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30 April 2012 : Post-Chesterfield Interview With Andy Williams
Following Saturday's 3-2 win over Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, you can read Andy's thoughts on his 17th goal of the season, and on his future at the club, via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against Chesterfield.


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30 April 2012 : Glovers Duo Nominated For Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town pair Dominic Blizzard and Andy Williams have been listed in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. Both scored in the weekend's 3-2 win over Chesterfield at Huish Park, with Dominic getting his fourth goal of the season midway through the first half, following an excellent multi-player move.

Dominic's goal was set up by Andy Williams, who also grabbed his 17th goal of the season on Saturday, with a fine 20 yard low drive into the corner. This is the fifth time that Andy has been in the Football League's team of the week.

The full line-up, which includes former Glovers loan goalkeeper John Sullivan, reads as follows:

John Sullivan (Charlton Athletic)
Frank Simek (Carlisle United) Andy Butler (Walsall) Tom Eastman (Colchester United) Cedric Evina (Charlton Athletic)
Keith Treacy (Sheffield Wednesday) Dominic Blizzard (Yeovil Town) Alan Judge (Notts County) Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United)
Andrew Williams (Yeovil Town) Francois Zoko (Carlisle United)

The full list of the Team of the Week nominations for Yeovil Town players this season reads as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).
9) 18/02/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Colchester United).
10) 03/03/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Brentford).
11) 10/03/2012 : Gavin Williams (2-1 away vs Oldham Athletic).
12) 31/03/2012 : Sam Walker (0-0 away vs AFC Bournemouth).
13) 28/04/2012 : Dominic Blizzard (3-2 home vs Chesterfield).
14) 28/04/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Chesterfield).


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30 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Waiting Game
With one or two clues starting to appear on social media or on the rumourmill about what Yeovil Town's out of contract players may be doing next season, we're doubtless in for a month of waiting for announcements. Based on the various interviews and information gained over the weekend, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at where things stand on that front.

You will doubtless have your own views and opinions - feel free to add them at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Waiting Game.


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29 April 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Chesterfield Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 win over Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Chesterfield Home Game.


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29 April 2012 : Glovers Give Williams 'Biggest' Ever Contract Offer
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has claimed that the club have given the 'biggest' contract offer they have ever made to a player in their efforts to keep their leading goalscorer beyond the summer. Striker Andy Williams netted his 17th goal of the season in yesterday's 3-2 win over Chesterfield, but will be entitled to leave the club on a free transfer with his two year contract expiring at the end of the season.

Speaking after the game, Gary admitted to BBC Somerset that after such a prolific season that the 25 year old was bound to get offers from other clubs. But he felt that the Glovers had put in a strong offer to persuade him to stay:

"Everybody has an opportunity at some point to do something after a decent season. I think everybody appreciates where they were and what that club did for them. But we're not going to be able to entice him through sentiment. Andy has been made probably the biggest offer this club has ever made to somebody, and it's on his table now.

We made that offer to him early, and it will be up to him. He's obviously got to look at his options as that's the professional thing to do. I hope he stays - of course I do, because I think we are going to be competing next year and it would be nice if we have got him with us, rather than not with us
."

Our understanding is that the club have given offers out to around six of the sixteen players who are out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season. Obviously Williams is one of those, whilst it would be unthinkable for Paul Huntington, Luke Ayling and Ed Upson to not be on that list. However, it's harder to judge which other players have deals on the table at present. The general vibes are that Williams is most likely to move on to another club.

In terms of Richard Hinds, who tweeted on Friday that he would be playing his 'last game' over the weekend, the explanation given is that his contract ran out at the end of April - although that shouldn't have stopped him from playing under non-contract terms at the Galpharm Stadium. The departure of all the club's second year scholars, including Lloyd Matthews was however confirmed on Saturday. Finally, Anthony Edgar, who is one of only three in-contract players for next season, has been told he is free to find another club, and that the club would release him from his contract if he is successful in doing so.


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29 April 2012 : Yeovil 3 Chesterfield 2 : Spireites Face The Drop
Yeovil Town polished off their 2011-12 League One home fixtures yesterday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Chesterfield, and in doing so relegated their opponents to League Two for next season. In a topsy-turvy game, the Spireites twice held the lead they needed to take things into the final day, with Jordan Bowery and Danny Whitaker giving them goal advantages. But strikes from Dominic Blizzard, Kieran Agard and Andy Williams saw the Glovers make yet another Huish Park comeback complete.

Manager Gary Johnson chose to preserve the same starting line-up that secured League One safety at Leyton Orient last weekend, with only one change to the bench. Youth Team defender Mitch Brundle displaced Lloyd Matthews, after the latter had been told that he would not be getting a professional deal on the Friday. Blackburn Rovers midfielder Josh Morris missed out for the third match running, as the club's sixth loanee, despite having recovered from a recent illness.

Chesterfield needed to win the match to avoid relegation, but it was the Glovers who started the better - Andy Williams shot just wide of the far post from a Jon Obika cross, whilst Williams also fired an attempt inside the box that Spireites keeper Tommy Lee had to parry and pick up at the second attempt, as Yeovil's fluent passing put them on the back foot.

However, the first two key events went against the Glovers. Firstly Jonathan Obika pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, leaving the field with just six minutes gone, and eventually being replaced by Kieran Agard. Then the visitors took the lead with their first attack of the match - a cross into the box from the right flank from Mark Randall that Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington seemed to leave, fearing that he would turn the ball into his own net. The end result was just the same though, as Jordan Bowery converted from close range at the far post. Chesterfield 1-0 up and somewhat against the run of play.

Despite the set-back, the pattern of the game stayed pretty much as it was. Chesterfield had occasional attacks, and were specifically targeting Yeovil's left flank, with Bowery putting a header over the bar as he got too much space in the box, whilst later forcing Sam Walker to make a smart save at the foot of his post for a corner.

Most of the play was in the opposite half though, with Kieran Agard turning inside the box and scraping a shot just wide, whilst Jonathan Franks struck the foot of the post from distance as space opened up for him on the right side of midfield - Tommy Lee getting a vital fingertip on the ball to keep it out of the net. Eventually the equaliser that Yeovil's play deserved came on 26 minutes - a great multi-player team move that saw Dominic Blizzard involved in the build-up before he ran into the box to get on the end of a low Andy Williams cross, with the midfielder tapping in from close range.

By half time, Yeovil really should have been ahead. Lawson D'Ath's shot from distance took a deflection for a corner, whilst Kieran Agard's curling shot did the same as it headed over the crossbar. Yeovil's play was that of a side with new found freedom - able to relax with the job done last weekend, and with the midfield quartet in particular performing to a very high standard in the way they pushed the ball around.

Maybe things were a little bit too easy for them out there. When Chesterfield introduced Danny Whitaker as a half time substitution, that invoked a formation change for the Spireites, as well as a new attacking outlet via a player that had got their winning goal last weekend against Rochdale. The Glovers came out looking a little bit too casual, and allowed the visitors to get on the ball far too much. All the warning signs were there for them when Craig Westcarr missed one of the most open goals you'll ever witness - a Jordan Bowery cross that slipped behind Sam Walker who was on his near post, but Westcarr somehow managed to turn the ball in front of the post, holding onto the goalpost and staring at the ball, as if he couldn't believe what he had done.

Westcarr managed to slice another attempt wide of the target, before Chesterfield finally retook the lead midway through the second period. The goal had a huge chunk of luck attached to it, as Danny Whitaker fired in a long distance shot which Richard Hinds attempted to block - only for the ball to balloon off his body, giving Sam Walker not a hope, as it looped over him and into the net. A 1-2 scoreline, and whilst the Glovers should have been a mile ahead on their first half play, Chesterfield deserved it on their second half performance.

They held their advantage for precisely four minutes. Kieran Agard was enjoying his chance of an extended period on the pitch, having one of his better matches for the Glovers, and when he received a pass from Luke Ayling inside the box, but with his back to goal. With a twist and turn, he got himself room away from his marker Gregor Robertson, and then drove an excellent finish into the bottom right hand corner for a quickfire response and a 2-2 equaliser.

That goal was going to send Chesterfield down, and inevitably they pushed players forward, with time now running out. Craig Westcarr had a shot well saved by Sam Walker for a corner, as the game developed a manic end-to-end quality about it. There was bound to be a fifth goal at least, with neither side particularly bothering with defending for the draw.

With ten minutes to go, it was Yeovil who got it. Andy Williams had been shooting, and trying to find room for shots, like a man possessed all afternoon. At times that approach had been a little selfish, but this time he got it perfect - a 20 yard low drive that slipped into the bottom left hand corner, right in front of 500 despairing Chesterfield supporters, who perhaps knew at this stage that there would be no coming back from the 3-2 deficit.

The Spireites did keep going until the end though, even if it was increasingly in vain. Danny Whitaker saw a deflected shot go inches wide, then Sam Walker made a stunning save to keep out another late attempt to force an equalising goal. But in a bright and entertaining game, the Glovers held out, leaving some Chesterfield players in tears on the final whistle as their drop down into League Two was confirmed on the final whistle. Overall - apart from the opening 20 minutes of the second period - it was Yeovil who deserved to pick up the three points though - with the pressure completely off them, the players appeared to enjoy the game, and it was a good way to end matters at Huish Park for this season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Chesterfield 2.

Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 8 mins), Dominic Blizzard (1-1, 26 mins), Danny Whitaker (1-2, 69 mins), Kieran Agard (2-2, 73 mins), Andy Williams (3-2, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (6 mins for Jonathan Obika) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 36. Mitch Brundle

Chesterfield:
1. Tommy Lee 25. Drew Talbot 5. Josh Thompson 3. Gregor Robertson 12. Liam Ridehalgh 22. Jimmy Juan 9. Craig Westcarr 30. Franck Moussa 23. Mark Randall 16. Noel Alexandre Mendy 21. Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 4. Jamie Lowry 7. Mark Allott 10. Danny Whitaker (46 mins for Jimmy Juan) 19. Scott Boden (79 mins for Noel Alexandre Mendy)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Chesterfield Bookings: None.

Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable and Stephen Daly. Fourth Official: Colin Lymer.

Attendance: 4,563 (including 523 Chesterfield supporters).


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29 April 2012 : Veterans Game Is OFF
This afternoon's planned game between Yeovil Town Veterans and Chard Town Veterans has been postponed. Heavy overnight rain has made the prospect of two games in a single day impossible and so it will not take place today.


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29 April 2012 : Two Matches At Huish Park Today
A reminder that there are two matches planned to be staged at Huish Park today. The first sees the High Holborne Shield Final take place at 11.00a.m. That is followed in the afternoon, when Yeovil Town Veterans take on Chard Town Veterans in a match to benefit St Margaret's Hospice, and will feature a large number of former Glovers players in both line-ups.

The weather overnight has not been too good - if we pick up on any issues with the games then we'll drop an update here and onto our Twitter account. If anyone does go to the either game, feel free to send through a review of the match, or send through tweets during the match and we'll retweet them.

Link: High Holborne Shield Final.

Link: Glovers Veterans Arrange Charity Match.


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28 April 2012 : Johnson Glad To Sign Off With A Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he was glad to sign off the 2011-12 home fixtures with a win, after his side grabbed a 3-2 victory over Chesterfield. Their 10th home victory was gained thanks to goals from Dominic Blizzard, Kieran Agard and Andy Williams in a match that swung both ways before Williams got the fifth and decisive goal.

Gary told BBC Somerset that with the Spireites needing a win to avoid relegation, that he was expecting that sort of a match, but he wasn't prepared to sit back and try to block the visitors out:

"It's always nice to finish your home games with a win. We knew how important it was to Chesterfield so it was going to be a to and fro sort of game. We weren't just going to defend, and they couldn't afford to do that. That's how the game panned out."

Since Gary has returned to the club, the Glovers have won seven out of their ten matches at Huish Park - a haul that has been largely responsible for ensuring their League One status. Despite mishaps against Hartlepool United and Stevenage in recent weeks, he added that he was happy with the overall theme, and was glad that the End Of Season Awards were carried out after a positive result:

"I'm pleased we won 3-2. We've lost a couple of games, with one very poor one (against Stevenage) at Huish Park, and one poor game against Hartlepool. But generally we came here to make it a bit of a fortress, and I think we've sort of done that with the number of wins that we've had. It's much better to that those (end of season) awards after a win, so I'm pleased for the lads and congratulate Andy Williams and Luke Ayling, who took most of the trophies."

The result meant that Chesterfield returned to League Two, just 12 months after they were promoted as Champions. Gary added that he was disappointed to be the club that sent them down, saying that manager John Sheridan and his players were better than their bottom four position suggested:

"I am really disappointed they are going down. They are a good club, with some very good players and an excellent manager, so I'm sorry we shall lose them. But that's the way it goes."


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28 April 2012 : Yeovil 3 Chesterfield 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town polished off their 2011-12 League One home fixtures this afternoon with a 3-2 win over Chesterfield, and in doing so relegated their opponents to League Two for next season. In a topsy-turvy game, the Spireites twice held the lead they needed to take things into the final day, with Jordan Bowery and Danny Whitaker giving them goal advantages. But strikes from Dominic Blizzard, Kieran Agard and Andy Williams saw the Glovers make yet another Huish Park comeback complete.

Full match report to follow later ...

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Chesterfield 2.

Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 8 mins), Dominic Blizzard (1-1, 26 mins), Danny Whitaker (1-2, 69 mins), Kieran Agard (2-2, 73 mins), Andy Williams (3-2, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (6 mins for Jonathan Obika) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 36. Mitch Brundle

Chesterfield:
1. Tommy Lee 25. Drew Talbot 5. Josh Thompson 3. Gregor Robertson 12. Liam Ridehalgh 22. Jimmy Juan 9. Craig Westcarr 30. Franck Moussa 23. Mark Randall 16. Noel Alexandre Mendy 21. Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 4. Jamie Lowry 7. Mark Allott 10. Danny Whitaker (46 mins for Jimmy Juan) 19. Scott Boden (79 mins for Noel Alexandre Mendy)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Chesterfield Bookings: None.

Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable and Stephen Daly. Fourth Official: Colin Lymer.

Attendance: 4,563 (including 523 Chesterfield supporters).


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28 April 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 win against Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield.


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28 April 2012 : 2011-12 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's 2011-12 end of season awards took place following this afternoon's match against Chesterfield.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Andy Williams (1st), Luke Ayling (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Paul Huntington.
Cary Glovers: Andy Williams.
Away Travel Club: Andy Williams (1st), Luke Ayling (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Luke Ayling.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Andy Williams.
DSA: Andy Williams. Young Player: Luke Ayling.
Community Sports Trust: Luke Ayling.

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


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28 April 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Chesterfield at Huish Park. Midfielders Michael Woods and Ed Upson are still suspended, whilst Gavin Williams is out injured, and

The only change comes on the bench where Youth Team defender Mitch Brundle displaces Lloyd Matthews. The line-up is expected to be as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 36. Mitch Brundle


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27 April 2012 : Hinds Preparing For 'Last Game'
Yeovil Town's central defender Richard Hinds has suggested that tomorrow's home match against Chesterfield is his last game of the 2011-12 season. The 31 year old has played 15 games for the Glovers since arriving as a free agent at the start of February, shortly after leaving Lincoln City at the turn of the year.

Speaking on his Twitter page, Richard believes that tomorrow represents his final game, even though it is only the penultimate match of the League One season:

"Last game for me tomorrow. Lets hope it's a good day and I finish on a high."

Hinds is out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season, and so this brings into question whether his future at the club has been decided one game early. Earlier in the week, he had tweeted:

"Thanks for all your support this season. You have all been great. I have loved playing for Yeovil it's a fantastic club."

Neither tweet is conclusive, but both do point to a player that is saying his farewells. If Hinds is unavailable for next Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town, for whatever reason, then there will be two players added to that squad, with Ed Upson making his return from a three match suspension, whilst defender Rhys Baggridge will be available with his loan spell with Weymouth due to end when they play their final league match on Saturday afternoon.


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27 April 2012 : No First Year Pro Deals
Yeovil Town are believed to have not given any professional deals to their current crop of youth teamers this summer. All four of the club's remaining second year scholars have been told that they will not be offered terms with the club on completion of their two year scholarships.

The Glovers completed the 2011-12 season with four second year scholars on their books - full-back Josh Doyle, midfielder/striker Adam Cleary, midfielder Jonny Kaye and attacker Lloyd Matthews. A fifth player, Will Gordon, effectively left the club at the turn of the year, even if his move to Northern Premier League Division One South side Carlton Town was reported as a loan.

Of those players, probably the departure of Lloyd Matthews is the most surprising, given that he has been getting good experience with his home town club Frome Town during 2012, and was recalled from that spell to sit on the bench last weekend at Leyton Orient, strongly suggesting that he was being blended into the professional squad for next season. However, it's now transpired that is not the case, and so he leaves after a six year association with the club.

The club has seven first year scholars who will automatically carry through to their second year and thus form the spine of next season's Youth Team. They include goalkeeper Matt Cafer, defender Mitch Brundle, full-back Taran Singh Jheeta, centre-back Lee Sweet, striker Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and midfielders Will Agbo and Aidan Chainey. In addition, defender Elliot Nelson and midfielder Tommy Smith were given scholarship offers for next season after they impressed in their moves up from the Under-16s side during the latter half of the season.

Of course the club may well look at the exit trials over the summer for other players that are released from Centre of Excellence and Academy set-ups. However, it's a shame that none of this year's current crop will be taking the next step, given the prestige that blooding home grown players brings.

In terms of the club's last major Youth Team graduate, Craig Alcock, who played for the Under-18s back in 2005-06, he has picked up two end of season awards with Championship side Peterborough United. Playing 43 times for the Posh this year, he has been given the Junior Posh Player of the Year and the Supporters Trust Community Player of the Year at the London Road club.

Alcock has played right across the back four for Peterborough this season, along with a number of midfield roles, and after starting the season on their bench, he has become a first team regular and joked to their local press that he should get a bonus based on the number of positions he'd played:

"I'm thinking of asking for extra appearance money for playing in so many positions. But in all honesty I can't believe how well the season has gone for me and I'd like to thank the manager, the backroom staff, my team-mates and the fans for the support they've given me.

I certainly didn't expect to play so many games. I'd have been happy to play in 10 Championship matches, but after sitting on the bench for the first match I've been pretty much a regular. I don't really want to be known as a Jack of all trades, but it's great for me that the manager trusts me enough to pick me in so many different positions
."


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27 April 2012 : Gary Previews The Chesterfield Home Match
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on his opponents can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Chesterfield.


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27 April 2012 : End Of Season Presentations Tomorrow
With tomorrow's match against Chesterfield being the final game of the 2011-12 season, the club's End of Season Awards will be presented. In line with recent seasons, these will be done after the match finishes, at around 5.00p.m. depending upon when the final whistle blows at Huish Park.

The usual range of awards will be presented on the day. Needless to say, please stay off the Huish Park pitch at the end of the match. The club have two more matches to stage on the Sunday, and so in these wet conditions, the pitch is likely to require some repair work. In addition, we'd expect the first team to perform a lap of honour at the end of the game, which obviously won't be possible if people are on the pitch.

As a consequence, if you're getting a lift home after the match, or are making evening arrangements, you might want to plan to only leave the ground around half an hour after the game ends.


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27 April 2012 : Early Team News For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
Yeovil Town are expecting to choose from an unchanged squad of players when they take on Chesterfield at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon. The final home match of the 2011-12 season will see the Glovers take on a relegation-threatened Spireites side, knowing for the first time that they themselves are safe from the drop in 16th place.

They go into the game with the same selection problems as last week - midfielders Ed Upson and Michael Woods are suspended, with Upson serving the final game of his three match ban. Assistant manager Nathan Jones (ankle) and Kelly Youga (Achilles) remain long term absentees, whilst attacking midfielder Gavin Williams has yet to return to training and so highly unlikely to be involved.

Probably the only possible change is that Blackburn Rovers midfielder Josh Morris is back in training following his recent illness and is available for selection. However, he's been the club's "sixth loanee" for the past two matches, so if he is included in the squad, another one of the club's borrowed players will have to be excluded. That means that Youth Team pair Lloyd Matthews and Mitch Brundle, who travelled up to Leyton Orient last weekend should stand a chance of grabbing any spare places on the substitutes bench.

Chesterfield will travel down to Huish Park with more or less the same squad that has seen them pick up three wins in a row to give them an outside chance of a great escape. Neal Trotman and Jack Lester are out injured. They will take a late check on defender Liam Ridehalgh, who picked up a knock in last week's win over Rochdale.

If he doesn't make it, their local press expect Gregor Robertson to take the left-back slot, despite former Glover Nathan Smith being an unused substitute last weekend, but obviously being a prime case to slot in against his former club. Smith is one of a couple of players with dual connections, with Glovers left-back Jonathan Grounds having also had a loan spell with the Spireites.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the match commences, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those wishing to buy tickets at the pre-match price, the Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight.

Link: Spireites Clinging On To Great Escape.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield.


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27 April 2012 : Funeral Arrangements For Dave Platt
Funeral arrangements for former Yeovil Town striker Dave Platt have been announced. The service will take place at St John's Church, Yeovil at 2.30p.m. on Thursday 3rd May, and all those who knew Dave in person or through his time at numerous local football clubs are welcome to attend.

Requests are for family flowers only to be provided. People who wish to make a donation can do so at the service, with proceeds going towards the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. You can also make a donation via David Rivett Funeral Director, 30 Lyde Road, Yeovil, BA21 5AT. Tel:01935-433737.

Dave passed away last Friday, aged 55, having suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma – cancer of the lymphoid tissue - for a number of years. In addition to two spells with Yeovil Town, he also played for Leicester City, Grantham, Weymouth, Bath City, Poole Town, Trowbridge, Chard Town, Shaftesbury and Westland Sports.

In addition to the above charity, another way to support Dave's memory is to attend Sunday afternoon's Charity game, which had been arranged before Dave's untimely death, but benefits St Margaret's Hospice, who cared for him. The match will see a Yeovil Town Veterans side take on Chard Town Veterans. For further details see below.

There will also be a minute's applause prior to tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Chesterfield.

Link: Dave Platt R.I.P.

Link: Glovers Veterans Arrange Charity Match.


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26 April 2012 : Spireites Clinging On To Great Escape
Saturday's opponents Chesterfield still believe that they can pull off a great escape. After seemingly being dead and buried at the start of April, the Spireites have gone on a late charge, winning games against Wycombe Wanderers (4-0), Hartlepool United (2-1) and Rochdale (2-1). Now they head to Huish Park where they will take on Yeovil Town, who play their first match since attaining League One safety.

With two of those Chesterfield wins coming against fellow bottom four sides, their sudden burst into form has come at a crucial time, but with other clubs also picking up points they still lie in a precarious position in the League One table, four points from safety. Spireites assistant manager Tommy Wright is convinced that with two games to go that they are capable of doing it, although acknowledges that results involving Walsall and Leyton Orient will play a big part:

"I really do believe, honestly I really do. Apparently somebody up there must like us because I thought we were quite fortunate against Rochdale (last Saturday). We have still got hope and we have got to keep going. We need to look after ourselves again on Saturday and then hope for the other results again because if Walsall and Leyton Orient drop points but we don't win our game then that will be devastating for us."

If Yeovil Town win the match at Huish Park then they will definitely relegate Chesterfield back to League Two. If the visitors only draw, then their goal difference will pretty see them relegated as they'd then need to see a 16 goal swing over Walsall on the final day. However, whatever Chesterfield do on Saturday, they will be reliant upon the Saddlers and Orient, who only need to match the result at Huish Park to ensure the Spireites can't catch them.

Saturday's Key Fixtures:
Carlisle United vs Exeter City (23rd)
Hartlepool United vs Leyton Orient (19th)
Walsall (20th) vs Huddersfield Town
Wycombe Wanderers (21st) vs Notts County
Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield (22nd)

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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26 April 2012 : Negotiations Start With Out Of Contract Players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that negotiations with the club's large number of out of contract players has commenced. The Glovers have got sixteen players whose deals run out at the end of the 2011-12 season, although it is unlikely that all of these will be offered new terms.

As yet, we do not know which players Johnson is negotiating with, although he has dropped a few hints along the way that would give supporters an educated guess. There's no clues as yet as to things like contract lengths, or which players may be shown the door. However, in this week's Western Gazette, the Yeovil boss does confirm that process has started and that he hopes that he will hear back from the players within the next few weeks:

"Negotiations have begun. There is not a great deal of negotiation because myself and the board have put together what we think are very good offers for players for our club. Then we can expect them to make an early decision. If you come with a very low negotiating offer then that will take too much time so we have really gone in with the offers we can afford and we think are good offers so we are hoping to hear back within the next couple of weeks."

The club's tendency in the past has been to adopt a 'take it or leave it' approach to the financial elements of the player's contract, meaning that as Gary implies above, in terms of wages they'll only get one offer. However, in terms of the finer things, such as release clauses or performance-related triggers there might be a bit more discussion.

Johnson has previously spoken about wanting a quick decision on such deals; although he suggests a 'couple of weeks' for a response from players, it's not clear that this is a hard deadline, or whether these are 'talks' or if there are hard pieces of paper on the table yet.


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25 April 2012 : League Boss Warns Of Pompey Liquidation Risk
Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has this afternoon admitted that he could see the 2012-13 season starting without Championship side Portsmouth. Having been relegated to League One last weekend, the South Coast club face a far bigger battle than the one they have just lost - persuading an incoming buyer to deal with their £58 million debts.

As yet, Portsmouth have not found a firm buyer, having previously collapsed in 2010 with debts of £138 million. Of the current debts, a total of £38 million is owed to the administrators from the previous purchase of the club. With those sort of figures afoot, Clarke has told Sky Sports that unless someone comes up with some serious sums of money, then he can see Pompey folding for good in their current form:

"The debts at that club are immense, we are talking tens of millions of pounds. Now unless someone comes with significant capital to invest in that club, the club will be liquidated by the administrators. So it all depends if someone turns up with millions of pounds to invest in Portsmouth."

Portsmouth Supporters Trust are currently working towards an attempt to perform a fans buyout of the club, although admitted earlier this month that they needed to raise a minimum of £8 million to place their own bid. Clarke applauds that effort, but adds that it may be too much for them to obtain in such a short space of time:

"The size of that bill may be too big for the local fans, I think the people of Portsmouth are doing their best to raise money, but it's a big ask to raise tens of millions of pounds from football fans. I expect liquidation if a new owner does not come forward this summer."

The man whose views matter the most is administrator Trevor Birch, working on behalf of PKF. Birch is duty bound to represent the needs of the club's creditors and plans to meet with them on Thursday. Company Law prevents him from continuing to run Portsmouth insolvently on a sustained basis, and he agrees with Clarke that this could be an end result:

"As things stand, we cannot rule out the possibility of having to liquidate the company if our efforts aren't successful. It would be irresponsible to claim otherwise. We continue to believe that we can find a buyer for the club before the money runs out and are doing everything we can to achieve this."

The Football League today unveiled plans to implement their Financial Fair Play regulations that Clarke hopes will eventually bring to an end the problems that chronic over-spending causes the league's 72 member clubs. With those changes having been voted in recently, the Chairman hopes that it will eventually bring long term gain for clubs adopting it:

"On the pitch we have three exciting, competitive divisions with crowds at their highest levels for 50 years. But that success isn't necessarily being reflected on our clubs' balance sheets and we have to remedy that situation or face an uncertain future.

I'd like to commend the Championship clubs for the courageous decision they have taken. It means that for the first time, all 72 Football League clubs have agreed to take concerted action towards controlling their financial destiny. Whilst we cannot promise that these rules will deliver results overnight, they will begin to lay the foundations for a league of financially self-sustaining football clubs
."

If Pompey do go under this summer, then clearly the Football League would need to make some decisions on how to keep their 72 club league membership intact. The dividing lines are probably the publishing of the 2012-13 fixture lists, and the Football League's AGM, both of which will take place during June.

If Portsmouth were to fold after those two dates, then League One would probably need to limp along with 23 clubs for the season. However, if administrators PKF decide they have to pull the plug early, then it could be a situation that gives clubs in the final relegation spots in League One and League Two a reprieve. Regardless of what we think about Portsmouth's perpetual over-spending, hopefully a solution will be found that allows new owners to pay their debts and for them to continue as a going concern. It doesn't look good though.


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25 April 2012 : Football League Confirm Financial Fair Play Regulations
The Football League have today confirmed the rules that will be applied to their member clubs for the 2012-13 season with respect to Financial Fair Play. There are no shocks here, given that the outline concept has been on the agenda for some time, but the detail has now been formally released.

As expected, League One and League Two clubs will work to a different rulebook to Championship level clubs, where there has been a need for member clubs to compete with the financial clout of clubs relegated from the Premier League.

In League One and League Two, clubs will work to the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), more commonly known as 'salary capping'. This has been in place at League Two level since the 2004-05 season, and has been in place at League One this season, albeit at an advisory level, with no penalties applied to clubs who breach the rule at third tier level. They will have just received a private letter indicating how they failed to adhere to the rule; thus preparing them for SCMP to be brought in at League One level in anger.

Now for the 2012-13 season, this rule has been brought in with penalties applied. The League's statement explains:

"The SCMP broadly limits spending on total player wages to a proportion of each club's turnover, with clubs providing budgetary information to The League at the beginning of the season that is updated as the campaign progresses.

Any club that is deemed to have breached the permitted spending threshold will be subject to a transfer embargo. Wherever possible, The League will seek to tackle the issue 'at source' by refusing player registrations that take clubs beyond the threshold.

At the beginning of the current season, League Two clubs reduced the permitted spending threshold to 55% from 60% and this figure will continue to be operated next season.

League One clubs are currently operating a 'pilot' of the SCMP with clubs complying with a 75% threshold but with no sanctions being applicable this season. This threshold will reduce to 65% in 2012/13 and 60% in 2013/14 with sanctions (transfer embargoes) being applicable in both seasons
."

In the Championship, separate rules will apply to clubs, with a Fair Play Tax being introduced for clubs who fail to keep within the rules, as well as transfer embargoes. For the moment, the rules will be run on an 'advisory' basis, with the actual penalties only applied for the start of the 2013-14 season, thus giving clubs a year to get their house into order. These rules are a great deal more complex than those at third and fourth tier level, and are probably not so relevant to Yeovil Town at present! They can be found by clicking here.


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25 April 2012 : Post-Orient Interview With Jonathan Franks
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Jonathan Franks spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the Middlesbrough player talks about his future at the Riverside stadium, and his views on reaching League One safety.

Link: Jonathan Franks Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw At Leyton Orient.


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25 April 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
Official for Yeovil Town's final home League One game of the 2011-12 season have been published by the Football League. The match against Chesterfield takes place on Saturday 28th April 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Dean Mohareb (Cheshire).

Mr Mohareb was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2011, and so we've only had him once before. Unfortunately for him that was a rather memorable one for us - last month's 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons that saw the Glovers play half the game with ten men.

We'll confess that we saw little of the two yellow card tackles that Dean Parrett sent off, with both cards dished out long after the event after play had moved on. That said, manager Gary Johnson said he had no complaints about the two yellows. Equally, the late dismissal of Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson was for well-spotted stamp on Andy Williams and couldn't be disputed.

However, Johnson was far less happy about Mr Mohareb's decision to award a penalty for handball, after Luke Ayling blocked a cross, even if former Glover Dean Bowditch thankfully fluffed his lines from the spot. Meanwhile the 223 supporters in the away end that night were utterly livid about the referee's overall performance, particularly in the second half when he spent much of the game pulling Yeovil up for fairly invisible infringements.

Overall, his record is a little top heavy - six red cards and 87 yellow cards across 30 matches this season. His last game involved another West Country club - he was at Vale Park for Port Vale's 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers. During that game he dished out a straight red card to Leicester City defender Tom Parkes, who also had a loan spell at Huish Park. The Bristol press don't make too much of the dismissal, describing it as a rash tackle on Vale's Chris Shuker.

He is a former primary school teacher, who works for the FA as a National Referees Manager. He has also worked as the Referees Development Officer for the Lancashire Football Association, and thus is responsible for the way that new officials come through the pyramid at the lower levels in that area.

Mr Mohareb will be assisted by Brett Huxtable and Stephen Daly. The Fourth Official will be Colin Lymer.

Link: March 2012 : Milton Keynes Dons 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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25 April 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Interview
On Saturday, just before kick-off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game against Leyton Orient. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary also gave an insight into how he had dealt with a difficult week on the training ground.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leyton Orient.


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24 April 2012 : High Holborne Shield Final
On Sunday, Huish Park will play host to the High Holborne Shield Final. The fixture is often used as the setting for the last game to be played at the stadium of the season - on this occasion it's a bit of a double-header, with another game on in the afternoon.

The final will take place on Sunday 29th April, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off and will see Martock Rovers U12's take on Pen Mill Under-12s. An admission price of £2.00 will get you into the match and gain you a full colour programme. This is a chance for some local lads to experience playing on the hallowed turf itself, so come along and give them your support.

Later on that day, a reminder that Yeovil Town Veterans will be playing Chard Town Veterans. For details on that game, see the earlier news item.

Link: Glovers Veterans Arrange Charity Match.


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24 April 2012 : A Minute's Applause For Dave Platt
Huish Park will hold a minute's applause prior to Saturday's home match against Chesterfield. This will be to allow Yeovil Town supporters and friends of former striker Dave Platt to show their appreciation to the player, who died last Friday, after he lost his battle against leukaemia.

Link: Dave Platt R.I.P.

Update 25/04/2012: Following discussions with Dave's family, it has now been agreed that this should be a minute's applause and not a minute's silence.


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24 April 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Proud To Receive National Recognition
Newly promoted FA Women's Premier League club Yeovil Town Ladies have received massive recognition for the way they conduct themselves on and off the pitch, with the Football Association this afternoon announcing that the club have been awarded the national FA Respect Gold award for the Women's Football pyramid. This includes special mention for the way the club incorporates their commitment to playing the game with Respect into their ‘Bills of Rights for spectators’.

This award is the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of people at the club, and recognises the good and right way everyone connected with the club conduct themselves. It is a very proud day for the club. Speaking today Chairman David Mills could not hide his delight at the club receiving such an honour.

"This is fantastic news," he said. "It a huge credit to our highly professional first team managers Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler, as well as their assistant manager Chris White, all the players and our Club Secretary Ali King. Everyone involved with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town FC also deserves part of the credit too as they give us fantastic support."

Mills went on to highlight the efforts of Rachael Edwards who is the first team Captain and Club Welfare Officer:

"Rachael has been key to every step forward we have made in the areas of Respect and fair Play," he said. "In these matters Rachael has been given authority that exceeds that of any other club official, including me, and everything we have achieved in these areas is largely down to Rachael and her total commitment.

"What we have done at Yeovil Town Ladies is not complicated – we have simply moved to make Respect and Fair Play the heart of our club, not just something that is nice to pay lip service to. Whatever the size of your club all that is required is to make a leap of faith. Even though we know no club can be perfect, we have not been afraid to set out in writing and publicly exactly what standards we aim to achieve."

When asked of an example of this approach in action, Mills highlighted the club's Fans Bill of Rights:

"One key manifestation of this is that, inspired by the projects of Mark Bradley of the Fan Experience Co in the U.S, in 2011 we introduced a Fans Bill of Rights which sets out exactly what fans (home and away), officials and players can expect of us. Not many clubs in Britain (men or Women) have introduced something like this. Despite the high standards it sets, we also made a point of widely publicising upon its launch and a link to it can be found on our Club Website, at www.yeoviltownladies.com

When asked to summarise how Yeovil Town Ladies FC perceive Respect and Fair Play, David Mills' response was immediate:

"Is it not always easy to fully commit to the Respect and Fair Play as sometimes you do have to make difficult calls," he said. "However, we have found that, as with being successful on the field, if you commit totally to being proactive in the area of Respect and Fair Play, the rewards and results are huge and you end up with a more professional club that is not afraid to aspire to be the best in everything it does."

The Football Association sent a film crew to the last home game of the season against Havant & Waterlooville last Sunday. They not only interviewed managers and players, but also filmed the game. This footage will be shown prior the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 05 May. Chris White and Ali King will be at the stadium to receive the award on behalf of the club.

Club Welfare officer Rachael Edwards was also highly delighted with the award, and said that it was a reflection the commitment of the club to the Respect campaign:

"To receive a National FA Respect Award is a huge achievement and something we as a club are extremely proud of," she said. "The club is extremely proactive in ensuring the environment created for players, coaches, parents/spectators and officials one which enthuses having fun and enjoying football.

"David Mills our Chairman has been fantastic in creating a very popular social media section to our club, with Twitter, Facebook and Google +. Our website is managed by our secretary, Ali King, who does a wonderful job to keep the website fresh, up to date with various stories about all the teams, the club and the community. I believe all these things help to portray our positive image as a club.

"I have been involved with the club now for just over six years and I love this club – every person involved, particularly behind the scenes for the running of the club are very passionate and committed to making the club the best it can be, and this award is a real team effort!! As a club we have had an incredible season, and this award is just icing on the cake!"

Joint first team manager Nigel Williams said that it is an exteamly proud day for everyone within the club, adding:

"I am very proud of this achievement for the club managers, other committee members, coaches, players and parents associated with the club. It highlights our professional approach to the game and supports the FA strategy in grassroots football."

Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club - Winner of the Women's Football Pyramid Club Gold Respect Award.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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24 April 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies Win National FA Respect Award
The Football Association have this afternoon announced that Yeovil Town Ladies have won the National Respect Gold award for the English ladies football pyramid. In announcing the category winners the FA this afternoon made the following statement:

'Wembley, London: The FA today announced the winners of its annual Respect Awards. The Awards were introduced in 2010 to help promote Respect at all levels of the game and to recognise the army of volunteers that spend hours each week ensuring that participants have an enjoyable experience of playing the game.

'Respect Leagues have also been able to benefit from a Rewards scheme which offers help with affiliation fees and equipment. The regional winners have been offered the pick of some unique football prizes which include match hospitality at an England game, the appearance of The FA Cup at a League’s own cup final, a celebrity speaker for a League function or the chance to stage a game at The FA’s new national football centre – St George’s Park.

'The winners of the national awards are guests at The FA Cup Final, which this year is taking place on Saturday 5 May.

'This year’s national Respect winners include The Isthmian Football League which have this season reduced dissent cautions and significantly improved technical area behaviour.

'The David Wilson Holmes Gloucestershire County League caught the eye with an innovative club marking and Fair Play awards scheme.

'The relationship between the Leicestershire and District Sunday League, its CFA and professional club have led to three Championship Respect fixtures being staged at Leicester City who have also been recognised for their commitment and willingness to work with the local football community.

'Another Leicestershire club Harborough Town took the Award for steps 5-7 of the National League system - a genuine community club with 36 teams which promotes Respect at its registration day, introduced the use of pitch side marshals for all age groups and established a Respect subcommittee to educate parents and players and deal with poor behaviour.

'The Amateur Football Combination convinced the judges with its promotion of the ‘Spirit of Football’ and Yeovil Town Ladies incorporated their commitment to playing the game with Respect into their 'Bill of Rights' for spectators.

'AFC Fylde achieved their award through a determined approach by the management of the club to ensure that all coaches and players share a code of conduct. This has resulted in an outstanding disciplinary record.

'Manchester’s Abraham Moss Warriors Football Club has maintained high standards of behaviour in a club which draws its players from 44 different nationalities.

'The East Manchester Junior Football League also impressed by its commitment to proving a positive environment for young players to learn the game. The Bobby Moore individual award went to Phil Bradley who has dedicated himself to improving the environment of the game in the Northern Premier League with impressive results.

'The winners will collect their awards at a ceremony prior to the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool. The winners of the Fair Play awards in the Premier League and Football League will be announced following the conclusion of the league fixture programmes.

'Dermot Collins, The FA’s Respect Manager, said: "The winners of these awards are an inspirational group of leagues, clubs and individuals. They have decided how they want the game to be played and then take on the responsibility of creating and maintaining Respect in the game. It’s a privilege to be able to reward them at The FA’s showpiece final and use their example to convince others along the same path."

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]

NB: There will be further reaction from Yeovil Town Ladies to this award on their website in due course. Many congratulations to them for gaining this recognition.


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23 April 2012 : A Wonderful Undefeated Season For Ladies
South West Combination Women's Football League champions Yeovil Town Ladies finished a memorable season undefeated, following an impressive 2-0 victory over Havant and Waterlooville at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Rosie Williams and Stacey Pearson grabbed the goals as the Ladies finished the league season on a high, with captain Rachael Edwards presented with the Combination winners trophy from Yeovil Town chairman John Fry after the match.

"I am delighted with a good victory played in difficult conditions," joint manager Nigel Williams said. "We have had some horrendous weather over the past twenty-four hours, but with all that water soaked into the pitch we had a nice flat surface to play on. And with this kind of surface, and players who can play the ball as we do; I felt confident we were going to have a good game.

"The first ten minutes of the match was all Yeovil Town. We knew that we would have to work hard. The pressure we put on the opposition was just as it had been at their place a few weeks ago, and it set us up for a good game against a tough team. It was a highly competitive game, with two sides playing good football, and attacking well. It was close throughout, but we edged it, and fully deserved the victory. We could have scored more goals, but a 2-0 win over Havant is a good result. I am delighted."

The Glovers got off to a perfect start, taking the lead in the fourth minute when the Havant goalkeeper Sally-Ann Thompson came out of her goal to greet a Stacey Pearson speculative shot. She fumbled the ball, and left herself stranded as Rosie Williams picked up the ball 25-yards out to hammer it into the back of the net.

"I said to the girls beforehand that it was all about making decisions that were right for the game," Williams said. "This was demonstrated well for the first goal, with the ‘keeper off the line and we knocked it over her head for the early lead. This really settled us, allowing us to go on and win the game."

Yeovil were dominating the match now, playing some great attacking football, passing through midfield, using the wings, and getting some good balls to the strikers. They were perhaps not creating too many chances on goal, but were keeping Havant under plenty of pressure, and in eleventh minute Pearson went close, hitting the ball wide from five-yards from an Emma Brazell corner. The Hawkes were now seeing a lot more of the ball, putting the Yeovil defence under a bit of pressure, but they kept it tight with some assured play, backed well by an in-form Rachel Simkin in goal.

Laura Bray gets put under pressure from a Havant defender in first half action
Laura Bray gets put under pressure from a Havant defender in first half action.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


"Havant are a good side," Williams said. "They have brought in some dual-signed Premier League players, and when you look at this game compared to the one against them a few weeks back, they were completely different. They were a lot stronger today, but we adapted to that well. We knew we were in for a tough game, and they made that point right from the start.

"For the twenty minutes after the goal they really came at us, but our back four had a very good game today, working well together to stave off the danger. I say it was a back four, but it was in actual fact a back five, with Dodge (Simkin) having a great game in goal. The defence were really impressive today.

"We probably did not create too many chances in the first half. After we got the goal they started to pressure us and we seemed to let them come to us. I said to the girls that it was all about patience and speed, and the patience was about when they were pressuring us we had to wait for the opportunity."

That was very much the case on sixteen minutes when Simkin coped well with a long grange Trudy Harbinson shot. She immediately fed the ball to the outfield, with Pearson breaking at speed through the midfield and into the box. Her shot inched its way past Thompson, but unfortunately drifted just wide of the post.

Harbinson had another great chance on 26 minutes with a free kick 20 yards out, but Simkin was her equal with a spectacular save. This seemed to prompt Yeovil and they started to get a larger measure of the possession. Opportunities on goal were still of a premium, with the only real chance coming just before the break when Jodi Cornwall broke superbly down the left to cross in for Pearson, but her shot defected inches wide.

"I said to the girls at half time that I did not feel this was a one nil game," Williams said. "I thought that we had to get a second goal for the security of it. I also felt that when we were being pressured, we were soaking it a little too much, giving them the time and space to cross the ball, and the time to think about what they wanted to do."

Yeovil Town Ladies launch a second half attack
Yeovil Town Ladies launch a second half attack.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


The Hawkes stepped up a further gear at the start of the second half, but again the Glovers defence coped well. Taking their manager’s advice they soon played themselves out of trouble, and on 48 minutes the busy Laura Bray made a great run down the left, and cut in for a good shot from eighteen yards that the ‘keeper just managed to hold.

Yeovil were on top now, and on 52 minutes Kirsty Whitton fed the ball into the box for Cornwall to go close with a five yards header. Williams tested the ‘Keeper well with a 12-yard shot a few minutes later, and then on 60 minutes Bray powered her way down the flank to get the ball to Cornwall to cut into the box for a powerful shot that went just wide.

The football was a joy to watch, with Bray busy in and around the box, complemented with some great work by Terri Trowbridge, Pearson, Whitton and Cornwall. Williams and Laura Wensley were winning everything in the centre, and distributing well, while the defence were as ever a rock for the whole team.

On the 70 minute mark, Whitton sent a lovely ball to Cornwall to again run into the box to test the goalkeeper with a strong shot. Yeovil were bombarding Havant now, and two minutes later Williams made an incredible run through a host of players and into the box for a powerful shot across the face of goal, but the ball went just wide of the far post.

The Glovers were determined to get a second goal, and really hammered the opposition in the last ten minutes. On 84 minutes the ever influential Williams received a great ball from Bray to again burst into the box, only to shoot wide. Two minutes later Williams was again in on the act with a well struck 25-yard free kick that Thompson did well to hold on her line.

"We never give up," Williams said. "Sarah (Lawler) and I have put a lot of pressure on the girls to improve their commitment and ability, to improve their passing skills, and today it was right to the final whistle. We battled to the last, and in the end it really paid off."

The determination was typified in the final minute when Bray made a lovely run down the left and crossed in for Cornwall to have a crack. The ‘keeper got her hand to it, but the ball came to Shannon Osman to belt it goalwards, but again the ‘keeper got her finger tips to the ball. A minute later Whitton was denied by another good Thompson save. The resulting corner saw Emma Brazell play it in for Bray and Cornwall to have shots, with the final loose ball coming to Stacey Pearson to score from a few yards out for the vital second goal.

Game, set and match to Yeovil Town Ladies!

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry joins with the Ladies for a team photo with the League trophy
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry joins with the Ladies for a team photo with the League trophy.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Havant and Waterlooville 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Grogen (Hatton – 75), Brazell, Williams, Edwards, Trowbridge, Wensley (Osman – 62), Whitton, Cornwall, Bray, Pearson.

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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23 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : All's Well That Ends Well
With the dust having settled after Saturday's 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry has a look back at the day we guaranteed League One safety. Whilst the result itself didn't matter in the end, the final minute of the game was still an enjoyable one, as the eighth season at third tier level was confirmed.

If you were at Brisbane Road, or just want to drop a comment or two on us reaching safety, feel free to do so via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : All's Well That Ends Well.


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22 April 2012 : PFA League One 2011-12 Team Of The Season
The Professional Footballers Association have named their League One Team of the Year tonight, as part of their annual awards evening. The team, which is voted upon by fellow professionals in the division has seen the entire eleven formed from four clubs, with Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Milton Keynes Dons all getting nominations.

There is one local connection in the side, with former Holyrood Community School pupil Ben Hamer getting the nod as the chosen team's goalkeeper. He is one of four Charlton players included. Not too surprisingly, Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes is one of the strikers included, although there's a bit of an awkward moment with Ched Evans included as his strike partner two days after the Blades player was jailed for five years for rape.

The team selected is as follows:

PFA League One Team Of The Season: Ben Hamer, Michael Morrison, Rhoys Wiggins, Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic), Ched Evans, Harry Maguire, Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United), Jordan Rhodes, Jack Hunt (Huddersfield Town), Stephen Gleeson, Darren Potter (Milton Keynes Dons).


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22 April 2012 : Ladies Complete Full Season Unbeaten
Yeovil Town Ladies completed their 2011-12 league season, rounding matters off by winning their final match at Raleigh Grove. Their 2-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville ensured that they did the double over the team that have been their nearest title rivals for much of the season, even if the Hampshire side have slipped badly in recent weeks.

Rosie Williams and Stacey Pearson scored the goals that ensured the Ladies went the entire season unbeaten; sixteen wins and two draws out of their eighteen matches meant that Yeovil will finish the season on 50 points, and with a 14 point advantage over Forest Green Rovers, who have grabbed the runners-up slot.

With 56 goals scored and just 13 conceded, their passage back into the FA Women's Premier League, just 12 months after being relegated, has been emphatic and clearly deserved. After the game, the Ladies were presented the league trophy for a second time by Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry, with the 103 supporters present getting a chance to take pictures of the occasion.

Our congratulations to management team Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler on their impressive feat. There is one more match for them to concentrate on - the Somerset Women's Senior Cup Final on Thursday 3rd May against Larkhall Athletic Ladies that will be staged at Wells City FC's ground. Kick-off is 7.30p.m. and obviously all support will be welcomed.


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22 April 2012 : Pompey Plummet As Sky Blues Get The Blues
Yesterday's Football League matches cemented further how things will be looking for the 2012-13 season in League One. All Championship relegation places have now been decided, meaning there will be no final day drama. Last weekend, when Doncaster Rovers were relegated by one of their fellow bottom three side - this time round, they managed to ensure that Coventry City were dragged down with them, thanks to two late goals - James Hayter and former Glovers loan midfielder Simon Gillett sending the Sky Blues down. This will be Coventry's first season at this level since 1964.

When Doncaster's fate was sealed last weekend, it was Portsmouth who got a stay of execution. Not so this time round, as Pompey succumbed to a home defeat against Derby County, meaning that the Hampshire side will definitely play Third Tier football next year. The last time Portsmouth dropped down to this level was back in 1976, and on that occasion they even fell down to the old Fourth Division two years later as they went close to becoming bankrupt.

Back in 1976, it was £25,000 they needed - this time round it's a mere £58 million worth of debt they need to have bailed out after going into administration for the second time in three years. During their 2009 administration, Pompey reached a level of £138 million, which eventually was cut down to £38 million when they agreed their CVA with creditors.

Having managed to somehow rack up £20 million of operational debt during that period, they are now expected to undergo a significant cull of their squad, with administrator Trevor Birch indicating that relegation will cost them £1.3 million in income. Manager Michael Appleton is certainly bracing himself for a big change in circumstances:

"I am not confident of keeping hold of the better players at the club and it would be naive to think otherwise. There is a lot that needs to be changed, especially the wage structure and we cannot cope with it as it is. Something has to give, players have to leave and our biggest assets will leave the club.

You're not really sure what type of budget you're going to be working with, although if I was a betting man, I'd guess it'll be less than fifty percent of what it is now. I think there will be a lot of players leaving the football club because if we don't do that, there won't be a football club beyond May. I think that's one thing which is going to happen very, very quickly. If I have to start with a blank piece of paper with no names on it, so be it; as long as we can shape things for next year
."

As yet, Portsmouth have no firm buyers, and the administrator has yet to rule out the liquidation of the club. Assuming Pompey do survive though, they'll thankfully find it harder to continue their practice of living beyond their means - the start of the 2012-13 season will see the Football League introduce salary capping to League One

Back in League One, Charlton Athletic turned last week's guaranteed promotion into the guarantee of the divisional title, having in turn dented Wycombe Wanders' chances of survival with a 2-1 win at The Valley. The second promotion slot looks likely to go down to the final day, with both Sheffield clubs just a point apart with two games left.

Rochdale are so far the only League One side to definitely be relegated, although next weekend's visitors Chesterfield will arrive at Huish Park needing to win to survive - the same applies to Exeter City who will go down if they fail to win at Carlisle United. As Wycombe can now only reach 49 points, all other teams are safe with the exception of Leyton Orient and Walsall.

In League Two, Swindon Town guaranteed promotion, despite losing at Gillingham. Realistically Shrewsbury Town should join them, needing two points to mathematically secure their promotion, although their goal difference means one point should do it. The final automatic slot will come from Crawley Town, Torquay United or Southend United.

Relegated From Championship Division: Doncaster Rovers, Coventry City, Portsmouth.

Automatic Promotion From League One: Charlton Athletic (Champions) and one of Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday.

League One Play-Offs: Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday, plus Milton Keynes Dons and Huddersfield Town. Then one of Stevenage, Notts County, Carlisle United or Brentford.

Relegated From League One: Rochdale. Plus three from Exeter City, Chesterfield, Wycombe Wanderers, Walsall or Leyton Orient.

Promoted From League Two: Swindon Town. Plus two from Shrewsbury Town, Crawley Town, Torquay United or Southend United.

League Two play-offs: Two from Shrewsbury Town, Crawley Town, Torquay United or Southend United. Plus two from Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Oxford United, Gillingham, Rotherham United or Aldershot.


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22 April 2012 : Slade Frustrated At Long Ball Defending
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade felt that his side failed to deal with the 'long ball' side of the game, after his side conceded two late goals at Brisbane Road yesterday. The eventual 2-2 final score had looked unlikely as the game went into the final ten minutes. However, Andy Williams hit his sixteenth goal of the season, before Jonathan Obika's 93rd minute header grabbed an improbable draw.

Both Yeovil Town goals came after Orient failed to clear their lines from set pieces, with balls back into the box allowing them to take advantage of the situation. Speaking to the London24 Website, Slade said after the game that he felt his old club had been very direct for a good proportion of the match:

"We have not dealt with two long balls, there has been a lot of long balls we have head to deal with all afternoon from a very direct Yeovil side. But unfortunately there were two occasions where we have not dealt with either the first phase or the second phase. I thought it was a good professional performance up until then, but unfortunately we didn’t seem to be able to keep the ball out of the net."

His opposite number Gary Johnson freely admitted in his post-match interview that he had used the tactic in order to get back into the game. However, Slade felt his side's defending for the second goal was particularly poor, as three Glovers players queued up on the back post in free space, allowing Obika to convert the final goal of the game:

"It wasn’t good enough. It was a poor goal to concede, we should be throwing our bodies on the line. We should have been marking people at crucial times of the game. The support was good all afternoon and I thought we had given them the performance that everybody desires, but unfortunately we let it slip in the last few minutes."

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Link: Leyton 2 Yeovil 2 : Obika Heads Glovers To League One Safety.

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


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22 April 2012 : Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's final away match of the 2011-12 season is now available. The game takes place at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday 5th May 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are simply as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Students and Senior Citizens: £12.00; Under-16s: £8.00.

Wheelchair users pay £12.00, whilst Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price as above. Both can admit a personal assistant free of charge. You are strongly advised to make advance bookings - call Huddersfield's Ticket Office on 01484-484123. There are sixteen wheelchair spaces situated towards the rear of the away stand - accessed via a series of ramps.

For all other supporters, as far as we are aware there are no tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, as there are no matchday surcharges, and the capacity of the South Stand (known as the Pink Link Stand) is around 4,000 seats, that won't be a problem.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town.


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22 April 2012 : GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town's final away trip of the 2011-12 season sees us make the trip to the Galpharm Stadium, to play Huddersfield Town in a League One match. The game takes place on Saturday 5th May 2012 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 from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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


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22 April 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game.


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21 April 2012 : Dave Platt R.I.P.
We're sad to report the death of former Yeovil Town striker Dave Platt this weekend, following a lengthy illness. Having suffered from leukaemia for some time, he passed away leaving behind his wife Tracey, and children Craig, Robbie and Leah.

Having once been on the books of Leicester City, Dave joined Yeovil Town from Grantham for a fee of £4,000 over the summer of 1978. The club had gained his signature over Football League sides Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers after the club were able to arrange him employment in the town, and so was signed by Stan Harland in time for the start of the 1978-79 season.

He didn't have the best of starts, having been injured in pre-season and so did not make his debut for the club until October 28th. Scoring in his first game against Weymouth, he went on to score 26 goals in his debut season from just 33 appearances. At this point it seemed as though he would get his chance in the Football League, with Hereford United agreeing a fee of £19,000 with the Glovers in 1979.

When the deal fell through, the official line given by the club was that Platt wasn't interested in the move, but it later transpired that the striker had failed a fitness test at Edgar Street. Reflecting upon that and the ankle problems that would dog his footballing career in subsequent seasons, Dave said it was a gradually degenerating problem:

"Fragments were breaking off my ankle bone and collecting around the joint. It affected the ligaments in the ankle. I had it chiselled off to make it smooth but it took me a year to get over it. And to be honest, I could never play up front again. You get all the kicks up there and I couldn't take it. I had to drop back into midfield."

That pretty much summed up Dave's next two seasons. He scored 12 times across those years, but was restricted to just 16 appearances during 1979-80, gradually recovering to appear 30 times during the following season. Matters improved for him during 1981-82 as he was again the club's leading goalscorer, netting 19 times from 42 appearances. His final season at the club was dogged by both another ankle injury and a falling out when the club turned down a £5,000 offer from Weymouth - he saw out the season, making a final 37 appearances, before heading south to join the Terras.

By 1984-85, Dave was back at Huish - although on this occasion clocking up just 10 appearances and a single goal. He dropped into local football having scored 61 times for the club in 168 appearances across the two spells. Despite his injury problems, he managed to stretch out his footballing career, appearing for Chard Town and even managing to turn out for Shaftesbury Town in the Dorset Combination at the age of 41 as a midfielder.

A review of his career by local journalist John Lukins, published around the time of his spell with Shaftesbury, compared him with Glovers scoring legend Howard Forinton. In that respect the comparison was uncanny - a player who demonstrated two quick feet that threatened to give him a career at a higher level, but in the end found that his ankles were unable to realistically give him a career in professional football. Like many of his generation, Dave settled in the local area with his family, but sadly on Friday night he passed away.

When his funeral details are confirmed we will publish them here. Our condolences to his family and friends he has left behind; he was a popular man at the club, and in his later years, and he will undoubtedly be missed by many.

Link: Dave Platt : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 April 2012 : Johnson's Relief At Late Leveller
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was relieved to snatch a draw at the death this afternoon, as his side fought from two goals down against Leyton Orient. The eventual 2-2 draw looked unlikely with ten minutes remaining, as a brace from Kevin Lisbie appeared to be putting the O's on to a relatively comfortable victory.

However, a six yard strike from Andy Williams, followed by a last minute Jonathan Obika header salvaged a point that was enough to mathematically guarantee League One survival for another season. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gary explained his gesture to the travelling 440 supporters was one of relief - putting his hand to his forehead as he saluted the Glovers fans:

"The boys are buzzing that we got it back. In the end it was a hard fought draw, but it's kept us in the division mathematically, which is fantastic. I wiped my brow (when facing the away supporters) because it was one of those games we needed to draw at least - but we left it late."

Both goals came about from secondary play following set pieces, that saw balls put back into the box following defensive half-clearances from the home side. Gary felt that attention to detail on the training ground, along with a number of second half changes helped turn the game back in his side's favour in the end:

"When you're 2-0 down - and we weren't playing particularly well - we had to get into them at half time and we had to change the shape a couple of times. I just wanted the lads to finish the season well. We needed to come off the back of last week's poor performance, and credit to them, they showed great character and commitment in the second half.

We worked on a lot of set plays during the week, as we felt that would be important to us, and we looked very very dangerous from our set plays, and in the end that's got us the two goals; certainly from the result of set plays
."

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Link: Leyton 2 Yeovil 2 : Obika Heads Glovers To League One Safety.

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


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21 April 2012 : Leyton 2 Yeovil 2 : Obika Heads Glovers To League One Safety
Yeovil Town secured League One safety, to guarantee an eighth season at third tier level, as a last gasp Jonathan Obika header grabbed them a 2-2 draw this afternoon. As it happens, with Wycombe Wanderers losing against League One Champions Charlton Athletic that goal didn't matter, but his 93rd minute header allowed the Glovers to do it under their own steam.

Before that it looked as though matters might stretch out to an additional week, as a goal in each half from Kevin Lisbie gave Orient a 2-0 lead. However, Andy Williams converted from six yards out with eight minutes to go, and whilst Charlton were going 2-1 up at The Valley, Obika struck to put Yeovil safe on 51 points.

Team news saw manager Gary Johnson make two changes to his starting line-up with Michael Woods suspended and Gavin Williams dropping out with an injury sustained last weekend. That provoked a bit of a reshuffle with Luke Ayling moving into midfield and Bondz N'Gala coming into the starting line-up as a right-back. Jonathan Obika was another player to benefit as he took a position up front alongside Andy Williams in a 4-4-2. Meanwhile on the bench, youth team striker Lloyd Matthews grabbed a slot on the bench for the first time, as the numbers of available professional players were stretched to their limits.

Overall, Orient edged the first half - they were stronger in midfield and picked up the second balls far more quickly. For Yeovil their best outlet was from the counter-attack, and Jonathan Franks went close as he crashed a shot from the edge of the box onto the underside of the crossbar early on, via a flailing hand from Orient keeper Jamie Jones.

Orient did the same through Kevin Lisbie later on, but the O's top scorer was to find the net midway through the first half, after the home side exposed Yeovil's makeshift right flank. Dean Cox got far too much space to put in a cross from the flank, and Lisbie was on hand to hand home to put Orient 1-0 up - a lead they probably deserved on the balance of play.

Yeovil's problem was a lack of creativity - largely feeding on scraps on the break, and in the second period it seemed as though they were running out of ideas somewhat, with only Jonathan Franks' early second period chance that went just wide threatening the Orient goal. When they did get opportunities, the ball stuck under Jonathan Obika's body, or saw Andy Williams firing over the bar. They were building up a head of steam, but without that clear-cut chance that would give them an equalising goal.

Instead, Orient who had been largely content to soak up the pressure with ease, managed to play Yeovil at their own counter-attacking game - fashioning a 73rd minute goal that threatened to kill the game off. Again the play came down Yeovil's right flank, and again Dean Cox was the creator - feeding Jamal Campbell-Ryce down the flank and giving Kevin Lisbie a close-range header and a 2-0 lead with 17 minutes remaining.

The game looked dead and buried, with Yeovil losing their way somewhat, but with eight minutes remaining, there was a late twist to proceedings. Jonathan Obika put a ball into the box from the byline area, allowing Andy Williams gave Yeovil a lifeline, converting from six yards out for his 16th goal of the season.

That was the cue to ratchet up the pressure, as Orient's attempts to slow the game down and put men behind the ball was combined with Yeovil's attempts to fashion an equaliser - albeit in a slightly hit'n'miss manner. As the game hit injury time, a Yeovil corner was only half cleared back to Andy Williams. As he curled the ball back into the box, Orient pushed up their defence, hoping for the offside flag to be raised - instead a queue of three Glovers players, including Jonathan Obika held their line, and the Tottenham Hotspur striker headed home to send the 440 travellers into raptures, knowing that the 93rd minute goal had kept their side in League One for another season.

With Wycombe's full time whistle having already blown, as it happens that late goal wouldn't have mattered, but it was a good way to guarantee safety with a bang other than the whimper that a defeat would have given the Glovers. It may have been a bit of a limp over the line, and today's performance wasn't the greatest, but the point was certainly welcomed on the final whistle. Now attention really can turn towards the 2012-13 season - now how about some contracts being dished out on Monday?

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Kevin Lisbie (1-0, 23 mins), Kevin Lisbie (2-0, 73 mins), Andy Williams (2-1, 82 mins), Jonathan Obika (2-2, 90 mins)

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
2. Syam Ben Youssef 4. Ben Chorley 6. Terrell Forbes 14. Leon McSweeney
8. Adam Reed 26. Dean Leacock 16. Matthew Spring 7. Dean Cox
29. Jamal Campbell-Ryce 9. Kevin Lisbie

Substitutes:
11. Calvin Andrew (90 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 15. George Porter 20. Jimmy Smith (90 mins for Adam Reed) 21. Solomon Taiwo 39. David Mooney

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (75 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 30. Lloyd Matthews

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Michael Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Orient Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (35 mins, foul).

Attendance: 4,888 (including 440 Yeovil fans).


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21 April 2012 : Leyton 2 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town secured League One safety, to guarantee an eighth season at third tier level, as a last gasp Jonathan Obika header grabbed them a 2-2 draw this afternoon. As it happens, with Wycombe Wanderers losing against League One Champions Charlton Athletic that goal didn't matter, but his 92nd minute header allowed the Glovers to do it under their own steam.

Before that it looked as though matters might stretch out to an additional week, as a goal in each half from Kevin Lisbie gave Orient a 2-0 lead. However, Andy Williams converted from six yards out with eight minutes to go, and whilst Charlton were going 2-1 up at The Valley, Obika struck to put Yeovil safe on 51 points.

Full report to follow shortly ....

Final Score: Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Kevin Lisbie (1-0, 23 mins), Kevin Lisbie (2-0, 73 mins), Andy Williams (2-1, 82 mins), Jonathan Obika (2-2, 90 mins)

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
2. Syam Ben Youssef 4. Ben Chorley 6. Terrell Forbes 14. Leon McSweeney
8. Adam Reed (90) 26. Dean Leacock 16. Matthew Spring 7. Dean Cox
29. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (90) 9. Kevin Lisbie

Substitutes:
11. Calvin Andrew (90 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 15. George Porter 20. Jimmy Smith (90 mins for Adam Reed) 21. Solomon Taiwo 39. David Mooney

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (75 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 30. Lloyd Matthews

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Michael Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Orient Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (35 mins, foul).

Attendance: 4,888 (including 440 Yeovil fans).


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21 April 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane 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 Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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21 April 2012 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made two changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Midfielders Michael Woods and Ed Upson are suspended, whilst Gavin Williams is out injured, and that makes for a reshuffle with Bondz N'Gala coming into the starting line-up. Jonathan Obika also gets a recall.

Josh Morris continues to be the sixth loan outside the squad. This could be a 5-3-2 or Luke Ayling may be pushed into midfield so take the formation below with a pinch of salt. On the bench, Youth-Teamer Lloyd Matthews is included in the first team squad for the first time. The line-up is expected to be as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 30. Lloyd Matthews


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21 April 2012 : Johnson Keeping One Eye On The Valley
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he will have one eye on another part of London this afternoon, when his side take to the field at Leyton Orient. Rather like Russell Slade in the opposition dugout, the Glovers boss will be looking out of the result of the match at The Valley between Charlton Athletic and Wycombe Wanderers as the 2011-12 season draws to a close.

Regardless of today's result at Brisbane Road, the Glovers will be mathematically safe if Charlton, who still need points for the League One title, beat their 21st placed opponents. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson says that matters in South London will be of huge interest to both sides:

"The bigger game is at Charlton, where Wycombe are. If Charlton beat Wycombe it's all over anyway, and everyone can breathe a little sigh of relief, because it's not mathematically over yet. We want to give a good account of ourselves anyway, but it will be nice when we know that mathematically we can build for next season in League One."

Whilst the gap between Wycombe and Leyton is far more slight, in terms of Yeovil Town, the Glovers ought to sleep easy even if they pull off a shock at The Valley. Wycombe's last three fixtures are against Charlton (1st, away), Notts County (6th, home) and Sheffield Wednesday (3rd, away) - a daunting proposition for a club that needs wins in order to stay in League One.

Elsewhere in League One, it is certain that we will see some issues decided today. With Exeter City (23rd) at home to Walsall (19th) and Chesterfield (22nd) hosting Rochdale (24th) it is mathematically impossible for at least one side not to be relegated today. Needless to say, we'll be covering these issues on our Twitter account as well as the main match itself.


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21 April 2012 : Gary Previews The Leyton Orient Match
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's away match at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on that match - as well as his first look back on last week's defeat against Stevenage, can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leyton Orient.


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20 April 2012 : Johnson Hopes For Positive Reaction To Contract Schedule
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he has received a favourable reaction from his players to his wish for an early decisions on contracts. The club have yet to push out offers to the sixteen players who are out of contract this summer, but in advance of that happening, the Glovers boss has held verbal talks with players, explaining why he does not want the situation to drag any longer than it has to.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, he conceded that bigger clubs might come in for some of his players, but has hopes that he will know where he stands on the situation a lot earlier than Yeovil Town have in recent summer breaks:

"We need to go into the summer, knowing who we've got here to build around. I can't afford to wait for people to keep their options open, because with that you'd probably end up with not many, and you haven't brought in your targets. So the lads know the scale and the timings of it, and I'm pleased to say there was enough positivity amongst them. None of them are disappointed with the management or the club, so it won't be for any of those reasons - it will just be if there's a Man United up the road that want their services. Then you have to say that you're going to lose them."

The proof of the pudding will of course be in the eating - his predecessor Terry Skiverton tried a similar approach last season, but found players disappearing on holidays as soon as the season was over. In addition, the players themselves have yet to receive written offers, meaning that as striker Andy Williams said yesterday, until 'concrete offers' land on the table, any early decisions are unlikely.


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20 April 2012 : Travel Advice For Leyton Orient Trip
We can't imagine too many Yeovil Town supporters will be travelling all the way into Brisbane Road by road for tomorrow's League One trip to Leyton Orient. However, for those that are, Orient advise that there are roadworks close to the stadium that could cause queuing.

The roadworks are situated in Ruckholt Road, which is South-West of the stadium, and may affect you if you're using the A12 to get to the game. Orient describe them as "bridge works between the Lea Interchange A12/A106 junction in Hackney and Oliver Road". As Oliver Road runs along the west side of the Matchroom Stadium, you can expect some traffic queuing rippling out into the area.

Our recommendation would be to catch a tube or a bus for the final leg of your journey anyway, regardless of roadworks, but if you insist on driving, allow a bit of extra time for getting to the ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Early Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2012 : Early Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he expects to have to include a couple of the club's academy players within his squad that travels to Leyton Orient tomorrow. The Glovers are going into the match several players short as they attempt to secure the points that would guarantee them League One safety at the expense of a side that are below them in the table, in 20th place.

Central midfielders Ed Upson and Michael Woods are both suspended and so will not play a part in the match, whilst attacking midfielder Gavin Williams is not expected to be involved, following an injury that saw him taken off at half time during last weekend's 0-6 defeat against Stevenage. Gavin is around 10 days away from fitness, meaning that he will also be borderline for the following weekend's game. Assistant manager Nathan Jones (ankle) and Kelly Youga (Achilles) remain the other long term absentees.

Blackburn Rovers loanee Josh Morris should be available for selection although that will not alter things numerically, given that one of the club's six loan players will need to sit out the match anyway. As a consequence Johnson has admitted that he is struggling to fill his substitutes bench, and so plans to take a couple of younger players up to London:

"We can't fill the bench, so there will be a couple of young lads on the bench. But you can only use three subs and we've certainly got three pros. But for the young lads, it's good for them, and a bit of experience as well. But we're okay. Obviously you don't want to be losing people like Ed (Upson) and Woodsy (Michael Woods) as they're good players for you. So we've got to juggle a little bit anyway, and we'll see whether people that are selected come up trumps."

The expectation is that Under-18s players Mitch Brundle and Lloyd Matthews will be the pair travelling, after they featured in a Reserve Team match earlier this week. Mitch is a defender, whilst Lloyd is a striker, who occasionally plays as an attacking midfielder.

Orient also have big team selection headaches, as they have no recognised left-back in their squad. Former Glovers loan player Ryan Dickson is suspended for the remainder of the season, whilst other options such ass Leon McSweeney and Dean Leacock are on the treatment table. McSweeney could recover from a calf injury, but manager Russell Slade believes Saturday will be one match too soon for him to be considered. Slade has already fielded ten different players in that spot this season in what has become a jinxed position for him, and he admits he will probably need to find an eleventh option:

"The way things are going we could end the season having eleven who have played there. Dean Leacock is a doubt at the moment. He has an infected toe and we are waiting for it to settle down. Ask any manager and the one thing you want is a settled back four and goalkeeper and we have had everything but this season. We have used six different goalkeepers and ten different left-backs. It’s been an absolute nightmare."

Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce is expected to be available for selection following injury, whilst they will make a late call on whether to include Jimmy Smith, who has undergone surgery on a facial injury, and may play with a mask to protect that side of his face.

Aside from former Glovers manager Russell Slade, Orient's first team squad also includes a couple of players with Yeovil Town connections. Ryan Dickson's suspension means he won't be involved, but defender Terrell Forbes undoubtedly will be, having played in 42 matches for Orient so far this season.

Also in the squad is goalkeeper Jamie Jones, who has recently returned to their starting line-up after nearly 12 months out with shoulder and wrist injuries. Jones played for Yeovil Town Reserves as a trialist, whilst on the books of Everton. They did have Marek Stech on loan from West Ham, but an ankle injury forced his return, but another connection is midfielder Solomon Taiwo, who is on loan from Cardiff City, and played for Yeovil Town Reserves earlier this season as a trialist, before Orient took him on.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
For those supporters heading up to London on Saturday, the guide to Brisbane Road has been given a lick of paint. For directions and travel information for the away match at Leyton Orient, plus ticketing information, a pub guide and all sorts of other stuff, head via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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19 April 2012 : Williams Still Waiting On Concrete Offers
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has said that he has yet to have 'concrete offers' from any clubs as yet, and will wait to see where his future lies for next season. The 25 year old is out of contract at the end of this season, along with the bulk of the Glovers squad, and so is entitled to leave on a free transfer over the summer.

Two years after joining the club from Bristol Rovers, Williams has netted 23 goals across 76 appearances, and is the club's top goalscorer for the 2011-12 season, despite having spent over two months of the season out with an ankle injury. Speaking to BBC Somerset he has confirmed he has had a verbal conversation with first team boss Gary Johnson, but has yet to receive a formal offer for next season:

"It was nice of him to speak to me, although I haven't had any concrete offers from any parties yet. So I've just got to mull over the interest at the moment, which is all it is. I've had a great two years here, and I owe a lot to this football club, so I'm not going to take my decision lightly. I'm going to think everything through and see what's on the table, and then once I've got everything on the table, I can make my decision from there."

The Glovers have had a long-running policy, since they entered League One, of not offering new deals to players until their status in third tier football is mathematically assured. With 21st place Wycombe Wanderers still able to overhaul them if they get seven points from their remaining fixtures, Williams admits he understand why he has yet to see something land on the table:

"We're still not mathematically safe yet, so I would imagine for this club, as well as any others, it's hard for the board to give yourself a budget and what they want to offer you, because they don't know what division they're definitely going to be in. But that's the same situation for a lot of clubs and players at this time of year."

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 April 2012 : Contract Talks Delayed
And the news on the contract talks is ... there is no news. It would appear that last weekend's mauling at the hands of Stevenage has temporarily put on hold chances of the sixteen out of contract players having their futures decided. This is the second delay on contract talks, after they were put back following the Easter weekend matches.

In this week's Western Gazette, manager Gary Johnson indulges in a spot of black humour suggesting that if they had held talks after Saturday's 0-6 home defeat that he would probably have shown them all the door. However, he suggests that they will be talking later in this week:

"They could not have even spoken to me let along talk to me about new deals and on Monday and Tuesday nobody was getting new contracts. That was not the right time, or if it had been I would have been in a very strong position, I would have thought. But in all seriousness, we are going to do it before the end of this week. I want to go on my holidays with at least a few pencilled in. If it is the boys already at the club they will sign a contract before they leave for the summer, hopefully, and if it not those boys I will try to tie up or pencil in a few that are not at the club already."

Johnson says that there are "still people playing for their contracts" suggesting that some players may not even know what decisions have been made this week. Given the club still are not quite mathematically safe, don't be too surprised if matters head beyond this weekend's match at Leyton Orient.


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18 April 2012 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Leyton Orient, this coming Saturday, have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Saturday 21st April 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and the man in charge will be referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear).

We've had Mr Haines four times before, and on all occasions a lot nearer to his Tyne and Wear home than Orient's ground is. The most recent one came in October 2010, when he looked after a 1-0 win over Rochdale. In general he was fairly uncontroversial, except for one last minute incident when he rejected suggestions that Luke Freeman deserved a penalty after he was brought down by Craig Dawson. Mr Haines said no, but Terry Skiverton said after the game that he disagreed:

"That's two times now where we've had that referee (Andy Haines) - once against Leeds away and then today - where I think we should have had a stonewall penalty. I think the only thing he (Rochdale defender Craig Dawson) didn't do was to bring an axe out!"

As Skivo suggests, we'd also seen him in a match against Leeds United - two in fact, and both at Elland Road. We weren't too happy with some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.

In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official as being evidence that the bigger side was receiving favourable decisions.

Prior to the two Elland Road matches, we had Mr Haines for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee. His one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Michael Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Link: October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Jan 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.


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18 April 2012 : Terriers Fans Use Pedal Power For Glovers Visit
Those planning to get on board the supporters coaches for Yeovil Town's final away trip to Huddersfield Town next month, may want to spare a thought for a group of 300 football fans who will be making the same journey. That's the number of Terriers fans - including their Chairman Dean Hoyle - who will be cycling 260 miles from Huish Park to the Galpharm Stadium in time for the match.

Whilst you sit in your comfy coach seat going up the M5, they will be using pedal power, starting three days earlier on Wednesday 2nd May, with the obvious aim of reaching Yorkshire by Saturday 5th May, at 3.00p.m.

They've already done this before - from the Galpharm to Southend United in 2010, and then all the way down to Brighton and Hove Albion a year later. It's all in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity and the Huddersfield Town Academy. Their target is to reach £250,000 worth of sponsorship - you can help them by going to their Just Giving Page.


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18 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Decisions, Decisions
Over the last month, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has begun to talk about the situation with respect to player contracts, indicating that some quick decisions have to be made this summer, as he tackles the rebuilding of his squad.

No announcements have been made on which players are likely to be offered new deals, and we may not hear anything until after the final whistle blows at Huddersfield in May, but in the latest Taff's Gloversblog there's a look at who should be kept, and on the general strategy with player contracts. Needless to say, you'll probably have a different viewpoint - if so then leave comments at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Decisions, Decisions.


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17 April 2012 : McDermott Gets Royals Ascent
Former Yeovil Town player/coach Brian McDermott has tonight guided Reading into the Premier League. Having taken over as first team manager of the Royals in December 2009, as a replacement for Brendan Rodgers, he has had a highly successful time at the Madejski Stadium, only losing out last season in the Championship play-off final.

This season, he has gone one better, securing promotion in the automatic slots after they went eight points clear of third placed West Ham United with two games to go. Brian's team are not assured of the title yet, with Southampton just three points behind them, but their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest was enough lift them up to the top flight for next season.

McDermott's record with Reading has seen him pick up 67 wins in his 132 games in charge, with just 31 defeats in that time. He actually started his career in management with Yeovil Town during the early 1990s, as an assistant to Clive Whitehead, and took charge of the Glovers on one occasion, going on to score 19 times in 85 appearances in Somerset. Since then he's managed Slough Town and Woking, although was Reading's Chief Scout when they asked him to act as caretaker manager two and a half years ago.

At the other end of the Championship, it seems near certain that we will now be seeing Coventry City and Portsmouth join Doncaster Rovers in League One next season. Whilst Donny are definitely down, the other two slots are not mathematically decided yet. However with Bristol City drawing against West Ham tonight, both Coventry and Pompey have a five point gap with two games left, and so need to win both of their final two games to have any hope of staying up.

There was one game in League One tonight - Stevenage beat Carlisle United 1-0 in a crucial match for the final play-off slot, putting pressure on Notts County who currently hold the vital 6th place position.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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17 April 2012 : Glovers Reserves See Off Grecians
Yeovil Town Reserves played Exeter City Reserves this afternoon in a low key friendly match played today at Huish Park. The match saw the Glovers side win 3-0 thanks to two goals from first year pro Rob Clowes and a third from Ed Upson. All three goals came during the first half, with Clowes providing a long range strike followed by a tap-in, before Upson grabbed his before the break.

The line-up included Youth Teamers Mitch Brundle and Lloyd Matthews as well as all three of the club's first year professionals, with Clowes joined by Rhys Baggridge and Lewis Clarke. There was one unknown player fielded, going by the surname of Stevens - we're told he was more of a 'guest' in the team than a trialist.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 Exeter City Reserves 0.

Scorers: Rob Clowes (1-0, 15 mins), Rob Clowes (2-0, 25 mins), Ed Upson (3-0, 39 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart, Mitch Brundle, Rhys Baggridge, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Stevens, Lewis Clarke, Ed Upson, Michael Woods, Anthony Edgar, Rob Clowes, Lloyd Matthews.


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16 April 2012 : Slade Wary Of Glovers Reaction
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade admits that he is expecting a reaction from Yeovil Town when the two sides meet at Brisbane Road on Saturday. The London side sit four points below the Glovers, with their own relegation worries to contend with at present; sat in 20th place in the League One table and just three points from safety.

Whilst the Glovers lost 0-6 at home to Stevenage on Saturday, Slade's side are not in great form either, having lost their last five matches, and having slid from mid-table safety to a dangerous position just above the relegation line. The former Yeovil boss feels his side need to be on their guard to ensure that five defeats doesn't become six:

"We're on a losing streak at the moment, but the effort is there and the attitude is there. We just need to concentrate a little bit more and tighten up a little bit more to get over the line. It's not going to be an easy game against Yeovil next week because they've been beaten quite heavily (on Saturday) and Gary Johnson will be looking for a reaction to that."

Speaking after their Saturday 3-1 reverse at Sheffield United, Slade implies that he may leave Gary Johnson guessing in terms of both the personnel and the tactics he chooses for the game, despite feeling that it was their concentration levels that let them down at Bramall Lane, after taking an early lead:

"There are two things you have got to do when you are on the run that we are on and want to get out of the trouble that we are in. You change your personnel or you change the way you tackle the next game in terms of your shape or system."


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16 April 2012 : Football League 2011-12 Play-Off Schedules
The Football League has today published its full schedule for the 2011-12 Play-Offs. Of course Yeovil Town have no direct interest in these, but we'll be paying close attention to them, mainly because they'll be shown live on Sky Sports, and thus will extend the season to the end of May.

The Semi-Finals will as usual be a two-legged affair at all levels. Meanwhile the finals have been split over two separate weekends to cope with the Champions League Final being played at Wembley Stadium.

03/05/2012 19:45hrs (Thursday) : Championship 1st Leg (6th vs 3rd)
04/05/2012 19:45hrs (Friday) : Championship 1st Leg (5th vs 4th)

07/05/2012 19:45hrs (Monday) : Championship 2nd Leg (3rd vs 6th)
09/05/2012 19:45hrs (Wednesday) : Championship 2nd leg (4th vs 5th)

11/05/2012 19:45hrs (Friday) : League One 1st Leg (6th vs 3rd)
12/05/2012 12:45hrs (Saturday) : League One 1st Leg (5th vs 4th)

12/05/2012 17:30hrs (Saturday) : League Two 1st Leg (7th vs 4th)***
13/05/2012 12:00hrs (Sunday) : League Two 1st Leg (6th vs 5th)

14/05/2012 19:45hrs (Monday) : League One 2nd Leg (3rd vs 6th)
15/05/2012 19:45hrs (Tuesday) : League One 2nd Leg (4th vs 5th)

16/05/2012 19:45hrs (Wednesday) : League Two 2nd Leg (4th vs 7th)***
17/05/2012 19:45hrs (Thursday) : League Two 2nd Leg (5th vs 6th)

19/05/2012 15:00hrs (Saturday) : Championship Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)

26/05/2012 15:00hrs (Saturday) : League One Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)
27/05/2012 15:00hrs (Sunday) : League Two Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)

Of the above there is one semi-final pairing that would cause the fixtures to be switched. If Oxford United finish 7th and Cheltenham Town finish 4th, then the two fixtures (marked ***) will be swapped around. Otherwise there appear to be no other 'policing' issues that need to be considered.


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16 April 2012 : FA Confirm Woods Suspension
Yeovil Town midfielder Michael Woods has today had his suspension confirmed by the Football Association. He was dismissed for 'serious foul play' in the 33rd minute of Saturday's 0-6 home defeat against Stevenage for a tackle on Michael Bostwick.

As a result, Woods will serve a three match ban that will rule him out for all three remaining games of the 2011-12 season - the away match at Leyton Orient, the home game against Chesterfield, and the final trip to Huddersfield Town.

That could create a slight headache, given that fellow midfielder Ed Upson is also in the middle of a three match ban, and will miss the first two of those fixtures, having reached 15 bookings for the season. As a consequence of both, the Glovers may struggle to field a full bench of players over the next two matches. Upson will make his return for the match against Huddersfield Town.

Woods is Yeovil Town's ninth red card of the 2011-12 season, with Luke Ayling, Bondz N'Gala, Kieran Agard, Paul Huntington, Dean Parrett, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Flavien Belson and Kerrea Gilbert having all been dismissed during the season. In addition, the club have received a total of twelve other suspensions for accumulations of yellow cards and additional charges issued by the FA.

Another player with Glovers connections will be missing for Saturday's match against Leyton Orient. Left-back Ryan Dickson was dismissed for Leyton Orient over the weekend. As that is his second dismissal of his loan spell at Brisbane Road, he will now serve a four match ban, effectively ending his stay in East London after nine appearances. He will therefore will return to his parent club Southampton, and will be suspended for the first match of the 2012-13 season.


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15 April 2012 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make the trip to Brisbane Road, to play Leyton Orient in a League One match. The game takes place on Saturday 21st April 2012 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 from Yeovil Bus Station at 8.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £21.00 with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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15 April 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Stevenage Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match at Huish Park kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts on the Stevenage fixture, including views on Gavin Williams, Josh Morris and Jonathan Obika can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Stevenage.


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15 April 2012 : Paul Huntington's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-6 home defeat against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town club captain Paul Huntington faced the BBC to talk about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Huntington's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game.


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15 April 2012 : Right Proper Thrashings
Yeovil Town's 0-6 home defeat on Saturday against Stevenage gave both clubs new Football League records. For the Glovers, it was their record defeat since becoming members of the League in 2003, beating the 5-0 away defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion set in March 2009. For Stevenage, it was their record win in the Football League, albeit with just under three years membership to their name.

Looking back through the record books and this site's Statistics Database, the result also provides a few other statistics of note. These can be itemised as follows:

1) It is the club's worst home defeat in a competitive match since December 1958, when the club lost an FA Cup Second Round Replay 1-7 at home to Colchester United.

2) It is the most goals the club has conceded in a home league match since May 1952, when the club lost 4-8 at home in a Southern League match against Gravesend and Northfleet

3) In terms of goal margin, it is the club's worst home defeat in a league match in the club's history. Perhaps surprisingly, the club have never lost a game by a six goal margin on home turf outside cup competitions and friendly matches.

4) It is the club's worst defeat, home or away, since April 1982, when they lost 7-1 at Altrincham in an Alliance Premier League match.

5) It is the first time the club have conceded six goals in a League match since February 1998, when they lost 6-4 against Hayes in a Nationwide Conference match.

In terms of the club's overall records, for some reason, the 8-0 defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup Fifth Round at Maine Road in February 1949 is listed in various publications as being the club's record defeat. Even if we only took Post-World War Two results, this is only a joint record, with the 8-0 scoreline also repeated against Barry Town three years later in April 1952.

Once we dip into pre-War results, there are a number of heavy defeats that eclipse that pair, with all of them recorded on our travels. A number of these were recorded against Football League reserve team sides, who were able to compete in the Southern League at that time, and there's no doubt that on occasions, Yeovil will have been unlucky enough to come up against various sides first team players.

Of sizeable note, we have a 9-0 defeat against Folkestone Town in March 1936 - a scoreline that was matched against Swindon Town Reserves in April 1903. The club had also lost 10-2 against Bristol City Reserves in February 1923.

However, the two biggest defeats in the club's history that we can find came at the start of the 20th Century. They lost 15-1 to Paulton Rovers in the Somerset Senior League in January 1904. But even that doesn't stand as the biggest defeat - that came on December 14th 1901, when the club were playing in the Wiltshire League, losing 15-0 against Devizes Town. Whilst today's scoreline certainly sets some records, we'll have to go a long way before that one is broken again.


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14 April 2012 : Donny Down, Charlton Cheer
Barring disasters at the bottom end of League One, Yeovil Town will be reunited in third tier football with Doncaster Rovers next season, after the Yorkshire side's relegation was confirmed today. Donny have had four years in the Championship, but went down in a bizarre end to a match against Portsmouth that saw them concede four times in the last half hour, including two in second half injury time to lose 3-4 at home.

Doncaster were 2-0 up inside five minutes and were sending their visitors down to League One until matters began to slip away from them on the hour mark, with referee Mick Russell accused of being at the centre of all four Portsmouth goals. Russell awarded the visitors two penalties, plus a red card for Donny goalscorer Habib Beye, and was blamed for allowing two other hotly disputed goals to stand. In the end Pompey scored twice in the 90th minute, including a third goal that Doncaster boss Dean Saunders likened to a Michael Jordan basketball dunk, scored by Dave Kitson:

"Wait until all the viewers see it. Wait until you see it, it's incredible. He's like Michael Jordan. Both hands are above the crossbar he's fouled Gary Woods and pushed the ball in with two hands. That's Billy Smart's Circus out there - all four goals. I just hope the referee recovers from that. I just can't see him recovering from it. His career. The assessor was there. Let's let his boss who is above him and the assessor make that decision as to whether he referees ever again."

In truth, Doncaster probably would have been eventually relegated anyway - and Portsmouth will no doubt join them, given they are seven points short of Bristol City, who like third from bottom Coventry City drew today. With the Sky Blues four points short of safety, they remain the most likely third team to drop.

Just as we prepare to wave hello to Doncaster, so we wave goodbye to Charlton Athletic. Their promotion out of League One was confirmed today. Their 1-0 win over Carlisle United put them ten points clear of third place, and so guaranteed their return to the Championship, having been relegated three seasons ago. Chris Powell's side will secure the title if they get four more points from their next three games, or if second placed Sheffield United drop an equivalent number of points.

As for all the other places, they remain undecided. In League Two Swindon Town need a point to guarantee promotion, although their superior goal difference should mean that they are there already, with them 12 points clear of Crawley Town and 19 goals better off.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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14 April 2012 : Huntington Frustrated At Glovers Cave-In
Yeovil Town club captain Paul Huntington admitted that his side 'caved in' this afternoon, after they were thrashed 0-6 at home against Stevenage, for their 10th home defeat of the 2011-12 season. The visitors ran riot as two goals from former Glover Luke Freeman provided the first and last of a goal spree that saw Patrick Agyemang, Jon Ashton, Jamaal Lascelles and Mark Roberts also get on the scoresheet.

However, the game turned on a red card given out to Yeovil midfielder Michael Woods, who was dismissed 33 minutes into the match for a foul on Michael Bostwick. Speaking after the game, Huntington said that he'd never been involved in a game that had gone so badly wrong:

"We started quite brightly but the sending-off changed things. It was not an intentional challenge (by Michael Woods) but he caught the lad. Then we just caved in. This has never happened to me before and we have to try to put it right next week. It is terrible and it is down to us players."

The result leaves the Glovers still needing a couple of points to guarantee their survival, having picked up just four points from their last six matches. Whilst they remain seven points clear of the relegation zone, and in 17th place in the League One Table, Huntington admits he is frustrated that they have yet to assure themselves of safety:

"We shouldn't be in the position where we are still looking over our shoulders. It is such a big disappointment after we worked so hard to get where we have."


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14 April 2012 : Ladies Presented With League Trophy
Well at least some people were smiling at Huish Park today. At half time during this afternoon's men's first team fixture against Stevenage, there was a presentation made to the Yeovil Town Ladies first team. Having won the South West Combination League title, they were presented with the Trophy at half time.

The trophy was presented to them by Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry, and he is pictured below with the first team squad, along with joint managers Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams. After the presentation, the Ladies did a half time lap of honour, getting a great reception from both sets of supporters.

The victorious Yeovil Town Ladies team are presented with the South West Combination League Trophy
The victorious Yeovil Town Ladies team are presented with the South West Combination League Trophy.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies



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14 April 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched this afternoon's 0-6 home defeat against Stevenage 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: Yes, we know this is a difficult job today! However, votes will be appreciated, and will give us a clue of which players might not have been as bad as the others on the day.

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


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14 April 2012 : Yeovil 0 Stevenage 6 : Dreadful Glovers Hit For Six
Yeovil Town crashed to their worst home defeat since 1958, as they were thrashed 0-6 against Stevenage this afternoon. Former Glover Luke Freeman did the damage as he got the first and last of those goals, with the Glovers playing an hour of the match with ten men after Michael Woods was given a straight red card. The visitors took a big advantage, with Patrick Agyemang, Jon Ashton, Jamaal Lascelles and Mark Roberts all netting in what turned into a one-sided rout.

Team news saw Ed Upson drop out of the squad due to suspension, allowing Gavin Williams to return following the hamstring injury he sustained in the middle of last month at Charlton. There was one other change on the bench, with a Josh Morris dropping out due to illness, meaning that Yeovil Town's usual 'sixth loan' problem was resolved, allowing Jonathan Obika a chance to return to the squad for the first time in two weeks.

For what was to follow, oddly Yeovil Town started as the brighter team, albeit in a half that didn't see too many chances created. Andy Williams had the main early chance - one that he sliced badly high and wide. However, the penetration and passing was there at the start. When Stevenage scored 13 minutes into the match, it was even against the run of play, although Yeovil's defending was sloppy - Craig Reid fed Patrick Agyemang in wide open space, and he in turn found former Glovers striker Luke Freeman, who did the usual trick of a former player coming back to haunt his old club.

That started to show the flaw in the Glovers play. Whilst they were relatively okay going forward, in terms of their defending as a team, they were rather casual, with a bit of an 'end of season' attitude to it all. Mark Roberts headed over as a warning that the visitors could be dangerous from set pieces.

Just past the half hour mark the game changed for the definite worse - Michael Woods went on for a tackle with Michael Bostwick, and caught his man - referee Stuart Attwell deeming it to be a dangerous challenge, sending Yeovil Town to ten men. Although the Huish Park crowd made it clear what they thought of the decision, captain Paul Huntington said after the game he didn't have too many complaints about it, although it left Yeovil with a problem on their hands.

They could have equalised almost straight after that red card though, as Andy Williams managed to break past Chris Day - the visiting keeper made a grab for Willo in an attempt to take him down, but the striker tried to stay on his feet and by the time he shot at goal, Scott Laird was able to clear the ball off the line. Referee Attwell kept his whistle in his pocket - if Williams had dropped to the floor after Day's challenge then it would have been a very different situation.

Yeovil's problems got worse just before the break when Patrick Agyemang, who spent the second half of the 2009–10 season on loan at Bristol City under Gary Johnson, repaid his old boss by latching onto a longball from Jamaal Lascelles, and no-one tracked the striker as he finished well into the bottom corner for a decisive 44th minute goal and a 0-2 half time scoreline.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson made a double change at half time, surprisingly taking off captain Paul Huntington and playmaker Gavin Williams, introducing Jonathan Obika and Bondz N'Gala as they readjusted into a 3-4-2 formation in an effort to get back into the match. They struggled to create good chances, with referee Stuart Attwell making a number of contentious decisions, notably when Jonathan Obika was tackled by Scott Laird in the box, going down but with the referee refusing to blow up.

The defence though seemed to be shooting themselves in the foot throughout the afternoon, and the game was well and truly over as they failed to defend corners twice inside three minutes - something that the man deficit could not excuse. Stacy Long's near post corner in the 69th minute was headed home easily at the near post by Jon Ashton. And three became four, just three minutes later, when Luke Freeman swung in another set piece for Jamaal Lascelles to head home.

With the Glovers now badly falling apart, and being taken on the counter-attack with frequent ease, it was no surprise when Stevenage grabbed two late goals to put the seal on an embarrassing scoreline. Mark Roberts smashed home from close range, as Luke Freeman's weaving in the box undid his former club. After Jordan Slew had a goal ruled out for offside, Luke Freeman got involved in Stevenage's sixth and final goal just two minutes from time, as Jennison Myrie-Williams - another former Gary Johnson player - crossed into the box, and Freeman got his second into the roof of the net.

Whilst some fans may look at referee Stuart Attwell's decision to send off Michael Woods as being highly influential in the game, the Glovers defending on the day wasn't good enough. Mercifully a 90th minute Oldham Athletic equaliser at Wycombe Wanderers stopped a drama becoming a crisis, as the gap between the Glovers and the relegation spots only closed by one point today, with them slipping to 17th. But this was a morale-damaging defeat, and manager Gary Johnson will have his work cut out to get his team back on track, particularly with 20th placed Leyton Orient his side's opponents next weekend at Brisbane Road.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Scorers: Luke Freeman (0-1, 13 mins), Patrick Agyemang (0-2, 44 mins), Jon Ashton (0-3, 69 mins), Jamaal Lascelles (0-4, 72 mins), Mark Roberts (0-5, 82 mins), Luke Freeman (0-6, 88 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
10. Gavin Williams 12. Michael Woods 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala (46 mins for Paul Huntington) 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (80 mins for Jonathan Grounds) 29. Jonathan Obika (46 mins for Gavin Williams)

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day
30. Jamaal Lascelles 14. Mark Roberts 5. Jon Ashton 3. Scott Laird
2. Lawrie Wilson 8. Stacy Long 24. Michael Bostwick 15. Luke Freeman
10. Craig Reid 29. Patrick Agyemang

Substitutes:
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams (74 mins for Lawrie Wilson) 21. John Mousinho (79 mins for Michael Bostwick) 27. Jordan Slew (60 mins for Craig Reid) 19. Michael Thalassitis 32. Robin Shroot

Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Grounds (foul, 59 mins). Red Card: Michael Woods (serious foul play, 33 mins).

Stevenage Bookings: Jamaal Lascelles (16 mins, foul).

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire) Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Rob Hyde (London).

Attendance: 3,610 (with 157 Stevenage supporters).


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14 April 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their squad for this afternoon's home match against Stevenage at Huish Park. Midfielder Ed Upson commences the first of a three match ban, and so drops out of the squad. His place is taken by Gavin Williams, although positionally speaking, Michael Woods is expected to take the central role with Gavin taking his usual wide position.

The usual issue of the "sixth loan" is resolved by Josh Morris being ill, and so he drops out of the squad, meaning that Jonathan Obika gets a recall, although only makes the bench.

The Stevenage line-up includes former Glovers loan striker Luke Freeman, who is expected to play as a winger today.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
10. Gavin Williams 12. Michael Woods 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 29. Jonathan Obika

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day
30. Jamaal Lascelles 14. Mark Roberts 5. Jon Ashton 3. Scott Laird
2. Lawrie Wilson 8. Stacy Long 24. Michael Bostwick 15. Luke Freeman
10. Craig Reid 29. Patrick Agyemang

Substitutes:
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams 21. John Mousinho 27. Jordan Slew 19. Michael Thalassitis 32. Robin Shroot

Follow us on Twitter throughout the game via @ytfcciderspace for updates and retweets on the game.


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14 April 2012 : Johnson: Stevenage Game Gave Us Springboard
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that this afternoon's opponents Stevenage gave his club a massive 'springboard' to get them where they are today. The two sides met almost ten years ago at Villa Park in the FA Trophy Final, with the Glovers winning their first major national silverware, thanks to goals from Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield, as they beat the Hertfordshire side 2-0.

Success breeds success, and Johnson's Yeovil Town side then won the Conference title a year later, followed by the League Two title in 2004-05. That run of three trophies in four seasons put the Glovers into the third tier level they have maintained ever since. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary obviously had fond memories of the day:

"That was a fantastic day for us. We loved every minute of it, and it was really the springboard for the Yeovil of that time to get going, get a couple of promotions and put ourselves on the football map. So they've been good for us."

Stevenage's run through the divisions has come in a similar manner, with the Hertfordshire side enjoying consecutive promotions that has seen them join Yeovil in League One, meaning that they will face Yeovil for the first time at Huish Park since December 2002. They have threatened to get through three divisions in a row, having occupied the edge of the play-off slots for much of this season.

However, an FA Cup run that saw them play Tottenham Hotspur in a Fifth Round tie has coincided with a loss of form that has seen them slip to 9th place in the League One table, with just one win in their last thirteen matches. Johnson agrees that the distraction of the cup run may be a strong factor in their decline:

"Sometimes they say those big games spoil you for the league games. To be honest, they could probably look back and say that their poorer run has come from that game. But anyway, they're still there or thereabouts, and we've got to treat them with a bit of respect."

As an aside, Stevenage have not beaten Yeovil Town in a competitive fixture since May 1999. The last eleven meetings between the two clubs have resulted in five wins and six draws, with that 1999 match being the only time Stevenage have ever won in Somerset.


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13 April 2012 : Interview With Michael Woods
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Michael Woods spoke to the BBC about his time so far with the Glovers. Having scored against Rochdale on Easter Saturday, he made his full debut two days later at Notts County. Michael explains to BBC Somerset what it's been like to have to work his way back into football, via the link below.

Link: Michael Woods Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Stevenage.


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13 April 2012 : Ladies League Trophy Presentation
Yeovil Town Ladies will presented with the South West Combination Women's Football League trophy at Huish Park tomorrow during the men's home game with Stevenage. The trophy arrived in Yeovil this afternoon, and will be presented to the team on the pitch at half time.

Please come along and cheer the girls on as they take a lap of honour in celebration of what has been a glorious season. The trophy will again be presented at the Yeovil Town Ladies last home game with Havant & Waterlooville at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on Sunday 22nd April. Again please come along and support the girls and join the celebration, also allowing the players the chance of saying a big thank you to the fans for their fantastic support this season.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 April 2012 : Ups And Downs
With four games to go in the 2011-12 League One season, and Yeovil Town currently eight points clear of the drop, tomorrow afternoon represents their first chance to be mathematically safe from relegation. In reality the Glovers are probably safe already, but a win over Stevenage at Huish Park, combined with a draw or a defeat for Wycombe Wanderers would guarantee it.

Exeter City can only catch Yeovil on goal difference, whilst Chesterfield and Rochdale are sufficiently cut adrift that they cannot catch the Glovers. That means that the game at Adams Park is the main other fixture to keep an eye on during Saturday afternoon.

In truth the bottom three clubs still look doomed, whilst the fourth from bottom place will come down to Wycombe, Walsall and an increasingly nervous-looking Leyton Orient, with the O's having picked a bad time of the season to lose four games in a row.

Up until now, we've not dared look at which clubs might be coming into League One for the 2012-13 season. However, if Doncaster Rovers fail to win on Saturday, they will be back in the third tier for next season. Currently 11 points short of safety, the return of Donny is only a matter of time.

The prospect of Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth looms ever larger, and this could also be confirmed on Saturday if fourth from bottom Bristol City pick up more points than them. Again, with Pompey nine points adrift their relegation is only a matter of time. However, they'll still need to survive another battle - their second administration in recent times, with a ridiculous £58 million debt clocked up against their latest over-spending regime. With no firm bids on the table for them yet, it's possible we might not play them at all!

Whilst Donny and Pompey can already be pencilled in for next season, the third slot will probably fall between Coventry City and Bristol City. The Sky Blues are currently four points adrift, having lost their crucial six-pointer on Monday at Ashton Gate, but our friends up the A37 have a worse goal difference. There are a few other teams who could be dragged in if both clubs go on a winning spree, but the battle of the two City teams won't quite be decided over the weekend.

At the top of League Two, Swindon Town could be promoted if they win and fourth placed Crawley Town lose. After that, your guess is as good as ours, with a cluster of clubs giving plenty of ifs and buts. Torquay United, Shrewsbury Town and Crawley will battle it out for two automatic slots. Meanwhile in the play-offs, three more of Southend United, Cheltenham Town, Oxford United, Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham and Rotherham United still have an interest. With the exception of Swindon, these issues seem likely to go to the final day of the season, and as such the form table may be a better guide than the league table.


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13 April 2012 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in what is their final scheduled home match of the 2011-12 season. They take on Torquay United in a match that will be played at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub off Bunford Lane.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and admission is free of charge, so if you're coming into town to watch the League One game against Stevenage, there's a good excuse to make it a double-header. There will be the usual selection of tea, coffee, bacon rolls available for purchase from the main building kiosk.

As for the opposition, the Gulls are situated one place above Yeovil Town in the current Football League Youth Alliance League table, and so this one should hopefully be a very competitive fixture. The Glovers can still catch Torquay, but only if they beat them tomorrow, and then win at Swindon Town in next weekend's final match.

South West Youth Alliance Fixtures:
AFC Bournemouth v Hereford United (11.30)
Bristol Rovers v Swindon Town (10.30)
Oxford United v Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town v Torquay United


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13 April 2012 : Ex-Premier League Ref In Charge For Stevenage Visit
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Stevenage have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 14th April 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture is referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

If you're wondering why a Premier League referee is taking charge of a fairly low key League One fixture, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and is now back at Football League level. Aged just 29, he was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, Mr Attwell was at the scene of a controversy that he will doubtless be forever associated with. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. A Championship match between Watford and Reading saw what is now referred to as the "ghost goal" - scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner.

Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. Since then he has generally been given Championship games, but has popped into League One and League Two on a few occasions, taking charge of Scunthorpe United vs Exeter City on Good Friday, followed by Swindon Town vs Northampton Town on Easter Monday. His record is a little top-heavy - 95 yellows and 5 reds across 28 games, with ten yellows coming out in the Europa League game between PSV Eindhoven and Tel Aviv.

Given his career history, it's not too surprising to note that this is the first time that he's taken charge of a Yeovil Town fixture, and we're unaware of him taking come across Stevenage either.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Rob Hyde (London).


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13 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Early Bird And The Egg
Having had one viewpoint on the newly published 2012-13 Season Ticket Prices, it's time for a second perspective. In another Taff's Gloversblog entry, Cruncher tackles an age old question that needs answering.

Read on via the link below, and as before, feel free to offer up your own views, using the Comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Early Bird And The Egg.


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12 April 2012 : Johnson Wanting Quick Responses Over Contract Offers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be hoping for quick decisions from his players when the club finally put out contract offers next week. The Glovers have to make decisions on sixteen players over the summer, as well as considering what options they have with respect to the six loan players currently on their books, with just three players left currently under contract.

With those out of contract players entitled to hold talks with other clubs, this summer is going to be a particularly busy one, given that this is the first significant opportunity Johnson has had to bring together a team of 'his' players. He has told BBC Somerset that with contracts due to be drafted for next Monday, he will be wanting players to give him a quick reaction to them:

"When you make people offers, they get a month to decide whether they want to take it up or not. Well between us, I can't give them a month. We need to know quicker. They need to tell us whether they feel their futures are going to be with us, and they need to tell us straight away, and then we can guarantee that they'll be with us, so that I can build around them. If people are going to say 'No, I need to keep my options open' that means that really they're going to wait to see if there are any other offers. I can't afford to wait for them then."

Whether Johnson can persuade those players to make early decisions or not is another matter. Almost exactly a year ago, former manager Terry Skiverton put down a similar ultimatum to players, wanting a quick decision on the contracts he was dishing out. However, by May, the likes of striker Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh were saying they wouldn't be hurried and would need time to think about it. Whilst younger, more inexperienced players may be expendable, it's unlikely that an offer to a club captain, a top goalscorer or a player of the season would be withdrawn if they happen to take their time over responding.


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12 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : When More Is Less
Today's publishing of Season Ticket Prices for the 2012-13 season has inevitably produced some varying opinions on what the football club are offering. The underlying issue at hand is as always the revenues that such sales would generate. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers the issues at hand.

Needless to say, alternative views, and thoughts on what has been offered are welcomed - add your views via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : When More Is Less.


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12 April 2012 : 2012-13 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Pricing Grids
Further to our earlier news concerning the 2012-13 matchday and season ticket pricing, full pricing grids are now available. This page will be made permanently available on the Home Page of the site, as well as in the Huish Park section, if you want to refer to it in the coming weeks.

Link: 2012-13 Matchday and Season Ticket Admission Prices.

Link: 2012-13 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices Go Up.

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


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12 April 2012 : 2012-13 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices Go Up
Season Ticket and Match Day prices for the 2012-13 season have been announced by the club. Covering the 23 home matches that will (barring diasters) be played in League One next season, the bottom line is that there have been some increases across the range of admission prices.

Taking the simple prices first first, adults on the home terrace will pay £1.00 more on their prices compared to last season, with pre-match-day admission going up to £17.00 whilst on a match day it will cost you £19.00. Pretty much all individual match prices adopt this £1.00 increase, with the exception of Under-16s and Junior Glovers prices which stay flat for next season.

Headline news on season ticket prices tells a similar story. Whereas this season you would have paid £256 for an adult home terrace season ticket purchased by May 31st, you'll now pay £273 - an increase of £17.00 on the year. At first sight it appears that this £17.00 increase has been applied consistently across the board for non-junior tariffs.

As with recent seasons, there is a May 31st deadline, both for existing season ticket holders to keep their existing seat, and for supporters to take advantage of 'early bird' prices. If you wait until after that date, then prices are similarly structured and a £19.00 increase has been applied to all non-junior tariffs.

Aside from that, all other arrangements and benefits are more or less 'as you were', except that three local firms have pitched in to give offers to season ticket holders. Bradfords Building Supplies are offering a 20 percent discount on kitchens and bathrooms, Nuffield Health are offering one week's free membership whilst Fit & Furnish are offering a 10 percent discount on all goods. All other existing benefits appear to be preserved.

Link: 2012-13 Matchday and Season Ticket Admission Prices.

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


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11 April 2012 : March 2012 Player Of The Month
The month of March 2012 was a particularly successful one for Yeovil Town, even if it tended to fizzle out a little bit towards the end. The four wins and two draws in the busy eight game month were enough to get them clear of the relegation zone and on their way to League One safety.

As far as Man of the Match voting was concerned, there were seven different players who won the match polls. The individual match poll winners were Andy Williams (Brentford), Paul Huntington (MK Dons), Gavin Williams (Oldham Athletic) Jonathan Franks (Scunthorpe United, Walsall), Dominic Blizzard (Charlton), Bondz N'Gala (Hartlepool) and Sam Walker (AFC Bournemouth).

Goalkeeper Sam Walker had a shakey period in the middle of the month, but came good at the end with a runaway poll win on the final game, and that was enough to give him a late run on third place. Andy Williams was in superb goalscoring form during the first half of the month and came in second.

But across eight games, it was all going to be about consistency, and that's where captain Paul Huntington came in. Paul had missed February with a four match ban, but was revitalised for March and put in a series of consistent performances. Thus he is the March 2012 Player of the Month, according to your votes.

The top ten players, along with the percentage of the vote cast, is as follows:

1 Paul Huntington 16.4
2 Andy Williams 13.7
3 Sam Walker 11.1
4 Gavin Williams 8.7
5 Jonathan Franks 8.4
6 Luke Ayling 7.7
7 Ed Upson 6.7
8 Dominic Blizzard 5.3
9 Jonathan Grounds 5.3
10 Richard Hinds 4.6


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11 April 2012 : Record Breaking Bray Hat-Trick Sees Off Havant
Yeovil Town Ladies striker Laura Bray became the first ever player to go past the hundred South West Combination league goal barrier, as she grabbed a hat trick in a superb 5-2 victory over second place Havant and Waterlooville on Sunday. And with further goals from Rosie Williams and Stacey Pearson the Glovers not only strengthened their lead at the top of the table, but also continued their dream of finishing the season unbeaten in the league.

Yeovil started brightly, playing on a fantastic pitch. This allowed them to get the ball down, and play some good football early on. The first five minutes showed Yeovil that this would be a tough game, with Havant putting in some very physical challenges and getting the ball down, trying to play through the unbeaten team.

There was an early dangerous attack created by Yeovil when Emma Brazell slotted a ball across the back to Nadine Grogan at right back, who in turn played a great pass down the line to debutee Sophie Whelan. Whelan knocked the ball beyond her opponent and managed to gain a yard to whip in a great cross into the six yard box, where we Yeovil's forwards should have punished their rivals, failing to get a toe to the ball.

A few minutes later some good combination play from Stacey Pearson, saw and Terri Trowbridge overlap to create another great chance with a well delivered ball from a wide area that the goalkeeper could only push away. Laura Bray was down her throat with the follow up to coolly slot in that well deserved 100th South West Combination League goal.

Havant were not content in trailing, and pressured the Glovers to gain two corners in short succession, where young Yeovil reserve ‘keeper Lou Harrington stepped up to the plate to command well on her way to putting in a great first half performance. Lou took some great balls in the air in the first half, and distributed the ball well in her role.

Yeovil went in at the break pleased they had the better of the play and had worked hard across the park to defend as a team and keep themselves 1-0 up. The players were reminded that they had not won the game yet, and that their goal was to combine more using the good surface to move the ball quick, and also to show more confidence in front of goal to maintain the unbeaten run.

The home team came out strongly in the second period, with respect to them they really pressured Yeovil for the first twenty minutes, notched up a goal from a set piece to make it 1-1 on the 54 minute mark. Yeovil's defence and midfield were putting in some really important challenges, with Laura Wensley and Rosie Williams trying to break up the play, and Rachael Edwards at the back marshalling the team and continuing the keep a good line.

Although Yeovil were under pressure when they broke forward the looked very dangerous, with Jodi Cornwall firing a shot just wide, and a number of well taken corners from Brazell that were not capitalised on. However, on 66 minutes Grogan cleared the ball forward from defence, and put Havant under enough pressure to concede a free kick 25 yards out. Young Rosie Williams stepped up and smashed in a trade mark cracker in the top left hand corner to make it 2-1 to Yeovil.

Havant were still on the attack, and soon after they won a corner and hit a ball under the crossbar to muscle in and knock it just over the line for a 2-2 scoreline, despite Harrington’s efforts to get to the ball. Yeovil did not allow the equalising goal to affect their confidence as the goal was again down to a set piece and not through being broken down from open play. The Glovers knew if they kept trying to play and combine chances like they had all season, their belief and persistence would pay off.

Pearson was in good space in the first half, and now needed to be brought more into the game, so on 62 minutes Justine Lorton was added for Whelan at Centre forward to play alongside Bray up front, and Cornwall moving to the wing on the left wing, allowing Pearson to swap to the right position.

Stacey Pearson made an instant impact from the tactical change, with a great interception, and ran at the defence to beat the centre back and drive the ball with her left foot hard into the bottom corner of the net to score her 5th league goal of the season, making the score 3-2. Another Yeovil substitution on 72 minutes saw Kirsty Whitton come on for Cornwall, allowing Pearson back into her regular left wing position to up the energy levels on the pitch and raise the tempo of the game, feeding Lorton and Bray who were looking dangerous together up front.

The ball was won in Yeovil's defensive third with a trade mark Wensley tackle, and Williams hit the ball wide into Whitton who played the ball across to Laura Bray. Taking a good touch, Bray set the ball into Lorton’s path who then played an inch perfect pass to split the Havant defence, for Bray to run onto and take the ball around the keeper to score a great 101st goal in the league.

On 80 minutes Yeovil made their final change bringing on Jade Hatton for Grogan. She slotted in very well at right back, and contributed well in the final part of the game. Credit to Havant, they did not give in, and kept throwing attacks at Yeovil, who in turn maintained a great defensive shape to keep them at bay. They continued to pack the box at corners which led to a few clearances off the line to keep Yeovil ahead.

With Havant pressing, they left themselves exposed on a number of occasions, with Yeovil breaking well, and on one occasion Edwards did a ‘box to box’ run, beating three players only to be tackled on the edge of the Havant goal area. Brazell and Trowbridge also made some great drives forward with the ball to press their opponents and support the attacking play. In the last five minutes of the game Laura Bray once again combined with Whitton and Williams to receive the ball on the right side of the 18 yard box, and she instinctively hit the ball hard on the half volley for a fantastic finish for the game to make it 5-2.

Speaking after the game for herself and assistant manager Chris White, Joint manager Sarah Lawler said:

"This was a well disciplined squad performance, and the girls really worked hard to show why they are league champions, with a very consistent display. We did not want to come here as the promoted team and lose to our nearest rivals in the league, and today's result is a reflection of the commitment we have put in.

"As a team we defended very well, conceding disappointingly, but only to a very well taken free kick and a goal mouth scramble from the corner which is stuff we can easily work on and address. Today we certainly broke quickly in attack, putting training into match play, something that has been our focus in the last couple of weeks, and the girls have gone out and done exactly what has been asked of them.

"The quality of the pitch surface really helped us today as we could move the ball quickly across the surface like we do in training. This shows in our hundred per cent record in the league this season, as of our opponents have got access to top quality pitch surfaces where we have struggled at times at home, although Sherborne Town have been excellent hosts off the pitch.

"We are very proud of Laura scoring her 100th goal in the league today, and told her at half time not just to be satisfied that she had got there, and to be really positive in the second half to up this to 105 for the end of the season. She responded by bagging her tally to 102, and getting a worthy hat-trick by the end of the game.

"It is also important to add that over the last month we have had the biggest squad of the season, with players fighting for places, and those not getting in the side at the moment showing great patience and determination to keep on the tails of their team mates which has been vital in our success this season. Today we had five players start and a young player make her debut, all of whom did not start in the first game of our season. This really shows the versatility of our squad.

"The unbeaten league record is now within our reach, but until the final game we have not completed this goal. Our focus will to not only claim that record, but to also prepare for and win the County Cup final on May 3rd at Wells City FC."

Final Score: Havant & Waterlooville Ladies 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 5.

[Report by Yeovil Town Ladies Joint Manager Sarah Lawler]


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11 April 2012 : Police Costs Back On Football's Agenda
Issues surrounding the costs of policing football matches appear to be on the agenda again. This is something that has been rumbling four a number of years, based around the question of how far away from a football ground can a club be held liable for the costs of policing on matchdays.

This week, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt, who is the lead on policing football for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has broadcast his belief that football clubs should be wholly responsible for policing costs on a match day, even for issues that occur many miles from the ground itself, such as a railway station.

Holt's position is nothing new. Back in October 2008, Hereford United got in a dispute with West Mercia Police over the costs of policing the neighbouring public car park, whilst Wigan Athletic took Greater Manchester Police to court in 2007 over claims they were being over-charged for services compared to other local clubs.

In November 2008, the ACPO made their position clear, that they wanted to see all costs recovered. Now with a new report on the table, commissioned by ACPO, and conducted by the University College, London, they feel they have further ammunition, with the suggestion that crime and disorder levels increase on matchdays when a kilometre area around each sample ground is considered.

Holt has told the BBC that he would like to push for 'full cost recovery' for football matches - something that would dramatically change the bill that football clubs receive for policing matches at present, which is restricted to the stadium itself and the immediate external vicinity:

"It's my personal view that we should have full cost recovery. We are not trying to enforce that at the moment. We are working with clubs and it's a matter for discussion in due course. But I would reiterate, my personal view is that professional businesses that are in the entertainment industry should pay for the full costs of their policing."

The question is why there is so much focus upon football matches, and not other public events. The estimate for policing the Royal Wedding in 2011 for Central London was that it cost the taxpayer £7.2 million pounds, excluding officers above the rank of inspector, and excluding the costs of planning the on the day operations. The belief was that the overall costs would be in the region of £10 million - and even that would exclude any additional provisions local forces may have made for the extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Then we have the generic costs of policing a town or city centre on a Friday or Saturday night, to cater for those who can't control themselves after a few pints - or perhaps the additional costs of looking after the additional traffic and people turning up for the local village fete on a weekend. If traffic police have to move down to the Asda roundabout on a matchday to deal with issues, then who picks up the bill? The football club, Asda, Halfords ... or do we keep things simple and have it coming out of company business rates and taxes as it is done today?

Given that when a football match is held, the train operators benefit through the tickets sold, the local pubs and shops benefit through the increased money spent, and that whilst that is all going on, other non-football business continues to function and require an ad-hoc police presence, these attempts to get football to foot the costs seem unfair. The Football League have responded, indicating that they see this as the responsibility of those paying Council Tax, business rates and income tax, and given that such costs would be passed onto the consumer, they feel that would be asking supporters to pay twice:

"Costs incurred away from the ground that are deemed necessary are covered by the state - it's what people pay their taxes for, with English professional football contributing more that £1bn a year to the Treasury, let alone the tax paid by the millions of fans who attend Premier League and Football League games during the season, and who are of course entitled, like all citizens, to police services as they go about their lawful business. We are always happy to discuss how it might be possible to further reduce costs, or indeed how football can help the police tackle youth crime, but we fail to see why football fans should pay twice for policing."

Sadly, there is a real live example of this brewing in Kent, where Gillingham are currently in dispute with Kent Police over the policing of their home match against Swindon Town, scheduled for April 21st. With past 'history' between both sets of supporters, and the Gills already having been involved in a public row over policing for an FA Cup match against Stoke City in January, costs were likely to be contentious.

However, given the possibility that the Wiltshire side could clinch promotion and/or the League Two title that day, it's developed into the perfect storm. Gillingham are still in with an outside chance of promotion themselves, yet it could well be that neither club's supporters see the game. Medway Council have today issued a prohibition notice because of the dispute over costs, meaning that the match will be played out behind closed doors, unless a compromise can be reached. Without knowing the exact issues afoot, it's hard to know which party is being the most unreasonable here, but the end result could be that Swindon fans don't see their side gain promotion, which has to be wrong.


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11 April 2012 : Upson Three Match 'Ban' Was On The Cards
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has revealed that he might have missed three of the last games of the 2011-12 season regardless of whether he picked up his 15th yellow card. The 22 year old is set to miss the next three matches after the FA confirmed his suspension today, but has said that he may have sat out some of those games anyway.

The Football Association rules on suspensions mean that bans can be carried into the following season, meaning that once the Glovers got into the final three matches of the season, Upson would have been walking a tightrope, where he risked picking up a ban that could have been carried into the 2012-13 season.

With that in mind, and the club more or less safe from relegation, Upson told BBC Somerset that he might have been dropped from the squad in those matches, regardless of whether he had picked up a 15th booking, to eliminate that risk:

"I think I'd maybe gone six games without getting a booking. I've been trying really hard not to. But maybe with the last three games of the season coming up, I possibly might not have been playing anyway, because if I had picked up another yellow it would have affected next season."

Upson concedes the Glovers are not quite mathematically safe from the drop, but is confident enough to say that his absence from the team shouldn't realistically be a problem:

"We should be safe although we're still not 100 percent safe. A lot of teams have got to do some really big things to catch us. But yes, I'd be devastated if I couldn't be involved in a relegation fight. You never really know, do you?"

When centre-back Paul Huntington suffered a four match ban in February, the club captain joined in with the first team warm-ups and even travelled to away fixtures, even though he knew that he would not be playing in the matches. Upson has said that supporters should still see him before the games, as he plans to repeat what his captain did:

"Of course I will. I'll be travelling with them, and I'll be in the changing room before the games and I'll be doing my usual thing, apart from playing. That's what I hope to do (to get back in the side). I'll keep working over the next few weeks, so that I can try to get back into the team and hopefully enjoy the last game."


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11 April 2012 : FA Confirm Upson Suspension
The Football Association have this morning confirmed Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson will serve a three match suspension. As expected, the 22 year old picked up his 15th booking of the 2011-12 season in the 3-1 defeat against Notts County on Saturday.

Upson will now miss the home match against Stevenage, the trip to Leyton Orient, and the final home game against Chesterfield. This means that he will only feature in one more game this season - the trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday 5th May.

Ed had been on 14 bookings for a month now, and had actually managed to survive seven matches without picking up the crucial 15th card. It's his first half of the season discipline that has cost him here - since reaching the 10 card threshold on Boxing Day, he's gone through the second half of the season with a much more respectable record to his name.


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10 April 2012 : Loan Duo Hit The Target Again
Yeovil Town pair Lloyd Matthews and Billy Gibson found the net over the Easter weekend as they scored for their loan clubs. The pair, who are being borrowed by Frome Town and Braintree Town respectively, both got the second goals of their current spells.

Second year scholar Lloyd Matthews came on as a substitute in both of Frome's matches over the weekend. He was a 73rd minute introduction in their home game against Leamington in a match that finished 0-0 on Saturday, then travelled down to the Bob Lucas Stadium for an away match against Weymouth, who are continuing their slide down the Southern League Premier Division table.

This Easter Monday match of course pitted Rhys Baggridge up against Matthews, with the Welshman starting for the Terras as a centre-back. It was Lloyd who got the better of his Yeovil team-mate, being introduced as a 78th minute substitute, with the Somerset side 1-0 up. Four minutes later, Weymouth's Ben Gerring scored an own goal, then in the 89th minute, Lloyd got in behind the Weymouth back four, beating home keeper Alex Hards to the ball, before sliding it under his body for a 3-0 win.

Baggridge played a full 90 minutes in the match against Frome, but was an unused substitute on the Saturday, in Weymouth's 2-2 away draw against St Albans City. Weymouth finished the weekend just three points off the relegation zone, whilst Frome have the safety of midtable, eight points clear of the drop.

Meanwhile Steve MacLean's loan spell with Cheltenham Town has yet to hit dizzy heights, with the Robins' League Two promotion campaign stuttering somewhat. MacLean played the first 59 minutes of their 2-0 win over Barnet, but significantly was off the pitch by the time the Gloucestershire side found the net late on. He was then an unused substitute in their Monday 1-0 away defeat at Rotherham United.

Finally, we've lost track of how many matches Rob Clowes has played for Bridgwater Town as part of his loan spell at Fairfax Park, with their coverage on the internet being a little erratic. He did play the first 77 minutes of the March 31st home game against Halesowen Town, but was not included in their squads for April matches against Paulton Rovers and Tiverton Town.

Rob's loan deal was only due to run until the end of March, which gives the impression that he has probably returned to Huish Park, although there's no confirmation of that.


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10 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Mind The Gap
Having dried out from a rather soggy day out in Nottingham yesterday, it's time to reflect upon the 3-1 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry there's an informal review of the match, and how we measure up to one of the top six sides.

Particularly if you were at the game, or have thoughts on the wider contractual issues, feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Mind The Gap.


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10 April 2012 : D'Ath Extends Glovers Stay Again
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Lawson D'Ath will complete the 2011-12 season at Huish Park. The club's deal with parent club Reading has been extended for the remaining four matches of the campaign today, meaning that he will add to the ten appearances he has made for the Glovers so far.

Lawson has so far scored one goal - in the February 3-2 win over Colchester United - but has been largely a regular in the side, dropping out of the side on the odd occasion due to constraints over the number of loan players who can be selected in a matchday squad.


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10 April 2012 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
On Saturday lunchtime, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes was interviewed on the BBC as part of their radio coverage for the build-up to the home match against Rochdale. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Ed Hadwin, Martyn talks about attendances, next year's season ticket package, Yeovil Town's role in the community, the club's recent financial results, and the current status of the Food Store application.

That interview can now be read in full via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC About The Food Store Plans.


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10 April 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Easter Monday's 3-1 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game.


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9 April 2012 : Johnson Gutted By Crucial Referee Decision
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was unhappy with the key decision that turned this afternoon's match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Referee Andrew Madley was at the centre of a number of controversial decisions in the 3-1 defeat this afternoon, but infuriated the Glovers management team and players, after deciding to allow the second and crucial Magpies goal to stand.

The goal came when Glovers goalkeeper Sam Walker appeared to collect a ball in the box, only for it to be knocked out of his hands, with hat-trick man Lloyd Sam capitalising on the loose ball to place home an 87th minute goal that nudged County ahead with three minutes remaining.

Johnson felt that Walker was fouled, which caused him to lose control of the ball, and that referee Madley should have blown for a free kick. With the match official in his first year at this level, and having already attracted controversy in the November 2011 game at Chesterfield, Johnson added that he felt his side were being given too many inexperienced officials at their games:

"I'm gutted for the boys. I thought we would have gone on and won it until that decision. The referees tell you that you can go and talk to them afterwards, but I've never been able to do that. Okay, we're not fighting for promotion and not battling relegation, so you could it hasn't cost us anything except pride. We'll get over it, but we do seem to get a lot of first-time referees in our games."

Lloyd Sam went on to secure a hat-trick in the 90th minute with his third goal of the day, pushing the Magpies into the top six of the League One Table. Their boss Keith Curle was understandably full of praise for the striker, who is on loan from Leeds United:

"Lloyd just keeps getting better and better. He took a little time to settle in, and we always said we would see the best of him once we started getting him into the right areas. We did that and he took his goals brilliantly."


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9 April 2012 : Notts County 3 Yeovil 1 : Sam Triple Sinks Glovers At Death
A Lloyd Sam hat-trick saw Yeovil Town crash to an away defeat at Meadow Lane this afternoon. Taking on a side battling for a play-off place in League One, the Glovers thought they had stolen a point from the Magpies as Jonathan Franks cancelled out Sam's first half strike with 11 minutes to go. But the home side had largely dominated the match, and Sam grabbed his second and third of the day in the final three minutes to seal victory against a tiring Glovers side.

Manager Gary Johnson made one change to his starting line-up, swapping Michael Woods for Josh Morris as the former Chelsea man continued his moves towards full first team fitness. For the second game running Jonathan Obika was the man to miss out as he sat out the game as the sixth loan. Otherwise the Woods-Morris swapover was the only change.

The game kicked off with Notts County passing the ball around well, playing it out to the wings and whipping in dangerous crosses into the box. In blustery conditions, with standing water by the touchlines, this was not going to be an easy game to play passing football, but County did it well. The measure of how much a factor the conditions could have in the match came when an Alan Judge corner turned into an on target shot with Sam Walker had to punch away.

In a three pronged attack, it was actually Daniel Bogdanovic and Lloyd Sam who were proving the most difficult to pick up, with the more experienced Lee Hughes being well marshalled despite his physical approach to the game. Bodanavic headed over the bar, and then shot wide, before Yeovil created a few half chances through Andy Williams and Michael Woods, who both broke through only to find home keeper Stuart Nelson on hand to palm their attempts out for corners.

Frustratingly Yeovil went behind after a series of play that appeared to show the home side running out of a few ideas; getting more frustrated that their domination wasn't bearing fruit. Referee Andrew Madley wasn't helping the rhythm of the game, booking a number of players - must crucially Ed Upson who picked up his 15th booking of the 2011-12 season, that will earn him a three match ban, when confirmed.

However, the goal when it came was all about Yeovil not clearing their lines in the box. A ball by Jeff Hughes saw Glovers defenders struggle to clear the ball, and Lloyd Sam lashed it home from around the penalty spot, with Sam Walker having little hope of keeping it out. The Glovers weren't helped by having Ed Upson lying injured on the deck during the build-up, leaving them a man down.

The home side finished the half well on top, and probably the half time whistle helped the Glovers recompose themselves, having lost their way a bit following the goal, as Magpies fans cheered every pass, and their team threatened to double their lead, with Bogdanovic just missing the post as the whistle blew.

The second period was more of an even affair - and a quieter one too, in terms of chances. The match referee annoyed both sets of supporters in quick succession - firstly when Mr Madley gave Yeovil an 'advantage' for a foul, and then promptly blew up for an offside. He then infuriated the home fans when Lee Hughes took a swallow dive on the edge of the box, with them screaming for a free kick after he fell over Luke Ayling, although the referee's signalling suggested he thought Hughes had taken a dive - in which case why wasn't a second yellow produced?

The Glovers occasionally threatened, with Paul Huntington's downward header coming close, but in all honesty they didn't look like they were going to get back into it. All of that changed with 11 minutes remaining, when Andy Williams chased a lost cause and dispossessed a County defender near the byline. Another error was forced by his cross into the box, as a defender sliced the ball up in the air, and Jonathan Franks was the first to react, slamming the ball into the roof of the net for an equalising goal. 1-1 and game on.

Sam Walker produced a terrific save virtually from kick-off as the Yeovil defence was forced to hack away, and there was little doubt that with the Magpies needing to win the game to stay in the play-off positions that plenty of pressure would be forced. Sadly parity only lasted eight minutes, as a controversial goal put the home side back in front. Sam Walker came to collect a ball, and Lloyd Sam poached it out of his hands for an 87th minute goal, leaving the Yeovil players furiously protesting with both referee and linesman as Paul Huntington picked up a booking for his protestations at the decision. One for the Football League Show.

Matters were put beyond Yeovil's reach in injury time as Lloyd Sam again drove in from the right flank, and fired home from a narrow angle to grab his hat-trick, and give his side a 3-1 victory. Whilst there was no doubt the home side had the greater of possession and chances, that third goal was a little harsh on the Glovers given that for 87 minutes the game had been in the balance. Thankfully with Walsall, Wycombe and Leyton Orient all losing as well, there is no damage done - the gap remains at eight points with four games to go.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Notts County 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Lloyd Sam (37 mins, 1-0), Jonathan Franks (79 mins, 1-1), Lloyd Sam (87 mins, 2-1), Lloyd Sam (90 mins, 3-1).

Notts County: (4-3-3)
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Julian Kelly 24. Liam Chilvers 35. Damion Stewart 3. Alan Sheehan
14. Alan Judge 10. Neal Bishop 11. Jeff Hughes
32. Lloyd Sam 9. Lee Hughes 40. Daniel Bogdanovic

Substitutes:
4. Mike Edwards 20. Kieron Freeman 23. Jon Harley (90 mins for Alan Judge) 30. Dele Adebola (68 mins for Lee Hughes) 31. Gavin Mahon (68 mins for Daniel Bogdanovic)

Yeovil Town:
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
12. Michael Woods 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 15. Josh Morris (65 mins for Michael Woods) 18. Kieran Agard (83 mins for Jonathan Franks) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Notts County Bookings: Alan Judge (30 mins, foul), Lee Hughes (42 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Richard Hinds (19 mins, foul), Ed Upson (39 mins, foul), Paul Huntington (88 mins, dissent)

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Geoffrey Russell (Northampton) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Paul Hobday (Birmingham).

Attendance: 5,852 (including 261 Yeovil fans).


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9 April 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil
If you watched today's 3-1 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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9 April 2012 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Notts County. Midfielder Michael Woods comes into the starting line-up after his first senior goal on Saturday and he displaced Josh Morris in the team.

Woods is expected to play as a right winger in 4-4-2, according to BBC Somerset, meaning that Jonathan Franks will stay up front.

The line-up is expected to be as follows, with :

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
12. Michael Woods 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 15. Josh Morris 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown


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9 April 2012 : Bournemouth Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in the month of March was the 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth. This was a bit of a rearguard action at times, with the home side well on top for the majority of the game, but the Glovers managed to hold out in the end.

The Man of the Match voting was largely a one-horse race, even though captain Paul Huntington put in a classy performance in the heart of defence, and grabbed a second or third place amongst most voters. However, the winner of the poll by a mile was goalkeeper Sam Walker, who was just three votes short of a clean sweep of outright MOTM votes on the day.

Results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Sam Walker 448 (43)
2 Paul Huntington 126 (0)
3 Luke Ayling 56 (1)
4 Lawson D'Ath 40 (2)
5 Richard Hinds 38 (0)
5 Josh Morris 38 (0)
7 Andy Williams 20 (0)
8 Dominic Blizzard 18 (0)
9 Ed Upson 12 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 12 (0)
11 Jonathan Franks 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 6.54

Performance: 6.39
Entertainment: 6.70

VOTES RECEIVED 46

Meanwhile with this afternoon's match against Notts County taking place, the Man of the Match Voting for Saturday's game will close off at 3.00p.m. today. If you watched the 3-1 win against Rochdale 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.


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9 April 2012 : Hartlepool Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's penultimate match in the month of March saw them go down to a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Hartlepool United. The end result probably didn't reflect the balance of the game too much, with former Glovers loan keeper Scott Flinders undoubtedly the visitors' man of the match. Ryan Noble grabbed the winner, and then Pools successfully ran down the clock.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, the midfielder Ed Upson, and wide men Josh Morris and Lawson D'Ath got plenty of votes from those at the game. However, the Man of the Match by a sizeable chalk was defender Bondz N'Gala, who was a steady presence at the back throughout.

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

1 Bondz N'Gala 194 (17)
2 Lawson D'Ath 84 (3)
3 Josh Morris 82 (5)
4 Ed Upson 66 (5)
5 Paul Huntington 62 (0)
6 Andy Williams 34 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 16 (0)
8 Jonathan Grounds 8 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.63

Performance: 4.88
Entertainment: 4.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 31

Meanwhile with this afternoon's match against Notts County taking place, the Man of the Match Voting for Saturday's game will close off at 3.00p.m. today. If you watched the 3-1 win against Rochdale 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 Rochdale.


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9 April 2012 : Interview With Gavin Williams
Just before Saturday's home match against Rochdale kicked off, midfielder Gavin Williams spoke to the BBC about his calf injury and his future at the club. Ruled out of playing in the Saturday fixture, Gavin sat down with BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, and the output can be read via the link below.

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Rochdale.


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8 April 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
For those heading towards Meadow Lane tomorrow afternoon, for the Easter Monday game against Notts County, the Ciderspace guide has been updated. Containing the latest ticketing and travel advice, plus directions, pub guides, club stats and other stuff, it can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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8 April 2012 : Interview With Jonathan Franks
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Jonathan Franks spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Jonathan's post-match views can be read via the link below.

Link: Jonathan Franks Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Rochdale.


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8 April 2012 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow afternoon's League One match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Easter Monday, 9th April 2012, at Meadow Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in the charge will be referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Not to be confused with the similarly named Robert Madley, Andrew is a new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees lists over the summer of 2011. As such we've only had him the once - for the November 2011 away game at Chesterfield, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Overall, we thought he had a good game, albeit that we had our hearts in our mouths when we thought he'd given the Spireites a penalty, when he theatrically pointed for what turned out to be a goal kick. The questionable bit of his officiating came in the final minute of the match, when a melee broke out amongst the players as Mark Allott decided to go in for a spot of WWF on Ed Upson.

At the time we thought Mr Madley's response was fairly sensible for a situation that developed during second half injury time - a yellow card for Allott and a general calming down of the situation. After all, nobody likes red cards being shown when they're going to have sod all effect upon the match.

It was therefore a touch surprising when both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to control their players. The end result was that both clubs were fined £2,500 for their part in the handbags - somewhat out of proportion to Mr Madley's reaction to the incident given that he only saw the whole thing as being worthy of the single yellow.

Overall this season he's taken charge of 24 matches, raising 62 yellow cards and four red cards - possibly slightly below average. He's taken charge of one Notts County fixture - their October 2011 away match at Bury that saw a 2-2 draw. On the day there were six yellow cards, with four of those against the Magpies.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Geoffrey Russell (Northampton) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Hobday (Birmingham).

Link: November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.


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8 April 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Rochdale Home Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Rochdale Home Game.


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7 April 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Interview
Just prior to kick-off in today's match against Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's pre-kick-off thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Rochdale.


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7 April 2012 : Coleman: Win Was Flattering To Glovers
Rochdale manager John Coleman believes that his side's 3-1 defeat at Huish Park failed to reflect the difference between the two teams. Coleman, who became Dale's boss in late January, after nearly 600 games in charge of Accrington Stanley, watched his side make a series of defensive blunders that he admitted were "Keystone Cops defending".

Despite that, Coleman thought his side should have got something out the game, and claimed that across the whole game, his side created more chances than the Glovers, suggesting Yeovil were lucky to win the game:

"We probably created more chances than them but the mistakes let us down. They would have been flattered by 3-0. They would also have been flattered by 3-1. In fact, I think they were probably flattered to have won the game."

For the record, the Press Association statistics for this afternoon's game showed that Yeovil had 60 percent possession during the game, compared with 40 percent for Rochdale. In terms of shots, Yeovil had fifteen compared with eight from the visitors; for those on target, Yeovil had eight, to Rochdale's five. The only statistic the visitors 'won' on was the number of corners: eight vs five. Over to you, Mr Coleman.


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7 April 2012 : Johnson Pleased To Reach Fifty Point Barrier
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wouldn't categorically claim that his side gained safety today, although believes his side would have to be unlucky to be relegated now. A 3-1 win over near-doomed Rochdale took them up to 50 points and a 14th place position in the League One table.

Johnson said that the main challenge for his side was having to deal with opponents that were desperate to win at all costs, meaning that even though the Glovers went in at half time with a 2-0 advantage, through goals from Jonathan Franks and Richard Hinds, Dale were unlikely to give up. However, the two goal cushion gave Yeovil plenty of room to breathe:

"We're not safe mathematically. But fifty points is generally safe. The big thing was that we had to get three points today, because Rochdale were in a position where I think they heard that Walsall were leading at half time, who are the team just outside the relegation zone. They knew that they had to come out, and so they threw caution to the wind a little bit and we dealt with it well. It was good that we were already 2-0 up and so could cope with what they were throwing at us, and then hit them on the break."

A third goal from substitute Michael Woods polished off the match, and although Rochdale got a consolation via an own goal from Jonathan Grounds, the end result was rarely in doubt. Having now won six out of their eight home games since Johnson's return to Huish Park, Johnson added that he was more than satisfied with how things were progressing:

"The results we have been getting since I came back to Somerset have been really encouraging. I have pointed out to the lads that if recent form had been spread over the season, we would not be far from the play-offs. I was particularly delighted with Richard Hinds, who had a great game for us. His little girl was in the grandstand so it was a good time to get his first goal. He is the grandfather of the squad but he is playing like a man in his mid-twenties."


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7 April 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
If you watched this afternoon's 3-1 win against Rochdale 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 Rochdale.


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7 April 2012 : Yeovil 3 Rochdale 1 : Half Century Puts Glovers Almost Safe
Yeovil Town more or less assured themselves League One safety this afternoon, as they hit the fifty point barrier, in doing so almost relegating opponents Rochdale. The 3-1 scoreline showed the Glovers general dominance of the game, with goals from Jonathan Franks and Richard Hinds in the first half, added to by Michael Woods scoring his first senior goal during the second period. Jonathan Grounds was unfortunate to put through his own net as a Temitope Obadeyi shot hit the crossbar and rebounded off the defender. But that wasn't enough to give Dale any hope of a comeback on the day, leaving Yeovil in 14th place, and their opponents on the edge of relegation being confirmed.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their matchday squad, with Jonathan Obika dropping out of the squad as the sixth loanee. Jonathan Grounds returned to the team after the birth of his son Louis, coming in as a left-back. On the wings, Josh Morris surprisingly started on the right, whilst Lawson D'Ath was left on the other flank. Meanwhile Jonathan Franks started up front alongside Andy Williams.

The pattern of the game was set early on with Lawson D'Ath firing wide of the target early on, but within a minute of that the Glovers took the lead. Former Yeovil Town defender Kevin Amankwaah, who scored the club's first ever goal in League One football, wasn't so good on his return to Huish Park, making a nervy backpass that fell well short seven minutes into the game, allowing Jonathan Franks a chance to intercept and found goalkeeper David Lucas and into the back of the net. 1-0 up and the perfect start.

Whilst the half wasn't quite one way traffic - Andrew Tutte returned to his old club by forcing Sam Walker to parry away from his edge of the box shot, 20 minutes into the half - it was clear which team was dominating against a Rochdale defence that was a bag of nerves. Their cause wasn't helped by Kevin Long having to come off midway through the half, as they reshuffled their line with Neill Byrne coming on to replace him.

Dale went further behind on the half hour mark when Josh Morris was fouled by Andrew Tutte. Morris took the free kick and his deep ball into the box was put back across the box by Andy Williams, allowing Richard Hinds to stab the ball home from close range. 2-0 up and the first goal in a green and white shirt for Hinds.

Inevitably the visitors were looking a little sorry for themselves, although Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro did force Luke Ayling to clear the ball off his own goal line when a corner allowed the striker to head across the path of Sam Walker. Fortunately the right-back's positioning on the goal line was perfect and the Glovers deservedly went in at the break two goals up.

A half time team talk by John Coleman stirred up the visitors and they began to play a little better after the break. Jason Kennedy put the ball wide as Yeovil were guilty of a little bit too much complacency, getting dispossessed as they did too many sideways passes. Then Richard Hinds put in a wonderful block tackle on Michael Symes to prevent the on loan Bournemouth striker from benefitting from an Andrew Tutte cross into the box.

The next goal was going to be crucial and with 15 minutes remaining, it went Yeovil's way. Michael Woods had only been on the field for six minutes as a replacement for Josh Morris, as Yeovil reorganised to a 4-5-1 as a reaction to a Rochdale attacking tactical change. And it was game over as Andy Williams got his second assist of the game, giving Woods an easy tap in. 3-0 and definitely game over.

With ten minutes to go, Dale did manage to get a goal back, although even then Yeovil managed to score it for them. A Temitope Obadeyi shot hit the crossbar, and in his attempts to clear the ball off the line, the ball rebounded off Jonathan Grounds for an own goal, and to maybe give the visitors a small glimmer of hope at 3-1 - not that it was to turn out that way.

Yeovil ran out the final ten minutes relatively easily - the only concern being the withdrawal of Andy Williams, who went straight down the tunnel with the club doctor, clutching his side, having spent the preceding five minutes hobbling around the pitch. With only two days between today and the game at Meadow Lane on Monday against Notts County, he will inevitably be a doubt for the game. But with 50 points reached as the final whistle blew, that surely won't matter too much - now eight points clear of Wycombe Wanderers in 21st place, it should be safe to start planning for the 2012-13 season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Rochdale 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Franks (1-0, 7 mins), Richard Hinds (2-0, 29 mins), Michael Woods (3-0, 75 mins), Jonathan Grounds (3-1, own goal, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
15. Josh Morris 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods (69 mins for Josh Morris) 18. Kieran Agard (83 mins for Andrew Williams) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Rochdale:
23. David Lucas
4. Marcus Holness 12. Kevin Long 5. Kevin Amankwaah 3. Joe Widdowson
7. Jason Kennedy 8. Gary Jones 16. Andrew Tutte 11. Nicky Adams
26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Michael Symes

Substitutes:
21. Matthew Edwards (GK) 19. Temitope Obadeyi (58 mins for Marcus Holness) 15. Joe Thompson 24. Neill Byrne (27 mins for Kevin Long) 27. Sean McConville (59 mins for Nicky Adams)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (55 mins, foul)

Rochdale Bookings: Marcus Holness (56 mins, foul), Andrew Tutte (82 mins, off the ball incident).

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,859 (including 180 Rochdale supporters).


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7 April 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Rochdale. Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Grounds returns to the side after missing last weekend's game at AFC Bournemouth following the birth of his child Louis. The man to miss out is Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, who sits the game out as the sixth loanee.

That provokes a big shuffle around amongst the wide and forward players. Grounds comes in as a left-back, meaning that Josh Morris pushes up the left flank. Lawson D'Ath switches flanks to the right hand side, whilst Jonathan Franks goes up front to partner Andy Williams.

The subsitute bench remains unchanged and the team are expected to line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Josh Morris
16. Jonathan Franks 7. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 12. Michael Woods 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Rochdale:
23. David Lucas
4. Marcus Holness 12. Kevin Long 5. Kevin Amankwaah 3. Joe Widdowson
7. Jason Kennedy 8. Gary Jones 16. Andrew Tutte 11. Nicky Adams
26. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Michael Symes

Substitutes:
21. Matthew Edwards (GK) 19. Temitope Obadeyi 15. Joe Thompson 24. Neill Byrne 27. Sean McConville


Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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7 April 2012 : Know The Score Campaign
Yeovil Town and Rochdale supporters attending this afternoon's match at Huish Park should look out for both set of players backing a new national campaign. Several leading Bowel Cancer Charities have joined together to promote the Know The Score campaign. These include the Bobby Moore Fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK , the Men’s Health Forum and the founding charity of ‘Know the Score’, the Mr Brightside Project.

Both sets of players will be wearing t-shirts during their warm-ups at Huish Park today to help support the campaign that will also be included in national newspapers. Visit the two websites below for further information on their campaigns.

Link: Know The Score Website.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Website.


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7 April 2012 : Grounds Waiting To Decide Own Future
Yeovil Town's on loan left-back Jonathan Grounds admits that with everything going on in his personal life lately, he has not had a realistic chance to contemplate the future. His partner gave birth two weeks ago to a baby boy named Louis, and the Middlesbrough player has been up in Edinburgh meaning that he missed the away match against ADC Bournemouth on that weekend.

Having returned to Somerset this week, Grounds is now available for selection and will be part of the squad for the next six games for the Glovers. However, he has told BBC Somerset that he has not really considered what he will do beyond that period:

"I haven't really sat down with my partner to try to decide what the future is going to hold. It's a case of trying to get these six games in, and try to play in them all of these six games and see where it takes me. I know I've said in past interviews that the staff and the players have been really welcoming. Coming down here with another Middlesbrough player is always a positive. We helped each other settle in as well."

Grounds and his Boro team-mate Jonathan Franks have caught the eye of Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper, who is looking to strengthen his own League One squad in the summer, leading to suggestion that he might make a move for the pair if they are released by Middlesbrough. Grounds says that with him having played plenty of games for the Championship side's Reserve Team, that doubtless Cooper will have been watching them play:

"With Middlesbrough and Hartlepool being really close, the manager has probably seen us play before in Reserve games and First Team games. So it's always good to stay in managers minds, and come out of a game where we've lost, but with a positive review from an opposition manager."


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7 April 2012 : Charlton Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's sixth match in the long month of March was for the trip to League One leaders Charlton Athletic. The end result wasn't good, with matters going pear shaped just seven minutes into the game as Dany N'Guessan's shot deceived Glovers keeper Sam Walker. A 3-0 defeat resulted, with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Darel Russell polishing off matters in the second half.

Unsurprisingly in a game where we struggled to create attacking play of true quality, it was the defensive minded players who picked up most of the Man of the Match votes. In the back line Paul Huntington and Luke Ayling got the thumbs up. However, in the middle of the park, you were impressed with Dominic Blizzard, who was the most defensive of a five man midfield on the night.

Results as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Dominic Blizzard 46 (4)
2 Luke Ayling 34 (2)
3 Paul Huntington 20 (1)
4 Ed Upson 18 (1)
5 Jonathan Grounds 16 (0)
6 Dean Parrett 12 (1)
7 Andy Williams 6 (0)
7 Lawson D'Ath 6 (0)
9 Gavin Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.78

Performance: 5.78
Entertainment: 5.78

VOTES RECEIVED: 9


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6 April 2012 : Raffle For Signed Yeovil Town Shirt
Yeovil Town supporters can get a chance to get their hands on a signed replica shirt as part of a raffle that will be held in the Beer Tent tomorrow. All of the first team squad have signed a home shirt that will be raffled, with tickets on sale prior to tomorrow's home game against Rochdale. Tickets will be priced £1.00 each, and all proceeds will go back to the club.

Organiser Mark Kelly hopes that manager Gary Johnson or a suitable representative from the first team coaching or playing squad will be able to draw out the winning ticket prior to the following home match against Stevenage. For further information or to purchase tickets, see Mark in the Beer Tent, or drop him an email at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk


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6 April 2012 : New Date For Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match
A new date for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy has been set. The game between Exeter City Supporters Team and the Yeovil Town Supporters Team had been due to be played back in January when the first teams met in their League One fixture, but had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The match will now take place on Saturday 12th May with an 11.30a.m. kick-off. The game will be played at Topsham FC and all are welcome to attend the match, although bring plenty of loose change as there will be fundraising activities on the day for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. Topsham's Social Club will also be open on the day.

Address: Topsham Town FC, Coronation Field, Topsham Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX2 7DT.

The ground is on a good bus route being served by the K and T buses which run from Exeter City centre and stop right by the entrance to the ground. The number 57 to Exmouth also serves this stop. Topsham Railway station is about a 15-20 minute walk: get off the train and walk over the level crossing and down the road to the mini roundabout and turn right and carry on along Topsham road under the M5 and Topsham FC's ground is on the right. There is also some parking available at the ground.


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6 April 2012 : Gary Previews The Rochdale Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Previews The Rochdale Home Game.


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6 April 2012 : Keeper Changes Not Ideal For Hunts
Yeovil Town's captain Paul Huntington admits that having to play in front of a succession of loan goalkeepers this season has not been 'ideal'. The Glovers have worked with a total of five keepers this season, with injuries and recalls forcing their hand, and on occasions going into matches being unsure who will play right up until the day of the game itself.

Whilst Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker has been between the sticks for the close of the 2011-12 season, the Glovers have also used Norwich City's Jed Steer, West Ham United's Czech Republic keeper Marek Stech, Watford's Rene Gilmartin as well as their own goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart.

Huntington has told BBC Somerset that whilst he feels the outfield players have adapted to the ever-changing situation, that stability helps the team as a whole:

"I think we've adapted. I don't think it's ideal, if I'm honest. Obviously you want that continuity and it would be ideal if you had someone for the whole season, but that wasn't to be the case. Last year we were lucky with the two (John Sullivan and Stephen Henderson) that we had. But that's not been a problem really, and you can't blame it on anything that we've had. We've just got on with it and adapted, and we're just looking to get over that line now."

Yeovil Town's situation has not been as bad as it was during the 1996-97 season. During that year, the Glovers used Tony Pennock, Mark Tyler, Chris Seymour, Keith Harvey, Jamie Smith and Graham Roberts as goalkeepers, including a four game spell when they used four different people between the sticks.

Main keeper Tony Pennock had been ruled out due to appendicitis, meaning that the Glovers took on Mark Tyler from Peterborough United whilst Pennock recovered from his operation. However Tyler himself became unavailable meaning that midfielder Chris Seymour played 90 minutes in goal during a League match at Boreham Wood, whilst Lee Harvey's brother Keith came in for one game only from his Sunday league side for an FA Trophy game against Evesham United. Youth Team keeper Jamie Smith took over for a County Cup game before Tyler returned to the side again. Manager Graham Roberts played 90 minutes in goal on the final game of the season when he shut out Bristol City in the Somerset Premier Cup final.


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5 April 2012 : Early Team News For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is likely to select from a largely unchanged squad for Saturday's home game against Rochdale. The one notable addition to the squad comes in the form of Middlesbrough loanee Jonathan Grounds, with the left-sided defender back in South Somerset after his wife gave birth just before last weekend's game at AFC Bournemouth, meaning that he was unavailable for selection.

That doesn't change things numerically too much - Johnson will still need to remove one of his six loanees from his matchday squad, although with a trip to Notts County to come on Monday it seems likely that whoever misses out will be recalled by the time the trip to Meadow Lane comes round, in the need to use fresh legs.

The main blow comes with the news that midfielder Gavin Williams is still unlikely to be ready, as he tries to recover from the calf injury he sustained during the March 20th trip to Charlton Athletic. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that Gavin still hasn't resumed training, meaning that he doesn't see him being fit for Saturday:

"I don't think so. He hasn't trained yet all week. If he suddenly declared himself fit tomorrow, then maybe we can involve him in some way. But there's some big games coming up and we've got to make sure that everybody is fully fit to be out there and win a place in the first eleven. So I think he might be short just at this moment in time with his injury."

Again, given two games in quick succession, it's far more likely that the Welshman will be saved on the basis that he would then present a potential option if there are team selection problems on Easter Monday. The only other two players that will be missing on the weekend are left-backs Nathan Jones (ankle) and Kelly Youga (Achilles).

The Glovers come up against a Rochdale side who are in danger of taking a seat at the last chance saloon. They are eight points short of safety, in 22nd place in the League One table, and realistically need at least four wins from their last six games to even give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop. Given their next fixture is against second placed Sheffield United, Saturday is a 'must win' for them.

In late January they appointed John Coleman as their manager, after nearly 600 games in charge of Accrington Stanley. So far he's struggled to arrest their decline, with three wins in his 13 games in charge, and only one in his last ten. There are two former Glovers in their ranks to look out for - Kevin Amankwaah who has made ten appearances since signing as a free agent in January, and Andrew Tutte who has clocked up 39 appearances and one goal since joining over the summer. Both played 90 minutes in Rochdale's last match - a 3-3 home draw against Walsall last weekend, and so should stand a strong chance of being selected against their old club.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the game at the usual match-day tariff. Remember that Huish Park is closed tomorrow all day, and so you will not be able to purchase tickets tomorrow.

Link: Huish Park Easter Opening Hours.


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5 April 2012 : Glovers Veterans Arrange Charity Match
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to see some of their past heroes in action in green and white shirts, will get a chance to see a Veterans side in action at the end of the 2011-12 season. A Yeovil Town Veterans side will be playing Chard Town Veterans at Huish Park in a charity match on Sunday 29th April 2012, kick-off 2.30p.m.

Admission for the fixture will be £2.00 on the day or by pre-purchased programmes, with money raised going towards St Margaret’s Hospice. Call them on 0845 345 9671 if you want to purchase a programme.

The Yeovil Town side is organised by Terry Cotton and his side is expected to include Terry Skiverton, Steve Thompson, Rob Cousins, Dean Birkby, Tony Pounder, Paul Thorpe, Mickey Spencer, Warren Patmore and Nick Crittenden.

The Chard Town side is organised by Rob Smith, and is centred around a 1995-96 league title winning side. There will be plenty of Yeovil Town related interest in that side as well, with Dave Platt, Bob Russell, Gerry Pearson and Kevin Leigh expected to turn out.

Update: 21/04/2012: We're sad to report the death of Dave Platt ahead of this fixture, following a long illness. This will make the match all the more poignant, given Dave's relationship with both football clubs. For a review of his life click here.


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5 April 2012 : Away Travel Club Player Of The Season Nominations
It's that time of the season again, and the Away Travel Club are after your votes. They want supporters to name their Player of the Season for the 2011-12 season. Choose one player only, and email it through to Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk as soon as possible.

Bear in mind that they'll need to get any trophy engraving done in time for the final home game against Chesterfield, when such end of season awards are expected to be distributed. Hence make sure you choose your man at least a week before that.

This season will see another new name on the trophy, given that the last two winners were both loan players, with Steven Caulker and Stephen Henderson the last two to win the award.

Note that nominations can be accepted from all Yeovil Town supporters - you don't have to be part of their group to cast your vote.

Link: 2011-12 End Of Season Awards List.


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5 April 2012 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Rearranged Fixture
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had one of their remaining Football League Youth Alliance fixtures rearranged for this coming weekend. They will travel to play Oxford United Under-18s on Saturday 7th April, kick-off 11.00a.m.

The match will be played at the Oxford Sports and Social Ground in Horspath Road rather than the usual Iffley Road athletics track.

Address: Horspath Sports and Social Ground, Roman Way, off Horspath Road, Oxford, OX4 6NL

The ground is situated in the South-East area of Oxford and so is quite accessible from the West Country.

Take the A34 to Oxford from the A303 at Andover. Once at the edge of the Oxford Ring Road, follow directions to the M40 (A40).

You will see the MINI Plant on your right-hand side, keep to the right hand slip lane and at the traffic lights turn onto Horspath Road. Continue on this road past the MINI Plant car park and take the first right onto Roman Way. The Sports club is halfway down on the left hand side.

Note if Horspath Road becomes Oxford Road, then you've gone too far, and need to turn around.


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5 April 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Rochdale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th April 2012, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Mr Adcock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer of 2011. We've had him once - for the fairly horrible December 2011 FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. On the night he booked four players, and then dished out red cards to Bondz N'Gala and Fleetwood's Steve McNulty as they committed secondary fouls.

We've got few complaints about either red card - in the case of Bondz, Mr Adcock had given a clear 'last warning' to him, and despite the difficult playing conditions, manager Terry Skiverton chose not to withdraw him and admitted after the game that he was well aware that the centre-back was on a knife-edge saying: "he could have got sent off before that ... the referee gave him enough warnings". The Western Gazette agreed, saying he "had no choice with the red cards and kept a lid on a difficult game."

Overall he's done 29 matches, producing 76 yellow cards and six reds this season. He's therefore a little top-heavy on the reds, although as already said, when two of those six were more down to repeated fouling by players, sometimes there's not a lot you can do. He last took charge of a Rochdale fixture in January, for their January 2-0 away defeat at Hartlepool United.

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 27 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Mr Adcock will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Bristol).

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.


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4 April 2012 : Walsall Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's fifth match out of eight in March came with the 2-1 win over Walsall. The fine run of form saw the Glovers come from behind to win the game - something that they've gained a habit of doing since manager Gary Johnson's return. Striker Andy Williams was the two goal hero, getting two second half goals, including the winner six minutes from time.

Now you might have thought the Man of the Match voting would have swung heavily in the direction of Willo on the back of the two goals. However, he came in second, with midfielder Ed Upson polling strong in third place. On top of the pile though for the second match running was winger Jonathan Franks, who continued his strong form since coming in on loan from Championship side Middlesbrough. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Jonathan Franks 240 (17)
2 Andy Williams 192 (11)
3 Ed Upson 154 (12)
4 Luke Ayling 86 (3)
5 Paul Huntington 74 (2)
6 Gavin Williams 62 (3)
8 Richard Hinds 54 (2)
8 Jonathan Grounds 54 (2)
9 Dean Parrett 18 (1)
10 Michael Woods 8 (0)
11 Jonatha Obika 6 (0)
12 Sam Walker 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 6.94

Performance: 6.72
Entertainment: 7.17

VOTES RECEIVED 53


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4 April 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : What's The Big Deal?
With Yeovil Town's Food Store plans having represented a fast-moving and variable target over the last two months, it's been hard for supporters to keep pace with what is going on. Having had a brief chance to catch breath, Cruncher returns with a Taff's Gloversblog entry considering how much clarity there is on the current plans the club has for both that, and any other future projects that may or may not be initiated.

Read on via the link below, and as usual views, comments, questions or other such things are welcomed at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : What's The Big Deal?


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4 April 2012 : Football League And BBC To Set Up Historical Archive
The Football League and BBC Sport have gone into partnership to provide an resource containing of six decades worth of archive footage, showing the history of the league throughout the league. The BBC Motion Gallery have agreed the licence as a joint venture with the Football League, with the contract running until 2016, and allows the BBC to digitise and provide access to historical information.

The archive that will be available to the BBC includes the League Cup competition, and of course includes all English top flight football up until the breakaway and formation of the Premier League, thus meaning that historical periods that saw clubs like Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United dominate English football will be included within the archive.

Speaking about the deal, Richard Heaselgrave, who is the Football League's Chief Commercial Officer said:

"Over the last sixty years, The Football League has delivered some of the most famous and iconic moments in sports broadcasting. Through this agreement, this history will live on and give broadcasters and advertisers the chance to share it with fans across the globe."

As yet there's no date given as to when this will be launched, details such as what countries will be able to view the footage, or whether this will be a free access service.


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3 April 2012 : Jevons Awaits Next Move As Piper Cleans Up Awards
Former Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons is a free agent, after having his contract with League Two side Morecambe torn up. The 32 year old is still the Glovers' record goalscorer since they entered the Football League, with 45 goals netted in 95 games across two seasons at the club, including a spectacular first that saw him win the League Two 'top goalscorer' award for the 2004-05 season.

He has spent three years at Morecambe, with his first coming whilst he was on loan from Huddersfield Town. Overall he netted 33 times for the Shrimps, although only once since mid-October, gradually drifting out of favour. He has been told that he will not be given a new contract at Christie Park, and manager Jim Bentley has released him with six games to go, with the Lancashire side in a mid-table League Two position:

"I told him that he would not be in the plans for next season and would not be involved much before the end of this year. This deal will hopefully give him the chance to get himself sorted with a new club as soon as he can. He really does leave with our best wishes and I hope he gets a deal as soon as possible."

Football League registration rules, tied to the transfer window system, mean that Jevons can trial for other clubs, but can not play in any matches until the start of the 2012-13 season, and thus there's no chance of a club offering him a deal just yet. Since leaving Yeovil Town, he's worked his way through Bristol City, Huddersfield Town, Bury (loan) and Morecambe - the chances are that he'll attract the interest of a few League Two sides, but may find a Conference side more likely to offer him a contract.

Link: Phil Jevons : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers Since Entering The Football League.

Talking of blasts from the past, the name of former right-back David Piper has popped up in the news just where we least expected it. The 34 year old has moved out of professional football, having had a post-Glovers career that took in Woking, Bognor Regis Town (twice), Winchester City and Burgess Hill Town.

He now co-owns a cleaning supplies company called Source Supplies, who are based in Blackwater in Surrey, and his business has picked up an award at the 2012 Toast of Surrey Business Awards after their company grew from a £20,000 per month turnover to £75,000 in just two years, giving them a turnover that is threatening to reach an annual seven figure sum. Living in Chandlers Ford, David formed the company in 2005 whilst still continuing his non-league playing days. Last September, they caught the eye of Dragons Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, who picked out the company as one of six in his Small Business Sunday awards.

Link: David Piper : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 April 2012 : Scunthorpe Home Man Of The Match Result
During mid-March, Yeovil Town played a midweek League One home game against Scunthorpe United. The end result was a 2-2 draw in a game that many will have struggled to view at times, with dense fog coming down at Huish Park.

A Gavin Williams free kick was follows up by a Jonathan Franks debut goal, although what looked like three points was cancelled out by two Jonathan Parkin goals - including a last minute equaliser.

Man of the Match voting saw Jonathan Grounds - who set up the second goal - poll well, but it was the two goalscorers who finished top of the pile. Gavin Williams came in as runner-up, but the winner by a hefty margin was Jonathan Franks, who scored close to double the number of points of his rival.

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

1 Jonathan Franks 294 (25)
2 Gavin Williams 176 (7)
3 Jonathan Grounds 144 (5)
4 Paul Huntington 64 (3)
5 Luke Ayling 28 (1)
6 Richard Hinds 18 (0)
7 Dominic Blizzard 16 (1)
8 Ed Upson 10 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)
9 Andy Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.88

Performance: 7.00
Entertainment: 6.76

VOTES RECEIVED: 42


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3 April 2012 : Sam Walker's Verdict On The Bournemouth Away Game
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town's on loan Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Sam's post-match views are captured via the link below.

Link: Sam Walker Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Bournemouth.


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3 April 2012 : Huish Park Easter Opening Hours
Yeovil Town have issued their opening hours for the forthcoming Easter weekend. Both the Huish Park Ticket Office and Huish Park Club Shop will be closed on Good Friday - the day before the home match against Rochdale - presumably the same holds on Easter Monday, when the first team are playing Notts County at Meadow Lane.

This means that the following will apply over the Easter weekend:

06/04/2012 : Good Friday : CLOSED
07/04/2012 : Saturday - Home vs Rochdale : 9.00a.m. - kick-off (club shop hours may vary slightly)
08/04/2012 : Easter Sunday : CLOSED
09/04/2012 : Easter Monday - Away vs Notts County : CLOSED

Normal hours resume on Tuesday 10th April.

The implication of this is that supporters wishing to avoid the matchday surcharge on tickets for the Rochdale home match on April 7th must place their orders by Thursday 5th April at 5.00p.m. at the latest. We're not sure when Notts County tickets will be returned to Meadow Lane - however, these will be available on the day of the match at no extra charge anyway.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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3 April 2012 : GWSC Travel To Notts County
Yeovil Town's next away trip sees us make the trip to Meadow Lane, to play Notts County in a League One match. The Easter Monday game takes place on Monday 9th April 2012 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 from Yeovil Bus Station at 8.00a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.15a.m. Cost of travel will be £23.00 with concessions available at £21.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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2 April 2012 : Priority Juggling On Food Store Budget
Yeovil Town's planning representatives have clarified further their intentions regarding the development of the Huish Park stadium and its surrounds, if a deal to build a Food Store on the land goes ahead. MWA Planning had written to South Somerset District Council on March 20th detailing that a "minimum of £4,000,000" would be allocated towards the set of stadium/pitch projects listed on this news page in our earlier news item.

MWA have now clarified that the list was intended to represent "possible improvements" adding that the club "is not claiming that all of the improvements within the list can be achieved". What MWA appear to want to do is to ask SSDC for guidance in prioritising the listed projects "while ensuring that planning and highway constraints are met."

The goal now appears to be to take the pot of money that is allocated towards stadium improvements and to ensure that issues such as the provision of new training and community pitches, and traffic junction layout improvements are met to overcome the obstacles raised by interested parties such as SSDC Planning Policy and Sport England (amongst others) that might jeopardise the deal as a whole. What's left in the pot from that will then presumably be given over to the non-compulsory provisions.

The club indicate their preferences in the list are "to provide a new north stand and refurbish and improve parts of the existing ground along with improvements for home supporters". Whilst that may give a steer for discussion between the club and SSDC, it undoubtedly wouldn't be enough to satisfy a planning assessment; a fact acknowledged in the letter. The question will be how much of that pot of money is left once the planning objections are resolved - and whether all of the objections can be dealt with by financial input. MWA indicate they are wanting to continue the set-up of a legal agreement with SSDC for this - there's no sign at present what the Council's view is on this. Our opinion is that this could take a while to work through.


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2 April 2012 : Walker Grabs Team Of The Week Slot For Glovers
Yeovil Town's on loan Chelsea goalkeeper has been included in the latest Football League Team of the Week. The 20 year old was in excellent form against AFC Bournemouth in the 0-0 draw at Dean Court on Saturday, pulling off a couple of superb saves that the Football League Show highlighted on Saturday night.

That's been enough to get him into the Team of the Week for the first time since his arrival at Huish Park. The team also includes former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje, who is a first team coach at Bury and scored for the Shakers on the weekend. The team reads as follows:

Sam Walker (Yeovil Town)
Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) Efetobore Sodje (Bury) Alan Sheehan (Notts County)
Scott Wagstaff (Charlton Athletic) James Berrett (Carlisle United) Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Rochdale)
Jordan Robertson (Scunthorpe United) Ched Evans (Sheffield United)

The full list of the Team of the Week nominations for Yeovil Town players this season reads as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Colchester United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).
4) 19/11/2011 : Ed Upson (2-2 home vs Exeter City).
5) 26/11/2011 : Bondz N'Gala (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
6) 26/11/2011 : Dominic Blizzard (1-0 away vs Hartlepool United).
7) 17/12/2011 : Rene Gilmartin (0-0 away vs Rochdale).
8) 28/01/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Preston North End).
9) 18/02/2012 : Andy Williams (3-2 home vs Colchester United).
10) 03/03/2012 : Andy Williams (2-1 home vs Brentford).
11) 10/03/2012 : Gavin Williams (2-1 away vs Oldham Athletic).
12) 31/03/2012 : Sam Walker (0-0 away vs AFC Bournemouth).


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2 April 2012 : Glovers Post Small Profit In Latest Accounts
Yeovil Town Football Club have issued a brief summary of its financial position for the year 2010-11. The accounts relate to the year ending June 30th 2011 and are for the main Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company (trading as Yeovil Town Football Club).

The main detail is that the club made an operating profit of £21,000 - an identical position to last year's accounts. However, turnover was down by eight percent to £2.9 million - the previous year's position showed turnover of £3.1 million and this is blamed on no incoming revenue from player transfers during that season - the more recent transfer of Craig Alcock to Peterborough United and the windfall from Lee Peltier's move to Leicester City should fall into the 2011-12 accounts.

The club acknowledge that there was a reduction in income from ticketing sales and other commercial activities, which comes as little surprise given that attendances at Huish Park were down by eight percent, with an average of 4,291 spectators watching the games. The drop in gate and commercial revenue was compensated for by an increase in income from central revenues from the Football League's sponsorship and broadcasting pool, although reliance upon that may not be a good thing with a new broadcasting deal set to cut the slice that clubs receive from the start of the 2012-13 season.

There were no significant cup runs or separate televised matches during the 2010-11 season that would give any 'bonus' income. The club have given an early indication that they expect to show similar figures for the current 2011-12 season, although with income from the Alcock and Peltier deals, plus two televised FA Cup matches, there's clearly some extra unbudgeted income in this season's accounts that will have boosted the more basic income.

Figures for the Centre of Excellence and Community Trust have also been published - these are separate operating companies. The COE lost £9,000 against turnover of £196,000. Meanwhile the Community Trust generated a profit of £20,000 against turnover of £212,000.

Of course the financial position of Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd will shortly become more relevant, with that company having taken over the main shareholdings and property assets owned by the Yeovil Football and Athletic Company - there is likely to be a shift in the asset valuation of both companies to recognise the land that each company owns. When the relevant Companies House documents are posted, we'll attempt to provide more detail on the above figures.


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2 April 2012 : The Battle To Avoid The Drop From League One
With six games remaining of the 2011-12 season, Yeovil Town lie in a relatively comfortable 15th place in the current League One table. With a six point advantage over 21st placed Wycombe Wanderers, they are by no means mathematically safe, but are in a situation where there is currently room to breathe.

The situation for Rochdale, Exeter City and Chesterfield is now looking desperate - the first two clubs lie eight points from safety, whilst the Spireites have a ten point deficit to make up. Realistically, those clubs need to win around five of their remaining six fixtures to stay up. Any team that finishes below these three clubs is surely relegated themselves.

What's more interesting is the current battle to avoid the fourth relegation slot. Wycombe may be occupying that at present, but they are also in good form, whilst it's teams like Bury and Preston North End who are wobbling. The Glovers, Walsall, Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe United are the other clubs in need of a few more points, with the Saddlers particularly vulnerable as the side in 20th place.

Inevitably it's the six-pointers that could end up deciding the final positions. Yeovil have three of these fixtures, starting on Saturday against Rochdale, but also including an away game at Leyton Orient and a their final home match against Chesterfield. Preston North End and Bury don't have any such fixtures, showing that they have quite tough run-ins, if league tables are anything to go by. Exeter City are the club that have the most influence, playing Scunthorpe, Leyton Orient, Rochdale and Walsall in their last six games. The key fixtures are as follows:

06/04/12 : Scunthorpe United vs Exeter City
07/04/12 : Walsall vs Chesterfield
07/04/12 : Yeovil Town vs Rochdale

09/04/12 : Chesterfield vs Wycombe Wanderers
09/04/12 : Exeter City vs Leyton Orient

14/04/12 : Rochdale vs Exeter City

21/04/12 : Chesterfield vs Rochdale
21/04/12 : Exeter City vs Walsall
21/04/12 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town

28/04/12 : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield

05/05/12 : Leyton Orient vs Rochdale

If it all comes down to the final day of the season, then those clubs who are not mathematically safe may have much to fear, with Exeter City, Yeovil Town (travelling to Huddersfield Town), Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers and Bury all playing sides currently aiming for promotion or play-off places, and the very large majority of the bottom clubs on their travels. There will be few sides picking up points near the bottom on the final day.

Fingers crossed that everything will be done'n'dusted by then as far as the Glovers are concerned. Manager Gary Johnson has stated that he thinks one more win will be enough. That would give his side 50 points - since Yeovil Town have been in League One, a total of 48, 51, 50, 50, 48 and 51 points has been the minimum required in each season to guarantee survival, so his assessment is roughly correct, even if a point or two more than that would make it a bit more comfortable!


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1 April 2012 : Wycombe Hit By Transfer Embargo
League One side Wycombe Wanderers have been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League. The move doesn't mean too much at this stage of the season given that the loan transfer window is now closed, although may mean something if they have any loan extensions on existing deals that they need to lodge at any given time.

Wycombe state that the issue has come about because they have failed to provide their 2010-11 club accounts to the Football League and Companies House by a March 31st deadline. They blame this on the fact that owner Steve Hayes is looking to sell his ownership in rugby union side London Wasps, with speculation that a deal will happen during the coming week.

Wycombe claim that the imminent sale has prevented them from finalising their budgets for the 2012-13 season, which must be provided to the Football League as part of general financial compliance measures. Where we're scratching our heads on this one is why that particular issue prevents the club from at least publishing the 2010-11 accounts, given that such past financial transactions for up to last June should not depend upon any future sale or budgeting.

The situation has been controversial enough for Wycombe Wanderers Trust (WWT) directors David Robertson and Don Woodward to tender their resignation from their main club board, although they will continue as directors of their Supporters Trust. WWT have issued a statement indicating that the failure to provide the accounts was a direct factor in their decision to step down:

"This decision, taken on Friday 30th March 2012, arose as a result of Wycombe Wanderers FC’s failure to lodge its Financial Accounts for the year ending 30th June 2011 with Companies House by the end of March deadline. Such failure, coming as it does despite considerable efforts on their part to ensure compliance, rendered David and Don’s positions untenable and resulted in their decision to resign from the main board."

Wycombe have insisted that "the matter will be resolved in the coming weeks" and that the embargo will have "no effect" on their fight against relegation from League One. They currently occupy the last of the relegation slots but are showing enough form on the pitch to suggest that they can escape. In six games time they will know their fate, and then doubtless their fans will know whether this embargo is a serious issue, or an organisational failure.

Another club worth keeping an eye on are Preston North End, who Yeovil Town leapfrogged over the weekend, albeit only by the number of goals scorered, with the Lilywhites in 16th place. The Lancashire side have been in freefall since new manager Graham Westley's arrival in mid-January, with just two wins and eight goals scored in his 15 matches in charge.

After they lost at Huish Park in January, Westley defended the task he had on his hands saying "They took 16 points in 13 games before I came here - they've now taken 12 points from his 15 games in charge, moving from 10th and five points off the play-offs upon his arrival, to 16th and 17 points away from those top six positions. More worrying is that their current relegation form under Westley has left them just six points away from the bottom four.

Over the past two months, he has stripped midfielder Paul Coutts of the captaincy, as well as being at the centre of two incidents relating to late night text messages sent to his team - although one allegation made by The Sun newspaper was later withdrawn. Last week, Westley admitted that there was a "split in the camp" - the weekend revelations appear to make that split a giant chasm following allegations that four of his squad had given Saturday lunchtime opponents Sheffield Wednesday their teamsheet the day before fixture - an unorthodox line-up that included ex-Glovers Max Ehmer and Aaron Brown as a left-winger and a striker respectively. The Owls won the game 2-0; not too shocking a result, but Westley's post-match views were certainly explosive as he made the dressing room leak public:

"To stand in the dugout today and be told by their dugout that four of our players had given our side across to them says where our side is at. You don't need four players from your own squad releasing that kind of information and I have to work on the basis that they wouldn't tell me a lie.

So to hear that at 5pm yesterday Sheffield Wednesday got that news shows you what we are up against but it doesn't surprise me. When you have got people in your own camp working against you it is tough, it is not an excuse and I am not complaining, it is the job and I will get on with it and I will overcome it and they are the type of barriers you have to jump over
."

If all of this hadn't happened the day before April Fool's Day, we might have been giving this a double-take. The journey back over the Pennines on board the team coach on Saturday afternoon must have been an interesting one.


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1 April 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Away Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's post-match views are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Away Game.


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1 April 2012 : Glovers Loan Pair Land On Scoresheets
Two Yeovil Town players managed to get on the scoresheet yesterday, as part of their loan spells with other clubs. Right-winger Billy Gibson and second year scholar Lloyd Matthews netted for Braintree Town and Frome Town respectively.

Gibson scored the equalising goal in Braintree's home match against Alfreton Town; the Braintree and Witham Times describes it as "a well-crafted goal, that was efficiently finished by Billy Gibson" - unfortunately they finished on the wrong end of a 1-2 defeat at the Amlin Stadium. Boss Alan Devonshire said Gibson's goal was a good one, but was more concerned at what they were doing at the other end of the pitch:

"The goals that we score are normally decent goals and Billy’s was. But we seem to have to work for our goals, while the ones we concede seem to be scrappy ones."

Supporters on the Braintree supporters message board label Gibson's performance as "outstanding", suggesting that Alfreton were putting two or three markers on his flank in order to prevent his runs, but were unable to stop his 33rd minute goal. As far as we can tell, he played the full 90 minutes.

Youth Team player Lloyd Matthews has been having a bit of a dual existence lately, swapping between the Under-18s and Frome Town. Yesterday, he travelled up to Banbury United, and played in the 2-2 draw. Lloyd provided the assist for Matt Smith's long range seventh minute goal with Frome's website saying:

"Frome's Matt Smith once again showed his long range shooting ability in the 7th minute as he latched onto a Lloyd Matthews flick and unerringly found the top corner of the net"

Even better was to come when Lloyd put his side into a 2-1 half time lead with his first ever goal for his home town club. Frome's website explains:

"Frome regained their lead a minute before half time as Matthews latched onto an Alex Lapham through ball and twisted and turned past two defenders before shooting under Andy Kemp"

Lloyd's performance was good enough for the Sunday Independent to give him their Man of the Match nomination in their match report - Frome's website agrees with his assessment, giving him a 'Star Man' nomination. He left the field as a 81st minute substitution, four minutes before the home side got their second equalising goal. Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton was in the opposition line-up, playing a full game in front of the 225 supporters.

Things were less good for Yeovil Town striker Steve MacLean this weekend. He was an unused substitute in Cheltenham Town's 4-0 defeat at Southend United - a heavy defeat sparked by defender Sido Jombati getting an early red card whilst their game was goalless.

Glovers defender Rhys Baggridge also had a less than brilliant weekend, although he did at least get in 65 minutes for Weymouth in their home match against Arlesey Town. The Terras lost 0-2 at home in front of 481 spectators, with Baggy coming off midway through the second period. The Dorset strugglers now have just a four point cushion between themselves and the relegation slots and have lost their last four matches.


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1 April 2012 : These Foolish Things
Those who have read this site's past April Fools Day scams may enjoy a look back in time for one of our past attempts to fool a few people. Maybe the reason why we haven't done one this year is that some ideas on the table were too highly plausible. That said, when we did our April 1st 2002 article, we thought at the time that it was a ridiculous one that could never happen.

Now fast forward ten years, and you might want to do a double-take. Compare the April 2002 April Fool with the recent March 22nd 2012 news item, and it would appear that we merely predicted the future.

In other news the club are planning on launching new home and away kits this summer to replace the existing home kit and the 'white' away kit. On the basis that our past April Fools are merely time-lagged by around ten years each time, we'd suggest that you be afraid; be very afraid!

Link: 01/04/2002 : The Green Green Artificial Grass Of Home.

Link: 22/03/2012 : Chairman Pitches In With Plastic Plans.


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1 April 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against AFC Bournemouth kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's views on his team selection are recorded via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bournemouth.


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