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30 September 2012 : Video : Preston North End vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive some of the horrors of Saturday, the highlights of the 3-2 defeat against Preston North End have been uploaded. The Sky Sports website gives you 2 mins and 38 seconds, showing the five goals, and the two tackles that led to the red card against Ed Upson. Head via the link below, provided you're using a UK-based Internet Provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Preston North End vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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30 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Preston Interview
Just before yesterday's kick-off against Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts on the match, his team selection and new loan signing Daniel Burn can be found via the link below.

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


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30 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Preston Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Preston Game.


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30 September 2012 : Preston 3 Yeovil 2 : Second Half Collapse Sees Another Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth consecutive League One defeat on Saturday afternoon, as poor defending saw them lose out through the odd goal in five at Deepdale. Despite leading through an early Gavin Williams penalty. The second period turned into a comedy of errors as Jeffrey Monakana and Chris Beardsley put the home side in front, albeit with the latter goal coming off Luke Ayling as it went into the net. The third was definitely an own goal, as Dan Burns put the ball into his own net from close range, but the Fulham loanee redeemed himself a minute later by scoring a headed goal at the other end. Yeovil's miserable afternoon was completed by a red card for Ed Upson who committed two yellow card tackles to see the Glovers finish the game with ten men.

The Glovers went into the match with manager Gary Johnson making three changes to the side that lost 0-1 against Sheffield United last Saturday. Striker Gozie Ugwu was a straight swap for James Hayter as a lone striker, whilst Joe Edwards was preferred as a right-winger, as Gavin Williams switched flanks and Sam Foley was dropped to the bench. Meanwhile Richard Hinds also suffered a similar fate, as Fulham loanee Dan Burns came in to make his debut. Nathan Ralph was the one player to drop entirely out of the squad, having stayed in Somerset with a slight injury.

Home goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann had been restored to the Lilywhites starting line-up for the first time in a fortnight, but his return to action saw him get off to the start he didn't want. Gozie Ugwu's run through was undoubtedly taking him away from goal, but the keeper rashly raced out off his line and brought the Reading loanee down for a spot kick - a bit of a surprise that Stuckmann avoided a yellow card for the offence. Up stepped Gavin Williams to fire the ball home into the top right corner for a valuable early lead for the Glovers - 1-0 up and only six minutes gone.

Once the pattern of the first half was established, it was one of the home side generally holding the territory, but without having the inventiveness to get in behind the Glovers defence. Some deep defending in serious numbers meant that any balls put into the box by Preston were comfortably cleared - the obvious surprise was that whilst they were the home side and a goal down, that Graham Westley's side were unwilling to commit more players forward. They had the odd chance - Bailey Wright wildly lashed the ball wide when he got the ball in free space on the angle after a Marek Stech punch only half cleared danger. Scott Laird's free kick right inside the 'D' was blocked well by the defensive wall, and his second bite at the cherry was scuffed into the ground. 1-0 up at half time, but enough signs to suggest that the game was not over yet.

Just 12 minutes into a second half that had seen pretty much more of the same, Preston finally got it right with a low ball from Will Hayhurst from the left flank. The Yeovil defence failed to cut out the cross as it flashed across the face of the box, allowing an unmarked Jeffrey Monakana the chance to control the ball, and compose himself before firing home an angled shot that deflected off a Glovers defender as it landed in the back of the net.

At that point, Yeovil crumbled somewhat, and seven minutes later they conceded again. Their main weak points had been their full-back positions, and Jeffrey Monakana had been giving Jamie McAllister a difficult time - his ball into the box was half-cleared by Marek Stech, but was then headed home from close range. The tannoy announcer gave the goal to Chris Beardsley, and that was the message that was given out by the Press Association, however, the video replays show clearly that Luke Ayling got the one and only touch on the ball as it landed in the back of the net. 2-1 down and Preston in full control.

Matters went from bad to worse in the space of seven minutes, shortly after that second Preston goal. The Glovers were losing control of the midfield, despite having the extra man, and Ed Upson had been forced into a foul that had earned him a 69th minute yellow card, for the club's first booking of the match. Upson's next action was to try to deal with tricky Arsenal loanee Jeffrey Monakana. His weave through the centre of the park was heading towards the penalty box and the Glovers midfielder brought him down just outside the box, giving him an inevitable second yellow card and an exit from the field of play. No complaints for what was more desperate tackling than anything particularly malicious, but not the sort of tackle that a player on a yellow card could commit.

To their credit, in the final 10 or 15 minutes, there was a bit of a mini-rally, as the ten Glovers left on the field pushed forward in numbers. A double substitution saw a change in formation, with Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid coming on as strikers in a 4-4-2, as the withdrawal of Luke Ayling saw Joe Edwards move to the right-back slot, and Korey Smith moved into a right-wing position. But that didn't stop Yeovil conceding their third goal of the afternoon, when the stretched defence tried to cut out a Jack King pullback from the byline, with Daniel Burn scrambling back and seeing the ball rebound off his legs and into the back of the net.

If that wasn't quite the debut that Daniel Burn wanted in a Yeovil Town shirt, things got better for the Fulham loanee just 60 seconds later. Jamie McAllister's free kick three minutes from time was put across the box, and the defender's height allowed him to plant a looping header into the back of the net to give his temporary side a little bit of hope at 3-2. There could even have been an incredible smash'n'grab two minutes later, as Byron Webster's header from almost the same position in the box beat Thorsten Stuckmann entirely, but home defender Bailey Wright rescued his side with a goal line clearance, with Yeovil's appeals for the ball having crossed the line being ignored by the linesman.

Not that such an equaliser would have been justified on the balance of play. From a first half that could be categorised as "mostly OK", they went into a second period that was kamikaze at times. Not that it was just the back four at fault - the midfield lost control and got sucked deeper, thus putting pressure on the line behind them, and in doing so left a massive gap between them and the lone striker to be able to relieve the pressure. Five defeats in a row isn't quite a crisis, as the 13th place in the League One table demonstrates. But it's a huge concern, and something that Gary Johnson will urgently need to break by any means necessary.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gavin Williams (0-1, 6 mins), Jeffrey Monakana (1-1, 57 mins), Chris Beardsley (2-1, 64 mins), Dan Burns (3-1, own goal, 86 mins), Dan Burns (3-2, 87 mins)

Preston North End:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane 4. Paul Huntington 26. Bailey Wright 3. Scott Laird 17. Jeffrey Monakana 21. John Mousinho 13. Joel Byrom 24. Will Hayhurst 20. Chris Beardsley 29. Stuart Beavon

Substitutes:
23. Steve Simonsen 6. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff 7. David Amoo (79 mins for Jeffrey Monakana) 8. Nicky Wroe 16. David Buchanan (69 mins for Will Hayhurst) 19. John Welsh 22. Jack King (77 mins for Chris Beardsley)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (66 mins for Luke Ayling) 9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid (66 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Foley (59 mins for Gavin Williams) 15. Lewis Young

Preston Bookings: Keith Keane (24 mins, foul), Jeffrey Monakana (36 mins foul), Bailey Wright (40 min, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (69 mins, foul). Red Card: Ed Upson (76 mins, second bookable offence)

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Simeon Lucas (Lancashire).

Attendance: 8,520 (including approx 200 Yeovil supporters)


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29 September 2012 : Johnson Frustrated At Timid Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was unhappy with his side's mental strength today, after a second half capitulation sent them to defeat. The 3-2 scoreline against Preston North End was the Glovers fifth consecutive League One defeat, and the worst sequence of results since entering the Football League just over nine years ago.

Despite taking an early lead through a Gavin Williams penalty, the second half defensive horror show saw the match turned on its head as the Lilywhites scored three times to seal the match. A Dan Burns goal gave Yeovil some hope, but that late fightback was too little too late. Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt that his team had been far too timid in the way that they approached the second period:

"We've got to have a look at it and see who is performing and who is not performing. They've got to keep the ball and they've got to make things happen and create opportunities. We didn't really do that other than the goal. We needed to create a few more opportunities. We weren't bold enough. We spoke to the lads before the game. We wanted us to come out bold and not timid. I felt that we came out bold, but then we gradually got more and more timid as the game went on. That's probably the key to how the game went; we started off bold, but ended up timid."

The way the second half materialised was a source of frustration for the Glovers boss, who felt the first half performance was largely acceptable. However despite holding a 1-0 half time lead, Johnson admitted that there had been a few warning signs in the lead-up to half time:

"It's always frustrating to watch when your team doesn't perform for long enough. We started off alright and actually in the first half we did alright, although we did let them back into the game just before half time. That gave them the impetus to go in at half time and say that it was only 1-0 and that they could get the game back. Unfortunately they came out and put us under a little bit more pressure and a bit more direct play. We couldn't get down the other end and create any situations that would put us further ahead. They then scored their second goal, which was a terrible bit of play by us, and obviously an own goal. But even the we didn't get back into it. It was only when we got down to ten men that we gave it a bit more of a go."


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29 September 2012 : Preston 3 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth consecutive League One defeat this afternoon, as poor defending saw them lose out through the odd goal in five at Deepdale. Despite leading through an early Gavin Williams penalty.

The second period turned into a comedy of errors as Jeffrey Monakana and Chris Beardsley put the home side in front, albeit with the latter goal coming off Luke Ayling as it went into the net.

The third was definitely an own goal, as Dan Burns put the ball into his own net from close range, but the Fulham loanee redeemed himself a minute later by scoring a headed goal at the other end. Yeovil's miserable afternoon was completed by a red card for Ed Upson who committed two yellow card tackles to see the Glovers finish the game with ten men.

Full report to follow later tonight ... updated League One table is below.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gavin Williams (0-1, 6 mins), Jeffrey Monakana (1-1, 57 mins), Chris Beardsley (2-1, 64 mins), Dan Burns (3-1, own goal, 86 mins), Dan Burns (3-2, 87 mins)

Preston North End:
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane 4. Paul Huntington 26. Bailey Wright 3. Scott Laird 17. Jeffrey Monakana 21. John Mousinho 13. Joel Byrom 24. Will Hayhurst 20. Chris Beardsley 29. Stuart Beavon

Substitutes:
23. Steve Simonsen 6. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff 7. David Amoo (79 mins for Jeffrey Monakana) 8. Nicky Wroe 16. David Buchanan (69 mins for Will Hayhurst) 19. John Welsh 22. Jack King (77 mins for Chris Beardsley)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (66 mins for Luke Ayling) 9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid (66 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 14. Sam Foley (59 mins for Gavin Williams) 15. Lewis Young

Preston Bookings: Keith Keane (24 mins, foul), Jeffrey Monakana (36 mins foul), Bailey Wright (40 min, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (69 mins, foul). Red Card: Ed Upson (76 mins, second bookable offence)

Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Simeon Lucas (Lancashire).

Attendance: 8,520 (including approx 200 Yeovil supporters)


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29 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Preston vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 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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29 September 2012 : Team News For Preston vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Preston North End. New loan signing Daniel Burn, who was drafted in from Fulham this week starts in place of Richard Hinds at the back. Meanwhile Gozie Ugwu replaces James Hayter up front, whilst Joe Edwards comes in for Sam Foley.

Two players sit out the game entirely - right-winger Lewis Young and left-back Nathan Ralph are not included on the substitutes bench, where six out of the available seven positions are filled.

The line-up is expected to look like the following:

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 10. Gavin Williams
19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 9. James Hayter
11. Reuben Reid 14. Sam Foley


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29 September 2012 : Gary Previews The Preston Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's away match against Preston North End at Deepdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on new signing Daniel Burn and on the match in Lancashire can be read via the link below.

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


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28 September 2012 : Edwards Ready For Debut Ground Return
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Joe Edwards will tomorrow return to a venue that holds good memories for him in his relatively young footballing career so far. The 21 year old has only played four times for his parent club Bristol City, but has on his mind that on February 5th 2011, the first of those came at Deepdale in a 4-0 win for the Robins.

Edwards will doubtless hope to get onto the pitch earlier than the 88th minute he managed on that day when he travels to the same venue with the Glovers, but has told BBC Somerset that he hadn't forgotten that milestone moment:

"That was where I made my Bristol City debut actually. So it will be nice to go back there, and hopefully I will get a game there. Obviously Preston have got a lot of good players, and they are a bigger club, so it will be a tough ask. But anyone in this league can beat each other, so as long as we go there with the right attitude and play our game, there will be no reason why we can't get a result."

Last weekend, Edwards made his fifth appearance for Yeovil Town, surpassing his Bristol City total at the start of a second spell at Huish Park. He is currently on loan for an initial month period, but with boss Gary Johnson having hinted that he would be prepared to consider taking the Gloucester-born player on for a more lengthy period. Edwards is happy with the potential of that but says that he still has hopes to break into City's first team:

"I hope so, yes. Obviously I live in Bristol and that's where I like to play my football, and I've got a lot of friends there. But if that's not the case then I'll move on and play somewhere else. I was more than happy to come back down here as I enjoyed my time here the first time. I'd like to stay longer this time, but we'll see how that goes both here, and whether Bristol City will let me. Then I'll just play as many games as possible and help the team move back up the table."

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 September 2012 : Johnson Looks Forward To Huntington Reunion
Yeovil Town will travel to Preston North End coming up against their former club captain for the first time since he left Huish Park. Centre-back Paul Huntington made 85 appearances for the Glovers across a two year period, having signed as a free agent shortly after leaving Stockport County. The 25 year old had previously played for Leeds United, and having been born in Carlisle was very much a northern lad.

Despite being offered a new deal at Huish Park, his move to Deepdale had been widely expected, and he has now established himself there as a first team regular, scoring once in ten appearances, and there seems no doubt whatsoever that he will start against his former club in tomorrow afternoon's match. his former boss Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he was sad to see Huntington depart, having given him the captain's armband shortly after his own return to the club, but hopes that Preston will end the weekend below his side in the table:

"We were disappointed that he didn't take up our offer, but he decided to move further north. Obviously Preston are a big club, and financially they'll be better off than us. So that's what he decided. But it would be nice if at the end of the weekend they are below us."

Preston are currently 11th in the League One table and a point ahead of their opponents, so if Johnson does get what he wants, the Glovers will need to pick up a win at Deepdale. He will come up against a familiar face in the opposite dugouts that he used to regularly see in his non-league days, with former Farnborough and Stevenage manager Graham Westley having taken the Preston job in the same month that Johnson came back to Yeovil.

Stories circulating during the remainder of the 2011-12 season suggested that Westley was having problems with certain members of his first team squad, leading to a high turnover of players, and a number of stories being leaked to the local and national press. Johnson's opinion is that now his opposite number has been able to get in his own players, that he has been able to address that issue:

"Graham Westley has now got his group that he wants. So what he says goes now. There's nobody in the corner saying that's rubbish, because he's got players in now that believe in what he does. That is his strength. He gets in players that believe in what he does, because it's a tough regime and he generally gets the boys through it. So we'll have a tough game."

The Glovers will go into tomorrow's game with two of their loan players having returned to their parent club. Chelsea pair Rohan Ince and Archange Nkumu failed to set the world alight during their time at Huish Park, and they are replaced by Fulham defender Daniel Burn, who will be travelling to Preston hoping to make his debut. There are no known injury concerns, with midfielder Gavin Williams having finally made his return to the first team last weekend. Generally Gary appeared pleased with his side's overall performance against Sheffield United last weekend and so with the need to break a four match losing run, there probably won't be the radical changes to the starting eleven he has made to the last few line-ups.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and for those travelling, the relevant information is available via the link below. If it's commentary that you want, then BBC Somerset will be doing their usual thing on 95.5FM, whilst we'll be providing Tweets and Retweets on the @ytfcciderspace account.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston North End.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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28 September 2012 : Ladies Aiming To Down The Seagulls
Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies make the trip up from the South Coast to take on Yeovil Town Ladies at the Athletics ground on Sunday. The Glovers come into the game after a two week break, and will be looking to get back to winning ways following the 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers Ladies. It was Yeovil’s first league defeat in over a year, and they will be looking to bounce straight back this weekend with success against the Seagulls.

Second place Brighton will be a tough nut to crack, but as Yeovil have proved on countless occasions, they are well capable of beating the best teams. The Glovers presently sit in a healthy mid table position in the Premier League, but will be hoping to get more points on the board as they look to keep up with the leading pack. And indeed, should the beat the seagulls on Sunday they could replace them in second place!

The two teams last met in in Brighton in March 2011, with the home side coming away 2-1 winners in a close game that saw Jemma Tewkesbury getting on the score sheet for the Glovers. Tewkesbury also scored her team’s only goal the previous encounter, with the two teams sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at Raleigh Grove in the previous September. The Glovers will be looking to go one better in this latest encounter by taking all three points.

Yeovil Town Ladies take Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies at the Athletics Ground, Wells this Sunday 1st October, the match kicking off at the earlier than usual time of 1.00p.m. All fans are asked to come along and support the girls, and can enter the ground for a great value £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. The match day programme is free of charge, and the ground contains full refreshment and bar facilities.

Directions to Wells City:
The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road
Wells
Somerset. BA5 ITU

From the Yeovil Hospital roundabout take the third exit, before taking the second exit at the subsequent roundabout on to Ilchester Road. At the end of Ilchester Road use the second exit to head towards Chilthorne Domer, and follow signs for the A303 and London once on the outskirts of Ilchester. Once on the dual carriageway continue until the Podimore roundabout where it will be necessary to take the second exit for the A37.

Approaching Shepton Mallet, take the first exit at the Whitstone Corner roundabout before bearing left and then taking the second exit at the Cannards Grave roundabout. Continue out on the A37 before turning left at Charlton crossroads for the A361. At the next mini-roundabout continue forward on to the A371 before turning left five miles later for Rowdens Road.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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28 September 2012 : Young Glovers Make Oxford Trip
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow, as they travel to play Oxford United in the last of their Football League Youth Alliance league matches, before attention turns to the League Cup Group stages. The match will be played at the Oxford Sports and Social Ground just off Horspath Road rather than the Iffley Road athletics track that had been used up until last season.

Address: Horspath Sports and Social Ground, Roman Way, off Horspath Road, Oxford, OX4 6NL

The ground is situated in the South-East area of Oxford and so is quite accessible from the West Country. Take the A34 to Oxford from the A303 at Andover. Once at the edge of the Oxford Ring Road, follow directions to the M40 (A40).

You will see the MINI Plant on your right-hand side, keep to the right hand slip lane and at the traffic lights turn onto Horspath Road. Continue on this road past the MINI Plant car park and take the first right onto Roman Way. The Sports club is halfway down on the left hand side.

Note: if Horspath Road becomes Oxford Road, then you've gone too far, and need to turn around.

This is the Youth Team's second trip up to this part of the world this week. They played a Reading Academy side on Tuesday, losing 4-1 in a friendly match. The first half saw a team featuring numerous trialists and younger players go 3-0 down before a more even half saw the more usual Under-18s side provide a bit of stability to the match.


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28 September 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town hit the road on one of the longer journeys of the season, as they travel to Deepdale, home of Preston North End. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include the latest ticketing and travel information, along with the usual range of statistics, directions, parking information and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Preston North End.

Link: Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Preston North End.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.


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27 September 2012 : Officials For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Preston North End and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th September 2012 at Deepdale, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

The most recent of those was for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skiverton after the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly.

Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.

Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

His own referee's profile gave us a decent chuckle as he described his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He's now in his third season as a Football League referee, and doubtless has found out that your average football supporter is perfectly capable of moaning just as much as any ex-spouses can do.

Mr Brown will be assisted by Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Simeon Lucas (Lancashire).

Link: February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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27 September 2012 : Johnson Talks About Burn Plans
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that he has got much more than just a tall defender on his books, having brought Fulham youngster Daniel Burn to Huish Park. The 20 year old joined the Glovers on a month's Youth Loan this week, having been part of the London side's Under-21 squad so far this season.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset today that from what he's seen of the Blyth-born player in Reserve and Development Squad matches at Craven Cottage that he has a cultured left foot on him, and thus is even capable of playing as a full-back if required:

"He's not just a big lad. He's a good footballer. He's got a good left foot, so he gives us that option as well, even though he's six-foot-seven or whatever it is. He's very comfortable with his passing, and I was always impressed with that when I've watched him play for Fulham's Reserves and obviously their Development Squad for their Under-21s."

Gary has hinted that if Burn settles in well, then he could be looking at a lengthy stay at Huish Park, beyond the initial month deal that the two clubs have agreed. Although Fulham would then have the right of a call-back, he feels that wouldn't be too likely at present, and so has an eye on this being a long term arrangement:

"A Youth Loan is handy really, because it means that you can take them for as long as you want, as long as the parent club are happy for him to be with us. So that's good. They can still call him back after 28 days anyway, at any time. But I don't think that he'll be in their Premier League side any time soon - they just want him to get his experience at our level, and obviously trust us to help him do that."

Having brought in Gozie Ugwu from Reading over the summer, most recent business has seen Johnson arrange loan deals with Bristol City's right-sided player Joe Edwards along with Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith. Having now added Burn to those two new arrivals, Gary believes that he is getting good value for money, and that he may still yet bring in one or two more players:

"We've been able to do some good business, to be honest. Joe has come in, and Korey has come in and they're three good players, for the money that we're paying. You wouldn't generally get them for what we're paying. So it's good business by the club. If we can do good business, then we can have a couple more players in total, so that we have a bit more competition, and that's what I want. If we get that competition, then the lads will gain with the ones that enjoy that competition. You might lose a couple that don't enjoy the competition, but that's human nature. Those three especially have given us another string to our bow."


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27 September 2012 : Colchester Management Job Is A Dunne Deal
League One side Colchester United have made a quick decision over a replacement for outgoing manager John Ward, who was fired on Monday after a poor run of results. They have opted for Ward's former assistant Joe Dunne, who has agreed a one year rolling contract at the Community Stadium. Dunne has been with the Essex club for sixteen years as a player, youth team manager, reserve manager, assistant manager and caretaker manager, but now assumes the main position for the first time. His assistant will be former Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella, who has recently been on the coaching staff at Blue Square Bet North side Histon.

In addition to welcoming Dunne to the hot-seat, U's Chairman Robbie Cowling suggests that the Football League's new Salary Capping rules are causing his club a headache, meaning that Dunne will not have a lot of money to play with to deal with the club's 22nd placed League One position. However, he is hopeful that his club's longer term plans will allow them to be more competitive over the course of time:

"In the short term, the club has to adjust to the new salary capping rules that have forced us to drastically reduce our playing budget and no manager can be expected to improve its first team squad with significantly less money to spend on players. However, the long-term future is much brighter. The investments we have made in our facilities and in the youth set up will pay dividends in the not to distant future and the land that the club owns in Tiptree could, if planning permission is granted, provide funds to put the club on a stable financial footing and allow it to continue those types of investments into the foreseeable future."


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27 September 2012 : Nkumu Departure Confirmed
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that there will be no extension to Archange Nkumu's stay in Somerset. The 18 year old Chelsea defender/midfielder's input into the Glovers first team lasted just eight minutes, having made a late substitute appearance at Leyton Orient last week, and he was omitted entirely from the squad that was selected against Sheffield United.

With that in mind, few people expected his month's loan spell to be extended, particularly with yesterday's arrival of left-sided centre-back Daniel Burn from Fulham. Johnson has told today's Western Gazette that he couldn't really see a place for Nkumu in the side:

"We decided that Archange wasn't experienced enough to go with the inexperience that we have already got. Chelsea gave us the opportunity to have a look at him and see what we thought but I couldn't really feel I could put him in any particular position. He believes he is a midfield player, that is where he wants to play but I needed him to be a centre half and he wouldn't have been a very big centre half anyway."

The Glovers are now left with four loan players, following the departure of Rohan Ince, who also returned to Chelsea this week. Right-sided defender Joe Edwards, midfielder Korey Smith and striker Gozie Ugwu along with new arrival Burn are the four that remain, giving Johnson the possible option of adding a fifth, should he choose to do so.


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26 September 2012 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Last week, Yeovil Town made the familiar trip to Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground for a midweek League One fixture. We won't ponder the match too much, except to say that bar a brief 20 minute period at the start of the second half, where Sam Foley grabbed a goal, we were very much outplayed, and ended up on the end of a 4-1 defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw those present struggle somewhat to form a consensus. Four players appeared to rise slightly above the rest of the pack, with midfielders Ed Upson and Korey Smith being acknowledged, whilst goalkeeper Marek Stech once again picked up a healthy chunk of votes. However, the winner by a short margin, was the goalscorer on the night Sam Foley.

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

1 Sam Foley 40 (2)
2 Marek Stech 34 (2)
3 Korey Smith 26 (2)
4 Ed Upson 20 (2)
5 Dominic Blizzard 12 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 10 (1)
7 Dominic Blizzard 6 (0)
7 James Hayter 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.78

Performance: 4.44
Entertainment: 5.11

VOTES RECEIVED: 9


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26 September 2012 : Blackwell Fills Shakers Gap
League One side Bury have opted for experience in appointing Kevin Blackwell as their new boss. The former Sheffield United, Luton Town and Leeds United manager has been given the nod as a replacement to Richie Barker, who left to take up a similar position at Crawley Town over the summer.

The 53 year old former goalkeeper has not held a front line management position since leaving Bramall Lane in 2010. He has spent the past two years performing various coaching roles in Nigeria and the USA as well as performing work in childrens orphanages overseas as part of a charitable sports programme.

Blackwell's roots in first team management were sewn at Gigg Lane at the end of the last century when he became Goalkeeping Coach with the Shakers under Neil Warnock, who had worked with him as a player at Plymouth Argyle, Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay United and Huddersfield Town. Blackwell eventually became Warnock's direct assistant, following him to Sheffield in 1999. Thirteen years later he has returned to his former club in the more senior position.


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26 September 2012 : Ince Return Confirmed As Permanent
Further to Monday's news, the return of defender/midfielder Rohan Ince has now been confirmed. The 19 year old had been due to stay at Huish Park for a six month period, but had only made four appearances, including three as a substitute.

Problems with ankle and shin injuries didn't help his cause, although his one and only start, in the 4-1 defeat at Leyton Orient saw him struggle to perform in a centre-back position, and it later transpired that he had picked up a further injury. Chelsea's website suggested on Monday that his return was a permanent one and that now has been absolutely confirmed at the Yeovil Town end.

Link: Rohan Ince : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 September 2012 : From Stamford Bridge To Stamford Bridge, Via Yeovil Town
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Michael Woods has finally turned up at a new club. His move to Stamford Bridge might fool you into believing that he has made a surprise return to Premier League side Chelsea, but that's not quite the case. This particular Stamford Bridge is seven miles East of York, and their football side play at the third level of the York Minster Engineering Football League. We're talking definite 'park level' amateur football here.

The 22 year old's decision to head up there doubtless stems from it being his home stomping ground - Woods was born in Pocklington, near York, and started his junior career with Leeds United. The Independent On Sunday reports that he played for Stamford Bridge over the weekend just gone, and so finds that four months after leaving Yeovil Town that his career has - by name at least - gone full circle.

Unless this is a short term fix to keep his fitness levels up until he finds a semi or full professional club, it can probably be assumed that football is not his main focus at the present moment. He was offered the chance to train pre-season at Huish Park to gain a proper contract with the Glovers, having played on a non-contract basis at the tail end of the 2011-12 season, but chose not to do so, and this is the first sighting of him at another football club.


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25 September 2012 : Fulham Defender Signs On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up Fulham defender Daniel Burn on a Youth Loan basis. Born in Blyth on 9th May 1992, he is a 6'6" tall central defender who started his career with Conference National side Darlington, making 19 appearances for the North-East club.

At the end of the 2010-11 season, Burn switched to Premier League Fulham, for a fee reported to be £350,000. He has yet to play for his current club's first team. However, he has signed a three year contract with them that will keep him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2014. He is currently captain of Fulham's Under-21 Development Side.

Burn has signed on an initial one month basis, and will be available for Saturday's trip to Preston North End. Their website gives the following view on their own player:

"The towering centre-back enjoyed a fine first season at Fulham, having joined the Club in the summer of 2011 from Conference side Darlington. Excelling at the heart of the Development Squad’s defence, his form throughout the course of the 2011/12 campaign made him one of the first names on the team sheet. While the likes of Marcello Trotta and Alex Kacaniklic turned heads further forward, Burn was our defensive rock."

"Comfortable on the ball and a threat from set-pieces, the player is more than just an accomplished stopper. With a mature reading of play and excellent distribution, comparisons have already been made with Brede Hangeland."

"In working his way up from non-league, and in sharing a variety of on-field attributes, comparisons with Chris Smalling are perhaps more fitting. The Club are certainly hopeful that the player can follow a similar path. As a result of his excellent leadership skills, he will lead the Under-21s out as captain."


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25 September 2012 : Interview With Gavin Williams
Following Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gavin's views on the game and his recovery from injury are captured via the link below.

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Sheffield United.


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24 September 2012 : MK Dons Man Of The Match Result
Nine days ago, Yeovil Town played the first of two away matches in the space of three days. The 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons was the second match in a row where a single goal had settled the match, with a Charlie MacDonald strike 16 minutes from time settling a match that the home side had largely dominated.

The Man of the Match voting reflected that level of domination. Three of the top four players came from the back five players, whilst the other is a midfielder generally known for his more defensive duties. Richard Hinds, Dominic Blizzard and Byron Webster were three who picked up a good number of votes, but the poll was won at a canter - goalkeeper Marek Stech once again deemed to be the best player out on the pitch. Is anyone noticing the pattern?

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

1 Marek Stech 86 (8)
2 Byron Webster 32 (0)
3 Dominic Blizzard 16 (1)
4 Richard Hinds 16 (0)
5 Sam Foley 6 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 2 (0)
6 Ed Upson 2 (0)
6 Korey Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.78

Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 3.56

VOTES RECEIVED: 9


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24 September 2012 : Ward Fired By Colchester
League One side Colchester United have sacked manager John Ward after a poor start to the season. The Essex club were Yeovil's opening opponents of the 2012-13 season, after they were beaten in the Football League Cup, and things haven't got much better for them since then. They sit in 22nd place in the League One table, with four draws and four defeats to their name - their worst start to a season over a 75 year period, including four defeats in their last five matches.

Ward had been given the dreaded Vote of Confidence just six days ago, with general manager Tim Waddington insisting:

"We’re not looking to replace John. He has the support of Robbie Cowling, the board and everyone at the club. The merry-go-round will not be starting here. We won’t be throwing the baby out with the bathwater."

Assistant manager Joe Dunne has been given the Caretaker Manager role in the short term, with Ward relinquishing a post that he had held since May 2010.

Another manager who might need to watch his step is Bournemouth boss Paul Groves. He has been the Vote of Confidence today after his side got hammered 4-0 by Swindon Town. Chairman Eddie Mitchell has said of the situation after Cherries fans called for their manager's head:

"We’re not sacking anybody. Instantly changing the manager would not automatically mean we would start winning games. We have no intention of sacking anybody. That is not what this club is going to be about while I am here."

Where Groves may start to get twitchy, is in Mitchell's views on the informal role taken by Harry Redknapp earlier this month. After insisting that Redknapp would merely be taking a voluntary role, and the man himself telling the press that he would not be looking to manage Bournemouth for a second time, the Cherries Chairman is now shifting towards offering Redknapp a formal role:

"I have said in the past we have got on our doorstep one of the best managers in the country. I have spoken to Paul (Groves) about bringing Harry closer and need to discuss it with Harry. It would be one of many steps we would need to take to change and improve."

Meanwhile Coventry City unveiled their new manager just before the weekend, as Mark Robins was given the Sky Blues hotseat. The 42 year old has been given a three year deal at the club. However, his opening match ended with a 2-1 home defeat that means that they stay in the relegation zone.


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24 September 2012 : Glovers Set Up New Supporters Liaison Role
Yeovil Town have formally unveiled Club Director Stephen Allinson as their new Supporters Liaison Director. The move has been made with immediate effect, and gives Mr Allinson the role to act as the club's main contact for the Football Club's Customer Charter.

Stephen is a Consultant Solicitor, with plenty of experience in the footballing world, assisting various clubs or creditors over the years, concerning insolvency events. He is the second longest serving Director of the Football Club, having been appointed to the board in 2001, but having an association with the club dating back to 1986. He was also the club's Company Secretary until last year.

The club's usual email contact address for Supporter Liaison of supporter.link@ytfc.net can be used to contact him, or you can reach him on Twitter by following @AllinsonStephen - in addition, if you've got any feedback you want to give him anonymously, then feel free to email Ciderspace and we'll gladly pass on your thoughts directly to him.

Speaking via the Green Room II forum, Stephen said of his plans:

"I do intend to set up (quarterly) meetings with our various groups and we will see how they develop. Obviously some aspects of any business are things which must be kept in the Boardroom but I also hope I can be a conduit for fans. I am happy for anyone to ask to see me at a game."


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24 September 2012 : Ince Return Reported By Blues
Chelsea's club website is reporting that defender/midfielder Rohan Ince has had his loan spell ended by the Glovers. The 19 year old's return to Stamford Bridge had been reported as necessary to deal with a recurring ankle injury, however the take on the situation on his parent club's website is that this is a more permanent arrangement, despite the Glovers having originally agreed a half season loan deal with the Premier League side.

Previewing Chelsea's Under-21 fixture against Crystal Palace Under-21s, they make reference to both Ince and Conor Clifford's return to West London after the former Glovers loanee had his spell with Portsmouth curtailed a week or so ago. The Chelsea website's wording in their article strongly implies that they expect both players to be competing in that development squad over the coming weeks and that Ince is back for good:

"With both Rohan Ince and Conor Clifford back at the club following loan spells at Yeovil Town and Portsmouth respectively, competition for places in the weeks to come is sure to intensify, but having witnessed the impact losing influential players can bring, (Under-21 manager Dermot) Drummy certainly won't be complaining"

It may be a misunderstanding on the author's behalf, but certainly manager Gary Johnson has given out strong vibes that Ince's return to Chelsea would be on an indefinite basis, with Archange Nkumu's one month loan from the same club having expired following Saturday's match as well without too much noise. The most likely scenario is therefore that Gary will cut his losses with both players, and dip into the loan market for one or two replacements.


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24 September 2012 : Bournemouth Home Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town suffered a 0-1 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth. The match was largely dominated by the Cherries, who could have won by a larger margin, but eventually had to settle for a Richard Hughes free kick that ultimately divided the two sides.

Man of the Match voting saw almost everyone pile their votes onto two players. Although left-back Nathan Ralph picked up the Sponsors MOTM, he finished third in poll. Midfielder Ed Upson weighed in with another one of his consistent performances to finish second. However, yet again goalkeeper Marek Stech picked up the lion's share of the votes and finished a clear winner.

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

1 Marek Stech 448 (37)
2 Ed Upson 256 (18)
3 Nathan Ralph 128 (3)
4 Sam Foley 60 (1)
5 Richard Hinds 50 (0)
6 Byron Webster 32 (0)
7 James Hayter 26 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 10 (0)
9 Dominic Blizzard 8 (0)
10 Reuben Reid 4 (0)
10 Gozie Ugwu 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.00

Performance: 3.73
Entertainment: 4.27

VOTES RECEIVED: 59


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24 September 2012 : Johnson Targets Extra Loan For This Week
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is likely to move into the loan market yet again this week. At present the Glovers have five loanees on their books, although Chelsea's Archange Nkumu's one month loan expires this week, with the defender/midfielder having played just eight minutes during that time. Added to that, Rohan Ince has also returned to Stamford Bridge, having suffered a repeat of the pre-season injury during last Tuesday's defeat at Leyton Orient, and the implication is that this time both clubs will take their time with the recuperation.

That leaves only Gozie Ugwu (Reading), Korey Smith (Norwich City) and Joe Edwards (Bristol City) as loanees likely to be involved next weekend against Preston North End allowing Johnson the opportunity to bring in up to two loans into his matchday squad, according to Football League rules. The Glovers boss indicates that he will be taking advantage of one of those slots and has told the Western Morning News that the situation with Ince, who had been brought in on a half-season loan, is likely to be open-ended:

"Rohan is likely to be out until Chelsea feel. They have sent him back twice and twice he has had a problem with his ankle. I won't be thinking about him for a little while but I will be having a chat with Chelsea to see what they want to do. Someone has got to get over their injury and that is why I brought Joe in for an extra number, and I now have to bring another in this week for an extra number."

Johnson had previously stated that he was keeping an eye on Bristol City defender James Wilson, who can operate as a centre-back or as a right-back. However, the 23 year old has played a full 90 minutes in their last two matches at Championship level, with Bristol City picking up four points during that time.


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23 September 2012 : Four In A Row - The Ugly Stats
Saturday's defeat against Sheffield United was Yeovil Town's fourth defeat in a row in League One, and on the day there were suggestions that this was the club's worst sequence of League defeats since entering the Football League. Thankfully this isn't the case ... yet! As far as we can tell there are two separate instances of the Glovers losing four Football League matches in a row since gaining promotion from the Conference in the summer of 2003.

The most recent of these came in November 2010, when defeats against Milton Keynes Dons (away), Dagenham and Redbridge (home), Charlton Athletic (away) and AFC Bournemouth (away) saw a total wipe-out during that month, with only an FA Cup First Round victory over Rushden and Diamonds preventing a complete set in all competitions.

The month of November was also a poor one during the 2005-06 season. Defeats against Huddersfield Town (home), Swansea City (away) and Oldham Athletic (home) were followed by Brentford (away) all in the League. The two FA Cup First Round fixtures against Macclesfield Town brought some brief respite from the League form.

It is true to say that if Yeovil Town don't get a positive result at Preston North End on Saturday, then they will be setting an unwanted Football League record - they have never lost five in a row during that time. The last time the club lost five consecutive League matches was back in the 1997-98 season, when the fall-out over the departure of manager Graham Roberts, saw his replacement Colin Lippiatt struggle to field a team, and defeats against Stevenage, Hayes, Halifax Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Morecambe gave Big Col a sticky start to his time as manager.

The start to the 2012-13 season has certainly been an odd one. The start to the season saw the club get their best start to a Football League season, with seven points from their first three matches. It was also the first time the club had ever topped League One. Hopefully the more unwanted side of the statistics can be avoided next Saturday at Deepdale.


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23 September 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United Match Highlights
Match highlights from yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United are now online. The Sky Sports website is hosting two minutes worth of the game at Huish Park and you can watch it via the link below. Once again, access rights are restricted to those using a UK ISP only.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United Match Highlights.


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23 September 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Blades 1 : Steely Blades Cut Glovers Down
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town lose by a narrow 0-1 scoreline to Sheffield United. Guest blogger Kurt West has penned another addition to Taff's Gloversblog based on what he saw at Huish Park - you can read that via the link below. Feel free to add your own views on the match at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Blades 1 : Steely Blades Cut Glovers Down.


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23 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict is captured via the link below.

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


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23 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield United Interview
Just before kick-off against Sheffield United at Huish Park on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts just before the game commenced are captured via the link below.

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


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22 September 2012 : Johnson Encouraged By Team Performance Despite Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he had to separate out the result against Sheffield United today from the team's overall performance. The Glovers suffered a 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Huish Park this afternoon, giving them their fourth successive League One defeat - a statistic no manager would want.

However, comparing it against the club's preceding three losses against AFC Bournemouth, Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient, Johnson felt that it was a much improved performance. He told BBC Somerset after the game that it was important that his players looked at the overall performance, and not just the moment when Neill Collins headed home the Blades' 55th minute winner:

"Sometimes you have to take the emotion out of losing the game, because we've had three poor defeats (against Bournemouth, Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient). But I thought today that the lads gave it a right go. We kept the ball against a decent team on most occasions and created a few opportunities. People will shoot me down, because it's still a 1-0 defeat, but if you take the emotion out of it, I thought we played well today, and I thought we did enough to get something out of a very strong team, who were difficult to break down themselves."

Johnson switched his side's formation to a 4-5-1 this afternoon, to get an extra man into midfield, resulting in James Hayter playing a lone role up front until the closing stages of the game. Johnson felt that change worked well, apart from the goal, and that there were times when they began to turn play around against their more illustrious opponents:

"I'm very encouraged. I think we're finding our football feet a little bit. It's very difficult to play a 4-4-2 against them and just keep the ball. It wasn't going to happen. Although it was a bit of a slow start, we got into the game, and once we started getting our runners and getting our support up to that one (striker) then we had quite a few occasions where we were actually driving at their defence. We had three or four decent chances and Marek has had to make two or three saves as well. So it would have been great if we had nicked a draw. However, I've got to pick them up because I thought that was a proper football performance by us."


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22 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
If you watched this afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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22 September 2012 : Yeovil 0 Blades 1 : Set Piece Gives Glovers Fourth Defeat
Yeovil Town slipped to their fourth defeat in a row, as they were narrowly edged out by a strong but unflamboyant Sheffield United side. The Blades got their breakthrough from a set piece, as Neill Collins headed home Paul Gallagher's corner in a game where neither side particularly dominated but where the Glovers struggled to strongly test visiting keeper Mark Howard. An improved second half couldn't stop the home side slipping to 13th in the League One table as they struggle to recover the August form that shot them briefly to the top of the table.

Manager Gary Johnson rang the changes once again, making four changes to the rather experimental line-up that had taken to the field against Leyton Orient. Three of the back four were changed, as Luke Ayling, Richard Hinds and Jamie McAllister were recalled, with the latter grabbing back the captain's armband after a three match suspension. Elsewhere, there was a surprise as Gavin Williams returned to the side for the first time this season, having sat out two months with a calf muscle problem. He played on the right of a five man midfield, doubtless designed to plug some of the gaps that had been appearing in the middle of the park in recent games.

The first period was an inert one, with both sides struggling to create chances. Tony McMahon forced Marek Stech to tip over a free kick for a corner, whilst the visitors saw a glancing headers from Dave Kitson go wide. It took about half an hour for Yeovil Town to create their own chances - Korey Smith and Ed Upson were at the heart of them when they happened, with Smith weaving his way to the byline before pulling the ball back for Upson, only for the midfielder to scuff his shot somewhat allowing Mark Howard to block the ball. Then Smith turned and shot himself, forcing Howard to parry.

The Blades still had their own chance to open the scoring though, with Neill Collins planting a header wide, whilst Paul Gallagher's attempt to lob Marek Stech almost saw the goalkeeper lose the ball, just about gaining control as it threatened to go over the line. The half ended with Tony McMahon forcing Stech into a parried save as Luke Ayling hacked the loose ball away. This wasn't a classic 45 minutes by any stretch of the imagination, with the visitors very marginally the more dangerous side, although 0-0 summed up the half fairly well.

The Glovers commenced the second half in better style, but that still didn't stop them falling behind ten minutes into the half. A tendency to concede from set pieces has often seen them lose matches - Paul Gallagher's corner saw Blades captain Neill Collins make a powerful run, and he headed home at the front post to give the away side the lead, with Yeovil's marking looking rather absent. 0-1 down against a team the Glovers have never scored against.

There was plenty of endeavour to get back into the match, as Dominic Blizzard's cross into the box squeezed between the far post and the incoming James Hayter, whilst a Sam Foley chipped shot was saved by Mark Howard. Unsurprisingly Gary Johnson introduced plenty of attacking options to try to upset the resolute Blades back line, with Reuben Reid coming in up front, Joe Edwards being introduced in a wide position, and eventually Keanu Marsh-Brown coming in as the final throw of the dice as he played up front for the final ten minutes.

Sheffield United seemed largely content to soak it up, and hold their 1-0 lead, with Marek Stech rarely tested - one rare shot on target from the Blades saw Richard Cresswell force the keeper to save at his near post, whilst at set pieces their height and physical strength made them dangerous. But Yeovil couldn't quite find the killer touch for an equaliser - Marsh-Brown's cross into the box saw Joe Edwards attempt to head home, but again he couldn't quite get the clean contact he needed. In the end it was just one set piece that divided the sides, but that's been far too often the story when Yeovil have come up short against the division's 'bigger' sides over the years.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Scorers: Neill Collins (0-1, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
10. Gavin Williams 6. Dominic Blizzard 21. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (82 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 11. Reuben Reid (69 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Gozie Ugwu 22. Joe Edwards (76 mins for Sam Foley)

Sheffield United:
1. Mark Howard 5. Harry Maguire 6. Matthew Hill 10. Nick Blackman 11. Kevin McDonald 14. Dave Kitson 15. Neill Collins (Capt) 16. David McAllister 17. Richard Creswell 23. Paul Gallagher 29. Tony McMahon

Substitutes:
2. Darryl Westlake 9. Chris Porter (64 mins for Dave Kitson) 12. Shaun Miller 19. John Cofie 25. George Long 26. Callum McFadzean 30. Marcus Williams (79 mins for Paul Gallagher)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Sheffield United Bookings: Harry Maguire (45 mins, kicking ball away)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 4.

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Robert Lewis (Shropshire)

Attendance: 4,117 (with 859 Sheffield United fans).


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22 September 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made four changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's visit of Sheffield United. Right-back Luke Ayling and centre-back Richard Hinds are restored to the side after missing out in midweek, whilst captain Jamie McAllister returns from suspension, meaning that three out of the back four have been changed for the match. The big news, however, is that midfielder Gavin Williams makes his first appearance of the season, and is put straight into the starting line-up.

The squad chosen omits Rohan Ince, who has a shin/ankle injury, and also Archange Nkumu who was due to have the last game in his single month loan at Huish Park today. However, for the first time this season, Johnson has been able to name a full bench of players, thus leaving the question of whether Nkumu will be kept on.

The exact formation could depend upon where the likes of Dominic Blizzard and Gavin Williams are placed in the line-up, but we'll opt for the following as a calculated guess:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
6. Dominic Blizzard 21. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Gozie Ugwu 22. Joe Edwards

Sheffield United:
1. Mark Howard 5. Harry Maguire 6. Matthew Hill 10. Nick Blackman 11. Kevin McDonald 14. Dave Kitson 15. Neil Collins (Capt) 16. David McAllister 17. Richard Creswell 23. Paul Gallagher 29. Tony McMahon

Substitutes:
2. Darryl Westlake 9. Chris Porter 12. Shaun Miller 19. John Cofie 25. George Long 26. Callum McFadzean 30. Marcus Williams

The two dugouts will feature two former Bristol City managers doing battle, with Gary Johnson having arrived at Ashton Gate after Danny Wilson left the building. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he has a lot of respect for Wilson over the years he has rubbed shoulders with him:

"I like Danny. He's one that if I see him across the room and he's at a table on his own, then I'll go and sit with him. There are some where you don't want to be anywhere near them! But Danny is a good one, and he's done very well to make the crossover from Sheffield Wednesday to Sheffield United. He'll be professional enough to know that he's under pressure to win the league or get promotion. So that's quite big pressure on him. But they've certainly got the budget to back it up."

Centre-back Byron Webster, who has captained the side over the last three matches, has said that the team need to brush off the bad form the team have shown, and stop three defeats in a row becoming four:

"The games come in thick and fast, so you've got no time to mope about. We'll come back stronger. We don't come here to not try. We all try hard, but sometimes it's a bad day. I know that doesn't help the fans, the manager or whoever, but we just need to keep working hard."


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22 September 2012 : No Blades Fans In The Beer Tent Today
Yeovil Town and Sheffield United supporters should note that admission to the Beer Tent today is for home supporters only. You will therefore need to show your matchday or season ticket before gaining admission to the Tent, so head via the Huish Park Ticket Office first if you haven't already purchased your ticket.

For Blades fans, this means that Huish Park is alcohol-free from your point of view. The nearest pubs are around 10-15 minutes walk away, or obviously if you're driving you can pick one of the out of town pubs. A recommended list can be found via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Directions and Pub Guide.


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22 September 2012 : Ayling 'Upset' By Recent Playing Form
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling admits that he has been 'upset' with his own personal form, after a few below par performances that led to him being dropped from the side in midweek. Generally an ever-present in the side, and with 102 Glovers appearances under his belt, the 21 year old found himself sat on the bench for Tuesday night's match against Leyton Orient.

Luke said that he felt he'd played badly in the preceding games against AFC Bournemouth and Milton Keynes Dons where he had failed to keep possession on a number of occasions, and so could see why he had been removed from the starting line-up. He told BBC Somerset that he was upset by that, but felt more confident when he came on as a second half sub at Brisbane Road:

"I was really upset with myself personally, and of course I sat out the game on Tuesday (at Leyton Orient). But when I came on, I felt good in the game, so hopefully I might start the game out here and try to get my form back. That's the first time that I've had two bad games in a row. I found it hard to keep the ball and I just kept giving it away. I know in myself when I've had a bad game. That's a bit hard to take, because I'm not used to doing it. But hopefully I can get back to some good form."

Three defeats in a row has seen Yeovil slip down to 11th in the League One Table. Ayling points out though that they are still only one win away from fourth placed Crawley Town, and so isn't readjusting his hopes and expectations just yet:

"It's still bright. We're still in the top half, and it's only three points between us and fourth. So we can win on Saturday and jump straight back up. It's still positive and I've been working hard on the training field, to try to make things work, because obviously you can't lose three on the bounce, and hopefully we can sort it out there on Saturday."


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21 September 2012 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning in their latest Football League Youth Alliance fixture. They take on Swindon Town, who are traditionally one of the stronger sides in the division, and currently lie in third place in the early table, having won two and lost one match. The Glovers have played an extra match, and have won one and drawn one of their four games, putting them in 7th place in the table.

Tomorrow's game takes place at the usual Alvington venue, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern, off Bunford Lane. Kick-off is at 11.00a.m., giving you plenty of time to squeeze in a double-header, with the first team in action later that day at Huish Park. Admission is free of charge, with all supporters welcome to come and watch the game.

Football League Youth Alliance South West Division Weekend Fixtures:
Exeter City v Torquay United (Friday, 2.00pm)
Oxford United v Cheltenham Town
Plymouth Argyle v Hereford United
Yeovil Town v Swindon Town


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21 September 2012 : Johnson Takes Balanced Look At Glovers Form
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he is aiming to take a balanced approach to his team's start to the 2012-13 season, despite having lost their last three games. Having previously only lost in the Football League Cup, the Glovers have suffered somewhat in matches against AFC Bournemouth, Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient, seeing them slip to 11th place in the League One Table.

Johnson points to his club's record so far of three wins, one draw and three defeats that has given them that midtable position and told BBC Somerset that ten points from seven matches would have been seen by many as an acceptable starting point:

"People will be disappointed and quite rightly disappointed, because they want to see their team win. Maybe if most people were asked would you accept 11th place after seven games before the season started, then most people would have done."

The snag is that the most recent matches have all been defeats, and in quick succession. The Glovers boss admits that wasn't part of the plan, but has the belief that they are capable of halting that run of form:

"You don't want to lose three games. We've had two difficult away performances - I'm not making excuses for anybody, but I'm not going to cry over spilt milk after seven games. I know we've got the character here, certainly amongst the management staff, to turn it around."

For tomorrow's match against Sheffield United, Johnson will be able to add new loan signing Joe Edwards to his squad, whilst club captain Jamie McAllister returns after a three match ban. The obvious temptation will be to put both into the starting line-up against the Blades, after Tuesday night's somewhat experimental line-up failed to produce the goods.

The Glovers seem likely to be without Chelsea loanee Rohan Ince, who had returned to Stamford Bridge for treatment on a recurring shin/ankle problem he sustained in pre-season. There will of course be the perennial question of whether midfielder Gavin Williams will be available or not, with his 'imminent' return to the side now having taken the best part of two months. However, the best he can hope for is the bench.

Yeovil's opponents Sheffield United come to Huish Park with a bit of pressure on their shoulders, having drawn five of their last six games. That means that they're sat in a relatively healthy 6th place, but with the need to turn some of those singular points into three if they are to avoid the play-off heartache they suffered last season. They will travel minus skipper Michael Doyle and fellow midfielder Ryan Flynn who are both serving the final match of a three game ban.

Manager Danny Wilson, who is highly familiar with the West Country, having been in charge of Bristol City and Swindon Town, will make a late decision on whether to include striker Chris Porter, with the player having only just returned to training following a knee injury last month. The hints from the Sheffield press are that the experienced Dave Kitson could be in line for a start, having come off the bench during their midweek draw against Doncaster Rovers. With that game finishing goalless, the temptation will be for Wilson to shake up a front line that has netted twice in their last three outings.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. If you want to pay the pre-match prices then you'll need to do your business with the Huish Park Ticket Office by 6.00p.m. tonight. If you can't get to the game, the usual BBC Somerset is on 95.5FM, whilst the mix of tweets and retweets will be provided on our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account.


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21 September 2012 : Edwards Makes Return To Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have taken Bristol City right-sided player Joe Edwards back on a month's loan. The 21 year old player, who usually plays as a right-back, was used as a right-winger during a 2011-12 four match loan spell shortly after Gary Johnson returned to the club in January.

Edwards will be available for tomorrow's home match against Sheffield United and will be at Huish Park over the next month. He is under contract at Ashton Gate until the summer of 2013, having signed a new contract over the summer.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 September 2012 : Ex-Glovers Trio Fielded In Europa League Match
Back at the tail end of the 2008-09 season, winger Andros Townsend was one of three Tottenham Hotspur players to arrive on loan at the club, during the early days of Terry Skiverton's management spell. During the following campaign, two more Spurs players arrived from White Hart Lane, as Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker arrived in South Somerset on loan deals.

Whilst we've regularly charted the rise of centre-back Caulker over the years, in the conviction that he would become a full England player, there's been less focus on what the others have been doing. Tonight though, Caulker, Mason and Townsend were all named in the Spurs first team squad that took on Lazio in the Europa League.

With Townsend and Mason coming off the bench, and Caulker playing a full 90 minutes, by the time the game reached it's 0-0 conclusion, all three ex-Glovers were on the field of play. Mason and Caulker were making their second appearance for Spurs, with Townsend the veteran as part of his 10th first team match, having been a Europa League regular last season. Caulker almost got the match winner - he got the ball in the back of the net, but was chalked off for climbing as he headed home.

Three former Yeovil Town players, all in the same team, playing in a European competition? That doesn't come around too often!

Link: Andros Townsend : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Ryan Mason : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Two Former Glovers Make Premier League Debuts.


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20 September 2012 : Johnson Hoping Marsh-Brown Learns Over Mid-Match Tweet
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he hopes that winger Keanu Marsh-Brown will learn from his mistakes, after he was guilty of a questionable (literally) tweet was sent from his personal account. The 20 year old was substituted at half time during Tuesday's 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient, having only just been recalled to the starting line-up.

Under five minutes into the second half, and with the Glovers 2-0 down, Marsh-Brown's Twitter account was used to tweet a long string of question marks: "?????????????????????????????" - a world away from Joey Barton's Twitter rants, but certainly one that appeared to be showing some dissent towards his substitution. Not the most sensible thing to do, and badly timed given that the match was still in progress, with the overall team performance having improved following the half time change.

The tweet was deleted later in the game, with Marsh-Brown apologising later, and suggesting that his brother had used his account, rather than it being himself on the controls. Speaking immediately after Tuesday's game Johnson dryly suggested that "he must be questioning his performance" nicely sidestepping the issue, as doubtless the Glovers boss prepared himself for a chat with his player in the morning.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Johnson has said that Marsh-Brown has now apologised to his team-mates over the issue, and hints that the former Oldham Athletic and Fulham winger has also admitted that the tweet came from the player himself. However, the broad hint of Johnson's tone was that he considered the issue now closed:

"I think he's apologised to his players and I think he's already apologised to the fans. I think it was a bit of a reaction that was wrong. He knows that it's wrong. They know that they are not supposed to be tweeting anyway about things at the football club. So he's got to take his punishment, which he has done, and we move on. It wasn't a rant necessarily, although it was the timing of it. It was poor timing, and it was not the sort of thing you should be doing. He's only young and he's got a lot to learn. We're hoping that we get him through every misdemeanour, and hopefully he learns from all of them."


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20 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Interview
Just before kick-off against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary explains his team selection that saw four players left out in a radical starting line-up.

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


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20 September 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Officials for Saturday's home League One match between Yeovil Town and Sheffield United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 22nd September 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of this fixture will be referee Roger East.

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

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

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

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

His more recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with two of those coming during the 2009-10 season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day?

Most recently, Mr East was in charge of the September 2010 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. Here we've got to give him credit for doing what far too few officials do - going back and booking a Tranmere player after he had played an advantage, rather than forgetting the severity of the incident, or unnecessarily stopping play. However, with our green-tinted spectacles on, we had some grumbles about him chalking off an Adam Virgo goal for apparent climbing on a Rovers defender. Good job we won the game, or there might have been a bit more post-match talk about it.

He looked after two Glovers games during the 2011-12 season. In the 2-0 defeat against Exeter City in the Carling Cup he chalked off another Glovers goal - a Kieran Agard strike was denied for a push on the keeper by another Glovers player. Whether that was fair or not, Terry Skiverton didn't make any issue about the incident in his post-match interview, so we'll give the match referee the benefit of the doubt. No bookings against either side on the night, which is always nice to see.

Then we had the March 2012 game against Brentford, where he had a bit more of a messy game, where we weren't happy about the free kick that led to the Bees opening goal. He later denied both sides a penalty shout, although we'd need to have seen the video replay for both incidents to see the merits of his decision-making there.

Whatever our own opinions on him as a referee, clearly the relevant referees assessors like what he is doing, as during the 2012-13 season, he's been given his first Premier League matches. He took charge of Swansea City vs Sunderland and Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion earlier this month, although has still been mixing that with Football League appointments during that time.

Mr East will be assisted by John Farries and Gavin Muge. The Fourth Official is Robert Lewis.

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

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

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

Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

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

Link: Sept 2010 : Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1.


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19 September 2012 : Video : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who can bear to relive it, there are video highlights on the Sky Sports website of last night's League One match. They have provided 2 minutes and 21 seconds worth of goals and action from the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient can be viewed via the link below - as before this will be for viewers using a UK-based internet service provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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19 September 2012 : Webster Apologises For 'Hopeless' Performance
Yeovil Town central defender Byron Webster issued an apology and a blunt assessment of his own personal performance after last night's match at Leyton Orient. The 25 year old has been a stand-in captain during Jamie McAllister's suspension, but saw his side lose 4-1 at Brisbane Road, as poor defending saw the O's capitalise on mistakes.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Byron has insisted that the team went into the match feeling confident about their chances, but was not prepared to offer any excuses for the eventual outcome:

"Personally, I'd like to apologise to the fans, because I was hopeless. We're all down. It was disappointing from start to finish and that's now three losses on the bounce. No disrespect to Leyton Orient, but we were confident coming here. We've let ourselves down and we've let the fans down that have come a long way. All I can say is to stick with us, and we will keep going."


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19 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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19 September 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Orient 4 Yeovil 1 : No Case For The Defence
Yesterday's trip to Brisbane Road will not go down as one of our happier journeys to East London. The 4-1 defeat saw Leyton Orient run out as convincing winners. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, there's some more detailed thoughts on the team selection and the game itself that you can read via the link below. Feel free to add your own views, particularly if you were at the game.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Orient 4 Yeovil 1 : No Case For The Defence.


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19 September 2012 : Johnson Concerned At Lack Of Attacking Threat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that his side are lacking quality around the opposition penalty area, in the wake of three consecutive defeats that have seen them slip into midtable in the past fortnight. Although the Glovers conceded four goals in a 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient last night, the Glovers boss admitted that one of his concerns was that his side had only scored once in the last three matches.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, he felt that whilst Orient striker Kevin Lisbie had a great game against his own side's back four, that his own attackers failed to do the same. However, he did acknowledge that the start of the second half was a bit more like what he wanted to see:

"Once we got the one goal (from Sam Foley) at 2-1, we were looking okay. We were getting on the ball and we were having a few chances. But our quality in and around the penalty area wasn't good enough on the day and it hasn't been in the last two or three games really. We're certainly letting teams dictate us. (Leyton Orient striker Kevin) Lisbie looked like a world-beater today and our (attacking players) didn't. That was a big difference as obviously Orient go very long, very quick, and we couldn't handle that early on."

Inevitably attention turns to the four goals conceded on the night. Whilst the back four would come under scrutiny, Johnson felt that it was the defensive duties of his whole team that were at stake here, pointing out that those in front of the defence needed to do their jobs as well:

"When you let four goals in you have to look at the defensive side of the team and not just the defence. We weren't winning (the ball) in any part of the pitch anyway. Yes, we started off really poor in defence, and we didn't win the battle in midfield, and we certainly didn't win the battle up front either."


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18 September 2012 : Orient 4 Yeovil 1 : Defensive Frailties Expose Glovers
Yeovil Town crashed to their third consecutive defeat tonight, as they were firmly beaten by Leyton Orient by a 4-1 scoreline. Poor defending let them down, as a somewhat makeshift defence saw cracks appear in a back line that has until tonight been relatively watertight. Early goals from Ben Chorley and Ryan Brunt set the tone of the game, as Orient grabbed a half time lead, and although Sam Foley pulled one back after the break, the home side ran away with the game as two quick goals from Jimmy Smith and Kevin Lisbie turned the scoreline into a bit of a thrashing as Yeovil slid down to 11th in the League One table.

The Glovers went into the match making four fairly radical changes on the back of defeats against MK Dons and Bournemouth. The surprises were the inclusions in the back four, as Dominic Blizzard played his first match as a right-back, whilst Rohan Ince came in for Richard Hinds. Elsewhere the inclusion of Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid, replacing Lewis Young and Gozie Ugwu looked more a case of squad rotation, with those positions also having been changed on the weekend.

The new look back four got off to a horrible start as they conceded just three minutes into the match. Orient had just forced a dangerous corner that was cleared out for a throw-in. The long throw from Nathan Clarke didn't look to be anticipated, and Ben Chorley's glancing header barely seemed to require the defender to jump for the ball, as he deftly put the ball in at the far post for a soft opener. 1-0 down with just 211 seconds gone.

The opening goal was almost repeated after ten minutes as another long Nathan Clarke throw-in wasn't dealt with - Kevin Lisbie headed back across goal, and Ryan Brunt converted, but a linesman's flag had already correctly ruled the striker to be offside. The same player didn't have to wait too long though to get a legitimate goal. Orient's corners, throw-ins and crosses into the box were creating big problems for Yeovil's back four, with even Marek Stech getting a touch of the jitters as he punched away on a couple of occasions. But there was not much that Stech could do about Lee Cook's excellent left-wing cross, which split Yeovil's centre-back pairing, and allowed Ryan Brunt to skip between the two and plant a free header into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Whilst the defence tended to look a little bit too much like rabbits in the headlights whenever balls were put into the box, not everything was entirely negative, with James Hayter forcing Ryan Allsop into an excellent save, with the keeper a little fortunate to immediately get a ricochet off a team-mate from the parried save back into his arms on the second attempt. Ed Upson shot wide from distance, but on the whole the home side deserved their half time lead for their greater invention, and it was no surprise to find a change being made at half time - Gozie Ugwu brought on for a largely ineffective Keanu Marsh-Brown.

That second period saw the Glovers come out looking much sharper, and in fact showing far more attacking intent than they'd managed during Saturday's defeat at MK Dons. That pressure bore fruit as Korey Smith forced his way into the box. As a shout went up for a penalty after a defensive challenge, the ball eventually squirmed across to Sam Foley at the back post, and he headed home from close range. 2-1 on 55 minutes and game on!

Then came the Glovers pressure - Sam Foley volleyed over the bar, whilst Ed Upson had a shot from distance blocked by a defender after Orient only half cleared their lines to the midfielder. For 15 or 20 minutes, it looked as though they were putting the home side on the back foot for the first time in the match, with their crosses now causing concern.

However, defensive frailties which let the team down in the first half ended up letting them down in the second period as well. Against the run of play, in terms of the second half play, Gary Sawyer's corner into the box saw Jimmy Smith arrive late in the box and entirely unchallenged, allowing the midfielder to restore Orient's two goal lead with 20 minutes to go.

There, the proverbial bubble of hope burst, and the Glovers conceded again just eight minutes later. Ironically, goalkeeper Ryan Allsop had just been booked for timewasting, after allowing the ball to run away from him when he was meant to be lining up a goal kick. That kick from Allsop was flicked on in a classic spot of long-ball football, and Kevin Lisbie ran through the gaps in Yeovil's defence to fire the ball home. 4-1 and definitely game over at this stage.

The Glovers had to thank Marek Stech for not ending up with a more embarrassing scoreline in the final ten minutes as their heads went down. That allowed chances for Orient's three substitutes David Mooney, Afolabi Obafemi and Moses Odubajo, but Stech was equal to all of them, with a double-save from the latter pairing particularly impressive as Orient threatened to run riot towards the end.

Thankfully though, that was that - apart from the 20 minute period in the opening period of the second half, Yeovil were second best throughout the game, particularly in defence, where the new-look back four never looked comfortable during the night. After such a bright start to the season, three defeats in a row is a little concerning, particularly with difficult looking fixtures against Sheffield United and Preston North End coming up. Gary Johnson needs to get his side back to doing what they were doing so right just a few weeks ago, to arrest that run of results.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ben Chorley (3 mins, 1-0), Ryan Brunt (24 mins, 2-0), Sam Foley (55 mins, 2-1), Jimmy Smith (71 mins, 3-1), Kevin Lisbie (79 mins, 4-1).

Leyton Orient:
16. Ryan Allsop
2. Leon McSweeney 4. Ben Chorley 15. Nathan Clarke 3. Gary Sawyer
7. Dean Cox 8. Anthony Griffith 11. Jimmy Smith 21. Lee Cook
9. Kevin Lisbie 26. Ryan Brunt

Substitutes:
19. Charlie Grainger 6. Mathieu Baudry 14. Marc Laird 17. Moses Odubajo (67 mins for Lee Cook) 20. Afolabi Obafemi (86 mins for Kevin Lisbie) 39. Dave Mooney (81 mins for Ryan Brunt)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 17. Rohan Ince 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 21. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 18. Archange Nkumu 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 15. Lewis Young 19. Gozie Ugwu

Leyton Bookings: Leon McSweeney (77 mins, foul), Ryan Allsop (79 mins, timewasting)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Leyton Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 5; Fouls: 16.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Christopher O'Donnell (Bedfordshire) and Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Alexandra Ihringova (Shropshire).

Attendance: 2,876 (with 191 Yeovil fans)


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18 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, 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 Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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18 September 2012 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for tonight's trip to Leyton Orient. The League One fixture at Brisbane Road sees Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith given his full debut, having arrived at the club just before the weekend. He joins Rohan Ince, Reuben Reid and Keanu Marsh-Brown in a much changed starting line-up.

The full line-up for tonight's match is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
6. Dominic Blizzard 17. Rohan Ince 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 21. Korey Smith 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 18. Archange Nkumu 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 15. Lewis Young 19. Gozie Ugwu


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18 September 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : MK Dons 1 Yeovil 0: Bounce-Back Is On Hold
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons, brought a few Glovers fans crashing back down to earth after a promising start to the season. Regular blogger Cruncher witnessed events at stadium:mk and he has provided a Taff's Gloversblog entry on the performance. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add in your own views on the game and the recent events.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : MK Dons 1 Yeovil 0: Bounce-Back Is On Hold.


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17 September 2012 : Interview With Korey Smith
Following Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk, on loan Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith spoke to the BBC about his debut. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Andy Howard, Korey's post-match thoughts and on his arrival at the club are captured via the link below.

Link: Korey Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against MK Dons.


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17 September 2012 : GWSC Travel To Preston North End
In just under two week's time Yeovil Town head up to Lancashire as they travel to play Preston North End for a League One fixture. The game at Deepdale takes place on Saturday 29th September 2012 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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17 September 2012 : Ticketing For Preston North End vs Yeovil Town
At the end of this month, Yeovil Town make the trip to Preston North End for a League One match. The game at Deepdale will be played on Saturday 29th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £14.00 ; Under-16s: £8.00.

The above concessions apply to those aged 60 or above, 16-18 year olds (inclusive) and full time card-carrying students. Their rules for accepting student applications are unusually stringent as the Preston website explains:

"Student tickets are only available in person from either of the two ticket offices at Deepdale and valid student ID confirming proof of full-time student status for 2012/13 must be shown (for all student tickets) at the time of purchase. Strictly no sale of student tickets without ID. If you could please bring a course letter, council tax form or student finance form for proof. An NUS card alone will not be accepted by the Club’s ticketing staff."

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the same as the above prices, as per your age/status, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge. You're advised to book in advance, although for any special arrangements at the Deepdale end, call them on 0844-856-1966. Disabled facilities are available in the same stand as other Yeovil Town supporters.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Bill Shankly Kop, which has a 6,000 capacity, although is often shared on a 50:50 basis with home supporters.

The above Ticket Prices are the same for the day of the match. However, note that Deepdale's turnstiles do not accept cash payments, and so if you choose to buy on the day of the game, you'll need to visit one of the club's two ticket offices at the stadium.

Update: 24/09/2012 The Huish Park Ticket Office are not carrying advance purchase of tickets - so this one is a pay on the day game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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17 September 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
For the second time in four days, Yeovil Town take to the road tomorrow, with a trip to Leyton Orient. For those heading to Brisbane Road (or the Matchroom Stadium if you prefer) the Ciderspace guide has been tweaked with this season's ticketing and travel, plus the usual range of directions, parking, pub guides and other such stuff. Head via the link below for full details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.


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17 September 2012 : Video: Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who can cope with reliving it, highlights from Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons are now online. Hosted on the Sky Sports website, they give you just under two minutes worth of footage from the game.

Link: Sky Sports : Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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16 September 2012 : Two Former Glovers Make Premier League Debuts
There is a growing collective of players who have former Yeovil Town players who have gone on to play in the Premier League. Asmir Begovic and Marc Wilson are regulars at Stoke City, striker Leon Best was on Newcastle United's books until this summer, whilst Steve Caulker impressed last season on a twelve month loan deal with Swansea City.

We can now add two more to that list, from this afternoon's solitary Premier League encounter between Reading and Tottenham Hotspur. Royals goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has played sixteen times for his club around various loan spells for Cambridge United, Aldershot, Brentford and Leeds United, as well as his 2009-10 spell between the sticks for the Glovers that saw him play 45 times. However, he's never played in the Premier League - today an injury to Adam Federici, who hasn't started the season in the best of form, gave the 22 year old his first game at that level.

The second player to make the breakthrough today was Spurs winger Andros Townsend, who came on as an 87th minute substitute in the same match. He has played eight times for Spurs, but with six being in last season's Europa League, and two others being in FA Cup and League Cup games, he's never got onto the pitch in the Premier League. It may have only been three minutes, and after his side had already wrapped the game up, but it was a landmark moment for a player who also has loan experience with Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford, Millwall, Leeds United and Birmingham City.

Let's hope that this is the first of many appearances that we'll see both players make. With former assistant manager Brian McDermott in the Royals dugout, and Steven Caulker an unused substitute in the other dugout, there was plenty of Glovers interest in both teams today.


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16 September 2012 : Haynes-Brown Gets Man Of The Match On Loan Return
Yeovil Town left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown made a positive return to South-West London yesterday, as he picked up the Man of the Match award at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. The 23 year old had suffered a traumatic debut for AFC Wimbledon last month after he landed in hospital, having suffered a neck injury only days after commencing his one month loan spell with the Wombles.

Yesterday, Curtis came away with happier memories, even if his temporary side lost 2-1 at home to Rochdale. He played the first 83 minutes of that match, with his side having to play the majority of the match with ten men after Jack Midson was red-carded. At the end of the match Haynes-Brown picked up the Man of the Match for his performance at the back. Speaking to their club website after the game, Curtis was modest about that award:

"I got man of the match, but there were other contenders who could have got it as we showed a good team spirit in the second-half. Certain things did not go for us during the game, but we could have got something at the end."

Having missed three weeks worth of football, Curtis also explained the background behind why he was taken to the Bradford Royal Infirmary after being stretchered off on his debut against Bradford City. He explained that since then he has been spending a mix of his time at Kingsmeadow and Huish Park:

"Immediately after what happened (at Bradford) I was getting headaches, but since the headaches have gone I have completed my recovery by being back training with Yeovil and with Wimbledon on Thursday and Friday. The Wimbledon physio (Mike Rayner) really helped looked after me and I must thank him and the people at Yeovil for getting me back."


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16 September 2012 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the midweek League One match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday 18th September 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and we haven't always liked what we've seen. He was the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The last occasion in a competitive match, for the August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

Then came a Friday night against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Christopher O'Donnell (Bedfordshire) and Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Alexandra Ihringova (Shropshire).

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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16 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The MK Dons Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The MK Dons Game.


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15 September 2012 : Johnson Rues Poor Glovers Possession After Loss
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side were guilty of giving away possession far too many times this afternoon, as his team slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. A Charlie MacDonald goal 16 minutes from full time sank them in a match where they struggled to create chances in the final third of the field.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gary felt his side could have created more than they did if they hadn't had a strong tendency to lose the ball at the critical moment:

"We were in it, and we had a good shape, but we just gave the ball away too often, when we needed to keep it and have another five or six opportunities, because we definitely had three or four. But we were found wanting in trying to keep it. They (MK Dons) were very good at it, although I didn't think they particularly had any more chances. We're still young and inexperienced as a team, as they haven't played together too many times. This is the second defeat on the trot by the odd goal. Bournemouth well beat us, but I wouldn't say that we got well beat today."

Johnson felt his side's best chances came just after the half time break, when a Dominic Blizzard shot was saved, followed by a Luke Ayling header being cleared off the line by Darren Potter. But the Glovers boss felt that happened too infrequently during the game:

"At one point in the second half, it looked like we had a bit of an opportunity where we had a header (from Luke Ayling) cleared off the line. We had two good chances just after half time, and then our subs came on and we looked quite lively. But for some reason, we didn't quite have our mental toughness to find a team-mate with a key pass, and that's really how I can describe it."

Following last Saturday's home defeat against AFC Bournemouth, Johnson kept his players in for 45 minutes after the match, talking about the match. Today was a similar story, but he added that he felt that it was a necessary part of needing to analyse the need for improvement:

"That's why we had to be in there (after the match in the dressing room) for a little while. We have to tell them that they need to improve if we are going to do well against the better sides. Milton Keynes are one of the better sides, and that's what we've got to do. We've got to keep on learning, so it takes a big discussion after every defeat, to learn whatever it is that we need to improve on."


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15 September 2012 : MK Dons 1 Yeovil 0 : MacDonald Sinks Sorry Glovers
Yeovil Town slipped to their second consecutive defeat this afternoon as a poor performance against Milton Keynes Dons saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat. A Charlie MacDonald strike 16 minutes from time saw the Dons gain a deserved winner, in a match where the home side dominated across the very large majority of the 90 minutes.

The Glovers went into match making two changes to their starting line-up, with Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young coming in for Reuben Reid and Keanu Marsh-Brown respectively. There was also space for new loan signing Korey Smith, who had agreed a 93 day loan spell with the team on the morning of the game, coming in from Norwich City.

The first half was a woeful one for any Glovers fans watching - dominated by the home side to such an extreme that it was hard to remember the visitors entering the opposition penalty area. They were saved only by the Dons often looking as though they had put their boots on the wrong way round, or by the masterful goalkeeping of Marek Stech, who kept the scores level on a number of occasions.

That said, neither side managed a decent shot on goal during a quiet opening 20 minutes. Daniel Powell had been exploiting Nathan Ralph's flank well, but it took him until midway through the half to plant a decent cross into the box, with Luke Chadwick forcing Marek Stech into an excellent tip-over save that went out for a corner.

Then came a comedy moment as a Dean Bowditch corner was passed out to Ryan Lowe with the Yeovil defence having gone to sleep, but despite the Dons player being left in acres of space on the edge of the box, his air swing at the ball was met with gales of laughter by the travelling supporters. Yeovil were making their own errors though, and Byron Webster's poor backpass let in Luke Chadwick free on goal, with the stand-in captain's blushes rescued by Marek Stech racing out of his box and beating the striker to the ball - just!

The first period had been as poor as it could possibly get from a Yeovil attacking point of view, and so it was good to see the Glovers get two quick chances within minutes of the restart. Dominic Blizzard, who was once on the home side's books, forced David Martin into his first save of the match as he tipped over for a corner, and from that set piece, Luke Ayling's header was denied by the outstretched boot of Darren Potter, who was stood on the goalpost for the corner.

In comparison, this was a much improved Yeovil half, but it was still obvious as to who was on top. Luke Chadwick's shot on the angle as he beat Luke Ayling down the channel, saw the outside of the goalframe rattled as his narrow angle drive eventually went out for a goal kick. Then Marek Stech had to save twice as Darren Potter and Dean Bowditch breached the defence.

The goal when it came, was thoroughly deserved. Darren Potter's long ball broke the Yeovil offside trap, with the Glovers back four playing a high line throughout the match, and substitute Charlie MacDonald ran on, and slammed the ball past Marek Stech to put the Dons 1-0 up with 16 minutes remaining, meaning that Yeovil would need to change their gameplan in the closing stages.

It never really happened. Yeovil had been far too standoffish throughout the whole game, allowing the home team time on the ball, and failing to close them down in the way that they've done with earlier games this season. The introduction of Reuben Reid and Korey Smith as substitutes, and the later arrival of Keanu Marsh-Brown to a chorus of boos from his former supporters didn't do too much - only Reid briefly threatened as he was put through on goal only to get the ball stuck under his feet, allowing time for a defender to get a block in.

Goalscorer Charlie MacDonald almost got a second in injury time as he put the ball in the back of the net - with a linesman flag having long since gone up. But overall there was only one team in the match for the very large majority of the game, and only one team that was going to win it. The fact that they could only do so by a single goal probably said more about their strikers, and Marek Stech on the day, with not too many Glovers players putting in good performances other than the keeper - Richard Hinds, and Byron Webster a couple of other exceptions who battled well under pressure.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Charlie MacDonald (74 mins, 1-0)

Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin 2. Jon Otsemobor 5. Gary MacKenzie 6. Shaun Williams 3. Dean Lewington 17. Daniel Powell 7. Stephen Gleeson 8. Darren Potter 9. Dean Bowditch 83' 26. Luke Chadwick 14. Ryan Lowe

Substitutes:
16. Ian McLoughlin 10. Charlie MacDonald (67 mins Charlie MacDonald) 11. Alan Smith 12. Adam Chicksen 13. Jimmy Bullard (83 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Jay O'Shea 24. Antony Kay (12 mins for Gary MacKenzie)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
15. Lewis Young 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (77 mins for Luke Ayling) 11. Reuben Reid (62 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 12. Gareth Stewart 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 21. Korey Smith (62 mins for James Hayter)

MK Dons Bookings: Shaun Williams (42 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (30 mins, foul), Gozie Ugwu (39 mins, foul), Byron Webster (57 mins, foul)

MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Mellor (Hertfordshire) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester). Fourth Official: David Rock (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 7,235 (including 322 Yeovil supporters).


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15 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk, 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 Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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15 September 2012 : Team News For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away game against Milton Keynes Dons. Right winger Lewis Young displaces Keanu Marsh-Brown, whilst striker Gozie Ugwu comes in for Reuben Reid. The introduction of Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith on loan sees him sit on on the bench this afternoon.

The named team is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
15. Lewis Young 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid 12. Gareth Stewart 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 21. Korey Smith


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15 September 2012 : A Canary Flies In On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith on an emergency loan. The Premier League side have allowed the Glovers to loan the 21 year old for a 93 day period, and he will go into this afternoon's squad for the home game against Milton Keynes Dons.

Smith is a product of Norwich's youth team structure, who was born in Hatfield on January 31st 1991. He has had loan experience with Barnsley, spending 12 games with the Championship side during the second half of the 2011-12 season. Otherwise he has plenty of experience with the Canaries first team, having made 73 appearances for them, although has not featured since a Carling Cup game in August 2011.

Korey signed a one year extension to his existing Canaries contract this summer, having originally signed as a professional in the summer of 2008. He plays in midfield but can also deputise as a right-back.


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14 September 2012 : Pompey Administrator Extends Deadline Another Time
League One side Portsmouth have been given yet another extension on their latest deadline to exit administration. The Hampshire club have been in a state of disarray since being issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs on January 3rd 2012 due to unpaid taxes, eventually entering administration on February 17th, with administrator Trevor Birch's report revealing they were £58 million in the red.

The last deadline set by Birch was meant to be today - he gave Portpin and the Portsmouth Supporters Trust "two weeks to finalise terms" to buy the club. Over the fortnight that has passed, this appears to have gradually been interpreted to mean "two weeks to lodge some documents with the administrator for him to mull over".

Two weeks ago, Birch said that "neither party is currently in a position to complete a deal". He now says that "neither party is in a position to complete an acquisition at the moment" - so things are very much as you were, with the Middle East Consortium, now having been confirmed as former owner Sulaiman Al Fahim, and having yet to provide proof of funds. However, in Birch's latest statement he justifies the latest extension in claiming that he can see visible progress:

"Significant progress has been made over the past two weeks, and both Portpin and the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) are continuing to work with the Football League, which must agree that they can take ownership of Portsmouth Football Club, and the Professional Footballers’ Association, which represents the players owed money by the club. However, neither party is in a position to complete an acquisition of the club at the moment. Once the bidders reach agreement with the League, and the remaining contractual aspects of the transaction have been agreed, we will be in a position to finalise a sale. Our discussions with both Portpin and the PST suggest that both parties are capable of concluding a deal. As a result of these factors, we believe it is in the best interests of creditors to allow the interested parties a further short period of time to conclude a sale."

There is no new date put on exactly when the two competing parties need to provide deals that are suitable to take over the running of the club. The PST bid, which tends to be the one that Pompey fans would prefer to see succeed, given Portpin and Al Fahim's past involvement in Pompey's financial failures, have predictably been bullish in how they see their bid:

"We have said all along that our bid is robust and credible, and the best option for the creditors and the football club. To all intents and purposes our bid is submitted but, given Pompey's recent history, we fully understand and support the need for this process to be as thorough as possible. We will continue to work to the timetable set out by the administrators."

In the meantime, Pompey have signed up former Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Carlisle United centre-back Lubomir Michalik as their latest high profile player, with the implication in yesterday's press that they were also aiming to bring in a striker as well. Michalik's arrival takes Pompey's squad up to a total of 20 players - the maximum the Football League will reasonably allow for a club in administration. If the League stick to this rule, any further arrivals at Fratton Park will need to be met by corresponding departures.


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14 September 2012 : Glovers Receive Euro 2012 Cash Bonus
Yeovil Town are one of a number of Football League clubs who have been earmarked to receive a cash windfall from UEFA, relating to the Euro 2012 tournament. A total of 53 English clubs have received solidarity payments from the competition organisers, along with ten Scottish clubs and two Welsh clubs. A total of 575 club sides across Europe have benefited after committing to release players for both the qualifying and final stages of this summer's European tournament, and they will now share out a pool worth 100 million Euros.

Unsurprisingly, whilst the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City will be given payments in excess of two million Euros, Yeovil Town sit at the other end of the scale. However, the Glovers will still benefit to the tune of 5,241 Euros - around £4,241 in English money.

Other lower league clubs to benefit include Brentford, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Preston North End, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United and Tranmere Rovers. All named clubs will have provided international players to matches and the money is a form of compensation to represent lost days of training or matches they subsequently missed. UEFA President Michel Platini has said he was pleased to be able to distribute the payments down to all clubs that played their part in helping the competition succeed:

"I am delighted that we are able to provide clubs with financial benefits from UEFA EURO 2012 to reward their contribution to the competition. We witnessed a truly fantastic UEFA European Football Championship final round this summer, and I am pleased that the clubs can now also be associated with the event."

UEFA aren't explicit in why Yeovil Town are on their list of clubs receiving payments. However, the amount paid corresponds to the international call-up for loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who ultimately made his Welsh international debut for Wales by coming on as a substitute against Switzerland in October 2010 in a Euro 2012 Qualifying Group match.


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14 September 2012 : Haynes-Brown Resumes Loan Spell
Yeovil Town's left-sided defender Curtis Haynes-Brown has finally returned to South-West London as he looks to resume an aborted loan spell. The 23 year old went out on loan to League Two side AFC Wimbledon on August 23rd but suffered an unfortunate debut as he suffered a neck injury in their match at Bradford City, leaving him stuck in a Yorkshire hospital overnight.

Curtis has now been given the green light to play again, according to Wimbledon's website, and so stands by to make his home debut tomorrow afternoon, in their game against Rochdale, at the Kingsmeadow stadium. The best of luck to him in resuming his loan spell with the Wombles.


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14 September 2012 : Ladies 2012-13 First Team Squad Photocall
This week saw Yeovil Town Ladies gather at Huish Park for their annual photocall, as part of their return to the FA Women's Premier League. The female Glovers had a teamgroup shot taken as part of the session, and that can be viewed below. They currently have an unbeaten start to their season, and lie in 5th place in the early League Table.

Yeovil Town Ladies 2012-13 First Team Squad
Yeovil Town Ladies 2012-13 First Team Squad.
Photo © 2012 David Mills/Yeovil Town Ladies


Back Row: Leah Jennings, Stacey Pearson, Grace Rapp, Kayleigh Sage, Jade Radburn, Rachel Simkin, Rosie Williams, Laura Wensley, Jodi Cornwall, Michelle Keehan, Abi Locke, Charlotte Tibbs

Front Row: Terri Trowbridge, Laura Bray, Emma Brazell (Club Captain), Chris White (Assistant Manager), Sarah Lawler (Joint First Team Manager), Nigel Williams (Joint First Team Manager), Rachael Edwards (First Team Captain) Kirsty Whitton & Shannon Osman.


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14 September 2012 : Johnson Sees Training Ground Reaction
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is confident that he will see a reaction to last week's poor performance against AFC Bournemouth this weekend, if what he has seen in training sessions is anything to go by. The Glovers put in a lacklustre performance during Saturday's 0-1 defeat against the Cherries, which Gary put down to mental tiredness, after a busy start to the 2012-13 season that saw eight fixtures in the opening 26 days.

This week has seen a rare opportunity for a midweek rest, with a full seven day gap between the Bournemouth match and tomorrow's trip to Milton Keynes Dons. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he thinks the mini-break has done his players some good, and that in a Thursday practice match they were back looking like their old selves:

"I managed to get a game in training with eleven vs eleven, and I recognised my team. Today we did something and it looked like my team again. On Saturday (against Bournemouth) it didn't look like our team. Now we've got to concentrate on Milton Keynes. They're just as good a football team (as Bournemouth) if you let them play. So I was pleased with our performance in training today. We did get a resemblance of the game that I'm looking for back."

Johnson goes into the match lacking club captain Jamie McAllister who will serve the second of a three match suspension, meaning that Nathan Ralph will continue to deputise in the left-back slot. However, he adds that he is hopeful of a boost on the availability of midfielder Gavin Williams, who returned to training yesterday, having been missing since the end of July, due to a half muscle injury. Gary said that if there is no reaction to that session, that the Welshman may sneak onto the bench:

"There is a chance. It's certainly not right beyond the realms of possibility, which it has been in previous weeks. He's trained this (Thursday) morning and if we don't hear from him crying in a minute then he can. He'll certainly come with us anyway, but it would be nice to have him in the squad."


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14 September 2012 : Replica Shirts To Hit The Shelves
Yeovil Town have now confirmed that the 2012-13 Replica shirts will be fully available from Monday 17th September 2012. Featuring new club sponsor W&S Recycling on the front, they will be available from the Huish Park Club Shop at the following prices:

Adult Shirts: £40.00; Child Shirts: £30.00.

Shirts will also be available on the Yeovil Town Club Store website from 9.00a.m. on Monday.

The Huish Park Club Shop will be open from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m. from Monday - Friday to accept orders, as well as on home matchdays.


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14 September 2012 : Managerial Curse Avoided!
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has missed out on the Football League's Manager of the Month award, despite the Glovers ending the month of August on top of League One. The award has instead been given to Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore, whose team lay in second place when all games were completed, with goal difference separating the clubs.

The Glovers have also missed out on the Player of the Month award for August, with the panel opting for Tranmere Rovers midfielder Andy Robinson for the award, meaning that Richard Hinds did not get recognition for his three goals scored as a centre-back. Sponsors npower's representative Emma Collins has said of the decision to give the pair the awards:

"We're delighted to present both Ronnie and Andy with their awards as recognition for Tranmere Rovers' impressive start to the season. They've had a great start and if they can continue to maintain this form, a shot at promotion beckons."

Meanwhile panel member Alan Curbishley has said of the decision:

"It's been a very solid start to the new campaign for Tranmere with their unbeaten record seeing them right amongst the npower League 1 promotion pack at this early stage. Ronnie has done a great job since taking charge in what is his third managerial spell at Prenton Park."

We can only hope that the traditional curse of the Manager of the Month award applies to the Wirral club, starting on Saturday!


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13 September 2012 : Gary Plays Down Marsh Move
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has played down talk of him trying to sign Taunton Town attacking midfielder Rodney Marsh. The Glovers had been linked with a move for the player, who has already scored six goals at Southern League South and West level this season, but if there is any truth in that, there was little being given away in today's press conference.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said that although he was well aware of the rather older former England striker that shares Marsh's name, he said that he was unaware of the Taunton player until the subject was brought up with him:

"I only know one Rodney Marsh, and he's about 63 years of age! He's not a bad player though! No - I don't know the (Taunton Town) fellow. It's a big old jump from Taunton to League One, with all due respect. I would have thought there would be a lot of clubs in between them and us, for him to show what he can do. So no, I don't know where that's come from anyway. It's certainly out of the blue. I've never heard the name before."


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13 September 2012 : Johnson And McInnes Talk About Wilson Loan Chances
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted that he will be keeping Bristol City defender James Wilson on his mind, as he considers whether to dip into the loan market in the immediate future. The Glovers boss gave the 23 year old his first team debut whilst he was City's boss, and was even a player that Terry Skiverton tried to sign on loan shortly after he became first team manager in March 2009 but instead he ended up going out on loan at Brentford for the start of the 2009-10 season - one of two loan spells he has had at Griffin Park.

Johnson doesn't explicitly state that he is chasing the player, but has freely told BBC Somerset that he's a big admirer of the former Welsh Under-21 international, who plays either as a centre-back or a right-back. He said that he will monitor his situation over the coming weeks:

"Well I know James - of course I do. James is a good player, and he came up through the youth set-up when I was involved at Bristol City. He's one where there's a (loan transfer) sheet that's gone out to say that he could be available, or that he is available for loan. So he's on to keep your eye on, that's for sure."

Whether Wilson becomes firmly available appears to depend upon whether City boss Derek McInnes can bring in his own loan defender. The Championship side are trying to bolster their own squad, although appear not to have a specific player in mind. If that comes through McInnes said that he is willing to allow the right-sided Joe Edwards or for Wilson to seek their own loan deals, with neither having been involved on the field of play this season:

"Both James (Wilson) and Joe (Edwards) came to see me in the last couple of weeks, and I totally sympathise with the fact that they want to play on a regular basis. But I need to stress that both players will only go out on loan if it suits us. Both lads have been very good lads to work with. But they need to get on with their careers and be playing, and all the rest of it. So that's commendable. But if we manage to bring another defender in, and if the injury situation is clear and we're in a good state here, then it might be something that we'd look at. But there's nothing imminent on that. Both players are part of our plans and are trying to get into the team."


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13 September 2012 : Rodney Marsh? That Name Seems Oddly Familiar
This week's Western Gazette suggests that Yeovil Town are interested recruiting a player named Rodney Marsh to their team. No, we're not chasing a 67 year old former Sky Sports pundit, formerly of QPR, Fulham and Manchester City ... but in fact a much younger Taunton Town midfielder that goes by the same name. The suggestion is that Rodney Junior is not a bad footballer either, having picked up the Somerset club's Supporters' Player Of The Year, Players' Player Of The Year and Top Goalscorer awards at the end of the 2011-12 season, and has scored six goals already in this campaign.

The paper names the Glovers and Conference South side Bath City as having an interest in the player. There's no firm quotes from any parties - in fact Taunton boss Leigh Robinson says that he is unaware of any firm interest in the player, but admits that he could see him playing at a higher level one day. Even if Marsh isn't on a contract at that level, any interested club would have to put in seven days notice of approach to their registered club. However, much in the same way that the club were able to sign up Nathan Smith, the transfer window closure would not be relevant to a club playing at Southern League Division One South and West level.

In recent interviews, manager Gary Johnson has strongly implied that he is close to the limit of his playing budget and that additions to the squad will be limited to emergency loans, in the event of first team squad injuries. Hence if he does hold any interest in the player, then it may not be something that he is looking to follow through in the short term future.


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12 September 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons
For those heading off to Buckinghamshire on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Milton Keynes Dons has been updated to help you plan your day. Featuring directions, parking, ticketing, travel options, pub guides and other such stuff, the guide is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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12 September 2012 : Yeovil Town Pick Up JPT Team Award
Yeovil Town's First Round win over Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy has given them an award for their performance on the night. The 3-0 win, thanks to two goals from Ed Upson and a third from Sam Foley, represented the largest margin of victory across all First Round fixtures, and there's little doubt that would have counted for something when the award was being considered.

Competition sponsors Johnstone's Paint have chosen Yeovil Town as their Team Of The Round, and manager Gary Johnson will be presented with the award on Saturday 22nd September, before the home match against Sheffield United at Huish Park.


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12 September 2012 : Double Nomination For Glovers In League Awards
Yeovil Town have been given a double nomination by the Football League for the August 2012 Managerial and Player Awards. Manager Gary Johnson and central defender Richard Hinds have been given the nominations for League One, after the bright start to the Glovers' 2012-13 season.

Johnson presided over three wins, one draw and one defeat across the month, with Colchester United, Brentford and Scunthorpe United beaten during the month. During that time, central defender Richard Hinds grabbed three goals, meaning that he has also been given a nomination in the Player Of The Month category.

The nominations are as follows:

League One Manager Of The Month:
Ronnie Moore (Tranmere Rovers)
Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)
Richie Barker (Crawley Town)

League One Player Of The Month:
Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers)
Richard Hinds (Yeovil Town)
Alan Judge (Notts County)

The winners will be unveiled on Sky Sports News on Friday morning at 10.00a.m.


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12 September 2012 : Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy match against Torquay United is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Plainmoor. The two clubs have agreed a simple flat structure across the whole ground which is as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Children: £5.00.

The standard away allocation for matches at Plainmoor is for 1,100 spaces to be made available on the Away Terrace, which is a covered standing area situated behind the goal. In addition there is seated accommodation of up to 500 spaces in the new Bristow's Bench Stand that has been built since our last visit to Plainmoor.

There are nine dedicated spaces for Wheelchair Disabled supporters in the Bristow's Bench Stand, with ramped access to an elevated view. Torquay's policy is to allow an assistant to be admitted free of charge. For special arrangements, drop an email to reception@torquayunited.com or call their Reception on 01803 328666, chosing Option 0.

There will be no advance tickets helped by the Huish Park Ticket Office - hence travelling supporters should pay on the night of the match, on the turnstiles.

Update: 08/10/2012: Presumably based upon the expected turn-out, Torquay United are not going to be opening up the away terrace. All Glovers fans will therefore be housed in the seated part of the ground.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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11 September 2012 : Forinton Takes Up Management Position
Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton has made his first move into management after taking up a position at Woodford United. Considering the long running problems he's had with his ankles, the 36 year old has done well to extend his playing career this far, making his way through a myriad of clubs largely in Central Southern England.

Woodford are one of those clubs - they play at Woodford Halse, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, and are at Southern League Division One Central level. Howard has already had one playing spell with them during the 2009-10 season that saw him combine a coaching role. Poor old Wikipedia has struggled to keep pace with the clubs that he's played for since the last of his three Yeovil Town spells in 2002. However, they number Oxford City (two more times to add to his pre-Yeovil spell there), Stevenage Borough, Farnborough Town, Banbury United (three times), Halesowen Town, Redditch United and Daventry Town.

Howard has also established a 'daytime' career as well - he is Deputy Head of Physical Education at Cardinal Wiseman School in Coventry. He did pick up one blot on his copybook during 2010, when he was banned from football for four months, as one of a group of players on the books of Redditch United who had breached FA betting rules that ban players from placing bets on games they are involved in.

Forinton is the second former Glover to pick up a management role this month. Former midfielder Alex Russell has been put in charge of Bristol City's Under-21 Development Squad, and will be in charge of their fixtures in the newly formed Professional Development League Southern Division, that is seeing many larger clubs set up squads that will fill the gap between their Youth Team and their First Team structures. He currently holds a UEFA-B Licence but is studying to obtain his A Licence.


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11 September 2012 : Officials For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at stadium:mk on Saturday 15th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

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 three meeting involving Mr Boyeson, we've found little to complain about. The first of the 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.

The most recent meeting came in the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Mark Mellor (Hertfordshire) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be David Rock (Hertfordshire).

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.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2011 : Preston North End 4 - 3 Yeovil Town.


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11 September 2012 : Trophy Trip To Torquay Has Date Set
A date for the next round of the Football League Trophy has been set. The Second Round tie between League Two side Torquay United and Yeovil Town will be played on Tuesday 9th October at Plainmoor, kick-off 7.45p.m.

As yet, ticketing arrangements for the game have not been made, but there should be plenty of capacity available for the tie. The match will be settled on the night, with penalties taking place if the score is level after 90 minutes.


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11 September 2012 : Bristol Rovers Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away match saw them make the short journey to Bristol Rovers for a Football League Trophy tie. The 3-0 victory was gained through two Ed Upson free kicks, and a late Sam Foley goal, in a match that wasn't exactly a classic, but was still good enough to set up a Second Round away tie at Torquay United.

Man Of The Match voting saw a large number of you opt for the same first and second place votes, with the third place votes being scattered amongst seven others on the night. With half of the votes submitted falling into that pattern, the eventual outcome was that Ed Upson's first place votes and Sam Foley's second placed votes pulled both way out in front of the others.

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

1 Ed Upson 190 (18)
2 Sam Foley 104 (2)
3 Gozie Ugwu 28 (1)
4 Dominic Blizzard 22 (1)
5 Luke Ayling 22 (0)
6 Richard Hinds 14 (0)
7 Marek Stech 12 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 10 (1)
9 Byron Webster 6 (0)
10 Keanu Marsh-Brown 2 (0)
10 James Hayter 2 (0)
10 Reuben Reid 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.17

Performance: 7.04
Entertainment: 7.30

VOTES RECEIVED: 23


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10 September 2012 : Middle East Consortium Gives Pompey Third Bidder
This coming Friday sees the latest in a series of deadlines regarding the future of Portsmouth football club that have been set in order to sort out their long term future. Administrator Trevor Birch has set a number of deadlines, with the implication on most occasions being that the club will be liquidated if a firm buyer is not found. His last major statement required prospective buyers Portpin or the Portsmouth Supporters Trust to provide arrangements that would satisfy the terms of the CVA as well as the Football League, and that each party had until Friday 14th September to sort things out, with the strong suggestion that neither were in an immediate position to do so.

Pompey wouldn't be Pompey over the past three years without a twist or two, and this week appears to be no different, given that the Administrators have confirmed rumours that a Middle-East Consortium have lodged a bid for control of the club, thus becoming the third interested party. Birch's company PKF gave a short statement saying:

"We can confirm we have had a preliminary offer from a Middle East group and we are currently seeking clarification of funding before we can take it any further."

The administrators have not confirmed or denied the detail of their interest, which according to the Dubai-based Arabian Business magazine claims that the equivalent of £12.77 million has been lodged in the Dubai Bank as proof of their intentions, although PKF's statement suggests this has yet to be independently verified. Such a sum of money would in theory trump the Portpin and PST bids.

However, a possible fly in the ointment could come from BBC Sport's theory that the consortium includes Sulaiman Al Fahim, who owned Portsmouth for a rather brief six week period in 2009, promising a £50 million pot of money before instead selling on to a second Saudi businessman, Ali al-Faraj, who raised his funds through a loan from Balram Chainrai, who owns Portpin, who eventually got control of the club after al-Faraj defaulted. The last thing Portsmouth need is history repeating itself. Administrator Trevor Birch (and the Football League for that matter) have a clear duty to vet the credibility of any such offer.


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10 September 2012 : Doncaster Man of the Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played host to Doncaster Rovers in a League One match at Huish Park. The 2-1 win ensured the club maintained their unbeaten start to the League season, thanks to James Hayter scoring against his former club, whilst Gozie Ugwu scored his third of the 2012-13 season.

Man of the Match voting was fairly well spread across the pack, with nine players given top marks by various voters. However, a pattern emerged, with the trio of James Hayter, Ed Upson and Sam Foley consistently racking up votes from the game, to grab 4th, 3rd and 2nd respectively.

The eventual winner though, was significantly ahead of those players, as central defender Byron Webster put in an excellent performance, with around half of you giving him the top vote on the day. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes as shown in brackets:

1 Byron Webster 478 (36)
2 Sam Foley 204 (12)
3 Ed Upson 200 (11)
4 James Hayter 188 (5)
5 Dominic Blizzard 66 (3)
6 Luke Ayling 54 (2)
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 52 (2)
8 Reuben Reid 44 (3)
9 Richard Hinds 40 (0)
10 Marek Stech 12 (1)
11 Jamie McAllister 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.04

Performance: 7.12
Entertainment: 6.96

VOTES RECEIVED: 75


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10 September 2012 : Yeovil 4 Spurs 4 : Ladies Full Match Report
Yeovil Town Ladies and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies dished up a thrilling eight goal encounter at the Athletics Ground on Sunday, with the two teams earning a point a piece in a mouth-watering 4-4 draw. Laura Bray, Jade Radburn, Grace Rapp and Jodi Cornwall dished up the goals for the home side as the Glovers came back from 3-1 down to gain a deserved draw, keeping up with the chasing pack at the top of the Premier League in 5th place.

"For the supporters of both sides, probably this was game the game that they had come to watch," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game. "However, for us as a management team I am not sure if I can take this too often! This was a game that in the first instance we matched Spurs and played some good football. We were finding our feet and moving the ball around. Spurs were a good footballing side and showed great quality in the middle of the park."

And in finding their feet, it was the Glovers who took first blood when on ten minutes the ball was played out to Stacey Pearson on the left. She used it well, and immediately delivered it sweetly to Laura Bray. The top scorer then set her eye on goal, beat the defender, and under a lot of pressure slotted the ball home.

Spurs revived themselves quickly, and started to control the game from the midfield of the park. The Glovers were getting their tackles in and winning the ball, but the pressure from the London side was not allowing them to play. Spurs had two very good wide players, who were causing problems for the Yeovil defence, and gradually they over the game.

"We had said at the start of the match not to give them the space to deliver a quality ball," Williams said. "Unfortunately we allowed them that privilege and they punished us with a good delivery and a well-connected headed equalising goal."

The game continued with Spurs in dominant mood. Yeovil were struggling to get their game together, and hold decent possession. Minutes after their opening goal, Spurs broke again, and another good delivery saw them edge into the lead, following a well taken goal.

"Tottenham’s two centre midfielders were controlling the game at this point, and they picked us apart," Williams said. "And before long they increased their lead. The ball was picked up on the half way line and a pass was struck into the feet of the advanced right winger. She cut inside and I think Moses arrived at that point and the parted our defence. Their player had good skill, but we let her in and our advancing ‘keeper saw an unfortunate bobble take the ball over her stretched out arms to give Spurs a 1-3 lead."

"We could see that frustration was setting in, so a goal for us just before half time with timely. And it was another ball played out wide to Stace (Stacey Pearson) that started the move. She delivered well into the box, and Jade Radburn headed in from close range to make it 2-3 at the break."

Nigel continued, "Shall we say we had a discussion at half time and regrouped. We got points from the game over to the girls, not accepting that the first half team I had seen in the first half was the one that was going back out. Unfortunately early on Spurs delivered another ball from the left, and the player who received the ball showed really good strength, helping to make this fourth a tapped in by their centre forward."

"One thing you can be sure of at Yeovil Town Ladies is that we will not give up. We had been in situations like this last year where had to dig in, and if we wanted points out of this, we knew that we would have to do the same. We brought Shannon (Osman) onto the pitch, playing on the right, and she started to run at the defence. Her pace is an asset to us in the wide position, and she gave their back four problems, with us soon back in the game with a third goal when the ball was delivered into the box for Grace Rapp to get onto the score sheet again."

"Both our forwards are performing for us at the moment, and we have strength in depth in the front line both, which is of great benefit to us. We know that there are players waiting in the wings for a chance, and with this in mind Jodi Cornwall now replaced Grace Rapp, and within minutes she got on the end of a decent delivery from the right for one of the best headed goals I have seen. She just chucked everything at it and the ball rocketed into the back of the net to make it 4-4."

"I must say I thought this was now our game. Wave after wave of attacks came from us and we grew in confidence, and I am sure that their management team must have gone away thinking they had just lost three points. But I would say we won a point."

"We battled and fought for that point and deserved something from the game. With a late delivery again from the right from Shannon (Osman) we saw the ball fly across the box to space, and their ‘keeper just took it off Mitch’s (Keehan) head as she went in for the kill."

"Although it would have been a great three points, we secured a point in this league and we will continue to battle through this season. The beauty of this result for us is that it was by far one of our worst performances in the last few months, yet we still earned a point, and know we have to improve on what we did today. But good teams survive against everything thrown at them."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 4.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Edwards, Williams, Trowbridge, Whitton (Osman – 55), Radburn, Wensley, Pearson (Keehan – 85), Rapp (Cornwall – 60), Bray

Goals: Laura Bray (16 mins, 1-0), Jade Radburn (44 mins, 2-3), Grace Rapp (60 mins, 3-4), Jodi Cornwall (68 mins, 4-4)

Referee: Peter Mawhood (Somerset)

Next Match: Away at Queens Park Rangers Ladies, Sunday 16 September – Uxbridge FC, London.

[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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10 September 2012 : Second Delay Requested On Food Store Decision
Yeovil Town have written to South Somerset District Council to request a further delay in the planning decision that will be made for their Food Store application. The application has largely stalled in the past six months in terms of visible external progress. The original plan for a May 1st decision to be made saw the club request a delay in an effort to sort out problems with the application. There has now been a second request to delay from the club's planning representatives MWA, due to the application going beyond a September 7th deadline that was due to lead to an October decision.

As yet, there's no revised date requested or given by the two parties. The reason for the delay being requested centres around the need for the club to provide replacement playing fields to comply with National Planning Regulations, due to the loss of the two top pitches at Huish Park. These were not provided as part of the club's planning application, making for a fairly obvious breach, with numerous parties including Sport England (which sits under the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport) drawing attention to this.

The club appears to have struggled to identify and purchase suitable land to comply with this. However, they met with local MP David Laws in July, and MWA believe that has proposed an alternative solution where the club provide SSDC with suitable funding to represent the value of the land, rather than to physically deliver the replacement pitches. MWA want the club to meet with SSDC's District valuer, as well as Steve Joel, who is Assistant Director for Health and Well Being, and has been involved in many of the area's community sports facility plans. MWA's Mark Wood explains:

"David Laws MP has brokered a deal 'in principle' whereby the Council is prepared to accept a financial payment which would be used in the provision of replacement playing fields in the local area. I understand that this was reached following a discussion with Mr (Ric) Pallister the chairman of SSDC. I also understand that the club is arranging further meetings with the District Valuer and Mr (Steve) Joel to reach agreement on the nature and scale of financial contribution."

Of course any deal 'in principle' does not mean at this stage that this is a route that both parties may find palatable. Any necessary payments to SSDC would eat into the money gained from the sale of the top pitches at Huish Park, whilst SSDC must consider whether the National Planning Regulations allow for such provisions to be made, and the need to protect themselves from any accusations of the payment being seen as a 'financial sweetener' for the deal to go through. For that reason, we'd expect any such arrangements to go through the SSDC Regulatory Committee.

Mr Wood also has added that he intends to respond to criticism of the club's application that were submitted by UBS Triton who own the freehold on the Quedam Shopping Centre. As reported last month, they are seeking to submit their own counter-proposals to build a Food Store on the existing Vincent's Garage site. Mr Wood says he will explain why that is not achievable:

"I shall be submitting a detailed response to the comments by the owners of the Quedam Centre and we can demonstrate that the Vincent Garage site is not suitable for the type and scale of development proposed at Huish Park."

The battle between those two applications is likely to become crucial for the club's own plans. If UBS Triton's own plans are submitted and approved, then justifying a second Food Store within the town area will prove difficult. Conversely, if the Vincent's Garage site is proven to be unsuitable, then it would add weight to MWA's own assessment of the lack of available Town Centre plots for a Food Store to be built. The original March 2011 plans for a 3,500 Capacity Stand to be built using the proceeds of the Food Store development still look as though they will take a long time before they can be fulfilled.


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10 September 2012 : Henderson Given International Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has been called up to the Republic of Ireland full international squad for a friendly later this week. The West Ham United stopper has been drafted into the side that will play against Oman after Keiren Westwood dropped out of the squad and returned to his main club Sunderland.

The match takes place at Craven Cottage on Tuesday, and is the second call-up for the 24 year old, having been included in their February squad that was selected to play the Czech Republic. On that occasion Henderson didn't take to the field. With Millwall's David Forde and Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph also in the squad, it may be that he has to wait his turn, but at least it means that he is still on manager Giovanni Trapattoni's radar.

Henderson has represented Ireland at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. Since signing for the Hammers in May on a three year contract, he has made his debut for the club, keeping a clean sheet against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Cup last month.


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9 September 2012 : Ladies Tie In Eight Goal Thriller
Yeovil Town Ladies played out an eight goal thriller at Wells City FC this afternoon, as they drew against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies. Continuing their unbeaten run in the FA Women's Premier League, they had to come from two goals down twice to grab the point that keeps them in fifth place in the League Table.

The Glovers took the lead through Laura Bray, who beat the Spurs keeper in a one-on-one, but looked as though the game was slipping away from them when Spurs dominated the bulk of the first period, firing home three goals to put them 3-1 up. However, a Jade Radburn header just before the break gave Yeovil some hope that they could get themselves back into the game.

Once again though, Spurs increased their lead, early into the second half to put the Londoners 4-2 up. But the Glovers refused to give up, and launched a comeback through Grace Rapp who scored her second goal since arriving at the club this summer. Their comeback was completed towards the end of the match, as Jodi Cornwall diving header stunned Spurs, to tie the game at 4-4 and leave those watching the game having received real value for money on the day.

Next weekend, the Ladies travel to West London, where Queens Park Rangers Ladies will be their opponents, whilst their next home game is at the end of the month, as Brighton and Hove Albion travel down to Somerset.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 4.


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9 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Interview
Just before kick-off against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts as they stood before the match can be viewed via the link below.

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


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9 September 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, the match highlights have now been made available online. The Sky Sports video clip, showing just over two minutes worth of the game, can be viewed via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 1 Video Highlights.


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9 September 2012 : August 2012 Player Of The Month
A busy start to the 2012-13 season saw five matches being played during the month of August 2012, despite the later start due to the London Olympics taking place. Three wins, one draw and one defeat - with the latter being against a Premier League side, made for a positive start.

Individual Man of the Match votes saw Marek Stech (Colchester United, Brentford, Scunthorpe United), Ed Upson (Coventry City) and Reuben Reid (West Bromwich Albion) come out on top, and unsurprisingly those three players were well featured when it came to adding up the overall marks for August. One player to squeeze amongst them was Richard Hinds, who scored three times during the month as well as contributing to several clean sheets.

Midfielder Ed Upson who was one of last season's most consistent performers, continued where he left off, but the overall winner was goalkeeper Marek Stech, showing that despite the onesidedness of some of the scorelines, that people weren't forgetting what was happening at the other end of the park. The top ten, along with the percentage of the vote cast, is as follows:

1 Marek Stech 25.7
2 Ed Upson 19.1
3 Richard Hinds 12.1
4 Reuben Reid 11.5
5 James Hayter 10.0
6 Sam Foley 7.8
7 Byron Webster 4.7
8 Keanu Marsh-Brown 2.4
9 Dominic Blizzard 2.0
10 Luke Ayling 1.8


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9 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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8 September 2012 : Johnson: We Hit A Brick Wall Today
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted his side were 'second best' today, after they lost 0-1 at home to AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park. The first League One defeat of the 2012-13 season came after a Richard Hughes free kick divided the two sides in a game that the Cherries had the lion's share of the chances.

Johnson declined to defend his side after the performance, having spent the best part of 45 minutes in the dressing room after the match, discussion the game with his players. When he did emerge, he told BBC Somerset that he felt his side hit a mental wall, having played eight matches in the opening 26 days of the season:

"We hit a solid brick wall today in our mental fitness and physical fitness. We didn't really start very brightly and we didn't really finish very brightly either. But we have got a young group who have done well, and they'll come back. We've still got our ten points from five games, even though today was a poor game. There are lots of lads in there that know exactly how I feel about their performance today. So we're not hiding anything, and we're not sweeping anything under the carpet. But it just means that we've got a big old week to make sure that we get our mental state right for the game at Milton Keynes, because today we were second best."


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8 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Bournemouth
If you watched this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against AFC Bournemouth 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 AFC Bournemouth.


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8 September 2012 : Yeovil 0 Bournemouth 1 : Glovers Suffer First League Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their first League One defeat of the 2012-13 season, as a poor performance against AFC Bournemouth saw them lose at home by a single goal. A Richard Hughes free kick was the only difference between the two sides in terms of goals, but it was the visitors who deserved the points, with them looking far more likely throughout the whole 90 minutes to add to their tally than the home side did to equalising. Yeovil huffed'n'puffed throughout the day, eventually ending up dropping a place into third position in the League Table as a result.

The Glovers went into the match making one enforced change as Jamie McAllister began his three match suspension, allowing former Peterborough trainee Nathan Ralph to make his first ever start at Football League level. Byron Webster took over the captaincy from McAllister, but otherwise things were pretty much as you were, with the only other change being the addition of Archange Nkumu to the Glovers bench, after he was left out in midweek due to Football League Trophy rules on the numbers of substitutes. In the Bournemouth line-up was the familiar face of Shaun MacDonald, who had scored twice for the Cherries in midweek, and so went back to Huish Park on a high.

The visitors took the upper hand in the first half right from the start of the game, with a slip by Richard Hinds early on letting in Wes Fogden, via a huge gap in the centre of defence. Sam Foley shot narrowly wide at the other end, but it was largely the Cherries who were dominating, with Shaun MacDonald firing wide and Harry Arter having two shots blocked. Bournemouth controlled a tired looking Yeovil midfield, thanks to a diamond formation, with Lewis Grabban and MacDonald frequently pulling the strings.

When Bournemouth took the lead ten minutes before the break, there was no doubt that they deserved the advantage, even if there was a bit of debate amongst Glovers fans over whether Byron Webster had won the ball that saw Josh McQuoid fouled for a free kick. Richard Hughes stepped up from 25 yards out, and like Tuesday night, it was a set piece free kick that broke the deadlock - but this time against the Glovers.

Gary Johnson clearly wasn't impressed by what he saw out there during the first half. He made a double substitution just before the break, introducing Gozie Ugwu and Rohan Ince for Reuben Reid and Dominic Blizzard in a like for like swap, without waiting for the 'chat' in the dressing room to fire his players up - although doubtless that happened as well. There was a slight reaction from that as the Glovers attacked the Thatchers end of the ground, and the game became incredibly stretched as Yeovil put in their efforts to produce an equaliser by pushing players up, but with the problem that Bournemouth could easily punish them on the break.

Lewis Young was introduced as a third substitution even though half an hour remained. But really the three substitutes failed to make an impact upon the game, and it was Bournemouth who really should have got the crucial goal - missing a couple of gilt-edged chances to seal the game. Notably, Lewis Grabban released Wes Thomas in the closing stages, only for the substitute to fire wide of the target, whilst Marek Stech produced what is now his customary set of strong saves when his back four was breached.

All in all it was a tired performance, and it would have been unjust if the Glovers had sneaked a late goal. They drop one place to third in the League One table, and will be glad that for the first time since the season started that there is no midweek fixture. The problems of maintaining such a small squad were visible, although that couldn't be presented as the only excuse for the defeat, with the Cherries the better side throughout the game.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Scorers: Richard Hughes (0-1, 35 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (63 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 17. Rohan Ince (42 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu (42 mins for Reuben Reid)

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Shwan Jalal
2. Simon Francis 24. Miles Addison 13. Tommy Elphick 3. Steve Cook
8. Harry Arter 16. Shaun MacDonald 26. Richard Hughes 12. Wes Fogden
22. Lewis Grabban 17. Josh McQuoid

Substitutes:
25. Darryl Flahavan 18. Matt Tubbs 9. Wes Thomas (68 mins for Josh McQuoid) 4. Stephane Zubar 11. Charlie Daniels 7. Marc Pugh (74 mins for Wes Fogden) 6. Joe Partington (61 mins for Richard Hughes)

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 34 mins), Gozie Ugwu (kicking ball away, 82 mins)

Bournemouth Bookings: Richard Hughes (foul, 49 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 1; Fouls: 8.

Bournemouth Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Paul Rees (Somerset). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Attendance: 5,238 (with 1,450 Bournemouth fans).


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8 September 2012 : Ince Substitution Sets Glovers Milestone
The introduction of Chelsea loanee Rohan Ince onto the pitch this afternoon against AFC Bournemouth has set a club milestone. The teenager becomes the club's 200th player to be fielded in a Football League match across the nine-and-a-bit seasons since the club achieved promotion in the summer of 2003, with Ince's previous appearances coming in cup competitions so far..

The list of players below shows the set of players that had featured in all matches since the start of the 2003-04 season that started life in the Football League. Only Bradley Thomas has been selected for a first team fixture without eventually getting a Football League appearance - his one and only appearance came in the FA Cup, giving 201 players in total.

In terms of the 200th player to feature in all competitions since the club entered the Football League, that honour falls to Nathan Ralph. His 81st minute appearance as a substitute in the home match against Colchester United in the League Cup made him the last of nine players who made their Glovers debuts on that day.

Link: Yeovil Town All-Time Appearances Since Entry Into The Football League.


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8 September 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth. The alteration is an enforced one, with captain Jamie McAllister serving the first of a three match suspension. That gives Nathan Ralph the chance to make his full Football League debut in the left-back slot, whilst Byron Webster takes up the captaincy.

Otherwise, Archange Nkumu is the only other change, being recalled to the bench after Football League Trophy rules restricted the Glovers to five named substitutes. The team is therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Shwan Jalal
2. Simon Francis 24. Miles Addison 13. Tommy Elphick 3. Steve Cook
8. Harry Arter 16. Shaun MacDonald 26. Richard Hughes 12. Wes Fogden
22. Lewis Grabban 17. Josh McQuoid

Substitutes:
25. Darryl Flahavan 18. Matt Tubbs 9. Wes Thomas 4. Stephane Zubar 11. Charlie Daniels 7. Marc Pugh 6. Joe Partington


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8 September 2012 : Ton Up For Ayling
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling celebrates a personal milestone this afternoon, after being included in the starting line-up for the League One match against AFC Bournemouth. The 21 year old, who is the club's longest serving player, on a continuous basis, will make his 100th appearance for the Glovers, having arrived at the club initially on loan from Arsenal in April 2010.

Luke's 100th appearance makes him only one of two current Yeovil Town players to have reached three figures, with midfielder Gavin Williams having accrued his 160 appearances over the course of ten years and multiple spells.

Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 September 2012 : Post-Doncaster Interview With Gozie Ugwu
Following last Saturday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town's on loan Reading striker Gozie Ugwu spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gozie's post-match views after scoring his third goal for the club can be read via the link below.

Link: Gozie Ugwu Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Over Doncaster.


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8 September 2012 : MK Dons Ticketing Update
Further to our earlier news item concerning ticketing arrangements for next Saturday's trip to Milton Keynes Dons, the Huish Park Ticket Office is definitely selling advance tickets. Glovers fans should note that these will be available from the club until Friday 14th September at 12.00 noon. At that point, you'll still be able to get tickets for the match, but will need to purchase from stadium:mk on the day of the game.

For full Ticketing and Travel information for that match, as well as the following Tuesday's trip to Leyton Orient, follow the choice of links below.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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8 September 2012 : West Brom Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town took on Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in a Football League Cup Second Round match. Whilst the end result was that they went out of the competition by a 2-4 scoreline, the tie showed the Glovers well in the game for around 70 minutes, until the Baggies took control in the remaining period of the match.

As far as Man of the Match voting went, although the outright winner was way ahead of the pack, there were reasonable showings for Ed Upson and Keanu Marsh-Brown from their midfield and right-wing roles, respectively. In second place, Sam Foley continues to impress supporters, operating from a left-wing position. However, the undisputed winner was striker Reuben Reid, who scored twice against his old club, and even went close on a couple of occasions to grabbing a hat-trick.

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

1 Reuben Reid 556 (42)
2 Sam Foley 302 (15)
3 Keanu Marsh-Brown 118 (4)
4 Ed Upson 88 (5)
5 Byron Webster 82 (2)
6 James Hayter 48 (0)
7 Luke Ayling 32 (1)
8 Dominic Blizzard 26 (1)
9 Marek Stech 10 (1)
10 Richard Hinds 10 (0)
11 Jamie McAllister 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.77

Performance: 8.39
Entertainment: 9.15

NUMBER OF VOTES: 71


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8 September 2012 : McAllister Got Lift Home From Player He Struck!
As sendings off in football go, Tuesday night's red card for Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister will go down as one of the more bizarre ones in its wider context. The dismissal for an off-the-ball incident involving Bristol Rovers striker David Clarkson might not appear too unusual, even though they are former Bristol City team-mates.

However, we're wondering if there can have been too many sendings off in football, where the two players involved shared a car to the Memorial Stadium, and drove home together, after McAllister had gone for an early bath that will see him miss three matches, including this afternoon's home game against AFC Bournemouth. Clarkson has told BBC Somerset that since the fixture, the two have had dinner together since the incident, and so is confident there are no hard feelings, but admits that neither of them quite understand why the incident led to blows:

"I'm not really sure actually. He said the same and said I don't really know what happened or why I did it. Obviously his hands went towards me. But we're best mates and there's no problems there. It's unfortunate, and he's gutted as well. We're staying right next to each other, and I brought him in (to the game) and obviously I took him back. It's just one of those things - it's football. We're best mates and these things happen. I had dinner with him and the family last night, so obviously there's no problems."

As well as this afternoon's match against AFC Bournemouth, McAllister is also scheduled to miss the away trips to Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient.


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8 September 2012 : JPT Second Round Full Draw Details : Glovers Get Gulls
The Second Round of the Football League Trophy has been made this morning. The draw was made live on Soccer AM and has given Yeovil Town an away draw against Torquay United which will be played at Plainmoor.

The full draw is as follows:

Southern Section - West
Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United
Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Plymouth vs Aldershot Town

Northern Section - West
Shrewbury Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Rochdale vs Bury
Morecambe vs Preston North End
Walsall vs Port Vale

Northern Section - East
Doncaster Rovers vs Chesterfield
York City vs Coventry City
Notts County vs Sheffield United
Hartlepool United vs Bradford City

Southern Section - East
Northampton Town vs Colchester United
Leyton Orient vs Barnet
Brentford vs Crawley Town
Southend United vs Dagenham and Redbridge

All Second Round ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing October 8th.


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8 September 2012 : Scunthorpe Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last League One away match saw them come up against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. The 4-0 scoreline sounded like a thrashing, and in the end that's what it was, but it didn't quite tell the whole story of the match. Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid bagged the opening goals, whilst Gozie Ugwu came on as a substitute and bagged two late ones.

Despite this, none of the goalscorers featured in the top three in the Man of the Match poll and none of them picked up a first placed vote. Instead it was striker James Hayter who got the plaudits along with midfielder Ed Upson for the 'assists' they provided for those goals. And up at the top by a clear margin was actually the goalkeeper at the other end of the field - Marek Stech - who despite the significant win, was kept very busy at several key moments during the game.

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

1 Marek Stech 214 (16)
2 Ed Upson 122 (6)
3 James Hayter 66 (4)
4 Gozie Ugwu 34 (0)
5 Sam Foley 24 (1)
6 Dominic Blizzard 20 (1)
7 Reuben Reid 20 (0)
8 Jamie McAllister 10 (1)
9 Keanu Marsh-Brown 6 (0)
10 Luke Ayling 4 (0)
11 Byron Webster 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.41

Performance: 8.48
Entertainment: 8.34

VOTES RECEIVED: 29


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7 September 2012 : Gary Previews The Bournemouth Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman, Gary's thoughts on the season so far and the challenge the Cherries will present can be read via the link below.

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


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7 September 2012 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are on their travels tomorrow morning in a Football League Youth Alliance fixture. They take on Cheltenham Town at the Seasons Business and Leisure Complex which you may find the locals refer to as the Eagle Star Sports and Social Club, which is its former name. The match kicks off at 11.00a.m.

It is situated on the north side of Cheltenham in a village/suburb called Swindon - for obvious reasons referred to as 'Swindon Village'. Assuming you're heading up the M5 from the Bristol area, leave the motorway at Junction 11. Join the A40 in direction of Cheltenham. Follow the dual carriageway to the second roundabout. Take the left exit, into Princess Elizabeth Way. Proceed down Princess Elizabeth Way to the very end (you will see a petrol station on your right). You come to a large roundabout. Go straight over, passing a ten-pin bowling alley on your right. Drive past the playing field on your left. You will see a turning to the left as the main road bears sharply to the right under a railway bridge. Take the left, keeping the playing field on your left. Take the first turning right, into Quat Goose Lane. The Seasons Training Complex is the first right, approx 200 yards along the lane.

Cheltenham do offer directions to Quat Goose Lane from other locations, so if you're not coming from the Yeovil/Bristol area to get to the game, then this page may offer alternatives.

Link: Multimap Website : Seasons Training Complex.

Address: Seasons Training Complex, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RX


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7 September 2012 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's away match at Leyton Orient is now available. The game at Brisbane Road takes place on Tuesday 18th September 2012 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices vary significantly according to whether you purchase your ticket in advance, from the Huish Park Ticket Office, or on matchdays and are as follows:

Advance Purchase: Adults: £23.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £5.00

Matchday Prices: Adults: £25.00; Concessions: £16.00; Under-18s: £16.00

Concessions apply to Over-65s, Students, the Armed Forces and the Unemployed. All supporters requiring the concessionary rate will need to take proof of entitlement.

Wheelchair users are admitted free of charge. To place your booking, call Leyton Orient on 0871 310 1883. Ambulant disabled supporters on the middle/higher rate of disability can also gain admission free of charge but must purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

NOTE CAREFULLY: The above tariffs effectively mean that any supporters aged Under-18 must purchase their tickets in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office, as the concession is not available on the day of the game - you'll be charged an eyewatering £11.00 more for the privilege of deciding you wanted to go to the game on the day of the match.

At £25.00 Orient's adult matchday admission price is the most expensive we know of in League One for away supporters. The facilities are not the greatest either - the standard allocation is for 941 seats to be made available at the southern end of the East Stand at Brisbane Road. This was the club's original main stand, and has rather cramped uncomfortable wooden tip-up seats. To be blunt - considering what you get for your money, it's a rip-off. The only good news is that all tariffs are unchanged from the 2011-12 season - Orient had put up the price of an Adult ticket by 25% across two seasons prior to that.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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7 September 2012 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient
In just under two week's time Yeovil Town head up to the big smoke as they travel to play Leyton Orient for a midweeker. The game at Brisbane Road takes place on Tuesday 18th September 2012 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 Huish Park at 2.00p.m. As this is a midweek fixture there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £22.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £20.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

If you haven't already paid, annual membership subscriptions for the GWSC are due for the season. This will be of benefit to you if you travel regularly with them during the coming season, or if you are visiting their shop on matchdays.

Membership prices are £7.00 for individual supporters, whilst a family of three can gain membership at £18.00 - for larger families add on £6.00 per person. You can now use the Membership Application Form linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: 2012-13 GWSC Membership Application Form.


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7 September 2012 : Redknapp Joins Cherries Ahead Of Tomorrow's Game
Former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton manager Harry Redknapp will be part of the travelling AFC Bournemouth officials that will visit Huish Park tomorrow afternoon. The 65 year old has accepted a 'voluntary' role as football 'advisor', taking him back to the club that he managed for nine years between 1983 and 1992, under Yeovil Town co-owner Norman Hayward who was Chairman at Dean Court during that period.

Redknapp's position at the club will have no formal title or scope, but Cherries owner Eddie Mitchell has brought him in to bolster what is a relatively inexperienced footballing management team of Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks. The Dorset side have yet to win during the 2012-13 season, whilst Redknapp has been out of work since leaving Spurs in June after failing to agree a new contract at White Hart Lane. Mitchell has told his club's website that the move was only agreed today:

"I met Harry for a chat this morning and he offered to come in on a voluntary basis. He still has a passion for the club and for football, and he’s got too much to offer for us to let him slip through our fingers. It’s been in my mind for quite some time to get him involved, and the timing seems to be perfect for us to tap into his knowledge."

Bournemouth manager Groves will know Redknapp already - he was Reserve Team Manager at Fratton Park during Redknapp's second spell, and was briefly Caretaker Manager a year or so after his departure.


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7 September 2012 : Johnson Aiming To Keep Glovers At The Top
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is confident that his side can keep their current early form going as they attempt to hold their place near the top of the League One table. Currently just four games into the season, they hold a second-placed unbeaten position going into tomorrow's home match against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, facing a side that might not have expected a winless start to their campaign.

As one of the sides that were predicted to struggle by the bookies early on in the season, the question is whether the club can keep themselves at that end of the table throughout the season. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he believes that is possible:

"Yes, we can keep it going. The boys have got to try to keep it going. We've got to work very hard both on and off the field. We've got to keep that belief that they look like they've got. We're playing some good football. The Huish Park crowd are turning up and they seem to be enjoying what's happening, and that's credit to everybody in the football club, because we have got it going a little bit."

With Coventry City having already sacked their manager Andy Thorn, and Chesterfield having done the same with John Sheridan in League Two, it seems that some clubs and managers are already feeling the pressure. Johnson added that this showed why a good start to the season could make the difference to his side:

"You've got to start well. If you look at the teams, there are already managers who have lost their jobs, and a few struggling after four or five games. But the lads will tell you that we have made a pact that in our first ten games we were going to put everything into it, and they have done. That probably culminated in the Bristol Rovers first half, with the lads being a little bit mentally shattered. But they got through that, and they came strong at the end of that game with some quality goals, and we've got to push on again."

In terms of Yeovil team news, left-back Jamie McAllister will commence his three match ban for Tuesday night's red card against Bristol Rovers, meaning that Nathan Ralph will start a Football League match for the first time in his career. Midfielder Gavin Williams will remain absent with his calf muscle problems, whilst there will need to be a check on defender Byron Webster, who went off on Tuesday night suffering from rib and breathing problems. Rohan Ince is his most logical replacement if he doesn't pull through.

Saturday's match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the matchday tariffs. If you want to buy tickets at the pre-match prices, you'll need to call or visit on 01935-847888 before 6.00p.m. tonight. For those who can't get to the game, then tuning into 95.5FM will get you Richard Hoskin and Chris Spittles commentating on the game, whilst there will be the usual Tweets and Retweets coming out of our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account.


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7 September 2012 : JPT Second Round Draw Groupings
The Football League have published the final groupings for the Second Round draw of the Football League Trophy. Surprisingly, they are continuing to maintain the four regional groupings that were in place for the First Round stage, rather than splitting purely into a North/South divide. This means that the choice of clubs that Yeovil Town can be drawn against in tomorrow's draw is far more restricted - the Glovers can only face one of seven other opponents in the Southern Section - West draw.

Southern Section - West
Aldershot Town, Cheltenham Town, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town

The other relevant sections for tomorrow's draw, which will be live on Soccer AM, usually from around 10.00a.m. onwards, are as follows:

Northern Section - West
Bury, Crewe Alexandra, Morecambe, Port Vale, Preston North End, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall

Northern Section - East
Bradford City, Chesterfield, Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Notts County, Sheffield United, York City

Southern Section - East
Barnet, Brentford, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Southend United

All Second Round ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing October 8th.


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6 September 2012 : Starnes Unhappy With Grecians Development Centre Move
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has indicated that he has written to the Football League in an effort to raise an issue concerning a rival football club running Development Centres in the Yeovil area. Since the Glovers curtailed their Centre of Excellence set-up, leaving just the Under-18s side running, League Two side Exeter City have been announcing plans to run Development Centres in an effort to attract youngsters to their own Centre of Exellence scheme, which is being converted into the new Elite Player Performance Plan format for this season.

Over the summer, the Grecians ran trials at Chilton Cantelo School where over 300 children attended, and are following that up with the establishment of a Development Centre this month, which will be run out of the Gryphon School in Sherborne. That risks being in direct competition with Yeovil Town's plans to use its own Development Centres as a replacement for the Centre of Excellence structure, with the Glovers running their own regular coaching out of the Alvington Lane venue.

Writing in this week's Western Gazette, Starnes indicates that whilst he didn't have a problem with Exeter enrolling former Yeovil Centre of Excellence players into their own academy set-up, that he felt that setting up camp in the Yeovil area itself was crossing a boundary:

"We are disappointed that Exeter City have felt it appropriate to open an advanced development centre in the Yeovil area. Despite vigorously protesting to the Club about their intentions, they have decided to continue with their plans. This is regrettable given the excellent relationship the two clubs have developed over recent years. Given that we were unable to continue with a formal under-16 academy programme next season we had no difficulty in Exeter inviting certain boys to their own academy set up in Devon but establishing a formal development centre in this area is a step too far. We believe that boys should be encouraged to develop their football and engage with their local clubs and I have written to the Football League for their observations."

The Glovers closed down the main part of their Centre of Excellence in May, claiming that the funding they had to provide to maintain an EPPP Category Three set-up (roughly equivalent to the old CoE structure) was greater in terms of what clubs were expected to contribute. To fill the void left for players aged 16 and under, the club is setting up an Elite Development Centre. Starnes explained what the aims of the Centre would be:

"We were massively disappointed by the change in youth development funding which meant we had to withdraw from the Football League programme for under-16s. We have had to pursue a different route for our youth provision and as announced at the end of last season, we are going to be complementing our existing development centres with elite coaching centres, which will commence next week. We will be getting the first team coaching staff and players involved from time to time and we will continue to look to improve the skills of boys in this area."

Whilst Exeter's move into Chilton Cantelo and Sherborne may feel morally wrong, and certainly cheeky, given the Glovers Centre of Excellence has only just closed, the real question will be whether it breaks any rules. We're aware of one young footballer from Long Sutton who has this summer signed a youth agreement with an Elite Development structure organised by Southampton, whilst Arsenal has recently hosted soccer schools in the county.

There's little doubt that the new EPPP structure, including the abolition of the "90 minute rule" for clubs operating an EPPP Category One set-up, will encourage that sort of 'vulture circling', particularly in an area where a club is not operating its own structure for those age groups. The major disadvantage of Elite Development Centres is that clubs have no contractual rights to the players that they coach, and so if a star is spotted at Alvington, it will be hard for the club to fend off other clubs who may still be able to offer the more advanced structures.


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6 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bristol Rovers Interview
Just before kick-off against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary gives his pre-kick-off views on the match as well as the Football League Trophy itself.

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


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6 September 2012 : Caulker Nets Second England Goal
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Steven Caulker has scored his second international goal this afternoon. The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back was making his fifth appearance for England Under-21s as part of a squad that had travelled to play Azerbaijan Under-21s at the Dalga Stadium in Baku. In a 2013 UEFA European Championship Qualifier match, Caulker opened the scoring, as he headed home a 28th minute Jonjo Shelvey free kick. England eventually won the match 2-0, with Shelvey getting the second with seven minutes remaining.

This is Caulker's second goal at this level, having netted against Belgium Under-21s back in February. It comes on the back of his successful call up to the Team GB Olympic squad, and also his full England squad call-up last month, albeit without stepping foot on the pitch against Italy.

Caulker has been kept at Tottenham Hotspur this season, rather than being sent back on loan to Swansea City, and was an unused substitute last Saturday, in Spurs' 1-1 home draw against Norwich City, suggesting that he could play a fringe role in their first team this season. Still only 20 years old, Caulker said before today's game that all of these call-ups and selections were helping him progress as a player:

"They’re all massive experiences for me as a player, Euro Finals with the U19s, Team GB and the Under-21s. I’m still only 20, but I’ve had a lot of experience from all these games and I think it helps. I’ve been involved with different teams and out on loan for the last three years so it’s a big season for me now and I’m hoping to make a breakthrough both at Spurs and with England. I’m going to have to be patient, it’s not something that I’ve been used to but I can learn to deal with it and work hard on the pitch to make sure that when my chance comes I’ll be ready."

The three points takes Stuart Pearce's side five clear at the top of their group with just Norway to play. That match takes place at Chesterfield's B2Net Stadium on Monday night. There's little doubt that Caulker will once again be involved.


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6 September 2012 : Johnson Confident In Ralph's Abilities
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that he has got full confidence that former Peterborough United defender Nathan Ralph is capable of stepping up and performing a key first team role over the next three matches. The 19 year old is in pole position to take up the left-back slot, after captain Jamie McAllister was red-carded against Bristol Rovers and so will sit out Saturday's home match against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, as well as the away matches against Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient.

Ralph has never started a first team Football League fixture in his professional career, having played for Posh Reserve and Youth Teams during his time at London Road, gaining experience out on loan with Conference side Kettering Town. He made his Football League debut as a substitute at the start of this season, playing as a left-winger, but having filled in for McAllister in the full-back slot after the captain's dismissal, he seems clear to start on Saturday.

Johnson has made no effort to hide the fact that Ralph will be McAllister's replacement during his suspension, and told BBC Somerset that he is certain that he will succeed at this level:

"Nathan is buzzing, I should think. Sometimes young players get their opportunity, and sometimes you get to see the young players when something like this happens. I've got every faith in Nathan Ralph that he will be a League One defender, and League One plus. So we'll see how he goes, but he's got to grow up quickly in the next two or three days."

With McAllister missing for three games, inevitably Yeovil's bench will look very thin for the next three matches. Midfielder Gavin Williams has yet to feature during the 2012-13 season, having been missing since the end of July with a calf muscle problem. The issue has been diagnosed as fluid on the calf, and so Johnson is confident that it's not a major problem, but isn't quite sure when he'll be ready to return:

"They don't think it's any more than a swelling of the calf. He's on anti-inflamatories, so that's what he's got to take. We don't think he's far away, but then again you've heard that one before as well!"

The other player who didn't make it until the end of Tuesday night's game at the Memorial Stadium was central defender Byron Webster. He was suffering breathing problems and so was taken off - Byron suffered bruised ribs in pre-season and appears to be having a repeat of that. Hopefully he will be fit enough to take to the field against Bournemouth on Saturday.


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6 September 2012 : Upson Happy To Win Playing Badly
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has admitted his side did not play well during Tuesday night's Football League Trophy win over Bristol Rovers. Even though the former Ipswich Town academy player came up with two stunning strikes during the second half, he felt that the team fell well short of standards across the whole 90 minutes.

Netting the seventh and eighth goals of his Glovers career, Upson once again maintained his habit of scoring from outside the box, after Rovers defenders had brought down substitute Gozie Ugwu on both occasions for free kicks. He has told BBC Somerset that winning games when playing badly was not such a bad thing:

"That's the mark of a good team - to not play well but to come away with a 3-0. I think that we haven't played well, but we've ended up scoring three goals. The third one (from Sam Foley) was a good one as well, so they were three bits of quality, and we're happy with the 3-0."

Upson's manager Gary Johnson admitted that he had been giving his star player some stick during half time for his first half performance. However, he said that they had been concentrating more on set pieces this week to save the players legs, and felt that counted for something in the end:

"He took a bit of stick at half time - poor old Ed! I thought he's been one of our best players, but he looked mentally tired. He's been our best performer for a little while. But we have been working on our free kicks and we did that to save their legs a little bit, and he's struck two fantastic strikes. The lads looked tired mentally as well as physically and it showed in training this week. But if you have quality in your team you are always in with a chance."

Whilst the more traditional highlights of Tuesday night's game has so far failed to make it online, we've got a fans mobile phone video, as taken from the side terrace, as Ed Upson lined up and scored the first of his free kicks. Even better, the players come directly towards the camera after the goal, giving a good view of how supporters saw the first goal go in.




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6 September 2012 : Gary On The Football League Podcast
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is featured on the latest Football League Podcast. The weekly audio bulletin has been running for a couple of seasons now but to our knowledge this is the first time the Glovers have ever been featured.

The Football League Show's pairing of Mark Clemmit and Steve Claridge are the main hosts on the podcasts, and in addition to Gary's contribution, they also talk to Brighton and Hove Albion's Stephen Dobbie.

The Podcast is over 47 mins long, and is a 22Mb download, so be aware of that when downloading. You can either access it directly via the link below, as an MP3 file, or you can subscribe to the series via the iTunes application for free.

Link: Football League Podcast : 2012-13 Season : Podcast No.4 (Direct MP3 Download).

Link: iTunes Subscription Link: Football League Podcast.


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6 September 2012 : Yeovil Town Replica Shirts Delivery Update
Further to our update from last week, Yeovil Town have now got a more firm indication of when the 2012-13 Replica Shirts will be in stock. The current estimated date for delivery of the shirts is Monday 17th September - once delivered supporters will be able to purchase direct from the Huish Park Club Shop.

Manufacturers Vandanel supplied the club today with a second sample of the replica shirt, with new sponsors W&S Recycling on the front, and this has now been given the green light for them to roll out the shirt on a mass production basis.

The final date of delivery may vary slightly, one way or the other, but is the one that the club and Vandanel are now planning against.


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5 September 2012 : No Beer Tent Access For Bournemouth Fans
No great surprises, but for Saturday's League One match against AFC Bournemouth, access to the Beer Tent at Huish Park will be for home supporters only. The match takes place on Saturday 8th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

There will be no access to alcohol at Huish Park for Cherries fans, and so they will need to choose pubs in the surrounding area if they want a pre-match pint. As a result, we'd expect home tickets to be checked by stewards for those Glovers fans wanting to visit the Beer Tent (aka the Hospitality Marquee) so make sure that you go via the Huish Park Ticket Office first if you need to pick up tickets.

Cherries fans wanting a few tips on local pubs both walking distance from the stadium, and out of town, can view a list via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Directions and Pub Guide.


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5 September 2012 : Gas Boss Labels Cup Defeat As Scandalous
Bristol Rovers first team manager Mark McGhee has labelled last night's result against Yeovil Town as 'scandalous', after his team crashed out of the Football League Trophy. The Gas were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat after the Glovers netted three times in the final 20 minutes of a local derby that took a long time to warm up.

McGhee's annoyance appears to stem from a first half decision made by referee Michael Naylor, who chalked off a 'goal' scored by Michael Smith - disallowed by the match official for a foul on Glovers defender Byron Webster that was committed in the build-up. The Rovers boss believes that should have stood, and that it changed the pattern of the game:

"It was a scandalous scoreline. Goals change games and we had one disallowed which should have stood. I can't fault the players and I feel for them that they are on the end of a 3-0 defeat. We will win games in League Two playing like that."

Rovers, who have yet to score on their home patch during the 2012-13 season, eventually succumbed thanks to two excellent free kicks from long shot maestro Ed Upson. Substitute Gozie Ugwu was fouled by Tom Parkes for the first one, and McGhee added that he didn't think that decision should have been given either:

"I didn't think it was a free-kick for the first goal. The Yeovil lad has done well to win the foul and I would have done the same myself, but the referee should have seen that he bought it. It was a much better performance from us and something to build on. It was chalk and cheese from the second-half display in our (0-4 home) defeat by Morecambe on Saturday."


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5 September 2012 : McAllister Ban Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister will serve a three match ban for his red card in last night's Football League Trophy tie. The club captain was dismissed for an off the ball incident involving Bristol Rovers striker David Clarkson, during the final 20 minutes of the 3-0 win over the Gas.

The FA have now confirmed this as a three game ban for violent conduct, meaning that he will now be missing for the home match against AFC Bournemouth as well as the trips to Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient. He will return on Saturday 22nd September for the home match against Sheffield United.

With left-sided defender Curtis Haynes-Brown on loan at AFC Wimbledon, and currently injured, McAllister's boots will be filled by Nathan Ralph, who came on as a substitute to fill the full-back slot after the red card.


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5 September 2012 : Ticketing Arrangements For Pompey Fans
Yeovil Town have issued Portsmouth supporters with special instructions for the sale of tickets for the forthcoming League One fixture between the two clubs. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd October at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Advance tickets for Pompey fans will ONLY be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office - the club will not be releasing tickets down to Fratton Park for the game.

Although no reason has been given for this, we suspect that this relates to the uncertainty surrounding Portsmouth's future, and exactly which trading company Yeovil Town would be dealing with by the time the fixture takes place, given that administrator Trevor Birch has set a deadline of Friday 14th September for either Portpin or the Portsmouth Supporters Trust to satisfy both the terms and conditions of the CVA and the Membership Criteria laid down by the Football League.

As for the match itself, Pompey fans wanting to purchase tickets should go direct to the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to buy by credit/debit card. There will be 1,500 Copse Road Terrace places made available to supporters, along with a small number (usually around 400-600) of seats in the Screwfix Stand that are sold only to seniors, ambulant disabled and families.

For Yeovil Town supporters, there are no special arrangements, although if Pompey do sell out their allocation, then expect plenty of quizzing from Ticket Office staff if you're a Glovers fan living in the Hampshire area - we'd recommend you apply early if you're not on the Ticket Office database.

Link: 2012-13 Huish Park Match Admission Prices.


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5 September 2012 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against AFC Bournemouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 8th September 2012 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Although Mr Williamson has a reputation in the Football League for being rather card-happy, our experiences of him have not been too bad at Football League level, and we've even agreed with some of the decisions he's made regarding our own players dismissals.

The most recent match he took charge of was the October 2011 away match at Stevenage that saw us draw 0-0. No complaints about the red card issued to Luke Ayling for an on-the-line hand ball, whilst his later call-up by the FA was at the instructions of the Fourth Official, rather than Mr Williamson. In fact, he did us a mini favour of sorts in that Ayling's infringment stopped their opponents from scoring a goal, with the referee failing to allow an advantage that saw the ball almost immediately hit the back of the net on the rebound. An error of judgement if you were a Stevenage fan, but as Marek Stech saved the eventual penalty, and we held on with ten men, we can't complain too loudly about it!

Prior to that, we had him for the League One home match against Exeter City during the 2010-11 season. We lost the game by a 1-3 scoreline, and Mr Williamson had nothing to do with that - if anything he ruled that a Grecians penalty appeal was deserving of a free kick in the other direction when it could have easily gone against us. Prior to that, he took charge of the home game against Leicester City all the way back in January 2009. The match was live on Sky Sports and was a booking-free affair, where certainly the Foxes 0-2 away win was unaffected by the officials, who had a quiet game.

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

Our past reports of him are that he's got through each game relatively quietly without ruffling too many feathers, although we've noticed around the internet that he's upset people in a lot of other games. Maybe we catch him on his good days.

Mr Williamson will be assisted by Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Paul Rees (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Link: October 2011 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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

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

Link: August 2005 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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


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5 September 2012 : Johnson Pleased With Goal Tally But Not Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted that last night's match against Bristol Rovers wasn't quite what he wanted to see, even if his team did come out with a 3-0 victory. The Glovers grabbed three goals in the final 20 minutes of the match, as two Ed Upson free kicks, and an injury time Sam Foley goal lit up what had been a poor first half performance.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after last night's game, Johnson's main gripe with the match, was that he felt that the three goals were largely all his side had offered and said that if those hadn't been scored that his reflection on the game would have been rather different:

"It was a game where our supporters saw the three goals at their end, which was nice, so they will have felt a part of that. So the boys were able to celebrate in front of them, which is nice. And really that's it. It was just about the three goals. If it had ended 0-0 then we would have had to have paid people their money back."

The main low point of the match from a Yeovil perspective was a red card shown to captain Jamie McAllister, who was dismissed for an off the ball incident involving former Bristol City team-mate David Clarkson. Johnson explained that he didn't see the incident, but had got the gist of why it happened, and said if true that McAllister would be getting fined:

"Well I didn't see the sending off, so I didn't know what it was, but whatever it was then of course I've got major complaints about it. He'll take his fine like everybody else, because he got sent off for petulance, if that's what it was - I presume that's what it was. I don't know how many games that is, or what he did. We'll have to find out. But he's our captain and that's disappointing that he's done what he's done. But he's been a great captain since the start of the season. We're going to lose him now for either one, two or three games - I don't know yet."

Whilst we've yet to see confirmation from the Football Association, we'd expect to see the incident recorded as violent conduct, which will carry a three match ban.


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4 September 2012 : JPT Second Round Draw Schedule
Yeovil Town will find out who their Second Round opponents are in the Football League Trophy this coming Saturday. The draw will be made live on Soccer AM on the morning of the League One home match against AFC Bournemouth, taking place sometime around 10.00a.m. (subject to confirmation) on Saturday 8th September. The Glovers are in the hat after tonight's 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers - their first victory in the competition since September 2007.

The Second Round will once again will be regionalised, although with the South-West and South-East regions coming together for this round. This means that the Glovers will face one of the teams listed below, with the match between Oxford United and Swindon Town due to be settled tomorrow evening, plus eight teams that received first round byes entering the competition:

Southern Section:
Oxford United or Swindon Town (playing tomorrow night)
Portsmouth (beat Bournemouth on penalties after 2-2 draw)
Aldershot (beat Exeter City on penalties after 0-0 draw)
Southend United (beat Wimbledon 2-1)
Dagenham and Redbridge (beat Stevenage 3-2)
Northampton Town (beat MK Dons 1-0)
Crawley (beat Gillingham 3-2)

The following sides also come into the draw following their First Round Byes: Barnet, Brentford, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers.

All Second Round ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing October 8th.


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4 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 3-0 away win against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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4 September 2012 : Rovers 0 Yeovil 3 : Upson Double Sinks Gas
Yeovil Town grabbed a route into the Second Round of the Football League Trophy tonight, as they turned over local rivals Bristol Rovers on their own patch. The 3-0 scoreline perhaps belied what was a closer game, but two second half Ed Upson free kicks stunned the Gasheads as he got his first goals of the 2012-13 season. Upson then turned provider in injury time as Sam Foley got his first goal for the Glovers. The only downside to the night was a red card for Jamie McAllister, who was dismissed for an off the ball incident involving former Bristol City team-mate David Clarkson.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged line-up with only the need to name just five substitutes meaning that Archange Nkumu had to drop out of the squad. Gavin Williams and Curtis Haynes-Brown were also present at the match, watching their team-mates from the stands. In the Rovers line-up they had former Glovers Tom Parkes, Adam Virgo and Jamie Paterson, although Matt Harrold had to sit the game out through injury.

The game saw a fairly dull first opening 15 minute period, with Bristol Rovers have the majority of play, but without too many chances bar an Adam Virgo attempt that went well wide. However, when Yeovil got their first chance, they managed to hit the woodwork, as Jamie McAllister's free kick was missed by a number of Rovers defenders; the ball going across the box before Luke Ayling put a shot onto the woodwork.

Overall though this first half period belonged to the home side, even if their greater possession and forward play failed to turn into actual shots on target, with Marek Stech having to largely deal with crosses rather than attempts that would breach his goal. Eliot Richards had a couple of those half chances, whilst David Clarkson put a free kick over the bar. Rovers even had the ball in the back of the net through Michael Smith, but referee Michael Naylor blew up before Smith converted due to Matthew Gill barging over Byron Webster in his efforts to get to the rebound himself.

The 45 minutes was warmed up finally by Cian Bolger's dreadful tackle on Keanu Marsh-Brown, which got him a yellow card. Whilst the Glovers were preparing to take the free kick, Byron Webster and Richard Hinds got in a spot of pushing and shoving with Bolger, no doubt on the back of that foul as the players marked up from the dead ball. Fortunately referee Naylor chose to keep his cards in his pocket, whilst the players regained their heads by the time the half time whistle blew.

This had been a poor performance from a Glovers point of view, and they needed to up their game badly. Rovers still managed to get the ball in the back of the net though, within minutes of the restart, with an offside flag denying David Clarkson a positive start for the home side. Gradually it was the away side that got into the ascendancy, although it was only after a couple of substitutions that they really began to take hold of the game, as Gozie Ugwu replaced James Hayter, and Rohan Ince came on for what looked to be an injured Byron Webster.

The opening goal of the match came not long after Rohan Ince had headed over from an Ed Upson cross. The growing Glovers pressure induced former loan defender Tom Parkes into fouling Gozie Ugwu, and Upson took on free kick duties. The ball arrowed direct into the back of the net from 20 yards out to give the midfielder his first goal of the season, and in doing so meant his side now had something to hold onto in the remaining twenty minutes.

Not that they had it their own way. Jamie McAllister and Rovers striker David Clarkson were good friends whilst in a Bristol City shirt. That didn't show when Rovers were given a throw-in, with just 14 minutes remaining - the two players got into a spot of handbags about it, and when McAllister raised an arm towards the player, the red card was coming, and to be fair to the left-back, he didn't dispute it, walking off immediately, knowing he'd committed a moment of madness that would rule him out for three matches. Nathan Ralph was immediately introduced as a substitute to plug the gap and it seemed like it would be a long end to the game.

Instead, Yeovil had the cheek to extend their lead. The same combination of players were involved again - Gozie Ugwu was fouled on the edge of the box, as Rovers failed to deal with the Reading loanee - Elliot Richards the latest player to bring him down. Up stepped Ed Upson again, and the rest was as you were - this time from an even greater distance. 0-2 up and with six minutes remaining, a cushion, even with the man deficit.

Rovers problem was that their final shot on goal was decidedly powderpuff, with Marek Stech having to make few saves in anger. Tom Parkes was one of the few to force Stech to block his goal in the closing minutes, with the Gas efforts in vain on the night. Instead, the last laugh went to Sam Foley, who accepted a threaded ball from Ed Upson, two minutes into injury time, to polish off the night, to fire home from inside the box. 3-0 ... and very much a case of 'Goodnight Irene' for the Rovers fans as they chose to make their exits from the the ground, and from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Ed Upson (0-1, 70 mins), Ed Upson (0-2, 84 mins), Sam Foley (0-3, 90 mins)

Bristol Rovers:
28. Sam Walker
2. Michael Smith 6. Tom Parkes 19. Adam Virgo 29. Cian Bolger 3. Jim Paterson 8. Matthew Gill 21. Wayne Brown 14. Lee Brown 7. David Clarkson 10. Eliot Richards

Substitutes:
20. Conor Gough 11. Fabian Broghammer 15. Oliver Norburn 16. Joe Anyinsah 24. Ollie Clarke

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph (77 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 17. Rohan Ince (61 mins for Byron Webster) 19. Gozie Ugwu (58 mins for James Hayter)

Bristol Rovers Bookings: Cian Bolger (41 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Jamie McAllister (77 mins, violent conduct)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.


Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Howes (Birmingham) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). Fourth Official: David Woolford (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,810 (including 296 Yeovil fans)


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4 September 2012 : Team News For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for tonight's trip to the Memorial Stadium. The Football League Trophy match against League Two side Bristol Rovers sees manager Gary Johnson leave his squad as per Saturday's match, despite the obvious temptation to tinker in what is a more minor cup fixture.

There is one minor change on the bench, with Archange Nkumu left out of the squad - competition rules only allow five substitutes to be named, with Bristol Rovers having to do the same. The team is therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Rohan Ince 19. Gozie Ugwu

Bristol Rovers:
28. Sam Walker 2. Michael Smith 6. Tom Parkes 19. Adam Virgo 29. Cian Bolger 3. Jim Paterson 8. Matthew Gill 21. Wayne Brown 14. Lee Brown 7. David Clarkson 10. Eliot Richards

Substitutes:
20. Conor Gough 11. Fabian Broghammer 15. Oliver Norburn 16. Joe Anyinsah 24. Ollie Clarke

Speaking ahead of the tie, Johnson has recalled a few of his previous trips to the Memorial Stadium that saw him come up against old adversary Ian Atkins. Johnson is confident that current Rovers boss Mark McGhee will have things fully focussed on the football tonight:

"Certainly Yeovil vs Bristol Rovers has got that little ring about it. We've been there before. Mark McGhee is not quite the same personality as Ian Atkins, so I'm sure that proper things will be said in the dressing room this time, and it will be all about the football, as opposed to anything on the periphery."


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4 September 2012 : Johnson Expecting Tight Encounter At The Mem
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson does not believe that tonight's opponents league status will mean too much when the club travel to play Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The two sides meet in the Football League Trophy First Round, with the hosts sat in the relegation zone in the League Two table, whilst the Glovers sit in second place in League One, giving a separation of 45 places.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he is wary of that situation and remembers that in a pre-season friendly down in Huish Park five weeks ago, the two sides drew 1-1 in a tight match:

"It's not going to mean anything on the day. Bristol Rovers won't see themselves as poor relations. We had a good pre-season game against them, obviously not knowing that we were going to draw them in the JPT. But it's one that I'll look forward to. They've got a lot of players that I've worked with before. So I know the mentality of them. Mark (McGhee) has brought in three or four that are winners."

In having managed Yeovil Town during previous rivalries with Bristol Rovers, and then moving onto their main rivals Bristol City, Johnson is well aware of the 'special welcome' he is likely to receive from Gasheads tonight. He jokes that he is expecting a few cat-calls from behind the dugouts at the Memorial Stadium:

"They always welcome me with open arms at Bristol Rovers! I always feel very comfortable walking across that pitch, towards all my friends who will be waiting for me behind that dugout! Mark McGhee has done a good job and he's got some good players in there, and it will be a good game as both teams will want to progress in that competition. There's always a good atmosphere at Bristol Rovers, and I am looking forward to going there."

As for the Football League Trophy itself, the competition is often regarded as the least interesting of those that League One sides will compete in over the course of the season. However, with a trip to Wembley Stadium for those who do take it seriously, Johnson says he would like a cup run, and jokes about how the bookies should be seeing Yeovil's position in that competition:

"I'm sure that the directors will want a run in one of the cups at least. I think it's only League One and League Two teams? If it is, then we're the favourites, as we're at the top of that League One table - at this moment in time! If we stay top, then we're the favourites to win this competition, I suppose!"

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and the game will be played to a conclusion. Football League Trophy rules do not allow for extra time to be played. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties. Expect coverage on both BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset tonight on 95.5FM and other frequencies, starting just after the 7.00p.m. news, or head to @ytfcciderspace where there will be Tweets and Retweets on how the match is going.


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4 September 2012 : Hinds Grabs Another Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town central defender Richard Hinds has been given a nomination in this week's Football League Team of the Week. Richard played a full 90 minutes in Saturday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers that kept the club in the top two of the current League One table. This is his second nomination of the season, having been included in the League's line-up on the opening day of the League One season.

The full line-up is as follows:

Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County)
Jon Otsemobor (Milton Keynes Dons) Shaun Williams (Milton Keynes Dons) Richard Hinds (Yeovil Town) Scott Laird (Preston North End)
Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra) Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United) Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United)
Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) Stuart Beavon (Preston North End)

The full list of 2012-13 nominations for Yeovil Town players are as shown below:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).


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3 September 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping The Defence In Czech
Whilst it's always a matter of debate amongst supporters, one of the stand-out performers of the 2012-13 season so far is goalkeeper Marek Stech. The Czech Republic keeper has already put in a number of Man of the Match performances, even in games where the Glovers have clocked up emphatic wins. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, guest blogger Kurt West gives his view on what Marek has offered so far.

Views on who your stand-out players are, and what Marek brings to the team are welcomed - add them at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping The Defence In Czech.


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3 September 2012 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
For those making the short trip up to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow evening, the Ciderspace guide to Bristol Rovers has been updated. Featuring the ticketing and travel for the fixture, plus all the directions, parking, pub guides and other assorted stuff you'll need for the journey, it can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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3 September 2012 : Taff's Gloversblog : Attending To Attendances
Having managed two early home attendances that exceeded 6,000 at Huish Park, Yeovil Town supporters may have been a little disappointed by the 3,535 that turned up for Saturday's home match against Doncaster Rovers. But was that gate an absolute surprise? Some thoughts on that and the surrounding attendance issues can be found in the latest Taff's Gloversblog, which can be read via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Attending To Attendances.


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2 September 2012 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Cardiff City Ladies Photos
On Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies carved out a 0-0 draw that kept their unbeaten 2012-13 season run going. Their first League Cup group game saw them match a Cardiff City side that normally plays in the division above them, and so was an impressive result at Wells City's Athletic Ground. Pictured below is a selection of the action from that match - more detail on the game will follow in due course.

Grace Rapp scores for Yeovil Town Ladies - but is ruled out for offside
Grace Rapp scores for Yeovil Town Ladies - but is ruled out for offside.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Last season's top goalscorer Laura Bray battles for the ball
Last season's top goalscorer Laura Bray battles for the ball.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Grace Rapp shoots on goal
Grace Rapp shoots on goal.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Shannon Osman goes in for an aerial challenge
Shannon Osman goes in for an aerial challenge.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies


Cardiff City's keeper clears her lines as Grace Rapp puts her under pressure
Cardiff City's keeper clears her lines as Grace Rapp puts her under pressure.
Photo © 2012 Yeovil Town Ladies



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2 September 2012 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first away match of the 2012-13 season saw them travel to Brentford a couple of weeks ago, for a match at Griffin Park. The 3-1 win was gained thanks to James Hayter grabbing a brace, with a late own goal forced in under pressure from a Lewis Young cross.

Man of the Match voting saw James Hayter pick up a large number of votes, although mainly as second or third choice in the polling. Similarly midfielder Ed Upson came in for praise, having provided another assist on the night. However, the three points were pulled off thanks to a couple of stunning saves from Marek Stech, including a penalty save from Paul Hayes, and that allowed him to run out as an easy Man of the Match winner.

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

1 Marek Stech 404 (36)
2 James Hayter 240 (4)
3 Ed Upson 66 (5)
4 Sam Foley 40 (0)
5 Richard Hinds 18 (1)
6 Byron Webster 16 (0)
7 Luke Ayling 14 (1)
8 Jamie McAllister 12 (0)
8 Dominic Blizzard 12 (0)
10 Reuben Reid 10 (0)
11 Lewis Young 4 (0)
12 Keanu Marsh-Brown 2 (0)
12 Nathan Ralph 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.91

Performance: 7.62
Entertainment: 8.21

VOTES RECEIVED: 47


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2 September 2012 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to see the main action from yesterday's League One match against Doncaster Rovers, the highlights are now online. The Sky Sports video clip of the 2-1 win at Huish Park can be accessed via the link below. Viewers will need to have a UK-based ISP to be able to see the goals.

Link: Sky Sports Video : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.


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2 September 2012 : Ticketing For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to play Milton Keynes Dons is now available. The game at stadium:mk takes place on Saturday 15th September 2012 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors (65+): £15.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are charged as per Seniors. You are entitled to admit an assistant free of charge. All special arrangements for access and advance bookings should be made via the MK Dons Ticket Office on 01908 622 900.

MK Dons have been revamping and simplifying their ticketing structures for this season. They've also introduced a cash only turnstile to add to the barcode scanners that are used to access the automated facilities. However, they still recommend that you try to purchase in advance to avoid queuing. There is no matchday surcharge though, so the choice is yours. We'd expect the Huish Park Ticket Office to have advance sales for this game, although don't have absolute confirmation of this yet.

All Yeovil Town supporters are housed in the North-East corner of the stadium. Although you're some distance from the pitch, the view and the seating arrangements are of decent quality in this 'bowl' style stadium.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.


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2 September 2012 : GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons
In just under two week's time Yeovil Town's next away League One trip takes place, as they travel to Milton Keynes Dons. The game at stadium:mk takes place on Saturday 15th September 2012 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 Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

If you haven't already paid, annual membership subscriptions for the GWSC are due for the season. This will be of benefit to you if you travel regularly with them during the coming season, or if you are visiting their shop on matchdays.

Membership prices are £7.00 for individual supporters, whilst a family of three can gain membership at £18.00 - for larger families add on £6.00 per person.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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2 September 2012 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Football League Trophy First Round tie between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 4th September 2012, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire).

Mr Naylor was promoted to the Football League's referees list over the summer of 2010 and we've only had him once before as a man in the middle. That was for the 3-2 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons, where Mr Naylor's decision-making left a lot to be desired throughout the night. His key moment came in the 87th minute of the match, when Luke Chadwick took a theatrical tumble in the box, and the referee awarded the spot kick that won the game. Manager at the time Terry Skiverton was distinctly unimpressed at the decision, feeling that the Dons had been given a gift:

"I don't think you can get any more controversial than that. Their players have come away and said "I can't believe the referee has just given that". They were all laughing and joking and that's what's happening to us at the moment."

His overall performance over the night wasn't too clever - a tendency to allow a fractious atmosphere to build up between the players, rather than to take firm action, and so it was something of a surprise when he finally did make a firm decision on something - albeit one that television replays showed that Chadwick had made the most of.

Mr Naylor will be assisted by Mark Howes (Birmingham) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be David Woolford (Hampshire).

Link: November 2010 : Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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2 September 2012 : Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts are captured via the link below.

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


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1 September 2012 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Doncaster Interview
Just before this afternoon's match against Doncaster Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-match thoughts, including a rather unexpected revelation about the legendary FA Trophy match against Donny at Belle Vue, can be read via the link below.

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


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1 September 2012 : Johnson: Half Hour Dominant Spell Won Us The Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was particularly pleased today with a thirty minute spell at Huish Park that he felt gave his side all three points today. The 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers saw all three goals scored during the second period of a game that the Glovers boss admitted they hadn't really taken control of in the opening 45 minutes.

Eleven minutes into the second half, they got their breakthrough, when James Hayter netted against his former club, sending them on their way to three points that keeps them in a strong position in the League One table. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Johnson felt that half hour spell was the difference between the two sides, and admitted he was pleased to see his side reach double figures in points:

"To get your ten points early is really good. I thought that it could have gone either way at half time. We didn't quite start as bright as I'd like to, but we certainly had a half hour spell in the second half that was fantastic. It was that half hour spell that won us the game. Not just the one goal, but we had lots of opportunities and looked a solid group at that point."

Yeovil's second was scored by Reading striker Gozie Ugwu, who grabbed his third goal in eight days - lobbing the Doncaster keeper six minutes after coming onto the pitch. Johnson enthused about that, but said he had been expecting Donny to launch a fight-back, which only materialised when visiting striker Billy Paynter grabbed a consolation deep into injury time:

"We scored our second goal after the substitution, which was nice, but Donny are never going to lay down and die - that's not their way. So they came back there right at the end, but obviously too little, too late. So I'm very very pleased that it's another three points. Doncaster are going to be a very very difficult team to beat because of their size. We had to be very brave in both penalty areas, and we were."

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

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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1 September 2012 : BBC Football League Show Coverage Tonight
Yeovil Town will be one of the featured sides on the Football League Show tonight. Main presenter Manish Bhasin has confirmed that the Glovers will be one of three matches to get extended clips after reporter Mark Clemmit spent the day at Huish Park watching the League One match against Doncaster Rovers.

The show's main match will be Nottingham Forest vs Charlton Athletic, whilst they will also be showing extended highlights of Leicester City vs Blackpool in the Championship. The show starts at 11.30p.m tonight and lasts for 1 hour 50 mins.


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1 September 2012 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Doncaster
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 home win against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 September 2012 : Yeovil 2 Doncaster 1 : Hayter Haunts Defeated Donny
Former Doncaster Rovers striker James Hayter came back to haunt his former club this afternoon, as he helped his new team on to a win that keeps them near the top of the League One table. Whilst a 4-0 win for Tranmere Rovers meant that the Glovers dropped a place in the table, Hayter's opening goal eleven minutes into the second half saw him head home a Reuben Reid cross, and when substitute Gozie Ugwu chipped Donny keeper Gary Woods, the points were in the bag. Billy Paynter's goal four minutes into second half injury time dented the goal difference slightly but came too late to stop Yeovil Town maintaining their strong start to the 2012-13 season.

The Glovers went into the match fielding an unchanged line-up across both the starting eleven and the six substitutes. The only pre-match doubt had been Jamie McAllister's ankle injury he sustained in the midweeker against West Bromwich Albion, but he managed to pull through to retain his place in the side. James Hayter was coming up against his former club, whilst Jamie McCoombe and David Cotterill were coming up against their former manager, having both been on Bristol City's books.

It took Yeovil around fifteen minutes to warm up, with Doncaster edging a fairly low key opening period. However, Reuben Reid got himself two good chances to open up his side's attacking pressure - firstly heading a Luke Ayling ball into the box against the crossbar, and then seeing a stabbed attempt towards goal cleared off the line by David Syers with keeper Gary Woods well beaten. Otherwise the Glovers struggled to get into a clear rhythm in the opening half - not that their opponents were creating much more.

Doncaster's main routes into the Yeovil half came down the flanks where Luke Ayling and Jamie McAllister had their work cut out, with penetrating runs from Donny's wingers forcing them onto their heels at times. Not that their end balls did too much - a Rob Jones header over the bar one of their more notable efforts. Instead the half was punctuated somewhat by a bit of picky refereeing from Dean Mohareb who frustrated the crowd by blowing up for some decisions, whilst letting other similar infringements go without stoppage. All in all, it was very stop-start and the longer the half went on, the fewer the shots on goal from either side.

The second period was thankfully far better - doubtless courtesy of a half time Gary Johnson rocket. The warning signs were there for Donny a few minutes into the half when Keanu Marsh-Brown and Sam Foley combined, with the latter's ball across the face of the box in the end neither a cross nor a shot, and James Hayter couldn't get on the end of it. However, eleven minutes into the half, Hayter did manage to get on the end of a cross - Reuben Reid's ball into the box saw the former Doncaster striker evade his marker and plant a header into the back of the net to put the Glovers 1-0 up. He chose not to celebrate, mindful of his five year association with the Yorkshire side, but will no doubt have been over-joyed at his third goal of the season.

Donny made a quick double substitution and a formation change, pushing players up in numbers in search of an equalising goal. That allowed Yeovil to chase them on the counter-attack, with one move seeing Ed Upson put away Reuben Reid, who slipped the ball through to Keanu Marsh-Brown. The winger's shot though was poor and headed out for a corner. At the other end it was rare for Marek Stech to make a save - on one occasion he pushed a David Cotterill free kick around the post for a corner. But more often than not it was the back four who were doing the defending - a couple of terrific blocks from Richard Hinds and Jamie McAllister during the half stopped Doncaster shots before they could get that far.

Instead it was substitute Gozie Ugwu who sunk Doncaster. A ball over the top found the Reading striker in space, and as he advanced through on goal, his chip over the advancing Gary Woods allowed the Glovers to go 2-0 up with six minutes remaining and to give the Glovers the bit of a cushion that they needed. This wasn't a five-star Yeovil Town performance, but they had done enough after the break to deserve all three points.

There was a late moment of drama when four minutes into injury time, former Leeds United and Swindon Town striker Billy Paynter grabbed a goal back, with substitute Iain Hume having provided the ball to his strike partner to breach Marek Stech's goal. But just 30 seconds later, referee Dean Mohareb blew his final whistle and there was barely the time for Doncaster to gain possession to threaten any late drama.

A fine win, and whilst it may leave Yeovil Town in second place, they have still put themselves in a strong position for the start of the season. Last year, it took until October 22nd for the Glovers to muster 10 points in the League Table. There's no doubt that based on that yardstick, they are currently well ahead of schedule.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Doncaster Rovers 1.

Scorers: James Hayter (1-0, 56 mins), Gozie Ugwu (2-0, 84 mins), Billy Paynter (2-1, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (71 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu (78 mins for James Hayter)

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 5. Rob Jones (Capt) 6. David Syers 7. Martin Woods 8. Billy Paynter 9. Chris Brown 11. David Cotterill 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 23. Kyle Bennett

Substitutes:
3. James Husband (83 mins for Martin Woods) 4. Shelton Martis 10. Robbie Blake 20. James Harper (60 mins for Chris Brown) 17. Iain Hume (60 mins for Kyle Bennett) 1. Neil Sullivan 30. Paul Keegan

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 39 mins)

Doncaster Bookings: Billy Paynter (dissent, 53 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Steven Plane (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,535 (including 330 Doncaster Rovers supporters).


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1 September 2012 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's League One game against Doncaster Rovers. The only doubt for the match was whether club captain Jamie McAllister would recover from an ankle injury sustained in the midweeker against West Bromwich Albion - he has done so and takes his usual spot as a left-back.

The game against Yeovil's old Conference rivals will be watched by two faces that are known to national television. Football League Show reporter Mark Clemmit is present at the game, suggesting that we're going to get a bit more than the usual coverage on their show tonight. Meanwhile Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Peter Wilson will also be at the ground supporting his local club, having returned back to his home near Sherborne following his London 2012 triumph.

This afternoon's side lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 5. Rob Jones (Capt) 6. David Syers 7. Martin Woods 8. Billy Paynter 9. Chris Brown 11. David Cotterill 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 23. Kyle Bennett

Substitutes:
3. James Husband 4. Shelton Martis 10. Robbie Blake 20. James Harper 17. Iain Hume 1. Neil Sullivan 30. Paul Keegan


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1 September 2012 : Gary Johnson Talks About The Start Of The 2012-13 Season
Last night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke about his club's start to the 2012-13 season, in a special interview with the BBC. Appearing on the BBC Somerset programme Twentyman Talks Back, the Glovers boss spoke to presenter Ed Hadwin about the midweek match against West Bromwich Albion and today's game against Doncaster Rovers, as well as what has led them to the top of the League One table.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC On The Twentyman Talks Back Programme.


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1 September 2012 : Hayter Prepared To Face Former Club
Yeovil Town striker James Hayter comes up against his former club this afternoon, believing that the Glovers are heading into the first of three matches that will define whether they have the ability to stay in their early top of the table position. The club play Doncaster Rovers today at Huish Park, but will follow that up with another home game against AFC Bournemouth and a trip to Milton Keynes Dons.

With all three sides pitched high up in the list of teams fancied by bookies and pundits for the 2012-13 season, the question is whether the Glovers are capable of matching them over the next fortnight. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Hayter believes the games will be an important yardstick:

"Doncaster are one of the fancied teams in the league. I think in our next three League games coming up we've got Doncaster, Bournemouth and MK Dons who are all teams that are fancied to do well. So I think they will all give us a good test and show us where we are realistically, within our squad. So it's going to be a tough game, but I'd say we're quite confident at the minute and playing some good attacking football, and I feel that we're capable of getting a result."

Hayter himself a former Doncaster player - with 178 appearances 39 goals to his name across five years - most notably their winning goal in the 2007-08 League One play-off final that took Donny up into the Championship. The 33 year old was released over the summer, resulting in his move back down south. Hayter adds that he enjoyed himself whilst at the Keepmoat Stadium, but adds that they've had a high turnover of players since the end of last season:

"I had five good seasons at Doncaster, so it will be a bit strange to be playing against them. There will be a few familiar faces in their team, but there's been a big turnaround of players over the last season and over the summer, as everyone who was out of contract left, and they had to get rid of a few of their higher earners as well. So there has been a big turnaround in players and there's only a few familiar faces. So it will be a little bit different. But it will be nice to see a few of them, and hopefully we can beat them."


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1 September 2012 : Pompey Administrator Sets Yet Another Deadline
When Portsmouth set up their Company Voluntary Arrangement on June 25th, they in theory had a 28 day deadline to complete the deal and their plan to exit administration. That date was allowed to pass unnoticed, but eventually administrator Trevor Birch set a deadline of August 10th or the club was to be pushed into administration. Just before that date, Balram Chainrai's Portpin bid was withdrawn from the date, leaving Portsmouth Supporters Trust as the only interested party looking to take over the club.

Birch allowed the PST an additional week to make their bid final, and to put it into a form that would satisfy the company's exit from administration. The Trust managed to meet this deadline, although there was a twist to proceedings, as Portpin re-entered the frame yet again, submitting their own bid to buy the club - which they pretty much admitted was the same was the one that they'd withdrawn just before the August 10th deadline.

Now Birch has put out yet another deadline for both parties to meet, with Friday 14th September the date to stick in their calendars. The administrator admits that neither bid is in a fit state to satisfy the terms needed to exit administration. These must include adherence to the CVA, as well as satisfying the Football League's rules on insolvency that include the need to meet the debts of all Football Creditors. Birch explains:

"We have held detailed discussions with both Portpin and the Pompey Supporters’ Trust over the past week. As neither party is currently in a position to complete a deal we have been unable to make an informed decision as to which offer is in the best interests of creditors. We have therefore decided to give both parties two weeks to finalise terms to acquire Portsmouth Football Club. We will now work with Portpin and the Trust as they finalise their plans and seek to satisfy the Football League and the Professional Footballers’ Association of their respective abilities to sustain the club in the future."

Birch also claims that he will be aiming to dispute the 10 point penalty that will be imposed upon the club if they do finally exit administration:

"We will also use this opportunity to request a review of the points deduction that is being held in abeyance on the club by the Football League."

The Football League's decision to deduct ten points from Pompey was based upon their failure to satisfy their previous CVA agreement that was set up back in 2009 during their last administration. Having failed to pay any of the debts surrounding that company collapse, the League's logic is to penalise the club for junking that agreement. Thus it's hard to see why the League would listen to any appeal, given that the deduction relates to the contents of the new CVA, rather than what Portpin and the PST are proposing.


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