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30 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Dual Identities In Glovers Performances
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town slump to defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium - a big contrast to the feeling the club had when they defeated Peterborough United on the previous weekend. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that as well as a couple of other issues centring around manager Gary Johnson and the role of financial fair play in football. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Dual Identities In Glovers Performances.


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29 September 2014 : Hoskins Starts In Bees Win
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins followed last week's impressive debut for Conference National side Barnet by making his first start for the Bees on Saturday. The 21 year old helped his temporary side gain a 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, in a match that he played the first 79 minutes in, before making way for Alfie Pavey.

Hoskins had two strong first half chances for the London club putting one effort narrowly wide, before an eighteen yard curling shot beat the Forest Green keeper, but also beat his far post. However Barnet had to rely upon another former Glover to win the match, with Bondz N'Gala's 93rd minute header keeping them top of the Conference National division, and extending their advantage to four points. Keanu Marsh-Brown missed the match entirely with a thigh strain.

North of the border, striker Adam Morgan is finding life less productive with St Johnstone, despite hopes that he would be able to capitalise upon the misfortunes of former Glover Steve MacLean who is out for four to six months with a knee injury.

The 20 year old was a 54th minute substitute against Dundee United, which was his fifth appearance for the Saints, but with four of those coming from the bench, and with only a total of 173 minutes on the pitch since moving to McDiarmid Park, he's still yet to make a firm impact.

Finally, Calvin Brooks made his Weymouth debut on Saturday, coming on as a half time substitute in their 4-1 win over Bideford Town in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. Replacing Chris Shephard during the break, Brooks appeared as a centre-back, and from his point of view saw a second period in which the Terras 'won' the half by a 2-0 advantage.


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29 September 2014 : MK Dons Match : Glovers Restaurant Offer
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant prior to the match. The Glovers take on Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 4th October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888).

On offer for this weekend's match is a three course meal for the price of £25.00. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game, as well as at half time, with a chance to mix with the players after the game. There will be a complementary matchday programme provided for each booking made.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. To place your bookings, call the Ticket Office now.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the MK Dons game - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the MK Dons game - book now.



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29 September 2014 : Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Sheffield United is available. The match takes place at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 21st October with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £19.50; Over-60s: £13.00; Students and Aged 17-21: £11.00; Under-17s: £7.50.

Students must be in full time education and hold a valid NUS card to obtain the concession.

Disabled supporters pay £13.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the middle or higher rate of the Disabled Living Allowance.

This game is initially ALL TICKET. Depending upon ticket sales Sheffield United will make a decision the day before the game. If they are on sale on the day ticket prices will increase as follows:

Adults: £21.50; Over-60s: £14.00; Students and Aged 17-21: £12.00; Under-17s: £8.00.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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28 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Crawley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. As well as talking about the opposition, Gary also explains why Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent wasn't in yesterday's squad and his thoughts on the club's season so far as they hit the ten game mark. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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28 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match saw them run out as 1-0 winners over top three side Peterborough United. They had to leave it late, with it taking until the 88th minute for Joel Grant to dribble through the Posh defence and score the only goal of the game, for the club's first home win since March.

Man of the Match voting saw right-back Seth Nana Twumasi put in one of his best performances of the season, whilst fans are warming significantly towards Wolverhampton Wanderers loan midfielder Jack Price. Howeer, the poll winner by a tiny margin was goalscorer Joel Grant, as he scored one of the best goals in the league on that weekend.

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

1. Joel Grant 332 (20)
2. Jack Price 324 (23)
3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 284 (16)
4. Ben Nugent 98 (6)
5. Joe Edwards 74 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 70 (5)
7. Kieffer Moore 48 (1)
8. Nathan Ralph 48 (2)
9. Jake Kean 28 (0)
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14 (0)
11. Aaron Martin 12 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.75
Performance : 8.67
Entertainment : 8.83
VOTES RECEIVED : 75

Note that you can vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's away match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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28 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game.


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27 September 2014 : Johnson Disappointed With Powder-Puff Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson suggested that his team put in a 'powder-puff' performance against Crawley Town today, just one week after praising his team's attitude against Peterborough United last weekend. The Glovers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against a side below them in the table, with a particularly poor second half performance at the heart of their defeat.

Having had a slight upper hand in a goalless first half, there had been hopes at the break that the Glovers could capitalise during the final 45 minutes, but instead it was Crawley who took command, with former Glovers trialist Marvin Elliott scoring two headers past the team he tried to win a contract with. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he had expected his side's fitness to show through as the game went on:

"I'm really disappointed, because we felt that we'd have the legs and the game to get at them. Crawley upped their game, and they upped their spirit and some of our lads went missing. That's how it was, and we've seen the best and the worst across seven days with our group. It was one of our worst performances. We created a lot of chances, but we were powder-puff all over in both penalty areas and that's shocking and poor. We've got to have a look at that and why we're powder-puff on occasions and why we're trojans on another, like last week. That's the only word (powder-puff) that comes into my mind at the moment. So we're going to have to liven a few up somehow, and try to get them a little bit more consistent."

Johnson knew plenty about Elliott when he arrived as a trialist over the summer, having been the manager who signed him as Bristol City's manager in July 2007, setting him on a 263 match spell at Ashton Gate. Injuries during his final two years with the Robins marred his time with his old club, who released him over the summer just gone and that left Johnson needing to assess whether the 30 year old had properly recovered from those injuries. The Glovers boss said that the two goals he scored at the Broadfield Stadium were typical of their time together, and also explained why he didn't sign him up back in late July:

"They were absolute Marvin Elliott goals. He helped take Bristol City from the bottom of League One to the top of the Championship, and nearly into the Premier League. They are the sort of things that he did. Crawley have done well to get him fit and wait for him. We didn't feel that we needed him at the time, with all our midfielders. But that's Marvin Elliott's game, and that's what you saw today. He needed two or three weeks, and we really didn't have that couple of weeks. We already had midfielders, and I'd already got my eye on a couple - one of those in Simon Gillett is injured at the moment. We know what he's got and we know what he can do, and of course sod's law is that they always do it against their own team. What he's got to make sure now is that he does that for Crawley every week."

Johnson also confirmed after the match that striker Kieffer Moore had been substituted due to a hamstring injury - something that also caused on loan Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent to withdraw from the side. Nugent travelled with the squad to Sussex, but was not risked for the fixture - his injury is not thought to be serious, but was enough to keep him out of this weekend's team. Midfielder Kevin Dawson's substitution at half time was tactical, with Johnson feeling that he needed to introduce a striker in James Hayter to give his side a greater threat up front, thus allowing Joel Grant to drop into midfield. Dawson was deemed to be the sacrifice to enable that to happen.


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27 September 2014 : Crawley 2 Yeovil 0 : Elliott Returns To Haunt Johnson
Yeovil Town crashed to a 2-0 defeat this afternoon as former trialist Marvin Elliott scored twice on his home debut for Crawley Town. The former Bristol City midfielder had played in the club's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town but was allowed to look elsewhere due to his lack of match fitness. Just under two months later, he resurfaced at the Sussex club, and scored two headers inside three minutes to send the Glovers home with a deserved defeat. Yeovil's best period came during the first half when Joel Grant struck the woodwork, but they withered badly after the break, with the home team growing in confidence after their goals.


Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent dropped out of the squad due to a hamstring injury, and his position in the side was taken by Jakub Sokolik, who was able to assume his more favoured centre-back role. On the bench there was a return for James Berrett and James Hayter as they recovered from thigh and groin injuries respectively, meaning that only Brendan Moloney and Simon Gillett remained on the long term injury list.

The first half took a while to warm up, with it taking around ten or fifteen minutes before either side managed to create a chance. When one did materialise though, it was a good one, with Joel Grant striking the foot of the goalpost from the edge of the box, whilst Crawley's first chance saw Jimmy Smith head wide from a Josh Simpson cross.

Overall, it was the Glovers who had the slight attacking edge, with Crawley looking rather shot-shy when they did threaten the Yeovil goal, with their players choosing to over-elaborate their passing rather than have a crack on goal. Yeovil should have been ahead midway through the half, when AJ Leitch-Smith fed Kieffer Moore, and he out-paced former Glovers trialist Joe Walsh, only for his final touch to let him down, as he wastefully blazed the ball over the bar from inside the box.

That was pretty much Kieffer's final significant moment in the game, as a hamstring injury forced him off, seeing Kevin Dawson come on as his replacement, meaning that Joel Grant went up front with Leitch-Smith. Grant was denied by excellent reactions from home keeper Jamie Ashdown after that reshuffle, but overall the chances began to dry up at both ends of the pitch, meaning that whilst it was a reasonable 45 minutes, it was one that was suffering from diminishing returns. A Nathan Ralph long range drive was slightly clumsily palmed over his crossbar by Ashdown in the closing stages.

Gary Johnson presumably felt that end to the half wasn't what he wanted as he more or less reversed his positional changes at half time - withdrawing substitute Kevin Dawson and introducing James Hayter as a second substitute, as Joel Grant moved back onto the wing. Instead it was Crawley who went on the offensive, as Lanre Oyebanjo forced Jake Kean into his first proper save of the match.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Crawley's improved performance got themselves a goal as Gwion Edwards was able to beat Nathan Smith down the right flank, and his cross into the box was met by a powerful Marvin Elliott header - Glovers 1-0 down. Two minutes later and the home side doubled their lead, as a Jimmy Smith cross, recycled from a corner, saw Marvin Elliott again beat his marker, heading home with a very similar looking goal, and with Yeovil's defending having gone seriously missing.

Crawley could have even added one or two others around that period, as Yeovil wobbled in their defensive duties, meaning that their chances at the other end pretty much dried up as they tried to sort out their defensive problems. On the rare occasions they did manage to get to the other end of the field, some questionable officiating by the East Stand linesman let them down, whilst any of the better moves up the field seemed to break down as the final pass got snuffed out by a home side that were now able to defend in numbers. Jack Price fired wide of the target, whilst players seemed to be showing their frustration when Joel Grant's dreadfully sliced attempt on goal earned him an earful from Joe Edwards for losing his team the opportunity.

They briefly threatened to set up a goal that might have created a grand finale, as a set piece saw both Aaron Martin and Jakub Sokolik force Jamie Ashdown into two quick saves. But in truth the club's second half performance was a shadow of their first, and once Marvin Elliott scored his quick-fire double, the Glovers never truly looked like they were going to get back into it. The end was a little bit too predictable for some fans to bear as a small number used the two minute injury time announcement to make an early dash for the trains home.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Marvin Elliott (57 mins, 1-0), Marvin Elliott (59 mins, 2-0)

Crawley Town:
25. Jamie Ashdown 2. Lanre Oyebanjo 5. Dean Leacock 12. Joe Walsh 26. Mat Sadler 8. Jimmy Smith 11. Josh Simpson 7. Gwion Edwards 33. Marvin Elliott 9. Izale McLeod 16. Keith Keane

Substitutes:
1. Brian Jensen 6. Sonny Bradley 10. Josh Wright (70 mins for Josh Simpson) 14. Lewis Young 15. Charles Banya 18. Matt Harrold (72 mins for Izale McLeod) 20. Alfred Bobson Bawling

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson (25 mins for Kieffer Moore) 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis 8. James Berrett (80 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Crawley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (23 mins, foul).

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Mathew Buonassisi (Northamptonshire) and Adam Crysell (Essex). Fourth Official: Darren Blunden (Kent).

Attendance: 2,351 (with 375 Yeovil supporters)


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27 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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27 September 2014 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting line-up for their League One trip to Crawley Town. Defender Ben Nugent has a hamstring injury and his position is taken by Jakub Sokolik in a one-for-one swap - otherwise Glovers boss Gary Johnson has kept faith with the same group of players that beat Peterborough United by a 1-0 scoreline.

On the bench, there is a return from injury for striker James Hayter and midfielder James Berrett meaning that the club are able to name six substitutes for the first time in four matches. The full team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter


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27 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Crewe : Man of the Match Result
Eleven days ago, Yeovil Town played a home League One match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Glovers coming from a goal down to equalise via a Kieffer Moore header, after the striker had come on as a substitute.

In a game in which the Glovers only really started to get going after the visitors scored their goal, Man of the Match voting saw two left-sided players pick up plenty of credit as left-back Nathan Smith and left-wing Sam Foley came in as 3rd and 2nd respectively in the poll. The Man of the Match though, was captain Joe Edwards, who is continuing to add to the consistent performances that he put in last season.

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

1. Joe Edwards 102 (7)
2. Sam Foley 92 (5)
3. Nathan Smith 84 (6)
4. Joel Grant 68 (4)
5. AJ Leitch-Smith 62 (5)
6. Kieffer Moore 42 (2)
7. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 30 (1)
8. Ben Nugent 26 (2)
9. Jack Price 26 (1)
10. Nathan Ralph 14 (0)
11. Jakub SokolŪk 14 (0)
12. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
13. Jake Kean 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.67
Performance : 5.52
Entertainment : 5.82
VOTES RECEIVED : 33


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27 September 2014 : Coventry City vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town travelled to the Ricoh Arena, where they took on a Coventry City side that had only just moved back to their home patch. The result was a 2-1 defeat and a rather patchy performance, with only the 15 minutes or so that was wrapped around Sam Foley's goal providing them with any positive moments.

Man of the Match voting saw striker AJ Leitch-Smith and defender Jakub Sokolik pick up plenty of votes, with Sokolik in particular coming close to winning the poll. However goalscorer Sam Foley was the man who triumphed on the day, edging out Sokolik by virtue of his second and third place votes.

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

1. Sam Foley 80 (5)
2. Jakub SokolŪk 60 (5)
3. AJ Leitch-Smith 38 (1)
4. Joel Grant 34 (1)
5. Jack Price 30 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 28 (2)
7. Joe Edwards 10 (1)
8. Kevin Dawson 4 (0)
9. Chris Weale 2 (0)
9. Aaron Martin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.76
Performance : 5.65
Entertainment : 5.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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26 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Crawley Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Gary's thoughts on his opponents, including former trialist Marvin Elliott, and also his views on the Financial Fair Play system, are captured via the link below.

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


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26 September 2014 : Slade Spends Weekend In Limbo As Lawyers Sort Out Cardiff Job
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade looks to be spending the weekend in limbo, after his resignation from League One side Leyton Orient. The 53 year old resigned from the Brisbane Road club on Wednesday, after spending 242 games and 4.5 years in charge of them, taking them to the League Cup Play-Off Final last season. However, an approach from Championship side Cardiff City, along with friction via new Orient owner Francesco Becchetti has seen his position become somewhat unstable over the past ten days, and as things stand he is currently without a club.

Orient have put Kevin Nugent in caretaker charge of the club whilst they work out their next step - they acknowledged receipt of of Slade's resignation, but implied that they were not accepting it, given the expectation that he will shortly take up the Cardiff City hotseat. The Evening Standard indicates that the O's are considering putting forward a claim to the Football Association that Slade had been tapped up by Cardiff, although it seems inevitable that Slade's advisors will counter-claim that Sporting Director Mauro Milanese's decision to enter the club's dressing room and tell him that if he didn't win his next match he would be fired, combined with less than supportive programme notes from Becchetti, would stand as a case for constructive dismissal.

In truth, it is likely that this is posturing by both clubs' lawyers and advisors, with a compensation figure yet to be agreed. The press suggest that Cardiff had offered in excess of £100,000 as compensation, triggering a clause in Slade's contract, but despite that, Orient are still fighting their claim. As such, Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young will be in charge for Cardiff's match tomorrow against Sheffield Wednesday. Slade has visited the Cardiff City training ground, but as yet has not been given the green light to take charge of the Bluebirds.

On the back of this, the Western Gazette have published a speculative story linking Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson with the vacancy at Brisbane Road, adding on social media "GARY GOING? ... Do we still need Gary and who would you pick as a replacement?" - their source is betting odds care of Ladbrokes who they report as holding Johnson as joint fourth favourites for the position, behind Orient assistant manager Kevin Nugent and former Glovers midfielder Marc Bircham and former Watford boss Gianfranco Zola.

As yet, Orient haven't provided any indication as to what line of enquiries they will pursue in order to replace Slade - presumably this will not be considered until Slade's position is resolved. As far as other bookies are concerned, Bet Victor offer a list of 61 different managers but do not mention Gary Johnson in their list. Meanwhile SkyBet do list Johnson in there, and throw in the name of former Yeovil assistant manager Brian McDermott behind Nugent, Bircham and Zola. As far as the Orient press is concerned, they've not provided any names beyond the decision to give Nugent the reins for the time being.


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26 September 2014 : Plastic Pitches Edge Closer To A Return
Artificial pitches look to be on the way back at League One and League Two level, after an informal vote amongst club Chairman backed their reintroduction. The BBC Sport website reports that a meeting on Thursday backed a motion to allow them to be used from the start of the 2015-16 season by a 29-17 margin (with presumably two clubs either not voting or not present). Although the vote is not binding, it allows the Football League to move forward and put down proposals for a formal vote to be held on the subject in November.

The move is a massive u-turn amongst clubs from the League's 2012 AGM. At that meeting, only two League One clubs supported the move - with one reported to be Yeovil Town - whilst Championship clubs unanimously opposed the move. The main interest came from smaller League Two clubs of which 13 were in favour, meaning that only 15 out of the bottom 48 clubs were willing to support the motion.

At the time, the Football League's own consultation document met with a negative response, with the majority of the 1,700 respondents indicating they were against such a move, including the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association. However, at the 2014 AGM, clubs indicated they had changed their mind, following shortly after the Football Association's agreement to allow such surfaces being used in all rounds of the FA Cup. The Football Conference plan to allow clubs to use artificial surfaces from the start of the 2015-16 season, meaning that the League's own plans could coincide with that.

Whilst the Premier League and Championship clubs remain firmly opposed to such surfaces, the move suggests that the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy will also have their rules changed for the start of the 2015-16 season, provided the vote goes through. However, there is no indication of what the rules will say if a League One club with an artificial surface is promoted to the Championship - in simple terms they would have to rip up their surface, and replace it with a grass surface to play in second tier football, but there is no mention of whether there will be any dispensation associated with this, given the high costs of providing such a surface, which the BBC indicate would be in the region of £500,000 for a surface of suitable standard.


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26 September 2014 : Brooks Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town have allowed defender Calvin Brooks to go out on loan. According to the Dorset Echo, the former Dorchester Town player has joined Weymouth on an initial one month loan, and has been registered in time to play in their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round match against Bideford. Brooks is already known to Weymouth boss Jason Matthews - a former Yeovil Town trialist.

Brooks has been out with a calf injury in recent weeks, but had been an unused substitute for the club for several matches this season, having arrived from Dorchester late last season. He has yet to make a first team appearance for the Glovers. The club's improving injury situation would appear to be at the heart of the club's willingness to allow him to move out and get first team game time elsewhere.


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26 September 2014 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One fixture between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 27th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Although we've had Mr Breakspear several times as an assistant referee or as a fourth official, this is the first time we've come across him as the main referee. He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level he only did one Championship fixture last season meaning that we missed his debut season.

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

So far, he's come across as being rather card happy - his 96 yellow cards across 25 matches last season is just a touch under four a game, and it was only in his final match of the season that he got through a whole game without waving a card. On top of the bookings he dismissed nine players last season. This time round he's well on track to beat that, dismissing four players in seven matches. His last match was the League Two game between Oxford United and Accrington Stanley - four yellows and a first half dismissal for an Accy player.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Mathew Buonassisi (Northamptonshire) and Adam Crysell (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Darren Blunden (Kent).


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25 September 2014 : Johnson Seeing Light At The End Of The Tunnel Over Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that he is seeing light at the end of the tunnel, having had the opportunity to add a number of missing players back into his first team plans this week. The Glovers boss has had to deal with a long list of injuries over the past month or so, leaving him only fielding five substitutes during the club's last three matches, and in their last match against Peterborough United, those bench warmers included a couple of players who were not strictly speaking fully fit.

With non-contract defender Calvin Brooks (calf) back in training, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he had been joined by James Hayter (groin) and James Berrett (thigh), meaning that as Liam Davis has also recovered from his broken wrist, the Glovers now only have two players who haven't returned to the training ground:

"We had James Hayter back today, with James Berrett. So Simon Gillett (knee) and Brendan Moloney (knee) are the only two that are not really available for selection. So there's just a couple now, whereas there was once eight (players injured). I just feel that we're a little bit stronger now and more comfortable going into the next couple of months."

Saturday's match against Crawley Town represents the club's 10th League One match of the 2014-15 season - the usual moment that Johnson tends to judge his squad and determine how things. The Glovers boss was asked whether he thought things had gone to plan:

"If it had gone to plan, you'd be top of the league by now! But if it doesn't go to plan then you need to be sure that your team has reached a standard to aspire to. I feel that we've done that two or three times this season. We've certainly done it against Peterborough, and if we can play to that standard more often than not, then we'll get ourselves up there where we want to be. Within those ten games you have to see that your team can compete, it can score goals and it can win football matches, and it can be solid at the back. We've sort of seen all of those things, but we need to see them more often in games and more consistently over games."

With early matches not having gone well for the club, it's been a slower than expected start to the campaign. However, Johnson explained that contractual situations and transfer rules meant that the club couldn't turf too many players out. But the more matches he has seen his team play, the more certain he has become that the squad he has will be able to compete at this level:

"You can't go in after ten games and get rid of everyone, because you just can't do that. But what you can do is to believe that the squad that you've brought in, is a squad that's good enough to compete. I believe the squad is able to compete and we'll just keep trying to improve it, as we go along and as and when certain players become available. We're actively looking all the time anyway - even if we were top of the league by 20 points, you have to keep actively looking. But I've got quite a good feeling about the players over the last couple of weeks, where I'm hoping we've just turned the corner. We may not win every game, but at the same time I just feel that the penny has dropped with a few of them, which was what I was asking of them during the first few games. I said when the penny drops, we'll have a chance of winning games."


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25 September 2014 : Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Port Vale is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Vale Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Aged 62 and Over: £17.00; Aged 18-21: £17.00; Aged 9Ė17: £10.00; Under-9s: FREE.

Disabled supporters pay the above prices, according to their age. However, they can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the Medium or Higher level of Disability Living Allowance.

All ticket prices increase by £3.00 if purchases are made after noon (three hours before kick-off) on matchdays. This includes the Under-9s tariff. If you purchase on the day, note that you'll have to go to their ticket office as all entry is by barcoded tickets on cash-free turnstiles.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand (currently sponsored as the Signal 1 Stand) which holds up to 4,500 spectators. Should be enough capacity!

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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25 September 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Crawley
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium for a League One fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated for this fixture, detailing ticketing, directions, parking, pub guides, statistics and other associated stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.


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24 September 2014 : Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 1st November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 65 and Over: £13.00; Aged 17-18: £13.00; Aged 16 and Under: £9.00.

Disabled supporters pay the same rate as above but can admit an assistant free of charge, as long as you are receiving middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance. For information on facilities and other issues, their Disability Co-Ordinator can be reached at melaniecooper@chesterfield-fc.co.uk or 01246-209765.

Although there are no increases in admission charges on the day, Chesterfield advise supporters to book in advance to avoid queues on matchday. There are no cash turnstiles. If you decide to buy on the day there is a ticket booth situated adjacent to the turnstile entrance Ė this is a CASH only facility.

Away supporters are allocated covered seating in the North Stand, which caters for up to 2,112 spectators. It's situated behind one of the goals.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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23 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Posh Noshed
On Saturday, Yeovil Town broke their home duck, and in fact their first Huish Park victory for six months. Victory over top three side Peterborough United was a pleasant surprise, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog rounds up some of the reaction surrounding that, as well as the decision to allow Sam Hoskins to head off to Barnet on loan. Read the article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Posh Noshed.


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22 September 2014 : Sherwood Takes Ladies Job On Permanent Basis
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to confirm that Jamie Sherwood's appointment as First Team Manager has been made permanent. Sherwood took over on a temporary basis at the beginning of August after it was announced full Manager Sarah Lawler was standing down following her recent appointment as the FA Regional Elite Womenís Coach Developer (South West). Commenting on the decision, Club Chairman David Mills said:

"Since he took over Jamie has been very impressive and it is clear that he has exactly the approach and ethos we need for the Club to continue to develop. Originally we planned to review things at the end of the season but the Board felt it was pointless waiting until then if we were already certain that Jamie is the long term solution to the first team Manager role."

Mills added that the first team boss was supported by a strong list of backroom staff that would help the Ladies team continue to develop as it as done in recent years: "With Jamie as first team Manager, Pete Amos (Head Coach), Chris White (Assistant Manager), Michelle Yeowell (Reserve Team Manager), plus the rest of the Coaching team and back room staff we have a great set up to drive the club forward."

Jamie Sherwood - now taking the Ladies job on a long term basis
Jamie Sherwood - now taking the Ladies job on a long term basis.


Commenting on his long term appointment Jamie Sherwood said:

"This is a club which has an excellent pedigree and it's potential within the FAWSL is exciting and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its 1st Team Manager. We have a very competitive squad with top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to continuing the work we have already started and the challenge for us all now is to build on this work and aspire to be a FAWSL 1 Club.

"We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve. To be manager of this club is a dream come true as it shares my philosophy, values and principles and I believe we both can grow and develop the whole club to achieve it's fullest and become the best women's football club in the South West."


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22 September 2014 : Bradford City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town picked up an impressive victory against Bradford City at Valley Parade. The 3-1 win was obtained thanks to an unlikely brace from central defender Aaron Martin and a second half strike from AJ Leitch-Smith, with both players opening their accounts for the club they joined over the summer.

Man of the Match voting saw AJ Leitch-Smith and centre-midfielder Joe Edwards given a strong showing in the poll, but both were beaten by the man who scored twice in 23 minutes, with Aaron Martin getting the honours by a small margin.

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

1. Aaron Martin 102 (8)
2. Joe Edwards 90 (7)
3. AJ Leitch-Smith 74 (5)
4. Sam Foley 72 (2)
5. Jack Price 56 (1)
6. Chris Weale 16 (1)
7. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
8. Jakub SokolŪk 10 (0)
9. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
10. Nathan Ralph 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.4
Performance : 8.72
Entertainment : 8.08
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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22 September 2014 : Peterborough Boss Unhappy With Key Decisions
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson admitted that his side played poorly against Yeovil Town on Saturday, but had plenty of complaints about events at Huish Park. Ferguson claimed that his side scored a legitimate goal that referee Simon Hooper and his assistant ruled did not cross the line, whilst he also claimed that one of his players did not receive enough protection from the officials.

On Joel Grant's 88th minute winner, he was concerned that his side were conceding a lot of late goals this season and accused his defenders of letting the Jamaican international 'walk through' for the finish inside the box:

"We have lost three games this season after 86 minutes which is a bad habit, but I thought in the second half we were poor. You think we'll take the point and move on but that was a poor goal to lose. It was poor defending, he just walked through us, it was good skill by the boy but we should have defended better - it was one of those days. I thought we were poor in possession and the risk you run is losing a late goal, but Yeovil played well in the second half."

Ferguson also claimed there were two contentious issues involving former Gateshead attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison. He claimed that a first half strike that came off the underside of the crossbar was over the line by 'two yards' despite his own club's Twitter feed showing a half time video still that showed the ball bouncing on the line. He also claimed that a second half foul by Ben Nugent deserved a red card, when the Cardiff City loanee picked up merely a caution. The Peterborough boss also claimed a bizarre statistic concerning the number of fouls committed on his player:

"Maddison's shot is in by two yards but they have got it wrong. I thought the ref was very, very poor but you hope common sense eventually comes into it. He has missed a real vital decision and the (second half) tackle on Maddison when he was through could have broken his leg. Marcus received little protection today. I've seen a stat that said he was fouled 22 times today and yet as soon as he commits a foul he is cautioned. Common sense tells me that canít be right. The referee was poor today."

Ferguson also wasn't happy about the celebrations at the end of the match, perhaps not realising that the result ended a 12 game, six month run in which the Glovers had failed to win at home. He suggested to the Peterborough Telegraph that his side were seen as a 'big scalp' in the division:

"Every team that beats us celebrates like theyíve won a cup final. Thatís the reputation we have at this level and itís something we are going to have to deal with. We are seen as a big scalp and itís a challange we have to stand up to. I wonít question my teamís character or commitment over the last three games, but weíve lacked quality in all of them and that has cost us points. I refuse to use injuries as an excuse. Weíve had about 15 injuries this season, but every team I have put out is a team I believed could have won a game of football."

Regarding Ferguson's claims that the statistics showed Maddison being fouled 22 times, the main press stats sourced from the Press Association showed that Yeovil committed 11 fouls during the game, of which a total of two were committed on Maddison.


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22 September 2014 : Joel Grant Talks About Peterborough Winner
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Peterborough United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's goalscoring hero Joel Grant spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joel talks about his winning goal, his injury that kept him out of pre-season action, his summer call-up for Jamaica, and also discusses where he and manager Gary Johnson may have a polite disagreement over where he should be on the park! Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Joel Grant Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Peterborough .


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21 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Peterborough Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Peterborough United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. In the interview, Gary talks about former Posh duo Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi, along with his decision to withdraw Jakub Sokolik, Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson for yesterday's game. He also talks about Peterborough's transfer policy. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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21 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Peterborough Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Peterborough United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Peterborough Home Game.


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20 September 2014 : Hoskins Has Dream Debut For Bees
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins had a dream debut for his new loan side today. The 21 year old has been signed by Conference National leaders Barnet who are currently top of the table under manager Martin Allen. They continued that theme today with a 5-0 thrashing of Altrincham to stay a point clear of Torquay United.

Hoskins has been brought in by the Bees due to an injury to Charlie MacDonald, but it was former Bristol City striker John Akinde who stole the show, scoring a hat-trick by half time. The Glovers striker replaced Akinde in the 48th minute and needed just 64 seconds and his first touch in a Bees shirt to convert an Elliot Johnson cross for the fifth and final goal of the match. With Sam having yet to score in a competitive first team fixture for the Glovers, that was his first goal since a February 2013 loan spell with Stevenage whilst on Southampton's books.

Barnet's side on the day included former Glovers defender Bondz N'Gala, who is a regular in their side but was taken off by half time. However, there was no place in the squad for winger Keanu Marsh-Brown, who has only made one substitute appearance for the club since the August Bank Holiday weekend. His exact status at the club isn't clear - manager Allen has said that the former Glover has been carrying a thigh injury, but the player himself has recently tweeted that he is not injured. Speculation is that a collapsed Transfer Deadline Day move may be a factor in his recent non-selection, with Barnet having transfer-listed him at the end of last season.


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20 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Peterborough
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Peterborough 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 Peterborough United.


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20 September 2014 : Johnson Praises Grant's Strike To End Barren Home Run
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised winger Joel Grant for being the match winner in a 'fantastic performance' by his team. The Glovers boss was delighted to see the Jamaican score his first of the 2014-15 season when his 88th minute dribble and strike proved to be the only goal of the game against promotion-chasing Peterborough United who had started the day in second place.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt that the 27 year old was still trying to build up his personal fitness, having missed the whole of pre-season with a foot injury sustained whilst on a treadmill in a gym. He felt that his goal was typical of the sort of performance the whole team put in:

"It was a super goal. That's his skill - he's a very good dribbler and obviously when everybody is tiring and he gets himself 20 or 30 yards from goal. It was a great little dribble and a real fitting finish to a fantastic performance by our lads. He's got a lot of ability. When he came to us he needed a little bit more fitness, and a little bit more work ethic, and he's certainly trying very hard to do that. He's still getting his fitness, as he's only just coming back from a long term injury. We have missed him, but he mustn't rest on his laurels. He's got to make sure that he keeps being in the team and keeps putting in that work-rate. That's because every single person in that team affected the game and everyone put in the 100 percent that's needed to go and win a football match."

The club's last win on home soil came on March 8th 2014, with today's victory ending a 12 match run across two seasons. During the current season the club had won two matches against Walsall and Bradford City, and Johnson felt that those who only watched the club play at Huish Park had been missing out on seeing what the club were capable of, until today:

"We haven't quite done it but I've known over the weeks that we were only one goal away from our side being good, and today showed our fans that they've got something to really look forward to, which our home fans haven't seen yet. The away fans saw it at Walsall and saw it at Bradford but we haven't seen it at home yet. So it was a great new start for our home form."


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20 September 2014 : Yeovil 1 Peterborough 0 : Late Grant Strike Gives First Home Win
Yeovil Town left it late, but managed to pick up their first home win of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as Joel Grant scored an 88th minute winning goal against Peterborough United. In an impressive performance, and an open game, both sides hit the crossbar, with a long range Marcus Maddison effort and a Kieffer Moore header both being denied. With most of the second half pressure, the Glovers deserved all three points, and they got it when he received a pass from AJ Leitch-Smith, weaving his way past several defenders to fire home for a late 1-0 win.

The Glovers started the game exactly as they'd ended the Tuesday night Crewe Alexandra match. The triple substitution made during that game's second half was maintained, with Kieffer Moore, Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana coming into the side - the latter two coming up against their former club, having played for the Posh under Gary Johnson. With Ben Nugent as another player who had played for the visitors, and Gary Johnson being their former manager there was plenty of incentive for players and management out there. Jakub Sokolik and Kevin Dawson, who hobbled off on Tuesday got a chance to rest their legs, whilst on the bench there was a return for Liam Davis who had been out since the opening day of the season with a broken wrist.

In an open first half, both sides tried to exploit each others weaknesses to decent effect. Peterborough had Michael Smith playing as a makeshift left-back and he was frequently put under pressure via the right-sided Seth Nana Twumasi and winger Joel Grant, as Smith tried to stop them via his weaker foot. At the other end, Marcus Maddison was playing as a deeper striker, making bursting runs that Yeovil weren't really closing down at source. That allowed Maddison to unleash several long range shots on goal, including one that struck the underside of the crossbar and back out again - a photographic still of the ball showed the linesman had called it correctly by not signalling a goal.

At the other end, Yeovil's approach play was good, but they didn't always get big chances, meaning that whilst they were the side making most of the running, they didn't have too much to test Posh keeper Ben Alnwick. One notable exception came during the lead-up to the break, with Jack Price's cross into the box being met well by the head of Kieffer Moore. It looked as though he was going to repeat his midweek Crewe moment until Alnwick got a palm on the ball to divert it onto the crossbar. One strike of the woodwork each at the break, but no goals to count for either side.

The second half saw what had been a fairly even encounter begin to swing the Glovers way, as Peterborough began to realise that they'd rather settle for a point away from home. The Glovers racked up a number of 'nearly moments', with Kieffer Moore and Joe Edwards firing just wide of the target, whilst the Posh tended to rely upon drawing a large number of fouls and calls for the physio to try to stop the tempo of the game. They did have their odd second half moments though, with Kenny McEvoy putting into the side netting when he broke behind the Glovers back line.

In the closing stages, AJ Leitch-Smith saw his deflected shot on goal palmed for a corner by Alnwick, whilst Aaron Martin sent a header over the bar. It seemed as though despite looking the team 'most likely' that they would run out of time and opportunities. However, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Joel Grant received the ball from Leitch-Smith, and the Jamaican produced a classic tricky winger's goal - a weave through several Posh defenders, and then a firm finish into the back of the net right in front of the home terrace for what would prove to be the winning goal.

With so little time left, the visitors had no time to change their stalling tactics, and despite referee Simon Hooper - who infuriated the home crowd during the second half with a number of contentious decisions over the awarding of fouls - allowing the additional time to stretch to over four minutes, after three minutes were signalled, Peterborough failed to bother Jake Kean after falling behind, and the end result was the first home win of the season, and a rise up into 13th place in the still-very-compacted League One table.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Peterborough United 0.

Scorers: Joel Grant (1-0, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson (90 mins for Joel Grant) 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis

Peterborough United:
27. Ben Alnwick 22. Ricardo Santos 5. Jack Baldwin 25. Gabriel Zakuani 2. Michael Smith 17. Joe Newell 8. Jack Payne 15. Jermaine Anderson 20. Kenny McEvoy 30. Marcus Maddison 14. Conor Washington

Substitutes:
4. Shaun Brisley 9. Luke James (71 mins for Kenny McEvoy) 11. Grant McCann (82 mins for Jack Payne) 18. Kane Ferdinand 26. Oliver Luto 28. Harry Anderson 32. Aidan Grant

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Ralph (foul, 49 mins), Ben Nugent (foul, 75 mins)

Peterborough Bookings: Marcus Maddison (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Peterborough Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,970 (with 377 Peterborough supporters)


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20 September 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for the visit of Peterborough United in a League One fixture. During Tuesday night's home match against Crewe Alexandra, the Glovers made a triple substitution, and that is in effect what manager Gary Johnson has done for today's game - from the start.

That means that Jakub Sokolik, Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson drop out of the side - with Sokolik and Dawson having been noted as carrying knocks at the time they were brought off. In their place, Seth Nana Twumasi, Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph benefit, meaning that Joel Grant moves out to a wide position for this match.

Striker Sam Hoskins is unavailable, as he commences a 'short term' loan spell with Conference National leaders Barnet. His place on the bench is taken by left-sided player Liam Davis, who has not had any match practice as such but has recovered enough from a broken wrist to be passed fit in terms of his injury.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis


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20 September 2014 : Morgan Hoping To Take Advantage Of MacLean's Misfortune
A serious injury to a former Yeovil Town striker looks to be about to give Glovers striker Adam Morgan some time on the pitch north of the border. Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone taken the 20 year old on loan until January but he has struggled to break into their side, being kept out by Steve MacLean, who was on the Glovers book during the 2011-12 season. A knee injury to MacLean has put him out of football for between four and six months, meaning that they now have a gap in their starting line-up which Morgan can fill.

Earlier this week, St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright confirmed that he would be expecting Morgan to step up, despite having made only one start and two substitute appearances since his arrival at McDiarmid Park at the start of the season:

"Adam has come up and has been finding his feet. He played very well for the under-20s the other night and he will get his chance now. Thatís what he came here for. He is desperate to play football and itís up to him to take his opportunity now."

Morgan himself told the Inverness Courier that when he arrived in Perth that MacLean was a striker who he'd looked up to, and so felt it was unfortunate that rather than playing with him, he was likely to replace him in the starting line-up:

"It is unfortunate for Macca because he is a great player who has made a great start to the season. He is someone whom I have watched in training, looking to take aspects of his game and approach on board. Macca caught my eye straight away as a player to look up to. I remember having a chat with my dad and we agreed about how he is a proper striker. He is someone I respect and admire, both as a player and as a person. These things do happen in football but I am sure that he will come back stronger. I am also hopeful that myself and (fellow striker) Brian Graham can score a few goals in the meantime. It is a challenge for me but I am relishing it."

The former Liverpool academy player admitted his start in Scotland had been a quiet one, but pointed out that he had not played a full match since leaving Anfield. He hoped that getting onto the field of play for an extended period of time would help his game:

"I have been finding my feet at the club and have only made one start and two sub appearances. It is not that Iím not trying my best, itís just that I havenít played 90 minutes in over a year. Now I feel sharper, am ready and am looking to score goals for St Johnstone. There have been people on Twitter having a go at me but I have faith in my own ability. You need a run of games behind you if you are to do well. I am not too worried at the moment. Indeed, I am completely confident that it will change for me. What you need is one goal to get things going."


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19 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Peterborough Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Peterborough United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. As part of an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talked about squad injuries, the Crewe Alexandra match, his time at Peterborough as their manager and their current squad, plus his own views on the loan situation and clarification on the situation relating to his three goalkeepers.

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


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19 September 2014 : Hoskins Makes Barnet Loan Move
Yeovil Town have allowed striker Sam Hoskins to go out on a short term loan. He has joined Conference National side Barnet for an unspecified amount of time - presumably a one month initial deal. He will be available to make his debut against Altrincham on Saturday.

Hoskins has so far made six appearances this season, albeit with five of those coming from the bench. He has made 27 appearances for the Glovers so far, but has yet to score a goal.

Link: Sam Hoskins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 September 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One fixture against Peterborough United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him nine times as the man in the middle.

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

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

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

Mr Hooper was at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game.

Moving on to January 2011, he took charge of the home match against Milton Keynes Dons. During this match, he sent off Jean-Paul Kalala for an off the ball incident involving ex-Glover Michael McIndoe. No complaints about the Kalala decision, although our (extremely biased) opinion was that McIndoe should have walked with him. However, we did feel that the whole situation that had been brewing for the previous 84 minutes was partly the responsibility of a referee who wasn't doing enough to diffuse situations.

During 2012, he made two visits to Huish Park. The first was for manager Gary Johnson's first 'proper' game in charge for his second spell, having returned to the club at the start of that week. No complaints here about Mr Hooper's performance during the match against Tranmere Rovers ... except that he failed to finish the match! He suffered a second half hamstring injury and had to leave the field. He then returned for the opening match of the 2012-13 season, taking charge of the League Cup First Round match against Colchester United - zero yellow or red cards during the game, and a pretty tidy performance - on this occasion he lasted the full 90 minutes as well!

Mr Hooper took charge of the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient on New Year's Day 2013. In a match we won easily, he was responsible for "a great piece of refereeing according to our match report. Yes, sometimes we do praise referees! The middle goal that we scored saw a clear foul on Dominic Blizzard in the build-up that saw him blocked off - the match official waved play on as Gavin Williams continued a run with the ball, and that allowed James Hayter a chance to score our middle goal, all thanks to Mr Hooper letting the game flow. He had a decent game all round - just one booking on the day.

His most recent match involving ourselves was the March 2014 home game against Ipswich Town. We lost the game by a single goal in a game in which Ipswich's professionalism and organisation snuffed us out of the match. Hence no major complaints about Mr Hooper's performance, although his 68th minute booking for Joe Edwards for apparent 'diving' did lead to a few catcalls in his direction!

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Somerset).

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

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

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

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 0.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Ipswich Town 1.


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18 September 2014 : Johnson Still Has Mind Set On Top Half Of Table
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson still maintains confidence that his side can claw their way into the upper half of the table this season, despite the slow start to the season. With the Glovers currently stuck in 17th place in the League One table, they get a chance to see how good their team really are on Saturday when they face promotion-chasing Peterborough United, who currently occupy 2nd place, and with a seven point advantage on them.

Johnson pointed out to BBC Somerset that even in the club's 2012-13 promotion season, they went through a distinctly unimpressive run of form during the first half of that season, which included six consecutive defeats during September. However, they recovered well as they reached the midway point in the campaign and were able to force their way into the play-off slots by the end of the season:

"Last time we were in League One, we were capable of losing six games on the trot, and then capable of winning eight on the trot, which put us right bang inside the play-offs, and we ended up getting promoted off that. So we know we've got it in us. Obviously the players are different, but with the way we do things, hopefully we can steer clear of the five or six defeats, and still put a good run of wins together."

For the pessimistic Glovers fans, the club lie just two points off the relegation zone, but for the optimists, they are only four points away from the play-off slots. Gary cited moments like second half injury time against Crewe Alexandra when Joel Grant struck the woodwork as situations where they could have easily been sitting in a more healthy position than his team currently are:

"You can look at it and say that if we'd had three or four more points, which we thought we deserved, then maybe we'd be a little bit higher up the table. But we're not, and so we've got to make sure that we get this two or three wins on the trot as quickly as we can, to make every thing look more comfortable. If we had scored that late goal against Crewe that hit the post and then we blasted over, then those three points, rather than the one, would have made the League table look a bit better. But we're still in the race - well in the race. We can't give up on people yet."


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18 September 2014 : Ralph Up For Goal Of The Round Award
It may not have been the best night of the 2014-15 season so far, but Yeovil Town's Nathan Ralph has been nominated for an award following the club's recent Football League Trophy tie against Portsmouth. The left-sided player netted a superb drive that came off the underside of the crossbar late on during the tie and he is one of ten nominees for the Football League Trophy First Round 'Ultimate Finish' (the pun being a reference to sponsors Johnstone's Paint).

Unfortunately for ourselves, they also nominate two of the goals scored by Portsmouth that night, so you have to watch through those before you can view Ralphy's effort. You can also vote for your favourite goal - far be it for ourselves to suggest which one you should choose. Watch the goals via the clips below, and then place your vote by heading to this webform. They even have an iPod Shuffle up as a prize. The goals are as follows:

GOAL 1 : MARCUS CARVER : ACCRINGTON STANLEY v Carlisle United
GOAL 2 : JED WALLACE : Yeovil Town v PORTSMOUTH
GOAL 3 : CRAIG WESTCARR : Yeovil Town v PORTSMOUTH
GOAL 4 : NATHAN RALPH : YEOVIL TOWN v Portsmouth
GOAL 5 : JACK PAYNE : AFC Wimbledon v SOUTHEND UNITED
GOAL 6 : ADAM BARRETT : AFC WIMBLEDON v Southend United
GOAL 7 : KANE HEMMINGS : BARNSLEY v York City
GOAL 8 : MARCUS MADDISON : PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Leyton Orient
GOAL 9 : CHRIS DAGNALL : Peterborough United v LEYTON ORIENT
GOAL 10 : BRADLEY PRITCHARD : Peterborough United v LEYTON ORIENT




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18 September 2014 : Peterborough United Match : Glovers Restaurant Offer
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant as part of a special meal deal. The Glovers take on Peterborough United on Saturday 20th September with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via either the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888) or Commercial Office (01935-847872).

On offer for this weekend's match is a meal of Ham, Egg and Chips plus either a pint of beer or a glass of wine for the sum of £10.00. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. To place your bookings, call either of the numbers shown.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Peterborough game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Peterborough game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now.



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18 September 2014 : Loan Plans Stay On Hold Until Players Move Out
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the introduction of Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean will be the club's last bit of loan business until he can move some of his existing squad members out in the other direction. The Glovers boss has previously indicated his wish to bring in multiple loanees, having tried to line up three temporary deals on Transfer Deadline Day, one of which has transpired to be Kean.

However, with Johnson currently on or around the limit of his playing budget, and the club recording its lowest gate of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, against Crewe Alexandra, there is not much opportunity for the club to loosen its purse strings. Johnson admitted that is likely to remain a constant theme unless there is a radical change in attendances at Huish Park:

"The loans now are a little bit geared around the gates, and so I would have thought that with our lowest gate again (against Crewe Alexandra) we're going to have to move out first. I respect that because at the moment we're not reaching our numbers yet. That's not to blame the ones that were here - we love them to death as they're actually turning up and supporting us. We gave them a good half hour at the end, but we've got to give them a good 90 minutes every week if we can. We'll have to keep building as and when we can, but I don't see anything happening unless we move out, and we need to move people out first."

Tuesday night's gate of 3,509 represented the lowest attendance since March 2013 when a midweek fixture against Crawley Town saw 3,338 turn up. So far this season the club have been averaging a 4,170 attendance, however that is sharply skewed by the opening day crowd of 5,235 that came to Huish Park for the match against Doncaster Rovers, which included free admission for all Under-16s on the day. All five of the matches that have followed - two of them minor cup matches - have failed to break through the 4,000 mark suggesting that the long term trend may be for that average figure to drop.

The club have confirmed that their playing budget is based on a target of 4,500 spectators coming through the turnstiles - a figure that Johnson himself has acknowledged. Although crowds tend to increase during the second half of most seasons, whilst the current average remains around 300 spectators short of where it needs to be (and more than that once the Doncaster gate is taken out) it seems likely that situation will persist.


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18 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth : Man of the Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played in a Football League Trophy First Round match against League Two side Portsmouth. The end result was a poor 1-3 home defeat, seeing them exit the competition at the first hurdle, with only a late Nathan Ralph goal providing some joy for spectators.

Man of the Match voting saw Sam Foley, who was operating in the centre of midfield on the night, and left-back Nathan Smith as two of the better players on the night. However, the poll winner by a considerable margin was goalscorer Nathan Ralph.

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

1. Nathan Ralph 164 (15)
2. Nathan Smith 86 (3)
3. Sam Foley 64 (4)
4. Brendan Moloney 26 (1)
5. Sam Hoskins 14 (1)
6. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 12 (0)
6. AJ Leitch-Smith 12 (0)
8. James Hayter 10 (0)
9. Ben Nugent 8 (0)
10. Kieffer Moore 2 (0)
10. Aaron Martin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 3.68
Entertainment : 4.32
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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17 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Crewe Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the three goalkeepers he has on his books - Jake Kean, Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak - the swaparound of James Hayter and Joel Grant and the sort of tactics he felt the opposition would be using. Read the whole thing via the link below.

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


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17 September 2014 : Ladies Rearrange Donny Belles Trip
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their FA Women's Super League match against Doncaster Rovers Belles rescheduled. The Glovers had their fixture last weekend called off due to three of their players being called up into the Wales national squad, and so under League rules were entitled to request a postponement.

That new fixture will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium, and as things stand will be their penultimate match of their 2014 FA Women's Super League season.


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17 September 2014 : Elliott Expected To Agree Crawley Deal
League One side Crawley Town are set to offer former Yeovil Town trialist Marvin Elliott a contract. The 30 year old spent a couple of weeks at Huish Park training with the Glovers and even played in their final pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town in early August.

However, he was allowed to leave after just over a fortnight in Somerset with manager Gary Johnson indicating that the player's level of general fitness would need too much work to justify a contract, and the player was understood to be heading back to North London to find somewhere to train closer to his home.

He now appears to have found that club, with Crawley confirming that he has been training with them recently. Boss John Gregory has told the Argus newspaper that he hopes his club can negotiate a contract for the former Millwall and Bristol City player:

"Marvin has been training with us for the last couple of days. We are discussing things with him and hopefully we can bring him into the club."

Gary Johnson has more recently stated that he was no longer tracking Elliott's progress and also explained yesterday that he expected any further club signings to be restricted unless he could move other players out on loan, with the club's budgeted 4,500 average attendance target currently falling short by a sizeable margin.


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17 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Crewe Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, 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 verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Crewe Home Game.


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17 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crewe
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra 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 Crewe Alexandra.


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16 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Kean, Weale And Krysiak
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained some of his thinking behind the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean, as well as explaining his current thoughts on permanent duo Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak. Neither of the contracted pair played in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra, and Johnson has confirmed that with the need to balance the books as well as keep players involved, one of the pair will be allowed to go out on loan.

In terms of Kean's arrival the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that he wanted to use the loan deal as a means to settle down that goalkeeper position, believing that both of his contracted players had made a number of mistakes during the pre-season friendlies and competitive fixtures so far and hoped that a player who had featured fairly regularly at Championship level during the first half of last season would be capable of doing that:

"I just felt that we've been making a few mistakes in the goalkeeper department and sometimes you just need to bring someone in to settle everything down a little bit. What we do know is that he's a good keeper. He's played at the highest level, and Blackburn rate him. When we had the opportunity, although it was a week and a bit later, I just felt that we needed to do that. And that's what we've done. He kicks well and we just think he's a consistent goalkeeper."

Gary confirmed that Kean was one of the players who he had tried to bring in on Transfer Deadline Day, but due to the critical nature of the position, he needed to bring in the loan goalkeeper before he could risk sending out one of his contracted players on loan:

"As I've said to the board, when I wanted to bring in Jake Kean in the first place, sometimes you have to bring in before you can move out. One will need to go out and play some football. So we're making enquiries on that. I haven't lost faith in the two lads, it's just that unfortunately during pre-season and during the start of the season, we've just been a bit doddery at the back there."

The Glovers boss felt that Chris Weale had been showing some signs of recovering from some of his early season form, but that with Wealey at fault for the second goal against Coventry City on Saturday, Gary felt that it was better to take the pressure off his No.1 keeper and give the role to an outsider:

"Funnily enough Chris (Weale) had a good little spell of two or three games, but then unfortunately made the mistake against Coventry. You don't then want to keep putting them in, even though they want to be put in, and then have to think about hoping that they don't make another mistake and the pressure that comes with that. So when we got the opportunity in Jake, then obviously I needed to do that. Time will tell whether that was the right decision or not. With the other two - Artur and Wealey - they've both taken it well, they both understand and they've all been helping each other this week and that's how it should be."

Although Gary was not specific in terms of which keeper he would be aiming to send out on loan, his decision to take Artur Krysiak entirely out of the matchday squad tonight, whilst allowing Chris Weale to stay on the substitutes bench can probably be read into as to which keeper is his preferred one to head out on loan.


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16 September 2014 : Yeovil 1 Crewe 1 : Substitute Moore Rescues Point
Yeovil Town gained a home point against Crewe Alexandra tonight in a stuttering performance at Huish Park tonight. The 1-1 draw saw the Glovers have to come from behind after Billy Waters converted a parried Vadaine Oliver strike to give Crewe the lead, but they drew level when substitute Kieffer Moore headed home a Nathan Smith cross. Yeovil almost won the match in second half injury time when Joel Grant hit the woodwork in a crowded penalty box, but they ended up having to settle for a point - and still awaiting their first win on home soil of the 2014-15 season.

The Glovers went into the match with a long list of injuries, as James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist), Simon Gillett (knee), right-back Brendan Moloney (knee), James Hayter (groin) and Calvin Brooks (calf) all sat out the game although Sam Hoskins was fit enough to sit on the bench. They also gave a debut to Blackburn Rovers keeper Jake Kean, with Chris Weale dropping to the bench, and Artur Krysiak dropping entirely out of the squad. James Hayter's groin injury meant that Joel Grant got his first start of the season.

In a first half in which both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances, most of the attempts went wide of the goal. Yeovil's only on target chance came when Joe Edwards forced the Crewe keeper to tip the ball over the crossbar, whilst Aaron Martin headed wide, and Joel Grant and Sam Foley shot over the bar. At the other end, Marcus Haber - once of tentative interest to Gary Johnson whilst the target man was at Stevenage - was the main threat, although his efforts were going wide. Scoreless at half time and that was a fair reflection of the game.

In the second period, Crewe came out looking much more authoritative. Jake Kean was forced into his first true save of the match when he turned a Marcus Haber header over his crossbar. Given that early pattern to the second period, their lead was deserved, but it was another soft goal. Jakub Sokolik lost possession, and with echoes of Saturday's goal at Coventry, Vadaine Oliver's shot was parried into the path of Billy Waters, who converted from close range to give Crewe the lead.

With the away side having employed some extreme slow-down tactics, Yeovil knew what was coming from them, and manager Gary Johnson decided to make things unpredictable, with a triple substitution seeing Nathan Ralph, Seth Nana Twumasi and Kieffer Moore pushed on shortly after that goal. Ten minutes after Waters' opener, and six minutes after the substitutions they drew level, thanks to one of the new arrivals. Nathan Smith's left-wing cross into the box was well met by the head of Moore who thumped the ball home for the equaliser.

That was the cue for Crewe to seriously run down the clock, and Yeovil struggled to build up the head of steam they might have wanted from such a position. However, in second half injury time they almost snatched the win. A ball into the box was knocked down and Joel Grant seized on the half-chance. He thumped the ball against the goal post, but on the rebound Nathan Ralph fired wide of the target, and the visitors were more than happy to escape with a point. Yeovil far less so, as their search for three points at a venue that is normally so fruitful for them carries on one more game.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Scorers: Billy Waters (0-1, 62 mins), Kieffer Moore (1-1, 72 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 17. Joel Grant.

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 13. Kieffer Moore (65 mins for Sam Foley) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (66 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 16. Nathan Ralph (66 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Ben Garratt
2. Matt Tootle 5. George Ray 15. Thierry Audel 3. Jon Guthrie
18. Liam Nolan 42. Anthony Grant 7. Oliver Turton 17. Billy Waters
25. Marcus Haber 9. Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
1. Scott Shearer 6. Adam Dugdale 8. Chris Atkinson (83 mins for Vadaine Oliver) 11. George Cooper 20. James Jones 24. Greg Leigh 28. Jamie Ness

Yeovil Bookings: Ben Nugent (foul, 33 mins), Kieffer Moore (foul, 89 mins)

Crewe Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 9; Fouls: 14.

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex). Assistant Referees: Paul Rees (Somerset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 3,509 (with 110 Crewe supporters)


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16 September 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town have made two changes for tonight's League One match against Crewe Alexandra. The first is the widely expected debut for Blackburn Rovers loanee Jake Kean, who displaces Chris Weale in the line-up, with Wealey dropping to the bench. In turn, Artur Krysiak drops entirely out of the matchday squad.

Up front, James Hayter hasn't recovered from his groin injury and so his place in the starting line-up is taken by Joel Grant, who made his comeback during Saturday's match against Coventry City.

The only other change is on the bench, with Sam Hoskins having recovered from his injury. But that still sees the club missing James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist), Simon Gillett (knee), right-back Brendan Moloney (unspecified knock) and James Hayter (groin) occupying the treatment table.

The line-up tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 17. Joel Grant.

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph


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16 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Managerial Madness
Ahead of tonight's match against Crewe Alexandra, we have the goalkeeper we expected to be signed on loan, although that certainly doesn't solve all our squad ills. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that and also has a look at a couple of managerial issues outside Yeovil Town that may be of worthy debate amongst Glovers fans. Read that article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Managerial Madness.


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16 September 2014 : AJ Leitch-Smith Talks About The Visit Of Crewe
Tonight sees Crewe Alexandra travel to Huish Park in a League One match against Yeovil Town. The fixture represents a significant moment for Glovers striker AJ Leitch-Smith as he plays against his childhood club for the first time in his career, having moved from Gresty Road over the summer. He spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, and also spoke about Saturday's defeat at Coventry City. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Coventry.


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15 September 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Officials for Tuesday night's League One home game between Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Michael Bull (Essex).

This is a bit of a new one for us - as far as we can tell, Yeovil Town have not experienced a match involving Mr Bull, whether as referee, assistant or as fourth official. He hails from Chelmsford, and started refereeing when he was running a youth side back in 1992, when his own team were struggling to get a recognised official to take charge of matches. That took hiup through the Essex Senior League and through the pyramid into the Conference National division.

He was given the right to take charge of Football League matches in the summer of 2013, although had been given a short trial period during the previous season, where a League Two match between Wycombe Wanderers and York City became a baptism of fire. The man himself explained:

"My very first Football League game was between Wycombe Wanderers and York City in February 2013. I gave a penalty after just 82 seconds! It was my very first decision - a correct one I might add - and I also gave a second one before half time. But I think giving such a big call so early on really helped me settle into the game. It must have gone well!"

A few months later, whilst Yeovil Town were visiting Wembley Stadium in May 2013 for the League One Play-Off Final, Mr Bull was doing the same, for the Conference Play-Off Final between Wrexham and Newport County. That was to be his final moment at non-league level, and last season he did 24 games at Football League level.

He's added five more during this campaign, and on Saturday was in the West Country where he took charge of Bristol City's 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers, issuing a red card to Donny's Harry Forrester for two bookable offences. After the game his manager Paul Dickov described Forrester's actions as a "stupid stupid second booking" that followed "a stonewall penalty" and so clearly backed Mr Bull's decision-making on the day.

Mr Bull will be assisted by Paul Rees (Somerset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).


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15 September 2014 : Glovers Take Blackburn Keeper On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up a new goalkeeper on loan ahead of Tuesday night's home match against Crewe Alexandra. He is 23 year old Blackburn Rovers player Jacob Kean, who is a former Derby County youth player who has also enjoyed loan experience with Hartlepool United and Rochdale.

Born in Derby on February 4th 1991, Kean signed for Blackburn during the latter part of the 2008-09 season following his youth development at Derby County. His two loan spells came with Hartlepool United during the 2010-11 season (25 appearances) and with Rochdale during the 2011-12 season, which was originally intended to last a full season but only lasted 15 appearances when Blackburn issued a recall due to an injury to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

He made a single 2011-12 Premier League appearance at the tail end of that season, to make his first team debut, and has since gone on to make 45 appearances for the club, including 17 appearances during last season, and a League Cup appearance during this campaign. Standing at 6'4" tall, he also has one England Under-20 appearance to his name.

He has signed a one month emergency loan deal today, with the theoretical ability for both clubs to extend the deal for up to 93 days under Football League rules.


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15 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Chickens And Eggs
With Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson dropping hints of a new loan signing ahead of tomorrow night's match against Crewe Alexandra, we should be able to marginally increase the size of our paper-thin squad for that game. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what may (or may not) be going through Gary's mind, with some further thoughts on the club's wider transfer policy. Read that article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Chickens And Eggs.


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14 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Coventry Team Selection And Tactics
Just before kick-off against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on what sort of threat the Sky Blues would pose and of his own team selection can be read via the link below.

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


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13 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Coventry Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the game and his thoughts on his plans to bring in a new signing by Tuesday can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Coventry Away Game.


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13 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, 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 Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.


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13 September 2014 : Johnson Targets Loan Signing As Glovers Suffer More Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said he is almost certain of making one new signing ahead of Tuesday night's League One match against Crewe Alexandra. The Glovers are significantly short of numbers in their playing squad at present, and were only able to name sixteen players today with six players missing through injury. With two more players going down with injuries during today's match at the Ricoh Arena, the situation may get worse before it gets better, and so the need to bring in fresh blood becomes even more acute.

Johnson has held a series of meetings with Chairman John Fry and various board members over the past 12 days, since a number of deals on Transfer Deadline Day collapsed late on following what were labelled as 'communication' problems between Johnson and the board, with Chairman Fry spending that week out of the country in Tenerife. The Glovers boss has told BBC Somerset that he does have clearance to bring in one new player, but joked that even if his currently available squad shrinks further, that he will still have enough substitutes on Tuesday night:

"Well it's not dire because you can only use three substitutes! You'll always have a goalkeeper on the bench of course. But we'll keep looking at it, because you can't give people opportunity after opportunity. Opportunities come up and you've got to grab them while you can. We don't want to bring people in just for numbers either, but there will be at least one new player involved on Tuesday. Until it's all done it's never quite done. I don't want to keep it from anyone but it just hasn't happened yet, so you're never quite sure, but I think it's going to be an important one for us."

Johnson's hints of having given players 'opportunities' suggest that his plans to change his squad may not be entirely driven by injury concerns. The BBC Somerset coverage today suggests that they believe a goalkeeper from a Championship club is about to be recruited in on loan, reflecting Deadline Day rumours that this was one of the deals that was blocked at the time. If so then that would bring into question the future of either Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak, with the latter having not featured in a League match since signing for the club from Exeter City over the summer.

In terms of the available outfield players, striker James Hayter and midfielder Joe Edwards came off with knocks. Hayter's was a groin injury sustained during the first half, whilst Edwards - who already is carrying a foot injury - suffered an impact injury that began to seize up as the game went on. Johnson explained their status:

"James Hayter had a bit of a tight groin, and the physio said (at half time) that James was struggling. So we gave him five minutes, but you don't recover from a groin strain, so we had to bring him off early. Then Joe Edwards had got clattered early in the first half and he did great to even last an hour. But then it was seizing up a little bit so we had to take him off, as he couldn't move."

Yeovil Town's longer term injury problems include James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Simon Gillett (knee) whilst striker Sam Hoskins and right-back Brendan Moloney have not been in the matchday squad for the last two matches due to unspecified knocks.


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13 September 2014 : Coventry 2 Yeovil 1 : Foley Strike Can't Stop Glovers Defeat
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten by a superior Coventry City side this afternoon at the Ricoh Arena by a 2-1 scoreline. A header from Sky Blues centre-back Reda Johnson set them on their way, in a first half that saw both sides hit the crossbar, with AJ Leitch-Smith providing the Glovers effort. In the second half, Yeovil equalised against the run of play when Sam Foley latched on to a Jack Price through ball, and for a short period they looked good enough to get a share of the points. But Frank Nouble's 68th minute shot was parried by Chris Weale into the path of Simeon Jackson and he tapped in for what was to ultimately be the winning goal.

The Glovers selected more or less the same squad for the second match running with the only change being the loss of non-contract player Calvin Brooks due to injury. Other treatment table issues involving James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist), Simon Gillett (knee), Brendan Moloney and Sam Hoskins meant that the Glovers went into the match six players short and naming only five on the bench - with Joel Grant only just recovering from injury himself.

Early pressure from Coventry produced a quick dividend as they forced three corners in succession. With each one delivered in a different manner, the end result was to unsettle the Glovers defence, and they got third time lucky as Jim O'Brien's set piece saw the defence fail to pick up former Plymouth Argyle centre-back Reda Johnson, who powerfully headed home to give them a 7th minute lead.

That set the scene for the home side to dominate the game, with Jim O'Brien almost doubling the lead when his 25 yard drive coming off the crossbar with Chris Weale well beaten, and they had further chances to extend their lead with Wealey saving an Andy Webster header and Frank Nouble putting another good chance just wide. The Glovers chances were few and far between, with a Sam Foley free kick deflecting through to the goalkeeper, but they could have been level on the half hour mark when a weak Coventry clearance was recycled into the box and AJ Leitch-Smith almost reprised his goal from last weekend, with only the underside of the crossbar denying him.

The second period saw the Glovers almost concede under ten seconds after the restart as Frank Nouble breezed through on goal - thankfully Chris Weale denied his ultra-early effort. But despite their sleepy start to the half, the Glovers drew level six minutes in as Wolves loanee Jack Price managed his second assist in two weeks - threading a ball through to Sam Foley, who nudged the ball past home keeper Ryan Allsop for the equalising goal.

At that point the Glovers enjoyed their best spell of the game, looking comfortable and with the home team getting edgy for the first time in the match. But that 15 minute strong spell was undone when the dangerous Frank Nouble set up Coventry's second. His run and shot possibly took a deflection on its way, but Chris Weale's parry only put the ball straight into the path of Coventry substitute Simeon Jackson who had an easy tap-in and to give the Sky Blues a 2-1 lead.

They held that advantage with some reasonable ease. Whilst Yeovil's first substitution that saw Joel Grant introduced for James Hayter seemed to give the front line some good energy, the later double substitution didn't really achieve a lot, with Sam Foley and Joe Edwards withdrawn for Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph. Coventry kept the ball intelligently in the final stages, denying the Glovers a chance to build up a head of steam, and ensuring that they returned from Warwickshire with nothing to show. On the balance of the game, that was hard to argue with.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Reda Johnson (7 mins, 1-0), Sam Foley (51 mins, 1-1), Simeon Jackson (68 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore (74 mins for Joe Edwards) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (74 mins for Sam Foley) 17. Joel Grant (50 mins for James Hayter)

Coventry City:
23. Ryan Allsop
2. Jordan Willis 4. Andy Webster 5. Reda Johnson
24. Jordan Clarke 6. Conor Thomas 11. Jim O'Brien 7. John Fleck 26. Ryan Haynes
9. Josh McQuoid 19. Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
1. Lee Burge 3. Danny Pugh 10. Danny Swanson 12. Simeon Jackson (46 mins for Josh McQuoid) 18. Aaron Phillips (90 mins for Frank Nouble) 20. Marcus Tudgay 25. Seb Hines (74 mins for Jordan Willis)

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistant Referees: Karl Evans (Lancashire) and Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Attendance: 11,085 (including 458 Yeovil supporters).


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13 September 2014 : Team News For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's League One match against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. The same starting eleven is chosen compared to the side that won 3-1 against Bradford City last weekend at Valley Parade.

Substitute Joel Grant's ability to cope with game time on the pitch should be helped by his time playing in a midweek Reserve Team match, but James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Simon Gillett (knee) are still missing. There's yet to be detail provided in terms of striker Sam Hoskins and right-back Brendan Moloney's absence, but in Gary's midweek press conference he suggested he had six players on the treatment table at present, which suggests their exclusion is due to injury.

There is one change to the bench with Calvin Brooks not listed on the teamsheet, but the other five are retained. The team for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant


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13 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Coventry Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Coventry City's Ricoh Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's views on the opposition, and his hopes to bring in additional bodies on loan in the future, can be read via the link below.

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


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13 September 2014 : Video : Sky's Two-Footed Corner Challenge
For those who may not have the Sky Sports channel, or have yet to tune into this week's Fantasy Football Show, there is now an online video clip available that supporters can watch. The three-and-a-half minute footage of Nathan Smith, Sam Foley and James Hayter (plus assorted hecklers) can be viewed, as they take on the Two Footed Corner Challenge, on one of the club's training pitches.

Find out which of the trio walks away as the undisputed corner king, by watching the video below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil's Two Footed Challenge.


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12 September 2014 : Coventry Waive Matchday Ticket Additional Charges
Tomorrow's opponents Coventry City have stated that they plan to waive additional charges for tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Yeovil Town. Ticket prices at the Ricoh Arena normally increase by £2.00 on matchdays but the Sky Blues plan to hold prices at the pre-match rate following heavy sales in the past few days.


With Coventry only having made their return to home soil a week ago, following their year exile in Northampton, home fans have left their purchasing decisions to this week, leading to heavy queuing at their ticket office. Chief executive Steve Waggott told his club's website the decision was due to problems Sky Blues fans were experiencing over the last day or two in purchasing advance tickets:

"We understand that some supporters have had issues when buying tickets through the website and itís been difficult to get through on the phones because of the sheer volume of interest. We are delighted that there is still that level of interest and we are still asking supporters to remain as patient as they can. After the game on Saturday, we will need to look again at the systems in a bid to improve fansí experience when buying tickets and Season Tickets."

Given how busy the Ricoh has been over the last few days we'd recommend fans allow extra time if purchasing tickets at the ground or picking up tickets tomorrow.


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12 September 2014 : Glovers Trio To Feature In Fantasy Football Challenge
Yeovil Town trio Nathan Smith, Sam Foley and James Hayter will feature on the Sky Sports channel tonight. They will feature in the Two-Footed Corner Challenge as part of The Fantasy Football Club - an hour long magazine programme hosted by John Fendley and Paul Merson.

Tonight's programme is shown at 6.30p.m. and includes former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba along with Brentford manager Mark Warburton. The two-footed corner challenge sees the nominated players attempt to score direct from a corner twice, using their left foot and then their right foot.

You can see how well the Glovers trio got on at 6.30p.m. tonight on Sky Sports 1, but if you miss the programme it gets a repeat airing at 10.15p.m. and then during Saturday at 1.00a.m. 4.00a.m. and 6.00a.m. Viewers who only have the Sky One channel can see it at 8.00a.m. on Saturday. They also usually upload a video clip of the attempts a few days later.


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12 September 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to the Ricoh Arena, where they will take on Coventry City in a League One match. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated, with ticketing information, statistics, pub guides, directions and marking information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City.


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11 September 2014 : No New Arrivals Expected Yet As Board Talks Continue
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect there to be any new arrivals at the club ahead of this Saturday's trip to Coventry City. The Glovers boss has spent much of September talking about his needs to strengthen his first team squad, and the issues surrounding the club's transfer policy, including his attempts to bring in two or three players on loan during Transfer Deadline Day.

With the loan transfer window now having opened again earlier this week, the opportunity is there for the club to make signings under the emergency loan rules that allow clubs to take on players for up to 93 days. However, Johnson has spent the past 10 days holding talks with Chairman John Fry and other associated personnel at Huish Park in trying to discover what room he has within his and the club's budgets. With those talks ongoing Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't expect there to be any quick movement ahead of the trip to the Ricoh Arena:

"It's probably unrealistic now, as we speak, on a Thursday afternoon. We did a lot of work with them this morning on their shape and our pattern, because you have to do that nowadays. Most managers are tactically aware, and they all have different tactics. So every week you have to work on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition that wouldn't be the same as the opposition during the week beforehand."

Gary also maintained his view that eventually there would probably be players going out the door at some point, suggesting that people would go the same way as Matteo Lanzoni, whose role in the matchday squad gradually diminished to the point when he was no longer on the bench, ultimately seeing the Italian join Cambridge United last month. The Glovers boss said that was part of the natural evolution of the squad:

"There will be outgoings because that's the nature of the game. If somebody is too far away from the squad, or we've given a lot of chances to them and they haven't come up trumps, despite the number of chances then like Matteo Lanzoni sometimes the situation is that somebody needs to move on to get his career going."

Gary said that his issue regarding 'communication' issues with the club Chairman and his other board members was improved, pointing out that with all parties now back in England that make things a lot easier. Various parties were due to meet late on Thursday, with the short term strategy being his primary concern:

"Communication is better when we're all on the same island, and discussing things. In every discussion that you have, you get a little bit further. Obviously the board of directors have to talk to each other as well. We've got another meeting today, where we're just going to have a chat about the near future, as probably the long term future will come on another date. But at the moment we've got to discuss what I think we need, and what we need to do. But it's always happier as well when your team has just picked up three points."

With reports suggesting that Johnson had tried to bring in two players from a Premier League club, as well as a third player from a Championship club, the obvious question was whether those targets were still out there if he was given the green light by the board. He admitted he may need to refresh that list when the time comes:

"In football a day or a week is a long time, and the same players may not be available. But this discussion is really just about who we need, if we need it, have we got it and what's the budget. I believe the accountant is involved as well, so we can see whether we come within that fair play figure or not. That's something that boardrooms all over the country are panicking about."


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11 September 2014 : Yeovil Town Football Offences Stay Low In Home Office Figures
The Government's Home Office have released their annual report detailing statistics for football-related arrests and banning orders. The report covers the 2013-14 season, for which Yeovil Town were in the Championship division, and still shows the Glovers as one of the best behaved clubs in the land when compared to their peers.

The club currently have one Football Banning Order in place, which related to a spectator who entered the field of play after the final whistle in the January 2014 FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient. He was given a three year banning order, which prevents him from attending any designated football ground, or being within a certain distance of that venue on matchdays. This includes all top five divisions and international fixtures.

The Glovers had six spectators arrested during the season - three at home matches, and three at away matches. These related to three allegations of violent disorder, two of public disorder and the one pitch incursion already mentioned above. It should be noted that the Home Office do not publish the number of convictions that result from such arrests, and so where charges are later dropped or the accused is found not guilty then these would still appear as arrest statistics.

In comparison with other Championship division teams, the Glovers were one of the lowest for arrest statistics, with Brighton and Hove Albion (5), Reading (6), Ipswich Town (7) and AFC Bournemouth (7) the other well-behaved clubs. Bottom of the pile were Nottingham Forest (69) and Leeds United (91).

As far as Football Banning Orders are concerned, 90 out of the 92 top four division clubs have at least one fan banned from attending matches. The two exceptions are Accrington Stanley and Burton Albion in League Two. Yeovil Town's singular banning order can be compared with Bristol City (61) and Bristol Rovers (28). In the current list of League One sides, only Milton Keynes Dons and Colchester United have just one fan banned.

At international level, despite the way the tabloids tend to tarnish England supporters, there were only 15 arrests during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with 13 of those relating to ticket touting, and the other two relating to damage to property. There were zero arrests at any other non-World Cup matches involving England or Wales.

The overall record nationally shows 2,273 football-related arrests. This is a decrease of 183, and is the lowest figure since records on such arrests started to be collected. This was out of a total of 38 million spectators at games, including all national and international football matches at both country and club level. This works out as one arrest per 16,800 spectators, or under 0.01 percent of the aggregate attendance.


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11 September 2014 : Officials For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Coventry City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 13th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Ricoh Arena. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We had him twice during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

Mr Whitestone was in charge for the away match at Bury in April 2013, at the tail end of the League One season, where we'd already qualified for the Play-Offs. He didn't have a lot to do during the game, although was a little perplexing during the final minute of the match when he booked five players in second half injury time, almost as if he had a quota to fill for the season that he'd realised at the last second that he was running short of.

Before that we'd had him in February 2013 for the home League One match against Scunthorpe United. How do we judge this performance? With green-tinted spectacles we could call him the best referee in the country, after he gave two key decisions in our favour. Trying to be a bit more neutral, we will admit that his failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

We also saw him in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

In the August 2008 home match against Leeds United he gave us a penalty decision that was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished. There are few occasions when we'd suggest that a referee wasn't neutral, but it's hard to describe him any other way when he's got that badly sucked into home crowd pressure.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Karl Evans (Lancashire) and Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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11 September 2014 : Coventry Target 20K Crowd For Glovers Visit
Saturday's League One opponents Coventry City are hoping that a crowd of 20,000 crowd will come through the gates on Saturday, as they continue to ride on the wave of their Ricoh Arena return. The Sky Blues are set to play their second league fixture at their home stadium after spending just over a year exiled at Northampton Town's Sixfields ground, following a row over rental payments with their stadium landlords.

Now firmly back on home soil, the Sky Blues achieved the highest League One crowd of the season so far with the 27,306 who celebrated their homecoming against Gillingham last Friday night. At present interest in the fixture against Yeovil Town doesn't look as though it will match that, although with tickets for the match having gone on sale late at both ends, there will doubtless be plenty of fans choosing to buy their tickets over the next 48 hours.

At present the Coventry Telegraph indicate that 5,500 tickets have been sold for the game, which includes Coventry's 4,000 season ticket holders, and Chief Executive Steve Waggott has said he believes that figure will rapidly rise between now and Saturday afternoon:

"I think everyone is drawing breath after such an emotional evening (against Gillingham) but hopefully we can generate a few more thousand back in. Weíd like to get close to 20,000. That might be a bit ambitious but weíve got to keep pushing. Itís fantastic to see that there is strong interest in season tickets again at the CCFC Superstore already this week and we are hoping for another really good turn-out at the weekend."

Waggott added that he hoped the club's return to Coventry would also enable them to challenge at the right end of the table, having endured a rather average 2013-14 season, where they finished in 18th place and just four points off the relegation positions. Now in 8th place in the early League One table, the Coventry CEO is targeting play-off positions:

"Iíve spoken to (manager) Steven Pressley and Neil MacFarlane and weíre all agreed that weíve now got to convert against Yeovil because another three points would move us in to the play-off zone and that would be deemed by our fans that we have the potential for a successful season, rather than being mid to lower end of the table."

For those Glovers fans planning to travel up to Coventry this weekend, ticketing and travel information can be found below. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be carrying ticket sales for this fixture until the end of Thursday, so give them a call on 01935-847888 or visit them before 5.00p.m. Prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the match if you choose to purchase at the Ricoh Arena.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town (Ricoh Arena).

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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10 September 2014 : BBC Somerset Bus Coming To Yeovil Tomorrow
Those of you who listen to BBC Somerset will know that they have a mobile studio, where they can perform outside broadcasts from a converted bus. They regularly tour around the county of Somerset, and tomorrow they will be coming to the town of Yeovil, with presenter Ben McGrail broadcasting from 9.00a.m. tomorrow morning.

You can either tune in and get involved via text or phone, or if you live or travel through the Stiby Road area, then head down there and get yourself on the radio. The BBC have this to say about tomorrow's show which concentrates on the value of community relations:

"BBC Somerset is broadcasting live from Yeovil on Thursday morning (11th September). Ben McGrailís show will be coming from the Co-op car park on Stiby Road Ė heíll be talking about the local area and meeting people there who have helped to build a strong community in the Westfield area of the town in recent years. If youíre in the area make sure you head along to say hello to Ben and the team Ė and if not, just tune in to or 1566MW from 9.00a.m. to listen!"

Ben is well-versed with Yeovil Town FC matters, so if your views have a bit of a theme around the value of football and sports in a local community, then he'll be glad to hear from you.


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10 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley : Man Of The Match Result
Around ten days ago, Yeovil Town played their last home League One fixture, in a match against Barnsley at Huish Park. Ending in a 1-1 draw, the game saw a poor first half followed by an improved second period, even if the Glovers needed Yeovil-born Martin Cranie to unwittingly score their goal for them.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Nathan Smith and midfielder Sam Foley get plenty of votes, but they were a fair distance behind two other players that ran away with the poll. Defender Jakub Sokolik has been playing as a right-back in recent weeks and is gradually growing into that role - it was his cross into the box that set up the equalising goal, and he finished second in the poll. However he was beaten by midfielder Joe Edwards, who has started this season pretty much where he left off from last year.

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

1. Joe Edwards 400 (29)
2. Jakub SokolŪk 324 (21)
3. Sam Foley 148 (6)
4. Nathan Smith 142 (8)
5. Kieffer Moore 68 (2)
6. Sam Hoskins 46 (1)
7. Ben Nugent 36 (0)
8. AJ Leitch-Smith 28 (0)
9. Chris Weale 24 (2)
10. Aaron Martin 20 (1)
11. Nathan Ralph 14 (0)
12. Kevin Dawson 12 (1)
13. Simon Gillett 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.28
Performance : 7.04
Entertainment : 7.52
VOTES RECEIVED : 71


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10 September 2014 : Former Trialist Takyi Gains Boro Deal
Former Yeovil Town trialist Ferdinand Takyi has signed for Conference South side Farnborough. The 19 year old played in a couple of the club's early pre-season friendlies, but later headed to AFC Wimbledon on trial. With neither side offering him terms, he had briefly dropped into the Combined Counties League where he scored three times in two appearances for Banstead Athletic. However, he has now signed for Farnborough, who are a 2007 reformed version of the side that we used to play in the Conference.

Meanwhile non-league side Bristol Rovers have signed up former Glovers loanee Angelo Balanta following his release from Queens Park Rangers over the summer. The 24 year old has agreed a deal with the Gas until the end of the 2014-15 season, having previously trialled for Cheltenham Town during pre-season. He was released by QPR at the end of his contract, over the summer, and his Rovers deal will represent his first bit of competitive first team football since he came on as a substitute in Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg win over Sheffield United in May 2013.


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9 September 2014 : Physio Scores As Reserves Beat Pilgrims
Yeovil Town physio Simon Baker was an unusual goalscorer, as a Reserve side beat a Plymouth Argyle XI 3-0 in a behind closed doors friendly in Yeovil this afternoon. His goal came from an 82nd minute free kick move that caught the Pilgrims defence napping to put the Glovers three goals up.

The Glovers had already seen Joel Grant score twice, as he continues his rehabilitation from a foot injury sustained on a treadmill during an early July workout in the gym that has seen him entirely excluded from pre-season training as well as the season so far.

However, the Jamaican international was back on the substitutes bench for the weekend's match against Bradford City and he scored in the 10th minute after Kieffer Moore had put the Argyle defence under pressure, with Grant slotting under the keeper's body. Grant doubled Yeovil's lead on 30 minutes when he broke through on goal, with the same end result for the Pilgrims keeper.

Simon Baker's unusual goal is not quite so unusual when it's remembered that during his early career, he was a regular in Yeovil Town's Under-18s and Reserve Team sides before he left the club to pursue a career on the medical side of things, initially taking up a job with Yeovil General Hospital, before Terry Skiverton brought him in as the club's physio. However, this is the first time we've been aware of him taking to the field again to kick a football since his return.


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9 September 2014 : Interview With Aaron Martin
Following Saturday's 3-1 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade, Yeovil Town central defender Aaron Martin spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Aaron talked about the game, his two goals, and the motivation he had been receiving during the week in the build-up to the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Aaron Martin Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Bradford.


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9 September 2014 : Martin Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town centre-back Aaron Martin has been included in this week's Football League Team of the Week. The League's selection of these line-ups has been rather sporadic over the past year or two, but they have published one covering the matches that were played over the weekend of September 6th, that took in the Glovers trip to Bradford City's Valley Parade ground.

Martin's nomination is an obvious one given that he scored twice in that win, and the Football League have this to say about his performance:

"Martin scored two first-half headers for Yeovil in their 3-1 win at Bradford City, his first goals for the Glovers and the first time he has found the back of the net since February 2012."

Their line-up is as follows and also includes former Yeovil Town winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who scored twice for Tranmere Rovers over the weekend:

Goalkeeper - Barry Roche (Morecambe)
Defender - Ryan Haynes (Coventry City)
Defender - Aden Flint (Bristol City)
Defender - Aaron Martin (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder - Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers)
Midfielder - Peter Vincenti (Rochdale)
Midfielder - Jon Taylor (Peterborough United)
Midfielder - Brad Walker (Hartlepool United)
Striker - Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon)
Striker - Marc Richards (Northampton Town)
Striker - Wes Fletcher (York City)

Manager - James Beattie (Accrington Stanley)


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9 September 2014 : Ladies Trip To Doncaster Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their forthcoming match against Doncaster Rovers Belles postponed. The Ladies were due to travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday 14th September, but it has been called off after the Glovers had three players called up for International duty. Under standard League rules they were therefore entitled to request the postponement of the match.

The trio of Sarah Wiltshire, Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard have been called up into the Wales squad that will travel to Ukraine for a match that will be played on Wednesday 17th September 2014 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Ladies Super League match will be rearranged in due course.


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8 September 2014 : John Fry : Executive Committee To Decide Football Transfer Policy
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that consideration towards bringing in additional first team squad members will be made later this week. The Glovers head man has provided a second update regarding the club's transfer policy over the past week or so and indicates a Football Executive Committee will decide what is and isn't possible regarding manager Gary Johnson's stated needs to bring in new loan signings. It's not clear who would sit on such a committee.

Mr Fry has told the club's website that he is still working closely with Johnson to determine his needs but that there would be no immediate decision made regarding fresh blood. However, he felt that last Friday's meeting with the first team manager was a good one:

"We had a useful meeting and there will be another one later this week with the Football Executive Committee when the managerís requests for additional players will be considered. Make no mistake, me and my directors are in charge at Yeovil Town. Our books are in the black at the moment, but we have to be careful."

Fry warned that with the club having been relegated to League One, that the club's income was far more dependent upon people coming through the turnstiles than it had been in the Championship last season. He implied improvement in that area might need to come before improvements in the squad were made:

"As it stands our staff and our loyal supporters have to understand the constraints under which we have to operate in League One. For a start we are £4million less better off since we left the Championship. We need 4,500 at every home game, but at the moment we are struggling to reach 4,000. Wins like the one at Bradford should help, but consistency will boost our gates, I am sure. Then perhaps we can think about boosting the squad as well."


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8 September 2014 : Yeovil Town In Euro 2016 Qualifier Win - Possibly!
Yeovil Town gained a highly impressive result in International football yesterday - if you believe The Times newspaper. The Glovers were competing in the Euro 2016 Group F Qualifiers, and travelled to Hungary where they picked up an excellent 2-1 win, in front of a crowd of 12,000 supporters, scoring two goals in the last ten minutes. Pretty impressive given that it came just 24 hours after our League One win over Bradford City.

We suspect that someone in The Times sports department may need to go for a bit of a lie-down somewhere - even if further trips to Romania, Faroe Islands Greece and Finland do sound quite attractive for the fixture list. Northern Ireland may object to their first away win in four years and 18 matches disappearing from the records though!

The Times newspaper gives Yeovil Town a surprise Euro 2016 Qualifier win
The Times newspaper gives Yeovil Town a surprise Euro 2016 Qualifier win.



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8 September 2014 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 27th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65: £18.00; Under-18s: £14.00; Under-11s: £6.00.

Last time we visited the Broadfield Stadium, we were given the North Terrace and a couple of blocks in the West Stand. This season Crawley are mixing it up by housing away supporters in two blocks in the East Stand, which is a seated covered section of a side-facing stand, with the blocks situated closest to the corner of what would normally be the away terrace (i.e. much in the same way that Yeovil Town house away fans in the Screwfix Stand).

Disabled supporters pay the above prices, according to their age, but may admit an assistant free of charge if required. Wheelchair supporters, or others requiring special arrangements should call Crawley on 01293 410000.

Car park spaces at the ground are available on a first come first served basis. The cost is £5.00 per vehicle, with supporter minibuses charged £15.00 and supporter coaches at £20.00 per vehicle.

Crawley Town's Reds Bar will be open before the match, with both home and away supporters welcome to attend for a pre-match pint.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town (Ricoh Arena).

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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8 September 2014 : Hearing Aids And Text Ban Claimed For Transfer Failure
As reasons for transfer deals falling through go, we've not heard this one before. Yeovil Town's problems on Transfer Deadline Day, one week ago, have been reported at length over the past week, with it being clear that manager Gary Johnson tried to bring in two or three players on Monday, only to be thwarted in his attempts, with 'communication' issues being accepted by both Johnson and Chairman John Fry as having played as strong part in that problem.

National newspaper The Sun is claiming (with emphasis on claiming!) that the deals fell through because Mr Fry's "hearing aid had broken". In addition - presumably because the 73 year old was meant to be on holiday in Tenerife - the paper reports that "his wife would not let him read any texts".

They also add that the club's targets were two young players from Premier League clubs, along with a third player from a Championship club. That specific information fits with Gary's views on Thursday with respect to the sort of players he was after. Whether the rest of the information in the tabloid is 100 percent accurate is another matter entirely - it's a far more simplistic explanation than that offered by Johnson himself on Saturday. A pinch of salt is therefore required here.

The report is also being carried in a more abbreviated form by the Daily Telegraph - presumably from the same source of information.


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8 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Transfer Deadline Day Issues
Just before Saturday's League One match against Bradford City kicked off at Valley Parade, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary goes into detail regarding the background of his meeting with Chairman John Fry and an idea of what his issues were on Transfer Deadline Day. That interview can be read via the link below.

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

Gary's post-match views, following the 3-1 win, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bradford Away Game.


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7 September 2014 : Joe Edwards Reaches Yeovil Town Milestone
Yesterday's match against Bradford City at Valley Parade saw Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards celebrate a milestone in his Glovers career. The former Bristol City academy player made his 100th first team appearance for the club at Valley Parade, two and a half years after he first arrived at the club as a loanee, when he played a four game spell at the club, cut short by injury.

Joe's return to the club in a second loan spell during September 2012 gave him a further 17 appearances before Football League rules and an injury crisis at Ashton Gate forced him to return. However, in mid-January 2013, he returned for a third spell with the club, this time on permanent basis, and as part of the squad that won promotion from League One that season.

Joe Edwards reached his 100th appearance for Yeovil Town yesterday
Joe Edwards reached his 100th appearance for Yeovil Town yesterday.
Photo © 2014 Martin Baker/Ciderspace.


Last season, Joe was an ever-present in the side, and in fact until a foot injury forced him out of last Tuesday night's home match against Portsmouth, he had been on an unbroken 77 match run of appearances in the first team. That delayed his milestone appearance by five days, but he was able to captain the side to a 3-1 win yesterday to play his 100th game for the club. After the match, Joe tweeted:

"What a result for my 100th appearance for Yeovil! Great win and performance from everyone! Thanks for the support."

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bradford Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary talks about the club's second away win of the season via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bradford Away Game.


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6 September 2014 : Johnson Plans Further Board Talks Over Club Transfer Policy
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will hold a second meeting with the club's Board of Directors during the coming week to help smooth over some of the 'communication' problems that have marred the last week. The Glovers boss met Chairman John Fry on Friday morning following problems that materialised on Transfer Deadline Day that resulted in him being thwarted in signing two or three loan players that evening.

Johnson described Friday's meeting with Chairman Fry as an 'initial meeting' that in his eyes showed that there was still 'trust' between First Team Manager and Chairman, but wanted to ensure that the Board as a whole were all working to the same plan. The Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that reconfirming that trust was his primary aim:

"That was one of my first questions. If you've stopped trusting me then there's no future. But he (John Fry) categorically said that of course he trusts me. We've done a lot together and we've had a lot of success together in a very short time even though it doesn't feel like it after you've lost a couple of games. We do always communicate - unfortunately on this occasion it didn't happen because of circumstances. He was away, and other directors were doing something else. So we'll have to be aware of that, if that happens again, so that there is somebody to communicate with."

The Glovers boss had previously stated that he was on the edge of agreeing two or three loan deals on Transfer Deadline Day, but that those deals didn't go through in time. He explained that whilst he was prepared to work to a principle of 'one in, one out' to keep to the limits of his playing budget, that due to the small numbers of players available to him at any given time, and the timing of certain deals, it wasn't always possible to time both to occur on the same day, and said he needed to be trusted to manage that situation:

"People have then got to trust me, and at the end of the day sometimes I've got to move (players) in before I can move (players) out - but I always move out in the end. I know the finances are very tight, but sometimes you get an opportunity to bring someone in where you must not turn it down. If you look at our League One campaign where we got our promotion, the team that got our promotion and played at Wembley was nothing like the team that we had during the first ten games of the season."

Gary added that during that successful 2012-13 season, players like Keanu Marsh-Brown departed for Barnet, whilst striker Reuben Reid went out on loan to Plymouth Argyle and those sort of exits acted as the means to improve the squad and bring in players such as defender Dan Burn from Fulham and striker Paddy Madden from Carlisle United partway through the season:

"Players like Keanu (Marsh-Brown) and Reuben Reid had to go and Paddy Madden and Danny Burn came in late on. You can't have your squad and think that's it - you've got to keep improving, and you have to be aware of when players become available. Then you've got to go and move. You need everybody to quickly communicate - which is the right word that the Chairman used - so that we can all be happy in our decision."


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6 September 2014 : Less Cuddling From Aaron Martin Wins Plaudits From Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that a bit of stick aimed at Aaron Martin during the week gave payback after the central defender scored two goals in the club's 3-1 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade today. The former Birmingham City and Southampton player had yet to score for the Glovers since arriving in the summer as a free agent, but netted twice during the opening 23 minutes, converting headers from Sam Foley set pieces.

Johnson explained that during the week there had been plenty of provocation aimed at Martin, suggesting that he had been 'cuddling' opposition defenders in the penalty box, rather than attacking them when he went forward for attacking plays. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he said that Aaron had responded in the best possible way to the criticism he had been getting from the coaching staff:

"The one who has taken the most stick has been Aaron. He wins a lot of headers in his own penalty area, but he doesn't win many in the others. So we've unfortunately been giving him a bit of stick all week about that. But there he goes in the first five minutes (and scores). It's a different sort of motivation, but sometimes you lose them, and sometime you get them. He did fantastic today against (Bradford City striker James) Hanson. The (first) goal was a spot on ball that Sam (Foley) was putting in during the Portsmouth game, but we weren't getting anywhere near it. We were fighting people and coming out second best. So it was a little bit of motivation, but in a different way."

Johnson had praise for all of his players that took to the field at Valley Parade, suggesting that all of the starting eleven put in a 'man of the match' performance on the day. On the back of a bad midweek performance against Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, the Glovers boss felt he had seen a good reaction to that loss:

"That was the most solid that we looked, and it was certainly the most competitive that we've been for a little while. We did have to drag a few people down and take a few people out this week, and it was a matter of how they reacted. That reaction just tells us that we've got the group that we thought we had originally. Now it doesn't look so bad. Obviously with the Portsmouth game we were disappointed, but now with the league games it's two wins and two draws, and I think we've come here and demoralised a very good team. We've done everything that we needed to do - every single department did their bit."


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6 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-1 win against Bradford City at Valley Parade, 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 Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.


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6 September 2014 : Bradford 1 Yeovil 3 : Martin Double Helps Sink Bantams
Yeovil Town gained their second away win of the 2014-15 season this afternoon as they carved out an impressive 3-1 win against Bradford City at Valley Parade. The opening two goals came from the same combinations, as a Sam Foley corner and later a free kick saw Aaron Martin score twice in the first half to put the Glovers 2-0 up, before Rory McArdle pulled a goal back. Both sides had chances to grab further goals, but it was the Glovers who struck during the second period as AJ Leitch-Smith got his first goal for the club since his summer transfer from Crewe Alexandra, confidently firing home from a pull-back by Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Jack Price for a 3-1 win.

Team selection saw the Glovers revert to the side that had played against Barnsley on the previous Saturday, with only the injured Simon Gillett dropping out of that League One line-up, replaced by Jack Price who made his first start for the club. On the bench Joel Grant made his first showing of the season, but Sam Hoskins and Brendan Moloney were absent from the squad.

The Glovers got off to a flying start in the eighth minute when Gary Liddle conceded a corner. That saw Sam Foley take the set piece, and his ball into the area was met by a powerful header from Aaron Martin from deep inside the box to give the Glovers the lead. It was an end-to-end start to the match, with both sides adopting high lines and attacking positions, putting both defences under early pressure.

Yeovil extended their lead midway through the first half, when Joe Edwards was fouled by Mason Bennett, allowing Sam Foley to drill a ball into the box. A mass of bodies jumped for the flighted ball, but the first to get a touch on it was Aaron Martin, whose flicked header landed into the far corner, giving Foley two assists, and Martin two goals and Yeovil a two goal lead.

Bradford immediately hit back, with their own set piece goal. Gary Liddle's corner into the box was met by a close range header from Rory McArdle, to pull the scoreline back to 2-1 and to lift a home crowd who had been getting frustrated at their side's early performance. That led to a more even finish to the half, although there was little doubt that the Glovers deserved the goal advantage at the break.

The second period became increasingly a game that looked like the fourth goal of the match would be a crucial one. Bradford gradually pushed more players into forward positions, whilst a few Yeovil legs began to tire a touch. But it was the Glovers who made the crucial break - on loan Wolves midfielder Jack Price made his way down the left flank, pulled the ball back from the by-line, and AJ Leitch-Smith confidently powered a rising drive into the roof of the net for a 3-1 advantage, and one that Bradford weren't going to come back from.

The Bantams' supporters streamed out of the stadium, with many leaving long before the final whistle blew, as Yeovil intelligently ran the clock down by playing 'keep ball' on many occasions and causing both home crowd and players frustration. As such it became a comfortable win, and one that at least will tell manager Gary Johnson that he has a solid eleven who can clock up points at League One level, even if the midweek match against Portsmouth showed that he may need to improve the overall squad if there is to be adequate cover under that. Gary's ongoing boardroom talks will answer whether he's able to do that.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Aaron Martin (0-1, 8 mins), Aaron Martin (0-2, 23 mins), Rory McArdle (1-2, 26 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith (1-3, 72 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore (84 mins for James Hayter) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 16. Nathan Ralph (80 mins for Sam Foley) 17. Joel Grant 21. Calvin Brooks

Bradford:
1. Jordan Pickford
2. Stephen Darby 6. Alan Sheehan 23. Rory McArdle 3. James Meredith
8. Gary Liddle 17. Jason Kennedy 11. Billy Knott 10. Billy Clarke
28. Mason Bennett 9. James Hanson

Substitutes:
4. Matthew Dolan 7. Aaron Mclean (65 mins for Mason Bennett) 12. Ben Williams 14. Mark Yeates (77 mins for Gary Liddle) 18. Christopher Routis 19. Oliver McBurnie 32. Sam Wright

Bradford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: AJ Leitch-Smith (foul, 29 mins).

Bradford Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Helen Byrne (Liverpool).

Attendance: 12,601 (including 190 Yeovil supporters).


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6 September 2014 : Team News For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Bradford City at Valley Parade. Inevitably the poor performance against Portsmouth and also the slight experimental nature of the Football League Trophy line-up has seen a number of those players swapped out of the midweek line-up.

The team almost returns to the starting line-up that featured against Barnsley last Saturday, with only knee-injury victim Simon Gillett swapped out for Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Jack Price, who makes his first start for the club. Defender Jakub Sokolik (calf) and Joe Edwards (foot) were injured and both return for this afternoon's match.

On the bench there are two changes from last Saturday's line-up, with striker Sam Hoskins and defender Brendan Moloney not included in the squad, but winger Joel Grant makes a surprise return following his foot injury sustained in early July - he has yet to have any match time since his Jamaican internationals during the summer.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant 21. Calvin Brooks


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6 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Johnson Just Needs To Feel Enabled
With this week at Yeovil Town having been one of the more lively ones away from the field of play, there's been a lot to talk about. With things looking a little more settled ahead of this afternoon's match against Bradford City, Cruncher makes a guest return to Taff's Gloversblog to put his views on Gary Johnson and recent events across. You can read that via the link below - and as ever, provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Johnson Just Needs To Feel Enabled.


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6 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Bradford Away Game
Ahead of Saturday afternoon's trip to Bradford City at Valley Parade, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about Transfer Deadline Day, plus Tuesday night's events surrounding the Portsmouth Football League Trophy tie, and of course Yeovil's next League One opponents. That interview can be read via the link below.

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


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5 September 2014 : Ladies Edged Out In Five Goal Battle
Lauren Bruton struck her 10th goal of the season as Reading Women moved four points clear of Yeovil Town Ladies in Women's Super League 2 with a 3-2 win at Sherborne Town last night. Despite good early pressure from Reading it was the home side who took the lead through in-form Sarah Wiltshere.

Signed from Watford in July, Wiltshere has proved an instant hit in the south-west and headed in her sixth goal in five games on 15 minutes. On 28 minutes though, Reading levelled when Laura Bruton dusted herself down after being tripped inside the box to convert the subsequent penalty. And just seven minutes later the Royals turned the game on it's head, when Fran Kirby intercepted a poor back pass and finished from close range.

Yeovil Town Ladies in action vs Reading Women
Yeovil Town Ladies in action vs Reading Women.
Photo © 2014 Terry Fisher Photography.


The Glovers hit back before half-time though when Natalie Haigh headed in from Helen Bleazardís corner. At the interval Ashleigh Goodard was introduced from the substitute's bench for the visitors and almost made an instant impact, but saw two efforts kept out. Reading continued to carry the greater goal threat as Kirby and Bianca Bragg both went close. But it was Laura Bruton who sealed the points with her second of the game, powering in from the edge of the box after good work from Kirby.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Reading Women 3.

Yeovil Town Ladies (4-3-3): Haynes; Edwards, Haigh, Lorton-Radburn, Cook; Wiltshire, Pearson, Stewart, Curson, Cousins, Bleazard.

Subs not used: Bray, Whitton, Tewkesbury, Jackson, Payol, Cossens, Dover.

Bookings: None.

Reading Women (4-3-3): Davies; Jane, Cox, Bartrip, McGee; Horwood, Bruton, Roche; Kirby, Bragg (Williams 73), Scott (Goddard 46).

Subs not used: Moloney, Giddings, Walkley, Nicol, Wilson.

Bookings: None.

Referee: C. Hopkins

Attendance: 166.

Yeovil Town Ladies travel to Aston Villa on Sunday 7th Sept, followed by Doncaster Rovers Belles the week after. Then on Sunday 21st September they face Sunderland, which is their final home match of the WSL season (12.00p.m. kick-off). You can purchase tickets by clicking here.


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5 September 2014 : John Fry : Gary Is Fully Focussed On Bradford Trip
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry and first team manager Gary Johnson have concluded their meeting today, with the club reporting 'business as usual' with respect to both parties' positions. The two were meeting today in the wake of issues that materialised earlier this week concerning 'communication' problems on Transfer Deadline Day, which Johnson has indicated related to a number of loan signings that did not conclude on Monday night.

Whilst there is no indication of whether those loan deals will now be authorised once the loan transfer window opens early next week, the implicit message being given out by the club is that Johnson is continuing with his job role unchanged and that there is a mutual agreement that a 'communication' problem was at the heart of Monday's problems.

The club statement indicates that both parties "agreed that communication problems were at the bottom of the perceived difficulties the manager experienced", matching Gary's views from yesterday. Mr Fry is quoted as saying:

"It was merely a question of the right people not being able to talk to each other. Gary and I have discussed things this morning and it is business as usual at Huish Park. Gary has left with the team for Bradford fully focussed on the job in hand determined to get three points at Valley Parade."

The acid test will be how things continue over the next few weeks at Huish Park, and whether any fresh blood comes in when the loan transfer window reopens, but for now it seems we can draw a line under this and hopefully concentrate on the football!


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5 September 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Bradford City
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head up to Yorkshire for our first visit to Valley Parade in seven years. The Ciderspace guide to Bradford City has been updated to cater for that trip, with the usual directions, parking, ticketing, pub guides and club statistics included via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bradford City.


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5 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Communication Breakdown
With Gary Johnson having given his first views on this week's goings on at Huish Park, we now have a bit more information to chew over, concerning some of the strange events. The latest Taff's Gloversblog pulls apart what Gary had to say, and finds that the muddied waters still haven't entirely cleared. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views via the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Communication Breakdown.


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5 September 2014 : Revised Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Revised ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Coventry City is now available. The match will be played on Saturday 13th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Note that this fixture will now be played at the Ricoh Arena, following the Sky Blues return to their home city, and you should disregard any previous information regarding the original Sixfields fixture.

Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Over-60s and Aged 16-21: £15.00; Juniors: £11.00.

Note that all tickets increase by £2.00 on the day of the match.

Coventry's policy for disabled supporters is to admit supporters according to their age. You can bring an assistant free of charge. For any enquiries regarding disabled facilities or bookings, email Coventry at ticket.office@ccfc.co.uk or call them on 02476992326.

NOTE: Bradford ticket sales (linked below) are now off sale - you will need to make your purchase from Valley Parade on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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5 September 2014 : Officials For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Bradford City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Valley Parade on Saturday 6th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Given his home is in the North-East and this is only his fifth season at Football League level, it's no big surprise to find that we've rarely experienced his refereeing, with all four past meetings coming away from home.

The first of those came in April 2010, when we visited Edgeley Park and relegated Stockport County in a 3-1 win - one of our best performances of that season. In that match we still have time for a grumble about Mr Eltringham's officiating, accusing him of playing to the home crowd somewhat, but this was a happy day for the Glovers so we weren't too down about him once the final whistle blew.

More noteworthy was his contribution to our March 2011 visit to Leyton Orient. Just 14 minutes into that match he red-carded Matthew Spring for a dangerous tackle on Andy Welsh. One of those "coming together" sort of tackles where both players were committed, and Welshy came off the worst. Orient appealed against the dismissal, but lost their claim. Mr Eltringham later gave us a fairly generous penalty award for handball, and so by this stage the home fans were rather outraged. Given we were on our way to a 5-1 win, we were rather content with his performance! The game had far worse tackles in it than Spring's early one, and so we would admit that the referee made a rod for his own back by his early decision.

We also got the rub of the green in our March 2013 visit to Carlisle United. Matters could have been rather horrendous when Marek Stech appeared to collide with Carlisle striker Lee Miller inside the box with only eight minutes gone. The video replays suggested Mr Eltringham had been rather charitable to Marek - even more so given that it would have almost certainly been deemed as a professional foul, leaving us with 82 minutes playing without our main goalkeeper. Thankfully that didn't happen, and we came out with a 3-3 draw.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Eltringham came during the 2013-14 season when he took charge of the match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. During this match he involved himself in two controversial decisions - one was a red card issued to Byron Webster after he got into a tangle with Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu. On viewing the video footage, it became clear that the Webster dismissal was justified, as he threw a punch whilst both players were on the deck - but the man he hit was probably a little fortunate to escape with a yellow.

With the other decision we were less impressed. Atdhe Nuhiu was the player involved again - he ran clean through on goal and up went the linesman's flag. The Glovers defence stopped dead, but referee Eltringham let play carry on, overruling his assistant and deciding that a different player, standing in an offside position, was the one interfering. Television replays showed that Nuhie was the player in the most advanced position - the referee should have let his assistant do his job. We did force an equaliser with our ten men, but understandably manager Gary Johnson was not impressed with that decision.

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Helen Byrne (Liverpool).

Link: September 2013 : Sheffield Wednesday 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2013 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: March 2011 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: April 2010 : Stockport County 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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4 September 2014 : Johnson's Talks With Chairman Brought Forward
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will meet with Chairman John Fry tomorrow in an attempt to iron out 'communication' issues that have made some significant waves at Huish Park over the past week. The Glovers boss partially allowed assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way to take charge of Tuesday night's Football League Trophy tie against Portsmouth, with the main man himself only turning up 15 minutes before kick-off.

That has coincided with rumours suggesting that Johnson was unhappy with having missed out on a number of transfer targets on Transfer Deadline Day on Monday evening, which he had hoped to bolster his rather thin-looking squad for the coming months. Instead only Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price arrived on loan, as a direct replacement for the injured Simon Gillett, leaving the Glovers with a maximum of eighteen available players to take up to Valley Parade for this weekend's match against Bradford City.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he does believe a communication problem was at the heart of Monday's failed loan deals, and will use tomorrow's meeting with Mr Fry - who is returning early from a holiday in Tenerife - to discuss the way forward:

"On our transfer deadline night we were at a Premier League club trying to organise a couple of their players, and could have done. We had somebody else on the go as well. Of course I was disappointed with what happened on transfer deadline evening. It was a communication thing, and I still haven't yet spoken to anybody about it. But I just need to find out some 'whys' and 'wherefores' about how that evening unfolded. There's something that I've got to sort out, and something that I've got to do very quickly for my own peace of mind. The Chairman comes back tomorrow and I'll be talking to him straight away."

In terms of Tuesday night's match, Johnson denied that his late arrival at the ground were directly related to his dissatisfaction with the transfer deadline dealings, claiming that it stemmed from a particularly busy 48 hour period, and a hotel meeting with new loan signing Jack Price, where he briefed the player about what he expected him to do if he got onto the pitch:

"The game (against Portsmouth) came and everyone was wondering why I was late. I had spent an hour in the hotel before the game with Jack Price, because he was new and he hadn't trained with us. So I went through our tactics with him if he was to come on. I just rang Terry and said you (Skiverton) do the press, and that's the only thing I missed. I hope people are not thinking that I've lost my mojo, or I've lost my appetite or I've lost my passion. I was angry - there's no disputing that - but it didn't stop me having a word with the lads about what they should or shouldn't have done, either before or after the game."


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4 September 2014 : Injured Trio Absence To Be Prolonged
Yeovil Town's longer-term injury list looks set to remain somewhat static, despite the return of winger Joel Grant to the training ground recently. The Jamaican international has not featured in any matches so far this season - including the pre-season friendlies - having suffered a foot injury shortly after returning from a quartet of international matches over the summer.

He is one of a number of long term absentees in the Glovers squad, with James Berrett out with a thigh injury, whilst Liam Davis has a broken wrist. Meanwhile midfielder Simon Gillett suffered a knee injury five days ago that is likely to see him miss a number of games. Speaking at the start of this week to BBC Somerset, manager Gary Johnson explained that Grant would probably be the first to be back playing again, but that all of the injured players would need the month of September to recover from their problems:

"Joel Grant has been training with us - he's started training again, so that's good. He's probably two or three weeks away before he gets his sharpness back. I think that (James) Berrett and Liam (Davis) will probably be a little bit longer than that. So it's going to be a month or so before we see those three available for selection."

Although Gary didn't speak about it at the time, reports from Tuesday night's match against Portsmouth suggested that Gillett would also be absent for roughly a month, with no serious damage found from his knee injury. Captain Joe Edwards sat out Tuesday night's match with a foot injury, and had a protective boot on that evening as he guested on BBC Somerset's commentary - he 'hoped' that he would be available for the weekend, but on the other hand did not make any definitive predictions on that front. Defender Jakub Sokolik was the other Tuesday night injury absentee - there's been no indication as to what his problem was on the night.


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3 September 2014 : In Form Ladies Clubs Meet In Super League Clash
Reading Women captain Georgie Giddings has challenged Reading to continue their good run of form in FA Women's Super League 2 against Yeovil as they look to keep their promotion hopes alive. Saturdayís 4-0 win against second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles stretched the Royals' unbeaten run in the league to seven games.

With eight games remaining, Reading lie third, nine points behind leaders Sunderland with a game in hand, but face a tough test away at Yeovil Town Ladies who are a point behind in fourth. The two sides met on the opening day of the season with Reading triumphing 3-0 and Giddings hopes that result may give them a psychological edge:

"We beat them in our first league game of the season so that gives us quite a bit of confidence and weíre on a good run at the moment so hopefully we can take that with us. But we canít take anything for granted because the league is so open at the moment and there have been a lot of surprising results everywhere."

"I think itís going to be a very tough game, particularly as itís at their place. A lot of teams have started to find them difficult to play against as the seasonís gone on so we know we will be in for a tough battle. I think this will be a very different game from the first one. Theyíve found their feet and are starting to realise what theyíre capable of. Theyíve got good players and a lot of depth in their squad from what Iíve seen."

Yeovil Town Ladies are indeed in fine form, winning their three games since Jamie Sherwood replaced Sarah Lawler as manager, with Sarah Wiltshire scoring a hat-trick in their 6-0 win against Oxford United Women at the weekend. But captain Rachael Edwards admits they will have to be at their best to quell the attacking threats of Reading, particularly England international Fran Kirby who has scored two hat-tricks in her last three games. Rachael said of the mood in the Yeovil camp:

"Thereís just a great buzz around the place and we all believe 100 per cent in what everyoneís trying to do, and that'll carry us to the end of the season. All respect to Fran, sheís a fantastic player, a real talent and she will be a handful. In our first game of the season we played away to Reading and lost, and I think she grabbed a goal so weíll plan for her. But Reading have a really lethal attacking group, theyíve got two or three others that can score goals Ė so weíll be on our guard. As a whole we havenít leaked too many goals this season and with a home crowd, we want to show what we can do."

The match against Reading Women takes place on Thursday 4th September (tomorrow) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. Admission prices are £4.00 Adults / £2.50 Concessions. The gates open at 6.15p.m.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading FC Women


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3 September 2014 : Johnson Wanting Talks With Chairman Over Future
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has briefly broken his silence in terms of his circumstances last night. The Glovers boss suggests that he is awaiting a meeting with Glovers Chairman John Fry to discuss unspecified matters, but is currently unable to do so due to Mr Fry being on holiday in Tenerife.

The Glovers boss was a late arrival at Huish Park for last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Portsmouth, choosing to sit quietly in the dugout, and did not take any press interviews during the evening. However, he has spoken briefly to Chris Spittles this morning, who was reporting on behalf of BBC Somerset at last night's match, and Gary has given him the following brief response:

"I'm having a quiet reflective period after a hectic transfer deadline evening. The chairman is currently on holiday and I am waiting for him to return to speak to him about how to proceed."

John Fry is not expected to return until after Saturday's match with Bradford City, meaning that any outstanding issues are unlikely to be resolved until after the weekend. However, the expectation is that Johnson will perform his usual Thursday press duties, as well as travelling to Valley Parade as normal across the weekend. However, it seems inevitable that the current situation will drag into next week due to Fry's absence, rather than being quickly resolved.


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3 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : What's Eating Gary Johnson?
You can always rely upon Yeovil Town for a good soap opera story. Last night's rather out-of-character behaviour by Gary Johnson has set off a lot of debate and speculation concerning his future at the club, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog centres on that. In an attempt to pull apart what circumstances might have led to last night, there are some thoughts on what we can rule out as having happened, and therefore what is left for us to ponder. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : What's Eating Gary Johnson?


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3 September 2014 : Skivo's Verdict On The Portsmouth Cup Game
Following last night's 1-3 home defeat against Portsmouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo spoke about the game, as well as his own views on Gary Johnson's apparently low key role during the game.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The 1-3 Defeat Against Portsmouth.


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3 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
If you watched yesterday evening's 1-3 defeat against Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth.


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2 September 2014 : Yeovil 1 Portsmouth 3 : No Glossing Over Paintpot Exit
Yeovil Town crashed out of the Football League Trophy tonight after they were easily beaten by League Two side Portsmouth at Huish Park. The First Round clash saw the Glovers concede three second half goals in 19 minutes that allowed Jed Wallace to grab a brace, with Craig Westcarr adding a third that effectively sealed the win for Pompey. Nathan Ralph's late goal put a mild smile on supporters faces but that was as good as it got in a frustrating night.

The pre-match build-up was a bit of a circus, with manager Gary Johnson not present at the ground until 7.30p.m. and no-one at the club able to explain his whereabouts. His assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way effectively took charge until Johnson's arrival at the ground and even during the first period the Glovers boss took a low key role, preferring to stay in his dugout and allow Skivo to direct proceedings. Despite an early flurry of end to end chances he didn't miss too much, in a first half that gradually fizzled out into nothingness.

The second period saw far more chances created, although that wasn't necessarily a good thing, as it was the League Two side that created the most. Jed Wallace, who Pompey recruited in from non-league side Farnborough, opened the scoring ten minutes into the half when he exchanged passes with Craig Westcarr in a neat one-two that split the Glovers defence in two and allowed Wallace to fire home for the lead.

The same player was involved with 18 minutes remaining, and after Yeovil had reorganised their fairly inert striking options, finishing the game with James Hayter and AJ Leitch-Smith up front. At the other end Jed Wallace was showing the Glovers strikers how it should be done, losing his marker, and getting in behind the back four to finish off Alex Wynter's pass to double Pompey's lead.

Any hope Yeovil may have had of getting back into the game were lost two mintues later when Miles Storey delivered another ball in behind the Yeovil defence, and Craig Westcarr's impressive control and lob lifted the ball over Chris Weale, who had been badly exposed by the players in front of him.

The Glovers did have one small bright moment during a rather rotten evening, when Nathan Ralph popped up with only his second goal for the club, and his first since returning from his 16 month injury lay-off. He created himself room before firing home off the underside of the crossbar with six minutes remaining, but there was too little of that sort of fire power on display from the home side on the night, meaning that was a mere consolation.

Pompey deservedly won their way through to the next round, and Yeovil disappeared out of the competition almost as quickly as Gary Johnson went down the tunnel on the final whistle, leaving his assistant Terry Skiverton to answer the difficult questions that lay both on and off the field tonight.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Scorers: Jed Wallace (0-1, 55 mins), Jed Wallace (0-2, 72 mins), Craig Westcarr (0-3, 74 mins), Nathan Ralph (1-3, 84 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 16. Nathan Ralph
13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson (71 mins for Sam Hoskins) 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Kieffer Moore) 21. Calvin Brooks 18. Jack Price (56 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi).

Portsmouth:
1. Paul Jones
15. Alex Wynter 13. Johannes Ertl 16. Paul Robinson 34. Dan Butler
21. James Dunne 24. Nick Awford 25. Nigel Atangana
8. Jed Wallace 14. Miles Storey 20. Craig Westcarr

Substitutes:
2. Adam Webster 7. Andy Barcham (67 mins for Nick Awford) 22. Michael Poke 23. Patrick Agyemang (79 mins for James Dunne) 33. Ben Close (43 mins for Nigel Atangana)

Yeovil Bookings: Aaron Martin (foul, 66 mins)

Portsmouth Bookings: James Dunne (foul, 11 mins), Nick Awford (foul, 35 mins), Alex Wynter (foul, 39 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 2,787 (including 692 Portsmouth supporters).


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2 September 2014 : Skivo Guarded On Johnson's Circumstances Tonight
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has attempted to play down concern regarding Gary Johnson's circumstances at Huish Park tonight. The Glovers boss played an ultra low key role in tonight's 1-3 home defeat against Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, although was present in the dugout and saw Portsmouth striker Jed Wallace grab a brace followed by a Craig Westcarr goal that put the tie out of sight before Nathan Ralph's late consolation.

The drama surrounding Johnson's circumstances began before the game when he failed to show until 7.30p.m. leaving Terry Skiverton and Darren Way to prepare the team for the game. Although Johnson did deliver the final pre-match team talk, he unusually occupied a seat in the home dugout throughout the first half - only leaving it for the final 45 minutes of the game.

Skiverton also took the post-match interviews at the club, but the former centre-back told BBC Somerset that his boss played a full role in the management proceedings during the match:

"He was the manager - he's always been the manager. He was there, and I was supporting him. He may not have been so vocal but he was definitely there, and he was trying to get the best out of the players. He was there before the game, at half time and afterwards as well."

Skivo was asked as to why Gary had arrived so late at the ground and played such a low key role in tonight's match. He gave a guarded answer to that one, saying that the Glovers boss was 'angry' about the team performance, and that any fuller explanation as to his late arrival and body language tonight would need to come from the man himself:

"I think you'll have to try to catch the manager there yourself. He's asked me to come and do this tonight. He's gone now, and gone back off so I think you'll have to catch him on the phone. I wouldn't do it tonight as he's in a bit of a disappointed mood, and he's quite angry. I know it's a new group of players, but for the work that we are doing, we should be further along the line. If we're not keeping clean sheets, we're not going to win games. Maybe we've got a whole new back five from last year but they've got to start gelling sooner or later."


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2 September 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town have named five changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Football League Trophy first round match against League Two side Portsmouth. In addition to Simon Gillett's knee injury, there are two more players who are left out of the squad due to injury. Jakub Sokolik drops out for Brendan Moloney at right-back, whilst Gillett and Joe Edwards are replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi and Nathan Ralph.

Two more changes are tactical, with Kevin Dawson and James Hayter given a rest as Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore come in as a new strike partnership - AJ Leitch-Smith is expected to take Dawson's position on the wing. On the bench, new signing Jack Price will stand by to make his debut.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 16. Nathan Ralph
13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 21. Calvin Brooks XX. Jack Price.


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2 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Window Of Little Opportunity
Yesterday saw the August transfer window close, with more of a quiet 'click' than a 'slam' at League One level. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at how it affected Yeovil Town, with just one loan signing made on the final day, as Jack Price came in from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Thoughts on that are provided via the link below - add in your own views on the issues raised at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Window Of Little Opportunity.


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2 September 2014 : Lawrence Leaves Man United For Foxes
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence was one of a batch of ultra-late transfer deadline day deals that were completed during the small hours last night. The 20 year old has surprisingly been allowed to leave Manchester United and sign for Leicester City on a four year contract.

Lawrence had been linked with a loan move to the Foxes in the run-up to Monday night's deadline, but when the deal went through it became a permanent move - officially an undisclosed fee but with various media outlets, including Wales Online, reporting it as a bargain £1 million fee.

The Welsh Under-21 international has been given a call-up into Chris Coleman's senior squad to face Andorra next week, but following his May 2014 Manchester United first team debut he has not been considered for selection, with new manager Louis van Gaal spending heavily on attacking players since his arrival, and the consequence appears to be that they have allowed a number of their existing players to leave either temporarily, or in Lawrence's case on a permanent basis.

Lawrence scored two goals in 19 appearances during his loan spell with Yeovil Town as part of his stay with the club during the second half of the 2013-14 season.


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2 September 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Officials for Tuesday night's Football League Trophy tie between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge for the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He is a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures has only been used as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been the man in the middle at Conference level. This season so far he has looked after four matches - all at League Two level - meaning that although this is a JPT tie this is the first time he'll have refereed a competitive match involving a League One club.

He is 37 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. Hence he has at least had some taste of being the main official at Huish Park recently.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.


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2 September 2014 : Johnson Seeing JPT As Important Competition
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he sees the Football League Trophy as an important competition, despite many football fans viewing it as one of the lesser competitions. The Glovers commence their involvement in that trophy tonight in a First Round clash against League Two side Portsmouth in a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and the Glovers boss cites the club's 2012-13 run in the trophy as an example of where the competition might take the club.

That run - comfortably the Glovers' best performance in the competition - saw them reach an Area Semi-Final against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road and although they lost to a single late goal, they landed themselves just two fixtures short of a trip to Wembley Stadium. Johnson said that things like that can ignite a club's season:

"It's an important competition for us. When we went to Leyton Orient in the area semi-finals during the promotion season, myself, the chairman and some of the directors sponsored coaches for the fans who wanted to travel. It was a great occasion and just a shame we couldn't go that little bit further. It would be great to get to Wembley this time. Winning is a habit and itís important that you go into every game with that attitude. You need to get yourself on a winning run. If you can do that, everyone is happy and it breeds confidence. We haven't got the luxury of having two squads so itís always going to be our best team available for every competition."

Portsmouth go into the match lying in 7th place in League Two, with ten points from five games, and so have shown the first signs since their financial collapse of being able to move themselves back up the divisions. Historically a club that have tended to occupy the upper half of the Football League, Johnson is sure that Pompey will eventually return to that sort of level again:

"Itís a fantastic game because Portsmouth are a huge club and they will bring plenty of supporters. Thatís great because we want a real good cup atmosphere. Portsmouth have fallen on bad times and it seems incredible that they are a league below Yeovil at this moment in time. But they are surviving and Iím sure they will climb the leagues again."

Ticketing prices for tonight's match are available via the link below. Tonight's match has a few unusual rules attached to it. Teams are only allowed to field five substitutes in their matchday squads, whilst the the game will be settled via 90 minutes of football, without extra time. If the scores are level at the end of the game they will proceed immediately to penalty kicks. Tonight will also see the debut of vanishing spray, which is being used on a trial basis during this season's competition.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.


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1 September 2014 : Johnson Still Keeping One In The Pipeline For Future Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is still on the look-out for one more bit of loan transfer business ahead of tonight's transfer window closure, but will be happy to wait a while if that deal doesn't come through. The Glovers have done one piece of business today - bringing in Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price on a one month emergency loan deal that Johnson described as the main 'urgent' deal that he needed to complete in the wake of an injury to Simon Gillett on Saturday.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that the club were not looking to make any further permanent signings, meaning that although he still had one more on his list he wanted to recruit, that he wasn't going to panic if he had to wait for the loan transfer window to open in eight days time:

"There might be another one in the pipeline. We're just waiting on a couple of things. But that was the main one really - the one that we needed urgently. So other than that, we can wait a week really until the (loan) window is open again. We're not going to be buying anybody, but if something happens in the next few hours, before eleven o'clock tonight, then we've probably got room for one more bit of business."

Gary explained that he didn't yet have a firm diagnosis on the knee problems sustained by Gillett, who limped off just before half time during the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United. However, the early reaction from his medical staff were that he would be losing the former Nottingham Forest and Southampton player for at least a month, and so the Price loan was essential:

"It's important as we had a problem with Simon Gillett on Saturday. I haven't yet got the exact implications in terms of his injury. But he's gone for a scan today and we expect he will be out for a month or so anyway. So we quickly moved to get in Jack Price, who we know about anyway, as he played around 26 or 27 games for Wolves last year in League One, and we liked him. We were very pleased to bring him in so quickly."

The Glovers boss cited his relationship with Wolves boss Kenny Jackett as being a big help, with the club having used goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey across a 13 game loan spell during the first half of the 2013-14 season, helping bring the Welsh international back to full fitness following his injury problems. Gary felt that was a big advantage when he tried to persuade Jackett to loan a player who is still firmly part of Wolves' first team plans:

"We've got a good history with Wolves and we did well for them with Wayne Hennessey. He came here, and they ended up getting two million for him, so we helped them out a little bit there - although Wayne was a good keeper anyway! But because we didn't let them down, sometimes you can ask for a favour or two."

Gary revealed that part of his thinking in bringing in Price on loan was that he regarded him as being very similar in style to Simon Gillett. Thus there was an opportunity to bring in a new body to the squad without having to disrupt things too much as a result of Gillett's injury:

"He's a good footballer, and he's very similar to Simon Gillett. We're just getting our pattern together, and our shape, and we're not far short of where we want to be. So I wanted to bring in one-for-one. On this occasion let's hope 'The Price Is Right'!"


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1 September 2014 : Port Vale Agree Loan Deal For Campion
Yeovil Town pre-season trialist Achille Campion has finally signed up for a Football League side, having spent much of the summer trying to fix himself up with a club. The 24 year old played for the club during pre-season, most notably scoring during a home friendly against Reading in July.

The Frenchman had already been on trial with Sheffield Wednesday and managed to work his way through Ipswich Town and a lengthy trial with Bradford City that saw him score a hat-trick for the Bantams. He has now signed a deal with League One side Port Vale today, with the Valiants describing it as a loan agreement with Swedish side Norrby IF, meaning that the club he played for earlier this year have held onto their registration with him.

Campion - who was only identified as 'Trialist B' whilst he was with the Glovers - hasn't had the length of his loan deal disclosed, although with international loan deals not recognising the 'emergency' loan system it would seem likely that the agreement is for at least half a season. Port Vale indicate that they are awaiting international clearance for the deal to go through.


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1 September 2014 : Maksimenko Goes Dutch In Long Term Loan
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Vitalijs Maksimenko will spend the 2014-15 season playing in the Netherlands as part of a long term loan agreement. The 23 year old has joined VVV-Venlo who play in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, which equates to second tier football in the Dutch pyramid system.

So far, Vitalijs has only made three appearances for his parent club Brighton and Hove Albion, with only one of those coming in the Football League. As such manager Sami Hyypia is anxious to get him some proper experience and regular first team football, telling his club's website:

"At this stage of his career it's important for Vitalijs that he plays regular games and continues to learn as part of his development. He's a good defender, a very good professional, and a player who works hard, trains well and wants to get better, but his options here this season are limited with the defenders we have at the club. At the moment he would be our fourth choice, but at his age he needs to play regular first-team football, which is also important for his international aspirations, and therefore we have agreed to let him go on loan to Venlo."

The Latvian's spell with Yeovil Town lasted only four games, but included one highly significant fixture, as he stepped onto the pitch as a substitute in the club's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium. He has since spent an eight match loan spell with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.


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1 September 2014 : Obika Sold By Spurs To Swindon
League One side Swindon Town have completed the permanent signing of former Yeovil Town loan striker Jonathan Obika. The 23 year old has agreed to a two year contract at the County Ground after finally cutting his ties with Tottenham Hotspur. The transfer fee is officially undisclosed, but was reported as being worth £200,000 by BBC Wiltshire earlier today.

Obika had a five game loan spell with Swindon during the 2010-11 season, and has become well known for the huge string of loan deals he has had whilst on Spurs' books, including four spells with Yeovil Town during 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Wrapped around that he has also had spells with Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion. All in all, eleven separate loan agreements across five years.

He will now get a chance to put his feet down firmly in Wiltshire, with a contract lasting until the summer of 2016. His four spells at Huish Park gave him 18 goals from 74 appearances - probably the best return of any of his other temporary stays at other clubs.


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1 September 2014 : Jackett Explains Price Glovers Loan
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that Yeovil Town's interest in midfielder Jack Price only came through this morning. That backs up the theory that the 21 year old, who signed a one month emergency loan deal earlier today, is a direct replacement for midfielder Simon Gillett, who is understood to have suffered a knee injury during Saturday's home draw against Scunthorpe United.

Jackett has told the Midlands paper Express News and Star that it was the possibility of getting Price some regular first team football that influenced him into making his decision. Whilst an exact loan length hasn't been specified by either club, the Wolves boss indicates that it will take in a seven game period, which would point to it stretching as far as the October 4th match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Price should also be eligible to play in tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy, given that Wolves will not be competing in the competition this season. Jackett saw that opportunity of game time for one of his academy graduates as being a big plus:

"We had a request in this morning from Yeovil to take Jack. They specifically asked for him and they have injuries at the moment, so heíll go straight into their team, which is a good thing. He hasnít had the games yet this season, with our midfield looking good again. For us there is the possibility of him being involved there in seven games which is good and for the first two of those weeks, we donít play (due to the international break)."

Price became highly rated by Wolves fans during their League One title winning season last year, having only made his first team debut in August 2013, but going on to become a regular first team player for them, making 30 appearances during his debut season. His club's rise back up to second tier football though has seen them recruit further numbers and seen him frozen out of their Championship line-up. Jackett feels that the deal represents a good opportunity for both his own club and the player given the lack of game time this season:

"To release him for no more than a month initially, will be a good thing because it gets him up and running in terms of game-time. Heís had a solid pre-season and in his breakthrough season last year he did very well. Hopefully now he can build on that, and with this loan spell, he can be ready for if and when his opportunity comes this season because itís a long season. Both clubs will take it for a month and then assess it at the end of that time."


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1 September 2014 : Midfielder Price Signs Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have signed up Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price on a one month loan. The 21 year old is a Shrewsbury-born player who is doubtless being brought in to act as cover for Simon Gillett, who picked up a knee injury during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United.

Born on December 19th 1992, he has made 31 appearances for Wolves, with one League Cup appearance to his name so far this season. He is a product of their youth academy and turned professional with Wolves in 2011.


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1 September 2014 : Duffy Completes Blackburn Move
Further to Friday's news, former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has completed his move from Everton to Blackburn Rovers. The 22 year old has signed a three year contract for what is officially an undisclosed fee, but has been freely reported in the run-up to the deal being completed as being worth £1.5 million.

Duffy was one of Yeovil's star performers as part of his 39 game loan spell during the club's 2013-14 season, and stood out during the April 2014 goalless draw at Ewood Park - something that will have doubtless been noticed by manager Gary Bowyer.

The Republic of Ireland international is currently standby for the their national squad that is scheduled to play Oman in Dublin on Wednesday, followed by a Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sunday. With the Championship division having an international break this coming weekend he will therefore only properly get involve with the Rovers matchday squad in around twelve days time.


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1 September 2014 : Dunne Departs From Colchester
League One side Colchester United have parted company with manager Joe Dunne this morning. The Essex club are looking for a new manager following a slow start to the 2014-15 season that sees them currently in 23rd place in the League One table, and five consecutive defeats, including Saturday's 1-3 loss to League One leaders Peterborough United.

The U's have allowed Dunne to leave "by mutual consent" - the usual term for when managers are given a financial pay-off to tear up their contract. Despite the start to the season, their Chairman Robbie Cowling has praised the outgoing manager for handling some difficult financial situations:

"Joe has done a remarkable job as manager for Colchester United over the past two seasons and he has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years. He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times. I wish him all of the very best for the future."

Dunne's association with Colchester stretches back as far as 1996, thanks to two playing spells that were followed up by him becoming the club's Youth Team Coach. Having briefly taken the Caretaker Manager reins in 2009, he was given the first team manager's job on a more permanent basis in September 2012. He was in charge for 95 matches, wining 27 and drawing 20 matches during that time.


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1 September 2014 : Interview With AJ Leitch-Smith
Following Saturday afternoon's home 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, AJ's thoughts on the draw as well as tomorrow night's match against Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, can be read via the link below.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Barnsley.


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1 September 2014 : Sherwood Delighted After Biggest Ladies FA WSL Win
Yeovil Town Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood believes his side can compete with anyone after his side sealed a comfortable 6-0 win over Oxford United Women in the FA Women's Super League 2 on Sunday afternoon. A Sarah Wiltshire hat-trick helped to seal the win and condemned Oxford to their fifth straight league defeat.

Wiltshire was involved throughout, and helped her side take the lead after her shot in the 20th minute rattled the crossbar and dropped to Helen Bleazard who blasted into the top corner. Wiltshire was in the thick of the action again on 32 minutes when her good work helped set up Ellie Curson whose effort went in off the post to double Yeovilís lead. And Wiltshire took the second half by the scruff of the neck scoring three times to seal the win and drawing praise from her manager.

"I donít want to single out players after a performance like that because one to eleven we have been superb; but if we have a solid base and keep clean sheets, we have the quality in the team to be able to compete with any team, and Sarah (Wiltshire) is one of those players," said Sherwood.

"That's her second home game of the season and she showed what she is capable of doing. If we can build a solid base behind our front four and we play the way weíve played today we will give any team a challenge, so she (Wiltshire) is definitely smiling and so is her manager. Rachael (Edwards) is also a great leader and she helps make sure that we have that solid base, her and Natalie (Haigh), their partnership at the back is absolutely superb. Overall Iím thrilled with the performance and I think we showed exactly what we are capable of."

Yeovil Town Ladies open the scoring thanks to Helen Bleazard
Yeovil Town Ladies open the scoring thanks to Helen Bleazard.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town Ladies.


Sarah Wiltshire grabbed her first of the match moments after the restart when she tucked away from close range after Oxford keeper Demi Lamborne had parried her initial effort. She had her second two minutes later with a sweetly-struck free kick which left Lamborne with no chance and, after substitute Laura Bray added a fifth, Wiltshire sealed her hat-trick with a cross-cum-shot. It wasnít just Sherwood who had praise for Wiltshireís performance with Oxford boss Les Taylor also adding to the plaudits after the game:

"I think the difference between the two teams was the girl Wiltshire, she caused us major problems and I donít think that we dealt with her properly. Whenever she got the ball she always looked as though she was about to create something and nine times out of ten she did and, realistically, we havenít got a player like her who can turn a game. So, as I said, one player can make the difference, and she certainly made the difference today."

Hat-trick scorer Sarah Wiltshire gets her Player of the Match award from Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley
Hat-trick scorer Sarah Wiltshire gets her Player of the Match award from Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town Ladies.


Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 6 Oxford United Women 0.

Scorers: Helen Bleazard (20 mins, 1-0), Ellie Curson (32 mins, 2-0), Sarah Wiltshire (47 mins, 3-0), Sarah Wiltshire (49 mins, 4-0), Laura Bray (78 mins, 5-0), Sarah Wiltshire (85 mins, 6-0)

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-2-3-1) Simkin (Sherwood 70), Whitton (Pearson 55), Edwards, Haigh, Cousins, Radburn-Lorton, Stewart, Bleazard, Curson, Wiltshire, Tewkesbury (Bray 76)

Subs not used: Kirby, Cook, Jackson, Payol

Bookings: Ellie Curson (57)

Oxford United Women: (4-3-3) Lamborne, Connor-Ionni, Chivers, Osborne-Ricketts, King (Fellows 83), Hines, Simmonds (Pickett 83), Stanley, Allison (Nutman 33), Low

Subs not used: Franklin-Fraiture, Marshall, Nichol

Referee: A. Tranter

Attendance: 301

Yeovil Ladies next Home game is against Reading Women on Thursday evening (4th September) in a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Reading are currently in third position in the WSL2 table, one point above Yeovil who are fourth. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. Admission prices are £4.00 Adults / £2.50 Concessions. The gates open at 6.15p.m.


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