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30 April 2008 : Officials For Nottingham Forest
Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest will be looked after by Fred Graham (Essex). We've already had Mr Graham twice this season, to varying opinions on his ability. In the December home game against AFC Bournemouth - his most recent match involving the Glovers - his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones was a fairly easy decision to make.

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

Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern counties away games, having only been to Huish Park on one other occasion, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds. He did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. Prior to that he was in charge at the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

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

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

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

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

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

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


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29 April 2008 : Ladies Finish League Programme
Yeovil Town Ladies became one of only two South West Combination clubs to have completed their league fixtures so far when winning 2-1 away at bottom of the table Southampton Saints on Sunday. Having played their twenty-two the Glovers finish the season on forty points.

With other clubs having up to five fixtures left Yeovil will have to wait and see if they hold on to their current fourth place, though they have a fair chance of so doing, with nearest chasers Chesham United eleven points back with five games remaining.

The big gun in the division, Reading, won the title some weeks back; no more than was expected when the season kicked off. However Yeovil Town can be pleased with their achievements and position in the league on their first season back at this level since 2004.


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29 April 2008 : Ladies Final Is OFF
Tonight's South West Combination Women's League Cup Final between AFC Bournemouth and Plymouth Argyle has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The club are looking into whether they can rehost the final at an alternative date.


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29 April 2008 : Livingston Striker Linked With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with Livingston striker Steven Craig. Those who read the Green Room will have been aware that this one has been on the rumourmill for a week or two, but now Scottish radio station Talk107FM and the appear willing enough to handle it.

Their website believes that Yeovil are amongst "a number of English clubs keen to take the 27 year-old on trial". The Glovers are the only club they actually name though.

Livingston manager Mark Proctor has confirmed that Craig will be leaving the club at the end of the season along with four other players:

"Most of the players contracts are up at the end of the month, and we've been sitting down with those involved over the past couple of days. We have made positive contract offers to some players which we hope they will accept, but inevitably some will be leaving us. It's never easy telling players that they'll be moving on, but it's part of the job and I'd like to thank the five we are releasing at this stage for their professionalism throughout their time at the club. It goes without saying that they'll leave with best wishes for the future from everyone at Almondvale."


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28 April 2008 : Nothing To See Here ... People Move On
Further to Friday night's crowd disturbances at Huish Park, the Yeovil Express has been in contact with the police in an attempt to get their take on some of the decision-making made by those responsible for the stadium safety and operations as part of the League One match against Leeds United.

Rather unexpectedly though, the Express was only able to get the following response from a police spokesman:

"The Football Intelligence Officer has reported that there were no problems."

The Avon and Somerset Police website says little to contradict that complacent and dismissive view of the situation, pointing out that there were no arrests and only one ejection:

"Home supporters became disgruntled due to the fact that a large number of Leeds United supporters gained entry into home areas of the stadium. There were no arrests or ejections for home supporters. A Leeds United supporter was ejected for poor behaviour."

So for all of you who were intimidated, punched, kicked, pushed, shoved or threatened or just left plain frightened or angry at the chaos inside Huish Park, that is the considered view of one of the groups responsible for safety inside the stadium.

For those who may want to disagree with the police view that you merely became "disgruntled" or that there were "no problems", it is possible to send alternative opinions via their web site using the form below.

Link: Avon and Somerset Police : Football Liaison Contact Form.

For those who want to read the Yeovil Express account of the problems on Friday night, reporter Steve Sowden spent 90 minutes under the home terrace roof and came out with the following article:

Link: Yeovil Express : Yeovil Town Officials To Discuss Leeds United Ticket Fiasco.

Meanwhile Ciderspace's own views on the evening are recorded here:

Link: Huish Park Crowd Disturbances.


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28 April 2008 : U14s Get Swansea Draw
Yeovil Town's U14s managed to get a creditable 1-1 draw with their Swansea City counterparts on Sunday with an 11.00am kick-off at Somerton. We've received the following report detailing the latest progress made by this particular year of the Community Trust set-up:

A clear bright morning at Somerton, welcomed Swansea for the second time this season, with Yeovil looking to overturn a 3-2 reverse from last October.

Yeovil started very quickly and within 10 minutes had forced a corner which Hopkins hit long to the far post for Williams to score with a free header. Taken by surprise Swansea retaliated with several 'robust' challenges, lots of needle and more than a few verbal comments, all aimed at unsettling the less 'streetwise' Yeovil boys. Pathy was causing all sorts of trouble with his pace up front and was a constant threat to the Swansea defence, but no other real chances fell to either team.

In the second half, Francis, then Bond replaced Mathews and Haines was replaced in goal by Henderson. These changes seemed to spur on the young Yeovil team who started to dominate proceedings, with Morgan twice getting chances to score a second goal. Very much against the run of play, one of the Swansea midfielders hit a speculative shot from about 30 yards out which Henderson got both hands too, but unfortunately spilled to allow an equaliser.

With tempers rising Hopkins was lucky to avoid a red card after a late tackle on the Swansea left back which left him rolling around the pitch. Swansea were also lucky not to be reduced when their left winger was pulled off with the Swansea manager saying his tackle was unacceptable. And so it was that the game ended in a 1-1 score. Not perhaps a fair result on the balance of play, but a fantastic performance from all the boys against a very physical Swansea team.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U14s 1 Swansea City U14s 1.

Yeovil U14s:
Matt Haines
Dan Williams, Ben Bicknall, Louis Voizey, Mikey Fordon
Tom Hopkins, Louis Morgan, Max Harrington, Brad Hansford
Alex Pathy, Lloyd Mathews

Subs: Alex Henderson (GK), Ash Francis, Tom Salter, Henry Bond.

[Many thanks to Steve for the above report!]


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28 April 2008 : Cheltenham Get Two Years Of Gas
Bristol Rovers have officially confirmed that they will groundshare with Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road for the next two seasons.

The Memorial Stadium redevelopment was scheduled to commence in May 2008, although Rovers' recent plans to stage two pre-season friendlies at the stadium in July would suggest that plans have been put back a few months, although the club don't clarify that at all.

The news of the groundshare means that the recent suggestions that the Glovers could host Rovers matches next season are now dead in the water, although the club admitted that some informal talks did take place on the matter. Rovers Chairman Ron Craig has confirmed this tonight:

"We are very pleased to announce that we will be playing our home games at Whaddon Road while the Memorial Stadium is being redeveloped. The decision to share with Cheltenham was made with fans in mind, as it is the easiest option for travelling. We also had to take financial aspects into account, and the quality of the pitch was also a consideration. We would like to thank Swindon Town and Yeovil Town for their cooperation during this time, and we look forward to working closely with Cheltenham in the coming months."


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28 April 2008 : Reserves Draw At Swindon
Yeovil Town Reserves drew at Swindon Town this afternoon. Not too much is known about this match at present, but the Glovers scorer was Jay May, with the game finishing with a 1-1 scoreline.

May is a 20 year old striker playing for Isthmian League side Dartford, having also been on the books of Tonbridge Angels. He is believed to be on trial at Huish Park at present.

Swindon took the lead through Billy Paynter on 28 minutes following a cross from Sofi Zaaboub. But Jay May hit back five minutes before the break with a close range equaliser.

In addition to May, the Glovers side included Wilfried Domoraud, who had a couple of good chances to win the match, and also midfielder Stephen Maher. Domoraud has recently been on loan at Weston-super-Mare.

Final Score: Swindon Town Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 1.

Scorers: Billy Paynter (28 mins, 1-0), Jay May (40 mins, 1-1).

Swindon Town Reserves: Phil Smith; Tom Evans, Patrick Kanyuka, Sean Morrison, Andy Nicholas (c); Kaid Mohamed, Danny Bocade, Michael Pook, Sofiene Zaaboub; Ben Joyce, Billy Paynter.

Substitutes: Nathan Thompson, Kurt Hammonds, Callum Kennedy, Sam Morris, Kieran Forbes.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Jamie Jones, Craig Alcock, Liam Francis, Jordan Street, Owen Irish, Ren Turnock, Ritchie Nicholls, Stephen Maher, Lee Chilton, Wilfried Domoraud, Jay May.


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28 April 2008 : Forest Game Now ALL TICKET!
Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest is now an ALL TICKET match. Contrary to initial information released, tickets will now NOT be sold on the day of the game and MUST be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

This is the final match of the 2007-08 season. The match takes place at the City Ground on Saturday 3rd May 2008 with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: £22.00; Over 60s: £16.00; Full Time Students: £10.00; Under 18s: £10.00; Under 12s: £5.00.

The Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888.


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28 April 2008 : Huish Park Crowd Disturbances
Following some of the problems in and around the ground on Friday night for the match against Leeds United, Ciderspace has penned both an account of the night's events as seen from the centre of the home terrace and has considered whether matters could have been handled better. Read our article via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Crowd Disturbances.


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27 April 2008 : Russell Planning For Busy Summer
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given his first thoughts of the likely summer transfer merry-go-round that will kick in as soon as next week's final fixtures are done and dusted. The Glovers have a large number of out of contract players (see April 22nd news item) but Slade has already admitted that he has "already done a deal to bring in a really good player to the football club" - widely believed on the rumourmill to be Huddersfield Town's Danny Schofield who scored on Saturday in what the Yorkshire side have acknowledged will be his final home game with the club after he requested a transfer from the Galpharm Stadium.

Speaking to BBC Somerset prior to Friday night's Leeds United game, Russell said that there was a lot of work to be done, but joked that he was no longer the man under the spotlight:

"The pressure can shift to the Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and to the Chairman! We need to close down exactly what we are doing. I know Martyn has already got one or two appointments booked with players that I want at the club, and also with a player at another club that I want to nail down permanently. So there is a lot of work to be done and we need to know exactly what money we have got to play with. It is important to know where we are at this stage so we can move on."

Russell was unsurprisingly tight-lipped over who he hoped to bring in, but he was prepared to give away one possible name and to give a few other clues:

"There is an appointment next week and I want it nailed down because he is a good player. There are others that I want. You know what I'm like about Darren Way - I'd love to bring him back to the football club and I'll make no bones about that one. I'd love to do that. There's another target that I'm looking at where I just need to know the fate of a club in the Championship and if that goes for us then we can pursue that one a little bit further. So there are loads of little things going on."

The Yeovil boss arrived in the summer of 2006 from Grimsby Town, a week after the League Two side featured in a play-off final at the Millennium Stadium and a year later Russell again had his season extended with the Glovers as he took them to Wembley Stadium, and he explained that there were some advantages to having an extra month off during the summer:

"I think the other thing to note is that I want to get the important incoming ones done and that the important players remain at the club as well. But I've got that little bit more time this season to do that. I haven't had that for the last two seasons. That has been hard, and this time I should have a little bit more time to take control of that and make sure that we get a nice little tidy squad together so we can challenge again."

Much of the summer months for a manager are spent trying to bring new blood into the club, but Russell admitted that there was a risk that he may lose some of the players he would like to keep:

"Of course there is. We've got some good players here that have done a good job. Sometimes it is right for players to move on by the same token. They may need a change for whatever reason. They might be fed up with listening to the same manager or might want to move to a bigger stadium or whatever rocks their boat and so they need to move on. I do think there is a lifespan. Some players can stay 10 years, but it is not the norm these days. Players last a couple of seasons or three season and then they do move. I think also being a smaller club, we're not offering four or five year contracts. So there is going to be a turnover and that is inevitable at smaller football clubs like ourselves."

Glovers Chairman John Fry had earlier in the week refused to rule out the sale of players over the summer, causing some concern amongst supporters, but Russell was philosophical about the issue suggesting it was a hazard of the job. However he did point out that a successful football club couldn't rely solely on a selling policy:

"With regards to selling a player, we need to keep our best players, or at least get a group of players together that are capable of taking the club forward. I understand that there are times when clubs need money during a season, and they need that money to come back into the club by selling a player. But at this moment in time we need to invest as well. Because if you don't invest in the first place then you have not got the players to sell."


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27 April 2008 : Church Gets Another Wales Call-Up
Yeovil Town on-loan striker Simon Church has been called up again to the Wales Under 21s squad for their forthcoming fixture against England Under 21s. The news is only of academic importance to the Glovers as the fixture only takes place on May 15th at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, by which time Simon will have returned to Reading. The full squad is as follows:

Wales U21: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Owain Fon Williams (Crewe Alexandra), Neal Eardley (Oldham Athletic), Chris Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Jacobson (Bristol Rovers), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Nicky Adams (Bury), Mark Bradley (Walsall), Jack Collison (West Ham United), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City, Simon Church (Reading/Yeovil Town), David Cotterill (Wigan Athletic), Ched Evans (Manchester City), Sam Vokes (Bournemouth).


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27 April 2008 : 2007-08 End Of Season Awards
Yeovil Town's end of season awards took place prior to Friday night's match against Leeds United with striker Marcus Stewart picking up the lion's share of the plaudits following an impressive season that has seen him double up in both midfield and up front. Marcus didn't quite manage the clean sweep of supporters and media awards that has been seen in recent years, but he came rather close.

The full awards given out on the night were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Marcus Stewart (1st), Scott Guyett (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Steve Mildenhall (1st), Marcus Stewart (2nd), Terry Skiverton (3rd).
Bradford Building Supplies: Marcus Stewart.
Cary Glovers: Marcus Stewart.
Away Travel Club: Marcus Stewart (1st), Terry Skiverton (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Lee Peltier.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Lloyd Owusu.

Our congratulations to all of the players who were given awards on the night.


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27 April 2008 : Friday Crowd Beats Stadium Record
As announced at Friday night's match, the attendance of 9,527 at Huish Park for the League One match against Leeds United is a new stadium record.

The attendance beat the 9,348 established for the January 2004 FA Cup Third Round match against Liverpool by 179 spectators. The previous Football League attendance record had been the 9,178 fans that saw the December 2005 home match against Bristol City.

Link: Huish Park Top Attendances.


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27 April 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Leeds Game
Following Friday night's 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Leeds United, Glovers boss Russell Slade gave his usual post-match views to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage. Read the transcript of the interview, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Leeds Game.


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26 April 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Leeds
A reminder for those who went to last night's 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United that your Man Of The Match votes are required. Use the voting form below to cast your top three of the night.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Leeds United : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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26 April 2008 : BBC Saturday Sport Phone-In
In the wake of last night's rather controversial and unsavoury incidents at Huish Park, a reminder that BBC Bristol do a post-match phone-in session as part of their Saturday Sport programme.

If you want to talk about last night's match then give them a call on 0845-9005955 from around 4.45pm today until 6.30pm. Listen in on 95.5FM (BBC Somerset) 94.9FM (BBC Bristol) or via their website.

Link: BBC Bristol Website : Listen Live.



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26 April 2008 : Glovers Edged Out By Leeds
Yeovil Town lost narrowly to play-off hopefuls Leeds United last night at a packed Huish Park. The Yorkshire side grabbed an early Dougie Freedman goal and managed to hold onto it for the duration of the match, despite being reduced to 10 men following a two-footed tackle on Lee Peltier that saw Alan Sheehan get his marching orders.

Yeovil's team selection was a simple one. Following the impressive performance last week at the Liberty Stadium, manager Russell Slade selected the same starting eleven and formation, and bar the swap of Matthew Rose for goalkeeper Darren Behcet, selected the same sixteen.

The start to the game was not good by any stretch of the imagination. Whilst off the pitch on the home terrace, chaos was reigning as two small pockets of Leeds fans were able to openly display their club colours and chant, causing skuffles to break out, whilst stewards and police looked on motionless, some slack defending merely yards away and a likely handball in the build-up allowed Frazer Richardson to cross the ball in from the right, Bradley Johnson to control the ball with his hand, and some hesitant Yeovil defending to allow Dougie Freedman to stab the ball home from close range. More scuffles broke out and probably for many in the home terrace, the game itself was sadly incidental - their own personal safety was more of a concern.

Whilst it was difficult to concentrate on the football, the Glovers gradually worked their way back into the game, carving out their own chances in an end to end game. After Jonathan Douglas scuffed a shot wide of the target that could have made it 2-0, Yeovil picked up their game and began to take the play down to the far end where Marcus Stewart headed over, Marvin Williams forced Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren into a superb double-save with the second attempt hitting the outside of the post, whilst Nathan Smith and Jaime Peters also weighed in with chances.

The second half opened with the Glovers still pressing to find an equaliser - Anthony Barry received a short free kick from Marc Bircham that if Marcus Stewart had got half a toe on would have seen an equalising goal. The Glovers were still having to be on their guard with Leeds looking a physically strong side, with the odd long ranger from Lubomir Michilak being fired like bullets at Steve Mildenhall's goal but mercifully wide of the target.

Midway through the first half, the game boiled over with a nasty-looking tackle from Leeds defender Alan Sheehan being committed on Lee Peltier close to the dugouts. In the midst of a multi-player ruck, Sheehan appeared to elbow Marc Bircham and so it was little surprise that he was the man that was singled out by referee Keith Stroud. Thankfully Stroud did not react beyond a yellow card when Bircham responded three minutes later with another full-blooded tackle.

The sending off didn't really benefit the Glovers. With Leeds down to 10 men, their ambition to extend their lead was heavily reduced and they lined up their two banks of four, challenging the Glovers to break them down. Creative ability has not been Yeovil's strength this season and some of the balls into the box, particularly from Anthony Barry's corners, really were not good enough. Barry was withdrawn along with Marvin Williams as the Glovers finished the game with additional firepower in the form of Andy Kirk and Lloyd Owusu.

But you can have as many strikers on the field as you like - much of Yeovil's problems this season have been in the delivery into the box and the best that the Glovers managed was when the rather unlikely form of 'right-winger' Terry Skiverton (yes, you read right!) overlapped close to the touchline and delivered an impressive cross that Aidan Downes almost converted at the far post, with Casper Ankergren protecting his side's lead and ultimately guaranteeing them a play-off spot. The Glovers weren't that far off their illustrious opponents throughout the night, but rather like the Elland Road match it was the ability to create and convert chances that was to divide the two teams.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leeds United 1.

Scorer: Dougie Freedman (0-1, 4 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
32. Marvin Williams 8. Anthony Barry 20. Marc Bircham 33. Aidan Downes
16. Jaime Peters
10. Marcus Stewart

Subs: 3. Nathan Jones 5. Scott Guyett 9. Lloyd Owusu (83 mins for Anthony Barry) 12. Matty Rose 24. Andy Kirk (76 mins for Marvin Williams)

Leeds United: (4-4-2)
1. Casper Ankergren
2. Frazer Richardson 33. Lubomir Michalik 32. Alan Sheehan 3. Paul Huntington
37. Neil Kilkenny 4. Jonathan Douglas 14. Jonathan Howson 16. Bradley Johnson
38. Dougie Freedman 39. Anthony Elding

Subs: 25. David Lucas (GK) 5. Rui Marques (85 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 7. David Prutton (78 mins for Bradley Johnson) 20. Tresor Kandol 22. Andy Hughes (68 mins for Anthony Elding)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (40 mins, dissent), Marc Bircham (68 mins, foul)
Leeds Bookings: None. Red Card: Alan Sheehan (65 mins, serious foul play).

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Steve Rubery (Essex) and Ceri Richards (Camarthenshire). Fourth Official: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 9,527 (including 'officially' 1,500 Leeds fans).


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25 April 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Leeds United tonight at Huish Park in their final home match of the 2007-08 season. The match is a complete sell-out and so even allowing for segregation, the attendance at the match should still touch the 9,000 mark.

The match is the second of three high profile matches to end this season, with Nottingham Forest the final opponents at the City Ground, and Champions Swansea City last weekend. It is an illustrious way to complete the season, and even more so knowing that Yeovil will be able to do it all over again next year, with last week's win over Swansea guaranteeing that. These last two matches will be there for Glovers fans and players to relax and enjoy the football for a change!

After a season full of injuries and illnesses it is rather ironic that just as things draw to a close that the Glovers have few in the way of problems. Matthew Rose has returned to training following his thigh injury, leaving Paul Warne as the only definite absentee for tonight. Manager Russell Slade has admitted that he would love to be able to select the same starting eleven that did so well last week at the Liberty Stadium. Speaking to BBC Somerset Russell explained:

"They've trained with a smile on their face, and that anxiety's been lifted from their shoulders and that's nice to see - they deserve that, they worked exceptionally hard against Swansea. It's going to be a fantastic game to finish with, it's a full house, it's going to be packed - it's a night game and that sometimes gives an extra feeling to the atmosphere so we're always looking forward to it. Particularly for our players, who may not always get the opportunity to play the likes of Leeds United."

Leeds go into the game still needing three points to guarantee a play-off place, particularly given that the outcome of the appeal against their 15 point deduction is unlikely to be known before May 1st. They had a bit of a let-off in midweek when first choice keeper Casper Ankergren was merely fined by the FA after being found guilty of throwing a missile into the crowd in a recent match against Swindon Town, hence he will keep his place between the sticks. Their major doubt is top scorer Jermaine Beckford who has an ankle injury and they do not expect him to play - hoping to preserve him for the play-off matches. However, with the likes of Dougie Freedman, Anthony Elding and Tresor Kandol available to call upon this will hardly weaken their side significantly. Boss Gary McAllister explained his thinking:

"Jermaine's still a bit sore and we'll keep the treatment going. I need a 100-per-cent Jermaine. Tresor and Anthony have both had a chance since he dropped out and we've got other options with the shape we can go with. As much as we'll miss him, we've got plenty of back-up."

The Glovers will doubtless want revenge for their last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Elland Road earlier in the season where the October 2007 match saw substitute Mark De Vries grab the winner. Thankfully he has since left Elland Road, as has Tore-Andre Flo, who created the goal but has since retired from football. However, the addition of Freedman into their side has galvanised Leeds, with the Crystal Palace marksman having clocked up four goals since his arrival. Leeds are on a strong run, with four wins in their last five matches. They are not invincible though, having lost 10 days ago on their travels at the hands of Huddersfield Town.

The game is an ALL TICKET match but in any case is a complete sell-out. Therefore if you haven't got a ticket then don't turn up to the game! Huish Park is likely to be substantially busier than normal and so allow extra time for getting into the ground. As an additional incentive, the club's end of season awards will be presented at 7.15pm tonight, with the actual kick-off half an hour later.


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24 April 2008 : A37 Road Closure
Those travelling to or from the game via the A37 tomorrow may wish to know that the A37 will be closed both ways due to overnight road resurfacing between Ilchester and Chilthorne Domer. Consequently it will also affect anyone who takes the Thorne Coffin lanes route to/from the Halfway House pub. The road will be closed from 7.00pm and will still be closed after the match.

The recommended route will be the A3088 road out to the Cartgate Roundabout, although other routes are obviously available depending on where you need to get to.

Anyone needing specialised advice should phone the Council's Roads and Transport Team on 0845-3459155.


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24 April 2008 : Small Profit Expected For 2007 Accounts
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has today talked to the Western Daily Press about the club's financial position. The interview raises a number of questions rather than providing clear answers, suggesting that the club have a large number of very fundamental decisions to make over the summer if they are to have a clear vision as to what they plan to do for the 2008-09 season.

The good news is that the club are currently compiling the formal accounts for what will be the year ending June 30th 2007 and that Mr Fry projects a "small profit" for that year - consistent with the club's strong financial position since entering the Football League. The spot of confusion lies in exactly what major income that 12 month period includes, with Fry quoted as saying:

"We are compiling the 2007 accounts this week. They will show a small profit partly due to the sale of Chris Cohen and Arron Davies to Nottingham Forest."

The sale of Chris Cohen and Arron Davies was made official on July 6th 2007, yet the club have in recent years had their 'year end' as being June 30th. Hence any revenue from the seven-figure sale would be expected to appear in the 2007-08 accounts, hence some clarification is needed there. We'd expect the 2006-07 accounts instead to detail the sale of Kevin Amankwaah and Matt Harrold as well as the play-off matches that took the club to Wembley.

Mr Fry is his usual prudent self when it comes to forecasting the future, refusing to over-spend at the club:

"We don't want to end up like Bournemouth. The supporters are the lifeblood of this club. They are our investors as much as anybody. Every percentage through the turnstiles is important."

In terms of other issues, Fry did not want to be committed either way on player sales, the future of the club's Reserve Team and even the Centre of Excellence which was only formed this season. The WDP gets soundbites on each of these as follows:

a) On Player Sales: "I don't know but I hope not. We have always supported the manager and hopefully we will be able to continue to do so."
b) On the Reserve Team and other Football Combination members: "Everybody is reviewing the situation considering the financial grip that is taking place."
c) On the Centre of Excellence: "We should be doing everything to support that but we have to be real."

All of this points to a club that has a lot of decisions to make during May and June in terms of what it wants to achieve and how it plans to go out and achieve it.


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24 April 2008 : Club Backtrack On Friday Night Football Again
Yeovil Town have backtracked slightly on their plans to introduce Friday Night football to Huish Park for next season. This is something that originally turned up on the Customer Charter Meeting agenda just over a year ago, but did not receive great support, particularly from a survey conducted by Ciderspace and it was consigned to the "rejected" pile following a second discussion at the final CCM of the 2006-07 season.

At the last Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting, it surprisingly appeared in the minutes again with the club's official minutes stating:

"A lot of people play their football on a Saturday so for next season we will be looking at playing some of our matches on Friday nights to see if that makes a difference to our attendance."

Unsurprisingly many supporters on the Green Room message board have raised the same issues that they raised a year ago and yesterday the club, via Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and the official site issued a counter-statement on the subject:

"Because the Leeds fixture has been brought forward a day there has been some speculation that we will play a number of matches on a Friday night next season. I can confirm there are presently no plans to do so. Friday's game has been rescheduled at the insistence of the Police and whilst we may consider playing on a Friday as an occasional option next season, such a change in fixture would only be proposed after full consultation with the Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership and has to be agreed with the opposition and the Football League."

Note that this is not a complete retraction of the original plans, but at least indicates a degree of caution in what they are doing. What the club need to consider though, is that many supporters will be renewing their season tickets over the next month on the basis that the club have a particular policy towards the scheduling of match fixtures, and many will make their decisions according to how many night and daytime games are on the fixture list. It therefore would help if any policy decisions of this nature were confined to seasons as a whole and that the club at least commit to that policy for the duration of the 2008-09 season. Thus the semi-retraction could have been a little clearer - possibly the club need to understand its supporter-base a little better before proceeding down this avenue?

Link: April 2008: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 4.

Link: March 2007: The Effect Of Friday Night Football Upon Attendances.


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24 April 2008 : Christophe Lands In Pompey Reserves
Midfielder Jean-Francois Christophe turned out for Portsmouth Reserves on Tuesday night when they took on Reading Reserves.

The Frenchman played 90 minutes at Westleigh Park in front of 146 spectators and it was his through-ball that set up David Nugent for a second half equalising goal in a 1-1 draw. Asmir Begovic and Martin Cranie also played out the full game.

With Christophe having returned to Hampshire to play in that match, it would imply that his time with the Glovers has come to an end, with two games of the current season remaining.


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23 April 2008 : Officials For Leeds United
Friday's match against Leeds United will be looked after by referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and to be frank, we haven't always liked what we've seen and we're a little baffled as to why the Referees Association clearly must rate him so highly.

That said, we mustn't grumble too loudly - Mr Stroud counts as the one and only referee to remember that Yeovil Town can in fact be awarded penalties under the laws of the game! His awarding of a spot kick last April in the home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but it still stands as Yeovil's one and only penalty in the last two years.

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

For those wondering what on earth is in store for Friday night, perhaps one good omen is that a month later he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Steve Rubery (Essex) and Ceri Richards (Camarthenshire).

Those of you wondering why this refereeing profile looks oddly familiar - it is because Mr Stroud was meant to be coming to Huish Park for last month's derby against Bristol Rovers but was replaced at late notice. Despite our misgivings about him, keep your fingers crossed that doesn't happen again on Friday - the Fourth Official will be the illustrious Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

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

Link: November 2005: Swansea City 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

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


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23 April 2008 : March 2008 Player Of The Month
March was not a productive month for the Glovers, with only the win over Doncaster Rovers providing the shining light in a difficult period that saw further injury and illness problems result in widespread squad turnover in an effort to raise 16 players to play in each game.

Out of the month came one clear shining light, with Marcus Stewart dominating the voting and as we said on the Doncaster match report, frequently playing more like a 25 year old than a 35 year old. Marcus stacked up the most votes in March by a comfortable margin, although credit is due to Asmir Begovic who despite only making a brief visit to Huish Park, came out with glowing comments about his standard of keeping.

The full results, with the percentage of voting gained throughout March is shown below:

Marcus Stewart 23.8
Asmir Begovic 9.9
Andy Kirk 8.8
Mark Lynch 7.7
Nathan Smith 7.2
Craig Alcock 6.9
Stephen Maher 5.3
Lloyd Owusu 4.6
Scott Flinders 4.4
Scott Guyett 3.9
Jean-Francois Christophe 3.1
Jaime Peters 3.1
Terry Skiverton 2.9
Lee Peltier 2.6
Martin Woods 1.8
Anthony Barry 1.3
Terrell Forbes 1.1
Matthew Rose 0.7
Simon Church 0.3
MarvinWilliams 0.3
Zoltan Stieber 0.2
Liam Bridcutt 0.2
Paul Warne 0.2


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23 April 2008 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
April's local derby against Bristol Rovers saw a 0-0 draw at Huish Park as both sides locked each other out. With a higher-than-usual crowd, there was a good response to the Man of the Match voting. Despite there being so many voters, there was a very strong view on which three players deserved the plaudits.

All of the outright man of the match votes went to those three players, with Asmir Begovic, Marcus Stewart and Nathan Smith dwarfing all other votes submitted. In the end, Asmir triumphed by a narrow margin, matching the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match. The full results are shown below, with outright votes shown in brackets:

1 Asmir Begovic 522 (29)
2 Marcus Stewart 474 (33)
3 Nathan Smith 348 (17)
4 Terry Skiverton 24 (0)
5 Lee Peltier 22 (0)
6 Jaime Peters 12 (0)
7 Anthony Barry 10 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 4 (0)
9 Lloyd Owusu 2 (0)
9 Stephen Maher 2 (0)
9 Jean-Francois Christophe 2(0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.34

Performance: 5.40
Entertainment: 5.28

VOTES RECEIVED: 80


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23 April 2008 : Hartlepool Man Of The Match Result
Catching up on a few of the recent Man Of The Match results today, we turn our attention initially to the Easter Monday away match up at Hartlepool United, where the Glovers came away with little to show from a relatively poor display and a 2-0 defeat.

One of the few players to shine on the day was Marcus Stewart, who came out on top of the day's poll. The full results, with outright man of the match votes in brackets, can be seen below:

1 Marcus Stewart 70 (6)
2 Scott Flinders 46 (2)
3 Lee Peltier 42 (3)
4 Nathan Smith 32 (2)
5 Scott Guyett 22 (1)
6 Stephen Maher 20 (1)
7 Anthony Barry 8 (0)
7 Liam Bridcutt 8 (0)
9 Terry Skiverton 6 (0)
9 Lloyd Owusu 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.07

Performance: 4.67
Entertainment: 5.47

VOTES RECEIVED: 15


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22 April 2008 : Let The Contract Talks Begin!
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that he hopes that the club's League One security can restart contract talks with the players that he wants to keep for the 2008-09 season.

The Glovers boss had stated back on February 12th that he had given the green light to Chief Executive Martyn Starnes to commence contract talks with the quartet of Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart, Steve Mildenhall and Matthew Rose. However, nothing has materialised since that point and on March 26th, Stewart, Skiverton and Lloyd Owusu said they were still in the dark as to where their future lay. On April 4th, Slade again reiterated to the WDP, the importance of getting his skipper on a new contract:

"Terry Skiverton is going to be a big part of rebuilding this club and I for one want that contract sorted out sooner rather than later. He is an important player and when he hasn't played this year we have missed him. He is a leader. It is important we get his contract signed up and done and dusted."

Today Slade has said that the club need to get back to looking at the bigger picture, with Starnes likely to have a busy week ahead with large numbers of players running out of contract, including Anthony Barry, Mark Lynch and Craig Alcock, although decisions have yet to be publically made regarding those three players. Speaking of the wider situation, the manager told the WDP:

"There is a lot of work that has to be done. I have tried to keep an eye on the bigger picture and that is not easy. Hopefully we can start ticking boxes and solving one or two things there."

The situation is complicated further by the fact that unconfirmed sources suggest that Scott Guyett and Terrell Forbes were signed up on new deals some time ago - although the club has never announced this. In addition, the trio of Lloyd Owusu, Paul Warne and Marc Bircham appear to have options attached to their contracts that allow extensions to be drawn up provided certain criteria is met. Owusu and Warne have confirmed in the press that they believe they are entitled to an additional year, with a 25 game appearance trigger appearing to be the common factor. Whether Bircham's contract says the same hasn't been confirmed, although BBC Somerset recently reported that they believed him to be out of contract in the summer. As far as Warne is concerned, he is ready to sign, but wanted to do so in more appropriate circumstances:

"I am lucky I have got another year if I chose to take it and I have spoken to the gaffer (Russell Slade) and I would like to take it. But I don't really feel it is right for me to walk in to see Jean (Cotton, club secretary) with my crutches and say, 'Good news, I am signing'. I would much rather wait until I am off my crutches and walking of my own volition. I am happy to stay and me and my family love living here."

The other dilemma Slade and Starnes face is whether to offer any of the current loan players or Reserve Team trialists permanent deals. One such example is Aidan Downes, who it is believed Everton will release at the end of the season and having scored on the weekend he did his chances no harm at all. Slade has admitted:

"There is a possibility to take him on a full-time basis."

The rumourmill suggests that the released list could be greater than the retained list this summer, with widespread changes planned - and even that does not allow for any players Slade may unwillingly lose. Also on the grapevine are the names of Huddersfield Town winger Danny Schofield and Swansea City central midfielder (and prodigal son) Darren Way, who have been mentioned on numerous occasions during 2008 as likely transfer targets. Whatever, the plans for the 2008-09 season must start now, with haste. There are no barriers or excuses possible for not getting the relevant parties around the table this time.


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22 April 2008 : Going Going ......
... almost gone.

The club are reporting that there are now just 20 seats left for Friday's Leeds United game.

If you haven't got one yet - 01935-847888 is the number to put on speed dial - NOW!


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21 April 2008 : Skivo Back In Team Of The Week!
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has become the latest Glovers player to land in the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One.

Skivo scored Yeovil's opening goal in the 2-1 win over Swansea City over the weekend that helped the Glovers mathematically secure League One football for next season.

Skivo is joined by one of his former team-mates who was selected in central midfield. We will of course be seeing Chris Cohen in action in just under two weeks time at the City Ground.

The full team is as follows:

Peter Brezovan (Swindon)
Jason Crowe (Northampton) Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town) Steve Elliott (Bristol Rovers) Alan Sheehan (Leeds)
Dean Cox (Brighton) Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) Michael Timlin (Swindon) Anthony McNamee (Swindon)
Nicky Maynard (Crewe) Andy Booth (Huddersfield)


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21 April 2008 : Home Terrace Sold Out
Tickets for the home terrace for Friday night's match against Leeds United have now entirely sold out. The game takes place at Huish Park on Friday 25th April, with a 7.45pm kick-off and is an ALL TICKET match.

The only hope of getting into this game is to buy one of the rapidly disappearing seats in the Main Stand or Cowlin Stand.

In the Main Stand there are only limited seats available in Block A or Block B. All other blocks are sold out.

In the Cowlin Stand there are only limited seats available in Block HH, Block N, Block P and Block PP. All other blocks are sold out.

You have until Thursday 5.00pm (or earlier if the seats sell out before that) to purchase your ticket as there will be no tickets sold on the day of the game.


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21 April 2008 : Swansea Reserves Postponed
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their match against Swansea City Reserves postponed due to a waterlogged pitch in Llanelli.

No rude comments about the weather in South Wales being rather persistently wet, please!


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20 April 2008 : Away Travel Club POTS Final Reminder
This is your last chance to vote for the Away Travel Club's Player of the Season for 2007-08. Voting will close at the end of tomorrow (Monday) to allow them a chance to engrave the silverware with the lucky winner.

As part of the traditional end of season awards, Mark will be presenting the trophy that has been used by both the Away Travel Club and formerly the YTISA.

Hence once you've considered which player has impressed you the most over the past nine months or so, send your vote to Mark at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

You don't have to have travelled with Mark or have been a member of YTISA to cast a vote. All votes will be welcomed.


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20 April 2008 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Swansea City, club captain Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset's Terry Skiverton about the current state of the club and the future. The full transcript of that interview is now online via the link below. Alternatively listen to the full audio clip which is linked via an earlier news item.

Link: Interview With Terry Skiverton.


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20 April 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Swansea Game
For those who prefer the written version of the post-match interviews, the thoughts of manager Russell Slade following yesterday's 2-1 win over Swansea City are now available online. The BBC audio versions can also be accessed - see our earlier news item.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Swansea Game.


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20 April 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Swansea
For those who travelled to the Liberty Stadium yesterday for Yeovil Town's 2-1 win over Swansea City, we want your Man of the Match votes via the link below. Choose your top three and match rating to indicate who your heroes on the day were.

Link: Swansea City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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20 April 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Swansea
If you only listen to two post-match interviews this season, then make these two the ones you choose! Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Swansea City, BBC reporter Drew Savage interviewed both manager Russell Slade and club captain Terry Skiverton after they played their part in mathematically securing League One football for next season. Both certainly wear their hearts on their sleeve, and we'll have written transcriptions of both interviews available soon. In the meantime the blood'n'guts versions are available via the links below.

Link: BBC Sport Website: Russell Slade Post-Match Interview.

Link: BBC Sport Website: Terry Skiverton Post-Match Interview.


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19 April 2008 : Glovers Secure League One Football!
Yeovil Town mathematically guaranteed League One Football for the 2008-09 season after they sensationally beat League One Champions Swansea City on their home patch today at the Liberty Stadium.

Club captain Terry Skiverton and winger Aidan Downes were the heroes as they put the Glovers into a commanding position with a goal in each half. An Andy Robinson strike ensured 15 minutes of jangled nerves at the end, but the Glovers held their nerve and Carlisle United's last minute defeat to Southend United meant that at the end both teams were celebrating in Wales.

The Glovers went into the game relatively injury free, with Nathan Jones a surprise inclusion on the bench, whilst club captain Terry Skiverton was fit enough to start the match. They adopted largely a 4-5-1 formation, although with Jaime Peters given a roving role to move across the front of the midfield and head up to support lone striker Marcus Stewart when needed.

Swansea predictably started strongly with the jubilant home crowd, still savouring last week's promotion, on a high, creating a swirling atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium. A free header from centre-back giant Dennis Lawrence went over the bar from a set piece, but Swansea were finding the majority of their early pressure was ending in long range punts that either went wide, or were comfortable for goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, who had been a doubt up until the start of the match with an upset stomach that required Darren Behcet to take to the bench for the second game running.

The Glovers rode the early pressure and gradually levelled out the match and ultimately had the cheek to take the lead, slightly against the run of play. Strong build-up from Jaime Peters and Marc Bircham who combined to set away Marvin Williams down the flank, breaking past Swansea full-back Kevin Austin. His cross went into the box and was met perfectly by the head of Terry Skiverton to put Yeovil 1-0 up with 23 minutes gone and to threaten to spoil Swansea's promotion party.

The Glovers grew hugely in confidence following the goal and could have even doubled their lead when Jaime Peters got a cross in from the opposite flank and Marcus Stewart did well to create space and get in a header that home keeper Dorus De Vries did well to get down and block.

Yeovil had to deal with a succession of Swansea corners as they tried to wind down the clock towards the half time break, but again they created the best of the opportunities as the outstanding Nathan Smith broke from defence, dancing past Swansea defenders, nutmegging one, interchanging with Jaime Peters, then getting the ball back and pushing the ball through to Anthony Barry. Unfortunately for the central midfielder he didn't keep his composure and failed to get a firm connection with the ball to convert a golden opportunity. No matter because the Glovers would have taken a 1-0 half time lead under any circumstances.

A quiet start to the second half saw the first true action occurring on the hour mark, and again the Glovers proved they could create the better chances of the game. The move ended with Marcus Stewart creating his own space inside the penalty box, showing his experience inside the box. His header from six yards out though was met by an outstanding reflex save from Dorus De Vries to keep the scoreline down to a single goal.

But the respite for the league leaders lasted only a minute with the Glovers incredibly doubling their lead. Aidan Downes, who was making his full debut, received the ball on the left side of the field and he fired in from the edge of the box for his first Glovers goal and to put the Glovers into dreamland at 2-0 up. Swansea's supporters were stunned into silence.

The game looked to be ending in a comfortable win for the Glovers as Swansea ran out of ideas, but with 11 minutes remaining, Swansea got a lifeline when they converted from one of their many corners - Andy Robinson firing low through a crowded penalty box to bring it back to 1-2 and a nerve-jangling final period of the game.

The game was on a knife-edge and once again Anthony Barry could have sealed it on the break when he was put clean through - Lloyd Owusu setting him away eight yards out but Barry screwed the ball two yards wide of the target, leaving the Liverpudlian with his head in his hands. He knew it should have been game over.

Five minutes worth of injury time only served to extend the agony, with Gillingham now drawing against Bristol Rovers meaning that all Yeovil had to do was to hold on to guarantee a third season of League One football. Swansea seemed to have run out of steam, and some of their fans astonishingly headed for the exits - when you are in the position Swansea are in, why would anyone want to leave a football ground early?

The final whistle blew to jubilant scenes at the away end of the stadium ... and then after a brief pause to celebrations at the home end of the stadium as well! A 90th minute goal for Southend United had scuppered any chance Carlisle United had of catching Swansea, and barring any overturn of Leeds United's points deduction, League One's main silverware was going to Wales, leaving all 18,321 spectators delighted at the final outcome. Whilst the Glovers management and team have come under heavy fire from supporters in recent weeks, they deserve huge credit for the effort they put in today and the way they held their nerve under immense pressure. Now mathematically safe, Yeovil Town must now turn attention towards their plans for the 2008-09 season, and hopefully enjoy the final two matches of the current season with all the immediate worries and concerns now firmly lifted.

Final Score: Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Terry Skiverton (23 mins, 0-1), Aidan Downes (60 mins, 0-2), Andy Robinson (79 mins, 1-2).

Swansea City: (4-4-2)
21. Dorus De Vries
36. Ashley Williams 5. Alan Tate 15. Dennis Lawrence 3. Kevin Austin
7. Leon Britton 8. Darren Pratley 18. Andy Robinson 28. Thomas Butler
29. Febian Brandy 9. Jason Scotland

Subs: 16. Garry Monk 17. Owain Tudur-Jones 23. Guillem Bauza (70 mins for Kevin Austin) 24. Darren Way 26. Paul Anderson (71 mins for Thomas Butler)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
33. Aidan Downes 8. Anthony Barry 20. Marc Bircham 32. Marvin Williams
16. Jaime Peters
10. Marcus Stewart

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 9. Lloyd Owusu (83 mins for Marc Bircham) 3. Nathan Jones (76 mins for Aidan Downes) 13. Darren Behcet (GK) 24. Andy Kirk

Swansea Bookings: Guillem Bauza (86 mins, foul), Red Card: Darren Pratley (90 mins, professional foul).
Yeovil Bookings: Terry Skiverton (20 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (57 mins, foul), Aidan Downes (64 mins), Marc Bircham (65 mins, foul), Marvin Williams (69 mins, dissent), Steve Mildenhall (89 mins, timewasting)

Referee: Mike Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: RJ Martin and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 18,321 (including 359 Yeovil supporters).

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.


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19 April 2008 : Glovers Youth Draw With Exeter
Yeovil Town's Under 18s drew their home match 0-0 with Exeter City U18s this morning.


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18 April 2008 : Reserves Rearrangement For Swansea
For those who like the idea of two trips to South Wales in 72 hours, or perhaps more likely for those Glovers who are exiled in that part of the world, Yeovil Town Reserves have had their match against Swansea City Reserves brought forward by 48 hours.

It will now be played on Monday 21st April at Stebonheath Park, home of Llanelli AFC. Kick off is 7.00pm.

Address: Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, SA15 1EY. Tel: 01554-758018.

Directions From East: A484 from Swansea or M4 (junction 48), follow signs to Llanelli until the Trostre roundabout (McDonalds). Take the Llanelli exit. First exit at next roundabout, first exit again at next roundabout into James Street.

Directions From North: A476 from Llandeilo, through Felinfoel follow signs to Swansea. Second exit at roundabout into James Street.

Directions From West: From M4 (junction 48). A484 from Carmarthen, via Pembrey, Burry Port and Pwll. You will eventually arrive at a odd-looking misshapen roundabout, follow signs to Swansea. Second exit at roundabout into James Street. Follow road to no through road signs, then either head straight on for the Robbie James Stand, or turn right for Social Club.

Link: Multimap.com Website : Stebonheath Park, Llanelli.


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18 April 2008 : Swansea City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the journey to Swansea City tomorrow, still looking to secure the last few points that they would need to guarantee themselves League One football for next season. They come up against tough opposition with the Welsh side top of the table, already promoted to the Championship, and hoping to land the divisional champions title by 5.00pm tomorrow.

They go into the match with a number of complications to deal with. Winger/striker Paul Warne (broken foot) and Nathan Jones (broken arm) remain unavailable, whilst Matthew Rose looks likely to remain unavailable. In terms of borderline players though, left-winger Zoltan Stieber, striker Lloyd Owusu, defender Scott Guyett and youngster Jordan Street have all been on the treatment table this week and manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset their current progress after the Thursday training session:

"Lloyd has not trained this week unfortunately. He is obviously a major doubt. Matty Rose looks as though he will be condemned to the treatment bench this week. Of the others we have got injured obviously there is the long term situation of Paul Warne. Jordan Street picked up an injury in training, but Zoltan Stieber trained today. He's had a bit of a foot injury but he trained today and so did Scott Guyett."

Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he is unlikely to rest any of their players this Saturday, whilst the issue of the League One title itself is still outstanding. They only have one player definitely out of the equation with midfielder Ferrie Bodde (groin) unavailable. Garry Monk (back) and right-back Angel Rangel (groin) are available again after lay-offs, and such is the strength and depth of the Swansea squad that former Glovers Kevin Amankwaah and Darren Way are highly unlikely to get near their squad of sixteen, with both having been frozen out for most of this season.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and the game is ALL TICKET for away fans. Please do not travel if you have not already got a ticket. Swansea's Liberty Stadium is not the easiest to navigate your way to, or to observe all the local restrictions, so if you are going under your own steam, we'd advise you read the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swansea.


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18 April 2008 : Slade Calls For Realistic Ambitions
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has called for the club and its supporters to have "realistic" ambitions for this season and next as he attempts to turn the clubs fortunes around through what is likely to be a hefty summer rebuilding programme.

Russell said to BBC Somerset that he felt the club had 'over-achieved' last season and felt that even extended to the first half of this sesson when the club were still within touching distance of the play-offs:

"It's not just last season is it? When we went to Luton in January we were playing for three points to go second in the table. We had vastly over-achieved. At that particular time we had James Walker who I wanted to keep and we had Darren Way, who I wanted to keep that were both firmly in the team. We lost those two players and obviously we've had injuries since then as well. But we have to be realistic. We can't get greedy and we have to understand that success this season is going to be being in League One. Next season that is going to be success. You ask Luton if they would be happy with that right now - a team that has played in the Premier League and the Championship. You ask Port Vale who have played in the Championship for 22 seasons if they would be happy with League One status. I'm sure they'll say yes."

Despite believing that the Glovers needed to take stock of their position and put it into perspective, Russell added though that he was not satisfied by what was going on out on the pitch at present, and believed there was a lot of work that needed to be done to get the team performing well on a consistent basis:

"There's nobody more frustrated than me. I work exceptionally hard at what I'm trying to do here. I've got to build a football club here. There are lots of issues that need to be addressed at the football club both on and off the field and we need to come to terms with them as we develop. It's still an early stage and it's still only our fifth season in the Football League and we are still developing as a football club and there are things that we are learning from and need to get better at. We are still there trying to establish ourselves and we can't forget that. There is a lot of work ahead and that is why I have signed a long term deal. I want to be here and I want to turn this football club into one that is stable and one that can compete, push on and improve."


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18 April 2008 : Mildy Admits Frustration
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has admitted that he temporarily lost his rag during the second half of last Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra. Mildy was involved in an incident during the second period when he shouted down a couple of supporters that he said had been heckling the team persistently during the match.

Mildy explained to BBC Somerset what had provoked his unusual outburst and had strong words for those who were barracking the team:

"I was just turning around after getting frustrated at listening to the negativity that was coming from probably about two people. During that second half there were a couple of people who were just coming up with negativity continuously. Now granted supporters can be frustrated and when we don't perform they are entitled to have their say. But some of the things that I heard being said are not going to benefit anybody. People can criticise but it needs to be positive. We're all trying to do the same thing and we're all trying to move in the same direction, but I just took exception to a couple of things that were directed to the team as a whole that I didn't see the benefit. If people like that are going to make comments like that then they'd be better staying away than they would be coming here and being so negative."

Looking ahead towards the trio of matches coming his way, with Swansea City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest the final three opponents of the season, the Glovers goalkeeper might have been forgiven for finding the situation daunting. However Mildy said that there were advantages to playing sides near the top of the table:

"I'm personally more pleased that we are going into these three games playing teams in the top half of the table than playing three teams at the bottom, because it becomes a scrap then. At least with the three games that we've got, we know that they are footballing sides and we know that we are going to be given a chance to play football. If you are playing teams that are at the bottom, then it becomes a battle and it becomes gritty and football goes out of the window. But I think we've got a great chance. They've just got themselves promoted and hopefully they will be caught up in all of that. They will be a little bit more relaxed because they know they are up now, but I think we can go there and do a job."

Tomorrow sees the Glovers go to Swansea City, who are already promoted and Steve added that in itself could be a great experience for the players, with a near capacity stadium expected:

"It's a full house. It's what everyone wants. It's what everyone plays football for - to have big crowds and it should be a great atmosphere down there because of them getting promoted. We need to use that to our advantage and we need to try and get them moaning a little bit so that we're on top and that we get our supporters singing loudly. There is pressure but at the end of the day we are all playing football and we are doing something we all love. There are jobs in the world that have a lot more pressure than what we have. So I think everyone has got to be confident in their own abilities, be positive and go out there not feeling any pressure if they can, because if you start to think about that too much, then you can start to make the wrong decisions. You need to be relaxed, go out there and be positive."


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18 April 2008 : Train Travel Disruption For Swansea
Those who are travelling by train to tomorrow's match against Swansea City should be aware that they may need to add at least 45 extra minutes to their journey time due to Engineering Works in the Severn Tunnel this weekend.

This will mean a bus replacement service for those going via Bristol for their journey, whilst those with journeys sourced from London Paddington will face a detour via Gloucester that will also extend their journey time.

The National Rail website offers the following information:

Engineering work between Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April 2008

Start date: 19/04/2008
End date: 20/04/2008

Route Affected: London Paddington, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Bristol Parkway, Severn Tunnel Junction Newport(S.Wales) and Cardiff Central

TOC Affected: First Great Western

Description: Engineering work between Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads will result in services between London Paddington and Swansea and between Swansea and London Paddington being diverted via Gloucester, which will mean longer journey times of up to 45 minutes. All other services will terminate and start at Bristol Parkway with a replacement bus service running between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central in both directions.


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17 April 2008 : Forest Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets for the final match of the 2007-08 season are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 3rd May 2008 with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: £22.00; Over 60s: £16.00; Full Time Students: £10.00; Under 18s: £10.00; Under 12s: £5.00.

This is not an all-ticket match, although it should be noted that you will pay two pounds more on the day of the game if you fit into the adult or over-60s categories. In addition, the City Ground does not do cash turnstiles, so you will need to queue up at the City Ground Ticket Office on the day.

The Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888.


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17 April 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 4
The minutes of the April 2008 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting have now been prepared by Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley and can be found via the link below.

Sara apologises for the slight lateness of the minutes, caused by her efforts into last Saturday's Family Fun Day at Huish Park.

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 4.


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17 April 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Swansea
For those undertaking Saturday's trip to the Liberty Stadium to see Yeovil Town play Swansea City, the Ciderspace guide to the stadium and the surrounding area is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swansea.


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16 April 2008 : All Square For Rovers Reserves
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a 1-1 draw this afternoon at Huish Park, following a late equaliser that kept up their mainly impressive form in the Football Combination league this season. Fielding a mixture of youth, loan and trialist players, the Glovers were behind for most of the match after Charlie Clough netted a 12th minute opener for Rovers.

In Yeovil's defence, they had already lost a player by the time that happened - Jordan Street suffering an early injury that forced him off, replaced by Stephen Maher. That led to a defensive reshuffle and Rovers mainly dominated first half proceedings.

The Glovers gradually edged their way back into the match as time went on, and with 13 minutes left, they won a penalty when Rovers keeper Mike Green committed a foul in the box. Up stepped Simon Church but Green guessed the right way and the chance was lost.

Yeovil fielded two Coventry City trialists in their side. Defender Liam Francis was already expected, but he was joined by midfielder Lee Hildreth, who is a Nuneaton-born player who was drafted into Coventry's academy system as an eight year old whilst playing for Hartshill Sports. Lee was captain of Coventry's Under 18s side and has made one substitute appearance for the first team on the final day of the 2006-07 season. He was born on November 22nd 1988.

Hildreth and Francis played the full 90 minutes, and it was the midfielder who provided Yeovil's lifeline - firing from the edge of the box with his shot taking a deflection off the boot of Rovers defender Mark Cooper, causing the ball to loop up and past keeper Green.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Bristol Rovers Reserves 1.

Scorers: Charlie Clough (0-1, 12 mins), Lee Hildreth (1-1, 84 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Jordan Street 3. Owen Irish 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5. Liam Francis 6. Liam Bridcutt 7. Marvin Williams 8. Lee Hildreth 9. Simon Church 10. Josh Robinson 11. James Simmonds.

Subs: 12. Stephen Maher (10 mins for Jordan Street) 14. Ren Turnock (55 mins for Liam Bridcutt) 15. Karl Baker (70 mins for Marvin Williams)

Bristol Rovers Reserves: Mike Green, Mark Cooper, James Fraser, Steve Kingdon, Tom Parrinello, Alex Kite, Charlie Reece, Charlie Clough, Ben Hunt, Anthony Robertson, Christian Miller.

Subs: George Booth (60 mins for Steve Kingdon), Eliot Richards, Sam Wade.


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16 April 2008 : Officials For The Swansea Game
Saturday's match at the Liberty Stadium between Swansea City and Yeovil Town will be looked after by Mike Russell (Hertfordshire). He is a familiar face for Glovers matches since we entered the Football League with numerous visits to the ground.

We had him three times during the 2005-06 season. The first saw some worryingly unimpressive refereeing in the Carling Cup Second Round 1-2 loss to Millwall back in September 2005, with The Lions credited a doubtful goal and Liam Fontaine sent off. The second was a much less eccentric ninety minutes of work in the victory over Barnsley on December 17th. He then took charge of the rather snowy trip to Chesterfield that resulted in a 3-0 win for the Glovers. Anthony Barry will remember that match horribly well - leaving the field on a stretcher after falling badly on the icy pitch, but not too many would blame the official for that.

Onto last season and Mr Russell turned up twice. The first was the 0-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest whilst the second was the 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town. We barely give him a mention in either match. Ditto this season's 0-2 home defeat against Walsall. Despite difficult weather conditions, he ensured he was not the main focus of the game, and that is to his credit.

On the scale of referees, five anonymous performances out of six is pretty good going. Hence let's hope he is the right man for the job in what is likely to be a passionate atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium.

Mr Russell will be assisted by RJ Martin and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire).

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1.

Link: February 2006 : Chesterfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 3.

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

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

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2.


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16 April 2008 : Skivo Admits Saturday Letdown
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has taken Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra on the chin and believes himself and his teammates should take the blame for the way the game ended.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skivo said he had some sympathy for manager Russell Slade, feeling that the players did not work to the pre-match instructions:

"Crewe was a big game for us and I felt we failed. The squad was very disappointed and the manager was fuming with us. I feel we failed the wrong way. We didn't get the ball down and pass it and the gaffer worked with us all week on the way he wanted us to play. I feel we let him down, the fans down and ourselves down. The manager is staying up all night, he is trying his hardest and we are not producing for him."

Skivo added that he felt that this season had been a disappointment, but that it was important with three games to go, that the team did not give up until the current season was over:

"We have not had a good season. We had a good start to the season but since we played Southend away, we have just gone on a downward spiral. But the lads are going to keep fighting. We are not going to give up and we won't lie down and die."


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16 April 2008 : This Afternoon's Line-Up
Today's line-up for the Reserve Team game against Bristol Rovers Reserves has been confirmed as:

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Jordan Street 3. Owen Irish 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5. Liam Francis 6. Liam Bridcutt 7. Marvin Williams 8. Lee Hildreth 9. Simon Church 10. Josh Robinson 11. James Simmonds.

Subs: 12. Stephen Maher 14. Ren Turnock 15. Karl Baker.


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16 April 2008 : Liam Francis On Trial
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to Coventry City central defender Liam Francis. The 18 year old is on an apprenticeship contract with the Sky Blues and is just coming to the end of that two year deal after joining them from Great Barr Falcons in Birmingham.

Liam has been a near ever-present in City's Reserve side as well as playing for their Academy side. He has yet to make a first team appearance, but got as far as warming the bench for an FA Cup match against Millwall in January 2008.

Liam was born on September 27th 1989 in Birmingham. He is expected to turn out in this afternoon's Reserve Team match against Bristol Rovers Reserves.


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16 April 2008 : Reserves vs Bristol Rovers Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Bristol Rovers Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, in a Football Combination fixture. Kick-off is 2.00pm.

Usual admission prices apply - £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for concessions with Season Ticket Holders getting in for free.

If we get any advance indication of either club's teams we will post them here.


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16 April 2008 : Ticketing For Swansea Reminder
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 19th April.

This is an ALL TICKET match (pretty much standard policy for all Liberty Stadium games) and prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Seniors and Disabled: £10.00; Under 16s: £7.00.

It should be noted that no drums are allowed inside the Liberty Stadium.

Access to the stadium is not the easiest ever experienced, and so unless you're prepared to take a chance on finding a spot on Swansea's side-streets, you will need to factor in car parking costs of £5.00 per car and £10.00 per coach/minibus as part of a park'n'ride scheme two miles from the ground.

Official guides to the Liberty Stadium dissuade anyone from trying to park around the stadium and there is no parking for supporters in the stadium car park itself. If you require disabled parking then we'd recommend you contact the Huish Park Ticket Office or Swansea direct on 01792-616600.

You will also need to factor in the Severn Bridge toll fare into your costs for the day.

Obviously there is more information on the Ciderspace guide to Swansea which as with all of our guides, and this guide will be given a few minor updates in the next 24 hours ahead of the fixture. It can be found in the Opposition section of this site.


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16 April 2008 : Swansea Game Heading For Sell-Out
Swansea City's Liberty Stadium could be heading for a near sell-out in the home ends for Saturday's game. The Jacks are already promoted to the Championship and hope to win the League One Title on Saturday - something they will achieve if they match second placed Carlisle United's result on the day.

Swansea are seven points clear with three games remaining and with a vastly superior goal difference, meaning that any points dropped by Carlisle over the next three games, or a win for the Welsh side will see them crowned as the divisional champions.

Yeovil Town therefore will arrive as the would-be party-poopers, although given the Glovers have in recent years witnessed promotion parties for Cheltenham Town, Hull City, Colchester United and of course Blackpool, the omens are not good!

In anticipation of this, Swansea fans have so far snapped up 16,000 tickets, and so it is likely that by Saturday the Liberty Stadium will be running out of tickets. The match is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town fans.

Under threat is the Liberty Stadium's attendance record, with 19,288 having turned up on November 18th 2005 for a match against ... Yeovil Town. The chant of "You only come to watch Yeovil" would therefore feel rather justified in the circumstances! Swansea's current seasonal record is the 19,010, who watched their mid-Christmas holidays match against Leeds United on December 29th 2007.


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15 April 2008 : Stopover For Swansea Travellers
Those of you who have been to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium would know that it is not the best of grounds to socialise around. You have to be prepared to go for a fair hike to find a decent pub and they will not allow you to park at the ground - instead trying to push people in the direction of the park'n'ride scheme.

With that in mind, Goytre Football Club have been a regular help prior to Yeovil Town's trips to Swansea, and having been there several times, we'd recommend it as a simple point to stop at prior to the game, given that it is near Port Talbot - a few junctions away from Swansea. Former Goytre Green Tim Lancaster writes:

"I have been informed by Goytre United Football Club (Welsh League Division One) that they will welcome all Yeovil Town supporters to their club on Saturday April 19th if you want a pre-match stop off before the game at Swansea City. This extends to all people travelling on either the Green & White Supporters Club, or any form of independent travel.

Last season the club provided us with food, and use of their bar, and it provides a nice option as opposed to going into Swansea. Travel time from the village to Liberty Stadium, Swansea is no more than half an hour (although allow time for parking and/or the park'n'ride scheme)."

Directions:
M4 Junction 40
Third Exit
Over Mini-Roundabout
Left at T-Junction
Up Hill into village and the club is at the far end of the village on the left in a hollow.

Address: Goytre United Football Club, Glenhafod Park Stadium, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 2YP. Tel: 01639-895615.

NB: If you're taking a coach into Goytre, firstly be aware it is a slightly steep country road out of the village and a big turn into the social club, but that there is adequate turning circle in their car park. You may wish to tell them in advance if you are taking a whole coach load of supporters to their club so they can properly sort out the bar staff!


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14 April 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Crewe
For those that want to hear the audio version of yesterday's transcript of BBC Somerset's interview with manager Russell Slade, then his full chat with reporter Drew Savage is now on the BBC Sport website via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Russell Slade Post Match Interview.


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13 April 2008 : No Break For Owusu
The good news coming out of the Huish Park camp is that striker Lloyd Owusu's injury is definitely not a fracture. Lloyd went to hospital following Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra that saw him leave the field on a stretcher, however his leg injury has been diagnosed as heavy bruising. Once the swelling subsides, physio Jim Joyce will then be able to judge whether there is any underlying ligament damage. At present there is no date when Lloyd is expected to return to training.


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13 April 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Crewe
For those who went to yesterday's 0-3 home defeat at Huish Park, the Man of the Match voting form for the match against Crewe Alexandra is now available.

Following the game (see transcript below) Russell claimed a number of players gave up after the second goal went in - we'd of course appreciate knowing which three players should escape Russell's wrath! Use the voting form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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13 April 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Crewe Game
Following yesterday's 0-3 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra, manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage about the game. A rather angry Russell accused various unspecified players of giving up after Crewe scored their second goal on the hour mark, and he said that was unacceptable:

"That's what disappointed me, you're down to ten men, you're up against it but you don't pack up as a footballer. You've got to be professional and you've got to keep going and there's some out there feeling too sorry for themselves."

The full transcription of the interview is available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Crewe Game.


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12 April 2008 : Maynard Gives Glovers Finishing Lesson
Yeovil Town went down to an emphatic 0-3 home defeat this afternoon to fellow relegation-battlers Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. Two goals from the impressive Nicky Maynard and a late tap-in from Tom Pope lifted Crewe away from the relegation zone and in doing so renewed concerns within the Glovers camp as to their own fate.

The week's big talking point resulted in Steve Mildenhall making his comeback between the sticks, with reserve keeper Darren Behcet only making it onto the bench. Elsewhere there were few surprises in the Glovers line-up, with Matthew Rose missing with a thigh injury, and the viruses sustained by Terry Skiverton and Anthony Barry still sufficient to keep the former out of the eleven and the latter out of the sixteen entirely.

The first half was, in terms of possession and chances, a bright one for the Glovers as they dominated the first 45 minutes, putting Crewe on the back foot. Unfortunately although the visitors rarely attacked, they had a potent weapon in striker Nicky Maynard, who was head and shoulders above any of the other 21 players on the pitch today. He had already threatened three minutes into the game when he turned and lost his marker on the edge of the box, firing a shot that went wide of the posts. But just eight minutes into the game he proved he could do that trick more than once, receiving the ball with his back to goal and then turning Terrell Forbes and firing into the far corner to shock the Huish Park crowd.

The Glovers thankfully recovered from that early set-back and they went on to dominate the first period, albeit with Crewe occasionally threatening on the break. Lloyd Owusu had the ball in the back of the net with a sharp turn and shot from 10 yards out, but the linesman's offside flag denied him. Andy Kirk forced Crewe keeper Ben Williams into a smart save, and Williams even managed to trump that one towards the end of the half with an outstanding parry at the foot of his right post when left-back Nathan Smith overlapped and broke into the box. The only disappointment was that Yeovil didn't deliver from one of their first half chances - certainly on the balance of play they should not have been going in a goal down.

The second period opened with the game far more even, and Crewe squeezing and crowding the midfield to an extent that often you could see all 20 outfield players within a 20 yard strip around the halfway line. Both defences pushed high up the field, and the end result was deadlock. The flow of the game was not being helped by some awful decisions by referee Russell Booth - not that the Glovers could complain because for every gaffe he made that went against them, there was another one that inexplicably went in their favour.

Out of that deadlock though, Crewe managed to fashion a second goal with a moment of opportunist brilliance from Nicky Maynard. Marc Bircham and Marcus Stewart got in each others way in midfield and Steven Schumacher took advantage, lobbing a ball forward for Maynard to chase. Terrell Forbes looked favourite to get there, but the Crewe striker is in top form and he poked a boot around the body of Forbes and in the same move neatly chipped the ball over Steve Mildenhall, allowing the ball to drop right under the crossbar to double Crewe's lead.

At that point, the Glovers appeared to mentally get up and leave the ground. Demoralised and dispirited, they allowed Crewe to show their passing game for the final 30 minutes of the game. Manager Russell Slade made a double substitution, taking off Andy Kirk and Stephen Maher, the former of which provoked derision from the home terrace. Terry Skiverton and Aidan Downes were the replacements, with Yeovil shuffling their pack into a conventional 4-4-2 formation to try and stretch the Crewe defence - Lee Peltier moved up into midfield, whilst Marcus Stewart went up front, but the game was gone already.

Injury was added to insult when Lloyd Owusu went down in a nasty collision that saw him stretchered off. Thankfully the early diagnosis is that of bruising rather than any fracture, but the net result was that with Marvin Williams having come on as a third substitute for the tiring Jaime Peters, the Glovers were forced down to 10 men, and that pretty much became nine with Marc Bircham clearly struggling to make it through the final 10 minutes after being on the end of a firm challenge.

The loss of Owusu forced Terry Skiverton up front as Yeovil gambled, pretty much reducing themselves to just Guyett and Forbes at the back, and when Crewe pushed forward on the break, and Forbes over-committed himself, that left Guyett trying to cover three Crewe attackers, and there was only going to be one outcome - Tom Pope netting a final minute tap-in that saw a flood of Glovers fans heading for the exits with the game now well and truly over. It could have been worse were it not for two further blocks from Steve Mildenhall to deny Maynard the match ball and an outstanding defensive block from Nathan Smith - you sensed there were only half a dozen Yeovil players out there still trying to stop the damage from getting worse.

In the end despite dominating the first period, Yeovil were well beaten, both from a mental point of view and from the scoreboards above the stands. Thankfully Gillingham's defeat at home to Swansea City ensured that Yeovil's five point gap from the relegation zone is maintained, with of course one less game for all sides to play. But it is the pattern of Yeovil's games in the past couple of months that are particularly concerning. In games that do not go their way, matches appear to reach a tipping point where the team, almost collectively, give up and go home. Clearly some of that will be down to their own self-confidence, but these are games where giving up is not an option and where games last 90 minutes, and not the 45 played out by many today.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Crewe Alexandra 3.

Scorers: Nicky Maynard (0-1, 8 mins), Nicky Maynard (0-2, 58 mins), Tom Pope (0-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: 4-3-1-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
16. Jaime Peters 20. Marc Bircham 26. Stephen Maher
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 13. Darren Behcet (GK) 4. Terry Skiverton (62 mins for Andy Kirk) 15. Liam Bridcutt 32. Marvin Williams (74 mins for Jaime Peters) 33. Aidan Downes (62 mins for Stephen Maher)

Crewe Alexandra:
1. Ben Williams 28. George Abbey 14. Chris McCready 6. Julien Baudet 30. Patrick Boyle 4. Gary Roberts 7. Steven Schumacher 34. Kenny Lunt 9. Nicky Maynard 15. Tom Pope 35. Joe Anyinsah

Subs: 21. Owain fon Williams (GK) 23. Daniel O'Donnell (90 mins for Joe Anyinsah) 18. Byron Moore 36. Dean Morgan 17. Mark Carrington

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (62 mins, foul)
Crewe Bookings: None

Referee: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: K Johnson and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

Attendance: 4,785 (including approx 150 Crewe fans).


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12 April 2008 : Slade Looking For Solid Performances
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hoping that his side can show some of the resilient qualities they've shown in recent weeks. Although the 0-0 draw against Bristol Rovers two weeks ago, and last week's 2-1 defeat at Carlisle United did not bring the Glovers the wins they desired, Slade told BBC Somerset that he thought the side's battling qualities were good, particularly in last week's match in Cumbria:

"The last two performances have been solid. We're unfortunate in that we've only taken one point from six in terms of our points tally. But there were positives and there were some good performances out there (at Carlisle). I thought Lloyd put in another solid performance again. Another positive was that Birch got through nearly 90 minutes and he has trained again this week with us, so that is a little bit more encouraging. Young Nathan Smith has had another 90 minutes worth of football and seems to get better in every single game and that is encouraging. So there are positives to take."

Russell admitted his side were feeling the pressure somewhat, and if anything were feeling frustrated that they could not yet look forward to next season's targets:

"We've just got this little bit of a cloud hanging over us at the moment and until we get this last win that we are striving for then we can't totally look forward to next season. We want to do that - we want to push on and we want to get started again and we want to rebuild and we've got lots of things to do. We've put a big project together for pre-season and we are eager to get on with that, but we also need to solve the immediate and the immediate is trying to get three points on Saturday, because I think that will put paid to everything."

Although this afternoon's opponents Crewe Alexandra are in far bigger problems than the Glovers - Steve Holland's side lie outside the relegation zone only on goal difference - Russell pointed out that they still play a good game and have some quality players in their side:

"Crewe are still knocking the ball about in their traditional way and they still look confident on the ball, and whatever you say about their position in the league, they can still score goals. Where they appear to be weakest is that they also give you a chance, and we'll be looking to capitalise on anything that maybe they give us on the day. But they have got some good players on paper. They've got Dean Morgan on loan from Luton, who would have cost them a lot of money. They've got Steve Jones on loan from Burnley who would have also cost them a lot of money. So you look at their team on paper and you know it is decent and perhaps they will argue that they shouldn't be in that position."


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11 April 2008 : 2008-09 Ticketing Page
Following Wednesday's article concerning the freezing of season ticket prices, we've set up our ticketing page for the 2008-09 season. Obviously it is almost identical to the 2007-08 version!

We've made an assumption that bar the abolition of premium pricing that individual ticket costs will not be changing. We'll update this page as more information is known. It will be accessible, as always from the "Huish Park" section of the site within the "Features" part of the site, and via the front page of the site.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Ticketing Page.


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11 April 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Crewe Alexandra next weekend at Huish Park, knowing that a win would more or less guarantee them League One football for next season as they come up against the proverbial six-pointer, with Crewe currently sat just outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Whilst a win for Yeovil would make it almost impossible for Crewe to catch them, a win for their opponents would push them within two points of the Glovers. It's not a 'must win' game - a draw would probably be just about sufficient - but it is certainly a game that Yeovil dare not lose.

The big talk this week has been the Glovers goalkeeping situation, with Asmir Begovic recalled to Portsmouth and Yeovil unable to persuade the authorities to allow him to be brought back to Huish Park. Hence manager Russell Slade will have to choose between Reserve keeper Darren Behcet and first choice keeper Steve Mildenhall who has returned to full training this week. Russell told BBC Somerset he was trying to take the situation in his stride:

"It's been no different to any other Monday morning when I've come in and found a bombshell on my desk. That was this week's one. You've got to think about what you can do to solve it rather than moaning about it. That doesn't get you anywhere."

Russell admitted though that his favoured choice would be for Mildenhall to land between the sticks and that he would probably know by the end of Friday's training session who he was going to play:

"Mildy has trained this week for the first time. So he has done three sessions this week and he is looking pretty good. He still gets a little bit of a reaction from that knee when he bends but that pain goes away. So all things being equal, if he comes through the remaining 24 hours and Friday's training session and he gives me the green light then Mildy will start and young Darren will be on the bench."

Aside from the goalkeeping situation, club captain Terry Skiverton returned to light training on Thursday following a virus which put him out of last Saturday's match at Carlisle United along with Anthony Barry. Both players are borderline for the game. Craig Alcock will also face a late fitness test on an ankle injury sustained in a midweek Reserve game.

Definitely out are Matthew Rose (thigh), Paul Warne (broken foot) and Nathan Jones (broken arm) although the latter has been given the green light to return to full training and so could reappear in a Reserve Team match next week.

Crewe have their own problems with full-back Danny Woodards ruled out with an ankle injury. Michael O'Connor is also out with a groin injury. Like the Glovers though, Crewe are taking a punt on a player that has only just come back from injury. Striker Tom Pope is returning from a broken toe and will travel down to Yeovil, despite latest scans suggesting the fracture is yet to properly heal.

Crewe's gamble is due to loan star Steve Jones being ruled out with a back injury, leaving them with a dilemma of who will partner Nicky Maynard, who has spent much of this season out injured but has recently returned and has hit fine form with five goals in his last six games. Also travelling is midfielder Julien Baudet after he had recovered from a knee injury sustained last weekend.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, and will be preceded by the club's Family Day where events start at 12.00 noon around the ground. See Sunday's news item for full details. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off.


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11 April 2008 : Officials For The Crewe Game
Tomorrow's referee in charge of the game against Crewe Alexandra will be Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). To our knowledge this is his first visit to Huish Park, having taken charge of three away Yeovil matches in the past.

Our experience of him is rather mixed. Rather oddly of the three meetings, this site was most critical of his performance in the only game of the three that we won! A series of odd decisions littered his game up at Doncaster Rovers in January 2006, when we last crossed paths. His performances at Tranmere Rovers and Bury were far more palatable, although he did turn down a Darren Way shout for a penalty up at Bury.

Mr Booth will be assisted by K Johnson and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

Link: January 2006 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2004 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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11 April 2008 : Crewe Focus On Own Results
Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Holland admits his side face a tall order when they visit Huish Park tomorrow for what is a vital game for both sides. Crewe lie above the relegation zone only on goal difference and are five points behind the Glovers meaning that they will be desperate to grab all three points in tomorrow's game. Speaking to their official site, Holland said though that he was trying to focus in on his own team's results rather than those around Crewe:

"All we can do is look at our own performances and try and collate as many points as we can. Yeovil will probably need another three points to be absolutely sure of their survival so we know it will be a difficult game for us, especially at their compact stadium. The fans are close to the pitch and get behind the team."

Holland added that he could see why Yeovil had dropped from last season's play-off final appearance at Wembley to their current state which has left them in 17th place in the League One table, saying that he viewed Yeovil's sale of key players last summer combined with the ongoing injury list as being at the heart of the problem:

"We have known Russell for a few years now and he has done a terrific job at Yeovil. To get them up and then onto the verge of the Championship was a tremendous achievement. Yeovil are a good example of how much tougher this league has become. They were in the play-off final last season and 90 minutes away from getting into the Championship. They narrowly lose at Wembley, sold a couple of their better players, suffer some injuries and now they are towards the bottom of the league. Marcus Stewart was scoring goals for them last season, but he has missed a large slice of the season through injury and they have struggled to score as many goals as they did previously. It is difficult to replace those sort of players and if we can win on Saturday then it could bring them and perhaps one or two others right back into it."


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10 April 2008 : Begovic Recall Fails ... But Mildy Returns
Yeovil Town have failed in their attempts to get Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic back to Huish Park. The keeper had returned to Fratton Park in midweek, ending his loan period with the club, and the Glovers had hoped that they could invoke an emergency clause to bring him back to Somerset. However, the Football Association have turned down their request on the basis that Reserve keeper Darren Behcet is registered with the club.

Speaking to BBC Somerset manager Russell Slade said he was taking the news on the chin:

"Problem is, we have a keeper here already and we'd have to do it on medical grounds. We just play on, take it on the chin and you've got to think what you can do to solve it rather than moaning about it. Thinking that you're hard done-by doesn't get you anywhere."

Behcet has yet to make his first team debut, but first choice keeper Steve Mildenhall has returned to training this week following his recovery from a knee injury. Steve's reaction to early training has been good, leaving Russell with a dilemma of whether to opt for the experience of Mildenhall, or the better match fitness of Behcet. But regardless of who loses out, Russell has confirmed the other will be on the bench as a back-up:

"The fact is, Darren's fit enough and we've already got Mildy back in training so it will be between those two who starts. What I will do, for insurance and cover, is whoever I decide to start with, the other keeper will be on the bench which will be unusual, won't it?"


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10 April 2008 : Glovers Appeal For Begovic Return
Yeovil Town are still holding out hope that they can persuade the FA to allow goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to return to Huish Park.

Portsmouth have already told the Glovers they are happy for the keeper to return, after recalling him to Fratton Park due to a back injury sustained by second choice keeper Jamie Ashdown. Begovic sat on the bench for Portsmouth's first team match against West Ham United, then played for Pompey Reserves the next day against Aston Villa Reserves. However, Ashdown is fit again and so the Canadian-Bosnian will drop out of Pompey's next game.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has been in touch with the Football Association to plead their case and is awaiting a response.

If the move fails, then Darren Behcet stands by to make his debut for the Glovers. At present, the 21 year old's biggest games in his career came during the 2005-06 season when he played seven matches for Cambridge United at Conference National level, whilst on loan from West Ham United. If selected, Saturday would therefore be Behcet's Football League debut.


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9 April 2008 : Yeovil Town Hold Season Tickets Level
Yeovil Town have released details of their 2008-09 season ticket prices, and the general message is that all prices are unchanged from this season.

There are some finer points to note in the basic information. The most notable change is for those who buy individual tickets. Premium Pricing for categorised matches is to be scrapped from next season, meaning that the four pound premium will not be applied to 'higher ranking' games. This will hugely benefit non-season ticket holders who will save 24 pounds against the six 'premium' games from this season.

On the down side, although there is still an early bird discount for those buying season tickets, the cut-off date for renewals has been brought forward this year by a month to May 31st. Given that our gut feel is that there will be substantial changes to the first team squad this summer, and the back end of May is normally the sort of time when many clubs are down to about half a dozen contracted players, this may not be the most attractive time to ask the punters to hand over their money. This date will also be the cut-off date for those who wish to retain their seat in the Main and Cowlin Stands.

That aside, all other aspects of last season's pricing appear to be as before. Family season tickets are still available, and there are free tickets for the Under 5s. There will also be a 10-month installment plan for those who find it difficult to pay for their season tickets in one go. We've yet to see the financial terms for this to see how beneficial it may be. The Junior Glovers scheme will continue to run for next season.

All other standard terms, such as free admission to the afternoon Reserve Team matches, and priority on cup tickets continue to be in place as before.

Those who are existing season ticket holders will have renewal packs sent out to them later this week. We'd suggest those who are considering becoming new season ticket holders contact the Huish Park Ticket Office so that they can also have an information pack sent through to them.

All in all, bar the abolition of Premium Pricing and the change to the 'early bird' cut-off date, everything else is as per last season - the third year running that the club have kept basic prices the same.

We'll put up the price grids for next season on the site shortly, although in the meantime using the current 2007-08 price list should tell you all you need to know given that we don't expect to find any changes from the current season, bar the two mentioned.

Link: 2007-08 Season Ticket And Match Day Admission.


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9 April 2008 : BBC Post-Match Interviews From Carlisle
Following the rather long trip to play Carlisle United last Saturday, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage about the 2-1 defeat. In addition, Drew also talked to striker Lloyd Owusu about the match.

Both interviews are available on the BBC Sport website via the link below. The transcript of Russell's interview is already on Ciderspace if you head down to Sunday's news items.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Carlisle United Away Post Match Interviews.


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9 April 2008 : Cherries Seen Off By Reserves
Yeovil Town Reserves comfortably gained a 2-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth Reserves yesterday afternoon at the Fitness First stadium, with both sides fielding line-ups with little first team experience.

For the Glovers, there was a little more experience, with former Charlton Athletic right-winger Shaun Newton the most obvious household name in the line-up. Other trialists included Everton academy goalkeeper Jamie Jones, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jack Compton with James Symonds the fourth of Yeovil's trialists. Bournemouth fielded nine youth team players in their squad - a clear indication of the Cherries current woes off the field.

The Glovers only really took charge after the half time break. Four minutes into the second half, a disputed free kick decision saw Shaun Newton fire in a free kick for Jean-Francois Christophe to head home and put the Glovers in front.

On 61 minutes, Yeovil's lead was doubled. Shaun Newton had already had an attempt ruled out for offside as Yeovil put the Cherries under pressure, but another set-piece saw them crumble. An Owen Irish free kick was not cleared, and in the confusion Rob Fitzgerald was left unmarked and he finished superbly to give a 2-0 scoreline.

Bournemouth suffered a blow when George Webb was forced to retire with a heavily bruised foot following a collision with Yeovil's Owen Irish but they were unable to force their way back into the game in the closing stages. Cherries Reserve Team boss Eddie Howe had no complaints, saying after the game:

"We didn't play well and Yeovil were more physical and experienced than us. They were probably the better team and deserved to win."

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Reserves 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 2.

Scorers: Jean-Francois Christophe (49 mins, 0-1), Rob Fitzgerald (61 mins, 0-2).

Yeovil Town Reserves: Jamie Jones, Owen Irish, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Craig Alcock, Jean-Francois Christophe, James Symonds, Jack Compton, Shaun Newton, Simon Church, Aidan Downes

AFC Bournemouth Reserves: Pryce, Reeve, Newton, Rose, Garry, Partington, McQuoid, Webb (Queree, 69), Pitman, Davidson (Cooper, 65), Preston (Wilson, 65).


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8 April 2008 : Begovic Recalled
Yeovil Town were thrown into something of a goalkeeping crisis ahead of Saturday's crunch fixture against Crewe Alexandra as Asmir Begovic was recalled by Portsmouth. With Jamie Ashdown sidelined by a back injury Pompey have taken Begovic back to sit on the bench in tonight's Premier League fixture away at West Ham United.

With Begovic having stepped in as an emergency loan when Scott Flinders was recalled by Crystal Palace, manager Russell Slade will now doubtless be scouring the rule book to establish exactly what his options are at this stage of the season.


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8 April 2008 : Reserves At Bournemouth Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves travel to play AFC Bournemouth Reserves this afternoon at Dean Court. Note that this is a 2.00pm kick-off and not an evening kick-off.

The Glovers plan to field former Charlton Athletic right-winger Shaun Newton after he has spent the last week training with Yeovil. However, goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is not ready to return to competitive action yet, whilst left-back Nathan Jones is still only in fitness training.

The remainder of the line-up is likely to include four of Saturday's first team substitutes who were Mark Lynch, Simon Church, Stephen Maher and Aidan Downes. Goalkeeper Darren Behcet, midfielder Anthony Barry plus youngsters Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald are also likely to be in the line-up.


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7 April 2008 : Leeds Ticketing Update
Whilst you are sorting out your tickets for Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra (see below), remember that if you are after a ticket for the final home game of the season against Leeds United on Friday 25th April (kick-off 7.45pm) that you need to move fast to avoid disappointment.

With the match just under three weeks away this game is heading for a complete sell-out and as of close of business on Friday the Ticket Office were rapidly running out of seating:

Main Stand: Blocks A, B and G (front rows only)
Cowlin Stand: Blocks H and M (front rows only)

Each of the stands have entirely sold out on three of the more central blocks with Blocks C, E and F (Main Stand) and Blocks J, K and L (Cowlin Stand) already gone. Some of the corner blocks close to the end of the stands have more seats available, but clearly these will disappear soon as well.

There are just 400 spaces left on the home terrace for this game.

For any further queries, give the Huish Park Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 or head down in person. Bear in mind that they have restrictions in place to avoid Leeds fans purchasing tickets in home areas, so don't be offended if you get asked a few questions.


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6 April 2008 : Crewe Family Fun Day Reminder
A reminder that next Saturday sees the club launch their "Family Fun Day" as part of the build-up to the home match against Crewe Alexandra, which takes place on Saturday 12th April. The day will put on a series of events aimed at a large number of Under 16s that are expected to be at the game through free admission (see offer below).

If you have any family or friends who are aged Under 16 and could take advantage of the offer, then please do spread the word, so as many people get into the game. Remember that even if you are a season ticket holder, you can take advantage of the 'free admission' offer.

The pre-match events will start at 12.00 noon and will also celebrate two events. The first is the Football League's 120th anniversary. The second is the 5th anniversary of the club gaining promotion to the Football League - the day of Yeovil's 4-0 win at Doncaster Rovers in 2003.

Events planned so far are as follows:

* Face Painting
* Balloon Modelling and Juggling Stilt Walker
* Wincanton Silver Band
* Transformer Robots
* Junior Speedway Stars and a collection of vintage bikes ridden by some of the World Speedway Champions
* Jolly Green Giant
* Beat the Goalie Competition on the Astroturf. Those with the highest scores will take part in a penalty shootout final on the pitch with the winner receiving an HMV Voucher and a YTFC Goodie Bag
* First 600 Children through the turnstiles receive a YTFC goodie bag
* Green Machine Football Coaching (12.00 noon until 14.00)
* Ivel FM "Win Bin" for a chance to win some more YTFC goodies
* Hot Food and Refreshments

How To Get Under 16s Into The Match For Free!

Yeovil Town's home match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 12th April, has been designated as the final match of the season in the club's "Fans Of The Future" promotions.

To make matters easier for those who want to take advantage of the offer, promotion organiser Sara Bradley has supplied a download form that you can print off and fill in at home before taking it up to the Huish Park Ticket Office. See below for a link to the form.

Once you have filled in the form, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price, by handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

Note that this is an offer that Season Ticket Holders can also take advantage of, so if you are an adult season ticket holder with any friends or relatives aged Under 16, then fill in the form and get up to two additional people into the game for FREE.

If you don't have access to a printer, then email Sara Bradley at Sbradley@ytfc.net or phone 01935-423662 Ext 200 and supply your name, address and phone number. Sara will then post out an application form. Alternatively pop in and see her in Huish Park Main Reception during office hours.

NB: as part of the Terms and Conditions, the club will subscribe you to their mailing lists, but hopefully if you're reading this site, you're interested in all things YTFC, and therefore won't mind an email a week jumping into your mailbox. It is possible to unsubscribe later, if the communications are not wanted.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra : April 12th 2008 : Fans Of The Future Application Form.


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6 April 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Carlisle Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Brunton Park against Carlisle United, manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset reporter Drew Savage. The transcript of that interview is recorded in full via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Carlisle Game.


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6 April 2008 : Man of the Match Voting For Carlisle
For those who made the long journey on the way back from Brunton Park, remember to cast your Man of the Match vote for yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Carlisle United. Despite the defeat, this was a much improved away performance, and hopefully a few players stood out on the day. Cast your vote via the form below.

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


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5 April 2008 : Carlisle Deliver The Cruellest Cut
Yeovil Town suffered the cruellest of blows at Brunton Park this afternoon as they went down to a last gasp Scott Dobie goal against promotion-chasing Carlisle United. The Glovers had led to a first half Marcus Stewart goal, and looked to be heading their way to three valuable points. But a deflected close range effort from Peter Murphy levelled the scores, and just when it looked as though Yeovil would come home with a deserved share of the spoils, Dobie struck in injury time to make it a miserable journey down the M6 tonight.

The Glovers went into the game making three forced changes and one tactical change to last week's line-up against Bristol Rovers. In addition to Matthew Rose and Zoltan Stieber dropping out of the sixteen due to injury, club captain Terry Skiverton was left in his hotel room after he picked up an illness overnight to scupper manager Russell Slade's defensive plans. Midfielder Marc Bircham, right-winger Marvin Williams and defender Scott Guyett got the benefit of the absentees, whilst Liam Bridcutt displaced Stephen Maher in the only tactical change.

Carlisle had the luxury of selecting the same starting line-up for their eighth consecutive match - hardly surprising that manager John Ward wished to do so given their recent form that has lifted them into a second place position in the table. Until Tuesday's match against Nottingham Forest, the Cumbrians had won 14 home games in a row - a club record - giving an idea of the scale of Yeovil's task at Brunton Park.

The home side played against a strong wind during the first half, but still managed to dominate the play, albeit without creating too many chances. A succession of corners put pressure on Yeovil, but without Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic being too concerned about what was heading his way.

In fact it was the Glovers who took the lead on 38 minutes with one of their rare ventures into the danger areas at the other end of the pitch. It may have been against the run of play, but when Marcus Stewart netted with a 25 yard drive, it was the sort of quality that deserved to divide the two sides, with the ball heading into the top left-hand corner, via a slight deflection.

The goal seemed to spark Carlisle into action and they went on to enjoy their best spell of the half, and ultimately the whole game, but still they were unable to penetrate the Glovers back line, with some dogged defending denying them. Three great blocks by Marc Bircham from shots by Simon Hackney and two from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and a save by Asmir Begovic from a Hackney shot thwarted the home side as Carlisle roared back. But they couldn't find a way through, and the Glovers held a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second period saw Carlisle again go on the offensive, this time with the wind at their backs, but if anything they struggled even more in their attempts to break the Glovers down. Resorting more and more to the long-ball approach as the half continued, they in effect played to Scott Guyett and Asmir Begovic's strengths.

Manager Russell Slade opted to release the pressure off his defence midway through the half, with Carlisle having switched formations at half time to a conventional 4-4-2. Slade decided to do the same to match them up, albeit by bringing on two strikers in Aidan Downes and Andy Kirk, with Downes going wide and Kirk joining Lloyd Owusu up front.

Carlisle appeared to have more or less run out of ideas, and were playing the percentages game when they grabbed a deflected equaliser 13 minutes from time. The goal came from a Carlisle corner, when Peter Murphy managed to get the ball over the line in a packed penalty box, with the final touch appearing to come off a Yeovil defender, wrong-footing Asmir Begovic and giving him no chance.

Despite the set-back, the Glovers could have retaken the lead almost instantly, with both substitutes combining to form Yeovil's best chance of the second half. After Aidan Downes worked his way down the wings and fed Andy Kirk, the former Northampton man forced Carlisle keeper Keiren Westwood into a strong reaction save with his legs from close range. It was a save that was to prove highly significant in the final outcome.

In the closing five minutes, Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic almost landed himself on the end of season comedy DVDs when he failed to spot Scott Dobie lurking behind him when rolling the ball out at his feet. Thankfully even Dobie seemed surprised by the opportunity and fell over as soon as he grabbed the ball, and Nathan Smith was to the rescue, clearing his lines.

But a minute into injury time yet another of a succession of second half Carlisle long balls into the penalty box was chested down by substitute Gary Madine who had only just landed on the field of play, and it dropped at the feet of Scott Dobie who finished sharply from inside the box to break the hearts of the Yeovil travellers. Carlisle were to lead the match for merely 60 injury time seconds of the game, but it was the most crucial 60 seconds and there was no way back for the Glovers.

The result puts Carlisle on the brink of promotion, but they will know that they secured a real slice of luck in edging out this game today. The Glovers put in a gutsy performance that deserved more than they got. Thankfully of the sides below them, Millwall, Gillingham and Bristol Rovers all drew, whilst Cheltenham and crucially next weeks opponents Crewe Alexandra lost. Although Gillingham's draw brings them a point closer to the Glovers, it is Crewe and Millwall that will be sweating the most tonight.

Final Score: Carlisle United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Marcus Stewart (38 mins, 0-1), Peter Murphy (77 mins, 1-1), Scott Gobie (90 mins, 2-1).

Carlisle United: 4-5-1
1. Keiren Westwood
2. David Raven 5. Danny Livesey 21. Evan Horwood 6. Peter Murphy
8. Chris Lumsdon 18. Simon Hackney 25. Grant Smith 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 27. Cleveland Taylor
9. Danny Graham

Subs: 20. Chris Howarth (GK) 12. Luke Joyce 15. Paul Arnison (90 mins for Cleveland Taylor) 26. Scott Dobie (46 mins for Grant Smith) 28. Gary Madine (90 mins for Simon Hackney)


Yeovil Town: 4-3-3/4-5-1
31. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
15. Liam Bridcutt 10. Marcus Stewart 20. Marc Bircham
32. Marvin Williams 9. Lloyd Owusu 16. Jaime Peters

Subs:
2. Mark Lynch 17. Simon Church 24. Andy Kirk (68 mins for Bridcutt) 26. Stephen Maher (81 mins for Marc Bircham) 33. Aidan Downes (68 mins for Peters)

Carlisle Bookings: David Raven (foul, 83 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistants: Billy Khatib (Tyne and Wear) and Ian Nolan (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Paul Kettlewell (Lancashire).

Attendance: 6,843.


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4 April 2008 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make another huge trip tomorrow when they head to Brunton Park to take on high-flying Carlisle United. The task couldn't be any more difficult if they tried - the Cumbrians currently have won 16 out of their 19 matches at home and have the best home record in the division. Meanwhile the Glovers have not won away from home since December, and so any sane betting man would have this one on their pools coupon as a home win. But sometimes football matches don't always go by the form book ...

The Glovers travel up with some mixed team news. Defender/midfielder Matthew Rose will not travel after he suffered a thigh strain during last weekend's 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers. However, on the flip side, midfielder Marc Bircham is back in training, offering a possible like-for-like swap in the squad of sixteen. Meanwhile hopes for Jaime Peters and Andy Kirk are high with them having returned to training yesterday despite both picking up knocks in the same game.

Carlisle United manager John Ward looks like he will be selecting from a strong squad of players. Danny Graham, Simon Hackney, Chris Lumsdon and Scott Dobie are all available despite suffering recent knocks. It is therefore likely that Ward will seek to select more or less the same squad as he picked in midweek. However, they do have long term injury problems with Jeff Smith (ankle), Joe Garner (knee), Paul Thirlwell, Shaun Vipond, Matthew Wood (foot) and Matthew Brown (knee).

If you are looking for omens or straws to clutch ahead of tomorrow's game, then there are two available to you. Firstly manager John Ward has won the Manager of the Month award for March 2008, and the traditional 'curse' has already struck with the Cumbrians going down 0-2 at home against Nottingham Forest in midweek.

Secondly the Glovers have won four out of the five previous matches against Carlisle and that included a rather ludicrous 4-1 win at Brunton Park last season that was about as much of a game of two halves as it is possible to be. Glovers boss Russell Slade had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he spoke to BBC Somerset this week about a possible repeat of that scoreline:

"We were losing at half-time and we scored four goals in the second period, so I think they might be wary at half-time, don't you? Don't get me wrong, it's a difficult game and they're playing very well. In midweek they were unlucky against Nottingham Forest, they hit the woodwork twice and Forest scored against the run of play. It's a tough game, a really tough game and we know we've got to be on our mettle. Hopefully that'll cement a real positive mental approach to the game and we can go there and play with some confidence and try to pick up something."

Kick-off for the match is 3.00pm, with tickets being available from Brunton Park on the day of the game, subject to a matchday surcharge. See the Ciderspace guide from yesterday's news for full details of pricing and other information relevant to the game. To those supporters travelling tomorrow, we salute you! Have a safe trip, and hopefully a fruitful one.


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3 April 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle
For all you basket cases loyal supporters who are making the mammoth journey up to Cumbria this weekend to see the away match against Carlisle United, your guide of what to do when you get there is now available, via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle.


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3 April 2008 : Carlisle Tickets Deadline
Apologies for the short notice on this, but any supporter wanting to buy tickets for the Carlisle United trip at the advance (discounted) tariff will need to call the Huish Park Ticket Office "by lunchtime" today.

We presume the unsold tickets are travelling up to Carlisle on the team coach, or via a club official, hence the earlier than usual cut-off point.

If you're reading this beyond lunchtime, tickets can still be purchased on the day of the game from Brunton Park, subject to a matchday surcharge similar to that deployed at Huish Park. See Monday's news item for full details.


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3 April 2008 : Nathan Still On Cloud Nine
Nathan Smith can still scarcely believe the change to his life. Speaking to nonleague TODAY about his starting debut in Saturday's derby versus Bristol Rovers, after making a substitute appearance at Victoria Park om Easter Monday, Smith said :

The day before the game we were practising patterns of play in training and I was involved with the first team. On the day of the game the manager said I'd be involved, I was so happy. At the start there were a few nerves but once I had my first touch of the ball I was just focused on the game.

In what turned out to be his final game for Potters Bar Town Nathan was playing in front of 43 supporters. There was just the little matter of 6,611 more when he ran out to face The Gas.

I'm really happy. Steve Browne gave me the chance with Yeovil and not a lot of managers would really do that for their players. It was good down there [at Parkfield], I'm still in contact with some of the lads and I had good times there.

Ex-Glover Steve Browne, current manager at Potters Bar, said :

He's got an excellent opportunity. Knowing him, his attitude is spot on and I'm sure he will take his chance with both hands.

It's massive for the club, out of it they will bring a team here in pre-season and we hope to get a few quid from that. The biggest thing for us is that people will be wanting to come to Potters Bar and the whole thing for the club is to raise the profile of it. With Nathan going to Yeovil, players are looking and thinking it doesn't matter where I'm playing football as long as I'm playing I've got a chance and to use it as a stepping stone.



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3 April 2008 : Fitzgerald Signs Up
Yeovil Town have signed 19 year old centre-back Rob Fitzgerald on a contract until the end of next season.

The Hillingdon Borough player has been playing for Yeovil Town Reserves in recent weeks, including Tuesday night's County Cup match, and the Borehamwood and Elstree Times reports that Fitzgerald has now formally left the Home Counties side. Borough manager Steve Ringrose said that Fitzgerald went with his blessing:

"I have no doubts he will do well for them. He is a great character and the best attribute he has is his desire and attitude. All credit to the lad and we all wish him well. It is not a gamble at all. It's great from my point of view because young lads can see they can play at this level and can get a chance at professional football. It is a good incentive for everybody."



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3 April 2008 : Officials For Carlisle
Saturday's long trip to play Carlisle United will see Scott Mathieson (Cheshire) as the man in the middle. We can find three previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with two of the three being on our travels.

On the whole the experience has been pretty good, bar one contested penalty decision that went against us against AFC Bournemouth in December 2005. However, he did award another spot kick at the other end, so we mustn't grumble too loudly. He also gave us a spot kick up at Shrewsbury in September 2004, although Super Gav didn't take advantage of the two attempts he got to put it in the net.

Across the three games, he's dished out a rather modest total of four yellow cards and no red cards, and bar the spot kicks has barely warranted a mention in any of our match reports, so here's hoping for a continuation of that. He has surely got to be better than last weekend's clown, Jon Moss (West Yorkshire) who made such a mess of the Bristol Rovers game! Please?

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by Billy Khatib (Tyne and Wear) and Ian Nolan (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Kettlewell (Lancashire).

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: September 2004 : Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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2 April 2008 : Away Travel Club Player Of The Season
With the 2007-08 season rapidly closing to an end, Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly is wanting your vote for their Player of the Season for 2007-08.

As part of the traditional end of season awards, Mark will be presenting the trophy that has been used by both the Away Travel Club and formerly the YTISA.

Hence once you've considered which player has impressed you the most over the past nine months or so, send your vote to Mark at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

You don't have to have travelled with Mark or have been a member of YTISA to cast a vote. All votes will be welcomed.


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2 April 2008 : Foolish Fitness
Further to yesterday's news concerning the club's appointment of a new Fitness Instructor, some small clarifications are available today.

Firstly some of the more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that the nine principles outlined by our fearless military man, may form a rather interesting ackronym that would help supporters and players remember them all.

Simply take Ability, Professionalism, Resilience, Intelligence and Leadership. Then add in the four additional principles of Fitness, Organisation, Opportunity and Leadership and we're sure this handy abbreviation will help you remember them all in the months to come.

Next don't forget the name of our fearless hero Damien Nathan Brown, who likes his friends to call him by the initials of his name, and wonder if the description of our man of 28 years service in the forces may bear an uncanny resemblance to any well-known Green Room posters who may have met with Russell and Thommo in recent weeks.

Lastly, if all else fails ... check the date of yesterday's article!


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1 April 2008 : Shaun Newton Trials With Glovers
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former Charlton Athletic and Wolves midfielder Shaun Newton. The 32 year old has been without a contract since being released by Leicester City in January and therefore comes to the club as a free agent.

The Camberwell-born player was playing at Premier League level up until 2007 with West Ham United before a loan move, converted into a permanent transfer, took him to the Walkers Stadium.

He started his career at Charlton where he spent eight years before an 850K move took him to Wolverhampton Wanderers where he spent a further four years. In 2005, the Hammers took him on for a sum of 125,000 pounds.

In total, he has made over 500 first team appearances for his four clubs, and has also been capped three times at England U21 level. His main career low point came in July 2006 when he was banned for seven months after testing positive for cocaine following an FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough three months previously whilst a West Ham player.

He is regarded as a pacey direct player, usually to be found on the right-wing and had been a regular in his various clubs up until his lengthy ban. That layoff appeared to affect his career badly and he was mainly a fringe player with the Foxes up until they agreed to terminate his contract in January.


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1 April 2008 : Begovic Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has made it into the Football League's Team of the Week following his debut against Bristol Rovers that saw the on-loan Portsmouth custodian keep a clean sheet at Huish Park.

Asmir also got the thumbs up from the News Of The World over the weekend, who made their League One Team Of The Day, and also Yeovil's player of the day. Meanwhile the Sunday Independent gave Asmir and Marcus Stewart top marks in their player ratings. Not a bad start to Asmir's Yeovil Town career and long may it continue!

The full Football League Team Of The Day is as follows:

Asmir Begovic (Yeovil Town)
Simon Francis (Southend) Danny Cullip (Gillingham) Adam Lockwood (Doncaster) Gareth Roberts (Doncaster)
Simon Richman (Port Vale) Darren Pratley (Swansea) Matthew Spring (Luton) Max-Alain Gradel (Bournemouth)
Luke Rodgers (Port Vale) Leon Constantine (Oldham)


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1 April 2008 : Reserves Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves went out of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight by a 0-2 scoreline at Huish Park against former non-league rivals Bath City. For the first time ever in a competitive fixture between the two sides, it was Yeovil's second team facing Bath's first team, and the difference showed in a first half that was dominated by the Conference South side.

Disaster struck as early as the first minute - a Bath left-wing cross took a deflection and that was enough to create confusion between goalkeeper Darren Behcet and defender Adam Howarth, with the unlucky keeper scooping the ball over his own line.

Bath dominated the half, including strong possession and plenty of corners and it was from one of those set plays that they doubled their lead - a Phil Walsh flicked header that put the non-league side in the driving seat.

The second period saw Yeovil rally, though without creating too much in the way of hard chances. Bath were forced onto the back foot, but far too many crosses were speculative rather than dangerous, and the Glovers forwards failed to impose themselves in the box. As a result, the Glovers went out in the semi-final of the competition in a rather inert manner, with little to suggest that Russell Slade should be significantly altering his first team line-up on Saturday.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 - 2 Bath City.

Scorers: Darren Behcet (1 min, own goal, 0-1), Phil Walsh (33 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town Reserves: 13. Darren Behcet 2. Jordan Street 5. Adam Howarth 4. Rob Fitzgerald 3. Mark Lynch 7. Curtis Shaw 6. Craig Alcock 8. James Archer 11. Zoltan Stieber 10. Marvin Williams 9. Simon Church

Subs: 16. Omar Simpson (68 mins for Marvin Williams) 12. Ren Turnock (46 mins for Jordan Street) 17. Ed Weeks 15. Owen Irish 14. Karl Baker (74 mins for Karl Baker)

Bath City: 1. Paul Evans 2. Sekani Simpson 3. Jim Rollo 4. Matt Coupe 5. Gethin Jones 6. Steve Jones 7. Jason Wood 8. Sam Foley 9. Phil Walsh 10. Dave Gilroy 11. Aaron Ledgister

Subs: 12. Darren Edwards (for Dave Gilroy) 13. Adie Harris (for Aaron Ledgister) 14. Martin Paul (for Darren Edwards) 15. Lee Howells 16. Owen Dunn

Referee: Guy Beale (Taunton). Assistants: Richard Court, Martin Veater. Fourth Official: Sean Morgan-Smith.

Attendance: 376.


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1 April 2008 : ABUFP April 2008 Meeting Agenda
The agenda for Thursday's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership has been published by the club. Note that this is a committee only meeting. If you have any observations or views on the agenda items below, please feed them through to Sara or a Supporters Representative as soon as possible.

Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership
3rd April 2008, Alec Stock Lounge, 5.45pm


AGENDA
1.Apologies
2.Approval of Minutes
3.Action Points from previous meeting (17/01/08)
4.Supporters Questions
5.2008/2009 Season and Match Day Ticket Prices
6.Attracting New Supporters to Huish Park
7.Membership Scheme Update
8.Recycling At Huish Park
9.AOB
9a) Family Day
9b) Family Excellence Award
9c) Staff vs. Supporters Match


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1 April 2008 : Smith Signing Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news, the one year contract for left-back Nathan Smith has now been officially signed.

Welcome to the club Nathan!


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1 April 2008 : Reserves Line-Up Vs Bath City
Tonight's line-up for the Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final against Bath City (kick-off 7.45pm) has been announced by the club as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Jordan Street 3. Adam Howarth 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5. Mark Lynch 6. Curtis Shaw 7. Craig Alcock 8. James Archer 9. Zoltan Stieber 10. Marvin Williams 11. Simon Church

Subs: 12. Omar Simpson 14. Ren Turnock 15. Ed Weeks 16. Owen Irish

For admission prices see yesterday's news.


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1 April 2008 : Club To Revamp Training Regime
With Yeovil Town's position in League One almost secure, manager Russell Slade has already been laying down plans for the 2008-09 season, and the first of those is shortly to be unveiled, with the club undertaking a radical overall of the club's fitness regime.

Included in that programme is the appointment of the club's own dedicated Fitness Instructor, who has been drafted in on a part-time basis over the next 12 months, upgrading to a full time role for the 2009-10 season. The man in question is is known locally as Damien Nathan Brown, who has had a distinguished military career spanning 28 years, serving around the globe.

After holding recent talks with Russell and former RAF fitness instructor Steve Thompson, they were so impressed with his ideas that they have signed him up for next season whilst Damien serves out his 12 months notice with the military, with the aim of joining the club full time in a year's time. The club have had little problems in securing his services - Damien is a staunch Yeovil Town supporter, and admitted to Ciderspace that he was these days spending more time on the golf courses than in the trenches and wanted a fresh challenge, adding:

"The main reason for taking up the position was for the love of the club and the chance to be part of Yeovil Town's future success."

Damien has devised a training plan based around nine principles that he will expect the players to adhere to. The new training regime will be carved up the middle with Russell and Thommo taking on the five principles of Ability, Professionalism, Resilience, Intelligence and Leadership. Meanwhile our new military man will take on the responsibilities for driving home the four principles of Fitness, Organisation, Opportunity and again Leadership.

Whilst most of the nine principles are self-explanatory, Damien explained that 'opportunity' was something practiced in the military and referred to the 'window of opportunity' - being able to make the right mental decisions of when to attack and when to defend - clearly a crucial skill in military operations that he felt he could provide plenty of experience on. As for why both camps held the principle of leadership, Brown explained:

"In the military, we want everyone to be a potential leader. On the football pitch, you can never have too many leaders. We want eleven Skivos out there next season and that has to be something that we must concentrate on."

So what would the typical week entail? Damien has given us an insight as to what Yeovil Town's players could be facing next season:

"The need for a balanced fitness programme is paramount to success, this will mean varying the type and times of the training, and splitting it from the football skills and tactics, to that end, the fitness training will be carried out relaxed at the start of the week, leading to a hard session on Wednesday, and obviously becoming more relaxed by the weekend, hopefully meaning the body and state of might is at itís peak come 3pm Saturday.

It is important that we start at a base level and try to improve on it, to that end every Monday morning the players will undertake the bleep test, this will enable us to monitor the fitness levels on a more regular basis, ensuring that as the season goes on the bleep score gets higher, obviously this will indicate that a players stamina is getting better.

Variety is essential, doing the same stuff day in day out can sometimes become boring and monotonous to that end, we will bringing in bike rides, aerobics, log runs, swimming and a once a week military style circuit, the regimented styles syllabus will ensure every player knows what activity he is undertaking at what time and where. The emphasis is for the every individual to improve his cardiovascular and recovery rate, it is no good running 100 yards down the pitch if you can not get back to do your defensive duties.

On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays the players will be required to cycle to training, cars will be banned from the club during the fitness periods, we will then use the cycles as part of the training programme. I have spoken to a local business that are willing to donate 30 cycles to the club, as well as 5 tandems, these will be used by those returning to fitness, therefore ensuring no one is left out, with also the introduction of both a Squash and Badminton ladder it is hoped, that we will build individual and team spirit. The final thing I will be instigating is mental fitness, all players will be taught how to play chess, backgammon and how to do sudoko, and these are the activities we will be ensuring all players participate in, during those long coach journeys to away games
."

Ciderspace's only concern was how the players might adapt to the style of a military hard man coming in and barking instructions at them and whether they might shy away from what is likely to be a hard regime. However, Damien said that stereotyped image of the military is often unfair:

"I work hard and I play hard. The hardest part will be that first pre-season run up and down Ninesprings. If they get through those early sessions they will come through as fitter players. Those players that get on my side will find that it will benefit them and their careers. The players will get to know me as a person - most people outside the military use my initials as a nickname. I am sure we'll all work together and next season bring Yeovil Town some much needed success."


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