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31 August 2014 : Hayter Hits Appearance Milestone
Saturday saw striker James Hayter hit a personal milestone as he made his 100th appearance for the club, during the League One home match against Barnsley. Having joined the club in the summer of 2012 from Doncaster Rovers, the 35 year old has been a regular in the Yeovil Town first team, missing just two league matches during the promotion winning 2012-13 season, whilst last season saw him on the pitch in 37 of the club's 46 Championship matches.

The former AFC Bournemouth striker has also scored 25 goals during his time at Huish Park, including 16 strikes during his first year with the club, as he set up a regular first choice partnership with Paddy Madden that saw the pair net 39 goals between them. Last season saw him net eight times, whilst he has already got himself on the scoresheet this season, during the club's 2-1 win over Walsall, twelve days ago.

Link: James Hayter : Player Profile (including Appearance And Goal Statistics).

Link: James Hayter : Goals Scored For Yeovil Town.


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31 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Barnsley Team Selection
Just before yesterday's home match against Barnsley kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary spoke about the opposition, as well as where he feels his team are beginning to make progress as a squad during the early part of the 2014-15 season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Barnsley.


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31 August 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United : Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park saw Yeovil Town gain a 1-1 draw, and their first home point of the season. The Glovers took the lead when Kieffer Moore converted Sam Foley's cross into the box, but were pegged back when Paddy Madden netted against his former club.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Joe Edwards maintain his consistent performances in the middle of the park, whilst there are signs that defender Jakub Sokolik is starting to show why he was snapped up from Liverpool over the summer, even though he is currently playing in a slightly unfamiliar right-back position at present.

However, the winner of the poll - and for the fourth match out of the opening five fixtures - was midfielder Simon Gillett, who won by a very comfortable margin, and was also chosen as the Match Sponsors' player of the day at the game. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Simon Gillett 328 (26)
2. Jakub SokolŪk 156 (10)
3. Joe Edwards 116 (6)
4. Kevin Dawson 58 (1)
5. Kieffer Moore 54 (2)
6. Sam Foley 42 (1)
7. AJ Leitch-Smith 36 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 24 (1)
9. Ben Nugent 24 (1)
10. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
11. Chris Weale 14 (0)
12. James Hayter 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.12
Performance : 6.24
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 49

A reminder that Man of the Match voting for yesterday's game against Barnsley will remain open until Tuesday night. 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 Barnsley.


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31 August 2014 : Roadworks On A303 Junction For Next Six Weeks
Yeovil Town supporters, and opposition supporters travelling into the town via the A303 should note that bridge maintenance on an interchange junction could cause disruption over the next six weeks. From Monday 1st September, the A303/A37 eastbound junction will be closed, both in terms of exit and entry. Note that the A303 itself is NOT closed, but may affect those travelling to/from Huish Park, starting with Tuesday night's match against Portsmouth.

There are two routes that you will not be able to take (without following lengthy diversions which force you up to the next A303 roundabout in the wrong direction and then back down again following a u-turn on that roundabout):
a) When entering Yeovil from the A303 heading Eastbound, it will not be possible to exit the A303 onto the A37. We'd recommend that you use the A3088 exit at the Cartgate Roundabout and come into Yeovil that way.
b) When leaving Yeovil it will not be possible to travel northbound on the A37 and then join the A303 Eastbound. We'd recommend that larger vehicles (minibuses, coaches) head via the A3088 when leaving the town and then join the A303 eastbound at the Cartgate Roundabout. Cars may prefer to take the more windy A359 (via Mudford and Queen Camel) and to join the A303 Eastbound at the Podimore Roundabout.

Westbound A303 routes are not directly affected. Those using the A37 to/from Shepton Mallet and beyond are also unaffected. The work is being done to undertake bridge joint repairs and to redo the waterproofing on the road surface for the interchange.


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30 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the match, and what the injury to Simon Gillett will mean to his thoughts on bringing in additional players, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Game.


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30 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnsley 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 Barnsley.


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30 August 2014 : Glovers Physios 'Fear' For Gillett Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his club's physios 'fear' the extent of midfielder Simon Gillett's injury sustained today. Whilst the Glovers boss wasn't able to go into any detail regarding what the 28 year old's problem was that forced him off just before half time against Barnsley, but it was thought to be a knee injury that the former Nottingham Forest player had sustained, with Kieffer Moore replacing him, with the Glovers declining the opportunity to assess the problem at the half time break.

As one of the stand-out players in the Yeovil Town side so far this season, the loss of Gillett is a concern, and potentially changes the focus of Monday's Transfer Deadline Day that Johnson had only two days ago forecast as a quiet one. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he would now consider bringing in cover before Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixture against Portsmouth - if they can find the right player in time. In the meantime, it was Gillett who was causing him worries:

"The physios fear for the injury at the moment. So we're going to have to get a scan done on him just to see what it is. He is uncomfortable at the moment, and of course that will be a big loss for us at this moment in time. But I thought Sam Foley went in there and did quite well. But we'll have a look and see what we need. Whether we can do anything before the JPT Trophy game remains to be seen, but we will have a ring around and see if we can't help ourselves."

The Glovers currently are without James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) for around another two or three weeks, and with all three able to occupy various midfield and wide roles, a lot of the club's injuries are concentrated in one small area of the pitch. Johnson wants to look at that situation, but confirmed he would not be making contact with Marvin Elliott as a reaction to that, with the player's trial earlier this month being cut short due to lack of match fitness:

"I would think we are a little bit short in midfield and we certainly got to have a look at that, and we will do once we know the extent of the injury. Marvin was struggling with match fitness and the fitness to get to match fitness. You've got to be fit to be able to play matches to get match fit. I just felt that it would have taken too long. I don't know where he is now. I hope he is somewhere, but I think it (any new signing) will be more someone who who has been playing at a good level over the last month."

Clubs wanting to do business before August transfer window closes have until 11.00p.m. on Monday 1st September. After that point clubs are not allowed to sign any players as part of a permanent transfer or a long term loan. Clubs can only make Emergency Loan signings after an eight day 'dead' period has passed, meaning that will only be possible on or around September 9th. Thus if Johnson does not bring in new blood by Monday night, then he will have to work with the same squad for next Saturday's trip to Bradford City at Valley Parade.


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30 August 2014 : Second Half Performance Impresses Gary Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson left Huish Park this afternoon impressed by his side's second half performance against Barnsley. The 1-1 draw was one that was defined by a below par first half period that saw the Tykes take the lead via a long range Conor Hourihane strike, before an improved second period saw them finally get their reward as an own goal from Yeovil-born defender Martin Cranie levelled the scores.

Johnson acknowledged the quality of Hourihane's strike, with the midfielder having moved from Plymouth Argyle over the summer for a fee reported in the Devon press as being in the region of £200,000. The Glovers boss felt Barnsley were getting good value out of their new signing but that he felt his own side's second half showing was worthy of acclaim:

"I think the overriding emotion is that I was proud of their second-half performance. I did say before the game that this would be the strongest team we come up against so far and Barnsley showed that in the first half. We weren't quite ready for their sharp, quick, clever play. The lad (Conor Hourihane) that they paid a few hundred thousand for (from Plymouth Argyle) scored a goal worth a few hundred thousand from outside the box. We weren't really able to create enough good opportunities to look dangerous. But in the second-half we made a couple of substitutions and I just felt we showed that willingness and that effort and desire to get into the box and create chances. Sometimes quality comes out and sometimes it doesn't. But what did come out was the passion. The amount of crosses and shots and corners and free kicks that we had, I would have liked to have scored more than one, but we did keep going and we showed our public as well that there is a bit of a team there. With the second-half, as you said, we should have come away at least 2-1 or 3-1 winners."

The equalising goal will go down with Cranie's name against it, after he nudged home a Jakub Sokolik cross that AJ Leitch-Smith got a glancing touch on as it flew across the box. That was the one slice of fortune the Glovers got from the pressure they put on the Barnsley goal with their keeper Adam Davies managing to get in the way of everything else that was thrown at him:

"It would be nice to recognise one of our players, as opposed to an own goal - we don't like own goals! But it was as a result of two or three super crosses into the box. We had them all at sea - their keeper (Adam Davies) in the second half had a charmed life. Everything that ricocheted seem to come straight to him. I don't know whether he is that good, or that lucky, but certainly everything went to him, and he got behind everything. He made the saves that he had to make, and on occasions we didn't quite have that technique to just finish it off. People have got that technique to finish it off, so I'm just hoping that one day soon they will show us their technique. At the moment they are showing me their desire anyway."

The Glovers are likely to be without midfielder Simon Gillett for the foreseeable future, with Johnson expressing concern about what is believed to be a knee injury sustained just before half time today. The former Southampton player will go in for a scan on Monday to see what the damage is, but he will certainly miss Tuesday night's Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth.


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30 August 2014 : Yeovil 1 Barnsley 1 : Home Town Boy Gifts Glovers Another Point
Yeovil Town gained their second consecutive 1-1 home draw this afternoon, but had to rely upon a home town boy to score them the goal their second half play deserved. Once of Birchfield Primary School and Buckler's Mead School, Martin Cranie unwittingly converted a Jakub Sokolik cross into his own net just 14 minutes from time that cancelled out the opening strike from former Plymouth Argyle player Conor Hourihane that had threatened to win the game for the Tykes.

Gary Johnson chose to keep faith with the same group of players for the third game running, with the same starting eleven, and almost the same bench, with the only change being that Seth Nana Twumasi's return from suspension that allowed the Glovers the chance to field a complete seven man bench. It was an end-to-end first half but one in which the visitors looked more streetwise at times, with only Joe Edwards and Simon Gillett in the centre of the park obviously matching their Barnsley counterparts.

The Glovers did have their own share of chances - Sam Foley twice put shots over the bar, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith twice forced keeper Adam Davies into saves that were comfortable, rather than the sort that would truly extend a League One goalkeeper. Barnsley looked more incisive, and they took the lead 27 minutes into the match when former Plymouth Argyle winger Conor Hourihane was allowed too much space to control the ball and tee it up to fire home from 25 yards out for a lead that they took into the break.

Just before half time, Yeovil suffered a blow when Simon Gillett pulled up with a knee injury, and despite attempts to see him through to the break, they were forced into the change, with Kieffer Moore coming on as a substitute, AJ Leitch-Smith switching to a left-wing position, whilst Sam Foley moved into the centre. It was a more positive start to the second period, with Moore, Leitch-Smith and Joe Edwards forcing Adam Davies into early saves. But the Barnsley keeper mopping up those chances a bit too easily, with none of Yeovil's attackers looking as though they could make the breakthrough in truth.

A 66th minute substitution saw more formation changes as Sam Hoskins was put on as a striker, with Nathan Ralph coming on as a left-winger, that allowed AJ Leitch-Smith to move across to the right wing, as James Hayter and Kevin Dawson made way. Ten minutes later, the Glovers drew level, with a slight bit of fortune attached to it - Jakub Sokolik's cross into the box came off Barnsley centre-back Martin Cranie, and the Yeovil-born player had the misfortune to score his first ever goal for the Glovers - doubtless with family and friends out in force to tell him about it after the game.

Thereafter the match was almost one-way traffic. Barnsley tried to slow down play, with goalkeeper Adam Davies the biggest exponent of that, as he went down a couple of times for 'treatment' he clearly didn't need, whilst the Yeovil attackers put late pressure on his goal. Leitch-Smith fired just wide, Sam Foley had a strong run that ended with a shot deflected for a corner, which then saw Kieffer Moore head at Davies.

Moore then had a header cleared off the line by Conor Hourihane, whilst Nathan Ralph almost created a goal as his dangerous cross eluded a couple of outstretched boots as it fizzed across the six yard box. Barnsley survived - Yeovil had to settle for the draw, but the final 20 minutes saw them firmly put the Yorkshire side on the back foot, and ensured the visitors were the most relieved when the final whistle blew.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Scorers: Conor Hourihane (27 mins, 0-1), Martin Cranie (76 mins, 1-1, own goal)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore (45 mins for Simon Gillett) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (66 mins for Kevin Dawson) 14. Sam Hoskins (66 mins for James Hayter) 21. Calvin Brooks

Barnsley:
12. Adam Davies
2. Reece Brown 6. Martin Cranie 5. Lewin Nyatanga 3. Joe Dudgeon
7. Keith Treacy 4. Luke Berry 17. Brad Abbott 8. Conor Hourihane
9. Sam Winnall 33. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
1. Ross Turnbull 10. Kane Hemmings (65 mins for Sam Winnall) 11. Dale Jennings (30 mins for Keith Treacy) 14. Paul Digby 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 29. James Bree 44. Devante Cole (74 mins for Leroy Lita)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 56 mins), Jakub Sokolik (foul, 90 mins)

Barnsley Bookings: Keith Treacy (foul, 13 mins), Conor Hourihane (foul, 62 mins), Devante Cole (foul, 89 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,991 (including 394 Barnsley supporters).


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30 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Barnsley. The same line-up that took to the field against Walsall and Scunthorpe United is preferred despite the return of Seth Nana Twumasi from a three match suspension.

The trio of James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) will need a few more weeks to recover from their respective problems. Meanwhile Matteo Lanzoni is now off the club's payroll, having signed for Cambridge United this week.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Calvin Brooks

Barnsley:
12. Adam Davies
2. Reece Brown 6. Martin Cranie 5. Lewin Nyatanga 3. Joe Dudgeon
7. Keith Treacy 4. Luke Berry 17. Brad Abbott 8. Conor Hourihane
9. Sam Winnall 33. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
1. Ross Turnbull 10. Kane Hemmings 11. Dale Jennings 14. Paul Digby 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 29. James Bree 44. Devante Cole


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30 August 2014 : Gary Talks About The Start To The 2014-15 Season
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC local radio to talk about the club's start to the 2014-15 season. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Gary's chat about the way the team are evolving can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The Start To The 2014-15 Season.


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30 August 2014 : McCarthy Leaves Reading For QPR Deal
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will compete for a place in a Premier League side this season, after leaving Reading. The 24 year old has signed a four year contract with Queens Park Rangers. The fee is officially undisclosed although there are some wildly varying figures doing the rounds - £3 million (Reading Chronicle), £4 million (Metro) and £6 million (TalkSport) are just three of the transfer fee values the media have claimed QPR have paid the Royals for his services.

There was also speculation that Liverpool had beaten QPR to McCarthy's signing on Friday - that can now be put to bed, with the West London side confirming the deal, and their manager Harry Redknapp tipping him for a future England career:

"I am delighted to bring Alex in. Heís a great young goalkeeper with a great future in front of him. I think heís got the potential to be a future England goalkeeper one day, so to have him here at QPR is fantastic. Weíve got Rob Green and Brian Murphy, and Alexís arrival here helps to further strengthen the goalkeeping department. I want to have competition for places in all areas of the pitch, and you canít have too much quality in your squad. He is a great signing for the club, and for the future of QPR."

McCarthy was in the final year of his contract at the Madejski Stadium, thus putting Reading under pressure to sell the former England Under-21 goalkeeper before his value diminished. Overall he made 75 appearances for Reading, having made his early steps as a first team professional at Huish Park on a season-long loan with the Glovers during 2009-10 that gained him 45 appearances for the club.


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29 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Barnsley Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With views on the likes of Matteo Lanzoni, AJ Leitch-Smith and Kieffer Moore, Gary's chat with BBC Somerset can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Barnsley.


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29 August 2014 : Duffy Heading To Ewood Park
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy is expected to sign for Championship side Blackburn Rovers within the next 48 hours. The 22 year old will leave his current club Everton and move across to Lancashire, via a £1.5 million deal with Rovers.

As yet all the paperwork and announcements have not gone through at either end, but various media reports suggest that the deal is in principle agreed. Duffy has been involved in pre-season training with the Toffees, but are expected to adopt Phil Jagielka and John Stones as their first choice pairing in the centre of defence and thus is likely to find first team football hard to come by.

Last season saw Duffy make 39 appearances for the Glovers, scoring his one and only goal in the March 2014 match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. He then went on to pick up two End of Season awards, with the runner-up positions in both the GWSC and Away Travel Club polls. His last Everton appearance came in February 2013, with the arrival of Roberto Martinez as manager during that summer effectively ending his first team chances at Goodison Park.


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29 August 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Barnsley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 30th August 2014 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the 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 for the second time we had no problems with 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 the first time we were critical of him 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.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the 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!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

Last season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

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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29 August 2014 : Bank Holiday Crowd Gives Concern For Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club will need to hit an average attendance level of around 4,500 spectators per match if they are to keep their current playing budget intact. The Glovers are currently hitting that target with an average of 4,589 coming through the gates during those opening two fixtures, but appear to have raised some concerns at the 3,943 that showed for the Bank Holiday weekend match against Scunthorpe United, compared to the more impressive opening day 5,235 that were present for the opening day match against Doncaster Rovers.

That Scunthorpe crowd was the first time the club had dipped below the 4,000 mark since a March 2013 midweek match against Preston North End, and the first Saturday fixture since a pre-Christmas 2012 game against Oldham Athletic. Johnson said that he had looked at the general statistics behind August Bank Holiday fixtures and believed that the tendency for people to go away for holiday weekends rather than stay in the town would be a factor in the dip:

"I looked at all the other attendances as well, and it's an annual bad weekend with it being a Bank Holiday and people going away. It started off quite sunny - I know that because I was in the traffic for four hours, whilst going back to Bristol! I won't be doing that again! So people go away. I hope that's what it was, because we need this average gate to go up."

With the current average crowd showing 4,589, Johnson indicated that they were 'spot on' with what their pre-season playing budgets had hoped to achieve. He hoped that as the team built up some winning form that he would see some of those who had been slow to return to Huish Park at the start of the season begin to return:

"We're spot on with it at the moment, with five-and-a-bit (thousand) for the first game, and then just under four (thousand) for the second game. We need to maintain it. If you pick up a couple of wins, or three wins on the trot - which we're trying to achieve - then obviously that brings people back in anyway. But I always appreciate the ones that are here, rather than the ones who are not here."

In terms of crowd trends for August Bank Holiday weekends, Saturday's attendance was the second lowest the club had experienced since joining the Football League. Whilst last season's Championship crowd for the visit of Derby County match can be discounted as a one-off, the two most recent matches falling on that weekend show 5,001 turning up for the visit of Sheffield United (1,396 away fans) and 3,827 for the visit of Leyton Orient (approx 250 away fans). The list of fixtures for the equivalent weekend reads as follows:

2003-04 : 6,105 : Northampton Town (League Two)
2004-05 : 5,088 : Rushden and Diamonds (League Two)
2005-06 : 6,079 : Chesterfield (League One) (Monday)
2006-07 : 4,827 : Port Vale (League One)
2008-09 : 6,580 : Leeds United (League One)
2009-10 : 3,827 : Leyton Orient (League One)
2011-12 : 5,001 : Sheffield United (League One)
2013-14 : 7,047 : Derby County (Championship)

During the club's last season in League One during 2012-13, the club attained an average gate of 4,240. Of those 12 of the 23 League One fixtures included crowds under 4,000. However, it's worth noting that eight of those fell before Christmas of that year, with the crowds rising during the second half once the club's play-off chances began to materialise.


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28 August 2014 : Johnson Explains Lanzoni Exit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that outgoing defender Matteo Lanzoni found himself too far down the pecking order to justify keeping him on the club's books for the 2014-15 season. The former Oldham Athletic right-back/centre-back had arrived at the club in January on an 18 month contract, but was to only make six appearances for the club before his contract was torn up this morning. Merely a few hours later he signed a one year deal with League Two side Cambridge United, ending his eight month stay with the Glovers.

Johnson explained to BBC Somerset that he felt that with Lanzoni having got stuck behind the established partnership of Byron Webster and Shane Duffy during last season, that the last thing the Italian needed was another season where other players were going to keep him out of the side, and so suggested that the 26 year old should find himself another club in order to get more games:

"We brought him here for the Championship, but we had (Byron) Webster and (Shane) Duffy who were playing well, and didn't get injured that much. Matteo got his bits and pieces in time on the pitch. He's a great lad and a decent player, but he found himself again in a position where he was behind another three centre-backs. So rather than keep him here for the whole season and have him wait for an injury, he needed to play games. He couldn't have another season without playing games. We had to say to him that you've got to go out and earn yourself a career somewhere else, and that's what he'll do."

With Lanzoni not having been part of the squad during the past two matches, as his future with the Glovers was thrashed out, his departure doesn't materially impact the number of players Johnson has at his disposal. However the Glovers boss now seems to be winding back from his recent position which saw him looking to boost the size of his squad. At present he is expecting a quiet transfer deadline day in terms of both incoming and outgoing players:

"I think somebody would have made contact with us by now if there was a big money transfer. We're certainly not going to be the big money transfer team that brings someone in - that's for sure. Then obviously the loans begin again a week after the window shuts. So you're not really losing anything as a League One club. But I've been working hard with this group and to keep that faith I just want to give a few of them a bit of a go, and see where it takes us."

This weekend will see one extra player added to the squad with Seth Nana Twumasi returning from a three match suspension, meaning that unless there are any last minutes unexpected knocks, the Glovers should be able to fill their bench for the first time in a fortnight. The trio of James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Liam Davis (broken wrist) will need a few more weeks to recover from their respective problems.


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28 August 2014 : Glovers Agent Payments Up In Championship Season
The Football League have published their annual report concerning the payment of fees to Football Agents. The report details what was paid out during the 2013-14 season, and with Yeovil Town in the Championship for this period, it's no surprise to find the amount paid came close to doubling against that for the previous campaign. A total of £61,550 was forked out, compared to the £36,265 that was made during their League One promotion year.

Overall across the season, from July 1st 2013 to 30th June 2014, the club made 26 new registrations of players, including transfers from other clubs, whilst three player contracts were updated. The club used 15 loan contracts, whilst there were no contract cancellations during that period.

The amount of money spent on Football Agents is surprisingly not the lowest in the Championship division, with Blackpool spending just £10,000 during the year. However, all other clubs paid out either six or seven figure sums, with Doncaster Rovers forking out £131,380 as the next nearest club, whilst Barnsley paid £221,445 meaning that three of the four lowest spenders were also the division's relegated sides. At the other end it's no surprise to find Queens Park Rangers were the big spenders, with £1,814,480 leaving Loftus Road, whilst Blackburn Rovers paid £1,681,080.

In League One, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£571,350), Bristol City (£339,467) and Brentford (£253,236) were the division's big spenders, whilst at the other end of the scale Shrewsbury Town didn't spend a penny on agents. Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool United were the other Football League sides who didn't pay out to agents.

Overall a total of £17.7 million was paid during the season, compared to the £21.5 million spent during the 2012-13 season. The Football League, who have adopted the narrative that they see this as money 'leaving' the game, have suggested that the sharp 18 percent reduction is due to Championships clubs now having to adopt Financial Fair Play regulations for the 2013-14 season, and needing to put their house into order for this year. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey explained:

"The 2013-14 campaign was the first season against which sanctions will be applied in all three of our divisions under The Football League's Financial Fair Play rules. It is therefore notable that we have seen a significant fall in payments to agents. Hopefully this is a sign that they are having a positive effect but it's too early to know for definite at this stage. Whilst a reduction of £4m is welcome there is still a very significant sum leaving the game to pay agents. Under the financial reporting arrangements in place for clubs these liabilities are provided for in club business plans going forward."


Link: 06/09/2013 : Glovers Agent Fees Go Up, As League Holds Steady.

Link: 09/08/2012 : Yeovil Town Record Small Rise In Agent Payments.

Link: 26/08/2011 : Glovers Agent Fees Flat As League Figures Spiral Upwards.

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


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28 August 2014 : McAllister Surprised He Didn't Extend Huish Park Stay
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has admitted that he was surprised to be released by the Glovers over the summer, having been club captain and a regular in the starting line-up during his two years at Huish Park. The 36 year old made 84 appearances for the club after signing in the summer of 2012, but was part of the club's released list back in May, and has spent the summer on trial with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock as well as training with Bristol City's Development Squad to keep himself fit, ahead of a move to India where he will take part in their first India Super League season later this year.

McAllister played in 38 of the club's 46 Championship fixtures, and told BBC Somerset that he had been mentally set on extending his stay with Yeovil Town. But when he got the phone call from the club he had to quickly make plans, which ultimately turned into an overseas role with the Kerala Blasters in India:

"I was surprised actually to get the phone call. I was just waiting for the gaffer to phone and say 'there's a year (contract) and this is what we are offering you' but it wasn't to be. That's football, and you move on. But I had a few offers in the summer, and a few that I was thinking over and fortunately enough this one came up. It came up late, but it was the best in my eyes and my wife's eyes. It was a great opportunity to take, and one I couldn't turn down."

McAllister explained that the India Super League offer nearly didn't happen, with him confirming last month's rumours that he was training with Kilmarnock in Scotland. He implied that there was an offer on the table for him to move to Rugby Park, but that whilst he was mulling that over he got a call from former England goalkeeper David James, who he knew from their days at Ashton Gate:

"I was up in Kilmarnock and was about to stay in Kilmarnock for a year up in Scotland, and David James phoned me. He just ran the idea by me, and asked if I'd be interested in coming with him. He'd be going as manager of the team - Kerala Blasters. We had a few chats and what he came back with was really interesting. It's a new Super League. It's just a chance I can't turn down - I'm going as a player-coach. So I had to turn down Kilmarnock and take up this opportunity."

McAllister added that the chance to team back up with James was a significant factor, with the 44 year old spending two years as his team-mate in Bristol. When James offered a coaching role in that deal, McAllister said that was a big influence, but that his friendship with James was also a big thing for him:

"He was a massive factor. He obviously spoke to me, and he has ideas of what he wants to achieve and what he wants from me as a player and as a coach. So I'm going to be very hands-on, dealing with a lot of things day-to-day, and doing the training and stuff like that, and also playing. So it's just come at the right time in my career, where I've been doing my coaching badges for the last four years. So it's all tied in very nicely. It's a four month thing, and it's a great opportunity."

Having reached the tail end of an eighteen year professional career that has taken in four clubs in Scotland and three in England, McAllister has been preparing for life after his playing career. He has recently completed his UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence, having taken the course during his time at Huish Park. However, he said that he was not yet ready to hang up his playing boots:

"I've been doing my coaching badges for the last four years, and I've just finished my UEFA A Licence. Coaching is something that I want to go into, but my first passion is playing. I feel as if I've got a few years left in me yet. I keep myself fit. Playing is definitely my passion, and I love it at the moment, although I am looking forward to doing the coaching side out in India, and to try to combine both. I love doing the coaching but there's plenty of time for me to do that. As I say, this opportunity gives me a chance to mix both and see how I get on with doing that. But I do love playing and I want to keep playing."

The former Scotland international explained that after he turned down Kilmarnock's offer, he returned back to his Bristol home and has been training with Bristol City's Under-21 squad over the past week or two. During that time he has watched Yeovil Town's home match against Doncaster Rovers on the opening day of the season, and followed that up a week later with Bristol City's match against Colchester United which they won by a 2-1 scoreline. He thinks City are going to have a very good season ahead of them:

"I've been training down at the (Bristol City) training ground with the Under-21s. I speak to a lot of the boys (at Bristol City), and I went to their game last week against Colchester, just to watch them. I've got some good friends there, as Luke Ayling has just signed up, and I know Korey Smith and a few of the other lads. It's been good to watch them and I think they've been very impressive this year and I definitely think they'll get promoted. I can see good times ahead. They've bought some great signings and I think there's a good blend. It's a strong squad, so I think that as they grow together and play more together as a team, they'll definitely be a threat this year."


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28 August 2014 : Lanzoni Pens Cambridge Deal
Former Yeovil Town defender Matteo Lanzoni has wasted no time in finding himself a new club. Barely a few hours after his departure from Huish Park was confirmed, he has signed for League Two newcomers Cambridge United, penning a one year deal. With the 26 year old being pictured in Cambridge colours this morning, his decision to leave South Somerset appears to have been made with an offer from the U's already on the table.

Lanzoni made just six appearances for Yeovil Town, after he joined them in January 2014 from Oldham Athletic, and he will team up with goalkeeper Chris Dunn who also joined the 2013-14 Conference Play-Off winners over the summer. Director of Football Jez George told his club's website that Cambridge were only prepared to make their final move once Lanzoni was off the Huish Park payroll:

"Matteo will add to our defensive options and provide more competition for places in these positions. It is a similar situation to Michael Nelson in that we have only been able to make this signing because of the circumstances, in that Matteo first terminated his contract at Yeovil and was a free agent. Once we knew he was available, and Richard had identified that his attributes fitted the profile of player that we were looking for, we worked quickly to agree a deal to bring Matteo to the club."


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28 August 2014 : Free Admission Offer For Ladies Match On Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies have introduced a ticketing offer for this coming Sunday's home match against Oxford United Women. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday 31st August, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off and comes just one day after the men's team take on Barnsley in a League One match.

Yeovil Town supporters who can either present their 2014-15 Season Ticket or their matchday ticket from the previous day's match against Barnsley will get FREE admission to the match, thus giving supporters two matches for the price of one.

In addition, the Ladies club are running a 'Kids Event' day (see the poster below) which will allow all Under-16s to gain admission to Sunday's match for FREE (regardless of whether they've been to the Barnsley game or not). Kids-oriented events will begin at 12.30p.m. - see below for more details of what to expect.

Yeovil Town Ladies launch a Kids Event for Sunday's match against Oxford United Women
Yeovil Town Ladies launch a Kids Event for Sunday's match against Oxford United Women.



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28 August 2014 : Lanzoni Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they have allowed defender Matteo Lanzoni to leave the club by mutual consent. The 26 year old, who joined the club from Oldham Athletic, only made two starts and four substitute appearances after signing an 18 month contract at Huish Park, and has not featured at all during pre-season.

Lanzoni was only sparingly used in pre-season, often being left as an unused substitute, and during the last two matches he has not even made the substitutes bench, with the Glovers deciding to field just six substitutes rather than give him a space. Given that manager Gary Johnson suggested that his player wasn't injured but wasn't fit enough to play in games, that pointed to an imminent exit from the club.

He has now left the club by mutual consent and will be free to join another club as a free agent, either before or after Monday's transfer deadline day.


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27 August 2014 : Fontaine Makes Hibs Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Fontaine has headed north of the border for his next career move. The 28 year old has agreed a one year deal with Scottish Championship side Hibernian, and made his debut last night against Dunbarton in the Scottish League Cup.

Having been released by Bristol City at the end of last season, he has been spotted training with Championship side Bolton Wanderers, playing in pre-season friendlies against Fylde and Wrexham which were badged as Development Squad games, but he was not offered a deal with the Trotters. He then travelled north and agreed a deal with Hibs in time for his registration papers to go through. Fontaine explained his views on the deal:

"Iím really excited about the move and the challenge of getting Hibs back into the Premiership. There were a few factors that made me sign Ė the prospect of working with the manager, becoming part of a young, hungry squad and the opportunity of playing for such a big club with great supporters. Everything pointed towards this being the right move for me and, after spending the last eight years down at Bristol City, coming up here is a fresh challenge and one Iím looking forward to."

Fontaine has had one brief spell up in Scotland, as part of a Kilmarnock loan deal whilst he was on the books of Fulham, which was sandwiched between his 2004 and 2005 spells at Huish Park that saw him make 30 appearances across two different seasons for the Glovers. However, this is the first time he's moved up to Scotland on a permanent basis. His new manager Alan Stubbs said of the deal:

"Liam is a real quality signing, who will undoubtedly add a huge amount to the squad and further strengthen our defence. We did our homework on him - both as a player and as a person - and he ticked all the right boxes and he has immediately bought into what we're trying to achieve at the club."

The former Fulham academy player only made three further Bristol City appearances - all in January 2014 - after his five game 2013-14 loan spell with Yeovil Town was ended. It was therefore little surprise that his eight year spell at Ashton Gate was ended.

One deal that is a little more surprising is Watford's decision to take goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin back to Vicarage Road. The 27 year old, who had an eight game spell at Huish Park during the 2011-12 season, left Watford on a free transfer to join Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2012, and made just 16 appearances for the Pilgrims as they cut his two year contract short by a year. He then moved on to St Patricks Athletic in Ireland where he made just one league appearance and nine cup competition appearances, but has now agreed a one year contract with the Hornets upon his return to Hertfordshire.


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27 August 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Shape Of Things To Come
With no midweek match this week, there's a rare chance to draw breath in what is a fairly quiet week for Yeovil Town. That also gives us an opportunity to look at the early shape of League One and Yeovil Town's start to the 2014-15 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that and a few other talking points. Read it via the link below, and provide your own views on our start at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Shape Of Things To Come.


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27 August 2014 : Video : London Bees vs Yeovil Town Ladies Match Highlights
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies played London Bees in north London, running out as 2-0 winners. Both goals were late strikes from Helen Bleazard, who had just returned from international duty with Wales. You can watch them as well as highlights of a lot of the other action from the game, via the YouTube video below.



Yeovil Town Ladies face Oxford Utd LFC this coming Sunday, 31st August (2.00p.m. kick-off) at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne. There is a kids event running on this day, which starts at 12.30p.m. There is FREE entry to all U16ís with adult tickets costing £4.00 / £2.50 concessions. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Page or by paying cash on the day.


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26 August 2014 : Scunny Boss Happy With Point In 'Poor' Game
Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox was happy to pick up a point on Saturday, in a League One match at Huish Park that he saw as a 'poor spectacle' for the spectator. The Iron gained a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town with the Glovers initially taking the lead through Kieffer Moore, before former Glover Paddy Madden equalised with eight minutes remaining.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside after the match, Wilcox was mindful of Yeovil's league status last season and the problems his side had in negotiating Bank Holiday weekend holiday traffic, but didn't find the game much to write home about:

"I did really think it was a poor game, and a poor spectacle for the supporters. But it's just about getting the points on the board for us. We got one point. We would have liked to have got three, but when you're 1-0 down away from home at Yeovil - and we must remember that they were a Championship side last season - the lads have shown great resilience and great togetherness, and battled their way back. We had a seven hour journey yesterday which interrupts your preparation. But we dug in and I think that was the key."

Saturday's inevitable moment came in the 82nd minute when Madden squirmed his way past a Yeovil defender in the box and slotted home in the 82nd minute, on his first return to Huish Park since leaving the club in January. Wilcox thought the Irishman had lost the chance to net, but agreed that it was one of the more predictable moments of the game:

"It's surprising how many times it happens that an ex-player comes back and then scores. I'm delighted for Paddy (Madden) and delighted for us as a group to pick up that point at last. I must admit when it went into the box I thought the chance had gone. He's moved his feet and wiggled his way through, and it's a terrific goal. We maybe could have gone on to nick it. I don't think we deserved to, but Billy Kee had a half-chance from a back pass, but I think that at 1-0 down away from home against a side that were in the Championship last season, we would have taken that before the game."

Scunthorpe went into the match having conceded nine goals in their opening three League One matches, and they conceded their tenth when a Sam Foley cross into the box was met by an on-rushing Kieffer Moore, who bagged his first goal of the 2014-15 season. Wilcox admitted he was disappointed with the defending for that goal, but felt that his side had shown an improvement on their previous showings:

"You always are (disappointed). We've worked all week about getting the first contact in the box. But I must say today that we've probably done that 99 times out of 100, and I thought our two centre-halves were absolutely outstanding, making first contact with most of the balls against a big powerful strong Yeovil team - with the introduction of their subs, and from corners and set plays, they were throwing the ball in the box and they've got four or five 6'4" players, so I'm really pleased that we dealt with that today."

The Iron frequently slowed down the pace of the game across the 90 minutes, and seemed content to try to block out for an away point at several points in the game. But Wilcox felt that Yeovil Town's players had done a good job in stopping his wingers from being able to make wide runs, forcing play into the central areas where Ben Nugent and Aaron Martin wete able to mop up:

"Sometimes you have to pick up points in an ugly way. I thought that today was not a great game and not a great spectacle to watch for the supporters. There were a lot of balls played from back to front. They pressed us and made us do that into their two big centre-halves. We didn't quite get down the side of them today as much as we'd like to. We can play a lot better than that, and I think we've played a lot better than that in the previous games. It just shows you that when you stay in games and you stay solid, then even at 1-0 there's always that opportunity. Once it goes to two or three then the game is over. We've dug in deep and we've had to, against a very good side, and we've got our rewards at the end of the day."

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

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Game.


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25 August 2014 : Bleazard Double Breaks Down Bees As Ladies Go Fourth
Yeovil Town Ladies came away with all three points at The Hive on Sunday as they won 2-0 against the physical London Bees. The game hung in the balance with just a quarter of an hour left on the clock, but the home side were ultimately undone by two moments of magic from the Glovers' Helen Bleazard in the closing stages.

Ahead of the game, the Bees were able to welcome back midfielder Megan Goss after a lengthy absence following a facial injury suffered in the early stages of the season. Once again Rebecca Sawiuk was forced to shuffle her pack, playing Billie Brooks and Samantha Chappell together in the heart of the Beesí defence with Paula Howells continuing at left-back and Anneka Nuttall completing the back four on the right-hand side of defence. Further forward, Goss formed part of an attacking three with captain Dawn Mallett and Amber Gaylor just behind the central striker Lucy Loomes.

It was Loomes who had the first real chance of the game on 10 minutes when she was played through by Gaylor but goalkeeper Simkin came out quickly to smother her shot from just inside the area. Yeovil countered immediately, and this time it was Sophie Harris who was called into action, rushing out to block Helen Bleazardís shot with her trailing leg.

There was a moment of panic for the Bees after 19 minutes when Sophie Harris collected what was adjudged to have been a pass back from Nuttall, leading Yeovil to be awarded an indirect free-kick just inside the penalty area. It was taken twice after Paula Howells was penalised for encroaching too early, but thankfully the second attempt from Bleazard flew well over the crossbar. Three minutes later it was Nuttall who came to the rescue, making a superb clearance at the back post to avert the danger caused by an excellent cross from Bleazard, in the thick of the action once again, after she had been played in behind by Katie Cook.

The Bees were creating chances of their own however, with Amber Gaylor going close midway through the first half with a fierce shot towards the top corner from the corner of the box which Simkin was forced to tip over for a corner. The home side were looking particularly dangerous on the break, with Simkin being called into action once again to clear a pass played through my Mallett for Loomes into the stands. It was Mallett herself who went close on 37 minutes, winning possession high up the pitch before unleashing a dipping shot which flew narrowly over the crossbar.

The Bees came out of the traps quickly for the second half and nearly took the lead just a minute after the interval when Loomes cut inside the defender following Mallettís through ball but saw her shot saved by Simkin. It was Yeovil who came the closest to breaking the deadlock on 62 minutes, when Sarah Wiltshire was played in behind the Bees defence, but Sophie Harris produced a superb save to tip the Welsh internationalís shot onto the crossbar.

Yeovil did however make the breakthrough on 74 minutes, when Helen Bleazard collected the ball deep and twisted her way past two markers before sending a right-footed shot past Harris and into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 1-0.

And Yeovil would double their lead on 80 minutes, with Helen Bleazard producing another moment of magic as she retrieved the ball after being dispossessed and sent a curling shot into the top corner of the net from all of 25 yards.

Helen Bleazard scores Yeovil Town Ladies' second goal of the afternoon
Helen Bleazard scores Yeovil Town Ladies' second goal of the afternoon.
Photo © J Wiltshire.


Yeovil nearly scored a third with just three minutes remaining after Sophie Harris got a fingertip to a fierce strike from early replacement Paige Stewart, before another substitute in Jemma Tewkesbury somehow managed to put the rebound wide from just a few yards out. That proved to be the last moment of note for either side, as Yeovil move to fourth in the table, following two wins on the bounce.

Final Score: London Bees 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Helen Bleazard (0-1, 74 mins), Helen Bleazard (0-2, 80 mins).

London Bees: Sophie Harris; Paula Howells, Billie Brooks, Samantha Chappell, Anneka Nuttall; Amy Cooper, Rebecca Anderson (Emma Davies 88); Amber Gaylor (Shanade Hopcroft 75), Dawn Mallett (c), Megan Goss; Lucy Loomes (Sydney Hinchcliffe 75).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Rachel Simkin; Jade Kirby, Natalie Haigh, Rachael Edwards (c), Kirsty Whitton; Shauna Cossens (Paige Stewart 24), Ellie Curson, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Helen Bleazard; Katie Cook (Vera Payol 70), Sarah Wiltshire (Jemma Tewkesbury 82).

Yeovil Town Ladies face Oxford Utd LFC next Sunday 31st August (2.00p.m. kick-off) at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne. There is a kids event running on this day, which starts at 12.30p.m. There is FREE entry to all U16ís with adult tickets costing £4.00 / £2.50 concessions. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Page or by paying cash on the day.


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25 August 2014 : Interview With Sam Foley
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Sam's views on a game in which he provided the assist for the opening goal are captured via the link below.

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


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24 August 2014 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season finally got kick-started last Tuesday night, with their 2-1 win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Striker James Hayter and wide-right man Kevin Dawson bagged the goals, with a Tom Bradshaw close range equaliser bringing the Saddlers level for just one minute.

With Hayter as the opening scorer on the night, he picked up plenty of Man of the Match votes, coming in third place in the poll. Meanwhile midfielder Simon Gillett had to settle for second place for the first time this season, despite another impressive performance. That was because Kevin Dawson's winning goal, plus his assist for Hayter's opening header made him a deserved Man of the Match winner by a small margin.

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

1. Kevin Dawson 86 (4)
2. Simon Gillett 78 (6)
3. James Hayter 42 (3)
4. Jakub SokolŪk 18 (0)
5. Joe Edwards 16 (1)
6. Sam Foley 12 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
8. Aaron Martin 6 (0)
9. Ben Nugent 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.53
Performance : 6.53
Entertainment : 6.53
VOTES RECEIVED : 15

A reminder that you can still vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United. 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 Scunthorpe United.


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24 August 2014 : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's third match of the 2014-15 season was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Gillingham - the same side that had knocked them out of the League Cup five days previously. A Joe Martin free kick, and a Danny Kedwell follow-up on his saved penalty gave the home side all three points in what was a rather inert performance at Priestfield.

Man of the Match voting saw Nathan Ralph get the thumbs up from supporters in his left-wing role, as he made his first start for the club in 16 months. Meanwhile Kevin Dawson, who was on the right-wing picked up plenty of votes. The poll winner though - and for the third game running - was midfielder Simon Gillett, with little doubt that he has been the pick of the summer signings so far in the eyes of most fans.

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

1. Simon Gillett 82 (8)
2. Kevin Dawson 30 (2)
3. Nathan Ralph 28 (0)
4. Jakub SokolŪk 24 (1)
5. Joe Edwards 20 (0)
6. AJ Leitch-Smith 16 (1)
7. Kieffer Moore 12 (0)
8. Ben Nugent 10 (1)
9. Brendan Moloney 10 (1)
10. Chris Weale 8 (0)
11. Sam Foley 6 (0)
12. James Hayter 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.79
Performance : 3.71
Entertainment : 3.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 14

A reminder that you can still vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United. 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 Scunthorpe United.


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24 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Scunthorpe Team Selection
Just before yesterday's home match against Scunthorpe United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about why he chose the same squad, and singles out Sam Foley, Kevin Dawson and Nathan Smith for special praise, as well as inevitably talking about Paddy Madden's role in the Scunthorpe side. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Scunthorpe.


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23 August 2014 : Madden : I Was Never Going To Celebrate
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has reaffirmed his views that he was never likely to celebrate if he scored at Huish Park against his old club. The Scunthorpe United player netted today in the 1-1 draw at Huish Park, and had said in the build-up to the match that he did not want to go too over the top if he netted against a team that he scored 23 goals for in a sensational 2012-13 season.

The 82nd minute of today's match saw the inevitable happen - Madden cancelled out Kieffer Moore's opening goal, and whilst his team-mates showed their emotion, the Irishman chose to keep his under wraps. Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside after the match, the reception he got during his time in Somerset and upon his return was on his mind:

"I was never going to celebrate. Obviously since I came down here from Carlisle (in 2012), a lot of fans have shown me a lot of respect, and even today they gave me a nice reception. Even if they hadn't given me a good reception today I still wasn't going to celebrate - that's just the way I am - if somebody appreciates me, then I'll respect them."

Madden described the game as a bit of a scrappy one, admitting that Scunthorpe had played more long ball football than he would have wanted them to. However, he maintained that he still had a feeling that he was going to get a chance at some point during the game:

"I usually get a good feeling that I might score at some point. I'd been quite quiet up until then, so it was important to me to take that chance. I did really well against the defender, I dropped him off my shoulder a couple of times and it was a good finish for me. (Gary) McSheffrey has played it through to me, and I've taken three touches - left-right-left, and thankfully it's gone in. It was quite a scrappy game and there were a lot of high balls, and we didn't play a lot on the ground - yet our strength is on the ground."

With the Iron having been bottom of the table, and without a single League One point before today, Madden hoped that the newly promoted North Lincolnshire side would be able to use the draw as a means to get themselves going forward as they climbed off the bottom of the League One table:

"We obviously came down here to get our first three points, but in the end a draw is a fair result. Hopefully that result will give us the confidence to kick us on and start climbing the table. Yeovil is a touch place to come, as they're an ex-Championship team, and so we'll take the point. Every team hits a bad spell at some point so hopefully we've hit ours early."

Paddy Madden also gave his thoughts on returning to Yeovil before the match - that can be read via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC About His Return To Huish Park.


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23 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Game
Following this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on the draw are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Game.


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23 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe 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 Scunthorpe United.


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23 August 2014 : Johnson Pleased With Moore Confidence Boost
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said following this afternoon's draw against Scunthorpe United that he was pleased to see striker Kieffer Moore open his account this season - but would like to have seen his side grab another goal. The Glovers boss was able to watch a player who he had only put on as a substitute two minutes earlier bag the games opening goal, as the former Dorchester Town player notched his sixth for the club - turning in a Sam Foley cross to put Yeovil 1-0 ahead.

Moore had been dropped from the side for Tuesday night's trip to Walsall, having previously started the opening three matches of the 2013-15 season, with mixed opinions on how well the 22 year old had been performing during those matches. Johnson's view was that Moore had been having 'a bit of a stinker' at times during those matches, and so told BBC Somerset that was about managing the situation and being prepared to pull a player out of a side, to later bring them back in:

"We had to take him out of the fray for a couple of weeks. For a young lad who has made a massive rise through the pyramid, with all due respect to Dorchester, it does take time. We're trying to put him on a very quick learning programme, and at a club like ours sometimes that's in the first team. I was pleased he scored because that will definitely help him, and that means that we've gained another player, as far as the crowd are concerned, and as far as his confidence is concerned."

Moore has yet to complete 90 minutes in a match this season, and Johnson acknowledged that sometimes he was making decisions that went against what the crowd wanted him to do at various points in those games. However, he said he needed to often help a player get through a poor spell of form in order for him to come through it and out the other side:

"I've got to make those decisions on the day. Sometimes you leave people out there when the crowd want you to take them off, and sometimes you have to bring people on when sometimes people are maybe are thinking otherwise. But to be fair to our crowd, they were very supportive, and that shows that if a crowd gets behind a player who is having a bit of a stinker over a couple of games, then they can help him turn that around. I have to manage it from that point of view. But I was really pleased that he scored."

The game was levelled in the 82nd minute when former striker Paddy Madden, whose name had been the most talked about in both camps leading up to the game, scored from inside the box to ensure the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Johnson was frustrated by that, as he felt that eventual scoreline did represent two points dropped and felt his side needed that second goal to make Madden's strike irrelevant:

"I think the way the game went, it was definitely a couple of points lost. We got our goal at a good time and we'd had a couple of one-v-one opportunities. Obviously Scunthorpe had come looking for that point. They did all they could to make everything run at a slower tempo. I thought the lads did well. I thought the many parts of our game were good but without getting that second goal that would have made sure that we won the game. If you don't get that second goal then you run the risk of somebody making a mistake, which is in my opinion what happened. You've got to get those two goals."


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23 August 2014 : Yeovil 1 Scunthorpe 1 : Moore And Madden Keep It Level
Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United shared the spoils this afternoon at Huish Park, as a goal from a current striker and a former striker kept the scores level. In a match where the Glovers had plenty of early chances without breaking the deadlock, it was substitute Kieffer Moore who found the back of the net 65 minutes into the match, as he converted a Sam Foley cross from inside the box. But Paddy Madden was on hand to spoil the party eight minutes from the end as he scored a goal typical of his time in Somerset, as he made himself room to fire home, and keep the Glovers in 19th place in the early League One table.

Unsurprisingly given the midweek performance and result at Walsall on Tuesday night, team selection for manager Gary Johnson was an easy one - the same starting eleven and the same six substitutes, with the likes of James Berrett, Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Seth Nana Twumasi all unavailable and Matteo Lanzoni not currently being selected.

There was a typical home-vs-away first half balance in the game, with Yeovil Town having the majority of the possession and the territory, whilst Scunthorpe used occasional breakaway attacks to try to get their incisive play. Kevin Dawson and AJ Leitch-Smith were both denied in a double-save from Scunthorpe goalkeeper Robert Olejnik, whilst Leitch-Smith really should have scored when he burst clean through only to find the goalkeeper saving with his legs. At the other end Jennison Myrie-Williams provided the main attacking menace, with one run in from the wings forcing Chris Weale to palm the ball around his post.

The first period had ended with a slightly inert looking final 10 or 15 minute period in which Scunthorpe had managed to snuff out the Yeovil attacks and that pattern continued after the break. The Iron forced Chris Weale into a double save as he denied Lyle Taylor and then Paddy Madden, and the danger was that the visitors would grab a sucker punch from such a situation.

However, with 25 minutes remaining, Kieffer Moore entered the pitch as a replacement for James Hayter - two minutes later Yeovil were ahead. His chest down into the path of Sam Foley allowed an attack to be built up, and as the winger pushed the ball to the byline, the cross into the box met Moore who timed his run well to score his first goal of the 2014-15 season and to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

AJ Leitch-Smith headed over a Kevin Dawson cross, and the striker was involved in an unusual spot of perfect refereeing consistency from referee Keith Hill, who produced a yellow for a Leitch-Smith dive and then followed it up by doing the same to Scunthorpe substitute Billy Kee. But with eight minutes to go, the inevitable happened. Scunthorpe substitute Gary McSheffrey threaded a ball through to Paddy Madden, and his skill once he got inside the box avoided any Yeovil defenders closing him down, and he shot home at the near post to equalise against his old side. To his credit, he chose not to celebrate his second goal of the season, despite the obvious temptation to do so.

That was pretty much that, with the game fizzling out - helped by Scunthorpe being more than happy to wind down the clock at this stage, and referee Keith Hill not being too bothered about the situation, save to add on four additional minutes. A Kieffer Moore run and shot was about the only other incident, but a home draw was what they had to settle for, which keeps the Glovers in 19th place, although with it being such an early league table, they are just one win off the play-off positions. Very early days yet.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 1.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (1-0, 65 mins), Paddy Madden (1-1, 82 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore (63 mins for James Hayter) 16. Nathan Ralph (88 mins for Sam Foley) 14. Sam Hoskins (87 mins for Kevin Dawson), 21, Calvin Brooks

Scunthorpe United:
26. Robert Olejnik
24. Luke O'Neill 18. Miles Addison 6. Niall Canavan 30. Marcus Williams
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams 7. Matthew Sparrow 12. Neal Bishop 14. Terry Hawkridge
9. Paddy Madden 19. Lyle Taylor

Substitutes:
27. Billy Kee (56 mins for Lyle Taylor) 2. Eddie Nolan 4. Sean McAllister 16. Hakeeb Adelakun (72 mins for Jennison Myrie-Williams) 21. Pat Weaver 28. Gary McSheffrey (56 mins for Terry Hawkridge) 32. Miguel Angel Llera

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 45 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 70 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith (diving, 78 mins)

Scunthorpe Bookings: Gary McSheffrey (foul, 65 mins), Billy Kee (diving, 81 mins), Neal Bishop (handball, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 12; Fouls: 13.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistant Referees: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 3,943 (including 193 Scunthorpe supporters).


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23 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for this afternoon's home League One match against Scunthorpe United. Following Tuesday night's away win against Walsall, which finally kick-started their season, manager Gary Johnson has kept faith with the same squad that turned out for that game, which ended in a 2-1 win.

The substitutes bench remains as per Tuesday night as well with James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Seth Nana Twumasi (suspended) all unavailable, and Matteo Lanzoni not considered for selection.

In the opposition line-up, striker Paddy Madden is confirmed as in the Iron's starting eleven, with former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams another player in their line-up who has played under Gary Johnson. The Yeovil line-up for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Scunthorpe United:
26. Robert Olejnik
24. Luke O'Neill 18. Miles Addison 6. Niall Canavan 30. Marcus Williams
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams 7. Matthew Sparrow 12. Neal Bishop 14. Terry Hawkridge
9. Paddy Madden 19. Lyle Taylor

Substitutes:
27. Billy Kee 2. Eddie Nolan 4. Sean McAllister 16. Hakeeb Adelakun 21. Pat Weaver 28. Gary McSheffrey 32. Miguel Angel Llera


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23 August 2014 : Interview With Paddy Madden
This afternoon sees former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden make his return to Huish Park, but this time in different club colours. Ahead of that visit, he spoke to BBC Radio Humberside reporter Mike White about his time with the Glovers and what is on his mind ahead of that return. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC About His Return To Huish Park.


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23 August 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park this afternoon, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill six times as a Football League club, although they're spread out heavily with some large gaps in between us seeing each other.

We had him twice during the 2013-14 season, meaning that he is fairly fresh in the memory. He took charge of the August 2013 match against Derby County that saw the Glovers lose 0-3 at Huish Park. This was a game that was won and lost in the midst of a dazzling 25 minute spell from the Rams, and you can't blame a referee when a team string together 25 passes to slot the ball in the back of the net. That said, in the second half we felt that he denied us a penalty claim when Andy Williams was taken out in the box. The Western Gazette centred on this, calling him "infuriatingly inconsistent. The Glovers did well not to entirely lose their temper with a referee who failed to spot a clear penalty amongst a string of other poor decisions." That said, all he did there was to deny us the chance of a consolation goal.

Later that same season, he was present for the rather ugly 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town in December 2013. This was probably our worst performance of our year in the Championship, partly due to a very patched up defence. We also lost a couple of players to injury early on and in the midst of that mess we can't recall anything that Mr Hill did that was out of turn. To be honest we were too busy dealing with our own shortcomings when we wrote the match report!

Before that, we saw him for the March 2011 game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium - a game in which we again lost 3-0, and where the scoreline undoubtedly reflected the balance of the play. No obvious complaints about the refereeing to be had on that occasion. The same can't be said for the October 2008 home match against Southend United - a game in which Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men - two men dismissed because of an excellent tackle that the referee hopelessly misjudged the view of.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: December 2013 : Huddersfield Town 5 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 3.

Link: March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.


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22 August 2014 : McAllister To Help Kick-Start Indian Super League
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has lined up his next career move, after leaving Huish Park over the summer. The 36 year old is to play and coach in the Indian Super League (ISL) after joining the Kerala Blasters for their season. The eight-team franchise league is set to run from October 12th until December 20th, and will feature a host of well known professional footballers, including former Manchester United midfielder Bojan Djordjic, Juventus striker David Trezeguet and Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg in what will be the league's first season.

McAllister's connection comes via former England goalkeeper David James, who was on the books of Bristol City at the same time as the Glaswegian. The Kerala side will also include former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra, who was born in Newcastle, but has an Indian father and suffered a number of failed attempts during his career to represent his parent's home country at international level, after having previously played for England at various junior levels.

Whilst the large majority of players who will turn out for Kerala Blasters will be players based in India, McAllister should notice a couple of other familiar faces. Whilst David James will be managing the side, his assistant will be former Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Exeter City centre-forward Trevor Morgan, who has spent ten years coaching and managing teams in Asia, including the last four in India, whilst former Tranmere Rovers, Leicester City and Preston North End striker Iain Hume is also another of their new recruits.

The ISL is being bankrolled by Indiaís Reliance Industries, with each Franchise team paying around $25 million to provide a team on a ten year agreement. The goal is to kick-start India's interest in football, with the existing national football league, known as the I-League, having failed to wean the country off its more popular sports such as cricket.

McAllister will be appearing on BBC Somerset tomorrow lunchtime to talk about his plans for the remainder of 2014, which should hopefully give him his first opportunity to get into coaching - something he had hinted at as a career path during his days at Huish Park.


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22 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Scunthorpe Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the win at Walsall as well as two very different reunions with Paddy Madden and former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Scunthorpe.


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22 August 2014 : Madden Talks About Huish Park Return
Tomorrow afternoon sees former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden make his first return to Huish Park since his January 2014 departure to Scunthorpe United. At the time he left for an undisclosed fee, reported as being a six figure amount, the Iron were two divisions below the Glovers, but they meet as equals in a League One match.

Some of the build-up to the match tomorrow has been steered by media articles that have taken things back to the 2013-14 season, and Madden's acrimonious departure from the club, with the striker giving his views to the Irish press, with manager Gary Johnson providing some barbed views on that subject a day later. One of Johnson's claims were that there were 'reasons' why Madden had been left out of the side early on, and speaking to the BBC, Madden acknowledes that he did need to lose a bit of weight at the start of that campaign, which may have sparked off the friction:

"There were little things, like in the summer when I came back maybe my body fat was a little high and held me back. It was only up a bit, but I obviously worked hard to get it down. I've just got one of those bodies where I put on weight when I stop training. So it could be stuff like that that probably annoyed him. I don't know all the stuff. But I was still coming in and working hard, and I just felt that there were a lot of people on my case all the time, for whatever reason. One thing led to another, and we just kept fighting."

Madden insists that his quotes in the Irish press had been made from the point of view of his one Republic of Ireland senior international call-up, and the reasons why he had not been able to add to that tally. He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that he felt that he could give his views on that Huish Park exit and still have overall respect for Johnson as a manager:

"Gary Johnson will always be the manager that gave me a chance at Yeovil and I'll always be thankful to him because of that. I did leave Yeovil on a sour note. As to why, Iíve got my reasons and he's got his. But if you ask me if I've got respect for the man Iíd say 'of course I do', because he gave me the chance that he did. I think people down there (Yeovil) think that I forget when people do nice things for me. Thatís not the case at all. Iím grateful, thatís in my character. Yes I've spoken my mind before about everything, but now it has to be put it to bed."

Madden has already found the net during the 2014-15 season for his new club, and will doubtless be hoping that his fortunes at League One level repeat themselves. However, he said that if he does find the back of the net at Huish Park tomorrow, then he told the BBC that he doesn't plan any wild celebrations:

"No, I don't think I will. Obviously I have too much respect for the fans down there. The fans are one of the main reasons why I did so well down there. They're a great set of fans. They let you play even if you make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and if things aren't going well for the team they're a good bunch - they get behind the team and urge you on. They made my time down there brilliant. I've got respect for them so I don't think I will (celebrate scoring a goal) but then again you never know on the occasion what might happen."


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21 August 2014 : Johnson Expects To Work With Same Squad For Scunthorpe Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is not expecting to add to his squad ahead of Saturday's home match against Scunthorpe United. The Glovers played at Walsall on Tuesday using their only available set of seventeen first team players, even running one place short on the substitute bench at the Bescot Stadium, and the injury prognosis, coupled with Seth Nana Twumasi's suspension is unlikely to change that situation for Saturday's match at Huish Park.

With less than two days having passed since the win over the Saddlers, Johnson hasn't had too much time to fix that problem, and he has told BBC Somerset that unless he gets a few unexpected late phone calls, then he will probably work with the squad that travelled to the Midlands:

"Well it's probably too soon as we speak (to bring in new players). But you never who comes knocking on your door late on a Thursday or on a Friday morning. There's a few lads and a few clubs that we've been talking to, to see what's around and what's available, because we need to add to our squad as it's very small in numbers."

The trio of James Berrett, Joel Grant and Liam Davis are expected to be missing for around three or four weeks, whilst Twumasi will return after this weekend. However, Gary explained that he was looking on a bit more of a long term basis than the immediate problems he had in filling a bench:

"We need to get players in that are going to be a part of our squad for a few months, and not just for the short term. At the moment we've got four or five injuries and so we're down to one less on the bench than we've got - we've got one out on loan. There's a lot of games coming up at certain periods of the year, and you need a bigger squad."

One of those players who seems to be heading out of the door is defender Matteo Lanzoni. On Tuesday night Gary revealed that the Italian wasn't carrying an injury, but in his opinion wasn't fit enough to justify a position on the bench. That somewhat damning verdict was coupled with the inference that he would be heading out of the club, and the Glovers boss more or less confirmed that to be the case, although said there wasn't any news forthcoming that he could expand upon in detail:

"No not really - not that I can say right now. We're all in talks at the moment, and I'll let you know when there's something definitive to tell you."


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21 August 2014 : Agard Continues Yeovil Town Reunion At Ashton Gate
Rotherham United striker Kieran Agard has become the latest former Yeovil Town player to sign for Bristol City. The 24 year old has agreed a three year deal at Ashton Gate, after deciding to drop a level in order to join City's expensively assembled squad, with reports at the Millers end suggesting a transfer fee of just under a million pounds was required to take Agard back to the South-West.

Winger/striker Luke Freeman (Stevenage), midfielder Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) and right-back Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) are all former Glovers they have recruited for six figure fees over the summer of 2014, although Agard's arrival appears to be the most expensive one of the lot.

City were hardly short of fire power last season, with Sam Baldock taking the League One golden boot with 24 league goals, whilst Jay Emmanuel-Thomas bagged 21 goals in all competitions. Agard bagged 26 goals in all competitions for Rotherham last season, and last week turned down an approach from Leeds United after he was unable to agree personal terms with the Championship club.

Agard's time at Huish Park was rather more low key. Recruited in by Terry Skiverton as a free agent after his release from Everton in the summer of 2011, he netted six times in 34 appearances for the club. However, the bulk of his time on the pitch came during the first half of the season, with the arrival of Gary Johnson seeing Agard relegated from being a regular starter to a bench-warmer, getting only one start under the new management team on the final game of the 2011-12 season.

At that point he was released from his contract where he signed for Rotherham in the summer of 2012, but it was only during the 2013-14 season that his career began to take off, as an ever-present in Rotherham's side that gained promotion to the Championship and scoring 21 league and five cup goals in the process.


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21 August 2014 : Coventry City Away Ticketing Sales Suspended
In the light of this morning's news concerning Coventry City's move back to the Ricoh Arena, ticket sales for this match have been temporarily suspended. The Huish Park Ticket Office have stopped the sales, which were based on the match being staged at Sixfields, Northampton, until they can obtain information from the Coventry City ticket office as to what impact (if any) the change in location will have upon ticketing.

Coventry City have already suspended home end ticket sales for the same reason, and have indicated they are currently reconfiguring their Ticketing system so that it serves the needs of the Ricoh Arena rather than Sixfields. If you have already bought a ticket for the match between Coventry City and Yeovil Town, then we'd suggest that you hold onto it, and await further instructions. If you've not bought one yet, then please don't call/visit the Huish Park Ticket Office until they are put back on sale.


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21 August 2014 : Sky Blues Fixture To Be Switched Back To The Ricoh
Yeovil Town's League One match against Coventry City will now be played at the Ricoh Arena, after the Football League sanctioned a quick ground switch, taking the Sky Blues back home from their exile at Sixfields. The Glovers were due to play at Northampton Town's ground on Saturday 13th September, but in a Football League statement issued today, they will allow Coventry to stage their first game at the Ricoh on Friday 5th September against Gillingham, meaning that Yeovil Town's match a week later will also follow at the same venue.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has confirmed the news, saying that he saw it as a positive step in Coventry's attempts to restabilise their football club:

"Getting the two parties to this point has taken a significant amount of work over a lengthy period of time by everyone involved in this process. However, the majority of the credit should go to Coventry City and ACL, who have now agreed a mutually acceptable way forward. When The Football League Board gave its consent to Coventry City playing its matches in Northampton, it did so with this outcome in mind. It ensured that the club could continue to fulfil its fixtures, and thereby remain in The Football League, while all parties focussed on resolving this complex commercial dispute. I hope today is viewed as a new beginning for all the parties and that Sky Blues supporters can transfer the passion and energy they have put into their campaigning back into watching their club play in Coventry."

Coventry City's Development Director Steve Waggott indicated that there would need to be a lot of organisational work done to get the Ricoh Arena back up and running but was confident that would be done in time for the September 6th match against Gillingham:

"Logistically, it's going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible. We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim."

Tickets on sale for this match for the Huish Park Ticket Office were being sold on the assumption that the match would be staged at Sixfields, Northampton. If anything changes in terms of pricing or availability, we'll provide further updates. At this early stage, it's unlikely the club will know what the impact may be. If the switch between stadiums concerns you, then you may want to hold back on purchasing tickets or travel just for a few days. The GWSC have already provided travel details for both eventualities.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

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

NOTE: Coventry's first game back at the Ricoh Arena will now be on Friday 5th September after Sky Sports stepped in and decided to switch the game to be a Friday night televised match. At 15 days notice, and with fans having booked trains and hotels, the footballing authorities have a lot to learn about the way they consider the effect upon travelling supporters!


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21 August 2014 : Sky Blues To Be Sent Back To Coventry?
League One side Coventry City appear to be on the brink of a return to the Ricoh Arena. As reported earlier this month, the Sky Blues legal dispute with their stadium landlords ACL appears to be drawing to an end, albeit with one possible appeal available via the courts.

The Coventry Telegraph, who have been loudly campaigning for Coventry's owners SISU to patch up their differences with ACL and return to their home city, have indicated that they expect a formal statement to be released later today concerning the club's current exile at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town FC.

Yesterday, SISU made a payment of £471,192 to ACL as part of a demand from the Football League concerning unpaid revenues that they had been told to make, following the collapse of Coventry City's trading company that held the Ricoh Arena leasehold.

The Football League have indicated that they would allow Coventry to change stadiums partway through the season, provided they could see evidence that it was to be a stable and permanent return, that would not result in a later switch back to Sixfields. The Coventry press claim that "the club could now return to Coventry by September" although this has not been verified by Coventry City themselves or the Football League.

Yeovil Town are due to play Coventry on September 13th and at present all arrangements are for the game to take place at Sixfields, Northampton. Given the need to give the Cobblers notice to quit their Sixfields lease agreement, and the need to bring the Ricoh Arena stadium operations back to life, including policing and stewarding, the most likely situation is that our game will come too soon for a switch back to Coventry. However, if that situation changes, we'll provide a further update.

Tickets for the trip to Sixfields are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Follow the link below.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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21 August 2014 : Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Coventry City is now available. The match will be played on Saturday 13th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Note that this fixture will be staged at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town FC, due to Coventry's current exile from their normal stadium. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £14.00; Over-60s and Aged 16-21: £9.00; Juniors: £7.00; Under-12s: £4.00.

Note that prices increase if they are purchased on the day of the game to the following rates, and require cash only purchase:

Adults: £16.00; Over-60s and Aged 16-21: £11.00; Juniors: £8.00; Under-12s: £4.00.

Coventry's policy for disabled supporters at Sixfields is to admit supporters according to their age. However, Wheelchair Disabled supporters will pay a maximum of the Concessionary (Over-60s) rate. You can bring an assistant free of charge. For any enquiries regarding disabled facilities or bookings, email Coventry at ticket.office@ccfc.co.uk or call them on 02476992326.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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20 August 2014 : JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's home Football League Trophy tie against Portsmouth is now available. The match will be played on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-21: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Season Ticket Holders must pay for their ticket, but their usual seat/place will be reserved initially - the deadline for this will be advised in due course.

Sales for this fixture via the club's online ticketing facility will be available within the next 24 hours.

Tickets will be available on the day of the match at the above prices, however buying in advance will save yourself queuing time. Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to make your purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.

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


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20 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the win as well as his plans for the loan transfer market and his thoughts on Matteo Lanzoni, who didn't travel to yesterday's game.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Away Game.


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20 August 2014 : Walsall Boss Fumes At Referee Decisions
Walsall boss Dean Smith was left fuming at two key decisions that referee Jeremy Simpson decided to overlook during last night's match at the Bescot Stadium. The Saddlers lost 2-1 at home against a Yeovil Town side who were picking up their first points of the season, thanks to goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson during the second half, but Smith complained after the match that he didn't think the goal should have stood.

The 73rd minute winner was officially awarded to Kevin Dawson, who poked Nathan Smith's cross home from close range. However striker AJ Leitch-Smith was stood on the goal line as Dawson's shot went across the face of goal and although the Irishman was credited with the goal, the Saddlers boss suggested that Leitch-Smith was the player who got the final touch - through illegal means:

"We should have had three goals in the first half but we didn't take our chances. Then their winning goal was punched in, and we should have had a blatant penalty. But we lost our way when they scored their second goal. But we shall learn from it. If somebody punches it in, there is not much you can do about it."

The Saddlers missed a couple of key opportunities to take the lead just before the half time break, with Romaine Sawyers notably scuffing wide of the target when clean through on goal. Smith acknowledged that his side had been wasteful, but also claimed that substitute Amadou Bakayoko should have been awarded a late penalty when he got an arm in the back inside the box:

"It was frustrating. We should have been three goals to the good in the first half but we didnít take our chances. Then we started the second half OK but lost our way after they scored the second. You might say we didnít create chances but we put a great ball in and Bakayoko has been fouled Ė it is a blatant penalty. If we score a goal from that it is 2-2 and we are talking about a different game. We are not as they have scored a goal which was punched in."

You can (attempt to) judge whether Dawson or Leitch-Smith got the final touch on the winning goal, via the short video clip below.




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20 August 2014 : From Huish Park To War-Torn Iraq - A Tale Of A Football Shirt
The majority of people who wear football shirts do so because it is the club that they support with pride. In another part of the world, they wear such shirts as a vital piece of clothing, to keep them warm, or to keep the heat of the sun off their backs.

Around 2,500 miles away from Huish Park, the world is a very different place, with countries experiencing war and poverty in equal measure. In Iraq, the Islamic State terrorists are attempting to drive out communities based on their faith or religion. One such community is the Yazidi people, who are Kurdish-speaking people, who occupied Northern Iraq as an ethnic minority, now being forced to leave their homes or risk death.

On Channel 4 News last night, they reported on a group of Yazidi people trying to escape from Iraq, across the border into Syria. One of the people they featured was pictured wearing a Yeovil Town shirt - a recent W&S Recycling home design covered in dust and dirt, but doubtless seen as just another piece of clothing for a man whose priority was to save his own life, rather than to support a relatively obscure club in England.

The unnamed Yazidi man almost certainly obtained the football shirt through various charity appeals that ask for unwanted football shirts to be provided for distribution to those living in poverty, or have lost their homes in other countries. Food for thought for the next time you pull on your Yeovil Town shirt, and consider what you will be doing during the day that you spend wearing it.

A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt
A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt.
Photo c/o Channel 4 News/Ryan Hemmings



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20 August 2014 : Johnson: Second Half Passion Helped Get Us Goals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side's desire and passion to get the ball in the back of the net last night won them all three points against Walsall. The Glovers picked up their first three points of the 2014-15 season when a James Hayter header and a close range goal from Kevin Dawson won them the match by a 2-1 scoreline at the Bescot Stadium.

The Glovers had previously struggled to find the back of the net up until that point, having only Simon Gillett's free kick against Gillingham a week ago to their name in the first three matches, and whilst their first half showing in the Midlands last night was a significant improvement, it took until the 56th minute for Hayter to make the breakthrough. Johnson told BBC Somerset that his team's change in mentality was behind that more incisive second half period:

"They were two great breaks, two bits of quality, and a team that was desperate to get the ball in the back of the net. That's what I need and that's what's been missing. The end product was there today and that's what makes everything look a lot better. If you don't get an end product then you have to say sometimes publicly - because that's what the public sees - that it wasn't very good. Actually we've been growing into that but we needed that final part that we got today."

Johnson used a half time team talk to try to persuade his players to make that extra effort to get the ball in the back of the net, and that was typified by Dawson's winning 73rd minute goal that was scored from close range whilst under pressure from Saddlers defenders. Whilst the Glovers boss was relatively happy with his side's first half showing, he felt the second period was one step further down the right road:

"We definitely deserved the victory. I thought that in the first half we had a position of strength that was good. We kept them down to just limited chances, if any, but we didn't really create any solid chances ourselves. So I wanted to get into them a little bit at half time - not to have a go at them, but just saying that if you play like that again (in the second half) then you're going to lose 1-0 or it's going to be 0-0. Yes we defended well, but we weren't getting in amongst them. There wasn't that real passion to get that goal, and that's what I needed them to see - with the quality as well. Then all of a sudden they did come out and they showed that, and they showed each other and themselves that that's what they need to win football matches."

Link: Injured Trio And Lanzoni Absence Keep Johnson's Loan Search Going.

Link: Walsall 1 Yeovil 2 : Hayter And Dawson Put Glovers Back On Track.

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


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20 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you watched last night's 2-1 win 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 2014 : Injured Trio And Lanzoni Absence Keep Johnson's Loan Search Going
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained that his plans to move into the loan market to bolster his squad are not just down to his team's start to the 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss is concerned at the number of players that he has at his disposal and earlier this week stated that he had plans to bring in further reinforcements to help his team succeed.

Despite the win last night against Walsall, Gary told BBC Somerset that he would still be continuing to search for players with that in mind, pointing out that a trio of long term absentees were causing him concern. Winger Joel Grant has not played any football since returning from a summer quartet of Jamaican international matches, due to a foot injury sustained on a treadmill, whilst the left-sided Liam Davis broke his wrist in a collision with Brendan Moloney on the opening day of the season. Meanwhile midfielder James Berrett suffered a thigh strain that has kept him out of the last two matches. Those players are likely to remain absent into September:

"We've got three that are out injured at the moment - they're (James) Berrett, Granty (Joel Grant) and Davis. Those people are going to be out for probably still three or four weeks, and obviously Nana has been suspended. So we've lost four in a small squad. So I think we're going to need numbers. I've spoken with the board about that and they're pretty comfortable with me coming back to them and talking about specific loan signings."

Johnson explained that bringing in new faces wouldn't be a straight-forward job, with the need to sift through lists of players that weren't really what he was looking for, whilst with the better players there was inevitably a lot of competition:

"Everybody is trying to do it at the moment, so for every one that is available there are four or five clubs that are interested. We're looking at all different positions, and we're getting a lot of information from agents who still haven't found anywhere for their players. Some we're interested in, some we're only half interested in, and most of them we're not interested in at all, as it won't improve us."

Despite only having six players on his bench last night at the Bescot Stadium, Gary confirmed that defender Matteo Lanzoni is not injured. However, he indicated that he wasn't happy about the player's overall level of fitness and indicated that he was left behind on the basis that he wasn't likely to get into the field of play.

Given Lanzoni was only sparingly used during the pre-season friendly schedule, this would tend put his overall future at Huish Park in doubt. The Italian has only made two substitute appearances since mid-March, and just six overall appearances since his arrival at the club on an 18 month contract back in January.


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19 August 2014 : Walsall 1 Yeovil 2 : Hayter And Dawson Put Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town picked up their first three points of the 2014-15 season, as their campaign finally steered in the right direction. After three opening defeats, and a lot of soul searching, it was two of the old guard that gave them all three points, with Kevin Dawson's 56th minute cross setting up James Hayter for a back post header to put the Glovers ahead. The Saddlers equalised thanks to Tom Bradshaw's conversion in a crowded penalty box, but a minute later a Nathan Smith ball found Dawson and he converted to move the Glovers out of the relegation zone and into 19th place.

The Glovers made two changes to the line-up that had been fielded against Gillingham. James Hayter replaced Kieffer Moore up front, whilst Sam Foley gave Nathan Ralph's tired legs a rest after the former Peterborough player had shown signs of cramping up on the weekend. Otherwise the only other change was a six man bench, with Matteo Lanzoni dropping entirely out of the squad.

It was an end-to-end first half, with both sides having plenty of chances to open the scoring, but in reality being guilty of firing wide of the target. Yeovil played the better football, but the Saddlers had the better chances, notably in the closing stages when an Andy Taylor free kick went just wide, followed by Romaine Sawyers breaking the offside trap only to scuff a weak shot wide of the target. Yeovil's best chance came as a 'nearly' moment, with Nathan Smith's left-wing cross fizzling across the six yard line and just missing the boot of AJ Leitch-Smith.

In the second period though, the Glovers got the breakthrough they needed. Simon Gillett was the architect of the build-up, but it was Kevin Dawson's cross that was met by a classic James Hayter header, directing the ball perfectly into the back of the net to put Yeovil 1-0 up, after 56 minutes.

Walsall reacted well to that setback and gradually began to build up their own head of steam, leading to the Yeovil back line having their weakest period of the game as they struggled to clear their lines. The Saddlers equaliser was typical of the way the previous ten minutes had been - a corner that wasn't cleared, and was recycled into the box, with Tom Bradshaw knocking the ball home from close range for the equalising goal.

The home side had barely finished celebrating before falling behind again. Just 89 seconds lay between Bradshaw's goal and Yeovil's second of the night, with Nathan Smith's left-sided play proving to be their undoing. His ball found Kevin Dawson who shot from close range. The ball appeared to strike AJ Leitch-Smith after the ball went over the line, leading to Walsall claims for a handball, but they were in vain, with the Irishman being awarded the goal.

A number of late bookings, and referee Jeremy Simpson's decision to conjure up six minutes of second half injury time kept people on the edge of their seats right up until the end, but all three points went to Yeovil Town - very necessary to ease some of the nerves going around Huish Park over the past week or so at the club's start to the season. Victory at least gives them a platform - and a possible starting eleven to bring a bit of stability for the next game or two - even if there must be a bit of concern at the fact that four games into the season the club were down to their last seventeen available players tonight.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 56 mins), Tom Bradshaw (1-1, 72 mins), Kevin Dawson (1-2, 73 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph (90 mins for Sam Foley) 14. Sam Hoskins (81 mins for Kevin Dawson), 21, Calvin Brooks

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
22. Liam Kinsella 6. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 3. Andy Taylor
26. Billy Clifford 7. Adam Chambers 24. Ashley Grimes 10. Romaine Sawyers
14. Malvind Benning 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
27. Anthony Forde (63 mins for Malvind Benning) 11. James Baxendale 13. Craig MacGillivray 17. Reece Flanagan 18. Kieron Morris (77 mins for Billy Clifford) 20. Amadou Bakayoko (83 mins for Romaine Sawyers) 28. Kyle Rowley

Walsall Bookings: Liam Kinsella (55 mins, foul), Ashley Grimes (60 mins, ungentlemanly conduct)

Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (65 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (78 mins, timewasting), Sam Foley (86 mins, foul), Ben Nugent (90 mins, foul)

Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Robert Merchant (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 3,758 (including 186 Yeovil supporters).


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19 August 2014 : Team News For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League One visit to Walsall's Bescot Stadium. Up front Kieffer Moore, who was substituted at half time against Gillingham, is replaced by striker James Hayter for his first start with AJ Leitch-Smith.

Then on the left flank Nathan Ralph, who couldn't quite last 90 minutes at Priestfield on Saturday, following his long term injury problems, is swapped out for Sam Foley to hopefully allow for some fresh legs down that flank.

The absentees tonight are Joel Grant (foot), Seth Nana Twumasi (suspended), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and James Berrett (thigh strain). Defender Matteo Lanzoni is also missing from the squad list as the Glovers field just six substitutes on the bench.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
22. Liam Kinsella 6. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 3. Andy Taylor
26. Billy Clifford 7. Adam Chambers 24. Ashley Grimes 10. Romaine Sawyers
14. Malvind Benning 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
27. Anthony Forde 11. James Baxendale 13. Craig MacGillivray 17. Reece Flanagan 18. Kieron Morris 20. Amadou Bakayoko 28. Kyle Rowley


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19 August 2014 : Football League Trophy Tie Date Set
Yeovil Town have set a firm date for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round tie against Portsmouth. As expected, the match will take place on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The schedule for the tie follows Saturday's draw that saw the club take its place in the South-West section of the heavily regionalised draw.

For the full First Round draw, see Saturday's article below.

Link: Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round Draw.


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19 August 2014 : Johnson Looks To Loan Market For Squad Solutions
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is now turning to the loan market in the light of the club's poor start to the 2014-15 season. The Glovers have lost all three of their opening fixtures - their worst starting sequence for 30 years - and that has led to concerns about the quality of the squad and its ability to perform at League One level.

Johnson himself suggested after Saturday's match against Gillingham that he had some "dead wood" in his squad, showing the level of his concerns, and implying that he would be prepared to ship out unnamed individuals if he had to. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he explained to them that he was looking at a pair of loan players in particular to bring in, but that he was being patient and wanting to make sure that any incoming targets were better than his current set of players:

"We don't want to have to make a guess on somebody and find that somebody is not as good as what you've already got. So we've got a couple of targets that we're hoping to get, and we're just waiting on the clubs to release them. We're working hard with the group that we've got. We'll bring in as and when we really need it, but it's got to be the right people that improve you."

The Glovers boss said that it was important that his side gained points quickly to ensure that the team did not end up trying to chase other teams. However, he said that he would not go too overboard in terms of where his side stood at this early stage in the season:

"We won't over-react. We all know that we've got 44 games to go and a couple more cup competitions to come up. But if you haven't got points on the board then you're not in credit. So you've got to work very hard to get them on the board - then you are in credit. Then it makes it a little bit easier. We're chasing already, and we need to get points very quickly."

For tonight's match at the Bescot Stadium, Johnson is expected to be without Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Joel Grant (foot), whilst he will need to assess the fitness of midfielder James Berrett, who pulled out of Saturday's match at Gillingham with a thigh strain. Right-back Seth Nana Twumasi will not travel as he is serving the second game of a three match ban.


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19 August 2014 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One fixture between Walsall and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Bescot Stadium tonight, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

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

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

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

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Merchant (Staffordshire).

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

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


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18 August 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town make a midweek journey up the M5 (and a tiny bit of the M6) to play Walsall. The Ciderspace guide has been updated for the occasion, and will give you ticketing, travel, parking, local pubs, statistics and other such things via the link below. Plus of course the running battle to keep up with all of the names of the sponsored stands at the Bescot Stadium Banks's Stadium.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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18 August 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : An Unexpected False Start
Three games in, and Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season has yet to even get out of first gear. The latest Taff's Gloversblog sifts through what has been - to say the least - a poor start to the season and one that pretty much zero fans were predicting. Read the analysis of that via the link below, and feel free to offer your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : An Unexpected False Start.


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18 August 2014 : Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Bradford City is now available. The match takes place at Valley Parade on Saturday 6th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will be our first visit for seven years. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Students: £14.00; Juniors: £12.00

Disabled supporters are charged the above prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

The Ticket Office have been given an initial allocation of 300 tickets, although given their away end holds up to 1,840 seats, there shouldn't be any issues with on-the-day availability. It's known as the TL Dallas Stand and is a two-tier covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. There are a few pillars supporting the lower tier, but you should be able to move around to get a decent view.

NOTE: If you want advance tickets for tomorrow night's trip to Walsall you'll need to call the Huish Park Ticket Office before 4.00p.m. tonight. On the day admission prices increase, if you choose to purchase at the Bescot Stadium - for details follow the article below.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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18 August 2014 : Wolves Pair Single Out Glovers After Marathon Ground Visit
A pair of Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, who recently completed a sponsored visit to all 92 Football League and Premier League grounds have singled out Yeovil Town as one of their highlights during their marathon drive around the country. Natalie Allen and James Allen undertook the trip earlier this month as part of a target to visit 92 grounds in 92 hours, covering 2,222 miles in a Hyundai i20 car.

The goal was to raise funds for the Georgina Cancer Ward at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley and Cancer Research UK, and involved them starting at at Molineux, circling around the country, and returning to the same ground five days later. They visited Yeovil Town's Huish Ground on Friday 8th August - one day before the 2014-15 season started.

The pair were asked to single out the good, the bad and the ugly from their experience of driving around the country. Their 'ugly' part was when their SatNav failed for Arsenal's stadium, kindly sending them to the old ground Highbury, thus losing them time in their attempt to reach the Emirates Stadium! Their 'bad' experience was at Chelsea, where they experienced a jobsworth steward who didn't want them to take pictures of the ground late at night - their proof of having visited Stamford Bridge - and tried to insist that they returned the next day, despite them pointing out the schedule they were on.

On Day Four of their five day marathon, they arrived at Huish Park, also late in the day, but Natalie Allen told the Metro newspaper that they got a rather different experience to Premier League side Chelsea - despite Glovers staff having locked the ground up for the day, they reopened the doors, and allowed them to take a photo on the pitch. Natalie explained:

"They had just closed up for the day when we got there, but opened up especially for us and showed us around the pitch."

Natalie and James Allen get a special welcome at Huish Park
Natalie and James Allen get a special welcome at Huish Park.
Photo c/o 92 Grounds 92 Hours Page


The duo managed to achieve their goal with several hours to spare, managing the completion of their journey in 87.5 hours, and have so far raised £830 towards their target. You can help them boost that figure by visiting their Just Giving Page.


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18 August 2014 : One In Four Glovers Predict Play-Off Success At End Of Season
Just before the 2014-15 season started, this site ran a prediction survey for Yeovil Town supporters to fill in, to see what their thoughts were ahead of the season. There were 179 supporters who responded, with an inevitable range of views, but also with some strong patterns forming. The goal was to predict the three major top positions in League One, for the current season, and the four positions at the foot of the table, along with finally the table position fans thought Yeovil Town would occupy in May 2015.

At the top, the expectation is that Sheffield United are the most likely team to gain promotion, with 68% predicting they would occupy one of those three major positions and 40% putting them down as divisional Champions. The other teams to get major tips for winning the division were Bristol City (18%) and Preston North End (10%).

However, whilst only 3% of Glovers fans thought the club would be Champions, a large number predicted that they would gain promotion, with a total of 38% believing that they would be making a swift return to the Championship division. That made the club the third most fancied team for promotion, behind Sheffield United (68%), Bristol City (48%), with Preston North End (32%) rated as the fourth most likely team to go up in any of the three positions. A quarter of Yeovil Town fans - 25% - believe the club will go up as play-off winners - by far the highest vote for that slot.

At the bottom of the table, there is a lot more spread on the predictions. Teams that are predicted to be in problems at the end of the season include Rochdale (48%), Port Vale (47%), Gillingham (43%), Crewe Alexandra (41%) and Crawley Town (34%). Absolutely no Yeovil Town supporters believed that the club would be relegated.

In terms of where Glovers fans predict the team will finish, only one percent think the club will be in the bottom six, whilst just 11% believe they'll be in the bottom half of the table. Conversely 48% of supporters think that the end position will be in the top six, regardless of what any play-off outcome might be.

Obviously there will be another return to this topic at the end of May 2015, after the play-off final is completed, to reassess in more specific terms, how good and bad the predictions for each team turned out to be.


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17 August 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham : League Cup Man of the Match Result
Last Tuesday, Yeovil Town played their second match of the 2014-15 season, with a League Cup First Round match being played against Gillingham at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-2 home defeat and a quick exit from the competition, with a defensive calamity for the opening Gills goal and sloppy marking for the second. In between an excellent move from a free kick saw Simon Gillett grab his first Glovers goal.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Joe Edwards pick up plenty of votes in midfield, whilst Seth Nana Twumasi's red card didn't seem to put too many people off in boting for him, given he came second in the poll. But the outright winner - for the second match running, and also reflecting the Match Sponsors views - as goalscorer Simon Gillett won the vote by a sizeable margin:

1. Simon Gillett 144 (12)
2. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 48 (3)
3. Joe Edwards 34 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 22 (2)
5. Jakub SokolŪk 18 (1)
5. Ben Nugent 18 (1)
7. Nathan Ralph 16 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
8. Kieffer Moore 6 (0)
10. James Hayter 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.79
Performance : 4.63
Entertainment : 4.95
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

A reminder that Man of the Match voting is still open for yesterday's match - also against Gillingham, but at Priestfield this time. 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.

NOTE: With a Tuesday night match coming up soon, voting will only be open until Tuesday 7.45p.m. so please get them in as soon as possible.

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


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17 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Gillingham Team Selection
Just before yesterday's League One match against Gillingham kicked off at Priestfield, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his goalkeeper selection, why he gave Jakub Sokolik a right-back role, and why he feels his team are playing with a bit of fear in their body language at the moment. That interview can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham Away.

Gary's post-match views are also available via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away League Game.


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17 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
If you watched yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Gillingham at Priestfield, 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.

NOTE: With a Tuesday night match coming up soon, voting will only be open until Tuesday 7.45p.m. so please get them in as soon as possible.

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


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16 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Gillingham at Priestfield this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views on that game and the future of Marvin Elliott can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away League Game.


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16 August 2014 : Elliott Ends Yeovil Town Trial
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that former Bristol City and Millwall midfielder Marvin Elliott is no longer training at the club. The 29 year old has spent the past fortnight training with the club, whilst trying to improve his overall fitness levels, having left Ashton Gate at the end of last season.

Elliott also played in the club's final pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, but having spent further time on the training ground, Johnson told BBC Somerset today that the Wandsworth-born player would need extra time to get himself fully fit, and that he was going to choose a location somewhere closer to his north London home:

"We didn't feel that Marvin was ready to play 90 minutes. He felt that if he was going to train more, then he wanted to train a little bit nearer to his home, which is somewhere around St Albans or in North London. So the option is open for him when he wants to, but I think he'll now take up something else for training."

Gary felt that at this stage, the club needed to concentrate upon improving the current squad with fully fit players, and that therefore it was only fair to allow Elliott to move on, whilst there was no guarantee of a contract being on the table for him:

"He's still not ready and he'll need a couple of weeks yet, but we can't keep him here forever. So we have to say that at this moment in time we're not going to be able to pick him, even though it looks like we should be able to pick anyone right now! We've still got to get it right and we've got to bring in fit people for now, if we can."


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16 August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil 0 : Third Defeat In Eight Days For Glovers
Yeovil Town slumped to their third consecutive defeat at the start of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as Gillingham secured their second victory over the Glovers inside five days. A Joe Martin free kick, and a Danny Kedwell second half goal after he notched a rebound off a penalty saved by Chris Weale sealed Yeovil's fate. The away side didn't help themselves, with Kieffer Moore's first half penalty being saved by Stephen Bywater whilst the game was goalless, but by the time the Gills went 2-0 up the game fizzled out with the winning team looking comfortable.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that had turned out against Gillingham a few days previously, with Chris Weale returning in goal, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith came in up front and Kevin Dawson slotted in on the right wing. There was also a shuffle around as Nathan Ralph came in for the suspended Seth Nana Twumasi, resulting in the back four moving across for Jakub Sokolik to play as a right-back, whilst Ralph played as a left-winger.

The visitors could have nudged their way ahead just 17 minutes into the first half, when Ben Nugent was tripped by Leon Legge inside the Gillingham box, with referee Lee Collins pointing to the spot, ignoring protests from the Gills defence. After some deliberations between Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore, it was the latter who took the ball to the penalty spot, but his kick was far too close to goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, who saved the weak attempt, keeping the game goalless.

Referee Collins continued his pattern of getting involved in contentious decisions ten minutes before the break, when Nathan Smith was judged to have fouled Danny Kedwell, when there was a case for suggesting the Gillingham striker had blocked off the Glovers left-back. Up stepped Joe Martin with the free kick, and the son of former West Ham United and England legend Alvin Martin flighted the ball over the wall, with it dipping into the net for a well taken goal.

Gillingham could have easily gone in a further goal up by the break, with the Glovers defence looking more and more disjointed as game came closer to half time, and it was merciful that they only trailed by one goal by the time the whistle blew. Kieffer Moore was replaced by James Hayter at the break, but the pattern of the game didn't change too much, with Gillingham doubling their lead ten minutes into the second half. Nathan Smith's rash challenge on Aaron Morris gave referee Collins a far less controversial decision to make, and although Danny Kedwell's penalty was saved by Chris Weale, the same player was able to stick in the rebound for the second and crucial goal.

That was pretty much that. Nathan Smith was hauled off for his mistake on the second goal, but those who were left on the field couldn't get any drive or energy to get themselves back into the game. Nathan Ralph and Kevin Dawson looked to have run their legs into the ground beyond the hour mark, with Gillingham looking more and more comfortable with their position as the game went on. Not even seven minutes of injury time - due to Joe Martin being stretchered off with an ankle injury - the second Gills player to leave the pitch in such a manner following Josh Hare's early exit - could give them time to get back into the match, and the end 2-0 scoreline became a very obvious outcome.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Joe Martin (35 mins, 1-0), Danny Kedwell (55 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney (76 mins for Nathan Ralph), 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Kieffer Moore), 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 11. Sam Foley (57 mins for Nathan Smith), 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Gillingham:
30. Stephen Bywater 4. John Egan 6. Leon Legge 5. Kortney Hause 8. Jake Hessenthaler 22. Josh Hare 15. Aaron Morris 7. Doug Loft 3. Joe Martin 9. Danny Kedwell 14. Antonio German

Substitutes:
2. Matt Fish (11 mins for Josh Hare) 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard (87 mins for Joe Martin) 19. Luke Norris 20. Callum Davies 23. Bradley Dack 24. Brennan Dickenson (67 mins for Antonio German)

Gillingham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Michael George (Norfolk) and Geoffrey Russell (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 5,173 (including 222 Gillingham supporters).


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16 August 2014 : Team News For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their line-up compared with Tuesday night's home match against Gillingham in the League Cup. Action today turns to League One against the same opponents at Priestfield, and unsurprisingly after two defeats there is plenty more squad rotation employed in order to find a winning formula.

Right-back Seth Nana Twumasi is missing today as he commences a three match ban for his red card on Tuesday night, and that allows Nathan Ralph to be added to the starting line-up, with the back four shuffling around to include Jakub Sokolik as a right-back - the position he finished Tuesday night playing after Twumasi's red card. Ralph is expected to be playing higher up the field as a left-winger.

In goal, Chris Weale is restored to the starting line-up ahead of Artur Krysiak, whilst Kevin Dawson comes in for James Berrett who has a slight thigh injury and is left out of the squad. Up front AJ Leitch-Smith is a straight replacement for James Hayter.

Left-sided Liam Davis (broken wrist) and winger Joel Grant (foot) remain out through injuries and so are left back in Somerset today.

The Glovers are expected to head back to a 4-4-2 after the midweek 3-5-2 experimentation, and so the line-up should read as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney, 9. James Hayter, 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 11. Sam Foley, 14. Sam Hoskins, 21. Calvin Brooks

Gillingham:
30. Stephen Bywater 4. John Egan 6. Leon Legge 5. Kortney Hause 8. Jake Hessenthaler 22. Josh Hare 15. Aaron Morris 7. Doug Loft 3. Joe Martin 9. Danny Kedwell 14. Antonio German

Substitutes:
2. Matt Fish 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard 19. Luke Norris 20. Callum Davies 23. Bradley Dack 24. Brennan Dickenson


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16 August 2014 : Hereford On The Brink Of Liquidation
Southern League Premier Division side Hereford United - once one of Yeovil Town's main rivals in non-league football - could be playing their final competitive football match on Saturday afternoon. They are due to play Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium, but are currently just two weeks away from being liquidated after a Creditors Meeting on Thursday saw their CVA rejected, leaving them legally insolvent.

The Hereford Times and Bulls News provide detail from a further Creditors meeting that was held on Friday, where the Insolvency Practitioner appointed to the club indicated that unless another party came in to resolve their financial situation then a further court hearing on September 1st would move to have the company undergo compulsory liquidation, meaning that Hereford United Football Club would cease to exist in its current form.

Current reporting suggests that there is a 'small possibility' that their home match against Banbury will go ahead on Tuesday night, but that a decision will be taken regarding that on Monday. Given the administrator cannot allow the club to incur any further losses, the game may not be staged, with a large number of Bulls fans currently boycotting fixtures at Edgar Street, in protest against their current owners.

Hereford were expelled from the Conference League in June, due to failure to pay football-related debts, and although they were given membership of the Southern League, there were serious cracks forming, with £1.3 million debts failing to be addressed by the club's new owners, and more recent reports that owner Tommy Agombar has failed the FA's Fit and Proper Persons Test, and has quickly disposed of his shares to a finance company.

With even the club's Insolvency Practitioner admitting that he would not recommend that anyone attempted to pay Hereford's outstanding debts, it seems almost certain that the September 1st court date will see them disappear as a company, and from this season's Southern League playing schedule. Strong opinion amongst Bulls fans over the past few months has been that it would be better to allow the current club to die, and then to start up a brand new replacement company, restarting football in Hereford at the lowest rung. However, with the 2014-15 season having already started, it would seem highly likely that they will have to wait a year before that is reasonably possible.


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16 August 2014 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy today. They will host a match against League Two side Portsmouth as they enter the competition for the first time in two years. The draw was made this morning and reads as follows:

North-West Section:
Preston North End vs Shrewsbury Town
Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra vs Rochdale
Fleetwood Town vs Morecambe

North-East Section:
Oldham Athletic vs Bradford City
Barnsley vs York City
Scunthorpe United vs Chesterfield
Notts County vs Mansfield Town

South-West Section:
Wycombe Wanderers vs Coventry City
Newport County vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United

South-East Section:
Crawley Town vs Cambridge United
Peterborough vs Leyton Orient
AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United
Stevenage vs Gillingham

All ties will be played during week-commencing September 1st, meaning that Tuesday 2nd September is the most likely date for Yeovil Town's match to be played.


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15 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Gillingham Away Match
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's first away match of the 2014-15 season, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the trip to Gillingham. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary gives his view on the club's slow start to the season, Tuesday night's match against the same opposition, and also the red card dished out to Seth Nana Twumasi and why he's not appealing against that decision. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Gillingham Away.


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15 August 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town kicked off their 2014-15 season, with a home League One match against Doncaster Rovers. The end result was a disappointing 0-3 home defeat, punctuated by some woeful defending, and not an awful lot to threaten Jed Steer's goal at the opposite end of the pitch.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Liam Davis get some praise - the only member of the back five to feature highly in the poll. But it was two midfielders who picked up the most votes, with Joe Edwards finishing runner-up despite operating in a slightly unfamiliar wide right position. The winner by a comfortable margin though was Simon Gillett who was making the first appearance of his second spell with the club since signing permanently over the summer.

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

1. Simon Gillett 484 (42)
2. Joe Edwards 238 (12)
3. Liam Davis 146 (7)
4. Sam Foley 80 (2)
5. AJ Leitch-Smith 58 (1)
6. Jakub SokolŪk 48 (0)
7. Nathan Ralph 36 (1)
8. James Berrett 32 (2)
9. Chris Weale 20 (1)
10. James Hayter 16 (0)
11. Aaron Martin 10 (0)
12. Brendan Moloney 8 (0)
13. Kieffer Moore 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.61
Performance : 3.28
Entertainment : 3.94
VOTES RECEIVED : 69


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15 August 2014 : Officials For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's away League One fixture between Gillingham and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Priestfield on Saturday 16th August 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him twice as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so is enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

Mr Collins will be assisted by Michael George (Norfolk) and Geoffrey Russell (Northamptonshire). The Fourth Official will be Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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15 August 2014 : Tomorrow's Opponents Bring In Bywater On Loan
Former England Under-21 goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has joined League One side Gillingham ahead of tomorrow's match against Yeovil Town at Priestfield. The 33 year old is currently on the books of Millwall but only made nine appearances for them after joining from Sheffield Wednesday back in June 2013, and has yet to get onto the pitch this season.

Bywater made his name playing for Derby County, where he was a regular between 2006 and 2011, and at one point was being tipped by the national media for a full England call-up, but that moment never came his way. He has been drafted in on loan until January 3rd 2015 as cover for injured first team goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, with Gillingham having to put out their substitute keeper Glenn Morris in Tuesday night's League Cup match.

The goalkeeper, who has also been on the books of West Ham United has been given clearance to make his debut against Yeovil Town in tomorrow's match.


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15 August 2014 : Glovers Allow Twumasi Decision To Stand
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that the club will not be appealing the red card dished out to Seth Nana Twumasi on Tuesday night. The right-back was dismissed by referee Darren Sheldrake for a foul on Gillingham striker Luke Norris - a crucial decision given that it left the Glovers a man down with half an hour to go in the League Cup match.

Twumasi will now commence a three match ban for the offence, but speaking to BBC Somerset yesterday, Johnson felt that a bad camera angle prevented them from being able to submit an appeal, with the need for the video to demonstrate to an Appeals Panel that the referee had made an incorrect decision:

"No (there won't be an appeal), but only because the video evidence that we've got shows that the camera was behind three or four players, and so you couldn't see it. In my opinion on the day there's no way it was a red card. There were some fouls in the Cardiff vs Coventry game yesterday that were similar but were only yellow cards."

Johnson felt that referee Sheldrake had guessed the decision to red card Twumasi, given that the video shows that his view of the incident was also obscured. He felt that the official's decision was heavily influenced by the way Norris had stayed on the floor:

"Their lad did stay down for a bit longer than maybe he needed to. His teammates clapped him when he walked away, and got one of our lads sent off. He did take a knock, but the referee had the same view as us (on the match video) as well, so there was no way we could ask the referee to review it, because actually he guessed on the day anyway - you could see on the day that there were three or four players in front of him."

Twumasi will now miss away matches against Gillingham and Walsall along with the home game against Scunthorpe United, before returning for the August 30th match against Barnsley.


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14 August 2014 : Johnson Hits Back At Madden Views On Exit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given a barbed response to Paddy Madden's views on his time at Huish Park today. The Glovers boss had already outlined his views in October 2013 on why the Republic of Ireland international had dropped out of his team, but has responded today in the light of Madden's comments from this week which were drawn from the Irish press on the day of the one year anniversary of his only senior international cap.

Now at Scunthorpe United, having joined them in January 2014, Madden has settled in North Lincolnshire, but had a less than effective 2013-14 season at Huish Park, despite having won the League One Golden Boot during the previous campaign. Speaking to the Western Gazette today, Johnson alluded to unspoken reasons as to why the 24 year old had dropped out of team that he claimed Madden could explain himself:

"There were reasons why he didnít play early on but Iíll let him tell you those and there were reasons why we had to leave him out after a little while, and Iíll let him tell you those as well. But we took him as a boy from up north who hadnít done much and we turned him into a top League One player. We tried hard to advise him and his representatives that he need to think differently to be a good Championship player but unfortunately that fell on deaf ears. Iím disappointed, but thatís what happened."

Johnson admitted that he had fallen out with players during his management career, citing striker Lee Trundle, who he worked with whilst he was at Bristol City, with the player criticising his former boss in a book. However, the Glovers boss stated that was the exception rather than the rule during his time in management:

"I donít fall out with too many people and Iím pleased to say I have got more people that keep in touch and thank me for my help. Itís gone and if someone wants to say things like that I try not to get involved. The game moves on and there are loads of players that for one reason or another fall out with the manager. We made someone who was an unknown very famous and gave him a good football season. When he came over (from Ireland) and was himself and wanted to learn he was a fantastic lad and a fantastic player."

Madden hasn't given any reaction in the past 24 hours to either the publishing of his own views or Johnson's own reaction, although has conversed with several of his former team-mates on Twitter during that time, without hinting of any further thoughts on the subject.


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14 August 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham
Yeovil Town play their first away match of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, when they travel to Gillingham for a match at Priestfield. Those travelling to Kent will find the Ciderspace guide to all things in and around Priestfield has been updated and will give you directions, parking information, a pub guide and a few statistics to help you on your way. Follow the link below to access the guide.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.


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14 August 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Gillingham League Cup Home Interview
Just before Tuesday night's home League Cup match against Gillingham kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his five team changes, and the injury status associated with Liam Davis, Joel Grant, Kevin Dawson and AJ Leitch-Smith. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham.


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14 August 2014 : Madden Breaks Silence On Huish Park Departure
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has broken his silence in terms of his final months at Huish Park, before his transfer to Scunthorpe United. The Irishman has previously toed a diplomatic line on the way he departed, halfway through the club's 2013-14 season, saying at the time he moved to Glanford Park that he wasn't willing to go into too much detail about why things didn't work out. Now with his feet firmly planted in Lincolnshire, he's been rather more open, in an interview with the Irish Evening Herald.

The paper covers his hopes to still gain a second Republic of Ireland international cap, with his one and only chance coming as a substitute against Wales exactly a year ago. His call-up for a second cap was ended by injury and by the time he recovered from the knee problem, his gradual disappearance from the Yeovil Town first team ranks meant that he was not considered for further squad line-ups.

Madden stated that at that time things were still going well with the Glovers, but claimed that it was when he returned from injury that things began to unravel on the training ground at Huish Park:

"It all started so well and it's funny to think it was a year ago this month I was playing against Wales for Ireland. I had obviously done well as Trapattoni picked me for the next games, the qualifiers against Sweden and Austria but I had an injury in training and had to pull out, I was out for seven weeks, and when I got back from the injury I fell out with the manager at Yeovil. It went from such a high to a real low, the injury and then all that happened with Yeovil, a lot of hard times. But I am back now, playing well (at Scunthorpe United), I've scored already this season so that pressure to get the first goal is off and I can look forward now with a bit of confidence."

The Dublin-born player said that until that point his time at Yeovil had been a good one, but revealed that by the end he was having to train on his own, rather than with the first team playing squad, with his final appearance for the club coming seven weeks before he finally made his move to Glanford Park:

"It was great for a while at Yeovil and that experience, a young Dublin lad scoring at Wembley, was something else, but it ended badly. For whatever reason, when I came back after the summer break the staff were on my case all the time, they were making me do extra running, I was made train on my own for four or five weeks. We got on great for a long time, you could see how we were on the pitch at Wembley after we won the playoff, we got on really well but for whatever reason things turned bad, we started fighting and arguing, one thing led to another and my time there was up."

Madden will make his return to Huish Park on August 23rd when Scunthorpe United visit for a League One fixture, and after a slow start with the Iron, Madden has gradually settled down, scoring in their opening day match against Swindon Town last Saturday. He currently has six goals in 23 appearances for the Iron, with most of those gained at League Two level, as his new club gained promotion at the end of last season. Madden feels that he is back to enjoying his football under the management of Russ Wilcox and that this will help him get more goals:

"I'm at a club now where I feel wanted and they are starting to get the best out of me. I am back enjoying my football now. I should have been enjoying it this time last year but, for whatever reason, the staff there at Yeovil made it harder for me, so I stopped enjoying my football. But I am in a good place now and playing with a smile on my face again. When I am enjoying my football the goals will flow, I got one at the weekend and hopefully that's the first of many. When I am made feel welcome at a club that's when people get the best out of me and I hope that's the case at Scunthorpe now."


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13 August 2014 : Morgan Makes Saints Debut
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan made his debut for Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone tonight. The 20 year old is on loan to the Perth side until mid-January, and got his first time on the pitch against Celtic at Celtic Park, as a 59th minute substitute. He had been left as an unused substitute in his opening match for the Saints on Sunday, when they travelled to Ross County.

This was Morgan's first taste of competitive football since March 29th, with the 31 minutes he got on the pitch his longest game time since he started in a December 7th fixture against Charlton Athletic last year. St Johnstone were comfortably beaten 3-0 at McDiarmid Park, finishing the game with ten men.


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13 August 2014 : Dawson And Grant Injury Update
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with respect to injuries that midfielder Kevin Dawson and winger Joel Grant have suffered. Both have missed the opening pair of games during the 2014-15 season, with Grant having been ruled entirely out of the pre-season campaign with a foot injury that he sustained on a treadmill during an early pre-season fitness session.

The injury to Dawson was a much less serious one, with an ankle problem picked up during a pre-season friendly at Truro City putting him out for a couple of weeks, and so he should have half a chance of being fit for this weekend's trip to Gillingham, provided he gets through a Thursday training session without a reaction. However, Grant will probably have to wait until the end of the month for his first slice of competitive football:

"They're not a million miles away. Joel Grant is out of his (protective) medical boot now, and Kevin Dawson should be training on Thursday. Obviously they've both got a little bit to do. Daws would be starting on Thursday, and Granty maybe in a couple of weeks."

Striker AJ Leitch-Smith was dropped to the bench on Tuesday night, despite him being the club's leading scorer during pre-season matches. Gary revealed that the former Crewe Alexandra player had a slight knee problem that had been causing him discomfort and so they were trying to ration his game time somewhat:

"He's had a slight knock for a little while now on his knee, with the hard ground, and it just plays up every now and again. We just want to give him the opportunity for it to heal a little bit."

As yet, there's no exact timeframe put on a return for left-sided player Liam Davis, who is out with a broken wrist, sustained after a collision with Brendan Moloney during the second half of Saturday's home game against Doncaster Rovers.


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13 August 2014 : FA Set Twumasi Ban
The Football Association have confirmed the length of suspension that Seth Nana Twumasi will serve, assuming Yeovil Town do not choose to appeal against the ban. The 24 year old was given a straight red card for a second half foul on Gillingham's Luke Norris, and will now serve a three match suspension for serious foul play. That means he will miss the away matches against Gillingham (in League One) and Walsall along with the home game against Scunthorpe United. He will be able to return to action for the August 30th match against Barnsley at Huish Park.

Speaking in his post-match interview last night, manager Gary Johnson implied that he didn't have a great view of the incident, although he was aware of the opinions of his playing staff. Gary explained:

"I haven't seen (the foul) yet. Some people are saying it wasn't a sending off - he didn't kick out at him - their fellow just got to the ball first. With their lad, when somebody lays down for a long time, and then gets up as soon as somebody is sent off you're a bit disappointed in that. The referee always looks to see how hurt he thinks somebody is, and sometimes he will end up making a decision on that. I'll have a look at it, and I'll see whether it's (a red card). But I can tell you now it wasn't malicious - whatever the tackle I see, because he doesn't do that. Of course you can get sent off for a mistimed tackle, but their lad got up and played on, so he wasn't hurt that badly."

You can make your own mind up on the incident via the video clip below, with the foul and red card being at the tail end of the footage. Given that the remit of the FA Appeals Panel is to consider whether the footage sufficiently proves that the referee got the decision wrong (they do not need to prove that he got the decision right) it would be surprising if the club puts in an appeal.




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13 August 2014 : Adam Stansfield Foundation Reflects On Fourth Anniversary
Sunday saw the fourth anniversary since former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield passed away, following his battle against bowel cancer at the age of 31. Following his death on August 10th 2010, Adam's family agreed to set up the Adam Stansfield Foundation, which has campaigned to increase awareness of cancer, as well as helping to promote junior football in the counties of Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire - the three counties in which Adam played his football throughout his career.

The Foundation has continued to flourish, backed by Yeovil Town and his other clubs Exeter City and Hereford United, and on the fourth anniversary, Foundation Chairman Andy Cole has revealed that they have now raised £150,000 which has been put towards those causes in his name.

Cole admitted when he took on the position to head up the Foundation that he hadn't expected it to take off on the scale that it had, telling the Exeter Express and Echo this week that they are working directly with all three of Adam's professional clubs, with the Glovers using their Community Sports Trust to support initiatives

"None of us really knew how this would take off when we first got together to first think about how to drive it forward. Certainly no-one thought we would be four years on and the foundation would still be going from strength to strength. We are currently working with Hereford United, Exeter City and Yeovil Town football in the community schemes to offer free junior football leader courses that are sanctioned by the FA. We have also recently funded a group session for children with down syndrome and are focusing a lot on inclusivity and doing things to help the disabled. We still get requests from local football clubs for assistance to set up a new team and are trying to do more in rural areas. We are doing a lot of work supporting local communities and working with the less able Ė both things that were dear to Adamís heart."

Adam Stansfield at Villa Park
Adam Stansfield at Villa Park.
Photo © 2002-2014 Ciderspace


The Stansfield family spent last weekend in Austria, where they released balloons from a mountain in Austria that Adam had said was one of the favourite locations that he had visited during his short life. Cole said that the actual anniversary date was a moment to take stock of where they had come from:

"We cannot forget why we are here in the first place. The anniversary of Adamís death on Sunday was a day of reflection for me. I was remembering some of the fun times we had and all the laughs as well as taking stock about where we are going."

Grecians fans played out a Supporters Team match against a First Great Western railways team at Newton St Cyres as a fundraising and commemoration day on Sunday. Cole revealed that the Foundation is now considering how they can mark the fifth anniversary as a tribute to Adam, and thanked those who had supported the fundraising so far:

"What struck me was how quickly that time has gone. Four years on, and we are now starting to think about the fifth anniversary and marking that in a special way for both family, supporters and Adamís friends. In the future we are looking to build on our partnerships and continue to work hard in Adamís memory. We would just like to thank everyone for all their support so far."


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13 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham League Cup Home Game
Following last night's 1-2 home defeat against Gillingham in the League Cup, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham League Cup Home Game.


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13 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
If you watched this last night's 1-2 home defeat against Gillingham 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.

NOTE: If you don't want to choose a complete top three - i.e. you only want to vote for one Man of the Match - please do not select any non-playing personnel in the other options - just leave those entries unselected. If you fill your vote with players that didn't get onto the pitch, then it will be removed from the voting. Ideally, provide a full top three players if you can, but the player choices do not have to be selected.

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


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13 August 2014 : Johnson Looks For More Desire And Passion After Second Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that a number of his players need to play catch-up in terms of their approach to matches. Speaking after last night's 1-2 home defeat against Gillingham in the Football League Cup, he felt that only five or six players came up to scratch in terms of what he expected from them, with others falling short in various areas.

Midfielder Simon Gillett's free kick was the main high point in the match, as he grabbed his first goal for the club since arriving from Nottingham Forest over the summer, and he picked up the sponsors man of the match for the second game running. However, Johnson told BBC Somerset that too many unnamed players lacked passion and desire on the field of play, and made too many mistakes on the night:

"What I did learn is that I've got five or six out there that are willing to go beyond the call of duty, and then I've got some others at the moment that need to catch up, and haven't yet. Certainly they've not quite shown that desire and passion to win football matches. I've got to look at that and I've got to look at the people who are making mistakes as well. But we are where we are. We're disappointed that we're out of the Capital One Cup, but the season is not over."

Johnson added that although he hadn't had a good sight of Seth Nana Twumasi's second half red card to give a strong view on the subject, he admitted that it did give his team problems in trying to come back from a goal down. On the plus side, he felt it was an improvement upon Saturday's 0-3 defeat against Doncaster Rovers, but wasn't prepared to make too much of that point:

"I did (think it was an improvement) but I don't think people want to hear that. We were disappointed with a couple of mistakes that we made for the goals. We got ourselves back into it, but then unluckily we had the decision I haven't seen yet (for Seth Nana Twumasi's red card). Some people are saying it wasn't a sending off - he didn't kick out at him - their fellow just got to the ball first. Then you're down to ten men and it's a bit of a mountain to climb."

Johnson has indicated that he will use the match video to review Twumasi's red card before deciding whether it is possible for the club to appeal against referee Darren Sheldrake's decision.


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12 August 2014 : Yeovil 1 Gillingham 2 : Nana Sees Red In Cup Exit
Yeovil Town slipped out of the League Cup tonight at the first round stage, as further defensive sloppiness saw Gillingham triumph with a 2-1 away win. The Glovers shot themselves in the foot as a mix-up between Aaron Martin and Artur Krysiak saw Brennan Dickenson get a close range tap-in midway through the first half. Things looked to be back on track when Simon Gillett notched up his first goal since arriving from Nottingham Forest over the summer, but just three minutes later, Aaron Morris got time on the edge of the box to bring a loose ball down and fire home for what was to be the winning goal. Yeovil's misery was compounded when Seth Nana Twumasi was dismissed for a late challenge on Luke Norris, leaving them playing the final half hour with 10 men.

League Cup team selection saw five players changed from Saturday's game, along with a formation shuffle. Liam Davis had broken his wrist on Saturday, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith had a slight knee tweak, but the other changes were purely tactical, as Chris Weale, Brendan Moloney and Sam Foley made way for others to try their luck, with Artur Krysiak, Ben Nugent and Seth Nana Twumasi getting their full competitive debuts for the club, with wing-backs making a rare return as Twumasi and Nathan Smith occupied the wide slots.

It was a scrappy opening 20 minutes during which both sides struggled to get a foothold, but when a game starts tightly the last thing you want to do is to gift the opposition a goal. Aaron Martin tried to shield a ball back to Artur Krysiak, and the two dithered over who should take the ball. Instead Gillingham striker Brennan Dickenson decided he was going to grab it, nipping between them for an easy tap-in and the opening goal.

Yeovil actually perked up a bit after that goal, putting a bit more pressure on Gillingham in the lead-up to half time than they'd managed whilst the game was goalless. A Simon Gillett cross into the box saw Aaron Martin try to make amends, but his header was cleared off the line by Leon Legge. Then in the closing minutes Kieffer Moore produced a low drive that Glenn Morris tipped around his post for a corner.

The second half saw more of the same, with Yeovil pressing but perhaps not creating enough clear-cut chances to really worry Gillingham. However, 11 minutes into the second half, a bit of free kick magic drew them level. Joe Edwards had been fouled by Luke Norris, and from that dead ball, Nathan Smith's dummy was worked well for Simon Gillett to move quickly behind him and fire the ball direct into the back of the net.

That should have been the signal for Yeovil to turn the screw, but instead it was the signal for Gillingham to quickly score again - three minutes and 12 seconds after Gillett's equaliser. Aaron Martin had been put under pressure as he had to clear the ball off his own goal line, and when the ball was recycled back to the edge of the box, Aaron Morris wasn't picked up and the midfielder had the time and space to bring the ball down and control it before firing home to restore the away side's lead.

Matters for Yeovil got worse when Seth Nana Twumasi - who was making his first competitive start for the club - went in late on Gillingham striker Luke Norris. The player's writhing on the floor, coupled with his team-mates surrounding referee Darren Sheldrake seemed to be enough for the Surrey official to produce a straight red card, and Yeovil were down to ten men. That forced a substitution to rebalance the formation a little as Yeovil finished the game in a 4-3-2 line-up, and although they had a few reasonable chances to level the game, Gillingham also had chances to kill it off, and ended up playing out second half injury time with a bit of keep-ball to comfortably run down the clock and see Yeovil Town head quickly and quietly out of the League Cup competition after just one game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Gillingham 2.

Scorers: Brennan Dickenson (0-1, 23 mins), Simon Gillett (1-1, 56 mins), Aaron Morris (1-2, 59 mins)

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
12. Artur Krysiak,
5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolik, 20. Ben Nugent,
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards, 8. James Berrett, 23. Simon Gillett, 3. Nathan Smith,
9. James Hayter, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Nathan Ralph (68 mins for James Hayter), 11. Sam Foley, 10 AJ Leitch-Smith (52 mins for James Berrett), 14. Sam Hoskins (77 mins for Kieffer Moore).

Gillingham:
12. Glenn Morris
22. Josh Hare 4. John Egan 5. Kortney Hause 6. Leon Legge 3. Joe Martin
23. Bradley Dack 7. Doug Loft 15. Aaron Morris
24. Brennan Dickenson 19. Luke Norris

Substitutes:
8. Jake Hessenthaler 9. Danny Kedwell (77 mins for Luke Norris) 14. Antonio German (46 mins for Brennan Dickenson) 18. Josh Pritchard 20. Callum Davies 25. Devante McKain 27. Tom Haddler

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Seth Nana Twumasi (serious foul play, 62 mins).

Gillingham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Mark Russell (Somerset). Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (Devon).

Attendance: 2,283 (including 191 Gillingham supporters).


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12 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League Cup First Round home match against Gillingham. One of those is enforced, with left-back Liam Davis being diagnosed with a broken wrist following his collision with Brendan Moloney during Saturday's home match against Doncaster Rovers. Davis actually completed the 90 minutes after the match but went off to hospital to have his wrist x-rayed after the match, and unfortunately has suffered a break.

Striker AJ Leitch-Smith has a slight knee problem and so is being protected tonight, but the others involve squad rotation, with Chris Weale, Brendan Moloney and Sam Foley replaced by Artur Krysiak, Seth Nana Twumasi, Nathan Smith and Ben Nugent being brought in. This tends to point to the 3-5-2 formation used at Dorchester Town in pre-season and would give the following line-up:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak,
5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolik, 20. Ben Nugent,
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards, 8. James Berrett, 23. Simon Gillett, 3. Nathan Smith,
9. James Hayter, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Nathan Ralph, 11. Sam Foley, 10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 14. Sam Hoskins.

Gillingham:
12. Glenn Morris 22. Josh Hare 4. John Egan 5. Kortney Hause 6. Leon Legge 3. Joe Martin 23. Bradley Dack 7. Doug Loft 15. Aaron Morris 24. Brennan Dickenson 19. Luke Norris

Substitutes:
8. Jake Hessenthaler 9. Danny Kedwell 14. Antonio German 18. Josh Pritchard 20. Callum Davies 25. Devante McKain 27. Tom Haddler


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12 August 2014 : Changes Likely For Gills League Cup Tie
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson described his team as 'unrecognisable' from the one he'd seen in pre-season. Tonight, in the League Cup First Round match against Gillingham, there is a fair chance that the starting line-up will be 'unrecognisable' from Saturday's against Doncaster Rovers as the Glovers prepare to ring the changes from that dreadful opening performance.

As it happens, Johnson said in Saturday's post-match interview that he had already planned to make two or three changes for the League Cup match regardless of how his team performed - with the standard of Saturday's performance being below par, it would not be a surprise if this was nearer four or five changes for the match - at an extreme, feasibly the whole substitute bench from the Doncaster game is in line for a start against the Kent side.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson missed Saturday's fixture with an ankle injury sustained at Truro City in pre-season, and although he is expected to be available again 'soon' it may be that he's not rushed back for a lesser cup competition. Winger Joel Grant hasn't been seen at all in pre-season due to a foot injury, and there haven't been any signs just yet that he is ready to resume full training. Otherwise there are no other injury concerns, meaning that tonight is likely to be about squad rotation and shaking off the memory of Saturday afternoon.

Gillingham are much in the same boat. They were the divisions other big losers, going down 4-2 against Milton Keynes Dons, despite leading 2-0 during the first half via goals from Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell. They will be missing McDonald tonight, after he limped off with a twisted knee - not as serious as the Gills initially thought, but certainly bad enough to keep him out tonight. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson will also be absent with a hand injury, meaning that their substitute keeper Glenn Morris will start tonight with Tom Hadler on the bench.

With the Gills having been a bit of a yo-yo team in recent seasons, this will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2009-10 season - the last was a pretty inert 0-0 draw at Huish Park in February 2010. Prior to that, Yeovil had won all three Football League meetings on home turf, with past meetings tending to go with territorial advantage in both Somerset and Kent.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with specially reduced prices for the fixture. The game will be settled on the night - if the scores are level after 90 minutes then 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If the match is still not settled at that stage, then penalty kicks will be used to decide who goes into the second round.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: League Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.


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11 August 2014 : Interview With Dave Linney
Last Friday, Yeovil Town's Commercial Manager Dave Linney appeared live on the BBC to talk about the 2014-15 season, and how the club saw it from a financial point of view. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Dave talks about season ticket sales, admission prices, and his hopes for the next nine months. That interview can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The 2014-15 Season.


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11 August 2014 : League Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Officials for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Gillingham have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th August at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on nine occasions as a man in the middle, with five of those happening in the last two seasons. This will be the third time we've had him in a League Cup home match, with him taking charge of last season's match against Birmingham City that saw a bit of 90th minute drama at Huish Park - more of that later.

The first time we saw him was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance. Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.

We're probably at our most critical for his third visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.

Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!

More recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."

We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.

Then he was present for the March 2013 League One home game against Tranmere Rovers. On the whole, we felt he was inclined to indulge some of the visiting side's tendency to writhe around a bit upon any sort of contact from Glovers players. Tranmere milked it a bit, and when Mr Sheldrake fell for it, they milked it some more - a situation that gradually had the crowd grumbling further as the game went on. That said, we won through our own free kick goal from Ed Upson, and they ended up with four players in the book, so Tranmere weren't ultimately successful in their approach to the game.

Mr Sheldrake took charge of two games during our 2013-14 Championship season, with one of them being a bit of a controversial game. The League Cup First Round match against Birmingham City saw Byron Webster score a 90th minute goal, with the visitors claiming that Yeovil should have given them the ball back after they booted the ball out of play for a Dan Burn 'injury'. Instead as Burn didn't need treatment, Yeovil played on and of course within the laws of the game there was nothing Mr Sheldrake could do about the goal that Byron ultimately scored. Apart from a flurry of bookings that got dished out in the few minutes after that goal - Birmingham's Paul Robinson was lucky to stay on the pitch - he largely controlled the 120 minutes well. The Western Gazette said that he "very nearly lost control in the wake of Webster's goal but governed the game well for large stretches."

The last time we saw Mr Sheldrake was at Huish Park for the March 2014 Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday. We won the match 2-0 with a brace from Ishmael Miller, with the Owls not really on song throughout the match. When Sam Hutchinson clattered substitute Adam Morgan in the 89th minute whilst the Owls player was already on a yellow card, not even the most lenient of officials could have avoided raising a second yellow, and thus Wednesday ended the game with 10 men. Their indiscipline, rather than the referee's doing.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Mark Russell (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Michael Mullarkey (Devon).

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Birmingham City 3 (Birmingham won on penalties).

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.

Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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11 August 2014 : Interview With Joe Edwards
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Joe's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 0-3 Defeat Against Doncaster.


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10 August 2014 : Morgan Warms The Bench After Joining Saints Squad
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan was an unused substitute today, as he formally commenced his loan spell with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone. The 20 year old former Liverpool academy player was named in the squad of eighteen that travelled to play Ross County, as he commenced a five month loan deal with the Perth side.

Morgan was kept out of the starting line-up by another player with Yeovil Town connections, with Steven MacLean scoring in the 2-1 win at Victoria Park in front of 3,287 spectators. However, he might have hoped to have got onto the pitch given that MacLean's strike partner Stevie May was sold to Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee, with the Glovers player intended to be his numerical replacement. Instead he will have to wait for his time on the field of play for another day.

The Liverpudlian has been talking to the Scottish Press about his time in his home city, and his decision to quit Anfield for life in League One. He said that much of his thinking when he left the Premier League club was down to their policy of recruiting from outside the club, rather than promoting players from the youth ranks:

"When you see guys like Luis Suarez coming in it can be hard for a young lad. But I lived my dream, I played three times for the first team and was on the bench in Premier League games. It looks good saying you are a Liverpool player but I canít be a reserve team player my whole life. I had to make a massive decision and I made it off my own back leaving for Yeovil rather than staying in my comfort zone at Liverpool. It had a huge effect on my life. It didnít work out great but hopefully now I can make an impact here (at St Johnstone). I watched the (St Johnstone) team against Spartak Trnava on the telly and they looked a very good team. Iím looking forward to getting going here."


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10 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Doncaster Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Doncaster Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary explained the selection of Chris Weale and James Berrett, as well as the absence of Kevin Dawson in his pre-match chat. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Doncaster.


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9 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Rovers Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary gives his views on the team performance, as well as discussing the current chances of bringing in further squad recruitments. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Rovers Home Game.


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9 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
If you watched this afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers 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.

NOTE: As this is a new season, with a large group of new players, knowing which players are impressing (and therefore which players are not) would be of interest particularly during the early weeks of the season. Hence even though today was a poor performance, submitting the three players who did show a degree of promise would be of big interest to all fans - hence please choose sensibly!

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


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9 August 2014 : Johnson: Doncaster Performance Fell 'Very Short' Of Standards
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his side fell 'very short' of the standards that he expected his team to hold during today's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers. The Glovers were well beaten by a Yorkshire side that they have often had the rub of the green against over the years, with goals from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson giving the away team victory.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he didn't recognise the side that had generally performed well in pre-season, and hoped that they would begin to show their ability more than the did in the opening fixture of the 2014-15 season:

"What you know is that with that being the first game of the season, you've got plenty of time to put it right. We looked very short of where we were even a few days ago. On the day we were second best all over the field. We had a great little crowd come in as well, so hopefully they won't give up on us just yet. But I didn't recognise the team that we put out there, and I'm sure they didn't recognise it. There's a lot more ability about our team than we showed today."

Johnson cited Doncaster's front pairing of Curtis Main and Nathan Tyson, who were a constant threat throughout the afternoon, praising the quality of the finishing from their players. However, he felt the goals stemmed from mistakes by his own players, and wouldn't accept that it was wholly down to teething problems from a new squad of players:

"You always expect better from your players. When we did have the possession we gave it away. We didn't keep possession very well. Doncaster had a little bit of experience about them and they had a couple of quick lads up front, and they were able to get between us on two or three occasions. When they did, they were three quality finishes. But we can put all of them back to mistakes from ourselves certainly, by giving the ball away and leaving ourselves a little bit short on the break."

Goalkeeper Chris Weale was left badly exposed for all three goals, but would have to accept responsibility for the middle one that saw him come out of his area, only to be beaten to the ball by goalscorer Harry Forrester. Johnson said that was an error by Weale, but pointed out that there had been mistakes made further up the field that had led to that situation being created:

"He (Weale) didn't need to do that, but there were a couple of other mistakes before the ball got that far. We've got a lot to do. We've got to watch the whole video tomorrow, so we'll let the boys see what the fans had to see, and I'm sure that will suffice in livening them up for the next game."


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9 August 2014 : Yeovil 0 Doncaster 3 : Defensive Gaps See Glovers Exposed
Yeovil Town slumped to a poor opening day defeat at Huish Park this afternoon, as Doncaster Rovers gained a comfortable 3-0 away victory over a team they were relegated with at the end of last season. An early Curtis Main strike provided the theme for the day, and despite a brighter start to the second half by the home side, Harry Forrester's goal just beyond the hour mark put Doncaster in full control. Matters were firmly settled by substitute Theo Robinson deep into second half injury time as he exploited the gap between the Glovers back line and the goalkeeper for the third and final goal.

Team selection saw Kevin Dawson miss out due to an ankle injury sustained at Truro City last weekend, and the outcome of that was for Joe Edwards to be shuffled out into a wide-right position, as James Berrett and Simon Gillett played as the central midfield pairing. The other big decision on the day was for Chris Weale to be given the goalkeeper position. The only contracted professional player to miss out on a place in the eighteen was Matteo Lanzoni, given that Joel Grant is still recovering from a long term foot injury.

The tone of the game was set as early as the eighth minute, as the Glovers lost possession in their own half following a poor clearance. Donny striker Curtis Main was fed the ball by Harry Forrester and as Chris Weale came off his line to narrow the angle, Main neatly chipped the ball past the keeper for the opening goal of the game.

At the other end, Aaron Martin headed into the side netting from a Sam Foley cross, whilst Simon Gillett forced former Glovers loanee Jed Steer to tip a shot over his own crossbar for a corner, but the reality was that Doncaster were having the better of the first half. The Glovers back line were struggling to deal with former Blackpool and Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson who is one of Donny's new summer signings. Although he didn't find the back of the net, he got in behind the back four on several occasions, with Aaron Martin being forced to clear one Tyson shot off his own line, whilst Martin and Jakub Sokolik both landed in the referee's notebook for illegal challenges on the striker.

As half time approached, Yeovil did manage a couple of rare chances. Kieffer Moore's first shot on goal went straight out of the ground though, whilst another move that saw Moore fed by Joe Edwards resulted in the striker being forced wide of the goalframe, and when he pulled the ball back for AJ Leitch-Smith, his strike partner couldn't quite get a foot on the ball to convert.

The second period started a little better from a Yeovil point of view, albeit without any huge chances coming their way. Doncaster soaked up a fair bit of pressure from corners and free kicks, with the main problem being that they were either poorly delivered or were easily won by the towering Rob Jones.

Just past the hour mark came the crucial moment. Doncaster got the ball in behind the Yeovil back four yet again, and Chris Weale rushed off his line in a vain attempt to claim the loose ball. Donny winger Harry Forrester beat him to it easily, and despite Brendan Moloney scrambling back to cover the empty net, Forrester easily converted for a 2-0 lead.

That goal pretty much killed the game, with Doncaster able to pull down the shutters and put an extra man into midfield, blocking out the freedom that Simon Gillett had in his role as the main midfield playmaker. Gary Johnson put on Sam Hoskins and James Hayter as a response to that and the second goal, as well as introducing Nathan Ralph for a bit of pace down the flanks.

That almost gave the game a little bit of late drama as all three subs combined, with Hoskins' cross seeing Hayter hit the crossbar, only for Ralph to hit the quick-snap rebound over the crossbar. But instead it was Doncaster who had the last laugh with their own substitute, in Theo Robinson. As per the pattern of the first two goals, it was all about a simple slide-rule pass through Yeovil's back four, and for the former Derby County player to run on and lob past the advancing Weale for a 97th minute conclusion to the game.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Scorers: Curtis Main (0-1, 8 mins), Harry Forrester (0-2, 63 mins), Theo Robinson (0-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolik, 19. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley
13. Kieffer Moore, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (63 mins for Sam Foley) 9. James Hayter (67 mins for Kieffer Moore) 20. Ben Nugent 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for James Berrett)

Doncaster Rovers:
1. Jed Steer
22. Reece Wabara 12. Luke McCullough 5. Rob Jones 3. Cedric Evina
26. James Coppinger 4. Dean Furman 18. Paul Keegan 10. Harry Forrester
11. Curtis Main 14. Nathan Tyson

Substitutes:
9. Theo Robinson (67 mins for Nathan Tyson) 13. Marko Marosi 15. Liam Wakefield 21. Marc De Val Fernandez (79 mins for Curtis Main) 23. Kyle Bennett (90 mins for Harry Forrester) 25. Alex Peterson 30. Ben Askins

Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (foul, 36 mins), Aaron Martin (foul, 45 mins)

Doncaster Bookings: Harry Forrester (foul, 55 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistant Referees: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 5,235 (including 388 Doncaster Rovers supporters)


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9 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Yeovil Town give debuts to seven players for this afternoon's League One opener against Doncaster Rovers this afternoon. Although goalkeeper Chris Weale and midfielder Simon Gillett have had previous spells with the Glovers, there are five more who will play their first matches in green and white colours in today's match at Huish Park which kicks off the 2014-15 season.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson's ankle injury sustained at Truro City last weekend keeps him out of the side, whilst Joel Grant (foot) is unsurprisingly still absent. Defender Matteo Lanzoni and non-contract player Calvin Brooks are the two players who are not listed in the squad.

The team reads as follows:


Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolik, 19. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley
13. Kieffer Moore, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 9. James Hayter 20. Ben Nugent 14. Sam Hoskins

Doncaster Rovers:
1. Jed Steer
22. Reece Wabara 12. Luke McCullough 5. Rob Jones 3. Cedric Evina
26. James Coppinger 4. Dean Furman 18. Paul Keegan 10. Harry Forrester
11. Curtis Main 14. Nathan Tyson

Substitutes:
9. Theo Robinson 13. Marko Marosi 15. Liam Wakefield 21. Marc De Val Fernandez 23. Kyle Bennett 25. Alex Peterson 30. Ben Askins


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9 August 2014 : Season Ticket Sales See Small Drop From Championship Season
Yeovil Town go into the 2014-15 season having held relatively steady on their season tickets from their single year in the Championship. In the lead-up to this afternoon's League One opener against Doncaster Rovers that will commence proceedings, the club have sold just over 2,500 season tickets for the year.

Last season saw the club sell 2,700 season tickets in the lead-up to their first season at second tier level, which was a significant leap from the 1,900 sold the season before. The record number sold stands as the 3,600 that were sold during the 2005-06 season - which was the first year at League One level.

During that period, the club had a number of 3,000-plus sales recorded, but sales dropped during the latter half of that decade, with the 2012-13 figure of 1,900 representing the club's lowest point. Unsurprisingly the League One play-off final win and the season in the Championship drew in a number of extra punters, and relegation back to third tier football doesn't seem to have affected too many peoples decision-making.

Season Ticket Sales In Recent Years:
2011-12 Season : 2,000 season tickets
2012-13 Season : 1,900 season tickets
2013-14 Season : 2,700 season tickets
2014-15 Season : 2,500 season tickets


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8 August 2014 : Seaborne Cuts Ties With Coventry
Former Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne's time at Coventry City has come to an end, just seven months after he left Huish Park. The 27 year old had been taken on by the Sky Blues in January, after he had impressed in a seven game loan spell at the end of 2013. However, just 14 starts and three substitute appearances later, Coventry have agreed to sever his contract with the club, despite him having a year left on his current contract.

The Coventry Telegraph suggests that the arrival of former Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle defender Reda Johnson, and his immediate appointment as their club captain, coupled with manager Steven Pressley stating that he is on the look-out for another defender, means that Seaborne was heading down the pecking order rapidly. There's no current indication of where he may be off to next.


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8 August 2014 : Morgan Deal Finalised By Saints
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan's loan move to St Johnstone has now been formally confirmed. The 20 year old had been linked with the Saints earlier in the week, and they have now pushed all paperwork through, including international clearance.

Morgan will remain on loan at McDiarmid Park until "mid-January" (no precise date given), and he has been given the all-clear to be part of their squad that will travel to Ross County on Sunday. This almost certainly brings to an end Morgan's stay in Somerset, despite it only being a loan deal - he briefly returned to South Somerset earlier in the week, but had headed up to Liverpool by midweek awaiting the outcome of the St Johnstone deal. Overall he made just thirteen appearances for the club, failing to find the back of the net during that time.


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8 August 2014 : Huge Honour For Edwards As He Accepts Captain's Role
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards has now absolutely confirmed his position as Club Captain for the 2014-15 season. The 23 year old has taken over the reins from Jamie McAllister, who left the club at the end of last season, and as one of the Glovers longest serving players, with 93 appearances to his name, and an ever-present in last year's team, he is one of the more logical names to pick for that role.

Earlier today, his boss Gary Johnson pretty much confirmed that Edwards would be the man to take on that role, and the Gloucester-born player this afternoon was happy to go public on that fact:

"I'm delighted to be named Captain for this season, it's a huge honour for me! Can't wait for the season to start now!"

Edwards will be working with ten new faces for the 2014-15 season, having seen a significant turnover of players over the summer, meaning that he will be leading a new-look squad during that time. However, with most of those signed up on or around the start of July, the former Bristol City academy player feels that there has been plenty of opportunity for him to get to know his new team-mates well:

"By doing that it gave us a chance to have the whole of pre-season together. So if there was anything going wrong at the start, we could iron that out and get it ready for the start of the season. We had a really good season last year, and although we got relegated in the end we competed really well at that level. So we're definitely justifying our tag as one of the favourites to go up this year and hopefully we can do that."


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8 August 2014 : Coventry City Owners Told To Pay Up In Ricoh Arena Dispute
League One side Coventry City have been ordered by the Football League to pay their former Ricoh Arena landlords nearly half-a-million pounds, as part of conditions that were set in the wake of the liquidation of one of their group companies last year. Coventry have been told to cough up £471,192 to stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) by August 14th 2014, after the amount was disputed by the Sky Blues owners SISU.

The determination is the latest in a long running and very public war between ACL and SISU that has left Coventry City playing 35 miles away at Northampton Town's Sixfields ground. Having gone on a 'rent strike' that saw them pile up £1.3 million worth of money owed to ACL, the liquidation of that company also saw their lease agreement on the stadium terminated, leaving Coventry without a home, and with most Sky Blues fans boycotting the trip down the M1, seeing 'home' gates of under 2,000 during last season.

At first ACL were willing to negotiate a new agreement with SISU, but when the latter started taking legal action against the stadium landlords, all talks were called off, with ACL insisting that they were not prepared to discuss terms with a party that was taking such a course of action. SISU's court hearing - which was an attempt to suggest that Coventry City Council had acted illegally in taking over ACL's own debts - was thrown out, and that just left the Football League's judgement in terms of the funds it expected Coventry City to pay to its unsecured creditors in return for Coventry's 'Golden Share' that gave it Membership of the League to be transferred to a different operating company.

SISU then decided to appeal against that figure, claiming that ACL were already holding £300,000 as a bond guarantee, and that the final costs of liquidating the old Coventry City company had been higher than previously estimated. The Football League have thrown out the part of the appeal that relates to the bond guarantee, but have accepted some of the liquidation costs, reducing the final amount that SISU must pay to ACL to a final total of £471,192.

Assuming SISU don't appeal against this decision, or take further legal action, the closure of this case could pave the way for them to reopen negotiations with ACL over a return to the Ricoh Arena - something the Football League have previously said they would be willing to sanction mid-season provided it is done as a permanent solution, rather than as a yo-yo between Coventry and Northampton. Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey recognises the urgency of the situation:

"This has been a complex and unwelcome disagreement within a wider, more significant dispute. By concluding this matter, we can now allow all parties to concentrate on the more important issue of getting Coventry City playing its matches back in Coventry at the earliest opportunity".

Coventry City Chief Executive Tim Fisher has suggested that is also his aim, although still carries the claim that the Sky Blues want to own their own stadium in the long term, and speaks of 'agreeing terms' that are favourable to the football club - which may not be as simple as it sounds, given that was what sparked the original rent strike:

"We know that ACL saw the payment of this money as a barrier to agreeing terms to get the club back to Coventry. We can today put this obstacle behind us and get down to the business of negotiating a return to Ricoh Arena until we can own our own stadium. As we have said all along we want what is best for the long term future success of Coventry City FC. That means our job is to get the club back to Coventry, which is something every single supporter wants to see, whilst ensuring the financial stability of the club. A key element is for us to agree terms that are driven by Financial Fair Play, so that Steven Pressley can invest match day revenues in talent on the pitch."

Coventry City's Sky Blues Trust and the Coventry Evening Telegraph have been loudly campaigning to get the football club back into the city of Coventry, with the latter providing several front page 'splashes' drumming up support, whilst being critical of the club's owners. Jan Mokrzycki, who represents the Supporters Trust, told the paper that this new opportunity to resolve the Ricoh Arena dispute must not be missed:

"We call on (SISU representative) Ms Seppala to make it clear that they will not be throwing more good money after bad by continuing this fruitless and futile process by appealing direct to the Court of Appeal. Not only will further appeals costs thousands more but they will also preclude talks with ACL. ACL have justifiably stated that they will not negotiate with someone who is continuing to take legal action against them, so stop the legal proceedings and get talks started for the good of all Sky Blue supporters, Coventry City and the city of Coventry itself. Coventry City supporters have been continually let down during this long running dispute Ė this is an opportunity to act positively Ė donít let us down again."


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8 August 2014 : Interview With Simon Gillett
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town complete their ninth permanent signing of the summer, as former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett agreed a two year deal at Huish Park. As he prepared to make his debut against Doncaster Rovers - one of his former clubs - Simon spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about his thoughts ahead of the new season, and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Simon Gillett Speaks To The BBC After He Signed A Contract With The Club.


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8 August 2014 : D'Ath Gets Cobblers Chance
Former Yeovil Town trialist and loanee Lawson D'Ath has managed to earn himself a contract with League Two side Northampton Town. Having turned out for Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and Eastleigh during the summer, following his release by Reading at the end of last season, he had failed to catch the eye of any of the managers he turned out for during that time.

Having left Eastleigh as a trialist, he returned there last Friday as an opposition player, playing for the Cobblers in a game that the Football League side won 1-0. That was good enough for Northampton boss Chris Wilder to offer him a deal until January 2015 that will see him play for the Sixfields side. Wilder told his club's website:

"Lawson did well and we feel he will add something to the squad. I felt we were a body short in midfield and Lawson will give us a good option in there. He did well at Eastleigh and we are pleased he will be part of the squad."

D'Ath turned out for the club during the second half of Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Basingstoke Town at their Camrose ground in July, but was not retained after that match.


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8 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Doncaster Rovers Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's 2014-15 League One opening fixture against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts ahead of the game, plus his views on Simon Gillett and Marvin Elliott, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Doncaster.


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8 August 2014 : Ralph Set For New Yeovil Town Deal
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Ralph is set to sign a new contract at Huish Park, having successfully worked his way through the 2014-15 season without showing any injury problems. The 21 year old missed the entire season last year and has not played for the club since April 2013, following a series of knee, ankle and shoulder problems.

The Sky Sports website indicates that he will be getting a six month contract at the club, after satisfying manager Gary Johnson that he was over his past problems. Ralph has played some part in most pre-season friendlies so far, albeit by playing a reduced number of minutes on the field of play. The current expectation is that he would be more seriously available for first team selection around September.


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8 August 2014 : Johnson: Edwards Will Be 'Trusted' As Club Captain
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that midfielder Joe Edwards will be 'trusted' as a club captain, if he is given that role for tomorrow's League One opener against Doncaster Rovers. In truth the matter has been one of the pre-season's least contested positions, with his team-mates referring to him as 'skip' on Twitter, whilst the 23 year old has held the captains armband throughout all pre-season matches in which he's been on the pitch.

Thus although Johnson has tended to sidestep the question in interviews so far in pre-season, he's found it harder and harder to do so as the opening day's fixtures have come closer. Speaking to BBC Somerset he said that the former Bristol City academy player would be a good choice for that both on the field of play and away from it:

"If we decide to give it to Joe, who's had it for the last few weeks - and he's certainly the favourite at the moment, even though we haven't confirmed it - I know that he will be a really good captain. The lads trust him, and we as a management team trust him, and he's probably the most experienced now as far as Yeovil Town are concerned. I know for a fact that he'll be a very good captain both on and off the field."

Gary has pretty much let the cat out of the bag on this front anyway, by telling a group of club sponsors yesterday at Huish Park, that Edwards would be his choice of captain, and so the Gloucester-born player will formally succeed Jamie McAllister in that role come tomorrow afternoon.


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8 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Management At Huish Park
With Yeovil Town getting back to competitive football this weekend, Glovers boss Gary Johnson recently had an extended chat with the BBC about his time at Huish Park. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail, this two-part interview talks about the pre-season schedule, how himself, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way work together, the experience of the Championship and its subsequent relegation last season, and how he feels about living in Somerset. His interview can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The 2014-15 Pre-Season.


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7 August 2014 : Johnson Talks About Gillett Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that giving new signing Simon Gillett a slightly different role to what he's been used to at some of his previous clubs may help him blossom as a player. The 28 year old put pen to paper on a two year deal earlier today, becoming the club's ninth new permanent signing of the summer. That's nicely timed for him to line up against a Doncaster Rovers side on Saturday that he played 81 times for, across one loan spell and a two year permanent stay in Yorkshire.

Gillett's most recent club was Nottingham Forest, but he failed to make a significant breakthrough at the City Ground, playing just 29 times across two seasons, with most of the 2013-14 campaign being spent out on loan with Bristol City, where he played 23 times, scoring two goals, before Forest released him over the summer.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, after the Oxford-born player signed for the club, Johnson thinks that he has signed a player with some genuine Football League experience, and believes that player and club will be a good fit:

"He's a good footballer, and we've got a particular game that I think will suit him. I think in other teams he's been played slightly differently on occasions, but I think I can help get his career going again. He's a good lad and he's experienced. He's played in the Championship and he's played in League One, and the lads respect him, which is always a good thing."

Johnson implies that when Gillett is selected that he will be given more of a free rein to move higher up the pitch, which would leave Joe Edwards the task of performing the more defensive duties. As such the Glovers boss is confident that Gillett will be able to pick out his forward players once his team get into the attacking third:

"We've obviously got a particular way of playing, and some people might think that it might not suit him, but I do and I think he's got a little bit of quality. If we can get him a little bit further up the field than maybe he was used to in some of his other teams, then I think he's a real good spotter in terms of picking out a pass, and he's probably got a couple of goals in him."

Meanwhile the club are expected to give former Millwall and Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott another week on the training ground to help prove his fitness before they make any decisions on his future. Elliott was somewhat short of match fitness in Monday night's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, having spent the month of July training on his own. Johnson therefore plans to give him next week to build up his stamina, rather than rush into any decisions either way.


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7 August 2014 : Gillett Signing Completed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Nottingham Forest and Southampton midfielder Simon Gillett. The 28 year old was released by Forest at the end of last season, having completed the 2013-14 campaign as a Bristol City loan player, and has spent two phases during pre-season on trial at Huish Park.

Today he has put pen to paper on a two year contract with Yeovil Town, that will keep him at the club until June 2016. He becomes the club's ninth permanent signing and the tenth overall since the end of last season.


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7 August 2014 : Scottish Press Claim Morgan Deal Agreed
Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone are reported to have finalised a loan deal for Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan. This morning's Dundee Courier suggest the deal to take the former Liverpool academy player up to McDiarmid Park has already been agreed, despite Saints being in Slovakia on Europa League duty.

The 20 year old's deal doesn't have a length specified in the report, although we've seen some speculation elsewhere that the deal will be up until around New Year's Day - i.e. until the January transfer window opens. Overall Morgan made just 13 appearances for the Glovers during his time at Huish Park, but has been out in the cold since the end of last season and was not even allocated a 2014-15 First Team squad number.


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7 August 2014 : Video : Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
Monday night saw Yeovil Town gain an impressive 9-0 victory over Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium. With hat-tricks from James Hayter and Sam Hoskins, the full set of goals can be viewed thanks to 12 minutes worth of highlights footage via the YouTube clip below.




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6 August 2014 : 2014-15 Away Shirts Pre-Ordering From Tomorrow
Yeovil Town have released a computer-based of their 2014-15 away shirt, ahead of its formal launch later this month. The new design completely drops the bright yellow and black 'bumble bee' design for one that is predominantly a mustard-gold colour, with green trim. Like the home shirts, they will be made by Sondico and will feature the same set of club sponsors. Shorts will be the same shade of gold, whilst socks will be green.

Unfortunately the problems being experienced by Sondico mean that, like the home shirt, we'll have to wait until the end of the month for the real thing to be on sale. However, the Huish Park Club Shop will be accepting pre-orders on the kit from 9.00a.m. tomorrow, with prices presumably the same as the home kit. Like the home kit, we're not sure when the first team itself will be able to wear the new design.

Following the article earlier this week relating to Sondico's problems, it's been highlighted that Dagenham and Redbridge are also facing problems with receiving Sondico kit - they have indicated that the source of the problem lies with a fault at a production factory in Poland that is providing their shirts.

Yeovil Town indicated in their statement that there had been a quality issue with what they received. That is backed up by the Sheffield Wednesday experience. The Owls received their stock of shirts, and decided to put them on sale, but their fans have been criticising what they've received, with issues such as sponsors logos not aligned properly. In that context, most fans would probably want to wait for the 'quality' version to turn up.


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6 August 2014 : Miller Makes Tangerine Move
Championship side Blackpool have signed their second former Yeovil Town loan player of the day. They have recruited in striker Ishmael Miller on a one year contract, with the option of a further season on the table, after the 27 year old became a free agent over the summer, following his release by Nottingham Forest.

Miller has gone through rather lengthy negotiations since arriving on trial last month, but has finally agreed to sign for the Lancashire club, who are currently engaged in the last minute recruitment of their squad ahead of Saturday's opening set of fixtures.

The former Manchester City player will team up with Everton midfielder John Lundstram at Bloomfield Road, after the 20 year old agreed a season long loan earlier today.


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6 August 2014 : Morgan Linked With Scottish Saints Move
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan is being linked with a move north of the border, following failed trials with League One sides Chesterfield and Rochdale. Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone are claimed to be attempting to sign him according to The Courier newspaper, which fits with yesterday's news that the 20 year old's trial at Spotland had been curtailed.

The paper suggests that Saints manager Tommy Wright had tried to sign Morgan last summer, whilst he was still a Liverpool player, but he decided to make the switch to Huish Park instead. However, with Morgan no longer part of Yeovil Town's plans, having made just three starts since his arrival in November, any approach from them for Morgan's services would doubtless be accepted. There are no quotes or sources to substantiate their interest, but Morgan was linked with a move to an unnamed Scottish club at the start of pre-season, only to turn up playing for the Spireites a few days later.

St Johnstone are currently Scottish Cup holders, having defeated Dundee United at the end of last season to lift the trophy, with their second goal on the day being scored by former Glovers striker Steve MacLean, who is still with the club. As a result of that win, St Johnstone are currently playing in Europa League qualifying matches, and are currently travelling out to Slovakia to face Spartak Trnava tomorrow night. Hence any interest they may have in Morgan at this stage may not be realised until they return from their European adventures.


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6 August 2014 : Lundstram Makes Tangerines Move
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder John Lundstram has been signed by Championship side Blackpool on loan. The 20 year old has committed to a season-long loan at Bloomfield Road, and joins a side that have been woefully short of players throughout pre-season, and only managed to recruit their first goalkeeper yesterday.

Lundstram spent 16 games at Huish Park during the 2013-14 season, before moving to Leyton Orient where he had a nine game loan spell at Brisbane Road at the tail end of the season. One of Lundstram's two goals for the Glovers came in the December 2013 1-0 win over Blackpool that saw the visitors implode in the final minute of the game as three players were sent off in separate incidents.

The Everton academy player could be joined by another former Glovers loan player, with Blackpool still attempting to attract striker Ishmael Miller to their club. The 27 year old had been reported as being on trial with the Tangerines, but has delayed putting pen to paper. Blackpool are still holding out of Miller's signature though, with speculation that he will finalise his deal with them today.


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5 August 2014 : Johnson Needing To Make Different Decisions On Midfield Pair
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that making decisions on midfield pair Simon Gillett and Marvin Elliott involve very different thoughts, despite both clearly coming with plenty of Football League pedigree. Whilst Gillett has been involved in a number of pre-season friendlies so far, since arriving as a free agent last month, Elliott's inclusion in Monday night's away friendly against Dorchester Town was an unexpected one, with the 29 year old not having been in the public eye since Bristol City released him at the end of last season.

Whilst the majority of Johnson's first team squad has been signed up and committed to, he is still looking for ways to improve his squad, even if he recognises that some players may need to leave the club to make room for any more signings. A contract offer has gone out for Gillett to consider, with further talks between all parties due this week, but Johnson explained that making a decision on Elliott was a little bit different:

"We've still got to make a decision on a couple of the lads of course. But the lads that we've got to make decisions on are very experienced players. They're not Trialist A and Trialist B. One of them (Simon Gillett) is fit already, and the other one (Marvin Elliott) needs a bit of fitness work because he's been training on his own. So I'll have a chat with my staff and we'll see what we want to do."

Elliott started his career as a Wandsworth-born player coming through Millwall's youth academy, ultimately making 164 appearances for the Lions first team. But Johnson's decision to sign him in the summer of 2007 whilst he was Bristol City manager sparked a seven year stay at Ashton Gate for the Jamaican international that only began to fizzle out when a serious Achilles injury in 2012 sparked a run of more minor problems that restricted him to around 30 games each in his final three seasons in Bristol. Johnson said that he held the player in high regard, but needed to be sure that he was over those sorts of problems:

"Marvin (Elliott) has had a few offers in certain places. I think he loved his football and he enjoyed his time under me at Bristol City. My game probably suits him, as it's an all-action game. He's got some great qualities, and I've just got to be sure that he's free from all of his injuries that he's been unlucky with, and also he needs a little bit of fitness. But I've always liked him and he was a major part of my success at Bristol City."


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5 August 2014 : Donny Sell Out Initial Ticket Allocation
Saturday's opponents Doncaster Rovers have indicated that they have sold out their initial allocation of tickets for their League One match at Huish Park. The fixture, which takes place on August 9th, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, saw Donny given an initial allocation of 350 tickets for the Screwfix East Stand, with the Copse Road terrace left closed for the game.

Doncaster have now sold that allocation and have advised their supporters to book additional tickets via the Huish Park Ticket Office. The seated area in the Screwfix Stand can house up to 500 supporters before Yeovil Town would have to consider opening up the terrace area.

A reminder that for Saturday's match, the club have introduced a ticketing offer for all supporters aged Under-16 years old (i.e. those who fit into the current Junior ticket category). Those supporters can claim a FREE ticket for the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office on an unlimited basis (subject to the capacity of the ground). Either visit in person or give them a call on 01935-847888 - you can book other Adult and Concessionary tickets at the same time.

With this being a match aimed at attracting young supporters, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be out in force for the fixture as well. They will be offering Free Football Skills sessions prior to the game. For further information on that, give them a call on 01935 706671.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.


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5 August 2014 : Sondico Delays Experienced By Two Other League Clubs
Yeovil Town supporters (and players!) waiting for the club's new 2014-15 shirts will find that there is a common problem being experienced by two other Football League clubs. League One side Oldham Athletic and League Two side Carlisle United both made the decision this summer to switch to Sondico, who provide Yeovil Town with their player and replica kit.

Today, Carlisle have put out a statement indicating that they are not expecting home replica shirts to be available in their club stores until next week, with only a small number of away shirts and training kit reaching Cumbria. They cite "production problems" at the Sondico end. Carlisle's first team have yet to receive their 2014-15 players strip, but are expecting to receive them on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Carlisle's experience is echoed by Oldham Athletic. The Latics had signed a five-year £1 million sponsorship deal with Sports Direct, who own Sondico, and so you would expect them to have preferential treatment. Instead they have had to cancel a planned team photo shoot due to the non-arrival of players shirts, which again are only due to turn up this week, with Thursday 7th August being the new target date. Replica shirts that can be purchased by Oldham supporters will only be available for sale "around the end of August".

Yeovil Town's own 2014-15 home replica shirts will only be on sale to supporters in late August, with no date or design published for the planned away shirts. So far in pre-season, Yeovil Town's players have worn last season's first team strip, and have not undertaken their annual team photo day. At this stage we're not sure if they'll be wearing a new kit for Saturday's match against Doncaster Rovers, although it appears that Sondico are working towards providing Carlisle and Oldham with first team shirts for later this week.

Sondico is now part of the Sports Direct company brand, who were founded by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. The Sports Direct group was set up in 1982 and has gradually swallowed up a number of other brand names. As such it's the UK's biggest sports retailer. Sondico's heritage goes back over 50 years, and have also used the Vandanel brand name in the past.


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5 August 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Officials for Yeovil Town's opening fixture of the 2014-15 season have been published by the Football League. The match against Doncaster Rovers takes place on Saturday 9th August at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've had Mr Horwood four times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Next up was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was then named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground. He finally made it down for the rearranged match in March of that season, and overall had a "tidy" game, but one that was ended early by an injury during the second half, meaning that he had to be 'substituted'.

Between that March 2011 game and Saturday's match, we've not had Mr Horwood. During the 2011-12 season he officiated very briefly at Conference level, followed by a more full-looking season at the same level during the next year. By the start of the 2013-14 season though he was back refereeing at Football League level again, although we missed him - 26 matches, 82 bookings and two red cards is probably lower than most officials dish out.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.


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5 August 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Now The Real Stuff Begins!
Pre-season friendlies done. Now we can concentrate upon the 2014-15 League One fixtures properly. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry does just that, considering what sort of a team we will start the season with, and which players may fall by the wayside. There's also a bit of crystal ball-gazing (which hopefully everyone will join in with) - read the article via the link below, and remember to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Now The Real Stuff Begins!


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5 August 2014 : Morgan Trial At Spotland Ends
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan is reported to have had his trial with League One side Rochdale ended. The 20 year old has been on trial at Spotland for two games, playing 90 minutes against Macclesfield Town and 45 minutes against Bury as part of their pre-season schedule, following a similar three game trial for Chesterfield during July that was ended due to a foot injury.

However, independent fans website RochdaleAFC.com reports that the former Liverpool trainee has been told by Dale manager Keith Hill that he won't be offering him a deal and that the player has returned to Yeovil Town. Hill's revelation was made at a Rochdale fans forum on Monday evening, and so it appears that he will now return to the training ground at Huish Park, albeit without any prospect of playing for the Glovers, having not featured in any of their pre-season friendlies.

The news of Morgan's return is backed up by a message on his Twitter account on Sunday, which he later deleted. During that afternoon, he tweeted "Times are getting harder and harder" with a thumbs down sign. That Sunday afternoon would appear to be the point in which he was told by Rochdale that his trial at Spotland had been ended.


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4 August 2014 : Dorchester 0 Yeovil 9 : Hayter And Hoskins Lead Magpies Thrashing
Yeovil Town stuck nine goals past Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town tonight, as they completed their pre-season friendly with a thrashing. The high scoring match came despite the Glovers selecting a group of players who are more likely to be warming the bench than starting Saturday's League One opener against Doncaster Rovers, although some will have done themselves no harm in getting themselves noticed. Hat-tricks for front pairing James Hayter and Sam Hoskins were accompanied by goals from Seth Nana Twumasi, Matteo Lanzoni and Sam Foley, with the Magpies suffering their second crushing defeat in pre-season, having already lost 11-0 at the Avenue Stadium last month.

Yeovil's opener came 19 minutes into the match, and not long after James Berrett had seen a shot hit the woodwork after it had come off a Dorchester defender. Three minutes after that they launched a counterattack that saw Chris Weale clear the ball up field, with Berrett grabbing possession. Dorchester couldn't clear their lines when he put the ball into the danger area, and Seth Nana Twumasi lashed home from outside the box for a 1-0 lead.

In the lead-up to the break, two quick goals put the Glovers into a very comfortable position after fouls by the Dorchester defence. James Berrett's free kick into the box saw Dorchester keeper Alan Walker-Harris over-commit himself, and Matteo Lanzoni was well placed to head home for the second of the night. Two goals then became three, after Sam Hoskins was fouled inside the box. Manager Gary Johnson has made it clear that if James Hayter is on the pitch then he will be the club's penalty taker this season and he ratified that view by sending Walker-Harris the wrong way for a 3-0 half time lead.

The second half saw no let-up from the Glovers as they upped the tempo after the break. Six minutes in, Sam Hoskins released James Hayter who got in behind the Dorchester defence to slot home in a one-on-one with the home keeper. Three minutes later and Hayter turned provider as he fed Sam Hoskins for the fifth of the night. Then James Hayter took advantage of a sloppy defensive error in the Magpies defence to pounce for his hat-trick on the hour mark.

Hayter's strike partner Sam Hoskins then upped his game as he finished from close range following a Nathan Ralph run down the flank and a cross into the far post. In the last ten minutes, Sam Hoskins became the second Yeovil player to get a hat-trick, as James Hayter became the provider once again, and the former Southampton academy player finished from inside the box. There was enough time for substitute Sam Foley to convert Nathan Smith's cross at the back post for the ninth and final goal of the evening, and to complete the 2014-15 pre-season schedule in style.

Final Score: Dorchester Town 0 Yeovil Town 9.

Scorers: Seth Nana Twumasi (0-1, 19 mins), Matteo Lanzoni (0-2, 38 mins), James Hayter (0-3, 41 mins, pen), James Hayter (0-4, 51 mins), Sam Hoskins (0-5, 54 mins), James Hayter (0-6, 60 mins), Sam Hoskins (0-7, 64 mins), Sam Hoskins (0-8, 81 mins), Sam Foley (0-9, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Matteo Lanzoni 6. Ben Nugent 5. Calvin Brooks 11. Nathan Ralph 7. James Berrett 8. Marvin Elliott 3. Nathan Smith 10. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Joe Edwards 14. Kieffer Moore 15. Liam Davis 16. Jakub Sokolik 17. Aaron Martin 18. Sam Foley (68 mins for James Berrett) 19. Brendan Moloney (77 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 20. Simon Gilett

Dorchester Town:
1. Alan Walker-Harris 2. Sam Lanahan 3. Jake Smeeton 4. Oakley Hanger 5. Nathan Peprah-Annan 6. Will Agbo 7. Nick Crittenden 8. Jamie Gleeson 9. Dan Cann 10. Ben Joyce 11. Danny Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Ryan Woodford (46 mins for Nathan Peprah-Annan) 14. Sam Smith (80 mins for Sam Lanahan) 15. Alex Godfrey 16. Luke Woodland 17. Chris Williams 18. Jason Brookes 21. Shane Murphy

Attendance: 789.


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4 August 2014 : Team News For The Dorchester Friendly : Elliott On Trial
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's final pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town. Whilst tonight's line-up is fairly unrecognisable from Saturday's team that played against Truro City on Saturday, the big curveball is the presence of 29 year old former Millwall and Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott, who was signed by manager Gary Johnson during his time at Ashton Gate.

The line-up on paper doesn't hint too much a to what formation will be played on the day - three centre-backs and two left-backs point to a bit of experimentation with a few players likely to be playing out of position against the Magpies. The starting eleven reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Matteo Lanzoni 6. Ben Nugent 5. Calvin Brooks 11. Nathan Ralph 7. James Berrett 8. Marvin Elliott 3. Nathan Smith 10. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Joe Edwards 14. Kieffer Moore 15. Liam Davis 16. Jakub Sokolik 17. Aaron Martin 18. Sam Foley 19. Brendan Moloney 20. Simon Gilett


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4 August 2014 : Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Walsall is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 20th August 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £20.50; Over 60s: £14.50; Under 18: £14.50.

There is also a Family ticket available (covering one Adult and one Under-18) which is priced at £22.50 with an extra Under-18 ticket under that package available at £9.50.

Supporters should note that prices will increase by £2.00 if tickets are purchased on the day of the game.

As this is a midweek fixture, the Huish Park Ticket Office has been given an initial batch of 200 tickets, although more will be available if they are needed. Glovers fans will be housed in the William Sharpe Stand (currently sponsored as the Kia Stand) which is a covered, seated stand situated behind one of the goals. There are a couple of pillars in your way, although given the capacity is 1,914 it shouldn't be hard to find a seat that will give you a decent view. They generally open up Blocks H9 and H10 to more moderate away followings.

Walsall's ticketing policy for disabled supporters is to admit supporters according to their age/entitlement (as above) with an assistant admitted free of charge provided you are on the Medium, Higher or Severe rate of Disabled Living Allowance, or can produce a letter of justification from your local GP. Past policy has been for disabled supporters to be housed in Walsall's Family Stand (more generally known as the Community Stand), which is not part of the away end facilities. For information on disabled facilities, contact Laura Yates on 01922-651-414 or via tickets@walsallfc.co.uk

For ticketing relating to other future games, including the ticketing offer for Under-16s for Saturday's Doncaster Rovers fixture, click on the relevant links below.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham (League Cup Home Match).

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town (League One Away Match).

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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4 August 2014 : Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Advanced ticketing information for Yeovil Town's first League One away fixture of the 2014-15 season is now available. The match against Gillingham takes place at Priestfield on Saturday 16th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Huish Park Ticket Office is selling tickets at the following advance prices:

Adults: £17.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00

If you wait to purchase your tickets on the day of the game from Priestfield, note that the prices go up by a substantial amount:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £19.00; Under-18s: £12.00; Under-12s: £7.00

Away supporters are given Blocks 5 and 6 in the Brian Moore Stand as a standard offering. Note that this is an uncovered seated stand made up of a 'temporary' scaffolding-supported structure. If less than 200 supporters purchase tickets, or if the weather is significantly bad, then they will move you into Block H of the Gordon Road Stand, which is a corner block of a side-on covered seated area (i.e. similar to that provided for away fans in the Screwfix Stand at Huish Park). There is an initial batch of 500 tickets available at the Huish Park Ticket Office.

There are six wheelchair spaces provided in the Brian Moore Stand at the front of the stand. You can admit an assistant free of charge provided you are on the Higher or Severe rate of Disabled Living Allowance, or can carry a letter from your GP explaining the need for an assistant. Disabled admission is at the concessionary (Over-65s) rate above. For any queries about the facilities at Priestfield or to book equipment, email dburgon@priestfield.com or phone David Burgon on 01634 300000.

For ticketing relating to other future games, including the ticketing offer for Under-16s for Saturday's Doncaster Rovers fixture, click on the relevant links below.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham (League Cup Home Match).

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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4 August 2014 : Gillett Talks To Resume This Week
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will resume talks with midfielder Simon Gillett during the early part of this week, to determine if both parties can reach an agreement over a contract at Huish Park. The former Nottingham Forest and Southampton midfielder rejoined the squad in time for their three day training camp in Cornwall, having missed a couple of friendlies whilst mulling over outline figures offered to him by the club.

Gillett's decision to miss the pre-season friendlies against Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle suggested that he had decided to look elsewhere, but with him playing and scoring in Saturday's 2-1 win over Truro City, the possibility of a deal is now back on the table. Johnson said he was pleased that now was an option, although also was glad to have fellow midfielder James Berrett back in action after he missed five friendlies with a thigh injury:

"I'm pleased that Simon Gillett is back with us at the moment. We'll see what happens with him during the early part of the week. We got James Berrett involved, and he's not been involved for the last three weeks, since the Basingstoke game. So he shows what he's got."

Whilst many Glovers fans will be able to make calculated guesses in terms of what sort of a starting line-up Gary will put on the pitch for Saturday's League One opener against Doncaster Rovers, he denied that the eleven had been finalised at this stage, and said that tonight's match against Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium (kick-off 7.30p.m.) would be an opportunity to see some of the other players that didn't get quite so much game time at Treyew Road:

"We haven't picked our team yet for Saturday. Dorchester gives us the opportunity to give the lads that didn't play 90 minutes to get their 90 minutes against the same level. Then there will probably be two or three of the starters (against Truro) playing half-and-half - 45 minutes each - and we'll use it as part of their week's training".

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.30p.m. with tickets available on the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.


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4 August 2014 : GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the first half of the 2014-15 season. The League One fixtures open up with trips to Gillingham and Walsall during the month of August and you'll find a list of all of the away trips for those games as far as Christmas 2014.

You should note one important change to arrangements that the GWSC are making for the forthcoming season. Previously, they have picked up from Yeovil Bus Station for Saturday fixtures. They will still continue to do this, but this will be by request only - you must make it clear as part of your booking if you need them to pick you up at this location (note this will not be possible for midweek fixtures as the Bus Station is too busy). If no-one requests a pick-up from this location, then they will just visit Huish Park, so don't forget to mention it!

The other thing to note is that there are two alternative plans for the trip to Coventry City. At present the Sky Blues are commencing the season playing at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town. However, alternative arrangements are in place if a resolution has been found with the owners of the Ricoh Arena by then that takes them back to Coventry. The current default is that the match will be played in Northampton.

Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Gillingham : Saturday 16th August 2014.
Bus Station: 8.30a.m.; Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £24.00; Member Concessions: £22.00
Adult Non-Members: £26.00; Non-Member Concessions: £24.00

Walsall : Tuesday 19th August 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 2.30p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Bradford City : Saturday 6th September 2014.
Bus Station: 6.45a.m.; Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

Coventry City : Saturday 13th September 2014 (if playing at Sixfields, Northampton).
Bus Station: 9.00a.m.; Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Coventry City : Saturday 13th September 2014 (if playing at Ricoh Arena, Coventry).
Bus Station: 8.45a.m.; Huish Park: 9.00a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Crawley Town : Saturday 27th September 2014.
Bus Station: 8.30a.m.; Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Port Vale : Saturday 11th October 2014.
Bus Station: 8.15a.m.; Huish Park: 8.30a.m.
Adult Members: £24.00; Member Concessions: £22.00
Adult Non-Members: £26.00; Non-Member Concessions: £24.00

Sheffield United : Tuesday 21st October 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Chesterfield : Saturday 1st November 2014.
Bus Station: 7.45a.m.; Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Notts County : Saturday 22nd November 2014.
Bus Station: 7.45a.m.; Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Oldham Athletic : Saturday 13th December 2014.
Bus Station: 7.30a.m.; Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

Obviously all fixtures are subject to change and additions, once we get into the season proper, cup draws and the realms of winter weather.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.


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3 August 2014 : 2014-15 League One Bookies Odds Revisited
With under a week to go before the 2014-15 season begins, it's worth revisiting the bookmakers' odds, giving their views on who is likely to be promoted or relegated from League One by May 2015. At the tail end of May, the bookies odds pointed to a theory that the Glovers would finish just outside the play-off places come the end of the season, with us pitched as around 7th/8th favourites for promotion.

Just over two months later and there has been a bit of change in the odds they are offering, which has seen the Glovers drift a little, typically being quoted as around 9th favourites for promotion, heading from 9/2 (May) to 5/1 (August 3rd). The big change in the money has come from Bristol City, who had been seen as solid midtablers back in May, but are now either 2nd or 3rd favourites for promotion. The change comes during a summer that has seen them as one of the few clubs to splash out on significant transfer fees at League One level. Sheffield United and Preston North End are rated as the other two teams most likely to get promoted.

Using SkyBet odds (mainly because they were the baseline we chose back in May) the following odds are currently on offer for League One Promotion:

2014-15 League One Promotion (by any route):
Sheffield United 13/8; Preston North End, Bristol City 5/2; Peterborough United, 7/2; Leyton Orient, Barnsley 9/2; Doncaster Rovers, Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town 5/1; Coventry City 13/2; Fleetwood Town 7/1; Chesterfield 15/2; Swindon Town 9/1; Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Crawley Town 10/1; Bradford City 11/1; Notts County, Oldham Athletic 14/1; Rochdale 18/1; Gillingham 20/1; Port Vale 25/1; Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra 28/1.

Using the SkyBet figures (and this is reflected in their relegation odds as well) the four teams most likely to be struggling at the foot of the table are Gillingham, Port Vale, Colchester United and Crewe Alexandra.

If you're thinking of placing a bet, then the widest odds we can find on Yeovil Town being outright Champions are at 20/1 through Bet365, Sporting Bet, Bet Victor, Coral, William Hill and Betway. The 'worst' odds are with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power at 14/1, so avoid them.

In terms of Promotion via any route, the best odds are at 7/1 via Bet Victor - most other bookies are offering 5/1 or 11/2 on our promotion. Meanwhile if you're an incurable pessimist, then the best odds you'll get on Yeovil Town getting relegated are at 12/1 via Sky Bet. For a slightly more cautious bet, Ladbrokes are offering odds on a team making the play-offs, regardless of how successful they are in them - we'd assume that finishing in an automatic promotion spot would be deemed a betting 'fail' here - if that takes your fancy then Yeovil are 9th favourites at 10/3.

A reminder that yesterday we put online this site's 2014-15 League One Season Prediction Survey. If you want to stake your own claim without the problems of needing money, then fill in the form below to predict all of the season's key positions. Voting closes at 12.15p.m. on Saturday.

Link: 2014-15 League One Season Prediction Survey.


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3 August 2014 : Morgan Plays Second Dale Trial Game
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan played his second pre-season friendly for Rochdale yesterday. The 20 year old had previously featured for Dale, who were promoted to League One at the end of last season, in a midweek friendly against Macclesfield Town in which he played 90 minutes.

Yesterday saw him turn out in a friendly against Bury which finished in a 3-3 draw, in what was Rochdale's final pre-season friendly before Football League action returns next weekend. Morgan came on as a half time substitute - his main contribution to the second half was to put the ball in the back of the net whilst Rochdale were trailing by a 3-2 scoreline, but a linesman's flag had already been raised to flag the former Liverpool academy player for offside.

As this is Rochdale's final pre-season friendly they'll need to start making decisions about Morgan and any other trialists they have on their books. This is his fifth match of the summer so far, having had a three match trial spell with League One side Chesterfield earlier in July. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has already said that he doesn't see Morgan as being part of his future plans, whilst his name was left off the list of the 2014-15 First Team Squad Numbers.


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2 August 2014 : Truro 1 Yeovil 2 : Moore Scores Winner Against Old Club
Yeovil Town won their penultimate pre-season friendly this afternoon, when they defeated Southern League Premier Division side Truro City by a 2-1 scoreline at Treyew Road. In what was a 125th Anniversay celebration match for the Cornish club, all of the goals came during the first half, with trialist Simon Gillett and former Truro striker Kieffer Moore scoring Yeovil's goals whilst Isaac Vassell netted for the home team.

Yeovil opened the scoring when trialist Simon Gillett, who has rejoined the squad after missing the last few games, fired home with a low drive from the edge of the box just before the midway point of the first half. But the Cornish side drew level through Isaac Vassell four minutes later, heading home from close range after an initial shot had been blocked.

On the half hour mark, Yeovil retook the lead thanks to former Truro City striker Kieffer Moore, who took advantage of a flick-on from a Sam Foley corner to provide a 2-1 advantage which the Glovers held until the half time break.

The second half saw both sides fail to add to that goal tally, although it was Yeovil who went closest to increasing their lead. Striker Kieffer Moore twice hit the woodwork, whilst his partner up front had a penalty saved, with Truro substitute keeper Ben Watson saving the spot kicks with his legs, after the referee had blown for a foul on Sam Foley.

The main down side to the half was an injury to Kevin Dawson, who picked up an ankle knock following a foul, having to replaced by James Berrett who himself was returning from injury, and so the Irishman will need to receive some treatment over the next few days to make sure he is ready for next Saturday's League One opener.

Final Score: Truro City 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Simon Gillett (0-1, 18 mins), Isaac Vassell (1-1, 22 mins), Kieffer Moore (1-2, 30 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney, 6. Aaron Martin, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 3. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley,
8. Kieffer Moore, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Matteo Lanzoni 14. James Berrett (53 mins for Kevin Dawson) 15. Nathan Smith 16. Nathan Ralph 17. James Hayter (75 mins for Kieffer Moore) 19. Ben Nugent (75 mins for Aaron Martin) 20. Sam Hoskins (75 mins for Joe Edwards) 21. Calvin Brooks.

Truro City:
1. Mike Searle 2. Shane White 3. Chris Long 4. Jake Ash 5. Rob Farkin 6. Arran Pugh 7. Dan Green 8. Jamie Lowry 9. Barry Hayles 10. Cody Cooke 11. Isaac Vassell

Substitutes:
12. Ben Watson (52 mins for Mike Searle) 13. Kyle Moore 14. Les Afful (61 mins for Barry Hayles) 15. Craig Duff (52 mins for Jamie Lowry) 16. Harry Ahern 17. Miles James 18. Jake Smith 19. Jake Goswell

Referee: Steve Annis.

Attendance: 342.


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2 August 2014 : Team News For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly at Treyew Road. The match against Southern League Premier Division side Truro City sees the Glovers make four changes to their line-up compared with the team that started the match against Plymouth Argyle.

Midfielder Simon Gillett, who has rejoined the club as a 'trialist' as part of their Cornish training camp is in the starting line-up for today's game. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, right-back Brendan Moloney and striker James Hayter are also the other inclusions for what is probably - Gillett's contractual situation aside - the most likely provisional line-up for next Saturday's League One match against Doncaster Rovers.

This afternoon's line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney, 6. Aaron Martin, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 3. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley,
8. Kieffer Moore, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Matteo Lanzoni 14. James Berrett 15. Nathan Smith 16. Nathan Ralph 17. James Hayter 19. Ben Nugent 20. Sam Hoskins 21. Calvin Brooks.


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2 August 2014 : 2014-15 League One Season Prediction Survey
With the 2014-15 season now just one week away from starting, football supporters should now hopefully have a rough feel for which sides are going to be near the top and bottom of League One. With that in mind, we've launched a 2014-15 League One predictions survey, in the same style we've used in many previous seasons on this site.

The objective is simple - predict the three promoted teams, the four relegated teams and finally where you think Yeovil Town will finish (if you've already listed them in the previous questions, just add in the exact position you think they'll finish in). The survey will stay open until Saturday 9th August at 12.15p.m. when Sheffield United kick off their season against Bristol City in a lunchtime televised match.

As a note about the name that you put against the survey, we usually produce a 'good' and 'bad' list of predictions where individual supporters have shown either stunningly accurate predictions, or have somehow managed to tip a side for promotion when they've ended up getting relegated. So when entering your name on the survey, please bear that in mind - feel free to use any name you regularly use on a social network or message board if you're more used to being identified on the internet under that name.

Provide entries using the form below, to stake your claim - shortly after the survey ends - and probably after the Doncaster Rovers match on August 9th, we'll provide the highlights of where the main patterns of predictions lie, although for this summary, we won't drop down to individual entries.

Link: 2014-15 League One Season Prediction Survey.


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1 August 2014 : Doncaster Bring In Former Glovers Loan Keeper
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jed Steer has signed a loan agreement with the Glovers' opening day opponents. The 21 year old has agreed a three month deal with Doncaster Rovers that will see him aim to get first team experience away from his parent club Aston Villa, who he has made three cup appearances for since arriving in the summer of 2013.

Steer played for Yeovil at the start of the 2011-12 season, whilst he was on the books of Norwich City, making 14 appearances for the club before a thigh injury cut short his time at Huish Park, and then manager Terry Skiverton was forced to search for a replacement. Since then he's had a four game loan spell at Cambridge United, but couldn't get beyond two FA Cup appearances whilst on the Canaries books.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert must have liked what the former England Under-19 keeper was doing as a teenager though, given that he was also his boss at Norwich, and paid £450,000 as a tribunal fee for the privilege of signing him. Steer did play in Villa's match against MLS side Houston Dynamo five days ago, keeping a clean sheet, but will now be given an opportunity to play at League One level again.

Doncaster have also given short term deals to full-back Reece Wabara and midfielder Paul Keegan today, with both players having been on their books before. Donny have had a disruptive pre-season period, thanks to the collapse of their planned boardroom takeover, and that seemed to be delaying manager Paul Dickov's ability to rubberstamp signings - even today's trio are labelled as subject to Football League approval.

Their summer recruits include 22 year old former Charlton Athletic full-back Cedric Evina. In addition striker Curtis Main - also 22 years old - has arrived from Middlesbrough, although full-back James Husband went in the other direction. Meanwhile the experienced Nathan Tyson has signed after being on Blackpool's books last season. All of those signings have been made in the last week, suggesting that it is only now that Dickov is getting the green light to bring fresh blood into the club.


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1 August 2014 : Lawler Steps Down From Ladies Job As Sherwood Takes Over
Yeovil Town Ladies first team manager Sarah Lawler has has announced her plans to step down from her position with the club. The former player, who has a ten year association with the Ladies side, will take charge of her final match against Watford Ladies tomorrow evening (kick-off 6.00p.m. at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground) and will be devoting her time to a new role with the Football Association. Sarah has been recently appointed as the FA Regional Elite Womenís Coach Developer for the South-West.

In Sarah's place comes Jamie Sherwood, who has only recently arrived at the club as former manager of Cardiff City Ladies. Having initially taken up a post as a first team coach, he will now become First Team Manager, with the existing backroom staff of Chris White (assistant manager) and Pete Amos (head coach) being maintained.

Sarah's legacy as a manager will be that she took Yeovil Town Ladies back up into the Women's Premier League at the first time of asking, and then was part of the club's management committee who prepared their successful application to the FA Women's Super League. When she departs after Saturday's game, she will leave a team sat in a comfortable upper-mid-table position during their first season at the new level. There's very little doubt that she will be welcomed back to Yeovil in her new FA role during the future.


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1 August 2014 : Away Terrace Sponsorship Deal Formalised
The Copse Road terrace end of the ground at Huish Park will formally operate under a sponsored name for next season. The terrace, which is used by away supporters at Yeovil Town matches, will be known as the Radio Cabs Stand for the 2014-15 season.

Although the sponsorship is badged as 'new', the name of Radio Cabs began to appear on matchday tickets for the away end of the ground during last season, with the name 'Radio Cabs Stand' in place at that time. However, this will now formalise that arrangement. Tickets printed included a short advert and a telephone number for the taxi firm, which appeared to be a reaction to some of the problems experienced by travelling supporters trying to get between the town's two railway stations and the football ground.

The Managing Director of Radio Cabs is Yeovil Town Director Andy Rossiter, who has been on the board since October 2010 and also had another spell on the board between 1993 and 1999.


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1 August 2014 : Directions For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their eighth pre-season friendly prior to the 2014-15 season when they travel to Cornwall to play Truro City. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd August at Treyew Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This match has been been set up to act as a 125th Anniversary celebration match for the White Tigers who were formed as a club in 1889.

The entrance to Truro's Treyew Road Ground
The entrance to Truro's Treyew Road Ground showing the date their club was formed. Photo by Tim Lancaster.


The Southern League Premier Division side have been at their current ground since the mid-1950s, and this is situated on the south-west side of the city by the A390 which loops around the south side, and thus is relatively easy to find. The address is as follows:

Address: Truro City FC, Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2TH

Pretty much all supporters should be coming from an easterly direction for this game - it's 140 miles from Yeovil. Take the A303/M5 route down to Exeter and follow the M5 until Junction 31. Then join the A30 which will take you past Okehampton and Bodmin and stay on this road for 80 miles. At the junction with the A39 (signposted for Truro) get off the A30 and follow the A39 southbound towards Truro.

Avoid any signposts for Truro city centre - stick on the A39 until you reach the junction with the A390 and turn right towards Threemilestone. This road (A390) is called Green Lane, and eventually becomes Treyew Road. You'll find the stadium on the left-hand side. There is a car park at the ground, provided you arrive early enough.

For those coming in via rail services, Truro is just under a four hour journey from Yeovil Junction - you'll need to change at Exeter St Davids. Alternatively if you live nearer to Taunton, you can get direct services from there that slice about an hour off that time. When you get off at Truro railway station, turn right until you reach the roundabout that has Sainsbury's on your left, and then turn left onto Treyew Road, so that you are walking around the edge of that superstore. You'll find the ground on the opposite side of the road and so you'll need to cross at some stage.

Truro's supporters bar and turnstiles will be open from 12.00 noon on the day, and so you should find plenty of hospitality at their ground.

The Main Stand at Treyew Road
The Main Stand at Treyew Road. Photo by Tim Lancaster.


For ticketing information for this match, see the earlier news item below.

Link: Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town.


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