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31 March 2015 : Mason Makes Impact On England Debut
Former Yeovil Town pair Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason combined tonight to give England a draw in an international friendly against Italy. Despite having fallen behind to a 28th minute goal from Southampton's Graziano Pelle, the Three Lions equalised 11 minutes from time when the two Tottenham Hotspur players were both introduced as substitutes during the second half.

For Mason it was his England debut and he needed just five minutes to make his impact as his pass to Townsend allowed the winger the chance to fire home an excellent strike from just outside the box, for his third goal in seven England appearance. Mason's debut now means that himself, Townsend and Steven Caulker have all gained full senior England caps, around six years after they each arrived across the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons at Huish Park as young loan players from White Hart Lane.

Final Score: Italy 1 England 1.

Scorers: Graziano Pelle (1-0, 28 mins), Andros Townsend (1-1, 79 mins)

England: 1. Joe Hart 2. Nathaniel Clyne 3. Kieran Gibbs 4. Jordan Henderson 5. Chris Smalling 6. Phil Jagielka 7. Theo Walcott 8. Phil Jones 9. Harry Kane 10. Wayne Rooney (c) 11. Fabian Delph

Substitutes: 12. Jack Butland 13. Robert Green 14. Gary Cahill 15. Kyle Walker (46 mins for Nathaniel Clyne) 16. Michael Carrick (43 mins for Chris Smalling) 17. Andros Townsend (69 mins for Fabian Delph) 18. Ryan Mason (74 mins for Jordan Henderson) 19. Ryan Bertrand 20. Ross Barkley


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31 March 2015 : Ladies Trip To Oxford Put Back A Week
Yeovil Town Ladies have had this Sunday's FA Women's Super League match against Oxford United WFC called off due to international call-ups. The match was due to take place on Sunday 5th April but has been postponed as Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard and Steph Williams have all been chosen for a Wales national squad that has games on the Monday and Wednesday following that fixture.

The match has been almost immediately rearranged to take place on Sunday 12th April, at Northcourt Road, home of Abingdon United FC, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.


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31 March 2015 : Mason Highlights Why Loan System Is Good For England And Yeovil
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has said that the existing Football League loan system is responsible for helping England's current starts to develop in genuine first team players. The Glovers boss was in charge during his first spell when he took on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason, who was an unused substitute for England in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and is also in the squad for tonight's friendly match against Italy, with Spurs team-mate and another former Glovers loanee Andros Townsend also in that line-up.

The current England squad includes 14 players who have had some loan experience during their careers, including all four Tottenham Hotspur representatives, who have clocked up a total of 23 loan spells between them, as part of the London club's policy to developing their academy graduates. Having seen Mason develop from the 18 year old that made his first team debut at Huish Park in 2009 into the Spurs first team regular he has become this season, Skiverton has said that he regards the current method of blooding Premier League players in the lower divisions to benefit multiple parties, saying that Under-21 development leagues don't have the competitive bite to pull players through the system:

"An Under 21 league won't be able to build character or teach you how to be humble, to show you it's not all given to you on a silver platter. We gave Ryan his first real chance of regular first-team football in a man's league and he's gone on to play for England. But he's not the only one. We had Steven Caulker as well, and Andros Townsend too. Even Harry Kane had to go out on loan before he made it. They've all gone on to play for England. They're the perfect advertisement for the loan system in my opinion. It just shows the best players are the ones who have loan spells at Football League clubs. We are the right breeding ground."

In terms of the player himself, Skiverton first saw him play in a training ground match in North London, and he was confident that he could turn the Enfield-born player into someone capable of playing at League One level, despite having only just graduated from the Spurs Under-18 side:

"Ryan's always had that hunger and desire to succeed, and along with the ability he had I knew he would do well. I was impressed with him straight away. The first thing I noticed about him was he was an honest character, very humble. He scored a couple of goals which were well above the level we were at. There was a volley against Exeter from a tight angle which was a special goal. He came down with Steven Caulker and they had to live in digs. But they survived. They handled it all with class. There were some big teams in League One at the time like Southampton, Leicester and Norwich but Ryan played like a top player. He had that arrogance on the pitch. He came to me as a No 10. He was highly gifted but not very strong. Highly technical, but really slight. I played him in central midfield because he could spot a pass and find the strikers but he also had a tremendous workrate. He got about the pitch and never pulled out of a tackle - and he's stuck there ever since. I'm convinced he will do very well for England as well as Spurs."

The Emergency Loan and Youth Loan system that allowed Mason to play for Yeovil, as well as later enjoying spells with Doncaster Rovers, Millwall and Swindon Town is under threat from FIFA, who want it to be scrapped. However, reports earlier this month suggested that the Football League had won a second twelve month reprieve - although the League have yet to confirm that situation themselves.


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31 March 2015 : Glovers Record Large Profit In Championship Season Financial Figures
Yeovil Town have issued a brief summary of their trading accounts for the 2013-14 season, which covers their year in the Championship. The main benchmark figure is that they achieved a £1.4 million operating profit, largely due to increased central funding from the Football League as part of being a second tier club, which provided an additional £3.2 million compared to clubs at League One level.

However, the club indicated that their time in the Championship also incurred an increase in operating costs at the club, which rose by £2.5 million, with player costs rising by £1.6 million, as the club tried to compete with other clubs operating at second tier level. They indicate that they received 'receipts' of £4.4 million - it's not clear what that relates to. The club's statement quotes Chairman John Fry as saying that the club did not have to pay any corporation tax, due to losses sustained during previous operating seasons:

"The figures have been greatly helped by the fact that there were no corporation tax charges due to accumulated historical losses, no share dividends have been paid and, because we no longer have a chief executive, those duties were shared between directors saving further overheads. On the pitch it was a great season for the supporters, playing for the first time in the second tier of the football pyramid we competed well against some of the biggest clubs in the country."

The club's statement acknowledges the contribution of previous manager Gary Johnson and his coaching staff and players in their year's achievement, which saw the club compete at Championship level for the first time:

"The 2013-14 season will certainly go down as one of the best in the club's long history, both in terms of on the field performances and off the field commercial and financial management. Credit for the club's success on reaching the Championship League must go down to Gary Johnson, his backroom staff and players."


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31 March 2015 : Yeovil Town Target Relaunch Of Youth Development System
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has indicated that the club have plans to re-establish a youth academy. The Glovers closed down their previous Centre of Excellence in two stages during 2012 and 2013, blaming the new Premier League Elite Player Performance Plan set-up as being too costly and bureacratic for them to manage. With the Reserve Team having also closed down during 2010, the club have operated with only a first team set-up over the past two years, but the Glovers Chairman had hinted earlier this month that the club had wanted to move towards a system of 'home grown' players.

Last night at a meeting with supporters, Mr Fry confirmed that the club were planning to restart a youth system, with the target of attracting young players from Somerset, Dorset and Devon:

"We are looking to see if we can get an Academy up and running which we will be announcing very shortly. That is to find young players, some of whom will immediately join the club. This opens up the discussions with other football clubs where young players will be coming from. They're not necessarily loan players, because the loan players are an integral part of the overall system of finding footballers. The academy is something that it looks as though it's going to happen. By this week we should be able to make a public announcement to say that we've got a scheme that will actually cover Somerset and Dorset and parts of Devon that will find the best young players, and this time we hope to be able to stick at it. It's been supported from a lot of angles, from people that will sponsor the operation. One of our problems is that we have not got a squad that has got any Yeovil players or Somerset players - apart from Chris Weale - within that outfit."

Mr Fry explained that part of the board's thinking was that the to bring players in from outside the region was providing the club with a large overhead, where hotel and relocations costs, along with the turnover of squad players were increasing the club's costs. That, combined with the club's views on financial fair play regulations, made them believe that they needed to lower the costs of their playing budget:

"That's partly the problem with bringing players into the area. They're not committed, you have to cover the costs of hotels and their time here, it's short-termism. When you start training a kid from the age of nine through that development, that is going to take a few years. But at the top end of it is the Under-18s, which we will be able to establish fairly quickly, with the support of another outfit. We've got to get younger players and we've got to get our own into the system. The football world has changed, particularly with financial fair play in the lower leagues. The gap is widening between the richer clubs and the lower league clubs. That doesn't mean that we can't be successful but we've come out of that spiral where we've had nothing but success and we've got to build a base and build from there. We'll be using our existing resources, which are not bad, although we've improved it with the artificial pitch, along with the training ground that we've got. In Yeovil young players will come down here and develop pretty readily. They want to come to this area to further their careers. We hope some of them will stay with Yeovil Town."

In terms of the past history of the club's Reserve and Youth Team operations, the Glovers resigned from the Football Combination league in the summer of 2009, with the Reserve Team set-up continuing for a further twelve months on an ad-hoc basis before disappearing around a year later. The club's Centre of Excellence was closed in May 2012, with then Chief Executive Martyn Starnes blaming the closure on the introduction of the EPPP system:

"We are extremely disappointed, this is not a decision we wanted to make but we have been forced down this path with the change in regulations and funding. We would much rather have continued with the centre of excellence and the funding as it was, which would have meant we would not have had to make changes. This has been placed upon us against our will. This is not the way we wanted to go but we are trying to provide the next best thing because we do want to provide football and football coaching from the club and try and improve young players in the area. Those that come through at the top may some day have a chance of getting into our under-18s and first team squad but we are not going to be able to do it through the Football League EPPP."

In addition the club issued a statement at the time indicating that the club's Alvington facilities were not good enough to meet the EPPP standards, adding: "the facilities that are available to the Club in the Yeovil area do not meet all the criteria required by the Premier League's EPPP template and there is no prospect of that situation changing in the immediate future." The club cited that they had been funding the CoE against a budget of £30,000, with the remainder of the funding provided by a Football League grant of £180,000. However, the new EPPP regulations required the club to invest £105,000 per season to reach the equivalent EPPP Category Three standard, which would provide a grant of £210,000. At the time, the club felt that they could not justify that situation.

During the 2012-13 season the club operated with just an Under-18s side - roughly the equivalent of an EPPP Category Four programme - but in April 2013 the club made the decision to close down that system. A club statement again pointed to the EPPP standards as being at the root of that problem, saying that it was 'extremely expensive' to run. The April 2013 statement said:

"YTFC have announced their decision to withdraw from the Football League's Youth Development Scheme with effect from next season. The Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) has proven to be too prescriptive and extremely expensive and has seriously affected the Club's ability to continue with a Youth Development programme. Uncertainties regarding the future solidarity payments offered by the Premier League, together with the lack of progress on the proposed ground development with the local authority have been additional factors in the decision process.

"It has been an agonising decision. Last year the centre of excellence for under-nines to under-16s was closed because the investment and facilities required by the Premier League's EPPP scheme were not available. It had been hoped that an under-18s scholarship programme would be more sustainable but the criteria the club is expected to meet is expensive, excessively bureaucratic and requires more resources than can be reasonably provided at this time. It is extremely disappointing to be in this position but this action has been taken in the interests of the club's overall viability. Despite having to close the academy, the club remains committed to encouraging youngsters to play and improve their football skills. Coaching will therefore continue at schools in the area and through the advanced development centres managed by the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust
."

Since then the club have been running Advanced Development Centre programmes using their Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, throughout the last two years. As yet, the club have not indicated whether their new Academy system will sit under the EPPP framework, and if so which Category they will be targeting. At last night's meeting, the club had a representative from Southampton's academy present, suggesting that they are engaging with the Premier League club in some kind of capacity relating to the issue.


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31 March 2015 : Date Set For County Cup Semi-Final
Yeovil Town have had a date set for their Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final match. The game against Bridgwater Town will be played on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at Fairfax Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The tie follows the Glovers penalty shoot-out win over Larkhall Athletic in the last round, with Bridgwater having defeated Odd Down by a 3-1 scoreline.

In the other semi-final match, Paulton Rovers are due to take on Taunton Town, in a match that will take place tonight at Winterfield Road.


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31 March 2015 : Interview With Seth Nana Twumasi
Following Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale at Spotland, Yeovil Town defender Seth Nana Twumasi spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Seth Nana's views on the defeat can be read via the link below.

Link: Seth Nana Twumasi Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Rochdale.


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30 March 2015 : Johnson Takes Robins Job Until End Of Season
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is back in work - for the next seven games at least. The 59 year old has been given the job of salvaging League Two side Cheltenham Town's season, after they slumped to the bottom of the Football League. Johnson becomes the Robins' fourth manager of the 2014-15 season, as part of a campaign that saw them dispense with the services of Mark Yates in November, followed by a horrific spell under Paul Buckle that lasted just 13 matches and saw just one win before he was dismissed.

Youth team manager Russell Milton was given the job on an interim basis during mid-February, but has only notched up one win in nine matches, with them slipping to the foot of the Football League on Saturday. That now leaves them two points short of safety, and with just seven games remaining - the length of time Johnson has been given to get them out of trouble. He said of his appointment today, which will see Milton work has his assistant with Steve Elliott working as a first team coach:

"I was honoured to be asked to take on the managerís role at Cheltenham Town until the end of the season. I am very happy to be working with Russell, Steve and Jamie (Victory). I understand the position the club are in and I will be doing my best along with Russell to keep the club in the Football League. I am looking forward to getting started. I know the club, the staff and the players well and I am looking forward to getting into the swing of it and doing everything we can to succeed in our mission."


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30 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Rochdale Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League One match against Rochdale kicked off at Spotland, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Terry talks about the team that he selected for the game, as well as some of the psychological aspects related to the playing squad. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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29 March 2015 : Foley Reaches Century Milestone
Yesterday's match at Rochdale saw Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley reach a personal milestone in his career with the club. The 28 year old, who was signed from Newport County in the summer of 2012, made his 100th appearance for the Glovers, starting in the centre of midfield for his 40th appearance of the season.

Although Sam failed to make much inroads into the first team during the 2013-14 Championship season, he has been a first choice player in both of the League One campaigns that he has been involved in, and in terms of this season he is the club's joint most-used player, along with Nathan Smith. So far this season he's scored just the one goal - against Coventry City back in September 2014, although does have eight career goals to his name in total.

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale at Spotland, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Terry's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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28 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale at Spotland, 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 Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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28 March 2015 : Groundhog Day For Skiverton After Dale Defeat
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that today's 2-1 defeat against Rochdale felt like Groundhog Day, after his side missed a great opportunity to put themselves in control at Spotland, only to find two quickfire goals turning the game against them. A combination of missed penalties at one end, coupled with pairs of goals being conceded has been a common feature of recent matches, and today's game in Greater Manchester was more of the same, as striker James Hayter had a penalty saved midway through the first half whilst the game was goalless.

That was then followed by two goals in three minutes shortly after the break, as Rhys Bennett and Jack O'Connell were able to put the home side two goals up and that proved too big a mountain for the club to climb. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was well aware that this was a repetitive pattern:

"I think it's Groundhog Day, as I think I've been saying this quite a lot. I've just spoken to the players and they were bitterly disappointed because they gave everything. I thought in the first half again we've come out of the traps flying and we were outstanding. With the play that we had leading up, we really penned them into their half, we had numerous corners early on, and then when James Hayter got us the penalty, you thought this would settle us down. He's the most experienced player and he steps up, but in the situation that we're in the goalkeeper makes a good save."

Both goals came via set pieces from former Glover Michael Rose, with the Glovers defence failing to clear their lines on both occasions. Having known the quality of delivery that the left-back could produce from his days at Huish Park, the coaching staff didn't need too much briefing, but Skiverton felt that both came down to individual errors as Rochdale were able to convert loose balls inside the box:

"The mistakes for the goals were pretty evident. It started from our throw-in, it got sent back and they put one in behind us and then they got a corner. It seems to be individuals. I'm not sure who it was who slipped on the back stick. But then with the second one with the clearance it looks a bit farcical when he's trying to clear the ball as I think we had two or three attempts."

Striker James Hayter did partially make up for his earlier penalty miss, three minutes after Rochdale's second goal as he latched onto a Sam Foley through ball for his fourth goal of the season. Skiverton said that he was pleased his side did show a positive reaction to conceding both goals, but admitted that whilst the pattern of conceding goals stayed strong, he still came out of the game disappointed:

"The one thing I was pleased with was the response. They could have curled up and died but they came back. James Hayter actually took his goal really well later on. But we deserve to be where we are, and we've just got to take it on the chin. Bits of quality and individual errors have cost us today, and it's a bitter pill to swallow. I'm really hurting inside, and I have been throughout the whole of the last two years, every time you get a defeat. But they showed today that they are trying. They played with a good intensity, and they went out to try to win the game today, but when you're not quite good enough with the key incidents, that's what happens."


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28 March 2015 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil 1 : Dale Quickfire Double Gives Fourth Defeat In A Row
Yeovil Town slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat this afternoon, as two quick-fire goals condemned them once again. The Glovers have made a habit recently of conceding pairs of goals to gift the opposition the game, and today's match at Spotland was true to form, as defensive errors gave Rhys Bennett and Jack O'Connell two goals in three minutes just after half time. James Hayter pulled one back almost immediately after Sam Foley put him through, atoning for an earlier penalty miss, but the visitors couldn't get themselves an equalising goal, leaving themselves ten points short of safety and even nine short of 22nd place, with everyone bar Colchester having pushed comfortably clear of the bottom-placed side.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their line-up - two due to international call-ups, with another caused by injury. Joe Edwards' ankle injury at Colchester meant that he was replaced by James Berrett, whilst Liam Shephard and Joel Grant's duty with Wales and Jamaica meant they were replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi and AJ Leitch-Smith. With Adam Morgan and Liam Davis both out injured, that then allowed Ben Nugent and Fergus Bell to make rare appearances on the bench, with only Alex Smith voluntarily left out of the squad.

The first half was played in atrocious weather conditions, with both teams struggling to get serious fluency on a rough looking pitch, where puddles began to form on the surface. Michael Rose was on free kick duties and much of Rochdale's attacking presence came from his set plays, with Scott Loach forced to palm away one effort early on.

Twenty minutes into the match, the Glovers had a superb opportunity to take the lead, when the poor pitch conditions helped them win a penalty. A Rochdale backpass was underhit as it stuck on the turf, and James Hayter was clearly brought down by former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones, with the keeper slightly fortunate that only a yellow card was produced. Hayter stepped up to take the spot kick, but the keeper redeemed himself by saving the effort and to keep the scores level.

Jones showed his better side a few minutes later as AJ Leitch-Smith had a close range effort saved, then a Sam Foley strike was deflected for a corner, as the Glovers created the lion's share of the chances in the lead-up to half time, with appeals for a second penalty turned down after Gozie Ugwu appeared to be fouled in the box - referee Eddie Ilderton wasn't willing to blow his whistle twice. In truth Scott Loach had little to do at the other end, and the main frustration was that the scores were level at the break.

Yeovil have conceded quick pairs of goals against Bristol City, Leyton Orient and Colchester that have rapidly taken the game away from them from a level position, and that pattern repeated itself once again at Spotland. A Michael Rose set piece was put to the back post, but no-one followed the ball, and Rhys Bennett was able to finish six minutes after the break to put Rochdale 1-0 up from close range.

Two minutes later, and Rochdale were 2-0 up. Another ball into the box from Michael Rose from a corner saw several Yeovil Town defenders fail to clear their lines, and Jack O'Connell was able to bundle the ball home from close range. Two similarly messy goals from Rose's set plays, and both in which Yeovil Town bodies failed to get in the way of the ball, and Rochdale were now in a commanding position.

To their credit, Yeovil managed to carve their way quickly back into the game, with Sam Foley's through ball to James Hayter giving the game three goals in five minutes, as Hayter partially made up for his earlier penalty miss, slotted home for a 56th minute goal that at least set the match up at 2-1.

During the final half hour, Yeovil battled hard, but without really looking as though they would get the equaliser that they needed. James Berrett had a shot bravely charged down by a Rochdale defender, but at the other end Ian Henderson spooned over the bar from two yards that should have put the game out of sight during the final five minutes. Perhaps surprisingly Yeovil didn't show enough ambition to try to get that equaliser, pulling all players into their defensive third to defend Rochdale's dangerous set pieces, meaning there was no attacking outlet when they did gain possession again.

Now four defeats in a row, and only one win in their last ten games, the Glovers now lie ten points short of safety, and even nine points separate them from Leyton Orient in 22nd place. With seven games to go, the Glovers will probably struggle to avoid the 24th place at the end of the season, let alone harbour any real possibility of escaping the drop.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Rhys Bennett (51 mins, 1-0), Jack O'Connell (53 mins, 2-0), James Hayter (56 mins, 2-1)

Rochdale:
19. Jamie Jones 27. Andrew Cannon 22. Jack O'Connell 6. Olly Lancashire 33. Tom Kennedy 28. Callum Camps 25. Michael Rose 3. Rhys Bennett 17. Scott Tanser 39. Joe Bunney 40. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
1. Josh Lillis 2. Joe Rafferty (63 mins for Scott Tanser) 10. Febian Brandy 11. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (66 mins for Callum Camps) 14. Bastien Hery 26. Joel Logan 31. Nyal Bell

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 5. Fergus Bell 13. Kieffer Moore (81 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Hoskins (85 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 16. Nathan Ralph 20. Ben Nugent 24. Craig Eastmond

Rochdale Bookings: Jamie Jones (foul, 20 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 50 mins), Seth Nana Twumasi (foul, 77 mins), James Hayter (foul, 80 mins)

Rochdale Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 9; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire).

Attendance: 2,650 (with approx 150 Yeovil Town supporters).


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28 March 2015 : Team News For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Rochdale at Spotland today. Three of the players missing are on international duty - Joel Grant played for Jamaica last night, whilst Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan are due to play for Wales Under-21s early next week. Their Swansea City team-mate Stephen Kingsley played for Scotland Under-21s on Thursday afternoon but has returned in time to play in this afternoon's match. However, club captain Joe Edwards has dropped out of the squad following his ankle injury that was aggravated at Colchester - midfielder James Berrett is recalled. Seth Nana Twumasi and AJ Leitch-Smith come into the line-up to replace Shephard and Grant.

Left-back Alex Smith is the one fit player to sit out the match. Left-sided player Liam Davis is out again after picking up a knock during Tuesday night's match at Larkhall Athletic, whilst striker Adam Morgan has an ankle injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows (as with recent matches, the exact formation/positioning may be subject to change once we reach kick-off):

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 5. Fergus Bell 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 20. Ben Nugent 24. Craig Eastmond


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28 March 2015 : Grant Picks Up Further Cap In Jamaica Win
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant picked up his ninth international cap late last night, after he helped Jamaica to a 2-1 win. In a friendly match played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the Reggae Boyz came from behind to beat Venezuela, for their first win over South American opposition since 2004.

Grant came on as a 67th minute substitute, at which point all three goals had been scored during the game. Venezuela's Gabriel Cichero scored from long distance to put the South Americans a goal up, but that advantage only lasted two minutes, with Giles Barnes scoring on his debut. The match was settled just before the hour mark when Darren Mattock seized on a defensive error forced by Jevaughn Watson.

Jamaica are scheduled to play Cuba on Monday night in a second friendly match, meaning that Joel will remain in Montego Bay until Tuesday - he is one of four Glovers players on international duty who will not be involved in today's League One match at Rochdale.

Final Score: Jamaica 2 Venezuela 1.

Scorers: Gabriel Cichero (13 mins, 0-1), Giles Barnes (15 mins, 1-1), Darren Mattocks (58 mins, 2-1).

Jamaica: 1. Duwayne Kerr 19. Adrian Mariappa 4. Wes Morgan 21. Jermaine Taylor 10 Jobi McAnuff 12. Garath McCleary 17. Rodolph Austin 15. Jevaughn Watson 9. Giles Barnes 11. Darren Mattocks 20. Kemar Lawrence

Substitutes used: 2. Daniel Gordon (61 mins for Jermaine Taylor) 14. Joel Grant (67 mins for Darren Mattocks) 7. Hughan Gray (79 mins for Rodolph Austin), 16. Romeo Parkes (90 mins for Garath McCleary)

Substitutes not used: Dino Williams, Peter Harrison, Ricardo Morris, Dane Richards, Alvas Powell.


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27 March 2015 : Skivo Previews The Rochdale Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One fixture against Rochdale at Spotland, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Terry talks about his side's battle from relegation, including clarification on his comments regarding whether the club's season is 'over', why the Leyton Orient and Colchester United games went badly, and also his issues with team selection for tomorrow's game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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27 March 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the long journey up to the north side of Manchester, where they will face a Rochdale side still hoping to grab a play-off place by the end of the 2014-15 season. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide to Spotland has been updated to include ticketing, travel, directions, a pub guide, statistics and other such information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.


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26 March 2015 : Kingsley Makes Debut For Under-21s
Yeovil Town's on loan left-back Stephen Kingsley was a second half substitute in Scotland Under-21's 2-1 win over Hungary this afternoon. In a match played at the Tatabanya City Stadium, the Swansea City player was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute, just after Hungary had taken the lead via Szenes Bence. This was his first appearance at this level, having previously gained six caps for their Under-19s, plus two caps for the Under-18s.

Kingsley was part of a series of second half substitutes who helped Scotland get back into the game, with Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland the match winner, as he scored twice in the last five minutes, with headed goals. In between his two goals, Kingsley almost created a goalscoring chance for Shankland after he provided a cross from the left, but his attempt was saved by the Hungarian keeper.

Final Score: Hungary Under-21s 1 Scotland Under-21s 2.

Scotland Under-21s: Jack Hamilton, Callum Paterson, Callum McFadzean, Jordan McGhee, Stuart Findlay, Danny Handling, Sam Nicholson, John McGinn (Capt), Declan McManus, Ryan Gauld, Ryan Fraser.

Substitutes: Donald Love (46 mins for Callum Paterson), Stephen Kingsley (63 mins for Callum McFadzean), Dominic Hyam (46 mins for Stuart Findlay), Mark O'Hara (76 mins for Danny Handling), Ryan Christie (46 mins Sam Nicholson), Charlie Telfer (76 mins for John McGinn), Lawrence Shankland (46 mins for Declan McManus), Cammy Smith (76 mins for Ryan Gauld), Billy King (63 mins for Ryan Fraser).


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26 March 2015 : Skiverton Wants Effort, Guts, Graft And Pride From Depleted Squad
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton wants his team to go up to Rochdale displaying 'effort, guts, graft and pride' in their attempts to salvage something from their season before it ends. The Glovers travel up to Spotland with the Glovers boss confirming that four of his first team squad will be unavailable due to international duty, with Joel Grant (Jamaica), Stephen Kingsley (Scotland Under-21s), Liam Shephard (Wales Under-21s) and Josh Sheehan (Wales Under-21s) all representing their countries over the extended international weekend, meaning that they will be naming a much-changed side for the trip up the M6.

Given that so many changes will need to be made to the starting line-up at Spotland, Skiverton admitted that he was glad that he had no fresh injury concerns following the midweek Somerset Premier Cup tie against Larkhall Athletic that saw some of his fringe players put through 120 minutes, before winning the penalty shoot-out against their Southern League opponents. He told BBC Somerset that a number of those who featured at the Plain Ham Ground would be needed on Saturday, and he wanted to see them showing plenty of passion for that game:

"We were pleased that we got through that (Somerset Premier Cup tie) with no injuries as well, as we had to play a lot of people who will be involved this weekend. With the four that we're going to have missing through international duty, that takes us up to ten that are going to be missing for the game on Saturday, out of all of the first team squad. So we're going there with depleted numbers but we do know that the performance that is going to be needed this weekend will be one of effort, graft, guts and pride. Sometimes other people who may not have been leaders before have got to turn into leaders now and step up to the plate. As I've said before, everybody is playing for their futures. They've got to make sure that they put themselves in my eyes, the club's eyes, the supporters eyes, and they've got to make sure that they're fighting for their lives."

One player who is expected to drop out of the squad again is club captain Joe Edwards. Whilst Skiverton wouldn't rule him out, the implication was that the 24 year old's ankle injury, which was aggravated in last week's 2-0 defeat at Colchester United would keep him out of the match. With the likes of Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett out for the season, Skiverton was frustrated that another one of his established midfielders was suffering at this stage of the campaign:

"Joe Edwards is close, but we don't know how close he is going to be for this weekend. That's probably been one of the most upsetting things for me since I've taken over. To lose someone who has been fit for nearly two or three years of his career and has hardly been injured and has played in nearly every game, then to miss nearly every game since I've taken over. So it's been heavily frustrating, especially with him and Kevin Dawson out as they've been real big performers for us during the good years as well. Simon Gillett as well has been a massive player as well, and to have so many out does hurt you. But it's how the other ones respond when they come through."

Speaking after last Tuesday's defeat in Essex, Skiverton told the BBC that the disappointing performance was 'probably the end of what we've been trying to do', implicitly admitting that he didn't think that his side would avoid the drop into League Two. This week's Western Gazette featured quotes from Skiverton implying that he had changed his mind on the situation, but he told the BBC today that he still saw things in pretty much the same way with eight games remaining:

"I wouldn't say I've come back on that (Colchester interview), but I would just say that the minimum that we'd need to win would be six or seven out of the games that we've got left. That's a big ask to do when we haven't done it all season. So I think the reality is still there, but for us this weekend, we've got to make sure that we're still trying to pick up points and not looking like we're dead and buried. That was the thing. In the first half against Colchester, I thought we were excellent. Then we gave a goal away and we sort of reverted back to where we were before. Rochdale are a very good side and they'll be disappointed that they got beaten during midweek. I think they're maybe going to have one or two of their key influential players missing. So we've got to make sure that we go up there and that we're tough to beat, and we've got to try to go and get goals."


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26 March 2015 : Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Rochdale and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th March 2015 at Spotland with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Mr Ilderton is a bit of blast from the past. Clearly we don't get referees from the far North-East too often, but even bearing that in mind, the fact that we've only had him once since February 2007 is unusual, particularly given that he was a reasonable regular during our early Football League days.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, two of Mr Ilderton's other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

The most recent meeting came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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26 March 2015 : Grant Given Another Jamaica Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant will be missing for this weekend's trip to Rochdale, following another international call-up. He is set to gain further caps for Jamaica in two friendly matches that will be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, where his home country recently won the Caribbean Cup.

Jamaica are due to play Venezuela on Friday night, and that will be followed by a Monday night game against Cuba, with both matches kicking off at 8.00p.m. local time.

Grant will be a number of absentees for this weekend's trip to Spotland. Left-back Stephen Kingsley is in Hungary today, playing for Scotland Under-21s, meaning that he is not expected to travel up the M6, whilst his Swansea team-mates Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan are due to play for Wales Under-21s next Tuesday - although the Welsh have no game this weekend, the Western Gazette indicates that they will not be available. Club captain Joe Edwards is an extreme doubt due to the ankle injury that he picked up during last week's League One match at Colchester United.

Jamaica Squad: DuWayne Kerr- Sarpborg 08; Ryan Thompson- Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Alvas Powell- Portland Timber; Jermaine Taylor- Houston Dynamo; Giles Barnes- Houston Dynamo; Wes Morgan- Leicester City; Adrian Mariappa- Crystal Palace; Joel McAnuff- Leyton Orient; Joel Grant- Yeovil Town; Daniel Gordon- Karlsruher SC; Rodolph Austin- Leeds United; Garath McCleary-Reading FC; Hughan Grey- Waterhouse FC; Kemar Lawrence- Red Bulls; Je-Vaughn Watson- FC Dallas; Dane Richards- New York Red Bulls; Darren Mattocks - Vancouver Whitecaps; Romario Williams- Montreal Impact; Dino Williams- Montego Bay United and Romeo Parkes- A D Isidro Metapan.

Link: Swansea Loanee Kingsley Given International Call-Up.

Link: Glovers Loan Duo Given International Call-Ups.


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25 March 2015 : Community Sports Trust Launches New Website
The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust has relaunched its website this afternoon. Still available at the same web address: www.ytcst.net, they have taken an opportunity to divide their site into four sections to represent their four main current areas that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. The split allows those who have an interest in one of those key areas to home in on their needs, rather than browse through the whole site.

Their briefing on the new website describes the rationale behind the site redesign and the reorganisation of the content that is available online:

"The new site is divided into four main sections; Schools and Education, Football Development, Soccer Schools and Matchday & Social Inclusion. We will be adding a Health section over the coming months once information with regards to a new and exciting project has been released. By moving to a more customer focused layout, we have allowed those customers to access information based on their own choice rather than sift through everything to decide what is of interest to them. Our current and prospective customers will find detailed information about the programmes and services we provide within our community as well as giving them information with regards to the organisations we work in partnership with."

For the uninitiated, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is a registered charity that strives to make a positive difference throughout the local area through sport and learning. They provide this by the running of fun, safe and enjoyable activities for people of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds by using the power of sport as well as the profile of Yeovil Town Football Club to engage individuals and to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people each year.

Link: Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust : New Website.


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25 March 2015 : BBC Red Nose Day Interview With Gary Johnson
Earlier this month, former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was a guest co-presenter on BBC Somerset as part of the BBC's 2015 Red Nose Day. Following that show, he caught up with reporter Richard Hoskin to talk about what he's been up to since he left Huish Park, and some of his thoughts on the circumstances. He also talks about another former club in Bristol City about their 2014-15 season.

Note that the interview was conducted prior to Yeovil's away matches at Leyton Orient and Colchester United and so Gary's answers should be considered with that in mind. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After His Red Nose Day Programme.


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24 March 2015 : Penalty Shoot-Out Needed To Settle Cup Tie
Yeovil Town needed extra time and a penalty shoot-out tonight to get past Southern League Division One South and West Larkhall Athletic tonight. In a match played at their Plain Ham Ground near Bath, the Glovers had taken the lead midway through the first half when AJ Leitch-Smith beat home keeper Alex Shaftoe to the ball to score from inside the box. However, they were pegged back when Joe Tumelty scored from close range midway through the second period to level the tie, and despite having the greater number of chances they couldn't convert a winner.

That took the game through extra time, and after 120 minutes the two sides still couldn't be divided. Thankfully Yeovil Town found their shooting boots during the penalty shoot-out, with AJ Leitch-Smith, Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph converting a perfect set of penalties, whilst Larkhall failed to convert two of theirs, with Jamie Lyons the unlucky man whose spot kick was missed to send Yeovil through to the semi-final stages. There they will meet Bridgwater Town at Fairfax Park, after they saw their way past Odd Down at the Quarter-Final stages - a date for this tie has yet to be arranged.

Final Score: Larkhall Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 1. (After Extra Time. Yeovil win 4-2 on penalties).

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (0-1, 24 mins), Joe Tumelty (1-1, 67 mins).

Penalty Shoot-Out: AJ Leitch-Smith (scored, 0-1), Tyler Sibbick (scored, 1-1), Sam Hoskins (scored, 1-2), Matt Thorne (missed, 1-2), Kieffer Moore (scored, 1-3), Rob Hobbs (scored, 2-3), Nathan Ralph (scored, 2-4), Jamie Lyons (missed, 2-4).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
3. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Kieffer Moore, 5. Ben Nugent, 2. Liam Davis
6. Fergus Bell, 8. Craig Eastmond, 10. Alex Smith, 7. Nathan Ralph
9. Sam Hoskins, 11. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Nathan Smith 14. James Hayter 15. Gozie Ugwu

Larkhall Athletic
1. Alex Shaftoe 2. Giorgio Wrona 3. Jamie Lyons 4. Rob Hobbs 5. Ollie Price (Capt) 6. Dan Jones 7. Joe Tumelty 8. Matt Thorne 9. Chris Pile 10. Brad Norris 11. Ben Horan.

Substitutes:
12. Tyler Sibbick 14. Jake Gardner 15. Ross Lye 16. Ryan Elliott.

Referee: Ron Ganfield. Assistants: Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams.

Attendance: 160.


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24 March 2015 : Team News For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final match against Larkhall Athletic. There's no surprise that this is a 'squad' line-up with players like Ben Nugent, Fergus Bell and Alex Smith who have yet to play under Terry Skiverton included in the side. One notable thing is that Liam Davis is back in the squad after recovering from a groin strain.

The line-up for tonight (and the formation/positioning are definitely calculated guesswork!) are as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
3. Seth Nana Twumasi, 4. Kieffer Moore, 5. Ben Nugent, 2. Liam Davis
6. Fergus Bell, 8. Craig Eastmond, 10. Alex Smith, 7. Nathan Ralph
9. Sam Hoskins, 11. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Nathan Smith 14. James Hayter 15. Gozie Ugwu

Larkhall Athletic
1. Alex Shaftoe 2. Giorgio Wrona 3. Jamie Lyons 4. Rob Hobbs 5. Ollie Price (Capt) 6. Dan Jones 7. Joe Tumelty 8. Matt Thorne 9. Chris Pile 10. Brad Norris 11. Ben Horan.

Substitutes:
12. Tyler Sibbick 14. Jake Gardner 15. Ross Lye 16. Ryan Elliott.

Referee: Ron Ganfield. Assistants: Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams.


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24 March 2015 : Magpies Take Hart In Battle Against Drop
League One side Notts County have given experienced manager Paul Hart the job of steering their club away from the League One relegation zone. The 61 year old has been given an 'interim' role alongside academy coach Mick Halsall, with the Magpies not specifying a timeframe on his appointment, except to imply that it will be allowed to run through until County's League One status has been determined:

"It was felt that their experience would be key to helping guide the first team squad through this important interim period until a new permanent Manager can be found. The duo have a wealth of managerial and coaching experience, with Hart, a former Notts County player, having held the top job at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Crystal Palace and Halsall one of the most respected youth coaches in the game."

This will be the third consecutive occasion that Hart has been drafted in as a firefighter at a club with the goal of saving their season on a short term basis. His last first team job was in 2010-11 when he came in as Swindon Town's manager, whilst they were already in the relegation zone. However, with only one win in 11 matches, he was unable to turnaround the Wiltshire club's fortunes. One year previously he had been given the same job at Crystal Palace, whilst the Eagles were in administration. His three wins and six draws in 14 games were good to keep them in the Championship.

Hart has been at Meadow Lane since October 2014, where he had been given another interim role - that of their Academy manager, after they suspended their permanent manager Mick Leonard, following an undisclosed issue that is still undergoing an internal enquiry.


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24 March 2015 : Mason Given England Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason became the latest ex-Glovers player to be called up to the full England squad. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been named as a replacement for Adam Lallana who has pulled out of the squad for Friday's home match against Lithuania, with doubts over the fitness of Fabian Delph, who has been absent through illness, also causing concern.

Mason has now clocked up 33 appearances for Spurs, including two goals to his name, with 28 of those first team appearances having come during the current 2014-15 campaign. He has recently been given a new five-and-a-half-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2020. Earlier this month, he scored his first Premier League goal, in a 3-2 win over Swansea City.

Mason becomes the fourth former Yeovil Town loanee in recent years to get an England senior squad call-up, with Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker having one appearance and one goal to his name, whilst goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was an unused substitute for May 2013 friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil. Meanwhile Andros Townsend has become an England regular, making his debut in October 2013, making six appearances and scoring two goals. Townsend is also in the latest England squad, meaning that there are two former Glovers loanees included in boss Roy Hodgson's squad.

Hodgson has seen a number of players drop out through injury from his original squad, with Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United) all Fraser Forster (Southampton) withdrawing from the originally selected squad, prompting the amended call-ups.

The same squad will also travel to Italy to play a match at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday 31st March 2015 - given its friendly status, Mason is more likely to feature in that second match, with Hodgson likely to rotate his squad as well as making more substitutions than he would for Friday night's UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying match.

The revised England squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Joe Hart (Manchester City), Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders:
Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders:
Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) , Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards:
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)


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23 March 2015 : Magpies Part Company With Derry As Relegation Threatens
League One side Notts County have fired manager Shaun Derry and his assistant Greg Abbott today, after they slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone. The Magpies currently sit in 20th place in the League One table, and have been sinking like a stone over the past three months, having challenged for the play-off spots during the early part of the 2014-15 season.

At the time when Yeovil Town made their November 2014 trip to Meadow Lane, Notts County sat in fourth place in the table, and had won seven out of their previous eight League One fixtures. Since the Glovers won their match by a 2-1 scoreline, Derry's side have picked up just 13 points in their last 21 matches - by far the worst in the division.

That has seen them slide down the table and prompted the County board to act, in an attempt to save their season. Derry had been in charge since November 2013, and had a good start to his tenure during the 2013-14 campaign, saving them from relegation during that campaign. However, despite that early success, County CEO Aileen Trew has indicated that their current problems provoked their need for a change:

"We have to make the decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the club and our perilous position in the table meant that we felt we needed to make a change. I have nothing but positive things to say about Shaun and Greg and the way that they conducted themselves during their time here at Notts County, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to them, but with a hope that this difficult decision will be the catalyst for a turn around in fortunes, starting this weekend at home to Scunthorpe United."

As yet, Notts County haven't indicated who they have placed in Caretaker charge for their next fixture.


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23 March 2015 : Officials For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow night's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Larkhall Athletic have been published by the Somerset FA. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at their Plan Ham Ground.

The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ron Ganfield. He's been a regular at Huish Park over the years, although largely as a Fourth Official or an Assistant Referee, with the exception of County Cup ties. Mr Ganfield will be assisted by Adam Fricker and Kevin Williams. All officials are associated with the Somerset FA.

Link: Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final Draw.


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22 March 2015 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travelled to Essex where they played a League One match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. A relatively promising first half performance was wiped out with two mistakes in five minutes that allowed the home side to take command through goals from David Fox and Jacob Murphy and the Glovers faded after that, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat that left them nine points short of safety with eight games remaining.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Gozie Ugwu pick up a number of second and third placed votes. However, the main votes were split between two players, with midfielder Sam Foley just about being edged out by Rotherham United loanee Scott Loach who won the poll for the second match running. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, were as follows:

1. Scott Loach 26 (2)
2. Sam Foley 22 (2)
3. Gozie Ugwu 12 (0)
4. Joe Edwards 6 (0)
5. Stephen Kingsley 6 (0)
6. Joel Grant 4 (0)
7. Craig Eastmond 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.17
Performance : 3.33
Entertainment : 5
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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21 March 2015 : Nine Point Gap Maintained As Crewe And Magpies Run Into Trouble
The gap between Yeovil Town and safety stays at nine points tonight, despite ten matches being played in League One today, whilst they took the weekend off. The Glovers had already played their scheduled League One fixture against Bristol City ten days ago, due to the Robins being involved in the Football League Trophy final tomorrow against Walsall, meaning that today's fixtures allowed most other clubs to catch up, leaving the majority with eight matches left in their season.

The key match of the day down near the bottom was between Crawley Town and Leyton Orient, and it went the Sussex side's way, with a single goal from Izale McLeod settling the match, and giving them nine points out of nine for the week, including wins over Orient today and Colchester United last week, as Crawley lifted themselves over their rivals and out of the relegation zone.

Colchester conceded a 96th minute goal to mean that their 2-2 draw against Gillingham will have been a disappointment for them, whilst Crewe Alexandra have now dropped into the relegation zone again, following three consecutive defeats in the last week. Just above them are Notts County, who are plummeting like a stone after a 4-1 defeat today. When Yeovil beat the Magpies in November at Meadow Lane, they lay in 4th place in the League One table, but now only goal difference separates them from the drop.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.


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21 March 2015 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town made the trip to East London where they took on Leyton Orient in a League One match at Brisbane Road. The end result was a car crash of a performance, with the Glovers losing 3-0 as goals from Chris Dagnall, Jobi McAnuff and Ryan Hedges made for a one-sided match in which the home side could have very easily set up an even bigger margin of victory - hitting the woodwork twice during the first half.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Sam Foley come out with a fair bit of credit to his name, with those behind him only picking up a tiny scattering of votes around those on the pitch. However, the runaway winner of the poll was goalkeeper Scott Loach, who despite having conceded three goals, did well to keep the score levels down.

It's worth noting that if the voting entries that had 'no player' in their first, second or third choices had been included, then they would have secured a fairly comfortable second place finish! Full results were as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Scott Loach 228 (21)
2. Sam Foley 68 (2)
3. Adam Morgan 16 (1)
4. Gozie Ugwu 14 (0)
5. Stephen Kingsley 12 (1)
5. Nathan Smith 12 (1)
7. Joel Grant 10 (0)
8. James Hayter 6 (0)
8. Byron Webster 6 (0)
10. Joe Edwards 2 (0)
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 2.68
Performance : 2.45
Entertainment : 2.9
VOTES RECEIVED : 31


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20 March 2015 : Emergency Loan System Given Another Reprieve
The Football League's Emergency Loan system has got a second reprieve, after it was discussed at a FIFA Executive Committee meeting today. The world's football governing body has had plans to force English clubs to scrap the system since it told the Football League during late 2011 that the mechanism was in breach of FIFA's Transfer Window system.

The system was due to be banned from the start of this season but FIFA agreed a twelve month reprieve. Now the BBC Sport website indicates that they have been granted another twelve month reprieve, which would allow clubs to continue the practice during the 2015-16 season. An attempt to turn that extension into a rolling agreement has been rejected, suggesting that FIFA still expect the English football authorities to eventually scrap it, and restrict clubs to just standard loan deals, which cover half-season and full-season periods.

League Two side Tranmere Rovers are the club who have used the emergency loan system the most this season, with twelve players having come through Prenton Park during 2014-15 so far, as the Wirral club try to battle against dropping out of the Football League entirely. Their Chairman Mark Palios used to be the FA's Chairman, and he wants to see FIFA lobbied to explain why the system is good both for the Premier League and for lower league clubs:

"We must use this year's grace to lobby and make sure Fifa understand lower league clubs need emergency loans. We don't want to use emergency loans as a modus operandi because that brings instability in the squad. We recognise that. But lower league clubs - for a variety of reasons - have to rectify certain problems. Emergency loans are very important for lower league clubs because they can't afford to carry big squads."

The BBC also reveal the Football League's other clubs who have made the biggest usage of the emergency loan system. It will come as no surprise to find that Yeovil Town are near the top of that tree. Behind Tranmere, who have used 12 loans, there are three clubs who have used ten emergency loans - Colchester United, Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley. Behind them, Hartlepool United have used nine, whilst Blackpool and Notts County have used eight each.

Only two of the Football League's clubs have not used the emergency loan system - Championship sides Reading and Leeds United. What the statistics tend to point to is that the bigger clubs seem to have little need for the system, and so are less inclined to make use of it. Yet at the foot of each division, Blackpool, Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United are all heavy users, with the likes of Tranmere and Colchester also struggling. The question would be whether a struggling team needs to make greater use of loans to try to fix their problems, or whether such teams are using the mechanism at the very start of the season because they are struggling to find quality players and so turn to the loan market to fill holes in their squad.


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20 March 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : 99 Problems
During this week, both Terry Skiverton and John Fry have more or less admitted that Yeovil Town will be playing League Two football next season. A Wednesday statement from the club highlighted where they saw the problems lying, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog picks apart some of the things that were said in that statement. Read on via the link below, and feel free to offer up your own thoughts on the club's situation.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : 99 Problems.


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20 March 2015 : Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Swindon Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 18th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are available now at the following prices:

Adults: £25.00; Aged 65 and Over & Disabled: £19.00; Full Time Students: £19.00; Aged 16-18: £17.00; Under-16s: £12.00

Students must present a valud NUS card to obtain the discount. These tickets will not be available on matchday, so you must purchase in advance. Supporters aged 16-18 must provide proof of date of birth to qualify for those tariffs.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Thursday 16th April at 4.00p.m. After that you'll need to purchase on the day of the game - prices (with the exception of the Student tariff) are the same at the County Ground.

Away fans are given a section in the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch. Away fans usually get the end two blocks closest to the Stratton Bank End in a total allocation of around 1,200 seats.

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield : Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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19 March 2015 : Stephen Allinson Talks About The New FA WSL2 Season
Tonight sees Yeovil Town Ladies commence their 2015 FA Women's Super League season with a home match against Reading FC Women. In advance of that fixture, their Chairman Stephen Allinson was interviewed by BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the Ladies' prospects for the coming season, as well as taking a brief look at the fortunes affecting the men's side recently. Read that interview via the link below, and if you're free tonight, head along to the Jones Stadium (Raleigh Grove) in Sherborne for their 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Start Of The FA WSL2 Season.


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19 March 2015 : Ladies Prepare A Royal Welcome For Season Opener
Yeovil Town Ladies kick off their second FA Women's Super League season tonight, when they place host to Reading FC Women. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium in Sherborne, which is also home to Sherborne Town FC, and more locally known as Raleigh Grove. Kick-off is at 7.45p.m. with on the day admission and season ticket packages available for those wanting to see them regularly, with a high proportion of the fixtures taking place outside the men's football season.

The Ladies team are led up by Jamie Sherwood, who guided the Glovers to an impressive fifth placed finish last year, in their first ever season at that level. He told BBC Somerset that he is excited to commence a new season, and that pre-season fixtures, which included a 1-0 win over FA WSL 1 Champions Liverpool Ladies had given him great heart as he prepares to lead his team tonight:

"I'm as excited as at Christmas. I think everyone looks forward to the first game of the season. We've had a good off-season and a good pre-season, playing some good teams that have put us under immense pressure, and we've come through games with some positive results and positive performances. So for the opening game of the season we're anticipating a lot, to be honest."

Sherwood has brought in a number of new faces, including former Bristol Academy player Corinne Yorston, Launceston-based Ellie Isaac who also comes in from Bristol Academy, Wales U19 international Alys Hinchcliffe and ex Cardiff City player Stephanie Williams, in moves that he hopes will boost his squad during 2015. However, he wanted those players who were part of the club's 2014 success that led them to receiving a Football Association award, should be built upon, rather than reinvented:

"I am reminding them of what they did last season and how they did it as a group of players and as a unit, and making sure that we build on what we did last season. We've obviously signed a couple of other players to improve the depth of the squad and also to improve the ability levels within the squad as well. So we haven't rested on our laurels - we've actually gone out and done things, and made sure that we've put ourselves in the best position possible to move ourselves forward this season."

Tickets for tonight's game are priced at just £4.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.50. Meanwhile you can buy season tickets for £30.00 with concessionary rates at £15.00, which cover you for all FA WSL and Continental Cup matches. Head to this page for more details.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading Women - kick-off tonight!




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18 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Colchester Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Colchester United kicked off at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry explains why he recalled Stephen Arthurworrey to the side, and consequently why Josh Sheehan missed out. He also explains why James Berrett missed out on the trip to Essex. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 March 2015 : Fry Blames League Regulations And Budget Problems For Club's Downfall
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has defended his position at the football club in the wake of the club's likely relegation to League Two at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Glovers Chief has outlined some of his principle concerns relating to the events that have left the club at the foot of the League One table, and nine points short of safety, following last night's 2-0 defeat at Colchester United - a result that left acting manager Terry Skiverton admitting that their fight against the drop was probably at an end, having lost both of their vital relegation deciders over the last three days.

Skiverton himself, and his assistant Darren Way, don't get a mention in the statement, offering no clues as to their future beyond the end of the campaign. Fry offers most of his criticism towards former manager Gary Johnson and also the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) rules, that were first introduced ten years ago during the 2004-05 season at League Two level before being rolled into League One for the 2012-13 campaign. Fry has said that he needs the club to reach average attendances of around 5,000 in order to remain competitive at League One level, indicating that when it did not reach that point, that the SCMP rules prevented the club from being able to compete:

"Football has got to realise that the whole game is going to have to change with the introduction of SCMP. Small clubs like Yeovil will struggle to provide sufficient revenues to build a squad capable of being amongst the top echelon of clubs in the division. Attendance figures, and football related revenues, will now take centre stage and as Glovers Chairman, I need to stress the huge implications of SCMP for smaller clubs like Yeovil and the drop in the size of the player budget, if as expected, gate receipts fall. Under the current situation at Huish Park, we need average crowds of at least 5000 plus, to generate sufficient income to compete in League One. With crowds averaging around 4000 per game at League One level, the emphasis has to go onto off the field activity like corporate hospitality and sponsorship to boost turnover."

Fry stated that the club were being constrained by the current 55 percent threshold that SCMP rules imposed upon clubs at League One level state can be spent in terms of their playing budgets as a percentage of their overall turnover. He claims the Football League and other bodies did not consider clubs the size of Yeovil Town when drawing up those rules, repeating his past-stated belief that SCMP penalises smaller clubs in the League:

"When FIFA, the world football ruling body, imposed Financial Fair Play and the Football League implemented Salary Cap Management Protocol (SCMP) on League One & Two Football Clubs, it is quite clear they didnít consider the implications for a club like Yeovil Town. SCMP dictates that clubs can only spend 55% of their football related turnover on their player budgets. Sadly, no account was taken of existing figures and potential revenue, so for clubs the size of Yeovil it has huge implications. For many years unrealistic players wages have been a major factor in sending football clubs into administration, which has prompted the intervention by the Football Authorities and the British Government."

Fry states that the Board of Directors expected former manager Gary Johnson to achieve a top six finish during the 2014-15 season, although acknowledges that the club's relegation to League One and the associated drop in revenues meant that would be a difficult target to meet. He reconfirmed that the club's income from the Manchester United FA Cup match was used to deal with a budget shortfall, which he states that lower than expected crowds caused:

"At the start of this season the YTFC board allowed Gary Johnson to roll the dice for a top six finish in League One. With inadequate parachute payments from the Football League following our relegation last season and with a loss of £5 million in our operating revenues, it was always going to be an awesome task just to compete in League One this season. With a big overspend on the player budget, the revenues from the Manchester United FA Cup match had to be used to make up the combined budget overspend and the loss of revenues through a lower than forecasted match attendance."

Last month, Mr Fry spoke to those present in the Alec Stock Lounge, answering some pre-prepared questions from the executive members. At that time, he told them the club's playing budget was £1.3 million, but now revises that figure up to £1.4 million, claiming that gave the club the 14th biggest budget in League One for the current season, admitting it had ended in failure:

"This strategy has clearly failed as we have since found to our cost, past performance is is no guarantee of future results and we find ourselves at the bottom of League One. The directors approved the injection of £1.4 million of funds into our 2014/2015 football budget, giving our Football Manager, Gary Johnson, the Club's biggest League One player budget in our recent history. This increase provided Gary with the 14th biggest player budget in League One, which, if it had been used effectively, would have at least kept the Glovers in League One for next season."

Fry also stated that his Board of Directors were not receiving any dividends or fees for their services as directors, claiming that everything they provided to the club was 'free of charge'. He also warned that the end of the Football League's Short Term (Emergency) Loan system from the start of the 2015-16 season would provide the club with a headache. He also suggested that the SCMP rules created their own West Country-specific problems, with League Two side Cheltenham Town, non-league sides Torquay United and Bristol Rovers, along with recently liquidated club Hereford United listed as clubs who Fry believed were struggling under those regulations. He said that the club would have to change direction and opt for 'home grown' players - a pointer towards a more youth-based structure:

"We need to formulate a new football strategy and build a team around affordable 'home grown' young quality players. We need to start planning immediately for these changes, however, we are not in the best position to be facing these sort of changes right now. It cannot be a coincidence that other West country clubs have already started to feel the effects of SCMP such as Cheltenham, Torquay, Hereford and Bristol Rovers. If supporters want to continue to see top class football at Yeovil and other football clubs in the West Country they are going to have to understand what the directors are facing with that of the increase in player costs in this part of the country and the effects of SCMP on squad budgets."


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18 March 2015 : Glovers Loan Duo Given International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Liam Shephard and midfielder Josh Sheehan have both been named in the Wales Under-21 squad that will play in a UEFA Under-21 Qualifying Group match later this month. The Swansea City players are two of eighteen selected to face Bulgaria Under-21s at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 31st March.

The squad selected is as follows:

Wales Under-21s: Christian Dibble (Barnsley), Billy O'Brien (Manchester City), Declan John (Cardiff City - on loan with Barnsley), Jordan Williams (Liverpool), Jordan Evans (Fulham), Joseph Wright (Huddersfield Town), Gethin Jones (Everton), Liam Shephard (Swansea City - on loan with Yeovil Town), Josh Yorwerth (Cardiff City), Josh Sheehan (Swansea City - on loan with Yeovil Town), George Glendon (Manchester City), Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ryan Hedges (Swansea City - on loan with Leyton Orient), Tom O Sullivan (Cardiff City - on loan with Port Vale), Wes Burns (Bristol City on loan with Cheltenham Town), Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town).

Wales are in Group 5, which also includes Denmark, Armenia and Luxembourg. Sheehan and Shephard's team-mate Stephen Kingsley had already received an international call-up for Scotland Under-21s yesterday. The Welsh duo shouldn't miss any Yeovil Town matches, as the midweeker takes place between the club's trip to Rochdale and the Good Friday home match against Chesterfield, although will obviously need to be monitored for their fitness levels upon their return from duty.

Link: Swansea Loanee Kingsley Given International Call-Up.


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18 March 2015 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 0 : Defensive Errors Open Up Nine Point Gap At The Bottom
Two goals in four minutes condemned Yeovil Town to their third consecutive defeat on Tuesday night, as Colchester United gained 2-0 win that almost certainly condemns the Glovers to League Two football for next season. Despite a promising first half period, a David Fox penalty 54 minutes in set the Essex side on the way after Nathan Smith committed a foul inside the box. Four minutes later, the home side caught Yeovil on the break, with Jacob Murphy catching the Glovers defence short of numbers to kill the game stone dead, and to leave the club nine points adrift of safety, and with eight games remaining the writing is surely on the wall.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton made two changes to his line-up, with both fairly logical given the club's performance on Saturday at Leyton Orient. Stephen Arthurworrey was recalled to the centre of defence, with Josh Sheehan the loan player to miss out under the matchday rules. Elsewhere, Adam Morgan's early sacrifice at Brisbane Road for James Hayter was repeated again with the Glovers keeping the 4-4-2 that they'd used during the final 60 minutes of that game. Midfielder James Berrett was unavailable due to a calf injury, meaning that he dropped off the bench in favour of Sam Hoskins.

The opening 20 minutes were a cagey affair, almost devoid of any sort of goalscoring chances. Finally the first notable effort on goal came 21 minutes into the match as Gozie Ugwu forced a parried save out of Sam Walker, but James Hayter couldn't dig the ball out properly for the rebound chance. At the other end, Scott Loach had to palm an Alex Gilbey effort for a corner, but in the main the chances were falling to the visitors, with Ugwu seeing another shot saved, whilst a Nathan Smith attempt was blocked for a corner. It wasn't a half to write home about, but compared with Saturday's first half at Brisbane Road, it was a massive improvement.

Swansea's Stephen Kingsley appeared to have picked up a knock early in the second half and he was replaced on the left flank by AJ Leitch-Smith, and the Glovers were still looking comfortable up to that point, but two minutes later the balance of the game began to shift radically. Jacob Murphy had been one of Colchester's more dangerous players and his run into the box saw Nathan Smith push him over, and referee Iain Williamson pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped David Fox, who fired down the middle and past Scott Loach for the opening goal of the game.

Four minutes later, and matters began to disintegrate badly. Yeovil had forced a corner in their efforts to get back into the game, but confusion between the bench and the players left Nathan Smith badly out of position when the Glovers lost possession of the ball. That allowed Jacob Murphy in acres of space and with no-one covering him as Colchester broke, and he was able to score on the break to double Colchester's lead on 58 minutes, and to entirely change the make-up of the game.

At that point it was as if a light went out on Yeovil Town's efforts in the game, and their willingness to fight back. Alex Gilbey could have put Colchester another goal up when he clipped the outside of the goalpost with a long range shot, whilst the night went from bad to worse when captain Joe Edwards went in for a tackle, only to injure his ankle in the process, in a repeat of the injury that put him out for six matches last month. Slowly limping off, he was replaced by former Colchester midfielder Craig Eastmond, who finally got his debut for the Glovers, but with the game clearly lost.

James Hayter managed to get the ball in the back of the net in the final minute, only for a linesman's flag to deny him a consolation goal, but that was as good as it got. Two late goals for Coventry City and a win for Crawley Town meant the Glovers are now left with a nine point gap between themselves and safety - a gap that is likely to grow over the weekend when Yeovil Town are without a game. Even Terry Skiverton admitted after the game that this season is now over, and with only eight games left, he is almost certainly right.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: David Fox (1-0, 54 mins, pen), Jacob Murphy (2-0, 58 mins)

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
41. Elliott Hewitt 6. Bongani Khumalo 18. Tom Eastman 15. Matthew Briggs
24. George Moncur 38. David Fox 8. Alex Gilbey
25. Jacob Murphy 19. Rhys Healey 37. Dion Sembie-Ferris

Substitutes:
2. Alex Wynter 12. Chris Lewington 16. Byron Lawrence 21. Gavin Massey (71 mins for Dion Sembie-Ferris) 23. Kane Vincent-Young 27. Macauley Bonne 42. Chris Porter (75 mins for Rhys Healey)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (52 mins for Stephen Kingsley) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond (83 mins for Joe Edwards) 31. Adam Morgan (71 mins for Joel Grant)

Colchester Bookings:

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 82 mins)

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistant Referees: Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey). Fourth Official: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 2,336 (with 113 Yeovil Town supporters).


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18 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Away Game
Following Tuesday night's League One match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the team performance on the night, the club's overall situation in the relegation zone, as well as the management position itself. Read it via the link below.

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


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17 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 March 2015 : Skiverton Admits The End Is Nigh As Glovers Go Out With A Whimper
Yeovil Town acting manager admitted that tonight's 2-0 defeat against Colchester United was 'probably the end' of their attempts to escape relegation to League Two. The Glovers ended the night nine points from safety after another miserable evening in Essex that leaves them with just eight games left of their season, but in reality with most of their relegation rivals having pulled well clear of them over the last month or so, notably Saturday's damaging defeat at Leyton Orient and tonight's game at the Community Stadium.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he recognised the current points gap was too much to come back from and and that now the objective would be for players to turn out for their future contracts, whether at Huish Park or with other clubs away from Somerset:

"For us it's probably the end of what we've been trying to do, and now it's just a thing of pride, perseverance, and I've told the players in that room now that they'll be fighting for their futures, whether it be here or elsewhere. It wasn't just on tonight, and it wasn't just on Saturday, which is two disappointing games, it's been through the course of the whole season."

The Glovers boss felt that his side had reverted to past defficiencies in recent games, despite having rallied at various points during 2015. However, he said that much of what had transpired spread across the whole football club, and across the whole season:

"I said in that changing room that everyone who has been part of this football club over the last season has got to take responsibility for what's happened. We've just gone out with a whimper. We changed the mentality in a losing squad for a short period of time but then they've reverted back to type, and they've gone back into their old ways and this season has just petered out. It's not been good enough for the whole 30-something games we've played so far, and now it's just about making sure that the players stay professional, and fight for the supporters who have travelled over there."

On the game itself, Skiverton was left frustrated that his team didn't take the lead during a first half period in which they created the chances. However, he admitted that one poor tackle and one piece of miscommunication out onto the pitch had seen Nathan Smith at fault for both goals. Whilst Skiverton didn't mention him by name, he admitted his left-back hadn't had a good five minutes, as a David Fox penalty and a Jacob Murphy breakaway gave the home side all three points:

"For us to be in such a commanding position during the first half - again! - there must have been about four or five scrambles across the six yard box, but we just don't seem to put it in. But then we started the second half and had a moment of madness, firstly for the penalty and then second of all we put information on to tell the person who gave the penalty away to get away from it as far as possible and get on the edge of the box, but the information somehow got lost in translation when it went onto the pitch, and we conceded a goal two minutes later, and the confidence just dwindled out of the players."


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17 March 2015 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Two goals in four minutes condemned Yeovil Town to their third consecutive defeat tonight, as Colchester United gained 2-0 win that almost certainly condemns the Glovers to League Two football for next season. Despite a promising first half period, a David Fox penalty 54 minutes in set the Essex side on the way after Nathan Smith committed a foul inside the box. Four minutes later, the home side caught Yeovil on the break, with Jacob Murphy catching the Glovers defence short of numbers to kill the game stone dead, and to leave the club nine points adrift of safety, and with eight games remaining the writing is surely on the wall.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: David Fox (1-0, 54 mins, pen), Jacob Murphy (2-0, 58 mins)

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
41. Elliott Hewitt 6. Bongani Khumalo 18. Tom Eastman 15. Matthew Briggs
24. George Moncur 38. David Fox 8. Alex Gilbey
25. Jacob Murphy 19. Rhys Healey 37. Dion Sembie-Ferris

Substitutes:
2. Alex Wynter 12. Chris Lewington 16. Byron Lawrence 21. Gavin Massey (71 mins for Dion Sembie-Ferris) 23. Kane Vincent-Young 27. Macauley Bonne 42. Chris Porter (75 mins for Rhys Healey)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (52 mins for Stephen Kingsley) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond (83 mins for Joe Edwards) 31. Adam Morgan (71 mins for Joel Grant)

Colchester Bookings:

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 82 mins)

Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistant Referees: Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey). Fourth Official: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 2,336 (with 113 Yeovil Town supporters).


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17 March 2015 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League One match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey is restored to the line-up with Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan the man to make way - he drops out of the squad under the matchday loan rules. Meanwhile striker James Hayter replaces Adam Morgan in the starting line-up, with Morgan on the bench.

Defender Ben Nugent remains out due to the matchday rules on loan players. Left-back Alex Smith, left-sided Nathan Ralph and midfielder Fergus Bell sit out the game. Left-sided player Liam Davis has a groin injury, whilst midfielder James Berrett has a calf injury picked up on Saturday. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

Tonight's team reads as follows (with all the recent caveats concerning exact formation continuing to hold) :

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond 31. Adam Morgan

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
41. Elliott Hewitt 6. Bongani Khumalo 18. Tom Eastman 15. Matthew Briggs
24. George Moncur 38. David Fox 8. Alex Gilbey 25. Jacob Murphy
19. Rhys Healey 37. Dion Sembie-Ferris

Substitutes:
2. Alex Wynter 12. Chris Lewington 16. Byron Lawrence 21. Gavin Massey 23. Kane Vincent-Young 27. Macauley Bonne 42. Chris Porter


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17 March 2015 : Swansea Pair Extend Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town loan pair Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan have had their deals at Huish Park extended after a promising first month with the club. The Swansea City duo have just completed their first month at the club, with midfielder Sheehan having made six appearances, whilst left-back Kingsley has made four starts, with him missing two games due to a cheekbone injury sustained in the recent midweeker against Walsall.

Team-mate Liam Shephard's loan spell with the club was also extended until the end of the season last month - he's so far clocked up 12 appearances for the club and is just about to go into his third month at Huish Park, having been an ever-present since his arrival at the club.


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17 March 2015 : Swansea Loanee Kingsley Given International Call-Up
Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Kingsley has been given an international call-up for later this month. The Swansea City left-footer will form part of the Scotland Under-21 squad that travels to play against Hungary on Thursday 26th March 2015 at the Tatabanya City Stadium, which is the home of FC Tatabanya. Kick-off time is 2.30p.m. on the Thursday, meaning that he will be touch-and-go as to whether he can play in the Saturday League One fixture against Rochdale later that weekend.

The Scotland squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers : Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), Jonathan Henly (Reading - on loan at Welling United)

Defenders : Stuart Findlay (Celtic - on loan at Dumbarton), Marcus Fraser (Ross County), Dom Hyam (Reading), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City - on loan at Yeovil Town), Donald Love (Manchester United), Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United)

Midfielders : Ryan Christie (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Danny Handling (Hibernian), John McGinn (St Mirren), Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian), Charlie Telfer (Dundee United), Craig Slater (Kilmarnock)

Forwards : Jason Cummings (Hibernian), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Declan McManus (Aberdeen - on loan at Greenock Morton), Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen).


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17 March 2015 : Joe Edwards Talks About Ankle Injuries And Relegation Battles
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about his time out on the sidelines. Having sustained an ankle injury during the February match at Crewe Alexandra, Joe missed six games before finally making his return on Saturday. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, the midfielder gives his view on that and the club's current plight.

NB: The interview was conducted before the match against Leyton Orient and so refers to that match as well as tonight's game against Colchester United.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leyton Orient.


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17 March 2015 : Skiverton Looks To Move On From Orient Defeat
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has said that his team need to 'move on' from Saturday's demoralising defeat against Leyton Orient, to avoid dwelling on it ahead of another huge fixture. Having lost badly to the side in 21st place in the League One table on the weekend, the Glovers now face Colchester United at the Community Stadium, in what could easily be a 'win or bust' situation for both clubs.

The U's lie in 23rd place in the table, just one point ahead of the Glovers, meaning that a win for Yeovil would lift them off the bottom of the table and keep their slim chances alive, albeit with them currently seven points short of safety at present. The big talk though has been about the club's 3-0 defeat at Brisbane Road. The Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that his players needed to shut that game out of their mind by the time tonight's 7.45p.m. kick-off comes round, even if he recognised that the adjectives used to describe the match had some foundation:

"You mention the words crippling and bad and stuff like that. I think the best thing to do when you're in those situations is to put it to one side - and you've got to move on. If you don't move on and prepare for the next game, then you keep having those regrets over what has just happened, and then you just keep reliving it and it makes you feel bad. So we've had to put that to the side, move on, get a good bit of training through during yesterday and today and get themselves ready for the challenge that's ahead because it's another big game that's coming up."

With fans having loudly booed the team off the pitch on Saturday - goalkeeper Scott Loach aside - Skiverton acknowledged that there had to be a response to that during tonight's match. He explained that there was a need for all parties to take responsibility for the situation and try to do something about it:

"The thing that you start mentioning is a response. You've got to come back from that and it can't be as bad as it was before. For us now it's about the players taking responsibility, along with me, and making sure that we respond in a really strong manner, and that the supporters see a lot more character and effort going into it. But with all blips you've got to rise again and I'm sure the players will do that."

Having played five games in fifteen days, Skiverton reflected upon Saturday's game for one last time, and felt that the busy schedule of fixtures may have been a factor in his players' performances on the weekend. For that reason, he said the team's preparation had concentrated upon recovery sessions, as well as the obvious need to repair the squad's mental state for the Colchester game:

"That was the first game really that it had been poor for us. Since I've taken over we've had some really good results. Even when we've been beaten we've been really pushing teams and putting them under pressure. That was the first time when playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, the lads had nothing in them. We were really weak on the day. So for us it's been about recovery and mentally preparing to go again."

League One Key Fixtures : Tuesday 17th March 2015:
Bristol City vs Crewe Alexandra
Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Fleetwood Town vs Coventry City
Leyton Orient vs Barnsley
Notts County vs Rochdale
Port Vale vs Crawley Town.


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17 March 2015 : Oldham Hold On To Holden
League One side Oldham Athletic have decided to put on hold their plans to replace Lee Johnson, who left Boundary Park for Barnsley during last month. They have given caretaker boss Dean Holden a firmer role, confirming that he will be in charge until the end of the 2014-15 season, with Academy manager Tony Philliskirk as his assistant and former Glover Adam Lockwood also part of their new set-up.

Oldham's play-off ambitions have disintegrated somewhat since Johnson Jnr's departure, and they currently lie in 15th place in the League One table - seven points off the play-offs and eight points away from the relegation places, suggesting that they are heading for a midtable finish. However, with only three points gained from their last six matches, they need to recover some form to pick up the final few points they need to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.

With the national press having created plenty of newsprint by claiming that former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was taking over as manager at Boundary Park, the Latics' situation has not been too stable. Chief Executive Neil Joy said that he wanted to draw a line under that sort of talk and leave such decisions until after the season is over:

"The search for Oldham Athletic's next permanent manager will continue away from the spotlight and destabilising speculation that we have seen since Lee Johnson left the club. Given the importance of the role, especially at this point in the clubís history, it is essential that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the Board of Directors appoint the person whom we believe will give us the best chance of achieving our goal of bringing Championship football to the town. We have a strong nucleus of quality players already signed to the club for next season so we have every reason to be optimistic for the future."


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16 March 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town go back on the road again as they travel to play Colchester United in a League One fixture. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to their Community Stadium and the surrounding area will give you directions, parking, ticketing information, pub guides and statistics to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.


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16 March 2015 : Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Rochdale is now available. The match takes place at Spotland on Saturday 28th March 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors and Wheelchair users: £14.00; Aged 21 and Under: £14.00; Aged 16 and Under: £5.00.

Ambulant disabled supporters are charged relevant age band as above. Those wishing to use the Young Persons rate (Aged 21 and Under) will need to take photographic ID which includes their date of birth on the day of the game.

At present this game is a pay on the day fixture - we're not expecting any advance tickets to be sent to the Huish Park Ticket Office, but if that position changes we'll post an update. Rochdale accept cash on the turnstiles as well as payment via their ticket office. Rochdale have separate turnstiles for adults, concessions and juniors. If an adult wants the junior to go through the turnstiles with them they should purchase from the ticket office before approaching the turnstiles.

Ticket and travel information for other games can be found via the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield : Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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16 March 2015 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Colchester United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Community Stadium in Essex. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Mr Williamson has a reputation in the Football League for being one of those officials that badly upsets supporters. Even in the run-up to this fixture, there was a message on Twitter from an aggrieved football supporter from another club pre-warning Glovers and Colchester fans of his appointment in derisory tones - there do seem to be a few refs on the circuit that have got that sort of an acute reputation. Our own experiences of him have not been too bad at Football League level, and we've even agreed with some of the decisions he's made regarding our own players dismissals. Perhaps we catch him on his good days.

The most recent match he took charge of was the December 2013 home match against Blackburn Rovers. The away team just about deserved their 1-0 away win, but we did have a couple of good penalty shouts after Ishmael Miller appeared to be fouled inside the box, notably one in the 90th minute. Neither decision was give, and manager Gary Johnson had a bit of a post-match grumble, although it was more from the point of view that the Glovers had a string of 50:50 penalty decisions go against them that season, rather than specifically pointing the finger at that referee.

Prior to that he was present for the September 2012 game against AFC Bournemouth. Once again we suffered a 0-1 home defeat, and once again on the balance of play that was hard to argue with. The Western Gazette said Mr Williamson was "frustrating in the first half but more consistent after the break. Oversaw a well-tempered match" which for a local derby is probably to his credit.

He was present for the October 2011 away match at Stevenage that saw us draw 0-0. No complaints about the red card issued to Luke Ayling for an on-the-line hand ball, whilst Ayling's later call-up by the FA was at the instructions of the Fourth Official, rather than Mr Williamson. In fact, he did us a mini favour of sorts in that Ayling's infringement stopped their opponents from scoring a goal, with the referee failing to allow an advantage that saw the ball almost immediately hit the back of the net on the rebound. An error of judgement if you were a Stevenage fan, but as Marek Stech saved the eventual penalty, and we held on with ten men, we can't complain too loudly about it!

We had him for the League One home match against Exeter City during the 2010-11 season. We lost the game by a 1-3 scoreline, and Mr Williamson had nothing to do with that - if anything he ruled that a Grecians penalty appeal was deserving of a free kick in the other direction when it could have easily gone against us. Prior to that, he took charge of the home game against Leicester City all the way back in January 2009. The match was live on Sky Sports and was a booking-free affair, where certainly the Foxes 0-2 away win was unaffected by the officials, who had a quiet game.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to an April 2007 home game against Rotherham United, and an away game against Barnsley along with earlier home matches against Lincoln City and Torquay United. The Lincoln match is significant in that it was our final game at League Two level. We have had him several times during our non-league days as well, with his promotion to League level happening 12 months before we got there.

Mr Williamson will be assisted by Akil Howson (Leicestershire) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Rob Smith (Hertfordshire).

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackburn Rovers 1.

Link: September 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: October 2011 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Leicester City 2.

Link: April 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Rotherham United 1.

Link: August 2005 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2005 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 0.

Link: Sept 2003 : Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2.


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16 March 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Survival Hopes Slide Away In East London
Saturday's match against Leyton Orient saw the Glovers well-beaten in their vital relegation six-pointer. But how bad was it exactly? Let the latest Taff's Gloversblog tell you, as we endured a rather painful day out in London. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Survival Hopes Slide Away In East London.


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16 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Leyton Orient Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ron Walker, Terry speaks about the return of Joe Edwards and Stephen Kingsley and also his game plan for the match. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Other articles relating to Saturday's match at Leyton Orient, including the Man of the Match voting form, along with Skivo's post-match views, can be read via the links below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game.

Link: Orient 3 Yeovil 0 : Shambolic Glovers Well-Beaten In Relegation Battle.

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


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15 March 2015 : Video : Glovers Fan Climbs Orient East Stand During Match
With yesterday's match at Brisbane Road not going to plan, one Yeovil Town supporter decided to create his own entertainment. With the 493 away supporters housed inside Leyton Orient's original main stand - now generally known as the East Stand - the accommodation is in the oldest part of the stadium. The East Stand was opened in 1956, but is even older than that, having been acquired from Mitcham Greyhound Stadium, with that ground having been opened in 1936. As such the stand is 59 years old, but in practice could be as much as 20 years older than that.

Despite the age and its 'meccano' style structure to the roofing, the Glovers fan decided to climb the structure during the second half, taking him across a metal frame and 40 feet above his fellow supporters. Needless to say, when he did climb down, there were a collection of stewards and police waiting to take him out of the ground. He was ejected, but our understanding is that he was not charged by the police. You can watch the video below - but needless to say we don't encourage or condone this at all!

For those who prefer football-related highlights of yesterday's match, a minute's worth of action can be viewed below the first video.






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15 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ron Walker, Terry gives his verdict on the match via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game.


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14 March 2015 : Skiverton Apologises For 'Embarrassing' Performance
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he was 'embarrassed' by his side's performance against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road today. The Glovers boss witnessed his side fold within the opening seven minutes of the match as goals from Chris Dagnall and Ryan Hedges put them 2-0 up early on, but then could easily have seen the club on the end of a cricket score as Orient created a glut of first half chances, eventually having to settle for a three goal win as Jobi McAnuff's second half strike sealed the home side's win.

Skiverton was born in Mile End, and regards this part of London as his home, and so had his mother as well as other family members present this afternoon, along with a number of his friends. As such on a personal level the performance was a mile away from what he had hoped to show to his family, and admitted that a first half thrashing could have been on the cards:

"I've come back to my home place because I used to live a short distance from here and my family was here and I feel embarrassed now to go and speak to them. That performance was not acceptable from a Yeovil Town team. I was happy that we didn't concede seven or eight goals in that first-half. We have been trying to play a certain way but with our young side, we really came up short and I am bitterly disappointed. To concede the first two goals and both from throw-ins and be so easily cut open was really disappointing."

The Glovers boss admitted that he had been tempted to blast his players at half time for the opening 45 minutes, having gone into the dressing room in an angry mood. He felt that with the club up against one of their main relegation rivals, and with the stakes growing high as the season reaches its climax, that some of his players didn't deal with the occasion too well:

"With the necessity of having to get something from the game, I feel that a lot of our players froze or else it was a bit too much for them. That was the first time since I've taken over where I wanted to rip people's heads off at half-time. But we've got a lot of young players in the dressing room and you can't really do that and you have to give them a chance. I don't want to go into too much detail about what was said at half-time but that was the first time I had to get angry with this group."

In comparison with their woeful first half performance, the Glovers did rally somewhat after the break, in a slightly more even second period. However, that was little consolation for Skiverton, who apologised after the game for what the travelling 493 supporters - who loudly booed and hecked on the final whistle - had to put up with on the day:

"They did try second-half but it wasn't good enough. For us to produce that type of performance explains why we are where we are in the league - rock-bottom. With the other results, it leaves us with all to do now. I'd like to apologise to all our supporters, it was a lovely day for football but Yeovil Town just didn't turn up."


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14 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NB: Think of this as your three 'least worst' performers on the day.

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


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14 March 2015 : Orient 3 Yeovil 0 : Shambolic Glovers Well-Beaten In Relegation Battle
Yeovil Town caved in this afternoon as they were easily beaten by Leyton Orient in a relegation six-pointer at Brisbane Road today. The Glovers were on the back foot as early as the second minute as man of the match Chris Dagnell found the back of the net via a Jobi McAnuff run and pass. Orient were 2-0 up with just seven minutes played after Andrea Dossena's cross allowed Ryan Hedges the chance to fire home with the Glovers defence all at see. Orient struck the post twice during the first half, whilst Yeovil were indebted to some excellent goalkeeping from Scott Loach, but in a slightly less one-sided second period, the Londoners deservedly extended their lead as McAnuff steered home a Darius Henderson cross - Yeovil deserved nothing, in a result that leaves them seven points short of safety with nine games remaining.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the midweek side that lost against Bristol City, with both incoming players having recovered from injury. Joe Edwards returned as captain after six games out with an ankle injury, whilst Stephen Kingsley took to the field with a touch of the 'phantom of the opera' about him as a face mask protected his cheekbone injury. Kingsley's inclusion meant that Stephen Arthurworrey dropped entirely out of the squad under the matchday loan rules, whilst Kieffer Moore sat on the bench, as an extra midfielder was used in a 4-5-1 formation.

Right from the start, Orient made clear their intention, as the Glovers defence was exposed time and time again across the opening half hour period. Jobi McAnuff's hard work just outside the box wasn't closed down by the Yeovil defence and when he released the ball to Chris Dagnall the winger fired home with a low shot that didn't give Scott Loach much hope. 104 seconds and a goal down.

Worse came just seven minutes into a dominant Orient opening as Marvin Bartley's run down the left flank went untracked and he released the ball to left-back Andrea Dossena, whose cross fell perfectly for Ryan Hedges to fire home and double Orient's lead.

The home side could have set up a cricket score by half time. Jobi McAnuff forced Scott Loach into a strong save, whilst Loach tipped a Darius Henderson effort onto the goalpost midway through the half, when the striker should surely have scored from around the penalty spot. Then Chris Dagnall hit the same goalpost, after Loach parried McAnuff's shot and the only positive thing was that there was only a two goal margin.

With Yeovil's right flank badly exposed, particularly by Chris Dagnall, Terry Skiverton made a change half an hour in, as Adam Morgan was replaced, seeing Sam Foley take his position on the right-flank and James Hayter go up front in a 4-4-2. But despite that, Dagnall still managed to provide some trickery, with his backheel undoing both Foley and Liam Shephard but the eventual cross saw Ryan Hedges put over the bar when he probably should have been extending Orient's lead.

Yeovil's chances were few and far between, with a Josh Sheehan effort going wide, and they were thankful to get to the break only two goals adrift. There was a marginal improvement after the break in a more even contest but that was only relatively speaking. By the hour mark, Orient were further ahead as Darius Henderson received a throw-in in free space, and his pass found Jobi McAnuff who fired home from inside the box. Game over, as if it hadn't already been long before that.

The Glovers managed some degree of attempt to get a consolation goal, with Joel Grant one of the few effective front players in the green and white, but never really looked at the races. Orient even allowed Yeovil a man advantage during the final ten minutes as an injury to Mathieu Baudry saw them play out the game with ten men - in reality you would never have known they were a man short. Outplayed, both in terms of skill and in terms of attitude, the Glovers were barely in the game from the first minute to the last, and with a seven point gap having opened up between themselves and safety, things are looking grim indeed.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Chris Dagnall (1-0, 2 mins), Ryan Hedges (2-0, 7 mins), Jobi McAnuff (3-0, 59 mins)

Leyton Orient:
40. Alex Cisak
26. Luke O'Neill 5. Scott Cuthbert 6. Mathieu Baudry 32. Andrea Dossena
17. Josh Wright 20. Marvin Bartley 11. Jobi McAnuff 23. Chris Dagnall
24. Darius Henderson 34. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes:
7. Dean Cox 10. Dave Mooney (59 mins for Darius Henderson) 15. Nathan Clarke 18. Bradley Pritchard (70 mins for Marvin Bartley) 33. Gary Woods 3. Gary Sawyer 27. Jay Simpson (75 mins for Ryan Hedges)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 3. Nathan Smith 35. Stephen Kingsley
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (56 mins for Josh Sheehan) 9. James Hayter (31 mins for Adam Morgan) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (72 mins for Joel Grant) 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond


Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Kingsley (85 mins, foul)

Leyton Orient Bookings: Jobi McAnuff (42 mins, foul), Ryan Hedges (55 mins, foul), David Mooney (89 mins, foul)

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistant Referees: Michael George (Norfolk) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Attendance: 5,117 (with 493 Yeovil Town supporters).


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14 March 2015 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley missed the last two matches with a head injury and he returns to the line-up. Meanwhile Club captain Joe Edwards has missed six consecutive matches with an ankle injury but he has returned for this match and takes his place in midfield. Stephen Arthurworrey drops entirely out of the squad due to the loan rules, whilst Kieffer Moore sits on the bench.

Defender Ben Nugent remains out due to the matchday rules on loan players. Left-back Alex Smith, left-sided Nathan Ralph, striker Sam Hoskins and midfielder Fergus Bell sit out the game. Left-sided player Liam Davis has a groin injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows (with a possible question as to whether this is a 4-5-1 or whether one of Joel Grant or Adam Morgan is playing further forward):

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 35. Stephen Kingsley 3. Nathan Smith
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond


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14 March 2015 : Edwards Sees Orient Trip As Perfect Opportunity For Glovers
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards feels that matches like today's League One game against Leyton Orient and Tuesday night's trip to Colchester United are a 'perfect' way to help them get out of trouble at the foot of the division. The Glovers currently lie at the foot of League One but face 21st placed Orient today knowing that a win would see them leapfrog their hosts who are just two points ahead.

That is then followed by a Tuesday night trip to Colchester's Community Stadium, with the Essex side one point ahead and with a game against 23rd placed Crawley Town today. All of this means that by Tuesday night at 10.00pm the League One table is likely to look very different, with the side that gets the most points from those three crucial games likely to be in the driving seat in terms of trying to get themselves out of the bottom four. Edwards told BBC Somerset that he saw that as a good opportunity for the Glovers to lift themselves out of their current position:

"I think it's a perfect game for us really because it's in our hands. We can either close the gap or go above them. So these next two games are massive for us, but it's exactly what we want at this stage. In playing the teams around us, if we come out on top it makes our life a lot easier. So I'm really looking forward to it and so are all the boys."

Edwards has missed the club's last six matches due to an ankle injury sustained during the February trip to Crewe Alexandra, but resumed full training this week and should be in the squad this afternoon. Despite his injury, he's said that he has still been fully involved in all the matchday activities with the players:

"I've still been amongst the boys all the time. Leading up to games I'm in the dressing room during the hour before and just before they go out and just encouraging them. The same as everyone else really in that we all want the best for the club and everyone here. So I've just been supporting them from behind the scenes, and doing all I can there, and obviously keeping the spirits high."

Saturday 14th March 2015 (key fixtures):
Chesterfield v Coventry City (20th)
Colchester United (22nd) vs Crawley Town (23rd)
Leyton Orient (21st) vs Yeovil Town (24th)
Notts County (19th) vs Bradford City


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13 March 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City : Man of the Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town played host to Bristol City in a League One match at Huish Park. A goalless first half was followed by two quickfire goals from Kieran Agard and Luke Freeman just after the break, with a late George Saville strike ensuring a 0-3 home defeat that kept the Glovers at the foot of the division.

Man of the Match voting saw the Match Sponsors' choice Adam Morgan polling in third place after he played as a right-winger during the match. Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan has impressed fans since he arrived at the club, and he was the runner-up on the night. However, the Man of the Match went to Sam Foley, who was Sheehan's central midfield partner on the night.

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

1. Sam Foley 178 (13)
2. Josh Sheehan 120 (9)
3. Adam Morgan 112 (6)
4. Liam Shephard 60 (2)
5. Scott Loach 40 (0)
6. Joel Grant 34 (2)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 28 (2)
8. Byron Webster 20 (0)
9. James Hayter 16 (1)
10. James Berrett 10 (1)
11. Nathan Smith 10 (0)
12. Kieffer Moore 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.84
Performance : 5.41
Entertainment : 6.27
VOTES RECEIVED : 37


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13 March 2015 : Interview With Chris Weale
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale had to watch in the stands, whilst his current team and one of his former clubs played out a League One match at Huish Park. Just before kick-off, he was interviewed by BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, where he spoke about his foot injury, the club's change of management, and his time playing for Bristol City. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Chris Weale Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bristol City.


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13 March 2015 : Skivo Previews The Leyton Orient Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Terry confirms the injury status of captain Joe Edwards and Swansea City loanee Stephen Kingsley as well as explaining why he may have a bit of personal interest riding on tomorrow afternoon's match. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 March 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to East London to play Leyton Orient in a League One fixture at Brisbane Road. For those fans heading up to the game, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include ticketing, travel, directions, a pub guide, statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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12 March 2015 : Football League Set 2015-16 Fixture Release Date
The Football League have issued the date upon the 2015-16 season fixtures will be released. On June 17th 2015, all fixtures for next season will be made public, allowing fans to plan out their home and away games for the 46 league matches. They are usually released around 9.30a.m. although at present there's not a firm time set for this summer's announcement.

There are already skeleton dates for the start and end of the 2015-16 season, plus a few key dates in the calendar, all available via the link below. As more key dates are released, we'll fill out that calendar.

Link: 2015-16 Football League Season Key Dates.


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12 March 2015 : Chris Weale Updates On Injury Rehab Plans
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has confirmed that he has resumed first team training, as part of his rehabilitation from a foot injury sustained last December. The 33 year old has been missing for three months since a training ground injury whilst on loan with League Two side Burton Albion ended his ultra-short spell with the Brewers.

Whilst Burton initially diagnosed an ankle injury, Weale was later shown to have fractured three bones in his foot, which made for a longer period out of action. However, he has told BBC Somerset that he's now back in full training and only getting a mild reaction to the injury, and so is hopeful that he'll be ready for selection towards the end of this month:

"I'm probably about one or two weeks away (from being ready for selection). I've trained for about eight days in total now. It's just reacting in training a little bit, but I'm hopefully not long at all. It's just great to get the gloves on, first and foremost as I've been out for a while. It's just great to feel the ball again."

Weale's rehabilitation programme and the delays in getting him back into full training have provided frustrating, particularly given that a head injury to team-mate Artur Krysiak meant that the Glovers had to dip into the loan market, with both of their goalkeepers on the treatment table. Weale has been able to watch the club's temporary replacement Scott Loach in action and has been impressed by what he has seen:

"He's a very good goalkeeper. Obviously he was drafted into the England squad earlier on in his career and did very well at Watford. He's just hit a bit of a stumbling block, as goalkeepers do, because there's only one position to play for. So I've been very impressed with Scott in training, and he was brilliant in his first game."

The former youth team player has also been able to witness the return of Terry Skiverton as acting first team manager, after he replaced Gary Johnson just over a month ago. Whilst he's yet to play under Skiverton, Weale has been able to see the club's matches and training sessions and is happy with what he has seen so far under the new boss:

"I've been very impressed with the manager - extremely impressed. He's very positive, very upbeat and very focussed and very driven. I think you can see that in our performances since he's taken over. We're trying to play attractive football, but obviously get results as well. So he's doing a very good job."


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12 March 2015 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 14th March 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brisbane Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He also has a strong connection with one of the finest moments in Yeovil Town history. Mr D'Urso was the man in the middle for our May 2013 League One Play-Off Final victory over the Bees by a 2-1 scoreline. Overall he had a low key role in that match thankfully - his one memorable decision was to book Gavin Williams whilst he wasn't even on the pitch - but as Super Gav was booting the ball into the stand in the 95th minute, this is hard to argue with.

Overall Mr D'Urso is a very familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. He also took charge of Yeovil Town's only other appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool in 2007 that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up with a poor refereeing decision.

For League matches, our most recent meeting was the Championship match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. The match was an extraordinary one, with a single goal game turning into a 3-3 draw as five goals were netted in the final eight minutes. That was all to do with the football being played on the pitch, but we weren't too happy with a couple of his decisions earlier in the game during a goalless first half. He awarded Wigan an ultra-soft penalty for a supposed foul by Matteo Lanzoni, but thankfully Marek Stech's save ensured that decision didn't influence the game. However, he did give Wigan a leg up for their opening 56th minute goal - Nick Powell's header was allowed to stand, with D'Urso choosing to overrule his linesman on an offside flag. After that his performance was taken over by the goal glut, but we weren't too happy with that pair of decisions.

We had him once during the 2012-13 Season, for the away match against Crawley Town in November 2012, during which he made some rather erratic decisions. He booked Dan Burn for a handball offence that he personally missed entirely, yet deemed it serious enough to warrant a yellow card. Sam Foley then got booked for a superb ball-winning tackle on Nathan Byrne, yet Mr D'Urso failed to notice the nasty bit of retribution committed by Byrne five minutes later when he deliberately flattened Foley to get his own back on the strong tackle. The Western Gazette echoed this, saying he was "infuriatingly inconsistent. It was hard to believe that a former Premier League official was guiding the game, so bad were some of the decisions made."

We were due to have him for the February 2012 fixture for the home game against Scunthorpe United, but the game was called off due to a frozen pitch, and by the time it was rearranged the League had appointed a different official. The postponement wasn't too controversial, with overnight temperatures to blame rather than any refereeing decisions. Before that, we saw him in April 2011, when we beat Notts County 2-1 at Huish Park. On the night, he dished out four bookings, but we described him as being "in an oddly quiet mood" - odd as he has tended to be one of these referees that likes to be the centre of attention. On this occasion he was far less visible, refusing to consider one possible Magpies penalty appeal that was 50:50, and refusing to get involved in another shout that was more 'Tom Daley' than worthy of a spot kick.

Then came a series of 2007 meetings, with the later of those being the December match against Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side, and another unusually quiet match for Mr D'Urso - we haven't always had it that way. Aside from the 2006-07 Wembley Stadium appearance, we'd had him twice earlier in that season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

Going back further, his December 2005 performance at Brentford in a 3-2 defeat was a bit of a mess. No complaints about the penalty he awarded when Chris Weale brought down DJ Campbell outside the box. However, with the foul happening wide of the goal, a red card seemed harsh, and a series of decisions against the Glovers during that second period, including a nailed on penalty for handball by a Bees defender, had us all ranting about his performance after the game.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Michael George (Norfolk) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Link: March 2014 : Wigan Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: May 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: November 2012 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 2 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: January 2007 : Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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12 March 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic : Man Of The Match Result
On Saturday, Yeovil Town played a League One home match against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, with a 2-1 win being gained thanks to a 90th minute goal from James Hayter. Earlier in the game, the Glovers had fought back from a Carl Winchester opening goal, with Joel Grant tapping in a loose ball after Jake Kean had palmed an Adam Morgan effort onto the woodwork.

Man of the Match voting turned into a two-horse race, despite midfielder Sam Foley picking up a decent collection of votes. The two that were out in front though by a large distance were goalscorer Joel Grant, who was just edged out by Adam Morgan, who was playing as a right-winger and set the assist up for Grant's goal.

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

1. Adam Morgan 408 (28)
2. Joel Grant 376 (24)
3. Sam Foley 102 (6)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 72 (2)
5. Byron Webster 60 (2)
6. Liam Shephard 50 (2)
7. Nathan Smith 42 (0)
8. Josh Sheehan 32 (1)
9. James Hayter 22 (0)
10. Scott Loach 22 (1)
11. Kieffer Moore 14 (1)
12. Gozie Ugwu 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.74
Performance : 6.74
Entertainment : 6.74
VOTES RECEIVED : 68


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11 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Bristol City Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Bristol City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Ed Hadwin, Terry talks about the opposition, the return of four former Yeovil Town players to Huish Park, and the fitness of Joe Edwards and Swansea City loanee Stephen Kingsley and why they missed out on the night. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 March 2015 : Wealey To Feature In BBC Sports Forum
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale will be a panelist as part of a Sports Forum being held tomorrow night and broadcast on BBC local radio. The Yeovil-born player, who is currently recovering from a foot/ankle injury sustained last December whilst on loan at League Two side Burton Albion, will be part of a group of local sports personalities who will take part in the BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset Sport Forum, which will be hosted at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, situated in the Ashley Down area of north Bristol.

Wealey will be joined by Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill, Bristol Rovers player Stuart Sinclair and Bristol Rugby coach Sean Holley in an event hosted by BBC local radio Saturday Sport regular presenter Geoff Twentyman. The usual format is for the panelists to be given questions that are either specific to themselves or part of the wider hot topics within the world of sport.

At the moment there are a limited number of audience tickets still available - apply here if you can get to Bristol tomorrow evening for the 7.00p.m. start. Alternatively you can listen to the show live on 95.5FM or online.

The following day (Friday 13th March) is the BBC's Red Nose Day and as part of their day of broadcasting, BBC Somerset will be providing an extra twist to their morning Breakfast programme, with regular presenter Emma Britton being joined by former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, who will be having an early alarm call to get him to their Taunton studios by 6.30a.m. Gary will be co-presenting the show throughout its two-and-a-half hour format, which will doubtless include him introducing the local sports bulletins to find out how his old clubs in the region are getting along! Again either 95.5FM or the online facility should get you tuned in.


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11 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol City Home Game
Following Tuesday night's home match against Bristol City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Terry talks about his team's performance, as well as the injury status of Joe Edwards, Stephen Kingsley and Sam Foley. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The 0-3 Defeat Against Bristol City.


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11 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-3 home defeat against Bristol City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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10 March 2015 : Skiverton : We Got Caught Cold On Second Half Restart
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that his side got 'caught cold' at the start of the second half as opponents Bristol City punished them for a slow start after the break in their League One match at Huish Park tonight. The Glovers lost by a 0-3 scoreline in a game that had been level at the break, but saw the League One leaders gain a two goal advantage thanks to former Glovers Kieran Agard and Luke Freeman.

Both players capitalised upon good build-up play from City's pair of wing-backs with Joe Bryan and Mark Little setting up the goals, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the match that whilst he was fairly content with his side's first half display, that opening five or ten minutes at the start of the second half ended up being critical in how the game unfolded:

"I think in the first half it was sort of even stevens, and I think it was quite a tight game. We created a couple of half chances, and so did they - I think that Scott Loach pulled off a great save from their free kick. But then in the second half we came out and we got caught cold. I think Bristol City came out of the traps flying in the second half when they got that goal and they scored again straight after that. We were at sixes and sevens for around five or ten minutes after that, but then we sort of gathered ourselves, we regrouped and we started switching the play."

Skiverton also felt that an opportunity that fell to striker James Hayter around the hour mark could have put his side back in the match, when Saturday's match winner latched onto a Joel Grant cross into the box, only to see his header go wide of the target. The Glovers boss felt that his side's failure to capitalise upon those sort of opportunities, whilst Bristol City took advantage of those sorts of chances ultimately proved the difference between the two sides and saw the Hayter chance as key:

"At 2-0, that was a clinical chance for us on the far stick. Hayts was clinical for us on Saturday to get the win, but tonight it just went against us again. I felt that if we got it back to 2-1 then it would make it a bit of a grandstand finish. But we didn't take that and we haven't been clinical enough, and it's been the story of our season so far. I'm really disappointed as we created three really good chances in the second half that we didn't take. But Bristol City were too powerful for us in that first little spell, and then the game was comfortable in the last 10 or 15 minutes and it we just sort of got caught again. It just shows that when we make mistakes, the teams at the top punish you, but when they make mistakes and we get into good positions, we've not punished them and that was the difference tonight."


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10 March 2015 : Yeovil 0 Bristol City 3 : Agard And Freeman Return To Sink Glovers
Yeovil Town suffered a 0-3 home defeat at Huish Park tonight as three second half goals saw runaway League One leaders Bristol City gain a comfortable victory. Despite going in at the break still level, it was two early second half goals that killed the Glovers off, with both being scored by former Glovers. Kieran Agard converted Joe Bryan's cross from close range, whilst two minutes later Luke Freeman produced a smart strike from a Mark Little cross. The match was sealed four minutes from time when a poor defensive clearance was punished by George Saville's return shot to leave the Glovers still bottom, and now an extra point adrift.

Having seen a myriad of formation changes and personnel changes during Terry Skiverton's short reign, there was a first - an unchanged starting eleven, and an unchanged bench. Joe Edwards and Stephen Kingsley weren't quite ready enough to return from their injuries, and so the Glovers boss kept faith with the team that had beaten Oldham Athletic on the weekend. They lined up against a Bristol City side which contained four former Glovers players - Luke Ayling, Luke Freeman, Korey Smith and Kieran Agard have all formed a key part of the Robins starting line-up this season.

The first half saw Bristol City edge the game in terms of the chances created by the two sides. Whilst Adam Morgan had a shot blocked by Derrick Williams, which Joel Grant eventually forced for a corner, but at the other end City went close when good work by Luke Freeman on the wing saw Stephen Arthurworrey have to clear a Korey Smith shot off the line. Then a Marlon Pack free kick squeezed through a defensive wall, fortunately to find Scott Loach alert enough to save the shot despite him being blind to the shot. An Aaron Wilbraham header went over the bar, meaning that when the half time whistle blew, the visitors hadn't really threatened Loach's goal too much, but on the other hand Yeovil had probably done even less at the other end.

Having held the league leaders relatively well for the first 45 minutes, doubtless the half time message would have been 'keep it tight' - if that was the case it wasn't heeded. Two minutes after the restart Adam Morgan failed to close down Joe Bryan in a wide position as the wing-back moved forward, and his cross found Kieran Agard from close range who broke the deadlock between the two teams.

Just two minutes later, the lead was doubled from the opposite flank, as Mark Little got possession on the right. His cross into the box picked up Luke Freeman and the striker, who had been on loan at Huish Park as a teenager whilst on the books of Arsenal, doubled Bristol City's lead - from level pegging to 0-2 down within four minutes of the restart was not part of the gameplan.

Kieffer Moore was immediately replaced by James Hayter, with the tall striker having struggled to get into the game. Hayter got into a couple of good positions and really should have pulled a goal back when Joel Grant's cross found him, but the experienced striker headed wide of the target. Whilst Kieran Agard headed wide for City, Yeovil created a few more chances than they'd done in the first period - Adam Morgan hadn't threatened too much during the first period, but he produced a long range effort that Frank Fielding had to tip away for a corner. Then Hayter fired wide after he'd given himself room away from Luke Ayling, but fired his shot just wide of the target.

But City had enough quality in their side to show why they are now 13 points clear at the top of the division, with Scott Loach having to save from Kieran Agard's shot. And with four minutes remaining the points were sealed when a poor defensive clearance from Byron Webster landed in the path of Bristol City substitute George Saville, who confidently dispatched the ball past Loach for the third and final goal of the game. That guaranteed Yeovil stayed bottom of the table tonight, and with Coventry City gaining a home point in their game against Bradford, they have an extra point gap open up in the League table.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Scorers: Kieran Agard (0-1, 47 mins), Luke Freeman (0-2, 49 mins), George Saville (0-3, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (70 mins for Sam Foley) 9. James Hayter (50 mins for Kieffer Moore) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond

Bristol City:
1. Frank Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 7. Korey Smith 22. Luke Ayling 21. Marlon Pack 23. Joe Bryan 15. Luke Freeman 19. Kieran Agard 18. Aaron Wilbraham

Substitutes:
8. Wade Elliott 10. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 11. Scott Wagstaff (90 mins for Korey Smith) 12. George Saville (73 mins for Luke Freeman) 13. Dave Richards 17. Greg Cunningham (64 mins for Joe Bryan) 24. James Tavernier

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 68 mins)

Bristol City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Bristol City Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistant Referees: Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 6,591 (with 2,088 Bristol City supporters).


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10 March 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's home League One match against Bristol City. Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley missed Saturday's game with a head injury and he continues to be absent from the squad tonight.

Defender Ben Nugent remains out due to the matchday rules on loan players. Left-back Alex Smith, left-sided Nathan Ralph and midfielder Fergus Bell sit out the game. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his sixth consecutive match. Left-sided player Liam Davis has a groin injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

All seven bench places are as per Saturday's team - the first time Terry Skiverton has selected the same squad two matches running. The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond

Bristol City:
1. Frank Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 7. Korey Smith 22. Luke Ayling 21. Marlon Pack 23. Joe Bryan 15. Luke Freeman 19. Kieran Agard 18. Aaron Wilbraham

Substitutes:
8. Wade Elliott 10. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 11. Scott Wagstaff 12. George Saville 13. Dave Richards 17. Greg Cunningham 24. James Tavernier


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10 March 2015 : Skivo Previews The Bristol City Home Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's League One match against Bristol City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Terry talks about the opposition, his team's current situation, his own managerial status, as well as revealing one rather unfortunate guilty pleasure. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Bristol City.


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10 March 2015 : Webster Sees Relegation Fight As Another Challenge For Glovers
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Byron Webster sees the club's current plight as another challenge that can still be tackled in the same way as some of the club's more successful seasons. During his two years with the Glovers, the on-loan Millwall defender was part of the club's 2012-13 League One promotion-winning squad that triumphed at Wembley Stadium, but then a year later had to battle against relegation from the Championship.

Although he moved to London to join the Lions in the summer of 2014, Byron returned to Huish Park in the middle of February to add to the 98 appearances that he made during his first spell with the club. He has been tasked with trying to help get the club out of the relegation zone, but he told BBC Somerset that he didn't see the challenge as being that radically different to what had gone before:

"In the past we've had success, but this is another challenge if you want to class it as that. Yeovil never have a season where there's nothing to play for. It's one of those good things that the games do mean something. Every game is important."

Tonight will see right-back Luke Ayling return to Huish Park for the first time since he also left the club last summer, having signed a three year contract at Ashton Gate with current League One leaders Bristol City. With 185 appearances for the Glovers across just over four seasons, the 23 year old has been a popular figure with the Glovers over the years, but there will be plenty hoping that he fails tonight. Webster says that coming up against old friends will raise the stakes tonight:

"It adds to it. I would say that the players who were here with Luke will know Luke inside out, and he'll know us inside out. So I'm sure their manager will ask him a few questions about certain players and he'll be able to give a good insight to them. But it's easy to say that it's just another game and we'll go into that, and it's eleven vs eleven and there are three points up for grabs."

The club have struggled to find the back of the net during the 2014-15 season, and that has been a big factor in their current League position in the table. With Gozie Ugwu and Kieffer Moore currently tied as the club's leading goalscorers - but only on four goals each - getting a combination that can regularly score has been a clear problem, but during Saturday's 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic strike pair Joel Grant and James Hayter helped them earn three points. Webster believes that getting regular goalscorers in the team would help them in their battle to stay up:

"If you look at any successful team - when we got promoted it as Paddy who was banging the goals in, and Hayts was there getting ten or fifteen goals as well. That's why strikers go for all the money in the world - us defenders get nothing and the strikers get everything! But attacking players can take a lot of pressure off the defence."


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9 March 2015 : 2014-15 Football League Play-Off Schedule
The Football League have published their fixture dates for the 2014-15 play-offs. From a Yeovil Town point of view, the dates are pretty much irrelevant this season, but will doubtless be of interest to those supporters wanting to extend their football season via the comfort of their armchairs, with all fixtures due to be shown live on various Sky Sports channels.

As yet, the Football League have not agreed which league positions will represent which fixtures, but the usual format is for the higher placed two clubs to play their away legs first, with them getting home advantage for the return leg. The play-off schedule appears to be more compressed than it has been in other years, with one pair of League One play-offs and another pair of League Two play-offs scheduled for the same nights, rather than staggered to allow each match a dedicated date and time. However, the plan is to still televise all fixtures:

Thu 07/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League One First Leg
Thu 07/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League One First Leg

Fri 08/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : Championship First Leg

Sat 09/05/2015 : 12:15hrs : Championship First Leg
Sat 09/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League Two First Leg

Sun 10/05/2015 : 12:15hrs : League One Second Leg
Sun 10/05/2015 : 18:35hrs : League Two First Leg

Mon 11/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League One Second Leg

Thu 14/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League Two Second Leg
Thu 14/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : League Two Second Leg

Fri 15/05/2015 : 19:45hrs : Championship Second Leg

Sat 16/05/2015 : 12:15hrs : Championship Second Leg

The Football League note that whilst the above dates are fixed, the precise ordering of fixtures in each division may depend upon policing requirements - usually only the case if one of the play-off ties produces a local derby or where fixtures would result in two rival clubs in the same region on the same day.

The 2014-15 Play-Off Final Dates are fixed and will be played at Wembley Stadium according to the following dates:

Sat 23/05/2015 : 17:30hrs : League Two Play-Off Final
Sun 24/05/2015 : 17:30hrs : League One Play-Off Final
Mon 25/05/2015 : 15:00hrs : Championship Play-Off Final


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9 March 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Little Bit Of Daylight From Inside The Tunnel
Having had a number of weeks during the month of February where the gap between Yeovil Town and the safety line was growing, rather than shrinking, Saturday's 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic gave us a big boost in our hopes of avoiding relegation. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the change in mentality and also the club's run-in, along with some of the other key fixtures that we'll have to sit and watch as our relegation rivals take on each other. Read on via the link below, and give your views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Little Bit Of Daylight From Inside The Tunnel.


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9 March 2015 : Bristol City Sell Out Away Allocation
Tomorrow night's opponents Bristol City have confirmed that they have sold out their away ticket allocation for their visit to Huish Park. The League One leaders will play Yeovil Town in a League One fixture on Tuesday 10th March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off in what will see the 24th placed club take on the league leaders, as the Glovers' main local derby of the 2014-15 season.

Bristol City were given 2086 tickets for the match, made up of 1,500 Copse Road Terrace tickets and 586 seated tickets for the Screwfix East Stand. This morning those tickets briefly went onto General Sale, having been given priority sales to their Season Ticket Holders, and the remaining batch has sold out, giving the Glovers a full away end for the first time this season.

Tickets are still on sale to home supporters only, with sales available on the day of the match. However you should expect the Huish Park Ticket Office to now start heavily screening supporters to minimise the chances of away supporters getting tickets in the wrong end of the ground. See the earlier article for advice on purchasing tickets - it will strongly help if you know your Customer Number from any past purchases made online or via phone in the past.

Link: Online Purchasing Of Bristol City Tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Spireites Visit Given Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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9 March 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Bristol City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but we've only had him five time since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One of those was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

One positive thing to note about Mr Woolmer is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. We then had him for a home match against Brentford in January 2011 - five bookings but nothing that got a mention in our match report. He also turned up down in Devon for a Paint Pot Trophy game against Torquay United. The match finished 2-2, with the Glovers winning on penalties, and we can't recall anything too bad about his performance. Most recently there was the February 2014 home game against Millwall - again five bookings, but again nothing that made us get too angry with him.

There's no obvious reason why we have him so rarely as he certainly clocks up the matches each season. He did 30 games last season, and has got through 26 games already during this season. One key thing worth noting is that he has yet to send a player off this season, and only dismissed two players during the previous season. Compare that with some officials that are close to double figures in dismissals by this stage of the season, and you wonder why some officials are able to keep all 22 players on the pitch, whilst others regularly fail. The key may be that Mr Woolmer rarely gets through a match without producing a yellow, perhaps putting the emphasis on the word 'caution' for the players that he is in charge of - even so his yellow card count is still low, with the 81 produced across those 26 games working out at around three per game, which is par for the course.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: August 2005 : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: October 2012 : Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.


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8 March 2015 : Gills Boss Given Dugout Ban After Huish Park Incident
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh served a one match ban yesterday, after he was charged by the Football Association. The disciplinary issue related to an incident on the day of the League One match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park, in which the Kent side drew 2-2.

Edinburgh's charge is understood to relate to his reaction to referee Simon Hooper's decision to award a last minute penalty for a foul by Gavin Hoyte on Joel Grant - ultimately punished via an Adam Morgan spot kick. The Gills boss is believed to have confronted the referee at full time and that led to him receiving a call-up by the FA and a personal hearing at their Wembley Stadium offices. As a result, he was told to watch Saturday's match between Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers from the stands.

Gillingham chose to keep the ban under wraps until the day of the game itself, with Edinburgh revealing the situation via his matchday programme notes:

"I think I said enough about the incident but unfortunately the referee felt it was appropriate to report me, I was charged by the FA after a personal hearing at Wembley on Wednesday and you have to accept the charge so unfortunately Iíll have to watch with the Chairman in the stands. Weíll get that out the way but Iím disappointed as I thought it was a bit harsh but, we have to move on and on we go."

Ironically, Edinburgh had spoken about the penalty decision immediately after the game, and had drawn attention to the need for him not to say too much about it, to ensure he didn't get an FA call-up. But it would seem that his actions before he got near the press had already condemned him.


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8 March 2015 : Adam Morgan Talks About The Oldham Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Adam talks about his role in the first goal of the match, as well as his views on the game and the club's current position. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Adam Morgan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Oldham.


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8 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Oldham Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about why he gave Joel Grant and Adam Morgan starting places yesterday, and also gives updates on the injuries to Swansea City loanee Stephen Kingsley as well as club captain Joe Edwards. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 March 2015 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town assistant manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the three points and how it leaves the club's current relegation battle.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Home Game.


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7 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Oldham Athletic 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 Oldham Athletic.


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7 March 2015 : Darren Way : Win Will Help Convince Players Escape Is Possible
Yeovil Town acting assistant manager Darren Way believes that his side's last minute winner against Oldham Athletic will make it easier for the club's management team to convince the playing squad that they are capable of staying in League One at the end of the 2014-15 season. The 2-1 win was gained by James Hayter's 92nd minute close range shot, with Joel Grant having netted a 55th minute goal to cancel out Carl Winchester's opener, and that was good enough to put the Glovers within three points of safety in the League One table.

Having spent much of the last month at the foot of the table, with the gap between them and safety growing by up to six points, Way told BBC Somerset that it was hard to put his players into the sort of mentality to believe that they could play with the freedom of a mid-table side, rather than worrying about their current League position. However, he believed that today's win and the revised table position would help himself and acting manager Terry Skiverton make their case to the players that little bit easier:

"From a confidence point of view and for the players, when you are trying to transfer that across to them, sometimes it's hard to believe. If you had spoken to the players and explained to them in training that we're top of the league, then you'd have a different mentality. But with this group of players, by being where they are sometimes you can focus too much on that (league position). But really at the end of the day it's about winning a game of football and the more games that you win, the higher you climb. So we were trying to get that across to the players to tell them to play like you're mid-table or in the top half because it makes a big difference, rather than dwell on the fact that we're in the bottom four and it's going to take a mission to get out of it. I think they're showing that, and now it sets it up again going into the Bristol City game where it will be a good atmosphere."

Way admitted that when Hayter's goal went in that it was hard to focus upon seeing out the last few minutes of the match and the need for the players and management team to compose themselves and see the game out. He said that it could quite easily take until the 90th minute of the 46th game before Yeovil Town would know if they had managed to pull off a great escape and stay in third tier football:

"This situation that we're in could take until the last day and certainly the last minute. As we've seen before on a number of occasions, whether it be in the Premier League or the Championship or League One, you see many great escapes. So we know that it's not going to be easy, and it's an emotional rollercoaster for probably everyone involved. One thing that me and the gaffer have tried to do is to stay level headed and stay focussed on the job in hand. The gaffer was running down the touchline like Mourinho there towards the end, but even at those stages, I'm trying to think is there anything we can do tactically to see the game out when it's an emotional time. It was certainly a great win. I think more importantly for the players, they deserve it more than anyone, because it's not easy being where we are."


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7 March 2015 : Yeovil 2 Oldham 1 : Hayter Late Strike Gives Glovers Hope
A dramatic late goal from James Hayter gave Yeovil Town hope against their relegation battle this afternoon after they beat Oldham Athletic by a 2-1 scoreline. The 35 year old came off the bench to score in the 92nd minute of the game after he netted in a close range scramble after the Glovers had to come from behind to defeat a frustrating Latics side, who had taken the lead just before the break through Carl Winchester. During the second half, Yeovil finally made their domination of the chances pay when Joel Grant netted from close range after Adam Morgan's shot had been palmed onto the post by former Glovers loanee Jake Kean, but despite Brian Wilson getting his marching orders late on for two bookable offences, it looked as though the Glovers would have to settle for a point - until Hayter poached deep into second half injury time to guide his team to within three points of Coventry City as the bottom five places in League One bunched up with 11 games remaining.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the Tuesday night side that had lost against Walsall. Stephen Kingsley's head injury meant that he had to sit out the match, and that allowed Stephen Arthurworrey to be drafted in under the matchday loan rules, with the Fulham player immediately getting his place back in the side. Liam Davis suffered a groin injury in the same match, and he was replaced by Nathan Smith, coming back from his own head injury. In more attacking parts of the field, Adam Morgan and Joel Grant's impressive substitute appearances in the Walsall match allowed them to take James Hayter and James Berrett's places, with a formation change seeing the 3-5-2 ditched for a 4-4-2 as Morgan and Grant took the wide spots.

The first half belonged almost entirely to Yeovil, albeit that their shooting was decidedly wayward. Even when they did land the ball in the back of the net, Adam Morgan had been flagged offside comfortably before he converted. But they stacked up enough chances to take a sizeable half time lead, with Sam Foley's shot from distance going wide and Kieffer Moore putting over the bar. Perhaps what didn't help them was that four of their first half attempts fell to centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey as part of set plays, rather than any of their four strikers that were on the pitch - the Fulham loanee put two headers over the bar and another shot was wide of the target.

In fairness to Arthurworrey he provided one of Yeovil's two shots that did worry the keeper. Both came in quick succession, as former Glovers loanee Jake Kean blocked Arthurworrey's effort, and when the ball was put back into the box, Gozie Ugwu forced Kean into a second strong save. Sam Foley and Kieffer Moore put further attempts wide of the target as the half closed, with the home side certainly on top, but once again not being clinical enough.

As has been so often the case though, Yeovil fell behind to an opposition goal scored against the run of play. Carl Winchester had provided Oldham's only other effort on goal during the first 45 minutes, but when he was given a through ball by Mike Jones a minute before the break, he got it right second time, to fire back across the path of Scott Loach and give Oldham a lead at the break they didn't deserve, but one that has unfortunately been a big pattern of Yeovil Town's season to date.

The second half saw the Glovers open up with the wind against them as they attacked the home end of the ground. Ten minutes into that half they got the equalising goal that their play deserved, as Adam Morgan's cut inside from the right wing saw him unleash a 25 yard shot on goal. Jake Kean did well to palm the ball onto his goalpost, but on the rebound in came Joel Grant to convert the loose ball and give Yeovil a valuable equalising goal. 1-1 and game on!

Yeovil created less chances than they did during the first period, yet were still on top of their opponents. Oldham seemed content to play for the point, but they were dealt a significant blow with 11 minutes to go when former Bristol City full-back Brian Wilson committed a clear foul out on the flanks. Referee Lee Collins waved play on, but when the ball finally ran out of play a minute or two later, the Surrey official's good memory for an Oldham player singled out Wilson and gave him his second yellow of the game, having already been booked for a spot of earlier handbags with Josh Sheehan.

Now facing ten men for the final ten minutes, Yeovil pushed for the winner, but even then threatened to undo that advantage when James Wilson narrowly headed over the bar from a set piece. Joel Grant became the second Glovers player to get the ball in the back of the net long after an offside flag had gone up, but then the Glovers came their closest yet to grabbing a winner as Sam Foley's shot was blocked on the goal line by an Oldham defender from Joel Grant's cross into the box.

Just when it seemed that the winning goal wouldn't happen, it finally did. With five minutes of injury time signalled, Joel Grant weaved his way into the box, and as he appeared to be fouled and shouts went up for a penalty, James Hayter reacted to the loose ball before referee Lee Collins could make up his mind, and he slotted the ball past the advancing Jake Kean for a scrambled and hugely important late late goal.

Oldham almost grabbed an undeserved equaliser in the 97th minute of the match, as Liam Kelly converted from a corner, but the referee had already blown up for a foul on goalkeeper Scott Loach, and with the last action of the game thankfully the points were safe. With Coventry City, Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Crawley Town all losing, that goal from James Hayter could prove highly influential. With the gap to safety now down to three points, the Glovers still face an uphill task, but that late winner does allow a little sign of daylight ahead for the final 11 games of the season.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 1.

Scorers: Carl Winchester (0-1, 44 mins), Joel Grant (1-1, 55 mins), James Hayter (2-1, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter (69 mins for Kieffer Moore) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (87 mins for Adam Morgan) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (90 mins for Joel Grant) 24. Craig Eastmond

Oldham Athletic:
25. Jake Kean
20. Brian Wilson 18. Adam Lockwood 16. James Wilson 2. Connor Brown
9. Dominic Poleon 6. Liam Kelly 8. Mike Jones 15. Carl Winchester 10. Danny Philliskirk
11. Jonathan Forte

Substitutes:
4. Timothee Dieng (75 mins for Adam Lockwood) 13. Joel Coleman 17. Conor Wilkinson (64 mins for Jonathan Forte) 21. Genseric Kusunga 28. Jack Truelove 32. Devante Jacobs 39. Rhys Murphy (69 mins for Danny Philliskirk)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 43 mins), Josh Sheehan (retaliation, 63 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 89 mins)

Oldham Bookings: Brian Wilson (foul, 63 mins), Liam Kelly (foul, 70 mins), Carl Winchester (dissent, 76 mins). Red Card: Brian Wilson (second bookable offence, 79 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 17.

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 7; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistant Referees: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,917 (with 250 Oldham supporters).


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7 March 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One home match against Walsall. Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley is unavailable due to the head injury he sustained against Walsall, and that allows Stephen Arthurworrey to return under the matchday loan rules, restored to the starting line-up. Liam Davis suffered a groin strain in the same match, but he is replaced by Nathan Smith who has recovered from a head injury.

Tuesday night's substitutes Joel Grant and Adam Morgan are given starting positions in the squad, with James Berrett and James Hayter dropping to the bench. On the bench Artur Krysiak returns following his recent head injury sustained at Scunthorpe United.

Defender Ben Nugent remains out due to the matchday rules on loan players. Left-back Alex Smith, left-sided Nathan Ralph and midfielder Fergus Bell sit out the game. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his fifth consecutive match. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows (with the inevitable question of the precise formation):

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 31. Adam Morgan
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond


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7 March 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Man of the Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town played a League One home match against Walsall at Huish Park. The 0-1 defeat was on the balance of play a deserved scoreline, even if the performances of both goalkeepers kept things down to a single goal, with a penalty save each. In the end Jordy Hiwula's first half effort divided the two teams, punishing his former club.

Man of the Match voting was decidedly one-sided. Although old-timers Sam Foley and Joel Grant got plenty of votes for their performances on the night, the poll winner by an absolute mile was Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Loach, who was making his debut for the club, and in the first half in particular stopped the Saddlers running the game out of sight.

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

1. Scott Loach 266 (24)
2. Joel Grant 64 (1)
3. Sam Foley 44 (1)
4. Adam Morgan 36 (2)
5. Kieffer Moore 24 (0)
6. Liam Shephard 24 (0)
7. Byron Webster 22 (0)
8. James Hayter 10 (1)
9. Josh Sheehan 4 (0)
9. Gozie Ugwu 4 (0)
11. James Berrett 2 (0)
11. Stephen Kingsley 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.5
Performance : 3.93
Entertainment : 5.07
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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7 March 2015 : Ugwu Optimistic In 'Winnable' Latics Game
Yeovil Town striker Gozie Ugwu remains confident that his club can beat Oldham Athletic this afternoon, despite his side's precarious position at the foot of the League One table. The Glovers face the Latics at Huish Park, with both sides having very different priorities - Oldham lie in 11th place and just three points off the play-offs, whilst Yeovil lie bottom of the division and six points from safety.

A total of sixteen points separate the two sides, who are both working under interim management teams, with Dean Holden and former Glovers defender Adam Lockwood in the opposition dugout today following the departure of Lee Johnson to League One rivals Barnsley. Having lost their first match in charge, followed by a win on Tuesday night, they will present unpredictable opposition. Ugwu has told BBC Somerset though that his side must treat the match as a winnable game:

"We have to really - we have to treat every game as winnable. I think we've got a great chance of winning it as well. In this league anyone can beat anyone on their day, and I think that on our day we can beat everyone in this league. We've got a great squad here. We'll have our ups and downs throughout the game but as long as we stay on top and stay positive I'm sure we'll get the win."

Yeovil Town's current situation sees them twelve games away from the end of the season, and needing to accumulate a further 20 points to enable them to reach the usual 50 point target seen as the rough safety mark for most League One seasons. Despite that being a tough target, Ugwu still maintains that the team can get there and that they've got the quality within the squad that can pull it off:

"One hundred percent - we've definitely got the players. As you can see from our performances out there, We're definitely putting good performances in - it's just about getting the luck inside the games and winning the game and stuff like that. But that seems to happen sometimes when teams are in the bottom half of the league, but we're just trying to stick together and keep putting those results together and hopefully we'll climb up the league."

Saturday 7th March 2015: (Key Fixtures)
Coventry vs Port Vale
Crawley vs Bristol City
Peterborough United vs Leyton Orient
Rochdale vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic


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6 March 2015 : Ladies Chairman Talks About Bridgwater College Partnership
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town Ladies announced their plans to introduce an 'elite player performance pathway' into their club set-up. This has seen them go into partnership with Bridgwater College, offering young ladies a chance to combine their educational studies with football training that the Ladies hope will provide a chance to progress local talent into their senior ranks.

Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson appeared on local radio to explain to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner what it was all about, and you can read his interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies Elite Player Pathway.


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6 March 2015 : Skivo Previews The Oldham Athletic Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Terry talks about some of the things that went wrong on Tuesday night against Walsall, tomorrow's opponents, and the latest on injury victims Stephen Kingsley and Joe Edwards. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 March 2015 : Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday saw Yeovil Town travel to Scunthorpe United where the Glovers gained a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park. Joel Grant gave the Glovers the lead during the first half, but an injury to Artur Krysiak caused disruption as Gareth Stewart had to come on and go between the sticks. He later saved a Paddy Madden penalty but couldn't do a lot about Hakeeb Adelakun's second half equaliser.

Man of the Match voting almost entirely went in one direction. Whilst the likes of Bryon Webster and Gozie Ugwu accumulated a small collection of votes, and Joel Grant got credit for his comeback performance, almost all of those present acknowledged the contribution that Gareth Stewart made on the day, with him hiding well the fact that he'd not made a first team appearance since August 2013 - the poll winner by a large margin.

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

1. Gareth Stewart 110 (10)
2. Joel Grant 28 (2)
3. Gozie Ugwu 22 (0)
4. Byron Webster 20 (0)
5. Stephen Kingsley 12 (0)
6. Josh Sheehan 12 (1)
7. Liam Shephard 8 (0)
8. Stephen Arthurworrey 6 (0)
9. Kieffer Moore 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.31
Performance : 5.54
Entertainment : 5.08
VOTES RECEIVED : 13

You've still got a small amount of time left to place your votes for Tuesday night's match against Walsall - the poll will be kept open for the remainder of Friday. Place your votes via the link below.

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


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5 March 2015 : Spireites Visit Given Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer
Yeovil Town's League One home match against Chesterfield has been designated as a 'Kids for a Quid' fixture. This pricing offer has tended to be promoted a couple of times a season, usually during the school holidays, and on this occasion it falls on Good Friday - April 3rd 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The ticketing offer allows all supporters aged Under-16 to gain admission to the ground for £1.00 only. The only condition attached to this offer is the capacity of the ground - there are no forms to fill in, or qualifying adults needed. Simply take your one pound coin up to the Huish Park Ticket Office (or phone them on 01935-847888) and you can purchase as many Junior rate tickets for this fixture as you need.

Link: Online Purchasing Of Bristol City Tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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5 March 2015 : Scan For Swansea's Kingsley Looking Positive For Glovers
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that they do not believe that Swansea City loanee Stephen Kingsley has broken any bones, following the 'sickening' injury that he sustained on Tuesday night. The 20 year old was knocked out cold by Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw inside the first ten minutes of the game, causing a five minute delay that saw him leave the field on a stretcher.

Kingsley was taken to hospital immediately for an x-ray, and those scans showed no fracture. He has been taken for a second scan today, as well as being seen by a specialist, at which point the club will understand fully whether he will be fit in time for Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic. However, it would appear that any injuries sustained don't involve broken bones.

Captain Joe Edwards will need late assessment on an ankle injury, with the 24 year old still not quite 100 percent fit, although he is regarded as being days, rather than weeks away at present. Left-back Nathan Smith should have recovered from a head injury that kept him out of Tuesday night's match, although goalkeeper Artur Krysiak will almost certainly be given another game or so to recover from the concussion he suffered during the Scunthorpe United fixture. Stephen Arthurworrey is fit and available, but his selection may depend upon which of Skiverton's seven loans have to be excluded under the matchday loan rules.


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5 March 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for the League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th March 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him three times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so is enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

The most recent match involving Mr Collins was for the 2014-15 League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.

Mr Collins will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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5 March 2015 : Sam Foley Talks About Recent Squad And Management Changes
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley was interviewed by the BBC, centring on the club's current situation at the foot of League One and the recent management and player changes. As one of the mainstays of the past three years, Sam gave his views to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, in an interview that was conducted between the Scunthorpe United and Walsall fixtures. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Walsall Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Walsall kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the selection issues he faced regarding Nathan Smith and Stephen Arthurworrey, the inclusion of Rotherham United goalkeeer Scott Loach in the starting eleven, the decision to recall Liam Davis after a long-term injury, and his views on the number of loans he now has on his books. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 March 2015 : Yeovil Town Ladies Join Forces With Bridgwater College
Yeovil Town Ladies FC has joined forces with Bridgwater College to provide an elite player performance pathway for young female footballers. The partnership, which will see Bridgwater College become the lead education provider and a main sponsor for Yeovil Town Ladies FC will serve to create a fully integrated progression route into the FA Women's Super League together with an outstanding academic programme.

Through the programme, players aged 16+ will have access to over 13 hours of weekly training/gameplay, sports massage, video analysis and strength & conditioning. Students will access this comprehensive training schedule alongside their chosen academic programme at Bridgwater College which can range from entry level to degree level across a variety of subjects.

Students can apply for scholarships to help support their development, and on-site accommodation is available for those students from further afield. The partnership will also see the introduction of a Yeovil Town Ladies FC & Team BC Development Centre for U10, U12, U14 & U16 players and a Mini Development Centre for U4-U9 ages. Jason Gunningham, Head of Sport at Bridgwater College said:

"This partnership will ensure all players can continue their academic studies in an Ofsted rated outstanding learning environment where they can combine their continued football development whilst gaining high quality academic qualifications."

Yeovil Town Ladies and Bridgwater College representatives (from left to right) Trevor Jenkins, Jason Gunningham, Ellie Curson and Luke Buckingham
Yeovil Town Ladies and Bridgwater College representatives (from left to right) Trevor Jenkins, Jason Gunningham, Ellie Curson and Luke Buckingham.


Jamie Sherwood, Yeovil Town Ladies First Team Manager believes that it will ultimately provide links to his own team once new players start to come through:

"When I was appointed as First Team Manager I had an elite player pathway as part of the vision for my tenure here at the club and I feel the legacy of this is integral to the sustainability of the club to ensure we develop our own players in readiness for the FA WSL Senior Team."

This 16-19 Educational Programme will allow players to pursue their dream of becoming elite female footballers in conjunction with their chosen studies whether that is a BTEC, A Levels or even a Degree course. The flexibility and the strength of the Educational Programme makes the partnership appealing to players. Trevor Jenkins, Yeovil Town Ladies General Manager said:

"Iíd like to thank Bridgwater College for supporting our club vision. The programme will be of great benefit to female players not just in Somerset, but also neighbouring counties. This is a very exciting time to be involved with Yeovil Town Ladies FC, enabling players to realise their full potential to become the best they can be, both as footballers and people."

Parents and young female footballers can find out more by attending Yeovil Town Ladies FCís first home match of the season against Reading Women FC on 19th March 2015 at Sherborne Town Football Club; kick-off is 7.45pm. Reading's team features Fran Kirby from the England World Cup squad.


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4 March 2015 : Football League Issue Statement In Response To Latest B Team Proposals
The Football League have issued a statement in response to news this week that clubs were considering proposals to co-opt 'B Teams' into their Football League Trophy competition. Reports via League Two side AFC Wimbledon's Supporters Trust stated that the matter had been discussed at St George's Park and that the reaction from Chairmen was favourable to the League's plans, although our understanding was that this was a non-binding agreement for the League's Executive Committee to draft up plans, rather than a formal vote to change the competition rules.

The League's statement confirms that the matter has been on their agenda for clubs to discuss, although they have stressed that a formal vote has yet to take place. They also claimed that this would not lead to Premier League B Teams being introduced as part of league pyramid structures. The statement explained:

"At their recent meeting at St. George's Park, League clubs discussed a number of issues emanating from the FA Chairmanís England Commission, including changes to work permits for non-EU players, the use of artificial playing surfaces and opportunities for Under 21 sides from clubs with category 1 academies to play in The Football League Trophy. This last matter was first discussed by clubs at their meeting in June 2014, during which they also rejected any suggestion that Premier League B teams could be permitted to play in the league pyramid as advocated by the FA Chairman in his first report. There are no plans to consider their introduction into league football again."

The League's proposals centre around the idea of Premier League clubs being able to field their Under-21 sides in the Football League Trophy - such teams usually play in an Academy Development Squad League aimed at bridging the gap between Under-18s youth football and actual first team football. The League indicated that up to sixteen teams could be invited to play in the competition, and that there would be a new format to the competition as a result:

"The issue of U21 sides playing in cup football remains a matter for further debate given the ongoing challenge faced by English football of providing enough first team opportunities for young playing talent. Clubs have been asked to consider the concept of permitting sixteen U21 teams from clubs with category 1 academies to participate in The Football League Trophy. The competition would feature 16 groups of four teams with one U21 team in each group, before a knockout stage leading to a final at Wembley Stadium."

The League have indicated that the constitution of the Football League would be changed to protect the current 72 members from any scope creep regarding the format of the Football League Trophy and its crossover with the membership of the Football League. They said that would be one of the conditions attached to the changes to the Trophy format:

"Given the previous concerns of the League and its clubs about Premier League B teams playing in the pyramid, any final proposal would also be accompanied by a change to the Leagueís Articles of Association that would protect the current 72 club constitution, save for any changes to promotion/relegation that clubs wished to make. Therefore, having provided them with this comfort, clubs willingly debated the potential commercial, financial and player development benefits of having U21 teams in this competition from 2015/16."

Finally, the League reiterated that there had been no formal binding votes on the subject, but merely an agreement from clubs for the League's Executive Committee to progress the plans and to consequently table formal amendments to the competition format. They said that only then would a formal vote be put onto the table:

"No formal proposals were tabled and no formal vote taken. Instead, League 1 and 2 clubs were asked to indicate whether they were content to see The Football League progress the matter, which would include discussions with the Premier League and Football Association, so that clubs can consider a full proposal at a future point.Therefore, as yet, no club has voted in favour or against the idea of having U21 teams in The Football League Trophy, they have only indicated whether they wish to consider the matter further. Ultimately any changes to this competition will only happen with the support of League 1 and 2 clubs."

The Football League do not make any mention of plans to consult with fans organisations regarding their proposals, nor any obligation for their member clubs to consult with their own fans on how they feel about Premier League B Teams being potentially given the right to enter a Football League competition. Thus it seems that it will be up to the integrity of each club, and their relationship with their individual supporter bodies to determine whether they wish to canvass the views of supporters before reaching a formal club position.


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4 March 2015 : Online Purchasing Of Bristol City Tickets
Next Tuesday sees Yeovil Town take on Bristol City in a rearranged League One fixture at Huish Park. The match has been rescheduled due to City's involvement in the Football League Trophy final against Walsall with the new date seeing the game placed on Tuesday 10th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Glovers fans can still purchase tickets online, but only if they already have a ticketing account with a past purchase history. For those who are not logged into the system, you'll find that the City game is hidden from view, but if you log into your account this fixture will become visible. This is to help the club reduce the chances of away supporters attempting to purchase tickets in the wrong end of the ground.

If you've lost your login information or have never used the online system before, your customer number should be printed on the address label card if you have previously ordered tickets by post or for collection at the ground. The customer/membership number is an eleven digit number of the form '100nnnnnnnn' where n is a series of digits - e.g. 10012345678. The Huish Park Ticket Office should be able to assist supporters who have a past purchase history in obtaining their number.

Given that the Ticket Office will screen supporters without a clear past purchase history for this fixture, if you've not bought your ticket yet, and aren't in possession of your customer number, we'd recommend that you sorted that out well before the day of the fixture. In addition, whilst tickets are available in all home sections at present, we'd expect the better seats inside the ground to be snapped up more quickly than usual for what will be a larger than usual attendance.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing System.


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4 March 2015 : Skivo Explains Arthurworrey And Smith Absence
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has explained some of the key decisions he made in terms of yesterday's team selection that saw two of his regular first teamers drop out of the squad. The matchday squad saw left-back Nathan Smith, who has been recently used as a left-sided centre-back, sat in the stands, whilst he was joined by Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, who has been an ever-present in the side since his arrival at the tail end of October, clocking up 22 appearances for the club.

Skiverton also left Joel Grant on the bench, despite him scoring Yeovil's goal on the weekend against Scunthorpe United, with the Jamaican international coming on during the second half. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the winger's three month knee injury meant that it was hard for him to play two games in three days, whilst explained that Smith had a cut eye that would have made it difficult for him to head the ball last night:

"Nathan Smith missed out as he's got a nasty gash on his eyelid and that was going to keep him out of the game. Joel Grant on the other hand has come in from the cold as he's been out injured, and we felt that it would be a bit too much for him to start and then blow up, and so what we were looking to do was to bring him on later in the game when it started to open up and there's more space for him to exploit."

In terms of Arthurworrey's absence, Skiverton confirmed the defender was fit and available, but that with him having to restrict his matchday squad to just five loan players, an additional loanee had to miss out. The Glovers boss explained that Arthurworrey's absence was in part due to Smith's injury with him wanting to use Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley as a left-footer in the back line to compensate for Smith's absence. As such Arthurworrey was the man sacrificed:

"I just think that especially with the injury to Nathan Smith as well, that it's about us having to rejig things. Unfortunately Stephen was the one to do that - I think he's been playing really well, but we just thought that for the balance of the team and the shape that it was best to go with what we've got tonight. So unfortunately he missed out, but as we've seen from Saturday to tonight there's always been two or maybe three changes. So it's not necessarily going to be the starting team for Saturday as well."

The expectation is that Nathan Smith will be fit enough to play on Saturday, which given Stephen Kingsley's head injury last night may give him the opportunity to slot back into the side. If Kingsley is not fit to play on the weekend, then Arthurworrey should also get his chance to break back into the matchday squad given that it would free up a loan position.

Aside from Kingsley, who lost a number of teeth after being on the end of a heavy challenge from Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw, the club's other injury concern was Liam Davis, who spent much of the second half hobbling around with a groin injury. However, with the Glovers having by that time made all three substitutes, he had to stay out on the pitch - he will need to be assessed by the club's physios to see how much damage has been caused by that.


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4 March 2015 : Yeovil 0 Walsall 1 : Hiwula Return Haunts Glovers
Yeovil Town found one of their former loan players coming back to haunt them on Tuesday night, as a single goal sunk them to their eighth home defeat of the season. Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula struck the only goal for Walsall in the 32nd minute of a one-sided first half as he was allowed space to break through the centre of the Glovers defence for what would prove to be the winner. Both teams could have found the net via penalties, but found two goalkeepers in fine form throughout the night. Tom Bradshaw saw his saved by Rotherham United loanee Scott Loach whilst the game was goalless, whilst Adam Morgan found his attempt saved by Richard O'Donnell that could have given the Glovers a point late on, but the defeat keeps them six points adrift with now just 12 games remaining to save their season.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their line-up compared with the Saturday match at Scunthorpe. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak's injury meant that Scott Loach came in for his debut, but that meant Stephen Arthurworrey was forced out by the matchday loan rules, replaced by Liam Davis. At the other end of the pitch, James Hayter came in for Joel Grant, whilst a head injury to Nathan Smith meant that James Berrett was restored to the starting line-up.

Arthurworrey's absence meant that Stephen Kingsley was asked to act as a left-sided centre-back in a 3-5-2, but unfortunately his night only lasted around six minutes. His side had created one good chance as Gozie Ugwu's cross saw James Hayter stretching to convert from close range before Kingsley was the victim of a very physical challenge from Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw. Referee Charles Breakspear appeared not to see it, with a talk with one of his assistants leading to Bradshaw just getting a talking to, but there was more concern for the state of Kingsley, with a stretcher needed to take him off the pitch after a five minute delay, with a suspected fractured cheekbone meaning there was no chance of him continuing - Nathan Ralph replaced him.

When the football finally resumed, it was Walsall who were well on top throughout the first half. Jordy Hiwula fired over the bar, whilst Scott Loach had to save a low effort, but despite being the better side the Saddlers didn't have too much to show for their efforts. However, they spurned a great opportunity to take the lead 27 minutes into the match when Loach was deemed to have fouled Hiwula inside the box. After a long delay whilst referee Charles Breakspear tried to sort out various 'afters' following the award, up stepped Tom Bradshaw, but his spot kick was saved by Loach - redeeming himself for the foul.

It didn't take too long though for Walsall to gain the upper hand, as their growing dominance of the game reaped rewards. Jordy Hiwula, who had scored just once in nine appearances during his Glovers loan spell, had been speaking in the Walsall press about how much he'd improved his game since that 2014 loan spell, and he demonstrated that by taking Andy Taylor's pass, cutting inside and then firing under Scott Loach's body to give the Saddlers the lead.

At that point, Walsall could have gone on and taken the game by the scruff of the neck. Scott Loach became the busiest man on the park as he kept out efforts from Romaine Sawyers and James Baxendale as he pushed the ball around his posts for corners, whilst another Saddlers attempt was thwarted as he smothered Tom Bradshaw's attempt to break through on goal. Then another Jordy Hiwula effort was palmed away and the only positive thing when the half time whistle blew was that Yeovil were only a single goal down, and that they could at least regroup at the break.

Just before half time, Yeovil had switched to a 4-4-2 combination, with Nathan Ralph and Liam Davis taking the left flank whilst Liam Shephard and James Berrett took the right side, and that formation was maintained during the second period. However, Walsall's dominance continued as James Baxendale's deflected shot came off a goalpost and back out again, before being cleared to safety. At the other end, Gozie Ugwu did get the ball in the back of the net, but a linesman's flag had already gone up due to James Hayter having strayed too far offside during the build-up. Overall the balance was still with Walsall, with Hiwula wastefully putting the ball over the bar with his latest attempt on goal.

A change on the hour mark saw Joel Grant and Adam Morgan replace James Hayter and Nathan Ralph - with the latter suffering the pain of being the substitute that got substituted, having lasted only 47 minutes on the pitch. Gradually the new line-up began to show some promise, with Grant forcing Richard O'Donnell into parrying the ball for a corner from a Josh Sheehan pass. Then Grant forced a 71st minute penalty - a clear foul by Walsall's Ben Purkiss saw the Glovers gain a spot kick. With James Hayter off the field, Adam Morgan once again stepped up to take it, but unlike his Gillingham heroics, he couldn't get past O'Donnell, with the keeper saving his attempt.

Whilst the first half had all been about the goalkeeping of Scott Loach, the closing stages of the second half became all about the goalkeeping of Richard O'Donnell. In addition to his penalty save, he stopped a long range attempt from James Berrett and then made the save of the night when he pushed a downward Byron Webster header from a corner around his goalpost. He then blocked when Adam Morgan broke through on goal, to ensure his side kept all three points and to keep Yeovil in deep deep trouble at the foot of League One. The only good news was that all other sides in the bottom five lost on the night, meaning that the league table remained unaffected, but with one less game to get themselves out of their current situation.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Scorers: Jordy Hiwula (0-1, 32 mins)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Byron Webster 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan 19. Liam Davis
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (11 mins for Stephen Kingsley) 17. Joel Grant (58 mins for Nathan Ralph) 24. Craig Eastmond 31. Adam Morgan (58 mins for James Hayter)

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
2. Ben Purkiss 6. Paul Downing 15. James Chambers 3. Andy Taylor
7. Adam Chambers 17. Reece Flanagan 11. James Baxendale 10. Romaine Sawyers
30. Jordy Hiwula 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
4. James O'Connor 12. Michael Cain (89 mins for Reece Flanagan) 13. Craig MacGillivray 16. Matt Preston 20. Amadou Bakayoko 22. Liam Kinsella 24. Ashley Grimes (78 mins for James Baxendale)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (45 mins, foul), Josh Sheehan (foul, 70 mins), Kieffer Moore (foul, 75 mins)

Walsall Bookings: Paul Downing (60 mins, foul), Ben Purkiss (foul, 71 mins), James Baxendale (diving, 76 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 11; Fouls: 8.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,668 (with 149 Yeovil supporters).


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3 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Walsall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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3 March 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Walsall
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat 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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3 March 2015 : Sickening Injury And Poor First Half Cause Skiverton Concern
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that tonight's opponents Walsall could have been 'out of sight' by half time tonight, as he watched the Glovers sink to a 0-1 home defeat at Huish Park. The result keeps them firmly at the foot of the League One table, with the game being won by Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula, who scored a 32nd minute goal against the club that he'd been on loan at earlier in the season. Whilst the Saddlers could easily have netted further chances before the break, the Glovers boss believed that his side's situation was not helped by a nasty looking injury to Swansea City left-back Stephen Kingsley, who was stretchered off just 11 minutes into the game, forcing them into a reshuffle.

Kingsley's quick exit happened after Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw put in a somewhat brutal looking challenge that saw the 20 year old out cold on the turf, with an ambulance taking him to hospital whilst the game was still being played. Early diagnosis pointed to a suspected fractured cheekbone, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the injury didn't help the way his team played the first half:

"I think we could have been out of sight in the first half with the amount of chances that they had. I just think it was a sickening injury, and we'd been playing well up until then. I think there were teeth on the pitch and everything, it was so bad. It seemed to sort of throw us, and it was another obstacle that we had to overcome. I think the changes that we made didn't really help us, and you could see the rustiness up and down that left-hand side after that. Then they had four or five good chances, and Scott Loach first of all redeemed himself with the penalty, as I thought it was a great save, and he made four or five great saves after that, where it could have been put to bed."

A formation change just before half time was coupled by a further double substitution early in the second period as Joel Grant and Adam Morgan were introduced to the field of play as more attacking options. That seemed to help turn the flow of the game, and the Glovers could have equalised when Grant was up-ended in the penalty box by Ben Purkiss, only to find Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell keep out Morgan's spot kick. Despite failing to find the goal his side needed, Skiverton felt that his side had improved after those changes:

"We changed it a little bit in the second half by bringing Adam Morgan on and Joel Grant and they were both a real handful. I thought Granty's movement was exceptional in getting on the ball - he showed no fear and he was taking people on at will, whilst Morgan was coming up the channels and was going short when we needed to, and we started to create a little bit of a tempo and put them under pressure, and during the last 20 to 25 minutes, I thought that we were camped in their half, with numerous corners. Then we got the penalty, Morgan steps up but I think he was really disappointed with it - again it would have been another draw. I think their goalkeeper made three fantastic saves - there was the penalty save and there were two really good ones after that, including one from Byron Webster where I don't know how he kept that one out. But we sort of went back to what we were doing before, which was chasing the game, giving away a stupid goal to one of our ex-players - when you're down there it doesn't get any easier with Jordy coming back and scoring against us."


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3 March 2015 : Yeovil 0 Walsall 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town found one of their former loan players coming back to haunt them tonight, as a single goal sunk them to their eighth home defeat of the season. Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula struck the only goal for Walsall in the 32nd minute of a one-sided first half as he was allowed space to break through the centre of the Glovers defence for what would prove to be the winner. Both teams could have found the net via penalties, but found two goalkeepers in fine form throughout the night. Tom Bradshaw saw his saved by Rotherham United loanee Scott Loach whilst the game was goalless, whilst Adam Morgan found his attempt saved by Richard O'Donnell that could have given the Glovers a point late on, but the defeat keeps them six points adrift with now just 12 games remaining to save their season.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Scorers: Jordy Hiwula (0-1, 32 mins)

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Byron Webster 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan 19. Liam Davis
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (11 mins for Stephen Kingsley) 17. Joel Grant (58 mins for Nathan Ralph) 24. Craig Eastmond 31. Adam Morgan (58 mins for James Hayter)

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
2. Ben Purkiss 6. Paul Downing 15. James Chambers 3. Andy Taylor
7. Adam Chambers 17. Reece Flanagan 11. James Baxendale 10. Romaine Sawyers
30. Jordy Hiwula 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
4. James O'Connor 12. Michael Cain (89 mins for Reece Flanagan) 13. Craig MacGillivray 16. Matt Preston 20. Amadou Bakayoko 22. Liam Kinsella 24. Ashley Grimes (78 mins for James Baxendale)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (45 mins, foul), Josh Sheehan (foul, 70 mins), Kieffer Moore (foul, 75 mins)

Walsall Bookings: Paul Downing (60 mins, foul), Ben Purkiss (foul, 71 mins), James Baxendale (diving, 76 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 11; Fouls: 8.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,668 (with 149 Walsall supporters).


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3 March 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Yeovil Town have made four changes to tonight's League One side against Walsall. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is injured and so is replaced by Scott Loach. As a consequence of the loan rules that means that Stephen Arthurworrey drops entirely out of the squad with James Berrett the defensive replacement. In addition Nathan Smith drops out of the squad, with Liam Davis taking his place.

Up front Joel Grant moves onto the substitutes bench, despite his impressive comeback on the weekend, and he is replaced by James Hayter. On the bench the extra space allows Nathan Ralph to return from his thigh injury, whilst Sam Hoskins is also included.

Tonight's team is as follows (with some potential variation in the formation):

Yeovil Town:
21. Scott Loach
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Byron Webster 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan 19. Liam Davis
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 24. Craig Eastmond 31. Adam Morgan


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3 March 2015 : Coventry Appoint New First Team Manager
League One side Coventry City have appointed a new manager as a successor to Stephen Pressley. They have recruited former Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray until the end of the 2014-15 season, with the obvious target being for the 51 year old to secure their League One status. He will not take active charge of the side tonight but will be sat in the stands when Barnsley host Coventry City at Oakwell in a match that will be of significant interest to Glovers fans as well.

Whilst caretaker duo Neil MacFarlane and Dave Hockaday will remain in the dugouts for tonight's match, Coventry Chief Executive Steve Waggott expects Mowbray to be studying his new side tonight, and has strongly suggested that if all goes well then they will look to set up a deal for next season as well:

"We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running because we have 14 important games left in this season and the number one priority is to preserve our League One status. We have agreed terms until the end of the season and then, immediately after the final ball is kicked, we can reassess and look at a longer term deal. It was just vital, at this stage, to get the right man in to help steer us through the current situation between now and the end of the season."

According to the Coventry local press, although a number of other managers applied for the position, they believe that Waggott approached Mowbray for the job, and that he was the first - and consequently the only - man interviewed for the job. Aside from his time at Middlesbrough, Mowbray has taken management positions with Hibernian and Celtic as well has having a successful spell with West Bromwich Albion that saw him take the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League during the 2007-08 season.

As things stand, Coventry City are the main team that Yeovil Town need to overhaul, as far as the League One table is concerned. The Sky Blues currently lie in 20th place in the table, with one game in hand, and are six points better off.


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3 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Loach Signing And Krysiak Injury
Tonight should see Yeovil Town field their sixth goalkeeper of the 2014-15 season, as Rotherham United keeper Scott Loach stands by to make his debut for the club. The former Watford player will follow in the footsteps of Chris Weale, Artur Krysiak, Jake Kean, Jed Steer and Gareth Stewart, and is expected to have a starting place in the League One fixture against Walsall at Huish Park.

With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo explains why he signed up Scott Loach, as well as giving an update on the injury situation concerning his other two keepers in Artur Krysiak and Chris Weale. He also talks about other recent injury victims AJ Leitch-Smith and Joe Edwards and how they are progressing. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The Signing Of Scott Loach.


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3 March 2015 : Hiwula Ready For Return To Huish Park With Saddlers
Tonight's League One match against walsall at Huish Park will see one of their former loan strikers try to demonstrate exactly what he's learned during the last couple of months. Manchester City forward Jordy Hiwula spent a nine game spell on loan with the Glovers during the latter part of 2014, but saw his time at the club ended when he only netted one goal - the winner in the club's FA Cup First Round tie against Crawley Town.

Returning to Manchester at the end of November, he was loaned out again at the start of February, having spent two months back on his parent club's training ground. That has reaped dividends for him following his arrival at the Bescot Stadium, that has seen him net three times in six appearances for the Saddlers. Now they have agreed an extra month's loan that will keep him in the West Midlands until the end of March. Hiwula explained to the Walsall Express and Star where he felt that his play had improved over the last few months:

"I think my awareness is better on the pitch. I feel like my hold-up play has improved and where to make my runs in the box, I think thatís improved as well. Iím pleased with how it's gone. Iíve been working on my finishing, all types of finishing, and Iíve scored different types of goals since Iíve been here. Iím glad Iím here for another month and I can work with the coaches and the gaffer and the players because I feel like everybody has helped me since Iíve been here."

Hiwula was fairly philosophical about his time with the Glovers, recognising that his single goal return wasn't what he's hoped for, and accepted the decision for him to return to Manchester City at the end of that spell. He gave his views on his time in Somerset:

"Things just didnít click for me, the goals didnít come. I felt like I was playing well in the games but strikers get judged on goals and they werenít coming for me, so it was felt best I went back to City. Iím familiar with pretty much all the players. I still speak to a couple of the lads there - but I have not spoken to them recently. They are at the bottom and it will be a tough place to go, they are trying to get all the points they can get and I think we can go and win. It is a tight ground, the fans are all together and it will be a good atmosphere."

Tonight may see Hiwula used as a winger, rather than as a front line striker, with him having moved around during his initial month with the Saddlers to accommodate the availability of other players. He said he was happy to play either position, saying that it was the regularity of games that was helping him improve his play:

"Iím pretty used to playing both down the middle and out wide Ė Iím pretty versatile. Iím still learning in both positions but Iím happy to play wherever as long as Iím playing. Weíve got a lot of games coming up, playing pretty much every Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and I think that will help me because thatís all I want to do, I want to play as many games as possible."


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2 March 2015 : Ladies Paired With Bristol In Continental Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies have been matched up with local rivals Bristol Academy as part of the Continental Cup draw that was made today. The female Glovers will take part in a six team group, with fixtures due to run during July and August for the right to move into the knockout stages. The top two teams in each group will qualify automatically for the Quarter-Final stages of the competition, along with the two best third-placed team. This gives the tournament an extra knock-out round stage compared to last year's.

The three groups are as follows:

Group One: Arsenal, Chelsea, London Bees, Millwall Lionesses, Reading, Watford

Group Two: Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sunderland

Group Three: Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Notts County, Oxford United, Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town Ladies will play in the following fixtures in addition to their FA WSL2 League matches:

Thursday 23rd July : Oxford United v Yeovil Town
Thursday 30th July : Yeovil Town v Bristol Academy
Sunday 16th August : Yeovil Town v Aston Villa
Wednesday 26th August : Birmingham City v Yeovil Town
Sunday 30th August : Notts County v Yeovil Town

If they qualify through to the knockout stages the following dates are pencilled in for the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final stages:

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September : FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Quarter-Finals
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October : FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Finals

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Online Club Shop.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : 2015 Fixture List.


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2 March 2015 : Loach Arrives As Replacement For Injured Krysiak
Yeovil Town have signed up Scott Loach as emergency cover for their goalkeeper position ahead of tomorrow night's League One fixture against Walsall. They have taken the Rotherham United keeper on a one month emergency loan following the injury to Artur Krysiak that was sustained on the weekend at Scunthorpe United.

Loach was born in Nottingham on May 27th 1988 and is therefore 26 years old. He has vast experience via Watford who he spent six years with, clocking up 163 appearances. As well as spells with Bradford City and Ipswich Town, he has had some loan experience this season with League Two side Bury and League One side Peterborough United.

He started his career across a multitude of youth clubs, taking in Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest, Chesterfield, Southwell United and Lincoln City, before Watford stepped in during April 2006 with a fee of £50,000 for his services. During his early years, he was loaned out to Stafford Rangers (11 appearances), Morecambe (3 appearances) and Bradford City (20 appearances) before finally getting his Hornets debut during the 2008-09 season. Across that season and the three that followed, he became Watford's first choice keeper, clocking up 163 appearances up to the summer of 2012.

At that point, he returned back to one of the clubs that had given him youth forms, signing a professional contract for Ipswich Town in the summer of 2012, for an undisclosed fee. He made 33 appearances for them across the course of two seasons, with his second season largely seeing him warming the bench as Dean Gerken kept him out of the Ipswich side. As a result in the summer of 2014 he signed for Rotherham United where he has so far made five appearances. He has supplemented that by loan spells with League Two side Bury (3 appearances) and League One side Peterborough United (5 appearances) where he was between the sticks for the Posh in their 1-0 win over Yeovil just over a month ago.

His arrival as a loan player means that Krysiak has not been passed fit for tomorrow night's match - it gives the club a different kind of headache in that they will now need to leave two other loan players out of their matchday squad, due to Loach being their seventh loan player on their books at this moment in time.


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2 March 2015 : New Date For Postponed Larkhall Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Larkhall Athletic now has a new date. The Quarter-Final tie will now take place on Tuesday 24th March 2015, at their Plain Ham ground, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The original tie was postponed last week due to a waterlogged pitch.

The winners of the tie will face a trip to either Bridgwater Town or Odd Down, who are due to settle their tie tomorrow night.

Prices for the game are set as follows:

Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-10s: FREE.

All admission will be via the turnstiles on the night of the game.

Link: County Cup Quarter-Final Winners To Get Away Tie.


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2 March 2015 : B Teams Heading Through The JPT Back Door?
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Football League may be considering a u-turn on their willingness to allow B Teams to participate in its competitions. The concept of B Teams was part of the FA's England Commission Report that was published last year, and championed by FA Chairman Greg Dyke, and put forward the proposal for club's with EPPP Category 1 academies to be allowed to field formalised reserve team structures within the English football pyramid system.

That proposal was savaged by supporter groups and by much of the national media, and by the time it reached the June 2014 Football League AGM it was booted out, in what appeared to be a fairly emphatic rejection. However, the vote that was tabled only related to changes to the league pyramid system, with the Football League having in parallel introduced their own proposals which involved inviting Premier League sides into their Football League Trophy competition. That proposal was never formally dismissed.

Last month, Football League Chairmen met at the FA's St George's Park venue near Burton, where they rejected plastic pitches and agreed a new central fund package. However, according to the Dons Trust - the fans run group that ultimately owns AFC Wimbledon, they indicate that the subject of B Teams was back on the Football League agenda, with their meeting notes disappointingly stating that their club had been the only League Two side to openly go against the proposals. A report from the Trust states:

"There was discussion about that dayís Football League (FL) meeting which was understood to have authorised the FL executive to finalise proposals to allow Premier League ĎBí teams to enter the Johnstoneís Paint Trophy, with AFC Wimbledon being the only League Two club to vote against. It was agreed that Kris Stewart would talk with other trusts to help us decide whether this is something for the Dons Trust to follow up."

During last year's proposals, which appeared to be backed by Football League Chairman Greg Clarke and his Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, most of the concern appeared to be whether the FA or the Premier League were willing to underwrite the losses that might be incurred if a Premier League's B Team did not attract a significant attendance, or where the strength of such sides effectively froze out Football League sides from being able to get a lucrative day out at Wembley Stadium, with the inevitable risk of the likes of Arsenal B vs Chelsea B contesting the final. Great for Sky Sports, but pretty lousy if the likes of Bristol City or Walsall - this year's finalists - were denied their chance to take a cash windfall and promote their club at a Wembley final.

As yet, there's not been any word from the Football League on this subject, but with Wimbledon having informed their fans that such proposals are on the cards, the League will need to make their position clear soon. Our understanding is that last month's meeting was not a binding vote, but gave the Executive Committee enough remit to go ahead and produce firmed up proposals.

Link: Football League Propose B Team Introduction For JPT.


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2 March 2015 : Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Fleetwood Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Monday 6th April (Easter Monday) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Highbury Stadium. Prices are set as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Under-18s: £17.00; Under-16s: £14.00; Under-5s: Free.

All prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the game. Wheelchair disabled and ambulant disabled supporters pay the above prices according to your age. However, you can admit an assistant free of charge.

All tickets are for seating in the Parkside Stand. This is a 2,000 capacity all seated stand which was opened in March 2011, and represents the new main stand at their ground, with a side on view to the pitch - their normal provision is to allow for up to 300 away supporters to sit in this area. At this point in time Fleetwood do not plan to make the terrace area open to visiting supporters for this match.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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2 March 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Walsall have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level he only did one Championship fixture last season meaning that we missed his debut season. Earlier this season we saw him for the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

So far, he's come across as being rather card happy - his 77 yellow cards in 23 matches are not too top-heavy but the nine red cards that accompany that represent a dismissal every 2.5 games. Last season he also sent off nine players across 25 games, so seems ot have a low threshold in terms of what warrants a dismissal.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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2 March 2015 : Gareth Stewart Talks About His Return To Goalkeeping
Following Saturday afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, Yeovil Town's goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gareth talks about his unexpected return to the playing field, Artur Krysiak's injury and his penalty save against his old team-mate Paddy Madden. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gareth Stewart Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Scunthorpe.


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1 March 2015 : Skivo Talks About Scunthorpe Team Selection And Tactics
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Scunthorpe United kicked off at Glanford Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo talks about the selection of Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore, as well as some of his thinking behind his decision to change formations for this fixture. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 March 2015 : Krysiak Discharged From Hospital After Head Wound
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was discharged from hospital on Saturday evening. The club have confirmed that he needed ten stitches in a head wound sustained in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United, keeping him in hospital for four hours whilst he also had a computerised tomography (CT) scan on the injury, which is used to highlight to medical staff any evidence of haemorrhaging or bone trauma.

Whilst there is no word on the outcome of that CT scan, he has made it back to Somerset, and was due to have further treatment by the Yeovil Town physio team this morning to assess his condition and suitability for Tuesday night's home match against Walsall. His early release from hospital though suggests that any problems are not too long term.


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1 March 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Scunthorpe Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's thoughts on the match, plus the injury to Artur Krysiak, his trip to hospital, and the subsequent usage of Gareth Stewart can be read via the link below.

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


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