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31 October 2004 : Youth Team Draw With Swansea
After a poor start to the 2004-05 season, Stuart Housley's Yeovil Town Under 18s side seem to be grafting together some form as their season progresses.

Stretching their run of form to three matches unbeaten, the Under 18s drew 2-2 with Swansea City this weekend with goals coming from Jamie Underwood and Andy Holmes. A view of the Saturday morning game can be found here.

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31 October 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Chester Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was pleased with the way his players stood up to the tactics of Chester City yesterday that saw Yeovil win 4-1 at Huish Park. After intending to arrive following the FA Cup draw, a power cut at Soho Square saw him come in early and answer the following questions:

Qu: “Well Gary an excellent victory and against some provocation at times?”

GJ: I said to you before the game I knew they were going to come and have a game plan that we were going to have to compete with first and hope that our football could do the talking as an end result. I think that is exactly what happened and the boys stood up to it and I was very proud of their performance today.

Qu: “Just one goal at half time it could have been a few more”

GJ: It could have been a few more over the 90 minutes. We carved them open a few times in the last 15 minutes and it was a great performance from the lads.
We earned the right to have the space in the last 20 minutes and certainly we did very well with our space.

Qu: “You had that little bit of luck we were talking about before the game as well with Adrian Caceres goal”

Well whether it's luck I don’t know. The linesman said he felt he’d seen it. At least on this occasion the ball has hit the floor so you can at least see whether it is or isn’t over the line. But that is why we didn’t moan too much about the other one because what goes around comes around. But we are still owed one because that one was a goal and last week's one wasn’t.

Qu: “What pleased you most about the performance today then?”

GJ: Just the way we battled with a team that have got a game plan that has done very well for them. They get the ball forward very quickly. They have a big team. It’s a massive team - even on Coca Cola League Two levels they are a very big team and you have to compete and you have to make sure that your game wins the day. We did that so that was the main thing about today.

Qu: “Concerning that Colin Miles had to come off, what’s the news with him?”

GJ: Well he took a whack. He was being ill on the pitch so it was important - you don’t know - someone might have concussion. So we couldn’t take a chance. He was playing fantastic up to that point but then Scotty came on and took the mantle and he played fantastic as well along with quite rightly the man of the match Liam Fontaine who was strong and solid throughout. Liam is growing up. He has gone from the Premiership to Coca Cola League Two where there are teams like this and he is now starting to cope.

Qu: “At least you can put that nasty run behind you of six games without a win”

GJ: Yeah but to be fair I could easily have said we haven’t been playing well. That’s the easy way to go but I honestly felt we hadn’t lost any form and I had to make sure that the lads worked hard this week. That’s why I’m pleased for the lads because they’ve worked very hard this week as all of us have and they’ve deserved that victory. At least now we can start another run. We’ve stopped somebody else’s run. Teams over the past few weeks have been stopping our records but now we’ve stopped one of their records and done it in style.

Qu: “And Phil Jevons has picked up the match ball no doubt?”

GJ: Brilliant! I have just signed his ball and said only eight to go because he’s on 12 and I promised him he would get more than 20. He told you lot that he was never a 20 goal a season striker and I said that he was. So we want eight at least plus a few more. But he’s a great finisher. There were two penalties today made by his strike partner and we have to remember that. Stolcers didn’t score a goal but he was very dangerous in and around the box. He has got quick feet and people bring him down quite often and that’s got us two of the goals.

Qu: “Just one disappointment that you haven’t been able to get the FA Cup draw yet.”

GJ: No that’s right, there’s a power cut at the FA so they say. All the lads had got their towels wrapped round them in my office which has the only TV and they’ve been in there. But they are bored now so they are in the shower and we will have to see what comes out.

Qu: “Were you impressed with Adrian Caceres especially in the final third today?”

GJ: Adie is a player and we have to get that player out of him. We could all help. The crowd can help, the players have helped. I’ve helped him this week. I really felt he had goals in him after seeing him at Cardiff. It was peeing down with rain and it was 60 miles-an-hour winds on Wednesday afternoon. Adie went out, worked very hard, scored a hat-trick and worked hard. At that point as a manager you have to say I’ve got to find room for him. If you are not confident after that sort of day then you never will be. He has taken a bit of stick off me over the past three or four weeks but he’s taken it on board quietly and worked hard and he’s got his reward today and hopefully he will keep his confidence and just keep getting better and better because he is a quality player.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson.]

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31 October 2004 : Johnson Confirms His Faith In Playing Football
Speaking to the Western Daily Press the manager of Yeovil Town restated his belief in playing football the way it should be played, "right through to the death".

Gary Johnson, already a living legend in Somerset for bringing League football to the county for the first time, will not compromise his team's style.

There aren't too many teams in our league that are footballing teams, but we have our way of playing and we are going to go right through to the death with that philosophy.

Although we are picking up a lot of football admirers we have to pick up more points. We just have to do what we do better. We have set our stall out - we are going to entertain and I have no qualms about that.

Agree or disagree, and it will come as little surprise to regular readers to find Ciderspace agreeing, few Yeovil supporters would surely argue that Johnson has not produced some of the best football ever seen from a Yeovil Town team. Fans want 1) success; 2) to be entertained. If Gary can continue to take Yeovil forward whilst maintaining the sort of football we have got used to over the last three years 'living legend' status will no longer suffice.

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31 October 2004 : YTISA Put Donation To Bed
Members of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association handed over two new physio treatment beds to the club on Saturday. They are pictured with manager Gary Johnson, physio Glenn Schmidt and club captain and vice-captain Terry Skiverton and Darren Way.

Physio beds presented by YTISA
Essential equipment - that Skivs and Weasel hope they never see again.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/YTISA

The YTISA are running transport to the game at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, November 6th. The cost for this is members £14.00, and non-members £16.00. Departure from Huish Park at 8.00 a.m. To book seats ring Roger Brimble on the hotline number 07800 837810.

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31 October 2004 : Chester Assistant Blasts Officials
Chester City manager Ian Rush refused to speak to the media after his side lost their 11 game unbeaten run in a match dominated by ‘decisive decisions from the officials’. Chester’s assistant manager Mark Aizelwood was left to speak to the press on his thoughts about the game:

Yeovil played very well and they would have beaten us anyway but there were some influencing factors that contributed to our defeat. One was that we had a very tired group of players but over the 90 minutes Yeovil deserved to win but the decisive decisions from the officials contributed to that.

“I believe that we have the most high profile manager in the league and I think officials delight to give us a disproportionate of decisions against us. It is the most disappointing thing that I have experienced in my 30 years in football to have a linesman laugh in your face as you walk off the pitch. Ian thought it was better if he didn’t come out and say what he actually feels

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30 October 2004 : Jevons hat-trick gives Chester the Blues
Ian Rush’s Chester suffered a defeat for the first time in his 11 games at the helm today at Huish Park as Yeovil began to recapture their early-season form which saw them go top of the table. Phil Jevons’ hat-trick and Adrian Caceres’ second half header sealed a comfortable victory for the Glovers as they moved up four places into 4th in League Two.

The home side knew that nothing less than all three points were required if they were to maintain their promotion challenge and from the start Yeovil pressurised the Chester defence. First Phil Jevons headed inches wide of the post and moments later Darren Way wasted a decent opportunity after his shot lacked direction. Yeovil were awarded a penalty after Andrejs Stolcers was brought down in the box and up stepped Phil Jevons who made no mistake from the spot. Michael Branch twice gave Chester’s best opportunity of the first half but fortunately for Yeovil keeper Chris Weale twice denied the equaliser on the stroke of half time.

Yeovil came out after the re-start firing on all cylinders with Jevons and Caceres narrowly finishing wide. Adrian Caceres doubled the Glovers lead with a bullet of a strike which rattled the underside of the cross bar and was adjudged to have gone over the line by the referee's assistant. Caceres was in the action again moments later, this time the assistant didn’t give the goal after his header was denied by the post. Any glimmer of a come back for Chester went away following another foul in the box on Andrejs Stolcers which was again converted by inform striker Phil Jevons from the spot for Yeovil’s third of the afternoon. Chester's Daryl Clare grabbed a penalty in the 72nd minute although little more than a consolation, before Phil Jevons headed home to complete his hat-trick and his twelfth goal of the season.

Match precis by George Murray.

Final score: Yeovil Town 4 - 1 Chester City.

As has happened so often already this season results elsewhere worked in our favour with the Glovers moving back up to 4th place in the table on 25 points from 16 games played, 4 behind leaders Scunthorpe on 29 points. The Iron drew 1-1 at Leyton Orient today, the East Enders staying in 2nd place on 27 points. Swansea also drew 1-1, this time at Grimsby to remain 3rd, again with 27 points but with a game in hand. Yeovil's superior goal difference means they climb above Bristol Rovers to 4th place on 25 points, the Gas dropping to 5th after their 2-2 draw at Boston. The league is still incredibly tight however - Yeovil's next opponents Wycombe lost 1-0 at Darlington today to drop to 16th position but with 21 points are only 4 behind the 4th placed Glovers. Anything could happen between now and the end of the season!

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30 October 2004 : FA Cup Round One Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away to fellow League Two club Darlington in the first round of this season's FA Cup competition, the match to be played on either the 13th or 14th of November. The full draw is as follows:

Tiverton v Doncaster
Wycombe v Liversedge/Coalville Town
Hull v Morecambe
Cheltenham v Swansea
Boston Utd v Hornchurch
Cambridge City v Leigh RMI
Southend v Luton
Mansfield v Colchester
Hayes v Wrexham
Yeading v Halesowen
Barnet v Bath City
Aldershot v Canvey Island
Blackpool v Tamworth
Billericay v Stevenage
Slough Town/Salisbury v Walsall
Darlington v YEOVIL TOWN
Bury v Vauxhall Motors
Hinckley Utd/Burton Albion v Torquay
Worksop/Alfreton v Macclesfield
Scunthorpe v Chesterfield
Forest Green v Bournemouth
Stafford Rangers v Chester
Swindon v Sheff Wed
Bristol City v Brentford
Leyton Orient v Dag & Red
Southport v Hereford
Bristol Rovers v Carlisle
Exeter v Grimsby
Bradford v Rushden & Diamonds
Peterborough v Tranmere
Notts County v Lymington/Woking
Milton Keynes Dons v Lancaster City/Scarborough
Thurrock v Oldham
Northampton v Barnsley
Histon v Shrewsbury
Hartlepool v Lincoln City
Rochdale v Oxford
Stockport v Huddersfield
Port Vale v Kidderminster
Halifax/Leek Town v Cambridge Utd

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29 October 2004 : Yeovil v Chester preview
Yeovil Town will be hoping for nothing less than all three points this Saturday afternoon, in an attempt to consolidate their eighth league position and start improving their recent disappointing run of form. In form Chester City stand in the way, with Ian Rush’s side venturing down to Huish Park, hoping to continue their recent run of form which has seen them leap up the table (writes George Murray).

The Glovers started this season brightly but as late they have been hit by a bad run of results and have only taken two points from a possible fifteen. Chester on the other hand began the season much the opposite. In August the Blues took just two points in seven games but since the appointment of ex-Liverpool legend Ian Rush at the end of August, results seemed to have turned their way, having not been defeated in the past ten games and having won their last three on the trot.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson should be able to call on defender Scott Guyett to the first team squad, who came on as a substitute last weekend against high-flying Scunthorpe for his first action of the season on his comeback from a knee injury and who also featured in the reserves 3-1 win at Cardiff on Wednesday. Johnson has also been given a boost ahead of Saturday's League Two clash at Huish Park with the news that defenders Colin Miles (calf) and Roy O'Brien (knee) will be available for the game, however defenders Adam Lockwood and Terry Skiverton are still out injured. Up front, Bartosz Tarachulski is expected to be available to start should he be required after his pelvic problem was reportedly eased by the Gaffer's physiotherapist dad - the Polish striker also played in the reserves win at Cardiff.

Chester manager Ian Rush looks set to keep faith with his in-form side and his side has no fresh injury problems. First choice keeper Wayne Brown is still ruled out with a calf problem so Chris MacKenzie should continue between the posts. Yeovil will be hoping that the Blues may have been distracted by the news confirmed today that manager Ian Rush has been approached by the Welsh FA for talks. The FAW are still to appoint a replacement for former boss Mark Hughes.

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28 October 2004 : F.A. Youth Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round Proper has been made, and Yeovil Town has got the exciting novelty of Swindon Town, which is the identical draw to the one we got last year. The tie has been set for Tuesday 9th November, with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off at the County Ground.

The full draw is as follows :

1 Chester Le Street Town v Stockport County
2 Barnsley v Oldham Athletic
3 Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
4 Scunthorpe United v Hartlepool United
5 Huddersfield Town v Rochdale
6 Bury v Wrexham
7 Hull City v Carlisle United or Northwich Victoria
8 Bradford City v Ryton or Burscough
9 Chesterfield v Selby Town or Thackley
10 Blackpool v Tranmere Rovers
11 Chester City v Scarborough or Whitley Bay
12 Darlington v Ossett Albion or Farsley Celtic
13 Alvechurch or Carlton Town v Walsall
14 Boston United v Northampton Town
15 Mickleover Sports or Hednesford Town v Grimsby Town
16 Belper Town or Oadby Town v Notts County
17 Milton Keynes Dons v Kidderminster Harriers
18 Mansfield Town v Cambridge United
19 Rushden & Diamonds v Port Vale
20 Newcastle Town or Eastwood Town v Lye Town
21 Lincoln City v Stratford Town or Alfreton Town
22 Macclesfield Town v Shrewsbury Town
23 Barking & East Ham United v Chatham Town or Farnborough Town or Hornchurch
24 Brentford v Henley Town or Beaconsfield SYCOB
25 Waltham Abbey or Billericay Town v Wealdstone
26 Redbridge v Hoddesdon Town or Grays Athletic
27 Boreham Wood or Wembley v Haringey Borough or Enfield Town
28 Luton Town v Whitstable Town or Sandhurst Town
29 Leighton Town or Stevenage Borough v Dover Athletic
30 Leyton Orient v Tonbridge Angels or Eastbourne Borough
31 Wycombe Wanderers v Crawley Town or Dulwich Hamlet
32 Colchester United v Whyteleafe or Burgess Hill Town
33 Southend United v Sutton United or Lewes
34 Aylesbury United or Ware v Woking or Reading Town
35 Swindon Town v YEOVIL TOWN
36 Exeter City v Cheltenham Town
37 Weymouth or Mangotsfield United v Bristol Rovers
38 Newport County or Bridgwater Town v Bristol City
39 Cirencester Town v Oxford United
40 Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth

All ties to be completed by Saturday 13th November 2004.

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27 October 2004 : Action Photos From Scunthorpe vs Yeovil
A set of 56 action photos from last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United have been added to our Photo Gallery section. Head here to view all of the photos from the game.

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27 October 2004 : Caceres Sees Off Bluebirds
Yeovil Town winger Adrian Caceres was almost individually responsible for ensuring that the Glovers Reserves side gained their first win of the season at Leckwith Stadium against Cardiff City Reserves.

Although there is some doubt over who scored the first goal - the Yeovil Town Official Site credits it to Caceres whilst the Bluebirds Official Site has it as an own goal by Danny Parslow - there was no doubt about which Argentinian winger scored a 35 yarder later in the match.

Richard Ingram pulled one back for Cardiff, but Caceres scored a penalty to restore Yeovil's two goal advantage and to ultimately finish the game at 3-1.

Yeovil's line-up included Steve Collis, Charlie Welch, Greg Squibb, Scott Guyett, Dale Williams, Adrian Caceres, Kevin Gall, Bartosz Tarachulski Yemi Odubade plus two as yet unnamed trialists. Substitutes included Steve Thompson, Shaun Smith and Jamie Underwood.

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26 October 2004 : Johnson Willing To Live In Weymouth Shock
Gary Johnson's brother Steve Johnson has thrown his Kiss-me-quick hat into the ring to manage the Seaside Scummers (a.k.a. Weymouth F.C.).

The vacancy materialised after the rain reign that was Steve Claridge came to an abrupt end with his sacking minutes after an abysmal and embarrassing defeat in a F.A. Cup Third Round Qualifying replay against the mighty Thame from the Southern League Western Division. Claridge, feeble television and radio pundit, dismal hack, worse gambler, and failed maker of tea - but who has played at the highest level you know - was reputedly paid £100,000 to go away. Money well spent methinks.

Johnson (Steve), who was dismissed from Sussex County Football League Division One Arundel earlier this season after disagreements with the Board, has laid out his credentials in the Dorset Echo :

Weymouth is a massive job but I want it and feel I can certainly do it. I talked to my brother Gary and he said Weymouth are a terrific club who have under-achieved and urged me to go for it. I know a lot of big names have gone for what is a illustrious job and I guess many people will look at me and say Steve who? But everyone said the same thing about Gary when he took over at Yeovil and look what they have done since.

I've got the same footballing philosophy as Gary and I know I've got the makings of a good coach. But although I've learned a lot from him and would use some of the same principles, I don't want to hang on his coat-tails.

I went to watch Weymouth at Welling on Saturday and, at the moment, I'd say the average age of the team is too old. I agree you need experience in the team but the key for me is getting value for money. There is no point paying full-time wages for part-time players.

If I was fortunate enough to be given the job, I'd look to lower the average age of the squad and bring in hungry young professionals. Ideally ten or so 20 to 22-years-olds. It looks like things need freshening up down there a bit and I've already spoken to players who would move down to the area and join.

I'm based in Eastbourne at the moment, but I would move straight away. I've already done my research on the area and the club and I'm willing to commit twenty-four hours a day to get Weymouth in the Conference first, and then the Football League.

To me, the youth set-up at the club is just as important as the first team and I'd certainly dedicate lots of time to that. Sometimes the youth teams and reserve sides can feel detached from the rest of the club for whatever reason and it is important everyone feels as one. I'd want to make the club so attractive that the best youngsters would not want to go to Yeovil, Torquay or Bristol Rovers - but throwing money at them is not the answer.

I know there are probably people with more experience in for the job than me. But the proof is in the pudding as they say and I know Gary would not have recommended me if he did not feel I could do a good job. I feel I can and hopefully the Weymouth board will agree.

However Weymouth Chief Executive (and 80% shareholder) Martyn Harrison revealed on the Scummer's Forum Terras Talk that the club has received submission of over thirty CV's for the post. And before we scoff let's remember that the holiday trade is seasonal, and there's plenty of unemployment from the beach donkey concession across the winter months. Might be rather over-qualified though.......

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25 October 2004 : Gary's Dad Gets Bart Into Shape
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has revealed over the weekend the reason why he has been economising the usage of popular Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski. The strong target man was signed this summer but has found his chances limited of late with little forthcoming as to why he has spent so little time on the field of play

However, Gary explained to the Sunday Independent what has been going on: "Our Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski has been looking more like 45 than 25 for the past week or two and there was obviously something wrong with his mobility. My dad is a specialist on things like back injuries and so I took Bartosz along to see him. He found something wrong with the pelvic bone and after some manipulation Bartosz was back with a big smile on his face and moving well."

The only question now for Bartosz and Gary is how much match fitness the Pole has lost during his limited time on the pitch. For that reason it would be no surprise if he was given a run-out as part of Wednesday's Reserve Team match against Cardiff City, which is currently scheduled to take place at 2.00pm at Ninian Park.

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24 October 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Scunthorpe Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was frustrated with the match officials yesterday when talking about his side's 1-0 defeat against new league leaders Scunthorpe United. Speaking immediately after the game, Gary had the following thoughts:

GJ: You've got to take your chances and stop them scoring when it's a corner. Unfortunately we had to take off Plucky because he's got another knock. It's not going for us at the moment unfortunately and we are not getting the luck. We scored a goal that we think was a good goal and they scored a goal that we think we saved. We had a referee today that I don't think was consistent with his decisions in my opinion. Fouls outside the penalty area weren't given, whereas similar ones inside the penalty area were given. Decisions were different at either end and I just felt that it was a poor performance on the day. But Ive got to move on and we've got to keep going. We're playing well and we are not losing our form - that's the good thing. We've played against a good side and I'd expect them to say that they have played against a good side as well. The luck is not going for us but we've just got to keep working.

Qu: When Phil Jevons did find the back of the net in the first half, that one has got to be down as a marginal offside decision at the very least!

GJ: That was a goal - 100 percent that was a goal. That will be proven on the video. If it was just one decision you can just pass it off but there were about three or four decisions that the linesman had to make. They kept pulling me back into the technical area because the linesman couldn't see up the line, but when the corner came (for Scunthorpe's goal) that wasn't a corner either. The ball went off here (on the touchline by the dugouts) but the linesman couldn't see. The fourth official kept moving me back but Brian (Laws) was right there on the sideline. That doesn't help us and that's the luck that we aren't getting at the moment.

Qu: What about the luck on the goal that Scunthorpe scored?

GJ: That was a good goal, but the luck was the corner they got. That wasn't a corner.

Qu: Was it Lee who got the header away off the line?

GJ: Yes, Lee headed it off the line. He thought he headed it off the line. I can't judge that obviously. Lee says it didn't go over.

Qu: But presumably the linesman was in a good position?

GJ: You tell me! He hadn't been all day, so whether he was at that time I don't know. Maybe that is the time that you need one of those electronic eyes just to make sure. There was a lot at stake in that game and a couple of decisions can cost people because they were major decisions. Perhaps there's a case to have an eye in the sky where people can make sure that the right decisions are made. That would take a lot of the aggravation away from the game.

Qu: Gavin Williams was in there at the end with four minutes to go and he even had to look to see if he was offside.

GJ: He had a great chance, Jevo had a great chance. But everytime the ball went into the penalty area he gave a foul against us. Right at the end there we had eighteen bodies in the penalty area and someone is going to bump into somebody and I don't think they are necessarily fouls. We are trying to get the game back and he is giving a foul every time the ball is going into their penalty area.

Qu: It seemed a tight affair but the game didn't flow and that wasn't helped by the referee.

GJ: Well let's not talk about him anymore. We had two good football teams and I hope that we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. I think Scunthorpe will be close and I think we will be close. We have got to put a good run together. We have got to still work, keep going and believe in ourselves.

Qu: An injury to Colin Miles wasn't it?

GJ: Yes it was. He took a kick on his calf and he nearly came off in the first 20 minutes. He managed to get through it but then it seized up with 20 minutes to go.

Qu: Then Scott Guyett came on for his first appearance.

GJ: Yes he did well. I was only trying to save Scott for the last ten minutes in case we were 1-0 up and they were trying to bomb the ball forward because he is not really ready yet and he's not played any games. When he went down there I was feeling worse but thank God he got up.

Qu: After a performance like that where the decisions aren't going your way but the players are not playing too badly what can you say to your players to keep them going?

GJ: Just say that you didn't deserve that. Some things you do deserve but sometimes they are not deserved. That's all I can tell them. Just believe in what you do and keep going. The league is so close anyway and two or three wins will put you back into contention for an automatic place. We are still in contention for a play-off place.

Qu: What do you see as the positives from today?

GJ: Just the way that we played and the football that we played. We've got decent football play and sometimes we just need to finish off our moves, which we have been doing. It was ourselves and Scunthorpe who are the top goalscorers so I was starting to think that it was certain that it would be a 0-0 with us both being the top goalscorers! They are now level with us, so I don't think we are doing too much wrong at that end. It's goals that we have let in at the other end at vital times that have caused us problems. But it's not just that - things are not quite going our way at the moment.

Qu: Any individial performances stand out today?

GJ: I wouldn't pick them out anyway - it's a team game. There are some individuals that didn't quite play and I've picked them out and let them know. But I don't pick out good performances. They are all there to do a job and generally they all do a job.

Qu: There were a lot less chances today than generally we see in a Yeovil game. Was that a tactical thing or was it a case of the two sides cancelling each other out?

GJ: Yes I think so. Both sides are footballing teams. We knew they were going to get the ball forward quickly to Torpey and that's their game plan. I'd like to see Scunthorpe without him to see what sort of game they play then. But he does well with his little touches and flick-ons.

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24 October 2004 : Officials decisions make the difference
Yeovil Town went down by a single goal to nil at Glanford Park yesterday, the 3 points sending opponents Scunthorpe United to the top of League Two and extending the Glovers winless run to 5 games. This was an improved performance by the Town however over recent games and Gary Johnson's men can consider themselves unfortunate not to have taken at least a point from the match.

The injury jinx that has surrounded the defence so far this season struck again on Friday when Roy O'Brien sustained a minor knee injury in training, something that is only expected to keep him out for a few days. Andy Lindegaard relaced the Irishman at right back, otherwise the team was unchanged from the draw at Bristol Rovers last Tuesday.

The Glovers had the better of a tight first half with Lee Johnson and Darren Way both having shots blocked before Phil Jevons did score what appeared to be a good goal, only for the linesman to controversially rule the effort out for offside. Iron keeper Paul Musselwhite also saved well from Gavin Williams before the break but half-time came with no score.

The Iron came back into it in the second half, Chris Weale making a fine save to keep out Richard Kells' shot and veteran winger Peter Beagrie always proving a threat. At the other end both Williams and Jevons forced good saves out of Musselwhite but it was the home side who eventually made the breakthrough, though again the Glovers were unhappy with the decision made by the assistant referee: Andy Butler's 78th minute header from a disputed Beagrie corner appeared to have been blocked on the goal-line, but the entire ball had in fact crossed the whitewash according to the officials and the goal stood despite Yeovil's protests. A couple of minutes later and a Richard Kells effort hit the crossbar, but the Glovers pressed strongly for the equaliser in the time left, Gavin Williams and Phil Jevons in particular going close with presentable chances but when your luck is out it's out, and at the moment the only luck Yeovil are getting is of the bad variety.

Final score: Scunthorpe United 1 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Some better news on the injury front then inasmuch that Scott Guyett made his comeback from the knee injury that has wrecked his season so far, coming on for the final 15 minutes yesterday. Guyett replaced Colin Miles who had been troubled by a kick on the calf in yesterday's game but it's not thought that injury is a serious one. As mentioned above, Roy O'Brien is expected to be back in training this week and Terry Skiverton's ankle knock - diagnosed last week as ligament damage - may not be quite as serious as first feared, though the club captain will still be out for a matter of weeks rather than days. Finally it has been reported in today's local press that Bartosz Tarachulski has an unspecified pelvic problem which could have been restricting his appearances lately - more details on this as and when they become available.

The result yesterday means the Glovers lose ground in the league table, dropping from 4th to 8th place on 22 points from 15 games played, 6 points behind leaders Scunthorpe on 28 points. Next week's opponents Chester City beat Grimsby 2-1 at the Deva Stadium yesterday to move up to 18th place on 18 points, 4 behind the Glovers.

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21 October 2004 : Atkins charged by the FA
Bristol Rovers manager Ian Atkins has been charged by the FA in the aftermath of Tuesday night's explosive 2-2 draw with three breaches of FA Rule E3 during the game. The charges read as follows:

  • In the players' tunnel at half time, Atkins used abusive and/or
    insulting words towards Yeovil Town FC players.

  • At the end of the fixture, Atkins used abusive and/or insulting words
    towards the Yeovil Town FC manager.

  • During the same incident, Atkins conduct was improper in that he had
    to be physically restrained from confronting the Yeovil Town FC manager.

Ian Atkins has until 04 November 2004 to respond.

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20 October 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Bristol Rovers Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson accused his side of thinking they were Real Madrid after the game as he fumed at their failure to come away with all three points in a 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Gary, like the Titanic, that was a night to remember!

GJ: That was a night to forget for us. Talk about a game of two halves! We weren't the ones that made the decisions to send the two lads off. I'm not the referee and as we proved, I would have preferred to have had eleven men on the field. At that point our workrate was good and our commitment was good. Unfortunately when they went down to nine men, we thought we were Real Madrid. We needed to do a lot more. You have to give credit to Rovers. Everyone was fired up but my team thought they only had to knock the ball about. But they have got a lad (Junior Agogo) up front who can be dangerous and he proved that on a couple of occasions.

Qu: You were so close to half time. It would have been nice to have just gone in 1-0 up, which you did, but you could have done without the explosiveness that happened just before half time.

GJ: Yes and even at 2-0 we'd done well to get ourselves into that position. But we played it into their hands. They had the nine men and they worked hard to make sure they didn't let another goal in. But they were hoping to get a free kick or a corner, and so it was up to us to not give away free kicks and corners away, and also to go for the third goal of course. But it wasn't to be and I know they say it's difficult playing against ten men, but it shouldn't be hard to play against nine men. But we made it difficult. Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit and their boys came back and I feel like we've lost, even though we haven't.

Qu: Did it leave your players thinking that we're against nine players and thinking that they didn't have jobs to do?

GJ: That's football. It's a passionate affair and we were looking good value at 2-0. But unfortunately we seem to be letting in goals against very few chances and that's a little bit disturbing now of course. They were silly little things. We were giving free kicks away. We kept the ball but it was like we felt that all we needed to do was to keep it rather than go and do something with it. With all due respect if they were good enough for Real Madrid, then they would be there. Though maybe not Real Madrid because Real are struggling as well!

Qu: That Gavin Williams goal would have graced Real Madrid wouldn't it?

GJ: Yes, that was a good goal and it came at a good time. But we can only be disappointed in the result. We are going home as if we had lost. It's definitely as good as a defeat. The season throws up lots of things and this is certainly something new to us. Over the season you have got to cope with everything and this is another situation which we have got to get over and get on with the league.

Qu: On the positive side you've just come off the back of two defeats. At least tonight you've come away with a point.

GJ: Yeah, but I'll be honest with you, I can't say that it's a positive side to come away with a draw because that wouldn't be right. The positive side is that we've got another game on Saturday and that's all I can say. The only other positive I suppose is that it was a decent first half where we did everything right. If somebody punches somebody or if somebody elbows somebody then they will get sent off. But we don't want them to be sent off because we want to play against eleven men. We don't want to win a game against nine men because nobody wins. We wouldn't have won at the end of the day because everybody would have said that it was only against nine men. We were on a loser anyway, but all we had to do was to make sure that we came away with the three points, but we didn't.

Qu: Are the players all OK fitness-wise?

GJ: Yes, but I don't think anyone would have dared say anything in there if it was only a little injury. But they are not a group of lads that purposefully let me or the club or the supporters down. They certainly do not do that purposefully. I've got a great bunch of lads but they are still learning. This is another lesson for them - playing against nine men - and maybe if they come up against that again then they will do better.

Qu: A real hard one again on Saturday - Scunthorpe away.

GJ: Yes, well Bristol Rovers was a hard one too, away from home. But we should have won the game.

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20 October 2004 : Gaffer nominated for national Award
Gary Johnson’s sense of fair play has earned the Yeovil Manager a nomination in the uhlsport/FourFourTwo Magazine FQ (Football Quotient) Awards for November 2004.

uhlsport, the world’s largest football-only company and suppliers of football product to Pavel Nedved, developed The FQ Awards, in conjunction with FourFourTwo Magazine, to recognise those who have displayed a real connection with beautiful game, an FQ.

Paul Reaney, Chairman of the FQ Award committee commented: “Gary Johnson showed a real understanding of how the game should be played during the Carling Cup tie with Plymouth. When Lee Johnson accidentally scored against Plymouth, Gary demanded his team let Plymouth walk in an equaliser. A lesser man, and manager, would have taken advantage of the good fortune. Gary’s Football Quotient, his connection with and understanding of football, didn’t allow him to.”

In the November uhlsport/FourFourTwo FQ Awards, Gary Johnson’s FQ will be tested against:

  • Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin - An Israeli team in which Jews, Christians, Muslims and various nationalities play side-by-side, won the Israeli Cup and thus qualified for the 2004-5 UEFA Cup.

  • The All Parliamentary Football Group - ordered a ‘Fit and Proper Person Test’ for those seeking to own and run a football club. Anyone convicted of fraud, theft or a football banning order can’t become a director of a football club.

  • Paul Ifill - When an old school friend contacted the Millwall midfielder begging him for a new kit he didn’t flinch, immediately sending a Millwall kit down.

Each month FourFourTwo readers will be asked to vote for their winning FQ candidate at with the winner going into a final vote to decide the individual or team who has shown the strongest FQ in 2004/5. One voter a month will also win an uhlsport team kit with an end of season prize entitling a winner and his/her guest to take in a Serie A game featuring uhlsport endorsee Pavel Nedved.

Readers can record their vote or make a nomination for a future FQ nominee by visiting

Previous winners include:

June 2004: Celtic/Barca Supporters’ FQ meant they acted with dignity, integrity and respect in the aftermath of the Madrid Rail bombings.

July 2004: AFC Wimbledon Supporter’s FQ meant they battled for survival against the franchising of the game.

August 2004: Michael Hutson FQ was the driving force behind his stunning visual photographic exhibition of Sunday Morning football entitled ‘Let’s Have A Winner’

September 2004: Pierluigi Collina’s FQ has ensured that the game takes centre stage. He mixes an ability to disarm, deflect and cajole with selective anonymity.

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20 October 2004 : Glovers snatch a draw from the jaws of victory
Yeovil Town came away from the Memorial Stadium with a point most Town fans would have been pleased with if they had been offered it before the start of last night's League Two clash with Bristol Rovers, but in the circumstances of the match this was definitely a case of 2 points lost rather than 1 gained. There probably weren't too many neutrals at the Mem last night, but any that were there must have come away enthralled as Bristol Rovers managed against the odds to battle back from a 2-goal deficit and the disadvantage of having 2 players sent off to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Yeovil began the match in brighter fashion than their West Country opponents and deservedly took the lead through a deflected Paul Terry shot on 27 minutes. The match exploded into acrimony on the stroke of half-time, Dave Savage being dismissed by referee Phil Crossley for throwing a punch at Gavin Williams, the incident sparking a melee involving most players on the pitch and some of the coaching staffs too. Almost immediately afterwards Steve Elliott unbelievably was caught using his elbow on Phil Jevons, the incident sparking another confrontation between the teams and again leaving the official absolutely no choice but to dismiss the Rovers defender. Regrettably some hotheads in the home sections of the Memorial Stadium let themselves and their club down by staging a mini-invasion of the pitch and others in the crowd showed their displeasure by throwing various objects at the players on the pitch - something Rovers supporters have been warned about previously. It remains to be seen what action will be taken on this occasion by the authorities.

The Glovers went further ahead on 57 minutes, a superb Gavin Williams 20-yard effort leaving Gas keeper Kevin Miller helpless. Surely the points were safe now, 2-0 up and playing against 9 men? Unfortunately nothing is certain when talking about the Yeovil defence at the moment and, almost unbelievably, Rovers were allowed back into the match on 64 minutes, James Hunt converting a Junior Agogo cross. And it was Agogo - so often the butt of Glovers fans jokes in the past - who completed the comeback with 4 minutes left on the clock with a shot from the edge of the penalty area to leave Yeovil fans and players alike shell-shocked at the final whistle.

Final score: Bristol Rovers 2 - 2 Yeovil Town.

To his credit, Rovers manager Ian Atkins condemmed his players behaviour after the match. "I would like to apologise to our supporters, to Yeovil Town and to Gary Johnson, because that is not how I like the game to be played. I can't condone what they did, and I thought the referee got it totally right. I have been told that Savage got an elbow first, but you cannot retaliate like that. I am a disciplined person and I like aggressive play, but I like it channelled properly. That is not what I saw tonight, and they will get dealt with and fined later this week. I am a passionate person and I will tell the truth when I see things like this. They let themselves down and the club down when there was no need for it."

On the game itself Atkins had this to say: "I think Yeovil deserved to be 1-0 up in the first half, I don't think we played particularly well. We didn't do enough, we didn't hold the ball up very well, whereas Yeovil were passing and moving well and causing us problems. But then when we were 2-0 down in the second half and down to nine men, I can't commend the players enough for the way they played. They were fantastic - they stuck to their shape, they caught Yeovil offside, the midfield three worked solidly, and Junior up front against four players was fantastic. We had the better chances in the second half, and could have scored three or four. I said to the players after the game why couldn't they have started the first half like they played in the second with nine men? It amazes me and puzzles me that it takes something like what happened to us happening before players get going. In truth, we should have been that organised and worked that hard from the start."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was scathing about the way his side had performed in the second half. "I think it was a night for us to forget," he admitted afterwards. "We looked good value for our 2-0 lead, but unfortunately we seem to be letting in too many goals from very few chances at the moment. Before we were 2-0 up, we had a good work rate, showed good commitment, but then when Bristol Rovers had nine men we thought we were Real Madrid. The players thought all they had to do was knock the ball about, but Bristol Rovers have a lad up front who can be dangerous, and he proved that."

"You have to give credit to Bristol Rovers, because they were fired up for it, but we played into their hands when they had nine men, when we should have worked harder. They had to hope they got free-kicks and corners, so we shouldn't have been giving them away. We should have also been looking for a third goal. It shouldn't be hard to play against nine men, but we made it difficult. We'll be going home as though we have lost. But the season will throw up lots of things at us between now and the end, and this is just another situation we've got to cope with."

The point that the Glovers did manage to hold onto pushes us up one place to 4th in the league table, on 22 points from 14 games played. Swansea City go back to the top on 26 points after beating 3rd placed Leyton Orient 1-0 at the Vetch. Saturday's opponents Scunthorpe are back up to 2nd on 25 points thanks to a 3-2 home win over Southend. Leyton Orient drop to 3rd on 23 points and Yeovil move up one place to 4th on 22 points. Mansfield, Macclesfield, Boston and Bristol Rovers all follow on 21 points; with Bury, Wycombe, Southend and Northampton breathing down their necks with 20 points. Apart from Swansea and Scunthorpe's mini-breakaway, it's still incredibly tight in League Two.

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19 October 2004 : Skivo out 'for weeks'
Club captain Terry Skiverton is out for the immediate future following the ankle injury he sustained during Saturday's 2-1 loss to Macclesfield.

Skivo is to see a specialist today to assess the extent of the injury, but he is realistically not expected to be available for selection for some weeks, according to Glovers boss Gary Johnson. "Skivo won't be playing against Bristol Rovers and is seeing a specialist to find out the extent of the injury," Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "We're looking at him being out for weeks, not days, and are hoping for the best. He took a heavy blow to the bone on his ankle and it's just more bad news for one of my defenders. We'll take on board what the specialist says and then handle the rehabilitation or an operation or whatever he recommends."

It almost seems that there's malign influence at work on Yeovil defenders this season! Scott Guyett and Adam Lockwood have missed almost all of the action so far, Colin Miles has been in and out with various different problems and isn't anywhere near what could be described as full fitness yet, Andy Lindegaard has only just returned after a month or so out and now Terry Skiverton has succumbed to the jinx after only just returning from a brief spell out himself. The Glovers defensive record has come in for some criticism lately but with disruption on this scale it is perhaps no surprise that they have appeared vulnerable at the back at times this term. The sooner the missing players are back fully fit the better for everyone.

The Glovers make the short journey up the road to the Memorial Stadium this evening for the West Country derby match with Bristol Rovers. Yeovil will of course be without the defenders named above while Rovers have a full squad to choose from with the possible exception of midfielder Stuart Campbell. Despite this and also enjoying home advantage, Gas manager Ian Atkins has been busily playing down his side's chances this evening, insisting the Glovers are favourites to win.

"I haven't seen Yeovil play this season but we will go into the game as underdogs," Atkins said, kidding nobody but himself one assumes. "If you look at the league positions and what Yeovil have achieved in recent seasons, they are the favourites. It's strange for Bristol Rovers, who are traditionally a big club, to go into a home game like this as underdogs but that's what we are. There will be a lot of pressure on Yeovil and if we get anything from the game we'll have done very well."

Gary Johnson meanwhile has been emphasising that while tonight's match is important it's also just another League Two game for his side: "People say a lot of things about derbies and they are great games for the supporters," said Johnson. "But I will be disappointed if any of my players treat it any differently to any other game. They should - and I know they do - give every game 100 per cent. A derby is no different except that a win probably means a little bit more to our fans. Our supporters will be stuck in a little corner at the Memorial Stadium but I know they will be vocal, as they always are. It will be a passionate affair because Rovers are just up the road, but it's all about the three points."

"They've got a very experienced squad and have probably got the players to stay up with the leaders,"
Johnson added. "If they beat us tomorrow night they will leapfrog us in the table, but if we win we'll put some light between us."

Supporters are reminded that tonight's game is an all-ticket match for Yeovil fans. If you're not going to the Memorial Stadium radio commentarty is available on Somerset Sound 1566 MW.

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17 October 2004 : Fry Thanks YTISA
Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has shown his and the club's appreciation of the fund raising activities undertaken by Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association that allowed it to meet the need for new beds in the treatment room. Writing to Y.T.I.S.A. chairman Mark Kelly he said :

Dear Mark

I am writing on behalf of the directors and management of Yeovil Town Football Club to thank the Independent Supporters Club for the contribution of £1325 for the purchase of the hydraulic treatment beds for the players physiotherapy room.

Gary Johnson is extremely pleased with the generosity of your members and has asked me to convey his appreciation to the Independent Supporters Association.

Well done and thanks for the help.

Best Wishes

John Fry.

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17 October 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Macclesfield Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson bemoaned his side's play in both penalty areas as he assessed the damage inflicted by Macclesfield Town, who inflicted a smash'n'grab 2-1 defeat on the Glovers - their first home defeat of the league season. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: “Gary, two goals against the run of play have cost you three points today.”

GJ: Yes, goals against us tend to be against the run of play, but we’ve got to stop goals going in against us. With all due respect to Brian (Horton, Macclesfield Manager) we’ve outplayed a team and probably deserved more but they’ve mugged us on the day and they will be going back very happy that they’ve got three points and we are obviously disappointed that we’ve dropped three points at home.

Qu: “You just seemed to lack luck more than anything else”

GJ: We lacked quality finishing really, we had some great approach play and we just needed to take one of our chances and maybe not be so greedy with the individual shots. There were other opportunities of getting easy goals and lads were shooting from strange angles to try and score themselves when there was another pass on and an easy goal. So I am a bit disappointed with that because we have outplayed a team and got beaten.

Qu: “Your next game is away to Bristol Rovers, which areas need working on for that?”

GJ: Well we haven’t got a lot of time to work on too much, but we will give ourselves an extra day and we will work tomorrow. I think other results are exactly the same. We are not the only ones with these problems as both Swansea and Scunthorpe have got beaten but we’ve got to get our own game right. At the moment its going to be difficult to pick the team for Tuesday but I will do of course and we’ve got to get to some winning ways. I don’t like losing at home at the best of times but we were two goals short of it not being a bad performance here.

Qu: “What’s the extent of Terry Skivertons injury?”

GJ: Well we don’t know yet. He’s going to pop down to the hospital to see on the scan if there are any problems with that but we wont know yet. But I can't see him being available for Tuesday.

Qu: “Was it his old injury again?”

GJ: I don’t think so, I think it was a kick on his ankle. It’s unfortunate because when he goes off you suddenly lose a little bit of your presence. Skivo is a presence but unfortunately he had to come off.

Qu: “He seemed to get to grips with Parkin as the game went on, and he was winning the battle”

GJ: He did yeah but then you need everybody taking a piece of the mantle. When Skivo’s goes off, everyone has got to become a captain. I felt the poorest part of our game was that we didn’t become captains when Skivo came off, and I think more have then have got to take on more responsibility. I brought on a couple of lads that didn’t really take on responsibility. You are bringing on lads in the hope of turning the game around. It's not just them I’m talking about, it's everyone but you’d hope that lads you bring on effect the game in the short time they were on and unfortunately that didn’t seem to happen.

Qu: “You saw Parkin as a danger didn’t you?”

Yeah he’s a danger, at this level there are always one or two dangers and he is one of them. But as you say for 80 minutes or so we coped with that danger and we kept them down to probably one chance in the 2nd half, maybe two. I couldn’t believe how many chances we had in the second half and you started thinking quite early this might not be our day today. But it’s still early, we lost at home, and that gets rid of that - we can't keep saying our home form is good. We haven’t got to worry about that sentence any more and we have to get on with it.

Qu: “In the second half you showed plenty of promise and plenty of attacking moves, if only you can get more consistently.”

GJ: Yeah but you can never got it any more consistent. All you can do is finish off more moves to the amount of play you have and then not be caught out by peoples breaks. Our team's goals to chances are massive, but teams seem to score on us when they haven’t had a lot of chances.

Qu: “Normally you say after a defeat you wish the next game was tomorrow well with the next game being Tuesday it gives you a chance to at least turn things around.”

GJ: Yeah it does, sometimes it takes a win or a couple of goals to turn things around, and we’ve got some quality players in our group. We are going to have our ups and downs all week we know that. With Darren’s goal, Darren will tell you he has been working all week on the technique on shooting from outside the box and somebody like him is great for coaches because they take on board what you are asking them to do. Some of them don’t and some of them have had chances to change their way of playing - some do, some don’t. The ones that don’t, don’t stay in the first team or don’t stay here very long. But the ones that learn I will give everything to them and they will have as much time as they want to progress with us.

[Transcription by Richard Gibson]

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16 October 2004 : Profligate Glovers miss chance to go top
Yeovil Town players and fans alike will be wondering tonight how it was that the Glovers somehow contrived to lose their League Two home fixture against Macclesfield at Huish Park today, the Silkmen coming out on top by 2 goals to 1.

The Glovers had 25 efforts on goal to the visitors 11 and 9 corners to Maccs 5. Chances for the home side came and went and were frittered away, but for all the home side's dominance in terms of statistics, the visitors gave Yeovil a lesson in doing the business where it counts, in the penalty areas.

The Silkmen took the lead on 24 minutes, a Paul Harsley shot being turned into his own net by Glovers captain Terry Skiverton. There was already a feeling of it being one of those days for Yeovil - the normally reliable Phil Jevons shot weakly with only keeper Alan Fettis to beat, Andrejs Stolcers twice should really have done better when in very good positions and on the stroke of half-time Terry Skiverton had a header from a corner cleared off the line. 1-0 to Macclesfield at half-time, but on chances alone there was every reason for optimism for Glovers fans going into the break.

That optimism seemed to be fully justified when on 51 minutes Darren Way burst through midfield and beat Fettis with a 20 yard shot into the bottom corner of the net to draw the scores level. Yeovil were now well on top, passing the ball well and creating chance after chance. Unfortunately they were also wasting chance after chance, missing the target altogether too often, and finding Alan Fettis in great form in the Macclesfield goal when they did get an effort on goal. As the match wore on the Glovers momentum gradually wore off, the visitors started to look a threat on the break and it somehow seemed pre-ordained when another defensive error let in Jon Parkin for his 8th goal of the season with only 4 minutes left.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Macclesfield Town

Despite losing their second league match in a row the Glovers are still only 2 points off the top of the table tonight, though they drop 2 places to 5th, on 21 points from 13 games played. None of this morning's top 3 managed a win, Leyton Orient taking advantage by going top on goal difference on 23 points after beating Shrewsbury 4-1. This morning's leaders Swansea drop to 2nd on 23 points after losing 4-2 at Southend, while Scunthorpe also lost a place to go 3rd after surprisingly being beaten 3-2 by struggling Kidderminster. Mansfield beat Notts County 3-1 to move up to 4th on goal difference on 21 points, the Glovers are 5th, also on 21 points; and today's victors Macclesfield are 6th on 20 points. Tuesday night's opponents Bristol Rovers are 8th on 20 points after a 0-0 draw at Grimsby. The league is still extremely tight! If they win at the Memorial Stadium this coming Tuesday evening the Glovers could conceivably go back to the top of the table, on the other hand if they lose and other results don't go their way they could conceivably drop down as far as 11th place. The league is there for the taking for any team that can put a decent run of results together....

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15 October 2004 : AGM Season
It's that time of year again when supporters' organisations Annual General Meetings come around.

First up is that of the Green & White Supporters' Club on Thursday 4th of November at Huish Park. The marquee will be open from 7.00 p.m. with the meeting itself commencing at 7.30. All current members are eligible to attend.

Nominations for election to the committee have to be received by the secretary (whether the Company Secretary Gayle Franklin or the Membership Secretary Zoe Caswell doesn't seem to be specified) in writing by Thursday 28th October. Nomination is restricted to those who have held membership for a minimum of three consecutive years.

On Saturday December 11th, after the home fixture against Grimsby Town, is the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association AGM. Start time will be 6.30 p.m., venue the marquee, Huish Park. All members are invited to attend, and should already have received their calling notice, agenda, ballot notification and set of accounts by e-mail or post. Anyone who has not should contact Stewart Bratherton by e-mail or snail-mail at 91, Combe Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 3BE.

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14 October 2004 : Glovers given rocket over fireworks clash
Yeovil Town Football Club have been criticised by the local charitable group Lions Club of Yeovil for scheduling their firework display (see 6th October news item) for the same day as the Lions Club firework spectacular, traditionally held at the Showground on Dorchester Road on Bonfire Night (5th November).

"Each year over the last 34 years we have attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 people to our event which has raised in total some £135,000 for local, national and international good causes," Lions club president Ed Shire told the Yeovil Express. "We have also given many local families a safe environment to view what has become a spectacular professionally-fired £5,500 Pains aerial fireworks display set to classical music.

"The combined attraction of the many exciting funfair rides for the young children and their parents has also provided families with a great night out. We are a club of just 20 members and our spare time efforts raised over £12,000 last year for charity. We hope that our loyal public will support our event on Friday, November 5, again this year and help us to raise many thousands of pounds for more good charitable causes."

Yeovil Town spokesman Adrian Hopper commented: "Unfortunately we couldn't get any other night to put our display on and really November 5th is November 5th after all and it is the most obvious night to hold it - especially with it this year falling on a Friday. We certainly don't want to offend the Lions Club of Yeovil as they do an exceptionally good job for charity in the local area. I wish them well for their fireworks display, but I'm glad they have acknowledged the fact that they do not hold a monopoly on such events."

In other news the Glovers have now officially confirmed the appointment of Glen Schmidt as club physio following the official departure of former physio Tony Farmer last week. Schmidt has in fact been working at the club since the summer tour of the continent and was previously employed by Isthmian League side Molesey, managed by Gary Johnson's brother Peter Johnson and has also worked at Conference side Woking.

"Glen was recommended to me and he proved himself on our summer tour and built up a super relationship with my staff and the players immediately," Johnson said yesterday. "Glen’s knowledge and experience suits the ambitions of Yeovil Town and we are now very pleased to officialy welcome Glen on board and wish him a long and successful future with this football club.”

Schmidt commented: "It is a privilege and honour to be involved with a team and a manager with such great ambitions for success. After helping on the club’s tour I felt there was a great atmosphere surrounding the club and an aura of greater things to come. Once working from Huish Park it became even more clear that this club was going somewhere and I was really anxious to be a part of that success.”. An unofficial welcome to Glen from Ciderspace then, and the very best of luck to him at Huish Park. Judging by the injuries he's had to deal with already this season he's going to be busy!

Finally, the Glovers have been drawn away to Bristol Manor Farm in the 2nd round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The game will be played at The Creek, Portway, Bristol on Tues 16th November, 7.45 kick-off.

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14 October 2004 : Johnson gives respect to walkers
Steve Sowden writes:

Yeovil Express chief reporter Steve Sowden and a trio of fellow football-mad pals are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for a 48-mile charity walk.

The four Yeovil Town fans will be walking the 48 miles from the Glovers' Huish Park home to the Memorial Stadium on October 18-19 to watch Yeovil take on Bristol Rovers in an eagerly-awaited West Country derby on Tuesday night.

Steve will be joined by his brother James Wootten, Andrew Bown and Yeovil's assistant matchday programme editor Jimmy Healey for the walk.

And they are all looking forward to raising as much money as possible for the Express' Paws for a Pound Appeal which is being run in support of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The Express wants to raise £35,000 for the association to help fund the working life of a guide dog.

And Steve said: "Considering we are raising money for Guide Dogs, I suppose you could say we are all a bit barking mad to have volunteered to walk from Yeovil to Bristol!

"We've been out doing some training, but perhaps not as much as we should so I think we all know at the back of our minds that the walk is going to be quite a challenge.

"But we are up for the challenge and hoping to raise a lot of money for the Paws for a Pound Appeal."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said: "Credit to the four lads for thinking they can do it!

"I'd like to wish them good luck and I respect them for what they want to do.

"Anyone who puts themselves out to support charity deserves respect and that is what I am giving them."

If you would like to sponsor the group then please send your donations to the Yeovil Express, 46 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1EQ. Cheques need to be made payable to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

You can also pledge your support by emailing Steve Sowden.

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14 October 2004 : Enamel lapel badges for sale
A reminder that the Ciderspace enamel lapel badge is now available to purchase - see news item of 22nd September for a larger-than-life picture of the badge.

At a mere £3 each, impress your friends and family with your immaculate taste and be happy in the knowledge that all profits will go to benefit Yeovil Town Football Club.

Order your badges from Stew Bratherton (Blue Stew on the forum) at :

91, Combe Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 3BE (cheques payable to 'S M BRATHERTON'). For delivery by post add 50p.

Orders can also be made by e-mail to Stewart Bratherton.

Well-known Glovers fan Tim Lancaster also has a new enamel lapel badge for sale. The badge will be on sale at the Wycombe Wanderers away fixture on November 6th and will commemorate the first Football League meeting between Wycombe Wanderers (Conference champions 1992/93) and Yeovil Town (Conference Champions 2002/03) - a period of ten years.

These details will appear on the badge as well as the two crests. The price will be £3.00.

To order by post send a cheque to 45, Goytre Road, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, SA13 2YN. Add 50p P&P.

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13 October 2004 : The Loan Arranger
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has reached agreement with Premiership side Fulham to keep defender Liam Fontaine at Huish Park for a third and final month. Fontaine's second month on loan with Yeovil ends after Saturday's home match v Macclesfield, and with injured defenders Scott Guyett and Adam Lockwood still not ready for a first team return it makes sense to keep the 18-year-old as cover for a further month. The Gaffer has enquired about the possibility of keeping Fontaine on a season-long loan according to the Western Daily Press, but Cottagers boss Chris Coleman is said not to be keen on the idea.

In other loan moves Glovers youngsters Nicolas Mirza and Steve Reed have joined Conference side Forest Green Rovers for a month apiece, and striker Kezie Ibe has joined Southern League Tiverton Town, also for a month.

Gary Johnson commented: "We only have one reserve match this month and these loan moves will be a benefit to all concerned. The players will benefit both from a fitness point of view and by gaining regular first team action whilst the clubs will benefit from having some quality players to call on for a month."

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12 October 2004 : Gas reserves on fire!
In a secret Pontins Holidays Combination Cup group match (at least we assume it was a secret as the game received no publicity beforehand), Yeovil Town Reserves went down 3-2 to Bristol Rovers Reserves at the Memorial Stadium last night.

The Glovers side was composed of those players who largely played no part in last Friday's 2-1 loss at Rochdale. Both goalkeepers were the stars of the first half, Steve Collis denying Lewis Haldane and Craig Disley efforts whilst in the Rovers goal Ryan Clarke made good saves from two Adrian Caceres strikes. 0-0 at half-time.

The home side hit a purple patch after the break, scoring 3 times by the 70 minute mark without reply through Daine O'Connor, Liam Burnsmade and Craig Disley strikes. The Glovers fought back however, Colin Miles knocking in a penalty on 77 minutes after Yemi Obudabe was brought down in the box, and Andy Lindegaard volleying home after great work by Dale Williams. The reserves pressed hard to get the equaliser, Rovers keeper Ryan Clarke keeping out efforts from Caceres, Wiliams, Lindegaard and Obudabe before the final whistle.

Final score: Bristol Rovers Reserves 3 - 2 Yeovil Town Reserves.

Yeovil Reserves: Collis, Chamberlain, Miles, Croft, Reed, Lindegaard, Mirza, Caceres, Williams, Ibe, Odubade.

Rovers Reserves: Clarke, Willshire, Burns, Geohaghen, Beswetherwick, Lines, Sheriton, Disley, Williams, Haldane, Walker.

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10 October 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Rochdale Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was naturally disappointed in his team's performance during Friday night's 2-1 defeat at Rochdale. Speaking to the press after the game, Gary answered the following questions:

Qu: Gary it was a disappointing result for you in the end. What did you make of your team's performance here tonight?

GJ: You're right that it was a disappointing result, but it was also a disappointing performance in the first half. We weren't clever enough and we weren't strong enough on the day. They had a centre-forward (Grant Holt) that we didn't quite cope with. He had a great game today and showed why he's been a league or two up from here in previous years. He put himself about and to be fair to Steve's team they closed us down and they looked like they could possibly get a result. It was only in the second half when I had to change the shape to start competing with them that we had a good spell. But to be fair to Rochdale they came strong at the end with their game and on the day their game was better than ours. Players score goals in spaces and unfortunately we were marking spaces.

Qu: It was a bit of a battle of the tactics wasn't it? You changed your tactics at half time and got a goal ahead and then they changed theirs to counteract what you'd done and they came out on top.

GJ: Yes, they did. That can happen because there are decent players in this league. A team that is going to be at the top will have done well because they will have beaten most of some very good teams in this league. There are a lot of good players in it and Holty is one such case that they had today.

Qu: It's obviously disappointing for the fans because it's a long way to come and they didn't get the performance that they expect and I'm sure you would expect from their players.

GJ: Yes but you don't always get that. The whole idea of being a fan is about watching a team lose just as much as you watch them win. As long as your team is winning more than your team is losing, then your fans are not going to be happy on the day but they will understand that unless you're an Arsenal supporter you don't win every week. We have to understand that and maybe today was a bit of a kick up the backside to say that we are maybe not as good as we think we are. We have to play a bit better. Having said that just before they scored their goal, we maybe should have gone 2-1 up and that's how close these games are sometimes.

Qu: They'd obviously done their homework on your team and worked out that they needed to stop you playing. They flooded the midfield and it was hard for your team to build any momentum in the first half.

GJ: Definitely true in the first half, but in the second half we built up a great deal of momentum. I think their goal came a little bit against the run of play and once they got their tails up again, they went long and their two lads up front looked lively, did very well and they got their winner. Sometimes you have got to give credit to the opposition, so I'll do that now. But it won't stop me spending however long I've just spent in that dressing room making sure that we don't fade and die.

Qu: Were you disappointed with the first goal? It was a deep cross from the left and I suppose your three centre-backs in the box saw their man beat them to it.

GJ: Yes I was disappointed and the lads know I was disappointed with it. That was a poor bit of defending and on occasions we didn't defend very strongly. That's what happens and we've mirrored what we did in the first 10 games. We drew one and lost one so hopefully we can do the same and still get our 20 points and be on 40 points after 20 games.

Qu: On a positive point, Phil Jevons's goal was very well taken.

GJ: It was a great goal and he is a great finisher like that. Unfortunately we needed to get him into those positions more times. Bartosz had a header right at the end and Stolcers did some great work. Stolcers had the great chance that just clipped their lad on his heel and set it off past the post. I thought it was a good game, but it probably warranted a few more fans here - there weren't many fans here tonight. But I think that shows you that Friday night games are not too clever with the traffic in England at the moment. People have too much to do and perhaps the answer is to play it on a Sunday or make England play in the evening and let us play our normal game on the Saturday. I hate Friday night games now anyway!

Qu: Colin Miles came off at half time - was that injury or tactical?

GJ: It was tactical. To be fair I felt their right wing was getting too much to do and was getting alot of play. I needed to change the shape and that meant that Plucky and Gally missed out. I brought Lindy on because he's more of a wing-back than Gally is and for 20 minutes it looked like a good decision. So it was nothing against them (Gall and Miles) - I just changed the shape and in that situation it doesn't suit all personnel and they were the two that had to make way. They both wanted to stay on the pitch, but then again everyone wants to stay in the first team.

Qu: It was quite a bold move to take off Liam and replace him with Bartosz.

GJ: Yes, the score then was 1-1. I just felt that we needed to have another big one in set plays against us. Liam wasn't particularly winning his headers and I felt that the main danger they had was from free kicks and corners. I felt I needed another big player on the pitch. Stolcers has done great and given Bartosz that header and we really needed him to put that one in.

Qu: How close was Gav?

GJ: We was close enough to train this morning. It's got to heal. Every time he's played his ankle swells up. Gav is not very patient, although to be fair he did say today gaffer I'm struggling.

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9 October 2004 : Dale comeback stuns Glovers
Yeovil Town lost their place at the top of League Two last night after a 2-1 defeat at Spotland, hosts Rochdale coming back from a Phil Jevons strike with goals from Grant Holt and Gary Jones to take all 3 points.

Gary Johnson rang the changes before the match. Gavin Williams failed a fitness test on his ankle and was replaced on the left side of midfield by Michael Rose, preferred to Adrian Caceres who was on the subs bench. Colin Miles came in at left-back in Rose's usual position. Terry Skiverton started on the bench on his return from injury, with Roy O'Brien partnering Liam Fontaine in the centre of the defence and Paul Terry dropping back to right back. Kevin Gall took the right midfield role.

Around 250 Glovers fans made the trip up to Lancashire on the Friday and most suffered a pretty horrendous journey with heavy traffic being a particular problem - journey times of over 7 hours from the West Country to Lancashire were not unusual. And once there the fans had to sit through a pretty horrendous display from the Glovers too, at least in the first half, a half which a physical Rochdale side dominated for the most part, hustling Yeovil out of their stride and with their 4-5-1 formation not allowing the Glovers any space in midfield. Dale hit the woodwork twice during the half and though the Glovers had one or two chances of their own they were fortunate to go into the break level at 0-0.

Two half-time substitutions later, Terry Skiverton and Andy Lindegaard replacing Colin Miles and Kevin Gall, followed by a change of formation to 3-5-2 and the Glovers were up and running, Phil Jevons rifling home his 9th goal of the season to put the visitors 1-0 up on 48 minutes. Yeovil then enjoyed their best spell of the match, creating other chances and putting the home side under a lot of pressure before, against the run of play, Grant Holt headed home what seemed a routine cross on 68 minutes to draw the scores level. Bartosz Tarachulski was introduced to try to add power up front for Yeovil, but with chances being created at both ends it was Rochdale who had the last say, a counter-attack in the style we've become used to from the Glovers being finished off in fine style by Gary Jones. Yeovil very nearly snatched a point at the end, but Bartosz Tarachulski's close range injury-time effort skimmed the top of the bar.

Final score: Rochdale 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was philosophical after the match. "People must realise that unless you're Arsenal you don't win every week, but maybe this was a kick up the backside," he told BBC Radio Bristol. "There are decent players in this league, and the team that ends up top will have done very well. It was a disappointing performance in the first half, we weren't clever or strong enough on the day."

With both Swansea and Scunthorpe winning their home games last night, against Mansfield and Wycombe respectively, Yeovil drop to 3rd in the table on 21 points from 12 games played, though they could drop as far as 5th by this evening if Bristol Rovers and Leyton Orient, currently 4th and 5th respectively on 19 points each win their games in hand today. Swansea City are the new leaders on 23 points with Scunthorpe 2nd on 22 points. It's still very tight at the top!

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6 October 2004 : SPC Round Two Draw
The draw for the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup is as follows :

Bridgwater Town v Weston Super Mare or Frome Town
Bristol Manor Farm v YEOVIL TOWN
Chard Town v Minehead Town or Street
Larkhall Athletic v Radstock Town or Clevedon United
Odd Down v Bishop Sutton or Wellington
Taunton Town or Clevedon Town v Paulton Rovers or Mangotsfield United
Team Bath v Shepton Mallet or Backwell United
Welton Rovers or Brislington v Bath City

Ties scheduled to be played in the week commencing 15th November.

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6 October 2004 : Glovers Power Through In County Cup
An inexperienced Yeovil Town XI was still strong enough to win their way through to the Second Round of the Somerset County Cup tonight seeing off Keynsham Town by a 4-2 scoreline.

Following a goalless first half, played in atrocious weather, the Glovers finally got to grips with the rain and the greasy surface in the second half. Taking the lead through Sam Croft, they were pegged back by a Keynsham equaliser, but then retook the lead through trialist Mark Smith.

Stephen Reed and Kezie Ibe missed opportunities to increase Yeovil's lead when they failed to convert penalties awarded after Yemi Odubade and Kezie Ibe were brought down in separate incidents.

However, Dale Williams netted from open play to make it 3-1, and although Keynsham pulled another goal back, a 90th minute own goal from central defender Lee Zabek gave the Glovers their fourth goal of the night.

A full report from Robin Evans will follow on the site, hopefully tomorrow.

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6 October 2004 : Four New Player Interviews
Four new interviews have been added to the Ciderspace site Interview Section.

Two of the new interviews date from the 6-1 win over Oxford United and feature Kevin Gall and Phil Jevons talking about the game.

The other two interviews are from Saturday's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town. Here Roy O'Brien and Chris Weale give their views on the game.

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6 October 2004 : YTISA Donation
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association has donated £1,300 to the club to purchase two hydraulic beds for the players' treatment room at Huish Park. Given the injury list so far this season they can expect to be well used. YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly said :

We are more than happy to support the club on the purchase of these two beds. I'm not exactly sure what the beds do, but if it helps to keep our players fit then I'm more than happy for our funds to be spent in this way.

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6 October 2004 : Remember, Remember..............
The club will be holding a Firework Spectacular at Huish Park on Friday November 5th.

Gates open at 6.00 p.m., the bonfire will be lit at 6.45 p.m. and the firework display begins at approximately 7.30 p.m. The club believes it will be the biggest and longest display in the Yeovil area.

Firework Spectacular

Also on site will be a Fun Fair for children, together with hot food and a disco and karaoke in the Supporters' Marquee.

Admission prices are :
adults £5.00; children £2.00; family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 3 children) £13.00. All family tickets will receive a "Kids Go Free" voucher for a selected future game at Huish Park (subject to conditions).

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3 October 2004 : Gary's verdict on the Northampton game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions from the press following yesterday's 1-1 home draw with Northampton:

Well Gary, Almost held out there but they just pegged you back with 11 minutes to go, a bit disappointed just to get a draw there?

"Well, when you're 1-0 up your always disappointed to draw a game 1-1. I suppose if we were 1-0 down and came back 5 minutes from the end we’d be a lot
happier but the result's the same. We’ve drawn but the positives are that we played some great football in the first half - you wont see a better move than the goal that we did score. Credit to Northampton, they play a very open game. They came here and played a 3-4-3 formation and there were chances at both ends because of that and it was a matter of who was going to be better in the penalty box on the day. We had to try and keep them out but we knew that they were going to be a quality team and it was just unfortunate we let them back in it right at the end."

They made a lot of changes at half time - did that have an impact in the second half?

"I don’t think so really, they kept the same shape just had different personnel. The three that he took off were having a poor game so they couldn’t have got any worse if that was Colin's [Calderwood] way of thinking but you know you have to take your chances - that second goal is so important especially when you're at home, to try and demoralise the opposition and to make them think that they can't get back in it. While it was 1-0 there always going to be a chance late on, although we defended quite well for most of the game we were just a little bit lax for their goal, and it actually came from our corner I think which is disappointing. They’ve got a class player on the wing there in Josh Lowe, we know all about him and he always seems to play quite well against us."

Why did you make the changes at half-time yourself Gary, was that injury or illness?

"Yes, they're both injured, not badly but against Northampton you need everybody with 100% fitness. I could see Gav towards the end of that first half limping and we don’t want to risk him and have him out for 3-4 weeks. Jevs got a stud right down the back of the heel and he couldn’t move either and they both stiffened up at half time. When you’ve got the likes of Caceres and Bartosz on the bench then you make sure you don’t risk anyone that’s not 100% fit."

Like you said I thought there were a lot of positives, Chris Weale made some excellent saves, there was Roy O’Brien in defence - what were the other positives for you?

"Yes, they both did well, they were two definite positives and there were parts of the first half where we had some great moves. Unfortunately the second half was a little bit more Northampton than us although we still had a couple of chances and sometimes you just have to give a bit of credit to the opposition. It was a good open game, it wasn’t as if they came here and tried to shut up shop and get a 0-0 result, they certainly didn’t do that. I’ve said to the lads I don’t want them being disappointed in there - we haven’t lost any ground on anyone. Fortunately a lot of our rivals drew, Bristol Rovers won but they're still 2 points away from us and we find ourselves still top of the league for another week which is nice."

That must have been good to go into the dressing room and find out you're still top?

"Yes it was and Stuart Housley's timing was very good because I was just getting into one when he did remind me that we were still top of the league!"

Do you think part of it was Tuesday night when some of those players have played 120 minutes?

"Some of them yes - Gally at that time when I took him off had just started struggling, Paul Terry started struggling, Roy, Fontaine. We were too deep late on, when you're 1-0 up with only a few minutes left and the opposition team's pressing, you squeeze up to make them go back the other way; but probably because of the game the other night those particular players were dropping deep because they didn’t quite have the energy to get up and make them go back to their goal, so they were getting in all the little gaps and areas and then you're tossing a coin to see what happens."

[Transcription - Richard Gibson]

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3 October 2004 : Chris is a Wealey good choice as YTFC Fans' Internet Player of the Month for September
Glovers striker Phil Jevons may have won the overall League Two Player of the Month Award for September (see below), but goalkeeper Chris Weale is YTFC internet fans' choice as Player of the Month. The young shotstopper beat off the challenge of last month's POTM Darren Way with Man of the Match performances against Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers and by featuring highly in fans' votes throughout September.

Liam Fontaine and Roy O'Brien (background) react to the news that Chris Weale is September's Internet Player of the Month
Liam Fontaine and Roy O'Brien (background) react to the news that Chris Weale is September's Internet Player of the Month
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

MOTM points totals for September are as follows:

340 points - Chris Weale

312 points - Darren Way

219 points - Liam Fontaine

219 points - Roy O'Brien

218 points - Gavin Williams

212 points - Lee Johnson

174 points - Bartosz Tarachulski

158 points - Phil Jevons

149 points - Terry Skiverton

127 points - Kevin Gall

127 points - Andrejs Stolcers

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3 October 2004 : Jevons Is League Two Player Of The Month
The Powerade Player of the Month for September in League Two was named as PHIL JEVONS on Sky's Goals on Sunday programme this morning. Chris Kamara, who sits on the selection panel along with the chairman of the Football Supporters Federation, Malcolm Clarke, ex-referee Jack Taylor, and Gerry Cox, chairman of the Football Writers' Association, made the announcement.

Phil Jevons v Oxford United
Phil Jevons receives congratulations for his first of three against Oxford United
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Congratulations from all at Ciderspace to Phil, who currently sits at the top of the League Two scoring table, with eight goals. Long may that continue.

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2 October 2004 : Glovers held by the Cobblers
Eric Sabin 79th minute strike for Northampton cancelled out Phil Jevons’ first half effort in a game where Yeovil were made to pay for not making the most of their chances (writes George Murray).

The visitors started this League Two encounter much the better having dominated much of the early possession. However, against the run of play, Yeovil drew blood after their first shot on goal. After a build up of one touch passes, Darren Way found unmarked Phil Jevons who slotted home his eighth goal of the season. Northampton had the best of the chances towards the end of the half but couldn't muster an equaliser.

After the interval, the Glovers felt severely hard done by after referee Mike Russell waved play on following a handball inside the box. How the referee or his assistant failed to spot the incident is unknown. Yeovil twice had Chris Weale to thank after he first denied Scott McGleish’s audacious bicycle kick and moments later the shot stopper blocked Joshua Low’s shot from point blank range. The Glovers began to look in more control of the game and dominated much of the possession. Lee Johnson, Bartosz Tarachulski and twice Andrejs Stolcers threatened the opposing defence, but Yeovil were made to pay after missing a number of decent chances. Josh Low’s cross from the wing found Eric Sabin who made no mistake in beating Weale and firing the ball in the back of the net.
George Murray

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Northampton Town.

Two relatively minor injury concerns after the game - Gavin Williams and Phil Jevons were substituted at half-time, Jevons with a raked shin and Williams with an ankle knock. Neither injury is thought to be serious and it's hoped that both players will be available for next Friday night's visit to Rochdale. Club captain Terry Skiverton and fellow central defender Colin Miles were rated as 50/50 to start today's game - in the event it was decided not to risk Skivo at all and Miles was confined to the bench.

None of the chasing pack could take advantage of the Yeovil drawing at home, so the Glovers are top of the league table for a second Saturday, with 21 points from 11 games played. Swansea City go second on 20 points after drawing 1-1 at Chester with 4 teams, Scunthorpe, Bristol Rovers, Wycombe and Leyton Orient following on 19 points. It's tight at the top! In fact it's tight throughout the league, with only 12 points seperating the Glovers from bottom club Kidderminster, on 9 points. Next Friday's opponents Rochdale currently lie in 19th position on 11 points after drawing 0-0 at Rushden today.

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