris Dawson Speaks To The BBC About The Latest On The Food Store Plans.


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14 March 2012 : League One's Top Ten Players
Last Saturday, the Football League held its Annual Awards night in London, with all 72 member clubs invited to attend the evening. Taking place last Sunday at The Brewery conferencing centre in Barbican, London, a total of 32 clubs were on the shortlist for 17 awards, covering community schemes, marketing promotions, and of course the best players. Yeovil Town weren't included in the short-list of clubs this year.

In addition to the divisional awards for the Player of the Year, the Football League usually publish a Team of the Season for each division, made up of players in rough playing positions, with the team voted for by their fellow professionals. This season they've gone for a slightly different approach, asking each manager to nominate the five players who had impressed them throughout 2011, and on Sunday Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes was the unsurprising winner, as the current runaway leader of the 2011-12 goalscoring charts in League One.

The Football League have now revealed the full Top Ten for League One from the votes received by the division's managers. Inevitably the list is dominated by teams near the top of the table, with a single nomination for AFC Bournemouth striker Marc Pugh the sole exception. Otherwise, Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United get two nominations each, whilst Milton Keynes Dons squeeze in three players at the lower end of that chart.

The full list of players is as follows:

1. Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)
2. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic)
3. Ched Evans (Shefield United)
4. Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United)
5. Bradley Wright-Phillips (Charlton Athletic)
6. Marc Pugh (AFC Bournemouth)
7. Gary Roberts (Huddersfield Town)
8. Darren Potter (Milton Keynes Dons)
9. Steven Gleeson (Milton Keynes Dons)
10. Luke Chadwick (Milton Keynes Dons)


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14 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Points West, Gary's views on the game, and his hopes to extend the stay of Middlesbrough loan pair Jonathan Franks and Jonathan Grounds can be read via the link below.

Given their cameras were there last night, we'd expect BBC Points West to provide more coverage of last night's game on their evening show. Tune in from 6.30p.m. if you live in the area.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe Home Game.


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14 March 2012 : Baggy Bows Out Of Dolphins Loan With A Goal
Yeovil Town first year professional Rhys Baggridge said his farewells to Poole Town last night in the best possible way. The defender scored the fourth goal of his 93 day loan spell with the Dorset side, as he helped them to a 6-0 win over Taunton Town at in a match played at Tatnam Farm.

Taunton went on the slide early on when they lost Chris McGrath to a professional foul, allowing Poole to play virtually the whole game with ten men. Baggridge scored Poole's fifth in the 78th minute, with Steve Devlin, Michael Walker, Daniel Cann, Carl Preston and Scott Joyce all scoring on the night.

The win still leaves Poole chasing a play-off slot in the Southern League Division One South and West. Rhys will now return to Huish Park having completed 15 first team appearances, scoring four goals. During his time with Poole, they won ten matches, drawing three and losing two. Speaking via his Twitter account, Dolphins boss Tom Killick paid tribute to Baggridge after the 6-0 win, saying:

"I've got mixed feelings tonight - a great result but gutted to be losing Rhys Baggridge - an exceptional character and exceptional player. He will be sorely missed."


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14 March 2012 : Johnson Rues Late Comedy Of Errors
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his side should have been celebrating their fourth win in a row last night when the final whistle blew in the 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park. The Glovers were undone by a 94th minute Jonathan Parkin goal - his second of the game - having twice taken the lead, with Johnson describing the equaliser as a 'comedy of errors'.

A Gavin Williams free kick on the half hour mark was added to by the first goal for Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Franks that looked to have won the game for the Glovers, when he netted but four minutes into injury time, against the three that referee Danny McDermid had initially allocated, Parkin grabbed a last gasp equaliser. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game he felt Scunthorpe were fortunate in what they got:

"I don't think they deserved to draw. Credit to them for hanging on in there, but we created all of the opportunities - or most of the opportunities, without having really good forward play. Our two goals were good and I was pleased with that - with the build-up to the free kick, and then the build-up to (Jonathan) Franks' goal. But unfortunately we didn't see out the 94 minutes."

Johnson admitted that the final goal, when it came, was down to his own side's mistakes, suggesting that 'two or three' players had contributed to Parkin's late goal:

"It was a comedy of errors in the last minute. We had already seen time out without too much worry but then two or three people made misjudgements. We are not going to let that disappoint us. We have picked up 10 out of 12 points instead of 12 out of 12 and a few weeks ago people would have ripped my arm off for that."


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13 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Scunthorpe
If you watched tonight's 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe 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 Scunthorpe United.


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13 March 2012 : Yeovil 2 Scunthorpe 2 : Parkin Double Stops Glovers At The Death
Yeovil Town were denied their fourth win in a row tonight as two goals from Jonathan Parkin denied them victory at a foggy Huish Park. Leading the game twice through a Gavin Williams free kick, and a debut goal for Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Franks, the Glovers were pegged back by the on loan Cardiff City striker, who netted just after the break, and then with the final kick of the game, as he scored four minutes into injury time to tie the match at 2-2.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson chose to keep the same squad that had travelled up to Oldham Athletic on the Saturday. Same starting line-up, same formation, same substitutes. That meant that Dean Parrett had to sit in the stand, despite having returned from his suspension, due to league rules concerning loan players.

The opening half hour of the game was a relatively tame one, with few chances for either team. Not that it was easy to tell what was going on in the conditions, with the match being passed as okay to play by referee Danny McDermid despite fog having hung around Huish Park all day. Andy Williams created Yeovil's first chance as he shrugged off a slipping Scunthorpe defender, to fire in on goal, with Sam Slocombe saving easily. That was sandwiched by two chances for the visitors big bustling forward Jonathan Parkin - a header straight at Walker, and a volley that went just wide of the target.

Jonathan Obika should have put Yeovil ahead at the other end as he headed an Ed Upson corner at the outside of the goalpost, when perhaps he should have scored. However, the Spurs striker helped the Glovers get their opening goal - a shirt tug by Iron defender Cliff Byrne was a soft free kick to give away. Up stepped Gavin Williams to blast his free kick through the visitors defensive wall and into the back of the net. 1-0 up and half an hour gone.

The remainder of the half passed off with Scunthorpe perhaps surprisingly still playing the slow tempo they'd started the game with. Jonathan Franks set up Andy Williams to fire wide, then Franks had a go himself from 25 yards out, with keeper Sam Slocombe perhaps being deceived in the fog - needing two attempts to grab the shot. Just before the break, Scunthorpe nearly levelled, although even then it was a Yeovil man doing the job for them, as Richard Hinds got in a bit of a mix-up with Sam Walker, with the defender.

Given their lack of tempo, it was little surprise to find Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill making a double change at the break, and that was to have a sharp impact on the match, as the Iron equalised eight minutes into the second period. The Yeovil defence failed to close down Mark Duffy outside the box, and when they did react to the danger, they failed to pick up Jonathan Parkin, who received an inside pass and converted from close range for the equalising goal.

Scunthorpe took the upper hand for around five minutes as Yeovil tried to find their feet after the shock of conceding - Jonathan Obika was withdrawn for Lawson D'Ath as the Glovers reshuffled with Jonathan Franks pushed up front, and D'Ath moving onto the wing. Ed Upson burst Yeovil back into life from their mini-slumber as his fiercesome shot that was palmed over the bar, as they gradually began to take control of the game.

On 68 minutes came the goal of the match. Upson broke up play in his own half and slipped the ball through to Andy Williams. The striker pushed the ball onto the right flank, finding Jonathan Grounds with his pass, and the Middlesbrough loanee's cross found an incoming Jonathan Franks - his team-mate at the Riverside Stadium, and he netted his debut goal for the club to put Yeovil 2-1 up again - from end to end of the pitch in a classic counter-attacking move.

The visitors could count themselves lucky not to be down to ten men when Paul Reid chopped down Andy Williams - referee Danny McDermid doing what wasn't done at MK Dons with Dean Parrett - issuing the defender with a lengthy finger wagging that made it clear that he was on a final warning, having already been booked in the first half. Williams was withdrawn shortly after with a slight shin injury - hopefully just a precaution to protect him for Saturday's match against Walsall - Kieran Agard brought more pace into the front line.

With five minutes remaining, Bondz N'Gala replaced Jonathan Franks as the final change; not the switch to five men at the back that might have been envisaged, but a slightly unexpected sight of Bondz as a centre-forward. Three minutes went up for injury time, as Scunthorpe put their own pressure on, changing to a 4-3-3, and with four minutes having played into that injury time period, they managed to grab an equaliser with almost the last kick of the game.

Gavin Williams appeared to be fouled in the build-up and the Glovers players were perhaps guilty of hesitating; expecting the referee's whistle. Andy Barcham took advantage of that as he ran through, and goalkeeper Sam Walker was unsure whether to charge the man down or play mind games with the player. In the end Barcham won hands down as he lobbed the ball past him, and although Richard Hinds did well to clear the ball off the line, in came Jonathan Parkin to smash the loose ball home for a last gasp equalising goal.

Needless to say, the Huish Park crowd were deflated on the final whistle, as they came inches away from witnessing their fifth straight home win. But even if it was clearly two points dropped, a point does them no harm at all - lifting them up to 13th in the table, with only three other fixtures being played on the night. This was more of a 'must not lose' fixture, keeping their opponents below them in the table, and a reality check on Yeovil's recent form might not do too much harm in the long run.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Scunthorpe United 2.

Scorers: Gavin Williams (1-0, 30 mins), Jonathan Parkin (1-1, 53 mins), Jonathan Franks (2-1, 68 mins), Jonathan Parkin (2-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala (85 mins for Jonathan Franks) 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath (64 mins for Jonathan Obika) 18. Kieran Agard (75 mins for Andy Williams)

Scunthorpe United:
13. Sam Slocombe 6. Cliff Byrne 15. Paul Reid 5. David Mirfin 25. Jamie Reckord 3. Eddie Nolan 7. Jimmy Ryan 12. Damien Mozika 9. Jon Parkin 16. Mark Duffy 21. Andy Barcham

Substitutes:
1. Josh Lillis (GK) 4. Sam Togwell 10. Jordan Robertson (83 mins for Mark Duffy) 11. Garry Thompson (46 mins for Jimmy Ryan) 14. Josh Walker (46 mins for Eddie Nolan)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Scunthorpe Bookings: Paul Reid (32 mins, foul).

Referee: Danny McDermid (Hampshire). Assistants: Richard Corp (Kent) and Paul Kelly (Kent). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,767 (including 125 Scunthorpe fans)


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13 March 2012 : Team News For Tonight's Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United Match
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has decided to stick with the exact same squad he selected on Saturday for tonight's home match against Scunthorpe United. The sixteen players who were part of the team that won at Oldham Athletic on the weekend will attempt to repeat that feat; that means that Tottenham Hotspur loanee Dean Parrett is the club's sixth loan, and will sit in the stands, despite his return from suspension.

And despite the foggy conditions, referee Danny McDermid has decided tonight's game is going ahead. That means tonight's team is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath 18. Kieran Agard

Scunthorpe United:
13. Sam Slocombe 6. Cliff Byrne 15. Paul Reid 5. David Mirfin 25. Jamie Reckord 3. Eddie Nolan 7. Jimmy Ryan 12. Damien Mozika 9. Jon Parkin 16. Mark Duffy 21. Andy Barcham

Substitutes:
1. Josh Lillis (GK) 4. Sam Togwell 10. Jordan Robertson 11. Garry Thompson 14. Josh Walker


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13 March 2012 : Ladies Edge Ever Closer To Their Title Dreams
Yeovil Town Ladies made a massive stride towards realising their promotion dreams on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Newquay Ladies. Goals from Laura Wensley and Laura Bray secured the points in what was always going to be tough game, and for their endeavours the ladies are now within three points of virtually securing the title.

On a sunny day in Cornwall the Glovers started the game extremely well and dominated possession from the off. They played one and two touch football, moving the ball better than seen in recent weeks. This was fashioned by good movement, information and desire to get on the ball, and an early chance was created by Laura Bray.

Midfield players Laura Wensley, Stacey Pearson, Shannon Osman and Rosie Williams were winning all their vital battles. Some valiant pressure from Pearson won the ball on 16 minutes, and she played it through to former Newquay player Laura Wensley, who took a great touch and shot into the top right hand corner from 20-yards to put the Glovers a goal up.

Yeovil’s back four and ‘keeper distributed the ball excellently around the pitch, maintaining possession which supported the midfield to develop attacking play. Pearson and Osman were looking sharp for the Glovers, and were a constant danger to Newquay with their crossing into the box. The front two of Laura Bray and Justine Lorton were pushed off the ball on occasions when they played with their back to the goal, but when they were facing up they caused issues, but none of the shots really worked the goalkeeper.

The midfield continued to make life hard for Newquay with brave challenges and determination to get to try and win every ball. A 25-yard Lorton free kick went close on 40 minutes, but it swung a yard wide of the post, with the ‘keeper nowhere near it. Newquay had moments of pressure in wide areas, but this was dealt with extremely well by fullbacks Nadine Grogan and Teri Trowbridge, who both had excellent games showing great attitudes. Yeovil again pressed with a couple of corners, neither which worked the ‘keeper and were well defended by Newquay.

In the last eight minutes of the first half Osman received a yellow card for what seemed a 50/50 tackle, but the referee chose to warn her, saying it was too late. The First half was played out with another shot from each forward form out wide, but we were in good positions to press the defence and take a their chances in front of goal.

Assistant manager Chris White described the opening 45 minutes as was one of the best halves of the season in terms of play, but we needed to punish them more in front of goal by working the ‘keeper. The second period again started positively. It was during their period that the experience and calmness of Rachael Edwards and Emma Brazell really helped the team verbally and on the ball, giving everyone confidence in their defensive play. All players along the back line made key interceptions to protect the goal, and goalkeeper Rachel Simkin’s sweeping and distribution was excellent.

The girls continued to be really positive all the way through the team, keeping their focus, whilst their opposition spent too much time moaning. Jodi Cornwall entered the play on 55 minutes in place of Shannon Osman, who had been involved in an England Colleges game just days before. Cornwall played as part of a front two, with Justine Lorton and Laura Bray dropped into left wing where Osman had been playing.

Yeovil were pressed in the second half as Newquay played with two up front from the break and later pushed on a third for the last fifteen minutes. The back line and goalkeeper were fantastic in the second half as the opposition pushed further forward, and Yeovil did not allow Newquay to break them down. There were two occasions where the home team broke through for a one-v-one, but on both occasions Simkin made brilliant saves on the line to keep the Glovers well in the game. Despite the pressure the back four faced, once they got the ball Yeovil outnumbered Newquay and had a couple of good chances on goal from Bray and Cornwall in an attempt to seal the game, but these were high or wide.

Newquay relied on the long ball in to deep areas and forced Edwards to make a touch back to the ‘keeper as she had a forward breathing down her neck, but Simkin had already committed to going to ground to save the ball, which she collected. Yeovil quickly organised and the ball was struck over the top of the bar from the resulting free kick. Newquay gained confidence and soon attacked again, this time getting across the keeper to shoot at goal, but Simkin threw her whole body into the save, and was kicked hard across the wrist. This was again a fantastic save, vital to Yeovil’s title aspirations.

A change was made on 75 minutes, bringing on young Charlotte Hannam for Lorton. This gave Yeovil a little more stability, with a 4-5-1 formation in the closing minutes, and with the youngster making some great interceptions, and remaining calm on the ball. The last part of the game was a nail biter, with a few yellow cards and further injuries to Yeovil players which broke up Newquay momentum.

Newquay started to rush things and dived in on Jodi Cornwall in the box, with shouts of penalty, but it was just outside the area. Williams had two earlier attempts in similar areas, so when presented by a further opportunity she drove the ball into the danger area. This resulted in a goal mouth scramble, with the ball coming to Laura Bray who smashed home to seal the win. Speaking after the game a delighted Sarah Lawler spoke of her pride of another fine victory:

"The whole team felt relieved to have the security of the second goal. And within seconds of the restart the final whistle blew and the celebrations began. Credit to every single player in the squad who all showed an excellent attitude, and those not getting on supported the team throughout the game. The team showed bravery, passion and determination to play for each other, which at this point in the season is essential. Chris (White) and I were proud of the whole squad who pressed Newquay from the off, kept their discipline and patience.

"Every player played their part to make us look like a Premier League team today, given the football we played. I feel that they deserve the opportunity to finish as league champions to step back into the FA Women’s Premier League, but nothing will be given to them and they will have to play and train this way every week until promotion is assured. Three points against the University of Portsmouth is essential, and I want us to finish this league unbeaten, so today's clean sheet and result is another step in the right direction."

Final Score: Newquay Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Edwards, Brazell, Grogen, Trowbridge, Wensley, Williams, Osman (Cornwall – 55), Pearson, Lorton (Hannam – 75) Bray

[Report by Sarah Lawler - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 March 2012 : Travel News For This Week's Home Games
Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United supporters heading to tonight's match at Huish Park should be wary of ongoing roadworks on the Cartgate Roundabout coming into the town. The same will apply to Saturday's game against Walsall. At present there are a series of roadworks on the roadabout itself - where the A303 and A3088 meet - and also on the A3088 Cartgate Link Road running into town.

The improvements, which are designed to install additional street lighting as well as resurface the road, have caused much controversy, with Highways Agency signs frequently not matching reality and with different stretches of roads closed at different times.

At present, the A3088 is closed, although this situation may change between now and after the match. Diversions are signposted via the A37 (if coming from the East) and A356 (if coming from the West). We'd advise that you use the A37 directly off the A303, and then access Huish Park via Thorne Lane.

Needless to say, allow extra time for your journey tonight! If you're not used to coming into Yeovil via the A37, use the 'From The East' directions on the page below.

Link: Directions To Huish Park.


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13 March 2012 : Early Team News For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town will be able to welcome back Dean Parrett from suspension for tonight's home game against Scunthorpe United. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was banned for Saturday's trip to Oldham Athletic after getting his marching orders during last week's midweek win at Milton Keynes Dons.

Parrett's availability is likely to present the only serious reason to change a Glovers squad that came out of the weekend trip without any known injury issues - left-back Kelly Youga is the only long term absentee, due to his Achilles problem, although it's not entirely clear whether assistant manager Nathan Jones is fit and ready for selection yet. However, Jonathan Grounds is almost certain to keep his place in the full-back position after he put in his best performance at Boundary Park since arriving on loan from Middlesbrough, so that shouldn't be an issue.

The only downside of Parrett's return from suspension is that one of the club's six loan players will have to sit in the stand tonight - aside from the Spurs midfielder himself, manager Gary Johnson has so far opted to rest Reading midfielder Lawson D'Ath and striker Jonathan Obika when faced with such a situation - the most likely situation is that one of D'Ath or Parrett will sit it out.

Johnson's side are currently in their best form of the 2011-12 season, having won three games in a row, and five out of their last six. Having won all four home matches since Johnson's return, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that it was important to keep that sort of momentum going:

"The supporters want to see runs of wins. They want to know whether they should buy season tickets next year; they want to know whether they've got a group they can trust, and whether they've got a group that's going to give everything for them. Well, they're getting it, I'll promise them, they're getting it. We've shown great spirit over the few games to show show our supporters - home and away - that we're not going to give up on anything."

Whilst Yeovil Town now sit eight points above the relegation line in the current League One table, opponents Scunthorpe lie just three points below them, whilst Saturday's opponents Walsall are the last of the currently 'safe' clubs. Johnson felt that it was still important to emphasise the need to keep the distance from the sides below them intact:

"It's still a cup final on Tuesday, because now there is that light at the end of the tunnel, and there are a lot of teams below us. So all in all, when you look back on Oldham it was a fantastic win for our club. I always say that, from the directors down to the tea lady. That's if we had one, because I never get a cuppa! They deserve credit, and we all take the same amount of credit.

"I want to keep us focussed and getting in that habit of winning League One games. The way you do that is by getting a bit of confidence. We've got some good players; you get the crowd behind you. We need to get a big crowd over the next two games and that's going to be important, and a Green and White Night. Let's show what might happen if we had started like that at the start of the season, and we will do at the start of next season. So let's see what we've got when it's going well."

Visitors Scunthorpe United are not expected to have any fresh injury concerns, although defender Paul Reid (hamstring) and Damien Mozika (head injury) did have post-match treatment on knocks they got during the Iron's 0-0 draw at Preston North End. Boss Alan Knill has the opportunity to add midfielders Josh Walker and former Glovers target Sam Togwell to his squad after both players completed suspensions - however another midfielder Michael O'Connor is serving the last of a three game suspension and so will not travel.

Tonight's game kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharges. We'll be providing our usual range of tweets and retweets on the game, so follow the @ytfcciderspace Twitter account for that, and also tune into 95.5FM for BBC Somerset's coverage if you can't get down to Huish Park.


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13 March 2012 : Super Gav Given Team Of The Week Slot
With one Williams having dominated the Football League's Team of the Week nominations during the month of 2012, from a Yeovil Town perspective, it's time now for the other Williams to get some recognition. Midfielder Gavin Williams gets the nod this week after scoring in two consecutive matches for the Glovers.

Gavin scored the opening goal in the 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday - a 20 yard screamer after he had dispossessed a Latics midfielder close to the halfway line. Gavin also scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons five days earlier, making him a worthy nomination for this week's team.

The full team for League One is as follows:

Sam Slocombe (Scunthorpe United)
Mathias Doumbe (MK Dons), Danny Batth (Sheffield Wednesday), Matthew Hill (Sheffield Utd), Dean Lewington (MK Dons)
Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday), Liam Noble (Carlisle United), Alan Judge (Notts County), Gavin Williams (Yeovil Town)
Lee Miller (Carlisle United), Jonathan Forte (Notts County).

The full list of Yeovil Town nominations for the 2011-12 season is as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).
9) 18/02/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Colchester United).
10) 03/03/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Brentford).
11) 10/03/2012 : Gavin Williams (2-1 away vs Oldham Athletic).


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13 March 2012 : Clarke Knee Problem Disrupting Terras Loan
Yeovil Town first year professional Lewis Clarke has picked up a knee injury during his loan spell with Weymouth. The 19 year old was was only able to play the opening 45 minutes of Saturday's match for the Southern League Premier Division side, having picked up a problem prior to the match against Hemel Hempstead Town.

The problem flared up again during Saturday's match, and boss Brendon King had to take him off, leaving him a doubt for their home game against Cirencester Town tonight. King told the Dorset Echo he'd been given clearance by the Glovers medical team for the former Youth Team player to take to the field:

Lewis had a bit of treatment on his knee at Yeovil last week but their physio felt he was okay to play. Unfortunately though, he picked up a knock on it and had to come off at half-time. Hopefully, it will heal quickly but we will just have to wait and see."

So far Lewis has made six starts and one substitute appearance as a regular in his home town side, since arriving at the Wessex Stadium at the tail end of January.

Meanwhile Youth Team second year scholar Lloyd Matthews has returned to Frome Town to restart a curtailed loan spell with the Somerset club. Lloyd had returned to Huish Park for treatment on a knee injury, but was given the all clear to head back to the Southern League Premier Division side last week, having come on as a substitute for the Under-18s just over a week ago. Lloyd played the final 14 minutes of their home game against Barwell, with the Robins grabbing the one and only goal of the match three minutes from time.


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12 March 2012 : Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Charlton Athletic is now available. The League One match takes place on Tuesday 20th March at The Valley, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Under-21s and Over-60s: £18.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay either the Concessionary rate (£18.00) or the Under-18/Under-11 rates (£10.00/£5.00), depending upon your age. Any assistant is admitted free of charge. Disabled tickets must be booked in advance - you need to be on the medium (or above) rate of disability to qualify. For further arrangements and bookings, call Charlton on 020-83334010 or 0871-226-1905 or email them at disability@cafc.co.uk.

There is no matchday surcharge and tickets will be available on the day from The Valley. Away supporters are housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand which is a covered seated stand behind the goal on the south side of the stadium. In one or two recent matches, Charlton have allowed home supporters into certain blocks in this stand, however it looks as though this is not being planned for this fixture.

This is a Pay On The Day fixture with no advance sales available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Hence you only need make an advance booking if you fall in to the disabled categories.

Link: GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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12 March 2012 : GWSC Travel To Charlton Athletic
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make a midweek trip to play Charlton Athletic in a League One match. The game at The Valley takes place on Tuesday 20th March 2012 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 from Huish Park at 2.00p.m. Note that as this is a midweeker, there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £21.00 with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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12 March 2012 : D'Ath Extends Glovers Loan Spell
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Lawson D'Ath has extended his stay at Huish Park. The Reading teenager has so far made five appearances for the Glovers, scoring his debut Football League goal in the February 18th home match against Colchester United.

Lawson has extended his stay at Huish Park until April 9th, which takes him up to and including the away match at Notts County. With a large amount of fixtures coming up, Lawson could feature in up to seven matches over the coming month.


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12 March 2012 : Baggridge To End Dolphins Loan
Yeovil Town defender Rhys Baggridge will end his loan spell at Poole Town this week and return to Huish Park. The Welshman has been playing at Tatnam Farm for the past three months, as part of their fight for promotion from the Southern League Division One South And West level.

The former Youth Team captain joined the Dolphins in mid-December and has so far clocked up 14 appearances, scoring three goals. However, the terms of his loan deal with the Dorset club were part of an Emergency Loan agreement, which can only be used for up to a maximum of 93 days.

That period of time is now almost up, with Rhys due to play his last match of his loan spell at the club tomorrow evening when they take on Taunton Town at Tatnam Farm. Dolphins assistant manager James Wood confirmed in this morning's Bournemouth Echo that Rhys would be leaving his club:

"Rhys will be a big miss for us, but the squad is as strong as it has ever been. We’ve got quality there so we’ll just have to shuffle things around."

In his 14 appearances for the club, Poole have won nine, drawn three and lost two games, with Rhys playing 90 minutes worth of football in all games. That's been good enough to lift them into fifth place in their division, still giving them a good chance of gaining promotion via the play-offs. After tomorrow night's game, he will return to Huish Park, as one of a large number of Glovers players whose contracts are up in the summer.


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12 March 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Scunthorpe United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th March at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Danny McDermid (Hampshire).

Considering he lives fairly locally, it's surprising to note that we've only had Mr McDermid three times since his promotion to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2006. Part of that is due to him not being involved at all during the 2008-09 season, whilst he's also missed most of the 2011-12 season. He does have a good excuse for these lengthy absences though - he has just spent six months in Afghanistan with the Royal Logistics Corps, and has just returned from duty.

After a few games where he was an assistant, his first match in charge was the October 2006 home match against Oldham Athletic. No complaints then about his performance - in fact not even a mention. For our most recent game that he looked after - the January 2011 game against Rochdale where we lost 0-1 at Huish Park, again no comments on his performance, with him clamping down late in the game on some timewasting from the visitors.

The same can't be said about his performance in the Boxing Day 2007 home match against Swindon Town. Mr McDermid was the referee who sent off Terry Skiverton after an alleged off the ball incident involving Robins striker Barry Corr. McDermid did not see the incident himself, but chose to rely upon the evidence of an assistant who was 60 yards from play. Not even the Cowlin Stand linesman - far closer to the incident had seen what went on, and unfortunately neither did the TV cameras, and Skivo was banned for three matches, whilst Corr, who was already on a yellow card, stayed on the field, having already scored the winning goal.

We weren't particularly happy with Mr McDermid's general performance throughout the game and in the match report said that he "had an awful game throughout but the decision to red card Skiverton lost him any remaining credibility he might have had with the Yeovil faithful".

As an aside, Mr McDermid was during that season charged by the Football Association under claims that he had sworn at Leeds United manager Dennis Wise - slightly comical given how many times football managers will swear at a referee. In a match against Gillingham, McDermid sent off two Leeds players, as well as banishing Wise himself to the stands, but there were allegations that the match referee had sworn at Wise upon the final whistle. He was eventually cleared two months after the match, with Wise himself being fined and suspended for his role in the row instead.

This season Mr McDermid has only taken charge of seven matches - between August 23rd and March 6th he had a lengthy gap without officiating and has only taken charge of two fixtures since his return from Afghanistan - so far 22 yellows and 2 reds in his seven matches. His last match involving Scunthorpe United was their September 2010 away game against Swansea City in the Championship - four players booked including three for the home side at the Liberty Stadium.

Mr McDermid will be assisted by Richard Corp (Kent) and Paul Kelly (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: October 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 0.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Rochdale 1.


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11 March 2012 : Two Lauras Push Ladies Ever Closer
Yeovil Town Ladies moved 12 points clear at the top of their league this afternoon, as another win kept up their unbeaten run this season. They picked up a 2-0 win over Newquay Ladies in Cornwall today thanks to a first half goal from Laura Wensley and one after the break from Laura Bray, who netted her 16th goal of the season to seal all three points.

The result means that the Glovers extend their lead at the top of the South West Combination Women's Football League. As the only game of the day in the division, the win now leaves them a maximum of four points away from securing the title.

Next weekend sees the Ladies take a break before they return to Raleigh Grove with the University of Portsmouth their opponents on Sunday 26th March. In between that, their main rivals Havant and Waterlooville will play one of their catch-up games. Theoretically the Hampshire side could keep Yeovil waiting until the final two games of the season, which are both six-pointers against the Glovers, although if the Glovers beat Pompey in two weeks time, then Havant can only catch Yeovil on goal difference, with Yeovil currently having a 12 goal advantage.

Forest Green Rovers are not mathematically out of it yet, but would need Yeovil and Havant to draw both fixtures and for both to make a mess of their other games to slip past both sides.

Forthcoming Fixtures: (key games scheduled)
18/03/2012 : Chesham United Ladies vs Havant and Waterlooville
26/03/2012 : Havant and Waterlooville vs Gloucester City
26/03/2012 : Yeovil Town vs University Of Portsmouth

League Table:
1. Yeovil Town Ladies (P15 Pts41 GD+36), 2. Havant and Waterlooville (P13 Pts29 GD+24), 3. Forest Green Rovers (P14 Pts29 GD+29).


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11 March 2012 : February 2012 Player Of The Month
The month of February was a mixed bag for Yeovil Town on the field of play. Two wins and two defeats split the month, although with plenty of action in all matches, with 18 goals spread around the four games. Three points against Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United were sandwiched by defeats on the road at Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United.

Of the individual Man of the Match poll winners there were four different players with Dean Parrett (Sheffield Wednesday), Andy Williams (Wycombe Wanderers), Nathan Jones (Colchester United) and Jonathan Franks (Carlisle United) getting praise from the pollsters.

Right-back (and captain for the month in Paul Huntington's suspension) Luke Ayling was consistent enough to grab a third placed spot, just behind Dean Parrett. However, the runaway leader for February was striker Andy Williams, whose three goals during the month may not have been noticed by the Football League when they shortlisted their own divisional Player of the Month awards last week, but certainly was good enough to see him come out on top on the eyes of Glovers fans.

The Top Ten, and the percentage of the votes they received, are as shown below:

1 Andy Williams 26.2
2 Dean Parrett 11.5
3 Luke Ayling 11.2
4 Jonathan Franks 8.2
5 Bondz N'Gala 6.1
6 Lawson D'Ath 6.0
7 Ed Upson 5.9
8 Nathan Jones 5.6
9 Gavin Williams 5.5
10 Richard Hinds 3.5

Meanwhile if you watched yesterday's 2-1 win against Oldham Athletic, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes for that game. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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11 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match verdict can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Away Game.


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11 March 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's thoughts just before the game kicked off can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Oldham.


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10 March 2012 : Johnson's Players Buzzing After Away Double
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that his team were buzzing today after collecting another three points on the road. Having beaten Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night, his side picked up a second consecutive away win by seeing off Oldham Athletic by a 2-1 scoreline at Boundary Park today.

Goals from Gavin Williams and Andy Williams sandwiched a Zander Diamond header, giving the Glovers a run of five wins in their last six matches - a result that keeps them second in the current form table. With Johnson having only come in as manager during mid-January, he was keen for his side to focus on what they had achieved since his arrival, and to remind themselves where that sort of run would put them in the league if this was a new season starting:

"We have picked up six points from two really tough away games so the boys are really buzzing at the moment. We are enjoying life but also working very hard so everyone deserves credit for the run we are on. You can only judge us on the results we've had since the new regime came in and, based on those games, we are second in the league. Now we need to drill that self-belief into all the players and make sure we keep this going."

The Glovers had to deal with plenty of aerial pressure from their opponents during the afternoon, with the Latics forcing 14 corners during the day. But apart from the equaliser scored by Diamond early on during the second period, they held firm, and Johnson had praise for his side's defending, as well as a 13th goal of the season for match winner Andy Williams:

"We had to defend a lot of crosses and set pieces but we hung in there and showed fantastic spirit. Both our goals were excellent strikes and I'm proud of the players for the way they are performing. There are some good strikers in League One but Andrew Williams is up there with them and is taking his chances. You always knew he would stick that chance into the back of the net because his confidence is very high."


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10 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary 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 Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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10 March 2012 : Oldham 1 Yeovil 2 : Williams And Williams Do It Again!
Yeovil Town clocked up their fifth win in six matches as Gary Johnson's magic wand continues to do its work during the second half of the season. The past month has seen the Glovers pick up 15 points out of their last 18, with three of those wins coming on the road, and at Boundary Park, goals from Gavin Williams and Andy Williams contributed to that run, with a Zander Diamond header briefly putting the Latics back level during the second half. Now up to 15th place in the table, and eight points clear, matters are a far cry away from their position at the foot of the table late last year.

Going into the match, Johnson made two changes to his starting line-up with the suspended Dean Parrett dropping out of the squad, whilst Lawson D'Ath slotted in on the bench. Replacing them were Jonathan Franks and Jonathan Obika; the first in a right-wing position, whilst the second came back into the side as a second striker as the more familiar 4-4-2 formation was restored. Curtis Haynes-Brown dropped out of the squad entirely, as Kieran Agard returned from suspension, though only as far as the bench.

The game started with Oldham forcing a series of early corners, with one seeing Andy Williams standing deep to clear the ball, much in the same way that matters had started on Tuesday night. A weak Sam Walker punch forced another corner kick, with the home side doing well in the way that they charged down their opponents, preventing Yeovil from being able to easily play the ball out from the back.

The opening goal came through the first shot that the Glovers had on the Latics goal; Reece Brown was dispossessed via a block tackle in midfield, and that set Gavin Williams through on goal - his shot from 25 yards out was planted into the top goal for a superb opener and for the first goal scored at Boundary Park in matches between the two sides for three and a half years.

Inevitably back came Oldham, forcing more corners, but they struggled to create clear-cut chances. Their best of the opening 45 minutes came when Shefki Kuqi shot just wide of the target with Sam Walker scrambling for ground, then a James Tarkowski header just before the stroke of half time where the centre-back really should have got his attempt on target; instead lifting the ball over the bar. The unusual feature of the half was that of head injuries - Jonathan Obika shrugged his off, but Zander Diamond and Dominic Blizzard both withdrew temporarily with head wounds, coming back with Terry Butcher style turbans that made them easy to spot for the remainder of the game.

The second half saw Gavin Williams fire wide of the target, whilst Jonathan Obika's lack of confidence in front of goal saw him scuff an attempt into the hands of home keeper Alex Cisak. But Oldham were continuing to look dangerous from set pieces, and they got their equalising goal from that source - a Filipe Morais corner that Zander Diamond got far too much room inside the box to plant his header home and suddenly lift the quiet Boundary Park crowd.

Shefki Kuqi could have made it 2-1 very quickly, when he was put clean through, but he seemed to either trip over his own feet, or lose his way on the crumbling pitch, and instead he ended up looking a bit embarrassed. Instead it was the Glovers who provided the next blow. Ten minutes after the Diamond header, Ed Upson and Jonathan Obika combined, with the latter providing the assist for Andy Williams, who continued his extraordinary run of form by rounding goalkeeper Alex Cisak, and firing the ball into the back of the net for his eighth goal in eight games, and his ninth strike since the return of Gary Johnson to Huish Park.

Both sides went for the next goal - Alex Cisak did better the next time Andy williams drew him out of his goal for another one-on-one, as the striker's tiring legs perhaps meant he lost out on the battle - Cisak gathering the ball at the second attempt. Then in the closing stages a succession of Oldham subs forced pressure on the Glovers goal - their closest chance coming when a Filipe Morais free kick was flicked on by James Tarkowski, whose header missed everyone at the back stick, including most importantly the goalframe itself.

Five minutes of signalled injury time increased to nearly seven from referee Jock Waugh, who otherwise had another good game in the middle. But Oldham couldn't force an equaliser despite their late pressure, and those tired Yeovil legs held on for another win. Five wins in six matches, or seven in the last ten if you prefer - the momentum is going the Glovers way, and with only Tranmere winning of the sides below them, for once a win has made a big difference - up to 15th and eight points clear of the drop. There's still work to be done, notably with the home pairing of Scunthorpe United and Walsall coming up during the coming week, but there should be more pressure on their visitors to win than there will be on Yeovil Town, who stand now on 42 points - around eight short of the psychological target they need to continue to aim at.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gavin Williams (0-1, 10 mins), Zander Diamond (1-1, 55 mins), Andy Williams (1-2, 65 mins)

Oldham Athletic:
1. Alex Cisak
19. Kieran Lee 5. Zander Diamond 16. James Tarkowski 29. David Mellor
7. Filipe Morais 6. Reece Brown 11. Tom Adeyemi 18. Chris Taylor
9. Reuben Reid 32. Shefki Kuqi

Substitutes:
13. Dean Bouzanis (GK) 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 14. Matt Smith (79 mins for Shefki Kuqi) 20. Youssouf M'changama (69 mins for Reece Brown) 26. Carl Winchester (87 mins for Chris Taylor)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala (88 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath 18. Kieran Agard

Oldham Bookings: Shefki Kuqi (73 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Bookings: Richard Hinds (81 mins, kicking ball away), Jonathan Obika (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Jonathan Hunt (Liverpool) and Paul Thompson (Chesterfield). Fourth Official: Gordon Johnson (Liverpool).

Attendance: 4,689 (including 180 Yeovil fans)


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10 March 2012 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Oldham Athletic. The one match suspension for Dean Parrett means one of them is forced - Middlesbrough winger Jonathan Franks benefits from that, coming in on the right flank.

Manager Gary Johnson has made one further change, with Jonathan Obika restored to the side in a 4-4-2, with Lawson D'Ath dropping out of the starting line-up, and onto the bench. The only other change is on the bench where Curtis Haynes-Brown makes way for Kieran Agard, who returns from his three match suspension.

The line-up for the game at Boundary Park is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 14. Lawson D'Ath 18. Kieran Agard

Oldham Athletic:
1. Alex Cisak
19. Kieran Lee 5. Zander Diamond 16. James Tarkowski 29. David Mellor
7. Filipe Morais 6. Reece Brown 11. Tom Adeyemi 18. Chris Taylor
9. Reuben Reid 32. Shefki Kuqi

Substitutes:
13. Dean Bouzanis (GK) 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 14. Matt Smith 20. Youssouf M'changama 26. Carl Winchester


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10 March 2012 : Carlisle Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match for the month of February saw the club gain their third 3-2 scoreline in succession. The twist in the tail this time was that it was a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Carlisle United, with a last minute Francois Zoko making the longest journey home of the season even longer.

Jonathan Obika and Dominic Blizzard were the two goalscorers on the day, but the Man of the Match votes came from elsewhere, with Ed Upson, Sam Walker and Andy Williams getting praise for their performances. However the winner of the poll, by the tiniest of margins, by virtue of the outright MOTM votes he received, was winger Jonathan Franks, with the Middlesbrough loanee playing a full 90 minutes in the Brunton Park defeat.

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

1 Jonathan Franks 46 (4)
2 Andy Williams 46 (2)
3 Sam Walker 12 (1)
4 Ed Upson 10 (1)
5 Gavin Williams 10 (0)
6 Jonathan Grounds 6 (0)
7 Dominic Blizzard 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.13

Performance: 5.75
Entertainment: 6.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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10 March 2012 : Colchester Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's third match of February saw them take on Colchester United at Huish Park. The result was a spot of deja vu for those who had witnessed their previous Tuesday night fixture; a 3-2 win for the Glovers, coming from a goal behind. A goal a-piece for Dean Parrett, Lawson D'Ath and Andy Williams saw yet another Gary Johnson comeback, and the club's third home win in a row.

Man of the Match voting was widespread, with nine different players picking up outright nominations and all of the top five in the poll picking up double figures. Two of the goalscorers, Dean Parrett and Lawson D'Ath finished high up in the poll, but the winner by a sizeable margin was left-back Nathan Jones, who put in his best performance of the season, earning him plenty of praise on Twitter for the 90 minutes he put in. Full results as shown below, with the outright votes shown in brackets:

1 Nathan Jones 332 (22)
2 Lawson D'Ath 258 (11)
3 Dean Parrett 248 (16)
4 Luke Ayling 220 (12)
5 Andy Williams 174 (10)
6 Bondz N'Gala 94 (5)
7 Gavin Williams 72 (2)
8 Ed Upson 66 (5)
9 Richard Hinds 24 (1)
10 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.86

Performance: 7.43
Entertainment: 8.29

VOTES RECEIVED: 84


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10 March 2012 : Hinds: Glovers Should Be In Top Half Of Table
Yeovil Town centre-back Richard Hinds believes that his new side should be at the other end of the table based on what he has witnessed so far. The 30 year old has seen the Glovers pick up four wins and two defeats, with one of those losses coming on his debut against his former club Sheffield Wednesday.

Hinds has since then seen the club gain four wins in five that has seen them climb out of the League One relegation zone and up to a 17th place position, five points clear of the drop positions. He has told BBC Somerset that there's no reason why the club shouldn't be higher than that:

"We believe we should be in the top half. We've had good results against MK Dons and a good performance against Sheffield Wednesday. We believe that we should be up there in the play-offs, and over the last couple of months, our form shows that we should be. We've just got to carry it on, and hopefully get away from the relegation zone, which we're doing, and we're making progress."

Yeovil won their third away match in the League on Tuesday night, when they beat promotion-chasing MK Dons on their own patch. Having only previously won at Hartlepool United in November, and at Wycombe Wanderers last month, form on their travels has been a problem. However, the centre-back feels that situation is now improving:

"I think that's been a problem this season with the away performances. But I think we've done well since I've been here. We had a good first half against Sheffield Wednesday and we couldn't quite hold on, but they threw everything at us. Carlisle was a little bit disappointing, but I felt we should have got something out of that. Then we've got MK Dons and Wycombe where we've got wins. So we've got to take the positives out of that, and we can go on to Oldham, who are beatable especially if we play like we did (at MK Dons) and hopefully get a result."


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10 March 2012 : Wycombe Away Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of February, Yeovil Town travelled to play Wycombe Wanderers for a Valentines Day evening fixture that was a six-pointer for both sides. The end result was a thrilling 3-2 win for the Glovers, as they came from behind, with two Andy Williams goals and a Kieran Agard strike giving them all three points.

The Man of the Match poll was not quite so close - in fact it was a one man runaway show. Only two voters thought that Andy Williams was not the outright winner; that meant it didn't really matter what anyone else did, he was going to be a mile in front. Full results as shown below, with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Andy Williams 238 (23)
2 Luke Ayling 50 (0)
3 Dean Parrett 36 (0)
4 Gavin Williams 32 (1)
5 Lawson D'Ath 28 (0)
6 Ed Upson 26 (1)
7 Jonathan Obika 18 (0)
8 Bondz N'Gala 14 (0)
9 Kieran Agard 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.04

Performance: 7.68
Entertainment: 8.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 25


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9 March 2012 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow's League One match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 10th March with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire).

We've only seen Mr Waugh twice before as a match referee. We first saw him in the middle on the final day of the 2010-11 season, where he took charge of the match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Just to prove that we don't spend our time massacring officials, it should be noted that we actually praised him during this match - it was his advantage waved, when he gave Shaun MacDonald the freedom to keep going after a bad tackle, with his eventual pass through to Jonathan Obika giving Yeovil the opening goal of the game.

We're not sure if Carlisle fans will be quite as sympathetic towards him, given that he later waved away penalty appeals that they had just moments before the Glovers doubled their lead, for the final 2-0 scoreline. Danny Livesey and Jonathan Obika tangled in the box, and when the ball broke, Yeovil got their second on the counter-attack. However, Carlisle's site doesn't make too much of an issue of that, feeling more aggrieved that Waugh accidentally got in the way of Liam Noble's pass that broke up Carlisle's pressure on the Yeovil penalty box. Overall, the Western Gazette considered that Waugh had "a good, sensible afternoon. Did well to allow Shaun MacDonald to continue his run for Jon Obika's goal."

We then had him earlier this season for the September 2011 match against Tranmere Rovers. Our match report in the 0-0 draw describes him as "largely letting the game flow without interruption throughout" - exactly what supporters like to see in a referee. The Western Gazette goes further, saying that it was "a superb performance from the official who allowed the game to flow with common sense. Could have sent off two players in the dying seconds, but sensibly opted for a stern words rather than cards" referring to a spot of handbags between Gavin Williams and Tranmere's Mustafa Tiryaki.

Other than those matches, we had Mr Waugh as a Fourth Official, back in April 2009 in our away match at Stockport County, memorable only for how unmemorable the awful 0-0 draw at Edgeley Park was. He was promoted to the Football League's referee's list during the summer that followed, but we've only had him the once since then. He claims that he got into refereeing when "my next door neighbour used to drag me out of bed on Sundays because they couldn’t get a referee".

Mr Waugh will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt (Liverpool) and Paul Thompson (Chesterfield). The Fourth Official will be Gordon Johnson (Liverpool).

Link: May 2011 : Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Sept 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Oldham.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic.


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9 March 2012 : Gary Previews The Oldham Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's trip to Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts before the team set off up the motorway are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Oldham.


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9 March 2012 : Port Vale Go Into Administration
League Two side Port Vale have been placed in administration this morning at a High Court hearing in Birmingham. The Valiants were in court today to hear an application made by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, who are one of the club's major creditors. Port Vale are believed to have backed the Council's petition given that they were under pressure from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC aka the Taxman) over an unpaid tax bill.

The Valiants were unable to place themselves in administration due to the resignation of former Chairman Peter Miller from their board, which left them with just three directors, leaving the remaining board unable by law to make such a decision. They preferred the City Council to make the decision given that Council leader Mohammed Pervez had made it clear that he would push for a CVA and new buyer for the club, rather than seeing the club wiped out entirely. Speaking earlier in the week he said:

"We have given a clear steer to officers to explore putting Port Vale into administration. This is as opposed to liquidation, which would see the end of the club."

Port Vale's position has gradually disintegrated since last summer, when they announced an ill-fated deal with Blue Sky International, combined with the proposal for Miller and Perry Deakin to be brought onto the board as Directors. All three parties were supposed to invest money into the club in the form of shares, whilst BSI were meant to provide them with ground improvements and a new artificial pitch. In the end, the position of all three was on a house of cards, and once BSI withdrew their support, Miller and Deakin were left exposed as they had been relying upon the money from the American company to pay for them. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, Deakin has been on the defensive about that deal:

"Blue Sky agreed to buy 500,000 of shares of which £100,000 would be given to me. I never asked for those shares and was never going to own them. They were always belonging to Blue Sky, and if I ever left the club I was contractually obliged to hand them back. I needed shares in the club to become a director. But then the minute they (Blue Sky) defaulted on their payments, we were in a terrible mess. Then we were exposed as having nil-paid shares and it was awful. The irony of it all is, around the shares, we believed we were giving the supporters what they wanted. In hindsight it just caused more damage."

Deakin has also admitted that Vale's claims that Blue Sky would invest £8 million in the club turned out to be a gross exaggeration but claimed that the figure had come from BSI - something that the American company have previously denied, even though it appeared on both company websites:

"As a board we have to hold our hands up and say we made some mistakes. Certainly the way Blue Sky was presented was a mistake. We got carried away. We believed it was a great deal for the club. The £8m figure was Blue Sky's. It was their figure for everything they were doing. We went along with it and in hindsight we shouldn't have done. As a board we will look back on the Blue Sky announcement and everything that involved it, and there will be some regret that we allowed ourselves to be carried along on a wave of optimism because we felt it was a great deal. I am desperately sorry that we are where we are."

Port Vale are currently under a transfer embargo by the Football League, and have only paid their staff and players 25 percent of their wages for the month of February. The Football League have yet to confirm their expected 10 point deduction, which would take them from the edge of the League Two play-offs down to 15th.

There's been no mention of Yeovil Town's deal with BSI, announced in October 2011, with the club yet to identify a location for their planned artificial pitch.


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9 March 2012 : Early Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will recall striker Jonathan Obika to his squad for tomorrow's trip to Oldham Athletic. The Tottenham Hotspur loanee was the victim of the Football League's rules concerning the number of loan players that can be included in a matchday squad and so sat in the stands for the Tuesday night win at Milton Keynes Dons.

His Spurs team-mate Dean Parrett serves a one match suspension tomorrow, and that means good news for Obika because there will only be five loan players available for selection. Johnson confirmed that Obika would come back into his plans, and told BBC Somerset that the players were having to trust him when he made certain decisions to drop players from the squad:

"We've got a group of lads who are always disappointed when they are left out. However, we've also got a group of lads that trust us, and they know why we're doing it, because we've explained to them. In Jon's case obviously one of the loan players had to be left out, but having said that, he wasn't 'Roy of the Rovers' in the week before. You're not going to necessarily leave someone out unless its tactically, if they're flying. But he'll be back in very quickly. He has done a job for us, and when we go back to 4-4-2 then he will obviously be one of the two that we'll play up front."

Parrett's suspension means that Johnson does face a dilemma in terms of whether to continue with the 4-5-1 was used at Milton Keynes. If he does, then Jonathan Franks is the most likely player to benefit from Parrett's absence, although if he chooses to revert to a standard 4-4-2 then Obika could find himself straight back in the starting line-up.

Striker Kieran Agard is available for selection, following his three match ban, although the best he can hope for is a place on the bench. Johnson indicated that he has no new injuries for the trip to Boundary Park, meaning that left-backs Nathan Jones (ankle, calf, Achilles), Kelly Youga (Achilles) and midfielder Parrett are the only three players that will remain unavailable for the journey.

Oldham will be without 19 year old Keanu Marsh-Brown for tomorrow's fixture, after he was red-carded in their midweek defeat against Scunthorpe United. He starts a three match ban for the game. The Latics have taken the unusual step of naming the 17 players who will be under consideration for tomorrow's match. They are as follows:

Oldham Athletic: (from) Alex Cisak, Jean Yves M'voto, Zander Diamond, Reece Brown, Filipe Morais, Reuben Reid, Tom Adeyemi, Dean Bouzanis, Matt Smith, James Tarkowski, Chris Taylor, Kieran Lee, Youssouf M'Changama, Connor Hughes, Carl Winchester, David Mellor and Shefki Kuqi.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic.


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9 March 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town hit the road yet again, as they head to Boundary Park in Lancashire. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide to Oldham Athletic has been refreshed since our last visit, with up to date ticketing and travel information. Including parking info, how to get there by public transport, a pub guide and other such things, it can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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8 March 2012 : Town Council Publish Minutes From Planning Meeting
Yeovil Town Council have published the full minutes of the meeting that saw them provide a recommendation to refuse planning permission for Yeovil Town Football Club's Food Store application. The meeting held at the Town House in Yeovil on Monday 27th February was already reported upon in last week's news item, with both the Town Council and Brympton Parish Council giving a 'thumbs down' to the plans.

The final word on the planning application goes to South Somerset District Council, after they have pooled together all comments and feedback from interested parties. Their target date for a final decision on the plans is May 1st 2012, although this will be dependent upon feedback being received within that timeframe.

The Town Council meeting recorded six councillors voting against the proposals and one councillor abstaining. The minutes also note that Councillor Mike Lock declared a vested interest in the scheme as a shareholder of Yeovil Town Football Club; he withdrew from the meeting for the duration of the discussion and subsequent vote due to his personal interest in the application. The relevant section of the meeting to discuss the plans records the following:

"Andy Cato informed the Committee that information had been received from the Environmental Protection Office regarding noise and air quality - both of which raised no concerns, and a Contaminated Land report from which a condition was to be included.

Andy also informed the Committee that Brympton Parish Council had recommended refusal, and that a formal response had yet to be received from the Highways Authority.

Two letters of objection had been received from local residents raising concerns that the road system was already overstretched, that existing parking problems would be exacerbated, that there was no requirement for an additional food supermarket in the area, and that the lighting and littering generated by this facility would be unwelcome.

Responses from consultations with Planning Policy and the District Council Solicitor were also awaited.

John Fry, Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club addressed the Committee stating that the facility was intended to ensure future resources were available to allow Yeovil Town Football Club to stay in the Football League, which would be beneficial not only to the Club, but also the town and the community.

John Hewitt, agent/architect, informed the Committee that concerns raised would be addressed by discouraging anti-social behaviour in the car park and litter by careful design, and screening the lighting from the local housing estate by the provision of a green attractive space as an amenity to the community.

The Committee discussed the application raising concerns about the adverse additional traffic generated by the proposals would have on the area and the detrimental effect an out of town facility such as this would have on the town centre. Observations were made regarding alternative suitable sites closer to the town centre and concerns were raised that the town centre bus service would suffer as there would be less need for people to travel into the town.
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The minutes of the meeting then issued their recommendation for refusal of the application, as detailed in last week's news item.

This week's Western Gazette again covers more on the recommendation issued by the Town Council, under a headline of Huish Park Store Opposition Could Threaten Club's Position In Football League. The club suggest that a rejection of the application will endanger their future in the League:

"We cannot disguise our disappointment at the lack of support from the parish and town councils, and we cannot help but conclude that they do not understand the implications of their recommendations. We are not asking the councils for any cash. We are requesting their co-operation to unlock the potential value in the site in order to facilitate the improvements that are essential if we are to continue as a club that can compete in the Football League. If this assistance is not forthcoming, it will become increasingly difficult for the club to continue at the current level."

Yeovil mayor Philip Chandler, who was one of the Councillors to vote against the proposals, told the paper that despite the club's views, that he would not be changing his position. The mayor said that his wider duty was to 'protect' the town as a whole:

"I can understand the football club's plight, but as a town councillor, if I step back and accepted this I would not be doing my job and protecting our town. Looking at the environmental impact it would have and the traffic it would cause, I can't support it. The roads are gridlocked at night already. The proposals would mean nearly 600 cars an hour would hit the Asda roundabout off Western Avenue on top of that. It would make the area horrendous. If you put a supermarket there, it could kill off all of the convenience stores nearby."

Aside from the Town and Parish Councils, SSDC have now received a substantial amount of feedback from other parties. These are as follows:

SSDC Technical Engineering: Department has responded with a simple "No Comment" message.

County Highway: Department has responded with "To Be Considered Further" meaning that they require more time for analysis. Given the criticism by other parties regarding 'traffic' issues this is likely to be one of the critical outstanding areas.

Ministry of Defence: "The MOD has no safeguarding objections to this proposal".

SSDC Trees: "As it currently stands, I cannot support the application".

SSDC Landscape Architect: "Unless there is an over-riding case for this form of development, then I believe there is landscape justification to resist it, which in tandem with other negative factors, may provide a basis for refusal".

Wessex Water: "We have a six inch water main running parallel to Lufton Way just inside the Football Club's boundary ... It looks like the retail unit could be too close to the main. I have no objection to the application but the main may need diverting at the Applicant's expense".

Environmental Agency: "The Environmental Agency has no objection to the proposed development subject to the following conditions and informatives being included in any planning permission granted". The Agency then list out six conditions they would expect the club to meet across a six page letter.

In addition to the above, SSDC have so far received eleven letters files under the category of 'neighbours'. Of these, ten appear to have come from local residents, whilst one comes from a local business. A broad consensus raises concerns about traffic and/or parking, whilst a number of residents raise questions of noise and of privacy. One resident has written to explicitly support the application.


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8 March 2012 : Weasel Scouts Out The Opposition For Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has praised the scouting work that first team coach Darren Way is doing since he has returned to Huish Park. Darren missed the first couple of weeks of Johnson's second coming due to illness, but has now slotted in as part of a four man coaching team, which also includes assistant manager Terry Skiverton, and coach Nathan Jones.

Johnson has revealed that Way has taken on much of the scouting of the opposition, collecting together a report prior to each game that will help the Glovers decide what tactics to employ on their opponents. On Tuesday night, Johnson switched from a conventional 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 that saw Dominic Blizzard take up a holding midfield role, whilst Lawson D'Ath and Gavin Williams supported lone striker Andy Williams.

Part of that logic was to combat the nested 4-2-3-1 formation that Milton Keynes Dons were expected to select on the night, and Johnson told BBC Somerset that those changes to his side's tactics for the match came out of the report Darren produced on the opposition:

"He puts together a fantastic team assessment of the opposition. Any little thing that he sees, including penalties - it might be a shape, or it might be a certain pattern; it might be crosses, or it might be somebody ducking into a little hole every now and again. It doesn't shock us, because we've seen it and we've worked on it and we've looked at it. Darren Way needs a bit of credit there. Me and Terry (Skiverton) look at it and we study it, with Nathan (Jones), and between the four of us we put a plan together. At the moment the plans are working."


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8 March 2012 : Bridport Glovers Travel To Bournemouth
The Bridport Glovers are running a Ridlers coach to the League One match against AFC Bournemouth later this month. The match takes place on Saturday 31st March at Dean Court, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

They will be stopping to pick up passengers at Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Crewkerne, Beaminster, Bridport and Dorchester, with a 10.00a.m. pick up time at Stoke-sub-Hamdon. They will also be stopping off at The Bakers Arms near Poole for lunch.

The cost for those travelling to the game is £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children. If you would like to book a seat or require further details, then please ring Tom Burt on either of the following numbers: 01308 456145 or 0797 109 6662.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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8 March 2012 : Johnson Praises In-Form Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has praised his side for keeping up their run of form since he returned to Huish Park for his second spell as first team manager. Having arrived at the club in the second week of January, the last two months have seen his side climb out of the relegation zone, with a five point buffer in place against the bottom four clubs in the current League One table.

The Glovers have risen from 21st to 17th during that time, despite a number of their rivals such as Walsall and Scunthorpe United also going on impressive runs of form. With that in mind, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he is pleased with what his players have achieved so far:

"In the last nine games, we've got to be second or third in the form table, and that's how we've got to believe in ourselves. This was a fantastic result, but we are above Milton Keynes in the form table, and we were above Brentford in the form table. With that being six (wins) out of nine (games) we're up there at the moment and that's what's going to get us out of trouble, because still those teams down at the bottom keep nicking results every now and again. But we've been very consistent few weeks in getting our results. But credit to the lads because they're putting in a hell of a stint."

As far as what Gary states in terms of current form, the statistics are very impressive at present. Based on a standard six game form table the Glovers lie in 2nd place, behind Notts County. If we take his last nine matches - which take in all games since his return apart from the trip to Sheffield United when he started off with a watching brief, then that form continues to hold up.

A league table based on all League One matches since that night at Bramall Lane shows the Glovers in third behind Notts County and Charlton Athletic, having played a couple of games less. A normalised nine game form table shows a similar picture, with the Magpies and Addicks swapped around.

Their next three matches see them take on Oldham Athletic (away), Scunthorpe United (home) and Walsall (home), pitching them against sides who are all in good form themselves, although that was meant to be the case with Brentford and Milton Keynes Dons as well.

Link: League One Table : Last Six Games.

Link: League One Table Since Day After Sheffield United Away Match.

Link: League One Table : Last Nine Games.


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7 March 2012 : Youth Team Rearrange Grecians Home Game
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their home match against Exeter City rearranged for this coming Saturday. The Football League Youth Alliance fixture will take place on Saturday 10th March, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub just off Bunford Lane.

Admission is free, and there will be hot food and drinks on sale from the main building tea bar. If you're not heading up the M6 to watch the first team play Oldham Athletic in Lancashire, come and get your football fix on Saturday morning.

Football League Youth Alliance : South West Division Fixtures
AFC Bournemouth v Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle v Swansea City
Yeovil Town v Exeter City


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7 March 2012 : Parrett Ban Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have today confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur loan midfielder Dean Parrett will serve a one match ban for his red card received last night. The 20 year old was dismissed for two first half tackles, with referee Dean Mohareb producing cards after initially playing advantage, leaving Yeovil Town a man short for the whole of the second period.

Parrett will now be banned for the trip to Oldham Athletic, returning for the Tuesday night home match against Scunthorpe United. He becomes the club's eighth red card of the 2011-12 season, with a total of eleven other suspensions being dished out to players for yellow cards and additional charges issued by the FA.

In terms of red cards, their opponents last night are not much better off. The dismissal of midfielder Stephen Gleeson was also their eighth red card of the 2011-12 season. The Football Association have confirmed that he will receive a three match ban for his 90th minute dismissal.

Speaking after the game to the Milton Keynes Citizen, their manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that the offence was for putting his boot in on Glovers striker Andy Williams in an off the ball incident. With Gleeson having only just returned from a two match ban, the Dons boss was not in the mood to defend him:

"He’s kicked out. I don’t know how severe it was. But Stephen Gleeson has a lot to learn. He has all the ability in the world. The ultimate penalty is that he’s out for a number of games. I’ve had a good chat with him and he’ll come back bigger and stronger. Internally, he’ll be dealt with, and if he learns from it, he will be coming back a better player. If he doesn’t, he knows where his future lies."


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7 March 2012 : Williams: Glovers Dug In After Parrett Red Card
Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams felt that his team-mates had to change their focus in the game after going down to ten men last night. The Glovers played just over 45 minutes with ten men after Dean Parrett was sent off for two bookable offences in the 1-0 win against Milton Keynes Dons, leaving the away side having to defend a 40th minute lead for the remainder of the game.

Williams was the match winner on the night, scoring his first goal since August 2011, when he netted in the 1-1 draw at Walsall. He told BBC Somerset after the match that he was glad to break that duck, but praised his team-mates for ensuring they came out of the game with a clean sheet:

"It's good; it's been a while (since the last goal at Walsall) to be fair. Tonight was more about just digging in really, as soon as we went down to ten (players). The way that MK Dons play, with keeping the ball, we just had to get men behind the ball and dig in. It's a great result for us. We have been conceding goals, but we have been scoring lots, and I think the fans would take that as long as we keep scoring them. But tonight was a really good team performance. It's great to come to MK Dons, with all the goals they score at their place, and be able to get a clean sheet."

Boss Gary Johnson added his views, believing that their tactic of nullifying the Dons possession worked, but felt that it wasn't until Williams' goal that his team began to believe that it would work for them:

"They deserved the result, they really did. The tactics worked well, it took us to score for them to really believe in it. We won our headers, won our tackles and made sure we cleared towards our lone striker so it didn't keep coming back at us all the time - and how we saw the game out was fantastic. Milton Keynes are going to do well but it was our day."


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7 March 2012 : Gary Lost For Words After Win Over Dons
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson joked that he was lost for words, after being asked for views on last night's 1-0 win against Milton Keynes Dons. The Glovers won their fourth game in five matches as a Gavin Williams strike five minutes before half time put them in front in a game that turned into a rearguard action after Dean Parrett was given his marching orders for two yellow cards.

With former Glover Dean Bowditch missing a penalty, and the Dons also reduced to ten men following Stephen Gleeson's stamp on Andy Williams, there was a lot to talk about, and speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson admitted he didn't know where to start:

"You're the educated one - you find some words, because I can't! I'm so proud - and that's all I can say. They hung on in there. They were up against 13 or 14 players; 11 in white and three in black! But the lads hung on in there and they deserved the result."

Whilst referee Dean Mohareb left the 223 away supporters at the match furious at some of his decisions over the 90 minutes, Johnson said he had few complaints about the second yellow dished out to Dean Parrett, after the match official pulled play back for a foul on Dons defender Shaun Williams. Gary felt that Parrett should have not made such a tackle whilst he was already sat on a booking:

"Deano was not unlucky. It was a rash tackle. He shouldn't have made that tackle when he was on a yellow card. We were down to ten men, and he gets a game (ban), we smack his wrists and we have to get on with it. But the other ten did us proud - as Deano did when he was out there. But what can you say other than they were absolutely magnificent?"

However, the Glovers boss had more to say about the decision to award the home side a penalty, given when Luke Ayling blocked a Dean Bowditch cross with his arm. Johnson felt that the defender was too close to Bowditch to get his arm out of the way when the cross was put into the box:

"Listen, how many times is that going to happen to us, where somebody smashes the ball at you, and it hits your arm? Now if you put your arm up and it stops the ball going in the goal, then no problem; give a penalty. But when somebody is crossing it and you're three yards away, trying to shut it down, and it hits your arm, how is that a penalty? You can't get your arm out of the way. I was saying to the Fourth Official - give me a ball, I'll smash it at you from four yards, and you can see if you can get your hand out of the way - and you won't be able to."


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7 March 2012 : MK Dons 0 Yeovil 1 : One Shot One Goal One Win!
Yeovil Town recorded their fourth win in five matches, and their sixth in the last nine games under Gary Johnson, as they continued their climb away from the relegation zone tonight. Their 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Milton Keynes Dons was at times ragged, chaotic and scrappy, but was capped by a 40th minute Gavin Williams winner, after his deflected shot found the net with the Glovers only shot on goal all game.

Playing the second half with only ten men after the dismissal of Dean Parrett just before the break, it was backs against the wall, and they had Sam Walker to thank for a penalty save from former Glover Dean Bowditch as the Dons spurned chance after chance. The home side lost their composure in the final minute as Stephen Gleeson was dismissed for violent conduct as Yeovil ran down the clock for the win.

The Glovers went into the match making a number of changes to the side that had won 2-1 against Brentford. The initial change was forced and no surprise, with Nathan Jones replaced by Richard Hinds at the back, with Jonathan Grounds taking the left-back slot whilst Hinds came into the centre. However, the midfield places were significantly reorganised, with Lawson D'Ath coming in for Jonathan Franks on the wing, whilst Ed Upson took an additional five man slot in midfield in a 4-5-1, with Jonathan Obika sitting out the match as the 'sixth loan'.

With only one man up front, the tone of the game was set fairly early on in the match. The home side held the lion's share of the possession, whilst Yeovil planned to use the pace of Andy Williams as an outlet to break on their opponents. Early chances for Adam Chicksen, Jay O'Shea and Luke Chadwick threatened for the home side, although those attempts either headed wide of the target, or were tame efforts that Sam Walker easily smothered.

The Dons had a big warning of the threat that Andy Williams could pose when they made a hash of a backpass, which the striker nearly seized upon, with a rather nervous looking David Martin, in the home side's goal, just about getting his boot on the ball in time. Five minutes before the break, and outrageously against the run of play, the striker's running sparked the opening goal of the game. His inside pass to Lawson D'Ath saw the Reading loanee slice his attempt to shoot on goal, but the ball deflected into the path of Gavin Williams, who fired home from a narrow angle, squeezing the ball home at Martin's near post.

Just before the break, there was to be a twist to the half, as Dean Parrett received his marching orders. Dons defender Shaun Williams had gone down clutching his leg, and although referee Dean Mohareb didn't blow for any offence, when play was stopped, he showed the Tottenham loanee a yellow, followed by a red, with Parrett apparently having picked up a caution for a similar offence 15 minutes earlier. Down to ten men meant that Yeovil didn't have to reshuffle too much - 4-5-1 became 4-4-1 without change, but it was guaranteed to make the second period a damn sight harder.

The second half presented more of the same, only at a greater intensity. Paul Huntington won every header that came his way when the home side tried to stick crosses into the box, whilst the entire back four, and some of the midfielders were prepared to put their bodies on the line to block attempts. One such block was deemed illegal - Dean Bowditch put a ball across the penalty area and it was blocked by the arm of Luke Ayling, and referee Dean Mohareb pointed to the spot. However, any hopes Bowditch might have had of scoring against his former club were dashed when his spot kick was superbly saved by Sam Walker as he went to his left, blocking the ball, and then smothering it at the second attempt.

Somehow at this point it just looked like it might be Yeovil's day, despite referee Dean Mohareb seemingly plotting against them with some awful decisions throughout the second half - notably his refusal to award Yeovil their own spot kick when Andy Williams was fouled inside the box. At the other end, the Dons were getting a touch desperate with the likes of former Premier League star Alan Smith ballooned a chance dead centre in the penalty box high over the bar, whilst Daniel Powell did the same five minutes later. Elsewhere defensive blocks or reflex saves from Sam Walker denied them even when they did get something on target.

As time ran out, so did the home side's discipline. Yeovil had been intelligently running the ball into the corners during the closing stages. After the ball had gone out of play close to the corner flag, midfielder Stephen Gleeson lost his rag, stamping his boot down on Andy Williams foot. Even though Gleeson then went down clutching his head, referee Dean Mohareb wasn't fooled, and produced his second red card of the night, taking the wind out of the Dons' sails, and ending their chances of grabbing a late goal.

The win puts Yeovil five points clear of the drop zone, remaining in 17th place in the League One table. On 39 points, they still need in the region of four more wins to preserve their safety at this level, and with Scunthorpe, Walsall and Wycombe all winning, Exeter City slip into the bottom four, whilst the likes of Preston North End, Bury and Leyton Orient can no longer count themselves as part of the set of teams in midtable safety.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Gavin Williams (0-1, 40 mins)

Milton Keynes Dons: (4-2-3-1)
1. David Martin
12. Adam Chicksen 4. Mathias Doumbe 13. Shaun Williams 3. Dean Lewington
11. Alan Smith 7. Stephen Gleeson
23. James O'Shea 26. Luke Chadwick 17. Daniel Powell
9. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
16. Ian McLoughlin (GK) 15. Tom Flanagan 19. Jabo Ibehre (54 mins for Luke Chadwick) 35. George Williams (75 mins for Adam Chicksen) 14. Paul Slane (85 mins for Daniel Powell)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 16. Jonathan Franks (61 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 12. Michael Woods 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

MK Dons Bookings: James O'Shea (48 mins, foul), Dean Lewington (90 mins, off the ball incident). Red Card: Stephen Gleeson (90 mins, violent conduct)

Yeovil Bookings: Dean Parrett (33 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (65 mins, handball), Ed Upson (76 mins, off the ball incident). Red Card: Dean Parrett (45 mins, second bookable offence).

Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Michael George (Norfolk) and Nick Hobbis (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Barry Holderness (Essex).

Attendance: 6,624 (including 223 Yeovil supporters).


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6 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for MK Dons vs Yeovil
If you watched tonight's 1-0 win against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk, 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 Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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6 March 2012 : Team News For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for tonight's away match against Milton Keynes Dons. As expected, assistant manager Nathan Jones is not able to take his place in the squad due to an ankle, calf and Achilles problem - his place positionally is taken by Jonathan Grounds who shuffles out to the full-back slot. That allows Richard Hinds to come into the starting line-up and he will partner club captain Paul Huntington at the back.

The other changes come with midfielder Ed Upson and Lawson D'Ath being restored to a five man midfield, with Jonathan Obika dropping out of the squad as the sixth loan. Winger Jonathan Franks sits on the bench.

The line-up for tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 16. Jonathan Franks 12. Michael Woods 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown


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6 March 2012 : Grounds Looking Forward To Playing Favoured Position
Yeovil Town loan defender Jonathan Grounds says that he sees his long term future as a full-back even though he made his full debut for the Glovers in the centre of defence. The 24 year old was given the central role against Brentford but was moved into a left-back slot after the departure of Nathan Jones, 59 minutes into the fixture, after the assistant manager picked up a leg injury affecting his ankle, calf and Achilles.

Grounds has played centre-back before, with League One rivals Chesterfield utilising him in that position during a loan spell earlier this season. However, he has told BBC Somerset that he prefers the full-back slot that he is expected to take for tonight's game at Milton Keynes Dons:

"I probably prefer to play left-back as that's where I've grown up playing. As I've grown a little bit bigger and a bit taller, and a bit older, I've managed to come across and play centre-half, but I'd probably say that left-back was my preferred position."

Along with fellow Boro loanee Jonathan Franks, Grounds is out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season and given that neither player has set foot on the pitch for the Championship side's first team this campaign, the expectation is that both will be released in May. Grounds says that he will be influenced by which clubs will offer him regular first team football:

"I've had a few seasons at Middlesbrough where I've played a handful of games, but at the age that I'm at now I want to be playing 30 or 40 games a season, so I'll be looking in the summer for places that are going to give me that opportunity."


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6 March 2012 : Early Team News For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town will be forced into making at least one change to their starting line-up for tonight's visit to Milton Keynes Dons. Assistant manager Nathan Jones has been playing in the left-back slot for the past few fixtures, but was replaced in the 59th minute of the 2-1 win over Brentford on Saturday after suffering a nasty looking ankle injury.

Manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he will have to do without the experienced Welshman, but expects to move Jonathan Grounds into that left-back slot, leaving a vacancy in the centre of defence. The Glovers boss confirmed that he would not be considering blooding former Lowestoft Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown at this stage, and told BBC Somerset that Jones' injury had some complications to it:

"It's a bit of his (Nathan Jones) calf and his Achilles. So Tuesday will come miles too soon for him, almost certainly. But we know we've got cover there, and that's why we had to do what we did and bring in extra centre-halves, and the big signing for me was Groundsy (Jonathan Grounds) who can play both centre-half and left-back. Yes, we've got Haynes-Brown, but I still say he's not quite ready yet. He's a lovely kid and a good footballer. He's going to be a league player, 100 percent, but it's not the right time to be bringing him in."

Given Johnson replaced Jones with Richard Hinds during Saturday's match, he is the most likely player to partner Paul Huntington at the heart of the defence, although Bondz N'Gala will be another option.

The Glovers will also have to make do without left-back Kelly Youga, who is out with a long term Achilles problem, whilst Kieran Agard serves the final match of a three game suspension. However, given that neither player was involved in Saturday's squad, it would seem likely that the displacement of Jones from the squad, and the inclusion of an extra body on the bench will be the only change to Saturday's line-up - assuming no last minute knocks.

Despite Saturday's win over Brentford, the Glovers still remain just three points above the relegation line, with only Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers losing games in the bottom group of teams. Johnson said it was important that his side continued to pick up points given the sudden burst that some of the clubs down there were making:

"Teams are fighting and there are some good teams down there. Chesterfield got a result and Scunthorpe got a result. There were a couple of draws and not too many teams lost all three points. So that's why you've got to stay in games for longer, win as many games as you can, drag a few teams in from above you, then all of a sudden the games start running out."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

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Link: Officials For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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6 March 2012 : Interview With Andy Williams
Following Saturday's 2-1 win over Brentford, Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Andy's thoughts on his two match-winning goals can be read via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Brentford.


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6 March 2012 : Adam Stansfield Foundation Charity Ball
On the Saturday 12th May 2012, a Charity Ball in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation has been arranged. The event will take place on the 10th anniversary of Yeovil Town's FA Trophy win over Stevenage Borough during which Adam Stansfield scored the second vital goal at Villa Park. The venue for this occasion will be Haselbury Mill, which is situated around seven miles west of Yeovil, and just east of Crewkerne in the village of Haselbury Plucknett.

Tickets for the AS9 Charity Ball will go on sale on Saturday 10th March, and are priced at £40 per person. Tables of 10 are available but must be booked as such. Payment should be made in cash, cheque or bank transfer. There will be a Champagne Reception, a three course sit down meal, and a charity auction during the evening.

For further information and bookings, please call Rachel on 07970 413551 or email her at info@raweventsmanagement.co.uk

Address: Haselbury Mill, Mill House Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset TA18 7NY

Link: Haselbury Mill Venue Website.

The Adam Stansfield Charity Ball : Tickets On Sale From March 10th
The Adam Stansfield Charity Ball : Tickets On Sale From March 10th.



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5 March 2012 : Officials For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow evening's League One clash between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th March 2012 at stadium:mk with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Dean Mohareb (Cheshire).

We've only had Mr Mohareb as an assistant referee and fourth official in the past. This is largely due to him only being promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2011. So far he's taken charge of 23 matches, with a relatively reasonable 68 yellow cards and two reds dished out. The most recent time we had sight of him was for the FA Cup Second Round match at Fleetwood Town in December, when he was the Fourth Official up in Lancashire.

He is a former primary school teacher, who works for the FA as a National Referees Manager. He has also worked as the Referees Development Officer for the Lancashire Football Association, and thus is responsible for the way that new officials come through the pyramid at the lower levels in that area.

His last match was the 3-3 draw between Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon around nine days ago. This is also the first time that he's taken charge of an MK Dons game as well, as far as we can tell.

Mr Mohareb will be assisted by Michael George (Norfolk) and Nick Hobbis (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Barry Holderness (Essex).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

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5 March 2012 : GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic
With two away matches taking place this week, the second of those is Yeovil Town's weekend trip to Oldham Athletic in a League One match. The game at Boundary Park takes place on Saturday 10th March 2012 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 from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £25.00 with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

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Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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5 March 2012 : Willo Makes It A Quartet Of Nominations
Well this is becoming a bit of a regular thing. Yeovil Town striker Andrew Williams has been given yet another League One Team Of The Week nomination by the Football League. Andy scored his 11th and 12th goals of the 2011-12 season, in the 2-1 win over Brentford, and in doing so received his fourth nomination of the season, having picked up one nomination in August 2011, plus two more in January and February.

Andy has now scored nine goals in the year 2012, and netted eight times since Gary Johnson returned as manager. Five of those goals have come in his last four games.

The full team is as follows:

Tommy Lee (Chesterfield)
Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) Neal Trotman (Chesterfield) Kevin Long (Rochdale) Alan Sheehan (Notts County)
Robin Shroot (Stevenage) Steven Schumacher (Bury) Martin Rowlands (Colchester United) Andy Barcham (Scunthorpe United)
Andrew Williams (Yeovil Town), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)

The full list of Yeovil Town nominations for the 2011-12 season is as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).
9) 18/02/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Colchester United).
10) 03/03/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Brentford).


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5 March 2012 : Tranmere Opt For More Of Moore
League One side Tranmere Rovers have reappointed Ronnie Moore as the man to succeed Les Parry, who was sacked yesterday, following a run of one win in 19 matches. This is the 59 year old's fourth spell at Prenton Park, having served eight years as a player in the 1970s at the start of his career as a centre-half who was converted later into a centre-forward.

He neatly bookended his playing career by returning to Tranmere in 1986, getting a taste for management as a two month spell as caretaker manager whilst still playing for the club. However, his first proper spell in charge of the Wirral side came after he had steered Rotherham United to a double promotion across the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons, taking them up into the Championship. He had spent one fairly mediocre season with Oldham Athletic before his third spell with Tranmere began in 2006.

At the tail end of his third season, Moore took Tranmere to within two minutes of the play-offs - conceding a late equaliser to Scunthorpe United on the final game of the 2008-09 season, with the Iron eventually getting promotion themselves. Moore was surprisingly fired by Chairman Peter Johnson that summer, with a club statement at the time citing falling crowds at the club as the catalyst for the change:

"Attendances have dropped by more than 19 per cent during the last three years and the club felt that now is the right time to move forward in a new direction."

Tranmere's solution was to go for the high profile appointment of John Barnes and Jason McAteer to woo the neighbouring Scouse folk into Prenton Park. That decision was an unqualified disaster, with the pair only lasting two months before club physio Les Parry had to bail them out. Still at least the Tranmere board's decision to sack Moore on the basis of falling attendances must have worked? Not quite - the 5,820 in Moore's final season was followed up by 5,670 turning up in 2009-10 and 5,467 in 2010-11, whilst this season they're down to 4,935.

So here we are, back to square one, and Moore has been given the job until the end of the 2011-12 season, with Parry's backroom staff of assistant manager Kevin Summerfield and first team coach John McMahon retained as they attempt to recover from their current run of form that leaves them dangling in 19th place in the League One Table and just one point from safety.


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5 March 2012 : Pitman Continues A Bad Week For Physios-Turned-Managers
The last day or two has not been good for physios wanting to try their hand at first team management. Hot on the heels of Les Parry losing his job at Tranmere Rovers, another club physio who moved up the ranks has lost his job. Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jamie Pitman has been sacked by League Two strugglers Hereford United, despite winning his last game in charge on Saturday - a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon.

It would appear that Pitman's fate was pre-determined regardless of what he did over the weekend, given that the Bulls plan to announce his replacement later today. Pitman's side had not won in their preceding seven matches, leaving them dangerously close to the trap door in 21st place, and two points above the safety line. The move to fire Pitman will be an expensive one, given that he had a deal running until the summer of 2013, having been rewarded with a new deal after keeping them afloat at the end of last season.

Jamie had been in charge since October 2010, having returned to Edgar Street for a third spell in August 2008 as their club physio, following two spells there as a player. In between that, he'd had two spells working under Colin Lippiatt, first at Yeovil Town between 1998 and 2000, and then at Woking when Lippiatt left Huish Park. He has also had a spell as an assistant manager at Forest Green Rovers, just prior to hanging up his playing boots.

His record at Hereford saw him gain 22 wins and 26 draws from his 80 matches in charge at Edgar Street. General speculation at the Bulls end is that they will replace him with Richard O'Kelly, who was assistant manager under Graham Turner for a couple of years, and also has coaching experience at Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers, currently holding a position at Walsall.


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5 March 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town go on the road for the first of two away matches, with Milton Keynes Dons their opponents. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide to the stadium and the surrounding area, including ticketing, travel, pub guide and such like, can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Trip To Bournemouth.

Link: Hartlepool Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offers For Six Yeovil Town Matches.


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4 March 2012 : Tranmere Sack Parry After 21 Years At Prenton Park
League One side Tranmere Rovers have confirmed that they have sacked manager Les Parry, following a fairly dismal run of form. Yesterday, fairly widespread rumours swept the Wirral that the long serving club physio had been shown the door, although it's taken 24 hours for that to be confirmed.

Parry had been at Prenton Park since 1991 in a backroom capacity before being given the first team manager's job in October 2009, following Tranmere's ill-fated high profile appointment of John Barnes and Jason McAteer as a supposed route to success. The 54 year old salvaged the wreckage that Barnes had left behind, and steered Tranmere out of relegation, and has since gone on to manage them for 131 fixtures.

A true local lad - born in Birkenhead - he obtained a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University for research into sporting injuries whilst still learning the ropes with Rovers. All seemed to be going swimmingly well this season, when with 15 matches gone, Parry had his side at the dizzy heights of 6th in the League One table.

Since then, disaster has struck - eleven games without a win, and only one in 19 matches has seen them slide down the League One table as far as 19th, after Saturday's 1-0 defeat against bottom four side Chesterfield.

Tranmere's club statement was somewhat late and even briefer given how much time they'd had to prepare for a badly kept secret:

"Tranmere Rovers announces that the Club has parted company with Manager Les Parry. A further statement will follow shortly."

Parry himself had by this time already broken the news to the Liverpool Daily Post admitting that although he was prepared to carry on, he was not too surprised at Chairman Peter Johnson's decision:

"I have been in the game long enough to know I was on a sticky wicket with the way results have been going. I wanted to carry on. I have got us out of this kind of situation on two occasions before. In fact we were in a worse position than this in the last two seasons and I would would like to have done it a third time. But this time we were on a poor run and the chairman felt he needed to do something to break the sequence. I have the greatest respect ofor Peter Johnson personally and professionally and I wish Tranmere every success. They will always be in my heart."

At present, Tranmere have not stated who will be in charge of their League One match on Tuesday night home fixture against Notts County, nor indicated the chances of Parry reverting to his former physio role at the club.

Meanwhile former Southampton, Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dave Jones was appointed as Sheffield Wednesday's new manager just before the weekend. Having managed over 700 matches in professional football, the 55 year old kicked off his Owls career with a draw against bottom four side Rochdale.


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4 March 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Brentford Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Brentford Home Game.


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4 March 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Brentford Interview
Just before yesterday's home match against Brentford kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that pre-kick-off chat can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Brentford.


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4 March 2012 : Ladies Havant Got A Match Today
Just when you're geared up for a possible league title decider; it gets postponed. Yeovil Town Ladies have had their South West Combination Women's Football League top of the table clash against Havant and Waterlooville called off due to a waterlogged pitch. This means that with four games remaining of the 2011-12 season, the Glovers have still not managed to play their main league rivals in a fixture. The Westleigh Park pitch was deemed to be unplayable this morning due to heavy overnight rain, thankfully stopping the Glovers from travelling.

A new date will need to be arranged. In the meantime the Ladies do now have new dates for two of their other outstanding matches. They will travel to play Newquay Ladies on March 11th, whilst their home fixture against the University of Portsmouth will take place at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on March 25th.

Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have also had their away match against Cheltenham Town Ladies called off for the same reason.


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3 March 2012 : Johnson Wants His Team To Do The Talking
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his team needed to be more vocal out on the pitch this afternoon, in order to impose themselves on the game. Trailing at the break through a Sam Saunders free kick, the Glovers came back to record a 2-1 win over Brentford at Huish Park, thanks to two goals from Andy Williams.

Speaking after the game to BBC Somerset, the Glovers boss felt that his team had been too quiet during the first half, allowing the Bees to take control of the match. He explained that his half time team talk was about telling his players to be more extrovert out on the pitch, rather than waiting until they got in the dressing room to voice their concerns:

"We had to have a lot of say at half-time because they weren't saying anything. I was a bit annoyed, because a few of them came in and said 'Come on lads, we've got to do better than that' and yet they've done no speaking out whilst they were on the pitch. I was able to use that to the staff's advantage, to say look, that isn't good enough - in so many words! To be fair to them, like they do, they can respond, and they did respond."

Yeovil's fourth consecutive home win lifted them up to 17th place in the League One table, and although they are far from safe from relegation, the win allowed them to keep a buffer between them and the bottom four. Johnson added that once his side did impose themselves on the game, they managed to nullify Brentford's threats as well:

"That was a massive result, because as you can see, Brentford are decent, and if you don't play, then they look a strong side. But if you can play, then we don't need to fear anybody. We had a lot more chances during the second half, whereas in the first half, unfortunately we were just out there. We've got to start playing for 90 minutes and then maybe we'll see what a good team we are."


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3 March 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brentford
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Brentford 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 Brentford.


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3 March 2012 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 1 : Another Day, Another Willo Double!
Yeovil Town came from behind yet again this afternoon, to secure their fourth consecutive home victory under Gary Johnson. Their 2-1 win over Brentford at times looked unlikely as the West Londoners dominated the first half and held the lead through a Sam Saunders free kick. However half time team talks seem to be Johnson's thing, and Andy Williams equalised four minutes after the break, before scoring his 12 goal of the season three minutes from time, when his shot was deflected into his own net by Leon Legge to give Yeovil all three points, and lift them up to 17th in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up; all of them in the central positions. Out went Richard Hinds and Bondz N'Gala, with club captain Paul Huntington coming back into the side after his four match ban, partnering Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Grounds in the centre. In central midfield there was also a pair of changes, with Dean Parrett and Dominic Blizzard brought in for Ed Upson and Lawson D'Ath, with the latter becoming the club's "sixth loan" and thus sitting in the stand.

Andy Williams threatened early on, when his burst through the middle saw a ball go across the face of the box, with Dean Parrett running in, but overall Yeovil didn't start too well. The visitors got to most of the second balls, and began to control midfield well. Clayton Donaldson forced Sam Walker into making a strong save, then five minutes later Adam Thompson's shot was parried out by Walker, with Luke Ayling doing well to prevent Gary Alexander's rebound shot from going over the line as he covered Walker's position.

Brentford deserved to take the lead, but not in the manner that they managed to. Referee Roger East was having a rather baffling first half, and he judged Dean Parrett's ball-winning challenge on Niall McGinn to be worthy of a free kick. Up stepped Sam Saunders, leaving Glovers goalkeeper Sam Walker wrong footed as the ball landed in the back of the net for what appeared to be a fairly soft goal - one for the TV replay to decide whether the ball took any deflection on the way in.

Following the goal, the Bees gained control of the game. Feeling that his team weren't controlling the midfield, Ed Upson was restored to the starting line-up, with Dean Parrett looking a little sorry for himself as he was replaced just 34 minutes into the match. Apart from Andy Williams, none of the four attacking players were getting into the match, with Gavin Williams, Jonathan Franks and Jonathan Obika seeing very little of the ball. The half time break was undoubtedly needed.

The players were sent out early, with Darren Way putting the players through their paces in an obvious attempt to liven things up. Four minutes into the second period, Gary Johnson got the half time response that he wanted. Ed Upson's through ball was found by Andy Williams, and the striker turned and muscled his way past a pair of Brentford defenders, before curling the ball into the top corner, with a superb 20 yard curled shot. 1-1 and game back on!

Williams could have added to his personal tally twice shortly after that equalising goal, as he broke through twice - once firing over the bar, and another seeing goalkeeper Simon Moore making a save. Yeovil then had appeals for a penalty turned down, as Leon Legge clearly handled inside his own box, as his outstretched hand controlled the ball after it rebounded off his leg. Referee Roger East decided it was ball-to-hand and accidental, and so waved for play to continue.

Midway through the second period, the Glovers had to reorganise as left-back Nathan Jones collapsed with an ankle injury, and immediately signalled for the bench. On came Richard Hinds, with Jonathan Grounds moving into his more regular full-back position. Brentford perhaps were edging the game in the closing stages as they made their own double substitution to try to claim all three points.

However, Andy Williams has already grabbed a late winner in a home match before, having grabbed the winner against Tranmere Rovers in Gary Johnson's opening home match in charge. He received the ball from Jonathan Franks, and ran through on goal before firing the ball towards the target. Bees defender Leon Legge stuck out a boot to block the shot, and the ball span and slowly rolled into the back of the net - possibly an own goal, but given Williams will want his 12th of the season, and Legge won't want his name on the scoresheet, it will doubtless stand as a Willo winner.

There was no chance for Brentford to hit back, even if they bombed a few balls into the box in the hope of making the last three minutes count. Not the best of performances by the Glovers across the 90 minutes, but three points will be the only thing that will matter in the end. That lifts them back to three points clear of the drop, and up to 17th place in the League One table, as Tranmere Rovers continue their slide down the table with defeat at Chesterfield. With Scunthorpe hammering Wycombe, and Rochdale, Exeter and Walsall all drawing, the majority of Yeovil's rivals continue to pick up points, but with 36 points on the board, probably another 5 wins in their remaining 13 fixtures ought to see off whatever those challengers below them end up doing.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1.

Scorers: Sam Saunders (0-1, 25 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 49 mins), Andy Williams (2-1, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 17. Jonathan Grounds 3. Nathan Jones
16. Jonathan Franks 22. Dean Parrett 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala (90 mins for Jonathan Franks) 8. Ed Upson (34 mins for Dean Parrett) 12. Michael Woods 28. Richard Hinds (59 mins for Nathan Jones)

Brentford:
31. Simon Moore
23. Adam Thompson 32. Leon Legge 25. Harlee Dean 3. Craig Woodman
7. Sam Saunders 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Adam Forshaw 18. Niall McGinn
29. Gary Alexander 9. Clayton Donaldson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Lee (GK) 6. Pim Balkestein (90 mins for Adam Thompson) 10. Saido Berahino (77 mins for Sam Saunders) 19. Harry Forrester (77 mins for Clayton Donaldson) 24. Jake Bidwell

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 42 mins).

Brentford Bookings: Jonathan Douglas (timewasting, 76 mins).

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth Official: Unknown.

Attendance: 3,930 (including 495 Brentford fans).


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3 March 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One match against Brentford. The Glovers welcome back club captain Paul Huntington to the starting line-up, after he spent the whole of February sat in the stands, serving a four match ban. He will partner Jonathan Grounds at the heart of the defence, with both Bondz N'Gala and Richard Hinds being dropped after a fairly significant horror show of defending at Carlisle last weekend.

Central midfield also gets the same treatment. Reading midfielder Lawson D'Ath becomes the "sixth loan", as he drops out of the squad, whilst there's a surprise as Ed Upson lands on the bench. Dominic Blizzard and Dean Parrett come into the centre.

On the bench, Curtis Haynes-Brown is the other player who drops out of the squad today. This afternoon's line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 17. Jonathan Grounds 3. Nathan Jones
16. Jonathan Franks 22. Dean Parrett 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 8. Ed Upson 12. Michael Woods 28. Richard Hinds

Brentford:
31. Simon Moore
23. Adam Thompson 32. Leon Legge 25. Harlee Dean 3. Craig Woodman
7. Sam Saunders 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Adam Forshaw 18. Niall McGinn
29. Gary Alexander 9. Clayton Donaldson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Lee (GK) 6. Pim Balkestein 10. Saido Berahino 19. Harry Forrester 24. Jake Bidwell


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3 March 2012 : Bournemouth vs Youth Team Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this morning against AFC Bournemouth in a Youth Alliance League match. In a game played at New Milton FC, the Dorset side passed the ball around quickly and deserved to win, eventually coming out on top by a 5-2 scoreline. Yeovil's goals came from a Mitch Brundle penalty, with an unnamed trialist grabbing the other goal.

One of the positives from the match was that Lloyd Matthews, who has recently been on loan at Frome Town, made his comeback from a knee injury. Lloyd came on as a substitute during the final 10 minutes of the match, having resumed training at the start of this week.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Under-18s 5 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.


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3 March 2012 : Adam Stansfield Merchandise On Sale At The Game
As part of Saturday's home match against Brentford at Huish Park, a group of Business Students from Yeovil College will be doing their bit to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. Look out for them before the game - they plan to set themselves up close to the Beer Tent - and they will be able to offer you merchandise on sale, including Adam Stansfield Wristbands.

As usual, all money raised will go direct to the foundation, so get your loose change ready, and look out for them at the match.
Look out for Adam Stansfield Foundation Merchandise on sale today
Look out for Adam Stansfield Foundation Merchandise on sale today around the Brentford match



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2 March 2012 : Gary Previews The Brentford Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's thoughts on the game can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Brentford.


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2 March 2012 : Mad March Match Marathon : Downloadable Fixture Poster
The month of March 2012 sees everything related to Yeovil Town start to get very busy indeed. Starting with tomorrow's home game against Brentford, there are eight matches scheduled to be played - four at home and four away. In addition to the away trips that take us to Milton Keynes Dons, Oldham Athletic, Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth, there are four games staged at Huish Park. All-in-all eight matches in 29 days.

Tomorrow's match against Brentford is followed ten days later by the rearranged game against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday 13th. That following Saturday, we have another potential six-pointer against Walsall (17th) and finally a game against Hartlepool United (24th), which carries a Kids For A Quid Offer.

For those four home matches, there is a new Fixtures Poster that can be downloaded. The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: March 2012 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: March 2012 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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2 March 2012 : Early Team News For The Brentford Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson welcomes back two of his missing players for tomorrow's home League One game against Brentford. The return of club captain Paul Huntington and loan midfielder Dean Parrett presents a conundrum for the boss, in that he will almost certainly be needing to shuffle out some of the sixteen players from last weekend's squad that travelled to Carlisle United.

The return of club captain Paul Huntington from a four game suspension almost certainly means a change to the starting line-up, with Richard Hinds and Bondz N'Gala doubtless wondering what effect that might have upon their place in the side. Huntington did not play at all during the month of February, although Johnson said earlier this week he believed the 24 year old's fitness levels were very good. He's told BBC Somerset that keeping the captain's involvement in the side was also important:

"I think it's very important to have him back and available for selection. Hunts wanted to come to the games, and that always augers well, because you can see what's going on, you're part of it, and the lads don't feel you've left them high and dry. So mentally he's been a part of it, and that will help him if we need to bring him back into the team. He will be ready, able and willing - that's for sure."

The Glovers also welcome back Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett, who went back to White Hart Lane for ten days for treatment on a bruised knee. That meant that he missed last weekend's trip to Carlisle, but Johnson confirmed that he was fit and available for selection:

"Deano looks very fit. He's certainly ready mentally, and all he needs now is to be selected. But I'm pleased with our spirit at the moment. We haven't got a group of lads that feel like they're in trouble. That's the most important thing."

Johnson can also call upon striker Steve MacLean, after Cheltenham Town decided against completing a loan move for the 29 year old. MacLean has missed a number of days training this week due to illness though, and so the most he's likely to do is to grab a spot on the bench. Midfielder Michael Woods got through 90 minutes in midweek, meaning that he is closer to being ready for League One football.

That means the only two definite absentees this weekend are left-back Kelly Youga and striker Kieran Agard. Youga's continuing absence with an Achilles problem is causing Johnson frustration, and he is unlikely to figure in the immediate future, whilst Agard sits out the middle game in a three match ban.

The only other dilemma the Glovers boss faces is which of his loan players to leave out of the squad. Parrett's return means that he now has six people borrowed from other clubs. Football League rules mean that he can only select five of them, meaning that one of left-back Jonathan Grounds, right-winger Jonathan Franks, midfielder Lawson D'Ath, striker Jonathan Obika or Parrett himself, will need to sit in the stands - given that goalkeeper Sam Walker is a certainty to start.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford.


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1 March 2012 : Woods Fitness Heading In The Right Direction
Yeovil Town midfielder Michael Woods believes he is gradually regaining his match fitness, despite having spent over a year out of first team football. The former Chelsea player has signed for the Glovers on non-contract terms after a short trial with the club, and played through 90 minutes of football in Tuesday night's Reserve Team match against Clevedon Town in the County Cup.

The 21 year old admits to BBC Somerset that he is still not entirely match fit, but having played in a practice match last week as well, he feels he is taking steps in the right direction:

"I've felt better. I'm still not quite there, but I think that when you do feel 100 percent fit, then the performances obviously match that. But as I've said, I'm getting there. I've got another few days hard training in. The gaffer, Darren (Way) and the back-room staff have been great in trying to get that work into me. I'm getting there and edging my way to try to get into that first team. I've got two 90 minutes under my belt now. I played one about ten days ago, and then I've had about ten days training."

Of the midweek match itself, Woods felt that the team as a whole did not perform as well as they should have, and by the time they did wake up to the threats the home side posed, Clevedon were able to close out the game and stop the Glovers creating good chances:

"I felt better (against Clevedon) although the pitch was heavy. It was a poor first half, and I thought it was a sloppy goal that we gave away early on. in the second half, There were some harsh words at half time, which I think we needed. We dominated the second half, and with that little bit more quality in the final third, I think we'd get the goal. But obviously they held out in the final 10 minutes to make it difficult for us."


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1 March 2012 : Gary's Post-Clevedon Interview
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Clevedon Town in the Somerset Premier Cup, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about other subjects such as Paul Huntington and Kelly Youga, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Clevedon.


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1 March 2012 : Town Council Show Strength Of Feelings On Club Plans
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town Council and Brympton Parish Council delivered their verdicts on Yeovil Town Football Club's plans to build a new Food Store at Huish Park. Whilst their views merely provide a recommendation back to South Somerset District Council, they will no doubt be highly influential in the final outcome that SSDC deliver as part of the proposals, which involve around six acres of land behind the Copse Terrace end of the stadium.

This week's Western Gazette gives an idea of the strength of feeling within the Yeovil Town Council; the headline Huish Park Supermarket Plan Branded 'Diabolical' By Town Leaders - the article quotes various councillors as claiming the plans would "drag the heart out of the town" whilst one said of the projected traffic issues "That is horrendous. It is going to cause diabolical mayhem. It is totally rubbish" - citing that a projected additional 568 vehicles per hour would be passing over the 'Asda' roundabout at the foot of Western Avenue. They record six councillors voting against the proposals and one councillor abstaining on the vote.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry isn't throwing in the towel on the project, despite the strength of feeling expressed at the meeting. He told the Gazette that the club would continue to work with SSDC in an attempt to overcome the problems:

"We were extremely surprised and disappointed with the views. However, the club remains committed and determined to work constructively with South Somerset District Council and all other parties to secure a successful outcome to our development proposals. These proposals are vital for the future of the football club, our supporters and the wider community."

What seems clear, is that the club have got a large number of obstacles to overcome if they are to persuade the various councils that their plans are viable. The emotive language used by the councillors to describe the plans suggest that many of those views are very deep-seated. Furthermore consideration will need to be given towards alternative solutions and compromises if they are to address those concerns raised. It should be stressed that SSDC have the final decision on the plans, but it is unlikely that they would fly in the face of the Town and Parish Councils without evidence that those representatives have been pacified.


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1 March 2012 : Johnson: Some Players Didn't Do Themselves Any Favours
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was disappointed with the effort put in by a number of unnamed individuals during Tuesday night's Somerset Premier Cup quarter-final exit. The Glovers side that lost 1-0 against Clevedon Town included a number of players from the club's Centre of Excellence side, with eleven out of the sixteen players coming from outside the club's professional ranks.

Of those eleven, seven of them got onto the pitch, with many being possible candidates for professional contracts for next season and beyond. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said that although a couple impressed him, a number didn't do themselves any favours, particularly given how many of the club's coaching staff and officials were watching the game:

"I thought two or three of the kids tried hard, but three or four of them didn't. We'll have a little chat with them and we'll see why. The thing is, those young kids have got all the staff there; me and Terry (Skiverton), Darren (Way), Jonesy (Nathan Jones). The Chief Executive (Martyn Starnes) was there and a director. So they've all come to watch the game, and you'll get every chance to impress if you're good enough, or if you want to impress if you've got it in you. But a few haven't done themselves any favours, and one or two have."

Yesterday afternoon, those players from the Under-18s side who didn't take to the pitch at Clevedon, along with those who weren't in that squad, all travelled up to Berkshire to play Reading in a friendly match. The Youth Team lost 2-1, with Mitch Brundle scoring direct from a free kick. Gary Johnson was one of the spectators at that match, meaning that with one exception, the Glovers boss has now seen all of the Under-18s squad play in the past 48 hours. Of the one player he hasn't seen perform, Lloyd Matthews is back in training following his knee injury, but was not risked for either game.


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