Ciderspace News Page
News Archives

To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To see all news for September 2017 click here.
To see all news for August 2017 click here.

30 September 2007 : Brighton MOTM Result
Last Saturday's Man of the Match for the away game against Brighton and Hove Albion ... was not won by Scott Guyett! For the first time in several games, the central defender was pipped at the post by striker Lloyd Owusu, who scored one and set up the other in Yeovil's 2-1 win at the Withdean Stadium.

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

1 Lloyd Owusu 142 (12)
2 Scott Guyett 84 (3)
3 Paul Warne 72 (3)
4 Marcus Stewart 34 (2)
5 Simon Gillett 32 (2)
6 Romain Larrieu 30 (1)
7 Terrell Forbes 24 (1)
8 Anthony Barry 16 (1)
9 Terry Skiverton 10 (0)
10 Lee Peltier 4 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.04

Performance: 7.60
Entertainment: 6.48

VOTES RECEIVED: 25

Don't forget to cast your vote for yesterday's match against Nottingham Forest using the form below, or if you have problems using the form, then email votes directly to motm@ciderspace.co.uk

Link: Man of The Match Voting Form: Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

30 September 2007 : Ladies Draw With Chesham
Yeovil Town Ladies drew 1-1 with Chesham today in the South West Combination League today. More details on this game as we get it.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

30 September 2007 : Youth Development Team Results
A wide range of junior games took place today against Swindon Town's Centre of Excellence sides as part of Yeovil Town's ongoing Community Trust programme. The results from today's matches, which were a mixture of home and away matches against Swindon's equivalent age groups were as follows:

U9's L 3-4
U10's D 2-2
U11's L 0-5
U12's D 4-4
U13's D 2-2
U14's W 3-2
U15's D 3-3


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

30 September 2007 : Youth Team Lose To Rovers Again
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side suffered their second defeat against Bristol Rovers of the season when they lost 2-3 at home in the Youth Alliance League Cup yesterday at Somerton Football Club.

The Glovers went 2-0 down by half time before a Stuart Davies curler to the back stick gave Yeovil some hope. But Rovers scrambled home a third midway through the second half to in theory make the game safe. Ren Turnock made it interesting when he poked the ball over the line from close range with five minutes to go, but despite a spirited second half performance, they couldn't find the equaliser they needed.

More details on this match will follow in the next day or two.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

29 September 2007 : Forest Triple Ensures No Play-Off Repeat
Nottingham Forest took revenge on the 5-2 hammering that they suffered the last time they met Yeovil Town, in the play-off semi-final in May, by thumping three goals past their opponents this afternoon. All three goals came in the second period after a fairly evenly matched first half.

Former influential Yeovil Town midfield Chris Cohen, who signed for Forest in a million pound plus deal in the summer, made his first return to Huish Park. Cohen noticeably showed his respect towards Yeovil Town by failing to celebrate at all during all three of Forestís goals in appreciation for his two year stay at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town were dealt a blow at half-time when captain Terry Skiverton limped off the field with further groin problems before Luke Chambers headed in a Forest free-kick on 57 minutes. The three points were sealed with two stunning lobs. First Junior Agogo chipped on-loan Plymouth Ďkeeper Romain Larrieu from 35-yards, before Kris Commons showed his class with another lob, this time in off the underside of the bar.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 3.

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
31. Romain Larrieu
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
12. Matty Rose
8. Anthony Barry 27. Lee Peltier
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes: 2. Mark Lynch 16. Ritchie Jones (46 mins for Terry Skiverton) 17. Simon Gillett 18. Darryl Knights (77 mins for Marcus Stewart) 30. Wilfried Domoraud.

Nottingham Forest: (4-4-2)
1. Paul Smith
4. Luke Chambers 2. Kelvin Wilson 5. Wes Morgan 29. Julian Bennett
15. Chris Cohen 18. Neil Lennon 16. Sammy Clingan 9. Nathan Tyson
10. Grant Holt 23. Junior Agogo

Substitutes: 6. Ian Breckin 7. James Perch 8. Kris Commons (62 mins for Nathan Tyson) 24. Emile Sinclair (86 mins for Junior Agogo) 30. Dale Roberts (GK).

Goals: Luke Chambers (57 mins, 0-1), Junior Agogo (79 mins, 0-2), Kris Commons (84 mins, 0-3)

Attendance: 6,818 (including approx 800 Forest fans)

Forest Bookings: Chris Cohen (foul, 23 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Andy Penn (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

28 September 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Nottingham Forest tomorrow afternoon in a League One match - just four months after the two clubs did battle in last season's League One Play-Off Semi-Finals; two matches that will live in the memory of both sets of supporters but for very different reasons.

The Forest official site makes no bones about the matter - "they have a score to settle" - with numerous players, coaching staff and media having referenced the stunning 5-4 two-legged win that propelled Yeovil Town into the play-off final against the odds. Whilst there is too much respect between the two clubs for it to be described as a 'grudge' match, it is pretty clear that Forest would like to put Yeovil back in their place tomorrow.

Yet it is actually the Glovers who go into tomorrow's game as the highest placed side, in 4th place. Forest's sluggish start to the season suggested they were still suffering from a play-off hangover, but a 4-0 victory over struggling Gillingham with a hat-trick for former Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo suggested they were finally brushing off the cobwebs of last season.

They come into tomorrow's match in 10th place - four points behind the Glovers and with a game in hand and having won their last two fixtures. Perhaps coincidentally, that turn of fortune has coincided with them being able to play former Glover Chris Cohen, after his recovery from his summer groin operation, after he and Arron Davies completed their one million pound move away from Huish Park. Unfortunately for Arron the best he can hope for is a seat in the stand, after ankle ligament damage in pre-season put him on the treatment table. Former Leyton Orient full-back Matt Lockwood will also join him after limping out of a midweek Reserve match. Right back Luke Chambers will need a late fitness test for a knee injury.

For the Glovers, the usual catalogue of woes continues, although matters are numerically slightly better with defender Matthew Rose ready to return to the squad. Russell explained to BBC Somerset Sound what his current situation was, and also mentioned a slight problem with midfielder Lee Peltier:

"It's only marginally better. We look like we've got Matty Rose back as he has trained today (Thursday) and hopefully there are no repercussions and that knee has settled down. If so then that's not a problem for him to be included within the sixteen for Saturday. Lee Peltier did half a session and so he is a slight worry. But he is a good type and we would hope that he would be fit for Saturday. It's a strange kind of injury that he picked up - he just fell awkwardly in a collision with Paul Warne but we are hoping he will be fine."

Definitely out are the long list of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, midfielders Justin Cochrane and Gary Dempsey, winger Marvin Williams and striker Lee Morris. Midfielder Marc Bircham remains a doubt whilst he is still feeling a reaction to his step-up in training and in reality is unlikely to be little more than a bench warmer until he has a few more Reserve games under his belt. That leaves goalkeeper Romain Larrieu and midfielder Simon Gillett likely to make their home debuts.

Note that tomorrow's match has been designated as an ALL TICKET match, meaning that the Huish Park Ticket Office is officially open for ticket collections only - if you have not bought a ticket for the game, then you should not travel to the match without making prior arrangements. The club haven't been very specific about this, but our understanding is that there should be no sales allowed on the day of the match.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 September 2007 : Club Consider Boxing Day Move
Yeovil Town are considering moving their traditional Boxing Day home match for the second time in three years. The home match against Swindon Town is currently scheduled for a 3.00pm kick-off on Boxing Day but the club are currently considering alternative options after they claimed that Avon and Somerset Police had designated the match as a 'Category A' fixture - the highest level of police classification for football matches - a move that the club have stated could result in a bill from the police of 40,000 pounds just to stage the match.

The club have outlined three possible options. Of those one would be decidedly unlikely - to ban Swindon Town supporters from the match - something that would undoubtedly be unfair on the 1,500 Swindon fans who behaved themselves two seasons ago when they last visited Huish Park. We also suspect it would need permission to be granted from the Football League.

The more realistic proposals are for the match to be moved forward so that it is a lunchtime kick-off on Boxing Day, or for the match to be moved to an alternative date, which was the tactic used in 2005 when AFC Bournemouth were the visitors. Neither option will be popular with supporters - and the latter could be problematic unless the fixture was entirely taken out of the Christmas and New Year calendar, which in itself would cost the club money. Whereas two years ago the club were able to move the Bournemouth fixture back to December 23rd, that is not an option this year as there are matches on December 22nd and December 29th.

One option we are surprised the club are not looking into is that of challenging the quoted police costs. In 2005, Wigan Athletic did their own research into why they were being charged what they saw as extortionate amounts for policing, being charged 44,000 pounds for a match against Leeds United whilst neighbours Preston were charged merely 7,700 pounds for the same fixture. As part of their fight against the costs, Newcastle United revealed that they were charged an average of £12,000 for 52,000 strong crowds in the Premiership.

As a League One comparison, last week's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion cost Sussex Police a total of £76,688 across the whole of 2005 (i.e. what is likely to have been in the region of 25 matches) and Sussex Police admit that not all of these costs are passed onto the Seagulls, as some costs relate to match day policing away from the stadium itself. Thus a figure of £40,000 for a singular match appears to be excessive when compared to Yeovil's peers. It is probably this avenue that the club should be looking into first before opting for a revised kick-off time that is likely to inconvenience supporters and reduce the overall attendance at what should be (all things being equal) a potential sell-out match.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 September 2007 : OTV On Sale On Saturday
The latest edition of On To Victory is on sale at the ground on Saturday, and editor Seb White has been in touch with details of what is in this month's issue. Seb writes:

"If you can afford it after you've forked out for your match ticket, then buy the 25th issue of On To Victory which will be on sale before and after the game on Saturday.

For just £1 you get 32 pages packed full of articles, highlights include

- Tributes to Paul Smith.
- Tales of wasted trips to Bury and York.
- Articles from Korea, Australia and Sweden
- Updates from our old friends at Dagenham and Redbridge and Bristol City.
- And a picture of two goats.

Due to the much loathed 'premium policy' being in place we'll have less sellers than usual. I for one will be on corner just outside the ticket office and will_ran will be at the end of the path leading to the corner of the Cowlin Stand/Away end. If for some reason we aren't there then there will be copies in the programme shop, thanks once again to Paul Hadlow for his help on that front.

Hopefully you'll be able to get hold of a copy and here's hoping that we'll all follow the lads ON TO VICTORY on Saturday!
"


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 September 2007 : Bristol Rovers Ticket Prices
Further to yesterday's article concerning the sale of tickets for the forthcoming away match against Bristol Rovers, the club have now provided prices for the match. Adults can gain admission for £17.50, whilst there are concessions available at £9.50.

To repeat yesterday's details, tickets will be put on sale to season ticket holders ONLY from Saturday 29th September. Note that the usual policy for match days at Huish Park is for tickets for forthcoming games to not be sold in the final hour before kick-off. Hence if you are buying before the game, make sure you make your purchase before 2.00pm. The Ticket Office will, however, be opening after the Forest match as well, and so this represents a second opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to make their purchase.

The Glovers are usually allocated around 1,000 tickets in a small open terraced paddock to the left side of the Main Stand. A sprinkling of seated tickets have been made available in the past, but we get the impression that they are earmarked for those with special needs (e.g. DSA members), or for club representatives rather than put on specific sale. There is no official suggestion that any seated tickets have been made available for this match.

Any tickets still available will go on general Sale as from Monday 8th October, 2007.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 September 2007 : Fry Looks For Council Support
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has called upon local council officials to help him realise the club's ambitions. Whilst the club have risen three leagues in 10 years and two leagues in the past four years, facilities in and around the stadium have moved forward at a far slower pace and the only major development during that time has been the construction of the roof over the home terrace back in 2001.

The problems in developing the ground have always been complicated by strict covenants on the Huish Park land that prevent the club from using that land for various purposes. Some of the covenants are bound by expiry dates, whilst others require sums of money to be paid to third parties as compensation to lift the covenant.

There are in the region of six third parties listed on the land documents for Huish Park, dated from the time that the ground was built. Some of those parties, such as the Ministry of Defence, who previously owned the Houndstone Camp land, are unlikely to hold opinions on whether Yeovil Town Football Club want to build a new social club or not (for example). However, other parties listed may hold strong views on that subject, even if the landscape around Lufton Way and Abbey Manor has radically changed since those land documents were created back in 1989, and the original factors that led to those restrictions may no longer be applicable.

The club have been in negotiation with numerous parties over the past few years in an attempt to lift the key covenant restrictions that prevent them from developing the stadium and providing social facilities fit for a League One club. However, it appears from comments made by Mr Fry this week that these negotiations are running out of steam - instead he is looking towards the local council to apply the leverage that he believes is needed to push the ground development forward. Speaking to the Western Gazette he explained:

"Lifting these restrictions will enable the club to enlarge the stadium and improve the facilities at Huish Park. The success the club has achieved for the town has been absolutely amazing. We have contributed a huge amount to the local economy and, without doubt, put Yeovil on the map with our exploits. Now is the time for the council to help the progress of the football club and allow us the opportunity to imporve our facilities as we chase the dream, which is fast becoming a reality, of Championship football. Until that happens it is clear that no further developments can be undertaken."

There are some legal precedents around the world where land covenants have been overturned due to the restrictions they apply being deemed to be unreasonable or in extreme cases unlawful. Thus this may be an avenue that the club are looking into, although most cases have required representation in the relevant courts rather than assistance from a county or district council. However, the town council and its representatives have often waxed lyrical about the benefits that the football club have brought to the town's overall economy and have not been shy to state that whilst the club has been involved in championship title races and cup runs. But, so far there has been little public evidence of assistance being provided in the other direction - perhaps Mr Fry is feeling that having helped increase the profile of the town over the years, that it is now time for the town to repay a favour?

One area that the club could help themselves though is in the way that they publically present their blueprint for the future. In the past supporters have seen a myriad of proposals, plans and designs that have been launched, have then dragged and have then gradually disappeared off the radar only to be then replaced by another alternative plan. The recent resubmission of a 'concourse bar' architects plan to the council, replacing the previous 'corner pub' style is evidence of that - the abandoning of one set of plans and the launching of a second set of plans was not tied in with any public explanation as to why there had been such a change in direction. Thus the perception is that the club are unsure of what they want.

This may be due to them constantly hitting cul-de-sacs in their attempts to break through the barriers created by the covenants. If so, then that needs to be stated so that the club's problems are clearly understood.

According to the Gazette, the club are scheduled to unveil a new set of plans for a 14,000+ all-seater stadium within the existing Huish Park land "as early as next week". The club is urging the council to support these plans "before the stadium becomes a relic of the past" although the paper states that there are no plans to consider an alternative site for development.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 September 2007 : Youth Team vs Leyton Orient Match Report
Further to Saturday's short details concerning Yeovil Town Under 18s defeat against Leyton Orient in Youth Alliance Cup Group Two, we now have full details and line-ups on this match.

Stuart Housley's side lost against Leyton Orient on the very last kick of the game when referee Dean Potter controversially allowed five minutes of second half injury time to be played after the Glovers had played 70 minutes of the match with 10 men, fighting back from two goals down.

The first period was not one to write home about from a Glovers point of view. Goalkeeper Peter Burridge was involved in the incident that led to Orient's opener - coming off his line for a ball he perhaps should have left and instead tangling with Orient's Bradley Gray. A penalty was awarded for the offence and up stepped Tom Kemp to put the visitors 1-0 up early on. Orient looked the brighter side, and no wonder given their decision to take overnight hotel accommodation for this fixture - not often you see that at Youth Team level!

Orient doubled their lead When Burridge could only parry an Orient shot into the path of Henry Atu, leaving the Glovers 2-0 down. To make matters worse, winger Danny O'Brien was red-carded for foul language, despite the match official overlooking some similarly colourful language from Orient players to go unpunished.

At 2-0 down and down to 10 men, things could have got easily worse, but thankfully a spirited comeback by Yeovil resulted in a thrilling second half, with Jamie Morgan's 30 yard drive minutes into the second period setting the match up nicely.

Midway through the second period, Yeovil drew level when Carl Lazenby turned in a cross to make the scoreline 2-2 and to put the frighteners on Orient. The only dilemma was whether the Glovers should push for the winner whilst still a man down - not that the second half play had suggested that was the case.

A draw though seemed the most likely outcome, until the game went deep into an inexplicable length of second half injury time, and during the final of the five minutes, substitute keeper John Steele, who had replaced Burridge at half time, couldn't hold onto a cross from a corner, and Jack Page was able to pounce on the loose ball for the inevitable winning goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 2 Leyton Orient Under 18s 3.

Yeovil Town: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Sam Elphick 4. Jordan Street 5. Owen Irish 6. Alistair Tucker 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Stuart Davies 9. Liam Horder 10. Carl Lazenby 11. Jamie Morgan

Subs: 12. Lloyd Moyce (82 mins for Sam Elphick) GK. John Steele (46 mins for Peter Burridge), 14. Omar Simpson (70 mins for Alistair Tucker) 16. Sam Cutler.

Leyton Orient: Michael Doyle; Brandon Martin, Frankie Webb, Tom Kemp, Matthew Hall; Harry Baker, Scott Grange, Jack Page, Solomon Shields (Elliot Babb 15); Bradley Gray (Adam Marsh 75), Henry Atu (Adam Bolle 75)

Goals: Tom Kemp (0-1), Henry Atu (0-2), Jamie Morgan (1-2, 48 mins), Carl Lazenby (2-2, 72 mins), Jack Page (2-3, 90 mins).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 September 2007 : Nottingham Forest Ticket Reminder
A reminder that Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest at Huish Park has been designated as an ALL TICKET match by the club.

In the past the club have done very late u-turns on this policy, but as things stand there will be no tickets available on the day of the game, and therefore your deadline to purchase tickets will be 5.00pm on Friday.

The ticket office is opening extended hours tomorrow (Thursday) until 7.00pm to give supporters an additional chance to get across to Huish Park. Alternatively phone 01935-847888.

This game is a 'categorised' match - i.e. the tickets are subject to the "premium pricing" scheme. That means you need to add an additional four pounds to the adult and concession (OAPs, students) pre-match prices for usual league matches. Under 16s and Junior Glovers will pay the normal pre-match prices.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 September 2007 : Brighton Man Of The Match Voting Final Reminder
A final reminder that if you went to last Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion, there is still time to get in a Man of the Match Vote. Probably due to the small numbers that dared to go to the Withdean Stadium (although 265 was far more than we expected!) the MOTM votes are heavily down this week, so if you went, please cast your vote by tomorrow evening.

Link: Man of the Match Voting Form: Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 September 2007 : Bristol Rovers Ticketing Advance Warning
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's trip to the Memorial Stadium to play Bristol Rovers on Saturday, 20th October are now partially available.

Tickets will be put on sale to season ticket holders ONLY from Saturday 29th September. Note that the usual policy for match days at Huish Park is for tickets for forthcoming games to not be sold in the final hour before kick-off. Given that Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest is an ALL TICKET affair, it is possible that they may vary that rule, but for the sake of caution, we'd advise anyone wanting to buy their ticket on Saturday, to make their purchase before 2.00pm.

The Glovers are usually allocated around 1,000 tickets in a small open terraced paddock to the left side of the Main Stand. A sprinkling of seated tickets have been made available in the past, but we get the impression that they are earmarked for those with special needs (e.g. DSA members), or for club representatives rather than put on specific sale.

Any tickets still available will go on general Sale as from Monday 8th October, 2007.

At present we don't have any prices available - when they are published, we'll put them up with a reminder of the ticketing arrangements.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 September 2007 : Marvin Out For Three Months
Yeovil Town's injury crisis has taken a new twist with the news that right-winger Marvin Williams will be on the sidelines for the rest of the year.

Marvin damaged ankle ligaments in training last month, and with the injury having failed to clear up, BBC Radio Bristol are now reporting that the former Millwall man will require surgery, putting him out for three months.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 September 2007 : Reddy Training With Glovers
Former Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy is training with the Glovers according to their official site.

Reddy has been out of the game since January 1st of this year after suffering a series of injuries. He was released by Grimsby at the end of last season and has since had a hip operation. At the time they released him, Grimsby said they did so on the basis that they were not expecting him to return to football until December at the earliest and could not justify paying his wages during that time.

Reddy has been in the main out of the game since September 2006, having participated in just five first team games around December 2006 before long term injury put his career on hold.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

24 September 2007 : Officials For The Forest Game
Saturday's match will see referee Andy Penn (West Midlands) take charge at Huish Park for the League One clash against Nottingham Forest.

We last had Mr Penn on the final day of the League One season, on that gloriously relaxing day at Gillingham. We didn't notice him, but such was our laid-back pre-play-off celebratory mood that probably a herd of wildebeest could have paraded their way across the Kent turf and we wouldn't have noticed them.

We are somewhat less complimentary about some of Mr Penn's previous performances though. Prior to the Gill's match he managed an undistinguished effort in the match at home to Scunthorpe United back on 25th November 2006. Then in another match against Scunny in March 2004 at Glanford Park we described him as "an irritatingly inconsistent official who never really gained control of the game".

Mr Penn is an official who excels in extending games beyond the bounds of reality. A February 2006 home match against MK Dons saw the visitors grabbing a 94th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. But probably his most infamous moment for wonky stopwatches came in May 1999 when he added on nine minutes of injury time that allowed Cheltenham Town into the Football League on the back of a 3-2 win and a 97th minute winner.

We'd therefore recommend that you advise your nearest and dearest not to put tea in the oven too early on Saturday and be prepared for a little bit of random card waving for nothing in particular.

Mr Penn will be assisted by Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire). The fourth official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Link: April 1999 : Cheltenham Town 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2004 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2005 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: February 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 MK Dons 1.

Link: November 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: May 2007 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 2.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 September 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade praised his side for triumphing through adversity when they collected maximum points at the Withdean Stadium by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Saturday. The Glovers beat a Seagulls side with a 100 percent home record, despite going into the game with around eight players missing and a couple of those players involved somewhat borderline in terms of their fitness.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of his players: "There were more changes made today but we showed great character. There is something about this squad that doesn't lie down easily. They work exceptionally hard for each other and work exceptionally hard for me and there is a great atmosphere and we've got to keep that going."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 September 2007 : Two Points Snatched Away At The Death
Yeovil Town Ladies looked set for their second win of the season when they finally broke through at Stockwood Park in the 85th minute to take a 0-1 lead. However Luton Town fought back with an even later goal on 88 minutes to take a share of the points.

Final score: Luton Town Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 1


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 September 2007 : Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
Yeovil Town picked up maximum points at the Withdean Stadium this afternoon after an excellent first half performance saw Lloyd Owusu and Paul Warne grab a goal each to put the Glovers two goals up. Although Brighton came back with a controversial penalty midway through the second half, the Glovers held on to collect a valuable win and destroy Brighton's 100 percent home record.

The first goal came 15 minutes into the match from a Nathan Jones cross that Paul Warne flicked on into the path of Lloyd Owusu. Brighton appeals for an offside flag were in vain and the target man slotted home under the body of Brighton keeper for his fifth goal of the season.

Two minutes before the break, Yeovil doubled their lead when Owusu turned provider - picking out Paul Warne superbly, despite him having three Brighton markers. The former Oldham Athletic man finished low into the bottom right hand corner, in off the post, for the first goal of his Yeovil Town career

In between Brighton missed two great chances to level, with Dean Hammond's awful slice when he was unmarked 12 yards out following a pass from Bas Savage the pick of the bunch. New loan signing Matthew Richards also had a good chance to level, but found his fierce shot from the edge of the box kindly deflected by his own team-mate Savage out for a goal kick.

After Yeovil appeared to be cruising during the second half, Brighton won a penalty that put the game back on a knife-edge when a Dean Cox free kick was driven into the defensive wall, only for referee Fred Graham to incense the Yeovil players by pointing to the spot. In the midst of the protests, Graham waved a yellow card, though whether it was Anthony Barry or Terrell Forbes that was carded isn't clear - either Paul Warne or Simon Gillett appeared to be the player the ball struck in the wall. Once the protests had died down Dean Hammond stroked home the penalty to set the game up at 1-2.

The converted penalty combined with the introduction of new Brighton attacking options in Jake Robinson and Alex Revell meant that the home side enjoyed a significant surge, for the first time in the game finally showing some dominance in their play. An Alex Revell header from one of a succession of Brighton corners saw Nicky Forster slice the ball wildly over the bar, whilst Hammond was denied by a great double-block from stand-in Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu, but on the whole the Yeovil back line held firm to grab all three points.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
31. Romain Larrieu
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
17. Simon Gillett 8. Anthony Barry 10. Marcus Stewart 27. Lee Peltier 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs:
2. Mark Lynch
16. Ritchie Jones (67 mins for Simon Gillett)
18. Darryl Knights
19. Craig Alcock
20. Marc Bircham

Brighton and Hove Albion: 4-4-2
16. Michel Kuipers
2. Andrew Whing 24. Tommy Elphick 14. Guy Butters 28. Matthew Richards
27. David Martot 11. Dean Hammond 10. George O'Callaghan 7. Dean Cox
9. Nicky Forster 17. Bas Savage

Subs:
6. Adam El-Abd (86 mins for Guy Butters)
8. Alex Revell (55 mins for Alex Revell)
13. John Sullivan (GK)
19. Jake Robinson (65 mins for David Martot)
18. Sam Rents

Attendance: 5,231 (including 265 Yeovil fans)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (45 mins, apparent diving), Anthony Barry (BBC Bristol said it was Terrell Forbes)(62 mins, dissent)

Brighton Bookings: None.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Stephen Child (Kent) and David Margetts (Essex). Fourth Official: David Belbin (Middlesex).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 September 2007 : Today's Youth Results
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 2-3 at home today against Leyton Orient in their League Cup Group match. More details on this game to follow soon.

In two other matches played this morning, Yeovil Town's U14 side beat Westland Sports U15s 5-3. Meanwhile Yeovil Town U15s won 3-0 against Westland Sports U16s.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 September 2007 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
For the second match running, central defender Scott Guyett showed what fantastic form he is currently in by picking up the Man of the Match award. He comfortably beat off midfielder Anthony Barry, who had been given the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match award. Full results are shown below, with outright man of the match votes show in brackets:

1 Scott Guyett 266 (21)
2 Anthony Barry 116 (7)
3 Marcus Stewart 74 (5)
4 Terrell Forbes 68 (0)
5 Paul Warne 52 (3)
6 Lloyd Owusu 38 (2)
7 Lee Peltier 34 (2)
8 Nathan Jones 20 (0)
10 Matthew Rose 18 (1)
10 Ritchie Jones 18 (1)
11 Nathan Jones 18 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.12

Performance: 6.33
Entertainment: 5.90

VOTES RECEIVED: 42

If you went to today's game at Brighton and Hove Albion, don't forget to cast your vote from the game using the form below.

Link: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town Man Of The Match Voting Form.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Youth Team Take On Orient
For those not travelling to Brighton tomorrow, a reminder that Yeovil Town's Youth Team have a Youth Alliance Cup Group Two match against Leyton Orient's U18 side taking place at 11.00am tomorrow morning.

The match will be played at Somerton Sports Club in Gassons Lane, and admission to the game is free.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Dinner With Russell Slade Evening Sold Out
Next week's 'Dinner With Russell Slade' evening, due to be held at Huish Park next week on 25th September has now fully sold out. Those who have bought tickets should note the event starts at 8.00pm.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Brighton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow for their 7th League One match of the 2007-08 season. They face a Seagulls side with a 100 percent home record, who lie just a single point behind them in 7th place in the league table.

The Glovers injury situation was documented in detail in yesterday's news - something that manager Russell Slade has said is the worst of his entire managerial career. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he gave additional detail of the magnitude of the situation:

"We've got Ritchie Jones with a sore groin who hasn't trained. Marvin Williams has still got a problem with his ankle and that is coupled with the fact that Lee Morris, Gary Dempsey and Justin Cochrane are not going to play. I think we are at about eight or nine bodies that are possibily unavailable for the weekend."

Despite the injury crisis, Slade said he was unlikely to risk bringing in midfielder Marc Bircham, who completed 45 minutes of Reserve Team football in midweek against Exeter City:

"Marc is making great progress and arguably he was one of our best players in the Reserves on wednesday. so we were pleased with what we'd seen of him. But of course he hasn't played for seven weeks and we are conscious of that. We wouldn't want him to have a set-back at this stage when he has made all this progress. So it is good that he is coming back, but this game may be too soon for him."

Brighton have far less in the way of injury worries, with the main problem being with defender Joel Lynch, who is out for up to six weeks with a fractured fibula. On-loan signing Matt Richards stands by to make his debut by replacing Lynch. They have a few other worries, mainly with players that would naturally be bench-warmers rather than first choice players. There will be late tests on Adam El-Abd (groin), Paul Reid (groin), Nathan Elder (concussion) and Kerry Mayo (back spasm) whilst Adam Hinshelwood is being rested due to fluid on his knee.

The Glovers did the double over Brighton last season, winning 3-1 at Withdean, with an earlier 2-0 scoreline at Huish Park. But boss Dean Wilkins denies that will be his primary focus tomorrow:

"We are not necessarily looking back to that, we have got to focus on what we are trying to achieve at home. We have grown in confidence as the games have gone on and the gate increased by a thousand for our last home match against Millwall which is important as well. The atmosphere was fantastic that night and it is up to us to go into the game full of confidence and looking for another victory. It is going to be very difficult though - Yeovil concede few goals."

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and if you've not bought a ticket for the game yet, then we'd advise you not to travel - Brighton have designated this game as being ALL TICKET for the away end of the ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton
Bar a bit of possible late tweaking, the Ciderspace guide to Brighton and Hove Albion is now ready for use at tomorrow's game. Have you packed your binoculars yet?

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Slade Opts For Keeper Cover
Yeovil Town have signed Plymouth Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu on a month's loan, to act as cover for the injured Steve Mildenhall.

The French-born 6'2" keeper will go straight into the side for tomorrow's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion to allow Mildy the chance to recover from a hip injury sustained during last week's match against Leyton Orient.

Romain was born in Mont-de-Marsan on 31st August 1976 and has a wealth of experience with Argyle, having clocked up 202 appearances for the Devon side. He also had a three month loan spell at Gillingham last season, and has already played in three of Argyle's matches this season.

Romain started his career with French sides Montpellier and ASOA Valence before being snapped up by Argyle as cover after they lost keeper Jon Sheffield (who of course went on to play for the Glovers a couple of years later) through injury.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 September 2007 : Glovers Get Gillett
Yeovil Town have signed up Southampton midfielder Simon Gillett on a month's loan as they attempt to quell their injury crisis. With midfielders Marc Bircham and Justin Cochrane already out, manager Russell Slade was given a headache when loan pair Ritchie Jones and Lee Peltier both pulled out of training this week with hamstring problems, making both a doubt for tomorrow.

Gillett is no doubt earmarked as a possible replacement for one of those players. The 21 year old spent most of last season on loan playing for League One Play-Off Winners Blackpool, playing against the Glovers three times in the process. He clocked up 34 appearances for the Seasiders, scoring two goals. In between the two loan spells with Blackpool he also featured in seven games for AFC Bournemouth around the Christmas period.

Gillett's blond locks and 5'6" height, combined with his tenacious tackling will no doubt make for comparisons with former Glover Darren Way. Gillett is also relatively versatile and can play as a left-back if required. He has only made one substitute appearance for the Saints, but was the skipper of the Under 19s side until a stress fracture of his left ankle halted his progress through the ranks.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 September 2007 : Fans Partnership Meeting Set
The date for the first ever 'Achieve By Unity' Fans Partnership meeting has been set. The meetings replace the previous seasons' Customer Charter Meetings, even if the principles are broadly the same.

The first meeting will be held at Huish Park on Thursday 18th October at 5.45pm. All Agenda items must be e-mailed to Sara Bradley at Supporter.link@ytfc.net by Friday the 12th of October.

In addition to various representatives from the GWSC, VPs and the DSA, seven supporters have been co-opted onto the committee and they can also carry issues into the meeting, provided they are on the agenda. They are as follows:

Cyril Pomeroy, Paul Morgan, Pete Brooks, Nigel Inggs, Kim Vickers, Martin McConachie, Dave Lilly.

Ciderspace has contacts for a number of the above, so if you want to bring anything to their attention, drop us an email at the usual address and we'll pass on your message. Alternatively email Sara direct on the above email.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 September 2007 : County Cup Date and Prices Set
Yeovil Town Reserves will play their First Round tie in the Somerset Premier Cup on Wednesday 3rd October, kick-off 7.45pm. The opponents are Backwell United.

Prices have been set for this game with adults gaining admission for 5 pounds, whilst there are concessions available for 2 pounds. All tickets are for the Main Stand, with no other parts of the ground open. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 September 2007 : Mildy Losing Fitness Race
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted that goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is still looking very doubtful for Saturday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. Mildy was stretchered off during last Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient and Russell told BBC Somerset Sound what was wrong:

"Steve was struggling somewhat after the game. We've identified what the problem was. The muscle around his hip went into a spasm which caused a hematoma to develop, which is a large bloodclot, which has caused him a lot of discomfort and pain down the side. So we're working on it now. We don't know how long he is going to be away for, but clearly he is a doubt for Saturday."

Club physio Jim Joyce goes further in suggesting that Mildenhall is definitely out of Saturday's game. Assuming that to be the case, Russell plans to bring in a loan keeper and the Yeovil boss explained the status of those plans:

"We are very close to bringing someone in if we need to do so. I will know that by possibly the end of today."

Yeovil go into Saturday's game with a catalogue of team selection problems. Aside from Mildenhall, midfielders Gary Dempsey (foot) and Justin Cochrane (ankle), striker Lee Morris (knee) and winger Marvin Williams (ankle) are all out of Saturday's game.

However, there are also doubts about the availability of defender Matthew Rose (knee), striker Lloyd Owusu, right-back Craig Alcock (illness), striker Wilfried Domoraud (groin), plus midfielders Lee Peltier (hamstring) and Ritchie Jones (hamstring). All are still in the frame for Saturday but have missed training sessions this week.

Fortunately midfielder Marc Bircham and defender Terry Skiverton got through their reserve appearances without problems although in the case of Bircham, Saturday's trip to Brighton is almost certainly a week too soon.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 September 2007 : Brighton Bring In Ipswich Defender
Saturday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion are expected to boost their ranks for their match against Yeovil Town at the Withdean Stadium by bringing in left-sided defender Matt Richards on a month's loan from Championship side Ipswich Town.

The 22 year old is expected to sign a deal with Brighton tomorrow, teaming up with fellow Ipswich midfielder George O'Callaghan, who is already at the club. Ipswich boss Jim Magilton said of the deal:

"Matt needs to be playing first team football and he is not getting that here at the moment. Brighton will provide him with that opportunity."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

19 September 2007 : Hereford JPT Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Hereford United on Tuesday 9th October are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. This match is not all ticket but they can be purchased in advance.

Prices are somewhat cheaper than the Carling Cup tie last month, with a flat price regardless of whether you go into the seated or terracing area. Prices are as follows:

Adults £10.00. Seniors £5.00. Juniors free if accompanied by an adult.

Wheelchair users should phone 01432-276666 to reserve their space and book their ticket.

The normal area allocated to away supporters is situated in the Floors-2-Go Stand, which runs parallel to Edgar Street (A49). The stand, which gives a side-on view of the pitch is a canteliver design, and accommodates both covered seating (higher tier) and covered terracing (directly beneath), and is split between home and visiting fans. The away part is situated towards the Blackfriars Street End, with the seating available in Block 'E'. Block 'F' is usually kept clear as a 'no man's land' between home and away supporters.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

19 September 2007 : Keeper Spill Gifts Exeter Points
Yeovil Town Reserves went down to a single goal at Huish Park this afternoon, after Exeter City Reserves deservedly took the spoils in a drab enounter.

The winning goal came on 31 minutes with a mistake by stand-in keeper Martin Horsell gifting Exeter their goal. If the intention was for manager Russell Slade to look at the former Bristol Rovers trainee, then he probably didn't do himself too many favours when he fumbled Wayne Carlisle's speculative 25 yard drive, spooning the ball over the line, to leave the Torquay United shot-stopper looking rather red-faced.

In truth, the rest of Yeovil's reserves were hardly pulling up trees themselves. On the positive side, midfielder Marc Bircham lasted 45 minutes on his comeback, whilst club captain Terry Skiverton put in 66 minutes as part of his attempts to re-gain match fitness, but other than efforts from the likes of Wilfried Domoraud and Darryl Knights that went wide of the target there was little to worry the Exeter defence.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Exeter City Reserves 1.

Yeovil Town: 1. Martin Horsell 2. Mark Lynch 3. Owen Irish 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Curtis Ujah 6. Fawzi Saadi 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Marc Bircham 9. Wilfied Domoraud 10. Darryl Knights 11. Jerahl Hughes

Substitutes: 12. Stuart Davies (46 mins for Marc Bircham), 14. Carl Lazenby (66 mins for Terry Skiverton), 15. Steve Thompson (78 mins for Danny O'Brien)

Exeter City: Jones, Yelland, Bell, Sercombe, Friend, Martin, Carlisle, Cozic, Stamp, Lamb, Elam.

Goal: Wayne Carlisle (0-1, 31 mins).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

19 September 2007 : Reserves vs Exeter City Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Exeter City Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, kick-off 2.00pm. Entry for the game is via the Main Stand and will cost 2 pounds for adults and one pound for concessions, with season ticket holders able to gain admission for free.

The club are expecting the team to include the return of midfielder Marc Bircham, who has been out with a hamstring injury. Also expected to feature are Terry Skiverton (hopefully not in goal!), Mark Lynch, Jerahl Hughes, Craig Alcock, Darryl Knights and Wilfried Domoraud.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 September 2007 : Mildenhall 50:50 For Brighton
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is rated as only 50:50 to be fit for Saturday's trip to play Brighton and Hove Albion, according to this morning's Western Daily Press.

Manager Russell Slade is currently looking into possible loan options in case the former Swindon Town keeper does not make it. Mildy twisted his hip trying to save Leyton Orient's winning goal on Saturday and shortly after the goal he started suffering from muscle spasms that saw him have to leave the field on a stretcher.

At present there is no suggestion that Russell might recall Darren Behcet from his loan spell with Dorchester Town, although that is one possible option he has.

In other news, the WDP reports that winger Marvin Williams could be out for longer than expected after an ankle injury failed to clear up. The club are considering sending him to a specialist, with the former Millwall player having now been out for a fortnight.

Right-back Matthew Rose missed Monday's training session with a knee injury but this is not thought to be serious.

Meanwhile one glimmer of good news is that the club hope to field midfielder Marc Bircham in tomorrow afternoon's Reserve Team home match against Exeter City, which kicks off at 2.00pm. Bircham has been suffering from a hamstring strain since pre-season but returned to training last week and so provided today's session goes well, he will line-up in tomorrow's match.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 September 2007 : Paul Smith's Funeral
The funeral of former Yeovil Town left-back Paul Smith will be held at Yeovil Crematorium on Monday 24th September at 11.30am.

The family have specifically requested for no flowers to be provided. Instead, donations can be accepted that will go towards St Margaret's Hospice and the Holy Trinity Scout Group.

The club have also announced, as a consequence, that the Huish Park Ticket Office will be shut on the day between 11.00am and 12.30pm. Although not stated, we suspect that many others from the club will be going to the funeral on the day, and therefore we'd recommend that you try and avoid those hours for contacting the club in general, if at all possible.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 September 2007 : Brighton Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's match at the Withdean Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 22nd September are only available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

This match will be ALL TICKET for away fans with up to 756 seats available. Typically the unsold tickets go back to the home club on the team coach, so if you are going, we'd strongly recommend that you try and buy your tickets by the end of Thursday. The Ticket Office haven't put a firm deadline on how long they will be holding onto the away allocation yet, but leaving buying tickets until the Friday may be a risky approach.

Prices are £22.50 for Adults, £14.50 for Seniors and £13.00 for Under 16s. Be aware of the quality of view that you will get from the away end - the Withdean Stadium is an athletics ground and Yeovil supporters are housed in an uncovered temporary stand that is situated around 50 yards from the pitch. You have been warned!


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 September 2007 : Away Travel Club Travel To Leeds
The Away Travel Club will be running coach(es) to Leeds United for the game that takes place on October 6th.

Coaches will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 7am on the day with a stop on the way. The cost will be £21.00 per person. If you want to book a seat please phone Roger on 07960-687075.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 September 2007 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Match Stats
Further to our weekend article concerning Yeovil Town's Youth Team losing 3-0 at the hands of Swindon Town's Under 18s, we now have further detail on the match.

Despite Swindon fielding four or five players who had played in Swindon's first team win over Brentford, the home side needed a deflected goal to put them a goal up. They then got a second against the run of play when Ren Turnock lost possession and thereafter it was an uphill battle.

In the second period, Omar Simpson could have made it interesting when he struck the foot of the post, whilst Danny O'Brien also had an excellent chance to grab a goal to put the pressure on the home side. But the game ended with Swindon grabbing their third goal in the 90th minute, after Yeovil only half-cleared a corner. As such the final 3-0 scoreline somewhat flattered Swindon, who had earlier in the season battered the Glovers 7-0.

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

Yeovil Town U18s: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Jamie Morgan 4. Owen Irish 5. Jordan Street 6. Karl Lazenby (Capt) 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Ren Turnock 9. Stuart Davies 10. Ali Lwanga 11. Alistair Tucker

Subs: 12. Lloyd Moyce (77 mins for Ali Lwanga) GK. John Steele 14. Omar Simpson (56 mins for Alistair Tucker) 15. Sam Cutler (25 mins for Ren Turnock).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 September 2007 : Officials For The Brighton Game
Saturday's trip to the Withdean Stadium to play Brighton and Hove Albion will be officiated by Fred Graham (Essex). If Brighton and Yeovil fans are getting a feeling of deja vu here, then it will be because the same official took charge of last seasons fixture on Boxing Day.

For once, a referee upset the opposition rather than Yeovil fans. Brighton supporters were somewhat livid about a number of challenges that were deemed to be fair tackles by Mr Graham - their fans and the Brighton management thought otherwise. His main blemish from a Glovers point of view was the rather inexplicable six minutes second half injury time he played after the fourth official signalled four minutes. Russell Slade beware! Thankfully all ended well on that day with a 3-1 away win.

Otherwise Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern counties away games, having only been to Huish Park once for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds. Prior to the Brighton game his previous match featuring the Glovers was the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife!

On the whole though, Mr Graham hasn't fared too badly over the years. He's tended to keep his cards in his pocket and as last season's Brighton game and the Rushden home match showed, he's inclined to keep the game flowing rather than reach for his whistle every five seconds.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Stephen Child (Kent) and David Margetts (Essex). The fourth official will be David Belbin (Middlesex).

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2005 : Cambridge United 2 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 September 2007 : Youth Team Lose At Swindon
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost 3-0 against Swindon Town's Under 18s in Wiltshire yesterday morning. The Robins included four players in their squad who had featured in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Brentford, and so it was one with far more experience than Stuart Housley's side. More details on the game and match statistics will follow in the next day or two.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 September 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade felt his side needed to put more balls into Leyton Orient's box on Saturday if his side were to snatch a late equaliser at Huish Park. The Glovers lost 1-0 at home for the first time this season, and although they deserved to get something from the game, Russell did admit that his side needed to do things a little better in the final third.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the game: "I thought there were some good passages of play at times. If you are going to be ultra-critical, I thought we needed more balls into the box. When we did, we looked a danger but perhaps lacked that little bit of cutting edge that was going to make you go top of the table."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 September 2007 : Ladies Finding It Tough
Yeovil Town Ladies are finding the new level of football, after last season's promotion, hard going. Travelling to Plymouth Argyle, who had won all their opening three fixtures, they came back from Devon this afternoon with nothing, defeated 3-1.

A bright start was made, with the visitors taking the lead after only ten minutes. However Argyle were ahead by half-time, with replies on the half hour mark and 38 minutes.

The second half saw the home side in increasing control, and after hitting the woodwork twice they tied up the points with a third goal on 80 minutes.

Final score: Plymouth Argyle Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 1

The Glovers next fixture also takes them on the road, away to Luton Town on Sunday 23rd September. Luton Ladies play at Stockwood Park Athletics Stadium. Click here for map.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

15 September 2007 : Orient Inflict First Home Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their first home defeat of the season this afternoon, when league leaders Leyton Orient committed a smash'n'grab raid on their hosts - with their only true on target shot all afternoon. A 57th minute strike from Adam Boyd that beat Steve Mildenhall at his near post was all Orient needed to keep their impressive opening start to the season going.

The Glovers found themselves largely on top throughout the majority of the game, only to find turning possession into clear-cut chances to be a harder task. After a touching minute-worth of applause for former left-back Paul Smith, who died on Thursday, the first half showed both sides to be strong ground-ball passing teams, with the Glovers seeing a little more of the ball and pushing Orient back into their own half.

However, there was probably not too much in the way of clear-cut chances - Paul Warne's drive inside the box was saved by visiting keeper Stuart Nelson, whilst Lloyd Owusu's header from a Matthew Rose cross looped just wide of the target. Orient didn't really threaten at all - their best moment was a Tamika Mkandawire effort from the edge of the box that had Steve Mildenhall scrambling to recover ground.

The second half promised more of the same, but Boyd shocked the home fans when he fired home on the angle from the left flank, with Mildenhall falling awkwardly close to his near post. On his next goal kick, the keeper collapsed on the deck and needed a stretcher to get him off the field, with Mildy suffering muscle spasms in the hip area that caused obvious concerns for the Glovers medical staff. After a six minute stoppage, club captain Terry Skiverton made his first appearance of the season - as a goalkeeper!

The Glovers put the Orient goal under siege for the remainder of the match, with Skivo having to do little more than pick up a couple of daisy-cutters - Orient never looked like extending their lead. Disappointingly though, the surge did not produce the equalising goal, even if it did produce the League One debuts of winger Jerahl Hughes and striker Wilfried Domoraud, who put in good cameo performances as attempts were made to make that pressure count.

Both Scott Guyett and Marcus Stewart had headers saved by Nelson as the game closed off, but the best 'save' of the lot was Tamika Mkandawire's outstanding block tackle on Paul Warne in the dying minutes just as the former Oldham man was about to lift the trigger. Orient ensured they finished Saturday on top of the table. The Glovers slip down to 5th, but will be bemused that they didn't end the day with something to show for their efforts.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 16. Ritchie Jones 27. Lee Peltier
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes: 2. Mark Lynch 4. Terry Skiverton (63 mins for Steve Mildenhall) 18. Darryl Knights 21. Jerahl Hughes (82 mins for Matthew Rose) 30. Wilfried Domoraud (71 mins for Ritchie Jones)

Leyton Orient: (4-4-2)
1. Stuart Nelson
17. Paul Terry 4. Alton Thelwell 5. Tamika Mkandawire 19. Aiden Palmer
7. John Melligan 8. Adam Chambers 10. Sean Thornton 11. Wayne Corden
9. Wayne Gray 18. Adam Boyd

Substitutes: 3. Charlie Daniels 12. Glenn Morris (GK) 15. Samuel Oji (90 mins for John Melligan) 20. Jason Demetriou 21. Efe Echanomi (89 mins for Wayne Gray)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (20 mins, retaliation), Paul Warne (45 mins, foul), Marcus Stewart (75 mins, foul), Anthony Barry (90 mins, foul)

Leyton Orient Booking: John Melligan (20 mins, off the ball incident)

Goal: Adam Boyd (0-1, 57 mins).

Attendance: 5,217 (including 408 Leyton Orient supporters; 4,809 home supporters)

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Michael Rowley (Berkshire). Fourth Official: Malcolm West (Cornwall).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

15 September 2007 : Swindon Man Of The Match Result
Last Sunday's Man of the Match vote for the 1-0 win over Swindon Town left little doubt as to who the majority favoured. Central defender Scott Guyett was by far the man favoured by the voters, taking a massive 93 outright Man of the Match votes along the way. Fellow defender Terrell Forbes was second, but a fair distance behind.

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

1 Scott Guyett 982 (93)
2 Terrell Forbes 308 (4)
3 Lloyd Owusu 176 (5)
4 Marcus Stewart 116 (3)
5 Steve Mildenhall 84 (0)
6 Paul Warne 68 (0)
7 Ritchie Jones 56 (0)
8 Anthony Barry 38 (1)
9 Matthew Rose 32 (1)
10 Lee Peltier 30 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 28 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.64

Performance: 6.19
Entertainment: 5.10

VOTES RECEIVED: 107

The voting form for today's match against Leyton Orient is ready to accept votes from the end of the match. Use the form below or email motm@ciderspace.co.uk directly if you have any problems in using the form.

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


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

14 September 2007 : Tranmere Go Top
Tranmere Rovers have gone top of League One tonight on goal difference, after they won one of three matches being played in our division this evening.

Rovers beat Luton Town 2-1 thanks to two late goals that recovered from from a 1-0 deficit, whilst Swansea City did exactly the same against Carlisle United.

There were also late goals at the Memorial Stadium as Bristol Rovers crashed 3-0 at home, which was enough to lift Leeds United off the bottom of League One for the first time this season since being deducted 15 points for breaching league rules.

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

14 September 2007 : Police Praise Travelling Fans
Wiltshire Police have praised Yeovil Town fans for their behaviour in last Sunday's 1-0 win at the County Ground against Swindon Town.

A total of 564 fans headed to Wiltshire to see the match, which was also live on Sky Sports, and the Avon & Somerset Police Website reports that, as per all of Yeovil Town's matches this season, there were zero arrests and zero ejections.

Those statistics were added to by the views of Wiltshire Police who told their counterparts that those who travelled were "the best behaved fans we have had at this stadium". Well done lads and lasses!

The police report does acknowledge that a Yeovil supporters coach was damaged as it was leading the stadium. They are still investigating the circumstances that surrounded that, but thankfully no-one appears to have been hurt.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

14 September 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on league leaders Leyton Orient tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, in what will be the biggest test so far of the Glovers' promotion credentials. Orient are three points clear at the top, having just dropped two points out of their opening five games.

That start may have taken the Yorkshire Post journalist who tipped them for relegation by surprise, but when the analysis is done, it would not surprise too many. Boss Martin Ling has undertaken a heavy summer rebuilding plan which has included capturing two players from Yeovil Town - namely midfielder Paul Terry and striker Wayne Gray. Both will be making their first returns to Huish Park since their summer transfers.

Aside from that, Orient have managed to capture former Hartlepool United striker Adam Boyd, who scored 53 league goals in 89 starts before being tempted to join Luton Town for half a million pounds. That move never worked out for him, and in the summer he moved to East London, and is Orient's top scorer with four goals.

Orient are missing four players through long-term injury, with defender Clayton Fortune (shoulder), forward Jabo Ibehre (ankle), defenders Brian Saah (hamstring) and captain Stephen Purches (hamstring) all missing. Tamika Mkandawire and Adam Chambers did not train this week but are expected to travel down to Somerset.

The Glovers are still without a catalogue of players, with the names of midfielders Gary Dempsey, Marc Bircham and Justin Cochrane along with striker Lee Morris all having a rather repetitive tone to the weekly list that physio Jim Joyce is having to deal with. The good news is that Bircham is almost ready to take part in competitive matches, whilst club captain Terry Skiverton has suffered no reaction to playing 90 minutes for the Reserves in midweek. It would be unthinkable though for Skivo to dislodge either of Scott Guyett and Terrell Forbes in defence at present.

The snag for manager Russell Slade is that he has new problems to contend with. Whilst Matthew Rose turned out to have limped off with cramp at Swindon Town last Sunday, striker Marcus Stewart has an ankle problem and only resumed light training on Thursday and so remains a doubt. Winger Marvin Williams also has an ankle problem whilst Paul Warne has a groin strain and Russell told the Western Daily Press that shortage of front-line players could land Frenchman Wilfried Domoraud on the bench tomorrow:

"He is very, very strong. The lads nickname him The Beast and he has shown he has got a taste for a goal. He got three goals (in midweek for the Reserves) and had a hand in the fourth so that is a great start. But he is 19 so there is a lot to come and a lot to learn. He hasn't done himself any harm and if things drop for him he could find himself on the bench. He is strong and powerful rather than rapid. He is not slow but he is mainly left-sided, although he can also strike the ball with his right foot and he is reasonable in the air."

Kick-off for tomorrow's game is 3.00pm and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the standard matchday rates right up until kick-off.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

14 September 2007 : Clarke Heads Out On Loan
Former Youth Team striker Tom Clarke has agreed to move to Bridgwater Town on a month's loan that should be finalised today.

Tom has made a single first team appearance, against Gillingham last season, but has been a regular in the Reserve Team over the past two seasons, clocking up 26 appearances and scoring eight goals.

Assuming the paperwork is completed in time, Tom will go into Bridgwater's squad for their FA Cup tie against Paulton Rovers at Fairfax Park. The move has come about through Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson, who went to Hamp Junior School in Bridgwater with Craig Laird, who is Bridgwater's manager.

Speaking to the Bridgwater Mercury, Laird explained how the move came about:

"We've been looking for another striker and Steve contacted me this week to suggest that Tom should come to us for a month. He isn't very big, but very quick and should fit in well with our style of play. He came training on Thursday night and looked promising."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

13 September 2007 : Paul Smith R.I.P.
It's with sincere regret that Ciderspace reports the passing of former long serving player Paul Smith, who died earlier today, aged 58, following a long battle with cancer.

Paul joined the club as a 19 year old from Charlton Athletic at the tail end of the 1966-67 season, recruited in by Ron Saunders as a left-back. Saunders had only just been appointed by the club, having also been a Charlton player before he became manager at Yeovil, and Paul became his first signing, with Mick Vowles also arriving from the same club at the same time. Both players made their debuts against Barnet on April 26th 1967.

A year after he joined, his performances had attracted the attention of Plymouth Argyle, who placed a bid for his services in the summer of 1968, only to be rebuffed. There was also later interest in his services from Coventry City around 1971 but again that did not materialise into a concrete deal.

As a result Paul was to go on to play for the club for eight years, as part of what was one of the clubs most successful eras, as part of a team that included some of the clubs longest serving players. He was part of the side that played against Arsenal in the 1970-71 season, then went on to win the Southern League title. He was also part of the era that saw the club twice reach the FA Trophy Semi-Finals.

For the Arsenal game, Paul had to play as a makeshift centre-back, due to injuries to Len Harris and Bev Dixon, meaning a tough game for him as Yeovil came up against a side that were on their way to a League and Cup double. The 3-0 scoreline wasn't what he wanted, but he was philosophical about the defeat:

"I enjoyed it, but I can't remember much about it. Big occasions like that tend to pass you by before you realise it. I think I did OK, but Arsenal were so well organised."

Paul also finished another game in an unfamiliar position - between the sticks! A November 1973 FA Cup clash against Weymouth saw a certain Alan Skirton collide with Glovers keeper Tony Clark, and Paul took over in goal.

At the end of the 1972-73 season, Paul was awarded a joint testimonial, along with three other long serving players. Alan Herrity, Chris Weller and Ken Thompson joined Paul in four matches played at Huish in May 1973 against full-strength Football League opposition, against Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Hereford United. The aggregate attendance was 19,296 and each player received £1,150.

By this time a pelvic injury was starting to restrict the appearances he was making for the club and he spent some time playing for Westland Sports before attempting a comeback at Huish. It wasn't to be and so he retired from the game at the rather young age of 28. Musing on his own career he said:

"I was purely a defender, quite quick and a good tackler. My distribution let me down sometimes , but there were moments I felt I could have gone on to bigger things."

Aside from his Yeovil career, Paul gained England Grammar Schools caps againt Wales and Scotland. His twin brother Pete also had an influence upon the club - having played for Dulwich Hamlet, he came down to Yeovil to live, and had a spell working as the club physio under Colin Lippiatt. Paul's wife Dot is a familiar face around the club, working in the Huish Park Ticket Office - to her and their sons Robert and Stuart and daughter Melanie, and of course the numerous friends he made throughout the years in Somerset, we send our deepest sympathies.

Paul stands as having made the 8th highest number of appearances for the club since the Second World War, knocking up 385 appearances between 1967 and 1975. When it is considered that current club captain Terry Skiverton will probably need another year and a half to surpass that total, it shows that Paul Smith's name will still be appearing in the 'longest serving players' lists for the club in many years to come.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

13 September 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Leyton Orient Pre-Match Interviews
BBC Somerset Sound will be running three interview clips with Yeovil Town players and management over the next 24 hours in the run-up to Saturday's match with Leyton Orient.

Right-back Craig Alcock's first ever radio interview goes out on Somerset Sound's Drive programme tonight at about 17:50hrs.

Tomorrow morning on their breakfast programme, they will also be broadcasting an interview with midfielder Marc Bircham which will be on sometime between 06:00hrs and 07:00hrs. Then manager Russell Slade is planned to follow at about 07:25hrs.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

13 September 2007 : JPT Date Set
The Second Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy between Hereford United and Yeovil Town will, as expected, take place on Tuesday October 9th at Edgar Street, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

At present, admission prices have yet to be agreed between the two clubs.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

13 September 2007 : Leeds Tickets Go On Sale
Tickets for the October 6th trip to Elland Road are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Yeovil supporters will be allocated the South-East corner of the South Stand at the ground. The usual allocation is for 1,800 supporters, although this allocation can be doubled on demand for selected matches.

Prices for the game against Leeds United are £20.00 for Adults, £13.00 for Over 60s, and £10.00 for Under 16s. Disabled supporters can buy tickets for £13.00.

This is not an all-ticket match, but is likely to be a popular one, particularly as Elland Road is the one ground this season that Yeovil Town have not played at before as a Football League club.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

12 September 2007 : Reserve And Youth Tables Updated
All of this season's Reserve and Youth league results have been brought up to date to enable the associated league tables to include all games played so far.

In the Football Combination league, the Reserves are top of their division, whilst in the Youth Alliance league, the Under 18s are currently 8th.

For the Under 18s, the league programme is suspended for the next few weeks as the cup group games come into play. They travel to play Swindon Town on their training ground in Wiltshire on Saturday in the first of seven matches. The league programme resumes in November.

Link: 2007-08 Pontins Holiday Combination Wales and West Division League Table.

Link: 2007-08 Puma Youth Alliance South-West Section League Table.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

12 September 2007 : Ujah Recalled
Yesterday's Reserve Team appearance by central defender Curtis Ujah will almost certainly be the first in a series of Football Combination appearances for the former Reading teenager.

It transpires that Ujah was recalled by the club from his loan spell with Conference National side Crawley Town just before the weekend - a snippet in Saturday's Western Daily Press reports this.

Curtis only played two games for the Sussex side and was sent off in the second of those games, incurring a suspension. Since returning from suspension, Crawley have not used him at all, and so presumably the logic is that the club would rather he played for Yeovil Town Reserves than for Crawley Town Reserves. Curtis was due to spend three months in Sussex - that now looks to have been curtailed.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 September 2007 : Officials For Leyton Orient
The Referee for our League One encounter with top of the table Leyton Orient on Saturday will be Dean Whitehouse (Northamptonshire). It is just under a year since he took charge of his only Glovers league game, the 2-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra on 23rd September 2006. Previously, he ran the line in the LDV Trophy game at York Street where Cheats (Boston) United handed us a 4-2 defeat on 23rd October 2002.

Mr Whitehouse will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Michael Rowley (Berkshire). The fourth official is Malcolm West (Cornwall). Letís hope that this officiating team will be remembered more fondly than those we were inflicted with for the Tranmere Rovers game.


Link: September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Link: October 2002 : Ciderspace Match Report : Cheats (Boston) United 4 Yeovil Town 2.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 September 2007 : Glovers Go On Second Half Rampage
Yeovil Town Reserves ran away with their Football Combination match against Plymouth Argyle this afternoon after the home side fell apart during the second period.

The destruction of the home side was inspired by former Nantes striker Wilfried Domoraud, who recently signed a year's contract at Huish Park. A goal-free first half saw very little of what was likely to follow, with Darryl Knights probably having Yeovil's best chance, denied by an excellent block from Argyle keeper Lloyd Saxton.

The home keeper though had a moment to forget when he gifted the Glovers the lead on 56 minutes. A mis-timed punch from a cross into the box, saw the ball loop over his head and Wilfried Domoraud was able to bag his first of the afternoon by a header into an unguarded net.

Domoraud almost got his second goal on 63 minutes, but Saxton redeemed himself by parrying the Frenchman's volley. However, that was all in vain, with Jerahl Hughes able to sweep the loose ball home from close range.

Argyle pulled a goal back through Nick Chadwick with 15 minutes remaining, turning in a low cross into the box, but the game ended on a high for Wilfried Domoraud who grabbed two goals in the last two minutes. The first came when he out-paced and out-muscled the Argyle defence to finish well past Saxton, then Jerahl Hughes set up the hat-trick and a 4-1 win when he put in an accurate cross from a pacey right-wing run, and Domoraud finished with ease.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 4.

Argyle: 1 Lloyd Saxton; 2 Jake Moult, 5 Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, 4 Lee Hodges, 3 Martin Watts; 7 Dan Smith, 8 Luke Summerfield, 6 Scott Laird, 11 Ryan Dickson; 9 Nick Chadwick, 10 Rory Fallon.

Subs: 14 Tom King, 15 Ashley Barnes (64 mins for Rory Fallon), 16 Paul Kendall (64 mins for Lee Hodges), 17 Shane Duggan (66 mins for Martin Watts).

Yeovil: 1 Lloyd Irish; 2 Mark Lynch, 3 Craig Alcock (capt), 4 Terry Skiverton, 5 Curtis Ujah, 6 Fawzi Saadi, 7 William Rocquet, 8 Steve Martin, 9 Wilfried Domoraud, 10 Darryl Knights, 11 Jerahl Hughes.

Subs: 12 Tom Clarke, 14 Ren Turnock (81 mins for Darryl Knights), 15 Jordan Street (81 mins for Curtis Ujah).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 September 2007 : Argyle Reserves Full Line-Ups
The full line-ups for this afternoon's Reserve Team match between Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town are as follows:

Argyle: 1 Lloyd Saxton; 2 Jake Moult, 5 Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, 4 Lee Hodges, 3 Martin Watts; 7 Dan Smith, 8 Luke Summerfield, 6 Scott Laird, 11 Ryan Dickson; 9 Nick Chadwick, 10 Rory Fallon.

Subs: 14 Tom King, 15 Ashley Barnes, 16 Paul Kendall, 17 Shane Duggan.

Yeovil: 1 Lloyd Irish; 2 Mark Lynch, 3 Craig Alcock (capt), 4 Terry Skiverton, 5 Curtis Ujah, 6 Fawzi Saadi, 7 William Rocquet, 8 Steve Martin, 9 Wilfried Domoraud, 10 Darryl Knights, 11 Jerahl Hughes.

Subs: 12 Tom Clarke, 14 Ren Turnock, 15 Jordan Street.

The game kicks off at Home Park at 2.00pm.

NB: Half Time Score is 0-0.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

10 September 2007 : Youth Team vs Exeter Update
Further to Saturday's article concerning the Youth Team's 2-0 win over Exeter City, we now have the full line-ups and scorers. The missing scorer was Ricky Davey, a centre-back from Millfield School who was making his debut for the club - he scored the opener with a looping header midway through the second half after he received a Danny O'Brien cross.

Davey was one of three players making his debut on the day, with Solomon Appiah and Jordan Street also new to the side. The Youth Team have leaked 11 goals in the past two games and so the fact that the new look back four, which included Davey and Street in it, kept a clean sheet was a huge positive factor for manager Stuart Housley.

The home side though did have their misfortunes. A serious injury to an Exeter player saw a 35 minute delay just after the opening goal as they waited for an air ambulance to attend to the player. Then they were reduced to 10 men when another player picked up a knock having already used all their substitutes.

That ensured that the Glovers did not end up on the end of a late surge by Exeter, and in fact they doubled their lead, when a mistake by the Exeter keeper, saw his punch fall into the path of Stuart Davies, who accepted the gift and sealed all three points.

Final Score: Exeter City U18s 0 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

1. Peter Burridge 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Owen Irish 4. Ricky Davey 5. Jordan Street 6. Soloman Appiah 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Ren Turnock 9. Stuart Davies 10. Ali Lwanga 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. Steve Martin (78 mins for Owen Irish) GK. John Steele (68 mins for Soloman Appiah) 14. Lloyd Moyce 16. Omar Simpson (40 mins for Jamie Morgan).

Goals: Ricky Davey (63 mins, 0-1), Stuart Davies (79 mins, 0-2).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

10 September 2007 : Rose Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town defender Matthew Rose has become the third Glovers player for this season to be included in the Football League's Team Of The Week. Matthew played the majority of the match as a right-back before having to come off with an ankle injury in the closing period of the game. Any of the entire back four could have been nominated on the day, but Matthew got the nod for the first time since signing for the Glovers late last season.

The full team is as follows:

Joe Anyon (Port Vale)
Matthew Rose (Yeovil Town), Tamika Mkandawire (Leyton Orient), George Pilkinton (Port Vale), Adam Barrett (Southend)
Eugen Bopp (Crewe), Andy Holdsworth (Huddersfield), Kevin Maher (Southend), Dean Cox (Brighton)
Richard Lambert (Bristol Rovers), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds)


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 September 2007 : Swindon Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget that, as is the case with all Yeovil Town matches broadcast on Sky, Man of the Match Voting extends to those who watched the game on TV as well. Hence, if you went to the game, or saw the match coverage, use the voting form below.

Alternatively if you have any problems using the voting form, email your entry directly to motm@ciderspace.co.uk

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


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 September 2007 : Jepson Leaves Gillingham
Ronnie Jepson has become the second League One managerial casualty of the 2007-08 season when he resigned from Gillingham, with the Kent side currently lying in 22nd place in the early League One table. Jepson had been in charge since November 2005, but with five defeats in their first six matches, he was put under pressure to walk by Chairman Paul Scally.

Pre-season noises from the Gills had suggested, perhaps surprisingly given their mediocre season last year, that they were targetting the play-offs, and Scally told Sky Sports News that had been part of his thinking:

"It just wasn't happening. A change was necessary and it was in the best interests of the club that he resigned, I did not want to be in this position but we are in a results business and we can not have another season like last year. We have had problems with the team and he has not addressed those problems and dealt with the team. It is not a decision that has been made on one result it is more down to the way we have been playing. We have a talented squad and we believed we could have a good season - we still believe it could be. But for whatever reason Ronnie could not get them playing to the level they could be."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 September 2007 : Owusu Strike Sinks Swindon
Lloyd Owusu's fourth goal of the season was the difference between the two sides at the County Ground as the Glovers defeated Swindon Town 1-0 this afternoon. Lloyd produced a powerful header from a Ritchie Jones corner 13 minutes from time, amidst a dogged defensive performance from the Glovers that largely snuffed out the Swindon attack.

The Glovers didn't have it all their own way though. After an opening 25 minutes that was largely devoid of goalmouth action, it was the home side that gradually built up a head of steam, with Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall doing well to palm away a Christian Roberts attempt from the edge of the box. Former Glover (sort of) Jamie Vincent shot just wide before the half time break, and so manager Russell Slade would have been glad to get his troops in for a half time chat, with Swindon just coming onto the boil.

The second half was a far more assured performance by Yeovil, with Swindon unable to really get near Mildenhall's goal, with the keeper enjoying his return to his home town and former club. Whilst the Glovers kept faith with the eleven that had started the game, home manager Paul Sturrock's determination to grab all three points was evident when he introduced three substitutes, including two of the signings he made in the lead-up to the transfer deadline. This gave Swindon territory, but with the Glovers back four in sparkling form, it gave them little in the way of opportunities.

The sucker punch came with just 13 minutes to go, right in front of the travelling green and white army, with Owusu celebrating with a rather strange shimmy dance, whilst wearing a full 'Basil Fawlty' head bandage, from an earlier head injury.

The inevitable rear guard action ensued, and Swindon substitute Jon-Paul McGovern should have done better when he received the ball on a plate from a left-wing lay-back, but he spooned it right over the bar. This week, the four minutes injury time did not produce any late heartache.

This was not a classic Glovers performance, but it was a gritty away-day one that did exactly what Russell Slade would have wanted it to do - to frustrate and neutralise the opposition. The only downside to the day was that both Marcus Stewart and Matthew Rose picked up ankle injuries, although the fact that Stewart hobbled about for an hour whilst carrying the injury will hopefully mean that the former is not too serious. Both failed to last the full 90 minutes, making it likely that they will be reporting to club physio Jim Joyce first thing tomorrow morning.

Final Score: Swindon Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)

1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier 8. Anthony Barry 16. Ritchie Jones
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Yeovil Subs: 2. Mark Lynch (81 mins for Matthew Rose) 4. Terry Skiverton (90 mins for Marcus Stewart) 18. Darryl Knights 19. Craig Alcock 21. Jerahl Hughes

Swindon Town: (4-4-2)

1. Phil Smith 2. Jack Smith 3. Jamie Vincent 5. Jerel Ifil 16. Hasney Aljofree 7. Christian Roberts 8. Craig Easton 19. Michael Pook 11. Sofiene Zaaboub 4. Lee Peacock 21. Blair Sturrock

Swindon Subs: 12. Peter Brezovan (GK) 10. Jon-Paul McGovern (57 mins for Christian Roberts) 14. Miguel Comminges 20. Billy Paynter (72 mins for Michael Pook) 31. Simon Cox (57 mins for Blair Sturrock)

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (25 mins, foul), Matthew Rose (79 mins, foul)

Swindon Bookings: None.

Goal: Lloyd Owusu (0-1, 77 mins)

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands). Assistants: James Linington (Isle of Wight) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Roger East (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 6,944.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 September 2007 : Shrewsbury Man Of The Match Result
Tuesday night's cup win over Shrewsbury Town saw Marcus Stewart grab the Man of the Match vote for the second game running. Only five players were given outright Man of the Match votes, but Marcus easily saw off the others, with Scott Guyett coming in the closest.

Full results are shown below with the outright man of the match votes shown in brackets:

1 Marcus Stewart 192 (16)
2 Scott Guyett 102 (5)
3 Anthony Barry 82 (6)
4 Lloyd Owusu 78 (4)
5 Paul Warne 52 (5)
6 Terrell Forbes 20 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 6.13

Performance: 6.31
Entertainment: 5.94

VOTES RECEIVED : 32


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 September 2007 : August Player Of The Month Result
The Ciderspace Man of The Match compiled voting results for the month of August 2007 are now in and the player that has stood out following individual Man of The Match performances against Hereford United and Port Vale is right-back Craig Alcock, who saw off late competition from Marcus Stewart to win the vote outright.

The results (with the percentage of voting points shown) are as follows:

1. Craig Alcock 31.9%
2. Marcus Stewart 13.1%
3. Steve Mildenhall 10.1%
4. Justin Cochrane 9.7%
5. Scott Guyett 8.8%
6. Terrell Forbes 5.6%
7. Lloyd Owusu 5.2%
8. Anthony Barry 3.8%
9. Paul Warne 2.8%
10. Ritchie Jones 2.4%
11. Marvin Williams 2.1%
12. Lee Peltier 1.8%
13. Matthew Rose 1.3%
14. Lee Morris 0.9%
15. Darryl Knights 0.4%
16. Mark Lynch 0.1%


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

8 September 2007 : Youth Team Pick Up First Win
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side picked up their first win of the 2007-08 season this morning with a 2-0 win over Exeter City.

We're not yet certain of who bagged the first goal yet as it appears it was scored by a new player making his debut. The second was scored by Stuart Davies.

As soon as we have more details on the match, we'll provide it here.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

8 September 2007 : Groundhog Day
Oh joy! Yeovil Town's Second Round draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy has thrown up a repeat of the Carling Cup First Round match against Hereford United. Once again the match will be played at Edgar Street. Second round ties are due to be played in the week commencing October 8th, which probably means Tuesday October 9th will be the date to lightly pencil into your diaries.

The full draw is as follows:

Northern Section:

Wrexham/ Macclesfield v Stockport
Carlisle v Chester
Morecambe v Port Vale
Rochdale v Bury
Doncaster v Oldham
Lincoln City v Hartlepool
Rotherham v Grimsby

Southern Section:

Hereford United v Yeovil Town
Bristol Rovers v Bournemouth
Swindon v Cheltenham
Swansea v Wycombe
MK Dons v Peterborough
Brighton v Barnet
Leyton Orient v Dag & Red
Gillingham v Luton

Don't all rush for advance tickets for the game; please form an orderly queue.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

8 September 2007 : Scott Experiencing Training Ground Culture Shock
Yeovil Town defender Scott Guyett says that the clubs current extensive injury list only dawns on him when he turns out for training each morning. The first team squad are used to being able to set up eleven-a-side training matches to give each other some practice sessions, but in recent weeks, Scott has come in to find the Glovers down to their bare bones.

Midfielders Marc Bircham, Justin Cochrane and Gary Dempsey along with striker Lee Morris and club captain Terry Skiverton have all been out of training sessions whilst several others have been suffering from more minor complaints that have kept them out of numerous sessions. Scott told BBC Somerset Sound that it was sometimes a bit of a culture shock:

"It's more so when you look around in training and there is only 14 or 15 players warming up and you've got seven or eight receiving treatment. But football nowaways is a squad game and everyone is going to get called upon at some stage and so it is important that everyone stays fit. Last season we were lucky because we didn't have many injuries, but unfortunately at the beginning of this season we've been hit with a few injuries. But I think everyone is now gradually getting back into full fitness and if we can continue this run, then with the squad that we've got at the moment then I think we can do even better once everyone is back and fit."

With one of his main rivals for his place, Terry Skiverton, now back in training and with a very small chance of being available for Sunday's match against Swindon Town, Scott could now be feeling the pressure, but the Australian stated that he was not going to be considering that:

"I'm just concentrating on what I'm doing at the moment. There will always be competition for places and that's always a healthy thing in the side, but at the moment I am just concentrating on staying fit and keeping a clean sheet. We kept a clean sheet on Tuesday night (against Shrewsbury Town) and we kept a clean sheet against Port Vale. From my point of view as a defender, that is great."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 September 2007 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy Draw Tomorrow
The Second Round draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy takes place tomorrow. The draw will be shown live on Soccer AM on Sky Sports and is expected to be broadcast around 10.30am.

The draw is heavily regionalised to the extent that Yeovil Town can only be drawn against seven other clubs as part of the Southern Section - West region. These are as follows:

AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers.

The other sections are as follows:

Southern Section - East

Barnet, Brighton & Hove Albion, Dagenham & Redbridge, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United

Northern Section - West

Bury, Carlisle United, Chester City, Morecambe, Port Vale, Rochdale, Stockport County, Wrexham / Macclesfield Town

Northern Section - East

Darlington, Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United, Leeds United, Lincoln City, Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 September 2007 : Glovers Featured On Sky's Big League Weekend
Yeovil Town's match against Swindon Town has received an extensive preview as part of Sunday's 4.00pm League One match that is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

If you missed the 6.00pm screening of Sky's Big League Weekend programme then you may want to record or watch one of the following repeat showings that all take place overnight in the small hours of Saturday morning. Note that Yeovil feature as the first item in their programme, so don't take any chances with your video timer:

08/09/2007 : 01:00hrs : Sky Sports 3
08/09/2007 : 04:00hrs : Sky Sports 1
08/09/2007 : 07:00hrs : Sky Sports 1



Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 September 2007 : Russell Looks To League For Priorities
Despite winning his first cup match as Yeovil Town manager, Russell Slade has stated that doing well in League One matches remains his number one priority. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Russell points out that League One rivals Doncaster Rovers saw their league form suffer heavily after they reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, and he does not want the same to happen to his side:

"Last season the cup did not do Doncaster Rovers any favours. I thought they would get in the play-offs. I thought them going to the Millennium Stadium detracted from their promotion-push. The number-one objective will be to be in the top six and if that coincides with the fact that we do get a bit of a cup run then great. It did not do us any harm at all last season. It meant we did not pick up additional injuries and yellow cards."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 September 2007 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the relatively short journey to the County Ground, home of Swindon Town on Sunday afternoon, for a game that is also being screened live on Sky Sports, with kick-off at 4.00pm. This will be Yeovil's 5th appearance on Sky during 2007, with another game still to come before the year runs out.

Going into the game, manager Russell Slade faces his usual team selection crisis and he expects to be still down to his bare bones, with again possibly only 16 players likely to be fit to travel. In another context this could be seen as a crisis, but despite having a depleted squad, the Glovers are on a run of four unbeaten games and the squad that travels to Wiltshire has been responsible for that good spell.

Definitely out are Gary Dempsey (foot), Lee Morris (knee), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Justin Cochrane (ankle) and although club captain Terry Skiverton is now back in training, Sunday's match may be considered to be a little too soon for him to play in a first team match. There are also doubts over midfielder Lee Peltier, striker Lloyd Owusu and winger Jerahl Hughes (groin) who are all on the treatment table. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Russell admitted:

"This is definitely the worst I have had since I have been at Yeovil because it is one thing after another. We are down to 16 fit professionals and we cannot afford to lose anyone else. Skivo (Terry Skiverton) saw a specialist on Tuesday and trained. He has got the green light to train fully so we will get a good week from him. He is another possibility if we needed to push although my physio (Jim Joyce) might try to talk me out of it. The other two who are closest are (Jerahl) Hughes and Birch (Marc Bircham). Birch has not trained yet and he may at the end of the week but he will not be available for Sunday. (Lee) Peltier came off with a sore groin on Tuesday and Lloyd (Owusu) was a bit sore too but we are hoping they will recover in time for Sunday or (assistant-manager) Steve Thompson will have to get his boots on."

Swindon lie in 9th place and one point behind the Glovers and are currently unbeaten this season in the league, albeit with three out of those four games ending in draws. They also thrashed Brentford 4-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek and so Russell is expecting them to be in high spirits:

"They have just come up and are therefore they will still be in a honeymoon period. They have got off to a decent start and are a dangerous side. It will be a tough game and they have got home advantage so they will be favourites."

Swindon have no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday's game. In fact, manager Paul Sturrock's only dilemma will be whether to include three of his newer signings in the starting line-up. Defender Chris Blackburn made his debut in midweek and clocked up two goals, whilst Jean-Paul McGovern also had a strong game in that 4-1 win. Striker Billy Painter suffered a delay on his paperwork that meant he couldn't play in the JPT, but will be hoping to make his debut for the club. Longer term absentees Andy Nicholas, Ady Williams and Barry Corr remain on the treatment table.

One media outlet has previewed this weekend's game pointing out that the Glovers have never beaten Swindon in a league match. As the two first teams have only met twice before at league level - both in the 2005-06 season, this was hardly a revolutionary fact! The most recent result came in a 0-0 draw at Huish Park in March 2006, whilst Swindon triumphed 4-2 at the County Ground in the preceding August, with Pablo Bastianini and Terry Skiverton the scorers.

The game is live on Sky Sports One (see yesterday's news for other repeat showings), and a guide to the County Ground and the surrounding area is below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 0.

Link: August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Swindon Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 September 2007 : Youth Team At Exeter
Saturday's Youth Team game against Exeter City will take place at Exeter City's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground which is situated in Sidmouth Road in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads will no doubt dictate what route to take but for reference, a detailed map can be found here whilst a more wider-scale map can be found here.

Those with good memories may recall us going there in April 2006 when we had another weekend where there was a blank Saturday. Hence if you are thumb-twiddling on Saturday morning and want to get out of the house, the Youth Team will no doubt appreciate your support.

Although the Under 18s have got off to a less than desirable start, they are coming up against an Exeter side that have also managed an opening pair of heavy defeats - 1-4 and 0-5 - meaning that whoever wins the game will ensure they finish the day above the other. Exeter's local press report that midfielder Luke Liddle and striker Craig Veal are both struggling with injury. Manager Mike Radford said of their poor start:

"All the games in the Youth Alliance will be tough and the bar has already been raised. This is another challenge for the lads."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 September 2007 : Capital Glovers Sunday Meet-Up
The Capital Glovers have decided to head to 'The Famous 3 Kings' pub in West Kensington to watch the Glovers play Swindon live on Sky on Sunday.

Address: 171 North End Road, West Kensington, London, W14 9NL

All are welcome to join them there, even if you are merely visiting London for the weekend. Just look out for the hoops and say hello!

Unsurprisingly the nearest tube station is West Kensington, although Barons Court (0.4 miles), West Brompton (0.5 miles), Kensington Olympia (0.6 miles) and Earls Court (0.7 miles) are all easily accessible.

If anyone is going and wants to get in touch before the day, then drop Seb White an email at sebytfc@yahoo.co.uk with your details.

Link: Beer In The Evening Website : Famous 3 Kings Pub Entry.

Link: Street Map Website : Famous 3 Kings Location.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 September 2007 : Brighton Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's match at the Withdean Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 22nd September are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Note that this match will be ALL TICKET for away fans for reasons that we doubt can be rationally explained - last year's trip on Boxing Day probably saw us filling around 450 of the 756 seats available. Ticket sales are therefore only available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices are £22.50 for Adults, £14.50 for Seniors and £13.00 for Under 16s. Binoculars are not included but are recommended. Enjoy!


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 September 2007 : Sky Sports Screenings Of Swindon Match
This Sunday's match against Swindon Town at the County Ground gives supporters a number of chances to see the club live on Sky Sports over the weekend.

The main live programme is scheduled to start at 4.00pm, although as that is also the planned kick-off time, we'd advise that you set your VCR/DVD Recorders to start a little before that, as they may start the build-up for that match prior to what is in the officially released schedule.

The previous programme is another Football League match - Wycombe Wanderers vs Brentford - which kicks off at 1.30pm, and so should be expected to finish around 3.15pm. Hence don't be too surprised if coverage of both programmes begins to blur somewhat from 3.30pm onwards as they may swap between both venues for post-match and pre-match interviews of the respective matches as they become available.

If you miss the live showings, you have two chances to catch slightly abridged repeat showings, on Sky Sports Extra in the evening, and then the following lunchtime on Sky Sports One.

09/09/2007 : 16:00hrs : Sky Sports One (full 2.5 hour programme) (Also Sky Sports HD)
09/09/2007 : 21:30hrs : Sky Sports Extra (2 hours)
10/09/2007 : 12:00hrs : Sky Sports One (2 hours) (Also Sky Sports HD)


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 September 2007 : Next OTV Issue Deadline
The next issue of On To Victory is looming and will be sold at the home match against Nottingham Forest on September 29th. With that in mind, editor Seb White is looking for you to supply contributions as quickly as possible, with all entries required within the next two weeks. Seb writes:

"The next issue of OTV will be on sale at the Forest game Saturday September 29th. Whilst I won't be there (still gutted/angry/upset about that but nevermind!) there may well be a few copies available at Elland Rd on October 6th as well. The deadline is Friday September 21st.

It's been a decent start to the season on the pitch but as ever things off the pitch keep us entertained so whether it's good or bad there's plenty of things to talk about.

Here are a couple of ideas if your still stuck:

* The Best and Worst of the Green Room -
* Once Were Glovers - A look at famous players that used to play for Yeovil i.e Pardew, McGinlay, Whittingham
* Yeo Managers/Players - Historical look at various Yeovil managers/players that perhaps some of the older amongst you remember with affection
* Other Green and White teams around the world - Plenty of them.
* Return of Cohen and Davies
* The Leeds situation
* The Skivo/Laptop saga if it even was one!
* The legend that is Lloyd Owusu
* Just where does Stewart get his energy from

Also if you've got any ideas for more visual articles for example a mock movie/album posters with a Yeovil twist then let us know we've got designers at the ready.

As ever any contributions on virtually anything are more than welcome so please get in touch.

Here's hoping the lads carry on the good start to the season.

All the best.
Seb
"

Anyone wanting to write articles for the fanzine, please email Seb at sebytfc@yahoo.co.uk


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon
For those heading across to Wiltshire on Sunday, for the 4.00pm away match against Swindon Town, the Ciderspace guide to the County Ground and the surrounding area can be found on-line using the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : One Word : Hereford
The Russell Slade team talk ahead of last night's victory over Shrewsbury Town in the First Round of the Football League Trophy was short and to the point. In fact, he tells the Western Daily Press, it consisted of one word.

My team talk was 'Hereford' and I walked out. They knew what I meant and they didn't want another one of those weeks after what happened last time.

And what happened last time was that after the dismal performance at Edgar Street in the League Cup the boss put the players through the mill on the training ground for the whole of the rest of the week. What the players discussed after the manager departed the dressing room is not recorded, but presumably the consensus was they preferred to be in the hat for the Second Round draw this coming Saturday than face the wrath of Slade again.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : Ticket Deadline For Advance Swindon Sales
Those wanting to purchase advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to the County Ground to play Swindon Town should note that they will be on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office until Friday lunchtime only. Thereafter you will have to make your purchase at the County Ground.

The match takes place on Sunday 9th September 2007, with a 4.00pm kick-off and the match is being shown live on Sky Sports.

At present tickets are only available for the uncovered seated Stratton Bank end, which is situated behind the goal. In the past, the covered side-on sections of the Arkells Stand nearest the away end have also been made available, but at present this is not the case.

Tickets are priced £15 (adults), £12 (Seniors and Students) and £7 (Juniors).

Wheelchair users and their assistants can book tickets by calling 0871-2232300 and and will cost £10.

Prices on matchday are the same as the advance sale prices, with the exception of student concessions which can only be purchased in advance.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : Officials For Swindon Town
There's often a suspicion that if you want to get hold of the best officials to look after your game, you have to get yourself on Sky Sports. It's therefore little surprise then that our first meeting with referee Andre Marriner (West Midlands) should come when we are live on Sky against Swindon Town this coming Sunday, kick-off 4.00pm.

We've had a long association with Mr Marriner going back to our Conference days, but as we have both moved up levels, he has been moved up that little bit faster and is in the main held back for Championship matches and of course games that are live on television. One could suggest that the referees association are trying to hide the more incompetent members of their association from the public eye. Would last Saturday's official Ray Lee have been wheeled in front of the cameras for public scrutiny and endless slow-mo replays by the likes of Andy Gray? It doesn't bear thinking about.

The other time that you can expect to see Mr Marriner gracing a Yeovil Town match these days is a local derby and so its no surprise to find that his previous two meetings with ourselves have come against Bristol City and Bristol Rovers. He also looked after our televised final match in non-league football against Chester City.

Mr Marriner will be assisted by James Linington (Isle of Wight) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). For those who are finding the name of Mr Linington to be oddly familiar - he was the fourth official in last night's JPT match against Shrewsbury Town.

Another coincidence is that all three officials were in charge for Mr Marriner's last visit to Huish Park in October 2006 for the 2-1 win over Bristol City. However Mr Marriner didn't last the match, pulling a muscle early in the second half and having to be replaced. Let's hope he has better luck this time. If he doesn't then the fourth official is Roger East (Wiltshire).

Link: October 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: February 2005 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: April 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Chester City.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : Cochrane Out For Four Weeks
This morning's Western Daily Press is reporting that midfielder Justin Cochrane will be out for three or four weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.

Justin had only signed a contract on the previous day tying him to the club until January but will now miss most of September. Anthony Barry replaced him in the centre last night and will be expected to do so on Sunday against Swindon Town.

There is better news for club captain Terry Skiverton, who has been given the green light to resume training after having a scan to confirm that his recent groin injury has cleared up.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 September 2007 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
Saturday's Man Of The Match result was a fairly emphatic one, with two players taking almost the entire vote with them. Step forward Marcus Stewart, who scored what should have been the winning goal, and Paul Warne, whose running at the Tranmere defence showed that he still has plenty of legs left on him despite Oldham Athletic releasing him over the summer.

In the end it was Marcus who triumphed by a fairly sizeable margin. Results are shown below with the outright Man of the Match votes show in brackets.

Tranmere Rovers (home) : Man Of The Match Result:

1 Marcus Stewart 292 (25)
2 Paul Warne 160 (5)
3 Scott Guyett 48 (0)
4 Terrell Forbes 26 (1)
5 Steve Mildenhall 20 (0)
6 Matthew Rose 18 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 7.41

Performance: 7.63
Entertainment: 7.19

VOTES RECEIVED : 32

Don't forget to place your votes for last night's 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town via the usual voting form. Given there weren't too many at Huish Park last night, it would be good if those who went can boost the voting numbers to make the result meaningful:

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


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 September 2007 : Glovers Finally Tame The Shrew
Yeovil Town gained their first Football League Trophy win in four years when they knocked League Two leaders Shrewsbury Town out of the competition by a single goal to gain revenge for last season's exit from the competition at the hands of the same side. Striker Lloyd Owusu proved to be the difference when he slotted home his third goal of the season early in the second half.

A low-key first period really only came to life through two chances for Glovers striker Marcus Stewart, who produced the only worthwhile chances of the opening 45 minutes. Firstly he produced a left foot volley from a Lloyd Owusu cross that Chris MacKenzie did well to save. Then midway through the first half, Shrewsbury had a let-off when Kelvin Langmead cleared off the line another Stewart attempt after he had combined well with Paul Warne. The game lacked some excitment with Shrewsbury defending firmly on their 18 yard line, and bar those two Stewart attempts the Glovers were finding it difficult to find a route through.

The game finally came to life on 53 minutes when Anthony Barry thread the ball through to Lloyd Owusu who having got through one-on-one with the keeper, stretched for the ball and slotted it home to put the Glovers 1-0 up.
That forced Shrewsbury to come out of their shells a little more and meant for a far more open second half, even if it was now the Glovers content to provide the banks of four across the line to stop their visitors from breaching Steve Mildenhall's goal.

Shrewsbury exerted a certain degree of pressure, particularly when they used their height from set pieces, but they struggled to really test Steve Mildenhall at any stage after the Owusu goal, and unlike Saturday's match against Tranmere, there was no lengthy injury time to allow any last minute drama, and the Glovers went into Round Two about as comfortably as a 1-0 scoreline is possible to be.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
19. Craig Alcock 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 16. Ritchie Jones 27. Lee Peltier
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes: 2. Mark Lynch 12. Matty Rose (87 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 18. Darryl Knights (80 mins for Lee Peltier) 22. Tom Clarke 32. Marvin Williams

Shrewsbury Town: 21. Chris MacKenzie 2. Darren Moss 5. Darren Kempson 8. Kelvin Langmead 23. Marc Tierney 17. Chris Humphrey 24. James Ryan 16. Daniel Hall 3. Neil Ashton 10. Stuart Nicholson 11. Michael Symes

Substitutes: 31. Ryan Esson (GK) 7. Marc Pugh 12. Ben Herd (46 mins for Darren Moss) 18. Steven Leslie (40 mins for Marc Tierney) 32. Tom Moss

Goal: Lloyd Owusu (1-0, 53 mins),

Bookings: None.

Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire).
Assistants: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).
Fourth Official: James Linington (Isle of Wight).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 September 2007 : Peters Chooses Glovers Template
Shrewsbury Town manager Gary Peters has admitted he is modelling his club's set-up on Yeovil Town. Peters, whose side top League Two, told his club's official site that he has been keeping a watchful eye on the Glovers since the arrival of former manager Gary Johnson, and his admiration for what has been happening on the field of play has continued through to the present day.

Peters said that he had tried to set up a group of young players with an enthusiasm for playing football rather than necessarily a group of 'names' or journeymen:

"Yeovil did really well under Gary Johnson and I think everyone thought they might struggle last season as they were in a new divisions and Gary had gone, but Russell Slade has come in and done a good job. He's kept them up there and they were in the play-off final last season and near to getting through that. When I first came to Shrewsbury I tried to make this season the same as when Yeovil started their rise up the leagues. They had a new ground and Gary got hold of them and got a young bunch of players together who liked playing, liked training and were a joy to watch and work with."

Peters was the manager of Exeter City during the 2002-03 season, whilst the Glovers were storming the Nationwide Conference league and on their way to the Football League and Peters said that was the time when he particularly took an interest in the Glovers:

"I was working at Exeter for a while and had a close look at what Gary was doing at Yeovil, I always made that as a template for what we want to do there. I am gradually getting to that time when success should start to come. I've now got my young bunch of players in who like playing and like training, there is good competition for places and we need to make sure that we are hitting the same sort of heights that Yeovil has."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 September 2007 : Prices For Tonight's JPT Match
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round match against Shrewsbury Town will take place tonight with a 7.45pm kick-off with reduced admission prices.

Only the Carlsberg Stand (aka the home terrace) and the AgustaWestland Community Stand (aka the Main Stand) will be open with a flat rate for either section of the ground. Admission will be £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for seniors and students. Under 16s can get in free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

The only issue we are unsure about is what price Under 16s pay if they are not accompanied by a paying adult - that option has not been stated, although the £5.00 concession price would seem the most likely tariff. If you are planning on travelling to the game tonight without an adult in tow, then we'd recommend calling the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 September 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on League Two side Shrewsbury Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy looking to break a poor recent record in cup competitions that stretches back to November 2005 when a 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup. Even more marked is that their last win in the Football League Trophy (then known as the LDV Trophy) was back in October 2003 when a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth represented their last win in the competition.

The fact that Shrewsbury are the side that knocked Yeovil out of the competition last October, winning 2-1 at the old Gay Meadow ground, should hopefully mean that there is no under-estimation of their lower-league opponents, especially given that the Shropshire side arrive at Huish Park on top of League Two, having knocked up nine points from their four games so far.

The Glovers have still got a long injury list going into the match with Lee Morris (knee), Terry Skiverton (groin), Marc Bircham (hamstring), Gary Dempsey (foot) and Justin Cochrane (ankle) all missing tonight. Also in doubt is striker Lloyd Owusu, who suffered a head injury on the weekend. Although he is believed to have not suffered a significant injury, manager Russell Slade may choose to give Lloyd a rest to allow him maximum recovery time.

Whether Russell dares weaken what is already a depleted first team squad any further is debatable given that the in-form Shrews will arrive certainly believing they can snatch a win at Huish Park. Assistant Steve Thompson admitted to BBC Somerset Sound that the injury situation had left himself and Russell with a bit of a headache:

"We've got quite a few injuries. Obviously most of them were before Saturday but Justin has added to that, so that doesn't help. But we should still be able to turn out a team to win this game. We want to win this game, it's a competition that we should look seriously at winning and if we want to win it then we've got to beat Shrewsbury to achieve that. But if anyone under-estimates a League Two team they want their heads tested."

Thommo said that the club had watched Shrewsbury and considered that the main threat would come from trying to nullify their feed through to their front pair:

"I think they've got threats all over. I think Michael Symes, the target man, is a very good player and he showed last year, with a good goal, what he can do. But they are an all-round team - they don't rely on one player. They get it in quick to their front players and play off them. So one of the keys may be to stop the front players from settling and getting any time on the ball."

Shrewsbury boss Gary Peters admitted that last season's competition was a bit of a distraction to their plans to get out of League Two, with the Shrews ending up with games in hand in the league that they couldn't capitalise on. But this season he sees it as a good opportunity for him to field a number of players who either haven't been able to get into the side or are coming back from injury. Speaking to his club's official site he explained his thinking:

"This year we're going down to Yeovil and that's not a distraction that is a great advantage as we've got people who need games. Neil Ashton is back and he'll get a game. How I can leave Darran Kempson out of the side on Saturday I don't know but he'll get a game, how I left Jimmy Ryan out on Saturday after his performance against Fulham I don't know and he'll get a game, we've got Ryan Esson and Chris MacKenzie who need games."

The Football League have not made their rules concerning the strength of sides in the competition public yet but Peters believes that six out of the eleven most selected players so far this season have to be present in tonight's side, and so is mindful of not making too many changes. Clubs will be fined if they are considered to be breaching rules:

"We are really looking forward to Tuesday as it's better than playing a reserve game and we've still got to have 6 of our most played players in. Out of the eleven player who have played the most games so far this season we will have to play 6 of them. It's got to be a tactical way of picking the side as we've got to fulfil the rules and we also need to get players who need games into the side. Michael Symes will have another game and that's good news, Stuart Niucholson will get a game and that's good news as well. It will probably be the case that some of our more senior players like Glyn Garner, Stewart Drummond, Colin Murdock and maybe even Darren Moss might get rested to prepare for next week."

The game kicks off at 7.45pm tonight and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. Tickets for tonight's match are at a reduced rate, with a special offer for Juniors in place.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 September 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Interviews From The Tranmere Game
The BBC Somerset Sound website is carrying two interviews from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers. Aside from their usual post-match interview with manager Russell Slade, who makes his opinions on referee Ray Lee rather clear, they are also carrying an interview with goalscorer Marcus Stewart.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : 2007-08 Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 September 2007 : Ladies Beat QPR
Yeovil Town Ladies won their second match in the South West Combination by defeating Queen's Park Rangers 2-0 in West London yesterday.

The result lifts them up to 7th in the early table, having won one game and lost one. The Ladies don't have a league game next weekend, and will next play Plymouth Argyle in Devon on September 16th.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 September 2007 : Officials For The Shrewsbury Game
Tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match will be looked after by Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). We've had Mr Shoebridge on two previous occasions, with the most recent coming on New Year's Day against Northampton Town.

This match was particularly memorable for Mr Shoebridge's decision to wear a black shirt for what was a dull dusky winter's day, thus ensuring that for the best part of the first half he became indistinguishable from the dark navy blue of the Northampton strip, requiring Glovers striker Lee Morris to make a complaint to the fourth official to persuade the referee to change his attire. Aside from that we had some quibbles about Mr Shoebridge's inconsistency in card waving.

Rob Shoebridge also took charge of the stunning 4-3 win at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United in October 2005. We suspect the seven goals and high drama consumed any comments we wished to make about his performance on that day as he doesn't gain a mention in that report.

Mr Shoebridge will be assisted by Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). The fourth official will be James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : October 2005 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 4.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 September 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade slammed Essex referee Ray Lee for a woeful performance that concluded with six minutes of injury time that saw Tranmere Rovers snatch an undeserved 1-1 draw after Marcus Stewart had given the Glovers the lead. Slade pointed to three errors in 30 seconds that the official made in the lead-up to the equalising goal from Steve Davies, which was scored with more or less the last kick of the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of Mr Lee: "He has played a massive part in the result. He has played five and a half minutes extra and he has made so many mistakes in such a short space of time, it's quite incredible. I just can't legislate for that and I'm obviously bitterly disappointed."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 September 2007 : Russell Expands On Deadline Day Moves
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has this weekend expanded upon his decisions to put three players on new contracts at Huish Park as part of the final day's trading before the transfer window shut. As it happens, all three were free agents and so the midnight deadline was not so crucial, although it allowed Slade to cement some of his future plans.

The most major of the three signings was Justin Cochrane's decision to pen another short-term deal with the club, which the local press are saying will keep him at Huish Park until January. Russell told the Western Morning News that the decision to offer Cochrane another contract was not a difficult one:

"Justin has done a great job and he has made it difficult for us not to do anything. I've really been pleased with him, so he deserves what he's got. The goals that he's scored in the League so far have been a bonus."

The other two players are French striker Wilfred Diomenoe, who is 19 years old and was on the books of Nantes, whilst midfielder James Brown is another arrival. Diomenoe has been given a 12 month contract and whilst Brown's contract length was not mentioned, Russell's plans for both players sound fairly similar and so a similar contract length would seem likely.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Russell explained that the pair were not likely to immediately challenge for first team football, but he hoped they could follow in the footsteps of players like Craig Alcock and Darryl Knights, who are youngsters who have recently forced their way into Russell's first team plans:

"We don't have a scholarship scheme here but we do want to look at the bigger picture all the time. We want to make sure that we have got growth coming in underneath the first team and these are young players, as is Craig Alcock, Jerahl Hughes and Curtis Ujah. Many of these young players are out on loan as you know. We are trying to get them the football that they require, to develop. Their development is very important to us, and we are hoping in this way that one or two young players will come through. These additions will add to that."

Russell added that both players had little previous experience, but said that what little they did have had come from overseas in France and Italy:

"If you've got scholars then they have no background. Their background would be Yeovil Town or it would be Bristol City because that would be their first club. Wilfred is from France and played for Nantes and James Brown had a spell in Italy with Perugia. They are just starting their careers or trying to get their careers launched, and so in terms of pedigree there won't be one because they are too young."


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 September 2007 : Striker Search Continues
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that despite the transfer window closing this weekend, he will continue his search for a new striker. Russell admitted that his latest target was thwarted by an unnamed club who paid a transfer for him on Transfer Deadline Day. Speaking to the Western Morning News he explained:

"I would have liked to bring in another front man, but I wasn't able to get the one I wanted - I think someone paid money for him today [Friday]. It might just be that I'll use the loan market to bring in a striker at some stage. I'm still going to look for a front man to bring in."

The current situation is that absolutely no transfers - loan or permanent - are allowed, and only free agents can be signed up by clubs. There is usually a gap of around 7-10 days before the "emergency loan" transfer window opens - once this is opened then clubs may sign players for up to 93 days, subject to various conditions set by the Football League. There is the pretence of it being an "emergency" loan system, but we have yet to hear of a club being refused a deal. The only limit appears to be the number of players - five - that a team can field in any squad of sixteen at any point in time.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 September 2007 : Transfer Deadline Day Final Deals
With the dust having settled on Friday night's final transfer dealings, it is now a little clearer as to what rival League One clubs have been up to prior to this weekend's matches and the closure of the Transfer Window for permanent deals and long term loans.

Predictably, the majority of the final day's deals were through the loan system, with clubs trying to plug late gaps for the permanent deals they were unable to get through in time. Port Vale, Swansea City, Southend United and Leeds United appeared to be the clubs burning the midnight oil, contributing to 13 of the deals that went through during the final 48 hours.

The full list for League One clubs, as sourced from the BBC Sport website, is as follows. Note that there may be a few minor omissions - for example, the list does not include new Glovers signings James Brown and Wilfred Diomenoe, presumably because the names were not provided to the BBC:

Sam Aiston [Northampton - Burton] Loan
Lee Bradbury [Southend - Bournemouth] Free
Jamal Campbell-Ryce [Southend - Barnsley] Undisclosed
Leon Clarke [Sheff Wed - Southend] Loan
Simon Cox [Reading - Swindon] Loan
Filipe Da Costa [Ionokis - Leeds] Undisclosed
Warren Feeney [Cardiff - Swansea] Loan
Paul Huntington [Newcastle - Leeds] Undisclosed
Richard Keogh [Bristol City - Huddersfield] Loan
Dan Kirkup [Carlisle - Clyde] Loan
David Knight [Middlesbrough - Swansea] Free
Stephen Maher [Yeovil - Dorchester] Loan
David Martot [Le Havre - Brighton] Loan
David McGoldrick [Southampton - Port Vale] Loan
Jon-Paul McGovern [MK Dons - Swindon] Undisclosed
George O'Callaghan [Ipswich - Brighton] Loan
Eric Odhiambo [Leicester - Southend] Loan
Andrea Orlandi [Alaves - Swansea] Free
Billy Paynter [Southend - Swindon] Undisclosed
Alex Russell [Bristol City - Northampton] Loan
Andy Sandell [Bristol Rovers - Salisbury] Free
Harry Worley [Chelsea - Carlisle] Loan
Lee Barnard [Tottenham - Crewe] Loan
Lee Bullock [Hartlepool - Mansfield] Loan
Joe Cardle [Port Vale - Clyde] Loan
Ashley Westwood [Chester - Port Vale] Loan


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 September 2007 : Youth Team Lose To Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Under 18s suffered a bad defeat to Bristol Rovers U18s in their second Football League Youth Alliance match in a game held at Somerton Sports Ground yesterday.

Despite holding their own during the first 45 minutes, the Glovers somewhat fell apart during the second period, with some uncompromising refereeing and ill-discipline contributing to their downfall.

Falling behind early on, the Glovers equalised midway through the first half when captain Carl Lazenby swept the ball home from inside the box after receiving a good cross in from the right.

In the second half though, things began to go wrong, in part due to some rather over-zealous refereeing. Most referees at youth team level tend to only produce their cards for the most extreme cases, but on this occasion, the man in black was producing yellow cards with increasing frequency and with Yeovil receiving the majority of them, it was only a matter of time before that proved fatal - right-back Steve Martin was judged to have kicked the ball away and he was dismissed. To rub salt into the wounds, Rovers got their fourth from the penalty spot - a rather harsh looking decision given that it appeared that the Rovers attacker trod on the ball and in doing so lost his balance.

On this showing, the young Glovers look, particularly with their new team still pulling together, as though they could do with some of the older heads to take charge and keep the newer players organised - once Rovers got their noses in front for the second time, it did look as though there would be only one winner.

We'll have full line-ups and additional details on the match on this site in the next few days.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 1 Bristol Rovers U18s 4.

Yeovil Town U18s: t.b.a.

Bristol Rovers U18s: Alex Bowering, Jon Cox, Ben Swallow, Rob Deakin, Rhys Palmer, Will Gregory (Dan Kayford 55), Jake Rudman, Luke Tarling, Joe White (Miekell Plummer 55), Lewis Claire, Nuno Phoenix (Jordan Cooper 30)

Goals: Nuno Pheonix (0-1, 15 mins), Carl Lazenby (1-1, 16 mins), Lewis Claire (1-2, 52 mins), Ben Swallow (1-3, 81 mins), Rob Deakin (1-4, 89 mins, pen).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 September 2007 : Traffic Management Changes At Huish Park
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary have introduced post-match Traffic Management, intended to improve the process of getting supporters away from Huish Park following matches. That has resulted in some routes out of the ground being made one-way only, which has caught out a number of supporters and from what we can gather caused some friction following yesterday's game.

The following has been supplied by the Police, via their website, and hopefully will allow supporters the ability to judge the best place for them to park their cars for future home matches. Their statement reads as follows:

"Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Yeovil Town football club work closely together in order to enable football supporters to attend Huish Park in a safe and pleasant atmosphere. A lot of time, effort and finance are spent on the traffic management plan in order that motorists may leave the area at the end of the game speedily and efficiently causing minimal possible interruption to others.

Road closures and diversions are implemented to assist the majority and to minimise disruption to local residents and motorists. In order for the system to work safely and effectively it is vital that road closures are adhered to wherever implemented around the stadium. Unfortunately it has become the practice for some motorists to completely ignore the lawful road closures thus putting others at risk and seriously hampering the traffic flow away from the area at the conclusion of a game.

For this coming season the road closures will be implemented and correctly signed leaving no doubt as to where motorists should drive to avoid contravening closures. This constabulary will pursue a vigorous prosecution policy of any motorist who has been shown to contravene road closures thus putting others at risk and preventing others from exiting the stadium. All available evidence will be utilised including CCTV and video coverage expected to be in use at the appropriate times. Our advice to all motorists travelling to Huish Park on match days is to park in the car parks provided and to carefully consider your exit if parked elsewhere. Long delays may well occur to many who chose to park in areas other than the proper car parks on site. Supporters may well consider walking to the stadium if at all possible.
"

Restrictions on traffic and alterations to right of way are as follows:

a) The road (mainly Copse Road) between the Main Stand car park exit and the Cowlin Stand car park exit as it loops around the Top Pitch will be closed entirely to traffic going both ways.
b) Traffic coming out of the Cowlin Stand car park will be forced to turn right on Copse Road towards the top end of Western Avenue and Thorne Lane. Western Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic at the junction with Copse Road to traffic coming from the south, whilst Thorne Lane will be closed at the junction with Western Avenue to traffic coming from the west. The effect of this means that cars exiting the Cowlin Stand car park will have right of way all the way into Thorne Lane and will be forced out of the ground in that direction.
c) Traffic coming out of the Main Stand car parks (the executive car park and the car park by the Top Pitch used mainly by away fans) will be forced to turn left when they reach Lufton Way, and will be forced down to the Halfords/Asda roundabout. Note that you can only go so far up Western Avenue before you reach the Road Closed barrier at the junction with Copse Road. Hence, most supporters will find that they have to go down Preston Road or turn right towards the Crematorium to head down Bunford Lane.

If you park up in any of the surrounding industrial and retail or housing estates that lie inside the Lufton Way/Copse Road/Western Avenue loop, the rule of thumb to remember when going home is that you can not turn towards the football ground - always turn away from it to get home.

A map showing the exact points of closure and changes to right of way can be found on the Avon and Somerset Website by heading here - you will need Acrobat Reader to display the map.


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

1 September 2007 : Glovers Foiled By Controversial Late Strike
Referee Ray Lee put himself at the centre of controversy at Huish Park today when a succession of disputed decisions allowed Tranmere Rovers to snatch an undeserved equaliser in a 1-1 draw in the sixth minute of injury time, after the fourth official had signalled for four minutes to be played.

The Glovers had put themselves into a 57th minute lead through Marcus Stewart's 20 yard drive into the bottom left hand corner of the net, after the striker had made himself room on the edge of the box. That they managed to get that advantage was testament to the team's battling qualities.

Tranmere proved to be the brutal, physical side that they had been predicted to be, and early casualties were Justin Cochrane and Lloyd Owusu, who both suffered first half injuries forcing the Glovers into early reshuffles. Owusu's was a head injury that should not put him out for too long, but Cochrane left Huish Park on crutches, suggesting that physio Jim Joyce will have yet another entry to his ever-expanding treatment room on Monday.

Paul Warne struck the underside of the crossbar during the early stages, and that was returned by Steve Mildenhall's remarkable save that turned a Steve Davies shot onto the top of the crossbar. But at the break, the Glovers would probably have been fairly glad to get in for a half time chat about the two changes that manager Russell Slade had been forced into, with Darryl Knights and Anthony Barry introduced as early substitutes.

After Stewart's goal gave Yeovil the lead, the Glovers went on to dominate the second period with some strong passing football, keeping possession mainly in the Tranmere half. But they were being frustrated by the performance of referee Ray Lee and his two linesmen who served up a catalogue of strange decisions throughout the afternoon. Steve Davies, who was the subject of three bids from Leeds United in the run up to transfer deadline day, was lucky to stay on the pitch when he elbowed Glovers defender Scott Guyett, and could also have been carded for a blatant dive in the box as the clock ran down. Given that by this time he was already on a yellow card, that could also have seen him leave the field.

But the real controversy began deep into injury time when Lee Peltier was harshly judged to have fouled Robbie Stockdale. Tranmere took the subsequent free kick quickly and 10 yards from the alleged foul, but the match officials allowed play to continue and as the ball was moved up field, again Terrell Forbes was harshly penalised for a foul on Chris Greenacre.

With the game now 5.5 minutes into injury time, the free kick would undoubtedly be the last kick of the game, with the allocated four minutes additional time having long since passed. Up stepped Steve Davies, who perhaps shouldn't have even been on the pitch, and curled the dead ball into the top corner right in front of the travelling Tranmere fans, and almost immediately the final whistle blew, resulting in a furious Russell Slade sprinting across the pitch to remonstrate with the match officials for decisions that appeared to have cost the Glovers a well deserved win.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Yeovil Town: 1. Steve Mildenhall 12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones 15. Justin Cochrane 16. Ritchie Jones 27. Lee Peltier 9. Lloyd Owusu 10. Marcus Stewart 14. Paul Warne.

Yeovil Substitutes: 2. Mark Lynch 8. Anthony Barry (20 mins for Justin Cochrane) 18. Darryl Knights (28 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 19. Craig Alcock 32. Marvin Williams (84 mins for Darryl Knights)

Tranmere Rovers: 1. Danny Coyne 2. Robbie Stockdale 14. Ben Chorley 15. Ian Goodison 5. Shane Sherriff 23. Chris Shuker 4. Paul McLaren 12. Steven Jennings 19. Steve Davies 10. Chris Greenacre 25. Craig Curran.

Tranmere Substitutes: 24. John Achterberg (GK) 6. Antony Kay 3. Carl Tremarco (71 mins for Craig Curran) 11. Adnan Ahmed (66 mins for Paul McLaren) 21. Mike Jones.

Yeovil Bookings: Ritchie Jones (dissent, 78 mins)

Tranmere Bookings: Steve Davies (dissent, 8 mins), Chris Greenacre (encroachment, 41 mins), Shane Sherriff (foul, 72 mins)

Referee: Ray Lee (Essex). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).

Goals: Marcus Stewart (57 mins, 1-0), Steve Davies (90 mins, 1-1).


Share on Facebook

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

News Archives

To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To see all news for September 2017 click here.
To see all news for August 2017 click here.


contact ciderspace:ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com
© Ciderspace 1999-2004
Last Updated : 17th August 2015
design by siteshape
Top