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30 April 2011 : Skiverton Looking To Take Win Into Next Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has called upon his side to reproduce this afternoon's performance against Colchester United throughout next season. The Glovers beat their Essex opponents by a 4-2 scoreline at Huish Park in their final home match of the 2010-11 season. Goals from Craig Alcock, Andrew Tutte, Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh gave Yeovil the win in front of a relaxed 3,737 crowd with both clubs knowing they will be playing League One football next season.

Whilst this afternoon's game did not have the tension and pressure that accompanies most League One matches, Skiverton said after the match that he wants to see his players reproduce some of that fluency in next season's games, calling it the first match of next season's campaign:

"We want to play like this every week next year. I want us to play that way in the bigger games when there is something on it. It is what separates the top players from the ordinary players. We are trying to build the momentum for next season now. This was our first game for the next pre-season and we want to go into the summer champing at the bit to come back next year."

The Glovers have made 17 loan signings across the 2010-11 season, and five of those were in today's squad, and will soon return to their parent clubs to discuss their futures. One of those players, Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson, walked out with four of the End of Season Awards after the match.

That echoed the performance of Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker who grabbed the majority of last season's awards. Skiverton acknowledged that there is a need to build his own squad at the club, but said that whilst there were quality players like that available, he was always going to be interested in using them:

"We have relied a lot on loan players and for the second time one of them (Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson) has picked up our player of the season award. I want to get more contract players if I can but it's a great help to have people like that around."


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30 April 2011 : Yeovil 4 Colchester 2 : Goalfest Ends Glovers Home Campaign
Yeovil Town gained an emphatic 4-2 win over Colchester United this afternoon at Huish Park to complete their League One home matches for the 2010-11 season. The match was only rarely in doubt as goals from Craig Alcock and Andrew Tutte put Yeovil 2-0 early on. Although Ashley Vincent pulled one back for the Essex side just before half time, it only took a minute for Dean Bowditch to restore the two goal advantage. The same pattern continued in the second period as David Mooney's goal to pull back the advantage was immediately negated by Andy Welsh's goal a minute later to send the visitors home pointless.

Team news saw Luke Ayling return from suspension as he displaced assistant manager Nathan Jones, whilst a formation change saw the 3-5-2 restored after a brief flirt with a 4-4-2 over the Easter weekend. Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh performed the wingback roles with Nathan Smith playing his second match as a centre-back, albeit on the left side of a trio.

The Glovers took the lead via the combination of the two wingbacks - Andy Welsh's ball into the box looped up off the top of U's defender Tommy Smith's head, and Craig Alcock quickly moved into a more central role to skillfully control and volley the ball home past visiting keeper Ben Williams. 1-0 up with 15 minutes gone.

The second goal again came from some sloppy Colchester defending as Tommy Smith's attempt to clear his lines let in Jonathan Obika, who threaded the ball across to the corner of the box where Andrew Tutte was on hand to stick a curling shot into the top left hand corner, perhaps taking a deflection off a defender's leg as Colchester tried to close down his shot at the last minute. Tutte's second goal in two games, just at the time when he needs to persuade manager Terry Skiverton to offer him a contract for next season.

The half overall had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it, with neither side particularly that bothered about defending too much, whilst referee Oliver Langford, who had one of his better games at Huish Park, seemed also in a charitable mood - allowing Jamie Vincent to go unpunished after a clear dive in the box, and then leaving his foot in Max Ehmer.

As the half closed out though, Colchester managed to grab a goal back, with John-Joe O'Toole's excellent threaded pass got in behind Andy Welsh, and with Ashley Vincent out-pacing the left-wingback easily, he hammered the ball straight past Stephen Henderson to give a 2-1 scoreline. However, if Colchester thought they were going go into half time with their tails up, they were very much mistaken as Welsh instantly atoned for his error at the back, providing a left-wing cross that was met by Dean Bowditch on the back post to restore Yeovil's two goal advantage at the break.

Colchester manager John Ward clearly wasn't impressed by his side's showing during that first half as he had his side out midway through the half time break doing full warm-ups. Whether that galvanised Colchester or not, they certainly started the second period in far more impressive form, forcing Stephen Henderson into a number of parried saves that fortunately did not see rebounds converted.

The Glovers switched to a 4-4-2 formation but just past the hour mark, Colchester deservedly pulled a goal back as David Mooney's soft shot from the edge of the box squirmed under the body of Stephen Henderson to pull the game back to 3-2. But as with their first half goal, their joy was extremely short-lived, as the Glovers attacked down their right wing a minute later - Andrew Tutte's cross into the box appeared to be evading everyone as to flew across, but that allowed left-winger Andy Welsh full view of the goal, and a chance to slam the ball home for a 4-2 advantage.

During the closing stages, the openness of the football continued, with David Mooney striking the top of the crossbar from a narrow angle, whilst Jonathan Obika sliced wide of the target when he probably should have added to the total of goals. In the final minute, referee Oliver Langford again showed extreme charity when Ben Coker was only given a yellow card for clipping Obika as he was clean through on goal - a bit of common sense given the circumstances. Yeovil had the match well won, and a red card would have been a bit of a blot on the open well spirited match out there today.

All in all just the relaxing game that the Glovers needed at the end of a long hard difficult season, and their play at times showed how relaxed they were throughout the match. As the final whistle blew, news filtered through that Bristol Rovers had pretty much joined Swindon Town in being relegated to League Two - given the chants from the home terrace during the match, there is unlikely to be too much sympathy from Glovers fans along the way.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Scorers: Craig Alcock (15 mins, 1-0), Andrew Tutte (22 mins, 2-0), Ashley Vincent (43 mins, 2-1), Dean Bowditch (44 mins, 3-1), David Mooney (63 mins, 3-2), Andrew Welsh (64 mins, 4-2).

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
14. Max Ehmer 8. Luke Ayling 6. Nathan Smith
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 18. Andrew Tutte 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 19. Adam Virgo 22. Martin Gritton 23. Billy Gibson

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams 20. Brian Wilson 19. David Mooney 31. Tommy Smith 6. Nathan Clarke 24. Ben Coker 7. Ashley Vincent 8. John-Joe O'Toole 10. Kemal Izzet 26. Lloyd James 16. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 3. Lee Beevers (75 mins for Tommy Smith) 14. Andy Bond 15. Kayode Odejayi (80 mins for Ian Henderson) 17. David Perkins 22. Anthony Wordsworth 25. John White

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Colchester Bookings: Tommy Smith (17 mins, foul), Nathan Clarke (40 mins, foul), Ben Coker (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Chris Powell(Dorset).

Attendance: 3,797.


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30 April 2011 : 2010-11 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's end of season awards took place following this afternoon's match against Colchester United.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Stephen Henderson (1st), Paul Huntington (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Stephen Henderson.
Cary Glovers: Stephen Henderson.
Away Travel Club: Stephen Henderson (1st), Paul Huntington (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Luke Ayling.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Dean Bowditch.
DSA: Andy Welsh. Young Player: Luke Ayling.

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


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30 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Colchester
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's match against Colchester 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.

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


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30 April 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home game against Colchester United. With captain Paul Huntington still out serving a two match ban Luke Ayling displaces Nathan Jones in what is expected to be a 3-5-2 line-up. The Glovers have selected the following line-up - with exact positions subject to change:

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 14. Max Ehmer 8. Luke Ayling
11. Andy Welsh 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 18. Andrew Tutte 6. Nathan Smith
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 19. Adam Virgo 22. Martin Gritton 23. Billy Gibson


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30 April 2011 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played their last home League One match, with a local derby against AFC Bournemouth. The match was a real case of the late late show, with the Glovers down to 10 men due to Paul Huntington's red card, and two goals down. But an Adam Virgo penalty and a 90th minute Shaun MacDonald header saw Yeovil grab a 2-2 draw right at the death.

Right-back Craig Alcock, centre-back Adam Virgo and goalkeeper Stephen Henderson picked up plenty of Man of the Match votes along the way, but Shaun MacDonald came out far ahead of the rest of the pack, winning the poll by a comfortable margin. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 254 (17)
2 Stephen Henderson 110 (5)
3 Adam Virgo 102 (6)
4 Craig Alcock 102 (5)
5 Andy Welsh 44 (2)
6 Dean Bowditch 38 (2)
6 Max Ehmer 38 (2)
8 Nathan Smith 36 (2)
9 Sam Williams 18 (1)
10 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)
10 Paul Wotton 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.55

Performance: 6.95
Entertainment: 8.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 42


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30 April 2011 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Glovers facing an uphill battle after LUke Ayling was red carded midway through the second half, with Yeovil a goal down. Left winger Andy Welsh saved the day with a late equaliser, 24 hours after his wife had given birth to his first child, completing a great week for the Mancunian.

Midfielder Shaun MacDonald polled well in the Man of the Match voting, but popular sway was almost guaranteeed to sway towards Welshy for the emotion of the occasion, and so it proved to be as he won the poll by a comfortable margin. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Andy Welsh 274 (22)
2 Shaun MacDonald 184 (12)
3 Jonathan Obika 72 (4)
4 Adam Virgo 56 (1)
5 Luke Ayling 40 (2)
6 Stephen Henderson 40 (1)
7 Max Ehmer 40 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 32 (2)
9 Oli Johnson 20 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 16 (0)
11 Paul Wotton 8 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.55

Performance: 5.41
Entertainment: 5.68

VOTES RECEIVED: 44


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30 April 2011 : Notts County Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played host to Notts County in a League One match that was at that time a significant six-pointer. The match ended in a 2-1 win for the Glovers that represents their last win at Huish Park, with Dean Bowditch grabbing both goals on the night.

Man of the Match voting saw Luke Ayling get the thumbs up in an unusual right wing-back role for him, whilst Andy Welsh operated on the opposite flank, also getting praise for his performance. However, the clear runaway winner was no great surprise, as Dean Bowditch was the choice for the majority of supporters on the night. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Dean Bowditch 226 (18)
2 Andy Welsh 108 (5)
3 Luke Ayling 94 (4)
4 Max Ehmer 50 (2)
5 Shaun MacDonald 42 (2)
6 Paul Huntington 24 (1)
7 Stephen Henderson 12 (0)
8 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
8 Andy Williams 10 (1)
10 Jonathan Obika 10 (0)
11 Adam Virgo 6 (0)
12 Paul Wotton 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.32

Performance: 6.24
Entertainment: 6.41

VOTES RECEIVED: 34


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30 April 2011 : Glovers Duo Still Wait For Contract Developments
This morning's Western Daily Press talks up the chances of Yeovil Town pair Nathan Smith and Andrew Tutte still being at the club next season. Both players are in very different situations, with left-back Smith one of the club's longest serving players, and one of the few that now pre-date the appointment of the current management team. Meanwhile Tutte is still a Manchester City player, waiting to hear where his future lies in the North-West.

The club's oft-stated position is that they will not negotiate new contracts with players until their League position is guaranteed - that happened on Easter Monday, with the 2-2 draw at Peterborough United, and there are now plans to dish out offers and produce both a released and a retained list by around the end of next week.

Quotes from manager Terry Skiverton in yesterday's WDP suggested that we may even need to wait beyond the final League One match for this to happen, with the Glovers boss saying that games needed to be completed first:

"Everything has been approved for the ones I want to keep. We need to get games out of the way first and the offers will be made."

Skiverton has suggested that he has got six players under contract for next season in the same article - no names are named but that's one more than the list we've been working to of Paul Huntington, Paul Wotton, Andy Williams, Ed Upson and Luke Ayling. Either there's one player who does have a longer deal at the club, or assistant manager Nathan Jones is being included in his thinking as a player for next season.

One player who definitely is at the end of his contract at the club is full-back Nathan Smith, who has captained the side this season on a couple of occasions, and will be one of the candidates for the Glovers player of the season. At 24 years old, he is entitled to leave the club on a free transfer. However, he has told the WDP that he has yet to find out whether he is on the list of players getting a new contract offer at Huish Park:

"Nobody has said anything but I would love to stay here if I get the chance. It is the club that gave me the chance, I love the place and I love the area. I am just thinking about the current moment, I am here and I love it."

The situation regarding Tutte is somewhat more complicated, with the club needing to wait to see what his parent club Manchester City's intentions are before putting an offer on the table. The strong expectation is that the Premier League club will be releasing him, but to avoid any transfer fee the Glovers will need to wait to see that formally announced before making their own offer. Tutte is happy with the time he has had at Huish Park though, and would be glad to discuss further deals, with the club having already tried to sign him permanently in January:

"I feel I have come on as a player (during the loan spell). They are good lads here, they are easy to get on with and I have settled in quickly. As I have said before, I will talk with the agent and see what happens."


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30 April 2011 : Ladies Venue Switch For Final League Decider
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a change of venue for their final League match of the 2010-11 season, which takes place tomorrow. The match against Portsmouth Ladies will now take place at Fareham Town FC on Sunday 1st May, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

For those planning to travel to the game, from Junction 11 of the M27 (Fareham Central/Gosport), follow signs for Gosport (A32). Pass under the viaduct with Fareham Creek on your left. Go straight over the roundabout then fork right onto B3385 signed Lee on Solent. Go over the railway bridge on Newgate Lane then turn immediately right into Palmerston Business Park, following the road round past the Royal Mail sorting office into the ground.

Address: Cams Alder Football Stadium, Cams Alder, Palmerston Drive, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1BJ

This is a vital match for the Ladies with them either needing a two goal (or greater) win over Pompey, or a single goal victory with at least two goals being scored (2-1, 3-2 etc). Such a result would lift them above Gillingham Ladies and into a relegation play-off position. If they do not obtain the result that they need, then they would be automatically relegated from the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.

Hence if you do live in the Fareham area, or fancy a trip down there, please do come along and support the Ladies team. You'll find a full match preview on their site's News Page.


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29 April 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Preview
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town's final home match of the 2010-11 season, with Colchester United the visitors. Playing the Essex club on the final home match of the season appears to be a common feature of many of Yeovil's seasons - it happened in 2008-09 when a 0-2 home defeat saw the season end on a bit of a flat note. Then in 2005-06, we had a 0-0 draw at Huish Park that was enough to get the U's promoted to the Championship.

When you add in the fact that it was Colchester who played the first competitive match at Huish Park back in 1990, and that it was their first game in non-league football for 40 years, there have been a number of landmark moments between the two clubs over the years, who are historically old Southern League sparring partners until the Essex club went onwards and upwards in 1950.

This time round, neither side has a thing to play for. Yeovil Town in 18th place, can no longer be relegated. Colchester, six points ahead in 12th place, can no longer reach the play-offs. As such this is pride both sides are playing for, and with the pressure off the Glovers players for the first time in a number of months, a chance for players to express themselves a little more.

Manager Terry Skiverton has promised that he will pick his strongest possible side - that means that only captain Paul Huntington is certain to be absent - ruled out through his two match suspension - whilst defender/midfielder Luke Ayling will return after his two game ban. Winger/striker Andy Williams has been out with an ankle injury since his appearance in the Reserves' County Cup Semi-Final at Clevedon Town, and there's been no new mention of him in recent weeks, whilst Sam Williams also dropped out on Monday due to a reoccurrence of his shoulder injury. Otherwise apart from Ayling's return, and a question mark over Adam Virgo's groin strain, the squad selected should be fairly similar to the group that travelled to play Peterborough United.

For Colchester, they will definitely be without top scorer Steven Gillespie, who has had an operation on a broken arm and so is out for the rest of the season. Midfielder David Perkins is also unlikely to be involved, having been out recently with a hamstring strain, whilst Magnus Okuonghae (ankle), Pat Baldwin (Achilles) and Simon Hackney (hamstring) are also missing. Colchester have already issued their released list, and with winger Medy Elito, midfielder Sam Corcoran and defender Morten Knudsen having all been told that they will not be offered new contracts, it would be a surprise if they featured during tomorrow.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match will be available on the day of the game, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Don't forget to allow a little extra time at the end of the match if you're organising transport home from the game if you want to see the end of season awards and presentations. We'll say it before Dave Linney says it - "Please stay off the pitch at the end of the game" - to allow everyone to enjoy the occasion.

Link: End Of Season Awards And Presentations.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United.


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29 April 2011 : Skivo Previews The Colchester Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of Skivo's interview is available via the link below.

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


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28 April 2011 : Glovers Legends Side In Charity Match
This coming Sunday, a team of former Yeovil Town players will take to the field to raise money for a cancer charity. The match, which will be held at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, will see a Yeovil Town Legends team play a Sherborne Town and Milborne Port Legends Team.

The match is in aid of CLIC Sargent, which is a charity that supports children and young people with cancer. The match has been inspired by 14 year old Cyrus Vahidi, who has been associated with the Dorset club since the age of eight years old, making 120 appearances for their youth sides, and putting on performances that were good enough for both Southampton and Yeovil Town to take an interest in him.

Cyrus has had more important priorities to deal with in recent months, due to his diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumour that usually develops during a period of rapid growth, such as adolescence. As a result Cyrus has been undergoing treatment for his condition, and has had 11 months worth of chemotherapy.

The Glovers squad that is expected to turn out of the match is to say the least, a rather excellent looking one and is expected to include the following:

Guy Whittingham, Terry Skiverton, Tony Pounder, Warren Patmore, Terry Cotton, Steve Rutter, Steve Thompson, Roy O'Brien, Andy Lindegard, Andy Buse, Jerry Gill, Rob Cousins, Nick Critenden, Paul Thorpe, Gerry Pearson, Dean Birkby, Adrian Foster

Admission prices for the game are £5.00 for adults and £1.00 for Under-16s. For further information contact Dave Gudge at Sherborne on 07939820539. If you're at Saturday's Yeovil Town match against Colchester United, then Glovers supporter Gary will also be carrying tickets - if you call him on 07882196559 he can arrange a meeting point.

Kick-off is at 2.00p.m. at Raleigh Grove, on Sunday 1st May, and there will be a bar open, as well as food on sale, along with an auction after the game.


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28 April 2011 : New Contracts On Offer Next Week
With Yeovil Town having mathematically secured their League One status on Easter Monday, attention now turns to the issue of dealing with the large number of players who are out of contract at the club over the summer. Only five of the Glovers first team squad are known to have deals going beyond the end of this season, with Paul Huntington, Paul Wotton, Andy Williams, Ed Upson and Luke Ayling signed up until the summer of 2012.

The club must now make decisions on which players will receive contract offers for 2011-12, and which players will be shown the door, and Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that there is now a target of that being done before the Glovers play their final League One match at Carlisle United in just over a week's time:

"By the end of next week, the written offers will be out, and it will be in the public domain, and people will know if they are here or not here. The offers for them to be here or not here will be done by the end of next week."

Skiverton suggested two weeks ago that he is expecting a very quick response by the players to any offers that are put on the table and adds that he has alternatives in the pipeline if any players reject the deals that come their way:

"We've got a number of targets as well, that are back-ups. If the players that are here don't necessarily want to stay, then there are a few different plans that have been formulated, for good news and for bad news and for people who want to hang on. So it's not just these ones that we're offering to - they are not the only ones who are in our plans. There are other people and there are other good players that we are looking at as well."


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28 April 2011 : End Of Season Awards And Presentations
For Yeovil Town supporters looking to plan their day around the home match against Colchester United, arrangements have been made for the End of Season Awards. These will be presented after the League One match has finished at Huish Park. Thus if you're making post-match arrangements, you may want to allow a little bit of additional time for getting home after the game.

At half time on Saturday, Yeovil Town Ladies will parade the Somerset Women's Senior Cup they won last week. The Ladies face a nervous last day experience this coming Sunday when they travel to play Portsmouth Ladies, needing to win by either two clear goals or score at least two goals in a single goal victory to avoid relegation from the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.

Their season went to the final day last night when Gillingham Ladies lost their final match of the season against West Ham Ladies by a 0-2 scoreline setting up a Sunday nailbiter that will be played at Moneyfields FC, kick-off 2.00p.m. Even if the Ladies get the result they need on Sunday against Pompey, they will need to play a play-off match after that to secure their future in the division.


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28 April 2011 : Colchester Pre-Match Ticket Purchases
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to purchase match tickets for Saturday's home game against Colchester United at the pre-match price will need to do so by the end of today. The Huish Park Ticket Office closes at 5.00p.m. today and then does not open again until Saturday morning.

Match tickets for the Colchester game will still be available on the day but will be sold at matchday prices - an additional £2.00 with the exception of juniors. Hence if you're going and you want to buy at the lower tariff, visit Huish Park or give the Ticket Office a ring on 01935-847888.

It's probably safe to assume that the club will also be closed on this coming Sunday and Monday after the game, and will not reopen until the Tuesday morning.


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28 April 2011 : Swindon Fire Management Team After Chairman Resigns
Relegated League One side Swindon Town have fired their management team, Paul Hart and Ian McParland, and seen their Chairman Andrew Fitton resign in the wake of their drop into League Two. Just 12 months after reaching the League One play-off final under Danny Wilson, the Wiltshire club drop back into fourth tier football just four years after getting promotion under Paul Sturrock.

Hart only arrived at Swindon on March 3rd, with Wilson and his assistant Peter Shirtliff having left just 24 hours previously, having slipped into the relegation zone at the start of that month. Hart was in charge for just 11 matches, during which the Robins won one match, slipping to the foot of the League One table and becoming the first club to have their fate sealed. Paul Bodin has been named as caretaker manager for their final two matches of the season.

Yesterday, Fitton resigned his position, admitting that as Chairman of the Football Club he held some responsibility towards the club's demise, saying in a statement:

"When I became Chairman of the Club in 2008, I laid down the objective of Championship football at The County Ground within three to five years. However, after the 'highs' of last season's Play-Off Final appearance we have now experienced the 'lows' of relegation and I feel a weight of responsibility for our under performance this season."

In truth, the seeds of Swindon's downfall, as they slipped from promotion candidates to relegation certainties, were sown last summer when they lost top scorer Billy Paynter on a free transfer to Leeds United and sold captain Gordon Greer to big spending Brighton and Hove Albion.

After selling Paynter's strike partner Charlie Austin to Burnley in the January transfer window, they slid even further, and their record of one win in 22 league matches since the end of the Christmas holiday fixtures tells its own story. Since Austin scored his final goals for the club on January 3rd, they've scored just 12 times in those 22 fixtures providing some fairly clearcut reasons for their slide down the table.


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28 April 2011 : Glovers Trio Given Scholarship Offers
Yeovil Town have offered two year scholarships to three of their current Centre Of Excellence players. The trio, despite their age, have already been blooded at Under-18s level, but now will be enrolled into a two year plan centred around an academic programme that is combined with their football development.

The three selected for next season have been named by the Western Gazette as centre-back Lee Sweet plus Will Agbo and Aidan Chainey. However the club hope to make offers to three or four other players, with a number of trialists having played in recent matches involving the Glovers' Under-18s side.

In addition to the above trio, Will Gordon, Josh Doyle, Adam Cleary, Jonny Kaye and Lloyd Matthews will move into their second year in their two year scholarships.

Second year scholars Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke were last week offered their first full professional contracts after impressing during their two year spell in the Under-18s side.


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28 April 2011 : Jones: We'd Love To Keep This Squad Together
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has said that he would like to be able to freeze the current squad of players they have and take them into the 2011-12 season - but admits that it's an ambition that may not be fulfilled. With the Glovers status in League One now mathematically assured, one eye is now turning towards next season.

At present, only Paul Huntington, Paul Wotton, Andy Williams, Ed Upson and Luke Ayling are known to be under contract for next season, with the remainder of the 2010-11 squad being made up from players loaned from other clubs, and others whose contracts run out during the summer. Jones has told BBC Somerset that he would love to see the current squad held together, but is realistic enough to know that this probably won't happen entirely:

"If we could shut up shop now, and start next season with the same squad, then we'd bite someone's hand off. It's not possible for us to do that. We may lose one or two of them, where personnel may chance. But we'll be doing everything that we can to keep the players that we want to keep, and to add a few as well. But football is football, and I've been in it for 20 years. There's changeover in certain clubs during the season, and we know where we are. We're in a fantastic club and we've got a fantastic board that really back us. But if someone comes in with silly offers for our better players then sadly we're not in a position to compete with that. So we have to then produce another one of those."

Of the players that have been on Yeovil Town's books, Nathan gave them a lot of praise, adding that they were able to police themselves, rather than need tough man management skills. He also felt that the current squad would match up well to the club's 2006-07 squad that got to the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, in which Nathan was one of the key players in that squad:

"They come in and they motivate themselves. They discipline themselves, and if there's anyone out of line, then sometimes we haven't got to do it, because the players do it. We've got players who want to work, want to graft and want to compete. We have a nice edge about us at the minute, and for Yeovil Town that is fantastic. Now whether we'll be able to keep them and continue to do that is another thing. We've got a tricky summer ahead. But for now we have got one of the strongest sides that Yeovil has ever had, and I would include our play-off team in that because they had a strong side for a full year. We've only had a strong squad with the right characters for probably around four months of the season, and I think our form has been superb."

For those wondering whether Nathan's claims match up, the League One table, for results only from January 1st 2011, can be viewed here showing that the Glovers would be in a comfortable 9th place in a half-season table, with 37 points from 25 matches - not quite play-off territory, but certainly a far cry from the way the world looked on December 31st, which can be viewed here (note that Plymouth Argyle's points deduction shouldn't really be applied to this half of the season). The aforementioned 2006-07 League One campaign saw the Glovers clock up 79 points over the 46 game season, and that final table can be viewed here.

At Peterborough on Easter Monday, left-back Nathan Smith occupied a central defensive role - something he had never played before - and the more senior of the club's two left-backs believes that Smith has all the right attributes to play as a centre-back, if he gets sufficient matches in that position and was impressed with how he performed on the day:

"He has the attributes to be a good defender, because he has pace and strength. His core attributes are fantastic, and I think as soon as he learns the game and plays enough games, then you've got a real player on your hands. But he slotted in unfazed. He's not the most nervous character. He's slotted in there and he's done fantastically well. He kept people quiet and even when people like (Craig) Mackail-Smith came on he kept them quiet, and it's only from set plays that we let ourselves down."

As for Jones himself - thrust back into the limelight for a first team match for the first time since the turn of the year, and the first time he had played a full 90 minutes in the League since early November - he said he was glad to get involved again, and was pleased with the 2-2 draw the Glovers came home with:

"Obviously with the result, we would have taken it before the game if I'm honest. It's a decent result. I personally enjoyed it and I enjoyed the competition and the battle out there and it was great to play back with the lads again. We've got a great team spirit. Like I've said, it was a fantastic result even though there was a tinge of disappointment about it."


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27 April 2011 : Young Glovers Suffer Defeat In Wales
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side suffered a significant thrashing this afternoon, as a Cardiff City side made up of Under-19s players beat them in a friendly behind closed doors. Despite Yeovil's young side equipping themselves well during the game, Cardiff's finishing proved to be extremely clinical with Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Nathanial Jarvis and Stefan Jones amongst the goalscorers on the day in a 5-1 win.

Yeovil's goal came from an unnamed trialist, whose second half goal was set up by Isaac Reid, with the bulk of the squad being made up from this season's Under-18s side, including Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lloyd Matthews, along with a number of trialists. Yeovil twice hit the woodwork during the match, and so whilst the Welshmen deserved their win, the Glovers could have easily made the scoreline a little more respectable were it not for the width of a post.


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27 April 2011 : Late Ladies Comeback Not Enough To Avoid Hammers Defeat
Despite a spirited come back in the final minutes of the game Yeovil Town Ladies went down 2-1 against West Ham United Ladies on Sunday at Raleigh Grove. The Hammers rushed to a 2-0 half time lead through goals from Becky Merrit and Joanna Woodgates, but the Glovers came back in the second half and battled their way back into the game with an 85th minutes Jemma Tewkesbury goal, but in the end the East London side kept their promotion hopes alive by hanging on to take the points.

"It was a disappointing afternoon," Joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "Again we were in a position that with a little bit more confidence and time on the ball could have been a different story. We played well in the last quarter of the game and showed West Ham that we can play football, and Jemma Tewkesbury scored a fantastic goal to bring us back to 2-1, but in the end we had to take the defeat."

Both sides made a positive start to the game with some fast moving attacks down both flanks, and the Glovers could have taken the early advantage when Tewkesbury made a lovely run down the right on six minutes to test the 'keeper well with a decent shot from 12 yards.

Yeovil were combining well in midfield, with Dana Hinton and Laura Wensley seeing plenty of the ball in the centre, and Terri Trowbridge combining well with Tewkesbury in the final third to cause the opposition a few problems. However, they were relying too much on long balls, rather than playing to their strengths and playing the ball to feet.

This unfortunately gave the ball away too often, gifting the opposition with more possession than they should have had, and the Glovers were made to pay for it on thirteen minutes when Emma Thomas grabbed the ball and made a lovely run down the left to cross in for Becky Merrit to put the ball past the outstretched Rachel Simkin into the back of the net.

The game suddenly sprung into life, and Thomas could have extended her side's lead three minutes later with a shot over the bar. At the other end Dana Hinton played to lovely ball into the box for Trowbridge to head just wide of the near post. The Hammers were still on top though, and on 26 minutes Merrit fired in a beauty that rattled back off the post. Four minutes later the same player raced into the box and was brought down by a late challenge from Rosie Williams, and Joanna Woodgates put her side two up from the penalty spot.

"We had to go for it in the second half," Williams said. "We went three at the back to give us that extra option in attack, and did well, keeping them to 0-0 in that second period. We later brought Jodi Cornwall on to support that front three, and she did very well."

As the game continued Yeovil had to become bolder in their play as they went in search of goals, and on 69 minutes Jodi Cornwall came on for the injured Shannon Osman. Cornwall joined the front line, and the Glovers immediately looked more effective.

The three front players were now causing the Hammers defence no end of problems, and on 84 minutes Cornwall received the ball from Bray and sent a wonderful pass over to the far side of the box for Jemma Tewkesbury to belt the ball wonderfully into the near corner of the net.

The Glovers really went for it now as they hammered the West Ham defence, and they could well have drawn level when Cornwall hit the ball just wide of the post following some great work from Wensley and Hinton on 86 minutes. Bray and Tewkesbury also went close late on, but the visitors closed ranks and held out for the points.

"We said that if we had had another ten minutes we would have probably drawn or won the game," Williams said. "But it was not to be."

"This league is not over until the last games have been played, and the last points have been won," joint manager Sarah Lawler said. "We have to prepare and go into that game with Portsmouth with confidence and not be beaten already in our minds."

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Hatton (Pearson - 45), Williams, Edwards, Hinton, Wensley, Trowbridge (Rourke - 65), Osman (Cornwall - 69), Bray, Tewkesbury

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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27 April 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Posh 2 Yeovil 2 : A Posh Cracker In The Sun
Easter Monday saw the Glovers travel to London Road and secure their League One status with a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing Peterborough United.

Our man Cruncher was there to witness the events unfold, and an analysis of team and individual performances on the day are now provided in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry below. If you were at London Road, then we'd love to hear alternative views on the day - post them via the comments box as usual.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Posh 2 Yeovil 2 : A Posh Cracker In The Sun.


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27 April 2011 : First 2011-12 Pre-Season Friendly Announced
Yeovil Town have arranged their first pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. Their opponents are the familiar sight of Bristol City, who they have played four seasons in a row, since the two clubs did battle in League One during the 2006-07 season.

The match will be played at Huish Park on Saturday 23rd July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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27 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Peterborough Away Interview
Just before kick-off in Easter Monday's match against Peterborough United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke about the match at London Road. Explaining why defender Adam Virgo was not playing, and his hopes for midfielder Andrew Tutte, Skivo's interview with local journalist Chris Spittles for BBC Somerset has been transcribed and is available via the link below.

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


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26 April 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for Yeovil Town's final home match of the 2010-11 season have been announced. The game against Colchester United will take place on Saturday 30th April at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Mr Langford has plenty of history with the Glovers and not a lot of it is good. He was the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the worst bottlings of a red card we've seen in a long time. Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal. Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead.

After the game, manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying:

"I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

It's perhaps a relief to find that March 2009's home match against Northampton Town saw Mr Langford get through the game without too much of a fuss. No mention in the match report, and no post-match grumbles from the Yeovil boss about his performance.

Our most recent meeting with Mr Langford was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that was is an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford has taken charge of two matches this season involving Colchester United. The first was their 3-2 home win over Hartlepool United last November that saw both sides pick up two cards each. The most recent was a 2-1 defeat at Home Park in February against Plymouth Argyle, where Mr Langford dished out a red card to Plymouth's Chris Clark during the second half.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell(Dorset).

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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26 April 2011 : Football League Play-Offs Full Schedule
The Football League have confirmed the precise dates and times for this season's play-off matches. The exact teams involved will be tweaked slightly depending upon the final league placings, with fixtures Championship side Nottingham Forest and League Two side Port Vale to be swapped if they land in certain positions in the play-offs. However, the dates of each match, which will be screened live on Sky Sports are now cast in stone and are as follows:

First Legs:
Thu 12/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship 6th vs 3rd
Fri 13/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship 5th vs 4th
Sat 14/05/2011 12:45hrs : League One 6th vs 3rd
Sat 14/05/2011 17:45hrs : League Two 7th vs 4th
Sun 15/05/2011 12:15hrs : League One 5th vs 4th
Sun 15/05/2011 18:30hrs : League Two 6th vs 5th

Second Legs:
Mon 16/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship 3rd vs 6th
Tue 17/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship 4th vs 5th
Wed 18/05/2011 19:45hrs : League One : 3rd vs 6th
Thu 19/05/2011 19:45hrs : League One : 4th vs 5th
Fri 20/05/2011 19:45hrs : League Two : 4th vs 7th
Fri 20/05/2011 19:45hrs : League Two : 5th vs 6th

Finals:
Sat 28/05/2011 : League Two Play-Off Final (Old Trafford)
Sun 29/05/2011 : League One Play-Off Final (Old Trafford)
Mon 30/05/2011 : Championship Play-Off Final (Wembley)

For the above fixtures, if Nottingham Forest finish in 5th place, both Championship first and second leg pairings will be swapped around (i.e. the matches on 12th/13th will be swapped, and the matches on 16th/17th will be swapped).

If Port Vale finish in 7th position in League Two, then the First Leg play-off matches will be swapped around (i.e. the games on 14th/15th May will be swapped).


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26 April 2011 : Stam Stay At Edgar Street Confirmed
Yeovil Town central defender Stefan Stam will, as expected, remain with League Two side Hereford United for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. The Dutchman had pretty much burnt his bridges with the Glovers through an interview last week, making it clear that he had no interest in returning to Huish Park. With manager Terry Skiverton having also said in January that he would never select his former first team captain again, Stam will be the one player guaranteed to be on this summer's released list.

His time at Edgar Street so far has been somewhat more successful, making eight appearances for the League Two side, playing 90 minutes in all games - having made just three appearances for the Glovers during the whole of 2010-11 season.

Link: Stam Bemoans 'Horrible' Yeovil Experience.

Link: Stam: I Don't Want To Go Back To Yeovil Again.

Link: Skivo: Stam Will No Longer Play Whilst I'm Manager.


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26 April 2011 : Ticket Prices For Carlisle United Trip Slashed
Tickets for Yeovil Town's final away match of the 2010-11 season have now been reduced against the originally publicised prices. The match against Carlisle United takes place on May 7th 2011 at Brunton Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and over the Easter weekend, the Cumbrians announced that they were charging reduced prices for this match as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s: £5.00; Aged 11-17: £3.00; Aged 10 or Under: Free.

Carlisle United have confirmed that these reduced ticket prices will be honoured for away supporters as well, and these are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The offer for the Aged 10 or Under are only valid if tickets are purchased with an Adult ticket. Otherwise the 11-17 year old admission price will apply.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated a covered seated area of the Story Homes Stand, which gives a side-on view of the game. Away fans are allocated two blocks at the north end of that stand (Blocks 2 and 3), with home supporters allocated the south end. The Waterworks End of the stadium is not usually open for fixtures these days.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £3.00 with an assistant free of charge. Ambulant disabled spectators pay the above range of admission prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge, provided the supporter is on the higher rate of disability allowance. In both cases, we'd recommend that you book in advance by phoning 0844 371 1921.

Note that all ticket prices above increase by £2.00 on the day of the game.

Of course, the price reduction creates an issue for those Glovers fans who have already purchased tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office - we'd suggest you contact the Ticket Office to get a partial refund against the price that you paid, as soon as possible and certainly before the day of the game. For clarification purposes, these were the original ticket prices for this fixture:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £9.00; Aged 7-10: £5.00; Aged 6 or Under: Free.


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26 April 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Peterborough Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Peterborough United at London Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be viewed via the link below.

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


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26 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Peterborough vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at Easter Monday's 2-2 draw against Peterborough United at London Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 April 2011 : Posh 2 Yeovil 2 : Mission Accomplished!
Yeovil Town secured League One football for another season with a 2-2 draw with Peterborough United this afternoon at London Road, in a match that had plenty of late drama. Leading the match through a Paul Wotton penalty, the game went goal crazy over a three minute spell that saw Posh level through Kelvin Langmead and Andrew Tutte restore the lead straight from the kick-off. Then Craig Mackail-Smith struck for the second time against the Glovers this season just two minutes later to bring a frenetic end to a match that had for long periods looked like an end of season kickabout.

The Glovers went into the match missing three of their more defensively minded players. With Luke Ayling and Paul Huntington suspended, the last thing they needed was Adam Virgo dropping out with a groin strain. Without a recognised centre-back to slot into the back four, Nathan Smith occupied a central slot whilst Nathan Jones played left-back, with Max Ehmer moving back into a centre-back position.

The home side had made seven changes from their last match, with numerous big name players left out of the starting line-up, and so it was no real surprise that the Glovers started well with early chances falling to Dean Bowditch and Max Ehmer. Posh looked dangerous from set pieces, and created plenty of decent opening moves, but without Craig Mackail-Smith and George Boyd in their starting line-up they seemed to lack a bit of end product.

Yeovil's opening goal when it came had more than a good touch of generosity about it. Nathan Jones burst into the box, and whilst he certainly appeared to be clipped by keeper Paul Jones, his heavy touch to take the ball forward looked to have taken the ball out of play for a goal kick. Despite that, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot, allowing Paul Wotton the chance to step forward and hammer the ball home for a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

With the Glovers now a goal ahead, they began to look increasingly comfortable whilst the home side had an unerring talent for directing their longish passes out of play for throw-ins. The further the half went on, the easier Yeovil had it, and they even had chances to extend the lead, as Jonathan Obika just about failed to get a toe-end on a ball at the back post, whilst Dean Bowditch probably took a little too long with his twisting and turning inside the box, before his shot was finally blocked. But there were many positives to take in at the break for sure.

The second period promised more of the same, with Posh not really looking like they were capable of hitting the target with any conviction. Manager Darren Ferguson finally sent on the artillery with Mackail-Smith and Boyd arriving on the hour mark as part of a triple substitution and formation change to a 3-5-2. But still Peterborough couldn't score, with Stephen Henderson making a wonderful double save to deny a deflected Paul Taylor from going in the net with a single hand, then was alert enough to turn Chris Whelpdale's header around the post. Then came Lee Tomlin's awful miss - six yards out, and the goal gaping and yet he somehow managed to hit the goal post, with Henderson forced to the opposite post to defend the incoming cross.

Just when it appeared that the game would be ending with a narrow 1-0 win, the game proceeded to take a number of twists and turns over a manic three minute period. Posh won a free kick wide on their right, and when Lee Tomlin fired in the set piece, Kelvin Langmead produced a superb volleyed finish into the back of the net to level the scores at 1-1 and in all honesty on the growing pressure, exactly what Posh had deserved since their triple substitution.

Straight from kick-off, and Yeovil were level. Posh still seemed to be congratulating themselves on finally breaking their deadlock when Andrew Tutte was allowed to ghost into their box with the ball, and fire across the face of home keeper Paul Jones to put Yeovil back into the lead - timed at just 48 seconds after the Langmead equaliser.

But the twists and turns weren't over - a total of two minutes and twenty-one seconds after the scoreline had shown 1-0, the game was back and tied at 2-2, as substitute Craig Mackail-Smith turned the ball in at the back post for Peterborough's second equalising goal. Heaven help any supporter of either team who chose to leave early or pop out to the teabars!

In the end, that was all the action there was time for, despite four minutes of injury time. As it happened, with news coming in that Bristol Rovers had conceded two late goals at Bournemouth, and Dagenham and Redbridge had lost at Huddersfield, the 2-2 draw the Glovers did come home with did not matter - League One safety was assured with two more games to come. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster of a season - bottom at Christmas, dead and buried, and getting through 17 loan players and using close to 40 squad players throughout the campaign. But the statistics will show that Yeovil Town will compete in League One for the 2011-12 season and that will be the only thing that ultimately matters.

Final Score: Peterborough United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Paul Wotton (23 mins, 0-1, pen), Kelvin Langmead (87 mins, 1-1), Andrew Tutte (87 mins, 1-2), Craig Mackail-Smith (89 mins, 2-2).

Peterborough United: (4-4-2)
28. Paul Jones
18. Chris Whelpdale 4. Kelvin Langmead 5. Gabriel Zakuani 14. Tommy Rowe
19. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 6. Charlie Lee 8. Lee Frecklington 35. Joe Newell
24. Lee Tomlin 9. David Ball

Substitutes:
1. Joe Lewis (GK) 7. James Wesolowski 10. George Boyd (60 mins for Lee Frecklington) 12. Craig Mackail-Smith (60 mins for David Ball) 16. Ryan Bennett 21. Arron Davies 26. Paul Taylor (60 mins for Tommy Rowe)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith 3. Nathan Jones
24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 18. Andrew Tutte 11. Andrew Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson (83 mins for Andy Welsh) 22. Martin Gritton (69 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Billy Gibson 25. Daniel Fitzsimons 31. Rhys Baggridge

Peterborough Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (85 mins, dissent).

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Matt Buonassisi and Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire).

Attendance: 6,489 (including 254 Yeovil fans).


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25 April 2011 : Glovers Guarantee Safety With Posh Draw
Yeovil Town guaranteed League One safety for another season this afternoon with a manic 2-2 draw at Peterborough United. The single point was enough to make their status certain through a Paul Wotton penalty and an Andrew Tutte goal. A quiet game ignited in the final few minutes with three goals in three minutes as Kelvin Langmead equalised to cancel out Wotton's first half penalty, only to find Tutte retaking the lead 20 seconds after the restart. But Craig Mackail-Smith got the third of the game's late late goals to bring a crazy end to the match and a 2-2 final score.

With Walsall drawing and Bristol Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge both losing that was enough to guarantee survival for this season. However, it's farewell to Swindon Town who are now relegated from League One just 12 months after travelling to Wembley. As we say goodbye to the Robins, it's hello to Preston North End who have been relegated from the Championship today. The League One table has been updated to reflect today's results.

More reaction to follow later - there is an internet connection problem here that may not get resolved until we get home.


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25 April 2011 : Shaun MacDonald's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Shaun MacDonald's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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24 April 2011 : Hunts To Sit Out Two Matches
Yeovil Town captain Paul Huntington will sit out the first of a two match ban tomorrow, when the Glovers travel to play Peterborough United on Easter Monday. Hunts was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth yesterday, which will incur a one match ban. However, due to his sending off earlier this season in the away match at Charlton Athletic, he will get an additional match ban on top.

As a result, Huntington will miss tomorrow's match at London Road, as well as next Saturday's home game against Colchester United. Also missing tomorrow will be Luke Ayling, who is serving the second of his two game ban, before returning next Saturday.

Huntington's dismissal was Yeovil Town's eighth red card of the 2010-11 season, with Sam Williams (Exeter City, home), Adam Virgo (Sheffield Wednesday, away) and Jean-Paul Kalala (Bristol Rovers, away and MK Dons, home) adding to the two dismissals each of Luke Ayling (Sheffield Wednesday, away and Oldham Athletic, home) and Huntington.

Aside from the missing Huntington and Ayling, Yeovil's main doubt for tomorrow's trip will be winger/forward Andy Williams, who has not featured since he damaged ankle ligaments in the Somerset Premier Cup semi-final match against Clevedon Town. We're not aware of any other injury concerns, although with only two days between the two fixtures, it would not be a surprise if someone dropped out on the day.


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24 April 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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24 April 2011 : Officials For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Peterborough United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Easter Monday at London Road with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). We've had Mr Pawson three times so far, with our experience largely a positive one.

The first of those was the February 2009 fixture against Peterborough United - the last time we visited London Road, and Russell Slade's last game in charge, producing a 3-1 win. Apart from being on a high after that result which may have affected our mood, our view of Mr Pawson was a positive one, even going so far as to recognise his performance later on in the week on this news page as "excellent". Those who have seen many of Ciderspace's Ref-Rants would realise that is a definite rare event.

Mr Pawson also took charge of the incredible 3-3 draw against Norwich City in December 2009. He had a reasonable match, but missed a chance to award the Glovers a spot-kick and a likely red card for Canaries defender Gary Doherty; a decision that left Glovers striker Dean Bowditch not very amused.

His most recent match involving the Glovers was the October 2010 trip to the Bescot Stadium, where an Adam Virgo goal gave us a 1-0 win. No complaints or observations on his performance at all on the day, which should usually be taken to be a good thing. Just one booking in a very unfussy game.

Mr Pawson's career high so far was refereeing the Conference National Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008 between Cambridge United and Exeter City. He is a relatively new official at this level, having only been promoted during the summer of 2008, hence why our paths have not crossed too often.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by Matt Buonassisi and Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire).

Link: February 2009 : Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 3 Norwich City 3.

Link: October 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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24 April 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough United
No sooner do we draw breath from one game, than we're on to another game. Tomorrow, Yeovil Town have their penultimate away match of the 2010-11 season when they travel to Peterborough United. If you're going to the game, you'll find the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover directions, parking, pub guides, past meetings and all kinds of odds'n'sods.

Note that this is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - if you've not bought a ticket yet, then you're too late for all that - content yourself by following us on Twitter and by tuning into 95.5FM where BBC Somerset will be covering the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough United.


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23 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's match against AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview can be read via the link below.

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


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23 April 2011 : Young Glovers Snatch Draw From Magpies
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side had to come from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against Penzance today. In a charity match against the South-West Peninsula League side, goals from Tom Putterill and Jimmy England twice put the home side ahead, only for the Glovers to peg them back each time.

The match was being staged at Penlee Park in aid of local cancer fund LARF (Lauren Hoare And Rosie Howis Teenager And Young Persons Cancer Fund) and the Cornish club managed to raise £1,000 on the day to benefit the good cause.

Striker Rob Clowes, who was recently offered his first professional contract with Yeovil Town, scored for the Glovers, whilst the other strike came from Josh Doyle to ensure they gained a worthy 2-2 draw on the day. Head of Youth Scott Green even made a cameo appearance on the pitch, but failed to convert a penalty for the Glovers.

Final Score: Penzance 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.


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23 April 2011 : Skiverton Has Mixed Feelings Over Key Decisions
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton had mixed feelings on the key decisions made by referee Steve Tanner in an event packed match at Huish Park this afternoon. Whilst the Glovers boss had to guard his tongue with his view on certain decisions made in today's 2-2 draw at Huish Park, he was prepared to give his views on those key incidents that turned the match.

The game was poised at 0-0 when centre-back Paul Huntington got his marching orders for a second bookable offence, when he fouled Bournemouth winger Liam Feeney, but Skiverton said that it was more the fact that Huntington got exposed by a player with pace that concerned him:

"Paul Huntington was on a yellow card early in the second half when he got left one-on-one with Liam Feeney which is something we don't like to do. We know Feeney has been a handful all season and when you have got against him like that it was a problem."

The second key decision in the match saw Adam Virgo penalised for an infringement against Bournemouth full-back Adam Smith. With the Cherries player having gone to ground inside the box, Virgo felt the player had dived in the box, and pulled him off the ground. Assistant referee Adam Watts viewed it as an offence, and after consultation with referee Tanner, a spot kick was awarded, with Danny Ings converted. Skiverton said that he had never seen anything like that before, although could see how it was within the rules:

"The penalty which soon followed was apparently according to the letter of the law. I have not seen that before with our player picking their lad up. Basically officials were saying he picked him up and dropped him down. In my opinion, it was a penalty if it was according to the rules."

Despite being down to 10 men, the Glovers got their way back into the game when midfielder Harry Arter handballed inside the box for a spot kick which Adam Virgo converted. Although Skiverton questioned why Arter was also not shown a second yellow card, he felt that referee Tanner had called that one right:

"Our penalty was certainly handball. His (Harry Arter) hands were above his head and he jumped. That made it 2-1 and then a great delivery from a corner laid on the equaliser for Shaun MacDonald. For him to climb up and get that goal was brilliant."


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23 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth 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 that you need to get your votes in fairly quickly with the Easter Monday fixture against Peterborough United coming up in two days time.

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


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23 April 2011 : Yeovil 2 Bournemouth 2 : MacDonald Gets Glovers Out Of Jail
Yeovil Town grabbed a last-grasp draw at Huish Park in extraordinary circumstances against Bournemouth this afternoon. Trailing by two goals from Danny Ings with just four minutes remaining, an Adam Virgo penalty put them back into the match despite being a man down due to Paul Huntington's earlier red card. But deep into second half injury time, Shaun MacDonald's header gained Yeovil a fairly implausible 2-2 draw at a time when the majority of the Glovers fans inside the ground had long since given up any hope of getting anything out of the match.

The Glovers selected a somewhat unusual starting line-up, even if the 4-4-1-1 formation has been utilised for much of 2011. The loss of Oli Johnson, returning to Norwich City, and Luke Ayling to a two match ban, meant that full-backs Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith returned to the side and the flat back four was restored, following the recent 3-4-1-2 tactical diversion. Max Ehmer was given a rare venture into his preferred midfield position, having played almost his entire Yeovil career as a centre-back. More unusual though was the decision to put Dean Bowditch out wide, whilst placing Shaun MacDonald into a supporting striker position just behind Jonathan Obika.

The first period was a mixed one with the Glovers struggling a touch for momentum under their slightly experimental formation, although conversely they carved out more of the early chances. A Paul Wotton free kick landed straight in the arms of Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal, then Andy Welsh had a shot deflected wide for a corner. All was promising from set pieces, but they were in truth struggling to string passes together in open play.

Bournemouth began to get a grip on the game when Danny Hollands wasted a chance to give them the lead - his flicked header from close range was almost harder to miss the target than hit it, but he managed to put it wide. Harry Arter's header from a corner was on target, but straight at Stephen Henderson. Then a Glovers defensive error almost let the Cherries in as Adam Virgo's attempted clearance after a Bournemouth free kick struck Craig Alcock, pushing the ball into the path of Steve Lovell. Thankfully Nathan Smith was able to rescue the situation - blocking Lovell's attempt to score.

With Bournemouth relatively on top, the 4-4-1-1 formation was abandoned, with Dean Bowditch moving up top and Shaun MacDonald moving out wide in a 4-4-2 and now it was Yeovil's turn to take command - even if a succession of chances for Jonathan Obika meant that the game stayed goalless. Obika's first chance really should have been put away, as he screwed the ball wide after collecting a pass from Dean Bowditch, whilst another saw Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal tip a deflected shot just around his post for a corner. In between a Nathan Smith piledriver saw Jalal cover his attempt well.

The half finished with the game getting a little heated - as if the sultry Easter weather wasn't making the game hot enough anyway. Harry Arter's reckless challenge on Max Ehmer was always going to get himself a booking, but Paul Huntington also landed himself in the book for needlessly getting in the face of Danny Hollands as matters got a little fractious - time for the players to cool down at the break.

Except that didn't quite happen as planned. Four minutes into the second half, Paul Huntington blocked off Danny Ings, and with the centre-back having already landed in the book just before the break, Hunts received his second red card of the season, and Yeovil Town's eighth dismissal of the 2010-11 season.

With the Glovers down to ten men, in high temperatures, matters were always going to be difficult, but they got even harder 10 minutes into the second period, via a bizarre penalty decision. Bournemouth's Adam Smith went down in the box under a challenge from Nathan Smith, and referee Steve Tanner chose not to blow his whistle. However, when Adam Virgo grappled with the Bournemouth player to bring him to his feet, clearly feeling he'd dived, assistant official Adam Watts flagged for a foul, and after lengthy consultation with referee Tanner, the penalty was awarded, and Virgo landed in the book for his involvement in the incident. Up stepped Danny Ings, sending Stephen Henderson the wrong way.

At 1-0 down and down to ten men, the Glovers readjusted, pushing Max Ehmer into the centre of defence, whilst Dean Bowditch moved deeper into midfield, as they put up a 4-4-1 formation to stay in the game. However, it looked to be game over on 68 minutes as Bournemouth doubled their lead. A Nathan Smith long throw was claimed by Shwan Jalal, and with the Glovers full-back committed and out of position, Jalal's quick throw to Liam Feeney released the winger up the flank. He slipped the ball through to Danny Ings and despite Shaun MacDonald's late efforts to get back as the last man, Ings fired home to put Bournemouth 2-0 up, and surely the end of Yeovil's hopes of getting anything out of the game?

Both sides used up their substitutions as the second half ran out, perhaps both conscious of a game coming up on Easter Monday, where players needed to conserve their energy for the second fixture. But with four minutes remaining, it was anything but game over, when the Glovers were awarded a penalty - a ball into the box struck the hand of a Cherries defender, and referee Steve Tanner awarded his second spot kick of the match. Up stepped Adam Virgo and he blasted the ball home to take the game back to 1-2.

As the match inched its way into injury time, Bournemouth almost put the ball into their own net, as a defender's flicked header flew across the face of the area, and out for a corner. But with Stephen Henderson racing up into the opposition box for a last gasp effort, Bournemouth failed to pick up Shaun MacDonald, who headed home Dean Bowditch's corner, to lift the roof off the Huish Park stadium, as the 4,000 home fans erupted with the Welshman's get out of jail card. 2-2 and no-one could have seen that one coming five minutes previously.

There was no time for either side to grab a vital fifth goal before referee Steve Tanner blew his whistle on an amazing end to the game - a valuable point for the Glovers that now has them eight points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining. Not enough to satisfy the mathematicians, but another notch on the road to safety. Easter Monday should see Yeovil's League One safety assured, with the Cherries left ruing how they had completely thrown away the win.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 2.

Scorers: Danny Ings (55 mins, 0-1, pen), Danny Ings (68 mins, 0-2), Adam Virgo (86 mins, 1-2, pen), Shaun MacDonald (90 mins, 2-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 14. Max Ehmer 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
24. Shaun MacDonald
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (79 mins for Jonathan Obika) 16. Edward Upson 18. Andrew Tutte (74 mins for Paul Wotton) 22. Martin Gritton 23. Billy Gibson (74 mins for Andy Welsh)

AFC Bournemouth: (4-4-2)
1. Shwan Jalal
15. Adam Smith 5. Jason Pearce 4. Shaun Cooper 28. Warren Cummings
27. Donal McDermott 19. Danny Hollands 18. Harry Arter 11. Liam Feeney
10. Steve Lovell 36. Danny Ings

Substitutes:
30. Dan Thomas (GK) 7. Marc Pugh (69 mins for Donal McDermott) 20. Mark Molesley 21. Stephen Purches 23. Lauri Dalla Valle (83 mins for Danny Ings) 26. Mathieu Baudry 33. Steve Fletcher (83 mins for Steve Lovell)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (retaliation, 44 mins), Adam Virgo (off the ball incident, 54 mins), Max Ehmer (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Paul Huntington (second bookable offence, 50 mins)

Bournemouth Bookings: Harry Arter (foul, 43 mins), Donal McDermott (foul, 48 mins)

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Assistants: Charles Breakspear (Surrey) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Corp (Somerset).

Attendance: 6,150 (including 2,163 Bournemouth fans)


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23 April 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made two team changes for this afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth. Fullbacks Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith are recalled to the side after both played key parts in last weekend's turnaround in the match against Oldham Athletic. They replace the suspended Luke Ayling and the departing Oli Johnson, who headed back to Norwich City during the week.

The selection of three centre-backs means that Max Ehmer is being pushed into a midfield role. The formation is expected to be a 4-4-1-1 - nothing unusual about that, but the positioning of Shaun MacDonald as a supporting striker, with Dean Bowditch being used as a winger might not have been predicted by too many people.

Midfielder Alex Russell drops out of the squad, whilst Andrew Tutte comes back onto the substitutes bench along with Nathan Jones and Billy Gibson. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andy Welsh 14. Max Ehmer 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
24. Shaun MacDonald
29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams 16. Edward Upson 18. Andrew Tutte 22. Martin Gritton 23. Billy Gibson

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Shwan Jalal
15. Adam Smith 5. Jason Pearce 4. Shaun Cooper 28. Warren Cummings
27. Donal McDermott 19. Danny Hollands 18. Harry Arter 11. Liam Feeney
10. Steve Lovell 36. Danny Ings

Substitutes:
30. Dan Thomas (GK) 7. Marc Pugh 20. Mark Molesley 21. Stephen Purches 23. Lauri Dalla Valle 26. Mathieu Baudry 33. Steve Fletcher


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23 April 2011 : Wotton Believes Glovers Can Match Top Six Sides
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Wotton believes that his new club can produce a better season next year than they have managed during the 2010-11 campaign. The Glovers are currently 17th in the League One table and have spent much of the season occupying the bottom eight positions, but their form since the turn of the year has seen a significant improvement that would offer them an upper-midtable position if the season had started on New Year's Day.

Wotton, who joined from Southampton on the turn of the year, initially on a loan deal, believes that based on what he has seen there is little to choose between the Glovers and the clubs on the edge of the play-off places, such as this afternoon's opponents AFC Bournemouth. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the midfielder said that Champions Brighton and Hove Albion were one of a small handful of sides who had been genuinely head and shoulders above the rest of the pack:

"It's not an amazing league. There's not a lot of difference between say, us and MK Dons or Bournemouth in the play-offs. There's not a lot of difference, if any. You start every season with goals definitely, but I don't see any reason why not - I genuinely don't. Brighton have been the stand-out team, but other than that there's two or three that should be up there and are up there. Other than that there's not a great deal between them."

Wotton's views will be put to the test in quick succession over the Easter weekend, with the Glovers playing 6th placed AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, whilst Easter Monday will see them travel to London Road to take on Peterborough United, who currently lie in a 4th placed position. The Glovers lost to both sides earlier in the season, and so will want to stop the play-off chasing sides from doing the double over them.


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22 April 2011 : Glovers Head To Cornwall For Charity Match
Yeovil Town will be sending a side to Cornwall to play in a Charity match tomorrow afternoon. The Glovers will be playing South-West Peninsula League club Penzance at Penlee Park, in aid of teenage cancer charity LARF. The match, which will feature players from the club's Centre of Excellence side, kicks off at 2.30p.m.

The LARF Charity, which is more fully known as the Lauren Hoare And Rosie Howis Teenager And Young Persons Cancer Fund, has been set up to assist in the treatment and care of teenagers and young people under the age of 24 within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, primarily for those undergoing and having had cancer and leukaemia treatment. The charity was formed under the name of Lauren and Rosie last year after both Cornish teenagers lost their lives to cancer during 2009 and 2010.

The link between the two clubs is 18 year old Jim Crisp, who studies Law at Yeovil College, and provides youth coaching at the club, but originally hails from Heamoor in Cornwall, before moving up to Somerset. He was a close friend of Rosie Howis, and has said that he was inspired to set up the match after Darren Way's testimonial game against Manchester United at Huish Park last summer:

"That one match helped give Darren some financial independence and I thought a football match would be a good way to celebrate Rosie's life and raise money for a good cause. Hopefully, this will give something back to Rosie and show her how much I care. When she was alive she was always thinking of others and raising money for charity, so it seems the right thing to do. She was very much a family person so I'm trying to make the day as much of a family-friendly event as possible – there'll be a Laser Tag game available, barbecue, raffle and live music." I hope that by keeping admission prices down we’ll get a bumper crowd."

Admission for tomorrow's match is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for students. Gates will be opening at Penlee Park at 12.30p.m. with live music from Blue Horyzon, face-painting, refreshments and a Lazer Tag game among the attractions. Local businesses have provided prizes for raffles on the day, which include photo shoots, days out, books and pamper sets.


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22 April 2011 : Skivo Previews The Bournemouth Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against AFC Bournemouth, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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22 April 2011 : Ladies vs West Ham United Match Preview
Yeovil Town Ladies and West Ham United Ladies meet at Raleigh Grove on Sunday with both sides needing to come away with all three points in order to keep their respective seasons alive. A few weeks ago the Hammers were riding high at the top of the league, but defeats against Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic in recent weeks have sent them down to fifth in the table, seven points adrift of top placed Charlton. A defeat against the Glovers will all but kill off their chances of promotion to the National League.

With both Queens Park Rangers and Brighton winning in midweek, Yeovil have now dropped to tenth in the table, but their season is far from dead. All of the bottom four have difficult run ins, and points will be hard to
come by, so a victory for Yeovil against the Hammers could see them lift off the bottom and jump to safety, if other results go their way. They also have a game in hand over Gillingham, so the placings remain very tight.

"After a great midweek performance and win in the Somerset Cup in midweek we need to now continue the fight to remain in the Premier League with a visit from West Ham on Sunday," joint manager Nigel Williams said this morning. "It has been a great week for the club. Sarah (Lawler) and I allowed the girls an evening to celebrate the cup, but reminded them about the league and what we still expect of them in this competition.

"The Girls have been really working hard in the last few weeks, and have responded to the challenges we have set them. Our performance in the last match against Queens Park Rangers, especially in the first half, was how we want to see them play every time we go out on the pitch. This week will be no different. We need to go out confident in our own game and defensive record, as well as knowing we have a forward line that can change a game.

"Although we will respect West Ham and their achievements this season, we will go out on Sunday looking to upset their day and win the game. We have said it before; this league has had some crazy results this season and nothing is predictable. West Ham have a title to play for and we have survival. The league is not over until we cannot gain any more points.

"We are confident of getting something out of this game and believe in our ability to be able to win it. If anyone deserves this it is our players. They put their heart and soul into this club, and have a great team spirit. It is going to be a great game this weekend, and I ask anyone who supports Yeovil Town as a club to come and support the Ladies on Sunday, and cheer us on to a win
."

Yeovil Town Ladies take on West Ham United Ladies in the FA Women's Premier League at Raleigh Grove this Sunday, April 24, kick off at 2.00p.m. The girls would love to see as many supporters as possible come to the game to help cheer them to victory. The twelfth player, as ever, really counts!

For information on Raleigh Grove, including directions to the ground please click here.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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22 April 2011 : Good Friday League One Round-Up
Good Friday saw six League One matches brought forward by 24 hours, as clubs sought to stretch the gap between their two holiday fixtures by an additional day. Undeniably the main match of the day from a Yeovil Town perspective was Dagenham and Redbridge's home game against Plymouth Argyle. Argyle were in a 'must win' situation, lying bottom of the division with games running out and the Daggers marking their nearest safety point.

The Pilgrims kept themselves alive for another day, thanks to a Rory Patterson goal, who then turned from hero to villain by getting himself sent off, but the home side couldn't get themselves back into it. Argyle climb off the bottom, leaving themselves five points adrift but with a game in hand. It's not all over just yet for the Pilgrims.

Tranmere Rovers had an opportunity to get above the Glovers today, when they travelled to Hartlepool United but they had to come from behind to force a 1-1 draw that put them on 50 points, but guaranteed that Yeovil Town would finish the day still in 17th place.

Leyton Orient and Exeter City both kept their faint hopes of grabbing the final play-off position alive, when they won their matches this afternoon. Exeter's 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic was their fifth win in a row, as they consolidated their 8th place position, whilst Orient shocked Yeovil's Easter Monday opponents with a 2-1 win at Brisbane Road, as Ryan Jarvis struck a late winner to keep Russell Slade's side in 8th. Both clubs will be hoping that Yeovil Town can beat AFC Bournemouth tomorrow, who lie two points above them in 6th. Rochdale, who are the other interested side, didn't play today.

At the top of the table, Huddersfield Town moved into second place, with a 3-1 win over play-off chasing Milton Keynes Dons. Former Glover Lee Peltier was on target today, grabbing the second goal for the Terriers. Huddersfield leap above Southampton, who still have two games in hand, but have the minor issue of a trip to play Champions Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow. Brentford drew with Colchester United in the one meaningless game being played.

Positions in other divisions are now also starting to take shape. Whilst the Seagulls leave League One for the Championship this summer, Crystal Palace's 0-0 draw at Doncaster Rovers means that Sheffield United will be left as good as down if they lose their home game against Bristol City tomorrow. The prospect of an all-Sheffield derby will be pretty much sealed by then, as United are nine points adrift, with an inferior goal difference.

Meanwhile one team that is guaranteed promotion from League Two is Chesterfield, who celebrated without kicking a ball. The draw between Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United today meant that the Gulls could no longer catch them, and thus assuming the Glovers secure their own divisional status, we will be going to a new ground next season - the b2net stadium has replaced the crumbling Saltergate since we last travelled up to Derbyshire.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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22 April 2011 : Skivo Eager To Avoid Dean Court Horror Show
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is anxious to avoid a repeat of their last meeting with AFC Bournemouth when the two sides meet at Huish Park tomorrow. A rather miserable evening at Dean Court back in November, saw Yeovil Town well beaten as goals from Danny Hollands and Josh McQuoid gave the Cherries a 2-0 home win that could easily have turned into a thrashing.

With the travelling 478 fans on that night distinctly unimpressed with the performance on the night, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he wanted to right some wrongs from what had happened on the South Coast, and said he did not want to see a repeat:

"In the first game when we played them, we went into that game very lackadaisical, and that is one of the times when the fans had every right to boo us, because we were terrible on that night and I don't want that to happen again this weekend."

The other issue that Skiverton has is in not wanting to take the foot off the gas. The likely position is that Yeovil's eight point advantage on the bottom four clubs means that they will secure their League One status with a degree of comfort, but the Glovers boss does not want to make assumptions that his side are already over the finish line:

"Mathematically, a team has only got to win three games. If they win three out of four then they can overtake us. Everyone is saying that we're safe, but I had a little go at the boys today as they were training with the sun out. Again I want them to focus - if we didn't have these points on the board, Bournemouth would be wanting to put us to the sword."


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22 April 2011 : Skiverton Chasing Tutte Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will be making moves to sign Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte over the next few weeks. The 20 year old has been at Huish Park on a half-season loan and has shown himself capable of playing in a variety of midfield and wide attacking positions.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that when Tutte's loan spell finishes in four games time that he would like to tie the player up permanently, and reveals that back in January, the club had tried to do a deal then:

"I would like to sit down with the agent. We nearly had a deal done just before he came in (on loan) but there were one or two issues regarding the deal, especially with Man City, that it ended up just becoming a loan. To be fair, since he's become a loan, it's probably cost him a little bit more than if he'd been a contracted player. But he's another one who has shown a great attitude even when he's been out. He's trained hard and he's someone who will definitely play before the end of the season."

Tutte has been sat in the stands for many of Yeovil Town's recent fixtures due to the rules concerning the number of loans allowed in a single matchday squad. However, the departure of Oli Johnson, who is now back at Norwich City, means that the Glovers are now back down to five loan players within their ranks, which should give Tutte more opportunities to impress.


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21 April 2011 : Stam Bemoans 'Horrible' Yeovil Experience
It's probably safe to say that Yeovil Town and Stefan Stam will not be exchanging Christmas cards this year. Having made it clear earlier this week that he had no wish to return to Huish Park, he now describes his experience in South Somerset as 'horrible'.

Now on loan with League Two side Hereford United, Stam arrived in the summer of 2009 on a two year contract and being named as Yeovil Town's first team captain, there were high hopes of him, but Stam has told the BBC that matters unravelled badly for him:

"It was horrible, especially with the way it all ended. Last season I was captain there and everything was fine. I got a few injuries, but I don't want to go into it, as it was all horrible. I didn't get a chance, so I just had to go."

There's been no explicit statement that Stam's one month loan spell is up but with him having burnt his bridges at Huish Park, it's probably safe to say that he will remain at Edgar Street until his contract with the Glovers runs out. After that, he hints that he would consider a permanent move to join the Bulls if it was offered to him:

"I'm just happy to play games again. At Yeovil it didn't work out for some reason, and I'm glad I got a chance here to just play football, so I'm very pleased. My contract is up in the summer. I don't know (what I'll be doing) - I'm just waiting for opportunities, to see what comes along. If I can stay here, then maybe I'll stay here. I'm enjoying myself here, so I don't see why not. We'll see what happens."

One former Glover who departed South Somerset on somewhat more diplomatic terms and has since landed in Edgar Street was central midfielder Jamie Pitman. Having headed back to Hereford for a second spell there as a player, Pitman later became the club physio, and earlier this season became their caretaker manager, eventually extended to cover the remainder of this season. Jamie has now been given a two year contract as their manager, having taken them from the foot of League Two, up to a relatively safe 18th place in the table.


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21 April 2011 : Skiverton Pays Tribute To Departing Johnson
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town said farewell to striker Oli Johnson, who has returned to Carrow Road after completing a 93 day loan at Huish Park. The Norwich City striker has been a regular with the Glovers, playing 18 matches across his three month spell, and scoring goals in three away matches at Brentford, Dagenham and Redbridge and Tranmere Rovers.

The emergency loan rules meant that the Glovers could not extend the deal with Johnson any further, and so for the time being at least, he returns to Norfolk, where he will hope to push his way into a side that are still gunning for promotion to the Premier League. Manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the Western Gazette this week, and gave Johnson a glowing report on his way out of Somerset:

"He has been magnificent for us, he has given us a different dimension and he has opened teams up. He has been a joy to have and I have got to again thank (Norwich City manager) Paul Lambert because he has helped me out at some important times."

Although Johnson will have his work cut out in getting a place back in a Canaries first team, he may have an opportunity if their on loan striker Sam Vokes is recalled back to Wolverhampton Wanderers after Norwich's game at Ipswich Town tonight. Wolves are currently struggling for fit players, and Vokes can be recalled under the terms of his loan at Carrow Road.

One small comfort for Yeovil Town in losing Johnson from their remaining four games is that Skiverton will no longer face the dilemma of which of his loan players to leave out of the matchday squad. Johnson's departure puts the Glovers back down to five loanees, meaning that Andrew Tutte, who has sat out many of Yeovil's recent matches as the sixth loanee, should get more of a look-in.


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20 April 2011 : Glovers Triumph In Somerset Women's Senior Cup
Jemma Tewkesbury and Laura Bray both got on the score sheet for Yeovil Town Ladies as they won the Somerset Women's Senior Cup, beating Larkhall Athletic 3-0 in a showpiece final held at Shepton Mallet's Playing Fields ground on Tuesday night.

Early goals from Tewkesbury and Bray sent the Glovers on their way as they went two goals up in the opening eight minutes. They dominated the rest of the half, but could not add to their tally. The Larks came back strongly in the second period, but Yeovil held strong, and they made sure of their historic triumph on 71 minutes thanks to a great individual goal from Tewkesbury.

"It was a fantastic night," Joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "The girls played really well and deserved their win. We were all over them in the first half, and the early goals set it up for us, settling the nerves. We played a lot of passing football, and Tewkes (Tewkesbury) was superb, with us putting her through time and time again. Her goals really made the difference, and Laurs (Bray) took hers well too. All three goals came as a result of a good team performance. We really deserved this tonight."

The Glovers got off to a flyer in their first attacking move as Bray bombed down the wing, and sent the ball to Jodi Cornwall on the edge of the box to cross in for Jemma Tewkesbury to head in at the far post. It was a wonderfully worked goal and settled the team into some good play against a lively Larkhall side. The opposition were still well in the game, and on four minutes Kelly Cripps went close with a useful shot from just inside the box. In reality though, Yeovil were dominating the game, and they doubled their lead on eight minutes when Georgia Coles sent a lovely ball down the left for Cornwall to again cross in, this time to Laura Bray who buried it from eight yards.

Yeovil continued to attack, but were coming up against a highly resilient Larks side. Laura Wensley was having a great game, and she had a good call for a penalty a minute after the goal after she was brought down just inside the box. Bray went close a minute later and the Glovers were buzzing, seemingly holding all the aces.

Larkhall had other ideas, and started to make inroads into the Yeovil defence. However, Rachael Edwards and Rosie Williams were in fine form, and gathered most that came their way, backed well by both full backs.

"Larkhall surprised us, to be honest," Williams said. "They gave us a good game, and when you consider the divisions between us they competed superbly. As I said, our early goal settled us in the first half, but the opposition came back well, and could have had a couple."

Cripps was in good form for the Larks and had a number of chances to score, but each time she came up against a determined and in-form Rachel Simkin in the Glovers goal. Emily Harrington went close on 23 minutes with a looping shot, and Carmel Rooney had a decent chance from a 20-yard free kick minutes later.

Jodi Cornwall was still seeing a lot of possession for Yeovil, and on 31 minutes she sent in another close range cross for Tewkesbury to head just over the bar. Emma Brazell joined the proceedings on 34 minutes when she came on for the injured Coles, and the Glovers continued to lay into the opposition, with Tewkesbury, Cornwall and Pearson all having decent opportunities to score.

The Larks came out for the second half in buoyant mood, and within two minutes Rooney burst into the box, but was thwarted by the fast moving Simkin who dived at her feet. Unfortunately she could not hold the ball, and it deflected to Cripps to hit wide at the right post.

The opposition continued to attack, moving the ball quickly on the wings, and battling in midfield. Yeovil held strong with Williams, Edwards, Brazell and Jade Hatton in the thick of the action, and by the 60th minute they were getting in on the act themselves. Williams went close with a 50-yard free kick on 63 minutes, and with the ever lively Tewkesbury, Bray and Cornwall seeing a lot of the ball, they continued to threaten.

"We wanted to encourage the strikers to score tonight," Williams said. "Obviously we are still competing in the league, and tonight was a relief from that. This evening gave us the opportunity to push forward and go for goal, and the girls took it well. We put Laurs on the left, and she tucked in and really went for their right back, and Tewkes ran her marker ragged. And let's not forget Jodi Cornwall who did superbly up front."

Yeovil Town made sure of their victory on 71 minutes when Jemma Tewkesbury broke brilliantly through the midfield, turned the last defender to shoot from just inside the box. The ball deflected back to her, and she to sped her way past the last defender to shoot low past the 'keeper into the bottom cornerof the net. It was a superb goal, and one worthy of any cup final!

The Larks never gave up, and on 79 minutes Natasha Miller brought the best out of Simkin with a sweet shot from 12 yards, but the best of the late chances came to Yeovil substitute Devon Rich who belted an incredible shot goal bound from 45 yards that parting the goalkeeper's hair, going just inches over the bar.

Nigel Williams and co-manager Sarah Lawler were impressed with a good all round performance from their team. The forward line had been outstanding, as were the defence, but Williams thought the key to the victory was the midfield who held good possession, not only backing the defence, but also linking superbly with the attack.

"Terri Trowbridge was my girl of the game," he said. "I thought that she performed brilliantly. We have been asking for twenty minutes more from Terri in the last few weeks, and today she really performed well. She kept the ball at her feet, looked for opportunities, threaded it through the channels, and did everything we asked her to do. I thought that Gobby (Laura Wensley) also played very well. Stace (Pearson) gave us a great performance too. The three of them working together in that midfield were highly effective. This is just the result and performance we needed ahead of the big game with West Ham on Sunday. It has given us the encouragement and confidence to go out and play."

One last thought. Emma Brazell ran the London Marathon on Sunday, and still played nearly sixty minutes of this game, and with a pulled muscle in her leg. Brilliant Manners!

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Larkhall Athletic Ladies 0.

Scorers: Jemma Tewksbury (1-0, 1 min), Laura Bray (2-0, 8 mins), Jemma Tewksbury (3-0, 71 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Rachel Simkin, Georgia Coles, Rachael Edwards, Rosie Williams, Jade Hatton, Terri Trowbridge, Stacey Pearson, Laura Wensley, Jemma Tewksbury, Laura Bray, Jodi Cornwall

Substitutes: Emma Brazell (34 mins for Georgia Coles), Anusia Rourke (64 mins for Jodi Cornwall), Devon Rich (85 mins for Stacey Pearson).

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]

For those wanting to see the Ladies play again, they are back at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC this coming Sunday, when they will take on West Ham Ladies in a Women's Premier League Southern Division match. Kick-off is 2.00p.m. with all supporters welcome to come along and enjoy the Raleigh Grove facilities.


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20 April 2011 : Away Travel Club Player Of The Season
It's that time of year again, with the end of season almost upon us. To these ends, the Away Travel Club would like your votes for your Player of the Season for the whole of 2010-11.

Choose the one player that has impressed you the most throughout the season, and email it to Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk - please get your votes in as quickly as possible, as they will need time to engrave the winner's name on the trophy.

You don't have to be a regular away traveller to vote for this award - Mark will accept votes from all supporters. Last season's runaway winner was Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker - our gut feel is that this season's vote will be decidedly tighter.


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20 April 2011 : Magpies Reported For 'Illegal Approach' Over Allen
League One side Notts County have been reported to the Football League and Football Association. They have been the result of a complaint by League Two side Barnet for what the Bees regard as an "illegal approach" for their former manager Martin Allen, who joined the Meadow Lane club last week.

Barnet are seeking compensation from the Magpies claiming that "Notts County only made contact through their chief executive after they had struck a deal" with a manager that they believe they had an agreement with until the end of the 2010-11 season.

The Bees state that their contract with Allen was agreed by email, and that they regarded it as in force when he confirmed his bank account details in return of their email. When Allen left Barnet for Notts County earlier this month, much of the national media, including Sky Sports and the BBC continued to repeat that Allen was out of contract - Barnet say that this was "palpably nonsensical".

Much will depend upon when a contract is a contract. Barnet appear to admit that they do not have Allen's signature on a piece of paper, and will rely upon their exchange of emails as establishing a contractual agreement. The Football League and FA may also look to investigate the incident under their own rules, although if they find County guilty, the most they are likely to do is order the Magpies to pay compensation, and to fine them - a points deduction isn't really a likely option here.

Notts County have had plenty of unwanted national exposure this week already, with the BBC's Panorama programme centring upon the circus at Meadow Lane that surrounded their five month spell of ownership under Munto Finance during the first half of the 2009-10 season, and the role performed by consultant Russell King and city bank First London PLC. Panorama claimed that the Serious Fraud Office were investigating the issue, with County being the alleged victim of a financial scam.

The programme is still available on the BBC iPlayer and is worth a watch for any football fan - and a strong warning to those who take what prospective owners and investors in football clubs at face value without proper scrutiny. Reports claim that the Munto Finance experience has left Notts County £7 million in debt, after the money from the Middle-East 'investors' failed to arrive.

In better news for the Magpies, a Craig Westcarr penalty was enough last night to break a club record of nine consecutive defeats, as they beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0 at Prenton Park. In front of an extraordinary crowd of 12,249, County lifted themselves back out of the relegation zone, pushing Walsall and Bristol Rovers down a place within the bottom four. As a result, Tranmere failed to climb above Yeovil Town, leaving the Glovers in 17th place in the table.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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20 April 2011 : Cherries Sell Out Terrace Allocation
Saturday's opponents AFC Bournemouth have now confirmed that they have sold out their current allocation of terrace tickets for the game. The Cherries have sold 2,034 tickets for the match, made up of the whole Copse Road Terrace, and a further batch of around 500 seats in the Cowlin Stand.

They still have a number of the seated tickets still on sale, to families and concessionary tickets only, and Yeovil Town have managed to squeeze around 50 extra spaces in the Cowlin Stand for sale on a similar basis. However, once those are gone, there are few options available for the Glovers to increase that allocation.

Once again, if you're a Glovers fan and you're not on the Huish Park Ticket Office database, we'd strongly recommend that you make your arrangements for Saturday's game with time to spare, as we'd expect the ticket office to be more stringent in how they sell tickets in home areas from now on.


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19 April 2011 : Ladies Bring Home Silverware From County Cup Final
Yeovil Town Ladies picked up some silverware tonight, as they won the Somerset Women's Senior Cup for the first time since 2004-05. They saw off Larkhall Athletic Ladies in a match played at Shepton Mallet FC, by a 3-0 scoreline that had much to do with their quickfire start - two goals in the opening seven minutes.

Jemma Tewksbury put them on their way, with a goal after just 30 seconds, whilst Laura Bray added a second before Larkhall had managed to get out of first gear. In the second period Jemma Tewksbury got her second of the match to seal the Cup Final win in front of a crowd of over 200 spectators.

A big well done to all the Ladies team - worthy of note was Emma Brazell, who played 60 minutes of tonight's match, despite having run the London Marathon on Sunday. There should be more reaction to follow on their website over the next 24-48 hours.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Larkhall Athletic Ladies 0.

Scorers: Jemma Tewksbury (1-0, 1 min), Laura Bray (2-0, 7 mins), Jemma Tewksbury (3-0, 70 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Rachel Simkin, Georgia Coles, Rachael Edwards, Rosie Williams, Jade Hatton, Terri Trowbridge, Stacey Pearson, Laura Wensley, Jemma Tewksbury, Laura Bray, Jodi Cornwall

Substitutes: Emma Brazell (30 mins for Georgia Coles), Anusia Rourke (60 mins for Jodi Cornwall), Devon Rich (85 mins for Stacey Pearson)


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19 April 2011 : GWSC Travel To Peterborough United
On Easter Monday, Yeovil Town have a trip to London Road for a League One match against Peterborough United. The match against the Cambridgeshire club takes place on Monday 25th April 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 8.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £22.00, 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: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town (now ALL TICKET).

NB: For those looking to travel to Carlisle United on the final game of the season, the rumoured ticketing offer has not materialised. Prices therefore remain as per Sunday's article below.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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19 April 2011 : Glovers Reserves Edge Out Robins
Yeovil Town Reserves grabbed a win over a Bristol City Reserves side this afternoon. In an ad hoc friendly played at Ashton Gate, the Glovers scored through Ed Upson and Lloyd Matthews to secure a 2-1 win over the Robins.

Ed Upson opened the scoring from 12 yards on 28 minutes after he latched onto a Sam Williams pass, whilst City equalised just before the break via Marlon Jackson. But the Glovers won the match five minutes before the end, when a Lloyd Matthews header put them back in front - with Rob Clowes supplying the cross for his goal.

Final Score: Bristol City Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 2.

Scorers: Ed Upson (28 mins, 0-1), Marlon Jackson (45 mins, 1-1), Lloyd Matthews (85 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town Reserves: (from) Gareth Stewart, Craig Alcock, Danny Fitzsimons, Andrew Tutte, Alex Russell, Sam Williams, Martin Gritton, Ed Upson, Nathan Jones, Billy Gibson, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes, Lloyd Matthews, Lewis Clarke, Craig Calver.


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19 April 2011 : Ticket Office Easter Opening Hours
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office will be open on Good Friday morning, for supporters looking to purchase match tickets. The Huish Park Ticket Office will open between the hours of 9.00a.m. and 1.00p.m. which will be your final chance to buy matchday ticket for the AFC Bournemouth home match at the pre-match price tariffs.

On Saturday, the Ticket Office will be open on standard matchday hours, where Bournemouth tickets will be available at matchday prices, whilst on Sunday and Monday the Ticket Office will be closed.

For those looking to travel to the Easter Monday match at Peterborough United, a reminder that this game is ALL TICKET for away supporters so don't get caught out by the long weekend. The Ticket Office often return away tickets early, so if you are planning on making a late decision on whether to travel to London Road or not, you may want to contact the Ticket Office to make sure you don't miss the deadline.


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19 April 2011 : Ayling Ban Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension for Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Luke Ayling. Luke has, as expected, been banned for two matches following his red card during the match against Oldham Athletic.

Luke's dismissal for two yellow cards incurred a one match ban, but as he was sent off during the January visit to Sheffield Wednesday he has received an additional match suspension for his second red card of the season.

He will therefore miss the two Easter fixtures, ruling him out of the home match against AFC Bournemouth and the away trip to Peterborough United.


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19 April 2011 : Directions And Ground Info For Tonight's Ladies Cup Final
A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies take on Larkhall Athletic Ladies this evening in the final of the Somerset Women's Senior Cup. The match kicks off at 7.30p.m., and takes place at Shepton Mallet Football Club's Playing Fields ground.

The Playing Fields has a capacity of 2,500, with covered seating for 120 spectators. The ground has ample parking to the rear of the turnstile, and once in the ground it has full tea-bar facilities and an excellent social club with a licensed bar.

Address: The Playing Fields, Old Wells Road, West Shepton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. BA4 5NJ

Directions: Take the Glastonbury road from Shepton Mallet town centre. After approximately half a mile (near the King William public house) turn right and the ground is 300 yards on the left.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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19 April 2011 : Interview With Andy Welsh
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town left winger Andy Welsh spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, including talking about what was a momentous weekend that involved the birth of Andy's first child, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Andy Welsh Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Oldham.


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18 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Interview
Just before kick-off against Oldham Athletic on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC, giving his pre-match thoughts. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is now archived via the link below.

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


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18 April 2011 : Late Tewkesbury Penalty Earns Ladies Valuable Point
Jemma Tewkesbury scored a last minute penalty at Raleigh Grove on Sunday to dramatically salvage a vital point for Yeovil Town Ladies in an exciting 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers. The Glovers had taken an early lead through Stacey Pearson, and were on top at the break, but Rangers came back strongly in the second period and drew level on 61 minutes through Cheryl Evard, before taking the lead on 74 minutes, with Beth Curtis converting from the penalty spot. Yeovil continued to battle, and in the 89th minute Tewkesbury kept their season alive as she buried the ball from the spot.

"We got out of jail with that late penalty," Joint manager Sarah Lawler said. "And it was a shame that we had to us that card, but the point was a valuable one, with us still two points clear of QPR, and now just one behind Brighton."

The Glovers had the better of the first half, and dominated possession with some good play, particularly in midfield, where they were getting some good balls up to Tewkesbury in attack. The defence were winning all that came their way, and were linking well with the centre of the park, where Terri Trowbridge and Laura Bray were also seeing plenty of possession on the flanks.

"We were delighted with the first half," Lawler said. "The girls did everything that was asked of them. They were organised, they concentrated, they won the ball in the middle of the park, played football, the back four were solid and they had some great opportunities in front of goal."

Yeovil took the lead on nine minutes when the goalkeeper failed to hold a Tewkesbury shot, and Stacey Pearson grabbed the ball to brilliantly hook it in from ten-yards. Yeovil went on the hunt for a second goal, and Rosie Williams went close with a long-range free kick on eleven minutes. Laura Wensley was unlucky three minutes later when the 'keeper just managed to keep out her 12-yard shot, and Trowbridge forced the keeper into high save on 22 minutes with a shot from just inside the box.

Pearson had a go herself a minute later with a shot over the bar, and Hinton had similar luck with an opportunist's strike from 40-yards. Rangers were still seeing some of the ball, and Sarah Staples did well with a seven-yard header on 28 minutes, and a few minutes later the lively Cherrelle Albert weaved her way into the box for a short range effort that brought the best out of Rachel Simkin in the Glovers goal.

"Rangers came out with a lot of energy in the second half," Lawler said. "And in fairness to them they played well. What we failed to do was pick them up. We were not close or tight enough, we did not stand up enough, and unfortunately they punished us for it."

Williams could have extended Yeovil's lead with a well-taken free kick just after the break, but Rangers soon got the upper hand, with Albert twice going close in the first five minutes. They were holding most of the possession, and on 57 minutes Susannah Abbott hit the ball inches wide from 15 yards. Rangers equalised through Cheryl Evard just after the hour mark, then started to pound the Yeovil defence. The Glovers held strong, but with the midfield unable to hold any quality possession they continued to take a battering, and on 76 minutes the referee harshly adjudged Rachel Edwards to have brought Albert down in the box, and Beth Curtis duly converted.

The Glovers had to go for all out attack now, so changed to a three man defence, with Jodi Cornwall joining the attack. This opened up the Rangers defence, and suddenly it was all Yeovil Town as they went for goal. Bray had a couple of chances, as did Tewkesbury, who was unlucky to see another chance deflect off the last defender.

Yeovil forced a number of late corners, and then in the last minute Bray was dramatically felled in the box, and Jemma Tewkesbury cracked in her fourteenth goal of the season from the penalty spot to keep the Glovers hearts well and truly beating.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Hatton, Williams, Edwards, Coles (Cornwall - 76), Hinton, Pearson, Wensley, Trowbridge (Rourke - 89), Bray, Tewkesbury.

[Match Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]

The Ladies are back in action tomorrow evening in the Somerset Women's County Cup Final. The match against Larkhall Athletic Ladies takes place at Shepton Mallet FC (Postcode: BA4 5XN) with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Come along and see if you can cheer the ladies on to some silverware - everyone is welcome to attend.


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18 April 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against AFC Bournemouth have been announced. The game takes place on Saturday 23rd April at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of proceedings will be Steve Tanner (Somerset).

Despite being a pretty local referee, Mr Tanner has not had too many trips to Huish Park, and even then usually for lower key matches such as a pre-season friendly against Portsmouth or a County Cup match against Taunton Town.

As far as the Football League is concerned, he has only dealt with two matches involving us since we moved up to League One, with both coming during last season. The last meeting was the final match of the 2009-10 season, which was an away trip to the Withdean Stadium, where we lost 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion. In what was a fairly sleepy end of season game, there was nothing to raise the hackles, or disturb the slumbers of the supporters in the ground who were probably already planning their summer holidays. Or at least the players seemed to be at times, in a fairly meaningless encounter. One yellow card to Luke Ayling, and that was it.

Earlier that season, we met up with Mr Tanner in January 2010 for the home match against Exeter City. In what was a fairly competitive West Country derby, he gave us no grief to speak from and came out of the match having raised his yellow card just the one - to an Exeter player. Prior to that, he took charge of an England Under 18s match against Holland back in March 2007.

Going backwards in time, there's only a couple more meetings to speak of in the Football League. Home wins over Cambridge United and Boston United in 2003 and 2005 prompted nothing too vicious to say about him, and certainly nothing that warrants a mention given how much time has passed since then.

Mr Tanner has already done a game involving Bournemouth this season - he took charge of their 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient in February earlier this year, where he dished out just one yellow card to an Orient player, and none to the Cherries.

Mr Tanner will be assisted by Charles Breakspear (Surrey) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Corp (Somerset).

Link: May 2010 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 1.

Link: March 2007 : England U18s 4 Holland U18s 1.

Link: July 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Portsmouth 4.

Link: January 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 1.

Link: September 2003 : Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0.


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18 April 2011 : Welshy Grabs Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. In a rollercoaster week for the Mancunian, Andy became a father for the first time, with his new daughter now named Lillian Rose Welsh, whilst he scored the equalising goal against Oldham Athletic in the 85th minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw, with him netting right in front of the home terrace.

Andy has now been included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the first time this season, with the team selected as follows:

Joe Lewis (Peterborough)
Inigo Calderon (Brighton) Ian Goodison (Tranmere) Sean O'Hanlon (MK Dons) Anton Robinson (Bournemouth)
Elliott Bennett (Brighton) James Berrett (Carlisle) Joey Gudjonsson (Huddersfield) Andy Welsh (Yeovil Town)
Craig Curran (Carlisle) Jamie Cureton (Exeter City)

The list of Yeovil Town players nominated so far this season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
12. Paul Wotton (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
13. Oli Johnson (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
14. Dean Bowditch (19/03/2011 : Exeter (a) W3-2) details).
15. Shaun MacDonald (26/03/2011 : Leyton Orient (a) W5-1 details).
16. Andy Welsh (16/04/2011 : Oldham Athletic (h) D1-1).


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18 April 2011 : Former Glover Jones Sent Home After Training Ground Bust-Up
Many Glovers fans expecting to see former Yeovil Town midfielder Ritchie Jones on display at Huish Park, may have been surprised to see his name omitted from Oldham Athletic's teamsheet. The former Manchester United trainee signed for the Latics last summer and has made 31 appearances for them, including 23 starts.

Oldham have released a statement today, indicating that Jones was sent home following a disciplinary incident at a training session the club had arranged in Bristol. Manager Paul Dickov told the team his starting eleven at that time, but Jones was not part of that line-up. Oldham state that he subsequently "stormed off the pitch" and refused on two occasions to return to the training ground and complete the training session.

As a result, when Oldham arrived at their hotel in Taunton, Dickov sent Jones home on a train back up to Lancashire, thus he never arrived at Huish Park for the match against his former team-mates.

The incident is not the first time that Jones has taken exception to being dropped from a side. During the early part of the 2009-10 season, he handed in a transfer request at Hartlepool United, after their then manager Chris Turner had preferred other midfielders in the Pools line-up, starting in just one of their pre-season friendlies that year.

A week or two later, Jones withdrew his transfer request, issuing an apology for the decision that he made, saying at the time that he had made a "rash decision" that he regretted:

"I just want to let people know that me putting a transfer request in was to do with off-field matters that were affecting me. I think towards the end of last season things were getting to me and perhaps at times I carried that frustration on to the pitch with me. What I did last week was a result of that and looking back I now know that was a rash decision on my part."

Jones is currently halfway through a two year contract at Boundary Park - his actions before Saturday's game would bring that future into doubt. Oldham indicate that Dickov has yet to meet with Jones to discuss the fall-out from the incident.


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18 April 2011 : Bournemouth Away Tickets Heading For Sell-Out
Current ticket sales projected by Yeovil Town, suggest that Saturday's home League One match against AFC Bournemouth is likely to see a sell-out at the Copse Road End. The Cherries are currently battling for a play-off position in League One, and with the game falling on Easter Saturday, this is obviously going to be a game of significant interest to them.

With that in mind, Cherries fans are being advised to make their commitment to purchase their match tickets well in advance of the matchday itself. They have been given the full allocation of the Copse Road End, along with a limited number of Cowlin Stand seats. Based upon previous allocations to Southampton and Exeter City, that should give them around 2,000 tickets in total.

Obviously, this means that if the away end does start to sell out, the Huish Park Ticket Office is likely to adopt tougher standards in vetting away fans, who may try to purchase tickets in the home areas of the ground. Thus if you're not on the Ticket Office database, and in particular if you live in South Dorset, we'd strongly advise that you allow time to avoid jumping through a few hoops to prove your identity as a Yeovil Town supporter.

We're advised that the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will not be open to visiting supporters next Saturday, due to the anticipated volume of supporters on the day. Hence if you're a Bournemouth fan, unfortunately you will need to use the local pubs to get a pre-match beer.


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17 April 2011 : 2010-11 PFA League One Team Of The Season
The Professional Footballers' Association have announced their Team of the Season for 2010-11. The team is made up from votes from the players themselves, with each player allowed to nominate a team made up of players not including their own team-mates, that make up the best eleven players they have faced during the season.

The final team is dominated by the current top two sides, with Champions Brighton and Hove Albion and second placed Southampton clocking up eight of the eleven players on show. The remainder of the line-up sees individual players from Huddersfield Town, Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic included in the team.

The final eleven players chosen are as follows:

Goalkeeper: Kelvin Davis (Southampton)

Defenders:Inigo Calderon (Brighton), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Dan Harding (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Southampton)

Midfielders: Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton), Elliott Bennett (Brighton)

Strikers: Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Charlton).


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17 April 2011 : Stam: I Don't Want To Go Back To Yeovil Again
Yeovil Town central defender Stefan Stam should find out whether his loan spell will be extended this week. The Dutchman moved to Edgar Street on March 21st on an initial month's loan, and has been a regular in the Bulls defence, playing a full 90 minutes in seven matches as they try to avoid the drop out of the Football League.

Stam has no future at Huish Park, and so given his regular status in the Bulls side, his loan extension ought to be a formality, with Hereford boss Jamie Pitman having given him a regular run in the side. Speaking after their game yesterday, Stam was asked whether his contract at Yeovil was up in the summer, the 31 year old wasn't about to be diplomatic about the situation:

"Yes, I am glad that is up! I probably don't want to go there again. I'm just happy to be playing here (at Hereford), they gave me chance and I just needed to be given a chance really. It didn't work out for me at Yeovil, so we'll see what happens next season I don't know."


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17 April 2011 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's final away match of the 2010-11 season are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on May 7th 2011 at Brunton Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £9.00; Aged 7-10: £5.00; Aged 6 or Under: Free.

The offers for the 7-10 year olds and Aged 6 or Under are only valid if tickets are purchased with an Adult ticket. Otherwise the 11-17 year old admission price will apply.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated a covered seated area of the Story Homes Stand, which gives a side-on view of the game. Away fans are allocated two blocks at the north end of that stand (Blocks 2 and 3), with home supporters allocated the south end. The Waterworks End of the stadium is not usually open for fixtures these days.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £3.00 with an assistant free of charge. Ambulant disabled spectators pay the above range of admission prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge, provided the supporter is on the higher rate of disability allowance. In both cases, we'd recommend that you book in advance by phoning 0844 371 1921.

Note that all ticket prices above (with the exception of the 'Free' offer for those aged 6 and under) increase by £2.00 on the day of the game.

Link: Peterborough United Trip Now ALL TICKET.

Update: 19/04/2011 The rumoured ticketing offer has not surfaced - the originally published prices above still stand.


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17 April 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Game.


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16 April 2011 : Skiverton Backing Ayling Red Card
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has no complaints about the red card issued to right-back Luke Ayling today. Referee Trevor Kettle dismissed the player in the 64th minute of the 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic for two bookable offences - the second time that the former Arsenal trainee had been dismissed by Kettle during the 2010-11 season.

Referee Kettle, who is no stranger to controversy in Yeovil Town matches during his lengthy career, infuriated both benches during this afternoon's game, as well as the majority of the fans inside the stadium. Skiverton acknowledged that there were plenty of decisions that he didn't agree with on the day, but was not going to criticise the double yellow card issued to Ayling, and said that the Glovers' first half performance had nothing to do with the official:

"Ninety-nine percent of his (Kettle) other decisions might not have been right but those were. Last time we had two players sent off and got a draw so I knew we would come back to get a point - it was written in the stars. It's a tough one but the way we played in the first half made the referee look like he was having a magnificent game. We didn't play well at all and it was on the back of that midweek Notts County game."


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16 April 2011 : Yeovil 1 Oldham 1 : Who's The Daddy, Welshy!
Yeovil Town grabbed a home draw against Oldham Athletic this afternoon despite being reduced to ten men. New father Andy Welsh struck gold for the second time in 24 hours, as his goal five minutes from time levelled out Chris Taylor's opener, the day after he had announced his wife had given birth to a baby girl. Referee Trevor Kettle provided a sideshow, dismissing Luke Ayling for the second time this season, but the Glovers came back to draw the game to lift them up to 51 points.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton selected the exact same squad that he picked for the midweek win over Carlisle United, with Oli Johnson playing in his final match for the club, before he heads back to Carrow Road. The start was a flat one from a Glovers point of view with Oldham having two claims for a penalty turned down in the opening ten minutes.

The Latics deservedly took the lead 17 minutes into the match. A simple pass down the right flank of the pitch found the Glovers defence far too static and Latics striker Chris Taylor in plenty of free space. He got even more free space to move across the face of goal and fire home from 18 yards out and into the top corner - fairly iffy defending but as the visitors grew into the match, a lead they totally deserved.

Oldham's tactic appeared to be to try to influence pantomime villain Trevor Kettle. Their early penalty appears suggested a tendency to 'go down easily' in an attempt to influence the officials, whilst Chris Taylor's decision to run 50 yards to get in the face of Luke Ayling after the right-back fouled Lewis Alessandra, and then in the face of Kettle when only a yellow card was produced. And then back to Ayling to try to wind him up a second time. Kettle eventually stepped in, but dished out just a finger-wagging to Taylor and Ayling.

Yeovil's main problem was that when Chris Taylor concentrated on his football, the Glovers were getting exposed badly in their 3-5-2 formation, with the Latics heading down the flanks - Andy Welsh's wing was particularly a problem for the Glovers to defend on. Hence with 10 minutes before the break, manager Terry Skiverton switched to a 4-4-2 with Max Ehmer moving out to a left-back position. That at least stabilised things a touch - a measure of Yeovil's poor half was that it took them 45 minutes to secure their first corner - they'd barely put a shot on Dean Brill's goal.

Another half time shuffle saw Nathan Smith replace Paul Huntington as the 4-4-2 was preserved, but with a more regular left-back in place. That saw the Glovers open the half well, with Jonathan Obika charging in from the right flank, and forcing Oldham keeper Dean Brill to save well with his legs. From the resultant corner, a Glovers shot was inches away from being deflected into his own net by a Latics defender.

The difference in Yeovil's performance in the second period was immense, with Oldham now under pressure, and another Jonathan Obika run tore the Oldham defence apart with his pace, only to be cut out just as he was pulling the trigger, with an excellent block tackle for a corner. Then from a Glovers set piece, Max Ehmer's header bounced down and in slow motion headed onto the post, bounced out and back into Dean Brill's grateful arms.

Matters though seemed to slip out of Yeovil's control when Luke Ayling tangled with Cedric Evina on the Main Stand side, and referee Trevor Kettle duly obliged by raising a second yellow card to the fury of the home crowd and to see Ayling dismissed for the second time by the same referee during this season, having already been dismissed up at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday in January.

That blow seemed to rock the Glovers a touch, even if referee Kettle sparked more abuse from the crowd when he pulled up Oli Johnson for a handball as he ran through on goal, despite the match official being entirely on the blind side of the Yeovil striker.

However, just as Yeovil seemed to be running a touch out of steam, ideas and time, with five minutes to go, they grabbed an equalising goal with one of those glorious moments at Huish Park. Having just become a father for the first time, you could forgive Andy Welsh if he had run out of steam before the game ran out. But playing in the right-wing position during the second period, he latched onto a loose ball on the angle from eight yards out and slipped the ball under Dean Brill. The keeper got half his body on the ball, and for one moment it seemed it wouldn't cross the line. But a defender's attempt to clear the ball happened just as it crossed the line, and the Glovers were thankfully level - with Welshy naturally celebrating in front of the home terrace with the 'rocking baby' motions.

Five minutes of normal time, and an inexplicable five minutews of 'Kettle time' saw Oldham try to push forward to grab the winner, but the Glovers kept their composure, with a back four being restored for the final minutes, as Andy Welsh trotted off to a standing ovation, allowing Craig Alcock to shore things up. The end result was a valuable point - with Walsall, Bristol Rovers, Swindon, Plymouth and Dagenham and Redbridge all losing, the bottom places are as you were, meaning that the Glovers now are eight points clear with four games remaining. Surely that is enough to guarantee League One football now?

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Scorers: Chris Taylor (0-1, 17 mins), Andy Welsh (1-1, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
8. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Andy Welsh) 6. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Paul Huntington) 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton

Oldham Athletic:
1. Dean Brill 19. Kieran Lee 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 31. James Tarkowski 35. Cedric Evina
15. Lewis Alessandra 18. Chris Taylor 14. Dean Furman 11. Jason Lowe 9. Reuben Reid 36. Oumare Tounkara

Substitutes:
28. Paul Gerrard (GK) 4. Andy Todd 17. Warren Feeney (83 mins for Reuben Reid) 24. Kirk Millar
30. Connor Hughes 39. Aidan White (73 mins for Lewis Alessandra) 41. Neal Trotman

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (32 mins, foul), Dean Bowditch (67 mins, dissent), Paul Wotton (81 mins, foul). Red Card: Luke Ayling (64 mins, second bookable offence)

Oldham Bookings: Oumare Tounkara (53 mins, dissent), Kieran Lee (72 mins, foul), James Tarkowski (75 mins, timewasting)

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Warren Atkin (Sussex) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,350 (including 119 Oldham fans)


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16 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Oldham
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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16 April 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Yeovil Town have selected the same starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Oldham Athletic. The Glovers line-up for the match at Huish Park reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
8. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 6. Nathan Smith 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton


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16 April 2011 : Hartlepool Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday saw Yeovil Town make the long trip to Hartlepool United. For the third time in one season, it was their opponents who came out as the better team, this time gaining a 3-1 win despite Jonathan Obika's early goal.

In truth this was a very poor second half performance, and with so few people travelling back up to Victoria Park, the Man of the Match voting was fairly minimal. All voters agreed on the three players that deserved praise on the day, with no-one else getting a look-in. Shaun MacDonald and Jonathan Obika shared the outright MOTM votes, but it was Obika who edged ahead of his fellow loanee. Full results are shown below:

1 Jonathan Obika 28 (2)
2 Shaun MacDonald 22 (2)
3 Paul Huntington 14 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.25

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 4


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15 April 2011 : Welshy Becomes A Dad
Good news for left-winger Andy Welsh today, as he has revealed that has become a father for the first time. Andy revealed via his Twitter account that his wife Rebecca has given birth to a baby girl.

As yet, their first child has not been named. Congratulations to Andy and Rebecca, and let's hope Andy gets enough sleep tonight to take to the field against Oldham Athletic tomorrow!


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15 April 2011 : Skiverton Draws Up List Of Players To Get Contract Offers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he knows the players that he wants to keep for the 2011-12 season, no matter what happens in the final five matches of the current campaign. The Glovers boss says he has shared a list of players with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and expects that list to now be shared with the club's Board of Directors.

The Glovers have adopted a policy in recent years of waiting until their League One status is confirmed each season before pushing out offers to players, even if it means key personnel running out of contract during that time. Given that much of the side has been made up of loan players and others on one year deals, the unconfirmed situation is that only captain Paul Huntington, winger/striker Andy Williams, utility player Luke Ayling, and midfielders Ed Upson and Paul Wotton have deals going beyond the end of the season.

Skiverton has not told BBC Somerset who is on his list, however the likes of striker Dean Bowditch, left-back Nathan Smith and left winger Andy Welsh would seem certain to be given offers. Skiverton told the BBC that the contracts though would only be issued once the situation was mathematically assured:

"I've got a list. I'm just waiting for it to be passed across to board level and they will be told as soon as possible. All it is now is first of all making sure that we are 100 percent (safe) in this division and as soon as that's mathematically safe, all of the contract offers will all be going out straight away."

Skiverton adds that he plans to adopt aggressive tactics in trying to get all the players to commit one way or another as quickly as possible. In the past, the club has had unresolved situations drifting out into the following pre-season, combined with offers being withdrawn belatedly or players finding other clubs, and the Glovers boss says that this summer he wants a speedy response to any deals, or those players risk losing the contracts on the table:

"I want to do it man-to-man, face-to-face. As soon as these contract offers go out, I want a straight-forward yes or a no. If they want to think about it, or go away, then I don't think the contract offers will be put on the table for too long."


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15 April 2011 : Three Glovers Youngsters Offered Professional Deals
Three of Yeovil Town's Second Year Scholars are to be offered their first professional contracts with the club. Defender Rhys Baggridge, the right-sided Lewis Clarke and utility player Rob Clowes have all been offered deals with the Glovers for next season, which we'd assume are a year in length, although that's yet to be confirmed.

Rhys is the current Under-18s captain - he has generally played as a central defender, although has been used on the right side of defence during the season. He has popped up with a few goals from set pieces during the last two years, and has also had a loan spell with Western League side Sherborne Town.

Lewis usually occupies a right-wing slot, but has also performed as a right-back during this season. He enjoyed a highly successful spell with Sherborne this season, and has since moved on to Southern League side Weymouth where he is currently on loan.

Finally, Rob Clowes came into the Under-18s side as a striker, but can play anywhere across the central positions. He was converted into a centre-back for a number of games during his two year scholarship, and has also played in centre midfield. Rob has had two spells playing at Sherborne Town in the two seasons he's spent as a scholar.

Saying goodbye to the club, after their two year scholarships were completed are goalkeeper Steve Boore, winger Tyler Sheppard, midfielder Nick Lyskov and full-back Joe Grimstead. We wish all four the very best of luck in their future careers, and thank them for the effort they put in over the past two years.


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15 April 2011 : Skivo: The Job Is Not Done Yet
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has insisted that Tuesday night's win over Notts County does not mean that the job is done for this season. The Glovers may have now hit 50 points in beating the Magpies during midweek, but the Glovers boss does not want his side to take the foot off the pedal, despite a seven point advantage over the bottom four clubs.

With tomorrow's opponents Oldham Athletic just above them in the table, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he did not want a repeat of last weekend's trip to Hartlepool United when the mid-table side easily saw off the Glovers in a 3-1 win:

"The job is 100 percent not done yet. If we think that we can have one foot on the beach like we did against Hartlepool, then teams will look to shoot at us. Teams are still saying 'We can get at Yeovil' and we need to put that to bed. For us now, it's back to seven points again and we need a result at the weekend. All the teams have got to play each other."

Skiverton added that the club's current minus fourteen goal difference was also a factor in his thinking, where his side could easily lose an advantage on a league position because of the magnitude of a number of defeats this season. He felt his side had a tendency to only push for the win when they really needed to, and were inclined to show a weakness when they felt they were in a safe position:

"We're not taking our foot off the gas, because if you look at our goal difference, our goal difference is terrible. So we need to keep pushing on. Again, we'll get ourselves into this opportunity game, where we could overtake Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend, and we seem to fall down on it. We always wait until we're right on the edge of the cliff and then we seem to pull out something that's in reserve. We need to look at that, and I need to look at that for the rest of this season and for next season, because I don't want it to keep happening.

"I want us to be able to go on a run of four games or five games, because that's the difference between you being midtable or top half and pushing for the play-offs - or we can carry on doing this. I don't want to carry on doing it. I'm ambitious and throughout my footballing career I've been a winner as a player, and as a manager now I'm looking to get every edge that we can to make sure that we're getting better and moving on."

Tuesday night's win was not the prettiest game of football witnessed, with the Glovers opting for fairly industrial clearances out of their own half, but Skiverton explained that when his side had tried to play more purist football, they'd often come unstuck by the opposition managing to win the game through a sucker punch - something that had notably happened twice against Dagenham and Redbridge this season:

"We'll be after the result again, and we'll get there by whatever means. We've played some great football this year and been beaten. We created 21 chances in two games against Dagenham and came out with nothing, and they were just laughing when they walked away. For me, I don't want that to happen. I want us to be the ones that are laughing when we come away with a result. Oldham are a very good footballing team, especially in midfield. They've been struggling with goals of late, but we need to make sure that we're tight at the back."


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15 April 2011 : Posh Tickets Arrive At Huish Park
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Peterborough United are now on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match is an ALL TICKET affair for away supporters, who have been rehoused in the Main Stand at London Road, with no terracing available.

The game takes place on Monday 25th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. With no tickets available for sale on the day of the match, and the Easter Bank Holiday weekend coming up, we'd advise that you make your purchases as soon as possible. For full ticketing details, see our earlier article.

Link: Peterborough United Trip Now ALL TICKET.


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14 April 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Earlier today, Yeovil Town released their new admission prices for the 2011-12 season. With all tariffs rising to various degrees, much of the devil is in the detail. Regular blogger Cruncher gives his own views on the way the prices look via the link below.

As always, we'd welcome both appreciative and critical views on both the blog entry and the overall package on offer to supporters - follow up via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Are You Sitting Comfortably?


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14 April 2011 : 2011-12 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices
Further to this morning's article concerning the release of the 2011-12 Season Ticket prices, a fixed page on the site has now been made available to hold those prices throughout the summer and next season.

As you'll probably lose sight of it between now and the May 31st deadline for the Early Bird prices, the page is linked in on the 'Forthcoming Events' part of the home page, as well as permanently in the Features and Huish Park sections of the site.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket Prices See Prices Rise.


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14 April 2011 : Double Kit Launch Due For Next Season
Yeovil Town are to launch two new playing kits for the 2011-12 season. In recent years, the club have rotated the renewal of home and away shirts on an alternate two year basis, meaning that one of the playing kits is due for relaunch each summer, with the other being left as it is.

This summer will see the launch of a new home kit, given that the current version has been running for two years, but for more logistical reasons, a new away kit will also be introduced. The existing black and white kit that is worn for a proportion of away matches is not going to be retired, but the club will instead have two separate away kits running in parallel.

Writing in one of the recent matchday programmes, Commercial Manager Dave Linney has said that the issue is that a number of League One sides are deemed to clash with both Yeovil's home and away kit due to the prominence of white colours in both strips:

"Next season will see the Glovers wearing a new home kit, while also adding an alternative away kit, both of which will be unveiled in the near future. The current away kit will still be used next season, but as we found out on a few occasions this season, the opinions of the officials was, that the green and white hooped kit along with the away white shirt was too close for comfort when the opposing teams were playing in striped kit with white in it."

For a club that only really has one significant divisional colour clash, in fellow 'greens' Plymouth Argyle (who may not be in League One next season) it's quite some thing that the Glovers have managed to land with two kits that are not sufficient to satisfy the Football League's referees. The main question will be how the club later realign the alternating dates when each kit completes its current two year cycle.


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14 April 2011 : Bowditch Still Set For New Targets
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town's leading goalscorer Dean Bowditch helped his side to a 2-1 win over Notts County. The 24 year old grabbed both goals in the game, to boost his current season tally to thirteen, and to push the Glovers to the edge of safety.

Bowditch has already passed his total from the 2009-10 season, and manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that his player was now firmly within sight of another one of his targets for the season, and praised Bowditch's ability to pop up at the right place at the right time:

"He's got that, hasn't he? I think he's been playing very very well. At Hartlepool, he said himself that he was poor, but that's all part of his learning curve. He's now got 13 goals, and he wants to get over 15 goals, and if he gets over 15 goals that is a terrific season for a striker for Yeovil Town. I don't think I've had that before as a manager."

Skiverton is certainly correct in his assessment of Bowditch's prowess in front of goal. His thirteen goals so far is the best any Yeovil Town player has managed since the 2005-06 season when Phil Jevons hit 16 goals, with Bowditch's two goals on Tuesday taking him above Wayne Gray's 12 goal haul during the 2006-07 season. Of course, he won't get within a mile of the 29 goals that Jevons scored during the 2004-05 season, in which Bartosz Tarachulski also netted 13 goals. However, if Bowditch scores again, then only those two seasons from Jevons will better his tally since Yeovil entered the Football League.

Bowditch himself tells the BBC that another target for the Glovers will be to put themselves mathematically safe before they managed during last season, with it being taken down to their last two matches before they could genuinely relax, thanks to a 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic on the penultimate Saturday. A similar story was told on the previous season with their 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers settling their season. Bowditch says that the Glovers want to see an improvement on that:

"We want to stay in this league and we want to progress. If we get safe before we did last season, which I think was two games before the end of the season, then we will be improving. So we want to kick on from here, and see who we can catch above us."

Tuesday night's win against Notts County was a big relief for Bowditch, and he admitted that he had not been happy with his own personal performance at Hartlepool United that saw his side lose 3-1 on the day. He said that he had had to quickly brush off what happened at Victoria Park:

"I think that everyone was disappointed (against Hartlepool United), and I think I mentioned that I didn't play particularly well, and it's something that I was disappointed with. But I don't like to get too emotionally bogged down with things like that. If I've had a bad performance then I just brush it away and get on with it, and I think that's what I've done tonight (against Notts County) and popped up with a couple of good goals."

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 April 2011 : 2011-12 Season Ticket Prices See Prices Rise
Yeovil Town have issued their 2011-12 Season Ticket prices today. As per recent years, prices are split between a pre-May 31st 'Early Bird' level, and another set of prices for those committing from June 1st 2011 onwards. The club have increased prices slightly across the board, with most supporters set to pay around £16-£17 more against the price they paid for their 2010-11 ticket on the Early Bird prices and £18-£19 for those purchasing after June 1st.

Taking a few sample rates, an Adult paying £240 during the 2010-11 season will now pay £256 under the Early Bird scheme - an increase of £16. If the same person purchases from June 1st, then a £270 ticket in 2010-11 will now cost £288 in the 2011-12 season. If you're sat in the seated parts of the ground, the increase in prices are a little higher - typically £17 against the Early Bird prices, whilst those paying from June 1st will pay an extra £19.

The price increases for the 2011-12 are at the same rates whether you are a full paying adult, or an Under-16, meaning that in percentage terms, the concessionary prices are going up by a higher amount. An Under-16 supporter who was paying £80 for their season ticket in the Home Terrace will now pay £96 against the Early Bird prices - the same £16 increase as adults. What this means is that whilst an adult on the home terrace will see prices go up by 6.7 percent, Juniors will be paying 20 percent more for their tickets.

As far as Matchday Admission prices are concerned, these prices were all increased by £1.00 on January 1st 2011, and these prices have been maintained for the 2011-12 season as far as we can see.

We'll conduct a full analysis of the 2011-12 season pricing during today, and highlight any further differences between the two seasons, as well as producing our usual full table of prices for the site. However, if you take our 2010-11 ticket prices and bear in mind the above increases (£16-£17 for Early Bird and £18-£19 for Standard) then you shouldn't be far wrong.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.


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13 April 2011 : Skiverton Glad To Avoid Allen Sideshow
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he was glad that his team managed to avoid the possibility of being sucked into the 'sideshow' that was presented to his side during last night's match. The appointment of Martin Allen as Notts County manager added a significant twist to proceedings at Huish Park.

With the likes of Sky Sports giving extensive coverage on the day to Allen's controversial move from Barnet to Meadow Lane, Skiverton told BBC Points West that he was glad to steer past that distraction with a 2-1 win:

"That was good tonight because of the sideshow with Martin Allen and the great job that he did at Barnet. I made my players aware before the game that it was about us. It was not about Martin Allen coming in. It was set up for him to work his wonders tonight. We made sure that didn't happen, and we've come away with a result."

With the three points moving Yeovil Town onto the 50 point mark at last, in the latest League One table, inevitably some people may start to assume that the Glovers are now secure for a place in the third tier for next season. However, Skiverton added that he would not be resting on his laurels until a few more points had been picked up:

"No, definitely not. At 51 points you can still go down. If you look at our goal difference it still isn't very good. So there's still work to be done. But it's a giant stride towards where we want to be. Saturday is an even bigger game for us, because it's the next one."

With four minutes of signalled second half injury time being turned into well over five by referee Andy D'Urso, the BBC Points West video camera hung by the dugout waiting for the final whistle, and Skiverton joked that the look on his face was not a stress free one during those final minutes:

"It went on a little bit longer in injury time, and I saw where your camera was, and I'd hate to have seen my face just in case it was a little bit more stressed than it actually was. But I'm really pleased - not so much with the performance, but as I said before that we needed to win this game. We've got that extra step closer towards safety but we still want to kick on. We've got five more games to go and we want to make sure that we're getting ourselves up around the 56 point barrier, to make ourselves certainly safe. But you seem to be a good luck omen, as I spoke around the Bristol Rovers match with one of the other channels and they weren't so lucky for me!"


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13 April 2011 : Under-18s See Off Lions XI
With Yeovil Town Under-18s having completed their Football League Youth Alliance season last weekend, attention now turns towards preparing for next season. This morning a Yeovil Town Under-18s side, mainly made up of trialists, took on a Millwall Under-18s side in Somerset, beating them 2-1 on the day. Like the Glovers, the Lions are believed to have had many trialists in their side.

The match was Yeovil's second game against a Millwall youth side, with the Glovers having made an initial trip up to London on March 30th, losing 1-0 in South-East London. On that day, the team that featured was closer to the set of players who had played for the Under-18s during the League season.

Of course, the Glovers have already begun to integrate what are classed as trialists into their Under-18s set up with players such as Callum Cooper, Harry Palmer, striker Taran Singh Jheeta and goalkeepers Jack Boyd and Will Britt - although the latter is believed to have since signed for Southampton - having represented them in recent Under-18s League fixtures.

As the club's Centre of Excellence scholarships run on a rolling two year cycle, decisions will need to be made shortly in terms of which of the second year scholars will be offered a full professional contract with the club, with goalkeeper Steve Boore, defender Rhys Baggridge, and the right-sided Lewis Clarke, who is currently on loan with Weymouth three of the more prominent second year scholars, although Isaac Reid's recent goalscoring prowess could make him a worthy wildcard, having arrived via Forest Green Rovers part-way through the season. At the other end, there are expected to be around three players given first year scholarships for next season.


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13 April 2011 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
Around 10 days ago, Yeovil Town played host to Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. The 0-1 defeat was a little cruel given that Rovers scored with virtually their only on target shot of the game, whilst the Glovers wasted a hatful of chances with visiting keeper Conrad Logan in fine form.

Man of the Match voting was well spread across six different players in the main. Defensive duo Craig Alcock and Max Ehmer featured well in the poll. However, it was Shaun MacDonald who rose above everyone else, with his midfield play impressing on the day. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 102 (7)
2 Max Ehmer 70 (4)
3 Craig Alcock 68 (4)
4 Dean Bowditch 64 (3)
5 Oli Johnson 56 (3)
6 Adam Virgo 38 (3)
7 Paul Huntington 16 (0)
8 Andy Welsh 12 (1)
9 Jonathan Obika 10 (1)
10 Stephen Henderson 10 (0)
11 Paul Wotton 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.27

Performance: 6.15
Entertainment: 6.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 26


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13 April 2011 : Skiverton Glad To Reach Half Century Target
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he was glad to reach the club's initial primary target last night, as they hit the 50 points mark in League One. Their 2-1 win over Notts County saw them reach the target usually recognised as the point at which most clubs achieve safety in League One.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton said that the 50 point target was the first of a number of goals that he wanted to achieve before the season was out, and admitted that gaining the three points over the Magpies was a relief:

"It's taken us to the next step of the goals that we set ourselves. We wanted to get ourselves to over 50 points. It was good to get a result at home, especially for our supporters. They came out tonight, and I think that everyone in the stadium was really relieved to get the three points we desperately needed."

At times, the Glovers adopted a fairly long ball approach on the night, particularly in terms of clearing their defensive lines. Skiverton added that this was a tactical decision, to ensure that the ball stayed in the County half:

"We knew how important it was and we couldn't afford to muck about in our own half against a team that is looking to turn us. For us it was about putting the ball back in their half and seeing if they could break us down. When it got back to 1-1 I was still quite confident. I think everyone in the stadium was delighted with three points."

With five games to go, the Glovers are not yet mathematically safe, but now have a seven point cushion restored between them and the bottom four clubs. He said that he now wanted to target clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, who lie above them on goal difference in an effort to push themselves further up the table:

"If things go right we could overtake Sheffield Wednesday and we must keep pushing on. I have always been a winner and I want us to string runs of wins together. We always seem to find ourselves on the edge of a cliff and I don't want that to happen again next season."


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13 April 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Oldham Athletic have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 16th April at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and is the club's second home game in a week. The man in charge will be none other than Mr Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Do we actually need to write an article telling you who Mr Kettle is? His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we get the idea that we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

There are three problems with the caricature that has developed with Our Trev. Firstly he moved from Berkshire to Rutland which has meant that we've rarely had him in recent years which has meant that our attention has moved on to other things. The second problem is that during that mini-hiatus, far worse officials have somehow come onto the scene that have enraged us. Over the years, we've built up a catalogue of disasters and a black book of those officials we love to hate, and whisper it quietly, but we've started to realise that Our Trev is maybe not the worst out on the circuit any more. The third problem is that in comparison with the first time we saw Our Trev, he seems to have mellowed somewhat, although our last encounter with him suggested that there is still a bit of fire in the belly.

Going back eleven years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters mind, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

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

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our last meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you won't get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Unfortunately for Trevor, any suggestion that he may have improved or calmed down over the years matters naught: he is so firmly ensconced in the Glovers pantheon of 'Prats in Black' that he's now doomed to remain there until he finally hangs up his whistle. And when your last meeting with him, back in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty, his reputation isn't going to lie down just yet.

On that night at Hillsborough, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy. The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance. Watching him on Saturday against Oldham Athletic could be as entertaining as watching the game itself.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Warren Atkin (Sussex) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Gloucestershire).


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13 April 2011 : Cup Final Date And Venue Set
Yeovil Town Reserves will play the final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Huish Park. The match will be played on Tuesday May 3rd, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match against Conference South side Weston-super-Mare will be decided on the night, with extra time and penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

The choice of venue was decided on the toss of a coin between the two sides. Admission prices for the match will be £6.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £3.00.


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13 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Notts County Interview
Just before kick-off in last night's match against Notts County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be viewed via the link below.

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


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12 April 2011 : Seagulls Soar Out Of League One
With most clubs having five or six games left of their season, it's not that often that events are mathematically settled this early in the Football League. Tonight though, the first of the League One promotion places was sorted out, with Brighton and Hove Albion ensuring they will play their first competitive fixture in their new stadium at Falmer, in a new division.

They saw off Dagenham and Redbridge tonight at the much maligned Withdean Stadium, although not without them twice having to come from behind, as the Daggers put on a real show - going 1-0 up on 21 seconds, then retaking the lead with two goals in three minutes early in the second half. Former Glover Liam Bridcutt got the Seagulls back level at 3-3, then Ashley Barnes scored the goal that took them to 90 points in the League One table and a fairly ludicrous 16 points clear of their nearest challengers.

If the Seagulls win their next match, or if Southampton repeat tonight's slip-up at Rochdale again, then Brighton will be crowned Champions of League One. The Saints lost 2-0 at Spotland tonight, as Dale continued their highly improbable rise up the table - they've now knocked AFC Bournemouth out of the play-off slots and will now feel they are capable of attaining a second successive promotion - for a club currently averaging 3,552 crowds, it would be a slightly spectacular achievement if they hold their current position.

Walsall's 3-2 win over Brentford was another ding-dong battle, not quite on a par with the Withdean Stadium, but still enough to show a few frayed nerves. Two Jonathan Macken goals gave them victory, sandwiched by a Jordan Cook goal, meaning that the Saddlers are still alive and Bristol Rovers are back in the deep stuff. That said, there are four clubs now all within two points of each other, so although Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle will need a miracle to survive, the final two spots are anyone's guess.

Could the Glovers still go down on 50 points? Usually that is enough to stay up, but not always. In 2009-10, Gillingham were relegated on goal difference on 50 points, whilst in 2005-06, 50 points was enough to relegate both Milton Keynes Dons and Hartlepool United. There have been the odd instances of clubs going down on 51 or 52 points in League One history, but realistically those are rare occasions - another point or two should see the Glovers home.

As a footnote to tonight's 2-1 win against Notts County at Huish Park, the Nottingham Evening Post are reporting that the result was a rather unwanted club record for the Magpies. It was their eighth consecutive defeat in League One putting them in danger of slipping back into League Two, as quickly as they arrived.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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12 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Notts County
If you were at this evening's 2-1 win against Notts County 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 Notts County.


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12 April 2011 : Yeovil 2 Notts County 1 : Deano Double Mutes Magpies
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points, in a real six-pointer against Notts County at Huish Park tonight. Their 2-1 win was all thanks to the clinical goalscoring of Dean Bowditch, who bagged a goal in each half, despite John Spicer equalising for the Magpies early in the second period. In a tense game, the Glovers win put them up to a psychologically positive 50 points for the season, with still five games remaining.

The Glovers went into the game making four changes to Saturday's line-up at Hartlepool. The quartet of Luke Ayling, Andy Welsh, Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson were reintroduced to the starting line-up. Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams dropped to the bench whilst Andrew Tutte became the sixth loanee sat in the stand. The 3-4-1-2 formation was maintained, with Ayling and Welsh acting as the wing-backs, whilst Johnson sat in the hole.

The early phase of the game was all about Notts County, and Yeovil had a bit of a let-off in the first minute of the game when Lee Hughes charged down a Stephen Henderson clearance, landing the ball in the net on the ricochet, only to find his 'goal' ruled out for handball. Neal Bishop fired wide, Hughes shot into the arms of Henderson, whilst the pace of Njogu Demba-Nyren allowed him to get in behind the Glovers back four, with Yeovil being rescued by a last ditch Max Ehmer tackle.

The Glovers looked edgy, often lumping long clearances out of defence, in a slight touch of panic, as County's three man attack put them under pressure. It took them around 15 to 20 minutes to gradually impose themselves on the game, as a Jonathan Obika flicked header put Oli Johnson through on goal, with Stuart Nelson doing well to narrow the angle and block out Johnson's shot. Andy Welsh stuck one well wide of the target, whilst Dean Bowditch shot over the bar.

Just past the half hour mark though, the Glovers got their noses in front, and again Jonathan Obika's ball winning skills won the day, as his knock-down fell into the path of Dean Bowditch. Yeovil Town's leading goalscorer took the ball on, and slotted home from 15 yards out to give the Glovers the lead - perhaps not on the greatest 30 minutes ever seen at Huish Park, but few were likely to care about that.

Now it was time for Notts County to look edgy, and with their physical approach looking on occasions like they were losing their composure - John Thompson's foul on Oli Johnson landed him in the book. But despite the Magpies going off the boil a little, they were still good enough to have Lee Hughes race through on goal, with a brilliant save by Stephen Henderson saving the day, and to take them through a goal to the good at the break.

The second period started with Notts County again the more dominant of the two teams, having made a half time substitution to switch from their opening 4-3-3 into a 4-4-2. That switch seemed to do the job, and it took them just six minutes to get an equalising goal. Ben Burgess won the ball inside the box and headed back across the box, and John Spicer was the first to react - volleying home first time for the equalising goal, and a worthy one given what they'd showed in the game up to that point.

However, County didn't hold on to parity for too long - six minutes in fact. A great run up field by Andy Welsh allowed him to run into plenty of space in the visitors half. He slipped the ball inside for Dean Bowditch and as the striker ran through, he slipped the ball under the body of the out-rushing Stuart Nelson, for his second goal of the evening, and more crucially to put the Glovers 2-1 up.

With Yeovil back in the lead, Notts County switched back to their 4-3-3 formation, but struggled to create good chances to get back into the match. They had a penalty appeal turned down when Paul Wotton and John Spicer grappled in the box, but referee Andy D'Urso thankfully wasn't interested. Substitute David Martin then threw himself to the floor in a less worthy attempt at creating a spot kick, and was lucky not to get a yellow for his troubles, with D'Urso in an oddly quiet mood.

As the game closed out, the Magpies changed again to try to shake the game up with former Glovers trialist Sam Sodje introduced as a third centre-back to allow them to play a 3-4-3 in the final 10 minutes. But despite Yeovil sitting back, and trying to be a bit too clever with retaining possession in the closing stages, the Magpies couldn't apply quite enough pressure to get themselves an equalising goal. The end result was that their bad run was extended to eight defeats in a row to leave them deep in trouble, whilst Yeovil's welcome three points lifted them up to the 50 points mark - not quite a guarantee of safety, but something very close to it. An additional point or two over the next five games ought to be enough to guarantee League One football for the 2011-12 season.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (32 mins, 1-0), John Spicer (51 mins, 1-1), Dean Bowditch (57 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
8. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Oli Johnson) 6. Nathan Smith 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton

Notts County: (4-3-3)
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Stephen Darby 14. Liam Chilvers 4. Mike Edwards 26. Jon Harley
6. John Thompson 10. Neal Bishop 25. John Spicer
9. Lee Hughes 27. Ben Burgess 37. Njogu Demba-Nyren

Substitutes:
1. Robert Burch (GK) 7. Kevin Smith 15. Karl Hawley 20. Craig Westcarr (62 mins for Ben Burgess) 21. David Martin (46 mins for Njogu Demba-Nyren) 24. Carl Regan 28. Sam Sodje (81 mins for Stephen Darby)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (foul, 88 mins)
Notts County Bookings: John Thompson (foul, 38 mins), Neal Bishop (foul, 72 mins), Jon Harley (foul, 86 mins)

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,533 (including 171 Notts County fans)


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12 April 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have made four changes for tonight's home game against Notts County. The quartet of Luke Ayling, Andy Welsh, Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson have been reintroduced to the starting line-up with manager Terry Skiverton believing that some of his players looked tired against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Two of the four players were not even in Saturday's squad, with Johnson left out due to the loan players rule, whilst Andy Welsh was left at home, still awaiting the birth of his first child. The quartet of incoming players replace Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Andrew Tutte and Sam Williams, with Tutte dropping back out of the squad due to the loan rules.

Included in the Notts County squad is goalkeeper Rob Burch, who was born in Yeovil before joining Tottenham Hotspur. He moved to Meadow Lane in the summer of 2010.

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
8. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 6. Nathan Smith 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton

Notts County: (4-3-3)
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Stephen Darby 14. Liam Chilvers 4. Mike Edwards 26. Jon Harley
6. John Thompson 10. Neal Bishop 25. John Spicer
9. Lee Hughes 27. Ben Burgess 37. Njogu Demba-Nyren

Substitutes:
1. Robert Burch (GK) 7. Kevin Smith 15. Karl Hawley 20. Craig Westcarr 21. David Martin 24. Carl Regan 28. Sam Sodje


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12 April 2011 : Interview With Adam Virgo
Following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United, centre-back Adam Virgo was interviewed by the BBC. Questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin concentrate largely upon the current league position and the two forthcoming home games against Notts County (tonight) and Oldham Athletic (Saturday). The transcript can be read via the link below

Link: Adam Virgo Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Defeat At Hartlepool.


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12 April 2011 : Magpies Appoint Muggleton As Bees Call Foul
Tonight's opponents Notts County have appointed an assistant to new boss Martin Allen. Their assistant manager has been named as 42 year old Goalkeeping Coach Carl Muggleton, who has been at Meadow Lane since the summer of 2008.

Muggleton had a long playing career, largely centred around Leicester City, Celtic, Stoke City, Cheltenham Town, Chesterfield and Mansfield Town, but including a mammoth list of loan clubs. Chesterfield (twice), Blackpool, Hartlepool United, Stockport County, Liverpool, Sheffield United (twice), Rotherham United, Cardiff City and Bradford City have all seen him pull on a shirt on a temporary basis.

Muggleton already has experience as an assistant manager, although he probably won't be highlighting it too much on his CV. He was Mansfield Town's regular goalkeeper during the 2007-08 season, but was also assistant to Paul Holland when the Stags were relegated out of the Football League.

Allen's former Chairman Tony Kleanthous is unsurprisingly unimpressed by the goings on at Meadow Lane, with Mad Dog leaving Underhill after just 19 days and three matches. Speaking to The Guardian, Kleanthous suggested that he may challenge the Magpies over the way that they approached Allen, claiming that they had an agreement with the manager until the end of the season:

"Notts County's behaviour in all this is in breach of regulations and that needs to be dealt with. We will take advice as to the best course of action. I've only just found out that they (Allen and Notts County) met up on Friday but whenever it was, they met and they made an offer to our manager. They only had to pick up the phone to me.

But nothing ceases to amaze me in football any more. How people can look me in the eye and behave in the way they do is beyond me. Whatever happened to honour? I don't like this industry at all. It's not right what goes on. I find it quite frustrating that the contracts you sign with managers and players are totally meaningless. I feel let down by Martin. Anyone would do. I am very disappointed
."

Former Yeovil Town loan striker Giuliano Grazioli has been named as Allen's temporary replacement at Barnet - he had been his assistant manager during his short spell, but now becomes caretaker manager.


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12 April 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Notts County tonight, in what is a massively important match for both sides. The game at Huish Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. and with just six games to go (or seven if you're a Magpies fan) every point now becomes crucial.

The two sides lie five points apart in the current League One table, with County four places below the Glovers in 21st place. A win for Yeovil, and they would finally hit the 50 point barrier. A defeat, and the gap between them and County would shrink to two points, with the Magpies having a game in hand. Whilst that would do more damage to the likes of Bristol Rovers than it would to the Glovers, it would certainly be psychologically damaging.

County go into the match with the worst form in the entire division. They've lost seven games in a row, and nine games out of their last ten, scoring just three goals in the process. This total capitulation saw former manager Paul Ince lose his job, and after two games managed by Chief Scout Carl Heggs, they've nobbled Martin Allen from Barnet in an attempt to reverse the slide. Allen had managed to briefly retrieve the North London club from their slide in the three games he stuck around for at Underhill, getting them seven points out of nine at the foot of League Two, and so will hope to repeat the same trick at Meadow Lane.

That County are on their fourth manager (if you include Carl Heggs) of the 2010-11 season seems a far cry from the team that demolished Yeovil Town 4-0 at Meadow Lane back in September. That said, the two goals for Ben Davies, plus strikes for Craig Westcarr and Lee Hughes were more down to one of the most abject displays Yeovil Town have put on since they've got into the Football League than show of brilliance from the Magpies. The home side were allowed to frequently pass their way through the static Glovers defence, but they will hopefully find the back four a little more mean tonight.

County go into the game missing two players through suspension, with defender Graeme Lee and midfielder Ricky Ravenhill both staying in Nottingham today. For the Glovers, we'd expect that the injury situation will remain much as it was before, with the ankle injury that Andy Williams sustained in last week's County Cup match likely to keep him out, whilst midfielder Paul Wotton will need another fitness test to see if an additional three days rest has been enough to help him recover. Whether left-winger Andy Welsh plays will be in the lap of the gods - the fact that the game tonight is at Huish Park means that he will be considered for selection, but on the other hand the impending birth of his first child means that anything could happen.

Because of County's stay in League Two, the two sides have only met once before at Huish Park. That was a rather miserable night all the way back in March 2005, when a 1-3 home defeat that was a bit of a horror show for goalkeeper Chris Weale, as Stefan Oakes and Mark Stallard lobbed him from distance. In between his back four were to blame for the Glynn Hurst header that put them two goals up, whilst the late penalty for Phil Jevons was a bit of an irrelevance. The crowd that night, just over six years ago, was 7,221 - we're not pulling any punches by suggesting that tonight's gate could well be half that level, despite a ticketing promotion for the game.

Tonight's match will kick-off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office. As mentioned, there is a ticketing offer available, with it being possible to purchase three tickets for the price of two for this fixture. If you can't get to this game, then sign up on Twitter and follow us tonight for some views on the game and other League One matches. In addition, BBC Somerset's coverage on 95.5FM will keep you informed with coverage starting just after their 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Tomorrow's Opponents Appoint New Manager.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County.

Link: Three For Two Ticketing Offer Confirmed.


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12 April 2011 : Jonathan Obika's Post-Hartlepool Interview
One of the few bright moments of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United was the opening goal of the game. Scored spectacularly by Jonathan Obika, the Tottenham Hotspur stiker spoke to the BBC after the game about that and the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin the transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Jonathan Obika Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Defeat At Hartlepool.


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11 April 2011 : Skivo Glad To Get Opportunity To Put Things Right
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will be glad to have his team take to the field tomorrow, in an effort to shake off a poor performance on Saturday against Hartlepool United. The Glovers lost 3-1 on Saturday at Victoria Park, but have a chance to put it right quickly at home when 21st placed Notts County are the visitors at Huish Park on Tuesday night.

Speaking after Saturday's match at Victoria Park, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that even on the way back from the North-East they were trying to think ahead to ensure that their preparation was right. He said that he'd rather have it that way than have a whole week to dwell on their fairly unimpressive second half performance:

"That's good, and very good for us because if we've got a week to think about it, then it starts to prey on your mind. When we've got a game on Tuesday, you go straight into preparation, as you can see there with our food and making sure that we get back early, so that we can put that to bed and have the whole day on Monday being focused on the game."

Having lost two matches in a row now, and with tomorrow evening's match a true six-pointer, there will be plenty riding on tomorrow night's match, with Notts County currently five points behind the Glovers and with a game in hand. Skiverton added that it was important that his squad stuck together despite the recent results:

"That (Tuesday night) can't come quick enough for us. As a group and a squad these players have done well so far, so what I'm not going to do is to turn my back on them and start pointing fingers, because we're all in this together. Again, we're only going to get there if we all stick together. It's disappointing for the travelling fans (at Hartlepool) because they've come up a long way. It was beautiful conditions, and it wasn't snowy for a change, but we just didn't perform in the second half."


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11 April 2011 : Peterborough United Trip Now ALL TICKET
Yeovil Town's trip to London Road to play Peterborough United is now an ALL TICKET game. The game takes place on Easter Monday - which lands on April 25th - with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The penultimate away trip of the season was originally a pay on the day game with both seating and terracing made available. However, we suspect that with Posh currently occupying one of the play-off spots that they are expecting a high ticket demand for this Bank Holiday fixture, as the season reaches its conclusion. We're not sure if this 'all ticket' status applies to all parts of the ground, but it's certainly true for away fans.

As a result, the places in the Moyes End Terrace have now been withdrawn. Glovers fans will hence be housed only in the Main Stand at London Road. The standard away supporters allocation is 850 seats, which ought to be enough, however no tickets will be available on the day. The terrace prices have been preserved, despite our transfer to their stand. Prices are therefore now as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Students: £15.00; Under-16s: £12.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above prices. Wheelchair users must book places in advance by calling 01733 865674.

The Huish Park Ticket Office has yet to receive supplies of these tickets so don't call them just yet, but we would imagine they'd arrive later in the week. We'll put up another news item once it's clear that they've met their destination.


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11 April 2011 : Tomorrow's Opponents Appoint New Manager
Tomorrow evening's opponents Notts County have appointed a new first team manager. Eight days after parting company with Paul Ince, they have appointed Martin Allen as their new boss on a rolling one year contract.

Allen himself had only just moved back into Football Management, having rejoined Barnet on March 23rd, in an effort to save them from the drop in League Two. However, after just three matches at Underhill, he has jumped ship in favour of saving a League One side from the drop.

Allen started his managerial career with the Bees back in 2003-04, and has since gone through Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons, Leicester City and Cheltenham Town before taking up a scouting role with Queens Park Rangers in January 2010. He has a flamboyant character - once arriving as Bees manager at Huish Park in a red hunting jacket, and has over the years earned the nickname of 'Mad Dog' - something that he hasn't always appreciated.

The 45 year old has just seven games to reverse Notts County's current form - they have lost seven matches in a row, and over the weekend slipped into the bottom four. Managerial instability has plagued the club - including caretakers, Allen will be their fifth manager of the 2010-11 season.

Since firing Ian McParland in October 2009, County have got through Hans Backe, Dave Kevan (caretaker), Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince and Carl Heggs (caretaker). Today they have also parted company with assistant manager Alex Rae and first team coach David Farrell as part of further shake-ups at Meadow Lane.


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10 April 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Confusion Is The Norm
A lot of things going on in and around Yeovil Town over the past month, as the 2010-11 season reaches its climax. The two games a week in League One matches has been coupled by a couple of major announcements off the field. Our blogger Cruncher considers both halves of the whole, via the link below. Feel free to pass your own views on the subject areas covered.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Confusion Is The Norm.


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10 April 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Notts County have been announced. The match takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 12th April, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in middle for the match will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He's also a familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. We won't pretend that the list below is a complete one, but it represents the more recent meetings we've had with him. The odd thing is that after having him four times during 2007, we've not seen him since - not that this is necessarily a bad thing.

His last meeting involving the Glovers was for the December 2007 meeting with Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side, made for an unusually quiet match for Mr D'Urso - we haven't always had it that way.

Prior to that, he took charge of Yeovil Town's one and only appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up.

In the lead-up to that game, we'd had him twice earlier in the season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

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

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Andy Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

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

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

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

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

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

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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10 April 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Away Game
After he had watched his side lose 3-1 at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke about the game against Hartlepool United. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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9 April 2011 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s completed their Youth Alliance League season earlier today with a victory over Bristol Rovers. The hero of the day was striker Isaac Reid, who bagged his first hat-trick for the Glovers, with two goals in the first half and another in the second. Rovers got a consolation late on from the penalty spot, but not enough to disturb the Glovers from their stride.

The game at Alvington Lane saw Yeovil go into the match without Nick Lyskov, who continued to be suspended, as well as Lewis Clarke who was turning out for Weymouth in their game against Tiverton Town. Meanwhile the Glovers had a long list of injuries, with Jonny Kaye, Lee Sweet, Tyler Sheppard and Will Gordon all unable to pull on a shirt. The watching spectators included former Glovers Head of Youth Mo Hopkins, who is now part of the Bristol Rovers set-up, whilst Steve Perryman had also headed east to watch on behalf of Exeter City.

Yeovil kicked off into a strong headwind but soon came to terms with the conditions and started to pass the ball around the pitch. They produced the first attempt on goal when Taran Singh Jheeta was put through by Rob Clowes, who ran on and shot into the side netting. The Glovers were forced down to 10 men for a while after that, with Jheeta clashing with a Rovers player and needing a complete change of kit following treatment, due to the blood on it.

Thankfully play was largely in midfield during that period, and manager Scott Green's decision to swap Andy Venning and Aiden Chainey from their original starting positions gave the side a little more balance, even if Rovers headed a corner just wide of the target, with their following set piece being saved by Steve Boore to keep the scoreline blank.

Those two Rovers chances were the wake-up call for Yeovil to impose themselves on the game, and they took the lead midway through the first half when Lloyd Matthews delivered a peach of a through ball into the right channel, finding Isaac Reid in the process. Reid's response was to crash the ball past the Rovers keeper to give Yeovil the lead with 21 minutes gone.

Bristol Rovers reacted well by forcing a free kick that was saved by Steve Boore. However, the Yeovil goalkeeper quickly turned defence into attack by rolling the ball out to Joe Grimstead, who passed down the flank to trialist Callum Cooper. He passed the ball inside to Isaac Reid who wrong footed the Rovers defender and drove the ball high into the net for his second goal in four minutes.

At two goals up, Yeovil appeared to just sit back and let Rovers back into the game which became very scrappy with the ball ping-ponging around in the midfield. The first half finished with a series of free kicks for both sides which came to nothing, and with the game having lost its rhythm a bit, half time was a relief when it came.

Josh Doyle was having his best game so far for Yeovil at centre half and he took a series of free kicks as Yeovil pressed forward during the second period. Two were put over by Rob Clowes and one into the side netting by Rhys Baggridge. At the other end, the Bristol Rovers left winger had a great run through the defence, but a perfectly timed challenge by Rhys Baggridge saved the day.

Yeovil, like Bristol Rovers before them, were finding it harder to play with a strong wind rather than against it. However, they were still good enough to grab the third goal of the game. Shortly after Adam Cleary had come on to replace Callum Cooper, a Josh Doyle clearance found Lloyd Matthews. He carried the ball into the heart of Rovers defence and just as he appeared to shoot he unselfishly slipped the ball to Isaac Reid who completed his hatrick with a strong shot across the keeper. 3-0 and with just 13 minutes left, game over.

Rovers did manage to get their own consolation though, as the speedy Rovers left winger who had caused problems the whole game, got away from his marker again, but this time Rhys Baggridge's tackle was a little late and a penalty was given and duly scored. Baggridge's tackle earned him a yellow card but also but he earned the admiration of his team, given that he as he played the whole game despite having been sick just before the game, and therefore not at his best.

In the closing stages of the game Lloyd Matthews slipped the ball to Isaac Reid whose shot was blocked away to Rob Clowes. Rovers blocked his shot as well, but then the ball fell loose to Adam Cleary who then hit the side netting. Finally a Josh Doyle free kick was headed into the side netting by Rhys Baggridge as Yeovil finished the game on top. In the end a comfortable win overall for the Glovers, and the three goals scored by Isaac Reid will certainly have done his chances of earning a future contract with the club no harm.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 3 Bristol Rovers Under 18s 1.

Scorers: Isaac Reid (21 mins, 1-0), Isaac Reid (25 mins, 2-0), Isaac Reid (77 mins, 3-0), Bristol Rovers Scorer (79 mins, 3-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Josh Doyle 5. Rhys Baggridge (Capt) 6. Andy Venning 17. Callum Cooper(trialist) 8. Rob Clowes 9. Isaac Reid 10. Taran Singh Jheeta 11. Lloyd Matthews.

Substitutes:
Adam Cleary (72 mins for Callum Cooper) and Harry Palmer.


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9 April 2011 : Skiverton Rues Hartlepool Indian Sign
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton admitted that he was frustrated this afternoon at being undone by Hartlepool United for a third time this season. The Glovers lost 3-1 at Victoria Park in a League One match, despite being ahead early on in the game through a Jonathan Obika goal, with Adam Boyd, Sam Collins and Colin Larkin winning the game for the home side.

The Glovers have not won at Victoria Park in their last five visits now, and whilst the latest defeat kept Yeovil stuck in 17th place on 47 points, Hartlepool can now relax knowing their League One place is assured on 54 points. Skiverton said after the game that to lose again in County Durham was a blow to the club's targets:

"Each time we come up here they have that Indian sign over us and it's happened again. (Hartlepool United manager) Mick (Wadsworth) has done a fantastic job and they are looking for the 60-point barrier. For us, it's about 50. It's taken to the second from last game to get there in the last two seasons, so we can do it. We look at our position in the league and it's still in our own hands, but we can't be sloppy like this again."

When Hartlepool knocked Yeovil Town out of the FA Cup back in December, all four goals came from the Glovers' ability to defend set pieces, whilst today two more came via that route. Pools boss Mick Wadsworth said after the game that although it had been a battle of wits, that winning the game via set plays was crucial for them:

"It was a good team performance. Both teams changed their shapes throughout, tit for tat, and we came out on top and got our tactics spot on in the second half. In the second half we got on top of them and came out of it with two goals to win the game. We know how important set-plays are to us and we made the most of them."


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9 April 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 3-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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 Hartlepool vs Yeovil Town.


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9 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before today's match at Victoria Park kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke about the game against Hartlepool United. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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9 April 2011 : Hartlepool 3 Yeovil 1 : Pools Complete The Treble Over Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten this afternoon at Victoria Park, as Hartlepool United managed their third victory over the Glovers of the 2010-11 season. The win for the home side was alarmingly comfortable at times, with the Glovers struggling to create chances, aside from a real peach of a strike from Jonathan Obika that opened the scoring. But goals for Adam Boyd, Sam Collins and Colin Larkin made it all too easy for Pools, as they cruised to three points, leaving Yeovil still looking for the points they need to guarantee survival.

Team selection saw Yeovil persist with the 3-4-1-2 formation they have used recently, although they made three changes to the side that lost to Bristol Rovers last weekend. Andy Welsh was missing due to the impending birth of his first child, whilst Paul Wotton failed a fitness test. Andy Williams dropped out of the squad due to his ankle injury suffered during the midweek Reserves match at Clevedon. Nathan Smith, Andrew Tutte and Sam Williams all came into the starting line-up, with Oli Johnson dropping out of the squad as the sixth loan.

The opening goal came from Yeovil's first real chance, bar a shot by Sam Williams that went wide of the target. A throw-in taken by Craig Alcock was collected by Jonathan Obika. The Tottenham Hotspur striker turned and fired home a 20 yard strike with his left foot for a real classy finish that caught out the sleepy Pools defence to put the Glovers 1-0 up with just 10 minutes gone.

The quickfire start to the game continued with Hartlepool needing just eight minutes to forge an equalising goal. They won a corner, and Evan Horwood's delivery saw Adam Virgo twice try to clear the ball, but with the ball going upwards rather than outwards, with the Glovers defence appearing to get in each others way. Adam Boyd was the man waiting for the ball to drop and he thrashed the ball home from close range for an equalising goal.

That attacking start by both teams didn't really continue, with the rest of the half looking a little bit like an end of season kickabout at times, with neither side testing the keeper, and both clubs giving the ball away far too often. The Glovers central defensive duo of Andrew Tutte and Shaun MacDonald failed to impose themselves against a three man Hartlepool midfield, and although the home side didn't really create too much during the first half other than their goal, they were edging the game in terms of attacking threat.

Half time saw a tactical shuffle, with the Glovers moving to a flat back four, and Max Ehmer pushing up into a holding midfield role, as the base in a diamond midfield. Manager Terry Skiverton had spoken before the game about the importance of not being bullied from Hartlepool's set pieces, and so with the opening goal having come from a corner, he won't have been pleased that Hartlepool's second also came from a similar set play. Leon McSweeney's corner appeared to be greeted by a static Yeovil Town defence, and Sam Collins was able to fire home from close range through a crowd of players, leaving Stephen Henderson entirely unsighted.

Worse was to come seven minutes after that goal. Evan Horwood burst down the left, and got to the byline. His cross found Hartlepool substitute Colin Larkin and although he made a bit of a hash of his shot, his scuff into the ground was good enough to find the back of the net and put Hartlepool 3-1 up.

And that was basically it. Yeovil made a series of substitutions and tactical switches to try to get back into the match, but were very flat all afternoon, in what felt like an end of season kickabout at times. Obika's shot remained their only shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes, and only really off-target attempts by substitutes Martin Gritton and Alex Russell tried to get past Scott Flinders in the Hartlepool goal. A disappointing day overall, and although the Glovers still remain in 17th place in the League One table, their Tuesday night opponents Notts County are that club in the 4th from bottom position - five points behind with a game in hand. There's utterly no doubt that the Glovers can not afford to lose that one.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (0-1, 10 mins), Adam Boyd (1-1, 18 mins), Sam Collins (2-1, 62 mins), Colin Larkin (3-1, 69 mins).

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
16. Steven Haslam 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 6. Evan Horwood
15. Antony Sweeney 8. Joe Gamble 20. Paul Murray
11. Andy Monkhouse 10. Adam Boyd 3. Ritchie Humphreys

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 7. Leon McSweeney (55 mins for Ritchie Humphreys) 9. Denis Behan 12. Fabian Yantorno (90 mins for Antony Sweeney) 18. Michael Mackay 22. Armann Bjornsson 23. Colin Larkin (66 mins for Adam Boyd)

Yeovil Town:
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
2. Craig Alcock 18. Andrew Tutte 24. Shaun MacDonald 6. Nathan Smith
9. Sam Williams
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 8. Luke Ayling 15. Alex Russell (79 mins for Andrew Tutte) 16. Ed Upson (78 mins for Dean Bowditch) 22. Martin Gritton (67 mins for Sam Williams) 23. Billy Gibson

Hartlepool Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (foul, 90 mins).

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Mike George (Norfolk) and Ricky Wootton (West Riding). Fourth Official: Simon Clayton (County Durham).

Attendance: 2,834 (including 118 Yeovil supporters)


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9 April 2011 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have had three players drop out of the squad for this afternoon's trip to Hartlepool United. Midfielder Paul Wotton has not passed his fitness test, whilst left-winger Andy Welsh has been left out of the two day trip due to his partner being about to give birth. Winger/striker Andy Williams is also injured and did not travel to Victoria Park.

Coming back into the squad are left-back Nathan Smith and striker Sam Williams, whilst Andrew Tutte is preferred to Oli Johnson today, who sits out as the sixth loan player.

The expectation is for the 3-4-1-2 formation to be maintained, with Sam Williams sitting in the hole:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
2. Craig Alcock 18. Andrew Tutte 24. Shaun MacDonald 6. Nathan Smith
9. Sam Williams
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 8. Luke Ayling 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton 23. Billy Gibson

Hartlepool United:
1. Scott Flinders
16. Steven Haslam 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 6. Evan Horwood
15. Antony Sweeney 8. Joe Gamble 20. Paul Murray 11. Andy Monkhouse
3. Ritchie Humphreys 10. Adam Boyd

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 7. Leon McSweeney 9. Denis Behan 12. Fabian Yantorno 18. Michael Mackay 22. Armann Bjornsson 23. Colin Larkin


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9 April 2011 : Reid Hat-Trick Sinks Rovers
A hat-trick from Yeovil Town Under-18s striker Isaac Reid has seen the Glovers' Youth Team defeat their Bristol Rovers counterparts this morning. In a Youth Alliance League fixture played at Alvington, the Glovers beat Rovers 3-1 in style.

The Glovers were 2-0 up at half time, with the opening goal coming when Lloyd Matthews fed an exquisite through ball for Isaac Reid to run onto and score. The same player netted again before the break when trialist Callum Cooper produced another great pass through to the striker to double Yeovil's lead.

In the second half, Reid completed his hat-trick, with Rovers getting their only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Rhys Baggridge was judged to have fouled inside the box.

A more lengthy match report will follow in the next 24/48 hours.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Bristol Rovers Under-18s 1.


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9 April 2011 : Russell Confident Of Away Form Continuing
Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell has said that he is hoping that his club's away form will help win the day, when they take on Hartlepool United at Victoria Park this afternoon. The Glovers are facing their third game against Pools and their second game in County Durham this season, but with them having won their last two away matches by 3-2 and 5-1 scorelines, Russell has told BBC Somerset that he is confident that their performances on their travels will make the difference:

"We've got a decent away record and we're quite determined away from home. We seem to be able to roll our sleeves up and actually get results away from home. So that's good, and people will know that we're not a pushover. So we just need to get another result away from home and take that into Tuesday."

Earlier in the season, Yeovil Town lost 4-2 in the FA Cup after a series of postponements during wintry weather in December. Russell added that the difference between playing at grounds like Victoria Park in December and playing there in April could be very different psychologically, and that he had hopes that the Glovers could come back with a better result:

"Obviously in my career I've played up there in mid-winter, and I've played there at the end of the season and there can be a big difference in peoples attitudes. So hopefully the weather can be half decent and we can put in a good performance. We need to make sure that we take our chances. At Orient we took our chances, but on Saturday (against Bristol Rovers) we weren't able to. We hit the post and the bar a few times but it wasn't quite going in, so we just need to make sure that when we do get our chances that we take them like we did against Orient."


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8 April 2011 : Glovers Fans Ready To Run For Stanno
On May 1st 2011, the Exeter Great West Run will take place in Exeter City Centre, allowing budding athletes the chance to take part in a variety of races, ranging from a half marathon to a two mile fun run. Pitching in the middle of these race lengths is the 5km Run, and four Yeovil Town supporters have entered to take part in this stage.

One of the official charities for the event is the Adam Stansfield Foundation and not too surprisingly our quartet have agreed to make that their good cause for the race. They now need your assistance to make all of the pain they are going through worthwhile!

Many of you will already know Sam Cawley, Andrew Foot, Vikki Langsdale and Mike Stone as regular Yeovil Town supporters. They're not experienced runners, so the 5km Run is going to be a big effort for them. If you can support them, and in doing so also support the Adam Stansfield Foundation they'd certainly thank you for it. There is a donations page set up below, and any amount will be appreciated.

Link: Charity Giving : Exeter Great West Run Page.


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8 April 2011 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning. They play a Youth Alliance League fixture against Bristol Rovers Under-18s in a home game that will be played at Westland's Alvington venue (just behind the Airfield Tavern).

The match kicks off at 11.00a.m. and those turning up to watch will find that there are teas, coffees and bacon rolls on sale from 10.00a.m. Admission is free, and with the good weather set to hold, then if you're not travelling to Hartlepool United tomorrow, then it's a good chance to see a bit of green'n'white football.


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8 April 2011 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's thoughts are transcribed via the link below.

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


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8 April 2011 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town League Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the mammoth journey up to County Durham this weekend as they prepare for their third match of the 2010-11 season against Hartlepool United. For the players, who left at 9.00a.m. this morning on a journey that is expected to take over seven hours, it will be their third journey to Victoria Park this season, with the December FA Cup meeting between the two clubs only taking place at the third attempt after weather-related postponements.

The 4-2 result in that FA Cup match followed a rather dismal home performance back in August that saw the monkey hangers run out with a 2-0 away victory meaning that they will be aiming for a trio of wins against the Glovers in tomorrow's match.

Hartlepool though should face a Glovers side that are significantly improved in terms of their personnel, their defensive performances and their away form since that December cup exit. Five wins and two draws from their nine away matches during 2011 have actually seen Yeovil Town pick up more points on their travels than they've done at Huish Park during that time. The last two away matches have seen a 5-1 win over Leyton Orient preceded by the 3-2 win over Exeter City meaning that even if their home form continues to stutter somewhat, they should head to Victoria Park with confidence.

It's also true to say that Hartlepool come into the match in less than brilliant form. They've picked up just one point from their last four matches, including a 5-2 mauling by relegation-threatened Walsall. Whilst their current 14th placed position on 51 points ought to be enough to guarantee League One survival, they have been pretty erratic since the turn of the year, losing 11 of their 20 matches placed since New Year's Day.

Team news for both sides was covered yesterday - midfielder Paul Wotton remains Yeovil's only injury doubt, whilst Hartlepool will be hoping that top scorers Antony Sweeney (13 goals) and Andy Monkhouse (8 goals) are both fit and available given that both have been in the wars over the past few weeks. Sweeney's injury was incurred during their last win five games ago, and he has been absent since, so doubtless they will be hoping his return brings them a lucky charm. Yeovil's only other issue concerns left-winger Andy Welsh whose partner is due to give birth any day now.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available from Victoria Park on the day. If you can't make it, then signing up and following us on Twitter will give you a diet of Yeovil related tweets throughout the day. In addition, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM. For those of you who are going, and have already made it to Victoria Park on two previous occasions this season, we salute you - but if you're not quite as familiar with Victoria Park as they are, the Ciderspace guide is below.

Link: Wotton Doubt For Glovers.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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8 April 2011 : Stewart Brings Forward Retirement Plans
Former Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart has announced that Saturday will be his final game in first team football. The 38 year old had already planned to retire from his playing career at the end of the 2010-11 season, but with the Grecians now safe from relegation in 10th place and not challenging at the other end of the table, Stewart has decided to hang up his boots to give Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale an opportunity to look forward to next season.

There is another twist to Stewart's timing - Exeter's opponents are Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, taking Stewart back to his home city and to the club where he started his footballing career back in 1991. In total Stewart has made 782 appearances, scoring over 250 goals. Speaking to Exeter's club site, he said that now was the right time to call it a day:

"There are six games to go and I'm not fighting for a playing contract next season so I'm better off giving someone else a chance whether that's a young lad or someone whose contract is up. I thought it was a good thing to do at Rovers because I started off there and I finished there and it gives someone else an opportunity for the final five games."

Aside from his five years with Bristol Rovers, Stewart has also played for Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Bristol City including a loan spell with Preston North End. However, between his time at Ashton Gate and moving on to Exeter City, he became a legend at Huish Park, joining the club on loan in September 2006, and then later returning on a permanent basis during the following January transfer window.

His time at Yeovil Town was not the longest or most prolific - 15 goals in 74 appearances - however, he won most of the 2007-08 end of season awards, and in May 2007 guaranteed himself a feature in any future Glovers history books by scoring the goal that defied the odds against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground that took the game into extra time, immortalised by the Sky Sports commentary: "They've ... they've only gone and done it!" as his header hit the back of the net to pull the two-legged tie back to 3-3.

Stewart won't be leaving St James Park after tomorrow's game - he has taken on a first team coaching role at their Cat and Fiddle Training Ground. His playing role during the 2010-11 season has gradually wound down, making just 10 appearances, meaning that his exit as a player at Exeter shouldn't be noticed too much from a team point of view. Of course, this means that there are no guarantees that he will take to the field at the Memorial Stadium tomorrow. However, it would be no surprise if Grecians boss Paul Tisdale was to line up an 89th minute substitution if that is what he needs to do.

Link: Marcus Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 April 2011 : Wotton Doubt For Glovers
Yeovil Town have just one injury worry as they prepare for the mammoth trip to Hartlepool United this weekend. The team bus will set off tomorrow, and there is expected to be a full set of players heading up to Victoria Park.

The only question mark lies with the fitness of midfielder Paul Wotton. The 33 year old came off 75 minutes into last Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, and although there was nothing visibly wrong with him at that time, manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he is the one player who might not make the final cut.

Otherwise, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that everyone else was fit, although joked that first team coach Darren Way had been in the wars this week, and was the other person occupying the treatment table this week:

"Everyone is fit and flying. Our only injury worry is Darren Way, as I think his knee has flared up a little bit, so I think he's been getting a little bit of treatment. I think everyone is okay, although we have got one that we're waiting on, who is Paul Wotton. But apart from that we've got a fully fit squad and we're looking forward to the game on the weekend."

Hartlepool will definitely be without centre-back Gary Liddle who is starting a three match suspension for a red card against Swindon Town, whilst Neil Austin and striker James Brown are out injured. Their main question marks lie over attacking midfielder Antony Sweeney, who has been out with an ankle gash, but is now back in training. That's a touch ominous for the Glovers given that it was Sweeney's hat-trick that knocked Yeovil out of the FA Cup last December. Winger Andy Monkhouse is a slight doubt with a hamstring problem but is expected to be passed fit for Saturday's game.


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7 April 2011 : Glovers Fans Raise 900 Pounds For Charity
Yeovil Town supporters attending last Saturday's home match against Bristol Rovers have raised over 900 pounds for good causes. Representatives from the Yeovil RNLI were guests at last Saturday's game, and a group of 14 volunteers from Yeovil took part in a half time collection, with eight members of the Lyme Regis RNLI crew also present at the game.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is an independent charity that provides a 24 hour lifeboat rescue service, as well as providing education on how to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. The Chairman of the Yeovil group Peter Burrows said that he was delighted with the support the charity got from Glovers fans on the day:

"The fans dug deep to help our charity and we are delighted with the result. Lyme Regis is our nearest lifeboat so we decided to forge closer links with the crew. We were very pleased with the help Yeovil Town gave us and we hope to make the collection an annual event."


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7 April 2011 : County Cup Final Opponents Set
Yeovil Town Reserves will face Conference South side Weston-super-Mare in the final of the Somerset Premier Cup. On Tuesday night, Weston gained a 2-1 win over Radstock Town to reach the final of the competition with Nat Pepperell and Kane Ingram their scorers, with Radstock's Tom Hamilton netting in their attempts for a late comeback.

Weston lie in a comfortable 12th placed position in the Conference South table, and are managed by Craig Laird. As yet there's no date or venue set for the final - last year's final was held at Huish Park, with Welton Rovers taking the trophy, but the hosting ground was only chosen when the finalists were known - doubtless with the aim of choosing a neutral ground. Obvious candidates would be Bath City's Twerton Park, or of course Yeovil's semi-final opponents Clevedon Town whose Hand Stadium has been used in the past for finals.


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6 April 2011 : Holding Company Secures Loan Against Huish Park Land
The Yeovil Town Holdings Limited company have today registered a secured loan against land at Huish Park. An amount of £278,000 is now secured against the freehold land that is owned by the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club (aka the main Yeovil Town Football Club company).

The loan relates to sums of money that joint owner Norman Hayward loaned to Yeovil Town Football Club to deal with cash-flow issues during both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. These figures were identified in the relevant year accounts for the main Football Club company, with a total of £58,000 borrowed from Mr Hayward during the 2008-09 season increasing to £278,000 for the year ending June 30th 2010.

The 2009-10 accounts stated that "there is an agreement for the loan to be repaid on 30th June 2012 or at an alternative date that would be agreed in writing between the parties to the loan." The securing of the loan against land at Huish Park means that the whole loan declared in the 2009-10 accounts remains outstanding.

On March 24th 2011, the Yeovil Town Holdings Limited Company created a Legal Charge agreement between themselves and Norman Hayward. The amount secured is identified as being "£278,000 and all money and other liabilities which shall for the time being be due owing or incurred to the mortgagee by the mortgagor under the terms of the loan agreement." Liabilities are identified as "including, but not limited to, interest and costs" - actual details of any such charges are not included within the document.

The property that the loan is secured against is identified as "all that freehold land, comprising part of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF."

As yet, we've not seen the detail of how the land has been split between the Yeovil Town Holdings company and Yeovil Town Football Club, however, last August Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said that the stadium itself would remain with the main Football Club company, and so with the surrounding land now owned by Yeovil Town Holdings it would suggest that the loan has been secured against the stadium.

For those who are finding their heads spinning at some of this (and not everything here is clear to ourselves yet) in layman's terms, Mr Hayward's loan of £278,000 is now secured against the value of what is presumed to be the stadium. If the Football Club fail to repay the loan, or are liquidated, Mr Hayward's loan would need to be repaid either from the proceeds of the sale of that asset or by him becoming the owner of the secured property. It effectively strengthens his position above other creditors if Yeovil Town Football Club were to be declared insolvent, or is unable to pay the loan, but may also provide a bit of influence if the club is ever sold to another party.


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6 April 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
Going back to the tail end of 2010, a number of Yeovil Town supporters had the misfortune to plan three journeys to Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United, for an FA Cup Second Round tie. The first journey to County Durham was a wasted journey, with snow on the pitch seeing the game called off, whilst thankfully the second attempt didn't see anyone get on board the coaches before the game was called off. On the third attempt, we actually saw a game of football, but that still wasn't good, as Hartlepool inflicted a 4-2 defeat upon the Glovers.

Now, this coming Saturday, a number of Glovers fans will turn up and board coaches and do it all over again. Thankfully in better looking weather, the League One fixture between the two clubs takes place. The Ciderspace guide has only needed minor tweaks from the December version, but for your directions, ticketing, pub guides and other such things, head via the link below, and be thankful that you won't have to do it all again until next season.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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6 April 2011 : March 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of March was a bit of a mixed bag to say the least. Starting off with two defeats and two draws, it appeared that Yeovil Town were getting sucked back into relegation trouble. A change of fortune appeared to be sparked by the return of midfielder Shaun MacDonald and striker Jonathan Obika to the team as part of their latest loan spells, although having left winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch fit again after their injury lay-offs undoubtedly made a difference.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting throughout the month, things were definitely evenly spread, with only one player winning more than one Match award. The individual winners were Alex Russell (Huddersfield Town), Stephen Henderson (Southampton), Nathan Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion, Walsall), Dean Bowditch (Exeter City), Shaun MacDonald (Leyton Orient), and Adam Virgo (Carlisle United).

Once the votes were totted up for the month of March, we found that Shaun MacDonald crept into third place, despite him only being involved in the last three games of the month - that hat-trick at Leyton Orient obviously swung a large number in his favour. In second place was goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, but the winner overall was left-back Nathan Smith, whose early March performances saw him win two individual matches outright, meaning that although he missed the last two games through injury, that was good enough to keep him up there. The top ten was as follows, with the percentage of votes gained across the month shown beside them:

1 Nathan Smith 14.4
2 Stephen Henderson 13.7
3 Shaun MacDonald 10.3
4 Dean Bowditch 7.3
5 Luke Ayling 6.8
6 Jonathan Obika 6.5
7 Adam Virgo 6.2
8 Andy Welsh 5.5
9 Max Ehmer 4.4
10 Andrew Tutte 4.3


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6 April 2011 : League One Club Predicts 170K Shortfall On New TV Deal
Further to this week's article concerning the Football League's new broadcasting rights agreement with Sky Sports, reaction from the national media and other Football League clubs confirms that this new deal is not as cash-rich as the existing deal is.

Reports in The Guardian described the deal as a 26 percent reduction, lowering the revenue for Football League clubs as a whole from £88 million down to £65 million per season. That analysis is backed up by Oldham Athletic's Chief Executive Alan Hardy, who believes that League One clubs will lose £170,000 per season in revenue from the current £656,000 package given out to all clubs at the third tier level.

The Latics point out that the reduction for each division has yet to be confirmed by the Football League, with the actual sum of money being bundled in with other sponsorship and rights agreements, such as money obtained from League sponsors npower. However, doubtless each club should be able to perform its own rough calculations based upon what they are getting at present.

Up in the Championship division, Bristol City Chief Executive Colin Sexstone is coming at it from a different angle. With the Championship sides getting around 80 percent of the existing £264 million three year pot, they will suffer the greater monetary loss, but with their current package aimed at helping them compete with former Premier League clubs that get parachute payments, any reduction is a concern from their point of view. Sexstone has told City's club site that this will have an effect upon all Championship clubs:

"It is a concern, in particular when Premier League TV money seems to be going up, with a rising scale of parachute payments. That means from 2012 in the Championship there will be a big difference between the clubs receiving more through parachute payments and clubs who receive less TV money on the Football League deal. That's a worry and I'm sure we'll need to collectively speak to the Premier League about how to keep a balance."

In the Championship, rights payments are made on a sliding scale based upon the club's league position in the previous season, whilst League One and League Two clubs receive their payments equally divided up, depending upon the division that club was in on the previous season. However, as a percentage of turnover, the £170,000 reduction that Oldham believe will be coming in will affect the smaller clubs in each division more than the bigger clubs or those that have 'Sugar Daddies' willing to top up each club's income.

From a contractual point of view, neither Oldham nor Bristol City see this as risking a repeat of the ITV Digital fiasco that financially crippled many clubs. With clubs having over a year to adjust to the new income levels, The Guardian claim that 82 percent of contracts in the Football League will have run out by the summer of 2012, thus providing clubs with little in the way of excuses for renegotiating lower wage budgets for the 2012-13 season. Certainly in Yeovil Town's case, only management duo Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones have deals that go beyond that summer at the club.

The rights package for the Football League highlights programme has yet to be agreed with any interested parties, although with The Guardian suggesting that the BBC withdrew from the bidding process for live matches, and with Setanta long dead in the UK, it would suggest that this is an increasingly uncompetitive market.


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5 April 2011 : Clevedon 1 Yeovil 3 : County Cup Match Report
Yeovil Town Reserves cruised their way through to the final of the Somerset Premier Cup with a 3-1 win over Clevedon Town. The Glovers held their advantage for much of the match, even though the Southern League side put up a decent fight. However, goals from Andy Williams, Martin Gritton and Danny Fitzsimons grabbed them a place in the final, where they will face one of Weston-super-Mare or Radstock Town, who were due to play tonight.

The Glovers went into the match with a far stronger line-up compared to the one that took to the field against Hengrove Athletic in the quarter-final stages. In fact only defender Rhys Baggridge was part of the Quarter-Final starting line-up, and eight of those starting tonight had also played League One football this season.

Early chances fell to Yeovil, with Andrew Tutte's 20 yard attempt saved by England Schools Under-18s keeper Ed Baldy, who had played last month at Huish Park. Two chances fell to Ed Upson as he accepted through balls from Billy Gibson who was playing as a wing-back in a 3-5-2, but Upson found one saved by Baldy and another headed wide.

Andy Williams missed a great chance from a Sam Williams pull-back from the byline, but 10 minutes before the break he got a gift when a poor Clevedon defensive clearance landed on his plate. He shuffled past a Clevedon defender, and slotted the ball home for the opening goal of the game, and to give Yeovil a half time lead.

Half time saw Martin Gritton enter the field as a replacement for Sam Williams, and Gritton needed just four minutes to make his mark on the game, accepting an Andy Williams through ball to double Yeovil's lead at 2-0. That could have easily been game over, but Clevedon fought back well, forcing Gareth Stewart to tip over the bar, before Chas Hemmings got the home side a goal back, with his shot taking a deflection off Rhys Baggridge and into the back of the net.

As Clevedon pressed for an equalising goal, striking the woodwork during the second period in their attempts to grab a second goal, it was another relatively new signing that grabbed Yeovil's third and final goal. Danny Fitzsimons received the ball on the edge of the box, and hit a fine shot into the net with 10 minutes remaining, and there was no way for the home side to get back into the game.

About the only down side on the night was an injury to Andy Williams shortly after Clevedon had pulled the score back to 2-1, with the striker immediately coming off. Whether that was precautionary or of serious concern, we'll have to wait and see.

Full Time: Clevedon Town 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Scorers: Andy Williams (0-1, 35 mins), Martin Gritton (0-2, 49 mins), Chas Hemmings (1-2, 54 mins), Danny Fitzsimons (1-3, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Gareth Stewart
4. Rhys Baggridge, 8. Luke Ayling 2. Danny Fitzsimons
11. Billy Gibson, 5. Andrew Tutte, 10. Ed Upson, 3. Alex Russell, 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andy Williams, 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
13. Steve Boore, 16. Josh Doyle, 15. Rob Clowes (56 mins for Andy Williams), 14. Nathan Jones (61 mins for Andrew Tutte), 12. Martin Gritton (46 mins for Sam Williams).


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5 April 2011 : Rovers Blow League One Relegation Fight Wide Open
League One's relegation dogfight was blown wide open tonight, as Bristol Rovers climbed out of the bottom four with their second win inside three days. Their 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth tonight was another rearguard action, with keeper Conrad Logan once again the star of their side, as a Jeff Hughes penalty saw them grab all three points and climb up to 19th in the table, pushing Dagenham and Redbridge back into the relegation zone.

The Daggers lost 0-2 at home to Peterborough United, with two very early David Ball goals undoing them. Both Dagenham and Notts County (20th) have got games in hand that could haul themselves out of their current problems, but County's change of management didn't change their fortunes as they lost 1-2 at home to in form Rochdale who are now truly within a sniff of the League One play-offs. County, who have chief scout Carl Heggs in temporary charge, are now just one point off the relegation zone but have two games in hand on Rovers.

Sheffield Wednesday suddenly found their scoring touch, by hammering Tranmere Rovers 4-0 at Hillsborough to keep Tranmere in 18th place, whilst Leyton Orient finally landed themselves back on the right road, with a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle to keep the Pilgrims now nine points from safety at the foot of the table. Even though Argyle now have a provisional offer to buy their financially crippled club, it would appear too late to save them from League Two.

The night's only game that didn't affect the relegation slots was Southampton's 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic, which keeps them in third place and breathing down the neck of Huddersfield Town in second.

Yeovil Town remain 17th place in the League One table, which is updated below.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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5 April 2011 : Clevedon Town vs Yeovil Town Full Time
Tonight's line-up for the Somerset Premier Cup match against Clevedon Town has been announced. The Glovers line-up as follows in a 3-5-2 formation:

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Gareth Stewart
4. Rhys Baggridge, 8. Luke Ayling 2. Danny Fitzsimons
11. Billy Gibson, 5. Andrew Tutte, 10. Ed Upson, 3. Alex Russell, 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andy Williams, 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
13. Steve Boore, 16. Josh Doyle, 15. Rob Clowes (56 mins for Andy Williams), 14. Nathan Jones, 12. Martin Gritton (46 mins for Sam Williams).

We will post updates via Twitter throughout the evening, and also by adding to this page.

Full Time: Clevedon Town 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Scorers: Andy Williams (0-1, 35 mins), Martin Gritton (0-2, 49 mins), Clevedon Scorer (1-2, 54 mins), Danny Fitzsimons (1-3, 80 mins).

Updates:
35 mins: After various chances for Yeovil, including a long range Andrew Tutte chance, and two more for Ed Upson, Andy Williams takes advantage of a poor clearance, and shoots past the Clevedon keeper. 1-0 to Yeovil.

45 mins: Half time and Yeovil winning 1-0. Alex Russell looking very assured in midfield, whilst Billy Gibson is doing well out wide as a wing-back. Martin Gritton is coming on at half time, with Sam Williams expected to be withdrawn.

49 mins: Yeovil 2-0 up. Andy Williams passes through to Martin Gritton who nets to the left of goal.

54 mins: Clevedon pull a goal back, as a shot deflects off Rhys Baggridge and into the net. Yeovil winning 2-1.

56 mins: Andy Williams goes down injured and is immediately replaced. Rob Clowes comes on.

80 mins: Danny Fitzsimons restores the two goal advantage by firing home from outside the box. 3-1 to Yeovil.

90 mins: All over and Yeovil Town Reserves are through to the Somerset Premier Cup Final.


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5 April 2011 : Travelling Squad For Tonight's Trip To Clevedon
Yeovil Town have taken a decent strength squad to the Hand Stadium for tonight's Reserve Team game against Clevedon Town. The squad that will travel is as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart, Rhys Baggridge, Luke Ayling, Danny Fitzsimons, Billy Gibson, Andrew Tutte, Ed Upson, Alex Russell, Nathan Smith, Andy Williams, Sam Williams, Steve Boore, Aiden Chainey, Josh Doyle, Rob Clowes, Nathan Jones, Martin Gritton.


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5 April 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Bristol Rovers Interview
Just ahead of kick-off before Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's pre-match thoughts on the game, and the overall picture can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off In The Bristol Rovers Game.


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5 April 2011 : Carlisle Home Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town managed a narrow 1-0 win over Carlisle United to give them their third win in a row during March. The winning strike came from Jonathan Obika during the second period as the Cumbrians went home pointless despite them forcing plenty of pressure in the closing stages.

The Man of the Match voting obviously saw striker Jonathan Obika well recognised for his part in the win, with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson also given the thumbs up for his performance. However, it was centre-back Adam Virgo who came out on top in the poll, playing a full 90 minutes in a three man defensive partnership on the night. Results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Adam Virgo 218 (16)
2 Jonathan Obika 156 (12)
3 Stephen Henderson 102 (6)
4 Paul Huntington 70 (3)
5 Shaun MacDonald 60 (5)
6 Craig Alcock 58 (1)
7 Andy Welsh 48 (2)
8 Max Ehmer 46 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 34 (1)
10 Oli Johnson 30 (1)
11 Paul Wotton 10 (0)
12 Nathan Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.26

Performance: 7.32
Entertainment: 7.19

VOTES RECEIVED: 47


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5 April 2011 : Clevedon Town County Cup Match Preview
Tonight, Yeovil Town Reserves play their Somerset Premier Cup tie against Clevedon Town at the Hand Stadium. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and ticket prices for those travelling to the game are as follows:

Adults: £8.00; Seniors/Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Clevedon Town's Social Club will be open from 6.30p.m. with all supporters welcome, whilst their teabar will be open from 7.00p.m.

Address: The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, Clevedon, Bristol, Somerset, BS21 6TG.

Officials for the match will see referee Alan Raggett take charge, whilst his assistants will be Adam Fricker and Adam Penwell.

The other semi-final match between Weston Super Mare and Radstock Town is also scheduled to take place tonight at Woodspring Park.

Clevedon play in the Southern League South and West Division, and so should represent tougher opposition than Yeovil's Quarter-Final opponents Hengrove Athletic. That said, they currently lie second from bottom in the table, with just five wins to their name in 36 games and have won just three games out of 18 on their home patch.

There are no clues as to what sort of a side will take to the field tonight. With the Glovers having no formal Reserve Team structure currently, in the last round, all bar one player was selected from the club's Under-18s side, with Stefan Stam the only senior professional in the side. Stam is now with League Two strugglers Hereford United on loan, so won't be involved.

Part of the reason for Yeovil's inexperienced side was that they had a first team fixture 24 hours after the Hengrove match, however, with a significantly increased squad size to play with and no midweek match, it would be a major surprise if the likes of Billy Gibson, Danny Fitzsimons, Martin Gritton and Andrew Tutte did not get a chance of a run-out given they have spent much of the past few weeks sat in the stands. However, with the Under-18s being strong enough to see off Hengrove, much of tonight's squad will be based around those players.

Getting to the Hand Stadium is extremely easy as it is visible from the M5, and is signposted from the exit junction roundabout. Exit the M5 at junction 20 and take a left turn at the main motorway roundabout. At the next roundabout turn left, where you will see signposts for the Hand Stadium. Follow this road until the next roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout into Kenn Road, cross the river, and then turn left into Davis Lane, which is the second left. You'll find you recross the M5 at which point you will stumble across the stadium on the other side of the motorway.

Update: We've heard on the grapevine that tonight's squad will be a much stronger one heading to the Hand Stadium, with a decent amount of professional players travelling to the match. Thus the role of Youth Team players may be significantly less than at the Hengrove match.


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5 April 2011 : Skiverton Looking Up, Not Down, In Final Run-In
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is looking up, not down as the Glovers move into their final seven fixtures of the 2010-11 season. The Glovers currently lie in 17th place in the latest League One table and whilst on 47 points, they are still a few points short of the typical points target needed to guarantee a slot in League One for next season.

However, with the remaining matches pitching them against teams currently in 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th place, Skiverton has said that he has got his sights on catching those sides in order to improve the club's finishing position. He has told Sky Sports that although Dagenham and Redbridge below them have got a game in hand below them in the table, he wants to look upwards:

"Dagenham have got a few games in hand over us, but I'm just looking above us in the table and those sides that are up to six, seven or eight points ahead of us because they are catchable. It will get a little bit tight towards the end of the season and I'd rather be over the line comfortable rather than trickling over it, so that is what we are looking to do."

The two hardest games left in Yeovil Town's run-in, on paper at least, are the home game against AFC Bournemouth which is immediately followed by the trip to play Peterborough United. However, Skiverton believes that aside from those two sides, other opponents in the closing stages can be targeted:

"We aren't looking at what other sides are doing too much because what we do is the only thing we can influence. We've got rid of the games against the big boys now, with just Bournemouth and Peterborough left to go from the top six, so all the other games are against sides that are in and around us in the table. We need to make sure that the big boys start winning their games though because recently we thought we would have jumped a few places after winning, but the big boys dropped points against sides around us. We don't want that to happen too often, but we just need to focus on getting to 52 points as quickly as possible."

Yeovil Town's remaining matches are against Hartlepool United (14th, away), Notts County (19th, home), Oldham Athletic (15th, home), AFC Bournemouth (6th, home), Peterborough United (4th, away), Colchester United (11th, home) and finally Carlisle United (13th, away).

There is another batch of League One fixtures tonight, with the Glovers not playing until Saturday's trip to Hartlepool United. In tonight's six matches, Bristol Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge and Notts County are all at home, whilst Plymouth Argyle and Tranmere Rovers are on their travels. We'll have regular updates on the more relevant games on our Twitter account if you want to keep in touch with how that affects the League table tonight.


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4 April 2011 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away match was the away match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, just over a week ago. The game saw a club record away win with a 5-1 thrashing of a side with one of the best home records in the division.

At the centre of that result was a Shaun MacDonald hat-trick, with Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch grabbing the other goals. No need for mucking about with the Man of the Match result - there was only one winner, with a near unanimous outcome in the voting. Step forward the hat-trick man himself. Results are as shown below - note the near perfect performance and entertainment ratings on the day:

1 Shaun MacDonald 256 (25)
2 Jonathan Obika 80 (0)
3 Andy Welsh 34 (1)
4 Paul Wotton 32 (0)
5 Oli Johnson 28 (0)
6 Craig Alcock 20 (1)
7 Dean Bowditch 14 (0)
8 Paul Huntington 6 (0)
9 Adam Virgo 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 9.33

Performance: 9.41
Entertainment: 9.26

VOTES RECEIVED: 27


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4 April 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies April Fixture Flyer - Revised Version
The Fixtures Poster advertising home games for Yeovil Town Ladies has been revised slightly to fit in an additional home game that takes place during April. The Ladies are playing at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground every Sunday during April now, having played Colchester United yesterday.

They will now also play FA Women's Premier League Southern Division matches on April 10th, 17th and 24th against Keynsham Town, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United respectively.

All games take place at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word. All supporters are welcome to attend the matches at Sherborne Town's ground over the coming weekends.

In yesterday's match at Raleigh Grove, Yeovil Town Ladies secured a point against Colchester United Ladies in a 0-0 draw. More details should be up on the Ladies Website in the next 24 hours or so.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies April 2011 Fixture Flyer (Version 2).


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4 April 2011 : Football League Agree New Broadcast Rights Deal
The Football League have agreed a new broadcast rights deal with satellite broadcaster Sky Sports. The new deal will commence from the start of the 2012-13 season and run for three years, with the package worth £195m as a whole. The package covers broadcast agreements for the three Football League competitions, including the Football League Cup (currently sponsored as the Carling Cup) and the Football League Trophy (currently sponsored as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy).

The new package allows Sky Sports the rights to broadcast the following live matches:
a) 75 live Football League matches
b) All Football League play-off semi-final matches, along with the three finals
c) A total of 15 live matches from the Football League Cup including both legs of each Semi-Final and the Final
d) The Football League Trophy Final and at least two matches from the preceding rounds.

In addition Sky Sports will have the rights to highlights and clip packages encompassing all three competitions, and including media platforms such as broadband internet, video-on-demand and mobile telephony products.

The Football League have also stated that they are negotiating free-to-air highlights packages with an unnamed terrestrial broadcaster. The current rights sit with the BBC, through their occasional Championship division live matches, the Football League Show and Late Kick-Off programmes.

In a statement issued today, Football League Chairman Greg Clarke says of the new deal:

"Sky Sports is a highly valued partner of The Football League and we are delighted to extend our relationship for a further three seasons. They are a class act and our clubs will welcome their continued support. This has been a challenging climate in which to negotiate television rights, given the state of the economy and the lack of competitive tension in the sports broadcasting market. I am confident that our clubs will take heart from seeing such a significant ongoing investment in their competitions, despite a reduced level of broadcasting income, as it provides financial certainty in uncertain times."

The League's statement indicate that the new deal will take Sky beyond their 1,000th live Football League game, and overall bring in excess of 100 live matches per season across the three League competitions.

Update: There's a fairly gloomy reaction to this statement in The Guardian newspaper who describe the deal as being a £23m per season reduction on the current arrangements, or a 26 percent cut. They cost the current deal as being worth £88m per season but point out that they believe the BBC withdrew from the bidding process, leaving Sky as the only serious bidder. They report that 82 percent of current Football League contracts will have expired by then, giving clubs no excuses for not bringing their current wage structures into line with the revised deal by 2012. They believe the highlights package that is still up for grabs will be worth a seven figure sum.


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4 April 2011 : Exeter Away Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to St James Park where they took on Exeter City. Trailing at the break by a 2-1 scoreline and a Sam Williams goal, an enforced substitution saw a formation change and a Dean Bowditch double seal a 3-2 win.

Midfielder Shaun MacDonald and striker Jonathan Obika were making their return to the club on that day, and they polled well in the Man of the Match voting. However, it was Dean Bowditch who was your Man of the Match on the day by a comfortable margin, with results as follows:

1 Dean Bowditch 236 (18)
2 Shaun MacDonald 74 (7)
3 Jonathan Obika 66 (1)
4 Andy Welsh 60 (2)
5 Stephen Henderson 48 (3)
6 Adam Virgo 38 (1)
7 Andrew Tutte 24 (1)
8 Craig Alcock 22 (1)
8 Sam Williams 22 (1)
10 Max Ehmer 22 (0)
11 Alex Russell 16 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.11

Performance: 7.83
Entertainment: 8.39

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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4 April 2011 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's lengthy trip to play Hartlepool United have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 9th April 2011 at Victoria Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

We've only had Mr Tierney once as a match referee, but it's a game in which the 341 travelling fans who were present at the game will vividly remember him for. The December 2009 fixture against Milton Keynes Dons saw Mr Tierney bottle a sending off when Dons defender David McCracken took out Glovers striker Dean Bowditch whilst he was clean through on goal. It was difficult to see how it could be anything other than a professional foul - somehow Mr Tierney disagreed, and the Glovers ultimately let their 2-0 advantage slip, gaining only a 2-2 draw in a match where they should have been playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

In the post-match interviews, even Dons manager Paul Ince admitted he had expected a red card, whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright saying in his post-match interview, "we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions" and suggesting that such refereeing decisions were making his club a laughing stock in the Football League.

Both before and after that, we've not had Mr Tierney as the man in the middle. Our paths crossed when he was an assistant for the April 2006 away game at Huddersfield Town that kept us in League One, whilst he was the Fourth Official for the 5-0 defeat at Stockport County in the FA Cup during November 2008. And that's basically yer lot. Part of the reason is that he was only promoted to the Football League's referees list during the summer of 2009 - the other reason will be his Lancashire address.

Mr Tierney has taken charge of two Hartlepool United games already this season - their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park in February saw him raise four yellow cards, whilst last September saw him take charge of their home match against Carlisle United. The end result - another four yellows and another 4-0 defeat. Any chance of three in a row?

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Mike George (Norfolk) and Ricky Wootton (West Riding). The Fourth Official will be Simon Clayton (County Durham).

Link: December 2009 : Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.


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4 April 2011 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
In the middle of March, Yeovil Town played host to Walsall in a bit of a six-pointer, with both teams in and around the relegation line. This was a scrappy and nervy encounter, with Jonathan Macken's opener cancelled out by a goal credited as an Andy Williams equaliser (although Saddlers captain Andy Butler appeared to be the one who actually put it in the net). The final score was a 1-1 draw - probably slightly more damaging for Walsall than it was for Yeovil.

As far as Man of the Match poll was concerned, the two naturally left-sided players came out on top, although Andy Welsh who came in second place, just ahead of Stephen Henderson spent most of his time on the opposite flank. A comfortable winner on the day though, was left-back Nathan Smith. Results are as shown below, with outright MOTM shown in brackets:

1 Nathan Smith 128 (9)
2 Andy Welsh 66 (3)
3 Stephen Henderson 58 (3)
4 Luke Ayling 46 (3)
5 Andrew Tutte 38 (2)
6 Oli Johnson 26 (2)
7 Adam Virgo 16 (0)
8 Ed Upson 10 (1)
9 Dean Bowditch 10
10 Andy Williams 6

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00

Performance: 5.04
Entertainment: 4.96

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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4 April 2011 : Craig Alcock's View On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Bristol Rovers.

Manager Terry Skiverton's post-match views are still available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Home Game.


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3 April 2011 : Ince Becomes Latest Magpies Managerial Casualty
League One side Notts County have parted company with manager Paul Ince after just six months in the job. The Magpies currently sit in 19th place in the current League One table, and two points above the relegation zone.

County's sudden panic has come from the Magpies losing five games in a row, and with no outfield goals in their last eight matches. That run though came on the back of an impressive FA Cup run that saw them take Premier League side Manchester City to a Fourth Round Replay just over a month ago.

In total, Ince was given just 29 games to prove his worth - 10 wins and six draws along with 13 defeats wasn't considered good enough for the Magpies board with them releasing a statement saying:

"The recent run of results, which saw us win just once in March, meant that we were all in agreement that we had to address the situation. When we sat down to discuss the matter with Paul, it became clear that we were in agreement that a parting of the ways would be the best way forwards for all parties."

The Notts County board had given Ince a contract until the summer of 2014 - nearly a four year deal - but will now have to negotiate compensation with over three years still left to run on that contract. Ince himself had been the replacement to another sacking this season, with Craig Short lasting just 17 games before the County board decided to fire him.

Since sacking Ian McParland in October 2009, County have got through five managers in 18 months with Hans Backe, Dave Kevan and Steve Cotterill all playing their part in the managerial merry-go-round at Meadow Lane. With them having gone through multiple boardroom changes during that time, as well as a leap up to League One last summer, this certainly hasn't been the quietest club for news in the lower divisions.

Head Scout Carl Heggs has been appointed as caretaker manager for their Tuesday night game against Rochdale, but the wording of the club statement suggests that they will seek to appoint a permanent replacement from elsewhere before the season is out. Whoever arrives in at Meadow Lane will doubtless want to ensure that they negotiate a strong exit clause into the deal that they sign.


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3 April 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Home Game.


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3 April 2011 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
Next Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town have a trip to Victoria Road for a League One match against Hartlepool United. The match against the County Durham club takes place on Saturday 9th April 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £30.00, with concessions available at £28.00. 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: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Clevedon Town vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town.


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3 April 2011 : Skiverton Feels 'Sick' After Derby Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said that he felt 'sick to the stomach' at having to suffer defeat against Bristol Rovers yesterday. The Glovers lost the League One derby clash by a 0-1 scoreline, despite the home side dominating long stretches of the game.

Skiverton admitted that he'd had some heckling from a supporter as he left the field at Huish Park, but said after the game that he had some sympathy with what he heard as he was heading towards the tunnel:

"We've been on a fantastic run but I am sick to the stomach to lose this one as it was a local derby. When I walked off one supporter said 'disgusting', and he was right. That supporter was 100% right. I can't lie. I am sick. We're still playing well and in the first half we should have scored several goals. The second half was disappointing, we just couldn't break them down. We have to lick our wounds, get ready to go to Hartlepool next weekend and hope to set off on another winning run. We are well above the relegation zone but I want to win three or four more games."

The winning goalscorer Gavin Williams has already made 12 appearances for the Glovers, bringing him up to a total of 130 appearances across the three spells that he has had with the club. Skiverton added that it was sickening that a player he knew so well had come back to haunt the club:

"We know Gavin Williams can do good things and it was a bit sickening that he came back to Yeovil where he had such a good time and got the vital goal. It was just like him not to celebrate it."


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2 April 2011 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s clawed their way back from a goal down this morning, as they grabbed a 1-1 draw at Alvington, despite having to come from behind with just 10 men on the pitch. The Pilgrims took a half time lead, and seemed to be in control when Rob Clowes was dismissed early in the second period for sounding off to the match referee. However, the Glovers rarely let the disadvantage show, and they deservedly equalised when Rhys Baggridge's downward header from a free kick deceived the Argyle keeper landing a goal midway through the second half.

The match was watched by first team management pair Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, along with a number of injured personnel which included centre-back Lee Sweet and attacker Lloyd Matthews, whilst Tyler Sheppard was also out of contention. Midfielder Nick Lyskov was suspended whilst Lewis Clarke continued his loan spell at Weymouth.

In overcast and windy conditions, on one of the far pitches at the Alvington complex, Yeovil kicked off into the strong wind. Will Gordon's block on an Argyle defender's attempted clearance gave the Glovers winger the chance to put a pinpoint cross onto the head of Isaac Reid who put Yeovil's opening chance wide with just two minutes gone.

The strong wind and the bumpy pitch saw Yeovil struggle to get full control of the ball, resulting in a number of early free kicks for Plymouth as they attacked the home goal. From one of these a Plymouth forward shot but it was pushed round the post for a corner by Steve Boore. The Glovers keeper then saved Argyle's next attempt which came from that set piece, with Boore then rolling the ball out to the left flank, which set Yeovil on a counter-attack, with a series of good interplay ending with a shot from débutante Kingsley Charles whose attempt was saved by the visitors keeper.

Plymouth's next attack had almost broken down, only for a series of defensive errors to let them through again, with the Pilgrims being gifted an 8th minute 1-0 lead. Following the goal, both sides went on to play a lot of good football that was pretty to watch but often with no end result. Yeovil's better chances came when Will Gordon eluded a Pilgrims full back midway through the half, putting in a good cross to Rob Clowes whose powerful shot was saved by the keeper. Then Kingsley Charles made a tricky run down the right flank, putting a good cross in to Taran Singh Jheeta, but the striker could only head it at the goal keeper rather than either side of him.

At the other end, Plymouth brought the best out of Glovers goalkeeper Steve Boore, who pushed the ball for a corner which was subsequently cleared. But Yeovil continued to carve out chances leading up to the break, as Taran Singh Jheeta put pressure on the Argyle defence, causing an error from one of their back four, but with only the keeper to beat Jheeta put the chance wide. More end to end play from Yeovil then forced a corner, with Jonny Kaye sending the ball over to the far post as Aiden Chainey's shot went just wide of the target. A booking for each side completed a competitive half, with Josh Doyle holding onto his man who also saw yellow for reacting to the incident, whilst goalkeeper Steve Boore got first to a one-v-one chance as the half time whistle blew.

Plymouth's first attack of the second half produced yet another fine save from Steve Boore who was keeping his side in the game. But things looked like they were turning against the Glovers when Rob Clowes received two cards in quick succession. Having been booked for talking back to the match referee, four minutes later he was called over by the official and was shown a straight red, presumably for foul language. In between the two cards, Clowes had moved his way straight through the Plymouth defence before squaring the ball to Isaac Reid whose shot was cleared off the line by an Argyle defender.

Yeovil did had mountain to climb without Clowes in their midfield, particularly given that the corresponding away fixture earlier this month had also seen them play the game out with 10 men, but lose out 5-1. But to their credit they did not panic and tried to play the ball out of defence where possible, although once again Steve Boore had to keep them in the game with a brilliant one on one save just short of the hour mark, whilst at the other end Isaac Reid chased a lost cause and forcing Argyle's keeper and a supporting defender to dither and lose the ball, but Reid could not convert his chance.

Steven Boore made further three saves to keep his side in the game and that was just as well because in the next attack Yeovil won a free kick. Jonny Kaye's delivery found Rhys Baggridge whose downward header hit the grass then powerfully looped over the keeper and into the back of the net with just 11 minutes remaining.

Plymouth responded to the goal by launching a series of attacks which were either repelled by the defence or saved by Steve Boore, although one late chance saw Joe Grimstead clear the ball off the line to keep the point. The Glovers even had their own chance to win the match when Jonny Kaye's shot from a free kick move saw Argyle's keeper save low to his left. Certainly the Glovers deserved a share of the points for the way that they refused to let the red card early in the second period affect their work rate and their application, and did well to hang in there, when the dismissal could have opened up the floodgates.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Plymouth Scorer (8 mins, 0-1), Rhys Baggridge (79 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Team Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead. 4. Rhys Baggridge. 5. Josh Doyle. 6. Jonny Kaye. 7. Kingsley Charles 8. Rob Clowes 9. Isaac Reid 10. Taran Singh Jheeta 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
12. Adam Cleary (88 mins for Taran Jheeta Singh), 15. Ryan King (46 mins for Kingsley Charles).


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2 April 2011 : Yeovil 0 Rovers 1 : Not So Super Gav Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to a home defeat against relegation rivals Bristol Rovers this afternoon to leave them still a win short of the magical 50 points mark. Rovers substitute Gavin Williams, who has brought so much joy to Glovers fans across his three spells with the club, did the damage as he came off the bench to net from close range 14 minutes from time. But the Glovers only had themselves to blame by missing a glut of first half chances that could have put themselves out of sight earlier in the match.

Team news saw Terry Skiverton choose an unchanged squad, including the line-up, and given that they went into the game with three wins in a row, who could blame him? The 3-5-2 was preserved, and Rovers struggled badly to pick up Oli Johnson in the early stages, with his role in the hole allowing him plenty of space to move and collect the ball in several good attacking moves. Johnson himself got Yeovil's first attacking attempt - a shot on the angle that visiting keeper Conrad Logan did well to save, but Johnson should have buried.

That set the scene for a series of great first half opportunities. As the Glovers capitalised on almost every loose second ball in the middle of the park, an Andy Welsh free kick routine saw Logan save again, then came a couple of real killer chances. Jonathan Obika screwed wide in front of an open goal although mercifully for him it wouldn't have counted as Dean Bowditch's cross had seen the ball run out of play. However, there were fewer excuses for Oli Johnson as he sliced wide a Craig Alcock ball across the face of the box - perhaps he was stretching for the ball, but with Logan having been forced to his near post it should have been buried.

As the half closed, Rovers began to get a better grip on cutting out the supply to Oli Johnson, but without really getting a hold on the game itself. Harry Pell's hopeful tumble in the box looked little more than a dive, whilst at the other end, referee Neil Swarbrick correctly called Dean Bowditch's loss of footing in the box as nothing worthy of a spot kick. The final moment of the half saw Paul Wotton screw the ball inches wide of the post as he shot from the edge of the box, and that really summed up Yeovil's half - so near and yet so far, with the scoreline holding at 0-0.

The second period opened much like the first, with an Andy Welsh cross into the box seeing Craig Alcock's near post header crash against the underside of the bar and come straight back out again. But this was a much better half from the visitors, in truth, and they managed their first proper on target shot of the game just short of the hour mark when Chris Lines produced a powerful swirling free kick pot shot at Stephen Henderson, who punched the ball away to clear his goal.

On the hour mark, Gavin Williams was introduced to the game as a substitute, with warm applause from the home supporters for the service he has given them over the years. But still Yeovil pressed, with Adam Virgo going close as Logan turned his stooped header around the post from a corner, as another Andy Welsh delivery threatened their goal.

However, Yeovil were to be left ruing their pressure, as with 16 minutes left, Rovers finally got in behind the Yeovil defence with real incisiveness. James Tunnicliffe fed Will Hoskins down their left flank and Rovers' leading goalscorer skinned Paul Huntington close to the byline, before putting in a near post low cross, which Gavin Williams converted from close range right in front of the fans who used to adore him. To his credit, Williams refused to celebrate, even though his team-mates piled in on top of him in their own extended celebration.

The question was whether the Glovers could break down their opponents following the goal, and Rovers switched immediately to a 4-5-1 following the goal, and then switched again, taking off striker Jo Kuffour for defender David McCracken for a big loud siren call for what they planned to do during the final 15 minutes. Even though Yeovil themselves reacted by replacing defender Max Ehmer for striker Sam Williams to push three up front in the closing stages, it never really happened - there was a bit too much 'headless chicken' from an increasingly desperate Yeovil side, who were getting blocked off by the Rovers rearguard. A little more patience and application might have bought them the equaliser, but instead it was Rovers who gained the three valuable points. Yeovil's wait for their own 50 point target will have to wait an extra week at least.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 1.

Scorer: Gavin Williams (0-1, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Nathan Smith 7. Andrew Williams (72 mins for Oli Johnson) 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams (87 mins for Max Ehmer) 15. Alex Russell (75 mins for Paul Wotton) 16. Ed Upson

Bristol Rovers:
36. Conrad Logan
37. Danny Senda 15. Byron Anthony 5. Danny Coles 6. James Tunnicliffe
22. Harry Pell 7. Stuart Campbell 4. Chris Lines 11. Jeff Hughes
17. Jo Kuffour 8. Will Hoskins

Substitutes:
13. Mike Green (GK) 14. Wayne Brown (90 mins for Stuart Campbell) 35. Gavin Williams (61 mins for Harry Pell) 18. Eliot Richards 19. Reggie Lambe 31. David McCracken (85 mins for Jo Kuffour) 20. Charles Reece


Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (65 mins, foul)
Rovers Bookings: Danny Coles (71 mins, dissent)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). Assistants: Charles Breakspear (Surrey) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 6,281 (including 1,739 Rovers fans).


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2 April 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's home match against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 April 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's home match against Bristol Rovers. The line-up for the game is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Nathan Smith 7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson

The Bristol Rovers squad included Gavin Williams on the bench but Jean-Paul Kalala misses out of their squad entirely.


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2 April 2011 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a home draw against Plymouth Argyle Under-18s this morning, despite having to come from behind with just 10 men on the pitch. The Pilgrims took a half time lead, and seemed to be in control when Rob Clowes was dismissed early in the second period for sounding off to the match referee.

However, the Glovers rarely let the disadvantage show, and they deservedly equalised when Rhys Baggridge's downward header from a free kick deceived the Argyle keeper landing a goal midway through the second half.

More to follow on this match in the next 24/48 hours.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 1.


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2 April 2011 : Interview With Paul Huntington
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's game, club captain Paul Huntington spoke to the BBC about the match and the season so far. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Paul's thoughts on the West Country derby, and the season so far, are transcribed via the link below.

Link: Paul Huntington Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Bristol Rovers.


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1 April 2011 : Interview With Jonathan Obika
Just after he arrived from Tottenham Hotspur for his third loan spell at Huish Park, striker Jonathan Obika spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Jonathan's thoughts on his career and the 2010-11 season are transcribed via the link below.

Link: Jonathan Obika Speaks To The BBC After He Arrived For A Third Loan Spell.


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1 April 2011 : Southampton Away Man Of The Match Result
The second week in March saw Yeovil Town make the short journey to St Mary's Stadium for a midweek match. The less said about the game against Southampton, the better. The Glovers lost 3-0 in a match that became more and more one-sided as the game went on.

Man of the Match voting was a two horse race, with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and midfielder Ed Upson running neck-and-neck. Hendo was the winner of the poll by the smallest of margins - merely a single third placed vote. Results as follows with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Stephen Henderson 42 (3)
2 Ed Upson 40 (4)
3 Luke Ayling 26 (0)
4 Nathan Smith 18 (1)
4 Max Ehmer 18 (1)
6 Adam Virgo 12 (0)
7 Oli Johnson 10 (1)
8 Craig Alcock 6 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 4 (0)
10 Alex Russell 2 (0)
10 Paul Huntington 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.80

Performance: 4.60
Entertainment: 5.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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1 April 2011 : Skivo Previews The Bristol Rovers Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One match at Huish Park against Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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1 April 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to West Country rivals Bristol Rovers in a League One match tomorrow at Huish Park. With neither side having secured their divisional status this season at present, it's not just a local derby match, but one that could very easily shape the league in which the two clubs play next year. Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match will be available on the day.

In truth, it is Rovers who come down the A37 with far more pressure on their shoulders. They currently languish in 22nd place in the current League One table, four points from safety having played more games than the sides just above the relegation line, and with the worst goal difference in the division, that gap is in reality five points. With Yeovil Town 10 points ahead of them in 16th place, a win for the home side will make them pretty much uncatchable as far as the bottom three clubs are concerned. Rovers really can't afford to lose if they are to get themselves out of hot water.

Part of Rovers' problem has been their managerial instability. Having made the decision to fire former boss Paul Trollope in mid-December, they spent a month with his assistant Darren Patterson in caretaker charge. Then came Dave Penney on January 10th, but less than two months later he was sacked, with club captain Stuart Campbell becoming their fourth manager of the 2010-11 season.

Campbell has done relatively well since his appointment - two wins, a draw and a defeat, with both wins coming away from the Memorial Stadium. The latter fact may make the Glovers a little wary, given that even they have looked more comfortable on their travels during 2011, with perhaps a touch less pressure on away sides in such circumstances. Their goals have come almost exclusively from Will Hoskins (19 goals), Jeff Hughes (10 goals) and Jo Kuffour (9 goals) although along with the Glovers they've been one of the teams that have struggled to score during the 2010-11 season.

Both sides are believed to be going into the match with no new injury worries. Former Glovers stars Gavin Williams and Jean-Paul Kalala will be making their returns to Huish Park although there's no guarantee that either player will get on the pitch, with both being unused substitutes in the last home game at the Mem - a 2-2 draw against Peterborough United. In fact Kalala hasn't got onto the pitch since Campbell took over as manager, suggesting that perhaps his stay in Bristol will be a brief one. Gavin's participation is much more regular, although like his loan spell at Huish Park earlier this season, he's struggled to make it through 90 minutes. It would be a major surprise if he didn't play some part tomorrow though.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow, and as already mentioned, tickets are available on the day of the game to both sets of supporters, subject to the usual match day surcharge. If you can't make the game then as always we'll be on Twitter throughout the afternoon whilst BBC Somerset will be on the air from 1.00p.m. bringing live commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Away Fans Barred From Beer Tent This Saturday.

Link: Skiverton Aiming To Leave Rovers Dead.


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1 April 2011 : Skiverton Aiming To Leave Rovers Dead
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that beating Bristol Rovers tomorrow would kill off any chance their opponents have of catching them this season. The two clubs have spent much of the current campaign within a couple of points of each other as both have battled against relegation, but a recent surge of a maximum nine points from their last three matches has put the Glovers 10 points ahead of Rovers in the latest League One table.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't want to overplay the fixture, given that as a West Country derby match it would be seen as important regardless, but he does admit that a Glovers win would leave Rovers 'dead' from his point of view:

"It's a big game for us at the weekend and I'm very mindful of what it's going to bring. It's going to bring a lot of attention that comes off the field. But my job and my staff's job is to make sure that we focus just on trying to get the three points and to not get sucked into where they are and we are.

It's a local derby and we need to get a result, but they (Bristol Rovers) have to get a result. If it goes to 13 points between us, then they're dead. We can't afford to just lay down and think that we've done anything yet though as we've got some really important games coming up and it starts on Saturday
."

A win on Saturday would also put the Glovers across the psychological 50 points line - by no means a guarantee of survival in League One, but in the majority of past seasons a rough benchmark for what most teams need to attain in order to stay up. With eight games left, including Rovers, three points at Huish Park would leave the Glovers all but there.


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1 April 2011 : Hunts: Squad Strength The Key To Success
Yeovil Town's first team captain Paul Huntington believes that the greater squad size has been a significant factor in recent results for his team. The Glovers go into tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers on the back of three consecutive wins - a run that has coincided with the arrival of midfielder Shaun MacDonald and striker Jonathan Obika on loan.

Striker Martin Gritton has also been signed by the club, yet he has not even got into a matchday squad, whilst the Glovers have been naming eighteen players for recent games that have also left out the likes of Andrew Tutte, Billy Gibson and Danny Fitzsimons who have been left watching the game in the stands.

Tuesday night's squad against Carlisle United included Luke Ayling, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams who have all played a regular part of the 2010-11 season. Huntington told BBC Somerset that this additional squad strength and depth was proving key to current form:

"We've got a strong squad at the minute. I think in the past when we've had a few injuries it's been a bit noticeable within the starting eleven. At the minute the bench is full of lads who have played a lot this season. We spoke about it this morning and things are looking good, in that we've got people who can come on and influence the game, which is what we need, and competition for places is good."


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1 April 2011 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
During the early part of March, Yeovil Town played a home match against Huddersfield Town. The match ended in a 1-1 draw that saw mixed feelings given that the Terriers had played much of the game with 10 men, although their league position near the top of the table couldn't be ignored either.

As far as the Man of the Match voting was concerned, there was a decent spread of results, with seven different Yeovil Town players nominated for your top votes on the day. However, midfielder Alex Russell was the player to come out on top for the first time since signing for the club in January, having played a full 90 minutes on the day. Full results are as shown below:

1 Alex Russell 92 (8)
2 Nathan Smith 82 (3)
3 Max Ehmer 46 (3)
5 Luke Ayling 44 (2)
5 Andrew Tutte 44 (2)
6 Stephen Henderson 38 (2)
7 Andy Williams 24 (2)
8 Oli Johnson 12 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 8 (0)
10 Paul Huntington 4 (0)
11 Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.05

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.09

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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