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30 April 2006 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Terry Skiverton talked to the press after securing League One status next term with a 2-1 win over promotion-hopefuls Huddersfield Town. The influential captain spoke of how proud he is of this fantastic achievement and praised all those associated with Yeovil Town Football Club for their efforts this season including former boss Gary Johnson.

Skiverton said: "I feel that we have held our own this season and we can be proud of ourselves. The priority has been met a game early and we are really happy with that. I am really pleased for the management team who have taken a little bit of stick the last few weeks with tactics. They have come up trumps and they have done the job that they are supposed to do."

Read the full interview with Terry Skiverton (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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30 April 2006 : Thommo's Thoughts On The Contractual Situation
Aside from the usual questions relating to the post-match analysis of the Glovers 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town yesterday, Steve was also asked many questions concerning the future of his current playing squad. As part of the press conference Steve also answered the following questions concerning players contracts and his hopes that contract negotiations can now start in earnest:

Qu: Now you know where you are going to be, can you press on with those negotiations?

ST: I hope so. I believe in these lads and I believe in them as a group of people. You can work on ability and stuff like that but you need character, and I believe that a lot of the players out there today have got great characters. You can build on that.

Qu: How confident are you that you can keep the group together?

ST: Well I am not going to be over-confident because we have got so many out of contract. Players have their own thoughts and situations, don't they? I don't know every thought inside every player's head. But I want to keep the ones that I want to keep and I want to get on with that as soon as possible.

Qu: There will be a lot of people taking their hats off to you in what has been a bit of an upheaval of a season down at Huish Park for one reason or another. How hard has it been to achieve what you have?

ST: It has been tough. It has been a very tough season but as I've said earlier, we have now finished the highest that we have ever finished. No Yeovil team has finished higher than this. We're coming to places like Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City and what a taste you get for playing and managing in League One football! We want to be in amongst as many big clubs as we can manage and at the moment that is League One. Today we have done the job that we needed to do.

Qu: What is that dressing room like at the moment?

ST: Yes the dressing room is very happy. A lot of us have been together for quite a while now. Even some of the new boys like Craig Rocastle are in there looking happy. I don't think I saw anyone look more ecstatic than Anthony Barry! He has come into the club as a League One footballer, he has done brilliantly for five games. But his season was ended by injury and suddenly he is thinking that he might be a League Two footballer. But I am chuffed for all of them. I am chuffed for Kevin Hodges who has come in and worked extremely hard. I am chuffed for all the fans who have had so much success through the years. They should look at this and think of it as success because it has been a hard battle this season. This success of staying in this league was every little bit as important as getting into it. Getting into the League before that when we won the Conference was every bit as important as this. We should never under-estimate how important this is.

Qu: Is Craig Rocastle a player you would like to keep?

ST: Yes, I'll be speaking to him, although we've always been talking - it is not like Craig Rocastle came into the club four weeks ago and we haven't been speaking. I have spoken also to Paul Sturrock and Kevin Summerfield. They are as interested in his progress as we are interested in his performance. So I have spoken to both of them in the last four or five weeks. But I will obviously need to speak to our board. There is a lot of talking to do now, with players, with contracts, with boards and with all those sorts of things. It would be nice to think that we could all go off and enjoy our summers now, but it isn't like that is it?

Qu: Is it a realistic possibility though (for Craig Rocastle) - is he interested?

ST: Well to be honest, with the things that we have had to do in order to get ourselves safe, Craig is someone who wants to play at as high a level as possible, I would imagine. Whilst the threat of dropping into League Two was still there, then I didn't feel that it was right to ask Craig that question. But I will be talking to Craig just as I will be talking to every player, whether they are in on loan or whether they have been here for the last six years, whether they are under contract next year or whether they are out of contract. There is a whole load of work to be done over the next two weeks by me and the club and the players are obviously very much involved in that.

Qu: Staying in League One will only help in terms of being able to keep those players and also in trying to attract a better quality of player for next season.

ST: I would hope so yes - I would think that was true. The Bosman ruling does mean that those players do have that freedom of choice to pursue their career elsewhere if that is what they want to do. But like you've said, staying in League One might be the differentiating factor between it. We will have to wait and see. There is a lot of work to be done in the next couple of weeks, that is for sure, and probably well beyond that.


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30 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Mission: Accomplished!
Mission: Accomplished!
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Glovers boss Steve Thompson said that he was chuffed for everyone associated with Yeovil Town for being part of the club's highest ever league finish in the Football League after his side guaranteed another season of League One football with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: You can smile, because you are safe! How does that feel?

ST: It feels fantastic. As I've just said to the players this is our highest position in our history. It has been a hard season and hard-fought, but I thought that the players and the crowd were magnificent today.

Qu: At what point did you feel that it was starting to go your way?

ST: Well I felt that we were right in it at half time. The game had been pretty even in the first half. I was a bit disappointed that we were 1-0 down on an even first half. But of course when we got the penalty, I felt a lot more confident, and then what a magnificent free kick for that second goal. In the end we had a few more chances to put the ball in the end. But Huddersfield is a hard place to come to - it always is - and to win 2-1 and produce such a good performance at such a critical time is magnificent and and shows their character. A lot of these players have shown a lot of character for quite a few years now and they showed it again in abundance today.

Qu: There was a long delay between the award and the taking of that penalty. How were your nerves at that point?

ST: Yes, you are always thinking "God I hope this goes in!" But Jevo is pretty ice-cool in those sort of situations and he proved that again today.
Phil Jevons celebrates his magnificent second goal
Phil Jevons celebrates his magnificent second goal
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Qu: He has proved his value with those two goals hasn't he? Those are two of the most important goals in the club's history!

ST: They are and he has already scored some of the most important goals in the club's history. When you think of the goal he scored at Southend last year and these two today, along with all the other goals as well, I am very much hoping that Phil Jevons is with us for next season. He knows that, I know that and I know that all the crowd today want that. So hopefully we can do something on that.

Qu: And a couple of great saves from Steve Collis early in the second half.

ST: Yes, a great save from a header from a corner - it was a wonderful save. Steve has been here for six years and I am as chuffed for him as I am for all of them. It was a great save and Steve turned in a good performance. I don't think he could do anything for the goal. David Graham made a nice little run, got in and hit it low right into the bottom corner. Yes, Steve did well as did them all.

Qu: Were you surprised when you did get 2-1 up how easily you controlled the game thereafter. It might not have felt easy, but it was in terms of how well you kept possession.

ST: I thought that Huddersfield might have bombed a few more men forward but in all honesty, we picked up a lot of the second balls in midfield during that final 10 minutes and that stopped them hitting too many balls into the box, which obviously would have been a danger.

Qu: Can I just ask about the penalty and the free kick. Do you think they were controversial or were they clear-cut?

ST: The penalty looked a penalty to me. With the free kick, I don't want to be an Arsene Wenger but I didn't really see it. Was it for pushing or climbing? I don't know but we'll see it on the video.
The 504 travelling supporters celebrate the final whistle being blown
The 504 travelling supporters celebrate the final whistle being blown
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30 April 2006 : 2006-2007 Fixture List
One chapter closes (well nearly) and we start looking forward to the next. As we stated back in January the 2006-07 Football League campaign will kick-off on Saturday 5th August. The Premier League kicks off two weeks later - as if we care. We can also now reveal that the date for the release of the Fixtures Lists for the Premier League and the Football League has been set for Thursday 22nd June.


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30 April 2006 : Now Time For Clarity And Decisions
It has been a tough season. Well only the blindly optimistic didn't think the first year Yeovil Town has been at this level in our history wasn't going to be tough, but it has been even tougher than most were probably thinking back in August. You don't lose a manager, from whom so much success had stemmed, key players, and your owner, all in the same season without it creating difficulties. Combine that with a campaign punctuated by a seemingly never ending series of injuries to important players, the club's biggest ever signing unfortunately proving a flop, and a badly handled transfer of power, and then transfer back again, at the top and it's small wonder that at times it has been something of a struggle.

However we go into the final game of the season knowing the work on the pitch has been achieved. Whatever happens against Colchester United, who will be arriving at Huish Park next Saturday hoping for a promotion and possibly even a title winning party, the Glovers are in League One next season. With the players, managerial and coaching staff having done their jobs it is now time for the club's new owner, its chairman/CEO and the recently expanded board to do their jobs. It's time for clarity and decisions, and Ciderspace sees no reason for that process not to begin on Tuesday - fair enough to have the Bank Holiday off to celebrate.

The first decision to be taken in our opinion is over the position of manager. No more soundings, official or unofficial, on what a few fans think. It's for the chairman and board to get on and take that decision forthwith. With privilege comes responsibilty. If they have faith in Steve Thompson he should be given a contract of reasonable length - a couple of years. If they don't have faith in him then get on with it and remove him from that position soon as. Until that decision is taken the twelve players out of contract are in limbo as far as their futures with Yeovil Town are concerned, and that situation must not be allowed to drift, with those that Thompson, or a replacement, might wish to retain simply drifting off because no one ever got round to seeing if they would sign new contracts.

Thompson himself is clearly mindful of this danger, saying after the Huddersfield match :

We've got lots of players out of contract and players will always have their own thoughts in these situations. I don't know what every player is thinking but I want to keep the ones I want and sort things out as soon as possible.

These thoughts were also echoed by the club captain, Terry Skiverton, who does have a further one year contract, and other senior pros after League One status was secured on Saturday.

The club needs rapidly to decide on its forthcoming aims and goals. What will be its budget, and how will that budget be split between on-the-pitch matters and off-the-pitch infrastructure? Here at Ciderspace we like to think we are realistic - the Champions League can wait for a few years - and are happy to see the club grow slowly, but the first priority is to retain our present league status once again, so whoever is manager he must receive a large enough playing budget to make that a practical proposition. It's more cost effective and less disruptive to retain players than bring in new ones. And we'd like to see around a half to two-thirds of the players who will be out of contract still with the club next term. Off-the-pitch projects and plans are important, but secondary in our view, to be moved forward as and when surplus monies to that needed for the team are available.

On a wider issue, over the summer we would like to see the current rather ambiguous position of the current owner clarified. Is David Webb simply going to remain the 'absentee landlord' he appears to be at the moment, or is he going to be involved again in practical ways. Does he still have plans for the club, and if so what are they now?

Rather than vague wish lists and worthy, but very generalised, ambitions it is time for those at the top to lay out their short and medium term practical plans for how they intend to prepare Yeovil Town FC for next season, and over the next couple of years in its story.


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30 April 2006 : Saints Scoop Win-A-Player
Southampton of the Championship took the Coca-Cola £250,000 top prize to spend on a player when Saints fan Chantelle Legg's name was drawn from the 2,178,025 entries, nearly twice as many as last year.

In the second running of the event there were two lesser prizes to go to clubs in the two divisions that missed out on the big one. In League One Brentford won £50,000 through supporter Steven Hearn, and Oxford United in League Two also receive £50,000, though this money may well disappear from the Football League into Non-league as Saturday's results left the U's favourites for go down with Rushden & Diamonds, who lost their five year League status with defeat by Boston United. Andy Perrin is the supporter the U's can thank.


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30 April 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield vs Yeovil
The full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town can be found here.


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30 April 2006 : WE ARE STAYING UP, SAY WE ARE STAYING UP
The face that says it all - Steve Thompson celebrates the final whistle
The face that says it all - Steve Thompson celebrates the final whistle
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Oh yes, oh yes, oh YES! It may not be quite as good a feeling as winning silverware........ but it's damned close.

Yeovil Town will be in League One next season after an emotional afternoon that saw the Glovers come back from an early goal at the Galpharm Stadium to take all three points and climb to sixteenth and safety in the table.

Hosts Huddersfield Town also needed a victory, to keep themselves in the hunt for automatic promotion, and a good crowd of 14,473 was there to see one team or the other disappointed. It was the Terriers who got the better start, taking the lead on eight minutes when on loan David GRAHAM got far too much freedom and drove the ball across Steve Collis into the far corner of the goal. The home crowd was galvanised, with 'e-i-e-i-addyo-it's up the Football League we go' getting plenty of airing.

However, although Huddersfield took the first half, they increasingly seemed to be caught in two minds: push on, or hold what we have? Towards the end of the first period the visitors began to get more into the game and, although there were no real threats on the Huddersfield goal, their assistant manager Terry Yorath clearly felt they were letting things slip as he spent the last few minutes going beserk on the touchline.

Hugely outnumbered, the 504 Glovers kept supporting their team through the second half, and gradually the home side's nerves on the pitch spread into the other three stands, and the Huddersfield fans got quieter and fidgety. No one would pretend Yeovil were dominating, but the tide was already beginning to turn when Arron Davies was pulled over in the box. Phil JEVONS is one of the best takers of a penalty around: 1-1 on 66 minutes. The 13,969 went even quieter, the 504 were cheering like lunatics.
Pressure penalty - Phil Jevons equalises at 1-1
Pressure penalty - Phil Jevons equalises at 1-1
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Six minutes later Yeovil were awarded a free kick a few yards outside the box. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Up stepped Phil JEVONS again, chipping the ball at pace over the wall towards the top corner, off the underside of the bar, straight down and hitting goalkeeper Paul Rachubka before bouncing into the net - GOAAAAAL!! Behind the goal 504 were on their feet going completely mental.

One might have expected Huddersfield to come back and throw the kitchen sink at the visitors, but the wind seemed to have gone from their sails, and although at the time the last eighteen minutes, plus four added on, seemed close to an eternity, when it was finally all over there hadn't been many alarms. As it happened other results did mean the Terriers got the consolation of a definite play-off spot.

Final score: 1-2 - WE ARE STAYING UP, SAY WE ARE STAYING UP!

That lovely, lovely table is HERE.
Oh yes! Yeovil players celebrate at the end of the game
Oh yes! Yeovil players celebrate at the end of the game
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With Yeovil winning the other results became irrelevant for the Glovers, but for the record :

Swindon Town could only get a draw at Bristol City and so join Walsall, who won away at Gillingham when it was all too late, in League Two next season. City's remote chance of a play-off spot evaporated with the two points dropped.

The remaining two relegation places are now between four clubs, though Blackpool, who lost 1-0 in the 90th minute at Scunthorpe United, would need a horrendous set of results to go against them to take the drop. Equally late goals - all three of them from the 89th minute onwards - saw Tranmere Rovers safe as they ended Milton Keynes Dons' recent run of wins with a 1-2 victory at the National Hockey Stadium. Hartlepool United got an impressive point at high-flying Brentford when they equalised in the 89th minute, which was enough to severely damage the Bees chances of automatic promotion, but may not be enough to save the Monkey Hangers. And financially stricken Rotherham United lost 2-0 at Colchester United, leaving them still deep in trouble and the U's going into their final fixture at Huish Park in the situation where they could finish Champions, in second and automatic promotion, or even slip back into the play-offs.

Our congratulations to Southend United, whose 2-2 draw at Swansea City means they are promoted. The Swans cling on to the last play-off place on goal difference from Nottingham Forest, who also drew: 1-1 versus AFC Bournemouth. Barnsley also only managed a draw, 0-0 at home to Bradford City, but that was enough to keep them fifth. A 1-0 win for Doncaster Rovers over Oldham Athletic finally finished off the Latics' distant chance of the play-offs, but keeps Donny's faint hopes alive.

Only Port Vale and Chesterfield played a meaningless game that didn't matter to anyone, Vale taking the honours 3-1.


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29 April 2006 : Youth Team Lose At Newport
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side found it 13th time unlucky as their winning streak of 12 games finally fell on their last game of the season. Stuart Housley took a weakened team to play Newport County with the league already won and most of the Under 18s having played in Thursday night's Reserve Team win against Plymouth Argyle.

The Glovers went 1-0 up through Gary Bowles from a corner, but gradually went off the boil and conceded three goals to the home side, ultimately completing the season with a 3-1 defeat. The result though was mainly immaterial with Stuart's team having wrapped league title matters up last weekend.


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29 April 2006 : MOTM Voting For Huddersfield
A reminder that you can vote for today's Man of the Match following today's 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town using the usual voting form which can be found here.


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28 April 2006 : Late Alteration of Youth Venue
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side travel to play Newport County tomorrow morning with an 11.00am kick-off. It will be the Youth Team's final match of the season, having already won the title last weekend. The game will now NOT be played at Llanrumney Sports Fields in East Cardiff.

The fixture will now be played at Cold Bath Road, home of Caerleon AFC - who also play in green and white.

Directions :

Exit the M4 at Junction 25 and take the third exit off the roundabout (B4596) signposted for Caerleon. Follow this road for about a mile and a half, until you come to Caerleon Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the road (you can't really go wrong as it becomes a one way system) through the village passing the Hanbury Arms, The Bull and the village church. When you reach the green turn left into Lodge Road, then next left into Cold Bath Road. The ground is on your right.

If anyone is going to the game and is able to supply a match report, brief news item, or merely just pass a mobile number where we can give you a call, please drop a line to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com


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28 April 2006 : Huddersfield vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their final away journey of the season tomorrow when they travel to the Galpharm Stadium to play promotion chasing Huddersfield Town in what is a vital game for both clubs. The Yorkshire side currently lies three points adrift of automatic promotion and so they need to win in order to reduce their chances of having to go through the playoffs. The Glovers need a result to reduce their chances of needing to rely on the results of teams below them in the table.

The Glovers go into the game with Kevin Amankwaah still doubtful even though he was expected to have returned to training yesterday. The team bus left for Yorkshire this morning with a training session planned at Stoke-on-Trent en route.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Glovers boss Steve Thompson indicated that he was unlikely to go up there and defend explaining: "It is not in the English mentality to play for draws so we will be going there trying to win it. Huddersfield are going for automatic promotion and they need the three points if they are going to achieve that so there will be all to play for."

Of team news Thommo added: "Kevin Amankwaah is very doubtful for the game and Chris Weale, Daniel Webb and Gavin McCallum are also injured. It is going to be another big crowd and we have to go there and be positive."

Huddersfield go into the game with striker Andy Booth just one goal short of equalling a club record standing at 126 goals held by Billy Smith. The striker will obviously want to equal or surpass that record before the season is out.

Speaking to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, boss Peter Jackson admitted: "It will be a special moment if Boothy can get level with such a legend in front of his own fans. It will be even better if Boothy can get a couple in a win, and I wouldn't bet against him on such a big occasion, because the fans will be right behind him and he's in great form."

Full-back Andy Holdsworth is unavailable as he continues to recuperate from a recent groin injury. Winger Danny Schofield has been out injured recently with an achilles problem but as he is now back in full training he is expected to play some part in the game. Jon Worthington is midway through a three match suspension, whilst Tony Carss (knee) is not expected to be involved.

Striker Pawel Abbott has recently returned from injury and scored in the Yorkshire side's 3-1 win over Walsall last weekend. But the Glovers will also have to watch former Torquay United striker David Graham, who is currently on loan at the Galpharm from Sheffield Wednesday.

Jackson knows that a win would guarantee his side a playoff position and he added: "It's a massive incentive and we want to give our big home crowd plenty to cheer. Yeovil still need points to be certain of staying up and they'll be a tough nut to crack, but we know what's at stake and we are eager not only to make up for the disappointment against Chesterfield but to follow up on last week's great win down at Walsall."

Huddersfield will also be looking to record a 'double' following their 2-1 win at Huish Park in November. A slow start by the Glovers condemned them to a 2-0 half time scoreline, but a Lee Johnson goal early in the second half set up a storming second period, and Peter Jackson afterwards was honest enough to admit that his side had got away with it somewhat.

Those travelling up to tomorrow's game could do worse than take a copy of the Ciderspace guide to Huddersfield, a copy of which can be found here. A crowd of over 15,000 is expected for tomorrow's game, so remember to allow a little extra time for parking up and getting into the stadium.


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27 April 2006 : Clarke Goal Seals Glovers Win
An 85th minute goal by Tom Clarke was enough to seal tonight's double-header match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves - a result that will be added to both the Pontins Holiday Combination League table as well as the corresponding Cup Group table.

In a match played at Ladysmead, Tiverton, Clarke had come on as a second half substitute and it was another fellow substitute who set him up for the winner. Ben Wood - a second member of Stuart Housley's title winning Youth side, burst up the left wing from his full-back position and fed Clarke. Selling an Argyle a dummy, Clarke let the ball roll on, giving him enough space to fire past the Argyle keeper.

That goal livened up what was a fairly quiet match which had been dominated by the central players on a hard bumpy pitch in Devon. Argyle's best effort came after Clarke's goal when they squeezed through on a one-on-one with West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Behcet but the keeper blocked the last ditch attempt. The other trialist Billy Dennehy from Sunderland struggled to get going but that was true of many of the 'flair' players on the night with few chances created.

Although Kevin Hodges took charge of the side on the night, his boss Steve Thompson was also present to watch the game as were first-teamers Chris Cohen and Craig Rocastle.

Yeovil Town Line-Up: (4-4-2)
Darren Behcet,
Craig Alcock, Bradley Thomas, Gary Bowles, Jake Smeeton.
Richard Cullingford, Marc Wilson, Sam Alsop, Billy Dennehy.
Phil Ormrod, Dale Williams.

Subs: Tom Clarke for Richard Cullingford (55 mins), Matt Concliffe for Phil Ormrod (75 mins), Ben Wood for Jake Smeeton (75 mins).


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27 April 2006 : Negotiations Still Pending At Huish Park
Despite the usual 'in-the-know' speculation from some supporters about who has and who hasn't supposedly been offered contracts for next season, manager Steve Thompson poured cold water on such rumours in this week's Western Gazette :

Eight of the current squad are under contract for next season and twelve are not. I have spoken to the board, and which division we are in next season will affect the decisions which are made. I want to keep quite a few of those twelve and I have expressed that to the players and the board.

Unless things are going on that the manager doesn't know about that seems pretty clear : things are no further on than the general discussion stage at most, and some way off the signing - or not - pieces of paper stage.

Phil Jevons, increasingly annoyed we've heard with the idle gossip concerning himself, house sales and done deals, added :

That [claims doing the rounds that he's already agreed a move to Bristol City] is a load of rubbish. We need to get safe before we know what the budget for next season is. That is the reason why contract talks have not opened yet, not just with me but with all the players.



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27 April 2006 : Argyle Squad For Tonight's Game
Plymouth Argyle's Official Site have released the following squad to travel to Ladysmead, Tiverton for tonight's game:

James Debbage, Shane White, Liam White, Paul Kendall, Jamie Laird, Daniel Smith, Dan Gosling, Bobby Hopkinson, Ismael Welsh, Marc Walton, Anthony Mason, Toby Davis, Josh Grant, Daniel Cayford, Ben Adelsbury.

The match referee will be Andrew Rodda. The above line-up combined with the Glovers team will mean that both sides are fielding very little in the way of experience for tonight's match.


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27 April 2006 : Mission: Survival - The Lowdown
Bring your banners, your flags ... and your calculators!
Bring your banners, your flags ... and your calculators!
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Yeovil Town go into Saturday's match at Huddersfield Town knowing that a win would guarantee them League One football, irrespective of other teams results. However they also know that even a draw or a defeat could see them avoid final day nerves if results against other teams go their way. Here is how all the permutations stand:

Walsall are relegated and so can not catch the Glovers. They can therefore be removed from the equation. Swindon Town can still stay up, but with the Wiltshire club now six points behind the Glovers, only a 10 goal turnaround against their -19 goal difference could see them leapfrog the Glovers. Unless a couple of thrashings transpire on Saturday, it is probably safe to assume that Swindon will be more concerned about MK Dons, Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers than ourselves. If Swindon fail to beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate then they will be relegated regardless of other results.

Thus the teams that Glovers fans need to primarily look out for are Hartlepool United (48pts, -15 Goal Difference), MK Dons (49, -20), Rotherham United (51, -8), Tranmere Rovers (51, -1). Blackpool may come into consideration as they lie level with the Glovers on 52 points with a goal difference that is two better than the Glovers who stand at -9. This is what the Glovers need to happen to avoid their involvement in the relegation fight going into the final day of the season:

If Yeovil Town lose at Huddersfield Town, then defeat for Hartlepool United and MK Dons would see them safe, provided MK Dons and Swindon Town do not rattle up cricket scores in their final game of the season. If Hartlepool draw and MK Dons lose, then the Glovers could only be relegated by Hartlepool overturning the six goal difference that separates them. Difficult, though not impossible as two 3-0 scorelines on the final day based against the current standings would achieve this.

If Yeovil Town draw at the Galpharm Stadium, then any dropped points from Hartlepool would see an interesting conundrum develop between their other three rivals. At this point the only scorelines that would send Yeovil Town down would be Yeovil losing or drawing against Colchester, MK Dons winning both of their final matches (coincidentally against Tranmere and Rotherham), Rotherham winning at Colchester on Saturday and Tranmere beating Doncaster at home on the final day of the season. Any deviation from those scores would see the Glovers safe.

If Yeovil win at the Galpharm, then Hartlepool can not catch the Glovers. MK Dons would only be able to catch Yeovil by thrashing Rotherham and Tranmere, but if they do so, then they will in turn deny Rotherham or Tranmere the ability to overtake the Glovers. Thus there is no combination of results here that could send Yeovil down if three points are gained in Yorkshire.


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27 April 2006 : Amankwaah Still Doubtful For Saturday
Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah is still continued as doubtful for selection against Huddersfield Town on Saturday - even if he was expected to return to full training today. Glovers boss Steve Thompson has questioned how physically fit the player is likely to be having spent three weeks on the sidelines with a mixture of achilles, ankle and thigh muscle problems that started through bad fouls by Walsall and Brentford defenders back in March.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Thommo was asked what Kevin's chances were of travelling up to Yorkshire: "Well he hasn't trained now for three weeks. I am hoping he is going to come into training tomorrow (Thursday) but I figure that not having trained for three weeks with me he may be a doubt. He has obviously done some individual work with the physio (Glenn Schmidt) but has not trained with the team for three or three and a half weeks. So it is very doubtful as to whether he is going to be available for Saturday. I hope he is available, but whether he starts will depend on what I see in training if indeed he does join in with the training."


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27 April 2006 : Dennehy Hoping For The Luck Of The Irish
Yeovil Town will give Sunderland left-winger Billy Dennehy a trial in tonight's Reserve Team match at Ladysmead, Tiverton against Plymouth Argyle Reserves, kick-off 7.00pm.

Billy is an Irish Under 17 and Under 18 international, who signed for Sunderland in January 2005 has also previously had trials with Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Southampton but chose to play under Mick McCarthy ahead of the other teams. He is also capable of playing as a left-sided central midfielder.

He previously played for Shelbourne and Kingdom Boys and hails from Tralee, County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland and was born on February 17th 1987. He originally started off playing Gaelic football for Kerry before switching sports.

West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Behcet is expected to make his second appearance for the Glovers with the Glovers coaching staff now rather mindful of Chris Weale's extended layoff for the remainder of 2006.

The squad released by the Official Site for a match that will be overseen by Assistant Manager Kevin Hodges is as follows:

Darren Behcet (West Ham), Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton, Marc Wilson, Bradley Thomas, Gary Bowles, Richard Cullingford, Sam Alsop, Dale Williams, Phil Ormrod, Billy Dennehy (Sunderland), Jamie Underwood, Ben Wood, Tom Clarke, Matt Concliffe, Scott Vine.


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26 April 2006 : Reserves vs Plymouth Argyle (slight return)
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on their Plymouth Argyle counterparts in a double-header match tomorrow (Thursday) evening, kick-off 7.00pm. The match is being played at Ladysmead, Tiverton, roughly halfway between the two clubs. The match is a rearrangement from the match that was postponed at the end of March due to a waterlogged pitch.

The match is a double-header game as the result on the night will be added to both the Pontins Holiday Combination league table as well as the Pontins Holiday Cup Group Stage table. If cup game rules require any additional play beyond the 90 minutes, then the result at the 90 minutes stage will be applied to the Pontins Holiday Combination league table, with the end result applied to the Cup Group table.

With First Team manager Steve Thompson likely to be taking around 17 or 18 players up to Huddersfield Town the next day, it's questionable as to how many of the first team squad will be risked and for how long. Although it may give those watching a big clue as to who is least likely to be playing at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday!


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25 April 2006 : Officials at the Galpharm
Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire) was appointed to the Football League's referee list in 2001. Since Yeovil Town won promotion into the League we have seen him in the middle twice: on Boxing Day, 2003 in the 1-2 loss at home to Kidderminster Harriers; and away to Wycombe Wanderers in a 0-1 win.

Steven Cummins (Cheshire) and Paul Tierney (Lancashire) are the assistant referees, with Ian Nolan (Greater Manchester) the fourth official.


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25 April 2006 : Cohen Recalls That Goal, And Has Thoughts About The Future
Chris Cohen has been talking to the Western Daily Press about his goal on Saturday in the victory over Gillingham. He'll score many a more spectacular one in his career, but the first is always special.

Saturday was my first ever league goal so obviously it was a great moment for myself. But it was also important for the team because it was 1-1 and having gone down to 10 men they were trying to shut the game down. They were taking their time with set plays and throw-ins so to get my goal before half time was a real boost. It was a brilliant feeling when I saw it go in. Their keeper would probably say he was a little bit at fault because he came out when he shouldn't have.

Their defender headed it up and I knew that if I could just lob it over the covering defender I'd have a good chance of scoring. When it went in it was one of the best feelings in my life so far. I've been getting a bit of stick off the lads because I'd played about 30 games and not scored, even though I like to bomb forward. So I think the lads knew how much it meant to me - and to the team of course - so that's why we all celebrated a bit extravagantly. Now I've got that one I'll be looking for a couple more before the season ends.


Yep, a couple more would do nicely, Chris.

Although a loanee, Cohen has thrown himself heart and soul into his time with Yeovil Town. He's quickly become a crowd favourite, so much so that there's a good chance he'll be picking up awards at the end of the season, a situation we suspect is unprecedented for a loan player at this club. He went on to consider Yeovil's prospects of retaining their League One status :

As I was walking out of the ground one of our fans said 'thanks for giving us our moneys' worth'. We obviously gave them a bit of a scare at the end but luckily we had played well enough in the first seventy minutes to build a big enough lead to last until the end. Obviously we are aware of the other results as soon as we come in, but we know that we're in the driving seat in terms of saving ourselves. We are not relying on other teams losing.

We know that if we can win at Huddersfield this weekend that should make us safe. We know that they're a good team and they showed that when they beat us at our place. But we showed enough in that game to probably get a draw and if we can go up there and play like we did at the start against Gillingham, we can get a result.


As to his time at Huish Park, and the future :

If anyone ever asks me in the future about Yeovil I will only have good things to say about the club. It is a long way from a lot of other clubs, but if they can get the players down here - even just for a couple of weeks to see what the place is like - then I'm sure that, like me, they will like the town and the area and will really like the club. The club just needs to keep trying to get the players they want down here and push forward.

Being at Yeovil really does feel like the turning point in my career. I was stuck in a bit of a rut in West Ham's reserves and I needed something to get me out of that. Steve Thompson gave me that chance and everyone at the club has been brilliant to me. I definitely would not rule out the possibility of returning to Yeovil. I have spoken to the manager and we have decided to wait and see. If Yeovil wanted me back next year then I could easily see myself being back down here again. But I have to wait and see what Alan Pardew says and take it from there.


All that 'we' and 'us' is music to the ears, though it would be a coup of huge proportions if Cohen was still with the Glovers next term under whatever status. We don't like to dwell on the fact there may be bigger and better things than Yeovil Town, but Chris is destined for them. No need to say "remember the name" to Yeovil supporters; he's lit up a difficult season and we'll all be following his future career with interest. In the meantime, if we could just nab him for another spell.........


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25 April 2006 : Gillingham Won't Appeal
Gillingham have decided not to appeal against the red card awarded to defender Brent Sancho in the 4-3 thriller at Huish Park last Saturday. The Gills had taken the lead and it was Sancho's foul in the penalty area on Phil Jevons that saw the Glovers equalise, and also gain the advantage of an extra man for the remainder of the match.

Later manager Ronnie Jepson stated he felt the decision "wasn't exactly fair", but subsequently has said he's decided that with the Gills safe in mid-table no appeal will be made.

Alternatively, he's now looked at the video......... spot on decision from referee Brian Curson.


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25 April 2006 : U's Have Sold Out
Colchester United have sold out their allocation of 1,600 tickets for the final game of the season at Huish Park on Saturday 6th May. In what could well be a fateful day for the U's, deciding whether they get automatic promotion or have to face the lottery of the play-offs, there were queues at Layer Road ahead of the remaining tickets going on general sale yesterday morning.

Their Official Website reports that there is a chance that Colchester will get a small further allocation on Wednesday, presumably on Yeovil's judgement on the demand so far from home fans and whether they are prepared to hand over the area in the Yeovil College Stand sometimes allocated to away supporters.

We repeat our advice of April 20th below : although this match is not all-ticket for home supporters if you wish to attend this game we strongly recommend buying in advance. The last twice the Glovers have played at home on the final day of the season the home areas have sold out and, with the possibility of Yeovil Town still not having secured our League One status for next season come 3.00 p.m. on the 6th, we'd expect demand to be high this time too.


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25 April 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield
Those taking a trip to the Galpharm Stadium this Saturday for Yeovil Town's final away trip of the season against Huddersfield Town will hopefully find our guide to the town, the stadium and the local pubs useful. You can find the full guide here.

N.B. : Sure readers always take notice of the 'Top Tip', but on this occasion may we bring it further to your attention just in case you missed it?

Given the club secretary of Huddersfield Town has directly contacted Yeovil Town with a warning about standing in the seated areas of the stadium (that's all of it) it can be taken that the stewards at the Galpharm will take action. This site would never of course encourage or promote any breaking of rules, but should the entire Yeovil contingent spontaneously join in renditions of 'Stand Up If You Love Yeovil' we would expect the stewards to have some difficulty in ejecting the whole away crowd. However a one man or one woman version would probably not be advisable.


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25 April 2006 : No FA Cup Heroes For Yeovil
On April 3rd, the F.A. published their shortlist for their F.A. Cup Team Of Heroes, compiled from nominations made by the country's top 125 ranked FA Cup clubs after the F.A. contacted each one individually. When there were no Yeovil Town players or managers on that shortlist, though six other clubs featured for their Non-league exploits, Ciderspace asked Did We Nominate Anyone? - the answer sadly is "No".

A spokesman for the F.A. has responded to our request for an explanation as to why the country's most famous giantkillers failed to secure a nomination and they have said: "We contacted the 125 clubs, of which Yeovil were one, but they failed to reply with their nominations. Therefore, our panel could not consider any Yeovil players."

The supporters poll conducted by the F.A. to whittle down the list into a final eleven closed at midnight yesterday, and they will be revealing the final selection shortly.


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24 April 2006 : Ladies Runners-Up Again
A double disappointment for Yeovil Town Ladies. Pipped at the post by a single point for the title in the South West Premier Division they also had to settle for the runners-up spot in the Premier Division League Cup. Team Bath won the Final 1-0 on Sunday, the only goal of the match scored by Natassa Costi on 60 minutes.


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24 April 2006 : Championes, championes
As Plymouth Argyle could only draw 0-0 at Swindon Town on Saturday the Glovers didn't even need to win against Oxford United. Nice to clinch it through ones own efforts though.



Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference


P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Yeovil Town (CHAMPIONS)

21

16

1

4

61

27

+34

49

2

Bristol Rovers

22

13

4

5

53

31

+22

43

3

Plymouth Argyle

21

13

3

5

52

25

+27

42

4

Swindon Town

22

12

5

5

43

26

+17

41

5

Exeter City

22

12

0

10

51

45

+6

36

6

Cheltenham Town

22

10

4

8

44

33

+11

34

7

AFC Bournemouth

22

11

0

11

55

43

+12

33

8

Newport County

21

8

4

9

36

29

+7

28

9

Oxford United

22

7

5

10

35

34

+1

26

10

Cirencester

22

6

4

12

27

76

-49

22

11

Swansea City

21

3

7

11

46

52

-6

16

12

Hereford United (unlucky there lads)

22

0

1

21

15

97

-82

1




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24 April 2006 : Cohen Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen has made it into the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One clubs for the second time this season. Yet rather like last time, they seem to think he is a central defender! Yesterday's League Paper also selected Chris in their team of the week in the same position so maybe this is a secret no-one has told us about!

At the ... errr ... unfamiliar (!) end of the field, Chris scored Yeovil's second goal against Gillingham and set up the third for Paul Terry to score. Chris's position on the left wing this weekend is taken up by Gillingham's Michael Flynn, who scored the visitors second goal at Huish Park.

Lee Grant (Oldham)
Graeme Lee (Doncaster), Chris Cohen (Yeovil Town), Sam Sodje (Brentford), Greg Halford (Colchester)
Jamie O’Hara (Chesterfield), Lee Williamson (Rotherham), Kevin Maher (Southend), Michael Flynn (Gillingham)
Keigan Parker (Blackpool), Joel Porter (Hartlepool)


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24 April 2006 : Interview With Stuart Housley
Youth Team manager Stuart Housley spoke to Ciderspace following his side's 3-2 win over Oxford United in a win that guaranteed them the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference league title.

Stuart admitted that his side's late charge, which saw them win 12 games in a row took him totally by surprise: "I never even thought we would have a shout. I thought we might finish in the top four after we won six on the trot, but then all of a sudden it just appeared. We just kept winning and winning and then before we knew it we thought crikey we have got a chance of winning this league so let's go for it."

Read the full interview with Stuart Housley by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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24 April 2006 : League One PFA Awards
The PFA Team of the Year has been announced for each of the individual divisions and unlike last season when five Yeovil Town players were chosen, there have been no successful nominations for the Glovers this time round.

Unsurprisingly the list is dominated by those with clubs at the top of the league with Southend United (3), Colchester United (2) and Swansea City (2) taking up the lion's share. Players from Brentford, Tranmere Rovers, Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United make up the remainder of the eleven chosen.

Darryl Flahavan (Southend), Greg Halford (Colchester), Sam Sodje (Brentford), Adam Barrett (Southend), Gareth Roberts (Tranmere), Neil Danns (Colchester), Andy Robinson (Swansea), Kevin Maher (Southend) Michael McIndoe (Doncaster), Lee Trundle (Swansea), Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe).


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23 April 2006 : Thommo Praises Youth Team Title Win
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has praised Yeovil Town's Under 18s side for winning the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title yesterday. The Youth Team clinched the title with a game to spare with a 3-2 win over Oxford United (see yesterday's news) completing a great day for manager Stuart Housley.

Speaking of the news Steve said: "They've won the league and that's great. Stuart is not only enthusiastic, but he is dedicated as well and he helps a lot with the first team training. So it's great that the lads have won that league. That would be a nice double if we stay up and they win their league. We've got to fulfil our part now and get the point or two that would ensure our League One safety."

Steve also recognised the achievement was significant because it was achieved against opposition with significantly greater resources: "They have Centre of Excellences or academies. We don't have that obviously. We have part time training for the boys, once or twice a week. We occasionally get them in here and a lot of them play in Reserve Team football. It's a great achievement for Stuart to win the league against bigger clubs in terms of the academies and facilities they have."


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23 April 2006 : Interview With Phil Jevons
Phil Jevons spoke to the press after helping Yeovil Town’s bid to retain League One status by tucking away his penalty in the first half against an in-form Gillingham side who went in the game having won their previous six on the trot.

Jevons, who has been instrumental for the Glovers this season, has no doubts that the referee was correct in awarding the spot-kick: "He (Brent Sancho) gave me a little tug and that was enough - I went down and he (the referee) gave him a red card. Then it was a case of trusting what I usually do. The way I take penalties paid off once again."

Read the full interview with Phil Jevons (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.
Phil Jevons strokes home the penalty that equalised the scores at 1-1
Phil Jevons strokes home the penalty that equalised the scores at 1-1
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23 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Gillingham Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson believes his side have "not ensured safety yet" but considered that yesterday's 4-3 win had "gone a very long way towards it". Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve, congratulations. In the past Yeovil have saved their best results for the big games and today was another example of that although you were left hanging on at the end weren't you?

ST: Yes, we were. Obviously it was a fantastic result for us - to win 4-3. There is still work to be done as we are not ensured safety yet but as you can see from other results it was a very important result. We sweated it at the end. I was hoping that at 4-1 up, we would be more comfortable than that but we don't seem to do things the easy way, do we? But I am very pleased with the three points.

Qu: Gillingham will point to the penalty decision and the sending off of Brent Sancho as the turning points. Did you think it was a penalty and did you think the lad was unlucky to be sent off?

ST: I thought it was a penalty but I thought he was unlucky to be sent off. But we have had bad luck at times, if you call that bad luck when a player gets sent off undeservedly. I'm not going to say that they all even themselves out because that's another cliche I try to avoid but you have to manage your own luck a bit. At least we had the finishing power to score four goals from that one piece of luck.

Qu: Chris Cohen was instrumental in goals two and three, and he had a very good day at the office.

ST: Yes, he did. He gave us a great energy down the left side and that was important.
Chris Cohen reels away after scoring his first ever Yeovil goal
Chris Cohen reels away after scoring his first ever Yeovil goal
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Qu: At 4-1, Gillingham were almost having an inquest out on the pitch, worried that they might concede five, six or seven goals. What has prevented that from happening, and how come Gillingham had such a good 30 minutes at the end of the game?

ST: We made a few changes, but two of them we had to make. You would think that changing Poole for Davies and bringing Gall on at a time when legs were tiring in the Gillingham defence, with Kevin Gall's athleticism would be the right decision. But that is easy to say about that with hindsight. The other two decisions were forced upon me with Colin Miles and Craig Rocastle feeling that they couldn't continue. So we have only really made one change that wasn't enforced and that was a straight swap - Arron for David Poole, going to the right side and Gally going up front. Kevin Gall in many times during his Yeovil career has run defences ragged in the last 20 minutes of a game when they are tiring. So bring the critics on - decisions are easy in hindsight, but I will bet they were not saying it at the time.

Qu: No, not at all. And you did hang on - that is the most important thing and you got those important three points that you were really up for at the beginning of the game.

ST: Yes, it was obviously a vital three points and we knew that. I was hoping that it would pretty much ensure our safety. It hasn't done that because of other results but it certainly has gone a very long way towards it. We have got two very tough games and we need to go to Huddersfield and get a result.

Qu: Having checked out the other results, I see that Swindon lost today but the MK Dons won, and I think you are 18th today.

ST: Yes, we have moved up a couple of places which is nice but we are not ensured safety yet, so there is work to be done.

Qu: So when the players were celebrating at the end, it wasn't about survival but the three points. It will put you in good spirits for those final two games.

ST: Yes it does. We would have preferred not to have ended the game like that, but you have got to look at the big picture. We have won the game 4-3 and we have moved up two places in the table. That is the big picture. The even bigger picture is that we are not safe yet and we have to remember that.
Some great crosses set up Yeovil's goals, with Paul Terry taking advantage of Chris Cohen's run down the left flank
Some great crosses set up Yeovil's goals, with Paul Terry taking advantage of Chris Cohen's run down the left flank
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Qu: There was great quality out wide today and some fantastic crosses.

ST: Yes, well we went 4-4-2 and you hope that when you go 4-4-2 that your wide men can get crosses and quality into the box. To be fair, this season at times when we have played 4-4-2 we haven't managed to do that. I think that has been one of the problems in our attacking play. But today you are right - we put some very good crosses in and deserved the victory. We had a golden spell during the 25 minutes that opened the second half and we made Gillingham pay. I'm obviously delighted with the result and the decision to go 4-4-2 has worked out. But our last home win over here we went 3-5-2 and won 3-0 with obviously the Scunthorpe game inbetween. So it's nice to have won two of our last three home games. I think I said three or four games ago that we needed to get back to winning at home and we have taken six points from the last three home games so that is good and hopefully we can continue that against Colchester.

Qu: Might Amankwaah be fit for one or two of the last games?

ST: I hope he is going to be fit and available for Saturday but this time on the week before I was thinking the same thing for this week. So fingers crossed!

Qu: What about Chris Weale as well? I've heard he is going to be out until Christmas?

ST: Yes. Chris Weale has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and the prognosis is that he will be out for a minimum of eight months.

Qu: But he's got the Queen's surgeon hasn't he?

ST: So Glenn Schmidt tells me! I might have to check up on that. He has certainly got a very good surgeon who has done a lot of professional players and maybe even the Queen! I'm sure that Glenn did tell me that he did the Queen's knee but I hope he doesn't mean the Queen's corgie's knee!

Qu: Rocastle and Miles - what was the nature of their knocks or was it a fitness thing?

ST: Not knocks. They just felt that they couldn't continue on fitness. I might have to keep them on next time if they say that! You don't feel at 4-1 up that you need to take any chances on any player that says he is feeling that he can't continue. But we might have to think twice about that policy!

Qu: Rocastle especially really justified his inclusion today.

ST: Yes, he has come on in the last two games and got on the ball. In this pressure situation it is as much about having the courage to get on the ball as it is about having the courage to run, fight, jump and all those things you have got to do in football. That is a different type of courage and it is a courage that a lot of people find it hard to have, than the physical courage.

Qu: What is the mood in the dressing room? Has that win notably boosted everyone?

ST: Yes, although the first five or ten minutes in the dressing room were awful because it was as if we'd lost the game as everyone was going berserk at each other. But that is because they care and we care. The thought of throwing away that 4-1 was unbelievable. However, the spirit is good and it always has been. It has been difficult circumstances this year when you think of the situations we have faced in terms of change of manager, important players leaving, changes of ownership, contractual situations - there has been no end to problem situations. It is important that the team spirit and the basis for that team spirit stays there.

Qu: And the one constant that you alluded to in mid-week is the fans.

ST: Yes, the fans were fantastic. We have had to dig deep at times and find a couple of results. It was looking bleak when we went to Rotherham earlier on, in December, then when we went to Chesterfield in March, then when we went to Walsall, then again at home to Doncaster and then again today. Players have responded and the crowd have responded. I remember them up at Walsall - the 300 or 400 who travelled and they were absolutely magnificent. It has been a real fight this year to stay up. We are not there yet but todays result gives us a very very good chance of doing it.


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23 April 2006 : New Away Shirt
Yeovil Town's new away kit is set to hit the shelves towards the end of June or early July. As yet no details have been released as to what the new kit looks like, but in the meantime there are special deals on the current red and black away kit, which will be retained as the team's Third Choice kit if needed.

Prices : adult shirt sizes £20.00; child shirt sizes £15.00; adult shorts sizes £7.50; child shorts sizes £6.00; socks £4.00.

Presumably no new items will be ordered, so get in while you can whilst they still have your size in stock. Visit the club shop at Huish Park, or you can buy through the On-Line Club Shop which can be found through the Official Site.



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22 April 2006 : League One Saturday Review
Today's win does not alter the overall picture - Yeovil Town still lie three points away from the relegation line, although other results in League One mean that the chasing pack has become more stretched and two more clubs have been dragged into trouble today.

Basement side Walsall became the first club to be relegated from League One this season when they lost 3-1 to Huddersfield Town at the Bescot Stadium. The Midlands side have been in freefall since selling off Matt Fryatt and Julian Bennett during the transfer window, and if anything their decision to also sack manager Paul Merson and replace him with Kevan Broadhurst made things worse. Their 44 points total condemns them to League Two.

Swindon Town will join them if they drop points at Bristol City next week. The Wiltshire side are five points short of safety meaning that anything short of a maximum return from their final two games will see them play League Two football. They lost 3-1 at home to Brentford today, leaving them in 23rd place on 46 points. They can only catch the Glovers now by performing a 10 goal turnaround on their poorer goal difference over the next two games.

Hartlepool United will probably consider themselves a bit hard done by to finish the day in 22nd place after gaining the result of the day - a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest. They lie three points short of safety on 48 points and four behind the Glovers.

Milton Keynes Dons look to be providing this season's Harry Houdini act. They won their 4th consecutive game at Chesterfield with a 2-1 scoreline. Substitute Gareth Edds was the Franchise FC hero - coming off the bench and two minutes later scoring their 86th minute winner. They lie just two points from safety, and continue to lurk three points behind the Glovers on 49 points with an inferior goal difference.

Franchise FC actually have matters in their own hands, because their final two fixtures of the season are against the sides immediately above them - Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United. Both sides lie level on 51 points, and dropped places after the Glovers leapt over them.

Tranmere suffered their 4th consecutive defeat with a 0-3 home reversal at the hands of Bristol City, where Gary Johnson has incredibly dragged his new club to within three points of the playoffs. Surely not?!? To make matters worse for the Wirral club they will complete their season without Jason McAteer, who was dismissed for violent conduct 35 minutes into this match. His side left the field on the final whistle to a torrent of boos as Rovers continued their slide.

Rotherham United gained a late point at home to Scunthorpe United to keep alive their chances of survival. Will Hoskins netted seven minutes from time in what could be a priceless point for the Yorkshire side.

Just above Yeovil, on goal difference, in 17th place lie Blackpool. They drew 1-1 with Barnsley today. A point ahead lie AFC Bournemouth - the only other side who can be relegated after today's results. They lost 2-1 at home to Colchester United.

At the other end of the table, Southend United saw Doncaster Rovers spoil what was meant to be their promotion party, with a James Coppinger goal disappointing the majority of the 10,397 crowd just after half time. Oldham Athletic and Swansea City shared out a 1-1 draw which lifted Swansea back into the playoffs ahead of Forest. Meanwhile in midtableland, Bradford City defeated Port Vale 1-0 for the day's one and only meaningless result.


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22 April 2006 : Priceless Win Sees Glovers Edge Closer To Safety
Yeovil Town edged closer to ensuring League One status next term after a crucial 4-3 win at Huish Park over in-form Gillingham, who had won the previous six matches on the trot. The Glovers remain just three points from the relegation zone with just two games to go.

Gillingham took just twelve minutes to break the deadlock through a Tommy Black strike. But the lead was short-lived when Brent Sancho brought down Phil Jevons in the box and was shown a straight red card before Jevons held his nerve and drew the scores level.

Chris Cohen headed in his first goal for Yeovil Town on 37 minutes after Gills ‘keeper Jason Brown failed to punch the ball clear which gifted the on-loan midfielder with a simple goal.

Paul Terry eased the pressure for Steve Thompson’s men shortly after the break after good work from Cohen on the flank. Arron Davies buried his one-on-one with the keeper into the back on the net for Yeovil’s fourth of the afternoon. Gillingham weren’t prepared to give up but despite two late goals from Mike Flynn and Andrew Crofts causing a late scare, it was not for the visitors to salvage a point.

Final Score: (and full match report) Yeovil Town 4 Gillingham 3.

[George Murray]


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22 April 2006 : YOUTHS ARE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the Yeovil Town U-18 team and manager Stuart Housley, CHAMPIONS of the Football League Youth Alliance South West Division.

The Glovers travelled to Oxford United knowing a twelfth win on the bounce would tie up the title. A goal from Jamie Underwood and two from Gavin McCallum were sufficient for a 3-2 victory, making the Swindon Town versus Plymouth Argyle result academic. The U's are doubtless sick of the sight of the Glovers, having lost in all three meetings in the league and Youth F.A. Cup this season.

Town are on the road again next Saturday (29th April) at Newport County for their last game of the season. Kick-off is 11.00 a.m. at Cardiff University Sports Fields, Llanrumney.

It would be nice to think that the lads will get a chance to be presented to the crowd at the last game of the First Team's season at Huish Park against Colchester United on May 6th.

Ciderspace obtained an interview with victorious manager Stuart Housley today which will be up on-line soon.


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21 April 2006 : Weale Out For At Least Six Months
The club's Official Site has reported the disappointing news that the injury that saw goalkeeper Chris Weale leave the pitch on a stretcher in the match against Scunthorpe United is far worse than even the most pessimistic probably feared. An examination in London today revealed Chris has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. The only bright aspect is that whereas a decade or two ago this could in all likelihood have ended his career as a full-time professional footballer, nowadays there is a good chance of a full recovery. For those who like reading about medical issues (not me!) and want to know more details about cruciate injuries : head here.

Weale will be back in London next week for surgery, after which the long process of rehabilitation will begin. The club is speculating on a possible return to competitive football sometime around Christmas 2006 if all goes well. Weale's current contract ends this summer, but the tone of the Official Site article implies the club will stand by him.

Ciderspace, and we are sure every other Yeovil fan, wishes Chris all the best on his road to recovery. Keep the faith Wealey, and here's to the best Christmas present - fit and back playing the game we all love.


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21 April 2006 : League One Weekend Preview
With just three games left, two of League One's sides could have their fate sealed this weekend if results go wrong for them. Bottom side Walsall have a home game, but it is against 4th placed Huddersfield Town who will be anxious to bounce back after a shock 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Chesterfield Town. If Walsall lose, Yeovil win and Rotherham at least draw, then Kevan Broadhurst's side would be down.

Hartlepool United play host to Nottingham Forest where no doubt Glovers fans will be hoping that the visitors can better the April 1967 six-game winning streak they equalled on Monday. If Hartlepool lose and both Yeovil and Rotherham win, and Blackpool draw, then they would also be relegated tomorrow.

MK Dons, who travel to Chesterfield tomorrow can not be relegated tomorrow whatever combination of results transpire. Franchise FC have produced the phoenix from the flames by winning three games on the trot and they face a Chesterfield side who finally broke a seven game run without a win by defeating Huddersfield. However, the Dons are the only side in the bottom eight who are on the road tomorrow and they've only won three games away from the National Hockey Stadium all season.

Swindon Town are on level points with Franchise FC and so also can not be relegated tomorrow. They are the third side in the bottom four to be home to promotion-chasing opposition as they host Brentford in what amounts to being an "M4 derby" if that kind of thing means anything!

A point above the Glovers, Rotherham United are at home and take on a rather erratic Scunthorpe United team who lie just five points above them. If Rotherham win, then defeats for Swindon and MK Dons, coupled with Hartlepool and Walsall failing to win would see them safe.

The only other two clubs who could conceivably be dragged into the mire both have home matches. Blackpool take on promotion-chasing Barnsley. Finally Tranmere Rovers, who have stalled a touch with three defeats on the trot, take on Bristol City, who have won six of their last seven matches.


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21 April 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on an in-form Gillingham side at Huish Park tomorrow in a game that manager Steve Thompson has described as possibly his biggest since his arrival in South Somerset in 1998. A win would come close to shaping Yeovil's future in League One, whilst a defeat would leave them having to cobble together sufficient points against fourth placed Huddersfield Town and second placed Colchester United in their final two fixtures of the season.

Gillingham will have to make at least one change to the side that has produced their current six game unbeaten run. Midfielder Alan Pouton picked up a knee injury in their side's 2-1 win over Bradford City, and he looks likely to be replaced by Mike Flynn who scored after coming on as a substitute in that match. The change will represent the first time that manager Ronnie Jepson will have altered his starting line-up or his bench in six games, showing just how vital it is to maintain a settled line-up in football. The fitness of Ian Cox (ankle) and Darren Byfield (wrist) will be assessed today or tomorrow to see if they are able to play.

Speaking to the Kent Messenger and the club's official site about the game Jepson said: "It’s going to be very tough. They’re fighting down there for their lives and hopefully we can go there and play like we have been doing of late. I don’t want the lads relaxing, I want a few more wins on the board before the end of the season. I've always had faith in the boys as a team and hope that they can maintain it now. I don't want to get too carried away - I'm just glad we have maintained our status in this division."

Steve Thompson will have to make do without goalkeeper Chris Weale (knee, out for season), right-back Kevin Amankwaah (thigh), striker Daniel Webb (ankle) and Anthony Barry (knee, out for season) in tomorrow's game, but has also hinted that he may make additional changes. Speaking to the Western Gazette he stated: "I still have plenty of other options if I decide I want to change things. The 11 players who started the 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers have had the chance to cement that side over the past two games but they have not taken it."

The manager implies that mental strength may well influence his decision-making adding: "It is a massive game and I believe we have to win it. We are playing second (Colchester United) and fourth (Huddersfield Town) in our last two games and they are not going to be comfortable as both teams are going for promotion. If we win on Saturday I believe it will give us the momentum to stay up and that is why it is a time for big characters. I have to pick a side who I think is going to show the passion required and have the mental strength to get on the ball under pressure."

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Thommo explained: "It's as important as any game that we have played during the eight years that I have been at the club. I think that a win would go a very long way towards ensuring our League One status. This Saturday's game is going to be as exciting as it can get because hopefully we will win the game and if that happens we will find ourselves pretty near to a situation where we would ensure ourselves safety."

Thommo has called upon the Yeovil crowd to do their bit at Huish Park (see yesterday's story) to spur the team on and this is something that Ciderspace would subscribe to. A sea of green and white shirts, scarves, flags and of course SUPPORT would make a world of difference. If a player makes a mistake, then give him the encouragement he needs to do it better next time. If the team concede, then give them the belief they need to come back and score at the other end. If the winning goal just won't go in, then recognise that the game lasts 90 minutes, and that even an injury time bundled in winner will be just as valuable as a 30 yard screamer. Give the players the belief to keep on going right to the very end! COME ON YOU GLOVERS!!!


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21 April 2006 : Gillingham Aiming For Club Record
Sometimes the hand of fate can be cruel. Five days after playing a Nottingham Forest side who were on their way to their best run of form since April 1967, Yeovil Town tomorrow face a Gillingham side looking to establish their best run of form for over 50 years.

Forest established their sixth consecutive win on Easter Monday, which put them top of the form table, but Gillingham - second in the form table - are hoping to go one better tomorrow as they aim for their seventh consecutive win in League One. If they make it, then they will equal the club's all-time record set during the 1954-55 season when the Gills were in Division 3 (South). Gillingham's 2-1 victory over Bradford City on Monday has already provided them with their best form since 1982 - a feat made all the more extraordinary given that it commenced following a 6-0 thrashing by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Gills manager Ronnie Jepson, who took control of the side back in November told the Kent Messenger: "Everyone keeps telling me about the record and it would be nice to match it. It’s nice for the players. The way they’ve been working, they deserve it. In a few years the players could look back at this run but I’ll talk about that after Saturday’s game. For now it’s just another three points. It’s nice to win games and break records but I’m not going to get carried away."


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20 April 2006 : Colchester Tickets Selling Fast
Colchester United's official site are reporting brisk sales of tickets for their final game of the season, which sees them travel to Huish Park. The U's have been allocated 1,600 tickets for the match and have put them on advance sale to their season ticket holders and CUSA members until the end of Friday. Thereafter they will go on general sale. The priority ticket holders have so far snapped up over 600 tickets for the match which could be vital for both sides.

The match is NOT all ticket, however Ciderspace would strongly recommend that supporters purchase their tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. The final match of last season against Lincoln City and the final match of the 2002/03 season against Chester City were both total sell-outs in the three home sections of the ground, and with this season likely to go down to the wire, a similar take-up of tickets is expected.

Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office, or phone them on 01935-847888 to purchase your tickets. Remember that between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday the Ticket Office will only sell tickets for the Gillingham game in accordance with their standard rules for matchday purchasing.


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20 April 2006 : Skivo Backs Jevo For Goals Return
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has backed his teammate Phil Jevons to bounce back from the disappointment of a late miss at Nottingham Forest that might have given the Glovers a point from the match at the City Ground. Jevo had already scored earlier in the game, but his chance to convert a short pass from Arron Davies deep into the second half went over the bar. However, Skivo believes that Yeovil's leading scorer will not be losing sleep over the miss.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skivo explained: "It won't affect him at all. Phil Jevons is the type of striker who will keep getting himself in good positions and, with his quality, you would back him to score. For the chance he had, the ball was spinning quite badly. For us it was unfortunate because it would have been a great point for us but it wouldn't have changed things too much because we would still have needed one or two more wins."

Skivo also added that he would not be looking too hard at what other sides around Yeovil were doing at this stage, preferring to look only at Saturday's game with Gillingham: "We can only concentrate on our own situation and we mustn't look too far ahead. There are so many factors you can get sucked into. We just have to get our heads down and not get too caught up in what might happen."


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20 April 2006 : New O2V On Sale
The 19th edition of the On To Victory magazine goes on sale at Huish Park on Saturday. Priced just one pound, the fanzine is available from sellers around the ground as well as inside the Programme Shop. One of the main sellers is usually found loitering between the Ticket Office and the Astroturf.

This month's edition includes an interview with Chris Cohen, DNB's account of the Assault course the players undertook prior to their March trip to Chesterfield, Scoop's unearthing of 40's player Paddy Doyle, a programme collector's fascinating ritual, and the end of term report on this season's players, plus a feature on Lyde under 9's ... and plenty more.
This month's OTV - did anyone mention it costs just one pound?
This month's OTV - did anyone mention it costs just one pound?



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20 April 2006 : Thommo Makes Plans For Trialist Duo
Glovers boss Steve Thompson says he is still monitoring the progress of trialists Darren Behcet and Andrew Ottley. The duo were used in Wednesday night's 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers Reserves and Steve has indicated that the West Ham United goalkeeper and the Fulham midfielder will be with the club for the rest of the week at least.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "Darren Behcet is being released by West Ham at the end of the season and so we took the opportunity to have a look at him. He performed quite well in a 4-2 win. Andy Ottley is a right-sided midfielder who set up one of the goals and again performed quite well. We continued to look at them in training today (Thursday) and they are both training with us tomorrow, before making a possible decision on Friday."

For further information on Darren and Andrew, see Wednesday's news items.


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20 April 2006 : Amankwaah And Weale Out
Glovers manager Steve Thompson believes he will almost certainly be selecting a squad for Saturday's match against Gillingham without right-back Kevin Amankwaah and goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Kevin Amankwaah's comeback plans have been delayed by a thigh injury sustained on the same leg where he has had recent achilles and ankle problems. The latest transpired as he attempted to make a comeback, and he is now highly unlikely to make this weekend's game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "Kevin Amankwaah is very doubtful for the game. He's actually got two injuries and the one that he has done most recently in training is the one that is keeping him out at the moment."

Steve also reiterated his previous thoughts given in the Scunthorpe and Nottingham Forest press conferences (see below for full transcripts) where he does not expect to play Chris Weale again this season. There is currently no news as to whether Wealey will require any operation on his knee this summer, or whether simple rest and rehabilitation will solve the problem.


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20 April 2006 : Officials: Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
For what manager Steve Thompson has described as "one of the biggest matches I have ever been involved with" in his eight years at Huish Park the referee will be Brian Curson (Leicestershire). The last occasion we recall having Mr Curson produced a match Yeovil fans will remember with very favourable emotions : the 0-3 victory at Millmoor in January 2005 in the F.A. Cup. We'll draw a veil over the Yeovil match he officiated before that as we lost, but back in 1999 he was refereeing at The Lawn when we won. A win at The Lawn? They didn't happen very often, so we'll claim him as a 'lucky' ref for the Glovers - any straws will be firmly grasped at this stage in the season.

The assistants are Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) and Eric Mackrell (Hampshire), who we land quite often at HP. Andrew Laver, usually found whistling rather further down the pyramid in Non-league, is scheduled to be the fourth official.


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20 April 2006 : And Then There Were Two
It can take an age to track down Youth results, and Ciderspace has been struggling to find how the Swindon Town U-18 team got on last Saturday all week. The news is good - for us. They lost 1-2 at home to Swansea City. This result ends the remote hopes the Robins had of the South West Division title.

Going into Saturday's fixtures the situation at the top of the Football League Youth Alliance South West table is :

1. Yeovil Town : 46 points, +33 goal difference, 2 to play
2. Bristol Rovers : 43 points, +22 goal difference, fixtures completed
3. Plymouth Argle : 41 points, +27 goal difference, 2 to play
4. Swindon Town : 40 points, +17 goal difference, 1 to play

Plymouth travel to Swindon this coming Saturday, and anything less than a win for Argyle sees the Championship coming to Huish Park, whatever Yeovil's result. If the Glovers win the same morning against Oxford United (see 19th April below for venue) it doesn't matter what the Pilgrims do.


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20 April 2006 : We shall fight on the beaches...........
Perhaps not quite as memorable as Winston Churchill, but Steve Thompson has issued his own rallying cry to all connected with Yeovil Town ahead of Saturday's match against Gillingham.

The game against Gillingham on Saturday is, I feel, one of the biggest matches I have ever been involved with here at Huish Park. I know we have two games after that, but these games are against second and fourth in the league, so this is the game to me that will be vitally important. Gillingham come here on a good run but we need to aim high.

If anything gives you the desire and the passion to stay in League One it would have been Mondays trip to Nottingham Forest where the atmosphere was electric. As I have said to my players in the changing rooms after that game, if that is what you want to be part of next season then you need to get a win under our belts.

There can be no better motivation than playing in front of an atmosphere like that and talking of atmospheres, the atmosphere at Huish Park on Saturday will be crucial. I urge everyone to get behind the team and the whole club because this game is as important as any game I have been involved in since I joined the club eight years ago.

Of course on a Saturday mistakes can be made, but it is important that the crowd continue throughout the 90 minutes to back the lads in the most vociferous way possible. It will be a tense game and mistakes may occur but with your wonderful support I am sure we can overcome the threat that Gillingham will pose.

Players thrive on confidence and the confidence of the crowd can do so much for a player in a big match. So bring your drums and your trumpets and lets turn Saturday into a party day.


And amen to that. Our personal views, opinions and criticisms are of no import come 3.00 p.m. on Saturday. From first whistle to last let us all support OUR team.

"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory."
[Winston Churchill]


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19 April 2006 : Youths Could Clinch Title On Saturday
The Yeovil Town U-18 side travel to play Oxford United on Saturday knowing a win will secure the Football League Youth Alliance League South West Division chamionship whatever the results elsewhere. On a run of eleven straight victories Stuart Housley's side should be brimming with confidence that they can secure the title with a game to spare on their own performance on Saturday, though such is their commanding situation that results elsewhere could hand it to them even should they lose.

Club secretary Jean Cotton has e-mailed us with details of the venue for any Glovers who are looking to drop in on the game, which kicks off at 11.00 a.m. Oxford University's Iffley Road Sports Complex hosts the match. You can find it on the map here.

Most famous as the site of the first sub four minute mile by Roger Bannister Iffley Road Sports Complex is just off the A4158, one of the routes in towards the centre of the city from the South from the Oxford Ring Road. The complex has its own car park with 110 spaces. Expect to see students.......


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19 April 2006 : Reserves Put Four Past Rovers
In the end Yeovil Town Reserves clocked up a relatively comfortable win over Bristol Rovers Reserves at Huish Park tonight. The Gas named a fairly experienced squad for the fixture, the Glovers mixed and matched a few first teamers, some reserves and a fair number of youths. Perhaps of most interest was the inclusion of two trialists (see earlier item below), Darren Behcet and Andrew Ottley.

Rovers got off to the best of starts with Sean RIGG netting after only four minutes. The first half was thereafter pretty forgettable but shortly before the break Yeovil levelled the tie when Marc WILSON headed in from a corner on 43 minutes.

Half-time : 1-1.

The second half was an altogether better affair. Gavin McCallum, recently returned from his U-20 International Tournament with Canada in Portugal, lit the touchpaper when he robbed Rovers of possession deep in his own half, dribbled thirty yards with the ball, and put in an inch perfect pass to David POOLE who sent a dipping shot over 'keeper Martin Horsell's head and under the bar from twenty yards. 2-1.

On the hour mark 2-1 became 3-1 as a free kick from wide left was flicked on to Gary BOWLES who slammed it home. Within a couple of minutes Craig Rocastle and David Poole were off, presumably indicating Steve Thompson has some sort of role for them in mind for Saturday, replaced by more youth teamers in Jake Smeeton and Craig Alcock.

On 72 minutes Yeovil made their third and final change, McCallum off and Phil Ormerod on, only to see Rovers peg the score back almost immediately, Chris LINES, who has recently broken into the Rovers first team with a couple of substitute appearances, hitting a free kick straight in from around twenty-five yards. Fortunately before the visitors could build on their goal for what might have been a nervy finish for the Glovers, the home side restored the two goal advantage with a header from Bradley THOMAS.

Final score : Yeovil Town Reserves 4 Bristol Rovers Reserves 2

YEOVIL TOWN: Darren Behcet, Dale Williams, Gary Bowles, Bradley Thomas, Sam Alsop, Andrew Ottley, Craig Rocastle (62 mins Craig Alcock), Marc Wilson, David Poole (62 mins Jake Smeeton) , Kevin Gall, Gavin McCallum (72 mins Phil Ormerod).

BRISTOL ROVERS: Martin Horsell, Jon Bass, Robbie Ryan, Christian Edwards, Ollie Barnes, Cai Jin Yuan (70 mins James Palmer), Chris Lines, Darren Mullings, Lewis Powell, Sean Rigg, Ali Gibb.

Substitutes (not used): Kuang Bin, Mike Green, Tom Parrinello, Tom Godsall.


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19 April 2006 : Tonight's Starting Line-up
The remainder of the team will be chosen from.............according to the squad list on the Official Site (below). Why do we bother? Craig Rocastle, not listed, has started.

Team is : Darren Behcet, Dale Williams, Gary Bowles, Bradley Thomas, Sam Alsop, Andrew Ottley, Craig Rocastle, Marc Wilson, David Poole, Kevin Gall, Gavin McCallum.


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19 April 2006 : Trialists For Stiffs Tonight
Two trialists are set to appear in tonight's reserve fixture against Bristol Rovers. They are : Darren Behcet who is a trainee goalkeeper with West Ham United, and who was out on loan with Cambridge United in the early part of this season; and Andrew Ottley who has been making a number of appearances for Fulham Reserves this season.


The remainder of the team will be chosen from : Michael Jordan, Bradley Thomas, Craig Alcock, Gary Bowles, Sam Alsop, David Poole, Marc Wilson, Dale Williams, Kevin Gall, Gavin McCallum, Jake Smeeton, Jamie Underwood, Tom Clarke and Phil Ormerod according to the squad list on the Official Site.


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19 April 2006 : Football League Supporters Survey Published
The Football League Survey, promoted on this site on 8th December, has come to its conclusions. 43,590 fans responded, of which 50% support clubs playing in the Coca-Cola Championship, 28% clubs from League 1, and 22% clubs from League Two.

A summary of its results can be read on line here providing you have a pdf reader.


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19 April 2006 : Millers Economical With The Truth?
Not much doubt in our minds that words were being very carefully chosen in the announcement on the Rotherham United Official Site today. It is of course illegal to continue trading when knowingly insolvent. So the first rule in this situation is to make sure you don't, er, 'know' you're insolvent - if yer know what I mean, guv?

Additionally the Football League has rules in place for a ten point deduction for clubs going into administration. The Millers are currently trying to time events so that any points deduction doesn't affect this season - though a cynic might suspect that should the fate of relegation have transpired before the last game of the season they would have been into admin, and taken a consequently irrelevant deduction this season, faster than a rat up a drainpipe.

With both these factors to consider it was therefore a delicate balancing act to decide when to admit the position. So the statement made tiptoes around the question of who knew what, and when. The major issue is an unpaid tax bill of £571,363. Other significant creditors include former chairman Ken Booth, former director Trevor Smallwood, and ex-players who are still awaiting payments on their contracts. New club chairman Denis Coleman is in the implausible position of having to claim he did not know about this tax bill : "As supporters will be aware we did not have time to complete a thorough due diligence before we took over the running of the club." Whether technically true or not - and the shrewd option was to make sure they didn't affect such a report in time - of course they knew about the outstanding tax bill. The statement continues by admitting that the winding up petition from the Inland Revenue was issued last month, but claims it wasn't actually served on the club until after the present board had taken over. The attempt is made to infer that this was an unknown factor, with the board working : "tirelessly to evaluate and gain a clear understanding of the financial position at the club which has worsened with the news that the Inland Revenue has issued a winding-up petition for unpaid PAYE." If anyone believes this was news to the new Rotherham board could that person please contact me with an offer to buy the large diamond mine located at the bottom of my garden. No ridiculously large sum refused.

The statement continues : "...we have to inform the fans that in order the club survives and plays league football again next season it must now implement a voluntary agreement with its creditors to avoid liquidation which has been threatened by the Inland Revenue. The new board and its advisors have been working around the clock for the last few weeks but further to completing our investigations into financial position of the club and the petition issued by the Inland Revenue, the club has no other option but to make this proposal to its creditors. If the proposal is not accepted the club will go out of existence. To ensure the club fulfils its fixtures and survives through to the start of next season, the Millers still require all supporters to maintain their remarkable level of support."

The date for the creditors meeting has been set for May 5th, the day before the final game. No doubt if Rotherham were to be almost certain of relegation at that point they would try to go straight into administration on the Friday to take the ten point deduction this term; if not they will presumably defer enacting it until after the match on the 6th.

The petition from the Inland Revenue is due to be heard on May 10th.

Whilst admiring the new owners efforts to do the very best for their club, don't p*ss down our backs and tell us it's raining mateys.


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19 April 2006 : Reserves vs Bristol Rovers
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Bristol Rovers Reserves in a Football Combination League (Wales & West) match tonight at Huish Park, kick-off 7.00pm.

Prices for the game are for season ticket holders: Adults 2 pounds, Concessions free of charge. Non-season ticket holders can gain admission as follows: Adults 3 pounds, Concessions 2 pounds.

There is currently no team news available from either camp - as soon as it is made available, we will publish the line-ups.


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18 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Forest Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson admitted matters were getting rather "tight and tense" as the League One season reached the final three matches with Yeovil Town just three points above the relegation line. Speaking immediately after yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve bad luck today, it was the perfect start but you just couldn't hold out.

ST: We did have a good start. Nottingham Forest are on a roll and so it was always going to be difficult, but at least we gave ourselves a good chance when we scored that goal. But there was a lot of pressure from Forest. I thought we defended very well at times but unfortunately they have managed to get the two goals that won them the game. That obviously makes things very tight now and tense for us.

Qu: Do you think it was vital to hold onto your lead until half time? You almost got there.

ST: Yes, that would have been a massive help. But having said that, I felt that in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half we had weathered that first half storm and that we were looking comfortable when the (second Forest) goal came.

Qu: What did you make of the performance - it was very committed wasn't it?

ST: Very committed, yes. Obviously the result is absolutely devastating but you do have to take positives from the performance otherwise we would all end up slitting our throats. So you do have to take the positives - you can't just dwell on the negatives. The negatives were obviously the result and the fact that we would have liked to have created a few more chances. The positives are the commitment, the endeavour, the spirit and the fact that it is still in our own hands. We have three games left, with two of them at home and we need to win that home game. Saturday (against Gillingham) is a massive game but then again they are all massive. We have got two home games and we need to win at least one of them.

Qu: Another positive from the game is the goal from Phil Jevons. Have you been telling him to take free kicks quickly?

ST: Well we do mention about taking quick free kicks and Jevo is a clever player. We have scored from quick free kicks in the past and that was a nice one to get for Jevo.

Qu: You mentioned the future massive games. Obviously the focus will be on Gillingham and they are another team on a massive roll aren't they?

ST: Yes, they are. But we have to beat them - we have to go out and try to win the game.

Qu: From what we saw on the pitch, the spirit still seems to be there amongst the players. What is it like in the dressing room? Obviously they are down but do you think these players have got the fight needed to stay up in League One?

ST: Yes, they have got the fight needed. Can we create enough and do enough? They have certainly got the fight needed for that. I am very very positive that we will survive but we have had two defeats now and so we do need to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

Qu: How big an advantage is it to have two home games out of the three?

ST: Well if you look at some of the results today and you'd think that it wouldn't be an advantage! But I think it is. I would rather have two at home and one away rather than the other way round. The crowd are going to be very important. A lot of thought is going to go into selection and what we do for Saturday. Despite playing well today we have lost the game and we have to look at that and analyse that and pick a team on Saturday that we think is going to do the business against Gillingham.

Qu: Will Kevin Amankwaah be back, and is Chris Weale now out for the rest of the season?

ST: I think Chris Weale is out for the rest of the season. I couldn't say if Kevin Amankwaah will be back. I hope he is available for selection but it is hard to tell at the moment with his thigh strain just how long he is going to be. So we will have to see on that one and will probably know more later on in the week.

Qu: What did you make of their second goal? It was rather scrappy in the build-up and it had looked as though Skiverton had managed to get the danger away.

ST: It was Adam Lockwood who made a fantastic block actually. The ball has looped up in the air and Nicky Southall has bundled it in. I will have to look at it on video but my first thought is that it is a shame to have conceded a goal after such a brilliant block from Adam Lockwood.

Qu: Phil Jevons deserves credit for the quick thinking on your first goal, but there was also a chance that he had near the end which was probably your best chance of the second half but unfortunately he seemed to get underneath it.

ST: Yes it went over the bar and he will be disappointed that he didn't finish it.

Qu: If there is one person you wanted it to fall to it would have been him.

ST: Phil Jevons, yes. But people do miss chances. You work on scoring on a percentage. You have to create more to score more. I'd like us to have created more chances but the commitment was great and the endeavour and workrate was great. I think probably we created about three or four chances during the game. We need to create more chances on Saturday so that we have a higher percentage chance of converting them.

Qu: You didn't get a lot from the officials today.

ST: I didn't expect to get a lot at Forest in front of 28,000. I don't know if it is human nature with some decisions. The game is so quick nowadays that with some decisions I don't think the officials know which way to make it. If they are not sure then it is far easier to go with the 27,000 than with the 1,000. I am not going to moan about the referee - he allowed us to take the quick free kick. I think you will find that at the grounds with the bigger crowds that it is part of football. I am sure that when teams go to Liverpool or Manchester United that they feel the same way in the Premiership.

Qu: With Forest being such a big club in this league, would you expect them to now make sure of a place in the playoffs?

ST: Yes, I think they are on a hell of a roll. I have just spoken to Frank (Barlow) and I have heard what their run-in is and I think they have got a massive chance. I think they are too far off the second place.

Qu: Five points.

ST: Five Points? That's not impossible although it would have to be the run of all time to get second place. But I fully expect them to make the playoffs.

Qu: What will you do between now and next Saturday Steve to try and get the players up for it?

ST: I can try and sleep! That would help! No, obviously I have got to work hard with the players on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Maybe not physically at this time of the year because we are well into the season. But certainly we have got to be as organised as we can be and obviously team selection is going to be important as well. But I'm sure that if you got everyone picking a team then most people would pick a different team. That's a job for every manager. It's about holding your nerve now. It's a horrible feeling when you lose a game, even when you come to Nottingham Forest and there are 28,000 and you are up against it. You've got to expect to be a winner and you've got to try and win every game you ever play as a footballer and as a manager. You just hate losing and that is what this game is all about. But Forest have won and we have lost. I can come out with all of the excuses but I am not doing that. Forest deserved to win probably on the balance of their possession and their forward play. But that is not to say that my lads did not put in a 100 percent committed performance because they did. Things are going for Forest in terms of momentum and that momentum came through in the end. It is galling for us to be on the end of it, but we have got three games left with two at home and we need to win on Saturday, I think.

Qu: It's all about mathematics at this stage of the season isn't it?

ST: But you don't know what those mathematics are. All that matters at the moment is obviously the next game. Two games ago we were looking in a far more comfortable position but we have had two defeats and we have got to put that right. Everyone has got to try everything in their power to put that right.

Qu: It can change with everyone else's results as well.

ST: Yes but I can't influence other people's results. I have to react to what is going on and I can react to them mentally in terms of what I think. But this is it - it's about holding your nerve. It's not just me, it's the players and the crowd - everyone connected with the club holding their nerve.

Qu: Is perspective important here? All this time we have been three, four or five points above the relegation line. You could be in MK Dons or Walsall's positions where you are constantly trying to make up ground.

ST: What do you mean by perspective?

Qu: Recognising that the situation that we are in is not as bad as it is for others.

ST: Yes, that is true but I am not concerned about their situation. I am concerned about our situation. I don't care how Milton Keynes play or feel at the moment. I only care about how I feel and how my players feel and how the Yeovil fans feel. Yes, you have got to do that because otherwise you'll go home and slit your throat. You've had two defeats, you're in a relegation battle and you go home and you'd be totally of no use to anyone.

Qu: You said earlier in the week that you've not experienced a relegation battle before.

ST: I have experienced a relegation battle as a player. We didn't get relegated - we won on the last day of the season - but I obviously haven't experienced it as a manager because it is my first season in charge.

Qu: In general how close do you feel the management team and the players are feeling the pressure?

ST: If you have got any heart about you then you do feel the pressure. But I think perspective might be the right word here. You do have to do everything in your power. If you know that you are giving 100 percent then it is easier to look yourself in the mirror and it is easier to brighten up for a Monday morning, or on Wednesday morning this time. We do have to brighten up on the Wednesday morning because we need to be bright and sharp. It is no good everyone walking around feeling totally dejected on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday because there is a job to be done. You tend to do your job better if you keep your spirits as high as possible.


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17 April 2006 : League One Bank Holiday Review
Yeovil Town's defeat at the City Ground today saw them drop a place in the League One table, with Rotherham United taking full advantage thanks to what is to the naked eye the shock of the day with a 2-0 away win at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City. A Garry Monk own goal and a second from Gregor Robertson lifted the Yorkshire side up one place with Swansea's season in danger of falling apart as they slipped outside the playoffs for the first time since August.

The gap between the Glovers and the relegation spots is now down to just three points with MK Dons and Swindon Town both winning their games. Franchise FC won the battle of the bottom four sides as they clocked up their third consecutive win with Hartlepool United sinking into big trouble as a result. A 90th minute Scott Taylor goal saw the home side leapfrog Pools who slip to 23rd, one point behind the Dons.

Swindon defeated Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park by a 2-1 scoreline with all three goals scored during the first half. Trevor Benjamin and Ricky Shakes were their heroes. They lie in 21st place on level points with Franchise FC, with both clubs three points behind the Glovers, albeit with a much poorer goal difference.

Walsall's steady demise continues as they hit rock bottom with a 1-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers. Like Yeovil, their decision to sell key players in the transfer window seems to be costing them dear, with Matt Fryatt and Julian Bennett's depatures to Leicester City and Nottingham Forest respectively coinciding with the start of their decline. A James Coppinger goal condemned them to a position that now leaves them five points adrift of safety - incredible for a side that was 11th on the day the transfer window opened.

Above the Glovers, Blackpool gained an 89th minute equaliser at Brentford through Peter Clarke after the home side tried to hold out for a single goal victory. AFC Bournemouth gained a point at Port Vale with a 0-0 draw in Burslem whilst Tranmere Rovers continued their late slide down the table with a 1-0 defeat at Colchester United.

In the other matches, Barnsley drew 2-2 with Southend United leaving the latter realistically one win away from both promotion and the League One title. Bristol City defeated Oldham Athletic 2-1 whilst Gillingham beat Bradford City by a similar scoreline. That win pushed next weeks opponents up to 59 points in 11th place, and they will arrive at Huish Park mathematically safe from relegation for the first time this season.


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17 April 2006 : Glovers Lost In The Forest
Today's match at the City Ground sadly went as per the formbook today, with promotion chasing Nottingham Forest clocking up their sixth consecutive League One win, but not before the Glovers had given them an early scare.

With the exception of goalkeeper Steve Collis, manager Steve Thompson selected the same starting line-up and they got off to the perfect start when Phil Jevons was fouled on the edge of the box by Forest captain Ian Breckin. Home goalkeeper Rune Pedersen was then left red-faced as he failed to cover his goal whilst lining up the wall, and Jevons cheekily slotted a quickly taken kick into an unguarded net.

Forest unsurprisingly responded, battering the Yeovil backline with a series of crosses aimed at the head of Grant Holt, whilst Collis had to make an outstanding save to deny Kris Commons, forcing the ball one-handed over his own bar.

Just before half time though the pressure told, and Ian Breckin was able to make amends - flicking on a near post Sammy Clingan corner to level up the scores. The second period saw Yeovil appear to be weathering the early Forest storm, until a brilliant block by Adam Lockwood from a Nathan Tyson shot, saw the ball spoon up in the air and spin invitingly for substitute Nicky Southall to head home.

The Glovers created far less chances than their more illustrious counterparts, but still had two great chances to equalise. Paul Terry's lob over a crowded penalty box had to be cleared off the line, whilst Phil Jevons almost grabbed his second when Arron Davies put him in space in the box, but Yeovil's leading scorer put the ball over the bar.

Final Score: Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

The match was watched by League One's biggest crowd of the season, with 28,193 cramming into the City Ground, boosted by a travelling support of 1,441. This easily sets the biggest gate that Yeovil Town have ever played in front of as part of a league competition.

Forest also set a record for their best league run of consecutive wins for nearly 40 years. They last managed this feat back in April 1967 leaving one Forest journalist to cheekily enquire after the game to joint caretaker manager Ian McParland whether that made him more successful than Brian Clough. Rather wisely, the Scotsman chose to sidestep the question!


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17 April 2006 : Scunthorpe MOTM result
Andy Lindegaard was voted YTFC man of the match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his performance in the 1-0 defeat against Scunthorpe on Good Friday.

Full results of the vote are at the foot of the match report.

For those of you travelling to the City Ground today, vote for your YTFC MOTM v Nottingham Forest by clicking here.


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16 April 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil vs Scunthorpe
The Ciderspace match report from Friday night's 1-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe United can be found here.


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16 April 2006 : Ladies Pipped For Title
Unfortunately Yeovil Town Ladies have lost out in the race for the South West Women's Football League Premier Division title. Frome Town did what they needed and, in their final game of the season, defeated Team Bath away this afternoon. The final score was 0-4. Frome thus move onto 35 points, one ahead of the Glovers who are runners-up on 34.

Our congratulations to the Glovers for the strong campaign they fought throughout the season. A record of 11-1-2 would take most championships, they scored more goals than Frome, and had the meanest defence in the division - but it was not quite to be.

The ladies will be hoping for some consolation in their League Cup Final to be played next Sunday, 23rd April, against Team Bath. Kick-off is 2.00 p.m. at Speed Meadow, home to Cullompton Rangers F.C.


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16 April 2006 : Nottingham Forest Preview
In 1997 our Easter Monday was spent at Court Place Farm. The 3,000 capacity - 300 seats and covered standing for 400 - was not tested by a crowd of 869. For the record we beat Oxford City 0-2, with a brace from Warren Patmore, maintaining our lead at the top of the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Nottingham Forest didn't have a game that day, but their previous match had seen them drawing 1-1 at the then very new Riverside Stadium - 35,000 covered seats - a result that kept them a point behind their hosts Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

Skip forward a few years, and Forest come into this match on five straight wins, and now just two points shy of the play-offs. In fact they haven't lost since Gary Megson was given the heave-ho and joint-managers Frank Barlow and Ian McParland stepped up, taking 23 points from a possible 27. The Glovers recent form is a little less consistent.

Barlow and McParland will be likely to name an unchanged team for the seventh successive game, though James Perch could be pushing for a place in the defence, having recovered from illness.

For Yeovil Town, goalkeeper Chris Weale joins those on the long-term injury list and will be replaced by Steve Collis. Fresh from his loan extension Michael Jordan will take the place of Collis on the bench. Kevin Amankwaah continues to be a doubt and seems unlikely to make the team for this one.

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m. at the City Ground. The Ciderspace Away Guide can be found here.

This will be Yeovil's first ever visit and the biggest crowd so far this season in League One is expected. So, a good one to win. Bring it on!


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16 April 2006 : Youth Title Chase Continues
Although we haven't managed to track down the result between Swindon Town and Swansea City as yet (can anyone help?), the 0-1 win by Plymouth Argyle away at Newport County means the title race carries on until at least next Saturday.

The Glovers victory on Saturday (see below, April 15th) means Bristol Rovers, who played their last game of the season on Good Friday with a 3-0 win away at Cheltenham Town , have now been shaken off - already three points adrift. The Gas end their campaign on 43 points. Whatever the Robins result against the Swans turns out to be they are unlikely challengers now, six points back before that result is known, with one match still to play, but a hugely inferior goal difference.

With Yeovil Town now up to 46 points (and +33 goal difference) the Pilgrims are 5 points behind on 41 (and a +27 goal difference). Both sides have two matches to play, the Glovers away at Oxford United and Newport County and Argyle away at Swindon Town and Swansea City.

Hereford United completed their dismal season with another defeat, finishing on 1 point after 22 matches played, and a -82 goal difference. Shame.


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16 April 2006 : Forest Match Selling Out Fast
The Nottingham Forest official site is reporting that there are now just 2,000 tickets left on sale in home parts of the ground for tomorrow's Easter Monday match at the City Ground.

City's ground is just over 30,000 capacity, and with the opening up of a section of the Bridgford Lower Stand to Forest supporters (reported below, 13th April) implying Yeovil Town have been allocated the smaller 2,800 away allocation not the full use of the 4,750, this points to a crowd of at least 26,000 turning up at Nottingham tomorrow. This would be comfortably the highest crowd in League One to date this season, beating the 24,042 at the City Ground versus Huddersfield Town on the opening day.

The Glovers are believed to have sold something in the region of 1,200 tickets for the match, and with "pay on the day" still permitted for away supporters that figure should rise.


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16 April 2006 : Scunthorpe MOTM Voting Reminder
A reminder that with the trip to Nottingham Forest coming up tomorrow, the Man of the Match voting for the Scunthorpe United game will close earlier than normal. Hence get your votes in now via the usual voting form.


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15 April 2006 : McCallum Completes Canadian Tournament
Yeovil Town's Youth Team winger Gavin McCallum has successfully completed his first three matches at Under 20 level in Portugal over the past week. A series of three matches against international opposition has seen Canada draw twice and lose once, with Gavin getting on the field of play in all three matches.

The three matches unfolded as follows:

Wednesday 12th April: Canada 1 Norway 1

Alex Elliott scored for the Canadians from a free kick during the first half before a second half equaliser from Norway saw matters finish even at the Est. Municipal Da Bateria in Porto. Gavin played the final 34 minutes of this match.

Line-Up: 1-Asmir Begovic; 3-Kent O’Connor; 4-Stephen Lumley; 5-David Edgar; 17-Joey Loreth; 6-Cristian Nunez; 10-Will Johnson (Captain); 11-Olivier Babineau (15-Mike D’Agostino, 62); 12-Pierre-Rudolph Mayard (16-Gavin McCallum, 56); 9-Andrea Lombardo; 8-Alex Elliott (14-Daniel Revivo, 62). Other Subs: 2-Kyle Oliveira; 13-Emmanuel Gomez; 20-Stefan Caulfield; 7-Jacob Lensky.

Thursday 13th April: Canada 0 China 0

At the Stadium of Rebordosa in Porto a total stalemate occurred although Gavin managed to play the first 56 minutes of the second tournament match.

Canadian head coach Dale Mitchell believed that much of the lack of chances was down to the heavy schedule: "Back to back international games are very demanding on the players. We have been the better team for one half in each of our matches but have not been able to capitalize when we were on top. The players have worked very hard to this point and we will have to recover well to compete against a classy Portugal side on Saturday."

Line-Up: 1-Asmir Begovic; 2-Kyle Oliveira (17-Joey Loreth, 37); 3-Kent O’Connor; 4-Stephen Lumley; 5-David Edgar; 6-Cristian Nunez (11-Olivier Babineau, 52); 7-Jacob Lensky; 10-Will Johnson (Captain); 15-Mike D’Agostino (8-Alex Elliott, 45); 9-Andrea Lombardo (14-Daniel Revivo, 85); 16-Gavin McCallum (12-Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, 56). Other Subs: 13-Emmanuel Gomez; 20-Stefan Caulfield.

Saturday 15th April: Canada 0 Portugal 1

Canada lost to the tournament hosts by a single goal scored during the second half by Paulo Ferreira at the Estadio Municipal in Porto. Gavin played the whole of the second half as a substitute.

Head coach Dale Mitchell said of the game: "Our boys had to give a lot to compete against a very well developed Portugal team today. I can not complain about our performance as the game was won on a set piece. We need to build on our excellent defensive work at this tournament in the future."

Line-Up: 1-Asmir Begovic; 3-Kent O’Connor; 4-Stephen Lumley; 5-David Edgar; 17-Joey Loreth (2-Kyle Oliveira, 83); 6-Cristian Nunez (16-Gavin McCallum, 46); 10-Will Johnson (Captain); 7-Jacob Lensky; 8-Alex Elliott (12-Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, 63); 14-Daniel Revivo (13-Emmanuel Gomez, 73); 11-Olivier Babineau (15-Mike D’Agostino, 85) Other Sub: 20-Stefan Caulfield.

Gavin now returns home where he should be able to pick up with the Youth Team squad for their final two matches of the season. Congratulations to Gavin on playing a significant part in the tournament.


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15 April 2006 : Little Damage Done In Topsy-Turvy Afternoon
The Easter Saturday League One programme managed to pass by without significant damage being done to Yeovil Town's chances of playing at this level next season. The day started with a four point gap between the Glovers and the dividing line that marks the difference between success and failure. And despite a few points of heart failure, it ended the afternoon with the exact same margin still in place.

At one point during the Saturday afternoon, it looked as though a real horror show was looming. Around 4.25pm, Walsall were beating Port Vale 1-0, AFC Bournemouth were 1-0 up against Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United were 2-1 up against Brentford, Blackpool were beating Swansea City 1-0 and MK Dons were 1-0 up against Swindon Town. Only Gary Johnson was doing the business with Bristol City 2-0 up at Hartlepool United. Do those who regularly stay glued to the rolling results and vidiprinter websites let themselves get put through this hell every week?

Thankfully a five minute glut of goals swung matters back towards a more favourable set of results for those in South Somerset. Walsall, Bournemouth and Rotherham were all unable to hold onto their leads as all three drew, meaning that only Blackpool's shock 1-0 win over Swansea City caused significant damage, with the Lancashire site leapfrogging the Glovers to see both clubs swapping places, resulting in Yeovil completing the day in 19th place.

Hartlepool pulled a late goal back through Eifion Williams but Bristol City held on for the win meaning that the 4th from bottom side stayed on 45 points - four behind the Glovers. Rotherham's draw saw them inch a further point towards safety and they lie two points behind Yeovil.

Deep in the drop zone itself, Franchise FC have suddenly given themselves hope where there was none with their win over Swindon Town. Danny Wilson's side were dead and buried at the start of April, but two consecutive wins on the road have drawn them level with the Wiltshire side and suddenly they lie four points from safety. To make matters all the more tantalising, their next fixture is at home to Hartlepool on Monday! Walsall's miserable form of one win during 2006 sees them continue to occupy the other relegation slot, just a point ahead of the bottom pair.

The full League One table can be viewed here: Latest League One Table.

There is a near-full programme of matches taking place on Easter Monday - only Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield have chosen to put back their match by 24 hours. As mentioned, the match at the National Hockey Stadium will be of most interest to Glovers fans as MK Dons play host to Hartlepool. Elsewhere all of the other League One clubs near the bottom go on their travels. Whilst the Glovers go to the City Ground, Swindon Town are at Scunthorpe, Walsall are at Doncaster, Rotherham United are at Swansea, Blackpool are at Brentford, Tranmere Rovers are at Colchester and Bournemouth are at Port Vale which means that all of the sides at the bottom face tough fixtures. But will the form book mean anything at this stage of the season?


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15 April 2006 : Interview With Adam Lockwood
Defender Adam Lockwood spoke exclusively to George Murray after the 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Huish Park. Lockwood spoke of his honour to captain the side in the absence of Terry Skiverton.

The 24-year-old said: "It was good, especially when you are starting the season and you are not playing and then you get back in the side and then you get to be captain. Obviously I was proud to do it and I will do it as much as I can when Skivo is not available. If you get asked it is an honour."

Read the full interview with Adam Lockwood by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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15 April 2006 : Medics Corner : What Is An Arthroscopy?
Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale was stretchered off after an hour of yesterday's 1-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park. The goalkeeper suffered a repeat of the knee injury that he sustained at Chesterfield and although initial fears that the injury may have been more serious were unfounded, it is still expected to rule him out for the rest of the season.

Speaking after the game, Glovers boss Steve Thompson said of the injury: "We think he is out for the season. It is the same injury that he did at Chesterfield. It is a knee injury and I have just spoken to the doctor and the physio and I think the general consensus is that he is out for the rest of the season. We will have to investigate it probably with an arthroscopy into the knee to find exactly what is wrong."

An arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopaedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, "arthro" (joint) and "skopein" (to look). The term literally means "to look within the joint."

In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopaedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient's skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint. By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.

The television camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a television screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee-at cartilage and ligaments, and under the kneecap. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury, and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary

Given that the injury Chris sustained was as part of the build-up to Scunthorpe's winning goal, Thommo has absolved his No.1 of any blame for Billy Sharp's header: "He actually did the injury taking off so that could have actually affected him in coming for the ball. He didn't do it on landing - I've actually spoken to him - he did it on taking off so that might have had a bearing on the goal."


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15 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Scunthorpe Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson called on everyone associated with the club to hold their nerve over the last four games as defeat at home to Scunthorpe United set things up for a tense finale to the League One campaign. Speaking immediately after the 1-0 defeat at Huish Park, Steve answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Steve it's obviously a very disappointing result for you at Huish Park. What's your reaction to your side's performance this evening?

ST: Obviously like you've said I am very disappointed with the result. The players kept going though, after a first half where very few chances were created. They kept going until the end, there was a lot of huff and puff. I wouldn't say that I'm proud of the players because I don't think that would be the right thing to say after a defeat at home. But their reaction in the dressing room tells me that we've got every chance of doing this. We might have to do it the hard way and get a result at Nottingham Forest on Monday.

Qu: That is Yeovil though - the kind of team that can go to somewhere like Forest and get a result there.

ST: Well we've shown throughout the season that we can win games. What we can't seem to do is to put a consistent run of wins together. I just felt that it was a great opportunity tonight to back up the Doncaster win. Obviously Scunthorpe had their own ideas and came with a gameplan that very much thwarted us in the first half and we had to change it. Five or ten minutes after half time we went to 4-4-2. We created a few chances in the second half. There was a lot of workrate and effort from the players but we just lacked a little bit of cleverness and maybe a little bit of luck when Adam Lockwood hit the post after the keeper saved it onto the post. I'm disappointed but so is everyone, including all the players with the result. But we haven't got time to wallow in pity or do anything like that. We are all in tomorrow (Saturday). Some will be in to recover from the game with a loosener, whilst others will train properly and as I've said to them in the changing room, preparation now for Monday's game was always very important but it needs to be first class, 100 percent, spot on. We look forward now to Monday. It's my job and Kevin's job to look at the video and see if we change things. That's something that we have to do now in preparation for Monday.

Qu: Is it good in a way that this next game comes up so quickly in that it gives you a way of getting it out of your system with speed?

ST: Yes, in a way and also the fact that it will be Forest with a game of something like 20-25,000. I think that is a good thing because some of these players have probably not played in front of a crowd that big. Yes we look forward to the game and we desperately want to get today's result out of our system and Nottingham Forest is one hell of a game to get a result in.

Qu: It's a tough run-in that you've got. Is it at this part of the season that nerve plays as big a part as any other attribute?

ST: Yes you do have to hold your nerve, and that includes management, players, fans and everybody. We all have to hold our nerve and we are giving it our all to try and stay clear of those relegation places. Obviously we will be biting our nails tomorrow watching the results and hoping the games go for us.

Qu: What is the news on Chris Weale?

ST: We think he is out for the season. It is the same injury that he did at Chesterfield. It is a knee injury and I have just spoken to the doctor and the physio and I think the general consensus is that he is out for the rest of the season. We will have to investigate it probably with an arthroscopy into the knee to find exactly what is wrong.

Qu: Did you think that any of the blame for the goal was down to him?

ST: Well he actually did the injury taking off so that could have actually affected him in coming for the ball. He didn't do it on landing - I've actually spoken to him - he did it on taking off so that might have had a bearing on the goal. We also felt that there had been a foul in the lead up to the goal in that Paul Terry had been pulled back as the corner had been put in. But anyway that is gone and we can't do anything about that. You can only moan at referees and it's not my style to do that.

Qu: You kept faith with the side for quite a while during the early part of the game. Were you tempted to make any changes during that first half?

ST: No, it was 0-0, it was a tight game. I think as a football manager you make a change, and we made changes throughout the game. Maybe if I had to relive the game........ but it's always easy with hindsight. I still believe that the changes that I made gave us an impetus and changed the way that we played a little bit. In terms of what we did, we tried to be more attacking. But you've got to remember that we went out with three strikers on the pitch. It's not like we went out with a defensive formation. That's the same formation that we went out with against Doncaster and everyone was seeing three strikers on the pitch and it worked. Football is an easy game with hindsight isn't it? And we would all be fantastic managers with hindsight.


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15 April 2006 : Officials For City Ground
Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire) is the referee for the first ever visit of Yeovil Town to the City Ground on Monday. Go here for the Ciderspace Away Guide. We claim no infallible memory for the men in black, but don't recall the name. This could mean we haven't had Miller before, or that if we had he was forgettably competent.

Jim Hubbard (Leicestershire) and Alan Greaves (Yorkshire) are the assistants, Geoff Law (Leicestershire) the fourth official.


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15 April 2006 : Youths Closing In On Title
The Yeovil Yown U-18 side took another step towards becoming the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference champions today. In a rather bad tempered match against Exeter City the Glovers came back from one down, and with only ten men, recorded their eleventh straight win, 1-2.

Yeovil went behind after 20 minutes, and when Gary Bowles was sent off for a second yellow card, seemingly for dissent, things didn't look good for the visitors. However the Glovers fought back. A corner was taken short to Jake Smeeton who got a shot in. The Exeter goalkeeper could only parry, and JAMIE UNDERWOOD bundled the loose ball home from three yards out.

1-1 at half-time.

In the second period Yeovil took the lead. A free kick from DALE WILLIAMS was put in towards the far post. Danny Thompson got closest to a touch, but it evaded everyone and seems to have been credited as going straight in. 1-2.

City threw more forward in an attempt to retrieve the match, and Matt Concliffe was brought on for Tom Clarke, and late on Dan O'Brien replaced Thompson, as the ten men held on. Exeter pressurised in the last 20 minutes but failed to create clear cut chances. The nearest they came was in the final minute when Scott Vine collided in the box with a Grecian centre-back who was pushing up, but the referee ruled the contact as accidental.

Final score : Exeter City U-18 1 Yeovil Town U-18 2

Starting line-up : Scott Vine, Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton, Jamie Underwood, Matt Pitcher, Gary Bowles, Danny Thompson, Tom Clarke, Phil Ormrod, Dale Williams, Ben Wood.


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14 April 2006 : Glovers Not So Sharp
Yeovil Town's bid to retain League One status took a knock this evening after a 1-0 defeat to Brian Laws's Scunthorpe United. The defeat leaves the Somerset outfit just four points from the drop and having played a game more than the relevant teams around them.

Scunthorpe were the better side in the first half with Yeovil barely threatening. The Glovers had to rely on 'keeper Chris Weale to keep the scores level at half time. First Weale denied Cleveland Taylor with a superb fingertip save before denying two decent shots by the visitors in the last five minutes of the first period.

The goal finally came on 57 minutes when Billy Sharp broke the deadlock with a header following a corner but unfortunately keeper Chris Weale had to be stretchered off after a knee injury sustained during the build-up to the goal. The goal should have been short-lived but Adam Lockwood's header smacked the woodwork and Scunthorpe's 'keeper Tom Evans did well to deny Chris Cohen with the follow up attempt.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1

Chris Weale's injury was confirmed after the match as being a repeat of the knee problem he sustained up at Chesterfield. Although thorough medical tests have yet to be performed on the knee, the initial view from the medical staff was that this setback would almost certainly rule him out of the four remaining games of the season. Just as well then, that Thommo ensured that Arsenal keeper Michael Jordan was signed up for the rest of the season earlier this week.

There was one other game in League One today, with leaders Southend United coming a surprise cropper at the hands of Gillingham who have stormed through the table in recent weeks going from a relegation-threatened team who were hammered by Bristol City 6-0 just four weeks ago, into a side now sat in the dizzy heights of 10th. Tommy Black scored the only goal of the game at Roots Hall.

[George Murray/Martin Baker]


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14 April 2006 : No Targets For Thommo
Glovers boss Steve Thompson will not be relaxing, even if Yeovil Town clock up a win against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park tonight. On many seasons 52 points has been enough to keep a side in League One and three points tonight would attain that target, but Steve says he is not taking any chances.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "No, I don't set a points target. My target is to win the next game against Scunthorpe. After that it will be the next game. I think the trouble with setting a points target is that I am sort of playing as a God as if I know exactly how every other result is going to go. I don't think anyone can do that otherwise we'd all be well off, winning on the fixed odds or on the pools every week. I don't know how the other games are going to go. Teams below us may have really great runs or really poor runs so I am very reluctant to do that, and I just feel that it is a game that I don't want to play."

That said, he did concede that a win would go a long way towards achieving safety: "I think it is very important that we get a good result on Friday to back up the result we had against Doncaster. I am not saying that three points would definitely make us safe but I know that me, the players, the staff and everyone connected with the club will feel a whole lot better with another three points in the bag. That's what we are all going out to try and achieve on the Friday night."

The last two meetings between the two clubs have ended up with 4-3 wins and Steve recalled the earlier season meeting at Glanford Park: "We were 2-0 down after 20 minutes. We made changes then because I felt we had to. Things obviously were not going well at that stage. I put on a striker for a full-back and it worked. We won the game 4-3. But we know it is going to be a tough game. Scunthorpe have scored a lot of goals but they tend to let a few in as well."


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14 April 2006 : Book Review : 'Around The World With Yeovil Town'
The bookshelves haven't been groaning with works on Yeovil Town over the years, so three since 2003 is something to cheer about. Ciderspace has at last got round to reviewing the latest, Around The World With Yeovil Town, by Michael Bromfield, here.


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13 April 2006 : Yeovil Town v Scunthorpe United match preview
Yeovil Town entertain Scunthorpe United at Huish Park tomorrow evening, kick off 7.45pm, knowing that a win will put themselves within touching distance of League One safety for another season - and what a massive achievement that will be for this particular small club in the light of all that's gone on off the pitch this season. But let's not get ahead of ourselves! One game at a time as manager Steve Thompson quite rightly keeps saying, starting with the Iron tomorrow night.

Scunthorpe are currently 15th in League One on 52 points, 3 ahead of the Glovers and with a slightly better goal difference. Any sort of win tomorrow evening will put the Glovers level on points with Scunny and a win by a 2 goal margin will put the Glovers above Scunthorpe in the table. Fairly close between the teams then this season, you might think? Not according to Scunny boss Brian Laws: "We've done well [this season], and only Yeovil [of the 4 promoted clubs] have struggled a bit," he told the BBC site earlier this week. Back in the real world the Glovers will be going for the double over the Iron this season, having won the previous fixture 3-4 at Glanford Park back in October - by a coincidence the same score that the Glovers beat Scunny by the last time the Iron visited Huish Park in February 2005 when both clubs were competing for promotion from League Two.

Twenty-goal striker Billy Sharp is expected to start for the visitors after recovering from ankle ligament damage, as is experienced defender Andy Crosby, out until recently with a groin injury. Definitely out is midfielder Matt Sparrow, who completes a 2 game ban. Also missing with long term injury problems are the familar (familiar to Yeovil fans anyway) names of defender Andy Butler (cruciate ligaments), midfielder Neil Mackenzie (ankle ligaments) and fullback Lee Ridley (knee).

For the Glovers, right-back Kevin Amankwaah (ankle) is doubtful for tomorrow's match as is striker Danny Webb (ankle). Goalkeeper Steve Collis has recovered from the virus that kept him out of last week's 3-0 win over Doncaster and is available for selection."It was a great win against Doncaster but now we need to go and do it all again against Scunthorpe," Glovers boss Steve Thompson said today. "It's another massive home match for us and important we get the supporters in and behind us again - they were fantastic against Doncaster." A sentiment echoed by leading scorer Phil Jevons who appealed for a big turnout from home fans tomorow night: "Some supporters just jump on the bandwagon when we are doing well but we need them more than ever now because they can make a huge difference," Jevo told the Western Gazette today.

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 11/10; draw - 11/5; Scunthorpe win - 11/5. Our recommendation: Need you ask? £5 on the home win! Record so far this season: +£11.17p.


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13 April 2006 : Forest Ticketing Update
Latest news on the ticketing for Monday's clash at The City Ground is that sales are going so well Nottingham Forest have opened up a section of the Bridgford Lower Stand for home supporters.

Additionally, if any Yeovil fans were considering using the Family Enclosure (see the Ciderspace Away Profile - Club Information - Ticket Prices - for details) and haven't already bought their tickets, this area has now sold out.


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13 April 2006 : Doncaster MOTM result
Terry Skiverton has been voted YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his performance in the 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.

Full results are at the foot of the match report.


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12 April 2006 : Cohen Hoping For Home Platform
On-loan midfielder Chris Cohen considers that last Saturday's 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers could be what his side needed to get themselves going again. The win was the Glovers first win at home for three months, and Cohen hopes that it will now give them the momentum to gain points out of their remaining three home matches.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Chris explained: "It gives you a massive lift. We've got a reasonably difficult run-in, playing Nottingham Forest away, Colchester (home) and also Huddersfield away. So we know that our home games are going to be important, especially last Saturday's (against Doncaster), this Friday's (against Scunthorpe) and the one against Gillingham. We want to try and pick up maximum points from those games so that we can try and hopefully get ourselves safe with a couple of games to spare."

Chris was asked what his plans were in the future and he admitted that playing first team football for his parent club West Ham United would be his principle aim: "That would obviously be the dream for me at the moment. I've had a great time at Yeovil and it has been a brilliant experience for me, but as I am sure everyone would agree, I have got to aim as high as I possibly can and go for it and see what happens. At the end of the day if West Ham don't think that is a possibility then I'll have to have a look around and I will just play wherever I can really, where I can play football. I just love playing football and I want to play regularly somewhere."


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12 April 2006 : No Go For Rosey
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has today confirmed to the Western Daily Press that left-back Michael Rose will not be allowed to face his parent club in Friday night's match at Huish Park.

Rose has been on loan at Scunthorpe United since the start of January and plans to remain with them until the end of the season having only made one substitute appearance for the Glovers this season. However, as part of a condition of his loan agreement, Rosey will not be permitted to turn out for the Iron - a fairly standard practice these days when loan deals are struck between clubs operating within the same division.


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12 April 2006 : Thommo Praises Jevo Midfield Role
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has praised Phil Jevons for the unconventional role he performed in midfield last weekend against Doncaster Rovers. With Arron Davies and Matt Harrold having formed a partnership up front whilst Jevo was out injured, Thommo chose not to disrupt that partnership and instead opted to bring back his top scorer into a deeper position. That decision paid off with Jevons scoring on his full comeback into the side.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Steve explained: "Yes, I was pleased as he got on the ball quite a lot. He is a very intelligent player and he showed that cleverness. Obviously he scored and it was good for him to get onto that scoring sheet again. He has had a few injuries, so it was good to get him back and scoring, although he also looked creative as well with his play. He can play up front, he can play in midfield, and you can even play him wide if you wanted him to. He did very well on Saturday and I was very pleased with his performance."


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12 April 2006 : Good Friday Officials
It's the famous Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire) to referee the match with Scunthorpe United. Still cursed by Bulls****** supporters - for a completely correct decision that they blame as denying them a return to the Football League - he will always start with a ton of credit amongst Glovers fans for this single act.

We met up with him in Non-league days, and it must be said he wasn't very good. However his one time officiating a Yeovil match so far this season, away in the Carling Cup victory at Portman Road, was perfectly adequate.

Ron James (Buckinghamshire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon) are the assistants, Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire) the fourth official.


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11 April 2006 : Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Cardiff City Reserves 1
David Poole gave the Glovers the lead on 35 minutes, but the home side couldn't hold on and the Bluebirds equalised through a Joe Jacobson freekick in the second half.

A full match report is now online, and those with the relevant access will also be able to watch highlights of the game on Cardiff City World sometime today (Wednesday). On the Yeovil official site too, we hear you ask? Let's not be silly now.

Match report: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 - 1 Cardiff City Reserves.


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11 April 2006 : Games In Hand Used Up
That's it : everyone now on 41 played.

We are determined not to tempt fate, and Yeovil Town still have to do a bit more to ensure League One football next term, but it would be fair to say tonight's results weren't disappointing for the clubs in the lower reaches who weren't playing.

In the 'six-pointer' battle at the Bescot, Walsall stayed in 23rd, a game closer to the drop. One win in fifteen became one in sixteen as the Saddlers rather tamely succumbed to AFC Bournemouth 0-1. The Cherries moved up one to 17th, two points ahead of Yeovil Town, who slip to 18th.

Hartlepool United put up a sterner fight at Layer Road, hitting the woodwork three times. It wasn't until the hour mark, when Darren Williams was sent off by our friend Trevor Kettle (nice one, Trev!) for a second yellow card offence, that the home side began to get on top. Two late goals from Neil Danns on 83 and 90 minutes sent Pools on the long trip home pointless. They remain in the last relegation place, four points behind the Glovers.

Swansea City made hard work of beating Swindon Town, going a goal down on 62 minutes, but came back to deny the Robins 2-1. Swindon stay in 22nd, six points behind Yeovil Town.


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11 April 2006 : It's A Tough Life
Ever wondered what they really earn? Footballers have regularly been criticised for the ridiculous amounts of money they make, and the Professional Footballers' Association has revealed the average wage for players today thanks to a survey run with The Independent.

Players in the Premier League earn on average £676,000 per year, which is the equivalent of £13,000 every week - and that figure can double when performance-related bonuses are added. That's unless your club is Sunderland of course.

Of more interest to Yeovil Town fans though, is the fact that League One players earn on average £67,850 per year - £1,300 each week. That's right, one tenth the amount earned by the Premiership lads. The difference between the average from last year's level - League Two - is only £350 per week (League Two players averaging £49,600 per year). I say only because the difference between League One earnings and the average for Championship players is £2,450 per week. Yup, DIFFERENCE - an average of £3,750 each week for the 2nd tier of League Football.

Now it's pretty safe to say that the Glovers squad in the main are not going to be at the average for League One players, and these figures might just explain why the club is being so careful over the issue of new contracts to players. The findings also show just why the club must find alternative avenues for income, as Championship football surely cannot be sustainable with the current income streams. The club may well be treading a tightrope with the current players who are out of contract in the summer, but as things stand, that's just how it's going to be until we reach the same financial footing as many other clubs in this league.

[Chris Medland]


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11 April 2006 : Yeovil Town Reserves Line-Up
The team news now released by the Official Site lists the following as the squad for tonight :

Michael Jordan, Gary Bowles, Sam Alsop, Craig Rocastle, Colin Miles, Bradley Thomas, Marc Wilson, David Poole, Kevin Gall, Daniel Webb, Dale Williams, Jake Smeeton, Phil Ormrod, Craig Alcock.

Also, following up from our item earlier today, the Official Site has now confirmed the extended loan of Michael Jordan, and additionally announced that the loan of Marc Wilson will continue until the end of the season.

Steve Thompson and Kevin Hodges, along with Stuart Housley, will be travelling to Lilleshall for the Premier League Exit Trials. Youngsters released by Premiership clubs will be playing in a series of trial matches to put themselves in the shop window for interested parties and possible contracts next season.


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11 April 2006 : Cardiff City Line-Up For Tonight
Cardiff City have chosen their starting line-up for tonight's match against Yeovil Town Reserves at Huish Park (kick-off 7.00pm). The line-up includes former Rushden and Diamonds keeper Lee Worgan who is a team-mate of Arron Davies in the Welsh Under 21s set-up. The remainder are in the main Cardiff City Academy players.

Cardiff City: (expected starting line-up) Lee Worgan, Chris Gunter, Lloyd Jenkins, Danny Parslow, Joe Jacobson, Anthony Taylor, Darcy Blake, Ryan Morgan, Curtis McDonald, Jamal Easter, Ian Robinson.

There is currently no word from the Yeovil camp as to what sort of side will be out at Huish Park tonight.


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11 April 2006 : Big Night In Relegation Battle
Those Yeovil Town supporters not out watching the Reserves (see below) are likely to be keeping one eye on the vidiprinter or Ceefax tonight, as four of the clubs dicing with relegation from League One take the field to catch up their game in hand.

Hartlepool United, four points behind the Glovers, travel to Layer Road to meet Colchester United. The U's, who looked a good bet for automatic promotion around Christmas, have had something of a major blip in form since their defeat by Chelsea in the F.A. Cup and will be battling hard to keep a grip on their current play-off spot.

Swindon Town, currently 22nd and six points behind Yeovil, make up their game against Swansea City, postponed so Lee Trundle could make an arse of himself at the Millennium Stadium - the repercussions of which er, trundle on. The Swans, having lost their last two league games as the pressure begins to tell at the top end of the table as well as the bottom end, have serious need of a victory at the Liberty Stadium to keep their push for promotion going.

Finally, Walsall, 23rd and six points adrift of the Glovers, meet AFC Bournemouth, 18th and a single point back, at the Bescot Stadium. Harder to call what result Yeovil fans would like from this one. On the principle of keeping any four clubs as far behind us as possible this writer will be looking for a Saddlers loss, or perhaps the draw. Those of a more optimistic nature may prefer a Walsall win so the Glovers hold on to 17th place.


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11 April 2006 : Jordan's Loan Extended
Michael Jordan has extended his loan spell at Yeovil Town until 6th May, 2006.

The 19-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper joined the Glovers for an initial month's loan in March, and will now stay at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Jordan broke through into reserve team football last season, with three appearances, and also sat on the bench for the Gunners' First Team in a Carling Cup tie against Everton. This season Jordan has made two appearances for Arsenal's Reserves. He was an England Under-17 international.


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11 April 2006 : Reserves vs Cardiff City
A reminder that there is a Combination Cup Group A match between Yeovil Town Reserves and Cardiff City Reserves taking place at Huish Park tonight, kick-off 7.00pm.

Prices for the game are for season ticket holders: Adults 2 pounds, Concessions free of charge. Non-season ticket holders can gain admission as follows: Adults 3 pounds, Concessions 2 pounds.

There is currently no team news available from either camp - as soon as it is made available, we will publish the line-ups here.


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11 April 2006 : Youth Team At Exeter
Saturday's Youth Team game against Exeter City will take place at Exeter City's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground which is situated in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads will no doubt dictate what route to take but for reference, a detailed map can be found here whilst a more wider-scale map can be found here. Remember that this is Easter Saturday, and so allow extra time for travelling as you may meet one or two other cars on the road down to Devon!

Kick-off for the match is Saturday, 11.00am and obviously with the first team match being played on the Friday night, Glovers fans who are stuck for something to do on the Saturday morning could do worse than cheer on Stuart Housley's side, who are currently top of the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference with just three games remaining.


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10 April 2006 : Cohen In Team of the Week
Congratulations to Chris Cohen, who makes the Football League Team of the Week - League One. It is as a centre-back, which may come as a bit of a surprise to Chris, but then he does cover every blade of grass most games.

Full line-up :

Mark Goodlad - Port Vale
Wayne Brown - Colchester United
Neil Austin - Barnsley
Chris Cohen - Yeovil Town
David Wetherall - Bradford City
Michael Cummins - Port Vale
Gary Smith - Milton Keynes Dons
Lee Williamson - Rotherham United
Steven Foley - AFC Bournemouth
David Cotterill - Bristol City
Freddy Eastwood - Southend United


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10 April 2006 : Easter Sunday Is Decision Day
Yeovil Town Ladies have another week to wait before they know if they are Champions of the South West Premier Division, or not. Frome Town could only draw 1-1 away at Exeter City yesterday, but it was enough to keep the title race open. With Yeovil having a +35 goal difference to Frome's +20 a defeat at Exeter would have left Frome needing to win their final game by an unlikely 15 goal margin, and thus take the title on goals scored. However now, only two points adrift, any victory will do. Frome are away to Team Bath on Sunday 16th April.

A reminder that Yeovil Town are playing Team Bath in the Final of the Premier Division League Cup at Speed Meadow (Cullompton Rangers FC), on Sunday April 23rd. Kick-off is 2.00 p.m.


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9 April 2006 : This Week's Regular Internet-Bashing Guest Slot
Today's Sunday Independent carries the latest in a long line of people rolling up to join in with the great sport of Internet-bashing and this time it is long-standing journalist John Lukins who pushes to the front of a queue with yet another article guaranteed to rub a few people up the wrong way.

The slight flaw in the opinion column is made clear from the offset - like many before him who have criticised Yeovil Town supporters, Mr Lukins freely admits that he does not use the Internet! It is therefore surprising that such an experienced journalist has chosen to make this very subject the centrepiece of this week's article.

In a piece entitled "Some Supporters Have Very Short Memories", Lukins opens up by saying "as someone who began his career chiselling out reports in stone, I am not best friends with the Internet. Consequently I have not read those vitriolic and unsigned offerings which demand that Glovers manager Steve Thompson be cast into outer darkness. But I am amazed at how short memories are".

What are these "vitriolic and unsigned offerings" Mr Lukins speaks of? Presumably he will not be able to explain as he clearly states he has not seen them. Although some supporters have expressed reservations on internet forums at some aspects of the past three month's worth of football, only one or two have ever reached the stage at which the word "vitriolic" could be attributed to their views. And unsurprisingly as the Internet represents a wide-bearing cross-section of supporters opinions you will find an equal number arguing the opposite corner - something that time and time again those that do not use the Internet seem to find difficult to understand.

Furthermore is it even newsworthy? If Mr Lukins picked up a suggestion that some supporters in the Marquee Bar or the VP Lounge had been expressing similar opinions, would the VP Lounge as a collective be judged as a single newsworthy source? Or would it be merely dismissed as bar talk? And surely as a journalist you investigate the facts, canvass opinion, and determine how big a faction truly are calling for the manager's head? Or is it sufficient to rely on second-hand gossip for the average newspaper story these days?

Mr Lukins continues by saying that "it seems like yesterday when Yeovil Town's fans were ecstatic at gaining promotion from the Ryman League. Now they are rubbing shoulders with Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Huddersfield and some are moaning about it".

Ignoring the point that Yeovil Town never played in any competition called the Ryman League, it can be safely assumed that no Yeovil Town fan will be heard to moan about the privilege of playing any of the above three clubs. Perhaps where you may hear them moan is if they fear that such a privilege may not be available to them next season. Some will question the manager, others may question the board of directors, others may see it as "just one of those things". But there are few supporters who will just sit there and shrug their shoulders because football is a passionate sport.

It is a shame that the column gets off to such a bad start, as thereafter some reasoned and logical points are made. After asking Steve's views on his six months in charge, Lukins goes on to point out that "an encouraging sign that must be noticed by even his most sternest critic is that the players play for Thompson. They don't always play well, but collectively there is still plenty of pride in the performance".

Lukins continues pointing out that "he (Thompson) would point out that Bosman robbed him of two of his best players in January (Lee Johnson and Darren Way) and there have been a lot of injuries to contend with. He has had no control over those things. Like all managers Thompson will be judged. But the time to mark him out of ten is around Christmas when hopefully he will have his own rebuilt team functioning as he wants. At the moment although it is all so frustrating, fans need to be focussing on the plus points - and there are plenty!"


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9 April 2006 : Captain Marvel Interview
Terry Skiverton spoke of his delight after scoring the opening goal in yesterday’s 3-0 win at Huish Park against playoff-hopefuls Doncaster Rovers, which ended Yeovil Town’s sixth consecutive home game without a win.

The skipper said: "That is definitely the best one that I have scored - first of all it was with my foot! I haven’t seen the goal on video but I saw it out of my eyes and it looked alright! Lindy put the ball in, Matt Harrold flicked it on and then there was that bit of brilliance!"

The post-match thoughts of a rather pleased Terry Skiverton can be read here or by going to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. Transcripted by George Murray.


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9 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Doncaster Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson hailed a "massive" win at Huish Park yesterday as his side comfortably beat Doncaster Rovers by a 3-0 scoreline. Speaking after the game, a delighted Thommo answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Steve, in the context of your season how big was that win today?

ST: A massive win, very important, and I was very pleased with the result - delighted. I was very pleased with the work ratio and the way that we have come back from what was not a great performance at Bristol City.

Qu: What pleased you the most? The way your side attacked, or the way that you were so organised and didn't give Doncaster any room to work in?

ST: Just going for the 90 minutes, looking creative and looking as though we were going to score goals. We scored three and could have had a few more. We were looking reasonably solid at the back. We did have a few scary moments but to win a game 3-0 against Doncaster who are still harbouring hopes of the playoffs was a great result and a very important one at this time. We know we are not safe yet and we know there is more work to be done. All that matters to me now is that my players worked very hard today and I am very pleased with their response. The crowd were great and got right behind us and all that matters now is Scunthorpe at home on Friday.

Qu: Terry Skiverton getting that early goal for you really set the scene for you. It just lifted a bit of the pressure didn't it?

ST: Yes, he does come up with some important goals. He scored one at MK Dons earlier in the season, and he's scored another one today which helped to settle our nerves a little bit. There is pressure when you are in this situation and that early goal was great for us because it gave us a platform to go out and express ourselves.

Qu: It was well taken as well and he looked like a centre-forward in the box there!

ST: Yes, for a central defender, Terry has got very good technical ability and he showed that to his full extent in the way that he controlled it, moved to the side of the player and smashed a half-volley in. That showed great technical ability and it was a great goal.

Qu: The second two goals were fairly similar in a way, in that you threaded forward and caught them on the hop a bit on the break. It was like the Yeovil of old wasn't it when you were marauding towards those championships?

ST: Yes, I do feel that we are quite an athletic team and we can counter-attack people and we did that for the two goals in the second half and also on other occasions. In all fairness Doncaster had quite a lot of the ball on occasions in the second half but we counter-attacked them very well. That is always a decent ploy in football if you are a decent counter-attacking team and are able to do that and we did that well today.

Qu: Arron Davies is on a fine run isn't he? He was struggling a bit in midfield but he must now be close to being your number one striker now!

ST: Well he has got six goals in eight games and that is great going by anyone's standards. Let's hope there is more to come. He looks dangerous doesn't he? He's had the goal, he's had the shot that has flashed just wide of the goal in the second half, and he's had a couple in the first half that have been blocked. When Arron gets his shots in he has got a great shot and he is dangerous.

Qu: And great for Jevons to come back into the starting line-up and notch another one.

ST: Yes, I though Jevo was very calm and composed in the way that he played today and we needed that. He turned in a very good performance. Obviously I am overall pleased with the win and the way that the players played.

Qu: It was also noticeable with him and Skiverton there as natural leaders, they were getting in amongst the players, breaking up play and pointing out things that could be done better.

ST: Yes, you need as many leaders on the pitch as you can get. Terry Skiverton is an obvious leader. He has been captain of the club for years now. Phil Jevons leads by example in his own way. Both of them have captained the team this season so it was great to have those two back and of course Chris Weale who has been a part of the furniture around here for around six years now. So it was great to have those three fit and available again and they contributed a lot to our victory.

Qu: At the final whistle there was a mini lap of honour led by Terry Skiverton again. He was pumping his arms to the crowd and trying to gee them up. It's another sign of the unity here at Yeovil Town that is needed here between now and the end of the season.

ST: Yes, obviously it has been a difficult season and it is not over yet. There is a lot that has gone on here both on the pitch and off the pitch. We know that we have to stick together to give ourselves a chance of doing what we want to do, and we all know what that is. That is to stay in this league. Today's result is a big step towards that, but it by no means guarantees it. We have still got a lot of work to do starting on Friday against Scunthorpe.

Qu: Is it one more win now Steve - is 52 points that magic number?

ST: I am not saying anything involving points! No way am I going to say what number of points it will be. There were some strange results today. Some were good results for us, and some others we said 'oh no' when we heard the results. I don't know what points it will be but what I do know is that 49 points will not keep us up so we have still got work to do.

Qu: Is Steve Collis OK?

ST: He fell ill yesterday and didn't train. That illness has carried on today. He has been sick most of the night so he was unavailable for selection.

Qu: Just a word for Chris Cohen - it was another immense performance from him.

ST: Yes, he has got bounds of energy. He has been terrific for us as I have said in the past. If we can improve his game we will try to do that. He wants to get a goal so desperately and I would love him to score a goal because he fully deserves a goal. That would be a great moment if we can help him get that and let's hope it comes on Friday night.

Qu: What do you make of your chances to be able to keep him here for next season?

ST: Well that is not just up to me. From my point of view, I would be saying 100 percent yes, let's do the deal now - bang! But there is West Ham and there is Chris Cohen. My discussions with them and with him will remain private.

Qu: Are you surprised at how toothless Rovers turned out to be today?

ST: I think you have to give us a bit of credit. We knew that they had two wide men that like to get at you in Timlin and Coppinger and we tried to negate that by playing the wing-back system and it has worked for us today. So we have done a job on them. I'm sure that Dave Penney will be disappointed with their performance but we have done a good job on them. So I would like to look at it from our point of view in that we did a good job to negate a team's strengths.

Qu: Kevin Amankwaah - is he likely to be ready for next Friday?

ST: Yes, I am very hopeful he will be fit for next Friday.


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9 April 2006 : News From Brizzle Is Good
Probably the ideal result between Bristol Rovers U18s and Swindon Town U18s yesterday, as they fought out a 2-2 draw in their chase to catch league leaders Yeovil Town. All the goals came in the first half, with the visitors taking a 0-2 advantage through Chris Allen and Ben Wells before Rovers hit back with efforts from Cai Yin Juan and Sean Rigg.

The Gas Youth Team manager Tony Ricketts said :

It was disappointing not to get the three points, but considering we were two goals down after 31 minutes the boys did well. The first half was quite even, but we were the better team in the second half, and we missed a few one-on-one opportunities where we should have done better. But it was still a good result for us as Swindon are a decent side, it's just a shame that by both of us dropping points, we've probably handed the league to Yeovil.

Presuming no one slipped in a game midweek without us noticing, possible but league fixtures rarely take place midweek in Youth football, the current situation is :

1. Yeovil Town 43 points, +32 goal difference, 3 to play
2. Bristol Rovers, 40 points, +19 goal difference, 1 to play
3. Swindon Town, 40 points, +18 goal difference, 2 to play
4. Plymouth Argyle, 38 points, +26 goal difference, 3 to play


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9 April 2006 : Another Badge Offer
Two new badges are on offer, for the Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town fixture on Monday 17th April.

Nottingham Forest v Yeovil Town, 2005-6 Nottingham Forest v Yeovil Town, 2005-6
Nottingham Forest v Yeovil Town, 2005-6
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster


Two variations of this high quality enamel lapel badge are available at £3.00 each. To reserve by post send a cheque (adding 50p for postage and packing) to :

Tim Lancaster, 45, Goytre Road, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, SA13 2YN.

Tim will be selling badges at the City Ground on the day of the game.

Badges are also sold through the Green and White Supporters' Club Shop, and they carry a 50p donation to Yeovil Town Football Club.


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8 April 2006 : Youth Team Win Crucial Match
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side won their crunch match against Plymouth Argyle by an impressive 4-0 scoreline on the top pitch today. Before the game, Argyle were the best-placed side to catch the Glovers, despite starting the match in 4th place in the table.

The Glovers got off to a flyer with Dale Williams getting a 7th minute strike in from close range as the home side kicked into the wind. However, they had a serious blow midway through the half when Williams went over in pain and had to be stretchered off with ankle ligament damage, with Danny Thompson taking his place. Thankfully Dale took his place in the stands at Huish Park later in the day, clutching a pair of crutches, but with the injury not thought to be serious enough to require a hospital trip.

Plymouth sort of came back into the game during the period just before and just after the half time break, passing the ball around sweetly in well worked triangles, but without any real end product. After 15 minutes where Yeovil were in the main chasing shadows but without keeper Jamie Jenkins seriously breaking sweat, the Glovers showed Plymouth what to do with the ball in a blistering 15 minute spell that won the home side the game.

Phil Ormrod showed quick reactions to smash home a loose ball in the penalty box on 65 minutes, then Matty Concliffe took advantage of a superb cross by substitute Dan O'Brien that left the Argyle defence in disarray six minutes later. Jamie Underwood wrapped things up by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Gary Bowles had headed on a long throw with eight minutes remaining, punishing Argyle for the fourth time for their inability to react to loose balls in the penalty box.

Well done to Stuart Housley and the lads for a big win! It was also good to see first team manager Steve Thompson in the dugout watching the whole game. The result puts Yeovil firmly in the driving seat, five points clear of Argyle with three games remaining. Second placed Bristol Rovers and third placed Swindon Town met in Bristol this morning and as soon as their result is known, we'll reassess what that means for the league table. Next up for Stuart's side is a trip to Exeter City which takes place on the morning after the first team's home match against Scunthorpe United.


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8 April 2006 : Home Sweet Home!
Yeovil Town's chances to avoid relegation were given a huge boost this afternoon after a superb 3-0 win at Huish Park against play-off hopefuls Doncaster Rovers. Club captain Terry Skiverton opened the scoring before two second half goals from Phil Jevons and Arron Davies sealed the win and pushed the Glovers up to four points and places from the relegation zone. The match also broke a home match hoodoo stretching back three months, since the club's last win at Huish Park.

Terry Skiverton took only eight minutes to score his sixth league goal of this campaign. In his first game back since his injury, the skipper fired a cracking volley into the roof of the net. The Glovers really should have made it two or three before Sean Thornton found the woodwork for Doncaster after lobbing Chris Weale in the Yeovil goal.

Doncaster barely threatened in the second period while the home side continued to threaten immediately after the interval with Matt Harrold and Nathan Jones testing keeper Alan Blayney. The goal finally came in the 57th when Phil Jevons scored his 13th goal of the season and Yeovil's second of the afternoon. Arron Davies rounded off a cracking afternoon for Yeovil after capitalising on the rebound from Kevin Gall's shot.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Other results were on the whole favourable for the Glovers, although a couple of the sides at the wrong end of the table did pick up valuable wins. Franchise FC keep clinging on with a fairly improbable 2-1 win at promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic, whilst Rotherham United saw off Tranmere Rovers 2-0 to lift them out of the bottom four - a pretty commendable achievement given all that is threatening the Yorkshire club's existence at present.

Other results in the main went Yeovil's way. It was a big thank you to Gary Johnson as TBCUTR did the business at the Bescot Stadium, defeating Walsall 3-0, and forcing the Midlands club down to 23rd place on 43 points. Swindon Town drew 1-1 with Hartlepool United at the County Ground - a result that did neither side any favours as both ended the day in the relegation zone. Swindon's Jamie Cureton saw a penalty saved by Hartlepool's Dimi Konstantopoulos in first half injury time showing how tight matters can be. Swindon lie in 22nd place on 43 points, whilst their visitors ended the day two points ahead in 21st place.

Yeovil's win saw them rise above Blackpool, who threw away a 1-0 lead at league leaders Southend United to lose 2-1. AFC Bournemouth also fell in the table after coming home with a 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe United.

The results mean that Yeovil now lie four points clear of the relegation zone, but most importantly a gap has opened up between themselves and the third from bottom side. Whilst Hartlepool are the nearest threat, four points behind in 21st spot, Walsall and Swindon are now six points from the Glovers, whilst MK Dons lie nine points behind Steve Thompson's side. If the Glovers could only now shake off the attentions of Rotherham and Hartlepool ...

At the other end, Southend's win pushes them eight points clear at the top of League One after Brentford drew, Huddersfield United lost at Gillingham, Swansea City lost at Port Vale, whilst Colchester United lost at Nottingham Forest, Barnsley drew and Oldham Athletic lost. A strong case for suggesting that run-in nerves are now hitting hard at the top end of the table. Incredibly those results mean that Forest are now one win off the playoffs, meaning that the Easter Monday clash at the City Ground is likely to be hugely important for both clubs.

[Match summary by George Murray. League Round-Up by Martin Baker.]


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7 April 2006 : Skivo: Staying Up Would Match Titles and Trophies
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton believes that if the club can grab 20th or higher in League One come the end of the season, that it will be a success story to rival the Nationwide Conference title, the League Two title and the FA Trophy. Although finishing 5th from bottom in this season will bring no silverware or open top bus tours, Skivo will still see this as a season to remember should Yeovil cement themselves a second season at their highest ever level of football.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press the skipper admitted: "These have been testing times, but you cannot always have everything going your way, otherwise everyone would have championship medals, wouldn't they? If we can get out of this, it will be as good as anything we have done. Us staying in this division this year would be as major an achievement as anything we have won."

Terry explained that this was a slightly different experience to what had been experienced before: "It can sometimes seem easy when you're winning all the time and you get used to that mentality. But this is a different kind of battle that requires a different kind of character and mindset. We are up against much bigger clubs than we have been up against before, with bigger turnovers and much better players than we have taken on before. It's a major achievement for us to even be here and now it's up to us to show we can mix it with these clubs and stay up."

Terry appreciated being sat amongst the away supporters at Ashton Gate over the weekend and wants to hear an atmosphere like that in the last six games of the season believing that it inspires the team: "We want to do it for our fans, who have been magnificent. We know it has been a testing time for them but they were tremendous at Bristol City last weekend. They out-sung the Bristol City fans. As players, we really appreciate that."


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7 April 2006 : Thommo : Rovers Won't Give Up Yet
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has warned that tomorrow's opponents Doncaster Rovers will not be any mid-table pushovers when they come to Huish Park tomorrow. The Yorkshire club still have an outside chance of the playoffs if they can keep up their recent improved form, and that should hopefully result in an open game where both sides will be aiming for all three points.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo explained: "Doncaster won't have given up on the play-offs yet and they will feel that they definitely need to take something from our game to still be in with a chance. It's obviously a vital game for us but Doncaster will also be seeing it as a very important game - I think a defeat would probably end their play-off hopes. I think most managers would be happier to be playing teams in mid-table at this stage, but then if you look at results over the years you can see that doesn't always work in your favour. You often hear people say that a mid-table side relaxes because they aren't in desperate need of the points, so they go out and play, and play very well. On Saturday you have two sides with everything to play for, at opposite ends of the table, so it will be more tense."


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7 April 2006 : Anthony Barry Out Of Plaster
Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry has had the plaster cast protecting the knee he dislocated last month removed, along with the splint support. He is now in a specially designed knee brace and will be heading to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall for further treatment later this month.

Anthony's boss promised him on that fateful day at Chesterfield that he would get him the best medical treatment and advice he possibly could get. Whether Thommo quite envisaged the physio team at the European Champions Liverpool at that moment in time is questionable though! Barry spent time with both Liverpool clubs as a schoolboy and has maintained strong enough contacts there to get clearance from boss Rafael Benitez to spend some time there whilst getting the chance to spend some time at home.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Anthony explained: "Benitez gave me the nod to get physio at Liverpool because I know some of the coaches from my time there. A guy called Owen Brown used to coach me and he's a first-team coach now, so he went in and asked the physios if it would be okay if one of the old lads came in for treatment."

Anthony also admitted it was a chance to rub shoulders with some of his idols: "They know I'm a massive Liverpool fan - I follow them all around Europe - and they were more than happy to help me out. It was very good of the club to do that and I have been well looked after by them."

Anthony has also admitted his frustration at not being able to do anything particularly constructive with his time: "It has been a slow recovery and that's been frustrating because I want to be able to help the lads, but there's nothing I can do about it. I've been spending most of my Saturday's watching Gillette Soccer Saturday waiting for the Yeovil scores to come up - it's the worst 90 minutes of my week!"

The midfielder is however already optimistically planning for next season, hoping that he will be able to rejoin his teammates in pre-season: "Once the summer comes it will be my time to start working hard to get ready for the new season. It will be solid work for me - no summer holiday - because when you're as ambitious as I am you have to graft hard. I can't be concentrating on the likes of holidays and that doesn't bother me. I'm only 19 and I've got to keep moving and improving."

Anthony also relived to the paper the moment of anguish that saw his season cruelly ended but admits that things could have been far worse: "That corner of the pitch was dead icy and very hard and as I've gone to kick the ball my left foot has gone from beneath me, my whole body twisted one way and my knee went the other. It was very painful but it was more seeing it than the actual pain itself. I looked down and I saw my knee was around the back of my leg and I went into shock. But overall I've been very fortunate because with this sort of injury you normally rip your tendons, ligaments and cartilage and you can be out for up to 15 months. Mine is just a matter of rebuilding the muscle around the knee and hopefully I should only be out for three or four months in total."


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7 April 2006 : Self-righteous Indignation Rules, OK?
Ah, the gentlemen of the Fourth Estate don't like it up 'em, Captain Mainwaring. They don't like it up 'em.

Used to pontificating from their cosy offices, whilst conveniently controlling the right to reply - the letters page - themselves, a bit of the hurly-burly of the instancy of the Internet and its forums, where you have to stand up and defend your case, or risk getting slaughtered in minutes, might do some journalists a power of good. Fair play to the likes of Ian Ridley, prepared to battle out his case with the Seaside Scummers in open hand-to-hand combat, and take all the resulting flak.

Last week (see Ciderspace News page - March 30th) the Western Gazette Sports Editor Richard Briggs dipped his toe in, proffering his opinions on Yeovil Town to The Bristol City Supporters Trust. For those that missed them the item can be caught up with here.

The reaction seems not to have been to the liking of Mr Briggs. Some Yeovil fans had the temerity to challenge the views of Mr Briggs. The odd article was written, postings appeared on forums, e-mails were sent, perhaps letters written - though none made it to the columns of this week's Western Gazette.

Exit stage left: one Sports Editor back on the home turf of a 'Comment' column in his own paper, safe in the knowledge there's no fear of contradiction there. As far as we can tell the 'Comment' wasn't chosen for publication in the on-line edition of the Western Gazette. Some might think that odd given its content, and the fact it is in response to something stirred up by an item published on the Net in the first place. But in the interests of fairness it seems right to give those who don't get the printed version of the Western Gazette, either through discernment or location, the chance to assess this item. So what was his experience of the Great Outdoors? Not a happy one, it seems :

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Negative? Check out Scotland

I have taken a lot of flak for an interview I gave to the Bristol City Supporters' Trust website in the lead-up to Saturday's Robins versus Glovers encounter in Coca-Cola League One.

I gave an honest set of answers and have since been accused of being viciously negative and trying to alienate myself from Yeovil's fans. There are also claims that I contradicted what I said in a column in the 23 March issue of the Western Gazette where I defended the club against mindless abuse.

In the 23 March article I said I was disturbed that fans have been billing the season a failure and that chairman John Fry has been hounded from pillar to post. On the website I said that Steve Thompson is not suited to the cut-throat world of management, because he is too nice, but I did not criticise the club for being near the foot of the table. Indeed I maintain what I said on 23 March - that the Glovers having a place in League One is an achievement in itself.

It seems that some fans are never satisfied with my thoughts - I was even criticised for defending Yeovil. I received a letter in response to my 23 March column, the writer arguing that my comments were "not fan-based". Yes, I may have been able to use a Press pass to watch football for almost 19
years but prior to that I was a Yeovil Town Green & White Supporters' Club volunteer and produced matchday programmes for the Glovers on an unpaid basis - and before that I was a Huish season-ticket holder.

Let us get something straight. I have been a Yeovil supporter for 22 years but manage to keep enough distance between myself and the club to maintain a balanced, unbiased view of life there. I have been accused of not rating Thompson as Yeovil manager. In my humble opinion - and I doubt for one moment that he bothers what I think because he is a football professional and I am not - he is not the best of those I have seen at the Glovers' helm but he is certainly not the worst. And I hope he succeeds. But I said on the website that I do not believe he is as skilled in the public relations side of management as his predecessor Gary Johnson. I stand by that. Surely Yeovil's PR team could offer Thompson coaching in that department?

On the website I did not say Thompson is no good at management, which is what some fans are suggesting. But running a team involves a lot more than picking a side and determining tactics. When I said that I do not think Thompson is suited to management, I was referring to all the baggage that comes with the role - including dealing with the media.

Despite claims from Yeovil supporters, I did not rubbish all of Thompson's signings. In Chris Cohen the Glovers have a gem. When I was asked if Town should make more loan signings, I pointed to the apparent waste of resources in bringing in Bradley Thomas, Daniel Webb and Jamie Vincent and hardly using them in the first team.

At the time Thomas and Webb were brought in, there was speculation - which Thompson did not want to discuss - that their signings were influenced by club majority shareholder David Webb. Hence in the interview I described the trio as Yeovil acquisitions, not Thompson acquisitions. I suggested in the interview that based on the signings of Thomas, Webb junior and Vincent, YEOVIL have not been very astute in the transfer market.

I said Bristol City would win Saturday's game and that they have a better team than Yeovil. City did win and I stand by the latter comment. I would go so far as to say that if Johnson is allowed to build the squad he wants, the Robins will win promotion next season.

I caught a few minutes of BBC Radio Bristol's post-match coverage. And the first Glovers' fan I heard on the programme claimed the team's formation at Ashton Gate had been wrong and that Thompson had not fielded the right XI. Indeed, in his Press conference after the game Thompson spoke about "if Yeovil stay up" - where was his confidence? Perhaps some Yeovil followers will now call Thompson negative and will brand that supporter vicious.

I remember how Johnson was unhappy when I rated his son Lee five out of ten for his performance in the 2002 FA Trophy final, despite the Western Gazette scoring system of the day saying that mark signified an average display.

I was north of the border a fortnight ago and bought a copy of The Scottish Sun. It contained coverage of the Graham Rix rumpus at Heart of Midlothian. Included in that was a large photograph of Lee Johnson, the caption for which claimed his performances so far had not impressed the Edinburgh-based club's owner.

Shortly after signing for Hearts, Lee Johnson told Western Gazette reporter Adam Summers that the Scottish Press can be ruthless - maybe now the midfielder is starting to learn what strong criticism from the media really is. In this part of the UK those involved in football have an easy ride with the Press.

Certainly the Western Gazette want Yeovil Town FC to do well. We will not come up with mindless criticism but we are not a mouthpiece for the Glovers and sportsdesk staff will give their opinions, even if some people think they are being viciously negative. Besides, men like Thompson are too strong and too experienced to worry about comments from the Press box.


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The March 23rd column referred to by Mr Briggs in the item above can be read here in the on-line version of the Western Gazette.

Besides, men like Briggs are too strong and too experienced to worry about comments from Yeovil fans........


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7 April 2006 : League One Weekend Preview
As 19th placed Yeovil Town take on 9th placed Doncaster Rovers this weekend, attention will inevitably turn to results around the grounds in League One and as will be the case in most of the weeks to come there are some genuine six-pointers ahead.

The match of the day in the relegation battle is undoubtedly Swindon Town (23rd) versus Hartlepool United (20th). The loser of the match at the County Ground will end the day in the relegation zone, although with the home side just four points behind Yeovil, and the visitors tucked just one place below the Glovers, a draw is undoubtedly the ideal result from this game.

The 21st placed club Rotherham United take on 12th placed Tranmere Rovers at Millmoor. The Wirral club aren't completely safe on 51 points, but a win in Yorkshire would almost certainly guarantee them League One football next season, and so let us hope that Tranmere fans have a particularly happy trip there and back across the Pennines.

Walsall (22nd) take on 11th placed Bristol City and the issues involved are more or less a carbon copy of the Rotherham/Tranmere match. Note to Westland Standers at Huish Park: This means you should cheer at half time if Gary Johnson's side are winning!

The mathematicians will tell you otherwise, but Milton Keynes Dons can start planning League Two football if they lose to 6th placed Oldham Athletic on Saturday. To reach the 52/53 point target favoured by most pundits this season, Franchise FC - on 37 points with six games remaining - are probably now at the cliched "must win" stage of the season.

Just a point above the Glovers, seasiders Blackpool travel to seasiders Southend United where there will be no doubt that all Glovers will be hoping that the Shrimpers can extend their lead at the top of League One this weekend.

On the same number of points AFC Bournemouth (17th) travel to 14th placed Scunthorpe United and no doubt this will be a second game where we will be hoping that our former League Two promotion rivals can come out on top.

All games this weekend kick off at 3.00pm Saturday, with a full league programme in place.


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7 April 2006 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle
A reminder that Stuart Housley's side play their final home match of the season on the Huish Park Top Pitch tomorrow morning, 11.00am, on a weekend that will go a long way towards deciding the destination of the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title.

The young Glovers take on Plymouth Argyle who lie in 4th place but just two points behind. To make matters even more interesting second placed Bristol Rovers and third placed Swindon Town who are both just one point behind, pair up in Bristol. Whilst a draw or a defeat would still give Stuart's side a good chance of claiming the title, a win for Yeovil would undoubtedly put them in the driving seat for the last three matches of the season at Exeter City, Oxford United and Newport County.

Admission to the game is free, and the players would no doubt appreciate a healthy crowd turning up to support the lads, who are currently on a run of nine consecutive wins.


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7 April 2006 : Country Call-Up Continues Gavin's Progression
Glovers boss Steve Thompson believes Canadian Youth Team player Gavin McCallum is showing the right signs towards his hopes of one day breaking into the first team.

Gavin has this week been given his first ever call up to play in a Canadian U20 team (see story below - April 6th) after impressive performances in October 2005 at Canadian U18 level against Everton, Huddersfield Town, Liverpool and Manchester United U18 sides, which was quickly followed by an invitation to an U20 camp. Now he is getting his chance to shine at U20 level and Thommo believes he has shown great progress since he arrived at Huish Park in October 2004.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained:

"He is a strong skillful player and he has improved a lot during the year and a bit that he has been with us. You have got to remember that he grew up in Canada and he didn't really learn a lot about the coaching aspects of the game during his early days. He was very much playing by instinct. So he has got to make sure that he learns about the game and takes in things. But he has come along very well during the last year and a bit."


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7 April 2006 : Match Preview : Doncaster Rovers
Eek! Half a dozen matches to go, and it's as tight as a very tight thing. To put it mildly the home form of Yeovil Town has been atrocious this year. The last victory at Huish Park was against fellow relegation candidates Hartlepool United back on January 7th. Since then the Glovers have gleaned a miserable three points from eighteen on home turf. With four of the six remaining fixtures at Huish this has to change if Town are to retain League One status.

Next up are at Sandcastle Huish are Doncaster Rovers. After wobbling themselves a few month back Rovers have come good in recent weeks. Although a long shot for the play-offs Donny manager Dave Penney is pushing the possibility, and billing this a 'must win' game if Doncaster are to sneak in with a late surge:

We are running out of games and the odds are stacked against us but it is great to still have an interest at this stage in the season. Most people had written off our chances some time ago - maybe even me included - but it's full credit to the lads that they have hauled themselves back into something like contention. Anything can happen in football and - if the players keep believing - who knows where we might finish.

Although not as good as Yeovil's at Belle Vue (Earth Stadium), Donny's record at Huish Park is not at all shabby. Looking at it pessimistically through Glover's glasses they have only lost once in seven visits. On the more optimistic side they've only won twice. However this time a draw is not going to make either side happy.

After weeks of bad injury news for the Glovers things are looking up a bit. Phil Jevons got through his forty-five minutes at Ashton Gate with no ill effects and looked fairly sharp. Captain Terry Skiverton has been back in training this week and is likely to be available for selection. The slight groin strain Arron Davies picked up against City isn't expected to pose a problem. However Kevin Amankwaah, who has been struggling to play through injury for some time and came off again last Saturday, is thought unlikely to make it.

The goalkeeping situation is in the balance. One feels that if he could Steve Thompson would replace Steve Collis, who has not been on best form recently. However the situation with Chris Weale is still very doubtful. Speaking to Radio Bristol the manager said :

Chris Weale has come through training today [Thursday]. He's trained for the first time in four weeks in a normal session with the rest of the lads. We've got to now see how his knee reacts overnight. So I'm hopeful that he will be available for selection. He is in contention, but obviously I am going to have to assess that after he has given me a percentage on how he feels.

He still has some tightness and discomfort but it is whether we are prepared to risk him by playing him from the start or whether I put him on the bench. But it is certainly good to have him back in training for the first time in four weeks.


The main concern for Doncaster Rovers is the health of David Mulligan, who was admitted to hospital this week with as yet unspecified problems. Apart from the decision on who is brought in to replace Mulligan, Dave Penney is expected to go with the line-up that beat another relegation haunted team, Rotherham United, 3-1 last time out. Jason Price (hernia), Paul Heffernan (groin), Nick Fenton and Andy Warrington (both broken leg) all remain unavailable.

Thommo is keenly aware that games are running out. He said :

The next two games are both at home so I think we have got to be looking to at least pick up four points from those to get ourselves in a good position.

And he's not wrong. The Glovers must start remembering how to win at home again, and the fans how to cheer the team on at home too. The support at the last two away games has been immense. Time to stand up and be counted both on and off the pitch at Huish Park.

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 6/4; draw - 9/4; Doncaster win - 6/4. Our recommendation: Well, not so much a recommendation, more a recognition of the heart forever ruling the head as far as the Town is concerned. Our fiver's going on the home win. Record so far this season: +£3.67


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6 April 2006 : Bromfield Replies To Fry's Open Letter
Speaking to this week's Western Gazette Michael Bromfield has given his response to the Open Letter published by Yeovil Town Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry (see Ciderspace News page on April 4th, below) :

I am glad a correction and an apology for his earlier remarks have finally been forthcoming from John Fry so that he can concentrate on the matters at hand.

It would be an absolute tragedy if the board allowed the club to be relegated back to Coca-Cola League Two as the fortunes of both Torquay United and Rushden & Diamonds show that once a relegation occurs it can often be followed by another.

I note that John Fry has confirmed my observation that the club still have a Conference mindset and, as my recent comments have indicated, I believe a new mindset is required urgently, hence my original approach to the club.

I have read with interest of the club's hopes to develop the stadium but it is important not to put the cart before the horse. Serious lenders of the magnitude required to in effect build a new stadium on the existing site will require evidence of consistent revenue flows which must come from a range of sources in addition to football.

It was these skills that, as an entrepreneur, I hoped to bring to the club so it would not be necessary to sell star players. And by growing our income we could develop the stadium.

Sadly, and I do not state this as any personal criticism, I see no evidence of income-generating skills in the CVs of the newly-appointed non-executive directors [Brian Willis and Ron Budden] but I hope that I am wrong. It would be sad if they were only appointed because they are friends of David Webb and John Fry.

Let me take this opportunity to confirm that whether Yeovil are a League One or League Two club, I am still keen and will remain keen to acquire either a minority or majority share ownership. If I am successful I will ensure a fans' consortium the opportunity to acquire a significant shareholding. Meanwhile, let us all get behind the team for the remaining six games.



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6 April 2006 : McCallum Off To Portugal
Canada’s U-20 National Team head coach, Dale Mitchell, has announced the squad for the team’s upcoming trip to the 24th Porto International Tournament to be played from April 7th - 16th, 2006.

The Canadian’s will play three games in four days against the U-20 teams of Norway, China, and hosts Portugal.

April 12 - Canada v Norway at the Municipal Stadium of Bateria, Porto, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

April 13 - Canada v China at the Stadium of Rebordosa, Porto, kick-off 4.00 p.m.

April 15 - Canada v Portugal at the Municipal Stadium of Povoa de Varzim, Porto, kick-off 11.30 a.m.

Yeovil Town's Gavin McCallum is the only player from the English Football League in the squad, though Jaime Peters of Ipswich Town and Simeon Jackson of Rushden & Diamonds would have been selected if their clubs had been prepared to release them. However he will have a chance to chat to David Edgar about what life is like at Premier League Newcastle United - not a ha'pence of difference from Huish Park, Gavin, honest.

Our congratulations to Gavin on his selection.


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6 April 2006 : Yeovil Ladies Must Sweat, Er Perspire, It Out
A possible double of the South West Women's League Premier Division title and the League Cup is no longer entirely in the hands of Yeovil Town Ladies, and they will have to wait on other results to know their destiny in the former.

Last Thursday a match away to Frome Town, their only challengers for the Championship, could have tied up the title, but the game was lost 1-0. On Sunday Yeovil were away again, for their final league fixture of the season at Penzance. Although dominating from start to finish it wasn't until 70 minutes that Ellie Wolfe broke the deadlock, the single goal proving enough to take all three points. They now have to sit it out and see what Frome do in their remaining two games. Four points will give the Robins the title, three will bring it down to a decision on goal difference, where the Glovers have a huge advantage, anything less and Championship comes to Yeovil.

Meanwhile the Ladies prepare for their League Cup Final against Team Bath. Yeovil defeated Gloucester City 2-1 in their semi-final, whilst Team Bath went through on a similar score over Penzance. The Final will take place at Speed Meadow, home of Cullompton Rangers, on Sunday 23rd April.


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6 April 2006 : Bristol City MOTM result
Chris Cohen was voted YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his performance in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Bristol City.

Full results are at the foot of the match report.


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5 April 2006 : Swansea Duo Arrested
Swansea City striker Lee Trundle and team-mate Alan Tate have been arrested by South Wales police on suspicion of "section four public order offences". The offences relate to a flag the pair carried after their Football League Trophy win in Cardiff over Carlisle United this weekend, and also to a t-shirt Trundle wore during the celebrations.

Both items made less than friendly reference to Welsh rivals Cardiff City that drew complaints, and with Swansea potentially involved in the League One playoffs at the same Millennium Stadium venue in Cardiff, police have moved in and pressed charges. Both players have been given bail until the end of April leaving them free to complete their league programme unaffected.

The staggering statistic is that five Swansea players have had brushes with the authorities over the past 15 months. Former Bristol Rovers defender Ijah Anderson was sacked by the League One side in December after he failed a drugs test in November 2005, testing positive for cocaine. As a result he was banned from all football for six months and had his contract torn up by his club.

Midfielder Andy Robinson was found guilty of a public order offence following a disturbance outside a nightclub in February 2005 that resulted in him being handcuffed by officers who turned up at the scene. Meanwhile goalkeeper Willy Gueret suffered the same handcuff treatment by Manchester Police in May 2005 after being arrested for a public order offence at Gigg Lane, Bury during Swansea's promotion celebrations from League Two.


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5 April 2006 : Gary Hoping For One Last Favour
*** Sorry : Archiving Problem - News Item Temporarily Lost ***


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4 April 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bournemouth Reserves vs Yeovil Reserves
Robin Evans gives his view on today's Reserve Team match that saw a 2-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth Reserves here.


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4 April 2006 : Cherries Blossom, Glovers Threadbare
Dean Court, a.k.a. The Fitness First Stadium, has not been a happy ground for the Glovers in the last few weeks. After a very poor performance from the seniors on March 18th, Yeovil Town Reserves were beaten 2-0 this afternoon.

A goal in each half did the damage. On 25 minutes three Cherries combined with some neat one-touch triangular football in the danger zone that left the Glovers standing, and James Coutts finished off the move with a low drive inside the penalty box.

Just before the hour Brett Pitman doubled the lead. A through ball put Pitman in, he beat the defence for pace, and fired home across goal.

Yeovil's threats mostly came from set pieces, where they looked dangerous, only to be denied by the post, the bar and a good performance by Youth goalkeeper James Rae. However little of note was created in open play.

The crowd was around the 300 mark, boosted by Bournemouth holding a re-launch of their Junior Cherries in the Easter holidays ahead of the match. It's little ideas like that, not of great significance in themselves, which make one believe someone in a club is thinking.

Final score : AFC Bournemouth Reserves 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 0


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4 April 2006 : Open Letter From John Fry To Michael Bromfield
Yeovil Town Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry has published an Open Letter on the club's Official Site :

[start]

Dear Michael

I hope you are enjoying your break in Thailand. You certainly get around the world these days.

Back here in England our football year is coming to a conclusion and we need to remain focussed on the games that will decide our destiny for the 2006/07 season.

Apart from our precarious league position our club is in a healthy condition and everyone at Huish Park is working hard to keep our remarkable progress going forward.

You may recall when we first met five years ago I told you my personal challenge was to help to get YTFC into The Football League and to keep the club financially viable.

I think you will agree this I have achieved. However, as far as I am concerned I am now up for the next adventure, that is to develop a Huish Park Stadium Partnership with investors, supporters, staff and interested sponsors, in order to progress our resources into a higher league.

Unfortunately sometimes communications between the club and our supporters seem blurred. This particularly happens when one party does not want to listen to the other for whatever reason.

I certainly have been consistent throughout in my dealings with David Webb's position at the club and I will defend the contribution he has made towards our progress at Huish Park in such a short space of time.

I apologise to you Michael if our dealings and your personal views were made public before these could be discussed privately between ourselves.

I certainly have not questioned your integrity over how your letter to me managed to end up on Ciderspace via a garage in Derbyshire, and why this was not returned to me at Huish Park as a matter of courtesy.

I have since received a letter from your solicitor and I hope this letter, which will be published on the club's web site and in due course picked up by the local press, will be sufficient response to the comments therein.

I have read your press releases in the Western Gazette with much interest and would like the opportunity of meeting up with you to discuss your partnership ideas when you return to England later this year.

Keep the faith

Best Wishes

John R.Fry

Chairman and Chief Executive.


[end]

For those wishing to trace back the history of this see Ciderspace March 22nd, with further links on from that item.


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4 April 2006 : Officials For Donny Fixture
Saturday's clash with old(ish) rivals Doncaster Rovers will be refereed by Steve Dorr (Worcestershire).

We recall Dorr from our Non-league days, and he's come up the pyramid with us. A reasonable standard of official would be our appraisal, if we are remembering correctly. A little keen to brandish his cards, but generally doing so at the right times. Probably too sensible for those who govern the game, as he has rarely officiated at this level this season, mostly being confined to League Two or loaned out to Conference fixtures. His last appearance with the whistle at Huish Park was in the 1-2 defeat by Huddersfield Town on November 12th.

Dorr's assistants will be Mike Hawken (Cornwall) and regular at Huish Park Simon Hollick (Devon). Andrew Turner (Devon) is the fourth official.


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4 April 2006 : Thommo Updates On A Few Players
Speaking to the Western Daily Press manager Steve Thompson has given his thoughts on the prospects of some his squad as Yeovil Town face the final six games of the season, matches which will determine which Division we are in next term.

On Phil Jevons he is optimistic, after the striker's return from an ankle injury sustained at Blackpool in February and the 45 second half minutes he put in at Ashton Gate on Saturday. With the Glovers almost certainly needing some wins to stay up Thommo hasn't ruled out playing his three main strikers, Jevons, Arron Davies and Matt Harrold, together at some stage before the end of the campaign in the search for goals.

It is an option and one I have looked at and will look at. Jevo showed he is back to fitness and looked pretty sharp on Saturday and set up Arron's goal and had a great shot tipped over. He had a good 45 minutes and he has every chance of being involved on Saturday.

On the switch to playing Davies up front in recent weeks the gaffer said :

Arron has scored five goals in seven games and we are pleased with his response since we started playing him up front. I had a big think about it and he wasn't quite doing it in midfield, but in attack he has done well. I thought back to when he first joined the club and when he was coming off the bench it was often as a striker and he got seven goals in 13 games - and a lot of those were as a substitute. He has been doing well and he has been getting his shots off quickly, which is important. Five in seven is a good record but if he could get four or five in the last six games that will do us the power of good.

On his injured goalkeeper, Chris Weale, Thompson was more concerned, with recovery from his knee injury progressing more slowly than hoped. With many observers feeling Steve Collis is not currently on the top of his form there's little doubt Wealey would be pressing for a recall if only he were fit.

It is the same injury he had at Chesterfield. The scan didn't reveal much but then it's not always about a scan. He is back training but doing individual work and not with the rest of the squad. It is a worry and the sooner he gets back the better because I want him challenging with Steve Collis and Michael Jordan. There is a chance he will be involved on Saturday, but I have been hopeful about that for the last two or three games and that hasn't happened.

Finally, Thommo had words in regards to the omission of Kevin Gall from the sixteen against Bristol City. Gally is very much a confidence player, and doubtless the manager had that in mind as he offered some consolation :

That is probably the first time he has been left out of the 16 under my management, and it was because I felt that with Kevin Amankwaah coming back from injury I had to have a wing-back [Andy Lindegaard] on the bench. Marc Wilson had done well at Walsall and I needed David Poole if we went 4-4-2, which we did.


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4 April 2006 : Cayne Hanley On Trial
Cayne Hanley of Burnley will trial for the Glovers in this afternoon's Reserve fixture against AFC Bournemouth, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

Hanley is a Second Year apprentice at the Championship club, but is set to be one of six youth players released by manager Steve Cotterill at the end of the season. Described as a pacy forward he has yet to make his senior debut for The Clarets although he has sat on the bench as an unused substitute. He was sent to Kidderminster Harriers in March in what the clubs described as a 'Work Experience' rather than a loan spell, though what difference there is, if any....... He made one appearance from the bench for Kiddy in his time there.

The listed squad for the Fitness First (Dean Court) fixture is :

Michael Jordan, Richard Cullingford, Sam Alsop, Marc Wilson, Bradley Thomas, Gary Bowles, Kevin Gall, Gavin McCallum, Daniel Webb, Cayne Hanley, Dale Williams, Tom Clarke, Jake Smeeton, Phil Ormrod.


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4 April 2006 : We Are Top Of The League, Say We Are Top Of The League........
Whilst the First Team may be struggling Yeovil Town Under 18s are absolutely flying. Nine straight wins, the latest a 0-4 demolition of Cheltenham Town (see below, April 1st), has taken the Youths to the top of the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference.

Whilst the Glovers were beating the Robins an unexpected defeat on the road for Plymouth Argle, 1-0 at Cirencester Town, saw the Devon club slip from first to fourth. Whipping boys Hereford United, 1 point to date this season and a goal difference of -79, got another stuffing, this time a 7-2 from Bristol Rovers who moved up to second. The final team with a chance of the title, Swindon Town, lie in third after a 3-2 victory over AFC Bournemouth.

This Saturday the Youths play their final home match of the season, and it's a crucial clash with Argyle, who won the reverse fixture 2-1 way back in September. Kick-off is 11.00 a.m. on the Top Pitch at Huish Park. Viewing is free, and doubtless Youth Team manager Stuart Housley and the lads would appreciate as much support as possible.

The current position in the title race is :

1. Yeovil Town 40 points, +28 goal difference, four to play
2. Bristol Rovers 39 points, +19 goal difference, two to play
3. Swindon Town 39 points, +18 goal difference, three to play
4. Plymouth Argyle 38 points, +30 goal difference, four to play

The full set of fixtures and results for Yeovil Town Under 18s in the 2005-06 season can be found here on Ciderspace.


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4 April 2006 : Reserve Rearrangement
The fixture away to Plymouth Argyle Reserves has been rearranged to Thursday 27th April.

Originally scheduled on 21st March in the Pontin's Holidays Combination Cup Group A, and then merged into a single fixture for that and the Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division league game, on 28th March, there was also a change of venue to Ladysmead, home of Tiverton Town. The tie then fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

The latest attempt will also be at Ladysmead, with a 7.00 p.m. kick-off.


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3 April 2006 : Sodje Out For Season
Former Yeovil Town defender Efetobore Sodje has suffered an early end to his season after breaking his leg in Southend United's 1-1 draw at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. He has suffered a fractured fibula that will stop him kicking a ball for three months, thus ruling him out until the start of next season.

Speaking to the Southend United official site, physio John Stannard explained: "He's going to have an operation today where the surgeon will insert a plate into the leg and then he will be in plaster for a short period of time. We are looking at three months before he returns which obviously puts him out of the rest of the season."

Our very best wishes to Efe and hope to see him back and playing next season, although the Shrimpers seem destined to be playing in a higher division to the Glovers next season.


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3 April 2006 : Did We Nominate Anyone?
Since there has been no follow-up to the request on the Yeovil Town Official Site back in December for supporters to e-mail in their choices, did the most famous Non-league club in the history of the F.A. Cup bother to nominate anyone for the F.A. Cup Team of Heroes? And if not, why not?

The ninety-two current Premier League and Football League clubs, plus thirty-three Non-league clubs with the best F.A. Cup records, were invited to submit their five Cup legends - one keeper, one defender, one midfielder, one forward and a manager. This has now been narrowed down by an F.A. panel to a shortlist of 125, 25 for each position.

Looking through the lists the only* Yeovil Town connection with the F.A. Cup to make the shortlist is Alec Stock, but nominated by Fulham not The Glovers. You can vote for our current owner, nominated by Chelsea, in the defender section should you wish.

With Hereford United getting four entries, and other Non-league clubs like Blyth Spartans (two), Sutton United (four), Woking (two), Enfield and Altrincham featuring how come Yeovil Town has no entry?

To vote for Alec, and anyone else that takes your fancy, head here.

(* Well C*l*n *dd*s*n did take us on a good FAC run, but as he's nominated by the Bulls******* we aren't going to vote for him, are we boys and girls?!)


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3 April 2006 : Reserves At Bournemouth Venue Chosen
Tomorrow's Reserve Team match against AFC Bournemouth Reserves, kick-off 2.00pm, will take place at Dean Court a.k.a. the Fitness First Stadium.


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3 April 2006 : Reserves vs Cardiff Match Report
Robin Evans has supplied a match report for the Reserve Team's match against Cardiff City that took place 12 days ago, and you can find his view on the game by heading here.


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2 April 2006 : Interview With Arron Davies
Arron Davies spoke to the press after yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Gary Johnson’s Bristol City. The former Southampton player spoke on behalf of the whole team when he praised the Yeovil faithful for their efforts at Ashton Gate.

Davies said: “I thought the fans were absolutely superb today. Even when we went 2-0 down they were singing. They were quality and all the lads were saying that in the dressing room. Unfortunately we have sent them home on a sad note."

Read the full interview with Arron Davies (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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2 April 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On the Bristol City Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson expressed his disappointment at getting off to such a poor start against Bristol City yesterday and conceding two "strange" goals during the early stages that left them with a mountain to climb in a match that eventually finished with a 2-1 defeat for Thompson's side. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve, you were made to pay for conceding two early goals.

ST: Yes, both goals were a little bit strange. The first one I think was a cross. I haven't seen it yet (on a video) but on the day I thought it was a cross. But obviously it's gone in, and we'll have to have a look and see why that happened. The second one looped up from a free kick and we didn't stay with a marker and then he (Mark McCammon) beat our keeper Steve Collis to it. So I thought both goals were a little strange, but nevertheless we found ourselves 2-0 down and it was always going to be hard from there and it proved to be hard.

Qu: You need luck when you are down near the bottom and you didn't have it with the first goal.

ST: No, I'm pretty sure it was a cross. You've mentioned luck but I try to refrain from mentioning luck too much. People say you have to make your own luck. I think we had a similar one that just missed the post in the first half (Arron Davies) where it just looped up off one of their players (Liam Fontaine) after a cross. But that's what happens in football.

Qu: For the second goal, I thought that Steve Collis was going to punch it away, but Mark McCammon appeared from nowhere to head home. Does Steve take any blame for the second goal?

ST: I'm sure he will be unhappy because he has gone for it and the player has beaten him to the ball. But again, the ball has looped up and it's one of those difficult ones because it has looped up in the air. You could say that he should have had a marker there with him, but you've got to say that if the keeper is going to come, he's got to get it. So we will look at that as a mistake, that's for sure.

Qu: You changed it at half time. Were you pleased with the way you came back in the second half?

ST: I'm pleased with certain aspects. I would have liked us to have created a few more chances. We lacked that bit of quality at times. But the goal was quality. There was a bit of quality and a good layoff by Phil Jevons and Arron Davies struck it very well. Phil Jevons then had a very good shot that was going into the top corner which Basso saved but I would have liked to have had a few more incidents like that really.

Qu: As you said after Bournemouth, the side lacked a few chances. But you can't say that the players didn't put the effort in, just that up front they were maybe lacking a little bit today.

ST: Yes, we would have liked to have created more chances but that is so hard when you are 2-0 down and it felt like we were 2-0 down out of nowhere. That was hard to accept but of course we had to accept it. It was always going to be hard but we couldn't quite get the two goals back.

Qu: I saw your reaction when Arron scored - you and Kevin Hodges punching the air in delight. It was a very good time to score wasn't it? At that point you must have been fairly confident of making the comeback

ST: Well you hope that you can get another one so that you can get the draw and if you do get that second one then people start getting a bit nervy and so you always hope for the best. But we've lost the game and that's disappointing. We now have to go out and win the next game and it's very very important for us to do that.

Qu: You were very encouraged by your side's last two performances. Will you take any positives from today's performance as well?

ST: I didn't think we were as good today as we were in the previous two performances. I felt that we conceded more chances. Certainly against Walsall we didn't look like conceding and not really against Tranmere although we did concede two goals that were both set pieces. Again it was a set-piece for the second goal, although a strange sort of one. No I didn't think we played as well today as we have done in the past two games.

Qu: And now it's Doncaster.

ST: Yes, and obviously that is a very big game for us again.

Qu: I want to finish today on what was one of the best things about today - your travelling support. There will be a lot of Yeovil fans travelling back from the game listening. What is your message to them?

ST: A massive thank you for turning out in such large numbers and backing us all the way there. After that poor start, their backing was absolutely superb and we are just sorry that we couldn't get a point for them at the end or something even better. But I'd say thanks for the support because it was magnificent and they are going to be vital if we are going to do the job come the end of the season.


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2 April 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bristol City vs Yeovil
The full match report from yesterday's 2-1 away defeat against Bristol City can be found online here.


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2 April 2006 : Sing When We're Losing
The biggest crowd at Ashton Gate for a league game this season of 15,889 saw Bristol City take the West Country derby 2-1. Despite seeing their team go 2-0 down in 21 minutes 2,692 Glovers got right behind their team throughout. After a dismal display on and off the pitch at AFC Bournemouth Yeovil fans seem to have been determined to make up for that on the road since, with passionate support at Walsall and now City. As the battle against relegation reaches buttock-clenching time let's see some of that passion at Huish Park, a stadium that's been disappointingly quiet in the home areas in recent months. If recriminations are necessary, and there are a lot of fans unhappy with some of the things that have gone on this season, now is not the time. Our destiny is still in our hands. As fans all we can contribute over the coming four weeks and six matches is SUPPORT to the lads on the pitch. Let's refind that HUISH ROAR.

Bradley Orr claims on the Bristol City Official Site that he meant the opening goal on 13 minutes. Yeah right, Bradley. April Fool jokes are only valid until 12.00 noon. Mark McCammon doubled the lead eight minutes later when Yeovil keeper Steve Collis should have done better. The visitors improved after the double blow when they changed formation, and took the game to City in the second half, though leaving themselves open to counter attacks that might have proved costly if the players in red hadn't suddenly developed a propensity for spontaneously falling over. Luke Wilkshire was booked for his perfect swallow dive in the box, and Bas Savage didn't even have the excuse of trying to cheat for a penalty when he simply went SPLAT with only Collis to beat. Meanwile Yeovil Town had fought their way back in with a chance of a point when comedy kicker Adriano Basso fumbled what should have been a bread-and-butter long range effort from Paul Terry, and Phil Jevons got to the rebound first and fed Arron Davies who fired one in. It was Jevons who came closest to snatching a point for the Glovers with a long range dipping shot far more deliberate than the one Orr is claiming. However the keeper who can't kick showed he can save, as Basso clawed it away with his finger tips just when it seemed destined to sail in under the crossbar right in the corner.

As the final whistle blew for 2-1 City now look all but safe on 52 points whilst Yeovil have to battle on in the attempt to ensure a second season of League One football, currently 19th on 46 points. Gary Johnson can still do his former club a favour, with fixtures coming up against Walsall and Swindon Town. Come on you City!

Elsewhere results were mixed from Yeovil's point of view. On Friday night Tranmere Rovers did themselves a power of good with a 3-0 win over Port Vale, the former now on 51 points, the latter on 48 having played one less game than the Glovers. Hartlepool United dug out a point at home to promotion hopefuls Oldham Athletic and are now 20th and just two points behind Yeovil with a game in hand.

On Saturday an early kick-off derby beween Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United saw the result Yeovil wanted, the game settled 3-1 in a fifteen minute scoring spree in the first half. The Millers remain on 43 points and are in 21st. A draw between Blackpool and Walsall would probably have been best, but the Seasiders won 2-0 and go one point and one place ahead of the Glovers with the same number of games played. Walsall remain three points behind us, but are another team with a game in hand.

AFC Bournemouth did well, unfortunately, to come back from an early Freddy Eastwood goal for division leaders Southend United when James Hayter equalised on 81 minutes. The Cherries are now a point up on the Glovers with a game in hand.

Although in such a tight league no one is likely to be mathematically down for a while Milton Keynes Dons are starting to look doomed, a 1-2 defeat by Gillingham after taking the lead through a penalty driving another nail into the franchised club's League One hopes. The Gills move up to 15th on 50 points, the Dons stay bottom on 37.

The other club below Yeovil, Swindon Town, didn't play, their fixture against Swansea City postponed as the Welsh club prepared for today's Football League Trophy Final against Carlisle United at the Millennium Stadium.


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1 April 2006 : Youth Team Thrash Cheltenham
Stuart Housley's Under 18s side clocked up their ninth win in a row this morning as they thrashed Cheltenham Town 4-0 in a Football League Youth Alliance match in Gloucestershire. Goalscorers were Tom Clarke with two goals, whilst Phil Ormrod grabbed another. Substitute Matt Concliffe wrapped up matters to continue the Youth Team's fantastic run of form.


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1 April 2006 : Jevo Expects The Hype
Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons admits that he freely expects the hype that has built up around today's match between Bristol City and the Glovers at Ashton Gate. However, the former Grimsby Town player, who has recently fought his way back from injury, also recognises that the simple task of trying to get three points is even more important than the derby match itself.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Phil explained: "We expect that in the press and they'll try and hype it up as much as possible. We know that it's Gary Johnson and we know that it's Bristol City and a local derby but it's also another chance to get three points and that is what we are looking at. I'm sure the atmosphere will be hot and that we will take a few fans up there and that all adds to the occasion. These games are what you play your football for. They are high stress situations, but we look forward to them."

Phil is also looking forward to coming up against former manager Gary Johnson again: "He is a great manager and he brought me to the club. We had success under him even before I was here. I'm sure he'll get it right at Bristol City, and he's started to turn it round recently and they are now looking quite strong to stay up. We need to try and catch them up and put ourselves into the position that they are in at the moment. We need to give ourselves a real chance of staying up and make sure it's not just a half chance. We need to get some points on the board - we've done that lately but we need to keep that going."


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1 April 2006 : Switch For Scummers' Easter Fixture
The top-of-the-table clash between the Seaside Scummers (a.k.a. Weymouth) and St Albans City on Easter Monday that could decide the destination of the Conference South title and the one automatic promotion place, is to be played at Huish Park.

Local police are concerned that the Wessex Stadium, hardly fit for purpose at the best of times, is inadequate in terms of safety and segregation for the large contingent of Saints fans expected to travel to the fixture. A spokesman speaking to the Dorset Echo stated :

We have approached The Conference with our concerns and they have been very accommodating. They realise safety considerations are paramount, and although Weymouth Football Club were naturally upset our judgement has to carry weight. Fortunately the solution was obvious. With Yeovil Town playing away on Easter Monday, Huish Park was the natural venue presenting itself. It's a good Football League standard stadium with all the features for a safe day out for both sets of supporters. When The Conference approached Yeovil Town F.C. they couldn't have been more helpful to their neighbours down the road.

Ex-Glovers manager Colin Lippiatt, now in charge at Clarence Park, said :

I'm really looking forward to it. Of course the game is the thing uppermost in my mind, but it will be great returning to Huish Park. Since my time the pitch has been relaid and is a wonderful surface for playing the good football we like to produce. It's nice to think a match of this importance will get the sort of venue it merits.

Weymouth F.C. refused to make an official statement, but a club spokesperson did comment :

Obviously this is not a desirable outcome for us and we are unhappy at losing home advantage. However the authorities have spoken so what can we do? It's small comfort, but at least our fans will be able to see what this club is aspiring to.

Here at Ciderspace we are always prepared to champion our salt-water friends. We were distressed when they were knocked back in their planning application for a new ground in the West Dorset Local Plan Inspector's Report published in January :

13.6.15 .............The existing stadium though only about 20 years old is regarded as unsatisfactory for the Club’s current requirements. Its small size could hamper promotion to the Football League, entry to which would necessitate a 6,000 seater stadium. Although I am sympathetic to the desire to upgrade the sports facilities in the locality and aspire to participation in higher leagues, it is clear that the level at which a 6,000 seater stadium would be critical has not been reached and could be some way off.

We believe the inspector had a shrewd appreciation of the likelihood of the Seaside Scummers advancing beyond Pub Team status, but surely they now have an incontrovertible argument to take back to the Planning Office : that their stadium isn't even suitable for their present (and future) Donkey & Sandcastle Inn Sunday team status.

Any Yeovil fans not travelling to The City Ground on the 17th may be considering attending as, ahem, neutrals. As, ahem, neutrals you may be interested to know St Albans City will get the Bartlett Stand, with the 'home' side receiving the Yeovil College Stand and the Westland Terrace. Prices in the Bartlett will be :

Adults £9.50, Senior citizens £5.00, Children under 16 £1.00.

COME ON YOU SAINTS!


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