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31 March 2013 : February 2013 Man Of The Match Results Compendium : Part One
Three more Man of the Match results from February 2013 can now be revealed, covering the first three matches of that calendar month. The poll results from Brentford (home), Coventry City (away), Preston North End (home) are shown below, with all three games ending up with maximum points.

The figures for the individual matches show the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

February 2nd : Home vs Brentford (Won 3-0).

1 Marek Stech 422 (29)
2 Daniel Burn 394 (24)
3 Joe Edwards 198 (11)
4 Ed Upson 96 (4)
5 Byron Webster 86 (5)
6 Paddy Maden 82 (3)
7 Jamie McAllister 38 (0)
8 Sam Foley 34 (2)
9 Luke Ayling 32 (1)
10 Kevin Dawson 26 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.47
Performance: 8.56
Entertainment: 8.38
VOTES RECEIVED: 79

February 9th : Away vs Coventry City (Won 1-0).

1 Daniel Burn 246 (16)
2 Marek Stech 206 (15)
3 Paddy Madden 126 (6)
4 Joe Edwards 90 (4)
5 Kevin Dawson 86 (4)
6 Byron Webster 60 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 32 (2)
8 Ed Upson 12 (1)
9 Sam Foley 12 (0)
10 Dominic Blizzard 6 (0)
11 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.78
Performance: 7.96
Entertainment: 7.59
VOTES RECEIVED: 49

February 12th : Home vs Preston North End (Won 3-1).

1 Luke Ayling 422 (37)
2 Paddy Madden 100 (3)
3 Joe Edwards 94 (3)
4 Daniel Burn 92 (3)
5 Ed Upson 70 (3)
6 Byron Webster 60 (2)
7 Marek Stech 56 (1)
8 James Hayter 28 (1)
8 Lewis Young 28 (1)
10 Jamie McAllister 24 (1)
11 Nathan Ralph 18 (0)
12 Kevin Dawson 14 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.21
Performance: 8.25
Entertainment: 8.18
VOTES RECEIVED: 56


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31 March 2013 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Easter Monday, 1st April, at Meadow Lane with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Fred Graham (Essex). He's had a few mixed performances, although thankfully the lesser ones are back in the mists of time, and when you've had a referee eleven times there's going to be a few occasions where you ended up grumbling about him.

Our most recent meeting was for the December 2012 away game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. He raised a yellow card six times during the game, with four of those against Pompey players. Our main gripe was that we felt that Adam Webster's recklessly late tackle on Gavin Williams just before the half time break could easily have been a straight red card - instead a yellow was waved. The Western Gazette were rather more critical of him, saying that it was "surprising that his inconsistent refereeing did not lose control of the game on a tough surface. Failed to punish crunching tackles but pounced on innocuous challenges".

The four meetings prior to that involving him were fairly anonymous - albeit with two of them being end of season games that didn't mean too much to the Glovers. The most recent of that group was the October 2011 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth that saw us come out with a 3-2 defeat. Not much to complain about there in terms of the officiating as we were too busy grumbling about the defending. He issued just one booking that night, despite a 90th minute spot of handbags sparked by a Glovers penalty appeal that could have seen cards dished out.

Before that, Mr Graham was there for the February 2010 trip to Charlton Athletic - a 2-0 defeat where it was largely poor shooting by the Glovers that cost them. Prior to that was the final match of the 2008-09 season - a home match against Colchester United where Chris Weale didn't have one of his better games, but Mr Graham didn't have too much to do.

We had him for the final match of the 2007-08 Season at Nottingham Forest, which we lost 3-2 at the City Ground. Here we weren't too happy with a controversial free kick that brought Forest their third crucial goal, with Terry Skiverton pulled up for a dubious foul. Forest weren't complaining as it brought them the slice of good fortune they needed to gain promotion from League One.

We also had Mr Graham twice more during the 2007-08 season. In the December 2007 home game against AFC Bournemouth, his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones for an on-the-line handball was a fairly easy decision to make.

However, in the September 2007 trip to Brighton and Hove Albion he managed to cause significant controversy. A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. We then had him for the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife.

The records show that Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern and southern counties away games, but a rare trip to Huish Park was made in August 2004, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, which was his first Football League match involving the Glovers - way back then, we didn't mention him at all.

Mr Graham will be assisted by David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Danny Gratton (Staffordshire).

Link: December 2012 : Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2010 : Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Link: May 2008 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: September 2007 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


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31 March 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town hit the road, as they travel to play Notts County at Meadow Lane. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to the city, the football ground and the surrounding area has been tweaked, with the latest ticketing, travel, pub information, parking and other such associated stuff. Access it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.


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31 March 2013 : Kevin Dawson's Views On The Walsall Game
Following the 0-0 draw against Walsall on Friday afternoon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kevin's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Walsall.


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30 March 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Highlights
Whilst you'll get a chance to view brief highlights on the Football League Show tonight, the Sky Sports website is already carrying highlights of Friday afternoon's game. View the 0-0 draw against Walsall via the link below, and make up your mind whether James Hayter should have been awarded a penalty, via the link below. They unfortunately don't show the late incident involving Dan Burn that could also have led to a spot kick.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Highlights.


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30 March 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Home Interview
Just before yesterday afternoon's home match against Walsall kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on Angelo Balanta's arrival, the Saddlers as play-off rivals, and playing budgets can be read via the link below.

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


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30 March 2013 : Westley Given Stevenage Job For Third Time
League One side Stevenage have appointed Graham Westley as their new manager. The 45 year old has only been out of work for six weeks, having been sacked by Preston North End last month. He therefore returns to the job that he left in January 2012 for Deepdale, and takes up the reins at Broadhall Way for a third occasion, having also managed them between 2003 and 2006.

Westley replaces the man who replaced him at Stevenage in January 2012, with Gary Smith spending just 14 months in charge of the club. He inherits a side that are in a safe 15th place slot in the League One table but have been in a relative slide in recent weeks.

Yeovil Town travel to play Stevenage on Saturday 13th April, and therefore we will experience our fourth match of Westley's spoiling tactics so far this season, having already played Preston North End three times during 2012-13.


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30 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Walsall on Friday afternoon at Huish Park, 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 post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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29 March 2013 : Youth Team Rearrange Gulls Fixture
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their home match against Torquay United Under-18s rearranged. The match had been called off due to a waterlogged pitch on March 16th, but has now been rearranged. The match will be played on Easter Monday, 1st April at the usual Alvington venue, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off.

Barring any friendly matches, this will be the final match of the 2012-13 season for the Youth Team. The Alvington venue is situated behind the Airfield Tavern, just off Bunford Lane. Admission is free of charge, with supporters welcome to attend.

Football League Youth Alliance South-West Division Fixtures:
Hereford United v Bristol Rovers (Saturday)
Swindon Town v Plymouth Argyle (Saturday)
Yeovil Town v Torquay United (Monday)


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29 March 2013 : Johnson's Concern For Glovers Form
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson expressed concern this afternoon, after his team extended their run of weak form to just one win in eight matches. Although the Glovers have only lost two of those eight games, they have stuttered somewhat, and remain narrowly out of the play-offs in seventh place - a far cry from the eight League wins in a row they established earlier in the year.

This afternoon's 0-0 draw against Walsall was thankfully not particularly damaging, given that a defeat for sixth placed Tranmere Rovers meant that the Glovers ended up a point closer to one of their main rivals, and with a game in hand. However, speaking after the match to BBC Somerset, Johnson said that a game in hand was only truly useful if you had the form to capitalise on that advantage:

"We've got to worry about our form. That's because you can have a game in hand but if your form is not quite there, then that game in hand doesn't mean anything. So we've got to work very hard and the players have got to work very hard to get their form back and to get their mental toughness back. That's what they've got to do. They can only do that themselves. It's that self-motivation, and realising how close they are and bringing out their best game. If they're going to be nervous, then they're not going to be at the next level, and they might not be at this level very long. So we're asking them to bring out their Championship form, because if they are going to go up, then they've got to be Championship level. Certainly today we didn't show that."

On the match itself, both sides ended up more or less where they had been on the morning of the game. Johnson admitted that it was not a great match for the spectator, with few chances, and the second home match in a row that the Yeovil front line had drawn a blank:

"It was disappointing - of course it was, only because we've drawn at home in what was a very important game. I think both teams had done their homework on each other, and they cancelled each other out a little bit. The defences were on top and when you needed a little bit of a spark and somebody to dribble past a couple and feed a good ball in, we didn't do that. To be fair neither did Walsall, really. So it was one of those games that was not really that exciting for the public. It was disappointing, but whether it's disastrous, we'll have to wait and see."

Referee Tim Robinson came in for plenty of stick from the crowd during the match, who felt aggrieved that he did not blow for penalties following apparent fouls on James Hayter and Dan Burn during the second half. Gary felt that the match official, who has only this season been promoted to Football League level, was very good at giving the small decisions, but far less willing to give ones that would have influenced the game:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."


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29 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Walsall
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Walsall at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 March 2013 : Yeovil 0 Walsall 0 : Stalemate As Play-Off Contenders Cancel Each Other Out
Yeovil Town and Walsall cancelled each other out at Huish Park this afternoon, as they drew 0-0 in a tight encounter. After all the hype of Paddy Madden vs Will Grigg, it was largely midfielders and defenders who were on top in a game of few chances. Referee Tim Robinson was one of the key figures on the pitch, twice denying the Glovers penalty appears as James Hayter and Dan Burn appeared to be fouled by Paul Downing and Andy Butler respectively. The end result probably does neither side too many favours although both sides remain 7th and 8th as they started at the beginning of the day.

The Glovers went into the game performing a bit of midfield shuffling as Queens Park Rangers loanee Angelo Balanta made his debut for the club out on the left wing. With Dominic Blizzard out injured, that meant that Kevin Dawson moved into the centre, whilst Sam Foley moved onto the right flank. Otherwise the other change saw Matthew Dolan added to the squad as a substitute, following the restart of his loan spell at the club.

Walsall started as the better side, albeit without being particularly clinical. Joe Edwards had a shot blocked by a defender, whilst Dan Burn headed wide, whilst Ed Upson had one of his traditional distance shots go wide of the target, but these were in truth half chances for the Glovers. At the other end, Febian Brandy brought out the first proper save of the day, as Marek Stech had to palm the ball away, with Luke Ayling hacking the loose ball clear.

In the closing stages of the half, a weak punch by Walsall keeper Sam Johnstone saw the ball fall loose to Dan Burn, but he fired wide of the target. But then Saddlers wide man Jamie Paterson had two opportunities to open the scoring - first firing wide of the target, and then seeing a later attempt blocked by James Hayter of all people, who was close to the goal-line covering for Marek Stech after the keeper's punch from a corner had landed in the path of the Saddlers player. 0-0 at the break though rather summed up the game.

The second period started as the first one had, with Walsall getting a mild upper hand, but without too much to worry about. Sam Mantom and Craig Westcarry had shots on goal blocked by the Yeovil defence who were doing a fairly methodical job on stopping Marek Stech getting too far involved, apart from punched and catches from set pieces.

But then came three key moments that could have seen the balance of the match change. First James Hayter appeared to be felled by Paul Downing as he collided with him in the box, with referee Tim Robinson doing nothing about the challenge. Then winger Angelo Balanta fizzed a ball across the face of the box that needed just a touch on it from Hayter or Madden to convert, only to find it evading both and heading through the area. In the closing stages, there was a second loud penalty appeal as Andy Butler and Dan Burn got involved in a spot of wrestling inside the box, with Burn hitting the deck. The only possibility of referee Robinson's thought process would have to be that he couldn't make up his mind who had fouled who, and so decided to do nothing. But in a game of zero bookings, despite numerous questionable tackles, doing nothing appeared to be his tactic of the day.

Walsall had a couple of second half chances around a period in which Marek Stech appeared to be suffering after a couple of body blows from corners. Two half punches threatened to provoke a loose ball that the Saddlers might punch home, but the nearest they came was when their top scorer Will Grigg forced Stech to tip the ball over the bar. That was as close as he got all afternoon, and was subbed shortly afterwards, with a pre-match hamstring problem never quite seeing him put in the sort of performances that have got him eight goals in his last five outings. Then Ed Upson put a free kick over the bar in the 89th minute before four minutes of fairly uneventful injury time passed, leaving both sides pretty much as you were at the start of the day. A frustrating experience, and whilst not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, still leaves the Glovers struggling to work their way back into the League One play-off slots. Seventh they remain, and one point outside they remain, but with one less game to turn over that gap.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 26. Matthew Dolan (63 mins for Sam Foley)

Walsall: (4-2-3-1/4-3-3)
28. Sam Johnstone
25. James Chambers 22. Paul Downing 4. Andy Butler 26. Andy Taylor
7. Adam Chambers 27. Sam Mantom
10. Jamie Paterson 29. Craig Westcarr 12. Febian Brandy
9. Will Grigg

Substitutes:
5. Dean Holden 6. Nicky Featherstone 11. Ashley Hemmings (78 mins for Will Grigg) 14. Ben Purkiss 24. James Baxendale 31. Liam Roberts 33. Romaine Fawyers (87 mins for Craig Westcarr)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Walsall Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 5,594 (including 575 Walsall supporters).


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29 March 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One match against Walsall. New loan signing Angelo Balanta goes straight into the starting line-up and is expected to take up a left-wing slot, with Sam Foley on the right, although theoretically this is interchangeable later in the game. That allows Kevin Dawson to move into the centre, with Dominic Blizzard dropping out of the side through injury.

In addition to Blizzard's absence, the Glovers are also missing Jamie McAllister (suspended), Lewis Young (knee), Jordan Cook (knee) and Wes Fletcher (injured). However, Matthew Dolan's return on loan means that he is able to slot onto the bench.

The team therefore reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 26. Matthew Dolan


Walsall: (4-2-3-1/4-3-3)
28. Sam Johnstone
25. James Chambers 22. Paul Downing 4. Andy Butler 26. Andy Taylor
7. Adam Chambers 27. Sam Mantom
10. Jamie Paterson 29. Craig Westcarr 12. Febian Brandy
9. Will Grigg

Substitutes:
5. Dean Holden 6. Nicky Featherstone 11. Ashley Hemmings 14. Ben Purkiss 24. James Baxendale 31. Liam Roberts 33. Romaine Fawyers


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29 March 2013 : Interview With Angelo Balanta
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's home match against Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's new loan signing Angelo Balanta spoke to the BBC about his arrival on loan from Queens Park Rangers. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin, a briefing on Angelo's career so far, and what he hopes to achieve, can be read via the link below.

Link: Angelo Balanta Speaks To The BBC After He Signed On Loan.


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29 March 2013 : Gary Previews The Walsall Home Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's home match against Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts ahead of the game can be read via the link below.

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


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28 March 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Opposition Form Guide
Saturday afternoon's opponents Walsall have followed a fairly similar path to Yeovil Town throughout the season. Rated by the bookies as mere cannon fodder, and nailed on for relegation, they've gradually built up their from throughout the season, and have quietly sneaked their way into a position Where they could easily grab a play-off position.

Like Yeovil Town, they'd be in a far higher position were it not for a couple of bad parts during the season. When we met them at the Bescot Stadium in mid-December, they'd not won in 13 matches. Yet during 2013, they've lost only once, winning nine out of their 15 matches. They are the reason why Gary Johnson didn't walk away with the January 2013 Manager of the Month award - Saddlers boss Dean Smith did instead.

Again like Yeovil, their rise up the table has been thanks to a striker in fairly incredible form. Will Grigg is a Northern Ireland international who was rejected by Birmingham City as a schoolboy, before being picked up by Walsall's increasingly productive local scouting system. Moving through their Youth ranks, he only scored his first professional goal two years ago, yet is now Paddy Madden's main rival for the League One golden boot, with 18 strikes to his name. Grigg has a minor hamstring strain, and so his availability on Friday may go down to the wire, but they may want to keep him at least on the bench in case he is needed.

They also have able outlets through Jamie Paterson and the pace of Febian Brandy so can not be seen as one man team. More startling is that their club's progress has required little use of the loan system - they currently have just two players borrowed from another club, both signed up during the last week.

Walsall are currently unbeaten since February 2nd, and with Grigg scoring eight goals in his last five outings, they will be a force to be reckoned with. At the December 2012 Bescot Stadium meeting, we got out of jail a little - 2-0 down and deservedly so, to goals from Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg, but in the final 15 minutes, Yeovil started to play a little bit, and goals from Reuben Reid and a last minute Sam Foley strike gave us a point that in all honesty we didn't really deserve. The Glovers will hopefully play better than they did on that day.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Walsall

12/12/1936AwayFAC2D1-1Doncaster
17/12/1936HomeFAC2RL0-1
05/11/1960AwayFAC1W1-0Taylor
16/11/1991HomeFAC1D1-14653Wilson
27/11/1991AwayFAC1RW1-03869Cooper
10/09/2005HomeCCL1W2-15979Jevons 65, Gall 70
03/12/2005AwayFAC2L0-24580
21/03/2006AwayCCL1W2-04464Harrold 24, Davies 33
08/01/2008HomeCCL1L0-24319
09/02/2008AwayCCL1L0-25034
09/08/2008HomeCCL1D1-14518Tomlin 10
28/02/2009AwayCCL1L0-23916
01/12/2009HomeCCL1L1-33508Obika 30
23/02/2010AwayCCL1W1-02929S Williams 5
02/10/2010AwayNPL1W1-03172Virgo 70
12/03/2011HomeNPL1D1-13737A Williams 45
20/08/2011AwayNPL1D1-14247G Williams 42
17/03/2012HomeNPL1W2-13705A Williams 63, 84
15/12/2012AwayNPL1D2-23160Reid 78, Foley 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Walsall

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
23381153310107661821

RECENT RESULTS

26/02/2013Carlisle UnitedAwayNPL1W3-03266Grigg 3, 66, 86
02/03/2013Shrewsbury TownHomeNPL1W3-15496Grigg 30, 54, Westcarr 47
09/03/2013Swindon TownAwayNPL1D2-28407Grigg 32, Paterson 90
12/03/2013Tranmere RoversHomeNPL1W2-03775Grigg 50, Westcarr 57
16/03/2013Crawley TownHomeNPL1D2-25003Grigg 90, Paterson 90
23/03/2013Hartlepool UnitedAwayNPL1D0-03065


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Will Grigg18001019
Jamie Paterson9100010
George Bowerman610007
Febian Brandy600006
James Baxendale400004
Andy Butler300003
Florent Cuvelier200103
Craig Westcarr200002
Ashley Hemmings100102
Sam Mantom200002
Dean Holden200002
Richard Taundry010001
Paul Downing100001
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 5496, vs Shrewsbury Town, 02/03/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 2787, vs Scunthorpe United, 06/11/2012
Average League Attendance: 3902

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 10
Games Without A Home Defeat: 11 Games Without An Away Defeat: 5
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: WWDWWD
Away Results Sequence: LWDWDD Overall Results Sequence: WWDWDD


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28 March 2013 : Loan Transfer Deadline Day Round-Up
The closure of the Emergency Loan transfer window tonight has seen a couple of familiar faces move to League One clubs in ultra-late moves. First up is that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dean Parrett has joined Swindon Town, who have finally had their transfer embargo lifted today, after two months worth of wrangling with the Football League. Parrett has arrived at the County Ground along with Spurs team-mates Nathan Byrne and Massimo Luongo until the end of the season.

Meanwhile Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer has signed for Stevenage until the end of the season. They are currently managerless, with captain Mark Roberts in caretaker charge. However, they are running off a shortlist of three for the permanent job, with Graham Westley claimed to be the front runner. Max worked under Westley at Preston North End so doubtless will know what he's letting himself in for, if it does transpire that he returns as boss for a third spell. Paul Dickov and Paul Buckle are the other two alternatives reported as being in the frame.

Elsewhere, it was a fairly quiet Emergency Loan deadline day. From a Yeovil Town point of view, all deals had already been done, with Angelo Balanta and Matthew Dolan arriving earlier in the week. Relevant highlights that haven't already been covered in today's news, are as follows (via the BBC Sport website):

IN: Akwasi Asante [Birmingham - Shrewsbury] Loan
IN: Federico Bessone [Unattached - Oldham]
IN: Roarie Deacon [Unattached - Stevenage]
IN: Lee Fowler [Burton - Doncaster] Loan
IN: James Hurst [West Brom - Shrewsbury] Loan
IN: Sean McGinty [Manchester United - Tranmere Rovers] Loan
IN: Alex Smith [Fulham - Stevenage] Loan
IN: Kevin Stewart [Tottenham Hotspur - Crewe Alexandra] Loan

OUT: Steve Howard [Hartlepool - Sheffield Wednesday] Loan
OUT: Joe Skarz [Bury - Rotherham] Loan


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28 March 2013 : Marsh-Brown Snapped Up By North London Bees
League Two side Barnet have signed up former Yeovil Town winger Keanu Marsh-Brown on a short-term deal. Having been without a club since his contract was torn up by the Glovers in January 2013, the 20 year old has been training with Notts County and Brentford, albeit without a contract offer landing on the table.

He has now got a deal with Barnet until the end of the 2012-13 season, giving him the opportunity of resurrecting a career that has stuttered somewhat since the tail end of last year.


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28 March 2013 : Saddlers Bring In Loan Midfielder For Tomorrow
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Walsall have brought in a new midfielder just ahead of the closure of the Emergency Loan window today. The deadline for deals passed at 5.00p.m. with the Saddlers recruiting West Bromwich Albion's 21 year old Romaine Sawyers for the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.

He is an attacking midfielder, who is also capable of playing as a deep striker 'in the hole'. He has yet to get onto the pitch for the Baggies first team although has been named in first team squads on matchdays. He has had loan spells with Port Vale (one appearance) and Shrewsbury Town (seven appearances) in League Two during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons respectively.

He will wear the No.33 shirt and will be part of their squad who will travel down to Huish Park for tomorrow's match.


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28 March 2013 : Coventry Points Deduction Confirmed By Football League
The Football League has this afternoon penalised Coventry City for going into administration. As widely expected, the League One side have been deducted 10 points for taking Coventry City Football Club Limited into administration, which the league have ruled is a relevant part of their footballing structure. Their statement reads:

"The Football League can confirm that Coventry City Football Club have been deducted 10 points, in accordance with its rules and regulations. This Sporting Sanction has been implemented with immediate effect. Coventry City have seven days in which to appeal. The League has now begun discussions with the administrator aimed at achieving a sustainable future for the club within The Football League."

The upshot is that Coventry drop from 10th down to 14th - effectively ruling them out of the League One promotion race. The adjusted League One table is shown below.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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28 March 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Officials for tomorrow afternoon's League One match between Yeovil Town and Walsall have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Friday 29th March 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

This official is brand new to the scene, having only been promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012. As such we've only had him once as a referee before. That was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

He's done 24 games this season, with eight of those at League One level. Currently he's dished out 59 bookings and three red cards - pretty low key on the scale of things. His last match was the March 19th Crewe Alexandra win over Milton Keynes Dons in which he red-carded Antony Kay for the third time this season. Not even Karl Robinson complained about the two yellow cards on this occasion.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.


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28 March 2013 : League Publish League One's Top Ten Players
The Football League have today published a Top Ten list of the best players at League One level, following on from Sunday's Football League Awards for 2013. The list is an expanded version of the shortlist that was published earlier this month, raising a few hackles amongst Glovers fans, given that it did not League One's leading goalscorer Paddy Madden in the reckoning.

The expanded list, for the npower League 1 Player of the Year, which has been compiled from votes supplied by other League One managers, does include Madden, albeit as low as eighth on their list, showing that he was a fair way off being named in last Sunday's awards. The Top Ten players are as follows:

1. Matt Ritchie - AFC Bournemouth
2. Alan Judge - Notts County
3. Leon Clarke - Coventry City
4. Luke Murphy - Crewe Alexandra
5. Harry Maguire - Sheffield United
6. Will Grigg - Walsall
7. Harry Arter - AFC Bournemouth
8. Paddy Madden - Yeovil Town
9. Carl Baker - Coventry City
10. Clayton Donaldson - Brentford


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28 March 2013 : Reid Extends His Pilgrimage
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid will stay at League Two side Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. The 24 year old has been down at Home Park for the past two months, but his loan spell was due to expire after the two Easter weekend fixtures.

Argyle have this morning confirmed that they will now be taking him on for the rest of the season. So far he has scored once in eleven outings for the Pilgrims. That one goal came in his last match, as he netted against Southend United, and speaking after that game, Reuben told the Plymouth Evening Herald that his goal drought had been bothering him - praising manager John Sheridan for keeping him in the side:

"It’s nothing I have ever experienced in my career before. You go home after every game and at night, in bed, you ask yourself questions like, ‘What’s going on?’ I have got to hand it to John Sheridan. Apart from Mark Robins at Rotherham I have never had a manager give me an opportunity to play the way he has here. I don’t think I have played badly. I have contributed to team performances but as a striker you are judged by your goals. I have got to give a massive shout-out to the manager who has kept throwing me in there, and eventually you are going to come good."


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28 March 2013 : Johnson: We'll Never Have A Better Chance Than This
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that the football club will never have a better chance of achieving promotion to the Championship than the one that they have right now. With seven matches remaining of the 2012-13 season, the Glovers lie just outside the play-off zone in seventh place, going into tomorrow's key home game against Walsall.

Having stuttered somewhat in their last seven fixtures, with just one win to show for their efforts, the club have slipped out of the crucial places they need to maintain if they are to extend their season beyond the end of April. However, following last weekend's 3-3 draw with Carlisle United, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that a few individual heart-to-heart conversations with his players have convinced him that they still have what it takes to get over the finish line inside the top six:

"The lads have not played bad in the last couple of games, and trust me, we're still in it. We've got some good lads and we've met them individually, as we want to make sure that they're right up for it. I'm more confident than I have been all season, from me talking to the lads - even after me getting right into them. They want to do it - I promise you that they want to do it - and we want to do it. We'll never get a better chance as Yeovil Town Football Club, in our position. I know we've gone seventh, but we're still right in there."

The Glovers boss pointed out that this season was a big opportunity for his players to seize, adding that they might never get another chance like this again to achieve their ambitions:

"Lots of players go through their careers never getting a promotion. They don't get it on their CV, but these lads have got a chance to do that, because I do think that we are one of the best six teams in this league. So anything outside that would be disappointing."

Gary has admitted that he has been spending some of his spare time studying the run-in that some of his League One rivals have, compared to his own. With all sides taking in two fixtures over the Easter weekend, the next four or five days could be the defining moment of many clubs seasons. The Glovers have a couple of tricky sides to face over the weekend, with Walsall visiting Huish Park tomorrow, still harbouring their own promotion ambitions, whilst Easter Monday sees the club travel to play Notts County - a side that based on their playing budget and ambitions might have been expected to be in a better position than their current 11th place slot. They too are unlikely to have entirely given up on their hopes of sneaking into the final play-off position.

Tomorrow sees Doncaster Rovers face a tricky trip to Coventry City, whilst match of the day has to be Tranmere Rovers hosting Sheffield United. Then on Easter Monday, Doncaster Rovers host Swindon Town in a lunchtime Sky Sports televised fixture, followed by Walsall hosting Coventry. With that in mind, Johnson feels that other clubs will be concerned about the quality of opposition they have to play just as much as his team are:

"If you're like me, and you've put all of the fixtures in front of you of all of the different teams that we're competing with, then we've all got difficult games. We do have a good opportunity to get ourselves in that top six and be in the play-offs. We will be very disappointed if we're not."


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28 March 2013 : Coventry Return To The Ricoh Until End Of Season
League One side Coventry City have this morning confirmed that they will see out the 2012-13 season at their Ricoh Arena stadium. Having put the company that runs their lease agreement with stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) into administration earlier this month, the Sky Blues had quit the stadium, moving all their belongings out to their training ground offices. That had led to fears that they would have to play their remaining three home fixtures at an alternative venue - a logistical nightmare, considering the fixture backlogs that many other clubs already have.

Now just over 24 hours before they are due to take on League One leaders Doncaster Rovers, with what would doubtless be a larger-than-usual attendance, they have this morning issued a statement, via their company administrators, confirming that they will now be moving back into the Ricoh Arena - until the end of this season at least:

"Paul Appleton, Joint Administrator for Coventry City FC Ltd and Arena Coventry Ltd are pleased to confirm a deal has been agreed which allows the Club to play the final three home fixtures of the season at the Ricoh Arena."

As yet, there is still no statement, even of an interim nature, from the Football League, concerning whether the Sky Blues will be facing any sporting sanctions for sending one of their companies into administration - with a 10 point deduction the expected outcome.


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27 March 2013 : January 2013 Man Of The Match Results Compendium
With the exception of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the month of January 2013 was a highly successful one, albeit a time in which the football was interrupted by FA Cup matches being played by their intended opposition, plus a spot of bad weather seeing games called off.

Compiling the Man of the Match results from January 2013 into a single group, the following shows the poll results from Leyton Orient (home), Leyton Orient (away, JPT), Sheffield United (away) and Milton Keynes Dons (home) as well as the final January 2013 Player of the Month result.

The figures for the 'Player of the Month' show the percentage of the vote gained across the month. The figures for the individual matches contain the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

Results are as follows:

January 1st 2013 : Home vs Leyton Orient (Won 3-0).

1 Daniel Burn 578 (48)
2 Paddy Madden 510 (25)
3 James Hayter 82 (2)
4 Byron Webster 56 (1)
5 Gavin Williams 54 (1)
6 Jamie McAllister 40 (0)
7 Ed Upson 26 (1)
8 Dominic Blizzard 26 (0)
9 Marek Stech 24 (1)
10 Luke Ayling 10 (0)
11 Richard Hinds 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.81
Performance: 8.10
Entertainment: 7.52
VOTES RECEIVED: 79

January 8th 2013 : Away vs Leyton Orient (Lost 1-0).

1 Gavin Williams 82 (6)
2 Richard Hinds 56 (5)
3 Byron Webster 40 (2)
4 Marek Stech 38 (2)
5 Daniel Burn 16 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 14 (0)
7 Sam Foley 4 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
8 Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.81
Performance: 4.25
Entertainment: 5.38
VOTES RECEIVED: 15

January 12th 2013 : Away vs Sheffield United (Won 2-0).

1 Paddy Madden 238 (21)
2 Daniel Burn 72 (2)
3 Kevin Dawson 64 (1)
4 Byron Webster 58 (2)
5 Ed Upson 20 (1)
6 Matthew Dolan 12 (0)
7 Sam Foley 8 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 6 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 9.11
Performance: 9.56
Entertainment: 8.67
VOTES RECEIVED: 27

January 29th : Home vs Milton Keynes Dons (Won 2-1).

1 Paddy Madden 372 (29)
2 Daniel Burn 110 (5)
3 Ed Upson 102 (6)
4 Kevin Dawson 82 (2)
5 Jamie McAllister 42 (2)
6 Byron Webster 38 (0)
7 Luke Ayling 18 (0)
7 Sam Foley 18 (0)
9 Marek Stech 2 (0)
9 Matthew Dolan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.34
Performance: 8.45
Entertainment: 8.23
VOTES RECEIVED: 44

January 2013 : Player Of The Month (Vote Percentage).

1 Paddy Madden 33.6
2 Daniel Burn 19.2
3 Byron Webster 9.0
4 Gavin Williams 8.7
5 Kevin Dawson 6.0
6 Richard Hinds 5.4
7 Ed Upson 5.0
8 Marek Stech 4.1
9 Jamie McAllister 2.6
10 Luke Ayling 2.4


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27 March 2013 : Dolan Makes Huish Park Loan Return
Yeovil Town have been able to secure a return for Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan ahead of tomorrow's Emergency Loan deadline. The 20 year old had been back at the Riverside Stadium for treatment on an injury that pretty much wiped out the second month of his stay at Huish Park, leaving the Glovers to drop any intentions of extending that deal further.

Manager Gary Johnson said yesterday that he did not expect Dolan to return to the club. However, today it has been confirmed that the Hartlepool-born player has been passed fit by his Championship side and they have now loaned him back to the Glovers until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Dolan made five appearances for the club during his first two months - with pretty much all games coming during that first month spell.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Yeovil Town Statistics.

The Glovers now have six loan players on their books, albeit with two of them out injured. Defender Dan Burn's loan deal was extended until the end of the season during January although we've yet to see how the club manage the issue of him being able to play in any League One play-offs. Other more recent loanees include Vitalijs Maksimenko, Jordan Cook (currently injured), Wes Fletcher (currently injured and loan deal about to expire) and Angelo Balanta.


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27 March 2013 : Johnson Talks About Cook And Fletcher Loans
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has clarified the situation concerning loan strike pair Jordan Cook and Wes Fletcher, who have been borrowed from Charlton Athletic and Burnley respectively. The pair were left out of last Saturday's trip to Carlisle United despite the Glovers being a man short on the substitutes bench at Brunton Park.

Cook's whereabouts was understood - he had a knee injury that was serious enough to see him sent back to The Valley for treatment. Johnson explained the Championship club would diagnose the injury, and then report back to the Glovers on when he would be likely to be fit and available. However, speaking to BBC Somerset yesterday afternoon, he said that he'd yet to hear back either way:

"We don't know as we're still waiting for Charlton to make an assessment. He certainly wouldn't have been available for a couple of weeks anyway. He'd locked his knee and it was just innocuous. It wasn't even a challenge. He jumped up, headed it, came down and suddenly he couldn't bend his leg. So he's gone back and we're not even thinking about him in the next few games."

With Wes Fletcher, it wasn't particularly clear why he was not on the bus to Carlisle, although his month's loan at Huish Park has been largely unproductive, featuring in only one match as a substitute. Johnson explained that he had also suffered an injury, and with his loan deal set to expire over the Easter weekend, that would almost certainly be the last that we would see of him:

"Wes Fletcher has taken a knock as well, so it's a good job that we've brought in Angelo, because we don't want to be caught short after Thursday. His (Fletcher's) loan finishes on April 1st, so I think that with Wes that probably his time is up I would have thought."

With Cook and Fletcher out of action, Johnson's response was to bring in Queens Park Rangers winger/striker Angelo Balanta until the end of the season to boost the numbers in his squad. He admitted that he had to do a spot of arm-twisting in the boardroom to allow that to happen:

"Once again the board have backed us. We're a little bit over our budget, but I managed to convince them that we needed at least one more in again. I gave them the reasons and because they understand, they gave us the okay."

Link: Johnson Talks About Balanta Signing.


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26 March 2013 : Ten Point Deduction Looming For Coventry
League One side Coventry City look likely to be heading for a 10 point deduction, following disclosures made in a High Court hearing in London earlier today. The Sky Blues put Coventry City Football Club Ltd into administration last week, under pressure from their stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) who were pursuing their own legal action over the non-payment of £1.3 million for rent on the Ricoh Arena.

Conflicting statements coming out from various parties since last Thursday's action have made it hard to determine substance over spin. One of the most crucial aspects has been exactly which Coventry City group company owns the Football League's 'golden share' that gives it its membership of the league. This is crucial given that if it resides with the company that has gone into administration, then an automatic ten point penalty would apply.

The situation is not helped by there being two significant companies involved with similar names - Coventry City FC (Holdings) Limited, which is not in administration, and despite its name claims to be the main operating company associated with the day-to-day operations of Coventry City as we know it. Then there is Coventry City Football Club Ltd (CCFC Ltd), which is in administration, and despite the name was claimed last Thursday to be "merely a property subsidiary which owns no material assets and has no employees, on or off the pitch." Although the obvious question on everyone's lips was how could a company with no assets and no operational activities have debts that would require it to go into administration? Today the court heard that the levels of debt stood at around £60 million, described as a 'catastrophic insolvency' and an incredible sum for a company that Coventry had claimed was a non-operational company with no material assets.

Three days ago, administrator Paul Appleton indicated that "solicitors acting for the Club’s holding company have asserted a claim" to the Football League's Golden Share - a surprise to those who had seen previous documentation suggesting that it was still held by CCFC Ltd. Tonight, Mr Appleton has revised his position somewhat, saying that he had received communication from the Football League that disputed that claim:

"CCFC (Holdings) Ltd believe they hold the Golden Share and, as they are not in Administration, should not be deducted 10 points. The Football League believe the Golden Share rests with CCFC Ltd which would potentially mean points being docked. I am continuing my investigation into the matter and, as such, cannot yet comment."

Given that the Football League is run as a Private Members Club, any transfer of membership from Company A to Company B can only be done with the express consent of the League committee, in accordance with the League's constitution. Thus, if CCFC (Holdings) Ltd believe they are the holders of that membership, they would have to prove that the League had approved that change of membership. Barring a significant communications or administration error by the Football League, a ten point deduction would seem the inevitable consequence. Even if Coventry are able to produce such documentation, they may still face a points deduction if the Football League believe the two companies are 'inextricably linked as one economic entity' as was deemed to be the case with Southampton's complex group company structure.

Stadium owners ACL say they have seen documentation from both the League and the Football Association that backs up the revised view from the administrator:

"We are grateful to the Football League for coming back so quickly to our legal team to confirm that the Football League share resides with CCFC Ltd, not CCFC Holdings, as had been suggested previously by the CCFC and the appointed administrator. We are grateful also to the Football Association for its prompt response confirming that the Football Association share resides with CCFC Ltd, not with CCFC Holdings."

The other small matter to resolve, is that Coventry City have vacated the Ricoh Arena, claiming that their move into administration renders their rental agreement with ACL to be null and avoid. Their initial gambit was to move their belongings out to their training ground, effectively leaving them without a stadium to play at. As yet, no alternative stadium has been revealed, although recent noises have pointed to them returning to the Ricoh Arena under a revised short term agreement with ACL to cover them during their period in administration. Coventry are due to play League One leaders Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday, and with that likely to produce an above-average attendance, clearly organising an alternative venue is going to be very problematic at such short notice.

The Football League have yet to confirm any points deduction, but if their view matches that of the Administrator and that of ACL, then it should be days, rather than weeks before the ten point deduction is absolutely confirmed. With Coventry five points outside the play-offs, with six games remaining, any deduction against this season's table would automatically end any hopes they have of competing in the League One play-offs.


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26 March 2013 : History In The Making DVD
Yeovil Town's 10th Anniversary DVD will go on sale in the Huish Park Club Shop from Thursday. Priced at £12.50, the four-hour, two-disc presentation replays the moments leading up to the moment that the club won the 2002-03 Conference title, thus gaining them promotion to the Football League.

Much of the footage has been put together using archive recordings from former Youth Team manager Stuart Housley, who regularly used a camera around the first team squad on matchdays during that season, thus charting a 'diary' view of the proceedings. The footage includes access to the dressing room, the board room, the training ground and of course on the pitch, including the celebrations of some of the big days.

Entitled 'History In The Making' you should be able to purchase it from the club from Thursday 28th March.

Link: Three Glovers Tenth Anniversary Plans Announced.


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26 March 2013 : Johnson Talks About Balanta Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that new loan signing Angelo Balanta can make a clear difference to his squad after he recruited him from Queens Park Rangers today. The 22 year old has been brought in for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, as cover for striking positions, with Wes Fletcher's loan spell seemingly over, and doubts over whether Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook will play any further part after he returned to The Valley for treatment.

Balanta has been used at youth level for QPR as a player who often plays 'in the hole' behind another main striker, but was also predominantly used by Milton Keynes Dons as a left-winger during his previous loan spells in League One. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson told them that he could see him occupying a few different attacking positions but hadn't made up his mind whether he would be thrown straight into the starting line-up for Friday afternoon's match against Walsall:

"He played a lot of his games for MK Dons wide and coming in on his right foot. He's clever at doing that. But he can also play just behind the striker and get at people. Of course I'm very pleased with our strikers at the moment, and they can't do any more than what they're doing. So we'll have to wait and see whether he gets a start straight away, or whether he has to get himself onto the pitch by coming off the bench. We haven't really decided that yet. But he's certainly going to be a super addition to our squad."

The Columbian-born player was recommended to the club by former Glovers midfielder Marc Bircham, who is QPR's Youth Team coach. Gary added that the number of Development Squad and Reserve Team games that Balanta had been playing since returning from a half-season loan with Milton Keynes Dons at the turn of the year meant that he was inheriting a player who was already 'sharp' in terms of his match-fitness:

"We know he's got that match-winning game. He's a lad that has got some good tricks. He's a strong lad and I was pleased with his fitness. He's played quite a few games in the last few weeks for the Under-21s and the Reserves at QPR, and he looks sharp at the moment. We felt that we needed to add at least one more active striker, and somebody who is going to make a difference. I'm pleased to say that I think he'll make a difference."

Balanta's arrival effectively means the end of Yeovil Town's interest in bringing Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan back to Huish Park. Having returned to the Riverside Stadium for treatment during his second month loan at Huish Park, Dolan's fitness had yet to be fully proved, and Johnson has said that with the arrival of a player who can also perform an attacking outlet from a deeper midfield position, that he would not be bringing Dolan back before the transfer window closes on Thursday evening. Barring the unexpected, Balanta is therefore presumed to be the final arrival ahead of the deadline.


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26 March 2013 : Dawson Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. This is Kevin's second inclusion in the team for the 2012-13 season, and comes after he scored in the weekend's 3-3 draw against Carlisle United at Brunton Park - his first goal for the club since arriving in January.

The Football League's side also includes Carlisle striker Lee Miller, who also netted in Saturday's match - one of the rare occasions where players from both sides have been included in the chosen eleven. The team is as follows:

Simon Eastwood (Portsmouth)
Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient), Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers), Andy Butler (Walsall), Alan McCormack (Swindon Town)
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth), Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Marc Pugh (AFC Bournemouth)
Iain Hume (Doncaster Rovers), Lee Miller (Carlisle United)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations for Yeovil Town players are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
21) 02/03/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Tranmere Rovers Home W1-0)
22) 23/03/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Carlisle United D3-3)


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26 March 2013 : Carlisle Boss Praises Madden After Return
You could forgive Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott for not wanting to talk too much about his former striker Paddy Madden. Having allowed the 23 year old to leave Brunton Park, initially on loan, last October, the player was sold to Yeovil Town in January for a fee reported by the national press as being just £15,000 the player's name has been constantly in the public eye, and on football highlights programmes - something that may have had Abbott wincing each time his name came up on the screen.

Since leaving for one of Carlisle's League One rivals, Madden has netted 20 goals, making him the division's leading goalscorer with a total of 21 strikes across the 2012-13 season. One of those goals included one against his former employers in the 3-3 draw on Saturday, with the Irishman providing assists for Yeovil's two other goals.

Despite that, Abbott has told his club's website that he felt that the player deserved credit for his decision not to celebrate his goal, signalling a 'calm down' to his team-mates when he scored the middle goal. Abbott felt that showed a lot of respect to Carlisle:

"Paddy Madden was an absolute credit. His time here was frustrating but he has moved on and good luck to the kid. He showed a huge amount of respect with the way he conducted himself and we wish him all the best."

Abbott admits that the player's form since leaving Brunton Park means that people will question his decision to allow him to leave for Huish Park. However, he is willing to own up to a mistake if Madden does go on to bigger and greater things:

"He’s a player playing with confidence and if he goes on to make the career he wants to make for himself then you have to be big enough and bold enough to hold your hands up and say you maybe got that one wrong. It happens, it’s football, and some players do better at other clubs for a number of reasons. All I can say is that it didn’t happen for him here and give a genuine good luck wish to the lad."

Madden himself sent out a couple of messages via his Twitter account, thanking Carlisle's fans for their reception. He also praised the travelling Glovers support:

"Great travelling support again (on Saturday). Gutted we couldn't hold on for three points though. We need to put a run together now for the last push. And also thanks to the Carlisle fans for the nice reception yesterday both before and after the game. Nice gesture - respect."

Late last week, the Carlisle News and Star interviewed Glovers boss Gary Johnson, specifically centring upon the striker's return to Cumbria. Johnson admitted that when Madden first arrived at the club, he had worried somewhat that Carlisle might do a u-turn and want the player back at the club at the turn of the year:

"When we had him on loan there was always a fear you might lose a player in those circumstances. But Greg had obviously moved on as far as strikers were concerned. And it would have been very difficult anyway, with the way Paddy was feeling, because he was scoring goals and I think he was worried about going back and not playing again. Who’s to say that he would have done as well if he had gone back? We don’t know. If Greg expected him to do this he wouldn’t have let him go. It was Greg who spotted him in the first place, after all. Players have done well at Carlisle who haven’t done well somewhere else. If you start digging too deeply into it, you go crazy."

Madden's time with Carlisle came largely through appearances from the bench, struggling to make an impact in the team. Johnson feels that making him his side's No.1 striker has made the biggest difference to what he's been able to get out of the player, whereas at Brunton Park, he was competing with other big name players:

"If he’s in the team, scoring goals, he looks a million dollars. At the time Carlisle had some big-name strikers ahead of him. I think Paddy needs to feel that he’s number one, and then his confidence and persona is bigger and better. Paddy is one of those boys who is on top of the world when he’s playing. When he isn’t I imagine he’s a nuisance. He’s very enthusiastic about playing. He trains well, has certainly got a work-rate and a work ethic. That’s obviously what Greg saw previously."


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26 March 2013 : Balanta Loan Deal Finalised
Further to yesterday's news article, Yeovil Town and Queen's Park Rangers have now finalised a loan deal for 22 year old Angelo Balanta. The winger/striker has signed a deal that runs until April 28th - one day after the end of the main 2012-13 season.

Although it's not been made explicit, the move would appear to cement the end of Burnley striker Wes Fletcher's time at the club, after an uneventful one month loan spell at Huish Park. In addition, it would suggest that Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook's knee injury is likely to keep him out for at least the immediate future.

For a full profile on Angelo, see yesterday's news item.

Link: Glovers Linked With Loan Deal For QPR Attacker.


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26 March 2013 : Ex-Glovers Striker Ward Takes Up Tivvy Job
Former Yeovil Town striker Jamie Ward has become the new manager of Tiverton Town. He has been previously managing Wellington Town and before that Taunton Town Under-18s, but will now take on the responsibility for the Southern League Division One South and West side until the end of the 2012-13 season, when his appointment will be re-reviewed. Tiverton currently occupy a solid mid-table position, and are unlikely to worry either end of the table between now and the end of the season.

Jamie now holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence and had a playing career that took in Glastonbury, Yeovil Town, Folkstone Town, Gravesend & Northfleet (now Ebbsfleet United), Taunton Town and Clevedon. Jamie's time with Yeovil Town came across two spells - the first during 1981, before he departed to Folkstone, then a second across 1983-84 before dropping back into regional football. Across both spells he scored 21 goals for the Glovers. Tiverton Club Chairman Matthew Conridge has said of the appointment:

"James has shown a significant amount of passion and enthusiasm for the role and combining this with his experience as a player and coaching qualifications I feel confident he’ll be perfect for the position. James will lead the team through to the end of the season which will give him time to get used to the club and for the club to get used to him. We’ll then reassess the position during the summer."


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25 March 2013 : Glovers Linked With Loan Deal For QPR Attacker
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for 22 year old Anglo-Columbian Angelo Balanta ahead of the Emergency Loan deadline. The Queens Park Rangers player is a left-sided player who can play as either a winger or a striker, and has had three loan spells with Milton Keynes Dons as well as an earlier spell with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Sky Sports website is stating that Balanta is due to sign for the Glovers - if true this presumably means that the prognosis on Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook's knee injury is not as good as hoped and that Balanta will in effect act as a replacement for him and Burnley's Wes Fletcher whose loan deal runs out this week and has already returned to his parent club. Sky indicate that a "a temporary agreement is set to be reached" - the most logical situation would be that it would run until the end of the season proper, with any possible play-off extension added later if required.

He was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia on July 1st 1990, but is a former Fulham youth player who grew up in Greenford in North-West London. He signed a professional contract with QPR in January 2008, taking in a loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers during the 2008-09 season that produced 11 appearances and three goals.

Balanta made his first team debut for QPR on December 4th 2007, making his first start for the club later that month. So far he has made 29 appearances for the West London side, mainly from the bench, scoring three goals. His last first team appearance came in April 2010. Despite being born in Columbia, he appears to consider England to be his nationality - having accepted a call-up for the England Under-19 side in 2008, although he's yet to be capped by either country. He is under contract at Loftus Road until the summer of 2014.

Most notable is that he has considerable experience at League One level through his three loan spells with MK Dons. He spent the whole of the 2010-11 season on their books, and immediately returned for the first half of the following season, scoring 12 times in 49 appearances for the club. This season he has had three months at stadium:mk clocking up a further 13 appearances and scoring once.

As yet, there's been no firm indication of this being a concrete deal, but given the circumstances surrounding the current Glovers loan deals for Cook and Fletcher, this would be a move that would fit well in terms of the club's likely targets, and past scouting outlets.


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25 March 2013 : Madden Extends Advantage Over Saddlers Rival
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden extended his lead at the top of the League One scoring charts on the weekend, as he netted against his former club Carlisle United. Aside from providing two assists in the 3-3 draw, the Irishman netted the middle goal to provide his 21st of the 2012-13 season, and his 20th since arriving at Huish Park in October.

Madden's main rival for the 'golden boot' at this level continues to be Walsall's Will Grigg, who has netted eight times in his last five matches, scoring at least one in each of those games. However, he missed their 0-0 draw at Hartlepool United on Saturday with a hamstring injury that also saw him withdraw him intended international duty with Northern Ireland.

However the Saddlers have received feedback now that they do expect him to be available for Good Friday's trip to Huish Park, indicating that the injury has now been diagnosed as just a minor problem. Boss Dean Smith has told the Express and Star newspaper of their positive news:

"He went for the scan and he has a 'grade one' hamstring strain. He’s has an injection and hopefully he should be fit for Yeovil on Friday. It’s good news and hopefully he will be firing on all cylinders."

That should mean that the League One game at Huish Park will pitch both of the division's in-form marksman at opposite ends of the pitch, with both hoping their respective defenders can do them a favour in the process. Coventry City's Leon Clarke is out for the rest of the season, due to an ankle injury, leaving Madden and Grigg as the realistic front runners. Brentford's Clayton Donaldson is the other interested party, but has slowed down a little since the season reached the halfway point, meaning that his early tally has been overhauled.

The top ten goalscorers in League One are as follows:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 21 (one scored for Carlisle United)
2 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 19 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United) (out injured for rest of season)
3 Will Grigg (Walsall) 18
4 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 17
5 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
6 James Collins (Swindon Town) 13
6 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
6 Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) 13
6 Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) 13
10 Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) 12


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25 March 2013 : Football League 2013 Award Winners
The Football League have published a full list of their 2013 Football League Awards following last night's event at The Brewery, London. Covering 17 separate award categories, a total of 34 clubs were shortlisted in those categories - as reported yesterday, one of those was Yeovil Town.

In front of 600 guests, host Manish Bhasin ran through two and a half hours worth of awards and associated footage from the previous 12 months, with the winners being brought up onto the stage. Speaking after the event, Football League Chairman Greg Clarke congratulated the winners:

"The Football League Awards 2013 has given us another opportunity to celebrate success at League clubs both on and off the pitch. It gives us the chance to reward those who have achieved fantastic results throughout the year. I would like to congratulate tonight's winners and all those who were nominated."

The full list of award winners reads as follows:

npower Championship Player of the Year : Matej Vydra – Watford
npower League 1 Player of the Year : Matt Ritchie – AFC Bournemouth
npower League 2 Player of the Year : Tom Pope – Port Vale
Johnstone’s Paint Young Player of the Year : Thomas Ince - Blackpool

Contribution to League Football : Peter Shilton OBE

Mitre Goal of the Year : Simon Cox – Nottingham Forest

Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement : Phil Parkinson – Bradford City
Also Nominated : Gary Johnson - Yeovil Town
Also Nominated : Malkay Mackay - Cardiff City
Also Nominated : Paul Sturrock - Southend United

npower Fan of the Year : Neil Le Milliere – Exeter City
Championship : Nick Webster – Derby County
League 1 : Pat Raybould – Coventry City

LFE Apprentice of the Year - Championship : Dimitar Evtimov – Nottingham Forest
LFE Apprentice of the Year - League 1 : Luke James - Hartlepool United
LFE Apprentice of the Year - League 2 : George Sykes - Barnet

The Football League Family Club of the Year : Cardiff City
League 1 Winner : AFC Bournemouth
League 2 Winner : Plymouth Argyle

Tokio Marine Unsung Hero : Billy Neil - Millwall
Highly Commended : John Harriss - AFC Bournemouth
Highly Commended : Peter Rhoades-Brown - Oxford United

Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year : Charlton Athletic
Regional Winner South West - Cardiff City Community Foundation
Regional Winner South East - Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Regional Winner Midlands - Derby County Community Trust
Regional Winner North East - Huddersfield Town Football in the Community
Regional Winner North West - Tranmere Rovers in the Community

PFA Player in the Community : Inigo Calderon - Brighton and Hove Albion

Perform Best Use of Digital : Swindon Town - STFC Christmas ADVENTure

Capital One Credit to the Game : Graham Alexander

Link: Gary Johnson Shortlisted For Football League Management Award.


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25 March 2013 : Ladies Offer Free Admission For Youngsters On Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies will be allowing children in for free for their final home match of the 2012-13 season. The match against Millwall Lionesses takes place at the Athletic Ground, Wells on Sunday 31st March 2013, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, and supporters aged Under-16 will be able to gain free admission through the turnstiles.

Meanwhile don't forget that Friday afternoon's men's League One home game against Walsall has a another ticketing promotion in place aimed at children. Their Kids for a Quid ticketing promotion is also available to Under-16s. For further details of that, and some of the events on the day at Huish Park, follow the links below.

Link: 24/03/2013 : Ladies Lend Backing To Football v Homophobia Campaign.

Link: 22/03/2013 : Eggsciting Events For Kids At Good Friday Walsall Fixture.

Link: 10/10/2012 : Two Glovers Matches Given Kids For A Quid Promotion.


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24 March 2013 : Gary Johnson Shortlisted For Football League Management Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was tonight nominated by the Football League as part of their 2013 awards. The Glovers boss was nominated for 'turning relegation candidates into promotion challengers' during the 12-14 months that he has spent at Huish Park.

The winner for the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award for 2013 was Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson, whose side reached the League Cup Final at Wembley, despite being a League Two side.

Congratulations to him, but also to Gary Johnson for having captured the eye enough to get onto the shortlist for this award. The shortlist was as follows:

Gary Johnson - Yeovil Town
Malkay Mackay - Cardiff City
Phil Parkinson - Bradford City
Paul Sturrock - Southend United

Just to show how gloriously fickle football can be, Paul Sturrock was today told his contract at Southend United would not be renewed at the end of the season, and that his League Two duties would be relieved with immediate effect. Clearly Southend's board and those that nominated the above quartet have rather differing opinions!


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24 March 2013 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
Yesterday's match against Carlisle United had drama of all the wrong kind as the Glovers let a two goal lead slip at Brunton Park. Highlights from the 3-3 draw have now been uploaded on the Sky Sports website, with 3 mins and 16 seconds worth of highlights, including all six goals and other associated action. If you've got a UK internet provider, click on the link below to view the action.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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24 March 2013 : Ladies Lend Backing To Football v Homophobia Campaign
Yeovil Town Ladies have teamed up with a Football Association backed campaign this month that aims to address the issues of homophobia and transphobia in football. The Football v Homophobia initiative is an international campaign that seeks to work in much the same way as the Kick It Out campaign works to address issues of racism within the game and associated communities. The campaign seeks to address prejudice against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football, and was launched in 2010.

The Glovers Ladies side are using next Sunday's fixture against Millwall Lionesses (Athletic Ground, Wells, kick-off 2.00p.m.) as a campaign day, and will be using their Twitter and Facebook social media site to highlight the 'Football v Homophobia' campaign over the coming week.

Last month, the Football Association put its weight behind the campaign, and they are aiming for a target of 150 football clubs and associations to sign up to supporting events. The FA has sent out educational resources around to all 92 Premier and Football League clubs, 1,600 clubs playing in the non-League pyramid and 50 County Football Associations.

So far, around 40 clubs, leagues and County FAs have actively got involved. At professional level Arsenal, Aston Villa, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Brentford, Exeter City, Huddersfield Town, MK Dons, Notts County, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers, Barnet, Bradford City, Gillingham , Port Vale, Bristol Rovers, Northampton Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United number those who have signed up.

Meanwhile in non-league football AFC Liverpool, Ebbsfleet United, Hyde FC, Stockport County, Hereford United, Lewes, Basingstoke Town, Fisher United and FC United of Manchester have lent their voice to the campaign. More locally, County FA associations that have backed the campaign include the Somerset FA.

The campaign has its own website which can be visited via www.footballvhomophobia.com whilst they are also on Twitter at @FvHtweets - they have published their own 'toolkit' for clubs to use, with the FA distributing the pack as part of last month's briefing and have published it on their website. Government Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson has given his own backing to what the FA and clubs are doing:

"The toolkit from the FA is a good initiative and I urge more clubs to use it. Discrimination of any kind must be stamped out. I want to see the football authorities increase their efforts to tackle homophobia. I was encouraged that their joint anti-discrimination strategy, published in December, includes action in this area as more needs to be done."

So far most of the campaign has been centred around men's football. Hence Yeovil Town Ladies are ahead of the field once again as one of the first Ladies sides to give 'Football v Homophobia' their full backing.


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24 March 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Away Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Carlisle United kicked off at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on team selection, including injuries to Jordan Cook and Lewis Young as well as the non-selection of Wes Fletcher and the emergency loan market, can be read via the link below.

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


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24 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Carlisle Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-3 draw against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, 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 verdict on the game can be read via the link below.

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


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23 March 2013 : Johnson Weighs Up Loan Deadline Moves After Cook Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he is being cautious about whether he brings in another loan player before next Thursday's Emergency Loan deadline. The Glovers went into this afternoon's match at Carlisle United with only six substitutes on their bench, due to one player suspension and two injuries.

The situation is complicated by the fact that Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook has returned to The Valley after playing just 29 minutes for the club. He has picked up a knee injury, and that is being assessed by medical staff in London to determine the extent of the problem. On top of that Burnley forward Wes Fletcher's initial month loan ends this week, and he did not travel to Carlisle, strongly implying that he will not be adding to the 13 minutes worth of football he has managed so far whilst on the club's books.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary admitted that the strong partnership that Paddy Madden and James Hayter were showing was making it difficult to justify blooding loan strikers anyway. However he was disappointed to lose 23 year old Cook, who had only arrived at the club on Monday:

"That's a shame (that Jordan Cook has returned to Charlton) as we didn't really see anything of him. We didn't really see much of Wes Fletcher either. When Paddy (Madden) is going well with Hayts (James Hayter) it's difficult for strikers to come in and get a regular slot. So sometimes they have to go back. One is injured, and with Wes he's only got a week to go anyway, so we're just sussing that one out."

The temptation with Thursday's deadline in sight is for Johnson to go out and find further players to bring in for the remaining seven matches. However, he warned that diving into the short term loan market didn't always reap rewards, given that it was hard to influence each player's mentality during such a short space of time:

"If you bring in loans, then there are loads of loans available out there, and the reason why they are available is because not many clubs want them. It's very difficult to get a loan that gives you what you want. A lot of players are like that; they're just drifting through the game - drifting from club to club. They might be decent players, but it's whether they've got that 'going beyond the call of duty' which you need at this stage. So me, Terry and Darren will sit down and we'll think very hard."

However, given the size of the club's squad, and the possible loss of Cook and Fletcher, Johnson admitted he might have to bite the bullet if Cook's knee injury turned out to be serious:

"We might have to (bring in another loan player). We've only got a few days, so we're going to have to wait and see how bad Cooky's injury is, and we're waiting for Charlton to give us an assessment."

One issue Gary may need to consider is that if the club look like they are going to enter the League One play-offs, then he will need to prepare, in numbers, for potentially up to three additional matches. With Dan Burn's Youth Loan deal only running until the end of April, that may need to be addressed, unless the club are confident it can be converted into an emergency loan beyond the deadline.


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23 March 2013 : Late Goal A Dagger To The Heart Of Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he felt that this afternoon's last ditch conceded goal at Brunton Park was like a 'dagger to the heart'. The Glovers conceded with almost the last kick of the game for the second match running, and in doing so they dropped two crucial points in the eventual 3-3 draw against Carlisle United. Leading by a 3-1 scoreline as the clock ticked into the 90th minute, a goal from Lee Miller - his second of the afternoon - was followed by a Luke Ayling own goal nearly four minutes into injury time that extended Yeovil's current run of form to just one win in seven matches at a crucial point in the season.

Having been in relative control during the second period, Johnson felt his players started to make the wrong decisions during the closing minutes, and said that he was gutted at what ultimately unfolded:

"I'm gutted. It was a dagger to the heart. We are still there or thereabouts and I've got to keep shoving and probing to get them to believe they can get there. It hurts a lot. All of a sudden players start hitting the wrong ball at the wrong time and jumping out of tackles and not winning things."

Gary added that he felt that some of his players were performing well, but that others were not being as competitive as they should be throughout the whole match. He singled out striker Paddy Madden - who scored once and set up the other two goals against his old side - as an example of what he expected from all of his players:

"I've got a massive job to keep them competitive. Some players have it and some aren't competitive enough. If you are midtable then 3-3 at Carlisle sounds not bad, but I make it a very poor result. But Paddy Madden gave a fantastic performance. He chases lost causes and goes beyond the call of duty, which is why he will have a terrific career in the game."


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23 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Carlisle vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 3-3 draw against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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23 March 2013 : Carlisle 3 Yeovil 3 : Late Two Goal Slip Cost Glovers
Yeovil Town let a two goal lead slip in second half injury time, as they were pegged back to draw 3-3 against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. They led for the majority of the match, with Kevin Dawson's first goal for the club being cancelled out by Lee Miller. But when Paddy Madden and James Hayter gave the Glovers further second half goals, it seemed that the Glovers were on their way to a victory, until Miller pulled one back right on the stroke of 90 minutes, followed by a Luke Ayling own goal, as the full-back deflected home a shot from substitute Mathieu Manset. The result may have lifted Yeovil up one place to sixth, but that would be little consolation given what could have been on the day.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Captain Jamie McAllister was missing through suspension and his place was taken by Joe Edwards from a positional point of view. That gave space for Dominic Blizzard to come in as a central midfielder. The other change saw Sam Foley return after a hip injury, with Gavin Williams sitting on the bench. In terms of substitutes, Lewis Young and Jordan Cook dropped out with knee injuries, with the latter returning to Charlton for treatment, whilst Wes Fletcher was back at Burnley and not part of the selected squad.

Matters could have got off to a catastrophic start shortly after Marek Stech had saved from Carlisle's Matty Robson, as the Glovers defence started off in wobbly fashion. Then Dan Burn's weak backpass let Lee Miller clean through on goal. The former Bristol City striker collided with Stech in an incident not unlike the midweek situation that saw a penalty awarded against the Czech Republic keeper. On this occasion referee Geoff Eltringham ignored that and awarded a goal kick - a decision that left the home fans furious, and Yeovil fans relieved, given that it was square enough to have risked a red card as well as a penalty.

Instead, it was Yeovil who got their noses in front - Paddy Madden's superb through ball cut the Carlisle defence wide open, allowing Kevin Dawson to run down the middle. He ran into the box and then thrashed the ball into the back of the net to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Somewhat against the balance of play, but very welcome with it.

The Glovers were to only hold that lead for 14 minutes though, with Carlisle equalising six minutes before the break. As has been far too often the case this season, it was their inability to defend a set piece that saw the concede - a deep free kick from a wide position was headed down inside the box, and Lee Miller was the first to react - sliding the ball home from close range for an equalising goal that on the balance of play the Cumbrians more than deserved. Yeovil's defence had frequently been nervous and disjointed, and were fortunate not to concede at other points during the half.

The second period was a better one for Yeovil, with some more impressive passing play, that saw them retake the lead six minutes into the half. Kevin Dawson fed Ed Upson, and the midfielder's angled shot was too hard for keeper Adam Collin to hold onto. Performing the role of the perfect poacher was Paddy Madden - his 21st goal of the season, and one scored against his former employers to put the Glovers 2-1 up. The Irishman was keen though not to rub it in, signalling to his team-mates to play down the celebrations despite the Cumbrians having given him little of a look-in during his time at Brunton Park.

Madden's effect on the game though was deadly and with 12 minutes to go, he provided his second assist of the match, this time allowing James Hayter to break the offside trap as he burst through; slotting home in a one-v-one for his 13th goal of the season. At 3-1 up, surely game over and many Carlisle supporters thought so too, as they left their places for the exits.

Yeovil have conceded a few too many in recent second half performances against Crawley Town and Swindon Town, and just as the Fourth Official was about to signal for three minutes of added time, the warning signs were there. A long looping ball from David Symington was pumped over the top, and despite having two players marking him, Lee Miller got the chance to bring the ball down inside the box, and fire home to give Carlisle a lifeline they didn't appear to have during the majority of the second half.

Worse was to follow when 93 minutes and 45 seconds into the game, the Glovers conceded again. Substitute Mathieu Manset, signed only the day before the game following a trial at Brunton Park, was given room through the centre of the park, and although his shot from distance was successfully blocked, it ricocheted off the body of the nearby Luke Ayling, and into the back of a gaping goal net.

There was barely time for kick-off before the referee blew up for the final whistle, with for the second match running a late late goal having been crucial to Yeovil's season. On Tuesday, the goal conceded dropped them out of the play-offs on goal difference. Whilst today's 3-3 draw does restore that place, it's a position lower than they could have come home with if they had held on for the win, and one that will only be maintained if 7th place Tranmere Rovers fail to get a point against Stevenage in tomorrow's televised match. On such things, can seasons be successful or unsuccessful. Yeovil Town have to stop dropping points - and fast.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Kevin Dawson (0-1, 25 mins), Lee Miller (1-1, 39 mins), Paddy Madden (1-2, 51 mins), James Hayter (1-3, 78 mins), Lee Miller (2-3, 90 mins), Luke Ayling (3-3, 90 mins, own goal).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon (46 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin 2. Frank Simek 3, Matty Robson 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 6. Peter Murphy 12. Paul Thirlwell 14. Lee Miller (Capt) 17. Mark Beck 21. James Berrett 22. Jordan Mustoe 23. Sean O'Hanlon

Substitutes:
8. Liam Noble 9. Rory Loy 10. Mathieu Manset (66 mins for Mark Beck) 15. Mike Edwards 16. Brad Potts 19. David Symington (73 mins for Jordan Mustoe) 26. Tony Caig (GK)

Carlisle Bookings: Frank Simek (48 mins, foul), Jon-Paul McGovern (73 mins, foul).

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Carlisle Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 8; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 6; Fouls: 4.


Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham). Assistants: Paul Curry (Northumberland) and Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,809 (including 158 Yeovil supporters).


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23 March 2013 : Football League To Investigate Coventry Set-Up
The Football League have said that they are going to look into Coventry City's corporate structure before deciding what action to take against the Sky Blues. As reported on Thursday, their parent company put a "property subsidiary" into administration ahead of impending court action by stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited due to the club's failure to pay any of the £1.3 million rent due over the past 12 months.

As predicted, Coventry are attempting to claim that the move to put one of their group companies into administration should not justify as an 'insolvency event' under the Football League rules, and that therefore the mandatory 10 point penalty for such a situation should not apply. Needless to say, this is a dubious line to take, with the stadium being essential for Coventry's footballing operations. Last night a Football League spokesman confirmed that they would be assessing the situation first before making a formal decision:

"At its meeting (on Friday afternoon), the Board of The Football League received an update on the current situation at Coventry City. The Football League is now in the process of analysing information relating to the club’s corporate structure that will enable it to consider its position regarding its rules on insolvency."

Although Coventry's statement did not make clear which company had gone into administration, stadium owners ACL believe that far from being a minor "property subsidiary", that it is the company named "Coventry City Football Club" and crucially they understand that is the company that owns the Football League's 'golden share' that defines its membership. James Powell, acting on behalf of ACL, explains:

"We were slightly perplexed by the statement put out by the club on Thursday. It suggests that CCFC Ltd is a non-operating subsidiary and that the football club is fine. All the investigations that we've done and all the documents that we've looked at suggest that the football club rests with Coventry City Football Club Limited, which is the business that has gone into administration. We need to know first of all where the Football League share is. That's what entitles you to play in the Football League and all the publicly available documents say it rests with CCFC Ltd, the company in administration."

The series of contradictions continue with the revelations that Coventry have moved out of the Ricoh Arena and expect to complete their season at another unnamed stadium, despite ACL insisting that they were not looking to padlock the ground at this stage. Coventry loaded up all their belongings into a removals lorry yesterday, and have confirmed in a statement that from an administration point of view that they have moved to the club's training ground:

"This subsidiary of the Club (that has gone into administration) held the lease and licence for the Ricoh Arena. This covered the permission to play home matches at the stadium as well as the rental of the Club shop and the Club offices. Given this subsidiary is now in administration, the Club has taken the decision to protect its staff by moving them from the stadium to the training ground at Ryton, before finding a more permanent base. We have also removed all stock from the Club shop as we will want to use this at other premises in the future. We appreciate the anxiety of fans and season ticket holders. The Club is currently in talks with the Football League over a number of issues, one being a location where the Club can fulfill its three remaining home fixtures."

Coventry's next home fixture is due to be against Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday, meaning that they will have to obtain an alternative venue in time for that game to be fulfilled. Coventry City have not entirely shut the door on returning to the Ricoh Arena at any time, but have implied that they would not do so without a new lease agreement being set up with ACL.

Meanwhile Coventry City's High Court appearance specifically relating to their £1.3 million debts has been adjourned until next Tuesday, 26th March. The repercussions of the last 48 hours have meant that the respective legal teams have asked for more time to assess the developing situation. They will return next week with ACL aiming to force Coventry to open up their accounts and determine whether that outstanding debt is available for payment and thus is being deliberately withheld, or whether Coventry are unable to pay the debt, and so could be trading insolvently.


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23 March 2013 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Carlisle United. Both are down the left-hand side of the pitch, with Jamie McAllister suspended for two matches, and an obvious gap needing to be filled. Positionally, Joe Edwards is moved from central midfield to cover that position, with Dominic Blizzard brought into the side to play in centre-midfield.

Further up on that left flank there's better news as Sam Foley has recovered from a hip injury and is able to start the match. He displaced Gavin Williams who moves out onto the bench.

Matters are not so good in terms of the substitutes, with two players having picked up injuries. Winger Lewis Young has a knee problem and is receiving treatment. Meanwhile Jordan Cook has a similar problem and is currently getting treatment from Charlton Athletic and so has missed the trip. Finally striker Wes Fletcher has returned to Burnley with the implication that his loan spell at the club is over, although we're needing a bit of clarification there.

All that means is that suddenly the Glovers are down to a six-man bench again, despite Nathan Ralph and Richard Hinds returning to the squad. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin 2. Frank Simek 3, Matty Robson 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 6. Peter Murphy 12. Paul Thirlwell 14. Lee Miller (Capt) 17. Mark Beck 21. James Berrett 22. Jordan Mustoe 23. Sean O'Hanlon

Substitutes:
8. Liam Noble 9. Rory Loy 10. Mathieu Manset 15. Mike Edwards 16. Brad Potts 19. David Symington 26. Tony Caig (GK)


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23 March 2013 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Brunton Park this afternoon, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Geoff Eltringham (County Durham).

Given his home is in the North-East and this is only his fourth season at Football League level, it's no big surprise to find that we've rarely experienced his refereeing, with both past meetings coming away from home. The first of those came in April 2010, when we visited Edgeley Park and relegated Stockport County in a 3-1 win - one of our best performances of that season. In that match we still have time for a grumble about Mr Eltringham's officiating, accusing him of playing to the home crowd somewhat, but this was a happy day for the Glovers so we weren't too down about him once the final whistle blew.

More noteworthy was his contribution to our March 2011 visit to Leyton Orient. Just 14 minutes into that match he red-carded Matthew Spring for a dangerous tackle on Andy Welsh. One of those "coming together" sort of tackles where both players were committed, and Welshy came off the worst. Orient appealed against the dismissal, but lost their claim. Mr Eltringham later gave us a fairly generous penalty award for handball, and so by this stage the home fans were rather outraged. Given we were on our way to a 5-1 win, we were rather content with his performance! The game had far worse tackles in it than Spring's early one, and so we would admit that the referee made a rod for his own back by his early decision.

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by Paul Curry (Northumberland) and Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire).


Link: March 2011 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.

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


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23 March 2013 : Gary Previews The Carlisle Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's away trip to Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin, Gary also talks about Lee Johnson's appointment at Oldham Athletic, as well as his thoughts on Bristol City's current league position at the foot of the Championship. Read Gary's thoughts on these topics via the link below.

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


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23 March 2013 : Ladies Match Hit By Weather
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their first team trip to play Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies called off. The match has been postponed due to the current wintry weather, and will need to be rearranged.


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23 March 2013 : Carlisle Weatherwatch
Overnight snow in the area of Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground has been minimal and the stadium surrounds are currently looking safe. The Cumbrians are therefore confident that this afternoon's match against Yeovil Town will go ahead provided there is no further snowfall. If that situation changes, we will post an update on here and on Twitter.

Two games in League One are already off:

Sheffield United vs Brentford
Shrewsbury Town vs Oldham Athletic


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22 March 2013 : Johnson: Everyone's Going Through A Blip
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted his side is going through a bit of a 'blip' in form, but points out that most of his rivals are as well. The Glovers promotion hopes have hit the buffers slightly this week, having slipped out of the play-off slots on goal difference, and by being on a run of form that has seen them clock up just one win in their last six games.

However, with Tranmere Rovers having lost seven of their last ten matches, Sheffield United having been thrashed 4-0 last weekend, Bournemouth having recently lost five games in a row, Doncaster Rovers having three wins in their last ten games, and Swindon Town barely better with four victories in their last eleven, this is a promotion pack full of sides feeling the strain.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that although his own club's form is shaky that with other sides also slipping up, any team that gets a couple of wins in their next few games is going to get an advantage:

"You could be interviewing any manager at the minute at our level and they'd all be saying the same. They're all having a blip. I don't know who's winning the games, because everyone is saying that they're having a bit of a blip. But we've only lost two in our last ten, so you can make statistics do what you like even though I know we've only won one in our last five or six. But we're still up there with everybody else. The next couple of wins are going to be vital."

Despite that, Gary explains that he is far from happy with his club's current seventh placed position in the table, given that as it stands it would not secure his team a place in the play-offs. Although Yeovil Town are probably the least fancied team in the top pack of clubs, he says he would still see that position as a failure if it was maintained:

"We brought this group in to compete at this level. That's what we want to do. I don't want to be seventh and have everyone say it's been a great season - that's unlucky. I don't want to be unlucky. I didn't come back here to be unlucky. If we don't get promoted then we've failed. I genuinely think that. I want to think that, and they've got to know that we've failed as well, because we brought them in here to get a promotion."

Snowfall around the country, including up in Cumbria, means that the club will have an anxious wait overnight to see what happens to the Brunton Park pitch, which is reportedly being left uncovered overnight. Gary added that his team would not focus on that too much, and would prepare entirely as if the game is definitely on:

"We've got to assume that the game is going to go ahead. We've had a couple of long trips where it's been a bit dodgy. Hartlepool was nearly off, then we went to Oldham and that was off. But we still kept trying to do the right things. Hopefully the only 'weather' the boys will be thinking about is 'whether' the manager picks them or not."

Going back to the current League One form table, aside from second-placed Brentford, the two clubs to keep an eye on, are Walsall (10th and four points behind Yeovil) and Leyton Orient (9th and three points behind). The pair are the two clubs currently taking advantage of numerous top six slip-ups, threatening to rein in what had appeared to be a seven-horse race a few weeks ago. If they maintain their current form, then those competing for promotion could rise to around ten clubs as we move into the final half dozen games of the season.


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22 March 2013 : Carlisle Bring In New Striker For Tomorrow's Game
Saturday afternoon's opponents Carlisle United have completed the signing of a new striker ahead of the match at Brunton Park. Former FC Sion centre-forward Mathieu Manset has penned a short-term deal until the end of the 2012-13 season and has been given the No.10 shirt at the club after his international clearance came through today.

Manset has been on trial for two weeks since leaving FC Sion in January, and has previous experience with Le Havre AC, Hereford United and Reading, as well as a loan spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, and so has already had an extremely varied career.

Carlisle have had a bit of a hole in their squad since losing out in their attempts to keep their top scorer Joe Garner in Cumbria. The former Watford striker signed for Preston North End in January, yet still stands as their top goalscorer. Manager Greg Abbott had intended to use the departure of a certain Paddy Madden as an opportunity to bring in fresh blood, but until now Carlisle's options have been thin on the ground - Matty Robson is their top scorer in terms of players currently on their books with eight goals.


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22 March 2013 : Eggsciting Events For Kids At Good Friday Walsall Fixture
In a week's time, Yeovil Town take on Walsall at Huish Park in a League One encounter. The fixture was designated earlier this season as a Kids For A Quid promotional game, which allows Glovers fans the opportunity to gain admission for £1.00 if they are aged Under-16.

In addition to the cheap admission price, the Glovers are also hosting a number of Easter-themed activities aimed at younger supporters. Local paper the Western Gazette will have a trailer outside the ground before the game, hosting a number of competitions. They will also have a '20 percent off' voucher in next Thursday's edition which will entitle all fans to get discounts in the Huish Park Club Store on the day of the match.

Activities on the day include Face Painting, a 'Guess the Eggs' competition, a 'Quick Feet Passing Skills' event, plus Yeovil Town hats, 200 Cadbury's Creme Eggs and some lollies being given away on the day.

To purchase your tickets for the Good Friday fixture, call the Huish Park Ticket Office from Monday morning onwards.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Kids For A Quid.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town (Rearranged).

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic (Rearranged).

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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22 March 2013 : Argyle Friendly Called Off
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have postponed their forthcoming friendly against Yeovil Town Reserves. The match was due to take place next Monday, to allow fringe players from both teams to get match fitness, but has been called off. Argyle say they hope to rearrange the fixture in due course.


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22 March 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town embark on their longest journey of the 2012-13 season. With Carlisle United the opposition, the corresponding guide has been tweaked to include the latest ticket and travel information on the game, with all the usual pub guides, directions and parking information in place.

We're aware that the weather is not too clever around the UK at present. At present, as of Friday lunchtime, Carlisle itself has had minimal snowfall, although the forecast is for there to be plenty of flurries over the next 24 hours. Given that other parts of the country are not quite so free of snow, we'd strongly recommend that you plan your journey carefully, and keep an eye on our Twitter account where we'll put out any information relating to the Carlisle area or roads that looks concerning to us.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.


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21 March 2013 : Johnson Surprised By Madden Omission
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is surprised that his leading goalscorer Paddy Madden failed to get a nomination at the 2013 Football League Awards. The Irishman's name has been left off today's 'Player of the Year' shortlists that were issued ahead of the Sunday annual awards ceremony.

The shortlist of three names for League One has been compiled from votes submitted by all League One managers, for the preceding year, and they have selected striker Leon Clarke, who played for Scunthorpe United but is now on the books of Coventry City, plus Notts County midfielder Alan Judge and AFC Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie who spent last year playing for Swindon Town.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Johnson said that he had expected Madden, who is currently the division's leading goalscorer with 20 goals in League One, to have been recognised for that. But added that Paddy had a greater accolade to aim for before the season was out:

"Yes I am surprised, because generally a top goalscorer in the league has been up there and would be there. But you'd have to ask all the other managers why they've picked people. But I am a little surprised. He's won enough honours though, and if he wins us the league then that's the honour that he wants."

Why has Madden's name been left out? A possible explanation is that the timing of the Football League Awards means that it is pretty much a "Player Of The Two Thirds Of The Season". With votes gathered from numerous sources, the deadlines for submitting them mean that any player who is particularly prominent during the earlier phases of a season will stand a better chance of being noticed.

Leon Clarke scored 11 times in 15 appearances for Scunthorpe before moving to Coventry in the January transfer window. Matt Ritchie has not scored a single goal since leaving Swindon Town but had bagged nine goals from a wide position by Christmas. Midfielder Judge is harder to errr, judge as a midfielder where other attributes are more important. Conversely 12 of Paddy Madden's goals have been scored since New Year's Day meaning that much of his impact upon the 2012-13 season has come later in the campaign.

The shortlists announced are as follows:

Johnstone's Paint Young Player of the Year
Thomas Ince - Blackpool
Matej Vydra - Watford
Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace

npower League 2 Player of the Year
(voted for by Football League club managers)
Jamie Cureton - Exeter City
Gary Jones - Bradford City
Tom Pope - Port Vale

npower League 1 Player of the Year
(voted for by Football League club managers)
Leon Clarke - Coventry City
Alan Judge - Notts County
Matt Ritchie - AFC Bournemouth

npower Championship Player of the Year
(voted for by Football League club managers)
Thomas Ince - Blackpool
Glenn Murray - Crystal Palace
Matej Vydra - Watford


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21 March 2013 : Coventry City Place 'Property' Company In Administration
League One side Coventry City have tonight confirmed that one of their Group companies has entered administration. The action has been taken by the their parent company Coventry City Football Club Holdings on the evening before a High Court case that has been called to resolve their non-payment of rent on their Ricoh Arena stadium.

Stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) have taken their tenants to court over failure to pay £1.3 million of rent owed to them since April 2012, when the Sky Blues stopped all payments as a result of a dispute over the size of money they have to pay to use the stadium. An August 2012 Court hearing has already come down on the side of ACL, with a Third Party Debt Order last month freezing Coventry's bank accounts and associated income.

Tonight, their parent company have issued a statement indicating that a "property subsidiary" has been placed in administration ahead of the case. They claim the Football Club itself will be unaffected by the action, with their statement reading:

Coventry City Football Club Holdings can confirm that a non-operating subsidiary of the Club has today been placed into administration.

It is important to stress that the Football Club itself is not under threat. This is merely a property subsidiary which owns no material assets and has no employees, on or off the pitch. The Club can confirm that all staff wages, PAYE and all other creditor commitments will continue to be met as before by Coventry City Football Club Holdings. Unlike other instances of clubs being taken either wholly or partially into administration, there are no HMRC or VAT implications and the Football Club will continue to trade as normal without interruption.


Football clubs entering administration face an automatic 10 point penalty as part of the Football League's rules on insolvency events. Coventry's separation of the issues they have concerning their stadium from their footballing business is no doubt an attempt to avoid that points deduction.

However, in April 2009, the Football League set its own precedence when they ruled that Southampton Football Club should be deducted points after their Holdings Company collapsed. The League's logic at the time was that "the company (in administration) and the football club are inextricably linked as one economic entity". In a statement the League said of the Saints' financial position:

"The holding company has no income of its own; all revenue and expenditure is derived from the operation of Southampton Football Club and the associated stadium company. The holding company is solvent in its own right. It only becomes insolvent when account is taken of the position of Southampton football club and the other group companies."

On that occasion, it took the Football League a total of 23 days to reach a decision on Southampton's finances, sending in a team of forensic accountants to determine whether they should be deducted points, with Southampton claiming the two companies were operationally independent. The League ruled otherwise, and invoked the 10 point penalty. It would not be a great surprise if they have to tread down the same path again with the Sky Blues.


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21 March 2013 : Yeovil Town Arrange Pilgrims Friendly
Yeovil Town Reserves have arranged a friendly against Plymouth Argyle for next week. The match will take place at Home Park on Monday 25th March with a 2.00p.m. kick-off and is likely to feature fringe players from both teams, based on whichever players do not take to the field in their respective Football League matches this coming weekend.

The match will be open to the public, with Adults priced at £2.00 and Concessions available at £1.00. Argyle members can get free admission.

If any Glovers fans are going and can provide updates or information on the match, drop us an email or a tweet.


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20 March 2013 : Johnson: McAllister Loss Was On The Cards
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that if captain Jamie McAllister had not picked up his tenth booking of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday night, that they would have been running close to losing him anyway. The left-back has been playing through the pain barrier for the last few weeks, and had to drop out of the recent midweek trip to Colchester United, as well as limping off early during the last two home matches against Crawley Town and Swindon Town.

All in all, the 34 year old has only made it through 90 minutes in two out of the club's last seven matches, with his last two appearances ending particularly early, suggesting that the wear and tear on his ankle wasn't making it practical for him to continue. Speaking to BBC Somerset after last night's defeat against Swindon Town, Johnson explained that sooner or later he probably would have had to withdraw him from the squad, but admitted that his side always seemed to suffer when the Scotsman was out of the team:

"We've got to give him a rest anyway. He's been having these injections and we knew that we'd have to give him a little bit of a rest for maybe the next couple of games. He's got to rest anyway, because he's got those 10 bookings, and so we'll have to do without him. It's a shame, because without him we don't seem to be half the team. But anyway we'll have to find someone to take that position and make it their own for a couple of games."

In terms of possible replacements as a left-back this coming Saturday, Johnson has an unusually large number of options. Chelsea's Ben Gordon was McAllister's replacement on Tuesday, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Vitalijs Maksimenko also plays there. Then there's Nathan Ralph, who deputised there earlier in the season, whilst Daniel Burn and Joe Edwards have also turned out as left-backs this campaign. In reality though, Gordon or Maksimenko are most likely to get the nod for the next two games, with McAllister hopefully back and ready to play by Easter Monday's trip to Notts County.


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20 March 2013 : Housing Group Offers Cheap Tickets For Tenants
Yeovil Town have teamed up with Yarlington Housing Group to provide special discounted tickets for their forthcoming home match against Shrewsbury Town. The offer is open to Yarlington residents ONLY but allows one adult and one child (Under-16) to attend the match at Huish Park on Saturday 6th April for a special price of £5.00. Yarlington Housing Group is a Registered Provider of affordable housing, based in Yeovil, and rank a number of Glovers fans amongst their ranks. Their offer is in conjunction with the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, which is the club's community arm.

If you are a Yarlington tenant, and want to attend next month's match at the specially discounted rate, give them a call on 01935-404500 and let them know your details. See their promotional poster below for full details.

Ticketing offer from Yarlington Housing Group - for Yarlington tenants only
Ticketing offer from Yarlington Housing Group - for Yarlington tenants only



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20 March 2013 : McAllister Ban Confirmed By FA
Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister has had his suspension confirmed by the Football Association this morning. The left-back will face a two match ban for picking up his 10th yellow card of the 2012-13 season, in last night's 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town. He will therefore be absent for the away match against Carlisle United as well as Good Friday's home game against Walsall. He will return for the Easter Monday trip to Notts County.

Whilst on the subject of Jamie McAllister, we have not heard anything further from either the Tranmere Rovers end or the Football Association, concerning the allegations of a racially motivated insult that were leaked to the national press two weeks ago. The FA's website has yet to reveal anything concerning the game which took place 18 days ago, whilst the Tranmere press have dropped the story entirely since it was given widespread coverage by them on March 7th. If it transpires that the matter is closed, it would be helpful if they made that clear.

For Saturday's match at Brunton Park, Carlisle United will also have one player suspended. Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was given his marching orders in their trip to Leyton Orient for two bookable offences. He will be replaced by Adam Collin who came on as a 68th minute substitute in that match, but had not previously featured since December 8th.

Finally, continuing with suspensions, Milton Keynes Dons saw Antony Kay dismissed for the third time this season last night, as they crashed 2-1 away at Crewe Alexandra. Glovers fans with good memories will recall that Kay was the man who was dismissed at Huish Park on January 29th, with his boss Karl Robinson producing an angry post-match rant in which he accused Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden of cheating - even if the FA Appeals Panel disagreed with his 'fantastic video footage' of the incident. As it's his third red card of the season, Kay will serve a three match ban - and Robinson will find it hard to blame Madden for it this time around.


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20 March 2013 : Stevenage Fire First Team Manager
League One side Stevenage have parted company with their manager Gary Smith this morning. Smith has been fired after just 14 months in charge, having replaced Graham Westley in January 2012. Currently in 15th place in the League One table, and eleven points above the drop zone, they are undoubtedly safe for the 2012-13 season, but the club have pointed to a run of form that has seen them lose 14 out of their last 18 matches, including last night's 2-0 defeat against bottom four side Bury.

Despite hammering Sheffield United 4-0 on Saturday, and gaining a victory over current second placed side Brentford earlier this month, Chairman Phil Wallace has decided to act, telling his club's website:

"After a very promising start with a new squad, we have slipped alarmingly and the Board are concerned that the present management team may be unable to deliver the clubs vision of increasing attendances and developing players in a winning environment. We have waited longer than most others in similar circumstances, but we cannot in all good conscience continue to watch this downward spiral and do nothing."

Club captain Mark Roberts, who led the side during their last spell without a manager, steps into the limelight a second time as their Caretaker Manager. During his last caretaker spell he picked up seven points from three games, and so will hope to reverse his club's fortunes once again. Yeovil are due to visit Broadhall Way on Saturday 13th April - it's not clear how quickly the Hertfordshire side will aim to replace Smith at this stage.


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20 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Swindon Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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19 March 2013 : Yeovil 0 Swindon 2 : Robins Late Double Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to their first home League One defeat for over four months tonight, as two second half goals saw promotion rivals Swindon Town deseredly triumph in front of the Sky Sports cameras. After a fairly een first period that lacked clear-cut chances, the game turned on a 77th minute foul by Marek Stech that saw Adam Rooney convert from the penalty spot. The salt was rubbed into the wounds six minutes into injury time when substitute James Collins doubled Swindon's lead with the last kick of the game, to send the Glovers out of the play-offs by the narrowest of margins.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to the team that drew 2-2 against Crawley Town seven days previously. Chelsea loanee Ben Gordon was shuffled out onto the bench, replaced by Gavin Williams on the left wing. On the bench there was space for two new signings, with Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Vitalijs Maksimenko and Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook given their first time in Yeovil colours, as Nathan Ralph and Richard Hinds were left entirely out of the squad, along with Sam Foley, whose hip injury continued to keep him out despite an afternoon fitness test.

The first half was a fairly scrappy one in which both sides carved out chances, but in all honesty not too many that truly tested the two goalkeepers. Joe Edwards managed to lob the Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham but also cleared the crossbar, whilst James Hayter got underneath the ball when hitting it on the volley, catching it firmly and cleanly, but putting the Swindon fans behind the goal in greater danger than the back of the net.

At the other end, Swindon were finding it just as hard to get a foothold in a game where although the pitch looked good on kick-off, was soft under-foot and very quickly began to show huge divots in its surface. Marek Stech saved easily from Andy Williams, and then had little problem collecting Adam Rooney's scuffed effort after he was crowded out by the covering Dan Burn. Defender Darren Ward, who scored in the reverse fixture did mnage to get himself room to shoot in the lead-up to the break but fired wide of the target. 0-0 at half time rather summed it up, with neither side managing to really get going.

The second period opened up with Jamie McAllister collecting his 10th booking of the season - one of nine yellow cards dished our by referee Keith Stroud on the night. Some were deserved, but others showed the Hampshire official a little too eager to get involved. That was McAllister's last action of the game with signs that his reason for fouling was down to his inability to properly tackle on his problematic ankle. He was replaced by Ben Gordon, and is now expected to miss the next two matches through suspension.

When McAllister has gone off in previous games, or been unavailable for selection, Yeovil's record without their captain has been catastrophic. There was an immediate warning sign as Gary Roberts got the ball in the back of the net, albeit with the whistle having long since gone for a foul by Darren Ward in the build-up. But Swindon began to find gaps in the Yeovil defence that they hadn't found before - Andy Williams hadn't threatened a lot during the match against his former club until this point, but his weaving dancing run looked as though it might end in a wonder goal until Dan Burn's block snuffed him out inside the penalty box.

Marek Stech was then forced to make an athletic save as he palmed away Adam Rooney's flicked shot on the near post, with Byron Webster blocking the follow-up shot. Alan McCormack then shot over the bar as the visitors pressurised. At the other end Yeovil were trying to counter-attack, but Swindon's Nathan Thompson was putting in a master-class performance, snuffing out Paddy Madden on a number of occasions when the Irishman threatened to burst through. That Ed Upson's long range attempt was Yeovil's first proper second half attempt 25 minutes into the second period showed how much the visitors were in control. At the other end, James Collins had come on as a substitute, and he forced Marek Stech to dive low down to his right, with a now nervous Yeovil defence being hesitant as the ball came back out until Luke Ayling hacked the ball away.

Then with 13 minutes remaining came the moment that broke the deadlock, as a long ball up field was given for Gary Roberts to chase. The former Huddersfield Town man toe poked the ball forward just as Marek Stech came to the edge of his box to claim, resulting in the goalkeeper barging into the winger for a fairly academic penalty decision by referee Keith Stroud. Up stepped former Yeovil Town loanee Adam Rooney to fire the spot kick home and give the Wiltshire side a crucial advantage.

Lewis Young was immediately introduced as a substitute for the final ten minutes and his pace immediately injected a spark into the Glovers attacking intentions. He was rudely taken out on the wing by Jay McEveley's elbow which continued to rack up the yellow card count. Despite throwing the numbers forward, and five minutes of injury time being signalled, it was instead the opposition that grabbed the second and crucial goal. Swindon had played the long ball on the poor quality pitch far more intelligently than their hosts, and with gaps in a Glovers back line that had pushed up for the equaliser, Alan McCormack combined with substitute James Collins who fired through the body of the diving Marek Stech and into the back of the net with literally the last kick of the game - referee Keith Stroud not even allowing kick-off to take place. Based on their second half performance, the Glovers couldn't complain about the result they were left with too much.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Scorers: Adam Rooney (77 mins, 0-1, pen), James Collins (90 mins, 0-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Lewis Young (80 mins for Kevin Dawson) 19. Ben Gordon (49 mins for Jamie McAllister) 21. Wes Fletcher 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 7.Jordan Cook (61 mins for Gavin Williams).


Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
15. Nathan Thompson 22. Darren Ward 4. Aden Flint 3. Jay McEveley
28. Adam Rooney 18. Tommy Miller 8. Simon Ferry 12. Alan McCormack 11. Gary Roberts
16. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
30. Leigh Bedwell 5. Joe Devera 7. Luke Rooney (90 mins for Andy Williams) 9. James Collins (70 mins for Simon Ferry) 23. Raffaele De Vita (83 mins for Gary Roberts) 33. Alex Ferguson 34. Connor Waldon

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (1 min, foul), Kevin Dawson (43 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (47 mins, foul), Daniel Burn (69 mins, foul)

Swindon Bookings: Alan McCormack (21 mins, foul), Nathan Thompson (35 mins, foul) Jay McEveley (81 mins, foul), Tommy Miller (90 mins, timewasting), James Collins (90 mins, excessive celebration).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 22.

Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and David Woolford (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 5,207 (with 546 Swindon supporters).


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19 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Swindon
If you watched this evening's 0-2 defeat against Swindon Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As this was a televised match, you can place your vote even if you were sat in an armchair in New Zealand watching the game.

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


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19 March 2013 : Yeovil 0 Swindon 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town crashed to their first home League One defeat for over four months tonight, as two second half goals saw promotion rivals Swindon Town deservedly triumph in front of the Sky Sports cameras. After a fairly even first period that lacked clear-cut chances, the game turned on a 77th minute foul by Marek Stech that saw Adam Rooney convert from the penalty spot. The salt was rubbed into the wounds six minutes into injury time when substitute James Collins doubled Swindon's lead with the last kick of the game, to send the Glovers out of the play-offs by the narrowest of margins.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Scorers: Adam Rooney (77 mins, 0-1, pen), James Collins (90 mins, 0-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Lewis Young (80 mins for Kevin Dawson) 19. Ben Gordon (49 mins for Jamie McAllister) 21. Wes Fletcher 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 7.Jordan Cook (61 mins for Gavin Williams).


Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
15. Nathan Thompson 22. Darren Ward 4. Aden Flint 3. Jay McEveley
28. Adam Rooney 18. Tommy Miller 8. Simon Ferry 12. Alan McCormack 11. Gary Roberts
16. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
30. Leigh Bedwell 5. Joe Devera 7. Luke Rooney (90 mins for Andy Williams) 9. James Collins (70 mins for Simon Ferry) 23. Raffaele De Vita (83 mins for Gary Roberts) 33. Alex Ferguson 34. Connor Waldon

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (1 min, foul), Kevin Dawson (43 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (47 mins, foul), Daniel Burn (69 mins, foul)

Swindon Bookings: Alan McCormack (21 mins, foul), Nathan Thompson (35 mins, foul) Jay McEveley (81 mins, foul), Tommy Miller (90 mins, timewasting), James Collins (90 mins, excessive celebration).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 22.

Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and David Woolford (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 5,207 (with 546 Swindon supporters).


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19 March 2013 : Interview With Ben Gordon
As part of the build-up to tonight's home match against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan left-back Ben Gordon spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim McSweeney, Ben's thoughts on his arrival at the club are captured via the link below.

Link: Ben Gordon Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon.


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19 March 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's televised home League One game against Swindon Town. The change is likely to be a like-for-like swap, with Chelsea left-sided player Ben Gordon making way for the experienced Gavin Williams, who should operate in a left wing slot.

On the bench there's space for Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Vitalijs Maksimenko and Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook, with Nathan Ralph and Richard Hinds left entirely out of the squad, along with Sam Foley, who has a hip injury.

The team therefore reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Lewis Young 19. Ben Gordon 21. Wes Fletcher 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 7.Jordan Cook

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
15. Nathan Thompson 22. Darren Ward 4. Aden Flint 3. Jay McEveley
28. Adam Rooney 18. Tommy Miller 8. Simon Ferry 12. Alan McCormack 11. Gary Roberts
16. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
30. Leigh Bedwell 5. Joe Devera 7. Luke Rooney 9. James Collins 23. Raffaele De Vita 33. Alex Ferguson 34. Connor Waldon


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19 March 2013 : Gary Previews The Swindon Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's home match against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney, Gary's thoughts on the match, as well as the appointment of new Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson can be read via the link below.

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


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19 March 2013 : Playing Budgets And Transfer Fees
With Yeovil Town's match being screened on Sky Sports tonight, and the top divisions moving into an International weekend break, the club have got some publicity at national level, ahead of the League One game against Swindon Town. One article is worthy of note, given that it reveals two key figures concerning the money that the Glovers have reportedly been spending on players during the 2012-13 season - or rather haven't!

League One's top goalscorer at present is Yeovil Town's Paddy Madden, who was bought from Carlisle United in the January transfer window for what was officially an undisclosed fee. The club have not thrown out too many hints of what that fee might be, with the biggest clue given by manager Gary Johnson in a January interview when he made reference to Madden's new-found goalscoring prowess, saying: "If he had scored three goals up until now, it still would have been a bargain. So that will give you a clue that we didn't pay that much."

The Carlisle press last month pitched a fee of £25,000 as being their take on how much the striker cost Yeovil, but today's Daily Mail goes one step lower than that, describing him as "the only player Yeovil paid money for and that is believed to be around £15,000." If even remotely close, then there's no doubt that the 19 goals that Madden has scored for the Glovers would make him the clear bargain of the season.

The Mail also pitches a figure concerning the club's playing budget for the 2012-13 season, describing Johnson as working "on an annual club budget estimated at £800,000." Whilst again this figure is not attributed, it fits in with a general understanding of the club's current finances, and so is believable. Tonight's opponents Swindon Town openly reported that under their previous owners and first team management, Paolo di Canio had been given a playing budget of £4.5 million and that he had spent it by the time the club reached January, with the Italian demanding that his board give him more funding than they had been.

With both sides locked on 63 points in the current League One table but a world apart in terms of their financial structures, it's remarkable that with 37 matches in the 2012-13 season gone, that they are even occupying the same space in the division. Johnson tells the paper that he believes he is working to the smallest budget in the whole division:

"If they did a league table on budget, we’d definitely be 24th in the division. Definitely. I think Sheffield United have the biggest budget — they get the crowds. Bournemouth have spent loads on transfers. Doncaster and Swindon have paid a lot of money out. But those clubs are under tremendous pressure because they have to go up. There are eggs in baskets. Us and Tranmere, we’re punching above our weight — it’s unbelievable that we could be playing Aston Villa or QPR in the Championship."


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19 March 2013 : Johnson On Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that League One side Oldham Athletic have made a very good long term appointment, despite having selected the youngest manager in the league to save them from relegation. Of course Gary will doubtless confess to some parental bias there, given that the Latics yesterday put his 31 year old son Lee Johnson in the hot seat - his first managerial appointment following his release from Kilmarnock in January.

Lee already holds a UEFA 'B' Pro Licence and has been recently studying to complete his 'A' Pro Licence, and got the job ahead of around 120 applicants for the position at Boundary Park. However, this is his first step into front line management, with the job of saving the Latics from their current bottom four relegation position. Speaking to BBC Somerset yesterday, Gary joked that he'd already sold striker Paddy Madden to him for £3,000, but added that it was good that Oldham had so much faith in him:

"Somebody has obviously got a lot of faith in him, other than his dad, so that's good. He's one of those that even from a younger age would always take advice, but not necessarily act on it. He's got his own mind, and I think Oldham will in time see that they've got a very good, very young man to have at the helm, because he will be thinking long term for that club - that's how he's been brought up with me. Hopefully he'll keep them in the league. Get beaten by us, but still keep them in the league! What a day that might be - any sort of scenario could be happening. If I do sell him Paddy Madden, and I play my Youth Team on that day, then you'll know that there's a bit of a father and son thing going on!"

The two managers will be up against each other on Tuesday 16th April at Boundary Park, as Johnson Snr - battling for promotion - will take on Johnson Jnr - battling against relegation. That's likely to create a big focus on the two personalities involved, but Gary said that once the game kicks off, he is usually very unaware of who is in the opposition dugout, even if his wife may hold a different position:

"You don't get involved with the person in the other dugout. But I'm sure that for his mum and my missus it will be different sitting in the stand! I think that with both of us, the reason why he's got the job, and why I'm so long in the job is that we're both very professional people. He'll be very professional in his dugout, and I will be in mine. Whilst the game is going on, he's just another manager in the opposing dugout. But of course we're very proud of him, and what he's done and what he's achieved. He'll be the youngest manager in the league, and it's a big effort for him to do that."


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19 March 2013 : Early Team News From Yeovil And Swindon Camps
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says he is confident that he will go into Tuesday night's home match against Swindon Town with a near clean bill of health in terms of his first team squad. The game against the Robins sees League One's 6th placed side pitched up against the 5th placed club with only goal difference separating them.

The Glovers have had one or two recent injury concerns of late, most notably the loss of captain Jamie McAllister with an ankle injury during last week's home match against Crawley Town, and of winger Sam Foley who was out of the game with a hip problem. Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the Tuesday night game, Gary said that although midfielder Dominic Blizzard had needed some treatment for a knock as well, that Foley was the only player he had some concerns about:

"We're looking okay. It's only Sam Foley that hasn't been available and I think there's every chance of him being available. Dom Blizzard took a bit of a knock during the last week, but he's okay as well. Jamie McAllister is okay, so we've got our captain back. So all in all we'll be quite strong".

Johnson's squad for the live televised match will be boosted by the signings of Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Vitalijs Maksimenko and Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook who were recruited in on Monday afternoon. Gary gave an indication of what his thinking was in drafting in those players:

"We've got the two boys that have come in. (Vitalijs) Maksimenko is from Brighton, and is a Latvian boy that we know. He comes highly recommended, and we like him as well. He is a centre-back or left-back and is a left-sided player. Then we've also brought in another striker in Jordan Cook from Charlton. We were interested in him when he was at Sunderland but Charlton ended up signing him. Of course he was going to go to the Championship side. We know a lot about him>. He's a competitive lad and we just felt that we needed another striker and another defender for the run-in."

As for Swindon Town, their hopes of having their Transfer Embargo lifted today appear to once again disappeared into the ether without comment. Unless there is some ultra-late moment tomorrow morning, they will go into the match at Huish Park with the first team squad they've had to carry since January, with the Football League continuing to block deals until their new owners have brought the club's arrears on loan fees and transfer installment fees back up to date.

They are expected to be missing midfielder Alan Navarro, who has a hamstring problem, whilst defender Troy Archibald-Henville will also not take part as he recovers from a long term injury. Striker Miles Storey has a hamstring tear, whilst Aaron Oakley has a fractured foot. Meanwhile youngster Louis Thompson has been called up for the Wales Under-21 squad, and so will not travel with them.


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18 March 2013 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Stevenage is now available. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 13th April 2013, and thus is currently the club's fourth from last fixture of the 2012-13 season proper. Standard ticket pricing for the match is as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Concessions: £18.00; Under-21s: £14.00; Under-12s: £10.00

The Concessionary price applies to Disabled, Students, Unemployed and those aged Over-60. The cut-off point for age-based pricing is August 1st - i.e. an Under-21 supporter must be born after 01/08/1991, meaning that you can be up to 8.5 months over the cut-off age, and still qualify for the concession. All Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the above pricing for 'single' tickets, Stevenage are also doing a special promotional ticket offer for this fixture as follows:

One adult and one Under-16 : £20.00
One adult and two Under-16 : £25.00

To take advantage of this offer you must visit www.borotickets.co.uk before the day of the game. When you visit their website, choose the Yeovil website and choose the Yeovil game, then choose Away seating. Click on "Promotional Packages" and choose the relevant offer (only seating is available for away fans). Then choose your seats and indicate whether it is for the Adult or the Child on a case-by-case basis.

Note that you can also purchase singular tickets via this website as well, although for some reason they don't allow the standalone Under-21 and Under-12 tickets to be purchased this way.

When making your final purchase you may choose whether you would like your tickets to be posted through recorded delivery (£1.50 extra) or if you would like to collect them via the Club Shop on the day of the game. For any queries or problems in purchasing, Stevenage's Ticket Office can be reached on 0871 855 1696.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. With the exception of the promotional Family tickets, it will be possible to purchase on the day of the game.

You can purchase individual tickets via the Huish Park Ticket Office as well but the only way to get the Family ticket offer is via the above website. You can also purchase individual tickets online if you've got a mix of both.

Ambulant and wheelchair supporters must be able to provide proof of entitlement. Wheelchair disabled supporters must call 01438 218072 to purchase tickets and make arrangements. The only disabled facilities that Stevenage mention are situated at the opposite end of the ground, as part of their North Terrace - there are 12 spaces for both home and away supporters situated at the rear of the terrace.

Update 03/04/2013 : Individual match tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Family Tickets must be puchased online, whilst Wheelchair ticket reservations must be made via Stevenage as above.

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Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

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Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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18 March 2013 : Interview With Nathan Ralph
Another older interview has been added to the archives; again from last month's matches. Left-back Nathan Ralph scored his first ever professional goal last month as part of the 3-1 win over Preston North End at Huish Park, and after the match local journalist Chris Spittles caught up with him in an interview for BBC Somerset to talk about the goal and his comeback from long-term injury. That interview has been now archived via the link below.

Link: Nathan Ralph Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Preston.


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18 March 2013 : No Bees Deal For Marsh-Brown
Former Yeovil Town winger Keanu Marsh-Brown will not be offered a contract by League One side Brentford. The 20 year old, who was released by the Glovers during January, played in a recent Development Squad game for the Bees, lasting 60 minutes before coming off injured.

The Hounslow Chronicle has indicated that he has now been let go after his trial at Griffin Park, and so he remains a free agent. Marsh-Brown was also believed to have been training with Notts County prior to his Bees trial, although there was no high profile sign of the Magpies playing him in any competitive matches at any level.


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18 March 2013 : Double Loan Signing For Glovers
Yeovil Town have made two loan signings ahead of tomorrow evening's home League One game against Swindon Town. They have recruited in Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Vitalijs Maksimenko along with Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook.

Cook is a 22 year old who has signed up until April 17th. He was born in Hetton-le-Hole and is originally a Sunderland trainee, who has had loan experience with Darlington, Walsall and Carlisle United. He signed for Charlton Athletic last summer after he was released by Sunderland.

No prizes for guessing where manager Gary Johnson may have had a few connections with the signing of Maksimenko. He is a Latvian, born in Riga on December 8th 1990 and is also 22 years old. Having spent time with Daugava Riga and SKA Moscow, he signed for Skonto Riga in 2010, spending two years there. Brighton only signed him up on January 5th of this year, planning to use him for their development squad, but he has now been drafted into the Yeovil Town first team side, on a one month deal.


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18 March 2013 : Two Johnsons Now Managing In League One!
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has been confirmed as the new manager of League One side Oldham Athletic. The 31 year old has been given a two year contract at Boundary Park, with the immediate job of rescuing them from relegation. The Latics currently lie in the bottom four and two points off safety, although do have a game or two in hand on their rivals.

One of those games in hand is on Tuesday 16th April when Yeovil Town travel up to the North-West for a twice-postponed fixture against the Latics. This will pitch "Dad vs Son" in the dugouts for a game that could be vital for Yeovil's promotion credentials, and vital for Oldham's survival at third tier level.

As yet there's no indication of whether Lee plans to add to his current 468 first team appearances whilst he is Oldham's manager. Lee was unveiled at a Boundary Park press conference at 2.00p.m. this afternoon. The very best of luck to him in his new role - apart from in a month's time!


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18 March 2013 : Caulker Gets Promoted To Full England Squad
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has received another full England squad call-up after manager Roy Hodgson was forced to reshuffle his squad. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the squad that will compete in World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro - Hodgson has explained this is "due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow (and) the way he must manage his body between games."

Caulker had already been included in the England Under-21 squad, and so has been promoted to the senior ranks, with Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott also called up due to the withdrawal of Tottenham Hotspur pair Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson.

England face a trip to San Marino on Friday 22 March, before playing Group H table-toppers Montenegro in Podgorica on Tuesday 26 March. Caulker will doubtless be further down the pecking order than his other contempories for these games, but with two matches in quick succession, any injuries could put him into the limelight.

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Steven Caulker, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Leon Osman, Scott Parker , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young.

Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.


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18 March 2013 : Set Your TV Recorders
With tomorrow evening's match live on Sky Sports, there's a chance for Glovers fans to watch and re-watch the match to get a different perspective to what we normally get for a bulk standard League One fixture. Whilst the main event against Swindon Town takes place at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, it's worth setting your recorders to make sure you get one or more of the showings Sky will make of tomorrow night's game.

The main broadcast will of course be the unedited showing, covering two and a half hours worth of footage from Huish Park. However, Sky Sports will also run four repeat showings of the game over the following 24 hours. These are 90 minute highlights programmes that largely slice off a bit of the pre and post match analysis, plus the odd moment where injuries or lost balls delay the match, giving around 80 minutes worth of coverage once advert breaks are sliced out.

Hence set your recorders for the game to cover any/all of the following times:

18/03/2013 : 19:30hrs : 2hrs 30 mins : Full Live Showing (Sky Sports 1)
19/03/2013 : 00:00hrs : 1hr 30 mins : Condensed Highlights (Sky Sports 1)
19/03/2013 : 04:00hrs : 1hr 30 mins : Condensed Highlights (Sky Sports 1)
19/03/2013 : 11:00hrs : 1hr 30 mins : Condensed Highlights (Sky Sports 1)
19/03/2013 : 16:30hrs : 1hr 30 mins : Condensed Highlights (Sky Sports 2)


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18 March 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Opposition Form Guide
Tomorrow evening's opponents Swindon Town head to Huish Park in somewhat erratic form, despite maintaining a play-off place in the League One table. The Wiltshire side lie just above the Glovers, with only goal difference separating the sides, as 6th takes on 5th at Huish Park in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Part of their recent form can be accounted for by the fact that they've changed club owners, first team manager and been put under a transfer embargo in the past couple of months. The ownership and embargo issues emerged on Transfer Deadline Day - since then they've achieved a record of W3 D4 L2 - not bad, but on the other hand a little down on what they had been achieving prior to that point. A month after the ownership change they appointed a new manager with Kevin MacDonald taking the reins - he has a record of W1 D1 L1, so far too early to say how things will pan out under his tenure.

All of that is likely to make Swindon's form and mood almost impossible to predict going into the Tuesday night fixture, particularly given that they are waiting for the green light from the Football League to make a quartet of signings before the game. Their two main danger men are obvious - top scorer James Collins has 15 goals this season, whilst there will be no introduction necessary for his partner Andy Williams who has netted 12 times so far. Of the two, Williams is the one in form, with two goals in his last three matches, although Simon Ferry has also scored in both of their last two fixtures. Their third top scorer for the season won't feature - Matt Ritchie was controversially sold to rivals AFC Bournemouth on transfer deadline day.

The last match at Huish Park between the two sides was back in October 2010, but was a bit of a lively one - a 3-3 draw via goals from Gavin Williams and a Dean Bowditch brace, cancelled out by Swindon's late comeback as Sean Morrison (87 mins) and Jon-Paul McGovern (88 mins) gave them a share of the points, adding to Charlie Austin's opening goal.

Earlier this season, Swindon deservedly won 4-1 at the County Ground. James Hayter scored for the Glovers, but Andy Williams, James Collins (twice) and Darren Ward were able to take advantage of questionable defending, with the Glovers being over-run badly through the central midfield positions.

Games against Swindon Town are often fairly fractious affairs. There were five bookings in the County Ground game, and this is typical of what tends to be a local derby style atmosphere between the two sides, even if it takes around 90 minutes to weave the 80ish miles between the two clubs. Michael Rose (as a Swindon player) and Terry Skiverton (as a central defender) have failed to last the distance in previous encounters, whilst Danny Wilson was sent to the stands in another meeting at Huish Park. With the stakes high for both clubs, it's hard to believe that either side will be letting up on that sort of passion on Tuesday night.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Swindon Town

09/05/1949HomeYCCL0-1
19/04/1950AwayYCCL1-4Foulds
25/04/1951HomeYCCD0-0
31/03/1952AwayYCCL1-7Hunter
29/04/1954HomeYCCW3-0Reid(2), Own Goal
24/11/1962HomeFAC2L0-2
05/05/1970HomeFrndL1-4Plumb
02/08/1975HomeFrndL1-31236
11/08/1982HomeFrndL2-4
11/05/1986HomeFrndW4-21000
20/07/1992HomeTestD0-01648
19/07/1997HomeFrndL1-31007
18/07/1998HomeFrndD1-11094
27/08/2005AwayCCL1L2-46973Bastianini 1, Skiverton 87
11/03/2006HomeCCL1D0-07451
09/09/2007AwayCCL1W1-06944Owusu 77
26/12/2007HomeCCL1L0-16539
20/12/2008AwayCCL1W3-27072Alcock 10, Peltier 28, Own Goal 72
28/03/2009HomeCCL1W1-05476Obika 33
05/09/2009HomeCCL1L0-14807
28/12/2009AwayCCL1L1-38509Tomlin 27
30/10/2010HomeNPL1D3-34671G Williams 45, Bowditch 50, 61
15/01/2011AwayNPL1W1-07950Bowditch 65
17/11/2012AwayNPL1L1-48112Hayter 41


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Swindon Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
3581725305112465132849

RECENT RESULTS

19/02/2013Tranmere RoversAwayNPL1W3-15223Collins 48, Roberts 71, 90
23/02/2013Preston North EndHomeNPL1D1-19145Rooney 75
26/02/2013BuryHomeNPL1L0-17508
02/03/2013Coventry CityAwayNPL1W2-114280Williams 86, Ward 90
09/03/2013WalsallHomeNPL1D2-28407Williams 11, Ferry 79
12/03/2013BrentfordAwayNPL1L1-25867Ferry 32

CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
James Collins12003015
Andrew Williams11001012
Matt Ritchie900009
Raffaele De Vita800008
Simon Ferry500005
Adam Rooney500005
Miles Storey100203
Gary Roberts300003
Paul Benson100203
Danny Hollands200002
Darren Ward200002
Alan Navarro000202
Chris Martin100001
Aden Flint000101
Tommy Miller100001
Troy Archibald-Henville000101

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 11381, vs Portsmouth, 01/01/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 7388, vs Scunthorpe United, 20/10/2012
Average League Attendance: 8474

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 4
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 9 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWDDLD
Away Results Sequence: DDWWWL Overall Results Sequence: WDLWDL


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17 March 2013 : Tuesday Night's Opponents Waiting On Embargo To Sign Quartet
Tuesday night's opponents Swindon Town look likely to be involved in a race against time as they hope to sign up potentially up to four players in time for the televised clash against Yeovil Town. The Wiltshire side have been under a Transfer Embargo since the end of January, when their attempts to sign a trio of players collapsed on Transfer Deadline Day, after the Football League refused their registration papers.

Those problems sparked the events that ultimately saw former manager Paolo Di Canio resign his position along with his backroom staff, in part due to Swindon's change of ownership at a critical point in the season. Their new ownership was ratified by the Football League on February 21st but the League have still refused to remove the embargo, reported to relate to Swindon's failure to pay loan fees and transfer fee installments, with the Swindon Advertiser naming Norwich City and Shrewsbury Town as two clubs still expecting payments.

Matters have dragged somewhat, with Swindon claiming "unseen issues" have prevented them from satisfying the Football League that they are no longer behind in their payments. However, speaking to yesterday's Swindon Advertiser, their General Manager Steve Murrall claims that they will resolve those outstanding problems by Monday. If that happens, they have a quartet of players lined up to come into their side. Murrall explains:

"After a very long couple of weeks of resolving the embargo issue we are very confident that everything is now in place to remove the embargo on Monday to allow us to move forward. There were unseen issues that had to be resolved and, although we’d expected on a daily basis to have those issue resolved, we are now finally at stage where we can look forward to having the embargo lifted. We do have certain targets that have been identified and we will be approaching them immediately as soon as the embargo is lifted, we aim to sign them before Tuesday."

The Advertiser states that all four incoming players are on the books of Premier League clubs at present, with three from Tottenham Hotspur, and the other being an 'experienced striker' from another club. One of the Spurs trio needs no introduction to Glovers fans, with Dean Parrett having already experienced Huish Park in a green and white shirt. They also plan to recruit Cristian Ceballos and an unnamed midfielder from White Hart Lane. Obviously there is a cut-off under Football League rules by which clubs must register players, but with a much shorter notice period required in the case of emergency loans that are registered prior to fixtures.


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17 March 2013 : December 2012 Man Of The Match Results Compendium
We've been decidedly slack in publishing the Man of the Match results since around Christmas, and so with a brief lull in fixtures this weekend, hopefully we'll be able to bring things significantly more up to date. Apologies to everyone who has voted and not seen results - they are appreciated!

Compiling the results into Month groups, the following shows the results from all the matches during December 2012, covering Portsmouth (Away), Bournemouth (Away), Oldham Athletic (Home), Walsall (Away), Notts County (Home) and Wycombe Wanderers (Home) along with the December and November Player of the Months.

The figures for the 'Player of the Month' show the percentage of the vote gained across the month. The figures for the individual matches contain the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

Results are as follows:

December 2012 : Player Of The Month (Vote Percentage).

1 Marek Stech 16.5
2 Gavin Williams 15.2
3 Ed Upson 9.9
4 Joe Edwards 9.5
5 Sam Foley 9.2
6 Korey Smith 8.0
7 Byron Webster 6.6
8 Jamie McAllister 6.5
9 Daniel Burn 4.6
10 Luke Ayling 4.2


December 28th 2012 : Away vs Portsmouth (Won 2-1).

1 Marek Stech 156 (8)
2 Gavin Williams 140 (7)
3 Ed Upson 98 (8)
4 Dominic Blizzard 82 (5)
5 Byron Webster 68 (5)
6 Jamie McAllister 44 (2)
7 Richard Hinds 28 (2)
8 Paddy Madden 12 (0)
9 James Hayter 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.62

Performance: 7.35
Entertainment: 7.89

VOTES RECEIVED: 37


December 26th 2012 : Away vs AFC Bournemouth (Lost 3-0).

1 Marek Stech 66 (6)
2 Ed Upson 24 (1)
3 Byron Webster 16 (1)
4 Luke Ayling 14 (1)
5 Gavin Williams 14 (0)
6 Dominic Blizzard 12 (0)
7 Paddy Madden 8 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 6 (0)
9 Richard Hinds 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.89

Performance: 4.67
Entertainment: 5.11

VOTES RECEIVED: 9


December 22nd 2012 : Home vs Oldham Athletic (Won 4-1).

1 Gavin Williams 570 (50)
2 Joe Edwards 230 (9)
3 Marek Stech 148 (4)
4 Paddy Madden 68 (1)
5 Byron Webster 62 (1)
6 Ed Upson 26 (0)
7 James Hayter 20 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 18 (0)
9 Dominic Blizzard 8 (0)
10 Jamie McAllister 6 (0)
11 Richard Hinds 4 (0)
12 Sam Foley 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.55

Performance: 8.40
Entertainment: 8.71

VOTES RECEIVED: 65


December 15th 2012 : Away vs Walsall (Drew 2-2).

1 Sam Foley 106 (9)
2 Korey Smith 50 (3)
3 Reuben Reid 26 (0)
4 Joe Edwards 24 (1)
5 Marek Stech 20 (1)
6 Daniel Burn 12 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 8 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 6 (0)
8 Byron Webster 6 (0)
10 James Hayter 2 (0)
10 Gavin Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.20

Performance: 4.67
Entertainment: 5.73

VOTES RECEIVED: 15


December 8th 2012 : Home vs Notts County (Drew 0-0).

1 Daniel Burn 132 (4)
2 Korey Smith 112 (7)
3 Ed Upson 78 (3)
4 Joe Edwards 58 (4)
5 Luke Ayling 56 (2)
6 Byron Webster 54 (2)
6 Gavin Williams 54 (2)
8 Jamie McAllister 36 (3)
9 Marek Stech 30 (1)
10 Paddy Madden 24 (2)
11 Sam Foley 12 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.42

Performance: 8.44
Entertainment: 8.39

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


December 4th 2012 : Home vs Wycombe Wanderers (Won 2-0).

1 Jamie McAllister 108 (6)
2 Joe Edwards 102 (8)
3 Ed Upson 80 (3)
4 Sam Foley 72 (4)
5 Korey Smith 62 (4)
6 Marek Stech 46 (1)
7 Byron Webster 18 (1)
8 Luke Ayling 16 (1)
9 Gavin Williams 12 (1)
10 Daniel Burn 12 (0)
11 James Hayter 10 (1)
12 Reuben Reid 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.70

Performance: 7.00
Entertainment: 6.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


November 2012 : Player Of The Month (Vote Percentage).

1 Joe Edwards 16.2
2 Paddy Madden 12.2
3 Sam Foley 11.3
4 Korey Smith 11.2
5 Luke Ayling 9.5
6 Daniel Burn 9.1
7 Jamie McAllister 6.3
8 Daniel Johnson 5.3
9 Byron Webster 5.2
10 Marek Stech 4.1


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17 March 2013 : Interview With Kevin Dawson
Last month, the BBC interviewed Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson about his time at the club so far. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the February 21st chat focuses on the club's strong run of form, as well as Kevin's views on his housemate and team-mate Paddy Madden who he has known since they were at school. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Doncaster.


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17 March 2013 : Ladies Bow Out After Club Best Cup Run
Yeovil Town Ladies crashed out of the FA Women's Cup at the hands of Leeds United at Farsley's Throstle Nest ground in Yorkshire. In a reverse fixture of the League Cup tie at Huish Park, the Glovers were on the wrong side of a 4-0 score line which probably flattered the home side. Goals from Hayley Sharp, Emma Lipman and a brace from Carey Huegett separated the sides in a game which saw Yeovil match their hosts for large parts of the game.

The home side started the game much the better side, Yeovil’s inability to get into the game was soon punished; only six minutes were on the clock when a Leeds free kick was deflected in by Carey Huegett who beat the on rushing Beth Howard in the Yeovil goal to the ball. 1-0 soon became 2-0, another free kick this time from the right wasn’t dealt with and United right back Emma Lipman managed to turn and shoot to double the advantage.

With a quarter of the game gone, Yeovil were getting into the game Laura Bray and Justine Lorton were combining well and the first chance of the game fell to Jade Radburn who saw her looping header kept out by the Leeds keeper. A good spell of possession from the Glovers saw the confidence rise, Rosie Williams saw a 40-yard thunderbolt blocked and Lorton had a chance cleared away for a corner within a few minutes of another.

Leeds, however remained a danger on the break, Danielle Sheen on the right wing was causing problems, on a number of occasions she created chances through her pace and trickery. Before the half time interval, Yeovil would have wanted a goal to start the comeback, it wasn’t to be as Katie Cook spurned a glorious chance from 10 yards out, if she hadn’t have been stretching she may have been able to keep the ball down.

Half Time: Leeds United Ladies 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

The Glovers started the second period as they had ended the first, pressure from Bray and Lorton again the main catalyst, with Cook getting in on the act too. Bray’s 49th minute shot was just not powerful enough to trouble Jules Draycott in goal while Cook was keeping the Leeds right flank quiet and creating opportunities herself.

With just over an hour gone, Yeovil had their best chance of the game, more good work from Radburn and Cook saw a ball drop kindly for Bray who decided against a first time shot in favour of controlling the ball but the chance was soon blocked away by the Leeds ‘keeper. It was all Yeovil still and a goal could have sparked a comeback, but against the run of play Leeds extended the lead.

The home side were awarded a penalty on 68 minutes and the impressive Carey Huegett made no mistake from the resulting spot kick. The third goal had knocked the wind out of Yeovil and a fourth goal wasn’t far behind. Hayley Sharp was quickest to react to a loose ball 15 yards out and thrashed it home.

With the result all but confirmed, Yeovil regained the momentum of play shortly after. Grace Rapp came on for Lorton who had done much of the hard work running the front line. Rapp fitted into the front line with ease and helped to set up Cook for a tame effort and Laura Bray for a chance that she’ll be disappointed not to convert. The ball fell nicely to the striker from no more than a yard out, whilst the angle may have been against her, the ball flew wide when it looked easier to score.

As time ticked away, the Yeovil players continued to dig in and create chances, Bray saw two crosses fall to opposition players and Williams tried another long range effort which came to nothing. Leeds could have made it five in stoppage time, but when a 4-0 score line looked harsh on the visitors, five would have been totally unfair.

The full time whistle went with the home side progressing to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, whilst Yeovil will wonder how the margin of defeat was quite so wide. Joint Manager Nigel Williams tweeted of his pride at the Yeovil Town squad for their performance on the day and in the competition on the whole.

Full Time: Leeds United Ladies 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies (Line-Up/Formation):
Beth Howard
Emma Brazell – Rachel Edwards – Rosie Williams – Mich Keehan
Stacey Pearson – Jade Radburn – Kirsty Whitton – Katie Cook
Justine Lorton (Grace Rapp) – Laura Bray

Yeovil Town player of the day: Katie Cook.

Attendance: 125

[Report by Ben Barrett.]


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17 March 2013 : Johnson Jnr Tipped For Oldham Hot Seat
Could we really see Father vs Son on Tuesday 16th April at Boundary Park? If you believe the Sky Sports website, it could happen. They are claiming that former Glovers midfielder Lee Johnson has been interviewed for the vacant first team manager's job at Oldham Athletic and suggest that he will be offered the job.

The 31 year old is currently a free agent, from a playing point of view, having left Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in January by mutual consent. He has no management experience but has been working through his coaching badges for a number of years.

Oldham are currently under the Caretaker Manageent of Tony Philliskirk but he is not applying for the vacancy. Sky claim that Oldham "are now understood to be ready to offer Johnson the manager's job." However, Sky have previously tipped Paul Scholes - a claim that was quickly rubbished by the Oldham board.

Update: 19:00hrs Looks like this one has legs. Oldham have now scheduled a Press Conference for 2.00p.m. on Monday where they will unveil their new manager. The Oldham local press are naming Lee Johnson as the man who will be announced by the Latics.


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16 March 2013 : Interview With Lewis Young
Following last Saturday's 0-0 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town winger Lewis Young spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Lewis' views on his injury problems, and the run-in to the end of the 2012-13 season can be read via the link below.

Link: Lewis Young Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Hartlepool.


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16 March 2013 : Youth Team vs Torquay Is OFF
This morning's home Football League Youth Alliance match between Yeovil Town U18s and Torquay United U18s has been postponed. The Alvington pitch is waterlogged and a new date for this game will need to be arranged.


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15 March 2013 : Three Glovers Tenth Anniversary Plans Announced
Yeovil Town are planning two forthcoming events to commemorate their 10th Anniversary of becoming a Football League club. The Glovers will reach that milestone on Saturday 12th April 2013, which will coincide with the day the club won promotion up at Doncaster Rovers, just prior to a 4-0 win in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with the actual moment having been confirmed in the build-up to that game with Chester City's draw against Woking.

To recognise that moment, the Glovers have made contact with the 2002-03 First Team squad and invited them to be guests and be presented to the crowd during the home League One match against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 6th April 2013 - the nearest home game to that event. Obviously attendance will be dependent upon the 2002-03 playing squad's own current club commitments.

On the following day, on Sunday 7th April 2013 there will be an evening's celebration at the Westland Sports and Social Club. Tickets for the event will be priced £15.00 and will include a buffet, with further entertainment and a sporting memorabilia auction planned. Again, the 2002-03 First Team Squad have been invited to attend the evening (subject to availability etc). Tickets for the event will go on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from next Monday, 18th March on a first come, first served basis.

In addition, evening at Westland Sports will also see a 10th Anniversary DVD launched entitled 'History In The Making'. We've yet to see the exact content revealed or the pricing, but obviously is expected to centre on the 2002-03 season climax.


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15 March 2013 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Reminder
A reminder that whilst there may be no Yeovil Town first team fixture tomorrow, due to the Swindon Town home game being moved to Tuesday 19th March, the Under-18s are in League action tomorrow. They take on Torquay United in a Football League Youth Alliance match at the usual Alvington venue, with a 11.00a.m. kick-off.

The Glovers currently lie bottom of the division, but with the Gulls their nearest rivals this represents a good opportunity for them to claw back a bit of pride. Admission is free of charge, with all spectators welcome. You'll find the Alvington venue situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub, just off Bunford Lane. Fixtures are as follows:

Football League Youth Alliance South West Division:
Bristol Rovers v Exeter City
Hereford United v Swindon Town
Yeovil Town v Torquay United


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15 March 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Swindon Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 19th March at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and is live on the Sky Sports channel. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years. His selection for such local derbies and significant matches suggests he's doing what the Football League want of him, yet as fans we haven't always agreed with that - one particular away match at Swansea City (mentioned later) gave him a bit of a reputation.

This season we've had him twice - the one competitive match was the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in September 2012. There he was relatively quiet ... either that or our own awfulness overshadowed anything that an official might throw at us. The Western Gazette notes that he "had very little to do in a well-tempered, largely one-sided affair." He was also the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park though saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

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

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match. Let's hope he doesn't let the big TV stage dominate next Tuesday's game.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and David Woolford (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Link: September 2012 : Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

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

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


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15 March 2013 : GWSC Rearranged Travel To Oldham Athletic
Next month, Yeovil Town have a rearranged midweek fixture as they travel to play Oldham Athletic in a League One match. The game at Boundary Park takes place on Tuesday 16th April 2013 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 12.30p.m. with no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

NOTE: If you were booked on the original February aborted trip, you must rebook your place for this fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town (Rearranged).

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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15 March 2013 : Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Bury is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 27th April 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gigg Lane, and is the final scheduled match of the 2012-13 season. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Aged 16-21: £13.00; Over 65s: £10.00; Under 16s: £10.00; Unemployed (with ID): £10.00.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated the Manchester Road End, sometimes referred to as the West Stand. This is a covered seated stand, housing just over 2,000 supporters. There are a few supporting pillars that can block views partway up the stand.

Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are admitted for £10.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. There are six allocated spaces in away stand. Contact Jackie Melia at jackie.melia@gigglane.com or on 07702 484137 if you have any on the day requirements.

There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture, and tickets will be available on the day of the game. However, given that this game could be a promotion/play-off/relegation decider for one or both sides, expect there to be increased demand at Gigg Lane on the day if you do choose to wait until the day of the match.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town (Rearranged).


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15 March 2013 : Ticketing For Rearranged Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th April 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park, and is a revised date due to the postponement of the February fixture as a result of heavy snowfall in the area. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters pay the standard admission prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge. Club contacts for any special arrangements/bookings are Ron Cassidy (Disability Liaison Officer on 0161 320 6955) or Judith Lane (Club Office on 0161 785 5179). Alternatively email them via roncass_99@yahoo.co.uk or judith.lane@oldhamathletic.co.uk

Yeovil Town supporters will get a section of the Rochdale Road End - usually the 1,620 capacity section nearest their Main Stand. There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture. This is unreserved seating - you can sit wherever you want within the allocated area.

Note that if you have already purchased a ticket for this match for the original February game, then the ticket you hold is still valid. If you can't make the new date, then we'd recommend you visit the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.


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15 March 2013 : GWSC Travel To Notts County
In just over two weeks time, Yeovil Town travel to Notts County in a League One match. The game at Meadow Lane takes place on Monday 1st April 2013 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 7.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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15 March 2013 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's away League One fixture against Notts County is now available. The match takes place on Monday 1st April at Meadow Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Adults: £24.00 ; Concessions: £15.00 ; Under-16s: £6.00 ; Under-12s: £1.00

Concessions apply to those aged 16-21 years old, those aged Over-60, and unemployed supporters carrying suitable ID.

Notts County indicate that the ticketing offer for Under-12s "are only available, up to a maximum of three, when purchased with a corresponding match ticket".

Away supporters are housed in the Z Block area of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. This is 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.

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.

Tickets will be available from Meadow Lane on the day of the game itself, with no additional charge for admission.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.


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15 March 2013 : Glovers Duo Miss Out In Football League Monthly Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and striker Paddy Madden have missed out on the Football League's final awards for February 2013. The awards have been dished out to Hartlepool United duo John Hughes and Peter Hartley who pick up the Manager and Player awards respectively.

Whilst the Player award is harder to qualify, there's no doubt that Hughes deserves the Management award. His side had the best playing record in the division with 14 points from their six games - a statistics made more remarkable by the fact that they started the month rock bottom of the division. Hughes has faced an uphill battle since arriving at Victoria Park last November, with his club bottom of the league, but recent form has given them half a chance of avoiding the impossible.

Hartley scored twice in the month of February but perhaps deserves a shout for creating his club national headlines when he scored in their 2-1 win over Notts County on February 2nd - the scorers that day were "Hartley, Poole" giving the media some easy headlines in the morning. The Football League's assessment of both parties' achievements and their reason for choosing them is as follows:

John Hughes' men looked destined for relegation around Christmas, but an undefeated February complete with four victories and two draws, has breathed new life into their season. Although they finished the month in 23rd place and six points adrift of safety, this run of form will have Pools fans dreaming of a great escape.

The form of local lad Hartley was instrumental in Hartlepool's turn in fortunes. He allied his ability to read the game to his physical strength, ensuring greater defensive stability. Calm in possession, he also powered home vital headed goals in the wins over Notts County and Leyton Orient.

Speaking about Hughes' triumph, panel member Alan Curbishley said: "John Hughes has made a fantastic impact following his appointment at Hartlepool United. Recording 14 points from just six games has now given his side a realistic chance of survival in npower League 1."



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14 March 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights
The Sky Sports match highlights of Yeovil Town's League One home game against Crawley Town has been uploaded following the Tuesday night game. View all four goals from the game, including early openers from Byron Webster and Paddy Madden, in three and a half minutes worth of footage via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights.


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14 March 2013 : Johnson Needing To Get Team Fired Up For Swindon Clash
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that he will need to engage in a mix of tactics to get his team fired up for next Tuesday's home match against Swindon Town. Having got used to a diet of two games a week for much of the winter period, the presence of the Sky Sports cameras has meant that a game that was originally scheduled for this Saturday has been shifted by three days, giving a full Tuesday-to-Tuesday gap between the midweek draw against Crawley Town and the match against their Wiltshire promotion rivals.

Having suffered a mini-stutter of one win in their last five matches, albeit with three draws in that run, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he wants his players to initially engage in some much needed rest, but at that point wants to get them fired up for a game at Huish Park that will be a definite six-pointer. The Glovers boss said how he would engage that two point plan:

"There's two things - you're going to need to rest their legs, but then you're going to need to get that competitive spirit back. If the last thing that they think of all week is that second half, then we may start like that in the next very important game that we've got, and our season might peter out if we're not careful. I've got to get into their psyche a little bit, and try to get them aggressive in their play and in their thoughts. If I can do that, then we'll be ready for Swindon."

The match takes place on Tuesday 19th March at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. For the match, the Green and Whites Supporters Club are obtaining 3,000 flags at the request of Gary Johnson, who is looking to present a colourful spectacle to the TV cameras. Those flags will be handed out to supporters by stewards and other helpers as they pass towards the turnstiles on the night of the game.


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14 March 2013 : Glovers Post 50K Profit On Main Company Accounts
Yeovil Town have announced a trading profit for the 2011-12 season, in their latest accounts. This week's Western Gazette indicates that the club achieved a turnover of £3.156 million compared to a £2.9 million figure in the previous season. This resulted in a profit of £53,379 for the year ending June 30th 2012.

The transfer of Craig Alcock to Peterborough United and the windfall from Lee Peltier's move to Leicester City were not included in the 2010-11 accounts, and so fall into this set of figures. These will have contributed to the raised turnover figures, although the Gazette states that "income from commercial and advertising activity" also increased during the year.

It's likely that this increase is also due to the fact that the club picked up two FA Cup televised matches against Fleetwood Town that were screened by the ESPN Sports channel. That added to the First Round win over Hereford United, meant that the club netted a total of £126,500 that would not have been budgeted for.

Speaking to the Gazette, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has said of the figures:

"We are very pleased to be able to report a surplus for the third year in succession. This result has been produced in extremely challenging economic conditions whilst at the same time the management team and players have been able to maintain a significant level of competitiveness in npower League One. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank all the staff, management, players, supporters and volunteers for their contributions to this success."

The club's accounts have yet to reach Companies House where there should be some additional detail provided on those figures. The club's financial position is now rather more complex given that the health of the Huish Park Stadium Partnership and Yeovil Town Holdings Limited is also highly relevant here. There's currently no hint as to where the club stand with respect to this season's accounts.

Link: 02/04/2012 : Glovers Post Small Profit In Latest Accounts (2010-11 Season).

Link: 23/12/2010 : Glovers Post Small Profit In Latest Accounts (2009-10 Season).

Link: 11/04/2010 : Yeovil Town Posts Million Pound Loss (2008-09 Season).

Link: 10/09/2009 : Club Record Small Profit In Latest Accounts (2007-08 Season).

Link: 04/12/2008 : YTFC 2006-07 Accounts Issued To Shareholders (2006-07 Season).


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13 March 2013 : Coventry Facing High Court Administration Order
League One side Coventry City look to be heading towards administration, after their stadium owners announced that they had put forward a High Court application. Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) are in dispute with Coventry City Football Club, over their refusal to pay rent on the Ricoh Arena and as the level of debt has piled up, so has the list of problems that the Sky Blues face.

They are currently under a transfer embargo after Coventry's owners SISU were late in signing off their Company accounts, whilst last month ACL obtained a Third Party Debt Order that froze all of Coventry's bank accounts, including income due to them from the City Council and from Championship side Huddersfield Town. This added to an August 2012 High Court order that demanded that Coventry set aside an amount of money to pay for the rent that was owed to ACL.

At the time of last month's court order, ACL had lodged a claim for £1.3 million in unpaid rent. With the Sky Blues having not paid a penny in rent since April 2012, both CCFC and ACL were in negotiations over how to resolve the crisis, but at the start of March, the stadium owners made it clear that enough was enough, saying "CCFC’s owners can now either take the offer which is on the table or face the legal consequences."

Now we see the "legal consequences" to which ACL refer. Tonight, ACL have issued a press statement in which they make clear that they will be aiming to have a High Court examine Coventry's accounts to determine whether they are fit to continue trading. Should the court find otherwise, then ACL will look to force Coventry City into administration. The statement notes:

"The Board of Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) announces that it has made an application to the High Court in London to request that it make an administration order against Coventry City Football Club (CCFC). The application relates to CCFC's failure to pay ACL £1.3m in rent that ACL is lawfully owed for CCFC's use of the Ricoh Arena.

"At a date in the next few weeks, the High Court will consider CCFC's financial position, and whether it is fit to continue trading. If the High Court rules that this is not the case, CCFC will be placed into administration. If the High Court determines that CCFC should be placed into administration, the High Court will then appoint an administrator to sell CCFC to a buyer that is able to restore financial stability to the Club. It will provide for an interim period, pending the outcome of the hearing, during which other parties (including CCFC owner, Sisu) will be unable to wind-up or liquidate CCFC
."

ACL, who are part owned by Coventry City Council, say that they have taken these steps following SISU's threats to put one of Coventry's companies into administration or liquidation themselves in an attempt to wipe out the debt. By taking control of the situation themselves, ACL would either force Coventry to pay the arrears, or for SISU to risk the club going out of their current control.

Should the High Court proceedings result in administration, Coventry will be deducted ten points. Whether this is done for this season's table or next season's table will depend heavily upon whether the Court hearing takes place before Thursday 28th March. If the insolvency event takes place after this date, then the Football League would determine which season the points should be deducted from, based on the club's final league position. The effect upon Coventry's 2012-13 season is that if they do go into administration, then any hope of obtaining and keeping a play-off place is pretty much eliminated.


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13 March 2013 : Madden Inches Ahead Again In Golden Boot Race
Last night finally saw Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden pass through the 20 goal mark for the season, having netted the Glovers' second goal in the 2-2 draw against Crawley Town. Having had a three game lull in his amazing scoring run, his goal puts him back ahead by a solitary strike ahead of Coventry City's Leon Clarke, who had spent the first half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Scunthorpe United.

With most clubs having around nine games to go of the season - Walsall's Will Grigg is in a hot streak of form, having fired seven goals in his last four games, including a hat-trick against Carlisle United. Being his club's penalty taker has helped him, with the Saddlers having got three spot kicks in a row in their last three games.

Grigg and Brentford's Clayton Donaldson look as though they are going to be Madden's main challengers between now and the end of the season, with this afternoon's news that Leon Clarke is facing ankle surgery that will put him out for the rest of the 2012-13 season. Grigg and Donaldson are both three goals behind Madden, whereas the next nearest active challenger is seven goals behind the Irishman, meaning that the 'golden boot' looks likely to be contested between those three players.

The top ten goalscorers in League One are as follows:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 20 (one scored for Carlisle United)
2 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 19 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United)
3 Will Grigg (Walsall) 17
3 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 17
5 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
6 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
7 James Collins Swindon Town 12
8 Nick Blackman Sheffield United 11 (now a Reading player)
8 Jake Cassidy Tranmere Rovers 11 (now back at parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers)
8 Izale McLeod Milton Keynes Dons 11 (10 goals scored for Portsmouth)


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13 March 2013 : Capital Glovers Choose London Meet-Up For Sky Game
With next Tuesday evening's home League One match being live on Sky Sports, any Capital Glovers or fans visiting London for the day are welcome to join them at a central pub that will have the match on. They have chosen The Griffin, in Shoreditch, which is situated close to Old Street underground and railway stations, and Shoreditch High Street station, as well as being a walkable distance from Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Hoxton stations.

Address: The Griffin, 93 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RD.

This is a bit of an old-fashioned London corner boozer that has a variety of real ale, cider and lagers. The Capital Glovers extend their invitation to any supporters in the area wanting to watch the match with them that night, and expect to be in the bar from around 7.00p.m. to prepare themselves for the 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match against the Robins takes place on Tuesday 19th March.


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13 March 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Crawley Home Interview
Just before last night's match against Crawley Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary focusses upon new signing Ben Gordon and his bedding into the team, and also why he is happy to concentrate on the league table positions so much when other managers don't. Read Gary's interview via the link below.

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


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13 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Home Game
Following last night's 2-2 draw with Crawley Town at Huish Park, 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 verdict on the game can be read via the link below.

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


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13 March 2013 : Johnson Looking For More Leaders In Captain's Absence
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he wants his players to show more leadership, after they let a two goal lead slip at Huish Park last night. The Glovers drew 2-2 against Crawley Town despite being two goals up with 18 minutes of the match gone. The end result was a frustrating one, when the Glovers needed the win to cement their League One play-off credentials.

One of the strong patterns that has been emerging is that when Yeovil Town lose their captain Jamie McAllister, they suffer badly on the pitch. He missed the club's 2-0 defeat at Colchester United last month, and was also absent for three matches last September which was the start of a run of six consecutive defeats. Last night he went off after just 24 minutes with a reoccurrence of his ankle problem, and Gary told BBC Somerset that in McAllister's absence he needed the other ten players to step up and become leaders themselves:

"When Jamie goes off, you're looking for other leaders and other captains. So that is the mental state out there that is going to rally the troops and let them know in no uncertain terms that they are not performing at the moment. That is the problem with your boy-next-door team. We knew that this might be a problem, but we've got to find those leaders."

Gary also felt that Crawley's own situation in the League One table led to the way that the game panned out. With the Sussex side currently in a comfortable mid-table position, yet still harbouring faint ambitions of clawing their way into play-off contention, last night's fixture was a 'must win' for them, and that meant they were going to make tactical changes at half time to push more men forward:

"That type of team who were at the top of the league for a little while earlier in the season, can easily show what they can do. All of a sudden they threw caution to the wind and we weren't ready for that, and the lads weren't up for that on the day. So it's two points lost, but we'll see what happens a bit later on. Crawley needed to win and that's why they came out all guns blazing, because they had nothing to lose but to throw people forward, and that's what we didn't deal with."


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13 March 2013 : Gary Johnson Given Another Monthly Nomination
Like his striker Paddy Madden, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is up for his second consecutive monthly nomination from the Football League. Gary was one of the League's January nomination, but lost out to Walsall boss Dean Smith. This month he is up against the same man along with Hartlepool United boss John Hughes, who has been fighting a strong battle to help his side avoid relegation.

The full set of nominations, along with the League's supporting text for those nominations are listed below:

John Hughes (Hartlepool United)
John Hughes' Hartlepool looked destined for relegation around Christmas, but an undefeated February complete with four victories and two draws has breathed new life into their season. Although they finished the month in 23rd place and six points adrift of safety, this run of form will have Pools fans dreaming of a great escape.

Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)
Yeovil Town consolidated their Play-Off place nicely in February, racking up four wins, a draw and a solitary loss in their six league fixtures. At the end of the month, only four points separated the top seven positions, so Gary Johnson's men will be only too aware of the need to continue this good form to maintain their lofty standing.

Dean Smith (Walsall)
Dean Smith's Walsall enjoyed an undefeated month comprising of three wins and two draws from their five league fixtures. Despite this fine run, Walsall finished the month in ninth place, but with the top of League 1 so congested, the Saddlers' faithful can be forgiven for feeling they are reaching top form at just the right time.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning on Sky Sports News from 9.00a.m. For what it's worth, given the clubs' respective monthly playing records, and the huge turnaround on the club's fortunes, we'd be surprised if Hartlepool's John Hughes did not walk away with the award.


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13 March 2013 : Paddy Madden Gets Second Monthly Nomination From League
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has received his second consecutive nomination from the Football League today as part of their February 2013 Player of the Month awards. The Irishman is already the January Player of the Month but has landed in the February shortlist in a trio of names announced by the League this morning. That list and the supporting text reads as follows:

Fabian Brandy (Walsall)
The 24-year-old gave a series of dazzling displays, running defences ragged, skipping past opponents at will and setting the tempo for his side. He scored the winner in the 2-1 victory at Doncaster Rovers and remarkably drew a standing ovation from the home fans at Carlisle United.

Peter Hartley (Hartlepool United)
The local boy and club captain led his side's fight against relegation in February. He allied his ability to read the game to his physical strength, ensuring greater defensive stability for Pools. Calm in possession, he also powered home vital headed goals in the wins over Notts County and Leyton Orient.

Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town)
It's been a second successive stellar month for the Irishman, who bagged another five goals in six games to add to his astonishing work rate. His commitment to harrying defences has been pivotal to Yeovil Town's surge into the Play-Off places and a testament to his predatory instincts.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning on Sky Sports News from 9.00a.m.


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12 March 2013 : Yeovil 2 Crawley 2 : Two Goal Lead Slips From Glovers Grasp
Yeovil Town left a two goal lead slip in an enthralling end-to-end encounter at Huish Park tonight, as they ended up having to share the points with Crawley Town. In the proverbial 'game of two halves' the Glovers led through an early Byron Webster header and a Paddy Madden strike. However, after the break it was the visiting side that dominated, and they deserved their quickfire response as Joe Walsh netted 46 seconds into the second period, then Matthew Sparrow caught the Glovers on the break. With both sides hitting the woodwork there could have easily been more goals, but instead Yeovil dropped a place down to 6th, with an end result they really didn't want.

The Glovers went into the match introducing Ben Gordon for his debut, after Sam Foley dropped out of the squad with a hip problem sustained on Saturday at Hartlepool. Gordon took the left-wing berth, thus allowing a straight swap - otherwise the bench and the rest of the starting eleven were unchanged.

Ben Gordon's debut got off to a bit of a flyer. After the Glovers had forced a couple of early corners, one of those was only half cleared, and the ex-Chelsea player picked the ball up, put it onto his stronger left foot, and whipped in a cross that Byron Webster attacked with venom, driving through the penalty area to put the Glovers 1-0 up with an excellent headed goal, of the sort that assistant manager Terry Skiverton would have seen as having his trademark stamped all over it.

Crawley created their own first half chances, even if they were on the back foot for the opening 45 minutes - a Jamie Proctor shot went just wide of the post, which was followed up by the same player forcing Dan Burn to clear his lines. But they went further behind when Luke Ayling's cross into the box with just 18 minutes played went through the Crawley defence giving Paddy Madden the opportunity to convert his 20th goal of the 2012-13 season from close range. 2-0 up and seemingly coasting.

The visitors though showed enough to suggest that they were capable of getting back into the match, and Yeovil were not helped by captain Jamie McAllister having to limp off midway through the first half, with it being likely that his recent ankle problems had made this one a game too far for him. Yeovil reorganised by sending on Nathan Ralph, who fitted into the left-back slot behind Ben Gordon.

Crawley's best two chances of the half came via two of their strikers. Billy Clarke's free kick after Dan Burn had fouled was superbly flighted, but struck the crossbar, with Joe Edwards hacking the loose ball clear. Then Paul Hayes - signed on loan from Brentford for the Sussex club - was guilty of an awful miss as he fired over the bar from close range. Those should have been the warning signs for the Glovers at the break that they were 2-0 up, but against a capable side, who would be dangerous if they got their shooting boots on.

The next goal would be crucial and it came just 46 seconds into the second period. Mat Sadler's free kick free kick for a foul by Ed Upson on Billy Clarke, saw the ball headed back across goal by Paul Hayes, and former Yeovil Town trialist Joe Walsh, who played in a pre-season friendly for the club at Hereford, nodded home from close range to put the scores back to 2-1.

That was to set the game up as Crawley came out having switched from their initial 4-3-3 formation to a conventional 4-4-2, and that seemed to give them far more forward play, with Mat Sadler in particular giving Kevin Dawson plenty to think about as the full-back pressed forward more. Sadler's one-two with Paul Hayes set him free on goal, with Marek Stech blocking the chance well. Then Byron Webster had to clear off the line from a Hayes attempt.

The outcome of the game could have been so different on 62 minutes. Luke Ayling's floated free kick saw James Hayter become the latest player to hit the woodwork as Yeovil were inches away from going 3-1 up. Having committed so many players forward, that was to kill them, as Crawley hit Yeovil on the counter-attack. Sergio Torres slipped the ball through to former Leyton Orient midfielder Matt Sparrow and he slotted the ball home, meaning that instead of a 3-1 lead, 30 seconds later, we had a 2-2 scoreline on our hands.

Both managers rang the changes - Gary Johnson bringing on the more defensive-minded Dominic Blizzard to try to block out some of Crawley's midfield control, whilst the visitors brought on attacking midfielder Nicky Adams as they refreshed their formation yet again. Twice Crawley nearly broke the offside trap on runs through the back line. At the other end, Joe Edwards hit the post, whilst Blizzard had penalty appeals waved away after Mat Sadler blocked his cross into the box. Then Mike Jones became the fourth player to hit the woodwork, whilst Yeovil's defence cleared the ball off the goal-line yet again as the visitors dominance of the second half threatened the winner.

Into four minutes of injury time, and controversy reigned when Nicky Adams swung a ball into the box, which appeared to strike the raised arm of Kevin Dawson. Up went vociferous appeals which turned to anger when referee James Adcock waved them away - eventually producing a yellow card for one dissenting Crawley player. Instead he blew the final whistle, which then gave the visitors a further opportunity to surround him and voice their complaints. Whilst the Glovers will consider it two points dropped against a mid-table side, particularly with a two goal lead in their grasp, that last minute decision showed it could have ended up a whole lot worse. Thankfully it didn't, and with nine games to go they lie in sixth place - perhaps though, a little bit of pressure is starting to creep into the situation now.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 2.

Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 5 mins), Paddy Madden (2-0, 18 mins), Joe Walsh (2-1, 46 mins), Matt Sparrow (2-2, 62 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 19. Ben Gordon
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (67 mins for Ben Gordon) 10. Gavin Williams (78 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph (24 mins for Jamie McAllister) 21. Wes Fletcher

Crawley Town:
1. Paul Jones
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 12. Joe Walsh 6. Connor Essam 3. Mat Sadler
8. Sergio Torres 10. Matthew Sparrow 15. Dannie Bulman
7. Billy Clarke 14. Jamie Proctor 28. Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
4. Mark Connolly 13. David Hunt 16. Nicky Adams (70 mins for Sergio Torres) 17. Jake Taylor 19. Aiden O'Brien (76 mins for Jamie Proctor) 21. Mike Jones (85 mins for Billy Clarke) 25. Johnny Maddison

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (74 mins, foul).

Crawley Bookings: Joe Walsh (36 mins, foul), Paul Hayes (39 mins, foul), Dannie Bulman (90 mins, dissent).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Mark Russell (Somerset). Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (Devon).

Attendance: 3,338 (with 109 Crawley fans).


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12 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Crawley
If you watched this evening's 2-2 draw against Crawley Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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12 March 2013 : Yeovil 2 Crawley 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town left a two goal lead slip in an enthralling end-to-end encounter at Huish Park tonight, as they ended up having to share the points with Crawley Town. In the proverbial 'game of two halves' the Glovers led through an early Byron Webster header and a Paddy Madden strike. However, after the break it was the visiting side that dominated, and they deserved their quickfire response as Joe Walsh netted 46 seconds into the second period, then Matthew Sparrow caught the Glovers on the break. With both sides hitting the woodwork there could have easily been more goals, but instead Yeovil dropped a place down to 6th, with an end result they really didn't want.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 2.

Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 5 mins), Paddy Madden (2-0, 18 mins), Joe Walsh (2-1, 46 mins), Matt Sparrow (2-2, 62 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 19. Ben Gordon
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (67 mins for Ben Gordon) 10. Gavin Williams (78 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph (24 mins for Jamie McAllister) 21. Wes Fletcher

Crawley Town:
1. Paul Jones
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 12. Joe Walsh 6. Connor Essam 3. Mat Sadler
8. Sergio Torres 10. Matthew Sparrow 15. Dannie Bulman
7. Billy Clarke 14. Jamie Proctor 28. Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
4. Mark Connolly 13. David Hunt 16. Nicky Adams (70 mins for Sergio Torres) 17. Jake Taylor 19. Aiden O'Brien (76 mins for Jamie Proctor) 21. Mike Jones (85 mins for Billy Clarke) 25. Johnny Maddison

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (74 mins, foul).

Crawley Bookings: Joe Walsh (36 mins, foul), Paul Hayes (39 mins, foul), Dannie Bulman (90 mins, dissent).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Mark Russell (Somerset). Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (Devon).

Attendance: 3,338 (with 109 Crawley fans).


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12 March 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's home game against Crawley Town. With attacking midfielder Sam Foley suffering a hip injury in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Hartlepool United, he drops out of the squad, and his position in the side is taken by ex-Chelsea left-sider Ben Gordon, who makes his debut for the club.

Assuming Gordon is the most forward of the two left-sided players, the line-up will be as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 19. Ben Gordon
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher

Crawley Town:
1. Paul Jones
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 12. Joe Walsh 6. Connor Essam 3. Mat Sadler
8. Sergio Torres 10. Matthew Sparrow 15. Dannie Bulman
7. Billy Clarke 14. Jamie Proctor 28. Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
4. Mark Connolly 13. David Hunt 16. Nicky Adams 17. Jake Taylor 19. Aiden O'Brien 21. Mike Jones 25. Johnny Maddison

Manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects Crawley to represent tough opposition tonight, particularly as the 1-0 victory the Glovers obtained at the Broadfield Stadium was obtained in slightly fortuitous circumstances via a 90th minute own goal:

"If you remember the game was nearly off on that day, wasn't it? We had the rain and the pitch was very soggy then. It seems like we've played every match this season like that, on soggy pitches. But they were up there during the early part of the season. They don't believe that they've become a bad side overnight, and they think they've been unlucky on occasions. They've sort of dropped down the league a little bit but I'm sure they're dangerous and they'll want to avenge our 1-0 victory at Crawley."


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12 March 2013 : Change Of Referee For Crawley Match
Tonight's League One match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town has had a change of match referee. The man in charge of the game will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). The Football League had published the name of Trevor Kettle - his name is still on their website - but we're told that Mr Adcock will be the man in the middle tonight, with his name listed on the club's matchday programme.

Mr Adcock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer of 2011. We've had him on three separate occasions - two during the 2011-12 season and one earlier this season.

The first experience of him was for the fairly horrible December 2011 FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. On the night he booked four players, and then dished out red cards to Bondz N'Gala and Fleetwood's Steve McNulty as they committed secondary fouls.

We've got few complaints about either red card - in the case of Bondz, Mr Adcock had given a clear 'last warning' to him, and despite the difficult playing conditions, manager Terry Skiverton chose not to withdraw him and admitted after the game that he was well aware that the centre-back was on a knife-edge saying: "he could have got sent off before that ... the referee gave him enough warnings". The Western Gazette agreed, saying he "had no choice with the red cards and kept a lid on a difficult game."

We then had Mr Adcock for the April 2012 home match against Rochdale that saw the Glovers reach the 50 points that more or less saw them safe for the season. We weren't too unhappy with his performance on the day, although the Western Gazette notes that he "threatened to ruin a good afternoon with indifferent decision making but thankfully had little impact on proceedings."

From the 2012-13 season, we had him for the away match at Scunthorpe United. Despite the 4-0 win at Glanford Park, we weren't 100 percent happy with his performance on the day, with six bookings across a game in which we felt that he was "messy". However, he deserved credit for allowing play to go on after a foul on Ed Upson, which allowed an advantage to be played that saw Reuben Reid eventually score.

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 27 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.

Link: April 2012 : Rochdale 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2012 : Scunthorpe United 0 Yeovil Town 4.


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12 March 2013 : Interview With Jamie McAllister
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jamie's thoughts on the game and his recent ankle problems can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Hartlepool.


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12 March 2013 : Johnson: We've Got As Good A Chance As Anyone Else
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says he feels that he has been vindicated in sticking his neck out six weeks ago, and predicting that the Glovers would challenge for the League One play-offs. The Glovers go into the final ten games of the season tonight, with a home match against Crawley Town, having recently broken into the top six places. The Glovers boss now feels that his side have got as good a chance as anyone else of keeping that place, come the end of April, despite the list of big-spending clubs that they are currently rubbing shoulders with.

Since the turn of the year, the club have gradually moved up from a midtable berth, and at the start of February, Johnson said he felt that his team were on the verge of breaking into that pack. Having got into the top six just five games ago, the Glovers have held that position, and Gary has told BBC Somerset that he feels that will set up the final ten games well for his side:

"I did say that I felt that something was starting to happen, and I think that was about six or seven games ago, and I was right. I really did feel that we were on the verge of something, so don't miss it! Well some of us did, because we've had three or four very good home wins, but some are coming back now and hopefully they won't miss the end of the season fun. We are right in there now, and we're competing with the top teams and we've got as good a chance as anyone else now of reaching our ambition."

It's more usual for Johnson to measure his team's performances in blocks of ten. The current block has seen them pick up 11 points from their last six games - enough to put them in a healthy position in the form table. Gary says he wants his players to focus on reaching the 40th game of the season before they get too worried about where they may or may not finish at the end of the season:

"We've done okay in each group of ten games. We've been improving. We've done six and we've got four more games in this group of ten. After 40 games, you need to see where you are, and if we've consolidated our place, then that's really where I want to be, so that then you can push on in your last six games knowing that at the very least you've got a play-off place."

Tonight's match against Crawley Town kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Huish Park, with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.


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12 March 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for tonight's League One match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The League have stated that the man in charge of the fixture will be your friend and my friend, referee Mr Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then where have you been? His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we get the idea that we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

There are a couple of problems with the caricature that has developed with Our Trev. Firstly he moved from Berkshire to Rutland which meant that our attention moved on to other things, with him tending not to deal with our games whilst based at that end of the country. The second problem is that during that mini-hiatus, far worse officials have somehow come onto the scene that have enraged us. Over the years, we've built up a catalogue of disasters and a black book of those officials we love to hate, and whisper it quietly, but we've started to realise that Our Trev is maybe not the worst out on the circuit any more.

Going back eleven years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters mind, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

Most recently, we were serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Mark Russell (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Michael Mullarkey (Devon).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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12 March 2013 : Interview With Sam Foley
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley was interviewed by the BBC as part of the build-up to the long away trip to Hartlepool United. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Sam talks about how they cope with long distance travelling, and with the new pressure of being a top six side. That interview can be read via the link below.

With reference to tonight's home match against Crawley Town, Sam is a possible doubt for the game, having suffered a hip injury in the draw at Hartlepool. Speaking immediately after the game, his boss Gary Johnson had said: "the way he looks at the moment it's more than likely that he won't be available" although we've had no update since then on his condition.

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Hartlepool.


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11 March 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town : Opposition Form Guide
Tomorrow night's opponents Crawley Town go into the match still convinced they can break into the League One play-offs - but they will need to guarantee all three points if they are to keep up any pretence of that. The Sussex side have a ten point gap to make up on sixth place Brentford, with one game in hand, and currently lie in 13th place in the League One table. Boss Richie Barker insists they can still get there, despite having drawn their last two home matches:

"We are still in with a chance and while it is mathematically possible will keep trying. We didn’t get what we deserved on Saturday but it means we have edged a point closer and for this club to be anywhere near the top six is fantastic in itself."

Realistically, it would be astonishing if Crawley got even close to the top six - they're safe from relegation on 51 points, but would need to go on an incredible run to do what Barker believes they can do. Since briefly reaching second in the table at the end of October, they've tended to drift downwards rather than upwards and haven't held a top six position since Yeovil Town grabbed a last minute winner at their Broadfield Stadium in the third week in November.

They will go into tomorrow night's game without top scorer Billy Clarke, who has a hamstring strain. However, today's signing of the experienced Paul Hayes will compensate for that. They also have Reading striker Jake Taylor on their books, and he is likely to be part of their forward line with Jamie Proctor. Goals may also come from midfield, with Nicky Adams having chipped in with ten so far this season.

In terms of form, they're largely doing what mid-table sides do - winning a few, losing a few, and drawing a few. However, they have won their last two away matches in a row without conceding a goal, picking up results against Bury and Leyton Orient. With sixteen different goalscorers so far this season (and own goal scorer David Hunt not one of them!) they're an unpredictable team, and that's probably why Barker's hopes of a play-off position aren't likely to happen. On a match-by-match basis though, they are capable of springing a surprise or two - last month's draw against Doncaster Rovers on Sky Sports being prime evidence of that.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Crawley Town

06/09/1969HomeSLD3-3Plumb(2), Mitten
03/01/1970AwaySLD1-1Plumb
24/10/1992AwayFAC4QW2-11898Spencer, Batty
20/11/2012AwayNPL1W1-02912Own Goal 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Crawley Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
010332104222075

RECENT RESULTS

18/02/2013Doncaster RoversHomeNPL1D1-13267Simpson 25
23/02/2013Leyton OrientAwayNPL1W1-03463Clarke 11
26/02/2013BrentfordHomeNPL1L1-23695Adams 66
02/03/2013BuryAwayNPL1W2-02491Proctor 17, 48
05/03/2013Carlisle UnitedHomeNPL1D1-12654Sadler 56
09/03/2013Notts CountyHomeNPL1D0-03689


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Billy Clarke8202012
Nicky Adams7201010
Josh Simpson410106
Hope Akpan400206
Gary Alexander410005
Nick Ajose200103
Jonathan Forte300003
Kyle McFadzean300003
Jamie Proctor200002
Mat Sadler200002
Joe Walsh100102
Scott Neilson000101
Dannie Bulman100001
Nathan Byrne100001
Mark Connolly100001
Matthew Sparrow100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 5050, vs Portsmouth, 09/09/2012
Lowest League Attendance: 2654, vs Carlisle United, 05/03/2013
Average League Attendance: 3412

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 5
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 3
Games Without A Home Defeat: 2 Games Without An Away Defeat: 2
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: WDDLDD
Away Results Sequence: WLLLWW Overall Results Sequence: DWLWDD


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11 March 2013 : Gordon's Alive! Ex-Chelsea Left-Back Signs Up
Yeovil Town have now formally confirmed that left-back Ben Gordon has signed a contract with the club. The 22 year old has put pen to paper on a one month deal that will be reviewed in due course. He is a free agent, having being released by Premier League Chelsea in January 2013, having spent six years going through their academy system.

Originally from Bradford, born on March 2nd 1991, he started life as a Leeds United academy product, before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2007. The highest he reached was Reserve Team level, but between 2010 and 2013 he has had five different loan clubs, with one of those having a strong connection with manager Gary Johnson.

Two of his loan spells came with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, clocking up 41 appearances during those two spells, which included a Scottish League Cup Final win over Celtic in March 2012. Here he rubbed shoulders with former Glovers midfielder Lee Johnson, allowing Lee's father Gary Johnson to view his performances on a number of occasions.

Gordon also has had loan spells with Tranmere Rovers (2009-10 season, 4 appearances), Scunthorpe United (2010-11 season, 11 appearances), Peterborough United (2011-12 season, 2 appearances) and Birmingham City (2012-13 season, 2 appearances). He had been playing for the latter club up until the turn of the year, but when his loan expired at St Andrews, was one of five Chelsea players who were shown the door.

He will be available for tomorrow night's home match against Crawley Town. Whilst predominantly a left-back, Gary indicated in a Saturday pre-match interview that Ben can also play as a left-winger or in the centre of midfield.


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11 March 2013 : Tomorrow Night's Opponents Bring In New Striker
Tomorrow's evening's opponents Crawley Town have boosted their squad by signing up a new striker. They have taken on the rather familiar name of Paul Hayes ahead of the game, who has joined on loan until April 7th. The 29 year old had only joined Brentford in the summer, and thus has already played against the Glovers twice this season.

So far this season he's played 30 times for Brentford, scoring six times, but has not stepped foot on the field of play for a month. He is a former Norwich City trainee, who Glovers boss Gary Johnson tried to sign in the summer of 2005 only for him to switch to Barnsley instead.

We've come across him on numerous occasions since, during his time playing for Charlton Athletic and Wycombe Wanderers, whilst he's also appeared for Huddersfield Town and Preston North End and so is a seasoned professional at this level and above, with over 450 Football League appearances to his name. Crawley have top goalscorer Billy Clarke missing for tomorrow night's trip to Huish Park, and manager Richie Barker has said that meant he needed to get in cover for his main marksman:

"Paul is just what we need at this stage of the season. He will bring experience and hopefully goals for the next few weeks. We don’t want to let the season fizzle out. We still feel we can push for the play-offs and for that we perhaps need that bit more experience up front. With Billy Clarke out injured, we are relying on two 20-year-olds and two teenagers at the moment and although they have all played their part another option up there will we hope make a difference."


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11 March 2013 : GWSC Travel To Carlisle United
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town make the second of two long distance trips in March, as they travel to Carlisle United in a League One match. The game at Brunton Park takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2013 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 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £32.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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11 March 2013 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's mammoth trip to Carlisle United for a League One clash at Brunton Park, is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance pricing is as follows:

Adults £19.00; Over 65s: £16.00; Aged 18-22yo: £13.00; Aged 11-17yo: £10.00; Aged U11: £7.00; Under-7s: FREE.

Those aged Under-7 must be accompanied by an adult to qualify for the free admission (although we're hoping that not too many Under-7s go to football matches on their own, regardless of ticketing offers!)

Admission for wheelchair users is £4.00, with a carer admitted free. Note that Carlisle are refreshingly honest, and have stated in the past that they pitch the admission prices at the low rate because they regard their disabled facilities as not the best, so bear that in mind - the view in particular leaves a lot to be desired. Ambulant disabled pay the standard admission prices, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge. Your proof of entitlement must show that your Government disability allowance is in the higher band of care.

Note that with the exception of the two most junior rates, prices for this fixture will increase by £3.00 on the day of the game. You may therefore prefer to purchase in advance via the Huish Park Ticket Office, rather than pay on the day. Call them on 01935-847888 to place your booking.

Away fans will be in the north corner in the all-seated East Stand (Carlisle's website refers to it as both the Cumberland Building Society and the Carlsberg Stand but it's the one we've been in during recent visits). The uncovered Petteril Terrace is only opened if they are expecting a lot of away supporters. We will be given Sections 1 and 2 of the East Stand, which is in the north end, closest to the unused terrace end.


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11 March 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Away Interview
Just before kick-off against Hartlepool United, at Victoria Park, 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 spoke about his opponents, but also detailed his thoughts on future signing Ben Gordon, trialist Omar Holness, and the future of Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan.

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


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10 March 2013 : Video : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
There may not have been any goals, but the Sky Sports website has managed to pull out a couple of minutes worth of highlights from yesterday's match against Hartlepool United. Watch attempts by Paddy Madden, Ed Upson and Lewis Young to break the deadlock, along with a short video clip of manager Gary Johnson, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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10 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Hartlepool Away Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, 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 post-match verdict is captured via the link below.

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


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10 March 2013 : Volunteers Needed At Huish Park On Sunday
Yeovil Town are in need of volunteers who can help the club during Sunday afternoon at Huish Park. With wintry weather expected to return to Somerset next week, the groundstaff are looking to put pitch covers onto the main pitch, to help protect the surface ahead of the Tuesday night home fixture against Crawley Town.

Anyone who can get to Huish Park should arrive for a 3.00p.m. start. If there are no visible entrances to the stadium that are open, then head to the 'Media' door that is situated to the left of the Huish Park Ticket Office.

For those concerned about the weather forecast, Tuesday's temperatures are expected to be slightly above zero, but with Sunday night and Monday night expected to experience sub-zero temperatures, obviously the covers will be used to try to protect any frost from getting into the soil.


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9 March 2013 : Johnson Makes His Point About Hartlepool Draw
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted he would have to wait until the end of the 2012-13 season to find out whether this afternoon's point at Hartlepool United was one point gained or two points dropped. The 0-0 draw at Victoria Park was only the club's second goalless game of the season, and just the third since Johnson returned to the club 14 months ago.

With the Glovers perhaps hoping and expecting to gain all three points against a side currently in the bottom four of the League One table, today marked an opportunity for the club to firmly cement their position in the play-off places. That didn't quite happen in the end, but given Hartlepool's good recent form, Gary admitted that he might look upon the result more kindly in the fullness of time:

"It's a rare 0-0 draw for us. Both teams have a lot to play for and maybe this point will look OK later in the season. Let's not hope we look back at is as two dropped. Hartlepool are in decent form and they were trying to win the game as well, I was just disappointed we didn't find that killer ball. It's a long way for a 0-0 draw. It's a better result for us with the way other results went and we are still very much in the mix."

Of the game itself, Gary was generally happy with his team's approach play, but felt that they were lacking some creativity in the final third. He explained that if his players had been able to find more of a killer pass, that they might have been going home with all three points:

"It's seven hours on the way back, and we're not going home happy, but I go over the game in my head. Our opportunities weren't easy ones and in the final third, we couldn't quite find that bit more to give our strikers an opportunity to slip it. On the day we just couldn't get the quality to set the teams apart. We had to work very hard to get our chances, and I think we need a few more spotters that can find the right ball at the right time that creates a goal."


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9 March 2013 : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate At The Vic
Yeovil Town picked up a battling away point this afternoon, as they gained a goalless draw against relegation threatened Hartlepool United. Despite both teams needing the win for very different reasons, they struggled to carve out a large number of chances, with the Glovers getting the pick of the game, as Paddy Madden's first half shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar. Lewis Young got himself a couple of late opportunities after he came on as a substitute, but in the end had to settle for a 0-0 draw that sees them drop one place to 5th, but increases the gap over seventh place Bournemouth by another point.

The Glovers went into the match selecting the exact same eighteen players that turned out last weekend against Tranmere Rovers, with Matthew Dolan's second month loan spell having ended. He was present at the game, but largely because Hartlepool is his town of birth, giving him a chance to see the Glovers whilst he recovers from a groin injury that has seen his stay in South Somerset brought to at least a temporary pause. Hartlepool fielded two former loan players, with Scott Flinders and Jonathan Franks both starting the game.

The game got off to a slow start, with Hartlepool having general control of the opening 15 minutes, and the Glovers struggling to get control over a stodgy pitch that had some standing water on it during the morning of the game. James Poole was the player who did seem to know how to play the surface - having one shot blocked whilst having another going just wide of the target.

It took around 25-30 minutes for Yeovil to begin to find their feet, evening out the play and starting to carve out their own chances. Best of the lot by a mile from either side was Paddy Madden's attempt on 35 minutes, with a shot from the right corner of the penalty box boundary flying towards goal, but instead crashing off the underside of the bar, onto the turf and back out again. That was followed up by another Madden attempt going wide, plus one more for Gavin Williams, who had been introduced as an early substitute for Sam Foley, who went off after just 17 minutes with a problem affecting his hip/back area.

The second half opened up with Paddy Madden heading over the bar. The problem was not in the way Yeovil held possession - they had plenty of it. It was what happened when they got to the final third, with either the delivery of their final ball a disappointment, or with the Pools defence blocking them out and forcing them to shoot from distance. Former loanee Scott Flinders saved easily from a Gavin Williams header after he produced nice interplay with James Hayter. Flinders was less sure of his bearings when he spilt an Ed Upson long ranger, making a bit of a meal of it as he pushed it out for a corner. It was starting to look as though it would need a mistake like that to separate the two sides.

With both managers not really wanting a draw, a multitude of substitutions dotted the second half, with Hartlepool changing formations, and Yeovil introducing Wes Fletcher for his debut, and Lewis Young for a bit of pace. It was the latter who threatened the most, as the game got increasingly stretched in the final 15 minutes with both sides having opportunities to seal all three points. Young's breakaway during the final ten minutes represented one of the best of those chances as he forced Scott Flinders into a parried save, and Paddy Madden's follow-up went wide. But Hartlepool could have seized the win themselves when Yeovil's markers failed to pick up substitute Antony Sweeney who could have scored with his first touch when he got in behind the back line, with mercifully Marek Stech getting contact on the shot to send it wide of his post.

Goalless it stayed, and a result that probably didn't favour either team, but one that the Glovers would be slightly happier with at the end, particularly given incoming news that Brentford and Bournemouth had lost, with the latter now having suffered five defeats in a row since topping the table. For the Glovers, they drop one place to fifth, but given they have increased the gap between them and the seventh placed Cherries by an additional point, it's certainly not a point to be sniffed at.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
6. Evan Horwood 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 2. Neil Austin
14. Nathan Luscombe 3. Ritchie Humphreys 8. Simon Walton 7. Jonathan Franks
10. James Poole 36. Charlie Wyke

Substitutes:
31. Adam McHugh 11. Andy Monkhouse (65 mins for Nathan Luscombe) 15. Antony Sweeney (83 mins for Jonathan Franks) 17. Greg Rutherford 22. Darren Holden 33. Luke James 39. Steve Howard (65 mins for James Poole)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (17 mins for Sam Foley) 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher (77 mins for James Hayter)

Hartlepool Bookings: Andy Monkhouse (foul, 68 mins), Simon Walton (foul, 70 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,633 (including 157 Yeovil supporters).


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9 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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 Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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9 March 2013 : Gary Talks About Plans For Gordon And Holness
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has spoken about the two new faces that appeared amongst the squad this afternoon, watching the 0-0 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. Former Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon and Jamaican Under-20 international Omar Holness were both invited to the game, with the latter travelling on the team coach.

Whilst Gordon's arrival was known about on Thursday, Holness was only known as an unidentified trialist from a midweek practice match. Speaking to BBC Somerset before the game, Johnson confirmed his interest in both players, with Gordon being the one that he had already made up his mind on:

"I think people sort of half know that I'm looking to bring in Ben Gordon as part of our squad. He should be at the game today and he will be joining us on Monday. We've got to start getting one or two in just in case we need them when it comes to it. I don't want to do it on the last day of the transfer deadline day when you can't sign anybody. I don't want to leave it until that late. So I want to bring one or two in."

Gordon is principally a left-back, who has been used higher up the field. However, Johnson revealed that he has also seen him play in the centre of midfield. Unsurprisingly much of Gary's scouting of the player came during the second of two loan spells he had with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, whilst Gary's son Lee Johnson was also on their books:

"He (Ben Gordon) can play in the centre of midfield as well, where I've seen him play. I've seen him quite a few times, because of his Kilmarnock days, and when I went to watch Kilmarnock play in the Scottish League Cup final. So he's a good player, but he's not only a good player, but he's a good character. That's what I've got to bring in now so that they can quickly mix with the character and the personalities that I've already got in the dressing room."

Teenager Holness has got a much lower profile in the game, with his exposure to the English game coming only from trial spells with Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland. Gary explained that the player had only arrived on the day of the midweek friendly against Hereford United, and so he would need another week or so to make up his mind on him. He explained that he may not be immediate first team material, given his age and experience:

"He is a central midfield player. He's a Jamaican boy that's been recommended to us, and they tell us he's a top player. He's a free agent at the moment. We're going to give him a week or so before we make a decision on whether we're going to sign him or not. He's only a young lad and he's only 19 years old. I think he got Jamaican young player of the year last year. So we don't see him yet as first team material. We might do in a week's time when we see more of him, but rather than have him come in and sit in a Yeovil hotel, we thought we'd bring him up and let him see us. He played in a practice game (against Hereford United) and he looked very useful."


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9 March 2013 : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up a battling away point this afternoon, as they gained a goalless draw against relegation threatened Hartlepool United. Despite both teams needing the win for very different reasons, they struggled to carve out a large number of chances, with the Glovers getting the pick of the game, as Paddy Madden's first half shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar. Lewis Young got himself a couple of late opportunities after he came on as a substitute, but in the end had to settle for a 0-0 draw that sees them drop one place to 5th, but increases the gap over seventh place Bournemouth by another point.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
6. Evan Horwood 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 2. Neil Austin
14. Nathan Luscombe 3. Ritchie Humphreys 8. Simon Walton 7. Jonathan Franks
10. James Poole 36. Charlie Wyke

Substitutes:
31. Adam McHugh 11. Andy Monkhouse (65 mins for Nathan Luscombe) 15. Antony Sweeney (83 mins for Jonathan Franks) 17. Greg Rutherford 22. Darren Holden 33. Luke James 39. Steve Howard (65 mins for James Poole)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (17 mins for Sam Foley) 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher (77 mins for James Hayter)

Hartlepool Bookings: Andy Monkhouse (foul, 68 mins), Simon Walton (foul, 70 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,633 (including 157 Yeovil supporters).


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9 March 2013 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has named a 100 percent unchanged side for this afternoon's away match against Hartlepool United. Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan is at the game this afternoon, but only as a spectator - Hartlepool is his home town and his loan deal has run out with the player currently injured. He will be joined in the stand by future signing Ben Gordon and trialist midfielder Omar Holness.

In terms of the eighteen who do get into the squad selected, the eleven and the substitutes are as you were from last weekend's match against Tranmere Rovers and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
6. Evan Horwood 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 2. Neil Austin
14. Nathan Luscombe 3. Ritchie Humphreys 8. Simon Walton 7. Jonathan Franks
10. James Poole 36. Charlie Wyke

Substitutes:
31. Adam McHugh 11. Andy Monkhouse 15. Antony Sweeney 17. Greg Rutherford 22. Darren Holden 33. Luke James 39. Steve Howard


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9 March 2013 : Johnson Confirms Gordon Plans As Jamaican Trialist Arrives
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that left-back Ben Gordon will be signing for the club. The former Chelsea player, who has had loan spells with Kilmarnock, Scunthorpe United, Tranmere Rovers, Peterborough United and Birmingham City, and has most recently been playing for Hull City's Reserve Team, is at Victoria Park this afternoon for the away match against Hartlepool United.

Gordon is expected to sign a deal with the club on Monday, signing up as a free agent, having been released by Chelsea in January. For a full profile of the 22 year old, see our Thursday news item.

He will be joined in the stands by Jamaican midfielder Omar Holness, who is the trialist we reported as turning out as playing in the midweek friendly against Hereford United. He is a Jamaica Under-20 international who has had trials with Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland. He is around 18 years old and has had experience with Real Mona in Jamaica before his parents moved to Costa Rica. Last summer he captained the Jamaican Under-17 side in the Under-17 World Cup. At present there's no sign of a contract offer on the table, but clearly he played well enough in the midweeker to be given an extended stay at the club.


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9 March 2013 : Johnson Wary Of Strong Pools Form
Speaking ahead of this afternoon's match, manager Gary Johnson has said that his players and supporters should not use the League One table to measure the threat that Hartlepool may pose on the day. The Glovers go into the match at Victoria Park sat in fourth place in the League One table, playing a side who have spent the whole of the 2012-13 season sat in the relegation zone.

However, since the turn of the year, both clubs have been in impressive form, with Pools gradually clawing back a situation that had seen them go in on New Year's Day sat on just 12 points. Now under new management, via John Hughes, they have reached 31 points, giving them a fighting chance of climbing out of the bottom four, having already climbed above Portsmouth and Bury.

Johnson is highly aware of this, and told BBC Somerset that it was more important for his players to view an eight game form table, in order to see what sort of a threat today's opponents could cause his team:

"They still basically have their same shape, and they've got similar players. But the new manager has come in and he's certainly got them going, so credit to him. We've got to believe that we're playing another top six team, because in the form table they are in the top six. I think they're third or fourth or something, and we're top. We've got to treat it very very seriously, as we do in all the games. The minute that you take your foot off the gas, because you think that it's a team at the bottom of the league, that's when you come unstuck."


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9 March 2013 : Pools Boss Targets Wins For Great Escape
Hartlepool United manager John Hughes has said that his side will be targeting a win from their match against Yeovil Town today, despite the clubs being separated by 18 places and 30 points. The two sides meet at Victoria Park, with Pools in the relegation zone, but with new Pools boss Hughes having set his team off on a run that could pull off one of the more remarkable escapes that the Football League has seen.

Hartlepool have a grand total of 31 points for the 2012-13 season, that sees them languishing in 22nd place in the table, and seven points from safety. However, 18 of those points have been picked up in their last nine games - a remarkable turnaround for a club that looked dead and buried at the end of January. Realistically though, the Durham side have to repeat that feat over the next ten games to stand any chance of being in League One next season. Hughes has told the Northern Journal that means that results like their midweek 0-0 draw against Colchester United won't be good enough for them:

"We need wins, not draws. We’re better picking up one win than two draws. That being the case we’ve got to go for matches. If we’re going to get beaten let’s do it fighting, having a real good go. If we win on Saturday then it sets us up well for the next couple. I’m confident in the players – more confident now than I’ve ever been. I’ve started to know what I’m going to get from the boys and I’m starting to trust them more, and I feel like the shape of the team is good right now."

Hughes is full of respect for his opponents today, and unsurprisingly is very aware of League One top scorer Paddy Madden. He sees Yeovil Town as challengers for automatic promotion, and not just the play-offs:

"I think they’ll be intent on sneaking into the automatic promotion places and the boy (Paddy) Madden has scored a lot of goals recently, but we fancy our chances against anyone. If we can play like we have in the last couple of home games then it should be a cracker."


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8 March 2013 : Pompey Supporters Trust Exchange Contracts On Club Purchase
League One side Portsmouth have moved one significant step towards stability today, with the news that Portsmouth Supporters Trust have now exchanged contracts to buy the club. The club's administrator, PKF, who have been in control of the club for the past 13 months since their financial collapse on February 17th 2012, has issued a statement today revealing that the PST have only two more significant steps to undertake before they can exit administration:

"We can confirm that the administrators have now exchanged contracts with the PST for its purchase of Portsmouth Football Club. Completion is conditional only upon the Court sanctioning the sale of Fratton Park and the Football League transferring the membership share."

Of the first issue, Portsmouth will be due in the High Court on either April 10th or 11th for the detailed hearing into their attempts to force former club owners Portpin to put the ground's ownership back under the control of the football club. At present the value of the ground is under dispute, with Portpin thought to be attempting to claw back some of the losses they incurred as one of the club's major creditors.

Once they have either purchased the ground, or obtained a suitable lease agreement via Robinson Estates Limited, who are putting up funding on behalf of the PST, the expectation is that the Football League will not stand in their way, given that two league statements have made it clear that they regard PST as the last chance saloon for the debt-ridden football club.

The PST have been given 'until the end of the 2012-13 season' to complete the purchase - this date is thought to be in practice the Football League's AGM in June, where the 'new' Portsmouth club would be expected to have taken up membership, or face a motion to expel them from the Football League.


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8 March 2013 : Coventry Appoint New First Team Manager
League One side Coventry City have appointed a new manager as the successor to Mark Robins, who left to join Huddersfield Town in the middle of February. They have given the job to 39 year old Steven Pressley, who has been manager of Scottish League Division One side Falkirk, but has today moved south to sign a three and a half year contract at the Ricoh Arena, with his former club receiving compensation.

Pressley was briefly a Coventry player during 1994 and 1995, but has largely spent his playing and managerial time in Scotland. He has 32 international caps for his country, and aside from Coventry has played for Rangers, Celtic, Dundee United Hearts and Falkirk. His management experience is rather more limited - a caretaker spell with Hearts, followed by taking over the reins at Falkirk in February 2010, having been their assistant manager in the lead-up to that appointment.

Development director Steve Waggott has belief that Pressley can still help the Sky Blues challenge for the play-offs this season, despite being seven points away from the top six positions. However, he also has an eye on what he thinks the new boss can achieve for next season:

"We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running. We have 10 very important games left this season. But we also wanted somebody who would take us forward into the future and prioritise youth development and the club's role in the community. Steven ticked every single box and I know everyone at Coventry City - from supporters to staff - will get right behind him."


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8 March 2013 : Gary Previews The Hartlepool Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the game, and also gives his views on recent allegations concerning his captain Jamie McAllister, made in the wake of last Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers.

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


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8 March 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town embark on the first of two horrendously long journeys this month as they travel to play Hartlepool United. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include ticketing, travel and the usual diet of statistics, club background and the all-important pub guide. Find it via the link below. Happy travelling folks!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.


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7 March 2013 : Ex-Chelsea Full-Back Linked With Glovers Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon. The 22 year old is a free agent after being released by the Premier League club in January 2013, having spent six years going through their academy system.

Originally from Bradford, born on March 2nd 1991, he started life as a Leeds United academy product, before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2007. The highest he reached was Reserve Team level, but between 2010 and 2013 he has had five different loan clubs, with one of those having a strong connection with manager Gary Johnson.

Two of his loan spells came with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, clocking up 41 appearances during those two spells, which included a Scottish League Cup Final win over Celtic in March 2012. Here he rubbed shoulders with former Glovers midfielder Lee Johnson, who of course would have been able to provide a character reference to his father.

Gordon also has had loan spells with Tranmere Rovers (2009-10 season, 4 appearances), Scunthorpe United (2010-11 season, 11 appearances), Peterborough United (2011-12 season, 2 appearances) and Birmingham City (2012-13 season, 2 appearances). He had been playing for the latter club up until the turn of the year, but when his loan expired at St Andrews, was one of five Chelsea players who were shown the door. Three out of the five have been on Yeovil Town's books - Conor Clifford, Rohan Ince and Adam Phillip (now known as Adam Coombes) - again giving a strong connection with the Glovers. Since his release, he has spent two weeks with Hull City on trial, playing in two of their Reserve Team games.


Gordon's link with the club comes from STV Sport journalist Scott McClymont who has said via his Twitter account that he is "glad to hear ex-Kilmarnock loanee Ben Gordon is set to to get back playing again. Told he will sign for Yeovil Town tomorrow."


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7 March 2013 : Dolan Returns To Riverside For Treatment Again
Yeovil Town's loan midfielder Matthew Dolan has effectively returned to his parent club Middlesbrough after his second month at Huish Park ended without being extended. The 20 year old has been rarely seen during his second month's spell with the club, after he returned to the North-East for treatment on an ankle injury just as the club extended his deal for the additional month.

As a consequence his time on the Glovers books in February was rather fruitless, appearing on the pitch for just 14 minutes during the away defeat against Colchester United at the end of last month. But Johnson has told this week's Western Gazette that he has now picked up a groin injury, which has resulted in him returning to the Riverside Stadium for a second occasion, ending his spell at the club. Depending on the severity of the injury, the club may consider bringing him back for a third month when he has recovered:

"Matty Dolan was injured and had to go back because he had a slight problem with his groin. We missed a month full of payment for him because he was injured and it was unlucky that he got injured again just before we were going to go into another month. That’s now on hold and we are waiting for him to let us know when he is okay. As soon as he’s okay we then have to decide whether we bring him back or try and get somebody else."

Whilst there does still appear to be a door open for Dolan to return, Johnson will no doubt have his eye on the emergency loan transfer window, which closes on Thursday 28th March. If there is still doubt over his fitness, it's more likely that he will look elsewhere to provide cover for the month of April. As such, it's possible we may have seen the last of the player for the moment. He made five appearances for the club over his two month spell on the club's books.


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7 March 2013 : Johnson Yet To Receive Official Complaint On McAllister Allegations
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he is yet to receive any official notification from any parties concerning allegations against his captain Jamie McAllister. Reports in today's Daily Mail and Daily Star this morning alleged that the left-back had aimed a racially motivated insult at former Glovers winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie during the League One match against promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park last Saturday.

Whilst the Tranmere local press and the BBC appear to have got confirmation that they are looking into an incident during the match, as yet Johnson has only picked up through informal sources that a complaint has been made about the situation. Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Gary said that he had spoken to the Scotsman about the allegations and that the player was 'upset' by them:

"We didn't know until quite some time after the game actually, that somebody may have complained about something. But we've had nothing officially. I've spoken to Jamie (McAllister) and asked, and he will obviously vehemently deny any allegation. Actually, he's very upset by it, to be honest."

The incident is claimed to have occurred when Bell-Baggie was substituted in the 65th minute of the match, although there was nothing visible that those present at Huish Park during the game appear to have spotted. Johnson said that it is important that the Football Association determine which party is telling the truth, and to take appropriate action, if they feel there is a case to answer:

"If it gets round to it, and the FA have to look into it, or the PFA have to look into it, they'll deal with whichever person is telling the truth. More so, they'll have to deal with the person who is not telling the truth."

Johnson added that he was disappointed that one side of the claims had reached the national press this morning, via the Daily Star and Daily Mail at a stage when his football club had yet to be given any official indication of what was being alleged, making it hard for the club and player to respond:

"It's not very nice to have that sort of thing hanging over you either way. We're in that day and age where people can say things, one way or the other, or hear things. But we don't know do we, until we hear officially what was said. But it just disappoints me when it gets out publicly before anyone has had a chance to talk to all the parties."

As yet, the Football Association have not issued any statement or notification on their website, whilst Tranmere Rovers have not made any direct comment on the situation - their only mention of Bell-Baggie today is to indicate that they've given him a contract at the club until June 2015. He has not made any comment on the situation on his Twitter account.


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7 March 2013 : National Paper Claims McAllister Under Race Hate Investigation
National newspaper the Daily Star is claiming that Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister is under investigation by the Football Association for an alleged racist comment. The paper suggests that this is connected with an incident involving former Glovers winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie during the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

The paper states that the incident occurred during the 65th minute of the match when Bell-Baggie was substituted for David Amoo, suggesting that McAllister said something to the player as he left the field of play. The Star reports:

"The result was overshadowed by claims from Bell-Baggie afterwards that McAllister called him a 'black ****' as he left the field. Bell-Baggie, who was born in Sierra Leone but has represented England at youth team level, insists the incident took place as he was substituted during the second half."

The paper claims that Football Association officials travelled to the Wirral yesterday to interview Bell-Baggie and to get his side of the story. There is no indication at this stage that they have talked to McAllister, nor that they have issued any charge at this stage.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore made mention of an incident on the full time whistle in his post-match interview, but chose to trivialise it, saying that he felt his team had not shown enough bite on the field of play:

"There's been a little bit of a carry on in the tunnel at the end but it's too late then - it's got to be on the pitch. I thought we lost the game without the fighting spirit which we've shown all season."

Otherwise, neither manager has alluded to a problem - the Star says this is because "both clubs have tried to keep the allegations under wraps." Bell-Baggie has made no mention of this on his Twitter profile, preferring to concentrate on the game's outcome:

"So disappointing yesterday but look to put it right on Saturday. Disappointed for the travelling fans yesterday who were great."

Given the seriousness of the allegations, hopefully Yeovil Town are conducting their own enquiries already - if only with the motive of clearing McAllister's name. If there is any substance to Bell-Baggie's claims, then clearly McAllister would land an FA Charge.

The report is also covered in briefer detail by the Daily Mail, although it seems likely that they are repeating the Star's allegations, rather than both papers having picked up this from different sources.


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6 March 2013 : Flood Of Goals See Ladies Steamroller Into County Cup Final
Yeovil Town Ladies turned on the style to catapult themselves into the final of the Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup on Sunday, having beaten Brislington Ladies by a fantastic 10-1 scoreline. This is the third season in a row the Glovers have been in the final of this competition, and under the impressive joint management of Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler they will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins when they meet Keynsham Town Ladies in that final match of the competition later in the season.

"We are really pleased for the girls and cannot wait to defend our trophy," Sarah Lawler said after the game. "It was a good victory over Brislington, and we are now looking to win the completion for the third season in a row. It would be fantastic for our club to do this, and would help to make an already exciting season reach a superb climax."

"We wanted the team to make a quick start in this one," Nigel Williams said. "We were the Premier League team, but we knew that Brislington have some quick and talented players who would want to get in close and hassle our players, so we had to be on our toes. It was a cup game, and we all know and have seen what lower league teams can do in these competitions, so knew that we had to keep professional and avoid an upset."

The Glovers came out and took control of the game from the start, with some great combination play down the left from Justine Lorton and Katie Cook. It was not long before the Glovers broke through this route, and Cooke pounced through the defence on ten minutes, slotting the ball home. Brislington came straight back at Yeovil, and on 12 minutes some defensive errors saw a back pass not reach the goalkeeper. Brislington's speed up front told, and a race to the ball between striker and ‘keeper ended up with the striker bringing the score level to 1-1.

This was the tonic Yeovil needed, as they came back with force. Both Williams and Lawler had agreed that Yeovil had not been playing as they should have been, but the goal woke them up, and they went on to take the match in impressive style. On 14 minutes Jade Radburn, forever Yeovil's work horse in midfield, carried the ball and some lovely footwork saw her finish from close range to put her side 2-1 up.

"From then on we wanted the girls to keep possession and build the play," Williams said. "It is so easy to lose your discipline and formation and get pulled apart by the opposition, but we did not do this and created some good chances."

On 35 minutes Yeovil played some great passing football, seeing a good delivery for Stacey Pearson to continue her recent impressive scoring form to make it 3-1. The pressure on the Young Brislington team was relentless, and they lost the ball to pressure from the midfield of Jade Radburn and Kirsty Whitton on 40 minutes. The ball was played through to Kate Cook who, with a change of pace beat the right back producing a quality finish.

"We are always looking to develop our young players," Lawler said. "So it was good to see young Grace Rapp grab two good goals either side of half time. She is an excellent player and has a great long term future with Yeovil Town Ladies. You could see her quality today in her movement and holding of the ball. We will ensure that we continue to work with Grace, and she is one to keep an eye on this and in coming seasons."

A couple of substitutions and a formation change saw Yeovil extend their lead, with Jodi Cornwall pouncing on a dropped ball from the opposition ‘keeper to make it 7-1, having only been on the field of play for a minute. Unusually Yeovil had Laura Bray on the bench for this match, but as Nigel Williams pointed out she had nothing to prove in respect of what she can do.

"We rested her today," he said. "With some really important games coming up we gave her a chance to relax and enjoy the day. We run a squad system here, and all players have a job to do. It is great to have strength in depth, and we put pressure on Laws (Bray) week in week out to perform at the highest level for us. Knowing her as we do, she was probably not happy with that as she always wants to play, but we have a responsibility to all players, and we select what wins a game, working to ensure players remain fit to do the job in hand. Laws showed us what she can do by coming on as a 56th minute substitute to score a hat-trick. Need I say more."

Williams added; "Today was an okay performance. The score was irrelevant to the way we played, and as always Sarah and I expect better from our team. At half time we had a discussion, putting our points across and we played better possession football in the second half. Credit goes to Brislington Ladies. They are a great club and have players that will take them to great things in the future. Thank you for the brilliant welcome and hospitality."

Final Score: Brislington Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 10.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Keehan (Grogan – 57), Edwards, Rosie, Brazell, Pearson, Radburn, Whitton (Cornwall – 56), Cook, Lorton, Rapp (Bray – 57)

Goals: 1-0 (Cook– 10), 1-1 (12), 2-1 (Radburn – 14), 2-1 (Pearson – 35), 4-1 (Cook – 40), 5-1 (Rapp – 44), 6-1 (Rapp – 48), 7-1 (Cornwall – 57), 8-1 (Bray – 65), 9-1 (Bray – 72), 10-1 (Bray – 84)

Referee: Ian Parsons (Somerset)

Next Match: Away at Leeds United (To be played at Farsley Celtic FC ). FA Women's Cup, Fifth Round. 10 March 2013, 2.00pm kick off.

[Report by Nigel Williams (And Ali King) - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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6 March 2013 : Fletcher Opens Glovers Account In Bulls Friendly Win
With no midweek fixture this week, a Yeovil Town Reserves side played a low-key training match this afternoon at Alvington. Their opponents were a Hereford United side, with the Glovers side largely formed of first team squad players who have seen little football lately, made up of more senior members of the club's Under-18s side.

The Glovers took the lead when new loan signing Wes Fletcher opened the scoring, as he netted a penalty. Yeovil scored twice during the second half, with Lewis Young scoring a second penalty, after Will Agbo was felled. Ten minutes later, another goal was added, as new loan signing Wes Fletcher combined well with Gavin Williams in the build-up before Fletcher pulled the ball across the area for Williams to finish. There was one unknown player on the pitch during the second half, assumed to be a trialist.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Hereford United 0.

Scorers: Wes Fletcher (1-0, penalty), Lewis Young(2-0, penalty), Gavin Williams (3-0).

Starting Line-Up: Gareth Stewart, Mitch Brundle, Richard Hinds, Dominic Blizzard, Nathan Ralph, Will Agbo, Taran Singh Jheeta, Gavin Williams, Aidan Chainey, Lewis Young, Wes Fletcher

Subs: Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson, A.Trialist, Charlie Ware.

Hereford United: Hanford, Gallinagh, Max, McDonald, Heath, Feeney, McQuilkin, Temulty, Carruthers, Smikle, A. Trialist.


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6 March 2013 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's away League One match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge will be David Webb (County Durham). No, not THAT David Webb - the idea of having a former manager and club owner officiating the game might be a bit too biased.

This particular David Webb is from County Durham, which probably explains why we've not got much history with him, even though he's been at Football League level as a referee since the summer of 2008. We've had him just the once, which was for an away match against Notts County in September 2010 at Meadow Lane. That game was a bit of a car crash - we lost 4-0 with a team that included Luke Ayling as a right winger and Adam Virgo as a striker! We lost badly, and to be honest the end scoreline flattered us. The idea of attaching any blame to the match referee for it would be laughed out of town.

Mr Webb started life as a referee 14 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Link: September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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5 March 2013 : Marsh-Brown Lands Bees Trial
Former Yeovil Town winger Keanu Marsh-Brown has this afternoon taken part in a Development Squad fixture for League One side Brentford in his efforts to find another club. The 20 year old has not played in a competitive fixture since Boxing Day and has been without a club since leaving Huish Park by mutual consent on January 25th 2013, although suggestions have been that he has been training with fellow League One side Notts County during his time out of the game.

Marsh-Brown played for Brentford in a U21 Professional Development League Two South match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Griffin Park. He lasted 60 minutes in the 1-1 draw before "hobbling off" and having to be substituted.

Brighton's squad also featured ex-Glover Rohan Ince, who was given an 18 month contract by the Championship club, following his release by Chelsea early in 2013.

Link: Keanu Marsh-Brown : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 March 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Planning For The Future Part One
The start of March may feel a bit early to be looking at what may or may not be happening next season. However, with just eleven games left of the 2012-13 campaign left to go (plus or minus any play-off fixtures) it's time to do a bit of crystal ball gazing. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, it's time for Badger to look at contracts and to look at possible outcomes, and why there might be rumblings right now for some of that to be considered before the final ball is kicked.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Planning For The Future Part One.


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5 March 2013 : Interview With Ed Upson
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Ed's thoughts on his match-winning goal and the game itself can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Tranmere.


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4 March 2013 : Sky Give Ed The Nod As Well
Hot on the tails of the Football League's Team of the Week nominations for the weekend just gone, the equivalent set for League One has been published by Sky Sports. Here you might expect a large number of duplicates along the way, but there's actually only four players who make it into both listings.

One of those is Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson, who Sky Sports say of his performance:

"Upson scored the 58th-minute winner as Yeovil continued their push for promotion with a 1-0 victory over Tranmere. It was a superb 25-yard free-kick that sealed the points for the home side as he curled his effort past Owain Fon Williams at the near post, while he almost doubled the advantage with a late lob which pinged the crossbar."

The full line-up from their eleven players is as follows:

Bartosz Bialkowski - Notts County
Paul Quinn - Doncaster
Harry Maguire - Sheffield United
Darren Ward - Swindon
Liam Moore - Brentford
James Husband - Doncaster
Johannes Ertl - Portsmouth
Edward Upson - Yeovil Town
Will Grigg - Walsall
Charlie MacDonald - Leyton Orient
Jamie Proctor - Crawley


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4 March 2013 : Upson Gets Team Of The Week Nomination
The Football League have published their Team of the Week for the weekend just gone, and the Glovers have one player in this week's line-up. Midfielder Ed Upson is a fairly standard inclusion, given that he scored the goal that won Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers that allowed them to leapfrog their promotion rivals.

This is Ed's third inclusion of the 2012-13 season, having been recognised for his performances in games during last August and in February. The full team for this week is as follows:

Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County)
Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth) Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) Connor Essam (Crawley Town) Tommy Spurr (Doncaster Rovers)
Harry Forrester (Brentford) Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) David Syers (Doncaster Rovers) Jamie Paterson (Walsall)
Charlie MacDonald (Leyton Orient) Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
21) 02/03/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Tranmere Rovers Home W1-0)


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4 March 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Can't We Just Fill The Ground?
Saturday's gate of 4,826 saw Yeovil Town record their best attendance since last September, as the Glovers engaged in a crucial League One six-pointer. With the average gate at the ground having drifted below 4,000 over this season and last, that's well under half the capacity of the Huish Park ground.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, we have a guest entry from Francis Gates who takes the controls to come up with a few radical ideas on how he would like to see attendances at the ground boosted. Read them via the link below, and feel free to contribute your own ideas, or how you would take gates at Huish Park that one step further.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Can't We Just Fill The Ground?


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4 March 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Home Interview
Just before Saturday's home match against Tranmere Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's thoughts just before the game kicked off are archived via the link below.

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


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3 March 2013 : Glovers Legends Arrange Charity Match
A Yeovil Town Legends side will be taking part in a Charity Match at the end of the 2012-13 season. The match against a Street All-Stars XI will take place at Street Football Club on Sunday 5th May 2013, with a 5.00p.m. kick-off at the Tannery Ground.

Address: Street Football Club, The Tannery Ground, Middle Brooks, Street, Somerset, BA16 OTA.

The Somerset FA indicate that they expect the Yeovil side to be formed from players such as Tony Pounder, Warren Patmore and Steve Thompson, with doubtless more well known names and faces able to commit to the event nearer the time. They are also expecting former World Cup, Champions League Final and FA Cup Final referee Paul Durkin to be involved. Admission prices will be:

Adults £5.00, Children (Under 16) £1.00.

The event will benefit CLIC Sargent, which provides care and support for children with cancer. For tickets and enquiries you can call Dave Gudge (01458 440407) or Kerrie Watkins (07967 508078) or email info@streetfootballclub.co.uk


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3 March 2013 : Appiah Returns To Selhurst Park
Given his exclusion from yesterday's first team squad, it's not too much of a surprise to find that striker Kwesi Appiah has returned to Crystal Palace at the end of his one month loan at Huish Park. The 22 year old's deal at Huish Park expired yesterday, but he was not part of the 18 man squad that was selected for the home match against Tranmere Rovers.

With striker Wes Fletcher having arrived from Burnley on a one month loan, and James Hayter having returned to full fitness and the starting line-up, the Glovers are fairly well covered in front line positions again. Manager Gary Johnson has now confirmed to the Western Gazette that he will not be extending Appiah's loan, due to the lack of games he is likely to get at the club over the next eleven fixtures.

Overall, Kwesi made five appearances for the club, with his one start coming in Tuesday night's away match at Colchester United, but did not find the net at the club - albeit in a fairly limited showing for the club.

Link: Kwesi Appiah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 March 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's single goal victory over Tranmere Rovers, the Sky Sports website has been updated to include highlights from the weekend fixtures. Head via the link below to watch Ed Upson's free kick fly in, and also for a short segment of manager Gary Johnson's post-match interview.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Highlights.


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3 March 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Tranmere Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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2 March 2013 : Johnson Pleased To Get Over Midweek Blip
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his team responded well to the midweek disappointment of seeing their unbeaten run broken. When the Glovers lost 2-0 on Tuesday night at the hands of Colchester United it broke a nine game run that had included eight wins at League One level.

Today they responded in the best possible way by seeing off Tranmere Rovers, who are one of their rivals, by a 1-0 scoreline with midfielder Ed Upson's second half free kick proving to be the difference between the two sides. Johnson felt that wiping out the memory of the midweek defeat in Essex was important to his side:

"We've had that little blip now. All teams are going to have a time when they get beaten, so we needed to bounce back. I haven't looked at the table yet, it's too early, but I know the results and they matter. There's a couple of teams having a longer blip than we have had, and we have been in a good run of form over the last 12 games. The support we're getting is growing and the fans are getting behind us. They are seeing their team giving absolutely everything."

Johnson added that he felt his team had created the lion's share of the chances against the Wirral club. Hence even though the game stayed on a knife-edge right up until the final whistle, he felt that the Glovers got the result that they deserved overall:

"This was a big game against one of our main promotion rivals. We needed a result and the boys worked hard to stay in the game. I think there is no way anyone can say we didn't deserve to win. We had plenty of chances and scored from a set-play. When you go a goal up it gives everyone the confidence to get on the ball, and we played some good stuff on a difficult surface. We knew they were going to go slightly longer to the big lads up front, but we dealt with that and went up the other end and created chances."


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2 March 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Tranmere
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 March 2013 : Yeovil 1 Tranmere 0 : Upson Downs Promotion Rivals
Yeovil Town returned to winning form as they narrowly beat fellow promotion candidates Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park this afternoon. An Ed Upson free kick just short of the hour mark divided the two sides as they saw off Ronnie Moore's side who threatened throughout the afternoon, but only managed to truly test Marek Stech on one significant occasion. At the other end Upson later hit the crossbar, and whilst the game was predictably tense, a single goal was all that was needed, as the home side leap-frogged their opponents and into fifth place in the League One table.

The Glovers went into the match restoring their first choice starting line-up as James Hayter and Jamie McAllister returned from injury. They displaced the men who had covered for them in midweek, with Nathan Ralph dropping to the bench, and Kwesi Appiah disappearing out of the first team squad as his one month loan spell ended on a low note. New signing Wes Fletcher was included on the subs bench, although did not get onto the field at any stage, with the Glovers playing out a full 90 minutes without making a change.

They started off well, with Paddy Madden putting a one-on-one wide of the post, whilst a Jamie McAllister free kick also went narrowly wide of the target. Tranmere were offering almost nothing during the opening 20 minutes, with only Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro showing little glimpses of what they were capable of.

It was only during the latter stages of the opening 45 minutes that the visitors began to level the game out, with Akpa Akpro predictably providing their main outlet. After a couple of set pieces had put them close, the striker latched onto a long ball up field, getting behind the Glovers back four first the first time in the match. Thankfully Marek Stech was equal to his shot on goal, saving with his legs and out for a corner. At the other end, as the game drew in for the half time break, Paddy Madden did the same, with James Hayter feeding him only to find former Yeovil trialist Owain fon Williams blocking the attempt.

On the balance of play that would have been a deserved lead at the break, but some of the signs from the visitors suggested they were capable of making their own chances. That pattern continued through the opening period of the second half, with Tranmere a bit of a contradiction - strong and physical, yet inclined to drop to the deck at the slightest touch - something that referee Darren Sheldrake was a little eager to indulge during the afternoon.

The twist in proceedings though was that it was a Yeovil Town set piece, rather than a Tranmere one that was to open the scoring. Just short of the hour mark, Sam Foley was fouled by full-back Danny Holmes, who picked up a deserved booking for the offence. Up stepped Ed Upson, whose angled free kick dipped up and then down over the wall, leaving keeper Owain fon Williams somewhat stranded as he attempted to stop the ball going in via his near post.



Upson almost doubled the lead five minutes later, as his excellent lob over the Tranmere keeper struck the crossbar, whilst a James Hayter overhead kick and a Dan Burn header threatened to also increase Yeovil's advantage. However, Tranmere's double substitution saw them change their tactics in the final 25 minutes, and the end result was an edgy tense affair, not helped by referee Darren Sheldrake and his Main Stand linesman at times making decisions that enraged many of the Glovers fans inside the larger-than-usual crowd.

A tense finish saw substitute Cole Stockton fire wastefully wide, whilst Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro wastefully headed over - Tranmere's failing throughout the 90 minutes was that when they got their chances, they put them wide of the goalframe, and as such Marek Stech had a relatively quiet afternoon. Four minutes of injury time couldn't change that, and so ensured that Yeovil climbed above their opponents in the table - finishing the day in a comfortable 5th place in the League One table, and securing their seventh consecutive home win.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Scorer: Ed Upson (58 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher (none used).

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Danny Holmes 4. Ash Taylor 5. Ian Goodison 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
20. Michael O'Halloran 17. Max Power 24. Paul Corry 22. Abdulai Bell-Baggie
25. Mamady Sidibe 26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes:
33. Jason Mooney 3. Paul Black 6. Liam Palmer (64 mins for Michael O'Halloran) 12. Danny Harrison 16. Cole Stockton (43 mins for Mamady Sidibe) 18. David Amoo (65 mins for Abdulai Bell-Baggie) 23. Donervorn Daniels

Yeovil Bookings: Paddy Madden (74 mins, off the ball incident)

Tranmere Bookings: Zoumana Bakayogo (9 mins, foul), Danny Holmes (58 mins, foul), Ian Goodison (74 mins, off the ball incident), David Amoo (80 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Tranmere Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 4,826 (including 261 Tranmere supporters).


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2 March 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Yeovil Town are able to restore their favoured starting line-up this afternoon, with the return of their two most experienced players to the starting line-up. Striker James Hayter (foot) and left-back Jamie McAllister (ankle) who went off injured last Saturday against Doncaster Rovers, and subsequently missed the midweek defeat against Colchester United, are recalled to the starting line-up for this afternoon's six-pointer against Tranmere Rovers.

They displace Kwesi Appiah and Nathan Ralph who deputised during midweek, giving the Glovers the starting eleven that they maintained for the majority of their eight game winning run earlier this year. Appiah has been left entirely out of the squad today, strongly implying that his loan spell at Huish Park, which is up today, will not be renewed, although that's not been confirmed.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Danny Holmes 4. Ash Taylor 5. Ian Goodison 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
20. Michael O'Halloran 17. Max Power 24. Paul Corry 22. Abdulai Bell-Baggie
25. Mamady Sidibe 26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes:
33. Jason Mooney 3. Paul Black 6. Liam Palmer 12. Danny Harrison 16. Cole Stockton 18. David Amoo 23. Donervorn Daniels


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2 March 2013 : Gary Johnson On The League One Promotion Race
Yesterday evening, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson made his second appearance of the week on BBC Radio 5 Live, talking about the League One promotion race. With presenter Colin Murray centring on the tightness of the top seven clubs in the League One table, he interviewed Gary about the season so far, and how Yeovil have managed to break into that pack of clubs. Read the interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Radio 5Live About The League One Promotion Race.


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2 March 2013 : It Was 125 Years Ago Today
Today marks a significant anniversary in the history of the Football League. On March 2nd 1888, a letter was sent out to a number of select football clubs by William McGregor, then secretary of Aston Villa Football Club. That letter was to revolutionise football entirely, sparking the formation of the Football League - the world's oldest league body.

To mark that event, and other milestones following during the year, the Football League have been looking into its own vaults to dig out how it was formed. Linked below are three articles provided by the League, that describe the origins of the football you know and love today.

Link: The Dawn Of The Football League.

Link: William McGregor And The Early Days.

Link: Membership Of The Football League.


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1 March 2013 : Joe Edwards Talks About The Colchester And Tranmere Games
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town defender Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney, Joe's thoughts on the match and his views on Tuesday night's game against Colchester United can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Tranmere.


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1 March 2013 : Gary Previews The Tranmere Game
As part of the build-up to the home match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney, Gary's thoughts on the game can be read via the link below.

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


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1 March 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers : Opposition Form Guide
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Tranmere Rovers arrive at Huish Park on the back of a poor run of form that has seen them win just one game out of their last six. An injury crisis at Prenton Park has contributed to the situation, with Ronnie Moore's side expected to be missing five first team squad players for their journey down to Huish Park.

There is a big word of caution to be raised, despite Tranmere's poor form and injury problems - their last away match saw them thrash Colchester United 5-1 at the Community Stadium, against a team that was good enough to beat the Glovers 2-0 on the same ground three days later. However, these are choppy waters for a club that hadn't been out of the top two until four games ago and had topped the division for nearly the whole season. With the division so tight, they need to ensure that recent wobbles don't see them on the wrong side of the line at the end of April.

Tranmere's stay at the top of the division was inspired by 20 year old striker Jake Cassidy, who netted 11 times in 26 appearances during the first half of the season. But he returned to his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers at the turn of the year, and although he's still the club's top goalscorer, he will not play a part on Saturday. The same can be said for second top scorer Andy Robinson, who has weighed in with ten goals, but suffered a hamstring strain on Tuesday night. That leaves Tranmere relying upon Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for their goals, although winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie will fancy his chances against his old club, having netted his first League One goal for Tranmere in that Tuesday night match.

In terms of previous results between the two sides, Yeovil Town definitely have the edge at Huish Park. Games between the two clubs have tended to heavily go towards home advantage, and the Glovers have won the last four meetings on their own patch. The last home game came in January 2012, when Joe Edwards and Andy Williams gave Gary Johnson a win upon his first 'proper' game in charge after he returned to the club for his second spell. Adam McGurk put the visitors in front, but a 94th minute goal from Williams secured all three points.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Tranmere Rovers

28/12/2005AwayCCL1L1-46327Jevons 32
25/03/2006HomeCCL1D2-25409Harrold 5, 69
19/08/2006AwayCCL1L1-26023Cohen 44
17/02/2007HomeCCL1L0-25168
01/09/2007HomeCCL1D1-14985Stewart 57
26/01/2008AwayCCL1L1-25386Kirk 51
22/11/2008HomeCCL1W1-03445Skiverton 23
25/04/2009AwayCCL1D1-18306Obika 67
08/08/2009HomeCCL1W2-04349Bowditch 23, Tomlin 76
26/01/2010AwayCCL1L1-24584Mason 90
11/09/2010HomeNPL1W3-13364Bowditch 7, Welsh 10, Huntington 27
26/02/2011AwayNPL1W1-08016Johnson 77
03/09/2011AwayNPL1D0-05037
14/01/2012HomeNPL1W2-14083Edwards 19, A Williams 90
13/10/2012AwayNPL1L2-36344Madden 9, Foley 29


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Tranmere Rovers

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
4211171258145461921

RECENT RESULTS

02/02/2013Carlisle UnitedHomeNPL1L0-15713
09/02/2013Leyton OrientAwayNPL1L1-24351O'Halloran 75
15/02/2013Shrewsbury TownHomeNPL1L0-29127
19/02/2013Swindon TownHomeNPL1L1-35223Daniels 78
23/02/2013Colchester UnitedAwayNPL1W5-13077Power 11, Akpro 41, Taylor 65, Stockton 85, O'Halloran 90
26/02/2013Notts CountyHomeNPL1D1-14703Bell-Baggie 29


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Jake Cassidy11000011
Andy Robinson10000010
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro800008
Cole Stockton320106
Adam McGurk310004
Michael O'Halloran300003
Zoumana Bakayogo300003
Max Power210003
Danny Holmes200002
Joe Thompson110002
Ash Taylor200002
Abdulai Bell-Baggie100102
James Wallace200002
Donervorn Daniels100001
Jake Jervis100001
David Amoo100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 10587, vs Milton Keynes Dons, 16/11/2012
Lowest League Attendance: 4177, vs Colchester United, 01/09/2012
Average League Attendance: 6192

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 4
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 2
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 13 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWLLLD
Away Results Sequence: LWLWLW Overall Results Sequence: LLLLWD


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1 March 2013 : Sky Blues Back Under Transfer Embargo
League One side Coventry City are back under a transfer embargo. The Sky Blues faced a similar situation last season when they failed to file their company accounts on time, and once again that's been given as the reason for their malaise. They will not be allowed to sign any players until that matter is resolved - with the emergency loan deadline set for Thursday 28th March, this could effectively mean that they will not be able to do any recruitment between now and the end of the 2012-13 season.

The situation adds to growing financial problems at the Ricoh Arena - last month saw their bank accounts frozen under a debt order, due to their failure to pay any rent on their stadium over the past 12 months. Even since stadium owners ACL managed to get that through the courts, there's been an escalation on that, with a statement issued by them suggesting that there would be further 'legal consequences' if Coventry City did not start resolving the mounting debt issue:

"The situation is quite simple. CCFC owes ACL £1.3m which a court of law has confirmed our right to collect. Our board has participated in hours of discussions with CCFC during which we have made many concessions and CCFC has made none. CCFC’s owners can now either take the offer which is on the table or face the legal consequences. It is entirely their decision."

Coventry have acknowledged the situation regarding their accounts, but try to blame ACL for their inability to file them, claiming that it means they cannot do any forward projections on the coming year's budgets:

"The situation regarding rent and revenue negotiations with ACL is very well documented and without a clear route forward, we are unable to project our budgets for the coming 12 months. That means we are unable to file the accounts which results in an embargo."

However Chief Executive Tim Fisher has admitted to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire that stadium rent is not the only issue, and predicts that next season they will be under a transfer embargo for breaching the Football League's salary capping rules, due to the size of their wage bill:

"We are under unbelievable external pressure. Next season we will be under a transfer embargo because our salary (bill) is way in excess of the salary cap that we would be applying on the revenues we have today and which are projected for next season. The real challenge is actually accessing revenues to be able to put a reasonable team on the pitch next season. Frankly, if we don't get those revenues the club will go into a downward spiral. We talk to our insolvency practitioner every day and they are deeply concerned."

As for resolving the issue with the rent on the Ricoh Arena, of which the debt is continuing to grow by a six figure sum for every month that Coventry refuse to pay, Fisher doesn't seem to appreciate the irony in his claim that "we’re not here to subsidise a failing council-owned business." We suspect that ACL, who are 50 percent owned by Coventry City Council, and have not received any rental payments for over a year now, might see the situation the other way round. They certainly won't be amused, given that in January the City Council gave ACL a £14m loan, effectively servicing all debts associated with the building of the 2005 stadium, and ensuring that it's lack of income from Coventry City didn't create a domino effect on the stadium company that could have seen them default on their own repayment plan.


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1 March 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 2nd March 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on six occasions as a man in the middle, including twice this season - both in cup competitions.

The first time we saw him 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 third 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.

Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!

More recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."

We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.

Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

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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1 March 2013 : Argyle Boss : Reid Should Be Ripping This League Up
Striker Reuben Reid's temporary manager John Sheridan believes that he should be 'ripping the league up' at League Two level, but has yet to see the best of him. The 24 year old's stay with Plymouth Argyle has been extended, subject to paperwork, for another month after he made six appearances during his initial month spell down in Devon.

Speaking to Argyle's club website, Sheridan feels he is seeing an improvement in performances from the player, but explains that he should be having more of an impact in fourth tier football than he is at present:

"I'm going to keep Reuben - he’s slowly getting better and better. I had a chat with him last week and he understands where I’m coming from. I expect a lot more from him because I think he should be ripping this league up. All managers are different. I’m one of them who would rather tell a player than talk to my staff. I'd rather make it open so I spoke to him and I told him that I need a lot more from him."

Sheridan added that he felt Reid's performance in their Tuesday night game at AFC Wimbledon was his best yet, and so is hopeful that the striker is showing signs of being an asset. But with Reid yet to find the back of the net, he feels he needs to concentrate on his work ethic:

"I've seen him play lots of times and I think he’s an excellent player. If he gets the work ethic in then everything else will take care of itself. I thought his performance the other night was a bit better and he could be an important player."


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