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30 April 2015 : Huish Park Charity Family Day This Weekend
On Sunday, Yeovil Town will be hosting a Charity Family Day at Huish Park. The event is being run to coincide with the finale of the 'Pedal from Paris' marathon charity cycle run that is seeing 103 Yeovil Town supporters meander their way from Paris, France back to Huish Park, with the riders having formally set off this morning, having travelled out via Eurostar yesterday.

The doors at Huish Park will open at 11.00a.m. with free admission, although you are invited to put money into the charity buckets as a voluntary donation to the three charities that are benefitting through the Pedal from Paris cause - the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis. On the day, they promise football, live music, childrenís entertainment and a beer festival - beers from Greene King and cider from Thatchers. There will also be a charity auction. A hog roast will help feed you, whilst a bouncy castle and face painting will hopefully keep kids entertained.

There will be three public football matches, with the cyclists expected to return to Huish Park around 2.00p.m. There will then be an exhibition match featuring two Yeovil Town Ladies sides, featuring teams headed up and managed by Ladies director and former player Rachael Edwards and current player Kirsty Whitton.

After that at 4.00p.m. there will be another challenge match, with a Tom White XI taking on a Terry Cotton XI. Players competing in this game are expected to include Ben Smith, Paul Terry, Warren Patmore, Al James-Hannigan, Andy Lindegaard, Kirk Jackson, Kevin Gall, Colin Miles and Roy O'Brien.

Come along for all or part of the day, as you see fit. Needless to say, the above timings may vary according to what happens on the day, so allow a bit of leeway if you're turning up to watch one particular part of the day.


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30 April 2015 : Sturrock Hoping For Playing Budget Steer This Week
Yeovil Town first team manager Paul Sturrock has said that he hopes to have a clear steer on the budget that he will have available to him for the 2015-16 season, by the end of this week. The new boss has been in the hotseat for three weeks, and when he took over he admitted that he hadn't discussed firm figures with the Yeovil Town board, with there likely to be cuts following the club's relegation into League Two.

With all bar eight players out of contract in the summer, Sturrock will undoubtedly need to significantly rebuild his squad over the summer, but he can only decide on what offers he can make for such players once he knows how much money he has to play with. He has told BBC Somerset that he is likely to know more by the end of this week:

"Obviously I'm starting to make a list (of wanted players) up now. I had a big pow-wow last week, and I'll have another big pow-wow at the end of this week, so it's just about tying up the budget and making sure we know what the budget for next year is. That then enables me to start perusing the market. It's all about moulding a squad again, with the obvious thing being that there are a lot of players here who are out of contract that are going to move on. There are a lot of players here that are out of contract that I would like to keep. So there's a lot of negotiations going on and a lot of work to be done at this minute, and talking to agents."

The other question will lie with Sturrock's decisions with respect to the club's released and retained lists, in terms of who of his existing squad he will want to offer contracts to, and which ones he will show the door. He said there were still one or two decisions yet to be made, but said those lists would be finalised at the end of next week, suggesting that next Thursday's County Cup Final against Taunton Town would be the final moment for players to impress:

"It's all in my mind, and there's maybe one or two that I'm still weighing up. But I think that by the end of next week I will be giving out the whole list. I think the games that we've won have been very much a team performance, rather than individual performances. I haven't seen what you would call a stand-out individual performance so far. I've seen us be well-organised and committed to the cause, and that's got us results."


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29 April 2015 : Johnson Takes Up Permanent Robins Role
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been appointed as the permanent manager of Cheltenham Town. The 59 year old has agreed a two year contract, subject to the completion of paperwork, that will keep him at Whaddon Road until the summer of 2017. Johnson came in for the final seven matches of the Robins' 2014-15 season, but was unable to save them from relegation from League Two, with their fate being decided last Saturday, with Tranmere Rovers the other club to drop out of the league. He had come in as their fourth manager of the season, and with them already in the bottom two when he took over the reins.

Johnson will now seek to rebuild the Gloucestershire side in the Conference National league for the 2015-16 season, with Chairman Paul Baker having indicated after Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town - who guaranteed their promotion out of League Two by virtue of the same result - that he wanted his temporary boss to remain at the club. Johnson told his club's website that he would now concentrate upon his recruitment plans for next season:

"The club being relegated is a disappointment to everybody, but it's happened and we have to look forward positively now. I am really looking forward to the challenge of getting Cheltenham Town back into the Football League as soon as possible because the club deserves to be and should be a League club. We have to make sure all our standards are lifted throughout the club, whether it be the standard of play, the quality of the surfaces or anything else. I had a very good meeting with the board and now is the time to look at the recruitment needed to be successful at National League level. The most important thing is to bring in the best possible group who give the club value for money and I have lots of good contacts, so I will be looking to put together a very competitive squad. I have enjoyed everything at Cheltenham apart from the results and I know the potential is here so my job now is to bring that potential out."


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29 April 2015 : Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Sunday 3rd May 2015, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off. The unusual kick-off time is to enable all final day League One fixtures to commence at the same time, whilst Sky Sports televise the match between Colchester United and Preston North End.

The man in charge of Sunday's fixture will be referee Scott Duncan (Northumberland). This is Mr Duncan's third season in the Football League, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2012. That, combined with his Northumberland residence, means that only seen him once as a man in the middle so far.

That was for the August 2013 Championship fixture against Burnley at Turf Moor. We had no complaints about his performance on the day. A goalkeeping error by Sam Johnstone late on in the match - later explained by him carrying a hand injury - and a rash challenge by Liam Davis shortly after that, caused our defeat, and with the other factors involved being our inability to take our chances at 0-0 - a pattern that would be ultimately set across that 2013-14 season.

Mr Duncan will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Darren Sheldrake (Surrey) who is also a Football League level referee, suggesting that they are doubling up for some of the key League One fixtures on the day.

Link: August 2013 : Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 April 2015 : New FA Cup Sponsorship On The Cards
The FA Cup looks set to be rebranded for the 2015-16 season, with new sponsorship on the cards. Reports in the national press suggest that it will be known as the Emirates FA Cup over a three year period in a deal that will be worth £30 million to the Football Association. The competition has been unsponsored this season, since Budweiser stopped their deal last summer - their deal was reported as being worth £9 million per year, and so the Emirates deal - if confirmed - would push income up to £10 million. However, with the FA having maintained competition payments at their old levels throughout this season, despite the loss of income, they would probably keep distributions at their current levels to make up for the shortfall of this season's competition.

As yet no contract has been signed but claims are that FA officials have flown to Dubai to hold talks with Emirates representatives. There is a meeting of the full FA board on Thursday where the deal is expected to be high up on the agenda. The FA have chosen not to comment directly, merely saying: "We remain in discussions with a number of parties regarding FA Cup partner opportunities."

One of the bone of contentions may be the exact competition name, with the FA having previously been reluctant to allow direct rebranding of the FA Cup in the way that competitions like the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy take on the main sponsors' name. Previous sponsorship has referred to the FA Cup sponsorship as "... in association with ..." or "... sponsored by ..." but the current reports suggest that Emirates will take on direct naming of the world's oldest cup competition.


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28 April 2015 : Book Review : Ben Smith Scores Well In A Tale Of Lower League Football
As reported last week, former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith has published his own book, covering his career as a footballer. With the paperback going on sale today, and available/orderable via all standard and online bookshops, his story of his 17 year career in football covers in sequential order his career that started with Arsenal and went via a string of lower league clubs including Hereford United, Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town.

Having picked up an early copy of the book, we've been able to review it, and you can read that article via the link below, where you'll also find all of the technical information, regarding how to purchase your own copy.

Link: Book Review : Ben Smith - Journeyman.


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27 April 2015 : Joe Edwards Talks About Injuries And His Future
Late last week, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards was interviewed by the BBC about his time out injured. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Joe talks about his frustration of missing games, the club's change of management, and his thoughts on his own future at the club as he reaches the end of his contract. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Port Vale.


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27 April 2015 : Sky Opt For Lilywhites As Final Weekend Televised Fixture
The Football League have announced live television coverage for this weekend's final set of League One fixtures. In what has been a new step for Sky Sports, they have switched all League One fixtures to Sunday 3rd May, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off to allow for the division's 46th and final set of matches to be covered during the afternoon.

One match will be televised on the Sky Sports 2 channel, with the choice of Colchester United vs Preston North End allowing them to simultaneously take in both relegation and promotion issues on the day. Given Yeovil Town are away at Milton Keynes Dons, we'd expect there to be in-game coverage of any of the goals in that game, given the impact it could have on promotion proceedings, and so will be worth tuning in for that.

It's also worth noting that just prior to Sky Sports' 12.00 noon start, they will be showing a 'Football Gold' programme, of which 15 minutes worth will feature Yeovil Town's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg against Nottingham Forest - so worth switching on the television a little earlier to enjoy the legendary 5-2 win again.

Tuesday 28th April 2015 : 7.45p.m.
Colchester United vs Swindon Town

Sunday 3rd May 2015 : 12.15p.m.
Barnsley v Rochdale
Bristol City v Walsall
Colchester v Preston
Crawley v Coventry
Crewe v Bradford
Doncaster v Scunthorpe
Gillingham v Notts County
MK Dons v Yeovil
Oldham v Peterborough
Port Vale v Fleetwood
Sheff Utd v Chesterfield
Swindon v Leyton Orient


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27 April 2015 : PFA 2014-15 League One Team Of The Year
The Professional Footballers Association have published their League One Team Of The Year based on the season just gone. The team is formed from votes by fellow PFA members who are allowed to vote for the players who have impressed them the most throughout the season and unsurprisingly the line-up is dominated by clubs currently occupying the top four positions in the League One table, with Champions Bristol City taking five of those players.

In addition, the Football League have published their Top 10 League One players, based on the criteria that they used for last week's 2015 Football League Awards, that saw nominations sent through at club level, and saw Preston North End's Joe Garner pick up the main award. They have listed those players that came close to picking up the award, and inevitably there is some heavy crossover between their list and the PFA list.

You'll find three former Yeovil Town players listed in the ranks below, with Luke Ayling having signed for Bristol City last summer, whilst Korey Smith (Norwich City) and Luke Freeman (Arsenal) were both loan players for the Glovers before meandering their way to Ashton Gate via Oldham Athletic and Stevenage respectively. Both lists are as shown below.

PFA 2014-15 League One Team Of The Year:
Frank Fielding (Bristol City), Joe Bryan (Bristol City), Aden Flint (Bristol City), Tom Clarke (Preston North End), Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town), Korey Smith (Bristol City), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Luke Freeman (Bristol City), Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons), Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield, now at Cardiff City), Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Football League Top Ten League One Players:
1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) 2. Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons) 3. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) 4. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) 5. Aden Flint (Bristol City) 6. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) 7. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) 8. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) 9. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) 10. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Link: 2015 Football League Awards Winners.


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27 April 2015 : Yeovil 4 London Bees 0 : Ladies Stretch Winning Run
Yeovil Town Ladies picked up their third win in a row yesterday afternoon, as they picked up a comfortable 4-0 win over London Bees in their FA WSL2 match at the Jones Stadium in Sherborne. Two goals from Annie Heatherson and one each from Corinne Yorston and Alys Hinchcliffe did the damage, taking them to third place in the league table, and just a point behind Reading FC Women.

The result was rarely in doubt throughout the afternoon, and the Glovers made the breakthrough on 17 minutes when Corinne Yorston converted from the penalty spot after Heatherson had been felled in the area by Bees keeper Imogen Riches. On the stroke of half-time, Yeovil were awarded a second spot kick when Heatherson was upended by Aoife Hurley. However, this time, Riches denied Yorston with a fine reflex save.

The Bees made a positive start to the second half, as Gemma Fraser forced a save from Charlotte Haynes in the opening minute. The visitors threatened an equaliser four minutes later through a low drive from Cheryl Williams which narrowly missed the target. But the significant goal of the game came 65 minutes into the match when substitute Alys Hinchcliffe set up Annie Heatherson for Yeovilís second, and a bit of breathing space.

Annie Heatherson then completed her brace four minutes later with a fine individual effort from the edge of the area to extend Yeovilís lead to three. The Bees were denied a consolation on 79 minutes when Fraser had a goal-bound shot blocked by Nicola Cousins. And with seven minutes remaining, Alys Hinchcliffe slotted home the Lady Gloversí fourth as they extended their winning run to three matches.

One key statistic to note from yesterday's game was the crowd of 407 - a ground record for Yeovil Town Ladies fixtures, beating the record attendance that had only been set in the previous fixture, when 347 turned up for their Super League match against Reading FC Women. With the Ladies now clocking up the points and maintaining a high position in the early league table, the target will be to try to beat that figure once again when top of the table Doncaster Rovers Belles come to visit on Sunday 31st May (2.00p.m. kick-off). In between that, the Ladies face a trio of away fixtures, with trips to Millwall Lionesses (May 9th), Everton Ladies (May 16th) and Watford Ladies (May 24th) lined up.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Lades 4 London Bees 0.

Goals: Corinne Yorston (1-0, 17 mins, pen), Annie Heatherson (2-0, 65 mins), Annie Heatherson (3-0, 69 mins), Alys Hinchcliffe (4-0, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Ellie Isaac (Ebony Dover 82), Natalie Haigh; Helen Bleazard, Stephanie Williams, Paige Stewart (Amy Wathan 72), Ellie Curson, Corinne Yorston; Natasha Knapman (Alys Hinchcliffe 62), Annie Heatherson.

Subs not used: Shauna Cossens, Stacey Pearson, Jordan Guard.

London Bees: Imogen Riches; Billie Brookes, Jade Dempster, Aoife Hurley, Paula Howells; Paige Wakefield; Gemma Fraser, Ashleigh Goddard, Rebecca Anderson, Laura Nicol (Sydney Hinchcliffe 82); Cheryl Williams (Lucy Loomes 72).

Subs not used: Katherine Huggins, Hannals Samuela.

Yeovil Bookings: Ellie Curson (66)

London Bees Bookings: None.

Referee: Brian White

Attendance: 407.


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26 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Port Vale Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Port Vale kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the inclusion of Fergus Bell and Chris Weale in the side, as well as general pre-match thoughts on the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Port Vale.


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26 April 2015 : Ladies Welcome Bees Today For Super League Clash
Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Helen Bleazard insists Yeovil are beginning to find their rhythm in FA WSL2 and wants to back up the victory over Reading FC Women last time out with another win over London Bees today. The Glovers got their 2015 campaign off to a slow start with successive defeats against promotion hopefuls Reading and Doncaster Rovers Belles. However, Jamie Sherwood's side have since had an upturn in form which has seen them win their last two games Ė including an impressive 4-2 victory over Reading in the reverse fixture on Saturday 18th April. Bleazard says playing in front of a home crowd at Sherborne Town could be a decisive factor against the Bees:

"It will be nice to have a home game. Weíve got a lot of brilliant supporters who love to come and watch us play. Hopefully we can get a good number of supporters down there for the London Bees game and put in a good performance for them. Weíre all starting to get to know each other better and a lot of the new players are coming out of their shells a now and putting in some good performances. Weíre starting to find a formation that works but itís also about the players having confidence in themselves and that is starting to shine through."

London Bees have had a mixed start to their campaign. Having lost heavily at home to Reading and Durham, they have picked up solid away draws against Millwall Lionesses and Everton. Their striker Lucy Loomes is hoping their form on the road continues with a trip to the West Country this weekend:

"We know that from playing Yeovil last year, they are very strong defensively Ė especially with Corinne Yorston there this season too. But weíre looking to carry on our away form as weíve been solid so far this season with the two draws. Weíve been working to get on each others wavelength in attack and hopefully I can push on and be one of the consistent goalscorers that we need. We just have to have belief in ourselves and take the chances as they come. Iím also working to get back into the England Under-19s team and overall itís been a good start for me and the team so far."

This afternoon's match kicks off at 2.00p.m. at the Jones Stadium, otherwise known as Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC. Turnstiles open at 12.30p.m. and as well as access to Sherborne's social club, you'll find on site for this match local company the Pizza Box, who will be offering a rather different form of matchday food for supporters coming to the game.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs London Bees - kick-off today at 2.00p.m.
Yeovil Town Ladies vs London Bees - kick-off today at 2.00p.m.



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26 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Port Vale Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the match, and his views on the current make-up of the squad, which includes one player who he has yet to even meet, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Port Vale Home Game.


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25 April 2015 : Sturrock Sees The 'Real Side' Of Yeovil's Problems In Vale Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that he saw the 'real side' to the team that he had inherited as he witnessed his first defeat in charge of the Glovers today. The 1-2 home defeat against Port Vale was the first negative result that the 58 year old had witnessed since his arrival just over two weeks ago, but had the advantage of showing him some of the problems the club had exhibited throughout the 2014-15 season, where they have been comfortably the division's lowest scorers with just 35 goals in 35 games.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Sturrock felt that he had seen some of the reasons why that might be the case, and highlighted the club's lack of orthodox wingers that could create width in his side. He explained that he was trying different shapes to deal with that problem, and to emphasise the need for his existing players to get more balls into the box, but admitted that today's game was not good enough in the attacking third:

"I think we saw the real side of Yeovil today, in that offensively has always been the problem for them, I think. Somebody told me once that it's a lot easier to knock a house down than to build one. It's also easier to defend than attack. We showed today that naivety, with no width, and no winger types really at the football club. So you try to change things with system changes. I thought in the second half we probably dictated it and I thought we'd got back in it, but it reared it's ugly head in terms of the amount of fouls. We give away so many petty fouls in the wrong areas, and we paid the price for it today. My disappointment is that I've emphasised that we need to get the ball into the box since I've got here. There were times when we didn't put the ball in when we could have. When we did put it in, we always seemed to have an opportunity of some sort when it broke. Stephen Kingsley hit the side netting and there were a few other bits and pieces. So I'm hoping that some of the players will be receptive to my criticism and hopefully that will benefit them in the future."

Sturrock's cause wasn't helped in that he was unable to introduce attacking substitutions such as Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore today, after two injuries and general fatigue forced him into substitutions elsewhere. Sam Foley's hamstring injury that kept him out of last weekend's trip to Swindon Town hadn't quite healed, whilst a knee injury forced off Byron Webster at half time. He also had to deal with midfielder Fergus Bell's lack of match fitness, after the former Mansfield Town player had played 45 minutes in his first team debut, having waited on the sidelines since his arrival at the club in January:

"Obviously the injury to key players was a feature of the game, as they didn't allow me to put offensive subs on. I had to cover for the players that went off. Fergus Bell hasn't played too many games. He played in the Tuesday cup game, so I needed that personnel change at half time as a freshness thing. The other two were injuries, so they had to come off. Sam's was a recurrence of his hamstring, and Webby has opened up his knee a little bit. So we didn't want anything serious to happen. There wasn't any benefit in kind to pushing them through the game when they could be out for a lot longer."


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25 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Port Vale 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 Port Vale.


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25 April 2015 : Yeovil 1 Port Vale 2 : Valiants Force First Sturrock Defeat
Yeovil Town headed to defeat in their final home match of the 2014-15 season, as Port Vale gained a deserved 2-1 win to give manager Paul Sturrock his first defeat. The Valiants controlled the main periods of the game, with Tom Pope's well-executed 13th minute opener scored just after he had a goal ruled out for a push in the box. The Glovers equalised when a half-cleared James Berrett free kick was acrobatically finished by Gozie Ugwu for his fifth goal of the season, but parity only lasted two minutes as Michael Brown was credited as scoring the winner just eight minutes from time as he bundled in a loose ball from a free kick.

With the aim of seeing as many of his players and formations as possible before the season ends, Paul Sturrock made four changes to his line-up for this afternoon's game. Chris Weale got his first start under the new boss, replacing Artur Krysiak, whilst the same was true for Fergus Bell who came in for Nathan Smith. Sam Foley had recovered from a hamstring injury enough to see Seth Nana Twumasi drop out, whilst Gozie Ugwu was preferred for Joel Grant up front. A midfield diamond was used within the 4-4-2, with James Berrett at the base and Bell as the most attacking presence.

Port Vale were the superior side early on, with the wing play of Mark Marshall and the physical presence of Tom Pope providing the difference - their centre-forward got in two strong headers early on from that outlet with the second only being denied a goal due to a linesman flagging up for a foul on Liam Shephard as Pope jumped for the ball. But it didn't take long before he did give the Valiants the lead. Marshall's cross was only half cleared and Ben Williamson put the ball into the path of Pope whose looping shot cleared Chris Weale's head and into the back of the net.

Yeovil's cause was not helped by Sam Foley's withdrawal as his hamstring gave in, and that meant that Nathan Smith came in as a left-back, with Stephen Kingsley being pushed into the left side of midfield. Their attacking chances were few and far between, and largely from Fergus Bell - the first saw him run from deep and fire a well hit shot just wide, followed by a header clearing the bar. But Tom Pope's shot that fizzed across the face of goal and a Michael O'Connor free kick that Chris Weale palmed away showed where the real pressure was. Overall it was a bit of a flat first half.

During the break, Paul Sturrock opted to make two changes, introducing Joe Edwards for Fergus Bell, with the latter having hobbled his way through the final five minutes of the half. Also swapped were Byron Webster, who made way for Seth Nana Twumasi, as a formation change took place - a 3-5-2 formation was restored with Liam Shephard and Stephen Kingsley used as the wing-backs whilst Nana, Stephen Arthurworrey and Nathan Smith took the back three positions.

The general feel of the game was maintained, with Port Vale happy to take the points that would guarantee their League One survival, whilst the home side seemed a little bit too much in end of season mode. Ten minutes from time in what had been a lacklustre second period though, Yeovil got themselves back into the match from a James Berrett free kick. Port Vale only half cleared their lines, and Gozie Ugwu was the first to respond, acrobatically hooking the ball into the net for the equalising goal.

Unfortunately for Yeovil, that brief flash of attacking only lasted two minutes, with Port Vale almost immediately retaking the lead. Joe Edwards fouled fellow substitute Colin Daniel and when Michael O'Connor's free kick was put into the box, a scramble saw Michael Brown credited as the man who got the last touch before the ball went over the line. 1-2 down.

Port Vale now had the scoreline they needed to preserve their own status and immediately started running down the clock. Stephen Kingsley hit the side netting in the closing stages, whilst the Valiants hearts were set fluttering with the last move of the game as Chris Neal was forced into a superb flying save from Gozie Ugwu as he went close to a late late equaliser. But that would have been a lucky result if that had gone in, with the end scoreline probably about right on the balance of play. Perhaps a reality check following Paul Sturrock's early results that there will be plenty of work to be done over the summer.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 2.

Scorers: Tom Pope (0-1, 13 mins), Gozie Ugwu (1-1, 80 mins), Michael Brown (1-2, 82 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
5. Fergus Bell 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith (12 mins for Sam Foley) 4. Joe Edwards (46 mins for Fergus Bell) 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Byron Webster) 17. Joel Grant

Port Vale:
1. Chris Neal
21. Frederic Veseli 16. Neill Collins 4. Chris Robertson 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Louis Dodds 15. Michael O'Connor 17. Michael Brown 20. Mark Marshall
9. Ben Williamson 11. Tom Pope

Substitutes:
2. Adam Yates 7. Chris Birchall (73 mins for Ben Williamson) 12. Sam Johnson 14. Colin Daniel (55 mins for Louis Dodds) 18. Tommy O'Sullivan (86 mins for Michael O'Connor) 25. Mohamed Coulibaly 28. Achille Campion

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Port Vale Bookings: Mark Marshall (foul, 19 mins), Tom Pope (dissent, 84 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistant Referees: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,127 (with 523 Port Vale supporters).


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25 April 2015 : 2014-15 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's 2014-15 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Port Vale.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Sam Foley.
Western Gazette Awards: Sam Foley.
Cary Glovers: Sam Foley.
Away Travel Club: Sam Foley.
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Liam Shephard.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: James Hayter and Gozie Ugwu (joint award).
DSA: Sam Foley (1st), James Hayter (2nd).
Community Sports Trust: Sam Foley.

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


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25 April 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Port Vale at Huish Park today. Goalkeeper Chris Weale makes his first team return in place of Artur Krysiak, with doubtless the goal being for Paul Sturrock to get his first proper look at a player who has been missing with a foot injury for over four months.

Midfielder Fergus Bell get his first start for the club, having scored twice in the midweek Reserve Team match against Bridgwater Town. Sam Foley (hamstring) has recovered to return for the team whilst club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) is back on the bench. In addition Gozie Ugwu is preferred for Joel Grant.

Left-sided Alex Smith, striker Sam Hoskins, midfielder Craig Eastmond and left-sided Nathan Ralph are in the stands, whilst defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Left-sided player Liam Davis (unspecified knock) and striker Adam Morgan (ankle) remain out through injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) is currently going through rehabilitation after his long term injury.

Manager Paul Sturrock hinted during the week that he may tweak the formation again from last weekend's 3-1-4-2 formation, meaning that we could be seeing a bit of reshuffling of the exact places once kick-off is underway. However, the team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
5. Fergus Bell 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 4. Joe Edwards 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant


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25 April 2015 : Joe Edwards: Nothing Has Been Decided With Yeovil Town Future
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards has said that nothing has been decided yet, in terms of his future at the club beyond the end of this season. The midfielder is one of a large number of senior players who are out of contract at the end of June, and so will be free to talk to other clubs, as well as to discuss new terms with the Glovers. As such, new manager Paul Sturrock is inheriting a complicated situation where he will have to deal with the possibility of some of the players that he wants to keep, leaving Huish Park.

The situation with Edwards is complicated in that he has spent much of the last two-and-a-half months not playing, with an ankle injury at Crewe Alexandra in February being aggravated when he tried to return for a couple of crucial relegation six-pointers in March. The 24 year old returned to full training on Thursday, meaning that he is still short of match fitness and with his boss hinting this week that the best he would make would be the substitutes bench today.

Edwards told BBC Somerset that he has not placed too much emphasis on contract talks, saying that his primary goal was to sort out his ankle problem and to get back into a state where he could perform in front of the new manager. Now he is getting close to that, he is more interested in getting out onto the field, and says that no decisions have been made as to his future:

"Still nothing has been decided yet. Obviously I've been injured and so the only thing I've been concentrating on has been getting back fit. So that's been my main focus. Thankfully on Thursday I was back training with all the boys. I'm a lot happier when I'm playing. You have goals when you're a player and my goal is to play in the Premier League One day. But you all have to look forward and take it one day at a time at the moment. My first initial focus was to get myself back fit so that I was ready to play. I'm getting there now, and I'll just see what happens. Personally for me it was all about getting myself fit and getting back out there, and now it's just about concentrating on Saturday's game."

Edwards has been forced to watch from the sidelines whilst his club have fallen adrift at the foot of League One, but has seen new life breathed into the club over the last few fixture that have seen them go unbeaten in three matches, with two wins over play-off chasing sides in their last two matches. As such he hopes this afternoon's home match against Port Vale can send the club off for the summer in a slightly more optimistic mood, with this being the final home match of the 2014-15 season:

"The fans have been brilliant all season, so to have a game at home, with a little run behind us, will hopefully get the fans excited for next season. They've supported us through thick and thin and they still turn out every week. Hopefully we can give them a nice home win to finish off. We've still got to be professional and to play the game as we would as if it was the start of the season, and obviously the boys will be doing that as they're still impressing the new manager, so it will be a tough game for the team that we're playing."


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24 April 2015 : Date And Venue Set For Somerset Premier Cup Final
Yeovil Town will travel to Taunton Town's ground for next month's Somerset Premier Cup final. The match will be played at Wordsworth Drive (currently badged as the Viridor Stadium) on Thursday 7th May, with the game kicking off at 7.45p.m.

The two clubs had both offered to host the tie, rather than take the game to a neutral venue, and so a coin toss was held at the Somerset FA Headquarters to decide who got the advantage, with the Peacocks winning that. Taunton are the current cup holders and so will be aiming to win the trophy for the second season running, whilst Yeovil have not won the competition since the 2004-05 season.


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24 April 2015 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town travelled to the County Ground where they played Swindon Town in a League One fixture. The end result was an excellent defensive performance and the club's first back-to-back wins since November 2013, as a James Berrett strike from distance gave us a 1-0 win.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan along with centre-back pairing Stephen Arthurworrey and Byron Webster pick up a decent collection of votes. But the poll winner was James Berrett, whose goal was his first for the club since his arrival at the club last summer.

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

1. James Berrett 62 (4)
2. Byron Webster 56 (4)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 26 (2)
3. Josh Sheehan 26 (2)
5. Liam Shephard 26 (0)
6. Kieffer Moore 24 (2)
7. Artur Krysiak 12 (0)
8. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 8 (0)
9. Joel Grant 6 (0)
10. Nathan Smith 4 (0)
11. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.43
Performance : 8.29
Entertainment : 6.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 14


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24 April 2015 : First 2015-16 Pre-Season Friendly Scheduled
Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly for the 2015-16 season has been arranged. The Glovers will make the trip to Treyew Road, home of Truro City on Friday 17th July 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Southern Football League Premier Division side are heading for a play-off slot in their division, and so could feasibly be a Conference South team by the time we play them. This will be the third time in four years that we'll have travelled down to Cornwall, with a 2-2 draw in 2011 being followed up by last summer's 2-1 win that saw Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore net Yeovil's goals.

Link: 2015-16 Football League Season Key Dates.


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24 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Port Vale Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League One match against Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul speaks about the changes he is trying to make to the club, his views on how he is using the remaining games to still look at players, and also his thoughts on captain Joe Edwards returning to training this week. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Port Vale.


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24 April 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence
A couple of weeks ago, Yeovil Town were shipping goals by the truckload and getting thrashed in matches. Three games later and despite the club being relegated to League Two, there's a bit of a different mood around the place. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what has changed and why, and where we should be cautious of assuming all ills are fixed. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own comments in.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence.


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23 April 2015 : Finances Dictate Gareth Stewart Departure
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has formally confirmed the departure of goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart. The former AFC Bournemouth player's departure was presumed last Saturday when he was not present in the dugouts at the County Ground, Swindon, following rumours that he had left a few days previously.

Sturrock has today explained to BBC Somerset that it was a club decision to part company with him, citing financial cut-backs in the wake of the club's drop into League Two as being at the heart of that, rather than any problem with the coach himself:

"Gareth has gone. I think that's public knowledge. With Gareth, I'd like to thank him for his services at the football club, but in the end with the finances and the budget for next year, you've got to take these kind of things into consideration. I think that it's important that we make these hard decisions in the next week or so."

In addition to Stewart's departure, Sturrock had expected to announce a number of other changes at the club for the summer and next season. However, he admitted that progress on that front had not been as swift as he had hoped for, and so that will remain under wraps for the time being:

"It's maybe gone a bit slower than I would like. There are a lot of things in the pipeline at this moment in time. There's renewals of contracts, and obviously the freed list will come out in the next ten days. So there's lots that is going to be happening at the football club."

New contracts for assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way are known to be under consideration, whilst his reference to the 'freed list' is in reference to the fact that with the exception of eight players, the club's first team squad fall out of contract by the end of the season. Thus the club will need to make clear which players they plan to offer new deals to, and which they will show the door once next Sunday's trip to Milton Keynes Dons is done and dusted.


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23 April 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

We've had Mr Scott for seven first team games before as a referee. The earliest was the January 2009 home match against Huddersfield Town, which was Shaun MacDonald's debut for the club - he scored the winning goal that night. Our only grumble with Mr Scott that night was that he allowed Huddersfield's Ian Craney to escape with just a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Luke Rodgers that saw him crocked.

The second match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no complaints about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

He was the man in the middle for the 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. During this match, Mr Scott dished out a red card for Owls defender Jon Otsemobor for a studs-up tackle on Nathan Smith - many in the crowd felt that he should have also done the same to Darren Purse, who landed his studs - intentionally or otherwise - down the back of the legs of Gavin Williams, but Mr Scott either missed it or saw it as an accident. Certainly manager Terry Skiverton felt the referee had got it wrong. In between he gave the Owls a penalty - Otsemobor tripped in the box by Luke Ayling.

Next, Mr Scott took charge of the August 2011 home game against Milton Keynes Dons. Once again, the opposition were reduced to ten men, with Darren Potter the seventh yellow card of the day as he timewasted whilst on a yellow card. Whilst the card count was a little heavy, the decision itself couldn't be argued with too much. However, again Terry Skiverton felt Mr Scott had a questionable performance, largely centring around three first half penalty appeals. Whilst Skivo was guarded in what he said, the Western Gazette were rather more vocal saying it was "another poor performance from a referee at Huish Park. Waved away appeals for three Yeovil Town penalties but proceeded to award free kicks for lesser infringements elsewhere on the pitch."

We then had him for the Boxing Day 2012 meeting against AFC Bournemouth. This was a dreadful affair from our point of view, although there doesn't appear to be any suggestions that the match referee contributed to this debacle. On a more happier note though, we saw him at the tail end of that season in a very low key way - he was the Fourth Official in May 2013 for our League One Play-Of Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.

Mr Scott then took charge of the Sunday afternoon Championship game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We'll confess that we had a rant at his expense about how card happy he was, and how he'd raised ten reds already, along with a glut of yellow cards. Mr Scott decided to have the most anonymous afternoon going - zero cards produced, and a fairly lenient approach to everything. The Nottingham Post noted this saying he "had shown five red cards in his previous ten matches Ė and ten overall in the space of 20 fixtures, along with 71 bookings ... but didnít show a single card on an afternoon when he generally officiated well."

Most recently he turned up for the April 2014 away match against Charlton Athletic. No real complaints except that as we recall, with the game heading for a 3-2 defeat, he seemed to be in a little bit too much of a hurry to end the game at a point when we'd gained an attacking free kick deep into injury time. As for the goals conceded, more as a result of us switching off just after half time than anything we can pin on the officials.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Link: October 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: December 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2014 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2014 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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23 April 2015 : Former Glovers Midfielder Publishes Autobiography Next Week
This month sees a footballer's autobiography published with a difference. Whilst we're used to pampered Premier League footballers bringing out multiple books on their playboy lifestyles, there are not too many books centred around 'proper football'. Enter former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith, who made 144 appearances for the club between 1997 and 2001, just before the Glovers entered the Football League.

Now working as a Youth coach at Brighton and Hove Albion, Ben was signed for Yeovil as a Reading teenager who had been on Arsenal's books. He then went on to take in a variety of lower league and non-league clubs across a 17 year period. This book takes in the highs and lows of that career, and hopefully will give a look into footballers lives when they're not given six-digit weekly salaries.

The publishers notes on the book say the following:

"Ben Smith, professional footballer. Recognise the name? Of course you donít. Thatís because most of Smithís seventeen years in the game were spent outside the vaunted, big-money environs of the Premier League, and this unique sporting memoir is all the richer because of it. 1995, and a young man named Ben, with a dream of playing professional football, arrives at the training ground of one of England's biggest clubs to begin his journey.

Aged just sixteen, he shares pre-season sessions with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright at Arsenal. Surely his career can only go one way from here? The next seventeen years duly see him descend from Highbury to obscurity in a career that involves seasons playing for Reading, Yeovil, Weymouth, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Southend, Crawley, Kettering and Sudbury AFC, and features three promotions, one relegation, and some very memorable FA Cup games.

Smith candidly describes the contract negotiations, the insecurities, the fear and realities of injury, the house moves, the impact on his personal life, the wet Saturday afternoons playing in front of 500 people, and the many teammates, opponents and managers who left an indelible mark on his career. This is the memoir of a quintessential journeyman footballer. Honest, intelligent, brutally unsentimental and often hilarious, forget The Secret Footballer and the usual ghosted life stories of pampered Premiership stars; Journeyman offers a real insight into what it is like playing season after season, with no financial safety net, in the unfashionable far reaches of the English game
."

Whilst the book will be available from the usual outlets, such as Amazon, we should be able to shortly bring a chance to buy the book direct from the publishers at a discounted price. One that is confirmed, we'll put up details. The formal publishing date is April 28th 2015 (next Tuesday) and the paperback book is 384 pages. The ISBN reference is 9781849548540.

Ben Smith's autobiography - Journeyman - out this month.
Ben Smith's autobiography - Journeyman - out this month.



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22 April 2015 : Glovers Planning To Recruit New Academy Coaches
Yeovil Town are seeking to recruit new Academy coaches, following the relaunch of their youth development programme. The Glovers have decided to restart an Elite Player Performance Plan Category 3 academy, following a three year break since the decision was made to close the old Centre of Excellence system down. As such they need to recruit new coaches who will help them run each year group, with the club running teams from Under-9s through to Under-18s.

The job title will be a Casual Academy Coach. The role will involve managing an age group and coaching and developing elite players throughout the Player Development Pathway with the aim being to implement a comprehensive and in-depth coaching curriculum which is individually tailored to each age group in line with the club's philosophy. They expect Coaches to also provide a monitoring and assessing role, which will involve the use of the Performance Management Application system that is mandated as part of the EPPP structure. Coaches will receive a 'competitive session rate' for their work within the academy.

The minimum job requirements are for candidates to hold a UEFA B Coaching Licence, an FA Youth Award and to have good personal and people skills. The club would also prefer applicants that hold the FA Advanced Youth Award, have past experience of working within an academy environment or have experience of using the EPPP and ISO Audit tools used to assess players. As part of the application process, the club will require a criminal disclosure and identity check to be carried out. They also expect applicants to have a high standard of administration skills, including filing match reports and session plans.

Those interested should send their CV and a covering letter to Jamie Harrison at academy@ytfc.net by Sunday 3rd May 2015.


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22 April 2015 : Football League Clubs To Recognise Bradford Fire Anniversary
The Football League and Football Association have indicated that there will be a minute's silence held at every Premier League and Football League ground this weekend. The note of respect is to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade Fire Disaster, which claimed the lives of 56 Bradford City and Lincoln City supporters, and injured 265 people, when a fire broke out in the Main Stand at the ground on May 11th 1985. As a result, we'd expect there to be a minute's silence prior to Yeovil Town's League One match against Port Vale on Saturday to recognise this.

The disaster, which was the worst fire-related incident in the history of English football, has not tended to have the nationwide commemoration that the Hillsborough disaster had, partly due to the date of the match lying beyond the current end date for the Football League season proper, meaning that it is rare now for matches to be taking place on that day. However, with next month representing a milestone anniversary, the top four divisions will universally pay their respects on the penultimate weekend of the Football League season.

As part of this weekend, the Football League is also joining a campaign to raise 300,000 pounds for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford. This research centre was set up on the 25th anniversary of the Valley Parade disaster and is the United Kingdom's largest academic research centre in skin sciences.

If you would like to donate towards the facility as a mark of respect then you can do so by texting 'VPFA56' followed by the amount you would like to pledge to 70070. You can also donate online by heading here.


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22 April 2015 : Ladies Chairman Talks About Royals Win
On Saturday, Yeovil Town Ladies won their second consecutive match of the 2015 FA Women's Super League season, when they defeated Reading FC Women. The Royals have been tipped as one of the the division's favourites, with the 4-2 result being their first dropped points of the season, whilst it lifted Yeovil into a promising fourth place.

Speaking the day after the game, Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson was interviewed by BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the match, their start to the season, and this coming Sunday's home match against London Bees. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies 4-2 Win Over Reading.


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21 April 2015 : Bridgwater 1 Yeovil 3 : Bell Double Secures Route Into Final
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a relatively comfortable route into the Somerset Premier Cup Final tonight, after they defeated Bridgwater Town at Fairfax Park. The Glovers win came after James Hayter opened the scoring early in the first half, after his superb goal put his side 1-0 up. Bridgwater equalised midway through the first half via the penalty spot, but only held parity for a minute, when former Mansfield Town midfielder Fergus Bell scored his first for the club. Fergus Bell extended Yeovil's lead just 36 minutes into the match when he headed home a Nathan Ralph cross.

A goalless second half followed, and although Bridgwater struck the woodwork, they couldn't find a way back into the match. That gives the Glovers a route into the final where they will play Taunton Town on a date and venue to be decided.

Final Score: Bridgwater Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 16 mins), Bridgwater Town (1-1, 25 mins), Fergus Bell (1-2, 26 mins), Fergus Bell (1-3, 36 mins)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Chris Weale
3. Seth Nana Twumasi 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Nathan Smith 2. Nathan Ralph
7. Sam Hoskins 8. Fergus Bell 18. Craig Eastmond 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
11. James Hayter 9. Gozie Ugwu.

Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 17. Joel Grant 4. James Berrett.

Bridgwater Town:
1. Ben John 2. Alex Grimshaw 3. Jack Welling 4. Craig Allan 5. Nathan Rudge 6. Andy Robertson (Capt) 7. James Byrne 8. Ollie Chamberlain 9. Tom Knighton 10. Ross McNab 11. Kyle Tooze

Substitutes: 12. Joe Bushin 14. David O'Hare 15. Charlie Bridges 16. Harry Horton 17. Josh Hayward

Referee: David Ricketts (Portishead). Assistants: Kieron Salmons (Taunton) and Savvas Yianni (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 497


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21 April 2015 : Team News For Bridgwater Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Bridgwater Town. The significant part of the team selection is that Chris Weale makes his long awaited return between the sticks after four months out injured. The rest of the side is drawn from fringe players amongst the club's squad.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Chris Weale
3. Seth Nana Twumasi 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Nathan Smith 2. Nathan Ralph
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 8. Fergus Bell 18. Craig Eastmond 7. Sam Hoskins
11. James Hayter 9. Gozie Ugwu.

Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 17. Joel Grant 4. James Berrett.


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21 April 2015 : 2014-15 End Of Season Awards Schedule
On Saturday, Yeovil Town will present its 2014-15 End Of Season Awards at the end of the game. The presentations will be made at around 5.00p.m. on Saturday 25th April once the League One match against Port Vale has concluded and after a short break to enable the players to visit the dressing rooms and for the club to organise the trophy presentations.

As usual, a wide range of trophies will be presented, and the expected order of presentations will be as follows:

G&WSC Winner
Western Gazette Winner
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy
Cary Glovers Winner
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award
YT Community Sports Trust Winner
Away Travel Club Winner
DSA Runner up
DSA Player of the Year

As per previous seasons, please stay off the pitch at the end of the game, as this will only delay proceedings (and may result in you missing the awards entirely!) Past seasons have tended to see the last presentations made by around 5.30p.m. so if you're planning your evening or a lift home, then allow an extra half hour on top of the usual time you exit Huish Park.


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21 April 2015 : Interview With Artur Krysiak
Having had a slow start to his Yeovil Town career, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is starting to become a regular in the first team. With the club having struggled to keep clean sheets during the 2014-15 season, the recent defensive solidity has been a welcome one, and Artur spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin and his interview can be read via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted between the Sheffield United and Swindon Town games, and so should be read with that context in mind.

Link: Artur Krysiak Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon.


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20 April 2015 : Directions And Ticketing For Bridgwater Town
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town play their Somerset Premier Cup semi-final tie. The match against Bridgwater Town will take place on Tuesday 21st April 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Fairfax Park. The match will determine who meets Taunton Town in the final of the competition, with the other semi-final against Paulton Rovers having already been played to a conclusion.

Tickets will be available on the night of the game and will be priced as follows:

Adults: £8.00; OAPs and Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: FREE.

For those travelling to Fairfax Park on the night, you'll find the ground situated just off the A39, north-east of the town centre, and directly north of the railway station. Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Club and Bridgwater College are also in the same road, so use these as landmarks as well. Directions depend on whether you're coming from the Bristol direction or the Taunton direction and are as follows:

M5 Northbound (from Taunton): Leave the M5 at Junction 24. Enter the town on the A38. Follow signs for Glastonbury (A39). The ground is between Bridgwater College and the Rugby Ground just as you pass over the railway bridge.

M5 Southbound (from Bristol): Leave the M5 at Junction 23. Enter the town on the A39 from Glastonbury. The ground is between Bridgwater College and the Rugby Ground just short of the railway bridge.

If you're coming from any other direction, such as local villages or have chosen to take the minor roads from Yeovil, get on the A39 on the north side of Bridgwater and you should stumble over it, at the point when the A39 meets the railway line.

Address: Fairfax Park, College Way, Bath Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4TZ.

Given the circumstances, we'd expect this match to be manager Paul Sturrock's main opportunity to see the 'other' players that he has not used too much during his three League One matches, so in theory expect those who didn't get onto the pitch during Saturday's match at Swindon Town to form the main basis for Tuesday night's line-up.


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20 April 2015 : James Berrett Talks About The Swindon Town Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, James gives his views on the win and on the recent management changes at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Berrett Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Swindon.


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20 April 2015 : 2015 Football League Award Winners
Last night saw the Football League Awards for 2015 take place in London - their tenth such evening, celebrating the best of the league's seventy-two clubs. Once again The Brewery in Barbican - a converted 18th century building that now holds business conference events - was chosen to host the awards.

Yeovil Town's main interest was that first team coach Darren Way was one of 72 nominations for a new 'Club Hero' award, which they were invited to receive on the night. The list of winners were as follows:

Football League 2015 Awards Winners:

Overall Tokio Marine Club Hero Award : Brian Murphy (Birmingham City)

LFE Apprentice Of The Year League Two : Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year League One : George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year Championship : Lewis Cook (Leeds United)

PFA Player in the Community : Danny Shittu (Millwall)

Community Club Of The Year : Derby County (with other regional winners Blackburn Rovers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City).
Family Club Of The Year : Colchester United (Other divisional winners Stevenage and Brighton and Hove Albion)

Mitre Goal Of The Year : Joe Garner (Preston North End)

Sir Tom Finney Award : Kevin Phillips

Capital One Supporter Of The Year : Sarah Watts (Brighton and Hove Albion) (other divisional winners - Tracey Cole, Crawley Town and Greg Hill, Exeter City)

Young Player Of The Year : Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons)

Player Of The Year League Two : Danny Mayor (Bury)
Player Of The Year League One : Joe Garner (Preston North End)
Player Of The Year Championship : Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough)

Team of the Decade (with main team associated with Football League) : Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Angel Rangel (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City), Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion), Richie Lambert (Southampton), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers). Manager: Eddie Howe (Bournemouth).

Contribution To League Football : Major Frank Buckley.


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19 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Swindon Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Swindon Town kicked off at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul spoke about his side's defensive organisation, Swindon's tactics, Sam Foley's injury, and why Gozie Ugwu didn't make the starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Swindon.


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19 April 2015 : Sturrock Aiming To Work With 'Sensible Agents' For Summer Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he will work with 'sensible agents' who recognise the club's new financial limitations in League Two next season. The Glovers are likely to need to significantly rebuild their current squad after their second consecutive relegation was confirmed earlier this month, with only eight players left in contract at the end of the season, and with many of their recent star performers such as Joe Edwards and Sam Foley able to enter talks with rival clubs, should they choose to do so.

That is likely to lead to a large number of players coming and going, and thus a large number of conversations to be had with players agents. With some perhaps still thinking in terms of the budgets that Yeovil Town have worked to in the Championship and League One in recent years, Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he would only work with those agents that were prepared to be sensible about what the club could offer:

"There's a lot of sensible agents out there, I must admit, who appreciate you're in League Two, or whatever division that you're in. They categorise it, which is much better than the other ones who all decide their players are the best things since sliced bread and should be paid mega-bucks. Those type of players won't be coming to Yeovil. It will be the more thoughtful agents who are realists to their cause, who I'll take their players from. We have a budget here that we'll be sticking rigidly to."

Sturrock explained that he was already in talks with clubs and agents about potential recruits for the 2015-16 season and that would include loan recruits that could enhance the permanent squad members. Citing the likes of Fulham's Stephen Arthurworrey and the trio of Swansea City players the club currently have on their books as the sort of players the club needed, Sturrock said that he had been given leads for next season:

"I'm in negotiations with several clubs at this minute in time, and several agents, to try to bring that kind of standard of player to the football club. In the end we've got one more year (due to a delay in FIFA's rule change on loans) where we've got a benefit in kind as far as bringing players in on loan, and getting decent players in on loan. There are a couple of agents who have given me really good players in the past and I'm hopeful that the ones they're recommending at the minute when we bring them in will do a good job for us."

The manager warned that there was a strong need to ensure that the club did not follow the path that other clubs had taken in recent years, with clubs such as Grimsby Town, Wrexham and Lincoln City once proud Football League sides that had slid into the Conference league after suffering successive relegations. He said that there was a need for a reality check at the club to avoid that happening:

"I won't be splashing the cash. At the end of the day reality has to kick in at every football club that's had two relegations in two years. There's lots of them that have been out there - you just have to look in the Conference and see big name football clubs who just basically just wallowing in the Conference. So I think it's important that we appreciate that we keep our house in order, and at the same time build a strong squad of players here, who are progressing in the right direction for promotion."


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18 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Swindon Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Swindon Away Game.


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18 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Swindon Town at the County Ground, 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 Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.


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18 April 2015 : Sturrock Tactical Switch Helps Nullify Robins
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admitted that he changed his playing system today to make sure that his players snuffed out Swindon Town's expansive football at the County Ground today. The Glovers boss succeeded in his tactical gambit as a long range James Berrett effort won the match in the 58th minute, to significantly dent the home side's fading hopes of automatic promotion.

The match at times saw Yeovil having to soak up a lot of pressure by putting men behind the ball to block Swindon's waves of attacks, and speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he said that watching some of the Wiltshire side's performances in recent games convinced him that his side would not cope unless they concentrated on cutting out their method of through passes:

"I'm very pleased. We did a lot of work on the system and we probably took it a bit too far as far as the first half was concerned. But it was exactly what we were looking for. The counter-attacking in the second half was very very good and there were a lot of half chances that we should have done better with. I watched a tape of Swindon and they've got some exceptional players, and they play expansive football and open attractive football. That is very difficult to play against. If you give them room to see passes through you then you're going to have a lot of hard days. So I just decided to make sure that those passing avenues were closed down."

Having negated the Swindon attacks during the first period, Yeovil began to create their own counter-attacks, gradually reducing the pressure on their own goal. From that came James Berrett's 25 yard drive that won them the game, and despite a few nervy moments such as Josh Sheehan's clearance off the line, via his own crossbar, the Glovers managed to keep their second clean sheet running. Sturrock said that would be a big confidence boost for his players and for the fans:

"There are a lot of young boys in there, and when things are not going right then it can erode their confidence. I'm just trying to make sure that they appreciate that they are going to make mistakes and so far they have cut down on those mistakes. We rode our luck. We had five minutes where they had two clearances off the line during the five minutes after we scored. That's the usual thing with lack of concentration, and a couple of individuals position-wise. But we'll take the win, as it's a confidence booster for the players, and it's good for the fans as I don't think they've seen many victories away from Huish Park this season."


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18 April 2015 : Swindon 0 Yeovil 1 : Berrett Strike Seals Smash'n'Grab Win
Yeovil Town secured their first back-to-back wins in the Football League for 17 months as they frustrated promotion-chasing Swindon Town with a classic away day performance. The Glovers had to deal with an immense amount of pressure from their hosts, which included Ben Gladwin hitting the woodwork during the first half. But they soaked up those attacks and stunned the Robins just before the hour mark when James Berrett scored his first goal for the club since last summer's move from Carlisle United, firing from distance to upset a few more football accumulators for the second time in a week.

Paul Sturrock made two team changes and a formation change as part of his end of season rebuilding and experimenting as he looked to see who in his squad was up for the challenge of League Two football next season. Sam Foley had a hamstring injury and had to drop out of the squad, replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi. Meanwhile up front Joel Grant replaced Gozie Ugwu, who was rested. Nathan Ralph was drafted back onto the bench. Meanwhile there was a significant formation change - a 3-5-2 formation that saw Seth Nana Twumasi play as a holding midfielder in a 3-1-4-2 role.

For much of the first half, that formation was nearer to a 5-4-1 as both full-backs were forced deep and even Joel Grant tended to operate as an attacking midfielder, as Kieffer Moore was the only player to stay up when Swindon got possession. The home side's domination was an extreme for 40 minutes as the game became 'attackers vs defenders' resembling a training ground match, as if Sturrock was looking to test their mental strength and defensive resolution - something that has been so frail at times in recent months.

Wave upon wave of Swindon attacks forced Yeovil back on their heels. A Sam Ricketts free kick was saved by Artur Krysiak, then Jonathan Obika missed a gaping goal when he struck the ball into the side netting after Krysiak had been forced to his near post with the ball being put across the box. Obika headed wide, Ben Gladwin had a long range attempt deflected for a corner, and then the same midfielder - who had scored a hat-trick during midweek, saw his long range shot strike the goalpost with Krysiak well beaten.

The chances came and came as Nathan Byrne fired over the bar after Artur Krysiak had spilled a Ben Gladwin cross and then Jon Obika shot over from distance. Yet as the half closed out, it was Yeovil who began to put their own authority on the game, with Kieffer Moore's header well saved by Wes Foderingham. The pressure began to be relieved, and an air of frustration seemed to creep in from the home crowd that they weren't two or three goals up at the break.

The second period still saw Swindon as the dominant force, as Jonathan Obika opened up with a low shot that Artur Krysiak saved comfortably. But during the early stages at least, this wasn't the one-way traffic they'd enjoyed earlier on. Liam Shephard's cross skimmed across the face of the Robins goal, just begging for a touch from a Yeovil player, whilst a Stephen Kingsley run forced a corner that Seth Nana Twumasi couldn't quite connect with at the back post. Then Kieffer Moore had an effort blocked by a defender from just outside the box.

Just before the hour mark though, James Berrett struck gold. The midfielder came to Yeovil last summer with a reputation for being a dead ball specialist and a long range scorer, but Glovers fans have seen very little of that over the eight months that he has been with the club. On 58 minutes he finally showed what he is capable of - a 25 yard strike that Swindon didn't seem to be expecting at all, and Wes Foderingham couldn't save, and against the overall run of play, the Glovers were 1-0 up!

Inevitably, Swindon tried to immediately get themselves back into the match, introducing two quick substitutions in Yaser Kasim and Andy Williams. Just before the latter came on, Michael Smith's last action of the game was to almost force an equalising goal inside a crowded goalmouth, but he found Josh Sheehan on the goal line, whose clearance needed the help of the crossbar to stay out of the net.

Some outstanding defending saw Yeovil players in the wars as they blocked chances in a way they hadn't done for several months, with Byron Webster and Seth Nana Twumasi both taking shots in the part of the body that no gentleman wants to have to cope with with! But Swindon's attacks on goal gradually became more 'hopeful' than incisive, with Andy Williams and Massimo Luongo shooting from distance into Artur Krysiak's arms. At the other end, Yeovil could have even doubled their lead as Kieffer Moore and Joel Grant set up Josh Sheehan, only to see the Swansea player shoot wide.

During five minutes of injury time, Swindon had one last possibility to level the scores - a large shout for a penalty from the crowd after one of their players went down theatrically inside the box. Referee Jeremy Simpson, who had a tidy game overall, decided to not create any late drama, and as a consequence all three points went Yeovil's way. Three games, two wins, two clean sheets and although it will not matter one iota in Yeovil's end fate, it will go a long way towards convincing various parties that the players inside the squad are maybe not as bad as the last couple of months results have implied, and hopefully show that a few of them are worth taking into next season.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Swindon Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: James Berrett (0-1, 58 mins)

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham 2. Nathan Thompson 5. Jack Stephens 36. Sam Ricketts 3. Nathan Byrne 26. Anton Rodgers 4. Massimo Luongo 7. Ben Gladwin 15. Harry Toffolo 20. Jonathan Obika 9. Michael Smith

Substitutes:
8. Yaser Kasim (59 mins for Harry Toffolo) 10. Andy Williams (63 mins for Michael Smith) 14. John Swift (73 mins for Anton Rodgers) 18. George Barker 23. Jack Barthram 24. Jermaine Hylton 37. Cameron Belford

Yeovil Town: (3-1-4-2)
12. Artur Krysiak
27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi
32. Liam Shephard 30. Josh Sheehan 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
17. Joel Grant 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (86 mins for Joel Grant) 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 24. Craig Eastmond 25. Gozie Ugwu (86 mins for Kieffer Moore)

Swindon Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Kingsley (28 mins, foul).

Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Paul Rees (Somerset) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 8,490 (with 284 Yeovil supporters).


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18 April 2015 : Team News For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Swindon Town at the County Ground today. Midfielder Sam Foley has picked up a hamstring injury and so drops out of the squad, with his place in the side being taken by Joel Grant. There is also a second tactical change with Seth Nana Twumasi preferred to Gozie Ugwu - a late substitution on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Fergus Bell and left-sided Alex Smith sit out the match. Defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle), left-sided player Liam Davis (unspecified knock) and striker Adam Morgan (ankle) remain out through injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) is currently going through rehabilitation after his long term injury.

The team reads as follows (with possible tweaking of the exact formation to follow):

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 30. Josh Sheehan 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
17. Joel Grant 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph 24. Craig Eastmond 25. Gozie Ugwu


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18 April 2015 : Stewart Departs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart appears to have left the club. The rumourmill suggested the former AFC Bournemouth player had severed links with the Glovers during the week, following the change in management, and his absence from the travelling first team squad and coaching staff that headed to Swindon Town today appears to confirm this, with BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles indicating that he is absent at the County Ground.

Stewart arrived at the club in January 2011 and so has spent just over three year in South Somerset. He had been on the books of Welling United at the time of his arrival although was a registered Community Sports Trust coach with Bournemouth at the time. In addition to his coaching duties, Gareth also made a small number of first team appearances - six in total - as well as warming the substitutes bench on a larger number of occasions.

At present we don't know who made the decision - Stewart or new boss Paul Sturrock. There are currently unconfirmed rumours that Chris Weale is being lined up to become the club's new goalkeeping coach, but this has not been confirmed at this stage.


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18 April 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United : Man of the Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town played host to Sheffield United in a League One match at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-0 win with Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey given the final credit on a Byron Webster flick on, following a Sam Foley free kick that won the game.

Man of the match voting saw Stephen Arthurworrey pick up a sizeable amount of votes, with Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard also recognised for the way that he has started to come back into form. But the poll winner - for the fifth match running! - was midfielder Sam Foley, who was once again out in front by a considerable margin.

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

1. Sam Foley 324 (24)
2. Liam Shephard 200 (11)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 148 (5)
4. Kieffer Moore 114 (6)
5. Stephen Kingsley 62 (3)
6. Josh Sheehan 36 (2)
7. Byron Webster 24 (1)
8. Artur Krysiak 16 (0)
9. Nathan Smith 14 (1)
10. Gozie Ugwu 10 (0)
11. James Berrett 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.11
Performance : 7.25
Entertainment : 6.98
VOTES RECEIVED : 53


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18 April 2015 : Way Nominated For Club Hero Award
Yeovil Town first team coach Darren Way has been selected for a 'Club Hero Award' as part of the 2015 Football League Awards evening. The former midfielder has been recognised as one of 72 people nominated from each of the 72 Football League clubs for the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award, with each nomination also put forward for an overall winner at the League's awards evening, which takes place on Sunday evening.

The clubs have nominated a range of people throughout their organisation, from programme sellers, to club historians through to catering managers, with the league stating that the goal was to recognise either club loyalty or that of an unsung hero who works in a more low key manner than a manager or a chairman would. They explain:

"The award highlights the role played by staff at clubs throughout the League, whose work often goes unnoticed. All clubs were asked to nominate one member of staff to be recognised for their loyal and dedicated service off the pitch. Those selected cover a whole variety of roles showing the many different aspects of a professional football club, and include employees that have been involved with their club for over 10 years. Each of the 72 people nominated will receive a special commemorative glass plaque to mark their inclusion in the list. It is the first time that every one of the 72 Football League clubs will be honoured at the annual awards ceremony as part of a special way to mark the 10th year of the event."

The League will be broadcasting the Awards evening live via their YouTube channel, which will be streamed here. Other awards include the Sky Bet Players of the Year in each division, Family Club of the Year, Capital One Supporter of the Year, Johnstoneís Paint Community Club of the Year, PFA Player in the Community, Mitre Goal of the Year, LFE Apprentices of the Year and the Sir Tom Finney Award as well as a Team of the Decade, to recognise the 10th anniversary of the League awards evening.


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17 April 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Notts County : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Notts County in a League One fixture. This was a rather bittersweet day - on the one hand we welcomed Paul Sturrock for his first game in charge, but on the other hand it was the day the club's relegation to League Two was confirmed. The end result was a 1-1 draw, with an own goal from Haydn Hollis giving us an early lead until Garry Thompson's second half equaliser confirmed our divisional fate.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak praised for his performance between the sticks during the day, whilst Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard picked up a large number of votes. The poll winner - and by a considerable distance - was once again Sam Foley - the fourth match in a row in which Glovers fans have put him down as Yeovil's best player on the pitch.

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

1. Sam Foley 302 (24)
2. Liam Shephard 110 (6)
3. Artur Krysiak 74 (2)
4. Stephen Kingsley 68 (5)
5. James Hayter 68 (3)
6. Stephen Arthurworrey 66 (4)
7. Nathan Smith 38 (1)
8. Kieffer Moore 32 (1)
9. Gozie Ugwu 26 (0)
10. Josh Sheehan 16 (1)
11. Byron Webster 12 (0)
12. James Berrett 10 (0)
13. Joel Grant 2 (0)
14. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.53
Performance : 5.62
Entertainment : 5.45
VOTES RECEIVED : 47


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17 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Swindon Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Swindon Town at the Country Ground, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul talks about his opponents, his first seven days at the club, and some thoughts on individual players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon Town.


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17 April 2015 : Kingsley Staying Put For Now
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Stephen Kingsley will remain at Huish Park after his parent club decided against recalling him. Premier League side Swansea City had run into a mini full-back crisis for this weekend, after Neil Taylor (suspension) and (injury) left them with only Angel Rangel as a first choice option, with no obvious back-up within their squad.

Despite that, Swansea boss Garry Monk has told BBC Sport that he is going to work with what he's got, and suggested that Kingsley was still a little short of being ready to take the Premier League plunge at this stage:

"I feel we have enough in the squad. We have a couple of things we've worked on this week to hopefully combat that. He's (Kingsley) still a little bit short in terms of being ready for the Premier League but he's working very well. Jazz (Richards) is the same. I felt he needed to go out on loan (at Fulham), get some relevant experience and I don't want to disrupt that."

So far, Kingsley has made ten appearances for the Glovers, operating in a variety of left-sided positions, with his more recent games seeing him play as a left-winger for the club.


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17 April 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make one of their shorter away trips as they head to Wiltshire to play Swindon Town. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide has been updated where you will find ticketing, travel, a pub guide, statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.


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16 April 2015 : Sturrock Expecting To See More Of Kieffer Up Front
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he will look to use Kieffer Moore mainly as a striker in the future. The 22 year old has had a slightly more varied role in the squad this season, after former boss Gary Johnson successfully converted him into a temporary centre-half, following a four game suspension picked up by Ben Nugent in January, leading to talk about where the player's long term career lies.

For now it appears that Kieffer's future lies up front. Sturrock recalled him to the starting line-up for Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Sheffield United - his first start for the club in a month, having disappeared down the pecking order during Terry Skiverton's final five games in charge. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Sturrock stressed that Moore's time as a centre-half could only be regarded as a 'taster' session for him, and that the player had indicated a strong preference to him about where he wanted to play career-wise:

"You've got to remember that was a taste of Kieffer playing at centre-half, and that's why he's back at centre-forward. Kieffer has done well at the back as a covering defender, and I asked the boy what position he wanted to play, and he wants to play as a centre-forward. I'm quite happy about that. He's got a lot to learn, and he looks very novicey to me. I think that's cost him dear with the crowd, and he's become a little bit disenchanted at times. You've got to win that crowd back, and with hard-working committed performances like he had the other night, it won't be that long before he's back in favour."

One of the other issues on the horizon is the question of how much summer shopping Sturrock will have to - or want to - do, once the 2014-15 season ends. The new boss has only got eight players left in contract this summer, with the remaining players on the payroll all having deals that end on June 30th, or being loan players that will return to their parent clubs. He explained though that this was one of the first tasks that he centred in on when he joined the club, although was reluctant to highlight any individual players who he might be talking to:

"I started that (contract talks) very quickly on the day that I got here. There's been negotiations with several players at this minute of time, and staff. But that will be another story for another day. Winning is what it's all about. That's what the essence of football is. If you want to win a football game you've got to score goals and beat the opposition. So that's the job, and I'm very pleased that we've had a positive start. The players have responded brilliantly to what I was looking for. Tactically they've taken in the information that I've given them, and we've got a draw and a win, which I was very pleased about."

In terms of Saturday's trip to Swindon Town, the Yeovil boss is not expecting any major changes - positively or negatively - to the club's injury list, and so will almost certainly choose from the range of players available to him prior to Tuesday night's match against Sheffield United.


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16 April 2015 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 18th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. at the County Ground. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Mr Simpson was promoted to the Football League's refereeing ranks during the summer of 2012 and as a result we've only had him three times as a man in the middle. He was previously part of the officials list for a November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town and a September 2010 League One game against Huddersfield Town.

The first time he took charge of a Yeovil game was for the April 2013 match between Johnson Snr and Johnson Jnr, as Oldham Athletic beat us 1-0 at Boundary Park. Overall his performance was fairly sensible, even if a flurry of late yellow cards meant that he waved a somewhat top-heavy seven of them. He denied Oldham a first half penalty that fell into the 'seen them given' sort of category, but showed some common sense when Lee Johnson forgot he was a manager and not a player - stepping out of his technical area to catch a ball before it went out of play. Mr Simpson decided to opt for a dropball rather than to remove Lee from the dugout.

We then had him in January 2014 for the utterly heart-breaking 3-2 defeat against Derby County at the Pride Park Stadium, where we went 2-0 up, only to concede deep into second half injury time. We'll have a slight green-tinted grumble about the fact that the winning goal was scored after the signalled number of minutes had passed, but are mindful that it is a 'minimum' amount of time to be added on - in truth Mr Simpson couldn't really be faulted for his actions that night - we just needed him to blow up 30 seconds earlier than he did!

Most recently, he was present for the August 2014 League One fixture against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Overall his handling of the game was reasonable, although like the Oldham match he was very top-heavy on yellow cards towards the end of the match - a booking-free first half saw six players carded during the second, with half of those during the final 12 minutes. We had a bit of a quibble about where he got six minutes of second half injury time from, given that there'd only been four substitutions and no significant injuries or delays. Thankfully we kept our 2-1 win.

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Paul Rees (Somerset) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: August 2014 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2014 : Derby County 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2013 : Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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16 April 2015 : Skiverton And Way In Negotiations For New Deals
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that his coaching assistants are being offered new contracts at the club beyond the end of this season. The duo of Terry Skiverton and Darren Way had been in charge of first team matters for the thirteen games prior to the new boss's arrival and have been retained beyond that, with both Sturrock and Chairman John Fry indicating during the opening press conference that they would become a permanent part of the new management team.

Both have contracts at expire on June 30th, albeit with rolling notice periods attached to that, meaning that in practice they now have a rolling six month contract that they are working to. Skiverton indicated at a recent fans meeting held prior to Sturrock's arrival that the board were discussing a future deal with him. Sturrock has now told the Western Gazette that from his point of view that is happening, and that the matter needs to be resolved by the day the club play Milton Keynes Dons in just over two weeks time:

"The backroom staff decision making will come very quickly for the simple reason that we have to have a management team in place by the last kick of the ball this season so all departments are properly sorted out and ready for the challenge of next year. We're in negotiations with Terry and Darren at the moment and we hope to get it sorted out very quickly. I want people who have got Yeovil at heart and are committed to the cause and the two of them look very competent and everything I've seen I'm pleased with."


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15 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Sheffield United Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Sheffield United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about Kieffer Moore's return to the side, his thoughts on why the players still need to impress in their final few games, and also views on media speculation concerning a recall for Swansea City left-back Stephen Kingsley. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Sheffield United.


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15 April 2015 : Yeovil 1 Sheffield United 0 : Blades Blunted By Sturrock's First Win
New Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock picked up the first win of his reign at Huish Park last night, as his side dented the play-off ambitions of Sheffield United. A single goal midway through the second half saw a Sam Foley free kick flicked on by Byron Webster, and Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey was able to convert from close range to give the Glovers a lead that they never relinquished. Both sides contributed equally in a tight game, but the three points and most importantly the club's first clean sheet since January 24th, gives some signs of a turnaround from the club's recent form as Sturrock attempts to create a new atmosphere within the club for next season.

Despite hinting that he'd be using Yeovil's last four games to rotate his squad and see more players, Paul Sturrock's second team selection saw only small tweaks, with Kieffer Moore coming in for James Hayter, whilst Josh Sheehan was introduced for Joel Grant. The more subtle change was that the 4-4-2 was closer to a 4-3-1-2, with Sheehan encouraged to act as a more forward-thinking midfielder, with the other three spread across behind him.

The first half was one of few chances, even if Yeovil Town created some bright passages of play during that period. Kieffer Moore's shot was blocked for a corner, whilst a strong run from Sam Foley through the heart of the Blades midfield saw him release Gozie Ugwu, with a defender's body again getting in the way of the ball for a corner. Then Moore had another attempt from distance that deflected off a defender, allowing Mark Howard to gather the ball with the sting taken off the shot.

Sheffield United took a while to grow into the game, and it actually came via misfortune as they suffered two first half injuries that forced them into change. In particular Jamie Murphy came on as a left-winger. Just after Jason Holt had fired wide, Murphy's run down the flank saw him beat Liam Shephard, only for his cross seeing Paul Coutts send his attempt inside the box well over the bar. Just before the half time whistle blew, former Glover Craig Alcock was introduced as Sheffield United's second substitution, to a warm round of applause, and there was a feeling that the visitors were just starting to find their feet in the game. Neither side had worried the goalkeepers too much though.

The second half opened with more of the same, with Stephen Kingsley's long range effort, being followed up by another strike on goal that went much wider of the target than his first. Then Kieffer Moore came inches away from scoring as he almost converted Kingsley's back post header, with a defender hacking the loose ball away.

Midway through the second period though, Yeovil got the goal they needed, to get their noses in front. Once again Sam Foley was the goal creator, as his free kick into the box was flicked on by Byron Webster. Goalkeeper Mark Howard seemed to lose sight of the ball in the crowded goalmouth, and Stephen Arthurworrey was credited by both tannoy announcer and Press Association as having got the final touch, even though Byron's celebrations suggested he was staking a claim for the goal.

Inevitably, with Sheffield United needing the points to stay in play-off contention, they threw men forward in the closing stages. Jamie Murphy fired over the bar, and then got his side's big chance of the night as he lobbed the ball past Artur Krysiak towards the back of the net. Stephen Arthurworrey was on the defensive goal line this time though, and managed to get a foot to it as a Blades attacker ended up wrapped up in the back of the net, in his attempts to claim the loose ball.

Seth Nana Twumasi was brought on for Gozie Ugwu during the closing stages, in a clear attempt to provide an extra defensive option, as the Blades introduced Jose Baxter as a late substitution, throwing men forward in numbers. But the Glovers played it out well, even frustrating their opponents as they took a number of short corners during three minutes of injury time, eating up plenty of time as the ball kept pinging out of play for another set piece. For the victory, for the clean sheet, and for and end to the club's run of just one point in their last seven fixtures, this was a welcome tonic. It may not alter Yeovil Town's destination for the 2015-16 season, but if Paul Sturrock can pull off one or two other scorelines like that in the three remaining games, things may look a little brighter by the time we reach the summer.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.

Scorers: Stephen Arthurworrey (67 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (86 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 24. Craig Eastmond

Sheffield United:
1. Mark Howard
7. Ryan Flynn 5. John Brayford 6. Chris Basham 26. Kieron Freeman
14. Matt Done 8. Michael Doyle 18. Paul Coutts 10. Stefan Scougall
35. Jason Holt 32. Steve Davies

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock (45 mins for Ryan Flynn) 9. Jamie Murphy (40 mins for Steve Davies) 11. Jose Baxter (73 mins for Stefan Scougall) 12. Marc McNulty 16. Ben Davies 17. Harrison McGahey 24. Iain Turner

Yeovil Bookings: Josh Sheehan (90 mins, timewasting)

Sheffield United Bookings: Jamie Murphy (76 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,841 (with 536 Sheffield United supporters).


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15 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Sheffield United Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Sheffield United Home Game.


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15 April 2015 : Glovers Launch Trials For New EPPP Academy
Yeovil Town have confirmed their plans to launch a new youth academy for the 2015-16 season. The Glovers will be running a system based on an Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category Three set-up. They plan to run teams from Under-9 level to Under-18 level. These year streams will compete against other EPPP academies in matches in much the same way that the club's former Centre of Excellence did, as well as receiving formalised training and education as part of their registration.

According to the Western Morning News the club are requesting players to put themselves forward as trialists for each age group, and are looking for those currently in Year Three to Year Eleven at school this year - i.e. those in their third year of primary school rising up to those in their final year of GCSEs. Each prospective player will need to take part in trials and subsequently be able to perform within an elite environment as part of the EPPP programme. The closing date for applications will be May 5th, with trials set to start later this month.

To make contact with the club, contact Jamie Harrison on 01935-847880 or email him on academy@ytfc.net for more information.


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14 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
If you watched Tuesday night's home match against Sheffield United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 April 2015 : Sturrock Delighted After First Win Secured Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock praised his whole team as he said he was 'delighted' by the first win gained under his management. The Glovers boss secured a 1-0 win over promotion chasing Sheffield United at Huish Park tonight, as a second half goal, currently credited to Stephen Arthurworrey divided the two teams, giving Sturrock a win and a draw in his first two matches for the club.

In a tight gritty game against the Blades, that saw defences on top throughout the 90 minutes, both teams struggled to carve out serious chances from open play, but unlike recent games where the Glovers have had a habit of falling apart at some stage during the match, they stood firm, gaining their first clean sheet since January 24th's 0-0 draw against Coventry City. Speaking after the match to BBC Somerset, Sturrock said he was pleased with the way his players had thought about what they were doing during the match:

"I'm delighted. The players showed a great attitude and workrate but they also showed a thoughtfulness in their game. They tried to work hard at the shape that we attempted to play. I was very pleased with Kieffer tonight. He got himself about, and he ran the channels. The two of them worked hard and tried to get it together. There's a lot of work to be done with them but we do forget that one is 20 and the other one is 21. I thought the midfield three, along with the boy Sheehan did very well, but the back four in the last two games has been quite solid. The two teams that we've played haven't really created a lot of chances. So I was very happy just with the general display."

The goal itself may need a proper video review, with Sam Foley's set piece being flicked on towards goal by Byron Webster. A close-range scramble saw Stephen Arthurworrey given the goal over the tannoy and by the Press Association, although his centre-back partner appeared to be claiming it in the goal celebrations. Either way, Sturrock pointed out that his past teams had been strong with set pieces and he hoped that was a pattern he could maintain with Yeovil Town:

"We've been working tirelessly with that. We've scored an unbelievable amount of goals from set pieces with most of my teams, and I'd like to think that we'll carry that on. We carried it on tonight, so I'm very pleased. I was saying to Stephen (Arthurworrey) before the game that I thought there was a goal in him. It didn't even hit the net, but in the end they all count. The two of them (with Byron Webster) are strong players. They're quick and they're strong, and in an attacking sense they give you a bit of height in there, but then our two front men are big boys as well, so I think if you keep concentrating on set pieces, we'll get a lot of joy."


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14 April 2015 : Yeovil 1 Sheffield United 0 : Match Statistics
New Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock picked up the first win of his reign at Huish Park, as his side dented the play-off ambitions of Sheffield United. A single goal midway through the second half saw a Sam Foley free kick flicked on by Byron Webster, and Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey was able to convert from close range to give the Glovers a lead that they never relinquished. Both sides contributed equally in a tight game, but the three points and most importantly the club's first clean sheet since January 24th, gives some signs of a turnaround from the club's recent form as Sturrock attempts to create a new atmosphere within the club for next season.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.

Scorers: Stephen Arthurworrey (67 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (86 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 24. Craig Eastmond

Sheffield United:
1. Mark Howard
7. Ryan Flynn 5. John Brayford 6. Chris Basham 26. Kieron Freeman
14. Matt Done 8. Michael Doyle 18. Paul Coutts 10. Stefan Scougall
35. Jason Holt 32. Steve Davies

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock (45 mins for Ryan Flynn) 9. Jamie Murphy (40 mins for Steve Davies) 11. Jose Baxter (73 mins for Stefan Scougall) 12. Marc McNulty 16. Ben Davies 17. Harrison McGahey 24. Iain Turner

Yeovil Bookings: Josh Sheehan (90 mins, timewasting)

Sheffield United Bookings: Jamie Murphy (76 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,841 (with 536 Sheffield United supporters).


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14 April 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Sheffield United at Huish Park today. In what is manager Paul Sturrock's second game in charge, and the first since the club's relegation to League Two was confirmed, he has opted to draft in Kieffer Moore in the place of James Hayter up front, whilst Josh Sheehan comes in for Joel Grant. Both players dropping out sit on the bench. There is one change on the bench, with Craig Eastmond coming into the squad.

Midfielder Fergus Bell, left-sided Alex Smith and left-sided Nathan Ralph sit out the match. Defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle), left-sided player Liam Davis (unspecified knock) and striker Adam Morgan (ankle) remain out through injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) is currently going through rehabilitation after his long term injury.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 24. Craig Eastmond


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14 April 2015 : Joel Grant Gutted At Glovers Relegation
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant admits that he is gutted to have been part of the squad that will suffer relegation from League One at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Jamaican international joined the club two years ago, just after they rose into the Championship division, but has seen the Glovers drop a division in both of the seasons he has played in, pushing him back down to the League Two level he was at when the Glovers decided to take him on a free transfer from Wycombe Wanderers.

Grant felt that a number of the club's results could easily have gone in another direction, with the club often struggling to find the target earlier in the season, in games they had been dominating. The 27 year old said that the players would try to keep going and win some matches before the season ended but admitted this was not the end he had wanted:

"I am gutted, but I have to make best of the situation. I felt in a number of the games we were unfortunate to get some results. Many of the losses, could have been draws and some of the draws could have been wins. It is a hard one to take in for me. It is clear the players love this club, so we will still go out there and play for pride and hopefully pick up a win or two for the fans. The fans have done well to come out and support us, so we owe them something before the end of May."

Grant is one of a large number of players who are out of contract at the end of the current season, whose future will need to be decided by new manager Paul Sturrock. This season so far, he has made just 13 starts and six substitute appearances - a statistic caused by two major injuries this season, combined with him having made ten international appearances for Jamaica over the last eleven months. He is expected to be called up to two separate tournaments with his country this summer, meaning that whichever club signs him up will almost certainly lose him for part of their 2015-16 pre-season schedule.


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14 April 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Sheffield United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th April 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). This official is relatively new to the scene, having only been promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012. As such we've only had him three times as a referee.

The first was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

We then had him for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.


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14 April 2015 : Sturrock Plans To Rotate To Give Full Squad Opportunity To Impress
Yeovil Town first team manager Paul Sturrock has said that more or less everyone in his squad will get a chance to impress him between now and the end of the 2014-15 season. The 58 year old has only taken charge of one match since taking over last Thursday, and inherits a squad that are now consigned to League Two football for the 2015-16 season. As such, the final four matches of the season, including tonight's home match against Sheffield United, become matches with next season in mind as the new man sees how his players cope with new tactics, new ideas and perhaps a less pressurising environment.

Sturrock told BBC Somerset that the remaining matches were all about him trying to sift through the squad and dividing them into categories. Although he is unlikely to see Simon Gillett (knee), Jakub Sokolik (knee) and Kevin Dawson (hip), and may not see Adam Morgan (ankle) or Joe Edwards (ankle) for a while, he should get a chance to rotate his squad a bit during those matches. He outlined his philosophy for that quartet of games:

"To assess the squad obviously, and to decide which ones I would like to keep, and which ones I would like to negotiate with to keep. I think that's vitally important. The quicker we know the ones that are not going to jump off the sinking ship, the better. Then with the ones that I don't want to keep for next season, then basically I can only do that by having a look at them in game conditions. Everybody in the squad, near enough, will get an opportunity. Then it will be up to them."

Sturrock said that he was relatively happy with what he'd seen so far, recognising that what he had taken over was a team on a six game losing run, that had conceded 17 goals during that period, scoring just three times. As a result, the 1-1 draw he saw gave him a few positive signs, although he stressed that it would need time to convert a team with low confidence levels into a side that would do exactly what he wanted them to do:

"I think there were some good performances. Notts County are a good possession side. So it's always difficult when you're lacking confidence and you're shipping goals like they've beeing, to go out and suddenly play free-flowing football. That's going to take a bit of time. At the end of the day I am happy that we created a few chances ourselves. I will hopefully map out my thoughts on how we're going to move forward. We need to be positive in our approach, and make sure the players are ready for the challenge next year."


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13 April 2015 : 2015-16 Season Ticket Prices Published
Yeovil Town have published their Season Ticket Prices for the 2015-16 Season. The offer will see the club play League Two football next season, and as a consequence prices have been lowered with that in mind. There is a new 'early bird' deadline set this year - as usual the club have set two different sets of prices with those purchasing before the deadline getting lower tariffs. To take advantage of this you must purchase by May 15th 2015.

As with last season, the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) is split into three sections, with Premium, Centre and Wing categories. The Premium category represents what was previously designated as Vice Presidents seating. Those who choose Block D, closest to the two dugout areas will be classed as Premium seating, whilst Blocks C and E will be Centre seats. Blocks AA, A, B, F, G and GG will be Wing Seats. There will be no concessions available in Premium Seats.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by May 15th 2015 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £415 £415 £415 £415
Tamburino Stand Centre £351 £306 £198 £39
Tamburino Stand Wings £321 £275 £198 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £336 £275 £198 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings £306 £244 £198 £39
Thatchers Terrace £269 £216 £187 £39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased from May 16th 2015 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £458 £458 £458 £458
Tamburino Stand Centre £393 £342 £222 £62
Tamburino Stand Wings £359 £307 £222 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £376 £307 £222 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings £342 £273 £222 £62
Thatchers Terrace £305 £243 £210 £62

The small print on the ticket purchasing is as follows:
a) Young Persons are 16 - 21 years old inclusive on July 31st 2015
b) Juniors must be aged 15 years or younger on July 31st 2015. Includes Junior Glovers Membership
c) Disabled supporters can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance (to be shown on application).
d) Under-5s can go free if they are a member of the Junior Glovers - cost is £16.00.
e) Seniors must be aged 65 or over on July 31st 2015.
f) There are no concessions available in the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) Premium section.

As before, there is an optional monthly payment plan available via Zebra Finance. This will cost you more but will allow you to spread payments. As usual with such things there will be a credit assessment needed and various terms and conditions attached, as per any high street finance agreement.

For 2015-16 matchday admission pricing, see the earlier article. For an application form, click the link below (note file size is 9.9Mb and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.

Link: 2015-16 Matchday Admission Prices.


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13 April 2015 : 2015-16 Matchday Admission Prices Published
Yeovil Town have published their matchday admission prices for the 2015-16 season. Prices have been reduced in line with the club's relegation into League Two. Note the prices below are the matchday rates - other rates will follow in due course.

In addition Season Ticket prices have also been published. See the price sheet linked at the foot of this article (although be aware that this is a 9.9Mb download and so you may want to wait until you're in range of good wifi). Alternatively a basic web page version can be found here. Matchday admission prices are as follows:

Matchday Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £32.00 £32.00 £32.00 £32.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £25.00 £22.00 £16.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £23.00 £20.00 £16.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £16.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £8.00

NOTE: With the exception of the Tamburino Premium/Centre and Screwfix Centre blocks, the Junior admissions drop to £6.00 if they are purchased at the same time as a full paying adult ticket.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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13 April 2015 : Swansea Mulling Over Kingsley Loan Recall
Yeovil Town are at risk of losing Swansea City loanee Stephen Kingsley due to injury and suspension issues at his parent club. The Premier League side are entitled to recall any of their three current players, as they have gone beyond the standard 28 day loan rule, which allows short term and youth loans to be recalled by their parent clubs at 24 hour notice.

The BBC Sport website indicates that Swansea have lost Kyle Naughton for the remainder of the 2014-15 season due to injury, whilst Neil Taylor has picked up a suspension for two matches after he reached his 10th booking of the season. They do have Dwight Tiendalli out on loan at Middlesbrough but as he is on a long term loan deal, he cannot be recalled, leaving Angel Rangel as their only fit full-back.

As a result, Swansea's options are to recall Kingsley from Yeovil - where he has made nine appearances, and put in a number of impressive performances at left-back, left wing-back and more recently at left-wing. Their alternative is to take back Jazz Richards from Fulham, but he missed their match on the weekend through injury, and will only return to training at Craven Cottage this week. Boss Garry Monk has said that he needs to make a decision as they have been left thin on the ground:

"We will miss Neil (Taylor). It's an area we needed to strengthen, so we don't have the greatest cover in that position, but I'm sure we'll come up with something."


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13 April 2015 : John Fry Talks About The Club's 2014-15 Season
On Saturday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry appeared live on BBC Somerset to talk about the club's 2014-15 season. In a wide ranging interview, John talked to Saturday Sport presenter Geoff Twentyman about a number of topics, including why the current season has ended in relegation, the club's financial restrictions, his expectations in terms of the club's future including new manager Paul Sturrock, the role of club owner Norman Hayward and his views on outside investment from other parties.

This is quite a long interview, so you may wish to pour yourself a drink first!

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's 2014-15 Season So Far.


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12 April 2015 : Sam Foley Talks About The Notts County Draw And Relegation
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Sam talks about relegation from League One and his own future at the club.

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Notts County.


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12 April 2015 : Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Easter Monday, Yeovil Town travelled up the M6 to play Fleetwood Town in a League One fixture at the Highbury Stadium. The end result was a woeful 4-0 defeat, with the game sealed in the opening stages, as David Ball scored twice, and Jamie Proctor grabbed a third with only half an hour on the clock. A late goal for Ashley Hunter merely increased Yeovil's defensive woes as we were deservedly beaten.

Man of the Match voting was distinctly one-sided. Although Joel Grant and Stephen Kingsley picked up a number of residual votes as left-winger and left-back respectively, the poll winner by a large distance was Sam Foley, who has been coming out on top in most matches over the past month. It's worth noting that for the second game this season (the other was Leyton Orient away), the number of 'no player chosen' votes would have reached second place if they'd been included in the final statistics.

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

1. Sam Foley 104 (9)
2. Stephen Kingsley 36 (0)
3. Joel Grant 28 (2)
4. James Hayter 18 (1)
5. Josh Sheehan 6 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.77
Performance : 2.92
Entertainment : 4.62
VOTES RECEIVED : 13


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11 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home League One match against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for the BBC, Paul's thoughts on relegation and his first game in charge, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game.


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11 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Notts County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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11 April 2015 : Sturrock Targets A Positive Upturn After 'Inevitable' Relegation
Yeovil Town's new first team manager admitted that relegation to League Two was 'inevitable' today, although is already planning for a more positive season next year. The 58 year old took charge of his first game this afternoon, and stopped a six match losing run with a 1-1 draw against Notts County, helped by an opening goal that saw a Sam Foley free kick inadvertently headed home by County defender Haydn Hollis. That gave the Glovers a chance of a win, but with the Magpies also needing wins to stop their own slide into fourth tier football, a Garry Thompson header eleven minutes from time guaranteed relegation.

Sturrock has not been responsible for the club's first 41 matches in League One, and so was unfortunate to be the man holding the reins when the drop was finally confirmed. But he told BBC Somerset that he knew when he took over that this was on the cards, and was more concerned with trying to plan for next season, whilst trying to turn around the current poor form that has seen the club slide:

"It's obviously disappointing, but 'inevitable' I think is the right word. We need to pick ourselves up. I've got an assessment to be made of the squad over the next four games. It's happened so quickly as games have been thrown upon us. We've had to get on the training ground and get things worked on. I'm looking forward to the challenge, and it's a big challenge to put my squad together, which will happen over the close season, and we'll take it from there. The fans are the people that pay their money and support the team. My job is to put a nice taste in their mouths in maybe a couple of results before the end of the season. Then we can maybe look forward to a more positive season next year."

In terms of the match itself, the Glovers dominated the first half, but the second half introduction of Jamal Campbell-Ryce for Notts County began to even the game up. However, all three points could have been sealed when James Hayter struck the crossbar deep into the second half. Merely a couple of minutes later, Thompson's equalising goal levelled the scores, and Sturrock felt that was the key turning point:

"I thought the commitment and attitude was excellent. That's what you want as a manager. It was difficult conditions, as it was very bouncy and dry and there were a lot of fouls and stoppages. They obviously had the percentage of possession, but they've got some quality veterans in that team. But I did feel that we probably had the better chances of the game. With the boy Hayter, it's sods law that he hits the bar, but then two minutes later they go down the park and get the equaliser. This is a team that's taken a lot of lows over the course of the season, and they've had their confidence eroded. But today until they lost the goal, I thought they worked very hard, kept their shape, tried to do the things that I asked them to do, and so I've got to be pleased for the first game."


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11 April 2015 : Yeovil 1 Notts County 1 : Draw Sees Relegation Confirmed For Glovers
Yeovil Town's relegation to League Two was confirmed this afternoon, despite Paul Sturrock's first game in charge helping them break their six game losing run. The Glovers were the better side in the first half and deserved their lead, even if they needed the help of County defender Hadyn Hollis whose diving header 10 minutes into the game converted Sam Foley's free kick into his own net. The half time introduction of Jamal Campbell-Ryce livened up the Magpies, who are in danger of joining the Glovers in fourth tier football, and although James Hayter hit the crossbar, it was Campbell-Ryce's cross that allowed Garry Thompson the chance to head home and guarantee Yeovil's second relegation in two seasons when the final whistle blew.

Paul Sturrock's first game in charge saw him not tweak too much from his predecessor on the surface of it. Two changes from the side that got taken apart at Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday saw Nathan Smith restored to the starting line-up along with James Berrett, whilst Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan and Seth Nana Twumasi were the two swapped to the bench. A flat 4-4-2 was used - indeed the only surprise was to see Chris Weale finally back on the bench following his five month lay-off with a broken foot sustained during a loan spell with Burton Albion last year.

A quiet start to the match was broken through a familiar free kick taker and a not so familiar goalscorer. Sam Foley has provided the main bulk of the club's assists this season, but when he put a 10th minute free kick into the box, Notts County defender Haydn Hollis had one of those moments. Under little pressure around the six yard line, he opted for a diving header to take it out for a corner, but instead planted the ball straight past his keeper and into the bottom right hand corner. Yeovil haven't had much luck this season, but that was certainly a helping hand for them.

Notts County played the ball around nicely during the first half, dominating possession, but with very little output once they got near the final third, with Artur Krysiak a spectator. Instead Haydn Hollis seemed to be trying to set Yeovil up for a further goal when his weak backpass let in James Hayter, with Roy Carroll sparing his blushes by beating Hayts to the ball. A Hayter cross set up Stephen Kingsley whose shot was again denied by Carroll, whilst the experienced keeper saved his best 39 minutes into the match when he anticipated the outcome of a Sam Foley cross, getting a palm to a Gozie Ugwu header and turning the ball over for a corner.

The visitors were generally poor during the opening 45 minutes, with only two Jimmy Spencer efforts close to the break causing some concerns - one saved at his feet by Artur Krysiak before he could really pull the trigger, whilst another went wide after the midfield failed to close down his run. So with the Magpies needing the points just as much as Yeovil did, a half time double substitution was no surprise, as Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Blair Adams were introduced - both on their left flank in an attempt to reorganise things.

Yeovil initially looked the better team still, as James Hayter had a shot saved, whilst Gozie Ugwu's break through saw him fire wide of the target. But eventually County began to exert some of their own pressure - Jimmy Spencer's header went straight at Artur Krysiak, and then a third substitute in Graham Burke shot from distance, forcing Krysiak into a strong diving save.

With 19 minutes remaining, Yeovil could have easily sealed all three points, after Joel Grant put James Hayter through on goal. His shot beat Roy Carroll but couldn't beat the crossbar, as the ball rebounded off the goal frame, and that was to prove costly. Jamal Campbell-Ryce had been easily County's most effective player during the second half, and probably the best player on the pitch after the break, and his 79th minute cross was headed home by Garry Thompson for the equaliser. 1-1 and that meant Yeovil Town were on their way out of League One.

The final ten minutes were a bit scrappy, with both Byron Webster and Stephen Arthurworrey showing their frustration with quick bookings, and with referee Darren Drysdale in a fussy mood with free kicks and stoppages throughout, the worry was that the game might boil over. Graham Burke threatened to win the game for Notts County but found his shot blocked by Liam Shephard, but at the other end substitute Kieffer Moore could have done the same after he was put through by Seth Nana Twumasi - his shot went wide. For the first 60-70 minutes, the Glovers play had been quite solid, but tiring legs, and the inevitable little jolt in their momentum and morale when the equaliser went in affected what they were doing. In the end as Paul Sturrock said post-match, relegation was inevitable and has been on the cards for the last month or two. Now is the time to rebuild and hope that the club can recover from a double relegation quickly.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.

Scorers: Haydn Hollis (1-0, 10 mins, own goal), Garry Thompson (1-1, 79 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster (Capt) 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore (83 mins for James Hayter) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (89 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 16. Nathan Ralph 30. Josh Sheehan (83 mins for Joel Grant)

Notts County:
1. Roy Carroll
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 5. Hayden Mullins (Capt) 6. Haydn Hollis 12. Sean Newton
34. Jordan Williams
4. Alan Smith 13. Gary Jones
18. Paddy McCourt
11. Garry Thompson 9. Jimmy Spencer

Substitutes:
3. Blair Adams (46 mins for Sean Newton) 8. Nicky Wroe 24. Graham Burke (61 mins for Paddy McCourt) 27. Balint Bajner 28. Mike Edwards 32. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (46 mins for Haydn Hollis) 35. Kevin Pilkington

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 67 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 80 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 82 mins)

Notts County Bookings: Graham Burke (foul, 64 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 19.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,947 (with 348 Notts County supporters).


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11 April 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Notts County at Huish Park today. In new manager Paul Sturrock's first game in charge, he has dropped Seth Nana Twumasi and Josh Sheehan to the bench, and recalled James Berrett and Nathan Smith. On the bench, Chris Weale makes his return to the club after a long lay-off with a broken foot.

Midfielder Fergus Bell, left-sided Alex Smith and midfielder Craig Eastmond sit out the match. Defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Club captain Joe Edwards is still missing with an ankle injury that was aggravated at Colchester. Left-sided player Liam Davis (unspecified knock) and striker Adam Morgan (ankle) remain out through injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 30. Josh Sheehan


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11 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Questions And Answers
On Thursday, new first team manager Paul Sturrock was unveiled by Yeovil Town to start a new era. At his press conference he answered a series of questions from the media. Captured below is the full set of questions and answers, that hopefully give an idea of his plans for the club. Read them via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The Press At His Opening Press Conference.


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10 April 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Match officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 11th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, but meetings have thinned out radically over recent times - just three matches over the last seven years. All three of those games have seen him have decent games. The February 2014 home match against Doncaster Rovers saw us win 1-0, with no bookings for Glovers players. Prior to that he took charge of the first match of Gary Johnson's second spell with the club (sort of) as he watched the team that had been selected by Terry Skiverton the day before lose 4-0, in a game where we are significantly outclassed. Before that was the August 2011 away match at Walsall, and we barely noticed him on the day - just one late booking each for both sides and nothing too messy otherwise.

You then have to go back three years to the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time. Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

In our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One, referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card. The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers earlier that season, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty. OK, we're wearing green-tinted spectacles, but it was an awful blunder and had everything to do with a referee needing to give a match-changing decision in the final seconds of a game right in front of the home end of the stadium. He needed to be stronger and wasn't. A rookie back then, he's thankfully got better as the years have gone by.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2008 : Ciderspace Match Report: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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10 April 2015 : Dave Linney Talks About The New Management Appointment
Yesterday saw new first team manager Paul Sturrock take up his position at Huish Park, which has led to a large amount of media coverage around the club. This morning Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney appeared live on BBC Somerset to talk about the new appointment and the positive effects of that, and the more negative effects that relegation are likely to have on the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC After Paul Sturrock's Arrival At The Club.


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10 April 2015 : Interview With Paul Sturrock
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town unveil Paul Sturrock as their new first team manager. Shortly after the press conference, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin about his arrival at the club, his short term and long term ambitions for the Glovers, and tomorrow's game against Notts County. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Notts County.


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10 April 2015 : John Fry Talks About The New Management Appointment
On Thursday afternoon, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC about the appointment of new first team manager Paul Sturrock. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, John explains why he opted for his new manager, and also his views on Terry Skiverton and Darren Way's stay at Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Appointment Of Paul Sturrock.


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9 April 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Enter Sturrock As The Football Fix-It Man
Today sees Yeovil Town Football Club begin a new era as Paul Sturrock takes the Huish Park hot-seat. In the club's first true outside appointment for six years, he arrives with 20 years worth of managerial experience across eight different clubs. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers his unveiling and how closely it matches with what the club needs. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views - good or bad - on his arrival at the club.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Enter Sturrock As The Football Fix-It Man.


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9 April 2015 : Sturrock To Assess Playing Squad As He Targets End To 'Habit Forming' Losses
Yeovil Town's new first team manager Paul Sturrock has said that his first target of his new tenure at Huish Park is to get the club out of their losing habit. He has come in as a permanent replacement to Gary Johnson, following the thirteen game 'acting management' spell undertaken by Terry Skiverton and Darren Way and was confirmed as boss at a press conference this afternoon.

As yet, Sturrock has not agreed a length of contract with the club, with a Board meeting this week set to discuss the matter, but he will take charge for Saturday's League One match against Notts County looking to end a six game losing streak that has seen the club sink to bottom of the League One table and thirteen points from safety. Whilst stopping the club dropping to League Two will be an impossible task for the Scotsman, whose home is in South-East Cornwall, he does want to use the remaining five games to shake off that bad form, and to properly assess his new squad:

"I've looked at the players in the last couple of days and I've been quite impressed with the standard. Winning is habit-forming, but losing is habit-forming as well. There's a lot of young lads out there who are lacking confidence. Hopefully over the next three or four games we'll be able to have a look at it. We'll review them, meet with them and then decide which ones we move with into League Two and which ones we move on. In two days (of training) I can't really turn that into percentages (of who will stay or go), until we have a game and I've used the whole squad."

Today's changes will see Terry Skiverton go back to his former role as assistant manager, whilst Darren Way will remain as first team coach. Sturrock confirmed that he had already held talks with the pair over their futures, and was happy to have that continuity in place:

"It's important that we have people who are committed to this football club and have a love of this football club and it's important to have these sort of people about. It will be a lot easier with these two, who have been involved every day and know how things have been running. I've had several meetings with them. I've discussed it with them and they're quite happy to push on. They're fully committed to the cause and they're fully committed to Yeovil Town and it's quite important to have these types of people in the background."

Sturrock's past interviews and the views of local media people who have known him well at former clubs have talked of his strengths of being able to reorganise football clubs from the base upwards. He continued that theme in this afternoon's interviews, but recognised that taking on a club that was on the edge of a double relegation would not be a trivial task:

"It is a challenge. They've gone from Championship to League One and are now very close to League Two. I like restructuring football clubs and I like restructuring squads, and I like getting promotions. So that's the challenge that I've set myself here."


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9 April 2015 : Yeovil Town Confirm Sturrock As New First Team Manager
Yeovil Town have formally unveiled former Plymouth Argyle and Southend United boss Paul Sturrock as their new manager. The 58 year old comes in as the club's permanent replacement to Gary Johnson, who left the club in early February, with the club having been looked after on an 'acting' basis by Terry Skiverton and Darren Way since that event.

Sturrock took charge of first team training this morning, supported by Skiverton and Way. There is no length of contract specified at present, whilst yesterday's job title of 'Football Operations Manager' has disappeared from the club's press release. He is expected to have a full involvement in training ground, dressing room and dug-out activities. Skiverton and Way will form part of his management team, with them reverting to their Assistant Manager and Technical Coach titles from now on.

More details to follow later. For a full profile on Paul's management career so far, see yesterday's news item.

Paul Sturrock holds a team meeting up on the training ground at Huish Park this morning
Paul Sturrock holds a team meeting up on the training ground at Huish Park this morning.



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9 April 2015 : Sturrock Will Be 'A Perfect Fit' For Yeovil Town
Later this afternoon, Yeovil Town are expected to unveil their new management team at a press conference, providing a permanent appointment for first team duties at the club. The new man is expected to be former Plymouth Argyle and Southend United boss Paul Sturrock, who will arrive at the club shortly after leaving a non-contract advisory role with Torquay United.

One of the highlights of Sturrock's career so far was his first spell with Argyle, between 2000 and 2004 that saw him lift the Pilgrims from fourth tier football to the edge of the Championship, departing for Southampton just before the title and promotion was secured. That 178 game spell at Home Park made him a bit of a legend in that neck of the woods and BBC Radio Devon commentator Gordon Sparks, who knew Sturrock through both spells in Devon believes he would be a good appointment for Yeovil, given the circumstances he is likely to inherit:

"He would be a perfect fit. I remember the first time he came to Plymouth Argyle, there was a clear-out and the players that he got in, including French players who were unknown to all football people in this country, let alone at Plymouth. He found some French players who were marvels, like Romain Larrieu in goal, who kept 27 clean sheets in his first Championship season for Argyle. He got some other guys in that he knew well, got the coaching staff around him that he wanted."

Sparks said that Sturrock had built his reputation on being able to reorganise football clubs from the base upwards - something that the man himself had said was his preferred way of working within a club. The commentator tipped Sturrock for success in his new job and praised his football knowledge:

"The real strength about Paul Sturrock is that he knows football inside out, and he knows the lower divisions inside out. The contacts that he has around the country and around the footballing world have been a trademark of his managerial career. Getting inside clubs, getting to the nitty-gritty and reorganising clubs - that's what he does really well. He likes nothing more than the challenge of really building a club to his own specification. He loves a challenge. For Yeovil fans, and the predicament that the club has gone through in the last couple of years, I know a lot of people loved Gary Johnson and were sorry to see him go after everything that he'd achieved, but with Paul Sturrock, Yeovil Town fans will grow to love this man."

The club's formal announcement is expected to come at 2.00p.m. today, with them having badged it as the appointment of a 'Football Operations Manager'. The club are also expected to make two other announcements - reports on BBC Somerset this morning suggested that would be the retention of Terry Skiverton and Darren Way as coaches, and also the formal launch of a new academy system that was reported at the tail end of last month.


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9 April 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield : Man of the Match Result
Last Friday, Yeovil Town played host to Chesterfield in a Bank Holiday weekend League One match at Huish Park. The end result was a 2-3 defeat, although the game had at one stage looked as though at one stage that three points were on the cards, with James Hayter and Sam Foley putting them into a 2-0 lead. However, ten minutes of defensive mistakes let the Spireites back into the match, and give them the win.

Man of the Match saw the opening goalscorer James Hayter pick up a number of votes, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak got plaudits despite being the man between the sticks when those three goals were conceded. However, the poll winner by a sizeable margin was midfielder Sam Foley, who once again put in a consistent performance in the middle, as well as scoring the second goal. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Sam Foley 266 (22)
2. Artur Krysiak 162 (8)
3. James Hayter 92 (4)
4. Stephen Kingsley 46 (1)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 42 (1)
6. Gozie Ugwu 38 (2)
7. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 22 (1)
8. Byron Webster 14 (0)
9. Liam Shephard 14 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.8
Performance : 5.17
Entertainment : 6.44
VOTES RECEIVED : 41


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8 April 2015 : Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Milton Keynes Dons are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at stadium:mk on Saturday 3rd May 2015, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off. Tickets are now on sale, priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Senior: £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00.

Ambulant Disabled supporters are charged £15.00 but can take an assistant free of charge. Anyone requiring Wheelchair bays or seats with level access need to contact MK Dons on 01908 622900.

All tickets have barcodes on the stub which are used for entry at the turnstile, so supporters are advised to keep tickets in good condition and not to detach the stub.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bridgwater Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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8 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock : Management Profile
Tomorrow will see Yeovil Town unveil a new management team. If the rumourmill is to be believed, then the man at the top will be former Plymouth Argyle and Southend United manager Paul Sturrock, with the club opting for a slightly unconventional title of a Football Operations Manager to describe the unnamed man's new job.

Sturrock is a man with over 20 years worth of experience in first team management, that came after a fifteen year spell with Dundee United as a striker, scoring 170 goals in 571 appearances between 1974 and 1989 - a rare 'one club man' who spent his entire professional career playing for one team. He also picked up 20 full Scotland international caps, scoring three goals for his country.

In 1993, he moved into management, having been recommended for the St Johnstone job by a John McClelland - a player who was about to head off and play for Yeovil Town during the latter stages of his career. Sturrock helped win them promotion during the 1996-97 season, managing them for 197 games, before moving on to manage Dundee United early on during the 1998-99 season, spending just under two years there, managing them for 85 matches.

Sturrock then chose the career move that would heavily shape his future life, joining Plymouth Argyle in October 2000, and moving down to the West Country. He effectively gave the Pilgrims a double promotion during his time there - from the fourth tier in 2001-02 where they amassed 102 points in winning the title, and then pretty much taking them into the Championship at the end of the 2003-04 season. Sturrock left Home Park 12 games before the end of that season with them sat on top of the third tier, and with enough momentum for his successor to take them up as Champions. He had chosen to move to Southampton - an ill-fated move that lasted just 13 games, as Saints initially took him on as an 'up and coming' new manager, then fired him using the excuse that he wasn't a big enough name to attract players at their level - something that their Board would have known the day that they signed him.

He then moved on to Sheffield Wednesday in September 2004, spending two seasons at Hillsborough. There he took them to the 2004-05 League One play-offs, winning the final against Hartlepool United, and gaining them promotion to the Championship. Overall he spent 104 games in Yorkshire, bowing out in October 2006 after a slow start to the 2006-07 season.

Next stop was Swindon Town, who had just lost their management team to Leeds United. Sturrock came in during November 2006 and gave them promotion from League Two to League One at the end of the 2006-07 season, managing them for 52 games, in which he won half of those matches. He resigned his position in November 2007, where he made a return to Plymouth Argyle where he was initially a success, taking them up to 10th position in the Championship during his first season. However, Argyle were on the edge of financial problems, and in the midst of poor results, he was removed from his position in December 2009, eventually leaving Home Park five months later having undertaken a backroom role.

Sturrock then took over at Southend United, inheriting a club that were in an unholy mess. The Essex club had been in the Championship, but had suffered two relegations in quick succession, at the end of the 2006-07 season, and then again at the end of the 2009-10 season. Sturrock came in during July 2010, with the club under a transfer embargo, and with almost all of their players having left over that summer. Unable to sign players due to a winding up order issued by HMRC, Sturrock played the entire pre-season using trialists of whom he only had verbal agreements with. When the court action was withdrawn a week before the season started, Sturrock signed up 17 players on the day before the season started - many of whom had been trialists during pre-season.

He then led Southend to 13th place during the 2010-11 season, and followed that up with a visit to the League Two play-offs during 2011-12, finishing fourth, but bowing out to Crewe Alexandra at the semi-final stages. At the start of the 2012-13 season, Southend's tax woes came back to haunt them and they were again placed under a transfer embargo, blocking Sturrock from signing players. Despite that, he led them to fourth place at the turn of the year, and a place on the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final. Two weeks before that final, on the back of some poor form that had seen them drift just outside the play-offs, he was sacked - Phil Brown took charge for their Wembley appearance in the end.

Since then, Sturrock has been largely out of work, although had taken up a short term 'advisory' role with Torquay United, with the intention of helping them restructure their club over the summer, and help them with their 2015-16 season recruitment behind the scenes. In a December 2014 interview, the Scotsman had said that aspect of the job was what appealed to him - taking clubs that needed restructuring and putting them back together again: "Normally, the dirtier the job the better for me. The restructuring of football clubs is always what I have enjoyed. I think I have always left every football club I have been with in better nick than when I turned up. Thatís what I enjoy."

With Yeovil Town likely to drop down to League Two within the next week or so, Sturrock will inherit a similar situation to that which he had to deal with at Southend United (although hopefully without the court action from the taxman!) As such, he should be in a position to judge what needs doing - to deal with a side that seems likely to lose more of its star players over the summer, who are out of contract, and how to get rid of the "losing mentality" that develops when you take over a club that has had two quick relegations. As such, it's easy to see why the job role would suit both Sturrock and Yeovil Town.

Major Management Achievements:
1996-97 : Scottish League First Division promotion (with St Johnstone)
2001-02 : Football League Third Division title (with Plymouth Argyle)
2001-02 : LMA Manager Of The Season for the Third Division
2003-04 : Football League Second Division title (with Plymouth Argyle - left club to join Southampton shortly before title)
2003-04 : LMA Manager Of The Season for the Second Division
2004-05 : Football League One Play-Off Winners (with Sheffield Wednesday)
2006-07 : Football League Two promotion (with Swindon Town)
2011-12 : Football League Two Play-Offs (beaten semi-finalists with Southend United)
2012-13 : Football League Trophy Final (sacked by Southend United, with team in final)


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8 April 2015 : New Management Team To Be Unveiled Tomorrow
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they will be unveiling a new management team tomorrow. The news tends to back up speculation that former Southend United, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town boss Paul Sturrock will be unveiled as the new man to head up that team.

The club have suggested that the new incumbent's job title will be that of a Football Operations Manager. The club do not explain this position, but it tends to point to a more of a 'Director of Football' style role and may tie in with the club's overall footballing strategy to reintroduce a 'home grown' player system.

Current thinking is that Terry Skiverton and Darren Way would be retained as part of that management team. The obvious questions will be where the roles are split - i.e. who stands in the dugout and delivers the dressing room team talks.

Link: Sturrock's Torquay Exit Opens Door For Possible Glovers Move.


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8 April 2015 : Sturrock's Torquay Exit Opens Door For Possible Glovers Move
Former Southend United manager Paul Sturrock has left an advisory role at Torquay United after just three days in the position. The 58 year old had only just been appointed by the Gulls to oversee a restructuring role as the Conference National club attempt to recover from a turbulent season at Plainmoor. The former Plymouth Argyle and Southend United man had been out of work since leaving Roots Hall in 2013, and lives in South-East Cornwall.

Sturrock's role at Plainmoor was on an informal basis, but the decision for him to leave that role so quickly is reported by Torquay as being because he has been offered a permanent role by an unnamed club. Sturrock was interviewed by the West Country press last December and said that he was still looking for a new first team management job, but was fed up with travelling far away from his Cornwall home. He explained:

"I feel like I have been a nomad, sorting out football clubs around the country and sitting in flats on my own, and I donít want to do that any longer. But if a job came up, in a certain radius of where am I now, I definitely would be very interested.I still think I can benefit football teams in many ways. I have had the offer of two or three interviews for jobs over the last year and I politely turned them down. They were five or six hours away and Iím at the stage where this is where I want to base myself from. I have fallen in love with the area, really, and Iím getting a bit long in the tooth for being on the move."

Sturrock, who has also managed Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town had his main success at Home Park when he took Plymouth through a double promotion from fourth tier into the Championship division. He also gained promotion for Swindon Town in the 2006-07 season. He explained that the sort of job that would attract him was a club that needed heavy restructuring:

"Normally, the dirtier the job the better for me. The restructuring of football clubs is always what I have enjoyed. I think I have always left every football club I have been with in better nick than when I turned up. Thatís what I enjoy, but when you are enjoying life as well you have got to balance both, and that might be a factor that stops me from getting in management again. I have come round to the considered opinion that the job has to suit me."

As yet, neither Sturrock, nor Yeovil Town have commented on the timing of his departure from Plainmoor, with the Glovers thought to now be putting the wheels in motion to form their 2015-16 management team, as the club lie 13 points adrift of safety at the foot of League One. However, Sturrock's profile and circumstances do strongly fit the bill.


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8 April 2015 : Ticketing For Bridgwater Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup semi-final is now available. The match against Bridgwater Town will take place on Tuesday 21st April 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Fairfax Park. Tickets will be available on the night of the game and will be priced as follows:

Adults: £8.00; OAPs and Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: FREE.

The winners of the tie will face Taunton Town in the final, with a date and venue yet to be agreed. Taunton beat Paulton Rovers in their semi-final 4-2 on penalties.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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8 April 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Falling Apart At The Seams
On Easter Monday, Yeovil Town travelled up the M6 to play Fleetwood Town in a League One fixture. The end result was hard to take, but was rather predictable in the way it happened. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry describes that day and the wider issues surrounding the team. And inevitably centres on what needs to be done now before things go even more pear-shaped than they currently are.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Falling Apart At The Seams.


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7 April 2015 : Glovers Players Exiting The Last Chance Saloon
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted Monday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town had left his side exiting the 'last chance saloon', as they prepare for relegation to League Two. Ending the Easter weekend bottom of League One, and needing to make up a thirteen point deficit, their relegation would be mathematically confirmed if they lose to 22nd placed side Notts County, with even a draw only leaving them holding onto being able to turn around the division's worst goal difference.

Skiverton strongly suggested that unnamed players who had been part of what he described as a 'disgraceful' performance would struggle to play for the club again, saying that he may look to cull certain members of his squad over the remaining five matches of the 2014-15 season. He told BBC Spotlight that the situation the club was in now had been on the cards for a little while:

"This was last chance saloon. The doors have finally swung and now there are a few people in that team that will not be able to get back into the doors of Yeovil Town. This has been coming for a little while, with the decline the club has had. It has brought a lot of things clearer to our supporters, to me as acting manager and to the board upstairs."

In his post-match interview, Skiverton praised Sam Foley and Stephen Kingsley, but indicated that his positive views on his players didn't extend much beyond that pair on the day. He said that the process of rebuilding the club needed to happen now, echoing his post-match views that it was time for the club's directors to put their 2015-16 plans in place:

"Now the stripping everything back, taking your medicine, starting afresh and looking to the future begins. It looks inevitable that it's going to be League Two. Now the job and the process needs to start of rebuilding Yeovil Town."


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7 April 2015 : Magpies Change Management Team Again
League One side Notts County have changed their management team once again, in their attempts to avoid relegation to fourth tier football. Having fired permanent manager Shaun Derry and his assistant Greg Abbott on March 23rd, a day later they decided to appoint Paul Hart and Mick Halsall on an 'interim' basis, with both having been in charge of the Magpies Academy system up until that point.

The temporary duo have presided over three draws in three matches, but have been replaced ahead of Saturday's trip to Huish Park. Notts County have brought in 50 year old Ricardo Moniz, with Dave Kevan acting as his assistant. Unconfirmed reports suggest the deal is for three years - County indicate that they are waiting for contractual clearance on the deal. They had planned to bring in Moniz before the Easter weekend but the deal was called off due to unspecified 'family commitments' that saw him head back to his Netherlands home. They claim those issues are now resolved, hence the sudden u-turn.

Moniz is perhaps an unusual choice to take over, given that County only have six games left of their season and are currently stuck in 22nd place in the League One table. His experience of English league football is restricted to a 2005-2008 period in which he was Tottenham Hotspur's skills coach, but has otherwise applied his trade in Europe, with the obvious question being how up to speed he is with League One football at this stage.

He was most recently in charge of TSV 1860 Munchen in Germany, leaving them in September 2014, and prior to that was the Austria 2011-12 Manager of the Year with Red Bull Salzburg and Hungary's 2012-13 Manager of the Year with Ferencvaros. He has had a variety of roles in other European clubs in technical coach and assistant coach positions. County Chairman Ray Trew believes that he has secured a manager who will be bringing attacking football to the club:

"I set out on our search for a new Manager with an open mind but with a determination to find someone who would be able to bring a new level of excitement to Notts County. I think in Ricardo we have found that because, having spoken to him at length, his footballing philosophy is one of structured attacking play, which I hope is something that our fans will buy into, because I know that when I come to Meadow Lane I want to be entertained, I want to be excited by what I see out there on the pitch. Results, of course, are the yardstick by which Managers are ultimately judged, but if we can play the sort of football that gets people off their seats and instil in our players the desire to take games to our opponents, I think we can make a real impression in this division. Ricardo has a fantastic reputation within the game, not only for the style of football that he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent, so I am confident that his appointment will be of benefit to all levels of the club."

Moniz will make his Notts County managerial debut on Saturday, when his team arrive at Huish Park one point off the safety line, with the Glovers knowing that they will have to win if they are to delay their own passage into League Two.


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7 April 2015 : Skivo Talks About Fleetwood Team Selection
Just before Monday afternoon's League One match against Fleetwood Town kicked off at the Highbury Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the importance of the match, as well as explaining a few things about Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Loach's situation and his views on Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 April 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Fleetwood Away Game
Following Monday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the heavy defeat, as well as giving his views on the club's need to change in a new direction and when that needs to happen. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 April 2015 : Skiverton : Glovers Board Need To Set New Club Direction Now
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton believes that the football club need to urgently unveil and establish a new direction, in order to stop their current woeful season from drifting badly. The Glovers suffered their sixth consecutive defeat on Monday afternoon, when Fleetwood Town inflicted a 4-0 thrashing, including three goals during the opening 32 minutes that finished off the match just a third of the way through.

The current sequence of matches has seen them marooned at the foot of the League One table in a set of matches that has seen them ship 17 goals in six games. With many matches being settled in the same way that the match at the Highbury Stadium was concluded, Skiverton said after the game, that the club needed to start planning for the 2015-16 season, and the management team that will take charge of proceedings, although he stressed that it was not him pushing for answers about his own future at the club:

"It's not about me - what will be, will be. We've always said that I've got a rolling contract as a coach. But I just think the supporters now need to know the direction that the club is going in. There's stuff going on behind the scenes. But the rebuilding has got to start now. If we carry on and have another game, and then another game, and we get performances like that, then I think that everybody is putting themselves under undue pressure. The supporters are coming out in their droves to support the club, and they're right behind the club. We're at a stage now where we need those at the top to shed light on the situation. The sooner that happens the clear out can begin and whoever is at the club, whether it's me or not, can start to build a team the supporters deserve. The club needs to refocus, regroup, rebuild, and there needs to be massive change."

Skiverton was furious with his players after the game, suggesting that some players had tried to avoid any post-match wrath from the travelling 152 supporters that saw their team roll over once again. He felt they had to front up - whether they got applause or dissent - and questioned some of his players commitment to the cause, branding their defending against Fleetwood as a disgrace:

"We've got to the stage now where we're asking whether you're playing for the club, playing for yourselves, your families. Defensively this was nothing short of a disgrace. The fans kept me going. If our players had half the commitment it takes for them to come up here, half the personality, we'd be better off. With Gary Johnson we got Yeovil Town in the Championship. Gary never changed, I never changed. What changed was a the group of players we brought in. They're not good enough first of all as professional footballers in a group or doing their jobs as professional footballers."


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6 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Monday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium, 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 Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.


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6 April 2015 : Fleetwood 4 Yeovil 0 : First Half Blitz Sinks Glovers Again
Yeovil Town's League One status is left hanging by a thread tonight, after they suffered their worst defeat of the 2014-15 season. Woeful first half defending cost them the game, as three errors allowed Fleetwood Town a chance to establish a three goal half time lead, as David Ball's simple six yard tap-in was followed up by a low shot into the corner from the same player after he accepted Nick Haughton's sliderule pass. Ball then turned provider as Jamie Proctor was given far too much room inside the box to accept a short pass to put the Glovers three down at the break. A better second half saw the Glovers rally a touch, but in pushing up numbers, they allowed Fleetwood to get their fourth in the closing stages as Ashley Hunter slotted home a Proctor pull-back. Now 11 points from the 23rd placed club, and 13 points from safety, the Glovers fate will be sealed if they lose to relegation rivals Notts County next weekend.

Team news saw just one change made to Yeovil's line-up from Good Friday's defeat against Chesterfield, with Joel Grant being brought back into the side, ahead of AJ Leitch-Smith, who sat on the bench. Nathan Smith was the other change, as he displaced Nathan Ralph as a substitute.

The first 30 seconds saw Yeovil have two blocked shots and a third that went out for a goal kick, but that was as good as it got before a torrid first half began to develop. Nick Haughton's seventh minute cross was met by a low header across the face of goal by Nathan Pond, and Yeovil's defence were nowhere to be seen as David Ball got a chance to convert from six yards out, and no-one marking him anywhere. 1-0 down and slack defending.

Matters got far worse when Nick Haughton helped Fleetwood create their second goal with just 16 minutes gone, and it was so simple to execute. His pass dissected the Glovers defence, and found David Ball in acres of space, and he drilled a low shot past Artur Krysiak for a 2-0 lead. It wasn't as if Fleetwood had at any time put the Glovers defence under extreme pressure - just that on both goals, the defence had pretty much waved the home side through unattended.

Yeovil's beleagured defence were at fault yet again when David Ball turned provider just past the half hour mark - his receipt of the ball just inside the box allowed him to set up Jamie Proctor for a smart finish, and to put the Glovers 3-0 down. At this point, it was hard to imagine what the scoreline at the Highbury Stadium could have ended up as, with the home side having scored with more or less their first three attempts on goal.

The Glovers managed to somehow keep themselves alive until half time without conceding further, and in the second period they managed to make a fair stab of trying to get back into the match, albeit with Fleetwood able to stick eight or nine players behind the ball and to smother out most attacks. Sam Foley hit one over the bar, whilst Gozie Ugwu got underneath a cross into the box which meant that he couldn't direct his header properly. James Berrett rifled a shot over the bar after he had been set up by Joel Grant's pull back, as Yeovil struggled to force Chris Maxwell into a save.

As Yeovil pushed up numbers though, it seemed inevitable that Fleetwood would get a sniff on the break. Seven minutes before the end, Antoni Sarcevic set Jamie Proctor up down the flank and as Artur Krysiak committed himself to his near post, the pullback allowed Ashley Hunter a chance to easily sweep the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box. 4-0 and the end of any attempt Yeovil might have had of making a game of it, with their first half defensive horror show to blame for that. Now marooned, even eleven points from 23rd place Colchester, their fate will surely be sealed soon - it could be as early as next weekend.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Fleetwood Town 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: David Ball (7 mins, 1-0), David Ball (16 mins, 2-0), Jamie Proctor (32 mins, 3-0), Ashley Hunter (83 mins, 4-0).

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 3. Nathan Smith (86 mins for Stephen Kingsley) 5. Fergus Bell 8. James Berrett (59 mins for Josh Sheehan) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (78 mins for Liam Shephard) 13. Kieffer Moore 24. Craig Eastmond

Fleetwood Town:
28. Chris Maxwell
20. Tyler Hornby-Forbes 15. Adam Chicksen 6. Nathan Pond 25. Stephen Jordan
8. Steven Schumacher 18. Antoni Sarcevic 12. Josh Morris 27. Nicholas Haughton
23. David Ball 19. Jamie Proctor

Substitutes:
4. Stewart Murdoch 5. Mark Roberts 7. Gareth Evans (78 mins for David Ball) 9. Stephen Dobbie 21. Brendan Moore 29. Liam McAlinden (89 mins for Antoni Sarcevic) 30. Ashley Hunter

Fleetwood Bookings: David Ball (68 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (61 mins, foul)

Fleetwood Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Manchester). Assistant Referees: Darren Strain (Cheshire) and Jason Whiteley (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,086 (with 152 Yeovil supporters).


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6 April 2015 : Team News For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium today. Joel Grant had only just arrived back in the UK prior to Good Friday's match due to international duty, and so he was kept on the bench for the Chesterfield match - he swaps places with AJ Leitch-Smith for today's starting eleven. Left-back Nathan Smith is the only other change - reintroduced to the bench, with Nathan Ralph out of the squad.

Defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Club captain Joe Edwards is still missing with an ankle injury that was aggravated at Colchester. Striker Sam Hoskins sit out the match. Left-sided player Liam Davis is out again after picking up a knock during the County Cup match at Larkhall Athletic, whilst striker Adam Morgan has an ankle injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 3. Nathan Smikth 5. Fergus Bell 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore 24. Craig Eastmond


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6 April 2015 : Interview With Stephen Kingsley
Just before the Bank Holiday weekend, Yeovil Town's on loan left-back Stephen Kingsley spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Wise, the on-loan Swansea City defender spoke about the pair of matches against Chesterfield and Fleetwood Town and the club's current relegation position. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Kingsley Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Chesterfield.


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5 April 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Breaking The Walls Down
Last Monday, a group of Yeovil Town supporters met with the club to discuss both future developments planned by the club, and for fans to get across their points of view of recent proceedings. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the overall mood of supporters towards the end of a difficult 2014-15 season, and also some of the major topics discussed on the night. Read that article via the link below and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Breaking The Walls Down.


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5 April 2015 : Rochdale vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town made the trip to Rochdale in a League One match at Spotland. The end result was a 2-1 defeat, with two quick-fire goals early in the second half causing the damage. Striker James Hayter had a penalty saved, but later pulled a goal back for the Glovers - that wasn't enough to stop a fourth consecutive defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City's left-sided player Stephen Kingsley pick up plenty of votes - a credit to him given that he had flown back from international duty with Scotland Under-21s who were playing in Hungary, and travelled from Edinburgh on the morning of the match. However, he was out-shone by midfielder Sam Foley, whose recent performances have put him on top of the poll for several recent matches. Full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Sam Foley 38 (2)
2. Stephen Kingsley 16 (1)
3. James Hayter 10 (1)
4. James Berrett 8 (0)
5. Byron Webster 4 (0)
6. Scott Loach 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.67
Performance : 5.67
Entertainment : 5.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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4 April 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town
Easter Monday will see Yeovil Town make the long journey up the M6, where they will take on Fleetwood Town in a League One fixture. In preparation for the trip, the Ciderspace guide to the Highbury Stadium and the surrounds has been updated to include this season's ticketing, travel, parking, statistics, a pub guide and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Fleetwood Town.


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4 April 2015 : Officials For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 6th April at the Highbury Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Kavanagh (Manchester).

He is a new referee on the circuit, who was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2014. That and his location means that we've not had him as a referee before. So far he's taken charge of 25 fixtures, with a fairly moderate looking total of 69 yellow cards and three dismissals. He worked his way through the Manchester League whilst still in his teens, and gained his promotion to Football League ranks at the age of just 28 years old. He is the Referees Development Officer for the Manchester FA.

During his time as a Football League assistant referee he was present for a 2011-12 match at Tranmere Rovers as a linesman, and then for a 2011-12 match at Rochdale as a Fourth Official. So far he's kept a relatively low profile as a Football League referee, although was involved in a fiery encounter between Fulham and Leeds United that saw him dismiss Fulham defender Konstantinos Stafylidis for two yellow cards inside a minute, leading to an incident that saw Fulham fined £20,000 for failing to control their players, after they reacted to his decision. Fulham boss Kit Symons backed the referee, describing the actions of Stafylidis as "a silly, stupid petulant thing to do".

Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Darren Strain (Cheshire) and Jason Whiteley (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire).


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4 April 2015 : Skivo Talks About Chesterfield Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Chesterfield kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Terry talks about his decision to take goalkeeper Scott Loach out of the squad, and also gives his views on the club's current battle against relegation. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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3 April 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Chesterfield Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Terry gives his views on the defeat, his thoughts on the team's current overall problems, as well as having a wry look at what might lie ahead for him on Easter Monday when the club travel to Fleetwood Town.

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


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3 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-3 defeat 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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3 April 2015 : Skiverton Sees Fear Factor As Glovers Suffer Spireites Reversal
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton felt that 'fear' set into his side today, as they threw away a two goal lead at Huish Park, to lose against promotion-chasing Chesterfield. The Glovers were looking good just before the hour mark when goals from James Hayter and Sam Foley had put the Glovers 2-0 up after 57 minutes, and potentially on course for their first points in five matches. But three goals in ten second half minutes turned the match on its head, as the Spireites took command of the game, with a Sam Hird header being followed up by two goals from substitute Jay O'Shea, who ultimately won them the match by a 2-3 scoreline.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the match that when the game got pulled back to 2-1, quickly reducing his side's advantage, that a 'fear' factor spread across his players, who have had a pattern of conceding pairs of goals in quick succession over the past month to lose controls of matches. So it proved as Chesterfield netted in the 59th, 66th and 69th minute to put them in full control. Skiverton admitted Chesterfield were an impressive side, but rued that passage of play that saw his side rapidly lose control of the game:

"The first thing that you've got to do is that you've got to congratulate Chesterfield. It was a stupid set play that we gave away, and then as soon as that goal went in it seemed that we went back to the old thing of where we've been where the fear set in. We tried to make a change so that we could get a little bit higher up the pitch but then I thought Chesterfield were excellent and they played some good stuff. They moved their full-backs up really high and we struggled to contain them. Then with their next two goals there was not much you could do about that. We can have half a go at people about little mistakes, but they're a good side and fair play to them."

Skiverton had been happy generally with his side's first half performance that saw Gozie Ugwu supply his strike partner James Hayter for the 18th minute opener, to give them a half time single goal lead, but admitted that even at that point Chesterfield looked dangerous through their wingers:

"I thought that in the first half our set-up and our game plan and everything worked well. But Chesterfield are a really good footballing side from what we've seen. They've been playing between the lines and causing teams problems, and you could see why they were in the play-offs as they were one of the best teams that have come down here for a little while. I thought the first half worked really well and we took our goal well, but we really struggled especially in the wide areas."

Full time saw the club slump to their fifth consecutive defeat and the final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos, as the scoreline confirmed the club as being 12 points adrift of safety. Skiverton accepted that fans had the right to express that opinion, but felt that there was a big confidence problem amongst his players due to the way the club had been sliding down the divisions over the last two seasons:

"I think when you go around any Football League club, I've seen teams at the top that have been booed, so that is the reaction now. I understand that. But it's been ongoing. As I've said before in many interviews, we've been on a losing run for two years, and with runs like this that have been intermittent between that. The players have not given up and they're trying, as you could see with us going 2-0 up, but what you can't legislate for is confidence, and people who are not doing their jobs at the right time, and we're getting punished severely every time we make mistakes."


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3 April 2015 : Yeovil 2 Chesterfield 3 : O'Shea Double Gives Fifth Consecutive Defeat
Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead against promotion chasing Chesterfield this afternoon, to leave themselves twelve points short of safety and firmly at the foot of the League One table. Things could have been rather different after a first half James Hayter goal had been added to on 57 minutes by Sam Foley's second goal of the season that put the Glovers 2-0 up. But the Spireites came back into the match with three goals in ten minutes as a Sam Hird header was added to by two goals from substitute Jay O'Shea - the first an excellent strike into the top corner, followed by another that saw him take advantage of a defensive error. That flurry of goals meant the Glovers left the day suffering their fifth consecutive defeat - and clearly on their way to fourth tier football.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the side that lost at Rochdale, with two of them relating to international players returning to the fold. Swansea pair Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard came back into the starting line-up, whilst the other change saw Scott Loach dropped from the squad - a move that may be the last we see of him in a Glovers shirt, with his one month loan due to expire this weekend. Artur Krysiak made his return to the starting line-up - a long wait since the head injury he sustained at Scunthorpe United. Meanwhile with Joel Grant, his return from international duty with Jamaica was only completed yesterday afternoon meaning that he was put on the bench. James Berrett dropped to the bench, whilst Nathan Smith was surprisingly left out of the squad entirely, whilst Adam Morgan's ankle injury continued to keep him out.

The match started with the Glovers looking distinctly nervous as Chesterfield attacked them from the off, with a number of midfield errors seeing the visitors force early corners, as Byron Webster blocked one attempt, and a Drew Talbot effort also got deflected wide. Yeovil took a while to get a footing in the game, with Liam Shephard's more advanced position seeing him get forward and fire over the bar, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith put one just wide, after a chip over the top from Sam Foley put him through

The opening goal came somewhat against the run of play, and like the previous attempt involved Yeovil stretching a rather laboured Chesterfield defence with longer balls than usual. Gozie Ugwu took control of a goal kick, and then threaded the ball through to James Hayter, who broke into clear space before sliding the ball under the Chesterfield goalkeeper for his fifth goal of the season, and his second in two matches.

Chesterfield quickly rallied, particularly in the way they pressurised Yeovil in the wide positions, and Artur Krysiak twice had to make strong saves - one to turn away a Drew Talbot header, whilst a Byron Harrison attempt was pushed for a corner after he recovered his ground well from being slightly out of position from a ball into the box. Jimmy Ryan then struck the crossbar for Chesterfield - whether he meant his effort from a wide position was another matter, but it demonstrated the quality of their crossing on the day. Despite the pressure from the visitors though, the Glovers went in a goal up at the break, and at least had something to build on for once.

The Spireites made a double half time substitution with their manager presumably not too happy with his side's first half performance, and one of those new boys, Jay O'Shea fired just wide to register his presence early on. But on 57 minutes, the Glovers went 2-0 up, and again the longer ball caught Chesterfield flat-footed. Liam Shephard put through Sam Foley, and he finished in much the same way as Hayter - low and under the goalkeeper, and with an apparent cushion for his team for once.

Except that didn't last that long. Seth Nana Twumasi conceded a foul, under two minutes from that goal, and from the set piece move, Gary Roberts delivered the ball into the box, and Sam Hird headed home, with the sight of Stephen Arthurworrey on the deck perhaps partially explaining why the defender had got a free header so deep inside the box.

Yeovil have made a nasty habit of conceding a couple of goals in quick succession and so it proved once again as Chesterfield equalised just seven minutes later. Substitute Jay O'Shea got rather too much room to turn on the edge of the box, and line up his shot, and whilst it was a tremendous finish into the top corner, the lack of closing down was frustrating to watch. 2-2 within nine minutes of Yeovil Town having gone 2-0 up.

Worse was to follow. Stephen Kingsley had a good game overall, but his poor defensive clearance bounced off a Chesterfield player and into the path of Jay O'Shea again, and his acrobatic effort flew into the net to give his side a 2-3 lead. Huish Park was stunned, and so were the players - in fact tempers threatened to boil over as both Byron Webster and Stephen Arthurworrey got involved in incidents involving Sam Clucas during the closing stages, whilst a couple of bookings from James Berrett and Joel Grant showed signs of frustrated players lashing out at the situation.

Yeovil never really looked like getting back into it, apart from one Stephen Kingsley cross which Gozie Ugwu weakly placed into the arms of goalkeeper Tommy Lee when really it should have been buried. With players heads now down, it was far too easy for Chesterfield to use up the five minutes of injury time, and ensure that the Glovers stayed firmly bottom of the League One table. With Colchester United winning today, they even suffered the embarrassment of being cut adrift at the bottom by eight points now, whilst the gap to safety increases to twelve. It is not a question of 'if' anymore, but 'when' Yeovil's passage into League Two will be confirmed.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Chesterfield 3.

Scorers: James Hayter (1-0, 18 mins), Sam Foley (2-0, 57 mins), Sam Hird (2-1, 59 mins), Jay O'Shea (2-2, 66 mins), Jay O'Shea (2-3, 69 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 8. James Berrett (71 mins for Josh Sheehan) 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant (64 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 24. Craig Eastmond

Chesterfield:
1. Tommy Lee
2. Tendayi Darikwa 23. Ian Evatt 4. Sam Hird 25. Drew Talbot
8. Jimmy Ryan 5. Sam Morsy 15. Ritchie Humphreys 12. Samuel Clucas
11. Gary Roberts 18. Byron Harrison

Substitutes:
3. Daniel Jones 9. Armand Gnanduillet (90 mins for Samuel Clucas) 10. Jay O'Shea (46 mins for Ritchie Humphreys) 16. Charlie Raglan 24. Oliver Banks 26. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe 28. Gboly Ariyibi (46 mins for Byron Harrison)

Yeovil Bookings: James Berrett (82 mins, foul), Joel Grant (88 mins, foul)

Chesterfield Bookings: Jay O'Shea (70 mins, excessive celebration), Samuel Clucas (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Chesterfield Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 3.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistant Referees: Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,520 (with 432 Chesterfield supporters).


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3 April 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Chesterfield at Huish Park today. Three of the players missing last week were international duty - Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan are recalled to the starting line-up whilst Joel Grant sits on the bench. Goalkeeper Scott Loach drops out of the side, presumably spelling the end of his loan deal at the club, as Artur Krysiak is now fit again, with Ben Nugent the other missing loanee.

Club captain Joe Edwards is still missing with an ankle injury that was aggravated at Colchester - midfielder James Berrett drops to the bench. Left-back Alex Smith, left-back Nathan Smith and striker Sam Hoskins sit out the match. Left-sided player Liam Davis is out again after picking up a knock during Tuesday night's match at Larkhall Athletic, whilst striker Adam Morgan has an ankle injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The team reads as follows (with formation now confirmed):

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 8. James Berrett 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 24. Craig Eastmond


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3 April 2015 : Skivo Previews The Chesterfield Home Game
As part of the build-up to the Good Friday afternoon League One match against Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Wise, Terry talks about his opponents, his team's current run of form and his own managerial situation, along with the club's future plans. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 April 2015 : Skiverton Holding Talks With Club About Future Direction
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has had firm discussions with the Huish Park hierarchy about his future at the club beyond the end of the current 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss was placed in charge on an interim basis in early February, following the departure of Gary Johnson, and has so far been part of eleven matches, during which there has been no firm timescale put on his stay as manager, other than the fact that his current contract is due to expire on June 30th of this year.

With the definition of Skiverton's current role at the club, along with his temporary assistant Darren Way being just in an 'acting' capacity, rather than a permanent one, clearly firm decisions have to be made. He told BBC Somerset that he was expecting that to happen 'very soon' but at present he did not have an absolutely firm pointer to his own future at the club:

"I think that's what's still got to be (sorted out). I can't say, and be 100 percent sure one way or another, apart from saying to you that it is ongoing, and I'm very comfortable with what I'm doing at the moment. I've never ever wanted to leave this football club. It's up to the people upstairs, for the role that they choose for me, and then if there is a role that is chosen, then it will be up to me to decide whether I take that opportunity up. I think it will be clearer very soon. There are a lot of things that are going to be coming out, and I think that for the benefit of everyone around the football club, the sooner that it does come out, the better, so that people know where they stand for next year, and in terms of recruitment and how the club moves forward. So stuff will be coming out but it's got to be ready for all parties."

Skiverton and Way attended a Monday night meeting that included Yeovil Town Board members and a number of supporters who were invited to Huish Park to allow an exchange of views on the running of the club, and it's likely way forward. He felt that the meeting had been a positive one although acknowledged that a lot of the views expressed had produced some heated moments:

"We had a real positive meeting during the week with the supporters groups that came in - I think there were around three or four different supporters groups. We got to the bottom of a few things and now the club can put a blueprint for how it moves forward. I think it was just nice for the supporters to hear first of all the board's side of things, and second of all the management's side of things on the playing side of it, so that they could see everything that we were trying to do. It was a real positive meeting. It was quite heated as well, as there were a few people in there that felt passionate about things that they thought were going not quite right. Now it's for the whole club to address those points and move forward together."

The Yeovil boss also admitted that one of the things that the club needed to urgently address was a 'losing' mentality, that seems likely to see them crash from playing Championship football during the 2013-14 season into playing in League Two next season. He said that the club needed a new direction to get it moving back upwards again:

"We believe in what we do, but in the situation that we're in, we're there for a reason. We've got to try to change that mentality. As I've said before, this hasn't just been going on for the last month. This has been going on for the last two years where supporters that have only ever seen success have gone through their first real bit of adversity, and it's how we deal with that. This club has only ever been on the way up. It's never gone down and it's never gone backwards. We've got to make sure that first of all we fight to try to stay in this division, and second of all that we make sure that the club moves forward in the right direction. We've got to stop this slippery slope, and we've got to stop the way that the club has been getting these defeats week-in, week-out over the best space of about 20 months. And there needs to be a new direction that the club takes."


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2 April 2015 : Planned Website Down Time Tomorrow Night
The company that hosts this website has advised us of some planned downtime taking place overnight between Friday night and Saturday morning. The web server will be taken down at 11.00p.m. on Friday night - if you try to access the site after this time then it will be inaccessible.

They have given us various 'expected' times for what it will take for them to do their work, and they are estimating that it will take up to three hours to complete. However, they have suggested that it may take up until around 5.00a.m. on the Saturday morning to get all websites hosted on that server back up and running. So in practice, don't bother trying to access the site until you wake up the next morning.

Needless to say, sometimes such planned maintenance can go wrong - if there are any problems, then we'll post any update messages via Twitter - follow the @ytfcciderspace account. Alternatively try Facebook where the site group can be found here (requires a Facebook account and for you to join the group to read posts).


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2 April 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
Officials for the League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Chesterfield have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Good Friday - April 3rd 2015 - with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of twelve Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the December 2014 FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. We were a bit irritated by some of the free kicks being awarded on that night, although that might have been a symptom of a match that was tense and tied at 0-0 right up until the final six minutes. We then got a bit of a rub-of-the-green from the referee - Simon Gillett's opening goal had an element of hand control about it, but it was allowed to stand.

He also was present for the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline in November 2013. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.


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1 April 2015 : Grant Reaches Double Figures On Jamaican Caps
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant played a full 90 minutes earlier this week, as he helped his country clock up a 3-0 win over Cuba. Grant made his 10th appearance for Jamaica as the Reggae Boys breezed past their opponents in another match played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The game was played during the small hours of Tuesday morning (mid Monday evening on Jamaican time) and saw their squad rotated, with five players - including Grant - drafted in as Head Coach Wilfried Schaefer got a chance to look at his whole squad ahead of the Copa America in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, that is likely to see Joel Grant lose another summer's rest after his somewhat irregular and disrupted 2014-15 season.

Those drafted in for the second friendly did themselves no harm, as two goals in the opening four minutes set them on their way. A half-cleared corner was fired home from the edge of the box by Romeo Parkes to score in the first minute of his debut for his country, and that was followed by a Daniel Gordon header three minutes later. The game was effectively all over when Darren Mattocks headed home on the hour mark. The Jamaican press don't indicate who provided the assists for the three goals.

Schaefer states that he will be on the look-out for more recuits for his national team over the coming months, saying that the intensity of two tournaments across a single summer is likely to stretch his existing squad: "We have to look at many more players, we can't use the same squad for the Copa America and the Gold Cup" suggesting that not all players may be required to stay in America during the summer months. During last summer, Grant played in four matches in a variety of locations around the globe, with an injury shortly after his return heavily disrupting his involvement at the start of the 2014-15 season.

Final Score: Jamaica 3 Cuba 0.

Scorers: Romeo Parkes (1-0, 1 min), Daniel Gordon (2-0, 4 mins), Darren Mattocks (3-0, 30 mins).

Jamaica: Ryan Thompson, Daniel Gordon, Westley Morgan (Jermaine Taylor 62nd), Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks (Hughan Grey 61st), Joel Grant, Je-Vaughn Watson, Romeo Parkes (Owayne Gordon 50th), Rodolph Austin (Dino Williams 78th), Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence (Ricardo Morris 60th).

Subs not used: DuWayne Kerr, Peter Harrison.


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1 April 2015 : Foley Tips Johnson For Success At Cheltenham
Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley has spoken about his former boss Gary Johnson for the first time, since his former boss parted company with the club. The 28 year old, who reached his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday, has had three varied seasons after being signed from Newport County in the summer of 2012, who were at that time a non-league side.

Foley had been on the books of Cheltenham Town as a youth team player, captaining their Under-18s, as well as playing for their Reserve Team, but was released without getting near their first team and spent four years in non-league football, playing for Kidderminster Harriers and Redditch United before finally making his breakthrough at Newport as part of their Conference South winning side. Four years later, his ability to score goals from deeper positions at that level got him spotted by the Glovers, who gave him a one year deal to make a step up into League One football.

This week has seen Johnson make a return to club management, taking on the Cheltenham job for the next seven games as they attempt to use his experience to lift them off the bottom of the Football League and avoid dropping back into the Conference. As one of his former clubs, Foley has given Cheltenham's club website his views on his former boss. He expects him to 'ruffle a few feathers' at Whaddon Road, but believes that is what the Robins need at the moment to survive:

"I owe Gary Johnson a lot because he gave me my Football League debut and I was unknown and unproven at that level then, but he was bold enough to give me that chance. Not many managers can match his experience and he knows exactly how to get the best out of players. He has made players and broken players and it certainly wonít all be nicey nicey at Cheltenham now, but they are in a relegation battle so it shouldnít be like that anyway. He will ruffle a few feathers I am sure, but thatís needed with the club where they are now and when Gary Johnson tells you to do something, you do it."

Foley arrived at Huish Park having played 'in the hole' for Newport, between the midfield and strikers, as well as in wide positions, but managed to establish himself in a left-wing slot soon after his arrival, after Gavin Williams struggled to find fitness due to calf muscle problems. That allowed Sam to become a first team regular in that position, making 51 appearances, and ultimately being part of the May 2013 League One Play-Off Final winning side at Wembley Stadium. That gave the Glovers Championship football and although Foley was restricted to just nine appearances that year, he remembered those two years fondly:

"When I signed for Yeovil I didnít really have a position, but I did well on the left and the player (Gavin Williams) who was in front of me (in the pecking order) got injured. I was then able to reap the rewards of Garyís management and winning at Wembley was amazing, especially having lost there the year before with Newport County in the FA Trophy final. Nobody expected Yeovil to reach the Championship and the club was never going to be able to sustain a future at that level in financial terms. Some clubs had more staff in their canteens than we did in our entire club and QPRís wage bill for a month was bigger than ours for the whole squad for a year, so it was an amazing achievement just to be in the same division as them."

Whilst Foley struggled to make an impression at Championship level, the club's return to League One saw him quickly reestablish himself in the side - this time as a central midfielder - making 40 appearances so far this season. The St Albans born player praised the togetherness that squad had during that time, and the way that got the best out of him as a player:

"We had a real togetherness and a lot of the lads we had have gone on to play for bigger clubs like Byron Webster (Millwall), Luke Ayling (Bristol City) and Dan Burn (Fulham). The manager definitely plays his part in that because he has to keep everyone in order and itís a balancing act, which he managed to do at Yeovil. Whether itís using praise or giving out a rollicking, he is very good at mind games and always comes out on top. He definitely got the best out of me and I am sure heíll make a big impact at Cheltenham."


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1 April 2015 : Chesterfield And Fleetwood Ticket Purchasing Over Easter
With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend coming up, a reminder that Yeovil Town have two League One matches scheduled during that time. The home match against Chesterfield takes place on Good Friday (April 3rd) at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, having been brought forward by 24 hours, along with many other fixtures in this division. Note that this fixture has a Kids For A Quid ticketing offer against it - for further details, see the earlier article linked below.

In addition, due to the Bank Holiday weekend, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be closed over Saturday, Sunday and Monday meaning that those supporters travelling up to Fleetwood Town for the Easter Monday (April 6th) match at their Highbury Stadium, will need to purchase their match tickets by Friday. Due to priority being given to fans purchasing Chesterfield tickets on that day, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your Fleetwood tickets by 1.00p.m. on Friday. If you can't get to the Ticket Office before then, you might want to order on the phone via 01935-847888 and collect when you get to the ground via the separate outlet. You can still purchase Fleetwood tickets on the day of the game, but they will cost you more. For prices, see the article below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield : Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part Three.


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1 April 2015 : Fry Hints At Continuity For Glovers Management Team
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has strongly hinted that current acting management team Terry Skiverton and Darren Way will be part of a management team next season, in some shape or form. The pair were both given control of the first team in early February in the wake of Gary Johnson's departure from the club, but without any timeframe being put on their arrangements - although later reports suggested that the board had already agreed for them to take charge until the end of the season.

The big question has been what the club plan to do at the end of the 2014-15 season, and in a meeting with supporters at the club earlier in the week - with Skiverton and Way present - Fry suggested that successful clubs generally did not change their backroom teams, and also implied that the terms of their contracts meant that their jobs as assistant manager and first team coach meant that they were automatically rolled over into the 2015-16 season - something that Fry had previously alluded to in terms of notice periods on the management team's contracts:

"These two guys have got a contract that rolls over to next season as coaches - an assistant manager and coach. Now whether you bring in another manager or not, I will be consulting with Terry, as you need coaches in addition to a manager. Most managers will come without baggage and use the existing coaching regime. The successful clubs keep the coaches in the background. These people know the club inside out. There's never ever been any criticism of them when we got into the Championship of their coaching expertise, and how they go about their coaching, or the rest of their responsibilities as management such as dealing with the press after the match. We've got one of the best coaching set-ups in the country as far as the people here are concerned. They're Yeovil through-and-through, they're committed to the club, they're learning all the time and they're young people."

Since Johnson has left Huish Park, the club have managed just two wins and two draws in their eleven games, and are currently on a run of four consecutive defeats during which they have scored one goal. However, Fry stated that he was not judging them at all on the current run of form, suggesting that the squad they had inherited restricted them in what they could do:

"Whether they're getting it right at the present time is neither here nor there, because they've taken over. Given the opportunity that we've got, we've got a situation where we can think afresh come the summer, as it's more or less a clean sheet. Contracts terminate on around the 30th of June and from there onwards we can work the system and what we're going to do out. They've been given a poisoned chalice with players that we can't change. We've got 30 players in the club. We've got about eight contracted for next year. In some cases it doesn't work and you can't get people to work for you and to get results for you. With Terry Skiverton and Darren, their arrangement at the moment is that they are acting managers, and that's with the players that we've got - and we're stuck with the players that we've got. They're doing a job to the best of their ability. The results are no reflection of their ability."

Despite the club now being ten points short of League One safety, and with only seven games remaining, Fry told the meeting that he had not given up all hope on the club retaining its League One status. He suggested that some of the existing playing squad lacked commitment to the cause, but said that wasn't something that he'd level at Skiverton and Way:

"They're being given a chance to improve their situation, and we know where possibly the weaknesses are. I've spoken to Terry, and to Darren. They're totally flexible in their situations and they understand it, and they understand the fans' reactions. Terry and Darren are totally and utterly - and it's one thing that's maybe missing with some of these players - committed to this football club, and to get us out of a losing run. They are first class and their attitude towards this club is that they come in and they know that they're getting on with the job with their fitness regimes and so forth."

Fry's words strongly imply that Skiverton and Way will be given the chance to stay at Huish Park for the 2015-16 season - the open-ended part of what he said is whether they would lead the management team as they are in an 'acting' capacity today, or whether a new person would come in as first team manager, that would see them revert back to their currently contracted roles of assistant manager and first team coach.


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