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30 September 2010 : Ticketing For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to the Withdean Stadium are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 23rd October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As with all visits to the Withdean Stadium, their policy is that tickets for away supporters are NOT sold on the day of the game. You will therefore have to buy your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Students/Under-21s: £16.50; Under-16s: £13.50; Under-10s: £1.00.

Students and Under-21s must produce the relevant identification - e.g. NUS Card, Driver's Licence etc. The Under-10s offer is only valid when accompanied by a full paying Adult.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled pay £15.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. You must phone 0845-496-1901 to book your ticket and identify any special arrangements.

For those who have not been to the Withdean Stadium before, you are housed in an uncovered 'temporary' stand structure that is situated a considerable distance from the pitch. This should hopefully be the last trip ever to the Withdean Stadium, with Brighton due to start next season at the new stadium at Falmer.

You have until 12.00 noon on Thursday 21st October to purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you have not done do by then, you will be unable to travel to the game.

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall (including ticketing).


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30 September 2010 : Virgo Brings The Case For The Defence
Yeovil Town defender Adam Virgo has said that he will play anywhere the manager asks him to, but says that he has one favoured position where the club will get the best out of him. The 27 year old is one of only two players to start all of the Glovers' first team matches, but has not always been stuck in the same position for every match.

Virgo was always recognised as a versatile player whilst he was with former club Brighton and Hove Albion, and had played as a makeshift striker for the Seagulls at Championship level under Mark McGhee. He was also recruited by Glasgow side Celtic as a right-back - the position he played during Saturday's match against Exeter City. Having also performed the target-man role at Notts County, Virgo gives manager Terry Skiverton a number of options, but Virgo has told BBC Somerset that he knows he puts in his best performances as a centre-back:

"I do prefer that position, and that's obvious for people to see. It's probably my strongest position. I thought Luke Ayling came in and did a fantastic job at right-back. But for me, I know the size of the squad and I know the budget of the football club, so I know that you are asked to play out of position. I'll always do my best, but I just think that now I'm not 21 years old any more, where I can play out of position and run around. I'm a little bit older. I do feel more comfortable playing as a centre-half and I think it shows in my performances for the football club."

Even his former boss McGhee admitted whilst Virgo was 22 years old and playing for him as a front man, that he was probably not playing in his best position, saying at the time:

"He is a great athlete, has a fantastic attitude and can play in the heart of defence, right back, midfield or up front. But I think his best position is in defence."


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30 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Southampton, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.


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30 September 2010 : Owls Given Third Winding Up Order
It should not have come as a shock to Sheffield Wednesday fans to find their club are heading back to the High Court. The experience of Southend United last season was that once HMRC gets its claws into a football club, it won't let go until they are paying their taxes regularly and on time.

After being bailed out earlier this month, at the last minute by the Co-Operative Bank - Wednesday's biggest creditor by far - the League One side have almost immediately knocked up £600,000 worth of tax arrears again, and so HMRC have issued their third winding up order on the Owls in three months. The latest petition will be heard on November 17th.

Last month's bail-out went down to the wire with the Co-Op Bank handing over an additional £780,000 as an extension of Wednesday's overdraft facility, but the general vibe was that this was their last gift to the club, and that they expected the Yorkshire club to find investment from elsewhere for any future financial issues, with the Co-Op's overdraft having reached in the region of £25 million.

Wednesday's Chief Executive Nick Parker has again said that matters are all in hand, suggesting that an overseas oil company have offered to loan £600,000 to the Owls - the exact sum of money that HMRC are demanding. But there's no clear firm commitment to do so yet, and as with the earlier Co-Op bailout, until Wednesday start balancing their books on a monthly basis, or bring in investors willing to underwrite their outgoings, every month is going to be like Groundhog Month for the Owls from now on. Until of course, even the High Court loses patience with them.

Link: 08/09/2010 : Owls Get Bailed Out By Their Bank.


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30 September 2010 : Henderson To Keep Sullivan Sat In The Stands
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson will stay between the sticks for the remainder of his loan period at Huish Park, even though the man he replaced, John Sullivan is back in training. The Bristol City custodian is at Huish Park on a 30 day loan, and manager Terry Skiverton has agreed to honour a pledge given to City boss Keith Millen to keep Henderson in the first team for the duration of the deal.

Skiverton explained to BBC Somerset that Millwall keeper Sullivan is back in training and so is fit and available, but that he will have to bide his time for the immediate future:

"He's (Sullivan) trained for the last few days, but I've got Stephen Henderson for a month and so he'll play for the month. That was the understanding with Bristol City, and I'm going to stick to that."

Henderson's 30 day loan was agreed on September 17th and therefore his last day at Huish Park will be October 16th. Assuming no unexpected events alter Skiverton's plans, Henderson will therefore remain in goal for the away trips at Walsall and Rochdale and will complete his spell with the club with the home match against Sheffield Wednesday. With the Glovers decidedly top-heavy on their loans at present, Sullivan will almost certainly not even earn a place on the bench during that time.

Right-back Craig Alcock will remain a doubt for Saturday's match against Walsall, with a back injury having kept him out for two games. Skivo explained that this would be another last minute decision:

"He's touch-and-go, but we'll find out, even if we have to wait until late and see how he is."

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala should be available for the trip to the Bescot Stadium though, after he only marginally failed a fitness test on Tuesday afternoon, prior to the Southampton home game.


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30 September 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
For those heading to the Bescot Stadium for the trip to Walsall on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide has now been updated. Featuring a club background, directions, ticketing information, a pub guide and other odds'n'sods, your guide to the Saddlers is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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29 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1
Following last night's 1-1 draw at Huish Park, Taff's Gloversblog has been updated to cover the game against Southampton. Covering the usual analysis of individual performances as well as the team itself, read the article via the link below.

As usual feel free to supply your own views on the game at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.


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29 September 2010 : Skivo Calls For Realism In Glovers Pecking Order
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that there needs to be more realism in where the club stand in terms of their League One status. After having played one of the biggest sides in the division, the Glovers boss says that both himself and supporters need to accept the 'pecking order' that exists in the division.

Despite just having had two of their biggest home matches of the League One season, with Exeter City and Southampton coming to Huish Park, the club's current average gate of 4,553 this season means that only six sides in their division are running on smaller crowds than the Glovers.

Skiverton believes his club need to fight against the odds, and that they will only do that by putting in the sort of committed performances they managed last night against the Saints:

"What I have to realise, and the supporters realise as well, is where we are in the pecking order. I am not getting carried away, we are a small club fighting against the odds and people have to forget all the grandeur about `we should be doing this, or challenging for that'. We're going to be up and down all season. We have got to put in more performances like that - putting bodies on the line. Loan signing Gavin Williams had a leg hanging off but he put in an absolute shift for me and I was also pleased with Luke Ayling as a makeshift right-back."


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29 September 2010 : Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
It's over a month before we play them, but advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Milton Keynes Dons are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are a bit of a bargain, and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-60s: £8.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters should phone 01908-622900 to make arrangements. You will be charged the Over-60s price above, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Yeovil Town fans are housed in a number of corner blocks to the side of one of the goals. There's an excellent view of the pitch and good leg room, but expect the wind to blow through the stadium if our November trip turns out to be a wet or cold night.

Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Monday 1st November at 12.00 noon.

Update: 29/09/2010: We've had some feedback suggesting that advance tickets have not arrived yet. Hence ring the Ticket Office in advance if you are travelling specifically to purchase tickets here.


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29 September 2010 : Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Rochdale are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 9th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at their Spotland ground. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s and Under-16s: £14.00.

There is no matchday surcharge, and so your decision to purchase in advance will be based upon convenience.

Rochdale's official site indicates that they also offer a Family Ticket, where one adult and one Under-16 can gain admission for £25.00. An additional adult can be added in this package for £18.00 (with a maximum of two adults), whilst additional Under-16s can be added for £7.00 (maximum of three U16s per adult) - we're not sure if the Huish Park Ticket Office will honour this package, so if they don't, then you may be better off waiting until you get to Spotland to buy your tickets. Last time we visited Spotland, they had a designated family area within the stand, although there's no mention of this now.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand, capacity 3,644, which is the stand we occupied last time we played Dale. It's a covered seated stand facing side on to the pitch, opposite Rochdale's main stand.

Disabled supporters are also admitted to the same stand where there are 16 spaces available. Admission is at the above concessionary rate, whilst an assistant can be admitted free of charge. Note that Rochdale advise that you need to take proof of Disability Living Allowance at the middle, high or severe level, and proof of your need for an assistant to qualify for the concessions. For any arrangements and bookings, contact Gina Buckley on 01706-644648 or go direct to Rochdale's Ticket Office.

Tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Thursday 7th October at 12.00 noon.

Update: 29/09/2010: We've had some feedback suggesting that this may be a Pay on the Day game without advance ticket sales. Hence ring the Ticket Office in advance if you are travelling specifically to purchase tickets here until we can double-check this.


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29 September 2010 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's officials for the away trip to Walsall at the Bescot Stadium have been announced. The man in charge will be referee Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). We've only had Mr Pawson twice so far, with him being one of the newer officials on the circuit.

The first of those was the February 2009 fixture against Peterborough United - Russell Slade's last game in charge and a 3-1 win. Apart from being on a high after that result which may have affected our mood, our view of Mr Pawson was a positive one, even going so far as to recognise his performance later on in the week on this news page as "excellent". Those who have seen many of Ciderspace's Ref-Rants would realise that is a definite rare event.

Mr Pawson also took charge of the incredible 3-3 draw against Norwich City in December 2009. He had a reasonable match, but missed a chance to award the Glovers a spot-kick and a likely red card for Canaries defender Gary Doherty; a decision that left Glovers striker Dean Bowditch not very amused.

Mr Pawson's career high so far was refereeing the Conference National Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008 between Cambridge United and Exeter City. He is a relatively new official at this level, having only been promoted during the summer of 2008, hence why our paths have not crossed too often.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by Rob Merchant (Staffordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcester). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Meeson (Staffordshire).

Link: February 2009 : Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 3 Norwich City 3.


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29 September 2010 : Skivo: That Was The Right Response
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that he got the right reaction from his side in last night's draw against Southampton. The Glovers picked up a point in the 1-1 draw at Huish Park in a performance that was a far cry from the Saturday performance against Exeter City.

The Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he was disappointed to find that the result put his side into the bottom four in the latest league table, but said that the wider picture showed his side could compete at League One level:

"That was the right response tonight. The back four defended magnificently and we deserved that little bit of luck at the end. On another night I think we could have had another penalty as well. For me it's disappointing where I think we may have ended up in the bottom four on the back of such a good performance, but there's enough characteristics there to know that when it's needed we can fight and we can challenge anyone."


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28 September 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Southampton
If you were at this tonight's 1-1 draw against Southampton at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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28 September 2010 : Yeovil 1 Saints 1 : Bottom Four But Improved Performance
Yeovil Town gained a valuable home point against League One giants Southampton tonight in a tense encounter at Huish Park. The Glovers had to come from behind when Brazillian substitute Guly Do Prado scored early in the second half. The Glovers hit back through an Adam Virgo penalty, scored after Gavin Williams was upended in the box, and although Saints hit the woodwork twice, the Glovers held on for a point to stop their recent rot.

The Glovers went into the match making one tactical change. Luke Ayling came in as a right-back, as Adam Virgo was moved back into the centre of defence. Stefan Stam dropped to the bench, with the only change being that Luke Freeman dropped out of the squad under the 'five loans rule' with Cameron Stewart coming in onto the bench.

The game started with Southampton gaining almost exclusive possesion, albeit without doing anything with it. Despite the fairly inert start to the match, the Glovers had the first moment worth talking about; a penalty appeal waved away when Andy Williams appeared to be clipped by Saints defender Dan Harding, who once trained at Huish Park, but referee Simon Hooper declined to give the award. Williams chased Hooper all the way back up field complaining about the decision.

At the other end, there was more early controversy as Rickie Lambert burst through, unleashing a trademark bullet of a shot from the edge of the box which crashed against the underside of the crossbar and downwards, spinning outwards. Appeals went up for the goal, but perhaps mercifully the assistant referee was well behind with play and was probably in an impossible position to judge whether the ball was over the line. The benefit of the doubt therefore went with the defending side, and the match stayed goalless.

Midway through the first half, the rain began to come down, affecting the quality of play as both sides perhaps wished they'd chosen different boots on the night. Symptomatic of that was Luke Ayling's short headed backpass to keeper Stephen Henderson that landed in no man's land, but caused no danger, as Lee Barnard's attempt to intercept saw him land on his back on the sodden turf.

Shaun MacDonald tried a long ranger that had Kelvin Davies stretching, losing the wet ball, and palming it around for a corner. Then Dean Bowditch tried his luck, with the ball deflecting out for a corner. Overall, Southampton had the edge, and more of the possession, but this was a much improved first half for the Glovers based on what had gone before against Exeter City on Saturday.

The Glovers opened the second half looking far more authorative, as Shaun MacDonald thread a ball through to Andy Williams and as he raced through on goal, Kelvin Davies came rather recklessly off his line allowing the winger to round him. As Williams shot on goal, the Saints keeper was lucky that his defender Radhi Jaidi was well placed to head the ball clear of the goal.

Somewhat against the run of play, following what had been a bright start by the Glovers to the second period, they took the lead when the Yeovil midfield switched off. Morgan Schneiderlin was allowed way too much room to advance through the Yeovil half without being closed down and as he reached the edge of the box and was finally closed down, his ball was laid off to Brazillian substitute Guly Do Prado who slotted the ball low past Stephen Henderson to open the scoring.

To Yeovil's credit, they didn't fold, and in fact needed just nine minutes to find their feet again. Gavin Williams picked up play and ran into the box, before being chopped down by Saints defender Daniel Seaborne for a fairly academic penalty, leaving Williams requiring lengthy treatment. To everyone's surprise, Adam Virgo was the one who picked up the ball - a centre-back taking a penalty? We needn't have worried as he buried the ball into the corner of the net.

That set up an edgy finale, with both sides making tactical switches to try and force the other side's hand. Saints brought on Adam Lallana and played a 4-4-1-1 to match up with the Glovers. Then Sam Williams was introduced for Andy Williams, but unlike Saturday, the move was to allow the Glovers to go 4-4-2, with Super Gav moving to the right-wing. Unfortunately that didn't last long, as Gavin limped off, giving the crowd a first sight of winger Billy Gibson.

In five minutes of injury time Guly Do Prado fired in on goal and Saints struck the woodwork for the second time in the match. In the aftermath, as the ball was cleared, a foul was spotted leaving Rickie Lambert the chance of a 20 yard free kick deep into injury time. But he wasted it and Yeovil survived.

Whilst this was undoubtedly a point gained and a step forward from Saturday's awful performance, a bitter-sweet moment was learning that the Glovers had dropped into the bottom four on the final whistle, with Tranmere Rovers leapfrogging them just up the road at the Memorial Stadium. Hopefully this is a step back on the right path though for the Glovers, even if they will now have to prove that they can pick up points away from home to avoid staying in the relegation zone.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

Scorers: Guly Do Prado (56 mins, 0-1), Adam Virgo (65 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 9. Sam Williams (87 mins for Andy Williams) 15. Cameron Stewart (78 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 22. Ben Roberts (GK) 23. Billy Gibson (89 mins for Gavin Williams)

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis
12. Danny Butterfield 15. Radhi Jaidi 19. Daniel Seaborne 3. Dan Harding
26. Alec Chamberlain 14. Dean Hammond 4. Morgan Schneiderlin 10. Jason Puncheon
9. Lee Barnard 7. Richard Lambert

Substitutes:
24. Bartosz Bialkowski (GK) 5. Ryan Dickson 6. Jose Fonte 11. Guly Do Prado (46 mins for Alec Chamberlain) 17. Aaron Martin 20. Adam Lallana (71 mins for Lee Barnard) 21. Lee Holmes

Yeovil Bookings: Adam Virgo (31 mins, foul)
Southampton Bookings: Radhi Jaidi (20 mins, foul), Daniel Seaborne (64 mins, foul)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Paul Rees (Bristol) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 5,854 (including at least 1,650 Saints fans)


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28 September 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Southampton
Yeovil Town have made one personnel change and one tactical change for their starting line-up for tonight's match against Southampton. The change was one that many supporters were advocating on the Green Room II forum after Saturday's game; Luke Ayling comes in at right-back, whilst Adam Virgo moves into the centre. Stefan Stam drops to the bench.

Elsewhere, Luke Freeman drops out of the squad due to the rules on loan signings, along with Rob Kiernan. Winger Cameron Stewart gets the nod for the first time in a couple of weeks and sits on the bench.

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 9. Sam Williams 15. Cameron Stewart 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 22. Ben Roberts (GK) 23. Billy Gibson

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis
12. Danny Butterfield 15. Radhi Jaidi 19. Daniel Seaborne 3. Dan Harding
26. Alec Chamberlain 14. Dean Hammond 4. Morgan Schneiderlin 10. Jason Puncheon
9. Lee Barnard 7. Richard Lambert

Substitutes:
24. Bartosz Bialkowski (GK) 5. Ryan Dickson 6. Jose Fonte 11. Guly Do Prado 17. Aaron Martin 20. Adam Lallana 21. Lee Holmes


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28 September 2010 : Skivo: We Need To Defend As A Team
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said ahead of tonight's game against Southampton that he has had to look at why his side have started shipping so many goals this season. With a number of games ending up in defeats by more than a single goal, the Yeovil boss has told BBC Somerset that his side's goal difference is currently 'terrible'.

However, he warned against necessarily blaming the back four and goalkeeper for that record, pointing out that he was looking at the whole team across the board for methods of stopping the rot:

"With me being a centre-half that's even worse (as a defensive record). We'll have to look at it as our goal difference is terrible. Last year we were always in games and so we'll have to look at that. I've got enough quality at the back, and it's not just the back four that you've got to look at. You've got to look at the people in front of them and the people who are wide, to stop getting crosses in, and also the people who are holding the ball up when we have the ball, so that it is not always coming down our throats again. So it's a team thing. I'm not just blaming certain areas. Everyone in that team and in that squad needs to look at themselves at the moment."


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28 September 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Southampton Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Southampton tonight at Huish Park in a League One match at Huish Park. The two sides come into the game two places and one point apart from each other in the latest League One Table, although there are few people who would expect Saints to finish the season in their current 18th place slot. Disrupted somewhat by the decidedly bonkers decision to sack manager Alan Pardew straight after a 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers, they've had a sticky September, and until last Saturday hadn't won a game since Pardew's exit from the club.

That win was an impressive 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, and so the question will be whether that match represents a turning point for their fortunes, or whether they just happened to edge out another side who is drastically under-performing this season. In Nigel Adkins they have a highly successful new manager, who took Scunthorpe United to the Championship twice, but as with all management changes, they need time to bed in new ideas, and his task won't have been easy when he has come in on the back of some unrest kick-started by Pardew's departure.

Saints defender Jose Fonte missed Saturday's win, whilst impressive midfield playmaker Adam Lallana was kept on the bench due to a recent four week layoff through injury. His 18 minute return to the fold on Saturday suggests that he may be ready to play a more prominent role in Southampton's season from now on. He replaced Saturday's goalscorer Lee Barnard, who should partner Yeovil's nemesis Rickie Lambert up front tonight. Oddly, Southampton's problem so far this season has been finding the net, with just six goals in eight games so far, and given four of those came against Bristol Rovers their strike force will be under pressure to change that statistic.

The Glovers go into the game with question marks over Craig Alcock (back), Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) and John Sullivan (shoulder). The latter returned to training yesterday but may not be quite ready to be thrust straight into the action, with Stephen Henderson available for selection otherwise.

Manager Terry Skiverton's problem is very obvious indeed. His side are currently leaking goals like a sieve, and they have the worst record in the division, with 17 in eight League One matches. Once cup matches are considered, it becomes a fairly startling 15 in their last five matches - three goals a game - and that and a record of one win in nine games has to be arrested quickly. With the bottom four teams all one point behind them, any slip-up tonight will probably put the Glovers back into the drop zone and they'll need at least a point to avoid that happening ahead of two difficult away trips at Walsall and Rochdale.

Past meetings between the two sides don't paint too much hope of a Yeovil win, with Saints victorious in the last six meetings between the two sides, once friendlies are taken into account. That said, the two meetings last season provoked refereeing outrage to an extreme, with Yeovil's 0-1 home defeat in April spoilt by referee Oliver Langford bottling a second red card for the sinning Saints, whilst Southampton won the September 2009 clash at St Mary's thanks to two penalties, one of which was one of the most incredulous decisions seen in football last season. The Glovers will need to be on form tonight if they are to beat their illustrious counterparts, but they'll also need tonight's referee Simon Hooper to be on the ball as well.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets for the match are available right up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. We'll be on Twitter as usual if you're not there, whilst BBC Somerset will be doing live commentary on the match on 95.5FM with coverage starting just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Southampton.

Link: Saints Away Following To Boost Tonight's Crowd.

Link: Doubts Remain Over Injured Glovers Duo.

Update: As of 3.00p.m. this afternoon, Southampton had sold 1,300 terrace tickets and 330 stand tickets, with tickets for Saints fans available from the Huish Park Ticket Office - 170 seats and 200 terrace places available to away fans.


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28 September 2010 : Doubts Remain Over Injured Glovers Duo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton will need to make a late check on senior players Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala ahead of tonight's match against Southampton. The duo missed Saturday's 1-3 home defeat against Exeter City through injury, and so are significant doubts for tonight's match at Huish Park (kick-off 7.45p.m.)

Kalala has been out with knee ligament problems for the past two matches, also missing the club's 4-2 defeat at Huddersfield Town, whilst Alcock was taken out of Saturday's match due to a back problem. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that both are doubts for tonight's match against the Saints and admitted that Kalala in particular could be a significant miss:

"We don't know yet. It's going to be touch and go as to whether they are fit for that one. The only thing is that every time that JP (Kalala) is missing or someone else is missing, we look like we're weak. I don't consider JP to be this big 6'3" hardman, I just think that JP is a good honest steady player. But it does show up when he is not there."

If Kalala does miss out during tonight's match, Skiverton wants to see fellow midfielders Shaun MacDonald and Owain Tudur Jones step up to the plate to ensure that the Glovers do not miss him:

"Shaun MacDonald would normally get around the pitch and make tackles, along with Owain (Tudur Jones). They didn't do that (on Saturday, against Exeter City) but normally they can do that. So we'll have to see in the next game who we have got fit first, because we've got three or four knocks, and then see who wants to go out there and can put a really good performance in."

Goalkeeper John Sullivan returned to first team training yesterday following a shoulder injury. Tonight's match may come too soon for him to make his return - if so then Stephen Henderson would continue between the sticks.


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28 September 2010 : GWSC Travel To Walsall
Yeovil Town's next away trip is the journey up the M5 to the Bescot Stadium to play Walsall. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd October 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 9.30a.m. and then Huish Park at 9.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £19.00, with concessions available at £17.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Meanwhile, the Devon and Dorset Greens have altered their travel plans slightly for the same trip and will now leave 30 minutes later at 9.30a.m. - for further details, see their travel plans, available via the link below.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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28 September 2010 : Saints Away Following To Boost Tonight's Crowd
League One side Southampton look likely to give tonight's Huish Park attendance a welcome boost, although their travelling volumes may fall short of last season's figures. The Saints travel to Huish Park tonight (kick-off 7.45p.m.) to play the Glovers, and report that as of yesterday they had sold 1,350 tickets for the match.

Last season, Southampton took 1,860 supporters, in terms of their official following, although there appeared to be a number who had quietly sneaked into home areas, giving Yeovil Town their best home gate of the 2009-10 season with a total of 7,484 inside the ground.

This season, the Saints have sold 1,000 terrace tickets and 350 stand tickets, with 150 seated tickets still available to their families, senior citizens and disabled supporters. In addition, they put on sale a second batch of 500 terrace tickets at St Mary's yesterday and so should boost their current sales before the game, although may not quite match last season's figures.

Given the larger-than-usual crowd, and the tendency for supporters to arrive close to kick-off for evening matches, we'd advise you allow a little bit of extra time for getting into the ground tonight.


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27 September 2010 : Slope And Glory : Not Quite So Super These Days, Is It Gav?
Recent years have seen a large number of players making their second, or even third returns to Huish Park. When one particular Welshman returned to Huish Park recently, he was hailed as a saviour, but not even one talented player can always be on hand to pull things out of the fire. Seb White looks at how different things are from when Gavin Williams was at Huish Park, and where things are now, as a review of Saturday's home match against Exeter City.

As always with our blog articles, feel free to provide your own opinions at the foot of the page.

Link: Slope And Glory : Not Quite So Super These Days, Is It Gav?


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27 September 2010 : Stansfield Double Marathon Run : 'The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Done'
Long distance runners Paul Stansfield and Nick Bryant completed their incredible run from St James Park to Huish Park on Saturday, with just 45 minutes to spare before kick-off. The duo set off for the League One match against Exeter City at 5.30a.m. and were out running for just under nine hours in their efforts to raise money for the Cancer Research UK charity.

The pair were supported by Paul's elder brother Wayne and his sister's fiancé Shaun for part of the journey, as well as cyclists Paul Bennett and Ryan Greenaway, with an additional runner, Cara, helping them get through the final 15 miles, as they arrived at Huish Park to applause from Yeovil and Exeter fans, as well as the BBC's Football League Show cameras.

The double marathon of almost 50 miles was in tribute to former Glovers and Grecians striker Adam Stansfield, and his brother Paul has told the Exeter Express and Echo that it was an amazing experience for him:

"This was the single hardest thing I have ever done. We started at 5.30am and the middle stint was probably the worst. The end was exhausting but at least we had the end in sight. People have been beeping all morning which has been fantastic. I have never run that distance before but I did my first marathon today in three hours and 45 minutes and then almost another one straight after. I am just happy to have completed it in the name of my brother. The atmosphere along the route was fantastic from both Exeter and Yeovil fans. I know my Mum and Dad are very proud that I have done this in Adam's name."

Paul agreed to join the run after he heard that Exeter City supporter Nick Bryant was planning to do the run. He offered to join Nick as his running partner, and only revealed to him halfway through the run that the longest he had previously managed was 17 miles during his training. Nick was the more experienced runner, having done this year's London Marathon and even he admitted that he found the distance and the terrain tough going:

"It could have been worse but I am a bit aching now. But the support has really spurred us both on."

Nick has written a diary of the day's events and how they managed their run, including details of how they lost their support team at one stage, as the cyclists took an unexpected detour, and also how they met their families halfway through the run who joined them for moral support (and massages!)

Nick's account of the day can be found via the link below. After you've read it, and realise how much effort they all put into the day, head via the second link to donate to a very worthy (and justified) cause. So far they have raised over £2,700 with the numbers continuing to rise. Well done boys!

Link: Nick's Running Adventures : A Run For Stanno Blog.

Link: A Run For Stanno : Nick Bryant's Just Giving Page.


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27 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : It's Just Like Deja-Vu All Over Again
With Taff being the lucky one who was elsewhere for Saturday's 1-3 home defeat in League One against Exeter City, the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the overall problems that the first team face. There's also brief looks at tomorrow's match against Southampton and finally the passing of long-serving centre-half Len Harris.

Read on, via the link below, and feel free to pass your own views as well.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : It's Just Like Deja-Vu All Over Again.


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27 September 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down to another defeat on Saturday morning, as they lost 3-2 at home to Plymouth Argyle Under-18s. It may have been another Youth Alliance League Cup defeat, but the margin was far more slight than last weekend's 6-0 defeat, with goals from Tyler Sheppard and Lloyd Matthews giving plus points on the day.

Yeovil welcomed Lee Sweet back into heart of the defence after he missed last week's game due to tonsillitus, allowing for a more orthodox line-up in the Glovers starting eleven. They quickly settled into their passing game and created a number of chances. Twelve minutes into the match, a Yeovil free kick was dropped by the Plymouth keeper and Tyler Sheppard was the first to react to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

Plymouth were on hand to quickly hit back against the Glovers though. Three minutes after the opening goal, Lee Sweet as the last defender made a great last-ditch tackle that went out for a corner. That respite was shortlived as from the resultant set-piece, the Pilgrims scored far too easily for an equalising goal.

From the restart Lloyd Matthews was put clear but the keeper made a great save to stop the Glovers retaking the lead. But then just two minutes after their equalising goal, Plymouth turned the match around by taking the lead themselves. Joe Grimstead had fouled Plymouth's right winger, and the same player got up to put a perfect free kick on the head of the Plymouth centre
forward. 2-1 to Plymouth.

Yeovil tried to get back into the match, but it was becoming increasing scrappy with petty fouls and a booking for each side. Plymouth scored their third goal when both Steve Boore and Rhys Baggridge went for the same ball and failed to clear it, leaving an easy tap-in for Argyle and their third goal in just six minutes. Plymouth were on top and only resolute defending kept them at bay, with one tackle in particular from Rhys Baggridge saving a certain goal. The visitors dominated the rest of the half and Yeovil seemed pleased to get to the half time whistle with the score at 3-1 to Plymouth.

The half time team talk from Scott Green worked as Yeovil came out and started to get back into the game, putting Plymouth under pressure but with no goals forthcoming. Yeovil made an ambitious triple substitution 10 minutes into the half, taking off Lewis Clarke, Will Gordon and Jonny Kaye and replacing them with Adam Cleary, Aiden Chainey and George Coward.

Whether it was the substitutions or the decision to put striker Rob Clowes on the left wing, the changes were effective and Yeovil started to attack with more intent and a good move on the left flank ended with Rob Clowes having a shot saved by the Argyle keeper. Next a passing move down the opposite flank ended with with Lloyd Matthews having his shot saved. Joe Grimstead was next to try his luck; his long range shot was just over.

Just as it looked like Yeovil would never score, substitute George Coward had his feet taken away from him in the box for a clear penalty. Lloyd Matthews stepped up to the mark and placed the ball low to the keeper's right to set up an exciting finale for the Glovers.

Yeovil kept attacking and another good passing move led to Tyler Sheppard's shot bringing yet another save out of the Plymouth keeper. But that was as close as they got during the closing stages, and although Yeovil clearly had the better of the second half, Plymouth deserved their win as they looked composed on the ball and more effective going forward. Hopefully the Glovers will be able to take some aspects of their performance on Saturday into their next game though.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 2 Plymouth Argyle U18s 3.

Scorers: Tyler Sheppard (12 mins, 1-0), Plymouth Scorer (15 mins, 1-1), Plymouth Scorer (17 mins, 1-2), Plymouth Scorer (21 mins, 1-3), Lloyd Matthews (2-3).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore. 2. Josh Doyle. 3. Joe Grimstead. 4. Jonny Kaye. 5. Rhys Baggridge. 6. Lee Sweet. 7. Lewis Clarke. 8. Rob Clowes. 9. Lloyd Matthews. 10. Tyler Sheppard. 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
Adam Cleary (55 mins for Lewis Clarke), Aiden Chainey (55 mins for Will Gordon), George Coward (55 mins for Jonny Kaye).


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27 September 2010 : Glovers To Pay Tribute To Legend Len Tomorrow
Yeovil Town will use tomorrow night's League One match against Southampton to pay tribute to record-breaking centre-back Len Harris. The 73 year old, who passed away just over a week ago, holds the club's record for the most first team appearances since the end of World War Two.

There will be a minute's applause at Huish Park, prior to kick-off, in tomorrow night's home fixture against the Saints. For details of Len's career at Yeovil Town, see last week's collection of articles below.

Link: A Tribute To Len Harris.

Link: A May 2003 Tribute To Len Harris.

Link: Yeovil Town Post-War Top Appearances.

Link: Len Harris : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 September 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies Achieve Landmark Win
Yeovil Town Ladies have achieved a landmark victory this afternoon, with their first ever victory in the FA Women's Premier League. Their 1-0 away win over Gillingham Ladies represents their first win since gaining promotion to the Southern Division of the Premier League at the end of last season.

With one postponement and a couple of League Cup games played so far, this was the Ladies third match in their new division, and they won the match three minutes from time, with Jemma Tewksbury (who else?) their match-winner. She received a cross into the box from Glovers substitute Anusia Rourke, with Jemma turning her marker and firing home via the inside of the near post, before the ball rolled across the goal line and hit the back of the net at the far post.

Congratulations to the team in what will hopefully be a launch pad for them at their new level. Next weekend the Ladies are at home to Portsmouth in the League Cup at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on Sunday 3rd October, kick-off 2.00p.m. with supporters welcome to come and enjoy the game and Sherborne Town's facilities.

Link: Ladies Produce Downloadable Fixtures Poster.


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26 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter League Game
Following yesterday's 1-3 home defeat in the League One match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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26 September 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Southampton
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Southampton have been published. The man in charge will be Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him three times as the man in the middle.

The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.

Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision.

The third and most recent encounter with Mr Hooper was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Paul Rees (Bristol) and Mark Russell (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.


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25 September 2010 : Skiverton 'Disgusted' By Glovers Defending
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that his team are conceding too many goals and says he was 'disgusted' with a couple of his players performances against Exeter City today. The Glovers currently have the worst defensive record in League One, having conceded 17 goals in eight League matches so far this season.

A total of 15 goals have been shipped in their last five matches in all competitions, and it hardly needs saying that with goals, on the whole, going in at the other end, things need to be closed up quickly. Speaking after the game, the Glovers boss has said that he is no longer prepared to stick up for his players:

"We started okay. Deano (Dean Bowditch) had the chance with a one-on-one with the keeper but didn't take it. At the other end it seemed we were wide open at times. Every week I seem to be taking responsibility for a heavy defeat but I am not going to stick up for the players. We are working hard as a management team and the players really have to stand up. At the moment they are not doing that. We are conceding too many goals. As a centre-half myself I was disgusted with a couple of them. They have got to pull their fingers out now."


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25 September 2010 : Yeovil Town Supporters vs Exeter Supporters Match Report
Yeovil Town supporters met their counterparts from Exeter City this morning, in what is to become an annual game to remember and celebrate the life of Adam Stansfield and also to raise money for his Family Fund. The game was keenly contested by both teams and Yeovil got off to a flyer by going two up in the opening 15 minutes with goals from Lee Houghton and Lee Christopher. However, Exeter continued to battle and a string of fine saves by the Exeter keeper ensured that the match still remained competitive at the break with a 2-0 scoreline.

The second half was a more even affair and Exeter got a deserved goal to get their team right back in to the game. This was shortlived as minutes later Adam Skinner rose like a salmon from a corner to make it 3-1. Scott Quale then made it 4-1 with arguably the best goal of the game with a great strike from 18 yards. Exeter still refused to throw in the towel and hit straight back to make it 4-2.

However, the Glovers restored the three goal margin as the pace of Shaun Enever got the better of the Exeter Keeper and then their centre-back to net Yeovil's fifth and final goal of the game. The scoreline doesn’t reflect how competitive the game was at times and the Glovers gained the win thanks to their clinical attitude in front of goal.

Overall a good morning was had by all on the Huish Park Top Pitch and there was an attendance of around 80-100 spectators, including Terry Skiverton and Darren Way. Adam's parents and children came down to watch and his dad presented the trophy to the winning captain Robin St Paul. The Exeter team were a great bunch of lads and both teams are already looking forward to the match this year.

Most importantly the game raised £400 for the Adam Stansfield Family Fund. We would like to thank Yeovil Town F.C for donating prizes for the raffle and for the use of the pitch and also Images Gym for allowing us to use their facilities.

[Report by Chris Burke, Yeovil Town Supporters Team.]


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25 September 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you were at this afternoon's match against Exeter City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 September 2010 : Yeovil 1 Exeter 3 : Deja Vu Result For Glovers
Late last month, Exeter City inflicted a 1-3 home defeat upon Yeovil Town in the Football League Trophy. This afternoon in League One, the Glovers succumbed to the same scoreline, another Exeter player bagging a brace as Richard Logan netted for the Grecians on either side of a Sam Williams header. The pattern of the game was repeated again in that Yeovil's equalising goal stood for 60 seconds before Logan's second gave the Devon side the lead back, and once again the game was polished off through midfielder Ryan Harley to make the Glovers fans present feel as though they'd seen it all before.

Yeovil went into the match without John Sullivan (shoulder) and Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) but maybe didn't expect to be without captain Craig Alcock, who was left out with a back injury. That meant that Adam Virgo again was shuffled to an unusual position, with the right-back slot becoming his third position in the Glovers side of the season. Stefan Stam came in as a centre-back, whilst Sam Williams returned from suspension to sit on the bench.

The first half took an age to warm up, with neither side managing a chance of any description, with the ball spending almost more time being sent out for throw-ins than it spent on the pitch. Just before the 20 minute mark though, the Glovers created two great chances to take the lead. Dean Bowditch was put through and rounded Exeter keeper Paul Jones to leave a gaping goal for him to slot into. But a brilliant piece of last ditch defending by Exeter centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville saw Bowditch's shot blocked out for a corner. Straight from that set piece, Paul Huntington saw his header cleared off the line.

At that point it looked as though Yeovil were finally getting the upper hand, but a cute bit of improvisation was to give the Grecians the lead. A Scott Golbourne ball into the box looked to be harmless enough, but Richard Logan's cheeky backheel caught the Glovers out and gave keeper Stephen Henderson no chance of anticipating the ball landing in the back of the net. 0-1 down and slightly against the run of play.

Either side of that, Owain Tudur Jones fired wide, whilst Nathan Smith produced a weaving run through three Exeter players that ended with a shot that went just over the bar. Dean Bowditch even landed the ball in the back of the net, although a linesman's flag had already gone up for offside. The Glovers were dominating, but in an oddly flat half, which would occasionally burst into life, then go back to sleep again for five or ten minute phases.

The Glovers had a bit of a let-off when Exeter's Steve Tully went down in the box under a challenge with Andy Welsh but referee Iain Williamson gave kick the other way much to Tully's disgust. At the other end, Gavin Williams hit the crossbar from distance, but Exeter took the ball straight down other end from Scott Golbourne and Jamie Cureton lifted the ball over the bar, with Exeter inches from doubling their lead, and Andy Welsh booked for his unsuccessful attempts to take out Golbourne as he breezed through.

The first half fizzled out somewhat with too much sideways and backward passing, and not enough off the ball movement. However right on half time, Richard Duffy cleared off the line from a Gavin Williams free kick, back-peddling to head the ball clear, showing that they were capable of still getting back into the game.

The second period continued the general level of flatness in both sides play. A couple of Andy Williams headers went wide of the target in an inert period. However, the game was brought to life by the substitution that introduced Sam Williams into the game. He had been on the pitch for less than two minutes. A Gavin Williams cross into the box was met by the head of Big Sam, with possibly his first touch since coming onto the field of play, and suddenly the Glovers were back into the game.

One of Yeovil's failings this season though has been their tendency to switch off - particularly after a goal has been scored, or at the tail end of halves. That was seen in the Football League Trophy last month against Exeter where they held parity for 60 seconds, and the same thing happened once again. As the Glovers patted each other on the back, Grecians midfielder Bertrand Cozic had other plans, and his ball into the box was met by Richard Logan in free space and his shot gave Exeter the lead back for a soft soft goal.

Thereafter the Glovers play disintegrated somewhat, and with 16 minutes left on the clock, Exeter went further ahead. Jamie Cureton's cross into the box was glanced in by Ryan Harley to put the game out of sight. The Grecians could have got another when Cureton hit the woodwork in the closing stages, with the Glovers looking a touch ragged, and too many players shuffling in their shoes in the closing stages.

Too many goals are being conceded by the Glovers, with the worst defensive record in League One, and this afternoon gave no signs that this statistic is likely to change in the near future. Overloaded by loan signings, at times the team look like individuals who have never played together before, and some statuesque defending and forward play made it far too easy for Exeter to both attack the Glovers penalty box, and to soak it up whenever the Glovers regained possession. Some odd sparks out of the blue threatened to give Yeovil hope, but these features of the Glovers play are becoming far too repetitive, and with poor play now creeping into Yeovil's home games that is of great concern.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Scorers: Richard Logan (23 mins, 0-1), Sam Williams (57 mins, 1-1), Richard Logan (58 mins, 1-2), Ryan Harley (75 mins, 1-3)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
19. Adam Virgo 4. Stefan Stam 5. Paul Huntington (Capt) 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts 8. Luke Ayling (79 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 9. Sam Williams (55 mins for Andy Williams) 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (73 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Billy Gibson

Exeter City:
27. Paul Jones
3. Richard Duffy 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 18. Billy Jones
2. Steve Tully 7. Ryan Harley 8. David Noble (Capt) 14. Bertrand Cozic 11. Scott Golbourne
12. Jamie Cureton 20. Richard Logan

Substitutes:
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. James Dunne (67 mins for David Noble) 10. Daniel Nardiello 15. Rob Edwards 16. Marcus Stewart 21. Jake Thomson 22. Liam Sercombe (61 mins for Bertrand Cozic)

Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (foul, 40 mins), Gavin Williams (foul, 78 mins)
Exeter Bookings: David Noble (foul, 62 mins), Ryan Harley (foul, 65 mins)

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Carl Berry (Surrey) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 5,886


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25 September 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Exeter League Interview
Just before kick-off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game against Exeter City. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

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


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25 September 2010 : Skiverton Explains Alcock Absence
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained the absence of captain Craig Alcock, who has dropped out of the squad for today's match against Exeter City. Craig's withdrawal was a pre-match surprise, with no hints in the build-up of any problems, and the Glovers boss has told BBC Somerset that the 22 year old's problem is not a serious one:

"He's just got a problem with the lower lumber region of his spine. It's stiffened up so we've taken him out as a precaution, and hopefully he might be all right for Tuesday (against Southampton). It's nothing too serious, and it's him and JP (Kalala) that are missing today."

Yeovil Town play Southampton on Tuesday night at Huish Park - clearly Alcock will need a fitness test early next week to determine whether he is in the running for selection.


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25 September 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have made one change to this afternoon's line-up, with injury forcing manager Terry Skiverton's hand. Captain Craig Alcock is out with a back injury, meaning that Stefan Stam comes into the back four as a centre-back. Fellow centre-back Adam Virgo is expected to move out wide to play as a right-back.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala remains absent with a knee injury, whilst striker Sam Williams comes back into the squad, but only as far as the bench.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
19. Adam Virgo 4. Stefan Stam 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Exeter City:
27. Paul Jones
3. Richard Duffy 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 18. Billy Jones
2. Steve Tully 7. Ryan Harley 8. David Noble 14. Bertrand Cozic 11. Scott Golbourne
12. Jamie Cureton 20. Richard Logan

Substitutes:
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. James Dunne 10. Daniel Nardiello 15. Rob Edwards 16. Marcus Stewart 21. Jake Thomson 22. Liam Sercombe


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25 September 2010 : Glovers Claim Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup
Yeovil Town Supporters have got their hands on some silverware this morning, becoming the first winners of the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup. The Glovers beat their Exeter City counterparts by a 5-2 scoreline today on the Huish Park Top Pitch.

Update: A fuller report on today's events is now on this later news item.


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25 September 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down narrowly at home to Plymouth Argyle this morning, in their latest Youth Alliance League Cup Group match. The young Glovers lost out by a 3-2 scoreline, despite having held an early lead. Tyler Sheppard put Yeovil 1-0 up before Argyle took control of the game, scoring three times before the break. The Glovers put the game back on a knife-edge in the second half, with a Lloyd Matthews penalty but couldn't force an equalising goal.

More detail on this game to follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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25 September 2010 : A Day For Adam
No football supporter, player or manager would ever go as far as to suggest that three points were not the primary concern on a match day. However, today is as close as it comes to a day when it's what goes on around the match that rivals the match itself. A day to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Adam Stansfield will see his whole family spend the day at Huish Park as Exeter City arrive for a League One match that almost feels of secondary importance.

Present at this afternoon's game will be Adam's parents Glynis and Roger, his widow Marie, and his three sons Jay, Taylor and Cody. Adam's sons will be the mascots for the game. The other member of the Stansfield family who will be making an appearance will be travelling by less conventional means - his brother Paul is arriving by foot, as part of a near 50 mile run between the two ground. He has told the Exeter Express and Echo that this was an important occasion for the family:

"All the family will be there because of the importance of the game. They are all going early to present the trophy at match being played by the supporters. Everything that is being done for Adam definitely helps the family. It is not the way we want to live but it is important to keep the memory of Adam alive and also raises money for good causes. Both clubs were obviously both very important to Adam and his career and they have both been fantastic in the way they have supported the family and helped Nick and I plan for the run."

The Glovers have received praise from Exeter's Director of Sport Julian Tagg, for the way the day has been set up, and felt that the positives were that it had helped bond the two clubs together:

"Right from the outset Yeovil have been extremely accommodating and concerned and done as much as they could to assist Adam's family. Adam obviously played for both clubs and he is held in the same high regard in Yeovil as he is in Exeter. I am sure it will be a very well supported game between two clubs that have a very good relationship that has been enhanced and improved through Adam and the same happening with supporters."


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24 September 2010 : Tomorrow's Huish Park Event Guide
Tomorrow's match at Huish Park is a little bit different to the norm, with the League One match being also a tribute to former Yeovil Town and Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield. There are a lot of things going on across the day, most of which we have already covered on this news page. However, for ease of access, here's a reminder of how things should pan out tomorrow.

5.30a.m. Whilst most of us will be lying under the duvet, Exeter fan Nick Bryant will be starting his run from St James Park, Exeter to Huish Park, Yeovil, with Paul Stansfield (Adam's brother) co-opted as his running partner and three cyclists acting as back-up. They are running in aid of Cancer Research UK and have so far raised over £2,300 for the run. Follow the link below for more details, and how to pledge money to Nick and Paul's run.

Link: Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield.

10.30a.m. Yeovil Town's Under-18s take on Plymouth Argyle in the Youth Alliance League Cup at Alvington, Yeovil.

Link: Youth Team Change Of Venue And Kick-Off.

10.30a.m. Yeovil Town Supporters take on Exeter City Supporters on the Huish Park Top Pitch for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup. Expect raffles and fundraising throughout the game.

Link: Supporters To Stage Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup.

12.45p.m. The Beer Tent starts showing Sky Sports for the first time. Both sets of supporters welcome, subject to the capacity limit.

Link: Sky Sports Arrives At The Beer Tent.

3.00p.m. Yeovil Town's First Team take on Exeter City in a League One fixture. Note that the originally planned one minute applause will now not take place. Expect bucket collections at half time and full time to raise funds for the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation and the Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Preview.

11.50p.m. If you can keep your eyes open, see what the BBC made of the game, with a feature expected on the Football League Show. Note that although the Potted History slot will also be filmed tomorrow, this will be deferred until another weekend's show.

Link: BBC Football League Show Heading To Huish Park.

Finally, if you don't get to Huish Park tomorrow for any reason, but wanted to contribute to the fundraising, you can donate to the two funds set up in Adam's name via the links below. There will also be a chance to bid for the shirts worn by the Yeovil Town players during the fixture, which we'll expand upon after tomorrow's match.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Football Foundation.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Family Fund.


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24 September 2010 : Skivo Previews The Exeter League Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's League One match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the questions. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Exeter League Game.


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24 September 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Exeter City tomorrow afternoon for a League One fixture that will undoubtedly have a lot more to it than just the three points at stake. Across the day, it will be the chance for both sets of supporters to pay tribute to former striker Adam Stansfield - the unusual case of a local derby where both club's supporters will have a common cause across the day. We'll cover the wider day's events separately.

Across the 90 minutes though, both managers will be anxious to ensure that their players are fully focussed on the game itself. With Exeter in 13th place in the League One table and the Glovers four places and three points lower, both clubs will want to make ground on each other in a highly congested table. The bookies tipped both clubs to be in or around the relegation spots at the end of the season, and so although it may not look like it at this early stage, this is the sort of game where the result could look very significant by the time we reach May.

The Glovers go into the match welcoming back Sam Williams from a three match suspension, after he was red carded against Exeter City in a Football League Trophy match. Definitely out though, is keeper John Sullivan (shoulder) allowing Stephen Henderson to make his second appearance for the Glovers. Jean-Paul Kalala will need a late fitness test on his knee ligament problem that kept him out at Huddersfield Town. There's no word at present on how Rob Kiernan and Danny Hutchins are doing, and although Cameron Stewart is fit and available again, don't be too surprised if he continues to be sat in the stand, given that he played twice for Manchester United Reserves in midweek.

For Exeter, defender Matt Taylor (back) and striker John O'Flynn (leg) continue to be unavailable, although former Glover Marcus Stewart, who missed the Football League Trophy tie through injury, is fit and available and was an unused substitute in their midweek draw against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Exeter's form since the Football League Trophy tie in August has been impressive, with three wins and two draws in their last five games, including a win over Charlton Athletic and a draw against highly fancied Peterborough United. During the same period, the Glovers have lost three and won one game. Much of tomorrow though will depend upon who will use the significance of the occasion to inspire them the most. So far in recent meetings between the two clubs, it's a case of one win, one draw and one defeat, with Andy Welsh scoring Yeovil's goal in last months cup defeat, whilst a brace for Jamie Cureton and a late Ryan Harley free kick gave Exeter the win. Harley is Exeter's main playmaker in their side, and the key to success tomorrow may come from whichever team cuts Harley or Yeovil's Gavin Williams out of the game.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those wanting the advance prices, the Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888. If you can't get there, then follow us on Twitter or tune into 95.5FM to catch the BBC Somerset live commentary on the game.

Link: Sullivan Injury Update.

Link: Glovers Duo Still Doubtful For Saturday.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.


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24 September 2010 : Sullivan Injury Update
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that goalkeeper John Sullivan will not take part in tomorrow's League One match against Exeter City. That means that loan keeper Stephen Henderson will be between the sticks for a second appearance, and the Bristol City keeper seems set to remain there next Tuesday when Southampton come to Huish Park.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he expects the Millwall keeper to return at the tail end of next week, suggesting that Henderson may also be given the nod for next month's trip to Walsall, rather than rush Sullivan straight back into the side:

"John is still a good six or seven days away, I think. He's not training with us at the moment, and he's still recovering from his shoulder (injury). That was why it was vital that we brought (Stephen) Henderson in."

Despite conceding four goals on his début at Huddersfield Town, Henderson has been given the thumbs up by his boss, with Skiverton pointing out that the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international had plenty of experience, despite him being Bristol City's third choice keeper:

"We've got to thank Bristol City again, who we've got a good relationship with. They've let us have a really experienced goalkeeper in Stephen Henderson. We're not going out there and getting an 18 year old boy who hasn't played. Henderson has got a good few games under his belt now. He's got good experience and he's an international keeper."


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24 September 2010 : Stewart Makes Second Man Utd Reserves Appearance
Yeovil Town's on-loan winger Cameron Stewart has featured for Manchester United Reserves for the second time in a week. Stewart had already featured for the same side on Monday in a Lancashire Senior Cup match against Bury Reserves; this time the opposition was Bolton Wanderers Reserves and the Manchester Senior Cup.

Stewart played the first 72 minutes of their 4-0 win over Bolton. He had three attempts on the Wanderers goal inside the first 10 minutes, but it was not until the 63rd minute when the deadlock was broken. There's no mention of any problems when Stewart was taken off, and so it seems likely that the change was tactical, or to rest Stewart's legs. Given that the game only took place at 7.00p.m. on Thursday night at Moss Lane in Altrincham, it would seem likely that the teenager will not be involved in this weekend's League One match against Exeter City.

Manchester United Reserves:
1. Conor Devlin 2. Reece Brown 3. Zeki Fryers 4. Corry Evans 5. Scott Wootton 6. Oliver Gill 7. Cameron Stewart 8. Gabriel Obertan 9. Nick Ajose 10. Magnus Eikrem (c) 11. Robbie Brady

Substitutes:
12. Etzaz Hussain (79 mins for Nick Ajose) 13. Sam Johnstone 14. Ryan Tunnicliffe (72 mins for Cameron Stewart) 15. John Cofie (72 mins for Robbie Brady)

Link: Stewart Gets Full Game For Man Utd Reserves.


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23 September 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Walsall
Looking ahead to beyond this weekend, Yeovil Town's next away match is the trip to the Bescot Stadium. The match against Walsall takes place on Saturday 2nd October 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match as follows.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £12.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 9.30am and having a stop along the way.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Update: The time of departure has been changed from 9.00a.m. to 9.30a.m.


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23 September 2010 : Tudur Jones Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has extended his stay at Huish Park. The Norwich City player was due to play his last match with the Glovers this weekend, but has now extended his stay until October 23rd.

Owain has played five times in his latest loan spell, scoring once, in last week's 4-2 defeat at Huddersfield Town. That adds to his loan statistics from last season which give him a running total of two goals in eleven appearances.

Owain is one of eight loan players at Huish Park at present - the club have to leave three of them out of each matchday squad to comply with Football League rules.


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23 September 2010 : Interview With Stephen Henderson
Following last Saturday's 4-2 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson spoke about his debut for the club. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Defeat Against Huddersfield.


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23 September 2010 : Glovers Legend Len Harris Passes Away
We're sorry to announce that former Yeovil Town centre-back Len Harris has passed away last weekend, aged 73. Len was legendary in Glovers circles for having clocked up 691 appearances for the club - by far the most any player has managed for Yeovil since the Second World War ended, and quite possibly a record breaker in the club's entire history. He also was on the books of Crystal Palace and Ilminster Town, but spent 14 years of his life playing for the Glovers.

He died suddenly last Saturday, 18th September, and his funeral will be held at St John’s Church, Yeovil, on Friday 1st October at 12.30p.m. followed by internment at Yeovil Crematorium.

A Ciderspace tribute to Len can be found via the link below. We also reproduce another tribute that Glovers forum regular Dellboy wrote back in May 2003.

Link: A Tribute To Len Harris.

Link: A May 2003 Tribute To Len Harris.

Link: Yeovil Town Post-War Top Appearances.

Link: Len Harris : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 September 2010 : Glovers Duo Still Doubtful For Saturday
Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala and goalkeeper John Sullivan remain doubts for Saturday's home match against Exeter City. Kalala missed last weekend's game against Huddersfield Town with knee ligament problems, whilst Sullivan had to pull out with an unspecified injury, that saw Bristol City's Stephen Henderson step in at short notice.

Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that he is still holding out for Kalala to be available for the visit of the Grecians, and that a decision on him will be left until the last minute:

"We will assess him as late as possible. JP has done that before, where he has recovered quite late and still been available."

The Gazette believe that Stephen Henderson will continue in goal on Saturday, with Sullivan still on the treatment table. Skiverton will be able to add one player to his squad, with Sam Williams having completed a three match ban for a red card sustained against Exeter in the Football League Trophy three weeks ago. However, with Gavin Williams and Dean Bowditch having performed well in recent games as a pairing, it would seem likely that Big Sam will end up on the bench.

Skiverton has also confirmed to the paper that goalkeeper Christophe Ott is on trial at the club, as mentioned on this site on Tuesday. However, there's no indication of what direction Skivo is leaning in at this stage, or whether he sees the lack of a recognised non-loan keeper as a concern.


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23 September 2010 : BBC Football League Show Heading To Huish Park
The BBC's Football League Show are taking their cameras down to Huish Park this weekend. They will be present for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City, which takes place on September 25th, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There seems little doubt that their timing has been chosen to coincide with the weekend's plans to pay tribute to striker Adam Stansfield, who played for both clubs, with a number of fund-raising ventures planned around the match.

The BBC will also be using that as an opportunity to line-up Yeovil Town for their Potted History slot, where presenter Mark Clemmit mixes bulk standard facts with the more unusual and quirky.

Saturday's show is due to go out at 11.50p.m. on BBC1. Currently the main scheduled highlights match is due to be Cardiff City vs Millwall, with Derby County vs Crystal Palace and Leeds United vs Sheffield United listed as the other key Championship games.


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23 September 2010 : Youth Team Change Of Venue And Kick-Off
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are at home on Saturday, and so those looking to take in a home match 'double-header' have the opportunity to do so, prior to the League One match against Exeter City. The Glovers are playing Plymouth Argyle Under-18s in the latest game in the Youth Alliance League Cup Group Stage.

The match has been switched to the Westland Sports ground at Alvington in Yeovil and also has a new kick-off time of 10.30a.m.. For those who missed last week's directions for the ground, it is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern public house in Alvington Lane.

Assuming you're coming from Huish Park, at the Asda/Halfords roundabout, head towards Yeovil Crematorium into Bunford Lane. When you have passed the crematorium, turn right into Bluebell Road and then left into Alvington Lane. When you reach the Airfield Tavern, head past their car park and this will lead you to the entrance of the ground. Parking is available either inside the entrance gates, or on the surrounding roads.

NB: The Multimap link below is for the Airfield Tavern and is not the most accurate link we've ever seen, but should give you sufficient details of how to find the ground.

Link: Multimap.com : Westland Sports Football Ground, Alvington, Yeovil.


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22 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : More New Kids On The Blog
With the Achieve By Unity forum closing recently, and the Green Room II forum opening, Taff has discovered a whole new internet world out there in his latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. There's also a look forward to Saturday's match against Exeter City, which will prove to be another emotional occasion, along with a definite case of getting lucky at the bookies!

Read on, via the link below, and as usual additional thoughts are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : More New Kids On The Blog.


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22 September 2010 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town cruised to their most comfortable win of the 2010-11 season. The 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers was all over inside half an hour, with the second half a bit of a non-event. Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington were the goalscorers, but such was the team performance that many of those voting in the Man of the Match chose to nominate other players who they felt had also contributed to the win.

Thus whilst Welsh and Bowditch scored well in the votes, it was midfield pairing Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald who shone in the eyes of the fans, and in the end Shaun won the vote by a comfortable margin on his return to the club at the start of his fourth loan spell at Huish Park. Scores are shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 370 (28)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 214 (13)
3 Andy Welsh 110 (6)
4 Dean Bowditch 100 (3)
5 Gavin Williams 82 (1)
6 Nathan Smith 70 (2)
7 Paul Huntington 44 (2)
8 Andy Williams 38 (3)
9 Adam Virgo 30 (1)
10 Craig Alcock 20 (1)
11 John Sullivan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.82

Performance: 7.87
Entertainment: 7.77

VOTES RECEIVED: 60

So far, we've not had too many votes from Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town, so if you were there and haven't voted, then get them in as soon as possible, as your vote will be highly influential in the outcome.

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


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22 September 2010 : Terriers Provide Gate Breakdown
Last Saturday's opponents Huddersfield Town have provided a breakdown of their crowd figures for the match against Yeovil Town. Huddersfield's policy is to declare their attendance as the number of tickets sold for the match, regardless of how many actually attend the game. However, they do provide a breakdown of the numbers who went through the turnstiles on the day of the game to provide an attendance figure in the literal sense of the word.

Huddersfield have stated that 11,222 supporters were in attendance at last Saturday's match, of which 165 supporters were from Yeovil Town. However, the declared gate given to the press was 13,479, meaning that 2,257 tickets were sold that were not subsequently used to gain admission to the stadium. Many of these will be from Huddersfield's season ticket holders, although there will be a residual number of day tickets that went unused.

Yeovil Town's policy in recent seasons has been to record the 'attendance' as the numbers of tickets sold, rather than the numbers who actually attended the game.


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22 September 2010 : Ladies Produce Downloadable Fixtures Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies have produced a downloadable poster to help promote their next match. The game against Portsmouth Ladies is their third and final game in their League Cup Group and takes place in around 10 days time on Sunday 3rd October.

The Ladies are playing their home games this season at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, allowing Glovers fans based in Dorset an easy chance to get some green'n'white football in on Sundays. The Ladies need to win the game to progress into the knock-out stages, and all supporters are welcome to head to the match. You can download the poster advertising the game here.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Portsmouth League Cup Fixture Poster.

The Ladies are playing this season's matches at the highest level in their club's history, having reached the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. So far, they've found things considerably harder than games they played last season in the division below. However, they have largely competed well and currently have a draw and a defeat each in both the League and the League Cup, with scorelines of 0-2, 1-1, 1-3 and 1-1 suggesting that they are capable of competing at this new level.

On Saturday, they drew 1-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion, and were hugely unlucky not to take away all three points, with a Jemma Tewksbury Yeovil's scorer, until a last gasp equaliser from the Seagulls broke their hearts. Jemma's goal came during the second period, with last season's top scorer getting ahead of a large number of players to prod home from close range, leaving a pile of bodies on the goal line and the ball in the back of the net. So far, Tewksbury is Yeovil's only goalscorer - three goals in her last three matches, suggesting she is starting to find her feet although maybe matching the 52 goals she scored last season will be a touch too ambitious!

The Ladies play their third League match of the season on Sunday, with a trip to play Gillingham Ladies, who lie one place above them in the League Table. The Glovers are currently 7th in a league of 10 teams, but have a game in hand over all of the teams above them due to Cardiff City Ladies calling off their opening game of the season, due to international call-ups.

Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have started their season well and currently sit in 4th place in their league table. They gained a 4-0 win over Barnet Ladies Reserves on Sunday in a match played at Gassons Lane, Somerton. Kia Bowles, Dee Cracknell, Jodi Cornwall and Chelsea Board were their scorers.


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21 September 2010 : Where Are They Now? : Caulker And Cochrane Make Debuts
As part of our Where Are They Now? blog, a couple of additions have been made tonight. Both concern players at very opposite ends of the spectrum. Whilst centre-back Steven Caulker made the first team debut for Tottenham Hotspur that we predicted on Twitter yesterday, in the all-London derby against Arsenal, another player has been struggling to get a contract in non-league football.

Midfielder Justin Cochrane played in League One for the Glovers in the 2007-08 season, yet this season has moved from Hayes and Yeading United to Boreham Wood and made his debut on Saturday.

A look at both, including Caulker's links with Leeds United and Crystal Palace, are covered in the two articles below.

Link: Cochrane Knocks On Wood.

Link: Caulker Makes Spurs First Team Debut.


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21 September 2010 : Stewart Gets Full Game For Man Utd Reserves
Yeovil Town's on-loan winger Cameron Stewart returned to the North-West yesterday, to turn out for Manchester United Reserves. The 19 year old has missed Yeovil's last two matches, with an unspecified knock initially ruling him out of contention, although the Glovers currently have to restrict the number of loans in their match-day squad, which may have accounted for his absence at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

What's clear now is that Stewart is fit and available for selection - he played 90 minutes for his parent club in the Lancashire Senior Cup, as United breezed past Bury Reserves by a 5-1 scoreline at Gigg Lane last night. With a full game under his belt, hopefully Cameron can challenge more readily for a first team spot this coming Saturday. Stewart's return to his parent club appears to be fairly typical of the sort of arrangements Yeovil Town had with Tottenham Hotspur last season, where players would regularly return to Spurs Lodge for training and Reserve matches.

Manchester United Reserves: 1. Sam Johnstone 2. Marnick Vermijl 14. Zeki Fryers 4. Corry Evans 5. Scott Wootton 6. Reece Brown 7. Cameron Stewart 8. Ravel Morrison 9. Nick Ajose 10. Magnus Eikrem (c) 11. Robbie Brady

Substitutes:
12. Michael Keane (38 mins for Ravel Morrison) 13. Conor Devlin 15. Ryan Tunnicliffe (63 mins for Corry Evans) 16. John Cofie (63 mins for Marnick Vermijl)


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21 September 2010 : Glovers Take French Goalkeeper On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken French goalkeeper Christophe Ott on trial, according to his agent. The 27 year old is at Huish Park on a week's trial, having previously played for French side Niort and Greek side FC Ionikos.

Ott's agent Menzo Messaoudi has told Sky Sports that the player is looking to make his name in English football, and so has agreed to travel to Somerset:

"Christophe is an athletic goalkeeper with brilliant reflexes and great agility. His shot-stopping qualities are evident, and his command of the area is imposing. I would like to thank Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton for taking a look at him, and I hope that Ott does enough to earn himself a contract, as I know just how much he fancies the challenge of the English game."

Ott was born in Luxeuil-les-Bains in France on April 7th 1983. He is 6'1" tall, and was last on the books of French amateur side FC Martigues. He has also played for French side Pau along with Cypriot club APEP Pitsilia.


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21 September 2010 : Supporters To Stage Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup
Yeovil Town and Exeter City's supporters will join together on Saturday morning with a football match that will act as a prelude to the League One game that will be staged at Huish Park. The two supporters teams will be playing on the Huish Park Top Pitch in a match that will kick-off at 10.30a.m.

The winning team will lift the Adam Stansfield Memorial Cup, with the provisional aim of making the match an annual event between the two clubs' supporters. Throughout the match, there will be efforts to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Family Fund, one of two funds set up in Adam's name.

There will be a signed Yeovil Town shirt available as the top item from prizes available as part of a raffle. The winners in the draw will find merchandise from both clubs available. Obviously the game is open to both sets of fans to come and watch. For those Exeter City fans wanting to come down, just park up at the ground, and you'll find the pitch behind the Copse Road Away Terrace.

Glovers organiser Chris Burke can be reached at chrisburke_11@hotmail.com for any further queries - last thing we knew, Chris had enough players to start the game, but additional budding footballers would be welcomed to ensure that the players he has already get a chance to put their feet up. Otherwise, come on down to the game, and give the supporters of both teams some encouragement.


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20 September 2010 : Sky Sports Arrives At The Beer Tent
Yeovil Town's Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) has now been kitted out with a satellite subscription service. They now are able to show games on the Sky Sports channel, which means that those arriving for Saturday's match against Exeter City will be able to see the Manchester City vs Chelsea Premier League match inside the tent before the game. That game will kick-off at 12.45p.m. if you fancy watching the match before the game against the Grecians starts.

Exeter fans will be welcomed inside the beer tent - although it should be noted that there will be a capacity limit in accordance with the club's licencing for the facility, so bear that in mind if you are planning to turn up.


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20 September 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Exeter City on Saturday have been announced. The man in charge for the game, which takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 25th September, kick-off 3.00p.m., is Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Thankfully although Mr Williamson has a reputation in the Football League for being rather card-happy, our experiences of him have not been too bad at Football League level.

Our last meeting was for the home game against Leicester City all the way back in January 2009. The match was live on Sky Sports and was a booking-free affair, where certainly the Foxes 2-0 away win was unaffected by the officials, who had a quiet game.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to an April 2007 home game against Rotherham United, and prior to that an away game against Barnsley along with earlier home matches against Lincoln City and Torquay United. The Lincoln match is significant in that it was our final game at League Two level. We have had him several times during our non-league days as well, with his promotion to League level happening 12 months before we got there.

Our past reports of him are that he's got through each game relatively quietly without ruffling too many feathers. Maybe we catch him on his good days; his 138 yellow card and 6 red cards across 30 matches during the 2008-09 season was undeniably spectacular. Last season he didn't referee at all and since he's come back he's notched up 31 yellows in his eight games so far; his most recent being Bristol City's 1-2 home defeat against Coventry City that saw four players carded.

Mr Williamson will be assisted by Carl Berry (Surrey) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Leicester City 2.

Link: April 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Rotherham United 1.

Link: August 2005 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2005 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 0.

Link: Sept 2003 : Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2.


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20 September 2010 : New Design For October 2010 Fixtures Poster
September isn't over quite yet, but an October 2010 fixtures poster is now available and with a new design. Covering all Huish Park games during next month, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

Following the two September matches left - Exeter City (25th) and Southampton (28th) - there are two matches in October that should bring in decent crowds. The first League visit of Sheffield Wednesday (Oct 16th) is followed by a localish derby against Swindon Town (Oct 30th).

As mentioned, the poster now has a new design that hopefully looks a little brighter and eye-catching. We've included two versions - one with a background colour and one without a background colour. Obviously the former is going to be fairly heavy on your printer ink, so if that's a concern, you'll probably want to choose the one without a background to it. We've provided both versions so you can choose, and the September poster is also reproduced in the same style.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk. For any comments on the poster design or feedback of that nature, contact Ben Barrett at benbarrett10@gmail.com

Link: October 2010 Fixtures Poster (with background).

Link: October 2010 Fixtures Poster (without background).

Link: September 2010 Fixtures Poster (with background).

Link: September 2010 Fixtures Poster (without background).


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19 September 2010 : Rovers 6 Yeovil 0 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost heavily in their latest Youth Alliance League Cup match played yesterday. A 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Bristol Rovers was their worst defeat of the season, although it came with the Glovers having to make a large number of positional adjustments, with the squad down to its bare bones. Rovers took advantage, scoring three in each half to no reply.

The match at the AXA Sports Complex saw two clubs come together with an unusual sporting statistic to their name. Both thought they had won their Cup Group matches last weekend, having got the better of their oppositions penalty shoot-outs, only to find the League informing both clubs that the match officials had been wrong to settle the matches on spot kicks, ruling both as drawn matches.

The Glovers went into the match selecting the bare minimum possible, in terms of their available players. With Nick Lyskov still suspended, finding his replacement Lee Sweet going down with tonsillitis and Mitch Conning also unavailable was a nightmare for team selection, leaving Yeovil with the bare minimum; eleven scholars and two schoolboys. As a result, a full-back became a stand-in centre-back, a winger became in turn a full-back and another had to swap flanks to fill in.

Although they had three players playing out of position, Yeovil had most of the play during the first quarter of an hour with Tyler Sheppard heading just over from a Lloyd Matthews cross and Adam Cleary having two shots on target, with one from a peach of a through ball from Jonny Kaye. in this period Bristol Rovers only had one shot which was well saved by Steve Boore.

The good start was not to continue. The next attack by Rovers, 17 minutes into the match, exposed the patched up left side of Yeovil's defence when a simple cross was allowed to go unchallenged and it was slotted in by a Rovers player. 1-0 to the home side.

In Rovers' next attack a possible goal was thwarted by a last ditch tackle by Joe Grimstead. At the other end, Jonny Kaye played yet another crossfield pass which changed the play to Lewis Clarke on the right who in turn centered the ball, but the move ended with the ball being cleared away - typical of Yeovil's first half attacking play where the end product wasn't working out.

The Glovers fell further behind midway through the half when they gave away a soft free kick on the Rovers right wing. The cross resulted in the visitors' second goal as the unmarked forward met it. 2-0 Rovers.

To their credit, Yeovil attacked Rovers time and time again with six attempts on goal, four of these by Lloyd Matthews, but the goal did not come and the inevitable happened Rovers went up the other end and scored their third goal, just before the break. There was just enough time for Jonny Kay to have a drive from 25 yards out, but that was turned over the bar. 3-0 to Bristol Rovers at half time and a mountain to climb.

Although Yeovil attacked from the restart, it was Rovers who scored a good headed goal five minutes into the second period, to put them 4-0 up and kill off any prospects of a second half comeback. The ten minutes that followed were end to end but with few goal scoring opportunities - the only one of note was a flowing move, started by Adam Cleary who exchanged passes with Lloyd Matthews, with the ball then laid off to Lewis Clarke on the right wing. Clarke's cross from the flank was met by the head of Tyler Sheppard but saw his attempt saved by the keeper.

On the hour mark, Tyler Sheppard and Adam Cleary were replaced, and the Glovers formation was changed again, with play from the home side producing a positive response. But Rovers grabbed their fifth goal of the day when an Aiden Chainey pass-back to Steve Boore in the Yeovil goal produced a kick that landed straight into the path of a Rovers player, who dispatched the ball into the back of the net for their fifth of the match.

To their credit the Yeovil players still tried to play football and did not let their heads drop. But all the good football and approach play was in vain, with the end product in the final third lacking on the day. The closest they came in the closing stages was when a cross into the box was dropped by the Rovers keeper with the loose ball bobbling around the goal line, but failing to cross it.

With nine minutes later, Rovers got their sixth, and mercifully their last, as a low header beat Steve Boore to the right of goal. The game ended with the Glovers only just about playing with eleven men - a painful injury to Lewis Clarke left him practically immobile but as Yeovil had used their only two available substitutes, he hobbled on to the end. The final whistle came as a relief to Scott Green and the players. The squad is not big enough, with more bodies needed if the Glovers are to get through the winter months.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers U18s 6 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Scorers: Bristol Rovers (1-0, 17 mins), Bristol Rovers (2-0), Bristol Rovers (3-0, 44 mins), Bristol Rovers (4-0, 50 mins), Bristol Rovers (5-0), Bristol Rovers (6-0, 81 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore. 2. Josh Doyle. 3. Will Gordon. 4. Jonny Kaye. 5. Rhys Baggridge (C) 6. Joe Grimstead. 7. Lewis Clarke.8. Rob Clowes. 9. Lloyd Matthews. 10. Adam Cleary. 11. Tyler Sheppard.

Subs: Aiden Chainey (57 mins for Adam Cleary), Will Agbo (57mins for Tyler Sheppard)


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19 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Better But No Cure From The Galpharmacy
Another away day, another four goals conceded. Thankfully yesterday's 4-2 defeat was not the horror show of Notts County and Meadow Lane. But it was another frustrating day at the Galpharm Stadium, as Huddersfield Town went top of League One, 45 minutes after the Glovers looked likely to provide a shock.

The latest Taff's Gloversblog sees Cruncher on his train travels, providing his views on yesterday's game and an analysis of what went right, and what went wrong. Read on via the link below, with alternative views welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Better But No Cure From The Galpharmacy.


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19 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Following yesterday's 4-2 defeat against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset the full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game.


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18 September 2010 : Huddersfield 4 Yeovil 2 : Terriers Turnaround Downs Glovers
Yeovil Town saw a two goal lead at the Galpharm Stadium slip away this afternoon, as four second half goals overturned the Glovers' shock 2-0 half time lead. Having taken the game to hosts Huddersfield Town during the opening quarter-hour, goals from Dean Bowditch and Owain Tudur Jones appeared to be setting themselves up for an amazing day. But second half strikes from Jamie McCombe, who netted twice, plus Scott Arfield and Gary Roberts ensured a complete turnaround for the Terriers.

The Glovers went into the match without goalkeeper John Sullivan, with Jean-Paul Kalala also dropping out of the squad entirely - Skivo's mystery player who had been borderline before the game. Rob Kiernan and Cameron Stewart continued to be the loan players left out of the playing squad, whilst Danny Hutchins was also absent. However, all of this caused only two changes to the starting line-up when the game kicked off.

The first half started so well - the Glovers taking a two goal lead to stun those in the stadium, including the away end! Craig Alcock's penetrating run into the Huddersfield half saw a cross from the right that was flicked off a Huddersfield head and into the path of Dean Bowditch, who netted with a crisp shot from inside the box to put the Glovers a goal up after nine minutes.

Six minutes later and the Glovers had the audacity to double their lead, with a set piece providing the goal. A foul out on the left flank on Andy Welsh saw Gavin Williams put in the resultant free kick and on the end of it was Owain Tudur Jones at the far post to stab the ball home. Two chances, two goals, and a dream start.

Despite the two goal deficit, Huddersfield had enough about them to suggest that they could be dangerous. They passed the ball crisply, making the Glovers look like they were playing the game at a different pace at times, but Yeovil stuck at it well, even if there was a feeling that they were getting sucked a little too deep, too early for the two goal advantage to be maintained.

At the other end, they still had attacking intent, with a Gavin Williams free kick being swallowed by home keeper Alex Smithies, whilst Dean Bowditch found his shot blocked out by centre-back Peter Clarke.

As the half closed, the Glovers had a couple of nervy moments, with débutante keeper Stephen Henderson palming an attempt away that he probably should have caught - the sign of a keeper who has played little first team football lately. Huddersfield ended the first period with a few wayward long range attempts, but the lead held out. So far, so very good.

If Yeovil were to keep the home crowd as quiet as they'd been during the first half, they needed to avoid giving the Terriers an early goal. Thus the 49th minute strike from Scott Arfield was a disappointment, not just for its timing, but for the way that Graham Carey's free kick had pinged around the box for some time without being cleared until Arfield got his chance to pounce.

As the Terriers turned the screw, the Glovers made a change, with Luke Ayling replacing Andy Welsh, although with Ayling adopting a more central role - a surprising choice given that Huddersfield's strengths had been down the flanks, and in particular down Welsh's and Smith's side.

Not that positional changes can have much to do with the two goals that Yeovil went on to concede, with both coming from set pieces, that an extra defensive-minded player should have given them an advantage on. Both were scored by former Bristol Rovers centre-back Jamie McCombe, and within three minutes of each other. The first was a 66th near post header, whilst the second that gave the Terriers the lead came when McCombe showed the technique of a striker - shielding the ball with his back to goal, before turning his marker and firing home past a helpless Henderson.

There was still time for Huddersfield to grab a fourth, as a big shout for a handball in the box saw referee David Foster point to the spot. There didn't seem to be too many complaints from the Yeovil players about the decision. Up stepped Gary Roberts and comfortably sealed the three points for the home side.

To Yeovil's credit, they battled well for the final 10 minutes, with a few half chances of their own. But the game was lost across the 10 minutes spell that saw Huddersfield turn a 1-2 disadvantage into a 4-2 win. Despite this being another away day four goal mauling, this wasn't anything near the scale of the Notts County performance, and it should be recognised that Huddersfield looked a strong and confident team - one whose win took them top of League One. The Glovers do need to work out how to stop the hefty number of goals being leaked though, particularly when they suffer set-backs in matches, as there is a tendency to cave in a little once the first goal goes in.

Final Score: Huddersfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (0-1, 9 mins), Owain Tudur Jones (0-2, 15 mins), Scott Arfield (1-2, 49 mins), Jamie McCombe (2-2, 66 mins), Jamie McCombe (3-2, 68 mins), Gary Roberts (4-2, pen 75 mins)

Huddersfield Town:
1. Alex Smithies
2. Lee Peltier 5. Peter Clarke 18. Jamie McCombe 36. Graham Carey
16. Scott Arfield 8. Antony Kay 14. Damien Johnson 7. Gary Roberts
21. Lee Novak 19. Alan Lee

Substitutes:
13. Ian Bennett (GK) 4. Joey Gudjonsson (46 mins for Antony Kay) 10. Joe Garner 11. Anthony Pilkington 17. Jordan Rhodes (67 mins for Alan Lee) 22. Lee Croft 29. Liam Ridehalgh (89 mins for Graham Carey)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (58 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Edward Upson (90 mins for Gavin Williams) 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (76 mins for Owain Tudur Jones) 23. Billy Gibson

Huddersfield Bookings: Graham Carey (60 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (85 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (16 mins, excessive celebration), Craig Alcock (49 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (67 mins, dissent), Owain Tudur Jones (68 mins, foul)

Referee: David Foster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Simeon Lucas (Lancashire) and Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Gary Stott (Manchester).

Attendance: 13,479 (including 165 Yeovil supporters).


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18 September 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's match against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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18 September 2010 : Bristol Rovers vs YTFC U18s Final Score
Yeovil Town's Under 18s have lost heavily in Bristol this morning. The Youth Team crashed 6-0 having conceded three further goals during the second half. More details to follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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18 September 2010 : Bristol Rovers vs YTFC U18s Half Time
Yeovil Town are trailing 3-0 at half time in their Youth Alliance League Cup match against Bristol Rovers. The young Glovers have had to reorganise their defence with a number of players missing and plenty more being asked to play out of position. More to follow later.


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18 September 2010 : Kick-Off Time Change For Youth Match
Those planning to see Yeovil Town Under-18s in action this morning should note that there is a slight kick-off change for the game against Bristol Rovers. The kick-off is now 10.30a.m. and not the usual 11.00a.m. start for Youth matches.

The match is being played at the AXA Sports and Social Club. The ground is adjacent to Clifton Rugby Club and so you'll find signposts for both venues will serve you right up until the final 50 yards.

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

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

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

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


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17 September 2010 : Skivo Previews The Huddersfield Game
Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Yorkshire, where Yeovil Town will face Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Huddersfield Game.


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17 September 2010 : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town face a tough trip to the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow, with the immediate aim of trying to build upon last weekend's comfortable 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. They face a Huddersfield Town side who have once again started the season strongly, after missing out in last season's play-offs. They occupy 5th place in the League One table, four points ahead of Yeovil, who are in 14th place.

In recent seasons, matches on their home patch have been their strength, and they currently stand as unbeaten this time round. However, with Tranmere Rovers and AFC Bournemouth having both sneaked a point at the Galpharm so far this season, the challenge will be for the Glovers to do the same - or better - with manager Terry Skiverton's mantra of the week being "anyone can beat anyone in this league".

Terriers manager Lee Clark believes that Huddersfield's problem tends to be that managers change tactics to block them out and he has told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that he wants his side to be good enough to rise above that:

"I have stressed to the players this week that no matter how many times we watch other teams, I would say that 90 per cent of our opponents came to the Galpharm and play with a different formation when they are up against us. We have to have the quality and the patience combined to try and overcome that and take on that challenge. So the players are well aware of what is happening and we have to try and find away to play against that."

Whether Glovers boss Terry Skiverton is likely to change tactics to thwart Huddersfield in the manner Clark describes of course won't be known until kick-off. The most likely outcome will be that he will look to keep as close to last week's starting eleven as possible. One change is forced, with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson meeting his team-mates on the bus as it heads up to Yorkshire today, whilst the injured John Sullivan stays at home. Skiverton hints that there is one other player facing a fitness test - but there are understandably no clues as to who that might be, with all substitutions in last weekend's match being late changes to rest players legs. Full-back Danny Hutchins, midfielder Rob Kiernan and winger Cameron Stewart all missed last weekend's game with knocks, although the ruling on the number of loan players that can be fielded could mean that Kiernan and Stewart miss out again. Striker Sam Williams remains suspended.

Huddersfield should bring back midfielder Anthony Pilkington and right-back Lee Peltier into their squad after both were missing from last weekend's match. The happy news of Pilkington's partner giving birth was tempered by Peltier losing his grandmother. Both were given leave by the Terriers, with Peltier told to come back at his own pace. The former Yeovil Town player should get a good reception from both sets of supporters if he choses to make himself available. Reports suggest that both are back in training

Yeovil Town's record against Huddersfield is fairly competitive, with the Terriers edging it slightly with the Glovers having five wins and six defeats across twelve matches. However, four of Huddersfield's wins have come in the last six meetings and Yeovil's last win at the Galpharm came in September 2006. Last season, they made a decent fist of it, with Keiran Murtagh managing a cheeky early long-range effort that put the Glovers a goal up before Theo Robinson and Michael Collins eased the bookies nerves in a 2-1 advantage for Huddersfield. At Huish Park in January 2010, the Terriers triumphed again, with Nathan Eccleston getting the single winning goal on his debut.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and if you're going to the game remember to take a copy of the Ciderspace guide below with you. If you're not going, then the 95.5FM frequency should be your friend, although listen carefully just in case Somerset's cricket final at Lords sees the frequencies shuffled about by BBC Somerset. We'll be tweeting away if you want little snippets of the afternoon sent to your Twitter account. Tickets are available from the stadium on the day of the game though if you want to make the long journey.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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17 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : I Don't Like Cricket, Oh No. I Love It!
Ahead of tomorrow's trip to play Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry is available. Tackling the question of whether Somerset's cricket side may have robbed the football club of a few hundred supporters last weekend, Taff also looks at the club's marketing and of course towards Saturday's game.

Alternative views, or additional comments welcomed at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : I Don't Like Cricket, Oh No. I Love It!


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17 September 2010 : Achieve By Unity Forum To Close
The independent Yeovil Town forum Achieve By Unity is to close later today. The forum owner will formally close down the message board this evening, after six months of operation as a replacement for the original Green Room forum.

The moderators would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the debate on the forum over the past six months. Ciderspace would like to thank all of the moderators on the ABU Forum who have performed what is often a thankless task of keeping football fans within certain boundaries.

Thankfully there is another Yeovil Town forum that has started up during the past week or so, with The Green Room II open for business. Those wishing to continue the message board debating and exchanging of information should therefore switch to that board today.

Link: The Green Room II Forum.


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17 September 2010 : Henderson Signs Loan Deal From Bristol City
Yeovil Town have signed Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on loan. As mentioned on this site yesterday, first choice goalkeeper John Sullivan will not be available for tomorrow's trip to Huddersfield Town due to injury; as a result Henderson has been brought in for a period of 30 days.

Henderson is currently third choice at Ashton Gate following the high profile signing of former England goalkeeper David James and last season's first choice keeper Dean Gerken. He is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who recently played in the same team as Glovers loan midfielder Rob Kiernan.

The Irishman started his career with Aston Villa and has gained loan experience with York City, Weymouth and Aldershot Town. He is 22 years old and stands at 6'4" tall. He was born in Dublin on May 2nd 1988. Given the lack of a recognised goalkeeper on Yeovil Town books, he is guaranteed to start in tomorrow's match at the Galpharm Stadium.


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17 September 2010 : Huish Park Leisure : The Guide
Yeovil Town have launched a new marketing brochure aimed at promoting some of the events going on at Huish Park. Whilst it's easy to find out when First Team Fixtures are taking place, it's generally been a lot harder to find out when other events are taking place at the club.

As a step towards allowing that profile to be changed, a a brochure entitled Huish Park Leisure : The Guide has been designed by Thomas Freke, a Yeovil Town season ticket holder, who you may recall produced some Yeovil Town themed desktop wallpaper for this site a few seasons ago. Content has been supplied by Clive Robinson, Yeovil Town's Hospitality Manager, whilst match previews have been supplied by Andrew Foot, another Yeovil Town season ticket holder.

There are 5,000 copies of the guide that have been printed, with copies available from Huish Park, and other outlets. Alternatively you can download it via the link below (Adobe Reader required). As a starter, you'll find there is a Comedy Night at Huish Park tomorrow night, starting at 8.30p.m. and you can book tickets for that and other events at the Huish Park Ticket Office. You'll find there is also a forthcoming chance to meet first team manager Terry Skiverton and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes at a 'Meet The Manager' evening.

There is a permanent link to this document from the Ciderspace Home Page at the foot of the Forthcoming Events panel. We will also load up the more imminent events into that panel, so you can keep checking what's coming up at the club in the near future. We will endeavour to provide updates to this guide as they are made available.

For further information on the events, or feedback on the brochure, or submissions for any future copies, contact Yeovil Town Hospitality Manager Clive Robinson at crobinson@ytfc.net at the club.

A warning to those looking to download the brochure - this is a 5.4Mb, 32 page colour PDF document. Hence those on mobile internet browsers may prefer to wait until they get home before downloading.

Link: Sept-Dec 2010 Huish Park Leisure Brochure.


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17 September 2010 : Skivo Talks About Loan Keeper Hunt
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained his decision-making in the wake of the need to find a replacement for injured goalkeeper John Sullivan. As reported on this site yesterday, the Glovers boss will be without his only realistically available custodian for tomorrow's trip to Huddersfield Town, and with the team leaving for Yorkshire today, there is little time for deals to be done.

Speaking yesterday to BBC Somerset, Skivo said that Sullivan's temporary cover would have to come from the loan market, admitting that there were no suitable free agents around who could come in and do a suitable job for him:

"It would be a loan that would come in. I don't know the length yet as we've not discussed anything. But there's no free transfer keepers out there at the moment with the right kind of experience and quality that we need. So we've made a few phone calls, we're hard at work and hopefully we can bring someone in for the weekend."

Skivo explained to the Western Daily Press what the background to the injury was, and said that they had waited until the Thursday training session before confirming that Sullivan was not going to make it:

"It happened a little bit after Saturday. John has given it some rest but I have had the news he will not be fit. It is not a big blow because there will be someone in. I have not got a magic hat, but hopefully we will be bringing someone in before we leave (for Huddersfield)."

The Yeovil boss admitted that one other name in his squad would face a late fitness test, but declined to name any names, to avoid giving Huddersfield any clues:

"Everyone is okay, apart from maybe one that is struggling, but I won't say any names."

Link: Sullivan Injury Forces Keeper Out Of Huddersfield Trip.


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16 September 2010 : Sullivan Injury Forces Keeper Out Of Huddersfield Trip
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has been ruled out of Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town. The Millwall keeper was diagnosed with an injury just after last week's home match against Tranmere Rovers and despite being given time off to recover, he has failed an early fitness test today.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton plans to dip into the loan market today or tomorrow to enable a goalkeeper to travel with the squad up to the Galpharm Stadium. That will be needed as back-up keeper Ben Roberts has not played a professional game since May 2004, having retired from football with a back injury.

The incoming goalkeeper loan will mean that the Glovers will have eight players on their books that have been 'borrowed' from another club. Only five can be selected in a single match-day squad. This weekend clearly Sullivan will not be available, whilst midfielder Rob Kiernan and winger Cameron Stewart missed last week's match through unspecified injuries so that may not present an immediate problem for the trip to Yorkshire, but could cause a headache at some point in the future.

At present there is no firm indication as to how long Sullivan will be out for, or how long Sullivan's replacement will be in for. Doubtless the plan will be for both dates to match up as closely as possible.


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16 September 2010 : Rule Blunder Sees Youth Alliance Cup Win Revoked
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side have had their 'win' against Swansea City Under-18s chalked off after the match referee incorrectly interpreted the competition rules. The Glovers were playing the Welsh side in the Youth Alliance League Cup last Saturday morning, in the Group stages of the competition, and during the 90 minutes gained a 1-1 draw.

At this point, the match officials asked for spot kicks to be taken - something that the Glovers had not had to deal with in the Group stages last season. After kicks were taken, a 4-1 advantage from the penalty spot appeared to have given Yeovil all three points.

However, this week's Western Gazette reports that on Monday, the Glovers were contacted by the Youth Alliance League Cup organisers and were informed that the result of the spot kicks would not stand and that in fact the original 1-1 scoreline after 90 minutes would be entered, with the penalties becoming void. As such, the match officials should not have asked for the penalty shoot-out to be taken. Both teams therefore will share a point each in the Cup Group table.

Link: Youth Team vs Swansea City Match Report.

Update: To be fair to the match officials, we have gone through the Youth Alliance League Cup competition rules and it states:

"All matches shall be of 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way) with a half time interval not exceeding 15 minutes. In all Rounds of the Competition including all Knock-out rounds and the Final, if the score is level after 90 minutes, the winner shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks in accordance with the Laws of the game."

Hence to our eyes, the referee was correct to settle the match by spot-kicks - the rule states that this should be done "in all Rounds". The same interpretation of the rules has been made by the referee that took charge of the Bristol Rovers vs Plymouth Argyle match in the same group. Rovers 'won' their match on penalties, but were later told that their win would not stand and that a draw would be recorded. The competition organisers appear to have either changed the rule after the competition started, or have faulted badly in the way they have written the rule.


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16 September 2010 : Cricket Blamed For Huish Park Crowd Drop
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes believes that the current rise of Somerset County Cricket was a significant factor in last weekend's attendance at Huish Park for the League One game against Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers recorded a crowd of just 3,364 for the visit of the Wirral side; their second lowest gate since entering the Football League.

Somerset were involved in a CB40 limited overs semi-final against Essex at Taunton last weekend and are still chasing a double of the County Championship and the CB40 trophy. Mr Starnes believes that has heightened interest in the summer sport and has told this week's Western Gazette that this, and claims of falling gates around the country were factors in the crowds failing to come to Huish Park:

"I was very disappointed (at the Tranmere gate), to be honest. I thought we would be somewhere around the 4,000 mark but I think we lost some to the Somerset one-day cricket match. It was disappointing and it seems to be a sign of the times at the minute. Gates around the country in the lower leagues have not been that strong."

At present, Yeovil's gates are down by 21.2% on last season, albeit with the earlier matches coming against some of the less attractive opposition in League One. Forthcoming games against Exeter City and Southampton should hopefully redress that balance somewhat. However, it's certainly not a singular match clashing with the cricket that is a cause for concern.

The opening day fixture against Leyton Orient was watched by 4,126 spectators. That was the lowest opening home fixture crowd since the club entered the Football League, compared with 4,349, 4,518 and 5,071 in recent years.

Until last season, the club had not had a sub-4,000 crowd in August or September - such gates have tended to be restricted to midweek winter games, post-New Year fixtures that stretch the finances just after Christmas, or clashes with international weekends. Over this season and last, there have been four gates at that level, with last season's 3,827 against Leyton Orient and the 3,519 that watched the Stockport County game being added to by the 3,537 that watched Hartlepool United last month, and the 3,364 for Saturday's Tranmere game.

It's worth remembering that until just 3,536 spectators turned up for a midweek match against Crewe Alexandra in October 2008, the Glovers hadn't had a sub-4,000 crowd for a midweek game. Since then, they've had 17 of them, and they've gradually turned from happening during cold rainy midweekers into bulk standard Saturdays, with or without cricket on show.

Mr Starnes also factors in a poor result at Notts County as being responsible for the Tranmere gate, suggesting that fans will have looked at that and have influenced their decision:

"The result the previous week (4-0 loss at Notts County) would not have encouraged people to have come down to the ground, but hopefully people will recognise that we are trying to do the right things and produce a team that is not only strong away, but particularly at Huish Park."

Whilst there's no doubt that crowds at any football club will fluctuate, based upon results, the general impression we have is - Hartlepool United (home) and Notts County (away) aside - that manager Terry Skiverton and his players are still getting the thumbs up and support from the majority of the supporters. The past few seasons have seen Glovers fans getting fairly acclimatised to being at the 'wrong' end of the table and being a small fish in a big pond, and so a bad away match, witnessed by 316 of the club's fans, should not cause excessive shockwaves.

The club need to look at this as a longer term trend - not one that has been dramatically influenced by events at Taunton or at Meadow Lane. They need to look at what has happened at Huish Park since the the heights of the 2005-06 season, when an average crowd of 6,512 came to the ground. This season's early average stands at 3,676, compared with last season's 4,664 - more attractive opposition will redress the balance somewhat as time goes on, as will more healthy away followings. But action needs to come from the club's top brass to re-engage with supporters, and to ask a few questions that may provoke some difficult answers as to why home fans are continuing to drop away from Huish Park.


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15 September 2010 : Andy Welsh Put Forward For Goal Strike Award
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh has been short-listed for the Goal of the Round in the First Round of the Football League Trophy. His second half strike against Exeter City on August 31st may not have kept the Glovers in the competition, but has been shortlisted as one of the ten best goals of the First Round stages.

The ten goals nominated are as follows:

Robbie Simpson; Stevenage v BRENTFORD
Antony Sweeney; HARTLEPOOL v Northampton
Vincent Pericard; Southampton v SWINDON
Danny Hylton; ALDERSHOT v Oxford United
Thierry Racon; CHARLTON ATHLETIC v Dagenham & Redbridge
Steven Leslie; Oldham Athletic v SHREWSBURY TOWN
Justin Richards; PORT VALE v Rochdale
Dean Morgan; Walsall v CHESTERFIELD
Andy Welsh; YEOVIL TOWN v Exeter
Matt Done; Port Vale v ROCHDALE

The eventual winning goalscorer from the ten goals listed above will be presented with a Johnstone's Paint Ultimate Finish Award. The winning goalscorer will be voted by football supporters, via the Johnstone's Paint website, and each person who votes will also be put into a draw to win an iPod Nano.

All votes must be received by Monday 27th September. Full details, plus terms and conditions can be found on the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Website. Head to the Competitions section of their website and register your details before you can supply your entry. The relevant competition is the Ultimate Finish : Round 1, currently at the foot of the page.

Link: 31/08/2010 : Football League Trophy : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter 3.


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15 September 2010 : Peterborough Join Adam Stansfield Fundraising Plans
League One side Peterborough United have joined in with the efforts around the division to raise money for the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation. The Posh are sending their entire first team squad out for hire on Tuesday October 12th, where local businesses can take charge of two first team players and a youth player for the afternoon for a minimum £500 pound donation. Businesses can then (within reason!) use those players in whatever capacity they like - from cleaning the office, to answering the telephones or anything else those businesses can think of during the allocated time. Obviously Peterborough Football Club will carry a veto on any ideas they feel go beyond the pale.

With Peterborough having a registered first team squad of 24 players, a full take-up of their players will raise £6,000 at least. Posh then plan to distribute the money raised between the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation, national charity Sue Ryder Care and local charity Peterborough Soup Kitchen.

Whilst the cause is without question a subject close to Posh manager Gary Johnson, who took Stansfield into professional football from non-league Elmore, he has admitted to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph that he was not the one who thought of the idea, with his own first team squad approaching him and asking to do something:

"They came up to me with the idea when I’d just come back from Adam’s funeral and it warmed the cockles of my heart. When something happens like that then football is a great vehicle for raising money, especially for these three great causes. It’s great that they came up with the idea to give something back and I’m very proud of them. Adam was a wonderful lad and a great footballer and I’m sad he’s gone so soon."

Peterborough's cause has been taken on by striker Aaron McLean, who like Stansfield had spent several years in non-league football, before Posh took a punt on him in 2007 whilst he was playing for Grays Athletic. McLean believes that it is an opportunity for his team-mates to give something back to the local community:

"We seem to have a lot of free time as footballers, with our afternoons free. It’s just something different. Our fans spend their hard earned money watching us, so it’s a good chance for us to give something back by doing what they do. I’m excited about it. At the moment, we don’t know what we will be doing, so we’ll have to see what businesses come forward."

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph poses two of their players with a vacuum cleaner as an idea of what they should expect. Presumably a hint that Gary Johnson is keen to adopt the Sweeper System?

You may recall our mention of Exeter City supporter Nick Bryant, who is running the (roughly) 50 miles between St James Park and Huish Park on the day that Yeovil Town play the Grecians in League One on September 25th - roughly 10 days time.

Nick has now been joined on his double-marathon run by Paul Stansfield, Adam's brother who serves in the RAF, who will be also undertaking the run. The pair will be supported by a team of three cyclists on their journey. They plan to leave Exeter at 5.00a.m. to ensure they have enough time to get to the ground, estimating that they will need around eight hours to cover the race - provided they do it inside 10 hours they will make the game's kick-off.

Nick's fundraising page has just broken through the £2,000 barrier in his efforts to raise money for Cancer Research UK and that figure should grow nearer to the day of the run itself. Various links for Nick's page, and the funds set up in Adam's name, as well as Yeovil Town's plans for the September 25th game, are shown below.

Link: Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Football Foundation.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.

Link: A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010.


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14 September 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield
Ahead of our Saturday trip to the Galpharm Stadium for a match against Huddersfield Town, the Ciderspace guide has been dusted off and tweaked. Featuring directions, ground info, ticket info, club background and a pub guide, everything you need (hopefully!) for your trip Oop North can be found via the page below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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14 September 2010 : Interview With Andy Welsh
Following Saturday's 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Andy Welsh Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Tranmere.


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13 September 2010 : Notts County Man Of The Match Result
Just nine days ago, Yeovil Town's worst performance of the season so far saw the Glovers crash 4-0 at Meadow Lane against Notts County. Trying to work out a suitable candidate for the Man of the Match award was a tough one - in fact the performance was that poor that three punters lodged their names, along with some match comments, but declined to nominate any players. We sometimes receive a few 2nd or 3rd placed votes that are left blank, but it's rare for voters to opt out entirely.

Of those who did vote, nominations were spread all over the place, with eight different players listed for the outright Man of the Match. It was defender Adam Virgo, who was put into an unfamiliar striking role, who got the nod on the day. Full results are shown below with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Adam Virgo 56 (2)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 36 (3)
3 Craig Alcock 32 (1)
4 Craig Calver 28 (2)
5 Owain Tudur Jones 22 (2)
6 Cameron Stewart 16 (1)
7 Stefan Stam 10 (1)
7 Andy Welsh 10 (1)
9 Luke Freeman 8 (0)
10 Luke Ayling 6 (0)
11 Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.25

Performance: 2.50
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 13 (16 including those who didn't supply a MOTM)

If you've not placed your vote for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers yet, then don't forget to place your votes in the next few days. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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13 September 2010 : Huntington Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's central defender Paul Huntington has received a nomination for the Football League's Team of the Week. The former Stockport County player scored his first goal for the Glovers in the 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, netting Yeovil's third on 27 minutes.

Paul is the second Yeovil Town player to get a nomination this season, with goalkeeper John Sullivan having been included a few weeks ago.

The News of the World put midfielder Shaun MacDonald into their Team of the Week yesterday, as he commenced his fourth loan spell at Huish Park.

League One Team Of The Week:
Rob Elliot (Charlton)
Scott Arfield (Huddersfield) Jason Pearce (Bournermouth) Paul Huntington (Yeovil Town) Rhoys Wiggins (Bournemouth)
James Berrett (Carlisle) Ryan Harley (Exeter) Gary Jones (Rochdale) Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton)
John O'Flynn (Exeter) Craig Curran (Carlisle)

Link: 31/08/2010 : Sullivan In Team Of The Week.


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13 September 2010 : Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's match at the Galpharm Stadium have been announced. The match against Huddersfield Town that takes place on Saturday 18th September, kick-off 3.00p.m. will be looked after by referee David Foster (Tyne and Wear).

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

We've only experienced Mr Foster once before, and it was for the 2008-09 away match against ... Huddersfield Town. That match saw Asmir Begovic in inspired form in a 0-0 draw, and we found Mr Foster reasonably competent on the night, with our major criticism being saved for one of his assistants. Otherwise he had a good game.

Mr Foster was due to take charge of a 2009-10 fixture against ... yes, you've guessed it ... Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm again, but he was replaced by the time the match took place, and did not start his season until late September, and we didn't see him at all last season.

Mr Foster will be assisted by Simeon Lucas (Lancashire) and Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Gary Stott (Manchester).

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

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield Town.


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13 September 2010 : Parry Blasts 'Abysmal' Tranmere
Just as Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was not in a mood to mince his words last weekend at Notts County, so Tranmere Rovers boss Les Parry was deeply unimpressed with his own side's performance on Saturday.

The two matches had similarities about them - the home team out of sight before the first half was ended, but with a somewhat less eventful second period. By 27 minutes on Saturday, the Glovers were on their way to three points, thanks to Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington. Parry has told the Wirral News that only being three goals down was actually a relief:

"I was quite happy to go in at half time 3-0 down to be quite honest. That’s how bad we were. We could have gone in five down, and that wouldn’t have been flattering for them. I’ll be the first person to back the players, but when they’re that poor they’ve got to hold their hands up. They were abysmal in the first half-hour, certainly. We can’t make excuses for them. They’re in our first team and they’ve got to perform."

Tranmere clawed back a consolation goal right at the end of the match, via an Ian Thomas-Moore penalty, and Parry has said that this was his half-time target, knowing that the game was as good as over:

"We said to the lads at half time, ‘let’s go and win the second half’. It’s scant consolation but at least the lads showed a little bit of character."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.

Link: Yeovil 3 Tranmere 1 : Comfortable Win Sees Glovers Back On Track.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.


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12 September 2010 : Saints Appoint New Management Team
League One side Southampton have finally appointed a new first team manager to act as the successor to Alan Pardew, who was sacked in controversial circumstances at the tail end of last month. The new man is Nigel Adkins, who has left his position with Championship side Scunthorpe United after a 14 year association with the Glanford Park club.

Adkins is best known as the physiotherapist who turned first team manager, although in truth he had managed Bangor City before he took charge at Scunny in November 2006. He managed to get the Iron out of League One twice, and there's little question that doing the same with Southampton will be his No.1 target at St Mary's.

He brings with him his Scunthorpe assistant Andy Crosby, a former centre-back who joined the club in 2004. Southampton have had to pay compensation for both, with that process being an on-off-on-off thing that looked at various points to have been derailed, with Scunthorpe making a couple of extremely tetchy comments to the media about the way they felt negotiations were being done.

Adkins has signed a three year deal at St Mary's, taking over from caretaker boss Dean Wilkins, who lost all three games whilst holding the fort, including Southampton's exit as holders from the Football League Trophy. There's no word as yet as to whether Wilkins will hold a position in the new management structure.

Link: 4-0 Away Win - So Sack The Manager!.


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12 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry looks at the turnaround on Yeovil Town's performance from the previous weekend. With the usual round-up of each player on an individual basis, as well as an overall team view, Taff supplies his thoughts on a happier weekend for the Glovers.

Differing views, and similar views are as always appreciated.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.


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12 September 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a penalty shoot-out win over Swansea City yesterday, to gain their first win in the Youth Alliance League Cup Group stages. With a 1-1 scoreline after 90 minutes, as the Glovers grabbed a late equaliser through Lloyd Matthews, they took the spot kicks by a 4-1 scoreline after successfully converting all of their penalties.

The match took place at Westland Sports' Alvington ground, situated behind the Airfield Tavern - its locality meaning that first team management Terry Skiverton and Darren Way were able to watch first half proceedings before they headed up to Huish Park to prepare for the first team fixture. The Glovers fielded a near full strength line-up with only Nick Lyskov missing through suspension for a red card earlier this season.

Yeovil started well as Lloyd Matthews put through Tyler Sheppard, bringing a good save out of the Swansea keeper, but the visitors responded - forcing a corner from which Steve Boore produced a great save. And it was Swansea who took the lead with their next attack, despite appeals from those watching for both an offside flag and a handball claim that never came. 0-1 down and not the start that the Glovers wanted.

To their credit the Yeovil players did not let the early goal unsettle them; taking the game to the opposition. For the next ten minutes they attacked time after time from free kicks and even a penalty appeal turned down after Lloyd Matthews appeared to be fouled, which on another day could have been given.

At the other end centre-back Lee Sweet made a last ditch tackle to stop Swansea going further ahead. The under 16's captain did not look out of place in the heart of the defence, doing well to keep the margin at just the single goal. In the 25th minute, yet another Yeovil attack ended in a corner that was whipped across by Jonny Kaye but no Yeovil player could get on the end of the ball as it fizzed across the face of goal.

Swansea's right back made a deep run into the Yeovil half that went unchecked, and his mis-hit cross almost ended in a goal but Steve Boore made a good save low down to his left and Lee Sweet made another last ditch tackle to remove the danger. Steve Boore then made a brilliant save injuring himself the process, delaying play by a couple of minutes as he received treatment - fortunately he was fit to continue the game.

The Glovers keeper was not the only one in the wars. Will Gordon had a good run down the wing; passing the ball inside to Lloyd Matthews who in turn played in Tyler Sheppard whose shot was saved well by the Swansea keeper. But shortly after that move Gordon was heavily tackled putting Yeovil down to ten men for three minutes in the lead-up to half time, with the Glovers player returning to play just before the half time whistle blew, and as Steve Boore made another great save in the final move of the half.

The second period started rather flat from a Glovers point of view, with Swansea doing most of the attacking. In Yeovil's first attack of the half, Joe Grimstead had a good run down the left before he was upended by yet another Swansea foul, stopping him in his tracks. From the free kick, Rob Clowes headed over the bar.

Will Gordon's attempts to continue in the game ended on the hour mark as he had to be replaced by Mitch Conning. Yeovil began to build up a head of steam as a good cross by Jonny Kaye was headed down by Rob Clowes into the path of Lloyd Matthews whose shot was well saved. Lewis Clarke and Josh Doyle then interchanged passes down the right wing only for the cross to run in behind the in-rushing Mitch Conning and Rob Clowes as Swansea's defence looked stretched. Next, Lewis Clarke shot over after good work by Lloyd Matthews.

As the minutes ticked down, Yeovil finally got their equalising goal with less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Rob Clowes slid a ball inside the Swansea centre half for LLoyd Matthews to latch onto, and he scored with a superb drive under the keeper's diving body. Parity restored at 1-1. Swansea had time for one further attack but once again Steve Boore made a good save to keep the Glovers in the game.

In an unusual feature of the Youth Alliance Cup Group stages, the final score of the in-play action meant that the referee told both sides that the game would be settled by spot kicks. To our knowledge this is a new rule of this season's competition, with draws being a feature of previous seasons group stages.

Lloyd Matthews, who had only just put the ball in the net in open play, stepped up for the first penalty and scored low to keepers left. Steve Boore then saved Swansea's first before Adam Cleary scored the second for Yeovil to give them a clear 2-0 advantage. It got worse for the visitors when Swansea's second attempt went over the bar, with Captain Rhys Baggridge making it 3-0.

Swansea scored their first penalty to pull the scores back to 3-1 but that still meant that it was match point to Yeovil, and Rob Clowes netted the decisive penalty to polish things off at 4-1 and to give Yeovil all three points. Yeovil Town's Acting Head of Youth Scott Green said after the game that he was pleased with the energy levels of the boys and that they had competed well for the whole game. He also said that they were moving forward and improving game after game.

Next up is next Saturday's third Cup Group game - a trip to Bristol Rovers that will take place on September 18th in Bristol.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Swansea City Under-18s 1 (Yeovil win 4-1 on penalties).

Scorers: Swansea Player (0-1, first half), Lloyd Matthews (1-1, 84 mins).

Penalty Shoot-Out Scorers: Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary, Rhys Baggridge and Rob Clowes (4-1).

Yeovil Town Line-Up:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle. 3. Joe Grimstead. 4. Jonny Kaye. 5. Rhys Baggridge. (capt) 6. Lee Sweet. 7. Lewis Clarke. 8. Rob Clowes. 9. Lloyd Matthews. 10. Tyler Sheppard. 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
Mitch Conning (59 mins for Will Gordon), Adam Cleary (82 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Aiden Chainey, Will Agbo.


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12 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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11 September 2010 : Yeovil 3 Tranmere 1 : Comfortable Win Sees Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town got themselves back on track this afternoon with an emphatic victory at Huish Park. Having been hammered last week at Meadow Lane, they turned the tables by giving Tranmere Rovers a torrid first half, as goals from Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington had the game out of sight with just 27 minutes gone. That was game over and a far less eventful second period saw Tranmere gain a consolation goal through an Ian Thomas-Moore penalty, but there was no time for them to mount any sort of a comeback.

The Glovers made four changes to the starting line-up from the team that got beaten against Notts County last weekend. All four changes were obvious ones. Andy Williams returned following his ankle injury, as did Dean Bowditch following his throat infection. Meanwhile Shaun MacDonald and Gavin Williams were always likely to go straight into the starting line-up following their arrivals on loan at Huish Park. As for the dilemma of which of the seven loans to leave out - that was made easy by both Rob Kiernan and Cameron Stewart carrying knocks.

With the Meadow Lane match having been such a fundamental mauling, getting a good start in the game against Tranmere was imperative, and a stroke of luck got them the early 7th minute break that they needed. Tranmere's attempt at a defensive clearance rebounded off one of their own players directly into the path of Dean Bowditch. If the manner he got the ball was slightly fortuitous, there was nothing lucky about the finish - an early volleyed shot that caught visiting keeper Joe Collister slightly out of position and off his line, and the perfect tonic to lift Yeovil's spirits upwards.

Then it got better. Just four minutes later, Andy Williams pumped in a right-wing cross, and waiting on the end of it was a collector's item - an Andy Welsh header that was perfectly sent across the face of Joe Collister's goal to double Yeovil's lead with only 10 minutes gone.

There was a bit of a lull after that - Tranmere far too shellshocked to make anything for themselves, and Yeovil perhaps patting themselves on the back a bit too much at the dream start that they'd had. But they got a third goal, 27 minutes into the first half, with a slight slice of good fortune giving Paul Huntington his first goal for the Glovers. Dean Bowditch provided the assist, but only by a mis-hit shot that landed in Huntington's path. No-one in green'n'white was likely to complain.

Elsewhere, the Glovers dominated a half that saw Tranmere fail to get a single shot on target. Craig Alcock's cross into the box saw Gavin Williams shoot just over the bar. Andy Williams received a high punt from Adam Virgo which visiting keeper Joe Collister decided not to come for, but Williams sent his header straight at the hesitant keeper. Then Collister saved well from Gavin Williams as he slid in a shot on goal. But anything more than a 3-0 scoreline would have been a touch greedy, and bar the small pocket of Tranmere fans in the corner of the Cowlin Stand, no-one was complaining in the slightest at the break.

The second period opened with Yeovil looking comfortable without breaking too much sweat about it. One of the more notable events of the early play was a double booking for Tranmere at the same time for two separate events, with substitute Joss Labadie getting yellowed for an actual foul in play, but referee Roger East remembering to book Ian Thomas-Moore for an earlier offence that he'd waved an advantage for.

Arnaud Mendy managed Tranmere's first shot on target of the match - a shot that deceived John Sullivan forcing him to parry the ball, and then grab it at the second attempt just before it headed out for a corner. That this came almost 70 minutes into the match spoke volumes about the balance of the game across the afternoon. At the other end, Jean-Paul Kalala fired narrowly over the bar.

Adam Virgo thought he'd grabbed Yeovil Town's fourth goal of the afternoon, when he leapt high to head the ball home from a set piece with 10 minutes remaining, but referee Roger East chalked the goal off due to Virgo climbing on his marker, Ian Goodison, as the ball came across into the box.

As the clock wound down, John Sullivan had to stretch well to block an Enoch Showunmi shot as Tranmere pushed for at least a consolation goal. And they got that when a shirt pull from Nathan Smith on substitute Lucas Akins allowed Ian Thomas-Moore a chance to grab a goal from the spot, just one minute before the 90 minutes was up. Four minutes of injury time didn't change that, and although it was a far quieter second half, this was a highly satisfying three points for the Glovers, and a big psychological boost to lift them out of last week's doldrums and from 23rd up to 14th in what is still an early and volatile League One table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (7 mins, 1-0), Andy Welsh (11 mins, 2-0), Paul Huntington (27 mins, 3-0), Ian Thomas-Moore (89 mins, 3-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:

4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (90 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (84 mins for Andrew Williams) 20. Owain Tudur Jones (90 mins for Andy Welsh) 22. Ben Roberts (GK)

Tranmere Rovers:
13. Joe Collister
17. Liam Darville 5. Ian Goodison 29. Jermaine Grandison 3. Aaron Cresswell
18. Maximo Blanchard 30. Arnaud Mendy 15. Ryan Fraughan
28. Sammy Morrow 9. Ian Thomas-Moore 7. Enoch Showunmi

Substitutes:
23. Andy Coughlin (GK) 24. Zoumana Bakayogo (60 mins for Ryan Fraughan) 25. Joss Labadie (34 mins for Maximo Blanchard) 27. Lucas Akins (54 mins for Sammy Morrow) 14. Nick Wood 21. Dale Jennings 2. Tim Cathalina

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (65 mins, foul), Luke Freeman (90 mins, unsporting behaviour)

Tranmere Bookings: Arnaud Mendy (33 mins, foul), Joss Labadie (57 mins, foul), Ian Thomas-Moore (57 mins, foul)

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare) and John O'Brien (Surrey). Fourth Official: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,364


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11 September 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
If you were at this afternoon's match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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11 September 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Interview
Just before kick-off against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview recorded for BBC Somerset. The full transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

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


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11 September 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Yeovil Town have made four changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Notts County last weekend. None of the four should come as any great surprise, with Andy Williams coming back from an ankle injury and slotting in on the right wing, whilst striker Dean Bowditch has recovered from a throat infection.

Two players start their new loan spells with the club, with Shaun MacDonald expected to start in central midfield, whilst Gavin Williams is expected to be played in-the-hole behind Bowditch in a 4-4-1-1 formation - much the same tactic that the Glovers used when Williams was on loan at the tail end of the 2009-10 season.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 20. Owain Tudur Jones 22. Ben Roberts (GK)

Tranmere Rovers: (4-3-3)
13. Joe Collister
17. Liam Darville 5. Ian Goodison 29. Jermaine Grandison 3. Aaron Cresswell
18. Maximo Blanchard 30. Arnaud Mendy 15. Ryan Fraughan
28. Sammy Morrow 9. Ian Thomas-Moore 7. Enoch Showunmi

Substitutes:
23. Andy Coughlin (GK) 24. Zoumana Bakayogo 25. Joss Labadie 27. Lucas Akins 14. Nick Wood 21. Dale Jennings 2. Tim Cathalina


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11 September 2010 : Youths See Off Swansea On Penalty Shoot-Out
Yeovil Town's Under-18s won their Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Swansea City this morning on a penalty shoot-out. The Glovers tied the match a 1-1 at full time, but competition rules mean that no draws are allowed, even at the group stage.

After Swansea had opened up the scoring in the first half, Yeovil equalised through Lloyd Matthews, who slid the ball under the goalkeeper, having been fed by Rob Clowes. That ensured the game went to spot kicks.

Lloyd Matthews netted the first, with Glovers keeper Steve Boore giving his side the advantage by saving Swansea's first. Successful kicks from Adam Cleary, Rhys Baggridge and Rob Clowes were then fired home, and with Swansea putting another attempt over the bar, that gave Yeovil a 4-1 advantage and three welcome points.

Full match report will follow over the next 24-48 hours.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Swansea City Under-18s 1 (Yeovil win 4-1 on penalties).


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11 September 2010 : August 2010 Player Of The Month
The month of August 2010 was not one of the more impressive ones for Yeovil Town. Although an opening day win over Leyton Orient set things up nicely, a series of four defeats - including two cup exits, and a solitary draw made for a poor tally overall.

With so many changes to the playing squad over the summer, one of the interesting questions would be which new arrivals would settle quickly. The individual Man of the Match results saw John Sullivan (Crystal Palace), Luke Ayling (Bristol Rovers), Adam Virgo (Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Oldham) and Andy Welsh (Exeter - Cup) win the match polls.

With Adam Virgo having won three match polls, it's no great surprise to find out who the August 2010 Player Of The Month award has gone to, although a special mention is due to Craig Alcock, who despite not winning an individual match award, was consistent enough to grab a second placed spot based on his overall contribution to each game.

Results, with the percentage of votes cast, are shown below:

1 Adam Virgo 23.4
2 Craig Alcock 15.7
3 John Sullivan 15.4
4 Dean Bowditch 9.9
5 Luke Ayling 6.0
6 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 5.4
7 Andy Williams 5.3
8 Andy Welsh 4.9
9 Owain Tudur Jones 3.4
10 Sam Williams 3.3


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11 September 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Half Time
Half time in this morning's Youth Team match against Swansea City sees the Glovers trailing at the break. A single Swansea goal had a hint of offside and even a handball to it, but the match referee awarded the goal, giving the Welsh side the advantage at the break.

Half Time Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Swansea City Under-18s 1.


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11 September 2010 : Exeter City (Cup) Man Of The Match Result
The final match for the month of August was the Football League Trophy tie against Exeter City. A bit of a curate's egg of a performance, the Glovers played better in the second half with 10 men than they had with a full set on the field.

Defending was not quite what it needed to be, and so there's not too many defenders in the Man of the Match voting, although Craig Alcock sneaks in at third place. Owain Tudur Jones got a consistent number of votes in the poll, but the winner was left-winger Andy Welsh, who no doubt got a boost in the vote by being the only Yeovil goalscorer on the night.

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

1 Andy Welsh 96 (7)
2 Owain Tudor Jones 64 (2)
3 Craig Alcock 62 (5)
4 Dean Bowditch 56 (5)
5 John Sullivan 56 (3)
6 Adam Virgo 28 (1)
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 26 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 16 (0)
9 Cameron Stewart 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.92

Performance: 5.42
Entertainment: 6.42

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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10 September 2010 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
At the tail end of last month, Yeovil Town travelled to Oldham Athletic, where they picked up a useful 0-0 draw against a Latics side that had started the 2010-11 season strongly. As part of the Man of the Match voting, defensive-minded players dominated the poll, based on the small number of those attending the game.

Goalkeeper John Sullivan, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, right-back Craig Alcock all got the thumbs up for their performances, but they were pipped by centre-back Adam Virgo, who was the winner by a small margin.

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

1 Adam Virgo 36 (3)
2 Craig Alcock 28 (2)
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 24 (1)
4 John Sullivan 22 (1)
5 Paul Huntington 6 (0)
5 Owain Tudur Jones 6 (0)
7 Andy Williams 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.57

Performance: 6.86
Entertainment: 6.29

VOTES RECEIVED: 7


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10 September 2010 : Welcome To 'The Green Room II'
A new Yeovil Town forum has been launched today. Dubbed as 'The Green Room II', it is an independent forum run by a group of Yeovil Town supporters. As with most forums these days, you will need to register to post messages.

The forum can be accessed at www.tgr2.co.uk - if you have any problems with registering etc, then drop the moderators a message, or email us and we'll forward it on.

The other two Yeovil Town forums that we are aware of remain open for business, as before. Choose one, or two, or all three!

Link: The Green Room II.

Link: Achieve By Unity Forum.

Link: Yeovil True Forum.


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10 September 2010 : Skivo Previews The Tranmere Game
Yesterday, as part of the build-up to the weekend's home match against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's thoughts about the game and the signing of Gavin Williams are recorded via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Tranmere Game.


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10 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Return Of The Talisman
No prizes for guessing what the main subject area is on the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. The chance to see a certain prodigal son put on the green'n'white tomorrow afternoon against Tranmere Rovers has his fellow countryman licking his lips, and also trying to work out the big question of once you've slotted Gavin Williams into the team, who are the other loanees that manager Terry Skiverton needs to squeeze in there?

Answers via the web link below. Alternative views obviously welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Return Of The Talisman.


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10 September 2010 : Youth Team vs Swansea City - Change Of Venue
Yeovil Town's Youth Team are in action tomorrow morning in a Youth Alliance Cup Group game against Swansea City. The match is a home game that kicks off at 11.00a.m. and those who head to the venue should see former Yeovil Town goalkeeping hero Tony Pennock, who is their Director of Youth Football, in the dugout area.

The match has been switched to the Westland Sports ground at Alvington in Yeovil. For those who don't know where the ground is, it is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern public house in Alvington Lane. Assuming you're coming from Huish Park, at the Asda/Halfords roundabout, head towards Yeovil Crematorium into Bunford Lane. When you have passed the crematorium, turn right into Bluebell Road and then left into Alvington Lane. When you reach the Airfield Tavern, head past their car park and this will lead you to the entrance of the ground. Parking is available either inside the entrance gates, or on the surrounding roads.

NB: The Multimap link below is for the Airfield Tavern and is not the most accurate link we've ever seen, but should give you sufficient details of how to find the ground.

Link: Multimap.com : Westland Sports Football Ground, Alvington, Yeovil.


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10 September 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Tranmere Rovers tomorrow at Huish Park in a League One match. The Glovers desperately need to turn around a run of form that has seen them go six games without a win, and with five of those recorded as defeats. That has seen them slip to an 18 month low in the League One table, occupying a 23rd place spot in the relegation zone for only the second time during manager Terry Skiverton's reign as Yeovil Town manager.

To try and stop the rot, new faces have been introduced. The loan signing of Bristol City playmaker Gavin Williams will hopefully be joined by Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who was due to return from international duty and back to Huish Park as of this morning - two weeks after his signing was announced by the club. Both will surely start in the general midfield area tomorrow, with the main question being over what formation and what positions they line up in.

The availability of MacDonald and the signing of Williams creates a selection dilemma. With Rob Kiernan also returning from international duty, the Glovers now have seven loan players on their books, meaning that two must miss out. With goalkeeper John Sullivan being an essential, and MacDonald and Williams being brought in to shake the team out of their poor form, that leaves two loan positions and four players fighting for them. The other two will only get a seat in the Main Stand. Kiernan's unspecified injury whilst playing for the Republic of Ireland may make that team selection problem a little easier, but if so then one more will still have to go out of Owain Tudur Jones, Luke Freeman and Cameron Stewart.

Striker Sam Williams is definitely out - serving the second game of his three match suspension. The only other known problem is winger/striker Andy Williams, who missed last weekend's match at Notts County and his fitness may well determine exactly how the midfield and wing positions line-up tomorrow. Striker Dean Bowditch should return up front after his throat infection kept him out last week, allowing Adam Virgo to return to a somewhat more comfortable centre-half position.

Whilst the Glovers struggled - and failed - to fill the substitutes bench last week, their problems pale into insignificance compared to their opponents this coming Saturday. As reported earlier in the week, Tranmere were conducting their training sessions with just twelve outfield players, giving manager Les Parry a real problem ahead of tomorrow's game. There are suggestions that experienced centre-back Ian Goodison may be shuffled off the treatment table to play, despite a back problem, but Tranmere's woes increased by an injury to Faroe Islands goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen - the second time he has got crocked on international duty since arriving on loan from Manchester City.

That has meant that 18 year old Joe Collister will be between the sticks tomorrow - a position that he has unexpectedly held for all bar the opening day of the season, due to Nielsen's injuries. He is one of a large number of youthful Rovers players - the side that beat Peterborough United featured seven starters aged 20 or under and Parry may have to repeat that again even though he admits last week's team was far too inexperienced:

"I think the balance of the side was too young to be quite honest. That was not by design but through necessity because of the people who were not available. I think you need a spine of experience. You can’t have a whole team of 19-year-olds. The younger boys did exceptionally well but whether they can sustain that is questionable."

The last meeting at Huish Park between the two sides saw a similar picture. Tranmere had only just been taken over by John Barnes in the opening game of the 2009-10 season, and his late arrival at Prenton Park saw them struggling to put a side together. The Glovers eventually won 2-0 through goals from Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin, although Bowditch was to leave with a dislocated shoulder. The Prenton Park match was far less pretty for the Glovers, as a miserable performance on a poor pitch saw them lose out in January in a 2-1 scoreline as Ian Thomas-Moore and Ash Taylor gave Les Parry three points, whilst Ryan Mason's injury time penalty was largely an irrelevance to the final outcome.

The match tomorrow kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. If you want to avoid the matchday surcharge, call or visit the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before 6.00p.m. tonight to book your tickets. For those who can't make it, BBC Somerset will be live on 95.5FM with full commentary.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Tranmere Facing Injury Nightmare.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers.


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10 September 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Huddersfield
Looking ahead to beyond this weekend, Yeovil Town's next away match is the trip to the Galpharm Stadium. The match against Huddersfield Town takes place on Saturday 18th September 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match as follows.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £13.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.00am and having a full length breakfast stop along the way - other breaks as and when requested.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Huddersfield Town.


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9 September 2010 : Glovers Beat Off League One Trio To Get Super Gav Back
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he tried to throw people off in the wrong direction, when rumours of the return of Gavin Williams began to circulate seriously a couple of weeks ago. Suggestions that the Glovers were aiming to sign the Welshman have been on the rumourmill, on and off, throughout the summer but began to reach a crescendo just before the transfer window deadline at the end of August.

Skiverton said after the Football League Trophy game against Exeter City that there had been some truth behind the rumours, but at the time played them down suggesting they were old rumours recirculating from pre-season. He admitted to BBC Somerset that had been a touch disingenuous, explaining that other clubs were after the playmaker:

"I had to throw a few people off the scent, because there were three League One teams that were interested in Gav, who have got considerably bigger budgets than us. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Bristol City for what they've done, and also there's been a couple of other people behind the scenes."

The rumourmill at the time suggested that Southampton were one of those clubs involved, but that the wheels fell off their bid when boss Alan Pardew was dismissed from St Mary's. With the Saints yet to appoint a successor, despite multiple days of negotiations with Scunthorpe United's Nigel Adkins, the Hampshire side would appear to have had their minds on more fundamental matters.

Link: Return To Huish Park Again? That's Super, Gav! - Now 93 Days.


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9 September 2010 : Return To Huish Park Again? That's Super, Gav! - Now 93 Days
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have now confirmed the signing of Gavin Williams on loan from Bristol City. The midfield playmaker returns to Huish Park for a third time, following a highly influential loan spell last season. The 30 year old has an association with the club dating back to the summer of 2002 when he joined the club from Hereford United. His two and a half year stay grabbed him a £250,000 move to West Ham United in December 2004, and also played for Ipswich Town before Gary Johnson grabbed him back to the West Country whilst he was Bristol City manager.

Gavin's second spell with the club came in March 2010, when he arrived back at Huish Park on loan. His first game was certainly a mixed one. A goal, an 'assist' that forced the opposition Hartlepool United to score an own goal ... and a red card. However, upon his return from suspension, he became the team's linchpin. Across the eight games he played, whilst he was on the pitch he was involved in all of the goals Yeovil Town scored in open play, with only two Gavin Tomlin penalties scored without his influence. Gavin contributed five of those goals, with the remainder being created by him, transforming the team's fortunes almost single-handedly and setting up a strong partnership with Dean Bowditch, who he knew from his Ipswich Town days.

Gavin arrives back at the club looking to add to the 26 goals and 118 appearances that he has made so far. He will be at Huish Park for a full 93 days loan - the maximum allowable under emergency loan rules.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Update: The loan period has now been set at 93 days - not the one month deal initially reported.


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9 September 2010 : Super Gav Loan Deal Due 'Today'
The Bristol Evening Post expect Yeovil Town to complete the loan signing of Bristol City play-maker today. The move for the Welshman is turning into one of football's worst-kept-secrets even though Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has done his best to play down suggestions that it was going to happen.

The paper predicts that Williams will sign a one month loan today. Under the emergency loan rules, if agreed, the clubs would have the ability to extend that out to a maximum of 93 days - enough to keep him at Huish Park until mid-December if everything worked out, and assuming the Glovers' playing budget stretches that far.

City boss Keith Millen doesn't directly comment on what is - at the moment - an unconfirmed report, but does make it clear that he is looking to give players time on loan:

"We need to get some players out to get games because we have a big squad now. I'm delighted that everyone is nearing full fitness, but we can't keep everyone happy. A few players need to get first-team games under their belt and they won't get the chance to do that here at the moment."

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 September 2010 : GWSC Travel To Huddersfield
Yeovil Town's next away trip is the long trip up to Yorkshire for a match against Huddersfield Town. The match takes place at the Galpharm Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 18th September 2010. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and then Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £25.00, with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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8 September 2010 : Skivo Retaining Full Confidence In Sullivan
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has had no loss in confidence in goalkeeper John Sullivan, despite him being at error for a crucial goal at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The on-loan Millwall keeper poorly parried a 29th minute strike by Notts County play-maker Ben Davies into his own net - a mistake that became more obvious than it was from the away section, when it was viewed on the television highlights that night.

The Glovers went on to lose the game 4-0, largely through poor team defending rather than through anything that Sullivan could have reasonably dealt with, and Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he believes that Yeovil's outfield players need to up their game far more than his goalkeeper needs to:

"I don't think any of the goals have been his fault recently. So that was maybe the first blip on him. But I've got absolutely no worries with John Sullivan and what he's done. I think he's been magnificent so far, and that's why we've extended (his loan). He needs the people in front of him to start pulling their finger out and start defending a lot better."

Sullivan is currently due to stay at Huish Park until January 3rd 2011, assuming his parent club Millwall suffer no goalkeeper injuries or suspensions with first choice pairing David Forde and Steve Mildenhall. As an aside, so far Mildy has yet to make his first team début for the Lions, with Forde retaining his first team spot from last season.

Link: Match Report: Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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8 September 2010 : Owls Get Bailed Out By Their Bank
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have been bailed out by their bank, to stop them falling into administration. The Co-Operative Bank are currently owed around £25 million by the Yorshire side, and late yesterday agreed to stump up the sum of £780,000 to settle a bill with HMRC as part of court action which is due to continue today. The Owls are needing to answer a winding up order that relates to an overall tax backlog of £1.1 million.

That may not be the end of the matter in the long run. The Yorkshire Post reports that Wednesday are accruing a monthly tax bill of £300,000 and state that the club "cannot meet current outgoings". You therefore don't need a degree in accountancy to work out that unless Wednesday reduce their current outgoings, they will be "doing a Southend United" and setting themselves up for a monthly chat in the Courts with M'Learned Friends and HMRC's counterparts.

Whilst the Co-Op are owed £25 million, Wednesday's debts currently total around £30 million. One route out of their current vicious circle may be a consortium based in the USA, who the Yorkshire Post suggest have got a current exclusivity agreement during this month. At what stage they are at, and how likely they are to take over the club isn't revealed. Quite clearly unless the Owls can reduce their outgoings quickly, any such move needs to go through before the Taxman and the Courts - or indeed the Bank - run out of patience.


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7 September 2010 : Trigger Clocks Up More Miles In Testimonial Match
A crowd of 540 turned up at Winterfield Road tonight to pay tribute to former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Rob Cousins in his testimonial match. In a match between two of Rob's former sides - Paulton Rovers and Bristol City - it was the Championship side who triumphed by a 6-0 margin, but with five of those goals coming in the second period, and four in the final eighteen.

For the record, Danny Haynes, Jimmy Keohane, Marlon Jackson (2), Louis Carey and David Clarkson were the scorers, but with Paulton's side having been transformed into an array of West Country non-league legends, many retired or semi-retired, it was not a great surprise that Championship superiority showed by then.

Former Glovers featured on both sides. Lee Johnson was in the midfield for City, whilst Gavin Williams also featured during the first half, as rumours of his pending loan transfer to Yeovil Town re-emerge once again. Williams came off at half time, having struck the post during the first period. Within the Paulton ranks, Tony Pounder, Jerry Gill and Dean Birkby were familiar faces along with Steve Winter, who had a brief spell for the Glovers during the 1997-98 season, and also played for Tiverton Town.

With 10 minutes of the match remaining, the customary chance for fans to show their appreciation was made, as Rob left the field to a standing ovation. Very few players get even close to 1,000 first team appearances in their career - let alone those who pass that milestone whilst showing no current sign of stopping, as Rob continues to clock up the miles with Yate Town.

Final Score: Paulton Rovers XI 0 Bristol City XI 6.


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7 September 2010 : Kiernan Injured In Ireland Defeat
Yeovil Town's on loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan looks to have picked up an injury during tonight's Republic of Ireland Under-21s match in Turkey. The Watford player had started the game as a centre-back in Izmit, Turkey but was forced off after 58 minutes with an unspecified injury. The Republic of Ireland's FA website confirms that he was one of two forced substitutions, but does not elaborate further.

The Irish had already been fielding a depleted side, with five of the starting eleven, and five of the six substitutes eligible for Under-19s football. After Kiernan had been replaced by Shane McEleney, an 81st minute goal from Turkish captain Tevfik Köse settled the match by the only goal of the game.

As with the Friday night match, Ireland's line-up included former Glovers loan striker Adam Rooney, who on this occasion clocked up a full 90 minutes.

Republic of Ireland: Stephen Henderson, Seamus Coleman (Capt), Brendan Moloney, Robert Kiernan (Shane McEleney, 58 mins), Seamus Conneely, Richie Towell, Conor Hourihane, Conor Clifford (Joe Mason, 75 mins.), Adam Rooney, Robbie Brady (Daniel Kearns, 35 mins), Graham Carey.

Substitutes not used: Shane Redmond, Karl Sheppard, Paddy Madden.


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7 September 2010 : MacDonald Heads Home After Welsh Exit
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald once again captained the Welsh Under-21s side this afternoon, but saw them suffer a crucial defeat against Italy. The 1-0 scoreline turned out to be that of a qualification decider. Had the Welsh scored a goal, it would have been the Italians going out of the UEFA Under-21 European Championship Qualifiers, but instead Mattia Mustacchio's 14th minute goal saw them triumph and qualify.

MacDonald played a full 90 minutes once again, picking up a booking on the hour mark. The Welsh line-up included a former Glover, with Simon Church playing up front but without success. Wales ended up finishing runners-up in their group behind Italy, but without a good enough record to grab one of the best runners-up positions for the finals.

Shaun will now return back to the UK, where he should finally team up with the Yeovil Town squad, almost two weeks after being signed up on loan for the Glovers. Now 22 years old, and with qualification stages over, today was almost certainly Shaun's last match at Under-21 level for Wales.

Wales Under-21s:
1. Chris Maxwell (Wrexham),2. Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), 3. Neil Taylor (Swansea City), 4. Andy King (Leicester City), 5. Neal Eardley (Blackpool), 6. Aaron Morris (Aldershot Town), 7. Joe Allen (Swansea City), 8. Mark Bradley (Rotherham United), 9. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), 10. Simon Church (Reading), 11. Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City) (Capt).

Subs: 12. David Cornell (Swansea City), 13. David Stephens (Hibs), 14. Ashley Richards (Swansea City), 15. Ryan Doble (Southampton), 16. Joe Partington (Bournemouth), 17. Jake Taylor (Reading), 18. Marc Williams (Kidderminster Harriers).


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7 September 2010 : League One Leaders Left On The Edge Of Administration
League One side Sheffield Wednesday are reported as being on the edge of falling into administration. The early leaders have been in court today over their continued failure to pay their PAYE tax bill, with HMRC (aka the Taxman) once again taking a hard line on those football clubs that persistently default on their tax payments.

Wednesday have been in a running battle with HMRC since the summer, during which they were placed under two separate transfer embargoes by the Football League. However, the Yorkshire Post claimed that Wednesday's financial problems had started towards the start of 2010 when they failed to pay a VAT bill on time.

Today, the winding up order, which dates from a summons issued in mid-July, was adjourned by 24 hours after the club claimed that their PAYE arrears of £550,000 had been reduced by the sale of a player - goalkeeper Lee Grant to Burnley. However, both the Yorkshire Post and BBC Sport state that since the winding up order was issued, that the amounts involved have risen to a total of £1.1 million - we'd guess due to another month's worth of money being due to the taxman. The Yorkshire Post also state that Wednesday spokesman Hugo Groves told the court that plans to sell the club were at an "advanced" stage - the claim being used to try and buy the club time. However, moves for investment groups wanting to take over the club have been ongoing for several months now, with little sign of a breakthrough.

Wednesday are reported as being in negotiations with the Co-Op Bank, who are currently carrying in the region of £20 million of credit in Wednesday's favour, and have recently extended the club's overdraft. However, despite being highly supportive of the club when the winding up order was first issued, the press suggest that the bank are now dragging their heels.

In a statement, issued on July 23rd, Wednesday insisted that the club "is not about to be wound up, nor is it about to enter into administration" claiming that they were "surprised and disappointed" by the action and suggesting that it was "disproportionate". Now having reached the month of September, the "disproportionate" action has still yet to be resolved and administration appears to be significantly closer.

In a statement issued to The Guardian last month, HMRC refused to apologise for their actions, pointing out that they were protecting the rights of the UK taxpayer, and saying that the finger should be pointed at the failure of the club's business strategy:

"We will not hesitate to (issue winding up orders) when that is the right way to protect the country's tax revenues and other creditors from those who trade whilst insolvent and run up debts that they simply cannot pay. Ensuring tax is paid on time should be at the centre of football's business strategy just as it should be for any other enterprise. Any business that regards paying tax as an optional extra after other expenses are met or that uses tax collected from employees or customers as working capital is potentially heading for trouble."

Finally on April 28th 2010, the then Sheffield Wednesday Chairman Lee Stratford spoke out against clubs who fall into administration, days before they went into a six-pointer with Crystal Palace for the final Championship relegation spot. Palace went into the game whilst being run by an administrator, having overspent under former owner Simon Jordan. Stratford stoked things up in the days leading up to the fixture saying:

"There should be a bigger punishment and I think that should be relegation. If you mis-manage a football club to the extent where you end up in massive debt, administration should not be an escape route. We have suffered longer and harder than most clubs because we did not go down the administration route at a time when it may have been easier to do so."

Although Stratford has now left Hillsborough, we're just wondering, four months later, if that is still the official view of the Wednesday hierarchy now the boot is on the other foot?

Link: 27/07/2010 : Wednesday Hit With Transfer Embargo.


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7 September 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Tranmere Facing Injury Nightmare
Saturday's opponents Tranmere Rovers are facing a hellish injury crisis ahead of their journey down to South Somerset. Manager Les Parry may be an experienced physio by trade, but not even that has stopped his team being pulled apart by a situation that has left them with just 12 outfield players involved in training this week, with little prospect of improvement before the weekend.

Parry already had a large number of players missing during their shock 1-0 win over Peterborough United, but he has told the Wirral News that he lost several more in the game against the Posh:

"We are not going to get back any of the players who were out last week and we could lose some more. Adam McGurk turned over an ankle in the Peterborough game and it’s not too good. Ian Goodison ricked his back, Enoch Showunmi has tendinitis in his right leg and Sam Morrow has a tight adductor."

The paper names the following players as currently not training at Prenton Park: goalkeeper Simon Miotto, defenders Marlon Broomes, Nick Wood, Ash Taylor and Ian Goodison, midfielders Paul McLaren, John Welsh, Joss Labadie and Alan Mahon plus forwards Sam Morrow, Adam McGurk and Enoch Showunmi. Of those, only young striker Morrow appears to have a chance of making Saturday's game.

Tranmere have also sent back Kayladen Brown to West Bromwich Albion after the Welsh Under-21 international got a call-up for the same pair of matches that Glovers midfielder Shaun MacDonald has been involved in. Rovers made the decision after determining that they would only have the player for 14 days out of the proposed 30 day loan.

Parry's side have a Reserve Team fixture against Shrewsbury Town on Wednesday night when he will make decisions on which players can be risked, one way or another, in an effort to try and boost the number of match-fit players for their trip down the M6.


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7 September 2010 : Interview With Rob Cousins
Ahead of his testimonial match tonight against a Bristol City side, former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Rob Cousins appeared on last Friday's Twentyman Talks Back programme. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman, you can read the transcript of that interview via the link below.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.30p.m. at Winterfield Road, Paulton. For full details follow the other article links below.

Link: Rob Cousins Talks To The BBC Ahead Of His Testimonial Match.

Link: Watch Former Glovers Play At Rob Cousins Testimonial Match.

Link: Testimonial Match For Rob Cousins.

Link: Rob Cousins Signs For Yate Town.

Link: Former Glover Makes 1,000th Career Appearance.

Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 September 2010 : Watch Former Glovers Play At Rob Cousins Testimonial Match
A large number of former Yeovil Town players will be on display at Winterfield Road, home of Paulton Rovers, as former defender/midfielder Rob Cousins has a testimonial evening against a Bristol City side. Those appearing will include current Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton, who will be donning his boots for the second time this season, having already featured in another testimonial match for former Tiverton Town manager Martyn Rodgers.

Rob was a guest caller on Twentyman Talks Back last week, and he stated that he would be including former Yeovil Town players Dean Birkby, Jerry Gill and Tony Pounder, with the possibility of Leroy Whale and Graham Roberts arriving for the match at Winterfield Road. Other players will include friends of Rob over the years from clubs such as Bath City, Tiverton Town and Paulton Rovers.

Championship side Bristol City will be fielding a number of familiar players with first team experience. Dean Gerken, Danny Haynes, Louis Carey, Christian Ribeiro, Lee Johnson, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and David Clarkson have all been named in their provisional squad to travel to the game, and City boss Keith Millen is full of praise for what Cousins has achieved in his career, telling the Western Daily Press:

"It is a good occasion and we are happy to support someone who has played so long and done so well. It is a great achievement to have played 1,000 games at any level of football and we will be sending a strong team down there. There isn't much loyalty in football now and you see less and less testimonials, so what Rob has done is a brilliant achievement."

Rob is now in his 22nd season of senior football, and is a player-coach at Yate Town. He had an offer to hang up his boots and become a dedicated coach at Paulton, but decided he wanted to carry on playing the game and despite being 39 years old, he has yet to plan his retirement from the game:

"I've still got the desire and hunger and feel I can play at a certain level. I had the opportunity at Yate to play and help out with coaching and I'm more than happy to do it. I just enjoy every game. It's my 22nd season at this level, I just enjoy playing football and the dressing room banter, the training and, at the moment, I've still got hunger to keep playing. I hate losing or not playing. My legs are still going, so long may it continue."

For those looking to go to the game, it kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7.30p.m. at Winterfield Road, Paulton and admission will be £5.00 for Adults and £2.50 for OAPs and Under-16s. There will be a souvenir programme on sale as well as a post-match auction.

Link: Testimonial Match For Rob Cousins.

Link: Rob Cousins Signs For Yate Town.

Link: Former Glover Makes 1,000th Career Appearance.

Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 September 2010 : Hartlepool United Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home League One match was a hellish encounter. A 0-2 scoreline against Hartlepool United was nothing out of the ordinary, but the overall team performance was, with the visitors coming out as deserved victors and the Glovers struggling to string two passes together all afternoon.

The Man of the Match voting reserved more praise for the defence than it did the more attacking end of the pitch, with two of the back four, and a goalkeeper coming out on top. Goalkeeper John Sullivan and right-back Craig Alcock picked up the most outright Man of the Match nominations, but neither won the poll.

Instead it was a steady accumulation of second and third place votes that allowed Adam Virgo to nominate both and be considered as the "least worst" player of the day. Results are shown below, with the outright votes shown in brackets:

1 Adam Virgo 144 (7)
2 John Sullivan 128 (10)
3 Craig Alcock 126 (10)
4 Dean Bowditch 102 (5)
5 Andy Welsh 38 (3)
6 Sam Williams 24 (0)
7 Paul Huntington 22 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 18 (0)
9 Andy Williams 12 (1)
10 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 2.83

Performance: 2.67
Entertainment: 3.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 36


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6 September 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Tranmere Rovers have been published. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 11th September 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Roger East (Wiltshire).

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

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

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

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

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

Mr East will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare) and John O'Brien (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).

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

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

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

Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

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


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6 September 2010 : Adam Stansfield Fundraising Raffle Exceeds Fund Target
As mentioned last week, two Exeter City supporters had organised a raffle to help raise money for the two funds set up in Adam Stansfield's name. Those of you who attended the Tuesday night match against the Grecians in the Football League Trophy may have purchased tickets at Huish Park.

The draw for the raffle took place on Saturday, during Exeter's match against Charlton Athletic and those who have won prizes should now be able to claim them. Former Exeter player Dean Moxey, now playing for Derby County, came down to St James Park to make the draw and managed to pull his own name out for the first prize. Oops!

After all the money was counted, the organisers managed to raise the sum of £4,379.59, beating their initial target of £4,000 set when the raffle was first organised. Well done to everyone who contributed to purchasing or selling tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the two funds set up in Adam's name. The winners are listed via the link below.

Link: Exeter City Official Site: Adam Stansfield Fundraising Raffle.

If you didn't manage to buy a ticket, you can make direct donations through to the two funds set up in Adam's name, available via the links below.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Football Foundation.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Family Fund.


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6 September 2010 : Relegation Zone Will Give Glovers A 'Kick Up The Backside'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he hopes that falling into the League One relegation zone will act as a wake-up call that will spur his players into action for the rest of the season. Following Brentford's 1-0 win over League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday lunchtime, the Glovers slipped into 23rd place in the League One table, propped up only by Swindon Town.

Skiverton feels his side have been in too much of a 'comfort zone' so far and told BBC Somerset that looking at the League Table may bring home the reality that they will need to fight their way out of trouble sooner rather than later:

"We had a talk about that after the game. I said that I'd not been in the bottom four so far. It's better that it's early days, rather than later on in the season. It gives us the little kick up the backside that we needed. I think we're in a bit of a comfort zone at the moment. We'll be getting out of that and we'll be working hard and we'll be turning it around."

The Glovers were last in the League One relegation zone between March 17th and March 31st 2009, when two 1-0 wins over Swindon Town and Northampton Town clawed their way out of trouble at the tail end of the 2008-09 season. Those two wins broke a run of eight matches without a win that had seen the Glovers slide downwards at a crucial time of the season.

As Skiverton says, this time round they have far more time to turn things around, although with current form seeing them on a run of six matches without a win, and only two goals scored since the opening day of the season, with twelve conceded, that needs to come sooner rather than later.


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5 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Notts 4 Yeovil 0 : Dismal Day At The County Show
If this site carried Film Certificate ratings, then any review of yesterday's performance at Notts County would surely have an '18' certificate, in case it upset those of a nervous disposition. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry is penned by Cruncher, who was at the Meadow Lane massacre and describes the day's event in ugly detail.

Read on via the link below, and if you were there (or even if you weren't) feel free to supply your own views on the game, at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Notts 4 Yeovil 0 : Dismal Day At The County Show.


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5 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Notts County Game
Following yesterday's 4-0 defeat at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's thoughts about the Notts County match are recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Notts County Game.


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5 September 2010 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down by a 2-1 scoreline at the hands of Torquay United in their first Youth Alliance Cup Group match yesterday. In a match played at Mill Marsh Park, home of Bovey Tracey FC, who play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, the Glovers were level at half time, thanks to a Lewis Clarke goal, but lost out in the second period with Torquay scoring their second and decisive goal.

The Youth Team went into the game without defensive captain Rhys Baggridge, who was up in Nottingham with the first team. That meant that Under-16s captain Lee Sweet was drafted in as centre-half to make his Under-18s début, whilst Josh Doyle was a second débutante, having had to sit things out so far, whilst waiting for international clearance. Johnny Kaye was a second player missing for the game, with Mitch Conning taking advantage by getting a place in the starting line-up.

Yeovil started slowly and Torquay had a couple of attacks that ended with shots wide of the goal. The Gulls were very robust and gave away a free kick just outside the box for a foul on Tyler Sheppard, which was pushed around the post by the Torquay keeper. The resultant corner was whipped across by Joe Grimstead and Lloyd Matthews had a good shot saved, 12 minutes into the match.

Two minutes later, a similar free kick was put over the bar, taking a deflection for a corner. Joe Grimstead drove the ball across the whole width of the goal line but no one could get a touch on it. As is often the case, despite all that early pressure, Torquay were the ones that ended up taking the lead. Taking a free kick just outside the box, the extra man on the wing was not picked up and his cross was hammered in by onrushing forward Sean Latimer. Yeovil 0 Torquay 1.

The Glovers still managed to hit back before the break. Lewis Clarke picked the ball up on the half way and ran at Torquay's left flank. Tyler Sheppard made a dummy run to the wing as Lewis cut inside, exchanged passes with Lloyd Matthews and fired a shot low down to the keepers left for the equalising goal. Yeovil 1 Torquay 1.

Yeovil soon attacked again and could have gained the lead when a superb cross from Lewis Clarke was headed just over by Tyler Sheppard. In the last attack of the first half a good pass from Tyler Sheppard was clipped towards goal by Rob Clowes but produced another good save by the keeper to ensure the scores were level at the break.

The second half started quietly with plenty of midfield action but no shots on goal until Nick Lyskov shot from just inside their half and just missed the right post. Will Gordon then had a mazy run past three Torquay defenders, but his shot was not of the same standard and went over the bar. Yeovil then got a free kick within range of the Gulls goal but Will Gordon shot over.

In the 66th minute Torquay regained their lead. A long punt forward by the Gulls was mis-headed by a Yeovil defender right into the path of Sean Latimer who lobbed Steve Boore for his second goal of the game. Torquay 2 Yeovil 1.

Straight away Will Gordon was replaced by Adam Cleary in attack, which was soon followed by the replacement of Mitch Conning by George Coward in midfield. Torquay then had a couple of attacks that brought good saves out of Glovers keeper Steve Boore. With 11 minutes left, Yeovil were given a free kick on the left taken by Joe Grimstead with Adam Cleary's header going just over the bar, and that was as close as they got during the closing stages, as the Gulls held out for the win.

The Youth Alliance Cup Group games continue next weekend, when Swansea City will be the visitors to Gassons Lane, Somerton for the second of five consecutive cup matches over the coming month.

Final Score: Torquay United U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Sean Latimer (1-0, first half), Lewis Clarke (1-1, first half), Sean Latimer (2-1, 66 mins)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore. 2.Josh Doyle. 3.Joe Grimstead. 4. Mitch Conning. 5. Lee Sweet. 6. Nick Lyskov. 7. Lewis Clarke. 8. Rob Clowes. 9. Lloyd Matthews. 10. Tyler Sheppard. 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
Aiden Chainey (86 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Adam Cleary (67 mins for Will Gordon), George Coward (72 mins for Mitch Conning), Will Abgo


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5 September 2010 : Skivo: Two Players Coming In
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he needs to 'shake things up' following yesterday's 4-0 hammering at Meadow Lane against Notts County. He has said that he plans to bring in two players during the coming week to try and change the fortunes of a team who have lost five of their last six matches and have not won since the opening game of the season.

With a poor home performance against Hartlepool United still fresh in everyone's minds, being followed up by yesterday's game in which the Magpies ran the Glovers ragged at times, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he needed to react to the recent events:

"I think it has forced my hand a little bit now, with someone who will be coming in this week. If people find themselves on the outside, they'll know why, and if people find themselves still in the team they'll know why. We need to shake things up and we need to change things."

Skiverton has frequently talked in recent weeks about a striker, or an attack-minded player of the Gavin Williams variety, being high on his recruitment list as soon as the loan transfer window opens on Tuesday, but he has now said that he wants to bring in two players:

"There will be two people coming in next week, no matter what. If loan people find themselves on the outskirts then they'll have to fight to get back in. There's a few fresh faces coming in, and with a couple of people coming back, I'm more than determined to turn this around."

Skivo's mention of loan players specifically being the ones to lose out relates to the Football League's rules concerning the number that can be selected in a matchday squad. At present, the Glovers have got six loan players in their squad, with goalkeeper John Sullivan, winger/striker Luke Freeman, winger Cameron Stewart, midfielders Owain Tudur Jones, Rob Kiernan and Shaun MacDonald all signed up.

However, only five can be selected for a match at any given time. So far, that problem hasn't presented itself, with MacDonald yet to properly join the Glovers squad, due to international duties. However, that will change this week, with Kiernan and MacDonald coming back from trips with the Republic of Ireland and Wales after their Tuesday night games.

If Skiverton adds in two more players to his squad and both are loans, then he could be looking at having to put up to three of his loan players in the stand rather than on the pitch, risking the wrath of their parent clubs. Clearly there are limits in terms of how much more incoming loan players will improve the overall squad.


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4 September 2010 : MacDonald Captains Welsh To Victory
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald captained his side to victory this afternoon. The Wales Under-21s beat Hungary by a 1-0 scoreline in a UEFA Under-21s Qualifying match that kept the Welsh on top of their group in their penultimate game.

The Welsh won their match in the Sostoi Stadium, Szekesfehervar when Hal Robson-Kanu flicked home a 67th minute header to seal the match, against a Hungarian side that had been, up until today's match, still capable of over-hauling Brian Flynn's side.

They now travel to play Italy on Tuesday, in what will be a final qualification decider. The match will be played at the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara.

Wales Under-21s:
1 Chris Maxwell (GK), 2 Adam Matthews, 3 Neil Taylor, 4 Ryan Doble, 5 David Stephens, 6 Aaron Morris, 7 Joe Allen, 8 Mark Bradley, 9 Thomas Hal Robson Kanu, 10 Marc Williams, 11 Shaun MacDonald (Capt).

Subs: 12 David Cornell (GK), 13 Thomas Bender, 14 Ashley Richards, 15 Billy Bodin, 16 Joe Partington (60 mins for Marc Williams), 17 Jake Taylor, 18 Elliott Chamberlain.


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4 September 2010 : Skivo Slams Individual Errors
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he was frustrated by 'individual errors' that saw his side hammered by a 4-0 scoreline at Meadow Lane this afternoon. Sloppy defending saw the Magpies race into a three goal advantage by half time that near guaranteed that the home side had won the game without needing to get out of second gear.

Speaking after the game, Skiverton admitted that once County got their noses in front, that they never looked back, but bemoaned his side's defensive mistakes that led to the goals:

"You do all the work on the back four during training, but what can you do about individual errors like that? I think we were quite comfortable in the first 15 minutes, but as soon as they (Notts County) picked up a bit of steam, we seemed to crumble."

Despite the dismal performance, Skiverton said that he would be doing his best not to react too much to the result. He praised County attack pair Lee Hughes and Ben Davies for their performances for the Magpies:

"One of the things you learn as a manager is not to get too high when you win or too low when you lose. Lee Hughes and Ben Davies tore us apart today and that's what you get from these experienced players. We need to regroup and make sure this is an experience that we learn from and move on."


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4 September 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For The Notts County Game
If you were at this afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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4 September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil 0 : Woeful Glovers Fall Apart
Yeovil Town suffered a thrashing at the hands of League One newcomers Notts County as the Magpies enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 win on the day of their Meadow Lane century celebrations. The result and the margin of the win was absolutely justified, as Yeovil's defence capitulated time and time again during the first period, with Craig Westcarr grabbing one, Ben Davies getting a brace, and Lee Hughes finishing the game off midway through the second period.

The Glovers went into the match with Dean Bowditch missing through illness - an unwanted event given that Sam Williams was suspended. With Shaun MacDonald and Rob Kiernan on international duty and Andy Williams not making the squad due to his ongoing ankle injury, the Glovers could only field six on the bench, and that was only by including Rhys Baggridge from the youth team. They fielded an unorthodox starting line-up with Adam Virgo put into action as a striker from the start, whilst Luke Ayling was asked to play as a right-winger.

The game got off to a robust physical start with both sides putting in the sort of flying tackles that made you wonder whether they would end with eleven men. Lee Hughes hit the woodwork from a Ben Davies free kick, although the attempt wouldn't have counted as Hughes's deflection was achieved whilst in an offside position.

The opener didn't take long to come through, as midway through the first half Craig Westcarr took advantage of some indecision between Stefan Stam, Nathan Smith and keeper John Sullivan. None of them took charge of a loose ball that lurked in no-man's land, and Westcarr got a toe in to put County 1-0 up.

Five minutes later and County doubled their lead. Craig Westcarr appealed for a penalty after he appeared to be fouled inside the box. But the Glovers' let-off was only brief as the loose ball fell to Ben Davies who smashed the ball home, even though John Sullivan got a hand to the ball, that merely spooned the ball onto the post and into the net.

County could easily have had five or six by half time as the Glovers defence put on an abject display, and the third goal that came just before half time was typical of what had been going on. Ben Davies had almost grabbed his second of the afternoon with a shot to the far post that whistled just wide. But the Glovers back line held open the door wide open with the last kick of the half as they waved through a short pass into the box, and Davies latched on, unchallenged and passed the ball into the back of the net.

Mercifully the second half saw Notts County in 'training ground mode' as they were largely content to sit on their lead. An outstanding goal line clearance by Stefan Stam stopped County from extending their lead, but they still managed to add to that lead with 17 minutes remaining. Impressive midfield play-maker Ben Davies thread the ball through to Lee Hughes, who finished superbly on the half volley to put County 4-0 up and nothing less than they deserved.

For the Glovers, they rarely threatened throughout the match, with the odd Adam Virgo header aimed straight at the home keeper or over the bar, and a fleeting moment where Luke Freeman threatened to grab a goal. But overall County were staggeringly comfortable throughout, emphasised in the second half by a pigeon that spent much of its time pecking away at the Meadow Lane turf, rarely being disturbed. When a pigeon gets more time in the opposition penalty box than your own players manage, you know it's not been a good day.

Final Score: Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Craig Westcarr (24 mins, 1-0), Ben Davies (29 mins, 2-0), Ben Davies (45 mins, 3-0), Lee Hughes (73 mins, 4-0)

Notts County:
17. Stuart Nelson 6. John Thompson 5. Graeme Lee 12. Krystian Pearce 26. Jon Harley
20. Craig Westcarr 8. Richard Ravenhill 10. Neal Bishop 11. Ben Davies 7. Kevin Smith 9. Lee Hughes

Substitutes:
1. Robert Burch (GK) 4. Mike Edwards 14. Liam Chilvers (79 mins for Graeme Lee) 15. Karl Hawley 21. Jake Jervis (60 mins for Kevin Smith) 25. John Spicer (71 mins for Craig Westcarr) 27. Ben Burgess

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith
8. Luke Ayling 21. JP Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
18. Luke Freeman 19. Adam Virgo

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 15. Cameron Stewart (62 mins for Luke Ayling) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver (77 mins for Luke Freeman) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Notts County Bookings: Lee Hughes (21 mins, foul), Richard Ravenhill (80 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Bookings: Owain Tudur Jones (26 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Paul Hobday (Birmingham) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ryan Newman (Yorkshire).

Attendance: 6,288 (including 316 Yeovil supporters)


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4 September 2010 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town Full Time
A second half Torquay United goal saw Yeovil Town Under-18s lose their first League Cup Group match this morning. The Glovers were level at half time through a Lewis Clarke strike, but conceded after the break to lose 2-1. A full report will follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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4 September 2010 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town Half Time
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are drawing at half time in their League Cup Group match against Torquay United. The Glovers scorer was Lewis Clarke with the game tied currently at 1-1.


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4 September 2010 : Kiernan Picks Up Second Eire Cap
Yeovil Town's on loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan picked up his second Republic of Ireland Under-21 cap yesterday evening. The Watford player got in 90 minutes whilst playing as a central defender against Switzerland in a UEFA U21 qualifier.

The Irish lost out by a 1-0 scoreline when a 47th minute Fabien Frei long range strike was scored against the run of play. They now travel to Turkey who they face on Tuesday night. The Irish squad included a former Glovers loan player, with striker Adam Rooney also included in their squad. He came on as a late substitute in the game.

Republic of Ireland: Stephen Henderson, Seamus Coleman, Gavin Gunning, Rob Kiernan, Eddie Nolan, Alan Judge, Conor Hourihane, Conor Clifford (Joe Mason, 81 mins), Anthony Stokes (Adam Rooney, 76 mins), Richie Towell, Robbie Brady

Substitutes not used: Brendan Moloney, Lanre Oyebanjo, Shane Redmond, Graham Carey


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4 September 2010 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
A couple of weeks ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to the Memorial Stadium where they lost out by a 2-1 scoreline at the hands of local rivals Bristol Rovers. Centre-back Adam Virgo got the Yeovil goal, before a dramatic late winner sunk the Glovers, and Virgo featured well in the Man of the Match voting. Full-back Craig Alcock also picked up a decent number of votes, in a poll that saw a large spread across a significant number of players with seven gaining outright Man of the Match votes.

Overall though, midfielder Luke Ayling got the nod as your Man of the Match, beating Virgo by a small margin. Results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Luke Ayling 96 (8)
2 Adam Virgo 80 (5)
3 Craig Alcock 68 (3)
4 Sam Williams 26 (0)
5 Paul Huntington 14 (1)
6 John Sullivan 14 (0)
6 Nathan Jones 14 (0)
8 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 12 (1)
9 Ed Upson 10 (1)
9 Luke Freeman 10 (1)
11 Andy Williams 10 (0)
12 Nathan Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.80

Performance: 5.50
Entertainment: 6.10

VOTES RECEIVED: 20


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3 September 2010 : Skivo Previews The Notts County Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's trip to Notts County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Notts County Game.


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3 September 2010 : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Notts County this weekend for a League One fixture, needing to cut out a run of form that has seen them lose four out of their last five matches. Out of both League Cup competitions, it's a case of 'concentrate on the league' until early November when the FA Cup comes into focus. The Glovers currently lie in 16th place in the early League One table, two positions above Notts County but on the same number of points.

They go into the game sweating on whether winger/striker Andy Williams will be available for the match. He twisted his ankle last weekend against Oldham Athletic and had to come off, and subsequently missed the midweek defeat against Exeter City. He will require a late fitness test to determine whether he can take part in the game. Striker Sam Williams starts a three match ban, whilst Shaun MacDonald and Rob Kiernan are both away on international duty with Wales and the Republic of Ireland respectively. However, Jean-Paul Kalala has recovered from a knock he got during Tuesday night that forced him off, and should be okay to travel to Meadow Lane.

Skiverton has hinted that the absence of Sam Williams may give him the idea of rejigging his formation, with one option being to keep Dean Bowditch up front on his own. There Yeovil do have a number of options, with the likes of Luke Freeman, Cameron Stewart and Andy Williams (if fit) able to take a number of secondary attacking options behind Bowditch. One media website has described the absence of Williams as giving the Glovers a 'striker crisis' but this is far from being the case, and Skiverton has said as much in his pre-match interview, suggesting that losing Big Sam may open up other opportunities.

Notts County also went out of the Football League Trophy in midweek, but manager Craig Short was upbeat about his side's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, believing it was the best his club had played all season:

"We played some good football and looked a threat going forward against a very strong Sheffield Wednesday line-up. It was the best team performance this season. We lost but I'm proud of the way we played. It was a good all-round performance and the players should take heart from that."

They were without striker Lee Hughes during that match, who is reported as having now recovered from a groin injury. Midfielder Neal Bishop (foot) and winger/striker Ben Burgess (knees) were also missing, and they are both predicted to be fit. As a point of trivia, Notts County should have a Yeovil-born player between the sticks. Rob Burch is a 26 year old who began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and has spent the last two seasons as a regular in Lincoln City's side before moving to Meadow Lane over the summer.

The last meetings between the two clubs were back in the 2004-05 season, when County had just been relegated to League Two, and Yeovil were on their way to the divisional title. Yeovil won the Meadow Lane match 2-1 thanks to Paul Terry and a late winner from Phil Jevons - following up what was a rare failed penalty kick. Jevons also scored in the Tuesday night match at Huish Park later on that season, but that was a black moment for goalkeeper Chris Weale, who was lobbed twice in a 1-3 home defeat. Thankfully by the time the end of the season came round, it was all smiles again.

The match will see the Magpies celebrate their 100th anniversary at Meadow Lane, and before the match they will parade fifty former players, including Don Masson, Les Bradd and Dean Yates who are all turning up for the celebrations. An anniversary kit will be worn, and it will be up to the Glovers to try and ensure that the second century at Meadow Lane starts with a whimper rather than a bang.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and if you're going, don't forget the Ciderspace guide below. If you're not travelling, then if you're signed up to Twitter you can follow us on there. Otherwise, BBC Somerset will have their usual live commentary on 95.5FM for you to listen to.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Glovers To Take Part In Meadow Lane Century Celebrations.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Notts County.


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3 September 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Exeter Cup Interview
Another interview has been added to the archives - this time Terry Skiverton's pre-kick-off interview with the BBC just before the Football League Trophy match against Exeter City started. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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3 September 2010 : Tudur Jones Looking At Extended Glovers Stay
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones admits that he would like to get a longer stay at Huish Park, during his second loan spell with the Glovers. The Norwich City player arrived in South Somerset in January 2010 last season and managed a six game loan spell before returning to Carrow Road.

Since then, the Welshman has not played a single game for the Canaries, and he is currently a long way down the pecking order. He is anxious to get games during his second loan spell, and told the Western Daily Press that he is interested in extending his deal at the club:

"It is slightly different to last year where I was coming here for a month, thinking of getting fit, going back to Norwich, push on and stake a claim for a place there. This time I am slightly more realistic to what my chances are at Norwich. Hopefully I can stay here for as long as possible, get a good run of games and help the club. It is a month to start with but hopefully within the coming weeks, all being well, I can extend until January."

As we understand it, League rules would prevent Tudur Jones from staying as long as January, given that he is at the club under an emergency/standard loan agreement. Rules would allow him to stay up to 93 days which would take him to roughly the end of November.

Link: Tudur Jones Returns To Yeovil Town.


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3 September 2010 : Welsh Seeing Stewart Promise
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh believes the supporters are now beginning to see what his fellow winger Cameron Stewart will bring to the club. Stewart made his second start for the Glovers on Tuesday night when an ankle injury ruled out Andy Williams from taking part in the Football League Trophy tie against Exeter City.

Both Welsh and Stewart are Manchester born-and-bred, and Andy admitted to BBC Somerset that sharing a social background helped in how well they've got along. He explained that he had been trying to give the Manchester United loan player some encouragement to help him improve his game:

"With Cameron, it's good to chat with him because he's come from United. But both young lads (along with Luke Freeman) need guidance and help as well. I think Cameron did great in some spells (against Exeter). I keep telling him to try and keep enjoying it and to keep doing what he's best at. I think that later on in the second half we saw what he is capable of."

Welsh himself has been in a similar position this season - injured during pre-season and taking his time in getting himself back up to full match fitness. His second half strike that gave Yeovil an equaliser suggested that he was getting into the swing of things. That said, Welsh admitted he couldn't have too much cause for celebrating his goal, given the final result of the game:

"I'm proud of it, but it means nothing now, does it? It's only going to go down as a statistic. It's not going to take us into the next round, which is very disappointing. But from my point of view, I'm happy to get in 90 minutes and also to get a goal."


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2 September 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : FLTR1: Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3
Another day, another cup exit. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks apart the uncomfortable 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Exeter City that saw the club's fourth defeat in five games. To read what Taff thought of each player, and the team as a whole, head via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the subject.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : FLTR1: Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.


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2 September 2010 : Tisdale Admits His Players Were Not Blameless
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits that his players were not blameless during Tuesday night's incident that involved Sam Williams getting his marching orders. Williams was red carded for an apparent headbutt on Exeter's James Dunne after a more minor argument broke out between two other players.

Tisdale felt that a couple of prior contentious decisions just before that had stoked up the temperature amongst the players, and told the Exeter Express and Echo that he could see some involvement from his own players in the incident:

"It's a shame in a way when a player gets sent off. Two minutes before that, the game became a bit muddled, there were a few decisions prior to that I wasn't too sure about, and that often happens. Temperatures rise a little and those things can happen. We weren't blameless in there either, but someone got sent off. I would have liked to have thought no one would be sent off, and in general the game was played in a very good spirit."

Neither Tisdale or Glovers manager Terry Skiverton would be drawn on what other incidents they had seen in the lead up to the red card. Almost certainly both managers, who are former Glovers team-mates, are mindful that they have a second encounter in the League coming up in three weeks time, and so have no wish to serve up any opportunities for grudges to fester during that period.

Certainly Tisdale was aware of the upcoming League One match when he reflected on his side's 3-1 win that saw them progress through to the Second Round of the Football League Trophy:

"We don't want to gloat too much because we are back here in a few weeks' time. We are pleased with how we played. They played the second half with 10 men to put it into context, although that's not always easy to use. Teams often come unstuck with the extra man but we played with purpose and played with drive in our game. They came back into it with a really good goal and gave us a bit of a scare but are pleased with how we did."

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


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2 September 2010 : Torquay United vs Youth Team Venue Change
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side travel to play Torquay United Under-18s on Saturday morning. The match is Yeovil's first Youth Alliance League Cup Group match of the season, and will be placed at Bovey Tracey's Mill Marsh Park ground, kick-off 11.00a.m. The Gulls have listed Seale Hayne College as their primary ground for Youth fixtures, but Saturday's game will not be played there.

Address: Bovey Tracey AFC, Western Counties Roofing Ground, Mill Marsh Park, St Johns Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon. TQ13 9FF.

Assuming you are coming from the Yeovil/Exeter area to get to the game, take the A38 to Plymouth and turn off at Drumbridges Roundabout, sign-posted Trago Mills. Take the fourth exit, sign-posted Bovey Tracey (A382).

Proceed down Bovey Straights (A382). Upon reaching a roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Monks Way (still A382), and follow the road to the next roundabout. With the fire-station in front of you, turn right, signposted Town Centre (B3344) and after about 25 metres take a left into St Johns Lane. At the end of this road is the entrance to Mill Marsh Park. The Western Counties Roofing Ground is to the left of this entrance.

Last season, Yeovil Town got past the Group stages for the first time in the club's history, but were knocked out by Bristol Rovers during the second round stage. Let's hope they can equal or better that this time around.

Link: Youth Alliance Cup Draw.


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2 September 2010 : Williams Ban Confirmed
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension period for striker Sam Williams, who was sent off during Tuesday night's match against Exeter City. The target man was dismissed for a headbutt aimed at Exeter's James Dunne and the FA have recorded this as a three match ban for violent conduct.

Sam will now miss the away trip at Notts County, the home match against Tranmere Rovers, and the away trip at Huddersfield Town. In a nice little twist, he will become available again for the home League One match again ... Exeter City, which will be played on September 25th, meaning that the Glovers will have to do without him for three weeks.

The loan transfer window opens up next Tuesday, with manager Terry Skiverton looking to step up his attempts to bring in another striker, or attack-minded player into his side, with the Glovers having recorded just four goals in their opening six matches.

Link: Skivo: Silly Decisions, Sloppy Goals And A Piece Of Stupidity.

Link: Yeovil 1 Exeter 3 : Williams Sees Red As Glovers Crash Out Of Cup.

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

Link: Skivo Plays Down Super Gav Rumours.


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2 September 2010 : Glovers To Take Part In Meadow Lane Century Celebrations
Yeovil Town's match on Saturday against Notts County will see the Glovers take part in a historic anniversary for their hosts. Tomorrow will be the 100th anniversary of the opening match at Meadow Lane, and therefore with the League One game taking place on the Saturday, the game will be used as their 'anniversary' match.

As a club, Notts County date back to 1862, when they were formed as Nottingham Football Club, switching their name to Notts County two years later. Having spent their early years playing in the grounds of Nottingham Castle, as well as other venues, their first 'permanent' home was Nottingham's Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which they moved to in 1883.

With the problems of ground sharing being obvious, they leased a plot of land now known as Meadow Lane from the City Council, and on September 3rd 1910, Notts County played their first ever match at their new home - against local rivals Nottingham Forest, in front of 27,000 fans.

Now, 100 years and one day later, Yeovil Town will become their first opponents in their second century at Meadow Lane and County will be wearing a special anniversary kit for Saturday's game - a near all-white affair with some black banding, which should guarantee that the Glovers will be wearing their home green-and-white kit on Saturday, rather than their own away black and white design.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Notts County.


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1 September 2010 : Interview With Paul Huntington
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw at Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town's centre-back Paul Huntington spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Paul Huntington Talks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw At Oldham.


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1 September 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter Cup Game
Following last night's Football League Trophy match against Exeter City, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript is available via the link below.

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


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1 September 2010 : Skivo Plays Down Super Gav Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has strongly implied that midfield playmaker Gavin Williams is not on his list of targets. Rumours connected the Glovers with a move for the Bristol City player, but it looks likely now that the club have ended their chase for the Welshman, having shown initial interest in pre-season.

Skiverton admitted after last night's match to BBC Somerset that the club had been in contact with the Ashton Gate club much earlier in the summer, but that negotiations were "not even close" and that the club were not currently considering him:

"We enquired about Gav earlier in the season but there was no more dialogue towards that. So we are looking in other areas at the moment."

Skiverton admitted that although he had initially talked about getting in a target man to act as cover and competition for Sam Williams that he would be just as happy with a player who can perform the sort of creative 'in the hole' role that Gavin occupied so successfully at the tail end of last season, telling the BBC:

"(I'm looking for) a person who can play in a forward-type role, not necessarily a target man. We seemed to cope very well when we had Gavin Williams last year but we haven't got him now."


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1 September 2010 : Skivo: Silly Decisions, Sloppy Goals And A Piece Of Stupidity
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was distinctly unimpressed with last night's performance against Exeter City in the Football League Trophy. The Glovers lost by a 1-3 scoreline at Huish Park in a game where Skivo felt that there were few positives to be had.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt his side contributed to their own downfall by making silly decisions, one of which led to the sending off of striker Sam Williams, which he branded as 'stupidity':

"There weren't really many positives to take from the game tonight, but we'll take it on the chin as a team. Silly decisions and sloppy goals have cost us tonight and that's something we've got to learn from. I'm disappointed that we're at this stage now, where we're exactly the same (as last season) because I believe we've got a better squad of players. So I'm a little bit disappointed, but you've got to lick your wounds. We're going to have Sam (Williams) missing now for three games for a piece of stupidity, but we've got to move on, and other people are now going to get their chance."

Link: Yeovil 1 Exeter 3 : Williams Sees Red As Glovers Crash Out Of Cup.

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


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1 September 2010 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's away League One match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been announced. The man in charge will be David Webb (County Durham). No, not THAT David Webb, although that might be interesting to watch! It won't surprise too many people to know that we've not had him before, or you'd think we would have highlighted the possibility of Yeovil Town having one of their former managers and club owners running the game.

This particular David Webb is from County Durham, which probably explains why we've not bumped into him before, even though it's his third season at Football League level as a referee. Last season he clocked up 30 games as the man in the middle, with 94 yellow cards and three red cards, which is a fairly reasonable set of statistics. This season, he has continued roughly three bookings a game, with 11 yellow cards across four matches, and so far no reds.

He started life as a referee 12 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Mr Webb will be assisted by Paul Hobday (Birmingham) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Ryan Newman (Yorkshire).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Notts County.


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