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31 August 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Carlisle Game
Following yesterday's 4-1 defeat at Brunton Park, manager Russell Slade gave his views on the defeat at Carlisle United to BBC local radio. The full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

LinK: Russell's Verdict On The Carlisle Game.


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31 August 2008 : Officials For Brentford
Tuesday night's match at Brentford will be looked after by referee Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Mr Gibb has been a regular in Yeovil Town matches over the years, but only as an assistant referee and as a fourth official.

The 42 year old was promoted to the Football League this summer, and therefore we've yet to experience what he is like as the man in the middle. He is an assistant head teacher at Kings Heath Boys School where he also teaches sport, and until last season he was a referee at Conference National level

Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Mike George (Norfolk) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be David Margetts (Essex).

While we're at it, as well as Gibbs, the following referees are new promotions to the National List for 2008-09 :

Simon Hooper (Wiltshire); Oliver Langford (West Midlands); James Linington (Isle of Wight); Craig Pawson (Yorkshire); David Phillips (West Sussex); Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire); Graham Scott (Oxfordshire); David Webb (County Durham).


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31 August 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Brentford
Those who are planning to travel to Griffin Park on Tuesday night may like to know that the Ciderspace Guide to Brentford is available in refreshed form. The latest details, including ticketing arrangements for the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy match, are included in the guide, available either via the link below or off the front page of the site.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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31 August 2008 : GWSC Travel To Brentford
Those planning to attend Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Brentford at Griffin Park should be aware that the GWSC have made travel arrangements for the game.

The coach for the match will leave Yeovil Bus Station at 2.45p.m. and from Huish Park at 3.00p.m. The cost to GWSC Members will be 16.00 for adults, with concessions available at 14.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds extra against the above prices.

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


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30 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Carlisle
A reminder for all you people who visited Brunton Park today that your Man of the Match votes for the 4-1 defeat against Carlisle United are required. With only a limited number of Glovers heading up to Cumbria, all votes supplied will be particularly appreciated. Don't forget that with the Tuesday night match against Brentford coming up, voting will only be available until the JPT match kicks off.

To vote for your top three, along with entertainment and performance ratings and match comments, use the form below.

Link: Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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30 August 2008 : Graham Gives Glovers A Long Journey Home
Yeovil Town suffered a second half collapse at Brunton Park today after Carlisle United managed to reverse a 1-0 disadvantage, running riot in the second period against a tired-looking Glovers side, with Danny Graham grabbing a hat-trick for the home side. Gavin Tomlin once again put Yeovil in front during the first period, but Carlisle showed how strong they are on their home patch, with substitute Gary Madine finishing off Yeovil's misery in the final minute to add to Graham's three goals.

The Glovers suffered a pre-match blow when Nathan Smith, who had initially passed a fitness test and was named on the official teamsheet, had to pull out after feeling discomfort during the warm-up. With Danny Schofield and Aidan Downes also missing, that meant that the two wide positions went to Kieran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin, with the shape tweaked into a 4-5-1 formation.

Aside from Lee Peltier's early booking for a rash challenge on Simon Hackney, and a Danny Graham shot that Asmir Begovic got down well to save, the Glovers adjusted fairly well, and took the lead 16 minutes in following a swiftly taken free kick. Darren Way fed Paul Warne out on the wing, and when the striker put the ball into the box, Marc Bircham's shot was blocked into the path of Gavin Tomlin, who once again showed what a great poacher he has the potential to be by being in the right-place, right-time, netting an opening goal on the rebound.

Tomlin also could have added a second when he was inches away from getting on the end of a Terry Skiverton crossfield header and half an hour in the Glovers were looking good value for their lead. But in the closing stages of the half, the momentum began to slip away with the home side getting chances through Danny Graham and Peter Murphy to equalise. Just when it looked as though the Glovers would survive until the break though, they conceded right on the stroke of half time, with Murphy the provider and Graham the scorer as the latter pounced on a knocked down header, with the Yeovil players disputing the award of the free kick that led to the equaliser.

A tactical switch saw Gavin Tomlin replaced at half time as Paul Warne's better defensive attributes were switched to right-wing with Lloyd Owusu coming in as the lone striker. The substitute had two great chances to regain the lead for the Glovers as home keeper Ben Williams twice denied him, tipping a header over the bar for a corner and saving a one-on-one following Owusu's interception of a Williams goal kick.

But again Carlisle began to regain the initiative, with the overall pattern of play on the day in both halves suggesting that there are a few tired legs in the Yeovil camp, and whilst the first period had seen Yeovil keep going until just before the break, the second period saw rapidly diminishing returns.

It all started to go wrong in the 58th minute when Danny Carlton's downward header was parried by keeper Asmir Begovic but into the path of Danny Graham who stabbed home from close range to put the home side ahead for the first time in the game.

Yeovil's second substitute Andre McCollin was introduced as the Glovers reverted to a 4-4-2 and the former Fisher striker almost had a dream start in the game when Paul Warne's right-wing cross produced a glancing header that went just wide of the post, with the game now moving from end to end.

But the game unravelled from Yeovil's reach just 10 minutes after Carlisle had grabbed the lead, with Lee Peltier's rash challenge on Cleveland Taylor inside the box giving the home side a stonewaller, and leaving Peltier - already on a yellow card - highly fortunate to complete the game. With Danny Graham already on two goals, there was little doubt as to who would want to take the spot kick, and the former Middlesbrough man sent Asmir Begovic the wrong way to claim the matchball and pretty much put the match beyond Yeovil's reach.

The game fizzled out somewhat towards the end, but Carlisle were still able to rub salt in the wounds in the final minute. Gary Madine had been introduced with five minutes left for Carlisle's hat-trick hero Graham, and whatever lucky charm Graham had been carrying was instantly passed onto Madine as Carlisle caught the Glovers on a breakaway to make it a miserable journey down the M6 for Russell Slade's men.

Thankfully aside from the pre-match warm-up set-back for Nathan Smith, it appears to be just tired limbs that the Glovers medical staff will need to deal with when the squad get back to Huish Park, with all substitutions appearing to be tactical. However, whilst few of sound mind will have expected much out of trips to Middlesbrough and Carlisle, the size of the defeats will be concerning and will make the result and performance at Tuesday night's trip to Brentford that little bit more important.

Final Score: Carlisle United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (16 mins, 0-1), Danny Graham (45 mins, 1-1), Danny Graham (58 mins, 2-1), Danny Graham (69 mins, 3-1, penalty), Gary Madine (90 mins, 4-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 16. Gary Roberts 18. Kieran Murtagh 8. Darren Way 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 7. Marc Bircham 9. Lloyd Owusu (46 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin (65 mins for Gary Roberts) 29. James Dayton (77 mins for Kieran Murtagh)

Carlisle United: (4-4-2)
1. Ben Williams 2. David Raven 3. Evan Horwood 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 5. Danny Livesey 6. Peter Murphy 9. Danny Graham 10. Danny Carlton 11. Paul Thirlwell 17. Cleveland Taylor 18. Simon Hackney

Subs: 20. Chris Howarth (GK) 12. Luke Joyce (90 mins for Cleveland Taylor) 19. Michael Bridges (79 mins for Simon Hackney) 21. Richard Keogh 28. Gary Madine (85 mins for Danny Graham)

Carlisle Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (7 mins, foul), Paul Warne (41 mins, persistent infringment), Marc Bircham (90 mins, off the ball incident), Terrell Forbes (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Laws (Tyne & Wear). Assistant: Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear) and Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Stephen Smith (County Durham).

Attendance: 6,286 (including 141 Yeovil fans)


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30 August 2008 : Carlisle Pre-Match Team Selection
Yeovil Town have made two changes from Tuesday night's side that travelled to Middlesbrough for today's match at Brunton Park. Asmir Begovic is recalled in goal. Nathan Smith initially passed a fitness test and was named in the starting line-up but has dropped out in favour of Marc Bircham at late notice.

For the first time this season in a league match, manager Russell Slade is playing without a substitute goalkeeper, with loan signing James Dayton on the substitutes bench today.

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 16. Gary Roberts 7. Marc Bircham 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin 28. Nathan Smith 29. James Dayton

Carlisle United: (4-4-2)
1. Ben Williams 2. David Raven 3. Evan Horwood 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 5. Danny Livesey 6. Peter Murphy 9. Danny Graham 10. Danny Carlton 11. Paul Thirlwell 17. Cleveland Taylor 18. Simon Hackney

Subs: 20. Chris Howarth (GK) 12. Luke Joyce 19. Michael Bridges 21. Richard Keogh 28. Gary Madine


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30 August 2008 : Boro Match Breaks Ticketing Record
Tuesday night's match between Middlesbrough and Yeovil Town broke ticket sales records at the Riverside Stadium. The Premier League side have said that 9,000 tickets were sold on the day of the game out of the total attendance of 15,651 spectators.

Middlesbrough have said that this was a 50% increase on the clubs record, with 3,000 being sold in the hour before kick-off at a rate of 50 per minute.

The main reason for Boro releasing such information appears to be to explain to their fans why some of those in the home sections of the ground missed the 8.00p.m. kick-off. Presumably the high proportion of fans who left it until the last minute to visit the Riverside Stadium Ticket Office caused Boro operational problems, and their Chief Operating Officer Neil Bausor has told the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette that despite the record throughput that they are looking into what went wrong:

"We apologise to those fans who were frustrated and affected by the issues that caused access problems at the turnstiles and queues at the ticket offices. We are investigating how we can process sales more quickly and resolve any ticketing problems as they arise."


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30 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Badges Reminder
Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough Badge - On Sale Now
Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough Badge - On Sale Now
Photo 2008 Ciderspace

Away Travel club organiser Mark Kelly has passed through a picture of the Yeovil Town vs. Middlesbrough badges he is selling following the recent Carling Cup match against the Premier League side at the Riverside Stadium.

There are 75 badges available although many have been sold already. The badges come in four different designs. They will be sold on a first come first served basis with cheques required in advance. The badges are 3 each plus 1 p+p.

To secure your order send your cheques to Mark Kelly, 39 Mudford Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.

Mark has almost run out of his supplies of badges for the forthcoming game against Leicester City - at the time of writing there were just four badges left.


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29 August 2008 : Club Take Over Alvington Pitches
Yeovil Town are taking over the operation of the football pitches at Alvington as of next Monday. The pitches are currently owned by Westland Sports and the club have used them in the past for Youth Team matches.

However, it would appear that the role of landlord and tenant is about to switch over in the club's favour, thus allowing them permanent pitches that could allow some of the feeder sides to relocate back from Somerton or alternatively allow the Community Trust and Centre of Excellence training sessions and matches to be housed there.

The Centre of Excellence sides are entering a formal league this season, and therefore there is clearly a pressing need for additional pitches to be made available. With the first set of fixtures due next weekend, the timing of the club's takeover of Alvington would appear to fit that plan.


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29 August 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the mammoth journey up to Cumbria tomorrow as they head into their second of four consecutive away matches in a fortnight. They face third-placed Carlisle United, who reached the play-off semi-finals last season and have started impressively again this campaign. For those who were at Middlesbrough during midweek, a trip to Carlisle will ensure a round trip from Yeovil of 1,246 miles against both trips, and with the Cumbrians traditionally strong on their home turf, this will be no easy contest for the Glovers.

They go into the match without the services of winger Aidan Downes, who has a medial knee ligament injury (see yesterday's news). Left-back Nathan Smith is rated as 50:50 to start the game, and if he is not fit enough, there's little doubt that Nathan Jones will continue to play that position. Interestingly though, BBC Somerset claim that winger Danny Schofield boarded the coach today, despite being officially ruled out of the side by manager Russell Slade yesterday, suggesting that he could be the mystery player that Slade is waiting on for full fitness prior to tomorrow's match.

The Glovers welcome back Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic into the matchday squad though, leaving the question of whether Russell shuffles out fellow Canadian Josh Wagenaar to make way for Begovic, who was denied permission to play for the Glovers in the Carling Cup by his parent club. Begovic has started all league games so far this season though, so he would seem favourite to regain his starting position.

In terms of other team selection issues though, Slade's dilemma would appear to be in the wide positions. On loan Crystal Palace player James Dayton is a natural for the left flank, but the question mark is who will feature on the right flank given that neither Gary Roberts or Gavin Tomlin looked wholly comfortable playing that position on Tuesday night at Middlesbrough. Assuming Schofield is not the surprise figure, one option would be for Slade to put Paul Warne into that position, but that then would deny him the ability to play his first choice striker in the position that he has grown increasingly comfortable in during this season. However, the Yeovil boss has suggested that he will leave his team selection until the very last minute, suggesting that he is waiting on at least one player's fitness test tomorrow morning.

Like the Glovers, Carlisle suffered a heavy defeat in the Carling Cup during midweek, losing 4-0 to Queen's Park Rangers, but with their league form so far impressive, Russell admitted to BBC Somerset that both sides would be looking bounce back from their midweek woes:

"They've got off to a good start again and going to Carlisle at the best of times is always a difficult place to go, and certainly to go and get a win. But it is important that we bounce back, and to be fair to John Ward, he is probably stressing that to his team as it is important that they bounce back. So it is a big game for both clubs in many ways and nobody will want to give up any ground. It's going to be a tough game and nobody is going to want to give too much away."

In terms of Carlisle's team selection, the BBC believe that the Cumbrians will rotate their strike force with Danny Graham and Danny Carlton coming in for Michael Bridges and Gary Madine. They have two players definitely out with defender Josh Gowling suffering a broken nose, whilst striker Scott Dobie is midway through a three match suspension. They have had Grant Smith out with a thigh injury, but have hopes that he will be available tomorrow.

The match at Brunton Park kicks off tomorrow at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the game, subject to a two pound surcharge on adult prices. The Ciderspace Guide to Carlisle shows the complete list of prices as well as the usual collection of club information, directions and recommended pubs. Live commentary will be on BBC Somerset on 95.5FM for those who are not travelling.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.


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29 August 2008 : Youth Team Directions To Swansea
Yeovil Town's Under 18s match tomorrow will take place at Sketty Lane Sports Centre at Swansea University as they play their second match of the season. Kick-off is 11.00a.m. against Swansea City and admission to the match is free.

The venue is part of a new complex at the University and was opened in 2006, and is also host to the Wales National Swimming Pool. The full address is:

Swansea University Sports Village, Sketty Lane, Sketty, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8QG

Directions supplied by the club are as follows:

* Leave the M4 at junction 42, then merge onto the A483 (signposted Swansea)
* At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A483
* Continue forward onto the A4067 (this takes you past the St Helens Rugby and Cricket Ground where Swansea's youth side often play)
* At traffic signals continue forward (signposted Gower)
* At traffic signals continue forward
* At traffic signals turn right onto the A4216 (signposted Carmarthen)
* Sketty Lane is situated on the left hand side

If anyone is going to this game (whether a player, spectator or official) feel free to get in touch after the match with any details you can offer!

LinK: 2008-09 Yeovil Town Under 18s Fixtures And Results.


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29 August 2008 : Southgate Rules Out Williams Switch
Given the block on incoming players except to cover for injuries, it is probably fairly academic, but Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that central defender Rhys Williams will not be coming to Huish Park for the foreseeable future.

Williams came on as a substitute for Boro during the second half of the midweek Carling Cup match against the Glovers and that is in effect what has scuppered any fading chances manager Russell Slade might have had of signing him - Williams has done too well and Boro do not want him to go out on loan. Southgate explained the situation:

"I know that Russ has been tracking him for quite a while, but unfortunately for him he has had an outstanding pre-season and he has ended up being in our first-team squad. I think he has also just been called into the full Welsh squad, or he is certainly on standby for their games next month. His progress has sort of ruled that out, really, for the time being. We are aware that they would love to take him, but the list of admirers is growing and he has done himself the world of good here during pre-season."

Southgate also praised the attitude and the style of play that Yeovil have adopted, explaining that he had already seen the club's First Round victory over Charlton Athletic and so he knew what to expect on the night:

"We saw the tapes of their game against Charlton and their game against Leeds at the weekend, and the great thing is that they try and play football the right way. It was a shame for them that they lost their two wide players (Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield) at the weekend, which had a big impact on the team, but they caught us at a bad time, really, because everything that we are doing is really positive. It is a huge step and to come away from home at this stage of the season is tough, but they kept trying to do the right things, they got the goal which is obviously a great memory for the lad that got it (Gavin Tomlin) and I am sure they will continue to do well in their division, which is their priority."


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29 August 2008 : Driving The Message Home
As if it needed saying another time, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has reiterated to the press that he does not currently see any movement ahead of Monday's transfer window deadline.

Russell told BBC Somerset that despite numerous rumours and claims of forthcoming entries and exits to and from Huish Park that as far as he was concerned nothing was likely to happen:

"My phone has not gone at all. I'm happy with the squad, or certainly the nucleus of the squad. I think it's very thin obviously, and that when we take a few injuries that is difficult to compensate for. I just think that it is very unfortunate that we've got two of our wide players out at the same time. We are not in a position to bring anyone in, medium or long term, that's for sure."

Again, like Wednesday's article we'd suggest this means that incoming transfers will only be authorised if they are short-term one month loan deals to specifically cover for injured players, but aside from that unless there are some very late bids for members of the current squad that there will be no incoming or outgoing players. As short-term loans are allowed again once we reach around the second week of September, the need to cover for injuries will not be significantly affected by Monday's deadline. However, the ability to build a strong squad with significant depth and stability is clearly not going to be possible at this stage.


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28 August 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Middlesbrough Game
Following Tuesday night's 5-1 defeat at the Riverside Stadium, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the match and the experience of playing against the Premier League side.

The full transcript of that interview following the Middlesbrough game is now available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Middlesbrough Game.


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28 August 2008 : Carlisle Team News
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that wingers Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield will definitely not be making the long trip to Carlisle United this weekend. Speaking to BBC Somerset Russell said that the only possible change to the players realistically available to him would be that of left-back Nathan Smith, who he rates as 50:50 for Saturday's game.

Russell was asked if either of Schofield or Downes stood a chance of being selected and he was very firm with his assessment of both players' chances:

"No, is a straight answer to that one. I can't see Downes or Schofield playing. Nathan Smith is 50:50 and that's how I read the situation at the minute. Obviously we'll look at the sixteen man squad and hand on heart I couldn't tell you the starting eleven right now. We're going to wait right up until the last minute so we can see who is definitely going to be fit. I think we've still got 48 hours and that could be important to us."

Russell's talk of having 48 hours to make up his mind over his team selection would imply that there is at least one other player, who he is unwilling to reveal that is borderline in terms of fitness. It could be just Smith that he is waiting on, but it seems more likely that he is going to take his squad up to Cumbria first and then assess who is fully fit once they have got off the coach from the mammoth journey.


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27 August 2008 : No Excitement Expected As Transfer Deadline Looms
Fans of other clubs may be watching their computer screens closely looking for late signings as the closure of the Transfer Window on September 1st approaches, but it appears as if Yeovil Town supporters needn't bother too much.

Despite a squad size that's clearly inadequate to last out until the Window reopens in January, Russell Slade again felt obliged to restate that he is not allowed to bring in any more players either as permanent signings or even as long-term loans without shipping others out on a one-for-one basis. The best he will be allowed is short-term loans to cover injuries.

"We are not in a position to bring anybody in on a long-term loan or on a long-term contract, not unless we get a player out. That's the situation. So we are only able to bring in a month-to-month player as it stands at the minute. That's the financial situation. That's what we have to abide by and will get on with life."

There's not much doubt that many supporters were unhappy with the seemingly endless procession of loans, some of which worked and many of which didn't, that saw Yeovil Town head that particular table by some margin amongst clubs in League One last term. Word from the Board stated at season's end that they didn't see that as a positive way forward and wanted longer-term planning. Fine words, but meaningless if they aren't prepared to fund a different approach.


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27 August 2008 : Officials For Brunton Park
Another long haul for Yeovil Town after the trip to The Riverside sees the Glovers facing Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The officials for this one are :
Referee - Graham Laws (Tyne & Wear);
Assistant Referees - Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear) and Tony Harrington (Cleveland);
Fourth Official - Stephen Smith (County Durham).

Laws has been a Football League referee for nine years, progressing up from the Northern Premier League. He was in action on Tuesday night as fellow League One club Northampton Town turned over Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Reebok. Even the home support agreed it was a clear cut decision to give Gary Cahill a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Giles Coke when his boot caught the Cobbler full in the face.

We don't recall seeing Mr. Laws in the middle since our first season in the Football League when he refereed the re-arranged fixture against York City in April 2004 at Bootham Crescent, where a 2-1 victory for the Glovers saw us heading towards the play-offs and York heading towards the trap door out of the League.

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m. on 30th August, and the Ciderspace guide to Carlisle can be found here or through the links from the home page.


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27 August 2008 : Russell Sees A Lesson Learnt
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade admits that his side learnt a harsh lesson at the Riverside Stadium last night. Recognising the quality of the opposition, Russell had no complaints about the 5-1 scoreline against Middlesbrough, saying that his side should use it in a positive way of learning how to better themselves as a team:

"It was a really tough evening against a very good side. You have to remember from our point of view we had our whole left side missing from the start of the season in Nathan Smith and Danny Schofield and perhaps that was a little bit damaging for us as well. But we kept going and we kept trying to play. Middlesbrough showed some fantastic finishing that shows if you don't close down and if you make mistakes you get punished. They showed all those lessons. I just think that if we could have been playing them every week in pre-season, we would have been a much better side now, because we'd be learning all the time. I'm not sure how much Middlesbrough would be learning but we would be learning plenty."

Russell also added that the sheer spectacle of playing against Premier League opposition was something to celebrate before returning to the more routine matter of League One football:

"It is a terrific stadium and we played against a terrific side, who had plenty of ammunition to throw on as you saw on the teamsheet. So they will go back to their Premier League looking for a win on Saturday and we'll go back to League One, looking for success at Carlisle. That's the nature of football - the fact that these two clubs have been brought together and that is a first for Yeovil Town to be playing against Middlesbrough [in a competitive fixture]. As a player and as a manager, you want to come to these places more and more, but we will go back to our respective leagues now and get on with life and we hopefully will both be successful."

Nothing to do but get a bit of black humour out of such adversity, so :

"I think the first goal came too early.......... as did the second, third, fourth and fifth.

The goal just after half-time really was a killer when you've said [to the players] to try and stay with it because at 3-1 you never know. But it took all of 45 seconds to undo us there unfortunately.

I have to say though that I enjoyed some of the stuff that Middlesbrough were playing. It was a pleasure to watch albeit it hurt when the ball went in the back of the net. But there was some positive things which I saw, the young boy McCollin that came on for the last 25 minutes showed some good signs and we are hopeful he can make an impression at our level.
"

On the debut of new loan signing James Dayton, Slade said :

"It was a baptism of fire for him, wasn't it? We got him on a train last night and he arrived at the hotel at 10.40 p.m., so he doesn't know anybody. I got him from Neil Warnock, who has done me a few favours over the time, and he really didn't get into it too often. But I needed to do something to give us some width."


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27 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Middlesbrough
For those who made the long journey to the Riverside Stadium last night, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Place your top three votes for the match against Middlesbrough, plus entertainment and performance marks along with any additional comments you may have on the game, using the form below.

Link: Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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26 August 2008 : Glovers Feel The Gulf In Class
Yeovil Town were emphatically beaten by Premier League side Middlesbrough tonight at the Riverside Stadium by a 5-1 scoreline as the difference in class between the two sides was cruelly exposed. Apart from a few brief flickers, such as Gavin Tomlin's goal right on the stroke of half time, the Glovers spent most of the game under the cosh as five different Boro scorers netted past keeper Josh Wagenaar.

The Riverside
Approaching The Riverside
Photo 2008 Ciderspace


The Glovers included left-winger James Dayton in their line-up, having only met his new team-mates up in the north-east, whilst Gary Roberts made his loan debut for the Glovers on the other flank. Right from the off though it was pretty clear that the Glovers were going to have their work cut out with the Premier League having an embarrassment of riches in being able to make numerous changes from their weekend line-up but still have plenty of household names in their side.

The only way Yeovil were going to be likely to succeed would be if they had managed to avoid any mistakes - unfortunately the opening two punished the Glovers severely as they lost possession around the halfway line on both occasions. The first saw Terrell Forbes miss a header on a high bouncing ball, and that let in Egyptian striker Mido, who got in behind the Glovers defence, firing home for an 11th minute lead. Worse followed when midway through the first half, a misplaced pass saw Kieran Murtagh dispossessed and Didier Digard's powerful shot got a weak palm from keeper Josh Wagenaar, with the Canadian unable to palm the ball away from his own net.

If the first two goals came from errors, the third Middlesbrough goal was just plain cruel. The Glovers had been mounting pressure of their own, with Gary Roberts having a shot blocked inside the penalty area as they tried to fashion a way back into the game. But the attacking move saw the Glovers with a significant number of players up field and Boro broke clinically, and within seconds of firing an excellent chance on the Boro goal, Yeovil were picking the ball out of their own net, with Jeremie Aliadiere finishing off a sweeping move that carved through the Yeovil midfield.

Fair play to the Glovers though - they did their best to not give up, even if various players were clearly finding the going extremely tough. And they guaranteed that they will have one happy memory to take away with them just before the break after Nathan Jones was fouled on the corner of the penalty area. Darren Way's free kick was simple but effective, with Gavin Tomlin ghosting in at the near post to score his second goal of the season with a first time shot to at least put a few smiles on the visiting fans faces at half time.

The Riverside inside
Inside The Riverside - a few bob been spent.
Photo 2008 Ciderspace


Straight after the break though, matters got harder for the Glovers as the Premier League side grabbed their fourth goal - again making the game of football look incredibly simple. Boro doubled up down Yeovil's left flank, leaving Nathan Jones exposed as Justin Hoyte was released down the flank on the overlap and his cross was met by an unmarked Marvin Emnes to restore the three goal margin.

Boro's fifth and final one of the night arrived from Adam Johnson, and was probably the pick of the night. Perhaps being ultra-critical, someone in the Glovers back line should have closed him down as the ball was squared to him on the edge of the box, but the superb curler into the top left-hand corner gave Wagenaar no chance, showing up a 5-1 scoreline on the scoreboard opposite the Yeovil fans, who to their credit continued to exercise their vocal chords right up to the final whistle.

Those on the field of play also tried their best to keep going, almost grabbing a second late goal as substitute Andre McCollin fired a late chance just wide of the Boro goal. However, there's little doubt that they were outclassed on the night - and for good reasons. Of the Glovers team that finished the game, three were playing for Fisher Athletic last season, whilst the likes of Wagenaar and Alcock are all relative newcomers to the Glovers side and still have plenty to learn. Put up against Premier League millions, it is not surprising that they found it difficult on the night.

Final Score: Middlesbrough 5 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Mido (11 mins, 1-0), Didier Digard (23 mins, 2-0), Jeremie Aliadiere (32 mins, 3-0), Gavin Tomlin (45 mins, 3-1), Marvin Emnes (47 mins, 4-1), Adam Johnson (66 mins, 5-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
16. Gary Roberts 18. Kieran Murtagh 8. Darren Way 29. James Dayton
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 31. Lloyd Irish 7. Marc Bircham (63 mins for Darren Way) 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Craig Alcock (83 mins for Lee Peltier) 19. Andre McCollin (62 mins for Paul Warne) 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith

Middlesbrough: (4-4-2)
21. Ross Turnbull
2. Justin Hoyte 5. Chris Riggott 6. Emanuel Pogatetz 40. Jonathan Grounds
10. Jeremie Aliadiere 8. Didier Digard 15. Mohamed Shawky 28. Adam Johnson
11. Marvin Emnes 9. Mido

Subs:
32. Jason Steele (GK) 39. Rhys Williams (74 mins for Emanuel Pogatetz) 19. Stewart Downing 17. Tuncay Sanli 4. Gary O'Neil (60 mins for Jeremie Aliadiere) 12. Afonso Alves 41. Joshua Walker (60 mins for Mohamed Shawky)

Middlesbrough Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (75 mins, foul)

Referee: Scott Mathieson. Assistants: B Khatib and G Wallace. Fourth Official: G Beswick.

Yeovil fans at The Riverside
Some of the 418 possibly wondering why 600 miles seemed like a good idea at the time.
Photo 2008 Ciderspace


Attendance: 15,651 (including 418 Yeovil fans)


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26 August 2008 : Dayton Signs On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed Crystal Palace midfielder James Dayton on a month's loan today. He will go into tonight's squad to face Middlesbrough.

Dayton is a 19 year old left-winger who has yet to make Palace's first team, but largely due to injury rather than ability. He was awarded a professional contract at the start of the 2007-08 season having risen up through their academy, but suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury almost immediately, putting him out for the year.

He made his comeback during Palace's pre-season tour of North Devon, and has now been loaned out to the Glovers for a month, with manager Russell Slade still seemingly having his hands tied over being able to bring in players with more experience. Dayton was born in Enfield on December 12th 1988.


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26 August 2008 : Live Commentary Tonight
Tonight's Carling Cup Second Round match against Middlesbrough will have live commentary broadcast from the Riverside Stadium by BBC Somerset. If you are in the broadcasting area, tune into 95.5FM to hear the match, which according to the BBC will be full match commentary rather than the rather sparse updates that were provided for the First Round match against Charlton Athletic. Coverage should start after the news at around 7.05p.m. although given tonight's game kicks off at 8.00p.m. there may be slightly different arrangements to the usual midweek coverage.


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26 August 2008 : Right Eventually?
The media seem to be going for linking a player a day to Yeovil Town. They are right to the extent that manager Russell Slade desperately needs more bodies in a squad that is so thin on numbers it looks more like the roster of a Western League team. However whether those that hold the purse strings are as concerned at this state of affairs as the gaffer and many supporters, or indeed whether any of the names being floated are more than mere vague speculation, is a moot point.

Today's offering from the Western Daily Press is Rhys Williams, who happens to be on the books of tonight's opponents, Middlesbrough. Born in Australia, but as the name hints qualified for Wales for whom he has appeared at Under 21 level, a loan deal would provide rather more secure back-up at centre-back than the current situation of the week-to-week deal with Aaron Brown.

However it should be noted that, as with most of these stories at present, there are absolutely no new supporting quotations from the manager on this one, the name of Williams dating back to August 10th. One of the papers may eventually get one right, but given the club's clear policy of a minimal squad this season there's going to be a lot of suggestions that slip into the waste bin along with yesterday's newspapers as we certainly won't be signing them all.


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26 August 2008 : Southgate Expects Squad Rotation
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has admitted that he will almost certainly be making some unenforced squad changes for tonight's match against Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup. As mentioned in yesterday's match preview, goalkeeper Brad Jones will definitely not feature in the match due to a dislocated finger, and Southgate has more or less stated that Ross Turnbull will be on goal for the game. However, Southgate admits that there will probably be other changes:

"I do not need to rest anybody, but I do need to make sure that the players who have not been playing up to now get the chance to improve their match fitness. There will be changes - we already know we will be without Brad Jones because of the injury he got prior to the start at Liverpool. But Ross Turnbull would have played anyway in the Carling Cup, regardless of any injuries, so he will be in the side again. He has a very good game at Anfield, and that will do his confidence the world of good."

One of the players that is likely to be brought in is central defender Rhys Williams, who has been mentioned on these pages before (see August 10th) as one of the many loan targets for the club. He has been an unused substitute in both of Boro's games so far, but the fact that he has got into Middlesbrough's matchday squad on both occasions shows how highly they rate him there. Didier Digard, Marvin Emnes and Justin Hoyte are all expected to make their first Boro starts.

Southgate added: "Its a game we want to win but its also a way to give some members of the squad time on the pitch. Its too early to be deliberately resting people, but I want to keep as many members of the squad as involved as possible. I have to make sure that everybody retains a high level of match fitness. We know that Yeovil will come here to enjoy the occasion and they will work very hard. So its not so much about the team we play. The key to the game will be attitude and we have to approach the game in the same way we did the games against Spurs and Liverpool."

Southgate himself is a Middlesbrough playing legend, having captained their side to victory in the Carling Cup in February 2004 - amazingly Boro's only major trophy in their entire history, and so it is not too surprising that as a manager he is prepared to take the competition seriously, with the belief that winning it is possible:

"Maybe we cannot win the Premier League, but we can win the Carling Cup. We have done it before, and we will be looking for a decent run in the competition. It is a competition that we can genuinely win. We have to believe that. It is a tournament we can go a long way in, and we have done that in the past. We need a good run in the Carling Cup. So much about cups is in the lap of the gods, but we have to maintain the form that we have shown already."

Southgate insists that his team's spirits are high, despite losing to Liverpool on the weekend, having held the lead with four minutes remaining. However, he warned that his team would need to show the same attitude as they did at Anfield for 86 minutes if they were to get a place in the next round of the competition:

"I do not believe they will need too much raising of spirits ahead of Yeovil considering how well we played at Liverpool. We lost, but did not deserve to and we can take much of the spirit and performance levels we showed at Anfield into our next match. We will make sure that we recover properly and be ready to go again. It is going to be something of a contrast, going from Anfield to (the game against) Yeovil, but we must not forget that it is a competition we believe we can win. The key to the will be our own attitude. If we get that right then we can win the game. Our approach must be right."


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25 August 2008 : Morris Makes Footballing Comeback
Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has made his competitive comeback after an entire year out of the game. Morris was an 83rd minute substitute for Burton Albion in their 2-2 draw against Kidderminster Harriers this afternoon.

Lee's last taste of football came on August 14th 2007 at Hereford United, when a knee injury sustained during that fixture was diagnosed as a cruciate ligament injury requiring an operation - the second Lee had required during his career and the gloomy prognosis that only one professional footballer had ever recovered successfully from a second cruciate operation. It's early days yet, but Lee is certainly making good progress in bucking that trend.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough said that it was good to see Lee in action but admitted that he would have preferred to have brought him on with Burton having already won the game:

"Ideally it would have been different circumstances in which we brought him on. It would have been nice to get that second goal in front and with a two goal lead get him on but he showed a couple of glimpses and flashes of stuff and he is only going to get better from now until the end of the season. As soon as he has got a couple of games under his belt we will sit down and talk to him about some sort of deal, probably based around appearances."

Fingers crossed that Lee's rehabilitation at Burton continues to head in the direction that it has taken so far.


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25 August 2008 : Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Premier League side Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow in a Carling Cup Second Round match that will once again put the Glovers inside one of England's finest grounds as they attempt to defy the bookmakers and pull off another cup shock.

If the Glovers are to do that tomorrow, then they will have to do so against incredible odds. Already operating on a paper-thin squad, Saturday saw manager Russell Slade without Marc Bircham (hamstring), Jordan Street (wrist), Rob Fitzgerald (hip), Nathan Smith (groin) and Aaron Brown (ankle). During the 1-1 draw against Leeds United, Slade also lost Danny Schofield (bruised shin), Aidan Downes (medial knee ligaments) and Darren Way (cheekbone) and of those, Slade admitted yesterday that Downes and Schofield could be ruled out:

"The news on the injured lads isn't too good and I think Downes' injury is probably worse. He's strained medial ligaments in his knee and he definitely won't be available for Tuesday's game at Middlesbrough. Danny Schofield won't be able to play on Tuesday either, although we won't know how bad his injury is until it's settled down a bit. Although Danny went to hospital on Saturday, his leg wasn't X-rayed and we're hoping that it's just bruising, instead of a broken bone."

Of the others, Darren Way should be fine after his cheekbone injury showed no bone damage, whilst Marc Bircham's return was delayed slightly to allow him extra recovery time. However, Nathan Smith and Aaron Brown will require late fitness tests, which could leave the Glovers woefully short of players. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will not feature as parent club Portsmouth do not want him cup-tied, meaning that Josh Wagenaar will play between the sticks. Reserve keeper Lloyd Irish, who impressed many in Wednesday's 6-0 win in midweek may therefore join the first team squad by landing a place on the bench, as could assistant manager Steve Thompson, who was named as a substitute at the age of 45 in the last round.

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is likely to put out a fairly strong side tomorrow with the Teesiders being one of the Premier League clubs that tend to treat the competition a little more seriously. Definitely missing though is first choice keeper Brad Jones, who has a dislocated finger, and his position will be taken by either Ross Turnbull, who featured against Liverpool on Saturday, or the more inexperienced Jason Steele. Southgate's other injury doubts are Andrew Taylor and David Wheater who required treatment after the weekend game. Otherwise, everything else comes down to how much squad rotation Southgate dares do, mindful of the fact that the last manager who did that to Yeovil Town, by his own admission, came unstuck.

The two sides have of course met before 11 years ago, at Huish Park. Middlesbrough won the match 5-2 on the night, in a game that was organised by manager Graham Roberts and his friend Bryan Robson, who was managing Boro during that time. The match was arranged as a celebration match for both clubs, with the Glovers having won the Isthmian League that year and Middlesbrough having reached the FA Cup and League Cup finals. Unfortunately for the north-east side, they lost both finals and were relegated from the Premier League meaning that only one club was celebrating the occasion. Despite that, Robson and Boro honoured their pledge and the match was watched by 3,092, with the game also being Jerry Gill and Howard Forinton's final bow at the club before their transfer to Birmingham City, and the club's last game as a member of the Isthmian League as they began their steady rise up the pyramid. That night the clubs were five leagues apart, yet now they lie only two divisions apart.

Of the match tomorrow, manager Russell Slade on Saturday expressed his delight at being able to put a side out in such a venue and said it was important for his players to be able to appreciate the occasion and to enjoy it:

"What a fantastic occasion it is for us to go to Middlesbrough! It is the first time in the club's history and the boys will relish that. There might only be eight or ten thousand there but it is a fantastic opportunity to be playing there against Premier League opposition. We're flying up on Monday and we're going to enjoy it. We're going there on Tuesday, we'll have a lie-in and then we'll come back on Wednesday and get ready for Carlisle."

Tomorrow night's match kicks off at 8.00p.m. and tickets are available to purchase on the night from the South Stand ticket office. For full details and everything you need to know about the Riverside Stadium, see our guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Middlesbrough.


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25 August 2008 : Leeds Slam 'Embarrassing' Referee
Leeds United players have slammed referee Dean Whitestone for an "embarrassing" performance during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town at Huish Park. The Yorkshire Evening Post gives more coverage to the match official than they do to the game itself, despite saying in their match report "the less said about the Northamptonshire official the better".

The centre of their anger is undeniably the 61st minute penalty that Whitestone awarded for a push on Paul Warne in the box by Paul Huntington, although the Leeds moans go much further than that. Full-back Alan Sheehan, who made two goal-line clearances to deny Yeovil a winning goal didn't mince his words although admits he didn't see the penalty incident:

"I didn't really see what went on with the penalty but I thought the referee was embarrassing. I'm not going to mind my words because he was absolutely awful. I felt we were strolling in the first half and I'm really disappointed to be leaving Yeovil with a draw. When the decisions were going against us in the second half it was difficult to keep your head, and he didn't give us anything."

Sheehan was forced to acknowledge though that Whitestone may not have been the sole reason for the second half pattern, which saw the injury-hit Glovers dominate their more illustrious rivals:

"What the manager looked for after Oldham was a reaction, and he had it in the first half. But things didn't go right in the second half. Everyone can use the referee as an excuse but we've got to be better as well. We should be capable of getting a couple of goals at any ground in this league. There's a good mood among the players because deep down we know we can be the best team in this league but I'm disappointed to have four points after three games."

Team-mate Andy Robinson, who had a surprisingly quiet game before being substituted midway through the second period also had strong words to say about the referee, although perhaps the wideman needs to consider what standard of referee he was expecting at a League One match:

"Hunty swore blind that he didn't touch the man and that (Paul Warne) went over far too easily. The referee was too quick to jump on the decision, like he was all game. We felt we were heading for a win but decisions change games. It cost us two points. It's a League One game and I think we got a League One standard of refereeing in my opinion."

The Yorkshire Evening Post and the Leeds players neglect to mention that referee Whitestone had opportunities to raise second yellow cards to Robert Snodgrass, Luciano Becchio (foul, 41 mins), Paul Huntington and Jermaine Beckford during the second half but chose not to take the issue further on each occasion. Whilst Whitestone comes with a poor reputation and had a poor game, decisions went against the Glovers throughout the game as well. Leeds boss Gary McAllister at least showed some dignity when he refused to excuse what he felt was a poor performance from his side:

"We didn't play well, I've got to underline that, but although Yeovil were causing us problems, we were coping pretty well. There are more positives to take (than the Oldham game, which Leeds lost 0-2 at home) but we set our standards high and we wanted to come to Yeovil and control things better. In order to do that, we've got to pass the ball better. We were denied space but that's going to happen in this league. We've got to improve."


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25 August 2008 : Ticketing Arrangements For The Riverside Stadium
Those who have not yet purchased their tickets for tomorrow night's match against Middlesbrough should now buy direct from the Riverside Stadium.

Away tickets for the match will be on sale from the ticket outlet in the South Stand. This will be open from 6.30 p.m. up until kick-off, offering cash only sales.

Admission prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Seniors (Over 65s): 7.00; Juniors (U18): 5.00.

Wheelchair users get in for the same prices (including the above concessions), but their assistant will be admitted free of charge.

The match will be played on Tuesday 26th August with an 8.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Middlesbrough.


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25 August 2008 : 2008-09 Youth Team Statistics Pages
Further to our earlier article concerning the Reserve Team statistics, the 2008-09 statistics pages for the Youth Team for this season have now been set up on the site. As usual, these will be updated throughout the season as matches are played, and are available in the Statistics section of the website. Links to the pages are also provided below.

Link: 2008-09 Under 18s Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: 2008-09 Under 18s Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2008-09 Under 18s Team Appearances.

Link: 2008-09 Under 18s Team League Table.

Link: Ciderspace Website Statistics Section.


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25 August 2008 : Welsh Linked With Glovers Move
This morning's Western Daily Press are linking former Sunderland winger Andy Welsh with a short term move to Huish Park. There's no quote from the management team to confirm this is their own tactic, but with Danny Schofield and Aidan Downes almost certainly out of tomorrow's trip to Middlesbrough, the Glovers don't have a fit specialised winger on their books, and clearly manager Russell Slade will be pointing that out to the budget-holders at the club today.

With Welsh having impressed in the midweek Reserve game, he would be one of the more logical moves as he is currently a free agent. However, everything will as usual come down to pounds, shillings and pence.

The WDP also report on the current injury situation, suggesting that Yeovil could be down to just 13 players for tomorrow's match at the Riverside Stadium - unless of course players like 45 year old assistant manager Steve Thompson are included. The good news is that the paper states that Darren Way should be fit - his cheekbone injury is not a fracture, with the club having now properly checked him out. All other injury news is as per our Saturday article.


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25 August 2008 : 2008-09 Reserve Team Statistics Pages
With the 2008-09 season now underway, the statistics pages for the Reserve Team for this season have now been set up on the site. As usual, these will be updated throughout the season as matches are played, and are available in the Statistics section of the website. Links to the pages are also provided below.

Link: 2008-09 Reserve Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: 2008-09 Reserve Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2008-09 Reserve Team Appearances.

Link: 2008-09 Reserve Team League Table.

Link: Ciderspace Website Statistics Section.


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25 August 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Minutes Archive
To save anyone having to search through our news archive, we've created a separate archive for all of the minutes from the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meetings.

You'll find all of the minutes from the five meetings so far under the Supporters section of the website, accessible from the site menu. In there you'll also find the club's Customer Charter as well as some of the old Customer Charter Meeting minutes that preceded the ABUFP.

Talking about the ABUFP, don't forget that the voting for the Supporters Representatives is still open, although all votes must be in by September 4th. For full information head to our August 4th article. Remember to vote only once - any evidence of multiple voting risks your vote being spoilt.

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Profiles.

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Voting Form.

Link Ciderspace Website Supporters Section.


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24 August 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Leeds Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Huish Park, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match verdict to BBC local radio. Speaking to reporter Pete Simson, Russell talked about his team coping with the problem of conceding an early goal, and also gave the latest news on injuries. Read the full transcript via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Leeds Game.


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24 August 2008 : Opening Fixture Postponed
The start of Yeovil Town Ladies 2008-09 campaign suffered a delay with the postponement of what should have been today's opening home game against Combination South West newcomers Penzance. No reason has yet been provided for the postponement. Penzance are still seeking someone to provide the travel and sponsorship to compete in the Combination, but whether this is connected or would even be allowable as a reason for a postponement is not clear.

The Glovers season will now kick off next Sunday away at Reading Royals, another postponement excepted.


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24 August 2008 : GWSC Travel To Middlesbrough Reminder
A reminder that travel for Tuesday night's Carling Cup Second Round tie against Middlesbrough is available from the GWSC. Coaches for the trip to the North-East will leave from Yeovil Bus Station at 10.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. on Tuesday 26th August.

Prices for the trip are 28.00 for adults and 26.00 for concessions, assuming you are a GWSC member. Non-members are also welcome, and will be charged two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Middlesbrough.


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23 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Leeds Game
For those who went to today's 1-1 home draw against Leeds United at Huish Park this afternoon, don't forget to register your Man Of The Match vote. Fill in your top three players and entertainment and performance marks as part, plus any additional comments on the game, via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Leeds United : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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23 August 2008 : Weekend Injury News
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given the lowdown on the injuries the Glovers have sustained during today's match against Leeds United. Winger Danny Schofield went to hospital during today's match after he was withdrawn 15 minutes into the game, but the hospital declined to give an x-ray and the early indication is that his problem is merely severe bruising.

Right-winger Aidan Downes has strained medial knee ligaments and is therefore expected to be out for several weeks. Midfielder Darren Way though will need to go to hospital to assess a cheekbone injury, having had a couple of stitches today. At present there is no confirmation of a fracture, but he is likely to pay the hospital a visit to get the problem checked ot in case of any stress fracture or weakness existing.

Russell has also laughed off claims on the rumourmill that defender Nathan Smith missed today's match because of an impending transfer to Aston Villa. Russell said that Nathan had been pulling out of training on a number of occasions this week with a groin or abductor strain and that he wanted to play safe with the left-back to ensure that no damage was done. Russell has not ruled him out of the trip to Middlesbrough but said he will be assessed nearer the time.

The Yeovil boss has indicated that midfielder Marc Bircham though was on the edge of returning for today's match, but chose to give him an extra few days off to get fully fit. Russell said that if he had been short of players for the substitutes bench today that he would have put Bircham on the bench. It would therefore seem likely with today's injuries that Bircham will definitely be in the squad for Tuesday night's match at Middlesbrough.


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23 August 2008 : Owusu Goal Levels Leeds
Yeovil Town maintained their unbeaten start to the 2008-09 season this afternoon at Huish Park, with a hard-working 1-1 draw against Leeds United. They had to fight back from a goal down when Luciano Becchio gave Leeds the lead after just 27 seconds, but when Yeovil won their first penalty for 17 months, Lloyd Owusu stabbed home on the second attempt after his spot-kick was parried by visiting keeper Casper Ankergren.

The Glovers suffered a late pre-match blow when Nathan Smith was withdrawn with a groin injury, whilst Aaron Brown's ankle injury sustained in midweek against Salisbury City had not allowed him a chance to go on the bench. However, midfielder Darren Way passed his fitness test, to at least bring some joy from the morning's set of physio assessments.

Yeovil got off to the worst possible start they could ever imagine, conceding after just 27 seconds. A through ball from Rui Marques was put through to Luciano Becchio, making his first start for Leeds. Captain Terry Skiverton looked favourite to get to the ball, but Becchio caught him off-guard. Becchio scuffed a left-footed shot towards the far post but the ball still crept home, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's positioning rather suspect as Leeds stunned the Glovers.

The goal left Yeovil looking rather shellshocked both on and off the field and Leeds gained more early chances through Jermaine Beckford and a free kick from Robert Snodgrass, and it took around 10 minutes for the Glovers to gain any sort of composure on the field. However, a further blow came though with the early substitution of Danny Schofield, after the winger came off second best in a 50:50 challenge, with Lloyd Owusu getting an unexpected early introduction onto the field of play. A goal down and with a key player off the field and matters were looking a little grim.

It was a physical and fiery start to the fixture, with referee Dean Whitestone not really getting a grip on the match and making some weak decisions. Aidan Downes landed in the book, but only after Whitestone buckled under pressure from four Leeds players surrounding him with Whitestone having initially let Downes go - so much for the 'respect' campaign working!

It took 28 minutes though for the Glovers to carve out their first chance, with a Darren Way corner being met by the head of Lee Peltier, but the attempt went straight at keeper Casper Ankergren. Robert Snodgrass was booked for a blatant dive when he really should have had the ability to run past Terry Skiverton. Luciano Becchio became the third player to land in the book as he committed a roughhouse challenge on Terry Skiverton that led to a scrap developing between both sides, with plenty of pushing and shoving going on from both sides as the match threatened to boil over, but Yeovil were probably glad to get in at the break only a goal down and having at least neutered the Leeds attacking prescence after a semi-nervy, semi-sleepy opening spell.

Another injury blow was suffered early in the second period when Aidan Downes became the second winger lost after he trapped his foot in the soft Huish Park turf, going down in agony. Thankfully he left the field under his own feet, but was immediately substituted with Gary Roberts making his debut for the Glovers. However, this was a much brighter opening from the home side and the Glovers were denied an early second half equaliser when Casper Ankergren produced a miraculous point blank save from Paul Warne after the ball dropped into the box, but somehow the ball was blocked out for a corner.

At the other end, a rare Leeds shot from Robert Snodgrass almost deceived Asmir Begovic as the shot went through his hands with the ball mercifully going wide of the goalposts. A few feet on the other side and Asmir would have been appearing on the Christmas comedy goals DVDs for sure.

An hour into the match, with Yeovil by now well on top, the Glovers got a deserved equaliser in undeserved circumstances when Paul Huntington was judged to have fouled Paul Warne in the area and much to the surprise of nearly everyone inside the ground, the Glovers had their first penalty for 17 months - ironic that it should be given for such a soft decision, but this summed up Whitestone's performance all afternoon. Up stepped Lloyd Owusu, and it almost looked as though he had fluffed the attempt when Ankergren blocked the attempt, but Owusu was the first to react and the substitute stabbed home the equalising goal.

In the closing stages of the game, the Glovers increased the pressure, with Owusu and Gavin Tomlin both having chances to produce the winner. In the final 10 minutes Paul Warne almost sealed matters when he dispossessed Frazer Richardson, driving towards goal and only a header off the line from Alan Sheehan denied Warne a winner. Then Sheehan was to the rescue again as Gavin Tomlin broke through the Leeds back line, rounding Ankergren, only to find a brilliant block tackle deny him as he looked to put the ball home. But the winner wouldn't come.

It was a pulsating game, full of incident, perhaps caused by referee Whitestone not getting a tighter grip on the game early on. In the end eight players landed in the book, and really Leeds scorer Luciano Becchio and midfielder Robert Snodgrass were lucky to see the end of the game with Whitestone bottling yellow card decisions against both players after they'd been booked, and also tolerating several instances of Leeds players surrounding him as they argued against his decisions (albeit on occasions with some justification, but this is of course meant to be the season of 'respect' towards officials). However, for sheer entertainment, this was an excellent football match - a pity there were only around 4,500 Glovers fans there to see it happen.

On the down side, Tuesday's match at Middlesbrough could present some complications regarding team selection. Marc Bircham, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Nathan Smith and Aaron Brown all missed the match through injury, whilst the injuries to Danny Schofield and Aidan Downes will make that small squad even smaller. As the transfer window deadline looms, action to boost the size of the squad is still definitely needed.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Scorers: Luciano Becchio (0-1, 1 min), Lloyd Owusu (1-1, 62 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 9. Lloyd Owusu (15 mins for Danny Schofield) 12. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Darren Way) 16. Gary Roberts (52 mins for Aidan Downes) 19. Andre McCollin

Leeds United:
1. Casper Ankergren 2. Frazer Richardson 3. Paul Huntington 5. Rui Marques 11. Alan Sheehan 23. Robert Snodgrass 14. Jonathan Howson 7. David Prutton 18. Andy Robinson 9. Jermaine Beckford 10. Luciano Becchio

Subs:
12. David Lucas (GK) 4. Jonathan Douglas (73 mins for Robert Snodgrass) 15. Fabian Delph (86 mins for Jonathan Howson) 21. Enoch Showunmi (for Andy Robinson) 26. Paul Telfer

Yeovil Bookings: Aidan Downes (foul, 26 mins), Lee Peltier (off the ball incident, 66 mins), Paul Warne (foul, 75 mins), Terrell Forbes (kicking ball away, 83 mins)
Leeds Bookings: Robert Snodgrass (diving, 32 mins), Luciano Becchio (foul, 41 mins), Paul Huntington (foul, 61 mins), Jermaine Beckford (dissent, 63 mins)

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Mark Philpott (Cornwall).

Attendance: 6,580 (including 1,858 Leeds fans).


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23 August 2008 : Smith Drops Out Against Leeds
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith has dropped out of this afternoon's line-up against Leeds United through injury. The former Potters Bar player has a groin strain and his place in the team will be taken by Nathan Jones.

Central defender Aaron Brown has also dropped out due to an ankle injury sustained in the midweek Reserve Team win over Salisbury City. However, midfielder Darren Way has passed a fitness test, meaning that new loan signing Gary Roberts will be on the bench today.

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Craig Alcock 16. Gary Roberts 19. Andre McCollin


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23 August 2008 : Conference Winners Replica Badge
If the badge to your right looks rather familiar, then it should do, given that it was first sold all the way back in 2003 and was featured on this site at the time.

Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly is producing a replica edition of the YTISA badge that was produced for the Nationwide Conference Championship winning season. The badge is of course long since sold out, so this is an opportunity to get your hands on a piece of history.

If you are interested in getting hold of the replica version of this badge, Mark is planning on producing two variants of the design. Get in touch at mark@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk to register your interest.


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23 August 2008 : Hereford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last match saw them pick up a 2-1 win at Edgar Street against Hereford United, with goals from Danny Schofield and Paul Warne. The latter has had a superb start to the 2008-09 season, justifying manager Russell Slade's decision to make him a front line striker after playing him on the wings for much of last season.

Paul was a deserved Man of the Match winner up at Hereford, beating off competition from Kieran Murtagh and Aidan Downes. However, the fact that eleven players featured in the voting shows what a team effort it was seen as. The full results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Paul Warne 154 (12)
2 Kieran Murtagh 120 (7)
3 Aidan Downes 100 (5)
4 Nathan Smith 60 (4)
5 Danny Schofield 60 (1)
6 Lee Peltier 16 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 16 (0)
8 Craig Alcock 12 (1)
9 Terrell Forbes 8 (0)
10 Terry Skiverton 6 (0)
10 Darren Way 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.23

Performance: 7.55
Entertainment: 6.90

VOTES RECEIVED: 31


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22 August 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Leeds United tomorrow at Huish Park in an ALL TICKET match. The game kicks off at 1.00p.m. and no tickets will be available on the day of the match. Tickets are on sale until 6.00p.m. tonight from the Huish Park Ticket Office but are subject to additional restrictions on purchases.

In the early League One table, the Glovers sit slightly above the Yorkshire side on four points and in equal 11th place. However, Leeds have far loftier ambitions and anything less than automatic promotion out of this division by next May would be seen as failure by those within Elland Road. Defeat to Oldham Athletic at home last Saturday will certainly see Gary McAllister's side want to get themselves firmly into the top half of the table before any of their rivals threaten to steal a march on them, with Glovers boss Russell Slade seeing Leeds as a "wounded animal" that are likely to want to get Oldham out of their systems.

Although Leeds have got quality all over the park, with striker Jermaine Beckford the obvious danger man, having been their top scorer last season, Glovers boss Russell Slade has often pulled out former Swansea City left-winger Andy Robinson as the key man in the opposition side, and with his move to Elland Road taking place over the summer, Russell has continued his admiration for a man who will play a key part in Leeds' set pieces. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Russell likened him to Danny Schofield in what he would bring to the opposition team:

"Robinson has got great technical ability. He is very similar to what Danny Schofield does for us as a right footer on the left. Danny Schofield's contribution so far has been fantastic on and off the ball because he has defended so well for us. One of the strengths of our side so far is we have been difficult to break down along the sides because of Danny and Nathan Smith on the left and Pelts and Aidan Downes on the right."

McAllister has the luxury of a fully-fit impressively sized squad to choose from, so much of his decision-making will be whether he has the faith in his side to bounce back from last week's defeat against Oldham. For Russell Slade though, he will definitely be without midfielder Marc Bircham plus young defenders Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street for tomorrow's game, whilst midfielder Darren Way is a major doubt. (See yesterday's news for more details). Thankfully the arrival of Crewe Alexandra midfielder Gary Roberts on loan (see earlier news) should fill a hole in the centre of midfield. Whether he starts will doubtless depend upon the fitness of Way. Otherwise the Glovers are likely to line-up as per last week's match at Hereford United.

The match kicks off at 1.00p.m. and given the larger than usual crowd, combined with the additional security measures the club are putting in place for this fixture, you are strongly advised to allow additional time for both parking and entering the stadium. If you've not bought a ticket for this game, please don't turn up hoping to get in!


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22 August 2008 : Roberts On Loan From Crewe
Yeovil Town have taken Crewe Alexandra midfielder Gary Roberts on loan today until December 31st. The 21 year old has been drafted in as cover for the injured Darren Way and Marc Bircham, although Way has not been entirely ruled out of tomorrow's match against Leeds United.

Roberts played in the midweek 6-0 win over Salisbury City Reserves and did well enough to impress manager Russell Slade into signing him on loan today.

Roberts was born in Chester on February 4th 1987, and has worked his way through Crewe's academy system, signing a professional contract at Gresty Road at the age of 17. He has made 129 appearances for the Cheshire club, scoring 11 goals in the process, but fell out with the Crewe management team over the summer, resulting in him being placed on the transfer list. He has yet to play in League One this season, despite being a regular within Crewe's ranks and scoring six goals in the process. He is under contract at Gresty Road for the rest of this season.

Gary will now spend half a season at Huish Park under the long-term loan arrangements. The very best of luck to him in restarting his career in Somerset.

NB: The two official sites differ slightly in their opinion of when Roberts is due to return to Gresty Road. The Yeovil site states December 31st, whilst the Crewe site states January 1st. However, as there is currently no scheduled game for New Year's Day, this difference should not be significant.


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22 August 2008 : Leeds Tickets Final Reminder
With apologies to those who have had it drummed into them multiple times during this month - today is your last chance to purchase tickets for tomorrow's match against Leeds United. This is an ALL-TICKET game. The match is a 1.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 23rd August.

As a result, tickets will only be on sale until 6.00p.m. today from the Huish Park Ticket Office. There will be no online sales available.

The club have put in a number of restrictions on the sale of tickets for this game and we'd strongly advise that you read the instructions in case you fall into a group where buying tickets may require a bit of additional effort, rather than leave it until the last minute. To view the original news item head to the July 24th article.


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21 August 2008 : Way Back In Light Training
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way has resumed light training today after a scan on his hamstring revealed no visible issues. The lack of training, combined with discomfort last weekend around his hamstring area, still make Way a major doubt ahead of Saturday's home match against Leeds United, but the good news is that nothing serious has been uncovered.

Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset though that midfielder Marc Bircham and central defenders Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald were all definitely unavailable for Saturday:

"Squad news is that Darren Way has trained for about half an hour this morning, but he's done nothing in anger. So that is going to go right to the wire. I still think his chances are fairly slim but we're giving him the best possible chance. Marc Bircham won't be available but he is making good progress and there is a slight chance that he might be available for the Tuesday game. The two young boys, Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald are unavailable because they are not fit right now."

Russell also went into greater detail about what they discovered about Darren's scan on Wednesday, indicating that their current thinking was that the problem may just be down to the rigours of the pre-season training schedule followed by three games in eight days:

"The scan was negative which was good obviously. We didn't see any tear or anything untoward. If it continues we may have to go in a different direction. But we're hoping, and we think that it is probably due to fatigue and the amount of work that he has got through in the first week. That's not just the three games, that's the way he applies himself from Monday to Friday as well. So we've just settled him down a little bit during this week and let him recharge his batteries and let everything settle down. Hopefully he'll be raring to go before long."

If Way doesn't make Saturday's game, Slade will be faced with a headache with the Yeovil boss forced to move right-back Lee Peltier into a midfield position and then bringing Craig Alcock into the starting line-up. Russell did add though that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing in a late signing for the match, which could of course come from the long list of trialists that featured in Wednesday's Reserve Team game with the likes of former Stoke City defender/midfielder John Halls and ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder Les Thompson to potentially hold talks with - amongst others. Russell gave his views on the Reserve game and possible arrivals:

"There were one or two impressive performances, albeit that it is a Reserve game. We won very comfortably in the end. It's not always easy to judge players in Reserve Team matches, but there were one or two things that left food for thought. I do feel that we need somebody in by the weekend that can go across the middle of the park, either to start or to at least be there as cover. So I am working on that and am still hopeful of bringing one in, whether it is via the trial game we had or from another source to bring somebody in."


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21 August 2008 : Warne Predicts Leeds Misery
Yeovil Town striker Paul Warne has predicted that Saturday's opponents Leeds United will miss out on promotion this season. Whilst not quite fanning the flames, Warney has gently blown on them by suggesting that the Yorkshire club will find it difficult to repeat last season's points tally which saw them lose out in the League One play-offs last season, but would have been good enough for automatic promotion were it not for Leeds falling foul of the Football League's insolvency regulations.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Warne felt that the Leeds players would have been disappointed to face another 46 games of League One football, and that may weigh heavy on their shoulders:

"If I'm being honest, I don't fancy Leeds to go up. It's not that I don't think they've got a good enough squad or that I don't think they'll be there or thereabouts, I just feel that doing what they did last season for a second time is a very big ask. Because of their points deduction last season, the players had fire in their bellies and a huge amount to prove, but it's difficult to maintain that intensity. The sight of another 46 games coming on the back of all they achieved last season is not exactly pleasant."

Whilst Warne will have caused a few Leeds fans to grumble at his season predictions, he'll have probably endeared himself to them by suggesting controversially that Leeds "deserved" to go up last season:

"The truth is that Leeds deserved to be promoted last season, and if you add on the 15 points that were taken away from them then they'd have been well clear. I'm aware of all the politics involved but, in purely footballing terms, Leeds did more than enough to earn promotion. The question for them is whether they can do the same again, and I'm not so sure. It's a bit unrealistic to say that Leeds should go up because you often see clubs struggle the year after they go close to promotion and miss out."

Warney is well aware that making such predictions can come back and bite you, but said he was happy to be judged on that:

"A lot of people will turn round and say 'I told you so' if they do get into the Championship but I wouldn't be that surprised if they fall short. Dominating a league like this two years on the bounce is not as easy as it sounds."

Yeovil Town versus Leeds United kicks off at 1.00p.m. on Saturday at Huish Park in an ALL TICKET match. Tickets will only be on sale until Friday at 6.00p.m.


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21 August 2008 : Thommo Happy With Reserves Test
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has said that he was pleased with the performances of the numerous trialists out on display yesterday afternoon as part of the 6-0 win over Salisbury City Reserves. The majority of players on display were there to impress Thommo and manager Russell Slade into awarding them a contract at the club as the management team seek to expand the size of their squad.

Thommo told the Western Morning News that allowances had to be made though for the standard of the opposition and that in that respect a few players out there could be immediately discounted. But he admitted that making that decision would be a complicated one and did not reveal which players fell into which camp:

"It is tough when you have that many trialists because you have a lot to look at. They all did fine and we would expect to win the game, but it's not about the result, it's about how people perform and you can discount a few on that performance. One or two did quite well and will get a chance in another game to impress."

Thommo said that central midfield was clearly a priority for the management team at present, and suggested that if any of the players outside that position had impressed that the club were likely to take their time in making their decisions:

"The midfield at the moment is quite a problem with Marc Bircham out and Darren Way almost certainly out and that might be something we need to address short term. The other positions can probably wait. Anyone we bring in if we keep to the same system would have to be able to fit straight in and that is a tough task. But we do have options, people that didn't play today, but we won't be rushed into making a decision."

The Yeovil assistant boss also highlighted how many players the club had been able to find over a week into the new season, but put that down to some players perhaps setting their ambitions too high:

"It's amazing how many players are without a club and I think, what some players do, is turn down opportunities at a lower level thinking they are going to play higher. But some of them have to drop lower if they want to get back on the map."

A couple of yesterday's trialists had not been mentioned, prior to their appearance at Huish Park yesterday. The WMN describes midfielder Les Thompson as a free agent who was released by Bolton Wanderers over the summer, whilst substitute Sam Mawene is one of the Frenchmen that Russell Slade spoke of earlier this week. His brother is Preston North End's Youl Mawene.


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21 August 2008 : Skivo Claims No Pressure For Leeds Match
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton believes that the team's good start to the 2008-09 season will put less pressure on them when they face Leeds United on Saturday. A draw against Walsall and a win over Hereford United has given Yeovil a strong start that currently sees them lie in joint 4th position in the early League One table.

Skivo told BBC Somerset that if Yeovil had not picked up those points, then they would have gone into Saturday's match under pressure against a side that is likely to be occupying a top six slot by the end of the season:

"I think it's been an excellent start for us now and this is a good chance for us to go into the Leeds game with no pressure on ourselves and we can really go in and enjoy that game rather than go into it feeling desperate for the three points because we've only got one point. So with four points we can go into the game, enjoy ourselves and hopefully play some good football."

At present, the Glovers have yet to show any signs of bringing in new faces to deal with the loss of midfielders Darren Way and Marc Bircham, but Skivo added that he was hopeful that the current level of team bonding would help them through Saturday's match:

"We've got quite a small squad, but we've got a squad that want to stick together. We know we're up against it every week and that we've got to come to teams like Hereford and put performances in to get results because if we do then when we go and play the big boys then the pressure will be off us then."


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20 August 2008 : Way Due For Scan Tonight
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way was due to have a scan on his hamstring problem yesterday, but the club were unable to do so because of a broken scanner in Yeovil. The MRI scan was due to show the extent of Way's injury, sustained during Saturday's 2-1 win over Hereford United and the club were planning a second attempt at getting the tests done tonight.

Speaking to Western Gazette, manager Russell Slade admitted they'd been stalled in their efforts to diagnose Way's problems, but that the current prognosis makes him unlikely to play on Saturday against Leeds United:

"His scan was meant to be yesterday but the scanner in Yeovil broke. I think the chances of him being fit for Saturday are slim."

Other than Way, fellow midfielder Marc Bircham is still yet to return to training, suggesting that he will too miss the match against Leeds, and there was still no sight of defender Rob Fitzgerald on the training ground. Slade said the precarious situation made him very nervous of what might happen:

"Everybody came through training yesterday but there was still no Marc Bircham, Darren Way or Rob Fitzgerald. The others seemed okay although one or two of them were a bit stiff. They are all off today (Wednesday) though. Every day is a concern at the moment because you worry if people are going to go down with anything. But it is mainly stiffness and soreness at the minute and I hope it will stay that way."


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20 August 2008 : Reserves Thrash Salisbury
Yeovil Town Reserves opened up their Pontins Holiday Football Combination season with an emphatic 6-0 win over Salisbury City Reserves this afternoon at Huish Park.

As expected, the Glovers fielded a huge number of trialists, with nine of the 14 players selected not contracted to the club. Only Nathan Jones and Lloyd Owusu were recognisable as first team players, although Aaron Brown was a third contracted player to feature this afternoon.

Unsurprisingly with such a collection of players, it took a while for Yeovil to get into their stride, but when they did it was with a slight air of comedy to it. A speedy run from winger Andy Welsh had seen him lose the ball and clatter into the advertising boards. Probably assuming Welsh was not likely to be back on the pitch too quickly, the Salisbury keeper tried to dribble the ball out of his own box - only to find Welsh lurking behind him, and the end result was a red face for keeper Porter as the trialist was able to open the scoring with an excellent bit of opportunism.

The Glovers doubled their lead when former Leicester City striker Elvis Hammond raced onto a long through-ball, drawing the Salisbury keeper off his line, with Hammond cooly chipping the keeper for a 2-0 scoreline. However before the break, Yeovil added a third with Les Thompson picking up the ball from midfield and running at the Salisbury defence before unleashing a 25-yarder that took a slight deflection and landed in the top right hand corner.

Jones and Owusu were withdrawn at half time in preparation for Saturday's first team game, leaving Aaron Brown as captain, but despite the loss of two experienced players, the goals kept coming. A right-wing cross by Rostyn Griffiths, who had moved from right-back to a midfield position for the start of the second period, saw substitute Sam Mawene head home on the near post.

Next John Halls, who was probably the most impressive of the central midfield trialists, found himself clean through inside the penalty box. Halls almost made a hash of it when miscontrolling the ball in the box, but despite being surrounded by several Salisbury defenders and a goalkeeper, he still managed to find Rostyn Griffiths with a square pass to give Yeovil their fifth.

In the last minute, Elvis Hammond got a chance to have a sprint with his Salisbury centre-back marker, as a ball got put over the top, and it was Hammond who won the test, scuffing his shot somewhat, but still managing to slip it past keeper Porter for his second and Yeovil's 6th.

With plenty of trialists getting in on the goals and assists during the game, there will be definite food for thought for the Yeovil management team as they consider which players they are likely to take further interest in. However, if Russell and Thommo were to pick out left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder/defender John Halls as two worthy of a second look, then few of those watching this afternoon would be complaining. As usual though, much may depend upon what the management team are allowed to spend.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 6 Salisbury City Reserves 0.

Scorers: Andy Welsh (1-0, 26 mins), Elvis Hammond (2-0, 39 mins), Les Thompson (3-0, 43 mins), Sam Mawene (4-0, 69 mins), Rostyn Griffiths (5-0, 77 mins), Elvis Hammond (6-0, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Rostyn Griffiths 3. Nathan Jones (c) 4. John Halls 5. Aaron Brown 6. Gary Roberts 7. Les Thompson 8. Gareth O'Connor 9. Lloyd Owusu 10. Elvis Hammond 11. Andy Welsh.

Subs: 12. Lloyd Moyce (46 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 14. Sam Mawene (57 mins for Gareth O'Connor) 15. Albert Jarrett (46 mins for Nathan Jones)


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20 August 2008 : Team Versus Salisbury
Today's team in this afternoon's Reserve match versus Salisbury City which is just about to kick off has an unfamiliar look with, as expected, Russell Slade putting a host of trialists through their paces :

1. Lloyd Irish
2. Rostyn Griffiths
3. Nathan Jones (c)
4. John Halls
5. Aaron Brown
6. Gary Roberts
7. Les Thompson
8. Gareth O'Connor
9. Lloyd Owusu
10. Elvis Hammond
11. Andy Welsh

Subs:

12. Lloyd Moyce
14. Sam Mawene
15. Albert Jarrett


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20 August 2008 : Nathan Smith On For Further Year
Speaking to the Western Daily Press the club's CEO, Martyn Starnes revealed that Yeovil Town are in a strong position to make the most of their find from Potters Bar Town of the Isthmian Division One North, Nathan Smith. Although announced at the time as a one-year deal Starnes has now expanded:

Effectively he has a two-year deal. He signed a one-year with another year's option which is on our side, and obviously we will look to take that up.


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20 August 2008 : Reserves vs Salisbury Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town kick off their Pontins Holiday Football Combination season this afternoon as the Reserves take on Salisbury City at Huish Park. Kick-off is 2.00p.m. and admission is 2.00 for adults and 1.00 for concessions, with season ticket holders gaining free admission.

The Glovers are expected to field a number of trialists this afternoon. As mentioned on August 18th there were seven players due to arrive at Huish Park this week, although it should be noted that a later list released by the club omitted Albert Jarrett and Elvis Hammond. However, midfielders Gary Roberts, Rostyn Griffiths and John Halls (who can also play right-back), plus wingers Gareth O'Connor and Andy Welsh should all feature in the game. Manager Russell Slade has also indicated that there are a couple of French players trialling with the club so don't be too surprised to see an extra name or two on the teamsheet today.


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19 August 2008 : Extra Time Needed For Leeds Match Entry
Avon and Somerset Police are strongly recommending that Yeovil Town supporters allow plenty of additional time for entering the stadium prior to Saturday's encounter with Leeds United. The match kicks off at 1.00p.m. at Huish Park and is an ALL TICKET affair.

Our impression of the arrangements is that Yeovil Town's stewards and the local police will be employing an additional method of filtering of supporters prior to turnstile entry in an effort to minimise numbers of Leeds supporters entering the home ends of the ground, and the additional filtering is likely to mean that entry into the ground is slower than usual - particularly as a larger than average crowd is expected.

Police Football Liaison Officer Ian Hambridge, who provides police support to Yeovil Town and their supporters, told the Yeovil Express that there was a need to allow additional time to get into the stadium:

"We want people to come and enjoy one of the biggest games of Yeovil's season as safely as possible. What we want to try and avoid is large number of home fans leaving it until the last minute before they arrive. We did have a problem with Leeds fans in home areas last season, and we want to try and ensure that does not happen on Saturday. Get to Huish Park early, soak up the atmosphere and make sure you don't miss the start of the game for what is an earlier kick off than planned."

Avon and Somerset police's website again warns of possible delays:

"Special ticketing arrangements will be in place at the stadium and delays in entering are inevitable. Please arrive early thus allowing plenty of time for entry."

The goal is to avoid a repeat of April's farce where a large number of Leeds fans openly got into the home ends of the ground wearing replica shirts and carrying flags. The police warn that any that do get into the ground will be ejected:

"Away supporters are reminded that Yeovil Town is a family club and the home terraces /stands are provided for home supporters only. Strict control measures will be in place to prevent Leeds supporters gaining entry to home areas as occurred at the corresponding fixture last season. Any supporter that does so and is identified will be ejected from the stadium and not permitted re entry."


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19 August 2008 : Starnes Plays Down Tomlin Exit
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is reported by this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin as playing down any suggestion that striker Gavin Tomlin is being sold to Plymouth Argyle.

Reports in Sunday's Non-League Paper quoted Fisher Athletic manager Wayne Burnett as saying that Argyle were about to offer a six figure sum for his former player. Starnes has indicated that there has been no formal contact from Argyle over Tomlin and therefore at present there is no move on the cards.


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18 August 2008 : Charlton Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's trip to Charlton Athletic saw the Glovers put on a superb performance against the Championship side, with Alan Pardew's side being dumped out of the Carling Cup on the night.

Paul Warne scored the only goal on the night, putting in a terrific work-rate throughout the evening, and it was no surprise to see him feature heavily in the Man of the Match voting. However not even he could edge past the eventual Man of the Match winner Josh Wagenaar, who put in two outstanding first half saves to keep Yeovil in the match at 0-0.

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

1 Josh Wagenaar 190 (13)
2 Paul Warne 150 (9)
3 Gavin Tomlin 32 (2)
4 Terry Skiverton 28 (2)
5 Darren Way 28 (1)
6 Kieran Murtagh 24 (0)
7 Terrell Forbes 22 (1)
8 Aidan Downes 16 (0)
9 Lee Peltier 6 (0)
10 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.36

Performance: 8.71
Entertainment: 8.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 28

Don't forget to cast your votes for Saturday's match against Hereford United if you have not already done so.


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18 August 2008 : Way Given Ten Percent Chance
Having got his troops back from last weekend's trip to Hereford United, manager Russell Slade has said that he rates midfielder Darren Way's chances of playing in the match against Leeds United as just 10 percent.

Way had to leave the field half an hour into Saturday's game, with the diagnosis being a hamstring problem. Despite Slade substituting the midfielder as soon as he got the signal from those on the field, Slade told the Western Gazette's website that both Way and Marc Bircham will probably not be fit for Saturday's game:

"Darren Way has got a ten per cent chance of being fit for the weekend if I am putting it on a scale and he is the major doubt along with Marc Bircham. That leaves us with a big hole and means Pelts (Lee Peltier), who prefers right-back, and Keiran Murtagh are in the middle. You then end up with Craig Alcock at right-back and two of those three players have hardly even played in the League so it is not the right balance."

Slade again reiterated his frustration at being left so short of players ahead of a tough sequence of games that will see his side play Leeds United followed by away trips to Middlesbrough and Carlisle United across eight days. The Yeovil boss felt that to not strengthen the squad would undo a lot of the hard work put into the playing squad during pre-season:

"It is difficult because we cannot go into the Leeds game and not strengthen up a little bit because it would be crazy and more importantly it would take away and deflate the momentum created in pre-season and at the start of this season. It would take away eight week's work and I do not want that to happen."

Although Russell doesn't bite the hand that feeds in what he says, reading between the lines, his words imply that there could be some heated conversations going on behind closed doors this week as he attempts to persuade the board that whilst he has a decent nucleus of players, his current squad size, and the missing of targets such as midfielder Sam Togwell are likely to make keeping up the current promising start very difficult indeed. The next 13 days before the transfer window shuts could be very interesting indeed.


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18 August 2008 : Transfer Window Extended
The Football Association, Premier League and Football League have agreed to extend the summer transfer window by an additional 24 hours. The transfer window was due to close at midnight on August 31st, which would have required many clubs to open for business on a Sunday, including the footballing authorities themselves - or more likely outside the Premier League see things grind to a halt on the Friday due to offices closing.

The transfer window will now close on Monday 1st September at midnight, thus allowing an extra day's worth of trading. A similar principle will be adopted in January 2009, due to January 31st being a Saturday. Here the window will now shut at the end of February 2nd 2009.

For other associated information on the transfer window and rules, see our June 14th article.


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18 August 2008 : Ladies Rout Southampton
Yeovil Town Ladies beat Southampton Ladies 6-2 in a pre-season friendly at Somerton yesterday. In a spectacular first half spell, the ladies went 5-1 up by half time, with Jemma Tewksbury grabbing two and Kayleigh Nardiello getting another.

Yeovil's two other goals during that first period were scored by a new signing called Amy (at present we don't have her last name!) and she was featured in the goal of the game during the second period - a goal that went from the Glovers keeper to the back of the Southampton net inside three passes, with Amy completing her hat-trick as a result. Southampton got one goal back in a more tightly matched second half but Yeovil ran out easy winners.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 6 Southampton Ladies 2

A photo gallery from the match, courtesy of Sophie Elborn, can be seen here.


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18 August 2008 : Brentford Ticketing Arrangements
Yeovil Town's trip to Brentford in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy has been confirmed for Tuesday 2nd September. Kick-off will be 7.30p.m. and all ticket sales must be made from Griffin Park as there will be no pre-match sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Yeovil Town fans will be housed in the Brook Road terrace, with the club closing the Bill Axbey Stand for this fixture.

Students wanting to attend the match and obtain a discount must pre-order their tickets by phoning Brentford's Ticket Office on 0845-3456-442 (Option 4).

Disabled supporters are admitted at the concessionary ticket price with their assistant admitted for free, although wheelchair users must book in advance on the above number.

Otherwise, all other supporters must pay on the day at the turnstile with prices as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Seniors: 5.00; Students: 5.00 (when booked in advance); Unaccompanied U16s: 1.00; U16s Accompanied By An Adult: Free of Charge.

The match will be settled on the night, with no extra time played. If the match is level after 90 minutes then the game will go straight to penalties to decide the tie.


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18 August 2008 : Behcet At Bognor - For Now
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Darren Behcet has joined Conference South side Bognor Regis Town on a week-to-week contract. Behcet, who was released by the club over the summer, has played in all three of their matches so far this season.

The "week-to-week" basis appears to be at Behcet's request, as Bognor have admitted that they are still mindful that they could lose him to a higher division club, suggesting that Behcet is taking advantage of Bognor's offer of first team football whilst he bides his time hoping for a better deal.


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18 August 2008 : Catching The Next Generation
Yeovil Town has announced two promotional games during the 2008-09 season where all Under 16's will be able to see matches at Huish Park for just one pound.

The two games selected are :

Yeovil Town v Leyton Orient on Saturday 25th October 2008, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Yeovil Town v Millwall on Good Friday 10th April 2009, kick-off 3.00 p.m.


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18 August 2008 : Officials For The Leeds United Game
Saturday's match against Leeds United will be looked after by referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). We last had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road.

Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games were more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, though he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be Mark Philpott (Cornwall).

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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18 August 2008 : Leeds Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that Saturday's home match against Leeds United is fast approaching and this is an ALL-TICKET game. The match is a 1.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 23rd August.

As a result, tickets will only be on sale until Friday at 6.00p.m. from the Huish Park Ticket Office. There will be no online sales available.

The club have put in a number of restrictions on the sale of tickets for this game and we'd strongly advise that you read the instructions in case you fall into a group where buying tickets may require a bit of additional effort, rather than leave it until the last minute. To view the original news item head to the July 24th article.


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18 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Tickets Now On Sale
A reminder that tickets for the trip to the Riverside Stadium are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match against Middlesbrough will be played on Tuesday 26th August with an 8.00p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Seniors (Over 65s): 7.00; Juniors (U18): 5.00.

Wheelchair users get in for the same prices (including the above concessions), but their assistant will be admitted free of charge.


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18 August 2008 : Seven Up For Salisbury Match
This morning's Western Daily Press is stating that Yeovil Town are looking to bring in several trialists ahead of Wednesday's opening Pontins Holiday Combination league game against Salisbury City.

The Glovers will play at Huish Park on Wednesday afternoon, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off and it would appear that the trialists will dominate the team selection on the day, with as many as seven listed as possibles for the game.

Top of the list is Crewe Alexandra midfielder Gary Roberts. Not to be confused with the Gary Roberts that Yeovil Town tried to sign from Accrington Stanley at the same time that Anthony Barry was picked up, this player is a Crewe trainee who has clocked up over 100 appearances for the League One side since turning professional in 2004. Crewe have had disciplinary problems with the player over the summer though and he has not featured so far this season, with the Cheshire side looking to ship him out of Gresty Road. Roberts failed to turn up for a pre-season friendly against Hull City and has missed several pre-season training sessions, although to our knowledge neither party have publicly revealed the reason for the absences.

In addition to Roberts, the WDP name six other trialists that manager Russell Slade is hoping to field against Salisbury. In total, including Roberts, there are three midfielders (one of whom can double as a right-back), three wingers and one striker in the list.

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Rostyn Griffiths is a 20 year old Australian whilst the other midfielder is the more experienced John Halls who is a free agent having been released by Reading over the summer and also plays as a right-back.

Of the three wingers, former Watford player Albert Jarrett is still with the club, having trained with them during pre-season, whilst Gareth O'Connor is a Dublin-born 29 year old who has previously been on Burnley and AFC Bournemouth's books. The third of the wingers is Andy Welsh, who is another free agent, having left Blackpool over the summer. The 24 year old has also turned out for Toronto, Sunderland and Stockport County.

Finally the striker is 27 year old Elvis Hammond, who is another free agent, having been released by Leicester City over the summer. Elvis is a former Fulham trainee who had a short loan spell with Bristol Rovers.

With the majority of the players being free agents, this has an air of Slade continuing his 'needle in a haystack' hunt for additional quality players, rather than specifically having intentions to sign such players at this stage. It's far more likely that the main goal is to see all seven play and then to cut that list down to a much smaller shortlist of genuine targets.

Of course the other matter is what remit Slade has to sign such players. With the Yeovil boss having lost out on Barnsley midfielder Sam Togwell, due to him having to sell one of his players first, whether he will be allowed to bring in new faces in any significant quantity is questionable. However, Slade has voiced his frustrations over his paper-thin squad (see yesterday's news) and could well take his demands to the board this week in an effort to get the Huish Park hierachy to cut him some slack, with central midfield now a clear urgency.


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17 August 2008 : Slade Salutes Magnificent Players
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that his team overcame a big challenge to win yesterday's match against Hereford United. The Glovers beat their old rivals 2-1 at Edgar Street and Russell believed that the fact that it was the team's third game in eight days made it an even greater achievement by his players on the day:

"I am really really pleased with the performance, I think mainly because when you have the start of the season and you play that first week or the second week when you have three games, if you are away from home on that third game then it is very demanding even if you've got a big squad and certainly we've not got that. So compliments to the players because I thought they were magnificent really, particularly in the first half when I felt we had a purple patch of 10 or 15 minutes really where we put the game to bed and could have been well and truly beyond Hereford at that time. We were pleased with that passage of play."

Hereford pulled a goal back with eight minutes to go after Asmir Begovic's punch failed to clear his lines properly, but other than that moment, Hereford rarely put a shot on target and Slade believed his side were good value for their three points:

"There wasn't an awful lot happening in the second period as the onus was on Hereford to come out and have a go at us. They got a bit of fortune when my goalkeeper said he had the ball, but whether he did or he didn't they got back into the game, and obviously tried to make a fist of it in the last 10 minutes. But there was nothing really that Asmir had to do. They hadn't threatened us and it would have been a travesty (if Hereford had equalised) and I felt we thoroughly deserved the win today."

Yeovil Town have started the 2008-09 season with two wins and a draw, including the Carling Cup scalp of Charlton Athletic, and Russell said that he was particularly pleased with the start that Yeovil had made. However, he admitted that he had concerns over the size of his playing squad:

"We've made a terrific start. I thought the signs were positive in pre-season, but you never know how that is going to carry you forward. But it has and we've kept that kind of momentum going and that is pleasing to see. The absolute travesty of where we are is I've lost two key midfielders. I've lost Darren Way with a hamstring and I've lost Marc Bircham with a hamstring and we've got Leeds United next week! With a paper-thin squad it is so demanding on some of the players who are having to play 90 minutes all the time like that."

Russell explained that the injury to Darren Way was not too serious, but that he had experienced back and hamstring problems prior to the match that had concerned him, but that Darren had initially been passed fit for the game. In the end they had to take him off to prevent further damage:

"He was a little bit tight (in his hamstring), and he was a little bit tight with his back and we were conscious that there was a problem there. But he seemed OK and he seemed to loosen up, but as the game has worn on today he's felt it in that first 15 or 20 minutes and we didn't want to take it any further. Certainly we've brought him off to give him the biggest chance of getting back as quickly as possible. That's all we can do in those sort of situations."

Russell revealed his frustration at the current situation where he may only be able to guarantee having Kieran Murtagh as a central midfielder fit for next weekend's home clash against Leeds United and said that something urgently needed to be done to safeguard the start that the Glovers had made to their season:

"It's just so demanding on the small squad that we've got right now. We're going to have to address it. We can't go into playing the likes of Leeds United with one midfielder. That's just lunacy really. I've already assessed it, and I know we are dreadfully short in midfield. It's hard and we've got to address that as soon as possible, because we've lost out on Sam Togwell who has just gone to Scunthorpe. He was in my sights for six weeks and we need to address it because everyone is working so hard and we've got a real direction within the squad. Everyone is pushing and everyone is behind each other and that is terrific. But we can't do it if we keep losing bodies when we've already got a small squad as it is."

Aside from midfielders Darren Way and Marc Bircham, right-back Lee Peltier, who moved into midfield when Way came off, will also require some time on the treatment table after he hurt his ankle during the game:

"Even he (Peltier) played the whole of the second half with a damaged ankle. He had no feeling in his right foot, although he played some great balls in with that right foot."


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17 August 2008 : Under 15s Gain Villa Victory
Yeovil Town's Under 15s side clocked up an impressive 4-1 win over their Aston Villa counterparts yesterday to round off their three-legged tour of the Midlands and North-West.

Goalscoring hero was Brad Hansford who netted two of the four goals, with a third coming from the penalty spot to send the boys home happy after their matches against West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

Their next scheduled matches are against Bristol Rovers on 7th September in a home fixture, before travelling to play Plymouth Argyle on the 14th September.


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17 August 2008 : Under 18s Draw Opening Game
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side opened their 2008-09 season with a 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth yesterday. Striker Josh Robinson netted twice, with the first coming at Somerton after just 10 minutes play. Despite the early goal, the Cherries began to control the game thereafter and knocked up an equaliser after half an hour, followed by a second just after the break.

It looked as though Yeovil were heading for an opening day defeat but Robinson popped up again in the dying minutes, and a little against the run of play to grab a second goal for the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 2 AFC Bournemouth U18s 2.

Scorers: Josh Robinson (1-0), Josh Robinson (2-2).


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17 August 2008 : Tomlin Claimed As Argyle Target
Yeovil Town striker Gavin Tomlin is being linked with a move to Plymouth Argyle by the Non-League Paper today. The former Fisher Athletic player only signed for the Glovers in the summer, and has started both of Yeovil's League One matches so far, but his former manager Wayne Burnett says he has heard that the Pilgrims are interested in snapping him up.

The NLP quote Burnett as saying that the Championship side are set to offer a "six figure" fee for Tomlin's services - a fairly incredible sum for a player Plymouth could have had on a freebie a month ago. There's no suggestion that Argyle have formalised their bid, nor where Burnett has picked up the news, but with it having come from Tomlin's former boss, it is unlikely to be without foundation. However, whether Tomlin would be advised to make a move into Championship level football where he could easily disappear into their Reserve side, just as he is re-establishing himself back in the Football League as part of the Glovers first eleven is somewhat questionable.


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17 August 2008 : Way Suffers Hamstring Problem
The injury that caused Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way to leave the field during yesterday's 2-1 win at Edgar Street appears to be a hamstring problem. Darren left the field half an hour into the match against Hereford United, although trotted off without any assistance or treatment from a physio, suggesting that the problem was known about pre-match.

The injury obviously brings into doubt Darren's participation in next Saturday's Leeds United match. If Darren is not able to recover in time, then the most likely solution is for Saturday's finishing formation to be used next weekend, with Lee Peltier moving into midfield and Craig Alcock being promoted to right-back. The other possibility is that Marc Bircham may have sufficiently recovered from his own hamstring knock.


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16 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Hereford
For those who went to today's trip to Edgar Street, don't forget to cast your Man Of The Match votes, so we can gauge who the top players were in the 2-1 win over Hereford United. Vote now, using the voting form below.

Hereford United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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16 August 2008 : Glovers Continue Bulls Hoodoo
Yeovil Town collected all three points at Edgar Street today as their superb league record against Hereford United continued with a 2-1 win. Both Glovers goals came in quick succession and from opposite flanks, midway through the first half, with Danny Schofield and Paul Warne putting Yeovil 2-0 up. Home substitute Bradley Hudson-Odoi pulled a goal back eight minutes from time, but Yeovil were superior throughout much of the game and so came home with a deserved win.

The Glovers lined up with just one change to Tuesday's starting line-up with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic being recalled in what manager Russell Slade admitted was a difficult decision. On the bench there was the first sighting of new signing Andre McCollin following his transfer from Fisher Athletic yesterday.

There wasn't much to choose between the two sides early on, although it did appear that when it came to the final third of the field that the Glovers had a bit more savvy about them than their hosts. Whilst Hereford were more inclined to worry the corner flag than the goalframe, the Glovers were creating useful half-chances through the likes of Terry Skiverton and Kieran Murtagh.

Their two goals though came just three minutes apart, and both owed much to the width of the Edgar Street pitch - the largest in professional football outside Wembley. On 19 minutes, Danny Schofield received a lay-off from the excellent Paul Warne, and when Schofield cut inside from the flank and unleashed an angled shot, former Glover Ben Smith helped his friends by deflecting the ball slightly on its way.

Three minutes later and Yeovil doubled their lead, with again Hereford being exposed from the wings. Aidan Downes produced a crossfield pass, and with Paul Warne having moved out wide, the striker again cut in and fired home to put Yeovil 2-0 up with just 22 minutes gone. At present Warne has been involved in every Yeovil goal scored so far this season, showing just how much he could have to offer in this campaign.

Hereford looked a bit shellshocked and Yeovil rode out the first period under little pressure, with the home side not even getting close to Asmir Begovic's goal before the break, with some of their occasional shots woeful. The second half continued that theme, and Yeovil looked to be having a bit of a stroll in the park, with Danny Schofield and substitute Craig Alcock both having chances to absolutely seal the game.

The home side began to press a touch as the game drew to a close and they made several tactical and personnel changes. One of those substitutes Bradley Hudson-Odoi took advantage of some slightly nervous-looking goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic when his weak punch fell at the feet of Ben Smith. His shot looked to have been smothered by Begovic, but Hudson-Odoi rushed in and scored from close range, despite the Yeovil players claiming that Begovic had the ball knocked out of his hands by the striker.

The final eight minutes, plus four minutes injury time, should have set up a grandstand finish, but Hereford failed to get it together, with their best chance being a Stephen Guinan header that hit the outside of the goalframe, albeit with Begovic looking like he'd got that post covered.

So three priceless points were ultimately won to put the Glovers into joint 4th position (with Walsall and Brighton) in the very early league table. That start is exactly what Russell Slade's young and inexperienced side needed to give them self-belief for the coming season. It's important not to get carried away by the results achieved by the first two matches, as neither Walsall nor Hereford look as though they will be in the top half of the table this season. However, it is a good foundation to build on, and with the wide players and Paul Warne particularly on form today, there are some encouraging patterns forming here.

Final Score: Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Danny Schofield (19 mins, 0-1), Paul Warne (22 mins, 0-2), Bradley Hudson-Odoi (82 mins, 1-2).

Hereford United: 14. Craig Samson 2. Richard Rose 28. Dean Beckwith 12. Samuel Oji 3. Robbie Threlfall
23. Simon Johnson 4. Toumani Diagouraga 8. Ben Smith 11. Clint Easton 7. Moses Ashikodi 9. Stephen Guinan

Subs: 1. Darren Randolph (GK) 6. Kris Taylor 16. Jack Macleod (65 mins for Simon Johnson) 10. Bradley Hudson-Odoi (65 mins for Moses Ashikodi) 22. Matt Done (79 mins for Clint Easton)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 12. Craig Alcock (32 mins for Darren Way) 19. Andre McCollin (88 mins for Paul Warne) 9. Lloyd Owusu (66 mins for Gavin Tomlin)

Hereford Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Asmir Begovic (84 mins, timewasting), Craig Alcock (84 mins, timewasting)

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire). Fourth Official: Tony Horton (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,476 (including 320 Yeovil Supporters)


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16 August 2008 : Away In The Cup - SHOCK!
Yeovil Town will be away to Brentford in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The full draw is :

Southern Section - West

AFC Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers
Brentford v YEOVIL TOWN
Exeter City v Shrewsbury Town
Aldershot Town v Swindon Town

Southern Section - East

Millwall v Colchester United
Northampton Town v Brighton & Hove Albion
Southend United v Leyton Orient
Dagenham & Redbridge v Barnet

Northern Section - West

Oldham Athletic v Morecambe
Crewe Alexandra v Macclesfield Town
Stockport County v Port Vale
Tranmere Rovers v Accrington Stanley

Northern Section - East

Chesterfield v Grimsby Town
Scunthorpe United v Notts County
Leeds United v Bradford City
Hartlepool United v Leicester City

The following clubs have byes :

Northern Section

Bury, Carlisle United, Chester City, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Rochdale, Rotherham United

Southern Section

Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Hereford United, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers

First Round ties to be played the week beginning 1st September 2008.


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16 August 2008 : Russell Confident Of McCollin Step-Up
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade says he has high hopes that new signing Andre McCollin can step up the levels required to become a successful striker at League One.

The centre-forward will be in today's sixteen after completing a protracted transfer whilst his former club Fisher Athletic and Yeovil Town negotiated a small transfer fee believed to be around 15,000 pounds. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Russell saw no reason why Andre could not follow in the footsteps of Gavin Tomlin, Kieran Murtagh and Nathan Smith, although warned that the striker would not be at the fitness levels of the other players yet:

"The level he will be playing at isn't what he is used to, but who is to say he won't step up? Tomlin and Murtagh and Nathan Smith, from Potters Bar, have made great progress, so they are all role models for him. We have a small squad so we are hoping to get him up to speed as soon as possible but we may have to be patient. His strengths are his pace, his power and his finishing, but what he hasn't had is six weeks of pre-season training. We would have liked to get him in sooner, but agreeing a small fee with Fisher proved more difficult than we thought. He could play the centre-forward role or off the frontman. He can certainly learn a lot from playing and training with Paul Warne."


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16 August 2008 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
The first Man of the Match vote for the home match against Walsall saw the Huish Park Match Sponsors verdict agreed with by a significant proportion of those who participated in our online vote. Midfielder Marc Bircham was the outright winner after the Glovers drew 1-1 against Walsall last Saturday and although the votes were spread throughout the team only his fellow midfielder Darren Way came close to matching him.

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

1 Marc Bircham 470 (35)
2 Darren Way 302 (19)
3 Gavin Tomlin 172 (10)
4 Nathan Smith 112 (3)
5 Lee Peltier 102 (6)
6 Paul Warne 96 (2)
7 Terrell Forbes 74 (3)
8 Aidan Downes 64 (2)
9 Asmir Begovic 44 (1)
10 Danny Schofield 20 (0)
11 Terry Skiverton 10 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.77

Performance: 5.83
Entertainment: 5.71

VOTES RECEIVED: 81

We'll have the voting for the Charlton Athletic game published very soon.


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15 August 2008 : Guide To Middlesbrough
For those planning their trip to The Riverside Stadium for the first ever competitive match between Middlesbrough and Yeovil Town on Tuesday 26th August, the Ciderspace guide can be found here, or through the home page links.

The League Cup Second Round tie kicks off at 8.00 p.m.


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15 August 2008 : Thommo Wary Of Away Effect
Yeovil Town Assistant Manager Steve Thompson has said that the club will be looking into how to reduce the effect of long distance travelling on the Glovers' small squad when they embark upon two mammoth away trips at the tail end of this month.

The Glovers face an away Carling Cup match against Middlesbrough on Tuesday 26th August, but follow that up almost immediately with the long trip to Carlisle United on Saturday 30th August. This means the Glovers must travel a distance of 1,246 miles across the four days, and Steve told BBC Somerset that the coaching staff had already noted that they would have to take a slightly different approach to the fixtures:

"This is why the logistics and the preparation have to be spot on because that is a lot of miles to cover within four days of each other. We've been working on that this morning to make sure that is right."

Steve rued the fact that Yeovil had been drawn away in a cup competition, pointing out that this was a common theme, and that it was magnified further by Yeovil's geographic location:

"We always seem to get away draws, don't we? How many is it now - is it 13 out of 15? It's absolutely unbelievable and probably compounded more in that we always have to travel more to get anywhere really. We're one of the three or four teams in the country for whom having a home draw is a massive advantage in terms of time on the road and travel. If you're in the Midlands or in London you can have a journey on the road that lasts 30 or 40 minutes and you've got 10 teams there. But every journey for us is a real journey."

Thommo is in fact spot on by his reckoning that the Glovers have been pulled out of the hat away from home on 13 out of their last 15 games, starting with the 2005-06 season. However, when the last five cup ties from the preceding season are taken into account, this gives an incredible 18 out of 20 cup matches where Yeovil have been drawn out second. When it is considered that any team has a 50:50 chance of being drawn home or away, just imagine the chances of flipping a coin 20 times and having it only come down on its head twice.

Yeovil Town Cup Draws : September 2004 - August 2008.

26/08/2008 : Middlesborough (Away) (League Cup)
12/08/2008 : Charlton Athletic (Away) (League Cup)
13/11/2007 : Swansea City (Away) (JPT)
11/11/2007 : Torquay (Away) (FA Cup)
09/10/2007 : Hereford (Away) (JPT)
04/09/2007 : Shrewsbury (Home) (JPT)
14/08/2007 : Hereford (Away) (League Cup)
11/11/2006 : Rushden (Away) (FA Cup)
31/10/2006 : Shrewsbury (Away) (LDV)
23/08/2006 : Southampton (Away) (League Cup)
03/12/2005 : Walsall (Away) (FA Cup)
05/11/2005 : Macclesfield (Away) (FA Cup)
18/10/2005 : Leyton Orient (Away) (LDV)
20/09/2005 : Millwall (Home) (League Cup)
23/08/2005 : Ipswich Town (Away) (League Cup)
29/01/2005 : Charlton (Away) (FA Cup)
08/01/2005 : Rotherham (Away) (FA Cup)
04/12/2005 : Histon (Away) (FA Cup)
13/11/2004 : Darlington (Away) (FA Cup)
28/09/2004 : Torquay United (Away) (LDV)


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15 August 2008 : Lorraine Rogers To Step Down From Tranmere
Following a leak, Lorraine Rogers, who owns 30% of the club, has confirmed that she will be stepping down as chairman of Tranmere Rovers at the end of this season. She cited disillusionment with the way football is going outside the cash-rich megalith that is the Premier League.

What isn't yet clear is how this will affect her position as one of the two League One representatives on the Board of Directors that governs the Football League (see 9th July), and whether she will continue through to the end of her time with Tranmere, or step down earlier and trigger a further election.


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15 August 2008 : Hereford United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip to Hereford United tomorrow in their second League One match of the season. They will make the journey in high spirits, following their shock midweek win over Charlton Athletic, which will no doubt give them the belief that even if their squad is small, the eleven first choice players are capable of performing to a decent standard.

Their opposition go into the match in a slightly different mood. Whilst promoted sides often go into a new division on a wave of optimism, Hereford have received a slight jolt, having lost both of their opening fixtures by a 2-1 scoreline, despite taking the lead in both games. Doubtless Bulls manager Graham Turner will be reminding his side that one of those matches was against Championship side Crystal Palace - a match that took place barely a few miles from where the Glovers were that night. However, they will be anxious not to turn that into three defeats on Saturday.

The Glovers have no new injury concerns, with Marc Bircham (hamstring knock), Rob Fitzgerald (training ground injury) and Jordan Street (fractured wrist) still out, although in the case of Bircham the club are hopeful that the midfielder can recover in time for next weekend's Leeds United game. However, assistant manager Steve Thompson admitted that a few of his players had initially looked a bit leggy when they got back on the training ground after the win at Charlton Athletic:

"We've got a couple of players just feeling it a little bit. A lot of work went into that win as the players' work ethic was absolutely tremendous and their fitness levels were tremendous. There were a few that were a bit stiff, but actually once we got through the session today (Thursday) having had the Wednesday off, they were remarkably up-tempo. Obviously having the win helped with that mentality, but they were very bubbly this morning and they were very keen to play football again."

Hereford of course are new to League One this season, having gained promotion last year, and this will be the first meeting between the two sides at Football League level, despite them having regularly come up against each other in cup competitions, Conference league and Southern League football over the years.

The Bulls achieved promotion in part due to two loan strikers with West Bromwich Albion's Sherjill MacDonald (who has been mentioned in the local press in connection with a loan move to Yeovil) and former Southend United striker Gary Hooper (now at Scunthorpe United) having had a strong influence on their fortunes. Whether they can be as productive with their loan deals this season at the higher level is another matter, although Watford's Moses Ashikodi has arrived at Edgar Street and opened his account in midweek against Crystal Palace.

Hereford are reporting no new injury problems on their official site with physio Wayne Jones suggesting that despite the two defeats that the players were still fairly buoyant:

"The spirit this morning was very good, the players were showing no signs of having taken the two defeats to heart and the quality of training was very good, very sharp and very bright. Everyone is focussed and working hard towards Saturday's game, where hopefully we can get a couple of goals and get the first win under our belts."

Tickets are available on the day of the game at the same prices as the pre-match tariffs, and a full guide on Ciderspace is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford.


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15 August 2008 : Club Get Performance Of The Week Award
The League Managers Association have given Yeovil Town their Performance Of The Week award, following the Glovers 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic in midweek.

Manager Russell Slade will receive the award of a specially engraved crystal football, and the presentation will be shown on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports tomorrow.

A five man panel representing the LMA made up of Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry decided that the win over Charlton was worthy of the award.

Congratulations to Russell and of course the players who put in the significant effort on the night.

League Managers Association


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15 August 2008 : McCollin Becomes Third Signing From Fisher
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of Fisher Athletic striker Andre McCollin, with a two year deal being signed this morning. McCollin is the third player from the Conference South side to sign up, following the earlier captures of Kieran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin.

McCollin appeared as a trialist in the pre-season win over Plymouth Argyle and impressed those who saw him that night. However, an injury on the training ground forced him back to London temporarily whilst the clubs sorted out a deal. He has now signed a two year contract at Huish Park with Fisher receiving an undisclosed small fee.

Andre spent one season at Fisher, and prior to that was at Corinthian Casuals where he netted 19 times for the side, despite them being relegated at the end of the 2006-07 season.

We naturally give a big welcome to Andre, and wish him a long and happy stay in Somerset.


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15 August 2008 : GWSC Travel To Middlesbrough
Away travel for the Carling Cup Second Round tie against Middlesbrough has been finalised by the GWSC. Coaches for the trip to the North-East will leave from Yeovil Bus Station at 10.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. on Tuesday 26th August.

Prices for the trip are 28.00 for adults and 26.00 for concessions, assuming you are a GWSC member. Non-members are also welcome, and will be charged two pounds extra.

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


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14 August 2008 : Guide To The Bulls******s
The updated guide for supporters travelling to the Welsh border city of Hereford can found here, or through the links from the home page.


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14 August 2008 : Under 15s Suffer Narrow Defeat
Yeovil Town's Under 15s side played the second of their three-match tour today against Everton. They achieved a highly creditable 2-1 defeat against a side from one of the best academy set-ups in the country, even managing to hold a half time lead.

Tom Salter put the Glovers 1-0 up at half time, and although they again faded during the second period, coming out with a 2-1 defeat, this was a vast improvement on the 6-0 thrashing by West Bromwich Albion earlier in the week, which has been partly put down to tiredness from travelling up on the day of the game. Having had time to settle in the North-West, the youngsters were able to put on a much improved performance.

There are still some concerns over the ability for the Under 15s to last games the full 90 minutes and this is something that coaches Mike Matthews and Terry Skiverton are likely to work on when the boys return home.

The travelling party had the evening off tonight and so were able to go and watch the Manchester City vs FC Midtjylland UEFA Cup match at the City of Manchester Stadium. Their final tour match is on Saturday where they will take on Aston Villa, using the match as an opportunity to head back down the M6 as they make their way home.


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14 August 2008 : Ipswich Quartet Linked With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being listed as one of a number of Football League clubs that have enquired about Ipswich Town players during pre-season. The four players listed are Dean Bowditch, Jaime Peters, Jordan Rhodes and Tommy Smith.

Other clubs connected with the quartet are Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers according to the Bucks Free Press (who in turn claim they got their information from Norfolk paper the Eastern Daily Press, which tends to cover Ipswich's rivals Norwich City rather than the Tractor Boys).

The paper doesn't attempt to break down which clubs are interested in which players, although it is more likely that each club is only interested in a subset of the four, rather than all three clubs being after all four players, which would be coincidental beyond belief. However, it is probably safe to assume that Glovers boss Russell Slade is still keeping a close eye on winger/forward Jaime Peters, who had a productive loan spell at Huish Park last season. Whether any of the other three players hold an interest is another matter entirely.

Of the others, Bowditch is a 22 year old striker who has had a succession of loan spells around our level at Brighton and Hove Albion, Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers, which may suggest that the interest in him comes from the latter two clubs.

Jordan Rhodes is an 18 year old striker who came off the bench for Ipswich on Saturday, and had a loan spell with Oxford United last season. Meanwhile Tommy Smith is another 18 year old who plays in defence and had a lengthy loan spell with Stevenage Borough last season, under Wycombe manager Peter Taylor. Like Rhodes he was also introduced as a substitute for Ipswich last Saturday.

Of Peters in particular, the best he has managed so far this season is to appear as an unused substitute in Ipswich's midweek Carling Cup match, and so in his case specifically, there would be little doubt that he would be offered up for loan if he did not break into the Ipswich first team.

Regardless of how many or how few of the quartet are relevant to Slade and Yeovil, his current budget restrictions would make it clear that he is unlikely to be able to afford all of the players listed. Today's loss of midfield target Sam Togwell shows just how hard his recruitment drive is likely to be.


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14 August 2008 : New Russell Slade T-Shirt On Sale
The Away Travel Club have issued a new T-Shirt which is now available for 5.00 pounds. Featuring manager Russell Slade, the shirt has both a front and back design - perfect for all you '70s pop-pickers. Not 'Arf!

For further information, contact Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or look out for him in the beer tent.


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14 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the trip to the Riverside Stadium have now been set. The match against Middlesbrough will be played on Tuesday 26th August with an 8.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets go on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from 9.00a.m. on Monday 18th August with admission as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Seniors (Over 65s): 7.00; Juniors (U18): 5.00.

Wheelchair users get in for the same prices (including the above concessions), but their assistant will be admitted free of charge.


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14 August 2008 : Glovers Lose Out On Togwell
Yeovil Town have lost out on the signature of Barnsley midfielder Sam Togwell to League One rivals Scunthorpe United.

The Glovers had agreed terms with the 23 year old during the first week in August, but it would appear that budget restrictions have denied manager Russell Slade any chance of signing him. Barnsley manager Simon Davey stated on August 7th that the move was on hold due to the Glovers having to sell a player before they were allowed to bring in fresh blood, and it looks as though Togwell has decided to cut his losses and sign for the Iron instead.

Togwell has signed a two year contract at Glanford Park, which leaves Slade having to return to the drawing board in his search for back-up to his paper-thin squad.


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14 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Date Officially Confirmed
Further to our earlier article, it would appear that someone at PTV has dropped a clanger (in fact the error is still there). The club have now confirmed that the Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town Carling Cup Second Round tie will kick off on Tuesday 26th August with an 8.00p.m. kick-off.

Details of ticketing are currently under discussion between the two clubs, but in a 37,000 capacity stadium, we don't expect any big problem in obtaining one for the match. The South Stand at the Riverside Stadium holds up to 4,000 spectators and this is the usual area for placing visiting supporters.


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14 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Badges Coming Soon
Away Travel club organiser Mark Kelly will be selling Yeovil Town vs. Middlesbrough badges following last night's cup draw that has put the Glovers up against the Premier League side at the Riverside Stadium.

Mark has ordered 75 badges and so they are sure to sell out fast. The badges will come in four different designs. They will be sold on a first come first served basis with cheques required in advance. The badges are 3 each plus 1 p+p.

To secure your order send your cheques to Mark Kelly, 39 Mudford Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.


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14 August 2008 : Carling Cup Live Games
The two live games for the Second Round of the Carling Cup have been chosen by Sky Sports. The matches chosen by Sky are Coventry City v Newcastle United (Tuesday) and Nottingham Forest v Sunderland (Wednesday).


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14 August 2008 : Middlesbrough Date Set?
Neither club's official site explicitly confirms it, but the PTV back-end database that runs both clubs' official sites has set a date the Carling Cup Second Round match at the Riverside Stadium. The PTV database states that the match against Middlesbrough will be played on Wednesday 27th August, with a 8.00p.m. kick-off. We'll try and absolutely confirm this soon.


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14 August 2008 : Glovers Reduce Agent Fees Payments
Yeovil Town's spending on Agent Fees has dropped heavily during the last reporting period, in figures issued by the Football League today. The January - July 2008 period saw the Glovers pay just 10,000 to agents - compared with a total of 43,945 paid to agents during the whole of the 2007-08 season.

The figures show that during that six month period Yeovil Town registered nine new player contracts, with two contracts being updated and two more being cancelled. During that period there were 19 loan deals registered - unsurprisingly the highest in the division.

Despite having only come out of administration six months previously, Leeds United were the division's big spenders - forking out 200,000 on agents fees - almost 40 percent of the entire division's payments to agents. Another club that fell into administration - Luton Town - were the division's second biggest spenders, paying out 82,000 to football agents despite being in administration for almost the entire six month reporting period. Between the two clubs, they accounted for 59 percent of all agent payments in the division.

Both Leeds and Luton fans have over the past 12 months asked for sympathy from the football authorities and the football community for their financial positions and the penalties imposed upon their clubs for overspending, but it is difficult to feel sorry for either club when even after falling into administration they continued to be the division's biggest spenders. Leeds United's spending across the full 12 month period beat 15 Championship clubs, whilst Luton's exceeded 10 Championship clubs, showing the levels of excess even after their financial problems were revealed.

The next biggest payers across the six month period were Southend United (38,000), Brighton and Hove Albion (29,853), Millwall (28,500) and Bristol Rovers (24,780).

There were three clubs who did not pay agents during the 2007-08 season, namely Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United and Huddersfield Town. Huddersfield are notable as they have now gone a full four years without paying a penny to agents.

Overall though, spending at League One level is up heavily with a total of 1,531,337 paid out to agents, compared to 717,368 during the 2006-07 season. Total spending across the whole Football League has gone up significantly to 11,066,083, compared with 8,584,321 spent during the previous season. Despite that, the Football League seem happy with the latest figures, because the amounts paid out as a percentage of total player transfer fees continues to fall, with agent fees now accounting for 14 percent of total player transfer fees - a drop of 5 percent compared with the 2006-07 season. A grand total of 81.5 million pounds was spent on players during the 2007-08 season - up from the previous year's 45.8 million pounds figure.


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13 August 2008 : Ladies Reserve Team Fixtures
The Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves are in the Somerset County Women's League, and also play at Somerton Sports Ground on Sundays, kicking off at 2.00 p.m. The fixture schedule for 2008-2009 has been released :

7th September, Yeovil Town Reserves v Swiss Valley Rangers
14th September, Bridgwater Town v Yeovil Town Reserves
21st September, Yeovil Town Reserves v Street
28th September, Bradford Town v Yeovil Town Reserves
5th October, Shepton Mallet v Yeovil Town Reserves
12th October, Yeovil Town Reserves v Winsham
19th October, Nailsea United v Yeovil Town Reserves
26th October, Yeovil Town Reserves v Bradford Town
2nd November, Somerton & Langport v Yeovil Town Reserves
9th November, Yeovil Town Reserves v Frome Town Reserves
16th November, Ilminster v Yeovil Town Reserves
23rd November, Swiss Valley Rangers v Yeovil Town Reserves
30th November, Yeovil Town Reserves v Bridgwater Town
7th December, Street v Yeovil Town Reserves
21st December, Yeovil Town Reserves v Shepton Mallet
4th January, Winsham v Yeovil Town Reserves
11th January, Yeovil Town Reserves v Nailsea United
25th January, Yeovil Town Reserves v Somerton & Langport
1st February, Frome Town Reserves v Yeovil Town Reserves
8th February, Yeovil Town Reserves v Ilminster

(All fixtures subject to change.)


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13 August 2008 : Ladies First Team Fixtures
Following up our 21st July item we now have the full Women's Combination South West 2008-09 fixture list for Yeovil Town Ladies. All home games are scheduled for Sundays with a 2.00 p.m. kick-off at Somerton Sports Ground.

24th August, Yeovil Town v Penzance
31st August, Reading Royals v Yeovil Town
7th September, Yeovil Town v Team Bath
14th September, Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town
21st September, Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
28th September, Yeovil Town v Swindon Town
5th October, Plymouth Argyle v Yeovil Town
12th October, Weston St John v Yeovil Town
19th October, Yeovil Town v Chesham United
26th October, Yeovil Town v Oxford City
2nd November, AFC Bournemouth v Yeovil Town

9th November, Women's F.A. Cup First Round Proper

16th November, Penzance v Yeovil Town

23rd November, Women's F.A. Cup Second Round Proper

30th November, Yeovil Town v Reading Royals

7th December, League Cup Preliminary Round

14th December, Team Bath v Yeovil Town
4th January, Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers
11th January, Queens Park Rangers v Yeovil Town
18th January, Swindon Town v Yeovil Town
25th January, Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle

1st February, League Cup Quarter-Finals

8th February, Yeovil Town v Team Weston
15th February, Chesham United v Yeovil Town
22nd February, Oxford City v Yeovil Town

1st March, League Cup Semi-Finals

8th March, Yeovil Town v AFC Bournemouth

tbc, League Cup Final

As an Official Site for the Ladies which has been promised for several years still doesn't seem to have materialised, if we can find a bit of time these fixtures will be turned into a dedicated fixtures page, as with the men's First Team, Reserves and Youths, for easier reference.

(All fixtures subject to change.)


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13 August 2008 : Ladies Take On Southampton
Yeovil Town Ladies have arranged a pre-season friendly against Southampton this coming Sunday. The match will be played at 2.00p.m. at Gassons Lane, Somerton on August 17th.

Whilst mentioning Somerton's Gassons Lane ground, a reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18 side kick off their season on Saturday morning against AFC Bournemouth, kick-off 11.00p.m at the same venue. If you are not going to Edgar Street to watch the First Team play, this should be a good alternative.

Admission to both games is free, and there is some limited parking facilities at the ground itself.


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13 August 2008 : Under 15s Go Down To Baggies
Yeovil Town's Under 15s, who are currently on a short tour of several academy clubs, lost the opening match of their trip yesterday. West Bromwich Albion proved to be hard opposition, running out as 6-0 winners, although the Glovers had put up a brave first half fight, trailing only by a single goal at the break.

The next stop for the boys is Everton, who they will play tomorrow (Thursday). Not that this will be an easy match - the same squad of players lost 8-0 when they faced the Merseysiders in their previous tour of the North-West last year.


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13 August 2008 : Russell Happy With Middlesbrough Draw
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is happy with tonight's Carling Cup Second Round draw against Premier League Middlesbrough, even though he joked that his Chairman John Fry probably wouldn't be. Yet another away cup tie and a mammoth journey that will require at least one overnight stop for the players may not have been the cup run that the club had hoped for, but Russell told Sky Sports that in terms of the occasion and the experience he was definitely happy with what he had got:

"I'm really happy about that but I don't know if the Chairman will be, because that will be about a three day break! But my father-in-law will be able to get to that one. It would have been nice to have been at home but it will be fantastic for the players and for the experience. I think we'll enjoy that one."

Russell was also asked by the Sky Sports team if he thought after last night's win over Charlton Athletic if his club could survive in the Championship if they got there, and Russell was typically honest in his reply:

"At this moment in time, if I'm honest, I don't think so. It may take a few years of stability to build a football club because Yeovil have only been in the Football League for five seasons now. So it takes a little bit of time and money of course, to invest wisely in players and bring players through. That will be very important to a smaller club like Yeovil. I think we're doing very well to be in League One. We had a fantastic season first time around when we got to the play-off final and lost to Blackpool. That was probably a little bit unrealistic, but we had a terrific season. We didn't pick up any particular injuries during that season. We had a small squad but a talented squad. But we're rebuilding again now and trying to have another go at it."


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13 August 2008 : Carling Cup Second Round Draw
The draw for the Second Round of the Carling Cup has been made tonight with Yeovil Town drawn away at Premier League side Middlesbrough. The full draw is as follows:

Ipswich Town vs Colchester United
Coventry vs Newcastle United
Hartlepool United vs West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United vs Macclesfield Town
Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield United
Cardiff City vs MK Dons
Swansea City vs Hull City
Rotherham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brighton vs Manchester City
Reading vs Luton Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Grimsby Town
Wigan vs Notts County
Leeds United vs Crystal Palace
Crewe Alexandra vs Bristol City
Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town
Fulham vs Leicester City
QPR vs Carlisle United
Nottingham Forest vs Sunderland
Burnley vs Oldham Athletic
Southampton vs Birmingham City
Bolton vs Northampton Town
Watford vs Darlington
Preston North End vs Derby County
Cheltenham Town vs Stoke City

All ties will be played during the week commencing Monday 25th August, with the exception of the tie involving Manchester City who will play on a different date, due to European commitments that week.


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13 August 2008 : Trio Out For Saturday
Yeovil Town will still be three players short for the trip to Hereford United on Saturday. Manager Russell Slade has said that there is "no chance" of defender Rob Fitzgerald and midfielder Marc Bircham being fit for the match. Bircham is believed to be facing a two week lay-off after he received a knock at the top of his hamstring during Saturday's game against Walsall

Furthermore, defender Jordan Street will be out for a further two weeks after the cast on his wrist injury was removed on Tuesday.


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13 August 2008 : Seeding For Tonight's Draw
The seeding system remains in place for the draw for the Second Round of the Football League Cup tonight. The draw is live on Sky Sports and will take place around 10.00 p.m. unless delayed by extra time and penalties.

Twelve Premier League clubs not involved in European competitions enter at the Second Round stage, and will be seeded along with the 12 surviving Football League clubs with the highest league position from last season.

There will be a pre-draw to decide which of the non-seeded teams will be playing at home and which away from home (doubtless we'll be amongst the latter!). The main draw will then follow, pairing a non-seeded team with a seeded one.

With four Round One fixtures still to be played this evening, two of which have impact on the seeding structure, 22 seeds are confirmed :

Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham, Reading, Derby County, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Hull City, Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, Cardiff City, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers.

Birmingham City will amongst the seeds if they beat Wycombe Wanderers, as will Sheffield United if they defeat Port Vale. If one of Birmingham or Sheffield United go out tonight, Preston North End will be seeded, if both go out Southampton will also move into the seeded group.

The twenty-two known unseeded clubs are :

Coventry City or Aldershot Town, Leicester City, Colchester United, Swansea City, Nottingham Forest or Morecambe, Carlisle United, Leeds United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town, Huddersfield Town, Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Darlington, Rotherham United, Grimsby Town, Macclesfield Town, Notts County.

As above, should one of Birmingham City and Sheffield United win Southampton will be added to the unseeded group, should both win Preston North End will be unseeded as well. If either Wycombe Wanderers or Port Vale progress in the competition they will be unseeded.

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur will enter the competition at the Third Round stage.


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13 August 2008 : GWSC Travel To Hereford
The GWSC are running coaches for Saturday's match against Hereford United.

Their coaches will leave Yeovil Bus Station at 10:00a.m. and from Huish Park at 10.15a.m. Costs to GWSC Members are 16.00 for adults with concessions available at 14.00. Non-members are also welcome and are charged two pounds more than the above members prices.

To place a booking, phone Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings Only).


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13 August 2008 : Hereford Away Travel Club Reminder
Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly has warned that they have just five places left on their minibus for Saturday's match against Hereford United. If you would like to join them, phone the hotline number on 07960 687075 and speak to Roger. The minibus will leave the away end at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. The cost of travel will be 15 per person.


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13 August 2008 : Hereford Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil's trip to Hereford United can still be bought from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the match, however for those who want to travel up clutching their tickets, details are repeated from our July 17th news item.

Pricing for the match is as follows:

Terrace: Adults 14.00; Concessions 10.00.
Stand: Adults 16.00; Concessions 13.00.

Under 10s can gain admission to either section for just 3.00 when accompanied by a full paying adult. Unaccompanied juniors pay the concessionary price. Note though that this offer is only available for advance sales - any day sales will revert to the concessionary prices.

As far as we can tell, other than the Under 10s offer, all of the above ticket prices are also available on the day of the game.

One change we have noted is that Hereford have on this occasion split the away support into two sections at Edgar Street. Those who are buying seated tickets will be housed in the upper part of a two-tiered side stand, known as the Cargill Stand, which is situated parallel to the A49 main road. The lower tier is terracing but we suspect that unless Yeovil take an excess number of supporters that this lower tier will be left empty. Those who have bought terrace tickets will instead be housed on the Blackfriars Terrace in the corner adjacent to the Cargill Stand.

To buy tickets for this match, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or buy in person next time you visit Huish Park.


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12 August 2008 : Carling Cup Second Round Draw
For those who have unexpectedly taken an interest in the next round draw of the Carling Cup following tonight's 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic, the Second Round draw will be made tomorrow (Wednesday).

The draw will take place live on Sky Sports after the conclusion of the Wycombe Wanderers vs Birmingham City match.

As per our June 5th News Article, the Second Round matches will be played during the week commencing August 25th, which means that for most possible outcomes (save for Sky Sports or Police intervention and the odd club that prefers Wednesday nights), the date of Tuesday 26th August is the most likely date for your diary.


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12 August 2008 : Slade Praises Wagenaar Performance
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has praised goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar for his debut performance against Charlton Athletic tonight - although admitted that a last minute mistake could have turned him from hero into villain.

Wagenaar produced stunning saves from Hameur Bouazza and Matt Holland in the first period whilst the scoreline was still 0-0 and undoubtedly had an influence on the final outcome of the game. Speaking after the game, Russell said of the keeper:

"Josh made three world-class saves - and almost a world-class bloomer at the end when he fell over trying to make a clearance. Luckily, we weren't punished for that, which was a relief, because we showed great resilience, particularly in the second half. In the first half, we could have been two or three goals down, but we weathered the storm and came into our own."

Charlton boss Alan Pardew has blamed himself for tonight's defeat - admitting that his decision to make six changes to his first team starting line-up backfired as his team lacked enough quality to break down a resolute Glovers back line. Pardew explained:

"I wish I hadn't made those changes now. There are now a few question marks against a few players, and only they can answer them. You give players the jersey in good faith, and you expect a certain level of performance. For whatever reason, it didn't happen. One player - who I don't want to name - looked very nervous tonight, and that is something we have to examine. We still have some very good young players here, but this was a reflection that maybe one or two of them are not quite ready just yet."


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12 August 2008 : Warne Winner Stuns Charlton
Yeovil Town stunned Championship side Charlton Athletic at The Valley tonight as they dumped them out of the Carling Cup at the first round stage. The Londoners were defeated by a Paul Warne strike, when he slotted the ball into the bottom corner with 28 minutes gone for what proved to be the winning goal.

The Glovers picked an unsurprising line-up with just two changes to Saturday's line-up that had already been publicised in the lead-up to the match, with Josh Wagenaar and Kieran Murtagh getting their Football League debuts. When added to a line-up including Nathan Smith, Aidan Downes and Gavin Tomlin, this was a staggeringly inexperienced starting line-up, and with the Glovers electing to only field a five man bench which in itself included 45 year old Steve Thompson and Aaron Brown who was only put on a week-to-week contract yesterday, this was undoubtedly a paper-thin squad, pitched up against a side that will be targeting promotion to the Premier League this season.

It therefore came as little surprise to find that in the opening 20 minutes, the Glovers spent much of their efforts trying to keep Charlton at bay. Whilst showing the odd bit of Grobbelaar-style unpredictability, debut keeper Josh Wagenaar was the hero of the early Charlton pressure - saving point-blank from Hameur Bouazza, with the fierce strike leaving the Canadian gasping for breath as he took the full power of the on-loan Fulham winger's shot straight in the midriff - or quite possibly lower!

Jonjo Shelvey saw his free kick evade everyone as it bounced off the corner of Wagenaar's left-hand post and Terry Skiverton acrobatically headed the loose ball clear for a corner when it would have been so easy to have landed the ball in his own net. Then Wagenaar bettered his previous save, by a stunning tip around the corner of his bottom right post as Matt Holland drove for goal, leaving the noisy Glovers fans chanting the Canadian's name.

All of that dogged defending though paid off with 28 minutes gone. A Lee Peltier long throw was flicked on by Terry Skiverton and straight into the path of an unmarked Paul Warne, who slotted first time off the post to wipe out his earlier disappointment of being flagged for offside just as he was putting the ball into the net earlier in the half.

That goal saw Yeovil grow into the game significantly, and the home side suffered a blow just before the break when the experienced Jonathan Fortune had to retire with an injury, forcing a defensive reorganisation, which doubtless they didn't need at a point where manager Alan Pardew would probably have rather got his players in to regroup and refocus on the game that had swung Yeovil's way, both in terms of the goal and in terms of the pattern of play.

If anything the Glovers came out looking even stronger during the second period. Frustrating Charlton to an extreme, the best the home side could muster were wild shots off target and a header from a corner that narrowly rose over the bar. With the exception of the final five minutes though, when home keeper Robert Elliot made a series of runs into the opposite penalty box, this was a relatively trouble-free second period, with Yeovil putting in some tenacious tackling - some of which referee Pat Miller seemed to lose the plot over somewhat, misjudging several perfectly timed tackles in Charlton's favour.

The sheer workrate and determination though belonged to Yeovil, with or without the referee's interventions. Paul Warne typified the Glovers attitude - at one point closing down three Charlton defenders in succession as they tried to play their way out of their own half, only to find the workhorse snapping at their heels each time - forcing them to turn and play the ball backwards, to a chorus of boos from the home support.

The final few minutes saw Charlton finally build up a head of steam through a succession of late corners and free kicks. But the Glovers back line held firm and the final whistle deservedly saw Yeovil into the second round, where Charlton will be left ruing the fact that they couldn't get that early breakthrough their initial play suggested it would, before they began to lose their domination of the game.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Paul Warne (0-1, 28 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 3. Nathan Jones 9. Lloyd Owusu (90 mins for Paul Warne) 12. Craig Alcock (87 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 20. Steve Thompson 23. Aaron Brown

Charlton Athletic: 21. Robert Elliot 2. Yassin Moutaouakil 24. Jonathan Fortune 3. Kelly Youga 26. Grant Basey 16. Scott Wagstaff 8. Matthew Holland 7. Jonjo Shelvey 14. Jerome Thomas 12. Luke Varney 34. Hameur Bouazza

Subs: 1. Nicky Weaver (GK) 15. Josh Wright 17. Chris Dickson (67 mins for Jerome Thomas) 18. Lloyd Sam (46 mins for Scott Wagstaff) 19. Dean Sinclair 22. Stuart Fleetwood 23. Jose Vitor Semedo (40 mins for Jonathan Fortune)

Charlton Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (23 mins, foul)

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistants: James Cox (Worcestershire) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Michael McCoy (Kent).

Attendance: 6,239 (including 490 Glovers fans)


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12 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Charlton
A reminder for those who went to tonight's 1-0 win at The Valley, your Man Of The Match votes for the Carling Cup match against Charlton Athletic should be recorded now, via the link below.

Link: Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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12 August 2008 : Carling Cup Rules Clarified
Tonight's Carling Cup First Round match against Charlton Athletic will be settled on the night. If the score is level after 90 minutes, then there will be an additional 30 minutes extra time played. Should scores still be level after the 120 minutes are completed, then the tie will be settled by penalty kicks.

Tonight's goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has admitted that he is not the sort of keeper to spend time making notes about the opposition and which side certain players tend to place their kicks, and told the Western Gazette that he basis his judgment purely on instinct:

"I do not study penalties too much. I just make it up as I go and try to read the players at the same time. I have been involved in a few shootouts over the years but the thing about being a keeper in that situation is that there is no real pressure on you. If you save one it is great but you are not really expected to. The pressure is on the penalty takers. I would not say I am a penalty expert but I am quite good at reading players and if it comes down to it then I hope I do well."

As a general note, the rules for this season's Carling Cup mean that there will be no replays at any stage of the competition. All matches will be settled on the day of the game via extra time and penalties, as per the rules above, with the exception of the two-legged semi-finals. In this instance if the scores are level after 120 minutes, then 'away goals' will be used as a means of attempting to avoid the need for penalty kicks. Otherwise all ties, including the final, will proceed as per tonight's matches.


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12 August 2008 : Police Reveal Football Arrest Figures
Avon and Somerset Police have released figures indicating that there were just three arrests involving Yeovil Town supporters during the 2007-08 season. The figures compare extremely favourably with the two other clubs in their region, with Bristol City and Bristol Rovers capturing the lion's share of hooligan-related activity in the area.

Football-related arrests in the region are up on the previous season, with 163 people collared by the police, which is up from the previous figure of 137. Their football intelligence desk office Roger Thayer has given a breakdown of the figures:

"In 2007-08 at Bristol City home and away fixtures a total of 96 people were arrested - 88 of whom were City supporters. Bristol Rovers fixtures saw 64 arrested with two thirds of the total (45) Rovers fans. Our third football league side - Yeovil Town - saw just three arrests but they were all from the Somerset club."

Successful convictions give the Police the right to apply to the courts for a Football Banning Order, and they reveal that there are 53 of these currently running within their area, although they don't provide a breakdown per club. Taking last season's figures, 14 of those arrests led to FBOs being obtained by the courts, although Mr Thayer pointed out that there is always a number that are still being worked through the system:

"As a result of the arrests 14 received football banning orders, which prevents their attendance at any regulated football match for a period of between three and five years, if not subjected to a custodial sentence. For those who were imprisoned the banning order extends to a period of between six and 10 years. One person sentenced to a four month prison term received a six-year football banning order. Other conditions requested on a FBO may include exclusion zones around stadia before and after home fixtures, a day-long ban on travel to towns and cities, where away matches. There are still others in the criminal justice system awaiting trial for football-related disorder."

Although three arrests is still three too many, and the report does not indicate how many of those three led to successful convictions, the comparisons with the two Bristol clubs, and in particular Rovers who operate on similar sized gates, shows how exemplary Yeovil Town supporters are at both home and away matches and why A&S Police are continually passing on letters from their opposite numbers thanking Glovers fans for their behaviour. Long may it continue.


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12 August 2008 : Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to The Valley tonight (Tuesday) for a Carling Cup First Round match against Charlton Athletic. Kick-off is at 7.45p.m. with the Championship side having heavily reduced admission prices in an attempt to boost the crowd for the game.

The Glovers go into the game with their paper-thin squad having taken a slight jolt over the past couple of days. It has been known for a while that on loan keeper Asmir Begovic would not be given permission to play in tonight's fixture, but that situation has been complicated by the loss of defender Rob Fitzgerald and midfielder Marc Bircham (see yesterday's news). Manager Russell Slade explained to BBC Somerset that Bircham's injury was not severe and had been as a result of a kick he had taken:

"He (Bircham) suffered a bit of a knock in the game in the hamstring area, so he is not going to be fit for the game. We'll try and get him fit for Saturday. So it could be a debut for Kieran Murtagh and that is what we are looking at, which would be ironic because that is the football club he was at when we was a boy. So I'm sure he'll relish the opportunity."

As a result of the depleted numbers, Aaron Brown drops into the squad for the game as the Glovers attempt to fill a full bench, with the Carling Cup allowing up to seven substitutes to be named. Brown has been signed up on a non-contract basis (see yesterday's news) for the foreseeable future. Slade explained:

"We've taken Aaron Brown who has been with us for half of the pre-season and put him on a week-to-week basis. He will come into the squad immediately for the trip to Charlton. To have that physical presence as a centre-half, he fills that slot quite nicely."

Even if teenager Jordan Street, who has a plaster cast removed from his wrist today, is included in tonight's squad, that still leaves the Glovers on sixteen players. The official site has perhaps optimistically named 45 year old Steve Thompson as one of tonight's squad, whilst midfielder Ren Turnock, who is on a three month contract at the club, could also travel. Thereafter the Glovers are dealing with non-contract players, who are more used to turning out for the Reserve or Youth teams than sitting on the bench at The Valley.

Charlton boss Alan Pardew has no such headaches, and in fact plans to do some minor squad rotation for tonight's game. On loan Fulham winger Hameur Bouazza should make his full debut whilst midfielder Matt Holland will also be promoted from the bench. He also has Yassin Moutaouakil back from suspension. However, Darren Ambrose (hip/groin), Svetoslav Todorov (knee), Harry Arter (Achilles) and Izale McLeod (knee) will all be missing tonight. Thereafter Pardew's team selection is all about how much he is prepared to gamble against a club one division lower than his own, but still have the quality to win through on the night. The Glovers will doubtless be hoping that he gambles one step too far.

The sides of course last met in the FA Cup in January 2005 where the Glovers lost narrowly by a 3-2 scoreline in only their second ever Fourth Round appearance. Terry Skiverton and Darren Way are the only two survivors from that Yeovil side, with Paul Terry and Arron Davies the Glovers scorers in a performance that drew praise at national level.

Tickets will be on sale prior to the match priced 10 for adults and 5 for U21s and over 60s. The match will also have live commentary on BBC Radio Kent (774MW and DAB) and on BBC Somerset (coverage starting at 7.05p.m.)

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.


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11 August 2008 : Officials For Edgar Street
Although we met up with Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire) here and there in Non-league days we have only had him officiating in the middle once since joining the Football League, in a dire 0-0 last March against Gillingham (link) in which he gave Stephen Mayer a red card four minutes after he came off the bench.

Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire) are the Assistant Referees, and Tony Horton (West Midlands) the Fourth Official.


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11 August 2008 : Russell Hoping For Second Half Improvement
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he hopes to see an improvement on his side's second half performance against Walsall when the Glovers go into future league matches.

Despite dominating the first half at Huish Park and playing some good football, Russell has admitted that there is still a lot of work to do to iron out some of the things that didn't go to plan in the second half:

"I don't think we've finished there really. We're going through a process of changing things around. I just felt we needed to take that little bit more responsibility in the second half, in terms of trying to get out and play and show for the ball and we didn't do that. We showed great character and resolve in defending on corners and situations like that. But we gave one too many free kicks away and I felt as though we needed to get on the ball a little bit more."


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11 August 2008 : Brown Put On Week-To-Week Contract
Former Reading defender Aaron Brown has been put on a week-to-week contract at Huish Park in an effort to bolster their paper-thin squad.

The 25 year old is a free agent currently and trialled at Huish Park during pre-season. However, so far there has been no offer of a permanent contract for him, despite the Glovers only having two senior central defenders on their books.

Aaron has some limited League One experience through loan spells at Walsall and AFC Bournemouth whilst he was on Reading's books, and will no doubt sit on the bench for tomorrow's match at Charlton Athletic.


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11 August 2008 : Togwell Still On Hold
Barnsley midfielder Sam Togwell is still none the wiser as to if his move to Yeovil Town will take place. The tough-tackling former Crystal Palace trainee is stuck in limbo after the two clubs agreed terms, but the Glovers were unable to ship an unnamed player out of Huish Park.

Barnsley boss Simon Davey unsurprisingly has shown a touch of frustration when explaining to their official site that it still hasn't gone through:

"Sam Togwell's transfer to Yeovil is a longer saga than the Gareth Barry one. He was due last week and that kept being postponed so we will see what happens."

Given one of the popular theories was that Marc Bircham was the one earmarked to leave Huish Park, this afternoon's news of Bircham's hamstring injury could present a problem for everyone involved in the Togwell transfer. If Bircham is the intended outgoing player, then he will need to be fit again before he can be seriously considered by another club and that could easily jeopardise the Togwell deal.


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11 August 2008 : Two More Out For Charlton
With only a couple of days between matches, and a tiny squad to go with it, team selection for tomorrow's match against Charlton Athletic has taken a slight blow. Midfielder Marc Bircham (hamstring) and defender Rob Fitzgerald (training ground knock) are ruled out of tomorrow's match, leaving the Glovers with just 15 available professionals to select from.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, assistant boss Steve Thompson has given the measure of impact even losing just two players will have on Yeovil's side:

"We were already short on numbers but with those two also missing it means we are definitely short on numbers for tomorrow and down to the bare bones. A new rule for this season is being able to name seven subs in the Carling Cup but we will do well if we can. You can only use three substitutes anyway but it would be nice to be able to name seven."

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has not been given permission to play by his parent club Portsmouth meaning that he will not be involved at The Valley. Thankfully defender Jordan Street looks likely to travel as the cast on his wrist is due to be removed tomorrow:

"He should be fit to play but he has got to have the cast, which he has been wearing for the last four weeks, taken off his arm tomorrow. But we are hoping he will get the okay to be on the bench."

If Yeovil are only able to take 15 of their first team squad to London, then expect the likes of Lloyd Irish, Owen Irish and Ren Turnock to be considered as the Glovers attempt to fill their bench.


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11 August 2008 : Interview With Paul Warne
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Walsall, striker Paul Warne spoke to the BBC about the match and his own performance on the day. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Paul Warne's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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11 August 2008 : Pardew Expecting Team Changes
Charlton Athletic manager Alan Pardew has indicated that he will be making some changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's Carling Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town.

The ex-Glovers player has stated that he will be giving Fulham winger Hameur Bouazza his full debut, whilst Matt Holland, who was also on the bench for their 2-0 win over Swansea City will also be in their eleven. However, Pardew has also suggested that he may also make some changes at the back to protect his first choice central defenders. He insists though that his side will be taking the competition seriously:

"Of course the Carling Cup is very serious for us because the finance which comes from a good cup run will help me. It is a competition which Championship sides have not really done well in, so we hope to do well. But I'm going to have to play a couple of my players because Matty Holland and Bouazza both need a game, so I am going to change the side. I don't want to make too many changes but I will have to see how my two centre halves are. I can't risk any of them because I've only got two."

The Glovers are unlikely to significantly vary their squad for tomorrow night's game - basically because they can't! There were no reported injury issues from Saturday's game, but Portsmouth will not allow Asmir Begovic to become cup-tied and so Josh Wagenaar will make his debut for the club.

Aside from that, Russell Slade's main concern will be that the Carling Cup allows clubs to field seven substitutes and the Glovers don't have enough players to do that! As a result, unless any new faces arrive today, then either Slade will play with a short bench, or the likes of Lloyd Irish, Owen Irish and Ren Turnock who are training with the first team squad may get some experience of the occasion. Defenders Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street were the only two players missed out of Saturday's squad, and whilst Fitzgerald should definitely travel, Street's fractured wrist which is currently in a light cast will require a medical decision to be made.


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11 August 2008 : Charlton Tickets: Advance Sales And Matchday Info
Yeovil Town fans wanting to buy advance tickets for tomorrow's match against Charlton Athletic from the Huish Park Ticket Office must do so by the end of today. The Ticket Office closes at 5.00p.m. tonight and thereafter any returned allocation will be placed on sale at The Valley on Tuesday night.

As no one seemed inclined to give visiting fans any clear information on exactly where to purchase matchday tickets, we've phoned the Charlton Commercial Centre to try to get some clarification. According to them an outlet will be available for visiting supporters at the South (Jimmy Seed) Stand turnstiles. It will be cash only. They weren't certain how many lanes would be available for matchday ticket purchase, so given it quite possibly may be just the one or two our advice is to give yourself a few minutes extra time if you haven't pre-purchased in case there's some queuing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.


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10 August 2008 : Sit Down If You Love Yeovil
Following up from the chairman's update on the progress of the Huish Park development schemes at the last Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting on 9th July (link), further information is dribbling out as to what is envisaged - at least in stage one.

One of the plans mooted for some years has been the development of the Copse Road End, which has more space and potential for building than the southern end of the ground, with home supporters switched there and the current home terrace given over to away supporters. This seems to be the way the club has decided to go, increasing the stadium capacity by 3,000 as it changes the 1,500 away terrace into a 4,500 two-tier cantilever all-seater stand. The blue print is claimed to be what is still popularly known as the Purple Stand, for those who have been to the Bescot Stadium. That stand has a concourse bar between the tiers, and the teams' changing room facilities and a Lounge Bar at ground level.

Purple Stand
The Purple Stand, newest development at Bescot Stadium.
Although now the Floors-2-Go Stand even the Walsall OS still calls it the Purple Stand.
This may be the look of the new stand at Huish Park, though we'd prefer it in green.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace


It seems that the club is going with the concourse idea. What it would intend to develop at ground level has not been spelt out, though there's been plenty of claims over the years from within the club that it's desperately short of office space.

The cost of the Purple Stand, opened in 2002, was 3,000,000, so ten years on, as John Fry floated a completion date of 2012 through the ABUFPM minutes, one might think to be looking towards 3,500,000 to 4,000,000 for a similar development at Huish Park.

It is suggested that this project now has the green light from the club, with the board agreed and the potential contractors lined up, and the next stage will be the application for planning permission.

As with all projects any devil will be in the detail: how much grant is available? How is the rest of the cost to be financed by the club? How much additional revenue will the new stand and its facilities generate to off-set the capital costs? What's the payback time the club has calculated and is working to? And, at the most basic, has the club done any research to discover if fans will use it? We can think of several stadiums where lovely new facilities have in the end been handed over to visiting supporters because, with unused capacity in the side stands to soak up those that don't mind being seated, those that strongly prefer standing have dug their heels in and refused to be convinced of the benefits of a new seated home end.

When the club formally publishes its plans we trust the sort of detailed questions supporters will have will also be answered.


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10 August 2008 : Slade Continues Double Target Chase
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is still waiting on the green light that would allow him to bring additional new blood into his playing squad. The Glovers have been connected with numerous players over the past few weeks and Slade has now confirmed that Barnsley midfielder Sam Togwell and Middlesborough defender Rhys Williams are still on his radar. However, neither player is guaranteed to make the move to South Somerset.

Speaking of Togwell, who has been earmarked for a permanent transfer to the Glovers, Slade wasn't willing to put a timeframe on his possible arrival. Reports late last week implied that the club were discussing personal terms at an advanced level, but that the Glovers would have to sell another player to allow Togwell to move in. Slade admitted matters were tight:

"He's always been on my target list. But we're running a tight ship as you know, and we'll have to wait and see if we can do that one at some stage. He's a good player and someone who would do very well for this football club."

If Williams arrives then he would be as a loan deal with the Premier League club. The snag is that the Welsh Under 21 international is doing rather well at the Riverside and scored for the first team on Friday night in Rotterdam. Slade explained that he was hoping to get an indication from manager Gareth Southgate sometime during this week:

"Yes, it's a possibility. If anything is going to happen there then it will happen next week. I think he played for their first team last night and he's played a few times for their first team. But I'm in contact with Gareth Southgate and we'll let me know as soon as he is available."

Slade added that he knew that matters were tight at Huish Park and that without the likes of Togwell and Williams, and doubtless some additional options up front, that his squad would continue to be paper-thin:

"It is a concern that we've not got a lot of bodies. We've not got cover for players in a few positions. But that's the way it is at the moment. We're going to have to be basing things on a small squad and we're all going to have to chip in and work extra hard. That's the nature of my job this year."


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10 August 2008 : Police Issue Leeds Warning
Avon and Somerset Police have issued a warning to all supporters visiting Huish Park for the August 23rd match against Leeds United. Aimed particularly at visiting Leeds fans, the statement implies a tougher stance against any Leeds supporters found in the home ends at the ground, when the two sides meet this season. The statement reads:

"Away supporters are warned that Yeovil Town is a family club and the home terraces and stands are provided for home supporters only. Strict control measures will be in place to prevent Leeds supporters gaining entry to home areas as occurred at the corresponding fixture last season. Any supporter that does so and identified will be ejected from the stadium and not permitted re entry."

The match kicks off at the earlier time of 1.00p.m. and the police have also warned all supporters to arrive early for the match in what is likely to be a busy day for the club. The police strongly suggest that a filter system will be implemented at the ground in an attempt to significantly reduce the ability for fans of the Yorkshire club to enter the ground through designated home areas:

"Special ticketing arrangements will be in place at the stadium and delays in entering are inevitable. Please arrive early thus allowing plenty of time for entry."

As a reminder, this match is an ALL TICKET match, and those supporters who are not on the Huish Park Ticket Office computer system are strongly advised to sort out their tickets early, to avoid any difficulties in negotiating the additional security provisions the club have put in place for this fixture. See our July 24th News Item for full details.


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10 August 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Walsall, manager Russell Slade as usual spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson as part of his post-match interview. The transcript of that interview is now available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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10 August 2008 : Guide To Charlton
Quite a bit has changed since our last visit to The Valley in 2005, and the Ciderspace away guide for Charlton Athletic has been rewritten and can be found here or via links from the home page.


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10 August 2008 : Away Travel To Hereford
Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly has confirmed that they will be running a minibus for next Saturday's match against Hereford United on Saturday. If you would like to join them, phone the hotline number on 07960 687075 and speak to Roger. The minibus will leave the away end at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. The cost of travel will be 15 per person.


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9 August 2008 : Tomlin Strike Not Enough As Glovers Draw
Yeovil Town picked up a point on the opening day of the 2008-09 season against Walsall at Huish Park this afternoon in a 1-1 draw. However, were it not for a late defensive mix-up they could have wrapped up all three points - Jabo Ibehre's bit of opportunism 13 minutes from time providing the Saddlers with an equaliser to Gavin Tomlin's 10th minute opener.

With no surprises in the starting line-up, the Glovers looked fluent from the start and grabbed a 10th minute lead, when a mistake by Walsall defender Stephen Roberts saw him miscontrol the ball into the path of Paul Warne, who took advantage by cutting into the area. Warne's shot was met by a flying save from Saddlers keeper Clayton Ince, but straight into the path of Gavin Tomlin, who was able to mark his league debut for the Glovers with an easy tap-in from six yards out.

The goal seemed to settle any early nerves, and the Glovers played out most of the first half with the ball barely leaving the deck, and Walsall struggling to get to grips with some of the fluent passing and movement amongst the Glovers forward-minded players. The busy Warne could have doubled the lead midway through the half, when a Darren Way cross was met by a flying header that Ince did well to palm over his own crossbar.

As the half closed, the Glovers could have again gone further ahead when an Aidan Downes cross into the box was almost turned into his own net by Walsall defender Chris Palmer. Bar the odd defensive block, the Glovers goal had been rarely threatened and Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic hadn't been called into action at all.

The second period made it quite apparent that the Glovers had been theoretically playing with the wind during the first period. The elements began to whip up, bringing in a belt of rain, and with that a very different proposition for Yeovil to deal with. Not that the opening move from Walsall had anything to do with the elements - more the Glovers defence still catnapping from the half time interval as Michael Ricketts got space behind the back line, but Begovic made his first save of the match with his feet and then Lee Peltier cleared the secondary danger.

The swirling wind, and Walsall's far more direct approach made things difficult for Asmir Begovic to get a firm grip on the ball at times. Once he was forced to tip over a cross that the wind turned into a shot, then another occasion saw him drop the ball under pressure, dangerously close to his own goal-line, as the situation became a bit of a mini-siege.

The Glovers appeared to have weathered that storm though - both in terms of Walsall's efforts and whatever the wind and rain could throw at them. The game looked to be drifting back into a midfield scrap of nothingness, which made the ease at which Walsall got their equaliser to be all the more frustrating. Nathan Smith and Terry Skiverton played keep ball on the corner of their own penalty box when the big hoof may have been a better option, and when Skivo's backpass to Begovic fell short, Jabo Ibehre, who had a stinker of a first half, was the poacher on hand to stroke the ball past the isolated Asmir Begovic.

Yeovil could still have won the game, despite a fairly poor quality second half. Substitute Lloyd Owusu was put through in a one-on-one with Clayton Ince, but the striker's attempt was on his weaker left foot and Ince could have had a cup of tea before picking up the daisy-cutter. In the end despite a dominant and positive first 45 minutes, it was probably fortunate that Walsall never really got to grips with the conditions either, and the game fizzled out into a score-draw with doubtless manager Russell Slade able to take both plusses and minuses from a curate's egg of a game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 1.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (10 mins, 1-0), Jabo Ibehre (77 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 7. Marc Bircham 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Substitutes: 3. Nathan Jones, 9. Lloyd Owusu (73 mins for Paul Warne), 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK), 18. Kieran Murtagh (86 mins for Aidan Downes)

Walsall:
1. Clayton Ince 4. Stephen Roberts 5. Anthony Gerrard 7. Chris Palmer 27. Netan Sansara 17. Alex Nicholls 14. Richard Taundry 6. Stephen Hughes 11. Sofiene Zaaboub 10. Michael Ricketts 9. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes: 21. Rene Gilmartin (GK) 20. Emmanuele Smith 22. Marco Reich (78 mins for Stephen Hughes) 3. Paul Boertien (86 mins for Alex Nicholls) 16. Ishmel Demontagnac (90 mins for Michael Ricketts)

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Walsall Bookings: None.

Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

Attendance: 4,518 (including 590 Walsall fans).


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9 August 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Walsall
A new season means that the Man of the Match voting is back! Every Glovers first team game, supporters get the chance to vote for their top three Yeovil Town players, plus assign performance and entertainment ratings. There is also space for your match comments to be left, which are compiled and forwarded on the Ciderspace Mailing List as well as in the On To Victory fanzine.

As soon as the Walsall match is over, choose your top three and post-match comments via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Walsall : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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9 August 2008 : Allinson: Bigger Crowds Will Boost Playing Budget
Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson has called upon Glovers fans to do their best to get down to Huish Park over the coming weeks, as he believes it will make a crucial difference in manager Russell Slade's playing budget. The Glovers are working on a playing budget based around projected crowds of 4,500 and Allinson said to the Western Daily Press that crowds that could better that would influence the board's thinking:

"Crowds of 5,500 rather than 4,500 will put money straight into Russell's kitty. That would be marvellous because the fans can make a difference. There will be more players coming into the club before the end of the transfer window. Players and agents simply do not recognise the financial realities of modern football."

Allinson's day job as a solicitor and as a leading figure on insolvency in football puts him in a good position to understand the current woes affecting many other football clubs. He advised Exeter City when they fell into administration and reformed their club with a Supporters Trust in control of financial affairs, and so has seen at first hand what overspending can do to a football club:

"I am sure our fans are happy to be starting on zero points when other teams like Rotherham, Luton and Bournemouth are on minus points. We are responsible directors who love this club and we won't allow it to go the way of the other clubs. But there will be more Bournemouths. There is no doubt about that. We are trying to do things properly at Yeovil but these other clubs are still buying players and doing loans."

In general terms, sound financial practice as is mentioned above makes perfect sense. What the football club must not do though is to merely accept those financial constraints and lower crowds as a permanent constraint that they have to live with. What we would like to see is more evidence of the club reaching out to disaffected supporters and listening to why they have turned their backs on the club, and resolving those situations. There is a pool of Yeovil Town supporters out there who still hold an interest in the club, and it is just as much the responsibility of those at Huish Park to reignite their passion and ensure that those people return and thus produce the 5,500 figures that Stephen wants to see at all home games.


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9 August 2008 : We're Doomed! ... Or Are We?
If you believe the bookies and the national newspaper pundits and associated expert websites, Yeovil Town are doomed for relegation from League One before they even kick a ball this season. With the likes of The Guardian and The Times firmly placing the Glovers in their 'relegation tips' for the 2008-09 season, and almost every bookmaker putting Russell Slade's side in amongst the main pack of outsiders for promotion and one of the favourites for relegation.

Bookmakers Coral are no exception as we start with a home match against Walsall today. They pitch Yeovil at 16/1 for promotion in any shape or form - one of the bottom five clubs - whilst their relegation odds are just as gloomy with Yeovil given a price of 12/5 to be relegated.

Before anyone decides to give up as quickly as the pundits tell us we should, it should be noted that in the 2006-07 season, Yeovil Town were joint favourites to go down with Cheltenham Town. Again the Robins are clear favourites for the relegation spots, despite having now survived two seasons in League One, and the Glovers are priced close to them. Of course in 2006-07, the bookies almost came a cropper, with the Glovers only inches away from gaining promotion to the Championship via a trip to Wembley!

The team's motivation for the coming season is to prove the bookies wrong and that may be a position that they prefer to be in, rather than have the increased pressure and expectation of last season. Given the size of Russell Slade's squad, much will depend on the injury list, with almost no room for manouevring. If the Glovers can stay injury free and clock up some early points, then their young and inexperienced side may gain a head of steam that can prove the bookies wrong - after all isn't that what Yeovil Town have spent most of their history doing?

Promotion Odds (from Coral):
Leeds 4/5
Leicester 5/4
Peterborough 3/1
MK Dons 7/2
Carlisle, Southend, Colchester, Huddersfield 11/2
Brighton 6/1
Scunthorpe, Oldham, Tranmere 13/2
Hartlepool, Millwall, Northampton, Swindon 11/1
Bristol Rovers, Stockport, Walsall 14/1
Yeovil, Crewe, Leyton Orient 16/1
Hereford 20/1
Cheltenham 25/1

Relegation Odds (from Coral):
Cheltenham 11/8
Hereford 15/8
Yeovil, Leyton Orient, Crewe 12/5
Stockport, Walsall 5/2
Bristol Rovers 3/1
Swindon, Hartlepool, Millwall, Northampton 7/2
Brighton 13/2
Scunthorpe, Oldham, Tranmere 7/1
Colchester, Huddersfield 9/1
Southend, Carlisle 10/1
MK Dons 16/1
Peterborough 20/1
Leicester 50/1
Leeds 66/1


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8 August 2008 : Youths Left Bruised By Westland
Yeovil Town's Under 18 side were left both mentally and physically bruised by Westland Sports tonight at Alvington, as their second encounter with the Dorset Premier League side ended in a 5-0 defeat. The young Glovers found their hosts to again be tough opposition, and were two goals down by the break. A further three were leaked in the second period, probably leaving boss Stuart Housley hoping that this year's Under 18s league does not feature such physical opposition in the coming season.


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8 August 2008 : Glovers Chase Weymouth Keeper
Weymouth manager John Hollins is claiming that Yeovil Town have an interest in their trialist goalkeeper Jamie Beale. Beale played as a substitute in last week's pre-season friendly against the Glovers and Hollins told the Dorset Echo that although Beale may be on the bench for their opening fixture tomorrow that he believed that the Glovers held an interest in the player:

"It is true that Yeovil are interested in him but we want him here as well. He is a young lad with a lot of potential and all we can do is try and make him feel wanted and at home. And yes, he could feature tomorrow (for Weymouth)."

Beale is a former Sturminster Newton Under 18s keeper that Weymouth drafted into their ranks last month. However, he played for the Glovers against Westland Sports on Tuesday night, and so it seems likely that he is being potentially offered up as the club's Youth Team keeper for the coming season.


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8 August 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Preview
Yeovil Town go into their opening match of the 2008-09 season in surprisingly good shape given the change that has swept around Huish Park since the last season drew to a close just three months ago. Buoyant after some impressive pre-season results, and with an organised looking shape about the team, the major concern amongst supporters is the size of the squad.

Thankfully manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset that he only had two injury doubts, with teenage defender Jordan Street out with a fractured wrist, whilst right-back Craig Alcock is slightly short of training this week following a reaction to a toe infection:

"There are no major injury worries other than Jordan Street who is in a plaster cast on his arm. There are one or two niggles, but I'm absolutely certain that there's nothing there to stop anybody from playing. Craig Alcock has had a bit of a bug, which was related to an infection in his toe and he is on antibiotics. It was his first day's training (on Thursday) but I'm sure in another 24 hours that he'll be looking to push for a slot in the sixteen, which won't be too difficult because we've only got seventeen players!"

Slade has reiterated the comments made by Chief Executive Martyn Starnes (see earlier story today) warning that Glovers fans need to be patient this season and recognise the lack of experience that this season's side have got when compared to many of the oppositions that they will come up against:

"Every game is going to be a difficult one for Yeovil Town and that is a fact this season. We'll be facing uphill battles against squads that will be bigger in depth than us and most of them will be getting paid a lot more than us. They'll probably have more experience than us. I might be putting five players out on the pitch on Saturday that have 20 or 30 games between them maximum, so that's what I'm on about with respect to experience. We're not the biggest side in the world but what I've tried to put through to them is that we're a little team with a big heart, and we will play with a big heart."

Walsall are another club that has undergone a massive change over the summer, although perhaps their ins and outs balance a little better in terms of numbers than those at Huish Park. New manager Jimmy Mullen took over at the tail end of last season after the resignation of Richard Money and the loss of Money has led many pundits to back Walsall for relegation. However some of the quality of their new signings would suggest that the Midlanders should be capable of steering clear of the danger zone:

Walsall Players in: Stephen Hughes (Coventry, free), Marco Reich (Offenbach, free), Chris Palmer (Wycombe, free), Michael Ricketts (Oldham, free), Sofi Zaaboub (Swindon, free), Dwayne Mattis (Barnsley, free), Jabo Ibehre (Leyton Orient, free), Stephen Roberts (Doncaster, free).

Walsall Players out: Edrissa Sonko (Tranmere, free), Darren Wrack (Kettering, free), Cameron Jones (Tamworth, free), Jake Woollaston (Tamworth, free), Ian Roper, Michael Dobson, Tommy Mooney, Bertrand Bossu, David McDermott, Alassane N'Dour, Stefan Moore (all released).

Like Slade, his counterpart Mullen is bigging up the way his side's pre-season has gone, with Mullen particularly happy with side's 2-0 midweek victory over a West Bromwich Albion Reserve side. The Saddlers introduced a few fringe players into the match who acquitted themselves well on the night:

"The way we played has certainly given me a headache ahead of Yeovil - a good one, though. We made a few changes to see what a number of players were made of and they impressed me with what they could do. That is good for us as pre-season is now over and we go into a new season come Saturday. We need every single one of our players to be playing at their peak as competition for places needs to be there in this league. We have a squad now which I feel is competitive, which can play, i.e pass and move, and can do well. As far as I am concerned, though, that does not mean anything yet as the proof of the pudding is in the eating so let's see what happens come Saturday."

Walsall go into the game with three injury concerns. Most worrying is goalkeeper Clayton Ince who hobbled out of the midweek game with a hamstring strain. Initial reports after the game suggested Walsall were not concerned but as the week has carried on, the implication has been that Ince has a more serious problem. Rene Gilmartin stands by just in case. In addition, the Glovers nemesis Michael Ricketts missed the game against the Baggies after suffering a groin strain in training, whilst midfielder Mark Bradley will need a fitness test on an ankle injury.

Mullen added that he was highly respectful of what Russell Slade was doing at Yeovil and said he was expecting two very similarly styled teams to take to the field on Saturday:

"Like ourselves, Yeovil will have prepared properly and will be eager to burst out of the traps, as you would expect at this time of year. They are a passing team who have done well in recent years. They have plenty of know-how at this level amongst their ranks and in Russell Slade have an experienced man at the helm. We want to hit the floor running and win as many matches as we can, playing the exciting and enjoyable brand of football that we know we are capable of."

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match can be purchased right up until kick-off. Prices at Huish Park are unchanged from last season. For those with short memories follow the link below for this season's pre-match and match-day prices.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Admission Prices.


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8 August 2008 : League Trophy Groups, 2008-09
With the Football League Trophy regionalised, as last season, into four rather than the more traditional division into two, North - South, for this competition, the list of possible opponents for Yeovil Town once the byes have been excluded is not particularly lengthy.

South (West) Section
AFC Bournemouth
Aldershot Town
Brentford
Bristol Rovers
Exeter City
Shrewsbury Town
Swindon Town
YEOVIL TOWN

South (East) Section
Barnet
Brighton & Hove Albion
Colchester United
Dagenham & Redbridge
Leyton Orient
Millwall
Northampton Town
Southend United

North (West) Section
Accrington Stanley
Crewe Alexandra
Macclesfield Town
Morecambe
Oldham Athletic
Port Vale
Stockport County
Tranmere Rovers

North (East) Section
Bradford City
Chesterfield
Grimsby Town
Hartlepool United
Leeds United
Leicester City
Notts County
Scunthorpe United

The byes details can be found here.


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8 August 2008 : Capital Glover On BBC Phone-In Tonight
Those who know Capital Glover organiser and On To Victory Joint-Editor Seb White may want to tune into BBC Bristol tonight for their Twentyman Talks Back phone-in programme. The show starts at 7.00p.m. and Seb will be one of the studio guests, doubtless attempting to turn attention away from the two Bristol clubs.

Tune in via the internet, or via BBC Bristol or BBC Somerset on 95.5FM in the Yeovil area from 7.00p.m. tonight.


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8 August 2008 : Pre-Season Ends With Slade Satisfied
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is particularly pleased at the way that pre-season at Huish Park has unfolded in terms of the programme he set out to achieve. With that six week spell now at an end and the 2008-09 season about to begin, the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that now the incentive would be there for his players to enjoy getting out onto the pitch for a real league match:

"I think that when you put in all that hard work into a pre-season programme that lasts six weeks, then to finally play your first game that matters for points and league tables come into play and when there's a packed crowd or a decent gate for the first time in a season. That always adds a value and players can't wait, because it's what they've been working towards."

Slade added that the pre-season had not just been about the actual six weeks that the players were involved in. He pointed out that the preparation for that period stretched back as for as March of the preceding season, when himself, assistant manager Steve Thompson and part time fitness coach Lee Southernwood met up to cement a strategy for the coming season. Russell explained that between the three of them they put in a lot of effort in drawing up a draft plan - which even then underwent several amendments:

"I think you have to think outside the box, and we were well into pre-season planning back in March. Around March and April we were planning our programme and how we were going to go about it with the staff and our fitness man Lee, who you know has played a big part in putting it together for us. We did so many copies of our pre-season programme to get it right and even then it changes because you want to drop football games into there and you're not quite certain when those pre-season games are going to drop in for you. So you have to adjust it again."

The proof of the pudding is of course in the eating, and Slade felt that he had some good output from the players as a result, and thankfully little evidence of last season's crippling injury list - so far!

"I'm not saying we had fun doing it, but we got there in the end and we're quite pleased with what we've done. I think that is verified by the players because they got really stuck into the programme and I think they enjoyed it. I think there has been enough variety there. Touchwood, we've come through it with only minor little injuries throughout that six weeks as we've put them through their paces. We have to be pleased with what we've achieved. That doesn't mean you're going to be top of the table, or even bottom of the league, but so far we can be pleased with what we put into it."


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8 August 2008 : Wagenaar Will Start At The Valley
Russell Slade has been praising the relationship with Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp that allowed goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to join Yeovil Town on what the Huish Park boss will hope is just an initial 93 day loan, since he has made no secret of his desire to see it turned into a season long one :

I have a terrific relationship with Harry. The money that we're paying for Asmir, relative to what he's actually on is fantastic. They've helped us and I can't thank Harry enough for what he's done to help us. My relationship with him is a good one and we need that because he is providing us with a very important goalkeeper right now.

The first round of the battle for the jersey between Begovic and fellow Canadian Josh Wagenaar has been won by the man from Pompey as he has been given squad No. 1 while Wagenaar gets the No. 13. However Wagenaar will be guaranteed a start in Yeovil's second fixture of the season, at The Valley against Charlton Athletic, as Redknapp's largesse hasn't extended to allowing his 'keeper to become cup-tied. Slade said :

Asmir is cup-tied after an agreement with Portsmouth so it means that both will get football and that is definitely a good thing.

The full list of allocated squad numbers currently is :

No. 1 - Asmir Begovic
No. 3 - Nathan Jones
No. 4 - Terry Skiverton
No. 6 - Terrell Forbes
No. 7 - Marc Bircham
No. 8 - Darren Way
No. 9 - Lloyd Owusu
No. 10 - Gavin Tomlin
No. 11 - Danny Schofield
No. 12 - Craig Alcock
No. 13 - Josh Wagenaar
No. 14 - Paul Warne
No. 17 - Aidan Downes
No. 18 - Kieran Murtagh
No. 21 - Robert Fitzgerald
No. 22 - Jordan Street
No. 27 - Lee Peltier
No. 28 - Nathan Smith


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8 August 2008 : Trophy Byes
The sixteen byes for the opening round of the 2008-09 Football League Trophy have been drawn today on a regional basis. Yeovil Town was not amongst them and so will be involved in the draw to be held on Sky Sports on Saturday 16th August for the First Round. The clubs with byes are :

South West -
Cheltenham Town
Hereford United
Walsall
Wycombe Wanderers

South East -
Gillingham
Luton Town
MK Dons
Peterborough United

North West -
Bury
Carlisle United
Chester City
Rochdale

North East -
Darlington
Huddersfield Town
Lincoln City
Rotherham United

Round dates for the competition are :

Round One, week beginning Monday 1st September.
Round Two, week beginning Monday 6th October.
Round Three, week beginning Monday 3rd November.
Area Semi-Finals, week beginning Monday 15th December.
Area Finals, two legs, weeks beginning Monday 19th January and Monday 16th February, 2009.
Final, Sunday 5th April 2009.


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8 August 2008 : Russell Plays A Game Of Patience
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted he is finding it tough to bring in additional bodies before the League One season starts tomorrow. The Glovers go into the 2008-09 season carrying an 18 man squad, although it is well known that Slade is hoping to bring in new signings before the transfer deadline on August 31st.

For this weekend though, it appears that he will have to make do with what he's currently got, unless there are any major breakthroughs, with Slade admitting that being patient was the order of the day this summer:

"We're still looking to strengthen up if we possibly can but things are very tight. We'll have to wait and see, but it's getting very late in the day before Saturday. We've got our two goalkeepers but there was probably a little bit more work I would like to have achieved to be honest, before the end of the week but that doesn't always happen and sometimes you have to be patient. I think that's been my motto all pre-season really."

Slade did not confirm or deny any of the current names out on the rumourmill. However, it can probably be safely assumed that Barnsley's Sam Togwell is one of those targets but that is held up on an unnamed player exiting Huish Park (see yesterday's news).

Less certain are the names of Middlesborough defender Rhys Williams and West Bromwich Albion striker Sherjill MacDonald, who have been linked with the Glovers through the local press, albeit without firm confirmation from any club employee or from their parent clubs. Both would be loan deals, rather than the permanent move that Togwell would be. Williams captained a Middlesborough XI side that won 5-0 against Darlington on Wednesday night, playing a full 90 minutes and being named as their official site's Man of the Match - manager Gareth Southgate implied that Williams could be in his thoughts for a place on the bench at the Riverside this coming season. Meanwhile MacDonald has featured in all of West Brom's major pre-season games and has been given the No.15 shirt for the coming season. Thus if there is any fire to add to the smoke, certainly the Glovers are starting off by aiming high.


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8 August 2008 : Tickets For MK Dons On Sale
Tickets for the trip to MK Dons on Saturday 6th September are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Glovers fans have been allocated the North-East corner of the 'stadium:MK' ground.

Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: 17.00; Concessions: 12.00; Juniors (7-15): 7.00; Under 7s: Free with full paying adult.

For concessions these apply to students and over 60s and you are required to bring ID with you to act as proof of entitlement. The Under 7s offer allows up to two children to be admitted free of charge, per full paying adult. Disabled supporters must book direct with MK Dons by phoning 01908 622901.

MK Dons use an automated turnstile system, much like that at Elland Road, where tickets are barcoded and admittance is controlled by a barcode reader. Whilst our experience at Elland Road was that there were plenty of stewards on hand to help people get into the ground, clearly there is a need to keep the ticket in good condition, in particular the part of the ticket with the barcode attached, to avoid any delays in getting into the stadium.


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8 August 2008 : 2008-09 League One Season Prediction Reminder
A reminder to those wanting to take part in the attempt to predict the major League One finishing places that you have until noon tomorrow (when the first League One match kicks off) to record your views.

This should hopefully take you just five minutes of your time to complete. If you're a Green Room user, we'd suggest that you record your Green Room name against your entry as these are the names that we'll use at the end of the season when we find out who were the over-inflated optimists and who were the ridiculously pessimistic supporters!

To record your views, either re-read our article from earlier this week or head directly to the survey form below.

Link: 2008-09 Season : Supporters Prediction Survey.

Talking of surveys, a reminder that the voting for the ABUFP Committee is also running - for full details of the voting head to Monday's news item or head directly to the survey form below.

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Profiles.

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Voting Form.


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8 August 2008 : A Season Of Compromises
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has warned of a tough season ahead as the Glovers prepare to kick-off the 2008-09 season tomorrow. The Glovers face Walsall at Huish Park as they commence a season where almost every bookie and website preview have Yeovil down as one of their picks for relegation from League One.

Much of that analysis will be centred upon Yeovil's finish to the 2007-08 season, and also the staggering turnover of playing staff that has happened over the summer months with the Glovers downgrading to a current squad size of eighteen, which includes two goalkeepers and two players manager Russell Slade has referred to as 'scholars', suggesting that he will largely be selecting from a pool of 14 outfield players for the immediate future.

Starnes, speaking to BBC Points West has said that much of Yeovil's problems stem from having to compete with the budgets of other League One sides:

"It's tough. There's obviously a lot of clubs in this division that have got resources that are much greater than ours, but we have to go out and match them on the football pitch. We've got a very strong commercial department that works hard here to generate off the field revenues to bolster our resources, but it's still hard work. We accept the challenge and we'll go for it next season as best we can."

Starnes believes the size of Yeovil's budget is in part driven by the size of the town. Although the Glovers were the 17th best supported side in League One with an average gate of 5,468 - a figure that would place Yeovil in the top six League Two gates - Starnes claims that the size of the town's population is a good measure of what the club are up against:

"We did a little bit of analysis on this last season. It arose on a discussion that Russell and I had on a trip down to Exeter for a friendly match. There is only one club in the Football League - that's Accrington Stanley - that's got a smaller population than Yeovil, so it just shows the measure of what we have to do. I think it's fair to say that we've over-achieved in the last two or three seasons and we'll continue our endeavours to do so."

Martyn said that the long term solution for the club was to redevelop the stadium on the basis that it would increase the revenue coming into Huish Park, but warned that this could take some time to reach fruition:

"The Chairman, John Fry, is working very hard to try and get this redevelopment of the stadium underway. We're pretty optimistic that we can go ahead with that in a positive manner, but it is going to take some time. There are a lot of issues that have got to be resolved, but it has all got to be done so that we can increase the income for the football club away from the playing side so that we've got an underbelly of support for the things that we're trying to do."

In the short and medium term though, that has meant that the club's playing budget has been cut. Although the club have never confirmed to what extent the playing budget has been reduced, it has always been widely believed that a 25% reduction is in force for this season, and Starnes admits that will in turn produce a chained series of compromises:

"It's difficult and we have to have a series of compromises. The budget is always a compromise for the manager. The manager then has to make compromises on the players that he brings in. That's why we bring in some well-established players like Darren Way and Danny Schofield, and we have to look in the non-league sector to bring in players, so that we can balance our costs."


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7 August 2008 : Frome Friendly Ends In Draw
A young Yeovil Town side, featuring a few trialists, drew 2-2 against Frome Town tonight in their latest pre-season friendly. With Steve Thompson leading the side in the dugout, only Jordan Street was witnessed as a full time professional amongst the ranks. Jordan was sporting a light plaster cast on his arm, and played for 80 minutes, and so we'd guess won't be considered for first team action until the cast is removed.

Scorers: Jamie Mines (1-0, 22 mins), Dina (1-1, 31 mins), Toby Colbourne (2-1, 38 mins), Troy Hewitt (1-1, 58 mins)

Frome Town: Richard Fey, Adamo Missiato, Aaron Salter (Paul Farrell, 74), Jon Crowley, Jamie Cheeseman, Leigh Burke, Alex Lapham, Jamie Mines, Mark Salter (Sim Allison, 63), Toby Colbourne (Sam Duggan, 87), Joe Gomes.


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7 August 2008 : Slade's Delight At Keeper Options
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expressed his delight at having two talented keepers on his books for the forthcoming season. This afternoon's confirmed capture of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic means that the Glovers have now got two goalkeepers on their books, with fellow Canadian Josh Wagenaar having signed a 12 month deal yesterday.

Although Slade had Darren Behcet and Steve Mildenhall on his books for the previous two seasons, the implication was always that Mildenhall was by far and away the most senior of the two, but Slade told BBC Somerset he didn't quite see it that way this season saying how pleased he was to have two keepers signed up:

"I'm delighted that we've managed to do that. We've now got two remarkably good keepers, which if I'm honest is the first time since I've been at Yeovil that we've been able to do that. So I think they will be good for each other. The fact is that they know each other and that's the first thing, because they are both Canadians and they've got an international pedigree."

Slade added that as part of the loan agreement with Portsmouth, which will last for 93 days at present, Asmir will return to Fratton Park at least once a week for additional coaching from Portsmouth goalkeeping coach David Coles - another former Glovers keeper:

"It will be good competition, and the fact that Asmir will still share some of his time at Portsmouth in terms of the training on a Monday and things like that, will mean that to have Josh here as well be good and I'm sure they will push each other to the limit. It will be very healthy for the football club to have two keepers of that stature."


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7 August 2008 : In Memory of Paul Smith
On the evening of Saturday 23rd of August, after the home fixture against Leeds United, an event in the memory of Paul Smith is being held in the Alec Stock Lounge, Huish Park.

Paul signed as a nineteen-year-old from Charlton Athletic and played 385 times for Yeovil Town between 1967 and 1975, mostly at left-back. A pelvic injury brought his footballing career at Huish to a halt at the early age of 28. He said his best moment on the pitch was when he marked Ted MacDougall out of the 1970 Second Round F.A. Cup tie against Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, the Glovers turning the Cherries over 1-0 at Dean Court.

In September 2007 Paul lost his two year battle against cancer at the sadly young age of 59. His family have been involved in a series of events raising money for St Margaret's Hospice which cared for Paul in his final days.

With doors opening at 8.00 p.m. and closing at 12.00 midnight, The Dale Fender Band will be the entertainment for the evening. Tickets are 5.00, with all proceeds donated to St Margaret's.


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7 August 2008 : Ticketing For Carlisle United Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's mammoth trip to Carlisle United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Glovers fans would be advised to purchase their tickets in advance as although there are tickets on sale on the day of the game at Brunton Park, all adult prices are increased by 2.00 on matchdays.

Prices for admission to the game, which takes place on Saturday 30th August, are as follows:

Adult: 18.00; Senior (65+): 12.00; Junior (11-17): 8.00; Child (10 and under): 4.00; Child (6 and under): Free; Wheelchair User: 2.00; Wheelchair/Disabled Assistants: Free.

The price of the tickets for wheelchair users reflects the fact that supporters are based at the foot of the Cumberland Stand at pitch level, and therefore the price has been adjusted to reflect the restricted view. Assistants for both wheelchair users and other disabled supporters go free of charge, however you are strongly advised to book in advance, rather than leave arrangements until the day of the game as space and facilities are limited.


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7 August 2008 : Begovic Loan Deal Confirmed
As expected, Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's stay in South Somerset has now been confirmed, allowing him to spend 93 days at Huish Park under a loan agreement.

The Canadian-Bosnian has signed an emergency loan deal that will be converted into a long term loan agreement if Pompey can get another young Reserve keeper into Fratton Park before the transfer window closes on August 31st.

The Western Gazette website claims that the paperwork has now been completed and quotes manager Russell Slade as saying :

"I am delighted that we have been able to bring him (Begovic) in. We have two remarkably good keepers which is the first time since I have been at Yeovil that we have been able to say that."


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7 August 2008 : BBC Video Interview With Martyn Starnes
Ahead of the new season, the BBC Points West team have produced a video interview with Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who has talked mainly about the constraints on the club as it attempts to stay in League One.

Points West will be running a portion of the interview on BBC1 tonight as part of their Spotlight programme. If you can't wait for that, then the video clip is online via the link below.

Link: BBC Website : Martyn Starnes Video Interview.


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7 August 2008 : Player Exit Holds Up Togwell Move
Barnsley manager Simon Davey has confirmed that Yeovil Town have had a bid for midfielder Sam Togwell accepted by the Championship side. However, he has said that Togwell will only move to Huish Park if the Glovers can sell another member of their already depleted first team squad.

Togwell travelled south to Somerset yesterday (see yesterday's news) for advanced talks but Davey has said that the move may suffer some delays at the Yeovil end. Speaking to their official site he said:

"Sam looks like he will go to Yeovil. He is due to have talks with them but it all hinges on one of their players moving out. If that deal happens then I would expect Sam to move to Yeovil later this week."

The big concern for Glovers fans is that even with just 17 contracted players - including two that manager Russell Slade has referred to as 'scholars' rather than full-blown first-teamers - the Glovers squad will need to be cut yet again to fit Togwell into the line-up, despite 16 personnel having already left Huish Park this summer with only six replacements.

Given the position Togwell occupies - and it should be stressed that this is only speculative - it would imply that midfielder Marc Bircham would be the player that is likely to be sold to pave the way for Togwell's arrival. There have been whisperings of Millwall holding an interest for the Londoner, who is based in Hemel Hempstead. In all other positions, the Glovers are already significantly short of numbers, or feature players that have only just arrived at the club.


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7 August 2008 : Directions To Frome Town
A Yeovil Town XI travel to play Frome Town in a pre-season friendly tonight that will be played at their Badgers Hill ground. The full address for those travelling for the 7.30pm kick-off is as follows:

Frome Town FC, Badgers Hill, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2EH.

To get to the ground, use the following directions. Those travelling from the Yeovil area should follow the first set of directions:

From Shepton / Glastonbury side of Town: Sainsbury's Super Store will be visible on your right hand side and go straight over the next two roundabouts (the second one is a mini roundabout). Carry on that road and pass the Weaver pub on the left hand side just before you climb a slight hill. At the mini roundabout drop down the hill into the centre of Frome. Go through the traffic lights with "Woolworths" on your right and follow that road to the top of the hill. At the very top, turn right. Go straight over the traffic lights at the Vinetree Pub cross road & Badgers Hill is at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

From Bath side of Town: as you pass the Texaco garage at Beckington (will be on your right side) on the Frome by-pass take the third exit at the next roundabout. At the following roundabout take your first exit left. Go straight over at the next roundabout (Coalway Lane Industrial Estate) and at the next roundabout take your first exit and within 100 yards take the first turning right. Continue on that road and you will pass Selwood School on your right and Frome Town AFC can be found 100 yards on your left hand side.

Badgers Hill has a 'pub' style social club at the ground that they say serves both hot and cold food on matchdays if you are after a pre or post-match pint.

We're guessing that very few of the first team squad will be present, if any, and that the match will be an opportunity for the Glovers to run their eyes over a mix of trialists and youth-teamers. There is also another match at Alvington against Westland Sports tomorrow night in which we'd expect a similar principle to apply.


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6 August 2008 : Josh Wagenaar Interview
The BBC Sport website is carrying a six minute audio interview with new Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar. To listen to the interview, head to the BBC website, via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Josh Wagenaar Interview.


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6 August 2008 : Asmir Begovic Interview
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Weymouth, Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic talked to BBC Somerset about his prospects at Huish Park. The full transcript of that interview is now available, via the link below.

Link: 02/08/2008 : Asmir Begovic Interview Transcript.


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6 August 2008 : Wagenaar Signing Confirmed
After a whole summer without one, Yeovil Town finally have a goalkeeper for the 2008-09 season. Canadian Josh Wagenaar has, as expected, signed a 12 month contract with the Glovers, having trialled for the club in pre-season.

Josh is a 23 year old, born in Grimsby, Ontario, and is a Canadian international at both senior and youth levels. He is likely to face competition from fellow Canadian Asmir Begovic for the number one slot. Asmir is expected to sign a 93-day emergency loan agreement with the club on Friday, with the deal being delayed to maximise the amount of time the Portsmouth goalkeeper can spend at Huish Park.

The best of luck to Josh during the coming year in Somerset.


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6 August 2008 : McCollin Interest Still Holds
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has stated that he still holds an interest in Fisher Athletic striker Andre McCollin - but at present is unable to place a bid for him because he is injured.

McCollin came on as a substitute against Plymouth Argyle in pre-season but has not been seen since, despite an impressive run-out. Slade has told the Western Daily Press that is due to a training ground injury:

"There is an interest there but he picked up an injury in training and we haven't been able to see him in action since."

Fisher Athletic's official site are of the opinion that if the Glovers want McCollin, then they will be battling with Championship side Plymouth Argyle, who presumably were also impressed by him during the friendly. Unlike many of Yeovil's recent forays into non-league football, on this occasion there would be a fee involved as McCollin is under contract. It can probably be assumed though, that neither club will make their move until McCollin is fit again.

Elsewhere, the WDP believe goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar's contract (see yesterday's news) will be for a 12 month period. They also suggest that Cheltenham Town's interest in Lloyd Owusu is not as great as has been reported recently, with presumably the arrival of Geoff Horsfield on trial at Whaddon Road having dampened any plans the Robins may have had.

Finally, the Glovers camp will be keeping their fingers crossed that right-back Craig Alcock's virus that is currently keeping him out of training does not spread to the rest of the squad. Last season the Glovers were plagued by at least three different sets of viruses that put out multiple members of their squad at the same time, and with a much thinner squad this season, they will be praying that there is not another repeat of the situation.


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5 August 2008 : U18s Lose At Westland Sports
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 2-1 in their third pre-season friendly of the season so far. The Glovers went two goals down before rallying in the latter stages, pulling a goal back to get themselves some reward from a match against a very physical Westland Sports side.

The Under 18s have a second bite of the cherry against the same side on Friday night at 6.30p.m. at Alvington.


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5 August 2008 : Togwell Heads South
Barnsley midfielder Sam Togwell has reportedly travelled south today for transfer talks with Yeovil Town. The Sheffield Star has stated that the former Crystal Palace youngster's move is now expected to go ahead, after the Glovers made a bid for the player earlier this week.

Given the way that transfer talks are usually held, it can probably be assumed that the Glovers and Barnsley have agreed terms at club level, and that some preliminary talks with Togwell's agent have been held to establish rough boundaries. It can therefore be hoped that any talks held today will have been of an advanced nature.


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5 August 2008 : Wagenaar Deal Close To Completion
Yeovil Town are on the edge of agreeing a contract with Canadian keeper Josh Wagenaar. Josh has been with Yeovil throughout the majority of pre-season after trialling with fellow League One side Leeds United and has been a notional first choice keeper during most of the major friendlies the club have had.

The 23 year old is reported as being "close" to an agreement, and one major obstacle that needs to be overcome looks to be his international clearance, rather than any known issue over personal terms. Manager Russell Slade obviously is keen to get the paperwork required sorted by the end of the week.

Josh is likely to be joined later this week - probably on Friday - by Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is expected to become the club's main goalkeeper during the coming season, signing initially an emergency loan agreement that would allow him to be signed for up to 93 days.


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5 August 2008 : Downing Still Cagey On Striker Move
Further to yesterday's update on Lloyd Owusu, Cheltenham Town manager Keith Downing remains cagey over his plans to recruit in a new striker before the start of the new season. Downing has gone public over his interest in the Yeovil Town striker, although there has yet to be evidence of a firm offer landing on the fax machine at Huish Park.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Downing has admitted he still holds an interest in Lloyd, although claims that there are other targets he is interested in:

"I know we are only days away from the new season, but there are still people available out there. We are interested in Lloyd but we have one or two other targets as well. We want to get two new faces in before the Northampton game and I am pushing that because we are short of numbers now. I am looking for experienced guys because we need a little bit of knowledge at the top of the pitch. We would also like to couple that with perhaps a younger player to give us fresh legs."

One other name on Downing's list is of course former Birmingham City striker Geoff Horsfield, as mentioned on this site yesterday.


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5 August 2008 : And The Second Set Of Officials Are.........
For the League Cup Round One tie away to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 12th August Pat Miller (Bedfordshire) has been appointed. We've seen Miller a couple of times over on that side of the country, for the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling the decision as Arron Davies was taken out as he ran into the box. His last time in the middle for a Glovers match was an uncontroversial effort in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

James Cox (Worcestershire) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) are the assistants, Michael McCoy (Kent) the Fourth Official.

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0


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5 August 2008 : Officials For The Walsall Match
Saturday's opening fixture of the 2008-09 season will be looked after by referee Phil Crossley (Kent). He has been refereeing since 1990, was appointed to the Panel list in 1998 and the National list in 2000. Despite that, we've only bumped into him on a couple of occasions in the Football League.

The most recent and memorable of the two was THAT game against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium in October 2004. Two red cards were dished out to Rovers players that night, although despite what their former manager Ian Atkins might have bleated about in the months that followed, he got those big decisions spot on. Atkins himself ended up before the Football Association on various charges.

Prior to that, Mr Crossley took charge of the far less eventful 1-0 win over Oxford United in February of the same year. Our match report has a slight grumble at his tendency not to penalise some of the Oxford rough-house tactics - yep once again Mr Atkins was managing the opposition, although fortunately on this occasion he didn't spill his cup of tea at half time.

Following those two matches in 2004, we haven't seen Mr Crossley since. Perhaps he feared that if he turned up to another Yeovil game that Mr Atkins would be in the dugout again?

Mr Crossley will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

Link: October 2004 : Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Oxford United 0.


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5 August 2008 : Slade Reviews A Busy Summer
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given his own personal thoughts on the coming season, as the pre-season draw to a close, and matters become more centred on Saturday's home match against Walsall - the opening match of the 2008-09 League One season.

Over the summer, Yeovil have lost 16 personnel and had only five arrivals, making for one of the most radical turnovers in the squad that the club has seen in recent times. Slade cited the loss of striker Marcus Stewart has being one of the biggest blows of the summer, but conceded that the Glovers squad had become imbalanced in terms of its age:

"It's a blow to lose someone like Marcus Stewart, with the experience and know-how he brings to your team, but you have to move on. If anything, as a squad we were overloaded with experienced players so what we've done is gone for younger, more energetic players and to do that we've picked up several from non-league."

Two of Yeovil's summer signings have been from Conference South side Fisher Athletic, not long after Slade had picked up Rob Fitzgerald from Hillingdon Borough and Nathan Smith from Potters Bar and he admitted that presented its own challenges:

"It's maybe a gamble when you're taking players from the likes of Conference South and sometimes even lower. For instance we signed Nathan Smith from Potters Bar, but he's been outstanding. The risk factor is greater than taking somebody that's played, say, 100 games in League 1, but of course the price is also different - and the fact of the matter is that if you work at it and work hard enough, you can find the right type of player."

Slade considered himself satisfied with the set of pre-season results that saw them defeat Championship sides Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle but warned that some of the August fixtures would produce a stern test for his players:

"Considering we're still trying to finalise our squad we've probably over-achieved in pre-season. The results don't mean anything, but in terms of our shape and pattern of play we've made good progress and that's been pleasing. Now we've got a tough start to the season, with teams like Leeds and Carlisle coming up in the first few weeks not to mention a trip to Charlton in the Carling Cup."

Despite the promising pre-season, Slade strongly warned against people getting carried away with what had been achieved so far. He still maintained that the number one priority for his side had to be to guarantee their League One status for a further season, and only then to see what the remainder of the season might bring the club:

"We're a comparatively small club and we're capable of getting beaten in every single game. The secret is how many games we can win, because there are no small games for Yeovil Town in League 1. So we'll go out and try to get to the points level that means we retain League 1 status, and then have a look from there to see how many games we've got left to see if we can progress - and I'm not being negative when I say that, I'm being a realist."

Yeovil Town Outgoing: Darren Behcet, Stephen Maher, Mark Lynch, Jerahl Hughes, Anthony Barry, Ishmael Welsh, Wilfried Domoraud, Darryl Knights, James Brown, Marvin Williams, Steve Mildenhall, Matthew Rose, Marcus Stewart, Jim Joyce (physio), Scott Guyett, Andy Kirk.

Yeovil Town Incoming: Danny Schofield (free transfer, Huddersfield), Kieran Murtagh (undisclosed fee, Fisher Athletic), Aidan Downes (free transfer, Everton), Darren Way (undisclosed fee, Swansea City), Gavin Tomlin (free transfer, Fisher Athletic).


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4 August 2008 : Glovers Gain Last Gasp Tivvy Winner
Yeovil Town gained a last minute win over Conference South side Tiverton Town tonight. A side featuring a mix of youth and teenage players along with a sprinkling of trialists won through at the death through a Jason Sangha goal, after a physical Tiverton side had cancelled out Owen Irish's first half tap-in.

Featuring several of the players who had trialled for the club at Hillingdon, plus a new face in the form of Ben Taoufik, the Glovers dominated midfield against a Tiverton side that were certainly not afraid to put in the boot. Lawrence Yiga's lunge on Rob Fitzgerald produced a deserved booking and some of his continued fouling must have been testing the patience of the match official.

The Glovers took the lead towards the end of the first half when a free kick confused the Tiverton defence and a series of ricohets saw the ball drop to Owen Irish who finished from short range. Unfortunately for Tivvy, their only goalkeeper was injured in the melee that led to the goal and despite continuing for a further five minutes, the home side had to place an outfield player in goal for the rest of the evening.

The second half saw all four Glovers substitutes introduced, but Tiverton equalised when Lawrence Yiga beat Owen Irish to the ball for the first time that night, and the Tivvy trialised managed to lift the ball over Owen's brother Lloyd and into the back of the net for an equaliser.

Tivvy really should have won the game with just two minutes remaining - screwing a shot from a corner well wide of the target. However the ball was forced up the other end, and in the dying seconds, a Glovers short corner was put into the box at the back post, and trialist Jason Sangha was able to head the ball back across the face of goal for a late winner and another pre-season win.

Final Score: Tiverton Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Owen Irish (35 mins, 0-1), Lawrence Yiga (75 mins, 1-1), Jason Sangha (90 mins, 1-2)

Yeovil Town: Lloyd Irish, Danny Thompson, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Owen Irish, Jason Mason, Tom Scott, Harry Nodwell, Troy Hewitt, Ben Taoufik, Ren Turnock

Subs: Darren White, Sam Elphick, Jason Sangha, Elliot Peck

Attendance: 408


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4 August 2008 : Street Friendly Called Off
Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Street, originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, has been postponed. We're not aware of any reason being given, although the glut of friendlies scheduled for this week is doubtless a factor.

For those still wanting a footballing fix, Westland Sports will take on a Yeovil Town U18 side in Alvington tomorrow (behind the Airfield Tavern), with a 6.30 p.m. kick-off.


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4 August 2008 : Horsfield Given Trial By Cheltenham
Cheltenham Town are giving a trial to former Birmingham City and Sheffield United striker Geoff Horsfield. The news is of interest to Glovers fans, given claims in the local media that Cheltenham are about to put in a firm bid for Yeovil Town striker Lloyd Owusu.

Manager Keith Downing remains cagey about what the future holds for Horsfield, who was released by Sheffield United at the end of last season and is a free agent. Speaking to the Robins official site he stated:

"Geoff is just training with us at the moment. He has not done a lot in pre-season but we're having a look at him and he's having a look at us. When fully fit he is a very good player so we're going to see how we get on with it."

Horsfield is believed to be short of match fitness at present, but despite that, Cheltenham do not expect to play him in their final pre-season friendly against Cirencester Town tonight. However, if they hold an interest in Horsfield, then their interest in Owusu would appear to be less than clear-cut.


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4 August 2008 : Away Travel To MK Dons And Leicester
The Away Travel Club are looking for supporters to place coach bookings for two of Yeovil's forthcoming trips to new stadiums. The away matches at MK Dons and Leicester City have been picked out in advance as key games for Glovers fans who want to see two of the grounds that are new to League One.

On September 6th, Yeovil Travel to MK Dons, whilst on October 11th Yeovil travel to the Walkers Stadium. Both matches are currently 3.00p.m. kick-offs, although with both games kicking off on international weekends, there may be some late tweaking to push the fixtures clear of the international evening kick-offs. At present neither of the two hosting clubs have suggested they are considering this though.

Assuming a normal kick-off time, both trips will see the Away Travel Club leave Huish Park at 8.00a.m. and both journeys will cost 20.00 per person.

To book your seat contact Roger Brimble on 07960 687075 or e-mail Mark Kelly for more information at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

Note that the Away Travel Club may run some transport to Hereford United depending on numbers. Again, contact Mark or Roger for further information.


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4 August 2008 : JPT First Round Draw Put Back
Further to our news from June 28th, the draw for the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy has been put back a week until August 16th. The draw will be live on Sky's Soccer AM programme at around 9.30a.m.

The pre-draw for the First Round byes though is being done this week and those clubs that will go direct into the Second Round without playing a game will be released this coming Friday, 8th August.

For all other associated dates, head to the June 28th article.


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4 August 2008 : GWSC Coach Travel To Charlton
For those wanting to travel up to The Valley to see Charlton Athletic play Yeovil Town in the first round of the Carling Cup, coach travel information is now available.

The match will take place on Tuesday 12th August 2008, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Coaches will leave from Yeovil Bus Station 1.45p.m. and then from Huish Park at 2.00p.m.

Costs are 18.00 for members and 20.00 for non-members. Concessions are available with a 2.00 deduction on the above prices.

To book your place, give Paul Hadlow a ring on 07736-044570.


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4 August 2008 : ABUFP Supporters Representatives Voting Now Open
The election period for the 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives is now under way. There will be SEVEN Supporters Representatives elected to the committee, who will sit for a 12 month period, and this is your opportunity to ensure that the supporters that will best represent Yeovil Town supporters and their needs will sit on the committee.

Voting will close at 5.00p.m on Thursday 4th September. Please select SEVEN representatives. We'll accept less than seven votes, but do not select more than seven on the voting form, or your vote may be discounted. We'd strongly recommend that you read all eleven profiles before heading to the voting form.

The list of eleven supporters who have put their names forward, in no particular order, are as follows:

Martin McConachie, Richard Culham, Pete Brooks, Fred Bates, Pete Turner, Marilyn Taylor, Len Brooker, David Burnett, Kevin Farley, Dave Lilly and Cyril Pomeroy.

The list of eleven nominations will be whittled down to a final list of seven when voting closes. Voting is also possible via the old-fashioned pen'n'paper route. Contact Sara Bradley at the Football Club at supporter.link@ytfc.net or call her on 01935-423662 if anyone is wanting to vote, but can't gain access to the Internet during the voting period. There will also be voting forms around the ground in Reception, Club Shop, Programme Shop, the Marquee and the Programme Shop if you want to cast your vote at Saturday's Walsall game. You can obviously vote only ONCE!

To repeat the above - we recommend that you read the Representatives Profiles first - and then ensure that you vote for a maximum of SEVEN representatives. Happy voting!

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Profiles.

Link: 2008-09 Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Supporters Representatives Voting Form.

Link: YTFC Official Site : Further Voting Information.

NB: You'll note that Richard Culham's name is mis-spelt 'Culum' on the voting form. We'll correct this late tonight, but bear that in mind if you're trying to find his name! Apologies for the mistake.


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4 August 2008 : Hollins Not A Happy Bunny
Weymouth manager John Hollins has blasted his side after they went down 1-0 at the Wessex Stadium on Saturday against Yeovil Town. The Glovers dominated the game throughout, albeit whilst often lacking a finishing touch, but Hollins told the Dorset Echo that apart from trialists keepers Richard Bernard and James Beale that he was not happy with their performance at all:

"Apart from the two keepers there was poor quality throughout and I was not happy with that all, and believe me they will be a lot sharper in our opening league game against Grays Athletic next week that is for sure. We just did not get going and our touch and movement was poor but I also think it could be a good lesson for us because it proved that we are not as good as what we think we are. Our previous five games were all satisfactory but today it just did not come alive for me."

The Glovers got their goal half an hour into the match when a Paul Warne shot was spilt into the path of Aidan Downes, who scored into an empty net, and Hollins felt his side switched off for that:

"You cannot just turn up and expect it to happen. Take their goal for example. Richard makes a great save but when the ball goes back to their striker everyone just stood there saying offside'. There was just no reaction there at all and it was very disappointing. I am a manager who tells it how it is and I suppose you could call today a reality check."

Hollins was also not happy with the way that Glovers striker Gavin Tomlin, who set up the only goal of the game, was able to run the show and he pointed out that Tomlin was able to get more time on the ball than Bristol City's million-pound striker Lee Trundle, and considered that to be unacceptable:

"Their number ten, Gavin Tomlin, had so many touches and chances and we should not have allowed that. We played against Lee Trundle here recently and did not give him a sniff but today we just stood off people and did not get tight enough. And I can promise you now, we will not play like that again, not while I am here."


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4 August 2008 : Directions For Tiverton
For those going to tonight's pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town, the following directions to their Ladysmead ground should hopefully help. Kick-off tonight is at 7.45pm.

Firstly, drive to Junction 27 on the M5 - for most people this will involve getting onto the M5 at Taunton and heading Westbound towards Exeter.

Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles. Ignore the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.

Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yds crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and Tiverton's youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout. You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left.

Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right. Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.


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4 August 2008 : Togwell Linked With Glovers Move
Championship side Barnsley are believed to be in talks with Yeovil Town concerning midfielder Sam Togwell. The 23 year old midfielder was an unused substitute on Saturday in their pre-season friendly against Chinese side Chengdu Blades. The Sheffield Star claim that the two clubs are in talks over the deal at present.

Togwell is a Beaconsfield-born midfielder who started his career as a Crystal Palace trainee. He has had loan spells with Oxford United and Northampton Town and also had a half-season loan spell with Port Vale during the 2005-06 season where he clocked up 30 appearances and four goals, winning Vale's Young Player Of The Year award. A move to Barnsley followed during the summer of 2006 (as part of the deal that saw Scott Flinders head to Palace) where he has made 73 appearances, scoring two goals across a two year spell, and was an active part of Barnsley's side right up until the end of last season. He is a defensive midfielder, rated for his hard tackling and break-up play.


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4 August 2008 : Cheltenham Interest Likely To Be Formalised
Further to our July 26th news, Cheltenham Town are about to formalise their interest in Yeovil Town striker Lloyd Owusu. This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that with Cheltenham having failed in their attempt to land Port Vale striker Marc Richards, that manager Keith Downing is likely to turn his attention to the Glovers target man.

Of course this changes little unless Owusu himself wants to move. On June 13th, Lloyd stated that he regarded his move to the West Country to have been a gamble that didn't pay off and that he wanted to return to a club closer to home. Whether that was to fit in with his own courting of fellow League One side Millwall, or whether he would not consider another West Country club is of course another matter. There are other clubs sniffing around Owusu, besides Cheltenham, however the Slough-born striker appears to be biding his time in terms of deciding what to do.


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3 August 2008 : Westbury Result
For those who have struggled to get hold of Friday night's pre-season friendly result, Yeovil Town beat Westbury United by a 1-0 scoreline at Meadow Lane.

We've not got any match details at present, however the line-up was in the main an Under 18 side, with three 15 year olds in the side that will doubtless be put forward for Stuart Housley's Youth Team this forthcoming season. Lloyd Irish was one of the older representatives, playing in goal for the Glovers.


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3 August 2008 : Season 2008-09 Predictions
Mainly for those who frequent the Green Room forum, although any Yeovil Town supporter is welcome to join in, we've created a short survey to log everyone's 2008-09 season predictions.

Of course we all know that at the end of a season, each supporter triumphantly steps forward and declares "I always knew we would finish 1st/24th and said so back in August" - here's the way of proving whether they did or not!

We'll produce a prediction summary this weekend that will show who supporters believe the top guns and the strugglers will be, as well as where Yeovil Town will finish. Then at the end of the season, just for a bit of fun, we'll produce a top three best and worst predictions to name/shame those who got it wrong/right.

Submissions by Saturday 12.00 noon please and to make things easier, stick your Green Room name into the Name box as that's what we'll use next May (or during the season if anyone wants a recap of what they chose).

Link: 2008-09 Season : Supporters Prediction Survey.


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3 August 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Weymouth Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade gave his views to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after yesterday's 1-0 win over Weymouth, which is likely to be the last time the 'first choice' eleven are tested in full before the season starts. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Weymouth Game.


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2 August 2008 : Downes Sinks Weymouth
Yeovil Town ensured that the final test of their likely 'first eleven' for the forthcoming League One season came through positively as they defeated Conference National side Weymouth 1-0 at the Wessex Stadium this afternoon. The only goal of the game was scored by Aidan Downes during the first half as he tapped into an open goal, having been set up by Gavin Tomlin and Nathan Smith.

The Glovers put in few pre-match surprises - putting out what has in pre-season been manager Russell Slade's favoured line-up and formation, save for the introduction of 'guest' Asmir Begovic, who is widely expected to become Yeovil's first loan signing of the season late next week.

The first half saw Yeovil dominate proceedings with Gavin Tomlin once again impressing in his withdrawn striker role and it was his creativity that set Yeovil up for the only goal of the game. Tomlin skinned his marker in the centre of the park, feeding Paul Warne in behind the Weymouth back line and as Warne perhaps delayed his decision-making a touch too much, his shot on goal was parried by Weymouth's keeper and the resultant ball fell into the path of Aidan Downes, who couldn't miss the open goal from five yards out.

Warne was involved in two other attempts to put the Glovers further goals up as the Glovers closed the half strongly, and again the move involved Tomlin as the instigator. His cross was pulled back to Warne, but a Weymouth defender stood on the line was able to deny him a certain goal. Then right on the stroke of half time, scorer Downes found Tomlin, and his quick switch to Warne produced a superb save from the Weymouth keeper to keep the margin at half time just a single goal.

Again the second half opened brightly, and could have seen a remarkable second goal from left-back Nathan Smith, who decided to single-handedly take on the entire Weymouth side, dancing from inside his own half right the way through to goal, on a mazey 60 yard run. Unfortunately for him, Weymouth's trialist goalkeeper Richard Bernard was having an impressive debut for them, and Smith's final shot had a slightly tired edge to it, as it was smothered.

As the second period wore on though, matters got rather more ragged, undoubtedly provoked by a glut of substitutions and the August sun, and the pace of the game slowed significantly. Weymouth created few chances of note, with probably their best two chances coming from Anton Robinson - a flicked header and a long range attempt - both of which were dealt with confidently by Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic, who was able to get a valuable 90 minutes under his belt.

The size of the squad still remains a concern, but with no injuries coming out of this match, and again the likes of Tomlin, Downes, Schofield and Warne showing plenty of creativity, there is a strong foundation to take into the League One season. With the Glovers still lacking an efficient finisher, it would be a surprise if there was not at least one new rabbit pulled out of the hat in the next seven days, but at least those present on the park today will go into the new season in confident mood.

Final Score: Weymouth 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
Asmir Begovic
Lee Peltier Terry Skiverton Terrell Forbes Nathan Smith
Aidan Downes Marc Bircham Darren Way Danny Schofield
Gavin Tomlin
Paul Warne

Substitutes:
Lloyd Owusu (60 mins for Paul Warne)
Craig Alcock (60 mins for Lee Peltier)
Nathan Jones (60 mins for Nathan Smith)
Kieran Murtagh (60 mins for Marc Bircham)
Ren Turnock (72 mins for Danny Schofield)
Aaron Brown (72 mins for Terry Skiverton)
Rob Fitzgerald (81 mins for Gavin Tomlin)
Jordan Street (85 mins for Terrell Forbes)

Weymouth: R Bernard (J Beale 78); C Mawer (Trialist 73), S Doe (A Bygrave 73), S Gaia, K Sandwith (J Webb 73); R Wiliams (J Coutts 56), A Robinson, A Taylor, C McPhee; S Beavon (P Joseph-Dubois 30).


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2 August 2008 : Busy Final Week Expected
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is expecting there to be late action in the transfer market as Yeovil move into the last week of pre-season before the 2008-09 campaign opens up. The Glovers only have sixteen contracted players on their books, which includes youngsters Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street, and have yet to sign a goalkeeper, and so at present next week's side against Walsall would almost select itself.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Russell recognised that there needed to be movement during that final period, but said that it appeared to be a nationwide pattern this summer:

"Everything seems to be happening late and I don't think it is a Yeovil thing. Up and down the country that appears to be the case. We've got Begovic here today and so that is our first view of him and we've got two other good keepers in the football club and so decisions have to be made there. And of course I'm busy wheeling and dealing and know that we have to strengthen our squad just a little bit because our numbers are very thin at the moment."

The main problem area is the lack of a contracted goalkeeper and clearly some decisions will have to be made next week, but Slade warned that if the Glovers are to sign Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic then it could happen as late as Friday. Portsmouth are believed to still be trying to obtain a new young reserve goalkeeper before the transfer window shuts and so will only allow Yeovil a long term loan for Begovic if they can finalise their plans there. Slade explained the situation:

"We're hoping to turn Asmir's into a loan, certainly at the start of the season. I think the later we leave that, the more days we get out of that, depending on what kind of loan that we get. Initially it is probably going to be an emergency loan which is a total of 93 days but if we can turn that by the end of August into a long term deal then that would be fantastic."

The complex loan rules allow the Glovers to raise an emergency loan for Begovic for a limited period, but at the end of the 93 days, Begovic would have to return to Portsmouth and would not be allowed to be loaned back to the Glovers under the emergency loan rules for the remainder of the season. The option that Russell describes allows Yeovil to take out a long term loan agreement for either a half-season loan or a full-season loan, provided they do so by the end of August when the transfer window shuts. If they can't do that then clearly the signature of fellow Canadian Josh Wagenaar on a permanent deal becomes all the more crucial.


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2 August 2008 : Today's Line-Up Against Weymouth
Yeovil Town have chosen a strong line-up to start the game against this afternoon's opponents Weymouth. The full starting line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
Asmir Begovic
Lee Peltier Terry Skiverton Terrell Forbes Nathan Smith
Aidan Downes Marc Bircham Darren Way Danny Schofield
Gavin Tomlin
Paul Warne

There are nine substitutes on the bench today, and manager Russell Slade expects to use all of them by the end of the game.


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1 August 2008 : Location, Location, Location
Andy Kirk has been speaking today on the Dunfermline Official Site about the reasons for his move to Scotland.

I lived in Scotland before when I was at Hearts and my wife loved it at the time. I had got to the stage where I was fed up moving my wife and two kids about. My kids are starting school soon and being from Belfast, Scotland is a home from home for us. We loved it so much the last time that I always said to my wife that if we settle anywhere it could be in Scotland. Sammy McIlroy put an offer in pre-season to go to Morecambe that I turned down. I had offers from Luton, Inverness and a few other teams down south as well. I just never felt that it was right for me to go.

When I got the call from Jim
[McIntyre] something felt good about it. At the end of the day, once we had sorted out the contract side the decision to move to Scotland was easy really. I have played against Jim when I was about in Scotland before, he is a young manager and when he spoke to me he said that he was enthusiastic and worked hard. It proved to me that he wanted me to come up. Location obviously had a big part to say.

I know Dunfermline are a big club; they might not be in the SPL at the minute but they have ambition and that's something that I want to be a part of. The whole thing came together with it being Jim, and Dunfermline's location. It all fitted and was the right thing for me to do.


Obviously all a bit boring for the major conspiracy theorists who do so enjoy their 'bust ups' that, on the face of it, Andy Kirk and family simply love Scotland a lot more than Somerset. Location, location, location.......


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1 August 2008 : Scott Thanks Glovers Fans
Outgoing central defender Scott Guyett has sent a personal message through to Yeovil Town supporters following his switch to League Two side AFC Bournemouth. The 32 year old has signed a two year deal with the Cherries, ending four seasons at Huish Park, but has said that he has been moved by messages on the Internet, including on Ciderspace and the Green Room, from supporters wishing him good luck in his future career.

Scott writes of his move, which as revealed earlier today, came as a big surprise to him:

"The move to Bournemouth has come out of the blue and although it has come as a wrench to leave Yeovil, the opportunity to sign a two year contract at this stage of my career is too much to turn down. I have enjoyed my time at Yeovil a great deal and made a number of very good friends. When the time comes to return to Australia you can rest assured that one of the first results I will be looking for is Yeovil's. I am aware of the good luck messages from fans on the internet and want you all to know how much I appreciate your thoughts as I move away. Thanks once again, Scotty."

Spoken like a true Australian! Once again, thanks Scott, and good luck down on the coast.


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1 August 2008 : BBC Commit To Away Commentaries
Local radio station BBC Somerset have committed to broadcast Yeovil Town's away matches in full during the 2008-09 season.

At one point during early 2008, the BBC pretty much suspended all Yeovil Town live commentary, by running on a rotation system that included Bristol City and Bristol Rovers. Unfortunately the upshot was that during that period the two Bristol clubs took the lion's share of the live commentary slots.

Ironically it took the Glovers away match commentary at Walsall for a large number of outraged Bristol football fans to force a semi u-turn whereupon the BBC agreed to cover all three clubs away matches as a minimum. That agreement though was only put in place for the remainder of the season.

Thankfully it appears that arrangement will continue during 2008-09, with the Glovers matches being broadcast on either 95.5FM and/or 1566AM on BBC Somerset, whilst presumably the Bristol clubs will get similar coverage on BBC Bristol. Those who can't get to home games easily but live in the region though, will have to take the occasional updates on Saturday Sport on their main non-commentary frequency.


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1 August 2008 : Westbury Directions And Prices
A reminder that a Yeovil Town XI will take on Westbury United at Meadow Lane tonight. Kick-off is 7.30p.m. The Toolstation League First Division side are launching their new kit at tonight's game. Given last year's strip was green and white hoops, it's pretty safe to say that the Glovers will be using their own new away strip tonight.

To get to their ground, head into Westbury town centre from the A350, then follow signs for the Railway Station. Meadow Lane is on the right opposite the Fire Station.

Address: Westbury United Football Club, Meadow Lane, Westbury, BA13 3AF
Telephone: 01373 823409

Ground Map: Multimap.com Website : Westbury United Football Club.

Admission is 5 for adults and 3 for concessions. Children who are accompanied by a full paying adult will be admitted free. Our general impression is that the Glovers will be sending an Under 18 side to the match, although Westbury's local press are suggesting otherwise and presumably trying to beef up the fixture a bit.


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1 August 2008 : Anyone Want To Play In Goal?
Tomorrow's opponents Weymouth may have to play a youth keeper at the Wessex Stadium, due to an injury problem. Their only contracted goalkeeper Danny Knowles has a groin strain and with their season proper only a week away the Terras do not want to risk an aggravation of that injury.

Manager John Hollins is attempting to bring in a second goalkeeper in the medium term to compete with Knowles, but acknowledges that may not happen in time for tomorrow's game. If so, then he will be blooding a teenager for the match:

"At this stage we have to make sure everyone is 100 per cent because we do not want any injuries before the start of the season. Danny has picked up a slight groin strain and we have to be a bit careful so he is unlikely to play tomorrow. We could go with one of the younger lads but we are also looking at bringing in someone from outside. However, even though there are loads of keepers out there, we are at the point in pre-season where it is not easy to get them here. It is a key position and we have got to cover that because we cannot start the season with a young kid."

Hollins also told the Dorset Echo that he wants to use tomorrow's game as a platform to take into their Conference National league season, and hopes that their form against the higher league opposition will continue:

"It is an excellent game to finish off what has already been a very good pre-season. We have drawn against a Championship side in Bristol City, held our own against the likes of Southampton and Bristol Rovers, and also beaten a side in Exeter City that got promoted from our league last season. Yeovil will now provide another tough test for us and we are looking forward to it. It promises to be a good game and it will help us make our final preparations ahead of the big kick-off when we will want to come out with all guns blazing."


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1 August 2008 : Scott Reveals Last Minute Change Of Plans
Talking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Scott Guyett has revealed that he literally turned his car around to sign for the Cherries. He was already on the road to Cambridge on Wednesday to pen a three-year deal when AFC Bournemouth chief executive Alastair Saverimutto phoned to say manager Kevin Bond was definitely interested.

Guyett recounts :

The Bournemouth thing came from nowhere really. I was due to sign for Cambridge and when Savi called me I was on my way there yesterday morning. They had offered me a three-year contract and I'd spoken to Russell Slade about it. He said: 'If they're offering you a three-year contract then it's only fair I let you go and speak to them', so I spoke to them and I was ready to go there.

We had a game on Wednesday night and the rumours had started to get about that I was leaving and that night I received a call saying that Bournemouth wanted to speak to me. I was fine with that but I did say: 'I'm heading to Cambridge in the morning so if you want to do anything, it will have to be pretty quick'.

I was on the M25 when Savi phoned and he said: 'We want you down here so if the contract is what you are after, will you turn the car around'? and I said, 'Yes'.


He continued :

There's been no fall-out from Yeovil's end and I think they are trying to trim the squad down there anyway. I'm very thankful to them for letting me go.


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1 August 2008 : Tinto Has Departed
Trialist Hayden Tinto, an unused substitute for Trinidad and Tobago when they were defeated 3-0 by England in a friendly in Port of Spain in June, has moved on from Huish Park. The winger is now up at Rotherham United on trial, and came on as a sub in Wednesday's friendly 1-0 loss to Bristol Rovers. Manager Mark Robins says he'll probably take a second look at him in the Millers' next friendly against Hartlepool United on Saturday.


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1 August 2008 : Dunfermline Deal Done For Kirk
Scottish League side Dunfermline report that they have tied up Glovers striker Andy Kirk on a three year contract, subject to international clearance.

Scottish paper The Courier states that Kirk will join the Pars on a free transfer and that they were alerted to Kirk's availability recently. The paper states that "Yeovil determined that, as part of a cost-cutting exercise, they would be prepared to release Kirk from his contract" at Huish Park.

Manager Jim McIntyre told the paper:

"Andy has been on my radar for a wee while now and I'm so pleased to get him. Andy is strong, quick and someone who has scored goals wherever he has been. Hell be a great foil for Graham Bayne and I see him providing us with our biggest goal threat. The board here deserve a lot of credit for backing me in this signing."

Provided Kirk gets international clearance today, then he will make his debut on the opening day of the Scottish football season against Partick Thistle tomorrow.

Update: 11.30am Yeovil Town have now officially confirmed the departure of Andy Kirk to Dunfermline. They have also officially confirmed yesterday's departure of Scott Guyett.


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1 August 2008 : Wagenaar To Get Contract Offer
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is likely to offer Canadian goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar a permanent deal with the club, after impressing in pre-season friendlies.

The move is likely to give Yeovil Town two Canadian international keepers on their books, given that Asmir Begovic is now training with the Glovers and is expected to play in tomorrow's match against Weymouth. Neither keeper featured in the annual First Team photo, but Slade told the Western Daily Press that he was hoping to get Asmir signed up within the next week:

"Asmir is here and has trained with us. We hope he will put pen to paper on his loan before the start of the season. We are delighted to get him here because he impressed with us last season and we've been very patient in waiting for him."

Wagenaar will also have talks held next week, suggesting that Slade has been able to get enough budget to sign up two keepers for this season:

"Josh has impressed and we'll sit down with him. Maybe this time next week we'll have two goalkeepers."

The assumption has to be that the third goalkeeper down at Huish Park during pre-season, Corrin Brooks-Meade, will be the unlucky party and will have to look elsewhere. Corrin played in Wednesday night's match at Hillingdon Borough, but with Begovic and Wagenaar now on the training ground, it would seem likely that Brooks-Meade will be shown the door.


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