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31 August 2009 : JPT Competition Betting Odds
Whilst on the subject of betting (see earlier news item) the Football League Trophy remains realistically our most likely source of silverware this season. The competition starts tomorrow with most clubs involved in First Round ties and so this is an appropriate opportunity to list all the odds for that competition before a ball is kicked.

A lot of the bookies don't bother to display odds for the Football League Trophy (or Johnstone's Paint Trophy if you want its sponsored name). Of those that do, their list of favourites have a familiar ring to it - we'll just let you read the list in full, althought it's worth noting that League Two side Notts County are joint 4th favourites.

We've used Sky Bet as our baseline here and they rate Yeovil at 40/1 to win the competition outright. There are a lot of League Two clubs on these same odds, with the Glovers pitched right at the edge of list of League One clubs. Tomorrow's opponents AFC Bournemouth are ranked at 50/1. The full list is as follows:

Leeds 10/1
Norwich, Millwall 12/1
Charlton, Notts County 14/1
Southampton, MK Dons, Huddersfield 16/1
Oldham 18/1
Colchester, Brighton, Tranmere 20/1
Walsall 22/1
Southend, Wycombe, Brentford, Bristol Rovers 25/1
Swindon, Orient, Carlisle, Hartlepool 33/1
Gillingham, Rotherham, Exeter, Shrewsbury, Bradford, Chesterfield, Yeovil, Northampton, Stockport 40/1
Bury, Bournemouth, Rochdale, Crewe 50/1
Dagenham, Torquay, Cheltenham, Hereford, Lincoln, Aldershot, Grimsby, Port Vale, Darlington, Morecambe 66/1
Barnet, Macclesfield, Burton 80/1
Accrington 100/1.


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31 August 2009 : End Of August League One Odds
Just before the season started, we published some pre-season odds for League One clubs to look at how we fared in the bookies eyes. With us now having reached the end of the month, this represents a good moment to take a second look at the odds now the season has started.

We used Bet365 as our baseline last time, and in the odds for the title outright, they no longer have Yeovil Town as the second of two rank outsiders, even if our odds have widened since the season started. We're out from 80/1 to 125/1 at present, but there's been a radical shift of thinking in terms of how well Southampton are likely to do this season. They presumably expected them to breeze through their 10 point deficit this season - now it appears that isn't going to be the case, they're out from 20/1 to 200/1! Stockport County are still the rank outsiders and have widened further to 300/1 despite a relatively steady start. The Glovers are joined on 125/1 by Hartlepool United, with a whole load of clubs on 100/1.

Predictably, the 100 percent starts for Leeds United and Charlton Athletic have seen them continue to be highly ranked, with Leeds at 7/5 whilst Charlton are priced at 4/1. Last Saturday's opponents Huddersfield Town are tagged at 15/2. Full odds are as follows:

Leeds 7/5
Charlton 4/1
Huddersfield 15/2
MK Dons 9/1
Norwich 11/1
Millwall 22/1
Colchester, Brentford 25/1
Bristol Rovers 33/1
Brighton, Swindon, Oldham 40/1
Southend 50/1
Exeter 80/1
Gillingham, Orient, Walsall, Carlisle, Tranmere, Wycombe 100/1
Yeovil, Hartlepool 125/1
Southampton 200/1
Stockport 300/1

As before, you should shop around if you're considering putting money down on any teams. The Glovers best odds are 150/1 with Boylesports, BetFred, Victor Chandler, Paddy Power and William Hill. Stan James give the worst odds, at 80/1.

If you can't get your head around the idea of the Glovers getting outright promotion, but still believe in thoughts of play-off finals, or sneaking into second place, then Coral offer odds of 40/1 against that happening. Most bookmakers still have us pegged as second outsiders for this one, with Stockport County the rank outsiders, although Coral buck the trend and consider us the least likely side in the division to gain promotion.

If your glass remains entirely empty then the relegation odds are largely an inverse of the promotion odds, although Southampton have much wider odds, with Hartlepool replacing them. Blue Square and 888 Sport are offering almost identical odds, with Stockport rated 8/11 on, followed by Hartlepool (7/4) and Yeovil Town (2/1) with Walsall at 9/4. Exeter (2/1), Gillingham (11/4), Tranmere (3/1) and Swindon (3/1) are considered to be the other clubs that should be worried about their survival.


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31 August 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth
For those of you heading to Dean Court tomorrow evening, the usual Ciderspace guide is available. Featuring a potted history, past meetings, current form, directions, parking and a pub guide, the guide to AFC Bournemouth for our Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round tie can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bournemouth.


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31 August 2009 : Skiverton Facing Kalala Decision
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is close to making up his mind over trialist midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, but is frustrated that he is being pushed into making a bigger decision than he wanted to.

Skiverton has suggested that Kalala is the only player who is currently on the horizon ahead of tomorrow's transfer window deadline (Tuesday 5.00p.m.) who he may sign up and so far has indicated that he is impressed by him. However, he has told the Western Morning News that a change to the transfer window regulations this season has scuppered any plans he had to give Kalala a month-to-month deal at Huish Park:

"There will be no one else coming in before Tuesday, it will be JP or nothing. But we haven't been helped by the transfer window regulations. It's disappointing for the smaller clubs, because the rule now says you can't sign players on a month's contract that goes past the window. I wanted to look at JP and, with finances for the smaller clubs, it makes it difficult if you have to take players until Christmas. That's a rule that kills clubs like us and it's unfortunate because we now have to make our minds up in a short space of time."

It's often difficult to find what the new regulations are when the footballing authorities have a habit of changing loan and transfer rules every season without making them clear to the footballing public, however it appears that Bristol Rovers are having similar problems. Their goalkeeper Rhys Evans is on a short term deal at the Memorial Stadium which runs out on September 9th, but he has an exit clause in his contract that allows him to walk out early in the event of him being able to find another club.

Given this and Skiverton's words, it would appear that the authorities are now blocking the practice where players signed on month-to-month deals could 'transfer' between clubs when their month deal ran out, by joining their new club as a 'free agent'. By closing this option, no player in his right mind is going to willingly accept a contract offer that expires prior to January 1st. The practice the Glovers adopted last season of putting defender Aaron Brown on a week-to-week contract to keep their options open would appear to be a non-starter now, though whether that's because the parties were not interested in a week-to-week or whether the rules on that have changed we don't know.

The issue that Skiverton faces now is that with midfielder Ryan Mason frequently breaking down with a groin problem and several recent away matches exposing Yeovil's lack of a defensive midfielder, that this is an area of concern that needs addressing. He could of course wait until the 'emergency' loan window opens in just over a week's time, but that may not provide him with the squad stability or options that he wants.

Whilst on the subject of loans, Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has extended his loan deal at Brisbane Road and will now remain a Leyton Orient player until December 31st.


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30 August 2009 : Skivo Putting Bigger Clubs On The Back Foot
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his sides are taking the game to the biggest clubs in League One in an attempt to put them on the back foot. The Glovers played Huddersfield Town yesterday at the Galpharm Stadium, and although they came away with a 2-1 defeat, Skiverton felt that his side had imposed themselves upon the Terriers right from the start and were unlucky not to be 2-0 up inside 15 minutes:

"We didn't come up here with only one up front. We wanted to win and set out to attack and control the game from midfield. We want to see whether these clubs with big stadiums and big crowds have what it takes to stand up to us. We were not frightened by playing a team like Huddersfield. We had them on the back foot from the start. My only disappointment was we missed the penalty. When you have a chance to go two up, you need to take it."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Town Game (BBC Interview Transcript).

Link: Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.

Link: Match Report : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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30 August 2009 : 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey Reminder
Last Sunday, we launched a site survey to look into supporters' attendance habits at Huish Park.

That survey is going to be kept open for two weeks to allow for people who are on holiday at present to contribute to it. As we're at the halfway point of the survey, just a reminder for those who have yet to submit their thoughts that you have one week left to send your answers through to us. We'll close the survey immediately following next Saturday's match against Swindon Town.

For further information, and why we chose to do the survey, see the link below, which takes you through to the survey itself.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey.


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30 August 2009 : Past Meetings Against Yeovil Town Sides
Further to some of the recent additions to the statistical archives on this site, some additional improvements have been made in terms of the accessibility of data in the archive.

Those of you who travel to away matches will hopefully be regular visitors to the Ciderspace Opposition Profiles which provide plenty of away day information and have also included all past meetings between Yeovil Town and the team we are travelling to.

This section has now been expanded to list all clubs that Yeovil Town have played in first team matches since the start of the 1948/49 season (to reflect the database coverage) and to display all past meetings against those clubs.

It's already possible to do this via many pages in the Statistics section of the site, via the League Tables and Results pages. However, this change should consolidate all past meetings against clubs into a single page where the specific Ciderspace Opposition Profile does not currently exist. If you know Yeovil Town played a particular team, but can't remember the date the game was played, then this may prove to be a quicker way of hunting the match down, rather than trying to guess which season it was played in.

As ever, further improvements will be made to the statistical archive as time allows.

Link: Ciderspace Opposition Directories.


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30 August 2009 : Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee David Phillips (West Sussex).

He is in his second season as a Football League referee, and we have had him twice during that time. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex.

Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.

The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Lee Collins (Surrey) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.


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29 August 2009 : League One Saturday Round-Up
Yeovil Town have slipped three places to 12th on the back of this afternoon's results. The 2-1 defeat at the Galpharm Stadium leaves them four points off the playoffs and one point off the bottom four sides as the lower mid-table section of League One continues to be separated by a fraction as the Glovers head a list of 10 clubs on five or four points.

At the top of the table Charlton Athletic and Leeds United are still on maximum points after five games. Charlton are top on goal difference with their 0-4 away win over Tranmere Rovers sending the Wirral side into the relegation zone. Leeds were involved in the big game of the day, with their 2-1 win at the Community Stadium seeing them cement a clear 2nd place, whilst Colchester United slipped to 5th.

Yeovil's opponents today occupy 4th slot after their 2-1 win over the Glovers, whilst Milton Keynes Dons did all of their spade work in the first six minutes of their match against Exeter City with Jermaine Easter bagging a quickfire double that turned out to be enough despite Barry Corr's second half strike.

Next week's opponents Swindon Town gained a 2-1 victory over Southend United although made heavy work of it, given that they were a man up for 65 minutes due to a red card for former Glover Jean Francois Christophe. Two players scored their first goals for the club with Scott Cuthbert and Temitope Obadeyi netting for the Robins, but despite only having 10 men on the field, Southend fought back with a late goal from Damian Scannell.

At the bottom end of the table, Southampton continue to make sticky work of their 10 point deduction with the South Coast side still yet to pick up their first win of the season. Even without their points deficit they would still be in the relegation zone, although they will rue Stockport County's last minute penalty from Carl Baker that denied them all three points in a 1-1 draw. Another penalty from Richard Lambert at the tail end of the first half had given Saints the lead.

Brighton and Hove Albion remain second from bottom although will have been pleased with a 1-1 draw on Friday night at Millwall and the Seagulls and Saints are still the only two sides in League One without a win. Tranmere Rovers continue to look the poor side they appeared to be on the opening day of the season with the aforementioned 0-4 home defeat that puts them third from bottom, whilst Hartlepool United lost 0-2 at home to Norwich City, who appear to be back on track from their opening day disaster having moved themselves up to 10th.

Hartlepool complete the quartet of clubs in the relegation zone, although given that they are one point behind Yeovil in 12th, it's clear that there is a very long way to go. Early signs are that this could be one of the most fiercely competitive League One seasons for a number of years with very little sign of consistency outside the top four clubs.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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29 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Town Game
Following today's 2-1 defeat, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript of Terry's post-match views on the match against Huddersfield Town are recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Town Game.


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29 August 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you were at the Galpharm Stadium for the lunchtime match against Huddersfield Tow, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from today's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

Link: Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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29 August 2009 : Huddersfield 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Go Down At The Galpharm
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at the Galpharm Stadium at lunchtime today, despite giving Huddersfield Town an early scare by taking the lead against the big-spending Yorkshire side. A Keiran Murtagh strike put them a goal up just 6 minutes into the match, meaning that for once Yeovil started in a positive manner. But goals from Theo Robinson and Michael Collins put the home side in the ascendancy and despite an end-to-end finale, Huddersfield were able to maintain their 100 percent home record.

Yeovil went into the game making two changes to their starting line-up with Nathan Smith and Ryan Mason returning from injury although both players finished the game carrying knocks. Andy Welsh and George O'Callaghan dropped to the bench, whilst defender Stefan Stam's comeback from injury was only enough to get him a place on the bench. Former Yeovil Town right-back Lee Peltier recovered from a cheekbone injury to come up against the Glovers for the first time.

The Glovers got off to a dream start with a long range Keiran Murtagh effort just six minutes into the half, hitting the top corner of the net from 25 yards out after he blocked a Huddersfield clearance from a corner - a great way for him to open his scoring account for Yeovil Town, and he celebrated his goal wildly as the majority of the Galpharm Stadium were stunned. That seemed to introduce a bit of nerviness to the home side and their supporters - perhaps Murtagh's goal made them realise they were going to be involved in a game, rather than the walkover that the bookies would have led them to believe they were going to get.

Yeovil could have been 2-0 up within 13 minutes of the match starting. Former Glover Lee Peltier had a moment to forget when he tripped his close friend Nathan Smith - playing as a left-winger and so up against Pelts. The challenge was just inside the box, and so referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot. Sadly though, Gavin Tomlin's spot kick was well saved by home keeper Alex Smithies, and Tomlin's attempt to grab the rebound was also blocked by the keeper.

The Terriers could have equalised when Peter Clarke forced Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy into a strong parried save but when the ball came back to Clarke, the Huddersfield captain sliced his attempt across the face of goal. At the other end, Jonathan Obika almost took advantage of a mix-up between defender Andy Butler and goalkeeper Smithies. The two Terriers players collided as they deliberated over who should take control of the ball, but Obika also got caught up in the collision and landed on the deck and the loose ball was cleared.

Yeovil on the whole looked comfortable in an end-to-end first half, and so they would have been disappointed that a lapse of concentration contributed to Huddersfield's equaliser. Striker Theo Robinson had been off receiving treatment for an injury and when he hobbled back onto the field of play, Anthony Pilkington's cross to the back post saw Robinson unmarked and probably unnoticed by the Yeovil defence and he was able to finish from eight yards out in free space. 1-1 and that was how the teams went in at the break.

The second period saw Huddersfield assume far more control of the game, and they took the lead for the first time 20 minutes into the half. The Glovers had taken a free kick a little too quickly and home keeper Alex Smithies produced a quick clearance to set up Lionel Ainsworth on the wing. His cross into the box saw Michael Collins in plenty of free space, with the Glovers midfielders struggling to regain their ground, and he was able to plant a free header past Alex McCarthy to make it 2-1.

A double substitution immediately followed with Andy Welsh and Sam Williams introduced for Nathan Jones and Gavin Tomlin. Ten minutes later, the Glovers suffered a blow when Ryan Mason went down with a groin injury and had to be replaced by George O'Callaghan.

The end period of the game looked extremely stretched both ways, with the Glovers committing players forward and Jon Obika and Andy Welsh both having shots blocked by Terriers defenders as they attempted to find an equaliser. However, Huddersfield substitute Robbie Simpson could have put the game out of sight when he got put through in a one-on-one with Alex McCarthy, but Yeovil's on loan keeper put in an excellent blocking save.

Andy Welsh almost deceived home keeper Alex Smithies with a quickly taken free kick in the dying seconds of the game, when he took a free kick quickly as Smithies lined up his wall on his near post, but Smithies was just about able to scramble to his opposite post to turn the ball round for a corner. But three minutes of injury time didn't change matters, and despite running them close, Yeovil will have nothing to show from their 12 hour trip to the Galpharm today. Let's hope that the journey home is a little kinder and that the injury to Ryan Mason and the late knock to Nathan Smith caused by a hefty challenge by Robbie Simpson are not too serious.

Final Score: Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Keiran Murtagh (0-1, 6 mins), Theo Robinson (1-1, 33 mins), Michael Collins (2-1, 65 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock (capt) 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan (80 mins for Ryan Mason) 9. Sam Williams (72 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 11. Andy Welsh (71 mins for Nathan Jones) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard

Huddersfield Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex Smithies
2. Lee Peltier 18. Andy Butler 5. Peter Clarke (capt) 3. Joe Skarz
28. Lionel Ainsworth 4. Michael Collins 8. Antony Kay 19. Anthony Pilkington
9. Theo Robinson 17. Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes:
Matt Glennon, Nathan Clarke, Robbie Simpson (65 mins for Lionel Ainsworth), Jim Goodwin (80 mins for Antony Kay), Robbie Williams, Lee Novak (56 mins for Jordan Rhodes), James Berrett

Huddersfield Bookings: Robbie Simpson (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Tomlin (35 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, retaliation)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Steve Cook (Derbyshire) and Jonathan Hunt (County Durham). Fourth Official: Chris Akers (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 12,646 (including 233 Yeovil supporters)


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29 August 2009 : Glovers Youth Lose Out To Rovers
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost narrowly to Bristol Rovers this morning by a 2-1 scoreline in their third Youth Alliance match. The Glovers went behind to two first half goals, but rallied in the second half following a series of substitutions.

The first half all went Rovers' way. Even before they opened the scoring, they had big appeals for an opening goal turned down when they claimed a ball had crossed the line, yet the Glovers hacked the ball away, and the linesman's flag stayed down. Rovers finally netted legitimately in the 27th and 37th minutes and in between Glovers keeper Steve Boore had to be alert to tip another shot over the bar.

The Glovers were forced into a half time substitution, with Rhys Baggridge unable to continue and Lloyd Matthews was introduced. Matthews was one of two Under 16s players named on the subs bench, with Tom Hopkins also getting on the pitch later in the second half. A bad tackle on Ciaran Levet forced Yeovil into their second change of the match, with Robert Clowes another replacement.

Yeovil began to carve out their own chances as the game went on, with Johnny Oliver and Lloyd Matthews having shots saved, whilst Oliver had a header creep just wide of the post with eight minutes remaining.

The closing minutes got a bit tetchy, with Rovers' No.6 booked for a bad foul on Tom Hopkins, whilst former Plymouth Argyle academy player George Booth followed his team-mate into the book for verbals shortly afterwards. Robert Clowes became Yeovil's second booking late on in the second period, with Tom Gallagher already yellowed for a foul.

In the final minutes though, Yeovil's second half rally finally brought a reward. Tyler Sheppard's free kick could only be parried by the Rovers keeper and Robert Clowes was able to gobble up the rebound. In the end though it came too late to save the game.

All three substitutes deserve credit for the way they livened up the game. The more experienced Robert Clowes gave the Rovers defence something different to deal with, whilst the Under 16s pair of Lloyd Matthews and Tom Hopkins did not look out of place at all, and their energy and willingness to attack the ball made a difference to Yeovil's second half play.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Bristol Rovers No.11 (1-0, 27 mins), Bristol Rovers No. 8 (2-0, 37 mins), Robert Clowes (2-1, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore, Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge, Steve Harris, Joe Grimstead, Tom Gallagher, Adam Wakley, Johnny Oliver, Tom Scott, Ciaran Levet, Tyler Sheppard.

Substitutes:
Robert Clowes (55 mins for Ciaran Levet), Alex West, Charlie Elsworth, Tom Hopkins (68 mins for Adam Wakley), Lloyd Matthews (46 mins for Rhys Baggridge).

Bookings: Tom Gallagher (foul, 63 mins), Robert Clowes (foul, 87 mins)


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29 August 2009 : Today's Line-Ups At Huddersfield
Yeovil Town make two changes to last weekend's match against Leyton Orient for their match at the Galpharm Stadium this lunchtime. Both involve players returning from injury, with left-back Nathan Smith and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason regaining their places in the side.

Assistant manager Nathan Jones keeps his place in the side meaning that it's a toss-up as to which of Smith or Jones will occupy the left-back and left-wing berths, with Andy Welsh dropping to the bench.

Meanwhile a more straight-forward swap is Mason's inclusion for George O'Callaghan, who also drops to the bench. Defender Stefan Stam is fit, but only makes the bench as Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker keep their places in the side.

The Glovers had the journey from hell yesterday with the closure of the Avonmouth Bridge on the M5. The Glovers coach left Yeovil at 11.30a.m. but only arrived at their hotel in Huddersfield at 11.30p.m. meaning a mammoth 12 hour coach journey and very little recovery time. Most players got to their beds well after midnight last night - not ideal preparation for today's early start.

Home side Huddersfield Town have made one forced change from their Wednesday night Carling Cup tie at Newcastle United. On loan midfielder Daniel Drinkwater has a hamstring strain and is replaced by former Hereford United winger Lionel Ainsworth, who scored a hat-trick against the Glovers in a Carling Cup match in 2007.

Former Glover Lee Peltier has recovered from a head injury that saw him stretchered off at St James Park on Wednesday night, with his cheekbone injury not deemed to be serious enough to stop him coming up against his former club for the first time since his summer move to Yorkshire.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams 11. Andy Welsh 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard

Huddersfield Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex Smithies
2. Lee Peltier 18. Andy Butler 5. Peter Clarke (capt) 3. Joe Skarz
28. Lionel Ainsworth 4. Michael Collins 8. Antony Kay 19. Anthony Pilkington
9. Theo Robinson 17. Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes:
Matt Glennon, Nathan Clarke, Robbie Simpson, Jim Goodwin, Robbie Williams, Lee Novak, James Berrett


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29 August 2009 : Youth Team Line-Up vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Youth Team are in action this morning against Bristol Rovers in their third Youth Alliance league match of the season. The starting line-up for today's game is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore, Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge, Steve Harris, Joe Grimshaw, Tom Gallagher, Adam Wakely, Johnny Oliver, Tom Scott, Ciaran Levet, Tyler Sheppard.


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29 August 2009 : O'Callaghan Admits To Inconsistent Start
Yeovil Town midfielder George O'Callaghan has admitted that he has not hit his top form since arriving at Huish Park during the summer. The former Tranmere Rovers player has started every match so far this season since his arrival from Irish side Dundalk and he has told BBC Somerset that he has always been a slow starter at the clubs he has been at and that he was somewhat disappointed with his own performances so far:

"I suppose I've been disappointed really. I've been inconsistent and I've found it hard to find my feet. But I think that maybe the second half on Saturday (against Leyton Orient) was the best I'd played since I've come here. But I just need games. It always takes me a little while to settle into a club and I'm sure I will. I'm sure of myself and it's just a case of whether I keep getting the chance to show myself. When I do, I know I'm a top midfielder in this league, but I can't keep just saying that. I've got to go out and prove it."

O'Callaghan is one of 12 new arrivals at Huish Park this summer, albeit with Jonathan Obika, Danny Hutchins and Andy Lindegaard being familiar faces to Glovers fans. The Irishman believes that the age of the squad and the fact that the players are new to each other has been a factor in why the team's performances have not been particularly consistent so far - often even within games:

"You always get that when you've got a young squad and a new squad put together. There is always inconsistency. I've had that with Cork, when I was at Cork City, but we built up a great squad with some fantastic players there like Kevin Doyle, Alan Bennett and Roy O'Donovan who all went to make million pound moves into England. I think it's about giving everybody the chance to keep it there and after everyone gets that experience and gets to know the league, then they can build from there."


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29 August 2009 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient saw the Glovers pegged back with a 3-3 draw at Huish Park. The Man of the Match voting turned into the tale of two wingers, despite votes being cast far and wide with nine players gaining top marks from at least one voter.

In the end, whilst Craig Alcock and Jonathan Obika got the thumbs up from many voters, it was left-winger Andy Welsh who ran the eventual winner the closest, with right-winger Danny Schofield coming out on top, having scored Yeovil's third goal during the game.

The full results, with outright MOTM counts in brackets, are as follows:

1 Danny Schofield 336 (23)
2 Andy Welsh 228 (14)
3 Craig Alcock 152 (8)
4 Jonathan Obika 114 (5)
5 Keiran Murtagh 96 (4)
6 Gavin Tomlin 62 (3)
7 Terrell Forbes 38 (2)
8 George O'Callaghan 38 (1)
9 Nathan Jones 14 (1)
10 Alex McCarthy 10 (0)
11 Steven Caulker 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.66

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28 August 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bournemouth
The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for Tuesday night's trip to AFC Bournemouth in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st September with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will leave Huish Park at 4.30p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

To place your booking, email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01460-76980 (Evenings) or 07837 265 525 (Mobile).

Link: GWSC Travel To Bournemouth.


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28 August 2009 : September 2009 Fixtures Poster
A couple of Yeovil Town supporters have been recently producing Fixtures Posters on a monthly basis to advertise forthcoming home matches at Huish Park. These are currently available in the Huish Park Reception area if you want to pick up free copies.

Another suggestion was for these posters to be made available in electronic form so that supporters who can't easily get to Huish Park outside match days could easily print out copies to display in their local workplace, school, youth club etc. Obviously make sure you get permission before putting them up, where necessary, but 'soft' copies are now available for any supporters to print out and display wherever they can.

Starting off, here is September 2009's poster below. The poster is in PDF format, so you'll need a free copy of Adobe Reader on your PC if you don't have it on there already. The easiest way to get hold of the poster is to do a right-click on the link below and then choose Save As to copy the poster to your local drive. You can then print out the poster to your heart's content.

If you have any queries or advice on where posters might need to be displayed, contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: September 2009 Fixtures Poster.

Link: Adobe Website : Adobe Reader Download.


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28 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bookies Giving Away Money!
As Yeovil Town supporters line up a row of alarm clocks by their bedsides tonight to go off at crazy hours, Taff has been looking at tomorrow's trip to Huddersfield Town. He's a decidedly bullish mood in his analysis of the bookies odds on tomorrow's match at the Galpharm Stadium as well. Dare you take his advice for the lunchtime game with his track record so far this season? Read on and judge for yourself on Taff's Gloversblog, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bookies Giving Away Money!


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28 August 2009 : New Supporters' Liaison Group Launched
Yeovil Town have announced a new supporters group to replace the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership (ABUFP). The new group will be entitled the Supporters' Liaison Group (SLG). As per the ABUFP, the SLG is timetabled to meet on a bimonthly basis with the first meeting set for next month. The group's purpose will be "to develop and improve the club/supporter relationship". Yeovil Town Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley has outlined the broad aims of the new working group as follows:

Yeovil Town Football Club are pleased to announce, after weeks of discussion, the setting up of the SLG (Supporters' Liaison Group), the new group to develop and improve the club / supporter relationship. This has been established to replace the Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership which has been running for two years now.

Speaking about the new initiative to the club's official site, supporter liaison officer Sara Bradley, who has been instrumental in setting up the SLG, explained "In my personal opinion, I feel that the ABUFP has done a good job, however it has limitations. I feel that the new working party is the next step forward and will be more successful in building good relationships between the fan base and the club and developing best practice."

During the time of the ABUFP, there were a number of initiatives put forward by fans that have been implemented including discounted season tickets, the abolition of premium pricing, the improvement of the matchday programme and the website to name a few.

The SLG will meet bi-monthly with Sara for the course of the year with the first meeting arranged for next month. The group's main aim will be to purely focus on matters that directly affect the supporters and their experience at Huish Park.

Sara added "I received an email from a fan suggesting that supporter's representatives serve a longer term in order to get to know each other and gain confidence in their roles. Therefore, each current rep will remain in office until September 2010 at which time new elections will be held."

"We have been unable to hold the six meetings necessary under the terms of reference of the ABUFP due to various reasons and I apologise to the fans for this. I feel that by keeping the reps involved for a further year, they will be given more of a chance to work proactively with the club on supporter-related issues."

The SLG will discuss general agenda items rather than specific questions as this will ensure a more concentrated approach on key areas within the club. Ideas generated from the meetings will be presented to the Executive Committee for consideration at their next meeting. An article regarding the meeting will appear on the club's official website within 48 hours.

Sara closed by saying "I hope the supporters understand my reasoning behind this change as I feel that the SLG will provide the perfect opportunity to highlight any issues or put forward any new ideas that may benefit both the club and its loyal fans."

The article has been published following a discussion about the future of the ABUFP on the green room forum although we're aware that the previous ABUFP format was already under review. We'll bring more details of how the new format will work when further details are available.


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28 August 2009 : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow for a difficult looking League One match against Huddersfield Town. The match kicks off at 12.00 noon meaning a ridiculously early start for Glovers fans in the small hours of the morning, with coaches leaving for the game at 4.45a.m. Dedication beyond the cause, without doubt.

Thankfully the team will be travelling up today and staying in Yorkshire so that even if the supporters arrive bleary-eyed at the ground, hopefully the team won't be too badly affected. They travel with just long term absentees Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) missing, and the only decisions manager Terry Skiverton will need to make is whether left-back Nathan Smith (ankle ligaments), centre-back Stefan Stam (hamstring) and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason (groin) are ready to return to match action for tomorrow's game after recovering from knocks that kept them out last weekend. Of the three, Smith is the most likely to make it, having returned to training on Tuesday, whilst Stam and Mason came back in on Thursday, meaning that the club's medical team will need to ensure that they have not suffered any reaction to their first training sessions.

The Terriers have two players definitely missing with midfielder Tom Clarke (knee operation) and midfielder/winger Gary Roberts (suspended) both definitely ruled out of Saturday's match. Manager Lee Clark has three decisions to make before kick-off, with a trio of players picking up knocks in their 4-3 defeat at St James Park against Newcastle United in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

Of those, right-back Lee Peltier will be the player that most Glovers will be looking out for. He was knocked out by a challenge in midweek and is being assessed for a cheekbone injury and possible concussion, with the Terriers keeping it very quiet as to whether he will feature against his old club. Striker Jordan Rhodes also picked up a head wound in the same game and needed stitching, although the fact that he finished the game suggests that he should pull through. Finally on loan Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater came off in the same match with a hamstring strain and he will need to be assessed first.

In terms of matches between the two clubs, the Glovers have a surprisingly good record against the Terriers. Last season, they took four points out of the two games, without conceding a goal. A 0-0 draw in October 2008 saw loan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic put in a masterclass performance to keep the scoreline blank. Then in January 2009, a priceless 1-0 win at Huish Park saw Shaun MacDonald score the winning goal on his debut.

On the whole, the Galpharm Stadium has been the scene of fond memories for the Glovers. Top of the list would have to be the April 2006 2-1 win that kept Yeovil Town in League One football at the tail end of their first season at that level. Striker Phil Jevons scored both goals for the Glovers that day. He's since moved on to sign for Huddersfield, but he won't be anywhere near the ground tomorrow - he is on a season long loan with League Two side Morecambe and has not played for the Terriers since March.

As far as current form is concerned, the Glovers have not won in four matches, and will do well to come away with all three points, with their last win being on the opening day of the season against Tranmere Rovers. Thankfully that winless streak is tempered by two draws in their last two games.

Meanwhile Huddersfield started like an express train, but defeats to Bristol Rovers and Newcastle United in their last two matches have shown a chink in their armour. Even so, the home side will be hot favourites after winning 3-1, 3-1 and 7-1 in their three home matches so far this season. Realistically, no-one would be complaining if Yeovil made it three draws in a row if that made them the first side to shut out the Terriers on their home match this season.

As mentioned above, kick-off for all you lucky people setting your alarm clocks is at 12.00 noon. The Ciderspace guide to Huddersfield and coach travel information can be found via the links below.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Officials (Revised).


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28 August 2009 : Change of Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's trip to the Galpharm Stadium have been revised. The original referee David Foster for the match against Huddersfield Town has been replaced by Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League just over 12 months ago, meaning that we've only had him the once as the man in the middle. That occasion was last October, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell.

That match was his first ever game at League One level - since then he's become a regular, and has stepped up to do two Championship games at Norwich City and Swansea City. So far this season Mr Hooper has refereed five matches and has yet to bring out a red card. His last game in charge was for Charlton Athletic's 2-0 win over Walsall, where he produced just one yellow card.

Assistants and Fourth Official for the fixture remain the same. Mr Hooper will be assisted by Steve Cook (Derbyshire) and Jonathan Hunt (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Chris Akers (South Yorkshire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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28 August 2009 : Glovers Expecting A Quiet Close To The Transfer Window
Yeovil Town are not expecting any significant business to take place ahead of the closure of the transfer window on Tuesday. The window has been extended due to the August Bank Holiday and will now close on Tuesday at 5.00p.m. from a Football League perspective, and therefore this weekend should see a number of clubs looking to make the finishing touches to their first team squads.

Manager Terry Skiverton made most of his signings before the 2009-10 season started and the only player he has added to his squad since pre-season has been striker Jonathan Obika. Skiverton has told the Western Gazette that he doesn't expect his squad to change prior to the window closing:

"Not at the moment but you never know with these signings that are made really late and these opportunities that come up late. I do not envisage anything happening."

The one exception could be defensive midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala who is trialling with the club. However, Kalala is a free agent and so the transfer window deadline would not be relevant to him. Skiverton told the paper that so far his impression of Kalala was a positive one:

"We are still monitoring JP and he is doing really well. He is quite close to our plans."

Skiverton has indicated an additional midfielder is currently his only requirement in the market at present and so if Kalala does sign, then that will close business entirely in terms of new players arriving. At that point, the only way the current situation would change would be if there were unexpected departures from Huish Park during the final few days of the transfer window. This time last year, striker Lloyd Owusu left for Cheltenham Town late on the final day; an exit that resulted in the arrival of left-winger Andy Welsh.


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27 August 2009 : Team News For The Galpharm Stadium
With the exception of their long term injuries, Yeovil Town will have a full squad to select from ahead of Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town. The Glovers lost team captain Stefan Stam to a hamstring injury, plus had midfielder/striker Ryan Mason and left-back Nathan Smith missing during last Saturday's 3-3 draw with Leyton Orient.

Having had the full week away from competitive action, manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that all three players are now back in training and that therefore he will have plenty of options to take to the Galpharm Stadium, assuming all three players are passed as fully match fit:

"We've got a full squad to pick from. All the ones that had knocks have come through training today. There's some food for thought for us there, and we're just looking forward to the game."

In terms of long term absentees Dean Bowditch and Aidan Downes, the latter is still awaiting a shoulder operation after he suffered a reaction to the knee operation he had for a cruciate ligament tear. Downes suffered an infection and had to go back into hospital a second time, plus go onto antibiotics, and this meant that the decision to operate on his shoulder was put on hold. His knee injury still remains his long term concern. No new timeframes have been put on either player's recovery from injury, although Bowditch was expected to be out until December with his dislocated shoulder. Cruciate ligament damage is normally a long term problem - in the past players like Paul Terry and Lee Morris have needed up to half a season to recover from their operations.

The Terriers have lost their last two away matches against Bristol Rovers and to Newcastle United in the Carling Cup. But at home they have a hugely impressive record having won 3-1, 3-1 and 7-1 in their three matches at the Galpharm Stadium, and Skivo admitted that the goals have been spread around the Yorkshire side and that his team would need to be solid enough to nullify their attack:

"As you can see, they appear to be scoring throughout their side. It's not just their strikers or one person scoring. It seems to be coming from quite a few different areas. So we've been doing a little bit of work out there on the training pitch. We'll try and be solid and have our two banks of four and soak up a little bit of pressure and hit them on the break."

Link: Peltier Suffers Newcastle Knockout.

Link: Gary Roberts (No, Not That One) Is Suspended.

Link: Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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27 August 2009 : McCarthy Gets England Call-Up
Yeovil Town have had three players included in England international squads and standby lists for the coming month. Of those one player will definitely be missing for a Glovers First Team fixture, whilst the other two will have to wait to see whether they make the final squads nearer the time.

First up is Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who is in the England Under 21s squad that will travel to FYR Macedonia and Greece. England play Macedonia on Friday 4th September and Greece on Tuesday 8th September. The end result is that Alex will be missing for Yeovil Town's home match against Swindon Town on Saturday 5th September.

This is McCarthy's first call-up at Under 21 level, and he is one of three keepers named in the squad that will travel, with Blackburn Rovers keeper Frankie Fielding and Watford's Scott Loach competing for the place between the sticks for both games.

England Under 21s Squad: Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Reading, on loan to Yeovil Town), Ryan Bertand (Chelsea, on loan to Reading), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea, on loan to Wolves), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur), Micah Richards (Manchester City), James Tomkins (West Ham), Chris Smalling (Fulham), Miles Addison (Derby County), Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, on loan to Watford), Freddie Sears (West Ham, on loan to Crystal Palace), Junior Stanislas (West Ham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), James Vaughan (Everton), Danny Wellbeck (Manchester United).

Secondly, Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has been named in a preliminary squad of 30 players for the FIFA U20 World Cup, which will be staged in Egypt between September 24th and October 16th. The squad will be cut down to 21 players by September 11th, so Obika will have to wait until then to see if he makes the final cut. His absence will obviously also depend upon how far England get in the tournament if he is selected.

England Under 20s Head Coach Brian Eastick explained that the squad of 30 players was to satisfy a bit of FIFA bureaucracy in advance of the tournament and that he had been confirming with each club that the player concerned would be made available for the tournament. The eventual squad that would head out to Egypt would be from 21 of those 30 players:

"We have to put an initial squad of 30 players into FIFA and we can’t change that once it’s done, so we’ve got to make sure that those 30 players have a very realistic chance of going with us. We then narrow that down to a squad of 21 players and we want to take as strong a squad as possible for what will be a terrific competition for any young player to experience."

Lastly, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is on the stand-by list for the England Under 19s squad that will play at home to Russia on September 8th at Shrewsbury Town's ground. At present this means that he is not in the squad, but may be called up if injuries move him up the pecking order. If he is called up, he should not need to miss a Yeovil Town fixture. One player with Glovers connections who is definitely in the squad is Leyton Orient winger Andros Townsend.

England Under 19s Squad: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), John Bostock (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City), Nathanial Clyne (Crystal Palace), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Wesley Foderingham (Fulham), Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matthew James (Manchester United), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Cameron Stewart (Manchester United), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur - on loan at Leyton Orient), James Wallace (Everton), Sanchez Watt (Arsenal).

Congratulations to all three players, and we'll obviously keep an eye on whether Obika and Mason's listings turn into actual call-ups for the relevant games.


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27 August 2009 : GWSC Travel To Bournemouth
The GWSC will be taking coaches to next Tuesday's away trip at AFC Bournemouth. Kick-off in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie will be 7.45p.m.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 4.45p.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 5.00p.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £9.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more. Note that there are no concessionary prices for this trip.

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


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27 August 2009 : Venue For Saturday's Youth Game Changed
Saturday's Youth Team match against Bristol Rovers will be played at the sports complex known as AXA Sports and Social Club. Note that this is a change from the original venue. The ground is adjacent to Clifton Rugby Club and so you'll find signposts for both venues will serve you right up until the final 50 yards. Kick-off is 10.30a.m.

The complex is situated just off the Cribbs Causeway dual carriageway (A4018) that runs from M5 Junction 17 into the City Centre. If you are coming in from the M5 then be aware that you will need to go past the rugby club then double-back upon yourself at the next roundabout.

From the M5, take the A4018 (Bristol West). Travel down the dual carriageway (Cribbs Causeway) to the Crow Lane roundabout (Old Crow Public House). Do a 180 degree turn at this roundabout back towards the M5. As you approach next roundabout, turn left into lane just before the roundabout (marked by a brown sign – Clifton RFC). The entrance into the 'AXA Sports Ground' is opposite the end of the lane.

If you are coming from Bristol City Centre, then go straight over the Crow Lane roundabout towards the M5 then use the same directions as before.

Address: AXA Sports Centre, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TB.


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27 August 2009 : Peltier Suffers Newcastle Knockout
Former Yeovil Town right-back Lee Peltier is a doubt for Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. The Liverpudlian was playing for Huddersfield Town in their Carling Cup match against Newcastle United when he was involved in a second half collision with home winger Geremi. He was taken to hospital last night and with the League One match against the Glovers coming up on Saturday (kick-off 12.00 noon) he will need to be assessed, particularly if he has suffered any concussion.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark explained what had happened, and also revealed that Manchester United loan midfielder Daniel Drinkwater had suffered an injury. Speaking to the Terriers official site Clark said:

"Lee was knocked out by the challenge and although he came around, he has taken a whack on the cheek so he is on the way to hospital to have it checked out. Danny Drinkwater felt his groin too, so we had to take him off."

Huddersfield are not having the best of weeks for player availability. This week they announced that midfielders Gary Roberts and Tom Clarke would be out for Saturday's game due to suspension and a knee operation respectively.

Link: Gary Roberts (No, Not That One) Is Suspended.

Link: Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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26 August 2009 : Youth Teams Secure Double Wins
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side gained a last gasp win over Weston-super-Mare College tonight. Playing their Under 19s side at Carey's Playing Field in Sherborne, the Glovers gained their advantage in the closing minutes of the match.

With eight minutes left, Ciaran Levet had a penalty saved, but just when the game looked as though it was heading for a 0-0, up popped Mitch Conning with an 89th minute winner.

The Under 16s also won their match, although in a more comfortable manner. Goals from Max Harrington, Jake Allen, Tom Salter and Alex Pathy gave them a 4-1 win over the College team's Under 18s side.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore, Sam Ford, Will Mogridge, Rhys Baggridge, Charlie Elsworth, Danny Rosser, Tom Gallagher, Andrew Baker, Mitch Conning, Robert Clowes, Alex West.

Subs: (all used on a rolling basis) Tyler Sheppard, Ciaran Levet, Will Spurway, Josh Spoors.


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26 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Football's Gone Mad
During a fairly quiet week for news and football - if you're a Glover - Taff has turned his attentions to three areas of the game. First up is the Glovers' trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Secondly, a look at what's going on with the team now known as Sven-Goran-Eriksson's-Notts-County. And finally a look at something that should never need to be talked about in football in the 21st Century, but sadly has hit the back, front and inside pages of the nationals today.

Find all of this on Taff's Gloversblog, with the latest article available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Football's Gone Mad.


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26 August 2009 : Tonight's Under 18s Line-Up vs Weston
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are playing tonight against Weston-super-Mare College U19s. The line-up for tonight's game is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
Steve Boore, Sam Ford, Will Mogridge, Rhys Baggridge, Charlie Elsworth, Danny Rosser, Tom Gallagher, Andrew Baker, Mitch Conning, Robert Clowes, Alex West.

Subs: Tyler Sheppard, Ciaran Levet, Will Spurway, Josh Spoors.

The Under 16s are also in action taking on Weston's Under 18s side.


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26 August 2009 : Gary Roberts (No, Not That One) Is Suspended
Huddersfield Town player of the year Gary Roberts has been suspended by the Football Association for three matches. The midfielder, not to be confused with Yeovil Town's former playmaker of the same name, has been retrospectively banned for his part in an off-the-ball fracas that developed during the second half of Huddersfield's 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Unusually Roberts was not booked at the time, but the FA have introduced new powers this summer that allow them to take action against players after the event. The catalyst for the action appears to be the match referee's own post-match review of the incident, where no doubt he was looking to see if he'd picked out the right players during the brawl.

Roberts has in effect been retrospectively 'sent off' for violent conduct and will miss Saturday's match against Yeovil Town, plus tonight's Carling Cup game at Newcastle United and their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Rotherham United next week.

The news is badly timed for the Terriers, who also have lost midfielder Tom Clarke (again not the former Yeovil player!) to knee surgery. He will be out of the game for up to three months, meaning that the Yorkshire side will have to find a new midfield pairing or formation for Saturday's match at the Galpharm Stadium.

In separate charges, but related to the same incident, both Huddersfield and Bristol Rovers have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players. Huddersfield have already indicated they will be pleading guilty to the charge. The multi-man brawl was sparked when Rovers winger Jeff Hughes appeared to kick out at a Terriers player. Hughes stayed on the pitch with just a yellow card and went on to score the winning goal.

Link: Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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25 August 2009 : JPT Advance Tickets On Sale
Further to yesterday's news, tickets for Yeovil Town's away match in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy next Tuesday have gone on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match, against AFC Bournemouth, will be played on Tuesday 1st September at Dean Court, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are as per yesterday's news item with Adults charged £10.00 and Concessions (U16s and Over 65s) available at £5.00.

However, you can also buy a specially priced Family Ticket for two adults and two children for £24.00. Any additional children can also be tagged on at £2.00 each - i.e. two adults and four children would cost you £28.00 for their tickets.

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until mid-day on the day of the game. Visit in person or call them on 01935-847888. Tickets are also available on the day of the game at the same prices.


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25 August 2009 : Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's trip to the Galpharm Stadium have been announced. The match against Huddersfield Town will be refereed by David Foster (Tyne and Wear).

Mr Foster is a relative newcomer to the Football League, having been promoted to the national list of referees in 2006. His most significant achievement prior to that was to referee the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg between Morecambe and Dagenham and Redbridge during 2003 that saw the Daggers go through to the final.

We've only experienced Mr Foster once before, and it was for last season's away match against Huddersfield Town! That match saw Asmir Begovic in inspired form in a 0-0 draw, and we found Mr Foster reasonably competent on the night, with our major criticism being saved for one of his assistants. Otherwise he had a good game.

This will be Mr Foster's first Football League match of the 2009-10 season, having been last seen in May 2009 dealing with a Grimsby Town home match. Let's hope that his lack of games so far this season has not left him too rusty.

Mr Foster will be assisted by Steve Cook (Derbyshire) and Jonathan Hunt (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Chris Akers (South Yorkshire).

Link: October 2008 : Huddersfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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25 August 2009 : 2009-10 Youth Team Statistics Pages
Statistics pages for Yeovil Town's Under 18s have now been set up for the 2009-10 season. In addition to the Fixtures/Results page, there are now separate pages to record Goals and Appearances. The League Table has also been set up for the season so far. All pages are housed in the Statistics section and will be updated throughout the season.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Goals.

Link: 2009 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.


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24 August 2009 : Two Friendlies Arranged For Youth Sides
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides have arranged two friendlies for Wednesday evening. Yeovil Town Under 18s will be playing Weston-super-Mare College's Under 19s side. Meanwhile Yeovil Town's Under 16s will be playing Weston's Under 18s.

Both matches will kick-off at 6.00p.m. and will be played at Carey's Playing Fields in Sherborne.


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24 August 2009 : Obika In Team Of The Week
On loan Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has been named in the League One Team of the Week. The striker scored Yeovil Town's second goal against Leyton Orient on Saturday, and also won the penalty that gave the Glovers their opening goal against the East Londoners. The goal was Obika's first since his return to Huish Park for his second loan spell with the Glovers.

The full team, as compiled by the Press Association, is as follows:

Fraser Forster (Bristol Rovers)
Jason Crowe (Leeds) Matthew Taylor (Exeter) Danny Coles (Bristol Rovers) Peter Hartley (Hartlepool)
Jason Puncheon (Milton Keynes Dons) Dean Hammond (Southampton) Carl Baker (Stockport) Bradley Johnson (Leeds)
Grant Holt (Norwich) Jonathan Obika (Yeovil Town)

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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24 August 2009 : Dorchester Friendly Cancelled
Tomorrow (Tuesday) night's friendly at Jewson Stadium against Dorchester Town has been CANCELLED.

No reason further than "due to changed circumstances" has been provided at the Dorchester end. No confirmation of the cancellation has yet appeared from the Huish Park end.

Update 15.40: The cancellation has now been confirmed by the Yeovil Town Official Site.


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24 August 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield
There are more early risers prepared to organise travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The Devon and Dorset Greens are taking a minibus up to the Galpharm Stadium.

Cost will vary depending on how full their minibus gets, but is expected to be £14.00 or up to three pounds less if the bus is full. They will be leaving Huish Park at 4.45a.m. and will stop for breakfast at some point during the journey.

To place your booking, email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01460-76980 (Evenings) or 07837 265 525 (Mobile).

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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24 August 2009 : Ticketing For JPT
Well firstly, before the ticketing details, just to reveal that at last the clubs have set a date for the First Round League Trophy fixture between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town. Although it was always likely to be 1st September, quite why it's taken from the draw being made the Saturday before last until now, with a week to go, to confirm it one can only speculate:

Tuesday 1st September, 7.45 p.m.

Ticketing at Dean Court will be :

adult £10.00; concessions £5.00.

And that's all the information the Cherries have chosen to release. Meanwhile Yeovil Town have stated precisely - nothing still.

We presume it'll be pay-on-the-turnstiles only. How much of the stadium will be open? No idea as yet.


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24 August 2009 : GWSC Travel To Huddersfield
The GWSC will be taking coaches to this Saturday's away trip to Huddersfield Town. Note that kick-off for this game will be at 12.00 noon, and this means that they have had to adjust the time that they leave for the game.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 4.45a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 5.00a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £23.00 for adults, with concessions available at £21.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds on top of the quoted prices.

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

The Ciderspace Guide to Huddersfield can be found here.

Link: Guide To Huddersfield Town


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23 August 2009 : Interview With Danny Schofield
After scoring his first goal of the season against Leyton Orient on Saturday, Danny Schofield has set his sights on netting ten this season. Speaking to Pete Simpson of the BBC after the match he said:

As an attacking midfielder I always aim for ten but I only got four last season, which was a bit disappointing, so hopefully I can reach double figures and contribute to the team getting more points.”

Schofield admitted that he was disappointed the Glovers didn’t claim all three points but conceded that the side must defend better when they travel:

I think going away from home we’ve got to be a bit more solid because we’re not going to get that time and space, it’s going to be more of a tactical game.”

Yeovil travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday and Schofield is excited about the prospect of facing his former club:

I’ve only ever played for Huddersfield and Yeovil in my professional career. The fans there were good to me and there are some great people there so it will be good to say hello to some familiar faces and I look forward to it.”

The full transcript of Pete Simson's interview with Danny can be found via the link below.

Link: Danny Schofield Talks to the BBC about the 3-3 draw against Leyton Orient.

[Article and transcript by Tom Parsons.]


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23 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : That's Entertainment!
The day after a Yeovil Town home game, and time for Taff to update his blog and provide us with some analysis from yesterday's 3-3 draw with Leyton Orient. His usual dissection of both the team performance and the individuals on the pitch is considered. He also turns his attention to two characters called Pinky and Perky. Just who can he be referring to? Read below in the latest entry in Taff's Gloversblog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : That's Entertainment!


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23 August 2009 : Exeter Man Of The Match Result (Revisited)
Many of you may have noticed that we announced the Man of the Match award for the Tuesday night match against Exeter City yesterday. We're now going to announce it again - this time with one rather important player reinstated in the rankings!

Although his name appeared numerous times on the voting, he managed to disappear entirely out of the final list - that of right-back Craig Alcock. He was run close by Ryan Mason and Terrell Forbes, but in fact Craig was the outright winner. Whoops!

Our apologies to Craig and those who read the original results. The corrected output (as per yesterday but with everyone shuffled down one place) is shown below, with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Craig Alcock 334 (24)
2 Ryan Mason 332 (22)
3 Terrell Forbes 284 (14)
4 Steven Caulker 52 (1)
5 Nathan Smith 50 (2)
6 Alex McCarthy 22 (0)
7 Sam Williams 10 (0)
8 Danny Schofield 8 (0)
9 George O'Callaghan 6 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 4 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.21

Performance: 4.73
Entertainment: 5.68

VOTES RECEIVED: 63

Don't forget to cast your votes if you were at Huish Park yesterday for the game against Leyton Orient. Use the form below to give your top three, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any other comments you wish to make.

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


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23 August 2009 : 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey
Yesterday's crowd of 3,827 for the visit of Leyton Orient was the lowest Football League crowd that the club have experienced during the month of August. In fact all three home gates so far during the 2009-10 season are pitched below the 4,518 recorded against Walsall last season, which was the previous low point for an August crowd. Whilst it's commonly recognised that crowds can be a touch lower around this time of year due to many people being on their holidays, when you're comparing like with like, it's a point of concern.

Only five other Yeovil Town attendances have been lower than Saturday's crowd - all from last season. Of those matches Scunthorpe United (3,275) and Huddersfield Town (3,703) were midweekers just after Christmas, Crewe Alexandra (3,536) was also a midweeker, whilst Tranmere Rovers (3,445) and Stockport County (3,687) were the last two home games leading up to Christmas. It's no great surprise to find the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas periods and midweekers provide the low points of any season. The second home league fixture of a season though - albeit during the August holidays - is more of a surprise.

Given that the attendances against Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City didn't exactly pull up too many trees either, we've launched another attendances survey to see where the current trends are.

The main body of the survey asks for your opinions on whether given perceived factors are currently positive or negative aspects in your day out at Huish Park at present. Then finally, we ask you to rank your top three concerns that you think the club need to address.

A note for season ticket holders completing the survey - yes we recognise that strictly speaking you've already committed in advance to attend all matches regardless. However, that shouldn't stop you from raising your concerns, to ensure that a current season ticket holder doesn't become a disgruntled ex-season ticket holder in the future!

We'll keep the survey open for two weeks, in case some of you are on your holidays at present.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey.


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23 August 2009 : Statistics Archive Extended Back To 1948
The Yeovil Town first team statistics archives have been extended on this site and now go back to the summer of 1948. Every first team result we've been able to get our hands on (inevitably the archive is an evolving thing as further information comes to light) is now recorded from the start of the 1948-49 season right up until the present day.

The missing gap was between the 1950-51 season and the 1956-57 season. Those two seasons and all of them in between have been added to our statistics archive. In addition, final league tables from 1953-1972 have been added to the site to match the results section additions.

The additional seasons have been added into the relevant pages in the site History Section as well as the Statistics Section of the site.

Obviously the next step will be to provide a complete set of results from when football recommenced at the end of World War II. That will hopefully happen in the next week or two.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for full details of those seasons.

Season 1950-51: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1951-52: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1952-53: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1953-54: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1954-55: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1955-56: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1956-57: First Team Results First Team Scorers.


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22 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following this afternoon's 3-3 draw with Leyton Orient, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local media. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of his interview is now available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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22 August 2009 : Yeovil 3 Orient 3 : Topsy-Turvy Game Ends Up All-Square
Yeovil Town picked up a home draw in a topsy-turvy game against Leyton Orient this afternoon. Both sides took the lead in a six goal thriller that could have easily have ended up with more on the scoreboard. A Gavin Tomlin penalty cancelled out a Scott McGleish header, whilst Jonathan Obika grabbed the first of his second spell before the half time break. But goal of the game came from the opposition and from the familiar face of Andros Townsend. His 80 yard run produced a contender for goal of the season against his former club, leaving a breathless half-time 2-2 scoreline. The second half produced more of the same with Danny Schofield putting Yeovil in front again, only for substitute Ryan Jarvis to net a third goal for Orient. Townsend could have won it in second half injury time, but that would have been harsh on Yeovil who dominated much of the match.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes from Tuesday night's match. Three were forced, with Stefan Stam (hamstring), Ryan Mason (groin) and Nathan Smith (ankle ligaments) all out injured, whilst Sam Williams was dropped to the bench in favour of Gavin Tomlin.

Much had been made pre-match of Yeovil's tendency to start slowly in matches and so things didn't look too clever when Orient netted from Scott McGleish's header - getting far too much space from a Stephen Purches cross. But this belied a start where Danny Schofield had blazed over the bar, and where Jonathan Obika had clipped the outside of the post from a Gavin Tomlin pull-back, with a deflection sending the ball out for a corner.

This was to be a game of twists and turns though. Six minutes later, Ben Chorley bundled over Jonathan Obika in the penalty box and Gavin Tomlin's powerful penalty into the bottom corner gave the Glovers an equaliser in a half that they went on to dominate, albeit without creating too many clear-cut chances. Tomlin and Alcock had two of the better attempts, with both players not quite timing their aerial attempts as well as they might have done.

Just as the first half had started with two quickfire goals, so it ended with two quickfire goals. First bite went to Jonathan Obika, who was put through by Andy Welsh as Yeovil broke on Leyton Orient superbly with Welsh's pass through to Obika well timed to allow him to finish past Jones. Less than two minutes later though, Andros Townsend indulged in a bit of 'anything you can do, I can do better', going on an 80 yard run from the edge of his own box, seeing off challenges from four Yeovil players and eventually slotting the ball home for an equaliser that even had several Yeovil fans on their feet. 2-2 and no-one could suggest they didn't have their money's worth, even if both managers would be having words with their defences.

Seven minutes into the second half and we were off again with yet more goals. Danny Schofield received the ball from Craig Alcock on the flank and with his back to goal. Turning his marker, he got the ball onto his supposedly weaker left foot and curled a beauty into the corner and past Jamie Jones to put Yeovil in front for the second time in the match.

Orient made two second half substitutions to try and bring them back into the game and both perhaps played their part in the sixth goal of the match as once again the game was levelled just past the hour mark. Seconds after Adrian Patulea had replaced another striker in Scott McGleish, Orient's first substitute Ryan Jarvis converted significantly against the run of play to leave the game frustratingly tied again at 3-3.

In the closing stages, both sides went for the winning goal. Ben Chorley's deflected shot was superbly saved by Alex McCarthy and then straight from that save, the Glovers counter-attacked with Terrell Forbes feeding Andy Welsh whose own shot could easily have won the game. Then deep into second half injury time, Andros Townsend could also have won it, with a curling effort on the angle after the Glovers again failed to close him down. But it would have been harsh on the Glovers if he had the last word in a superbly entertaining match.

The result keeps Yeovil in ninth place in the League One table, albeit with them heading a group of 11 clubs separated by one point. At the top, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United remain on maximum points, with Bristol Rovers sneaking into 4th after they beat next week's opponents Huddersfield Town by a single goal. At the foot of the table, Southampton continue to struggle to claw back their 10 point penalty with a 1-1 draw, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion suffered another miserable day with a 2-4 home defeat and two red cards to add to another received during midweek. Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers occupy the other relegation slots.

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

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 3.

Scorers: Scott McGleish (0-1, 5 mins), Gavin Tomlin (1-1, 11 mins, pen), Jonathan Obika (2-1, 40 mins), Andros Townsend (2-2, 42 mins), Danny Schofield (3-2, 52 mins), Ryan Jarvis (3-3, 61 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
9. Sam Williams (80 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray (86 mins for Danny Schofield) 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins (90 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 32. Andre McCollin

Leyton Orient (4-4-2):
12. Jamie Jones
2. Stephen Purches 5. Tamika Mkandawire 4. Ben Chorley 13. Charlie Daniels
7. John Melligan 20. Jimmy Smith 11. Jason Demetriou 25. Andros Townsend
9. Scott McGleish 22. James Scowcroft

Substitutes:
1. Glenn Morris (GK) 6. Luke Ashworth 14. Ryan Jarvis (55 mins for James Scowcroft) 16. Andrew Cave-Brown 18. Harry Baker 17. Loick Pires 23. Adrian Patulea (61 mins for Scott McGleish)

Yeovil Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (20 mins, foul)

Orient Bookings: Tamika Mkandawire (45 mins, foul), Jimmy Smith (45 mins, encroachment)

Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,827 (including approx 250 Orient fans)


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22 August 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you were at this afternoon's 3-3 draw with Leyton Orient, don't forget to cast your vote for your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you wish to make, using the form below.

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


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22 August 2009 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost out narrowly to Exeter City Under 18s this morning in a nine goal thriller that saw the Glovers come inches away from clawing back a 1-4 deficit. Despite taking an early lead through a Joe Grimstead free kick they found themselves heading for a heavy defeat with four Exeter goals netted by the time the clock reached the hour mark. Goals from Tyler Sheppard and Robert Clowes got them back in the game only for Exeter to score again. Alex West's 85th minute goal, made for a tense finale, but Exeter took the game by a 5-4 scoreline.

The Glovers took the lead in the ninth minute, with a Joe Grimstead free kick giving them an early advantage. But the warning signs were there five minutes later when Exeter won themselves a spot kick, conceded by Robert Clowes for a handball offence. Thankfully Steve Boore made a great save to his left to keep Yeovil's early lead.

However, despite Yeovil hanging on for 35 minutes, Exeter took the game by the scruff of the neck in the final 10 minutes of the half, scoring three times before the break, with the first coming from the game's second penalty - Sam Ford this time the guilty party for a foul in the box.

Two half time substitutions, with Steve Harris coming off injured, tried to wrestle the game back, but Exeter scored their fourth of the game nine minutes into the second period, to seemingly put the match out of reach.

But the Glovers didn't give up, with Ciaran Levet putting in plenty of second half crosses to put pressure on the Exeter back line. Substitute Tyler Sheppard volleyed home with 20 minutes left to bring the scores back to 2-4 following a great team move. Five minutes later it was 'game on' as Robert Clowes followed up his own attempt that was parried by the Exeter keeper, with Clowes making no mistake from the loose ball.

Robert Clowes could have provided an equalising goal with 11 minutes left, when the third penalty of the match was awarded, but his attempt went wide of the right post. And Exeter provided full punishment with the best of the nine goals of the afternoon - a long range left-foot curler that gave Steve Boore no chance.

Substitute Alex West set up an exciting last five minutes by netting the ninth goal of the game but in the end an improved second half performance could not grab an improbable point. Too many sloppy first half chances undid Yeovil before they reached the break and it wasn't until they tightened up that they looked a stronger side. Robert Clowes had a great game despite his missed penalty, whilst Tyler Sheppard and Ciaran Levet did well in the second half. The other positive was the return of defender Rhys Baggridge, who has had a long lay-off due to a broken foot. His comeback from injury today should benefit the Glovers in the long run as he attempts to regain full fitness.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 4 Exeter City Under 18s 5.

Scorers: Joe Grimstead (1-0, 9 mins), Exeter (1-1, 35 mins), Exeter (1-2, 38 mins), Exeter (1-3, 45 mins), Exeter (1-4, 54 mins), Tyler Sheppard (2-4, 70 mins), Robert Clowes (3-4, 75 mins), Exeter (3-5, 83 mins), Alex West (4-5, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-4-3)
Steve Boore,
Sam Ford, Tom Scott, Steve Harris
Joe Grimstead, Charlie Elseworth, Tom Gallagher, Johnny Oliver
Ciaran Levet, Adam Wakley, Robert Clowes

Substitutes:
Rhys Baggridge (46 mins for Steve Harris), Lewis Clarke, Tyler Sheppard (46 mins for Charlie Elsworth), Alex West (80 mins for Johnny Oliver), Alex Sprake.


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22 August 2009 : Today's Line-Up Against Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has made four changes to the starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Leyton Orient. Three of those changes are forced, with Nathan Smith having failed to recover from a knock he picked up late on at Exeter City, whilst Ryan Mason has had to drop out due to a groin strain again. Nathan Jones and Keiran Murtagh are the natural replacements. In addition, team captain Stefan Stam was already known to be missing through a hamstring strain and he is replaced by Terrell Forbes.

Elsewhere, Gavin Tomlin is the one tactical change, with him preferred to Sam Williams thus re-establishing Tomlin's strike partnership with Jonathan Obika for the first time since the end of last season. Full-back Craig Alcock takes the captaincy in the absence of Stefan Stam and with Scott Murray remaining on the bench.

For Leyton Orient, left-winger Andros Townsend makes his full league debut against the club he played for on loan last season.

The Glovers line up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
9. Sam Williams 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins 32. Andre McCollin

Leyton Orient (4-4-2):
12. Jamie Jones
2. Stephen Purches 5. Tamika Mkandawire 4. Ben Chorley 13. Charlie Daniels
7. John Melligan 20. Jimmy Smith 11. Jason Demetriou 25. Andros Townsend
9. Scott McGleish 22. James Scowcroft

Substitutes:
1. Glenn Morris (GK) 6. Luke Ashworth 14. Ryan Jarvis 16. Andrew Cave-Brown 18. Harry Baker 17. Loick Pires 23. Adrian Patulea


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22 August 2009 : Glovers Youth Lose In Nine Goal Thriller
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost out narrowly to Exeter City Under 18s in a nine goal thriller that saw the Glovers come inches away from clawing back a 1-4 deficit. Despite taking an early lead through a Joe Grimstead free kick they found themselves heading for a heavy defeat with four Exeter goals netted by the time the clock reached the hour mark.

But a great fightback with goals from Tyler Sheppard and Robert Clowes got them back in the game. Clowes could have equalised with 11 minutes to go via the penalty spot, but missed the target and Exeter grabbed what would be the winning goal with seven minutes left. The Glovers still set up a big last five minutes thanks to Alex West's 85th minute goal, but they couldn't find the net a fifth time, meaning that Exeter ran out the victors.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 4 Exeter City Under 18s 5.

Scorers: Joe Grimstead (1-0, 9 mins), Exeter (1-1, 35 mins), Exeter (1-2, 38 mins), Exeter (1-3, 45 mins), Exeter (1-4, 54 mins), Tyler Sheppard (2-4, 70 mins), Robert Clowes (3-4, 75 mins), Exeter (3-5, 83 mins), Alex West (4-5, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-4-3)
Steve Boore,
Sam Ford, Tom Scott, Steve Harris
Joe Grimstead, Charlie Elseworth, Tom Gallagher, Johnny Oliver
Ciaran Levet, Adam Wakley, Robert Clowes


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22 August 2009 : Williams Confident Of A Positive Season
Yeovil Town striker Sam Williams is confident that the Glovers will not be involved in a relegation battle this season. Plenty of bookies tipped Yeovil for relegation, whilst there were many national newspapers putting the Glovers in as also-rans.

Williams doesn't see it like that and told BBC Somerset that he was confident that his new side would be defying the experts in staying well away from the relegation pack:

"I saw in some of the papers that they said that our team might struggle this year. But we look around in the changing room and we don't think that at all. With the footballers that we've got in the team and the way that the gaffer wants us to play, we are very confident of having a good season."

Williams felt that the evidence pointing towards a good season was there on show throughout Yeovil's pre-season friendlies and in the opening day 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. He also felt that manager Terry Skiverton had got the team balance right in terms of the way he wanted the team to play football:

"The fans that have seen us throughout the pre-season and at the Tranmere game will see that in every single game we have tried to play the game the right way. The way the gaffer is trying to make us play, is to play football, but also to be a nasty team if we need to be as well. I think that on Saturday that's definitely the way we're going to start."


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22 August 2009 : Skivo Believes Glovers Will Contain Andros Threat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes he has the ability within his squad to contain Tottenham Hotspur left-winger Andros Townsend. The former Glovers loan player has been used sparingly by this afternoon's opponents Leyton Orient since arriving at Brisbane Road just before the start of the season, but could feature more strongly today due to an injury to Orient midfielder Sean Thornton.

If that happens, Skiverton has full confidence that right-back Craig Alcock can deal with Townsend's pace, although told BBC Somerset that he rated the Spurs youngster highly:

"Andros is a great player and is someone that I've admired. I think he is a fantastic lad and he did a great job for us. I'd prefer to see him on the bench but if he is playing then I don't think I'd prefer to have anyone else in the league marking him than Craig Alcock. I think Craig performed brilliantly when he came back into the side. For the Exeter game I thought he was spot on and straight back to where he was last season."


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22 August 2009 : Youth Team Line-Up vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town's Youth Team are in action against Exeter City Under 18s this morning. The following line-up has been named for the match at Carey's Playing Field:

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-4-3)
Steve Boore,
Sam Ford, Tom Scott, Steve Harris
Joe Grimstead, Charlie Elseworth, Tom Gallagher, Johnny Oliver
Ciaran Levet, Adam Wakley, Robert Clowes

Substitutes:
Rhys Baggridge, Louie Clarke, Tyler Sheppard, Alex West, Alex Sprake


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21 August 2009 : Transfer Window Gets Extended By League
The Summer 2009 Transfer Window deadline has been extended by the Football League due to the August Bank Holiday weekend. The usual deadline for permanent transfers to go through for clubs is August 31st at midnight, however this falls at the tail end of the three-day August Bank Holiday weekend when the Football League's offices will be shut.

The transfer window will now close for Football League clubs on Tuesday 1st September at 5.00p.m.

Thereafter the usual rules concerning 'emergency' loan transfers will apply. Clubs will also be allowed to sign 'free agents' and players that play for teams in leagues not governed by the transfer window system.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he wants to sign one midfielder to complete his current squad for the first half of the 2009-10 season.


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21 August 2009 : Glovers Arrange Dorchester Friendly
Yeovil Town will be travelling to play Dorchester Town next Tuesday in a friendly match. The game has been arranged against Roy O'Brien's side to give a run-out to some of Terry Skiverton's squad who are lacking match practice.

The game will take place at the Jewson Stadium on Tuesday 25th August. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

Prices are: adult £5.00; concessions £2.50; under 16 £1.00.

The match is all-pay on the evening, with no advanced sales. Also season/patron tickets held with either club are not valid for this match.

The line-up will doubtless depend upon any injuries or substitutions used during tomorrow's match against Leyton Orient but candidates for the game should be goalkeeper Richard Martin, full-backs Danny Hutchins and Andy Lindegaard, striker Andre McCollin and trialist midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala.


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21 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future, Part 2
Any good article called Back To The Future has to have a sequel made. And so this week's news that Jean-Paul Kalala was back on the training ground, has given Taff some thoughts on his return to the club in his latest blog entry. Taff also considers the draw at Exeter City as well as looking forward to tomorrow's match against Leyton Orient, where he tells Skivo what side to pick again.

Read the latest entry on Taff's Gloversblog via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future, Part 2.


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21 August 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Leyton Orient at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, hoping that their relatively strong home form during 2009 continues. Whilst the Glovers have not won on their travels since February, their league form at Huish Park has been relatively good, and they opened up the 2009-10 season with a 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. Two defeats and a draw have followed since that opening day two weeks ago, but hopefully that positive start at home in the league will be continued tomorrow.

Orient have started off in slightly odd form so far. Having won their first two matches, they've now lost the next two. Just to do things differently, they've lost both games at Brisbane Road and won both matches on their travels. This means that one club's 100 percent record is guaranteed to go tomorrow. Manager Geraint Williams though is conscious that his side has lost their last two matches, and is keen to get his side back on track:

"We have got to pick ourselves up. Like politics, a week is a long time in football. This time last week, we had won our opening two games and everything was great. But in the two games since we have let ourselves down as a group. But we will regroup and go to Yeovil looking for all three points."

Orient have lost midfielder Sean Thornton, who limped off near the end of their 2-1 defeat against Charlton Athletic in midweek. He has torn cartilage in his knee and will not travel down to Somerset, with the club needing to assess whether he needs an operation early next week. Fellow midfielder Adam Chambers is also out with a back problem, whilst youngster Darryl Sydes who probably wouldn't have been in the running for a starting place, is a third player out with an ankle injury.

With two missing midfielders this could mean that Orient turn to former Glovers loan winger Andros Townsend for tomorrow's match. Townsend scored one in 10 appearances for Yeovil last season but signed a one month loan deal for the East Londoners just before the season started. So far they've used the winger far more sparingly than the Glovers did, with Andros being on the pitch for just 26 minutes in their three league matches so far. It would be a surprise if Orient were not tempted to give him a bigger role against a club he knows so well.

For the Glovers, winger/striker Aidan Downes and striker Dean Bowditch remain out for the long term with shoulder injuries. Team captain Stefan Stam will also be missing with a hamstring strain, meaning that Terrell Forbes is likely to partner Steven Caulker at the back, whilst Craig Alcock seems likely to grab the captain's armband if Scott Murray does not get a start in tomorrow's side.

In terms of past meetings between the two sides, history suggests we shouldn't expect too many goals. A sequence of 0-1, 0-0, 0-0 and 1-0 represents the last two years results between the two sides and three of the last six meetings between the two clubs have ended in 0-0 draws. The last match would have also been a 0-0 were it not for Gavin Tomlin's late late header in January 2009 that grabbed all three points at Brisbane Road deep into second half injury time.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the game, subject to the usual match day surcharge. If you want to avoid that, the Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight for advance sales. If you can't make it then BBC Somerset will have live commentary of the game on 95.5FM.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient.


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21 August 2009 : Mason Staying In Midfield Berth
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he will resist temptation to move on-loan Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason from his current central midfield role. The 18 year old has scored twice in three games so far for the Glovers whilst in the centre of a 4-4-2 formation, yet admitted that until he arrived at Huish Park it was a position that he'd never played before.

Mason is traditionally a front-line striker, or someone who can play 'in the hole' just behind a front two, but speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Skiverton felt it was a case of 'if it ain't broke, why try and fix it':

"I think he's doing a very good job in coming from central midfield and scoring two in three games, so why change it? We knew all his attributes, we knew his goalscoring record and we knew all of the positions that he can play. We did try him out in three or four so far this year. It's just a case of trying to get him further up the pitch at the moment in a solid formation, without sacrificing our shape."


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20 August 2009 : Skiverton Explains Kalala Arrival
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala's arrival at Huish Park is a little more than just him being invited to train with the club. As we surmised yesterday, Kalala is on trial with a view to a contract with the Glovers, and Skiverton has recognised that the Glovers do need a more defensive-minded midfielder within their squad.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton appears to have analysed recent away games at Colchester United and Exeter City and come to the same conclusion as Taff's Gloversblog, agreeing that the Glovers do need a midfield general who can help break up opposition play before it reaches the back four:

"I'm having a look at JP. He brings something different to the table, which is that aggression in the tackle. He's more of a sitting, holding midfielder, although he can get around the pitch and get a foot in. That may be something that I am looking for in the coming months, especially when we go away to tough places like Leeds and Huddersfield. In those type of games you need to have a little bit more steel in midfield."

Skiverton explained that if Kalala made the grade, then he would get a contract with the club, but that if he did not impress then the Yeovil boss would still be looking for a midfielder to complete his squad at Huish Park that would ideally take him through to the transfer window reopening:

"He'll come in and he'll train with us. If I like what I see we might do something short term. If he sets the world alight we might do something longer term. My intention is to bring another midfielder in and once that's done that is pretty much me, set and complete, up until the Christmas period."


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20 August 2009 : Venue For Saturday's Youth Game
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side play their first home league match of the 2009-10 season on Saturday. Their opponents will be Exeter City, who like the Glovers won their opening match of the season.

The Under 18s are switching venue for this season, with Sherborne School's Carey's Playing Field the new ground for the foreseeable future. There are no plans to use Somerton's pitch this season at present.

Assuming you are travelling from the Yeovil direction, to get there from the Sherborne/Yeovil dual carriageway, at the first set of traffic lights after the dual carriageway ends, turn right onto the A352 into Horsecastles Lane.

Parking for Officials/Players: At the traffic lights with Skippers (aka the Travellers Rest) on your left hand side, turn right into Lenthay Road. After 300 yards after the buildings, turn right into a triangular car park overlooking the playing fields and astroturf.

Parking for Spectators: At the traffic lights with Skippers (aka the Travellers Rest) on your left hand side, continue straight over into Ottery Lane (Horsecastles Lane becomes Ottery Lane after the traffic lights). At the end of Ottery Lane (A352) slightly before the main T-junction, turn right onto the private access lane to Carey's Playing Fields. After 300 yards, take a right turn after the buildings into a triangular car park.

Note to all: With the playing fields being multi-sports orientated, please make your way around the pitches and not across the sports fields. In addition please ensure that all access to residential and trade buildings is kept clear when you park up.

Kick-off on Saturday is 11.00a.m. and all are welcome to come and watch.

Link: Multimap.com : Sherborne School's Carey's Playing Field.


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20 August 2009 : Stockport Go Cap In Hand To Have Transfer Ban Lifted
League One side Stockport County have gone cap in hand to the Football League today to get special dispensation to lift the transfer embargo their club is currently operating under. The Hatters are still operating under the control of administrators Leonard Curtis, almost four months after entering administration.

Under Football League rules, clubs in administration are not allowed to register more than 20 players in an attempt to control their spending, and all subsequent transfers must be conducted strictly on a one-in, one out basis. However, Stockport are attempting to sign Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt - who played for the Glovers during the 2007-08 season - on loan to cover for Matty Mainwaring who is out with a broken leg and is expected to be missing for six months.

So far, according to their official site, manager Gary Ablett says that his attempts to sign Bridcutt have been blocked by the Football League and he is heading to Preston today to ask for the decision to be over-turned, complaining that he is having to use Youth-Teamers to make up the numbers on his substitutes bench:

"The Football League have put a block on us bringing Liam Bridcutt in, so I'm going to go and speak to them in Preston on Thursday to say that we need their help. We can't continue the way we're going, relying on babies to make up the numbers. They're not ready, they shouldn't be playing. We've still got four lads who can play in the youth team, and yet they're in our 18 every week. And for the Football League to turn around and say that we can't take Matty Mainwaring out of that twenty, someone with a broken leg, and bring Liam Bridcutt in I think is absolutely ridiculous. So we're relying on their help."

From the League's point of view, they may well take the attitude that with Mainwaring continuing to be on Stockport's wage bill throughout his six months out of the game, removing his name from Stockport's list of 20 registered players would not alter Stockport's financial position. Ablett himself admits that he is not expecting to get much joy from his trip up the M6:

"I'm pretty sure they'll say that the club's being run by the administrators at the moment, the club's in all this financial difficulty. So I'm just not very confident. But we need to try something because the lads need help."

Certainly one unanswered question is why Stockport are still in administration. On July 3rd, their administrators announced that a CVA had been agreed with Stockport's creditors and that the Melrose Consortium had agreed to buy the club. A timeline of 28 days had been set for the Hatters to come out of administration, with this timing being recognised as the standard time required for any creditors to raise objections to the CVA agreement.

However, that time has now passed and with three more weeks having flown by, the Hatters remain in administration. On August 7th, just before the start of the season, Leonard Curtis issued the following statement confirming that the Hatters could start the season but that there were still outstanding issues that needed to be resolved:

"The sale of Stockport County Association Football Club to the Melrose Consortium has yet to be completed due to a number of outstanding requirements of the Football League, which must be satisfied prior to the conclusion of any sale of the Club. The Football League have confirmed that Stockport County can start the 2009/2010 Season in administration whilst a sale of the Club is concluded. As such the Club will continue to trade as normal whilst the purchasers continue in their attempts to satisfy the requirements of the Football League, which we expect to be done in the near future."

Since that statement was issued just under two weeks ago though, nothing more has been heard. The Hatters have so far lost two of their three League One matches and are out of the Carling Cup. They lie in 21st place in the early league table and were the bookies' pre-season favourites to go down this season.


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20 August 2009 : Lambert Hit By FA Charge
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has been charged by the Football Association for "improper conduct", even before he has managed to land in the dugouts for the Canaries. Lambert's alleged misdemeanour relates to Colchester United's match against Yeovil Town last Saturday.

He was sent from the dugout late on during that game after Fourth Official David Rock signalled to referee Russell Booth that an offence had been committed. Lambert lost his rag when Colchester were denied a late penalty in their 2-1 win over the Glovers. To be fair to Lambert, Booth's handling of the game was poor throughout, with both sides on the back of dodgy-looking decisions.

Lambert has since left Colchester for Carrow Road and is now Norwich's first team manager. He has until August 26th to respond to the charge. After the game he blasted referee Booth saying:

"I'm not giving the officials any credence. I'm bewildered why the referee refereed the game. I needed an abacus to count the bad decisions he made."

Under the FA's new fast-track rules, Lambert's case will be heard within three or four weeks. His call-up does not at present relate to his post-match comments about referee Booth.


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20 August 2009 : Colchester Man Of The Match Result
Saturday's trip to Colchester United produced not the greatest of performances in a 2-1 defeat at the Community Stadium. However, the Glovers did perk up after two second half substitutions were made on the hour mark, and it's not too surprising therefore to find that both substitutes featured strongly in the Man of the Match voting despite only being on the pitch for half an hour.

Jonathan Obika and Nathan Smith sandwiched Alex McCarthy who had to make a number of first half saves, but the overall winner was Spurs loanee Ryan Mason, who scored Yeovil's only goal of the game, with the midfielder/striker edging out his Spurs team-mate Obika by a narrow margin.

Full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets are shown below.

1 Ryan Mason 82 (5)
2 Jonathan Obika 76 (5)
3 Alex McCarthy 42 (3)
4 Nathan Smith 38 (1)
5 Sam Williams 22 (1)
6 Stefan Stam 14 (0)
7 George O'Callaghan 12 (1)
8 Steven Caulker 10 (1)
8 Scott Murray 10 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.22

Performance: 4.78
Entertainment: 5.67

VOTES RECEIVED: 18

Finally a reminder that if you were at St James Park on Tuesday night, please get in your MOTM votes via the form below by Friday evening. Choose your top three from the match against Exeter City plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments on the match you wish to make.

Link: Exeter City vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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20 August 2009 : Glovers See Agent Payments Drop Again
Yeovil Town's payments to Football Agents have dropped again in the latest figures released by the Football League. The Glovers paid out just £1,000 to agents during the period of January - June 2009; to be expected given the club's significant drop in the playing budget for the 2008-09 season as a whole. The six month figure is £9,000 less than the equivalent January - June 2008 amount.

During the 2007-08 season, the Glovers paid out £43,945 to agents whilst in 2006-07 that total was £50,665. During the 2008-09 season the Glovers paid out just £11,500 on agent fees, thus meaning that payments have dropped by £32,445 against last season.

Unsurprisingly these figures are dwarfed by most of Yeovil Town's League One rivals. Top spenders during 2008-09 were Leeds United (£376,500), Leicester City (£121,700), Brighton and Hove Albion (£99,200), Southend United (£78,820), Milton Keynes Dons (£77,500), Huddersfield Town (£47,500) and Colchester United (£46,850).

Several clubs through either policy or lack of funds did not pay out any agent fees during the 2008-09 season. They are Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United, Hereford United, Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers.

Overall agent fees were down in League One. A total of £1,078,955 was paid out by League One sides during 2008-09 compared with £1,531,337 during the preceding season. Across the whole Football League it has dropped to £8.8m from £11.1m during the 2007-08 season.

In terms of player registrations, the Glovers recorded 29 transactions during the January - June 2009 period. Of these, seven were new registrations, five were updated contracts, five were cancelled contracts and 12 were loan deals.

Incidentally, whilst Leeds were the biggest spenders in League One in terms of agent fees, the biggest spenders in League Two were Luton Town and Rotherham United. The connection between the three clubs? All three have recently gone into administration due to over-spending. Yet even post-administration, all three continue to spend at a level that exceeds their rivals.


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19 August 2009 : Interview With Ryan Mason
On loan Spurs Academy product Ryan Mason scored his second goal in three outings last night in the 1-1 draw at Exeter City. After the game, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the game. The full transcript of that interview clip can be found via the link below.

Link: Ryan Mason Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw With Exeter City.


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19 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter City Game
Further to our earlier article detailing manager Terry Skiverton's post-match reaction following last night's 1-1 draw at Exeter City full details are now available.

Terry spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson after the game and the full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter City Game.


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19 August 2009 : Stam Out For Ten Days
Team captain Stefan Stam's injury has been confirmed as a hamstring problem. The club report that he is likely to be out for around 10 days, thus missing Saturday's home fixture with Leyton Orient. However, he should be fit to return for the following weekend's trip to Huddersfield Town.

Stam lasted just 17 minutes last night but appeared to pick up his injury some while before that, and perhaps with the glorious benefit of hindsight should have been off the field before he scored his own goal in the 14th minute. His place will be taken by Terrell Forbes, and it would be no surprise if manager Terry Skiverton names himself in the first team squad, with the centre-back next in the pecking order should Caulker or Forbes not last through Saturday's fixture for any reason.


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19 August 2009 : Kalala Returns To Huish Park For Training
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is back training with the club. The Glovers have suggested that his arrival is merely an invitation for him to train with the club at present, although it would be no surprise if there was an element of a trial involved in the equation.

Kalala was most successfully employed during the 2006-07 season as a defensive midfielder - a position that many Glovers fans have noted during early games that the squad lacks, with most of those currently on the books either being attacking midfielders, or box-to-box types. Kalala represents a player who can happily play in front of the back four and sweep up balls before they reach the defence, and certainly if the Glovers are to add to their squad, it is this sort of a player that is the priority.

Kalala made 42 appearances for the club during the 2006-07 season, scoring one goal, and was part of the squad who went to Wembley for the League One Play-Off Final. After leaving the Glovers he spent two years with Oldham Athletic but only made 26 appearances for them, and spent a fair chunk of last season on loan with Grimsby Town, playing 22 times for the League Two side. He is currently without a club, having been released by the Latics over the summer.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala Statistics Page.


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19 August 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for Yeovil Town's Saturday home match against Leyton Orient have been announced. In charge will be Steve Bratt (West Midlands).

You'd think a referee with a surname like Bratt might be a bit of an irritance, but in all honesty, our five experiences have been relatively positive, particularly as two of the five games featured significant incidents which he seemed to deal with in a level-headed manner.

The November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town saw him red-card Danny Swailes for deliberate handball inside the box. Then just over a year later he took charge of the 4-2 defeat against Port Vale, booking two players each, but having enough self-control to avoid reaching for his reds when Vale's players tried to provoke an on-pitch melee in the final minute after a Chris Cohen foul. The correct decision - a yellow card - was the outcome despite the histrionics of the home team.

His third involvement in a Yeovil match was the November 2007 match at the New Den against Millwall. The 2-1 defeat for the Glovers was not influenced by anything Mr Bratt was doing on the field of play. Then we had him again for the March 2008 win over Doncaster Rovers, with the referee again not warranting anything worthy of a mention.

Finally, and one we're somewhat loathe to mention, Mr Bratt was in charge of Yeovil Town's 5-0 thrashing by Brighton and Hove Albion in March 2009. Whilst he sent off keeper Josh Wagenaar during that match for a second bookable offence, we'd not dare to suggest that he had anything to do with the scoreline on a dreadful day.

Mr Bratt will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Link: November 2005 : Macclesfield Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2007 : Port Vale 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: November 2007 : Millwall 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers.

Link: March 2009 : Brighton and Hove Albion 5 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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19 August 2009 : Skivo Worries About Repeat Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he has concerns about a growing pattern in Yeovil's performances of late. The Glovers drew 1-1 with Exeter City last night, but for the second match running they needed to compensate for a poor first half performance and make tactical changes to change the pattern of the match. Exactly the same pattern of play was experienced on Saturday against Colchester United and Skivo told the Western Morning News that he was fed up with repeating himself for the second match running:

"It seems like I am repeating myself again. I was really upset with the first half performance again. I am telling people to do a job and they aren't doing it, so I am really angry after that game. People started to get the idea in the second half and in the end, the adjustments that we had to make were working in our favour. We got a little bit tighter to them in midfield and created a few opportunities. On another day we may well have snatched a victory, but in the end, I am happy to walk away with a point."

Skiverton said that he felt that, as with the Colchester game, once the Glovers got past the half time break that they began to do a lot of the things he wanted his side to do, but told BBC Somerset that was no good if the team were already behind by the time they started playing:

"In the second half performance, we showed all the stuff that I know we have got. We've got character in the team and we showed that on Saturday. We've got guts and determination and we showed that. I'm really pleased with the second half performance again, but if we don't go in one goal behind and don't play like that (in the first half) then we might be coming away with a 1-0 victory. We need to sit down and have a chat and worry about how we start games."


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19 August 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you were at St James Park for last night's match against Exeter City, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from tonight's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

Link: Exeter City vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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18 August 2009 : Exeter 1 Yeovil 1 : Mason Brilliance Rescues Glovers
Yeovil Town salvaged a point from St James Park tonight as a brilliant piece of opportunism from Tottenham Hotspur loan player Ryan Mason ensured a 1-1 draw against Exeter City. An own goal from Stefan Stam had been sending all three points Exeter's way in a game with few chances, but a poor clearance from goalkeeper Paul Jones landed the ball at Mason's feet from 35 yards out and he instantly powered the ball past the out of position keeper for the sort of goal that deserves to be featured on a few football highlights programmes over the coming week.

The Glovers went into the game making four changes - all of which appeared to be tactical. Gone were both full-backs replaced by Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith, whilst Danny Schofield made a quick return from his hip-flexor muscle problem. Meanwhile Jonathan Obika got his first start of his second spell with the Glovers, displacing Gavin Tomlin.

Obika nearly made an instant impact from a corner - heading goalward just 10 minutes into the match, but only to find his attempt blocked on the line. However, it was Exeter who were by far on top in the first half - in particular skinning Yeovil down the right flank on numerous occasions as Nathan Smith was left exposed by Exeter doubling up on him time and time again. One such move brought Exeter's opening goal. Former Glover Marcus Stewart had a blinder during the first half, and it was his assist through to Liam Sercombe that put the winger clean through on the flank. Sercombe's cross was whipped in and dangerous and all Stefan Stam could do was to slice the ball into his own net.

Stam had looked uncomfortable throughout the opening quarter hour, and when he fouled James Norwood out on the wing, he went down in a heap, and he had to retire injured, with the final insult being a booking for the foul as he left the field. Exeter's raids down Yeovil's left side continued, with Andy Welsh looking a virtual passenger. It was little surprise that Welsh came off after half an hour, but perhaps the unexpected part was Gavin Tomlin replacing him, as Yeovil abandoned their wingers entirely - switching to the 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation used frequently last season, with O'Callaghan at the base, and Tomlin on top.

As far as the first half was concerned, it didn't really change matters too much - the best Yeovil could offer following that early Obika effort was a Steven Caulker header that went across the face of goal, missing the far post by a foot. But for the second match running the Glovers had come out of the blocks very slowly indeed and Exeter deserved their lead.

Whether a half time team talk did the trick, or whether Exeter gradually ran out of ideas and began to sit on their lead, the second period appeared to disappear into nothingness. Both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances, despite Yeovil forcing a number of corners that home keeper Paul Jones was often left flapping at. Jones wasn't faring much better with his kicking - once producing an almighty slice for a corner, where he was fortunate that his miscue happened wide of his own goalposts. Hence it shouldn't have come as too much surprise when the keeper's somewhat iffy performance gifted Yeovil their equaliser.

A Richard Duffy passback was poorly cleared by Jones, straight into the path of Ryan Mason. The Spurs teenager had a split second to decide what to do. With Jones out of position but scrambling back, the moment would be lost if he dithered, but instead he whacked the ball back from 35 yards out and perfectly into the opposite corner from where Jones was trying to recover his ground. Mason's second goal in two games, and this one had pretty much come out of nothing.

The last 10 minutes saw some frantic end to end play from both sides as they pushed up for the winning goal, but they both lacked an incisive touch. Marcus Stewart faded badly in the second half, whilst the Glovers blocked out far more emphatically than they had done during the first period, and the end result was a share of the points for the Glovers and one that given their overall performance on the night, they would probably gladly take and run.

Final Score: Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Stefan Stam (14 mins, 1-0, own goal), Ryan Mason (72 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 28. Nathan Smith
22. Danny Schofield, 13. Ryan Mason, 7. George O'Callaghan, 11. Andy Welsh
26. Jonathan Obika, 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 6. Terrell Forbes (17 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh (71 mins for Jonathan Obika) 10. Gavin Tomlin (29 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Scott Murray 32. Andre McCollin

Exeter City (4-4-2):
27. Paul Jones
2. Steve Tully 6. Matthew Taylor 29. Troy Archibald-Henville 3. Richard Duffy
4. Alex Russell 14. Bertrand Cozic 7. Ryan Harley 22. Liam Sercombe
16. Marcus Stewart 31. James Norwood

Substitutes:
1. Andy Marriott (GK) 10. Craig McAllister (79 mins for Bertrand Cozic) 11. Scott Golbourne (85 mins for Steve Tully) 15. Rob Edwards 18. Neil Saunders 20. Richard Logan (79 mins for James Norwood) 28. Joe Burnell

Exeter Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Stefan Stam (16 mins, foul).

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Eamonn Smith (Surrey). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 6,650 (including 1,116 Glovers).


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18 August 2009 : Tonights Line-Up At Exeter City
There are four changes to Saturday's line-up as manager Terry Skiverton rings the changes for the trip to Exeter City. In come full-backs Nathan Smith and Craig Alcock, whilst Danny Schofield returns from injury. Striker Jonathan Obika gets the first start of his second spell.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 28. Nathan Smith
22. Danny Schofield, 13. Ryan Mason, 7. George O'Callaghan, 11. Andy Welsh
26. Jonathan Obika, 9. Sam Williams


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18 August 2009 : Lambert Appointment Leaves Colchester In Disarray
The League One managerial shuffle continued today as Norwich City appointed Colchester United's Paul Lambert as their new manager, replacing the sacked Bryan Gunn. He has taken assistant boss Ian Culverhouse and Football Operations Manager Gary Karsa with him to Carrow Road.

Colchester United have reacted rather angrily to the news, with U's Chairman Robbie Cowling suggesting that the Canaries only approached him after Saturday's match with Yeovil Town and claimed that Norwich were prepared to appoint Lambert without any kind of a job interview. They stop short of suggesting that Lambert had been poached by Norwich, but it's easy to read into what they are inferring.

Lambert resigned as Colchester manager last night after the Essex side refused Norwich's compensation offer, and Culverhouse and Karsa followed this morning. Colchester have now put out a series of statements - the first indicating their unhappiness with the sequence of events, and secondly indicating that the two clubs are "significantly apart" in their views on how much compensation should be given for Lambert's contract, which was due to run until next summer.

Joe Dunne takes charge of Colchester's game with Gillingham tonight, although Colchester's statement strongly implies that he will not be considered for the permanent post.

So far Yeovil Town have played three matches this season, and the manager has left the opposition club straight after we've played them in two of those games. Who is next to follow?


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18 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Time For Some Changes?
Ahead of tonight's match against Exeter City, Taff looks at the options open to manager Terry Skiverton in terms of team selection. With the Glovers having lost their last two fixtures, Taff proposes some squad rotation, and his opinions can be found via the link below. Comments, as always, are welcome via the facility of the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Time For Some Changes?


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18 August 2009 : Skiverton Hopeful Of Great Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes tonight's match against Exeter City has all the makings of a great derby match. Speaking in this morning's Western Daily Press, Skiverton reveals that striker Marcus Stewart has been keeping an eye on his former club and that both managers will be approaching the game in confident mood:

"It is a great game and a game both managers feel they can win, so it has the makings of a great game. They have had scouts down to watch us this season and I think Marcus Stewart watched us against Bristol City, so they know quite a lot about us and we know a bit about them."

The Glovers lost 2-1 on Saturday to Colchester United but Skiverton wants his players to write off that result and in particular the first half performance, and concentrate upon effecting the game against Exeter:

"It does not matter what you have done in the past. It matters what you do on the field there. We have to take the positives from our second half performance and make sure we start the game like that."

The WDP indicate that midfielder Danny Schofield, who missed Saturday's match with a hip flexor injury, passed a fitness test yesterday and so will be included in tonight's squad.


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18 August 2009 : MOTM Reminder For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Don't forget that you have until tonight to vote for your Man of the Match against Colchester United. Polling will close automatically when tonight's match against Exeter City kicks off.

Choose the three players who you think came out the best from tonight's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

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


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18 August 2009 : Betting Odds For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Rather like Saturday's match against Colchester United, the bookies are fairly lop-sided in who they favour for tonight's match against Exeter City. The Grecians are rated as strong favourites to pick up their first League One win, with Betfred quoting 5/4 for a home win.

If you don't like betting against your own team, then Bet365 is currently the best place to go, with odds of 12/5 on the Glovers coming home with a point, whilst the most unlikely scenario is deemed to be a Yeovil Town win at 5/2. For completeness, although it's not the best price, Bet365 quote 11/10 on an Exeter win.

First goalscorer bets find the bookies in a less than informed mood, given that they make Exeter's Adam Stansfield and Barry Corr favourites to score the first goal. Corr is suspended whilst Stansfield has an ankle injury. Marcus Stewart is 15/2 to score the opening goal against his former club. In terms of Glovers players, you'll find odds for Gavin Tomlin (8/1), Sam Williams (9/1), Andre McCollin (9/1), Jonathan Obika (10/1) and Ryan Mason (11/1).


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18 August 2009 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Exeter City tonight (Tuesday) in their third League One match of the season. Whilst the Grecians have drawn one game and lost the other, the Glovers stand two points better off, having won their opening game. That said, neither side will read too much into that at this stage of the season, with the league table yet to take any meaningful shape.

The match is the first Football League meeting between the two clubs, but certainly not our first competitive meeting. The two clubs met twice during the 1965-66 season in the Western Counties Floodlit League - once at Huish and once at St James Park. Three years later and a Yeovil side played again at St James Park with Minehead the opponents in an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Second Replay.

Yeovil Town's first team were also regulars at St James Park right up until 1959, when Exeter City Reserves were members of the Southern League. All in all, once the Floodlight League match and FA Cup match are factored in, tonight will be Yeovil Town's 20th competitive visit to St James Park since the end of the Second World War. But there is little doubt that this particular meeting takes place on the highest stage so far.

The Glovers missed Exeter City by chance in the summer of 2003. Just as the green and whites were making their way into the Promised Land, Exeter were in the midst of a crisis both on and off the pitch, and were heading down into the Conference National division. However, under manager Paul Tisdale - an ex-Glovers midfielder - they've achieved back-to-back promotions to restore their club back into the third tier of English football, and so riding on the crest of a wave at present.

Aside from Tisdale, the main Glovers-related interest in the opposition will be former Player of the Year Marcus Stewart in the opposition ranks. Stewart left Huish Park for the Devon side just over a year ago and is still a regular in their side, having signed another 12 month contract over the summer. Sadly, it seems unlikely that Adam Stansfield will be taking to the field - he picked up an ankle injury during pre-season and is not expected to feature. Target man Barry Corr is also out - suspended for a red card on the opening day of the season. They do have Scott Golbourne back from suspension though and available for selection.

Danny Seaborne missed their match on Saturday with a foot infection, although it's not clear at this stage whether tonight will be too soon for him to make his return. Striker Ben Watson was also missing on Saturday meaning that they gave a debut to teenage striker James Norwood up front. Speculation in the press though is that Richard Logan may well get the nod, given that he scored City's goal against Norwich City just two minutes after appearing as a second half substitute. For reference, Marcus Stewart started off the match partnering Norwood up front, but dropped back into midfield when Logan came on, and provided the assist for Logan's equalising goal.

To our knowledge there were no new injury concerns for the Glovers during Saturday's defeat at Colchester United. That means that winger Aidan Downes and striker Dean Bowditch remain out for the long term, whilst midfielder Danny Schofield will need a fitness test on a hip flexor muscle problem. Many of the web sites that are fed by the Press Association claim that Schofield will be fit for the match, but we've not seen anything concrete to that effect from more local sources.

That means that manager Terry Skiverton's main team selection issues centre around whether he chooses to bring substitutes Nathan Smith and Jonathan Obika into the starting line-up for the game. Up until those changes were made, the Glovers looked somewhat fragile and bereft of ideas, and so the temptation must be to give those two players their chance to impress, although whether he chooses to shuffle out the players they replaced is another matter.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with live commentary on BBC Somerset on 95.5FM for those who can't make it. Regarding tickets - this is not an all-ticket match and as yet the Glovers still have not sold out their away allocation. Hence in theory any remaining tickets should be made available on the away turnstiles. However, with the ticket allocation fairly limited and sales of around 800 on the terrace so far, the Grecians may take a view tomorrow on how practical it is to put the remaining few on sale. Hence if you've not got a ticket for the game but are considering going down on the day, we'd suggest that you stay glued to the relevant websites and if necessary give Exeter City a ring direct.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.


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17 August 2009 : Galpharm A Fiver
Swings and roundabouts. The majority of Yeovil Town fans who travel away were probably somewhat unimpressed when it was announced that the match on Saturday 29th August against Huddersfield Town had been brought forward to a 12.00 noon kick off (12/08/2009). However, on the brighter side, those who do force themselves out on the road at some unearthly hour of the morning will not now have to dig far into their wallets and purses.

The Terriers have declared that the fixture will see a flat rate ticket price of £5.00 anywhere in the stadium, with both home and away fans eligible for this rate. The game will be pay-on-the-day only, no tickets available in advance.

Thanks, Huddersfield. Not quite a 'free lunch', but League One football for a fiver is not far off.

Link: Glovers Forced Into Early Start For Huddersfield


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17 August 2009 : Interview With Scott Murray
Following Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Colchester United, right-winger and club captain Scott Murray spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson the full transcript of that interview is now available via the link below.

Link: Scott Murray Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat At Colchester.


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17 August 2009 : Tickets Still Available For Exeter
The club has announced this morning that tickets are still available for tomorrow night's first Football League fixture against Exeter City.

No indication as to whether this includes seating as well as terracing, though we'd doubt seats are still available at this stage given the very limited number offered at St James Park to visiting fans.

Phone Huish Park on 01935 847888 or head for the ticket office in person.

Update: We've been told that seating sold out last Thursday, so it is only terracing that remains.

Link: Ticketing for Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Link: Exeter City Guide


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16 August 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview at Colchester
Just prior to kick-off at Colchester United yesterday, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo explained why midfielder Danny Schofield wasn't in the squad, his faith in replacement Ryan Mason and some unusual goings on with the away dressing room at the Community Stadium. The full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview at Colchester.


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16 August 2009 : Hereford United vs Under 18s Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s opened their season with a 3-1 win over Hereford United yesterday morning. The Glovers dominated the match and could easily have won the game by five or six, but were left on edge when Hereford pulled a goal back five minutes from time to threaten an improbable equaliser.

In a match played at the City Sports Ground, the Glovers opened up their account half an hour into the match when a long throw-in from Sam Ford saw Johnny Oliver take full advantage to put the Glovers 1-0 up at half time.

The Glovers were left frustrated in their efforts to find the second goal for much of the second half, and suffered two injuries with Sam Ford limping off plus Tyler Sheppard being taken to hospital with a nasty wound above his eye. But with such mis-fortune can come the breaks, and it was substitute Adam Wakely who finally got the second goal - heading home an excellent Joe Grimstead cross.

They had a slight scare when a rare Hereford chance saw them pulling a goal back with five minutes remaining, but the Bulls efforts to salvage something lasted only two minutes as Yeovil extended their lead again, as Robert Clowes scored their third of the day, latching onto a Louie Clarke pass and finishing it off with a great strike.

In the end not a perfect performance against what is likely to be one of the weaker teams in this year's Youth Alliance, but certainly something good to build on for the season. Next up is a home match against Exeter City Under 18s next Saturday morning.

Final Score: Hereford United Under 18s 1 Yeovil Town Under 18s 3.

Scorers: Johnny Oliver (0-1, 30 mins), Adam Wakely (0-2, 75 mins), Hereford Scorer (1-2, 85 mins), Robert Clowes (1-3, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-4-3)
Steve Boore,
Sam Ford, Tom Scott, Steve Harris,
Joe Grimstead, Louie Clarke, Tom Gallagher, Johnny Oliver,
Tyler Sheppard, Robert Clowes, Charlie Elsworth

Substitutes:
Adam Wakely (55 mins for Sam Ford), Alex West (73 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Alex Sprake (unused).

NB: Yesterday morning's scorers for the Under 16s in their impressive 4-3 win over Tranmere Rovers were Lewis Morgan, who got a brace, plus strikes for Henry Bond and Lloyd Matthews.


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16 August 2009 : GWSC Travel To Exeter
For those wanting to travel to St James Park on Tuesday night, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Exeter City will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 5.00p.m. and then from Huish Park at 5.15p.m.

The cost of travel for this match for GWSC members will be £9.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more. There are no concessions on this trip.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.


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16 August 2009 : Roberts Leaves Huish Park 'By Mutual Consent'
Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has left Yeovil Town by what is described as "mutual consent". The former Crewe Alexandra player had been suspended by the club for an unspecified disciplinary incident with manager Terry Skiverton indicating that he would not be playing for the club again.

That suspension was announced on July 29th, but is strongly believed to relate to a situation that developed at the start of the club's Family Fun Day that took place on the preceding Sunday. Roberts was omitted entirely from Yeovil's squad on the Tuesday night friendly against Bristol City and the news of his suspension came out 24 hours later.

Almost certainly following his disciplinary hearing, Roberts will have been given a severance deal by the club to tear up his existing contract. Roberts is an undeniably gifted midfielder, but with his departure from Gresty Road also having happened under a dark cloud, he may need to change some of his off-the-field behaviour if he is not to see his career go down the tubes.


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16 August 2009 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
With the early games continuing to come thick'n'fast, officials for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town have been announced. The game takes place on Tuesday night at St James Park and the man in charge on the night will be Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson is relatively new to Football League refereeing, having been promoted in the summer of 2008. We had him twice last season with the most recent being a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it.

His only other occasion in the middle for a Yeovil game was November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Eamonn Smith (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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16 August 2009 : Norwich City Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's home match against Norwich City saw the Glovers go out of the Carling Cup on the back of four second half Canaries goals. Up until the first goal went in, Yeovil had put in a good performance and it was probably much of this that influenced many of the Man of the Match votes received.

All three top players were in attacking positions, with both flanks and a striker represented. Scott Murray and Sam Williams got good mentions, but the runaway winner was Andy Welsh who also picked up the Sponsors' Man of the Match on the night.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets, can be seen below.

1 Andy Welsh 318 (31)
2 Sam Williams 82 (3)
3 Scott Murray 50 (2)
4 Stefan Stam 44 (0)
5 Steven Caulker 34 (0)
6 Terrell Forbes 30 (1)
7 Danny Schofield 26 (0)
8 George O'Callaghan 24 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
10 Alex McCarthy 10 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 10 (0)
12 Nathan Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.24

Performance: 5.78
Entertainment: 6.70

VOTES RECEIVED: 37


Don't forget to cast your votes for this weekend's match against Colchester United. The voting form will be open until Tuesday at 7.45p.m. when voting will automatically open for the evening match against Exeter City. Hence get your votes in as quickly as possible.

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


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15 August 2009 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 1 : Slow Start Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their second defeat in four days as they lost 2-1 at Colchester United this afternoon. A slow start with some questionable defending saw the Glovers two goals behind inside 18 minutes through midfielder David Fox and winger Ashley Vincent. A Ryan Mason free kick eight minutes from the end threatened to salvage something out of the match, but really Colchester got what they deserved on the balance of play and could easily have had the game out of sight by the time Yeovil mounted a mini-revival during the final 30 minutes.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change, with Danny Schofield dropping out of the squad entirely and being replaced by Ryan Mason in the centre of midfield. Otherwise, the starting eleven and subs bench was exactly as per the midweek defeat against Norwich City.

Apart from a busy looking opening five minutes, the Glovers had a poor first half and conceded twice early on. Both goals suggested a lack of shape at the back and in midfield. For the first, far too many players drifted towards the right side of Yeovil's defence after Colchester took the ball down that flank, and the end result was one Yeovil player left marking two Colchester counterparts on the edge of the box. Ashley Vincent got in the first attempt that was well blocked, but the ball fell loose to former Glovers target David Fox, and his strike which took a heavy deflection off an incoming Yeovil player gave Alex McCarthy no chance at all.

The second goal, after 18 minutes, also was initiated from Yeovil's right flank. And once again, the Glovers seemed to be exposed once the ball got pushed into the middle, with neither Nathan Jones nor Stefan Stam decisive enough to pick up Ashley Vincent who planted a soft header past McCarthy from just six yards out.

The Glovers rarely threatened the Colchester goal during a first period where the home side could easily have added to their lead. Their best chance of the half came 10 minutes before the break, when Gavin Tomlin was adjudged to have been fouled by Lee Beevers. Referee Russell Booth was having an awful match, and really got this decision wrong on two counts. Firstly Tomlin appeared to have lost control of the ball before Beevers got near him, but secondly once Booth gave the decision, it had to be a spot kick, with the offence clearly inside the box. Instead we ended up with a cop-out and a decision that both sides were furious with.

The second half threatened more of the same, although ten minutes in, Yeovil did carve out their best chance of the game, with Sam Williams doing well to pull the ball back from the byline to Ryan Mason, who perhaps tried to place his header a little too much from his close range spot - heading just wide of the post.

Just past the hour mark, and with little suggestion that Yeovil could get back into the game, manager Terry Skiverton decided to change matters - firstly introducing Nathan Smith for Andy Welsh, then bringing on Jonathan Obika for Gavin Tomlin. Smith in particular made a strong impact, getting forward from his left wing position with Yeovil pushing bodies forward and at times almost leaning towards playing with wing-backs as Forbes tried the same from the opposite flank. For a short while Colchester were rattled.

With eight minutes left, the erratic Russell Booth awarded Yeovil a controversial free kick when Sam Williams was deemed to have been fouled on the edge of the box. Up stepped Ryan Mason to half the deficit by placing a low drive into the bottom left hand corner and to step up a grand finale.

Whilst chasing the game, the Glovers were leaving holes at the back and at times the home side caught them on the break - thankfully both Lisbie and Vernon looked off form. Vernon did have his own penalty appeals turned down when he claimed to be pushed in the box when planting a header into the side netting, and that lack of a decision caused home boss Paul Lambert to spontaneously combust within his technical area, and for the Fourth Official to repeat to referee Booth just exactly what was said. Lambert was given his marching orders, although Booth continued his lack of control on the game even there - allowing Lambert to merely take his place alongside a group of non-playing Colchester staff, one row behind their substitutes and still able to bark out orders.

Five minutes of injury time came and went without incident, but really the Glovers wouldn't have deserved an equaliser if they'd grabbed it. Far too many players were anonymous for the first 60 minutes, and the balance of the side allowed Colchester to lob balls behind the Yeovil midfield where there were too many gaps through players pushing up field, thus immediately putting pressure on the Glovers back line. The double substitution changed things far more positively, but by then the game was already lost. Some thought is needed about how Yeovil approach away matches, with the Glovers now not having won on their travels for over six months. Today was a little too easy for Colchester until that final half hour.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: David Fox (1-0, 9 mins), Ashley Vincent (2-0, 18 mins), Ryan Mason (2-1, 82 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 13. Ryan Mason 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 18. Andy Lindegaard 26. Jonathan Obika (64 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 28. Nathan Smith (61 mins for Andy Welsh) 32. Andre McCollin

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams
3. Lee Beevers 4. Magnus Okuonghae 5. Pat Baldwin 23. Marc Tierney
7. Ashley Vincent 8. Dean Hammond 14. David Fox 11. Simon Hackney
20. Kevin Lisbie 29. Scott Vernon

Substitutes:
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 2. Alan Maybury 10. Kemal Izzet (71 mins for Kevin Lisbie) 16. Gary Holt 17. David Perkins (85 mins for Simon Hackney) 19. Joel Thomas 22. Anthony Wordsworth

Colchester Bookings: Simon Hackney (56 mins, dissent), Ashley Vincent (87 mins, kicking ball away)
Yeovil Bookings: George O'Callaghan (89 mins, foul)

Referee: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Ian Cooper (Kent) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: David Rock (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 4,263 (including approx 350 Yeovil fans).


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15 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Following this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press about the match. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is captured and can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.


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15 August 2009 : Centre of Excellence Results
Three of Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action today in morning matches.

The Under 18s beat Hereford United 3-1 away in their opening Youth Alliance fixture. Meanwhile in the final pair of North West tour matches, the Under 16s capped an impressive tour in their age group with a 4-3 win over Tranmere Rovers this morning. The only low spot was the Under 15s who lost 4-0 to an Everton Academy side.


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15 August 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
If you were at the Community Stadium for this afternoon's match against Colchester United, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from tonight's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

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


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15 August 2009 : Today's Line-Up Against Colchester United
Yeovil Town have made one change for this afternoon's match against Colchester United. Out drops Danny Schofield from the squad, presumably injured. In his place is Ryan Mason who missed Tuesday night's match with a groin strain.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 13. Ryan Mason 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 18. Andy Lindegaard 26. Jonathan Obika 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin


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15 August 2009 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round Draw
The draw for the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy has taken place this morning. As a result, Yeovil Town have been drawn away to AFC Bournemouth.

Oldham Athletic vs Accrington Stanley
Crewe Alexandra vs Stockport County
Walsall vs Bury
Morecambe vs Carlisle United

Darlington vs Lincoln City
Rochdale vs Bradford City
Rotherham United vs Huddersfield Town
Burton Albion vs Chesterfield

Barnet vs Millwall
Norwich City vs Brentford
MK Dons vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Gillingham vs Colchester United

Wycombe Wanderers vs Northampton Town
Cheltenham Town vs Torquay United
Hereford United vs Bristol Rovers
AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played during the week commencing August 31st 2009. Matches will be settled on the night of the game, with penalties deciding the outcome if scores are level after 90 minutes.

Link: Football League Trophy Round Dates.


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15 August 2009 : Betting Odds For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
In most two-horse races, the bookmakers are reluctant to give particularly wide odds, given it doesn't take an awful lot for the advantage to swing towards the unfancied horse. It's therefore surprising to find that Yeovil Town are rated at 4/1 to win this afternoon's fixture at Colchester United.

Bookmakers Blue Square, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, 888 Sport, Ladbrokes and William Hill all have us at the 4/1 price for the win, presumably on the basis that Yeovil have not won an away match since Valentines Day - six months ago. And perhaps they've got a little bit too carried away on the back of Colchester's 7-1 win last weekend at Carrow Road. On their own patch, Colchester are somewhat more shakey and lost more games at home last season than any other club in League One, with the exception of relegated Hereford United.

Despite that, the U's are rated at 5/6 on at Coral and that is the best price we can find. The odds on the draw are again quite generous, with Bet365 offering 11/4 for the match to end in a tie.

We're certainly not convinced at the 'First Scorer' odds. Ignoring the fact that two of their four favourites - Clive Platt and Steven Gillespie - won't even take to the field today, they rate Kevin Lisbie (5/1) and Scott Vernon (6/1) as the most likely to net the first goal today. Their top rated Glover is Andre McCollin at 9/1 with Boylesports. With no disrespect intended towards Andre, with Gavin Tomlin (also 9/1, Blue Square), Sam Williams (10/1, Bet365 and Blue Square) and Jonathan Obika (11/1, Bet365) likely to be well above him in the pecking order the best he can hope for today is a late sub appearance.

Aside from those strikers, other odds include Ryan Mason (12/1), Danny Schofield (14/1), Scott Murray (18/1), George O'Callaghan (20/1), Andy Welsh (22/1). Their ratings of Steven Caulker and Stefan Stam at 40/1 still look tempting for set pieces, with Nathan Jones at 50/1 also a possible for a free kick or two.


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15 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : No Smoke Without Fire
Scandal, controversy, flame-wars, people deciding to never set foot inside the stadium again. Directors issuing statements that pour petrol over the flames. Yes, matters down on the south coast with our friends at Weymouth have become fractious again. Although you may be surprised at exactly what has ignited this latest dispute within their ranks.

Taff is here to explain it all, as well as to consider the sacking of Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn and to place his latest sneaky fiver on today's match against Colchester United. In an article penned late last night, the latest on Taff's Gloversblog can be read via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : No Smoke Without Fire.


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14 August 2009 : Caulker And Mason Loans Extended
Good news for Yeovil Town, closely following the acquisition of fellow Tottenham Hotspur player Jon Obika on a three month loan last Tuesday, is that the loans of Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason have been extended, the phrasing from both clubs implying it is for a further three months.

Both youngsters had already declared their desires for a longer period at Huish Park, so no great surprise this has come to fruition, but still pleasing to see it signed and sealed.


Link: Obika Is Back!

Link: Mason Looking At Extended Stay

Link: Caulker Hopeful Of Loan Extension


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14 August 2009 : And So It Begins Again
The season is not yet a week old and yet the League One managerial merry-go-round has already begun, with Norwich City terminating the contract of Bryan Gunn with immediate effect. Assistant manager Ian Butterworth will take charge on a caretaker basis, though the club statement gives a strong indication that he's not in contention for the full-time post and they are looking for an outside appointment. Norwich are away at Exeter City tomorrow (Saturday).

Gunn is a Canaries legend from his time as a player when he made 477 appearances over a twelve year period between the sticks for the East Anglian club. After his retirement from playing he stayed with the club in various back-room capacities. In January 2009 he was asked to take over as caretaker manager when the contract of Glenn Roeder was terminated. He was unable to turn Norwich's desperate situation around sufficiently in their last 18 games and they were still relegated from the Championship at the end of the season. However the board stuck with him, and he was appointed manager on a permanent basis in May 2009 after the campaign had ended. He has thus been given a mere two games as a 'permanent' appointment before the axe was wielded.

There was much soul searching at Carrow Road on their relegation to the third tier of English football - or in fact, was there? Superficially the departure of chairman Roger Munby and CEO Neil Doncaster, and plenty of pious platitudes coming from the Board about their mistakes in the appointment and dismissal of various managers, suggested the buck was stopping at the top for once. It all sounded like a new beginning and new philosophy, with phrases like 'long term planning' and 'building for the future' bandied about a lot. But here we are again: ludicrous levels of short-termism rule in football, and one match (presumably he wasn't dismissed for beating Yeovil Town 4-0 away on Tuesday night) has a boardroom instantly back into headless-chicken mode.

Just before last Christmas this site reviewed the eight League One managerial casualties to that point last season (21st December,2008), highlighting the growing trend for appointments to last barely a year. We've little doubt a similar piece will be able to be written around the same time this year.

Link: Latest League One Sacking


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14 August 2009 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Essex tomorrow to take on Colchester United at their new Community Stadium. If you can call it a League Table after just one game, their opponents are league leaders, having smashed Norwich City 7-1 last weekend. Given the Glovers themselves were humbled 0-4 at home to Norwich during midweek in the Carling Cup, logic would assume that the Glovers stand to lose tomorrow by an 11-1 scoreline!

The beauty of football is that it doesn't work like that. Colchester themselves were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Leyton Orient in midweek, losing 2-1 and having striker Clive Platt sent off for violent conduct at the tail end of that match. He will start a three match suspension tomorrow for that offence.

Colchester's ability to pick up impressive results away from home but fluff their lines on their own patch was a typical pattern of their play last season. Last season they lost 12 times in the league during their first year at their new out-of-town stadium - a statistic beaten only by basement side Hereford United. Conversely, their record of 11 wins away from home would have made them a top five side when compared against other teams in League One.

Regardless of whether those home blues continue this season, Colchester are still good enough to gain a top half of the table finish in League One this coming season. They did the double over the Glovers during 2008-09 and having started slowly and having spent half of the season in the relegation zone, the recruitment of Paul Lambert as manager slowly pushed them upwards and into a solid 12th placed finish.

As already mentioned, Platt will be Colchester's main absentee, but the Glovers will instead face former Blackpool striker Scott Vernon as his replacement with Colchester paper The Green 'Un quoting Lambert as confirming his striking partnership for Saturday:

"Scott (Vernon) was very close (to making the starting line-up) at the start of the season, and I have no problem with Scott and Kevin Lisbie playing together. They've done it before in the Championship. Perhaps Scott is too nice a lad at times, but he's always had the right attitude and I've never had a problem with him. He did great at Norwich and he'll come in against Yeovil."

Aside from Platt, Colchester's other main absentee will be former Cheltenham Town striker Steven Gillespie. He is out with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play. Defender Paul Reid is also out following knee surgery. Elsewhere Lambert's main decision-making will be whether to recall goalkeeper Ben Williams, defender Marc Tierney and midfielders David Fox and Dean Hammond. All four were rested for Tuesday's Carling Cup tie but played in the league match at Carrow Road.

For the Glovers, striker Dean Bowditch was ruled out this week for a long term period with his dislocated shoulder now requiring an operation that is likely to keep him out until December. Otherwise, manager Terry Skiverton's only other concern is whether midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is likely to have recovered from a groin injury. If Mason is fit then Skiverton faces a dilemma over whether to put him back in the side and drop one of Danny Schofield or Scott Murray from the line-up. Aside from that, The Yeovil boss's only other bits of decision-making will be which of the players outside Tuesday's eleven he feels are the most match fit, with a number of his squad having missed portions of pre-season. Despite losing 0-4 in midweek, Skiverton seemed fairly happy with the team's performance suggesting that he will not be looking to make major changes to his side for tomorrow's game.

Tickets for tomorrow's game will be available from the Community Stadium on the day of the game. See our away guide below for full details of pricing and arrangements for parking. Note that away fans are housed in the North Stand this year - this is the opposite location to where we were housed in last year's match. If you're not going then BBC Somerset will have full live commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester.

Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester.


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14 August 2009 : Obika Believes Squad Is Stronger
New loan signing Jonathan Obika believes that he has come back to Huish Park as part of a stronger squad since his last visit to the club. Obika's last visit came in March 2009 when he was one of a large number of loan players drafted in for the climax of the 2008-09 season. The Tottenham Hotspur Academy graduate told BBC Somerset that some of his current and former team-mates at White Hart Lane were evidence of that:

"The squad has definitely improved this season. I'm just glad to be a part of it. Ryan (Mason), Steve (Caulker) and Hutch (Danny Hutchins) - I've played with them for a long time in the youth team, so I'm glad to be here."

Obika had the chance to join Charlton Athletic and tomorrow's opponents Colchester United on loan but chose to come back to the Glovers. He admitted that was a tough decision to make:

"Every decision is hard, to decide the next step in your career. But I just felt that with Yeovil, I've been here before and I know their management team are very good. The players are excellent and their ambitions are stronger this season. So I'm glad to be here."


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13 August 2009 : Guide To Exeter
With the trip to Devon coming hot on the heels of that to Colchester United no apologies for plugging the Exeter City Guide before we've even set out for the Weston Homes Community Stadium let alone got back.

Tuesday 18th August, kick-off 7.45 p.m., will see our first competitive match at St James Park since 1969, when we were playing Minehead not the Grecians, and our first playing Exeter since 1966.

Link: Exeter City Guide

Link: Exeter City v Yeovil Town Ticketing

Link: Colchester United Guide


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13 August 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Burnley Results
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides had mixed fortunes when they played two Burnley sides this afternoon. Whilst the Under 15s lost their match 4-1, the Under 16s gained a highly creditable 1-1 draw up in Lancashire.

Both sides now have a day's rest before the Under 15s face Everton's Academy side, whilst the Under 16s complete their North-West tour by playing Tranmere Rovers. Both matches take place on Saturday morning.

Link: Centre Of Excellence Week Two Tour Schedule.


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13 August 2009 : McCarthy Extends Royals Contract
On loan Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been busy on his day off. The 19 year old has been back to the Madejski Stadium and has signed a contract extension that will keep him there until the summer of 2011 giving an indication as to how highly the Royals value their Academy graduate.

Alex is currently on loan at Yeovil Town until January, and speaking to Reading's official site said of his contract extension:

"This is massive for me. I really enjoy being here and I am very happy to sign this new extension. I'm getting more League experience at Yeovil, which is great, and I would like to come back here next season and try to push for the number one spot. There are a lot of young lads in the team here at Reading at the moment, it's a good club for young players to be at."

Perhaps significant, is McCarthy's between-the-lines suggestion that he does not expect to return to Reading until "next season". His loan deal at Huish Park expires in January but our understanding is that the Glovers do have the option of extending that deal should they wish to. McCarthy's views appear to suggest that this is in line with his hopes and expectations as well.

Reading Director of Football Nick Hammond said of the deal:

"We are delighted Alex has committed to us with this new contract because he is a talented young goalkeeper with terrific potential. He is continuing his development out on loan at the moment and he is a player we have high hopes for."


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13 August 2009 : Bowditch Facing Four Month Layoff
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch will be out of football for up to four months after his hospital scan showed his worst fears. The former Ipswich Town striker will require an operation on his shoulder after he dislocated it on his debut against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. Dean will have the length of his time on the treatment table reassessed at some point after the operation, but current expectations are that he is unlikely to play until Christmas.

Bad luck Dean, and we hope to see you back in a green-and-white shirt as soon as possible.


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13 August 2009 : Reminder For Man of the Match Voting vs Norwich City
A reminder that your Man of the Match vote is required for Tuesday night's 0-4 defeat at Huish Park against Norwich City. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from tonight's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

We'll close voting off on Friday evening, so please get your votes and comments in before then.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Norwich City : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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13 August 2009 : Interview With George O'Callaghan
Following Tuesday night's 0-4 home defeat in the Carling Cup against Norwich City, midfielder George O'Callaghan was interviewed by the local media. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of his interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: George O'Callaghan Speaks To The BBC After The 0-4 Defeat Against Norwich.


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13 August 2009 : Obika Target Clubs Named
When Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika signed for a second loan spell with Yeovil Town, it was noted that the Glovers had beaten off attention from other League One clubs to secure his services for a second loan spell.

This morning's Western Morning News names those clubs as Colchester United and Charlton Athletic. Given Obika could have continued to live at his London home for Charlton, and at a pinch could have commuted to Colchester fairly easily, there's little doubt that the Glovers will have won his services because of his successful time down in Somerset last season. Obika gave the paper his thoughts on the subject:

"I know there was a lot of interest in signing me but I had such a good time here last season and I also know how the gaffer and Jonesy want the team to play football. It was the right decision for me to come back to the club and there are different targets compared to when I was here last season. Yeovil have got big ambitions and I know the gaffer wants us to finish as high up the table as possible."

Obika joins Spurs team-mates Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker down in Somerset, with the striker committed to spending three months at Huish Park. And he also has good company in right-back Danny Hutchins who was released by Spurs over the summer.

After coming on as a substitute in Tuesday night's 0-4 defeat against Norwich City, he will get an early chance to show Colchester what they missed out on when the Glovers travel to the Commmunity Stadium on Saturday.


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13 August 2009 : New Website For Football League Trophy
The competition no one cares about unless they get to the Final at Wembley, the Football League Trophy (currently sponsored by Johnstone's Paint), has a new on-line presence.

The draw (well they usually turn over cards for some bizarre reason) for Round One will be on Sky Sports Soccer AM this coming Saturday, 15th August. The show starts at 9.00 a.m. but we've seen no indication what time the draw card turning will commence. Yeovil Town will play one of: AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United, Northampton Town, Torquay United or Wycombe Wanderers.

Link: Johnstone's Paint Trophy Website

Link: No Bye For Glovers

Link: Football League Trophy Round Dates


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13 August 2009 : GWSC Travel To Colchester
For those wanting to travel to the Community Stadium on Saturday, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Colchester United will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.45a.m. and then from Huish Park at 8.00a.m.

The cost of travel for this match for GWSC members will be £21.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more. Concessions are available at £19.00 for GWSC members with non-members again charged two pounds more.

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

Note that the Devon and Dorset Greens still have spaces on their minibus. For full details, see the earlier news article.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.


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12 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Don't Panic! Don't Panic!
Last night Taff had the dubious pleasure of witnessing Yeovil Town's rather brutal 0-4 exit from the Carling Cup at the hands of Norwich City. In the aftermath of the defeat, his latest blog entry gives a port mortem on each player and the team to consider the question of Where Did It All Go Wrong? Answers can be found on Taff's Gloversblog or directly via the article link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Don't Panic! Don't Panic!


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12 August 2009 : Skiverton Sees Penalty Decision As Turning Point
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believed the penalty decision was the turning point in last night's match against Norwich City. Yeovil Town right-winger brought down Norwich left-back Adam Drury ten minutes into the second period to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Whilst Murray himself disputed the decision, Skiverton admitted after the game that he didn't have a good view of the incident:

"I didn't see it. All I saw was them going down and then going to the penalty spot. At the end of the day you've got to try and save it which we didn't. Norwich looked good after that. I think they looked a little bit cagey in the first half. They had a couple of opportunities. But they came out very strong in the end and they kept the ball very well, which we didn't do. So fair play to Norwich because they showed why they are a good team. They came here today like a wounded animal - there's nothing more dangerous - and that was proved to be."

Skiverton felt that the first 55 minutes of the match had been reasonably level but that the opening goal forced him to make tactical changes that left the Glovers open at the back - a decision he was happy to carry the can for:

"It was a difficult game for us. I thought we more than matched them up until the penalty incident. Then when the penalty went in, I'll take a bit of responsibility. When we got to 2-0, we chased the game, threw a little bit of caution to the wind which we wouldn't normally do in a league game. But these things happen and it's just a nice little reality check for us. I'd rather have this reality check in the cup than in the league on Saturday. Out of the two games tonight was disappointing, but it is very encouraging in terms of how we have started the season. Norwich were a very good side tonight and I'll give them full credit."

Aside from the penalty, the other turning point came when Skiverton withdrew Scott Murray and put on Jonathan Obika, giving him three strikers on the field of play. But before the Glovers could reorganise, Norwich had taken advantage by scoring their second goal. Skiverton explained the switch:

"I threw caution to the wind and I wanted to get a little bit of legs on. Scott has not played and he was starting to look a little bit leggy, so we decided to bring him off. But it didn't work out today. I wouldn't have done that in a League game but what I wasn't going to do was just sit on it. I could have just gone for a 1-0 and tried to scrape something, but I wanted to see what the players could do, so why not go for it? I'd rather get beaten 4-0 than get beaten 1-0 through being negative."

Despite eventually succumbing to a 0-4 home defeat, Skiverton refused to be downhearted and said he would write off the result and instead focus on future games:

"We'll get back to what we have been doing well. We've just got to put that game to bed. I think it just shows you, because there were some real big scores tonight. It's just one of those things. You move on and you move onwards and upwards."

The Glovers play Colchester United on Saturday and Skiverton revealed that the Glovers would not be facing striker Clive Platt for that fixture. The big target man was dismissed in the 90th minute of their home defeat against Leyton Orient last night, meaning that he will be starting a suspension on Saturday that will last three games and Skivo admitted that was some good fortune for the Glovers:

"It's a very tough place to go. I believe we've been dealt with a little bit of good news as Clive Platt got sent off in the 90th minute and he's a real handful. But it will be a hard game, and another hard game, but we're looking forward to it and we're looking forward to the challenge. We'll work hard this week and carry on. I'm not disappointed with the boys because it's one of those things and you've got to move on."

Finally, midfielder Ryan Mason had to drop out of last night's squad with a groin injury, but Skiverton said that he would only consider Mason's availability for Saturday once the team got back in training on Thursday morning:

"We've not spoken about it yet but we'll reassess things for Thursday and we'll see where we go from there."


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12 August 2009 : Glovers Forced Into Early Start For Huddersfield
Yeovil Town fans wanting to travel to their club's away match against Huddersfield Town will have to get up at the crack of dawn if they are going to see the game.

The match on August 29th has been switched to a 12.00 noon kick-off. Huddersfield have requested the earlier kick-off time to allow their fans to watch the Huddersfield Giants rugby league side on television, who are playing in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley that afternoon.

With that weekend being the August Bank Holiday weekend, the journey time for Glovers fans was already likely to be a difficult one. They will now need to get out of bed three hours earlier if they want to see the game. Or they may choose to take the weekend off entirely.


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12 August 2009 : Glovers U16s Beat Man City Youth
Yeovil Town Under 16s beat Manchester City under 16s by a 4-3 scoreline this morning. Goalscorers for Yeovil were Andy Venning, Alex Pathy, Brad Hansford and Jake Allen. Congratulations to the boys on a terrific win!

Yeovil Town Under 16s Squad: Jordan Seabright, Ben Bicknell, Henry Bond, Ben Williams, Danny Williams, Thomas Hopkins, James Golby, Lewis Morgan, Lloyd Matthews, Alex Henderson, Tom Salter, Max Harrington, Lewis Voizey, Andy Venning, Jake Allen, Brad Hansford, Alex Pathy.

Not quite so good news for our Under 15s side. They were beaten 8-0 by Blackburn Rovers last night in their fixture.


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12 August 2009 : Corr Banned For Exeter Visit
Exeter City striker Barry Corr will be suspended when Yeovil Town travel to St James Park next Tuesday evening. The Irishman was red-carded for violent conduct in an off the ball incident involving a Leeds United player in Exeter's 2-1 defeat at Elland Road on Saturday.

Corr will be suspended for three games, and the last match in that suspension period will be the Grecians' match against the Glovers on Tuesday 18th August. Glovers fans may recall Barry Corr getting involved in another off the ball incident at Huish Park with Terry Skiverton in a Boxing Day 2007 clash against Swindon Town. Skiverton was red-carded, even though Corr appeared to have started the confrontation, so we're certain that the Yeovil boss will not be shedding any tears over Corr's absence.

Incidentally, tickets for that match went on general sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office this morning. To our knowledge it's not an all-ticket match but with a limited away allocation at St James Park you are strongly advised to book early to avoid disappointment. For ticket prices see our earlier news item below.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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12 August 2009 : Skivo Hit By Reality Check
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believed the Glovers got sucked into being caught on the break during last night's 0-4 home defeat against Norwich City. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo believed that his side were a little too gung ho in the way they approached the game, allowing the Canaries to soak up Yeovil's pressure and produce counter-attacking football:

"A lot of people came out tonight to watch a good game of football. So we threw a little bit of caution to the wind, but they just kept catching us on the break. I'm a young manager and I'll learn from that. But I'm very pleased with the start that we've made. It's a nice little reality check that we know we're not going to go and keep winning these games. I'm pleased with the start, and on reflection I'd rather have the three points in the bag rather than losing the first game and going through in the cup. It's good for us to get off to a good start in the league. Now we're out of the cup I can concentrate on a nice difficult game against Colchester on Saturday."

Terry Skiverton's pre-match interview with BBC Somerset has been archived on this site and the full transcript can be found via the link below. The rest of the post-match interview will hopefully follow soon.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview Before The Norwich Game.


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12 August 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers MOTM Result
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable 2-0 victory on Saturday when they saw off Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park. Whilst Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin were the goalscorers, the plaudits were taken by two defenders on the day. Left-winger Andy Welsh featured highly as did new striker Dean Bowditch, but it was centre-back Steven Caulker that grabbed the Man of the Match award from right-back Terrell Forbes. Steven also took the sponsors' MOTM on the day, giving him a very creditable debut for the Glovers.

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

1 Steven Caulker 846 (74)
2 Terrell Forbes 356 (15)
3 Dean Bowditch 156 (3)
4 Andy Welsh 150 (6)
5 Stefan Stam 126 (3)
6 Ryan Mason 74 (1)
7 Danny Schofield 72 (2)
8 George O'Callaghan 50 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 18 (0)
9 Gavin Tomlin 18 (0)
11 Sam Williams 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.92

Performance: 7.96
Entertainment: 7.88

VOTES RECEIVED: 104


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12 August 2009 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's League One match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire). Our experience of him has been rather mixed. We didn't have him last season - in fact he missed the whole of the first half of the 2008-09 season - only returning to refereeing just before Christmas.

He'd done the same trick in the 2007-08 season; only starting refereeing in February, and it was in that April that he last took charge of a Yeovil Town match - a home game against Crewe Alexandra. For that game he was generally awful for both sides, which is at least a form of consistency of sorts. He couldn't be directly blamed for the result or Yeovil's performance on the day - a 0-3 home defeat.

A series of odd decisions also littered his game up at Doncaster Rovers in January 2006. His performances at Tranmere Rovers and Bury were far more palatable, although he did turn down a Darren Way shout for a penalty up at Bury that we weren't too amused with.

Mr Booth will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be David Rock (Hertfordshire).

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Crewe Alexandra 3.

Link: August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: January 2006 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2004 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.


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11 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Obika's Back!
With Taff being a bit of an armchair Spurs fan (someone has to be) it's no surprise to find that he is enjoying the current crop of players coming our way from White Hart Lane. The latest is Jonathan Obika and in his latest blog entry he considers his return to the club along with a few of the other goings on at the club. As he filed it before he left for Huish Park tonight, you can also have a 'with hindsight' look at Taff's prediction for tonight's game. What was that we were saying about "poor bookies"?

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Obika's Back!


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11 August 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City
If you were at tonight's 0-4 defeat at Huish Park against Norwich City, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from tonight's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Norwich City : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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11 August 2009 : Yeovil 0 Norwich 4 : Glovers Halted By Holt
Yeovil Town succumbed to an old-time nemesis as former Rochdale and Nottingham Forest striker Grant Holt grabbed a hat-trick to send Yeovil tumbling out of the Carling Cup at the First Round stage. The opening goal was also grabbed by a former foe, with ex-Blackpool winger Wes Hoolahan scoring from the penalty spot. The end result was Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since a near-reserve side played against Kingstonian in a minor league competition in April 2001 at the climax of the 2000-01 season.

Yeovil went into the match making two forced changes from Saturday's match with Sam Williams a straight swap for Dean Bowditch whilst Scott Murray made his debut as Ryan Mason dropped out due to a groin strain, with Danny Schofield moved into the centre of midfield. Norwich made numerous changes from their 7-1 thrashing with two starters disappearing entirely out of their squad and keeper Michael Theoklitos being dropped just one game after making his debut.

The first half saw the visitors edge, albeit with Norwich showing signs of a side that had conceded seven goals over the weekend - nervous every time a ball bounced in their box. As with Saturday, the Glovers took their time to get into their stride, but had two good chances during the opening 45 minutes - a Nathan Jones free kick that looped just wide and a Gavin Tomlin long-ranger that Ben Alnwick had to stretch to turn round the corner. Norwich's best chance came when Michael Spillane fired on goal from a corner, but Scott Murray was on the line and able to stop a certain goal. Half time and all square.

Ten minutes into the second period though, Norwich grabbed the lead from the penalty box. Former Blackpool winger Wes Hoolaghan slipped the ball through to Adam Drury on the left flank and he just about got a toe poke ahead of Scott Murray who brought him down for a spot kick. Hoolahan blasted home to give the Canaries the lead.

Scott Murray tried to make amends by firing from a wide position on goal from the restart. The former Bristol City man was withdrawn for Jonathan Obika fairly soon afterwards as the Glovers tried to claw back the game. But within a minute of Obika's arrival a Simon Whaley cross into the box seemed to slip past a couple of Yeovil defenders and into the path of Grant Holt who confidently headed home to double Norwich's lead.

Cody McDonald missed a series of glorious opportunities to extend Norwich's lead - first hitting the crossbar after Grant Holt held the ball up, then skewing the ball badly wide from close range, then fluffing a couple of one-on-ones as Yeovil pushed up allowing Norwich to hit them on the break.

All-in-all, it was Norwich in the ascendancy in the second half, but Jon Obika managed to squeeze through and show the tie was still alive when he took advantage of a defensive error, only to find his attempt on goal blocked out. But the tie was firmly sealed with eight minutes remaining when Grant Holt proved to be the scourge of a Yeovil Town defence once again when he out-muscled the Glovers back line, threading the ball through to Tom Adeyemi. The winger's shot was blocked by Alex McCarthy's legs, but only into the path of Holt who had the easiest of chances to slot the ball home for his second goal of the night.

In the dying seconds, the same man grabbed his hat-trick with Norwich's fourth of the night. Hitting the ball from distance, Alex McCarthy had no chance as the ball flew off the inside of the post, for the pick of the night's goals and with only injury time left there was no way back for the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Scorers: Wesley Hoolahan (55 mins, 0-1, pen), Grant Holt (64 mins, 0-2), Grant Holt (82 mins, 0-3), Grant Holt (90 mins, 0-4).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 22. Danny Schofield 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 18. Andy Lindegaard 26. Jonathan Obika (63 mins for Scott Murray) 28. Nathan Smith (85 mins for Andy Welsh) 32. Andre McCollin

Norwich City: (4-4-2)
31. Ben Alnwick
15. Michael Spillane 12. Gary Doherty 33. Jens Berthel Askou 3. Adam Drury
17. Tom Adeyemi 11. Simon Whaley 4. Matthew Gill 14. Wesley Hoolahan
9. Grant Holt 27. Cody McDonald

Substitutes:
1. Michael Theoklitos (GK) 10. Jamie Cureton 32. Goran Maric (85 mins for Cody McDonald) 16. Chris Martin 19. Simon Lappin (68 mins for Adam Drury) 8. Stephen Hughes (52 mins for Matthew Gill) 18. Paul McVeigh

Yeovil Bookings: Danny Schofield (72 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (88 mins, foul)

Norwich Bookings: None.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,860 (with 699 Norwich fans).


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11 August 2009 : Tonight's Line-Up Against Norwich City
Yeovil Town have made two changes for tonight's Carling Cup First Round match against Norwich City. Striker Dean Bowditch was an obvious change, with his dislocated shoulder putting him out for an indefinite period. Sam Williams takes his place.

The other change sees Ryan Mason drop entirely out of the matchday squad. He has a groin strain and is replaced by Scott Murray. The expectation is that Danny Schofield will shuffle in-field to make way for Murray on the right wing.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 22. Danny Schofield 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 18. Andy Lindegaard 26. Jonathan Obika 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin


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11 August 2009 : Under 18s Complete Tour At Stoke
Yeovil Town's Under 18s went down 4-1 against Stoke City Under 18s this afternoon in the final match of their North-West tour. The match saw two Under-16s players fill the bench positions, partly due to a few knocks picked up by more senior players, with Thomas Hopkins and Ben Robertson rising up through the ranks.

Yeovil's goal was scored by Johnny Oliver in the defeat. Things don't get any easier - the Under 16s now travel north to face Manchester City!

Final Score: Stoke City Under 18s 4 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Yeovil Town Under 18s: Steve Boore, Sam Ford, Tom Scott, Steve Harris, Joe Grimstead, Tom Gallagher, Johnny Oliver, Alex West, Louie Clarke, Rob Clowes, Tyler Sheppard

Subs: (all used on a rolling basis) Alex Sprake, Adam Wakley, Thomas Hopkins, Ben Robertson, Corrie Lewis.


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11 August 2009 : Gunn Ponders Whether To Stick Or Twist
Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn admits that he will probably not have chosen his side that will face Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup until his team reach Somerset for tonight's game. The Canaries have endured a tempestuous 72 hours after being thrashed 7-1 at home to Colchester United and Gunn will face a serious dilemma ahead of tonight's game - does he stick with the team that played at Carrow Road, or does he shuffle his squad and hope that the new combination pulls off a result?

Speaking in the Norwich Pink 'Un, Gunn admitted that he would be facing a confident Yeovil side and admitted he had been considering resting a few players for tonight's match, but now realises that getting a win is the priority:

"I haven't made any decisions yet on the team. Yeovil is a good footballing side who play a good brand of football and will be confident after beating Tranmere at the weekend. They will see our result and probably feel it's an opportunity for them to progress. You want to win every game and, who knows, had there been a different result on Saturday there might have been a different team going on the pitch but we have to take one match at time. I hope whatever team I select goes out focused on the job in hand and that is winning football matches - it doesn't matter what competition we are in. We want to be in the next round but we have to overcome a confident Yeovil so it won't be easy."

It shouldn't be forgotten that Norwich are one of the favourites for promotion from League One, and with a home crowd of over 20,000 at Carrow Road on Saturday, they will have plenty of financial muscle to make changes during the season. Gunn believes that the Colchester result was a one-off that 'hurt' his players:

"I think it was a freak result when you look at the scoreline and some of the goals that went in. You would have expected the academy players to have done better. It was basic defending which we try and teach all our defenders. The players are hurt and embarrassed - both individually and collectively - but we have a long journey to Yeovil and plenty of time for reflection."

Meanwhile the fall out from Saturday's horror show against Colchester United continues. Norwich are dealing with the two supporters who entered the field of play to confront Gunn during the game, and are expected to decide what sanctions to impose in the next few days. The club is also investigating the actions of player Wes Hoolahan, who is alleged to have made an obscene gesture at supporters when leaving Carrow Road after the 7-1 defeat. One suspects, supporters being supporters, it wasn't just a one sided exchange of abuse.


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11 August 2009 : Lindy Hoping For a Longer Deal
Speaking to Sky Sports, Andy Lindegaard has expressed a desire to turn his short-term contract with Yeovil Town into something longer.

"It's great to be involved in football again after a frustrating summer, but there are a lot of players in that situation and I'm just glad to have got everything sorted, even if it is only a short-term deal at the moment.

I'm really looking forward to the game tonight against Norwich and hopefully I can be involved at some stage.
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Lindegaard revealed this will be the first match he will be eligible for on his return to Huish Park, the paperwork on his registration and contract not being completed in time for the league opener against Tranmere Rovers :

"The lads had a great result on Saturday and played very well, so we'll just have to wait and see whether I can earn a place in the side for tonight. I signed too late on Friday to be involved on Saturday, so today is the first chance for me to make my debut.

I've been training on my own during the summer, but I also did some training with Yeovil and Kidderminster plus a couple of other clubs, so I am fit and ready to play and I'm really looking forward to it.
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He also hopes the short-term deal may turn into something more permanent :

"I'd love to earn a more permanent deal here, but we will just take each game as it comes and continue to work hard in training. The manager knows everything about me and my game, so we will just see how things pan out at the end of the month."

Link: Andy Lindegaard, Yeovil Town Statistics


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11 August 2009 : Bowditch Scan Tomorrow
Striker Dean Bowditch will have a scan tomorrow (Wednesday) to assess the seriousness of the shoulder injury he picked up in the opening match on Saturday versus Tranmere Rovers. Manager Terry Skiverton was cautious about the outcome, obviously hoping the scan would not reveal too much damage, though he expressed concern that an operation might be required. If it does come to that he felt Bowditch would then be likely to be out for two to three months.

Both for the wellbeing of Bowditch himself, and the interests of Yeovil Town, we obviously hope the scan shows less damage than is feared. Best of luck, Dean.



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11 August 2009 : Obika Is Back!
Yeovil Town have taken Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika back on loan. As mentioned yesterday, manager Terry Skiverton had indicated that he was likely to take on cover for the injured Dean Bowditch and the end result is a rather familiar name. As yet, the length of the loan deal has not been specified, but would be 28 days at the very least.

Obika scored four times for Yeovil in 10 appearances last season and so will be a very popular addition to the Yeovil Town squad. Welcome back Jon!

There's no word on whether Obika is able to play in tonight's match against Norwich City - one factor would be whether Spurs have given him permission to play, but another would be whether the Glovers have registered him in time for tonight's game.

Update: Manager Terry Skiverton has now confirmed, with the small caveat that the finer points of the loan have not actually been signed and sealed yet, that the deal is expected to be for three months initially, with the possibility of an extension on that if it suits all parties. The gaffer also revealed that while the loan's exact timing may have been influenced by the injury to Dean Bowditch on Saturday it was not the result of it, the manager having been working behind the scenes for the last four weeks to secure Obika.

Link: Jonathan Obika Statistics Page.


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11 August 2009 : Welsh Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh has been nominated for the League One Team of the Week by the Football League. Andy missed much of the tail end of last season due to the form of loan winger Andros Townsend but has now got the benefit of a full pre-season under his belt, which showed as part of Saturday's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

The News of the World also nominated Terrell Forbes in their Team of the Week for League One, with Forbesy operating in a right-back position during the game.

The full Football League side is as follows:

Clayton Ince (Walsall)
Mathias Doumbe (MK Dons), Mark Hughes (Walsall), Steve Haslam (Hartlepool), Peter Gilbert (Oldham)
Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield), Adam Miller (Gillingham), Michael Doyle (Leeds), Andy Welsh (Yeovil Town)
Simeon Jackson (Gillingham), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds)


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11 August 2009 : Wagenaar Set To Seal Scottish Move
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar looks set to play this season in the Scottish Premier League. Wagenaar has been on trial with Falkirk during pre-season and has featured in pre-season friendlies against Spartans, Royal Antwerp and Livingston and will now be signed up, pending a medical with the Bairns. He will be in competition with regular goalkeeper Robert Olejnik for a place in their side.

Despite training with Luton Town after he left Yeovil Town's training ground over the summer, former midfielder Paul Terry has signed a deal with Conference National side Grays Athletic. He won't be teaming up with another former Glovers midfielder Steve Browne who has been sacked by Grays along with manager Craig Edwards. Browne and Edwards had only been appointed over the summer and so never took charge of a competitive match. Chairman, eh?

Finally, with the season underway, a few old boys have been in the limelight at their new clubs. Striker Paul Warne came off the bench for Rotherham United and scored the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley over the weekend, whilst former loan striker Scott Rendell netted Torquay United's opener in their 2-0 win over Chesterfield on the same day.


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11 August 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Norwich City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Norwich City tonight in a Carling Cup First Round match that takes place at Huish Park. The match sees Yeovil paired up with the Canaries for the third time in a cup competition during their history, with Norwich winning two FA Cup ties in 1953 and 1980 along the way. Now though, they meet as divisional rivals for the first time, and will later this season play each other in two League One matches.

The Canaries hit the headlines over the weekend for all the wrong reasons. Starting the season as one of the favourites for the League One title, they crashed 1-7 at home to Colchester United. No sendings off, no goalkeeper injuries - just a stunning result that left manager Bryan Gunn and his side reeling. Gunn spoke to the Norwich Pink 'Un paper in the aftermath of that result and recalled his own playing career in the city where as a goalkeeper he was on the receiving end of an identical thrashing against Blackburn Rovers in 1992:

"I can't see into the future but I know how I reacted as a player. We went out and won the next two games and that is what my players have to do now. There has to be a reaction and we have to focus on Yeovil because that is our first opportunity to put things right. We trained and recovered from the game on Sunday and we watched a DVD of the match. It was a long day and it wasn't the best of viewing but we reiterated what went on out on the pitch and I think it was important to do it. I've done it myself as a player - sat amongst my team-mates and actually seen where you have made your mistakes individually and as a team. Hopefully it was a helpful situation and the lads were then able to get back out on the training pitch and get it out of their system."

Naturally Yeovil must beware any backlash as it's difficult to imagine Norwich succumbing in that manner two games running. The Canaries will have to do it without former Swansea City midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones who is on Welsh international duty. Otherwise Gunn, decision-making will be based upon who he feels are mentally strong enough to go under the spotlight tonight, with goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos and striker Grant Holt having issued public apologies for their performances in that game.

For the Glovers, their only two definite absentees are winger Aidan Downes (shoulder/knee) and striker Dean Bowditch who dislocated his shoulder on Saturday. Bowditch's place will be taken by Sam Williams who will make his full debut. Elsewhere, manager Terry Skiverton's only other decisions will be based upon whether any of his players are carrying minor knocks from Saturday's win. Given the performance on the day he is unlikely to do much more than try to put out the same side again - bar the inclusion of Williams. Speaking to BBC Somerset the Yeovil boss said that he was glad to get the season going:

"In the last few games of pre-season, the weeks seemed to drag on a little bit. Now we're here and now we've started and we've got off to a good start, that breeds a little bit of confidence in the camp and a little bit of belief to show that what we're doing on the training pitch and away from what the cameras are seeing is the right things."

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the night of the game. Note that for this match, there is no matchday surcharge and ticket prices are somewhat lower than for a standard League One game. Full prices are shown via the link below.

Note also that tonight's match will be played to a conclusion. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then an additional 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If scores are still level then the tie will be decided by spot kicks. Hence allow for some additional time if you're planning to get home at a particular hour.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.

Link: Carling Cup Second Round Draw Schedule.


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11 August 2009 : MOTM Voting For Tranmere Rovers - Final Reminder
A reminder for any late stragglers that Man of the Match voting for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers closes automatically tonight. The deadline is 7.45p.m. when tonight's game against Norwich City kicks off, at which point the voting form will start to accept votes for the Carling Cup match.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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11 August 2009 : Betting Analysis For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City
We never thought we'd live to see the day when Yeovil Town could start a match as favourites against Norwich City. Whether the bookies have got the jitters over Norwich's 1-7 home stuffing against Colchester United that has sent more than a few ripples around the footballing world, or whether they're impressed by some fairly solid home form from the Glovers during most of 2009, it's hard to tell.

But here we are with Norwich best priced at 17/10 with Bet365 whilst the widest odds visible for Yeovil Town are 8/5 with Stan James and Sky Bet. The draw is priced at 12/5 with five different bookies.

In terms of the match, which is a Carling Cup First Round tie, if the scores are level after 90 minutes, we will proceed directly to extra time on the night, followed by a penalty shoot-out. So you need to be quite clear about what you're betting on - it is likely that you will be betting against the result after 90 minutes but check the small print.

Despite rating the Glovers higher for the win, in terms of the first goalscorer, Norwich's Grant Holt is the favourite to score first rated at 6/1 by several bookies. If it's Yeovil players you're after, then Gavin Tomlin is at 7/1 with Skybet, whilst Andre McCollin is 10/1 and Sam Williams is 12/1. Most of the bookies have now got round to recognising Dean Bowditch as a Yeovil player now but don't put your money on him because he won't be playing! There's a few interesting wildcards out there, with Stefan Stam and Steven Caulker rated at 40/1, despite them being likely to feature on set pieces.

Finally, just purely for reference, Yeovil are currently 2000/1 to win the Carling Cup outright. Norwich City are a mere 750/1 depending on which bookie you use. But we suspect and hope that you will not be rushing out to take them up on that offer.


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10 August 2009 : Darren Undergoes Another Operation
This week's Western Gazette has provided another update on midfielder Darren Way's attempts to work his way back to full health and fitness. Darren has been out of the game since December 2008 but hasn't given up entirely on the possibility that he might step back onto a football pitch in some form in the future.

Last Friday, Darren had an operation on his wrist in King Edward VII Hospital in London. The Gazette went to print before the operation took place, but certainly Darren was well enough to attend Yeovil Town's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on the Saturday. Darren told the paper why he needed another operation:

"It is too difficult to tell whether it will be my last one. There are four major problems that are wrong with my wrist but I am hoping that this can give me some more mobility. At the moment I cannot get too much flexibility and moving it forward and back is very limited. The worst injuries I had were to my elbow and my wrist. This is my right arm; my most functional arm. As far as gym work is concerned, it has knocked me back a little because I am restricted with things like weights and press-ups. I think I have come so far in such a short space of time that it is just another procedure for me now."

Darren obviously finds it difficult to talk about the prospect of the traffic accident ending his playing career and says he realises that everyone has been treating him with kid gloves throughout his rehabilitation:

"That is what I am also finding difficult to deal with, the question of whether I will get to a level where I am able to get back on the pitch. I think what the surgeons are going to do is give me a bit more time and make a decision then. What they did not want to do from day one is say 'I do not think you are going to play again' and therefore wreck my confidence and morale. I think everyone is buying into that and they can see my determination, and they are going to let me get as fit as I can at a level they think I can reach. I have to keep jumping these hurdles. As long as I keep tackling like I did on the football pitch and use the same determination, I am hoping that there can be some light at the end of the tunnel."

Darren has indicated that whilst he is out on the sidelines he is willing to support manager Terry Skiverton as much as is necessary and wants to do his bit to help the club succeed:

"We will see where we are in another six months' time. I am sure that if we all stick together, the players and everyone at the football club, who knows what could happen. With Terry involving me as much as he can, I am trying to do as much as I can to take my mind off the other stuff. The club can be successful because that is what my sole purpose is behind the scenes; to make the club a success. Whether it be going out and meeting a school of children or helping the gaffer with bits and pieces, that is what I am trying to do at the moment."


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10 August 2009 : Under 13s Come Home With A Win
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides had a mixed, but improved time in their final North-West tour match on Saturday morning. Whilst the Under 14s suffered against Tranmere Rovers by going down 7-2 for their third defeat on tour, the Under 13s came home very happy with a 2-0 win over the same club.

Both sides returned home on Saturday evening and will now look to concentrate on matters a touch closer to home. The Under 15s, Under 16s and Under 18s set off tomorrow for the second week of their North-West Tour. For the tour schedule, follow the link below.

Link: Centre Of Excellence Week Two Tour Schedule.


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10 August 2009 : Johnson Leaves Glovers
Yeovil Town's Chief Scout Chris Johnson has left the club. Johnson was brought in by former manager Russell Slade in December 2007 and was based in Stoke-on-Trent.

He was certainly still being used by the club during the latter half of last season, with manager Terry Skiverton crediting him for having done much of the early spade work over Spurs loan pair Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend. But with the arrival of Ben Roberts as a goalkeeper coach, with scouting duties included within his role, presumably this ate into Johnson's role at the club. The club haven't clarified whether they intend to replace Johnson, or whether Roberts will now take on a more senior role.

It hasn't been made clear whether Johnson chose to leave, or whether he has been shuffled out. Either way, we wish him well for the future.


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10 August 2009 : League Get Bumper Opening Crowds
The Football League have claimed that last weekend's opening day crowds were the biggest in the league for nearly 50 years. More than 450,000 spectators went to the 36 matches across the Football League's three divisions, with all three divisions experiencing rises in crowds against last year's figures. The total number of supporters was the highest since August 1963.

Two Championship matches saw crowds of over 30,000 with an average of 21,007 - an increase of 4 percent on 12 months ago. League One was where the serious boom was with crowds up 45 percent on last year, thanks to Leeds United, Norwich City and Southampton all clocking up over 20,000 at home. The average crowd in League One was 12,109 on Saturday. The League Two crowds were up by 4 percent, averaging 4,967 with Rotherham United taking the top slot with 10,254 watching their opener.

For the Glovers, the majority of their time in the Football League they have been on their travels during the opening day of each season. A total of 4,349 spectators visited Huish Park on Saturday for the visit of Tranmere Rovers, slightly down on last year's 4,518 for the visit of Walsall. Prior to that we'd not had a home opener in the Football League, with the first home match usually the second in each season. Crowd figures for those matches in recent years have been 5,071 (Port Vale, 2007-08), 6,451 (AFC Bournemouth, 2006-07) and 5,856 (Rotherham United, 2005-06).


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10 August 2009 : Skivo Likely To Seek Bowditch Loan Replacement
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he is likely to go into the loan transfer market to replace injured striker Dean Bowditch. The club are still waiting for a firm prognosis on the former Ipswich Town striker, who dislocated his shoulder on his debut against Tranmere Rovers.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skiverton said that he had already been working off a list of targets, but would now go to the board to see if that process could be accelerated:

"I will have to speak to the board about getting another striker in and hopefully we will be able to do something this week. I have got a list of targets that I was looking at even before Dean got his injury, and I'll work my way through that. There is a chance that it could be a youngster from a Premier League or a Championship club, but we'll have to wait and see what happens."


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10 August 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester
The Devon and Dorset Greens are taking a minibus up to Colchester United for Saturday's match on August 15th. They are leaving Huish Park at 7.30a.m. and currently have six places left on the minibus.

Cost of travel is dependent upon how many book up, but a full minibus will be approximately £12.00 for the day's travel. To place your booking email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk, or call her on mobile number 07836 265 525 or evenings on 01460 76980.


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10 August 2009 : Bowditch Due For Hospital Scan Today
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch is due to go to hospital today to have a scan on his shoulder. The BBC Sport website report that his shoulder has been popped back into its socket after he suffered a dislocation during the second half of Yeovil's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

However, the club now need to monitor for any muscular or ligament damage around the shoulder area and will await the outcome of that scan before coming up with any firm prognosis on his situation.


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10 August 2009 : Caulker And Mason Get Carling Cup Clearance
This morning's newspaper reports suggest that Yeovil Town have received clearance from Tottenham Hotspur to play loan duo Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker in tomorrow night's Carling Cup First Round tie against Norwich City.

The Western Morning News reference that permission has been granted for the match at Huish Park, in an opinion column written by local journalist Chris Spittles. There's no word at present on Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who is on a six month spell at Huish Park, but we'd be surprised if he wasn't given clearance as well, given the length of his loan deal.


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10 August 2009 : Up Pohnpei!
Yeovil Town fans have a new national team to support. The island of Pohnpei is one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and they are re-establishing their national football team this year. The FSM lies in the Western Pacific Ocean, around 1,800 miles north of the Eastern point of Australia and the island has a total population of around 35,000 people.

So what exactly has this got to do with Yeovil Town? Well as part of the reformation of their national side, their team will be wearing a full Yeovil Town Football Club kit, using the 2008-09 shirts. Bristol-based Paul Watson has even become their new first team manager in an effort to help boost their national side and he explained to BBC Somerset how the whole thing came about:

"I was living with Matthew Conrad, who is my assistant manager and we were looking to make a documentary about football in the most remote places in the world. We contacted Pohnpei having gone down the FIFA rankings, and we'd gone down the rankings of countries who aren't even in FIFA and found that they were at the very bottom and that they'd never won a match of football. So we contacted them and found that the head of their FA had just moved to London. He was very keen to meet us and he told us that no-one was in charge of the team. So being madmen we travelled across the world to take them over!"

Paul admitted that the geography of the islands meant that he was operating in very remote territory, but that given the purpose of his original mission, Pohnpei was precisely the sort of place he wanted to see:

"The population is about 35,000 and the neighbouring islands in Micronesia are a few hundred miles apart. When people say where is it near, it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. You're looking at a thousand miles to anywhere that anyone else has heard of."

Paul also explained how the link-up with Yeovil Town happened. He indicated that the Glovers were the first to make contact with him when he put out an appeal for kit to be supplied to the nation:

"We emailed pretty much every team in Britain and Yeovil were the first to reply and to say that they would donate some kit to the cause. They are really very nice kit as well, and they are last year's kit. So they've won a special place in our hearts."

Paul explained that there were still a significant number of other things that needed to be done before they could kick off a competitive fixture and that he was looking for new sponsorship:

"A lot of it is dependent upon finding sponsorship. We have to find kit for the players. Yeovil have helped but we still have to find boots, especially for the kids as they can't really afford them out there. So at the moment we're trying to raise funds and find some sponsors. Then we are going to go back out there and commence the formal training of the national side alongside introducing football in schools for the first time. At the moment there are 20 people in Micronesia wearing Yeovil kit wandering around, so they are probably the best supported English club in Micronesia at the moment! We're in the market for pre-season friendlies if anyone in Yeovil fancies taking us on!"

The national side were previously in existence between 1998 and 2001 and competed in the Micronesia Games. So far they have lost every international fixture they've played, but hope that the resurrection of the national side will help them break that duck. Their goal is to ultimately enter the Oceanic Confederation League.


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10 August 2009 : Mason Looking At Extended Stay
On loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder/striker Ryan Mason looks likely to join Steven Caulker in extending his stay at Huish Park. As mentioned yesterday, Caulker has already indicated that he is expecting to lengthen his stay with the Glovers, having previously agreed a one month deal at Huish Park.

Now Mason, who has been operating in midfield since his arrival in Somerset, has told the Western Daily Press that he was also expecting to lengthen his stay with the Glovers:

"At the moment it is looking like we are going to extend the loan, but I am not sure for how long."


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9 August 2009 : Caulker Hopeful Of Loan Extension
On loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker hopes that he will soon be extending his contract with Yeovil Town. In an interview with BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, Steven believed that negotiations should be occurring over the weekend.

The full transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: BBC Bristol Interview With Steven Caulker.


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9 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Calm Down, Calm Down
Following yesterday's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, Taff has updated his blog with his latest thoughts on how the team are developing. He also considers what Saturday night debate amongst football fans can get like, as well as reviewing the first edition of the Football League Show. Read more on Taff's Gloversblog or click on the link below. Comments as usual can be provided via the facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Calm Down, Calm Down.


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9 August 2009 : 2009-10 First Team Statistics Pages
The new statistics pages for the 2009-10 Season are now available to log all the usual information relation to first team stats. Pages for Goalscorers, Appearances, Bookings (currently blank) and the League Table have been added and will be updated after every game. See below, or choose off the Statistics menu tab above.

Link: 2009-10 League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings (currently an empty page).

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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9 August 2009 : Centre Of Excellence Week Two Tour Schedule
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence tour of North-West clubs continues for a second week with games against Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Burnley, Everton and Tranmere Rovers. The games start on Tuesday with two matches at Stoke and Blackburn and continue through until Saturday.

The full second week schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 11th August

Stoke City Academy, Michelin Sports Club, ST4 6NL. Kick off 2.30p.m. (U18’s & U16’S)
Blackburn Rovers Academy, BB6 8BA. Kick off 6.30p.m. (U15’s)

Wednesday 12th August

Manchester City Football Academy, M14 7UU. Kick off 11.00a.m. (U16’s)

Thursday 13th August

Burnley Centre of Excellence, Gawthorpe training ground, BB12 85Q. Kick off 2.00p.m. (U15’s & U16’s)

Saturday 15th August

Everton Academy, Finch Farm, L26 3UE. Kick off 11.00a.m. (U15’s)

Tranmere Rovers FC, Ingleborough Road, CH42 6RD. Kick off 11.00a.m. (U16’s)


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9 August 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City
Officials for Yeovil Town's Carling Cup First Round match against Norwich City on Tuesday night have been announced. Taking charge will be James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Although Mr Linington has been a regular at Huish Park over the years, it has largely been as an assistant referee or fourth official. He was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season and he took charge of two Yeovil Town matches to favourable impressions.

The most recent match was the Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing.

The other match saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a grumble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

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

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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8 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following this afternoon's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press about the game. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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8 August 2009 : Skivo Fuming At Bowditch Injury
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that striker Dean Bowditch has suffered a dislocated shoulder in today's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. The Yeovil boss was left fuming by the tackle made by Rovers defender Shaleum Logan that put Bowditch out of the game.

Terry has warned that Bowditch could now be missing for a couple of months, and told BBC Somerset he was disappointed with how his striker was forced to exit the game:

"I'm absolutely fuming. I'm very angry that my centre-forward was clean through and got chopped from behind and his shoulder has popped out. Hopefully it's not a worst case scenario, but he could be out for a good few months. That's two of my squad who are out now with dislocated shoulders which is very disappointing, especially with the impact that Dean (Bowditch) has had so far since he came in during pre-season."


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8 August 2009 : BBC Highlights Package Starts Tonight
Don't forget that the Football League's highlights package switches to the BBC for the 2009-10 season, with The Football League Show beginning tonight on BBC1. Coverage tonight starts at 11.45p.m. and continues until 1.00a.m.

The BBC's preview indicates their main coverage include West Bromwich Albion's game against Newcastle United plus QPR's match against Blackpool. Other highlights include Derby County vs Peterborough United, Southampton against Millwall and a focus on Shrewsbury Town vs Burton Albion.


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8 August 2009 : Yeovil 2 Tranmere 0 : Opening Joy For Glovers
Yeovil Town gained an impressive 2-0 over Tranmere Rovers this afternoon as they opened up their 2009-10 season with a win over the Wirral side. Goals from Dean Bowditch and a Gavin Tomlin penalty gave them what was eventually a comfortable victory after a slightly sluggish start. Tranmere failed to get a shot on target all game and the Glovers grew in confidence as the game went on and there was little doubt at the end of the game who deserved the points.

With six players making their full debuts today, and Tranmere also radically changed from the side that faced the Glovers in April at Prenton Park, it wasn't too surprising to find a quiet start to the game. Tranmere actually started the better - passing the ball around crisply, although tending to find that their neat play never got further than the final third.

Just as the clock showed 20 minutes though, the Glovers front line burst into life, having a 10 minute purple patch that saw one goal and could have easily produced three. Dean Bowditch had a shot on goal blocked for a corner whilst George O'Callaghan and Danny Schofield tested visiting keeper Luke Daniels. But Yeovil made the pressure tell, with Bowditch planting a low header past Daniels to put the Glovers 1-0 up and to leave Tranmere rattled for a while.

Eventually the balance of the match was restored in the lead up to the break, but the damage was done by Bowditch in that middle spell and Tranmere were showing little signs of being able to fashion an equalising goal.

The second half followed a similar pattern, although the longer the game went on, the stronger the Glovers became. A crude challenge by Shaleum Logan on the edge of the box ended Dean Bowditch's impressive opening debut as he left the field in extreme pain, but what it did show was that Tranmere were having to go to ruthless tactics to stop the Glovers counter-attacking.

That kind of reckless tackling around their own penalty box cost them in the end, with Aaron Creswell diving in for a loose ball that Ryan Mason had toe-poked forward, meaning that when Creswell stuck his foot where the ball no longer was, a penalty was a fairly academic decision for referee Andy Hall. Gavin Tomlin's strike from the spot was perfect, coming in off the inside of the post to double Yeovil's lead.

The Glovers could have easily come out with more than they did. Tomlin had squandered a one-on-one just before his spot kick rescued his blushes, whilst a combination of Daniels and Logan blocked a Sam Williams shot out for a corner. With the second goal in the back of the net, the visitors seemed to lose their determination and with Tranmere failing entirely to find the target throughout the game, they look in for a hard season. The Glovers won't know until a few games have gone how much they can read into this match, but as a starter, there could be few complaints.

The result sees Yeovil lie in 4th place in the extremely early league table, with Swindon Town and Norwich City receiving opening day thrashings at the hands of Gillingham and Colchester United, with the Canaries being embarrassed 7-1 at home to the Essex side who top the league. The Canaries will be next up for Yeovil in the Carling Cup with Colchester their next league opponents, meaning that the Glovers will get an early insight as to how much of a freak result that one was.

The only down side to this afternoon's match was a painful looking injury to striker Dean Bowditch who was brought down on the edge of the box during the second half. With his shoulder being supported by Youth Team physio Richard Atkinson, the injury appeared to be either a dislocated shoulder or broken collar bone as he gingerly walked round the pitch, but we'll try and bring more concrete details as soon as we can.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: 2009-10 League One League Table (as of August 8th 2009).

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (23 mins, 1-0), Gavin Tomlin (76 mins, 2-0 pen)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 13. Ryan Mason 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andrew Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Sam Williams (52 mins Dean Bowditch) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray (84 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin (90 mins for Gavin Tomlin)

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Luke Daniels
2. Shaleum Logan 12. Ash Taylor 15. Gavin Gunning 3. Aaron Cresswell
23. Chris Shuker 6. Paul McLaren 11. John Welsh 25. Craig Curran
10. Alan Mahon 9. Ian Thomas-Moore

Substitutes:
8. Marlon Broomes 14. Terry Gornell (88 mins for Craig Curran) 13. Joe Collister (GK) 16. Josh Macauley 20. Ryan Fraughan (78 mins Alan Mahon) 17. Thomas Baker

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Tranmere Bookings: Shaleum Logan (49 mins, foul), John Welsh (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Assistants: Carl Berry (Surrey) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,349 (including approx 300 Tranmere fans).


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8 August 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
For those who were at this afternoon's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, don't forget that the Man of the Match Voting runs for yet another season. Choose your top three players for today's match, plus entertainment and performance ratings, along with any additional comments that you wish to make.

Comments will be published on the Ciderspace Mailing List, whilst compiled results will be published on this site throughout the season.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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8 August 2009 : Bookies Made Glovers Favourites Against Tranmere
Yeovil Town have been made slight favourites for this afternoon's home match against Tranmere Rovers. Despite the bookies having a big downer on the Glovers' chances for the season as a whole, they see the opening fixture at Huish Park as a winnable match.

The majority of bookies have a Yeovil win priced at 6/4, although Coral are offering odds of 13/8 on the win. The best odds you can get on Tranmere are 9/5 with Bet365, Totesport, BlueSquare, Paddy Power and 888 Sport. They see the draw as the more unlikely result of the three, and here Ladbrokes give the best odds of 12/5.

If you're after a bet on the first scorer of the day, top rated Glovers include Sam Williams (15/2, Bet365), Gavin Tomlin (15/2, Skybet), Andre McCollin (8/1, Bet365 and Ladbrokes), Ryan Mason (10/1, Ladbrokes), Danny Schofield (12/1, SkyBet and Ladbrokes), Scott Murray (14/1, various), George O'Callaghan (20/1, Ladbrokes) and Andy Welsh (20/1, various).

Meanwhile, further to our August 2nd article, there's been a spot of betting odds wars between Ladbrokes and William Hill and both now price the Glovers at 125/1 to win the League One title. The Glovers are still seen as the second least favoured club, with Stockport County rated at 250/1 by Ladbrokes.


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7 August 2009 : Mystic Taff's Season Predictions
On the eve of the new season, Taff gets his crystal ball out and gives it a damn good polish. Going up and down the leagues, although not quite as low as Weymouth, he predicts all the promotion and relegation slots for all the English national leagues. It's hardly worth starting the season now we know how it's all going to end up!

Expect this article to get highlighted by Ciderspace if he's hopelessly wrong, or 'accidentally' deleted if it turns out he's got them all right.

Taff also sticks his money where is mouth is for Yeovil's opening match against Tranmere Rovers. Read the article on Taff's Gloversblog or head to the latest article direct by clicking on the link below.

Link: Mystic Taff's Season Predictions.


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7 August 2009 : The Away Guide Returns
With the season mere hours away Yeovil Town start out on the long campaign with two matches at Huish Park, but inevitably we soon hit the road, and first up on our travels will be Colchester United on Saturday 15th August.

As usual the Ciderspace Guides will be updated for each away game, or - in just a few cases this term - newly created.

Link: Colchester United Guide


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7 August 2009 : Skivo Tells Glovers To Play Without Fear
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his side should play without fear, despite facing the start of a tough League One campaign that kicks off tomorrow. The Glovers will be coming up against a quartet of fallen giants this season, with Norwich City, Charlton Athletic, Southampton and Leeds United all recent members of the Premier League. With big spenders like Huddersfield Town also wanting to grab one of the three promotion spaces on offer, a lot of Yeovil's opponents are going to be on entirely different budgets to the Somerset side.

Skiverton though refuses to see that as a problem, and has told BBC Somerset that his side should have in mind some of their past successes against big clubs when they come up against such opposition:

"We've got no inferiority complex. We beat Nottingham Forest in the semi-final of the play-offs. If you go in there that way and thinking that you're a small club, you won't do too well. But if you go in there thinking that it's their eleven players against our eleven players, then on any given day you can beat anybody. Whether or not we can do that consistently through the league and get up there remains to be seen, but those are the aims that we do have. I want to do as well as I can, and then when you get up to around the Christmas time you're either looking over your shoulder or you're looking up at the play-offs. It will be one or the other."

Skiverton also declared himself pleased with the way that his squad was shaping up, believing that he had players that were able to successfully compete at League One level:

"I think it's strong. I think we've got some good strikers in there and some good competition up front. We've got the goalkeepers as well, as we've signed the two keepers. So we've got a little bit of cover there. Everything else seems to be spot on. The lads have started well and the little partnerships are starting to work. The way that we play and the way that we do our walkthroughs within training are starting to come together. So I'm really pleased, but it all counts for nothing if you don't get a good result on the first game of the season."


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7 August 2009 : Youth Team Lose Out At Tranmere
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side went down by a 3-2 scoreline this afternoon against Tranmere Rovers - coincidentally tomorrow's first team opponents. The young Glovers held the lead twice in the game, only for two goals in three minutes to see Tranmere hit back and win the match.

The Glovers took the lead through a Tom Gallagher 25 yard piledriver, but were only to hold the lead for six minutes as Ashcroft levelled the scores. Sam Ford restored Yeovil's lead 11 minutes into the second period, but two goals from Tranmere's Gibbs and Murphy gave the home side the lead for the first time and they managed to hang on for the win.

Highlight of the game was an outstanding performance from Youth Team captain Tom Scott in the heart of the defence. The Under 18s will now rest until Tuesday when Stoke City are their final opponents on their North-West tour. The Under-13s and Under-14s face Tranmere's junior sides tomorrow morning.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers Under 18s 3 Yeovil Town Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Tom Gallagher (0-1, 21 mins), Ashcroft (1-1, 27 mins), Sam Ford (1-2, 56 mins), Gibbs (2-2, 69 mins), Murphy (3-2, 71 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore
2. Sam Ford 4. Steve Harris 5. Tom Scott 3. Joe Grimstead
7. Johnny Oliver 6. Tom Gallagher 8. Tyler Sheppard 11. Ciaran Levet
9. Robert Clowes 10. Louie Clarke

Subs: 12. Alex Sprake (64 mins for Steve Boore) 13. Adam Wakley (67 mins for Louie Clarke) 14. Josh French 15. Alex West (62 mins for Johnny Oliver). Further Subs: Louie Clarke (69 mins for Steve Harris), Steve Harris (84 mins for Joe Grimstead).


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7 August 2009 : POSTERS! POSTERS! Get your posters now!
Dedicated supporter and club volunteer Pat Custard is looking for supporters who can take and dispay posters each month to promote forthcoming fixtures. Over to Pat.......

" I am looking to set up a network of supporters willing to put up an A4 poster advertising matches each month. If you can put up posters in your street / village / town / place of work etc. do please get in touch with me.

You can email me at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or ring me on 07837 265 525.

The posters will be in reception at the club on match days at the beginning of each month and the first ones are there at the moment. If you need me to post them to you, that is not a problem.

Is there anyone willing to put the posters up in Yeovil's pubs or shops etc?

At the moment I have Merriott, Brympton, Lynx West Trading Estate, South Petherton and Warminster covered, so you can see I have a long way to go yet!

Please do help, it will really benefit the club if we can encourage as many people as we can to come to games.

Thank you!

Pat Custard "


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7 August 2009 : Lindy Comes Home
Yeovil-born right-back and all-round utility player has signed a month's contract with Yeovil Town with the out-of-contract player making a return to the side he grew up with. Lindy needs little introduction to any Yeovil Town supporters, having risen up through Youth and Reserve Teams before making his first team debut in February 2000.

Overall he made 192 appearances for the first team, and was a regular in the side right up to his departure in the summer of 2007. He was released immediately following the club's trip to Wembley, and ended up at Cheltenham Town where he spent two years.

His advantage in a small squad is his versatile nature - whilst at Yeovil Town he played almost every position bar centre-back and goalkeeper, but tended to float between the right-back and right-wing positions as a general theme. He's been a free agent throughout the summer, and will no doubt want to put himself back in the public eye again with the Glovers.

Welcome home, Lindy and good luck in your stay at Huish Park.

Link: Andy Lindegaard Playing Statistics.


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7 August 2009 : Football League Rule Changes
The Football League have put out a press release today detailing their significant rule changes for the 2009-10 season. There should be no surprises to anyone in their article as all introductions have been in the public domain for some time.

As a timely reminder, the principle rule changes are highlighted in articles below and relate to the implementation of a 'Home Grown Players' rule, the introduction of seven substitutes and rules governing the payment of taxes to HMRC. The Football League have also reminded readers of the BBC's new highlights and live match package which starts tomorrow.

Link: December 2008 : Home Grown Rule Brought In.

Link: May 2009 : League Plan Self-Regulation Over Taxman.

Link: June 2009 : Seven Subs For Next Season.

Link: June 2009 : BBC Take Over Football League Highlights Package.


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7 August 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park tomorrow in their 2009-10 season opener. After all of the fairly meaningless friendlies, a trialist a day coming or going and 101 rumours, it's time for the real thing to start, and for the Glovers to try and cement a positive position in their opening couple of games.

Whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has now had six months to assess and make his mark upon his squad, his opposite number John Barnes has only been in the hotseat at Tranmere for seven weeks and is in the middle of a significant rebuilding programme at Prenton Park. Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post Barnes admits that his side are playing catch-up but suggests that no club will be absolutely ready for a season when it starts:

"It will take a few weeks of competitive football for us to find our feet. But we are no different to anyone else this weekend. I don’t think any team is 100% ready for the first game of the season."

Barnes has a squad of 16 permanent professional signings plus three loan signings and hopes to add another defensive player to his squad today. Preliminary team news from the Tranmere end has already been covered, but in terms of availability, Ian Goodison and Gareth Edds are suspended, whilst striker Bas Savage has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him out until next year. Midfielder Charlie Barnett is a significant doubt for them, having only just recovered from a groin injury and he will be their main assessment before the game.

It would seem likely that every fit and available Tranmere player will be travelling and in the matchday squad and without wanting to be presumptuous, if there is a good time to be playing Tranmere, then now would appear to be the right time, with Barnes having had little time to get his squad playing together, particularly in terms of their back four. Blackburn Rovers centre-back Gavin Gunning will make his debut for the club despite having not played a single game in Tranmere's back line, having only arrived yesterday at Prenton Park. Barnes admitted he was relieved to finally fill one of his defensive holes:

"We were a bit worried about the centre-back position after the targets we were looking at did not come in. I’m happier now than I was at the start of the week. Gavin comes highly recommended by Sam Allardyce. We are trying to get another defender in on loan before we kick off on Saturday so it is going to the wire."

Barnes says that he has had the Glovers watched, but that he expects to have to react to the unexpected given that the Glovers have also significantly revamped their squad. He believes it will be difficult to predict Yeovil's starting line-up:

"You often find a line-up that plays in a pre-season friendly is not the team that starts the first league game. Right now it is difficult to gauge who is going to play."

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has admitted that he already knows who is going to play. In terms of guesswork, the main question marks lie over the right-back position - Terrell Forbes or Craig Alcock - and the front pairing where any of Sam Williams, Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin could line up. Winger Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) is the only definite absentee, whilst Keiran Murtagh remains a doubt with an ankle injury. Otherwise it is just the lack of match fitness of Nathan Smith and Scott Murray that is likely to determine Skiverton's decision-making concerning his bench. With seven places now available, he should be able to fit most of his squad into the 18 matchday players.

The last time the two clubs met at Huish Park, an impressive 1-0 win was gained through a long range Terry Skiverton strike, with the visitors hit heavily by illness. However, their most recent meeting was the April 2009 1-1 draw that saw Yeovil secure their League One status. Neither scorer on the day will be involved tomorrow - Jonathan Obika has gone back to Tottenham Hotspur whilst Antony Kay has left Tranmere for Huddersfield Town.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you can't get to the game, then remember that BBC Somerset now has live commentary on all games this season.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Tranmere Gunning For Yeovil.

Link: Team News For The Tranmere Game.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: April 2009 : Tranmere Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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7 August 2009 : 2009-10 Prediction Survey Reminder
A reminder that you have until Saturday lunchtime to register your predictions for the coming season, in our 2009-10 Season : Supporters Prediction Survey.

This time 12 months ago, we ran a survey that allowed Yeovil Town supporters the chance to predict where the Glovers would finish for the coming season. As it was quite popular, we are repeating it again. Entry should take as little as a couple of minutes of your time.

The idea is that when we reach May 2010, we can declare who supplied the best predictions, and quite possibly the supporters who had their glass either way too full or too far empty with respect to the Glovers. Last season's results are here.

Please make your submissions by Saturday 12.00 noon so that we've got all entries in place before a ball is kicked for the 2009-10 season. For those who read the Green Room forum, you may want to stick your sign-on 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). As usual, email addresses supplied will not be displayed as part of the results, or circulated to anyone outside this site.

At present we've already comfortably breezed past the numbers who entered last season's survey, so if you want to join in then click the link below.

Link: 2009-10 Season : Supporters Prediction Survey.

Link: 2008-09 Supporters Prediction Survey Results.


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6 August 2009 : Glovers Youth Find Toffees Sticky Opponents
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides suffered two more large defeats today when they came across Everton's Academy sides at Under 13 and Under 14 level. Having played the other half of Liverpool earlier this week, they moved on to another club with a great record in youth football.

Yeovil Town's Under 13s lost 5-0 to the Toffees, whilst the Under 14s were left reeling somewhat by a 10-0 scoreline. They will now get a day's rest, before taking on Tranmere Rovers on Saturday morning, where they will doubtless hope that the Wirral club provide more of an even match on the day.


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6 August 2009 : No Mind Games Allowed In Pre-Match Interviews
Further to our earlier article concerning player bookings and suspensions, the Football Association have also outlined changes with respect to the conduct of managers and their teams as a whole.

Doubtless as a reaction to some of last season's managerial politics at Premier League level, the FA are banning managers and players from making any comment about their appointed match referee as part of a pre-match interview. A couple of high profile managers last season made comments concerning the ability and bias of various match officials in the lead-up to games as part of their own "mind games" ahead of the match, and the FA have nipped that in the bud. Any manager commenting upon a referee prior to a match will receive a swift call-up to Soho Square Wembley.

They also plan to clarify and control managerial comments about officials in post-match interviews. Comments on decisions and the performances of officials will still be allowed, "provided they are not personal in their nature, imply bias or attack the integrity of the Officials in charge of the match, or in any other respect bring the game into disrepute".

The FA are also tightening up on the way that players surround a referee following a controversial decision. For certain teams, this appears to be a pre-arranged tactic to try and influence match officials and the FA have indicated that where three or more players surround the referee in a “confrontational manner”, a club can be charged with failing to control their players. Prior to this rule change, it had to be demonstrated that there was “harassment or intimidation” of the match official before charges would be brought.

The FA also plan to shorten the period in which managers face hearings for technical area offences down to three or four weeks. This will remove previous farces where the likes of former Farnborough Town manager Graham Westley were able to defer and delay FA hearings of anything up to a year, to the extent where by the time the hearing took place pretty much everyone had forgotten what all the fuss was about. This fast-tracking will take effect only for offences committed as part of a match situation, and not for press comments.

Finally, clubs receiving six cautions or dismissals during a single fixture are now able to request a personal hearing to provide evidence of mitigating circumstances that may have affected their players' conduct during the game, or evidence of previous good behaviour. Previously, this was only possible on the second offence during a single season, with the first offence carrying an automatic fine. Now clubs will be able to offer evidence for all such circumstances, should they wish to.


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6 August 2009 : Every Yeovil Town Match On BBC Somerset
Local radio station BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live commentary of every Yeovil Town match for the 2009-10 season. Last season the BBC invoked a policy of only providing live commentary for each club's away fixtures meaning that the Glovers alternated with Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

This season all three clubs will get 100 percent coverage of each live match, with BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol splitting their frequencies as appropriate to cover their three regional sides.

What we'd expect to happen is for Yeovil Town games to be carried on the BBC Somerset frequency of 95.5FM within the Somerset region. The Bristol clubs will no doubt use the BBC Bristol frequencies of 94.9FM, 103.6FM and 104.6FM in the Bristol region, with the 1548AM frequency also available.


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6 August 2009 : Townsend Heads On Loan To Orient
League One side Leyton Orient have signed Tottenham Hotspur left-winger Andros Townsend on a one month loan deal.

Townsend made 10 appearances at Huish Park during the tail end of the 2008-09 season, scoring one goal in the home match against Hartlepool United. He will remain on loan at Brisbane Road until September 4th.


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6 August 2009 : FA Issue Rule Changes For Player Suspensions
The Football Association have brought in a number of rule changes for the 2009-10 season with respect to yellow and red cards. In addition to tweaking the cut-off date for suspensions and when they kick in, the most radical change is one where the FA plan to override suspensions where they are felt to be too harsh or too lenient when sized up against the default suspension period.

On the face of it, there is a lot of practical sense in this. Every football supporter in the land has seen an incident where one player dives in with a knee-high leg-breaking tackle that threatens to end a player's season. In the heat of the moment, the aggrieved player lazily lifts a leg and delivers a flicked kick with all the force of David Beckham on Diego Simeone in the 1998 World Cup. Both players get sent off, and both players receive, by default, a three match ban for violent conduct.

What the FA appear to be attempting to do, is "for the truly exceptional cases" to be able to raise or lower the match bans that each player receives. In the case above, the leg-breaking tackle might find the ban doubled to six matches, whilst the retaliation - given the mitigating circumstances - might be reduced to one match. The FA do not set a maximum limit for varying the suspension period, effectively giving them unlimited powers for suspending players.

The snag, so far, is that the FA have not made public any specific guidance rules concerning when clubs should appeal for lower bans, and when the FA themselves might step in and look to increase a ban. What they have noted though, is that the rule change will also include a clause for "frivilous appeals" - i.e. where the appeal case passed to them had little or no chance of success, the FA reserve the right to increase the ban. That is likely to make the early test cases critical - which clubs will be brave enough to put their own players forward?

The only guidance issued by the FA so far is that "when considering such cases, independent Regulatory Commissions will take account of a number of important specified factors including intent, force and injury". This implies that the actual damage done to the affected player may become a significant factor.

The FA have noted that a club may not appeal for "wrongful dismissal" and for the lower ban. The logic here is that you are either denying the incident took place, or you are admitting it, but with mitigating circumstances. Clubs and players do not have the option of both paths. Presumably only the FA will invoke cases that imply a proposal to increase a player's suspension period, although we've little doubt that it will be the national media pulling the strings in a lot of these cases.

Other disciplinary changes for players include the amnesty cut-off date for players that reach five yellow cards. This is being brought forward from the last date in February to December 31st. Thus any player getting his 5th Yellow Card on January 1st onwards will not serve a ban. Cut-off dates for 10 and 15 yellow cards remain as before.

In addition, suspensions for reaching one of the yellow card thresholds will now take immediate effect. Previously, there was a seven day timelag for such suspensions to kick in.

The FA have also indicated that red cards received during friendly matches will now not result in a suspension for that player for a competitive fixture. The suspension will only be applied to future friendly matches. However, they reserve the right to still charge the player separately if the sending off was in exceptional circumstances.


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6 August 2009 : Managers Wary Of A 'Trip To Wembley' This Season
The offices of the Football Association have moved from Soho Square in time for the start of the 2009-10 season. The FA have moved into offices inside Wembley Stadium, and so will end their nine year stay in Soho with immediate effect.

The FA had last moved on November 6th 2000, when they vacated their famous Lancaster Gate offices that they had occupied (give or take a building move up the road in 1972) for 71 years. Previously the FA has occupied buildings in Russell Square, High Holborn, Chancery Lane and Holborn Viaduct, but originally occupied offices in Paternoster Row from 1881 until 1885, round the back of St Paul's Cathedral, where the FA's Secretary Charles Alcock and his clerk were the only occupants of the single-room office. This move, which took place on August 3rd is therefore a landmark - it is the first time the FA have been based outside Central London, chosing the National Stadium in Wembley as their new home.

The move means that all misbehaving players and managers will now be getting a "trip to Wembley" for any FA summons issued. Perhaps some of football's worst behaving managers will soon be sticking "we reached Wembley six times during last season" on their CV?


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6 August 2009 : Team News For The Tranmere Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is hoping that winger Aidan Downes will be the only absentee on Saturday as he looks forward to the opening day of the 2009-10 season. Downes is out after knee ligament damage was added to by the need for a shoulder operation, but otherwise Skiverton is left looking at just a few borderline cases for his selection of Saturday's side to face Tranmere Rovers.

Skiverton has told the Western Morning News that right-back Craig Alcock and midfielder Keiran Murtagh represent his main dilemmas. Alcock is fit, but Terrell Forbes played well in that position in the final friendly of the pre-season. Meanwhile Murtagh turned his ankle at Dorchester and so may have to duck out of this one. Otherwise the Yeovil boss said that things weren't too bad:

"You worry about people picking up knocks during pre-season and there have been one or two people stiff and tired, but I'm really pleased to get through the games without too many injuries. Craig Alcock will be fit for Tranmere, he's got a little bit of tightness in his groin and we didn't want to risk him on a really wet pitch against Tiverton. Forbes deputised in there and I thought he did a fantastic job. He got forward well and defended well. Kieran Murtagh twisted his ankle against Dorchester [the week before last] and we didn't want him playing on it, so we're just monitoring him and, fingers crossed, he'll be available for selection this week."

Aside from the right-back slot, Skiverton's other dilemma lies in the striking positions, with three players to realistically choose from. Sam Williams has probably been the pick of the bunch, but was rested last Saturday after suffering a hand injury. Gavin Tomlin has shown bright sparks in pre-season, but had a bad day against Tiverton Town, whilst Dean Bowditch has slowly come up on the rails threatening to dislodge the early favoured Williams-Tomlin partnership. Skiverton admitted that he'd already made his own mind up, but wanted to keep his players guessing:

"It will be two from them three and I'll be monitoring it, but I've got the two starters in my head. But all three of them will be fighting and I want that competition for places and I think everybody will get to play. I think there's maybe one or two changes afoot within the team, but I've got the team in my head and I think the supporters probably know as well – there's not many secrets left now. I'm really looking forward to the start of the season now and people have really impressed me throughout pre-season."

Two players unlikely to feature in Saturday's starting line-up are right-winger Scott Murray and left-back Nathan Smith. Although both got onto the field against Tiverton, it would be a major surprise if either got further than a sub appearance, given that they have both sat out much of the pre-season.


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6 August 2009 : Under 9s Lose Out At Saints
Yeovil Town's Under 9s lost their first pre-season fixture in a match played at Winchester yesterday. Their opponents Southampton won 9-2 in a game that saw the Glovers net their first goal from the penalty spot, whilst the second strike came off the back of a long run through midfield. More friendlies at this level are expected before their season starts - if/when we spot them we'll give them a mention.

If anyone else can help supply information on the CoE sides at levels we're not currently covering, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll give your level a plug.


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6 August 2009 : Tranmere Gunning For Yeovil
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers have recruited in an additional central defender today, with the player concerned almost certain to start the opening season's fixture against Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

He is 18 year old Gavin Gunning, who has been recruited in from Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. He has been involved in Blackburn's first team squad during pre-season and has played for their Reserve side, but has yet to make a first team appearance for them. He has been capped at Under 19s level for the Republic of Ireland.

Gunning could well form League One's youngest defensive partnership on Saturday - their only other available centre-back is Ash Taylor, who is another 18 year old with just one minute of Football League experience to his name. The more experienced pairing of Ian Goodison and Gareth Edds are both suspended.

Manager John Barnes does have former Leyton Orient centre-back Brian Saah on trial and could register him as a player, but has yet to indicate whether he intends to do so.

Tranmere's back line will also feature another loan debutant - Manchester City full-back Shaleum Logan, who is 21 years old and has one first team appearance to his name, along with 18 more on loan with various Football League clubs. A third loanee on Tranmere's books is West Bromwich Albion's Luke Daniels.

Overall, Tranmere have a squad of just 16 permanent signings, with three additional loan deals, meaning that with Goodison and Edds suspended, Barnes could have his work cut out to fill seven positions on his bench. Barnes has brought in just Alan Mahon from Burnley, Paul McLaren from Bradford City and John Welsh from Hull City as permanent signings over the summer.

However, he has lost a huge number of players - largely before his mid-June arrival at Prenton Park - with Tranmere's side that just missed out on the play-offs last season being rapidly broken up as Andy Taylor (Sheffield United), Mark Allott (Chesterfield), Ben Chorley (Leyton Orient), Danny Coyne (Middlesbrough), Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix), Steven Jennings (Motherwell), Antony Kay (Huddersfield), Adnan Ahmed, Danny Holmes, Edrissa Sonko and Luke Waterfall have all left the club since May. With few players coming in so far and question marks over Tranmere's long term club ownership, this does not look an easy season for Rovers fans.


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6 August 2009 : Williams Wants To Get Foothold With Glovers
Former Aston Villa striker Sam Williams felt that he suffered the problems of being a small fish in a big pond during his time at the Premier League club. Williams was on Villa's books as a professional for four years, having graduated through their academy system, but had to seek out first team football through loan spells with Wrexham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Walsall and Brentford.

Sam told BBC Somerset that he believes he is now at a club where he will be more in the spotlight, and that this was a big factor at this stage in his career:

"Villa are a massive club and they are buying players in. That's tough, because you're doing well, but they'll then buy a 10 million pound player to come in. They want the finished article and they want that finished article straight away. But at a club like this they're going to give you a chance to impress them and impress everyone else watching and improve yourself. Every footballer needs to play games and that's what I'm looking to do."


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5 August 2009 : Under 18s Pegged Back At Oldham
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side drew 2-2 with Oldham Athletic this afternoon in the first of their North-West tour matches. They were pegged back after going two goals up early on, with goals from Johnny Oliver and Robert Clowes getting them off to a flier.

What didn't help their cause was that on the half hour mark, they lost influential striker Clowes with a head injury, and three minutes later Oldham pulled a goal back through Tarkowski. The Latics completed their comeback in the second half with an equaliser from Hopper to level the match at 2-2.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: Johnny Oliver (0-1, 7 mins), Robert Clowes (0-2, 13 mins), Tarkowski (1-2, 34 mins), Hopper (2-2, 70 mins)

Yeovil Town U18s: 1. Alex Sprake 2. Joseph Grimstead 3. Steve Harris 4. Tom Scott (Capt) 5. Sam Ford 6. Tyler Sheppard 7. Tom Gallagher 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Louie Clarke 10. Robert Clowes 11. Ciaran Levet

Subs: Steve Boore (61 mins for Alex Sprake), Adam Wakley (55 mins for Louie Clarke), Josh French (61 mins for Tom Gallagher), Alex West (31 mins for Robert Clowes), Louie Clarke (returning to play for Ciaran Levet).


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5 August 2009 : U13s and U14s Suffer Defeats In Opening Tour Matches
Yeovil Town's Under 13s and Under 14s sides had a baptism of fire yesterday when they came up against the might of Liverpool's Academy sides in the first matches of their North-West summer tour.

The Under 14s lost 9-0 against their Liverpool counterparts, whilst the Under 13s lost 5-0 at their age level.

They will now aim to narrow the gap against further tough opposition on Thursday when Everton are their opponents.


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5 August 2009 : Carling Cup Second Round Draw Schedule
Not wishing to count our chickens, given that we've got the small matter of a First Round match to get past, but the Football League have confirmed details of the Second Round draw schedule for the Carling Cup.

The winners of the First Round match between Yeovil Town and Norwich City will find out who they've got in the Second Round on the night following the Huish Park tie. The draw will take place on Wednesday 12th August, live on Sky Sports News after the conclusion of the Wednesday evening's First Round matches.

We're not sure if that includes any provision for matches that aren't being screened live running to extra time and penalties, so you probably need to start tuning in from 9.30p.m. onwards and keep an eye on both Sky Sports News and the Sky channel showing that night's live game.


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5 August 2009 : Roberts Update
Somewhat speculative, but reading between the lines, it would appear that Yeovil Town may not be looking to wait for another club to come in for midfielder Gary Roberts. This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin carries news of Roberts' suspension. Whilst much of what manager Terry Skiverton says is little different to that carried on this site on July 29th and July 30th, the Yeovil boss states something is likely to happen in the next week or two:

"I don't want to comment on it too much, but he's been sent away for disciplinary reasons. That's all I'm going to say about that. Me, the Chairman and members of the board are discussing it at the moment and I think the relevant news will be coming out in the next week or two."

Our interpretation of Skivo's words would be that in addition to transfer-listing Roberts, that they are looking into the possibility of whether the disciplinary matter concerning the midfielder is strong enough to warrant action under the club's employment disciplinary code - i.e. that one course of action the club could have would be to sack the player rather than attempt to find another club willing to sign him up.


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4 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Squad Shapes Up For Challenging Season
With the new season now just under four days away, Yeovil Town's squad for the opening game of the season looks to be pretty much cast in stone. With that in mind, Taff looks at this season's squad on a blow-by-blow basis and compares it with last season's side to see where the strengths and weaknesses are.

Read more on Taff's Gloversblog or access the latest article via the link below. If you've got your own views, then remember to add them to the foot of the article using the Comment facility.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Squad Shapes Up For Challenging Season.


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4 August 2009 : Skivo Leaving Yeovil?!? Well .... Sort Of!
Glovers manager Terry Skiverton is planning to leave Yeovil - but don't panic - he has no plans to disappear from Huish Park. The Yeovil Town boss says he is looking to leave his current home in the town for a house in the outlying villages to give himself a little more space to think now he is setting himself up for his first full season as first team manager.

Skivo said that whilst he enjoyed living in the town, being too close to the football club could have its disadvantages at times, pointing out that during the summer when the squad was down to its bare bones that it had worried many supporters:

"I'm in the process of selling my house and moving out a little bit, because every time I walked into town I could see supporters faces etched with worry asking me 'we haven't got anyone in yet' and they've been throwing all kinds of names at me!"

Terry believes that the end result of this summer's transfer dealings has been a positive one and that he was not just looking at the short term picture at the club:

"I think I've now got in the right people and the right players to fit in with the squad that I want and the way that I want to play football and the way that I think the club should move forward. I'm not doing this for a six month short term stint. I'm trying to do this to build the club up for the future and to have the right personnel in place. This isn't me jumping in and trying to win the league all of a sudden. I'm trying to really build something here at Yeovil Town and with the board's backing and the supporters' behind me, hopefully we can start a new era at Yeovil Town under my managership."

Aside from being accosted by worried supporters in the high street, Terry said that he felt that his six months in charge so far had been a positive experience for him, and that whilst he worried early on, he believes he made the right decision to accept the manager's job:

"I think it has been better than what I thought it was going to be. Obviously a couple of months in, I might not have been enjoying it so much, because you don't know what's around the corner. But from everything that I've had so far, I wouldn't change it a bit. Even when the going was getting tough, it's something that I want to do. I feel quite passionate about it and I actually think that the job has come at the right time for me. I'd rather have come and done this job now and feel really enthusiastic and excited about it, rather than find myself starting to dwindle down the leagues looking for another club to join in order to try to hang on to being a professional footballer. It's a joy to be here and I love every day doing this job."

IN OR RETAINED:
Retained from Last Season: Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Danny Schofield, Darren Way, Aidan Downes, Andre McCollin
Contract Extended This Summer: Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Terrell Forbes, Andy Welsh.
New Permanent Signings: Danny Hutchins, Stefan Stam, George O'Callaghan, Sam Williams, Dean Bowditch, Richard Martin, Scott Murray
New Loan Signings: Alex McCarthy (six months), Steven Caulker (one month), Ryan Mason (one month)

OUT SINCE MAY:
Released/Sold: Luke Rodgers, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Aaron Brown, Lee Peltier, Paul Warne, Josh Wagenaar.
Suspended From Playing Duties: Gary Roberts.
Loans Returned From Last Season: Danny Maguire, David Noble, Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, Chris Weale, Ashley Hodgkinson.


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4 August 2009 : Law Tinkering
No changes of any significance have been made to the laws of the game for the 2009-2010 season. The 123rd AGM of the International Football Association Board, this year held in Northern Ireland, is responsible for maintaining the laws governing Association Football and any decisions and amendments come into force worldwide for the season following the meeting.

Only two decisions might have relevance to the normal fan. There is an amendment to the wording of the Offside Law in the section Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guidelines for Referees: any defending player leaving the field of play for any reason without the referee's permission shall be deemed to be on his own goal line or touch line for the purposes of offside until the next stoppage of play. One could see this possibly having a controversial impact on just a few games across the country across a season in practice.

Secondly, for those fans who love to shout "Shaddup, SIT DOWN!" at opposing managers, the rule that the individual conveying tactical instructions to the team on the pitch must return to his seat in the dugout after so doing - a rule that has been more observed in the breach than the enforcement anyway - has been scrapped.


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4 August 2009 : One Change To Football League Board
There is one change to the Football League Board of Directors this year. The relegation of the Canaries meant Neil Doncaster of Norwich City could no longer represent The Championship. Adam Pearson of Derby County has been elected to replace him.

The full Board of Directors of the Football League is :

Lord Brian Mawhinney (Chairman)
Ian Ritchie (Independent)
Adam Pearson (Championship Representative) - Derby County
Terry Robinson (Championship Representative) - Sheffield United
David Sheepshanks (Championship Representative) - Ipswich Town
Peter Powell (League One Representative) - Colchester United
Lorraine Rogers (League One Representative) - Tranmere Rovers
Tony Kleanthous (League Two Representative) - Barnet

Meanwhile Doncaster, who had appeared to be a rapidly rising 'suit' in both the FL and the FA, has done a flit and resurfaced as Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League.


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4 August 2009 : CoE Commence North-West Tour
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence Under 13 and Under 14 teams leave Huish Park this morning (Tuesday) for their summer tour. First stop is a game tonight at 6.00p.m. to play Liverpool FC Academy at Liverpool. Wednesday will be a rest day where the teams will watch the U18s play Oldham (see below).

On Thursday the U13 and U14 teams are back in action playing Everton FC with a 11.00a.m. kick off. After watching the Under 18s play Tranmere Rovers on Friday, games at U13 and U14 level are scheduled against Tranmere for Saturday morning at 11.00a.m. with the teams returning home on Saturday evening.

Yeovil Town's Under 18s will be following a similar path across the coming days. As mentioned, they will take on Oldham Athletic on Wednesday 5th August. They then head to Tranmere Rovers for their second match on Friday 7th August. Their final match takes place after the U13s and U14s have gone home, with Stoke City their opponents on Tuesday 11th August. All Under 18s matches will kick-off at 2.00p.m.

The Under 15s and Under 16s are also on tour in the North-West, but only leave for their matches next Tuesday. We'll bring more details of their plans nearer the time.

Not on the North-West tour, but most certainly playing tomorrow - Yeovil Town Under 9s have a friendly against Southampton arranged that will take place at Winchester. We're not sure at this stage whether other age groups are involved for this match.


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4 August 2009 : Capital Glovers Pre-Season Meeting Tonight
A reminder that the Capital Glovers will be meeting tonight in a pub near Euston Station in London. This informal meeting is open to all YTFC supporters in London and the South-East - even if you are just passing tonight and fancy a beer with some Glovers fans.

Venue: The Bree Louise, 69, Cobourg St, London, NW1 2HH
Date: Tuesday 4th August, from 7.30p.m.

Link: Beerintheevening.com Website : The Bree Louise.

Link: Multimap.com Website : The Bree Louise.

Nearest Stations: London Euston (Underground and Mainline), Euston Square, Warren Street, London St Pancras, London Kings Cross.

The Capital Glovers have a separate area booked in the pub. Items for discussion during the evening are as follows:

- Away shirt sponsorship (including the draw for receipt of last season's signed shirt)
- Home and away game travel
- Away weekender
- 2nd foreign trip (last time was Bilbao)
- Website
- 5-a-side football team and friendly sides of all sizes

We recognise that Yeovil Town fans living in London and the South East tend to range from those merely on short term jobs or degree courses, right up to those who are permanently resident in the South-East corner of England. Hence if you are new to the London/Home Counties area, but have never bumped into the Capital Glovers, then use this meeting as a good chance to introduce yourselves, even if it is a flying visit. There is no actual formal membership for the Capital Glovers, so everyone is welcome to come along and have a night out.


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3 August 2009 : A Bull Turns Into A Bee
Former Aldershot goalkeeper Nikki Bull has signed for League One side Brentford on a one year contract. Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted he was interested in the keeper but once the Glovers boss signed up Alex McCarthy on a six month loan, and reaffirmed his interest in former Manchester City keeper Richard Martin, any possible moves for Bull would appear to have evaporated.

Talking of goalkeepers, Josh Wagenaar played 21 minutes for Falkirk against Antwerp on Saturday and he is waiting to see if he can get offered a deal with the Scottish Premier League side. And whilst on a Scottish theme, Michael McIndoe has been sent to Coventry by his current club Bristol City. In this case, we mean Coventry City, and not that boss Gary Johnson has stopped talking to him again. A fee of £350,000 has been claimed in the national press, although it's not 100 percent clear if personal terms have been agreed yet. McIndoe's move to Sheffield United earlier this summer broke down over wage demands, so don't count your chickens just yet.

One move that definitely broke down over the weekend was Wayne Gray's hopes of teaming up with Paul Warne at Rotherham United. Gray has been on trial there since leaving Leyton Orient over the summer but manager Mark Robins has decided against offering him a contract. Another old boy who is also out of work is Paul Terry, who played in several of Yeovil's pre-season friendlies, although it's questionable as to whether he was on trial or merely helping Skivo make up the numbers whilst keeping fit. He's now training at Luton Town, who have been linked with him throughout the summer, although again there's no sign that he's got himself a deal yet. He got 18 minutes against Hampton & Richmond Borough over the weekend.

Also at Kenilworth Road, left-back Lewis Emanuel, who came within inches of signing for Yeovil in January 2008, only for Luton's then new management team to pull the plug, has signed another year's contract with the Conference side. Another left-back Jamie Vincent who actually did sign for the Glovers in January 2006, although you'd never have known it, is now formally a Walsall player on a one year deal after a short trial at the Bescot Stadium.

Former left-winger Ishmael Welsh has signed for Ebbsfleet United. Youth team centre-back Jordan Street, who left over the summer, has been trialling with Kidderminster Harriers and more recently Halesowen Town. Last year's loan striker Scott Rendell has landed at Plainmoor on a season long loan with Torquay United.

Still with Peterborough United strikers, Rene Howe has signed a six month loan deal with League Two side Lincoln City. Although Skivo admitted he was a summer transfer target, it was never likely that the Glovers would make a move for him once Posh Director of Football Barry Fry started slapping daft sums on the player's head. With the supposed £150,000 transfer bid that Fry claimed was from a mystery club never materialising, Lincoln have stepped in with merely a loan move for the target man.

Finally Hartlepool United midfielder Ritchie Jones has handed in a transfer request ... and then a week later withdrawn it, claiming that he never wanted to leave in the first place. Comedy moment though had to be The Sun's claim that Leicester City had put in a £750,000 bid for the former Glovers loan player. Somehow we suspect that if the paper had their facts even remotely right that Pools would not have been giving Jones the chance to change his mind. For the foreseeable future, Jones remains at Victoria Park.


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3 August 2009 : Glovers Beaten In Training Match
Yeovil Town were beaten 3-0 this morning in a practice match played on Bristol City's training ground. Goals from Gavin Williams and Ivan Sproule, plus a Lee Trundle penalty saw the Championship side run out winners.

In addition to their goalscorers, City's side included transfer-listed Adriano Basso and central defender Jamie McCoombe. Yeovil Town's trialists are all believed to be overseas players.

Yeovil Town: Richard Martin, Nathan Smith, Conrad Schmidt, Robert Clowes, Danny Hutchins, Trialist A, Trialist B, Trialist C, Scott Murray, Andre McCollin, Trialist D.

Subs: Steve Boore, Tyler Sheppard, Ciaran Levet, Louie Clarke, Joe Grimstead, Trialist E, Trialist F.


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3 August 2009 : Officials For Saturday
The clock is ticking down for the start of the new season, with each minor landmark whetting the anticipation of football starved fans. Of minor moment in the greater scheme of things, but the officials for the opener of Yeovil Town's 2009-10 campaign have now been announced.

Refereeing at Huish Park for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers will be Andy Hall (West Midlands). Mr Hall is an experienced official, having reached the National List of Referees twelve years ago. We, however, have not come across him much. Last season he refereed the Good Friday defeat of Millwall, sending off Lion Alan Dunne in a match (report) that severely dented the automatic promotion hopes of the visitors and took the Glovers an important step closer to safety. Prior to that we only recall seeing him twice, a 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers in 2005 and a 2-1 win over Gillingham in 2007, both at home.

Carl Berry (Surrey) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire) will be the assistant referees, with Mark Pottage (Somerset) the Fourth Official.

Link: April 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1

Link: November 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 1

Link: April 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Millwall 0


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3 August 2009 : Cricket Is OFF
For any supporters considering attending the scheduled cricket match between Martock CC and a Yeovil Town XI this evening, we have reason to believe it has been cancelled - though add the caveat that at present there is no confirmation of this on either of the clubs Official Sites.

The reason suggested is that the Glovers have pulled out, with Media Manager Adrian Hopper informing Martock that some niggling injuries amongst the squad meant a side could not be raised.

Update: Martock's official site have now confirmed the cancellation of tonight's event. They are still continuing with tonight's match, which will now be between two Martock CC sides. Martock had hoped to use this event as a fund-raiser for building a new Pavillion at their ground, so obviously any Yeovil Town fans are still welcome to come along and watch the event and get involved in their fund-raising activities.


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3 August 2009 : No Bye For Glovers
With the new rule introduced that clubs who got a Round One bye in the Football League Trophy last term would not be eligible for one this, the odds on Yeovil Town avoiding the first round in 2009-10 were quite good - but we haven't.

We have been placed in the Southern Section - West, and thus will face one of:

AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United, Northampton Town, Torquay United or Wycombe Wanderers in Round One.

The other sections are as follows:

Southern Section - East

Barnet, Brentford, Colchester United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Gillingham, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Norwich City.

Northern Section - West

Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Stockport County, Walsall.

Northern Section - East

Bradford City, Burton Albion, Chesterfield, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Rochdale, Rotherham United.

This leaves the following sixteen clubs receiving byes :

Southern - Aldershot Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Southampton, Southend United and Swindon Town;

Northern - Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United, Leeds United, Macclesfield Town, Notts County, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers.

The Round One draw will take place on Sky Sports in the Soccer AM programme on Saturday 15th August.


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3 August 2009 : Tranmere Facing Defensive Headache
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers are facing a defensive headache as they go into the League One season. The problem shouldn't come as any surprise - it's something they've had on the cards for three months.

Experienced central defender Ian Goodison is out suspended as he serves the last of a four match ban for a sending off last season. To make matters worse, full-back Gareth Edds, who has spent much of pre-season in the centre to cover for Goodison's absence whilst he has been in Jamaica and North America for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, is also suspended for a red card in Tranmere's final match of the 2008-09 season.

Rather like the Glovers, Tranmere are operating on a small squad, and currently have just 16 full time professionals and two season long loans signed up for the season, and in the central defensive area they are acutely short. For Saturday's match, their only contracted and available specialist central defender is 18 year old Ash Taylor so the problem is somewhat gaping.

New manager John Barnes admitted to Wirral News that he had suffered a blow over the weekend by news that loan players he had hoped to bring in will now not be turning up - presumably because of a u-turn by the parent clubs - and that he will have to now make a late call on who to bring in:

"Players we expected to come in won't be coming now, unfortunately. So we have to go back to the drawing board. It is a frustrating situation but something I did anticipate. When we identified players we wanted on loan we knew we were not guaranteed to get them. At the last minute we can't have them – and that's the frustrating part. We still need to bring in some defenders this week."

Former Leyton Orient centre-back Brian Saah is training at Prenton Park and played in their Saturday friendly against Shrewsbury Town, which finished 1-1, but he has yet to be offered a contract with the club, and so is by no means certain to be playing for them come next Saturday. Given that Barnes has barely got his feet under the table following the surprise dismissal of former manager Ronnie Moore this summer, and at least one defender likely to go into Tranmere's side cold on Saturday, the Glovers may see this as the right time to be playing against the Wirral club.


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3 August 2009 : National Paper Predicts 18th Place For The Glovers
With the countdown to the 2009-10 season now firmly underway, we'd expect many of the national and local media to start sticking their necks on the line with their own season previews and predictions. We're expecting a number to write the Glovers off with a firm "Yeovil Town : 24th" or similar prediction along the way, so it's perhaps nice to pick up the first of these preview articles in The Times and find that they don't even put us in the bottom four.

We're placed in the dizzy heights of 18th - one place lower than last season's finish - and with Colchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Exeter City and Stockport County put into the drop positions. Rather predictably, they think that Leeds United will win the league and that Norwich City will get automatic promotion.

Their big wildcard is to predict that newly promoted side Brentford will be the latest team to whizz through two divisions in two seasons. They put Brentford in the automatic slots, and single out manager Andy Scott as the next big thing from a managerial point of view. Their player to watch is Charlton Athletic midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who made his Championship debut for them last season aged 16 years and 59 days.

Their analysis on the Glovers cites concerns over the size of the club's playing budget, their goalscoring prowess, and the injury record of incoming striker Dean Bowditch. The article states:

"With cuts made to an already modest playing budget, it is little surprise that the Somerset club feature regularly among those expected to struggle in League One this season. Dean Bowditch, the former Ipswich Town forward who has signed a 12-month contract, will have his work cut out to reach a double-figure tally of goals. With a history of injuries, they will also desperately need him to stay fit."

If you think you can do better than The Times (or even if you think you can't!) then don't forget that the Ciderspace 2009-10 Season Prediction Survey is currently running until Saturday 12.00 noon. Get your own predictions in, and see if you can be one of the names mentioned at the end of the season.

The Times: League One Predictions: 1. Leeds United 2. Norwich City 3. Milton Keynes Dons 4. Huddersfield Town 5. Brentford 6. Charlton Athletic 7. Millwall 8. Tranmere Rovers 9. Swindon Town 10. Oldham Athletic 11. Bristol Rovers 12. Leyton Orient 13. Walsall 14. Southend United 15. Southampton 16. Wycombe Wanderers 17. Hartlepool United 18. Yeovil Town 19. Gillingham 20. Carlisle United 21. Colchester United 22. Brighton and Hove Albion 23. Exeter City 24. Stockport County

Link: The Times Website : 2009-10 League One Predictions.

Link: Ciderspace 2009-10 Season Prediction Survey.


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3 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 3 Tiverton 0
As Yeovil Town completed their pre-season schedule on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Tiverton Town, Taff has provided his thoughts on how things stand as we go into the new season. In an article penned yesterday, you can read how things stand on Taff's Gloversblog or by directly clicking on the latest article below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 3 Tiverton 0.


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2 August 2009 : 2009-10 Yeovil Town Season Predictions Survey
This time 12 months ago, we ran a survey that allowed Yeovil Town supporters the chance to predict where the Glovers would finish for the coming season. As it was quite popular, we're going to repeat it again. Entry should take as little as a couple of minutes of your time (unless you get serious and decide to study squad lists for all 24 clubs!)

The idea is that when we reach May 2010, we can declare who supplied the best predictions, and quite possibly the supporters who had their glass either way too full or too far empty with respect to the Glovers. Last season's results are here.

Please make your submissions by Saturday 12.00 noon so that we've got all entries in place before a ball is kicked for the 2009-10 season. For those who read the Green Room forum, you may want to stick your sign-on 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). As usual, email addresses supplied will not be displayed as part of the results, or circulated to anyone outside this site.

Link: 2009-10 Season : Supporters Prediction Survey.

Link: 2008-09 Supporters Prediction Survey Results.


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2 August 2009 : Five Goal Boost For Glovers Youth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side squeezed in another friendly yesterday, clocking up a convincing victory against senior opposition. Their opponents were Seaton Town FC who play in the Dorset Division One Senior League and the young Glovers 5-1 victory was made all the more impressive given that their side contained five Under-16 players, with three of them playing the full match.

Lloyd Matthews grabbed two goals and proved a handful with his hard work during the game, whilst Rob Clowes came on as a substitute and almost scored a hat-trick. His first was a 20-yarder, scored after he lost his marker with a smart turn, and he then followed up that with a header from a Joseph Grimstead cross. Clowes was thwarted from getting a third when an effort on goal was parried, but it mattered little as Adam Wakeley was there to gobble up the rebound.

Thomas Hopkins controlled the midfield well throughout, but wasn't finding it his day in the opposition penalty box, finding the Seaton keeper unbeatable from his personal point of view. Other stand-outs on the day were centre-back Ben Robertson who played with great maturity, and goalkeeper Alex Sprake who was unlucky to concede his only goal when a free kick took a deflection along the way. Tom Scott captained the side well and was pro-active in his defending as well.

On the flipside, Danny Rosser's booking for retaliation was a frustation - following the latest of another line of dangerous tackles on Youth Team players during pre-season, where rough-house tactics have been on occasion used by the opposition, yet bar the Weymouth fixture, not clamped down on. Still, if the boys can stand up to that in pre-season, it will hopefully give them some useful experience once the season proper kicks off. Having managed to do that with a number of under age players in their side will have given those players a boost as well.

Final Score: Seaton Town 1 Yeovil Town Under 18s 5.

Scorers: Lloyd Matthews (2 goals), Robert Clowes (2 goals), Adam Wakeley.

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Alex Sprake 2. Danny Rosser 3. Will Mogridge 4. Ben Robertson 5. Tom Scott 6. Andrew Baker 7. Thomas Hopkins 8. Josh Spoors 9. Lloyd Matthews 10. Josh French 11. Joseph Grimstead

Subs: 12. Robert Clowes 13. Henry Bond 14. Max Harrington 15. Will Spurway 16. Adam Wakeley.


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2 August 2009 : League One Odds As Season Draws Near
Back in May we gave some early odds for the League One title, showing that the Glovers were rank outsiders in what could be one of the toughest seasons in the English third tier for several seasons.

Now with one week to go before the matches kick off, another look at the bookies odds reveals that little has changed in their thinking. The biggest changes in the market over the summer have been that Huddersfield Town and Brighton and Hove Albion have had their odds shaved by a fair margin, with Brighton the biggest climbers, coming in at 11/1, having been at 25/1 in May.

Considering the tempestuous summer Southampton have had, it's surprising to note that their odds have been shortened down to 20/1, whilst the bookies appear unimpressed by the appointment of John Barnes at Tranmere Rovers, dropping them out to 25/1. Bristol Rovers have also drifted slightly, out to 28/1.

As for the Glovers, they remain on 80/1 for the title, with Stockport County having drifted further out to 100/1 on the back of a summer that has seen them slow to come out of administration. That said, the bookies perhaps are unaware that they have also emerged nearly debt free and without suffering a meaningful points deduction. The Bet 365 odds currently being offered are as follows:

Leeds 3/1
Norwich 7/1
Charlton 17/2
Milton Keynes Dons, Huddersfield 9/1
Brighton and Hove Albion 11/1
Millwall 14/1
Southampton, Colchester United, Southend United 20/1
Tranmere Rovers 20/1
Oldham Athletic 25/1
Bristol Rovers 28/1
Brentford, Swindon Town 33/1
Gillingham, Carlisle United, Wycombe Wanderers 40/1
Walsall, Leyton Orient, Exeter City, Hartlepool United 50/1
Yeovil Town 80/1
Stockport County 100/1

Whilst we've stuck with Bet365 purely for consistency, clearly it pays to shop around for better odds where you can find them. In terms of placing bets on the Glovers, the best odds around the bookies are with Boylesports, BetFred, PaddyPower and ExtraBet who all offer odds of 100/1 against Yeovil winning the League One title. The worst odds are amongst a group of bookies offering 66/1 against the title.

If you think that betting on Yeovil to win the title outright is just a little bit far fetched, but you fancy out chances of sneaking into the play-offs and winning promotion that way, the League One promotion odds currently range from 20/1 to 33/1 depending on which bookie you pick. Most generous odds here are with SkyBet who give the 33/1 price. Once again the Glovers are considered to be near rank outsiders here with Stockport again heading up the basement with every bookie going and the Glovers a very firm second from bottom.

If your glass is pretty much empty, then you can also do the dirty and bet on Yeovil to get relegated. Again the same picture is painted here, with Stockport favourites for the drop and the Glovers close behind them. The best odds on relegation lie with SkyBet and William Hill who offer 15/8 on the drop for Yeovil Town.

Finally, there are odds available on this season's top goalscorer. Whilst you should scrutinise each bookie for the exact definition of "top goalscorer" - i.e. whether cup matches and play-offs are included - the likes of Jermaine Beckford, Rickie Lambert, Marek Saganowski, Grant Holt and Grzegorz Rasiak lie at the top of the tree.

If you want to stick your money on a Yeovil Town player running off with that accolade, then you'll have to head a long way down the list before you find a Glover. Gavin Tomlin is listed at 100/1 with Bet365, ToteSport, BlueSquare, 888 Sport and Coral. Sam Williams is listed at 125/1 with Coral. If you fancy anyone else, you'll have to enquire individually because at present, odds for the likes of Dean Bowditch haven't appeared on the horizon.

Good luck, and all of the usual caveats of "betting is a mugs game and "have you ever met a poor bookie?" as usual apply!


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1 August 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tiverton Game
Following this afternoon's 3-0 win over Tiverton Town, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press about the win. Speaking to local reporter Chris Spittles, the full transcript of Skivo's post-match interview can be read via the link below.

As part of the interview, Skivo gives the latest on midfielder Gary Roberts, his plans for more loan signings, as well as detailing a training match against Bristol City which we presume will be behind closed doors.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tiverton Game.


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1 August 2009 : Yeovil 3 Tiverton 0 : Glovers Cruise To Final Friendly Win
Yeovil Town cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tiverton Town this afternoon in their final pre-season friendly of the 2009-10 season. Whilst many previous warm-up campaigns have fallen into double digits in terms of friendly matches, this year has seen the Glovers take part in just six games, winning four of them and losing two.

They achieved this afternoon's victory by scoring all three goals during the first period, with Danny Schofield setting the game alight after just six minutes, after he received a ball through from Steven Caulker. Schofield turned his marker and fired home into the far corner.

Dean Bowditch notched up his second goal in two games when he poked the ball past the Tiverton keeper, following an assist from Ryan Mason. Five minutes later Andy Welsh made it three with the unlikely source of Terrell Forbes providing the deep cross that Tivvy failed to clear, with Welsh taking full advantage.

With Gavin Tomlin having struck the post and having had another ball cleared off the line, and unsurprisingly Yeovil well on top, a goal glut appeared to be on the cards with 55 minutes of the match still left of the game. But the Glovers never really got out of second gear in the second half with Tivvy beginning to adjust well to their earlier frailties. As such, the main plusses from the second period were the sights of Scott Murray and Nathan Smith finally getting their first taste of football for the season, and Skiverton will be hoping that if there is no reaction to their spells by Monday, that he can add their names to the list he needs to whittle down to 18 by the time next Saturday arrives.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Tiverton Town 0.

Scorers: Danny Schofield (6 mins, 1-0), Dean Bowditch (30 mins, 2-0), Andy Welsh (35 mins, 3-0).

Yeovil Town:
Alex McCarthy
Terrell Forbes, Stefan Stam, Steven Caulker, Nathan Jones
Danny Schofield, Ryan Mason, George O'Callaghan, Andy Welsh
Dean Bowditch, Gavin Tomlin,

Subs: Sam Williams (59 mins for Dean Bowditch), Scott Murray (59 mins for Danny Schofield), Nathan Smith (77 mins for Nathan Jones), Danny Hutchins (84 mins for Ryan Mason), Andre McCollin (85 mins for Andy Welsh).

Tiverton Town (3-5-2): S Book; N Rudge, M Booth, M Villis; Adam Faux (M Broom h-t), M Bye (G Gould h-t), B Cleverly (L Cole 82), M Saunders (M Humphries 60), T Gardener (Alex Faux h-t); D Morrissey (A Blakemore 66), C Veale (D Griffiths h-t).

Attendance: 592.


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1 August 2009 : Skiverton Pleased With Pre-Season Outcome
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is pleased with the way pre-season has gone for him. The Glovers have won three matches and lost two as they go into this afternoon's final pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town, and he feels that the squad that he's got is good enough to start - even if he'd still like to bring in a couple of loan players. Speaking to the Western Morning News he said:

"I'm very pleased with how pre-season has gone. Things are shaping up nicely and all of us are really looking forward to the start of the new season. I am still looking at bringing in maybe one or two more players, but, if the season started tomorrow, I'm more than happy with what we've got here."

Skiverton believes his side have now got a winning mentality - even if he'd prefer the Glovers to get the first goal, rather than come from behind as they've done in their last two matches against Dorchester Town and Bristol City:

"Quite often people talk about performance being the main thing in pre-season, but I want us to win games as well. Of course playing well is a crucial, but winning games – whoever it is against – breeds confidence and that's what I want us to take into the new season. We've shown in a few of the games that we can hit back from going behind but, if I'm being honest, I'd much rather we score the first goal and build from there. I don't want us to be chasing games too much."


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1 August 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Gary Roberts Ain't Our Friend
In a week that has seen midfielder Gary Roberts suspended from the first team and his name omitted from the first team squad list, and the Glovers squad take shape even further, there's plenty to talk about. Taff dissects it and puts it back together in Taff's Gloversblog, with the latest article, viewable via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Gary Roberts Ain't Our Friend.


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