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30 September 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Bury Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their first Football League match against Lancashire side Bury for over six years tomorrow, when the two sides meet in a League One fixture at Huish Park. Whilst there were four meetings between 2003 and 2005, that run ended when the Glovers went up to play third tier football. This season both sides are reunited, after the Shakers gained promotion, restoring them to this level of football for the first time since 2002.

We came up against the man who played a major role in getting them there last season, with Alan Knill having jumped ship to manage Scunthorpe United on the final day of March, at the tail end of last season. That might have derailed their chances of going up, were it not for his replacement - Youth Team manager Richie Barker - promptly gaining six straight wins to guarantee promotion in some style. As one of the smaller sides in this division, the bookies have inevitably tipped them to struggle; so far they're being proven correct, with Bury currently 22nd in the latest League One table, although that still means that only goal difference separates them and the 19th placed Glovers.

After a fairly promising start in League One, the Shakers have struggled in the last six games, with five defeats, although the last was a home draw against Milton Keynes Dons. A big clue as to their sudden dip in form comes with the transfer deadline transfer of striker Ryan Lowe to Sheffield Wednesday. Lowe had already scored seven goals for them; since then they've failed to score in four of their last five matches.

They go into the match without injured duo Mark Hughes and Mark Cullen, although captain Steven Schumacher returned to training on Monday, whilst they have new signings with David Amoo having arrived on loan from Liverpool, making his début as a substitute last weekend, whilst midfielder Mark Carrington has been signed up as a free agent having played for Hamilton last season.

They count within their squad a trio of familiar faces to Glovers fans. Charismatic central defender Efe Sodje is now a first team coach with the Shakers, but is still keeping his playing days going, whilst striker Andy Bishop had a loan spell with the club whilst on Walsall's books during the 2003-04 season. Now aged 28 years old, he's had a lot of recent injuries that have caused him problems, with two operations undertaken on his knee, but is now looking to fill the void left by Lowe's departure to Hillsborough.

A third player with Yeovil Town connections is winger Peter Sweeney, who had a loan spell at Huish Park during the 2006-07 season, whilst on the books of Stoke City. He signed for Bury during the summer of 2010. Another player to look out for is Giles Coke, who has arrived on loan from Sheffield Wednesday - he was the player that skied a penalty for the Owls at Hillsborough in last season's stunning 2-2 draw in Yorkshire, and moved across to Lancashire on a temporary basis when Lowe made his permanent move in the other direction.

As for the Glovers, Gavin Williams (knee), Jonathan Obika (ankle) and Andy Williams (ankle) remain long term absentees, whilst Dominic Blizzard (knee ligaments) is looking towards next weekend to make his comeback. Midfielder Flavien Belson missed last weekend with a back problem and so is unlikely to feature, having not trained this week. That may make manager Terry Skiverton a little twitchy, given that Steve MacLean, Luke Ayling and Ed Upson are all currently on four bookings, with a midweek match to follow after this game. That all said, there shouldn't be too many alterations needed to the squad for last week's match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, and with Skiverton happy with his side's first half performance, an unchanged starting line-up wouldn't be a big surprise, although new loan signing Oli Johnson will surely play a part, most likely from the bench. Right-back Kerrea Gilbert is another player who could sneak into the sixteen - he was held back an extra week following his dislocated shoulder.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available on the day of the match, right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. If you want to avoid those prices, the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight - either pop down in person or call them on 01935-847888. If you can't make it then BBC Somerset will be covering the game live on 95.5FM. In addition, we'll be on Twitter throughout the day, so follow us at @ytfcciderspace for news and views before, during and after the game.


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30 September 2011 : Shakers Get Midfield Boost
Tomorrow's opponents Bury have added to their squad by signing midfielder Mark Carrington on a short term contract. The 24 year old has been training with them for the past three weeks as a free agent, after being released by Scottish side Hamilton at the end of last season.

Carrington is no stranger to the Football League, having started his career as a product of Crewe Alexandra's academy system. He spent three years as a professional at Gresty Road, including experience at Leigh RMI and Kidsgrove Athletic during his early days. In 2009, he moved to Milton Keynes Dons, spending two years there, before moving north of the border to play for Hamilton.

The Warrington born player has signed a deal until the end of October, that is subject to him obtaining international clearance from the Scottish FA. Assuming that comes through today, he would be able to travel down to Huish Park and play in tomorrow's match against Yeovil Town.


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30 September 2011 : Interview With Paul Wotton
Last Saturday, following the 2-1 defeat against Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town captain Paul Wotton gave a short interview to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript is archived via the link below.

Link: Paul Wotton Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Scunthorpe.


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29 September 2011 : A Tale Of Three Strikers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has today indicated that he plans to extend the current loan deal for Watford striker Gavin Massey, despite having recently brought in Oli Johnson on a 93 day loan. The 18 year old has so far managed three substitute appearances in a loan spell that commenced on September 12th and so will be due up in around three games time.

The Western Gazette report that Skiverton expects him to get his first start for the club at some point over the next couple of games, and that the Glovers boss has already made up his mind over what he wants to do after the initial month is up:

"I will definitely be looking to extend the loan. He is a good lad, he has trained really well and he will be getting his chance sooner rather than later."

Massey and Oli Johnson have been brought in on loan to cover for the lengthy absence of Jonathan Obika, Andrew Williams and Gavin Williams. Of the three, we're likely to see Andrew back first. He's not been seen since Sheffield United defender Lescinal Jean-Francois caused an ankle injury in the last match of August. The injury was given a six to eight weeks prognosis for the striker to be fit again. Williams has told the paper edition of the Western Gazette that he believes he is slightly ahead of that target:

"A scan showed the ligament had come straight off of the bone. A specialist said I did not need an operation, which was good news, and we are hoping that it re-attaches itself in five to six weeks. But the signs now are that might not be the case and it might, hopefully, heal a little bit quicker than that."

That said, Williams explains that he has yet to even start jogging on the foot again, so is clearly going to need a few weeks of training, even if his specialist gives him the green light to resume training.

As for Jonathan Obika, it's questionable as to how much Glovers fans will see of the Tottenham Hotspur player. He's currently back at White Hart Lane on a full time basis receiving treatment, and the target is for him to return around Christmas. With his loan deal due to expire at the turn of the calendar year, any game time he gets for the Glovers under his current agreement is going to be in the lap of the Gods.

Manager Terry Skiverton has told the Gazette that he would like to see Obika brought back for the second half of the 2011-12 season, but will be leaving the decision-making to Spurs assistant first team coach Tim Sherwood and striker coach Les Ferdinand, who will doubtless also be guided by the medical staff at White Hart Lane.


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29 September 2011 : Conor Clifford Canned
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has ruled out for the foreseeable future any plans to make a second bid for Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford. The 19 year old was one of two unsuccessful Transfer Deadline Day bids, but despite striker Oli Johnson - the other failed attempt - eventually arriving on loan it would appear that any thoughts on returning for the Blues player are out of Skivo's mind.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Glovers boss heavily hinted that it was the player himself who turned down the loan move, suggesting that a bad experience at Notts County may have put him off seeking further loan experience:

"It's as dead as a nail in a coffin now. We did try to bring him in before the permanent transfer window closed, but the lad wanted to look at other clubs. He is a very good player that would have done a good job for Yeovil, but he's at a difficult stage of his career. Conor had a fantastic loan spell at Plymouth before one that didn't go so well at Notts County, so I can understand his reasons for being cautious about going out on loan again. He is definitely a player that I would look to go back in for down the line, but for us at the moment it's probably not the right time."

The arrival of French midfielder Flavien Belson, who is on a short term contract until January, would appear to have removed the need for midfield re-enforcements at Huish Park anyway - particularly as captain Paul Wotton has now served his one match suspension.


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28 September 2011 : Young Glovers Edged Out By Royals Academy Side
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this afternoon, in a behind closed doors friendly match against a Reading Academy side. The Glovers were edged out by a 4-3 scoreline, although had some positives, with Adam Cleary scoring his first ever Glovers goal, whilst Aidan Chainey bagged another. The other goal was scored by an unnamed trialist.

The Under-18s side have been taking a significant break from competitive fixtures during September, thanks to a quirk in the fixture lists for the 2011-12 season. The month of October though sees them compete in a busy month that opens up on Saturday with a home match against Swansea City.

Kick-off will be at 11.00a.m. on one of the pitches at Alvington, which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern, off Bunford Lane. Admission is free, and all are welcome to come and watch the match, which represents a good chance to view a 'double header' with the first team in action at Huish Park later on that afternoon against Bury. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on sale at Alvington for those who fancy something whilst the match is on.


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28 September 2011 : Huddersfield Match Part Of Family Football Festival
The Football League have launched a new marketing campaign dubbed the Family Football Festival. The programme will run across all member clubs between October and December with the aim of attracting new families to grounds around the country. Games nominated by the League as falling under this banner so far include:

08/10/2011 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
22/10/2011 : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
29/10/2011 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town

Whilst we're unsure how accessible Colchester United and Stevenage will make their facilities to visiting supporters, the obvious match of interest for Glovers fans is the home match against Huddersfield Town on October 29th. The promotional literature for that match states:

"For a fun family day out, why not head down to Yeovil Town FC for their Family Funtogether, with entertainment for parents and kids alike! At this special match, the following activities will be taking place, so come along and have a great day out!

Halloween Fun
Face painting
Fancy dress
."

Similar descriptions are provided for the Colchester and Stevenage fixtures, with the available activities listed as follows (although note that face painting will almost certainly be in the home club's colours!)

Colchester: Face painting, Kids fancy dress competition, Half time competition, Family themed entertainment

Stevenage: Face painting, Kid's fancy dress competition, Half time fun, Family activities

The Football League's Head of Marketing David Malkinson has said of the campaign, which is due to cover 47 matches across the League:

"Football is a sport that appeals to the whole family and League clubs have experienced bumper family attendances in recent seasons. League football is extremely accessible, offers good value for money and provides a place where families can enjoy each other's company as well as the action on the pitch. I encourage families to go along to their local game and enjoy some football together-time."

The events are being co-ordinated alongside family organisation Netmums, and founder Siobhan Freegard says of the schedule of events:

"Netmums are delighted to be involved with The Family Football Festival - it's an exciting opportunity for families across the country to enjoy a fun day out together at their local League club. It's a great chance for mums to get the family together and enjoy the atmosphere of a League match first hand this autumn."

Meanwhile a reminder that another October fixture has been made more family friendly with a Kids For A Quid offer running. The October 15th game against Carlisle United has the promotional ticketing offer running - see our earlier story linked below.

Link: Cumbrians Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.


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28 September 2011 : Owls Coach Denies FA Charge
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes has chosen to defend himself against charges brought by the Football Association. The 47 year old has denied charges of 'improper conduct' that were levelled at him after Yeovil Town's stormy League One encounter with the Owls earlier this month.

Rhodes had until Monday afternoon to issue his response to the charge brought by the FA. He has denied the charge levelled at him and has opted for a non-personal hearing, meaning that any submissions made on his behalf will be provided in his absence.

Neither the Football Association or Sheffield Wednesday have provided any great detail behind the charge, however it almost certainly relates to the aftermath surrounding Kieran Agard's first goal in the match that levelled the scores at 1-1 on the day. It is believed that there was an incident in the tunnel area at half time, and the Sheffield Star suggest that the Fourth Official was involved, although it isn't clear in what capacity.

As yet there is no date set by the FA for the hearing.


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27 September 2011 : Venue Switch For Ladies' Saints Clash
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a venue switch for their South West Women's Combination league match this coming Sunday. Their match against Southampton Saints is now a home game, that will be staged at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club. Kick-off is at 2.00p.m. with a small admission charge.

The two fixtures have been swapped around, meaning that their second match against Southampton Saints on January 8th 2012 is now an away match at the BTC Sports Ground.


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27 September 2011 : Reserve Side Gets Brace Against Pilgrims
A Yeovil Town Reserves side won this afternoon's friendly match against Plymouth Argyle this afternoon by a 2-0 scoreline. In a match played at Home Park, on loan pair Gavin Massey and Oli Johnson netted in a match where the main focus was upon getting the latter some match fitness in preparation for ihs 93 day loan spell with the Glovers.

Yeovil's side included centre-back Bondz N'Gala, who was making his playing comeback from hamstring problems, whilst first year pro Rhys Baggridge and Under-18s pair Lloyd Matthews and Mitch Brundle were also included in the squad. Plymouth resident Steve MacLean was at Home Park, but only watched the game from the stands, having had a burst of first team football recently.

Both of Yeovil's goals were scored early on during the first half. Watford striker Gavin Massey's goal was a real peach - his run from the halfway line saw him get through the Argyle defence on his own, slipping inside their centre-back before beating Argyle keeper Ollie Chenoweth at his near post.

Norwich City striker Oli Johnson then doubled Yeovil's lead in style shortly after that opener. He grabbed possession on the edge of the box, before hitting a shot on the angle that landed in the top right hand corner for a 2-0 scoreline. Despite the two early goals, the Glovers did not add to their lead, with Argyle gradually showing more of a threat, but failing to break the deadlock.

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

Yeovil Town Reserves: Gareth Stewart; Kerrea Gilbert, Rhys Baggridge, Bondz N'Gala, Curtis Haynes-Brown; Alistair Slowe, Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Rob Clowes, Lewis Clarke; Gavin Massey, Oli Johnson.

Substitutes: Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary, Will Gordon, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle, Aidan Chainey, Taran Jheeta Singh

Plymouth Argyle Reserves: 23. Ollie Chenoweth; 2. Andrew Elcock; 5. James Bradley (Ben Purrington 77), 6. Jordan Pearce, 3. Jamie Richards; 11. Jamie Griffiths (Isaac Vassell 67), 4. Luke Young, 7. Matt Lecointe, 8. Jordan Copp; 9. A Trialist, 10. Tom Hitchcock.


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27 September 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Bury have been published. The game takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee David Phillips (West Sussex).

He is in his fourth season as a Football League referee, and we have had him five times during that period. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex.

Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.

The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.

Next we had him for the September 2009 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Here we were probably glad that he chalked off a goal for the home side, even though it was a somewhat generous decision for us. His decision-making was also questionable in a number of second half decisions against both sides that tended to lead to players taking matters into their own hands and it was probably fortunate that things didn't escalate further.

Two months after the Bournemouth game, he took charge of the home match against Southend United. During that match he sent off Southend's Sean Morrison for a professional foul. We thought it was a decent decision, even after having the BBC Sport highlights to view it on playback, although Morrison himself and Southend captain Adam Barrett were definitely not happy, whilst Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson - one of the more level-headed people in the game - ripped into the officials accusing them of ruining the game. In truth whilst we felt Mr Phillips was spot on with the professional foul, the decision for the free kick that won the Glovers the game, and his tendency to let the game boil over badly did not give us a warm feeling about him either.

Our most recent encounter with Mr Phillips came at Victoria Road, when we lost 2-1 to Dagenham and Redbridge in February 2011. An excellent first half of football was followed by a rather poor second period from a Glovers point of view, but we can't find too much to moan about that which we would pin upon the referee - our defeat was our own undoing on the day.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Dave Bushell (London). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

Link: February 2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.

Link: September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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27 September 2011 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd October 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There are no advance tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office for this match. All purchases must be made on the turnstiles (with the exception of disabled supporters).

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £21.00 ; Concessions: £18.00 ; Under-18s: £14.00 ; Under-11s: £10.00.

Concessions apply to those aged Over 60, full time students and ambulant disabled supporters. You must be able to provide proof of entitlement. Wheelchair disabled supporters must call 01438 223223 to purchase tickets and make arrangements.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. This is a relatively new construction, having been built during 2001. The only disabled facilities that Stevenage mention are situated at the opposite end of the ground, as part of their North Terrace - there are 12 spaces for both home and away supporters situated at the rear of the terrace.


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27 September 2011 : League Cup Sponsorship Loses Its Fizz
The Football League Cup will end its current sponsorship deal at the end of the 2011-12 season, after failing to reach agreement with current sponsors Molson Coors. Under the badge of the 'Carling Cup' the current deal is one of the longest sponsorship agreements in domestic football, spanning 14 years, but the current tournament will be the last that the lager company will be involved in, with both parties unable to reach an agreement on an extension to the current contract during an exclusivity period.

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has today confirmed that the sponsorship of the competition is now up for grabs, and is inviting alternative parties to contact the league:

"This is the first time in 14 years that this sponsorship has been available in the marketplace and we look forward to offering potential sponsors the rare opportunity to put their brand on one of domestic football's major competitions. The growth in popularity of English football on the world stage, which has led to the League Cup being broadcast in more than 150 countries, means that this is also a sponsorship with global appeal."

Molson Coors have indicated that they have not closed the door entirely adding that "despite the contract being up for renewal in 2012 we are continuing to discuss the future of the competition with The Football League."


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27 September 2011 : Reserves To Make Pilgrimage For Johnson
A Yeovil Town XI will travel to Plymouth Argyle this afternoon for a behind closed doors friendly match that will be played at Home Park. The Pilgrims were due to play Championship side Cardiff City's Under-21s, but the Welsh side pulled out due to injuries. That's perfect timing for the Glovers, who have a blank midweek, and also have new loan signing Oli Johnson lacking match fitness.

The Glovers will take on an Argyle side featuring many of their Under-18s, although reports from the Devon end suggest that Blackburn Rovers loan striker Tom Hitchcock will also play for the Pilgrims. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that playing in such a match will give him what ordinary training sessions can not do:

"You can keep yourself as fit as you like, and do all the running in the world, but you just can't replicate the fitness that you get from playing games. I'll be playing in a Reserve game this week, and that will be in the bank for Saturday."

As for the weekend, Johnson admits that he does not expect to start in the League One game against Bury, but hopes that he can make an impact from the bench, if called upon:

"I'm raring to go obviously. Of course I'm not expecting to start, but if I can play a part off the bench - I just can't wait to get back playing, to be honest."


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26 September 2011 : Johnson 'Unfairly Treated' At Carrow Road
New Yeovil Town loan signing Oli Johnson has described the start of the 2011-12 season as the most frustrating he has experienced in football. The Norwich City striker has not played in a football match since April 16th - the final match of his previous loan spell at Huish Park, and since then has been reduced to time on the training ground with zero prospect of game time.

Having not featured in any of the Canaries pre-season friendlies, and being told that he would not even feature for Norwich's Reserve Team, let alone their First Team, Johnson has been left out in the cold at Carrow Road. A permanent deal with Yeovil Town was rebuked on Transfer Deadline Day, whilst Scunthorpe United backed out of a loan agreement after the Canaries demanded the Iron pay full wages for a player that lacked match fitness. Having now agreed a 93 day loan with the Glovers, he told BBC Somerset that he felt that he hadn't been given a fair crack of the whip:

"It's been the most frustrating time of my career so far. I felt like I'd been a little unfairly treated. But that's just football. Norwich are a club and they want to maximise what they can get for me, but I think that it backfired on them, and the fact that it's had an effect upon me, because I've not been able to play any games or train properly since last season really, which is disappointing. But I'm sort of making up for lost time now. I'm hoping it will be a matter of days rather than weeks when I can get my sharpness back."

With Norwich having left Johnson out of their registered Premier League squad, despite being two places short of the maximum allowed under league rules, it's highly unlikely that the former Stockport County player will be recalled from his loan spell, and the 23 year old added that knowing that would make it easier for him to settle into his new role:

"It's a 93 day loan, which I think is the maximum that they could do. So yes, it's good for me. I know I've got plenty of time to get settled and to get my fitness back. It won't feel like it's a trial period or anything like that. I've got time to settle in and get back playing."


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26 September 2011 : Laura Bags Four As Glovers Crush Chesham
Laura Bray scored an amazing four goals on Sunday as Yeovil Town Ladies gained an impressive 4-2 victory at Chesham United Ladies. With her second 'quad-trick' of the campaign, the in-form striker has now bagged eight goals in three games, and is spearheading the Glovers push for promotion this season, with them now just three points behind the league leaders, with a game in hand.

"Laura Bray is on fire at the moment," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "She bagged all four goals for us today, and had a tremendous match. She is in top form, and is massive for us. Top goal scorers are not easy to find, but in Laura Bray we have a gem!"

The Glovers were in confident mood, and got off to a perfect start when they were awarded a penalty on nine minutes, after a United defender handled the ball in the box. Laura Bray was in confident mood, grabbed the ball and placed the spot kick down to the goalkeeper's right, and into the back of the net.

The match became a bit scrappy after that, with Yeovil winning the ball time after time, but giving it back with some sloppy passing, and on 25 minutes a mix up in the Glovers defence saw Chesham pounce to level the match. This was a good wake up call for the Somerset side, and a real battle ensued in midfield with Laura Wensley making some crunching tackles to win the ball, well supported by her colleagues in the centre of the park.

"Laura Bray will no doubt grab the headlines this week with her four goals," Williams said. "But Gobby (Wensley) was a major player in the midfield today. You are never going to get many goals from Gobby, but you know she will win you the ball, and be a major influence in midfield. She is a no nonsense player who gets on with the game, and always gives you one hundred per cent."

Yeovil started to take control of the game again, passing the ball around and dominating in most areas. And they could have restored their lead soon after when Bray was sent free on a one on one with the ‘Keeper, but in a moment of Torres magic, she could not quite get the ball into the back of the net, although the goalkeeper did extremely well to keep the ball out. Laura Bray made no mistake on the half hour though, when she was put through again and slotted the ball home, rounding the goalkeeper to put her side 2-1 up.

Chesham were still very much in the game, and were constantly threatening the Glovers defence, with all four of the back line having to be at their best to maintain the lead. Yeovil were always on top, and on 34 minutes Rosie Williams took a free kick from 30-yards that skimmed the crossbar, much to the surprise of the Goalkeeper and the Chesham bench, who applauded the effort. It was always going to be Laura Bray’s goal scoring day, and on 43 minutes she completed her hat trick, again rounding the goalkeeper to slot the ball home.

Yeovil put themselves under pressure early at the start of the second half, when they gave away a quick goal, the ball creeping under the bar from a corner to make it 3-2. This saw United pile on the pressure, capitalising on a lack of concentration throughout the Yeovil team. Thankfully the visitors good form returned, and on 58 minutes they made sure of victory when Laura Bray banged home number four, following a fine passing move through the midfield.

"Today we saw brilliance throughout the team," Williams said. "Unfortunately we also saw lapses of concentration that could have seen us punished. I have got to say a huge thank you to captain Rach Edwards, who held the defence together, showing great leadership on the pitch. We won the ball time after time, and I thought at one point that it must be ‘Christmas’ with the amount of gifted passes we gave the opposition.

"Having said that, Chesham are a good team, and they battled throughout. There will not be many sides who come here and take points if they play like they did today. I appreciated their manager’s comment after the game when he said we (Yeovil) played some good football. I would have to agree that there were times when we could not be touched with the ball in our possession. However, I would have liked those times to have been a bit longer, so we did not have to waste our energy getting the ball back
."

[Report by Ali King, talking to Nigel Williams.]


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26 September 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog: Scunthorpe 2 Yeovil 1 : Nowt To Show For It Again
With 44 minutes on the clock, Saturday's match at Scunthorpe United promised so much. Instead, it delivered so little, as a 2-1 defeat at Glanford Park sent us home with nowt. Our regular blogger Cruncher has supplied his positives and negatives in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Find it via the link below, and add your own thoughts, particularly if you were also at the game.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: Scunthorpe 2 Yeovil 1 : Nowt To Show For It Again.


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26 September 2011 : Glovers Confirm Johnson Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have confirmed the expected return of Norwich City striker Oli Johnson on loan. As reported on Saturday, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton agreed a deal with the Canaries just before the weekend. The paperwork for that has now been completed, and he will go into the Glovers squad for Saturday's home match against Bury.

Oli has signed up for a 93 day loan - the maximum allowable under the Emergency Loan rules, that should take him through to around the start of the Christmas fixtures, depending upon the exact date that the two clubs put on the registration papers. In this instance, there shouldn't be a recall clause in the loan deal given that Norwich have not included the striker in their registered Premier League list, and so would not be able to play him even if he was recalled.

The Wakefield born player scored three times in 18 appearances during the second half of the 2010-11 season during his first loan spell with the club. He now returns for a second spell where hopefully he will add a few more goals to that total.

Link: Oli Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.

NOTE: Pedant's corner: The Press Association statistics quoted with Oli Johnson's return suggest that he made 17 appearances for the Glovers during his first loan spell at Huish Park. Having double-checked this with our own database, we're sticking with our figure of 18 appearances.

The error that is in the PA stats appears to stem from Johnson's debut match for the Glovers. That came on January 15th 2011 - an away match against Swindon Town. The soccerbase.com page for Oli Johnson claims that Oli did not feature in that game.

Our own match report for that game states that he came on as a 54th minute substitute and this matches the Western Daily Press/Western Gazette report from the same game. Matching up the Soccerbase statistics, which are derived from PA stats, with our own list, the Swindon fixture is the one that is missing - Oli is one substitute appearance short.


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25 September 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Scunthorpe United Game
Following yesterday's away match against Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Skivo talked more about Norwich City striker Oli Johnson, as well as explaining why a move for Huddersfield Town striker Danny Cadamarteri couldn't be completed.

With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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24 September 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Scunthorpe Interview
Just before kick-off, in this afternoon's away match against Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below. The interview includes the full transcript of Skivo's plans to capture Norwich City striker Oli Johnson, reported on this site earlier today.

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


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24 September 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Scunthorpe vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-1 away defeat against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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24 September 2011 : Scunthorpe 2 Yeovil 1 : Mozika Double Punishes Wasteful Glovers
Yeovil Town went down by a 2-1 scoreline this afternoon, as their miserable recent record against Scunthorpe United continues. The Glovers lost thanks to two Damien Mozika goals on either side of the half time, sandwiched by a Paul Wotton penalty. However, the match was one of what might have been, with the visitors missing a hatful of first half chances, notably Kieran Agard striking the post with the goal gaping whilst the game was goalless.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change as Dominic Blizzard dropped out of the squad, following his knee ligament strain last weekend. With captain Paul Wotton completing his suspension during the same match, it was an obvious decision to recall him in a direct switch for Blizzard. With Jonathan Obika, Gavin Williams and Andy Williams all having long term injuries, the only other change was to leave Flavien Belson in Somerset and put goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart on the bench.

The game started with near one-way traffic as the Glovers put their stamp on the game right from kick-off. Scunthorpe were having big problems in tracking Kieran Agard throughout the match, and the teenager got into a number of great positions, particularly during the opening 45 minutes. He had the opening chance of the match, breaking into space, but with home keeper Sam Johnstone saving well, to keep the ball out. Johnstone was well beaten though, when Paul Huntington connected with a left-footed volley from a corner that was heading for the back of the net, only for Garry Thompson's reflex actions on the goal line to turn the ball over the bar.

Scunthorpe's chances were few and far between, with a Bobby Grant effort going wide, and Damien Mozika producing the Iron's first on target attempt midway through the half. Most of the play was at the other end, with Alan O'Brien's pace, and the front pairing of Kieran Agard and Steve MacLean causing problems. The finishing touch wasn't there though - Nathan Jones put over the bar when he got into an advanced position, then MacLean missed the ball entirely when the ball was put across the face of goal from close range. Worst of all though was Agard's miss in the lead-up to the break, where he did everything right in racing through charging down keeper Sam Johnstone's attempted clearance, but with the goal gaping and Johnstone left stranded, Agard managed to put the shot onto the post - a staggering let-off for the Iron.

With all that pressure there was always the possibility of the sucker punch. And so it proved, as Eddie Nolan slipped past Nathan Jones on the flank, and his ball into the box was met at close range by Damien Mozika to put Scunthorpe 1-0 up - a goal about as against the run of play as it was possible to get.

That could have led Yeovil going in at the break feeling very sorry for themselves, but a minute later they got themselves parity, when Kieran Agard made up to his earlier miss by winning a penalty. As he broke into the box, he was pulled back by Paul Reid, and referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. Not for the first time this season, Paul Wotton grabbed the ball from Agard before he could think about taking the spot kick, and the captain smashed the ball into the roof of the net for a 1-1 half time scoreline.

The second period didn't live up to the magic of the first. Scunthorpe came out looking much stronger, and they took the lead when the Glovers failed to pick up Damien Mozika in the centre of the park. The midfielder, who had already scored one, and produced another bursting run that showed what he was capable of, latching onto an Eddie Nolan pass from the left flank, and firing home to put the Iron 2-1 up and in the lead once again.

At this point, the home side went on to dominate the match for the first time in the match. Buoyed by a Glanford Park crowd that had woken up a touch following the second goal. Oliver Norwood went close to adding a third when he cut in from the flank, producing a shot-cum-cross that Jed Steer superbly tipped onto the crossbar and out for a corner. Then it was home substitute Nicky Ajose's opportunity to become the latest striker to spurn a good chance - putting wide from around the six yard box.

Referee Craig Pawson's attitude had been to let the game flow in the main, when tackles flew in, with most of his whistles being because of the repeated offside decisions, mainly against the Glovers. However, that in turn produced a physical edge to the game that saw Scunthorpe knock up five bookings, with Mr Pawson raising his cards five times during the second period. However, that eventual stop-start nature played into the home side's hands somewhat, and it was only when Gavin Massey and Billy Gibson came on as substitutes that Yeovil began to show signs of getting themselves back into the game, leading to an edgy last few minutes.

However, they couldn't force an equalising goal throughout four minutes of injury time, and the reality is that Yeovil will have been kicking themselves for failing to have the game out of sight by half time. They drop one more place in the League One table, and now face a massive game against Bury next week, who are stuck in 22nd place in the current table, but only goal difference keeping the two sides apart.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Scunthorpe United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Damien Mozika (44 mins, 1-0), Paul Wotton (45 mins, 1-1, pen), Damien Mozika (53 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (84 mins for Nathan Jones) 21. Gavin Massey (67 mins for Anthony Edgar) 23. Billy Gibson (78 mins for Alan O'Brien)

Scunthorpe United:
27. Sam Johnstone
4. Sam Togwell 26. Shane Duffy 15. Paul Reid 3. Eddie Nolan
12. Damien Mozika 14. Oliver Norwood 8. Michael O'Connor 17. Bobby Grant
9. Chris Dagnall 11. Garry Thompson

Substitutes:
13. Sam Slocombe (GK) 2. Andrew Wright 5. Michael Nelson (64 mins for Paul Reid) 24. Ashley Palmer 28. Nick Ajose (60 mins for Bobby Grant)

Scunthorpe Bookings: Damien Mozika (33 mins, foul), Bobby Grant (54 mins, foul), Michael O'Connor (72 mins, foul), Eddie Nolan (90 mins, off the ball incident), Chris Dagnall (90 mins, encroachment)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (72 mins, retaliation)

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and David Plowright (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Peter Gooch (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,086 (including 116 Yeovil fans)


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24 September 2011 : Oli Johnson Agrees Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he will be finalising the loan signing of Norwich City striker Oli Johnson on loan by Monday. The 23 year old was on trial with this afternoon's opponents Scunthorpe United, but the Iron couldn't agree a financial package, with the Canaries insisting that they paid the player's full wages.

The Glovers have now agreed their own financial and personal terms with Norwich and Johnson, and the paperwork for the deal will be completed on Monday, with Johnson heading down to South Somerset for Monday's training session. Speaking to BBC Somerset just prior to kick-off this afternoon, Skiverton confirmed the deal was in the bag, bar the need to sign all the forms, confirming yesterday's news concerning the player:

"It is correct, yes. It's all been agreed, with the personal terms of bringing him in on loan. But we've got to wait until Monday to make sure that everything is rubber-stamped. But I envisage seeing Oli (Johnson) training with us on Monday. He'll give us another dimension and something a little bit different. I know that he can come in, and we can definitely go back to that formation that worked for us so well last year. If we do manage to get it over the line, then I think we'll be very strong."


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24 September 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town have made one team change for this afternoon's match at Scunthorpe United this afternoon. That change is enforced with Dominic Blizzard's ligament strain last weekend pushing him out of the squad entirely. That makes it easy to recall captain Paul Wotton who had a one match suspension last weekend.

Elsewhere the only changes are on the bench. Midfielder Flavien Belson has not travelled, with the Frenchman lacking general fitness. He is replaced by goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart. The same 4-4-2 formation is expected to be used, lining up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 4. Bondz N'Gala 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey 23. Billy Gibson

Scunthorpe United:
27. Sam Johnstone
4. Sam Togwell 26. Shane Duffy 15. Paul Reid 3. Eddie Nolan
12. Damien Mozika 14. Oliver Norwood 8. Michael O'Connor 17. Bobby Grant
9. Chris Dagnall 11. Garry Thompson

Substitutes:
13. Sam Slocombe (GK) 2. Andrew Wright 5. Michael Nelson 24. Ashley Palmer 28. Nick Ajose


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24 September 2011 : Preston Man Of The Match Result
Prior to this afternoon's away trip to Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town's last away match was their first ever game at Preston North End's Deepdale ground. The end result was a 4-3 thriller, with Anthony Edgar getting his first ever Glovers goal, whilst Steve MacLean grabbed his first two during the second half.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, it was largely a two horse race, with midfielder Ed Upson again highly rated during the match. However, the winner of the poll, and for the second match running, was Anthony Edgar, who played on the right flank and scored a well taken goal on the night. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Anthony Edgar 104 (9)
2 Ed Upson 92 (7)
3 Steve MacLean 50 (2)
4 Alan O'Brien 30 (1)
5 Jed Steer 26 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 16 (0)
6 Kieran Agard 16 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 12 (1)
9 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
9 Gavin Williams 6 (0)
11 Paul Wotton 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.85

Performance: 7.20
Entertainment: 8.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 20


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24 September 2011 : Wotton Warns Of Iron Strength On Home Patch
Yeovil Town captain Paul Wotton believes that this afternoon's opponents Scunthorpe United present deceptive opposition in terms of the results they have gained so far, and the advantage their Glanford Park ground gives them. The Glovers have a League One match against an Iron side who have yet to win during the 2011-12 season, and lie in the relegation zone.

However, Wotton warns BBC Somerset that his experience of playing at Glanford Park is that it is a difficult venue to get results at, and thinks that Scunny are in a false position:

"I've played at Scunthorpe before, and it's a tight little ground. The pitch is really tight, and although Scunthorpe haven't won yet this season, their results don't reflect their performances. They're a good team and they do what they do well, under a very organised manager. We're in for a right game but we're more than ready to go up there and have a go."

Wotton could find himself playing alongside new signing Flavien Belson at some point this afternoon. The Frenchman told the BBC that he is settling in well with his new club, and enjoys the environment of playing football in England:

"The feeling with the team is good. With the staff, everything is okay. I needed a new challenge; somewhere where I can play. I need to play and I want to play a lot of games. Football in the UK is like a religion. Everybody here likes football, so it's perfect."


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24 September 2011 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
At the start of this month, Yeovil Town gained a creditable 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers. It was another tight game at Prenton Park, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut chances during the 90 minutes, even if Kieran Agard had two late chances to seal all three points.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting for that fixture, you could slip a piece of fine tracing paper between the top four players. Midfielder Ed Upson, and centre-back pairing Paul Huntington and Max Ehmer got the thumbs up by many at the game. However, the winner by an absolute whisker was Anthony Edgar, who got himself a start on the right flank getting in 80 minutes on the park.

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

1 Anthony Edgar 32 (2)
2 Paul Huntington 30 (3)
3 Max Ehmer 30 (2)
4 Ed Upson 28 (2)
5 Luke Ayling 18 (1)
6 Gavin Williams 14 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
8 Paul Wotton 8 (0)
9 Jed Steer 6 (0)
10 Alan O'Brien 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.10

Performance: 6.80
Entertainment: 5.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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23 September 2011 : Darren Previews The Scunthorpe Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away trip to Scunthorpe United, Yeovil Town's first team coach Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Scunthorpe.


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23 September 2011 : Former Glovers Full-Back Gets International Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town full-back Nathan Smith has received a full international call-up for Jamaica, following his swift rise through the footballing pyramid over the past few years. The 24 year old former Potters Bar player has been selected in a squad that will play two fixtures during October, with Honduras the opposition on October 11th, and a second side yet to be arranged.

Although he is a Londoner by birth, having started his career playing for his home town club in Enfield before moving on to Waltham Forest, his grandparents are Jamaican, and the Chesterfield left-back has taken advantage of that to accept a call-up to their national squad. Smith has told the Spireites club site that his family are proud of the news:

"This is a once in a life opportunity and has made my family feel very proud. I am very excited about it."

The very best of luck to him in both games, which will see him miss two matches for Chesterfield.

Ipswich Town winger Jaime Peters, who had a loan spell at Huish Park during Russell Slade's time at the club, has been allowed to move out on loan to League One side AFC Bournemouth. Peters, who has international honours with Canada, has agreed a one month loan at Dean Court and so could well play against Yeovil Town when the two sides meet in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday 4th October.

One former Glover not having a happy week though, is midfielder Chris Cohen. He is expected to be out of the game for a whole year, after he damaged cruciate knee ligaments in Nottingham Forest's match against Derby County. He has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, but initial expectations are for it to take him 12 months before he fully recovers from the injury.


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23 September 2011 : Johnson Back On Glovers Radar
Yeovil Town have made a fresh bid to take Norwich City striker Oli Johnson back to Huish Park, according to reports from the Norfolk end. The Glovers attempt to bring the 23 year old to Somerset on a permanent deal stalled on Transfer Deadline Day when the two clubs were unable to agree a fee for the player.

Since then all has been quiet in terms of Yeovil's interest in Johnson, although that is largely due to tomorrow's opponents Scunthorpe United taking the player on a week long trial at Glanford Park. Again, moves to finalise a move to North Lincolnshire collapsed when the Canaries demanded that Scunny pay the player's full wages, despite the player having not played a competitive match since April, due to manager Paul Lambert's policy of not even including Johnson in their Reserve Team sides.

This morning, a tweet from Eastern Daily Press journalist Paddy Davitt suggests that the Glovers may be throwing their hat back into the ring for the striker:

"Norwich City boss Paul Lambert confirms at Colney this morning, Yeovil have made a fresh enquiry for Oli Johnson."

Manager Terry Skiverton spoke a few weeks ago of bringing in three new signings, and two of those have already arrived, with midfielder Flavien Belson signing a short term deal, and striker Gavin Massey coming in on loan from Watford. However, his plans to sign an 'experienced' striker have so far eluded him. Huddersfield Town striker Danny Cadamarteri has been mentioned by both Yeovil and Huddersfield local press as a strong possibility, but is currently carrying an ankle injury that would prevent that deal from going through.


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22 September 2011 : Owls Coach Hit By FA Charge
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes has been charged by the Football Association, following last weekend's League One home match against Yeovil Town. The FA have accused him of "improper conduct" relating to the fixture at Huish Park that took place on September 17th 2011.

Rhodes has been given until 4.00p.m. on Monday 26th September 2011 to respond to the charge. He can either admit or deny the charge, and has the right to request a personal hearing if he so chooses.

The Football Association do not detail the specifics of what Rhodes' "improper conduct" details - this is a general catch-all for anything that is considered to be outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour by players or coaching staff at a fixture. However our understanding is that it relates to an incident that occurred during the half time interval of Saturday's League One fixture, in or around the tunnel area of the ground.


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22 September 2011 : Skivo Pulls Pros Out Of County Cup Tie
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will not field any of his 'professional' players when the club take part in the Somerset Premier Cup next month. The Glovers are due to play Keynsham Town on Tuesday October 11th, using the Western League club's new 3G artificial surface that is due to open on Saturday at their Crown Field ground.

As a Football League side, the Glovers would generally field a 'Reserve Team' side in the County Cup, giving the chance of a run-out for some of the club's fringe players. However, Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that he will pull out all of his players, leaving the Under-18s side to play on the surface:

"The younger players will be playing. None of my professionals will be playing, because that is not a suitable surface."

The Glovers are very familiar with 3G pitches, having made use of a new pitch at Bucklers Mead School last season during the winter months. Presumably Skiverton believes his players are at increased risk of injury from playing on such a surface in a competitive environment.

Talking of injuries, the Gazette report that midfielder Dominic Blizzard is not expected to be on the team bus for Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United, and will need around a fortnight to recover from the knock he incurred early on during last week's home match against Sheffield Wednesday. However, right-back Kerrea Gilbert is expected to travel, suggesting that a scan on his dislocated shoulder has shown no tissue or ligament damage. Captain Paul Wotton will also be available, having served his one match suspension last weekend.

Link: Date Set For Keynsham Cup Clash.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup 2011-12 First and Second Round Draws.


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22 September 2011 : Iron Get Striker Boost For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Scunthorpe United have signed up a new striker to bolster their depleted squad. They have taken Peterborough United teenager Nicky Ajose on a three month deal, with the player already well known to Iron boss Alan Knill following a loan spell with Bury - Knill's former club - last season.

Ajose is a former Manchester United trainee who signed for Posh in the summer from Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee, penning a four year contract at London Road. The former England Under-16 and Under-17 player hasn't quite made the impact that he wanted at Posh yet though, playing in one fixture before suffering a hamstring strain.

He will be available for selection against Yeovil Town on Saturday. Peterborough have inserted a 24 hour recall clause, although this can not be invoked during the first 28 days of the loan.


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22 September 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make the journey up to Glanford Park where they will take on Scunthorpe United in a League One match. The trip itself is a fairly familiar one, although we've not travelled there in three years. For those who have never been, or just want a refresher, the Ciderspace guide to the Iron, their ground and the surrounding area can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United.

Link: Scunthorpe Suffering Injury Woes.

Link: Officials For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Scunthorpe United.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.


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21 September 2011 : Scunthorpe Suffering Injury Woes
Saturday's opponents Scunthorpe United are suffering a team selection headache with a number of players missing for their League One home match at Glanford Park. Midfielder Jimmy Ryan has damaged medial knee ligaments during last week's match against Walsall and will be absent for four weeks. The player had only been on the pitch for four minutes scored an equalising goal against the Saddlers. However, he suffered a knee injury during injury time, and will now sit out a month on the treatment table.

Ryan's injury comes at the wrong time for Scunny, as they also have midfielder Andy Barcham serving the third of a three match suspension on Saturday, following a red card in a recent home match against Sheffield United.

Scunthorpe have also suffered a blow this week with the news that 20 year old striker Matt Godden will be ruled out until January. Godden was a fringe player last year, but has yet to make an appearance during the 2011-12 season. He has both hip and hernia problems and will not be seen during the current calendar year.

The Iron also have had a number of players missing training this week. Midfielder Damien Mozika, who signed from Bury on transfer deadline day has been getting treatment on a hamstring problem, along with Andrew Wright - a full-back/midfielder who is a product of their youth system. Centre-back Niall Canavan has also been sat out with an ankle injury, meaning that Scunny started their week with just 12 players training in preparation for Saturday's fixture.

Some of the likes of Mozika, Wright and Canavan are expected to recover in time, but manager Alan Knill won't see it as ideal preparation for a match against a side that lies just two points above his - in a 2011-12 season start that sees them occupying a relegation slot with nine games played so far.


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20 September 2011 : Terriers Open To Cadamarteri Loan Deal
League One side Huddersfield Town have confirmed that they are looking to give striker Danny Cadamarteri the chance to go out on loan, as soon as a current injury clears up. The 31 year old has not managed a single minute of first team football for the Terriers, having returned to the Galpharm Stadium in January for a second spell with the Yorkshire side.

Last week, Yeovil Town were linked with a loan move for Cadamarteri, although manager Terry Skiverton was rather tight-lipped over whether the rumourmill was right or wrong in that instance. However, in today's Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Terriers boss Lee Clark confirms that he has received interest in his player, but that an ankle injury is holding up any deal completion:

"We’ve had a number of enquiries from clubs who have fitted our criteria as a destination for Danny, but his ankle problem has put things on hold. He’s getting close to being fit again now and it’s pretty much down to him, because we are willing to loan him for the 93-day period allowed under the current window, as long as we have a recall facility after 28 days."

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner name League One sides Carlisle United, Exeter City and Yeovil Town as being the three interested parties, although Clark doesn't confirm these names. However, all three are highly feasible, given that the Grecians are suffering a goal drought with just four netted in their opening nine fixtures of the 2011-12 season, whilst Cadamarteri's close friendship with former Glovers winger Andy Welsh gives the Cumbrians a clear lead in to any plans manager Greg Abbott may have.

At present, Cadamarteri is continuing treatment on what the paper describes as an 'ankle niggle' - serious enough though to block any loan move at present. Since his return to the club after leaving Dundee United, he's made just two starts, coupled with 12 substitute appearances, with his last appearance being in the Terriers' losing League One play-off final at Old Trafford in May against Peterborough United.


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20 September 2011 : Officials For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match at Glanford Park takes place on Saturday 24th September 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

We've had Mr Pawson four times so far, with our experience largely a positive one. The first of those was the February 2009 fixture against Peterborough United - the last time we visited London Road, and Russell Slade's last game in charge, producing 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". Yes, you read that right - we called a referee excellent.

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.

Moving on, he took charge of the October 2010 trip to the Bescot Stadium, where an Adam Virgo goal gave us a 1-0 win. No complaints or observations on his performance at all on the day, which should usually be taken to be a good thing. Just one booking in a very unfussy game.

Finally, and most recently, Mr Pawson was back at London Road for another match against Peterborough United. Here he perhaps did us a favour - a penalty awarded to the Glovers for a foul on Nathan Jones by Posh keeper Paul Jones seemed a touch generous, with the left-back's heavy touch having taken the ball out for a goal kick. Paul Wotton took advantage from the spot kick. Late on, Wotton was booked for dissent, but otherwise that again was the only booking of a decent flowing game.

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 until the last few seasons.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and David Plowright (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Peter Gooch (Lancashire).

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

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

Link: October 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2011 : Peterborough United 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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19 September 2011 : Date Set For Keynsham Cup Clash
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a date set for their Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie. The match against Keynsham Town will take place at their Crown Field ground on Tuesday 11th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Address: Keynsham Town Football Club, Crown Field, Bristol Road, Keynsham, Somerset, BS31 2BE.

The referee for the match will be Martin Veater, assisted by Adam Fricker and Jack Daniells.

Keynsham are in a slightly unusual position so far this season in that they've yet to play a single home game. They have been drawn at home in the FA Vase Second Round Qualifying Round against Lydney Town this coming Saturday, in what should be their first game at Crown Field of the 2011-12 season. That's because they have been entirely revamping their ground to include a synthetic Third Generation (3G) surface, new floodlights, security fencing, two five-a-side pitches and a refit of their car park.

The introduction of an artificial playing surface has been given the blessing of the Toolstation Western League, in which Keynsham play in the First Division, with League secretary Ken Clarke saying that the quality of the 3G surfaces means that they are making a comeback, after a somewhat chequered phase of artificial surfaces during the 1980s in the Football League. Clarke explained:

"They are our first member club to go down this avenue and it offers an opportunity for more matches to be played during the wet winter months when many others will have to be cancelled. The 3G pitches are brilliant; they are very close to a natural surface and nothing like the old plastic ones that QPR, Luton and the like played on back in the 1980s. The FA has accepted them into competitions such as the FA Vase and I understand they're exploring the possibility of introducing them into FA Cup competition."

All other First Round ties are taking place in the week-commencing October 3rd. It would appear that Yeovil Town have been given permission to push their tie back by a week due to their Football League Trophy match against AFC Bournemouth which is taking place at Dean Court on October 4th.

The winners of the First Round match against Keynsham will face a visit to Shepton Mallet in the Second Round, due to be played during the week commencing November 7th.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup 2011-12 First and Second Round Draws.


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19 September 2011 : Cumbrians Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town's mid-October home fixture against Carlisle United has been designated as a 'Kids For A Quid' game. The League One match against the Cumbrians takes place on Saturday 15th October 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The 'Kids For A Quid' offer has been repeated on a number of occasions during the past three or four seasons, and the rules are simple. Any supporter aged Under-16 can gain admission to this match for the sum of one pound only. There are no strings attached, no forms to fill in, no adults required and no limit (bar the capacity of the ground!) on how many friends you can take with you.

Simply order your ticket via the Huish Park Ticket Office either in advance, to save queuing, or on the day of the match itself.


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19 September 2011 : Gary Roberts Suspended By Valiants
League Two side Port Vale have announced that they have suspended former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts. A statement on their club's website says:

"Port Vale can confirm that Gary Roberts has been suspended by the club for a period of 14 days following a serious breach of club discipline. It means that the midfielder will not be available for selection for the fixtures against Crewe Alexandra or Rotherham United. Port Vale will not be making any further comment at this time."

Whilst Vale do not detail the reasons for Roberts' suspension, it seems inevitable that this will lead to speculation concerning the player's past alcohol and gambling problems that resulted with him being sacked by Yeovil Town. Eight months after leaving Huish Park, he was also sacked by Rotherham United - ironically the two games he will miss are against clubs that know all about his track record, with his departure from Crewe Alexandra also having had a hint that things weren't quite right.

Whether Port Vale's fixed suspension is to allow a current situation to cool down and be resolved, or whether it is a lead-in towards a disciplinary hearing, we'll find out in the fullness of time. Either way, no-one can realistically be happy at seeing a gifted footballer take another backward step in what should have been a far more successful career than the one his current path is taking him down.


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19 September 2011 : Agard Has No Regrets Over Owls Goal
Yeovil Town striker Kieran Agard felt that he was entitled to put the ball in the back of the net, when he scored his controversial opening goal at Huish Park on Saturday. The former Everton academy player netted his first goal in English first team football in the 2-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, and in doing so set up a highly charged game, in which the Owls players felt they should have been a 'walk in' goal to balance out Agard's effort.

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton refused after being abused by Owls midfielder Jose Vitor Semedo over the incident, and Agard himself told BBC Somerset that he felt that he was entitled to play the ball after Owls keeper Richard O'Donnell and defender Rob Jones collided, setting the ball free:

"The ball went over the top and I went to press for the second ball, and there was a bit of confusion there. I saw the ball and I just put it in. I let the first ball go over, and I was just trying to press the second ball, because I didn't want them to break on us. The confusion between the defender and the goalkeeper meant that the ball was let loose, so I just put it in there (in the goal)."


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19 September 2011 : GWSC Travel To Scunthorpe United
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. The match against the North Lincolnshire club takes place on Saturday 24th September 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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18 September 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game
Following yesterday's rather lively 2-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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18 September 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Sheffield Wednesday kicked off, Yeovil Town Terry Skiverton gave his thoughts on his team selection for the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's interview talks about what had happened to Kerrea Gilbert, plus thoughts on Dominic Blizzard, Kieran Agard and Gavin Massey. The transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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17 September 2011 : Elders Win Out In Youth Training Match
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are on a mini-break at present, thanks to a rather oddly spaced set of fixtures for the 2011-12 season. They have only had one League fixture scheduled for September, and don't play now in a competitive fixture until October 1st.

As a result of that, the club's Under-18s team played a training match against their Under-16s team in Sherborne today. The end result was a 5-0 win for the more senior side. Two goals from Aidan Chainey, plus one each for Lloyd Matthews, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and Johnny Kaye found the back of the net against the Under-16s side.


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17 September 2011 : Owls Abuse Made Up Skivo's Mind Over Agard Goal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that verbal abuse from a Sheffield Wednesday player made up his mind over whether to give the opposition the chance of a walk-in goal this afternoon. The Glovers boss accused Owls midfielder Jose Vitor Semedo of swearing at him whilst he was discussing Kieran Agard's equalising goal at Huish Park with his fellow coaching staff.

Agard's goal, scored midway through the first half, resulted from a drop ball taken by Luke Ayling that saw Owls keeper Richard O'Donnell and defender Rob Jones collide, allowing the Glovers striker to score. Whilst the players surrounded referee Brendan Malone to protest against the decision, Skiverton admitted that he contemplated repeating his old boss Gary Johnson's decision in August 2004 to allow the opposition a 'walk in' goal, but ruled that out when he was abused by Semedo:

"It was not a satisfactory goal but in the end we let the referee make the decision. I might have been more inclined to give them a goal back but their number six (Jose Semedo) was effing and blinding me to such an extent that I didn't feel like trying to help them out."

No-one will be surprised to find that Owls boss Gary Megson had a different view of the incident, claiming that if the goal had been scored by one of his own players, that he would have allowed Yeovil a free run to score another goal. Megson felt his team were very strong at the point when Agard netted his controversial goal:

"It threw us off course. We were well on top and if the lad (Luke Ayling) was trying to knock it back he didn't knock it back well enough. Something like this happened in my first game at Leicester against Nottingham Forest and we let the keeper walk through the field to score because we thought it was the right thing to do. We can't tell other people what to do - that is down to themselves. But if the same thing had happened the other way round we would have let them score from the kick off."

Leaving aside the debate about what should have happened following Agard's first goal, Skiverton felt Sheffield Wednesday deserved credit for their win, with all three of the Owls goals being headers from set piece moves, as David McGoldrick, Julian Bennett and Gary Madine won them the game:

"You've got to give Sheffield credit. (Gary) Madine is top scorer in the league and worth a lot of money. So is (David) McGoldrick. They get paid big bucks to get the goals and they are up there with the top strikers."

NB: The reference that Gary Megson makes to his time at Leicester City is a very different scenario to the one at Huish Park this afternoon. In a Carling Cup match against Nottingham Forest in August 2007, the match was abandoned at half time after Foxes defender Clive Clarke collapsed in the dressing room, and was sent to hospital. Forest agreed to abandon the match, despite being 1-0 up through a Junior Agogo goal.

When the tie was rearranged, Leicester allowed Forest to start the tie with Forest keeper Paul Smith getting a 'free goal' direct from kick-off to restore the 1-0 advantage that they had lost by agreeing to abandon the original match. There was a gap of three weeks between the two ties, allowing Leicester time to discuss their response - this is very different to having to make a decision whilst being sworn at by opposition players!


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17 September 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 September 2011 : Yeovil 2 Wednesday 3 : Agard Double Can't Stop Owls
Yeovil Town went down at home to the odd goal in five, as a high-octane match against Sheffield Wednesday saw them come out losing the match by a 2-3 scoreline. Two goals from Kieran Agard cancelled out David McGoldrick's opener for the Owls, but the visiting side had the last laugh as two set piece goals from Julian Bennett and Gary Madine saw them grab all three points, as the Glovers dropped down to 18th in the table.

The Glovers went into the match missing captain Paul Wotton, who was directly placed by Dominic Blizzard - getting his first start in a Yeovil Town shirt, following his summer move from Bristol Rovers. That was the only change to the starting line-up, although Yeovil lost Kerrea Gilbert on the day before the match, with the right-back dislocating his shoulder and dropping out of the squad.

Wednesday passed the ball around fluently in the opening stages and Yeovil had to put in some strong challenges to keep them away from goalkeeper Jed Steer. Stand-in captain Paul Huntington brilliantly blocked out a Gary Madine shot for a corner, whilst Dominic Blizzard went in where it hurts on another challenge - landing a gash in his head that required lengthy treatment and a change of shirt. It was whilst Blizzard was off the field that the Owls opened their scoring - Ben Marshall's free kick was whipped into the box and David McGoldrick - only signed on loan yesterday - opened his account with a smart header as he easily beat his marker.

Blizzard took an age to return to the field of play, and when he did was almost immediately down again - this time a whack on the knee as he dived in to block another David McGoldrick attempt on goal. This time, his hobbling around provoked manager Terry Skiverton into introducing Bondz N'Gala, as Luke Ayling moved into midfield and Max Ehmer showed his versatility by heading into a right-back position.

The Glovers got their equalising goal in bizarre, and undoubtedly controversial circumstances. After treatment was allowed to an injured player, referee Brendan Malone awarded a drop kick, which was booted up field by Luke Ayling. Kieran Agard raced after it, as did Wednesday keeper Richard O'Donnell and his team-mate Rob Jones. O'Donnell took out Jones in his effort to get to the ball first, and Agard nipped in and scored an opportunist's goal - and his first in Yeovil Town colours.

Wednesday's players, substitutes, management, coaches and anyone else they could get hold of, erupted in fury, claiming that Agard should not have put the ball in the net, and there was a lengthy delay as arguments broke out between the benches over what should happen next. At what point in the unwritten book of sportsmanship is an opposition player entitled to challenge for a loose ball? Skiverton decided he would not repeat Gary Johnson's decision back in August 2004 to allow Plymouth Argyle a walk-in goal, presumably deciding that after O'Donnell and Jones had collided that Kieran Agard was entitled to go for the ball. Unsurprisingly, Wednesday held a different view - another one where the BBC's Football League Show will be compulsive viewing tonight. In the aftermath, the injured Rob Jones had to be taken off, as a result of the collision with his own keeper.

It took just ten rather fractious angry minutes for Yeovil Town and Kieran Agard to grab a second goal, and this time there was zero controversy about it. Ed Upson fed Agard inside the box, and he smartly turned and shot inside the box, to put the Glovers a goal up, and to ensure a giant roar went up around Huish Park, with both players and crowd having the bit firmly between their teeth.

The two injuries to Dominic Blizzard, added to the injury to Rob Jones and the lengthy discussions on the Kieran Agard goal ensured that we had seven minutes of added time before the break. That was never going to be enough time to calm down Wednesday's players and management, with manager Gary Megson waiting for referee Brendan Malone on the half time whistle - not that there was anything in the rules that the match official could have done about the incident. A little more disturbing was significant amount of pushing that occurred as the players went down the tunnel, with suggestions that Wednesday's players purposefully targeted Kieran Agard for some half time 'treatment'. Referee Malone chose to stand and watch, and to our knowledge dished out no punishment.

The second half was thankfully a calmer affair, even if a number of bookings began to be totted up, started by a Wednesday player being booked for dissent, and four Yeovil players eventually landing on a knife edge with yellow cards. An early chance from Reda Johnson saw Ed Upson clear off the line, but when the loose ball was fired on goal, Jed Steer saved the second attempt.

The Owls had their main strength from set pieces though, and Yeovil's own Achilles heel reared its ugly head during the match, with all three of the visitors goals coming from that source. A corner from Jose Vitor Semedo was a little bit too easy for full-back Julian Bennett to equalise after 53 minutes, and pull the game back at 2-2, and that lifted the Owls, having looked a little sorry for themselves since the first Yeovil goal.

That said, the Glovers were still in the game. Alan O'Brien was replaced by striker Gavin Massey, although many in the Huish Park crowd were distinctly unimpressed by Skiverton's decision to remove the lively O'Brien from the field of play. Massey almost had an immediate impact - racing past a Wednesday defender, who grabbed hold of the player's shirt inside the box to haul him back - referee Brendan Malone decided against making the big decision that it would have been.

That lack of a decision was made all the more crucial, when a foul by Max Ehmer gave Wednesday yet another free kick to send into the box. This time, Ben Marshall's delivery found the head of Gary Madine, with once again Yeovil's man marking having gone missing, and the topsy-turvy game saw the Owls go 3-2 up.

Sadly, there were to be no more goals in this pulsating encounter. Almost immediately, Gary Megson made a substitution to stick an extra midfielder in his side's line-up as the Owls played the game out with a 4-5-1, snuffing the game out and slowing the pace down, and not even five minutes worth of injury time could alter that. Once again, Yeovil gave one of the 'big guns' a good run for their money, but once again, they came out of the match with nothing to show for their efforts. They slip down to 18th in the League One table, and now face a tricky looking encounter next weekend as they face an under-performing Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, who lie two points behind them but in the relegation zone.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Scorers: David McGoldrick (10 mins, 0-1), Kieran Agard (28 mins, 1-1), Kieran Agard (38 mins, 2-1), Julian Bennett (53 mins, 2-2), Gary Madine (72 mins, 2-3)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala (20 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey (61 mins for Alan O'Brien) 22. Flavien Belson 23. Billy Gibson (81 mins for Kieran Agard)

Sheffield Wednesday:
23. Richard O'Donnell
2. Lewis Buxton 5. Rob Jones 4. Danny Batth 17. Reda Johnson
7. David Prutton 16. James O'Connor 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 10. Ben Marshall
14. Gary Madine 32. David McGoldrick

Substitutes:
24. Arron Jameson (GK) 12. Liam Palmer (81 mins for Ben Marshall) 15. Chris Sedgwick (75 mins for David McGoldrick) 3. Julian Bennett (30 mins for Rob Jones) 18. Mark Reynolds

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (handball, 45 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 56 mins), Steve MacLean (foul, 66 mins), Max Ehmer (foul, 72 mins)

Sheffield Wednesday Bookings: James O'Connor (dissent, 46 mins)

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Mark Russell (Bristol). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 4,445 (including 988 Sheffield Wednesday fans)


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17 September 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Yeovil Town make one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Sheffield United. That change is enforced as midfielder Dominic Blizzard makes his first start for the Glovers as he comes in for the suspended Paul Wotton. Otherwise, the other movement is on the bench, with Kerrea Gilbert ruled out of action due to a dislocated shoulder sustained in training. The inclusion of Blizzard in the starting line-up and the drop-out of Gilbert means that Curtis Haynes-Brown and new signing Flavien Belson get places on the bench.

Manager Terry Skiverton suggested in Thursday's press briefing that he might revert to a 3-5-2 formation. However, the drop-out of Gilbert has scuppered those plans, and it looks as though a straight 4-4-2 will be employed as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey 22. Flavien Belson 23. Billy Gibson

Sheffield Wednesday:
23. Richard O'Donnell
2. Lewis Buxton 5. Rob Jones 4. Danny Batth 17. Reda Johnson
7. David Prutton 16. James O'Connor 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 10. Ben Marshall
14. Gary Madine 32. David McGoldrick

Substitutes:
24. Arron Jameson (GK) 12. Liam Palmer 15. Chris Sedgwick 3. Julian Bennett 18. Mark Reynolds


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17 September 2011 : August 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of August and the start of the 2011-12 season, was a fairly mixed one for Yeovil Town, with just one win and one draw being coupled by four defeats. The 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic and the 1-1 draw at Walsall were the two main positives, as the Glovers struggled to get a settled side, having signed up 15 players during the build-up to the season.

The individual Man of the Match awards for the games played in August were Jed Steer (Brentford), Paul Huntington (Exeter City), Gavin Williams (Oldham Athletic, Walsall), Ed Upson (MK Dons), Curtis Haynes-Brown (Sheffield United).

Once all of the August 2011 results were collated together, there were two players way out in front. Midfielder Ed Upson has shown great improvement on his game compared with last season, with the 21 year old now a first team regular. However, his form was eclipsed by the form of Gavin Williams who was your August 2011 Player of the Month. Full results as shown below, along with the percentage of the votes received:

1 Gavin Williams 19.3
2 Ed Upson 13.7
3 Jed Steer 8.7
4 Luke Ayling 8.6
5 Paul Huntington 8.5
6 Andy Williams 8.3
7 Max Ehmer 7.2
8 Curtis Haynes-Brown 6.9
9 Bondz N'Gala 4.0
10 Alan O'Brien 3.2


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17 September 2011 : Skivo Previews The Sheffield Wednesday Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, 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 can be found via the link below.

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


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16 September 2011 : Belson International Clearance Comes Through
Yeovil Town have now obtained full international clearance for defensive midfielder Flavien Belson. The former Milton Keynes Dons player has signed a short term contract that will keep him at Huish Park until January 2012. Clearance came through late on Friday afternoon, but it's not clear if that was soon enough to meet the deadline for registering the Frenchman in time for tomorrow afternoon's match against Sheffield Wednesday.

For a full details of Belson's past career, see yesterday's news item.

Link: Belson On Edge Of Glovers Move.


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16 September 2011 : Downloadable October 2011 Fixture Poster Available
Tomorrow's home match against Sheffield Wednesday is the second and final home match of September 2011. That now means that attention is beginning to turn to the month of October - a crowded looking affair, with seven matches - including four games at Huish Park.

With that in mind, a new Fixtures Poster has been produced to cover those games, which include Saturday matches against Bury and Carlisle United, followed by a midweeker against Leyton Orient and then a weekend game against Huddersfield Town.

The poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is always available.

Link: October 2011 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: October 2011 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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16 September 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon, in a League One encounter at Huish Park - the club's second home match inside five days. Whilst Tuesday night's game against Wycombe Wanderers presented the Glovers against one of their true peers, Saturday's match sees them going up against one of the big guns. At present the Owls lie 10th in the League One table - six places and five points above the Glovers.

Whilst the table positions and the respective sizes of the two clubs will inevitably mean that the bookies will only see one winner tomorrow, the gap between the two clubs may not be quite as great as might first be observed. Wednesday's away record is appalling - just one point on their travels so far this season, and they've not won away from home in the division for six months. Last year wasn't much better - they lost 12 times in their 23 away matches, and their final league position saw them finish a point behind Yeovil Town. Add on top Wednesday's humbling 5-1 reverse at the hands of Stevenage, and there's the question of what the mindset of their players will be if they go a goal behind on Saturday. Thus whilst the average attendances and the size of the two clubs may only point to an Owls victory, closer analysis suggests that this is still a winnable game.

If the Glovers are going to beat the bookies tomorrow, then they will need firepower, and that is in short supply, given that they have received the news that both Gavin Williams (knee ligaments) and Jonathan Obika (ankle ligaments) will both be out of action until December, whilst Andy Williams (ankle ligaments) is still looking at another six to eight weeks before he is seen again. Thankfully apart from those three long term absentees, the only other missing person is captain Paul Wotton, who sits out due to incurring his fifth booking of the season. There are a number of players who could take up his role, although Flavien Belson is still awaiting international clearance, whilst Dominic Blizzard has yet to start a match following his lengthy ankle and hamstring problems in pre-season.

Wednesday were boosted by the arrival of Nottingham Forest striker David McGoldrick on loan, but in turn will have to make do without winger Jermaine Johnson, who serves his own suspension. Exactly what boss Gary Megson will do with his team after Tuesday night's 5-1 defeat is anyone's guess, although defenders Rob Jones and Julian Bennett along with midfielder David Prutton may have the biggest cause for alarm given they were replaced at half time with the Owls already 4-0 down. The second half side 'drew' 1-1 so it would be a surprise if Megson kept the same line-up, particularly as he accused a number of unnamed players of 'giggling' on the team bus coming back from Stevenage, suggesting that he feels some of his squad lack the right attitude.

Jermaine Johnson's suspension will be a mini-relief for Yeovil Town's players - it was the former Yeovil loan player's introduction as a substitute last October that swung the game towards the visitors - Johnson's goal and a late Tommy Miller penalty gave the Owls a fairly flattering 2-0 away victory. That was followed up in January 2011 with the Trevor Kettle Show - as two red cards, and the raising of seven yellows were combined with a twice-taken penalty, and the extraordinary case of Wednesday failing to beat Yeovil despite having a two man advantage thanks to the early baths for Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo. The final 2-2 scoreline left the 228 Yeovil fans at the ground talking about the game all the way home.

Saturday's match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. and there are tickets available for all home areas of the ground right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. If you want to avoid the two pound surcharge, then phone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 and book your ticket before 6.00p.m. tonight. If you can't make it, then tune into 95.5FM for BBC Somerset's full match commentary, and make sure you're following us on Twitter by heading to @ytfcciderspace and hitting the Follow button.


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16 September 2011 : Skivo: Belson Will Bring Good Pedigree
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his views over why he is looking to bring in former Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Flavien Belson. The Frenchman, who represents Guadeloupe at international level, has been offered a contract, subject to international clearance being obtained, which the club are attempting to rush through before tomorrow afternoon's home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Having already trialled at Plymouth Argyle at the tail end of August, Belson had returned to France, but came back to England for a trial with the Glovers. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was impressed with what he'd seen and saw him as good cover for captain Paul Wotton, who is suspended on Saturday, after picking up five bookings:

"He's (Flavien Belson) come in on trial and he's done very very well. We're still waiting on international clearance, but he's someone who we're looking to push through, hopefully by the weekend. He's played against us before. He was at MK Dons before, so he's got good pedigree. He's played at this level, though he's fallen down a bit in the pecking order. But he's come in and he's done really really well. He's a defensive midfielder and he's someone who would cover very well for someone like Paul Wotton."

Belson's imminent arrival leaves just one target that Skiverton is searching for - an experienced striker to complement his existing set of front men. That search has been made more urgent by the news that Gavin Williams (knee) is facing a three month lay-off, whilst Jonathan Obika (ankle) is not expected to return until around Christmas. With Andy Williams also missing for around another six weeks, there is a clear urgency to bring in fire power, but the Glovers boss has been tight-lipped as to who his main target is, even if he acknowledged that the names of Norwich City's Oli Johnson and Huddersfield Town's Danny Cadamateri were reaching him on the rumourmill:

"I can't say too much. I've had people on about Oli Johnson and Danny Cadamateri. There's three or four names that have been posted our way. I'm looking to get someone done, but I can't keep on saying 'we're trying to get this one, we're trying to get this one'. Until things are done and are set in stone, then there's still two or three people that I am chasing, if one falls down."


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15 September 2011 : Beer Tent Open To Home Fans Only
Yeovil Town's Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will be open to home supporters only this weekend. For the League One game against Sheffield Wednesday, admission will be open to supporters carrying home tickets only.

Owls fans visiting Huish Park should note that this means there is no alcohol on sale within the Huish Park grounds for away fans, and the nearest pubs are a reasonable walk away. Consult our Directions page below for a few recommendations both within walking distance of the ground and on your route into the town.

Link: Directions To Huish Park (including a Pub Guide).


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15 September 2011 : McGoldrick Gives Owls Striking Boost
Saturday's opponents Sheffield Wednesday have bolstered their attack for their trip to Huish Park, by signing Nottingham Forest striker David McGoldrick on loan. The 23 year old is a former Southampton, Notts County and Bournemouth player who has arrived at Hillsborough on a one month loan deal.

As a Saints player, McGoldrick was a target for Yeovil Town, back in February 2007 when former boss Russell Slade was trying to bring the striker in as a replacement for Leon Best, who had been recalled by Saints earlier in the year. Instead he went on loan with Bournemouth, despite Yeovil being on their way to a League One play-off final, with McGoldrick subsequently hinting that being able to stay in the Southampton area was a strong factor in his decision-making.

Having started his career in his home city with Notts County, in 2009, he returned to Nottingham, this time signing for Forest in a deal worth around one million pounds. He's gone on to make 35 appearances, scoring nine goals.


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15 September 2011 : Belson On Edge Of Glovers Move
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that his side are on the edge of signing up French defensive midfielder Flavien Belson. As recorded in yesterday's news item he is most recently been on the books of amateur side SU Dives, who play at the fifth tier of French football. He has already had some time in England, having spent twelve months playing in the Football League for Milton Keynes Dons.

The Western Gazette website indicates that Skiverton is hoping that Belson will be available to play against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - however, the club have yet to obtain international clearance for him to be fully registered with the club.

Born in Sainte-Adresse, France on February 22nd 1987, Flavien Belson Bengaber (to give him his full name, although the Bengaber name tends to be dropped) started his career as a youth player with Metz before being given a professional contract at the club. During 2008-09 he travelled to the UK to spend the season with MK Dons, where he clocked up 15 appearances, including both games against the Glovers in League One that season. He then returned to Metz, where he played for their Reserve side, before signing for Cannes in 2010.

After leaving Cannes, he had a trial with Red Star Saint-Ouen, and had the offer of a contract with an unnamed German club withdrawn at the last minute, resulting in him joining SU Dives in January 2011. Earlier this summer, Flavien had a trial with Plymouth Argyle - his second such attempt to earn a contract there, having trained with the Pilgrims during 2008, shortly before his move to Milton Keynes.

Flavien is also an international player, having made four appearances for Guadeloupe. This is an overseas region of France, situated as the southernmost of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. They are not members of FIFA, but are members of CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union, and so take part in tournaments organised by both authorities. However, he did not play in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup - his most recent call-up came in December 2010 against Jamaica.

At 6'2" tall, Flavien is generally used as a defensive midfielder - we've not found any evidence of him scoring a major first team goal. The expectation is that he will provide an alternative to Paul Wotton's 'blocking' role in front of the defence.

The Gazette article also sees Skiverton rather more tight-lipped about who his mystery striker is that he wants to bring in as further cover for the injured trio of Andy Williams, Jonathan Obika and Gavin Williams. Whilst Skiverton's plans to sign Norwich City striker Oli Johnson were scuppered by the size of the transfer fee being demanded by the Canaries, the Gazette throw in the name of Huddersfield Town's Danny Cadamarteri. Skiverton acknowledges that and Johnson as ongoing rumours but won't give any hints away as to whether they are true or false. One player it won't be though, is Bristol City striker David Clarkson - another name being circulated around the internet. He's joined League One side Brentford on loan this afternoon.


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15 September 2011 : Yeovil Town Holdings Complete Share Transfer
The Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Limited (aka Yeovil Town Football Club) have completed their share ownership transfer into a new holding company. In documents filed with Company House on September 12th 2011, all 1,707,214 shares have been passed into the control of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited - the company set up last summer to separate the club's 'property assets' from the day-to-day running of the football club.

The document filed lists a total of 97 shareholders who have transferred their shareholdings to Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, which now has a 100 percent holding in the core football club company. As yet, a corresponding list of shareholders has not been filed for Yeovil Town Holdings, however we'd expect to see that list of 97 shareholders mirrored as having gained an identical number of shares in the new holding company. The date of transfer of shares is identified as having occured on August 15th 2011.

One curious entry on the document, is that it lists a J Gooddard-Watts Esq (sic) as being the former owner of 1,569,879 ordinary shares in the football club, up until August 15th 2011. This is somewhat unexpected, given that the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited (HPSPL), another holding company controlled by Chairman John Fry and director Norman Hayward, have been listed as the clubs major shareholders since the early days of HPSPL's formation in February 2006, and so have been understood to be the holders of Mr Goddard-Watts' former allocation. Theoretically this could be a clerical error - however only the production of the Yeovil Town Holdings shareholder list will confirm this one way or the other.


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15 September 2011 : Skiverton Looking For Springboard To Gain Owls Scalp
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that it is currently hard for his team to generate momentum in League One, simply because many of the sides they are coming up against are dwarfing his own club in terms of resources. Having seen off Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, by a 1-0 scoreline at Huish Park, they quickly come up against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, who are on paper at least, one of the biggest sides in the division.

The match against Wanderers gave the club their second win of the 2011-12 season, and the inevitable hope that it would give the Glovers a 'springboard' to go on and do better things. However, Skiverton told BBC Somerset after Tuesday night's match that constantly coming up against bigger clubs hampered that possibility, even if he wanted to eventually take the 'scalp' of one of League One's big boys:

"You mention a springboard, but we seem to be springboarding up to absolutely massive clubs. This is the problem and the thing that I've learned in League One, is that it's very tough to go on a run of wins, because it seems that every other week you're playing a Sheffield United, a Sheffield Wednesday, an MK Dons and it does disrupt your plans.

One of our goals this year was to try to get a big scalp and to try to beat one of the big boys. This will give us confidence to try to go in and give Sheffield Wednesday a game
."

Saturday's opponents could go either way after their 5-1 stuffing at the hands of League One newcomers Stevenage on Tuesday night. Their embarrassing defeat was described by boss Gary Megson as his worst day in football, telling the Sheffield Star that he was in no mood to put a positive spin on the performance:

"It was a really bad night for us. That’s the worst I’ve felt as a manager and I’ve been doing it a long time. There wasn’t a performance from us, it was poor from minute one. And that carried on until the last minute. Managers try and put a positive spin on the performance but it’s really difficult for me to do that."

Whether the Owls defeat will act as a wake-up call to their season so far, or whether they will implode under pressure as a continuation of an away record that has seen them gain just one point in four games on their travels, remains to be seen. If Skiverton did choose Saturday to gain that 'scalp' he craves, then his opposite number may find a few people calling for his head by 5.00p.m.


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15 September 2011 : Gav To Go Under The Knife?
Yeovil Town's playmaker Gavin Williams looks like he could be out for longer than initially anticipated, following the knee injury he sustained at Preston North End during the first 15 minutes of Friday night's match at Deepdale. The Welshman had to be substituted after damaging knee ligaments in the 4-3 defeat, and the immediate post-match prognosis was that he would require a similar time out to that being experienced by Jonathan Obika, who is also on the sidelines with a knee problem.

However, this week's Western Gazette suggests that rather than just resting the knee, Gavin may require an operation, and he is due to visit a London surgeon for more specialist analysis of his injury. Dr Andrew Williams specialises in diagnosing sporting injuries, and whilst the surgeon will provide advice to the midfielder and the football club, manager Terry Skiverton has told the paper that he is not too hopeful of the outcome:

"He (Gavin Williams) is going to see Mr Williams, one of the best knee surgeons in the country. Hopefully it is nothing too major, but we are thinking he is going to need an operation on his knee. It is another bit of not good news and it just shows you that the squad of players I have got at the moment are putting a shift in."

Elsewhere in the Gazette, they cover the ongoing efforts to bring in additional numbers to Skiverton's squad, with a defensive midfielder and a striker still the priority. Of the two, the choice of midfielder appears to have been made, but as mentioned yesterday international clearance papers appear to be the main hold-up. There's no speculation on who Skiverton's targets may be.

The Sky Sports website also points to a lengthy lay-off for Gavin. They quote Skiverton as saying Williams will be out for "at least a couple of months" - way beyond the initial prognosis - and again echoing the expectation that an operation will be needed:

"Gavin Williams is the latest one, who is going to be out for a while, so one thing I do have to do is make sure that we have got options open to us should injuries crop up in certain areas. It will be at least a couple of months out for Gavin and it is a blow because his name adds to the list of Andy Williams and Jon Obika, so it is not ideal, but you've just got to get on with it and not use it as an excuse."


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14 September 2011 : Rory Fallon Seals Dons Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Rory Fallon has completed his move to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. The 29 year old has penned a two year contract at Pittodrie after a short trial, having left Huish Park just before the transfer window closed. As a free agent, he is able to sign permanently for the Dons in a deal that will keep him under contract until the summer of 2013. They are reported to have beaten off competition from Doncaster Rovers and Bristol Rovers for his signature.

Fallon is currently waiting for his international clearance papers to come through, which should be a formality given that he had no disciplinary issues whilst at Huish Park. Dons boss Craig Brown believes that he has landed a dangerous striker:

"I’m delighted because I’m convinced he can explode into the SPL and cause opposing defenders terrible problems."

Another former striker Kevin Gall has moved into the Conference North division, and signed for Workington Reds over the weekend just gone. The 29 year old has done a bit of a disappearing act during 2011 - the last we saw of him was at Conference National side Wrexham, where he had his contract torn up in January 2011 after falling out of favour there.

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell had a nasty scare yesterday evening, when he collapsed and fell unconscious on his way to Bath City's trip to York City. The 38 year old fell ill on the team bus, and was taken to hospital, where he was kept in overnight for tests. We're pleased to note that Alex was released from hospital this morning, and is currently resting at his parents home.

Finally, Marek Stech, who played in goal for Yeovil Town Reserves in a training match against Torquay United Reserves is currently having a trial with Ipswich Town. The Championship side are in much the same boat as Yeovil, having taken David Stockdale on a season long loan from Fulham, but with a 24 hour recall clause attached, and are understood to be exploring their options with that in mind.


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14 September 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Sheffield Wednesday have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 17th September 2011 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire), who is a familiar name at Huish Park, although until last season he had only been represented as an assistant or as a fourth official.

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The second and final game involving him as a referee was the New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though.

Just to prove we don't always do ref-rants as part of these profiles, Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

The only other times we've seen him take charge of a match has been in Reserve Team football - all other first team occasions have involved him waving the flag or as the fourth official.

Mr Malone will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Mark Russell (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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14 September 2011 : England Midfield Legend Providing Inspiration For Upson
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has been using a former England midfielder as inspiration to help improve the game of one of his own up-and-coming midfielders. Recently retired Manchester United player Paul Scholes has been the man who has been planted into the head of former Ipswich Town academy player Ed Upson, whose 30 yard strike provided a 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park last night.

The 21 year old made just 15 league starts last season, with a fair chunk of his time spent warming the bench. This season though, he has been an ever present in the heart of midfield, and scored his first Football League goal for the Glovers last month against Oldham Athletic with a 20 yarder into the top left hand corner.

Last night, he managed the same trick, only from 10 yards further out, and his willingness to shoot from distance is certainly catching the eye. Speaking to BBC Points West after Tuesday night's game, Skiverton said that he saw big changes in the way that Upson was playing the game:

"I think that with Ed Upson, people who come and watch him play every week can see the change in him. He came as a bit of a scrawny lad, who had great ability, that would just wait to get on the ball. Now he's breaking up play, he's getting a foot in and he's a lot stronger. He's somebody that I'm really pleased with."

The goal celebrations saw Upson head straight to Yeovil Town's first team coach Darren Way, who spent much of his three spells with the Glovers running the same midfield terrier role that Upson has been providing. Skiverton explained that Upson's bee-line towards Way was no coincidence, and added that a rather more famous midfield terrier had been also capturing Upson's imagination:

"You could see him run to Darren (Way) there, because Darren has done a lot of work with him there on strengthening, and getting him in that mindset to be that little bit nastier. We gave him the model of Paul Scholes. Everybody says that Paul Scholes is a bad tackler, but he's not. He's got a bit of a nasty edge to him, but that's to impose himself on the game. I think he's watched a lot of clips on him, and on people that do dominate games of football."

Of the game itself, the slender one goal margin that had stood from the eighth minute meant that Wanderers looked dangerous when going forward in the closing stages. Skiverton acknowledged that nerves had crept in, but felt his side had dealt with the danger well:

"I think it was a bit nervy towards the end of the game. I think that was down to Wycombe's good play. They got into some really good one-v-one areas. We learned our lessons from the first half, and we made sure that we kept showing them onto the outside (of the defender) every time. Every time we let them go inside, the midfielders were getting into good positions. They didn't quite have that final through ball tonight, but they created one or two chances that caused us problems, and we had to ride our luck. It was a real professional performance, and it was one that we can take great heart from in keeping a clean sheet at home and I think that Ed Upson's goal was fit to win any game."


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14 September 2011 : Wotton Set For Saturday Suspension
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Wotton faces a one match suspension after getting his fifth yellow card of the 2011-12 season last night, during the 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers. Wotton's booking, for delaying the taking of a second half free kick, means that he will miss Saturday's home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Wotton's fifth booking was coupled with another yellow card for Luke Ayling - his fourth caution of the season - meaning that he is now one yellow card away from his own suspension. Ayling is one of the players who could replace Wotton's holding role in midfield on Saturday, with Kerrea Gilbert taking the right-back berth, although manager Terry Skiverton has made it clear he is aiming to sign a defensive midfielder, given that Wotton's absence was widely anticipated.

Last night's BBC Somerset coverage indicated that the delay on the club's move for that midfielder related to the need for international clearance to be obtained. Although the player in question has not been named, that would point heavily towards 24 year old Frenchman Flavien Belson - a 6'2" defensive midfielder who played for SU Dives in France last season, but was on trial for Plymouth Argyle late last month, and spent the 2008-09 season playing for Milton Keynes Dons. It's not clear whether Belson is currently a free agent, or whether this would be a loan deal, although given that SU Dives play in the fifth tier of French football, at an amateur level, this may fall under the radar of the transfer window system anyway.

Wotton will not be the only player with Yeovil Town connections sat in the stand on Saturday when the Owls visit Huish Park. Winger Jermaine Johnson, who had a brief loan spell under Gary Johnson, is facing a three match ban after the substitute was red carded for violent conduct during Sheffield Wednesday's jaw-dropping 5-1 defeat against League One newcomers Stevenage. The Owls will go into Saturday's match in 10th place in the table, and whilst they are only outside the play-offs on goal difference, that defeat is inevitably going to put pressure on manager Gary Megson.

Looking ahead, Scunthorpe United will be without Andy Barcham when Yeovil Town make the trip to Glanford Park on Saturday 24th September. The former Tottenham Hotspur winger/striker was sent off for a lunge on Sheffield United player Michael Doyle last Saturday. The Iron appealed against the red card but learned yesterday that they had failed to persuade the FA Appeals Panel that the match referee's decision was wrong, and so Barcham commenced a three match ban last night, which will take him through to the match against the Glovers.


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13 September 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Wycombe
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's 1-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers 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 Wycombe Wanderers.


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13 September 2011 : Yeovil 1 Wycombe 0 : Upson Special Strike Seals Victory
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable three points tonight at Huish Park, when a superb Ed Upson strike proved to be the difference between the two sides. Upson's strike came just eight minutes into the match, and will enhance his reputation as a player with an eye for a long range shot - firing home from 30 yards for what proved to be the decisive goal. Steve MacLean also hit the woodwork, and whilst the visitors pushed forward in numbers during the second period, they were unable to force an equalising goal.

The Glovers went into tonight's match making just one change to the starting line-up as Kieran Agard displaced the injured Gavin Williams, who faces a lengthy lay-off with knee ligament damage. The only other changes were to the bench, with Bondz N'Gala making his comeback from a hamstring injury, whilst new loan signing Gavin Massey was put on the bench.

The game started in quiet fashion with neither side creating much in the way of opportunities, which made the 8th minute strike from Ed Upson stand out even more than it would have in any circumstances. Nathan Jones fed Upson with a pass, and the former Ipswich Town player unleashed a superb shot from 30 yards out, easily beating Nikki Bull in the Wanderers goal, who seemed a little slow to see the shot coming. 1-0 up and precisely the start the Glovers needed.

Wycombe looked good in possession, although lacked the cutting edge in the final third that the Glovers posed. One of their best early chances came when striker Elliot Benyon broke through. Jed Steer came out of his box to head clear, but collided with the player - thankfully no serious harm done to Steer in the process.

But the majority of the clear-cut chances were at the other end. A Paul Wotton free kick was semi-blocked by the Wycombe defence, but only as far as Steve MacLean, who latched onto the loose ball by firing against the crossbar. Minutes later, Kieran Agard went close when Nikki Bull spooned his shot on goal, with the ball squirming out for a corner. From that set piece, Ed Upson found visiting full-back Danny Foster in the way, as his shot was blocked on the line by the defender on the goal post. At the other end Joel Grant was Wycombe's best player on show, but had his attempt just before the break slipped inside the post, instead of outside, it would have been somewhat unjust, but perhaps reminded those present how slender the lead was.

The second period saw Wycombe put on a valiant effort to put themselves back into the game, gaining control of midfield early on, although struggling to create any serious scares. One of their best efforts came with 15 minutes remaining, after both sides had made changes. A free kick into the box was met by a flicked touch by Elliot Benyon, and Glovers keeper Jed Steer made a brilliant save to keep the ball out, as he palmed it over the crossbar.

Gavin Massey got his first 23 minutes in a Yeovil Town shirt, replacing Kieran Agard, and he had a couple of moments where he showed why Watford rate him so highly, getting himself into good positions, even if his final shot on both occasions let him down a little. All the same, Wycombe were looking a little toothless, bar Grant and Benyon, and little was shown from former Glover Scott Rendell when he came on as a substitute. In the end, that Ed Upson strike was all that was needed. And very welcome it was - pushing Yeovil up to 16th place in the League One table, and in doing so, pushing their opponents into the bottom four.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Scorers: Ed Upson (8 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 6. Dominic Blizzard (84 mins for Anthony Edgar) 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert (79 mins for Alan O'Brien) 21. Gavin Massey (67 mins for Kieran Agard)

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Nikki Bull
2. Danny Foster 16. James Tunnicliffe 6. Leon Johnson 3. Andy Sandell
11. Kevin Betsy 18. Stuart Lewis 22. Scott Donnelly 17. Joel Grant
12. Ben Strevens 23. Elliot Benyon

Substitutes:
19. Marvin McCoy 8. Ben Harding 10. Matt Bloomfield (76 mins for Stuart Lewis) 30. Kadeem Harris (70 mins for Kevin Betsy) 9. Scott Rendell (62 mins for Ben Strevens)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (18 mins, foul), Paul Wotton (72 mins, timewasting)

Wycombe Bookings: None.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,134 (including 167 Wycombe supporters).


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13 September 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's League One home game against Wycombe Wanderers. The inclusion of Kieran Agard is an enforced one, as Gavin Williams drops out of the line-up due to damaged ankle ligaments.

The other changes are on the bench, as Bondz N'Gala makes his return from hamstring problems, whilst new loan signing Gavin Massey is included on the bench. With Kieran Agard having not trained too much lately, it wouldn't be a surprise if Massey got his chance when Agard tires later in the game. Winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie comes onto the bench, displacing Curtis Haynes-Brown who drops out of the squad.

The inclusion of Agard points to a straight 4-4-2 formation as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 6. Dominic Blizzard 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert 21. Gavin Massey

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Nikki Bull
2. Danny Foster 16. James Tunnicliffe 6. Leon Johnson 3. Andy Sandell
11. Kevin Betsy 18. Stuart Lewis 22. Scott Donnelly 17. Joel Grant
12. Ben Strevens 23. Elliot Benyon

Substitutes:
19. Marvin McCoy 8. Ben Harding 10. Matt Bloomfield 30. Kadeem Harris 9. Scott Rendell


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13 September 2011 : Glovers And Newquay In Raleigh Grove Stalemate
Yeovil Town Ladies finished their first home match of the league season with a decent 0-0 draw against Newquay Ladies at Raleigh Grove, following a hard fought and often physical contest. The two sides had come into the match first and second in the league, having started their respective seasons with commanding victories the previous weekend, and were both determined to continue their hundred per cent record this week, but cancelled each other out, despite both sides having opportunities to take the points.

"We have just been in the changing rooms talking to the girls, and we agreed that it was disappointing not to have come away with a win today," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "This was one of those games that proved there are some good teams who will give us some challenges in this league. In the first half they challenged us well, but we did not rise to it. Having said that we could have scored three goals."

The match was played in very windy conditions, and this did have a bearing on the game, but such was the determination of both teams to keep the ball on the ground, the quality of the play shone throughout. With this in mind, the proceedings started off fairly even, with both sides seeing plenty of the ball. The visitors were going in hard with the tackle, not allowing Yeovil much time on the ball, and they started to pressure the home defence, with Chloe Richards going close on 12 minutes. This seemed to perk Yeovil up, and a few minutes later Terri Trowbridge sent a lovely ball to Rosie Williams 20 yards out on the right for a powerful shot that the Newquay ‘keeper Louise Galway just about managed to keep from the far corner of the net.

"It was a physical game," fellow manager Sarah Lawler said. "I think that we can learn from this encounter. It was clear that we did not win as many as the physical battles as we should have in order to keep possession or win possession of the ball. We are going to have to be stronger, and that is something that we will address."

The Glovers continued to attack, and on 17 minutes the lively Jodi Cornwall won the ball in midfield to send a wonderful pass to Stacey Pearson on the edge of the box for a shot that went just wide of the upright. Newquay were still seeing plenty of possession, and two minutes later Annie Richards burst into the box, and barged past goalkeeper Rachel Simkin for a shot, but Rachael Edwards was on hand for a instinctive clearance off the line.

Both sides were determined to take the advantage before the break, and on 34 minutes Cornwall swung in a great corner to Williams at the far post for the ball to go inches over the bar. At the other end Emily Hardaker burst into the box for a shot that produced a great one footed save from Simkin. Minutes later Williams send a free kick into the box for Cornwall to go within a whisker of scoring. Yeovil piled in the pressure, and Cornwall won another ball in midfield, sending it to Justine Lorton to power her way down the right flank to cross in for Laura Bray to test the ‘keeper. The resulting corner saw a powerful shot from Williams just kept out by Galway.

"We should have scored in the first half," Williams said. "There were certainly a couple from corners which we had been working on in training where we should have done better. In the second half there was some excellent floor work, where the ball was being passed quite quickly from midfield out to the wings, with the crosses coming in. But again we did not finish them off."

The second period started brightly, and within minutes Cornwall went close after receiving a great ball from Lorton. Yeovil could well have got their goal on 54 minutes when Williams brought the best out of Galway with a sweetly taken 40-yard free kick, and there were further chances for Bray and Lorton.

"I thought that we performed better in the second half," Lawler said. "We saw a little bit more of the ball, especially in the last twenty minutes of the game, and again we created more opportunities where we should have punished them."

Midway through the half Dawna Dennett came on for Kirsty Whitton and Shannon Osman for Cornwall. With Osman on the wing, Bray moved into the centre, with Dennett joining her up front, and Lorton dropping back into midfield.

"Justine is an experienced player, and the reason we moved her back was to put someone in midfield who would hold the ball for us and start playing it to our runners," Williams said. "And she did exactly that. This gave us a little bit more ball control, and more vision too."

Yeovil lay siege on the visitors penalty box as they battled for the points, with Osman making a difference on the flank, Bray seeing plenty of ball in the centre, Lorton controlling the game from midfield, and Dennett adding a good physical presence in and around the box. Half chances rained in, and Lorton nearly wrapped it up with a 25-yard free kick on 88 minutes.

"Had the game gone on for another five minutes, potentially we may have nicked it in the end," Lawler said. "Saying that, we had chances throughout. Perhaps an extra five minutes may have given us that gleam of glory, but it is important for the players to know that they have to do it in the ninety minutes. But we will learn from today. In essence it was a top of the table clash, and we will go on and hopefully beat them down at theirs."

"I congratulated Jade Hatton after the game," Williams said. "I thought that she had a cracking game at left back. She is coming on really well, but is still a young player, with learning to do. I thought that Rachael Edwards and Rosie Williams played really well too. They have great understanding, and know exactly what they are doing, and their headers in defence; especially Rach’s are awesome. They won most of the balls played into our box today. I do not think that that we even had a shot on our goal, that it is how good they were."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Newquay Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Hatton Williams, Edwards, Wensley, Pearson, Whitton Dennett – 63), Cornwall (Osman – 60), Lorton, Bray.

[Match report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 September 2011 : Next Ladies Home Match Is Postponed
The South West Combination Women's Football League have today announced that Yeovil Town Ladies match with Forest Green Rovers on Sunday 18 September 2011 has been postponed.

The Glovers have four players unavailable for the game due to their involvement with the Somerset FA Under-Eighteen team who are due to play their Cornish counterparts on the same day. Under FA rules Yeovil have taken the option to request a postponement, because the call-ups have depleted their match day squad.

The Combination League will announce a rescheduled date for the game in due course.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 September 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Wycombe Wanderers tonight in a League One clash that could easily leave the losers sat in the relegation zone by the end of the evening. Only goal difference separates both sides from each other, and from Rochdale in 21st place, with five clubs currently on five points going into a set of ten League One matches being played tonight, including all sides in the bottom half of the table.

Manager Terry Skiverton has pointed out that his side have had a difficult start to the 2011-12 season in terms of how the fixture list has been drawn. If that's the case, then in Wycombe they face one of their divisional peers, with resources and crowds much closer to their own than Friday night's opponents Preston North End. The two clubs have endured plenty of battles over the years, most notably in the Isthmian League and Conference days, although 2004-05 and 2009-10 allowed them to briefly meet up in the Football League as equals.

If past history is what you believe in, then this presents a good match for the Glovers to get their second win of the 2011-12 season - Wycombe have never beaten Yeovil in the Football League - their last victory coming back in early 1993 when a Bob Lord Trophy match saw the Glovers lose 0-1 at home to a Martin O'Neill inspired team that included former Glover Steve Thompson in midfield. The last two meetings back in the 2009-10 season, saw Yeovil triumph in emphatic fashion - a 4-0 Boxing Day home win, followed up six weeks later by a 4-1 away win at Adams Park.

The Glovers go into the match tonight though, lacking three of the attacking players who would be capable of upsetting the Wycombe defence. Andy Williams (ankle), Jonathan Obika (knee) and Gavin Williams (knee) are all long term absentees. Whether the longer weekend break will have been enough to allow defender Bondz N'Gala a chance of a comeback is questionable. One addition to the squad though, will be striker Gavin Massey, brought in for one month from Watford, and despite being 18 years old, he could find himself thrust into action quickly, given that Skiverton has admitted that Kieran Agard's knee problems are preventing him from training fully.

Wycombe have a number of possible options, given that their only definite absentee for tonight is Dave Winfield, who has knee and groin problems. Manager Gary Waddock's main concern will be that his side's goals have dried up a touch in the League, having not scored in their last three matches, losing all three. In the midst of that though, former Weymouth striker Stuart Beavon grabbed a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers to dump them out of the Football League Trophy, so his place should be secure. They have a couple of former Glovers in their squad, with striker Scott Rendell and winger Kevin Betsy both having enjoyed loan spells with the club before permanently joining Wanderers. Watch out though for midfielder Scott Donnelly, who will be going all out for a goal to celebrate the birth of his first daughter following their 0-1 home defeat against Brentford on Saturday.

Tonight's match kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. If you can't get there, then BBC Somerset will be covering the match on 95.5FM, with broadcasts starting just after the 7.00p.m. news. In addition, expect us to be tweeting via our @ytfcciderspace account, so follow us for any updates and news on the night.


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13 September 2011 : Skiverton Wanting Huish Park Crowd Boost
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is scratching his head at the level of attendances at Huish Park this season, but wants to see better crowds coming back for the pair of home games coming up. The opening pair of fixtures against Oldham Athletic (3,237) and Milton Keynes Dons (3,274) produced the clubs lowest two gates for league matches since entering the Football League, and whilst that was followed up by 5,001 turning up two weeks later for the visit of Sheffield United, that was boosted by 1,396 Blades fans on the Copse Road Terrace.

Tonight the Glovers have a home game against Wycombe Wanderers, which is quickly followed up by a Saturday fixture that sees Sheffield Wednesday head down to Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton acknowledged that crowds were much lower than in past seasons, but wanted to see a boost in the numbers turning up at the ground:

"Me and Darren were going through a few DVDs of the old days, where there were packed ends and packed sides, and you sit there scratching your head. I really want the supporters to come out. I know it's a difficult time at the moment, but I am asking them to come. We're going to try to put on a good performance for you. If they play anything like tonight (at Preston) with the attributes and the determination and character of getting up and getting back in and really working for the club, then they'll be treated to a decent performance and a good show."

Skiverton felt that his side had had a tough start to the 2011-12 season, having played Sheffield United (1st), Milton Keynes Dons (3rd), Brentford (4th) and Preston North End (7th). The Glovers boss felt that some allowances needed to be made for the way the fixtures had panned out:

"I didn't think people have been recognising that. A lot of people that I see, especially around town, keep saying you got beat - you've been beaten again. I said yes, but if you were in the Championship and that was your start then you would still think that was a hard start in the Championship, if you were a small club that had been promoted. If we creep closer to that bottom four, then so be it, but with that spirit and determination tonight, people are actually playing for the badge again. That's what really excites me about getting into training on Sunday and Monday and then a real humdinger of a game against Wycombe."

Tonight's match at Huish Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Preston Game (now extended to include further quotes).


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12 September 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Preston Away Interview
Just before Friday night's match against Preston North End kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of his piece for BBC Somerset has now been archived via the link below.

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


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12 September 2011 : Scunny End Johnson Trial
League One side Scunthorpe United have ended their interest in Norwich City striker Oli Johnson. The 23 year old has returned to Carrow Road after a week's stay at Glanford Park, and according to the BBC Sport website, matters broke down when the Canaries wanted Scunthorpe to honour Johnson's wages in full during the loan spell, and the Iron refused.

Another issue was that boss Alan Knill wanted to assess Johnson, who has not been involved in any pre-season friendlies or Reserve Team matches this season, for another week, having expressed concerns over the player's match fitness. Knill told BBC Radio Humberside

"We wanted to keep him for another week because really we hadn't seen enough of him."

Of course in theory Johnson's return back to Carrow Road opens up the door again for the Glovers. However, if Scunthorpe baulked at Norwich's demands to pay full wages for a player that the Canaries have failed to keep match fit, then they may get the same answer from Yeovil Town, assuming they haven't already gone elsewhere already. Either the Canaries have to give Johnson match fitness, or accept that another club is unlikely to fork out full wages on a player that may not be capable of 90 minutes of football at present.


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12 September 2011 : Massey Parked Up In Yeovil For A Month
Further to reports on Saturday, Yeovil Town have now confirmed the expected arrival of Watford striker Gavin Massey at Huish Park.

Gavin, who is an 18 year old product of the Hornets Academy system, has signed a one month youth loan at the club and will provide cover for the injured trio of Jonathan Obika, Andy Williams and Gavin Williams.

In terms of the other two signings, the Western Gazette website suggests that they are unlikely to arrive in time for tomorrow night's home game against Wycombe Wanderers.

For a full profile on Gavin Massey, see Saturday's news item.

Link: Skivo To Drive A Massey Down To Somerset.


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12 September 2011 : Skiverton Unaware Of Constable Claims
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has distanced himself from rumours claiming that he has been chasing Oxford United striker James Constable. The 26 year old had been the subject of links with League One rivals AFC Bournemouth, with the BBC Sport website also mentioning Luton Town, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town as being interested parties.

Constable's name came up in pre-season via the rather erratic Football Rumours website, and those same rumours were repeated on Twitter on transfer deadline day, with the BBC Sport website reports following shortly afterwards. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after Friday night's match against Preston North End, Skiverton said that he had not been aware of those rumours:

"I've not heard anything about those rumours, apart from you tonight. So that's new to me. He's a good player - don't get me wrong - but that's the first I've heard of it."

In terms of those who are heading to Huish Park, Watford striker Gavin Massey is expected to be one of three players signed in time for Tuesday night's visit of Wycombe Wanderers to Huish Park, whilst a more experienced striker and a defensive midfielder are believed to be the other two planned.

Skiverton told the BBC that there was still paperwork to be done, whilst one of the three had yet to agree terms, but he was hopeful of some news today:

"They (Yeovil supporters) might find out on Monday, once we get the paperwork done. One of them has still got to agree, but if I get the ones, then I'll be very very happy."

Assuming the trio of players are confirmed, they will represent Yeovil's 16th, 17th and 18th signings since the summer break, and Skiverton says he hopes their arrival will bring fresh impetus to a side that has won one match in its opening eight fixtures of the 2011-12 season:

"I'm really looking forward to it, to be fair. We'll have a few fresh faces, and a little bit of fresh impetus, and with that workrate, spirit and determination that we're showing - that (game at Preston) reminded me a little bit of the days when I was playing. It was a little bit cavalier, and a little bit too cavalier at times, but people know that they've got to be on their game to beat us."


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11 September 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for Yeovil Town's Tuesday night home League One match against Wycombe Wanderers have been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th September 2011 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Mr Langford was the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the worst bottlings of a red card witnessed at Huish Park. Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal. Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead.

After the game, manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying:

"I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

It's perhaps a relief to find that March 2009's home match against Northampton Town saw Mr Langford get through the game without too much of a fuss. No mention in the match report, and no post-match grumbles from the Yeovil boss about his performance.

Of our two most recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball.

Most recently, he took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

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


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11 September 2011 : Yeovil Ladies vs Newquay Ladies Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies play their opening home match of the 2011-12 season on Sunday afternoon. Their opponents are Newquay Ladies in a game that takes place at Raleigh Grove in Sherborne, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. The ground will be open two hours prior to kick-off, with refreshments and full bar facilitates available to supporters. Admission price are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.

Whilst the Ladies were getting off to a great start to their season by beating Keynsham Development 7-1, Newquay Ladies were also off to a flyer, beating divisional newcomers Portsmouth University by a 4-0 scoreline. Two years ago, Newquay were one of Yeovil's title challengers when they won promotion from the South-West Combination League, and much the same is expected this time round from the Cornish side. Hence feel free to come down to Sherborne Town's ground and cheer the Ladies team along in what is likely to be a good benchmark for the season.


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10 September 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Preston Game
Following Friday night's 4-3 defeat against Preston North End, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. 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: Skivo's Verdict On The Preston Game.


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10 September 2011 : Glovers Slip One Place
Yeovil Town slipped just one place in the League One table, despite eleven fixtures being played this afternoon, following last night's 4-3 defeat at Preston North End. The one team to climb above them in the table, were Scunthorpe United, who gained a 1-1 draw against table-toppers Sheffield United despite playing most of the game with 10 men after Andy Barcham was given a straight red card.

On the flip-side, the Glovers now find themselves out of the relegation zone only on goal difference, as one of five clubs currently on five points. Chesterfield's 3-0 away win over AFC Bournemouth and Rochdale's 4-2 local derby away win over Bury gave both clubs their first wins of the 2011-12 season, pulling them level with the Glovers. However, Tuesday night's opponents Wycombe Wanderers lost 0-1 at home to Brentford and stay below Yeovil on goal difference.

Bournemouth's defeat keeps them in the relegation zone, whilst Exeter City also had a miserable day, losing 2-0 at second placed Charlton Athletic, and having striker Daniel Nardiello red carded for abusing an assistant referee who he felt should have awarded him a goal. Basement side Leyton Orient grabbed a last gasp penalty to give them a point against Colchester United. Rochdale occupy the final relegation slot, despite their impressive win today.

There is a near full programme of fixtures on Tuesday night, with all of the sides in the bottom half of the table playing, so matters are unlikely to stay as they are by the time we reach 10.00p.m. that evening, with the table becoming dramatically tight.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.


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10 September 2011 : Skivo: Teams That Underestimate Us Will Fall Foul
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that League One sides underestimate his team at their peril, after the Glovers came inches away from getting an improbable draw against Preston North End last night. The 4-3 defeat at Deepdale saw the visiting side give the Lilywhites a number of scares, most notably when injury time attempts from Kerrea Gilbert and Kieran Agard went close to grabbing an eighth and final goal in an enthralling contest.

Skiverton felt that the game was a bit too open in the end, but speaking after the match, he praised his side's determination in what he regarded as an 'amazing' game:

"People who underestimate us will fall foul because we're not too far away. We couldn't quite get there although we had a one v one in the 90th minute with Kieran Agard getting into some fantastic positions when he came on. They went a goal up, against the run of play in my opinion as we had one cleared off the line. We didn't take a backward step during the whole game. It was a little bit too open for my liking but for us to come here, not play particularly well but to show that determination and guts and to keep going for the throat, it was an amazing game."

Yeovil's goals last night came from Anthony Edgar and a brace from Steve MacLean which included a late penalty. However, Jamie Proctor and Barry Nicholson's goals for the home side were added to by two second half strikes from Neil Mellor that ultimately won them the game.


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10 September 2011 : Skivo To Drive A Massey Down To Somerset
Yeovil Town have lined up a loan move for Watford striker Gavin Massey. The 18 year old is a product of the Hornets youth academy, and was born in Watford on October 4th 1992, and lives walking distance from Vicarage Road.

Despite his age, he's already made eight substitute appearances for Watford's first team, making his début on the final day of the 2009-10 season, back in May 2010. Just after his first team début, newspaper reports suggested that Premier League side Liverpool were looking to sign him up, but instead he signed a two year professional contract with the Championship side. That initial deal was replaced by another two year contract a year later that will keep him with the Hornets until the summer of 2013.

Massey has indicated via his Twitter account that he expects to join up with the Yeovil squad tomorrow. His profile suggests that he is the 'inexperienced' striker that manager Terry Skiverton referred to in his pre-match revelation that he was looking to sign up three players on Monday.


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9 September 2011 : Skivo Lines Up Trio Of Signings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he plans to bring in up to three new players into the squad for Monday. Although none of his plans came to fruition in time for Friday night's match against Preston North End, the Glovers boss did reveal prior to the match that he was confident of getting new blood into a side that is currently several players short due to long term injuries.

Speaking just before kick-off at Deepdale, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that one signing had definitely been agreed, but that two more were likely to come as well:

"I've definitely just agreed today that there will be a striker coming in on Monday morning - maybe two, and a central midfielder."

The BBC Somerset coverage later indicated that one of the two strikers would be an experienced player, whilst the other would have less experience, but from a higher division club. The midfielder is expected to be a defensive-minded player, with the obvious aim to cover any suspension that Paul Wotton may incur when he picks up his next booking.

Skiverton's plans to bolster his squad to cover the lengthy absence of Jonathan Obika (four weeks, knee ligament damage) and Andy Williams (six weeks, ankle ligament damage) are fairly timely given that the Glovers lost midfield playmaker Gavin Williams after 15 minutes of tonight's game at Deepdale. Williams has also suffered knee ligament damage and the initial prognosis was that he would be looking at a four to six week outage as well, although doubtless more will become certain once they are able to assess the damage.


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9 September 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Preston vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's 4-3 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale, 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 Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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9 September 2011 : Preston 4 Yeovil 3 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline in a thrilling encounter at Deepdale tonight. Full match statistics are shown below. Match summary to follow later on.

Final Score: Preston North End 4 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Jamie Proctor (5 mins, 1-0), Anthony Edgar (31 mins, 1-1), Barry Nicholson (49 mins, 2-1), Neil Mellor (59 mins, 3-1), Steven MacLean (64 mins, 3-2), Neil Mellor (70 mins, 4-2), Steve MacLean (81 mins, pen, 4-3)

Preston North End: (4-3-1-2)
21. Iain Turner
3. Conor McLaughlin 5. Clarke Carlisle 12. Brian McLean 17. Paul Parry
22. Graham Alexander 10. Barry Nicholson 8. Paul Coutts
7. Iain Hume
9. Jamie Proctor 33. Neil Mellor

Substitutes:
25. Andreas Arestidou (GK) 4. Ian Ashbee (82 mins for Barry Nicholson) 11. Juvhel Tsoumou 15. Adam Barton (90 mins for Paul Coutts) 16. Danny Mayor (76 mins for Iain Hume)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
10. Gavin Williams (15)
9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (78 mins for Paul Wotton) 15. Kerrea Gilbert (71 mins for Alan O'Brien) 18. Kieran Agard (15 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown

Preston Bookings: Paul Parry (53 mins, diving)

Yeovil Bookings: Steve MacLean (42 mins, foul), Max Ehmer (45 mins, foul)

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Danny Gratton (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Steven Copeland (Merseyside).

Attendance: 11,474


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8 September 2011 : Fallon On Trial For Dons
Former Yeovil Town striker Rory Fallon is trying his luck north of the border in the Scottish Premier League. The 29 year old is on trial with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen following his exit from Huish Park at the end of August, and is training at their Pittodrie ground.

Despite this, Dons manager Craig Brown warns that there may not be a contract offer for Fallon at the end of the trial, pointing out that for him to sign up the New Zealand international, he would need to get special dispensation from the Aberdeen board:

"He is a friend of (former Plymouth Argyle player) Kari Arnason and we are giving him a training venue. He is a nice, big chap who is visiting a friend and obviously he is out of contract and I am interested to see how he shapes up. We are not going to make a decision right now because I can't go to the board with another player and another player and another player. We have got to be sure if we are to go to the board as we are at our budget maximum already. I am reluctant to ask for dispensation unless we are absolutely sure."

Meanwhile Scunthorpe United appear to be approaching Norwich City to keep Oli Johnson for a second week as part of their trial for the 23 year old. Johnson is at Glanford Park aiming to persuade Iron boss Alan Knill that he is worth a punt as part of a loan deal, and played in their Reserve team match against Middlesbrough during the week, in which Scunthorpe lost 6-3. Knill has raised questions about Johnson's match fitness in the Scunthorpe press, and according to reports via the Press Association, Scunny are wanting to take "a longer look" at the player before making their mind up, although it's not clear if they've got Norwich's permission to do so yet.


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8 September 2011 : Skivo Previews The Preston Away Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's first Football League match against Preston North End tomorrow night, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin the full transcript of that can be found via the link below.

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


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8 September 2011 : Obika Out For A Month - But Could Be Longer
Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika will be out of action for at least a month, but it could take longer than that before he is kicking a football again. This week's Western Gazette reports that the Tottenham Hotspur loan player, who is intended to be at Huish Park until January, may require surgery on his knee beyond that point meaning that could further delay any comeback.

Fellow striker Andy Williams is currently partway through a six week lay-off due to damaged ankle ligaments, meaning that for the next month Skiverton will need to survive with just Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard available for selection - a pretty clear indication as to why he is aiming to take another loan striker:

"Jon (Obika) at the moment has got to rest for four weeks. He will go back and see a surgeon and then we go from there. It is a real blow to us, but we have to make sure now that Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard are as fit as they can be. We may be looking to bring in a striker to back up those two, to make sure we’ve got that strength in depth."

Skiverton's back-up plans at present are to use one of Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar or Alan O'Brien as supporting strikers in a 4-4-1-1 formation, and depending on Agard's fitness, that may be the tactic he starts with at Preston North End on Friday.


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7 September 2011 : Skiverton On Edge Of New Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is 'close' to bringing in a loan signing when the emergency loan transfer window opens tomorrow. The Glovers boss has been targeting both a midfielder and a striker to provide cover for injuries and potential suspensions in his squad, and the signs are that he has now agreed a deal with a player's parent club for a loan.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the arrangements may not be completed in time for Friday night's trip to Preston North End, with the player being given time to think over the offer, but that he now had a clear player identified:

"We're very close at the moment, so it's just up to the lad now and if he wants to come. We could be greedy (and get two) but we'll just see. We're just still trying to get one in, but I'm not sure, and it might not go through before Friday. We've just got to make sure that we're bringing the right one in. The lad that we're talking to is a very good player, and is somebody that we definitely know about."

Striker Kieran Agard has trained throughout this week, meaning that he will be available to potentially partner Steve MacLean at Deepdale, if Skiverton chooses to pick two strikers in his formation. The Glovers boss admitted that Agard's return changed the urgency of needing to bring in a striker on loan, but that he would still look to pursue a loan in that position:

"It eases it - it definitely eases it. But I'm still looking to bring in a striker as well, just in case something happens to one of those two."

Skiverton is also expecting to send defender Rhys Baggridge on loan shortly, with Dorset side Gillingham Town aiming to take him on. Managed by former Glovers striker Adrian Foster, they play in Western League Division One - one level below the Welshman's other previous loan club Sherborne Town.


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7 September 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End
Friday night sees Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Deepdale where they will take on Preston North End in a League One fixture. For those travelling to the match, a Ciderspace guide has now been created, detailing directions, parking, ticketing information, travel details and a pub guide, plus other associated information.

Access the guide via the link below, along with other Preston-themed articles.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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7 September 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies September 2011 Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies commence their home fixtures this coming Sunday, following last weekend's 7-1 win over Keynsham Town Development. They have a pair of home fixtures with Newquay Ladies coming up on Sunday followed by a second match a week later against Forest Green Rovers Ladies.

As per last season, the Ladies team have produced a Fixtures Poster to promote both fixtures, and you can download it via the link below. Feel free to print them off and display them anywhere where you have permission to do so.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : September 2011 Fixture Flyer.

A reminder that the two different versions of Fixture Posters for the First Team are also available, via the links below.

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

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


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7 September 2011 : Sheffield United Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match, was their first ever Football League fixture against Sheffield United. A 0-1 home defeat, settled by a Chris Porter goal just before half time, was disrupted badly by the performance of referee Keith Stroud.

Man of the Match voting was spread widely, with nine different players given outright votes by those poled. Defenders Paul Huntington and Max Ehmer did well, whilst you were impressed by Alan O'Brien's left-wing performance, and midfielder Ed Upson.

However, you ended up agreeing with the Match Sponsor's verdict that Curtis Haynes-Brown deserved the Man of the Match award, even if Mr Stroud gave him his marching orders for two bookings, just a couple of minutes after the left-back's name was read out over the tannoy. Full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets can be found below:

1 Curtis Haynes-Brown 226 (14)
2 Ed Upson 138 (10)
3 Alan O'Brien 128 (8)
4 Max Ehmer 112 (7)
5 Paul Huntington 96 (5)
6 Luke Ayling 70 (2)
7 Andy Williams 52 (1)
8 Jed Steer 24 (1)
9 Anthony Edgar 16 (1)
10 Rory Fallon 10 (0)
11 Gavin Williams 8 (0)
12 Steve MacLean 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.53

Performance: 6.90
Entertainment: 6.16

VOTES RECEIVED: 49


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7 September 2011 : Walsall Away Man Of The Match Result
During the latter part of August, Yeovil Town played out a 1-1 draw with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. The match saw both goals being scored during the first half, with Paul Wotton's through pass nicely picking out Gavin Williams who finished superbly for Yeovil's equalising goal just before the break.

As far as the Man of the Match voting went, Max Ehmer won plaudits for his performance as a stand-in left-back in a 4-4-2, whilst on the opposite side you were impressed by Luke Ayling in his right-back role. However, out in front and by some sizeable distance, was goalscorer Gavin Williams, no doubt in part down to the goal, but also for his varying roles on the field that saw a number of formation changes during the game. Full results and outright MOTM votes are shown below:

1 Gavin Williams 124 (10)
2 Luke Ayling 56 (4)
3 Max Ehmer 36 (2)
4 Paul Wotton 24 (0)
5 Paul Huntington 18 (0)
6 Andy Williams 14 (0)
7 Curtis Haynes-Brown 12 (0)
8 Ed Upson 10 (1)
9 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)
10 Jed Steer 4 (0)
11 Alan O'Brien 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.00

Performance: 7.18
Entertainment: 6.82

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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6 September 2011 : Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information and match scheduling for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Second Round against AFC Bournemouth is now available. The match will take place on Tuesday 4th October with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Dean Court.

Tickets are only available on the night of the match, with no advance purchases. Only cash will be accepted at the ground. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s, Under-16s, Full Time Students: £5.00.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above prices. Wheelchair users must contact Phil Tyrell to make arrangements, by calling 07803-090047.

Away fans are housed in a section of the East Stand, which is a covered seated stand facing sideways onto the pitch. Disabled supporters are also housed in this area of the ground.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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6 September 2011 : Scunny Confirm Johnson Interest
League One side Scunthorpe United have confirmed their interest in Norwich City striker Oli Johnson. The 23 year old is training at Glanford Park and will play for the Iron's Reserve Team this week in a bid to confirm his fitness before making a decision on whether to put in a formal offer to the Canaries to take him on loan.

Scunny manager Alan Knill has told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph that he approached Canaries boss Paul Lambert to let Johnson train with them and take part in a Reserve match against Middlesbrough Reserves due to the player having not featured in any pre-season friendlies or Reserve matches for Norwich during the 2011-12 season:

"We expressed an interest in Oli a while ago, but the problem was I hadn't seen him. I hadn't seen him since he was at Stockport really, so we couldn't make a judgement on him. We'd asked whether Oli could come and he came in and has trained. He's going to train this week with us and then we'll make a decision. I like him, I like the attributes he has – he has pace and power and is a good footballer. The only problem is he hasn't kicked a ball really all summer. He's trained but he hasn't had any competitive matches so he's going to play for us tonight in the reserves at Middlesbrough. We'll just see how he does. We are always mindful that he hasn't played any competitive football this season."

The fact that Johnson is at Glanford Park for the whole week would appear to put them in the driving seat with respect to any future dealings with Norwich City and their player for the foreseeable future.


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6 September 2011 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Colchester United are now available for purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office. This match at the Community Stadium takes place on Saturday 8th October 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s/Disabled: £14.00; Under-18s: £9.00; Under-14s: £3.00; Under-8s: £1.00.

Prices increase on match days to the following:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s/Disabled: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-8s: £2.00.

Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair disabled supporters must book direct from Colchester by calling 0845-437-9089.

Car parking places can also be booked in advance for a cost of £6.00. Visit www.colutickets.com to place your booking. Note that you can not purchase a car parking space upon arrival.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the East Stand, which is the side stand blocks that we had during last season's match, and not either of the two end stands that we have had on previous visits.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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6 September 2011 : Scunny Join Hunt For Johnson
League One side Scunthorpe United appear to be in the running to sign striker Oli Johnson when the emergency loan transfer window opens later this week. The 23 year old is firmly out of favour at Norwich City, being the only senior player not to be given a squad number for their Premier League campaign, and seems certain to be pushed out on loan in the near future.

With Yeovil Town having failed in their attempts to land the Wakefield-born striker on a permanent deal just before the transfer window closed, there has been plenty of speculation that they would make a second attempt to sign him on loan later this week.

However, Scunthorpe, who were relegated from the Championship last season, are believed to have joined the list of interested clubs, with the EatSleepSport website claiming that Johnson was a spectator at Scunthorpe's League One match against Colchester United last Saturday. With Scunthorpe under 50 miles away from Johnson's home town, and on the same side of the country as Norwich, they may be in a stronger position to persuade the Yorkshireman to move.


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5 September 2011 : Seven Up Gives Ladies Fizz
When you've just been relegated from a higher division, the key footballing cliched word is 'bouncebackability'. Yeovil Town Ladies are back in the South West Combination Women's Football League for the 2011-12 season, after last year's single season in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. If they were to harbour plans to return back to that level at the first attempt, then shaking off the ghosts of relegation is the most important thing to do.

With that in mind, the Ladies' opening day 7-1 away win over Keynsham Town Development was the perfect tonic to get them underway for this season. Laura Bray was the star of the day, netting four times during Sunday afternoon, whilst two goals for Justine Lorton and a single strike for Jodi Cornwall left their Somerset neighbours a little shellshocked.

The Ladies website gives detail on all the goals via the link below, plus unsurprisingly they are top of the table after a single match played. Yeovil Town Ladies are next in action this coming Sunday when they welcome Newquay Ladies to Sherborne’s Raleigh Grove ground for their first home game of the league season. The match kicks off at 2.00pm, with all supporters welcome. They've certainly set the bar high following their opening match.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Website : Keynsham Match Report.

Link: South West Combination Women's Football League Table.


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5 September 2011 : Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Friday night trip to Preston North End have been published. The game at Deepdale takes place on Friday 9th September 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

If Mr Boyeson's name looks a little familiar, many of you will have seen him on television on Saturday lunchtime, refereeing the League Two match between Swindon Town and Rotherham United. He raised yellow cards five times, of which two pairs were against two players, meaning that the game ended up ten-a-side. The double-booking for former Glover Danny Schofield looked a fair decision, although the second yellow dished out to Swindon's Alberto Comazzi, looked like Mr Boyeson was trying that little bit too hard to even up the sides.

Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. One of the earlier occasions was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, in our last two meeting involving Mr Boyeson, we've found little to complain about. The first of the pair came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Paul Graham (Manchester) and Danny Gratton (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Copeland (Merseyside).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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5 September 2011 : Constable Given Glovers Link
Yeovil Town are being linked with Oxford United striker James Constable. The 26 year old's name has been on the rumourmill, both in pre-season and on transfer deadline day, but a mention on the BBC Sport website (and subsequently a number of other sites that reference their article) is the first we've seen a mainstream media site suggest such things may have credence, with past claims being made on the notoriously scatter-gun Football Rumours website, and a late burst of claims on Twitter that he was signing for the Glovers on transfer deadline day that turned out to be false.

The BBC Sport article claims that Swindon Town, Luton Town and principally AFC Bournemouth are also interested in signing the player, although with the transfer window having closed last week, that's perhaps a bit of an irrelevance until January. The Cherries are one of two clubs who do own up to having bid for him, with boss Lee Bradbury indicating that he may rekindle his interest at the turn of the year. Luton had earlier in the month thrown their hat into the ring, but without success. Speculation was that Bournemouth had matched Oxford's valuation of the player, but that he chose not to move.

Constable signed a new three year contract at the tail end of the 2010-11 season, meaning that he is contracted with Oxford until the summer of 2014. He's therefore unlikely to come cheap, and with the Glovers transfer budget being unable to amount to enough to bid for midfielder Shaun MacDonald - now at Dean Court - or Norwich City striker Oli Johnson, it's hard to believe that the Constable rumours have much foundation. It's also unlikely that Oxford would consider a loan deal, unless some serious cash was thrown at them.

It's much more likely that the Glovers will have a second bite of the cherry with Johnson when the emergency loan transfer window reopens, particularly given that the Canaries have not given him a squad number for the 2011-12 season, despite having only registered 23 out of the maximum 25 players required under Premier League squad rules.

Johnson is the only player contracted at Carrow Road who is aged over 21 and has not been included in manager Paul Lambert's squad - about as clear a message as a player will ever receive about his future at a football club. Again, the press have been speculating over the weekend that Johnson is Yeovil-bound, although use last Thursday's Western Gazette quotes to back up their claims, rather than any new information here.


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4 September 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Giving his usual post-match verdict on how he thought the game went, the transcript of that interview with BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Game.


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4 September 2011 : GWSC Travel To Preston
This coming Friday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Preston North End at Deepdale. The match against the Lancashire club takes place on Friday 9th September 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Huish Park at 1.00p.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra. Note that due to this being a weekday match, there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station.

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

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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4 September 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Away Interview
Just before kick-off in yesterday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Giving his views on team selection, injuries and the threat that Tranmere would offer, the transcript of that interview with BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin can be found via the link below.

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


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3 September 2011 : Skivo Happy With Tranmere Outcome
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he was 'happy with the outcome' as his side gained a 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park today. In a game where both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances, the Glovers boss credited his side's defensive performance as 'outstanding' and said that some of his players had gone through the pain barrier to come away with a point:

"It is a tough place to come. We had to stand up to the challenge and I have got to be happy with the outcome. Tranmere are a decent side and we limited them to just a few chances. It is our first clean sheet, which is very positive. To be fair, we haven't been far away in previous games. Possibly we should have come away with all three points but it was not to be. But there was a great response from the players. They are going through the pain barrier for me at the moment and I am very proud of them. We must build on the momentum of this draw. There is still work to do. Prenton Park has been a good hunting ground for me and I am really pleased to come here again and not be beaten."

Skiverton has made it clear that he is looking to bring in a midfielder to cover the strong possibility of Paul Wotton landing a suspension if he picks up his next booking, plus a striker to cover the loss of Jonathan Obika and Andy Williams to injury. He said after the game that he was still looking for new players for when the emergency loan window opens next week, but took heart from the way that Alan O'Brien and Anthony Edgar were slotting into the side:

"I am happy with the squad but I will definitely have to add to it. However, I am in no rush."


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3 September 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Tranmere vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton 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 Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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3 September 2011 : Tranmere 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate On The Wirral
Yeovil Town gained themselves a valuable away point against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon despite failing to score in a Prenton Park encounter where both sides lacked a cutting edge throughout. The home side were only particularly threatening from long range and set pieces, with Joss Labadie not afraid to shoot on sight. However, it was two one-on-ones from substitute Kieran Agard in the dying minutes that could have sealed the game, as both sides tried for the points, only to end up with a 0-0 draw.

The Glovers were forced to make two changes to their starting line-up - an ankle injury to Andy Williams put him out for six weeks on the treatment table, whilst Curtis Haynes-Brown carried out a one match suspension for a red card last weekend. On the plus side, Dominic Blizzard, Kerrea Gilbert and Kieran Agard were co-opted onto the bench following recent injuries even if they were significantly lacking match fitness.

Yeovil got off to a fairly bright start with shots from Alan O'Brien and Nathan Jones going wide of the target, whilst Gavin Williams sent a long distant attempt into the arms of home keeper Owain fon Williams. However, the opening half hour was one where Tranmere saw a little bit more of the goal, albeit with many of their attempts coming from distance, with Mustafa Tiryaki and Robbie Weir attempts going wide, and Joss Labadie seemingly adopting a shoot-on-sight policy anytime he got over the halfway line. Their best of the first half opportunities though, came when Ash Taylor wastefully put a free header over the bar. The longer the half went on, the more even those long range attempts fizzled out, and there wasn't an awful lot to get excited about at the break.

The second half started with more of the same, with another long range effort from home midfielder Joss Labadie threatening again. But as the game wore on, Yeovil began to threaten a bit more, with Anthony Edgar having an excellent half, with one attempt on goal spinning out for a corner as it took a deflection. Edgar then had another snapshot parried by Owain fon Williams, with Steve MacLean unable to convert the rebound. The Glovers even had a decent penalty shout, when a diving block by Tranmere midfielder John Welsh to stop a shot appeared to hit his arms, but referee Jock Waugh was largely letting the game flow without interruption throughout and decided to award a corner.

In the final ten minutes, Kieran Agard came on as a substitute as Yeovil changed to a 4-4-2, with Agard joining Steve MacLean up top, and it was during that phase that they had some of their best opportunities as the game got very stretched and a touch of nerves crept in. Agard broke clear in what looked to be a one-v-one but was cut out brilliantly by Rovers right-back David Raven just as he began to pull the trigger. But the best chance was fluffed somewhat as Agard broke clear again, and only needed to square the ball to Gavin Williams. Unfortunately he opted to shoot instead of passing, and a defender blocked the shot and the chance for Williams to have a pass into the net was lost.

The closing stages were a little fractious with first Gavin Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki squared up to each other, and then Steve MacLean got in a shouting match with another Tranmere player. Paul Huntington had to block on his own goal line to send the ball out for a corner as Tiryaki's header almost produced the winning goal, but all-in-all the draw was a reasonably fair result, and given the number of players out on the day, probably nothing to turn a nose up at. The Glovers rise one place in the League One table to 17th, thanks to Wycombe Wanderers having their match against Preston North End called off due to international call-ups.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Owain Fon Williams
19. David Raven 5. Ian Goodison 12. Ash Taylor 16. David Buchanan
10. Robbie Weir 8. John Welsh 4. Joss Labadie 25. Martin Devaney
7. Enoch Showunmi 9. Mustafa Tiryaki

Substitutes:
13. Andy Coughlin (GK) 2. Michael Kay 3. Zoumana Bakayogo (15 mins for Martin Devaney) 17. Lucas Akins (75 mins for Enoch Showumni) 20. Max Power

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
10. Gavin Williams
9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
6. Dominic Blizzard 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert (90 mins for Alan O'Brien) 18. Kieran Agard (80 mins for Anthony Edgar) 23. Billy Gibson

Tranmere Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (48 mins, foul), Max Ehmer (82 mins, foul)

Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Attendance: 5,037


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3 September 2011 : Team News For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting eleven and a formation change for the trip to Tranmere Rovers today, with both changes enforced. Striker Andrew Williams is out for six weeks with ankle ligament damage, meaning that Anthony Edgar gets a start as one of three attacking players who will support lone striker Steve MacLean in a 4-5-1 formation.

Curtis Haynes-Brown serves a one match suspension, but there has been no chance of risking any of Bondz N'Gala or Kerrea Gilbert, meaning that it's a patched up defence that takes to the field, with Nathan Jones rushed back from his shoulder injury, although Gilbert has made it as far as the bench following his short run-out in the Reserves in midweek.

Midfielder Dominic Blizzard is deemed fit enough to make his first appearance on the bench following hamstring and ankle problems. The exact formation has a degree of flexibility about it, with Edgar, Williams and O'Brien having opportunity to interchange during the game, but should look something like this:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
10. Gavin Williams
9. Steven MacLean

Substitutes:
6. Dominic Blizzard 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert 18. Kieran Agard 23. Billy Gibson


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3 September 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Oxford United : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to a single goal defeat this morning when an Oxford United side somewhat harshly grabbed all three points in a Youth Alliance League match played at Alvington. The winning goal came from an Oxford second half corner, but it could have been the Glovers grabbing the result, with Lloyd Matthews having a penalty saved just before the crucial goal went in the net.

The Glovers named an unchanged starting eleven from the side that narrowly lose to Plymouth Argyle ten days ago, although were able to bring back Melchi Emanuel-Williamson from injury. In a game watched by first team professionals Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke - the latter on crutches following his midweek injury for the Reserves, the Glovers created a series of good chances - a Johnny Kaye 20 yarder that the Oxford keeper saved, then a Lloyd Matthews attempt that went over the bar from the edge of the box.

Johnny Kaye put another wide of the target on the half volley, as both sides attacked the goals well, but without the cutting edge that could have broken the deadlock before the break. Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews, Johnny Kaye and Aidan Chainey all had impressive first halves, but were unable to stop the sides going in goalless at half time.

The Glovers had a great chance during the second period when Lloyd Matthews was pulled down inside the box, with the referee pointing to the spot, despite Oxford's players disagreeing with the decision. Matthews has a superb record from 12 yards, but on this occasion, his penalty kick was saved down to the bottom left by the Oxford goalkeeper, with the player grabbing the loose ball before anyone could take advantage of the situation.

Melchi Emanuel-Williamson replaced Will Agbo as the Glovers switched to a 4-4-2, and he was put clean through on goal shortly after his entrance only to find his shot being blocked by the Oxford goalkeeper. As the game threatened to boil over following the penalty decision though, the Glovers suffered a sucker punch as the visitors scored against the run of play, netting from a corner to finally open the scoring, and put Oxford 1-0 up.

That didn't allow the Glovers an opportunity to get back into the match, with a loss of rhythm following Will Agbo's departure off the pitch affecting the performance. Will Gordon put through Melchi Emanuel-Williamson in the dying minutes for the chance of an equalising goal, but the former Fulham academy player put his shot wide of the target, meaning that the game finished with that solitary Oxford goal winning the match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Oxford United Under-18s 1.

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

Substitutes: Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (for Will Agbo), Andy Venning, Elliot Nelson


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3 September 2011 : Skivo Gets Positive Steer From Canaries
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he expects to hang onto Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer for next weekend's trip to Preston North End. The Canaries only have one senior keeper available when they resume their Premier League season next weekend, with first choice player John Ruddy facing a one match suspension following a sending off.

Declan Rudd, who replaced Ruddy in the Canaries match against Chelsea last weekend, will deputise in Norwich's match against West Bromwich Albion next Sunday, but Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that unless something happens in training during the week, that he expects Steer to be available for the Glovers' trip to Deepdale:

"I've spoken with Paul (Lambert). He may get called back but I spoke to him and he said he had no immediate plans. Things could change, especially if something was to happen to (John) Ruddy during the week in training, but we'll sit with our fingers crossed. But there's no immediate plans for him to go back. It would be a waste of time for him to go back and sit on the bench for one game, but Norwich are in the Premier League and things can change."


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3 September 2011 : Football League Trophy Second Round Full Draw
The Second Round of the Football League Trophy draw has been made. The teams were pulled out live on Soccer AM and have seen Yeovil Town drawn away (again!) with AFC Bournemouth their opponents at Dean Court.

The full draw for the Second Round is as follows:

AFC Wimbledon vs Stevenage
Charlton Athletic vs Brentford
Gillingham vs Barnet
Leyton Orient or Dagenham and Redbridge vs Southend United

AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Wycombe Wanderers or Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town
Aldershot Town vs Oxford United
Exeter City vs Swindon Town

Rotherham United vs Sheffield United
Scunthorpe United vs Oldham Athletic
Notts County vs Chesterfield
Huddersfield Town vs Bradford City

Accrington Stanley or Carlisle United vs Tranmere Rovers
Morecambe vs Preston North End
Crewe Alexandra vs Macclesfield Town
Rochdale vs Walsall

All Second Round ties are due to be played during the week commencing 3rd October 2011. The First Round tie between Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers will be settled at Adams Park on Tuesday 6th September.


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2 September 2011 : Football League Trophy Second Round Draw Groupings
Yeovil Town will make a slightly belated entry into the Football League Trophy competition tomorrow, when they will be part of the Second Round draw. They have been placed in the Southern Section - West grouping, meaning that they will face one of eight clubs (or seven once one of the remaining First Round ties is resolved between Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers.

The draw will be made live on the Soccer AM programme on Sky Sports which commences at 10.00a.m. tomorrow, with the draw currently scheduled to take place around 30 minutes into the programme. Yeovil Town's grouping is as follows:

Southern Section - West:
AFC Bournemouth, Aldershot Town, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Oxford United, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers or Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town.

The other remaining sections of the draw are as follows:

Northern Section - West:
Accrington Stanley or Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Preston North End, Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall

Northern Section - East:
Bradford City, Chesterfield, Huddersfield Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United

Southern Section - East:
AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham, Leyton Orient or Dagenham & Redbridge, Southend United, Stevenage

All Second Round ties are due to be played during the week commencing 3rd October 2011. The First Round tie between Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers will be settled at Adams Park on Tuesday 6th September.


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2 September 2011 : Skivo Previews The Tranmere Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about Transfer Deadline Day and the game against Tranmere Rovers. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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2 September 2011 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip up to the Wirral where they will take on Tranmere Rovers in a League One match at Prenton Park. Although it's still extremely early days in the 2011-12 season, their opponents have probably been the surprise package of the division so far. Whilst the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic and Preston North End would have been in most peoples minds when making their promotion predictions, few would have pencilled Les Parry's side in for a 5th place so far this season, given that they've spent the past couple of years down at the opposite end of the table.

So far, they've done so good - three wins, one draw, one defeat, and currently 13 places above the 18th placed Glovers, who lie six points behind. Whether or not they can continue that across 46 matches, they'll certainly be a side coming into the match in confident mood, having also progressed in the Football League Trophy during midweek, via a penalty shoot-out against League Two side Port Vale, rescued slightly by an Ash Taylor leveller two minutes before the game was settled from the 12 yard spot.

That victory came at a cost, with Mark McChrystal (foot) and Andy Robinson (hamstring) limping out of the cup match, meaning that they will not be involved for Rovers during tomorrow's game. Experienced defender Ian Goodison should be though, despite missing the match, with his playing time being rationed by Les Parry due to ongoing concerns about his ankles. Enoch Showunmi and Adam McGurk were also left out of the midweek contest, following recent injuries, and Parry will assess both before kick-off to see what involvement they can have in the match.

As for the Glovers, they will be without Curtis Haynes-Brown, who serves a one match suspension for last weekend's red card against Sheffield United, whilst Rory Fallon has been taken off the payroll, despite still training at the club. Elsewhere, there are sizeable issues both up front and in defence, with a few team selection headaches for manager Terry Skiverton to contend with.

Up front, only Steve MacLean is certain to start, with Skiverton indicating that he had a pair of strikers who were out for the foreseeable future - believed to be Andy Williams, who faces six weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage, and Jonathan Obika. Less is certain about Kieran Agard, who did not take to the field in the midweek Reserves match against Exeter City, although that may have been out of fear that he would join the list of players on the treatment table. In the worst case scenario, one of Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar or Alan O'Brien could play as a supporting striker, possibly in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

At the back, matters are just as complicated. Skiverton gave Bondz N'Gala an outside chance of recovering from his hamstring problems in time for the weekend, but is more hopeful about the status of right-back Kerrea Gilbert, who had a short run-out against the Grecians on Wednesday. Meanwhile left-back Nathan Jones could be pushed back into action early, following his shoulder injury, with Haynes-Brown unavailable. If that is too risky, then Max Ehmer will shuffle across to the left, although that could create its own headaches if N'Gala and Gilbert haven't pulled through for the match.

Past meetings between the two sides haven't always been the greatest spectacle to watch. Last season's game at Prenton Park was a bit of a stinker from a neutral's point of view, but the plus point from the game by a mile, was a wonderful goal from Oli Johnson that secured a 1-0 win and Yeovil's one and only victory on the Wirral. Other than that, the only time that Yeovil have got anything out of an away match against Rovers was the 1-1 draw in April 2009 that secured the club's League One status for that season.

Saturday's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and if you're travelling, then check out the Ciderspace guide below for all ticketing information, directions, pub guides and other stuff. For those putting their feet up at home, BBC Somerset will have full live commentary on 95.5FM, whilst we'll be on Twitter where you can follow us throughout the day via our @ytfcciderspace account.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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1 September 2011 : Skivo On Johnson, Clifford And Fallon Dealings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has gone into detail on his interest in Norwich City striker Oli Johnson and Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford, as well as his thinking behind the decision to drop his plans to give striker Rory Fallon a new deal at the club.

As reported earlier today the Glovers suffered rejections from Johnson's and Clifford's clubs on Transfer Deadline Day, and so are currently still looking for a striker and a midfielder to bring in to boost a squad that has a few injury-related holes in it. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the Glovers boss admitted that Wednesday had been a frustrating day for him:

"We went for Oli Johnson at Norwich and we couldn't get him, and the other one was from when I went to watch Chelsea the other night, and I tried to get Conor Clifford. We didn't manage to get either of them, so it was a little bit frustrating. One or two (other options) came up a little bit later, but they weren't ones that I was quite looking for. I want to get the ones in that I want to get, and with the recent injuries that we've had I'm definitely looking for a striker, and for somebody who has got that little bit of pace to get in behind. I'll be looking for a midfielder as well, because it's taken Dominic Blizzard all this time just to get to here, and we need people who are ready to go right now, especially with Paul Wotton so close to a suspension."

Skiverton confirmed that Steve MacLean was his only guaranteed fit striker for Saturday's trip to Tranmere Rovers, and strongly suggested that Jonathan Obika would be joining Andy Williams by staying in Somerset this coming weekend, referring to a 'pair' of strikers that would be unavailable:

"I've got one (striker) at the moment, and so I went from having five strikers down to one, in that amount of time. It is what it is. It's a problem that you do get. You suffer from injuries, and I think the pair of them are going to be out for the foreseeable future, and that's why we're looking at other avenues."

Whilst Kieran Agard's exact status is not quite so clear, another player who definitely won't be heading to Prenton Park is Rory Fallon, who is now a free agent after the decision was made not to extend his one month contract into something longer. Skiverton explained that this was down to the type of striker that he was looking for within his squad, rather than any reflection upon Fallon's abilities:

"We've not kept Rory (Fallon) on, because of the situation that we've got ourselves in, where we're looking for one to stretch the play rather than the hold-up man that links play. I feel that we've already got that with Macca (Steve MacLean) and it's someone that we've got to bring in, with legs. It was a bit of a mutual decision. He's still training with us at the moment, and getting his fitness. He's a great lad, but as I've said, from what I'm looking for, it's a little bit different from what Rory does bring to the table."


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1 September 2011 : Youth Team vs Oxford United Reminder
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town's Under-18s play host to Oxford United in the Youth Alliance League. If you're not heading up the M6 to watch the first team play against Tranmere Rovers, then you are welcome to come and watch the youth team play their match at Alvington.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. on Saturday morning, and admission is free. The Alvington ground is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub, close to Yeovil Crematorium, off Bunford Lane.

Oxford United currently lie one position and one point above Yeovil Town in the latest Youth Alliance League table, in 8th place, having won one, and drawn one of their four games. Meanwhile the Glovers have the unusual statistic of having had 29 goals go in during their four games played so far - by far the biggest aggregate total in the division so far.

For those attending the game, there will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale at the ground.


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1 September 2011 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their second home match of the 2011-12 season, with a League One match against Milton Keynes Dons. The game ended up in a 0-1 home defeat that saw the winning goal scored by Sam Baldock, who has since completed a lucrative move to West Ham United for a seven-figure transfer fee.

As far as the game was concerned, a slow start condemned the Glovers, with a formation change needed to get things moving in the right direction. A cluster of nine players were given top marks by those voting for their Man of the Match on the night, with striker Andy Williams and defender Max Ehmer coming out particularly well. But there was one runaway leader on this poll, with midfielder Ed Upson having enjoyed a fine start to the season so far.

Results, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Ed Upson 262 (23)
2 Max Ehmer 84 (3)
3 Andy Williams 78 (3)
4 Luke Ayling 62 (1)
5 Jed Steer 44 (3)
6 Paul Huntington 38 (1)
7 Gavin Williams 26 (1)
8 Alan O'Brien 24 (1)
9 Paul Wotton 22 (1)
10 Nathan Jones 10 (0)
11 Anthony Edgar 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.59

Performance: 6.49
Entertainment: 6.70

VOTES RECEIVED: 37


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1 September 2011 : Glovers Suffer Johnson And Clifford Rejections
Yeovil Town may not have brought in any new players during yesterday's Transfer Deadline Day, but the picture is becoming clearer as to what sort of players they are after, with reports that they missed out on two targets yesterday. The two positions they are seeking to fill come as little surprise - a striker and a midfielder - and an article penned by the Western Gazette reveals that Norwich City striker Oli Johnson and Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford were their two primary targets yesterday.

From having five available strikers on their books, the Glovers suddenly go into the match with one fully fit front man in Steve MacLean, although as yet we don't know what the prognosis is for Kieran Agard and Jonathan Obika who missed last Saturday's match - Andy Williams is out for six weeks with damaged ankle ligaments. Of the other two, Agard's presence at the midweek Reserve fixture would appear to suggest he is the more likely to be available.

Meanwhile, Dominic Blizzard's pre-season ankle and hamstring problems have meant that he's yet to play in a competitive fixture, meaning that with captain Paul Wotton already one booking off a suspension for his growing yellow card tally, there are risks there if Blizzard doesn't return before Wotton inevitably picks up his fifth caution of the season.

With those two things in mind, Skiverton tried yesterday to bring back Oli Johnson on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell last season. Unfortunately, the two clubs failed to agree on a transfer fee, and so the deal collapsed. Johnson, who has been transfer-listed by the Canaries, hasn't since found a new club to head to and is not expected to be part of manager Paul Lambert's plans. Hence it's not beyond all possibilities that the Glovers could have a second bite when the emergency loan window re-opens towards the end of next week.

Whilst Johnson needs little introduction to Glovers fans, less is known of Conor Clifford. The midfielder is a 19 year old (born October 1st 1991 in Dulbin) Irish youth international who has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level, as well as being an unused sub for his country's main side. He originally started his career with Crumlin United before switching to Chelsea at the age of 16. He's had some first team experience, via loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Notts County.

Yesterday, attempts to bring Clifford to Huish Park broke down, although we don't know whether this was a matter of the clock running down, or whether there was a terminal issue that prevented the transfer, which was due to be a loan agreement.

Even though the Glovers missed out on both players, the profile of both gives a hint of what Skiverton will look for during the emergency loan window, particularly as he suggests that he let Fallon go because his style was too close to that of Steve MacLean, broadly hinting that a player with the ability to 'stretch' defences, like Johnson, is what he will look to bring in if the injury situation concerning his strikers doesn't improve by this time next week.


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1 September 2011 : League One Transfer Deadline Day Comings And Goings
Yesterday saw the August transfer window close, and whilst there were not too many stunning transfer deals done at League One level, we've managed to spot 14 out of the 24 clubs doing some kind of late tinkering with their first team squad.

For Yeovil Town, the only bit of business was the decision to let striker Rory Fallon leave the building, although they still do harbour plans to bring in two loan signings once the emergency loan window opens, with a striker and a midfielder the current priorities, as injuries to Andy Williams and a slight shortage in the centre of the park cause a bit of concern. That won't alter the squad that travels to Tranmere Rovers this weekend, but it will allow for some possible incomings by the time the club travel to Preston North End in eight days time.

As far as yesterday's dealings are concerned around League One, the following comings and goings were confirmed on the final day of trading:

AFC Bournemouth: Lose winger Liam Feeney to Millwall on a permanent deal. Allow defender Mitchell Nelson to leave on loan until 1st October

Bury: sign Northampton Town striker Shaun Harrad for an undisclosed fee, and take Leicester's Shane Byrne and Sheffield Wednesday's Giles Coke on loan. Lose striker Ryan Lowe to Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed six figure fee.

Charlton Athletic: sign striker Michael Smith for an undisclosed fee from Darlington

Huddersfield Town: Lose winger Aiden Chippendale to Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Leyton Orient: Allow striker Alex Revell to leave for League Two side Rotherham United.

Milton Keynes Dons: Sign Norwich midfielder Anthony McNamee on a free transfer, while Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers joins on loan

Oldham Athletic: sign veteran striker and free agent Shefki Kuqi on a one-year contract, while midfielder Tom Adeyemi joins from Norwich on a five-month loan

Preston North End: sign Jamaica winger Keammar Daley from Tivoli Gardens, subject to receiving a visa

Rochdale: Sign Peterborough striker David Ball and Manchester City midfielder Ahmed Benali on loan

Scunthorpe United: sign Damien Mozika from Bury for a six-figure fee, and take Everton defender Shane Duffy on loan.

Sheffield United: Lose striker Daniel Bogdanovic to Blackpool for an undisclosed fee

Sheffield Wednesday: sign striker Ryan Lowe from Bury for an undisclosed six figure fee. Allow defender Mark Beevers to go on loan to Milton Keynes Dons.

Stevenage: Sign striker Don Cowan for an undisclosed fee from Irish side Longford Town.

Yeovil Town: Release striker Rory Fallon at the end of his one month contract.


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1 September 2011 : Fallon Leaves Huish Park
New Zealand international striker Rory Fallon has left Yeovil Town. The target man had been on a one month contract at Huish Park, but has departed after making just one start during his second spell with the club. Today's Western Gazette, Western Morning News and Western Daily Press suggest that the decision was taken by the club, rather than by the player, despite Yeovil only having Steve MacLean as a guaranteed starter amongst their strike force that they will take to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Andy Williams is facing six weeks out with ankle ligament damage, whilst Jonathan Obika and Kieran Agard have yet to make their comebacks from knee ligament injuries, although the latter did sit on the bench for yesterday's 2-2 draw against Exeter City Reserves.

Skiverton has told the press that he will be looking to bring in a loan striker to cover for the loss of Williams and Obika, but that emergency loan rules now mean that will not happen prior to the trip to the Wirral:

"We're definitely looking for another striker, but I'm looking for the right one and I'm not going to rush into anything. We need somebody in for at least a month as cover for Jon and Andy. It cannot happen before Saturday. I cannot rush and, if we have to wait a week, we wait a week before the Preston game."

On the plus side, Skiverton has received feedback from Norwich City manager Paul Lambert that he is not likely to recall goalkeeper Jed Steer next week, despite first choice keeper John Ruddy facing a one match suspension. Lambert has taken the decision, on the basis that Ruddy will only miss one match following his recent sending off against Chelsea in the Premier League.


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