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31 August 2011 : September 2011 Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster - New Version
Last week, we provided a download for a September 2011 Fixtures Poster. A second design for this poster has now been produced and is available in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open).

As a reminder, during September, Yeovil Town have two home matches against League One opposition to contend with, with Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday to contend with, as well as three away fixtures. Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so.

Link:
September 2011 : Fixtures Poster (New Version - PDF format).

Link: September 2011 : Fixtures Poster (Original Version - Word format).


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31 August 2011 : Amankwaah Exits County Ground
Former Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah has left League Two side Swindon Town after dropping out of contention for a first team place at the County Ground. The 29 year old has been a regular in the Robins side since arriving just over three years ago from Swansea City, but has not featured at all under current boss Paolo Di Canio.

Amankwaah was part of Yeovil Town's squad between 2005 and 2006, having had a highly successful loan spell for the Glovers during the 2004-05 season whilst on the books of Bristol City. He left in July 2006 for a reported £250,000 transfer fee that took him to Swansea, but that flopped badly, with the right-back frozen out in the second of his two years in South Wales.

The Londoner has now faced the same problem at the start of his fourth season at the County Ground and so becomes a free agent after 102 appearances for the Wiltshire club. He has told Swindon's site that he wanted to leave after it became obvious that he was not going to get a look-in under his new boss:

"It's best I move on because I didn't want to just stay here and not play games. I'd like to thank all the Swindon fans who have supported me throughout my time here and hopefully I can find another club soon."

As a free agent, Amankwaah will not need to find a new club before tonight's transfer window closes.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2011 : Reserves vs Exeter City Match Report
Yeovil Town Reserves drew 2-2 in a home friendly against Exeter City Reserves at lunchtime today. In a match played at Alvington, goals from Curtis Haynes-Brown and Billy Gibson allowed the Glovers to come back from a goal down twice during the game to equalise.

The Glovers selected a side full of fringe players and youth teamers, along with a couple of trialists - a new goalkeeper believed to be from Germany, and a further look at former Swansea City centre-back Jamie Grimes. With first team professional Rob Clowes acting as a stand-in referee, the Glovers had to readjust early on when Lewis Clarke had to come off almost immediately, with Josh Doyle replacing him.

By that time, Exeter were already a goal up - a Jimmy Keohane volley from the edge of the box, putting the visitors a goal up. However, the Glovers drew level, with Curtis Haynes-Brown robbed his opposite number of possession, stealing a march down the left flank, before cutting inside and unleashing a terrific 25 yard shot into the back of the net to pull the scores back to 1-1.

In the lead up to the break, Billy Gibson, who was captaining the side, gave Yeovil good chances from two set pieces - a free kick that he looped over the wall that went just wide of the target, followed by another that was swung into the box, taking a series of deflections before Rhys Baggridge's header went wide of the upright. With Gibson being moved into the centre of the park, the Glovers finished the half well, despite the slow start and falling a goal behind early on.

The second period saw Yeovil fall behind for the second time in the game when Grecians striker Richard Logan, who had started in their match in the Carling Cup earlier this season, took advantage of some soft defending, scuffing a shot into the far corner to put Exeter 2-1 up. But once again, Yeovil came back, with Abdulai Bell-Baggie the inspiration as he ran into the box, and was fouled - Billy Gibson stepping up from the spot to finish into the bottom left hand corner.

There was a slight worry towards the end, when Billy Gibson had to come off, due to a problem with his right leg, but with Kerrea Gilbert and Dominic Blizzard getting minutes on the field of play in their efforts to come back from injury, it was hopefully a useful exercise in getting a few players some match fitness for the coming weeks.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Exeter City Reserves 2.

Scorers: Jimmy Keohane (0-1), Curtis Haynes-Brown (1-1), Richard Logan (1-2), Billy Gibson (2-2)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
A Trialist (GK), Lewis Clarke, Rhys Baggridge, Jamie Grimes, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Billy Gibson (Capt), Lloyd Matthews, Will Gordon

Substitutes: Josh Doyle (for Lewis Clarke), Mitch Brundle, Johnny Kaye (for Billy Gibson), Kieran Agard, Dominic Blizzard (for Will Agbo), Kerrea Gilbert (for Josh Doyle)


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31 August 2011 : German Leaves Loftus Road
Premier League side Queens Park Rangers have terminated the contract of striker Antonio German. The 19 year old had a loan spell with Yeovil Town during the 2010-11 season and had been at Loftus Road since the age of 14, making 20 appearances for them in all competitions.

The usual explanation when players get released from their contracts "by mutual consent", especially on transfer deadline day, is that they have another club lined up. However, he wasn't a big hit at Huish Park, making four substitute appearances for the club, totalling 48 minutes on the pitch, before QPR recalled him in the hope of getting him more regular football elsewhere, although that never materialised either.

In addition to Yeovil Town, League Two sides Southend United and Aldershot Town had previously taken him on loan. At present there's no sign of any clubs taking a firm interest in the striker.


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31 August 2011 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Tranmere Rovers have been announced. The League One match will take place on Saturday 3rd September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Prenton Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire).

We've only seen Mr Waugh once before, and that was on the final day of last season, where he took charge of the match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Just to prove that we don't spend our time massacring officials, it should be noted that we actually praised him during this match - it was his advantage waved, when he gave Shaun MacDonald the freedom to keep going after a bad tackle, with his eventual pass through to Jonathan Obika giving Yeovil the opening goal of the game.

We're not sure if Carlisle fans will be quite as sympathetic towards him, given that he later waved away penalty appeals that they had just moments before the Glovers doubled their lead, for the final 2-0 scoreline. Danny Livesey and Jonathan Obika tangled in the box, and when the ball broke, Yeovil got their second on the counter-attack. However, Carlisle's site doesn't make too much of an issue of that, feeling more aggrieved that Waugh accidentally got in the way of Liam Noble's pass that broke up Carlisle's pressure on the Yeovil penalty box. Overall, the Western Gazette considered that Waugh had "a good, sensible afternoon. Did well to allow Shaun MacDonald to continue his run for Jon Obika's goal."

Other than that match, we had Mr Waugh as a Fourth Official, back in April 2009 in our away match at Stockport County, memorable only for how unmemorable the awful 0-0 draw at Edgeley Park was. He was promoted to the Football League's referee's list during the summer that followed, but we've only had him the once since then. He claims that he got into refereeing when "my next door neighbour used to drag me out of bed on Sundays because they couldn’t get a referee".

Mr Waugh will be assisted by Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Link: May 2011 : Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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31 August 2011 : Transfer Deadline Day
Today represents Transfer Deadline Day for all football clubs that compete in the top five divisions of the English pyramid structure. Although the FIFA deadline is at midnight, the Football League have set an 11.00p.m. deadline for all clubs to put through any registration players for those being transferred into any of its 72 clubs.

As far as Yeovil Town are concerned, we're not expecting a busy day at all (famous last words!) with manager Terry Skiverton suggesting in Monday's Western Daily Press that he would be waiting until the emergency loan window opens, which should be around September 8th. He told the paper that he was likely to go with the squad that he had got:

"I am quite happy with everyone I have got at the moment. I do not need to have more problems about bringing people on and have more people in the squad. I am happy with what I have got. I can wait for emergency loans as I have two more loans left so I can wait until the window shuts."

Skiverton has just three loans on his books at present - goalkeeper Jed Steer, defender Max Ehmer and striker Jonathan Obika. His reference to 'two more loans' is with respect to the matchday squad rule that allows clubs to field a maximum of five loan players in their matchday squad of sixteen players. Bring in more than that, and the remainder have to sit in the stand.

One piece of business that the club would be likely to tie up today is that of the future of striker Rory Fallon. Skiverton's words on Monday suggested that the New Zealand international would be offered something. Strictly speaking, his position can be sorted out after the window closes, although past practice has been for players to want financial security until the January transfer window opens, at the very least.

Needless to say, if that happens today, or if any Glovers-themed or League One transfer activity occurs today, then we'll round it up as major things happen, or at the end of today. Some interim updates may be posted to our Twitter account.


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30 August 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town make the first of two consecutive trips to the North-West part of the country, where they will take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In preparation for that, the Ciderspace guide to the club, ground and surrounding area has been given a lick of paint.

Featuring directions, ticketing, travel, a pub guide, club statistics and other associated information, the guide can be found via the link below.

NB: Adult admission prices for this fixture had previously been listed at a rather eye-watering £22.00. We're pleased to say that these have now been amended to be a somewhat more reasonable £16.00. Both the Guide and the Ticketing article reflect the updated prices.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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30 August 2011 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first win of the 2011-12 season came in a 3-1 home win over Oldham Athleticjust over two weeks ago. Goals from Ed Upson, Andy Williams and a Paul Wotton penalty gave the Glovers all three points, with the Latics only getting a late consolation.

Man of the Match voting saw Ed Upson and Andy Williams, as goalscorers, pick up a decent selection of votes, whilst right wing-back Kerrea Gilbert shone in his debut for the club. However, there was one runaway winner of the poll, and that was midfielder Gavin Williams, who caught the eye throughout, but notably for his run that set up Yeovil's middle goal, scored by Andy Williams.

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

1 Gavin Williams 510 (43)
2 Andy Williams 162 (4)
3 Kerrea Gilbert 122 (6)
4 Ed Upson 100 (6)
5 Luke Ayling 60 (2)
6 Paul Huntington 44 (1)
7 Jed Steer 42 (2)
8 Max Ehmer 36 (0)
9 Paul Wotton 26 (0)
10 Nathan Jones 20 (0)
11 Jonathan Obika 10 (0)
12 Kieran Agard 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 8.00

Performance: 8.03
Entertainment: 7.97

VOTES RECEIVED 64


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29 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Sheffield United 1 : Blades Nick It
Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Sheffield United saw our regular blogger Cruncher head in a south-westerly direction to take in proceedings at Huish Park. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, it's time to dissect the team, the individuals and referee Keith Stroud and have a look at the good and the bad of the lunchtime kick-off.

Read the full works via the link below, with alternative and agreeable comments welcomed at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Sheffield United 1 : Blades Nick It.


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29 August 2011 : Skiverton Planning Fallon Decision
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will make a decision about the future of striker Rory Fallon in the next day or two. The New Zealand international was given a month's contract at Huish Park just before the start of the 2011-12 season, and Saturday's match against Sheffield United was his last under that agreement.

With the transfer window shutting this coming Wednesday, from Fallon's point of view, he will want a contract that sees him through until January with the 29 year old able to talk to other clubs as well as the Glovers. Speaking to this morning's Western Morning News and Western Daily Press, Skiverton has said that he will look to get Fallon sorted one way or another very soon:

"I will be sitting down with him at the end of the weekend and we will have a chat about the future. I think he has done well. It is tough out there at the moment because we have got to get him up to match speed and he came to us so late. With him and Steve MacLean, they are both players who played at Championship level, have scored at Championship level and it is about getting the best out of them."

Skiverton's words suggest that he will, within limits, be putting an offer for Fallon on the table. So far Fallon has made just one start for Yeovil Town, but has featured in all matches, coming on as a substitute on five occasions.


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28 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield United Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Sheffield United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual interview with the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Skivo's post-match verdict via the BBC Somerset interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield United Game.


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28 August 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield United Interview
Just before Saturday lunchtime's League One match against Sheffield United kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his thoughts on the match at Huish Park. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Skivo's pre-match thoughts from the BBC Somerset interview can be found via the link below.

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


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27 August 2011 : Skiverton Proud Of Efforts Against Blades
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised his side's resolve, despite coming out on the wrong side of a 0-1 scoreline today at Huish Park. The Glovers lost to a Chris Porter goal just before the break that saw Sheffield United grab all three points, and putting Yeovil on a run of one win in six matches to start the 2011-12 season.

Although it was the club's second consecutive home defeat, Skiverton said after the match that he was proud of the way that his team competed against their more illustrious rivals:

"Sheffield will go home saying that was a hard-fought win. We are not laying down and dying. I want my team to reflect me and that was how I played. Sheffield took their chance. We didn't give three points away - they were wrestled off us by a team with better players."

Skiverton also refused to criticise left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown for getting sent off during the closing seconds of the match. The former Lowestoft Town defender had only just been given the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match over the tannoy, but referee Keith Stroud gave him a red card for a second bookable offence minutes later. Skiverton felt that up until that moment, Haynes-Brown had done well considering he was playing non-league football last season:

"From playing at Lowestoft last year, he was more than a match for their wide men. I thought he was excellent. For a young boy he handled the occasion very well and if anything it was the first tackle that put him on the back foot early on. He got a yellow card then because he was so eager to win the ball."


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27 August 2011 : Steer Loan Under Threat From Ruddy Red Card
Yeovil Town will have all eyes on Carrow Road over the next couple of days, with some concern over whether goalkeeper Jed Steer will be able to continue his loan spell at Huish Park. Jed is currently about a month through a three month youth loan agreement that has a 24 hour recall clause built into it, through his parent club Norwich City.

That agreement, and the recall clause, will now have Yeovil's management team holding their breath with the news that Canaries first team goalkeeper John Ruddy was red carded this afternoon during their match at Chelsea in their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Second choice keeper Declan Rudd was on the bench and took over for the final nine minutes of the match, but Ruddy will now be suspended for Norwich's next fixture. As Steer is their third choice goalkeeper, there is an obvious risk that manager Paul Lambert may wish his England Under-19s keeper to be on the bench for their next game.

There is a bit of thinking time possible by all parties - next weekend is a designated international weekend, meaning that Norwich don't play until Sunday 11th September when they have a lunchtime match against West Bromwich Albion. That also gives the possibility of Steer being available for both fixtures that weekend, with Yeovil away at Preston North End on the Friday night. Whether Youth Loan rules can be bent that far will be one for both managers and the rule book, but Steer should certainly be available for next weekend's match at Tranmere Rovers regardless of what is decided.

Next weekend, Yeovil Town will certainly be without centre-back Curtis Haynes-Brown due to a one match suspension, following his red card this afternoon, and are extremely likely to be without striker Andrew Williams after he sustained a nasty looking ankle injury during today's match against Sheffield United.

The League One table has been updated following this afternoon's eleven League One kick-offs.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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27 August 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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27 August 2011 : Yeovil 0 Sheffield Utd 1 : Porter Nicks Blades Win
Yeovil Town suffered their second consecutive home defeat this afternoon, as a solitary goal settled their fate against Sheffield United at Huish Park. The winning Chris Porter goal came just before the break, with a big question mark over whether the ball crossed the line, as a poor performance from referee Keith Stroud and his assistants became the talking point amongst Glovers fans. The dismissal of Curtis Haynes-Brown in the dying seconds of the game for two bookings compounded a frustrating day for the Glovers who could easily have drawn the game, but instead suffered a 0-1 defeat for the second home match running.

The Glovers went into the game forced into two changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Walsall last weekend. Centre-back Bondz N'Gala's hamstring problems meant that he had to drop out of the squad, with Curtis Haynes-Brown shuffling into the back four as a left-back, with Max Ehmer moving across the line. However, whilst that was known about, the exclusion of Jonathan Obika from the squad was a little more unexpected, with the striker having picked up a problem in training during midweek, as Steven MacLean took his place.

The first half was one of few chances - Andy Williams shot wide of the target, whilst an Ed Upson header from close range went wide of the target. Meanwhile Alan O'Brien's pace down the left wing almost got him through the Sheffield United defence, with his cross inches away from connecting with Gavin Williams who was sliding in from the opposite flank.

However, much of the first period was all about referee Keith Stroud. Controversial on many past meetings involving Yeovil Town, the Hampshire official took centre stage with 45 minutes worth of baffling decisions, frequently favouring the opposition. Paul Wotton was booked for a series of fouls, whilst Steve MacLean landed in the book for slamming the ball into the ground, with the Glovers players showing their frustration at some of the decisions that were going against them.

Stroud did give one key decision Yeovil's way when he chalked off a Matthew Lowton 'goal' as the full-back headed home from a free kick - Glovers keeper Jed Steer was clattered in the build-up leaving him on the deck as Lowton headed home. However, four minutes before the break there was further controversy, as the Blades opened the scoring through a Chris Porter goal. The build-up was down to sloppy Glovers passing in midfield, as Paul Wotton lost possession. However, as Porter bundled the ball home from close range, it was highly questionable as to whether the ball went over the line - the linesman taking his time in raising his flag, with most on the home terrace convinced that Stroud and his assistant had dropped a clanger in awarding the goal. One for the Football League Show for sure.

By the time half time arrived, Mr Stroud had put five players in the book although his easiest was his fifth, as Lecsinel Jean-Francois cynically took out Andy Williams just before the break - a tackle so bad that Williams couldn't continue, replaced by Anthony Edgar ahead of three minutes injury time, and a resounding chorus of boos for the hapless match officials.

The loss of Andy Williams saw Alan O'Brien pushed up to partner Steve MacLean during the second period, with Anthony Edgar taking one of the wing slots. Ed Upson hit over the bar from distance, with the Glovers managing a bit more penetration than they'd managed during the opening 45 minutes.

However, this was a bit of a stop-start game of football, with Mr Stroud insisting that absolutely everything was done to his liking, delaying the flow of the game. There was also a very lengthy stoppage when Blades holding midfielder Nick Montgomery went down with an ankle injury, leading to a cricket-style tea break, where Yeovil's players went for an impromptu team-talk, and Sheffield United's players got out the practice balls. Unsurprisingly Montgomery was replaced on a stretcher.

The Blades came close to doubling their lead when Paul Wotton lost possession in midfield for the second time in the match, allowing Stephen Quinn to weave his way through - thankfully the greasy surface was seeing players struggling to stay on their feet, and Quinn slipped as he shot, and Jed Steer saved well.

Paul Wotton did better at the other end of the field - his sharply taken free kick almost caught the visitors out, forcing keeper Steve Simonsen into his first meaningful save. Max Ehmer tried to convert the rebound, but a linesman's flag made his missed attempt irrelevant. But Yeovil were building up a head of steam - or at least trying to do so as much as the match officials would allow them to - another Ed Upson long range shot going just over the bar shortly afterwards.

As Rory Fallon and Billy Gibson were introduced in the closing stages, and the heavens opened, Anthony Edgar gave Yeovil their best chance of the match with a SuperGavesque weaving run inside, and an excellent shot that bounced just in front of the keeper with Steve Simonsen doing well to judge the shot in the midst of some torrential rain towards the end of the match.

But the last word fell to referee Keith Stroud. Having dished out seven yellow cards, there was always a danger that any further ones might result in a red for someone. And so it proved - seven minutes into injury time, Curtis Haynes-Brown tripped Blades substitute Jordan Slew, and whilst some referees might have shown a bit of common sense, that was never likely with a referee who had taken centre stage throughout. Yeovil were down to 10 men, and despite injury time continuing as far as eight and a half minutes, that wasn't enough time to get Yeovil an equalising goal.

Frustration once again for the Glovers against the bigger clubs, with once again the match officials showing signs of giving the opposition a helping hand - no doubt the slow-motion and freeze-frame will be compulsory for those viewing the BBC's Football League Show tonight. Aside from the controversial winning goal, Sheffield United created few chances to test Jed Steer, although in fairness the Glovers were a little lacking at the other end as well. Once again, Yeovil weren't outclassed by any stretch of the imagination, but have come out empty handed against the big guns.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Scorers: Chris Porter (41 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
10. Gavin Williams 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
11. Anthony Edgar (45 mins for Andy Williams) 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 23. Billy Gibson (85 mins for Alan O'Brien) 24. Gareth Stewart 37. Rory Fallon (82 mins for Steven MacLean)

Sheffield United:
1. Steve Simonsen
2. Matthew Lowton 19. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 3. Lecsinel Jean-Francois
11. Ryan Flynn 8. Michael Doyle 4. Nick Montgomery 28. Stephen Quinn
17. Richard Cresswell 21. Chris Porter

Substitutes:
25. George Long (GK) 10. Daniel Bogdanovic 12. Jordan Slew (63 mins for Chris Porter) 20. David McAllister (57 mins for Nick Montgomery) 7. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (87 mins for Ryan Flynn)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (foul, 22 mins), Steven MacLean (dissent, 28 mins), Curtis Haynes-Brown (foul, 31 mins). Red Card: Curtis Haynes-Brown (second bookable offence, 90 mins

Sheffield United Bookings: Ryan Flynn (foul, 35 mins), Lecsinel Jean-Francois (foul, 42 mins), Richard Creswell (foul, 63 mins), Michael Doyle (foul, 71 mins)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: David Woolford (Hampshire).

Attendance: 5,001 (including 1,396 Sheffield United supporters)


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27 August 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Yeovil Town are forced into two changes for this lunchtime's home match against Sheffield United at Huish Park. Striker Jonathan Obika and centre-back Bondz N'Gala are out of the starting line-up, with their places taken by Steve MacLean and Curtis Haynes-Brown. The Glovers also continue to miss Kieran Agard, who is left out of the squad.

Manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he will be starting the game with a 4-4-2, meaning that Curtis Haynes-Brown taking the left-back slot.

Follow us on Twitter at @ytfcciderspace during the afternoon for news and views on the game.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
10. Gavin Williams 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
11. Anthony Edgar 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 23. Billy Gibson 24. Gareth Stewart 37. Rory Fallon

Sheffield United:
1. Steve Simonsen
2. Matthew Lowton 19. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 3. Lecsinel Jean-Francois
11. Ryan Flynn 8. Michael Doyle 4. Nick Montgomery 28. Stephen Quinn
17. Richard Cresswell 21. Chris Porter

Substitutes:
25. George Long (GK) 10. Daniel Bogdanovic 12. Jordan Slew 20. David McAllister 7. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing


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27 August 2011 : Bondz Sees Blades Visit As Just Another Game
Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala says that he will give today's visitors Sheffield United the same respect that he gives all other League One sides. As one of the biggest clubs in the division, the visit of the Blades to Huish Park today makes for a prestige fixture for the Glovers.

But whilst this will produce a larger than average crowd at Huish Park today, with over 2,000 Blades fans expected to be packed into the away ends of the ground, Bondz told BBC Somerset that he faces all clubs with the exact same mentality, regardless of their size or background:

"It's great to see a club of that stature come down to Huish Park. But we'll show them the respect that we show everyone else. We're all in the same league and we're all here for a reason. So I think we'll treat it as any other game. I think the lads are ready to test themselves against anyone really, whether it's a Premier League team, a Championship team, or even players that have played in the Champions League. Footballers just want to play football, and I think we'll do well against them."


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27 August 2011 : Exeter League Cup Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's second match of the 2011-12 season saw them travel down to Devon, where they suffered the same scoreline as their opening day fixture - a 2-0 defeat. This Carling Cup match against Exeter City saw a wide range of opinion amongst supporters as to who justified the Man of the Match on the night, with eight different players nominated in the poll.

The end results of the poll were rather right, with Gavin Williams and Anthony Edgar impressive in their roles in midfield positions. However, it was centre-back Paul Huntington who impressed you the most, as he showed signs of continuing last seasons form for the club. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Huntington 56 (5)
2 Anthony Edgar 48 (3)
3 Gavin Williams 36 (3)
4 Jed Steer 28 (2)
5 Andy Williams 26 (2)
6 Curtis Haynes-Brown 24 (0)
7 Rory Fallon 18 (1)
8 Paul Wotton 16 (1)
9 Kieran Agard 10 (1)
10 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.44

Performance: 4.33
Entertainment: 4.56

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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26 August 2011 : Skivo Previews The Sheffield United Game
Tomorrow lunchtime, Yeovil Town play host to Sheffield United in a League One match at Huish Park. As part of the build-up to that game, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, giving the latest on injuries, as well as his views on the Blades.

The transcript of that interview can now be viewed via the link below.

Note that with tomorrow's match kicking off at 1.00p.m., the BBC Somerset coverage during their Saturday Sport programme will commence a little earlier than normal, with the programme on air from 12.30p.m., on the usual 95.5FM frequency.

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


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26 August 2011 : September 2011 Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster
Once we get past tomorrow's early kick-off against Sheffield United, we move into the month of September. During this month, Yeovil Town have two home matches against League One opposition to contend with, with Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday to contend with, as well as three away fixtures.

To help promote these matches, a new Fixtures Poster has been produced by Glovers fan Ben Barrett, and that can be downloaded in MS Word format via the link below. Feel free to display in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so.

A reminder that tomorrow's match against the Blades kicks off at 1.00p.m. at Huish Park. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office to home supporters as normal, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.

Link: September 2011 : Fixtures Poster.


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26 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Goodbye, Good Buy
Yesterday evening saw the end to an unusual era, when a player that was never actually the property of Yeovil Town, effectively ended his two and a half year association with the club. Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald clocked up 64 appearances and nine goals across five loan spells at Huish Park, but signed a two year contract with AFC Bournemouth that means that Shaun is highly unlikely to appear in a green'n'white shirt this season.

Our regular blogger Cruncher takes a look at why Yeovil Town couldn't compete with the Cherries, and what the club needs to do to be able to be more competitive in the future. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry can be found via the link below - additional thoughts and views are obviously welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Goodbye, Good Buy.


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26 August 2011 : Johnson Jnr Joins Spireites On Loan
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson is back in League One on a temporary basis after signing for Chesterfield on loan. The 30 year old has agreed a 93 day emergency loan to join the Spireites, with his parent club Bristol City having a 24 hour loan recall clause built in, once the first 28 days of the loan agreement have passed.

Johnson has been drafted in for Chesterfield's trip to Exeter City tomorrow, after their key midfielder Derek Niven suffered ankle ligament damage that will put him out of contention for the game. Rumours, particularly during pre-season, had linked Johnson with a return to Huish Park, particularly when City left him out of their squad that played against the Glovers in July. However, certainly that's one that can have a line firmly drawn across it for the time being.

Yeovil Town are due to play Chesterfield at their new B2Net Stadium on Saturday 5th November, and so provided there are no recalls made by City, they should come up against Johnson Jnr for that game.


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26 August 2011 : MacDonald Transfer Fee Confirmed
Premier League side Swansea City have published the size of the transfer fee that took midfielder Shaun MacDonald from South Wales to League One side AFC Bournemouth. Although various newspaper reports pitched the transfer fee as being between £125,000 and £150,000, Swansea's club site have stated that they will receive just £80,000 for the 23 year old from the Cherries.

They note that there are a number of kick-in clauses that may push that value upwards, including "a substantial sell-on clause", but certainly the initial value paid out by the Cherries is not as high as the earlier reports. MacDonald has signed a two year contract at Dean Court.

MacDonald told their club site that he felt he had to leave the Liberty Stadium to further his footballing career, but had praise for Yeovil Town for helping his career develop as part of five loan spells spent at Huish Park:

"I had a great lifestyle in Swansea, but moving to Bournemouth was something I had to do for my footballing career. It's been difficult to get a run of games over the years because the Swans have progressed so much; moving through the divisions so quickly. I enjoyed my loan spells at Yeovil, who were absolutely fantastic with me from manager Terry Skiverton and coach Darren Way to everyone at the club and the supporters. It also gave me a taste of playing regular football and I think I proved I can play at League level. It has helped my career progress and I want to take that forward at Bournemouth. Bournemouth just missed out on promotion last season through the play-offs and I am determined to help them push on again."

Manager Terry Skiverton stated yesterday that he had been trying to bring MacDonald back to Huish Park for a sixth loan spell at the club, but he has told the Western Daily Press today that the club could not compete with Bournemouth's transfer fee. He also indicated that he will be still looking for a loan midfielder, with new signing Dominic Blizzard yet to play in a competitive match due to injury:

"We asked how much it (MacDonald's transfer fee) would be, and we could not compete with it. With Dominic (Blizzard) being out that long , we would need another midfielder."


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26 August 2011 : Glovers Agent Fees Flat As League Figures Spiral Upwards
Yeovil Town have continued their trend towards only paying out nominal fees to football agents, according to figures published by the Football League today. The Glovers spent just £6,000 during the 2010-11 season on agents - a small increase on the spent during the 2009-10 season.

That's not the lowest in the division - Hartlepool United didn't pay out a penny, whilst Dagenham and Redbridge paid out £1,175, whilst Rochdale paid the same as the Glovers, however it is predictably dwarfed by some of the big guns at League One level.

Seven clubs paid out six figure sums, with Sheffield Wednesday's £415,660 getting them nowhere other than another season in League One, whilst Southampton (£359,144) and Brighton and Hove Albion (£303,495) might feel they got better value. Huddersfield Town spent £252,609 for their play-off place, whilst Charlton Athletic's £216,725 bought them a 13th place finish in League One - above the Glovers on goal difference. Perhaps more perplexing is that the other two clubs to spend a six figure sum were Notts County who forked out £167,040 on just about avoiding relegation, whilst Swindon Town's £132,435 bought them a place in League Two.

All of this comes against a background where spending in League One increased slightly, with £2,347,749 being paid out to agents compared to the £2,241,771 figure for 2009-10. Overall in the Football League, payments are spiralling upwards, with an aggregate of £16,658,976 being paid by all 72 clubs combined, compared with £12,739,867 a year ago and £8.8m for the 2008-09 season - meaning that payments have doubled in the past two years. Football League Chairman Greg Clarke is obviously concerned about these figures, and has said today:

"These figures show that a considerable amount of money continues to leave the game through payments to agents. This highlights the importance of the work Football League clubs are doing to establish a 'breakeven' business model across all three divisions. No-one is trying to prevent clubs from paying agents where they feel it is appropriate, however we must make sure that clubs are not spending money they simply do not have."

The question will be how much the Football League can control that spending under their new Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) that has now been introduced into League One for the 2011-12 season, albeit without sanctions being applied for this season. League One clubs are limited to spending 75% of their turnover on player salaries this season, whilst from next season sanctions will be applied against clubs, with the threshold stopping to 65%, with 60% being applied for the 2013-14 season.

Clubs who breach the salary capping rules will have a transfer embargo placed on them until they can get their house back into order. In League Two, the capping has been reduced down to 55% for this season, with sanctions applying immediately. In the Championship, clubs have agreed in principle to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework, although no date or details have been disclosed as to how and when they will start to fall in line with the rule, which applies to all European clubs entering the Champions League and Europa League.

As far as individual transactions are concerned, Yeovil Town registered a total of 35 contracts during the 2010-11 season. These were recorded as 13 new player contracts, one updated contract, whilst eight player contracts were cancelled. In addition, the League record that there were 13 loan deals - we're wondering if Youth Loans are included in those figures, given that in terms of players arriving, Yeovil Town used 17 players on loan last season, with one of those (Paul Wotton) being eventually converted into a permanent transfer.

Link: 18/08/2010 : Glovers Agent Payments Down, But League Payments Go Up.


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25 August 2011 : Cherries Clinch MacDonald Agreement
Reports from the AFC Bournemouth end suggest that they have wrapped up a deal to take Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald on a permanent deal.

Local reporter Ian Wadley of the Bournemouth Echo indicates that the the Cherries now have a verbal agreement for MacDonald to sign for them, saying via his Twitter account:

"Bournemouth have sealed the signing of Shaun MacDonald, subject to paperwork. MacDonald's capture has just been confirmed by Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell."

Earlier reports pitched the transfer fee as being either £125,000 or £150,000 depending upon which paper you picked up on which day.

Update: Bournemouth football club have now confirmed this news, indicating that he has signed a deal, subject to international clearance. They've not revealed a contract length or transfer fee as yet.


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25 August 2011 : Beer Tent Shut For Blades Fans
No great surprise, given the volume of Sheffield United supporters that are likely to be at Huish Park, but the Beer Tent will only be available to home supporters this coming Saturday. With around 2,000 Blades fans expected at the game, which takes place on Saturday 27th August, the 'temporary' structure will only admit those people who are carrying tickets for the home parts of the ground.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 1.00p.m. due to police advice, and again that is probably a factor in the decision to restrict the beer tent to home fans only. We're not aware of any variation on opening time for the bars for Saturday's game.

Visiting Blades fans should note that this means that there are no pubs within the immediate location of the ground - the nearest ones lie a minimum of 10 minutes walk away, and so you may wish to plan any pre-match pints on your way to the ground, rather than turn up at Huish Park and realise you've got to do a u-turn for any refreshments.

Link: Directions, Pubs And Facilities Near Huish Park.


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25 August 2011 : Glovers Confirm Loan Attempt For MacDonald
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he have put in an offer to bring Swansea City midfielder back to Huish Park - but only on loan. The 23 year old is the subject of an offer from AFC Bournemouth pitched at around £150,000 for a permanent transfer from the Liberty Stadium down to the South Coast but all has gone quiet as to whether he plans to accept the Cherries offer or not.

The Western Gazette have today asked Skiverton about whether the club would be prepared to bid for the player. Skivo confirmed that they had been holding talks, but on the basis of a sixth loan spell, and that the bid from the Cherries had blown those plans out somewhat:

"We have been talking with Swansea about the chance of taking him back but the offer that Bournemouth have put in, for us to compete with that would put us in a bit of trouble. He has gone down to talk to Bournemouth and we have not heard anything back. It is all in Shaun's hands and if he goes to Bournemouth then good luck to him."

As far as Bournemouth are concerned, Chairman Eddie Mitchell has told the Bournemouth Echo that MacDonald had asked for extra time to make his decision, after spending the day viewing the club's training facilities:

"He was very impressed with everything the club had to offer. My understanding is that he was due to come down with his girlfriend but she couldn’t make it. We won’t know until tomorrow (Thursday) but, hopefully, he will take up our offer."

It would therefore appear that Yeovil Town will only hold an interest in MacDonald if he turns down the offer from Bournemouth, or any other interested parties - claimed to be two unnamed Championship clubs. However, if the midfielder does choose to stay at Swansea, then the door would open once again for a possible loan deal.


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25 August 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Away Interview
Last Saturday, and just before kick-off against Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked to the BBC about what he was hoping to get out of the game. With more thoughts on formations and recent injuries, Skivo's interview with BBC Bristol's Andy Howard has been archived in the interview section via the link below.

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


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24 August 2011 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
With four league matches and one cup game played during the 2011-12 season, it's time to look at which players have been impressing so far. With 15 new signings at the club, it's going to take a while to see which settle the best, and how many of last season's squad are still competing well.

We start with the opening day of the season, where a fairly disjointed Glovers performance saw them lose out by a 2-0 scoreline to Brentford. Deservedly beaten on the day, the Man of the Match voting for that game was largely between two players.

Although midfielder Ed Upson picked up a decent number of votes, it was two newcomers who looked the most impressive. Centre-back Bondz N'Gala had a solid debut, but it was goalkeeper Jed Steer who got the top marks for the poll, with the Norwich City player keeping the scoreline at least moderately respectable.

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

1 Jed Steer 138 (8)
2 Bondz N'Gala 118 (8)
3 Ed Upson 66 (6)
4 Gavin Williams 56 (2)
5 Luke Ayling 48 (3)
6 Paul Huntington 24 (0)
7 Andy Williams 20 (1)
8 Curtis Haynes-Brown 14 (0)
9 Max Ehmer 8 (0)
10 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)
10 Rory Fallon 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING 4.76

Performance: 4.55
Entertainment: 4.97

VOTES RECEIVED 28


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24 August 2011 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down by a 3-2 scoreline this afternoon, as a Plymouth Argyle side came from behind to grab all three points in their Youth Alliance League match. Goals from Aidan Chainey and Lloyd Matthews gave the Glovers Youth Team something to take home from the game played at Elburton Villa's ground, but they were sandwiched by three Pilgrims goals that ultimately won the game.

The Glovers went into the match without Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, who had picked up an injury during their weekend defeat against Swindon Town, with his place in the starting line-up being taken by Adam Cleary. They took the lead early on in the match, when a great team move was finished off by Aidan Chainey to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

Where Yeovil came undone in the match was largely from their own indecisiveness or sloppy play, rather than from the overall balance of the game. The Pilgrims equalised when Will Gordon was dispossessed in the centre of the park after spending too much time on the ball, and Argyle were level. By the break, the home side had turned the game around, with a shot slipping through Matt Cafer in the Yeovil Town goal for a 2-1 lead.

Argyle extended their lead during the second period, when a Matt Cafer clearance was sliced through to an Argyle player, and the Glovers were too slow to respond to the danger as a quick pass to a Pilgrims teammate allowed Plymouth to build a 3-1 lead.

To their credit, Yeovil didn't let the deficit destroy them mentally, and they pulled a goal back when Lloyd Matthews converted from open play. And that set up a terrific finish where the Glovers piled on the pressure on the home defence, doing almost everything to provide an equalising goal, but that never came, leaving Yeovil with a long trip back up the A38 after the game. The final period of the match represented the plus point for those watching the Glovers - however, they need to cut out the occasional error if they are to turn such losses back into draws and wins.

As an aside, not too much good news for Yeovil Town's Under-16s this week. They were beaten 7-0 by Cray Wanderers, with the South-East club on a West Country tour, winning their final match before returning home by an emphatic scoreline.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.

Scorers: Aidan Chainey (first half, 0-1), Lloyd Matthews (second half, 3-2)

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

Substitutes: Charlie Ledger (GK), Elliot Nelson, Jovi Rainford, Tommy Smith.


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24 August 2011 : Ex-Glover Bowles Set To Join Cherries
League One side AFC Bournemouth have agreed a fee to purchase former Yeovil Town centre-back Gary Bowles from Dorchester Town. The 22 year old was the club's Youth Team captain, and a Reserve Team regular, having arrived at the club as a Cardiff City academy player.

The Dorset Echo reports that the Cherries have agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be a five figure amount, and that the defender will be loaned back to the Magpies for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Gary has been at Dorchester since being released by Yeovil Town during the summer of 2007, having already had a dual registration loan spell at the Avenue whilst still on Yeovil's books.

Whilst on the subject of Bournemouth taking former Yeovil Town players, they are continuing their negotiations with Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald today, by inviting him down to their ground and giving him a tour of their facilities. Manager Lee Bradbury tells the Dorset Echo that he believes they are close to agreeing personal terms:

"We have agreed with the club and are close to agreeing with the player. He is happy with the club and with the football we try to play. I think he has found our offer quite attractive. He has been at Swansea since he was a kid so it is going to be very difficult for him to leave and move somewhere else. It would be a really positive move for us if we could sign him on a permanent basis."

Finally, former Fulham loanee Liam Fontaine looks to be about to complete a move from Bristol City to Southampton after newspaper reports that the two clubs have agreed a fee. Fontaine, who was brought to Yeovil by Gary Johnson, who later took him up the road permanently to Ashton Gate, is the subject of a bid reported by the Southampton Echo to be in the region of £800,000, with potential add-ons taking that past the million mark. The 25 year old is due to head to St Mary's Stadium for talks, with only concerns over a recent ankle injury currently thought to stand between him and a move to the South Coast side.


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23 August 2011 : Glovers Take Trio On Trial In Devon
Yeovil Town Reserves included three trialists/guests in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon, as they lost 1-0 to Torquay United Reserves. Goalkeeper Marek Štěch, defender Jamie Grimes and midfielder Ross Murtagh played against the Gulls at Plainmoor during a rare week where Yeovil's first team players have been able to put their feet up a touch.

Marek Štěch is a 21 year old Czechoslovakian keeper who is currently on the books of West Ham United. Capped at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level for his national side, he started his career at Sparta Prague before being signed by the Hammers at the age of 16. The 6'3" keeper has made three League Cup first team appearances for West Ham, whilst has also clocked up three first team appearances whilst undertaking loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth during 2009. Štěch has been on the bench for West Ham 28 times as part of their Premier League squads, but has yet to make his league debut for them. He is doubtless being looked at as a Plan B, in case the Glovers lose Jed Steer at any time during his spell at Huish Park.

Jamie Grimes is a 20 year old defender who is a free agent after being released by Swansea City at the end of last season. The Nottingham-born player has had loan experience with Forest Green Rovers and Haverfordwest Town, both during 2010, but did not make it as far as the Swansea first team. He began his career as a Leicester City trainee, before moving to the Welsh club.

Ross Murtagh is a teenage midfielder who appears to have at one point been part of Manchester United's academy set-up. In 2002, there was plenty of coverage relating to a seven year old Irish boy, who was recruited by United, whilst living in Tenerife. Chasing the dream somewhat, his parents upped sticks and headed to Manchester to live. Of course there may be two players with the same name, and it's not clear how long Murtagh stayed in Manchester, as after those national headlines he disappeared off the map. However, the Glovers have had regular contacts with Irish clubs over the past four or five years, and so his background fits the bill.

In terms of the game, strike pair Steve MacLean and Rory Fallon got match time back in Devon against the Gulls, but they were only two experienced names in a Glovers side mainly lacking first team experience. The game was settled by a solitary penalty, with Saul Halpin netting in the 43rd minute - first year professional Josh Doyle the guilty offender after he fouled in the box.

Final Score: Torquay United Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Torquay United: Martin Rice; Aaron Kudi (Niall Thompson 61), Mark Ellis, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, James Quinn (James Washburn 75); Lloyd Macklin, Damon Lathrope, Jack May (Daniel Sullivan 58), Saul Halpin; Ray Spear, Ashley Yeoman.

Yeovil Town: Marek Štěch, Rhys Baggridge, Jamie Grimes, Josh Doyle, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Billy Gibson, Ross Murtagh, Lewis Clarke, Anthony Edgar, Steve MacLean, Rory Fallon.


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23 August 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Sheffield United have been announced. The match takes place this coming Saturday 27th August, kick-off 1.00p.m. at Huish Park - note the earlier kick-off time. The man in charge will be the familiar name of Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and we haven't always liked what we've seen. In fairness to him, his most recent link up with Yeovil Town came during the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of last season.

A similar story is to be told with the 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline.

One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

If Stroud was poor against Orient, then he was probably worse against Swansea City in November 2005 - like the Leeds game, another Friday night match. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note.

Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case, and he's been an official that gets noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match. His 125 bookings and nine red cards across 33 games last season have been added to this season by 16 yellows in his opening four matches. It's unlikely therefore that Saturday will be a booking-free game.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be David Woolford (Hampshire).

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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23 August 2011 : Swansea Confirm Cherries Bid For MacDonald
Premier League side Swansea City have now confirmed that the previously unnamed League One club looking to purchase midfielder Shaun MacDonald is definitely AFC Bournemouth. The South Wales Evening Post report a fee of £150,000 as having been agreed for the 23 year old and that the ball is firmly in MacDonald's court over whether to accept personal terms and the offer to leave the Liberty Stadium permanently.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had previously stopped short of revealing the identity of the League One club that they were dealing with, but with the Cherries being named within the Dorset local media, it would appear that Rodgers has decided to be more explicit in what is on the table:

"We have had an offer from Bournemouth for Shaun. I have spoken to him and to (Bournemouth manager) Lee (Bradbury), and Shaun now has some time to think things over. He is a terrific boy but unfortunately he hasn't had a lot of opportunities here. He has a big decision to make now — it has to be right when you leave your hometown club. He needs to go and play for the sake of his career, but of course it needs to be the right club he goes to."

The article does not state which other clubs were in the frame for MacDonald.


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23 August 2011 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Venue
Yeovil Town's Under 18s make an away trip to play Plymouth Argyle tomorrow afternoon, in a Youth Alliance League match. The match will be played at Elburton Villa F.C. which is situated on the South-East side of Plymouth just off the A379.

Address: Elburton Villa Football Club, Haye Road, Plymouth, PL9 8HS.

It is possible to get there without going as far as the outskirts of Plymouth, although will involve a more tricky journey along minor roads. Assuming you'd prefer the main roads, take the A38 as far as the Marsh Mills roundabout (the main one at the end of the A38 dual carriageway that marks the start of the Plymouth city suburbs) then take the first exit for the A374. Next take a left turn for the A379, recrossing the River Plym, signposted Kingsbridge and towards Brixton.

Once you get into Elburton, at the Elburton Road mini-roundabout junction turn left into Haye Road. The Elburton ground is approximately 100 metres on your left.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 2.00p.m.

A Yeovil Town Reserves side, made up of fringe first team squad members and a few youth teamers are also due to take on a Torquay United side today. However, this one is expected to be 'behind closed doors' given the Reserves do not play in a competitive league structure currently.


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22 August 2011 : MacDonald About To Get Cherry-Picked?
League One side AFC Bournemouth appear to be the club in the front of the queue to sign Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald. As reported earlier today, the Premier League newcomers have confirmed that an unnamed League One side have pretty much agreed a fee with them to take MacDonald away from his hometown club, but that personal terms have yet to be agreed.

Tonight, Bournemouth Echo reporter Neil Perrett has said on his Twitter account that he believes that the Cherries are that club, saying:

"Bournemouth are hoping to finalise personal terms with Swansea midfielder Shaun MacDonald after agreeing a fee with the Welsh club. Bournemouth have agreed a fee with Swansea City of between £100,000 and £150,000 for (the) midfielder. Transfer target MacDonald scored a late equaliser for Yeovil against Bournemouth at Huish Park in April. He is 23 years old. Bournemouth are believed to be facing competition from at least two Championship clubs."

If Mr Perrett is correct with his transfer fee amount of £100,000 - £150,000 as an offer, it's probably safe to rule Yeovil Town entirely out of the equation! That said, it's a surprise that he suggests that the other two interested clubs play in the Championship, which would mean that the Glovers have not thrown their hat into the ring. Doubtless all will come clear in the next 24-48 hours.


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22 August 2011 : Slow Web Site Page Responses
Apologies to anyone who is getting problems with this website at present, in terms of speed of access. Overnight on Friday 12th August, our ISP experienced problems with the server that our site sits on, and you may recall we lost the site entirely for the majority of the next day.

Since then, the server has limped along somewhat, sometimes working well, sometimes working poorly, and sometimes needing some rectification. Over the weekend, our ISP have taken the decision to commence the build of a new server, that they plan to migrate us to, towards the end of this week. Unfortunately despite our attempts to persuade our ISP that they also need to support us properly on the existing server, they are unwilling to look into the performance issue.

They have told us it will take approximately "two days" for the new server to be ready and for our site to be migrated. As it would take us two days to select a new ISP and install the site in a replacement server ourselves we're stuck with that. However, we've made it clear to our ISP that they are in the 'last chance saloon' and that if the server change doesn't work then we will be taking our business elsewhere. If anyone knows of any ISPs with good experience in hosting on Windows servers, using ASP and Microsoft Access databases, we'd love to hear from you, as a Plan B is needed.

In the meantime, apologies if pages are taking their time to load or occasionally give timeout errors. In the main they are loading - eventually - although clearly not at an acceptable speed.


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22 August 2011 : Swansea Prepare To Sell Shaun MacDonald
Premier League newcomers Swansea City admit that they are on the edge of agreeing a deal with an unnamed club for midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The Welsh Under-21 international record-holder still has a year of his contract left to run at the Liberty Stadium, but does not appear to be part of manager Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Rodgers himself confirms that there is a League One club that has more or less matched the transfer fee they would expect for the 23 year old, and adds that there are 'one or two' others that have expressed an interest, but without matching that offer. However, no names are mentioned as yet. Speaking to BBC Sport, Rodgers explains:

"We've had an offer for Shaun which is near our valuation. It is a League One club and one or two others are interested. But it is a big decision for Shaun. He is a great guy and is no problem whatsoever. But he knows his chances here are very, very limited. He is from Swansea, he loves the club and is a difficult club to walk away from now because it has grown so much in the last season. I'm just trying to help and give him advice on what is the best possible move for his career. But I respect and understand he needs time."

Whilst Yeovil Town might not be the League One club Rodgers states has met their valuation, it would be a surprise if the Glovers had not at least enquired about the Welshman, who has had five loan spells at Huish Park and is hugely popular amongst fans in South Somerset.


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22 August 2011 : GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers
A week on Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. The match against the Wirral club takes place on Saturday 3rd September 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £25.00 with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.


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21 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions posed by BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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20 August 2011 : Yeovil 0 Swindon 3 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to a home defeat against current Youth Alliance league champions Swindon Town this morning. The Glovers were undone by a hat-trick from Robins striker Miles Storey, in a match where the home side struggled to create clear-cut chances against a side looking for their fourth consecutive Youth Alliance title this year.

The Glovers recalled Matt Cafer in goal after his dislocated finger caused him to miss last weekend's match at Torquay. Despite the eventual outcome of the game, Yeovil had the first opening chance - a cross into the box seeing Lloyd Matthews hit the crossbar in their first attacking move.

However, that was to be their best chance of the game, with Swindon immediately putting pressure on the Yeovil goal, as Melchi Emanuel-Williamson's sliced clearance almost resulted in an open goal as the striker was put under pressure from a corner. However, almost immediately, Taran Singh Jheeta's interception of the ball inside the box, as he tried to cut out a ball, fell nicely to Miles Storey, who passed the ball into the net from around 13 yards out for an early lead.

Midway through the half, Swindon doubled their lead, when Johnny Kaye sliced a defensive clearance, and once again Miles Storey was stood in the right place at the right time to pick up the ball. Pressure from defenders and keeper Matt Cafer ensured that Storey was dragged wide, but the striker was still able to chip the ball home from a narrow angle to make it 2-0. It could even have been three soon afterwards were it not for Lee Sweet clearing the ball off his own goal line.

In the run-up to the break, the Glovers managed the odd bit of pressure, although mainly by going longer in their style of play. Swindon's play was stronger, and the best that the Glovers managed was when Lloyd Matthews went into a 50:50 ball with the Robins goalkeeper - both players coming out of it somewhat the worse for wear, although thankfully able to continue.

A minute into the second half, the game was done'n'dusted as Swindon grabbed their third. A long ball down the middle was latched onto by Miles Storey and the Robins striker got his hat-trick with a comfortable finish into the back of the net. 3-0 and game over.

The Glovers managed to stop any further damage being done during the remainder of the match, and passed the ball reasonably well, although without getting into the final third with any particular intent. Once again, Swindon appear to be the team that all would-be title challengers will need to beat if they are to take away the Youth Alliance silverware from the County Ground.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Swindon Town Under-18s 3.

Scorers: Miles Storey (0-1, 2 mins), Miles Storey (0-2, 20 mins), Miles Storey (0-3, 46 mins).

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

Substitutes: Charlie Ledger (GK), Adam Cleary (for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson), Elliot Nelson (for Will Agbo), Rainford, Andy Venning.


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20 August 2011 : Skiverton Confident Of Defying Bookies Odds After Saddlers Draw
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that both his side and today's opponents Walsall have enough quality to defy the bookies predictions by the end of the 2011-12 season. Both sides have been rated poorly by both bookmakers and sports pundits in the pre-season betting and analysis, but having seen both sides battle out a 1-1 draw at the Bescot Stadium this afternoon, he said after the game that he felt both teams would be free of such worries this year:

"We have both been tipped for relegation but I don't think that was the case. It was a decent football game with two teams with decent players in League One. Andy Williams had a good one-on-one chance for us in the first half when he needed to be clinical, ruthless. (Walsall goalscorer Jonathan) Macken showed how with that finish but overall I think a draw was a fair result."

In a match where both sides could have added to the opener scored by Saddlers striker Jonathan Macken and the equaliser from Gavin Williams, Skiverton added that he was happy to come home from the match with a point in the bag, and felt his side could surprise a few people this season:

"I'm happy with a point. I think it was a very good game and Walsall were good on the counter attack but we had one or two chances. If we get the first goal we are a good side and we had one or two chances to do that. We don't feel we are a top-six team but we want to put in hard work now and get performances and results and if we are in mid-table at Christmas or above you have chances and people might not see you coming."


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20 August 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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20 August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil 1 : Super Gav Gives Glovers A Point
A goal a-piece in the first half saw Yeovil Town and Walsall share the spoils in a relatively even game at the Bescot Stadium this afternoon. The 1-1 draw saw the Saddlers open the scoring with a superbly struck Jonathan Macken goal, but that was cancelled out just before the break when Gavin Williams levelled the scores, and despite both sides having a number of second half chances, neither club could seal the three points, producing what was probably a fair outcome.

Yeovil Town made three changes to the starting line-up, plus a formation change, after they lost both wing-backs to injury. Kerrea Gilbert's hamstring strain and a broken shoulder bone for Nathan Jones meant that both had to withdraw - Bondz N'Gala and Alan O'Brien took their places although there was a bit of shuffling around to allow Max Ehmer to take up a left-back slot in a 4-4-2. Up front, Jonathan Obika had recovered from his ankle injury and displaced Steve MacLean in the starting line-up.

The Glovers went behind after 19 minutes, despite having made an excellent start, with Andy Williams having gone close early on, and looking good for the opening period. However, the experience of Jonathan Macken gave the home side their opener, as he received a ball from Claude Gnakpa, and unleashed a terrific shot from just outside the box that beat Jed Steer's in vain dive to put the Saddlers a goal up.

That opener came against the run of play, but it sparked Walsall into life, going on to look like the better side for the first time in the game. Alan O'Brien shot over the bar, whilst Max Ehmer had a shot blocked that went out for a corner, but much of the game was going Walsall's way, with Yeovil not helping themselves with some defensive sloppiness - twice Max Ehmer's clearances ricocheted back off players, putting Walsall in on goal. One allowed Jonathan Macken to run clean through, only for Steer to save, whilst another looped over Steer, but fortunately over his crossbar.

Five minutes before the break, Yeovil abandoned their 4-4-2, switching back to the 3-4-1-2, and manager Terry Skiverton would have been giving himself a pat on the back when it almost immediately produced an equalising goal. The move of Gavin Williams didn't seem to be picked up by the Saddlers back line, and Paul Wotton's ball over the top just evaded the head of Jonathan Obika, but was perfect for Williams to run onto, and he slotted the ball home for a 1-1 scoreline - rather like Walsall's opener somewhat against the run of play, but on that basis a deserved leveller.

The second half was an odd one in that frequently there wasn't a clear pattern of play, with both sides having their periods of pressure, but with both providing swift counter-attacking against that pressure which meant that it was hard to suggest that one team was firmly on top at any given time. The start showed that 'pattern' of sorts, with Alan O'Brien racing clear and forcing a corner, but then Walsall substitute Alex Nicholls doing the same at the other end.

Both sides had their chances to win it - Jonathan Obika had the ball in the back of the net from a Gavin Williams square ball, but was ruled offside before he got the ball over the line. But then Paul Huntington had to rescue his team-mates when a free header looped over Jed Steer, yet Hunts was perfectly positioned to loop the header over the crossbar. Then a ricochet almost gave Jonathan Macken a second goal, only for Max Ehmer's final touch to put the ball out for a corner.

The chances at both ends continued right up until the 90th minute, when Alex Nicholls had two chances to score - one put wide and another saved by Jed Steer. But Anthony Edgar, on as a substitute as Yeovil again switched back to a 4-4-2 in the closing stages, forced Jimmy Walker into an excellent save. The final shout in this topsy-turvy game went to another Walsall substitute, Ryan Jarvis, whose stretching attempt went over the crossbar from close range, but it would have been tough on the Glovers to have come away with nothing - even if both sides could have stated their case in the end as to why they deserved to win the match.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Full Time: Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Macken (19 mins, 1-0), Gavin Williams (42 mins, 1-1)

Walsall:
1. Jimmy Walker
2. Darryl Westlake 4. Andy Butler 5. Oliver Lancashire 3. Mat Sadler
18. Claude Gnakpa 14. Richard Taundry 11. Kevan Hurst 19. Anton Peterlin
9. Will Grigg 10. Jonathan Macken

Substitutes:
21. David Grof (GK) 6. Emmanuele Smith 8. Ryan Jarvis (80 mins for Jonathan Macken) 12. Lee Beevers 16. Alex Nicholls (46 mins for Kevan Hurst)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
10. Gavin Williams 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
9. Steven MacLean 11. Anthony Edgar (69 mins for Alan O'Brien) 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (51 mins for Bondz N'Gala) 37. Rory Fallon (76 mins for Andy Williams)

Walsall Bookings: Andy Butler (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (foul, 70 mins)

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Danny Markham (Tyne & Wear) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,247 (including 235 Yeovil fans).


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20 August 2011 : Team News For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Walsall. Two of the changes are enforced, with wing-backs Kerrea Gilbert (hamstring) and Nathan Jones (broken shoulder) both dropping out of the squad. They are replaced by Bondz N'Gala, who has just recovered from his own hamstring injury, and also Alan O'Brien who gets his first start for the club.

Up front, Jonathan Obika's ankle injury has cleared up, meaning that he is back in the squad, and he displaces Steve MacLean up front, partnering Andrww Williams.

The BBC Somerset coverage states that they are expecting a back four to be employed for this match, with Max Ehmer operating as a left-back.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
10. Gavin Williams 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
9. Steven MacLean 11. Anthony Edgar 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 37. Rory Fallon


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19 August 2011 : Skivo Previews The Walsall Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their fourth League One match of the 2011-12 season. Their opponents are Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Ahead of that match, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was interviewed by BBC Bristol, and the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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19 August 2011 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in a Youth Alliance League match. Their opponents are Swindon Town in a match that will be played at the club's Alvington ground, just behind the Brewsters Airfield Tavern pub.

Swindon are expected to be the team to beat again this season, having won the Youth Alliance League title three seasons running for the South-West section of the competition. The Glovers will therefore face their toughest test so far, although having scored 13 goals so far in their opening two matches, will certainly be looking to do the Robins defence some damage.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. with admission free of charge, whilst there will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls available for those who want something good to wake themselves up with whilst they're watching the match.


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19 August 2011 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes was interviewed live on air on BBC Bristol's Saturday Sport programme. In the lead-up to the club's first home match of the 2011-12 season, presenter Richard Hoskin asked Martyn about the club's hopes for the season, and their transfer dealings during the summer.

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

Link: Martyn Starnes Talks About The Start Of The 2011-12 Season.


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19 August 2011 : Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One trip to Scunthorpe United is now available. The match takes place at Glanford Park on Saturday 24th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are advance tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-60s, 16-21yo and Full Time Students: £15.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above rates, with an assistant admitted free of charge, and there are a limited number of tickets available from Huish Park. For any special arrangements, Scunthorpe's ticket office is available on 0871 221 1899.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated seating in the South Stand, situated behind one of the goals. This holds up to 1,650 spectators. Wheelchair Disabled supporters are housed separately in the Grove Wharf Stand, with pitch level views.

There are no matchday surcharges for this match, and tickets will also be available from Glanford Park on the day.


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18 August 2011 : Skivo Explains Jones Injury
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained the issues concerning the shoulder injury sustained by assistant manager Nathan Jones that will almost certainly keep him out of this weekend's match. The Glovers travel to play Walsall on Saturday, but will do so with a change of left-back necessary.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he should be able to count on striker Jonathan Obika returning following the ankle injury that kept him out of the midweek defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. However, Jones is likely to be reduced to just management duties at the Bescot Stadium, with Skivo indicating that Curtis Haynes-Brown was the most likely stand-in:

"Jon Obika has come through today, so we're okay on the striking front. But there's just a little bit of bad news in that Nathan Jones is going to be out for three weeks. I think he's got a slight fracture in his shoulder. So it will probably be Curtis (Haynes-Brown) who will come in on the weekend."

The injury to Jones was sustained during the club's final pre-season friendly against Southampton, meaning that the 38 year old has been playing with the fracture for the past four matches. However, Skiverton added that the Club Doctor had warned against further usage of his assistant following the diagnosis:

"He's been playing with a fracture in his shoulder for around two and a half or three weeks. He kept saying it was sore, and to be fair he's been getting massages on it. But we knew we had to get a scan on it. It's testament to him that he still wanted to play on the weekend, but it was against the doctor's advice. So there's a 99 percent chance that he will not be involved on the weekend."


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18 August 2011 : Jones Suffers Broken Shoulder
Yeovil Town's assistant manager Nathan Jones is likely to be out of action for a number of weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured shoulder. The Western Gazette report that the left-back suffered the injury during the pre-season match against Southampton but that he has been attempting to play through the problem, without realising it was a serious injury.

Jones has now had a scan, and the Gazette indicate that he could be out for three weeks. Skiverton has told the paper that it is 99 percent certain that he will not play against Walsall. Candidate replacements named are left-sided centre-back Curtis Haynes-Brown or left-winger Alan O'Brien.

Skiverton is already expected to be without his right-back Kerrea Gilbert, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in midweek after half an hour of the club's midweeker against Milton Keynes Dons. However, centre-back Bondz N'Gala (hamstring) and striker Jonathan Obika (ankle) are expected to be fit for the trip to the Bescot Stadium.


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17 August 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
On Saturday, Yeovil Town hit the road yet again, with a familiar trip to the West Midlands, and a League One match against Walsall. For those heading to the match, the Ciderspace guide has been tweaked to include the latest ticket and travel information, as well as the usual diet of directions, parking, pub guides and general background information for your day out at the Bescot Stadium.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.

Link: Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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17 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Last night, Yeovil Town suffered their first home defeat of the 2011-12 season - a 0-1 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. Following the game, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset.

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

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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17 August 2011 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Walsall and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Saturday 20th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Bescot Stadium. The man in charge will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, although to erratic effect, but we've not had him for nearly three years now.

His most recent appearance at a Yeovil Town match was in the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time.

Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

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

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Danny Markham (Tyne & Wear) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

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

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

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

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

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


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17 August 2011 : Skivo: We Matched Dons For An Hour
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt his side matched opponents Milton Keynes Dons for most of the game last night, but came up short in one area of the pitch. The Glovers boss was reacting to a 0-1 home defeat at Huish Park, that saw a Sam Baldock 10th minute goal settle the tie.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt Baldock's finishing skills were the difference between the two sides, but that his side had run their opponents close:

"I think that for an hour we more than matched them. MK Dons are not going to be far away this year from knocking on the door for promotion. They're a big club that has been geared to it. But for us, I think we more than matched them in every department really, apart from what you get with (Sam) Baldock in that you get a good finisher, which to be fair was an excellent finish from there."

A number of first half incidents saw appeals for penalties turned down, as a suspected handball was sandwiched by Gavin Williams and Andy Williams going down in the box. Whilst the BBC were able to offer their opinions on the incidents, Skiverton decided to remain tight-lipped on those calls by referee Graham Scott:

"This is Huish Park, and I'm Terry Skiverton, and this is Yeovil. Say no more. It would cost me too much money. What I can't do is to give you a nice soundbite, and me get fined a thousand pounds, because I can't afford it - you can see the state of me and how I'm dressed!"


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16 August 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's 0-1 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.


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16 August 2011 : Yeovil 0 MK Dons 1 : Baldock Strike Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town suffered their first home defeat of the 2011-12 season, when a solitary Sam Baldock goal divided the two sides in a competitive game at Huish Park. Milton Keynes Dons got the win and the three points just ten minutes into the match when the highly rated striker won a foot race to get behind the Glovers defence, and despite both sides having chances to increase the number of goals during the match, that was the one that mattered on the final whistle, leaving the Glovers in equal 16th place in the ultra-early League One table.

The Glovers went into the match making one enforced change, with Jonathan Obika dropping out of the squad after picking up an ankle injury against Oldham Athletic on the weekend. A candidate replacement for Obika would have been Kieran Agard but he also picked up an injury, dropping out of training yesterday, meaning that Steve MacLean got a start, partnering Andy Williams.

The Dons started off as the superior side, playing a nested 4-2-3-1 formation with four strikers covering the latter two layers, including former Glover Dean Bowditch playing wide on the left. It was a high tempo start, and the visitors grabbed the lead with their first chance of the match - a ball lobbed over the top and through the Glovers back line, allowing Sam Baldock the ability to break past Paul Huntington and slot the ball home across the face of Jed Steer.

Baldock was the clear danger man for the Dons throughout the majority of the match. He set up Angelo Balanta for what should have been their second goal, but he shot at Jed Steer, who saved well to keep the ball out. The Glovers had been starting the match with a 3-5-2 formation, but switched several times shortly after that between a 4-3-3 and a 4-5-1 before eventually settling upon a 4-4-2 when they lose Kerrea Gilbert, who pulled up off the ball, and limped off, replaced by Alan O'Brien, as Luke Ayling took over Gilbert's right-back slot and O'Brien headed to a left-wing position.

Yeovil began to play much better now they were matched more positionally against their opponents. Aside from a Steve MacLean volley, there were a number of penalty shouts during the closing stages of the first period - both Gavin Williams and Andy Williams went down in the box, whilst there was another cry for a handball that went up. As they went in at the break, Yeovil were definitely getting the measure of their opponents after their slow start.

Straight from the restart though, Sam Baldock again reminded the Glovers of his pace, setting up Angelo Balanta, who again fluffed his lines when put through. The Dons were getting numbers behind the ball, with Ed Upson twice trying replicas of his Saturday goal - one went wide of the target whilst one was blocked out by a Dons defender. Even Nathan Jones found too many bodies in the way when he tried his luck, and as the half wore out, the Dons increased their defensive bodies by swapping Balanta for Adam Chicksen, to allow him to sit in as a holding midfielder.

Yeovil's main chances in the closing stages came when the two wingers cut in from space, with both Alan O'Brien and Anthony Edgar creating scares as their flashed shots across the face of the box went close. The Dons were made to sweat a little more when five minutes injury time went up on the board, and then a little more, when some slightly misguided gamesmanship by Darren Potter earned him a second yellow card for timewasting as he mucked about with a throw-in, in an attempt to see the clock out. Referee Graham Scott had already dished out six bookings, and Potter's yellow meant the Dons had to play out a small amount of time with 10 men.

In the end the Glovers needed a little bit more invention and guile up front to be able to force the issue, with the visitors tactics becoming fairly predictable in the closing stages, although they deserve credit for making it look comfortable. It would be no surprise if the Dons were occupying another play-off slot at the end of this season, so hopefully Yeovil will take that on the chin a bit, and concentrate on Saturday's trip to Walsall, who are far more likely to be a judge of where things are at for the coming season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Scorers: Sam Baldock (10 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
15. Kerrea Gilbert 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
11. Anthony Edgar (76 mins for Gavin Williams) 17. Alan O'Brien (33 mins for Kerrea Gilbert) 37. Rory Fallon (70 mins for Steve MacLean) 4. Bondz N'Gala 31. Gareth Stewart

Milton Keynes Dons: (4-2-3-1)
1. David Martin
2. Adam Smith 5. Gary MacKenzie 13. Shaun Williams 3. Dean Lewington
7. Stephen Gleeson 8. Darren Potter
11. Angelo Balanta 19. Jabo Ibehre 9. Dean Bowditch
10. Sam Baldock

Substitutes:
16. Ian McLoughlin (GK) 12. Adam Chicksen (85 mins for Angelo Balanta) 17. Daniel Powell (65 mins for Dean Bowditch) 18. George Baldock 23. James O'Shea

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (foul, 45 mins), Paul Wotton (foul, 68 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 75 mins)

MK Dons Bookings: Darren Potter (foul, 16 mins), Shaun Williams (foul, 38 mins), Adam Smith (handball, 45 mins). Red Card: Darren Potter (second bookable offence - timewasting, 90 mins)

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 3,274 (including 117 MK Dons fans).


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16 August 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's visit of Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park. The shuffle out is enforced - striker Jonathan Obika crocked due to Oldham Athletic defender Zander Diamond's poor tackle on the Tottenham Hotspur player.

Fellow striker Kieran Agard is also missing tonight after picking up a training ground injury yesterday, and so Steve MacLean gets the nod on the starting line-up against a Dons side that has former Glover Dean Bowditch in their starting line-up.

The team are expected to line up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
15. Kerrea Gilbert 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
11. Anthony Edgar 17. Alan O'Brien 37. Rory Fallon 4. Bondz N'Gala 31. Gareth Stewart

Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin
2. Adam Smith 5. Gary MacKenzie 13. Shaun Williams 3. Dean Lewington
11. Angelo Balanta 7. Stephen Gleeson 8. Darren Potter 9. Dean Bowditch
10. Sam Baldock 19. Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
16. Ian McLoughlin (GK) 12. Adam Chicksen 17. Daniel Powell 18. George Baldock 23. James O'Shea


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16 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Paying Attention To Attendances
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town achieved an unwanted record, when their lowest Football League attendance was recorded. The 3,237 crowd that was recorded for the League One match against Oldham Athletic was the worst at Huish Park since prior to the club's FA Trophy victory back in 2002, raising a few eyebrows amongst both supporters and media present.

In a slightly statistical addition to Taff's Gloversblog, there's a look at general trends in Yeovil Town's recent crowds, and the inevitable need to address some of the issues affecting that. Views on the subject firmly encouraged and expected!

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Paying Attention To Attendances.


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16 August 2011 : Tonight's Opponents Sign England Under-20 International
Tonight's opponents Milton Keynes Dons have made a loan signing ahead of the League One match at Huish Park. England Under-20 right-back Adam Smith has arrived on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur today, and is understood to be travelling down to Somerset for tonight's match.

Smith spent the whole of last season on loan with AFC Bournemouth, clocking up 38 appearances as the Cherries got into the play-offs. His arrival at stadium:mk was delayed as he was playing for England Under-20s in the the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Columbia, starting in all three matches before the Three Lions were eliminated from the tournament.

Manager Karl Robinson admits that he had to be patient whilst Smith was out in South America, and told the Milton Keynes Citizen that he was worth waiting for:

"Adam is a young full-back who adds strength and quality to our side. He has already proven he can cope at this level and possibly should even be playing in the Championship. We’re very fortunate to have acquired his services because a lot of clubs were looking at him, but thankfully we were able to hold out until he came back from the U20s World Cup and I think it was worth waiting for a talented player."


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16 August 2011 : Williams Looking For Huish Park Fortress
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams is hoping that the club can turn Huish Park into a fortress for the 2011-12 season, as a means of consistently picking up points across the year. So far, based on just three matches, the Glovers have won their only home game but have lost both matches on their travels, and they will play their fourth match tonight at Huish Park, when Milton Keynes Dons are the visitors (kick-off 7.45p.m.)

Despite stuttering in matches at Brentford and Exeter City, a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday lifted spirits around the camp, and with the club's home pre-season friendlies having been largely positive, Williams told BBC Somerset that they had high hopes that they could set a run going on their home patch:

"In pre-season we showed that we've got a good chance of having good form here. We've started the season well here, and I think it's important to have a good fortress, and I think that Huish Park can be that for us this season. But it's also important that our away form picks up a little bit from what we've shown in our first two away games."

Williams dipped into the ongoing debate concerning manager Terry Skiverton's decision to play a 3-5-2 formation for the foreseeable future, saying that as far as he was concerned it was the eleven players that were chosen that was more important:

"Too much will be made of the formation, to be honest. It's the lads that go out there on the pitch that do their thing. No-one was moaning about the formation over the last 10 games of last season when we were playing well under it. It's just a case of you don't have to stick to a rigid 4-4-2, and the lower you go down the leagues, the more different you can be with the formations, and the more you can cause people problems."


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15 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Action And Reaction
Yeovil Town recorded their first victory of the 2011-12 season on Saturday, providing a spot of relief to a campaign that had commenced with two poor defeats on the road. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog our regular blogger Cruncher gives his own reaction to that and the general picture concerning how various players are progressing.

The latest article is linked below - feel free to provide your own take on Saturday's game via the Comments box, as usual.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Action And Reaction.


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15 August 2011 : Williams Grabs Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has been nominated for the Football League's Team Of The Week. Andy becomes the club's first nomination of the 2011-12 season, scoring the middle goal in a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Andy was the recipient of a final ball that came from a lengthy Gavin Williams run, that allowed him to sweep the ball into the back of the net in front of the home terrace.

Tomorrow's opponents have two players included in the side - goalkeeper David Martin and attacker Jabo Ibehre both get in the team for MK Dons. The full team published by the Football League reads as follows:

David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons)
Nathan Byrne (Bournemouth), Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester), Clarke Carlisle (Preston), David Buchanan (Tranmere)
Jabo Ibehre (Milton Keynes Dons), Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle), Paul Murray (Hartlepool), Gary Roberts (Huddersfield)
Andy Williams (Yeovil Town), Paul Hayes (Charlton Athletic).


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15 August 2011 : Saddlers Sweat On Butler Appeal
Yeovil Town's opponents on Saturday risk having two players suspended for their League One fixture this coming weekend. Walsall have lodged an appeal with the FA concerning a red card issued to their captain and central defender Andy Butler, who was dismissed during their weekend away match at Hartlepool United.

The situation is an unusual one, with referee Paul Tierney having red-carded Pools player Nathan Luscombe as part of the same incident, when both players challenged for the same ball, with the match official deeming that both committed reckless challenges. Hartlepool have chosen not to appeal, but Walsall have done so, meaning that they won't know their starting line-up for tomorrow night's match against Sheffield United until they're on the motorway to Bramall Lane. Butler is currently down to miss three matches, starting with tomorrow night's game - pending the appeal.

Walsall are already definitely without defensive midfielder Adam Chambers. The former Leyton Orient player was sent off in their Carling Cup match against Middlesbrough, and Saturday's game at the Bescot Stadium will be his third of a three match suspension.


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14 August 2011 : Torquay 6 Yeovil 4 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s suffered a game of two halves on Saturday morning, when a second half collapse saw them concede a three goal advantage to lose 6-4 down in Devon. Leading 4-1 at the break, they conceded five goals without reply during the second half, to suffer their first defeat of the 2011-12 season, having gone unbeaten during the pre-season schedule as well.

The Glovers went into the match suffering a blow when first choice goalkeeper Matt Cafer pulled out of training yesterday with a dislocated finger - his place in the side was taken by a call-up from Under-16s keeper Alex Collins. Otherwise the starting line-up from last weekend's mammoth 9-2 win over Hereford United was maintained.

Yeovil started the match at Plainmoor in the same manner that they'd finished the game last weekend at Alvington - by scoring plenty of goals. Mitch Brundle put them 1-0 up early on when he converted a Johnny Kaye corner after just two minutes. Then Lloyd Matthews doubled the lead with a headed goal to make it 2-0 inside the first quarter hour.

The Gulls managed to show some fight-back as Kirtys MacKenzie's close range header from a set piece pulled them back into contention with the Devon side having earlier had a 'goal' chalked off. But Yeovil were putting together some great passing and movement off the ball, and that inter-play forced Torquay into conceding a penalty, following a poor challenge in the box, and Lloyd Matthews stepped up and grabbed his second of the game from the penalty spot.

The goal of the first period though, came from Melchi Emanuel-Williamson on the half hour mark. Seemingly trapped and isolated close to the corner flag, he turned and squeezed his way past a defender close to the byline, driving into the box, and firing home from a narrow angle for a superb individual goal. At 4-1 up at half time, it seemed as though only one team was in it.

Sadly if the first half had been all Yeovil, the second half was all Torquay. Jordan Kewell's long range free kick evaded everyone, including keeper Alex Collins, landing direct in the back of the net as it was swung into the box. Then came the avalanche as Yeovil crumbled during the final half hour of the match - conceding four times as Niall Thompson pulled back another, followed by a late hat-trick for home striker Daniel Sullivan to turn the game on its head and give Torquay a 6-4 win.

The Glovers simply succumbed to Torquay's more physical play in the second half, getting out-muscled and being taught a harsh lesson in the process. Whilst their pass'n'move game during the first period had shown them to be the technically superior side up until the break, they were unable to stand up to their hosts during the final 45 minutes, and so ended up on the wrong end of a 10 goal thriller. Still, two league games played, 21 goals witnessed - no-one can accuse the Under-18s of being dull to watch.

Final Score: Torquay United Under-18s 6 Yeovil Town Under-18s 4.

Scorers: Mitch Brundle (0-1, 2 mins), Lloyd Matthews (0-2, 13 mins), Kirtys MacKenzie (1-2, 19 mins), Lloyd Matthews (1-3, 24 mins), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (1-4, 29 mins), Jordan Kewell (2-4, 49 mins), Niall Thompson (3-4, 59 mins), Daniel Sullivan (4-4, 66 mins), Daniel Sullivan (5-4, 71 mins), Daniel Sullivan (6-4, 78 mins).

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

Substitutes: Adam Cleary (80 mins for Will Gordon), Elliot Nelson (70 mins for Mitch Brundle), Jovi (not used).

Torquay United Under-18s:
Sam Shulberg, Owen Roberts, James Quinn, Aaron Kudi, Scott Beattie, Kirtys MacKenzie (capt), Niall Thompson, Andrew Alexander, Sean Latimer, Daniel Sullivan, Jack May.

Substitutes: Jordan Kewell (46 mins for Andrew Alexander), Rob Wearne (90 mins for Sean Latimer), Robert Nardiello, James Washburn, Tom Ellacott.


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14 August 2011 : GWSC Travel To Walsall
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. The match against the West Midlands club takes place on Saturday 20th August 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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14 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town clock up their first win of the 2011-12 season, thanks to a 3-1 scoreline against Oldham Athletic. After the match, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset about the result, including more of his views on the formation that he is using. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of that interview is now available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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14 August 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Officials for Tuesday night's League One home game between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons have now been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th August 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

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

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

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

Overall, Mr Scott does not fall shy of issuing red cards. Last season he dished out nine of them, including four in Leyton Orient's high octane 8-2 win over Droylsden in the FA Cup. Add in 101 yellow cards in 32 games and he's definitely one of those 'above average' referees on the card count. This season, he's started with six yellows across two games - slightly more par for the course.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

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

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

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


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13 August 2011 : Site Outages
Apologies for this website being down for the majority of today, and part of the late hours of last night. Our ISP initially took the site's server down for security updates, but then needed to take it down a second time on Saturday morning for a 'reboot'. Unfortunately, they were unable to get the server to restart due to hard disk problems. It took them most of the day to resolve this.

In view of the lack of server stability, and concerns over the disk unit, they are going to at some stage (we don't know when yet) take the server down again to migrate us onto a new server. We're hoping that will happen overnight, but have little control over that.

We'd recommend that if the site disappears, you keep an eye on our Twitter feed at @ytfcciderspace or by looking on the Green Room II forum, where we'll post any updates. Apologies for any inconvenience over this.


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13 August 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Oldham
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 3-1 win against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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13 August 2011 : Football League Trophy First Round Draw
The First Round draw of the Johnstones Paint Trophy (aka the Football League Trophy) was made this morning. Yeovil Town had already been given a bye to the Second Round stage last month, and so were not amongst the clubs in the draw. Those who were, came out as follows:

Northern Section
Scunthorpe United v Hartlepool United
Bradford City v Sheffield Wednesday
Northampton Town v Huddersfield Town
Burton Albion v Sheffield United
Bury v Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers v Port Vale
Walsall v Shrewsbury Town
Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United

Southern Section
Milton Keynes Dons v Brentford
Colchester United v Barnet
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge
Southend United v Crawley Town
AFC Bournemouth v Hereford United
Cheltenham Town v Torquay United
Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol Rovers

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

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

All First Round ties are to be played during the week commencing 29th August 2011. Yeovil Town's involvement will begin at the Second Round stage, currently scheduled for Week Commencing October 3rd.

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


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13 August 2011 : Skiverton Wants More Belief In New Formation
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he wants to see more belief throughout the club in the new tactics he is employing for the start of the 2011-12 season. The Glovers have used a 3-4-1-2 formation throughout the majority of pre-season, and despite losing their first two matches, Skiverton has maintained that philosophy during the season proper.

With this afternoon seeing the Glovers beat Oldham Athletic by a 3-1 scoreline, the Glovers boss said after the match that there was a need for those associated with the club to trust in that style of play working, although admitted that he had been under pressure to change it:

"After the defeat against Brentford a week ago there was a lot of negativity going around questioning the formation. People were saying we've got to go to 4-4-2 and batten down the hatches. But I wanted to try to do something different. I am asking people to buy into it. We're going to give it a go. We've got to believe in it. The players believe in it and I want the supporters to do so as well."

Skiverton also pointed out in his post-match interview that the goal his side conceded happened just after he had switched to a 4-4-2 formation in the dying minutes of the match, after striker Rory Fallon had replaced right-back Kerrea Gilbert, forcing a reshuffle in the line-up.


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13 August 2011 : Yeovil 3 Oldham 1 : That's Better!
Yeovil Town managed their first win over the 2011-12 season, as they opened up their home account with a deserved 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic this afternoon. The Huish Park crowd had to wait until the second period to see all four goals, with Ed Upson, Andy Williams and a Paul Wotton penalty putting the game out of sight. A Reuben Reid penalty gave the visitors a goal back but that wasn't going to deny the Glovers three points and an 8th place in the fledgling League One table.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the side that lost against Exeter City during midweek. Max Ehmer returned from injury, having missed the midweek match, whilst Curtis Haynes-Brown dropped out of the squad due to illness. Meanwhile Kerrea Gilbert made his début as a right wing-back, allowing Luke Ayling the chance to move into a more comfortable centre-back position for him. Thus Paul Wotton moved back into midfield, whilst Anthony Edgar dropped out of the starting line-up. The final change was for Rory Fallon to drop to the bench, with Jonathan Obika replacing him in the front line.

The use of Kerrea Gilbert in the right wing-back position appeared to give Yeovil a little bit more balance in their 3-4-1-2 formation, with Gilbert, Gavin Williams and Andy Williams providing plenty of pace and running to force the visitors onto the back foot for much of the half, albeit without Yeovil being too incisive in front of goal.

Their best effort of the half came from Andy Williams - his shot was tipped away by Oldham keeper Alex Cisak onto the outside of the post, and out for what appeared to be a corner, but referee Gavin Ward choose to give as a goal kick. Oldham had the odd isolated moment where they could have easily made Yeovil pay for not capitalising upon their advantage - particularly during the closing stages of the half, when Matthew Lund took advantage of a bit of empty space down the middle to charge in on goal - heading down the middle - but thankfully Jed Steer smothered his strike on goal. 0-0 at half time although the Glovers had edged it overall.

The second half opened with the Glovers getting off to the best possible start, after James Wesolowski had fouled Gavin Williams outside the box. Williams took the free kick himself, and that wasn't the best delivery ever seen at Huish Park, to say the least. However, the loose ball fell out to Ed Upson, who was 20 yards out from goal, and his strike of the ball was pure and as straight as an arrow, directly into the top left hand corner, giving Alex Cisak utterly no chance of picking the ball out before hit hit the back of the net.

Oldham reacted well, with Jed Steer being forced into a superb save from Matthew Lund within seconds of the restart. The visitors were lucky to keep all eleven players on the pitch though, with an awful tackle on Jonathan Obika being committed by centre-back Zander Diamond. The Scotsman rightfully got his yellow card, and should probably think himself lucky that was all referee Gavin Ward gave him - a more Kettlesque referee would have been seeing him getting his marching orders. Obika couldn't continue, and had to leave the field without his boot on, being replaced by Kieran Agard.

This was largely Yeovil's half, with a moment of the old 'Super Gav' magic giving them their second goal 74 minutes into the match. Gavin Williams out-weaved the Oldham Athletic back line, who had throughout disliked the idea of having players running at them with speed, and when Gavin slipped the ball through to his namesake Andy Williams, the Glovers were able to double their lead with a confident finish by the former Bristol Rovers player.

More was to come eight minutes later, when substitute Kieran Agard also had a run at the heart of the Latics defence. A wild tackle by Zander Diamond saw him lucky that referee Gavin Ward waved a good advantage, but when Agard reached the Oldham box, he was taken out a second time, by right-back Kieran Lee, and this time Mr Ward blew up and pointed to the spot. Agard wanted the ball himself, but captain Paul Wotton pulled rank, with assistant manager Nathan Jones leading the teenager away, and it was little surprise when Wotton used power to drive the ball home - Alex Cisak went the right way, but he couldn't keep it out of the net. 3-0 and game over.

During the final five minutes, plus injury time, the Glovers took off Kerrea Gilbert and brought on Rory Fallon, allowing them to play out time with a 4-4-2 as first Gavin Williams, then his replacement Steve MacLean took up the left wing slot and Luke Ayling moved out into the full-back position on the right.

Despite the comfortable win, the last word fell to Oldham Athletic, and in particular referee Gavin Ward, whose series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout. He judged that Luke Ayling had fouled Latics substitute Josh Parker inside the box. Ayling looked puzzled, although there were few protests from his Glovers team-mates. Up stepped Reuben Reid to hit home the consolation goal, and although there were five minutes worth of injury time played, there was little in the way of drama to threaten Yeovil's deserved three points that landed in the bag.

After the early pressure of two opening day defeats, a win for Yeovil Town will have given some relief, albeit against an Oldham Athletic side who are tipped to struggle this season. With Kerrea Gilbert in the side, the balance of the wing-back formation was somewhat better, and that allowed the likes of Gavin Williams more freedom to do what they do best. Tuesday night's opponents Milton Keynes Dons will doubtless provide tougher opposition, but at least the Glovers will go into the match with their tails up for the first time this season.

Final Score : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (49 mins, 1-0), Andy Williams (74 mins, 2-0), Paul Wotton (82 mins, pen, 3-0), Reuben Reid (90 mins, pen, 3-1)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
15. Kerrea Gilbert 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
9. Steven MacLean (88 mins for Gavin Williams) 11. Anthony Edgar 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard (64 mins for Jonathan Obika) 37. Rory Fallon (86 mins for Kerrea Gilbert)

Oldham Athletic:
1. Alex Cisak
19. Kieran Lee 5. Zander Diamond 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 3. Paul Black
7. Filipe Morais 20. Matthew Lund 4. James Wesolowski 18. Chris Taylor
14. Matt Smith 9. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
15. Ryan Brooke 17. Josh Parker (65 mins for Paul Black) 26. Carl Winchester 28. Paul Gerrard (GK) 29. David Mellor

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (22 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (77 mins, dissent)

Oldham Bookings: Zander Diamond (62 mins, foul), Matthew Lund (73 mins, foul)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Powell (Dorset) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,237 (including 192 Oldham fans)


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12 August 2011 : Skivo Previews The Oldham Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Giving his own views on why he feels supporters should not be panicking over the opening pair of results, as well as giving fitness updates on Max Ehmer, Bondz N'Gala and Dominic Blizzard, along with two more players who missed training on Thursday, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Whilst on the subject of Auntie Beeb, their Saturday Sport programme commences at 1.00p.m. tomorrow, where they are hoping to catch Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes on air before the game, whilst Chris Spittles and Chris Sweet will be performing the microphone duties from 3.00p.m. on 95.5FM for those of you who can't get to the match.

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


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12 August 2011 : Torquay United vs Youth Team Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning with a Youth Alliance League match against Torquay United. In a slightly unusual move, the Gulls are hosting the match at Plainmoor, but entrance to the game is still free of charge. Kick-off will be at 11.00a.m.

For those travelling, take the A303/M5 as appropriate then join the A38 heading from Exeter down towards Plymouth. Then as the A38 road splits going up a very steep hill, take the A380 towards Newton Abbot and Torquay. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the first exit at the large roundabout (there is a McDonalds & Sainsburys on one side) onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After one mile turn left towards Babbacombe (A379). After one mile turn left into Westhill Road for Warbro Road. Plainmoor is signposted on nearing the ground.

Address: Plainmoor Ground, Warbro Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3PS.


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12 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Shape Up Skivo
With the first two matches of the 2011-12 season perhaps not given Yeovil Town supporters the joy that they might have hoped for, attention now switches to the club's first home match tomorrow against Oldham Athletic. Having seen the Glovers use a 3-5-2 wing-back formation (or 3-4-1-2 or 5-3-2 as you prefer) for that opening pair, our resident blogger Cruncher considers the importance of the shape in the team, and what options manager Terry Skiverton has to change it.

The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry can be found via the link below. Alternative opinions are of course expected and welcomed, via the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Shape Up Skivo.


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12 August 2011 : Skiverton Holding Back On Loan Deals This Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is unlikely to sign as many loan players as he did last year. The Glovers boss currently has a first team squad of 26 players, and has made 15 summer signings, with only Norwich City keeper Jed Steer, Queen's Park Rangers defender Max Ehmer and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika being borrowed from other clubs in the new faces that have arrived at Huish Park.

Last season, the Glovers got through 17 different loan signings across the 2010-11 campaign. This time round, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he only expects to dip further into the loan market if he gets gaps in crucial positions due to injuries and suspensions:

"We've got a lot more contracted players, albeit that some are on short term contracts. We've got more contracted players and we haven't got so many loans to start with. It will need to be the right loan, or the right loans that I do bring in, and it will probably be coming in from injuries or suspensions, and then we can go from there."

Skiverton's words tend to point away from long-standing rumours that the Glovers would attempt to bring back Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald to the club, although as has been seen with Alan O'Brien's signing earlier today clearly nothing should be permanently ruled out.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Squad : Player Statistics Pages.


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12 August 2011 : Glovers Complete 15th Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have recruited in their fifteenth signing of the summer, as part of their squad rebuilding plans for the 2011-12 season. He is former Swindon Town and Newcastle United winger Alan O'Brien, who trialled for the club earlier in the season before being let go, with a breakdown on personal terms blamed for the parting of the waves.

Now it appears that both parties have been able to do a deal. He has signed a short term contract that will keep him at the club until January, and will give the club a much needed option down the left flank since the departure of Andy Welsh to Carlisle United.

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


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11 August 2011 : Skivo On Formations And Latest Two Signings
Just before kick-off in Tuesday night's League Cup match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Skivo also gave his view on why he is playing a wing-back formation (3-4-1-2/3-5-2/5-3-2 etc) this season, and also his thoughts on what new signings Kerrea Gilbert and Abdulai Bell-Baggie will bring to the squad.

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

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off In The Exeter Cup Game.


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11 August 2011 : Football League Expecting A Full Fixture Programme This Weekend
The Football League have today issued a statement indicating that they expect to run a full programme of matches this coming weekend. With a number of League Cup First Round matches postponed during midweek, due to civil unrest in numerous major English cities, the League have issued a statement to clarify the situation for the coming weekend.

"Following on-going discussions with the Metropolitan Police, statutory authorities and Clubs in London, The Football League can confirm that all League games in the capital will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

The Football League has worked closely with the authorities and London-based clubs throughout the recent civil unrest to ensure matches are staged in accordance with supporter safety.

Acting on current information from the authorities there is no reason to believe matches outside of London will be affected at this time
."

In the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur's home match against Everton has been called off. The other nine fixtures are still on, but are under review. It is not known which games are being looked into.

Update: All nine of the remaining Premier League games will also go ahead as planned. Thus Spurs are the only club to have a postponement in the top four divisions.


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11 August 2011 : Haynes-Brown Relishing Chance For Home Debut
Yeovil Town's new signing Curtis Haynes-Brown is hopeful that he will be able to make his home debut for the club on Saturday, even if it is at the misfortune of others. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton revealed after Tuesday night's game against Exeter City that he would almost certainly be without centre-back pairing Bondz N'Gala and Max Ehmer when Oldham Athletic come to Huish Park on Saturday. Both picked up injuries in the opening day game against Brentford, and whilst they have not been entirely ruled out, the expectation is that they will be missing.

Haynes-Brown was signed from Lowestoft Town over the summer, and replaced Ehmer at Griffin Park, and added to that with 90 minutes in the midweek League Cup match. He is therefore likely to start in Saturday's match against the Latics. He told BBC Somerset that he wasn't going to make any assumptions, but looked forward to the opportunity to play at his new club's home ground:

"I'm just going to get prepared for it. You never know how the lads might turn out. If I start, I don't want any of my team-mates to be injured. But if I start then obviously that's good for me. It will be a good experience. Of the ones that I've seen so far, the fans have been great. We've got some good fans, and it would be really good to start at Huish Park."


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10 August 2011 : Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to Tranmere Rovers are now available. The match at Prenton Park takes place on Saturday 3rd September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are no advance sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office and prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Over-60s and 17-22yo: £11.00; Aged 16 and Under: £6.00.

Both Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters will pay £6.00. Ambulant disabled supporters must be on the middle or higher rate of disability to be eligible.

Those wishing to purchase the middle £11.00 category tickets or disabled rate tickets must buy from Tranmere's Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles. The Adults and Junior rates can be paid for by cash on the turnstiles.

Tranmere warn of heavy queuing at their ticket office close to kick-off. If you want to book tickets in advance, you can call them on 0871 221 2001 and purchase over the phone. However, note that they charge a £1.00 booking fee for tickets collected in person on the day, or £2.00 for any that are posted out in advance of the match.

Yeovil Town fans get the Cowshed Stand - a rather better stand than the name sounds - holding 2,500 supporters. Disabled supporters are in the opposite end of the ground in the Kop End. You are advised to book any places in advance - for that and any other special arrangements, use the ticket office number above.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Update: 30/08/2011 Adult admission price revised down from original (incorrect) £22.00 tariff.


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10 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter City Cup Game
Last night, Yeovil Town headed out of the League Cup at the hands of Exeter City, with a 2-0 scoreline condemning them to another defeat.

After the game, Skivo gave his usual post-match analysis to BBC Somerset, with questions led by local journalist Chris Spittles. The Glovers boss gives an injury update on Bondz N'Gala and Max Ehmer, and also suggests that he is still after one more signing to complete his first team squad.

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


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10 August 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for Yeovil Town's opening home match of the 2011-12 season are now available. The match against Oldham Athletic takes place on Saturday 13th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the League One fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches.

Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and no real complaints about Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam. Yes, the exact same comment that we'd made about him in last month's Posh game.

Last season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for last month's midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

The Surrey official opened up his 2011-12 season by taking charge of the 0-0 draw between Stevenage and Exeter City, producing four yellow cards along the way.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Christopher Powell (Dorset) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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10 August 2011 : On To Victory Fanzine Returns This Weekend
Rising again, like Warren Patmore at the far post, everyones favorite South Somerset based football clubs fanzine is on sale on Saturday. Yes, it's the return of the On To Victory fanzine, which has now made more comebacks than Frank Sinatra and done more makeovers than Gok Wan.

Priced at the ludicrous, inflation busting level of £1.00 (how do they do it?!) you can look forward to such gems as:

- A world exclusive twinterview with a member of last years playing squad
- An update on the work being carried out by the Adam Stansfield Foundation
- A short History of Yeovil Scapegoats
- How the world of Twitter is changing football
- And much more!

Frankly, you would be a part time glory hunter of a fan without a copy nestling in your back pocket.

All proceeds from the sale of this OTV will be going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation so feel free to laugh in the face of the credit crunch and bag your copy.

New editor Will Proctor plans on doing a tour of pubs pre kick off (which we suspect has little to do with the sale of the magazine - he just fancies a pub crawl) starting at The Bell about 12.30p.m. - then up to The Arrow about 1.00p.m. then the Beer Tent for about 1.45p.m. If he has got any left he will wander around the ground in a haphazard unplanned manner accosting anyone who looks like they might have a spare pound in their pocket.

Did we say that On To Victory is priced just ONE POUND?


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10 August 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at last night's match against Exeter City at St James Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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10 August 2011 : Skivo: Grecians Performance Was 'A Lot Better'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his side put in 'a better performance' in their League Cup match against Exeter City, despite his side last night suffering a repeat of their opening day 2-0 defeat at Brentford.

Goals from and a late strike from condemned the Glovers to their fifth First Round League Cup exit in the last six seasons, as they lost 2-0 to the Grecians. Skiverton felt the main thing that was missing from his side's play was the final ball into the box, and told BBC Somerset that he felt his side were looking a bit tense out there:

"It was a lot better tonight - a lot better. I think it was more of a football game. We've just got to take our chances. We're getting in there, and people are a bit tense and a little bit nervous. We're getting into some good areas and all we needed was that final ball just to be put in and we had people in there for tap-ins. It was a better performance, but we're still just trying to find the balance of first of all the right pairing up front."

Skiverton has yet to win a League Cup match under his management, with the club's only success since the 2005-06 season coming when a Russell Slade side won away at Charlton Athletic. The Glovers boss admitted that the record was not too good:

"There's no excuses tonight, but it's customary for me to go out at this time in the cups. It seems it happens throughout all of my career in management, and during the last couple when I was playing as well."


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9 August 2011 : Exeter 2 Yeovil 0 : Grecians Dump Glovers Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town crashed out of the Carling Cup at the first attempt tonight, as they lost 2-0 to a superior Exeter City side. Whilst this wasn't quite as bad as the Saturday's game against Brentford, it was a deserved defeat, as second half goals from Guillem Bauza and a late breakaway from Chris Shephard sealed Yeovil's fate and ensure they went out at the first stage for the fifth time in the last six years - a record that means that the club has won only one match in the competition since Gary Johnson left the club.

The Glovers went into the match making two forced changes and two tactical changes as part of their line-up for the night. The two forced situations were both at centre-back with both Max Ehmer and Bondz N'Gala dropping out of the squad. Ehmer's ankle injury was well known, however N'Gala's absence meant that Paul Wotton had to drop into a back three - a position he used to occupy during his younger days at Plymouth Argyle since switching to midfield. Then there was a midfield shuffle with Anthony Edgar coming into the hole as the 3-4-1-2 was preserved, whilst Gavin Williams dropped deeper. Up front both strike partners were changed with the pairing that completed Saturday's match chosen as Andy Williams and Rory Fallon came in.

The pattern of the match was set right from the start, with Exeter looking on top by a small margin. The front line partnership of Fallon and Williams occasionally threatened a spark, with three half chances that all involved the New Zealander winning the ball and feeding his smaller partner. But these were not cast iron chances for Yeovil, and the better attempts were coming in at the other end. Midway through the first half, Richard Logan was fed by a James Dunne pass, and fired just wide when under pressure from Paul Huntington. That was the last we saw of Logan, who hobbled off, having injured himself in the process.

Logan's replacement Guillem Bauza was possibly even more dangerous - putting one shot wide before another chance saw him swivel and strike the goalpost with a left-footed shot five minutes after his arrival. James Dunne shot over the bar from close range when he should have done better, and really Yeovil were struggling to carve out chances - an Anthony Edgar shot landed easily in the middle of Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak, whilst Fallon and Williams half managed another combination attempt but it came to nothing. However, despite those chances, the Glovers fairly lucky to still be level at half time.

The relatively forgettable first half continued in much the same vein as the second, with neither side making any changes. Exeter were catching the Glovers on the break a little more during this period, with Nicholas Bignall and Liam Sercombe both getting in behind the Yeovil defence. However, in a more open phase, Andy Williams put a shot into the side netting, leaving Glovers away fans briefly convinced he'd scored. Then Paul Huntington produced Yeovil's best attempt, with his header on goal being acrobatically cleared off the line by Troy Archibald-Henville.

However, at the other end, Guillem Bauza was proving to be a menace. Just a minute after he had given a warning sign by slipping between Yeovil's centre-back trio, and firing just wide, a through ball by Nicholas Bignall found him in more space, and he slotted the ball home on the angle, for a deserved lead for the home side, with the move starting when Yeovil were dispossessed around the halfway line.

The need for the Glovers to push further up in numbers was suiting the Grecians more than it was Yeovil, with the home side counterattacking well, and the visitors, once again wearing their day-glow kit, creating little that would threaten an equaliser. In the final five or ten minutes, the pressure finally threatened to tell, and Kieran Agard even got the ball in the back of the net in the closing stages, only for referee Roger East to chalk it off for a foul on the keeper by a team-mate.

Deep into four minutes of injury time, Exeter created a sucker punch, as Yeovil's numbers in the other half of the pitch allowed them to break. Winger Chris Shephard took good advantage, planting the ball in the back of the net for the 93rd minute goal that killed the game and guaranteed that Yeovil would not be taking their Carling Cup run any further. No complaints either, as the Grecians had largely been the better side throughout the majority of the game, and again that lack of 'gelling' in the new Glovers side that manager Terry Skiverton talks about has still yet to come through. Certainly it needs to start showing some signs of doing that on Saturday.

Final Score: Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Guillem Bauza (1-0, 63 mins), Chris Shephard (2-0, 90 mins).

Exeter City:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Richard Duffy 11. Scott Golbourne
7. Liam Sercombe 8. David Noble 4. James Dunne 14. Chris Shephard
20. Richard Logan 12. Nicholas Bignall

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 3. Billy Jones 18. Danny Coles 21. Guillem Bauza (22 mins for Richard Logan) 29. Tom Nichols (76 mins for Nicholas Bignall) 31. Callum McNish (66 mins for Guillem Bauza) 26. Scot Bennett

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
5. Paul Huntington 20. Paul Wotton 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
2. Luke Ayling 8. Edward Upson 11. Anthony Edgar 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams
37. Rory Fallon 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
31. Gareth Stewart 18. Kieran Agard (59 mins for Andrew Williams) 9. Steven MacLean (78 mins for Anthony Edgar) 29. Jonathan Obika 12. Kerrea Gilbert 23. Billy Gibson 29. Jonathan Obika (68 mins for Rory Fallon) 40. Rhys Baggridge

Exeter Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Mark Russell (Bristol). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,856


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9 August 2011 : Team News For The Exeter Cup Match
Yeovil Town have made four changes for tonight's League Cup First Round match against Exeter City. Due to Max Ehmer's ankle injury, he drops out of the side, with Curtis Haynes-Brown replacing him. Another blow is that Bondz N'Gala is also out injured meaning that captain Paul Wotton is expected to play as a central defender tonight.

Up front, the Glovers have made two tactical changes, bringing in Rory Fallon and Andy Williams, who completed Saturday's match, with Steve MacLean and Jonathan Obika dropped to the bench. The side is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
20. Paul Wotton 5. Paul Huntington 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
2. Luke Ayling 8. Edward Upson 10. Gavin Williams 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar
37. Rory Fallon 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
31. Gareth Stewart 18. Kieran Agard 9. Steven MacLean 29. Jonathan Obika 12. Kerrea Gilbert 23. Billy Gibson 29. Jonathan Obika 40. Rhys Baggridge

Exeter City:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Steve Tully 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 6. Richard Duffy 11. Scott Golbourne
7. Liam Sercombe 8. David Noble 4. James Dunne 14. Chris Shephard
20. Richard Logan 12. Nicholas Bignall

Substitutes:
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 3. Billy Jones 18. Danny Coles 21. Guillem Bauza 29. Tom Nichols 31. Callum McNish 26. Scot Bennett

A word on tonight's competition rules - if the match is still level after 90 minutes then we will have 30 minutes worth of extra time. If that still does not settle the tie then the match will be settled on penalty kicks.

We'll be on Twitter tonight as usual - follow us at @ytfcciderspace and we'll provide tweets and retweets on the best of tonight's action. Alternatively, BBC Somerset are covering the game on 95.5FM with live commentary at 7.45p.m.


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9 August 2011 : Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Preston North End are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Note that this match has a changed kick-off time and will be played on Friday 9th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £10.00 ; Juniors (8-15yo): £5.00; Juniors (0-7yo): FREE.

You can also purchase Family Tickets, with one adult and two juniors costing £22.00 whilst two adults and two juniors cost £39.00.

The above concessions apply to those aged 60 or above, 16-20 year olds and full time card-carrying students.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the same as the above prices, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge. You're advised to book in advance via the Huish Park Ticket Office, although for any special arrangements at the Deepdale end, call them on 0844-856-1966. Disabled facilities are available in the same stand as other Yeovil Town supporters.

Disabled supporters ONLY can also book advance matchday parking spaces at £5.00 per car by calling 0844-856-1966.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Bill Shankly Kop, which has a 6,000 capacity, although is often shared on a 50:50 basis with home supporters.


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9 August 2011 : Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to Walsall are now available. The match at the Bescot Stadium takes place on Saturday 20th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are no advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. All tickets must be purchased direct from the Bescot Stadium Ticket Office, and as per recent trips there, the Saddlers make it an awkward experience for visiting fans by having a matchday surcharge against their tickets, meaning that in practice every Glovers fan will need to phone up and pay by credit card if they are to avoid the additional costs.

Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.50 ; Over-60s and Under-18s: £12.50.

Disabled supporters pay the above prices, but can have an assistant admitted free of charge.


You'll need to add on an extra £2.00 to the above prices if you decide to buy tickets on the day. You'll also need to add on £0.50 for every credit card transaction and an extra £1.00 for any tickets that are posted to your home address. So by the time you've been charged for the phone call, you may wonder if buying tickets in advance is worth the hassle.

To buy tickets in advance, phone Walsall's ticket office on 01922 651416. Note that their opening hours are 9.00a.m. until 4.30p.m. from Monday until Friday.

Walsall's away stand seems to change its sponsored name every season, just to confuse people. It's known as the Extra Bet Stand now, although the locals will still refer to it as the William Sharpe Stand. It holds 1,914 seated spectators behind the goal. Disabled supporters are housed separately in the WBBS Stand (yet more sponsorship changes - it was formerly the Banks's Brewery Stand).


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9 August 2011 : Tonight's Game At Exeter Goes Ahead
For anyone concerned about the status about tonight's League Cup First Round match against Exeter City, our understanding is that the match is ON. The Western Gazette have been informed that the match will go ahead, despite concerns over policing resources in the area, due to the ongoing social unrest throughout the country.

Tonight's game at St James Park will kick-off at 7.45p.m. and you can get tickets on the day of the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City (League Cup).

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

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

Link: Stanno Banner To Be On Display Next Week.


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9 August 2011 : Glovers Complete Gilbert Signing
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert. The 24 year old was first spotted at training in mid-July yet so far has played in just one pre-season friendly.

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

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

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

More recently, during this summer, he's been on trial with last Tuesday's opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but their plans to sign him were thwarted by a calf injury he picked up. He then moved on to Milton Keynes Dons where he played in a pre-season friendly for them. Since then though, he's been training at Yeovil Town, and a protracted attempt to sign him up has finally come to an end.

Kerrea joins on a short term deal until January and will take Squad No. 15. He has been signed from Portland Timbers, who retained his player registration, on a free transfer.


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9 August 2011 : Glovers Complete Bell-Baggie Signing
Yeovil Town have signed up former Reading winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie on a short term contract. The 19 year old has agreed to stay at Huish Park until January, after being on trial at the club during pre-season. He has been assigned the No.12 shirt for his time at the club.

Bell-Baggie was born in Sierra Leone on April 28th 1992, but became part of Reading's academy set-up at the age of nine, and also attended Hillside and Bulmershe College in Berkshire. He also spent some time with Southampton's academy before returning to Berkshire. He did not make a first team appearance for Reading, but went out on loan to Rotherham United, Port Vale and Crawley Town.

Abdulai has international experience at England Under-16 and Under-17 level, having been part of the England side that won the Victory Shield in 2007. He has two caps at Under-17s level. Whilst on loan at Rotherham, their manager Ronnie Moore described him as two-footed, and indicated that he was capable of playing on the left-wing.

He has signed a four month contract at the club, and should now be fully available for first team selection when required.


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9 August 2011 : Downes Rebuilding Career Back In Ireland
Former Yeovil Town winger/striker Aidan Downes is finally rebuilding his footballing career back in Ireland after an injury-ravaged few seasons. The 23 year old has signed for Republic of Ireland side Bohemians on an amateur basis, after more or less two years out of regular football, and now believes he is back to full fitness.

The Dubliner's problems started in the summer of 2009, when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in Yeovil Town's pre-season match against Dorchester Town that year, and also had to recover from a shoulder dislocation. After making just five appearances in a hellish season, Aidan was released a year after his problems started and despite later signing for Shamrock Rovers, just a single cup appearance ended that as quickly as it started, with the winger dropping out of football entirely for a number of months.

During last month, Downes signed for Shamrock's rivals, and although he's yet to start a match, he's showing signs of getting back into the game. Having signed forms with Bohemians during July, he has told the Irish Herald that it has been a frustrating experience over the last two years:

"My career has been stop-start for the last few years and I haven't done a lot, but I'm hoping that this move to Bohs can get things going for me again. When I left Everton I went to Yeovil Town and I enjoyed my time there but I had some trouble with my knee and missed a lot of games. When I came home to Dublin I signed for (Shamrock) Rovers but I only got one game for them in one of the cup competitions, and I was out of the game for a few months after I left Rovers. (Bohemians manager) Pat Fenlon asked me down to train with Bohs, they gave me a contract and I was happy to sign."

Downes has so far made four substitute appearances for Bohemians, including half an hour against his former club Shamrock Rovers over the weekend just gone.

Link: Aidan Downes : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 August 2011 : Adam Stansfield Fantasy Football League Launched
Yeovil Town supporter Phil Park has launched a Fantasy Football venture under the name of the Adam Stansfield Foundation League. The venture, in conjunction with the Adam Stansfield Foundation, aims to raise funds for the Charity. Obviously fans from Exeter City, Hereford United or other West Country teams are welcome to join in. Phil writes:

"Just to say if you are interested in competing in a Charity League for the Adam Stansfield Foundation then full details are below. I'm hoping this will take off and in future years provide them a nice pot of donations every August.

It's taken a while to get sorted as Wayne Stansfield had to confirm it was ok at a recent committee meeting, however we've now got the go ahead from the Foundation and the premierleague.com site. The prizes will be confirmed shortly but there will at minimum be some signed merchandise and some top spec foundation footballs available. The more that enter, the more prizes.

To enter, please visit http://www.adamstansfieldfoundation.com/donate.html and donate £5. A 12 digit code will then be forwarded to your email address.

Those of you already playing the game will know the rest, but for those new to the game please then visit http://www.premierleague.com and follow the instructions to create a team (you can change it right up until 11.30a.m. next Saturday). You then select the 'Leagues' tab at the top, then select 'Join a league', then 'private league' and enter the code.

For those that haven't played this format of fantasy football before it's well worth a go, whichever league you enter. You get the opportunity to make weekly transfers and to select a Captain who scores double points. It's good fun and covers almost everything - if only they had a League One or Two format it'd be ideal!

Many thanks in advance - any questions feel free to message me.

Please don't forget that the free league for Yeovil fans is also up and running. The code you will need for this league is 58275-22224. Steve and I are keen to encourage entrants for both leagues. Full details for this league can be found under the post 'Fantasy Football: Yeovil Super League 2011/2012'. Full details for this league can be found on the Green Room forum.

Teams have to be in by 11.30am Saturday 13th August.

Good Luck all and thanks for reading
."

If anyone needs to contact Phil to ask any questions, you can private message him as user Sparksy on the Green Room forum, or send him a tweet at @philpark18 - or drop us an email and we'll hit the forward button.


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8 August 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Tuesday night sees the start of our 2011-12 Carling Cup adventures, with the now familiar-looking trip down to St James Park. The match against Exeter City takes place on Tuesday 9th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Ciderspace guide to the ground and the surrounding area has been updated for the fixture and includes directions, parking, ticket prices, a pub guide and other such related stuff. Find it linked below, along with other articles related to Tuesday's fixture.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: GWSC Travel To Exeter City (League Cup).

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

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

Link: Stanno Banner To Be On Display Next Week.


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7 August 2011 : GWSC Travel To Exeter City (League Cup)
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town have a Carling Cup First Round match against Exeter City. The match against the Devon club takes place on Tuesday 9th August 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 5.15p.m. Cost of travel will be £10.00. Note that there are no concessions available for this trip, and no pick-up from the Bus Station. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

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

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

Link: Stanno Banner To Be On Display Next Week.


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7 August 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Yesterday, Yeovil Town made the trip to Griffin Park for the opening day of the 2011-12 season, and the end result was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford. Following the match, Glovers manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Bristol's Alistair Durden and gave his thoughts on how the game went - the transcript of that interview is provided via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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7 August 2011 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town (League Cup)
Officials for the Carling Cup First Round match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at St James Park on Tuesday night, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Roger East (Wiltshire).

Mr East was a regular at Huish Park as a Fourth Official and an Assistant but in the summer of 2007 was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League. Since then we've had him four times in competitive fixtures, although he has also taken charge of various pre-season friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

His earliest match as a referee for a Yeovil Town league game was the February 2008 match against Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box, winning them an early controversial free kick. We didn't play well on the day, losing the match 1-0, but certainly things like that did not help.

Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.

More recently he took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.

His three most recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with two of those coming during the 2009-10 season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day?

Most recently, Mr East was in charge of the September 2011 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. Here we've got to give him credit for doing what far too few officials do - going back and booking a Tranmere player after he had played an advantage, rather than forgetting the severity of the incident, or unnecessarily stopping play. However, with our green-tinted spectacles on, we had some grumbles about him chalking off an Adam Virgo goal for apparent climbing on a Rovers defender. Good job we won the game, or there might have been a bit more post-match talk about it.

Mr East will be assisted by Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Mark Russell (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 0.

Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: Dec 2009 : Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: Sept 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.


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7 August 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Brentford 2 Yeovil 0 : Capital Punishment
Yesterday's trip to Griffin Park brought many Yeovil Town supporters back down to earth with a nasty bump. The 2-0 defeat against Brentford wasn't the way we wanted to start the 2011-12 season, so where did it come unstuck, and are there any crumbs of comfort?

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog update, Cruncher worked his way down to West London, and on his return penned his thoughts on the season opener. Read on via the link below, and feel free to append your own post-Brentford thoughts via the comment box.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Brentford 2 Yeovil 0 : Capital Punishment.


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6 August 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Host United States Talent
Yeovil Town Ladies continue their preparation for the new league season with the second match of a double header against Whitman College of the United States this coming Tuesday evening.

The two sides played each other at the Somerton Sports Club at the end of July, and the Glovers came away with an impressive 3-2 victory, thanks to a brace from Jodi Cornwall and a further goal from a trialist called Ellis. It was a highly entertaining game, full of good technical football and quality goals. Both teams showed superb work rate, and attacked each other at will, making the encounter an exciting match to watch. This latest match promises to be no less thrilling, with both sides desperate to come out on top.

"We are taking this game very seriously, and will be fielding a strong side," joint manager Nigel Williams said today. "This is the second of two games against Whitman College, as we continue our build towards the new season, and it should prove a good run out for the girls.

"It was a great game to watch when we beat them back in July, and Tuesday's match promises to be just as good. We are looking forward to good support at the game from all Yeovil Town Ladies Supporters, and will be looking to give them something worth watching.

"Whitman College are a great technical team and it should be a very competitive affair. However, we need to continue to concentrate on our build up and passing football. We have been working really hard in creating patterns of play with quick passing football, and this match should show a lot of people what we they can expect from us this season. We are playing some great football on the training ground and transferring that onto the field of play. We have a great team spirit and the girls know what we are expecting from them.

"We continue to build the squad for the league season, and are looking at another new player on Tuesday, and this is very exciting for the club. It is good to see players wanting to come to Yeovil. Our playing staff will have to work for their places this year, and strength in depth is what all managers wish for. It is only a few weeks to go now until the big kick off, and we are moving forward as planned
."

Yeovil Town Ladies welcome Whitman College from Washington state in the United States to Yeovil on Tuesday evening 09 August 2011. The match takes place at the Alvington Training Ground opposite the Airfield Tavern, and kicks off at 6:45p.m.

Supporters are very welcome to come along and support the girls.

Admission prices - £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for concessions.

NB: If any Glovers live in the Tottenham area of London, they have an away pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies taking place tomorrow. The match takes place at the Frederick Knights Sports Ground, kick-off 2.00p.m. with the full address as follows:

Frederick Knights Sports Ground, 80 Willoughby Lane, Tottenham, London N17 0SL.

If you're in the area or fancy a day out, then feel free to attend and give the Ladies your support.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies]


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6 August 2011 : Skivo Unhappy With Bees Spot Kick Decision
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that his side and others got caught up in the hype behind the debut of Brentford's new management team today, after they crashed to an opening day defeat in their League One match. The Glovers were well-beaten 2-0 at Griffin Park, thanks to a Gary Alexander penalty and a Shaleum Logan second half tap-in, with a somewhat disjointed display by the visiting side.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he was not happy about the opening goal, gained when assistant manager Nathan Jones was judged to have handled a cross into the box, and questioned the linesman's thinking in flagging for the spot kick:

"I think that everyone who was in the stadium today got caught up in the Uwe Rösler show. I think we did as a team. We didn't come out and play today. The first decision that was made for the penalty, in my mind if the player doesn't raise his arms, and he doesn't lean towards the ball and the ball strikes him, how is that supposed to be a penalty? I can't quite fathom it. So I'll be asking for some feedback on that, like I've done a few times this year."

Aside from the penalty though, Skiverton admitted that his team were not up to scratch on the day, and said that they had failed to capture the form that they had showed during their pre-season matches:

"Taking that first goal that was gifted to them away from the game, we created three chances, but we didn't play the football that we have been playing during all of pre-season. We've come away today, and we seem to have given a result away."


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6 August 2011 : Brentford 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Stung On Season Opener
Yeovil Town were well beaten this afternoon at Griffin Park, as a disjointed performance condemned them to a 2-0 defeat against Brentford. A controversial Gary Alexander penalty, awarded for a supposed handball against Nathan Jones, disguised the fact that the Bees were the better side overall, and they got a second during the final 15 minutes when Shaleum Logan slotted in from close range.

Team selection was always a question of which pairing of strikers manager Terry Skiverton would select. Jonathan Obika provided the one change from the previous week's game, with Kieran Agard dropping out to the bench, with the 3-4-1-2 formation used during much of pre-season being utilised to start the game.

Early play gave all the warning signs the Glovers needed. Playing in their wing-back positions, first Luke Ayling was skinned down one flank wheen a Gary Alexander cross was almost turned in, then Nathan Jones was left exposed with little support on the opposite flank. At the other end, Yeovil had rare chances, with probably their best coming when Gavin Williams had a shot parried into the path of Luke Ayling, whose rebound shot was blocked by a defender.

The Glovers were fairly fortunate to get away with a refereeing decision when Pat Miller judged that a Paul Huntington handball was outside the box, to the relief of many inside the away end - just giving a free kick instead of the spot kick. But the Glovers weren't so fortunate when Mr Miller and his linesman decided that a Shaleum Logan cross had hit the arm of Nathan Jones ten minutes later - a far more harsh decision given that the Glovers assistant manager was turning his back to block the cross and so had little chance of influencing where the ball struck him.

Lengthy lengthy protests ensued, with referee Miller making a bit of a performance of it all, booking Paul Wotton for dissent and taking his time in allowing Gary Alexander to take the spot kick. The striker kept his cool despite the lengthy delays to put the Bees 1-0 up.

During the final 10 minutes of the half, Yeovil switched to a 4-4-2, putting Max Ehmer out as a right-back and shuffling Luke Ayling into a midfield berth. It stabilised a Glovers side that was getting exposed down the flanks in the wing-back formation, but it didn't really give much to shout about at the other end.

Ehmer had received a nasty looking ankle injury just before the break, and so it was a bit of a surprise that he managed to come out for the second period, but less of a surprise that he failed to complete the half, with Curtis Haynes-Brown making his Glovers debut just 11 minutes into that half. That saw the Glovers restore the wing-back formation, and despite both strikers being replaced for a new partnership of Rory Fallon and Andrew Williams, there failed to be enough spark to give the Glovers a lift. The nearest they came was when a Gavin Williams run saw him weave his way down the middle and force a corner, and the set piece saw Williams put one across for Rory Fallon whose header went over the bar.

All in all though, it was those flanks where Yeovil looked their weakest and that was how they conceded their second goal. A Brentford trio of Jonathan Douglas, Sam Saunders and Shaleum Logan ganged up on Nathan Jones, putting him into an impossible position with a lack of support around him, and when the ball was slipped inside to Logan, he shot home and doubled Brentford's lead.

The Glovers never really looked like getting back into the game, and were indebted to a couple of superb saves by Jed Steer, who couldn't be blamed for either goal. Well beaten in the end, there needs to be a bit of thought as to how Yeovil play during the coming season. Building a formation around the preferred position of Gavin Williams will be fine if their playmaker can run the show. But today, Brentford exposed that somewhat, and Yeovil didn't really have suitable options or fluency in their up front positions to suggest they were going to deal with that problem. Much work to do before they make the trip down to Devon on Tuesday.

Final Score: Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Gary Alexander (30 mins, pen, 1-0), Shaleum Logan (76 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Jed Steer
5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
2. Luke Ayling 8. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Williams
9. Steven MacLean 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
7. Andrew Williams (62 mins for Jonathan Obika) 11. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (56 mins for Max Ehmer) 37. Rory Fallon (56 for Steven MacLean)

Brentford:
1. Richard Lee
14. Shaleum Logan 22. Karleigh Osborne 5. Marcel Eger 3. Craig Woodman
18. Niall McGinn 40. Jake Reeves 8. Jonathan Douglas 11. Myles Weston
29. Gary Alexander 9. Clayton Donaldson

Substitutes:
31. Simon Moore (GK) 2. Kevin O'Connor (81 mins for Jake Reeves) 6. Pim Balkestein 7. Sam Saunders (59 mins for Myles Weston) 10. Charlie MacDonald (72 mins for Niall McGinn)

Brentford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Steve MacLean (3 mins, foul), Paul Wotton (29 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (66 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (69 mins, foul)

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Darren Blunden (Kent) and Elliott Kaye (Essex). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 6,278 (including 512 Yeovil fans).


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6 August 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's match against Brentford at Griffin Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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6 August 2011 : Team News For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's first line-up for the 2011-12 season is now available. The Glovers have chosen the following line-up for the match at Griffin Park against Brentford this afternoon:

Yeovil Town:
1 Jed Steer
4 Bondz N'Gala 5 Paul Huntington 14 Max Ehmer
2 Luke Ayling 20 Paul Wotton 8 Ed Upson 3 Nathan Jones
10 Gavin Williams
9 Steve MacLean XX. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes: 37 Rory Fallon 19 Curtis Haynes-Brown 11 Anthony Edgar 7 Andy Williams 18 Kieran Agard

You can follow updates on the game on our Twitter account throughout the afternoon. Follow us on @ytfcciderspace for match stats and views on the game as it happens.


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6 August 2011 : Yeovil U18s 9 Hereford U18s 2 : Glovers Dish Out Bulls Thrashing
Yeovil Town Under-18s got themselves off to a cracking start to their 2011-12 season this morning in Alvington as they thrashed their Hereford United counterparts. In a one-sided encounter the Glovers won their opening fixture at Alvington by a 9-2 scoreline, as four first half goals were added to by five more in the second period with former Fulham academy player Melchi Emanuel-Williamson grabbing a hat-trick in the rout.

In a match watched by first year professionals Lewis Clarke, Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge, who joined in with the team warm-ups, the scoring opened when Melchi Emanuel-Williamson took advantage of a fumble by the Bulls keeper, who knocked the ball over the line from close range.

Will Gordon could have put the Glovers 2-0 up, but instead it was Hereford who quickly equalised, taking advantage of some sleepy defending to put the Bulls level, with their No.9 finishing well. However, this was a false dawn for the visitors, with Aidan Chainey latching onto a defence splitting pass from Lloyd Matthews, putting the Glovers back ahead midway through the half.

Next, Will Gordon got himself on the scoresheet, netting from 25 yards out as he slammed the ball home on his left foot, as he came in from the right wing to shoot. Gordon then hit the crossbar, with both Lloyd Matthews and Johnny Kaye having chances to turn the loose ball home, as Kaye's shot went wide of the target. But just before the break, Johnny Kaye made it 4-1, as he struck from 12 yards out, with the ball squirming under the keepers body and into the back of the net.

Into the second half, and Yeovil did not take their foot off the pedal, as Melchi Emanuel-Williamson grabbed his second and Yeovil's fifth of the morning; poking the ball past the advancing Bulls keeper and into the back of the net. Then the striker turned provider, giving Lloyd Matthews the chance to make it 6-1.

Defender Mitch Brundle then powered home a header from a corner, with 20 minutes still to go in the game. 7-1 then became 8-1 as Yeovil launched a counter-attack, and Lloyd Matthews repaid the earlier favour, slipping the ball through to Melchi Emanuel-Williamson to allow the Londoner the chance for a hat-trick. He didn't disappoint.

There was still time for Will Gordon to polish things off with his second of the match and a 9-1 lead, and although Hereford did get a late second goal for a 9-2 final scoreline, they were by that time not in the mood to celebrate it. A great start to the season for the Centre of Excellence side, and one that will leave everyone involved buzzing. Given that they achieved it without new boys Tobias Iriah and Ohimai Longe, who are awaiting their registration papers to be completed, there will be more strength and depth in the Yeovil squad in the matches to come.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 9 Hereford United U18s 2.

Scorers: Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (1-0), Hereford No.9 (1-1), Aidan Chainey (2-1), Will Gordon (3-1), Johnny Kaye (4-1), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (5-1), Lloyd Matthews (6-1), Mitch Brundle (7-1), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (8-1), Will Gordon (9-1), Hereford Scorer (9-2).

Yeovil Town U18s: Matt Cafer, Taran Singh Jheeta, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Will Agbo, Johnny Kaye, Aidan Chainey, Will Gordon, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes: Adam Cleary, Nelson, Rainford, Andy Venning, Tommy Smith.


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6 August 2011 : Skivo Previews The Brentford Game
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about his final preparations for the 2011-12 season. Previewing the opening day fixture against Brentford at Griffin Park, Skivo gave his views to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin about the opposition and his hopes for the early part of the campaign.

The full transcript of the BBC interview is available now, via the link below.

Link:
Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before The Start Of The new Season.


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5 August 2011 : Bees Bring In Forrester Ahead Of Season Opener
Tomorrow's League One opening day opponents Brentford have boosted their squad with the signing of a new player in the last 24 hours. They have snapped up 20 year old attacking midfielder Harry Forrester, who was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, having also represented Watford as a youth player.

Forrester has signed a two year deal at Griffin Park. The former England Under-17 international was on trial with Dutch side Ajax during July. The Ealing Gazette suggests the Bees managed to beat Ajax to the signing, having had him on trial for a fortnight at the start of July before he nipped across the channel.

With a brand new manager in charge of the Bees this summer, it's little surprise to find that Uwe Rösler has been almost as busy as Terry Skiverton in the transfer market this summer, visibly strengthening a Brentford side that finished 11th in last season's league table.

Up front, the strike pairing of Jonathan Douglas from Swindon Town, and last season's League Two top scorer Clayton Donaldson from Crewe Alexandra were a couple of players on a few Glovers fans wish-lists over the summer. He's also taken Shaleum Logan as a free transfer from Manchester City - who was notable as being the Tranmere Rovers defender who dislocated Dean Bowditch's shoulder when he was on a loan spell at the Wirral club. In addition to dipping into his old club's ranks, Rösler has also drafted in from his home country, taking 28 year old centre-back Marcel Eger from St Pauli. Celtic winger Nial McGinn has come in on a season long loan - a fair capture for a player who has played 35 times for the other green'n'white hooped side.

Whilst Forrester's late arrival back in West London may not get him a starting spot in the side, Brentford's main dilemma for tomorrow lies in whether to risk experienced defender Leon Legge, who has only just returned to training after tearing a calf muscle. They will definitely be without Toumani Diagouraga (knee) and Kirk Hudson for tomorrow's match, but otherwise have a full squad to pick from, with all the new recruits fit and ready.


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5 August 2011 : All Change!
Yeovil Town commence their 2011-12 season tomorrow, with a trip to play West London side Brentford, having made radical changes to their squad since the dust settled at the end of last season. A total of twelve new signings have come into the club over the summer - fifteen if the awarding of three professional contracts to former Youth Team players are factored into the ranks that train up at Huish Park on a daily basis.

Whilst pre-season results and performances have gradually improved as the first team squad has taken shape, and the number of trialists on display has been cut downwards, it is only on Saturday at Griffin Park that Glovers fans will see how well the whole thing fits together. At one stage, with six out of Yeovil's seven contract offers being turned down, and players heading out the door, it looked as though there might be a struggle to form a capable squad, but the starting line-up for the final couple of pre-season friendlies largely came from a contracted set of players, who hopefully will have had a small amount of time to blend together.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Terry Skiverton would not be drawn on whether his squad was better or worse than last season's collection of players that finished the 2010-11 season strongly. The Glovers boss pointed out that there were other factors that might affect how things turn out:

"I'm just happy with what I've got. It's a different season and it's a different year. We might have a stronger squad, but the league might be stronger this year, or the league might be weaker this year. We won't know until we start getting out there and playing the games. We've had a good pre-season, and we want to take that forward now and see if we can transform those pre-season performances into the league and get off to a good start."

For much of pre-season, the Glovers have lined up using a 3-4-1-2 formation, and it is highly likely that will be the one used for tomorrow's game at Griffin Park. With Norwich City keeper Jed Steer in goal, a back three of Bondz N'Gala, Paul Huntington and Max Ehmer should be supported by Luke Ayling and Nathan Jones playing as wing-backs. In midfield, captain Paul Wotton should partner Ed Upson, with Gavin Williams playing in front of them.

If there are any changes to the starting line-up from last week's game against Southampton it is likely to be up front, where Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard played last weekend. However, since then the signatures of Rory Fallon and Jonathan Obika have been confirmed, whilst Andy Williams has scored three times during pre-season. Exactly how Skiverton will cram five players into two positions tomorrow is anyone's guess - it would seem likely that whoever misses out will be on the bench.

The only likely absentee tomorrow is midfielder Dominic Blizzard, who has not been seen since picking up an ankle injury against Truro City. However, the cutting down of allowable substitutes down to five again for the 2011-12 season means that a number of players will be sat in the stand tomorrow.

Kick-off at Griffin Park is at 3.00p.m. and as usual we'll be providing our matchday Twitter coverage - follow us for an idea of what's going on. If you're going to the match, don't forget that the Ciderspace guide and ticketing information is available via the links below. If you're travelling close to kick-off time, then we'd recommend that you take the M25-M4 route into Brentford, and avoid the tail end of the M3, where you'll find there is a rugby match on at Twickenham - you have been warned!

Yeovil Town Squad Changes From Last Season:

RETAINED:

Players Remaining From Last Season: Paul Huntington, Luke Ayling, Ed Upson, Andy Williams, Paul Wotton, Billy Gibson, Nathan Jones (assistant manager), Gareth Stewart (goalkeeping coach).

Loan Players Retained From Last Season: Max Ehmer, Jonathan Obika.

ARRIVALS:

New Signings: Jed Steer (goalkeeper, loan), Bondz N'Gala, Curtis Haynes-Brown (defenders), Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar, Dominic Blizzard, Alistair Slowe (midfielders), Kieran Agard, Steve MacLean, Rory Fallon (strikers).

Graduated From Youth Programme: Rhys Baggridge, Lewis Clarke, Rob Clowes.

DEPARTURES:

Left Club Over Summer: Sam Williams, Craig Calver, Martin Gritton, Stefan Stam (all released), Andy Welsh (Carlisle), Dean Bowditch (MK Dons), Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), Adam Virgo (Bristol Rovers), Craig Alcock (Peterborough), Alex Russell (Bath City).

Left Club After Loans Expired: Stephen Henderson, Shaun MacDonald, Andrew Tutte, Oli Johnson.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: Ticketing For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brentford.

Link: Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town.


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5 August 2011 : 2011-12 Yeovil Town Youth Team Fixtures
The full list of Football League Youth Alliance Fixtures have been published for the 2011-12 season. With the Centre of Excellence side kicking off their season tomorrow morning with a home match against Hereford United, at Alvington, the full set of 2011-12 fixtures can be accessed now.

The full list is linked below, or can be permanently accessed from the top menu by selecting "Matches" and "Youth" against the drop-down menu. Those fixtures due to take place within the next few weeks will also be listed on the Forthcoming Events part of the Ciderspace Home Page.

Link: 2011-12 Yeovil Town Youth Team Fixtures and Results Page.


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4 August 2011 : League Set Salary Cap Thresholds
The Football League have this afternoon published the precise thresholds that clubs will need to adhere to under their Salary Capping rules. Known as the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), this was agreed at the Football League's AGM and reported in full on June 10th.

Shortly after the meeting was held, it was clear that a number of the larger clubs were pushing back on the plans, wanting more time to get their house into order. That has now been granted with League One clubs given a sliding scale to use over the coming seasons.

Whilst League Two clubs will adopt a reduced threshold from the start of the 2011-12 season, requiring them to spend a maximum of 55% of their turnover (down from 60%) on player wages, League One clubs will adopt a different model.

In League One, the Football League will set a ceiling of 75% for the 2011-12 season, but this will merely be an advisory limit with no sanctions applied. In 2012-13, the ceiling will be lowered to 65%, and then will reduce to 60% for the 2013-14 season. In both cases sanctions, in the form of a transfer embargo, will be enforced.

Rules for Championship Clubs, who have agreed in principle to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, are still under discussion with no rules set.

The Football League have also communicated a number of other changes for the coming season. All of these are covered on this site in previous news items available via the links below.

Link: League One Clubs Adopt Salary Capping Regulations.

Link: Bye Bye Multi-Ball.

Link: League Home Grown Rule Gets Tweaked.

Link: Football League Reverse Seven Substitute Rule.

Link: League Introduce Transfer Tax.

Link: Football League Introduce Management Qualification Requirements.


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4 August 2011 : Football League Introduce Management Qualification Requirements
The Football League have made it mandatory for First Team Managers to achieve a certain level of qualification as part of the remit of their job title. This is already a requirement at Premier League clubs, and in the top flight divisions of all UEFA countries, where managers must hold a UEFA Pro Licence if they are to manage a club for more than 12 weeks, and is a prerequisite for entry into any of UEFA's European club competitions.

In the Football League, they are setting the bar a little lower, but still with the goal of encouraging all managers to work towards obtaining their coaching badges. In League One and League Two, all managers must hold a minimum of the UEFA 'B' Licence, and work towards achieving the UEFA 'A' Licence within three years of their appointment, or by August 1st 2015, whichever is later.

In the Championship, managers must have a UEFA 'A' Licence and be working towards achieving the UEFA Pro Licence within three years of their appointment, or by August 1st 2015, whichever is later.

The move will doubtless look to encourage more career-minded coaching staff to take up their coaching badges, with countries such as Germany and Spain having a far higher proportion of staff carrying the top level qualification than in England. The regulation will kick in for the start of the 2012-13 season, giving all managers 12 months to get themselves qualified.

It's not clear whether the League will offer special dispensation for any brand new managers coming in cold, or those who rise up the ranks quickly - something that the Premier League offered to Gareth Southgate at Middlesbrough - but doubtless they would rather approve those on a case by case basis rather than embed those into rules.


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4 August 2011 : Savage Signs For Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town trialist Bas Savage has signed a deal with League Two side Northampton Town. The 29 year old will play under Gary Johnson for the 2011-12 season, after agreeing non-contract terms at Sixfields.

Savage's exit from Huish Park appears to be down to the Glovers making the decision to sign up Rory Fallon on a short term deal, although today's arrival of Jonathan Obika for a fourth loan spell means that Yeovil are not exactly short in that area of their squad.

Meanwhile a number of other pre-season trialists have started to find themselves new homes after failing to get deals with Yeovil Town. Goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu is still on the look-out for a new club after Burton Albion chose not to offer him a deal. He has turned up at Maidenhead United, who are after a goalkeeper, having just lost last season's mainstay in Bristol-based Steve Williams.

Goalkeeper Dean Brill, who played for the Glovers in their away match at Truro City has signed for League Two side Barnet. The 25 year old has penned a one year contract at Underhill.

League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge have snapped up former Southend United and Gillingham midfielder Kevin Maher. The 34 year old joins former Glovers Sam Williams and Gavin Tomlin at Victoria Road, after being on trial with Yeovil earlier in pre-season.

Finally one from last weekend - former loan midfielder Ryan Mason has agreed a season-long loan with Championship side Doncaster Rovers. Ryan was with Donny for two loan spells last season, and the 20 year old has now returned for a full nine month stay. He has also signed a new two year contract with his parent club Tottenham Hotspur.


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4 August 2011 : Stanno Banner To Be On Display Next Week
Next Tuesday, Yeovil Town make the short trip to St James Park where they will play Exeter City in a League Cup First Round match. The Tuesday 9th August fixture kicks off at 7.45p.m. and takes place 364 days after the passing of former Adam Stansfield, who was such a hero to both clubs' fans.

With that in mind, Exeter City will have the Adam Stansfield banner situated by the railings that are adjacent to the Flybe Stand - the same area that was used by supporters of many of Adam's former clubs to leave tributes. Supporters are welcome to view the area and to leace personal messages.

On the following day - the one year anniversary of Adam's death - Exeter will be opening up the Big Bank terrace within the ground. Hence any supporters living in the area, or staying overnight are again welcome to pay their respects.


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4 August 2011 : More Obika Time Confirmed
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika. The 20 year old has today commenced his fourth loan spell at Huish Park, and will stay at the club until the beginning of January.

Obika has already had three loan spells with the Glovers, and has scored 14 goals in 46 appearances during his time with the Glovers.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 August 2011 : Obika On Edge Of Glovers Return
Yeovil Town are trying to complete a deal to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika back to Huish Park. Reports in this morning's Western Gazette, Western Morning News and Western Daily Press state that terms for a loan deal have been drafted up, with the relevant paperwork due to be completed yesterday.

Clearly that didn't quite happen within the planned timescales - manager Terry Skiverton had said that he wanted to sign a player yesterday, which it is now clear was Obika (our understanding is that the Alistair Slowe deal was completed a long time ago, despite only being revealed yesterday) - hopefully the return of the Spurs former academy player will still go through before Saturday's match against Brentford.

The paper states that Obika will remain on loan at Huish Park until Christmas - which we'd guess probably means until the end of the Christmas holiday fixtures and the opening of the January transfer window.

Obika has already had three loan spells with the Glovers, and has scored 14 goals in 46 appearances during his time with the Glovers.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 August 2011 : Youth Alliance Opening Day Fixtures
Fixtures have been set for the opening day of the 2011-12 season for the Football League Youth Alliance. At present, the League have yet to publish the full set of fixtures for the season, but with matters due to commence this weekend, they have made available the opening set of matches in each division.

Yeovil Town's Under-18s side will once again compete in the South West Conference division, and they will open up their season with a home match against Hereford United. The match will take place at the usual Alvington venue, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off. If you're not heading up to Brentford to watch the first team, then you're welcome to pop along and see their match.

South West Conference : August 6th Fixtures
AFC Bournemouth v Swindon Town
Cheltenham Town v Plymouth Argyle
Oxford United v Torquay United
Swansea City v Exeter City
Yeovil Town v Hereford United


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3 August 2011 : Skiverton Confirms Slowe Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that former Brighton and Hove Albion and Northampton Town midfielder Alistair Slowe has now penned a contract at the club.

The 22 year old was born in Brighton on October 16th 1988, and began life as a Seagulls Youth player, although dropped out of their ranks at the age of 14. With his family holding business interests in Ghana, Slowe commenced his senior career as a teenager with Cantonments, before switching to Cyprus club Onisilos Sotira, spending two years with both clubs.

In July 2010, Slowe signed a one year contract with League Two side Northampton Town but failed to make a first team appearance with the Cobblers. He was released from his contract shortly after the arrival of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson as manager.

Slowe's rumoured connection with Yeovil Town began in early May when his Wikipedia entry was updated to indicate that he had signed a deal with the Glovers. However, that was never confirmed, and his role in pre-season has largely been that of a fringe bench-warmer, often being co-opted into the Under-18s side, although his age means that he will not be eligible for that level of football.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton confirmed that Slowe had signed a 'development contract' at the club, and that he was bracketing him in with the trio of first year professionals who graduated from the Youth Team last season, with Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke and Rhys Baggridge stepping up from playing for the Under-18s. Skiverton suggested that all four could challenge for first team places, but that this would be a gradual process:

"We've got Alistair (Slowe) in on a development contract. He'll be with the likes of Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke and Baggy (Rhys Baggridge) and the young players that we're having a look at. So yes, he's another addition to it (the squad). It's going to take time, because there are aspects that he has got to work on, like all of the development players have got to. We'll be seeing them hopefully try to push for a place in our first team squad."


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3 August 2011 : Blades Home Match Gets Kick-Off Change
Yeovil Town's home match against Sheffield United has had a change of kick-off time. The match, which will still be played on Saturday 27th August, was due to kick-off at 3.00p.m. but will now start at the earlier time of 1.00p.m.

The earlier kick-off adjustment has been made following a request from police. The Blades have been allocated just under 2,000 terrace and seat places for the fixture, and are likely to come close to selling out their allocation.


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3 August 2011 : 2011-12 First Team Squad Numbers Published
Yeovil Town's First Team squad numbers for the 2011-12 season have now been published. With so many new arrivals at the club, last season's list has been pretty much made redundant, given that even amongst some of last year's set of players, Luke Ayling, Ed Upson and Gareth Stewart have chosen to take on different shirt numbers, as have all of the club's first year professionals, leaving just five players retaining last year's numbers.

One of the players included in the list of squad numbers is right-back/midfielder Alistair Slowe, which again suggests that at some point he has been given a contract by the club.

The full list of players and their squad numbers are now on our Player Profile page. Follow the link below for full details.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles Page.


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3 August 2011 : Glovers Set New First Team Captain And Vice-Captain
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has chosen a new first team captain for the 2011-12 season. During last season, the Glovers started with Craig Alcock as their club captain, before switching to Paul Huntington during the closing stages when a back problem meant that Alcock was largely out of the first team.

During the current pre-season, Huntington missed a number of the early matches, and midfielder Paul Wotton took over the armband, and the former Plymouth Argyle and Southampton player has kept that role, even after Huntington returned to the starting eleven. It therefore comes as little surprise to find that Wotton is now being given the role on a permanent basis. Skiverton explained to BBC Somerset that both players will play a role in the players' hierarchy for the coming season:

"It was a tough one really, because Paul Huntington did so well last year. He's got a strong voice in the changing room, he leads by example, which is similar to what Paul (Huntington) has done as well. But he (Paul Wotton) has just got that little bit more experience. Paul (Huntington) has done fantastic for us. He (Huntington) was injured during a lot of the pre-season, so he was out of a lot of the stuff that we were doing, but he is now vice-captain and I know that with those two that I'm really happy to go into the new season with them as captain and vice-captain."


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2 August 2011 : Skiverton Lining Up An 11th Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is confident that he will be able to unveil another signing tomorrow. The Glovers have already managed ten new arrivals this summer, with Rory Fallon the latest to sign on the dotted line earlier today.

Now Skiverton has tonight said via his Twitter account that he will "hopefully (have) another on the boat by tomorrow", pointing out that he is working late tonight on something.

There are no further clues provided, although negotiations with right-back Kerrea Gilbert are known to be ongoing, with his contracted club Portland Timbers in an effort to resolve his complex situation. Meanwhile Skiverton was one of a number of Glovers coaching staff watching Abdulai Bell-Baggie play for a largely Under-18 Yeovil Town side play Westland Sports tonight at Alvington.

However, Skiverton has also hinted at having two targets currently outside the Glovers set-up, contracted to other clubs, with Shaun MacDonald and Jonathan Obika the most obvious calculated guesses there. MacDonald played for a Swansea City side largely made up of fringe and youth players tonight in their 1-1 draw at Welsh Football League Division One side Afan Lido. Swansea have twice used Shaun as a centre-back during their pre-season friendlies this season, and although he has been given a squad No.20 for the 2011-12 season at the Liberty Stadium, there's been no obvious signs of him being close to a first team slot in the Premier League club's side.

One player who appears to have quietly slipped onto the Huish Park payroll, is former Northampton Town right-back/midfielder Alistair Slowe. The club describe Slowe as a "recent signing" as part of the pre-season press day photo call, suggesting that at some point the 22 year old was given a contract at the club. Slowe has barely featured in the club's first team friendlies and has sat on the bench for the majority of the Under-18s friendlies - his age will make him unable to do that when their Youth Alliance season kicks off on the weekend, whilst it's unlikely there will be room for him on the first team bench for League One matches, with the number of substitutes being reduced down to five for the start of the 2011-12 season.


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2 August 2011 : Prendergast Bolsters Youth Set-up
Yeovil Town have appointed former Accrington Stanley and Blackpool midfielder Rory Prendergast as their new Centre of Excellence manager. The 33 year old arrives at the club with the remit to manage the club's Under-9s to Under-16s age groups, whilst Head of Youth Scott Green concentrates upon the scholarship schemes and the overall youth strategy at the club.

Rory was born in Pontefract and has played for a myriad of clubs in the north half of the country, and came up against Yeovil Town on numerous occasions as a Conference player. Whilst he started his career with Frickley Athletic, Rochdale, Barnsley, York City and Oldham Athletic, he was a familiar opponent during the turn of the century when he had spells with Northwich Victoria and Nuneaton Borough.

Prendergast moved back into the League after spells with Frickley Athletic, Bradford Park Avenue and Accrington Stanley, becoming part of the Blackpool squad that faced Yeovil Town during the 2006-07 season that saw both sides meet at Wembley, although he did not feature on the day due to injury.

He later moved on via Halifax Town, Rochdale (again), Darlington, Farsley Celtic, Eastwood Town, Bradford Park Avenue (again) and Goole Town. However, during the summer he moved south, and has been training with Tiverton Town, playing in their pre-season friendlies whilst starting a new role at Huish Park.


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2 August 2011 : Yeovil Town XI vs Westland Sports Match Report
A Yeovil Town XI tonight beat Westland Sports 4-1 in the latest of the pre-season friendlies featuring the bulk of the Centre of Excellence squad. In a match that was originally intended as a curtain-raiser for the 2011-12 season for Yeovil Town's Under-18s side, a few additional players were co-opted into the side, most notably former Reading academy player Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who is on trial at Huish Park. He was joined by first year professionals Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke who played for the Under-18s last year but are now over the age of eligibility. Meanwhile 22 year old Alistair Slowe continued to occupy a place on the bench.

The Glovers opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match, when Johnny Kaye fired home from the edge of the box, and went on to dominate the half, with some excellent passing that often left Westland chasing shadows as they tried to get hold of the ball.

Hence it came as not too much of a surprise when the Glovers doubled their lead on 36 minutes, with a superbly struck goal. Former Fulham academy player Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, who played for the ISFA Under-16s representative side last season, unleashed a great 25 yarder that beat Knibbs in the Westland goal, despite the keeper diving down to his left in the vain hope of saving the shot.

Two minutes later, and Yeovil were 3-0 up. A poor challenge by Westland defender Cochrane gave Abdulai Bell-Baggie a chance to step up from the penalty spot. He duly obliged, by slotting home the spot kick, to give the Glovers a three goal advantage at the break.

The second half saw a slightly more even match, although the Glovers were unlucky not to go further ahead when a shot was cleared off the line by a Westland defender. However, they did bag one more, with Lewis Clarke netting ten minutes from time. Meanwhile there was enough time for Westland's Mike Rousell to grab a consolation goal in the closing stage, with the strike coming from the second penalty awarded of the night. The majority of tonight's squad now plan for the 2011-12 Youth Alliance season, with Hereford United their opening match this coming Saturday, and with the Under-18s players certainly showing they could be in for a good season.

Final Score: Yeovil Town XI 4 Westland Sports 1.

Scorers: Johnny Kaye (1-0, 12 mins), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (2-0, 36 mins), Abdulai Bell-Baggie (3-0, 38 mins), Lewis Clarke (4-0, 80 mins), Mike Rousell (4-1, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
Matt Cafer
Rhys Baggridge, Josh Doyle, Victor Ruiz
Billy Gibson, Rob Clowes, Johnny Kaye, Lewis Clarke
Abdulai Bell-Baggie
Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson

Subs: Alistair Slowe, Mitch Brundle, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Will Gordon

Westland Sports: Knibbs, Cochrane, Lindegaard, Sims, Binding, Mapletoft, Smith, Burton, Morgan, Jarman, Rousell.


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2 August 2011 : Skiverton Giving Fallon Fitness Through Pilates
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that new signing Rory Fallon will receive specialist physio treatment has the club look to bring him up to full fitness for his month's stay at Huish Park. The New Zealand international has today said in an interview with the BBC that he has had fitness problems since going to the World Cup Final in 2010, when a hernia problem developed.

Now he is attempting to get his full fitness back, and his new boss Skiverton has said that Fallon is benefiting from sessions with Castle Cary based Pilates instructor Suzanne Scott. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that they would be monitoring his progress over the month, but that he knew how good the target man could be if they could get him back up to scratch again:

"He's a real handful and we're just going to see how it goes, and just take each day as it comes. He's working very closely with people behind the scenes. He's working on Pilates. We've got a lady who comes in and works with us called Suzanne Scott. He'll be working with her closely, because he's had problems with his groins in the past, and we think we can get the best out of him. He's down with us now, he's signed, sealed and delivered and he'll definitely be playing some part on the weekend (against Brentford)."


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2 August 2011 : Tonight's Line-Up Against Westland Sports
Yeovil Town's line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Westland Sports is now available. As suggested yesterday, the game has been upgraded somewhat to include a number of fringe players from the first team squad who have not been involved so much in recent first team friendlies. The line-up for tonight's game includes former Reading attacking midfielder Abdulai Bell-Baggie who is on trial at the club, as well as the club's trio of first year professionals, and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
Matt Cafer
Rhys Baggridge, Josh Doyle, Victor Ruiz
Billy Gibson, Rob Clowes, Johnny Kaye, Lewis Clarke
Abdulai Bell-Baggie
Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson

Subs: Alistair Slowe, Mitch Brundle, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Will Gordon


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2 August 2011 : Officials For Brentford vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's opening match of the 2011-12 season have been announced. The match between Brentford and Yeovil Town takes place on Saturday 6th August at Griffin Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, oddly with all of the matches being away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

More recently, Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Following Charlton but in the same season, he was in charge of the 2-0 defeat against Walsall in February 2009, where we had no significant complaints about his performance on the day.

Finally, and most recently,he took charge of a November 2009 away match at the Priestfield Stadium. Here he dished out six yellow cards and a red card to Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the incident that caused JP to walk, given that it looked more like Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace than a touch of the beautiful game. However, there were a number of worthy complaints about what had gone on before, with Gillingham using some rough-house tactics to try to wind up both Kalala and Sam Williams with the pair on yellow cards. Manager Terry Skiverton felt his players deserved better protection from the match officials from that kind of tactic. Mr Miller also awarded Gillingham a penalty in the 10th minute that eventually won the game - no big complaints there.

We were due to have Mr Miller for the March 2011 match between Yeovil Town and Walsall, which would have been his first visit to Huish Park. Instead he was replaced by Roger East at the last minute - perhaps he prefers to only see us when we are on our travels?

Mr Miller will be assisted by Darren Blunden (Kent) and Elliott Kaye (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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2 August 2011 : Fallon Completes Glovers Move
Yeovil Town have completed a deal to sign New Zealand international Rory Fallon today. The former Plymouth Argyle player has signed a 'short term' contract according to BBC Radio Bristol who have been down at Huish Park for the club's press day today. Fallon was released by the Pilgrims at the end of last season and so arrives at the club as a free agent, having played in two of the club's pre-season friendlies.

Fallon, who represented New Zealand at the last World Cup, is a 29 year old old fashioned target man striker, who started his career with Barnsley then moved on to play for Swindon Town, during which he had a loan spell with the Glovers across February and March 2005. A move to Swansea City lasted one season before he headed to Home Park where he spent four seasons, including a loan spell with Ipswich Town last season.

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

The BBC state that Rory has signed a one month contract at Huish Park.

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 August 2011 : How Much For A Pie?!
Ahead of the 2011-12 season, the BBC have conducted a survey into the costs of supporting your chosen football club. Covering the Premier League, Football League and Scottish Premier League, they've considered a total of 104 clubs and how much you will be paying to turn up and watch them play this season.

The baseline they have used for their survey, the results of which appear on the BBC Sport website, is how much it would cost an adult to buy a single match ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea - a simple index for comparing each club.

Obviously there's a very wide variation in prices between the Premier League giants and those down in League Two - what naturally interests us the most is what League One looks like, and how Yeovil Town compare to our peers. That's not always a simple exercise as clubs introduce new marketing ideas, wrapped up in promotional packages, but the BBC have kept things simple.

The costs quoted for a day out Huish Park, are £16.00 for the cheapest possible adult match ticket, £3.00 for a matchday programme, £3.00 for a pie and £1.70 for a cup of tea, which brings the cost of your day out watching Yeovil Town at home to £23.70. For reference, the matchday ticket quoted is for an advance purchase ticket for either the home terrace, away terrace, or East Stand wing blocks. These prices rise up to £21.00 if you are buying a Main Stand ticket on the day of the match.

In terms of League One prices, one notable fact is that the Glovers have the most expensive pies in the division, along with Milton Keynes Dons, with the traditional football food setting you back by the sum of £3.00. Just down the road in Bournemouth you will pay £2.20 for the same pie - the price also charged by Rochdale. The Beeb note that expensive pies appears to be a bit of a West Country trait, singling out Cheltenham Town, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town for charging above the odds for what is generally the same product elsewhere.

As far as the price of a cup of tea is concerned, the Glovers are in the upper half of the division's prices at £1.70 - for some bizarre reason the same cuppa costs £2.00 in Bury and Preston yet just £1.00 at their neighbours in Rochdale.

Matchday programmes are all priced at £3.00 throughout the division, apart from Carlisle United who buck the trend by pricing at £2.00.

As far as matchday tickets are concerned, the £16.00 cheapest adult ticket price puts the Glovers right in the middle - Rochdale, Preston and MK Dons are charging a tenner in some parts of their ground - three of eight clubs surveyed who offer that price. At the other end, London is clearly an expensive place to be, with Leyton Orient and Brentford the most pricey at £21.00 and £20.00 respectively, and Charlton Athletic also ranked high up in terms of costs. There's a definite North-South divide here, with nine of the ten cheapest clubs sitting north of Birmingham. However, it should be noted that for certain clubs, their pricing structures, do not always apply to the areas of the ground given over to away supporters - don't turn up to Spotland as a Glovers fan expecting to get in for a tenner.

Overall, the Glovers sit 12th out of 24 teams in League One, for the benchmarked cost of seeing a football match in the division - smack in the middle, although perhaps a little surprising given that the facilities at Huish Park are by the club's own admittance not the greatest in the world. The £23.70 cost of watching Yeovil Town is topped by Leyton Orient at £27.80, but if you're a Rochdale fan, you can get the same entertainment and benefits for just £16.20. Perhaps what's surprising is that it's cheaper to watch Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and Watford in the Championship, using the BBC's benchmark, than it is to go to a middle-of-the-road League One side like Yeovil Town. No doubt that in such penny-pinching times, that such factors will come into supporters heads when picking and choosing where to watch their football over the coming season.


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2 August 2011 : Fitzsimons Leaves Yeovil Town
Left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons has left Yeovil Town after failing to make an impact at Huish Park. The 19 year old had been on a contract during the second half of the 2010-11 season and was given an invitation to return to the club to earn another deal during pre-season.

The former Queens Park Rangers and Millwall trainee has now signed for Conference North side Histon, who he had a short six game loan spell with during 2010, prior to his arrival in Somerset.

He failed to make a first team appearance at Huish Park, and during the current pre-season his time on the pitch was fairly limited - starting in the friendly at Poole Town and coming on as a substitute during the match against Bristol City, Truro City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He was last seen on the bench for the match against Cardiff City but did not get onto the pitch.

Histon manager David Livermore told the Cambridge News that there was a deal on the table for Fitzsimons, but that he decided to return to Cambridgeshire instead, suggesting that it was regular first team football he was after:

"Danny is exactly the type of young, hungry player I want here at the club. He has had a good schooling with the likes of Millwall, QPR, Yeovil and the Irish under-18 side and has the desire to get back into the League, which is something I believe he can achieve. It’s a credit to him that he has turned down the opportunity at Yeovil to join us in order to play regular first-team football. I think it’s a terrific deal for the club and for Danny."

Fitzsimons is due to turn out for Histon in their pre-season friendly against King's Lynn tonight.


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1 August 2011 : Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town XI Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side continued their excellent pre-season form on Saturday by gaining a 0-0 draw against Devon side Tiverton Town at Ladysmead. Tivvy played in the Southern League Premier Division last season, and have often been used as one of the final opponents for Yeovil Town's first team over the years, but this time round it was the Centre of Excellence side that provided the opposition.

Featuring a near identical side to the one that beat Dagenham and Redbridge 4-1 last week, the only changes were to the bench, with Tobias Iriah and Ohimai Longe being restored to the squad. Once again, only the bench contained over-age players, with Glovers trialist Alistair Slowe joining two first year professionals in the line-up.

The Glovers competed well overall against a strong physical Tiverton side, but struggled to create chances, with one of their better efforts coming through a stinging tenth minute free kick that goalkeeper Ryan Draper did well to hold onto. Most of the goalmouth action though was at the other end, with Glovers keeper Matt Cafer being kept somewhat busier than his opposite number. His best save came ten minutes before the end when get got down low to save a volleyed shot from Liam Ellis, whilst in the closing stages Kevin Hill recorded the game's closest chance when his free kick struck the crossbar.

Overall though, Tivvy manager Mark Saunders admitted that his side had struggled slightly to turn some of their pressure into chances, with Yeovil's back four doing well to snuff out a lot of balls into the box. He told the Exeter Express and Echo that he felt that it was a good workout for his side despite being up against such a young Yeovil side:

"It was a good performance. We got out of that game what we were expecting in terms of fitness. I keep stressing fitness but we played well against a fit, young Yeovil side who were decent. I was speaking to their youth guy (Scott Green) and he was saying they have more than held their own against the first team in a couple of training matches. We had our chances, but what was more pleasing was how we knocked it around from front to back. The only disappointing thing was that, when we did get it up to the front two, they were a little bit off in terms of holding it up so it came back a little too easily."

The Under-18s are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) night against a Westland Sports side, in a game that will be played at Alvington (behind the Airfield Tavern), kick-off 6.30p.m. Our understanding is that the match will feature several over-age 'fringe' first teamers - exact names to be decided on the day, but most likely those who have struggled to get game time during some of the more recent first team friendlies.

Final Score: Tiverton Town 0 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Scorers: None.

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

Substitutes: Alistair Slowe, Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke, Tobias Iriah and Ohimai Longe

Tiverton Town: Draper (Wright), Ellis (Gray), Alex Faux, Hill, Pike, Gardner, Nodwell (Onoufriou), Steele (Kendall), Phillips, Bushin, Nardiello.


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1 August 2011 : 2011-12 League One Predictions Survey
It's that time of year again, where just prior to the start of the season, we ask all readers to stick their heads on the block, with a bit of fun prior to Saturday's big kick-off. As with previous seasons, we want to see how good you are at predicting this season's key positions for the 2011-12 League One season. Choose the sides that get promoted and relegated as well as predicting where Yeovil Town will finish at the end of the campaign.

This is where we find who are the shamelessly over-optimistic ... and who are the downright miserable pessimists amongst you. Feel free to use your Green Room forum login name, your Twitter ID or a nickname, as these are names we'll use next summer to indicate who was good (and maybe who was hopeless!) at the end of the season. The bookies have forecasted doom for this season, whilst manager Terry Skiverton is suggesting he is confident about matching or beating last season's 14th place finish. So who do you believe?

The deadline for the survey is Saturday at 3.00p.m. when all twelve of the opening League One fixtures take place, including Yeovil Town's match against Brentford takes place at Griffin Park.

Link: 2011-12 League One Predictions Survey.


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1 August 2011 : Glovers Still Target More Signings For Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is after two or possibly three more players before he finalises his squad for the 2011-12 season. Part of the slight difference between interviews in this morning's Western Daily Press and BBC Somerset sports bulletins is doubtless down to whether the Glovers boss is including players who are already available at training with the club. Once existing trialists are considered, who Skivo discusses with the WDP, it could easily be four that he is looking to add.

In the case of right-back Kerrea Gilbert, plans to sign the former Arsenal trainee are still ongoing. Last week, the suggestion was that it was the player's medical that was holding things up. This week, it would appear that there is an issue concerning his contractual status with MLS side Portland Timbers. Gilbert's planned move there last season never went through, because of issues with him obtaining a Visa from the USA authorities, yet the WDP suggest that he is still under contract with them, implying that when the deal collapsed that they held on to his registration whilst he considered his own future. If so, then it would seem likely that Portland expect someone to buy out Gilbert's contract, or to set up a long term loan arrangement.

Regarding strike pair Rory Fallon and Bas Savage, there is much consideration towards players' fitness levels - something Skiverton stated was behind his thinking to release French trialist Diarra Tiemoko over the weekend. Of Tiemoko, Skivo says that he "could not afford to take a chance" on his match fitness whilst Fallon and Savage were also on trial at the club, which rather implies that there was not room for all three, and quite possibly that there is one place earmarked for either Fallon or Savage to take. Skiverton describes Savage as being in better shape fitness-wise, and talks of Fallon as being of Championship level calibre, implying that getting a financial package for the New Zealander could be a challenging situation.

Elsewhere, Skiverton still states that he is aiming to bring in two outsiders into the club, but is currently having to bide his time, telling the WDP that he is waiting for a green light from those players current clubs. He says that may not happen for another week or two:

"I am still looking to add and I am still looking to bring in another two. I have identified who I would like to bring in and we will see if we can do that. It might be a week, it might be two weeks but we have to see how the land lies with their host clubs and what they want to do."

The requirement for Premier League clubs to declare their 25 man squad during the month of August would inevitably appear to fit in with this, with certain fringe players soon to be told whether they are inside or outside that submitted list. That means that all eyes will be on what happens to Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika and Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald who Skiverton has made quite clear in the past that he would like to bring back to Huish Park. Another possibility is Norwich City striker Oli Johnson, although as he has already been told he can leave Carrow Road, any move for him would be possible immediately, which would tend to point away from what Skiverton is suggesting.


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1 August 2011 : Skivo Relaxed About Bookies Write-Off
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gives a light-hearted view of the way that the UK's bookmakers are writing off his side's chances of staying in League One this season. The majority of bookmakers have the Glovers as outright favourites to be relegated at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, but has told BBC Somerset that this is a situation that he is used to and is willing to embrace:

"It's every year that I turn up. I think it must be the way that I look - that people say he looks like a person who is going to get relegated. We're always odds-on favourites to go down. One day they might think of us in a different light, but at the minute we are still playing as the underdogs. We've got to have respect and be humble with that tag, but it drives us on. We've got people who don't like losing in that changing room. I see us as having a good season."

Skiverton added that he felt that the side that he had assembled would be capable of continuing the momentum that the 2010-11 side had built up since the club's turnaround of form at the start of the calendar year, suggesting that the nucleus of players he had retained from the previous season would allow him to do that:

"We're humble, we're doing our job, and we're competing at League One level. We did it last year for the second half of last season. We found the right formula. Okay, so it has been broken up a little bit, but I think that the formula is still there within the nucleus of the players that we've still got. We have to work around that and get in the ones who are of the right character that can buy into it straight away, because if you don't buy into it, it could be a case of it being 'all change' at Christmas again, and I don't want to do that. I want to give these boys a chance."

Very shortly, we'll give readers of this site a chance to make their own predictions on how they think the 2011-12 season will go, as part of our regular pre-season predictions poll. Expect that to appear on the site later this morning.


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