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30 April 2010 : Fancy An Extra 217,000 Pounds Per Season? No Thanks!
This week, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry (or at least his chosen representative) chose to vote against a deal that would have netted the club the sum of £217,000 extra per season. As did all of his fellow League One Chairmen. Are they all mad?

Well no, not entirely. New Premier League proposals for the distribution of Solidarity Payments show that you should always check the small print when going into a financial arrangement. And yes, sometimes you should look a gift horse in the mouth.

Find out why, via the article below. Views on what is likely to be a running story over the close season, are obviously welcomed.

Link: Football League Blog : Fancy An Extra £217,000 Per Season? No Thanks!


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30 April 2010 : Skivo Previews The Oldham Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Oldham Match.


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30 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Match Preview
Yeovil Town play the final home match of their 2009-10 season tomorrow when they take on Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. The match is still one of significant importance to the Glovers, given that they still need a point to secure their League One status for next season. It is quite likely that once we reach the end of Game No.46 that we will find that 50 points is already enough to see safety, but no-one is going to take any chances.

The Glovers go into the match five points clear of the drop zone and in 17th place. Given their opponents are just two points ahead and two places higher, this is a good opportunity to claim three points and stop matters getting as far as the final day of the season, even if Millwall getting a result at Tranmere Rovers would achieve the same thing.

Home results have wobbled lately, with three defeats in the last four games, albeit with two of those opponents currently still aiming for automatic promotion. One win in their last eight matches means the Glovers have stuttered to the finish line, even if few of their rivals have shown good enough form themselves to take advantage. Skiverton talks of playing with "walking wounded" all too frequently - it's clear that some of the players are having to be wrapped in cotton wool to get them to the end of the season.

Striker Sam Williams is the only definite absentee, with knee ligament damage, although Aidan Downes has missed the last two matches with his own knee problems. Skiverton admitted that four of his players were kept out of training on Thursday in a bid to allow them to recover from knocks and he will put them through light training this morning to see if they are up to the job.

No specific names are mentioned, but it was known following Saturday's Brentford game that Dean Bowditch, Gavin Tomlin, Steven Caulker and Keiran Murtagh all needed post-match treatment, along with Gavin Williams, who limped out of the Griffin Park game with a knee injury. Shaun MacDonald's return to Swansea City rules him out, and that does give Skiverton one small positive - he no longer needs to sit one of his loan players in the stand tomorrow.

Oldham have had their own problems this week, with midfielder Dean Furman ruled out of the match after a knee injury flared up. However, they do welcome back Jim Goodwin and Chris Taylor who have recently been on the treatment table, but turned out for Oldham Reserves in midweek. Striker Pawel Abbott had to come off during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southend United, but is expected to have recovered from a jarred knee in time for tomorrow's game.

Four players come up against their former clubs tomorrow. Glovers trio Jean-Paul Kalala, Terrell Forbes and Stefan Stam all used to play at Boundary Park, whilst Jonathan Worthington has made 16 appearances for the Latics this season after having had a loan spell at Huish Park last season.

The Latics go into the match unbeaten in five matches. That has included three away matches of which two ended in a 0-0 draw. Their most recent match on the road was against Southampton and saw opposition manager Alan Pardew complaining bitterly after the game about what he saw as persistent timewasting by the Latics in achieving their goalless result. Given that the October 2009 match at Boundary Park ended up in a 0-0 draw, and a point would see Yeovil safe, this wouldn't be too surprising a result on Saturday.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow, with tickets available on the day of the game, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those who want to obtain tickets at the pre-match price, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight, either in person or on 01935-847888.

Note that End of Season Presentations will take place at the end of the game, so allow a bit of extra time for getting home tomorrow. And needless to say - stay off the pitch on the final whistle to allow the presentations, and any potential lap of honour to take place.

Link: Skivo Counts The Walking Wounded.

Link: Skivo Wanting To Finish The Job Off At Home.

Link: 2009-10 End Of Season Awards Schedule.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic.


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30 April 2010 : Skivo Counts The Walking Wounded
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he has faced another challenging week, in terms of trying to juggle his players and decide which ones should participate in the daily training sessions. A growing number of players are suffering 'wear'n'tear' injuries, with Sam Williams and Aidan Downes having missed last weekend's match at Brentford. Both are expected to miss tomorrow's home match against Oldham Athletic.

However, Gavin Williams (knee and ankle), Dean Bowditch (groin), Gavin Tomlin (groin), Steven Caulker (calf) and Keiran Murtagh (dead leg) have all been suffering and Skiverton admitted that in the lead-up to the away trip to Griffin Park at one point he only had four or five players in full training.

This week looks to be a little better, but Skiverton had admitted that even as late as yesterday, he still had four players not training, and suggested that the problem had a noticeable effect in the 1-1 draw at Griffin Park:

"People haven't trained, but we need to look after them now. Fitness isn't really going to affect them at this time of the season. We did it last week (before Brentford) where a few people trained later on in the week, but then they weren't as fit on the Saturday. We had four missing today (Thursday) but hopefully they'll do a bit of light stuff tomorrow (Friday) and then be fit for the weekend, because it's still a vitally important game for us and we need to make sure that we keep it in our own hands."


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30 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Glass Half Empty
As we approach the penultimate match of the 2009-10 season, Taff wonders why we're not yet celebrating what is likely to be - allowing for final disasters - another season in League One next year. A look where things stand from a playing point of view, and a look forward to the Oldham Athletic match on Saturday can be found via the link below.

Comments, agreeable views and alternative views as always welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Glass Half Empty.


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29 April 2010 : Ainsworth Apology Not Accepted
Following last weekend's news, concerning Brentford loan winger Lionel Ainsworth, the player himself has confirmed that he has left Griffin Park and returned to his parent club Huddersfield Town.

Ainsworth stalked off down the tunnel when he was substituted on the hour mark during last weekend's 1-1 draw at Griffin Park against Yeovil Town, leading his manager Andy Scott to vow that he would never play for the Bees again. Despite Ainsworth later apologising about his behaviour, through the local media, the former Hereford United winger has told the Staines News that he was shown the door and sent back to the Galpharm Stadium after playing for Brentford Reserves on Monday. But Ainsworth was unimpressed with Scott's failure to tell him the news in person:

"He didn't tell me personally. I got a call from my agent after the reserve game on Monday to say they didn't want me back, so I didn't have a chance to apologise in person. I'm going to go back to Huddersfield now and get my head down. I came to Brentford to play games, but I made just one start, and that was with three games left. It's not enough, and I don't know why he didn't pick me."

We think it's probably safe to say that Andy Scott and Lionel Ainsworth will not be teaming up with each other next season.


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29 April 2010 : Caulker Gets Triple England Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker has received another England Under 19s call-up for three away matches in late May. The matches are part of the UEFA European U19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round and will take place in Kiev, Ukraine.

Caulker is one of 18 players selected for the squad for the right to play in the finals which will be played in France in July, featuring the final eight clubs. England need to win the group for the right to travel to France. The last of their three qualifying matches will be a genuinely tough one - their game against the Ukraine will see the two teams that contested the 2009 UEFA European U19 Championship Final meet again.

Another familiar name in the squad is Andros Townsend, who is back at Caulker's parent club Tottenham Hotspur. But there is no place for midfielder Ryan Mason, who doubtless Spurs are glad to be able to rest this summer.

Of course, the schedule below will have no effect upon Yeovil Town's commitments, given that Caulker will return to White Hart Lane after next weekend's match at Brighton and Hove Albion. Congratulations to Steven on more great recognition for his performances this season.

Schedule:
26/05/2010 15:00hrs : England vs Republic of Ireland : Obolon Arena, Kiev, Ukraine
28/05/2010 15:00hrs : England vs Bosnia & Herzegovina : Obolon Arena, Kiev, Ukraine
31/05/2010 18:00hrs : Ukraine vs England : Valeriy Lobanovskyi Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

England Under 19s Squad:
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), John Bostock (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Stephen Caulker (Yeovil Town - On loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Thomas Cruise (Arsenal), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Matthew James (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Jacob Mellis (Chelsea), Alex Nimely (Manchester City), Frank Nouble (Swindon Town - on loan from West Ham United), Liam O'Brien (Portsmouth), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).


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29 April 2010 : Skivo Looking At Summer Ayling Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has seen enough of Arsenal defender Luke Ayling to know that he would like to have him in the Glovers squad for next season.

Ayling has so far featured in two away matches at Southend United and Brentford - in both cases occupying a more unfamiliar midfield role, rather than the centre-back position he has tended to occupy for the Gunners Reserve side. Coming on as a substitute in both games, Ayling has not had a lot of time on the field of play for the Glovers, but benefited just over a week ago when Skiverton hosted a trial match, fielding a team full of what the Yeovil boss described as "young lads from Premier League teams".

The 18 year old took part in that game, and also featured in Yeovil Town Reserves' 2-0 defeat at Welton Rovers on Tuesday night. Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that he has now seen enough to know that he wants to give Ayling a chance for next season:

"I think he has shown versatility and he has got a great attitude in training. Because we have not had much chance to look at him, he has played in a trial game for us as well as the Somerset Premier Cup and every time he has played he has given 100 percent. He is one of those lads that we will be looking to do something with in the summer if we can agree something with the people that look after him."

What Skiverton is not specific about, is whether Ayling would be lined up as a permanent signing, or whether he sees him as a candidate for one of next season's long term loan deals. Ayling's contract is believed to run until the end of this season, and it's not clear whether the Gunners will be keeping him on or not.


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29 April 2010 : Ladies Bidding For Cup Final Glory
A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies play their Somerset FA Womenís Senior County Cup Final match tonight against Keynsham Town. The game takes place at Shepton Mallet FC, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. There will be a "small" admission charge for the game.

Keynsham will go into the match as favourites, currently playing in the National Premier League Southern Division. They have been holders of the County Cup for the past three seasons, but the Glovers are looking to enter the National Division themselves, as part of their promotion campaign that is still very much alive, and so will see this as a useful test of how well they would be likely to compete in the division above.

Ladies captain Sarah Lawler certainly sees the match that way, and has told the Ladies official site that this is a big opportunity for people to see what Ladies football in the area is all about:

"This will be a great game for us as it will give us a real measure of National League football, and it is always great to play in any cup final to hopefully show-piece the talent on offer in Somerset. All the girls are up for it and we have done our homework over their last three games which may help us prepare for the match. Please come up and support us for the 7.30pm kick-off on Thursday night at Shepton Mallet FC. We want our green army there! It is a cup final and anything can happen."


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29 April 2010 : Skivo Wanting To Finish The Job Off At Home
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants his team to finish the job off, by getting a positive result against Oldham Athletic this weekend at Huish Park. The Glovers need two more points to mathematically guarantee survival in League One, or more likely one point if you don't believe in the possibility of cricket scores upsetting Yeovil's superior goal difference.

Defeat on Saturday could leave the Glovers needing to get a result at Brighton and Hove Albion's Withdean Stadium on the final day of the 2009-10 season if Tranmere Rovers beat Millwall at Prenton Park on Saturday. Skiverton has told the Western Daily Press that he wants to get everything sorted before that final game:

"We are looking to make sure we do something at home. Our form has been very good at home. I never like to say we are almost there, because a team can win two games on the bounce. We definitely will want to get another win and we want to do that next weekend. We tried to finish the job at Brentford but that did not quite happen."

Of course there is still a high probability that the Glovers would stay in League One even if they lost both games against Oldham and Brighton. All it would take would be for Tranmere to drop a point, or for one of the other sides below them in the table to also slip up, but the Yeovil boss does not want to take any chances:

"We have got to make sure every eventuality is covered. There is no good saying we are nearly there. We will not relax until we are completely there. I would prefer to be in this position and have other teams trying to catch us. We know we have got to go out and play with good tempo and energy and hopefully we can play as well as we have been playing at home lately."

KEY FIXTURES:

Yeovil Town: Oldham Athletic (h), Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
Leyton Orient: Wycombe Wanderers (h), Colchester United (a)
Exeter City: Hartlepool United (a), Huddersfield Town (h)
Gillingham: Southampton (h), Wycombe Wanderers (a)
Tranmere: Millwall (h), Stockport County (a)

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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28 April 2010 : 2009-10 End Of Season Awards Schedule
The 2009-10 End Of Season Awards for Yeovil Town's players will be announced and distributed on Saturday 1st May, as part of the home match against Oldham Athletic.

Given that the Glovers still need a point to guarantee (give or take a cricket score) League One survival, it comes as little surprise to find that the awards will be presented after the match against the Latics, no doubt to ensure that players' minds are fully focussed on the game.

As ever, spectators will be asked to stay off the Huish Park pitch upon the final whistle.

Link: 2008-09 End Of Season Awards.


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28 April 2010 : Glovers To Stage Cup Final
Yeovil Town will stage the Somerset Premier Cup final; the decision announced merely hours after getting knocked out of the tournament. The match between Welton Rovers and Bridgwater Town will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 4th May, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The date for the final had been cast in stone for several weeks now, but with the venue undecided. It would appear likely that if the Glovers had got through last night, that the game would have been staged at another venue, but that with Huish Park now able to act as a neutral venue, Yeovil are able to host the competition final.


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28 April 2010 : Hartlepool Go On A Double Date With Destiny
League One side Hartlepool United have been given two dates next week for their case concerning the fielding of an ineligible player to be heard. Pools were due to respond to charges brought against themselves and defender Gary Liddle on Monday, after he was included in an Easter Monday line-up against Brighton and Hove Albion whilst suspended from first team matches.

The expectation had been for the Football Association to dish out an immediate three point deduction for the offence at the start of this week. It would appear that Hartlepool have requested a personal hearing into the matter.

They've now been given two separate hearings. The first will be hosted by the Football League on Tuesday 4th May, whilst the second will be staged by the Football Association on Thursday 6th May.

Both Hartlepool and Liddle have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E10 Ė failure to comply with a decision of The Association. The accusation will be that both parties had an obligation to be aware of when suspensions for players kicked in, and so to ensure that Liddle did not appear on the Easter Monday teamsheet. Pools are claiming that as the FA only sent through the list of suspended players on the Tuesday after the holiday weekend, they were unaware of Liddle's suspension.

Hartlepool have a chance to make the hearing largely irrelevant from a points perspective, with a home match against Exeter City this weekend. If they beat the Grecians, then even a three point deduction would see them still safe from relegation. However, at present a points deduction would place them three points off the relegation line, and so with two games left to play, Pools have to ensure that what happens off the field next week does not affect their on the field plans.

Link: Pools Plead Innocence, Seagulls Plead For Points.

Link: Hartlepool Facing Points Deduction?


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28 April 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for Saturday's home match against Oldham Athletic have been announced. The man in charge will be the familiar name of Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). There are few officials on the circuit that we don't need to really write a profile for, given how well known they are by Glovers fans. The other would be a Mr T Kettle, but that is for reasons much different to that of Mr Singh.

His star has slipped slightly since the time when he got applauded by Huish Park spectators just for doing his warm-ups before one particular game - when did a referee ever get that sort of reception from a home crowd? His main faux pas came during a home game in the 2007-08 season, when he entirely missed 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, denying a certain goal - 19th January, 2008. Perhaps we've scrutinised him a little bit more critically since then, realising that even a good referee is not infallible.

Since that gaffe, he turned up twice during the 2008-09 season. The first was on 22nd November, 2008, when he had a decent enough match in the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. The second was April 2009's 3-4 home defeat against Hartlepool United in which both teams were allowed to play fast flowing football.

The most recent appearance saw Mr Singh take charge of the September 2009 0-1 home defeat against Swindon Town. There were no real complaints about the match officiating - unless your name is Danny Wilson - the Robins manager got sent off and slammed Singh's decision to do so as "pathetic and embarrassing". The background to Wilson losing his rag would rather suggest that such a label should have been pointed towards the away dugout and not the referee.

This will become the 11th time Mr Singh has been in the middle for Yeovil Town games since joining the National List, with ten 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.

Mr Singh will be assisted by Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).


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28 April 2010 : Full Transparency For Football League Club Ownership?
Back in October 2009, this site published an article on the culture of hiding the true ownership of English football clubs. The Football League's board have at times been clearly frustrated at the lack of transparancy amongst some of its member clubs.

The League though look to be about to get a helping hand from an unexpected source that may help them provide leverage towards forcing clubs to make public their ultimate beneficial owners. More details on that are in the article linked below, which also considers the issue of the current 10 point penalty issued to clubs falling into administration.

Additional views and observations, as always, are welcomed via the Comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Football League Blog : Full Transparency For Football League Club Ownership?


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27 April 2010 : Welton 2 Yeovil 0 : Reserves Crash Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves crashed out of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight with a poor performance served up against Western League Premier Division side Welton Rovers. Despite fielding eight first team players in the starting line-up, a dreadful start condemned Yeovil to a deserved defeat, as Welton striker James Billing put the home side two goals up inside four minutes.

Welton had further chances to increase their lead during the early part of the game and although Lloyd Matthews and Andre McCollin got the ball in the back of the net during the game, the offside flag thwarted them, and otherwise it was the Western Leaguers who looked more likely to increase their lead.

With five of the first team players out of contract at the end of this season, this match should have been an opportunity for a couple of fringe players to persuade the Glovers management team that they were worth a new deal for next season. Instead, they are more likely to have persuaded the opposite as Welton deservedly found their route through to the final.

Final Score: Welton Rovers 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Scorers: James Billing (1 min, 1-0), James Billing (4 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Richard Martin 2. Danny Hutchins 3. Rhys Baggridge 4. Stefan Stam 5. Luke Ayling 6. Sam Ford 7. Arron Davies 8. Nathan Jones 9. Lloyd Matthews 10. Andre McCollin 11. Scott Murray

Substitutes:
12. Cory Lewis 13. Steve Boore 14. Joe Grimstead (for Scott Murray) 15. Adam Wakley (for Arron Davies) 16. Tom Gallagher (for Luke Ayling)


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27 April 2010 : Southampton Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home game took place around 10 days ago and saw the Glovers slip to a 90th minute defeat against Southampton. Saints substitute Lee Barnard scored the game's only goal three minutes into injury time for a rather cruel end to a game that the Glovers had played a strong part in.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, the majority of supporters only ever saw one outcome. Gavin Williams and Andy Welsh picked up a reasonable number of votes through their attacking play, but the outright winner was a mile away, with central defender Steven Caulker coming out on top by a sizeable margin. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM marks in brackets:

1 Steven Caulker 386 (32)
2 Gavin Williams 118 (5)
3 Andy Welsh 116 (5)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 76 (3)
5 Terrell Forbes 56 (1)
6 Nathan Smith 54 (3)
7 Craig Alcock 36 (1)
8 Alex McCarthy 32 (1)
9 Dean Bowditch 30 (2)
10 Shaun MacDonald 28 (0)
11 Gavin Tomlin 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.13

Performance: 8.08
Entertainment: 8.19

VOTES RECEIVED: 53


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27 April 2010 : Final Championship Place Goes Down To The Wire
The final relegation spot in the Championship division will go down to the wire after Crystal Palace were unable to guarantee their own survival last night. In a televised match against promoted West Bromwich Albion both goals at Selhurst Park were scored inside four first half minutes, as a Steven Reid own goal gave Palace the lead, and then the Baggies grabbed a Gabriel Tamas equaliser.

In an unsurprisingly high octane match, Palace lost Neil Danns to a headbutt, but they were mere centimetres away from ensuring their own survival in the 96th minute as Darren Ambrose appeared to be firing home the winning goal with the last kick of the game, only for Marek Cech to produce a brilliant goal line block. Just 10 seconds later the final whistle blew - on such fine lines the future can be decided.

Fortunately for Palace, they still have another bite of the cherry. Their final match is a "winner takes all" clash at Hillsborough, when they travel to play Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday at 1.00p.m. Palace hold a two point advantage, and so a draw would see the Yorkshire side relegated. But whoever loses will be condemned to third tier football for the 2010-11 season.


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27 April 2010 : Welton Rovers vs Reserves : County Cup Preview
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves travel to play their Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final tie against Welton Rovers tonight. The match is being played at Welton's West Clewes ground in Midsomer Norton. Kick-off is 7.45p.m.

Address: West Clewes, North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD.

Assuming you are coming from Yeovil, head northbound up the A37, and then take the A367 towards Bath. Head into Midsomer Norton via the B3355. then turn left at the first mini-roundabout into Midsomer Norton High Street (you can't turn right here). Turn right at the second mini-roundabout, then right again at the third mini-roundabout into North Road. West Clewes is on the left-hand side 200 yards down the road.

Note that Welton Rovers have warned that parking is very limited at the ground. Their official site indicates that "spectators are advised that if they can walk to the ground it would be helpful as car parking places will be at a premium, or park their vehicles away from West Clewes would be helpful".

Unfortunately there's no indication of any admission prices for this match, nor of what sort of Yeovil team is likely to be fielded. With regards to the latter, we'd assume that once again the team will be built around a mix of those players who warmed the first team bench at Brentford on Saturday, plus a number of Under 18s players.

The game will be played to a conclusion tonight with the winners facing Bridgwater Town in the Final on Tuesday 4th May, with venue yet to be decided.

If anyone is going to tonight's match and can provide some updates, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with a mobile number if we don't already have it.


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26 April 2010 : Another Stansfield Update
Further good progress is being made by former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield as he continues to recuperate following his recent operation. The 31 year old remains in the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital after an operation earlier this month to remove a cancerous growth.

As yet, he will not be allowed to go home, but the RD&E Hospital have released a statement via Exeter City's official site that suggests that all is still going to plan:

"Adam is comfortable and his progress is reviewed daily. He is not expected to be ready to go home just yet. Adam and his family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support and for respecting their privacy."

A reminder that you can leave messages via Exeter's official site, or on a Facebook group, via the links below.

Link: Exeter Official Site: Messages For Adam Stansfield.

Link: Facebook : Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield Group.


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26 April 2010 : Alcock In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has been nominated in this week's League One Team of the Week. Chosen by Press Association representatives for the Football League, Craig played 90 minutes in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Brentford and put in a couple of terrific defensive blocks during the game, even if referee Graham Horwood didn't always see it the same way.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Darren Randolph (Charlton)
Craig Alcock (Yeovil Town), Paul Robinson (Millwall), Marlon Broomes (Tranmere), Lee Peltier (Huddersfield)
Michail Antonio (Southampton), Richard Taundry (Walsall), Darel Russell (Norwich), Elliott Bennett (Brighton)
Luciano Becchio (Leeds), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield)

This is Craig's second nomination of the season, having already been picked out during September. He joins his former team-mate Lee Peltier, who used to rival him for the right-back slot at Huish Park, and has been slotted in on the opposite full-back position after Huddersfield Town's 6-0 demolition of Stockport County.

Link: 12/04/2010 : Gavin Williams In Team Of The Week.

Link: 02/03/2010 : Steven Caulker and Shaun MacDonald In Team Of The Week.

Link: 08/02/2010 : Dean Bowditch In Team Of The Week.

Link: 25/01/2010 : Ryan Mason and Stefan Stam In Team Of The Week.

Link: 19/10/2009 : Ryan Mason In Team Of The Week.

Link: 12/10/2009 : Scott Murray In Team Of The Week.

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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26 April 2010 : Sherborne Keeper Praises Glovers Trio
Sherborne Town goalkeeper Callum Antell has praised three of Yeovil Town's players and coaches after having completed a short term spell at Raleigh Grove. The former Swindon Town Youth Team keeper had been released by the Wiltshire side and headed to Dorset where he split his time between playing for Sherborne and receiving full time coaching at Huish Park.

Callum has picked out Yeovil Town's Goalkeeping Coach Ben Roberts, and First Team keeper Alex McCarthy for praise in helping him improve his game, but also cited Glovers Youth Team defender Rhys Baggridge, who has also had a dual role with Yeovil and Sherborne over the past few months.

With Callum living away from home and in an unfamiliar environment, the 17 year old told Sherborne's official site that having Rhys in a similar position helped him significantly:

"Rhys helped me to get to know the boys and I think he has played really well. It has been brilliant to train at Yeovil and I would like to thank the staff for giving me the chance as it has been a great experience. Alex (McCarthy) has been really helpful as well. He said mistakes will happen and I used to think about that too much, but I have learned to get over them. Ben (Roberts) is another brilliant person and I can talk to him about anything. He will get the best out of you and will keep pushing until you cannot give any more. It was up to him whether I could train with Yeovil and I hope I have done myself justice."

Sherborne's season ended on Saturday, meaning that Callum now becomes a free agent. Both him and Glovers first year scholar Rhys Baggridge played in the Dorset side's final match in their Western League Premier Division season, seeing Sherborne lose 3-0 against Bristol Manor Farm.

The result means that Sherborne are left sweating on the remaining fixtures in the division, with Brislington hosting Melksham Town tonight. A draw or a win for Brislington would keep Sherborne up, with Melksham just one point behind in the current table, but with an inferior goal difference. However, if Melksham grab an away win, then Sherborne would join Calne Town in the final relegation slots without even kicking a ball.


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26 April 2010 : 2009-10 PFA League One Team Of The Season
The Professional Footballers' Association have announced their Teams of the Year for the 2009-10 Season. Selected by the players themselves, they have to vote for the opposition players that have impressed them the most over the season.

With Yeovil Town currently in 17th place in the League One table, it was always unlikely that they would get any of their current playing squad in there, and the final selection is dominated by Champions Norwich City and another side relegated from the Championship last season - Southampton - picking up three nominations each.

The third side relegated from the Championship last season were Charlton Athletic, who picked up two nominations, along with Leeds United. But there is no place for their striker Jermaine Beckford, who has been outshone this season by target men Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert. Set piece specialist Ian Harte is the one nomination from an 'unfashionable' club, having netted 18 times this season, despite being a defender by trade.

The full League One Team of the Year is as follows:

Goalkeeper:
Kelvin Davis (Southampton)

Defenders:
Frazer Richardson (Charlton Athletic)
Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds United)
Gary Doherty (Norwich City)
Ian Harte (Carlisle United)

Midfielders:
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)
Jason Puncheon (Southampton)
Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United)
Nicky Bailey (Charlton Athletic)

Strikers:
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Grant Holt (Norwich City)


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26 April 2010 : Bees Boss : Yeovil Were Waiting To Get Beaten
Brentford boss Andy Scott has said that his half time team talk on Saturday centred around his conviction that they could still get back into the game. The Bees boss said that he felt that after Yeovil scored early on through a Gavin Tomlin penalty that the Glovers were sitting back on the 1-0 lead and felt his side could still get back into the match.

Speaking to Brentford's official site, Scott said that the Glovers did not have a shot on goal after the penalty until Tomlin's last minute effort that nearly won the game for the Glovers:

"The attitude and application were fantastic on a hot day. To get a point was a good result. Yeovil were waiting to get beaten. They got lucky with the penalty and until the last minute did not have another attempt on goal. We knew they were there for the taking. It's 11 games unbeaten now and we want to get to the end of the season unbeaten."

On the third minute penalty - given for an apparent handball by Bees striker Charlie MacDonald, Scott remained tight-lipped, pausing only to say:

"It's cost me a lot of money talking about referees this season, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions."

The 1-1 draw at Griffin Park has seen some fall-out in the Brentford camp, with Huddersfield Town right-winger Lionel Ainsworth being told by Scott that his loan spell with the Bees is as good as ended, after he stormed off down the tunnel after being substituted by the Bees boss during the second half. The winger, who once scored a hat-trick against the Glovers whilst playing for Hereford United, had a fairly quiet game, and Scott said that Ainsworth would not be playing next week, even if that left Brentford down to 12 or 13 players:

"He showed a total lack of respect for his team-mates, for me and most importantly the supporters. He won't play again for the first team and will be in the reserves on Monday. His actions were in contrast to the fantastic spirit we've got here."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brentford Interview.

Link: Brentford 1 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Bees Strike.

Link: Brentford v Yeovil Town Man of the Match Voting Form.


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25 April 2010 : League One Round-Up : Au Revoir Shrimpers
As the majority of the Football League drops down into its last two games of the 2009-10 season, more positions are beginning to be finalised. Most significant in League One was that Southend United's annus horribilis full of winding up orders and unpaid wages was finally put to rest, with the Shrimpers now destined for League Two football next season.

Manager Steve Tilson was at the helm when Southend joined Yeovil Town in gaining promotion from League Two at the end of the 2004-05 season. Now they find themselves back where they started five years ago, having briefly made it into the Championship along the way. Tilson admitted that it was the worst day of his managerial career, and said that the off-the-field problems had not helped his cause:

"What has happened off the field has not helped and it is going to be a challenge to bring in players for next season. We know from experience that League Two is not easy but the fans understand what has been going on and we owe it to them to bounce back. It is bitterly disappointing and when you look at this side compared to our side in the Championship it is way off."

Their 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic may have gained them a point on the day, but one win in their last 20 matches is what has condemned them, with the January sale of Lee Barnard and failure to pay players on time between January and March undeniably large factors in the Essex side's sudden fall from grace. Their firing of assistant manager Paul Brush and the return (and disappearance) of David Webb made for further disruption, and it's a minor miracle that Tilson hasn't thrown in the towel himself.

Stockport County are of course already condemned to League Two. Some teams suddenly start playing well after they've been relegated. Others fall apart. The Hatters' 0-6 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, with six different Terriers players getting on the scoresheet tells you which way County are going. With rumours that manager Gary Ablett is going to be replaced by Jim Gannon if their latest consortium bidding to take over the club has their way, doubtless both players and management can't wait for the season to end.

Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers continue to occupy the other two relegation spots, although both sides will claim that they are still in with a shout of escaping from relegation. Wycombe have two six-pointers to play with - an away trip to Leyton Orient, followed by a home match against travel-sick Gillingham. However, Wanderers need to win both games - anything less will see them relegated. Even then they will be hoping that one of Exeter City or Gillingham make a mess of their other fixtures. Wanderers picked up a creditable 2-2 draw against Swindon Town on Saturday, to mess up Swindon's automatic promotion hopes.

Tranmere are the side who realistically have got a chance of escaping. They have a home match against Millwall next Saturday, where they will doubtless hope that the Lions have nerves about their automatic promotion chances, followed by an away trip to Stockport County. They lie two points adrift of safety at present. From a Yeovil Town perspective, they are the key team for Glovers fans - if Tranmere drop any points in their last two games, then Yeovil are safe. Conversely, just a point from the Glovers in their last two matches will mean that Tranmere's goal difference will require some cricket scores for Yeovil to be relegated. Tranmere drew 1-1 at Colchester United on Saturday, with both goals being scored in the first six minutes.

Just outside the relegation zone, and Exeter City drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic, whilst Gillingham lost 2-0 at Norwich City and Leyton Orient lost 2-1 at Millwall. That trio of results meant that none of the teams below Yeovil gained any ground, and in a couple of cases, they moved a point further away. The result at Carrow Road meant that Norwich were crowned as League One Champions. They remain nine points clear at the top of the division.

Hartlepool United are the highest placed club that can still be relegated, and much of that will depend upon what happens tomorrow, whilst no footballs are being kicked. The FA hearing into the selection of central defender Gary Liddle over the Easter weekend whilst he was suspended will be heard tomorrow. The expectation is for Pools to get a three point deduction that would see them and Yeovil Town swap places, and put them three points off the relegation zone.

At the other end of the table, the top six teams are now decided in terms of their identities, even if there is still the question of who will grab the final promotion place. Colchester United and Southampton had their play-off hopes dashed by Huddersfield's 6-0 win, with there now a seven point gap between the Terriers and Colchester. That means attention turns to the battle for second place, with Leeds United and Millwall a point apart with identical goal difference. Neither side has an easy pair of final games, with Leeds visiting Charlton Athletic next Saturday, whilst Millwall are home to Swindon Town on the final day.

Leeds warmed up by thrashing Milton Keynes Dons 4-1, although they were helped by the Dons shooting themselves in the foot, having Mathias Doumbe, David McCracken and Peter Leven all given straight red cards by referee Michael Oliver. Meanwhile Millwall inflicted Russell Slade's first defeat as Leyton Orient manager, with the Lions winning 2-1 at the New Den.

At the bottom of the Championship, matters are suddenly a lot more simple, with only Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday able to now join already relegated Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United. Palace have it in their own hands, with a home televised fixture against already promoted West Bromwich Albion able to give them safety if they can beat the Baggies. Otherwise next Sunday will see showdown at Hillsborough as Wednesday meet Palace in the six-pointer of all six-pointers. At present Palace have a single point on their side.

League Two has seen AFC Bournemouth's promotion confirmed with a 2-0 away win against Burton Albion. They join Notts County and Rochdale in League One next season. As for the play-offs, matters are still firmly undecided, with even Shrewsbury Town in 12th still able to sneak their way in. With five teams separated by just one point around the crucial last play-off place, the possibilities are endless.

LEAGUE ONE UPS'N'DOWNS

Relegated From Championship: Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle. Plus one of Sheffield Wednesday or Crystal Palace.

Promoted From League One: Norwich City (also Champions).
Automatic Promotion: One of Leeds United, Millwall, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic or Huddersfield Town.
Play-Offs: Any four of the above.

Relegated From League One: Stockport County and Southend United.
Other Relegation Spots: Two from Wycombe Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham, Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town or Hartlepool United.

Promoted From League Two: Notts County, Rochdale and AFC Bournemouth.
Play-Offs: Any four from Rotherham United, Bury, Aldershot, Dagenham and Redbridge, Chesterfield, Port Vale, Morecambe, Northampton Town or Shrewsbury Town.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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25 April 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brentford Interview
Having already posted Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton's post-match views for the 1-1 draw against Brentford, his pre-match interview is now also available. Once again, questions are from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, including details of why Shaun MacDonald was not playing, and Skivo's tactical approach to the game. The transcript of both interviews can be found via the link below.

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

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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25 April 2010 : Ladies 4 Havant and Waterlooville 0 : Glovers Keep Promotion Dreams Alive
Yeovil Town Ladies were in action today in a top three clash against Havant and Waterlooville, still hoping for promotion from the South West Women's Combination Football League. With Havant in second place in the table, and Yeovil in third, the Glovers needed to take good advantage of the six-pointer, and they did so in emphatic style.

A hat-trick from Jemma Tewksbury during the first half brushed aside their opponents, and Havant put through their own net during the second period to produce a 4-0 final scoreline.

The result leaves the Ladies in third place in the table, but narrows the gap on Havant to just two points, with three games in hand. The leaders are currently Chesham United, who started the day six points ahead of Yeovil, but again having played three games more. The Ladies have five matches left to play, with four of those away from home. Probably the most vital game of the lot is an away trip to Plymouth Argyle next Sunday, who lie in 5th place in the table and have proved to be difficult opponents over the years.

Next up though, is Thursday night's match against Keynsham Town in the Somerset Women's Senior Cup Final. Their opponents lie in the Premier League Southern Division, and the game will take place at Shepton Mallet FC on April 29th, kick-off 7.30p.m.


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25 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Brentford, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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25 April 2010 : Final Reminder For Away Travel Club Player Of The Season
A reminder that today is your final opportunity to get your votes in for the Away Travel Club Player of the Season. The award will be presented to the winner on the final home game of the season against Oldham Athletic next Saturday.

To place your vote, simply email Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk naming your own personal player of the season and Mark will collate the votes.

Please get all votes in by the end of today as the Away Travel Club will need a clear week to get the trophy engraved with the winner. Note that voting is open to all Yeovil Town supporters.


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25 April 2010 : Super Gav Gamble Didn't Pay Off
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he took a gamble on the fitness of midfield playmaker Gavin Williams, and it didn't really pay off. The Bristol City loan player was withdrawn 42 minutes into the 1-1 draw against Brentford, hobbling off with an ankle injury.

A knee problem had come close to keeping Williams out of last week's match against Southampton and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the situation was compounded by a training ground injury on Friday:

"He turned his ankle yesterday (Friday) in training and he's still struggling with his knee as well, so it's a case of patching a few of the lads up and making sure that they get out there. The gamble didn't really work with Gavin today, but he'll be fit next week. We're going to have to rest him up properly, and make sure he's ready for the upcoming games, because when you look around on the bench, there's not too many attacking options."


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24 April 2010 : MacDonald Returns To Swansea City
Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald looks to have played his last game for Yeovil Town after he was left out of this afternoon's squad to face Brentford. The Welshman has a groin injury, and has left Somerset already, returning to the Championship side so that the situation can be assessed.

Manager Terry Skiverton is pessimistic about Shaun's chances of returning to Huish Park this season, confirming to BBC Somerset that a scan would be needed to diagnose the problem:

"Shaun MacDonald is struggling with his groin, so he's gone back to Swansea for a scan. So he's unavailable this weekend. I think we'll do well for Shaun to play for us again this season, which is a little bit of a blow. We wanted to keep that a little bit under our hats until today."

Across three separate loan spells for the Glovers, including two this season, Shaun clocked up 36 appearances, scoring five goals, and has been a popular figure amongst Yeovil Town fans. Skiverton had no hesitation in paying tribute to his efforts:

"Shaun has done a fantastic job for us, and he's been a very good servant, even though he's been on loan, and we wish him all the best for the future. You never know, he might come back one day in some sort of form. It's a big disappointment for us, but we've got to move on."

Shaun is out of contract at the Liberty Stadium, but has yet to be offered a new deal by Swansea City. We'll keep an eye on what happens to him next with interest, but in the meantime, would thank him for playing such a prominent role during the season.


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24 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Brentford Betting
Taff posted a new blog entry just before kick-off today, giving his pre-match prediction and analysis of the betting for the match against Brentford. Unfortunately, we didn't spot it until after the match - however, that's still OK, as you can have a post-match laugh at his optimism. We're only surprised a little sneaky edit wasn't done post-match.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Brentford Betting.


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24 April 2010 : Brentford v Yeovil Town Man of the Match Voting Form
If you were at today's 1-1 draw against Brentford at Griffin Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Brentford v Yeovil Town.


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24 April 2010 : Plymouth 3 Yeovil 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under 18s completed their Football League Youth Alliance season with a 3-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle. Having drawn against the same opposition last week, the Glovers travelled to Elburton to see if they could go one better, but came unstuck, despite having held them at 1-1 at one stage midway through the second half.

The squad was depleted due to Rhys Baggridge playing for Sherborne Town, Rob Clowes being out with a shoulder injury, Tyler Sheppard requiring surgery on a torn cartilage and Ciaran Levet's ankle injury sustained last weekend. Ben Williams was called up from the Under 16ís for his first taste of Youth Team action.

The Glovers were slow out of the blocks and it was no surprise when Lewis Clarke lost possession in the home team's half and the ball was played in from the wing to Argyle's two strikers who found themselves unmarked. Steve Boore was well beaten.

Yeovil continued to play poorly for the remainder of the half, but after a gee-up by their coaches they restarted the match brightly. After 56 mins Ben Williams and Cory Lewis were replaced by Andy Baker and Lloyd Matthews.

Six minutes later they drew level after good wide play by Lewis Morgan found Adam Wakley in the home side penalty area. He planted the ball firmly past Pilgrims keeper Raivo Varazinskis for the equalising goal.

That should have put the Glovers back in the game, but they didn't stay on level terms for long, falling behind just two minutes later. Players switched off and Yeovil conceded from the kick off with Matt Rickard putting Argyle ahead again. Five minutes from time, the Glovers conceded again, and the game was lost for good, with Yeovil's Under 18s bowing out on a low note for the season.

Yeovil coach Andy Gill said after the game that his side looked like they were still on the coach for the first half, but was pleased with their reaction to his half-time talk, looking like a different team for the start of the second 45 minutes. But once Argyle got the second, which was due to a lack of communication between Steve Boore and Will Moggridge, the match was there for the home side's taking. He felt the boys werenít helped by some very one sided officiating, with the referee seeming to react each time comments were made from the home bench, but didnít want to use that as an excuse.

The Yeovil coach told the boys that finishing second from bottom in the league wasnít good enough for him and definitely not for the Club. Those returning next season would have to come back flying.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Plymouth Scorer (1-0, 10 mins), Adam Wakley (1-1, 62 mins), Matt Rickard (2-1, 64 mins), Plymouth Scorer (3-1, 83 mins).

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
Steve Boore, Will Moggridge, Sam Ford, Joe Grimstead, Adam Wakley, Lewis Morgan, Tom Gallagher, Ben Williams, Lewis Clarke, Danny Williams, Cory Lewis

Subs: Lloyd Matthews (56 mins for Cory Lewis), Adam Baker (56 mins for Ben Williams), Lewis Voizey (75 mins for Will Moggridge)


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24 April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Bees Strike
Yeovil Town picked up another away point as they inch their way towards League One survival, in a 1-1 draw against mid-table Brentford. It was a scrappy game, punctuated by some fairly dreadful refereeing, which contributed to both goals scored on the day. A Gavin Tomlin penalty three minutes into the match was cancelled out by a Sam Saunders free kick with referee Graham Horwood at the centre of both incidents.

Team selection for Yeovil saw Shaun MacDonald drop entirely out of the squad, allowing Keiran Murtagh to slot into midfield. Both Gavin Tomlin and Dean Bowditch faced their former clubs, although Sam Williams remained absent and thus denied a chance to face the club he played for last season.

It was Gavin Tomlin who had the first chance to get one over the club that employed him during the 2006-07 season. Referee Horwood spotted a handball against Charlie MacDonald that certainly no-one in the Yeovil end seemed to notice. Up stepped Tomlin and sent Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to give Yeovil the lead with just three minutes gone.

Brentford largely dominated the half, with Yeovil struggling to force any real creativity up front. However, in terms of their defensive back line, they looked solid, and the best Brentford could manage was a Lionel Ainsworth attempt that whistled inches past Alex McCarthy's far post.

The Glovers suffered a blow just before the break when Gavin Williams, who had struggled to create much during the first period, limped off, having hobbled about for a few minutes previously. Luke Ayling came on to replace him and with the Bees dominating territorially, the Glovers slotted the Arsenal defender into midfield as Yeovil readjusted into a 4-5-1 formation.

After the break, the game got even more scrappy, with games of head tennis being punctuated by Mr Horwood wanting to get in on the act. During the latter stages of the first period, the referee had penalised Craig Alcock for an immaculate sliding tackle, and he did the same with Luke Ayling, just 15 minutes from time, as he slid in on Charlie MacDonald just outside the box.

To be fair to Sam Saunders, the second he struck his 25 yard free kick, there was only one place it was going to go - straight past Alex McCarthy and just inside the right hand post for a brilliant equalising goal, even if it was a frustration that it had come from a fairly contentious decision.

The remaining part of the game was all about Yeovil retaining what they already had, although they did create the best chance to win the game - Keiran Murtagh's cross being met by a first time shot from Gavin Tomlin that Bees keeper Szczesny brilliantly saved at his near post.

With Tranmere drawing their match against Colchester, that strike was inches away from mathematically keeping Yeovil in League One, but they will have to go again another week to try and tie things up for another year. However, having reached 50 points now, it would need two Yeovil defeats and two Tranmere wins, plus a bagful of other results to go wrong - despite there being just two games left, as Nathan Jones said pre-match, there is no need for anxiety just yet.

Final Score: Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (3 mins, pen, 0-1), Sam Saunders (76 mins, 1-1).

Brentford:
53. Wojciech Szczesny 2. Kevin O'Connor 22. Karleigh Osborne 32. Leon Legge 16. Sam Wood 7. Sam Saunders 13. David Hunt 20. Toumani Diagouraga 17. Lionel Ainsworth 10. Charlie MacDonald 18. Ben Strevens

Substitutes:
21. Nikki Bull (GK) 5. Mark Phillips (84 mins for Sam Saunders) 24. Lewis Ferrell 25. Fraser Franks 27. Ryan Blake (60 mins for Lionel Ainsworth)

Yeovil Town:
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 7. Arron Davies (62 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Scott Murray 19. Luke Ayling (42 mins for Gavin Williams) 23. Danny Hutchins

Brentford Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (51 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (75 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Richard Kendall (Bedfordshire) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex).

Attendance: 5,395 (including 431 Yeovil fans).


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24 April 2010 : Plymouth Argyle vs Youth Team Result
Yeovil Town Under 18s lost their match in Elburton this morning against Plymouth Argyle. They were 1-0 down at half time but equalised just past the hour mark. Argyle then scored twice late on to win the match 3-1. More details to follow later.


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24 April 2010 : Plymouth Argyle vs Under 18s Team News
Yeovil Town Under 18s are in action at Plymouth Argyle this morning and the squad has been chosen. Ben Williams has been called up from the Under 16s, due to the unavailability of a trio of players. Rhys Baggridge is back at Sherborne Town today, whilst Ciaran Levet's ankle injury he picked up last weekend has kept him out. Meanwhile Tyler Sheppard has suffered a serious injury, with a torn cartilage requiring surgery.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
Steve Boore, Will Moggridge, Sam Ford, Joe Grimstead, Adam Wakley, Lewis Morgan, Tom Gallagher, Ben Williams, Lewis Clarke, Danny Williams, Cory Lewis

Subs: Lloyd Matthews, Adam Baker, Lewis Voizey


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24 April 2010 : No Anxiety Today For Jones
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones insists that there is "no anxiety" amongst the Glovers squad today, despite them still needing some points to secure their own League One survival. The left-back points out that the Glovers have barely touched the relegation zone all season and he has told BBC Somerset that he does not see that position changing:

"We've always been clear of the relegation zone. A win on Saturday will see us safe and secure and that is how we are going about it. We are all reasonably ambitious, but at the end of the day our mandate is to keep the club in the league. We've got three games to go and we're five points clear of the relegation zone. There's no anxiety; we're looking forward to the game on Saturday and it's a nice challenge."

The 2006-07 season saw the Glovers fighting at the other end of the table, on their way to a Wembley play-off final. In their other seasons, they have finished 15th, 18th and 17th in the final League One table. Currently in 17th place, Jones believes that apart from the Wembley season, this is the most comfortable the Glovers have been:

"Apart from one season since I have been there, this is probably the most comfortable we have been. There is no anxiety really, because if we had probably taken our chances and opportunities when they arose we would have been a lot better. But there is no anxiety."


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24 April 2010 : Millwall Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town took on Millwall at Huish Park and could count themselves unlucky not to have picked up all three points. A Dean Bowditch goal had given Yeovil the lead right up until the 93rd minute when Jonathan Obika headed home an equalising goal for the Lions.

The Man of the Match voting was a near one-man show. Although Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald picked up a scattering of votes to give them a strong position, it was Gavin Williams, who for the second match running ran away with the vote, capturing three-quarters of your outright MOTM votes.

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

1 Gavin Williams 520 (44)
2 Shaun MacDonald 148 (3)
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 122 (4)
4 Terrell Forbes 88 (6)
5 Steven Caulker 80 (2)
6 Dean Bowditch 44 (0)
7 Nathan Smith 40 (1)
8 Craig Alcock 34 (1)
9 Gavin Tomlin 16 (0)
10 Andy Welsh 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.46

Performance: 8.66
Entertainment: 8.26

VOTES RECEIVED: 61


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24 April 2010 : Tomlin Hoping To Relieve The Pressure
Yeovil Town striker Gavin Tomlin admits that his team still need to deal with the pressure of being just above the relegation zone, before the Glovers can relax. The Glovers take on Tomlin's former club Brentford today at Griffin Park, still needing probably another win to see them safe for another season, with just three games remaining of the 2009-10 season.

Tomlin told BBC Somerset that he wanted those issues to be dealt with sooner rather than later, adding that he wanted to play a couple of games this season without pressure, so he could express himself a little more:

"There's quite a lot of business to look after. Obviously we're not safe yet. We need to nip that in the bud as soon as possible. Obviously it's not a nice position to be in. You really want to be safe and then be able to practice on certain things in your game whilst the pressure is off. But that's the way it goes sometimes. Football is all about pressure and what you do when you're under pressure."

The Glovers have dropped points in matches at a late stage on numerous occasions this season, most notably 93rd minute goals conceded against both Millwall and Southampton that if denied would have undoubtedly seen Yeovil going into this afternoon's match already safe. Tomlin told the Western Daily Press that he felt his team should not even be in this position in the first place:

"We should definitely be higher, and with a few more points we would not even be talking about survival. That is how tight it is at the bottom at the moment. They (Brentford) got a good result on Tuesday against Tranmere and that helped us out, but we do not concentrate on the teams below us Ė if we concentrate on what we have got to do, we will be fine. If you start to look over your shoulder you start to get negative things in your head about what could possibly happen. You just have to go out there and think about your own task. That is all you can do."

Tomlin spent the 2006-07 season at Griffin Park, where he made his Football League debut. Signed by Leroy Rosenior, he was a regular during the early part of that campaign, clocking up 15 appearances for the Bees. However, in mid-November Rosenior was replaced by Scott Fitzgerald, and Tomlin was immediately taken out of the side, never to play for Brentford again.

Gavin has already made one return to Griffin Park, in the Football League Trophy last season, and scored from the penalty spot in one of Yeovil's two goals that night. He recalled his time there as initially being a good experience:

"The first two to three months were a really great experience. After that it started to go downhill a bit and we got relegated that season, so it was about good memories and bad memories. It would be good to score against Brentford and if we get the three points, it would be great."


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23 April 2010 : Nathan Previews The Brentford Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match at Brentford, Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of his interview with Nathan can be found via the link below.

Link: Nathan Jones Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Brentford Game.


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23 April 2010 : New Spurs Deal For Andros
Former Yeovil Town loan player Andros Townsend has been given a new contract by Tottenham Hotspur. The left-winger, who completed the 2008-09 season on loan at Huish Park, has been given a deal until the summer of 2013, suggesting that Spurs have big plans for the teenager, who appeared on their first team bench in the FA Cup earlier this season in their Quarter-Final tie against Fulham.

This season, Andros has been out on loan at Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons, but following his FA Cup call-back from stadium:mk, he has remained at White Hart Lane, and the new contract suggests that Spurs are pleased with his current progress.


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23 April 2010 : Stockport County Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away match came two weeks ago when they made the long journey to Edgeley Park to play Stockport County. The match saw the Glovers secure a priceless 3-1 win in Cheshire. A goal from Dean Bowditch and two from Gavin Williams saw Yeovil home, and also saw the Hatters lose their grip on their League One place.

The fact that Super Gav set up the first goal for Bowditch, before scoring his brace probably went a long way towards defining the eventual Man of the Match award. Only two voters looked elsewhere for the Man of the Match. The end result was a runaway victory for Gavin. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Gavin Williams 112 (10)
2 Steven Caulker 22 (0)
2 Shaun MacDonald 22 (0)
4 Andy Welsh 20 (0)
5 Dean Bowditch 14 (1)
6 Gavin Tomlin 14 (0)
7 Craig Alcock 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.00

Performance: 7.33
Entertainment: 6.67

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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23 April 2010 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Griffin Park tomorrow for their penultimate away match of the 2009-10 League One season. They face a Brentford side who have had an excellent return to third tier football, and who have steadily improved over the course of the season. After the initial euphoria of gaining promotion to League One that saw them unbeaten in August, it looked as though the Bees were in for a bit of a struggle this season. But since then end of November, they have steadily climbed the table and sit in 10th place in the League One table, and 11 points ahead of the Glovers, who come into the game in 17th.

Brentford's form at Griffin Park is particularly notable. They've not lost a match in West London since October 3rd 2009, when Swindon Town secured a 3-2 win over the Bees. Since then they have gone 15 home matches without defeat. Even when away form is included, they are on the back of a 10 game unbeaten run. Were it not for Brentford drawing 18 of their 43 matches, including ten at Griffin Park, they would be doing even better than they currently are.

The Bees suffered a blow in midweek when striker Lewis Grabban was recalled by parent club Millwall from his loan spell on the other side of London. Meanwhile Pim Balkestein, Ryan Dickson, Mark Phillips, Alan Bennett and Marcus Bean are also not expected to feature tomorrow due to injury. The Bees also need to check out striker Carl Cort, who came off before half time during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, and was taken to hospital for an x-ray on a bruised foot.

Yeovil's first team squad includes four players with strong connections to Brentford. Gavin Tomlin was signed by Leroy Rosenior at the start of their 2006-07 season. Dean Bowditch had a three month loan spell at Griffin Park during the middle portion of last season, whilst the end of that same season saw Sam Williams arrive at the same ground. Meanwhile central defender Steven Caulker went to school just down the road in Hounslow, whilst supporting the Bees on the terraces and playing in their Soccer Schools.

Of that quartet, Sam Williams will not take part in the match at Griffin Park. There's still no indication as to when he will return from his medial knee ligament injury. He is the only player definitely missing from the squad that will travel, although one of Yeovil Town's six loan players will sit out the match. With Stefan Stam now back in full training, fellow defender Luke Ayling was the one to miss out last time. Winger/striker Aidan Downes missed out on last weekend's match against Southampton after his knee flared up - there's no firm word on how likely he is to return to the matchday squad.

The Glovers still need a point or three to keep themselves clear of the drop zone, although Brentford actually did them a favour on Tuesday night, when they ensured that Tranmere Rovers stayed firmly in 21st place in the League One table. With a five point gap between themselves and Tranmere, they would mathematically guarantee League One safety this weekend if they beat Brentford and Tranmere fail to win at Colchester United. All other scenarios would take matters into the next weekend, although if Yeovil can turn their five point advantage into a six point one, then only a couple of cricket scores would allow them to be caught.

With Brentford gaining promotion last season, the two sides did not meet in the League, although they did manage a Football League Trophy tie at Griffin Park that ended up with the Glovers going out on penalties, despite a Marc Bircham header and a Gavin Tomlin penalty against his old club. Earlier this season, a 2-0 win at Huish Park for the Glovers saw Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh net for the Glovers.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match are available on the turnstiles - with the exception of a couple of concessionary tickets. See the Ciderspace guide below for full details.

Link: Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Caulker Looked For Bees Loan Last Summer.

Link: Capital Glovers Hit Their 'Home' Patch.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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23 April 2010 : Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow's League One match between Brentford and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2007-08 season and so has now had just under three years of officiating at this level.

We've only had Mr Horwood twice before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second and most recent was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game" - see, we do praise them sometimes!

We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, earlier this season, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Richard Kendall (Bedfordshire) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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22 April 2010 : 2009-10 Groundsmen Of The Year Awards
The Football League have announced their awards for the Groundsmen Of The Year for each of its divisions. Taking the top awards are Newcastle United, Southampton and Burton Albion for each level.

At League One level, Andy Gray (presumably not the rather irritating Sky pundit) received the award for Southampton. Gary Kemp (moonlighting from Spandau Ballet?) of Norwich City and Lee Williams of Oldham Athletic were highly commended for their pitches at League One level.

Aside from Newcastle and Burton, the other commendations went to Bristol City and Middlesbrough in the Championship, and to Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City in League Two.


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22 April 2010 : Caulker Looked For Bees Loan Last Summer
Yeovil Town central defender Steven Caulker has admitted that he asked his parent club whether Saturday's opponents Brentford would be interested in taking him on loan, before the Glovers came calling. Caulker went to Lampton School in neighbouring Hounslow, just three miles from Griffin Park, and supported them as a boy.

Hence when Spurs indicated they wanted him to go out on loan for some first team experience, Caulker said that the Bees would have been high up on his list if he'd had the chance. Now as Yeovil Town's most used player this season, with 44 appearances, Steven returns to his home town where he said that former Bees striker Jo Kuffour was one of his boyhood heroes. Steven explained that aside from standing on the terrace at Griffin Park, he also attended the club's Soccer Schools:

"When I first came round to looking for loans, I said that I wouldn't mind going to Brentford, as it's my home team. But it's worked out well here anyway. When I was growing up, I went to their Soccer Schools, but it was never anything serious, and certainly nothing like Tottenham."

Steven's time as a supporter at Griffin Park came during his early teens, and he was still watching them play when Yeovil Town rose into League One during the 2005-06 season. The defender told the Western Gazette that during that season, he witnessed the Bees knocking Premier League side Sunderland out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage:

"I went to watch games there all the time and was a regular for four or five years, week in, week out. There were games to cheer about. They beat Sunderland, which was an obvious highlight in the FA Cup. Looking at the players, they have only got one left from when I supported them and that is Kevin O'Connor. The rest have moved on. There are players who I watched who I have played against, which is kind of strange but a nice feeling."

For a player with so much natural grace to his game, Steven looks like someone who has been playing football all of his life. Hence it may come as a surprise to find that he admits to being a 'late developer' and he told BBC Somerset that it wasn't until he was almost 16 years old that Tottenham picked him up and took him into their Academy, shortly after Southampton nearly signed him:

"I didn't start at Tottenham until towards the end of when I was 15, and just turning 16. So I got my first taste of academy football then. I'd actually had a trial with Southampton before then. So it's nice to go back and play against these teams."

Brentford play Yeovil this coming Saturday, 24th April, at Griffin Park, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Link: Caulker Finds The Net!

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Southampton.


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22 April 2010 : Leeds United Man Of The Match Result
Continuing the catch-up on Man of the Match results, Easter Monday's televised match against Leeds United meant that you could vote from the comfort of your armchair as well as from being at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-2 home defeat, with Yeovil only really sparking into life during the last 20-25 minutes, when Andy Welsh came on as a substitute and Dean Bowditch pulled a goal back.

Man of the Match voting saw two players out head'n'shoulders above the rest. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was given credit for his performance in keeping the score down during the first half, but out in front by a significant distance was midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, who picked up almost half of the outright MOTM votes.

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

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 338 (27)
2 Alex McCarthy 210 (14)
3 Shaun MacDonald 110 (5)
4 Steven Caulker 96 (5)
5 Craig Alcock 96 (3)
6 Gavin Williams 56 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 54 (2)
8 Dean Bowditch 42 (1)
9 Nathan Smith 38 (2)
10 Andy Welsh 36 (0)
11 Terrell Forbes 20 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.89

Performance: 6.52
Entertainment: 7.25

VOTES RECEIVED: 61


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22 April 2010 : Brother Pays Tribute To Malcolm Gold
The funeral for former Yeovil Town player Malcolm Gold takes place today, and his brother Graham has paid tribute to the midfielder who died just over a week ago, aged 51. Graham reveals in an interview with BBC Somerset how he came to play for Yeovil, after he moved from South Petherton to play for Westland Sports:

"He had this abundance of energy. He couldn't sit still. We both started off playing for our local side South Petherton. Eventually I moved on, and Malcolm followed me and we ended up playing for Westland Sports. That was run by a late Yeovil Town footballer and very close friend Paul Smith. Malcolm came to join us in Westlands and that was where Yeovil Town spotted him and approached Paul and asked if he'd let Malcolm go and sign on for Yeovil."

Whilst Paul Smith became a close friend of the Gold family, Graham explained that Malcolm relied heavily on former Torquay United defender Jess Payne for guidance, with his career with the Glovers almost not getting off the ground:

"He loved his football but he didn't like travelling. He didn't mind playing the home games. But a lad that he first started playing with when he first came to Yeovil was Jess Payne. Jess took him under his wing and talked to him, and said come on, you're too good for local football and if it wasn't for Jess I think Malcolm would have come back down into local football. Malcolm then went on to play for Yeovil in well over 200 games. If he'd behaved himself it probably would have been over 400 games!"

Malcolm's feisty combative displays on the pitch saw him rub shoulders with a 21 year old midfielder during the 1984-85 season, who was to rise from playing for Welling United to turning out for Southampton, Norwich City, Chelsea and Aston Villa as well as gaining 70 international caps for the Republic of Ireland and turning out for his country. At the time that Malcolm came across Andy Townsend though, he was just another non-league footballer, playing for the Glovers' main rivals Weymouth and that led to one match where the term Boxing Day took on a new meaning:

"He put in 110 percent. He played with his heart on his sleeve. He didn't like coming second best. One of the best stories that I'll always cherish and always remember is that in the early days at the old Huish ground that had a nine foot slope, normally on a Boxing Day they played Weymouth. Weymouth versus Yeovil was obviously a local derby. Weymouth at that time had a young player called Andy Townsend and he obviously went onto better things and he played Premiership football and played for the Republic of Ireland. In one game on Boxing Day when Weymouth played Yeovil, he was in midfield against Malcolm. One tap came to another tap and things got a bit personal between the two. At the end of the day they both got sent off for fighting. Years later when they had the Italian World Cup back in 1990, Malcolm and I were sat down watching the Republic of Ireland and I think it was against Romania and the Republic of Ireland went through on penalties. I can always remember Malcolm sat there saying 'That's my claim to fame! That Andy Townsend - I smacked him up around the earhole!'"

Graham added that following his brother's retirement from football, he continued to be a well known figure in the town and the surrounding area, but retained his own modesty throughout:

"Malcolm had this way about him. He met people and knew people and people warmed to him straight away. He became a local celebrity but he didn't realise it. He was just one of the lads. Obviously Malcolm will be sadly missed by all the family. His mum, his brothers and sisters. He had a beautiful wife and two beautiful children. He cherished his family and that's what made him get up in the morning. He loved his sport, and he was a good lad and a great brother."

Malcolm's funeral takes place at 12.40p.m. today at Yeovil Crematorium. We obviously extend our condolences to his friends and family on this sad day.

Link: Malcolm Gold's Funeral Arrangements.

Link: Skiverton Gives Tribute To Malcolm Gold.


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21 April 2010 : Saturday's Opponents See Loan Striker Recalled
Saturday's opponents Brentford will be one man down when the Glovers travel to Huish Park, after one of their strikers was recalled by his parent club. Lewis Grabban had been at Griffin Park for the past seven matches, scoring twice for the Bees.

However, with Millwall currently locked in their own battle for promotion from League One, the Lions have recalled Grabban to their own first team squad. During The 22 year old's time in West London, the Bees recorded four wins and three draws as part of a run of 10 matches without defeat. Grabban played 84 minutes of Brentford's 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers last night.


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21 April 2010 : Dean Bowditch Pre-Southampton Interview
In between last week's pair of home matches against Millwall and Southampton, Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch spoke to the BBC. As part of the interview with BBC Somerset, Dean talked about his targets for the season and his pleasure in reaching double figures despite being out for the season. He also identified a player that had helped him accelerate his strike rate in recent games - who he used to know from his days at Ipswich Town.

The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below, along with other recent transcripts.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Southampton Game.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Southampton.

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


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21 April 2010 : Southend Man Of The Match Result
Easter Saturday's away trip to Southend United saw the Glovers secure a valuable 0-0 draw at Roots Hall. The game wasn't one to write home about, with both sides struggling to create chances, and so it's little surprise to find that Man of the Match votes were spread around a large number of players, with mainly the 'work horse' players coming out on top.

Left-back Nathan Smith and Shaun MacDonald featured well, whilst Craig Alcock was the player who picked up the most outright MOTM votes. However, once again Steven Caulker was on hand to sneak ahead of everyone else, as part of a back four that kept a clean sheet.

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

1 Steven Caulker 50 (2)
2 Craig Alcock 42 (3)
3 Shaun MacDonald 32 (2)
4 Nathan Smith 24 (2)
5 Gavin Tomlin 10 (1)
5 Dean Bowditch 10 (1)
5 Terrell Forbes 10 (1)
8 Keiran Murtagh 6 (0)
8 Aidan Downes 6 (0)
8 Scott Davies 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.82

Performance: 6.18
Entertainment: 5.45

VOTES RECEIVED: 11


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21 April 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Southampton Interview
Just before kick-off on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game against Southampton. Although that has obviously now passed, Skivo talked generally about his side's performances against the top teams, and also a target he wanted to pass before the end of the season.

With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, that interview is now archived via the link below. A reminder that Skivo's post-match interview as well as another with defender Steven Caulker are also available in the Interview Section of this site.

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

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Southampton.


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21 April 2010 : March 2010 Player Of The Month
The month of March saw Yeovil Town play four matches, three of which ended in defeat, with the 4-0 win over Hartlepool United being the month's main shining light.

The individual Man of the Match polls for each of the four matches saw three players win, with Steven Caulker (Norwich City and Carlisle United), Gavin Williams (Hartlepool United) and Jean-Paul Kalala (Bristol Rovers) coming out on top.

With that in mind, it's no great surprise to find who the March 2010 Player of the Month is. Shaun MacDonald picked up a sizeable portion of the vote, but way out in front with almost a third of the votes across the whole month was Steven Caulker, who once again tops the poll. Results, with the percentage of the vote cast, are as follows:

1 Steven Caulker 31.8
2 Shaun MacDonald 21.7
3 Craig Alcock 10.2
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 7.6
5 Gavin Williams 7.2
6 Sam Williams 6.4
7 Nathan Smith 5.1
8 Terrell Forbes 3.6
9 Dean Bowditch 2.9
10 Gavin Tomlin 2.1


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21 April 2010 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
We've got a small glut of Man of the Match results to sift through over the next 24-48 hours, starting with last month's home game against Bristol Rovers. Apologies for the backlog, caused by our rather excellent vote-counter taking some time out for a house move!

Now back in action, we first consider the case of the March 20th 0-3 home defeat at Huish Park, that saw Rovers settle the game by half time thanks to some fairly sloppy defending.

Post-match voting centred largely around three players with central defender Steven Caulker receiving his usual worthy collection of votes to slot him into third place. The eventual outcome was more or less a tie, with Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala locked in on the same number of voting points! However, JP wins it by a very small nose after he picked up more outright MOTM votes during the poll.

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

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 200 (15)
2 Shaun MacDonald 200 (11)
3 Steven Caulker 174 (11)
4 Craig Alcock 138 (4)
5 Nathan Smith 52 (1)
6 Sam Williams 30 (2)
6 Scott Davies 30 (2)
8 Terrell Forbes 20 (2)
9 Gavin Tomlin 18 (1)
10 Dean Bowditch 4 (0)
11 Andy Welsh 2 (0)
11 Arron Davies 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.49

Performance: 4.24
Entertainment: 4.73

VOTES RECEIVED: 49

More results will follow later today.


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21 April 2010 : Plymouth vs Youth Team Venue Information
Yeovil Town's Under 18s make their return trip to play Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, in a Youth Alliance League match. The match will be played at Elburton Villa F.C. which is situated on the South-East side of Plymouth just off the A379.

Address: Elburton Villa Football Club, Haye Road, Plymouth, PL9 8HS.

It is possible to get there without going as far as the outskirts of Plymouth, although will involve a more tricky journey along minor roads. Assuming you'd prefer the main roads, take the A38 as far as the Marsh Mills roundabout (the main one at the end of the A38 dual carriageway that marks the start of the Plymouth city suburbs) then take the first exit for the A374. Next take a left turn for the A379, recrossing the River Plym, signposted Kingsbridge and towards Brixton.

Once you get into Elburton, at the Elburton Road mini-round-a-bout junction turn left into Haye Road. The Elburton ground is approximately 100 metres on your left.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 11.00a.m.


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20 April 2010 : League One Round-Up : Tranmere In Trouble
League One side Tranmere Rovers used up their game in hand tonight, as the Wirral side remain firmly in relegation trouble in 21st place in the table. In one of two matches tonight, Rovers travelled to Brentford - Yeovil's opponents on Saturday - and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.

After a goalless first half, the Bees took the lead four minutes into the second period through Kevin O'Connor, only to find Tranmere levelling matters through Joss Labadie on 62 minutes. With four minutes to go, substitute Ben Strevens settled the match from close range to put Les Parry's side firmly into trouble with just three games remaining.

The end result is that Tranmere remain in 21st place, and two points adrift and a vastly inferior goal difference. As far as the Glovers are concerned, Tranmere would need to win two of their remaining three games to overtake them. Brentford rise up to 10th in the League table on 60 points.

In the other match tonight, Southampton (8th) played Oldham Athletic (16th) and at the end of the evening neither side had moved in the table. A 0-0 draw saw the Latics hold out despite Saints creating a glut of chances. That result almost ends Southampton's play-off hopes - they lie seven points behind Huddersfield Town with three games left, and it looks as though the the Terriers can now start planning for a likely extension to their season. Swindon Town certainly can, as the Robins are now guaranteed a play-off spot at the very least with Southampton's failure to win.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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20 April 2010 : Caulker Finds The Net!
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker may have been getting frustrated about not having opened up his goalscoring account with the Glovers, but he managed to prove that he did know where the net was this afternoon. The Tottenham Hotspur teenager netted for Spurs Reserves in a 5-2 win over West Ham United today, in a match played at Spurs Lodge.

The list of goalscorers was entirely made out of players who have been out on loan for Spurs this season, with former Glover Andros Townsend - at MK Dons and Leyton Orient earlier this season - scoring two, whilst former Brentford loanee John Bostock and Torquay United defender Adam Smith also netted against the Hammers.

If we can find out any more details about Steven's goal, we'll add them in here. Given he heads to his home town club on Saturday, let's hope he is just warming up for the main event.

Spurs Reserves: Alnwick; K Walker, Caulker, Livermore, Smith; Townsend, Parrett, Jenas, Rose; Mason; Bostock.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Southampton.


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20 April 2010 : Blink And You'll Miss It - Oh, You Just Did
We know there are a few completists out there, who like to maintain a record of all Yeovil fixtures. So just for you, the long delayed Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage match - yep, that one originally scheduled for September 2009 - against Plymouth Argyle, has now been played.

When, we hear you cry? Not that anyone seems to have announced it prior to the fixture, but the 0-0 played out between Yeovil Town and Argyle at Ilchester on Saturday has been counted as both the scheduled league fixture and the much postponed cup tie.

So there you have it, match done and dusted.

Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage : Yeovil Town U18 0 Plymouth Argyle U18 0

Rather conveniently, the draw doesn't suddenly and very retrospectively deny Exeter City the honour of having topped the Group Stage table. Should the Glovers have won they would have displaced the Grecians on goal difference; the draw meant we stayed as runners-up........... all be it six months after it ceased to have any relevance to anyone.

Link: Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Match Report


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20 April 2010 : Capital Glovers Hit Their 'Home' Patch
It won't surprise too many of you to know that the Capital Glovers are expected to be out in force for Saturday's trip to Brentford. Whilst some of you will be leaving Yeovil around 9.00a.m. some of those cheeky Capital chappies will merely have to go for a short stroll down Chiswick High Road to get their way to Griffin Park.

With that in mind, the Capital Glovers are planning a mini pub crawl through Brentford, starting off at O'Briens at 11.30a.m. before meandering their way through The Magpie and Crown and The Brewery Tap. How long they stay in each one will probably depend upon whether the Magpie's recent change of hands has affected its range of ales. They will eventually reach The Griffin at 1.30p.m. which is one of the pubs on the corner of Brentford's ground.

All of these pubs are within easy walking distance of both Brentford railway station and Griffin Park. Hence if you're a Capital Glover or if you just want to pop in and say hello, then follow the list above (all four are covered in the Ciderspace Guide To Brentford) and they shouldn't be too hard to find.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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20 April 2010 : Revised Football League Play-Off Schedule
Further to our April 2nd news item, the Football League has firmed up and tweaked the dates and times for this season's Play-Off Semi-Finals. There may be the odd further change once we know who is playing who, given that Sky Sports and the Police sometimes react to certain scenarios.

The major changes made since our last published set is that the Football League have moved one of the Sunday games out to the Friday night, whilst firming up on which games refer to League One and League Two sides. Revised dates and times are as follows:

Saturday 8th May: Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.45 p.m.
Saturday 8th May: Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 5.30 p.m.

Tuesday 11th May: Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 12th May: Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Friday 14th May: League 1 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Saturday 15th May: League 1 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.15 p.m.
Saturday 15th May: League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 16th May: League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 1.30 p.m.

Monday 17th May: League 1 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 18th May: League 1 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 19th May: League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 20th May: League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

The Finals for all three divisions have longstanding dates, and will take place at Wembley, with the Championship match on Saturday 22nd May, League One on Saturday 29th May and League Two on Sunday 30th May. All three finals will kick-off at 3.00p.m.

Link: 20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season

In recent seasons Sky Sports has committed to broadcasting (almost) all the Play-off matches live - the only exceptions have been where Sky and the Police have clashed over the proposed scheduling of matches, resulting in overlapping of games. Even then, the use of 'red button' technology has tended to mean that the other game is viewable, provided your supplier recognises the method chosen by Sky.

Finally, a reminder of some early dates for your 2010-11 diary -

Link: 9 March 2010 : Dates For Your Diary


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20 April 2010 : Steven Caulker's Post-Southampton Interview
Following Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Southampton, Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker spoke to the BBC. The Tottenham Hotspur player answered questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin and explained why he is looking forward to Saturday's game against Brentford so much.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Southampton.


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20 April 2010 : Skiverton Wants Glovers Strike Force To Be More Deadly
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants his side to be more clinical in their finishing, and plans to focus on that in training this week. The Glovers lost 0-1 at home to Southampton on Saturday, despite dominating a couple of spells during the game.

Towards the end of the first half, striker Dean Bowditch was put clean through on goal but shot wide of the far post, whilst just before the break, Gavin Tomlin had a shot brilliantly saved by Saints keeper Kelvin Davies. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he wanted to see chances like that finished off, whilst pointing out that there were also occasions where Yeovil caught Southampton short at the back, but never managed to deliver the final ball:

"There were a couple of chances where we had four (attackers) vs three (defenders) but we didn't have that last pass, which we need. So that will be the stuff that we will work on. When we get into those areas, can we open a team up and get the finish? We had a Dean Bowditch chance that went just wide, and Gavin Tomlin got in front of his man but the keeper saved it. Those are chances that are clear cut, and in my eyes at this level, that should be 2-0."


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20 April 2010 : GWSC Travel To Brentford
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Brentford. The match takes place at Griffin Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 24th April 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and then Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £18.00 for adults, with concessions available at £16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brentford.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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19 April 2010 : Pilgrims On Their Way
Championship side Plymouth Argyle are the latest team to have their fate sealed as the 2009-10 season draws to a close. The Pilgrims were relegated from the Championship after they lost 0-2 at home to Newcastle United in tonight's Sky Sports game - a match that also saw the Geordies crowned as Champions on their return to the Premier League.

An initial glance at the Championship table might suggest that Plymouth could still escape from relegation - they lie six points from Crystal Palace with two games to go. However, Palace meet third from bottom Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season at Hillsborough, meaning that at least one of those two clubs must pick up points from the game. None of the three permutations for that match would save Argyle, even if they won their last two games.

LEAGUE ONE UPS'N'DOWNS

Relegated From Championship: Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle. Plus one of Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace, Watford, Scunthorpe United or Queen's Park Rangers.

Promoted From League One: Norwich City (and Champions if they get one more point).
Automatic Promotion: One of Leeds United, Millwall, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town.
Play-Offs: Any three/four of the above, or Colchester United or Southampton.

Relegated From League One: Stockport County.
Other Relegation Spots: Too many teams to mention!

Promoted From League Two: Notts County and Rochdale. Also Bournemouth assuming they get one more point.
Play-Offs: Any four from Rotherham United, Bury, Aldershot, Dagenham and Redbridge, Chesterfield, Port Vale, Morecambe, Northampton Town or Shrewsbury Town.


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19 April 2010 : Stansfield Operation Update
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield has been given the thumbs up following his operation last Friday. The Exeter City player was in hospital following the discovery that he had bowel cancer. Friday's operation was to remove a section of his colon and this has been a success, with Stansfield well enough to accept visitors to his bedside.

Exeter City's Vice Chairman Julian Tagg was one of those able to visit Exeter's RD&E Hospital and he has told their official site that things are looking good:

"The operation was a success. Stanno was up when we visited this afternoon and looking happy but tired. He was even cracking a few jokes! He is extremely grateful to all the well-wishers over the last few weeks. He is also very thankful that he is now being allowed to rest and recuperate so he can return to action as soon as possible."

Exeter's official site has had 325 messages left by supporters following the initial news of Stansfield's illness, and there is also a Facebook group set up that currently has 4,837 members and hundreds, if not thousands of messages wishing him well.

Link: Exeter Official Site: Messages For Adam Stansfield.

Link: Facebook : Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield Group.


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19 April 2010 : Southend Pay The Taxman And Their Players
Southend United Chairman Ron Martin has stated that the club have now paid off their outstanding tax bill. The Shrimpers have been in a running battle with HMRC for some while now, and are due back in court on Wednesday to answer a winding-up order that has had two adjournments so far. However, Martin's latest statement suggests that the forthcoming session should see HMRC withdraw their legal action against the Shrimpers, with payments - for the time being at least - now back up to date.

Martin has told Friday's Southend Echo that a sum of around £400,000* has been already lodged, and that he expected payment to hit the HMRC bank account either on Friday or Saturday.

Last month, a Court official said of Southend's situation that "on the face of the evidence, this company is insolvent", adjourning the case only because of interest from supermarket chain Sainsbury, who are currently negotiating with the Shrimpers to buy their Roots Hall stadium and rehouse them at a new 22,000 capacity stadium at Fossetts Farm. Despite the Court Registrar's damning assessment of Southend's financial position, Martin claimed that the Shrimpers were never in danger of being wound up:

"I'd imagine the money will be in their (HMRC's) account today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday), long before the hearing next Wednesday (21st April). And now our tax bill is entirely up to date. Clubs don't get wound up. I know Chester City did, but they probably didn't have any assets. The usual step is administration. But we have paid our debts. And while I'm in control, that will always be the case."

Martin has also told BBC Sport that the players wages have now been brought back up to date, although it's not clear whether a PFA loan for January's wages has also been sorted out. Southend's management team and senior players have said that they felt the mental drain on the playing squad had been a distraction to their on the field position, directly suggesting that it had contributed to their results during 2010. Martin poured cold water on that, saying that the players should not have been affected:

"These are not lowly-paid players, they've always been paid and they've always known that the money would be coming. Whilst they may not have had precise dates, there's always been assurance that they would be paid and no-one would be let down. I know it wouldn't affect me if I was a player, I think you have to consider all that we've been doing to keep this club alive."

Whilst Southend's finances may now be - apparently - back in line, the off-the-field chaos has happened whilst the club have been sinking like a stone down the League One table. They now lie seven points adrift, and with three matches left and an inferior goal difference to those above the relegation line, realistically they need to win all three of their final games to stand a chance. Despite that, and perhaps the one thing he deserves some credit for, Martin says that he is standing by manager Steve Tilson and even wants to offer him a new contract:

"We have been through a difficult time but there has been no talk of him (Steve Tilson) leaving. I've spoken to him recently about a new contract. I know he's committed to the future of Southend, I'd like to keep him here."

Despite the financial mess that Southend have found themselves in, Martin continues to claim that their new stadium plans are firmly on track and that it will be completed around Christmas 2011. The costs of the Fossetts Farm complex are expected to be well over £100 million, with the stadium itself estimated at around £45m to £50m, although Martin believes current market conditions are likely to see that fall to £40 million. The remainder of the costs relate to the building of shops, a hotel and more than 100 homes. Funding for the stadium is claimed to come from the sale of Roots Hall. Work will start at Fossetts Farm in the summer of 2010. Martin told the Echo it was a complex deal to negotiate:

"The plans for the club's future are very much on track. The way things have panned out, it's as good as we could've imagined a year ago. I've no doubts we will succeed, get into the Championship and succeed there. Its just a shame it has been such a complex transaction for this to happen. We have found ourselves having to walk through treacle trying to get the promised land."

All the current signs though are that Southend will have to reach their 'promised land' and the Championship, via the barren terrain of League Two. Given what has happened to them in the past six months it could be a very bumpy journey.

Link: April 14th : More Last Chances Than Sinatra Made Comebacks.

Update: * Southend's debt was £378,487.36 according to The Guardian. This is their fourth winding up order inside six months.


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19 April 2010 : Baggridge Standing Out As Glovers Prospect
Yeovil Town's first year scholar Rhys Baggridge has been singled out for praise by manager Terry Skiverton for the progress he has made in the past few months. Rhys is currently on loan at Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town, but returned to Somerset for last week's Somerset Premier Cup match against Bishop Sutton.

Skiverton watched that match at Lakeview and felt that Baggridge stood out during that match, pointing out to Sherborne's official site that Rhys had the cheek confidence to start barking out instructions to left-back Nathan Jones, who is also the club's assistant manager:

"The one that came above everybody (at Lakeview) was Rhys Baggridge, who I think has done very well at Sherborne. He played excellently against Bishop Sutton and I think it has done him the world of good. He is a lot stronger and he was even ordering Nathan Jones around, which I really liked."

Skiverton said that he felt he had seen a change in the centre-back since he went out on loan to the Dorset side and said that he has now got him training every day at Huish Park in an effort to keep him involved in first team training methods. Rhys may now be involved in a first team squad, although it's unlikely that he will get on the pitch at this stage:

"The penny has finally dropped with him and he has come to the forefront. We will be looking at him in the next few weeks. It is a little bit difficult at the minute because I want him to be closer to the first team and he will be training with us every day of the week now. He might be involved in a squad or two before the end of the season, but I have got no intentions of throwing anybody in there because there is a big list of players ahead of Rhys. But it is definitely positive, he has done fantastically well and I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on with the first team on a daily basis."

Rhys went to Sherborne with fellow youth team striker Rob Clowes, although unfortunately is the only one of the pair who is playing at present, with Clowes having returned to Huish Park for treatment on a shoulder injury. When Rhys came up against Bishop Sutton last Wednesday, he came up against a side that he had already played against for Sherborne and Skiverton is convinced that the experience of being at Raleigh Grove has been good for both players:

"I think since him and Rob went to Sherborne their fortunes have definitely changed for the better. I am not saying it is down to them two, but I think they have been major contributors. They have come back much stronger players. We played a team that Rhys has played before and he showed up very well. His tackling was very strong, he commanded the defence and headed the ball well. Being a centre half myself, I liked everything that I saw. He still has a lot to learn but he is progressing in the right way."

Tomorrow night, Rhys will be part of the Sherborne side that travel to play Welton Rovers in a Western League fixture, and could well be playing there again in a week's time in Yeovil Town colours in a Somerset Premier Cup match. Kick-off is 7.45p.m. For those wanting to see the game, Welton's West Clewes ground can be found in North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD.

Rhys also played in Yeovil Town Under-18s 0-0 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, meaning that by the end of tomorrow, he will have played for three different teams inside a week. He was singled out for praise in the Youth team match as well, so is clearly in good form at present.


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19 April 2010 : Malcolm Gold's Funeral Arrangements
The funeral for former Yeovil Town player Malcolm Gold will take place at Yeovil Crematorium. Arrangements have been made for the ceremony to take place on this coming Thursday 22nd April, starting at 12.40p.m.

Malcolm passed away on Monday 12th April, aged 51. His 239 appearances for the Glovers came between 1979 and 1986.

Link: Skiverton Gives Tribute To Malcolm Gold.


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19 April 2010 : Pardew Criticises Schneiderlin But Praises Super Gav
Despite claiming that Yeovil Town's management team were trying to get his players sent off, Southampton manager Alan Pardew has said that he had no complaints about the one red card that was produced.

Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was dismissed for kicking out at Yeovil's Gavin Williams with 20 minutes remaining of the match at Huish Park, which ended up in a 0-1 win for the visitors. Pardew told BBC Radio Solent he took advice from some of the Saints staff sat in the Main Stand and concluded that referee Oliver Langford had got it right:

"Morgan, in all honesty, showed a bit of indiscipline and it almost cost us. At first I didn't think it was too bad, but speaking to a couple of the staff members who were upstairs, perhaps he deserved to go. So I've got no complaints really. He's had one or two incidents before during this year with me, with his indiscipline, and he's got to lose that streak he's got in him."

Despite Williams being the player who got Schneiderlin sent off, Pardew added that he had no problems with the player concerned. The Saints boss knows him well, having been the West Ham United manager who took Gavin away from Huish Park over five years ago for a fee of £250,000. Pardew admitted the Welshman had been a thorn in his side:

"Gavin Williams was causing us a few problems and we didn't really deal with him at times today. He's a good player and I signed him for West Ham, and you don't get to play for West Ham unless you're a good player."

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Southampton 1.

Link: Pardew Claims Saints Got What They Deserved.

Link: Saints Boss Pardew Calls Jones A 'Disgrace'.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.

Link: Yeovil 0 Southampton 1 : Glovers Concede At The Death Again.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Southampton.

Link: League One Round-Up : Canaries Make A Quickfire Return.


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19 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Southampton 1
Saturday's match against Southampton had one of those big 'oh no!' moments for the second time in less than a week, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what went right and what went wrong. With the usual team analysis and a look at the individual players, the latest article is available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Southampton 1.


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18 April 2010 : League One Round-Up : Canaries Make A Quickfire Return
With most teams in the Football League's lower divisions having just three games left to play, one or two situations have been firmed up this weekend. Top of that list are Norwich City, who secured promotion back to the Championship just one season after their fall from grace. With the Canaries now nine points clear at the top of League One, a single point will also give them the Champions silverware to go with it. Undeniably the best side we've seen in this division, so it's no surprise to see them rise to the top of the tree.

Whilst we say goodbye to Norwich after one season, we will also say hello to Peterborough United, who were relegated on Easter Monday, the day before Gary Johnson was appointed as their new manager. Sir Gary may wonder what on earth he's taken on - his new side were thrashed by Brian McDermott's Reading by a 6-0 scoreline yesterday.

As Posh come down into League One after just 12 months, Rochdale are in nosebleed territory, having secured promotion back up to the third tier for the first time since 1974. Notts County have taken a little less time, having been relegated six years ago. Those two teams will swap positions with Stockport County, provided the Hatters come out of administration before the start of next season.

Southend United look likely to join them in League Two. Their 0-1 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion pretty much left the Seagulls safe through an Ashley Barnes goal, but left the Shrimpers seven points adrift and pretty much knowing that unless they win all three of their final games, they are going to be relegated. With Southend back in court next Wednesday, they may well share Stockport's belief that starting next season in League Two is a success of sorts.

Nine days ago, we declared that Wycombe Wanderers are not going to escape from relegation - they were cut away by nine points and looked like they had no chance. But the last eight days have suggested they are out to prove people wrong. A 2-0 win was then followed by a 3-0 midweek win, and finally a 3-2 away win at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, complete with a 95th minute winner from former Glover Kevin Betsy. Wycombe's Alex Revell and MK's Aaron Wilbraham had earlier bagged two each. Wanderers are still five points adrift, but are making it that little bit more interesting.

In truth, we're probably down to who grabs the last relegation spot. Tranmere Rovers did their chances of escaping no harm at all by winning their match yesterday by a 3-1 scoreline. More significantly, their opponents were Exeter City who now lie just one place above them in the table, and two points in front. With Rovers playing their game in hand on Tuesday night at Brentford, their fate is still firmly in their own hands. Exeter's cause wasn't helped by James Dunne getting his marching orders just 36 minutes into the match for two yellow cards. At that point the score was 0-0, but Tranmere saw Craig Curran, Joss Labadie and Gareth Edds score one each with the man advantage. Exeter's Stuart Fleetwood pulled things back to 2-1 but there wasn't a way back into the match for the Grecians.

Tranmere would have been in a stronger position, were it not for Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Oldham Athletic, Hartlepool United and Brighton and Hove Albion all winning their games, in an extraordinary weekend for those sides near the bottom four. Gillingham's was the most impressive, beating Leeds United 3-2, and having the cheek to race into a 3-0 lead at the Priestfield Stadium through Adam Miller, Mark Bentley and a bit of own goal charity from Richard Naylor. By the time Leeds got their heads straight and saw goals from Luciano Becchio and Jermaine Beckford reduce the deficit, it was too late, with Beckford's penalty only scored three minutes from the end. Gillingham held on to keep both ends of the table looking interesting.

Three games ago, Leyton Orient were on a run of one win and seven defeats in their last 13 games and only kept out of the relegation spots on goal difference. Three matches later and they're unbeaten under the caretaker management of Russell Slade, with seven points from the last nine. The latest was a 2-0 win over relegated Stockport County with a goal from Ryan Jarvis being followed up by a debut goal for Eric Lichaj, ten minutes from time. Orient are now 18th and one point behind the Glovers in 17th.

Hartlepool United were one of three sides to leap above the Glovers on Saturday. Their 3-1 win over Colchester United almost finished off the Essex side's hope of the play-offs despite them taking the lead through Ian Henderson. James Brown equalised and then two Roy O'Donovan goals gave Pools three valuable points. On 51 points some might feel that they are now safe, but the possibility of a three point penalty at an FA hearing on April 26th means that they can not rest just yet.

Yeovil's final home opponents of the season Oldham Athletic have also reached the 50 points targetr, having got three points at Carlisle United, through goals from Lewis Guy and Dale Stephens. Gary Madine pulled one back, but with the Cumbrians already safe, they had no real urgency to pull the game back level.

The only game of the day with nothing at stake was Bristol Rovers' home match against Brentford. The end result was 0-0. OK, so we weren't at the Memorial Stadium, but we're just sensing that with this being the day's only goalless match, that maybe neither side was too bothered about going for the jugular.

A little more important was Swindon Town's 1-1 draw at home to Walsall. Whilst the Saddlers have nothing to play for, Swindon most certainly do, and they fluffed an opportunity to steal a march on their rivals, as Steve Jones gave the visitors the lead. Charlie Austin netted a second half equaliser, but the Robins couldn't grab the winner that would have put them on level points with Leeds.

With only Norwich winning in the top five, but seven out of the bottom eleven sides winning their matches, we're into the silly season where supposed superiority of teams go out the window and predicting anything becomes a bookies nightmare. The end result for Yeovil Town, following their 0-1 defeat against Southampton is that they are now just five points off the relegation spots, and they will be hoping that Brentford can see off Tranmere on Tuesday night to prevent any jitters appearing by the time the Glovers travel to Griffin Park. Manager Terry Skiverton may have calmed down by then - possibly.

Finally, for those who like a bit of trivia, the Glovers currently have 49 points from 43 games in the latest League Table. This time last year, the Glovers had 49 points from 43 games in the 2008-09 League Table. Then two years ago ... yes, you've guessed it, the exact same statistic was recorded for the 2007-08 League Table. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same ...

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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18 April 2010 : Pardew Claims Saints Got What They Deserved
Southampton manager Alan Pardew believes that his side deserved to win yesterday's match at Huish Park. Despite dominating the first half hour of the match to an extreme, Saints couldn't keep up those standards during the game, and spent much of the second half on the back foot.

Despite being down to 10 men though, they won the game in the 93rd minute through a Lee Barnard header, and Pardew cited the first half performance as being justification for his side grabbing all three points, claiming to BBC Radio Solent that his side got no breaks during the game:

"I thought we got what we deserved, if I'm honest. In the first 35 minutes we were better than we were at Bristol Rovers. We couldn't get a break of the ball. I have stood on the sidelines as manager of this team and said about games in which we didn't get a break. I didn't think we got a single break today. And yet we still plugged away and plugged away. We were getting a bit frustrated in the second half that we weren't getting enough attacking play in that period during the middle of the (second) half. Our spirit saw us home."

Southampton put on three strikers during the second period, ending up with five strikers, three defenders and one midfielder as their outfield players, having been reduced to 10 men, following Morgan Schneiderlin's red card. The Saints boss explained that although it was a gamble, not all of the five strikers played up front:

"We ended up with (Ndiaye) Papa (Waigo) at right-back and Rickie (Lambert) in central midfield and then (Lee) Barnard and (David) Connolly and it was one of those games. We just threw caution to the wind and we got a deserved goal. We had to defend on the break brilliantly at times. So it was a tense day, but a good day. Our fans were brilliant and I'm so pleased that we scored in the last minute in front of them. It's one of those days as a manager that you'll remember. You won't forget this game."


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18 April 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Brentford
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Brentford. The match takes place at Griffin Park on Saturday 24th April with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 9.00a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £11.00. The trip will include a full-length food stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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18 April 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Brentford
Yeovil Town's next match sees them head to West London to play Brentford at Griffin Park. Legendary for having a pub on each corner of the stadium, you of course want to know which one to head to prior (and after) the match on Saturday April 24th. That and directions, club background, ticketing information, and a bag of other stuff can be found on the Ciderspace guide, which is linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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18 April 2010 : SPC Semi Date
The Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final between Welton Rovers and Yeovil Town Reserves has been arranged for Tuesday 27th April with a 7.45 kick-off. The match will be played at Welton's West Clewes ground.

West Clewes can be found in North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD.

The winners will face Bridgwater Town in the Final on Tuesday 4th May at a venue yet to be decided.


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18 April 2010 : Saints Boss Pardew Calls Jones A 'Disgrace'
Southampton manager Alan Pardew has slammed Yeovil Town's management team, after Saints had their assistant manager Dean Wilkins sent to the stands during yesterday's game. Wilkins was sent off after he appeared to push Yeovil assistant manager Nathan Jones in the 76th minute of yesterday's 0-1 home defeat at Huish Park.

The argument between the two assistants broke out after referee Oliver Langford failed to send off Saints centre-back Jose Fonte, who brought down Gavin Williams who was clean through on goal. Only a yellow card was produced, which incensed the Glovers dugout. Shortly afterwards, Fourth Official Warren Atkin called over referee Langford, and Wilkins was sent off.

Pardew, who was back at his old club, accused Jones of trying to get Fonte sent off - something that the home fans were already making their feelings strongly known regardless of whatever the Glovers assistant might have been saying. Pardew said to BBC Radio Solent after the game that he regarded Jones' actions as a 'disgrace' and refused to condemn his own assistant's actions:

"I thought it was a disgrace with some of the actions of the opposing bench. Every time there was a tackle, they wanted someone sent off. Not so much the manager, but the assistant Nathan Jones - I thought he was a disgrace today. In the end Dean (Wilkins) lost his head and got too close to him, but I didn't think he did too much wrong. They were enticing trouble, and the Fourth Official didn't do a good job on either. So I'll defend Dean today, because I thought some of their behaviour was terrible."


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18 April 2010 : Argyle Youth Boss Pejic To Lodge Complaint Again
Plymouth Argyle's Head of Youth Mike Pejic is to lodge a complaint with the Football League, after his side were held 0-0 against Yeovil Town yesterday. The match was played at Ilchester Football Club, on a pitch where both sides struggled to create chances, but where the Glovers dominated proceedings.

Pejic is to complain about the size of the Ilchester pitch, suggesting that it was under-sized for Under-18s football. This will be his second complaint in just over 12 months about Yeovil Town's facilities, having already raised issues about Somerton's Gassons Lane ground in the aftermath of a March 2009 Football Combination match held at the ground, where Pejic felt that the pitch was not in a suitable condition for the game to go ahead.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Pejic accused the Glovers of selecting a pitch sized for Under-12s football:

"It was an under-12 sized pitch - how can we develop youth footballers? They wouldnít allow this in Spain or any other nation that develops footballers."

Pejic was little more complimentary about the match itself, suggesting the Glovers had played "caveman football" - whatever that means! Argyle did little to make Glovers keeper Steve Boore work up a sweat with the Yeovil back four snuffing them out well.

The exact same pitch had been used in a match against Swindon Town last month. Whilst the Ilchester pitch is not the easiest one to play on - various small dips and bobbles make the ball hard to control at times - as the saying goes, the pitch is the same for both sides, and Swindon were able to play well enough to win their game 5-0 when they came to Somerset, whilst Argyle probably struggled to create five chances all game. The Glovers do need to find a permanent home for their Youth football though, and we gather that is currently being worked on.

To add some spice to the situation, the two sides meet again next week in Devon, and still have to meet a third time in their persistently postponed Youth Alliance Cup Group match.


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18 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Southampton, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With echoes of his post-match interview at St Mary's, Skiverton was furious with replacement referee Oliver Langford's performance when he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.


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17 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Match Report
Yeovil Town Under 18s gained a 0-0 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle this morning in a game played at Ilchester. The game suffered somewhat due to a bumpy uneven pitch meaning that both sides struggled to create chances. In what was Yeovil's first draw of the 2009-10 season, the Glovers had the best chance of the game with pick of the bunch being Tyler Sheppard's 30 yard free kick which hit the woodwork in the first half.

Argyle's best spell of the match came during the first 20 minutes, during which Yeovil's best effort came from a Tom Gallagher free kick which was headed back across goal by Rhys Baggridge, only for Tyler Sheppard to see his goal bound header saved by the Pilgrims Latvian international keeper Raivo Varazinskis. As the half wore on though, Yeovil began to show their dominance in the game, finding routes into the Argyle penalty box albeit without the final ball making its mark.

Their best effort came three minutes before the break when Yeovil lined up a free kick 30 yards out from goal. Tyler Sheppard's free kick curled over the wall and struck the left hand post and came back out again, with the Argyle keeper well beaten, and from the rebound Rhys Baggridge's header went over the bar.

The Under-18s had the trio of Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, plus first team coaches Darren Way and Ben Roberts watching the game during the first half, before they had to head off for first team duties at Huish Park, and they probably saw the better 45 minutes of the two.

Cory Lewis had been replaced by Lloyd Matthews in a tactical move, but Yeovil probably weren't helped by the loss of captain Ciaran Levet for their second and final substitution, as early as ten minutes into the second period. He had already struggled with a knock he had received on his ankle early on during the half, but was tackled and fell awkwardly on the uneven turf close to the corner flag, and did not return this time, rolling off the pitch to receive treatment.

Much of the second half was played out in midfield, although Varazinski remained the busier of the two keepers, with Steve Boore having little to trouble him. Yeovil's best efforts came through Lewis Clarke and Adam Wakley, with Varazinksi standing up well to their efforts. But neither side could break the deadlock and so a rare 0-0 draw was the outcome with the two sides due to meet again in Devon next weekend for a second bite of the cherry.

Coaches Andy Gill and Gary Knight were again pleased with their charges, picking out first year apprentice Rhys Baggridge as their Man of the Match, who despite being booked early on for verbals after being fouled, was totally dominant in the air for the whole match. The management team said that six weeks ago the team would have folded and lost the match, whereas today the only way they would have lost was by giving it away. Keeping two clean sheets on the bounce is an achievement in itself and in the first half they managed to attack well despite the lack of width offered by the pitch. Tiring in the second half they still managed to play with a quick tempo and the shape required of them and the coaches felt they were unlucky not to come away with a win.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 0 Plymouth Argyle U18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore
Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Gallagher, Lewis Clarke, Ciaran Levet
Cory Lewis, Danny Williams

Subs: Lloyd Matthews (51 mins for Cory Lewis), Will Moggridge (55 mins for Ciaran Levet)


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17 April 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Southampton
If you were at today's 0-1 defeat against Southampton at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 April 2010 : Yeovil 0 Southampton 1 : Glovers Concede At The Death Again
Yeovil Town succumbed to a 90th minute goal for the second time in a week as they lost to a Lee Barnard goal this afternoon, as Southampton kept their faint play-off hopes alive. A cross by Ndiaye Papa Waigo saw Barnard head home three minutes into injury time, despite the Saints being down to 10 men following Morgan Schneiderlin's red card for a rather daft kick out on Gavin Williams.

Yeovil went into the match with the same starting line-up for the third match running, although the bench showed a number of changes. Danny Hutchins (illness) and Aidan Downes (knee injury) both ducked out, whilst Stefan Stam's presence on the bench was enough for Luke Ayling to become the 6th loanee sat in the stands, whilst Arron Davies was recalled to the squad.

The game started with the Saints well in control and Yeovil struggling badly to contain their shoot on sight policy. The only merciful thing was that they weren't able to direct too many of their chances on target. Rickie Lambert did what he did best - three looping shots on the volley from distance, with two going wide of the target, whilst a third landed in the arms of Alex McCarthy. Then Adam Lallana burst through the Yeovil defence, and lobbed McCarthy only to find the ball bounce inches wide of the post.

It wasn't until the final 15 minutes of the half that Yeovil began to get the measure of the game, as they began to employ the tactics of an away side, breaking on their opponents, with Gavin Williams doing the ball work, and Dean Bowditch frequently creating himself space. On one such occasion, Bowditch shot wide of the target when clean through on goal, where you would have backed a striker with three goals in three games to net. Just on half time, an Andy Welsh cross into the box saw Saints keeper Kelvin Davies make a brilliant save from a Gavin Tomlin shot. At the break, Yeovil really should have been behind by a couple, but their play in the closing portion of the half suggested that they could still get something out of the match.

Yeovil opened the second period still impressing With Andy Welsh in particular causing the Southampton right-back a consistent nightmare as he skinned his man time and time again, frequently overlapping with Nathan Smith on that flank. Saints had introduced Lee Barnard during the break, and he caused Steven Caulker to double his booking tally for the season after the former Southend striker had skipped past Terrell Forbes, forcing Caulker to deliberately block off Barnard's run. No complaints there.

Saints could have few complaints either about referee Oliver Langford - a replacement for the original lead official - producing a red card 70 minutes into the half. Having fouled Gavin Williams close to the touchline and right under the nose of the linesman, Morgan Schneiderlin stupidly decided to kick out at Williams off the ball with the whistle having already blown, and with players charging in from both sides, there was only going to be one outcome with Saints going down to 10 men. Williams landed a yellow for something he did during the aftermath - presumably retaliation.

Saints could have been down to nine men minutes later when Williams again was fouled by Jose Fonte as the Welshman raced through on goal. Having only just sent off a Saints player, Langford was perhaps mindful of the repercussions of dismissing two in six minutes and produced a yellow, despite Williams being clean through at the time of the foul.

Everything seemed to be going Yeovil's way, but their finishing at times was weak, and you just wondered what they could have done with the man advantage if they had some of the strike force that their opponents had. As it happened, in the closing stages, Southampton - mindful that this was a 'Do or Die' game for their play-off hopes, threw on two of their strikers in Ndiaye Papa Waigo and David Connolly, taking off a right-back and a midfielder and leaving them with five strikers on the pitch.

That gamble paid off for Alan Pardew, who had one of his coaches sent to the stands during the second half, as two of his substitutes combined three minutes into five of injury time. Ndiaye Papa Waigo's cross into the box was met by the head of Lee Barnard, right in front of the packed Copse Road End, and for the second match running, the number 93 proved to be unlucky for the Glovers, as a late late finish for the opposition denied them the points that they needed.

The result was somewhat cruel with Yeovil playing well for all bar the opening 20 minutes of the match. But Southampton always looked dangerous even when down to 10 men, and with players like Barnard to call on from the bench, they were able to gamble, and Yeovil - having made just one substitution during the game - were not able to change what they had to any degree. The one change that was made didn't exactly help, with Dean Bowditch's late removal leaving them without any out'n'out strikers on the field with Saints having their five, which seemed to leave Yeovil without an outlet up front. The result leaves Yeovil back in 17th place and just five points off the relegation zone with three games to play. No real pressure just yet, but clearly a win against Millwall and a draw against Saints could have painted an entirely different picture.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Scorer: Lee Barnard (0-1, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 7. Arron Davies 8. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Dean Bowditch) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis 40. Jon Otsemobor 12. Jose Fonte 35. Daniel Seaborne 2. Dan Harding 37. Michail Antonio 14. Dean Hammond 19. Morgan Schneiderlin 20. Adam Lallana 4. Jason Puncheon 7. Richard Lambert

Substitutes: 28. Bartosz Bialkowski (GK) 17. Lee Barnard (46 mins for Michail Antonio) 38. David Connolly (84 mins for Dean Hammond) 9. Ndiaye Papa Waigo (84 mins for Dean Hammond) 10. Paul Wotton 6. Radhi Jaidi 5. Chris Perry

Yeovil Bookings: Steven Caulker (56 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (70 mins, retaliation)
Southampton Bookings: Lee Barnard (68 mins, foul), Jose Fonte (78 mins, foul), Ndiaye Papa Waigo (90 mins). Red Card: Morgan Schneiderlin (70 mins, violent conduct)

Referee: Oliver Langford. Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Warren Atkin (West Sussex).

Attendance: 7,484 (including approx 1,860 Saints fans).


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17 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Result
Yeovil Town Under 18s gained a 0-0 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle this morning in a game played at Ilchester. The game suffered somewhat due to a bumpy uneven pitch meaning that both sides struggled to create chances.

The Glovers got the best chance of the game during the first half when a Tyler Sheppard free kick curled over the wall from 30 yards out, but the shot hit the woodwork with the Argyle keeper well beaten. Yeovil suffered the loss of left-winger Ciaran Levet early in the second period when he hobbled off with an ankle injury, but again Yeovil had the best chance of the half, with Lewis Clarke's cut in from the left flank seeing his eventual shot saved at the near post.

More details to follow later today.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 0 Plymouth Argyle U18s 0.


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16 April 2010 : Away Travel Club Player Of The Season
It's that time of the year again, and the Away Travel Club want your votes. The 2009-10 Player Of The Season, organised by the Away Travel Club, will be presented on the final home game of the season against Oldham Athletic.

Voting is now open, and to place your vote, simply email Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk naming your own personal player of the season and Mark will collate the votes.

Please get all votes in by the end of Sunday 25th April (the day after we play Brentford away) to give the Away Travel Club a clear week to get the trophy engraved with the winner. Note that voting is open to all Yeovil Town supporters.


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16 April 2010 : Skivo Previews The Southampton Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Southampton, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions asked by BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that conversation can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Southampton Game.


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16 April 2010 : Bowditch Still On For Pre-Season Goals Target
Yeovil Town's top scorer Dean Bowditch has said that he still hasn't ruled out reaching a pre-season goalscoring target, despite missing three months of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Bowditch has scored 10 goals this season and is more or less guaranteed to be Yeovil's top scorer for the 2009-10 season, with nearest challengers Jonathan Obika and Ryan Mason having already left the club.

However, it wasn't until mid-November that he bagged his second of the season, and he told BBC Somerset that at that time he had to revise a pre-season target to score 15 goals for the Glovers. Having scored three goals in three games though, he's prepared to restore that earlier target again:

"Before we started the season, I wanted to score at least 15 goals, but then I got injured and I missed 14 games and I had to re-evaluate it a little bit. So I said to myself I wanted double figures, which I've reached, but I don't see why in the last four games, I can't have a good little run-in and get my 15 goals. I know it's a big ask, but it still could happen. The team has done well, which I'm pleased with, and that was a good way for me to get it (double figures with a goal against Millwall) and there's still four games to go, so why not get a few more?"

Bowditch believes his recent success in front of goal is down to former Ipswich Town team-mate Gavin Williams, who he rates as good enough to play in the Premier League. Williams has played in four games for the Glovers, and Bowditch has scored in all four, and he said that statistic is no coincidence at all:

"I've played with Gav before at Ipswich and I knew exactly what he could do. He is fantastic on the ball. He's got all that awareness and he seems to find my runs as well. Having Gav Williams up there with me, he just knows what to do on the ball and he just knows how to create space for himself and create space for others. He's better than this league and he should be playing in the Championship or even play in the Premier League, because he's got such good ability and he's a pleasure to play with."


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16 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Southampton Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Southampton tomorrow in a League One match at Huish Park. For the Glovers it is their penultimate home match of the 2009-10 season, and it carries the carrot that just one more win could mathematically guarantee their League One safety, assuming a few results go their way tomorrow.

The slight snag is that in their way is a Saints side running on the back of six wins in their last seven, a Football League Trophy now in the St Mary's Cabinet, and fresh from stuffing Bristol Rovers 5-1 at the Memorial Stadium. In Rickie Lambert they have the division's top goalscorer with 34 goals. They've still got an outside chance of a play-off slot, although in reality will need to collect close to five wins to stand a chance of getting there.

Both sides are likely to - barring late injuries - select unchanged starting line-ups. If that is the case, then Lee Barnard, N'Diaye Papa Waigo and David Connolly will all be on the substitutes' bench. Between them they have 41 goals this season, giving them huge depth in their squad. Full-back Graeme Murty (ankle ligaments) and centre-back Wayne Thomas (calf) will be absent, whilst Saints will hope to make use of centre-back Radhi Jaidi who is back in training following a hamstring injury.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will need to put one of his players through a fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he can play. As usual, no clues are given and with only one player failing to last the 90 minutes on Tuesday - Andy Welsh, who showed no sign of injury - there aren't even any obvious guesses that can be made. Definitely out is Sam Williams (knee) and Stefan Stam (hamstring) whilst as usual one of the club's loan players is likely to miss out, with Arron Davies being the fall-guy in both of the last two matches.

The one and only League meeting between the two sides came in September 2009, when two Rickie Lambert penalties caused huge uproar, with Skiverton declaring himself disgusted at the decisions after the game. Given Lambert himself admitted the second penalty was a poor decision it was hard not to feel sorry for the Glovers on that day.

Southampton sold out their allocation of tickets a week ago, with 1,500 terrace places and 360 seats taken for the match. Tickets are available for home fans on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharge, although we'd suggest that you take along any Yeovil-relevant ID with you just in case the Ticket Office are doing any vetting of identity prior to the match. If you want to get tickets at the pre-match price, then the Ticket Office is open tonight until 6.00p.m. tonight. The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow.


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16 April 2010 : Dons Manager Ince To Resign
Milton Keynes Dons manager Paul Ince is reported to have resigned his position as first team manager. At present suggestions are that he will remain in charge until the end of the season, but then step down during the summer.

Ince and his team have been under fire for some time from disgruntled Dons fans after his side slipped away from play-off contention. The Dons currently lie in 10th place in the League One table, but 12 points adrift. Having been consistently in a play-off slot until mid-November, they have slowly slipped out of contention and now have little to play for.

After Tuesday night's draw with Oldham Athletic he criticised his own fans after they had booed their own players, with Ince going as far as to say that those who booed should not turn up to matches:

"I won't generalise all the fans in this, but you have got a section that boo after the game. I think it might just be 15 or 20 of them, but I just don't want those people here. At the end of the day they have got to show appreciation. We had a tough game at Norwich and I have got 14 fit players, two kids, and a goalkeeper. If we had been beaten 3-0 by Oldham, then fair enough, we would have deserved it. It's a joint effort and that's why we keep saying they can be the 12th man. Sometimes they have to recognise when the lads are tired and they need pushing and urging and they need more energy. In the second-half most of the crowd did that, but the players are disappointed with the reaction of some of the fans."

Ince's agreement to stay until the end of the season was complicated by the news today that he faces a five match touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. Ince was sent off during their 2-2 draw against Gillingham after he disputed a decision concerning an equalising goal at the Priestfield Stadium. He was also fined £5,000 for the transgression.

The national press name John Gorman (The Guardian) and Glenn Hoddle (Daily Mail) as his successor, although there has been no official announcement regarding Ince or any replacement by the club yet. The touchline ban means that Ince will not be in the dugout for the remainder of the season, making his offer to stay with the club until the summer a possibly irrelevant one. We'll wait and see what line of action the Dons take, with a formal announcement expected later today.

Update (17.45): The MK Dons have now released an official statement confirming that Ince has tendered his resignation, effective after the final match of the season on 8th May 2010.

Club chairman Pete Winkelman states:

"Having increased our investment in the first team squad this season to capitalise on the momentum Paul himself helped to create, we have felt it necessary to apply some reasonable prudence to next year's budgets throughout the club. These measures bring expenditure in line with the previous campaign, and ensure that our resources are spent responsibly.

Regrettably, Paul has made it clear that this decision would make it difficult for him to take the club forward as he had intended and has therefore decided to step down as manager. This was entirely his decision.
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16 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action tomorrow morning, giving Glovers fans a rare chance of seeing a 'double header' of home matches. Their opponents are Plymouth Argyle who sit two places and three points above the Glovers, albeit having played four games less.

The venue is the club's now regular ground at Ilchester Football Club - click here for ground information.

We'll try and confirm kick-off time later today. The club have said the game will kick off at the "same time as normal" however, both 10.30a.m. and 11.00a.m. times have been used this season. The Football League's newsletter quotes a 10.30a.m. start whilst previous kick-offs at the Ilchester ground have been 11.00a.m. We'll absolutely confirm the start time later tonight and provide an update on this article.

Update: Kick-off tomorrow is at 11.00a.m.


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16 April 2010 : Skivo Wanting To Play For The Win
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants his side to go out and play for the win tomorrow, despite opponents Southampton being in great goalscoring form. The Saints have won six out of their last seven matches, and thrashed Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium 5-1 on Tuesday night - the third time they had put five goals past another League One side in the past two months.

A win for Yeovil would put them into a position where it would need a farcical (and maybe impossible) set of results for them to be relegated. But Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he wants two more wins before the end of the season, and sees no reason why the Glovers can't stop Southampton's late late charge for the final play-off slot:

"I want two more wins. But we're not looking over our shoulders and panicking. What we're doing is we're looking forward. We knew that these two games coming up - Millwall and Southampton - would be really tough ones, but why not now go out on Saturday and get a victory? We're going to definitely give it a go. We're going to put in that same commitment and work-rate, and we'll see what happens."

Southampton are also likely to go into tomorrow's game with a mindset to attack at all costs. They are eight points off the final play-off place, with a game in hand, meaning that realistically they need to win all five of their remaining matches and then hope that Huddersfield Town and Colchester United slip up during that period. Do Or Die is a headline on their official site with former Exeter City defender Dan Seaborne saying of their remaining games:

"It's do or die now and if we win every game, we give ourselves a chance of being in the play-offs."


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15 April 2010 : Officials For Visit Of Saints
Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) will be the man with the whistle for the first ever competitive fixture between Yeovil Town and Southampton at Huish Park (or at Huish for that matter) on Saturday, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. He has officiated in 33 matches so far this season, issuing three red and 110 yellow cards.

We last saw him as recently as January, away at Leyton Orient. It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs (Toothless Glovers See Year Start Badly). In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a limb stretching trot up and down the touchline.

Prior to that the only time Mr Gibbs has refereed a match involving the Glovers was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night.

The assistant referees are Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire), Warren Atkin (West Sussex) the Fourth Official.

Link: September 2008 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford winning 4-2 on penalties)

Link: January 2010 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0


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15 April 2010 : Pardew To Return To The Green And White?
Ex-Glover (1986-87) Alan Pardew, who brings his current team, Southampton, to Huish Park this Saturday, has refused to comment on speculation linking him to the vacant position at Celtic Park.

When questioned, Pardew's reply was:

"It has been brought to my attention that my name is in one of the papers but I have no comment to make."

As he presumably must have known it would, the lack of a clear cut denial of interest has merely added fuel to the speculation.

Former Celtic captain, and current caretaker, Neil Lennon, is favourite to get the permanent post but admitted earlier this week that he had held no talks on the subject with either major shareholder Dermot Desmond or chief executive Peter Lawwell.

The rumour coming out of Celtic Park is that the club has been taking soundings from a number of senior figures in the English game, and Pardew's is the name that has been brought to their attention. Whether this means he will ever become more than a short-list candidate, but with no real chance of securing the job, remains to be seen.

Celtic have been managerless since the sacking of Tony Mowbray in mid-March after only nine months in the post.


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15 April 2010 : Interview With Alex McCarthy
In between Saturday's away trip at Stockport County and Tuesday night's match against Millwall, Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy spoke to the BBC about the two games. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the Reading keeper's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Alex McCarthy Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Millwall Game.


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15 April 2010 : Obika Has 'Respect' For Time At Yeovil
Former Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika has admitted he didn't celebrate his late late equalising goal on Tuesday night "out of respect" for his former loan club. Given the Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate netted for Milwall with almost the final action of a 1-1 draw, it would have been entirely forgivable if he had celebrated what was a vital goal for the Lions.

Instead Obika held up his hand in apology and just stood there as his team-mates mobbed him - something that must have been very hard to do, and for which he deserves great credit. Speaking to the Spurs Official Site the striker said he had happy memories of his time at Huish Park:

"I didn't celebrate out of respect for my former loan club. I loved my time at Yeovil last season and this season and it was a great experience for me, but I was delighted to score and to play my part. It was a bit crazy. To come on against my former loan club, to play against Steven (Caulker) and then to score so late. We needed something out of the game, especially with Leeds winning. We had to gamble and push forward and it paid off."

Obika's goals against Swindon Town and Northampton Town at Huish Park last season kept the Glovers in League One as the Glovers recorded successive 1-0 victories. This time round, Obika is battling at the other end of the table, with Millwall aiming for automatic promotion. Obika admitted that was an entirely different feeling to last season:

"It's a completely different type of pressure. Last season was all about getting away from relegation for Yeovil, now we're aiming for promotion at Millwall. There is still pressure, but it's more exciting."


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14 April 2010 : Glovers Through In Cup Quarter-Final
Yeovil Town Reserves are through to the semi-final of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight after they defeated Bishop Sutton 2-0. The match was technically a home game for the Glovers, but was switched to Bishop Sutton's Lakeview ground after two postponements during the month of March due to waterlogged pitches.

The Glovers got a goal in each half, with an own goal opening the scoring. Then in the second period, full-back Danny Hutchins netted Yeovil's second, to give them a passage through to the semi-finals. They will play Welton Rovers at their West Clewes ground for the right to play Bridgwater Town in the final.

The semi-final date has yet to be set by the two clubs. The final will be played on Tuesday 4th May, with a venue yet to be decided.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Bishop Sutton 0.

Venue: Lakeview, Bishop Sutton.

Scorers: Own Goal (0-1), Danny Hutchins (0-2).

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Richard Martin 2. Danny Hutchins 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Nathan Jones 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Scott Murray 7. Keiran Murtagh 8. Lloyd Matthews 9. Arron Davies 10. Ciaran Levet 11. Lewis Clarke

Subs: 12. Sam Ford, 14. Cory Lewis, 15. Adam Wakley, GK. Steve Boore.


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14 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game
Following last night's 1-1 draw with Millwall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game.


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14 April 2010 : Somerset County Cup vs Bishop Sutton Team News
Yeovil Town Reserves are playing Bishop Sutton tonight in the Quarter-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Yeovil line-up for tonight's match is as follows:

1. Richard Martin 2. Danny Hutchins 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Nathan Jones 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Scott Murray 7. Keiran Murtagh 8. Lloyd Matthews 9. Arron Davies 10. Ciaran Levet 11. Lewis Clarke

Subs: 12. Sam Ford, 14. Cory Lewis, 15. Adam Wakley, GK. Steve Boore.


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14 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Millwall 1
Last night's home match against Millwall is unsurprisingly the subject of Taff's latest blog entry today. The usual post-home-match analysis of each player individually as well as his views on the match as a whole are included in Taff's Gloversblog which you can find via the link below. Alternative views, as usual, are expected and welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Millwall 1.


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14 April 2010 : More Last Chances Than Sinatra Made Comebacks
Reports are coming in that League One Southend United have been given yet another week's stay on the winding up order lodged against them by HMRC.

Last month, after several previous appearances in court, the troubled club was given what was stated by the Court Registrar as a final deadline of 14th April 2010 to settle the debt. However this morning's hearing was first of all adjourned until 2.30 p.m., and then the Shrimpers were conceded another seven days - in an er, final final deadline - to meet their tax obligations.

The club asserted that it would pay the £411,000 owed within the next 24 to 48 hours, claiming that Sainsbury's was in the process of transferring another payment to the club, of £400,000 on this occasion, as part of a deal for the supermarket chain to acquire and develop Roots Hall as a retail outlet.

Southend United are due back in court on Wednesday 21st April to demonstrate the required payment to HMRC has been made in the meantime.

On the pitch the Shrimpers find themselves deep in relegation problems, five points shy of 20th place with just four games left to play.

Link: 10 March 2010 : Southend Tax Case Adjourned Again But Chester City Wound Up


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14 April 2010 : Super Gav Disappointed At Late Lions Strike
Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has admitted to being "disappointed" at the way that the Glovers dropped two points at Huish Park last night. Yeovil conceded a 93rd minute goal against Millwall as Jonathan Obika netted against his former club.

Earlier, Gavin's right-wing cross had helped put Yeovil a goal up through Dean Bowdich. However, the Welshman told BBC Somerset that the timing of the goal was no excuse:

"The game lasts for 90 minutes and you've got to keep going. They put us under a lot of pressure, to be fair, but I thought we played really well. It's disappointing though. They are a very strong team and we knew what to expect from them, but I felt we gave a good account of ourselves and hopefully now we can build upon that in the game on Saturday."

Yeovil Town's match on Saturday is a home game against Southampton, who thrashed Bristol Rovers last night by a 1-5 scoreline at the Memorial Stadium, allowing them to leapfrog above Rovers and into eighth place in the League One table. A play-off place is somewhat unlikely, but with the Hampshire side eight points behind Huddersfield Town in 6th, and with a game in hand, they are likely to be adopting a win-or-bust attitude to their remaining five games.


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14 April 2010 : Reserves vs Bishop Sutton County Cup Preview
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves play their much-delayed Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final match tonight. Although the game is a home match, that advantage has been conceded and the game will be played at Bishop Sutton's Lakeview ground. Kick-off tonight is 7.30p.m.

Lakeview can be found on the A368 heading out towards Weston-super-Mare from the A37, half a dozen miles south of Bristol. The ground is situated behind the Butchers Arms pub. Postcode for Sat Nav users is BS39 5XN.

Bishop Sutton currently lie in 4th spot in the Western League Premier Division, and drew 0-0 against Dawlish Town at Lakeview on Saturday. The winners of tonight's tie face a trip to Welton Rovers, with the date yet to be set for that game due to Yeovil's successive quarter-final postponements.

With the Glovers struggling to schedule the tie, other matches in the competition have progressed as normal, meaning that one of the County Cup finalists is already known. Bridgwater Town beat Wells City at the semi-final stage by a 2-0 scoreline last night, with goals from Mat Pitcher and Jamie Price. A date for the final has been set as Tuesday 4th May, with the venue yet to be decided.

Tonight's match is likely to see Yeovil Town field the substitutes who did not get onto the field of play against Millwall last night, with Arron Davies another strong possibility given his lack of football lately. The remainder of the squad is likely to be filled by members of the Under 18s side, in particular those who are on the club's books as scholars.


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14 April 2010 : Skivo Upbeat Despite Late Lions Equaliser
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was surprisingly upbeat last night for a man who had just seen his side concede a 93rd minute equalising goal. Skivo was enthused by his side's level of performance against promotion-chasing Millwall that saw them dominating proceedings, with the Yeovil boss telling BBC Somerset that he felt the first period was outstanding:

"In the first 45 minutes, I didn't think they could get anywhere near us. I thought Gavin Williams was the best player on the pitch. I thought he was on a different planet. We defended well, and we opened them up time and time again. But I think we needed that second goal."

Biting the hand that feeds, deep into second half injury time, was Jonathan Obika, who Skiverton had given a professional first team debut to just over 12 months ago. Having moved on to a loan spell with the Lions, this was Obika's second goal for this new club. Skiverton admitted that if it had not been Obika scoring the equalising goal that his mood might have been somewhat darker:

"It just shows you - I think I'd be upset now if it was anyone else other than Jon Obika. He's a lovely lad and I hope he goes on and does well for them. It's not the ideal result for us because that would have taken us safe, but if we can keep that level of performance up we'll be on for my two more wins before the end of the season."


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13 April 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Millwall
If you were at tonight's 1-1 draw against Millwall at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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13 April 2010 : Yeovil 1 Millwall 1 : Obika Returns To Haunt Glovers At The Death
Former Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika came back to haunt his former club by scoring a 93rd minute goal that gave Millwall a somewhat fortunate 1-1 draw at Huish Park. Obika equalised with 20 seconds of the game remaining, after a 26th minute Dean Bowditch goal had given the Glovers what looked like three points and League One safety.

The Glovers team selection was an easy one to deal with. Same starting line-up, same formation, same substitutes. After a 3-1 win over Stockport County on Saturday, there was little motivation to change things around, especially after Gavin Tomlin and Dean Bowditch came through fitness tests on the day of the match. Millwall included Danny Schofield in their starting line-up, with Obika sat on the bench.

The game took a while to warm up with both clubs battling in midfield to try and impose themselves on the game, but with few chances for either side. But the Glovers managed to grab a first half lead with a well worked goal, 26 minutes in, with their new-look strike partnership combining well. A right-wing run and a pull-back by Gavin Williams found Dean Bowditch cleverly losing his marker and putting the ball into the roof of the net from close range to put Yeovil 1-0 up. Bowditch celebrated by signalling the number 10 as he peeled away, having reached double figures for the season - the first Glovers player to do so since Lloyd Owusu.

That was the signal for the Glovers to immediately get a stranglehold on the game, with their dominance in the match running right up until half time with their best spell of the match. A long range shot by Gavin Williams just curled wide of the target, then Dean Bowditch was pulled back on the edge of the box in a fairly cynical manner to stop him breaking through - perhaps surprising that there was no action from the match referee.

Talking of referees, Millwall's Jack Smith was a little fortunate to escape action when he kicked out at a Glovers player off the ball. Referee Mick Russell clearly saw the offence, but chose not to take any action. The crowd also saw it and made their feelings clear, booing Smith whenever he subsequently touched the ball. The Glovers were well on top by the break, and probably could have been further ahead by the time the whistle went.

Half time saw Millwall introduce Scott Barron as a substitution, and the Glovers seemed to react with Gavin Williams dropping much deeper so that Yeovil played with a 4-5-1 formation. Just eight minutes into the half Jonathan Obika became Millwall's second change of the night, surprisingly introduced to a small chorus of boos from Glovers fans, as he replaced Neil Harris.

The second period started much in the way that the first half had, with tenacious tackling, and both sides struggling to create chances. Two of them came in quick succession though as Shaun MacDonald's 40 yard run went unchecked leaving Millwall's players shouting at each other as to why no-one had closed him down. Then Gavin Williams tried an audacious lob when he spotted David Forde out of position when taking a free kick and almost caught the Millwall keeper out.

Nathan Smith picked up his 10th booking of the season, but fortunately timed that a lot better than his tackle, with the 10 booking amnesty having passed on Sunday, meaning that he will not be suspended. As the half wore on though, a game of cat'n'mouse developed. You hardly needed to be at the game to work out what would happen.

Millwall, desperate to get something from their trip to Huish Park, harried and pressed. The Glovers, desperate to conserve their lead, produced a brick wall somewhere around the 20/30 yard line with their two banks of four, and defied Millwall to break them down. By and large, the Lions failed and the Glovers succeeded, with Alex McCarthy having to make surprisingly few saves.

Four minutes of injury time were signalled, and still Millwall looked devoid of know-how. But how often does this happen? Player on as a substitute, against his former club. We probably could have written the script before a ball was kicked. With 93 minutes of the 94 played, Steve Morison put a cross into the box, Alex McCarthy tried to punch from a rare moment of pressure on his goal, but Jonathan Obika got in front of him, and headed home to leave the home crowd and players utterly deflated. Just 20 seconds later and it was all over, and the Lions had grabbed an improbable point and one that on the balance of play probably wasn't deserved.

But let's look at the bigger picture. From the time that Dean Bowditch scored, until Obika's equaliser, Yeovil bettered or matched a team in second place in the League One table, and got a point they probably would have accepted at the start of the game. The result also leaves them now eight points clear of the drop zone, which with just four matches remaining is surely enough to keep them in League One for another season. If not, then they are tantalisingly close to the finish line, with Southend United and Tranmere Rovers finding points very hard to come by, and neither gaining ground on Yeovil tonight.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (26 mins, 1-0), Jonathan Obika (90 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes (80 mins for Andy Welsh) 19. Luke Ayling 23. Danny Hutchins

Millwall: (4-4-2)
1. David Forde
21. Jack Smith 18. Darren Ward 5. Paul Robinson 15. Tony Craig
25. Shaun Batt 26. Nadjim Abdou 40. Liam Trotter 7. Danny Schofield
20. Steve Morison 9. Neil Harris

Substitutes:
13. John Sullivan (GK) 8. Gary Alexander 12. Chris Hackett (68 mins for Shaun Batt) 16. Scott Barron (46 mins for Liam Trotter) 19. Ashley Grimes 22. Ali Fuseini 30. Jonathan Obika (53 mins for Neil Harris)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 69 mins)
Millwall Bookings: None.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,713 (including 909 Millwall fans).


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13 April 2010 : Skiverton Gives Tribute To Malcolm Gold
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has paid tribute to former Glovers player Malcolm Gold. The former full-back and midfielder passed away yesterday aged 51. Hailing from South Petherton, Malcolm was spotted playing in the Perry Street League, and given a permanent contract after just two run outs for the Town. He went on to play for the club between 1979 and 1986, clocking up 239 first team appearances.

Skiverton revealed that he had met the 1982-83 Glovers Player of the Season on a number of occasions, and admitted before tonight's game against Millwall that he was shocked to hear the news:

"I want to send my deepest condolences to Malcolm Gold's family. He tragically died yesterday. Since I've taken over as manager, I'd got to know him a little bit and he was a really nice guy. He'd played for Yeovil in the past and he gave me some good advice. To all the Gold family out there, I'd just like to pass on my condolences, and just to say that he was a really lovely man and he will be missed. Tonight we will be wearing black armbands for him."


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13 April 2010 : Ayling Extends Until End Of Season
Arsenal central defender Luke Ayling has extended his stay at Huish Park until the end of the season. The academy graduate arrived on loan on March 17th and has done enough to persuade manager Terry Skiverton to extend his deal for the remaining five matches.

Luke has so far only had 12 minutes on the pitch for the Glovers, as part of the closing stages of the away match at Southend United and was on the bench for the away trip to Stockport County as well as tonight's game against Millwall.

Whilst being used sparingly, he is being used as immediate back-up for Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker and so with Stefan Stam still around a fortnight away from being ready for a return from his hamstring injury, having cover there is clearly going to be a benefit for the Glovers.


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13 April 2010 : Davies Returns To Royals
Reading midfielder Scott Davies has returned to his parent club after completing a one month loan at Huish Park. He was due to serve the final game of his loan spell in tonight's match against Millwall but was left out of the squad for the second match running due to the restrictions on the number of loans eligible for a match-day squad.

It was therefore little surprise that the decision was made to allow him to return to the Madejski Stadium. He made four appearances for the Glovers, with his last, the televised match against Leeds United.

The very best of luck to Scott in his future career.


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13 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Million Dollar Bash
Just before Yeovil Town get ready for a home match tonight against Millwall, another Taff's Gloversblog entry has hit the streets. Taking on board tonight's game, as well as Saturday's excellent win at Stockport County, it will come as little surprise that Taff's main focus is upon the jaw-dropping one million pound losses recorded by the club for the 2008-09 season. Read on via the link below and feel free to record your own thoughts on the subjects raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Million Dollar Bash.


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13 April 2010 : McCarthy Has A 'Brilliant Experience' With Glovers
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has described his season at Huish Park as a "brilliant experience". The 20 year old is on loan from Reading and has been in Somerset the whole season, making 40 appearances so far, and clocking up more time on the pitch than all bar one of his team-mates.

In five games time, Alex will return back to the Madejski Stadium for the summer, before determining his next career step. But he admitted to BBC Somerset that he had enjoyed his experience with the Glovers, which had seen him called up to the England Under-21s squad for the first time, and added that he wouldn't rule out a return:

"I've really enjoyed my past nine months down here. It's been a brilliant experience. I've got five games to go and I'm looking forward to the end of the season, but obviously I'm pleased to have been here throughout the season. Being down here has helped me massively. It's helped me get into the England Under-21s and get nearly 40 games under my belt, so it's helped me massively being down here. I'll never say never (to coming back again) so we'll see what happens."


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13 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport County Game (Revised)
Saturday's post-match interview transcript for Terry Skiverton was abridged slightly with a few questions being left out of the BBC interview. We've belatedly been able to rectify that by restoring the missing questions and answers, reacting to the Stockport County win and so that interview has now been extended.

With questions from BBC Bristol's Rob Scanlon, the revised transcript can be found via the link below. If you've already read the transcript and don't want to start again, restart at the question that begins: "You said you didn't want to see square balls ..."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport County Game (Revised).


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13 April 2010 : Officials Tonight
Our referee for this evening's fixture at Huish Park against high flying Millwall is Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Mr Russell started refereeing in the early 1990ís, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the refereesí list in 2004. In his 36 matches to date this season he has issued 3 red and 90 yellow cards.

Russell (who seems to prefer to be known as Mick rather than Mike these days) was a regular face at Yeovil matches in our early League One years, but we don't think we have seen him at Huish Park since January 2008 when we lost 0-2 to Walsall in appalling weather conditions (Walsall Blow Yeovil Away).

The first time we met him was against tonight's opponents, Millwall, in the Football League Cup, when he sent off Liam Fontaine in what subsequently turned out to be the last ever game for Gary Johnson as Yeovil Town's manager (Profitable night for the Lions - and the police).

The other officials show up at Huish Park on a frequent basis: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire) are the Assistants running the lines, Richard Martin (Somerset) the Fourth Official.

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Millwall

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Barnsley

Link: March 2006 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2


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13 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to League One promotion chasers Millwall tonight at Huish Park, with both sides still playing for points at opposite ends of the table. The Lions are currently in an automatic promotion slot and are the form side of 2010 - their results since the turn of the year even eclipsing Norwich City.

Thirteen wins, three draws and one defeat has deservedly seen the London club leapfrog bookies favourites Leeds United and local rivals Charlton Athletic, and their 4-0 win over Gillingham on Saturday shows that they are in no mood to let up. Strike pair Steve Morison and Neil Harris have scored 37 goals between them, and they are backed up by the very familiar face of Danny Schofield who has netted nine times since leaving Huish Park last year. Schofield started life in London largely as a benchwarmer, but has gradually become a key member of their improving side. On the bench tonight will be Jonathan Obika, who has largely been used as an impact player, scoring one goal so far since his return to London.

Millwall will be without right-back Alan Dunne who has a groin strain and his place will be taken by Jack Smith. However, they also have doubts over fellow defender Andy Frampton after he picked up an injury in training. With Morison and Harris in such fine form, fellow striker Gary Alexander will probably join Obika on the bench, giving Millwall a strong squad in terms of attacking options.

The Glovers will definitely be without central defender Stefan Stam (hamstring) and striker Sam Williams (knee). Manager Terry Skiverton spoke of a couple of players carrying knocks from Saturday's Stockport County, although doesn't name them, or suggest how likely they are to pull through. The BBC Sport website suggests they are strikers Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin, which could present an interesting conundrum for Skiverton if both fail to make the game, with Big Sam also out. There's no firm suggestion this has come directly from Skiverton though.

Otherwise, given the fine performance at Edgeley Park, there are unlikely to be major changes to the matchday squad. Midfielder Scott Davies will be available for the final match in his one month loan spell from Reading, although the fact that he dropped entirely out of the squad on Saturday would suggest that he may have already played his last game for the Glovers.

The last meeting between the two clubs was in September 2009, when a 0-0 draw was played out in another midweek match. It was a fairly lively game though, with Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala hitting the woodwork for the Glovers, whilst Steve Morison did the same for the home side. It was also a rather tempestuous match, with two flare-ups involving first Yeovil's Sam Williams and Lions keeper David Forde, then Gary Alexander's crude challenge on Alex McCarthy resulting in a minute's worth of pushing and shoving as referee Steven Cook lost control of the game. The only surprise was that both teams kept eleven players on the field of play.

The last meeting at Huish Park saw a 2-0 win for Yeovil in a Good Friday clash that saw Alan Dunne dismissed for two yellow cards and again the match ending in a fractious manner. Jonathan Obika and Gavin Tomlin did the damage for the Glovers, with Obika and Schofield still wearing green and white. The Lions usually bring a large following to Somerset, and are expected to have around 700 fans at the game tonight.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those who can't make it, the usual coverage on 95.5FM from BBC Somerset starts just after the 7.00p.m. news.

The Yeovil Town team will be wearing black armbands to mark the passing of Malcolm Gold, whose death was announced yesterday. Malcolm played for the Glovers from 1979 to 1986. From South Petherton, he was spotted playing in the Perry Street League, and given a permanent contract after just two run outs for the Town. A full-back and midfielder, he was Yeovil's Player of the Season in 1982-83, and went on to reach 239 first team appearances. Our condolences to all Malcolm's family and friends.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Millwall Game.

Link: Lions Heading For Big Mid-Week Following At Huish Park.


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13 April 2010 : Skivo Previews The Millwall Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's home match against Millwall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Needless to say, if you can't get to tonight's game, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM, with coverage starting just after the 7.00p.m. news. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Millwall Game.


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12 April 2010 : Skivo: Club Is In Safe Hands
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that the club is in 'safe hands' despite the Glovers recording hefty losses in the 2008-09 accounts just released. The club lost almost one million pounds (see Part 1 and Part 2) leading to a great deal of concern from supporters as to the direction the club was heading in.

Skiverton took charge of the managerial position in February 2009, meaning that he was First Team Manager for four out of the 12 months of the accounting period in question. He has told BBC Somerset that he prefers to concentrate on the 2009-10 season finances since he has got his feet under the table, where he believes that matters have been stabilised somewhat:

"I think under my stewardship as manager that you'll see when next year's figures come out, that the club has done very well. so I'm not concerned about what has gone on before me. I'm concerned about what I've done under my tenure. Under my tenure along with Martyn Starnes, I think the club is in very safe hands. It's a total club thing. I'm not trying to get credit for myself. I think that Martyn has had a major part to do with that and also the directors as well in that they've been shrewd with their money. So I think that the club was in a bit of a sticky situation, but as you'll see when the figures do come out next time round, that the club is on a very good footing."


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12 April 2010 : Big Sam Out For Rest Of Season?
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he may have to do without one of his strikers for the rest of the season. Target man Sam Williams twisted his knee on March 20th in the home match against Bristol Rovers and had his injury diagnosed as medial knee ligament damage.

However, the planned three to four week recovery has not gone as intended, with the club still trying to get to the bottom of why Williams is still in discomfort. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton admitted that he may need to work on the assumption that he wouldn't play in any of the final five matches:

"He's still struggling a little bit, to be honest with you. We've gone to see a few specialists. I think at the moment we'll do well to have Sam before the end of the season. It is a big blow, but we've got players who can step in. Dean Bowditch is on the back of a goal. Gavin Williams has got what I would call four goals in three games (one was an own goal) so we've definitely got an attacking threat. The only thing that we are missing is that little bit of presence that Sam does give us. He will be missed, but we've got to carry on and we can't use that as an excuse."


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12 April 2010 : Super Gav In TOTW
Gavin Williams has been selected in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One, the first Yeovil Town player to make it since Steven Caulker and Shaun MacDonald from the 1-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons on 27th February 2010.

Super Gav scored twice in Yeovil's first ever victory over Stockport County, a win that relegated the Hatters (Super Gav Double Sends Stockport Down).

The full League One team for this week is as follows:

Kelvin Davis (Southampton)
Jon Otsemobor (Southampton), Karleigh Osborne (Brentford), Ian Harte (Carlisle United), Tony Craig (Millwall)
GAVIN WILLIAMS (Yeovil Town), David Prutton (Colchester United), Marcus Bean (Brentford), Anthony Wordsworth (Colchester United)
Chris Martin (Norwich City), Charlie MacDonald (Brentford)

Link: Caulker And MacDonald In Team Of The Week


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12 April 2010 : Skivo: Players Are Playing For Their Futures
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his first team squad are still playing for their futures - even when the club reaches mathematical safety in League One. The Glovers have only five players in their squad who have contracts beyond the summer, and two of those are on the treatment table at present. So in practice this means the whole squad are under scrutiny.

The Yeovil boss believes the Glovers are still not quite safe - on 48 points and seven points clear of the drop with five games left they are close to the finish line, but Skiverton has told the Western Daily Press that he expects his side to keep going:

"We are not safe yet. We need to keep looking and keep improving. People are playing for their futures and as soon as we get safe I will be sitting down with players to discuss contracts and who will be staying or going. People are still fighting for that and it is still not a dead season. I still want another two wins and I am not concentrating on anything else."

The club's long running policy since they got into League One has been to not offer new contracts during the season, and Skiverton says that he backs that method of dealing with players:

"I want to get to safety as soon as possible and we can reflect afterwards. It is a case of the way that I want to do business and clubs cannot start offering deals before they know what division they are in. That has happened to me and it worked well and spurred me on. I am not threatening them, but you have got to make sure you are putting in performances as well as being spot on in training."

In practice, this sort of talk is likely to be part of a football manager's motivational toolset, designed to stop players thinking about their summer holidays too much. It would be a major surprise if, after 41 league matches, Skiverton had not already made up his mind about all bar a couple of his players and whether he wants them in or out of next season's squad. But it does no harm to keep them guessing to ensure there's no slacking off between now and May.


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12 April 2010 : Million Loss (Part II)
The club has this afternoon moved to give its account of the losses incurred for the year 1st July 2008 to 30th June 2009 (see Ciderspace: Yeovil Town Posts Million Pound Loss).

The Official Site states that a loss of £956,541, after tax, was made for the above period, on a turnover of £2,723,000. Turnover fell by 32% (£1,292,000) on the previous accounting year ended 30th June 2008. The two largest factors put forward to explain this massive turnaround in the club's financial position, a profit of £19,989 being declared in June 2008, are: a fall of £241,000 in gate receipts; and money from transfers moving from a £739,000 plus to a £50,000 minus.

The incoming fees will have been the monies received during that accounting period from Nottingham Forest for the Chris Cohen and Arron Davies deal. The £50K will be the write off of the sum still due from Swansea City, when Darren Way returned to Huish Park.

A concern is obviously that without the Cohen/Davies income the club would have been posting a loss of around three-quarters of a million for that period too. Whereas they later go on to state that a factor contributing to the loss just declared was a failure to "produce the expected return in terms of further player sales", it might be more prudent to excise the word "expected" from any planning and budgeting. If it were easy and guaranteed, every smaller club would be doing it and rolling in clover. The Gavin Williams and Cohen/Davies moneyspinners should be seen as the occasional bonus, not an expectation. And when your hoped for sell-ons for the future start being plucked from deep down the Non-league pyramid, from the likes of Fisher Athletic, Hillingdon Borough and Potters Bar Town, the odds against grow long indeed.

The club also mentions the injuries, under very different circumstances, in the 2008-09 period to Marc Bircham and Darren Way. While these may have been a small contributory factor their salaries will have already been built into that budget, so the new factor would be the replacements brought in to cover for those players' unavailability - so any costs to the short-term loans of the likes of Jonathan Worthington and Shaun MacDonald.

Continuing, the club states it has worked hard to create a substantial improvement in the financial situation, and that: "With just under three months of the financial year left there is an expectation and belief that the Club will return a small profit this season."

No comment is included in the club's statement as to how the loss has been/will be covered.

Link: 11 April 2010 : Yeovil Town Posts Million Pound Loss


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12 April 2010 : Pools Plead Innocence, Seagulls Plead For Points
League One side Hartlepool United are claiming they are "innocent" of fielding an ineligible player, in a case that could have a significant outcome on the final League One table positions. As reported on Saturday, both Hartlepool and their central defender Gary Liddle have been charged by the Football Association after the player was selected for an Easter Monday home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion. Liddle was actually suspended for the match after he was booked for timewasting in their Easter Saturday fixture, incurring his 10th booking of the season.

Pools appear to be basing their defence upon their claim that they only received the fax from the FA detailing the suspension on the Tuesday morning, and so were unaware of the two match ban. They also claim that their management team failed to notice the Easter Saturday booking because they were distracted whilst preparing to make a substitution. However, this seems a rather flawed line of defence given that Pools did not make a change until seven minutes later.

Speaking to local paper The Journal, Pools manager Chris Turner has called for "common sense" and states that they will be protesting their innocence, describing the situation as "Sunday league stuff":

"There are hundreds of possibilities, I hope common sense prevails. We have to win our games and make sure we have enough points in the bag to make sure it is not a concern. We were informed by the FA on Tuesday morning he was suspended for the Brighton game. That is all I want to say, we have an FA enquiry. I believe we are innocent and three or four different things have conspired to the situation and the FA, so I am led to believe, are understanding about it. The bottom line is, what manager or coach in the world would select a player to play in a team if he was not eligible to play? It is less than Sunday league stuff. End of story."

Turner is unlikely to find that the situation is "end of story" with Pools up before the FA on April 26th to explain their actions. They are also facing pressure from opponents Brighton, who lost the match 2-0 and still need points to guarantee their own League One survival. It's therefore not too surprising to find that Seagulls boss Gus Poyet is rather unhappy about the situation.

General practice is for the offending team to be deducted the points that they won during that match, but Poyet has told his club's official site that he wants the FA to go further and award the points to Brighton, pointing out that deducting them from Hartlepool still leaves the Seagulls at a disadvantage over the situation:

"I am sure Hartlepool did not realise he was suspended. It was not a case of cheating, but they made a mistake and that player should not have been on the pitch so the three points should go to the opposition. They cannot just deduct the points from Hartlepool. For the sake of fair competition we should be awarded them. All teams play 46 games in a season so it would be unfair if we only played 45 matches. The Football League has to be careful with the decision they make. It does not matter if they did it with intention or not, the only decision they can make in this instance - and I would say the same if my team were the guilty party - is to give the three points to the opposition."

Poyet is unlikely to get his wish granted, given that we're unaware of any precedence that has seen an opposing side benefit from another team's transgression. However, Hartlepool's Turner is unlikely to get his wish granted either, with even the Hartlepool press pointing out that the last instance of a Football League club fielding an ineligible player resulted in a points deduction.

On the final game of the 2008-09 season, Crystal Palace brought on Rui Fonte as a 55th minute substitute in a 0-0 draw, with his loan deal with Arsenal having expired. Palace were fined £20,000 (with £15,000 suspended for one season) and were deducted the point they earned during that match. The points deduction made zero difference to their final league position and the final verdict even came in a month after the season had ended, meaning that, bar the fine, the hearing was only of vague academic interest. However, due process was followed through and the formalities of the point deduction were carried out. In a more critical sensitive case such as this, it would be almost unthinkable for the FA not to do the same.

For those who think it could never happen at Yeovil Town, it did during the 1994-95 season. When filling in the registration forms for the entire first team squad at the start of the campaign, a slight faux pas led to one player being left out - the club captain Jeff Sherwood. The defender had been with the club across two spells since 1988, had been registered each season, and so was a clear clerical error rather than an attempt to deceive. However, the club was still deducted the single point it earned from the two games he played in until the error was rectified. Yeovil were relegated in May 1995, although club secretary at the time, Roger Brinsford, was probably thankful that his slip of the pen nine months previously had not affected the final outcome to any significant degree.


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12 April 2010 : Interview With Gavin Williams
Following the 3-1 away win against Stockport County, Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Gavin Williams spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Manager Terry Skiverton's post-match views are also available.

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Stockport .

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport County Game.


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11 April 2010 : Saints Are A Bunch Of Sell-Outs
League One side Southampton have sold their full allocation of away tickets for their match at Huish Park. Having been allocated just under 2,000 tickets for the game, which takes place on Saturday 17th April, kick-off 3.00p.m. the match tickets never even reached general sale before selling out yesterday (Saturday).

No further tickets will be available to Southampton fans, and we'd expect some fairly strong vetting from the Huish Park Ticket Office for anyone calling for tickets, so if you're planning on going to the game and haven't bought a ticket, be prepared for that.



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11 April 2010 : England Fansí Forum Meets In Bristol
West Country football fans can have their say and listen to key speakers when the England Fans' Forum comes to Bristol on Wednesday. The event is a free and informal evening of discussion looking ahead to this summerís World Cup in South Africa.

The England Fansí Forum is an independently organised event that regularly takes place in London and is coming to Bristol for the first time. Since its emergence as a potential World Cup host, the spotlight is on Bristol and the South West to develop its links with International football. A panel of speakers will provide information on South Africa, travel, ticketing and what to expect from the tournament. Discussion will also cover Bristol's progress towards becoming a World Cup host city.

The panel:
Dave Spurgeon: ACTSA
Harpreet Grewal: Football Association head of Englandfans
Ken Malley: South West and South Wales Representative/International Policy, Football Supporters' Federation
Stephen Wray: Director, Bristol World Cup bid team

There will also be football art on display to whet the appetite for the forthcoming World Cup. The evening takes place on Wednesday 14th April at the Bristol County Sports Club, 40 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AE, starting at 7pm. This is a must for all avid fans of England football based in the south west.

If you would like to attend please send confirmation by email to: bristolenglandfans@hotmail.co.uk


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11 April 2010 : Yeovil Town Posts Million Pound Loss
OK, before we start in detail, it was a rounded figure for a cheap - or should that be, expensive? - headline. The net loss declared by Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited, before tax, for the year ended 30th June 2009, is actually £976,402.

As usual with our club, this was no Annual Report To Supporters, which is good practice followed by many Football League (and some smaller) clubs. It wasn't even a full set of accounts. It is contained in what we understand to be the legal minimum that can be submitted under section 449 of the Companies Act 2006 as 'abbreviated' accounts. This means that such information as the company wage bill, any financial payments due to directors, and any outside directors interests, amongst other things, are no longer revealed. This may come as little surprise to those who have spent many years listening to the oft stated mantra of "Transparency, transparency, transparency" whilst seeing a regime that in practice issues as little information as possible on any matters financial: the great unwashed should pay their gate money and mind their own business.

Anyway, on to what we can glean. The club's 'liquid' assets, in the form of stock, debt owed it, and cash in the bank and hand, fell hugely between the accounts lodged for June 2008 and those for June 2009, from £1,331,258 to £543,805. Being abbreviated accounts nothing is itemised, but the most obvious large cause of this could be Nottingham Forest having met their final instalment(s) on Chris Cohen and Arron Davies, which thus disappeared from the asset side of the balance sheet.

The auditors state that:

"The company has reported a net loss before tax of £976,402. Income was significantly down on the previous year, the result of reduced football and stadium related income and the fact that there were no player sales in the year. Although playing staff costs were reduced to some extent, these remained relatively high compared to income.

In cash terms, the effects of these losses were partially mitigated by cash receipts from player sales in 2007/08. However, cash flow has become tight and the company's shareholders have introduced loans to the company both during the year and subsequent to the year end in order to ensure the company remains within its facilities.

The directors have taken active steps to reduce the costs in the current year, and the company has reported profits in the year to date since 30 June 2009. The shareholders have also confirmed their intention to continue supporting the company for the forseeable future. On this basis, the directors believe it is appropriate to prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis.
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The share capital remains at £1,700,301, of which £1,575,379 is controlled by the ultimate holding company of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club, Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited (as of their last published accounts of year ended 28th February 2009). The only listed directors of HPSPL are John Fry and Norman Hayward. The auditors' note that "shareholders have introduced loans to the company" (Yeovil Town), is most likely to mean that the club is now in debt to major shareholder Mr Hayward, who is the only shareholder likely to have provided such an injection.

When CEO Martyn Starnes started to prepare the ground by using the phrase "significant loss" (25 March 2010 : Glovers Finances Heading For 'A Significant Loss'), one suspects few supporters immediately started thinking close to seven figures.

It would not be surprising to see an aggrieved rant in the local press shortly: with mention of 'hoodies', negative comment from the sidelines, the difficulties of running a football club in the current climate, prudence, and how critics should put their money where their mouths are. On the other hand, we might see a rational exposition of how and why the current regime has just posted the biggest annual loss in the club's history, with a proper breakdown of the whys and wherefores, and what the club's short and long term plans and goals are. On past performance we know where we'd place our bet.

Link: Glovers Finances Heading For 'A Significant Loss'

Link: Club Record Small Profit In Latest Accounts (year ended 30th June 2008)


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11 April 2010 : Ohhh! Suits You, Sir!
Many long standing Yeovil Town fans may recall a tendency for Glovers fans to wear fancy dress or to have a travelling theme for away matches on the final day of the season. Or you may have been travelling to a game and seen a group of Mexicans in a Service Station all wearing replica shirts of one team.

The Capital Glovers have decided to revive this art-form, and plan to attend Yeovil Town's away trip at Brighton and Hove Albion by donning their Sunday suit, or posh frock. Green and white cravats, ties or handkerchiefs are of course recommended but not compulsory.

You don't have to be a Capital Glover to get involved with this - just turn up looking dapper for the occasion and ensure the Glovers have the best dressed fans in the country!

Link: Capital Glovers : Suits You Sir Facebook Event.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.


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11 April 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town
If you were at yesterday's 3-1 win against Stockport County at Edgeley Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Voting will be open until Tuesday, 7.45p.m. due to the midweek home match against Millwall.

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


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11 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport County Game
Following the 3-1 away win against Stockport County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport County Game.


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10 April 2010 : Hartlepool Facing Points Deduction?
League One side Hartlepool United are facing a points deduction after they fielded an ineligible player on Easter Monday. Central defender Gary Liddle played a full 90 minutes in their 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion. However, he had picked up his 10th booking of the season in the Easter Saturday match against Leyton Orient, and so should have commenced a two match ban on the Monday.

Hartlepool have been charged by the Football Association for fielding the player, and Liddle himself has also been issued with similar charges. Pools have until April 26th to respond to the charges, meaning that they may not know their fate until just two games are left in the 2009-10 season. The club released a statement saying:

"As soon as the error was realised the club contacted the FA immediately and they served two charges, one to the club and one to Gary Liddle. The club has been given until April 26 to respond to the charges."

Punishment for clubs fielding ineligible players has historically been a points deduction for all of the points earned during the period when the player was fielded. With Hartlepool in 17th place in the League One table, a points deduction of the three that they won during that match would send them down to 19th place, but more crucially just one point off the relegation zone.

An alternative for the Football Association is to merely fine the club, but with Brighton occupying 15th spot and still in need of a couple of points for League One safety, and a host of other clubs bunched up just above the relegation line, Hartlepool's rivals will inevitably point out that Liddle's inclusion in a match that gave them a win and a clean sheet over a team close to them in the table will have unfairly influenced the outcome of the game. If the FA opt to just fine them for their transgression, then it could encourage other clubs to take the financial hit at critical games of the season, knowing that such decisions could keep their club in a division, or win them promotion. As such, a points deduction is the only real fair outcome.

Link: Latest 2009-10 League One Table.


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10 April 2010 : Swansea 0 Yeovil 1 : Youth Team Match Report
After gaining a long awaited victory over Cheltenham Town in their last match, the Yeovil Town Under 18s gained another impressive scalp this morning by defeating Swansea City on their home patch. A Danny Williams strike made the long journey deep into Wales more than worthwhile as they saw off a Swansea side full of Welsh Internationals and on a 10 match unbeaten run.

Both teams started tentatively with the Swans playing their pretty football in their own half, but showing no penetration. Yeovil had the best chances in the first half, Lewis Clarke being unlucky on 20 minutes when his shot struck the bar. Around 15 mins later Danny Williams found himself in front of an open goal, but managed to put the ball wide.

Swansea made Yeovil keeper Steve Boore work when he saved a point blank effort, then two minutes before the end of the first period, Lloyd Matthew unleashed a fine effort, but unfortunately the ball went straight at the Swans keeper.

Within two minutes of the restart Lloyd Matthews found the net, but was correctly flagged offside. At the other end, Swansea
saw a headed attempt from a corner find its way just over the crossbar. The Glovers were still managing to keep the home team's keeper the busier of the two, but suffered a blow when Matthews hobbled off ten minutes in to be replaced up front by Cory Lewis, who was carrying a hamstring injury and wasnít able to use his pace to its full effect.

A minute before the hour mark, Glovers keeper Steve Boore found himself one on one with a Swansea striker, only to make a fine stop with his legs. That save was to be crucial as as the Greens finally broke the deadlock seconds later when Lewis Clarke produced a wonderful right wing cross which hardly left the ground, Danny Williams connected perfectly and Yeovil were in front.

The home bench sprung into action bringing on three substitutes, all of whom have represented their country. However, it didnít affect the game as Yeovil, with their tails up, continued to harry and close down. After 70 minutes Steve Boore had to make his best save of the match, but it was from team mate Adam Wakley, whose clearance in the area was winging its way into the top left hand corner.

With four minutes left, Will Moggridge found himself in the book after an off the ball incident, spotted by a linesman. He had retaliated after having his calf raked by an opponent, his ripped socks easy to spot. That was the final incident of note as the final whistle blew, with the Glovers having knocked up a highly impressive win. Coach Gary Knight was full of praise for his team saying after the game:

"They did everything I asked. I wanted a high tempo pressing performance, and thatís exactly what they gave me. The boys applied themselves well. I always felt weíd score. I was happy to let Swansea play their football in front of us. I told them not to press too far up the pitch. We were content for Swansea to have possession where it didnít hurt, and thatís what happened. We pressed when in danger and won the ball back. I want to instill a level of confidence and unity in the team and see them smile. Thatís been lacking for some time and now, and as you can see, itís there. That is a very happy, united bunch of lads."

Final Score: Swansea City Under 18s 0 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Scorer: Danny Williams (60 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-5-2)
Steve Boore
Sam Ford, Will Moggridge, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Gallagher, Lewis Clarke, Ciaran Levet
Danny Williams, Lloyd Matthews

Subs: Adam Baker (71 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Cory Lewis (55 mins for Lloyd Matthews)


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10 April 2010 : Stockport 1 Yeovil 3 : Super Gav Double Sends Stockport Down
Yeovil Town saw hosts Stockport County relegated to League Two this afternoon at Edgeley Park, and in doing so put themselves on the edge of League One safety. A 3-1 win over the Hatters saw Dean Bowditch give Yeovil a first half lead, before two Gavin Williams goals put the match out of sight. A late George Donnelly goal for the home side gave them something to briefly cheer about, but this was no afternoon for celebration for the Cheshire side.

The Glovers went into the game making one tactical switch as Scott Davies dropped entirely out of the matchday squad. In his place came Andy Welsh, who was a like-for-like swap on the left flank. They started with a 4-5-1 formation that frequently varied into a 4-4-1-1 with Gavin Williams given a free role when the Glovers gained possession of the ball.

It was a relatively quiet start to the match with a shot a-piece coming in from distance as Gavin Tomlin forced home keeper Owain fon Williams into a parried save, whilst former Glover David Poole forced the same out of Alex McCarthy. But on a bobbly pitch, both teams struggled to gain control in the centre of the park.

Yeovil's big breakthrough came assist specialist Andy Welsh saw his free kick into the box on 21 minutes only half cleared, Gavin Williams put the ball back into the box and Dean Bowditch hooked the ball home with an excellent first time touch and finish. 1-0 up and exactly what was needed to deflate the home side.

David Poole again tried to hit back immediately for Stockport, but they were undone again 10 minutes later by Yeovil's ability to win the second ball inside the penalty box. A long throw-in into the box was met by the head of Steven Caulker, and when the ball dropped to the edge of the box, Gavin Williams yelled 'MINE!' and indeed it was - his low volley nestling in the back of the net, with both Bowditch and Williams with the two goals showing excellent anticipation to wait for the dropping ball.

Yeovil never really produced outstanding fluent football at any time during the match, but they were doing more than enough to hold County at bay, even if referee Geoff Eltringham seemed to be doing his best to give the home side a helping hand - on a couple of occasions appearing to perform directly to the crowd - never a good sign with a match official. A series of home-friendly decisions were an irritance throughout the match.

Steven Caulker came close to breaking his scoring duck for the club as he headed close to the home keeper's left hand post, with the keeper landing behind his own goal line, leaving the away following shouting somewhat optimistically for a goal. Caulker's wait for his debut goal would have to go on.

Half time came, and the match disappeared into a game of nothingness. County rarely threatened, and Yeovil had little incentive to extend their lead further, having killed off a lot of the home side's early desire.

As it happened, the Glovers still managed to grab a third. Aidan Downes had replaced goalscorer Dean Bowditch midway through the second period, and it was his left-wing cross that allowed Gavin Williams to net his third goal since arriving on loan, from three appearances, with a glancing header. 0-3 and game definitely over now.

Stockport's fans cheered loudly when on 80 minutes they managed their first shot of the second period, littering their chants with gallows humour as they prepared to have their fall into League Two made official. Two minutes later though, they got something to really cheer about as George Donnelly thumped into the roof of the net a ball that Yeovil had allowed to go back across the face of the box. Oddly, Donnelly was substituted straight afterwards.

Five minutes injury time took place due to a lengthy injury to Stockport substitute Greg Tansey, who only managed five minutes on the field himself - most of that waiting for a stretcher to arrive. But that lengthy extra time was never likely to worry the Glovers who were in control of the game right from the first goal.

The result lifts Yeovil into 14th place in the League One table and seven points clear of Tranmere Rovers in 21st. It may be too soon to celebrate Yeovil's safety for another season with five games still left to play, but at the moment they are as close as close can be.

Final Score: Stockport County 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (21 mins, 0-1), Gavin Williams (32 mins, 0-2), Gavin Williams (74 mins, 0-3), George Donnelly (82 mins, 1-3)

Stockport County:
1. Owain Fon Williams 18. Andy Halls 2. Johnny Mullins 24. Danny Swailes 32. Mathew Sadler 15. David Poole 7. James Vincent (62) 25. David Perkins 5. Richie Partridge 36. George Donnelly (84) 10. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
13. Paul Gerrard (GK) 4. Paul Turnbull (67 mins for Greg Tansey) 8. Greg Tansey (62 mins for James Vincent) 22. Daniel Rowe (84 mins for George Donnelly) 26. Sam Barnes 37. Steven Murty

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Scott Murray (90 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 17. Aidan Downes (68 mins for Dean Bowditch) 19. Luke Ayling 23. Danny Hutchins

Stockport Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (23 mins, foul), Gavin Tomlin (25 mins, foul)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire) and Paul Marsden (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 3,587 (including approx 200 Yeovil fans).


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10 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s grabbed an excellent win over Swansea City's youth side this morning. A single goal from Danny Williams was enough to seal the win in the match played at St Helen's in Swansea with the Glovers winning 1-0.

A full match report will appear on this site later today.


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10 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea Team News
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action at Swansea City this morning at the St Helen's ground. The Glovers have selected the following team for the game:

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-5-2)
Steve Boore
Sam Ford, Will Moggridge, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Gallagher, Lewis Clarke, Ciaran Levet
Danny Williams, Lloyd Matthews

Subs: Adam Baker, Cory Lewis


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10 April 2010 : Super Gav Pitching For A 'Professional' Result
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Gavin Williams has said that he will not be looking to make excuses about the Stockport County pitch. The Welshman has said that the Glovers need to be 'professional' in the way that they cope with the turf at Edgeley Park that in the past 12-18 months has become a visible example of the financial plight of the Hatters.

If last season's 0-0 draw is anything to go by, that is likely to make Yeovil's passing game somewhat hard to come by. Williams has told BBC Somerset that he does not have first hand experience of the pitch to know whether it lives up to its reputation, but believes that the team just need to get on with it:

"I've seen the pitch on TV, although I'm not sure how bad it is when you get up there. It doesn't look the best, but you've just got to be professional and grind out the right result. I don't think it's going to be a pretty football game. But the main thing is that it is a massive game for us and we've got to get something from it."


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9 April 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea Venue
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action tomorrow, taking on Swansea City in a Youth Alliance fixture. The match is taking place at the St Helen's sporting complex in Swansea, which houses both the Rugby club and Glamorgan Cricket Club. A map showing the rugby club can be seen here. Entry into the ground is on the junction of Gorse Lane and Mumbles Road. Mumbles Road is the A4067 that runs East-West along Swansea's sea-front in an area known locally as Mumbles. Alternatively pick up signs for St Helen's or the rugby or cricket grounds and you should find it. Kick-off tomorrow is 11.00a.m.

Address: St Helen's Recreation Ground, Swansea, SA2 0AR.


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9 April 2010 : Skivo Has Sympathy For Hatters Boss Plight
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has plenty of sympathy for his opposite number Gary Ablett, who he meets tomorrow as part of the League One away trip against Stockport County. The former Everton and Liverpool coach has endured a rocky ride as manager, coming in last summer with the Hatters already in administration, and that situation has still not changed.

That has meant that Stockport have had to significantly cut their over-inflated playing budget down to a level that administrators Leonard Curtis would accept, as well as seeing players like strikers Carl Baker, Peter Thompson and Oli Johnson, midfielder Michael Raynes and left-back Michael Rose all sold or loaned out during the January transfer window. Ablett has had to pick up the pieces by rebuilding their first team squad, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he had sympathy for the position the Hatters boss found himself in and could see some common ground there:

"They're not a bad side. I think they've had to cut their budget massively. I spoke to Gary Ablett a few times when he was at Liverpool and then when he first took over and he's been a really nice guy and it's been a really difficult situation for him to come into. I wouldn't have said I'm in a similar position, but we're not far off at Yeovil with finances. It's just about how you get through it and that little bit of luck can help you as well."


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9 April 2010 : League One: Weekend Preview
With most clubs having just six matches to go of the 2010-11 season, the battle to avoid relegation from League One has been hotting up lately, with those just above the drop zone getting increasingly crowded. If we work on the basis that Stockport County (16 points adrift) and Wycombe Wanderers (9 points adrift) aren't going to escape, barring a run of six straight wins then the final two relegation spots probably come down to a battle between eight clubs.

Of those clubs, only two of them are at home, and game of the day has to be Exeter City (17th) against Leyton Orient (21st). With both sides pitched up just outside the zone, neither has any wish to be sucked in. Russell Slade will be in the away dugout, and he will be aware of what striker Marcus Stewart is capable of for Exeter, given the two were together at Huish Park. Stewart told the Exeter Express and Echo that he thought Orient had made a shrewd decision:

"Russell Slade is someone I know very well. He is a good man manager and he will do what he is very good at ó taking the pressure off his players and making them feel relaxed. Russell did a very good job when we were both at Yeovil but it won't be strange playing against him. I like him as a person but I am a footballer and I have got to be ruthless where I can. If that is against my old manager then so be it."

Southend United (22nd) may have paid their players wages for February at last, but that still doesn't mean everything is rosey. Striker (and former Glover) Scott Spencer is out for the rest of the season, just as the youngster was breaking into the Shrimpers first team and adding a few goals in the equation. On top of that they have a daunting trip to Elland Road and Leeds United to look forward to. Meanwhile Gillingham (18th), who haven't won away all season, face a trip to Millwall, who are currently flying. A home banker for both of these matches, surely?

Hartlepool United (16th) may fancy their chances at likely relegation candidates Wycombe Wanderers, whilst Tranmere Rovers will be hoping that Walsall's mid-table position and some increasing unrest amongst the Saddlers fans, including demonstrations at the Bescot Stadium over Easter, will see the home side's minds elsewhere. Though the visitors have chosen a bad moment of the season to have three players suspended.

Other than Exeter, Oldham Athletic (19th) are the only other side with home advantage, as they take on Bristol Rovers, who are still talking about their play-off chances, and so may give them a tough game. The Latics have got a virus going around the playing camp at present, and are desperately trying to isolate the three players who have suffered so far. In addition they have Kieran Lee suspended for a red card in their midweek defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Saturday Fixtures (main candidates for last two relegation spots in bold):

Brentford v Huddersfield Town
Brighton v Carlisle United
Colchester United v Swindon Town
Exeter City v Leyton Orient
Leeds United v Southend United
Millwall v Gillingham
Norwich City v MK Dons
Oldham Athletic v Bristol Rovers
Southampton v Charlton Athletic
Stockport County v Yeovil Town
Walsall v Tranmere Rovers
Wycombe Wanderers v Hartlepool United


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9 April 2010 : The End For Wazza?
The end of his playing career is what is being referred to, as there's still plenty of life in the ex-Yeovil legend yet!

Warren Patmore, currently joint-manager of Western League Wellington, took to the field in a come-back early this year with his club short of players, but lasted a mere ten minutes after putting himself on as a substitute before his back went. Three months on and he has not played again. Wazza commented:

"The back is no better and I won't be playing any more football this season. I plan to consult a specialist to see what exactly is the problem. I shall take his advice. If it means not playing again, so be it. I'm not getting any younger."

Warren will doubtless not thank us for mentioning he will turn 39 as the next season kicks off in August.

Link: Warren Patmore's Playing Record at Yeovil Town


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9 April 2010 : Stockport County vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long trip up to the North-West to play basement club Stockport County in a League One match that takes place on Saturday. Sitting in 24th position in the League One table and 16 points from safety, it is a matter of when rather than if the Hatters drop into League Two at the end of this season.

That event though will be guaranteed if Stockport lose on Saturday, meaning that every game for them now becomes a must-win game. Even a draw would mean that they will be relegated if one of Leyton Orient or Tranmere Rovers pick up a point in their matches. If one of those sides wins, then it's all over for Stockport no matter what they do at Edgeley Park.

As such it is going to be very difficult to predict the mentality of the Stockport players and management. Resigned to their fate, and so ready to throw in the towel? Or defiant and determined to stretch out their stay of execution for another few days? On a dustbowl of a pitch with more sand on it than grass, after County and rugby union side Sale Sharks had cut the turf to ribbons during the winter just gone, this is unlikely to be a pretty game - more a physical battle in that the side that fights harder and makes the least mistakes is likely to come out on top.

Current form would suggest that County are wilting fast. Winless in eight matches, their brief flurry of two wins in February proved to be a false dawn and they followed that up in March by failing to score a single goal. A Jabo Ibehre strike in each of their two Easter weekend matches has proved they can still find the net, but that they still can't find three points. Top scorer Carl Baker who menaced Yeovil's defence back in September was sold off with a number of other players in the January transfer window to keep the financially destitute club going. They are now set to complete a whole year in administration, and have the threat of expulsion from the Football League hanging over them if they do not find a buyer with the right credentials. On that basis, to be playing matches in League Two at the start of the 2010-11 season would actually be a cause for celebration if you're a Stockport fan.

Danny Pilkington is Stockport's main long term absentee - out for the season with a broken leg. Their only other problem lies with defender Paul Huntington, who hobbled off at half time on Easter Monday with a calf injury. Early signs are that the former Leeds United player may still recover in time for tomorrow's game. Stockport's squad includes former Glover David Poole although the winger was only a substitute in their 2-1 defeat at Norwich City. Left-back Michael Rose is another former Glover on Stockport's books, although he was wearing an opposition shirt at Carrow Road - on loan for the rest of the season as part of Stockport's efforts to drive down their wage bill.

The Glovers will definitely be without striker Sam Williams (knee) and defender Stefan Stam (hamstring). Other site match previews have suggested that Williams is going to be available this weekend - news from this morning suggests otherwise. Barring any Easter weekend knocks, manager Terry Skiverton's only team selection issue will as usual be which two loanees to leave out of the matchday squad. Arron Davies and Luke Ayling were the two left with their feet up in the stands on Monday.

Yeovil Town have never beaten Stockport County. Three draws and two defeats make for fairly miserable reading, including the 5-0 mauling that the Glovers took in the FA Cup back in November 2008 that was sparked by an early red card for defender Aaron Brown. Earlier this season, Yeovil were unable to deal with County and their top scorer Carl Baker who grabbed a brace during the game, whilst Gavin Tomlin and Sam Williams netted for the Glovers in a 2-2 draw. Alex McCarthy took an early bath for a professional foul.

Last season, possibly the worst spectacle of 'football' witnessed since Yeovil Town entered the Football League saw a 0-0 draw at Edgeley Park in April 2009 on an impossibly hard and rutted pitch and a swirling wind. Play it on the ground and the bobbles on the pitch made dribbling a game of chance. Play it in the air, and the wind took the ball away. Neither team stood a chance. Let's hope that sand is easier to play on than hard rock.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and this is a pay-on-the-day fixture. For all ticketing, directions, pub guides and ground information, follow the Ciderspace guide below. For those who want to bite their fingernails, BBC Somerset will provide plenty of match commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.

Link: Bad News For Big Sam ....

Link: Leonard Curtis Wins Award While Stockport Fans Get Shafted.

Link: Officials For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stockport County.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Stockport County.


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9 April 2010 : Super Gav Deal Now Finalised
Yesterday's news suggested that there was a slight difference of opinion in terms of whether midfielder Gavin Williams had had his loan deal formally extended. Bristol City caretaker boss Keith Millen said it was done whilst Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said negotiations had not completed.

The good news is that the club have said the loan deal has now been completed and so Gavin will remain a Glover (subject to any 24 hour call-back clause) until the end of the 2009-10 season.


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9 April 2010 : Lions Heading For Big Mid-Week Following At Huish Park
League One side Millwall will have at least 500 away supporters in attendance when they visit Huish Park next Tuesday. The Londoners are currently in excellent form, and currently lie in third place in the League One table.

A total of 12 wins in their last 15 fixtures, with just one defeat, and a current unbeaten run of nine games has seen the Lions land in a four horse race for the final automatic promotion slot with Swindon Town leading the way, chased by Millwall, Leeds United and Charlton Athletic.

As such, next Tuesday night's fixture - Yeovil Town's next home match on April 13th - has become an important match for Kenny Jackett's side. This may be a midweek fixture that forces most Millwall fans to take time off work to get there, but over 500 tickets for the Copse Road End have been sold, and a further 200 have gone on sale this morning.

The game will see a couple of familiar faces on display, with attacking midfielder Danny Schofield having already netted nine times since his arrival at the New Den last September, whilst Jonathan Obika netted his first for the club just under two weeks ago, having made eight substitute appearances for the Lions since his move in mid-February that saw the Tottenham Hotspur striker end his loan spell with Yeovil, and start a new one with Millwall.


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9 April 2010 : ... Good News For Stefan Stam
Yeovil Town centre-back Stefan Stam could still make it back into the first team before the end of the season. The Dutchman had been more or less ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring but could return to training with the first team squad as early as next week.

That could pitch him in with half a chance of being ready for competitive football by the time the Glovers travel to Brentford on April 24th - their third from last fixture of the season. Manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the green light for Stefan to resume training at the club would come from a trip to Bath University:

"The good news is that I think Stefan Stam will be in full training from next week. So hopefully he will be in contention within the next two weeks. We've had some great work with the physio (Simon Baker). Simon has done a fantastic job with his rehab. He's just got to go to Bath University now just to see the difference in the strength with his left and his right (hamstring). If the percentage is not too far away then he should be okay to start training."


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9 April 2010 : Shrimpers Pay Some Wages
Southend United has paid its players wages for the first time this year, but only for February. January's salaries were met by the PFA, not by the club, but manager Steve Tilson could confirm, speaking to BBC Radio Essex, that chairman Ronald Martin had cobbled some monies together to meet the February wage bill:

"We've been paid February's money this week, so only March is outstanding at the moment. The chairman is trying to sort that out over the next week or so."

Southend captain, Adam Barrett, had earlier stated his opinion that the club's off-field financial mess was impacting the team on the field:

"I've got two kids and a wife, so it's extremely difficult. I've never been in a situation like this. You can't solely concentrate on your football because of it. There're too many off-field things happening.

It's been extremely hard for every single one of the lads and management team. I think a few of the boys are mentally drained by it all; it is a strain.
"

The club's form since the turn of the year would seem to confirm this. Southend have won just a single game from sixteen in 2010, and have plummeted down the table from comfortable mid-table to find themselves firmly embedded in the relegation zone.

Next week they return to the High Court to face a further winding up order lodged by HMRC.

Not that Shrimpers fans would know any of this from the Southend United Official Site, resolutely silent on all these matters, first, fast and foremost.

In the dog-eat-dog world of football, while not wishing Southend United to go bust, their troubles are no bad news for Yeovil Town, hovering just four points above the relegation zone as we currently find ourselves.


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9 April 2010 : Bad News For Big Sam ...
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams has had a set-back in his hopes of recovering from a knee injury. The target man had been diagnosed with a medial knee ligament injury that was expected to keep him out for around three to four weeks, leading to hope that he might return in time for this weekend's match at Stockport County.

That has now been firmly ruled out, as a scan revealed more serious damage and it would appear that Williams will be absent indefinitely with manager Terry Skiverton unwilling to put a timeframe on the recovery when he spoke to BBC Somerset:

"We got a scan on it this week and it was a little bit worse than what we first thought. So it's going to take longer. I'm not going to put a date on it at the moment."


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8 April 2010 : Skivo Waiting On Williams Paperwork For Extension
Despite Bristol City caretaker boss Keith Millen giving the green light for midfielder Gavin Williams to extend his current loan deal until the end of the season, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the paperwork still needs to be completed.

Williams has his loan deal end after Saturday's match against Stockport County, and with a Tuesday night match against Millwall to come immediately afterwards, they will need to be on the ball to put in the extension soon after they return from Cheshire. Skiverton says that he is hopeful that it will be sorted next week, but told BBC Somerset that he'd yet to see pen on paper:

"The discussions are ongoing, and hopefully we'll be able to have something wrapped up, if the negotiations go well, then hopefully we can have Gavin extended by next week. But nothing has been done yet."

As for Williams himself, he says he has no hesitation in staying at Huish Park where he has a greater chance of playing first team football, and admits that the sending off against Hartlepool United that cost him a three match suspension was a major blow for those plans:

"The loan deal was just a month to start with, but that sending off killed the month really. We only had five games in that month, so I've been here six weeks and only played two games, or rather one-and-a-half. I just want to play as many games as I can. I'd like to stay here and play as many games as I can. I've spoken to the (Bristol City) manager (Keith Millen) and they're doing really well at the minute, so I'll be more than happy to stay. I spoke to the gaffer (Millen) a couple of times and I think he'll be really happy to let me stay as long as they don't get many injuries and as long as the new manager doesn't get appointed."

As mentioned earlier, Bristol City will include a 24 hour loan recall clause in the contract extension to enable them to recall the player if either of the scenarios Gavin describes transpire.


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8 April 2010 : Gary Roberts Sacked Again For Code Of Conduct Breach
League Two side Rotherham United have confirmed that they have sacked midfielder Gary Roberts following a serious breach of club code of conduct. The former Yeovil Town player was taken on by the Millers earlier this season, and in December 2009 was given a proper contract to run until the end of the season.

Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore is not explicit in stating what caused Roberts to be sacked by the club, but given that Roberts has publicly owned up to gambling and alcohol addictions in the past, it isn't too hard to read between the lines. At that time in September 2009, it looked as though Roberts was finally taking charge of the problems that had ruined his career at Yeovil Town, and before that at Crewe Alexandra, but it would appear that in the last month or two they have returned in some shape or form and that finally the Millers have pushed him through the door marked exit.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Moore said that he felt the problem was affecting the dressing room and once that started to happen he decided he had to act:

"Gary Roberts has had his contract terminated for a serious breach of the club's code of conduct. It's not only once this has happened. It's been on several occasions. Enough's enough. We can't go on with it. He's a talented player but at the end of the day we can't have him disrupting the dressing room. The decision was made by the chairman and myself that this was the road we had to go down."

Moore explained that when he broke the news to Roberts, that the player had been apologetic, and knew that he had let the club down:

"He was full of remorse to be fair to him. He was sorry that he'd let everybody down. But it's such a shame that a talented player is going to waste the talent that he has been given. We've bent over backwards for Gary, to be fair. It's been well documented what his problems have been. We took a chance on him, and he's a silly boy really. Unfortunately he's just gone that one step too far and we just can't have it. We've got to think about the club more than we have to think about the player."

Moore, whose team are currently in a play-off position in League Two, says that he has no reservations about Roberts' on the field talents, which included scoring a spectacular goal from the halfway line against Bradford City last December. But he said the way the issue persisted meant that he eventually had to act:

"I'm bitterly disappointed because the boy has talent. His passing ability is absolutely brilliant. But you can't step back into your old ways, once he's set the targets that he's set himself. I would imagine that it's a relieved dressing room, and I don't think there will be too many in there who will be sorry to see him go. It doesn't matter how good you are. At the end of the day, you can not overstep that mark. That's why the code of conduct is there. To be fair, I let it go on a couple of occasions because of his ability. But because it's gone on and on and on, I've had to nip it in the bud."

The problems experienced by Moore and Rotherham United echo almost perfectly that experienced by Yeovil Town during Roberts' latter period at Huish Park. Good as gold to start with, but gradually regressing to a point where neither club wanted his disruptive influence in the dressing room. Whilst on the field, Roberts is one of the most talented midfielders in the Football League, but until he sorts out his off the field demons it is hard to believe that any professional club will be willing to give him a contract. Sadly it seems that eight months on from his last sacking, Gary Roberts has gone back to Square One.


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8 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Leeds United 2
Taff's latest blog entry looks back at Monday's Leeds United game, and ahead to the Saturday trip to Stockport County. This particular Taff's Gloversblog article also looks at the club's ticketing structure for next season and what effect the current one may be having upon attendances.

As ever, alternative views or general comments on the issues and matches talked about can be made at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: L1: Yeovil 1 Leeds United 2.


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8 April 2010 : Leonard Curtis Wins Award While Stockport Fans Get Shafted
Administration firm Leonard Curtis has won an award as 'Business Recovery Specialist of the Year' in what is billed as "the coveted title at the 2010 Business Moneyfacts Awards". Meanwhile their employees delegated to deal with the administration of Stockport County of League One, Mr John Titley and Mr Paul Reeves, approach their second year of administering the club. In that time it is hard to ascertain exactly what they have done, other than doubtless bleed the few assets of the business to cover their fees and expenses.

One might assume that, having presented a whole series of previous supposed "settlements" to the Football League that have all been rejected, Messrs Titley and Reeves would have some inkling by now of what is required, and what a waste of everyone's time. But undaunted, yet another presentation to the Football League was made today.

In response the Football League has issued what is an almost identical statement to all the previous ones it has issued:

"At its meeting in Preston today, The Board of the Football League considered an application for transfer of membership relating to Stockport County.‬‪

The Board was unable to approve the application as presented due to concerns about the proposed business plan and ownership structure.‬‪

The League will now continue to work with the Administrator to help secure the Club's long term future and would encourage potential investors to come forward as a matter of urgency.
"

Having spent nearly a year flogging the dead horse of the Melrose Consortium our intrepid duo have another bunch of random misfits, the 2015 Group, to promote as the saviours of County. Fronted by Lord Peter Snape, it has no appearance of having any significant monies to these eyes - but what do we know?

Nice work, if you can get it, this administration lark.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Stockport County


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8 April 2010 : Williams To Extend Loan Deal Until End Of Season
Yeovil Town's on-loan attacking midfielder Gavin Williams has been given the green light to stay at Huish Park for the rest of the season. The Bristol City player is due to play the final game of his first month's loan at Stockport County on Saturday, but Robins caretaker manager Keith Millen has given his blessing for Gavin to remain a Glover until the end of the season.

City are sat in 9th position in the Championship but have no prospect of the play-offs and are safe from relegation. The concern was that Gavin would be recalled from his loan spell due to City changing managers following Gary Johnson's departure from Ashton Gate. But Millen - Johnson's former assistant - clearly knows what Williams can do and so until they resolve their managerial situation on a permanent basis they have no immediate need to recall the Welshman.

What has also helped the Glovers is that Millen is unbeaten after five games in his caretaker role, and thus is in no mood to change his squad around from what he has currently got. Thus he has told the BBC that he is happy to see Williams stay at Yeovil:

"He (Williams) isn't forgotten, but we have a lot of competition for midfield, so he might as well play more games for Yeovil."

Bristol City will have the right to recall Gavin at 24 hours notice at any time, which will be at the greatest risk if they appoint someone other than Millen before the end of the season. The paperwork has yet to go through but should do after this weekend's match at Stockport.


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8 April 2010 : Saints Match All Ticket For Away Fans
Yeovil Town's home match against Southampton has got some matchday ticketing restrictions in place for the game. The match takes place on Saturday April 17th with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The game will be ALL TICKET for away supporters, and no tickets will be available on the day for Southampton fans. In practice it would be little surprise if Saints sell out their allocation in the Copse Road End long before that anyway.

In strong connection with that, there will be no online sales available for Home area tickets for this game and also for the Millwall home match on the preceding Tuesday 13th April match. Yeovil supporters will only be able to purchase tickets in person or over the phone from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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8 April 2010 : Easter Monday Interview With Andy Welsh
Left-winger Andy Welsh's appearance as a substitute on Easter Monday sparked a mini-revival for the Glovers in their League One match against Leeds United. Within two minutes of him coming onto the pitch, striker Dean Bowditch had pulled a goal back for Yeovil, setting up a strong finish for the home side.

Andy Welsh talked to local journalist Chris Spittles after the game, on behalf of BBC Somerset, and gave his views on the match as a whole, and also looks in detail at Saturday's match against his former club Stockport County. The Hatters were Andy's first professional club, turning out for them between 2001 and 2004 and the Mancunian gives his views on their current state.

The full BBC interview transcript can be read via the link below, whilst all other past interviews can be found in the Interview Section of the site.

Link: Andy Welsh Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Leeds.


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8 April 2010 : Farewell To Mawhinney
Lord Mawhinney, chairman of the Football League since January 2003, formally hands over the reins to incoming chairman Greg Clarke today.

His parting 'gift' to the League is advice contained in a letter circulated to all 72 clubs. In it he outlines eight points he sees as important for the future health of the game, of which many, unsurprisingly in the current climate, are finance related.

1. Tackling rising player wages and agents fees "both of which are in danger of escalating even further".

2. Confidentially using the League's knowledge of player pay to keep wages down in new contracts.

3. Requiring directors who wish to give money to clubs to gift it or buy equity rather than make loans "which hang on as a future threat".

4. To reconsider sharing gate receipts which might "create a morally more sustainable and therefore more attractive brand."

5. To reconsider the football creditors rule, which sees other clubs and players paid by struggling clubs before local businesses and the taxman.

6. To adopt a "fit-to-trade" rule that would prevent club owners taking on unsustainable debt, and consider relegating clubs who do not comply.

7. To encourage club owners and chairmen to engage more with the League.

8. To continue to lobby FIFA and the FA that the transfer window be waived for the Football League.

Of course the question is why Mawhinney, who will undoubtedly be seen by history as a reforming chairman, can only leave these as legacy wishes for the next regime to campaign for? After all, he had seven years to bring these things in, and did not succeed.

The answer is simple. The Football League is a 'members club', and all the good intentions of the executive can only progress if a majority of the chairmen of the clubs are prepared to support them. And therein lies the problem. Football club chairmen, understandably, tend to look to what they see as the immediate interests of their particular club, rather than the wider interests of the game. With few exceptions, their views are short-term, self centred and parochial. And to be fair, are most supporters much different? Just look at the reaction from most when it's their club set for a points deduction. If a chairman was to vote for something against the perceived immediate interests of their club imagine the outrage and flak he or she would be subjected to by the fan base of that club.

Mawhinney knew this well as chairman, unable to get Championship clubs, mindful of their ambitions to achieve the promised land of the Premier League, to support any form of 'wage capping'; unable to push ownership transparency through; unable to institute a 'fit and proper' rule that is much more than a sham of a fig leaf.

Not that we agree with every one of Mawhinney's eight points, although we do agree with most. However incoming chairman, Greg Clarke, may not be entirely pleased that Mawhinney's parting shot is to highlight a number of needed reforms and dump them on his plate when there has been no change to the mechanisms that will most likely block them from being effected.


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7 April 2010 : 2010-11 Ticketing Prices Get The Big Freeze
Yeovil Town have released their Season Ticket and Matchday Admission prices for the 2010-11 season. The package available is very simple - prices are entirely unchanged from last season, and so can already be found on our 2009-10 Ticketing page.

Last season, the club restructured the options for the two stands, introducing new prices for those sat in more central blocks, with cheaper prices available in the corner blocks. That policy is maintained once again.

The 'Early Bird' discount is also maintained, with the deadline once again the earlier date of May 31st. This is also the date at which those who have stand seats will be able to reserve their existing seat for next season.

It's not stated, but the club usually mail out renewal forms to all existing Season Ticket holders, as well as some lapsed Season Ticket holders, so expect something to drop through your mailbox in the next few weeks. If you've moved house in the past 12 months, then it may be worth dropping your new details through to Sara Bradley at Supporter.link@ytfc.net - include your Ticket Office booking reference if you know it. If you're a brand new would-be season ticket holder, or if you don't receive anything from the club in the post, then you can download a PDF file of the application form from the official site by clicking here (requires Acrobat Reader).

For any other questions on applications, you can email the Ticket Office at ticketoffice@ytfc.net or give them a ring on 01935-847888.

We'll keep an eye on any small-print or detail that may have changed from last season, but as far as we can tell, all of the various features and benefits remain constant, thus making matters somewhat easier than usual to understand.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Single Match Admission Prices.

Link: Official Site: 2010-11 Season Ticket Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader).


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7 April 2010 : Our Best Wishes To Adam
Ciderspace would like to extend its, and it feels those of every other Yeovil Town supporter, best wishes to Adam Stansfield.

We had been aware for a couple of weeks that Adam was out of the Exeter City side with an illness medical staff were having difficulty pinning down. The club has today made it known that Adam has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Reports are that the condition is localised and the prognostications good, with surgery scheduled for Friday 16th April.

Adam was definitely one of those players falling into the 'fans favourite' category during his time at Huish Park, with his finest hour for the Glovers perhaps the F. A. Trophy Final at Villa Park, for both the goal he scored - and the interview he gave live on TV at the final whistle!

We trust all goes well for Adam and he makes a full recovery. Get well soon!

Link: Playing Record with Yeovil Town

Link: Adam Stansfield 'Good Luck' Facebook Page.


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7 April 2010 : Easter Monday Interview With Dean Bowditch
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch scored his side's only goal in the 1-2 home defeat against Leeds United on Easter Monday. In doing so he moved into a clear lead as the Glovers' top scorer for the 2009-10 season on eight goals.

After the game, Dean spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon about the match, his goal, and why the Glovers didn't quite come up to scratch at times during the game. The transcription of his interview with the BBC is available via the link below.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Leeds United.

Other Recent Interviews:

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leeds United Game.

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

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Southend United.

Link: Shaun MacDonald Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Southend United.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southend United Game.

Link: Nathan Jones Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Southend Game.

Link: Sam Williams Talks To The BBC About His Knee Injury.


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7 April 2010 : MacDonald To Play Waiting Game Until The Summer
Championship side Swansea City have stated that they will not negotiate any new deals with their players until their season is over. The Welsh side are currently hopeful of a play-off place for a chance to get into the Premier League, and suspended all contract talks just after Christmas after a couple of key players baulked on signing new deals at the club.

The suspension of any talks will have impacted Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who admitted after Saturday's match at Southend United that he had still yet to hear from his parent club about his future. MacDonald is out of contract at the end of the season, although provided Swansea match his current deal at the Liberty Stadium, any club wanting to take him on would need to pay a training and development fee for the academy product, due to his age.

Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins said that once the season got into its crucial phase, he didn't want players getting distracted from what was happening on the field of play. He told the South Wales Evening Post that it would be easy for players to have their minds taken off the job at hand:

"We made a decision after Christmas that this was the wrong time to be talking about new deals. We didn't want to be doing all the toing and froing that is involved, with people getting disappointed that things have not worked out the way they hoped they would."

The Swansea press name MacDonald alongside senior players Leon Britton, Andrea Orlandi and Jazz Richards plus Marcos Painter who is also out on loan. There are also a number of other players whose contracts depend upon options based upon appearances. Jenkins added that Swansea's tactic was to allow manager Paulo Sousa the maximum time to make up his mind about who he wanted to keep:

"This is Paulo's first season and he has needed time to work things out and learn about the players. He can really focus on what he requires next season when this one ends. It could be that we are playing in a different division by then, which would obviously be a factor. But there is also the fact that we don't feel it's right to be talking about players' contracts when we have so many important games to focus on."


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7 April 2010 : Officials For Stockport County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Stockport County and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match at Edgeley Park will see referee Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear) take charge. Mr Eltringham is in his first season of refereeing at Football League level, and so given that he is from the North East it's not the greatest of surprises to find that we've never had him before in any shape or form.

Mr Eltringham has already seen the state of the Edgeley Park pitch this season, but has never refereed a game there. He called off their FA Cup tie against Torquay United in late November and by the time the match was finally played in mid-December, Moss Rose, Macclesfield was the venue, which saw the Hatters lose 0-4 at their temporary home.

He's been a little bit top heavy with his red cards lately, bringing them out three times in his last four matches. Although as two of those were for Hereford United players, we won't hold that against him. His last match was on March 20th were he took charge of Walsall's 1-0 win over Colchester United, that saw two yellows raised and Walsall captain Mark Hughes get his marching orders. That dismissal, for serious foul play, was criticised heavily by most quarters, claiming that Hughes had won the ball perfectly, with the Walsall's local press accusing Eltringham of "trying to make an impression" and of being "wet behind the ears".

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire) and Paul Marsden (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Bennett (Staffordshire).


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6 April 2010 : Williams Still Looking Unlikely For The Weekend
Yeovil Town target man Sam Williams looks set to miss at least the next week of football as he attempts to recover from knee ligament damage. Tuesday morning's Western Daily Press indicated that they had spoken to manager Terry Skiverton and that he was "unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday's trip to Stockport County".

Sam damaged medial knee ligaments in the 0-3 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, which he was given a diagnosis of three to four weeks for the damage to repair itself. With the Glovers having a fortnight off from football, the striker had hoped to squeeze that down into just under three weeks, but the paper suggests that is looking unlikely.

In the meantime, Williams has explained what went wrong to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson in an interview broadcast during Monday lunchtime's match build-up, but conducted just before the Easter weekend. The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Sam Williams Talks To The BBC About His Knee Injury.


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6 April 2010 : League One : Latics Fail To Take Advantage
League One side Oldham Athletic missed out on a chance to make one of their games in hand count when they lost 2-0 at Huddersfield Town tonight. Theo Robinson got both goals for the home side with the Latics down to 10 men for the final 15 minutes as Kieran Lee was red carded for two bookable offences. Three minutes into injury time, Robinson grabbed his second of the match to seal the game and cement the Terriers' play-off position.

Huddersfield stay in 6th place, but open up a three point gap on faltering Colchester United in 7th place, whilst Bristol Rovers are now seven points behind with six games remaining. At the bottom, Oldham remain in 19th place, and just two places and two points off the drop. They still have one game in hand, but with it being a trip to St Mary's in Southampton they will do well to take advantage of it.

Tranmere are the only other club with a game to catch up on. Theirs is another tricky away match, with Brentford the opposition.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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6 April 2010 : Johnson Posh Job Now Official
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has now been officially confirmed as the new manager of Peterborough United. As mentioned on these pages yesterday, Gary admitted he was going to get the job whilst he was an expert pundit during Yeovil Town's Easter Monday televised match.

Gary has signed a two year contract at London Road. He becomes Peterborough's fourth manager of the season, succeeding Darren Ferguson, Mark Cooper and Jim Gannon. The first two were fired after Posh headed to the bottom of the Championship division, whilst the third declined Peterborough's offer of a four year contract last month, after he was unlucky enough to be the one holding the baby as Posh got relegated to League One on Monday.

Johnson has said that he is hopeful of an immediate return to second tier football and told their official site that he was looking forward to the challenge:

"I have had a look around and I am looking forward to getting Peterborough back to the Championship. I am excited by the challenge. I went out to Orlando in America last week and the chairman (Darragh MacAnthony) sold the club to me with his enthusiasm, drive and determination. I am happy to respect anyone who puts money into the football club. It is an honour they have given me the opportunity to take Posh back to the Championship. I am relishing the opportunity. I came to the game on Saturday against Newcastle and I have about 50 DVDs of matches and I believe the club have the potential to bounce back."


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6 April 2010 : Sky Sports Issue Leeds Broadcast Apology
TV broadcast channel Sky Sports have apologised for failing to broadcast the minute's silence conducted prior to Yeovil Town's home match against Leeds United. TV coverage saw Sky switch to an advertisement break just before kick-off, followed by some in-studio chat before they switched to the on-pitch cameras. That meant that they missed the immaculate respects given by both sets of supporters to Leeds fans Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, who died prior to a UEFA Cup tie against Galatasaray 10 years to the day.

Sky Sports have subsequently issued a statement indicating that as there had been a minute's silence at Elland Road for Leeds' home match against Swindon Town on the Saturday, they had not been expecting a second one. They also indicated that they had not received any advance warning from club officials that they needed to schedule in the additional minute:

"At Sky Sports we always try to give the utmost respect to a minute's silence, or applause, before a live match. But we were not aware that there was going to be any tribute at yesterday's match. Nothing had been mentioned to our production team and our reporter at pitch side was also unaware, as were match officials and club representatives. We knew that there had been a tribute at the last Leeds home game, on Saturday, but did not anticipate one at Monday's live game. We would never intend to miss the minute's silence and no lack of respect was intended. We were simply caught by surprise. We have spoken to the clubs and to officials involved to discuss the issue. We can only apologise to those upset by this turn of events."

For those who only saw the television coverage, the Yeovil Town fans observed the silence impeccably along with their Leeds United counterparts, which was immediately followed by Leeds fans turning their backs on the game for the first minute of the match as part of their ongoing protests regarding the deaths in Turkey.


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6 April 2010 : GWSC Travel To Stockport County
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Stockport County. The match takes place at Edgeley Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 10th April 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.00a.m. and then Huish Park at 8.15a.m. Cost of travel will be £22.00 for adults, with concessions available at £20.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Stockport.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.


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6 April 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Stockport County
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Stockport County. The match takes place at Edgeley Park on Saturday 10th April with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 8.00a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £15.00. The trip will include a full-length food stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.


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6 April 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County
This coming Saturday sees Yeovil Town travel to play Stockport County. The match is not quite a six-pointer given that the Hatters can't catch the Glovers in the League table. However, it is a vital game for both sides, with Stockport now in the last chance saloon, whilst Yeovil need points to arrest a slide that has seen them take just one point from their last four games.

For those travelling to Edgeley Park, the Ciderspace guide contains directions, ticketing details, club background and statistics, a pub guide and much more besides. We may have been to the seaside last weekend when we went to Southend United on Saturday, but we can guarantee you'll see more sand when the players step out onto the pitch this coming weekend. To read the guide, follow the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stockport County.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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5 April 2010 : Slade In At Orient
Leyton Orient, who dismissed manager Geraint Williams on Saturday evening, have moved quickly to bring in a new face with the appointment of Russell Slade.

Orient were looking a comfortable mid-table outfit only a couple of months ago, but just one win since early February has seen them in freefall and now teetering on the edge of the relegation zone.

Assistant manager Kevin Nugent, who took the caretaker role for today's loss to Southampton, is retained in the supporting position.

After departing Yeovil Town in February 2009 Russell was given the task of pulling off an unlikely escape for Brighton & Hove Albion at the back end of the 2008-09 season. The fact that the Seagulls did then avoid the looming relegation was probably in Orient Chairman Barry Hearn's mind when seeking someone to pull his faltering club around.

Slade has been appointed until the end of the season in the first instance.

Link: Orient Sack Manager Williams


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5 April 2010 : Easter Monday League One Round-Up
Despite losing their third match in four games, Yeovil Town are still holding in 15th place in the League One table, but the chasing pack continues to bunch up behind them significantly. Wins for Gillingham and Hartlepool United ensured that the bottom four positions changed yet again, with Tranmere Rovers ending up where they had started the Bank Holiday weekend - back in the bottom four.

With most clubs having just six games left, the last chance saloon is starting to beckon for one club. Stockport County will be relegated on Saturday if they lose to Yeovil Town, whilst even a draw in the match at Edgeley Park will leave them only able to survive on goal difference - and that's assuming that Tranmere Rovers and Leyton Orient don't pick up points. If either of those two equal or better Stockport's result on Saturday then again the Hatters are down. Their 2-1 defeat at league leaders Norwich City was predictable, even if the Cheshire side did make a fairly good fist of it, with Jabo Ibehre cancelling out Anthony McNamee's early strike, but Grant Holt netted the winner. Holt has now netted his 30th of the season.

Just above them are Wycombe Wanderers, who should join them mathematically in a week or two. They lost 2-1 at Walsall with goals from Emmanuele Smith and Julian Gray condemning them before Adam Hinshelwood grabbed a late consolation. Wycombe are now nine points adrift and so unlikely to survive.

Gillingham started the day in the relegation zone, but had a huge game against 22nd placed Southend United. The Shrimpers continued their slide with a 3-0 defeat as the Gills home form carried them through with Dennis Oli, Rene Howe and Andy Barcham netting. The Gills climb to 18th, whilst Southend are now three points adrift.

Joining Southend in the bottom four are Tranmere Rovers, who committed suicide twice during their away match at second placed Swindon Town. Ben Gordon put Alan Sheehan's cross into his own net, and then Terry Gornell decided that stamping on Swindon striker Billy Paynter in the penalty box was a good idea. Gornell was dismissed, whilst Paynter netted a second. When Paynter nets for Swindon, strike partnet Charlie Austin is usually close behind, and the former Poole Town striker notched his 18th of the season, whilst Payter stands on 25 goals. Tranmere lie in 21st place on goal difference.

Just above them are managerless Leyton Orient. Changing managers seven games before the end of the season smacks of desperation and a knee-jerk reaction. But that decision looked a good one when John Spicer put Orient 1-0 up at St Mary's. But Adam Lallana grabbed a double for Southampton to restore normality and keep the London side on the edge of danger.

Exeter City played out a goalless draw at Brentford this afternoon that pushes them a point behind the Glovers, whilst Hartlepool United ended Brighton and Hove Albion's recent impressive run, thanks to goals from Dan O'Donovan and Andy Monkhouse. After starting Saturday morning in the relegation zone, Pools have picked up maximum points over Easter and have climbed five places in doing so.

All the other games featured teams at the top end of the table, where all of the top five sides won their games. Colchester United's catastrophic run continued with a 1-2 home defeat against Millwall who stayed third. A Danny Batth own goal sealed their fate, after Kevin Lisbie had equalised Sean Morison's opener for the Lions. With the top five now having opened up a nine point gap on Huddersfield and Colchester, only the final play-off place appears to be up for grabs now.

Charlton Athletic are just about holding steady their hopes of automatic promotion, even though they currently lie in 5th, as they are just two points behind the automatic slots. A single Sam Sodje goal was enough to defeat Carlisle United. One place above them on goal difference are Leeds United. Their 2-1 win over Yeovil Town is covered in detail earlier today.

Bristol Rovers kept up their faint hopes of producing the improbable when a Chris Lines shot was deflected in by Jo Kuffour for the only goal of the game against Milton Keynes Dons, who have continued to slip into midtable. Rovers are now four points off the play-offs, but have played a game more than Huddersfield Town (6th), who play Oldham Athletic (19th) on Tuesday night at the Galpharm Stadium, with the two teams having put back their game by 24 hours.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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5 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leeds United Game
Following the 1-2 home defeat against Leeds United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leeds United Game.


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5 April 2010 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Leeds United Interview
Just before kick-off against Leeds United, in the lunchtime game at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about his pre-match thoughts. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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5 April 2010 : Yeovil 1 Leeds 2 : Set Pieces Condemn Glovers To Defeat
Yeovil Town lost 1-2 at home to Leeds United in this lunchtime's televised match, as a topsy-turvy game saw two Richard Naylor headers from set pieces win the game for the Yorkshire side. The visitors dominated the middle third of the match to an extreme, and Naylor could have easily bagged four or five goals during the game, but when Dean Bowditch netted midway through the second half, it was the Glovers who finished the match on top, and a Gavin Tomlin header had to be cleared off the line to deny an equalising goal.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up, with midfield pairing Gavin Williams and Jean-Paul Kalala recalled into the side after suspension and a hip injury respectively. Due to the rules on loan players, Arron Davies and Luke Ayling had to sit in the stands to allow for the other five loans to slot into the squad.

Early action saw a strike by Terrell Forbes from a corner, and a volley from Gavin Tomlin easily saved by visiting keeper Shane Higgs. Jonathan Howson looped an attempt over the bar. But the pick of the chances came from Robert Snodgrass, who was allowed far too much room in the centre of midfield to march on 10 yards then unleash a shot from 25 yards that Alex McCarthy did well to parry out for a corner.

Howson really should have landed in the book when he grabbed two fists full of Gavin Williams' shirt as the Welshman broke free in midfield, even having a swipe at him after referee Kevin Wright blew his whistle. So when Neill Collins did the same to Gavin Tomlin minutes later, referee Wright really couldn't do anything other than to produce his first card. From the free kick, Steven Caulker headed just over the crossbar.

Leeds had done very little up front during the game, but they took the lead just before the half hour mark, after a serious of thunderous tackles in midfield finally saw referee Wright blow up for a a foul. Neill Collins took the set piece and the ball was put in at the far post, with Richard Naylor's looping header catching Alex McCarthy slightly out of position as it drifted over him and in under the far post. 0-1 and probably a little unjust for the opening period of play, although Yeovil's switching off at the free kick has to be pointed at.

The goal ignited Leeds, with Jermaine Beckford firing wide of the target, whilst a Max Gradel shot was brilliantly turned around by McCarthy for a corner. But from that corner, Yeovil's marking from a set piece was again found wanting badly. Neil Kilkenny's corner was sent into the near post, and for the second time in five minutes, Leeds centre-back Richard Naylor was given two yards of free space in the box to plant a near post header across the face of goal and into the far corner. 0-2 down and the Glovers were looking very rattled following that opening goal.

A couple of set pieces from Gavin Williams - who had a relatively quiet 45 minutes for the Glovers - were too long and went out for goal kicks, but otherwise they struggled to find a way back into the game. The half time whistle blew with the visiting side looking more than comfortable - a fair turnaround from the opening half hour's play.

The second period opened up with more of the same, with once again Yeovil failing to pick up Richard Naylor from set pieces. Every time a corner or a free kick was conceded by the Glovers they looked unable to pick up their markers - something that manager Terry Skiverton will surely want to look at after the game. Three free headers for the centre-back took him close to his hat-trick, with the third seeing Scott Davies having to clear off his own goal line to prevent the third goal. Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel also went close from the edge of the box, with Alex McCarthy rescuing the Glovers with two important saves. Then Craig Alcock lifted the ball over his own crossbar to prevent Jermaine Beckford from adding to the lead as Leeds looked rampant.

It took Yeovil 20 minutes to have any shot of any description during the second period. Andy Welsh had replaced Scott Davies on the left wing and that seemed to stretch Leeds, as Craig Alcock was crudely fouled by Robert Snodgrass, with again referee Kevin Wright incredibly lenient with his use of yellow cards. Gavin Williams shot the free kick into the body of Shane Higgs.

But a minute later, Dean Bowditch got himself into space after being put through by Gavin Williams, and the striker ran through a crowd of Leeds players and fired his shot to the far post to pull the game back to 1-2 and with 24 minutes remaining a case of game on. Suddenly the game looked stretched, after 20 minutes worth of one-way traffic, with the substitution and goal transforming the pattern of the match. Shaun MacDonald looped a shot over the bar after he squirmed clear of two markers, leaving Leeds defenders arguing with each other as to who was meant to be closing the Welshman down.

Referee Kevin Wright's inconsistent afternoon continued when he carded Gavin Tomlin for a faint trip close to the edge of the Yeovil penalty box - a far cry from some of the poor challenges committed by Leeds players during the first half that went unpunished. Andy Welsh's corner into the box saw Gavin Tomlin's header cleared off the goal line for another corner on the same side, as the Glovers went inches away from an equalising goal. So near, and yet so far.

Leeds looked nervous as all the pressure went the other way, and finally landed three late bookings as the referee maintained his inconsistency by going a little card-happy at the end. The Glovers couldn't find that equalising goal though, despite a valiant late charge, and will be left ruing their inability to deal with set pieces that ultimately cost them the game. Andy Welsh's introduction and the goal that followed transformed a game that was slipping away from the Glovers, but they couldn't quite find the second goal they needed.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 2.

Scorers: Richard Naylor (29 mins, 0-1), Richard Naylor (34 mins, 0-2), Dean Bowditch (66 mins, 1-2)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
27. Scott Davies 20. Gavin Williams 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh (64 mins for Scott Davies) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins

Leeds United: (4-4-2)
12. Shane Higgs
26. Leigh Bromby 33. Neill Collins 6. Richard Naylor 22. Andy Hughes
14. Jonathan Howson 4. Michael Doyle 8. Neil Kilkenny 23. Robert Snodgrass
9. Jermaine Beckford 28. Max Gradel

Substitutes:
1. Casper Ankergren (GK) 7. Paul Dickov 13. Mike Grella 16. Bradley Johnson (88 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 19. Ben Parker 24. Sanchez Watt (88 mins for Jermaine Beckford) 21. Shane Lowry

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (75 mins, foul)
Leeds Bookings: Neill Collins (22 mins, foul), Jermaine Beckford (84 mins, foul), Neil Kilkenny (86 mins, foul), Leigh Bromby (90 mins, timewasting)

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 6,308 (including approx 2,000 Leeds fans)


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5 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Man of the Match Voting Form
If you watched this afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Leeds United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Note: In line with our usual policy for televised games, Sky Sports viewers are able to vote in this game, so tell us what it looked like from your armchair.

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


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5 April 2010 : Gary Johnson Plans To Talk Posh
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has announced that he is to be Peterborough United's next manager. Gary, who was fired by Bristol City last month has said on Sky Sports today that he will be taking over the position at London Road very shortly. A press conference tomorrow will formally confirm his position at the club. Gary joked that the widely known appointment was still a secret:

"I should be (the new manager) - it's a secret at the moment. There is a press conference on Tuesday and I'll be disappointed if it's not me sitting in the seat."

Peterborough, who are bottom of the Championship, are currently managed by former Stockport County manager Jim Gannon, but he has said that he plans to step down at the end of the season - or before if a new man wishes to take over immediately. Posh are destined for an immediate return to League One as they are 14 points adrift with just five games left and thus will be relegated if they lose their away trip at Barnsley today.

Thus Johnson, who is the Sky pundit for this lunchtime's match against Leeds United, will only be looking ahead to the 2010-11 season, where he will almost certainly face the Glovers in two matches next season. Congratulations to Gary, and good luck in 44 of your games next season.


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5 April 2010 : Interview With Craig Alcock
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall, Yeovil Town's right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript of Craig's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Southend United.


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5 April 2010 : Interview With Shaun MacDonald
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript of Shaun's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Shaun MacDonald Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Southend United.


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5 April 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leeds United
Match officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Leeds United later today (Monday) have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Despite him being based in the south, we've only had him sporadically during our time in the Football League.

The last meeting was for the October 2008 away match against Northampton Town. We lost 3-0 and we had a bit of a minor grumble about the award of the free kick that led to the opening goal, believing the referee had been fooled by a Cobblers player, but there were few complaints we could have about the sending off of Terrell Forbes in the second period, or the final scoreline.

Prior to that match, you have to go all the way back to the 2003-04 season, where we had Mr Wright for two matches in his debut season at Football League level. Both matches saw him have to make big decisions. At the September 2003 fixture, he seemed to have a pretty competent game, with even many rather partisan Doncaster Rovers fans at Belle Vue seeing an elbow by Leo Fortune-West late on as worthy of a red card - preferring to take it out on their errant striker than the match official.

We weren't too happy with Mr Wright in the next meeting though, even if - like the Doncaster game - it ended with a 1-0 win away from home. His second half performance saw him take the easy option on three penalty decisions - two for Yeovil and one for Kidderminster Harriers - yet on the 4th penalty appeal, when Harriers striker John Williams took a fall inside the box, Mr Wright pointed to the spot, and it's probably fair to say that one half of the Ciderspace editorial team was just a touch displeased with the decision and with Mr Williams. Thankfully Chris Weale pulled off a rare penalty save and we all went home happy.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Hooper (Wiltshire) who incidentally is also a registered Football League referee - an upgrade to the usual choice of Fourth Officials selected by the League.

Link: Oct 2008 : Northampton Town 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Feb 2004 : Kidderminster Harriers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Sept 2003 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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4 April 2010 : Glovers Loan Watch : Washout For Trio
All three of Yeovil Town's loan players endured washouts in their matches over the weekend. Striker Andre McCollin had been due to play in Farnborough's home match against Hednesford Town but Cherrywood Road was decidedly waterlogged when a pitch inspection was held on the Saturday morning.

Sherborne Town had the same problems in getting their away match at Melksham Town staged on Good Friday, meaning that Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge had a blank weekend.

Farnborough's next fixtures are an away trip to Hemel Hempstead Town tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, followed by a home game against Truro City on Wednesday. Meanwhile Sherborne have a home game against Hallen on Wednesday night (April 7th) at Raleigh Grove, kick-off 7.45p.m.


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4 April 2010 : SPC Tie New Date And Venue
The twice postponed Somerset Premier Cup quarter-final against Bishop Sutton has a new date, Wednesday 14th April. After failing to fulfil the fixture at Huish Park twice, on the 2nd and 29th March, the tie has been switched to Lakeview (Wick Road, Bishop Sutton, BS39 5XN). The match kicks off at 7.30 p.m.

Western League Sutton have expressed their discontent at the postponement of the fixture last Monday, stating on the club's Official Website their view that:

"Suttonís Somerset Premier Cup quarter final away at Yeovil Town was postponed after the players and supporters arrived at the ground, the main reason for the postponement was because Yeovil have a game at home next Monday which is going to be on Sky TV worth £100,000* to them and they felt that the pitch would not be recovered in time if we played on it. We feel that they should of had a pitch inspection much earlier which would of stopped everyone making such an effort to leave work early and at great cost."

Leaving aside some ropey English, punctuation and a rather inflated view on how much the match against Leeds United is worth, should Sutton be correct in their interpretation as to why the fixture was called off they have something of a case to be upset.

* NB: League One matches screened live on Sky Sports see a fee of circa £30,000 go to the home side, whilst the away side receives a sum of £10,000.


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4 April 2010 : Police Notice For Yeovil Town vs Leeds Match
Avon and Somerset Police have issued a notification for tomorrow's home match against Leeds United that any visiting supporters found in the home areas of the ground will be ejected from the stadium. Past policy at Huish Park in such circumstances has been somewhat blurred but on this occasion details have been supplied before the game.

The Police state that "the home areas of the stadium at Huish Park are reserved for the use of Yeovil Town supporters only. Any Leeds United supporter found within a home area will be ejected from the stadium".

For tomorrow's match, which kicks off at 12.30p.m. they also note that the 'Hospitality Marquee' (aka the beer tent) will be open tomorrow to home supporters only. This means that Leeds fans will need to hunt down the local pubs for any pre-match pints, as no alcohol will be available to them in the Huish Park area. Again, there's a reminder that tomorrow's game is an ALL TICKET affair, with no sales on the day of the match.

If anyone encounters any problems during the game, the named police on duty are Sergeant John Muers and Constables Mark Hicks, Matt Lorimer and Roy Henderson who can be contacted on 07795 044411.


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4 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Good Game To Watch On Teletext
In the middle of the Easter footballing fixtures, Taff has a short update looking at both the Southend United and Leeds United matches. There's possibly a little bit of smugness here on Taff's Gloversblog in that our scribe not only missed the game, but predicted the outcome correctly. Read on, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Good Game To Watch On Teletext.


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4 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Television Scheduling
With Yeovil Town's home match against Leeds United live on Sky Sports tomorrow, you may be wanting to set various video/DVD devices to record the game to watch a second time, or to keep. Whatever your motives, the main Sky Sports coverage of the game is scheduled to run for 2hrs 45mins, however there are also four more opportunities to catch condensed re-runs of the game over the following 24 hours. These are 90 minutes long, and generally give you the whole game, minus the build-up, and with a bit of editing for stoppages during the game.

All of the showings are on the Sky Sports One channel and are as follows:

05/04/2010 : 12.00 - 14.45 : Main Showing (2hrs 45mins)
06/04/2010 : 01.15 - 02.45 : Highlights (1hrs 30mins)
06/04/2010 : 09.30 - 11.00 : Highlights (1hrs 30mins)
06/04/2010 : 12.30 - 14.00 : Highlights (1hrs 30mins)
06/04/2010 : 15.30 - 17.00 : Highlights (1hrs 30mins)


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4 April 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play the second of their Easter weekend fixtures tomorrow lunchtime when Leeds United are the visitors. The match kicks off at 12.30p.m. and is live on Sky Sports television. This is an ALL TICKET match and there are no longer any tickets available on sale. If you have not already purchased a ticket, please don't turn up at the ground expecting to get in and see the game - find a pub, or a friend with Sky Sports, and book a seat there for the afternoon.

As for the game, both sides go into the match struggling to find the net. Leeds haven't scored in four games, whilst the Glovers haven't netted in three. The form of Leeds is the most shocking - they have lost all four of their previous games and with the opposition including Millwall, Norwich City and Swindon, that has damaged their promotion prospects significantly - they now sit in 4th place in the latest League One table - their lowest position in the table since the opening day of the season.

The problems for Leeds though stretch back much further than four matches. On the morning of January 3rd they were eight points clear at the top of League One, with a game in hand, and were on their way to play Manchester United. It seemed that all they had to do was to turn up to claim the League One title and promotion back into the Championship.

Three months on things look a little different. Leeds have won just three games out of sixteen, collecting 15 points along the way. Meanwhile Norwich have gained 22 points more, with Millwall (21) and Swindon (20) have also gained heavily on the Yorkshire side. In fact a projected League One table from January 2nd onwards would place Leeds just one point off the relegation zone such has been their post-Old Trafford demise. Thus although it may be the might of Leeds coming to visit Huish Park, there's no reason why - on paper at least - the Glovers shouldn't fancy their chances of an upset.

Their hopes of turning things around have not been helped by the madness of striker Tresor Kandol. He is currently suspended for four matches after he got himself red-carded just 20 seconds after coming on as a substitute in their match last weekend against Norwich City. He was joined on the sidelines by striker Luciano Becchio, who suffered a fairly nasty looking head injury in the same match. He missed the home game against Swindon Town yesterday through concussion, and so will need to be assessed before he can return to action.

Trying to predict the injury list of any side over a Bank Holiday weekend can be a nightmare task for anyone writing a match preview. Even the slightest niggle on a Saturday can put a player out on the Monday. As yet, the only news is that neither side has reported any new injury concerns out of the Saturday games. The good news for Yeovil is that they will definitely welcome back Gavin Williams from his three match suspension. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will need a fitness test on his hip injury to see if he is able to play. But central defender Stefan Stam (hamstring) and striker Sam Williams (knee) are definitely out of the game. The other dilemma is that manager Terry Skiverton will need to leave two of his loan players out of Monday's side, with all seven loanees now available. Arron Davies was the one to miss out on Saturday. Who sits in the stand on Monday will inevitably depend upon where the little niggles exist within both the permanent and loan squad members Skivo has at his disposal.

Even if current form may suggest the Glovers have cause for optimism tomorrow, that should be tempered by the recent record between the two clubs. A 4-0 defeat at Elland Road in October 2009 was a direct repeat of the March 2009 result at the same ground. In five meetings so far, Yeovil's only success was the 1-1 draw at Huish Park in August 2008. That match included their one and only goal against the Yorkshiremen, with Lloyd Owusu following up the rebound from his own penalty kick. Those statistics will need to change if Yeovil are to keep up their impressive record in Sky Sports televised matches.

The game kicks off at 12.30p.m. and to repeat, there are no longer any tickets available from the club. Alternatives are Sky Sports and BBC Somerset both of whom commence their match coverage at 12.00 noon. For those attending the match at Huish Park, be prepared to arrive a little earlier - the game is likely to attract a larger than normal crowd, whilst in the last home fixture the club employed a complicated entry and exit system to allow vetting of any supporters who may be trying to enter the stadium in the wrong ends of the ground. There's been no mention of that this time round, but don't be surprised if you see a few metal barriers around the turnstile entrances.


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4 April 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southend Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southend Game.


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3 April 2010 : Yeovil Town 'Skills Skool' Video Replay
As mentioned earlier today on these pages, Yeovil Town featured on Skills Skool this morning on Sky Sports. The feature, which is part of the Soccer A.M. programme showed Under 18s player and first year apprentice Lewis Clarke who was up against Under 15s player Will Agbo.

If you missed this morning's programme, there's a replay that can be found online via the link below. In case you're wondering, Ciaran Levet is the player in the background on crutches, who had a knee injury at the time. Meanwhile keep an eye out for Under-18s defender Rhys Baggridge, who is currently on loan at Sherborne Town. He's not in the group of players in the background, but manages to make a flying visit partway through the face-off. Tyler Sheppard can be seen at the end of the first display, getting himself very dizzy, and then covered in his team-mates.

Link: Soccer A.M. : Yeovil Town Skills Skool.


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3 April 2010 : Orient Sack Manager Williams
League One side Leyton Orient have tonight sacked manager Geraint Williams after a 1-3 home defeat left them a point off the relegation zone. Chairman and Club Owner Barry Hearn delivered the marching orders just three hours after the defeat left them just one point off the drop zone in the latest League One table.

Orient have won just one match in their last 11 games and have scored three times in the last seven matches. Their last three have ended in defeats and they are currently 19th in the table. Hearn told the Orient official site that his decision was as a direct outcome of the defeat against their relegation rivals, who climbed out of the relegation zone and one place above them as part of the defeat. Hearn explained:

"The peformance against Hartlepool was abysmal and ultimately the responsibility for that lies with the manager. We're on a dreadful run of form and this decision has been taken in order to give us the best chance of staying in League One."

Assistant boss Kevin Nugent has been given the caretaker manager role, with Orient having just seven matches to go before the end of the season. His first game in charge will be a trip to St Mary's where they will take on Southampton.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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3 April 2010 : Southend 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate At Roots Hall Inches Glovers Forward
Yeovil Town picked up a useful 0-0 draw this afternoon at Roots Hall in what was a low quality encounter against Southend United. Both sides lacked a cutting edge in the final third, although the Glovers can at least claim that they had the lion's share of the chances throughout the afternoon. Their best attempts to grab all three points came during the final five minutes when both Andy Welsh and Gavin Tomlin had shots saved by former Glover Steve Mildenhall.

The Glovers went into the game missing - as expected - midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala and striker Sam Williams. That allowed rare starts for Aidan Downes and Keiran Murtagh, with Scott Davies taking on a new role as a left-winger. Gavin Tomlin shifted up front to partner Dean Bowditch up front.

Whilst they've been guilty of slow starts away from home rather too frequently this season, that wasn't the case for Yeovil this afternoon. A bright 15 minute spell saw Dean Bowditch head over the crossbar from a set piece, and it took the Shrimpers a while before they managed to even the game out.

But this was a game where what few chances materialised were fairly easy ones for both goalkeepers to deal with - there was rarely a moment where you felt that either goal was likely to be breached. Southend rallied a touch in the lead-up to half time with Scott Vernon probably getting the pick of their chances.

The second half saw more of the same, although it was Yeovil who began to dominate proceedings. At times they tended to frustrate the travelling support with a mix of poor delivery into the box, or the apparent need to create the perfect tap-in goal. Gavin Tomlin's hooked shot was one of the better attempts as he turned in the box and struck the ball just over the bar.

Each manager made their substitutions to try and force an error or a moment of class, but that was never forthcoming. Arsenal's Luke Ayling came on for his debut, playing as a midfielder and looking solid enough there from a defensive point of view. But whilst the Glovers were solid at the back, it was at the other end that they were often found wanting.

It was only in the final five minutes of the match that the deadlock threatened to be broken by either team, with Gavin Tomlin and Andy Welsh having shots saved by Steve Mildenhall, who in the second half got a tremendous reception from the travelling Glovers supporters both before and during the second period. Tomlin went close again in injury time when he screwed a shot just wide of the far post, but it wasn't to be.

If either team deserved to win it, then Yeovil Town would have the strongest claim, by virtue of them having the greater volume of shots on goal. But at times they were frustrating to watch in the final third, with far too many attacks ending without a final shot being landed in on goal. However, there would be plenty of Glovers fans who would have taken the draw today, and the result does far more damage to the Shrimpers chances of playing League One football next season, than it does to Yeovil Town.

Final Score: Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Southend United:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Simon Francis 5. Pat Baldwin 6. Adam Barrett 18. Johnny Herd
7. Anthony Grant 4. Jean Francois Christophe 8. Alan McCormack 3. Scott Malone
28. Scott Spencer 17. Scott Vernon

Substitutes:
36. Daniel Bentley (GK) 9. Matthew Paterson (66 mins for Scott Spencer) 15. Osei Sankofa 20. Jean Yves Mvoto 22. Stuart O'Keefe 26. Francis Laurent (65 mins for Scott Malone) 30. Harry Crawford (83 mins for Scott Vernon)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 8. Keiran Murtagh 25. Shaun MacDonald 27. Scott Davies
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 11. Andy Welsh (67 mins for Aidan Downes) 16. Scott Murray 23. Danny Hutchins 19. Luke Ayling (79 mins for Keiran Murtagh)

Southend Bookings: Anthony Grant (45 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (44 mins, foul), Craig Alcock (63 mins, foul)

Referee: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Glenn Hambling (Norfolk) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Ashley Slaughter (Sussex).

Attendance: 6,854 (including approx 300 Yeovil fans)


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3 April 2010 : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Man Of The Match Voting Form
If you were at this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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

NOTE: Because the Leeds United game kicks off at 12.30p.m. on Monday, all votes need to be collected for this game before the Easter Monday match kicks off.


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3 April 2010 : Glovers To Feature On Soccer A.M.
Apologies for the short notice, but Yeovil Town will be featuring on this morning's Soccer AM programme. They will take part in the Skill Skool part of the programme sometime between 10.00a.m. and 12.00 noon.

Tune into Sky Sports 1 or Sky One for coverage. Usually the players chosen are from a club's academy or Centre of Excellence or younger professionals.


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2 April 2010 : Good Friday League One Round-Up : Relegation Spots Tighten Up
The early Easter fixtures have seen the League Table tighten up somewhat in the relegation scrap, as Exeter City and Tranmere Rovers both produced shock wins on Good Friday to claw themselves away from the drop zone. As a result, Yeovil Town's advantage on the fourth from bottom club, which after today's results is Hartlepool United, is now down to just five points, and that will be cut to at most four if the Glovers lose at Roots Hall against Southend United tomorrow.

Result of the day had to be the 3-1 win that Tranmere Rovers gained over league leaders Norwich City. After having had a significant renaissance under manager Les Parry, the Wirral club had slid back into the drop zone, suggesting the Tranmere physio's honeymoon period might be over. Not so, although referee Eddie Ilderton may claim an assist or two. In the televised fixture, two Ian Thomas-Moore penalties, and a dubious volleyed strike from Craig Curran after a blatant handball completely missed by the officials, was accompanied by Canaries keeper Fraser Forster getting his marching orders for a professional foul that had led to the second spot kick.

Grant Holt pulled one back in the second half, but the most predictable moment of the game had to be Norwich manager Paul Lambert blowing his fuse and getting sent to the stands along with two of his backroom staff, after a row broke out about a ball being kicked away. Norwich stay top, whilst Tranmere climb to 18th.

Exeter City's 2-0 win over Colchester United was a shock in terms of the table, but not in terms of form. Exeter may be threatened with an immediate return to League Two at present, but they stretched an unbeaten run to six games, including three wins thanks to Stuart Fleetwood and a late penalty from Ryan Harley. Colchester meanwhile are disintegrating fast and have not won in seven matches, with just three points from their last 21, and at present look as though they could miss out on the play-offs, with Huddersfield Town now able to overall them.

Millwall jumped above Leeds United tonight and into second place, but only did so through a Paul Robinson second half equaliser. They will see that as two points dropped against Brentford who had taken the lead through Carl Cort.

The fourth of today's matches saw Carlisle United vanquish their Football League Trophy hangover by beating Bristol Rovers 3-1. Rather like the Tranmere game, two penalties and a red card influenced the outcome. Ian Harte got both spot kicks, whilst Jeff Hughes saw red for the first infringement. In between Paul Heffernan had equalised for Rovers, but Jason Price ended the scoring in a quick-fire exchange that had seen four goals in nine minutes.

Finally Thursday night, saw the happier Football League Trophy finalist Southampton gain a 2-2 draw away at Brighton and Hove Albion. Brighton twice held the lead, with Elliott Bennett scoring first, and Ashley Barnes netting their second. In between Dean Hammond headed an equaliser, but they had to wait until the 89th minute for substitute Lee Barnard, who had missed the Wembley trip through injury, to rescue them a point.

The latest League Table sees the Glovers remain 15th - their position in the table meant that they could not have shifted on any of those five matches. However, Exeter are now just a point behind, whilst Tranmere's climb out of the relegation zone puts them three points from the Glovers. Hartlepool are the team to keep an eye on now, as they lie in 21st place on 39 points, whilst tomorrow's opponents Southend United are on 37 points and seven points behind the Glovers. Tomorrow's match therefore becomes that little bit more important for both sides.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Easter Saturday Fixtures:

Leeds United v Swindon Town
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United
MK Dons v Charlton Athletic
Oldham Athletic v Gillingham
Southend United v Yeovil Town
Stockport County v Walsall
Wycombe Wanderers v Huddersfield Town


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2 April 2010 : Nathan Previews The Southend United Game
Ahead of tomorrow afternoon's trip to Roots Hall, Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones spoke to the BBC about the six-pointer against Southend United. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Nathan the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Nathan Jones Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Southend Game.


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2 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Gotcha (well, got one or two of you)!
Whilst a fair number of you were on the ball, a reasonable chunk of readers did not check their calendars before they read the last edition of Taff's Gloversblog. Fear not, gentle reader, for the chances of Taff's Terrasblog starting up are roughly the same as a snowball's chance in hell.

Taff covers that, and one or two comments that caused him to raise his eyebrows (and not with any foul language we might add) and also considers the current contractual position of many of our players. As well as of course tomorrow's match at Southend United.

Talking of Southend, we hope you had all noticed our second ruse yesterday concerning Mr David Webb. No, as far as we know, David will not be boarding the Yeovil team coach this weekend. And he will not be returning to Huish Park. Possibly.

To read on, and to throw abuse or admit embarrassment to Taff or ourselves, click on the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Gotcha (well, got one or two of you)!


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2 April 2010 : Play-off Semi-Finals Schedule
The Football League has announced the dates and most times for this season's Play-Off Semi-Finals. It should be noted that they are all provisional at this stage, with Sky Sports having been known to insist on alterations in the past, depending on who gets through to them.

Saturday 8th May: Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.45 p.m.
Saturday 8th May: Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 5.30 p.m.

Tuesday 11th May: Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off TBC

Wednesday 12th May: Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off TBC

Saturday 15th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.15 p.m.
Saturday 15th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 16th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.05 p.m.
Sunday 16th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 2.05 p.m.

Monday 17th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 18th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 19th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 20th May: League 1/ League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

The Finals for all three divisions have longstanding dates, and will take place at Wembley, with the Championship match on Saturday 22nd May, League One on Saturday 29th May and League Two on Sunday 30th May.

Link: 20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season

In recent seasons Sky Sports has committed to broadcasting (almost) all the Play-off matches live. Other forthcoming broadcasts of League One can be found here:

Link: 28 March 2010 : League One Matches Live On Sky Sports

And a finally, reminder of some early dates for your 2010-11 diary -

Link: 9 March 2010 : Dates For Your Diary


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2 April 2010 : Williams Set To Sit Out Easter Fixtures
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams admits that he will not be featuring in the pair of Easter weekend fixtures. The target man damaged medial knee ligaments in the 0-3 home defeat against Bristol Rovers and has said that he will be missing the away trip to Southend United and the home match against Leeds United.

Williams was given a diagnosis that he would be out for roughly a month following the Rovers game, and despite the Glovers getting a fortnight off from football, he told BBC Somerset that he had yet to return to training and so would not be playing in either holiday fixture:

"Unfortunately I don't think I'll be making this weekend. I injured my medial knee ligaments in the Bristol Rovers game when I came off. So I think I'm a doubt for this weekend at the minute. I haven't trained yet and it's still pretty sore to be honest, so hopefully I'll be pushing for next weekend."

Williams admitted that he had worried that the knee injury might be a more serious situation, having felt some twinges in his knee in the lead-up to the moment that took him out of the West Country derby. And he hopes that he can cut down from the month estimate and get himself ready for the away trip to Stockport County on April 10th, although clearly there are no guarantees there:

"The first few days were really sore. I was hurting with my knee before, so I was quite worried about what it could be. But it was diagnosed as being medial knee ligaments, so that was good news in the end because I could be back in a month or so, or three weeks if I'm pushing it. So I hope to be back and jogging and push on in the next week."


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2 April 2010 : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Southend United at Roots Hall tomorrow in what is a crucial League One match for both sides. The Shrimpers are in a spot of bother in 22nd position in the Latest League One table - a far cry from the apparently safe position they occupied at the start of the year when they were in 12th position.

Just eight points during 2010 makes them League One's worst performing team since the turn of the year, although they've shown signs in their last four games that they are capable of turning the corner. Eight goals scored in their last three matches, and five points have been an improvement on recent months where they have struggled to cope with the loss of striker Lee Barnard, who left for Southampton during the transfer window. Off the field problems concerning the payment of players wages continue with their local press reporting that the club have failed to pay their players on time for the third month running, and as a result the Shrimpers reached the end of the loan transfer window under a transfer embargo and so were unable to add to their squad.

Whilst the Shrimpers are clearly in relegation trouble - currently two points adrift of the safety line - no-one at Huish Park should be planning their summer holidays just yet. On 44 points and in 15th place, the Glovers are six points clear of the drop, and their eight match run-in includes three very difficult looking home matches against Leeds United, Millwall and Southampton. With their away form not too clever this season, it is somewhat important that they add to their points total whilst the pressure is - relatively speaking - off their shoulders.

They go into the match without the suspended Gavin Williams, hamstring injury victim Stefan Stam, plus target man Sam Williams who has a medial knee ligament injury. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is also reported as struggling with a hip injury. One more player will be absent from the line-up, with manager Terry Skiverton needing to leave out one of his six available loan players - two weeks ago it was Arsenal centre-back Luke Ayling who sat it out, but with him having now had an opportunity to train properly with his new team-mates, that position may change.

Southend will be missing Franck Moussa (suspended), and Damian Scannell (broken metatarsal). Winger Francis Laurent will need a fitness test. Further detail on Yeovil and Southend's team news can be found in our earlier article. Southend's sides have regularly included former Glovers players in their line-up and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, midfielder Jean Francois Christophe and striker Scott Spencer.

Spencer will certainly be one to watch. At the time the Glovers took him on loan from Everton two years ago, he was 19 years old and without a professional appearance to his name and the Glovers kept him to the training ground whilst they monitored his progress. Now at the age of 21, he is starting to break into first team football, and his three starts for the Shrimpers have produced four goals, with two in Southend's last two games. He is likely to start alongside the more experienced Scott Vernon, who adds yet another club to the long list that he has turned out for against the Glovers.

Past meetings between the two clubs tend to be lively affairs, with the Glovers having a reasonable record at Roots Hall. The last two matches have ended in 1-0 wins for Yeovil, with Dean Bowditch grabbing the winner in November at Huish Park, whilst last season's match in January 2009 saw Aaron Brown grabbing a 6th minute goal that proved to be the winner. There's often a red card or two in these matches - an odd feature given that the two clubs tend to compete against each other in an honest manner. Sean Morrison was dismissed in the Huish Park match, whilst Aidan Downes was sent off in last season's game at Roots Hall. Matt Harrold (as a Southend player), Danny Schofield, Gary Roberts, Adam Barrett, Kevin Maher and Neil Jenkins have all failed to complete games between the two clubs since the Glovers entered the Football League.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Roots Hall with tickets available on the day of the match, subject to a matchday surcharge. If you're going, then the Ciderspace guide is linked below, along with a number of other articles. If you're not going, then BBC Somerset will be your guide to the afternoon on 95.5FM.

Link: Team News For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southend Midfielder Suspended For Glovers Visit.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend.


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2 April 2010 : Final Call For Leeds Tickets
A final reminder that Easter Monday's match against Leeds United is an ALL TICKET match, with special arrangements for buying tickets. You have until 4.00p.m. today to purchase your ticket.

The special arrangements are in place to minimise the chances of Leeds fans buying tickets for the home ends of the ground. The match takes place on Monday 5th April 2010 at Huish Park with a 12.30p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports.

The Huish Park Ticket Office is be open on Good Friday from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m. Because the first team are at Southend United on the Saturday, Good Friday will therefore be your last chance to buy tickets. There will be no tickets on sale on the day of the game.

See below for special instructions concerning the purchasing of tickets.

Link: Leeds United Home Match Made All-Ticket.

Link: Yeovil vs Leeds Is Live On Sky.


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2 April 2010 : Team News For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town are expected to be without four key players for the trip to Southend United on Saturday. Aside from suspended midfielder Gavin Williams, who sits out the final match of a three match ban, and central defender Stefan Stam whose hamstring injury is expected to rule him out for the rest of the season, two more are expected to be left in Somerset when the team travel to Essex this weekend.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala's hip problem and a knee injury for target man Sam Williams sustained in the 3-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers are expected to rule both out of tomorrow's match according to BBC Somerset, although assistant manager Nathan Jones suggests that they are not a million miles away from being fit to play in Monday lunchtime's game against Leeds United.

Nathan also suggested that a few other players had missed training sessions during the week. Exactly who is out for the whole weekend, and who stands a chance of playing in Easter Monday's match isn't hinted at:

"We've not been able to do as much work as we would have liked to have, because we picked up a few niggles which have hindered our preparation. But there's nothing serious. It's a big Easter period with two games in three days. Those who don't quite make it for Saturday will be fresh for Monday, so it's a double-edged sword. We might lose one or two on Saturday but we will have them for Monday."

For Southend United, they will be missing Franck Moussa, who commences a three match ban for a red card last weekend. The midfielder was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident in their 4-3 defeat against Bristol Rovers. Damian Scannell is also missing with a broken metatarsal. Winger Francis Laurent will need a fitness test after he missed a number of training sessions this week.

Link: Officials For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southend Midfielder Suspended For Glovers Visit.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Southend.


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1 April 2010 : Skivo Hoping Break Will Keep Players Fresh Over Easter
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is hoping that giving his players a full weekend off at the start of this week will have helped rest a few tired limbs. Due to Carlisle United playing in the Football League Trophy final, the Glovers have had a fortnight away from competitive fixtures but now have a busy Easter with an away trip at Southend United and a home game against Leeds United within the space of 48 hours.

Skiverton explained to this week's Western Gazette that he had reversed a policy taken when the club had their last unplanned break at the start of 2010, where he felt that the players had been put through too many training sessions:

"I think with the games coming up, the players needed the break. With a break we had before, I think I worked them a little bit too hard and they came back unproductive. We played Leyton Orient and it did not work well for us. I have tried a different approach this time and I hope it pays off with a bit more rest."

On top of the planned rest, Skiverton admitted this week that there were some unplanned things hampering this week, adding that the "weather is killing our training pitches and sessions". But he told BBC Somerset that with the two Easter games coming up that keeping the players fresh was no bad thing:

"For me it was just important to give the lads a bit of rest and recuperation. First of all for the weather that's out there, it's absolute murder again for our pitches from the rain. Also we've got the games on the Saturday and the Monday so those games are very close to each other. So they're going to need all of the rest and mental energy that's coming up to two very important games for us."


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1 April 2010 : Glovers Loan Watch : Duo Extend Sherborne Stay
Yeovil Town duo Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge have extended their loan deals with Sherborne Town until the end of the season. The Glovers scholars have settled in well at Raleigh Grove, being a near constant feature of their line-ups and being part of a Sherborne team that performed a mini u-turn on their form following their arrival.

It was a bit of bad weather back in January that saw Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton and Sherborne manager Mickey Spencer meet up on a weekend when little football was being played in the area. That contact between the two managers was able to spark an ongoing dialogue, and Spencer told their official site that he hoped that this would be the start of a longer term relationship:

"It is a great endorsement from Yeovil Town that a club like Sherborne Town and our set-up can help give Yeovilís young players experience in a menís league. We hope that this is the start of a long-term relationship between the two clubs. I have been delighted with the way the lads have settled and we look forward to seeing how they perform in the last month of the season."

Spencer added that both players had a positive effect upon his side both on the pitch, and in the positivity they had given his other players in the dressing room:

"We are happy with the success and the attributes that the players have brought to the changing room. It has had a positive effect, I think they have enjoyed it and we have seen them improve. Both Rob and Rhys have got bright prospects in football and the loan has been a success for both clubs."

Glovers boss Skiverton agreed that he saw this as the start of a future relationship between the two clubs and added that he could see the difference in the players when they trained with Yeovil Town's first team:

"It has been a real positive experience and one where, with Mickey, we may be looking to do again in the future with players that we get. From the reports that I have had back there have been some really good performances. The whole team and clubís level of performance has gone up as well, and they have had some very good results that they were not having before the lads came. They have actually come back to us and trained with the first team and you can see that little bit of strength that was lacking before. I hope that has worked for Sherborne Town and that the boys do not get mentally and physically tired now, so they can see it through to the end of the season."

Whilst Rob Clowes was missing from Sherborne's Tuesday night line-up due to a shoulder injury, Rhys Baggridge clocked up another 90 minutes, as Sherborne recorded a 2-0 away win against Dawlish Town, leaving them in 15th place in the Western League Premier Division. Marc Caines and Dwayne Forshaw netted for the Dorset side.

Sherborne Town: Roy Emmerson, Rhys Baggridge, Ollie Wake, Ollie Pearson, Aaron Mead, Andy Martin, Sean Westlake, Steve Burton, Jason Bond, Marc Caines, Nick Jacobs. Subs: Ian Jenkins (for Pearson), Dwayne Forshaw (for Westlake), Sam Bowers (for Jacobs).

For those looking for something to do on Good Friday, Sherborne travel again to play Melksham Town, kick-off 1.00p.m. It would appear that only Rhys will be playing in tomorrow's match, with Rob omitted from Sherborne's listed squad due to the aforementioned shoulder injury.

Finally, Swindon Town youth keeper Callum Antell will be training with the Glovers whilst playing for Sherborne Town. The 17 year old is at Raleigh Grove on work experience and will feature in their matchday squads. However, the academy player has agreed to train with the Glovers over the next month to ensure that he receives full time training and coaching whilst he remains in Dorset.


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1 April 2010 : A Webb Of (No More) Intrigue
We've received the following e-mail from former Yeovil Town manager, owner and technical advisor David Webb, who is now 'assisting' Southend United. Earlier this week we described how David's role was causing confusion at Roots Hall - this hopefully clears things up, with the match on Easter Saturday to come. He also talks of a new role at Huish Park that hasn't previously been divulged. David writes:

Dear Ciderspace,

I had my attention drawn to your article dated March 29th, entitled 'The Davey Vanishes' by a colleague, and I felt I needed to set the record straight concerning my current business dealings. It never ceases to amaze me how inquisitive football fans can be regarding an individual and his motives, but I have been persuaded that on this occasion it is probably for the best to prepare a response.

As it happens, my whereabouts over the past week or two has been a lot closer to home than you might expect. John (Fry) and Norman (Hayward) invited me down for a few days to discuss a relaunch of their Invest In Yeovil marketing campaign, and so I agreed to meet them to hear what progress had been made regarding ground development since I left the club four years ago, as I was told there would be an imminent announcement. That progress meeting was decidedly shorter than I expected it to be.

Hence I've been spending the week visiting my son Daniel, and watching the Yeovil first team train up on the top pitch. I've given Terry (Skiverton) a few tips on where I think the Southend back line might have a few weaknesses, as he's always been a good lad for the club. I always knew he had that leadership potential from the day I made him captain.

Just so there's no misunderstanding between the two sets of fans, as I find rumours can often spiral out of control, I'm going to be alternating my time between Roots Hall and Huish Park from now on. This week I've been assisting John and Norman with sorting out those damn covenants, and next week I'm going to be up in Southend helping (Southend manager) Steve Tilson out. Then the week after I'll be back down in Somerset. Daniel is putting me up in his spare room which is nice of him.

I've managed to cadge a lift on the Yeovil team coach to get back to Essex on Saturday. The Bentley is in for servicing and I've been a bit lost without it. Probably for the best though, as you know what the local press down here are like about the car I drive. It would only end up in another match report. So I'll be hopping off the away team coach and straight into the home dressing room a couple of hours before kick-off and then I'll be working for Southend for the rest of the week. That works out quite well, doesn't it?

Hope that explains what is going on. You've got my contacts below if you need them. Maybe I can avoid another 'Webb of Intrigue' headline. If only I had a quid for every time that's been used!

God bless!
David.



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1 April 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog: The End Of An Era
Some of you may have noticed that Taff's Gloversblog has had a bit of a lull over the last week or two. Our resident Welshman has been doing a bit of soul-searching and it is with little or no pleasure that we bring you the blog item below. As ever, comments are welcomed via the foot of the level, however we reserve the right to edit any bad language out of what may be an emotive topic. You will not be surprised, once you read the article, that this will be the last one of Taff's articles that we will be publishing on this site. The end of an era indeed ...

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: The End Of An Era.


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