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30 April 2009 : Palace Keeping Tabs On Obika
Championship side Crystal Palace are considering making a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika next season. The Croydon Advertiser newspaper claims that manager Neil Warnock has been keeping an eye on the 19 year old since he commenced his loan spell in Somerset. Obika, who has also got his first England Under 19s cap whilst at Huish Park, has scored four goals for the Glovers, and this impressive return has alerted Warnock's scouts.

The Glovers management team have made it clear that they would like to see Obika return to Huish Park next season, but recognise that this may not be the striker's only option. The south London press do not suggest that Warnock has actually made a move for the player, but seem certain that getting in a goalscorer for next season at Selhurst Park is his priority. Regardless of how strong Warnock's intentions are, it would suggest that the Glovers may have competition if they wish to bring Obika back to Somerset for next season.


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30 April 2009 : Peltier Has A Price Tag
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has admitted that the club would not stand in the way if a suitable bid came in for vice-captain Lee Peltier. The 22 year old has this week been linked with a move to newly promoted Peterborough United.

It is strongly believed that Posh came in for the versatile defender/midfielder at Christmas, but that an injury prevented a January deal from going through. However, with both clubs seasons now effectively over, suggestions that a new bid is being discussed have arisen again, even though boss Terry Skiverton has denied that he has received any firm bids for his players and has said that he would not entertain such thoughts until after Saturday's home match against Colchester United.

Assistant Jones has admitted to BBC Somerset that players like Peltier have their price and that the club would consider any offers received:

"We have certain values for various players, and we have certain players that are saleable assets and they come with certain pricetags. People, for example, like Lee Peltier have done fantastically well for us and if the right bid comes in for Lee Peltier then we will look to further his career by doing everything that we possibly can. But everything has to be of the right sort of structure for us and also for the player."

Regardless of Peltier's future at the club, Nathan added that himself and Skivo were already trying to lay down the basis of their summer plans and for next season:

"We're looking to bring in players and we're looking to keep a certain amount of players. Our players have done fantastically for us. There are a lot of players who to be honest in the last six weeks have really taken on board what we are trying to do. It's a really happy club at the minute."

In terms of Peterborough's apparent interest in Peltier, a figure of £250,000 has been suggested on the rumourmill, although this is strictly unverified. And it may be a complete coincidence, but Posh Director of Football Barry Fry claims that he has deals done in principle for two unnamed players. No clues are given whatsoever, but Fry says of the deals:

"We made bids when we went up for a couple of players (manager) Darren (Ferguson) had identified. We've agreed the price with certain clubs and we want to conclude those deals as soon as possible. Obviously the squad needs strengthening and I think there's a lot of wheeling and dealing to be done."

Barry Fry has added that he is unable to conclude those deals until the season is over. Obviously we'll identify those signings on these pages, even if it transpires that neither deal involves Peltier.


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30 April 2009 : Groundsmen Of The Year
No surprise that Yeovil Town doesn't feature in this set of Football League awards, the Huish Park pitch having attracted a lot of criticism this season.

Championship

Winner - Dan Duffy - Swansea City
Highly Commended - Peter Ashworth - Preston North End
Highly Commended - Andrew Gray and Graeme Mills - Southampton

League One

Winner - Joe Aylett - Milton Keynes Dons
Highly Commended - Edward Mowe - Leicester City
Highly Commended - Terry Roberts - Cheltenham Town

League Two

Winner - Mike Phillips - Grimsby Town
Highly Commended - Ricky Rawlings - AFC Bournemouth
Highly Commended - Steve Speed - Port Vale


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30 April 2009 : Stockport Hit By Administration Move
League One side Stockport County have entered administration as of today. They claim to have been forced into the situation after a secured creditor demanded repayment of a £300,000 loan taken out last summer. However the timing of the administration is so convenient - coming just after Stockport ensured that they could not be relegated even with a ten point deduction, but a day ahead of the end of the season after which the deduction would have been enforced for 2009-10 - that the statements issued by club officials insisting how "gutted" they are ring entirely hollow.

John Titley and Paul Reeves, directors at the Manchester office of accountancy firm Leonard Curtis will act as Administrators for the club, thus taking control of the day-to-day running from the current board and Stockport County Supporters Trust.

The mid-table side have been struggling to pay the bills recently, and had to be bailed out by rugby side Sale Sharks for their final home match of the season, to enable policing costs to be met. Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy has been trying to provide a rescue deal for Stockport in conjunction with Football Insolvency experts Begbies Traynor, but they have had the rug pulled from beneath their feet by an unnamed creditor.

The creditor is almost certainly David Farms Ltd of Aylesbury, who were reported earlier this month to have demanded repayment of their loan. The twist in the tail is that one of their directors Caroline David is also behind one of the consortiums looking to purchase the Cheshire club. The loan was taken out in July 2008 after Stockport suffered cashflow problems. The loan is a debenture, which means it is secured against Stockport's assets, and so one possibility could be that the recall of the loan is being done in order to leverage a deal in the consortium's favour. What County fans will make of that if Ms David appears within any new ownership consortium, or appears to have engineered such a move, is likely to be unprintable.

The Hatters are also believed to owe £250,000 to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and so they will inevitably also influence the situation when County try and come out of administration. The Hatters do not own Edgeley Park, and so this would not be part of the sale.

The Football League have yet to comment on the likely 10 point penalty for Stockport, but current thinking is that their points will be deducted from this season's total. This has yet to be confirmed though, with different media outlets painting different pictures of the Football League's rules.

Update 5.30 p.m. The Football League has confirmed that Stockport County have been deducted ten points with immediate effect. The club is therefore reduced from 60 to 50 points, dropping from 13th to 17th. Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town all move up one place each as a consequence.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including Stockport's points deduction).


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30 April 2009 : Latics In For A Penney
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney has resigned his position at League Two side Darlington and will become Oldham Athletic manager this afternoon.

The Latics have once again moved quickly to replace outgoing manager Joe Royle who announced that he would be stepping down yesterday after just eight games in charge at Boundary Park. Oldham have planned a press conference at 3.00p.m. today where Penney will be formally unveiled as manager.

At this stage, contract lengths have not been revealed, and it is not clear who will be in charge of Oldham on Saturday. However, Oldham will not have to pay any compensation - with Darlington in administration, Penney had the right to tear up his own contract and join another club.

Update: 3.30p.m. Penney has signed a two year contract at Boundary Park and will formally take over first team duties after Saturday's match, thus meaning that Joe Royle will remain in charge for a 9th and final game.


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30 April 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
The final match of the 2008-09 League One season will be looked after by Fred Graham (Essex). He will take charge of Saturday's home match against Colchester United and is a familiar face for Glovers matches. In general we've not had good experiences of him, with one or two controversial moments over the years.

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

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

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

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. 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.

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

Mr Graham will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The Fourth Official will be K Johnson (Somerset).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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30 April 2009 : Football League Play-Offs Timetable Confirmed
Further to our earlier news item concerning the Football League Play-Offs Schedule, the authorities have now confirmed that schedule will stand, with one possible slight tweak.

It would appear that the authorities are unwilling to allow Leeds United to play a Second Leg home match on a Friday night. Hence if Leeds finish 4th, the two League One Semi-Final Second Leg matches will be swapped over, to ensure that Leeds play their second leg on the Thursday night. If Leeds don't finish 4th, then the original schedule will still stand.

All matches will be screened live on Sky Sports. Where two matches are taking place at the same time, then the nominated 'secondary' match will be available via Sky's 'Match Choice' facility.


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29 April 2009 : Hartlepool Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's recent home match against Hartlepool United, 11 days ago, saw a 2-3 home defeat at Huish Park provide a set-back in the Glovers attempts to grab the few points they needed to secure League One status.

On the day of the game, Gavin Tomlin and Andros Townsend scored Yeovil's goals, and it was the former that grabbed the lion's share of the votes. Although Paul Warne and Terrell Forbes featured highly, it was Tomlin who took two-thirds of the outright votes for a runaway winner.

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

1 Gavin Tomlin 236 (20)
2 Paul Warne 84 (3)
3 Terrell Forbes 66 (4)
4 Lee Peltier 40 (2)
5 Andros Townsend 30 (0)
6 Jonathan Obika 24 (0)
7 Danny Hutchins 20 (0)
8 Danny Maguire 18 (1)
9 Andy Welsh 6 (0)
10 Danny Schofield 2 (0)
10 Keiran Murtagh 2 (0)
10 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.53

Performance: 4.87
Entertainment: 6.20

VOTES RECEIVED: 30


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29 April 2009 : Fixtures Release Day
This year one of the most eagerly awaited days in the football calendar, the release of the Football League fixtures, will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2009. Usual procedure is for the time of release to be 10.00 a.m., though we have not seen that confirmed as yet, with various servers crashing by 10.01 a.m. as hundreds of thousands log on.

Various dates already announced can be found through the following links :

Link: 7 April 2009 : 2009-10 F.A. Cup Dates

Link: 28 March 2009 : Further 2009-10 Dates (Football League Cup and Football League Trophy)

Link: 20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season


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29 April 2009 : 2008-09 End Of Season Awards
Yeovil Town's End of Season Awards will take place prior to Saturday's match against Colchester United. The awards will be presented to the relevant players from 2.25p.m. and are expected to last 10-15 minutes. All supporters wishing to see the presentations should therefore arrive a little earlier than usual.

The match against Colchester kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday 2nd May. Note that there is a Kids For A Quid Offer in force for this fixture.


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28 April 2009 : Tuesday Night League One Round-Up
Tonight saw two fixtures played at League One level, with both still holding material significance. Scunthorpe United's home fixture against relegated Cheltenham Town looked easy on paper, and in practice it was easy as well, with the Iron winning 3-0 to leapfrog Tranmere Rovers and back into the play-off places. With Scunny and Tranmere meeting at Glanford Park on Saturday, only a win for the visiting Wirral side will see those 6th and 7th placed positions altered.

At the other end of the table, Northampton Town still aren't safe as they lost 0-1 at home to Milton Keynes Dons, who in turn ensured they go into the final weekend fixtures in 3rd position.

For the Cobblers, they remain in 19th place in the table, and need a point on Saturday in their final match to avoid relegation. The snag is that they are away to Leeds United, who will by trying to grab a more favourable play-off position on the day, but at least Northampton can claim they still have their destiny in their own hands.

On Saturday, Brighton and Hove Albion will also seal League One survival if they beat Stockport County at the Withdean Stadium. Meanwhile Carlisle United and Crewe Alexandra will both know that they will be relegated regardless if they fail to win their final home matches. With Millwall and Leicester City the respective visitors, they will do well to not be playing League Two football next season, but on the final day of any season surprises are always inevitable. Just be thankful that the Glovers will play no part in the final day lottery.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including tonight's results).

Relegated From The Championship: Charlton Athletic, Southampton (with minus 10 points for next season) and one of Norwich City or Barnsley.

League One Champions: Leicester City.
Promoted From League One: Peterborough United.
League One Play-Offs: Milton Keynes Dons, Millwall, Leeds United and one of Scunthorpe United or Tranmere Rovers.
Relegated From League One: Hereford United, Cheltenham Town and two from Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Northampton Town or Hartlepool United.

League Two Champions: Brentford.
Promoted From League Two: Two from Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City or Bury.
League Two Play-Offs: Gillingham, Rochdale plus one from Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City or Bury and one from Dagenham and Redbridge or Shrewsbury Town.


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28 April 2009 : City Hit Yeovil For Four
Yeovil Town Reserves were comfortably beaten at Huish Park tonight by a Bristol City Reserves side containing plenty of experience along the way. The Glovers lost by a 4-0 scoreline, with Ashley Kington, Stern John, Peter Styvar and Ross Stearn netting for the home side.

Yeovil's side included goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar and Rob Fitzgerald plus at least one trialist, but otherwise was pretty much Stuart Housley's Under 18s side up against the likes of Lee Trundle, Jamie McCombe and Scott Murray.

In theory the Reserves are due to play City once more at Huish Park before the Football Combination season ends, but as yet no fixture date has been set.

Final Score: Bristol City Reserves 4 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Josh Wagenaar, Jason Sangha, Tom Scott, Rob Fitzgerald, Dan Mobsby, Harry Montacute, Stephen Friend, Rob Swaine, Corrie Lewis, Rico Wilson, Adam Wakely

Substitutes: Joe Byrne (64 mins for Jason Sangha), Harry Nodwell (75 mins for Stephen Friend)

Bristol City Reserves:
Stephen Henderson, Bradley Orr, Danny Ball, Joe Edwards, Jamie McCombe, Ashley Kington, Scott Murray, Stern John, Peter Styvar, Lee Trundle, Ross Stearn

Substitutes: Tom Bradley, Daryn Hennessy (61 mins for Bradley Orr), Joe Lennox (40 mins for Lee Trundle), Patrick Sayce (61 mins for Jamie McCombe)


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28 April 2009 : Six To Watch Out For
Next season will see Yeovil Town provide their first formal 'apprentice' contracts for around 15 years as they aim for the first set of Centre of Excellence youngsters to take their first steps into professional football.

Six players have been given two year scholarship contracts by the club, with Rhys Baggridge, Steve Boore, Lewis Clarke, Robert Clowes, Joseph Grimstead and Tyler Sheppard getting the nod after playing for Yeovil Town Under 16s this season. Our congratulations to all six, and we hope the next two seasons produce a successful outcome.

Rhys Baggridge has already made an impact by appearing as a substitute in the Reserves fixture against Exeter City Reserves earlier this month and hopefully all will start to feature in Under 18s and possibly Reserve matches next season.

The club are looking for accommodation to house the youngsters for next season, so if you can help in any way, contact Kathy Hopkins at the club on 01935-847880.


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28 April 2009 : A Royle Abdication
Oldham Athletic are to part company with Joe Royle, just eight matches after he re-joined them as first team manager. Royle arrived at the club on March 15th as a replacement for John Sheridan but has not won a match whilst in charge at Boundary Park.

Oldham have picked up just four points since Royle arrived at the Lancashire club, and as a result what was a promotion campaign has turned into midtable obscurity, with the Latics currently in 10th position and with no chance of making the play-offs.

Latics Chief Executive Alan Hardy has pointed out that Royle's appointment was only intended to be until the end of the season. Oldham's press statement claims that Royle will continue to have a loose background involvement at the club where he made his name across 12 seasons in his first spell at Boundary Park. However, Oldham plan to recruit in a much younger replacement over the summer with Royle taking charge of his 9th and final match as manager this coming Saturday.

Royle himself suggests that he was behind the decision to part company, confirming that he would not be taking the job next season:

"I always said that I was only here until the end of the season. I retain a lot of affection for the club and the fans and that is why I was only too willing to help out over these past few weeks."


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28 April 2009 : Reserves vs Bristol City Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are in action tonight in a Football Combination Wales and West Division match. They take on Bristol City Reserves at Ashton Gate with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

If anyone is going to the game and can supply updates on the match, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com including a mobile number.

Bristol City have named a strong line-up, with seven players listed as having played for their first team this season. Yeovil Town's line-up is currently unknown.

Bristol City Reserves: Henderson; Orr, McCombe, Edwards, Ball; Murray, Kington, Murray, Kington, Stearn, Trundle; Styvar, John. Subs: Bradley, Hennessy, Sayce, Livings, Lennox.


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27 April 2009 : QPR Clinch Title
While Yeovil Town Ladies completed their programme last week, finishing third, the race for the South West Combination title carried on yesterday. Queens Park Rangers have led the table all season but Plymouth Argyle had enough games in hand to catch them. The top two clashed head on, and it was QPR who came out on top, winning 4-1. It stretched their lead over the Devon club to ten points, and so although Plymouth have three fixtures left while that was QPR's final game, the Londoners can no longer be overtaken. Congratulations to them as Champions.


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27 April 2009 : Colchester Kids For A Quid Reminder
Further to our April 16th article, a reminder that the club are running a Kids For A Quid promotion this coming Saturday.

The game against Colchester United at Huish Park is the final match of the 2008-09 season and so represents a final chance to see manager Terry Skiverton and the players off before their summer break begins.

For supporters aged Under 16, the promotional offer is very simple. One person aged Under 16 gains admittance to the ground for just one pound only. There are no adults required, and no restrictions on how many tickets can be bought, provided the ground doesn't sell out of course! Tell your friends, family and neighbours and get them to come along for the day.

Note that the final game of each season usually has a high attendance anyway, so in particular if you are after seats for the match, we'd recommend that you place your ticket orders through the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance, by either visiting them in person, or by calling them on 01935-847888. The game kicks off on Saturday 2nd May, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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27 April 2009 : Cheltenham Man Of The Match Result
Looking back at Easter Monday, Yeovil Town travelled to Whaddon Road, where they lost to Cheltenham Town by a single goal. The Man of the Match voting for that game saw two players heavily dominate proceedings.

Lee Peltier continued his impressive recent performances by grabbing the runners up spot, but it was Keiran Murtagh, who came the nearest to giving the Glovers a goal, striking the post in the second half, who got the nod by just eight points in the end.

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

1 Keiran Murtagh 118 (10)
2 Lee Peltier 110 (8)
3 Gavin Tomlin 42 (1)
4 Andros Townsend 34 (2)
5 Danny Hutchins 34 (0)
6 Terrell Forbes 32 (1)
7 Chris Weale 28 (1)
8 Gary Roberts 8 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 4 (0)
10 Paul Warne 2 (0)
10 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.43

Performance: 5.39
Entertainment: 5.48

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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26 April 2009 : Glovers Draw At Cherries
Yeovil Town U18s finished their Youth Alliance South West Conference season on Saturday with a 3-3 draw away to AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries led three times but were pegged back on each occasion.

The result means Bournemouth, who also completed their programme with this match, retained their two point advantage in the table over the Glovers, finishing fifth to Yeovil's sixth. The final record for Yeovil's Youths is :

played 20 - won 7 - drawn 7 - lost 6 - for 28 - against 30 - points 28

Final score: AFC Bournemouth U18 3 Yeovil Town U18 3


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26 April 2009 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Man Of The Match Voting
For those of you who were at yesterday's match at Prenton Park, don't forget to submit your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers, along with entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you want to make on the game, by using the form below.

Link: Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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26 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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25 April 2009 : Away Point Sees Glovers Status Sorted
Yeovil Town secured their League One status this afternoon, with a deserved draw against promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers were probably somewhat unlucky not to claim all three points after Jonathan Obika gave them the lead midway through the second half, with a narrow-angled shot. But Antony Kay's impressive strike just 11 minutes later made for a nervous finish to the game, even if Carlisle United's draw at Cheltenham Town meant that the away point was all that Yeovil ultimately needed.

They went into the match with one change forced upon them, as Lee Peltier dropped out with an ankle injury, whilst Craig Alcock was preferred to Danny Hutchins, who sat out the game on the bench. Terrell Forbes, who had also missed the previous game through injury, came back into the side, taking back the captain's armband from Peltier.

Yeovil pressed well during the whole of the first period, and had their opponents on the back foot for much of the half, despite a slight tendency to want to walk the ball into the back of the net that denied them more shots on goal than they got.

Andros Townsend was a constant thorn in the side of the Tranmere right-back, so much that if it wasn't for the woefully erratic refereeing of Richard Beeby that the home side could have been down to 10 men inside 20 minutes - three tackles after the ball had long gone surely enough to warrant at least one yellow? Not if you are refereeing in Beebyland, where five Yeovil players were to pick up cautions during the game instead.

Tranmere keeper Danny Coyne saved well from Obika early on, whilst Paul Warne shot just wide of the target. Andros Townsend did the same - skating an angled shot across the face of goal where a deflection or a touch from a Yeovil player would have opened the scoring. On a few occasions, Tranmere defenders got in strong last-ditch blocks to prevent Obika and Tomlin in particular from squirming their way through the gaps in the Rovers defence.

At the other end, Chris Weale and his defence were far less busy, although one excellent save from Ian Moore kept the scoreline blank as Wealey blocked the attempt with his legs. The home side looked nervous and suffering from the expectancy of an 8,000 strong crowd, who were mostly very subdued on the day.

Inevitably Tranmere came out for the second period in a positive manner, doubtless having been given a flea in their ear from their manager Ronnie Moore. But it wasn't long before again the Glovers were showing their dominance, and Danny Schofield was inches away on the hour mark as he thumped a 20 yarder against the crossbar and back out again. Tranmere's fans reacted in panic and frustration, with them needing at least a point to get themselves back into the play-off positions, but them looking the more likely to concede.

On 67 minutes, they did just that - Gavin Tomlin and Jonathan Obika juggled the ball between them on the edge of the Tranmere box, and when Obika danced his way through a couple of defenders legs, he produced a shot from an impossible angle that pinged off the far post and into the back of the net. 1-0 up, and League One safety was now a significant reality.

With Carlisle United also winning 1-0 at Cheltenham, it was important for Yeovil to hold that lead if they wanted to see things sorted out on the day, but that lead was to only last 11 minutes. Tranmere's specialism was long throw-ins, but they'd been doing that all afternoon without success. Unfortunately all it takes is one mistake, and the Glovers allowed a 78th minute throw-in to bounce inside the box, and Antony Kay produced a superb finish on the volley to level the scores and to bring the home crowd to life.

Thankfully, down the M5, Carlisle were committing suicide - two red cards and a penalty allowed Cheltenham to equalise, and so Yeovil's initial despair was almost immediately turned into the joy that they were still in the driving seat. An expected Tranmere late charge came to nothing, and with the match at Whaddon Road finishing around five minutes before Yeovil's, when the final whistle blew, both players and supporters knew they were safe at last.

The obligatory celebrations, a post-match players huddle, and this season's away shirts were thrown into the away end for some of the brilliantly noisy away supporters to collect as a souvenir of a marvellous day. Next weekend, everyone can enjoy their day of relaxation and celebration, and after such a rollercoaster of a season surely no-one will be able to complain about that.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (67 mins, 0-1), Antony Kay (78 mins, 1-1)

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Danny Coyne 13. Gareth Edds 4. Ben Chorley 26. Ryan Shotton 3. Andy Taylor 16. Edrissa Sonko 6. Antony Kay 12. Steven Jennings 19. Charlie Barnett 9. Ian Moore 25. Craig Curran

Substitutes:
24. John Achterberg (GK) 14. Terry Gornell (62 mins for Edrissa Sonko) 18. Aaron Cresswell 22. Ash Taylor 28. Robbie Burns (76 mins for Charlie Barnett)


Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 18. Keiran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
9. Andrew Welsh (57 mins for Andros Townsend) 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 15. Luke Rodgers 24. Danny Hutchins 29. Danny Maguire

Tranmere Bookings: Charlie Barnett (72 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (22 mins, unsporting behaviour), Gavin Tomlin (62 mins, foul), Aaron Brown (69 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (86 mins, dissent), Craig Alcock (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Ryan Johnson (Greater Manchester) and David Storrie (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Steven Cummins (Cheshire).

Attendance: 8,306 (including approx 250 Yeovil fans).


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25 April 2009 : SAFE!
The presence of Yeovil Town in League One is secure for another season. An impressive 1-1 draw away at play-off chasing Tranmere Rovers combined with other results means the Glovers on 51 points can no longer be caught by any of the bottom four.

Working upwards from the foot:

Already relegated Hereford United are now doomed to finish last, a 2-1 defeat at Sixfields also giving Northampton Town a huge boost to their survival bid. The Cobblers move up to 19th, on 49 points. The inevitable finally caught up with Cheltenham Town, a 1-1 at home to Carlisle United was not enough to keep their season alive and the Robins are down. The tension as the Cumbrians slipped two points below the safety line was evident as the visitors to Whaddon Road ended the match with nine men, Evan Horwood and Michael Bridges sent from the field of play. This was the result, Carlisle only matching Yeovil, that saw the Glovers safe.

Lloyd Owusu scored the second equaliser as Brighton & Hove Albion fell behind twice at Huddersfield Town in a game which finished 2-2. The point saw the Seagulls pushed down into 20th by Northampton's victory but keeps them above the line by two. The early kick-off saw Swindon Town defeat local rivals Bristol Rovers 2-1 with a brace from Simon Cox and they moved up to 16th and safety on 52 points. Hartlepool United remain on 50 points after being beaten 1-0 by Leeds United and are still technically not safe, but it would take an unlikely set of results to send them down so in practice it is now almost certainly two from four to go: Crewe, Carlisle, Brighton and Northampton, with the last having the advantage of a game in hand.

At the other end of the table, congratulations to Peterborough United who secured back-to-back promotions with a 1-0 win away at Colchester United whilst Milton Keynes Dons were losing by the same score at home to Walsall. Although retaining a game in hand the Dons can no longer catch the Posh. Millwall, who beat Leyton Orient 2-1, Milton Keynes and Leeds are guaranteed play-off spots. The last place is between Tranmere and Scunthorpe United after Southend United's 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic ended the Shrimpers' hopes. The Iron have a game in hand, but whatever the result of that on Tuesday night the battle for 6th will go to the final day when they entertain Tranmere.

Southampton join Charlton Athletic in dropping to League One next term. A 2-2 against Burnley meant that the disputed ten point deduction becomes an issue for the coming season as the Saints have been sent down without it needing to be taken into consideration this.

The first promotion from League Two is now confirmed, with Brentford coming up as Champions after winning 3-1 away at Darlington when Wycombe Wanderers could only take a point in a 1-1 at Port Vale.


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24 April 2009 : Friday Night Round Up
Two League One games were played tonight, and the news is good for Yeovil Town. Should Crewe Alexandra lose they would no longer be able to catch the Glovers, and lose they have.

An all-action match saw Stockport County gain first advantage through James Vincent as early as the 11th minute. Ten minutes later Billy Jones got it back to 1-1 for the Railwaymen. Just after half-time Chris O'Grady put County ahead once more, and on 64 minutes Oli Johnson made it 3-1. Crewe fought back again, making it 3-2 with a Dennis Lawrence header (77 mins), but within four minutes Stockport had restored the two goal margin, Johnson getting his second. Scott McManus scored a third for the visitors in time added on, but it was too little too late. Final score: Stockport County 4 Crewe Alexandra 3.

Crewe stay in 22nd on 46 points and only have one match remaining, so the best they can reach is 49.

At the other end of the table Scunthorpe United got a 2-2 draw away to Champions Leicester City. The point moved them into the last play-off spot, pushing Yeovil's opponents tomorrow down into 7th on goal difference. Both the Iron and Tranmere Rovers have two left to play.

Elsewhere, York City won 2-1 at the Wessex Stadium. In so doing they both confirmed their own survival in the Conference Premier and relegated Weymouth.


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24 April 2009 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Tranmere Rovers tomorrow in the penultimate match of the 2008-09 season. Both sides go into the match needing points for very different reasons. Whilst the Glovers still need another win to guarantee League One football, Tranmere are trying to get out of the division in the other direction - currently in 6th place in the table but with Scunthorpe United breathing down their neck.

Rovers are certainly in impressive form at present, having won six out of their last nine league fixtures. At home they are even more dominant, having won their last five matches and so if they do make it into the play-offs then they should be a worthy tip to be successful at that stage.

On top of that, Yeovil's own record at Prenton Park is poor to say the least. Three visits and three defeats, including a 4-1 thrashing back in December 2005 on a frozen pitch. The last trip was in January 2008 and saw an Andy Kirk goal the only bright spark in a 2-1 defeat.

They go into the match with no new identified injury concerns. Terrell Forbes missed Tuesday night's match against Hereford United on Tuesday with a knee injury and so will require a fitness test to see if he has recovered. Theoretically midfielder Gary Roberts is available, having completed a two match suspension, but may not travel to the Wirral if boss Terry Skiverton feels he has enough midfield options. Skivo himself is unlikely to play again this season, whilst David Noble's knee injury is likely to keep him out for the immediate future. Elsewhere, assistant manager Nathan Jones admitted to BBC Somerset that there were a couple of minor knocks causing concern:

"We've got a few knocks, as there have been a lot of games lately. But they are just a few knocks, and so hopefully nothing too serious. We'll assess them (on Friday morning) and then head up to Liverpool and take it from there. But we're not that far off a full squad. There's a few carrying knocks but that is typical for this time of the season. It's been a long season, especially with some of the grounds being like they are, but there is nothing really serious to report."

When Tranmere came to Huish Park earlier this season, they had an injury-ravaged squad and lost the match 1-0. This time round, they have better news, even if like the match in Somerset, they have to do without dominant central defender Ian Goodison. The Jamaican was on international duty last November - this time round he is suspended for a sending off, and that means on-loan Stoke City right-back Ryan Shotton is likely to deputise. Manager Ronnie Moore told the Liverpool Daily Post he doesn't see that as a problem:

"I don’t think there was much wrong with Ryan’s performance at Leeds (last Saturday, lost 3-1). We got caught with a break down the middle for the first goal but other than that, he did well. Gareth Edds always does okay for us when he plays at right back and that means I can use Antony Kay in midfield, where he is most effective. That’s especially true when we are at home. We will be trying to take the game to Yeovil on Saturday."

Tranmere's other issue concerns striker Bas Savage, who of course has a cult status amongst Yeovil fans for his performances as a Bristol City player. He has scored twice in Tranmere's last three matches, but picked up an Achilles tendon injury in last weekend's match against Leeds United and so will need a fitness test. Their local press believe that teenager Terry Gornell will be added to the squad if Savage drops out.

Whilst this may be on paper a daunting proposition for the Glovers to contend with, they have a history of pulling something out of the bag in games like this. During the 2005-06 season and 2007-08 season, the Glovers were in the same situation that they are in now - a few points above the relegation zone, but in need of that one last win to guarantee League One football. Again their opponents were high-flying - Huddersfield Town were trying to cement automatic promotion in April 2006, whilst two years later, Swansea City were aiming to become League One Champions. The Jacks managed that on the day thanks to other results, but not without Yeovil making them sweat for it, after goals from Terry Skiverton and Aidan Downes threatened to wreck their promotion party as the Glovers won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium. A third result like that would undoubtedly go down well.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match from Prenton Park. All areas of the ground cost FIVE pounds for admission - a bargain to see the Glovers on their final away match of the season. For those who can't make the match, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on their 95.5FM frequency, whilst for those who are planning to go, the Ciderspace guide can be found below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: April 19th 2008 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 29th 2006 : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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23 April 2009 : Tranmere Trip
For those making the trip to Prenton Park this coming Saturday the Ciderspace guide can be found here or through the usual home page links. A reminder that it is entirely pay-on-the-day for visiting supporters, and a flat rate FIVE POUNDS for everyone.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Tranmere


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23 April 2009 : Centre of Excellence Versus Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action again last weekend, with Plymouth Argyle the opponents. The one result we have so far is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 16s: Lost 0-4 (Home)

If anyone has got any gaps they can fill in, or any other details they can supply, then drop us an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can help with.

Link: Easter Weekend : Centre of Excellence vs Bristol Rovers.


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23 April 2009 : No Contract Talks Just Yet
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that the club will be continuing their policy of not discussing player contracts until their divisional status is confirmed. Traditional practice since the club got into League One has been to leave all talks until the end of the season.

The advantage to the club is that they are negotiating with the certainty of their league status and thus a greater knowledge of their likely income for the following 12 months. However, the policy has meant that players and their agents have inevitably got itchy feet that has undoubtedly contributed to some of the high turnover of players at Huish Park each summer.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, manager Terry Skiverton has said that the Glovers need to get themselves mathematically safe for talks to commence with players over new contracts. Those out of contract include Terrell Forbes, Paul Warne, Josh Wagenaar and Andy Welsh and Skivo admitted that the situation was frustrating:

It is unfortunate because we have been wanting to get ourselves safe so we can sit down and start talking with people. Everybody is hanging on, waiting to see what division we are in because it is two budgets. We need to hang on in there, hold fire a bit and as soon as we are safe then we will be pulling in everybody and talking with everyone as soon as possible. That is one thing we want to do – we want to sort out contracts and sort out who is coming and going."

The Yeovil boss suggested to the Gazette that the comings and goings may not be just confined to out of contract players, suggesting that some other players may also be leaving due to interest from other clubs. However, he maintained that his squad of players were happy at Huish Park:

"Lots of clubs have shown a lot of interest in our players and there is quite a lot to contend with. Everybody likes it here – they are all putting in a shift and all enjoying themselves. That is what we want from them."

Skiverton has indicated that next season he may continue to make use of the loan market to supplement his squad of players, and believed that the loan system did have its strengths:

"People think that the loan market is cheating. But as soon as I took over I realised that Leicester City had loan players and they have been promoted. So if they are doing it then there is no harm in us doing it. But you still need a squad in place to make sure that you are getting results and are not having to rely on loans too heavily."


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23 April 2009 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers
Saturday's match between Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town will feature the rather familiar name of Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire) as the referee for the match at Prenton Park. At one moment we thought we'd got rid of Mr Beeby from our sights. Having been a regular for Yeovil Town matches, he took a break from the game and we lost track of him for a couple of years. However, in October 2007, he was back, and our experience of him was that a leopard hadn't changed his spots.

We had him three times during the 2007-08 season and so it is a rather minor miracle that we've gone through the whole of this season so far without experiencing him. Whilst some referees are mildly irritating in that they give too many fouls, or stop play when you didn't want play stopped, at least they manage to get through the game without getting the big decisions wrong.

Mr Beeby has a little bit too much history of those big decisions being controversial. To be fair, in our last match that featured him, the February 2008 home game against Huddersfield Town saw Yeovil deservedly defeated, although who can tell what path play may have taken if Mr Beeby had not pointed to the spot to give Huddersfield their opening goal? Terry Skiverton felt he had been pushed before he was penalised for handball, and the Terriers went on to record a very comfortable 2-0 win.

Prior to that, he took charge of two 0-0 draws against Leyton Orient and Luton Town. Here our problem was that Mr Beeby wouldn't award a penalty decision! Three big shouts went up in the Orient match, but despite Beeby awarding 41 free kicks outside the box during the match, he refused to give any of the big three inside. For the home match against Luton we had the same problem, with a handball inside the box being given the other way.

Prior to his break from football, an away match against Kidderminster Harriers in April 2005 was a rarity in that we did not get incensed about the match official. However, the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town in March 2004 was described as being "marred by an inept refereeing performance" and at the end of the game "most of the 6002 crowd preceded to tell Mr Beeby what they thought of his afternoons work". Manager Gary Johnson said after the match of Mr Beeby: "I daren't speak to him. It's not the time to speak to him. I will have to take a week to calm down first." In between the Northampton official managed a slightly erratic performance in the October 2004 4-1 win over Chester City, managing a rather dubious penalty award for both sides.

He has been on the national list of referees since 1999, and his high point was the 2004 Division Two (now League One) Play-Off Final between Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City.

Mr Beeby will be assisted by Ryan Johnson (Greater Manchester) and David Storrie (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Cummins (Cheshire).

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 - 2 Huddersfield Town.

Link: Dec 2007 : Leyton Orient 0 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Oct 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 - 0 Luton Town.

Link: April 2005 : Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 4 - 1 Chester City.

Link: March 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Mansfield Town.


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23 April 2009 : Saints Are Sinners
Championship side Southampton have effectively been relegated today, after the Football League decided that it was within its powers to enforce a 'Sporting Sanction' against the Hampshire club with its parent company having fallen into administration. The end result is that the Saints will have 10 points deducted this season or next, depending on whether they finish above the relegation line based on the current Championship League table. This means that it is impossible for them to be playing Championship football in either circumstance, and therefore will commence the 2009-10 season in League One.

The Football League's statement claims that they have reached their decision on the basis that Southampton's parent company, Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC are entirely linked with the "revenue and expenditure ... of Southampton Football Club Limited". The Football League's full statement reads as follows:

"At its meeting today, the Board of The Football League reviewed the report of the independent forensic accountants commissioned by The League to examine the circumstances at Southampton Football Club, together with external legal advice as to the interpretation of The League's regulations.

The report, by Grant Thornton, set out in detail the various inter-relationships between the four different group companies at Southampton Leisure Holdings Plc (the Holding Company). The conclusions were based both on the content of the annual accounts published by the Holding Company, which include the Club, and other information made available to Grant Thornton as part of their enquiries. The Board noted that Grant Thornton reported that toward the end of their enquiries co-operation with them was withdrawn.

The report concluded, among other things, that:

1.The Holding Company has no income of its own; all revenue and expenditure is derived from the operation of Southampton Football Club Limited (SFC) and the associated stadium company.

2.The Holding company is solvent in its own right. It only becomes insolvent when account is taken of the position of SFC and the other group companies.

3.The three entities (the Holding Company, SFC and the stadium company) comprise the football club and they are inextricably linked as one economic entity.

In light of all this advice, the Board concluded that an administrator had been appointed in respect of the Club or part of its undertaking or assets. Accordingly, it was left with no alternative other than to invoke its 'Sporting Sanctions' regulations and apply a 10 point penalty to the Club. The other provisions of The League's insolvency policy also become effective.

As the insolvency event occurred after The Football League's deadline of the fourth Thursday in March, the points deduction will take effect either:

1. In the current season, if Southampton avoid relegation to League 1;
or
2. Next season, if the club does not avoid relegation.
"

At present, there has been no response from Southampton Football Club, or the Holding Company's administrators, to the Football League's statement. The Southampton Daily Echo say they expect the Saints to appeal against the decision, although this has not been confirmed in writing.

The challenge for Southampton now will be to try and avoid the relegation positions in terms of the current season's league table. If they do so, then their 10 points will be removed from this season's Championship total. If they finish in the bottom three, however, then their 10 point deduction will take effect as part of next season's League One table.

Update: 16:45hrs Southampton's administrators Begbies Traynor have issued the following statement in response to the Football League's statement:

"The joint administrators ("the Administrators") to Southampton Leisure Holdings plc ("the Company"), the AIM-listed holding company that owns Southampton Football Club ("the Club") today issued the following response to the findings of the independent forensic report commissioned by the Football League ("the League").

The Administrators and the Club were informed of the League's intention to issue a release on the findings of the independent forensic report five minutes before its publication, allowing no time for consultation and both the Administrator and the Club to inform fans, players and staff.

We are of the opinion that an incorrect conclusion has been reached. The football regulations do not apply to the circumstances surrounding Southampton Football Club. This is a view shared by the lawyers and advisers to both the Club and the Administrators.

The point surrounding non-cooperation is not accepted. A different scope of investigation was issued to the Club and to the accountants instructed by the League which resulted in questions being raised outside of the scope of the investigation. This matter had been raised by the solicitor acting for the Club and no response has been received. Both the Club and the Administrator were unaware that the investigation had been concluded.

Both the Club and the Administrators are now considering their positions and expect to launch an appeal.
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22 April 2009 : Gall Rumours Persist
Further to our news item yesterday, the Carlisle News and Star are sticking to their guns that they believe that former Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall will be re-signing for the Glovers this summer. The Cumbrian newspaper first made their claims on April 9th, and with the Welshman agreeing to tear up his contract at Brunton Park yesterday, they have repeated their claims, this time with a little more conviction.

They interview the 27 year old, although he doesn't offer any hints as to where his next move will be. The paper claims that a number of League One and League Two clubs are showing an interest in his services, although apart from the Glovers, only League Two promotion chasers Brentford are named. Gally hasn't played for Carlisle's first team now for 15 months, and clearly was very frustrated when he spoke to the paper:

"I still believe I am good enough to play at this level and I will give it my best shot. When Neil (McDonald) was manager and Greg (Abbott) was assistant, he rated me and I used to speak to him a lot. But when John Ward took over, I was totally frozen out and it has been very frustrating since then. I know the game is about opinions and I am not going to berate anybody. I have never thrown my dummy out. I thought when the team was struggling earlier this season I would have got a chance to help change things, but I didn’t. I knew the writing was on the wall then, and I just had to be professional and train as hard as I could for the rest of the season. I’m not going to say anything bad about the club or the fans because they have always been good to me, and I thank them for that. I just have to look forward to next season and hopefully playing first-team football again."

Although Gall is now a free agent, he is continuing to train at Brunton Park. The paper suggests that Yeovil Town will only make their move for the winger/striker once League One survival is guaranteed - fairly consistent with the attitude the Glovers board have to contract negotiations around this time of year. However, there has yet to be any firm indication from the Somerset end that Gally is on his way back to Somerset.


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22 April 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For The Hereford Match
For those of you who were at this last night's match at Huish Park, don't forget to submit your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 2-2 draw against Hereford United, along with entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you want to make on the game, by using the form below.

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


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22 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hereford Game
Following last night's 2-2 draw against Hereford United, Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full interview transcript can be viewed via the page below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hereford Game.


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22 April 2009 : Turner Sacks Turner
Now here's one we didn't expect. Hereford United Manager Graham Turner will be stepping down as manager at the end of this season, having been their manager since the start of the 1995-96 season. Turner is Chairman, Director of Football and for the next few weeks First Team Manager at Edgar Street, and so his position has jokingly been labelled as the safest job in football. However, it appears that not even managing the club you own leaves you immune to the sack.

Strictly speaking, Turner's 14 year reign as manager has had a couple of brief interruptions. He resigned in May 1997 when the Bulls were relegated from the Football League, but when he bought the club during that summer, he became manager again. During the 2001-02 season, he handed all first team responsibilities to first team coach Phil Robinson as he switched his priorities to addressing the club's mounting debts. Another attempt to resign his position at the club during that season saw those around him persuade him to change his mind, and by 2002-03 he was back in the managerial dugout.

This season, Hereford have reached the highest position in their club history since 1978. However, statistically speaking, this has been the worst season for results in their club's history, already having lost 28 out of their 44 matches. Thus Turner plans to offer his management job to First Team Coach John Trewick whilst the club owner retains his title as Chairman and Director of Football.


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21 April 2009 : Mid-Week Round Up
Three catch-up matches were played tonight in League One as clubs cashed in games in hand, all three involving clubs with relegation worries.

Apart from the dramatic finale at Huish Park, where goalkeeper Chris Weale snatched a point for the Glovers when he scored deep into time added on, Brighton & Hove Albion and Northampton Town were also in action.

At the Memorial Stadium it was two players who might have been wearing a Yeovil shirt in different circumstances, Lloyd Owusu and Calvin Andrew, who dragged Brighton out of the relegation zone for the first time since February. Bristol Rovers took the lead, almost inevitably through Rickie Lambert, but Owusu got his fifth goal in five games just before the break, and Andrew sealed the three points in the second half: the Gas 1 the Seagulls 2. Russell Slade now takes Brighton into the last two games with a two point cushion, 19th on 48.

The Cobblers had two games in hand going into this evening, and managed a point from the first of them, against play-off chasing Scunthorpe United. Jason Crowe put Northampton ahead at Sixfields but Liam Trotter levelled for the visitors on the stroke of half-time. The Iron took the lead from the spot just after the break on 49 minutes, but it was the home side's turn to equalise through Ikechi Anya eleven minutes later. That made it 2-2, but there were more goals to come. Matthew Sparrow put Scunthorpe back into the lead on 68 minutes, only for Mark Hughes to equal it up once again fourteen minutes before the end. Final score: Northampton 3 Scunthorpe 3. It's still so tight at the bottom that the draw was enough to move the Cobblers out of the relegation zone as well, leapfrogging both Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle United on goal difference.

There are still eight clubs looking to avoid joining already relegated Hereford United in League two next season. From the top down, Hartlepool United and Yeovil are in 16th and 17th respectively, on 50 points. Then comes Swindon Town on 49 and Brighton on 48. All these clubs have two to play. Northampton are in 20th on 46, but still have that one game in hand. Carlisle and Crewe also have 46 points, but two to play. Finally Cheltenham Town, in 23rd, have three matches left but with only 38 points just a draw for any one of Northampton, Carlisle or Crewe will see them down in practice even if the Robins win all of their fixtures, such is their inferior goal difference.

Link: League One Table


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21 April 2009 : Wealey! Wealey! Wealey!
Local boy Chris Weale gave himself a night to remember at Huish Park tonight, as his 96th minute goal salvaged Yeovil Town a priceless point against Hereford United. The goalkeeper's last gasp header was every little bit of what Yeovil deserved on a pulsating night that saw them come from two goals down. Substitute Luke Rodgers pulled the first goal back, as Yeovil reeled from the shock of goals from Jennison Myrie-Williams and Stephen Guinan having put the Bulls 2-0 up against the run of play. But few could have predicted the grandstand finish that resulted in Wealey adding another notch to his hero status amongst Glovers fans.

The Glovers went into the match with a somewhat patched up defence. Terrell Forbes dropped out of the sixteen with a knee injury that saw him fail a late fitness test, meaning that Lee Peltier became captain for the night in his new position as a centre-back and was joined by Aaron Brown, who made his full comeback from injury.

Yeovil spent much of the 90 minutes on the attack, but without converting their chances. The game started in the manner that it was to continue, when Paul Warne struck the woodwork, and the ball rebounded straight into the arms of Bulls keeper Peter Gulacsi, who despite having a shaky start, was to lead a charmed life throughout the evening.

Further chances fell to Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend as the half wore on, but the Glovers looked nervy and tentative at times, as if the players were aware of the magnitude of the game, and the longer the half went on, the more visiting keeper Gulascsi grew in confidence.

A goal came 27 minutes into the match, but it wasn't at the end where most of the play had been happening. A Stephen Guinan cross was brought down by Bristol City striker Jennison Myrie-Williams who slotted across the face of City keeper Chris Weale to put the Bulls 1-0 up. Doubtless both City players will have had a few words to say about that in the bar after the game, but for Yeovil, it was a bit of a sickener.

The Glovers carried on where they had left off - creating chances but not putting them away. Gavin Tomlin's strike was saved by Gulacsi, whilst Keiran Murtagh also shot from distance and was unlucky not to get a corner out of his deflected shot. Despite this, the players trooped off at half time to a chorus of boos from various sections of the Huish Park crowd.

The feeling that it was "one of those nights" increased during the early part of the second period, after the Glovers won a penalty. Gavin Tomlin raced through on goal and was hauled back inside the box by defender Sam Gwynne. A red card as the last man seemed inevitable, but inexplicably, referee Andy Penn only brought out a yellow after consulting with his assistant. Matters were made worse by the penalty, taken by Andros Townsend, which skied over the bar to continue Yeovil's woeful record of taking spot kicks this season.

Yeovil had appeals for a second penalty turned down almost immediately as Richard Rose blocked a shot, with referee Penn patting his chest in respone to players and crowd. However, four minutes later it looked like 'game over' as Stephen Guinan extended Hereford's lead, again against the run of play. His goal inside the box was an extension of the poor marking seen against Hartlepool United on Saturday and suggests that aspect of Yeovil's defensive lapses in concentration has not quite been eradicated.

With the Glovers two goals down, manager Terry Skiverton introduced Andy Welsh as an immediate substitute, with Luke Rodgers following him onto the pitch 10 minutes later. Whilst Welsh allowed goalkeeper Gulacsi to continue his impressive night with another superb save, Rodgers needed just five minutes to make his impact on the game known - a deflected shot with 12 minutes left that pulled the scores back to 1-2 and set up the potential of a storming finish.

Referee Andy Penn has a long and glorious reputation for extending games out to surreal lengths. Yeovil were on the receiving end of it almost exactly 10 years ago when Cheltenham Town managed promotion at the stopwatch of Mr Penn as they scored in the 7th minute of injury time as he clocked up nine additional minutes. Earlier this season, he played nearly 10 minutes added time for the game between Leicester City and MK Dons. Unlike the match at Whaddon Road a decade ago, this time matters fell Yeovil's way. In the last minute of four minutes of injury time, Chris Weale went up for a corner, and when the ball fell out of play for another corner, the goalkeeper held his position. With time now marching into six minutes of injury time and no final whistle having been blown, Keiran Murtagh's corner went to the back stick, and there was Wealey leaping above the rest to plant home a header right in front of the home terrace for an unbelievable equaliser!

Pandemonium ensued, and it was a wonder that a full scale pitch invasion did not happen to mob the goalkeeper. His team-mates certainly did the job though, and there was no chance for Hereford United to do anything more than kick off again before referee Penn finally blew his final whistle. An emotional game, and a priceless point, that still doesn't ensure League One survival, but certainly turns the screw on those sides below them.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including tonight's results).

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Hereford United 2.

Scorers: Jennison Myrie-Williams (0-1, 27 mins), Stephen Guinan (0-2, 61 mins), Luke Rodgers (1-2, 78 mins), Chris Weale (2-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 27. Lee Peltier 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 11. Danny Schofield 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 9. Andy Welsh (62 mins for Paul Warne) 12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers (73 mins for Jonathan Obika) 29. Danny Maguire

Hereford United:
33. Peter Gulacsi 28. Dean Beckwith 2. Richard Rose 6. Kris Taylor 15. Sam Gwynne 31. Jennison Myrie-Williams 19. Craig Jones 8. Ben Smith 22. Matt Done 20. Andrew Williams 9. Stephen Guinan

Substitutes:
17. Stephen O'Leary (76 mins for Craig Jones) 25. Jose Veiga (GK) 16. Jack Macleod (90 mins for Jennison Myrie-Williams) 12. Marc Pugh (76 mins for Matt Done) 24. Michael D Agostino

Yeovil Bookings: Andros Townsend (71 mins, dissent)
Hereford Bookings: Sam Gwynne (57 mins, foul), Andrew Williams (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Andy Penn (West Midlands). Assistants: David Belbin (Middlesex) and Richard Martin (Somerset). Fourth Official: Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,780 (including approx 80 Hereford supporters).


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21 April 2009 : Phelps: Young Talent Blooming!
Yeovil Town Ladies signed off their season's account with a 2-0 defeat down at Plymouth Argyle on Sunday. It was the second time in less than a month that Yeovil had been defeated by the Devon side, but Glovers Manager Steve Phelps was not too disappointed. Speaking after the game Phelps said:

"Obviously we would like to have finished off with a win. But today I was more concerned with they way we played, and I thought that we did well. The girls showed good commitment and played some fine football, so I was pleased."

Argyle scored both their goals in the first half, with Laura Perrett netting the first and Chloe Roberts grabbing the second just before the break. Phelps admitted:

"Both goals were avoidable. Both were the result of silly mistakes in defence, with us guilty of messing around with the ball, and giving it away needlessly. It was disappointing to have conceded both goals in the first half, because we came back so well in the second, and dominated the play for long periods. We created some good chances too, with Jemma Tewkesbury, Amy Wilde and Anusia Rourke all going close. But in the end we just couldn't get through a tight Argyle defence. We never gave up though, and I thought we were unlucky not to have got at least one goal from the game."

The result saw Argyle leap frog over Yeovil into second place, with them now having a good chance of beating leaders QPR to the league title, and promotion to the Premier League - Southern Division. Phelps had no complaints about that:

"Good luck to them, I think they'll do it. They're a good side, and very hard to beat. I'm sure that they will do okay if they go up."

With Yeovil's season now over, Phelps is not resting on his laurels, and is already looking to next term:

"I have been in planning for next season for a while now. In doing so, I have assessed this campaign, and despite not getting promotion, I'm generally pleased with what I have seen. We have a young side, and they have done well. At the start of the season we brought in a number of young players, and they have all made good progress. Anusia Rourke has been a revelation up front, and has linked up well with Amy Wilde, who came in from Southampton last summer, herself having an impressive season, finishing as top scorer. People often forget that Jemma Tewkesbury is still in her teens, and again she has come on leaps and bounds this year, and has now developed into a very good all round player.

"Kayleigh Nardiello has also scored her fair share of goals, and has also enjoyed a very good assist rating. The power house in midfield has been Lindsay Roe, who has got better and better as the season has gone on. It was a shame that Kim Turner broke her leg, as I think both she and Lindsay would have been brilliant together. I think that had Kim been fit, this season could so easily have been a different story. To lose a player of that quality for virtually the whole season was a massive blow, and to have also lost the services of both Sarah Lawler and Rosie Egglestone for most of the campaign made things harder.

"But that is taking nothing away from the other players, who have done the club proud. Georgia Coles came into Rosie's left back position, and has had an outstanding season, and like Rosie she has shown great flexibility, with both players able to play in a number of positions. Claire Heydon came in at the start if the season, and has been outstanding in the centre of defence, alongside the more experienced Rachael Edwards, who just seems to get better and better. Emma Brazell has been an inspiration at right back, and Kia Bowles has played a big part too.

"I have also been pleased with youngsters Terri Trowbridge and Demi Agar who came into contention during the final month of the season. Both have shown good promise, and I'm sure that they will play a massive part next season. Chris White has done a fine job with the reserves this year, and has nurtured a number of very good young players, who will also be in contention next season. With these players around, I believe this club has a great future, and feel sure that we will be one of the front runners next season.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my Assistant Manager Nigel Wolfe and Captain Sarah Lawler for their support this season, and Nathan Jones for some first class coaching. So yes, we are disappointed not to have been promoted, but in so many ways it's been a great season, with plenty to look forward to
."

[Report by Ali King.]


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21 April 2009 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
As part of the lead-up to tonight's match against Hereford United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his views on the match, as well as last weekend's game against Hartlepool United. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson yesterday, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found below.

Link: April 20th 2009 : Interview With Terry Skiverton.


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21 April 2009 : Gally Severs Carlisle Contract
Carlisle United striker Kevin Gall has had his contract at Brunton Park terminated by mutual consent. The Welshman has been significantly out of favour with the Cumbrians, having not played for them since January 2008, and has had to find his football through loan spells with Darlington, Lincoln City and Port Vale.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott explained to their official site that in terms of training, Gally was not likely to disappear just yet, but he expected him to find a permanent move to another club soon:

"Kev is keen to get himself first team football again and he knew that wasn't going to happen for him here. He has had a couple of loan spells and I think he wants something more permanent, so we wish him well as he moves on from the club. He has asked if he can train with us to keep on top of his fitness, and we don't see any problem with that at all, so he will stay here until he gets himself fixed up."

The Carlisle press linked Gally with a return to Huish Park earlier this month, although there has been no word on that front since those claims were made.

Another player who will be changing clubs this summer is Huddersfield Town midfielder Jonathan Worthington. Their former skipper was recalled to the Galpharm Stadium after an impressive loan spell at Huish Park, with the Terriers anxious to sort out a loan deal for him until the end of the season which never transpired. Since his return to Yorkshire, Worthington has not been selected by manager Lee Clark, and the Terriers boss has confirmed to the Huddersfield Examiner that Worthy will be leaving at the end of the season:

"He’s been a terrific servant for the club, but he will not be part of my long-term plans and I’ve already told him that."


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21 April 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Hereford United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Hereford United at Huish Park tonight, in a match that presents a huge opportunity for them to secure their League One status for next season. Victory would put them into a position where Carlisle United and Crewe Alexandra could only catch the Glovers on goal difference and by winning both of their final games, whilst Cheltenham Town and tonight's visitors are already unable to overall Yeovil's tally.

The Bulls are already consigned to League Two football next season - rock bottom of the division and 16 points behind Yeovil in 18th place. With their fate confirmed as part of Saturday's home defeat against Colchester United, much will depend on whether they now sink without trace, or whether with the pressure removed from their shoulders, they begin to play with new-found freedom.

On current form, they should be sinking without trace. They've lost 11 out of their last 12 matches, including all of the last six games. Prior to that they had managed a mini-revival, largely inspired by a trio of loan signings, with Manchester United midfielder Sam Hewson and Watford winger Lionel Ainsworth both having a significant impact upon the Bulls fortunes. However, both players have since left Edgar Street, leaving striker Fabian Brandy as another impressive loan signing, but even he missed the moment the Bulls lost their grip on League One football, ruled out through illness.

Brandy will return tonight along with defender Richard Jackson, with both having recovered from bugs, and both should return to the starting eleven. However captain Karl Broadhurst and striker Andy Williams are both ruled out through ankle injuries and will not travel to Edgar Street. The remainder of manager Graham Turner's team selection will depend upon how much he wants to salvage some pride from his club's season, and how much attention he wants to pay to experimenting with next season in mind.

For the Glovers, they will definitely be without the suspended Gary Roberts, who completes his two match ban tonight. Manager Terry Skiverton is also expected to remain out as he sorts out his long-running foot injury. Bristol City midfielder David Noble is an extreme doubt, as he was due to have a scan in Bristol on his knee injury, and although he has done some light jogging since recovering from his problem, it would appear that he is also not quite ready for a return, although Skiverton refused to rule him out of contention. The Yeovil boss implied yesterday that he may look to make a couple of changes, following a pair of disappointing performances against Cheltenham Town and Hartlepool United, although didn't offer any hints as to where those changes may lie.

The two sides have of course met on numerous occasions in the past, although this is only the second occasion they have come up against each other in a Football League match. The first was back in August, when goals from Danny Schofield and Paul Warne gave them a 2-1 away win that was only put into doubt by a late Bradley Hudson-Odoi goal.

As far as past form is concerned, the Glovers undeniably hold the upper hand. Hereford have only won once in a League match in Somerset since 1954. Their one moment of glory though was crucial - a May 2001 match that put an end to Yeovil Town's promotion challenge, when the Glovers were up against Rushden and Diamonds for promotion to the Football League. That was another Tuesday night match, and although David Piper and Nick Crittenden netted, the majority of the 4,639 crowd were left stunned at the final whistle, with a 2-3 final scoreline ending any hopes of a Conference title. Hopefully tonight will represent happier times in Somerset!

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets for the match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, at the usual match-day rates. For those who are not going tonight, BBC Somerset will have a sports programme covering tonight's match and Bristol Rovers who are home to Brighton and Hove Albion, with coverage starting just after the 7.00p.m. news. Make sure you are tuned into 95.5FM before kick-off, as our assumption is that they will split the frequencies at this stage.


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20 April 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hereford United
Tomorrow night's officials for the home match between Yeovil Town and Hereford United are unchanged from the original fixture. The match was postponed on March 3rd by referee Andy Penn due to a waterlogged pitch, but has now been set for Tuesday night at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45p.m.

For a full profile of Mr Penn and his three colleagues, see the original article below.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hereford United.


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20 April 2009 : Football League Play-Offs Timetable
The Football League have issued a provisional timetable for this season's play-off matches that will take place during next month. The fixture list is as usual subject to late tweaking from television and police authorities but currently reads as follows:

Thu 7th May : 19.45hrs : League 2 First Leg : 7th vs 4th
Thu 7th May : 19.45hrs : League 2 First Leg : 6th vs 5th
Fri 8th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 First Leg : 6th vs 3rd
Fri 8th May : 19:45hrs : Championship First Leg : 6th vs 3rd
Sat 9th May : 12:45hrs : League 1 First Leg : 5th vs 4th
Sat 9th May : 17:20hrs : Championship First Leg : 5th vs 4th
Sun 10th May : 11:30hrs : League 2 Second Leg : 4th vs 7th
Sun 10th May : 18:30hrs : League 2 Second Leg : 5th vs 6th
Mon 11th May : 19:45hrs : Championship Second Leg : 3rd vs 6th
Tue 12th May : 19:45hrs : Championship Second Leg : 4th vs 5th
Thu 14th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 Second Leg : 3rd vs 6th
Fri 15th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 Second Leg : 4th vs 5th


Whilst the play-off semi-final dates and times are provisional and will only be confirmed once all league places are finalised, the dates for the finals are fully confirmed as follows:

Sat 23rd May : 15:00hrs : League Two Play-Off Final
Sun 24th May : 13:00hrs : League One Play-Off Final
Mon 25th May : 15:00hrs : Championship Play-Off Final


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20 April 2009 : Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers
Yeovil Town's final away trip of the season is a pay on the day game. The match against Tranmere Rovers has seen prices slashed at Prenton Park, with Rovers trying to create a big atmosphere for a match that sees them rather desperate to secure a play-off place.

Glovers fans are housed in the Cowshed Stand, which is a little nicer than the name suggests, and holds 2,500 spectators. We think that might be enough to cope with the travelling numbers from Somerset.

Admission for the match on April 25th has been set at £5.00 for all parts of the stadium and all tariffs. This includes away supporters.

Disabled supporters are advised to phone 0151 6090137 for any special arrangements. There are eight wheelchair spaces dedicated to away fans, however they are at the far Kop End of the stadium from their fellow visiting supporters.


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19 April 2009 : Ladies Will Finish Third
Yeovil Town Ladies lost for the third time this season, once in the Women's F.A. Cup and twice in the South West Combination, to Plymouth Argyle this afternoon. Argyle were ahead after only two minutes through Laura Perrett. A second, just before half-time from Chloe Roberts, sealed the three points.

Final score: Plymouth Argyle 2 Yeovil Town 0

The result has ended the Glovers very outside hopes of promotion by finishing in the top two. Queens Park Rangers, who did not have a league fixture today, but won 19 (nineteen)-0 away at Reading Royals last week, are on 46 points with one match to play. Plymouth move into second place on 39 points, but have four games left. They travel to QPR next Sunday. Yeovil, on 37 points, have completed their league campaign but can't be caught for third.


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19 April 2009 : Woodwork Thwarts Youths Progress
Yeovil Town's Under 18s drew 1-1 yesterday at Somerton against Cheltenham Town Under 18s to increase their unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance competition. Just as the season ends, Stuart Housley's side are starting to grow in rhythm and confidence and it showed in a match that they undoubtedly should have won by a comfortable margin, with the Youth Team striking the woodwork six times during the match.

A goalless first period saw a Stephen Friend header from a corner provide Yeovil's best opening chance, and the striker also struck the woodwork after the break with a superb 20 yard looping strike that deserved to open the scoring.

Cheltenham also found the woodwork in the way once during the second period, although they got two slices of luck wrapped around it. The move that created the rare chance from the visitors looked yards offside, but when the ball came back off the crossbar, the match referee awarded a dubious looking indirect free kick. Whilst the Robins took the set piece well, Yeovil's defensive wall left a little to be desired and the ball went through a crowd of players to give the visitors a surprise lead.

That 1-0 margin only lasted five minutes, although again Yeovil found the woodwork to be in their way - initially at least - of an equaliser. Josh Robinson, who had scored for the Reserves on Thursday night struck the near post as he ran through on a one-on-one and when he followed up the rebound he struck the crossbar. Clearly deciding it wasn't his day, he rolled the ball across the face of the goal, and Adam Wakely had the easy chance of striking the ball home for the equaliser that Yeovil's play deserved.

The young Glovers deserved more than that and they nearly got it in the 90th minute, when substitute Corrie Lewis was put through on goal. But we should have known what was going to happen - the striker's shot came off the crossbar, much to everyone's bemusement, and in a game where the Glovers could have won by a hatful, they ended up having to settle for a single point.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 Cheltenham Town Under 18s 1.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Jamie Beale 2. Harry Nodwell 3. Danny Thompson 4. Joe Byrne 5. Jason Sangha 6. Ashley Clarke 7. Stephen Friend 8. Harry Montacute 9. Josh Robinson 10. Adam Wakely 11. Lloyd Moyce.

Substitutes: 12. Corrie Lewis (56 mins for Lloyd Moyce) 14. Steve Harris (49 mins for Joe Byrne).


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19 April 2009 : Foxes Up, Bulls Down
Not a good Saturday for the Glovers, though last minute events at Brunton Park provided some late late cheer. With Yeovil Town unable to to seal their survival as they followed up the loss at Whaddon Road last Monday with another to a fellow relegation candidate, 3-2 versus Hartlepool United, other results continued to be potentially crucial.

Carlisle United had taken the lead through Michael Bridges as early as the 8th minute and a win would have seen them overtake the Glovers. However on 90+4, with the final action of the game, Owain Tudur Jones saw his free-kick snatch a draw for Swindon Town with the aid of a deflection off a defender: Carlisle 1-1 Swindon. The Robins slipped ahead of the Yeovil on goal difference, both on 49 points, but Carlisle are still three adrift. Yeovil have a game in hand on both.

Not quite so desperately late, but good news from the Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road) too. Crewe would also have overtaken Yeovil with a win given events at Huish Park, and had taken the lead after ninety seconds from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Cheltenham Town, still seemingly doomed, kept their season alive for another week when in the second half John Finnigan slotted away a penalty and then Paul Connor nodded home on 84 minutes to snatch victory, 2-1. The Robins have to win all their remaining fixtures and will still go down if Carlisle and Crewe gain another point, such is their awful goal difference, but it kept the Railwaymen on 46 points, three behind Yeovil and they have played one more.

The clubs in 21st and 22nd gave themselves a huge boost, both winning and thus pulling themselves within a point of the relegation line. From play-off hopefuls Oldham Athletic have fallen to pieces, without a win since February, and Brighton & Hove Albion put three past them, including two from Lloyd Owusu, in a 3-1 at the Withdean. The sending off of Seagull Andy Whing came too late on 88 minutes to affect the result. Northampton Town fell behind at Leyton Orient to an own goal in the first half, but came back with three in the right net after half-time to win 3-1. Things remain very much in the Cobblers hands as they have one, and in some cases two, matches in hand over all their relegation rivals.

Nothing remains in the hands of Hereford United, except to influence who goes down with them as they have matches coming up against both Yeovil and Northampton, relegated after a single season in League one by a 2-0 defeat at Edgar Street from Colchester United.

At the other end of the table, our congratulations to Leicester City, promoted as Champions on the back of a 2-0 victory at Roots Hall that also ended any realistic hopes Southend United had of the play-offs. The Foxes have been a credit to themselves in League One this season. We have all seen 'big' clubs arrive here, shooting their mouths off, condescending and patronising, unable to accept they are exactly where they deserve to be. Leicester have got on with things quietly, done their talking on the pitch with some good football, and go straight back up. Others, take note.

Leeds United beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1 at Elland Road to all but cement a play-off spot for the second season in a row. Only a series of freak results could now deny the Yorkshire outfit a top six finish, but Tranmere will be anxiously looking over their shoulders. Scunthorpe United lost 1-0 at home to Milton Keynes Dons, the only goal coming from Luke Chadwick, doing themselves no favours in their bid to overtake Rovers for the last play-off spot, but they do have a brace of games in hand and are only two point behind them. Victory for the Dons keeps their hopes of automatic promotion alive, four behind Peterborough United but with an extra game to play and a far better goal difference. The Posh also won 1-0, a Craig Mackail-Smith chip enough to defeat Stockport County at London Road.

Millwall must be sick of the West Country. Their automatic promotion hopes received a severe dent when beaten at Huish Park on Good Friday, and were all but ended by a 4-2 loss to Bristol Rovers. Both sides finished with ten men, with Gary Alexander sent off for deliberate handball to deny a goal on 44 minutes, while Steve Elliott picked up a second yellow on 82 minutes. Although mathematically automatic technically remains possible, the Lions will be in the play-offs.

As on Monday there was only one match with basically nothing riding on it, and again it involved Walsall. Despite taking a two goal lead at home through Jabo Ibehre the Saddlers threw it away as a couple from Andy Booth and a winner from Martin Kelly saw the spoils go to Huddersfield Town. Technically the Terriers could still make the play-offs. They won't.

For those teams who do remain in League One for next season one new arrival is now confirmed. The demise of Charlton Athletic has been on the cards for months, and only a win against Blackpool could have delayed matters. On 90+2 they were winning 2-1 and it looked as if the agony would be spun out a while longer. On 90+3 Lee Hughes curled an equaliser in for the Seasiders, and Charlton were down.

Sights now turn to Tuesday night, with three huge games as far as Yeovil's future is concerned. The Glovers catch up their game in hand, delayed since 3rd March, against relegated Hereford, while Russell Slade takes his men to the Memorial Stadium and the Cobblers face the play-off chasing Iron at Sixfields.


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18 April 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For The Hartlepool Match
For those of you who were at this afternoon's match at Huish Park, don't forget to submit your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 2-3 defeat against Hartlepool United, along with entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you want to make on the game, by using the form below.

Don't forget that you will need to cast your votes by Tuesday 7.45p.m. for them to count, as the Glovers play Hereford United that evening.

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


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18 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Following this afternoon's 2-3 defeat against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full interview transcript can be viewed via the page below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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18 April 2009 : Pools Give Glovers Setback
Yeovil Town lost out in the odd goal in five to a lively Hartlepool United side at Huish Park this afternoon as they failed to pick up the points that would have almost guaranteed their League One status. Two goals from Joel Porter including a controversial penalty did the damage, whilst Daniel Nardiello provided the winning goal for the away side with a second half header. The Glovers had taken the lead through a Gavin Tomlin strike, and pulled it back to 2-2 through an Andros Townsend free kick, but this was not one of their more fluent performances, with Pools frequently stretching their back line.

Team selection saw one change, with Queens Park Rangers midfielder Danny Maguire making his Football League debut as cover for the suspended Gary Roberts, whilst Aaron Brown took Maguire's place on the bench.

The game saw an instant spark to life, with the Glovers taking the lead just seven minutes into the match. Andros Townsend fed Jonathan Obika down the left channel, and Hartlepool's defence seemed to stop dead in their tracks, expecting an offside flag to be waved. Obika carried on and delivered a low ball across the face of the six yard box that was instantly side-footed home by Gavin Tomlin to leave the visiting defence staring at each other and the Cowlin Stand linesman.

That lead only lasted six minutes though. Daniel Nardiello appeared to be going nowhere down the right channel, with Lee Peltier shepherding him out, when the Hartlepool striker seemed to rather theatrically land on the deck. Referee Jarnail Singh gave a goal kick. The Main Stand linesman disagreed and flagged for a foul, which he then clarified to Mr Singh as being inside the box. The home crowd howled in disgust, but that didn't stop Joel Porter notching up his 22nd goal of the season with a well struck spot kick.

The Glovers were not playing at their best throughout the whole of the match. Hartlepool appeared to be playing them at their own game - fast tempo, quick-passing football that stretched play from wing to wing, often doubling players up on the flanks and at times Yeovil were left chasing shadows, and not really getting a grip on the centre of midfield. Keiran Murtagh went close with a dipping long ranger that had keeper Jan Budtz beaten, but also the crossbar. Aside from that, the Glovers were struggling to create chances and Hartlepool were looking the more dangerous when opening up defences.

That pattern of play was confirmed right on the stroke of half time when Andy Monkhouse broke down Hartlepool's left flank and delivered a pinpoint cross that saw Joel Porter in acres of free space inside the box, and a header planted into the corner of the net, to take his tally to 23 for the season.

The second half saw the balance of play change little, with the home crowd somewhat restless, and with far less of an atmosphere than in recent weeks. They did wake up though on 57 minutes, when Yeovil won a free kick on the angle on the box after Ben Clark had fouled Paul Warne. Andros Townsend stepped up and delivered a low ball towards the far corner. A couple of air swings from players of both sides served to deceive Pools keeper Jan Budtz and the end result was the ball nestling in the bottom far corner of the net for Townsend's first Football League goal.

The equaliser lifted both team and crowd for the first time in the afternoon, and it looked for some while as though Yeovil might sneak a win on the day. However, Hartlepool's wing play was far superior to Yeovil's on the day, and Andy Monkhouse was their shining light. His cross into the box with 18 minutes to go, after Yeovil had only semi-cleared their lines from another Hartlepool attack, saw Daniel Nardiello in acres of space to plant a header inside the right-hand post for what was to prove to be the winning goal.

The Glovers tried to grab an equaliser, with all three substitutes being used, including the introduction of Aaron Brown as a late striker in a 4-3-3 formation. Gavin Tomlin, the sponsor's Man of the Match, was at the centre of Yeovil's best two chances to grab a third. Just before Hartlepool's winning goal, he had been put through by Paul Warne, and instinctively lobbed the advancing Budtz only to see the ball drop wide of the post. Then in the final five minutes, Tomlin's shot on the edge of the box was deflected wide for a corner, as Hartlepool held out for the win that they hope will guarantee them League One safety.

For the Glovers, they at times looked leggy and weary when faced with Hartlepool's high tempo approach. The defensive solidity of the past six games was nowhere to be seen, as they struggled to deal with high balls down the channels delivered to Hartlepool's wingers. The end result is that Tuesday night's game against relegated Hereford United becomes that little bit more edgy. One win is really all that is needed still, but the Glovers need to make sure they grab it sooner rather than later.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including today's results).

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Hartlepool United 3.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (7 mins, 1-0), Joel Porter (13 mins, pen, 1-1), Joel Porter (45 mins, 1-2), Andros Townsend (57 mins, 2-2), Daniel Nardiello (72 mins, 2-3)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 20. Danny Maguire 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
9. Andy Welsh (69 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield (81 mins for Danny Maguire) 12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers 23. Aaron Brown (86 mins for Andros Townsend)

Hartlepool United:
1. Jan Budtz
7. Gary Liddle 6. Sam Collins 5. Michael Nelson 34. Joe Skarz
8. Ritchie Jones 12. Ben Clark 15. Antony Sweeney 11. Andy Monkhouse
10. Joel Porter 20. Daniel Nardiello

Substitutes:
21. Arran Lee-Barrett (GK) 2. Jamie McCunnie 3. Ritchie Humphreys (83 mins for Ben Clark) 18. Michael Mackay (86 mins for Joel Porter) 29. Keigan Parker

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (76 mins, foul), Keiran Murtagh (90 mins, foul)
Hartlepool Bookings: Sam Collins (19 mins, foul), Ritchie Jones (65 mins, foul), Ben Clark (69 mins, foul)

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Middlesex). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 4,332 (including approx 200 Hartlepool fans)


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17 April 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Update
Further to the news concerning Yeovil Town's plans to participate in the South-West Challenge Cup once again (see April 2nd) tournament dates and match venues have now become available.

The tournament will take place between Monday 13th July and Sunday 19th July 2009 inclusive. The five venues chosen for the tournament will be Appledore, Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and Torrington, all of which are situated in North Devon.

The 12 clubs will participate in two preliminary round matches, and these will be followed by the two semi-finals of the competition, followed by the final itself. Last season, the semi-finals took place on the Saturday at staggered times, whilst the final was played on the Sunday.

As per last season, there will be an "Advance Super Saver Ticket" available for the tournament. This is priced at £15.00 and will be on sale between May 1st and June 30th, with only up to 1,000 available. These tickets cover admission to all of the preliminary group matches in the tournament, but exclude the semi-finals and final.

The line-up of the tournament has altered slightly. Burton Albion and Bath City have withdrawn, and have been replaced by Conference National sides Kidderminster Harriers and Rushden and Diamonds. The revised line-up now reads:

Bideford AFC – Premier Division/Western League
Barnstaple Town – Premier Division/Western League
Barnet FC – League 2
Luton Town – League 2
Yeovil Town – League 1
Eastleigh – Conference South
Exeter City – League 2
Ilfracombe FC – Premier Division/Western League
Royal Racing FC (Montegnée, Liège) - Belgian League
Wycombe Wanderers – League 2
Kidderminster Harriers - Conference Premier
Rushden and Diamonds - Conference Premier

As with last season's competition, as further information becomes available from the competition organisers, we will try and form a complete picture of the entire week.


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17 April 2009 : Weale Stays Put
Bristol City have announced that first choice goalkeeper Adriano Basso has been passed fit to play for their match at Swansea City tomorrow.

The news means that on loan Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale will remain at Huish Park, with Basso having successfully recovered from an ankle injury.


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17 April 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Hartlepool United tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in a significant six-pointer. With just four games left of the season (and three if you're a Hartlepool fan) both sides have a great opportunity to pretty much seal their League One futures before matters reach the final day of the season and tensions go sky high.

Hartlepool go into the game in 18th place, just two places and two points behind the Glovers. However, with a home match against Leeds United in a week's time, followed up by another lengthy West County away trip to Bristol Rovers on the last day of the season, Pools will be anxious to get the points they need for survival this weekend.

Pools are in poor form though, with six defeats in their last eight matches, and are a team that have been on a steady decline in the League One table since the end of October when they finished the month in 9th position. Since then it has largely been downhill, and they will doubtless want the season to end before they slip any further in the table.

They are currently under the caretaker management of Director of Sport Chris Turner, since Danny Wilson was removed from his post in mid-December. Turner has merely continued the direction that Wilson's side had taken, and if anything the decline has accelerated, with just four wins during 2009. They've not been helped by the loss of star striker James Brown, whose November 2008 knee injury almost perfectly coincides with their decline. That's not to say that they don't have their alternative options; Joel Porter has netted 21 times this season, whilst they have on loan Blackpool striker Daniel Nardiello on their books, along with another former Blackpool man Keigan Parker - who Glovers fans will recall netting in the 2007 Wembley play-off final.

Porter has been giving Hartlepool fans a scare this week with a knee injury, but he has been declared fit to start at Huish Park, and Turner has been open enough to admit to the Hartlepool Echo that Porter will partner Nardiello up front in tomorrow's game:

"Dan Nardiello will start on Saturday I'm sure. It's interesting that Scunthorpe (on Easter Monday) was the best I've seen him play since his first game at Brighton. Before the game he was disappointed that he wasn't starting but I got a reaction out of him. He went on for 35 minutes and worked his socks off. I don't think he did that on Saturday at Crewe. Because he went out there with a bit of anger, we've got something out of it and now he needs to do that on Saturday at Yeovil, then against Leeds and then against Bristol Rovers."

The Glovers will also come up against former loan player Ritchie Jones, who spent half a season at Huish Park during 2007-08, albeit with diminishing returns. Since signing for Hartlepool permanently last July, he has made 33 appearances for them, scoring three goals.

For Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, he will be without himself (foot), midfielder Darren Way (road accident), and the suspended Gary Roberts. He also expects to be without Bristol City loan midfielder David Noble, who is trying to recover from a knee injury, but as yet has not returned to full training. His other selection dilemma is out of his hands - the question of whether Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale will be recalled to Ashton Gate to cover for first choice keeper Adriano Basso. In theory the Glovers will know their answer by 3.00p.m. today, but for now Skivo must work on plans that involve both Weale and regular Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar.

Yeovil are in reasonable form with just one defeat in their last six games. But crucially for their confidence, they are now unbeaten at home over a three month period stretching all the way back to Leicester City's win in front of the Sky cameras on January 19th. Skiverton is dubbing it the 'Huish Park Fortress' and he will want that record to remain in place from now until the end of the season.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow, with tickets available on the day of the game at the usual matchday prices. For those who want to take advantage of the pre-match rates, the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888.


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17 April 2009 : Cox Resignation Confirmed
Companies House, the government organisation which holds all official UK company records, has confirmed our news (see April 5th) that Yeovil Town director David Cox has resigned from the board.

They record the date the resignation document was filed at Companies House as being April 6th, however it is likely that Mr Cox's actual resignation will have been handed in some time before that.

As yet, there has not been any official statement issued by the club concerning David Cox's resignation, nor that of Paul Sargent, who resigned on February 15th.

The club now have four registered Company Directors - Chairman John Fry, joint Company Secretary Stephen Allinson, plus Ron Budden and Brian Willis. Rumours suggest that replacements will be added to the board over the summer, with club owner Norman Hayward being mooted as one of those on the grapevine.


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16 April 2009 : Reserves Draw At Salisbury
At present all we have is a scoreline. Yeovil Town Reserves drew 1-1 tonight at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium against Salisbury City Reserves. The match was played using just Yeovil Town Under 18s players (squad list) and so an away draw for the youngsters is a fairly reasonable result. We'll try and bring more detail on the game when we can.


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16 April 2009 : Team News For Hartlepool
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton will have to make at least one team change for Saturday's League One match against Hartlepool United. Midfielder Gary Roberts will commence a two match ban for a red card against Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, meaning that the starting line-up will need to change for the game at Huish Park.

The hope had been that Bristol City midfielder David Noble would be able to slot neatly into the vacant midfield berth, but Skiverton told BBC Somerset that is unlikely to happen:

"He's been doing a little bit of jogging around today, but it still may be a bit too close for him. We're still monitoring it, but we've got other people who can fit into that position, so I've got no problems in filling central midfield."

Assuming Noble misses out on Saturday's match, Skivo has indicated that team selection could come between Queen's Park Rangers midfielder Danny Maguire, who has yet to make his debut for the club since arriving just before the loan transfer window closed, and the versatile Danny Schofield.

"Both Dannys have showed great attitude, so it will probably be a choice of one or the other. They've been doing really well and the whole squad has been doing really well. The attitude has been fantastic and everyone up on the training pitch has been trying really hard. We'll have a look at things tomorrow, but it will probably end up being one of those two playing."

The other issue that needs dealing with is the question of whether Chris Weale will be recalled to Ashton Gate tomorrow, and that is a matter that is out of Skiverton's hands. City first choice keeper Adriano Basso will be put through their training session and a decision made from there. Bristol City boss Gary Johnson gave his views on the subject:

"We're going to leave it until the last minute with (Adriano) Basso. Terry Skiverton hasn't been taking my calls for the last three days, but he took it this morning. Good on him, because he doesn't want to lose Chris Weale at the moment, and we're hoping anyway that Basso will be fit. Then we'll have him and Stephen Henderson. But I've spoken to Terry, and he understands that we might have to make a decision on the (Friday) morning and see how Basso has reacted to some treatment and what he thinks and then we'll judge it then. But Terry knows the situation."

If Adriano Basso does not pass his fitness test at Ashton Gate, then Weale will be recalled and Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar will play between the sticks for the final four games of the season.


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16 April 2009 : Kids for A Quid Gets An Encore
Yeovil Town have announced that they will be repeating their 'Kids For A Quid' offer for the final match of the 2008-09 season. The Glovers take on Colchester United on Saturday 2nd May at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and everyone aged Under 16 will be admitted to the ground for one pound only.

This offer was put in place for Good Friday's match against Millwall and had a good uptake with 6,230 supporters turning up, giving the Glovers their second highest gate of the season, and has proved highly popular during previous promotions.

If you've not taken advantage of this offer before, the rules are very simple. One person aged Under 16 gains admittance to the ground for just one pound only. There are no adults required, and no restrictions on how many tickets can be bought (save for the capacity of the ground!) Tell your friends, family and neighbours and get them to come along for the day.

Note that the final game of each season usually has a high attendance anyway, so in particular if you are after seats for the match, we'd recommend that you place your ticket orders through the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance, by either visiting them in person, or by calling them on 01935-847888.


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16 April 2009 : Reserves Line-Up For Salisbury
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Reserve side take part in a Football Combination match against Salisbury City Reserves. The game takes place at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off.

The line-up for tonight's match is made up exclusively from Stuart Housley's Under 18s side and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: (from) Jamie Beale, Danny Thompson, Harry Nodwell, Jason Sangha, Joe Byrne, Stephen Friend, Harry Montacute, Ashley Clarke, Adam Wakely, Josh Robinson, Richard Whittingham, Lloyd Moyce, Steve Harris.

If anyone is going and can supply updates, please drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with a mobile number we can reach you on, if we don't have yours already.


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16 April 2009 : Weale Decision Goes To The Wire
Yeovil Town will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if Chris Weale will remain on their books at Huish Park. Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has put back the decision of whether to recall the loan goalkeeper to Ashton Gate as his medical team continue to monitor the recovery of first choice keeper Adriano Basso, who hurt his ankle in their match last weekend against Ipswich Town.

Today's press suggested that Johnson would make his decision on whether to recall Weale today, but speaking to City's official site, Johnson said that will now not happen until Friday:

"We will give Adriano until tomorrow to prove his fitness and if he's okay, he plays. If he's not okay, then we will recall Chris Weale from (his loan at) Yeovil and he will play, with Stephen Henderson on the bench. It's hard luck on Stephen, who did very well when he came on against Ipswich, but if we recall Chris then we have to play him. It's too much of risk to have no goalkeeper on the bench."

What that tells us, is that Johnson is unwilling to consider the option of allowing third choice keeper Stephen Henderson to play a single match to enable Weale to stay at Huish Park. Whatever happens, Henderson will be warming their bench on the weekend. Johnson added that he had prewarned Glovers boss Terry Skiverton of the late decision that would need to be made:

"I've spoken to Terry Skiverton and he is aware of the situation. He hadn't been answering my calls for three days as he knew what was coming! We've got the 24-hour recall available to us, but we'll see how Adriano is. He seems to think he will be okay."

Reading the situation literally, City will need to let Yeovil Town know of their decision by 3.00p.m. on Friday, which will mean that Skivo will need to involve both goalkeepers in his final training session for Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United, not knowing which of the two will take to the field on the following afternoon.


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16 April 2009 : Weale Decision Expected Today
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is due to make a decision today, concerning the options he has for his trio of goalkeepers for this weekend's fixtures. Yeovil Town have one of those three on loan at Huish Park, with Chris Weale having conceded just once in six fixtures since returning to his home town club.

However, City first choice goalkeeper Adriano Basso limped out of their match on Saturday against Ipswich Town with an ankle injury, and although indications yesterday were that Basso's knock was not a serious one, Johnson has told the Bristol Evening Post that he still needs to make a decision on whether to recall Weale back to Ashton Gate.

The BEP suggest that decision will be made today, with Johnson saying of Basso:

"It wasn't as bad as we thought, so we are just going to give it a couple of days."

One dilemma Johnson may face is that if he recalls Weale, then Yeovil will not be able to take him back after Basso regains fitness, thus denying Weale the chance to gain much needed match practice. Therefore another option would be for the City boss to play third choice keeper Stephen Henderson for a single match, and run with the risk of playing the match without a keeper on the bench, or with a semi-fit Basso as emergency cover.

Despite being in 9th place in the Championship, City can't realistically reach the play-offs, and so their final three matches of the season will be played largely for pride than with anything significant at stake.


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16 April 2009 : Welsh Hoping For Home Advantage
Yeovil Town winger Andy Welsh says that he hopes that the club's home advantage can see them over the finish line in their remaining four League One matches. The Glovers need probably little more than a win to safeguard their future in this division, although Welsh told BBC Somerset that he would like to see more than that just to make sure:

"We've got three games at home and one away, so if we pick up two or three wins up from there, then that would be us done I think. But the mentality has got to be right, which it is. We've all got to stick together and make sure that we get over the line as quick as possible. We've got to make sure that people come down (to Huish Park) and don't get anything, which we have done."

Welsh has not started a match since the Brighton and Hove Albion defeat, making just three substitute appearances in the last six matches, despite having been one of the best performers on the pitch before that. However, his natural position has been taken by Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend, and Welsh conceded that although he was disappointed to lose his place, he couldn't knock the outcome:

"From my point of view, it's been great that we've got those results, but obviously a little bit disappointing that I've only played bit-parts. But it's about the team and it's not just about me. To get those results is major for us."


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15 April 2009 : Weale Recall Fears Easing
Bristol City substitute goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has suggested that their first choice goalkeeper Adriano Basso is likely to recover from the knock he sustained during Monday's match at Ashton Gate.

Basso lasted just nine minutes of City's Easter Monday clash with Ipswich Town leading to fears that Glovers loan keeper Chris Weale might be recalled. City boss Gary Johnson can leave it as late as Friday afternoon to make his decision as to whether to exercise a 24 hour recall clause in Wealey's loan contract, but Henderson has told the Bristol Evening Post that Basso's injury is not a serious one:

"He (Basso) is saying to me that he is fine, so hopefully he will get through this week and we will see how he is at the end of it. He is saying he is all right so I will just be working hard. If he is not right I will be ready and if he is I will be cheering him on."

If Chris Weale is recalled to Ashton Gate, then Josh Wagenaar will earn a recall, having not featured in the last six first team fixtures since a red card at Brighton and Hove Albion last month lost him his place in the side.


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15 April 2009 : Glovers Ease Past Weston
The Yeovil Town ladies finished their home account for the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Weston St John at Somerton on Sunday. Their title hopes may now be gone, but goals from Jemma Tewkesbury, Amy Wilde and Anusia Rourke added another three valuable points to the season's tally, keeping the pressure on for a possible second place finish.

Weston looked strong in the opening minutes, but Yeovil gradually tightened the screw, going on to dominate, with the supporters expecting an early goal. This duly arrived on 13 minutes when Lindsey Roe played a good pass into the box. The ball was cleared, but only as far as Jemma Tewkesbury to hit a fine angled shot into the back of the net from 12 yards.

Kia Bowles was having a fine game on the left, as was Lindsey Roe in midfield, and with the defence looking strong and the forwards dominating in the final third, Yeovil always looked the likely winners. But goals seemed hard to come by. This was not for the want of trying, but more due to the superb form of the Weston goalkeeper, who made a number of crucial saves throughout the match.

On 19 minutes Janie Morgan sent a good ball to Tewkesbury on the left to cross in for Anusia Rourke, but her fine effort went just over the bar. Tewkesbury herself had a great chance on 25 minutes when she latched onto the Kia Bowles corner, but just like Rourke's effort, the ball went just over the bar. Demi Agar was making her debut in midfield and having a fine game, and when manager Steve Phelps switched her over to the right on the half hour she really excelled.

On 32 minutes she flew down the wing, beating three or four defenders. Her eventual cross to the far post was superb, and swung in so well that it came off the woodwork. The ball came back out to Roe, but her shot unluckily went just wide. On 36 minutes Agar cut in from the right and sent in a great cross to Roe for another chance, but her powerful shot was equalled by the 'keeper with a great save.

The Glovers continued to attack in the second half, and they created a good amount of chances, many of which were denied by Weston's in-form 'keeper. On 50 minutes Tewkesbury won the ball on the right, and made a great run to the box where she crossed in for Roe to send in a powerful shot that came off the underside of the bar. It looked to have gone over the line, but the referee waved play on, and Yeovil were denied their chance.

Phelps introduced top scorer Amy Wilde on 55 minutes for the impressive Demi Agar. Wilde's influence on the game was almost immediate, with her scoring just three minutes after coming on with a brilliant 20-yard shot that whizzed into the back of the net, following some good play from Georgia Coles. Tewkesbury was determined to add to her tally, and had a number of chances to do so, the best coming on 67 minutes when she sent in a lovely shot from 18 yards that brought a great save from the 'keeper.

Substitute Sarah Roxburgh tried the same thing from 25 yards just two minutes later, but saw the ball go inches wide. Phelps brought on another youngster, Terri Trowbridge on 71 minutes, and it was she who set up Wilde four minutes later for a great chance, but the 'keeper managed to get her body in the way for a great save, somehow managing to send the ball over the bar.

The next goal seemed imminent, and it was delivered on 80 minutes when Roe sent the ball in for Anusia Rourke to bang in from 10 yards. A deserved goal to reward a fine performance. Yeovil could have made it four on 82 minutes when Trowbridge got on the end of a Coles flick-on, following a Bowles corner, but the midfielder's impressive 10-yard shot came off the underside of the bar.

Yeovil continued to pressure Weston in the closing minutes, but despite chances for Tewkesbury and Rourke, they had to make do with a 3-0 victory. The Glovers take on 3rd place Plymouth Argyle down in Devon next Sunday, desperate for a victory in order to keep alive their hopes of second place finish this season.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Weston Ladies 0.


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14 April 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action again over the weekend, with Bristol Rovers the opponents. Results we have in so far are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 13s: Lost 0-4 (Home)
Yeovil Town Under 15s: Lost 0-3 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 16s: Lost 0-2 (Away)

There's been a lot of action from the Centre of Excellence sides over the Easter Holidays, and so if you've missed any of the other recent results, we've relinked the available results from matches against Exeter City, Torquay United and AFC Bournemouth below.

If anyone has got any gaps they can fill in, or any other details they can supply, then drop us an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can help with.

Link: April 5th/9th : Centre of Excellence vs Exeter City/Torquay United.

Link: March 29th : Centre of Excellence vs AFC Bournemouth.


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14 April 2009 : Millwall Man Of The Match Result
Good Friday's match against Millwall saw the Glovers come out with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Gavin Tomlin and Jonathan Obika. Despite being up against an obviously talented Lions side, Yeovil put in arguably the best performance of manager Terry Skiverton's short reign.

For once, the Man of the Match voting was not dominated by Yeovil's loan players, with only one such player making the top five. That player was goalkeeper Chris Weale who kept his fifth clean sheet of his loan period, but he was outshone by Gavin Tomlin who scored the dazzling second goal of the game to seal the points on the day. Full voting along with outright MOTM votes in brackets are shown below.

1 Gavin Tomlin 450 (31)
2 Chris Weale 294 (16)
3 Lee Peltier 216 (11)
4 Keiran Murtagh 172 (10)
5 Terrell Forbes 134 (8)
6 Paul Warne 72 (3)
7 Danny Hutchins 70 (3)
8 Nathan Smith 46 (2)
9 Jonathan Obika 26 (0)
10 Gary Roberts 22 (0)
11 Andros Townsend 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.81

Performance: 8.88
Entertainment: 8.74

VOTES RECEIVED: 84

A reminder that voting is still taking place for Easter Monday's trip to Whaddon Road, where we lost 1-0 against Cheltenham Town. Vote for your top three using the form below.

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


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14 April 2009 : New Home Shirt In July
Fans have chosen the new Yeovil Town first choice (home) shirt for the next two seasons in a poll conducted by the club. The winner was option C, which picked up 296 of the 402 votes cast.

The replicas should be available and on sale to supporters early in July.

We have been informed that the change (away) shirt will run for its designated two years, to the end of the 2009-10 season, with just the name of the club sponsor on the front changed.


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14 April 2009 : Officials For Hartlepool Game
If Trevor Kettle is the bête noire of referees for many Yeovil Town supporters, Jarnail Singh is an even more unusual beast as far as officialdom is concerned - a referee who almost verges on being popular amongst the Huish Park faithful.

Another whistle blower who dates back to our Non-league Days, his positive reputation was based on his preparedness to let games flow, play advantage and, in the main, get more things right than wrong. His promotion to the National List was in 2004, a year behind our rise to the Football League. Since stepping up his refereeing has got rather more conservative, perhaps mindful of the ever watchful assessors, but he still tries to play more advantage than most and generally to keep games moving.

Mr Singh did make a major ricket last season at Huish Park, entirely missing one of the most blatant handballs one will ever see (or in his case, didn't see) when Oldham Athletic switched from football to basketball inside their own penalty area - 19th January, 2008. His last visit was 22nd November, 2008, when he had a decent enough match in the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

This season he hasn't got through any game without reaching for his cards on at least one occasion, totalling 75 yellows so far, but the red card count is a nice lowly two to date. He only issued two reds last season, in 33 games, as well.

This will become the ninth time Mr Singh has been in the middle for Yeovil Town games since joining the National List, with seven league matches at Huish Park and one away F.A. Cup tie his previous occasions. On 3rd January, 2005 he sent off both Colin Miles and Luke Rodgers, then playing for Shrewsbury Town, in separate incidents. Neither player should have had the slightest complaint. The other red issued in these games came on 22nd October, 2005 when Gareth Taylor of Nottingham Forest decided to try to lay out Colin Miles behind the referee's back, but fortunately it was spotted by one of the assistants.

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Middlesex)

Assistant referees: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire)

Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire)


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14 April 2009 : Away Travel Club Player Of The Season Nominations
With just four matches remaining, Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly would like to receive your vote for your Player of the Season for the 2008-09 campaign.

Simply send your nomination to Mark via email at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk and he will add all of the incoming votes up. The Away Travel Club award is expected to be presented on the final day of the League One season - the home match against Colchester United on Saturday 2nd May.

Voting is open to all supporters, regardless of whether you have travelled with Mark during the season.


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14 April 2009 : Youths Draw With Gulls Again
After the home meeting with Torquay United ended in a 0-0 stalemate a month ago, Yeovil Town U18s travelled to Devon for the reverse fixture on Saturday, and it was a point apiece once more. At least there was a bit more goalmouth action on this occasion, with the back of the net hit four times.

Final score: Torquay United U18 2 Yeovil Town U18 2

With two more fixtures remaining - next up is Cheltenham Town at Somerton Sports Ground, Saturday 18th April, kick-off 11.00 a.m. - the Glovers currently lie in sixth place in the Youth Alliance South West Conference. They are not going to finish worse than that as no one below can now catch them, but the best they can realistically hope for is fifth. AFC Bournemouth, also with two games left, currently occupy that spot one point ahead of Yeovil. The two teams will meet in the final match of the campaign on 25th April.


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14 April 2009 : Turner Promises Attack At Huish Park
With Hartlepool United sat in 18th place in the table and having only three games remaining, Director of Sport Chris Turner has stated that Pools need to take their destiny into their own hands and go all out for a win next Saturday at Huish Park. Hartlepool's final two fixtures are at home to Leeds United and then away at Bristol Rovers.

Speaking to the Peterlee Mail, Turner said :

"I think we've got to get three or four points from the last three games. We can't keep relying on teams losing because you know for a fact they're going to win one.

All the clubs at the bottom will be disappointed because they will have looked at our game and thought 'I think Scunthorpe might have got something at Hartlepool'. They've been proven right
[Scunthorpe won 3-2] but they haven't capitalized on it themselves.

We've got to go to Yeovil looking for three points. We can't go there and sit back and hopefully draw and hope for someone else to lose. You can't just rely on other teams. We've got to do it for ourselves.
"

Hartlepool currently sit two points behind the Glovers, and have played a game more. While there's sometimes a gap between managers', or even Director of Sports', rhetoric about going all out on the attack and what eventually transpires, if Pools do live up to their promise we can hope for an exciting and entertaining (as well as tense) game next Saturday, with Yeovil having themselves adopted a more adventurous style at home in recent weeks since Terry Skiverton took charge.

Home fans can buy tickets for the AgustaWestland and Cowlin Stands or the Blackthorn (was Carlsberg) Terrace at the early bird price on-line until four working days before the game, or until the end of trading on Friday directly or by phone (01935 847888) from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The ticket office normally closes at 5.00 p.m., but will be open until 6.00 p.m. on the Friday. Full matchday price will be applicable on the Saturday, with tickets on sale up until kick-off at 3.00 p.m.

Link: Yeovil Town Ticket Prices 2008-09


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14 April 2009 : Roberts Suspension Confirmed
As expected, Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has picked up a two match ban for his red card at Cheltenham Town yesterday. Roberts had already been dismissed earlier this season in the October home match against Southend United and so gets an additional match suspension for his second red card of the season.

Roberts will miss the home matches against Hartlepool United and Hereford United and will return for the final two matches of the season. With Bristol City midfielder David Noble expected to be back this weekend, he is the most likely replacement, although the Glovers have numerous other options if Noble is not fully fit.


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14 April 2009 : MOTM Voting For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
A reminder to get your votes in, plus match ratings and any comments, on Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat at Whaddon Road yesterday.

Link: Man of the Match Voting Form


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14 April 2009 : Easter Monday Round Up
Technically nothing was settled by the Easter programme in League One, though in practice one or two things became clearer. At the bottom Hereford United are as good as down, after their loss to Tranmere Rovers. Only an extremely unlikely four straight wins and a huge swing in goal difference would allow them to catch Crewe Alexandra in 20th, always presuming the Railwaymen pick up nothing from their remaining fixtures. Tranmere were already two goals to the good by the time they went down to ten men with the dismissal of Ian Goodison, and a late penalty on 90+4 converted by Steve Guinan was not enough for the Bulls: final score, 2-1 to Rovers. Goodison will now sit out the next four matches, including Yeovil's trip to Prenton Park on April 25th.

Cheltenham Town postponed their seemingly inevitable relegation until at least next Saturday, a single goal from Frankie Artus enough to defeat visitors Yeovil Town. The Glovers also lost Gary Roberts for two matches when he picked up his second red card of the season. A single goal, from Lloyd Owusu, was enough to keep Brighton & Hove Albion still believing they might escape as they went to Colchester United and won. Russell Slade's side are still in 22nd but have clawed their way to within three points of the safety line and have a game in hand over four of the five clubs immediately above them.

Northampton Town have two games in hand, but can not buy a point at present, going down 3-2 at home to Southend United, their third straight defeat. They remain in the final relegation place. Carlisle United last won on 3rd March, and an Andy Booth header was enough to see Huddersfield Town send the Cumbrians away empty handed from the Galpharm Stadium. They are three points above the drop zone but all the teams below them have a game or games in hand. The form of Crewe, which in February and early March looked like it would see them survive with ease, has faded badly, and they are back deep in trouble. A late goal on 89 minutes from Byron Moore got them a point away at Oldham Athletic, moving them above Carlisle.

The two clubs immediately below Yeovil, Hartlepool United two points back in 18th and Swindon Town one behind in 17th, both lost at home. Pools went down by the odd goal in five to Scunthorpe United, while Leyton Orient, currently one of the form sides in the division, took the lead on 3 minutes through Jason Demtriou. Then they, and the woodwork (twice), held out the Robins for the next 87. The Iron's win keeps their play-off hopes alive as they have two games in hand over Tranmere in 6th and Leeds United in 5th.

The top four at the start of the day all played each other. Leicester City did their part towards clinching that automatic promotion place when Steve Howard crashed home a header at Walkers Stadium on 90+2 to defeat Leeds 1-0. However the 2-1 victory of Milton Keynes Dons over Bristol Rovers meant the Dons both pushed Leeds down into fifth and could theoretically still catch the Foxes. Meanwhile second played third, and it was the home team, Millwall, who came out on top. The 2-0 victory over Peterborough United, including a thrice taken penalty, pulling them within two points of an automatic spot, though Posh in second place still have a game in hand.

Only one match in the division had nothing riding on it at all, Stockport County losing 2-1 at home to Walsall.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including Easter Monday Results).


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13 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Cheltenham Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full interview transcript can be viewed via the page below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Cheltenham Game.


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13 April 2009 : Whaddon Road Jinx Ends Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in six games as a 1-0 scoreline condemned them to defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road this afternoon. A strike from Bristol City striker Frankie Artus lifted the Robins off the bottom of the League One table and gave them a temporary respite from their likely relegation to League Two. The Glovers only really came to life after the 51st minute goal and came closest when a Keiran Murtagh strike thumped off the far post, but they couldn't force an equalising goal. Matters weren't helped when Gary Roberts got his marching orders for a second bookable offence 11 minutes from time and although Yeovil still pressed, the man advantage allowed Cheltenham to ride out the remaining time.

The match saw manager Terry Skiverton select the exact same 16 players for the third consecutive match. The Glovers started the game brightly although without creating too much in the way of clear-cut chances - the odd ball across the face of the box and the odd run down Cheltenham's flanks showed intent, but without the final ball getting them anything to worry the home side too much. Gavin Tomlin's low early drive was probably the pick of the bunch. Cheltenham did very little at the other end with Chris Weale saving a free kick with ease. In terms of open play, things were not too bad, but in terms of actual chances neither side was really delivering.

All of that changed six minutes into the second period. David Hutton's shot for the home side thumped against the post, beating goalkeeper Chris Weale, and the ball rebounded kindly for Frankie Artus to slot home the rebound and end 502 minutes of clean sheets - Yeovil's best since they entered the Football League. 1-0 to Cheltenham and based on the opening 51 minutes worth of football, there didn't look to be too many other goals in the game.

Thankfully the Robins goal seemed to shake Yeovil into life. The fairly quiet Andros Townsend burst into life down the left flank on a number of mazey runs, whilst Keiran Murtagh's foot trickery inside the box, followed by a rasping angled drive, surely deserved an equaliser. Except that this time when the ball came off the post, it ran to safety and not to a Yeovil body.

Andy Welsh came on as a substitute for Paul Warne on the right flank, and he showed a beautiful turn and cross as he curled in a cross for Jonathan Obika who was just inches away from connecting with a near certain goal. Certainly the Glovers had got Cheltenham on the back foot, which made the dismissal of Gary Roberts just 11 minutes from time all the more disappointing. Already on a booking, his tackle on Andy Gallinagh was meat'n'drink for referee Trevor Kettle.

Mr Kettle incurred the wrath of the visiting fans somewhat more when he denied Yeovil a penalty, after a cross into the box looked to be blocked by an arm, but rather unusually for Mr Kettle, he didn't fancy any spot kick drama, and so the Glovers continued their away goal drought right up until the final whistle with them having not scored on their travels for two months now. It acts as a warning to all that those in the Glovers camp should not get carried away at recent form just yet. Thankfully most of the last month has been a positive experience, and so the first defeat in six matches shouldn't be seen as too much of a set-back, even if the Glovers struggled to get out of second gear until Cheltenham took the lead.

The defeat does little damage, as the Glovers remain in 16th place in the League One table and still seven points clear of the drop-zone, as Northampton Town lost at home to Southend United. Brighton and Hove Albion gave themselves a chance of a great escape as they won 1-0 at Colchester United, pulling them level on points with the Cobblers, whilst Carlisle United are left sweating in 20th spot after losing at Huddersfield Town. Both Brighton and the Cobblers have games in hand on the Cumbrians, as the last two slots threaten to go to the wire. For our friends at Edgar Street though, League Two beckons as they crashed to the bottom of the table, losing 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers - they can now only survive on goal difference, and with a goal difference of -33 that isn't likely to happen.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Frankie Artus (51 mins, 1-0).

Cheltenham Town:
12. Scott P Brown 29. Drissa Diallo 4. Shane Duff 6. Michael Townsend 46. David Hutton 14. David Bird 20. Andy Gallinagh 33. Frankie Artus 45. Yuri Berchiche 9. Paul Connor 26. Jake Lee (46)

Substitutes:
17. Andy Lindegaard (73 mins for David Hutton) 19. Lee Ridley (87 mins for Michail Antonio) 21. Will Puddy (GK) 35. Leon Constantine 43. Michail Antonio (46 mins for Jake Lee)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
9. Andrew Welsh (64 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield (82 mins for Danny Hutchins) 12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers (74 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 20. Danny Maguire

Cheltenham Bookings: Drissa Diallo (12 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Yeovil Bookings: Gary Roberts (63 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (90 mins, dissent), Terrell Forbes (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Gary Roberts (79 mins, second bookable offence).

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 3,775 (including 881 Yeovil supporters).


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12 April 2009 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Cheltenham Town tomorrow knowing that a win would almost guarantee them League One football for next season. The latest League One table has now reached the stage where the Glovers can't be caught by their hosts, or by 23rd placed Hereford United, with both clubs surely destined for League Two football next season. The Robins are in the Last Chance Saloon - they now need to win every one of their five remaining matches, and if Yeovil beat them tomorrow, they will relegate the Gloucestershire side.

Just nine days short of 10 years ago, the two clubs faced each other in very different circumstances at Whaddon Road. On April 22nd 1999, both clubs were battling at the top of the Conference league, with the Glovers having an extreme outside chance of the title, even if their main objective that night was to stop The Robins from having their night of glory. Cheltenham needed a win to pick up the title, and with goals from Owen Pickard and Warren Patmore being matched by strikes from Jamie Victory and Neil Grayson, the game was heading for a 2-2 draw, until referee Andy Penn decided he fancied working a bit of overtime - extended the game by nine additional minutes for no apparent reason at all. Michael Duff scored for Cheltenham seven minutes into that additional time, and with Paul Steele having been red-carded earlier in that match for Yeovil, it was impossible for them to deny the home side promotion to the Football League in front of a crowd of 6,150.

Whilst that is one of the more famous matches between the two sides, the two clubs have met numerous times over the years, with largely advantage going to the home side. When Yeovil gained a 2-1 win in March 2007 it was their first success at Whaddon Road in a league match since 1968. This is not a happy hunting ground to say the least.

Getting reliable team news over a Bank Holiday weekend is decidedly difficult. To our knowledge there were no new injury concerns coming out of Friday's 2-0 win over Millwall, although the demands of two games across a long weekend invariably mean that the slightest of knocks can see a player struggle to recover in time for the second match. Assuming there are no players falling into that category though, manager Terry Skiverton will surely pick the same sixteen players that he has turned out for the past two fixtures, with the likes of Craig Alcock, Aaron Brown, Danny Schofield and David Noble all able to sit it out on the bench or in the stands following their recent injuries, even though all - with the exception of perhaps Noble and manager Skiverton himself - are ready and available.

For Cheltenham, they will be definitely missing Alan Wright (calf) and Gavin Caines (knee). Striker Elvis Hammond, who played for Yeovil Town Reserves earlier this season, missed Friday's match with an ankle injury, whilst John Finnigan limped off at half time during their Good Friday game at Peterborough United with a calf problem. Winger Josh Low is available, having come through a Reserves match on Thursday, although Lee Ridley may not be risked as he recovers from a calf injury. David Bird should also be available to boss Martin Allen, after he appeared as a second half substitute at London Road, and he may be the player that gets the nod to replace Finnigan tomorrow.

The Glovers are likely to come up against former hero Andy Lindegaard tomorrow. Despite having been out of favour and transfer listed earlier this season, a loan spell at Aldershot Town rejuvenated him, and since coming back from Hampshire, he has been a regular in Allen's side. He has been back on the right side, playing as a right wing-back in a 3-5-2 on Friday, which doubtless he will be happier with than in the March 2008 match at Huish Park that saw him rather oddly put into the side as a left-winger.

Cheltenham are not in great form, having not won since March 17th, although to be fair a string of draws means that they have only lost once during that time as well. The Glovers will therefore be reasonably confident of extending their run of five matches without conceding a goal, although as Skiverton said on Friday, it pays to be careful of such a situation:

"Never go to a wounded animal because they are the most dangerous things out there. What we have got to make sure is that we are mentally strong, we are mentally tough, that we don't show any weakness and with them in their situation we need to go there and be powerful and be positive and play the same way that we played."

The match at Whaddon Road kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match. For pricing, directions, a pub guide and all other kinds of background information, follow our guide to Cheltenham below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham.

Link: Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Officials.


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12 April 2009 : Ladies Cruise To Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town Ladies secured a straight forward 3-0 victory at home over lowly Weston St John this afternoon. Jemma Tewkesbury (15 mins ), Amy Wilde (65 mins ) and Anusia Rourke (80 mins) did the damage. It could have been something of a massacre, with the Glovers creating numerous chances. One of the closest saw Terri Trowbridge of Bucklers Mead Community School, who was making her First Team debut, only denied by the woodwork.

The win means Yeovil are still clinging on to second spot by a point. Plymouth Argyle, in third, thrashed Swindon Town 6-0 away, but have four games in hand. Next Sunday the Glovers travel to Plymouth.


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11 April 2009 : Easter Saturday Round Up
The other half of the division played this afternoon, and of most interest to Yeovil Town supporters were the fixtures at Withdean Stadium and The Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road).

Swindon Town started the day in 18th, four points behind the Glovers, and most Yeovil fans probably hoped they would at best share the points with Brighton & Hove Albion, firmly ensconced in the relegation zone. It was not to be. Although the Seagulls drew first blood on 36 minutes through Adam Virgo from a corner, the Wiltshire outfit stormed back with three goals of their own after half-time - from Gordon Greer (46 mins), Billy Paynter (49 mins) and Simon Cox (57 mins) - before Brighton's Gary Dicker got one back a minute before the end which led to a tense three minutes of injury time. The 3-2 defeat sees Russell Slade's team six points from safety with five matches remaining. Swindon moved up one place to 17th, a point behind Yeovil, though the Glovers have a game in hand.

Crewe Alexandra and Hartlepool United scrapped out a goalless draw at Gresty Road, a result which did neither side much good but was ideal for Yeovil. Pools slipped to 18th, two points behind the Glovers, while the Railwaymen remain in 20th and are four points back. Yeovil have a game in hand on both sides.

Edgar Street saw a shock lead taken by Hereford United when Steve Guinan converted from the spot on 27 minutes. However league leaders Leicester City soon restored normal service, goals from Matt Oakley (33 mins), Lloyd Dyer (73 mins) and Steve Howard (85 mins) seeing them through to victory. The Foxes now lead the table by four points, while the Bulls are all but down, twelve points short of safety with five to play.

Leyton Orient can now consider themselves safe, goals from Charlie Daniels (45+4) and Jimmy Smith (80) cancelling out the lead Clive Platt had given visitors Colchester United on 43 minutes. The win puts the Londoners on 52 points.

Elsewhere Leeds United consolidated their position for the play-offs with a 1-0 victory at home to Stockport County, while Tranmere Rovers got a 1-0 away win at Walsall which moved them up into the last play-off spot.

Crewe's point means that Cheltenham Town will be mathematically relegated should they lose to Yeovil Town at Whaddon Road on Monday, whatever happens elsewhere. So we can expect the Robins to come out fighting tooth and nail to stave off the humiliation of being sent down by local rivals on their own patch - not that we expected much different before.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table (including Easter Saturday results).


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11 April 2009 : OH..........MY............GOD........
Get a few Yeovil Town supporters together, and if the conversation turns to referees one can guarantee it won't be long before Trevor Kettle gets a mention. There are plenty of poor officials about, some worse than Mr Kettle in all honesty, so why has Trevor become such a byword for incompetence amongst the Huish Park faithful?

Our first view of Kettle was on another Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football.

His name had thus been noted, and the more we saw of him - and we saw a lot of him in those days - the more his reputation grew. In Kettle's defence he was one of those officials prepared to take the difficult decisions. Trouble is his 'LOOK AT ME!' demeanor meant that when he got them wrong, as he did all too frequently, the errors were lodged in the minds of the spectators firmly in the 'Yet another one from that Kettle' catalogue.

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

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and most recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Unfortunately for Trevor it matters naught: he is so firmly ensconced in the Glovers pantheon of 'Prats in Black' that he's now doomed to remain there until he finally hangs up his whistle.

Officials for Cheltenham Town v Yeovil Town, Monday 13th April, 3.00 p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Assistant Referees: Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon)

Fourth Official: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire)


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10 April 2009 : Obika And Tomlin Become Lion-Tamers
Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten run to five games this afternoon at Huish Park, as a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Millwall lifted them up to 16th in the League One table. Goals on either side of half time from Jonathan Obika and Gavin Tomlin sealed the win for the Glovers, with Millwall's misery made complete by a red card for Alan Dunne.

Team selection for this match was incredibly simple - the exact same sixteen that grabbed a 0-0 draw at Stockport County lined up against a Lions side that before the game had been gunning for an automatic promotion spot. The start was totally frenetic - with the Glovers dominating territory but Millwall probably carving out the best chances.

Full-backs Nathan Smith and Danny Hutchins had to clear off the line during the opening 20 minutes, with a Jimmy Abdou header and a spectacular overhead kick from Zak Whitbread denied. In his short spell with the Glovers, Hutchins has now 'saved' three goals - his Spurs team mates may have the higher profile, but certainly the right-back has played his part with some superb positional sense and anticipation.

At the other end, Yeovil had threatened through a series of early corners, although without carving out a real cast iron chance - their best came when an Andros Townsend free kick took a deflection and almost looped over Lions keeper David Forde, leaving the keeper clutching the ball on his goal line and the home terrace screaming for a goal that the Main Stand linesman refused to give.

Yeovil got their opening goal though four minutes before the break as the Millwall defence switched off. A through ball to the byline was only tracked by Keiran Murtagh, with the Lions perhaps expecting the ball to head out for a goal kick. Murtagh had to pause his next move, with so few players in the box, but his eventual pull-back for Jonathan Obika was superbly executed with a first time shot from 10 yards into the back of the net for an excellent team goal and a half time lead.

The Glovers opened in similar fashion for the second period and the alarm bells should have been ringing for Millwall when Gavin Tomlin screwed a shot across the face of goal two minutes in. However, Tomlin's next touch struck gold as Paul Warne's sliding tackle not only won a loose halfway line ball, but also put Tomlin away on the right flank. Dancing his way across the edge of the Millwall penalty area, he fired a narrow-angled shot into the far corner to double Yeovil's lead and cause Huish Park to erupt with joy.

Yeovil could have had a third on the hour mark when Gary Roberts typified a Yeovil side oozing with confidence when he spotted David Forde off his line whilst taking a 40 yard free kick and decided he wanted to chip him. The ball just about cleared the goal-frame with Forde frantically back-pedalling.

Millwall brought on record-breaking goalscorer Neil Harris and switched to a 4-3-3 for the final 30 minutes, and with the attacking formation began to look a touch more dangerous, although Chris Weale's dominance of his penalty area certainly thwarted several of their balls into the box. However, this was a match in which things weren't going the Lions way, and Alan Dunne got his marching orders with 18 minutes left when his late tackle on Andros Townsend earned him a second yellow card. Neither foul was particularly bad, but with Townsend tending to nudge the ball forward to stretch his legs on his runs, any foul committed when the ball is four yards in front of the player is always going to look bad.

Towards the end it became a particularly fractious game, and referee Andy Hall probably did well to only produce one red card. Millwall had lost their composure and one or two of their tackles were designed to "leave the boot in" - the most obvious of which was substitute David Martin's sliding foul on Paul Warne which had intent written all over it, particularly as referee Hall had told the same player to calm down after he took a swipe at Danny Hutchins 30 seconds previously. Keiran Murtagh and Gary Roberts trod a thin line as they went flying into tackles whilst on yellow cards, whilst even Luke Rodgers managed to pick up a yellow with his six minutes as a substitute for an off the ball fracas. Thankfully referee Hall didn't try and even up the numbers and by the end the Lions were well beaten, with some impressive performances out there from those in green and white.

The win sees Yeovil climb seven points ahead of Northampton Town who lost at Bristol Rovers today, leaving them still two points short of safety. With six more fixtures taking place tomorrow, the table will change once again, but on Monday, the Glovers will take their growing-in-confidence squad up to Whaddon Road to play Cheltenham Town where another win would almost guarantee League One survival and would pretty much relegate their hosts. Nothing can be taken for granted, but with such consistent performances coming out of the squad at present, there's no reason why they shouldn't aim to extend their run even further.

Link: 2008-09 League One Table (including all Good Friday results).

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Millwall 0.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (40 mins, 1-0), Gavin Tomlin (49 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
11. Danny Schofield 9. Andrew Welsh (73 mins for Andros Townsend) 15. Luke Rodgers (84 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 20. Danny Maguire

Millwall: (4-4-2)
1. David Forde
7. Alan Dunne 6. Zak Whitbread 15. Tony Craig 3. Andy Frampton
24. Marc Laird 32. Adam Bolder 26. Nadjim Abdou 8. Gary Alexander
10. Lewis Grabban 28. Jason Price

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 9. Neil Harris (61 mins for Lewis Grabban) 16. Scott Barron (61 mins for Andy Frampton) 21. David Martin (46 mins for Adam Bolder) 22. Ali Fuseini

Yeovil Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (42 mins, foul), Gary Roberts (67 mins, foul), Luke Rodgers (88 mins, off the ball incident)
Millwall Bookings: Alan Dunne (26 mins, foul), David Martin (79 mins, foul), Marc Laird (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Alan Dunne (72 mins, second bookable offence).

Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Assistants: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 6,230 (including 1,076 Millwall fans).


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10 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game
Following today's 2-0 win over Millwall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match reaction to the result. Speaking to BBC local radio reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo talked about the match which saw goals from Jonathan Obika and Gavin Tomlin put them seven points clear of the drop zone. The full interview transcript is now available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game.


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10 April 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Millwall Game
Yeovil fans may consider this a match worth voting on, as Yeovil Town turned over high flying Millwall 2-0 this afternoon to record their first victory against the Londoners at the tenth attempt.

With the next fixture arriving quickly on Monday 13th April, you have the weekend to choose your top three players, along with entertainment and performance rankings, and to add in any additional comments you want to make.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Millwall : Man of the Match Voting Form


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10 April 2009 : Good Friday Round Up
There were six League One fixtures scheduled this Good Friday. First up was a 1.00 p.m. clash towards the top end of the table, with Southend United still having ambitions of a play-off spot and Milton Keynes Dons hoping to hold on to the one they are currently sat in. The Dons left Roots Hall with all three points, a brace from Mark Wright on 59 and 90+1 minutes settling matters.

The four 3.00 p.m. kick-offs all involved teams with relegation concerns.

Yeovil Town met third placed Millwall and took a lead on 40 minutes through Jon Obika, which was doubled just after the break by Gavin Tomlin (49 mins). On 70 minutes Alan Dunne committed his second yellow card offence, both fouls on Yeovil's speedy winger Andros Townsend, and got his marching orders. The second 6,000+ crowd of the season saw Yeovil close out the game for an important three points as Millwall rather lost their composure in the final quarter of the match.

Probably the most crucial, apart from their own fixture, as far as the Glovers were concerned, was the match between Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town. The Cobblers occupied the final relegation spot at the start of the day, four points behind Yeovil but with a game in hand. Jo Kuffour, with a strike from the edge of the box on 72 minutes, meant it was good news for the Glovers from Memorial Stadium, Northampton's 1-0 defeat meaning Yeovil are now seven points clear of the drop zone.

Carlisle United, who began the day two points behind Town, versus Oldham Athletic saw the visitors down to ten men when Daniel Jones was sent off for a professional foul. Michael Bridges put United ahead from the resulting penalty just before half time on 44 minutes. Ten man Oldham fought back, and just as late in the second period gained a 1-1 draw through Neal Eardley (89 mins) direct from a free kick.

It all looked predictable at London Road as Aaron Mclean gave second place Peterborough United the lead on 36 minutes against rock bottom Cheltenham Town, Yeovil's next opponents on Bank Holiday Monday. However a David Hutton equaliser (66 mins) stopped Posh taking over from Leicester City at the top of the table. Commendable though a point away at Peterborough may be for the Robins, it was simply not enough for them as they are still twelve points off safety with now only five to play. Depending on other results, a Yeovil win at Whaddon Road on Monday could see them relegated.

So, a very good afternoon for Yeovil, with an excellent win against high flying Millwall, and two or more points gained over all the clubs at the wrong end of the table who played today.

Scunthorpe United versus Huddersfield Town kicks off at 7.45 this evening.


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10 April 2009 : Skivo Wary Of Lions Away Form
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits his team faces a tough challenge this afternoon as they take on promotion-chasing Millwall at Huish Park. The Lions are on a run of six straight away wins, with them lying in 3rd position in the League One table, and Skivo has told BBC Somerset that fact hasn't passed him by:

"They've been on fire away from home and they've been picking up some really good results away from home. We know it is going to be a difficult game for us. They are a big side and they've maybe got six or seven players who are over six foot. So we are going to have to stand up to them and defend well again. But I feel that when we do win the ball back that we will cause them problems. As I've said before, I think this has got all the makings of a great game."

In terms of Yeovil Town's own position in the League One table, Skivo is setting a target of at least two wins from their remaining six games to ensure League One survival. That would put the Glovers on 52 points, and with a large pack of clubs all clustered around the Glovers, that ought to be enough to stay above the dividing line, although Skivo said that he wouldn't take anything for granted:

"I feel that a couple of wins will give us in my eyes definite security. But we don't know. We've got to take this game that is coming up now, because it is vitally important for us, and put our strongest team out and compete with Millwall. Then when we finish that game we can assess from there. But it is another big game for us and another home game."

Skivo also called upon Glovers fans to turn up to this afternoon's fixture and take advantage of the Kids For A Quid promotion today:

"The crowd are going to come out and I'd call for all of the supporters to come down and support us. I know that there's a 'Kids For A Quid' offer and we're looking to get some people in for that game, and it is a really good incentive to get younger people in through the turnstiles. Hopefully we can have a nice crowd to support us. They've been absolutely magnificent and 110 percent behind us."


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10 April 2009 : Centre of Excellence Round-Up
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides have been in action this week, with some teams playing twice due to the Easter Holiday break. Last weekend, the youngsters played Exeter City whilst that was followed up by midweek action against Torquay United. The set of results that we've got so far are as follows:

Centre of Excellence vs Exeter City:

Yeovil Town Under 16s: Won 1-0 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 13s: Lost 0-5 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 10s: Lost 2-6

Centre of Excellence vs Torquay United:

Yeovil Town Under 16s: Won 5-2 (Home)
Yeovil Town Under 13s: Won 4-1 (Home)

We're a bit thin on the ground on the latest set of results so far, so if anyone has got any gaps they can fill in, or any other details they can supply, then drop us an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can help with.


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10 April 2009 : March 2009 Player Of The Month
March 2009 was definitely a mixed month. It started off in worrying style with two record defeats against Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion, but then perked up after that, with three impressive results at home.

The overall Player of the Month stats for March 2009 predictably saw the loan players dominate proceedings with three of the four top spots taken by loanees. Vice captain Lee Peltier was the exception to the rule, as he finished runner-up, and Chris Weale and Andros Townsend also got the thumbs up for what they achieved during the second half of the month.

But it was right-back Danny Hutchins who got the final nod, perhaps benefiting from the fact that he was not selected for the Leeds and Brighton trips! Danny has yet to finish on the losing side for Yeovil, and long may that continue. The top 10 results, including the percentage of the vote won, are shown below:

1 Danny Hutchins 16.4
2 Lee Peltier 14.8
3 Chris Weale 13.6
4 Andros Townsend 13.0
5 Andy Welsh 7.5
6 Jonathan Obika 7.0
7 Terrell Forbes 4.0
8 Gary Roberts 3.8
9 David Noble 3.3
10 Danny Schofield 3.1


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10 April 2009 : Stockport Away Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's trip to Stockport County did not see the prettiest of games. In a swirling wind and on a hard rutted pitch, this was not a day for flair players to shine, and it's no surprise to find four defensive players take up the top positions in the MOTM poll, and in fact all of the outright Man of the Match votes.

In the end, the result of the poll came down to the narrowest of margins, with Terrell Forbes losing out only by virtue of second and third choice votes cast. Goalkeeper Chris Weale though took the plaudits as he collected his fourth clean sheet in a row. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Chris Weale 120 (8)
2 Terrell Forbes 110 (8)
3 Lee Peltier 78 (3)
4 Danny Hutchins 54 (3)
5 Paul Warne 14 (0)
6 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
7 Keiran Murtagh 6 (0)
8 Gary Roberts 2 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 2 (0)
8 Andros Townsend 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.27

Performance: 6.09
Entertainment: 4.45

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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10 April 2009 : Northampton Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match took place 11 days ago against Northampton Town, and resulted in a 1-0 win as Jonathan Obika's late goal gave them a deserved three points to allow them to leapfrog the visitors out of the relegation zone.

The Man of the Match voting saw Yeovil Town's loan players dominate once again, with only Lee Peltier preventing a clean sweep of the top three as Chris Weale and goalscorer Obika featured highly. But it was right-back Danny Hutchins who impressed the most - taking the vote by an impressive margin. The full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Danny Hutchins 304 (23)
2 Lee Peltier 222 (14)
3 Chris Weale 212 (12)
4 Jonathan Obika 172 (8)
5 Terrell Forbes 106 (5)
6 Nathan Smith 60 (1)
7 Andros Townsend 58 (3)
8 Gavin Tomlin 46 (1)
9 David Noble 40 (3)
10 Paul Warne 16 (0)
11 Luke Rodgers 4 (0)
12 Gary Roberts 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.14

Performance: 8.00
Entertainment: 8.29

VOTES RECEIVED: 70


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10 April 2009 : Glovers Not Just Reliant On Loans
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that it is not just his loan stars who have been putting in impressive performances over the past couple of weeks. Much of the centre of attention has been upon Tottenham Hotspur attacking pair Andros Townsend and Jonathan Obika along with Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Whilst few would argue that those three players have heavily influenced Yeovil's unbeaten four match run, Terry told BBC Somerset that he believed that some of his permanent squad also deserved credit, highlighting the efforts put in by centre-back pairing Terrell Forbes and Lee Peltier. Skivo explained that it would be wrong to just consider the loan players when looking at the strengths of the side:

"I think that you can't just rely on them. They've done well so far, but they might have dips in form. The two players though that are standing out, head and shoulders above all the rest, are our two centre-halves, Forbesy and Pelts, who I think have been outstanding. Forbesy is back to his best now and Pelts is showing great maturity playing there now. He has been putting in some great performances along with Wealey. Then you've got Jon Obika up front and that gives a really strong spine to the team at the moment. It's really good and really positive. I pulled the lads across just today and told them that was the best day's training that we'd had for competitiveness and everyone wanting to win and willing to work hard. I was really pleased with the competition on the training pitch today."

The trio of Weale, Obika and Townsend have all now had their loan deals extended until the end of the season, meaning that there is some certainty about the squad between now and the end of the season, but Skivo warned that not everything was cast in stone:

"You still worry about personnel because they'll be on 24 hour callback now. We're really pleased. We've got to thank Tottenham again, because they've been really great with us. We've been having constant feedback through John McDermott, Alex Ingelthorpe and Clive Allen. So all of the bases have been covered with that and we're really positive. They've enjoyed their time here and they've been really well looked after and they've been putting in some good performances for us. So it is really good to keep those two until the end of the season."

As we understand the rules, goalkeeper Chris Weale can be recalled on 24 hours notice at any time, due to special regulations concerning goalkeepers. All outfield players though can not be recalled during the first 28 days of their loan deal. With Obika and Townsend having arrived on March 19th the Glovers will be safe over the Easter weekend's matches but thereafter the 24 hour rule would kick in. That said, it would be a major surprise if Spurs did not allow them to see out the season at Huish Park regardless of the availability of their main first team squad members. With the exception of Wealey, we suspect that Skivo does not need to worry too much on that front.


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9 April 2009 : Witness Appeal Launched For Darren Way Accident
A fresh appeal has been launched to bring forward witnesses who may have seen the Road Traffic Accident that seriously injured Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way and club employee Bruce James. The accident happened on December 17th and there is still an ongoing investigation as to how the accident happened.

The Yeovil Express state that Darren's legal team would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything potentially relevant to the accident. LCF Sports Law are currently acting as Darren's solicitors and Phil Austick told the paper:

"It is imperative that we can accurately put together the events that unfolded on December 17 on the B3088 to determine exactly what caused the accident to take place, leaving Darren with such severe injuries."

Anyone who can provide information is asked to call LCF Sports Law on 0800 845 017. In addition to Mr Austick, Darren is also being represented by former Middlesbrough and Bradford City striker John Hendrie who works as a consultant for the West Yorkshire firm.

The accident involved a white Peugeot van, in which Darren was a passenger, and a green Vauxhall Frontera car. The incident happened on December 17th 2008 at around 1.00p.m. on the A3088 between Yeovil and Montacute at Tintinhill. Darren himself backed the appeal and stressed that LCF Sports Law were looking at all aspects of the incident and not just the collision itself:

"We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident, the events leading up to it and after the collision."

If you are able to provide any information, call LCF Sports Law on 0800 845 017 as soon as possible.


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9 April 2009 : Blackpool and Leeds Settle
Having taken the issue to the wire of a tribunal (Leeds Hearing Today) one side appears to have blinked at the eleventh hour, or perhaps simple mutual common sense prevailed. Blackpool and Leeds United have issued a joint statement to the effect that they have 'settled out of court'.

Whatever the terms of the settlement over the departure of manager Simon Grayson from Bloomfield Road and his arrival at Elland Road, they will remain undisclosed, at least officially, as a confidentiality agreement has also been arrived at by both sides.


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9 April 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Millwall at Huish Park tomorrow for a Good Friday fixture that is important to both sides for very different reasons. Whilst the Lions are in 3rd place in the League One table and hoping to make a late clawback on the automatic positions, the Glovers still need a couple of wins during their last six games to ensure League One football for next season - currently in 17th place and 30 points behind the visitors.

They go into the match with two expected absentees. Manager Terry Skiverton has yet to resume training following a foot injury, whilst David Noble is expected to remain out with a knee ligament strain for both Easter weekend matches. On the plus side though, Aaron Brown is now back in training and we'd expect him to grab a place on the bench to act as defensive cover. That's just as well as stand-in centre-back Lee Peltier was in the wars last weekend at Stockport County when he broke his nose, although he hopes to retain his place in the side. Terry gave BBC Somerset the team news:

"Lee Peltier has got a lovely pair of black eyes at the moment. His nose is OK. We had a little chat about it and he feels quite good. We've actually had an addition now that Browny is back. He's fit and he played 45 minutes in the Reserves and he is now pushing for a place on the bench and looking to get into the squad now. There's a little bit of competition at the moment and it just shows you in that me and Jonesy are getting further down the pecking order, which is exactly what we want. David Noble is probably 60-40 against to be available. We're monitoring it closely with Bristol City and he is still struggling a little bit with it, but he should be OK for the next Saturday. He'll probably miss the Monday as well."

Talking of broken noses, Millwall expect to recall record goalscorer Neil Harris to the side, after he suffered some similar facial rearrangements two weeks ago. He has sat out their last two matches but expects to be back, albeit with him likely to be sat on the bench behind the experience of Jason Price and Gary Alexander.

Skipper Paul Robinson (broken metatarsal), full-back Danny Senda (knee) and Marcus Bignot are all out with long term injuries, whilst James Henry will require a fitness test. Midfielder Danny Spiller and winger Chris Hackett have been recovering from injuries by turning out for Millwall Reserves and so could be selected depending on their match fitness. However, with the Lions having beaten Walsall 3-1 at home in their last fixture, they may decide not to change a winning side.

For those that like relying on form tables and past statistics, analysis of this may not make pretty reading. Millwall have won their last six away games and are unbeaten in two months of travelling. Furthermore, the Glovers have never beaten them before. Since we've got into the Football League, the Lions have won every match going at Huish Park. On the plus side though, the Glovers are four games unbeaten, with four clean sheets and so there should be some optimism that they can continue that form.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets for the match available on the day. There is also a Kids For A Quid admission offer for this match, which hopefully should attract some extra bodies into the stadium for the game. For those who want to take advantage of the pre-match prices for this fixture, the Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight. Phone 01935-847888 to place your order or call round in person.


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9 April 2009 : Gally Linked With Return To Glovers
The Carlisle News and Star are reporting that Yeovil Town are considering making a move for their winger/striker Kevin Gall when his contract runs out in the summer. This has also been on the rumourmill and on the Green Room as a possibility in recent weeks but without any firm information from the Huish Park management team.

Gall is currently on the books of Carlisle United but has not played a match for them since January 2008. His last goal in first team football came in October 2007, and he has spent much of the past 15 months moving between loan clubs, with Darlington, Lincoln City and Port Vale taking him on, whilst there was talk at one stage of Gally heading over to Toronto to play in the MLS.

Whilst his spell at Carlisle has been a decidedly disappointing one in recent seasons, his time at Yeovil Town made him one of the club's recent legends, as his strike rate of 14 goals in 16 games became instrumental in getting the Glovers into the Football League. His goal at Rochdale guaranteed him a place in Yeovil Town's history books as the first scorer for the Glovers in a Football League match.

However, the higher the Glovers went up the leagues, the more Gally struggled to stay in the side, mainly being utilised as a winger during his final season at Huish Park. He was released during the summer of 2006, heading up to the North-West on a free transfer, having registered 159 appearances and 30 goals, many of which were priceless. As a result, he's received a good reception on his returns to Huish Park with the Cumbrians. However, any return to South Somerset on a permanent basis would certainly come as a major shock, given that at present the 27 year old has not pulled up too many trees since his departure.

As a caveat to ensure that a pinch of salt is taken with this rumour, Gally's usual agent Wayne Elsey has been fairly notorious for adopting a scattergun approach to getting his client lined up with moves to new clubs. Elsey's name is not mentioned by the Carlisle press, but they do also link Gall with League Two sides Brentford and Port Vale. If the list of clubs dripfed to the paper increases, then expect Elsey's handiwork to be at the heart of this.


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9 April 2009 : Leeds Hearing Today
The tribunal begins sitting this morning to hear the case brought by Blackpool against League One Leeds United over the alleged poaching of their then manager Simon Grayson in December 2008.

Blackpool had refused Leeds permission to speak to Grayson, who had 18 months on his contract at Bloomfield Road to run, and also rejected the subsequent offer to try to buy out that contract with an unspecified compensation package.

The Yorkshire club are denying charges that they illegally approached Grayson, or broke Football League rules by employing him immediately after he walked out of Bloomfield Road, breaking his contract. A three man panel constituted by the Football League will decide the case. Blackpool are thought to be demanding £200,000 should Leeds be found guilty of poaching.


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9 April 2009 : Easter Weekend Ticketing Information
A reminder that today is your last chance to get tickets for the two Easter weekend matches at the pre-match rates. Yeovil Town are at home to Millwall on Good Friday and then are away at Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday. Both matches kick-off at 3.00p.m.

You can buy tickets for both games on the day of the match, subject to a surcharge on most tariffs. For those who want to pay the pre-match rates, call in on the Huish Park Ticket Office or phone them on 01935-847888. The Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight.

Also don't forget that the club are running a 'Kids For A Quid' promotion for tomorrow's match at Huish Park. You should be able to take advantage of this offer right up until kick-off. For all matchday purchases at the Ticket Office, given this is a Bank Holiday, we'd suggest a little bit of extra time, as the crowd should be a little larger than usual.

For all the relevant ticketing information, follow the links below.

Link: Kids For A Quid Offer For The Millwall Match (Good Friday).

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Pre-Match and Match-Day Pricing Guide.

Link: Ticketing For The Cheltenham Town Away Match (Easter Monday).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town (Easter Monday).

NOTE: The Ticket Office have confirmed that they are open until 6.00p.m. tonight.


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8 April 2009 : Yeovil Town Ladies v Chesham Photo Gallery
The photo gallery for the 3-2 victory of Yeovil Town Ladies over Chesham United in the South West Combination can now be viewed. All photographs are courtesy of Sophie Elbourn.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies v Chesham United Photo Gallery

Link: Ladies vs Chesham United Match Report


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8 April 2009 : Interview With Chris Weale
Just over a week ago, on loan goalkeeper Chris Weale kept his third clean sheet in a row when he helped Yeovil Town win 1-0 against Northampton Town - a result that moved them out of the relegation zone. After the game Chris spoke to BBC reporter Rob Scanlon about the game and his experiences as a loan player. We've now archived that interview on this site, and the transcript can be read via the link below.

Link: 31/03/2009 : Chris Weale Talks To The BBC After The Northampton Town Game.


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8 April 2009 : Obika And Townsend Extend Loan Deals
Yeovil Town have secured the services of Tottenham Hotspur pair Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend for the rest of this season. Both players have made a significant impact since arriving on loan at Huish Park last month, and will now see out the remaining six matches in South Somerset.

Both players have played in four matches so far, with Obika scoring the winning goals in home matches against Swindon Town and Northampton Town - games that have been pivotal in putting Yeovil's season back on track.


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7 April 2009 : Tuesday League One Round-Up
Three of Yeovil Town's relegation rivals caught up on previously postponed fixtures tonight, with some mixed results from a green'n'white point of view. The Glovers stay in 17th position in the current League One table, although Leyton Orient and Brighton and Hove Albion picked up valuable points tonight.

Match of the evening was at Edgar Street - not that you'd have known it, with just 1,754 Hereford United fans turning up in a crowd of 2,033. Perhaps they were the wise ones, with Brighton scoring twice through Tommy Fraser and Lloyd Owusu, as the visitors clocked up 26 shots across the 90 minutes.

Second half injury time almost brought a farcical end - the home side could have gained a point were it not for Stephen Guinan's saved penalty - Kris Taylor's goal two minutes later could have been meaningful but turned out to be mere consolation. Hereford remain marooned 11 points adrift of safety, whilst former Glovers boss Russell Slade will have seen a tiny spot of light as they put themselves 5 points short of the dividing line.

In the other League One match tonight, Leyton Orient made themselves look almost safe with a 2-2 home draw against Leeds United, which keeps the Londoners in 15th place and seven ahead of the drop. Leeds looked to be running away with it thanks to two Robert Snodgrass goals and a red card for Orient's Jason Demetriou for a handball that led to the second goal being scored from the spot. But Leyton gained an improbable point with two goals from former Glovers loan player Simon Church, to show they only really needed 10 men to grab a point.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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7 April 2009 : Sunderland Match Is Cancelled
The club has announced that the Legends match against Sunderland set to be the centre piece of a Family Day at Huish Park on Sunday 3rd May has been cancelled.

The match, between legends from the two clubs to commemorate the Diamond Anniversary of the famous F.A. Cup Fourth Round tie in 1949, had originally been scheduled to take place on 29th January 2009, but was postponed because of concerns over the Huish Park pitch.

The club states that on going discussions with the Sunderland Former Players Association have revealed they would have difficulty raising a side for the new date, and that also the Association felt that an alternative date to the actual anniversary took away the significance of the occasion.

Any supporters who have pre-purchased tickets for this match should contact the Huish Park Ticket Office for a refund.


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7 April 2009 : Dire, Dour And Defeat
In a match with almost nothing to recommend it Yeovil Town Reserves went down 1-0 to Exeter City Reserves in the Combination Wales and West Division this afternoon at Huish Park.

The Grecians took the lead on 12 minutes through Neil Saunders, but thereafter the two goalkeepers were virtually spectators for the remainder of the game.

Aaron Brown and Craig Alcock were given 45 minutes to stretch their legs, then removed at half-time. In Aaron's case the management, short of centre-backs, will have been pleased to see him come through seemingly unscathed as he tries to return to full fitness.

On another positive note, the Huish Park pitch was reported to have looked better than it has for some while.

And that was about it.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Exeter City Reserves 1

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Josh Wagenaar
Craig Alcock, Danny Thompson, Aaron Brown, Darren Stapleton
Richard Whittingham, Harry Montacute, Harry Nodwell, Lloyd Moyce
Andre McCollin, Adam Wakely.

Substitutes: Jason Sangha (46 mins for Aaron Brown), Joe Byrne (46 mins for Craig Alcock), Stephen Friend, Rhys Baggridge (69 mins for Andre McCollin).

Exeter City Reserves: Gibbins, Bull, Murray, Bennett, Saunders, Harley, Panther, Burnell, Frear, Veal.

Substitutes: Tasker, Dawson, Green.

Referee: Dermot Gallagher.

Attendance: 128


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7 April 2009 : Reserves Line-Up
The team for this afternoon's Combination Wales and West Division fixture against Exeter City Reserves as been announced. This will be as follows :

Josh Wagenaar, Craig Alcock, Danny Thompson, Aaron Brown, Darren Stapleton, Richard Whittingham, Harry Montacute, Harry Nodwell, Lloyd Moyce, Andre McCollin, Adam Wakely.

Bench: Jason Sangha, Joe Byrne, Stephen Friend.

The Grecians expect fringe First Teamers like Ryan Harley, Manny Panther, Fred Murray and Neil Saunders to get a run out to keep their fitness levels up ahead of Exeter's bid for promotion. Jack Obersteller returns from injury and there'll be another chance for Elliott Frear to state his case. Also getting an opportunity for experience will be goalkeeper, Paul Gibbins, currently in the Under 16 age group and about to move into the Under 18 category.

Kick-off is at 2.00 p.m. at Huish Park.


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7 April 2009 : 2009-10 F.A. Cup Dates
More dates to jot into diaries for next season. The schedule for the 2009-10 F.A. Cup is as follows :

Extra Preliminary Round - Saturday 15th August, 2009
Preliminary Round - Saturday 29th August, 2009
First Qualifying Round - Saturday 12th September, 2009
Second Qualifying Round - Saturday 26th September, 2009
Third Qualifying Round - Saturday 10th October, 2009
Fourth Qualifying Round - Saturday 24th October, 2009

First Round Proper - Saturday 7th November, 2009
Second Round Proper - Saturday 28th November, 2009
Third Round Proper - Saturday 2nd January, 2010
Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 23rd January, 2010
Fifth Round Proper - Saturday 13th February, 2010
Sixth Round Proper - Saturday 6th March, 2010

Semi-Finals - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April, 2010
Final - Saturday 15th May, 2010

Yeovil Town will be exempt until the First Round Proper.

Various dates for the forthcoming season previously released can be found under these items :

Link: 28 March 2009 : Further 2009-10 Dates

Link: 20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season


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6 April 2009 : Ladies Domination Ends In Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies dominated most of the match against Plymouth Argyle yesterday at Somerton, but still came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 result. This was always going to be a big clash between these two sides, after Yeovil put a stop to Argyle's promotion hopes last season, with a 1-1 draw. And so it turned out, with the Devon side getting sweet revenge, and in the process putting a big dent in the Glovers promotion challenge this term.

Yeovil started brightly in this hard fought game, holding good possession, and creating some good early chances. Kayleigh Nardiello had a great opportunity during this period as she broke superbly down the left to cut into the Plymouth box, but her well-taken shot unfortunately came off the post. There was also a ball cleared off the line by an Argyle defender, and a number of good half chances created as the Glovers fought hard to make the early breakthrough.

But despite all this, it was the visitors who opened the scoring, when Emily Mousley broke through the Yeovil back four to lob the ball in over the Yeovil 'keeper Stacey Pearson and into the back of the net. Frustration now set in for Yeovil, and soon after, an Argyle attacker was brought down just outside the Glovers box. The resulting free kick saw the ball come back off the cross bar for Emily Mousley to bang home her second of the afternoon.

A resounding team talk from Steve Phelps at half time lifted the Yeovil spirits for the second half. However, they were still unable to get past a tight Argyle defence. But following the introduction of Janie Morgan on 65 minutes, Lindsay Roe moved up front along side Anusia Rourke, and suddenly Yeovil were starting to get the better of the visitors back line.

A goal seemed very likely, and when it came on 80 minutes it was very special, as Jemma Tewkesbury made a great run down the right, beating two players to pull the ball back for Anusia Rourke to bang in from six yards.

With the score now at 2-1, the Glovers went for it in the last ten minutes, looking for a dramatic equaliser, but despite battering the opposition, they could not get past a resilient Plymouth back line. Speaking after the game, Sarah Lawler was disappointed, but still full of praise for her side:

"It was a good team performance and although we lost, we feel that when we play them again in two weeks time, we can go down to Devon and cause an upset like we did last season. This is not over yet, we still have a lot to play for."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Plymouth Argyle Ladies 2.

[Match Report by Sarah Lawler and Ali King.]


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6 April 2009 : On The Road
Yeovil Town supporters are reminded that advance tickets for the next away game, the derby(ish) clash versus Cheltenham Town on Bank Holiday Monday, 13th April, will only be on sale at the Early Bird price through Huish Park Ticket Office until 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 9th April.

Purchase in person or by phone on 01935 847888 to save £2.00 on adult and concession prices. Thereafter sales will only be at Whaddon Road on the day at the higher prices.

Advance sales: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £12.00; Aged 16 and Under: £7.00.

Match-day sales: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £14.00; Aged 16 and Under: £7.00.

The Ciderspace guide to all things Cheltenham can be found here, or through the usual site links.


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6 April 2009 : Weale Gets Loan Extension
On loan goalkeeper Chris Weale will remain at Huish Park until the end of this season, according to the ITV Website.

ITV quote manager Terry Skiverton as indicating that he has now been given the green light to get a loan extension until the end of this season:

"We have just secured his loan services until the end of the season and that is very good news for the club. I was really pleased to get him on loan in the first place, but now to have him here for the rest of the season is a massive boost for me, and the club."

The deal will still undoubtedly mean that Chris remains on 24 hour recall back to Bristol City in the event of a goalkeeping injury at Ashton Gate. Wealey has yet to concede a goal since returning to Huish Park, having now played six hours worth of football since his arrival.

Update: 15:40hrs: This has now been confirmed by the Bristol City official site. They have also confirmed the 24 hour recall clause.


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6 April 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Millwall
Yeovil Town's home match against Millwall in League One this coming Friday will be looked after by referee Andy Hall (West Midlands). To our knowledge, we've only had Mr Hall twice before, and one of those occasions was four years ago.

The most recent was the 2-1 win over Gillingham in November 2007, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports. We don't recall too many controversial incidents in that match, with the most memorable situation he had to deal with being a serious head injury to former Glover Efe Sodje who was turning out for the Kent side, which caused play to be extended by 10 minutes in the first period.

We were rather less happy with Mr Hall's performance in the April 2005 match against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, which ended in a 1-1 draw. This was a game in which we described him as a "random" referee - one of those irritating sorts that spends his 90 minutes blowing up for fouls that aren't fouls, and then letting go fouls that are by waving play-on. After a while, you are left completely confused as to whether any decision is going to go for you or against you and just as well toss a coin to predict each decision thereafter.

He comes with a reputation for being one of the more card-happy referees. Last season he sent off 12 players and flashed yellows 108 times across 33 games. This season he's calmed down a bit on the reds, showing just three in 28 games, although with 95 yellow cards he looks likely to reach last season's total again.

Mr Hall has been at the centre of attention for contentious penalty awards recently that have left various parties fuming as the season reaches its climax. Rochdale's penalty against Brentford in February 2009 didn't change the eventual scoreline in a 2-1 win but caused Bees boss Andy Scott to be substantially outspoken about the referee's performance. But it was his decision to award an injury time penalty for Hartlepool United at Swindon Town in the same month that has got his name around Football League circles - awarding the spot kick that won the match when Swindon defender Jerel Ifil cleared a chest high ball with his foot, but was penalised for dangerous play despite making no contact with his opposite number. With the match being a crucial six-pointer, the Wiltshire side were none too pleased.

Mr Hall will be assisted by Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: April 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Link: November 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 1.

Link: Refworld Website : Andy Hall Profile.


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6 April 2009 : Terrell Forbes In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town captain Terrell Forbes has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. Terrell was appointed as Club Captain after Terry Skiverton became first team manager, and he has been part of a back four that have not conceded a goal for over six hours.

Forbesy was once again in fine form in the centre of defence during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Stockport County and so grabs his place in the League One line-up, which reads as follows:

Jamie Jones (Leyton Orient)
Jonathan Douglas (Leeds) Terrell Forbes (Yeovil Town) Dennis Lawrence (Crewe) Adam Barrett (Southend)
Mark Wright (Milton Keynes Dons) Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool) Matt Oakley (Leicester) Jason Puncheon (Milton Keynes Dons)
Joel Porter (Hartlepool) Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough)


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6 April 2009 : Millwall Fixture Kids for A Quid Offer
A reminder that Good Friday's match at home to Millwall will feature another 'Kids For A Quid' offer at Huish Park. This deal was announced last August and with it falling in the middle of the school Easter Holidays will hopefully be very popular.

The deal is very simple indeed. Any person aged Under 16 can turn up to the Huish Park Ticket Office this week, including on the matchday itself, and claim a ticket for the match against Millwall for one pound only. There are no strings attached and no adults required. There are no limits to the numbers that can take advantage of this offer.

With it also being a Bank Holiday, hopefully many supporters will be able to take advantage, so we'd urge all Glovers fans to tell their friends and neighbours. Millwall are currently 3rd in the League One table and so are likely to bring a large following themselves.

The game kicks off on Friday April 10th 2009 at 3.00p.m. and the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. throughout the week and until 6.00p.m. on Thursday 9th April. We'd advise that you try and buy tickets in advance, if only to avoid the queues on matchday.

In addition, don't forget that tomorrow's Reserve game against Exeter City Reserves is now back at Huish Park, with a kick-off of 2.00p.m. Any Under 16 can gain admission to this game for FREE, so this represents another great opportunity for you to get some cheap football matches in during the school Easter Holidays. Only the Main Stand will be open for this game, so head round to the central staircase signposted for the Huish Park Conferencing Centre.


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6 April 2009 : Hutchins Angling For Permanent Move
On loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Hutchins says that he would welcome the idea of turning his current temporary deal at Huish Park into a permanent stay. The 19 year old has played five times for Yeovil and has gradually cemented himself into a right-back position, despite him having played a variety of positions with Spurs, including midfield.

Danny has said that he expects to become a free agent in the summer, and so will be looking for a new club. The Londoner told BBC Somerset that he would be happy to be at Yeovil next season, and considered the decision to extend his loan deal in Somerset to be an easy one:

"I was only going to go back to Tottenham and then not play at all, so obviously by staying here until the end of the season I was going to get a few more games under my belt. If I do well, then over the summer if Yeovil want to talk to me then I'd be happy with that and then hopefully maybe sign. I'd like to do that as it's a nice little club and I've settled down well here. I feel I have been playing very well here. League One is a very good level for me to start up my career again."

In our opinion, if the club is serious about its stated policy of building its fortunes around player development and selling on as the only realistic method of bridging the gap between the haves and have nots and holding its own at this level, then it is players like Hutchins that we should be signing. Not every one will turn into the next Chris Cohen or Arron Davies, but the percentage chance is far greater with players who have some pedigree and quality grounding through the Premier League or Championship academy system than taking what are in truth random punts on those from the depths of Non-league.


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5 April 2009 : Ladies Lose By Odd Goal In Three
The last time these two teams met it was something of a rout, with Yeovil Town Ladies knocked out of the F.A. Women's Cup by 8 goals to 2 back in November by divisional rivals Plymouth Argyle - (9th November, 2008). This afternoon's clash of second versus third in the South West Combination was a much closer affair, but unfortunately saw the same result, an Argyle win.

The visitors had taken a 2-0 lead by half time, both goals coming from Emily Mousley. The Glovers fought back, and on 70 minutes a superb run by Jemma Tewkesbury past three defenders ended when she slipped the ball to Anusia Rourke who slotted home from close range. The come back was not to be however, and although Yeovil still hold second spot Plymouth have now closed to within one point with four games in hand.

Final score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Plymouth Argyle Ladies 2

Other results saw Forest Green Rovers cruise past Oxford City 4-0, while Chesham United picked up three points away at Swindon Town in a tight 1-0. The battle of the basement between Weston St John, who are the next opponents of the Glovers on Sunday 12th April at Somerton, and Reading Royals suffered a postponement.


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5 April 2009 : Good Form Of Youths Continues
Yeovil Town U18 completed the double over Hereford United in the Youth Alliance South West Conference, having beaten the Bulls at Somerton only a fortnight ago - (22nd March, 2009).

The Glovers took the lead in the 43rd minute from a corner, and then doubled their advantage in the second half direct from a free kick.

Final score: Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 2


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5 April 2009 : Second Director Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town director David Cox has stepped down from his position - the second board member to tender his resignation in the past seven weeks. At present we've yet to understand the exact timing of Mr Cox's resignation, or any background to his decision to leave the club.

Mr Cox was appointed to the board in May 2002, and as a former Managing Director of Screwfix Direct was appointed as a friend of former club owner Jon Goddard-Watts. Mr Cox, who lives in North Somerset, was appointed to the board at the time to assist with "the overall financial planning of the Club and business development". He was the third longest serving member of the board, behind Chairman John Fry and solicitor and joint Company Secretary Stephen Allinson.

Aside from Mr Fry and Mr Allinson, there are now only two other directors on the main Yeovil Town board - former referee Ron Budden and former AFC Bournemouth Chairman Brian Willis, who were both appointed in March 2006 (see also here).

In February 2009, the club appointed four Associate Directors - personnel who may sit in certain boardroom meetings when required but will not be part of the main Yeovil Town board. These are joint Company Secretary Jean Cotton, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, former Westland Head of Human Resources John Dover, and former Bournemouth Borough Councillor Bob Lelliott.

At present the club have yet to officially announce Mr Cox's resignation, although given that former director Paul Sargent's exit from the club has not been acknowledged by the club, bar the removal of his name from the Matchday Programme, this is not too significant.

We'd like to thank Mr Cox for his efforts over the past seven years, and hope that like Mr Sargent that he continues to come to Huish Park and support the Glovers.


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5 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw with Stockport County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views on the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's interview transcript is recorded in full via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport Game.


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5 April 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Stockport Match
For those who made the trip to Edgeley Park yesterday, don't forget to provide your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the 0-0 draw against Stockport County along with entertainment and performance rankings and add in any additional comments you want to make.

Link: Stockport County vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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4 April 2009 : Glovers Step Another Inch Towards Safety
Yeovil Town picked up their first away point since former manager Russell Slade's departure as they climbed an inch further away from the relegation zone with a valuable 0-0 draw at Stockport County. Whilst the point will be seen as priceless, the game itself was not anything to write home about - wrecked by a hard rutted pitch and a swirling wind that meant that play was impossible on both the pitch and in the air. The home side went the closest to breaking the deadlock, when Josh Thompson's header was blocked on the goal-line by Danny Hutchins, with the crossbar offering a little assistance on the way out.

The Glovers went into the match with one forced change, with David Noble pulling out of the squad with an injury, and Keiran Murtagh getting another chance to impress. Noble's withdrawal also allowed Danny Maguire to appear as a fifth loanee to complement the four in the starting line-up.

The state of the Stockport pitch was inevitably going to influence the quality of the game. Skiverton had said pre-match that he planned to play a more direct game, particularly when his defence cleared their lines, but he probably did not allow for a blustery chilly April wind that meant that whilst anything played along the deck had a difficult course, anything that went up in the air usually got blown in a different direction. The end result was a mess at times - with both sides struggling to string two passes together, and the game being dominated by gritty tackling rather than flair play. A measure of the state of the pitch came when referee Rob Shoebridge decided he had the wrong pair of boots on and got the Fourth Official to doubtless fetch a pair without studs on them.

That was quite possibly one of the more dramatic moments of an error-riddled first period. Gavin Tomlin provided Yeovil's best two chances - one where he shot over the bar, and another that produced Yeovil's one and only shot on target during the 90 minutes - a Gary Roberts free kick that Tomlin cleverly flicked at to change its course but home keeper Conrad Logan anticipated well - saving at his near post. Stockport shot into the side netting through Tommy Rowe, and possibly looked the more dangerous in their approach play, but neither keeper was particularly worked during the opening 45 minutes.

Stockport came into the match a lot more during the second period with the wind now at their backs. Glovers keeper Chris Weale blocked at the feet of lone striker Chris O'Grady and managed to spring to his right to palm another chance from the same player out for a corner, when O'Grady tried his luck from the edge of the box.

But the chance of the game fell to Stockport when Greg Tasney's corner was headed towards goal by Josh Thompson and for once Wealey was beaten. Thankfully Danny Hutchins held his ground against the right-hand goalpost and played a bit of pinball as the ball rebounded off him, the crossbar and an advancing Stockport player and eventually out to safety.

The Glovers really struggled to create anything of note during the second period, but held firm well in the way that they snuffed out most of what Stockport had to offer. This was not a game for the likes of Andros Townsend to shine. Much as though he tried, any of the runs he has gone on at Huish Park were lost by the ball getting trapped under his feet as it bobbled, bounced and pinged off an impossible turf. The likes of Tomlin and Jon Obika fared little better, resorting to one-touch football to try and pull off an opening but the final touch evaded them. In the end 0-0 was the final scoreline and 0-0 was an accurate reflection of a game on a pitch that is surely the worst since Yeovil entered the Football League.

The result leaves the Glovers four points clear of Northampton Town, who didn't play today and with bottom three Brighton and Hove Albion, Hereford United and Cheltenham Town all losing, their position above the relegation line has been further cemented, even if they dropped a place to 17th due to wins for Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United today. With just six games left now, matters are looking more and more comfortable.

Final Score: Stockport County 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Stockport County: (4-5-1)
21. Conrad Logan
2. Johnny Mullins 25. Josh Thompson 15. Michael Raynes 3. Michael Rose
20. Leon McSweeney 24. Greg Tansey 4. Dominic Blizzard 28. James Vincent 11. Tommy Rowe
7. Chris O'Grady

Substitutes:
17. Daniel Rowe 16. James Tunnicliffe 18. Paul Turnbull 26. Matty Mainwaring 34. Oli Johnson (59 mins for Johnny Mullins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
11. Danny Schofield (79 mins for Andros Townsend) 9. Andrew Welsh 15. Luke Rodgers (70 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 20. Danny Maguire

Stockport Bookings: Greg Tansey (56 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Danny Hutchins (53 mins, foul)

Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). Assistants: Philip Dermott (Cheshire) and Paul Kettlewell (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 5,664 (including approx 350 Yeovil supporters).


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4 April 2009 : Swindon Man Of The Match Result
There can't have been too many previous Man of the Match votes where the poll has seen five out of the top six rankings taken by loan players. The home match against Swindon Town saw a 1-0 win and all of the recent loan signings impressed in that game.

The only player to prevent a clean sweep of loanees was Lee Peltier who came in fifth, whilst the top three were taken up entirely by Tottenham Hotspur players! Andros Townsend came out on top in the end, and full results are shown below:

1 Andros Townsend 356 (24)
2 Danny Hutchins 252 (16)
3 Jonathan Obika 128 (6)
4 David Noble 104 (5)
5 Lee Peltier 98 (4)
6 Chris Weale 88 (3)
7 Paul Warne 28 (2)
8 Gavin Tomlin 26 (1)
9 Terrell Forbes 20 (1)
10 Gary Roberts 10 (0)
11 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.10

Performance: 8.13
Entertainment: 8.06

VOTES RECEIVED: 62


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3 April 2009 : Some Additional Ticketing Information For Next Season
Thanks to Sara Bradley - that lady is a star - a whole series of queries about ticketing for next season now have an answer.

Firstly, with the seated stands now divided into distinct zones at different prices, the details of the blocks are as follows :

AgustaWestland Stand

Centre rates - blocks C, D, E
Wing rates - blocks A, B, F, G, GG
Family rates - blocks A, B, F, G, GG

Cowlin Stand

Centre rates - blocks K, L, M
Wing rates - blocks H, HH, J, N
Family rates - blocks H, HH, J, N

Next, some more details on the Family ticketing :

Family Day Tickets

For "day" Family Tickets, prices for X Adults and Y Children are set by simply adding the individual Family day prices together to form a custom family ticket. The discount is therefore that each Junior accompanying an adult gets in for a cheaper price if they sit in one of the Family areas.

Family Season Tickets

All Family Season Ticket Juniors must be a paid up member of the Junior Glovers.

Junior Glovers Rule Change

The Junior Glovers membership now applies to any child aged 15 or under (this used to be 10 or under) as from the 31st of July. The fee is the same as the 2008-09 season (£16.00) and forms are available from the Ticket Office/Programme Shop, and will be available to download from the G&WSC website soon.

On the question of free entry for the Under 5s :

Children Under 5 are admitted for free, provided they enrol in the Junior Glovers scheme.

Seat Reservations

Unclaimed Season Ticket Holders seats will be released for general sale on June 1st. To guarantee keeping your seat you must renew your season ticket by June 1st.

Payment Plans

Supporters who can not afford to pay for a season ticket in a single lump sum can pay by installments over a period of 10 months. This is subject to a premium, and applications for this must be made by May 31st. Separate application forms are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Away Fans

Prices are still to be determined Copse Road End (Away) Terrace and will be set in the coming weeks.

Link: Yeovil Town Ticket Prices 2009-10


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3 April 2009 : Exclusive: Bas Savage T-shirt
Our last away game of the season will see Yeovil Town heading to Prenton Park to renew acquaintance with Bas Savage, much loved by the Glovers faithful for a particularly glorious incident of merriment after he came on at Ashton Gate in the 83rd minute, appropriately on 1st April, 2006.

The Tranmere Rovers Official Site has launched a Bas Savage T-shirt :

Bas Savage
Bas Savage T-shirt: "I pop, slide and glide. I'm a smooth criminal."
Photo © 2009 Tranmere Rovers


What one can't see is the complete motif, but Ciderspace can reveal its full glory :

That blade of grass
"I trip, stumble and collapse. I'm a malcoordinated muppet."
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace


The silhouette image of Bas doing his celebrated trip over a blade of grass (sparkly blue hair optional), makes this t-shirt the must have for the summer. Get yours today.


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3 April 2009 : Team News From Edgeley Park
Tomorrow's opponents Stockport County have extended the 'emergency' loan of goalkeeper Conrad Logan for another seven days. The Hatters are operating under a transfer embargo, but have been given special dispensation to continue to field the goalkeeper, who is acting as cover for contracted pair Owain fon Williams and Lloyd Rigby who are both injured. Logan will therefore be between the sticks for the Hatters in tomorrow's fixture.

Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose should appear against his old club after missing out on last weekend's fixture due to illness. Meanwhile defender Johnny Mullins will also be available after recovering from a foot injury.

Aside from their two goalkeepers, Stockport's other absentees tomorrow will be midfielder Carl Baker (ankle) and striker Peter Thompson (collapsed lung). The Hatters have lost the last three matches, and their assistant manager Peter Ward has told the Manchester Evening News that he wants to see a reaction to that sudden loss of form to pay back Stockport's supporters, who have been giving their side plenty of encouragement during their financial troubles off the pitch:

"The fans have got right behind us in the last few weeks with all their letters and well wishes we've had in these difficult times. I think the lads have got to give them something to cheer about. They can't wait for the crowd to give them a lift, they have to give the crowd a lift. We've good supporters and these lads have to give them something to be cheerful about."


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3 April 2009 : Skivo Planning More Direct Approach
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has warned that he may have to resort to slightly more 'industrial' tactics tomorrow at Edgeley Park, particularly in defence. Opponents Stockport County groundshare with Rugby Union side Sale Sharks and that has over the course of the season cut their pitch to shreds, with Hatters boss Jim Gannon at one point musing over the idea of trying to stage some of Stockport's latter fixtures at an alternative venue.

That hasn't happened, meaning that the Glovers will be playing on a very rutted surface tomorrow, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that his players will not be trying too much fancy footwork inside their own half:

"We know we've got to go up there. The pitch is by all accounts terrible in that there is no grass on it, so it won't exactly have the makings for a great football game. But it is still a good opportunity for us to go there and put in a good performance. You've still go to go out there and put in a good performance. All that will mean is that you don't muck about with it at the back and you try and reduce the number of backpasses. You try and get the ball in their half and play football in their half rather than mucking about with it at the back. We struggled at Brighton, which funnily enough was a similar pitch, so we'll have to change our philosophy on how we are going to play."

The pitch was a lot better back in November 2008, when the Glovers last travelled up to Edgeley Park, although the result of the FA Cup First Round replay was far from good, with the Glovers crashing to a 5-0 scoreline. Skiverton played a full 90 minutes in that match, but lost his defensive partner Aaron Brown to a professional foul 15 minutes into the match, and believed that strongly affected the outcome:

"It was a disappointing game, but when you get a sending off that early that happens. They'd made the pitch really wide and they'd passed the ball around really well and they deserved their victory. We're going to be looking to play a different game and not getting a player sent off so early! I remember us starting the game really positively. I think we missed a chance and Schoey missed a penalty as well, so maybe if we'd put that away it might have been a different game. But this is what happens in football."

Link: Stockport County vs Yeovil Town Match Preview.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.

Link: Officials For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town.


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3 April 2009 : Hutchins On Loan Until End Of Season
Tottenham Hotspur right-back Danny Hutchins will now remain at Huish Park until the end of the season. As mentioned yesterday, the teenager's first month loan was due to expire, but now his loan spell will run for a further month until Saturday 2nd May 2009.

Hutchins has so far made four appearances for the club, and has yet to be on the losing side. He is out of contract at White Hart Lane at the end of this season and does not expect to be offered a new deal.


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3 April 2009 : Reserves vs Exeter City Now A Home Match
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture against Exeter City Reserves next week will now be played at Huish Park. There had been some confusion over the venue for this game, due to the November 4th fixture between the two clubs being played at St James Park, Exeter despite it being labelled as a 'home' fixture.

It now appears that the two fixtures have been swapped, rather than the Glovers conceding home advantage for the November game. Thus the game on April 7th 2009 will be a home game played at Huish Park. Kick-off will now be 2.00p.m.

With the game falling within the school Easter holidays the club is offering FREE entry to any Under 16s. Adults are the usual £2.00, Seniors £1.00. Season Ticket holders have free entry to all home Reserve fixtures in the Wales & West Combination.


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3 April 2009 : Stockport County vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long trip to Stockport County tomorrow, hoping to extend an unbeaten run that now extends to three games. This is a far cry from when the Glovers were last on the road, when a heavy defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion pointed towards serious issues within the Glovers ranks.

The last three results though have seen a huge turnaround, with two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw collected, resulting in seven priceless points that have lifted them three points clear of Northampton Town in 21st place. Given the Cobblers don't play this weekend, that gap will be maintained at the very least, whatever the result at Edgeley Park.

They go into the match with mixed team news. On loan midfielder David Noble picked up a strain in Tuesday night's midweek win over Northampton, and he is doubtful for the trip. However, central defender Aaron Brown could sneak onto the bench after returned to training. Speaking to BBC Somerset manager Terry Skiverton explained the situation:

"David Noble has been struggling a little bit. He is the only one we are having to wait on. Other than that there's a bit of positive news as Aaron Brown is back training today (Thursday) and Craig Alcock got through the game (against Swindon Town Reserves on Wednesday) along with Danny Schofield who has been ill. So there has been one negative with David Noble, but all the rest are really positive. I did a little bit of training today, but I'm still too sore to come back in. The defenders have been doing really well anyway so I wouldn't be putting myself back in the squad."

Stockport go into the match having lost their last three matches and failing to score in games against Leyton Orient, Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers. County are that League One rarity - a team that at present looks unlikely to go up or go down, stuck in 12th position and 11 points ahead of the Glovers. Their hopes of reaching the playoffs have evaporated, and they would appear to have taken their foot off the pedal, not helped by losing midfield dynamo Gary Dicker to Brighton in an effort to reduce their wage bill, with a lack of financial stability at the Cheshire club casting a shadow over what has been largely an impressive first season back in League One.

The Glovers will certainly be hoping that Stockport's demise continues beyond Saturday. Before Christmas, it seemed that the Hatters had a voodoo sign over Yeovil, playing them three times, and inflicting two defeats upon them, including a humiliating 5-0 FA Cup exit at Edgeley Park that saw Aaron Brown red carded, followed by a 2-4 home defeat in December. On both occasions, Stockport proved themselves to be the master of the counter-attack, and so with Skiverton adopting an attacking slant to his tactics, his side will need to be wary of what the Hatters are capable of. The Yeovil boss though believes that having everyone backing him as manager is helping his cause at present:

"I've always been positive. The support the other night was absolutely amazing and I feel that they are 100 percent behind us in what we are trying to do. Everyone to do with the club - the backroom staff and the community - is together and that is what we need to drive forward. If you've got even the people in the Ticket Office right along side you, you can only get better and pull out results and push on as a football club. I feel that we are doing that at the moment. But we are still just starting. We've raised our standards and now we need to kick on and keep our standards that high."

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day from Edgeley Park. As usual the Ciderspace guide provides full ticketing information and you'll find that amongst other things via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.


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2 April 2009 : Skivo Stays Patient Over Loan Trio
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is keen to extend many of his current loan deals - but is unlikely to make his move for three of the current crop for a little while. Whilst the loan deal for right-back Danny Hutchins is close to expiring and therefore needs to be addressed, Terry told BBC Somerset that he would not be rushed into extending deals for left winger Andros Townsend or Jonathan Obika, whilst he has already discussed future arrangements concerning goalkeeper Chris Weale:

"The Tottenham two are only two weeks in, and you can't be two weeks into a loan and already ask to extend it, otherwise you come across as a little bit too desperate. Wealey is on 24 hour call-back anyway, so as long as nothing happens to Basso, I think we'll be OK. But if anything happens to him or their No.2 then Chris would be called back. What Gary said to me at the beginning was that if there were no injuries and Wealey was happy then there should be no problems, but with football anything can happen."

Townsend and Obika arrived at the club on March 19th and so should be able to complete the two Easter weekend fixtures as part of their initial month loan deal at Huish Park - remaining matches will depend upon the precise number of days that were specified as part of the original arrangement. Chris Weale arrived a few days earlier on March 16th although the club may have delayed sending through the paperwork through to maximise the number of days available.


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2 April 2009 : Glovers Enter North Devon Tournament Again
Yeovil Town will be competing in the Errea South-West Challenge Cup for a second season. The 2009 tournament will take place during pre-season around July 2009. A total of twelve teams will compete in this season's tournament, including five current Football League clubs and one Belgian League club. The full list of participating sides are as follows:

Bideford AFC – Premier Division/Western League
Barnstaple Town – Premier Division/Western League
Burton Albion – Blue Square Premier
Bath City – Blue Square South
Barnet FC – League 2
Luton Town – League 2
Yeovil Town – League 1
Eastleigh – Blue Square South
Exeter City – League 2
Ilfracombe FC – Premier Division/Western League
Royal Racing FC (Montegnée, Liège) - Belgian League
Wycombe Wanderers – League 2

There will be five grounds in Devon hosting the tournament, of which presumably Bideford, Barnstaple Town and Ilfracombe are three. The tournament Executive Committee said that they had been over-subscribed for this year's tournament and added:

"The Executive would like to express their thanks and appreciation to those host clubs who will be featured in the forthcoming Tournament; additionally they would like to thank the Clubs who have expressed interest in the Tournament and who, for a range of diverse considerations, have been unsuccessful in making the final list of Clubs entered in this year's competition. We have been amazed at the response, the quality of the response and the genuine interest in what began last year as a very small but dedicated Tournament, for those involved with football in North Devon."


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2 April 2009 : Saints Holding Company Goes Into Administration
Championship side Southampton's holding company has gone into administration. Their club owners Southampton Leisure Holding PLC had share trading suspended from the Stock Market yesterday, and it has now been confirmed that SLH have appointed an administrator.

At present the main Southampton Football Club company has not gone into administration, leaving Football League chiefs with a puzzle to solve. Normally clubs going into administration incur an automatic 10 point penalty, but the structure of the Saints ownership calls into question whether the Football League have the powers to do this on this occasion, or whether it can be justified. The Football League meet next Tuesday and doubtless will be pouring over their rulebook between now and next week's meeting. Current thinking is that the League will be powerless to enforce a deduction with the Southampton Echo quoting a League spokesman as saying:

"Let’s be very clear, if the club goes into administration the club will be deducted 10 points. But if the holding company goes into administration then they won’t be. The league rules are very specific, it has to be the club which goes into administration for points to be deducted. At the end of the day the Football League applies its rules and they specifically state it is the club that has to go into administration before points are deducted."

The Echo quotes the case of Derby County as a precedent. In October 2003, Derby County PLC, the parent company of Derby County Football Club, went into administration with debts of £30 million. However Derby County Football Club avoided going into administration and were not penalised. Minutes after the PLC company went into administration, a consortium bought the Football Club from administrators and the PLC company was dissolved.

Southampton's holding company has collapsed with debts of £27.5m. Chief Executive Rupert Lowe has resigned along with Saints chairman Michael Wilde and director Andrew Cowen. Administrator Mark Fry has been appointed to determine the future of the holding company, although he has warned that the collapse of SLH could still cause the main Football Club company to collapse:

"The finances are interlinked therefore the future of the club is in serious jeopardy. The holding company owns the football club. The football club is an asset. The directors have tried to sell or seek investment for a considerable amount of time, which they have been unsuccessful in doing. We are working hard to preserve the value of the football club and produce a positive outcome for all stakeholders. I ask that fans continue to show their support for the team for the remainder of the season as we seek to show the best face possible to potential investors."

At present Southampton lie in 23rd place in the Championship table, three points from safety but with a game in hand. However, if the Football League do decide that the collapse of SLH justifies a 10 point deduction or if the main Football Club goes into administration, then it would seem likely that any attempt to escape on the field will see them relegated to League One. However if the administrators fail to find a buyer, the future for the Saints could be decidedly worse.


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2 April 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County
If you are travelling up to Stockport County this weekend, don't forget that the usual Ciderspace guide to your hosts is available to read. Featuring all there is to know about Edgeley Park, ticketing, directions, pub guides and club background, the guide can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.


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2 April 2009 : Officials For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's match at Edgeley Park will be looked after by referee Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). This is a slight touch of deja vu as Mr Shoebridge has already done an earlier Stockport County match against Yeovil Town earlier this season.

He took charge of the infamous 5-0 hammering back in November 2008 as the Glovers crashed out of the FA Cup. His decision to red card Aaron Brown just 15 minutes into the match was crucial to the game, with Russell Slade at the time questioning whether Mr Shoebridge had got the definition of an obvious goalscoring opportunity correct. He didn't have too bad a game, but that one decision undoubtedly influenced the final scoreline and in particular its magnitude. Let's hope that lightning does not strike twice!

We've had Mr Shoebridge on four occasions prior to that game. Earlier this season, he took charge of the 2-2 home draw with Bristol Rovers. He was the referee that awarded Rovers a penalty in front of the home end against Terry Skiverton, although it was that easy to give, we suspect that even Skivo might have pointed to the spot. Elsewhere in the match, Mr Shoebridge had a tidy match, attracting little attention.

Back in September 2007 in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town, Mr Shoebridge was also the man in the middle. He doesn't merit a mention in the match report, although we probably weren't particularly motivated towards getting on our high horse about match officials in a JPT match.

Prior to that, we had Mr Shoebridge on New Year's Day in 2007 against Northampton Town. This match was particularly memorable for Mr Shoebridge's decision to wear a black shirt for what was a dull dusky winter's day, thus ensuring that for the best part of the first half he became indistinguishable from the dark navy blue of the Northampton strip, requiring Glovers striker Lee Morris to make a complaint to the fourth official to persuade the referee to change his attire. Aside from that we had some quibbles about Mr Shoebridge's inconsistency in card waving.

Rob Shoebridge also took charge of the stunning 4-3 win at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United in October 2005. We suspect the seven goals and high drama consumed any comments we wished to make about his performance on that day as he doesn't gain a mention in that report.

Mr Shoebridge will be assisted by Philip Dermott (Cheshire) and Paul Kettlewell (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : November 2008 : Stockport County 5 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : October 2005 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 4.


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2 April 2009 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's match against Milton Keynes Dons saw a turnaround of fortunes for the Glovers after a pair of drubbings on the road during the preceding week. Having conceded nine goals in two games, they kept a clean sheet against a promotion chasing side in a 0-0 draw.

In the Man of the Match voting, two new loan players featured highly, with Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend and Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale arriving before the game on month-long deals. However, both players were trumped by the performance of Lee Peltier, who turned centre-back for the majority of the match, and his outstanding display there saw him get the nod ahead of others.

Full results are shown below, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Lee Peltier 308 (22)
2 Chris Weale 302 (15)
3 Andros Townsend 160 (9)
4 Gary Roberts 44 (1)
5 Nathan Smith 40 (3)
6 Paul Warne 28 (2)
7 Danny Hutchins 16 (0)
10 Terrell Forbes 10 (0)
10 Keiran Murtagh 10 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 10 (0)
13 Luke Rodgers 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.58

Performance: 7.58
Entertainment: 7.58

VOTES RECEIVED: 52


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1 April 2009 : 2009-10 Season Ticket And Matchday Admission Prices
Yeovil Town have announced their new Season Ticket and Match Admission prices for the 2009-10 season. The new package on offer introduces a number of new concepts to consider when making your purchases. We've highlighted the major changes below:

Banding Of Seated Areas: Pricing in the AgustaWestland (Main) Stand and the Cowlin Stand now depends on where you choose to sit in the stand. Those who want more central seats, closer to the halfway line will now pay more than those who are happy to take a seat in the 'wings' closer to the corner flags. There will be a two pound admission difference between the two bands per match, and obviously variations in the respective season ticket prices as well.

Young Adult Concessions: To help deal with the fact that many supporters aged between 16 and 21 are still in full-time education or on apprenticeship schemes, a new admission rate has been established. If you're in that age band, then you are currently paying adult prices, but from next season you will pay an admission that is roughly halfway between that of an adult and a junior. This is probably the most radical price change to the current format. On the down side, the club have scrapped concessions for students - the concessionary rate is now based purely on age rather than occupation.

Reserve Matches: Currently Football Combination matches played at Huish Park are free for Season Ticket Holders. However, the club plan to resign from the Combination league and so there will be no fixed Reserve Team matches next season. Thus this has been removed from next season's list of benefits.

Pricing Changes: With the introduction of banding, the situation is a little more blurred, and so some supporters wanting to retain a halfway line seat will pay a pound more for single match tickets. However, the majority of the pricing options show a decrease in prices from the 2008-09 season which is certainly not to be sniffed at. For example, an adult home terrace supporter who paid £284.00 for a season ticket this season would pay £240.00 for the 2009-10 season. This means that you are paying for an equivalent of 16 matches over the season, and therefore if you plan to attend more than 16 matches then the remaining 7 games are 'free'. Taking individual ticket rates, then again for an adult standing on the home terrace, both the matchday and pre-match admissions have been reduced by one pound.

Some aspects have not changed from last season. Supporters who purchase Season Tickets by May 31st will benefit from a discount. This will also be the deadline for keeping your seat from the current season. Season Ticket holders will also have the usual priority on cup, play-off and away tickets where there is a restriction on the numbers available. For individual matches, the matchday surcharge remains in place at all levels with the exception of Juniors and Junior Glovers.

Those who are existing Season Ticket Holders should receive a renewal pack through the post from the club around April 18th 2009. However for those who don't or for those who are new applicants, an online application form will be available.

All prices can be found on this dedicated page. It will remain available, accessible from the Home Page and through other links around the site, for the remainder of this season and throughout next.

We are pursuing clarification on a number of issues, most obviously further details on the Family Ticket, and whether for example Under 5s will still be getting free admission, from the club. The page will be updated as and when those queries are answered.

Link: 2009-2010 Ticketing


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1 April 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides played against AFC Bournemouth last weekend, after having had a rest from competitive action on the previous week.

At present we're a little short on results from the weekend, but if anyone can add in others or supply detail on any games, then email ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with any additional information. Results so far are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 13s: Lost 2-3
Yeovil Town Under 15s: Lost 2-5
Yeovil Town Under 16s: Lost 2-3


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1 April 2009 : Reserves Inert Against Swindon Stiffs
Yeovil Town Reserves slumped to a disappointing 0-2 defeat this afternoon at Huish Park against Swindon Town Reserves. Despite selecting a fairly strong looking line-up, Swindon were the better side throughout much of the afternoon and deserved their victory.

The Glovers selected Craig Alcock, Nathan Jones, Aidan Downes, Danny Schofield and Andre McCollin along with new loan signing Danny Maguire and former Shamrock Rovers left-sided player Darren Stapleton. However, the Glovers never really got going in a game in which they struggled to create chances.

Swindon had no such problems - going ahead just seven minutes in the game, when Ben Joyce got too much room to be able to fire a shot into the corner of the net to give Swindon the lead. The Robins edged the first period, and their dominance of the game was to increase after the break when Yeovil's star performer Danny Schofield was withdrawn at half time along with Craig Alcock.

Swindon sealed the points when Hamdi Razak smashed the ball into the roof of the net with four minutes left, and with Yeovil not really creating any golden chances, it was difficult to argue with the second goal. Even so they should have scored two minutes from time when a foul in the box gave them a rare penalty. Up stepped Keiran Murtagh, but visiting keeper Peter Brezovan got down low to make the save and ensure his side kept a clean sheet.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Swindon Town Reserves 2.

Scorers: Ben Joyce (0-1, 7 mins), Hamdi Razak (0-2, 86 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Josh Wagenaar
Craig Alcock, Rob Fitzgerald, Jason Sangha, Nathan Jones
Aidan Downes, Danny Schofield, Danny Maguire, Darren Stapleton
Andre McCollin, Adam Wakely

Substitutes:
Keiran Murtagh (46 mins for Danny Schofield), Joe Byrne (67 mins for Danny Maguire), Harry Nodwell (46 mins for Craig Alcock).

Swindon Town Reserves:
Peter Brezovan, Nathan Thompson, Andy Westall, Lescinel Jean-Francois, Callum Kennedy, Lloyd Macklin, Chris Allen, Craig Easton, Mark Marshall, Ben Joyce, Hamdi Razak


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1 April 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Northampton Town Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Northampton Town, manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match assessment. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo talked about the game, the crowd's views on striker Gavin Tomlin and ... zebras. The full interview transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Northampton Town Game.


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1 April 2009 : Reserves Line-Up vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town Reserves have named the following line-up for this afternoon's match against Swindon Town Reserves. The game features one trialist in the form of Darren Stapleton, who by the looks of things will be in front of or behind Nathan Jones on the left flank.

Darren was born in Dublin on March 19th 1987 and was formerly on the books of Shamrock Rovers in Ireland. He can play anywhere along the left flank, and is a former Reading trainee who has also played for Kildare County. He has also represented the Republic Of Ireland side at Under 16s, 17s, 18s, 19s and 21s level. He is a free agent, having been released by Shamrock Rovers in February 2009 by mutual consent, having spent much of the latter part of their 2008 season out with a cartilage injury.

The full line-up and formation is expected to be:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Josh Wagenaar
Craig Alcock, Rob Fitzgerald, Jason Sangha, Nathan Jones
Aidan Downes, Danny Schofield, Danny Maguire, Darren Stapleton
Andre McCollin, Adam Wakely

Substitutes: Keiran Murtagh, Joe Byrne, Harry Nodwell.


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1 April 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Northampton Town Match
For those of you who were at last night's match at Huish Park, don't forget to submit your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 1-0 win over Northampton Town, along with entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you want to make on the game, by using the form below.

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


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1 April 2009 : Communication, Communication, Communication
In a bid to relate more to the fans Yeovil Town and Media and Publications Manager Adrian Hopper have entered the world of Twitter.

Supporters will be able to follow Mr Hopper's day as he busily promotes the club. The hive of activity that is Public Relations at Huish Park will be laid bare so supporters can feel a part of their club and its every move.

Chairman John Fry admitted :

"Twitter was a mystery to me. I'd never heard of it to be honest. But I'm always willing to try anything new to increase and improve the transparency that is the hallmark of Yeovil Town. So when Hopper came to me and said he'd like to launch a Twitter site I was all ears. I took a look and saw the potential benefits immediately. This club relies on its unsung heroes and their initiatives."

You can find the new Twitter site, promoted under the name 'Fatharry', here. Follow the regular updates as Fat Harry tweets and twitters on his daily routine.

Link: http://twitter.com/Fatharry


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