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31 July 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Brentford
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town open up their 2011-12 campaign on the road, and that means that the Ciderspace away day guides are back. Starting with the trip to play Brentford, there's a whole heap of stuff about Griffin Park, and the surrounding area, including ticketing, parking, pubs, club history, and other odds'n'sods.

If you're heading to the game next week, then have a browse of the guide linked below, before you head off to the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.


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31 July 2011 : GWSC Travel To Brentford
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town open up their 2011-12 season with a League One match against Brentford. The match against the West London club takes place on Saturday 6th August 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). You can also contact the GWSC office at Huish Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm on 01935-847879. An answer machine service is also available on this number.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town (League Cup).


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30 July 2011 : Diarra Departs
Yeovil Town have decided against giving a contract to French trialist Diarra Tiemoko. The striker had scored three goals in two matches against Poole Town and Bristol City, leading to questions amongst supporters as to whether they had some hot property on their hands.

However, Skiverton left the 28 year old out of Tuesday night's match against Cardiff City and the player was absent for this afternoon's game against Southampton. In his post-match press conference, the Western Gazette report that manager Terry Skiverton confirmed Tiemoko had left the club, following concerns about his levels of fitness.


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30 July 2011 : Yeovil 2 Saints 2 : Wotton And Williams Keep Glovers Unbeaten
Yeovil Town gained a 2-2 draw in their final pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season, coming from behind twice against newly promoted Southampton. In a match played at Huish Park, the Glovers went a goal down just before the break through David Connolly, but came back strongly in the second period. A Paul Wotton penalty levelled the scores, but that was short-lived when Jonathan Forte restored the Saints lead. An Andy Williams header though, restored parity quickly though, as the three goals inside 10 minutes livened up an end-to-end period of the game.

The match saw Yeovil Town select a full set of contracted players in their starting line-up for the first time in pre-season - perhaps a giant hint as to what the starting line-up against Brentford might look like next weekend. With only four trialists on the bench as well, and of those only Rory Fallon being used on the day, this was a match to familiarise with what the Glovers will have at their disposal for the 2011-12 season.

Not too surprisingly, last season's League One runners-up started strongly, playing the ball around well, and showing good off the ball movement. Glovers goalkeeper Jed Steer, making his first appearance since agreeing a three month loan deal at the club, was in solid first half form, stopping attempts from Richie Lambert and Josť Fonte, but couldn't do a lot when the class of Lambert and Adam Lallana saw David Connolly fed right on the stroke of half time, and he nudged the ball home with more or less the final action of the half, with the Glovers defence perhaps having switched off a little.

That was the last we saw of goalscorer Connolly, who was replaced at the break by Jonathan Forte as Saints reshuffled their attack. This was to be a better half for Yeovil, although it was only directly after they had made four substitutions on the hour mark that they got themselves back into the match. A minute after those changes, Josť Fonte was found guilty of fouling Paul Huntington in the box, and up stepped former Saints midfielder Paul Wotton - transferred to the Glovers in January from St Mary's, sending the visiting keeper the wrong way.

Wotton's midfield partner Ed Upson was having a fine 45 minutes and was unlucky not to give Yeovil the lead when he powered two great long distance attempts, with one forcing Dan Harding to clear off his own line, as keeper Kelvin Davis was put at full stretch. That spell of Yeovil pressure therefore made Saints reclaiming the lead look a little harsh, even if Jonathan Forte's quick burst through the middle of the park, and shot fired into the far corner showed some Championship class for the third goal of the game.

Back came the Glovers though, as the quickfire period of goals continued - Ed Upson's right-flank cross landed on the head of Andy Williams, who netted his third goal of pre-season - a statistic made more impressive by him being rested last weekend. 2-2 and as Saints made even more substitutions, there was the chance for the Glovers to steal a win.

That wasn't to be, with Jed Steer having to keep out further chances, with Rickie Lambert still looking his usual dangerous self in aerial encounters, as Saints threatened to nick it at the end. Now the real action starts next weekend, as the Glovers travel to Griffin Park, and at least there's now a bit of stability in terms of the first team squad after a chaotic pre-season period. Going into that first match against Brentford, it will also have done no harm to have established a five game unbeaten run, for what that's worth in terms of pre-season opposition.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Southampton 2.

Scorers: David Connolly (45 mins, 0-1), Paul Wotton (62 mins, 1-1), Jonathan Forte (67 mins, 1-2), Andy Williams (71 mins, 2-2).

Yeovil Town: 13. Jed Steer 2. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 6. Paul Wotton (Capt) 7. Kieran Agard 8. Ed Upson 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 11. Max Ehmer

Substitutes: 12. Rory Fallon (60 mins for Kieran Agard) 31. Gareth Stewart 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Curtis Haynes-Brown (60 mins for Nathan Jones) 16. Andy Williams (60 mins for Steve MacLean) 17. Anthony Edgar (60 mins for Gavin Williams) 18. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 19. Bas Savage 20. Rui Marques 21. Billy Gibson (85 mins for Luke Ayling).

Southampton: Davis, Butterfield, Fonte (Capt), Seaborne, Harding, Guly, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert.

Substitutes: Bart, Richardson (for Butterfield), Jaidi (for Seaborne), Martin (for Fonte), Forte (for Connolly), Chaplow (for Cork), De Ridder (for Lallana).

Attendance: 2,018 (including 569 Saints fans)


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30 July 2011 : Yeovil vs Southampton Team Line-Ups
For the first time in Yeovil Town's pre-season, they field a side without any trialists in the starting line-up. For today's match against Southampton - the final pre-season match before the 2011-12 season, there are only four trialists in the squad named, with Rory Fallon, Bas Savage, Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Rui Marques having all featured before.

There's no sign of Diarra Tiemoko, Cian Hughton or Kerrea Gilbert today, with Tiemoko and Gilbert having also missed the midweek match against Cardiff City, although reports were that they were still at the club.

The line-up this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town: 13. Jed Steer 2. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 6. Paul Wotton (Capt) 7. Kieran Agard 8. Ed Upson 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 11. Max Ehmer

Substitutes: 12. Rory Fallon 31. Gareth Stewart 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Curtis Haynes-Brown 16. Andy Williams 17. Anthony Edgar 18. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 19. Bas Savage 20. Rui Marques 21. Billy Gibson.

Southampton: Davis, Butterfield, Fonte (Capt), Seaborne, Harding, Guly, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert.

Substitutes: Bart, Richardson, Jaidi, Martin, Forte, Chaplow, De Ridder.


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30 July 2011 : Bookies List Glovers As Favourites - To Go Down
We're rather used to the bookies having a bit of a downer on Yeovil Town - this summer they appear to have excelled themselves. We're used to being listed amongst the wider odds quoted for promotion and outright winners for League One, but on this occasion, as we prepare to move into the 2011-12 season, the betting shops are listing the Glovers as firm outsiders.

Taking the odds displayed for clubs to win the League One title outright, Yeovil Town are currently given the equal or outright widest odds by every bookmaker, with Bet365 (100/1), SkyBet (66/1), SportingBet (66/1), BlueSquare (80/1), 888Sport (80/1) and BWin (66/1) all putting the Glovers out on their own as the least likely side to win the division. The best odds amongst the 16 bookmakers we considered are Bet365 at 100/1. Their full odds are as follows:

League One Outright Odds: (Bet365) Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday 11/2; Preston North End 6/1; Charlton Athletic 8/1; Sheffield United 9/1; Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford 14/1; Scunthorpe United 16/1; Chesterfield 25/1; AFC Bournemouth 28/1; Leyton Orient, Notts County 33/1; Colchester United, Carlisle United, Exeter City 40/1; Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, Walsall 50/1; Bury, Hartlepool United 66/1; Stevenage, Tranmere Rovers 80/1, Yeovil Town 100/1

If you're thinking that maybe winning the title outright is perhaps stretching it a little bit too much, then it's pretty much the same sort of story, with Yeovil Town ranked as 25/1 outsiders by Bet365, BlueSquare, 888Sport and Coral, with the first three bookies putting the Glovers as the widest odds outright. Again there isn't a single bookie that gives another club wider odds on promotion.

It won't be too surprising to note that Yeovil Town are outright favourites to be relegated as well. The 15/8 price that is offered by Bet365, SkyBet, Victor Chandler, BlueSquare, Stan James, 888 Sport and Coral is the best price you'll find amongst the 16 bookmakers, with the majority listing the Glovers on their own with the narrowest odds.

As far as the Golden Boot is concerned, given for League One's top goalscorer, the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips, Jordan Rhodes, Clinton Morrison, Ched Evans and Clayton Donaldson are the bookies tips to come out on top. If you want Yeovil Town players odds, then you're struggling, as most don't offer public odds at all. Former Everton academy striker Kieran Agard is 66/1 (SkyBet) to grab the Golden Boot, whilst Andy Williams is 80/1 (BlueSquare and 888 Sport) - if you want other odds, you're better off approaching the bookies themselves.

Hopefully the bookies will be as wrong about the 2011-12 season as they've been for the previous six years.


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29 July 2011 : First Blades Meeting Gets Ticketed Status For Away Fans
Yeovil Town's future League One opponents Sheffield United have been given their ticketing allocation for their first ever competitive match at Huish Park. The two sides meet in the Football League on Saturday 27th August, with the Blades expected to sell out the away end for their journey down to Somerset.

As a result, their fans have been advised that the away sections of the ground will be ALL TICKET, with them being given 1,500 terrace places, and 460 seated places. To our knowledge, home sections of the ground remain under normal arrangements.

Naturally, if you're a Yeovil Town supporter living in the North, especially those exiled in Yorkshire, we'd advise that you plan your ticket purchase well in advance, if you are not already registered on the Huish Park Ticket Office database.


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29 July 2011 : Glovers Legends Take On Army Side
A Yeovil Town Legends side is due to play in a charity match at Wincanton Town Football Club in just over a week's time. On Sunday 7th August, the Legends side, headed by Terry Cotton, will take on an Army representative side to raise funds for the Undentable Trust.

Terry has collected together 15 former Yeovil Town players, in a match that will kick-off at 12.30p.m. as part of a wider event that will include various family-oriented activities, including an all-day barbecue, a children's inflatable play assault course, a paintball range, a golf challenge, a raffle as well as other games.

All money raised is going to the Undentable Trust, which was set up as a legacy to Captain Mark Hale, who lost his life in Afghanistan while helping another soldier to safety, and raises funds for Help for Heroes, The Rifles Benevolent Fund and The Royal British Legion. It deals specifically with members of the British forces and their families that have been affected by the military operations in Afghanistan and other conflict zones.

The current planned squad for the Yeovil Town Legends side is as follows, and includes first team manager Terry Skiverton and Head Of Youth Scott Green:

Andy Buse, Terry Cotton, Pete Copeland, Paul Thorpe, Rob Cousins, Tony Pounder, Terry Skiverton, Scott Green, Dean Birkby, Gerry Pearson, Adrian Foster, Steve Thompson, Simon Gale, Matt Fricker.


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29 July 2011 : Glovers Side Face Tivvy Test
For those Yeovil Town supporters who live in Devon, or perhaps fancy something a bit different tomorrow afternoon, a reminder that there are two pre-season friendlies taking place tomorrow afternoon. Whilst the majority of the first team will be playing host to Championship side Southampton at Huish Park (kick-off 3.00p.m.) another Yeovil Town XI will be travelling to Ladysmead, where they will take on Tiverton Town.

In past seasons, this match has often been used as the final friendly to gear the Glovers up for their first team season - this time around, it will be largely the Under-18s who will travel down to Devon. However, recent Youth Team friendlies have seen over-age players such as trialist Alistair Slowe, or first year professionals Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes involved - with first team manager Terry Skiverton still looking at a large number of trialists within the ranks, it may be that a similar set of players head west to play Tivvy.

Their manager Mark Saunders says that he is not too worried about the idea of their home match taking place without any of Yeovil's star names present, pointing out that it may provide a more event contest for his players:

"Yeovil should be a great game. They might also play their kids but you get the same fitness benefits of playing them as the seniors and if you get thumped then your confidence might suffer. It reminds me of when we played Exeter City in the St Luke's Bowl last season. They played most of their youth players but it was still a great test for us. Physically they were very strong and fit and we had to defend very well, but we still got a morale-boosting 2-0 win, so a win, even against youngsters, can be good for morale. If you get thumped by the seniors then you have to ask whether it's worth it or not."

Admission for tomorrow's match at Ladysmead is £8.00 for Adults, with concessions available for £5.50 whilst Under-16s can get in for £1.00. There is an additional £1.00 charge for those who wish to transfer to the Main Stand inside the turnstiles.

In addition to Saturday's match, the Under-18s are in action again next Tuesday evening, in a match at Alvington, home of Westland Sports. The helicopter company's team is the opposition for that match - hopefully there will be no arguments over who bags the home dressing rooms! Kick-off is at 6.30p.m. and all are welcome to attend the game, free of charge.


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28 July 2011 : Skivo Steers Home Another Signing
Further to this morning's news, the loan signing of Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer has now been confirmed. The England Under-19s keeper has agreed a three month youth loan deal at Huish Park, which includes a 24 hour loan recall clause in the event of any injuries or suspensions at Carrow Road.

Jed is a Norwich City academy graduate, having attended Reepham High School in Norfolk. He signed a two and a half professional year deal with the Canaries on the day of his 17th birthday, that has today been extended by another season, taking him through to the summer of 2013. He has yet to make a competitive first team appearance but has made it as far as their first team bench and a couple of first team pre-season friendlies.

The 18 year old was born on September 23rd 1992 in Norwich, and also has also honours for the England Under-16s and Under-19s side, with his call-up to the higher level coming for a 4-0 win over Cyprus in October 2010, and picking up a second cap against the Netherlands.

Jed is Yeovil Town's 9th signing of the 2011-12 season, following the arrival of midfielders Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar and Dominic Blizzard, defenders Bondz N'Gala, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Max Ehmer and strikers Kieran Agard and Steve MacLean.


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28 July 2011 : Ticketing Promotional Offer For Scunthorpe Away
National newspaper The Sun are relaunching their 'Footie With A Friend' ticketing promotional offer. The deal which has run twice before, allows pairs of supporters the ability to gain entrance to selected football matches for a knockdown price, varying between £9.50 and £29.50 depending on the level that the two clubs play at.

The range of matches that cover games during September and October 2011 at present only include one Yeovil Town match this time round, and that is the away match against Scunthorpe United which takes place on Saturday 24th September with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The price of a pair of adult tickets will be £9.50.

Full details of all of the matches on offer are available on The Sun's website here. The downside is that you have to purchase four copies of the newspaper between Saturday 30th July and Monday 8th August and cut out the tokens to qualify for the offer.

There is only a limited number of ticket pairs given out for each qualifying match. Last season, the Huish Park Ticket Office allowed supporters to redeem the offer even for a qualifying away match, although sometimes only the home club are willing to do this. Once the arrangements for the trip to Glanford Park are known, we'll clarify at which end you redeem your tickets.


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28 July 2011 : Tudur Jones, Kalala And Parkes Sign For New Clubs
Former Yeovil Town trio Owain Tudur Jones, Jean-Paul Kalala and Tom Parkes have all signed new deals in the last 24 hours. Midfielder Tudur Jones has switched north of the border after leaving Norwich City. According to the STV website, he is awaiting international clearance on a move that will take him to Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Tudur Jones had recently made two international appearances for Wales, but was frozen out at Carrow Road, and yesterday it was announced that he was one of six players who had been transfer-listed by manager Paul Lambert.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has completed a move to League Two side Southend United after a short trial. He has penned at one year deal at Roots Hall, and manager Paul Sturrock told the Southend Echo he was glad to have the 29 year old on board:

"JP is a very strong man and is the type of person you want in the spine of your side. He played well against Ipswich despite having just two hours sleep due to illness. But I'm pleased to have completed the transfer and brought him in."

Finally, Leicester City have allowed 19 year old defender Tom Parkes to go out on a six month loan with League Two side Burton Albion. Parkes has had two other loan spells with the Brewers, and despite having a trial with Crewe Alexandra he has instead returned to the Pirelli Stadium. Manager Paul Peschisolido has told BBC Sport that the half season deal may be extended:

"I'm really happy to be able to bring Tom back in. He adds more depth to our defensive options and is a quality player, especially when you consider how young he still is. He knows the club and most of the lads here know him already as well. I'm delighted to have him on loan again for an initial six months."


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28 July 2011 : Glovers Steer Towards Goalkeeper Loan
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has now an agreement to take Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer on loan for the start of the 2011-12 season. The deal comes as little surprise, with the Glovers boss having been impressed by him since his arrival in the home friendly against Bristol City.

In this morning's Western Morning News and Western Gazette, Skiverton explains that contracts have yet to be drawn up for the player to sign, but that he has now made his decision about the England Under-19 goalkeeper:

"We've agreed that we'll be taking Jed on loan, and he'll be the next one coming in subject to contracts being drawn up. He kicks very well, and he's a calming influence at the back. He is along the lines of what I look for, he's a youth international with great passing skills coming out of the back. He is almost a sweeper-'keeper, and he makes great decisions about when to come and when not to come. He's someone that I have full trust in, and we'll be looking to do a deal as soon as possible."

Elsewhere, in this week's Western Gazette, Skiverton confirms that defenders Jim Paterson and Aaron Lescott have left the club. In the case of former Plymouth Argyle player Paterson, the deal fell through over personal terms, with the Glovers boss saying that he "could not get close" on a deal with him.

However, a deal for right-back Kerrea Gilbert is still alive according to the paper. The former Arsenal right-back was planned to be signed on at the start of the week - some medical issues have held things up, but they are not serious enough to wipe out the deal. There are also plans for Rui Marques to return to the club for a further trial spell after he played in last weekend's home game against Bristol City. There's also a mention that French striker Diarra Tiemoko is still at the club, despite missing the midweek match against Cardiff City.


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27 July 2011 : Switching Ciders
Yeovil Town's home terrace is under new sponsorship. The name of the Blackthorn Stand is no more, and will instead be replaced by the name of another cider company, with the terrace now referred to as The Thatchers Gold Stand.

The club have arranged a three year deal, running until the summer of 2014, with the company who are based in Myrtle Farm in Somerset.

As yet, there's still no sponsorship deal in place for the East Stand at Huish Park, formerly known as the Cowlin Stand (and before that the Bartlett Stand).


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27 July 2011 : Oli And Owain Transfer-Listed At Carrow Road
Former Yeovil Town loan pair Owain Tudur Jones and Oli Johnson have been transfer-listed by Norwich City after dropping entirely out of manager Paul Lambert's plans. The midfielder and striker are two of six players who have not played in any of the Canaries home friendlies, and were left at home when the club travelled to Germany for a training camp.

Lambert has told the Norwich Evening News that the players have known for some time that they are free to find new clubs, and more or less suggests that they will not even feature for the Norwich Reserves side, which will be used to blood younger players. With Premier League sides only allowed to name a 25 man squad for each half of the 2011-12 season, Lambert says that it is up to them and their agents to sort things out:

"The lads know. I told them towards the end of last season. Theyíve been really fine, they havenít been obstructive or anything like that. They know the situation, itís up to them to make their agents work for them. Itís entirely up to the lads. Their agents are working for them to go and do something. I think a few of them have had chances to go but theyíve not taken it, so theyíre still here."

The other four players who have been transfer-listed are defender Steven Smith, midfielder Stephen Hughes, winger Anthony McNamee, and striker Cody McDonald. All six are contracted until the summer of 2012 and so Norwich are entitled to ask for a fee, although the signs are that Lambert would rather see them get off his wage bill.


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27 July 2011 : League Secures New Global TV Rights Deal
The Football League have announced a new five year broadcasting deal for the rights to show matches across the world in its league and cup competitions. The agreement with Pitch International commences from the 2012-13 season and allows them to arrange broadcast rights with overseas television companies on behalf of the league for both Football League and Carling Cup matches.

Currently, Pitch International are one of several broadcasting partners across the world, but the new deal will give the company full rights on a global basis. Currently broadcasts are received over 96 different countries across Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. Many of these broadcast weekly highlights shows, rather than full live matches. There's no mention within the league's press statement as to whether the overall level of coverage will change when the new deal kicks in.


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26 July 2011 : Yeovil 1 Cardiff 1 : Maximum Joy For Ehmer
Yeovil Town and Cardiff City served up the proverbial game of two halves at Huish Park tonight, as they battled out a 1-1 draw. In a game that was dominated by the Championship side during the first period, as Peter Whittingham's goal opened the scoring, the Glovers came back into the match thanks to Max Ehmer's first ever goal in a Glovers shirt, and could even have won it with a bout of late pressure near the end.

The Glovers went into the match fielding just one trialist in the starting line-up, with Jed Steer hot favourite to win a loan deal with the club, from Premier League side Norwich City. Otherwise, all ten of the outfield players were contracted to the club, giving an idea of how the squad is now starting to take shape. On the bench there were two new trialists, with former Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon being joined by former Dagenham and Redbridge front man Bas Savage. But it was to be the second half before we got to see them in action, as manager Terry Skiverton concentrated on his current charges to see how well they could do against a side that nearly got into the top flight last season.

The initial answer to that question was apparently not very well. The Bluebirds came out of the blocks as the more impressive team, with the Glovers struggling to get a foothold in the game whilst playing their 3-4-1-2 formation. Thus when Cardiff grabbed their 18th minute lead, following the forcing of a corner, it was thoroughly deserved, with Peter Whittingham's precision volley netting from Don Cowie's set piece to give Cardiff a 1-0 lead.

The Bluebirds went on to dominate the half, with Yeovil struggling to get width, and when they did push forward, having had too many players behind the ball to stand a hope of that break being seriously successful. As the half closed up, the Glovers switched to a flat back four, and that managed to achieve a bit more of a containment job on the Welshmen, and certainly enough to ensure that the damage didn't get any worse.

Six minutes into the second period, the Glovers got themselves a foothold back into the match, as they won a free kick on the corner of the area. Gavin Williams, a well known Cardiff City fan, took the set piece, and in doing so punished the club he supports, by allowing Max Ehmer the chance to equalise, with his first ever goal for the Glovers, as the Bluebirds defence stood around asking each other who was meant to be marking him.

That was the cue for both substitutions to dominate the game, and for Yeovil to get a serious grip on the match. Whether the goal gave them confidence, or whether the introduction of Kieran Agard, Bas Savage and Rory Fallon proved a little more challenging for Cardiff to get to grips with, the tide certainly turned, and with Savage playing as the deeper of the three-pronged attack, in the 'Gavin Williams' position, it was Yeovil well on top.

Paul Wotton's long range teed up effort went just over the bar, whilst the intervention of a defender's boot stopped Kieran Agard from netting a ball across the face of the box. Then towards the end of the match, Rory Fallon started to get in on the act. Firstly he let the ball run onto Agard, causing a defender to panic and nearly put the ball into his own net. Then a Fallon header saw Tom Heaton have to push the ball out to safety. Anther substitute Billy Gibson narrowly missed a shot across the face of goal, as he put in an impressive stint on the pitch, and even Bas Savage forced Heaton into a save from 20 yards out, with the keeper unable to hold onto the striker's shot.

Cardiff held out for the draw in the end though - a far cry from where they had been just before the half time break, when there only seemed to be one team in it. The game will have thrown up a number of conundrums for manager Terry Skiverton to consider with one more friendly left though - what formation and tactic suits his team the best, and should he turn his attention towards some of the players who impressed as substitutes during the much improved second half performance?

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 1.

Scorers: Peter Whittingham (18 mins, 0-1), Max Ehmer (51 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Town: 13. Jed Steer 2. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 6. Paul Wotton (Capt) 7. Andy Williams 8. Ed Upson 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 11. Max Ehmer.

Substitutes: 12. Rory Fallon (for Steve MacLean) 31. Gareth Stewart 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Curtis Haynes-Brown (for Nathan Jones) 16. Kieran Agard (for Andy Williams) 17. Danny Fitzsimons 18. Abdulai Bell-Baggie (for Luke Ayling) 19. Bas Savage (for Gavin Williams) 20. Cian Hughton 21. Billy Gibson (for Ed Upson).

Cardiff City: Tom Heaton, Kevin McNaughton, Lee Naylor, Aron Gunnarsson, Dekel Keinan, Gabor Gyepes, Peter Whittingham, Filip Kiss, Jon Parkin, Craig Fagan, Don Cowie.

Substitutes: Kenny Miller, David Marshall, Mark Hudson, Robert Earnshaw, Aaron Wildig, Solomon Taiwo, Andrew Taylor, Joe Mason, Nat Jarvis, Alex Evans, Ibby Farah, Rudy Gestede.

Attendance: 1,377 (including 286 Cardiff fans).


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26 July 2011 : Tonight's Glovers Line-Up vs Cardiff City
Yeovil Town have selected just one trialist in the starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Cardiff City. Goalkeeper Jed Steer, who is hoping for a loan deal from his parent club Norwich City, starts his second game for the Glovers, having impressed in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bristol City.

Within the squad, there are just four trialists left, with no sign of Jim Paterson, Kerrea Gilbert, Diarra Tiemoko or Aaron Lescott. Instead we have two new trialists in the form of strike pair Rory Fallon and Bas Savage (profiled here) and continuing trials for full-back Cian Hughton and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

Tonight's line-up is as follows:

13. Jed Steer 2. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 6. Paul Wotton (Capt) 7. Andy Williams 8. Ed Upson 9. Steve MacLean 10. Gavin Williams 11. Max Ehmer.

Substitutes: 12. Rory Fallon 31. Gareth Stewart 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Curtis Haynes-Brown 16. Kieran Agard 17. Danny Fitzsimons 18. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 19. Bas Savage 20. Cian Hughton 21. Billy Gibson.


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26 July 2011 : Fallon And Savage On Trial For Glovers
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Rory Fallon is back at Huish Park and is in the squad for tonight's side against Cardiff City. The former Plymouth Argyle striker was released by the Pilgrims at the end of last season and is understood to have arrived for training with the Glovers just before the weekend.

Fallon, who represented New Zealand at the last World Cup, is a 29 year old old fashioned target man striker, who started his career with Barnsley then moved on to play for Swindon Town, during which he had a loan spell with the Glovers. A move to Swansea City lasted one season before he headed to Home Park where he spent four seasons, including a loan spell with Ipswich Town last season.

He has 10 full caps for New Zealand, and scored three goals, including the one that sent them through to a World Cup Final stage for the first time.

Another striker on trial tonight is 29 year old Bas Savage. He is another tall striker, standing at 6'3", and has recently been released by Dagenham and Redbridge. He came to the attention of Glovers fans though as a Bristol City player for all the wrong reasons - a trip over his own feet whilst clean through on goal at Ashton Gate perhaps not giving the best of impressions of him. Bas has also experience with Tranmere Rovers, Millwall, Brighton and Hove Albion, Gillingham, Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and Bury.

Both players are sat on the bench for tonight's match against Cardiff City.


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26 July 2011 : Matthews Hat-Trick Destroys Daggers Youth
Yeovil Town second year scholar Lloyd Matthews bagged a hat-trick at Alvington this afternoon, as the Glovers beat a Dagenham and Redbridge youth side 4-1. In an excellent first half, the Frome-based 17 year old got all three before the break, with striker Melchi Emanuel-Williamson netting the other, as the Daggers looked a little shell-shocked, even if they did compose themselves during the second period enough to get a consolation goal.

The first half saw Yeovil come out a little sluggish, as Dagenham looked the better side for the first 15 minutes, albeit with their shots on goal going wide of the target and not bothering Matt Cafer in the Glovers goal. However, shortly after Melchi Emanuel-Williamson had shot just over the bar at the other end, it was the home who took the lead, as they won a penalty for handball. Up stepped Lloyd Matthews and he converted into the bottom right corner.

The Glovers doubled their lead shortly after, when striker Melchi Emanuel-Williamson thread the ball through for Lloyd Matthews, and the second year scholar threaded the ball under the advancing keeper to put Yeovil 2-0 up. At this point, Yeovil began to dominate, with Aidan Chainey going close, as his shot screwed just wide of the target.

They got themselves a deserved third goal, when Melchi Emanuel-Williamson took advantage of a goalkeeping error with a bit of improvisation. A straight-forward looking catch was fumbled by the Daggers keeper, and when the ball dropped loose, Emanuel-Williamson - a former Fulham Academy player, who has represented ISFA at Under-16s level - did well to back-heel the ball into the net from close range.

Dagenham had a brief sight of the opposite goal as they hit the crossbar from just two yards out, but that was a brief respite for them, as the Glovers grabbed their fourth goal of the afternoon. Lloyd Matthews grabbed the ball outside the box, and despite taking the shot on his weaker foot, he still managed enough power to send his shot across the face of the keeper and into the top right hand corner, for his hat-trick goal, and a 4-0 lead at the break.

Half time saw Yeovil make four substitutions, introducing two of the club's first year professionals in Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke, whilst the more senior trialist Alistair Slowe was also given a second run-out for the Under-18s. That said, the substitutions being made were on a more informal basis, with Will Gordon spending only 10 minutes off the field before coming back on for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson.

Rob Clowes started the half playing as a centre-back, but further rolling substitutions during the second period saw Aidan Chainey and Will Agbo come off, and Josh Doyle and Johnny Kaye return to the field as Clowes moved up into midfield, showing how versatile the striker is as a player. Dagenham had begun to threaten during the second period, with their winger turning Alistair Slowe in the full-back position, before putting a shot wide, and they grabbed a goal back shortly after the double substitution to restore a bit of pride to their game.

With management trio Terry Skiverton, Darren Way and Gareth Stewart all watching the match, and even players Luke Ayling and Max Ehmer turning up to Alvington for the match, they'll have been impressed by the first half display, and even though the second half didn't quite live up to the first 45 minutes, it was a good way to build up confidence within the side.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 4 Dagenham and Redbridge U18s 1.

Scorers: Lloyd Matthews (1-0, pen), Lloyd Matthews (2-0), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (3-0), Lloyd Matthews (4-0)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Matt Cafer, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle, Taran Singh Jheeta, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey, Johnny Kaye, Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson.

Substitutes: Alistair Slowe (46 mins for Josh Doyle), Andy Venning (46 mins for Johnny Kaye), Rob Clowes (46 mins for Taran Singh Jheeta), Lewis Clarke (46 mins for Will Gordon).


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26 July 2011 : Glovers Confirm MacLean Signing
Yeovil Town have signed up striker Steve MacLean on a permanent basis. The striker has moved to Huish Park after a trial at the club, and has penned a one year deal, after being released by Plymouth Argyle at the end of last season. He stands by to make his formal debut for the club tonight against Cardiff City - another of his former clubs.

Steve was born in Edinburgh on August 23rd 1982. He started his career with Rangers, where he made a small handful of appearances, but it was his 2003-04 loan spell with Scunthorpe United that really caught the eye - coming up against the Glovers as he scored 24 times in just 42 appearances.

Perhaps surprisingly, Rangers let him go after that, allowing him to sign for Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000, where he spent three years, again with an impressive scoring record that got him 35 goals in 84 appearances.

After leaving Hillsborough, he lost his way a touch from his earlier prolific days, spending the 2007-08 season at Cardiff City to little effect, and then managing three years at Plymouth Argyle, including loan spells with Aberdeen and Oxford United, signing for Argyle for a £500,000 fee. He finished last season at Oxford where he netted six times in 31 appearances.

Steve has penned a one year contract at Huish Park, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012.


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26 July 2011 : Big Sam Becomes A Dagger
Former Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams is to sign a deal with League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge, following his release by the Glovers over the summer. The target man had been on trial with League One club Charlton Athletic earlier in pre-season, playing and scoring in their friendly against Welling United.

However, Sam has now switched a little further around the corner to sign for the Daggers, and will be competing with former Glover Gavin Tomlin for a place in their side, as they look to bounce back from relegation last season. Manager John Still told the London24 website that he was pleased to secure a deal with the striker, following a trial at Victoria Road:

"Iím pleased with Sam, weíll be signing him, heíll be a good addition."

Meanwhile former Glovers trialist Remy Gordon, who played for Yeovil in the 4-1 defeat at Dorchester Town earlier this month, has gone on trial with Cheltenham Town in his efforts to earn a contract.

Link: Sam Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 July 2011 : Cardiff City Friendly Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Championship side Cardiff City tonight in their penultimate pre-season friendly for the 2011-12 campaign. The 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park sees what is on paper Yeovil's most serious test - the Bluebirds fell merely a couple of games short of reaching the Premier League last season.

The Glovers squad is now finally starting to take shape, with seven signings made so far, and manager Terry Skiverton having suggested he expects a few more to arrive later in the week. So far, midfielders Gavin Williams and Dominic Blizzard, winger Anthony Edgar, striker Kieran Agard plus defenders Bondz N'Gala, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Max Ehmer have all committed to deals at the club, and whilst that still leaves a few gaping holes in the squad, then provided those are filled, the Glovers should at least be able to start the season with a recognisable side.

The most obvious gap is that of goalkeeper, with only coach Gareth Stewart registered as a player with the club. There it seems likely that Norwich City teenager Jed Steer will become a loan acquisition, provided he does not drop any clangers in tonight's game, or on Saturday against Southampton. Skiverton has already heavily hinted that Steer is currently firmly in the frame, telling the Western Daily Press:

"He has put himself right in the forefront to be my keeper when the season starts. Jed was keen to come down and have a look at us. Heís a confident lad who has come up through the age-group ranks with England. He has a great pedigree."

Aside from Steer, who should be between the sticks, other trialists that should get another look-in tonight are Kerrea Gilbert and Steve McLean, who Skiverton said had been offered deals by the club to sign permanently, whilst former Reading winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and former Leeds United defender Ryui Marques should get another bite of the cherry, along with full-back Cian Hughton and striker Diarra Tiemoko, who is currently on a run of three goals in two games. All has gone a little quiet on where things stand with Jim Paterson and Aaron Lescott, with neither featuring on Saturday, but on the other hand nothing has been said either way about their future chances.

Midfielder Gavin Williams missed Saturday's match against Bristol City with a foot injury, and so may be rested again, although Andy Williams was merely given a breather, and so should take some part in tonight's match. Dominic Blizzard was another one missing from Saturday's match, with the ankle injury he sustained in the friendly at Poole Town having kept him out since that game.

Cardiff are under new management, with former boss Dave Jones having paid the price for 'failure' in the play-offs by being replaced by former Watford boss Malky Mackay. He will therefore know Glovers winger Billy Gibson from his time at Vicarage Road, whilst Cardiff fans will know all about their former striker Steve MacLean. Another connection between the two clubs is that Welshman Gavin Williams is well known to be a Bluebirds fan.

The Bluebirds are set to blood former Hull City player Craig Fagan tonight, as part of a week's trial with the club, whilst French striker Rudy Gestade is another new arrival, having joined the club as a free agent from Metz after a short trial with the Welsh side. Slovakian midfielder Filip Kiss has signed a season long loan from Slovan Bratislava, whilst they are also in the process of getting international clearance to sign Kenny Miller from Turkish side Bursaspor. Their two main doubts lie with Robert Earnshaw and Craig Conway who have picked up knocks and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are on sale right up until the kick-off with no matchday surcharge. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: £10.00; Seniors: £5.00; Juniors: £2.00. Unless there's been a late change in policy, only the Main Stand will be open for tonight's match. We'll provide as many updates as possible on tonight's match via the @ytfcciderspace Twitter account - if you're going to the game, then we'll retweet as many of your views as we can.


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25 July 2011 : Glovers Youth Get Daggers Friendly
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon, in their third pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. They will be taking on a side from Dagenham and Redbridge in a match that will be played at Alvington (behind the Brewsters Airfield Tavern pub).

The match will kick-off at 1.00p.m. tomorrow, and all supporters are welcome to come along and see the Centre of Excellence side in action. There will be coffee and tea available, and on sale from 12.00 noon.


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25 July 2011 : Youth Team vs Bridgwater Town Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s secured a 2-2 draw on Saturday against a Bridgwater Town side in a match played on one of the Alvington pitches. Fielding a slightly mixed side, the Glovers included 22 year old former Northampton Town midfielder Alistair Slowe in their line-up - slotting in as a right-back, whilst Lewis Clarke was also used in the line-up despite now being a first year professional player. Trialists Tobias Iriah and Ohimai Longe were left out of the weekend line-up but are expected to return for another friendly this week.

The Glovers started the match using a 4-3-3 formation, and in a goalless first period, Yeovil's midfield trio ran the show, even if the home side struggled to create clear-cut chances. Free kicks and corners tended to represent their best opportunity to get past the Bridgwater defence, but instead went in at the break on level terms.

Matters soon changed after the break though, when an excellent pass through the centre found Will Gordon, and his cross into the box was put on a plate for Lewis Clarke to head home and put Yeovil 1-0 up. That was the cue for the Glovers to enjoy their best passage of play, as Alistair Slowe put in a cross that Clarke headed just wide, whilst another fluent move was only thwarted when an offside flag went up to stop Clarke getting behind the Bridgwater defence.

The Glovers made three second half substitutions, but even that didn't stop them doubling their lead, with one of those coming on, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, supplying a shot on goal, which Johnny Kaye seized upon to grab the loose ball and poke it home from close range. 2-0 up, and Yeovil looked to be on their way to a win.

But the visitors came back in quick succession, featuring a more senior side that included former Glovers Joe Grimstead and Ciaran Levet. A break caught out the Glovers defence, and the ball was slammed home from a narrow angle to bring matters back to 2-1. Then Bridgwater got themselves a dubious penalty for a handball offence just a few minutes later, and they levelled the game, with the penalty being converted into the bottom right hand corner.

The Glovers did have a chance to win the match, and will feel hard done by that they didn't - a great passing move resulted in the ball landing in the back of the net during the closing stages. The linesman on that side of the pitch didn't bat an eyelid, but somehow the referee overruled his assistant's decision, disallowing the goal, and with that the home side had to accept a draw. Despite that, Yeovil put on a strong team performance throughout the game, and are already showing good signs of working together as a unit.

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

Yeovil Scorers: Lewis Clarke (1-0), Johnny Kaye (2-0)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: (4-3-3)
Matt Cafer
Alistair Slowe, Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Lee Sweet
Will Agbo, Johnny Kaye, Aidan Chainey
Lloyd Matthews Lewis Clarke Will Gordon

Subs: Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (for Lloyd Matthews), Andy Venning (for Alistair Slowe), Alex Collins, Taran Singh Jheeta (for Aidan Chainey).


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25 July 2011 : Haynes-Brown Signing Is Confirmed
Yeovil Town have today completed their signing of Lowestoft Town full-back Curtis Haynes-Brown. The 22 year old is a central defender who is capable of playing as a left-back, and was born on April 15th 1989.

He started his footballing career by spending seven seasons at Colchester United as an academy player before being released without making an appearance. He then moved into non-league football, turning out for AFC Sudbury for two years between 2008 and 2010. Despite having trials for Ipswich Town during this time, he then signed a two year contract for Lowestoft a year ago.

Curtis was taken on trial by Crewe Alexandra earlier this month, but when they turned him down, the Hackney-born player moved south to go on trial with the Glovers, turning out in the mid-week match against Poole Town, and did well enough to earn a contract.

Curtis has signed a two year contract with the club today and so will remain with the club until the summer of 2013. There's no mention of a transfer fee, although with the player still having a year to run on his deal at Lowestoft, the club will need to have arranged something with the Isthmian League side.


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25 July 2011 : League Introduce Transfer Tax
The Football League have introduced a Transfer Tax for the 2011-12 season. In yet more developments coming out of last week's Football League EGM, there will be a one percent levy added to all transfers initiated by a Football League club that incur a transfer fee.

The money accrued, which the League believe will be in the region of £600,000, will be reinvested into the League's Youth Development programmes throughout the Football League - although there's no detail as yet as to how that money will be allocated. The League oversee each club's Centre of Excellence or Academy set-up via a central body which is now headed up by David Wetherall. He has said of the move:

"Youth Development at Football League clubs is one of the games' success stories, not only in terms of the number of players coming through, but also because our clubs are actually giving these players the chance to show their talent at first team level. Last season alone, 250 young players made their league debut and more than 900 players under the age of 21 appeared in first team football. These initiatives will further strengthen the outstanding work being done by Youth Development staff at clubs throughout The Football League and help even more young players make the step-up into first team football."

The League state that they currently have 8,500 players enrolled in formal youth development programmes, all aged between 8 and 18 across its 72 member clubs. They say that this is the biggest centrally co-ordinated youth development programme in the world.


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24 July 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Summer Heats Up
Saturday saw Yeovil Town play the fifth of their seven pre-season friendlies, with the Glovers seeing off Championship side Bristol City by a 1-0 scoreline. Of course as usual, the performance within the game is more important than the scoreline in such fixtures, and in particular how the new signings and trialists are shaping up.

Glovers blogger Blackthorn Stand (from the Pound for Pound Blog) gives his thoughts on yesterday's match - if you were at the game then feel free to add your on views on what is going on.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Summer Heats Up.


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24 July 2011 : Trialist Trio Offered Deals
Tomorrow, Yeovil Town are due to unveil two new signings, according to Tweets made by manager Terry Skiverton just before the weekend. No firm names had been given as to who Glovers fans could expect to have tied up on contracts until now - news over the weekend suggests that these will be players currently within the current squad set-up, with three of the current trialists having offers on the table for them now.

Speaking after the game, Skiverton has confirmed that he has offered Lowestoft Town central defender Curtis Haynes-Brown a deal, as reported on Friday, and that he has a deal agreed with the Suffolk club for the 22 year old to move to Somerset. All the signs are that he is likely to be one of the pair unveiled tomorrow.

Another player who has been offered a deal, is former Arsenal right-back Kerrea Gilbert. There were rumours that he had left Huish Park, particularly when he did not play in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bristol City. However, it would appear that the main barrier to him joining Yeovil Town is that he needs a medical to be completed, but once that is done then he will have a contract put under his nose to sign.

In addition, former Plymouth Argyle striker Steve McLean has been offered a deal with the club, although it's less clear here what stage negotiations are at. Haynes-Brown and Gilbert would appear to be the favourites to be announced tomorrow, although McLean could be a worthy outsider. Despite McLean being offered a deal, French trialist Diarra Tiemoko is still on the club's radar, with plans for two more strikers to be recruited in, even if McLean signs - obviously Diarra is one of those being considered.

Of the other trialists, Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer is planned to stay at Huish Park for at least the next couple of games. With the Glovers not having an alternative shot-stopper, it would appear that Steer is very firmly in the frame for a loan deal if he plays well over the next two matches. There are also positive noises about former Reading winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie's chances of being seen in more pre-season friendlies. Defender Rui Marquez should also get a second bite of the cherry on Tuesday against Cardiff City.

Of the contracted players, midfielder Gavin Williams had picked up a foot injury prior to the match against Bristol City, hence explaining why he did not play in the match, although his namesake Andy Williams appears to have just been rested from the match.


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23 July 2011 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 0 : Diarra Downs Robins
Yeovil Town saw off Championship side Bristol City this afternoon at Huish Park by a single first half goal today, as they won their first home pre-season friendly. A single strike from trialist Diarra Tiermoko - the French striker who scored two against Poole Town in midweek - was enough to separate the two sides, with City failing to find a route to goal during the match.

A total of six trialists took to the field for this afternoon's match, with Tiemoko joined in the starting line-up by goalkeeper Jed Steer - an England Under-19s keeper on the books of Norwich City. On the bench, Cian Houghton got a second chance to impress along with former Plymouth Argyle striker Steve McLean, whilst there were new players on the bench as former Reading academy winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and former Leeds United defender and Angolan international Rui Marquez joined the squad for their attempt to earn a contract.
However, there were no slots for right-back Kerrea Gilbert or left-back Jim Paterson, despite manager Terry Skiverton having given them the thumbs up in recent interviews, tending to point to the rumour that they may have been shown the door. However, there was no sign of Andy Williams, Gavin Williams or Curtis Haynes-Brown - reported in the East Anglian press as on the edge of signing for Yeovil - so perhaps we can't read into that just yet.

The goal that was to win the match came just six minutes into the match, as a David James error saw him spill a shot from Paul Wotton. as the ball came out, it was Diarra Tiemoko who was the first to pounce, putting in the rebound from close range.

Not too surprisingly, City enjoyed a decent proportion of the play during the game, but the closest they came was when Jonathan Stead's 25th minute effort was cleared off the line to keep the ball out. Lining up in a 3-5-2 formation, the Glovers did well to block out their opponents near the edge of the box, with Nathan Jones and Luke Ayling as the hard working wing-backs when they could get forward.

The second period saw all of the substitutes, bar Gareth Stewart and Lewis Clarke introduced, with Steve MacLean and Cian Hughton given full chances to impress. Further chances fell to City's main striker Nicky Maynard, and to former Glovers defender Liam Fontaine, but they were unable to convert. The Glovers held on to confirm a good win, with a lot of positives coming out of the team's defensive performance on the day.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 0.

Scorer: Diarra Tiemoko (6 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: 13. Jed Steer 2. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 6. Max Ehmer 7. Paul Wotton (Capt) 8. Ed Upson 9. Anthony Edgar 10. Kieran Agard 11. Diarra Tiemoko

Substitutes: 12. Cian Hughton (46 mins for Paul Huntington) 31. Gareth Stewart 14. Steve McLean (46 mins for Diarra Tiemoko) 15. Billy Gibson (70 mins for Paul Wotton) 16. Abdulai Bell-Baggie (73 mins for Kieran Agard) 17. Danny Fitzsimons (83 mins for Luke Ayling) 18. Rhys Baggridge (83 mins for Max Ehmer) 19. Lewis Clarke XX. Rui Marquez (70 mins for Bondz N'Gala)

Bristol City: 1. David James 6. Louis Carey (Capt) 3. Jamie McAllister 7. Marvin Elliott 35. Damien Stewart 5. Lewis Nyatanga 20. Jamal Cambell-Ryce 27. Albert Adomah 9. Jon Stead 10. Nicky Maynard 14. Cole Skuse

Substitutes: 32. Louis Carey (GK) 16. David Clarkson (77 mins for Nicky Maynard) 28. Bobby Reid (69 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 11. Martyn Woolford (30 mins for Jonathan Stead) 18. James Wilson (46 mins for Damien Stewart) 4. Liam Fontaine (59 mins for Jamie McAllister) 17. Yanick Bolassie (77 mins for Marvin Elliott).


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23 July 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Wossit Gonna Be?
As we run into the final trio of pre-season friendlies, all tightly packed inside eight days of home matches, it's time to start looking at how the squad is being finalised. With Cruncher back at the controls of Taff's Gloversblog, he considers where we are, and stares into his crystal ball to consider where we are going to next.

Anyone wanting to write a guest blog on any of the three remaining pre-season friendlies coming up is very welcome to do so - drop us a message via email, or via Twitter at @ytfcciderspace to let us know in advance, or to submit your own views on the game, and the many newcomers and trialists.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Wossit Gonna Be?


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23 July 2011 : Residents Wanting Parking Clampdown On Matchdays
Local residents in the surrounding housing estates are attempting to put pressure on the local Parish Council and Police to clamp down on illegal parking on match-days. The residents on the Abbey Manor Estate have approached Brympton Parish Council with the hope of dealing with a problem that they believe affects them when Yeovil Town play home games, with spectators parking cars throughout the local streets.

Chairman of Brympton Parish Council, Councillor Liz Glaisher appears to support the residents in their campaign to deal with rogue drivers:

"We have been approached again by people regarding the football parking problems, not just on Stourton Way, but also at Houndstone. We are planning action when the season starts again in August, but the best thing residents can do is to report problems direct to the police. If enough complaints are raised hopefully the police will take action. It would, after all, only take a few parking tickets to be issued for the penny to drop."

Whilst there are in general no specific parking restrictions on the majority of the Abbey Manor Estate, our advice would be that supporters should avoid parking across residents driveways - even partially - and to avoid parking close to street corners and junctions where the police may regard the parking as dangerous. Avoid also mounting the kerb. Any areas marked with cones on matchdays should also be avoided.


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22 July 2011 : Haynes-Brown On Edge Of Winning Glovers Contract
The local Suffolk press are reporting that Yeovil Town are preparing to give a contract offer to Lowestoft Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown. The 22 year old was in the Glovers squad that played against Poole Town during midweek, and the East Anglian Daily Press state that his performance was good enough for manager Terry Skiverton to look into providing him with a contract. Their local press suggest that a deal could go through this weekend if he passes a medical, suggesting that he may be one of the pair of players that manager Terry Skiverton plans to sign by Monday.

Haynes-Brown is midway through a two year contract at the Suffolk club, and so the Glovers would have to agree a fee with their counterparts, who this week appeared to be less than impressed at Yeovil Town taking their player on trial without approaching the Trawlermen first.

The centre-back arrived at Lowestoft during the summer of 2010, from AFC Sudbury who he played for two years. Prior to that, he was a Colchester United academy player, who spent seven years there as a teenager. Home supporters should get a chance to see him in action as part of Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Bristol City tomorrow.


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22 July 2011 : Skivo Puts In Schedule For Up To Four Signings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said tonight that he is looking to complete up to four new signings before the 2011-12 season commences. The Glovers boss has said via his Twitter account that he is planning to sign up "two more players by Monday" then adds "and maybe two more by Thursday".

In terms of the former pair, his plans would point towards him giving permanent contracts to two of his current set of trialists. Skiverton has already indicated that he wants to see his players turn out in a home match before making up his mind in terms of who to take on, but has in two separate interviews singled out left-sided defender Jim Paterson and striker Steve MacLean, who were both on the books of Plymouth Argyle last season. They would therefore appear to be hot favourites for those slots unless something goes wrong over the weekend.

Of course, at least one of the four potential signings will need to be a new goalkeeper coming into the club, either on a loan or a permanent basis. At present goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart is the only keeper registered for the first team, and Skiverton will doubtless want his first choice 2011-12 season keeper to get at least one match between the sticks.


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21 July 2011 : Glovers Choose Matchday Music
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he has now chosen two pieces of music for the 2011-12 season that the club will use at Huish Park. One of the pieces of music will be used as the teams come out onto the pitch, whilst the other piece will be music used when the team score a goal.

Whilst coming out onto the pitch, the first team players will enter using Fatboy Slim's Right Here, Right Now. The music that will be used when the team score will be Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis.

For those who are not up with the latest popular beat combos, you can watch the videos and listen to the music on YouTube via the links below.

Link: YouTube : Fatboy Slim : Right Here Right Now : Music Video.

Link: YouTube : The Fratellis : Chelsea Dagger : Music Video.


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21 July 2011 : Glovers 'Trialist' Convicted Of Affray
Former England Under-20 defender Javan Vidal, reported as being on trial with Yeovil Town, has been found guilty of affray in a Crown Court today. The former Manchester City full-back was named as being on trial at Huish Park two weeks ago but since then has not appeared in any pre-season friendlies. Today's events in Mold Crown Court would doubtless explain why.

The incident that led to the 22 year old attending court dates back to May 30th, after he got into an argument with a 22 year old woman in the early hours of the morning outside a kebab shop in Rhyl, Denbighshire. The court heard that during an argument, Vidal was butted by the woman, who he then threw to the ground and kicked out at.

Both parties were subsequently arrested, and although the other party - Amy Temple of Rhyl - failed to turn up in court, Vidal was given a 30 week suspended jail sentence, and asked to pay £340 costs. A warrant has been issued for Temple's arrest, with the judge denying her any right to compensation, due to her role in the affray.

The court heard that Vidal is currently without a club, since being released by Manchester City at the end of last season. Given his court trial, it would seem likely that Yeovil Town dropped their interest in the player once it was realised what they were dealing with.


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21 July 2011 : League Home Grown Rule Gets Tweaked
Another rule change has come out of this afternoon's Football League EGM, in addition to the change concerning substitutes announced earlier today. The 'Home Grown' rule that was introduced for the start of the 2009-10 season, has now been enhanced.

Whilst the 2009-10 rule required clubs to field at least four 'home grown' players in their matchday squads, that number has now been raised to six players for the start of the 2011-12 season. In practice this rule change will be of irrelevance to Yeovil Town, and for the very large majority of League One clubs, with only some of the more cosmopolitan Championship clubs perhaps finding it an issue.

The 'home grown' rule does not relate to a player's nationality, but to the country where he received his youth development. For a player to qualify as 'home grown' he must have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons before their 21st birthday. Our assumption is that to cater for the Welsh clubs operating in the pyramid structure that this extends to both English clubs, and Welsh clubs that are part of the English pyramid system.

The two other rule changes for the 2011-12 season that have come out of recent Football League meetings can be read via the links below.

Link: Bye Bye Multi-Ball.

Link: Football League Reverse Seven Substitute Rule.


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21 July 2011 : Football League Reverse Seven Substitute Rule
The Football League's member clubs have voted to reverse their earlier decision to allow clubs to name seven substitutes in the Football League competitions. At an EGM held today at Leicester City's King Power Stadium (formerly the Walkers Stadium) clubs will now only be able to name five substitutes for the 2011-12 season.

In a statement issued by the Football League this afternoon, they state:

"This was felt to be a sensible and prudent step given the financial challenges facing many football clubs and the commitment made earlier this summer to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework."

The rules allowing seven substitutes to be named in the Carling Cup and FA Cup competitions will remain as they are today. The Johnstone's Paint Trophy had preserved five substitutes as part of it's own competition rule and so is also unchanged.

The rule to allow seven substitutes to be named was introduced for the FA Cup and Carling Cup during the summer of 2008 and was followed a year later for Football League matches. The objective was to allow clubs the ability to blood younger players via the substitutes bench.

If that was the idea, it appears not to have worked - in the case of players like Craig Calver and Billy Gibson for Yeovil Town, they stayed on the bench for the majority of last season, when with five substitutes allowed, they might have been able to gain some first team experience via a loan.


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21 July 2011 : Glovers Bring Back The Max Factor
Yeovil Town have completed the re-signing of Queen's Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer on loan. The 19 year old has been the subject of fairly massive speculation that he would be returning to Huish Park, but a foot injury delayed his move down the A303 by a few days, in what turned out to be one of the worst kept secrets of the summer.

When the QPR Academy player joined the Glovers on New Year's Day, few expected him to make the impression that he did. Apart from the final game of the 2010-11 season, he was an ever present in Yeovil Town's starting eleven, playing as a central defender, rather than the defensive midfield position he had been expected to fulfill.

He has agreed a six month youth loan deal with the club that will keep him there until January. He will technically feature as a trialist/guest at Saturday's game against Bristol City, as the paperwork will only be completed on Monday.

Welcome back Max, and hope the second stay with Yeovil is as successful as the first.

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 July 2011 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance Ticketing for Yeovil Town's Carling Cup First Round match is now available. The game against Exeter City has now been confirmed as kicking off on Tuesday 9th August at St James Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices direct from the Huish Park Ticket Office are as follows:

Tickets for the terrace: Adult: £17.00; Concession (Over 60 and NUS Card-carrying student): £12.00; Under 18: £5.00.
Tickets for seating in the Stagecoach Stand: (which is historically and much more commonly known as The Grandstand) : Adult: £20.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under 18: £6.00.

Note that for Adults and Concessions in the Stagecoach Stand, ticket prices increase by £1.00 on the day of the game. All other prices do not vary on the day.

You can also purchase a seated family ticket for £23.00 that will admit one adult and one child aged Under 14.

The away end, known as the St James Road Terrace, is uncovered terracing which holds a little over a thousand and is situated behind the goal. This is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off, although perhaps for this midweek cup fixture, the numbers should not be too significant. Visiting supporters also usually get a small number of seats - around 300.

Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted for the same prices as above, but can take an assistant with them free of charge. Visiting wheelchair users are away from their own support in the Flybe Stand. Ticket prices for those in wheelchairs are £17.00, with an assistant admitted free of charge. All disabled applicants must contact Exeter in advance on 01392 411243. The Disability Liaison Officer at St James Park is Nick Saunders.


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21 July 2011 : Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's opening fixture of the 2011-12 season are now on sale. The away trip to Brentford takes place on Saturday 6th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. As with recent visits, we will be at the Brook Road End end of the ground, which is a two-tiered stand with seating on the upper tier, and terracing underneath. Prices therefore vary as to which tier you pick and are as follows:

Seating (upper tier) - adult £21.00; senior (over 60) £15.00; student £13.00; junior (under 16) £5.00.
Standing (lower tier) - adult £20.00; senior (over 60) £14.00; student £12.00; junior (under 16) £5.00.

Those wishing to avail themselves of the student concession MUST book their tickets before the day of the game, as this concession is not available on the day of the match. Students must be in full-time education and produce a valid NUS/NUS Associate Card or photo Oyster Card when collecting their tickets. No other cards are acceptable. Note that the student prices have not been specified - however, as Brentford's other admission prices are identical to the 2010-11 season, we've assumed student prices above are also unchanged.

Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay concessionary ticket prices according to their age, although Brentford don't make it clear whether this is against the seated or the terrace rates. A helper is admitted free of charge. Wheelchair users must contact Griffin Park and purchase in advance of the day of the game. If you need to make any special arrangements at Griffin Park in advance of the game then David Enstone is your contact on 0845 3456442 (option 4). You can also reach him via email on denstone@brentfordfc.co.uk

All advance tickets will be on sale until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 4th August. There is no matchday surcharge for this fixture (with the exception of students, and the need for disabled users to pre-book their tickets).


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21 July 2011 : Trialist Decisions Likely After Weekend Home Match
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is likely to make a decision on the future of his main trialists after Saturday's home friendly. The Glovers play host to Bristol City at Huish Park in the first of three home matches inside eight days that present the final trio of games in their pre-season schedule.

With the new season due to start in just over two weeks time, the Glovers have a large number of holes that need to be filled, with just five new arrivals adding to the five regular first teamers from last season. Skiverton repeats his earlier comment that former Plymouth Argyle duo Jim Paterson and Steve MacLean have done well when talking to the Western Morning News, but states that he wants to see how well they and right-back Kerrea Gilbert perform in a home game before making any decisions:

"(Jim)Paterson and (Steve) MacLean have done very well and (Kerrea) Gilbert did well last Saturday (at Truro). But I want to see them in a home game as well, and I will probably have a decision on most of them by the end of the week."

The Yeovil boss also tells this week's Western Gazette that he is now looking at the opening day of the season against Brentford to finalise his first team squad, suggesting that there will still be a number of decisions yet to be made during the final set of friendlies:

"I need to have a team for the first game, not now. It is alright saying that we start blooding them in now as it did not do us any favours last season as we won the first game but then lost the next three. We need to make sure that we hit the ground running for the first game, that is in my head and that is my plan."

Having played largely a 3-5-2 formation during pre-season, Skiverton hints to the Gazette that this will be his preferred formation for the season, citing playmaker Gavin Williams as being a fulcrum in the side. However, he states that he will be switching to a flat back four at some point during the friendlies to ensure that he can accommodate change within League fixtures.

As far as Skiverton's plans to buy players are concerned, he tells the paper that he is still awaiting responses on various deals, but is prepared to mothball the transfer kitty that he has until the January transfer window if the bids that he currently has in place do not reach fruition. As suggested in Tuesday's news, one player he won't be getting is left-winger Alan O'Brien - the Gazette states that the deal broke down on personal terms.

Away from the papers, there's no sign as yet of Yeovil Town's planned first loan signing arriving at Huish Park. However, QPR defender/midfielder Max Ehmer - widely believed to be the player in question - has been mentioning on his Twitter account that he is having treatment at Loftus Road for a foot injury sustained in a 4-0 friendly win over St Albans City on Monday. Coincidence? It's the most obvious reason why the unnamed loan player has not arrived yet.


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20 July 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Set Pre-Season Schedule
Yeovil Town Ladies have announced a series of pre-season friendlies to warm themselves up for the 2011-12 season. The South West Combination Women's Football League is due to kick off on Sunday 4th September, and so during July and August the Ladies team plan to play at least five and hopefully six matches as part of their preparations.

The full schedule kicks off this coming Sunday with a home match against Larkhall Ladies, that will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne - their usual home venue. Another home fixture will see the Ladies welcome a side from the USA, with Whitman College Washington DC visiting the area.

All are welcome to attend and support the Ladies team. The list is as follows:

24/07/2011 : 10:30hrs : Larkhall (Home) (Raleigh Grove, Sherborne)
31/07/2011 : 14:00hrs : Chelsea (Away) (Cobham Training Ground)
07/08/2011 : 14:00hrs : Tottenham Hotspur (Away) (Cobham Training Ground)
09/08/2011 : 19:45hrs : Whitman College Washington DC (Home) (Venue to be announced)
14/08/2011 : K/O TBA : Wolverhampton Wanders (Venue and kick off time to be announced)
21/08/2011 : K/O TBA : (Opposition, venue and kick off time to be announced)

All of these pre-season friendlies will be loaded into our Forthcoming Events list, viewable on the Ciderspace home page.

There's been a few changes for the Ladies over the summer, including some new arrivals for the coming season. One popular face who we may see a little less of is goalkeeper Rachel Simkin, who has signed for FA WSL side Bristol Academy. All is not entirely lost though, as 'Dodge' has signed dual registration forms, meaning that when she is not selected for Bristol, she will be free to be selected for the Glovers.

There are three new arrivals in their first team squad so far, with Dawna Dennitt, Kirsty Whitton and Sarah Adams all signing forms with the club. Dawna is a striker previously on the books of Cornish side Newquay, and came through the Cornwall Centre of Excellence set up.

The other two players came through the Somerset Centre of Excellence. Both Kirsty and Sarah are central midfielders, who have represented Somerset at Under-18s level. Kirsty was previously on the books of Frome Town Ladies, whilst Sarah captained the Somerset representative side as an Under-18 player.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Rosie Williams, who has been called up to the next England Under 19's training camp, where she will hope to impress enough to gain international honours at that level.

Finally, don't forget to have a look at the brochure mentioned on these pages earlier this week where you can help Yeovil Town Ladies with their 2011-12 sponsorship. Whether 50p for each goal scored, or something a little more 'corporate' in terms of sponsorship, there should be something to suit everyone - load up the PDF file via the link below and get in touch with Chairman David Mills.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Commercial Opportunities.


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20 July 2011 : Lowestoft Hit Out At Glovers Use Of Trialist
Yeovil Town appear to have upset Isthmian Premier League side Lowestoft Town for their use of one of their defenders in last night's pre-season friendly at Poole Town. The 22 year old started in Yeovil's 3-1 win over the Dorset side, but their boss Ady Gallagher has subsequently sounded off to BBC Radio Suffolk, accusing the Glovers of failing to approach them for permission to put Haynes-Brown on trial.

Haynes-Brown had already been on trial with League Two club Crewe Alexandra, and the Suffolk club appear to have no complaints about his time at Gresty Road. However, speaking to the BBC, Gallagher was far from happy with the way his involvement with the Glovers had come about:

"We're a little bit disappointed that things weren't done in a more professional way by a professional club. We never stand in anyone's way but I think professional clubs have a responsibility to go about things in a right and proper way. If they had an interest in Curtis they should have contacted us before making arrangements for him to go there on trial."

Gallagher added that Haynes-Brown was under contract with them, they would be entitled to a fee for his services for any club wanting to come in for him:

"It's fantastic Curtis is getting a lot of attention and we hope it works out for him. But if not, he's still under contract with Lowestoft Town and if it doesn't happen we'll welcome him back with open arms."

Curtis-Brown signed a two year contract last summer, meaning that he is midway through that term. Gallagher implied that a football agent may have contributed to the situation, saying that the initial contact with respect to the trial did not come from the Glovers:

"All I will say is that there was no initial contact made by the club at all. That's disappointing. Unfortunately in lots of situations, agents get carried away because I suspect their motive is their own money. I think they need to look after players better. I doubt very much if one of Yeovil Town's players disappeared to another League club to go on trial there, then I'm pretty certain that they would be asking a few questions. I think they should have a bit more respect for clubs at our level and treat us with the same courtesy that they would treat a Manchester United."


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20 July 2011 : No Brill Signing For Glovers
One of the players who was absent from last night's pre-season friendly against Poole Town was former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Dean Brill. The 25 year old had played against Truro City on Saturday, but was not included in the squad that travelled to South Dorset.

Brill has instead turned up on trial with League Two side Barnet, with the London club confirming that he is training with them. The Bees are due to play Azerbaijan side Gabala this week, who have former Arsenal defender Tony Adams as their Chief Coach, and Brill is expected to play some part in that.

With no sign of Martin Horsell since the first friendly against Dorchester Town, and with Bertrand Bossu having headed for a trial with Burton Albion, the Glovers currently do not have a visible goalkeeper on trial - goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart played in last night's 3-1 win. It would therefore be a big surprise if the Glovers did not have a new arrival between the sticks - trialist or otherwise - by Saturday.

Whilst Bossu did not get into the line-ups for Burton's pair of friendlies against Alfreton Town and Rochester, another former Glovers trialist did. Striker Kiernan Mason-Hughes played against Alfreton, despite scoring for Plymouth Argyle against Bristol City during his trial for the Pilgrims. The former Millwall academy player was on target again, scoring twice in Burton's 3-1 win against the Conference National newcomers.

Finally winger Shane Williams, who played for the Glovers in their pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, is now on trial with another West Country club. The former Birmingham City academy player is now trying to earn a contract with League Two side Plymouth Argyle.


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19 July 2011 : Poole 1 Yeovil 3 : Diarra Double Downs Dolphins
Yeovil Town clocked up their first pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 campaign tonight when they saw off Wessex League Champions Poole Town by a 3-1 scoreline. Two quick-fire goals from a French trialist, named as Diarra (with first name has yet to be confirmed) were followed up by a second half Steve MacLean goal to give his chances of a contract some good, as he came on as a second half substitute.

The Glovers started the match by fielding largely a 'second eleven' of younger fringe players and trialists, with three new faces in the starting line-up. Two of those trialists were covered on the news page earlier today with Cian Hughton and Curtis Haynes-Brown now fully confirmed as being at the club on trial. Of the third, no clues were given as to his identity although he bears a striking resemblance to Sigamary Diarra, who is on the books of Lorient - the snag being that currently their website reports Diarra as injured.

In terms of the game, Diarra was to have an instant impact - netting five minutes in from a Gavin Williams corner, with a towering powerful header to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Just over five minutes later, the same combination struck again - a powerful shot-cum-cross by Williams was driven across the box, and Dialla was on hand to turn the ball home to put Yeovil 2-0 up.

Not that Yeovil had everything going their own way throughout the match. Poole hit the crossbar direct from a free kick, whilst between the two goals, trialist Curtis Haynes-Brown was fortunate not to concede a spot kick as he got in a tangle with a home striker. At the other end, the referee evened up that decision by denying Cian Hughton a penalty when he was pulled by a Dolphins defender. Seven minutes from the break though, Poole did get a goal back, with Yeovil's Achilles heel - defending from set-pieces, with the Southern League newcomers grabbing a goal past Gareth Stewart to put the score back to 2-1 at half time.

The second period commenced with Yeovil fielding the same starting eleven, but on the hour mark, it was time for a glut of substitutions - unusually in this case it was the more recognised first team players entering the field of play, as the usual practice was reversed - players like Paul Wotton, Nathan Jones and Ed Upson added to by trialists Jim Paterson and Steve MacLean, suddenly giving Yeovil's line-up a very experienced look to it.

One of the less experienced players set up Yeovil's third and final goal, with Anthony Edgar's run down the right seeing his shot on goal blocked, and as the ball rebounded out, Steve MacLean was on hand to coolly finish off the chance to restore Yeovil's two goal advantage at 3-1.

In the final stages, an uncharacteristic 21 man brawl saw tempers flare as both sides got into a spot of pushing and shoving, but thankfully the match referee wasn't in the mood to brandish the cards that would have come during a League One match. Alistair Slowe got another ten minute cameo, whilst right at the end, Diarra missed a chance of grabbing a hat-trick as he headed over the bar from an Anthony Edgar cross. Overall though, a good result, and important for the Glovers to establish their first pre-season win, with three extremely tough looking fixtures coming up to complete their summer schedule.

Final Score: Poole Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Diarra (0-1, 5 mins), Diarra (0-2, 11 mins), Lamin Dibba (1-2, 37 mins), Steve MacLean (1-3, 75 mins).

Yeovil Town: Gareth Stewart, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Kerrea Gilbert, Danny Fitzsimons, Lewis Clarke, Billy Gibson, Cian Hughton, Anthony Edgar, Lewis Perkins, Gavin Williams, Diarra.

Substitutes: Jim Paterson (for Danny Fitzsimons), Nathan Jones (for Cian Hughton), Bondz N'Gala (for Curtis Haynes-Brown), Paul Wotton (for Lewis Perkins), Ed Upson (for Billy Gibson), Steve MacLean (for Gavin Williams), Luke Ayling (for Kerrea Gilbert), Alistair Slowe (for Kerrea Gilbert).


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19 July 2011 : Huntington Heading For Glovers Return
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has said that his players' fitness levels have been holding up well during the 2011-12 pre-season, with one notable exception. Captain Paul Huntington has not played in any of the matches so far, and his absence has been largely unexplained, fuelling the rumourmill somewhat.

Skiverton expects him to return for either tonight's match against Poole Town, or Saturday's game against Bristol City, with the former Leeds United player having returned to training this week. Skivo told BBC Somerset that there is a need for caution when players suffered minor knocks, but explained that supporters should be seeing a lot more of Huntington in the near future:

"We've picked up little things, but there's nothing long term, touchwood. Of the people who have been out, the only one who has been out (a long time) so far is Paul Huntington. So once he is fit, and he was training this week, and is hopefully going to be involved in the game tonight (against Poole Town) and a bit longer against Bristol City. But we've got to keep going and we've got to keep looking after the players and getting them fit, flying and ready to play football."


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19 July 2011 : Kalala, Spencer And Russell With New Clubs
Three former Yeovil Town players are currently working with new clubs. The most recent of the ex-Glovers, Alex Russell, has now completed his return to Conference National side Bath City just six months after leaving Twerton Park for Huish Park.

Russell has agreed a new one season deal with Bath, after training with the Romans during pre-season. Boss Adie Britton, who credited the midfielder as being the best player he had worked with at Bath, said of the deal today:

"Alex Russell had a massive influence on the side last year and weíre absolutely delighted. Heíll be a really important cog in the wheels this season."

Former midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala left Huish Park in January, after his second spell at the club was brought to an end, with the Congo international heading up the A37. Having been released from the Gas at the end of last season, Kalala has been given a trial with League Two side Southend United. They are due to play at Braintee Town tonight, and Kalala should play some part in the match.

Finally former loan striker Scott Spencer, who was brought into the club as a teenage Everton academy player, has been trialling for Barrow AFC. The Cumbrians, who play in the Conference National division, have taken him on following his release by Lincoln City at the end of last season. Spencer has also played for Rochdale and Southend United since being released by the Toffees in the summer of 2009, but so far the 22 year old has struggled to find a regular spot in any of the sides he has played for.


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19 July 2011 : Glovers Linked With Two New Trialists
Yeovil Town are being linked with two more trialists today. Both are players who have been on trial with League Two clubs recently, with Crewe Alexandra and Bristol Rovers taking a look at one each.

First up is Lowestoft Town full-back Curtis Haynes-Brown - a 22 year old who spent seven seasons at Colchester United before being released, and turning out for AFC Sudbury for two years. He then signed for Lowestoft a year ago. The East Anglian Daily Press state that he is now on trial at Yeovil Town, and is expected to play in tonight's friendly against Poole Town.

Secondly, Cian Hughton is being linked with a trial at Yeovil Town. The 22 year old has been on trial with Bristol Rovers this summer after being released by Lincoln City at the end of last season. He is a former team-mate of Danny Hutchins as a Tottenham Hotspur, and Hutchins has suggested via Twitter that Hughton is following in his footsteps in heading down to Huish Park.

Hughton is the son of current Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton and has experience at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland. In addition to his trial at Bristol Rovers, where he played in their 5-1 win over Mangotsfield Town, Hughton also trialled for Vancouver Whitecaps, who play in the MLS, but he failed to earn a contract with them.


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19 July 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Commercial Opportunities
Yeovil Town Ladies are offering up opportunities to provide sponsorship for their club for the 2011-12 season. The available deals range from pledging an amount per goals scored this season, right up to providing sponsorship branding on the back of the players' shirts.

If you would like to see your name or your company's name in lights for the 2011-12 season, then have a read of the sponsorship brochure linked below, and get in touch with Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills, whose contact details are provided inside the brochure.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Commercial Opportunities.


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19 July 2011 : Glovers Planning Two More Strikers On Trial
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he plans to bring in two new strikers on trial in time for tonight's trip to Poole Town. The Glovers travel to Tatnam Farm for a 7.45p.m. fixture and their first visit to the Dolphins' temporary home, still needing to add a number of new signings to prepare for their 2011-12 League One season.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is on the edge of capturing some new players, but admits that he is still looking at strikers, with the expectation that two would be arriving at Huish Park on trial shortly:

"We're very close to a number (of new signings). I've got (Steve) MacLean in at the moment along with (Jim) Paterson who have both done very well in pre-season. I'll be looking at them for a little bit longer. We'll be having two new strikers coming in today to have a look at. I've got a centre-half that I'll be looking to bring in soon. There's a lot of stuff still to be done. I just want to concentrate on making sure that we get the right ones at the right price that fit in line with the Yeovil way."

Skiverton's singling out of former Plymouth Argyle duo Steve MacLean, who plays as a striker, along with left-sided defender Jim Paterson, may be significant given that he admits that last season he started the campaign with too many inexperienced players. With Paterson aged 31, and MacLean being 28 years old, both have a wealth of experience in both the Football League and the Scottish Premier League, and whilst the Yeovil boss wasn't specific, he did admit that he needed that sort of player within his squad:

"We were a little bit too young during the first half of last season, and we really suffered from that. So I'm looking at a couple that I know - people who have been there and done it, and when you're in those games and it's tough, then you can turn it around. We want to try to hit the ground running this year, and we're thinking that we need a little bit more experience this year to make sure that we're carrying the team forward. Again, I want to improve on our 14th place last year, so I want to bring in the right characters to hit the ground running."

Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Max Ehmer, who is widely rumoured to be the loan target that Skiverton is planning to bring in this week, played for QPR last night in their 4-0 win over St Albans City. However, Ehmer has said on his Twitter account that he picked up a foot injury in the game. If he is the man that Yeovil are after, then he may need to get some treatment at Loftus Road this week to deal with that.

Finally, it looks like any hopes that Yeovil Town might have had to sign former Swindon Town winger Alan O'Brien are on hold. The 26 year old had put in an impressive performance against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but was not present for the club's trip to Cornwall. On Twitter, a user claiming to be a friend of O'Brien's suggests that he is now back in Newcastle, indicating that the two parties were unable to agree a deal.


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18 July 2011 : Beer Tent Shut For Two Friendlies
Yeovil Town's upstairs supporters bar, known as the Alec Stock Lounge, will be open to all supporters for the forthcoming pre-season friendlies against Bristol City and Cardiff City. Normally the upstairs bars are strictly members only, but will be open on this occasion, doubtless due to the reduced crowds anticipated for the two matches. As a consequence the Hospitality Marquee, more commonly known as the Beer Tent, will not be opened for these matches.

Normal arrangements will apply for the club's pre-season friendly against Southampton, which is the final of the three remaining home fixtures before the season proper. For this match, the Beer Tent will be open, and the upstairs bar will revert to its normal membership rules.

The three matches take place on July 23rd, 26th and 30th, giving the club three matches inside eight days. For full ticketing and arrangements see our earlier article below.

Link: Pre-Season Friendly Prices For 2011-12 Home Matches.

Link: 2011-12 First Team Fixtures and Results Page.


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18 July 2011 : Bossu Gone For A Burton
Former Yeovil Town trialist Bertrand Bossu has turned up at League Two side Burton Albion in his attempt to win a contract. The 30 year old Frenchman, who played for the Glovers against Inverness Caledonian Thistle before being shown the door, was a spectator at Burton's pre-season friendly on Saturday against Derby County, and boss Paul Peschisolido has told the Burton Mail that he plans to give him a game:

"Bertrand has been training with us and has impressed. Heís also looked very, very sharp. I am going to speak to him and see whether he fancies a game because heís come strongly recommended and looks decent."

Burton are due to play two pre-season friendlies tomorrow - against Rocester and Alfreton Town - so it would not be a surprise if Bossu turns up in one of those two games.

Former loan centre-back Tom Parkes is on trial at Crewe Alexandra. The 19 year old is still on the books of Leicester City but has been given the chance to go out on loan and is likely to play in one or more of the Railwaymen's friendlies against Newcastle Town, Quorn and Nantwich this week.

Former striker Lloyd Owusu has today signed for Cypriot side AEP Paphos today. The 34 year old finished last season on the books of Luton Town, but was released by the Conference National side. He then went on trial with League Two side Port Vale during pre-season, but has instead headed out for another overseas adventure, having already spent the 2009-10 season playing for Adelaide United.

In terms of former loanees, and their chances of returning to Yeovil Town, midfielder Shaun MacDonald captained Swansea's second half side in their 3-1 win over Port Talbot. However, the Welsh Under-21 international record holder wasn't in the list of 22 starters that lined up for Swansea's two concurrent pre-season friendlies, with the Welsh also turning out against Neath with an alternative selection of players.

Meanwhile Queens Park Rangers defender Max Ehmer, widely tipped to be Yeovil Town's next arrival on loan this week, played in QPR's friendly against Hampton and Richmond on Saturday, and is due to follow that up with another match against St Albans City tonight. QPR's main first team are down in Devon this week, turning out against Tavistock, Plymouth Argyle (a testimonial for former Glovers loan keeper Romain Larrieu) and Bodmin Town, rather suggesting that Ehmer has been separated out from Neil Warnock's main first team plans for the moment. A chance for him to head down the A303 after post-St Albans warm-downs, perhaps?

At Norwich City, both Oli Johnson and Owain Tudur Jones sat out their team's 7-0 win over Ridgeons League First Division champions Gorleston Town. Slightly confusingly, many of the 'chain' sites recorded Johnson as having scored a second half goal in that game - the East Anglian Daily Press state that neither player got on the pitch, despite manager Paul Lambert using 26 players during the game. With each Premier League side required to register just 25 first team players for each half of the forthcoming season, their position in the Canaries pecking order ought to mean that they are up for grabs.

Finally, a reminder that Yeovil Town take a team to play Poole Town tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.45p.m.) at Tatnam Farm. For admission prices and directions, see the link below. As with all of our pre-season friendlies, any one-off blog articles or Twitter messages from the game as to how players are doing will be very much appreciated. We'll be sending out any tweets via @ytfcciderspace for those who wish to follow us.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.


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18 July 2011 : Adam Stansfield Foundation Auction Evening
Back in March this year, Chris Sumner (aka Exeter City mascot Grecian the Lion), Kate Blackburn, Adam Wright, Steve Fowler and Dave Jones set off from Hereford in a hire car to embark on a charity event to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation and Free Kicks Foundation. They visited all 92 Football League grounds in England & Wales in under 80 hours (77 Hours and 28 minutes to be exact!)

The support received from family, friends, fellow supporters of Exeter City, Hereford United and Yeovil Town as well as support from other numerous clubs on the way around the grounds was fantastic. Some of the clubs visited were generous enough to let them have items such as signed shirts, pennants, footballs, free tickets etc, which are being auctioned off.

The auction takes place this coming Saturday 23rd July, at St James' Centre which is in Exeter City Football Club. Doors will be opening at 6.30p.m. for a 7.00p.m. start for the auction.

Tickets for the event are just £5.00 including a FREE DRINK with all proceeds from the ticket sales and the auction going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation. There are a limited number of tickets, so buy yours now to avoid dissapointment later on.

The Around The Grounds team have recruited a professional auctioneer, but promise the night will be full of laughter too. Up and coming local comedian Luke Honnoraty will be sure to raise some laughs on the night. They hope to have as many of Adam's family, current and former team mates in attendance, so this is going to be an event not to be missed.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, you can obtain these from reception at Exeter City Football Club from 3rd June or by contacting either of Chris Sumner (07747 465936) or Katie Blackburn (07921 509410).

If you can't make the event, but want to contribute to the auction, a full set of the items on offer can be found via the link below:

Link: Around The Grounds In 80 Hours : Adam Stansfield Foundation Auction.

Of particular interest to Yeovil Town supporters will be the following, with the minimum bid (reserve) price stated:

Lot 41: YEOVIL TOWN - TICKETS : This voucher entitles the bearer to 2 tickets to a match of their choice at Huish Park for the coming season. These are for the home end of the ground only, and are with the exception of all-ticket matches. RESERVE PRICE: £15.

Lot 42: AROUND THE GROUNDS BANNER : One of the main items to be auctioned off, this is the banner that we took Around the Grounds with us, including the logos of all the companies that kindly sponsored us. This has also been signed by the Exeter City, Yeovil Town and Hereford United first team players. RESERVE PRICE: £25.

Plus there's good news if you can't make the event - you can place telephone and email bids for any of the items up to 7.00p.m. on the evening of the event. Simply email your bid, referencing the lot number and the amount you are bidding (plus contact information) to chris.sumner@landmark.co.uk or call him on 07747 465936.

Update: 20/07/2011: The decription of Lot No.41 has been altered following further information received.

In addition, tickets will be available on the door on the night of the event. You are welcome to wear Yeovil Town shirts and similar such things to the event. As well as local comedian Luke Honnoraty, the organisers also have another local comedian in Chris Turner coming along as well as magician Chris Tennant. Exmouth-based band e.m.p will be rounding off the evening with some great tunes.


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18 July 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : A View From Treyew Road
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town made their first ever visit to Treyew Road, home of Truro City. Witnessing a 2-2 draw against the Conference South newcomers, Glovers fan Tim Lancaster reports back on his time in Cornwall, in a ground-oriented view of the day out.

If you were there and want to add your own account of your visit to Truro, or any wider points about the pre-season so far, feel free to add them via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A View From Treyew Road.


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16 July 2011 : Butcher's Parting Blast For Glovers Trialist Gilbert
New Yeovil Town trialist Kerrea Gilbert has been on the receiving end of a parting blast from Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher, following his decision to look south of the border for a playing contract. The out of contract former Arsenal defender played in this afternoon's away match against Truro City, having arrived on trial earlier this week, via another trial match at Milton Keynes Dons.

The 24 year old had been on trial with Caley Thistle earlier in pre-season, and had been expected to sign a on year deal with them, but Butcher decided he wanted to put any contract offer on hold because of concerns about the player's fitness after suffering a calf injury. Instead of waiting around, Gilbert travelled to Buckinghamshire, playing in a friendly against St Neots. Having found out via the Dons website, Butcher told Sky Sports he was not best pleased:

"Kerrea needed two or three weeks' rehab. He was devastated when we told him because he wanted a contract straight away. I said, look, you've been waiting a year so a month should be nothing to you now. After that, there'll be a contract for you. But then he goes and plays for MK Dons in a trial match. It was even on their website. So I spoke to his agent and told him he wouldn't be getting a contract here. I just binned it. He has let us down badly."

Gilbert was not part of the MK Dons party who left for a pre-season tour in Ireland earlier this week and so is believed to have joined the Glovers for their own pre-season training, ironically just as Inverness made their own way to Huish Park. For what it's worth, although it would appear that Gilbert and his agent could have shown better communication skills, at the point that Butcher put his contract offer on hold, Gilbert was entitled to look elsewhere. Given reports of an impressive 55 minutes against Truro City, hopefully Caley Thistle's loss can be Yeovil's gain.


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16 July 2011 : Late Truro Comeback Thwarts Glovers
Yeovil Town and Truro City shared out a 2-2 draw this afternoon at Treyew Road in the third pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. Two goals from Andy Williams gave those visiting Cornwall some joy to take home with them, but goals right at the start and end of the game from Dan Smith and a second credited to Scott Walker gave the Conference South new boys something to cheer about, as the look for a first pre-season win continues.

Fielding two new faces in former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Dean Brill and former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert, the match opened with two quickfire goals, with the home side taking the lead as early as the second minute. A Truro shot was blocked by a Glovers defender, and the ball rebounded out to Dan Smith who fired home, past Dean Brill, with the ball landing in the back of the net off the inside of the post.

The Glovers quickly hit back though. Kerrea Gilbert was being utilised as a right wing-back in a 3-4-1-2 formation, and he managed to break down the flank, putting in an excellent cross that Andy Williams met with a header that looped over home keeper Tim Sandercombe for an equalising goal with just seven minutes gone.

Yeovil went on to boss the first half, in terms of possession, even if on target chances were hard to come by. Kerrea Gilbert and Andy Williams both put chances wide of the target as the Glovers got in good crosses from wide positions, with Gavin Williams looking dangerous from set pieces. Truro's chances were rare, and they lost striker Stewart Yetton midway through the half, using that as an opportunity to change to a 4-5-1 formation that left former Glovers transfer target Les Afful up front on his own. However, Bondz N'Gala was having a particularly commanding game at the back for Yeovil, and was able to snuff out most of the danger that Afful posed.

The second half opened in the same way as the first one did - a goal in the opening two minutes. A ball into the box from Nathan Jones - operating on the opposite flank as a wing-back - was met by the head of Bondz N'Gala, who used his physical presence to pile through the Truro defence. Home keeper Tim Sandercombe made the save, but in a perfect poaching position, Andy Williams was there to force the rebound home from close range.

Not too surprisingly, the 43 minutes that followed saw a glut of personnel and formation changes, with Dominic Blizzard, Aaron Lescott and Anthony Edgar playing a large chunk of the second half. Blizzard's entry onto the field of play was unfortunately aborted; taking a hefty challenge on his ankle/foot area, and despite re-entering the field after treatment he was taken off shortly afterwards - hopefully just a precaution.

The Glovers spread the ball around very nicely, with Andy Williams operating in the hole to great effect during the game, and the wing-back system causing the Cornish side plenty of problems. However, it was a soft goal that gave the home side their equaliser. Having been on the back foot for much of the game, a corner taken by Scott Walker seemed to catch everyone napping, with Glovers trialist keeper Dean Brill beaten at his near post, via what looked to be a deflection off one of his defenders (reported by the Cornish press as Aaron Lescott) to level things up at 2-2 just five minutes from the end.

That was something of a disappointment, given how Yeovil had done most of the pressing during the match, with particularly impressive performances from Bondz N'Gala, Andy Williams and Kerrea Gilbert during the match. Hopefully though, their tendency to switch off at critical moments in defence, is not going to become a repeat of last season's tendencies.

As a side note, both Paul Huntington and Kieran Agard travelled with the squad to the game, although neither made the squad on the day - presumably both are carrying knocks, with Hunts having missed the midweeker against Inverness as well. However, there was no sign of goalkeeper Martin Horsell, or winger Alan O'Brien - the latter a little surprising given his speedy performance at Huish Park in midweek. Hopefully again that is down to a knock.

Final Score: Truro City 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dan Smith (1-0, 2 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 7 mins), Andy Williams (1-2, 47 mins), Scott Walker (2-2, 85 mins)

Yeovil Town: 1. Dean Brill, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Jim Patterson, 6. Paul Wotton, 7. Andrew Williams, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steven MacLean, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Kerrea Gilbert.

Substitutes: 14. Rhys Baggridge, 15. Danny Fitzsimons (86 mins for Nathan Jones), 16. Dominic Blizzard (50 mins for Paul Wotton), 17. Aaron Lescott (55 mins for Kerrea Gilbert), 18. Billy Gibson (75 mins for Dominic Blizzard), 19. Lewis Clarke, 20. Anthony Edgar (55 mins for Gavin Williams), 21. Lewis Perkins (80 mins for Andy Williams), XX. Alistair Slowe.

Truro City: 1. Tim Sandercombe, 2. Barry McConnell, 3. Scott Walker, 4. Arran Pugh, 5. Steve Adams, 6. Jake Ash, 7. Andrew Taylor, 8. Marcus Martin, 9. Stewart Yetton, 10. Les Afful, 11. Dan Smith.

Substitutes: Danny Clay (for Stewart Yetton), Josh Bragg, Cody Cooke (for Marcus Martin), Ryan Yeoman (for Andy Taylor), Andrew Watkins (for Les Afful), Tom Brooks.

Attendance: 274 (including approx 30 Yeovil fans)


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16 July 2011 : Glovers Take New Goalkeeper On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Dean Brill on trial. The 25 year old is between the sticks for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Conference South newcomers Truro City. The Glovers squad have been staying overnight in Newquay as part of a team-bonding weekend, and Brill is the one name in the starting line-up this afternoon who hasn't been named before.

Born in Luton on December 2nd 1985, the 25 year old started his career with Luton Town, stepping up through their youth ranks from 1995 and turning professional in 2003. He made 97 first team appearances over his six years as a professional at Luton, plus an eight game spell with Gillingham.

In the summer of 2009, Brill moved to Oldham Athletic on a two year contract, and played 63 times across a two year period, but was released at the end of this season. He was offered a trial with Canadian side Toronto FC, but has instead turned up in Cornwall this afternoon.

Today's starting line-up, which includes the name of former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert that was revealed a couple of days ago, is as follows:

Yeovil Town: 1. Dean Brill, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Jim Patterson, 6. Paul Wotton, 7. Andrew Williams, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steven MacLean, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Kerrea Gilbert.

Substitutes: 14. Rhys Baggridge, 15. Danny Fitzsimons, 16. Dominic Blizzard, 17. Aaron Lescott, 18. Billy Gibson, 19. Lewis Clarke, 20. Anthony Edgar, 21. Lewis Perkins, XX. Alistair Slowe.

Truro City: 1. Tim Sandercombe, 2. Barry McConnell, 3. Scott Walker, 4. Arran Pugh, 5. Steve Adams, 6. Jake Ash, 7. Andrew Taylor, 8. Marcus Martin, 9. Stewart Yetton, 10. Les Afful, 11. Dan Smith.

Substitutes: Danny Clay, Josh Bragg, Cody Cooke, Ryan Yeoman, Andrew Watkins, Tom Brooks.


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15 July 2011 : Hughes-Mason On Trial With Pilgrims
Former Yeovil Town trialist Kiernan Hughes-Mason has moved further down the West Country in search of a contract. The former Millwall striker, who played for the Glovers in their opening pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, has turned up at Plymouth Argyle, where he is in the starting line-up for their friendly against Bristol City tonight.

Whilst on the subject of former players, trialists and targets, former midfielder Ritchie Jones has dropped out of League One and signed a two year contract with Bradford City this week. Having worked his way through Hartlepool United and Oldham Athletic since leaving Huish Park, the 24 year old now moves on to Valley Parade for the 2011-12 season.

Meanwhile former central defender Curtis Ujah is training with Exeter City in the hope of earning a contract with them. Ujah is still only 22 years old, but has had a bit of a torrid time with injuries since leaving Huish Park in December 2007.

Dropping into non-league football, playing for Boreham Wood, he was putting in good enough performances at that time for Watford to sit up and take notice; inviting him to a Reserve Team game. Unfortunately Ujah suffered a serious knee injury during that match, which put him out for the season, and then on his pre-season comeback for Boreham, he suffered a facial injury.

Now he is with the Grecians, and played in their midweek pre-season friendly at Mangotsfield. Boss Paul Tisdale says that whilst there is no offer on the table for Ujah that he is keeping an open mind:

"We're just helping him get back to fitness, but if that means we benefit from it in the end we'll have to wait and see. At the moment there are no plans for him to move into our first team. He's spending some time with us, but at the moment it's no more than that."

Finally on the subject of two players Yeovil were linked with in the past, striker Rene Howe has penned a two year deal with League Two side Torquay United. Howe was strongly linked with a loan move to Huish Park whilst he was on the books of Peterborough United, although nothing came off.

More recently, 26 year old former Aberdeen central defender Zander Diamond has signed for League One side Oldham Athletic this week. It wasn't clear if manager Terry Skiverton actually had any interest in the player, but certainly the message boards of three Scottish Premier League clubs were convinced he was coming our way. That all fell stony dead when he turned up at Boundary Park - he's now signed a one year deal there.


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15 July 2011 : Yeovil Town Confirm Signing No. 5
Yeovil Town have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer, ahead of the 2011-12 season. The latest signing is Anthony Edgar who has been on trial at the club during pre-season. Anthony is a midfielder and a product of West Ham United's academy system, but was released by them over the summer.

Anthony is 20 years old, and was born in Newham, London. He made two FA Cup substitute appearances for them before being released in the summer of 2011. His Football League experience came during an October 2009 three game loan period with AFC Bournemouth. He is a cousin of Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe.

He attended St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate and enrolled into West Ham's Academy set-up at the age of nine. going on to clock up 11 years with the Hammers. Anthony broke into West Ham's main Academy side during the 2007-08 season, making 74 appearances at that level and Reserve Team level across three seasons, before being given a full professional contract at Upton Park for the 2010-11 season. West Ham describe him as "A lively attacker who can play on either wing or through the middle ... a talented and confident young player ... a star at Academy and reserve-team levels.

Anthony joins midfielder Gavin Williams, defender Bondz N'Gala, striker Kieran Agard and midfielder Dominic Blizzard as arrivals at Huish Park this season, with a further loan signing expected sometime during next week. The team are due to spend the weekend in Cornwall, where they will play Truro City in a pre-season friendly tomorrow, hence this ought to be the last signing until they return from their trip down the A30.

Update: Anthony has signed a two year contract according to his own Twitter account.


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14 July 2011 : Skivo Planning Signing No. 5
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that he has now tied up his fifth signing of the summer. As yet the name of the player has not been revealed, but Skivo expects the deal to be tied up on Friday. Speaking via his Twitter account he states:

"Another one done and a loan in next week, fingers crossed"

The reference to a loan deal matches up with today's earlier story which is expected to be a former player making his return for another loan spell - widely tipped as being QPR defender/midfielder Max Ehmer although that has not been confirmed.

As for tomorrow's plans for a permanent signing, Skiverton strongly hints that the player has been suggested to him by Glovers fans on Twitter, much in the same way that Kieran Agard's name came up on his timeline during the summer. There's no clue as to whether this is a player coming in from the outside, or if this is one of the current trialists sealing a deal.

With Dominic Blizzard having agreed a one year deal earlier today, his arrival took the summer arrivals up to four new players - Friday should bring us number five.


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14 July 2011 : Gilbert On Trial
Strong reports suggest that Yeovil Town have former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert on trial at the club. The 24 year old is a free agent after being released by the Gunners at the end of the 2009-10 season, having worked through their Academy system starting in 2003.

Born in Hammersmith, on February 28th 1987, Gilbert made 12 appearances for Arsenal's first team, with the majority coming in cup competitions, when manager Arsene Wenger's policy of fielding his younger players was utilised.

Gilbert made numerous appearances for other clubs between 2006 and 2010, playing for Cardiff City, Southend United, Leicester City and Peterborough United. In the case of the Foxes, he turned out 39 times during a season long loan during the 2008-09 campaign.

His whereabouts during the 2010-11 season are a little more sketchy. Released by Arsenal, Gilbert agreed a deal with MLS side Portland Timbers in December 2010, but was unable to obtain a work permit, and so after a three month delay, Portland gave up and he lost his chance to head stateside. The source of the problem was a conviction Gilbert had picked up for being drunk and disorderly during an incident in 2008 whilst on loan at Leicester - as a result the US authorities turned down his Visa application.

More recently, during this summer, he's been on trial with last Tuesday's opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but their plans to sign him were thwarted by a calf injury he picked up. He then moved on to Milton Keynes Dons where he played in a pre-season friendly for them. He is now believed to be training with the Glovers, although that has not been confirmed at the Glovers end just yet.


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14 July 2011 : Yeovil Town Make Fourth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have made their fourth signing of the summer in preparation for the 2011-12 season. The new man in question is former Bristol Rovers midfielder/winger Dominic Blizzard, who was released by the Memorial Stadium side when they dropped into League Two over the summer.

Blizzard has of course been on trial at the club during pre-season, but scored in Tuesday night's 2-4 home defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He is a 27 year old, who was released by Bristol Rovers following their relegation into League Two. Spent two years at the Memorial Stadium after joining from Stockport County. He is a former Watford youth player who spent five years at Vicarage Road as a professional. He has also had spells with Stockport County, Milton Keynes Dons and Port Vale.

Dominic joins defender Bondz N'Gala, midfielder Gavin Williams and striker Kieran Agard in arriving over the summer. He has agreed a one year contract at Huish Park, subject to a medical.


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14 July 2011 : Skivo Sets Loan Target For Next Week
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed plans to bring in his first loan signing of the 2011-12 season, stating that it will be the return of a player who has appeared in green'n'white colours before. Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, the Glovers boss has certainly narrowed down the possible guesses stating that it will be a crucial part of his jigsaw for the coming season:

"Hopefully, we will have one join us on loan next week who has been with us before and, once he comes in, it will all take shape. The jigsaw is starting to come together and it is just making sure that we get the right ones in. I want to bring in players that are capable of playing 45 games, not bringing in young lads who are playing ten or 15 games then blowing up."

Inevitably, the focus upon who is likely to return to Huish Park next week will focus upon the loan players who completed the 2010-11 season at the club. Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson can be firmly crossed off that list, given that he will be wanting to establish himself at his new club Portsmouth, as can midfielder Andrew Tutte who left for Rochdale. That then leaves the quartet of QPR defender/midfielder Max Ehmer, Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika and Norwich City striker Oli Johnson.

All four players are essentially in the same boat. As footballers at Premier League clubs, they will be hoping to be named in their club's 25 man first team squad that has to be provisionally logged with the authorities for the start of the season, but then firmed up on transfer deadline day at the end of August. Any player missing the cut will know that he will either be playing Reserve Team football for half a season, or will want to go out on loan. Thus the availability of such players may rapidly increase as the start of the Premier League season approaches.

The Gazette plumps for the name of Max Ehmer as their tip for next week's loan signing. It's hard to disagree, given that Ehmer has currently got a picture of him in Yeovil kit on his Twitter account, and when asked by fans whether he would be coming back to Huish Park, has responded with such replies as "never know mate ;-)", "dunno yet mate see what happens in next week or so" and "don't know yet mate will know in next couple of weeks!" He is currently training with QPR's first team squad, but any player being told that they fall outside the registered Premier League list will probably want a half season loan to be lined up as soon as possible.

Outside the above quartet of players, there are a couple of wild-cards out there, with Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones and Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy having both had previous spells with the club. However, Ehmer remains the most likely, even without his coy remarks on Twitter with the only possible fly in the ointment being if a bigger club shows an interest in taking him on.


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13 July 2011 : Youth Team vs Yeovilton Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s played their first pre-season friendly this afternoon, as they took on a side from RNAS Yeovilton. The Glovers won the match 3-2, with goals coming from Tobias Iriah, Will Gordon and Lloyd Matthews, with the youth team having to come from a goal down to win the game.

The opening goal for the Glovers came from trialist Tobias Iriah - making a 15th minute solo run, after Aidan Chainey had put him through. Beating two players along the way, Iriah out-did the Yeovilton defence with his pace and struck home a rising shot into the back of the net.

Pre-season matches against men's sides is a frequent selection for Under-18s sides in previous summers, and the general pattern of play was much the same as previous games - Yeovil's greater technical skill, matched up against the physical presence of their older opponents. For a while it looked as though the latter might win out as the Naval side scored from a free kick, and then took the lead to go 2-1 up.

However, second half substitutions saw Yeovil get back into the game, with one of those substitutes, Will Gordon, scoring direct from a free-kick in the 68th minute to equalise the scores at 2-2. With four minutes remaining, the Glovers got themselves the winner after a long ball up field from goalkeeper Matt Cafer saw Yeovil win a penalty at the other end. Second year scholar Lloyd Matthews slotted home with four minutes remaining to win the game for the Glovers.

Final Score : RNAS Yeovilton 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 3.

Scorers: Tobias Iriah (0-1, 15 mins), RNAS Scorer (1-1), RNAS Scorer (2-1), Will Gordon (2-2, 68 mins), Lloyd Matthews (2-3, pen, 86 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Matt Cafer, Will Agbo, Lloyd Matthews, Josh Doyle (Capt), Adam Cleary, Taran Singh Jheeta, Mitch Brundle, Johnny Kaye, Lee Sweet, Aidan Chainey, Tobias Iriah

Subs: Andy Venning (48 mins for Taran Singh Jheeta), Will Gordon (48 mins for Will Agbo), Ohimai Longe (56 mins for Johnny Kaye), Tom Fowler (56 mins for Josh Doyle).


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13 July 2011 : Youth Team vs Yeovilton Match Result
Yeovil Town Under-18s played their first pre-season friendly this afternoon, as they took on a side from RNAS Yeovilton. The Glovers won the match 3-2, with the opening goal coming from trialist Tobias Iriah during the first period.

After Yeovilton went 2-1 up during the second period, Will Gordon's equaliser put the Glovers back in the match, before a Lloyd Matthews penalty saw Yeovil win the match by a 3-2 scoreline.


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13 July 2011 : Yeovil 2 Inverness 4 : Review Of The Trialists No.2
Having published one view of last night's players who featured in the pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, there's now a second alternative view available. Green Room II and Twitter regular Blackthorn Stand returns for his second blog on the pre-season fixtures, giving his opinion of all of the players who took to the field last night.

Read on via the link below, and feel free to give your own views. Do you agree with Terry Skiverton's decision to release four trialists today? Do you agree with Andrew or Luke's views on their articles? Comment at the foot of their blogs, as normal.

Link: Yeovil 2 Inverness 4 : Review Of The Trialists No.2


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13 July 2011 : Four Trialists Exit Huish Park
Yeovil Town have released four trialists this morning, as manager Terry Skiverton attempts to see the wood from the trees, following last night's home pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Exiting the club are former Hayes goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu, who played 90 minutes last night, plus former Southend United midfielder Kevin Maher, former Manchester City winger Karl Moore and former Millwall striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason - with the latter not featuring at all last night.

We wish all four the best of luck in finding new clubs.


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13 July 2011 : Yeovil 2 Inverness 4 : Review Of The Trialists No.1
Continuing our series of guest bloggers, we've got the first of two viewpoints on last night's pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle online. Twitter user Jenningssss (who you can find here) has provided his own views on the match, and in particular some of the new signings and trialists that caught his eye.

You can read Luke's views via the link below. Feel free to provide your own at the foot of the article. We'll hopefully have a second view on the match coming up soon.

Link: Yeovil 2 Inverness 4 : Review Of The Trialists No.1.


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12 July 2011 : Player Profiles For Tonight's Three New Trialists
Tonight's pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle saw nine trialists involved on the night, although perhaps significantly, only three of them were involved in the starting line-up. Of those, all three will be relatively well known to Yeovil Town supporters, with two of them having played for Plymouth Argyle last season, whilst the third was on Walsall's books, but is a very familiar name to those who listen to the BBC Somerset sports coverage. However, to refresh your memories on all three, profiles are provided below:

James Paterson: Usually known as Jim. Aged 31 years old. Born in Bellshill, Scotland on September 25th 1979. Started his career as a left-winger but has tended to move more into a left-back role in recent years. He started his career with Dundee United, who he spent eight years with, making over 100 appearances along the way. Four years at Motherwell followed before he made the fairly radical geographic move down to Plymouth Argyle, where he has spent three years, transferring for a fee reported as being in the region of £250,000. He did spend a short loan spell back in Scotland during 2010, as he turned out for Aberdeen, but has largely been ruled out of contention since the arrival of Peter Reid as manager, who told him he could find another club. However, since then his contract has run out and he is now a free agent.

Aaron Lescott: Aged 32 years old. Defender who was born in Birmingham on December 2nd 1978. Well known amongst West Country football fans fot the six years he spent with Bristol Rovers, clocking up over 200 appearances for them. He started his career with Aston Villa, although only made one first team appearance - getting his first spell of sustained football via a loan spell with Lincoln City. In 2001, he spent a single season with Sheffield Wednesday, making 43 appearances before Stockport County snapped him up for £75,000. At the tail end of a three year spell with the Hatters, he went on loan at Bristol Rovers, ultimately moving there permanently, for his six seasons at the Memorial Stadium, which ended with a loan spell at Cheltenham Town. Then last season he moved back to his West Midlands roots, signing a one year deal with Walsall, where he played 39 times for them last season.

Steve MacLean: Agend 28 years old. By coincidence, another Scotsman who made his way down to Plymouth. Born in Edinburgh on August 23rd 1982. Started his career with Rangers, where he made a small handful of appearances, but it was his 2003-04 loan spell with Scunthorpe United that really caught the eye - coming up against the Glovers as he scored 24 times in just 42 appearances. Perhaps surprisingly, Rangers let him go after that, allowing him to sign for Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000, where he spent three years, again with an impressive scoring record that got him 35 goals in 84 appearances. Since then, he's lost his way a touch, spending the 2007-08 season at Cardiff City to little effect, and then managing three years at Plymouth Argyle, including loan spells with Aberdeen and Oxford United, signing for Argyle for a £500,000 fee. He finished last season at Oxford where he netted six times in 31 appearances.

All three players are currently free agents and so would not command a fee. Tonight there was no sign of goalkeeper Martin Horsell - perhaps not too surprising given that he had played a full 90 minutes at Dorchester, whilst Alistair Slowe was not selected for tonight's side. Also absent, although confirmed as being on trial were striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason and former Manchester City right-back Javan Vidal.


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12 July 2011 : Caley Thistle Hit Four Past Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-4 home defeat in their first home pre-season friendly, as Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle proved too strong for them on the night. With the Glovers fielding the majority of their contracted players - centre-back Paul Huntington was sat in the stands - the side looked a little more like a first team, with eight contracted players in the starting line-up, including a debut for Bondz N'Gala and Kieran Agard and a return for Gavin Williams.

The Glovers included three new trialists on the night, with former Walsall and Bristol Rovers defender Aaron Lescott and Plymouth Argyle veteran Jim Paterson starting in three man defence, whilst striker Steve MacLean - also a former Argyle player - coming on at half time.

They took the lead eight minutes into the match when Ed Upson slotted home from close range, as he converted an excellent cross by Andy Williams, and had a strong opening 20 minute spell, before Inverness started to get a foothold in the game. Greg Tansey's headed equaliser showed up a lack of defensive awareness as he got plenty of space in the box, and that was the cue for the Scotsmen to go on and dominate the rest of the half.

The second period saw Yeovil change all ten of their outfield players, with seven trialists, two of last season's youth team, and youngsters Danny Fitzsimons and Billy Gibson making up the numbers. A poor foul in the box by Kevin Maher gave Caley a clear penalty, and Greg Tansey slotted home the spot kick.

A peach of a free kick by Andrew Shinnie took the goal of the game - taking the ball over the wall from 25 yards out to beat French keeper Bertand Bossu. But the Glovers weren't entirely out of it, with the likes of Alan O'Brien showing some frightening pace. But it was former Bristol Rovers player Dominic Blizzard who got them back in the match, pulling the score back to 3-2 with 18 minutes on the clock as he netted from close range.

However, Caley Thistle had the last laugh with ten minutes remaining, as Richie Foran burst through, and Bertrand Bossu made a bit of a hash of it, as Foran slotted the ball under his body for the sixth and final goal, and a 4-2 win. Bossu redeemed himself by a number of good saves in the closing stages as the visitors threatened to open up the margin of victory. For the Glovers, there were a few better signs than last week's defeat at Dorchester. Whilst the defence at time was not cohesive, there were some more positive attacking performances on the night, that will allow manager Terry Skiverton to probably cull a few from his large number of trialists, as things start to take a bit more shape.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4.

Scorers: Ed Upson (1-0), Greg Tansey (1-1), Greg Tansey (1-2), Andrew Shinnie (1-3), Dominic Blizzard (2-3), Richie Foran (2-4)

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
Bertrand Bossu
Aaron Lescott, Bondz N'Gala, Jim Paterson
Luke Ayling, Ed Upson, Paul Wotton, Nathan Jones
Gavin Williams
Andy Williams, Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
Josh Doyle, Rhys Baggridge, Danny Fitzsimons, Kevin Maher, Dominic Blizzard, Alan O'Brien, Anthony Edgar, Billy Gibson, Steve MacLean, Karl Moore (all introduced at half time with Bossu the only player staying on the field)


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12 July 2011 : Skivo Talks About Pre-Season And Trialists
Last Tuesday, and just before right-back Craig Alcock left the club, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about his pre-season plans. In an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript of that interview has been archived via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before The Departure Of Craig Alcock.


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12 July 2011 : Three Trialists For Tonight's Match
Yeovil Town have included at least three new trialists in their line-up for tonight's line-up against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

They are Plymouth Argyle left-back/winger James Paterson, former Bristol Rovers defender Aaron Lescott, who spent last season playing for Walsall and former Plymouth Argyle striker Steve MacLean. More to follow shortly.

Tonight's starting line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
Bertrand Bossu
Aaron Lescott, Bondz N'Gala, Jim Patterson
Luke Ayling, Ed Upson, Paul Wotton, Nathan Jones
Gavin Williams
Andy Williams, Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, Josh Doyle, Rhys Baggridge, Danny Fitzsimons, Kevin Maher, Dominic Blizzard, Alan O'Brien, Anthony Edgar, Billy Gibson, Steve MacLean, Karl Moore


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12 July 2011 : Skiverton Aiming To Continue Last Season's Momentum
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he wants to re-establish the momentum of last season, despite losing a large number of his 2010-11 squad over the summer. The Glovers play their opening home pre-season friendly tonight, taking on Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Huish Park (kick-off 7.45p.m.)

The Glovers have only retained a small fraction of last season's first team regulars, but Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he wants to see his side continue the form that saw them climb off the foot of the table, into a respectable 14th place position:

"There's nothing better than seeing them out there on the pitch. The pitch is looking lovely. It's about long enough now, and I think the supporters want to see football again. We've got to bring back the momentum that we had during the second half of last season. Although we're going to have new faces, we've got to look to crack on with that and hit the ground running."

For those who are a little out of the loop, and didn't get down to Dorchester Town for last week's pre-season opener, the players believed to be still on trial at the club - with their last major club in brackets - are as follows:

Striker Lewis Perkins (Charlton Athletic), striker Karl Moore (Galway United), winger Alan O'Brien (Swindon Town), midfielder Dominic Blizzard (Bristol Rovers), midfielder Kevin Maher (Gillingham), midfielder Anthony Edgar (West Ham United), striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason (Millwall), goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu (Crewe Alexandra), goalkeeper Martin Horsell (Weymouth), midfielder Alistair Slowe (Northampton Town) and right-back Javan Vidal (Manchester City).

There are a number of other players rumoured to be on trial at the club, however for the sake of clarity, the above represents the list that has been categorically confirmed. In addition, there should be three new signings on show tonight - the rather familiar face of Gavin Williams, former Plymouth Argyle defender Bondz N'Gala and former Everton striker Keiran Agard.


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12 July 2011 : Sheppard On Trial For Centurions
Former Yeovil Town Centre of Excellence scholar Tyler Sheppard is on trial at Cirencester Town. The winger, who was released by the club in the summer after completing a two year scholarship, played and scored in their pre-season friendly against League Two side Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Tyler was part of a second half team that took to the field for the Southern League Premier Division side, scoring the equalising goal for the Centurions in the 75th minute, as they managed a 1-1 draw against the Football League side.


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11 July 2011 : Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's trip to play Poole Town are now available. The Glovers will play the Wessex League Champions on Tuesday 19th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Dolphins are due to start the 2011-12 season back in the Southern League, and so like Truro City are another team on the way up.

Admission prices are provisionally as follows:

Adults: £8.00 ; Seniors: £5.00 and Under-16s: £2.00.

Poole have said they may revise their prices nearer the date, depending upon the take-up they get for their other pre-season friendlies - however the above prices are the maximum that will be charged.

Poole Town are currently playing their home games at Tatnam Farm, which is situated within the grounds of Oakdale South Road Middle School. Since leaving Poole Stadium in 1994, shortly after reforming as a club, Poole have gone through Hamworthy Unitedís County Ground, Holt's Gaunts Common ground and Haskells Rec in Parkstone before making it to Tatnam farm. They do have a light at the end of the tunnel though, with planning permission received for a £2 million stadium situated off Magna Road in Bearwood, and hope to move one last time around 2012 or 2013, with the new ground expected to take around 18 months to reach fruition.

Address: Tatnam Farm, School Lane, Poole, Dorset BH15 3JR

The school is situated on the north side of Poole town centre and east of Holes Bay, midway between the A350 and A35 roads that work their way down into Poole town centre. Most supporters will vary their routes down into Poole depending on where they live, but head for the A35 which snakes around the north side of the town between Dorchester and Bournemouth. At the roundabout that intersects the A35 with the A349 and the A3049 take the turning into Fleets Lane, heading south towards Poole town centre, going past B&Q on your right.

After half a mile, take the fourth left turn into Palmer Road, then take the first right into School Lane. Go through the school gates where you can park on match days. The pitch is on your right hand side as you enter the school car park.

By Rail: If you are travelling by rail, turn right out of Poole railway station, with Holes Bay in front of you and walk up Holes Bay Road. Take an immediate right turn into Sterte Road and walk up here, in parallel with the railway track, eventually crossing the railway. Shortly after you cross the railway, take a left turn into Stanley Green Road, then a second right into Palmer Road. Then turn right into School Lane.


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11 July 2011 : New Third Kit Arrives At Club Shop
Yeovil Town's Club Shop have received their first retail stock of their new 2011-12 away kit. They currently have stock of the new 'yellow' shirts in the club store that will act as a third kit, in addition to the standard green-and-white hooped home shirts, and last season's largely white away kit.

The new yellow kit is planned to be worn by the first team as part of tomorrow night's pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, meaning that Glovers fans should get a better idea of what it looks like in the flesh.

Note that at present the Club Shop does not have stock of the corresponding yellow shorts, but hope to receive these very soon. As always, we'd recommend that you call the club shop and reserve specific sizes if you are travelling from a particular distance. As yet the third kit hasn't made it onto the online club shop, but again that should happen in due course.

Update 12/07/2011 : The third kit is now available in the online club shop. In addition stock of the new shorts have now arrived.


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11 July 2011 : Caley Travel South For First Ever Glovers Meeting
Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly opponents head down to the West Country today, in preparation for a three game tour of Southern England. Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle are due to play their first ever fixture against the Glovers tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45p.m.) as part of the opening game of that mini-tour.

Their squad will be using the facilities at Bath University as their base during a week that sees them also play League Two sides Bristol Rovers (Thursday) and Aldershot (Saturday) before returning back to Scotland. They do so with a potentially weakened squad, with a number of players dropping out of the tour. Saturday saw them draw 1-1 with Livingston, with Richie Foran their scorer on the day, but they were missing several players, in terms of those who had reported for pre-season training.

Former Glovers loan striker Adam Rooney has left the club, after signing for Birmingham City, leaving Caley without their leading goalscorer over the past three seasons. On top of that, Lee Cox (pelvic injury) and new signing Gregory Tade (Achilles) are being left behind, whilst Graeme Shinnie (hamstring) may not be fit enough to play in the near future.

They've also not had much luck with their trialists. The Scottish press had reported that former Arsenal youngster Kerrea Gilbert was missing with a calf strain that would stop him from signing for them for a few weeks. They will probably be a little non-plussed to find out that Gilbert recovered and turned out for Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. Former Glovers loan midfielder Jean-Francois Christophe is another Caley trialist who is unlikely to figure tomorrow, having returned to France to sort out a hip injury, whilst Alex Cooper has picked up a groin strain.

In addition to the injured Tade, the Scottish Premier League side have brought in four new faces over the summer, with Watford defender Tom Aldred arriving on loan until Christmas, midfielder Greg Tansey a familiar face to Glovers fans from his time with Stockport County, midfielder Andrew Shinnie signing from Rangers and joining his brother Graeme in the side, whilst Josh Meekings is a former Ipswich Town Under-18s player.

Despite these five new arrivals, manager Terry Butcher is having to dip into his home-grown talent in order to take a party down to Bath today, with 18 year old winger Andy Greig and 16 year old midfielder Liam Polworth getting the nod to travel down. Butcher told the Inverness Courier that he was unlikely to add to his squad before the tour commenced:

"We are very short and very thin on the ground in terms of numbers. Iím still working away to get players, but nothing is happening just now. There are quite a few of the young players like Andy Greig and Liam Polworth who will be going with us to Bath, so thatís an unexpected boost for them. Itís going to be exciting as all the players will be able to focus fully on their football and it will be a real test with the games coming up in quick succession, so weíre looking forward to it."

Tomorrow night's match at Huish Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. with only the Main Stand at the ground open on the night. The Glovers side is expected to contain all of the remaining trialists at the club, but should hopefully also include the contracted players within Yeovil Town's first team squad for the first time during this pre-season.

Link: Pre-Season Friendly Prices For 2011-12 Home Matches.


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11 July 2011 : Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for next Saturday's trip to Truro City have been set. The match takes place at Treyew Road on Saturday 16th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

All admission is at the turnstiles on the day of the game and is as follows:

Adult: £10.00 ; Concessions/OAP: £7.00 ; Aged 12-16: £5.00 ; Under-12s: £3.00.

Concessions include students and staff from Truro and Penwith College.

Address: Truro City Football Club Ltd, Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2TH

Directions: (adapted from Truro's website)

Treyew Road is part of the A390, situated on the south-west side of Truro city centre. Assuming you are travelling from the Yeovil/Somerset end of things, at the end of the M5, take the A30 towards (but not into) Exeter, and follow this into Cornwall for around 78 miles.

At the Carland Cross roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A39 (signposted Truro). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A39 entering Truro and at the traffic lights turn right onto Tregolls Road. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Morlaix Avenue - A39 (signposted Falmouth, Redruth (A390) and then take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout passing Tesco on your left. Follow up the hill and go straight over the double mini-roundabout. Now continue (along Treyew Road A390) for approximately half a mile and the ground will be on your left.

By Train:

Truro operates on a mainline railway station which is a ten minute walk from the ground. On departing the station bear right up the hill (Station Road) until you reach the roundabout at the top. Bear left along Treyew Road and the ground is up on the right hand side.

Link: Pre-Season Friendly Prices For 2011-12 Home Matches.


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10 July 2011 : Skivo Says Don't Panic!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is fully aware of concerns from supporters worried about the lack of contracted players for the 2011-12 season. So far, the Glovers have brought in just three new players, with midfielder Gavin Williams, striker Kieran Agard and defender Bondz N'Gala the three new faces arriving for pre-season training.

They have added to a squad of five senior first-teamers, three youth team graduates, and a rapidly mutating set of trialists that are trying to earn contracts at Huish Park. Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat at Dorchester Town saw former Youth Team defender Rhys Baggridge the only contracted player on the pitch, as 18 trialists took to the field of play, with the few first-teamers contracted to the club sat in the stand.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he had held conversations with supporters during the week, and admitted that several were extremely concerned at the lack of players the club had at present:

"I've never seen so much panic on supporters faces, but listen we're going to have enough players to fill the team at the beginning of the season. I did mention to them that we keep on mentioning this little story about the boat. The boat has been moored up for the summer. We've fuelled up and we're ready to go. We're just waiting for a few more passengers to get on board, and then we'll be getting ourselves stuck into another journey and another adventure."

The Glovers boss reiterated his belief that by the time the club play their final three pre-season friendlies against Bristol City, Cardiff City and Southampton between July 23rd and 30th, that he would have finalised his squad for the 2010-11 season:

"We'll have enough players, and we'll have some very good players. Also I will be very happy once we get to the pre-season games, especially with the last three, where I'll be looking to play my strongest squad in those."

Link: Pre-Season Friendly Prices For 2011-12 Home Matches.


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9 July 2011 : Williams Lands Addicks Trial
League One side Charlton Athletic have taken former Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams on trial. The 24 year old played and scored in their pre-season friendly this afternoon's, against Welling United. Williams is a free agent as one of the players released by manager Terry Skiverton at the end of last season.

Williams is highly familiar with The Valley, having started his footballing career as a player in their Academy set-up before being taken on by Aston Villa. His mum used to work at The Valley on matchdays, and so even his family will find their surroundings highly familiar.

Sam scored in the 55th minute of Charlton's match this afternoon, opening the scoring in a 3-0 win at Park View Road.

Link: Sam Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2011 : Morris Gets Eastwood Coaching Role
Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris is finally dropping out of full time football, with a two-pronged attack on where his long term career direction is likely to be. The 31 year old departed Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers at the end of last season, and has now turned up at Conference North team Eastwood.

Morris has joined them as a player-coach, having spent the summer getting his UEFA B Licence, and will also turn part time, by going into a joint partnership in a hand tools business. At Eastwood he will be managed by Craig Armstrong, who Morris knows from a spell he had with Huddersfield Town. He has told the Express and Star newspaper that he feels time is catching up on him in terms of his footballing career, and he wants to make plans for the future:

"I wanted to stay at Kidderminster but, for one reason or another, it wasnít possible. And the gaffer knew all along that I wanted to get into coaching as soon as I can, as I am coming to the end of my career. I have said for a while that going part-time would help me more because I need to train less, I think my body needs a bit more rest than most. I want another couple of years playing football and, hopefully, this will prolong my career a little bit."

Link: Lee Morris : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Meanwhile former striker Wayne Gray has left Chelmsford City, and joined Conference South side Woking. He netted 12 times in 23 appearances for the Essex club last season, but has now moved to one of their rivals, who also have former right-back Danny Hutchins training with them, in his efforts to get himself back into the game, having suffered knee and ankle problems since leaving Yeovil Town. Both players will be working under former Glovers manager Steve Thompson, who made his return to Kingfield in January 2011, signing a two year contract as the assistant to manager Garry Hill.

Link: Wayne Gray : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Danny Hutchins : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Finally Stephen Henderson has completed his move to Portsmouth, signing a three year contract at Fratton Park, with his former club Bristol City accepting an undisclosed compensation offer today, paving the way for him to sign a deal with the Championship side. Henderson has told Sky Sports that it was his failure to break into Bristol City's first team that made him eventually decide to move clubs:

"I was at Bristol City for four years and I just never seemed to be given the chance to break into the first-team every year. I'm 23 now and I felt that this was my chance to join a club that are on the up and have all the ingredients for success. It is a bit different (at Portsmouth) because David James was pretty much guaranteed his place at Bristol City, but I've come here to play football. I've trained with Jamie Ashdown this week and he is a good keeper, but I've not come here just to make up the numbers and I'll be doing everything I can to claim the jersey and keep it for as long as possible."

Link: Stephen Henderson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2011 : Eight Players Released From Glovers Trials
Yeovil Town have unsurprisingly shown the door to many of the trialists who played in Tuesday night's 4-1 defeat at Dorchester Town. Eight of them have now been told their trials will not be pursued, and these are as follows:

Released: Imran Baines, Remy Gordon, Steffan Jones, Declan Gallacher, Mark Jones, George Wilson, Shane Williams, Rhys Kelleher.

This means that the players that are still on manager Terry Skiverton's radar after Wednesday night's defeat are as follows, with their former club in brackets:

Striker Lewis Perkins (Charlton Athletic), striker Karl Moore (Galway United), winger Alan O'Brien (Swindon Town), midfielder Dominic Blizzard (Bristol Rovers), midfielder Kevin Maher (Gillingham), midfielder Anthony Edgar (West Ham United), striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason (Millwall), goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu (Crewe Alexandra), goalkeeper Martin Horsell and midfielder Alistair Slowe (Northampton Town).

There is one new trialist that has arrived at Huish Park since the game at the Avenue Stadium. He is 22 year old right-back Javan Vidal. He was released by Manchester City during the summer after making one appearance for the Blues. His main first team experience has come through loans with Grimsby Town, Derby County, Aberdeen and Chesterfield.


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8 July 2011 : Skivo Focussing On Striker Bid
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has a few irons in the fire with respect to bringing in a new striker to the club. The Glovers are a significant number of players down in that area, having released Sam Williams, Craig Calver and Martin Gritton, and having lost top scorer Dean Bowditch to Milton Keynes Dons over the summer.

The Glovers boss has revealed that he is in negotiations with a club for one of their strikers - the surprise being that he is entertaining the possibility of paying a transfer fee. The club have exclusively lived off loans and free transfers during the past few seasons, but Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that if this deal goes through then the club will be paying a fee for his services:

"There will be at least another striker coming in, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. He is one of the ones and we're looking to purchase, and we'll see what happens with that one. There's a lot of stuff on the go at the minute, and there's more than what I can let out. But I just want the supporters to know that we're actively looking in the market. We're looking to get players, not just on frees, but if they're under contract we'll be looking to maybe pay a nominal fee for them."

Skiverton added that the unnamed striker is not the only player that the club may purchase this summer, with him having available a transfer kitty to bring in new blood into the squad. He said there were bids in at other clubs as well:

"We're trying to buy a couple of people as well, so we'll see how that goes. I've not had money to spend before, but we're looking and we're trying to sign a couple of people who are at other clubs and we've just got to see how that pans out. We're negotiating and hopefully we will have some more news in the coming weeks."

The evidence of a transfer kitty budget being made available is most likely to be as a result of the recent cash windfall the Glovers obtained as part of Lee Peltier's transfer from Huddersfield Town to Leicester City, which included a sell-on fee that was paid to Yeovil Town. Yesterday's acquisition by Peterborough United of Craig Alcock has also netted a fee and that will have added to the sum of unbudgeted money that will have come into the club during the summer.


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8 July 2011 : Obika Signs Spurs Extension
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has signed a contract extension today. The 20 year old, who has had three loan spells at Huish Park, had a contract at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2012, giving him just 12 months left on his current deal.

The Spurs official site doesn't make clear what sort of a deal he has got, merely opting to state that he has 'signed a contract extension' with the club. However, the general policy of the Premier League club has been to roll forward deals by 12 months for players around that status - it can probably assume his deal runs until the summer of 2013 now.

The main question will be what plans Spurs have for Obika for the coming season. The contract extension implies they have no immediate plans to sell him - however, Premier League clubs are limited to a squad of 25 players per half-season, and he may not squeeze into those numbers.

The same of course applies to the Premier League bound trio of Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer, Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald and Norwich City striker Oli Johnson. Ehmer is another one who has signed a new deal and he returned to pre-season training on Thursday, and there's been few noises coming from Loftus Road as to where they see his 2011-12 season panning out. Swansea have also been quiet about MacDonald.

The only player mentioned within the press, in terms of the players that finished the 2010-11 season on loan at Huish Park, is Oli Johnson. There we've seen a few papers suggest that Peterborough United have an interest in him, although nothing that goes as far as giving quotes.

It's likely that their parent clubs will begin to make decisions on whether those players fit into their squad of 25 players around the start of August, with the final list needing to be supplied to the Premier League on August 31st. It would be a surprise if Glovers manager Terry Skiverton wasn't keeping an eye on at least some of these four players to see what transpires.


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7 July 2011 : Football League Trophy First Round Draw Groupings
Yeovil Town are through to the Second Round of the Football League Trophy - without kicking a ball. The Glovers have been given a bye in the First Round of the Competition after the regional team groupings were drawn by the Football League today.

The chances of Yeovil Town getting a bye during the 2011-12 season were always high after the Football League introduced a rule where a side could not get one during two consecutive seasons. They will therefore be guaranteed a First Round draw during the 2012-13 season, assuming competition rules remain the same.

The Glovers are one of sixteen sides who skip their way into the Second Round, with the lucky teams as follows:

Southern Section (First Round Byes): AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham, Oxford United, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town.

Northern Section (First Round Byes): Chesterfield, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Rochdale, Rotherham United.

That then leaves the clubs who will have to play in the First Round. They have been drawn into four regional groups that will then be drawn out on Soccer AM on Saturday 13th August, to form the First Round draw. These teams are as follows:

Northern Section (West): Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall.

Northern Section (East): Bradford City, Burton Albion, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday.

Southern Section (West): AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers.

Southern Section (East): Barnet, Brentford, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Southend United.

First Round matches will be played during the Week-Commencing August 29th 2011. Yeovil Town's involvement in the competition will now not commence until the start of October. For full round dates see the list linked in below.

Link: 2011-12 Season Initial Dates For Your Diary.


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7 July 2011 : East Stand Sponsorship Ends
According to reports on the Green Room II forum, the current sponsorship deal for the East Stand at Huish Park appears to have ended. The current deal with Cowlin Construction Limited was originally set back in July 2006, with the name of the Cowlin Stand having replaced the originally named Bartlett Stand, which was also a sponsored name - deriving from the company that built Huish Park.

For the 2011-12 Season, the seated stand will be simply known as the East Stand, with Cowlin's involvement as stand sponsors ending after five years. Supporters receiving their Season Tickets this week, which are now being posted out, are receiving tickets labelled 'East Stand' along with a note saying:

"Please note that the Cowlin Stand will be known as the East Stand for season 2011/12."

Any parties interested in sponsoring the East Stand at Huish Park should get in contact with Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935-423662.


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7 July 2011 : Alcock's Posh Move Is Completed
Yeovil Town's right-back Craig Alcock has now been confirmed as having left the building. The 23 year old has signed a three year contract after completing a medical in Portugal this morning for Championship side Peterborough United.

Craig's departure ends a six year association he has had with the club since being brought into Stuart Housley's Under-18 side during 2005. Due to his age, the club are entitled to compensation, despite Craig being out of contract. As has been mainly the case of late, that fee will remain as an undisclosed amount.

Craig made 121 first team appearances for the club, and for the majority of last season was Yeovil Town's Club Captain. The very best of luck to him at establishing himself at Championship level in the future.

Link: Craig Alcock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2011 : Alcock Flies Out To Portugal
Further to yesterday's news, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph is now reporting that Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock is due to take a medical with Championship side Peterborough United this morning. Posh are at a pre-season training camp in Portugal, and the 23 year old flew out this morning to meet the club's medical staff.

The paper reports their belief that both clubs have agreed a compensation package, meaning that the deal would not need to go to a tribunal.


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7 July 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Dorchester 4 Yeovil 1 : Players Put On Trial
Last night, Yeovil Town played their first pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. A 4-1 defeat at the hands of Dorchester Town was perhaps not what the Glovers wanted, although in mitigation, only one substitute in the entire squad is contracted to the club for next season, with the remainder made up of trialists.

We've published detailed formal profiles of nearly all of the trialists that played (here and here) but what you really want to know is whether the players who arrived at the Avenue Stadium were Messi or just plain messy.

Step forward Blackthorn Stand - no not the entire Yeovil Town home terrace, but the Green Room II regular, who also runs his own blog. So as a special TaffsPoundForPoundGloversDietBlog entry, you can read Andrew's views on the trialists, with no holds barred. Alternative views, particularly if you were at last night's match, are of course welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Dorchester 4 Yeovil 1 : Players Put On Trial.


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6 July 2011 : More Profiles Of Tonight's Trialists
Yeovil Town's opening pre-season fixture of the 2011-12 season ended up in defeat, as they crashed 4-1 at the hands of neighbours Dorchester Town. The only bright moment came when former Cardiff City winger Rhys Kelleher put home a rebound from close range, as a disorganised looking Glovers side that had not played before struggled to cope against the Magpies.

There were some more new faces in tonight's line-up with yet more trialists revealed and an entire team selected from uncontracted players, making for a bewildering selection for fans to keep their eyes on. Whilst we covered a large number of them yesterday, there are now more to sift through tonight that hadn't been mentioned before. Profiles for these players are as follows:

Declan Gallacher: Born 13th February 1991 (20 years old). A former Celtic central defender, who played for their Under-18s side. Spent last season playing for Stranraer where he made 28 appearances scoring three goals.

Remy Gordon: Born 29th April 1993 (18 years old) in Great Yarmouth. A former Norwich City Under-18s player, who has worked his way through their Academy line-up during the last seven years. He finished his Under-18s spell with the Canaries as a left-back although spent much of his time in the Academy playing as a left-winger.

Karl Moore: Born 9th November 1988 (22 years old) in Dublin. A former Manchester City Academy player who started his youth career with Irish side St Kevins Boys, joining City at the age of 16. He had a loan spell with Millwall, before returning to Ireland to play for University College Dublin. In February, he signed for Galway United, but has been linked with a return to football in Britain, with claims on Sky Sports that Motherwell were trying to sign him. He has caps for the Republic of Ireland at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. The Glovers tried to sign him earlier this year, but missed out when he made his switch to Galway.

Steffan Jones: Former Cardiff City right-back, who played for their Under-18s side. Was released by the Bluebirds in May. He is originally from Morgannwg with his family from Welsh St Donats, and has some pace on him, having represented his country at Under-16s schools level for 60m and 200m relay sprints.

Mark Jones: A common name but given the pattern of trialists selected he seems likely to be a 20 year old former Cardiff City striker.

Rhys Kelleher: Born October 13th 1990 (20 years old). Right winger from Trelewis in the Rhondda, who played for Cardiff City Under-18s. Born in Caerphilly. A former Cardinal Newman School pupil - the same school Robert Earnshaw attended.

George Wilson: Former Norwich City Academy player, who left them to go on to play for Diss Town. Was invited back to Carrow Road in 2009 for two more pre-season friendlies as part of a trial, but returned to Diss after that. Aged around 19 years old.

Shane Williams: Former Birmingham City midfielder, who has represented Wales at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Lewis Perkins: Former Charlton Athletic striker, who was top scorer for their Under-18s side during 2009-10 with 12 goals. He has also had two loan spells with Cray Wanderers, that were separated by a short period due to him picking up a knock during his first stay with them.

We've yet to work out who Imran Baines (announced as Ivan Baines) or Alex Constantine are. Not too surprisingly there may be some errors and omissions in the above lists, but is provided with good intentions!

Final Score: Dorchester Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Martin Horsell
Steffan Jones, Imran Baines, Declan Gallagher, Remy Gordon
Anthony Edgar, Dominic Blizzard, Kevin Maher, Alan O'Brien
Karl Moore, Mark Jones

Substitutes: Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Rhys Kelleher, George Wilson, Rhys Baggridge, Alex Constantine, Alistair Slowe, Shane Williams, Lewis Perkins.


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6 July 2011 : Tonight's Line-Up Against Dorchester
Tonight's line-up against Dorchester Town has been announced. The Glovers are playing a side entirely made up of trialists, a number of additional names included in the line-up who had not been revealed until now. The starting eleven reads as follows (with apologies for any typos in names at this stage):

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Martin Horsell
Steffan Jones, Ivan Baines, Declan Gallacher, Remy Gordon
Anthony Edgar, Dominic Blizzard, Kevin Maher, Alan O'Brien
Karl Moore, Mark Jones

We'll attempt to profile the players that we don't know during the evening.


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6 July 2011 : Alcock Deal Imminent?
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has tonight said his farewells to his team-mates at Huish Park. Although he has yet to sign for Championship side Peterborough United, the 23 year old is not expected to return to the club now, with his exit suggesting that either both clubs have done a deal, or that it's heading to a tribunal.

Assuming no last minute hitches, Craig's arrival at London Road ought to be confirmed within the next 24-48 hours. We'll confirm this either way as soon as we know it.

For those not able to make tonight's pre-season friendly at Dorchester Town, then if you follow us on Twitter we'll try to give out as much information as we can on what is going on throughout the evening.


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5 July 2011 : Skiverton Admits Failed Striker Bid
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he missed out on a transfer target this week, when his plans to sign a striker broke down after talks. The player in question was Bristol Rovers striker Jo Kuffour, who has been linked with the Glovers a number of times over the years, with the 29 year old having spent much of his career playing for South and South-West clubs.

Having played for Swindon Town, Torquay United, AFC Bournemouth and Bristol Rovers over the years, it might have been logical to assume that the player was settled in the area. However, Kuffour is originally an Arsenal trainee, who was born in Edmonton in London. When talking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton explained that the comeback he got was that Kuffour was looking for something closer to home:

"We have got more than enough that we are looking at (with the trialists that have been brought in). This is a great opportunity for them to come in. I tried to sign Jo Kuffour this week but it did not come to forefront. He wants to move closer to London if he leaves Bristol Rovers. We made an approach for him and from our point of view we are out there and actively looking."

One thing that is fairly apparent from the players brought in as trialists is that there are few front line strikers amongst them. The Glovers released Martin Gritton, Craig Calver and Sam Williams and lost Dean Bowditch to Milton Keynes Dons during the summer, and so far have only brought in Kieran Agard as an attacking outlet. Only one of the seven trialists named earlier today - Kiernan Hughes-Mason - fits into that category, and like Agard he has little experience in the Football League. It would therefore seem likely that Skiverton will chase other players like Kuffour during the month of July.


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5 July 2011 : Skiverton Confirms Alcock Bid
Yeovil Town have today confirmed that they have received an approach from Championship side Peterborough United for their right-back Craig Alcock. The news comes as no surprise given that the attempts by Posh to take the 23 year old to London Road have been widely reported in the local Peterborough press, however this is the first time that the Glovers have acknowledged the interest from Posh.

Only yesterday, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was saying that his club were considering looking elsewhere - speaking to BBC Somerset, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has said that he sees the negotiations as an ongoing situation:

"Peterborough have come in with an approach. It's being dealt with by both Chairmen. We're just waiting now to see what the outcome will be. Darren Ferguson has spoken about it recently in the press, and so that's between the two Frys. I think they're sorting it out. We want to keep Craig Alcock. I don't want to lose him. Again, we seem to have this thing of bringing through very good right-backs. Lee Peltier went (to Huddersfield Town, and now Leicester City), and one thing you can't do is to stand in someone's way of Championship football."

Skiverton added that the ball was largely in Alcock's court, and that if all parties could agree the financials, that the Youth Team graduate would go with the club's blessing, having been at Huish Park since he was brought in by Under-18s manager Stuart Housley in 2005:

"The decision will be down to Craig. We've made the offer of a contract. We've spoken to the agent, and everything is amicable. Whatever is best for Craig Alcock, I will stand by 100 percent. Again, he's another one who has been a soldier out there on the pitch for me. He's gone through the pain barrier, and I think he's one of the best full-backs in League One, and I think he could easily cope with it in the Championship. It just depends if our valuation, Peterborough's valuation and the agent's valuation all meet the criteria for something to be done. If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn't I'll be quite happy to have him back."


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5 July 2011 : Glovers Name Seven Trialists
Any Yeovil Town pre-season wouldn't be complete without a glut of trialists being on display during the month of July. Tomorrow evening the Glovers take to the field for their first pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, and a large number of new faces are likely to take to the field of play.

There's been a large number of claims and counter-claims on message boards and on Twitter as to who is really at Huish Park - however, manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he is considering at least seven such players - giving names to BBC Radio Bristol today. Profiles of the seven are as follows:

Alan O'Brien: A 26 year old winger, who was released by Swindon Town just before their relegation into League Two. Spent two years at the County Ground, and before that had two years with Hibernian. He started his career at Newcastle United, and has also had a loan spell with Carlisle United. He has five Republic of Ireland senior caps all gained during the 2006-07 season.

Dominic Blizzard: A 27 year old midfielder who was released by Bristol Rovers following their relegation into League Two. Spent two years at the Memorial Stadium after joining from Stockport County. He is a former Watford youth player who spent five years at Vicarage Road as a professional. He has also had spells with Stockport County, Milton Keynes Dons and Port Vale.

Kevin Maher: Midfielder, who has just completed a two year contract at League Two side Gillingham. Was made an offer at Priestfield, but on reduced terms, and so was not expected to return to them. Vastly experienced tough-tackling 34 year old who clocked up 10 years and around 400 appearances for Southend United. Started off his career with Tottenham Hotspur. Currently lives in Brentwood in Essex, and his partner was due to give birth this week. He has also played for Oldham Athletic. He is a former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

Anthony Edgar: Midfielder, released by West Ham United. 20 years old, born in Newham, London. A product of West Ham's youth academy, he made two FA Cup substitute appearances for them before being released in the summer of 2011. His Football League experience came during an October 2009 three game loan period with AFC Bournemouth. He is a cousin of Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe.

Kiernan Hughes-Mason: He is a 19 year old former Millwall striker, who graduated through their youth structure. He was born in Hackney, and has loan experience with Cheltenham Town, Tooting and Mitcham United and most recently Chelmsford City. He was spotted by a number of fans in recent pre-season training pictures. He was released by Millwall in early May and so is a free agent.

Bertrand Bossu: A 30 year old French goalkeeper who Yeovil Town fans will recall from his days with Hayes whilst the Glovers were a non-league side. He started his career in France, playing for Calais RUFC and RC Lens, but has since had a rather nomadic career, with Hayes the only club that he properly established himself at. His other clubs include Barnet, Rushden and Diamonds, Gillingham, Torquay United, Oldham Athletic, Darlington, Accrington Stanley, Walsall, Aberdeen and Crewe Alexandra - largely playing as the back-up to a main goalkeeper. He is well-known for being one of the tallest keepers in the game, standing at 6'7" tall.

Martin Horsell: A 24 year old goalkeeper, who was born in Paignton in Devon. He started life as a Plymouth Argyle youth teamer, then moved to Bristol Rovers, where he played for their Under-18s side. He was released by Rovers and went on to play for a number of sides mainly in the West County, turning out for Torquay United, Yate Town, Salisbury City, Dorchester Town, Tiverton Town and Weymouth. He also had a year with Belgian side RRFC Montegnee, who Glovers fans will recall from their participation in the annual North Devon pre-season tournament. Horsell has been on trial at Huish Park before - playing in a Reserve Team Match during 2007, but that was not taken any further by manager Russell Slade.

There may be more players on display at Dorchester tomorrow - Diss Town midfielder George Wilson and former Cardiff City youth teamer Steffan Jones have been at pre-season training - it would not be surprising of more names come out in the next 24-48 hours. Skiverton has also said that there are a 'couple' of players from Ireland on trial at the club at present - so far unnamed.


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4 July 2011 : Glovers Linked With Cobblers Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with League Two midfielder Ryan Gilligan. The Northampton Town player, who has spent six years at Sixfields, is being shown the door by former Glovers boss Gary Johnson.

Despite this, TalkSport Radio claim that the 24 year old, who went out on loan to League Two side Torquay United last season, is attracting the interest of Yeovil Town, and claim that Barnet and Swindon Town are also interested in taking the player on.

Gilligan is Swindon born, before being snapped up by Watford as a youth player. However, he failed to complete his scholarship at Vicarage Road, with the Cobblers taking over his learning and development deal. At that time he was being used as a striker, but moved into midfield, going on to make 204 appearances, and scoring 23 goals across a six year period.

He was farmed out to promotion-chasing Torquay at the tail end of the 2010-11 season, making five substitute appearances for the Gulls as they chased the League Two play-offs.

He signed a two year contract in the summer of 2010, meaning that he still has a year to run on that deal. Whether the Cobblers would be willing to rip up his contract to get him off their books isn't stated, although Johnson will be mindful of the finances that his former club operate under.

Johnson has talked about Gilligan in today's Northampton Chronicle and whilst he doesn't elaborate on whether he has been approached by any clubs, he makes it quite clear that he is surplus to requirements. He also admits that the player has been recovering from an ankle injury:

"He is not part of my plans, itís as simple as that. While Ryan is contracted to the club, he is part of the squad. But I wonít be using him, so hopefully he is a good enough player, and he has done well enough for people to take him on board. He will be at pre-season training. He is under contract and he is going to have to do that, and he might need to get a week or twoís fitness work under his belt so he can prove he has come back from his (ankle) injury. And Iím sure he has done that, because I believe he has been working hard with our physio, but thatís where we are with him."

As usual with this sort of rumour, there's no quotes provided, and no source available beyond what TalkSport have quoted. Therefore a small pinch of salt should be provided when considering the facts at hand.


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4 July 2011 : Henderson City Exit Confirmed
Further to Saturday's news, Championship side have confirmed that former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is leaving Ashton Gate. Despite winning four of the Glovers 2010-11 End Of Season Awards, the Irishman was likely to find himself still third in the pecking order in Bristol, and has chosen to jump ship in the search of first team football.

Although City don't confirm it, the local and national media are backing up Saturday's claims that he is heading off to Portsmouth, where he is expected to under-go a medical today. City boss Keith Millen told their club site that they would be seeking compensation from whichever club the 23 year old chooses:

"From July 1st Stephen was free to talk to other clubs and choose to join another team. He didn't return here for training and has not accepted our contract offer, so now we await developments and see which club he joins. We will be due compensation, either agreed with his new club or via a tribunal."

Henderson is expected to challenge Portsmouth's first team keeper Jamie Ashdown for a first team spot, but will at the very least sit on their bench on a weekly basis, making it very unlikely that Yeovil Town will be able to take him back for any loan deals in the foreseeable future. Manager Terry Skiverton will therefore have to hunt elsewhere to bring in either a permanent or loan keeper for the 2011-12 season.

Link: Stephen Henderson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 July 2011 : N'Gala Makes Switch From Argyle
Yeovil Town have made their third signing for the 2011-12 season. The player in question is 21 year old former Plymouth Argyle defender Bondz N'Gala. He was born in Forest Gate in London and started his career at West Ham United.

Whilst on the books of the Hammers, he gained a small number of appearances during loan spells with Weymouth, Milton Keynes Dons, Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle before moving to Argyle on a two year contract in the summer of 2010 on a permanent basis.

Having signed a two year contract with the Pilgrims, they would have been entitled to a fee. However, the Plymouth Herald report that the agreement will be a free transfer, presumably due to Argyle's need to get players off their wage bill whilst they remain in administration. He made 28 appearances for Argyle during last season.

At present there's no mention of a contract length in terms of the deal he has signed at Huish Park. At 6'2" tall, he is expected to largely be used as a centre-back, although he has been used in other roles.


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4 July 2011 : Alcock Move Hits Deadlock
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said that he may walk away from ongoing discussions with Yeovil Town for their right-back Craig Alcock. The Championship side are trying to sign the 23 year old but as yet have been unable to agree a fee with the Glovers - who are entitled to a compensation amount due to the former Youth Team player falling under the Bosman transfer cut-off age.

Ferguson has told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph that discussions between the two clubs were running out of legs and that he may call off discussions:

"We are not any closer on that one and we may have to look elsewhere."

Peterborough do have the option of taking the transfer to a tribunal, given Alcock is out of contract at Huish Park, but his remarks suggest that he would not consider that route.

Alcock was present at Huish Park last Friday for the first day of pre-season training, although did not travel with the first team who trained at Sherborne School. Alcock was one of three players who stayed at the club, being monitored by a physio, lending weight to the suggestion from the Posh end that he was recovering from a summer operation.

This morning's Western Daily Press name four players as being prospective Glovers signings - defenders Xander Diamond and Thomas Cruise, winger Joe Anyinsah and right-sided midfielder Alistair Slowe - all four are covered in detail on Friday's news item.

The club are poised to announce a signing today, with no real clues as to who that is likely to be. It's unlikely to be Diamond, given that the Scottish Daily Record have said that he is on a week's trial with Oldham Athletic. The eagle-eyed believe that Slowe has been spotted in training on Friday, but today's signing is more likely to be a player who couldn't make it down for the first day of training. One player who is rumoured to be arriving on trial today is 21 year old Spanish striker Juan Pedro Berga Garzon, although this has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Manager Terry Skiverton has indicated via his Twitter account that he will be fielding a large number of his trialists on Wednesday night as part of the club's opening pre-season fixture that is scheduled to be played against Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium.


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3 July 2011 : Community Trust Appoints New Director
The Yeovil Town Community Trust company has appointed a new director to their board. The man appointed is Alan Chamberlain, who has been listed as an Associate (non-board) Director of Yeovil Town Football Club for the past season.

Mr Chamberlain was appointed to the Trust board on June 3rd 2011. We've not seen anything detailing his background, however as there is an 'Alan Chamberlain' listed as working in the Accounts area of AgustaWestland, it's likely that he is another addition to the organisation, which also includes John Dover and David Lee from the same company.

The listed directors for the Community Trust are now David Lee (also Company Secretary), John Dover, John Fry and Alan Chamberlain. The listed trustees of the organisation are Martyn Starnes (Chairman of the trustees), John Dover, David Lee (representing AgustaWestland), Peter Male, Peter Hockley (Somerset FA), Sarah Lawler (Somerset FA) and Ron Budden (Yeovil Town Football Club). The trust's joint managers are Roy O'Brien and Sara Bradley.

The Community Trust is a subsidiary organisation from Yeovil Town Football Club. It states its aims are "to provide recreational, educational and sporting facilities; to support and benefit people living in Somerset and the surrounding areas in order to advance, promote, encourage and develop participation in competitive and recreational sport and other such charitable activities amongst the people in the community with a view to improving their conditions of life."


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2 July 2011 : Hendo Linked With Pompey Move
Championship side Portsmouth are being linked with a move for Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. The Portsmouth News Chief Sports Writer Neil Allen has said via his Twitter account that Henderson is heading to Fratton Park for training on Monday, thus making it look like he will not be returning to Ashton Gate.

That of course would blow out of the water any hopes Yeovil Town may have had of getting their 2010-11 Player Of The Season back to Huish Park, with there being very little doubt that Henderson would want to be challenging for the No.1 slot in Portsmouth's side if he signs a deal with them.


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1 July 2011 : Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town
On Wednesday night, Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. The match will be played against Dorchester Town on Wednesday 6th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

For those planning on heading to the match, which is expected to see a number of trialists on display, as well as hopefully new signings Kieran Agard and Gavin Williams, admission prices on the night are as follows:

Adults: £8.50 ; Over 65s: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.50


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1 July 2011 : Stam Makes Bulls Stay Permanent
Former Yeovil Town central defender Stefan Stam has completed a permanent move to League Two side Hereford United. The Dutchman finished the 2010-11 season on loan at Edgar Street after being frozen out at Huish Park, making 10 appearances during his time there.

He was released at the end of last season - probably the least surprising of the club's decisions, given his rather abrasive comments on his experience at Yeovil Town. Of Hereford, and their manager Jamie Pitman, he has given a kinder reaction on their club site upon signing his new deal with the Bulls:

"I enjoyed my stay here last season, they are good lads here, and the manager is good, he did well last year. I'm just happy to be playing and can't start soon enough."

A rather more successful centre-back Steven Caulker, has had his loan move to Swansea City confirmed this morning. The Swans had declared their intentions a month ago, and despite strong interest from Norwich City, they have won the right to take him on a season long loan.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has told their club site that Caulker did have other options, in a deal that will have a review clause built in during January where both clubs can assess the situation:

"We are delighted to have agreed terms with Tottenham regarding a deal for Steven. The deal has been very close for the last couple of weeks. We feel his general size and ability are perfect qualities to add to our team. Steven is a young, upcoming player that is a big talent, and he is looking forward to being part out our squad in the Premier League. It is an exciting signing for us. There was other interest in him prior to this deal being agreed, but Tottenham felt it was perfect for Steven to continue his career here."

Two former Glovers have turned up at Northampton Town, where Gary Johnson is the current manager. Attacking midfielder Arron Davies has completed his expected move to Sixfields. Arron has been given a two year contract with the Cobblers, with Johnson telling their club site that he was glad to get hold of him for a third time:

"I first came across Arron when he was at Southampton. I took him to Yeovil Town and he did very well for us. He was sold to Nottingham Forest along with Chris Cohen after scoring against them in the Play Offs a few years ago and I was fortunate enough to be able to take Arron to Peterborough so I am pleased to be able to complete my hat-trick with him here."

Also arriving at Sixfields is former Glovers first team physio Glen Schmidt, who also worked with Johnson at Ashton Gate. Schmidt has been brought in to assist with Northampton's first team fitness training during pre-season:

"I've brought Glen in for pre-season. Glen is somebody I took to Bristol City so I know him well and I know what he does in pre-season. I think it is very important to bring someone like Glen to the club if we are going to start the season well, he has just come in for a month initially but we will see where we go with it after that."

Meanwhile anyone hoping to see how former loan striker Adam Rooney has been developing as a player, when Inverness Caledonian Thistle come to visit Huish Park will be disappointed, as he's left them after three years of service to join Championship side Birmingham City.

The 23 year old netted 21 times in the Scottish Premier League last season, having netted 26 goals in his previous season, and will now aim to get the Blues back up into the Premier League at the first time of asking. He arrives on a free transfer at St Andrews, and boss Chris Hughton believes he's got a steal:

"We have signed a player who has started to prove he can be a prolific goalscorer. He has found the back of the net regularly in the last couple of seasons but is still improving. He has had a wonderful goalscoring record over the last two campaigns and what I was impressed with is that he has done it at a club that donít have the resources of a Celtic or a Rangers."


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1 July 2011 : Glovers Squad Returns To Pre-Season Training
This morning sees Yeovil Town's first team squad report back for their first day of pre-season training for the 2011-12 season. The 'squad' is currently threadbare to say the least, with just five senior players guaranteed to remain from last season's side, and two players arriving at Huish Park, although a third is expected to turn up next Monday.

Those seven players will be added to by three former Youth Team players who have signed their first professional contracts, plus the two members of the coaching team who are registered as players. On top of that, there will inevitably be a large number of trialists turning up at Huish Park, with a decent number of contracts on offer to them.

The current situation as we understand it, is as follows:

IN:

New Signings: Gavin Williams (Bristol Rovers, free agent), Kieran Agard (Everton, free agent), A.N.Other (new signing for next Monday)

Existing Senior Players: Andy Williams, Paul Wotton, Paul Huntington, Luke Ayling, Ed Upson

First Professional Contracts: Rhys Baggridge, Lewis Clarke, Rob Clowes

Management Registrations: Nathan Jones, Gareth Stewart.

OUT:

Released: Sam Williams, Craig Calver, Martin Gritton (Stockport County), Stefan Stam.

Returned To Loaning Clubs: Stephen Henderson, Shaun MacDonald, Max Ehmer, Jonathan Obika, Andrew Tutte (Rochdale), Oli Johnson.

Rejected Contract Offers: Andy Welsh (Carlisle), Dean Bowditch (Milton Keynes Dons), Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), Adam Virgo (Bristol Rovers), Alex Russell (training with Bath City).

OTHERS:

In Limbo: Craig Alcock (out of contract, subject of a bid from Peterborough United).

Offered a Trial: Danny Fitzsimons (no contract offer as yet)

In terms of the rumourmill, there have been plenty of names that have turned up over the summer, although as usual, a good proportion of those players linked with Yeovil Town have instead turned up at other clubs. As for what is doing the rounds (and we make no comment on the validity of these) there are the following to consider. There are others whose names have been mentioned in passing, but these are four of the stronger rumours doing the rounds:

Alexander Diamond: Known as Zander Diamond, the 26 year old's name has turned up on Aberdeen, Hibernian and Hearts message boards as apparently heading to Yeovil Town. He's recently had a move from Aberdeen to Hearts aborted after he failed a medical due to an ankle injury, and the Dons have stated that they won't be taking him back. He's a defender who has played 12 times for Scotland Under-21s as a centre-back, including captaining their side, and played over 200 times for the Dons over an eight year period.

Alistair Slowe: This 22 year old midfielder left Northampton Town in April, and Wikipedia has had an entry posted for the past two months claiming that he has signed an agreement with Yeovil Town to commence July 1st 2011. We'll soon find out whether that one is true or not. He's a former Brighton and Hove Albion youth player, who has spent time in Cyprus and Ghana.

Joe Anyinsah: This 26 year old winger was linked with Yeovil Town last summer, and is currently a free agent after being released by Charlton Athletic. Again Wikipedia claims that he is 'in contract talks' with the Glovers, although like the Slowe claim, there's no citation to see where they've got their information from. He's Bristol born, and started his career at Ashton Gate, although has moved around the country during his career. Perhaps surprisingly, nothing has been spotted on news feed since he left The Valley.

Thomas Cruise: This former Arsenal defender is 20 years old and can play either in the centre or as a left-sided player in defence or midfield. His name has persisted on the rumourmill throughout the summer, and has yet to be spotted at another club. He's played for England at U16, U17 and U19 level, however his only experience at League One level is an aborted loan spell with Carlisle United last November. He obviously has a strong connection with the club through Luke Ayling.

Yesterday, manager Terry Skiverton stated that it could take him throughout the month of July to get his the squad he wants together, with him expecting a number of players to drop once players trialling for bigger sides drop out of those trials and become available. Hence expect new names to come onto the rumourmill during the month.


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