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30 September 2008 : October 2008 ABUFP Agenda
The agenda for this Thursday's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting has been published by the club. This particular ABUFP is an Open Meeting, meaning that all supporters are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. To register your interest in attending, drop Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley an email at supporter.link@ytfc.net or give her a call on 01935-423662 Ext 200. Please send all requests to Sara by the end of Wednesday (tomorrow) so that the meeting room can be prepared.

For those attending the meeting, Thursday's agenda is as follows:

Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership
Open Meeting
2nd October 2008
Alec Stock Lounge, 6.30pm

AGENDA

1. Apologies
2. Welcome & Introductions
3. Action Points from previous meeting (9/07/08)
4. Supporters Questions
5. Membership Scheme
6. AOB
6a) Firework Night

Item 4 will be used to answer all Supporters Questions that have been mailed through to Sara or to the Supporters Representatives.


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30 September 2008 : Glovers See Off Cherries
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth this afternoon in a Football Combination fixture at Dean Court. Trialist Stephen Friend netted two goals, with another trialist Ryan Hall slotting in the middle one.

Friend's first came during the first half, bundling in an Andre McCollin shot that was fumbled on the goal line. With 15 minutes to go, Hall struck a left-footer, then Friend followed that up with his second from inside the box. Right at the death, Bournemouth got a consolation goal.

More on this match, if we can get hold of it.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth Reserves 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.


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30 September 2008 : Quartet Trial For Glovers
Yeovil Town have included four trialists in their line-up for this afternoon's match against AFC Bournemouth Reserves. They are strikers Wayne Andrews and Stephen Friend, winger Jermaine Jermiele Johnson and midfielder Ryan Hall as part of a squad of 14 players.

Wayne Andrews is currently a free agent, having left Coventry City over the summer. His last competitive first team match though was at Huish Park whilst on loan for Bristol Rovers in March 2008 - unfortunately for Wayne he got injured early on in the match, and so that became his first and last appearance for the Gas. He has also had loan spells for Leeds United, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday whilst at Coventry. Prior to that he has played for Crystal Palace, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United, St Albans City, Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Watford. He is 30 years old and stands at 5'10".

Equally familiar would have been winger Jermaine Johnson. He is currently on the books of Sheffield Wednesday, but the Glovers had him on loan in August 2003 whilst he was a Bolton Wanderers player. Unfortunately an injury he was carrying prior to his arrival at Huish Park saw him sent back and as a result he never played for the first team. Since then he has turned out for Oldham Athletic and Bradford City. The manager at the time Gary Johnson said he would renew his interest in Jermaine as soon as he was fit again - five years is certainly a long time to wait for that phone call! However, it later emerged it wasn't him at all, but another unsurprising piece of incompetence from certain quarters had confused Jermaine with Jermiele Johnson, whose career of six appearances for Sutton United in 2007-08 is not of quite the same standing but perhaps a rather more plausible target for the Huish Park budget.

Midfielder Ryan Hall is a Bromley left-sided midfielder who was on the books of Crystal Palace until this summer. He has had loan spells with Dagenham and Redbridge and Crawley Town, and is 20 years old.

Meanwhile striker Stephen Friend is playing his second game for the Glovers, following last week's match at Plymouth Argyle (where he was initially named as Danny Campbell).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Josh Wagenaar, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Jordan Street, 4. Aaron Brown, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Jermiele Johnson, 7. Harry Nodwell , 8. Kieran Murtagh, 9. Stephen Friend, 10. Andre McCollin, 11. Wayne Andrews,

Subs: 12. Adam Wakeley, 14. Danny Thompson, 15. Ren Turnock.

[Updated 01/10/2008]


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30 September 2008 : Two On Trial For Cherries
This afternoon's opponents AFC Bournemouth Reserves are expected to field two trialists in their line-up when they come up against a Yeovil Town second XI.

The Cherries will have a look at Plymouth Argyle midfielder Damien McCrory and Nigerian striker Fola Onibuje. McCrory is an Irishman who is a first year pro at Home Park, whilst Onibuje is a 6'5" 24 year old who is a free agent at present, but has previously turned out for Preston, Barnsley, Peterborough, Swindon, Wycombe, Shrewsbury and Macclesfield.

At present there's no indication as to what sort of line-up the Glovers are fielding for today's match.


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30 September 2008 : Reserves at Bournemouth Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are in action this afternoon (Tuesday) in a Combination Wales and West Division match against AFC Bournemouth Reserves. The match takes place at the Fitness First Stadium (aka Dean Court) with a 2.00 p.m. kick-off.

If anyone is travelling to this game, please drop us a line at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com if you are able to help with line-ups, scorers etc.


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29 September 2008 : Officials For Southend
Saturday's match against Southend United will be looked after by Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill twice as a Football League club, although oddly the last meeting was four years ago whilst we were a League Two side.

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

Following those two games, Mr Hill has continued to do Football League matches on a regular basis, but given how often we get officials coming down from the Hertfordshire area, it is surprising that we have not crossed swords since.

Mr Hill will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

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

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


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29 September 2008 : Pennock's Lads Dish Out Bunch Of Fives
Yeovil Town old boy Tony Pennock was not in a charitable mood on Saturday as his Swansea City U18 side dished out a comprehensive 5-0 stuffing to the Glovers youth team. We have no further details at present...... which could be a good thing.

With all teams in Group Two of the Youth Alliance Cup having now played three matches Yeovil Town find themselves firmly rooted in last place on zero points and a -7 goal difference. With only two fixtures left to play in the group stage, qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition looks very unlikely for the Glovers.


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29 September 2008 : Triple Knockback Claimed On Striker Search
This morning's Western Morning News gives their views on the current situation at Huish Park, claiming that recent spending by basement sides Cheltenham Town and Hereford United would suggest that the Glovers may be working to the smallest budget in League One.

They report in the main on manager Russell Slade's attempts to bring in a striker to add to his current squad, citing that three targets have fallen through during the last week.

Whilst the name of Gifton Noel-Williams is the player that has been the most widely connected with a move to Huish Park - he was later found to be training with Millwall's first team squad - the paper does name two more that they believe Slade was chasing.

Coventry City striker Kevin Kyle certainly fits the bill for what Russell is after - 6'3" and has not played for the Sky Blues yet this season. However, for whatever reason they say that deal has not gone through, and the player remains at the Ricoh Arena.

The WMN also claim that Russell tried to get Stuart Fleetwood to come to Huish Park, but the Charlton Athletic striker chose Whaddon Road instead. Whilst that decision may have been sharply influenced by Fleetwood's Gloucestershire roots, if this is true then it will be particularly frustrating for the target to have gone to a club who could be Yeovil's relegation rivals.

A small caveat as usual though - none of the three players named come from direct quotes from the management team, and so have to be treated with some degree of speculation attached to them. However, it's as clear as clear can be that Russell and Thommo are after a striker - as usual the key word is 'budget' although that doesn't appear to stop them from trying to find one the purse string holders will accept. Russell explained:

"I would love to bring in a striker of some substance. Physically we are not the biggest side at the moment. And sometimes I feel we need that bit of presence up there, although, having said that, I thought Paul Warne ran himself into the ground up there today (at Scunthorpe), and was outstanding."

The WMN point out that Cheltenham have brought in five loan players since the season started in an attempt to reverse their early season form, with all five playing in their 2-2 draw on Saturday, with both goals coming from new boys. Whilst basement side Hereford United lost yet again, their signing of two experienced players are cited that both clubs are taking strong action to avoid further damage to their early season position.


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29 September 2008 : Roberts Deal An Option
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he already has an option to buy up Crewe Alexandra midfielder Gary Roberts at the turn of the year. Part of the deal struck between the two clubs as part of the four month loan that will keep Gary at Huish Park was for the Glovers to hold a purchase option if Roberts proved to be a success for the club.

With things working out well for Gary - check out yesterday's Man of the Match result for the Bristol Rovers match, for supporters views on how he is performing at present - that would seem have been a wise move. Russell told the Western Morning News that subject to the board sanctioning the deal and Roberts himself wanting to sign, that matters had already been agreed between Yeovil and Crewe:

"That was part of the original deal when Gary came here on loan. We have the option to buy him in January and the fee has already been set. If we want to sign him, we can. Of course, the lad has to want to come here, but I think he's enjoying his football with us at the moment."

Roberts himself appears to be giving the thumbs up to life in Somerset. Speaking ahead of the Bristol Rovers game - where he went on to produce his best performance in a green-and-white shirt, the 21 year old admitted that he was happy in his new surroundings:

"It was probably what I needed really; to come down here and settle down and get some games and get my life back on track. This has probably kickstarted it. Now I've settled down, I'm enjoying it at the moment. I feel welcome down here and wanted and I'm happy down here and working with the lads down here, probably more than I was when I was at Crewe."


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29 September 2008 : Warne Has No Complaints
Yeovil Town striker Paul Warne admits that he finds it difficult to argue with Saturday's result at Scunthorpe United. The Glovers lose 2-0 at Glanford Park, and had to provide a rearguard action for much of the first half as the Iron attacked in waves. Paul was asked by BBC Somerset if it was fair to say that Scunthorpe played well:

"That is an understatement. It's obviously hard to tell sometimes if we've played bad or if other teams have played well, but the gaffer warned us several times all week that in the first 15 or 20 minutes Scunthorpe would try and win the game and then just coast. To be fair, in the first 20 minutes they absolutely destroyed us, and I didn't see us getting the ball out of our own half. It was only towards the end of the first half, when we were lucky to only be 1-0 down, that in that last 5 or 6 minutes of the half we began to get a bit more of the ball."

The second half saw a marginal improvement from the Glovers, neutralising the Scunthorpe attack to a degree, and even creating their own chances. But Paul admitted that even then there was a degree of huff'n'puff to the way that Yeovil played:

"Obviously the gaffer made a change because of Aidan's knee, and we decided to try and use Andre's pace a bit in the second half, but it didn't really come off the way we wanted it to and they deserved to win. Good luck to them, that's the best I can say. We did create a couple of chances, but more from huff'n'puff really. It wasn't through outstanding play. He did pull off a couple of great saves from me in the first half, but in the second half when it fell to me, it came to me early and I wasn't really balanced. But he's a good keeper and that is what he's paid to do. In fairness, we probably came up with 3 or 4 chances and they came up with 15. So if we'd come away with a point, although it would have cheered it up, it would have been an absolute disgrace to football! Overall, they thoroughly deserved the win and you've got to take that on the chin."

Paul added that the defeat would put pressure on the players to turn results around. He explained that he was expecting a hard week on the training ground as a result, and warned that if results did not improve, then changes would become inevitable:

"Now next week is going to be an absolute week of hell, because the gaffer will not be happy with that. He is a proud man and he doesn't want to come here and lose games. Some of the performances were quite poor, so we need to toughen up and have a hard week, and we have to bounce back next week. Because if not, then the way football is, then heads will roll, different people will come in and other people will go. That's the sad truth."

The Glovers play host to Southend United at Huish Park on Saturday, kick-off 3.00p.m. After a poor start to the season, the Essex side have won their last three games and currently lie 8th in the League One table.


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28 September 2008 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
Some Man of the Match votes are close-run affairs. Others are complete one man shows. Whilst we will mention the names of Asmir Begovic and Aidan Downes as being of relevance to the Bristol Rovers Man of the Match voting, there was only one player ever in the equation - midfielder Gary Roberts, who completely ran away with the poll - getting top vote in 46 of the votes following last Saturday's 2-2 draw.

The results of last weekend's poll are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets. Don't forget to place for vote for this weekend's match against Scunthorpe United - see today's earlier article.

1 Gary Roberts 488 (46)
2 Aidan Downes 108 (4)
3 Asmir Begovic 98 (3)
4 Andy Welsh 78 (1)
5 Terry Skiverton 72 (2)
6 Paul Warne 58 (1)
7 Darren Way 44 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 20 (0)
9 Danny Schofield 18 (0)
10 Terrell Forbes 14 (0)
10 Lee Peltier 14 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.26

Performance: 6.98
Entertainment: 7.54

VOTES RECEIVED: 57


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28 September 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the Scunthorpe Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Glanford Park, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC reporter Pete Simson about his own side's performance, another knee injury for Aidan Downes and his own views on Scunthorpe. The full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the Scunthorpe Game.


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28 September 2008 : Ladies After Eight
After last week's defeat by Queens Park Rangers (link), Yeovil Town Ladies bounced back in emphatic fashion knocking eight goals past a hapless Swindon Town this afternoon.

The match started well for the home side with the Glovers opening their account after just four minutes; we think it might be the Lyndsey Roe who was playing for AFC Bournemouth last term volleying in from a corner. On 15 minutes the Yeovil keeper was injured and could not continue, replaced in goal by outfielder Stacey Pearson. However the consequent reshuffling did nothing to deter the rampant Glovers, and by half-time the Robins defence had been breached on four more occasions, with two from Alana Willson, one from Rachel Edwards and finally Kayleigh Nardiello with a stunning strike from an acute angle just before the break.

Swindon did manage what was to turn out to be a mere consolation goal amongst the otherwise one way traffic, Tash Burson having pulled one back to make the score 2-1 before the onslaught resumed.

The visitors had been run ragged and shredded from back to front in the first period, and it was not much different in the second. A second for Roe, a thundering left foot into the top of the net for a second from Edwards, and a final goal (our reporter was not sure whether it was Nardiello or an unknown substitute who got that one) to make it eight and a thorough demolition.

Final score : Yeovil Town Ladies 8 Swindon Town Ladies 1.

Next Sunday, 5th October, Yeovil Town are away at Plymouth Argyle who, having won their opening two fixtures, went down to their first loss of season today 3-1 at Forest Green Rovers. QPR look set to be this season's outstanding team, already pulling away from the pack with a perfect record from 5 played of 15 points.

(Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for the match details.)


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28 September 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Scunthorpe
A reminder for those who went to Glanford Park yesterday that your Man of the Match votes are required, following the 2-0 defeat against Scunthorpe United. Place your top three votes, plus entertainment and performance ratings and any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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28 September 2008 : Deadline For ABUFP Questions Approaching
A reminder that the next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting takes place on Thursday 2nd October. The deadline for supporters wishing to submit questions to the meeting is fast approaching and you must ensure that your submissions reach Sara by the end of Monday.

The meeting is starting at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday and is the first one to take place following the announcement of the election results for representatives for the coming season (item on 11/09/2008).

This will be an Open Meeting, with any supporters entitled to attend, not just the representatives. Those fans wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity to question club officials in person should notify the Customer Relations & Supporters Liaison Manager Sara Bradley by Wednesday 1st October. This is simply so the club has some idea of the numbers it will need to accommodate. E-mail Sara on supporter.link@ytfc.net, or phone her on 01935 423662 ext. 200.

Items and questions for the agenda can be submitted by both those who can attend the meeting and those who can't. Contact Sara on the same e-mail address or phone number above by Monday 29th September with those questions you'd like raised.

Supporters can also submit questions and points they wish raised through any of the elected representatives, or representatives from the organisations who also sit on the ABUFP such as the Green & White Supporters' Club, the Vice Presidents and the Disabled Supporters Association or, if all else fails, we'll forward them through ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com.


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27 September 2008 : Glovers Crushed By Iron Men
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten by an impressive-looking Scunthorpe United side as the Iron notched up their 7th consecutive win, to put them level top of League One and see the Glovers drop into the relegation zone. A first half header from Izzy Iriekpen in the midst of a Scunthorpe blitz saw the Lincolnshire side take the lead, and despite an improved second half from the Glovers, a Terrell Forbes own goal sealed Yeovil's fate and deservedly sent them home pointless.

Going into today's match, Glovers boss Russell Slade lost left-back Nathan Smith again, with his groin injury flaring up, ensuring that Nathan Jones was recalled to the starting line-up. Midfielder Marc Bircham came back into the sixteen, whilst there was also room for striker Andre McCollin to warm the bench.

Scunny came out of the blocks running, and immediately showed themselves as the dominant force in the game, with top scorer Gary Hooper in particular a thorn in Yeovil's side. Striker Paul Hayes, who was once given a tour around Huish Park as a prospective signing, struck the inside of the post for the Iron, whilst Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic was called on to make early saves from Hooper, Hayes and winger Matthew Sparrow.

For all of Scunny's dynamic and often complex forward play, their opening goal came from a moment of simplicity - a Grant McCann corner being met by the head of defender Izzy Iriekpen, and there wasn't a spectator in the away end that would have denied that the home side deserved to be in front.

The half ended with the Glovers just about managing to gain some composure, with Paul Warne's shot well saved by home keeper Joe Murphy, but they suffered a half time set-back with winger Aidan Downes not being fit enough to continue, having damaged his medial knee ligaments for the second time in a month, forcing a substitution, but also giving an opportunity for a formation change with the Glovers adopting a second half 4-4-2 formation, with Andre McCollin the extra man.

The second half saw a marginal improvement within the Glovers ranks, albeit with a bit of huff'n'puff about it, with Glovers summer target Sam Togwell often on hand to help break up play before it even got near the Scunny back line. McCollin came the closest, screwing a shot wide midway through the half, that could have sent up an improbable finale, but that was not before Yeovil went further behind.

Scunthorpe's second goal had more than a large slice of luck about it - Martyn Woolford’s cross ricocheting off Terrell Forbes to double Scunny's lead, but overall the home side deserved a second goal and that was pretty much the end of the match despite there being 27 minutes remaining.

To be fair to the Glovers, they were outplayed by a very talented looking Scunthorpe side, who were looking good value for their 7th consecutive win and their level-top position in the League One table. The strength of the opposition should be considered when sizing up today's result. However, another weekend without a win, and now the drop into the bottom four will increase the concern at Huish Park. With Southend United the in-form visitors next weekend, things will not be any easier in seven days time.

Final Score: Scunthorpe United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Izzy Iriekpen (27 mins, 1-0), Terrell Forbes (63 mins, 2-0, og)

Scunthorpe United: (4-4-2)
1. Joe Murphy
6. Cliff Byrne 5. Izzy Iriekpen 26. Krystian Pearce 3. Marcus Williams
7. Matthew Sparrow 18. Sam Togwell 17. Grant McCann 16. Martyn Woolford
10. Gary Hooper 9. Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
22. Josh Lillis (GK) 15. David Mirfin 23. Kevan Hurst 27. Ian Morris 30. Ben May (68 mins for Paul Hayes)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne

Substitutes:
7. Marc Bircham 10. Gavin Tomlin (69 mins for Andy Welsh) 12. Craig Alcock 18. Kieran Murtagh 19. Andre McCollin (46 mins for Aidan Downes)

Scunthorpe Bookings: Izzy Iriekpen (19 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Gary Roberts (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). Fourth Official: Andrew Smith (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 4,829 (including 151 Yeovil fans).


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27 September 2008 : Youth Venue
Rather late, unless one lives close: the third of Yeovil Town U18's matches in the qualifying Group Stage of the Youth Alliance Cup, versus Swansea City U18, will take place at St. Helens, the sports complex that includes the rugby and cricket grounds.


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26 September 2008 : Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Glanford Park tomorrow to take on Scunthorpe United in a League One fixture. Whilst the national media prefer to wax lyrical about the likes of Leeds United and Leicester City, they tend to overlook the slightly less fashionable clubs of Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe, who occupy the top two slots, and going by recent results deservedly so.

Having lost their first three matches this season, Scunthorpe have won every match since, and are currently on a run of six straight wins in all competitions. Whilst many clubs suffer hangovers after relegation, Scunthorpe look set to be one of the challengers to go straight back up to the Championship. Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson told BBC Somerset that he certainly wasn't expecting an easy ride:

"They are second in the league and they are on a good run. They had a little bit of a sticky start in the first couple of games, but they're on a good run now and they've moved up to second and it's going to be a very tough game. It always is at Scunthorpe and I'm sure it's not going to be any different on Saturday. We just need to put our away form right and get some points on our travels."

Team news is for the second week very positive. Aside from young central defender Rob Fitzgerald's hip problems, the only doubt the Glovers have is midfielder Darren Way, and even he looks likely to overcome a jarred knee sustained during last week's match against Bristol Rovers. Thommo said that he was optimistic of Way's chances:

"We are hopeful that he will be fit for Saturday. Apart from that we've got a clean bill of health, which is a good position to be in. Darren is an important player for this club. He is experienced now. He is 28 years old and he's got the experience and he is a tenacious midfield player and you always want him in the team."

Scunthorpe's only injury doubt is right-winger Garry Thompson, who has tendonitis in his knee and missed training yesterday as a result. However, even that is unlikely to unsettle the Iron's plans, with Thompson having sat on the bench last weekend. Kenny Milne is a long term absentee for the club, having had knee surgery recently, and he is not expected to play during 2008. Otherwise, Scunthorpe are at full strength and it would be a major surprise if they changed their starting line-up after last weekend's 2-1 win at Hereford United.

Scunny boss Nigel Adkins has warned his side against being complacent ahead of tomorrow's match, warning them that he expected Yeovil Town to provide tough opposition on the day:

"We're second in the league, and Yeovil will be a tough, tough fixture for us. Their manager Russell Slade has a good reputation, and they are a good passing side. But, again, we have to manage the expectation levels now. We have an honest group of players who work their socks off for each other, and we allow them to make mistakes. We have prepared very well this week, and we are looking to win the game on Saturday. We cannot underestimate the opposition in any shape or form though."

The two clubs have met on numerous occasions since the Glovers entered the Football League, with Scunthorpe following Yeovil from League Two and into League One. The Iron have the upper hand on recent matches between the two clubs, doing the double over the Glovers during the 2006-07 season whilst they were heading for promotion to the Championship. However, few would forget the two 4-3 wins the Glovers managed over Scunthorpe during 2005 with both the home and away matches proving to be 90 minute rollercoasters for both clubs. It might be a bit too much to expect a repeat of that tomorrow - certainly anything that avoids a negative result up in Lincolnshire would be welcomed.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match are available on the day from Glanford Park. The Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe gives details of pricing for this match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe.


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26 September 2008 : Dayton Heads For Final Bow
On-loan winger James Dayton looks likely to make his final bow at Scunthorpe United on Saturday. The Crystal Palace teenager's one month loan finally runs out on Saturday, after having clocked up two starts and two sub appearances since his arrival at the club on the night the Glovers played Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup.

Yeovil assistant boss Steve Thompson has told the Western Daily Press that the coaching team have yet to make a decision on whether to apply for a loan extension, but admitted that his chances had become more limited following the signing of former Sunderland wide man Andy Welsh. However, Thommo had nothing but praise for Dayton's month in Somerset:

"It has been tough for James, because he has shown he has got a lovely left foot and can cross a ball, but unfortunately for him we brought in a more experienced left-sider just after we signed him in Andy Welsh. At the time we signed James we had no idea that we would get Andy, becuase he was on the verge of signing for another club. Whether we keep James for another month will depend whether our budget can stretch to it when we possibly need people in other positions. James has done nothing wrong."

With Dayton not even making the bench last week, and with Danny Schofield, Aidan Downes and Andy Welsh now working their way towards full match fitness, opportunities for him are likely to be limited, and with no significant injuries reported, he may well miss out of tomorrow's trip to Glanford Park as well. Unless Saturday's match brings a new selection of players to the treatment table, it would be surprising if Dayton didn't return to Selhurst Park after the weekend.


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26 September 2008 : New Date For Leicester
Yeovil Town have confirmed a rearranged fixture date for the trip to the Walkers Stadium that has been postponed due to international call-ups within the Leicester City squad. The new date for the League One match is Tuesday 11th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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26 September 2008 : Thommo Confirms Striker Priority
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has said that the club would like to add to their current squad, admitting that an additional striker is one of the priorities he and manager Russell Slade need to look at in the coming months.

Last weekend, Russell hinted that he felt that improvements could be made to his side saying after the Bristol Rovers game "maybe we have something missing that is not turning these draws into wins", but stopped short of saying where he felt that certain something lay inside the current squad, or whether he would need to look outside for improvements. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Thommo said he felt it was a bit of both:

"I think it's both. The boys are putting in a good shift and we're very competitive in every game. Even in the Carlisle and the MK Dons game where the results have ended 4-1 and 3-0, we were very competitive in both games, up to the very end. So it's both things really. You try and get every ounce out of every player that you can, where a few can possibly do a little bit better than they are doing at the moment, so that would give you a little bit extra. But you also look at, as has been mentioned, about maybe bringing a forward in."

Steve admitted that the Glovers were thin on the ground at present, pointing out that only Paul Warne and Andre McCollin were occupying the front line positions as a preferred role:

"You look at Paul Warne, who has worked hard and played hard from the start of this season, and you've got him as a striker and you've got Andre McCollin, who is a young lad who we've taken out of non-league. So yes, there is probably room in that area to bring someone in. But getting the right person in is difficult, because everyone wants a good striker. You're only as good as your two strikers, and you want your two strikers to win you games. Warney has done that a couple of times this season, but it's asking an awful lot for him to do that week-in, week-out. Andre is still learning the game. He had a good game down in the Reserves on Tuesday against Plymouth. He is strong, he's powerful, he's quick and hopefully he'll have a part to play this season."

This week, the rumourmill has featured the name of Gifton Noel-Williams, who turned out instead to be training at the New Den, and is expected to sign a deal with fellow League One side Millwall. Thommo doesn't indicate whether the club held any interest in signing him, however, he said that from a generic point of view, that talks with players were a regular occurrence:

"Talks are ongoing all the time, but we are dependent upon the right player becoming available, and secondly our budget fitting his demands."

The budget is of course likely to be the main consideration. Russell has previously talked of a "one-out, one-in" policy being in place at the club, and inevitably without that being relaxed by those holding the purse strings, Russell and Thommo are in the main going to be window-shopping rather than going in with hard intent.


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25 September 2008 : Paul Smith Fund Donates Over £8,000
The family of Paul Smith (see item 7th August), who have been raising funds through a series of events in memory of the ex-Yeovil Town left-back, were able to present a cheque for £8,802 to St Margaret's Hospice, which was involved in supporting and nursing Paul through his final illness.

His wife, Dot Smith, said :

"I knew about the hospice before Paul became ill, but never imagined that we would need to use their services. The support from them was terrific. Paul had complementary treatments there as an out-patient and we had a St Margaret's palliative care nurse visit the home regularly for over two years before he needed to be admitted.

Paul was an in-patient at St Margaret's for three weeks and then the staff assessed and treated him so he could return home, as was his wish, for the final three weeks of his life. We are delighted to be able to give £8,802 to St Margaret's because our family are very grateful for their care.

Our fund raising was started by Rob
[one of Paul and Dot's sons], who ran the Edinburgh marathon in four hours 27 minutes, despite suffering from a hernia. Since then I have organised a dance at Westland and held a grand draw there with the help of Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton. The remainder of the funds have been raised from coffee mornings, a quiz and a friend's son having his dreadlocks shaved at Yeovil College. We have enjoyed the fun of fundraising."

Our thoughts and admiration are with Paul's family, and their meeting of his loss in such a positive and constructive way.


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25 September 2008 : Maher Still Out In The Cold
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher is still searching for a new club, nearly three months after leaving Huish Park. The Irishman is one of a number of free agents still doing the rounds, and he has recently been turned down by League One rivals Carlisle United following a short trial.

Manager John Ward considered that his existing pack of midfielders were good enough for him to not want to offer Maher a contract:

"I've had a word with him, and it has been a quick decision. We have decided to continue to work with the boys we already have here on this occasion."

Maher is believed to have returned to Ireland over the summer, but has not been able to persuade a club to take him on in either the Eircom League or in the English Football League as yet.

One player that may have found a new home is former Reading midfielder John Halls, who guested for the Glovers in a 6-0 Reserve Team win over Salisbury City last month. The Sky Sports website is claiming that Halls is about to sign a short term contract with League Two side Brentford after training with them over the past few weeks, although The Bees have yet to officially confirm this.


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25 September 2008 : Noel-Williams To Sign For Millwall
Further to Tuesday's news, former Watford striker Gifton Noel-Williams is expected to be given a contract with League One side Millwall shortly.

The Millwall official site reports that Noel-Williams has been training at the New Den recently and they expect him to be offered a short term contract with the Lions. The London club are currently without Neil Harris and Tresor Kandol and so are now expecting to formalise their arrangements with Noel-Williams, as well as taking Plymouth Argyle striker Jermaine Easter on loan.

No-one at Yeovil Town has responded to claims made in the local press on Tuesday that manager Russell Slade was chasing the 28 year old. However, whether there was any truth in the matter or not, the issue will shortly become an irrelevance.


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25 September 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe
A reminder for those travelling to Glanford Park that the Ciderspace guide to Scunthorpe United is available. For those wanting to purchase advance tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office, you have until 5.00p.m. today. Thereafter you should make your purchases when you get up to Scunthorpe's ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Scunthorpe United.


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24 September 2008 : Has Gannon A Case........
........or is he just another one-eyed moaning whinging manager?

Jim Gannon seems prepared to take the standard whining about match officials one step further than normal, possibly because the media is somewhat less interested and gives rather less airtime to bleating from Stockport County than it would say to the all too frequent supposed grievances blasting out from Old Trafford. He has stated he intends to approach the F.A. formally with his evidence.

Gannon's case is that officials have it in for County, are not impartial, and are pursuing a vendetta against his club. His reasoning is that in the past he and Stockport have filled out the report on and grading of referees, that all club are obliged to submit after each game, honestly and accurately, marking down officials where they have felt that to be warranted.

"As manager of Stockport County it is my intention to make a formal complaint to the FA regarding the performance of certain referees whose handling of matches and personal comments to me have created serious concern about their impartiality and ability to referee County matches in a true and fair manner. This matter of improper conduct will be reported directly to the FA.

I recently raised my growing concerns to Dave Allison at the PGMOL
[The Professional Game Match Official Limited - the organisation responsible for managing and providing match officials for all professional games in England] regarding what I consider to be a lack of integrity and impartiality by a number of referees towards Stockport County. I believe that referees we have reported negatively in the past are now not acting in an impartial manner when dealing with our matches.

Football League managers, under Football League rules and regulations, are enforced to report on referees. If we report openly and honestly about concerns, and name and shame referees, it is possible we face a backlash from disgruntled referees. Even more concerning is that we may become the victims of a concerted 'witch-hunt' for questioning the 'infallible' authority of referees and their association.
"

It is fair to say that the point about whether it is wise to mark down officials is not just exclusively held by Gannon. Ciderspace recalls a former manager at Yeovil Town fulminating privately about a particular official's performance one Saturday, but when asked whether he would be reflecting the complaints in the club's grading simply shrugging and intimating there was no point and it might come back to haunt the club, so he'd just be sticking down an average mark.

Gannon then claimed he had concrete examples to support his contention of bias :

"There have been many instances which have caused concern in the last eighteen months including:

Incorrect and improper sending offs.
Foul and abusive language from referees.
False statements made in referees extraordinary incident reports.
False charges brought against us.
Inaccurate evidence given at FA Disciplinary Tribunals.

I tried to raise the important issue of referee integrity at a pre-season League Managers Meeting. This formal request was denied by the PGMOL, and subsequently I was not satisfied by the explanation for the item being omitted from the agenda. I raised my disappointment and concerns with the League Managers Association, but they are powerless to act on behalf of the League Managers.

Following these unsettling incidents in pre-season we noticed a worrying trend in the performance of referees, and the appointment of a number of referees for our matches. Evidence even emerged of extraordinary pre-match 'briefs' prepared for the officials of our match solely reporting on our team.

The whole matter came to a head last season when I was incorrectly dismissed from the dug out and then subsequently charged under an 'unwritten rule'. I was found guilty of 'improper conduct' on the basis of wholly inaccurate statements from all three witnesses - the referee, the fourth official and the referee's assessor. The FA representatives at the hearing acknowledged the fact that incorrect testimony was given yet no action was taken against the officials in question. What is of more concern is that on the eve of this match the officials in question had received a telephone call from the PGMOL.

I know I am not the only manager who has, or will raise, concerns about impartiality. The professional football management staff at County have lost confidence in Mr Keith Hackett and the PGMOL.

I feel I must raise this matter publicly so that County supporters understand my concerns, and my actions, when the match officials in question are in charge of our matches. I have become very defensive and protective of our club when I witness such poor practice by referees.

It is my intention to provide a dossier of evidence to the FA and call upon the FA to bring charges against several referees for improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute. Furthermore, we will be asking them to review the management of the PGMOL and the manner in which referee's are appointed for games.

We acknowledge the important role that referees play in our game and we must learn to respect the role of the match officials. In football, like wider society, we must learn to tolerate and respect all people if they conduct themselves with honesty and to the best of the ability. However, in life or in football, we cannot condone or accept people who lack integrity and we must make a stand against people who act in an improper manner.

I know these matters may lead to further problems for myself, and I will accept that fate. However, I hope that the majority of referees would see this action ultimately in their best interest. I have taken this course of action, not just for the benefit of Stockport County but for the greater good of the game, so that we can restore complete confidence in all referees. Only then will we have total respect for each other's role within the game.
"

In general this site has never been convinced that there is deliberate bias or corruption amongst officials in the English game. We've always been more inclined to consider human error, and on occasion sheer incompetence, the more likely explanation for bizarre and incorrect decision making. However Gannon may have a point in that human nature being what it is, no one enjoys criticism, and sub-consciously or even consciously some officials may have built up a resentment at what they feel is an ultra-critical approach from the folk at Edgeley Park.

Whether Stockport's manager is making a mountain out of a mole hill or has spotted a genuine issue, we suspect one part of his statement - in the final paragraph - will turn out to be true: officialdom will close ranks, and the most likely person to end up in the dock is Jim Gannon.


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24 September 2008 : Matchball Sponsorship And Suite Hire For Southend
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has two sponsorship opportunities that have become available for the Southend United match on Saturday 4th October.

Recent changes have meant that there is now a vacancy for the Matchball Sponsorship for this League One fixture. Sponsorship for the Matchball is priced at £200 + VAT and this includes the following benefits:

• Two Prime Seating tickets in the Vice Presidents area
• Reserved Car Parking Space
• Complementary Match Programme
• Acknowledgments on the scoreboard and over the PA system.
• Editorial acknowledgment in the match programme.
• Presentation of a Signed Ball at Half Time
• Option to include a Meal (extra cost).

In addition the Montacute Suite is available for hire for the same fixture. This has been priced at £50 + VAT per person, subject to a minimum of eight people and a maximum of 12 people. Benefits of hiring the Montacute Suite are as follows:

• Exclusive Use of the Montacute Suite
• Reserved seating just outside of the suite
• 2 Course Hot Fork buffet
• Reserved Car Parking
• Complementary Match Programmes
• Complementary Team Sheets
• Hostess drinks service, (Payable on the day).
• Entrance into the players lounge after the game.

For further information, or to place a booking, call Dave Linney on 01935-847872 or 01935-423662 Ext 202. Alternatively drop Dave an email at dlinney@ytfc.net

In addition, a reminder that details of Match Sponsorship, Matchball Sponsorship and Executive Box hire for other matches can be viewed via the links below.

Link: Montacute Suite Executive Box Hire.

Link: Match Sponsorship Details.

Link: Matchball Sponsorship Details.


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23 September 2008 : Reserves Suffer Late Sucker Punches
Yeovil Town Reserves suffered a harsh 2-0 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle Reserves at Home Park this afternoon. Two goals in two minutes in the last 10 minutes flattered Argyle, as Yeovil were made to pay for a host of chances that went begging.

Two of the earlier efforts went to striker Andre McCollin. Paired up with trialist Danny Campbell, he twice got on the end of chances only to find the final touch lacking, whilst James Dayton, in the last days of his month's loan at Huish Park, saw a deflected shot land in the arms of Argyle keeper Graham Stack.

The Glovers back four were in excellent form, keeping the might of Jermaine Easter and Argyle's new signing Emile Mpenza away from clear-cut openings, although Easter did manage to test Josh Wagenaar just before the break with a one-on-one which Wagenaar did well to block and Argyle wasted the loose ball that should have led to the opening goal.

The second half opened in far quieter fashion, although both sides still had their chances to break the deadlock. The Glovers brought on three of Stuart Housley's youth team on as the game drew to a close, but in the final 10 minutes, Argyle finally took the lead, albeit through a controversially awarded free kick.

Nicolas Marin swept in the free kick, and Ben Gerring was able to head home to give Argyle a 1-0 lead, but worse was to come 60 seconds later. Out of the blue substitute Jason Puncheon shot from distance, putting a 25 yarder past Josh Wagenaar to seal the match and produce a rather flattering 2-0 scoreline.

Andre McCollin's speed and trickery almost gave Yeovil some pride right at the end, when he undid the Argyle defence, but whilst he caused the home back line problems through much of the afternoon, his finishing let him down and he screwed the ball wide once again.

Green Room user 'ytfc_nick' got down to Home Park this afternoon and had the following thoughts on the match today:

It was a pretty encouraging performance considering the team, and who they were playing. Argyle's team included first teamers Stack, Folly, Timar, Easter, Noone, Marin and Mpenza.

First half was pretty even, with McCollin in particular having two really good chances (a one-on-one forcing a good save and a free header wide), but Wagenaar also had a few saves to make at the other end which he did well.

The second half was controlled much more by Plymouth, but both sides created very few chances until the last 15 minutes or so. Plymouth scored 2 in 2 minutes - the first was a dubious foul on the left side of the penalty area. The free-kick was whipped in towards the near post, and the Argyle centre-back was first to make contact heading past a diving Wagenaar. The second goal was a superb curler from outside of the area leaving Wagenaar with no chance. Yeovil didn't give up though and forced a succession of corners towards the end, but with few efforts on goal. The chance of the game fell to McCollin again though who shot wide in a one-on-one, after the keeper had already committed himself to the ground.

Wagenaar looked very solid and made a couple of great saves, particularly a one-on-one with Mpenza. Mpenza and Easter were kept very much under control by the centre backs Brown and Daniel Mobsby - two very similar players in looks and style. They were solid.

Street had a nightmare in the first half trying to deal with Marin, Argyle's new French winger, who was very quick and beat Street nearly every time, until he switched to the other wing at the end of the first half. Alcock had less to deal with but did well, although he gave the ball away a couple of times in dangerous areas. The midfield was controlled entirely by Bircham, who must be involved more in the first team if this performance is anything to go by. He was all over the pitch and his workrate and fitness was very good, although he faded slightly in the last few minutes. Josh Ford played alongside him in central midfield for about 60 minutes and was pretty ineffective - I barely noticed him.

Montgomery did OK on the left, but was nothing to shout about. Dayton also had a quiet game but looked better towards the end when he took on a more attacking role. Upfront, McCollin was very lively and troubled the Argyle defence, but missed far too many chances, in my opinion. Danny Campbell is almost a carbon copy of McCollin, but never really got in the game. We had no height in the attack and against a tall and experienced Argyle defence, we had no chance with the high balls.

All in all, not a bad performance, and 2-0 somewhat flattered Argyle.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle Reserves 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

Scorers: Ben Gerring (81 mins, 1-0), Jason Puncheon (82 mins, 2-0)

Plymouth Argyle Reserves (4-4-2):
1 Graham Stack
2 Shane White, 5 Krisztiαn Timαr, 6 Ben Gerring, 3 Damien McCrory
7 Nicolas Marin, 4 Yoann Folly, 8 Simon Walton, 11 Craig Noone
9 Jermaine Easter, 10 Emile Mpenza.

Substitutes: 13 Ryan Brett, 14 Brian McCaul, 15 Ashley Barnes, 16 Jason Puncheon (62 mins for Jermaine Easter).

Yeovil Town Reserves (4-4-2):
1 Josh Wagenaar
2 Craig Alcock, 5 Aaron Brown, 9 Daniel Mobsby, 3 Jordan Street
6 James Dayton, 11 Josh Ford, 8 Marc Bircham, 10 Graeme Montgomery
4 Andre McCollin, 7 Danny Campbell.

Substitutes: 12 Harry Montacute (76 mins for Jordan Street) 14 Harry Nodwell (62 mins for Danny Campbell) 15 Lloyd Irish, 16 Jason Sangha (67 mins for Josh Ford).

Plymouth Bookings: Simon Walton (foul, 19 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Andy Bennett.

Attendance: 469

NOTE: Josh Ford has since been identified as a QPR first year professional who has just graduated from their Youth Team. Striker Danny Campbell is named in the Western Morning News as Steve Friend - although they don't say where they think he's come from. Central defender Dan Mobsby is believed to be from France, and so this is also unlikely to be his real name.


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23 September 2008 : Reserves Line-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town's line-up for this afternoon's match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves includes three new trialists. Left-sided striker Danny Campbell, central midfielder Josh Ford and central defender Daniel Mobsby are amongst the players turning out at Home Park this afternoon.

Also featuring is Wealdstone midfielder Graeme Montgomery, who is making his second appearance for the Reserves. Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett is hoping a decision will be made after today's game on whether to take the issue further:

"Things seem to have gone well for Monty during his trials in Somerset and he deserves this opportunity to play pro football."

Yeovil Town Reserves: Josh Wagenaar, Craig Alcock, Jordan Street, Andre McCollin, Aaron Brown, James Dayton, Danny Campbell, Marc Bircham, Daniel Mobsby, Graeme Montgomery, Josh Ford.


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23 September 2008 : Noel-Williams Linked With Glovers
This morning's Western Daily Press are linking former Watford striker Gifton Noel-Williams with a move to Huish Park. The 6'3" striker is currently a free agent, having been released by Spanish Second Division side Elche CF.

There is a degree of caution needed in that the WDP don't quote any sources or give any firm indication of a signature being imminent. They also add in the fairly obvious caveat that if such a deal was on the cards that manager Russell Slade would need to convince the Yeovil Town board that a contract for the 28 year old could be financed. So this is by no means a 'done deal', and he is not expected to feature in this afternoon's Reserve Team match.

Noel-Williams made his name over a seven year spell at Watford before enjoying spells with Stoke City and Burnley, plus a loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion. He then went over to Spain where he played for Real Murcia and more recently Elche, but despite being linked with a move to an Israeli club there's no indication that he ever got there.

On the downside Noel-Williams is known to have severe arthritis in his knees, dating back to an injury sustained in 1999, whilst still at Watford, which has doubtless hampered his career. The WDP therefore suggest that he may be open to a short term contract offer, but of course everything would hinge on what Slade is allowed to do within his budget, and whether Noel-Williams can prove his fitness.


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23 September 2008 : Leicester Fixture Is Postponed
Yeovil Town's trip to the Walkers Stadium to play Leicester City on Saturday 11th October has been postponed. The match has been called off because of international call-ups for Wales Under 21 pair Nicky Adams and Andy King and Bulgarian international Aleksandar Tunchev.

The news means that the rearranged fixture will now almost certainly be on a midweek date. However, a new date has yet to be arranged.


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22 September 2008 : Scunthorpe United Ticketing Reminder
As a reminder from our September 1st article (and later follow-up) advance tickets for Saturday's match against Scunthorpe United are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match is due to be played on Saturday 27th September and tickets will be available from Huish Park until Thursday 5.00p.m. Thereafter you should make your purchase from Glanford Park at the same prices.

Yeovil Town fans will be allocated the South Stand at Glanford Park, which is our usual spot in the ground and is a covered seated stand that holds 1,678 spectators. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Under 21s/Seniors: £11.00; Under 16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £18.00 with their assistant admitted free of charge. Anyone requiring any special arrangements in advance, such as disabled parking spaces, should call Scunthorpe's ticket office on 0871-221-1899.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Scunthorpe United.


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22 September 2008 : Officials For The Scunthorpe Game
Saturday's match against Scunthorpe United will be looked after by referee Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear). Mr Webster has been a Football League referee since the start of the 2000-01 season and has in the main tended to officiate matches up in the North West and occasionally in the North East of the country.

We've had him twice before - both for games against Oldham Athletic and both at Boundary Park. Neither game produced a positive result, but our match reports don't seek to blame the Tyne and Wear official in any shape or form. In fact we don't mention him at all, which is usually a good thing.

Mr Webster will be assisted by David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Smith (West Yorkshire).

Link: March 2007 : Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2008 : Oldham Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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22 September 2008 : Williams Out At Colchester
Colchester United manager Geraint Williams has received his marching orders after the Essex side made a poor start to the 2008-09 season. Williams departs after a 10 year spell with the club, despite Chairman Robbie Cowling stating that he believes Williams is capable at managing a football club at Championship level or above.

Williams departs by "mutual consent" (read that as sacked with a payoff) after a 0-3 home defeat against MK Dons left them in 23rd place in the League One table and without a home win at their new Weston Homes Community Stadium - albeit with Saturday's match being their first defeat at the ground. But Cowling said in a statement issued today, that he saw the blame for Colchester's downfall as lying elsewhere:

"In my opinion, Geraint was badly let down on Saturday by some of his players who failed to play for him, some of our supporters who failed to support him and by myself for failing to publicly back him before it was too late."

Colchester were relegated from the Championship last season, with Williams at the helm, but again Cowling absolved him of blame for the relegation, pointing out that he was working to the lowest budget in that division and tipping him for greater things:

"Geraint has been a very loyal servant of Colchester United for ten years during which time he has played for, coached and managed the team. It is no coincidence that those years have also been the club's most successful years and Geraint led the club to its highest ever finish of tenth in the Championship. That was despite working with a player budget which was significantly lower than any other team in that division. In my time, I have been privileged to meet and work with some great people and Geraint is up there with the best of them. In no way do I hold him responsible for last season's relegation. The club could not give him the funds and facilities he required to maintain Championship football. However, he proved without a doubt, during the one season where he did have a team capable of competing at that level, that he could manage very successful at that level of football and, probably given the right tools, even higher. I am grateful to him for leaving the club in a much better state than when he joined it."

The thing that is difficult to understand - and this is not just specific to Colchester - is why football clubs continue to churn their way through first team managers, even in situations where the Chairman of the football club openly admits that the manager is not at the root cause of the situation. If you remove someone, who by your own admission, is capable of managing a football club at Championship level or higher, then are you making the right decision, when the weak points may lie elsewhere?

Colchester have at this stage not named a caretaker manager following Williams' departure, however by default it would seem likely that assistant manager Kit Symons would fill that role for the time being.


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22 September 2008 : GWSC Travel To Scunthorpe
Those planning to attend Saturday's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park should be aware that the GWSC have made travel arrangements for the game. The match takes place on Saturday 27th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The coach for the match will leave Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. The cost to GWSC Members will be £24.00 for adults, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds extra against the above prices.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe.


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22 September 2008 : Skivo Holds His Hand Up
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton says that he has no complaints about the penalty that was awarded against him during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Huish Park against Bristol Rovers. Skivo conceded the first half spot kick after he handled a cross inside his own box, and he has told BBC Somerset that the penalty was conceded after he was blocked off and lost his marker as a consequence:

"I got blocked a couple of times by their players, which is clever play. We try and do a block every now and again. I've tried to get back in there and my body angle was in the wrong place, and there was a little melee of bodies all there and my hand rose to the ball. So I'm very disappointed with that myself. We've got to cut out those sort of mistakes at the back. Two goals should have been good enough for us to win today, but it wasn't and we'll be looking to deal with that."

Skivo gave credit to midfielder Gary Roberts, who scored Yeovil's second goal and he added that he felt that the on loan Crewe youngster should have been walking off the field as the match winner:

"I thought Gary Roberts was outstanding today and his goal should have been the winning goal for us, but we can't quite seem to block teams out and keep them out for the whole game. We've got to try and keep ourselves a bit tighter at the back and not give away goals, and then we've always got a chance of winning a game. To concede two goals was a big disappointment for us, and yet I feel that we had a couple of chances as well to win it. It was one of those local derbies where it could have gone either way and if we'd been the team to score late on to make it 2-2 then we'd be a lot happier than we are today. We've got a couple of good games coming up now, so we will just have to look forward to those games now instead."


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22 September 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Torquay United Result
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action again yesterday, with the equivalent Torquay United sides acting as their opponents. The Under-15s side were one of the teams in action, and they landed themselves an impressive result on the day. Steve Fordon was there to witness the action:

Yeovil Town Under 15s:
Alex Henderson
James Golby, Henry Bond, Ben Robertson, Ben Williams
Tom Salter, Max Harrington (c), Tom Hopkins, Brad Hansford
Lewis Morgan, Danny Williams

Subs: Mikey Fordon, Lewis Voizey, Lloyd Matthews, Alex Pathy, GK A Triallist.

The under 15's romped to a good 3-0 win over a very physical Torquay side. First Salter had two glorious chances to score, first shooting narrowly wide before testing the keeper as he burst in from the right side ala Theo Walcott, and it was Salter at the third attempt who cut in off the wing to square the ball for the onrushing Lewis Morgan to score the first goal. Then Harrington made the keeper pull off a super save as Yeovil started really brightly.

After the goal Torquay started to pull themselves back into the game, using a physical tactic approach which clearly upset Yeovil, with both Ben Williams and then Morgan been taken off injured. Ironically it was Hopkin, who received his now obligatory card after tussling back whilst been clearly pulled of the ball. There then followed a 15 minute spell where football played second fiddle as the two teams fought for dominancy. Neither keeper was tested again as the first half petered out.

Yeovil again started brightly and Alex Pathy (on for Morgan) was on the receiving end of a Dan Williams cross to poke in the second. Yeovil then went on to play some of the best football seen for quite a while, playing some lovely passing moves and forcing a succession of corners. Pathy was causing all sorts of problems with his pace and willingness to run directly at the Torquay defence, and had a second disallowed for offside before receiving a clearance from Mikey Fordon who played the ball between the two centre halfs for Alex Pathy to then chip the onrushing keeper to wrap up the scoring.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U15s 3 Torquay United U15s 0.

[NB: If anyone has any other scorelines and/or reports on the other levels, please mail them through to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll add them into the news page.]


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22 September 2008 : Ladies Lose Out To QPR
Yeovil Town ladies went down 2-1 at home to Queen's Park Rangers yesterday at Somerton, in their latest South-West Combination league fixture. Considering the chaos of the opening weeks of the season, Sunday was a normal set of league fixtures, with the full set of five fixtures taking place.

For Yeovil, Kim Turner netted their only goal against QPR - but replies from Amy Murphy and Cherrelle Albert were enough for a result that puts Rangers top of the league and on maximum points. Yeovil lie in 5th place now, with Plymouth Argyle (3-0) and Team Bath (3-1) above them both winning their matches against Swindon Town and Weston St John respectively. However, second placed Forest Green Rovers were forced to share a 2-2 draw against Chesham United, allowing QPR the chance to open up a two point gap at the top. In the other match played, Oxford City beat Reading Royals 3-0.

Next Sunday the Ladies play host to Swindon Town at Somerton, kick-off 2.00p.m. So far, Swindon have lost all three matches, scoring three and conceding 12 goals along the way, and only have Reading Royals below them in the table.


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21 September 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Bristol Rovers
A reminder that if you haven't already cast your vote for yesterday's Man of the Match, the voting form is available. Choose your top three, plus entertainment and performance values, along with any comments you want to make on the match against Bristol Rovers, using the form below.

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


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21 September 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden about the game. Read the full transcript of Russell's interview with the BBC via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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20 September 2008 : Glovers Remain Draw Kings
Yeovil Town had to settle for their fourth consecutive home draw of the season today, despite twice taking the lead against Bristol Rovers in an end-to-end game at Huish Park. An early header from Terry Skiverton and a wonderful Gary Roberts strike right on half time edged the Glovers ahead, but Rovers levelled matters each time through a Richard Lambert penalty and a Jo Kuffour shot.

With a full set of players on the training ground, manager Russell Slade was able to make genuine team selection decisions when putting together his sixteen players. As a result Nathan Smith and Aidan Downes made their comebacks from injury, whilst the squad omitted the likes of midfielder Marc Bircham and winger James Dayton - who looks likely to have played his last game for the Glovers, with his one month deal at Huish Park expected to expire during the week.

The revamped side got off to a bit of a shakey start, with Chris Lines and Richard Lambert hitting the crossbar inside the first four minutes. However, it was the Glovers that gained the lead with their first chance of the match - with Andy Welsh's excellent right wing corner being met by the head of an unmarked Terry Skiverton. 1-0 and a perfect start with just six minutes gone.

Yeovil took around 15 minutes to quell the early Rovers pressure, but gradually they began to cut out the service to the huge frame of Richard Lambert, going on to put their own pressure on the away side as they dominated possession, including Aidan Downes also hitting the woodwork from distance. All of that made matters all the more frustrating when Terry Skiverton went from hero to villain when the Yeovil captain had a split second of madness - putting his arm across his face in his own penalty box as he went up for a header and giving referee Rob Shoebridge one of the easiest penalty decisions he'll have all season. Asmir Begovic went the right way, but Richard Lambert's spot kick went in the bottom corner.

The response to the equaliser though was perfect. Right on the stroke of half time, Gary Roberts picked up the ball on the right angle of the area from a Danny Schofield layoff. Firing from 20 yards out, Roberts provided the perfect tonic for the half time team talk in the home dressing room by staking his early claim for Yeovil's goal of the season and what was bar the first few minutes a pretty fair half time scoreline.

The second half saw Darren Way withdrawn with a knee injury, after he had jarred his knee in a first half tackle, with Kieran Murtagh replacing him. They started relatively well, but suffered a set-back when Rovers substitute Jo Kuffour got on the scoreline just two minutes after landing on the pitch after being fed by Aaron Lescott. Having briefly switched to a three pronged attack, Rovers then reversed the formation change by taking off Darryl Duffy and the suggestion was that they were setting themselves out for a point.

Despite the odd bit of pressure, in an effort to grab a winning goal, the Glovers seemed to run out of legs in the end - perhaps what was key was that Darren Way, Andy Welsh and Aidan Downes were all substituted, and one or two like Danny Schofield faded during the second period. The one thing they all had in common was that they have had breaks recently due to injury, illness or in Welsh's case missing pre-season entirely, and all showed signs of not being in peak match fitness at present. Hopefully this means that there are better things to come out of them, because certainly the Glovers benefitted during the early parts of the game from the increased flair that the likes of Downes and Welsh offer the team.

Substitute Gavin Tomlin was the width of a football boot away from a last gasp winner when he slid in at the back post during second half injury time, but he couldn't quite stab the ball home. Once again, Yeovil were so close to turning one point into three.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 2.

Scorers: Terry Skiverton (1-0, 6 mins), Richard Lambert (1-1, 39 mins), Gary Roberts (2-1, 45 mins), Jo Kuffour (2-2, 62 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andrew Welsh
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 3. Nathan Jones 10. Gavin Tomlin (72 mins for Andy Welsh) 12. Craig Alcock (80 mins for Aidan Downes) 18. Kieran Murtagh (46 mins for Darren Way) 23. Aaron Brown


Bristol Rovers:
Steve Phillips, Ryan Green, Danny Coles, Steve Elliott, Aaron Lescott, David Pipe, Craig Disley, Stuart Campbell, Chris Lines, Richard Lambert, Darryl Duffy

Subs: Jo Kuffour (60 mins for David Pipe), Mike Green, Ben Hunt, Byron Anthony, Craig Hinton (73 mins for Darryl Duffy)

Yeovil Bookings: Terry Skiverton (handball, 39 mins)
Bristol Rovers Bookings: None.

Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). Assistants: Lee Collins (Surrey) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth official: Matt Foley (Berkshire).

Attendance: 5,748 (including approx 1,300 Bristol Rovers fans)

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


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20 September 2008 : Youths Plundered By Pirates
Goals at the start and end of the first half were enough to see Bristol Rovers U18 secure the points in the Alliance Cup Group Match played at Somerton this morning.

Yeovil Town made a poor start, allowing a Rovers player to run half the length of the pitch without a challenge going in to slot home on four minutes. However the home side were right back in it six minutes later when Elliot Peck equalised for Town. Thereafter the remainder of the first period was very even until a lapse in concentration on forty-four minutes saw an opposition player surrounded by three Glovers, but marked effectively by none of them, rise to nod home: 1-2.

After the half-time break Yeovil had plenty of possession but lacked guile and creativity in the final third, and in fact Rovers carved out the best chance, well denied by the Glovers goalkeeper in a one-on-one.

Final score : Yeovil Town U18 1 Bristol Rovers U18 2

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Jamie Beale 2. Courtney Donald 3. Danny Thompson 4. Harry Montacute 5. Jason Sangha (Capt) 6. Ashley Clarke 7. Ben Adams 8. Harry Nodwell 9. Josh Robinson 10. Elliot Peck 11. Adam Wakley

Substitutes: 12. Joe Butcher 17. Ryan Vicary 14. Corrie Lewis 16. Tom Scott.


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20 September 2008 : BBC Live Commentary Today
For those who are unable to make it to today's match at Huish Park, if you live inside the BBC Somerset or BBC Bristol broadcast area, you should be able to pick up live commentary of today's game. Normally the Glovers only get full live commentary of league away matches, but as Bristol Rovers are the away club today, full commentary will be available of today's game. We'd suggest that you stand by, ready to switch between 95.5FM (BBC Somerset) and 94.9FM (BBC Bristol) in case they only broadcast the commentary on one frequency.


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20 September 2008 : Brighton Man Of The Match Result
Last week's Man of the Match vote for the game against Brighton and Hove Albion saw three players dominate the voting. Sponsors Man of the Match Terry Skiverton featured heavily, as did left-back Nathan Jones, who was up against his old club. However, it was goalscorer Darren Way who took the vote by a sizeable margin in the end.

The full results, including the outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Darren Way 238 (16)
2 Nathan Jones 168 (11)
3 Terry Skiverton 140 (9)
4 Paul Warne 96 (4)
5 Andy Welsh 66 (2)
6 Gary Roberts 62 (3)
7 Terrell Forbes 24 (0)
8 Danny Schofield 18 (1)
9 Gavin Tomlin 6 (0)
10 Asmir Begovic 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.72

Performance: 5.83
Entertainment: 5.61

VOTES RECEIVED: 46

Don't forget that the Bristol Rovers Man of the Match voting form will be automatically available straight after the end of today's game. Vote using the form below.

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


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19 September 2008 : Youth Team Playing Rovers As Well
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are involved in the first half of a double-header tomorrow morning as they take on Bristol Rovers in a Cup Group match at Somerton Football Club. The match kicks off at 11.00a.m. and admission is free. The game takes place in Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HG.


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19 September 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Bristol Rovers tomorrow at Huish Park in a League One match that could be highly influential in determining each club's mindset as they go through the autumn league schedule. Both clubs lie at the lower end of the League One table - Rovers in 21st and just inside the relegation zone, whilst the Glovers lie two places higher and one point better off in 19th place. Whichever team loses Saturday's match is likely to not only lose local pride, but also find themselves stuck in the relegation zone. On the flipside, Yeovil are a mere three points off 8th place, showing that the winning side could easily send themselves shooting up the table. Once again, League One is the division where every point gained can be crucial.

The Glovers go into the match with the treatment room pretty much empty, with only 'scholar' Rob Fitzgerald suffering hip problems reported last week. All of the senior professionals were out on the training ground yesterday, and so the only dilemma for manager Russell Slade is that of assessing which players are showing the best match fitness. Aidan Downes, Nathan Smith and Marc Bircham have recently returned to training following injuries, Darren Way and Lee Peltier have recently missed training sessions but have since resumed full training, whilst Andy Welsh and Gary Roberts missed pre-season and are only now building up the sort of fitness to last a full 90 minutes. However, provided there are no fresh injuries, the match fitness of all of these players should improve over the coming weeks, particularly with a Reserve Team match an option during the middle of next week.

Bristol Rovers head coach Paul Trollope will have to leave his team selection until the last minute, with left-winger Jeff Hughes (thigh) and Ricky Lambert (various knocks) both receiving treatment for problems picked up during their midweek defeat at Cheltenham Town. Bryon Anthony is available again after serving a one match suspension. Despite the fitness issues, it would be a surprise if they didn't push Lambert into the match, with the striker their leading goalscorer with seven goals. Glovers boss Russell Slade has told the Western Daily Press that his side need to cut out the service to Lambert if they are to succeed on Saturday:

"Rovers are a strong side. They get a lot of crosses into the box and have a big threat up front in Ricky Lambert. An awful lot of their play goes through him, whether it's aerially or on the floor, and of course he takes their free-kicks in and around the box as well. He's very influential and has scored a lot of goals for Rovers already this season so he's someone we'll have to keep quiet."

In terms of the form guide, neither side are pulling up trees going into this game. Rovers have only won one game this season - although that was a 6-1 thrashing of basement side Hereford United. They have lost their last four matches, conceding 13 goals in that time. However, at the other end they are the division's top scorers, and overall have a rather odd record of scored 17, conceded 17. Despite their poor start to the season, they can hardly be described as dull. Meanwhile the Glovers are also winless in six league and cup games, although with four of those away from home, they will point to their unbeaten home record as a cause for optimism.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00pm at Huish Park, and to emphasise once again - tickets are available on the day to both sets of supporters, subject to the usual Huish Park matchday prices. Premium Pricing was scrapped by the club this summer, and so from a ticketing point of view, this is a normal fixture. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00pm tonight for those who want to take advantage of the pre-match prices - give them a ring on 01935-847888 or head to the ground in person to buy your ticket.


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18 September 2008 : Trollope Waiting On Attacking Duo
Bristol Rovers Head Coach Paul Trollope will be sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of Saturday's local derby match against Yeovil Town. Left-winger Jeff Hughes, and top scorer Ricky Lambert are both on the treatment table following their Tuesday night fixture at Whaddon Road, and both will be assessed in the run up to the game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Trollope stressed that neither player was being ruled out of Saturday's match, and also revealed that recent injury concerns Ryan Green and Danny Coles had come through the match against Cheltenham Town without suffering any reaction to their time out on the field:

"Jeff Hughes has got a sore thigh and he was a little bit tight going into the game on Tuesday. So we think he's going to be touch and go, because he is a little bit sore. Ricky Lambert got quite a few knocks with a few different challenges from some he received and some he gave out, so we'll assess him tomorrow as well. There are a few other bumps and bruises but nothing major. The pleasing thing was that Ryan Green and Danny Coles came through the game. Danny had a bit of cramp at the end but both came through uninjured, which was a huge boost for us."

Trollope admitted that there was growing pressure upon his side to perform, recognising that with Rovers having fallen into the bottom four of the table following Tuesday night's result at Whaddon Road, that there was a risk of them slipping to the bottom if they lost at Huish Park:

"Yeovil this weekend is another big game. If we don't get a result there then we are going to be bottom of the table or close to it, and that is not where we believe we should be. The league statistics show that we haven't started the season well and it is up to us to change that. There is a lot to do and we have got to work hard to make sure we get a positive result at Yeovil."


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18 September 2008 : Treatment Room Almost Empty
Yeovil Town have almost emptied the treatment room of bodies, as their squad gets back on the training ground, with the main objective now being to restore full match fitness of some of the players who have been out injured lately.

Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset today that all of his senior squad players were out training, and that even if Saturday may come too soon for a couple of them, the overall signs were promising:

"Aidan Downes is continuing to make good progress with Nathan Smith. Touchwood, they have both trained so far, and Marc Bircham is back in training too, so on the injury front that is looking a lot better. Darren seems to have recovered OK and got that virus out of his system and he is training fine. Lee Peltier was a little bit sore and also wasn't feeling too well, but we've also found since then that it was related to a tooth that has been dealt with and taken out. So he is feeling a lot better within himself. He's been on antibiotics, but he's fine."

Although some of those players are probably not fit enough to cope with 90 minutes worth of football yet, Russell added that if those players could keep up their current progress, that it would give him much greater options with team selection. However, he didn't want to count his chickens just yet:

"I am delighted. Whether you've got a big squad or a small squad, to have everyone available is a manager's dream really. We're getting close to that, although with two days training to get through, a whole host of things could happen in the meantime. But I'm delighted that they are making their way back and it will provide that much needed competition for places, particularly with a small squad."


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18 September 2008 : Roberts Glad Of Glovers Switch
Yeovil Town loan midfielder Gary Roberts says that he is enjoying his new life in Somerset. The 21 year old is on a half season loan from fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra, after falling out with the management at Gresty Road, but has gradually picked up the pace of the game and put in one of his best performances so far in last week's match against Brighton and Hove Albion, including an assist for Darren Way's equalising goal.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary believes that moving out on loan and away from Gresty Road, where he had not featured for Crewe's first team this season, had clearly benefitted him:

"I feel better obviously. The more games you play, the fitter you get. Then the more you play well, the fitter you seem to be. It was probably what I needed really; to come down here and settle down and get some games and get my life back on track. This has probably kickstarted it. Now I've settled down, I'm enjoying it at the moment. I feel welcome down here and wanted and I'm happy down here and working with the lads down here, probably more than I was when I was at Crewe."


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18 September 2008 : Rovers End No Longer All Ticket
Bristol Rovers fans will now be able to pay on the day for Saturday's League One match at Huish Park. The game was originally all-ticket for away supporters only, with the expectation that the Copse Road End would sell out, but that now looks to be unlikely with the club predicting roughly 1,200 travelling supporters for the match.

The upshot is that now all supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office. With Premium Pricing abolished over the summer, the usual Huish Park pre-match and match-day tariffs will apply.

Assuming the away end is not subject to a late rush for tickets, this will be the first time that Bristol Rovers have failed to sell-out the away terrace at Huish Park.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Admission Prices.


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18 September 2008 : Matchball Sponsorship Available
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has vacancies for Matchball Sponsors for a select number of matches between now and the end of January.

Matchball sponsorship, which will ensure that you take home a signed matchball with you as a souvenir of the game, is available for the following home matches:

22/11/2008 : Home vs Tranmere Rovers
13/12/2008 : Home vs Stockport County
26/12/2008 : Home vs Cheltenham Town
03/01/2008 : Home vs Scunthorpe United
17/01/2009 : Home vs Leicester City


For any matches from February 2009 onwards, please contact Dave for availability.

The benefits available to those who provide Ball Sponsorship are as follows:

• Two Prime Seating tickets in the Vice Presidents area.
• Reserved Car Parking Space
• Complementary Match Day Programmes
• Acknowledgments on the scoreboard and over the PA system.
• Editorial acknowledgment in the Match Day Programme
• Presentation of a Signed Ball at Half Time
• Option to include a 3 Course Meal in our Glovers Executive Restaurant (Extra cost)

For further information, or to place a booking, call Dave Linney on 01935-847872 or 01935-423662 Ext 202. Alternatively drop Dave an email at dlinney@ytfc.net

In addition, a reminder that details of Match Sponsorship and Executive Box hire were detailed on this site last week and can be viewed via the links below.

Link: Montacute Suite Executive Box Hire.

Link: Match Sponsorship Details.


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17 September 2008 : Possibly Their First And Last Mention
As may have been noticed, we don't mention sponsors much on here. After all their contribution to the costs of running this site is precisely nil pounds and zero pence, so in the main we let them get their publicity elsewhere and as far as we've been concerned the Football League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Football League Trophy etc. are quite sufficient descriptions, with no need for additional prefixes.

However, just for the record Pontin's Holidays are no more as sponsors of the Football League's reserve competitions, and have been replaced by Totesport. Along with the title sponsorship the company will also sponsor a 'Special Team Performance of the Month Award' across both the northern three leagues and southern three combinations, and a 'Player of the Year Award' for each of the six divisions, as nominated by players and coaches.

Since the Combination Wales & West Division already seems a quite long enough and perfectly adequate name to encompass the competition Yeovil Town Reserves play in, that's what we'll continue to use.


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17 September 2008 : Trollope Vows To Fight For Results
Saturday's opponents Bristol Rovers were dealt a blow last night as a defeat at Cheltenham Town saw them drop into the bottom four of the League One table. Despite the 2-1 defeat at Whaddon Road that lifted the home side off the bottom of the table, seeing them leapfrog their opponents, head coach Paul Trollope told the Western Daily Press that he and his players would not be giving up ahead of Saturday's match at Huish Park:

"I'm a fighter. I know the players are with me and we will stick together and work to try and make sure we get a positive result at Yeovil on Saturday. We are not thinking about being involved in a relegation fight, but the statistics show we have not started the season well. We need to improve and to have a good work ethic about us and a belief that we can do it."

Rovers' problem is clear. Despite being the division's top scorers, they have League One's second worst defensive record, with only Cheltenham having leaked more goals, and in their last three matches they have gone two goals down before launching a comeback in each game. Trollope said that was not good enough:

"We have to show an intensity from the start of the game and not just when you go two goals down. That has been the theme in the last three league games because we were two down at Peterborough, two down against Walsall and two down again here. Suddenly then we think we'd better start playing, but by then it's too late."

Rovers have invested heavily in their squad over the summer, bringing in Darryl Duffy from Swansea City for £100,000 pounds to complement £200,000 leading scorer Ricky Lambert. With Jo Kuffour arriving from AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee and winger Jeff Hughes being signed from Crystal Palace, expectations had been for a flying start for Rovers. With that yet to happen, Trollope will be under increasing pressure to deliver.

With the Glovers merely two places and one point above Rovers, Saturday's match is a significant one for both clubs. Local pride is always important, but whoever loses the game at Huish Park is likely to find themselves in the relegation zone on Saturday night.

Kick-off at Huish Park on Saturday is 3.00p.m. and our understanding is that the game is all-ticket for away fans only. A reminder also that the club have scrapped Premium Pricing over the summer, and therefore prices are set at the usual Huish Park pre-match and match-day tariffs.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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16 September 2008 : Brighton Stadium Costs Escalate
Brighton And Hove Albion have received a nasty surprise in the reassessment of the costs of their planned new stadium at Falmer. The 22,500 all-seater stadium, which is intended to bring an end to Brighton's nomadic existence at the Withdean Athletics Stadium, has now been repriced at £60 million - a rise of £10 million against the previously estimated figure.

Brighton officials have blamed the 20 percent rise in costs on the need for a complete redesign of the stadium's interior to comply with new legislation that has come into force since the original planning application was lodged in 2001. The League One side have also factored in the rising cost of building materials.

The further bad news is that they will have to resubmit their revised plans to the local council, although they are hopeful that the issue will not be referred to Whitehall. A Brighton statement reads:

"The costs have risen by £10 million to £60 million, a direct legacy of the ten-year battle for planning permission. Costs having risen sharply, particularly in the past eighteen months. Since the original application was lodged in 2001 there have been other changes in legislation, including disability access and safety regulations. When the original plans were given the green light by the government, the club announced then that the plans would be adjusted in the light of these changes. Because the changes do not affect the overall size of the site, the location, the usage nor the capacity, there is no chance this application will be called in by the Government."

Brighton claim that work on the Falmer site will begin in December 2008, regardless of whether the new application has been heard by the council by that time. They state that their clearance of the existing site and the widening of Village Way in Falmer are not dependent upon the council's verdict. They have yet to give a firm target date for the Falmer Stadium, but have recently extended their lease at the Withdean Stadium out as far as 2011, with the club claiming that this would be the last time that extension would be required. The £60 million pound stadium is to be jointly funded by the football club and Brighton and Hove City Council.


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16 September 2008 : Whing Whinges
Last Saturday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion have continued their castigation of former player Nathan Jones. The Seagulls have continued to provide their own views on the left-back's role in Joe Anyinsah's red card in the match against Huish Park, with one Brighton player bizarrely trying to claim that Anyinsah's boot in the second incident connected with the Yeovil player's shin!

The somewhat dubious claim comes from Brighton right-back Andrew Whing, who raced 20 yards up the field to get involved in a confrontation with Jones, and despite video evidence clearly showing otherwise, Whing suggests that Anyinsah's challenge was only shin height. Whing also admits that he got involved in a confrontation with Jones last season as well:

"There is no way it was a sending off. I didn’t see him (Taylor) give the first yellow card. He (Anyinsah) has gone up for a header and it was a clash of heads, that was all it was. The second one was nothing really. I think he kicked him down by his shin somewhere and he has gone down holding his face. I don’t think I can repeat what I said. It was exactly the same last season, when I got booked having an argument with him (Jones). I am not calling Nathan a cheat but Fozzy (Nicky Forster) was remonstrating with Nathan as well. We both saw the same thing and I just went up and told him what I felt. It got me a booking but he got the lad sent off."

Anyinsah is somewhat more honest about the two incidents, admitting that he realised that he was likely to connect with Jones's head, but says that he tried to get out of the way in time. However Anyinsah also admitted that he almost got a straight red for the first incident:

"On the first one I went up for a header and he (Taylor) ran over to me straight away and said I was lucky not to be sent-off for that. I was a bit confused. He said I was going in with my arm but I can say 100 per cent there was no intent to go in with my arm. Then, a couple of minutes later, I have gone to flick the ball over their guy (Jones). I saw him put his head down, so I pulled my leg away straight away and he was clutching his face. The ref came over and said ‘you’re off’. I was in shock at the time. I couldn’t take it seriously until the realisation sank in."

Anyinsah added that Nathan had approached him after the match, and claimed the Yeovil left-back had apologised for his role in the incident, although doesn't elaborate on what terms the apology was made:

"I am not here to point the finger at anyone. He (Jones) obviously knows I didn’t touch him. He came up to me after the match to apologise to me when I was heading for the coach and I have taken that on board. I think he (Taylor) was harsh. It was never a sending-off but people make mistakes. I have seen refs send players off for even less."


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15 September 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Plymouth Argyle
The U13s met Plymouth Argyle at Plymstock School on Sunday, a pairing which in the past has lead to heavy defeats by Yeovil. The challenge going forward for this group is to compete with teams picked from the larger cities. With both coaches on training days, match day charge was handed to guest coach Andy Jackson. The pitch, in a poor condition looked as if a cutting of hay had been taken off it, made all the worst by Argyle appearing in near identical colours and strip to Yeovil forcing the visitors to don yellow bibs.

Yeovil played well against a physical team, conceding one goal within the first 20 minutes but soon recovering when Harry T threaded his way through midfield and without an obvious cross took a shot on goal which slipped in of the upright. A second goal was conceded to Argyle only to be recovered in the third session when winger Jay’s hard shot deflected of a defender for an equalising goal. With six minutes to go Jay again unleashed a powerful shot which has saved by the keeper. However, the ref judged Jay to have been held back on his run and awarded a free kick which was superbly converted by Ben Morton giving the lead to Yeovil.

A confidence boosting display with attacking football and the defence dealing with a notably more physical side, leaving big smiles on the guest coach.

Final score: Plymouth Argyle U13s 2 Yeovil Town U13s 3.

The Under 15s also had good news from their Sunday fixture against an Argyle U15s side. The lads won their match 1-0 with a Danny Williams penalty dividing the two teams.

[Thanks to Jim and Steve for the above information. If anyone has scorelines or info from any of the other matches, please drop us an email.]


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15 September 2008 : Work Of Fiction?
Four weeks into the season and the Women's Combination South West fixture list seems to be becoming a complete work of fiction, with matches all over the place simply not happening. Chesham United, for example, have yet to play a game. Yeovil Town Ladies, who should have played four matches by now, appear to have suffered a third postponement, with the scheduled fixture at Forest Green Rovers looking like it didn't take place yesterday, though we've not seen any official word to that effect as yet.

Should the next match actually get underway - and don't hold your breath - the Glovers are down to play Queens Park Rangers at Somerton Sports Ground next Sunday (21st September), kick-off 2.00 p.m. QPR did manage to complete their second fixture of the season yesterday, an 8-0 demolition of AFC Bournemouth shooting them to the top of the table.

For what it's worth, which seems to be virtually nothing, you can remind yourself of the official list of the Glovers supposed fixtures for the 2008-09 season here (13th August).


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15 September 2008 : Officials For Bristol Rovers
Saturday's home match against Bristol Rovers will be looked after by Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire). We've had Mr Shoebridge on three previous occasions, with the most recent coming a year ago in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town. He doesn't merit a mention in the match report, although we probably weren't particularly motivated towards getting on our high horse about match officials in a JPT match.

Prior to that, we had Mr Shoebridge on New Year's Day in 2007 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 Lee Collins (Surrey) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The fourth official will be Matt Foley (Berkshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0.

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

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


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15 September 2008 : Slade Praises Dynamic Duo
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has praised the performance of midfield duo Darren Way and Gary Roberts after the two combined to rescue a point for the Glovers on Saturday.

Roberts picked up the ball and provided the 80th minute assist for Way's equalising goal, and speaking to the Western Morning News, Russell joked that he could do with Darren being ill more often:

"If Darren plays like that when he's got an illness, then I hope he gets another one this week. But I thought our two midfielders were outstanding. As a pair, they were very impressive. Maybe I've found a bit of a balance with those two in there and it allows the wide players to get forward. It was Gary Roberts' best game for us. I keep saying he's getting better in training and in games and that was evident. Unfortunately for him it has taken a bit of time for him to improve his fitness, because he spent his pre-season in Magaluf."

Not everything is quite so good in central midfield though, with Marc Bircham the latest player to drop out of the sixteen late on, after suffering a back problem. Like Darren last week, Marc's drop-out from the squad was a late decision:

"Marc had a fitness test at 12 o'clock but his back is sore and he wasn't able to play. Lee (Peltier) isn't feeling too well and also took a kick to his calf so we'll have to see how he is. But it was good to see Nathan Smith on the bench and I would think he'll be ready for selection again Bristol Rovers. Aidan Downes might be ready next weekend as well. He's had two training sessions now so I'm optimistic about him. With Downes coming back it will put pressure on the wide players to perform and that's what you need."

Not that everything is absolutely to Russell's liking in terms of the shape of his squad. He admits that he would like the option of having an additional striker on his books with both the WMN and today's Western Daily Press giving the issue a high profile within their pages:

"I'd like a bit of pressure on those playing up front as well, but you can't have everything."

Given that Russell reiterated in Thursday's pre-match interview that he is still unable to bring in any extra bodies into the Glovers side without getting others to leave Huish Park, which is unlikely before the January transfer window, the snag is that he may be forced to live with what he has got.


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15 September 2008 : Allen Gives Cheltenham Quick Fire Replacement
Basement club Cheltenham Town have moved quickly to replace outgoing manager Keith Downing by announcing his replacement today. Former Barnet, Brentford, MK Dons and Leicester City manager Martin Allen is his replacement - a move that comes as little surprise to those at Whaddon Road, given that Allen was sat in the Director's Box for Cheltenham's previous home game against Huddersfield Town, a full week before Downing was given the chop.

Allen will be chucked straight in the deep end with a relegation six-pointer (if it's possible to have such a thing at this stage of the season) against Bristol Rovers at Whaddon Road tomorrow night, and has already signed Bristol City's Scott Murray on loan for a month initially. Allen has signed a three year deal with the Gloucestershire side.

The new Cheltenham boss won't need showing around Whaddon Road - his father Denis Allen was Cheltenham manager between 1974 and 1979, meaning that Allen Jnr watched the Robins play Southern League football as a youngster before embarking on his own professional football career.


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14 September 2008 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend's away match against Milton Keynes Dons was the final of four away matches, and it produced a runaway winner in the Man of the Match voting for that game.

With the Glovers often under the cosh during the match, it was central defender Terry Skiverton who came out on top by a significant margin, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic his nearest challenger. Aside from Skivo, the overall voting was very spread, with 12 players getting in on the act on the day.

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

1 Terry Skiverton 102 (8)
2 Asmir Begovic 38 (2)
3 Kieran Murtagh 34 (2)
4 Paul Warne 32 (2)
5 Lee Peltier 22 (2)
6 Gary Roberts 20 (0)
7 Marc Bircham 16 (1)
8 Andy Welsh 16 (0)
9 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
10 Gavin Tomlin 12 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
12 Danny Schofield 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.44

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.89

VOTES RECEIVED: 18

Don't forget to place your MOTM votes for yesterday's 1-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion, via the link below.

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


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14 September 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, manager Russell Slade talked to BBC local radio reporter Rob Scanlon about the result and performance. Russell's views are now available, in the full interview transcript, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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14 September 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting Against Brighton
A reminder that your Man of the Match votes are required for yesterday's `1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion. Place your top three, plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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13 September 2008 : Way Grabs Late Equaliser
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way rescued a point for the Glovers this afternoon against Brighton and Hove Albion, minutes after it looked as though a Nicky Forster penalty would be leaving the home side without anything to show for their efforts. A fairly dull game was sparked by Brighton winger Joe Anyinsah's double yellow card for two fouls on former Seagull Nathan Jones, but despite the extra man advantage, the Glovers couldn't force their first home win of the season.

The Glovers went into the match minus Marc Bircham, who pulled out of the match with a bad back, whilst Aidan Downes and Rob Fitzgerald continued to be unavailable and Nathan Smith was only fit enough to sit on the bench.

Both sides had first half chances, but only on an occasional basis. Brighton's best chance of the first period came when a ricochet off Terry Skiverton's head inadvertently let through Brighton's Nicky Forster. It didn't help matters that the Main Stand linesman chose to flag for an offside that clearly wasn't, and the Glovers defence stopped in their tracks. Had Forster not dragged his shot well wide of the target, referee Paul Taylor's belated overruling of his assistant would have caused some serious eruptions within the Glovers ranks.

At the other end, Paul Warne was denied a penalty claim when Brighton keeper Michel Kuipers dived in at his feet with the match official deciding that Kuipers had reached the ball first. More clear-cut was Andy Welsh's cut in from the right flank that gave him space to bear down on goal, but Kuipers smothered his attempt. The performance was OK, but only OK, with Warne frequently looking isolated up front, despite the pre-match intention for Gavin Tomlin to play level with his strike partner. Meanwhile Brighton were snatching occasional chances, but seemed to have worn their boots the wrong way round, if their shooting ability was anything to go by.

The second period saw Brighton take the upper hand initially, although they appeared to suffer from Yeovil's problem of holding possession, but not quite knowing what to do with it. But the game changed on the back of three minutes where Brighton loan debutant Joe Anyinsah contrived to use high feet twice on Nathan Jones, seeing yellow for both, and getting his marching orders. Brighton right-back Andrew Whing decided he wanted a piece of Jones, running 30 yards to get involved in a fracas that saw both players booked, and the match suddenly had a nasty undertone, with striker Glenn Murray another player to land in the book for a foul on Jones. Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic joined them when he misjudged a run outside his box, upending a Brighton player in the process and probably thankful that the challenge was not more square, or indeed a foot closer to his goal where a penalty would have been awarded.

Not that Begovic got much respite. Following the red card, it looked as though the Glovers were gaining some ground through the man advantage, but following the first Brighton corner since they went down to 10 men, substitute Andre McCollin barged into Adam Virgo and referee Taylor pointed to the spot. Striker Nicky Forster sent Begovic the wrong way, and that was Forster's last contribution - the ten men being shored up even further with midfielder Gary Hart introduced to try and block out the lead.

Brighton's advantage lasted just three minutes - Darren Way, who had not been expected to last 80 minutes following his stomach bug, made room for himself on the edge of the box, and curled a real beauty from 25 yards into the corner to level the scores out. 1-1 and the three points were back within Yeovil's reach.

The final 10 minutes produced an aerial bombardment into the Brighton penalty box, albeit with the away side looking fairly comfortable with their rearguard action. With every single player back behind the ball, even the likes of Terry Skiverton and Craig Alcock moved up front, but the problem was that of creating a cast iron chance in a crowded penalty box. It didn't quite come off.

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

Scorers: Nicky Forster (77 mins, 0-1, pen), Darren Way (80 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne

Subs: 12. Craig Alcock (52 mins for Lee Peltier) 18. Kieran Murtagh (85 mins for Darren Way) 19. Andre McCollin (75 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith 29. James Dayton

Brighton: (4-4-2)
1. Michel Kuipers
2. Andrew Whing 24. Tommy Elphick 16. Colin Hawkins 12. Matthew Richards
28. Joe Anyinsah 23. Adam Virgo 8. Steven Thomson 7. Dean Cox
9. Nicky Forster 17. Glenn Murray

Subs: 5. Joel Lynch 14. David Livermore 15. Gary Hart (79 mins for Nicky Forster) 18. Doug Loft 22. Tommy Fraser (67 mins for Dean Cox)

Yeovil Bookings: Darren Way (29 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (61 mins, off the ball incident), Asmir Begovic (64 mins, foul), Andre McCollin (76 mins, foul)
Brighton Bookings: Joe Anyinsah (59 mins, foul), Andrew Whing (61 mins, off the ball incident), Glenn Murray (68 mins, foul). Red Card: Joe Anyinsah (61 mins, second bookable offence)

Referee: Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire) and Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire). Fourth official: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,451 (including 584 Brighton fans)


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13 September 2008 : Adams Accuses Jones
Seagulls manager Micky Adams broke off in the middle of his post-match interviews to try to start a slanging match with Yeovil Town defender Nathan Jones.

Jones, who was at Brighton & Hove Albion during Adams' first spell as manager at the seaside club, had been involved in both incidents that saw debutant winger Joe Anyinsah first yellow carded and then sent off for receiving a second yellow a few minutes later. The Yeovil left-back was returning to the changing room from his warm-down when Adams spotted him and charged over, storming :

"Jonesy, I've just it seen it, mate! I thought you were bigger than that, mate! You go down clutching your face, he didn't even touch your face!"

Jones asserted his innocence, before departing to avoid further confrontation.

Adams then returned to the media interviews to claim :

"The first one Nathan Jones goes down clutching his face and quite clearly he caught him on his back. He got a man sent-off and myself, knowing Jonesy, I'm disappointed with that."

Of course if Adams was less of a one-eyed motor-mouth he might have noticed that :

1) Jones tried to defend Anyinsah for the second incident, clearly signing to the referee, Paul Taylor, that he wanted to see leniency; but that
2) if Mr Taylor considered both incidents to be dangerous and/or reckless play by the winger, each was deserving of a yellow card according to the judgment of the official and the framing of the Laws of the game, and whether there was actual contact or not is irrelevant in that regard.


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13 September 2008 : Alliance Youth Cup Woes Continue
Having managed one draw and six losses in the Alliance Youth Cup group stage last season, Yeovil Town U18 continued their miserable run in the competition this morning, losing their opening match at Longcross, Dartmouth, 2-1 against Torquay United U18.


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13 September 2008 : Russell Praises Travelling Fans
After the huge trek of the last four games, which Russell Slade calculated as covering 2,300 miles, the Yeovil Town manager has been praising the dedication of Glovers fans. Speaking on BBC Somerset he stated :

"They've been fantastic following us away from home, I have to say. They've spent a lot of money on us travelling up and down the country. To be honest, we've played some good football at times, particularly between the two boxes. But it's all about doing it right in both boxes and we haven't done that efficiently at the back, and perhaps we need a little bit more conviction in the forward areas. So we're looking to hit back. Our fans have been brilliant away from home and now we've got a chance for everyone to cheer us at home and we'll look to respond to that, bounce back and get three points."

Looking forward to this afternoon's opponents, Slade added :

"Brighton have got off to a great start and they'll be disappointed that they lost at home last week. But on their travels they have done well and they are going to make life difficult for us. It's up to us to try and undo them and try and find a bit of creativity at the right time and hopefully go on and win a football match."


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13 September 2008 : Downing Out
Cheltenham Town, bottom of League One and defeated last night 4-1 by Hartlepool United, has parted company with manager Keith Downing. The club's Official Site merely has a two sentence announcement so far, citing "mutual consent", but promises a fuller statement later in the day.

Downing was promoted internally less than a year ago when John Ward departed for Carlisle United in October 2007.


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13 September 2008 : Tough Draw In Somerset Women's Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have received an extremely hard draw in the First Round of the Somerset Women's Cup, pulled out of the hat against Keynsham Town. Keynsham are the foremost ladies side in Somerset, playing and currently third in the Women's Premier South Division, and have been the Cup holders for the past three seasons.

The full draw is :

Weston St Johns v Somerton & Langport
Street v Bridgwater Town
Winsham United v Shepton Mallet
Ilminster Town v Bishops Lydeard
Larkhall Athletic v Frome Town
YEOVIL TOWN v Keynsham Town
Nailsea United v Team Bath
Taunton Town v Swiss Valley Rangers

Ties are scheduled for Sunday 19th October 2008, with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off. There are no replays, extra time and then penalties if needed deciding the tie if scores are level after ninety minutes.


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13 September 2008 : Penzance Resign From Combination
Yeovil Town Ladies will face two less fixtures this season than originally scheduled, with the news that Penzance have been forced to withdraw from the South West Combination League as they are not in a position to fulfil their fixtures. The league will therefore run with eleven instead of twelve teams.

In response to Penzance's problems, which appear to be partially geographical, the governing body has announced that at the end of the season all the clubs in the four regional Combination leagues will be pooled and reassigned to more logical geographical regions. It would appear that over a number of seasons promotions and relegations have produced anomalies that the Combination has, perhaps belatedly, recognised need correcting. All a bit of a mess in truth, as they have also decided that the number of promotions and relegations at season's end will be determined subsequent to and in the light of the outcome of the reassignment.

Meanwhile the Glovers head off to Forest Green Rovers, who lead the early table with a 100% record, this Sunday. FGR Ladies play their fixtures at The New Lawn and kick-off is 2.00 p.m.


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12 September 2008 : Youth Result And Saturday's Fixture
Apologies that it's taken us a while to find out, and neither Official Site has yet seen fit to carry the result : last Saturday's U18 Youth Alliance league fixture between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town ended in a 4-2 win for The Robins. Unfortunately we have no further details.

Tomorrow the Youths begin their Youth Alliance Cup South campaign with an away fixture in Group Two against Torquay United. The match will be played at Longcross ground, Milton Lane (TQ6 9HW - click for map), home of Dartmouth F.C., and kick-off is 11.00 a.m.


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12 September 2008 : Next ABUFP Date Set
Thursday 2nd October, starting at 6.30 p.m., is the date set for the next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting following the announcement of the election results for representatives for the coming season (item on 11/09/2008).

This will be an Open Meeting, with any supporters entitled to attend, not just the representatives. Those fans wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity to question club officials in person should notify the Customer Relations & Supporters Liaison Manager Sara Bradley by Wednesday 1st October. This is simply so the club has some idea of the numbers it will need to accommodate. E-mail Sara on supporter.link@ytfc.net, or phone her on 01935 423662 ext. 200.

Items and questions for the agenda can be submitted by both those who can attend the meeting and those who can't. Contact Sara on the same e-mail address or phone number above by Monday 29th September with those questions you'd like raised.

Supporters can also submit questions and points they wish raised through any of the elected representatives, or representatives from the organisations who also sit on the ABUFP such as the Green & White Supporters' Club, the Vice Presidents and the Disabled Supporters Association or, if all else fails, we'll forward them through ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com.


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12 September 2008 : Tribute To Trotty Tomorrow
Yeovil Town Football Club will pay tribute to former caretaker and kit manager Tony Trott tomorrow, prior to their match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park.

The game will be preceded by a minute's applause for the 79 year old, who passed away late on Wednesday night after losing his battle against cancer.

This morning's Western Daily Press carries a lengthy tribute from Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton (see here) and Skivo has told the paper that this would give the club an extra incentive to want to go out and beat Brighton tomorrow:

"He was very lively and you would never thought he was the age he was because he had a real good sense of humour and the lads will always remember that. He was always a very bubbly character around the place. He loved having his Yeovil Town blazer on because he was Yeovil through and through. The last few years he lived his life through Yeovil. We need a win on Saturday anyway but that will give us another extra incentive. For someone who has given such good service to the club it is only right."

Our own tribute to Tony is carried in Wednesday's article.


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12 September 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, as they finally return to South Somerset after an intense run of away fixtures.

At the time that Yeovil last played at home, against Leeds United three weeks ago, they lay 6th in the table and unbeaten in all competitions. Now, having travelled 2,300 miles - once hotel and training ground detours are factored in - across four away fixtures, they lie in 19th place and with the need to get their season back on track with a home win.

They come up against an eighth placed Brighton side with a curious record. Last season when the Glovers travelled to the Withdean Stadium in September, Brighton had won every home game, and lost every away game. This season they've decided to do things the other way around - they've not won in three attempts at the Withdean, yet have a 100% away record and in fact are on for a club record of six away victories if they take maximum points at Huish Park. Given that in the 2006-07, the Seagulls only won five matches at home, but took more points on their travels, there are probably people down in Brighton struggling to work out how they can get both home and away form to come good at the same time.

Brighton must also wonder about their record against Yeovil Town. They've currently lost every game they've played against the Glovers, although manager Russell Slade warned against using that as a guide, pointing out that Croatia were very good at beating England at football until Wednesday night.

The Seagulls go into tomorrow's game with injuries complicating their team selection, and this is likely to mean that loan signing Joe Anyinsah (see yesterday's news) is likely to go straight into their starting line-up. First choice winger Kevin McLeod damaged his left knee in last weekend's defeat against Southend United and is expected to go under the knife next week. As Yeovil Town have discovered, often injuries come in pairs, and Brighton lost their second winger Jake Robinson, when he suffered concussion just two minutes into a midweek Reserve match. Manager Micky Adams said of their situation:

"Because of what happened, we needed to have a look around and see what was available to us. One of my scouts went to a game last week where Joe (Anyinsah) scored a hat-trick against Blackpool reserves and he sent in a fantastic report about him. He was also somebody I spotted when he was on loan to Carlisle last season, so I was aware of him, but because of the two wide players going down this week it became a necessity and we acted as quickly as we could. He has got pace. He can get in behind teams and we hope, once he has done that, he has got sufficient quality to put decent balls in the box."

Brighton also face a dilemma over their choice of centre-backs. Colin Hawkins is due to have a hernia operation next week, but his natural replacement Joel Lynch picked up a calf injury in training, and so Hawkins may be asked to go through the pain barrier one more time. They do have some brighter news though with Adam Virgo and Adam Hinshelwood having returned to training this week. The latter though is unlikely to feature as he needs to recover fitness after being out long-term with a knee injury.

The Glovers go into the game with winger Aidan Downes and centre-back Rob Fitzgerald the only definite absentees. However, left-back Nathan Smith has only just returned to training following a groin injury, whilst midfielder Darren Way has missed several training sessions this week with a stomach bug. Gavin Tomlin and Craig Alcock should be available though after having their own problems clear up this week. For full injury news, see yesterday's news item.

Russell Slade clearly wants his side to return to their early season form now that they are back on home soil, and he has told the Western Daily Press that he wants to see a minimum of four points from Yeovil's next two games:

"My personal thoughts are if we can take four points from the next two games then that will get us off to a start of won two, drawn three, lost two, which is a decent start. We need to win one of these two games for sure. If we get six points then it will be absolutely great. We know it won't be easy because Brighton lost 4-1 at home on Saturday so they will be massively up for the game. We want to keep a nice, tight record at home this season and we are looking to mount some points on the board and show some consistency to make it a fortress. We have got a good record against Brighton (four wins out of four) in previous seasons but of course that will count for nothing. We are looking at our own form and focussing on what we need to do better."

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday tariffs, from the Huish Park Ticket Office. For those wanting to take advantage of the pre-match rates, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight.


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12 September 2008 : Match Sponsorship Available
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has vacancies for Match Sponsors for a select number of matches between now and the end of January.

Match Sponsorship, which will give your company or organisation a high profile during the day, and gives a chance to entertain clients, employees or friends (for 15 people), is available for the following home matches:

04/10/2008 : Home vs Southend United
25/10/2008 : Home vs Leyton Orient
15/11/2008 : Home vs Peterborough United
13/12/2008 : Home vs Stockport County

For any matches from February 2009 onwards, please contact Dave for availability.

The benefits available to those who sponsor a match are as follows:

• Exclusive use of The John Fleetwood Hospitality Suite for 15 Guests.
• Two Course hot fork buffet.
• Reserved Car Parking with 3 Spaces
• Complementary Match Day Programmes
• Complementary Team Sheets
• Complementary Tea/Coffee
• Vote for the Yeovil Town "Man of the Match" and present him with a bottle of champagne.
• Memento of the occasion presented on the pitch at half time
• Full Page Advert in the Match Day Programme
• Company name on the front cover of the Match Day Programme
• Acknowledgments on the scoreboard and over the PA system.
• Editorial acknowledgment in the Match Day Programme

For further information, or to place a booking, call Dave Linney on 01935-847872 or 01935-423662 Ext 202. Alternatively drop Dave an email at dlinney@ytfc.net

NOTE: General Executive Box hire is also available for a select number of matches - see yesterday's news concerning the Montacute Suite.


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11 September 2008 : Team News For Brighton
Yeovil Town go into Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday still sweating on the fitness of Darren Way. The midfielder pulled out of Yeovil's squad on the morning of last Saturday's game after suffering an upset stomach overnight, and despite him briefly returning to training during the early part of this week, he is still suffering problems.

Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset that he has put Darren in for some tests and hopes to have a response from his medical team by Friday morning:

"Darren Way is still struggling and we don't quite know whether it is a virus or a bacterial stomach bug. It's certainly taken his toll on him and he has not trained today. Yesterday he missed half of the training and we're hoping that he will be back training tomorrow but we'll have to wait and see. So he has trained this week but he took a bit of a turn when he trained on Tuesday. So we are just going to have to wait and see. He's gone for one or two tests and the doctor is going to look at it and we'll hopefully know the results from that tomorrow (Friday) morning. At least by then we'll have a bit of a game plan."

Two players that are showing an up-turn in their fortunes are left-back Nathan Smith, who has had a groin strain, and winger Aidan Downes who has had medial knee ligament problems. Of the pair, only Smith has a small chance of being involved on Saturday, but both should come into greater contention for next weekend's home match against Bristol Rovers. Russell explained the latest:

"On a brighter note Nathan Smith and Aidan Downes trained today. Aidan is not ready for Saturday and Nathan Smith may not be but we'll see how he goes tomorrow. But it will be nice to have them back them back in the squad and certainly by this time next week they ought to be back in there, so that will be a big boost. But just to see them training and out there with the rest of the lads was a big plus really."

Elsewhere Gavin Tomlin is believed to have fully recovered from the dead leg that restricted him to the substitutes bench on Saturday at MK Dons. However, defender Rob Fitzgerald suffered a set-back in his plans to recover from a hip injury, after he played for the Reserves in midweek. He is set for another scan to try and locate the problem and will not be in contention for Saturday's match.

Finally, Russell is not expecting to pursue any further the trialists that played in the midweek match against Swindon Town, with the overall team performance on the night not coming close to Swindon's Reserve side in a 2-0 defeat in Hungerford.


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11 September 2008 : August Internet Player Of The Month
The Player of the Month for August 2008 has seen one of this summer's new signings triumph over a number of old hands, as part of the Ciderspace Man of the Match voting.

Midfielder Kieran Murtagh broke into the first team starting line-up a couple of games into the season, after initially starting the campaign on the substitutes bench. However, the former Fisher Athletic player has impressed many since he broke into the side, and his accumulated votes just managed to beat off competition from striker Paul Warne and midfield pair Marc Bircham and Darren Way.

The full top 10 for August, with the percentage of the vote that each player won, is as follows:

1. Kieran Murtagh 17.8
2. Paul Warne 15.5
3. Marc Bircham 11.9
4. Darren Way 11.2
5. Gavin Tomlin 10.4
6. Terrell Forbes 7.4
7. Josh Wagenaar 5.5
8. Lee Peltier 4.7
9. Aidan Downes 4.3
10. Nathan Smith 4.0


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11 September 2008 : ABUFP Supporters Representatives Chosen
The Supporters Representatives for the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership for the 2008-09 season have now been chosen. Following a month's worth of voting by supporters, both on this site and via manual methods, the following eight individuals (in no particular order) have been elected onto the main ABUFP committee:

Len Brooker
David Burnett
Richard Culham
Kevin Farley
Dave Lilly
Martin McConachie
Cyril Pomeroy
Marilyn Taylor

The original aim was to co-opt seven Supporter Reps onto the committee, but due to a tie between three people for the 6th/7th/8th placed positions, it was agreed to co-opt all three supporters onto the committee.

Our thanks to all of the supporters who put their names forward, including those who were unlucky enough to miss out in the final analysis. Plus, of course, our congratulations to the lucky eight who will represent supporters at future ABUFP meetings, and our thanks to the outgoing 2007-08 committee members who are stepping down. Thanks are also due to Pat Custard, who acted as an independent assessor, to verify the voting process, and of course to everyone who took the time to vote.

The next ABUFP meeting will hopefully take place in the next month or so and this will be an Open Meeting. As soon as we have a firm date for the meeting, we'll post it on this page.


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11 September 2008 : Montacute Suite Available For Hire
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has vacancies in the Montacute Suite for a select number of matches between now and the end of January.

The Montacute Suite, situated in the club's Main Stand can be hired out, by companies or groups of individuals for typically 10 people, for the following home matches:

04/10/2008 : Home vs Southend United
15/11/2008 : Home vs Peterborough United
03/01/2009 : Home vs Scunthorpe United *** NOW SOLD ***
27/01/2009 : Home vs Huddersfield Town

For any matches from February 2009 onwards, please contact Dave for availability.

The benefits available to those who hire the suite are as follows:

• Tickets for the newly refurbished Montacute Suite
• Reserved seating just outside of the suite
• Hot Fork buffet
• Reserved Car Parking
• Complementary Match Programmes
• Complementary Team Sheets
• Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day).
• Entrance into the players lounge after the game.

For further information, or to place a booking, call Dave Linney on 01935-847872 or 01935-423662 Ext 202. Alternatively drop Dave an email at dlinney@ytfc.net


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11 September 2008 : Seagulls Sign Winger Anyinsah
Saturday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion have strengthened their squad with the loan signing of Preston North End winger Joe Anyinsah. The 23 year old will be included in their squad for the match at Huish Park as part of a one month loan deal, arriving for training in Sussex this morning.

Anyinsah is no stranger to the West Country, being born in Bristol and having started his career with Bristol City before moving to Deepdale in the summer of 2005. The pacey winger also knows the lower leagues well, having had loan spells at Hereford United, Bury, Carlisle United and Crewe Alexandra.

Anyinsah visited Huish Park twice last season, experiencing a 2-1 defeat with Carlisle, but enjoying Crewe's 3-0 win in April of this year significantly more.

Brighton boss Micky Adams said of the move for the pacey midfielder:

"We're delighted to have Joe with us. Preston want him to play regular first team football. He's a winger with terrific pace, and we feel that will be a big asset to us over the next month."


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11 September 2008 : Tony Trott R.I.P.
Former Yeovil Town employee Tony Trott passed away at the age of 79 last night in a Nursing Home in Preston Road, Yeovil where he had been treated for a long-running illness. Tony had faced a battle against cancer in the last few months, and had retired from his position as Kit Manager in April of this year, after 14 years continuous service at the club, and employment with the club on and off for a period of over 40 years.

Tony first came to the club as a caretaker at the old Huish ground, along with his wife Shirley, but over the years performed various roles at both the old and the new ground, including more recently the role of Kit Manager at Huish Park.

Tony's retirement in April still saw him turn up at Huish Park as a supporter - as part of his retirement present Chairman John Fry gave him a pair of season tickets so he could continue to watch the games, as well as a commemorative piece of glassware.

Mr Fry revealed at the time that such was Tony's busy nature around the club, that one former Yeovil Town manager wasn't quite sure of his allegiances, shortly after arriving at the club:

"David Webb was manager here and he thought Tony was a spy because every time he was on the phone talking about a player Tony was there!"

Tony's first game that he could remember watching Yeovil play was the 1938 FA Cup win over Fulham, but admitted that he did not see the Glovers play Manchester United during the later 1949 FA Cup run, due to being posted with the Armed Forces in Egypt at the time. When he returned, he began to take up formal positions within the club, moving from the terraces and into the backrooms at the Huish ground. Not too many Glovers fans could claim to have supported the club in every way possible for 70 years.

Our sincere condolences to Tony's family and friends. He will certainly be missed by many people at the club.


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10 September 2008 : Wayne's World
Wayne Jones, the recently appointed (Ciderspace 02/09/08) physio at Huish Park grabbed from Hereford United - supposedly because the travelling from his Kent home was getting too much, though not many would fancy the journeys from Kent to Yeovil either - has been filling in some of his background in an interview with the Western Daily Press.

Jones' time as a player was spent with the rivals up the road, Bristol Rovers, but was cruelly curtailed at the age of 24 when injury finished his playing career just as he looked to be breaking into the Welsh national team :

"I made my debut against Finland in the early Seventies away from home in a European Championship game. We won 1-0, with John Toshack getting the winner. Then about 14 months later we were in the same qualifying group as England and Poland. I got selected for a get together and I was going to be in the team to play England at Ninian Park. But a week before I got injured playing for Bristol Rovers and never played again at the age of 24.

You could call me a one-cap wonder but I would have got the second cap had it not been for the injury. But I was at Bristol and they were very good to me and kept me on for another six years. I was able to take my FA diploma in physiotherapy at Lilleshall and my coaching badges which I have got up to UEFA A level. They have been very useful for me to fall back on throughout my career. I still have Bristol Rovers very close to my heart as they were the only club I ever played for. Whenever I have been back with Notts County, Gillingham or Hereford I have always bumped into people I know and reminisced about old times."


It is through the Notts County connection that Wayne knows Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade :

"At Notts County I think I filled every role at the club from manager, assistant manager, first-team coach, reserve team coach, youth team boss and physio. I wasn't physio and manager at the same time – that would have been too much. I took over as caretaker manager when we were at the bottom. Needless to say I didn't keep us up. It was an experience.

When Jim Joyce left Yeovil, Russell got in touch with me and said it would be a new challenge for me here, and I have settled in well."


Wayne's opening up a sports injury clinic on weekday evenings and those Saturday mornings which fit in with the team's fixture schedule, as the club makes its treatment room available to the community. Consultations are £15.00 a session and appointments must be made in advance by contacting Wayne on 07962 277612.

"I will make the treatment room available to the public any evening or on Saturday mornings when we are at home. I live just round the corner from the ground and I haven't got my family with me here so it is not like I am rushing home every night. If people want to get in touch with me they can ring me direct on my mobile – 07962 277612 – and arrange a visit."


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10 September 2008 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's midweek trip to Brentford saw a competitive match won out on penalties by the home side, but a far more emphatic result with the Man of the Match voting.

Striker Gavin Tomlin scored Yeovil's opening goal, and also scooped half of the outright votes submitted by supporters. Gavin's nearest challengers were Kieran Murtagh and Craig Alcock, but neither managed to gain half the voting points that the eventual winner did.

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

1 Gavin Tomlin 68 (5)
2 Kieran Murtagh 28 (1)
3 Craig Alcock 26 (2)
4 Marc Bircham 16 (1)
5 James Dayton 12 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 10 (0)
7 Josh Wagenaar 8 (0)
8 Darren Way 2 (0)
8 Gary Roberts 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.20

Performance: 5.80
Entertainment: 6.60

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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9 September 2008 : Glovers Go Down At Swindon
Yeovil Town Reserves lost 2-0 against their Swindon Town counterparts this evening. Goals from Callum Kennedy and Barry Corr saw the Glovers defeated in Hungerford.

Swindon took the lead when full-back Callum Kennedy converted from close range on the back post, and then doubled their lead when Mark Marshall was upended by the Glovers keeper, with Irishman Barry Corr scoring from the spot.

The Glovers had to adopt a rearguard action throughout the match and Swindon assistant manager Dave Byrne said after the game that he was pleased with the way his side had dominated the fixture:

"The lads played very, very well. The whole team put in good performances. Michael Pook and Chris Allen complimented each other well in the middle of midfield and the whole side were at it for the 90 minutes. Yeovil were never in the game and it could have been five or six. We were so dominant. The kids were exceptional and the pros did what we expected of them."

The Glovers side included Rob Fitzgerald, Aaron Brown, Andre McCollin and Jordan Street in their line-up with the remainder being made up from trialists and youth team players.

One of the trialists is reported by the Yeovil Express as being Wealdstone midfielder Graeme Montgomery, who joined the Londoners in the summer of 2005. He is generally found on the left side of midfield and the Express reports recently had interest from Watford. Stones' manager Gordon Bartlett commented :

"There is strong ongoing interest in Monty from a number of professional clubs, and this is a great opportunity for him to impress and demonstrate his undoubted ability."

Final Score: Swindon Town Reserves 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 0

Yeovil Town: TBA.

Swindon Town: Peter Brezovan, Nathan Thompson, Sean Morrison, Andy Westall, Yinka Casal, Mark Marshall, Chris Allen, Michael Pook, Callum Kennedy, Barry Corr, Ben Joyce

Subs: Blair Sturrock, Will Evans, Sam Morris, Jake Hyde, Mark Scott


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9 September 2008 : Reserves vs Argyle Brought Forward
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their trip to Home Park brought forward to Tuesday 23rd September. The match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves will kick-off at 2.00p.m.

The original date for the fixture was March 17th 2009.


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9 September 2008 : Reserves vs Exeter Postponed
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team match against Exeter City Reserves, scheduled for next week at Huish Park, has been called off.

The Exeter official site reports that the match has been postponed at Yeovil's request, although they don't state a reason.

Guessing slightly, our assumption would be that with the match due to fall between two home fixtures on September 17th, that with the current wet weather continuing that the club wanted to protect the Huish Park pitch in between the two games.


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9 September 2008 : Alvington Takeover Confirmed
Further to our August 29th article, the club have now officially confirmed the takeover of the Alvington pitches, effective from September 1st.

The ownership of the land stays with AgustaWestland, but the management and maintenance of the pitches now rests with Yeovil Town's Community Sports Trust. Westland Sports Football Club will continue to use these pitches, but will no longer have to manage the upkeep of the land.


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9 September 2008 : Swindon Announce Reserve Squad
Swindon Town have named a squad of 16 players for tonight's Reserve Team match that is being played at Hungerford against Yeovil Town Reserves.

Included in their squad is former Glovers trialist Mark Marshall, who was played as a right-winger when he was at Huish Park during July 2007, but later moved on to play for Grays Athletic after failing to earn a contract.

Also included is Irish striker Barry Corr, who got in an altercation with Glovers defender Terry Skiverton that saw the Yeovil captain red-carded last December in a League One match. Another well-known name is striker Blair Sturrock, son of Plymouth Argyle (and former Swindon) manager Paul Sturrock. The two strikers have yet to feature in Swindon's first team this season.

Swindon Town Reserves Squad: Peter Brezovan, Nathan Thompson, Sean Morrison, Andy Westall, Yinka Casal, Mark Marshall, Chris Allen, Michael Pook, Callum Kennedy, Barry Corr, Ben Joyce, Blair Sturrock, Will Evans, Sam Morris, Jake Hyde, Mark Scott.


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9 September 2008 : Reserves vs Swindon Reminder
A reminder that Swindon Town Reserves take on Yeovil Town Reserves tonight in a Pontins Holiday Football Combination match. Kick-off is 7.00p.m. at Hungerford Town's ground.

Address: Hungerford Town Football Club, Town Ground, Bulpit Lane, Hungerford, RG17 0AY.

Multimap.Com: Bulpit Lane, Hungerford.

The ground is situated on the south side of the town centre, just off the A338. If you're approaching Hungerford from the Salisbury direction then you need to have turned right before you reach the railway station, river bridge and town centre. If you're approaching from the M4, follow the A338 through the town centre and out the other side, and be prepared to turn left once you get beyond the railway station.

NOTE: If anyone is going to tonight's game and can supply any updates and/or a match report then email ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with a mobile number.


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8 September 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Bristol Rovers Part Two
Further to this morning's article, we are now able to add Yeovil Town Under 13s result to the list of Centre of Excellence matches played over the weekend. Jim Hawke was in Sherborne for the U13s match against Bristol Rovers and had the following to say on the game:

The U13 team met Bristol Rovers for the second time on Sunday playing on the excellent pitches at Sherborne School. At the previous meeting, play was dominated by two very tall and athletic strikers from Rovers - since then one is rumoured to have moved to Chelsea leaving just one as a centre half's nightmare. This particular lad, who would look the part in the U18s, was the main difference between the sides with the ability to easily out pace anyone else on the field and with all the Yeovil side well below his shoulder height proved a real test for the defence.

The run of play was soon set with Yeovil falling two down principally due to the unmatched pace of the striker but Yeovil through determination soon pulled one back. Much needed advice from coach Marcus Stewart soon lead to defence being able to contain the striker threat which lead to a very successful second period of play for Yeovil, widely believed to be one of the their best ever performances.

A dubious penalty was conceded by Yeovil from an innocent ball bouncing up and hitting the defender's upper arm/shoulder but Yeovil again scored through strong midfield play and link up play to bring the score at the end of the second period to 2-3. The third period saw a host of squad changes and an eventual score line Yeovil 2, Bristol Rovers 5 but at the same time a lot of encouragement coming from the performance. After all. the lads will be that big one day!

Final Score: Yeovil Town U13s 2 Bristol Rovers U13s 5.

NB: Jim thinks the U12 and U11 sides lost 8-0 and 6-1, although we're not too sure which way round, or whether that is the precise scoreline. If anyone can absolutely confirm these scorelines either way, we'll put them up on the news page as confirmed scorelines.


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8 September 2008 : Middlesbrough Badges Now In Stock
Away Travel club organiser Mark Kelly has received his stock of Yeovil Town vs. Middlesbrough badges, produced to commemorate the recent Carling Cup meeting against the Premier League side at the Riverside Stadium. These are pictured below.

Mark has ordered 75 badges and these have already been on pre-order for several weeks. Those who have pre-ordered should now start to receive them. The badges come in four different designs. They will be sold on a first come first served basis with cheques required in advance. The badges are £3 each plus £1 p+p.

To secure your order send your cheques to Mark Kelly, 39 Mudford Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.
Middlesbrough Badge Middlesbrough Badge
Middlesbrough Badge Middlesbrough Badge
The Four Middlesbrough Badge Designs
Photo © 2008 Mark Kelly/Ciderspace



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8 September 2008 : Carlisle Man Of The Match Result
The trip to Carlisle United just over a week ago saw a close-run battle for the Man of the Match vote between two players. Midfielder Marc Bircham and striker Paul Warne were neck-and-neck on outright votes, but Warne sneaked in there on the basis of his second and third placed votes.

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

1 Paul Warne 52 (2)
2 Marc Bircham 48 (3)
3 Terrell Forbes 22 (2)
4 Darren Way 10 (0)
5 Terry Skiverton 6 (0)
6 Nathan Jones 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.63

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 5.25

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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8 September 2008 : Officials For The Brighton Game
Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park will be looked after by referee Paul Taylor of Hertfordshire. He has been a semi-regular visitor to Huish Park throughout the years, although more recently we've seen him on our travels.

His last match featuring the Glovers was the 2-1 away win at Northampton Town, where we weren't overly happy with his performance - bottling an off the ball punch dished out by a Cobblers player with merely a yellow card, and giving some odd second half decisions.

On the whole though Mr Taylor has been one of the Football League's better referees, and prior to the Sixfields visit we had him away from home in February 2007 against AFC Bournemouth, where a 2-0 away win saw Mr Taylor fail to get a single mention in the match report.

His last visit to South Somerset was for the 0-0 draw against Bradford City in December 2006. Rather scarily we praised him in that match, and indeed found him to be one of the better officials around when he visited during the 2005-06 season for the 0-0 draw with Swindon Town, again praising him for a booking-free game.

There aren't too many referees around on the circuit that go consistently "unnoticed" during matches, and so fingers crossed that Mr Taylor will keep his same low key approach to Saturday's game as he has with most matches featuring ourselves.

As a point of interest, Mr Taylor has become the latest referee to take advantage of age discrimination laws. Under the old rules, he would have been pensioned off at the end of last season, but he has agreed to keep going for at least another season.

Mr Taylor will be assisted by Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire) and Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire). The fourth official will be Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : August 2007 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Feb 2007 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Dec 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 0.


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8 September 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Bristol Rovers
The Centre of Excellence teams played their opening matches in their South-West League this weekend, with all of the teams we are aware of coming in for a hard time against Bristol Rovers. Although we're missing three results at present, all of the sides lost heavily in a baptism of fire for the young Glovers.

We have some significant detail on the Yeovil Town Under 15s side's match, with the following report being supplied on the game:

Yeovil Town U14s:
Matt Haines
Luke Vivash Ben Robertson Henry Bond Ben Bicknall
Tom Salter James Golby Max Harrington Brad Hansford
Danny Williams Lewis Morgan

Subs: Mike Fordon, Harry Baker, Lewis Voizey, Lloyd Matthews

Sadly The under 15's were completely outplayed (and outgassed!) by their Rovers counterparts. Played over 4 x 20 minute quarters on a pitch where the grass was so long that passing football just could not be played, Yeovil slightly shaded the 1st quarter with Harrington in particular impressing with a wonderful freekick that the keeper did well to get a glove to, just as it was curling into the top corner.

Just 10 minutes or so into the game Bicknall was replaced by Fordon at left back after Bicknall pulled up with a badly strained ankle. In the second quarter Rovers showed their class by scoring two good goals, in fact there was little Haines could do about either except pick the ball out of the back of the net.

At half time the ineffectual Fordon (missed 3 weeks pre-season due to holidays, and was always off the pace of the game), was replaced by Robertson with Voizey partnering Bond in the centre. Morgan was replaced by Matthews and Baker replaced Salter, but still to no avail, with Rovers netting a third and contining to dominate, playing a 3-5-2 against 4-4-2.

Both the 4th and 5th goals were similar in that they were scored by the wide men, beating Haines at the near post after the young keeper had set himself for a cross. Ironically at 5-0 down Yeovil then had some really good chances with Williams going close on a couple of occasions.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers U15s 5 Yeovil Town U15s 0.

[Report by Steve Fordon.]

Other Scorelines:
U9 - Bristol Rovers 8 Yeovil Town 2
U10 - Bristol Rovers 6 Yeovil Town 3
U14 - Bristol Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1
U15 - Bristol Rovers 5 Yeovil Town 0
U16 - Bristol Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1

Next week's matches see the Centre of Excellence sides take on teams from Plymouth Argyle, on and around Sunday 14th September.

NOTE: If anyone has the results from the U11, U12 and U13 matches, or would like to write a few lines on any of the other games, please drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com - reports or information directly from players or parents obviously are welcomed.


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7 September 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the MK Dons Game
Following yesterday's trip to play Milton Keynes, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset about the 3-0 defeat. The full transcript of Russell's interview with Pete Simson is available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the MK Dons Game.


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7 September 2008 : Turnock Released
The North Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, in its role of preventing Yeovil Town supporters from being ill-informed, has stated that Raynold 'Ren' Turnock has been released by the Somerset club.

Chippenham Town manager Adie Mings said he had signed the 18-year-old winger for a month to have a look at him :

It's hard to come in and shine straight away but we will give him a few games and see what he can do, and then go from there. We're not saying he's going to be the answer, but he has a chance to prove himself.

Turnock made his first appearance for the Bluebirds on September 2nd, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat by Stourbridge.


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7 September 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For MK Dons
A reminder to those who went to yesterday's match against MK Dons that the Man Of The Match voting form is available. Record your top three, plus your entertainment and performance ratings along with any additional comments you want to make, via the form below.

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


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6 September 2008 : Dons Down Second Best Glovers
Yeovil Town could have few complaints today when they were emphatically beaten by a physically strong MK Dons side that deserved all three points at stadium:mk today. Peter Leven did the damage, scoring the first and third goal, whilst Sam Baldock's breakaway goal early in the second half more or less killed any hopes of a Glovers fight-back.

The Glovers suffered a pre-match blow when Darren Way had to pull out of the squad due to an upset stomach. Gavin Tomlin was included in the squad but only as far as the bench, with this season's top scorer having not quite recovered sufficiently from his dead leg to warrant a start. New signing Andy Welsh went straight into the starting line-up with Danny Schofield returning on the opposite flank.

Right from the start it looked as though Yeovil would have their hands full. The Dons have a strong powerful side, who looked at their most dangerous when running with the ball and at many points during the game this put the Glovers on the back foot. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had to deal with an early Mark Wright drive that he parried away at full stretch as the home side got a firm grip on the game.

When they took the lead midway through the first half, Begovic could count himself somewhat unlucky. Producing an outstanding save from an Aaron Wilbraham header, he almost made it an incredible double-save when Peter Leven was the first to react for the rebound. Unfortunately for the keeper, his valiant attempt to stop the ball going over the line failed with the ball going in off the post from close range.

The Glovers threatened only on fleeting occasions, although could have equalised when Gary Roberts let fly from 20 yards out, his shot looping and striking against the top of the crossbar. Just 10 minutes later though, Aaron Wilbraham did the same, and it was undoubtedly the home side who were on top at the break.

The second period saw a much better showing from the Glovers in terms of attack, even if that was probably as a result of their ever-pressing need to find a goal from somewhere. Kieran Murtagh broke through on goal but fired his angled shot just wide of the far post, as Yeovil began to find some space in the MK Dons back line for once.

But the gaps in the Glovers back line were also evident, particularly in the way that the midfield at times failed to protect their defensive counterparts at times, allowing the Dons to build up a head of steam as they bore down on goal. Captain Terry Skiverton put in some superb defensive blocks during the game, and were it not for one crucial error, Terrell Forbes also kept the home side at bay with some good mopping up. However eight minutes into the second period, Terrell allowed himself to be dispossessed close to the halfway line and Sam Baldock punished his mistake, racing through and pretty much finishing the game by firing home off Begovic's right-hand post with the ball just crossing the line as it nestled in the left-hand corner.

It took a while for the Glovers to come back mentally from that set-back, and Terry Skiverton went inches from scoring with a header on the back post when he received a right-wing cross, but again the Dons showed their speed on the break to net their third just when Glovers tails were starting to go up. The start of the move had a hint of controversy about it as Andre McCollin appeared to be taken out close to the dugouts after he had won the ball, with referee Darren Drysdale doing nothing about the foul. But the home side again dispossessed the Glovers, and their breaking run cut through the midfield like a knife through butter, and when the ball was threaded through to Peter Leven the end result was inevitable. 3-0 down, and certainly no way back from that.

To be fair to the Glovers, they kept trying, but try was all they were capable of on the day. The Dons looked stronger and far more effective with what they did with the ball. At times the Glovers looked shot-shy, getting into good positions only for a split-second of dithering giving the home side the ability to close the shot down. At times it was like watching a youth team take on a first team - the youth team had plenty of energy and refused to give up, but the first team were more streetwise and experienced. Hopefully the gulf between the two teams is either a one-off, or a sign that the Dons are likely to be going for a second consecutive promotion this season. If it is not that, then it is certainly going to be a long hard season on the road.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Peter Leven (21 mins, 1-0), Sam Baldock (53 mins, 2-0), Peter Leven (78 mins, 3-0)

MK Dons:
12. Willy Gueret 14. Carl Regan 2. Jude Stirling 6. Sean O'Hanlon 3. Dean Lewington 7. Mark Wright 22. Peter Leven 24. Flavien Belson 8. Jemal Johnson 9. Aaron Wilbraham 15. Sam Baldock

Subs:
1. Nathan Abbey (GK) 11. Florian Sturm (67 mins for Jemal Johnson) 17. Shaun Cummings 20. Alan Navarro (82 mins for Flavien Belson) 4. Miguel Angel Llera

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 7. Marc Bircham 16. Gary Roberts 18. Kieran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
10. Gavin Tomlin (62 mins for Marc Bircham) 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin (72 mins for Paul Warne) 23. Aaron Brown 29. James Dayton (76 mins for Andy Welsh)

MK Dons Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Danny Schofield (66 mins, foul)

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 7,959 (including 550 Yeovil supporters).


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6 September 2008 : Schofield And Tomlin Passed Fit
This morning's Western Daily Press reports the welcome news that winger Danny Schofield and striker Gavin Tomlin have both been passed fit ahead of this afternoon's trip to Milton Keynes Dons.

Both players had been borderline for today's match, with Schofield having missed recent matches with a bruised shin/knee, whilst Tomlin picked up a dead leg in the midweek match at Brentford. But Slade has told the WDP that both will be travelling up to Buckinghamshire:

"To have both players fit will be a big boost and it looks like they'll be OK. Danny's had two training sessions now and although he won't be 100 per cent, he's definitely in contention. And Gav's made a miraculous recovery because he was limping quite badly on Thursday."


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6 September 2008 : Middlesbrough Man Of The Match Result
Our recent trip to Middlesbrough saw the Glovers lose 5-1 on the night, but saw a far tighter contest going on with the Man of the Match votes. Keeper Josh Wagenaar got the nod although the fact that the 13 votes received contained seven different top votes and 12 different players showed a wide spread of opinion. Kieran Murtagh, Darren Way and Gavin Tomlin were the other challengers in the final analysis.

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

1 Josh Wagenaar 48 (4)
2 Kieran Murtagh 34 (2)
4 Darren Way 32 (1)
4 Gavin Tomlin 32 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 22 (2)
6 Paul Warne 22 (2)
8 Lee Peltier 16 (1)
9 James Dayton 8 (0)
10 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
10 Terry Skiverton 6 (0)
10 Gary Roberts 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.00

Performance: 5.69
Entertainment: 8.31

VOTES RECEIVED: 13


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5 September 2008 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
During yesterday's BBC Somerset 'Drive' programme, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes was interviewed by presenter Elise Rayner about the current financial situation at the club. The full transcript of that interview is available now, via the link below.

Link: Interview With Martyn Starnes.


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5 September 2008 : MK Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their fourth consecutive away game tomorrow when they travel to play Milton Keynes Dons in Buckinghamshire. The match is the final leg in an incredible fortnight that has seen the Glovers travel something in the region of 2,000 miles - depending of course on the exact method of transport and route plan you care to pick. Either way it's a long long way!

Manager Russell Slade admitted that it had been a tough fortnight and said that he had never known anything like the sequence of away trips at Middlesbrough, Carlisle United, Brentford and MK Dons that his club have experienced:

"Somebody rang me and told me that we will have travelled 2,158 miles come Saturday, which is some mileage isn't it? It's our last one though and I'm trying to keep it together. It's been hard and probably the hardest I've ever had, to have four away games on the bounce within such a short period of time. So if we can get something and just knock something out at MK Dons, then we can draw breath and concentrate on the two important home games."

The series of matches and the hectic travelling schedule have brought their toll and that means the Glovers go into tomorrow's game with doubts over both Danny Schofield and Gavin Tomlin, with both players likely to be left until the last minute. Schofield is on his way back from injury, however Tomlin picked up a knock on Tuesday night:

"Danny had his first session this morning (Thursday) which has really delighted me. He seems to be OK but we'll let him rest overnight and see how he is. However, Gav Tomlin picked up a bit of a dead leg on Tuesday night so he has not trained today, so we are going to have to wait until the very last minute for that one. You'd be taking a goalscorer out of your team, which would be a blow. But he needs to be right and at the moment he is limping and that is obviously causing him a big problem. So it's swings and roundabouts and we'll just have to wait and see who is available."

Winger Aidan Downes is definitely out with knee ligament damage although the club are hopeful that he can do some running today, with full rehab expected to take around 2-3 weeks. Left-back Nathan Smith is unlikely to play due to his ongoing groin strain, although he is likely to need rest rather than surgery and Slade believes he could still be used in an emergency and so could sneak onto the bench. Meanwhile Jordan Street (wrist) and Rob Fitzgerald (hip) are unlikely to be fit.

For MK Dons, manager Roberto di Matteo will definitely be without Danny Swailes, who has an achilles problem, but winger Florian Sturm and Luke Howell are available after returning to full training. Ali Gerba is on international duty, but this will not affect team selection significantly as he has yet to make his debut due to work permit problems. Meanwhile Spanish defender Miguel Angel Llera could make his debut after signing on transfer deadline day - and if so he is likely to replace Swailes.

The Dons have had a mixed start to the League One season, winning two and losing two so far in the league, with an additional win and defeat once the cup competitions are added on. They lost their last match at home to Swindon Town through a last minute penalty.

Kick-off is at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day - provided you buy them from the stadium ticket office - the turnstiles are unmanned and rely on scanners.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons.


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5 September 2008 : Scunthorpe Tickets Now On Advance Sale
The running confusion over the ticketing arrangements for the forthcoming Scunthorpe United away match continues. After announcing that tickets were only available on sale from Glanford Park, the football club have been somewhat surprised by a pile of tickets landing on their doorstep this morning. As a consequence, tickets now are available in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match takes place on Saturday 27th September. For full ticketing information, see our September 1st article.


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5 September 2008 : Welsh Chooses Football Style
New Yeovil Town signing Andy Welsh has explained that he chose to sign for the Glovers after deciding that he liked their style of football. Andy has signed a one year deal at the club, with an additional year's option, although he told BBC Somerset that it was a close-run thing with him almost going elsewhere, with that club believed to be League Two side Morecambe:

"I came up here and I spoke to the manager and to Thommo and they just said bear with us as we do want to sign you and that as soon as we get the nod we'll be on the phone to you. I had two clubs interested in me and I was on my way to sign for one of them and I was five minutes from their stadium and I got the phone call."

With Welsh so close to Christie Park, it might have been difficult to persuade him to do a u-turn, but the former Sunderland left-winger said that his decision was an immediate one:

"For me at that moment in time there was no other place I wanted to play my football at. I trained with the lads and they want to play football and for me it is all about getting games under my belt. I didn't really enjoy my time at Blackpool last year and I kind of want to forget about that. I was at Toronto before that and loved every minute of that, so this season is a big season for me. I want to show what I can do and get as many games under my belt and enjoy my football as much as I can."

Welsh added that the main thing that sold the club to him was the style of football the Glovers play, with the 24 year old keen to get the ball on the deck and play a passing game:

"It is a thin squad, but I was speaking to the manager and he definitely sees me in his plans and we spoke about that. When I came down, the big thing for me was that I wanted to be in a side that passes the ball around and play football. I know there were a lot of trialists in that game but in training you could tell the lads want to play the game the right way, which is a big thing for me."


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5 September 2008 : Lwanga Gets Eight Years
Following up the item from 20th July, Ali Lwanga has received a custodial sentence of eight years on three counts of conspiracy to rob.

Of the four youths convicted of carrying out the robberies, one 16-year-old was sentenced to three years and six months, while three more, aged 14, 15 and 16, each received eighteen months imprisonment for their parts in the crimes.


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4 September 2008 : Youth Venue
Saturday's youth team fixture against Swindon Town U18 will take place at Liddington Training Ground, near Wanborough, which lies about seven miles south-east of Swindon. Kick-off is 11.00 a.m.

Liddington, which is the Robin's first team training venue, is owned by the Petersham Hotel Group, who have recently taken over from Zurich Life. All is not well in the relationship it seems with Swindon chairman Andrew Fitton stating the new owners are trying to bump up the rent. However, although looking to move, Swindon are still there for the present. The Liddington Hotel & Events Venue is situated just outside the village of Liddington, 4 miles from Junction 15 of the M4.

Directions :

From the M4 exit at Junction 15 and follow signs to towards Swindon (A419). Shortly afterwards, take the slip road signed Swindon and Aldbourne (B4192).
At the Commonhead roundabout take the fourth exit signed Aldbourne and Liddington (B4192). Continue past the village of Liddington, over the M4 and take the next left signed Baydon. Continue along this road for half a mile passing back over the M4. A pair of white gatehouses on the left mark the entrance to the main drive of The Liddington.

The Liddington Hotel, Foxhill, Nr. Swindon, SN4 0DZ (click for map).


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4 September 2008 : Glenn Regrets Glovers Gesture
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Glenn Poole has apologised to Glovers supporters for his goal celebration at Brentford on Tuesday night. The former Spurs trainee joined Yeovil Town nine years ago, making his debut during Steve Thompson's first managerial spell after being signed by Colin Lippiatt whilst the Glovers were still in the Conference. However, he drifted out of contention under Gary Johnson and had drifted into non-league football, before being signed up by the West London side from Grays Athletic.

Poole netted Brentford's opening goal from the penalty spot and ran past the travelling Yeovil fans, making a gesture at them as he celebrated, leading to Poole receiving abuse and catcalls during the remainder of the match. However, he has told the official site that he regrets what he did:

"I got a bit carried away with my celebration after scoring the goal which I know was a little disrespectful to the Yeovil supporters. I really enjoyed my time at Yeovil and they will go down as some of the best in my football career so the last thing I would have wanted to do was to upset them."

Whilst this site was disappointed to witness Glenn's actions on the night, we're delighted to see him move to resolve the issue, and hope that he can have a clean slate next time he faces a Yeovil Town side. Forgive and forget, as far as this site is concerned.


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4 September 2008 : Transparently, Openly, Efficiently And Effectively
Today's Western Gazette has carried a series of interviews with Chairman John Fry, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and director Stephen Allinson in the wake of rumours surrounding the club's financial position.

The rumours were sparked in part by this season's playing budget cuts, but also following letters sent out to backroom staff on Monday, which the club have already issued a response to. (See Tuesday's news item). However, the Gazette have asked Mr Fry for his views on the overall subject as well.

There's very little within the interview to address some of the specific issues raised by supporters on the Green Room message board or on the rumourmill, however, Mr Fry has maintained that in his view the club is being run well:

"The club is being run transparently, openly, efficiently and effectively. We have not got any insolvency, any loans or any debt. Our financial situation is vastly improved upon what it has been and it is very healthy compared to the vast majority of football clubs."

The Yeovil Chairman has maintained that despite cutbacks on the field and likely job losses off the field that the budgets available still compared favourably with Yeovil's rivals:

"Our budget is as big, if not better than any comparable-sized club in League One. It is substantial and it is sufficient to run this football club along particular philosophies. No-one will break the business after I have spent 15 years coming back from absolute disaster."

Mr Fry believes that there is a contradiction between how outsiders view the football club, and how a "few people" see the running of the club:

"We go to Football League clubs and they commend us for the way that we run this football club and we even win awards and still get criticism from the same few people who do not appreciate what we are trying to do here for the club."

In terms of the changes in the backroom staff that are likely to occur once the club have gone through due process to satisfy Employment Law, Mr Fry said that the changes may not be just about job losses:

"There could be changes to their jobs to do with departments, managers, company structure changes and job title changes."

However, Mr Fry warned that in his view the club had its enemies. He was not specific in who he was targetting in his views, preferring to adopt a cryptic stance on the subject:

"We have got no problems at all but there are people out there just waiting to do this business harm."

One thing that in our opinion the club must learn, is that it must establish pro-active communication with its supporter base on a regular basis. At present, far too much information is being carried via the rumourmill, rather than put out pro-actively as 'official fact'. Whilst the Gazette's interview does at least reaffirm Mr Fry's good intentions and gives his view on the financial situation, some of the concerns from supporters still lie unanswered from that interview, and the club need to urgently work on addressing those concerns in the coming weeks. A supporter that is armed with the correct information will in almost every situation be more responsive and supportive than one that relies on a rumourmill that is by its very nature a hit'n'miss beast. By improving supporter-club communication channels and explaining their decision-making, they will reduce the relevance of the rumourmill and build more trust amongst supporters.


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4 September 2008 : Ladies Win Opening Fixture
After the postponement of their first fixture the Yeovil Town Ladies campaign opened a week late when they visited Reading Royals on Sunday. Goals from Amy Wilde, Alana Willson (2) and Kayleigh Nardiello (2) saw the Glovers run out 5-2 winners.

As we surmised (24/08/2008), Penzance are facing problems. The South West Combination governing body has allowed the club additional time to try to recruit sufficient players, get its show on the road and fulfil its fixtures, but presumably will not allow too many postponements and the future of the newly promoted Magpies in this division remains in doubt.


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4 September 2008 : Leeds Man Of The Match Result
It's quite hard to believe that the home match against Leeds United took place just 12 days ago. Since then the Glovers seem to have gone across the length and breadth of the country, but the last home game to take place was against Leeds and ended up in a 1-1 draw, with Lloyd Owusu netting the follow-up to his own second half penalty.

The man of the match itself was won by a mile by Kieran Murtagh, who scored almost three times the points compared with his nearest challengers Gavin Tomlin and Paul Warne. The full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets are as follows:

1 Kieran Murtagh 594 (49)
2 Gavin Tomlin 198 (11)
3 Paul Warne 198 (3)
4 Terrell Forbes 172 (8)
5 Darren Way 108 (5)
6 Lee Peltier 62 (2)
7 Lloyd Owusu 62 (1)
8 Nathan Jones 26 (1)
9 Terry Skiverton 12 (0)
10 Aidan Downes 6 (0)
11 Asmir Begovic 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.14

Performance: 7.88
Entertainment: 8.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 80


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3 September 2008 : Welsh Arrival Officially Confirmed
Yeovil Town have now officially confirmed the arrival of left-winger Andy Welsh at the club this afternoon. They state that Welsh will be under contract at the club until the end of the season, although the BBC and WDP reported this morning that the club had an extra year option available based upon appearances.

The club's statement says that Welsh is "poised to sign" - suggesting that the actual signature has not been made on his contract yet, but his arrival in Somerset and his picture in a Yeovil shirt makes things pretty much finalised.

For a profile on Andy, see yesterday's news.


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3 September 2008 : GWSC Travel To MK Dons
Those planning to attend Saturday's League One match against MK Dons at stadium:mk should be aware that the GWSC have made travel arrangements for the game.

The coach for the match will leave Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. The cost to GWSC Members will be £19.00 for adults, with concessions available at £17.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds extra against the above prices.

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


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3 September 2008 : County Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Somerset Premier Cup First Round date set. The home match against Wellington will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 7th October 2008, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

For full First Round and Second Round draw information, see our May 21st article.


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3 September 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons
A reminder for those going to Saturday's match against Milton Keynes Dons that the Ciderspace guide to the delights of the town and the stadium are now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons.


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3 September 2008 : Ticketing For Leicester City
Tickets for the forthcoming League One match against Leicester City are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 11th October, kick-off 3.00p.m. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Seniors: £21.00; Under 22s/Students: £15.00; Under 16s: £10.00; Under 12s: £5.00; Under 8s: £3.00.

Wheelchair users should choose the appropriate above tariff. Their assistant will be admitted free of charge.

Advance ticket sales are recommended as all of the above prices are increased by £2.00 if tickets are purchased from the Walkers Stadium on the day of the game.

Visitng supporters at the Walkers Stadium are allocated the corner blocks between the Marks Electrical Family Stand and the Alliance and Leicester Stand. Any special enquiries should be directed to 0844-815-5000 or by emailing ticket.sales@lcfc.co.uk


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3 September 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Following last night's cup exit against Brentford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC reporter Rob Scanlon about the game. The full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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3 September 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Brentford
For those who went to last night's match at Brentford, don't forget to cast your Man Of The Match votes as soon as possible. Choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment marks and any additional comments you want to make, via the form below.

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


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3 September 2008 : ABUFP Voting Deadline Approaching
A reminder that you have only until tomorrow evening to cast your votes for Supporters Representatives on the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership. Voting closes at 5.00p.m. on Thursday.

If you haven't voted yet then head to our August 4th News Item and run through the instructions. A reminder that duplicate votes will be discounted, so please vote only once.


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3 September 2008 : Officials For Milton Keynes
Saturday's referee for the match against Milton Keynes Dons will be Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). He has been a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, although to erratic effect.

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

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

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire).

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

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

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

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


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3 September 2008 : Welsh Deal To Be Formalised Today
Yeovil Town are expecting to formally tie up their deal with left-winger Andy Welsh in the next 24 hours. As mentioned yesterday, the Glovers had agreed terms with the 24 year old, but his arrival was to be delayed until after last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match, due to Welsh being up in the North-West on Monday night.

Both the Western Daily Press and BBC Somerset report that Welsh is expected to arrive in Somerset today, with his contract outlined as a one year deal, with an additional year option based upon appearances. He is expected to travel with the first team squad to Saturday's game at Milton Keynes Dons.

Slade has told the WDP that as a result of him only being allowed to move for the winger once Lloyd Owusu's transfer to Cheltenham Town had been completed, that he was almost too late with the player already having arrived at League Two side Morecambe's ground:

"We have agreed terms and the only worry is that there have been other clubs interested. He was at Morecambe before I hijacked it and also there was a Scottish club as well. He was 40 minutes away from signing until I moved swiftly to draw his attention to Yeovil. I was quite impressed with him when he was with us for a week on trial but we weren't able to do anything then. He looked an accomplished player and that will take pressure off us because we are short in wide areas at the minute."

For a full profile on Andy, see yesterday's news.


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2 September 2008 : Paying The Penalty
Yeovil Town were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tonight against Brentford when they lost 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after having fought their way back from being two goals down during the 90 minutes of play. Goals from Marc Bircham and Gavin Tomlin forced the spot-kick deciders, but Andre McCollin's penalty was saved whilst Aaron Brown missed his attempt, allowing the Londoners to go through to the next round.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to Saturday's line-up with Josh Wagenaar, Craig Alcock, Aaron Brown, Nathan Jones and James Dayton all getting the opportunity of some first team football. They took part in a lively end-to-end first period, although neither side could quite get a grip on how to create more than half chances - a couple of excellent crosses by James Dayton whipped through the penalty area, whilst Gavin Tomlin shot wide on another occasion. Josh Wagenaar had a bit of work to do between the sticks but nothing over and beyond what would be expected of him.

The game through sparked to life with a highly controversial penalty decision by referee Phil Gibbs, when he deemed that Aaron Brown's nudge on Charlie MacDonald as he shepherded the ball out for a goal kick was worthy of an infringement. If such decisions were given every week and consistently, the likes of the Premier League would be enjoying a dozen penalties every weekend - the measure of the decision was that Brown only realised he had given the penalty away after he had trotted past several players, presumably wondering why half the Yeovil side had run towards Mr Gibbs.

Up stepped Glenn Poole, who scored from the spot, and then managed to make a bit of an idiot of himself by needlessly making a gesture to Yeovil fans behind the goal - not the greatest of respect to the club that gave him his chance in first team football. It's rare that stick to a former player is truly deserved, but the inevitable verbals that Poole got for the rest of the match was fairly justifiable.

If Brentford's opener was somewhat fortunate, the Glovers created their own problems nine minutes later when a Bees cross from the left ran right the way through the Yeovil penalty area, an air swing completely failed to clear the danger, and Kevin O' Connor was left entirely unmarked on the back post, firing across the face of a slightly static Josh Wagenaar to double Brentford's lead. A good finish from Brentford's perspective, but everything about Yeovil's defending for the goal was woeful.

Thankfully for the players ears at half time for the verbal bashing they were likely to take for that goal, they pulled one back two minutes later with a real beaut of a set piece. Gavin Tomlin had been fouled on the corner of the area, and when James Dayton whipped the ball into the box, Marc Bircham was quick off the blocks with a near post header that gave Brentford keeper Sebastien Brown no chance whatsoever.

The performance of referee Gibb was not the best in the first period, and both Bircham and Roberts landed in the book and vented their fury on the match official - particularly after one occasion when Bircham was floored by a Brentford midfielder, with the Bees player landing on him - predictably Bircham didn't take kindly to this, which in turn ignited the home crowd, who were well aware of the midfielder's former club allegiances in West London. Perhaps this was in mind when Bircham was withdrawn at half time along with Paul Warne, as Darren Way and Andre McCollin came on.

The snag was that the second half never really took off at all. Brentford were playing higher up the field and trying to squeeze the Yeovil midfield, leaving space at a premium and almost everything concentrated into the middle third. If anything the home side looked more likely to extend their lead as Yeovil took more and more risks to get their equaliser, without ever really looking likely to.

The breakthrough came when the Glovers changed tactics slightly, choosing to bypass the overcrowded midfield a little by a few dinks over the top. Suddenly Brentford's defence looked nervy, with Gavin Tomlin in particular causing them problems, but it was a slightly random looking bouncing ball that landed in the direction of James Dayton that got them their joy. With his back to goal, Dayton let the ball bounce rather than head it, and Kevin O'Connor ran into the back of him. Not really a lot of doubt on this occasion, and with the infringment happening in almost an identical spot on the pitch to the first penalty, it was not too hard for Mr Gibbs to award his second spot kick, duely converted by Gavin Tomlin for his 4th goal of the season.

The remaining 13 minutes saw both sides try to grab a winner without truly looking like doing so, although at least the equaliser forced Brentford to abandon their second half tactics and open the match up a bit more. The 90 minutes completed though without a winner, and so spot kicks settled the tie. Kieran Murtagh scored his, whilst Gavin Tomlin netted a second penalty of the night. However, Andre McCollin saw his saved, whilst Aaron Brown's sliced high and wide, meaning that not even Josh Wagenaar's save from James Wilson's penalty could deny Brentford their win - secured through Ryan Dickson.

Perhaps not surprisingly considering the number of changes, the Glovers looked a little disjointed tonight in places, and in the second period they struggled for creativity until Tomlin's penalty opened the game up. Probably of more concern though was that there were a number of injury niggles incurred throughout the match, with Craig Alcock, Nathan Jones and Gavin Tomlin appearing to pick up knocks. All three completed the match suggesting nothing of major concern, but they showed how much the team are living on the edge at present.

Final Score: Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford win 4-2 on penalties).

Scorers: Glenn Poole (1-0, 28 mins, pen), Kevin O'Connor (2-0, 37 mins), Marc Bircham (2-1, 39 mins), Gavin Tomlin (2-2, 77 mins, pen).

Penalties: Kevin O'Connor (1-0), Kieran Murtagh (1-1), Marcus Bean (2-1), Andre McCollin (saved, 2-1), Ross Montague (3-1), Aaron Brown (missed, 3-1), James Wilson (saved, 3-1), Gavin Tomlin (3-2), Ryan Dickson (4-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
18. Kieran Murtagh 7. Marc Bircham 16. Gary Roberts 29. James Dayton
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs: 1. Asmir Begovic (GK) 4. Terry Skiverton 8. Darren Way (46 mins for Marc Bircham) 19. Andre McCollin (46 mins for Paul Warne) 27. Lee Peltier

Brentford:
31. Sebastien Brown 7. Adam Newton 15. James Wilson 5. Mark Phillips 14. Brett Johnson 20. Frankie Artus 4. Marcus Bean 2. Kevin O'Connor 11. Glenn Poole 10. Charlie MacDonald 19. Moses Ademola

Subs: 1. Ben Hamer (GK) 3. Ryan Dickson (64 mins for Glenn Poole) 17. Craig Pead 23. Ross Montague (64 mins for Charlie MacDonald) 25. Lewis Ochoa (83 mins for Frankie Artus)

Brentford Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (foul, 33 mins), Gary Roberts (dissent, 38 mins)

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Mike George (Norfolk) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: David Margetts (Essex).

Attendance: 1,339 (including 130 from Yeovil)


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2 September 2008 : Club Issue Financial Statement
Yeovil Town have issued an official statement following rumours that all office staff at Huish Park had been given letters notifying them of job cuts at the club. This has led to questions over the financial future of the Football Club amongst supporters.

The club's statement - unedited from its form on the official site - reads as follows:


"Yeovil Town Football Club has moved to comment on ill-informed rumours regarding its current financial situation. The Club is financially secure and is under no pressure in terms of cash resources.

"However, it is conducting its business in accordance with responsible budgetary controls and is carrying out a review of its operations in view of the current economic climate. It is true that staff have received a letter informing them there MAY be changes to their working hours or conditions.

"This does not necessarily mean changes are inevitable. Decisions will be made when the review has been concluded. However, staff have been formally advised of the possibility of change to comply with accepted employment procedures.
"


Without actually having seen the content of the letter in question, our interpretation of the above statement is that the club is exercising its legal obligation under Employment Law to issue advance notification to employees that their jobs are "at risk". This does not necessarily mean that specific positions have been identified yet, or that hard decisions have been made. It also does not mean that all employees who have received such a letter will ultimately be affected.

In terms of generic Employment Law (and therefore not necessarily relevant to Yeovil Town's situation) such a notice may allow for an organisation to issue voluntary redundancies, compulsory redundancies or redeployment on revised terms and conditions or job description that effectively by law are seen as "dismissal and re-engagement". The company must go through a "consultation period" to determine the final action - for a company the size of Yeovil Town, the period of consultation must last between 30 and 90 days from the issue of the notification before any changes are invoked. Where an organisation is planning less than 20 redundancies they do not have to follow this consultation process, but Government websites recommend that the procedure is still followed in order to minimise any chances of unfair dismissal claims.

What this news means is that Yeovil Town are almost certainly planning to downsize their backroom operations at some point between now and the end of the year, but that the extent of that downsizing can not be at present determined.

NB: Ciderspace does not pretend to be an expert on Employment Law. If any of our readers are more well versed in this area and spot any legal howlers in our interpretation of the above situation, please feel free to get in touch and correct us.


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2 September 2008 : Club Appoint New Physio
Yeovil Town have recruited in a new First Team physio, to replace Jim Joyce, who resigned to take up a position with Aldershot Town during pre-season.

The new man to arrive at Huish Park is Wayne Jones, who has been Hereford United's first team physio. Their replacement is former Yeovil Town midfielder Jamie Pitman, who has returned to Edgar Street for a third session after spending just over two seasons at Forest Green Rovers as a player.

We naturally wish Wayne the best of luck in settling in at Yeovil Town, and also thank Centre of Excellence physio Phil Cole in the hard work he has put in recently, after having to perform both roles during August.


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2 September 2008 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on League Two side Brentford at Griffin Park on Tuesday (tonight) in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round match. The game kicks off at 7.30p.m. with all tickets for the tie being sold on the night.

The Glovers go into the game on the back of two mammoth away matches at Middlesbrough and Carlisle United, having suffered two heavy defeats and with the second half at Brunton Park having the look of a leggy side that had run out of steam following a hard week on the road. By the time the Glovers complete their sequence of four away games, they'll have clocked up around 1,820 miles on the road inside two weeks.

Of course with such a punishing schedule, any manager worth his salt would use tonight's tie as an opportunity to rotate his squad. The competition rules require a club to play 'recognised' six first team players but the Glovers were so short of numbers during yesterday's training session that manager Russell Slade and assistant Steve Thompson took part in a practice match to bring the numbers up to a sensible level. Thus tonight's team selection will more be driven by who is fit and available, rather than worrying about the exact nuances of the JPT rulebook.

That doesn't mean that there won't be any squad rotation; tonight represents an opportunity for loan winger James Dayton and central defender Aaron Brown to show what they can do. However, given yesterday's departure of Lloyd Owusu and the non-availability of new signing Andy Welsh, the starting eleven will merely be the rotation of the club's available sixteen players - Aidan Downes (knee ligaments), Jordan Street (wrist), Rob Fitzgerald (hip), Danny Schofield (bruised shin) and Nathan Smith (groin) are unlikely to be available, let alone risked.

Brentford had a quiet day in the transfer market yesterday with only central defender Karleigh Osborne moving out on loan to Oxford United and no incoming players. They did however extend the loan deals of centre-back pairing Alan Bennett and Jamie Wilson. They will not be playing Sam Wood (ankle), Gary Smith (hernia) and Ross Montague (back) although have a dilemma of whether to give recent injury victims Ryan Dickson and Kevin O'Connor a run-out to get them match fitness or whether to protect them for their League Two programme. The BBC speculate that midfielder Frankie Artus and striker Moses Ademola could be drafted in as Brentford rotate their squad slightly. Manager Andy Scott though maintains that he won't be doing too many changes:

"You have to take every game seriously. When we played Swansea in the Carling Cup a few weeks ago, even though we lost, our performance gave us a lift following the Bury defeat. It helped us build momentum, and we don't want to lose that momentum by losing to Yeovil, whatever the competition is."

Competition rules dictate that there will be no extra time played tonight. If the scores are level after 90 minutes then the game will be settled on penalties, and Brentford will feel justifiably confident that they would triumph in such a situation, with first choice keeper Ben Hamer currently sat on a record of four penalty saves in the last six he has faced.

A reminder again that kick-off tonight is at 7.30p.m. and the Ciderspace guide to Brentford is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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2 September 2008 : Welsh Arrival Confirmed
This morning's BBC Somerset and Western Daily Press sports bulletins have confirmed the news carried on this site yesterday that left-winger Andy Welsh has been drafted in as a replacement for the outgoing Lloyd Owusu.

Welsh will not feature in tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match at Griffin Park against Brentford, but will link up with manager Russell Slade's squad in time for the trip to Milton Keynes Dons on the weekend.

He is a 24 year old, born on November 24th 1983, in Manchester and commenced his career with Stockport County, spending three years at the club, including a loan spell at Macclesfield Town before signing for Sunderland in November 2004, who were at that point a Championship side heading for the Premier League. He made his League debut on New Year's Day against Preston North End, coming on as a substitute for a certain Marcus Stewart.

Welsh played 21 times for Sunderland, including two loan spells with Leicester City before spending five months in Canada where he played for Toronto. Last season he played for Championship side Blackpool, where he made 21 appearances before being released. Since then he has been a free agent, turning out for Yeovil Town Reserves in the 6-0 win over Salisbury City Reserves and scoring the opening goal. His arrival gives the club cover for current first choice wingers Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield, both of whom are currently out injured.


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1 September 2008 : Bircham Glad Of Carlisle Surprise
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham has admitted that he did not expect to land in the starting line-up for Saturday's match against Carlisle United. Bircham, who had only just recovered from a hamstring injury himself, was thrown in the deep end at Brunton Park just before kick-off when left-back Nathan Smith had to drop out of the side.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Bircham explained that with having only played half an hour during midweek at Middlesbrough that he had been told to expect another game warming the bench:

"It was a surprise. I was back ahead of schedule and managed to get in half an hour at Middlesbrough. I knew I was going to be a sub at Carlisle, but Nathan Smith ended up pulling out at the last minute of our warm-up. So we had to reshuffle the pack, and that seemed to work OK, at first anyway. I was happy that I got in 90 minutes, but I suppose that was the only bright point of the day for me."

The former QPR man also declared his frustration at the Glovers not being able to hold onto a lead at Brunton Park, especially after coping with a difficult journey up the M6:

"The result was disappointing after going 1-0 up like we did last year. It took us nine hours to get up here on Friday. To go 1-0 up and then to almost go in at half time at 1-0 up, then it was disappointing how we finished the game by losing 4-1."


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1 September 2008 : Owusu A Robin
Following up our item from earlier today (below), the Gloucester Citizen reports that Lloyd Owusu has signed a one year contract with an appearance related option on a further year with Cheltenham Town. No fee to Yeovil Town was involved.

Owusu provoked widely varying opinions amongst Yeovil Town fans during his time at Huish Park. Signed on July 6th he made his competitive match debut for the Glovers on 11th August 2007 against Huddersfield Town. He was top scorer with 11 goals in the 2007-08 season, but never seemed fully settled at the club, with constant rumour that he hankered for a move back to London.

In the pre-season friendlies he was clearly drifting to the fringe of manager Russell Slade's plans, adding to the speculation that he was on his way despite having taken up his option of a year's extension on his contract. It therefore comes as no surprise he has gone, the only slight mystery being the destination - the Robins hardly classifying as a London area club.

Owusu's last goal for the Glovers came in the draw at Huish Park against Leeds United on August 23rd.

Lloyd Owusu : appearances 51, goals 12.

Lloyd Owusu's full statistics at Yeovil Town


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1 September 2008 : Old Boy Sees His Swans On A High
Swansea City U18, managed by former Glover Tony Pennock who was given this role over the summer, recorded a comfortable victory in Wales over the Yeovil Town youth side on Saturday.

The Swans took the lead in the first half at the 35th minute mark, and although the Glovers restored parity at the start of the second period the home team hit three more after the hour.

Final score: Swansea City U18 4-1 Yeovil Town U18.


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1 September 2008 : Owusu Exit On The Cards
Yeovil Town are expecting to lose striker Lloyd Owusu later today, with the target man having left it until the last minute to make his decision to head to another club.

Owusu is being strongly linked with fellow League One side Cheltenham Town, whose interest in the player goes all the way back to June 26th. League Two side Gillingham have also been chasing them during the summer, but their media manager Martin Weller believed that it was unlikely that the Gills would be making any last minute moves:

"I poked my head round the door this morning, asked if I needed to think about a late night and was told probably not. By that I'm assuming there won't be much last-minute activity."

This has led the Kent press to be pessimistic about their chances of landing Owusu - going as far as to name him, whilst the Gloucester Citizen find Cheltenham manager Keith Downing in a more bullish mood over getting a striker in:

"It's going to be a busy day for me talking to various players and clubs on the phone and I am looking for a striker, whether it's a loan or a permanent one. It's evident these boys need some help and I've got to try and get the right people in. I know who I want, but if we get them in remains to be seen."

The Gloucester Citizen name Charlton Athletic's Stuart Fleetwood and Bristol Rovers' striker Andy Williams as Cheltenham's principle targets, but Downing has openly admitted an interest in Owusu in the past. As yet there's been nothing to officially confirm or deny that Owusu is Cheltenham-bound yet. Williams can certainly be discounted as a Cheltenham target now - he's gone to Hereford United on loan.

If Owusu's exit is confirmed then that will leave manager Russell Slade looking for a replacement, and he is believed to be still talking to former Sunderland man Andy Welsh. The 24 year old impressed during the Reserves 6-0 win over Salisbury City, leaving Slade highly impressed by his performance, but at the time he was unable to do a deal with the player due to the budgetary constraints he is currently operating under. If Owusu leaves, then that door will re-open, and with Welsh currently a free agent, the midnight deadline need not apply.


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1 September 2008 : Tickets For Scunthorpe United
Tickets for the forthcoming League One match between Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town will only be available from Glanford Park. The match is due to be played on Saturday 27th September and there will be no sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Yeovil Town fans will be allocated the South Stand at Glanford Park, which is our usual spot in the ground and is a covered seated stand that holds 1,678 spectators. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Under 21s/Seniors: £11.00; Under 16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £18.00 with their assistant admitted free of charge. Anyone requiring any special arrangements in advance, such as disabled parking spaces, should call Scunthorpe's ticket office on 0871-221-1899. Scunthorpe's regular Disabled Liaison Officer and Customer Care contact Alan Webster left Glanford Park last summer after 38 years service there and as far as we can tell they have yet to name his successor.

Update: put a hold on the ticket price information. Ciderspace has noticed that while the Scunthorpe Official Site had this match classified as Category B and was charging home fans category B prices, the ticket prices issued by the Yeovil Town Official Site for away fans appeared to be set at Category A in two out of three cases. A call to the Yeovil Town Ticket Office just produced a 'we can only go by what Scunthorpe has told us'. So we felt obliged to call Glanford Park ourselves to see what was going on. They confirmed it is a category B match and promised to get back to Yeovil Town to clarify matters. We await developments.

Further update: the Yeovil Town Official Site has now confirmed that the initial prices stated were incorrect. The prices stated above are the revised and correct ones.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Scunthorpe United.


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1 September 2008 : Transfer Window Shuts Tonight
Today represents the final day in the Transfer Window for all Premier League, Football League and Conference National sides. For those who are not clear on the rules, from Yeovil Town's point of view (and obviously all other Football League clubs) this means that all permanent transfers and Long Term loan deals must be completed by midnight tonight.

Following a seven day period during which no loans are permissible (except for goalkeepers where special dispensation is granted) the Emergency Loan window will open up for Football League clubs, allowing players to be brought in on loan for a maximum period of 93 days.

Our August 27th article shows that Yeovil Town fans should not hold their breath for any significant comings or goings - unless any of the current squad are sold to another club.

At present the only major deal to look out for is whether Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has his 'emergency loan' converted into a long term loan before midnight. If that does not happen then Asmir will depart Huish Park during early November - with the away match at Oldham Athletic on November 1st currently likely to be his last game.

The only other scenarios to look out for would be the loaning out of some of the club's 'scholars' - i.e. Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Ren Turnock and Lloyd Irish - who may be farmed out for match experience. However the club obviously has the option to do this during the emergency loan window as well, particularly if any of the deals involve clubs below Conference National level. However, given their likely minimal wage levels, any such move would be unlikely to come under the club's "one out, one in" transfer policy.

Needless to say, if anything does happen today, this site will be updated with the latest, right up until the midnight hour.


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