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31 October 2007 : Women's County Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies progressed to the Second Round of the Somerset Women's Cup when they defeated Frome Town 1-3 away a fortnight ago. The draw for the next stage has now been announced, with the Glovers at home to Keynsham Town Ladies.

Keynsham is one of the strongest ladies sides in the county, if not the strongest, currently lying sixth in the Women's Premier League Southern Division, which is the second level of women's football nationally. They have won the County Cup for the last two seasons. The match will be a stern test for Yeovil Town and is scheduled for Sunday 16th December with a 2.00 p.m. kick-off.


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31 October 2007 : Gulls Defend Price Hike
FA Cup opponents Torquay United have come in for criticism from their fans for raising prices for the forthcoming cup tie against Yeovil Town.

Although prices will not raise too many eyebrows for Glovers fans given that they are roughly on a par with League One prices, there is a two pound increase across the board for Gulls fans now used to Conference National prices.

Chief executive Colin Lee has defended his club's decision, saying that it was a carefully thought out one:

"The directors held a long debate about ticket pricing, and it certainly wasn't an easy decision for them to make. There was a lot of discussion about it. Everybody was aware that we're asking our supporters to pay more, after they've got behind us so well this season. But their only interest is to take the club and the team forward as quickly as possible, and this game gives us a chance to do that."

Lee has claimed that any additional money raised from the price increase will be put into the Gulls playing budget, subject to Conference revenue capping rules:

"When the January Transfer Window comes round, and if Paul (Buckle - first team manager) wants to strengthen the squad, we want to be able to support him. But people should remember that Conference salary-capping rules only allow us to spend 25 per cent of any extra turnover we generate, over our original budget, on the team. It's not as if we get £75,000 in from the TV, and we can go out and spend that on players."

Lee has also added that his club face overheads of staging the tie as well as having to share the gate receipts:

"There are substantial additional costs in putting this game on - for instance, our stewarding bill alone will be doubled and there will be a police bill too. People should also remember that we have to share the gate receipts with Yeovil and the FA, and there is VAT to come out of what's left. But the bottom line is that, on top of the investment which has already gone in here since the consortium took over in the summer, we are trying to improve the club and the team as quickly as we can."

Yeovil's allocation of roughly 1,100 terrace tickets goes on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at 9.00am to Season Ticket Holders ONLY.


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31 October 2007 : Glovers Reserves Slump Against Swans
Yeovil Town Reserves crashed 3-1 at home to Swansea City Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon to bring to an end their fine run of October form. The Glovers Reserves have won all their games this month, but couldn't get to grips with a strong Swansea side until after the break, by which time they were two goals down.

Yeovil lined up in a 4-3-3 starting formation, with Adebayo Akinfenwa finally getting onto the field of play for the first time since breaking his leg in February whilst playing for Swansea and so it was somwhat appropriate that he should line-up against his former team-mates to make his debut for the Glovers.

However, Swansea started the game in far stronger fashion and they opened the scoring when Andrea Orlandi picked the ball up 30 yards out, stepped forward then curled a shot into the top left corner and in off the bar with 20 mins gone to put Swansea 1-0 up.

Philip Mulryne was the one previously unknown face in the Glovers starting line-up and he played as a central midfield playmaker. He is a former Northern Ireland international who has been on the books of Norwich City, Manchester United and most recently Leyton Orient at the tail end of last season. As of last weekend, he is on non-contract forms with Kings Lynn. An early chance on goal for the midfielder went just wide as he tried to impress.

The Jacks doubled their lead after 34 minutes with Guillem Bouza's diving header coming after a Swansea break down the right was followed by a cross over into the box and there was little that keeper Lloyd Irish could do about that or indeed the opening goal.

Wilfied Domoraud landed in the book for a foul as the Glovers front trio looked frustrated. Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa looked like a player who hasn't played football for seven months and James Walker was struggling to get into the game. The Glovers were passing around OK but not as good as in recent weeks in the Reserves that has seen them rattle in the goals.

Akinfenwa managed to get on one strong break, but ran out of steam halfway through his run and his chance to score was lost. His battle with former team-mate Alan Tate was a fascinating one, but the Swansea defender was on top form, marshalling his defence well, and his side completed the half looking more than comfortable.

Unsurprisingly, Akinfenwa was withdrawn at half time along with centre-back Ricky Davey, as the Glovers changed their shape to a 4-4-2 in an attempt to wrestle control of midfield. Craig Alcock moved into the centre of midfield, with substitute Owen Irish taking his place. The other half time introduction Ren Turnock moved to a right-wing position, with Mulryne moving out wide on the other flank.

That change of tactic did the business on 66 minutes, as some steady Yeovil pressure was rewarded with the Glovers getting back into the game. James Walker continued his fine run of form for the Reserves by netting from close range to bring the score back to 1-2.

The pressure continued beyond that goal, and with 12 minutes remaining, Courtnay Donald was introduced to the right-flank, replacing the tiring Mulryne as Turnock swapped flanks. All seemed to be set up for a Yeovil equaliser, but one of Swansea's substitutes had other ideas. With 8 minutes remaining, Keri Morgan cut in from the left flank and fired home a low shot for Swansea's third goal of the afternoon. Firmly against the run of play, but to make it pretty much game over for Yeovil.

One matter of concern on the day was how badly the Huish Park pitch cut up. Having seen it as a virtual bowling green over the past five seasons, it was concerning to see numerous tram-lines appearing each time a tackle was made and by the end it was not in good shape, so perhaps it is just as well that there are so few matches being played on it during November. The belief is that the nematode worms that eat away the topsoil have returned after being got rid of a season or two ago and that will obviously be a concern to the club so early into the season, given that the top soil can only be easily replaced over summer months.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Swansea City Reserves 3.

Yeovil Town Reserves: (4-3-3) 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Craig Alcock (capt) 3. Sam Tillen 4. Rick Davey 5. Curtis Ujah 6. Lloyd Boateng 7. Philip Mulryne 8. Stephen Maher 9. Wilfried Domoraud 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa 11. James Walker

Subs: 12. Courtnay Donald (sub 78 mins for Philip Mulryne) 14. Ren Turnock (sub 46 mins for Adebayo Akinfenwa) 15. Owen Irish (sub 46 mins for Rick Davey)

Swansea City Reserves: 1. David Knight 2. Matthew Collins 3. James Burgin 4. Jamie Grimes 5. Alan Tate 6. Joe Allen 7. Shaun MacDonald 8. Owain Tudor-Jones 9. Guillem Bouza 10. Chris Jones 11. Andrea Orlandi

Subs: 12. Keri Morgan 13. David Cornell 14. Dion Chambers 15. Karl Keogh 16. Oliver Fisher

Referee: Iain Williamson.

Scorers: Andreas Orlandi (0-1, 20 mins), Guillem Bouza (0-2, 34 mins), James Walker (1-2, 66 mins), Keri Morgan (1-3, 82 mins).


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31 October 2007 : Torquay Tickets On Sale Tomorrow
Tickets for the FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United will go on sale tomorrow morning to season ticket holders ONLY from 9.00am tomorrow morning. The match is being played on Sunday 11th November with a 3.15pm kick-off and is also live on BBC1.

Ticket prices are for the Sparkworld Away Terrace and are: £16 - Adult, £13 - Senior/Student, £7 - Under 16's. There is no seated accommodation available.

Season ticket holders will have priority on tickets until the end of Tuesday 6th November. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 7th November at 9.00am.

The match is ALL TICKET and so no tickets will be available on the day of the game.


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31 October 2007 : Youths Fizzle Out As League Cup Interest Ends
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side completed a fairly miserable Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group phase by bowing out with a 3-0 defeat against Colchester United on Saturday morning. Defeat meant that the Glovers only gained one point in the group stages and so they bow out of the competition as the bottom placed side.

Like Leyton Orient, Colchester afforded their players the luxury of hotel accommodation the night before, which made the 12.00 noon later kick-off time rather odd, given that it appeared to be in place to allow the Essex side additional travelling time.

The Glovers held their own for the opening 20 minutes of the match, creating a few half chances before the U's grabbed the lead midway through the first period in an unfortunate manner. Grabbing possession quickly from a Ren Turnock corner, Colchester broke quickly up field, leaving the Glovers defence stretched. An angled cross was put into the box and defender Jordan Street couldn't avoid putting the ball into his own net.

Before the break, Colchester doubled their lead when Sam Corcoran fired in a shot from the edge of the box, to put Yeovil in bigger trouble and the Glovers battling somewhat died their after.

An early goal in the second period from Fabian Quintyn where he turned and shot inside the box made the scoreline 3-0 to the visitors and thereafter the game somewhat fizzled out with Colchester having guaranteed themselves qualification to the next stage and the Glovers probably more interested in next week's FA Youth Cup match against Tiverton Town.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 0 Colchester United Under 18s 3.

Yeovil Town: 1. John Steele 2. Danny O'Brien 3. Mark Muddyman 4. Jordan Street 5. Owen Irish 6. Stuart Davies 7. Omar Simpson 8. Ren Turnock 9. Josh Robinson 10. Lloyd Moyce 11. Ali Lwanga

Subs: 12. Ashley Clark (sub 57 mins for Josh Robinson) 13. Peter Burridge (sub 70 mins for John Steele) 14. Alistair Tucker (sub 61 mins for Ali Lwanga) 15. Joe Hastie.

Colchester United: Jack Smelt, Nathan Speed, Ryan Amass, James Hammond, Ben Griffiths, Josh Oakley, Jamie Wright, Sam Corcoran, Jeremiah Olusanya, Russell Malton and Fabian Quintyn

Subs: Adam Bailey-Dennis (for Ben Griffiths, 60 mins), Triallist (for Sam Corcoran, 70 mins), Perry Sansford (for Russell Malton), Mitchell Nelson and James Eales (goalkeeper).


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31 October 2007 : Travelling To Torquay By Train? Forget About It!
Those who might be planning to travel to Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United by train will probably not appreciate the news that South-West Trains are undertaking engineering works on the line on Sunday 11th November.

If you travel by train, then you'll find that you'll need to take a replacement bus service from Exeter to Torquay (and also back again after the match) as part of your journey. The SWT briefing reads:

Sunday 11 November 2007
Between Exeter and Paignton / Plymouth - All Day


The lines between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth, including the Paignton branch, will be closed all day. South West Trains services will terminate at / start from Exeter St Davids and replacement buses will run west of Exeter.


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31 October 2007 : Advance Tickets For Millwall On Sale
Tickets for the trip to Millwall on Saturday 24th November are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices are £20 for adults, £13 for Over 16s and £11 for Under 16s. There is also some sort of an offer for Under 12s who are accompanied by a full-paying adult, but we're not sure what it is at present. If you are in that situation, we'd suggest you enquire at the Ticket Office.

Disabled prices are exactly as per the above tariffs, except that an assistant is admitted free of charge.

Glovers fans will be housed in the North Stand. You can also purchase your tickets on the day of the game at what appears to be the same prices, by heading to the North Stand Ticket Office at the New Den.


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31 October 2007 : Reserves vs Swansea City Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Swansea City Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, kick-off 2.00pm. Entry for the game is via the Main Stand and will cost 2 pounds for adults and one pound for concessions, with season ticket holders able to gain admission for free.


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30 October 2007 : Torquay Set Cup Prices
Torquay United have set ticket prices for the FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town. The match is being played on Sunday 11th November with a 3.15pm kick-off.

Ticket prices are for the Sparkworld Away Terrace and are: £16 - Adult, £13 - Senior/Student, £7 - Under 16's.

Torquay imply that only terracing is available for away supporters - if this varies we will provide pricing for the appropriate seating area.

At present there's no word on purchase arrangements for Glovers fans. However, the match is ALL TICKET and so no tickets will be available on the day of the game. We'd expect the club to initially make tickets available to season ticket holders only. Given Torquay are selling to season ticket holders from tomorrow morning, expect formal arrangements from the Huish Park Ticket Office to be finalised soon.


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30 October 2007 : Away Travel Club : Travel To Torquay
The Away Travel Club are running transport to the FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United on Sunday 11th November.

To book your travel please phone Roger on 07960-687075. The cost will be £12 leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 10.30 prompt. Please make sure that you have a ticket before you book a seat on the coach.


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30 October 2007 : Interview With Colin Addison
Former Glovers manager Colin Addison was present at Saturday's match between Swansea City and Yeovil Town. The Hereford-based (but we won't hold that against him) 67-year-old has managed both clubs and so was an obvious choice for Welsh local radio to use for their 'expert summariser' for the game.

Colin was subsequently interviewed by Rob Mayor with the results landing on Orchard FM. An audio clip of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Orchard FM : Colin Addison Interview.


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30 October 2007 : Officials For The Crewe Match
Saturday's trip to play Crewe Alexandra will be looked after by referee Jon Moss (West Yorkshire). We've only had the former Culture Club drummer match official on one prior occasion - the December 2005 trip to Tranmere Rovers where Mr Moss had to make a marginal decision on whether the game should go ahead or not on a frosty pitch. Sadly, he chose the correct decision and the Glovers crashed 4-1.

Nothing specific that Mr Moss did on the night was notable enough to land in the match report (although he did award us a penalty - remember them?) but we do recall being generally irritated by him. But then again after a seven hour car trip and a four goal stuffing, probably even Mother Teresa would have got a bit arsey with Mr Moss.

His last game was on Saturday where he took charge of the difficult tie between Hartlepool United and Brighton and Hove Albion - the first match since the death of Pools midfielder Michael Maidens. He showed little sympathy to the emotions running high, straight red carding Willie Boland for a rash tackle just before the break, leaving Hartlepool down to 10 men. The home side got a penalty for handball late on, but the game finished in an ugly fashion as players squared up to each other following some fairly inadvisable celebrations from 90th minute winning Brighton goalscorer Bas Savage. The referee chose to let the ground security sort the mess out this time rather than produce any more red cards.

Mr Moss will be assisted by Darren Bond (Lancashire) and Philip Bramley (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Anthony Horton (West Midlands).

Link: December 2005 : Tranmere Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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30 October 2007 : Bircham Believes He Has One Last Chance
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham has had another set-back in his bid to gain fitness following the hamstring problems that have dogged him since he joined the Glovers over the summer. The former Queen's Park Rangers player believes that if he does not recover by the New Year, that he will consider retiring from the game.

His dilemma is the same as teammate Lee Morris who is currently recovering from a major knee operation that could end his career, and Bircham recognises that his own career also hangs in the balance at present. Speaking on his own personal website, Bircham explained his current situation:

"I've had another set-back in my rehab which is a bit of a blow. My hamstring went last week and now I have to just crack on and see what happens next. I was doing work in London with a very good physio and I had got to the point where I was sprinting better than I have done for a long time. I did some leg weights and then the next day on the treadmill I felt it go - just like I've felt it go before. It's been a frustrating last couple of years with injures and one of the most annoying things about it is that when I've been able to get on a pitch I've played some of my best football. It's just that I haven't been able to get a run of games."

The midfielder added that he had set himself a timeline where he would have to reconsider his future in the game. Bircham has yet to play for the Glovers first team, having sat on the bench in a singular match earlier this month:

"I've gone down every route to get this thing sorted and I'm going to give it one last chance. I'll see where I am in the New Year and if I still can't play I'll have to look at my options. The physio I'm with is great and he's very positive. He's saved a few players' careers and he believes this could just be a little setback that is quite common at the stage I'm at. I hope he's right because I just want to play football. I like everything about Yeovil and I'd love to play a part in their season and show the fans what I can do. I do still hope to get back playing and we'll have to see how things go."

Bircham admits the problems pre-date his Yeovil days and adds that it has become just as much a psychological issue as a physical issue:

"I remember it first happening when I was at QPR in a game against Norwich. We were 2-0 up and that's when I got my first hamstring problem. It's always been in the back of my mind since then. Whenever I've sprinted I've felt I had to hold back a bit."

Despite not playing yet for the Glovers first team, Marc has continued to watch first team matches where possible, and is also aware of the attention his boss has been getting in recent weeks:

"We've not had our best run of results recently, but the performances have been good. We've let in a few goals when we shouldn't have. There have been rumours about Russell Slade, the manager, being looked at by other clubs and that wouldn't surprise me because he's a very good manager. I'm sure he could manage at the highest level, but right now he's concentrating on taking Yeovil into a higher division."


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30 October 2007 : Football League Review No. 4
The latest weekend round-up from Josh Rogers describing the goings on at League One level, can be now found on-line now, following the link below.

Link: Football League Review No. 4 : 27th October 2007.


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30 October 2007 : Bulls vs Leeds Live On Sky
Further to yesterday's news concerning the Glovers being selected as the live FA Cup First Round match on the BBC for their away tie against Torquay United, the Sky Sports live match has now also been chosen.

League Two whippersnappers Hereford United will be looking to turn over League One giants Leeds United at Edgar Street on Friday 9th November, kick-off 7.45pm.


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29 October 2007 : Ladies Get Swindon In Second Round
Following yesterday's 3-1 defeat of Team Weston in the First Round Proper of the F.A. Women’s Cup Yeovil Town Ladies came out of today's draw at Soho Square for the Second Round Proper at home again, the opponents Swindon Town. The tie is scheduled for Sunday 11th November.

Swindon, who received a bye in the previous round, are like Team Weston a rival of the Glovers from the Women's Combination South West Division, currently lying a couple of places below Yeovil in the table.

The full Second Round draw is as follows :

Scunthorpe United v Curzon Ashton
Middlesbrough v Radcliffe Olympic
Peterlee Town v Rochdale
Blackpool Wren Rovers v West Auckland Town
Northampton Town v Leicester City
Coventry City v Derby County
West Bromwich Albion v Loughborough Students
TNS Ladies v Copsewood Coventry
Whitehawk v AFC Wimbledon
Luton Town v Enfield Town
Lewes v Welwyn Garden City
Queen's Park Rangers v Acton Sports Club
Chesham United v Gillingham
Frome Town v Forest Green Rovers
YEOVIL TOWN v Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle v Oxford City


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29 October 2007 : Gulls Wait On Ishmael Clearance
Torquay United Chief Executive Colin Lee has admitted he is not sure if Glovers winger Ishmael Welsh will be allowed to play against his parent club when the two sides meet on Sunday 11th November in the FA Cup.

Ishmael is on a season long loan at Plainmoor and played in their 2-0 win over Bath City meaning that he is now cup-tied in the competition. But Lee has admitted that the Glovers have the right to block the former West Ham United player from turning out in the First Round tie:

"Ishmael is obviously cup-tied now, as far as they're concerned, but we'll cross that bridge if, or when, we get to it. I'm sure it will come up in conversations we have over the tie, but I don't think we'll be raising it!"


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29 October 2007 : Bristol Rovers Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match for last Saturday's away match against Bristol Rovers was won by Matthew Rose who was occupying a defensive midfield slot on the day. Matthew's nomination was no doubt influenced by him scoring his first ever goal for the Glovers in the 1-1 draw at the Memorial Stadium.

The full results for the match, with outright nominations in brackets, are as follows:

1 Matthew Rose 96 (6)
2 Scott Guyett 70 (4)
3 Terrell Forbes 50 (3)
4 Justin Cochrane 48 (4)
5 Lee Peltier 32 (1)
6 Nathan Jones 16 (1)
7 Kevin Betsy 16
8 Paul Warne 8
9 Lloyd Owusu 4

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.16

Performance: 6.21
Entertainment: 6.11

VOTES RECEIVED: 19

Don't forget that if you went to Saturday's match against Swansea City that voting is already open for this match. Cast your nominations using the link below.

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


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29 October 2007 : Live On Auntie Beeb!
Yeovil Town's First Round FA Cup match against Torquay United will be broadcast live by BBC1. As a result the game has been switched to Sunday, November 11th, with a 3.15 pm kick-off.

The decision to screen the match will net a cash windfall for the broadcasting rights of £75,000 for each side. The winners of the tie will receive an additional £16,000 along with all First Round winners.


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29 October 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Swansea Game
The BBC Somerset Sound interview archive has been updated following Saturday's match against Swansea City.

In addition to the Russell Slade interview that has been transcribed on this site, but is now available in audio format, the BBC have also uploaded an audio interview with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall from after the same game.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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29 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Swansea Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade said that despite losing Saturday's match against Swansea City that he was still happy with the performance of his side. The Glovers lost 1-2 at Huish Park against a Swansea side that moved up into second place, and Russell felt his side were unlucky not to get something out of the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the match: "I thought the best team lost today. We created decent chances throughout the 90 minutes. I thought that was a little bit harsh on us. We had good chances and sometimes you've got to take the positives out of the performance. I was really pleased with the performance today by most of my players."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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28 October 2007 : Glovers Get Familiar Cup Draw
Yeovil Town were drawn away to Torquay United in the First Round of the FA Cup yesterday. The Gulls of course have spent most of their time in a higher position in the pyramid than the Glovers, and in 1992, the two clubs met in the FA Cup with Torquay the Football League side and the Glovers as the Conference side, with Steve Rutter's side gaining an extraordinary 5-2 win. They will now meet at Plainmoor 15 years later with the roles reversed.

The Gulls were relegated from the Football League at the end of last season, but have shown strong intent to bounce straight back at the first attempt, and currently top the Conference National division. Glovers winger Ishmael Welsh will have divided loyalties; he is currently on a season-long loan down at Plainmoor and played in Torquay's 2-0 win over non-league minnows Bath City yesterday at Twerton Park. It would be a surprise if Ishmael was granted permission to play against his parent club.

The matches will be played across the weekend of November 9th, 10th and 11th. There will be two live matches selected for BBC and Sky Sports. Sky's offering will be broadcast on Friday, November 9th (7.45 pm) whilst the BBC will broadcast their live game on Sunday, November 11th, with a 3.15 pm kick-off. However, there is a second reason why the Glovers may find themselves not playing on a Saturday afternoon - both Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle have home matches that weekend and therefore policing resources may be stretched.

The full draw is as follows:

Darlington v Northampton Town
Hampton & Richmond v Dagenham & Redbridge
Torquay United v Yeovil Town
Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers
Bury v Workington
Barnet v Gillingham
Accrington Stanley v Huddersfield Town
Farsley Celtic/Barrow v Bournemouth
Eastleigh/Forest Green v Rotherham United
Southend United v Rochdale
Team Bath v Chase Town
Bradford City v Chester City
Morecambe v Port Vale
Hereford United v Leeds United
Mansfield Town v Grays Athletic/Lewes
Gainsborough Trinity v Hartlepool United
Exeter City v Salisbury City/Stevenage Borough
Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough v Wrexham
Evesham/Halifax Town v Burton Albion
York City v Havant and Waterlooville
Harrogate Railway v Droylsden
Rushden & Diamonds v Macclesfield Town
Ware v Kidderminster Harriers
Walsall v Shrewsbury Town
Horsham v Maidenhead United
Altrincham v Millwall
Cheltenham Town v Brighton
Stockport County v Staines Town
Crewe Alexandra v MK Dons
Lincoln City v Nottingham Forest
Stafford v Cambridge United v Crawley Town/Aldershot Town
Notts County v Histon
Oxford United v Northwich Victoria
Billericay Town v Swansea City
Carlisle United v Grimsby Town
Eastbourne Borough v Weymouth/Hitchin Town
Chesterfield v Tranmere Rovers
Wycombe Wanderers v Swindon Town
Luton Town v Brentford


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27 October 2007 : Swans Double Sees Glovers Stumble
Yeovil Town were unfortunate not have got any points from their encounter with Swansea City this afternoon at Huish Park. Russell Slade’s men slip down to eleventh in League One following their narrow 2-1 defeat, having won just two fixtures out of a possible seven at home this season.

High flying Swansea hadn’t won at Huish Park before but Jason Scotland placed the Welsh side in-front five minutes before the interval after Matthew Rose lost possession for Yeovil on the attack.

On-loan Bristol City winger, Kevin Betsy then levelled matters four minutes after the break from an Anthony Barry free kick, which was headed across goal from Scott Guyett.

But Swansea’s Ferrie Bodde grabbed the winner with eleven minutes to give Swansea their fifth consecutive win. Yeovil’s James Walker, making his loan debut from Charlton Athletic, was denied by the underside of the bar late on as he attempted to salvage a point for the Glovers.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1-2 Swansea City.

Yeovil Town:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
12. Matty Rose
8. Anthony Barry 15. Justin Cochrane 10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 25. Kevin Betsy

Subs: 7. Gary Dempsey 14. Paul Warne (18 mins for Marcus Stewart) 19. Craig Alcock 28. James Walker (79 mins for Justin Cochrane) 30. Wilfried Domoraud (84 mins for Lloyd Owusu)

Swansea City:
21. Dorus De Vries
22. Angel Rangel 15. Dennis Lawrence 16. Garry Monk 14. Marcos Painter
28. Thomas Butler 6. Ferrie Bodde 8. Darren Pratley 26. Paul Anderson
9. Jason Scotland 35. Warren Feeney

Subs: 3. Kevin Austin 5. Alan Tate 7. Leon Britton (82 mins for Paul Anderson) 11. Darryl Duffy (69 mins for Warren Feeney) 18. Andy Robinson (83 mins for Thomas Butler)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (27 mins, dissent), Matty Rose (62 mins, foul)
Swansea Bookings: Marcos Painter (45 mins, time-wasting), Angel Rangel (48 mins, foul), Ferrie Bodde (73 mins, foul)

Attendance: 6,207 (including 1,427 Swansea fans)

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Simon Beck (Essex) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).


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26 October 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Pre-Match Interviews
For those wanting to hear what the players and management have to say about Saturday's match against Swansea City, you can pick out three of the pre-match interviews on BBC Somerset Sound via the 'Listen Again' function on their website.

An interview with Steve Mildenhall was broadcast on the Drive programme on Thursday around 6.25pm on Thursday, whilst one with Gary Dempsey went out on air at around 5.55pm on Friday. Their interview with Russell Slade was broadcast on Friday's Breakfast programme around 7.25am.

Use the 5 mins and 15 mins Fast Forward buttons to page through the selected programmes to get to the correct segment on the programme.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Listen Again.


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26 October 2007 : Away Terrace Gets Sponsorship
The open away terrace commonly known as the Copse Road Terrace at Huish Park is to be rebadged as The Blackthorn Stand. The club have signed a three year sponsorship deal with the Gaymer Cider Company who own the rights to the Blackthorn cider brand.


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26 October 2007 : Fry Responds To 'Misleading' Article
Yeovil Town have this afternoon issued a statement concerning this week's Western Gazette (see yesterday's news) where the paper stated that Chairman John Fry was laying down the ground for manager Russell Slade to be 'sold off' at the end of the season, with the paper claiming in their article that "boss Russell Slade may leave Yeovil Town at the end of the season".

Mr Fry has unsurprisingly reacted angrily to that and that club have described it as a 'misleading article' and have created 'something out of nothing'. The club's rebuttal to the Gazette's article quotes the Yeovil Chairman as saying:

"The Yeovil Town Football Club board totally supports manager Russell Slade in his quest to take the club into The Championship and beyond. At no time did I tell The Western Gazette anything else. We have supported Russell completely during his time at Huish Park, which has seen the club visit Wembley in the League One Play offs.

Russell still has nearly two years to run on his contract and we fully expect him to see out that contract and hopefully extend his stay at Huish Park beyond that contract. When a manager is successful it is inevitable that other clubs take notice but the way the Press have jumped on this story and created something out of nothing astounds me. Russell Slade is Yeovil Town's manager and as I have said we fully expect him to see out his contract to 2009 and beyond. That is an end to the matter as far as I am concerned
."

Let's hope that Mr Fry's above words are given the same volume in next week's paper that this week's article was given, to ensure that his true feelings are communicated to their readership.

That all said, the club do need to take stock of the situation, and reconsider how they manage the press as this is becoming a bit of a recurring theme.


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26 October 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swansea City tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in a League One clash that kicks off at 3.00pm. The two sides have had a long-standing friendly rivalry in that they are the only side the Glovers have faced in every season since they entered the Football League. Promoted to League One at the same time, and almost always a position or two above or below each other, the Swans have represented persistently tough opposition.

This season is no different. The Welsh side currently lie three places above the Glovers and just two points ahead, meaning that a win for the home side at Huish Park would see a game of leap-frog developing. However, they are in excellent form at present with a 5-0 win over League Leaders Leyton Orient and a 4-0 win over basement side AFC Bournemouth having both been picked up on their travels in their last two games. With last week's home match against Hartlepool United having been called off due to the death of a Hartlepool player, the Swans have had a fortnight off and Glovers boss Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he is expecting something a bit special tomorrow:

"I know it will be perhaps our strongest test of the season. They are scoring plenty of goals, particularly on their travels, with five at Orient and four at Bournemouth and we know that will be difficult. In my opinion they are the most accomplished team in the league. They are going very well and they've got a nice balance about them."

Slade's team news is relatively good considering recent problems in team selection. Long term injuries Lee Morris (knee), Marvin Williams (ankle), Terry Skiverton (groin) and Marc Bircham (hamstring) of course remain unavailable whilst Lee Peltier serves a one match suspension whilst he returns temporarily to Liverpool for treatment on his ankle. However, Russell reported good news with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall returning and striker Marcus Stewart, who is something of a nemesis to Swansea, having scored in both matches last season, expected to be in the squad:

"Marcus Stewart had a training session this morning (Thursday) and so we are hoping that he is back into contention for us. Gary Dempsey got through another Reserve Team game and he is getting ever closer to the shake-up. Other than that we've obviously got Lee Peltier suspended on Saturday after picking up five bookings."

The fortnight off for Swansea has meant that manager Roberto Martinez has seen nearly his entire squad return to full fitness, with Darryl Duffy (groin) Alan Tate (knee), Andy Robinson (hamstring) Leon Britton (hamstring) and Owain Tudur Jones (knee) all coming back into contention. The only obvious absentee is former Glovers midfielder Darren Way. After nearly two years worth of injuries, he is expecting to travel down to meet old friends but will be sat in the stands. However, Darren is hoping to still play against Yeovil at Huish Park - the two Reserve sides meet on Wednesday at Huish Park and this could also be the best place to find Kevin Amankwaah, who has not featured in any league matches this season and seems to have dropped heavily down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and Swansea report that they have sold 1,322 out of their 1,500 away allocation at Huish Park. Tickets will be available on the day of the match, although as this is a Premium Priced match, you will need to add four pounds to all adult and concessionary prices. Under 16s and Junior Glovers admission prices are unaffected by this policy.


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26 October 2007 : Fry Calls For Fans To Stay Loyal
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has again spoken to this week's Western Gazette about the current level of crowds at Huish Park. The Glovers chief has asked fans to not react to singular results or performances, and to stick with the club during the whole season:

"The message we send out to fans who do back us is back us consistently and do not judge us on one performance and result, especially when we have only got half the usual first team out there. You have to have the commitment to follow us throughout the season because we do need crowds of around 6,000. The manager and the team deserve it irrespective of what a person classifies as good performances or bad performances. It is not just for big matches either - we have to get in the crowds for all matches."

Mr Fry has also added that he believed that clubs around the country were suffering massive drops in crowds, and considered that there was an overall problem with football:

"It is a hazard that every club has got to live with, though. And as I have been informed, most clubs are at least 20 per cent down on crowds. Clubs need to wake up to that fact and at the end of the season something might have to give in football."

We're not sure who Mr Fry has been getting his information from, but it does not stand up to the facts unfortunately. Taking League One clubs on their own, only two clubs have seen gates drop by more than 20 percent, and those are Southend United and Luton Town, who have suffered the predictable loss in revenue that most clubs experience when they drop out of the Championship division.

Overall, League One has seen a 5.6 percent rise in crowds, caused in part by Leeds United, but still across the division eight clubs have seen a rise in gates, whilst eight more have seen a single figure fall that could be clawed back by the time the Christmas, Easter and promotion/relegation run-in gates are factored in. Cheltenham Town are currently even against last season's figures.

Across the whole Football League, just 5 out of 72 have experienced drops of 20 percent or more, whilst if that is extended to include the Premiership and Conference, the figures are merely 9 out of 126 clubs. So certainly not a case of "most" clubs.

Nor is it a regional problem - Bristol Rovers have experienced a massive rise of 50.2% on their attendances this season, whilst Bristol City have seen their gates go up by 20.7%, showing their gates are thriving at present. The Glovers have recorded a drop of 8.4% so far this season - on the back of an 11.5% drop on the previous season. This means that the Glovers have lost 19% of their support over the last two years - one in five supporters have decided to spend their Saturdays elsewhere.

This is despite having reached the League One Play-Off Finals last season. With Mr Fry having implied that the club were basing their hopes on crowds of 6,000 this season, they are currently a long way adrift of expectations. Mr Fry has said that the club are considering changing pricing structures, but are unsure as to whether this will solve the problem or not:

"If you have a half-empty stadium what you have got to create is a situation where you are not rigid to prices. What we have to be careful of, though, is that we do not throw the baby out with the bath water and end up with less money if we try different schemes. We are dealing with a company whose expertise is crowd attendance at Somerset County Cricket Club and Bristol City Football Club. Somebody from that company came down last Thursday and he helped us. The whole idea is to get a bigger audience and get people who are hesitating into the stadium."

Tomorrow's match against Swansea City will not help those who are 'hesitating', given that prices for the match have been pegged at the 'Premium' level. On the plus side though, the game is now no longer all-ticket, assuming that any of Saturday's stragglers are aware of that u-turn in policy.


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26 October 2007 : Mildy Looks Forward To Return
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall will go between the sticks tomorrow for the first time since being stretchered off on September 15th during Yeovil's 1-0 home defeat against Leyton Orient.

The keeper suffered a hip injury that saw Plymouth Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu come into the club on loan to act as cover for Mildy. The Glovers regular then was due to make his comeback a week ago, but then had those plans scuppered by an eye infection. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Steve spoke about his frustrations of being ruled out for so long:

"It was probably about three weeks that the injury lasted for and I would have been fit after three weeks. But obviously then the eye popped up and that kept me out for another week. But I've been really looking forward to getting back and playing. The lads have done brilliantly and I thought that Romain was excellent in the month that he was here. He's a good goalkeeper. I've played against him before and I've spoken to him before and he did really well in the month that he was here."


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26 October 2007 : Points Not Pounds Part Two
Further to yesterday's story concerning manager Russell Slade's rather caustic reaction to newspaper claims that he was going to leave as manager next summer, his players have been talking about the speculation that has mushroomed in recent weeks following bids from Carlisle United and Millwall and more recently a Sunday newspaper report that connected him with Huddersfield Town, if an attempted takeover bid at the Galpharm went through.

Although much of that speculation had been external, Russell has added to yesterday's BBC Somerset Sound interview, by going as far as to wonder if some of that interest is being generated from within the club, suggesting that the Glovers may have an interest in cashing in on him:

"I'm just trying to work hard, as I always work hard at my job. A newspaper has suggested that I may be off during the summer. So I don't know whether people are playing games, or whether they want to sell me. Maybe they want pounds instead of points."

The players have tried to put a light perspective on this weeks rather concerning response by the Yeovil boss, and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall told the radio station that he tried to ignore what was printed in newspapers:

"There is always speculation around in football and you have to ignore everything that is going on. People like to write things. But you just have to get on with it. Obviously he is doing a good job and when people do good jobs they get attention. So we've just got to carry on and do what we do and concentrate on what is happening on the green grass and not worry about what is written or what is said in the paper or anything like that."

Midfielder Gary Dempsey added that his way of dealing with it was to make fun of the fact that Russell seems to be getting linked with nearly every League One vacancy at present:

"To be fair we've just been having a bit of a laugh and a joke about it. He seems to be getting linked to every club in the country. As soon as a manager gets sacked, his name gets thrown in the hat. He has been fine. We've spoken to him and he is laughing it off. I wouldn't worry about it too much. But if he continues to do well and to take the club forward like he has done then there are always going to be bigger clubs coming forward. Hopefully he will take us where we want to go and to stay with us. It's a small club and we haven't got a big squad and yet we are still there or thereabouts. The football people in the country that are in the know can see when a manager is doing a good job. He has told us that he has got a job to do and I think he has said publically that he has got some unfinished business, so hopefully he'll be with us until the end of the season anyway."

And hopefully a little longer than that ......


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25 October 2007 : Russell Calls For Points Not Pounds
A rather quiet week for news has been somewhat livened up today by this week's Western Gazette back-page headline, where they have claimed that Glovers Chairman John Fry is giving out hints that manager Russell Slade could be off to another club next summer. "Summer hunt for new boss?" headlines the paper, opening up their article with the sentence "Boss Russell Slade may leave Yeovil Town at the end of the season".

The Gazette's article appears to hinge upon how you interpret Fry's answer to the question of how long he thinks Slade will be at the club for - a pretty impossible question to answer unless you happen to have Mystic Meg with you and a crystal ball. Fry replied:

"He is certainly here for the rest of the season. If it all goes up a notch and the club progresses, then that is what catches people's attention. However, I reiterate that he has got a job to do and that is what he is paid to do."

So much of the Gazette's headline appears to rest upon how much you read into Fry's opening sentence. The paper has seen it as evidence of Fry opening the door marked exit. The more cynical (that would be Ciderspace then - Ed) might suggest that the Gazette were manipulating words to try and create a headline that would shift a few copies.

Not too surprisingly, Slade himself has had plenty to say on the subject, telling BBC Somerset Sound that whether there was no smoke without fire or not, any suggestion of him leaving Huish Park next summer is news to him, and he is understandably a little confused as to what is going on:

"That speculation has not come from me. It's sometimes a little bit hard to clarify just exactly what is going on. I woke up this morning to find that the headline in the local newspaper is that I'm off in the summer. That's all a bit new to me. It's a little bit disconcerting, not for me but for the players. We've assembled a set of players here, and we should be going into the Swansea game talking about Swansea playing Yeovil, and not about anything else."

Perhaps what is surprising is that Slade has gone along with the general theme of the headline rather than the depth of the article, with the Yeovil boss having also asked whether "points or pounds" are the priority here - suggesting that he thinks he's being sold off to raise cash for the club. What is therefore more interesting is not Fry's comments, but how Russell reacted to them.


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25 October 2007 : Officials For The Swansea Game
Saturday's match against Swansea City will be looked after by referee Peter Walton (Northamptonshire). To our knowledge, we've only had Mr Walton on one previous occasion - the 4-2 defeat at the County Ground against Swindon in 2005. He sent off Efe Sodje during that match for an altercation with Swindon's Rory Fallon but our main grumble with him on the day was his inconsistent approach as to when to play an advantage and when to stop play.

Part of the reason why we don't normally get Mr Walton is because it's unusual to see him taking charge of games at this level. He was appointed to the "select" group of referes in 2003 which means he's normally in charge of a Premiership match. Before that he became a Football League referee in 1998, and took charge of the LDV Vans Trophy final in 2003, as well as refereeing in Division One and Three playoffs during the same season. He was made a FIFA Assistant Referee in 1996 and in the same year ran the line in the FA Cup Final and the European Championships.

This suggests that we're getting one of the top referees in the country for Saturday's game, although we have had bad experiences of some of the better-known officials taking charge of Glovers matches, haven't we Dermot?

Mr Walton will be assisted by Simon Beck (Essex) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Link: August 2005 : Swindon Town 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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24 October 2007 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No.1 Minutes
The official minutes of last week's meeting can be found on the link below.

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No.1 Minutes.


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24 October 2007 : Akinfenwa On Course For Reserves Run Out
With a series of fixtures, in League One, the reserves Combination Wales & West Division and the Football League Trophy coming up versus Swansea City, ex-Swan Adebayo Akinfenwa has been talking to the South Wales Evening Post.

Akinfenwa, who fell out with the Welsh club while negotiating a new contract, then unfortunately for him got injured before signing any deal and was let go, and then saw a proposed deal at Swindon Town break down, has been recuperating and training at Huish Park for the last six weeks.

Akinfenwa tells the paper :

I'm hoping to play my first 45 minutes for Yeovil's reserves next week, funnily enough in a game against Swansea. I've been making good progress with my leg and I'll be very happy to get my first game out of the way because I feel like the season is passing me by.

The manager
[Russell Slade] has been top-drawer with me. He has said as soon as I get fit there'll be a contract there for me and terms have been discussed already. It's not 100% certain I'll sign for Yeovil because there are others interested but, hopefully, everything will be sorted out once I've played that first 45 minutes.

While choosing his words carefully it looks as if Akinfenwa is expecting to join The Glovers. He continued :

Yeovil are going well - not quite as well as Swansea - and they have got a good squad of players. The morale at the club reminds me a lot of Swansea last season, with everyone playing for everyone else, and I do feel part of that now. Hopefully I can add something to that squad when I get fit.

Thinking of some of the er, high jinks, coming from the Swansea squad in the last few seasons we'd hope our lads don't remind him of the Jacks too much.


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24 October 2007 : F.A. Youth Cup Date
When the draw for the F.A. Youth Cup First Round Proper was made Yeovil Town came out of the hat versus either Bath City or Tiverton Town (see Ciderspace 19th October for full draw). With Bath losing 0-3 at home last night in front of 120 it will be Tivvy making the trip to Huish Park.

The date has now been set for Wednesday 7th November, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Only the Main (AgustaWestland Community) Stand will be open, with tickets priced at £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.

A reminder that the Ladies also have a First Round Proper tie coming up (see Ciderspace 14th October) this coming Sunday, 28th October in the F.A. Women's Cup. The Ladies play at Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, and kick-off is 2.00 p.m., entrance free. By one of those quirks of fate of the fixture list opponents Team Weston will again be the visitors on the following Sunday, 4th November, in the Women's Combination South West League.


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24 October 2007 : Swansea Game No Longer All-Ticket
Further to yesterday's news, the club have today announced that Saturday's match against Swansea City will no longer be an All-Ticket match. It will therefore be possible to purchase tickets on the day.

What we're not sure about at this stage is what effect it will have on pricing. Saturday is a Premium Priced (aka 'Categorised') match, and the club have stated that for these games that "ticket prices will incur an additional £4 with the exception of juniors", so do you add an additional £4 to the normal match day price as well as the normal pre-match price? At this stage we're not sure, so if you are leaving it until the Saturday to buy a ticket, we'd recommend that you check what you are going to be charged on the day of the game.


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23 October 2007 : Reserves Grab Double In Rovers Return
Yeovil Town Reserves comfortably beat Bristol Rovers Reserves tonight at the Memorial Stadium as they kept up their impressive run of form in the Pontins Holiday Combination. The Glovers grabbed both goals through loan players, with striker James Walker and midfielder Ritchie Jones scoring one each before the break.

The Glovers fielded one trialist in their line-up with Brentford full-back Sam Tillen guesting for the Glovers. Given that Russell Slade has recently used trialists on the left side at both full-back and left-wing in recent weeks, it would seem likely that he is seeking cover down that left side.

Tillen made an early impact when he played his part in Yeovil's opening goal, scored after 10 minutes. Exchanging passes with James Walker who continued his promising start to his Glovers career by firing low into the corner after Tillen had neatly passed the ball back into his path.

This was a feisty first half, with definitely echoes of Saturday's first team encounter between the two sides, so much so that three players managed to get themselves into the referee's notebook for fouls, including Yeovil's Gary Dempsey and Rovers full-back Aaron Lescott, who crudely upended Glovers Youth Team winger Omar Simpson.

As the half wore on, the Glovers grew in stature and it was no surprise to see them double their lead, with midfielder Ritchie Jones gaining a bit of fortune through a deflected shot from 10 yards out that took Rovers keeper Mike Green by surprise.

The second period saw a slightly more even performance from both sides. Whilst the pace of James Walker had terrorised the Rovers defence, it was the pace of Wilfried Domoraud who came more to the fore in the second period, keeping the Rovers back line on their toes as they began to tire.

Rather like their first team, Rovers Reserves have failed to win at home this season, and again in parallels with their seniors, when they did get forward, they were in the main failing to trouble the target, even if the early period of the second half did see them even up possession and territory. Glovers keeper Lloyd Irish looked comfortable throughout, having made a couple of early first half saves, and Rovers in the main gave him little to make him break sweat.

The Glovers could have extended their lead through Jerahl Hughes who fizzed a drive just over the bar, or through Domoraud who saw a pair of second half chances go just wide of the target, whilst a third was well saved by home keeper Green. Gary Dempsey was withdrawn midway through the second period, no doubt to save him for Saturday's first team match against Swansea City, and that was the signal for the game to fizzle out, with Yeovil having comfortably seen off their West Country neighbours.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers Reserves 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 2.

Yeovil Town: 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Craig Alcock 3. Sam Tillen 4. Lloyd Boateng 5. Curtis Ujah 6. Gary Dempsey 7. Jerahl Hughes 8. Ritchie Jones 9. Wilfried Domoraud 10. James Walker 11. Omar Simpson

Subs: 12. Stephen Maher (59 mins for Gary Dempsey) 14. Owen Irish (70 mins for Craig Alcock) 15. Ren Turnock (73 mins for Jerahl Hughes)

Bristol Rovers: 1. Mike Green 2. Aaron Lescott 3. Tom Parrinello 4. James Palmer 5. Ryan Paddock 6. Alex Kite 7. Charlie Reece 8. Chris Lines 9. Sean Rigg 10. Matt Groves 11. Adam Mahdi

Subs: 12. James Fraser (81 mins for Charlie Reece) 13. Spencer Cutlan 14. Tom Godsell (61 mins for Aaron Lescott) 15. Charlie Clough 16. Josh Klein-Davies (65 mins for Adam Mahdi)

Scorers: James Walker (10 mins, 0-1), Ritchie Jones (44 mins, 0-2).

Yeovil Booking: Gary Dempsey (foul)
Bristol Rovers Bookings: Aaron Lescott (foul), Adam Mahdi (foul).


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23 October 2007 : Nathan Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has made it into this week's League One Team Of The Week. Congratulations to Nathan for making it into the side after playing 90 minutes in Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers.

We're a bit baffled by some of the nominations around the national and local papers this week, with some magnificent inconsistencies around the place.

The News of the World discovered it was not very good at counting when awarded Glovers right-back Lee Peltier a score of 8/10, but awarded Carlisle United right-back David Raven a score of 7/10, then proceeded to place Raven into their Team of the Day at right-back.

To continue the bonkers tabloid theme, The Sun (are you spotting a pattern here?) awarded Scott Guyett as the Man of the Match for the game against Bristol Rovers and then proceeded to place central defender Steve Elliott of errrr ... Bristol Rovers into their Team of the Day. It's a good job people only buy these rags to look at the pictures ...

The Bristol Evening Post gave top marks of 7/10 for Yeovil Town players Peltier, Forbes, Guyett, Betsy, Rose and Cochrane yet despite Rovers only snatching a draw with the last kick of the game they rated the performances of Elliott and Disley as deserving an 8/10 with the latter winning their Man of the Match. Nathan Jones, who got into the Football League's Team of the Week, was only given a 6/10. Did all these people watch the same game?

The Football League's Team of the Week is as follows:

Mark Bunn (Northampton)
Lewis Hunt (Southend) Matt Heath (Leeds) Paul Robinson (Millwall) Nathan Jones (Yeovil Town)
John Melligan (Leyton Orient) Jonathan Douglas (Leeds) Adam Chambers (Leyton Orient) Simon Hackney (Carlisle)
Leon Clarke (Southend) Ryan Lowe (Crewe)

If all that has got your hackles up, don't forget to vote for your Man of the Match by using the webform below.

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


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23 October 2007 : Swansea Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that Saturday's match against Swansea City is an ALL TICKET match, which means that at present there will be no tickets available on the day of the game.

This match is one of the six 'categorised' fixtures for this season, which means that the club's Premium Pricing will be in effect. Add four pounds to all Adult and Concession pre-match ticket prices - Under 16s and Junior Glovers pay normal pre-match prices.

Link: 2007-08 Match Day Admission Prices.


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23 October 2007 : Larrieu Returns To Argyle
As expected, goalkeeper Romain Larrieu has returned to Home Park, following a successful seven game loan spell at Huish Park. The 31 year old keeper has acted as cover for the injured Steve Mildenhall, who is presumably now fit again and ready to return against Swansea City on Saturday.

Speaking to the Plymouth Argyle official site, boss Ian Holloway has confirmed Larrieu's return to Devon:

"He is back, and will be in our squad for Tuesday's game at Charlton. Romain did us all proud - he has had some games after missing a lot of football last year."

Ciderspace would like to thank Romain for his excellent efforts over the past month and wish him luck in forcing his way back into the Argyle first team.


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23 October 2007 : Reserves Back At The Memorial Stadium
Enjoyed your Saturday trip to the Memorial Stadium so much you can't wait to go back? Yeovil Town Reserves will be making the same trip that the first team made for a 7.00pm kick-off tonight against Bristol Rovers Reserves as they play the latest of their Pontins Holiday Football Combination matches.

If we get any news on expected line-ups or admission prices for tonight's game, we'll post an update here.


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22 October 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Bristol Rovers Match
After a brief lull, we're pleased to say that the BBC Somerset Sound interview archive has leapt back into action, with two interviews from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.

In addition to the Russell Slade interview that was transcribed on this site yesterday, but is now available in audio format, the BBC have also uploaded an audio interview with goalscorer Matthew Rose from after the same game.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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22 October 2007 : Football League Review : October 20th 2007
In the latest of a set of weekly articles, our correspondant Josh Rogers has penned a review of the weekend League One action, and ultimately why last minute equalisers at Bristol Rovers matter little on the scale of things.

Link: Football League Review : October 20th 2007.


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22 October 2007 : FA Cup First Round Draw
The draw for the FA Cup First Round will be made this coming Saturday, shortly after the Fourth Round Qualifiers have been completed.

The draw will be broadcast live on BBC1 at approximately 5.10pm.


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22 October 2007 : Fry's Concern For Falling Crowds
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has revealed that the club are roughly 1,000 supporters down against what they had hoped for so far this season, even though the club met their target for season ticket sales.

The Glovers currently have an average gate of 5,283, boosted mainly by the 6,818 that came to watch the September match against Nottingham Forest. However three of the club's six home games have fallen below the 5,000 mark with just 4,757 watching the October home match against Carlisle United and Fry admitted those sort of figures were below his expectations:

"We wanted a 6,000 average and we are on about 5,000. We look at averages on gates against previous years for the equivalent game. We offered a very good season ticket discount and we got our 3,000 target there."

Fry added that he believed fans had to be realistic about what to expect in League One. In recent years it has proved to be one of the tightest divisions to be in - the 2005-06 season saw the relegation and play-off spots separated by the equivalent of just seven wins. Fry said that meant that teams needed to battle for every point:

"Football fans want to see goals and entertaining performances - it isn't like that in League One. It is very, very competitive and it is very easy to be at the bottom of the table. The season is going very well apart from the drop in crowds and the club can't do any more regarding its position in the league and the resources it has. The results against the availability of the resource have been pretty good."

Fry added though that the club needed to take on its own responsibilities towards improving crowds. The club have recently appointed a Marketing Manager in James Richards and Fry said that the club were holding meetings on how best to attract more people to the ground:

"We are having marketing meetings to identify what we can do to encourage crowds."


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22 October 2007 : Carlisle Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match for last Saturday's game against Carlisle United saw those voting agree with the Match Sponsor's opinion, with midfielder Anthony Barry winning the vote relatively comfortably from loan signing Kevin Betsy.

The full results, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets are as follows:

1 Anthony Barry 244 (18)
2 Kevin Betsy 186 (11)
3 Nathan Jones 168 (8)
4 Matthew Rose 126 (7)
5 Scott Guyett 114 (6)
6 Lloyd Owusu 102 (5)
7 Terrell Forbes 60 (4)
8 Paul Warne 28 (1)
9 Justin Cochrane 28 (0)
10 Romain Larrieu 24 (1)
11 Mark Lynch 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.28

Performance: 7.41
Entertainment: 7.15

VOTES RECEIVED: 61

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


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21 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes that seeing his players returning from injury will give his squad a major boost in the weeks to come. Saturday's 1-1 draw saw midfielder Gary Dempsey play his first few minutes of the season, whilst Justin Cochrane is now back and fit.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the players that are on their way back: "In a way it will be like having new players in the squad. We still lack something going forwards at times. The future is still rosey enough. It's just frustrating because you see one or two points slipping away, but it has been a difficult month."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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21 October 2007 : Youth Team vs Gillingham Match Details
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side could count themselves slightly unfortunate to lose out to a Gillingham side this weekend that secured a 3-1 victory through two deflected goals. The Glovers set to the field using the same 4-5-1 approach that they have started with in recent weeks, leaving Lloyd Moyce as the lone striker in their penultimate Cup Group match.

They didn't get off to the best of starts with midfielder Carl Lazenby suffering an ankle injury that he recovered from, although spent much of the first period limping somewhat. After a fairly even opening half hour though without the Glovers creating too much, they switched to a 4-4-2 to create more attacking options.

The scoring was opened by Gillingham on 38 minutes when the home side put in a deep inswinging free kick that sailed over everyone's heads, including keeper John Steele, only for one of the smallest players on the park to nip in at the far post and head home. 1-0 at the break.

Carl Lazenby lasted until 10 minutes into the second half when he was unable to continue and was replaced by Soloman Appiah. But the Glovers went further behind on 65 minutes when a Gillingham shot outside the box took a deflection, wrong-footing keeper John Steele and put Yeovil 2-0 down.

They fought back well though, and reduced the deficit five minutes later, when Ali Lwanga cut the ball back from a wide position, Gillingham only half cleared their lines and <>Lloyd Moyce fired back into the corner to make it 2-1.

However, Gillingham were getting the rub of the green and in a near replica of their second strike, they extended their lead on 75 minutes, with a deflected shot for a 3-1 scoreline, leaving the Glovers with just 15 minutes left to save the game. Manager Stu Housley threw on winger Danny O'Brien and goalkeeper Peter Burridge but to no avail as Gillingham survived the final period with relative ease.

Final Score: Gillingham Under 18s 3 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
John Steele
Mark Muddyman, Jordan Street, Ricky Davey, Owen Irish
Omar Simpson, Carl Lazenby, Stuart Davies, Ren Turnock, Ali Lwanga
Lloyd Moyce

Substitutes: Peter Burridge (76 mins for John Steele), Danny O'Brien (76 mins for Omar Simpson), Solomon Appiah (55 mins for Carl Lazenby).


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20 October 2007 : Glovers Denied By Late Elliott Strike
A last gasp goal from Bristol Rovers defender Steve Elliott denied Yeovil Town maximum points at the Memorial Stadium today. The Glovers had been in the lead for much of the second half until Rovers scored out of the blue with the last kick of the game, four minutes into injury time, to cruelly take away two of the three points on offer.

The Glovers went into the game without striker Marcus Stewart who failed a fitness test against his former club and that meant just one change to the line-up with Lee Peltier taking over from right-back Mark Lynch allowing Justin Cochrane to be promoted from the bench.

It was a relatively poor first half, with the home side probably having a slight edge, even if they had little in the way of firepower to make that count, with most of their shooting being wayward. The Glovers had less in the way of chances, but had the pick of the half, with Scott Guyett forcing Anthony Barry's corner goalbound, only to find Rovers left-back Chris Carruthers on the goal-line to head clear.

The second period saw the Glovers up their game and they took a deserved 62nd minute lead when a right-wing Kevin Betsy cross found Matthew Rose six yards out and able to comfortably net his first Yeovil Town goal.

Rovers huffed and puffed but it was easy to see how they are struggling to score outfield goals at present, with little end product to concern Glovers keeper Romain Larrieu. Rovers defender Steve Elliott could count himself lucky when he tangled as last man when Kevin Betsy was clean through on goal, but referee Keith Stroud refused to give the big decision that would have seen Elliott walk, and that was to be hugely significant.

Lloyd Owusu could have buried the game when he got on the end of a Nathan Jones cross, but his header was wayward with eight minutes left. Then with the game deep into four minutes of injury time and Rovers having gambled by pushing Steve Elliott into a centre-forward position, the Rovers player was left unmarked in the penalty area. Scott Guyett missed a Chris Carruthers ball into the box, and no-one picked up the loose ball or Elliott and the defender fired home the equalising goal right on the final whistle. For the third time this season, a late late goal had come at a huge cost.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Bristol Rovers: (4-4-2)
1. Steve Phillips
2. Ryan Green 5. Craig Hinton 6. Steve Elliott 11. Chris Carruthers
26. Lewis Haldane 7. Stuart Campbell 20. Craig Disley 14. David Pipe
9. Richard Lambert 10. Richard Walker

Subs: 21. Tom Parrinello 4. Sammy Igoe (65 mins for David Pipe) 19. Sean Rigg (79) 18. Chris Lines 8. Andrew Williams (65 mins for Richard Walker)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
31. Romain Larrieu
27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
25. Kevin Betsy 12. Matty Rose 8. Anthony Barry 15. Justin Cochrane
14. Paul Warne 9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch (65 mins for Lee Peltier) 16. Ritchie Jones 7. Gary Dempsey (87 mins for Justin Cochrane) 19. Craig Alcock 28. James Walker

Scorers: Matthew Rose (62 mins, 0-1), Steve Elliott (90 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (57 mins, foul), Justin Cochrane (58 mins, dissent), Paul Warne (90 mins, foul)
Bristol Rovers Bookings: Lewis Haldane (37 mins, dissent), Craig Hinton (58 mins, foul), Chris Carruthers (90 mins, dissent)

Attendance: 7,726 (including approx 700 Yeovil fans)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistant: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire) and Steve Tincknell (Hertfordshire). Fourth Official: Roger East (Somerset).


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20 October 2007 : Fry Calls For Greater Slade Support
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that he wants Glovers fans to get behind manager Russell Slade in order to persuade him that Yeovil Town is the place for him to build his future career.

The club have turned down approaches from fellow League One sides Carlisle United and Millwall in recent weeks but John Fry told this week's Western Gazette that his ability to turn down future offers will very much depend upon the support Russell receives from Yeovil supporters:

"We are saying to the fans that the guy needs your support and that is in numbers volume as well as their attitude towards the club and, perhaps, towards the manager. Quite clearly the manager has been consulted on this and it is his view as well that, providing he gets the support of the fans and board, he wants to finish off the job. He sees himself with a long-term future here."

Russell complained after the home match against Luton Town about some of the barracking he was getting from a small number of fans in the Main Stand behind the dugouts, but Mr Fry believed that some of the expectations of those criticising Russell were unrealistic:

"He has got a job to do and it is not always easy to play football the way the fans want to see it. Russell is in a performance business and he has got to get results and that is what he has done if you look at his record."

Fry gave a similar view to today's Western Daily Press on his manager's abilities, praising the man who won the League Manager's Award for League One as the best manager in the league for the 2006-07 season:

"He is one of the best managers in the league. There are very few good mangers who you know can handle this type of league. Russell is a manger who will go places but he knows he has a job to do here. The job is unfinished but we are backing him to do the job. He is an honourable man and he will honour his contract and if he comes up to a situation where he isn't getting the backing he has to make his own mind up. But we have got trust between us."

Fry added that he hoped Russell would be the man to take the club into the Championship, pointing out what he had achieved so far:

"He is a manager with huge potential. He can certainly take us to the next level, I wouldn't have appointed him otherwise. He has got vast potential. The fans will think I am selling him but I have to be honest. He has got the record of taking us to Wembley after just 12 months in the job. We are in a good position now, three points from the top of the table."

Russell signed a three year contract when he arrived at Huish Park around 18 months ago, and Mr Fry said he was mindful that he didn't want to leave negotiations over a new deal until the end of the three year period, but implied that there had been no attempt to commence talks:

"Quite clearly these things don't happen at the end of three years. They can happen any time before that, it depends on rates of success or opportunities or results in some cases. Russell is delivering and he is halfway through his contract. There is a time and place to negotiate and we both know when that is. The interest is a feather in his cap."

Fry also added that had Russell suggested that he wanted to talk to Millwall or Carlisle United that he would have considered their approaches:

"The teams concerned are in the same league as us and there are difficulties as we are competing but I am not the sort of person who will get in people's way. You either want to be here or you don't want to be here. We have great respect for one another. He is a man who is on the up in his career and that's when I like to take people on as I did with Gary Johnson. I always said Gary would take Bristol City up and maybe further. Russell has got the backing of the board. We have given him all the players within the budget we have and it is for the supporters to recognise."


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20 October 2007 : Youth Team Lose At Gillingham
Gillingham Under 18s beat Yeovil Town's Under 18s side 3-1 in Kent this morning in the penultimate Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group match. The Glovers complete their Group matches next week with a home match against Colchester United, kick-off 2.00pm.

More details on this match will follow in the next 48 hours.


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20 October 2007 : Boxing Day Fixture Now 80 Percent Likely
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry says he is now 80% confident that the League One home match against Swindon Town will be played on Boxing Day. Today's Western Daily Press have said that the most likely solution to the issue of police costs is that the game will be brought forward to a 2.00pm kick-off.

Mr Fry stated that the original estimate of costs supplied by Avon and Somerset Police of 40,000 pounds was double the budget that the club set aside for the entire season:

"We budgeted for the season for £20,000 of police charges. We were told the best that could be done was £16,000 just for Swindon. We are not questioning the police's intelligence for the game. We simply do not have the money to pay out the possible higher fee. We are very conscious of safety - we may be the number one club in the league in that respect - we take on a lot of stewarding."

One of the three options that the club identified was to ban Swindon Town fans from the ground on the day, but thankfully Fry has ruled out this option:

"Stopping away fans coming in is not acceptable from a sporting point of view."

One of the other options was to move the match to an alternative date that would be almost certainly outside the Christmas period, but Fry is hopeful that the match can remain on Boxing Day with the police presence reduced as far as is reasonably possible:

"We feel we can manage the match ourselves and there will be minimum police presence. We are confident we can handle the situation. We have had a load of promotions and not one person has been on that pitch in that time. Swindon have bent over backwards to help us have the match on Boxing Day and at the moment it looks 80 per cent likely to be played then."

In the opinion of Ciderspace, it is important that the club finalise the arrangements of this match as quickly as possible. Supporters make their Christmas and Boxing Day arrangements far in advance, and whilst there is no firm date or time for this match, the club risk supporters making alternative arrangements that may clash with the match once it is finalised. Thus the earlier the details are completed and publicised, the better.


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19 October 2007 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have been drawn at home to either Bath City or Tiverton Town in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup.

First round ties must be played by Saturday 10 November 2007. The Third Qualifying Round match between Bath and Tiverton will be played at Twerton Park next Tuesday on 23rd Oct 2007, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

1 Ashton Athletic/Marine v Chester City
2 Grimsby Town v Tranmere Rovers
3 Bury v Silsden AFC / Sheffield
4 Huddersfield Town v Hartlepool United
5 York City / West Allotment Celtic v Yorkshire Amateur / Dinnington Town
6 Darlington v Leeds United AFC
7 Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
8 Bradford City v Macclesfield Town
9 Oldham Athletic v Wrexham
10 Carlisle United v Stockport County
11 Morecambe v Rotherham United
12 Curzon Ashton / Salford City v Chesterfield
13 Woodley Sports / Ashton Town AFC v Crewe Alexandra
14 Mansfield Town v Stamford AFC / Alfreton Town
15 Lincoln City v Stapenhill / Boston United
16 Nuneaton Borough / Alvechurch v Port Vale
17 Mickleover Sports / Retford United v Stone Dominoes / Stourbridge
18 Nottingham Forest v Walsall
19 Shrewsbury Town v Bromsgrove Rovers / Chasetown
20 Luton Town v Leyton Orient
21 Dagenham & Redbridge v Gillingham
22 Waltham Abbey / Stevenage Borough v Enfield Town / Ashford Town (Middx)
23 Camberley Town / Carshalton Athletic v Millwall
24 Rushden & Diamonds / Stotfold v Grays Athletic / Leverstock Green
25 Cambridge United / Bury Town v Hemel Hempstead Town / Hullbridge Sports
26 Leatherhead / Tooting & Mitcham United v Wycombe Wanderers
27 Corby Town / Dunstable Town v Leyton / Wealdstone
28 Whyteleafe / Tonbridge Angels v Barnet
29 Southend United v Staines Town / Croydon Athletic
30 Brentford v Maidstone United / Lewes
31 Ebbsfleet United / Deal Town v Northampton Town
32 Colney Heath / Boreham Wood v Debenham LC / Woodbridge Town
33 Brighton & Hove Albion v Milton Keynes Dons
34 Swansea City v Merthyr Tydfil / Gloucester City
35 Yeovil Town v Bath City / Tiverton Town
36 Basingstoke Town / Milton United v Hereford United
37 Bracknell Town / Maidenhead United v Oxford City / Aldershot Town
38 Poole Town / Christchurch v Bristol Rovers
39 Reading Town / Oxford United v AFC Bournemouth
40 Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town


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19 October 2007 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow where they will face local rivals Bristol Rovers. The Gasheads are newly promoted to League One following their play-off final victory at Wembley last season and this represents the first meeting between the two sides since 2004-05.

Bristol Rovers go into the game with a moderate number of injuries, although they are concentrated in more defensive positions. Longer term injuries Aaron Lescott and Byron Anthony will definitely not play. Lescott is back in training after recovering from a knee injury but is short of match practice. Meanwhile Anthony broke a metatarsal against Bournemouth earlier this month and is still on crutches.

They also have doubts over a third defender in Joe Jacobson, who suffered a gash to his leg which required eight stitches, whilst on international duty for the Welsh U21 side. If he fails to recover then Chris Carruthers will take his place. Midfielder Sammy Igoe is also doubtful after picking up an ankle injury.

The injury situation for the Glovers is perhaps slightly better than it has been in recent weeks. Marvin Williams (ankle), Lee Morris (knee), Terry Skiverton (groin), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Steve Mildenhall remain absent, whilst there are doubts over former Rovers striker Marcus Stewart who missed last weeks match with a hamstring injury as well as Lee Peltier, who suffered an ankle injury in last week's match. Simon Gillett has returned to Southampton due to a knee injury.

The good news is that midfielder Justin Cochrane got through last week's substitute appearance without any reaction, whilst Gary Dempsey may sneak onto the bench after getting through 90 minutes in the Reserves. New loan signing James Walker will also hope to make the sixteen.

The match is ALL TICKET for away fans, so if you've not got a ticket for this match, don't travel to the ground. The match kicks off at the Memorial Stadium at 3.00pm.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.


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19 October 2007 : Knights Departs On Loan
Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights has on out on a month's loan to Conference National side Cambridge United.

Darryl had been suffering from a shoulder injury sustained in a County Cup match, but made his comeback in Wednesday's 5-0 win over Cheltenham Town Reserves.

Darryl's move to Cambridge also doubles as a chance for him to temporarily move back into his family home. His brother Kyle is currently recovering from a motorcycle accident where he sustained severe head injuries, a broken leg, two broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a bruised lung, and to our knowledge is still in Ipswich Hospital. Late last month, their father Kelvin Knights told the Ipswich press of the kind of pressures Darryl was having to deal with:

"Being so far away from home, Darryl is extremely concerned because he wants to be close to what's going on. It's hard for him because all he gets is updates on the phone. When he does come back he wants to sit at Kyle's bedside because he hasn't spent as much time with him as everyone else. It's difficult because a month is a long time in football and he's got that added pressure of getting on with his life. The rest of the family can sort of put their lives on hold but he's got to try and carry on."


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19 October 2007 : Walker Arrives On Loan
Charlton Athletic striker James Walker has signed a loan agreement at Huish Park that will keep him there until January 1st. The 19 year old has previously played two matches for Yeovil Town Reserves against Bristol City and Cheltenham Town and impressed those who watched the games.

He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers, and is likely to be amongst the substitutes named. Walker will be well-known within the Rovers camp, having had a one month loan spell at the Memorial Stadium during October last year where he made five appearances, scoring one goal.

James has also had loan spells Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient and most recently Notts County.


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19 October 2007 : Gillett Returns To Saints
The Southampton official site has revealed that on-loan Glovers midfielder Simon Gillett has returned to St Mary's with a knee injury. He will have an MRI scan to see if he needs cartilage surgery which could put him out for six weeks. Gillett played in Wednesday's Reserve Team match against Cheltenham Town but was substituted prior to the end of the match.

Gillett made two starts and two substitutes appearances for the Glovers since arriving at Huish Park on September 21st, just prior to the trip to Brighton. Saturday would have been the final game of his month's loan.


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19 October 2007 : Reddy May Bow Out
Former Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy may be forced to retire from the game through injury. In the same week that Glovers striker Lee Morris received the news that he may never play football again, Reddy, who has been training with the Glovers and hoped to agree a contract at Huish Park, has had some set-backs that a specialist has advised him may be terminal.

Manager Russell Slade, who Reddy played under at Grimsby, told the Western Daily Press that the striker had received bad news:

"Michael is at a bit of a crossroads in his career and he falls into the same category as Lee Morris. It looks like he may fail to play football again."

Former Swansea City striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, who is also recovering from a long-term injury, is still training at Huish Park and Russell had better news of his progress:

"He is probably two or three weeks away from a reserve game."


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18 October 2007 : Officials For Bristol Rovers
Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers will be looked after by referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud is a very familiar face to Glovers fans and not always for good reasons. That said, he did manage to award Yeovil Town's one and only penalty awarded in the past 18 months, so perhaps we should not be too cruel to him. That was in his last match involving the Glovers - a 2-1 win in April over Leyton Orient at Huish Park. In truth though, Mr Stroud had a pretty awful match and turned down three other strong penalty appeals during the match.

Whilst his December 2005 trip to Huish Park for the 1-1 draw against Bristol City managed to be completed without serious incident, he was involved in controversy a month earlier when he sent off Lee Johnson for a supposed offensive gesture in a 2-0 defeat against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Whilst Lee said afterwards that he was slapping his arm to appeal for a handball and a penalty, Mr Stroud took it to be of rather darker meaning and dismissed the midfielder. Stroud had earlier awarded Swansea a penalty for what was shown on the match video to be a perfectly executed tackle by Efe Sodje on Lee Trundle, but the match official bowed to the opinion of the home crowd. Overall Mr Stroud hasn't served us well and this is an odd choice of official for what is likely to be a passionate local derby.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire) and Steve Tincknell (Hertfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Roger East (Somerset).

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

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

Link: November 2005 : Swansea City 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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18 October 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
The Ciderspace guide to Saturday's opponents Bristol Rovers is now available for browsing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.


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18 October 2007 : Swansea JPT Tickets On Sale
Further to Tuesday's news item concerning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final between Swansea City and Yeovil Town, tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match will take place at the Liberty Stadium on November 13th, with a 7.00pm kick-off. This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters; no tickets will be sold on the day of the match.

Swansea are adopting the earlier 7.00pm kick-off time for this competition to use it as an opportunity to market their JPT fixtures towards younger supporters and with this they are offering free admission to all Under 16s that are accompanied by a paying adult, up to a limit of four Under 16s per adult.

Prices for the match are £10.00 for adults and disabled, whilst there are £5.00 concessions for senior citizens, students and any Under 16s not qualifying under the above offer. Disabled supporters can gain admittance for £10.00 with assistants admitted free of charge.


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18 October 2007 : Bristol Rovers Ticketing Final Reminder
A final reminder that, tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 20th October are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Adults can gain admission for £17.50, whilst there are concessions available at £9.50.

Bristol Rovers have stated that this match is ALL TICKET for away fans and that they will not be selling tickets on the day of the game, so you will need to make your decision now.

Rovers have introduced a change of policy for this match, with Glovers fans being given the whole of the Becks South Stand, which is the 'marquee' style seated area behind the goal. There will be no Rovers fans in this section of the ground.

The open-terraced 'paddock' (with awful obscured views of the pitch) below the Main Stand at the Memorial Stadium will instead be occupied by home fans. The South Stand holds a maximum of 1,008 spectators.


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17 October 2007 : Five Star Reserves Thrash Cheltenham
Yeovil Town Reserves put on a five-star performance at Huish Park this afternoon as they saw off a Cheltenham Town Reserves side with a 5-0 victory.

The line-up included one new trialist in Lloyd Boateng, a former Arsenal academy striker, who Wycombe Wanderers took on into their academy in 2005. He was joined by defender Callum Hart, striker James Walker and left-sided player Ryan Dickson who were making their second appearance as trialists for the Glovers.

After an open end-to-end start to the match, the Glovers opened their account midway through the first half. Wilfried Domoraud broke down rhe right, beat his man for pace, then got round the back of him and was able to lay the ball across the face of the box for Simon Gillett to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

With the Glovers finally off the mark, the floodgates opened and six minutes later they doubled their lead. James Walker, who was causing Cheltenham's defence all kinds of problems, beat several players, got down to the byline and then pushed the ball across the face of the box where Ryan Dickson was only a yard or so out to make it 2-0.

James Walker made it 3-0 on 37 minutes when he squeezed in a shot between the keeper and his post from 5 yards out, with the the ball taking a ricochet off the post and keeper as it landed in the net.

And there was still time for a fourth goal before the break, with Wilfried Domoraud grabbing the fourth of a marvellous half of football. The Frenchman beat a Cheltenham defender down the middle for speed, then attempted to chip oncoming Cheltenham keeper Will Puddy. The visiting keeper got a palm on the ball, but Domoraud's momentum took him on and he slotted the loose ball into an empty net.

Despite the scoreline, Cheltenham were still giving it plenty of effort, but were being completely outclassed by the trickery Walker and Domoraud and the workrate of Dickson. And 10 minutes into the second half, Gary Dempsey started and finished his own move, coming in from the halfway line, exchanging passes and then firing home to make the scoreline 5-0 on a good day for the Irishman, who clocked up his first 90 minutes since returning from injury.

The Glovers used the second period to make three substitutions, with Curtis Ujah, Simon Gillett and Walker all being withdrawn, and the effect was for the match to level out somewhat. Regardless of that, this was a pleasing result against a club that in recent years have had a strong record in the Football Combination League and had been level on points with the Glovers before today's match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 5 Cheltenham Town Reserves 0.

Yeovil Town: 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Craig Alcock (capt) 3. Callum Hart 4. Lloyd Boateng 5. Curtis Ujah 6. Simon Gillett 7. Jerahl Hughes 8. Gary Dempsey 9. Wilfried Domoraud 10. James Walker 11. Ryan Dickson

Subs: 14. Stephen Maher (46 mins for Curtis Ujah) 15. Ren Turnock (80 mins for Simon Gillett) 16. Darryl Knights (60 mins for James Walker).

Cheltenham Town: 1 Will Puddy 2 Tommy Manship 3 Matthew Walsh 4 Adam Connolly 5 Gavin Caines 6 Ben Pattison 7 B.Gill 8 Andy Lindegaard 9 Steven Gillespie 10 Aaron Ledgister 11 Sosthene Yao

Subs: 12 Jamie Moore 14 Lee Millichip 15 Lewis Fathers 16 Joe Barrett 17 Jack Durrant

Scorers: Simon Gillett (1-0, 24 mins), Ryan Dickson (2-0, 30 mins), James Walker (3-0, 37 mins), Wilfried Domoraud (4-0, 44 mins), Gary Dempsey (5-0, 55 mins).


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17 October 2007 : Yeovil Reserves Line-Up
Yeovil Town have chosen the following line-up for this afternoon's Reserve match against Cheltenham Town Reserves:

1. Lloyd Irish 2. Craig Alcock (capt) 3. Callum Hart 4. Lloyd Boateng 5. Curtis Ujah 6. Simon Gillett 7. Jerahl Hughes 8. Gary Dempsey 9. Wilfried Domoraud 10. James Walker 11. Ryan Dickson

Subs: 14. Stephen Maher 15. Ren Turnock 16. Darryl Knights.


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17 October 2007 : Away Travel Club Seek Carpenter
The Away Travel Club have agreed to purchase a permanent Plasma Screen Television for the beer tent at Huish Park for usage before and after home matches, but they need some help from a volunteer carpenter.

Once the TV is purchased, they need to be able to secure it on a platform and so require someone who can spare some time in helping them build one.

If you think you can help, please drop Mark Kelly a line on either 07825-350040 or send him an email at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk


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17 October 2007 : Cheltenham Announce Reserve Squad
Cheltenham Town have announced a squad of sixteen that has travelled to Huish Park for this afternoon's Reserve Team match which kicks off at 2.00pm.

Their team includes former Glover Andy Lindegaard, who is just returning from a three match suspension, as well as winger Sostane Yao, who played for the Glovers Reserves at the tail end of the 2004-2005 season. Striker Steven Gillespie will also play for the Robins.

Cheltenham Town Reserves: Puddy, Manship, Caines, Wylde, Lindegaard, Connolly, B.Gill, Yao, Gillespie, Ledgister, Moore, Millichip, Fathers, Pattison, Barrett and Durrant.

There is currently no word on the Yeovil Town line-up for this afternoon's match.


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17 October 2007 : Cheltenham Town Reserves Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Cheltenham Town Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, kick-off 2.00pm. Entry for the game is via the Main Stand and will cost 2 pounds for adults and one pound for concessions, with season ticket holders able to gain admission for free.


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16 October 2007 : Swansea Date And Prices Confirmed
The Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final between Swansea City and Yeovil Town will take place at the Liberty Stadium on November 13th, with a 7.00pm kick-off.

Swansea are adopting the earlier kick-off time for this competition to use it as an opportunity to market their JPT fixtures towards younger supporters and with this they are offering free admission to all Under 16s that are accompanied by a paying adult, up to a limit of four Under 16s per adult.

Prices for the match are £10.00 for adults and disabled, whilst there are £5.00 concessions for senior citizens, students and any Under 16s not qualifying under the above offer.

If there are any advance sales on tickets for the Liberty Stadium at the Yeovil end, we will provide them here.


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16 October 2007 : Cruciate Damage Confirmed For Morris
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has had his worst fears confirmed by news that he has definitely damaged cruciate ligaments in his knee, following an injury sustained at Edgar Street in mid-August as part of a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Hereford United.

Lee had his full consultation yesterday and the specialist revealed that the news was not what Morris had been hoping to hear. Manager Russell Slade told the Western Gazette the situation:

"We have found out, following his consultation, that his latest injury is cruciate ligament damage. It is the worst scenario for him and he will be at a real crossroads now in terms of his career."

The odds are now heavily stacked against Morris. The specialist, who operated on Lee for a similar injury before he became a Yeovil Town player, revealed that he knew of only one footballer who had come back from a second cruciate ligament injury. Lee therefore faces the prospect that, despite being only 27 years old, that he may have to hang up his boots. Let's hope that does not prove to be the case.


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16 October 2007 : Football League Weekend Round-Up
Following a busy and rather stretched weekend that featured international matches and League One fixtures over four days this weekend, the latest League One review and round-up can be found online using the link below.

Link: Football League Review : October 16th 2007.


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16 October 2007 : Tickets For Crewe Trip
Tickets for the November 3rd trip to Crewe Alexandra will only be sold on the day of the match at Gresty Road. There will be no sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices are £19.00 for adults, £15.00 for Seniors, £8.50 for Under 16s and £4.50 for Under 11s.

Disabled away supporters must phone the club for parking arrangements and to make a reservation on 01270 213014 in advance. Last season prices for disabled supporters were pegged at the same level as Seniors.

Assuming Crewe are operating the same procedures as last season, they do not accept cash on the turnstiles. Instead, you have to queue at a small ticket office which can be found near the Supporters Clubhouse.

Away supporters get the Blue Bell BMW Stand, which holds 1,680 and gives a side view. There are a couple of pillars but this shouldn't be a problem for anyone with the numbers we are likely to take.


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16 October 2007 : Premium Pricing Attendance Analysis
The concept of 'Premium Pricing' (or Categorised matches) was introduced by Yeovil Town at the start of the 2006-07 season. The policy means that around five matches per season (six this season) are deemed to be all-ticket matches where no tickets are sold on the day and where match day admission is increased by four pounds for adults, OAPs and students. Under 16s and season ticket holders are not affected by this policy.

So far, the majority of matches under this policy have seen attendances drop. However, the club do gain additional revenue per person by virtue of the higher admission prices. Inevitably this has produced a lot of emotional debate and commentary from supporters, whilst the club have continued to hold firm on the usage of this policy.

Ahead of Thursday's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting, we have decided to do some serious mathematics on the situation. What we have attempted to analyse is the effect of Premium Pricing upon Huish Park Crowds and also upon the revenue coming into the club. Does Premium Pricing really affect attendances? Does Premium Pricing bring the club additional revenue despite the apparent drop-off in attendances? Are some games justifiable whilst others are not? Read on via the link below.

Link: Premium Pricing Attendance Analysis : October 2007.

Obviously we have provided our own estimates and assumptions that are used as the basis of these calculations. If there are better figures out there, such as information direct from the Ticket Office database, we'd be happy to revisit those calculations. However, the information used is the best we currently have to hand.


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16 October 2007 : Millwall Make Slade Approach
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has confirmed that his club have received an official approach from fellow League One side Millwall to talk to Glovers boss Russell Slade. The London side currently have a managerial vacancy after sacking Willie Donachie after just over a year in the job.

Fry also told the Western Daily Press that Russell was also in line for the hotseat at Carlisle United, which has recently been filled by John Ward:

"I've had an approach from Millwall to speak to Russell and I've turned them down. I can also confirm that I was approached by the chief executive of Carlisle last month and he got a straight answer as well. I've told them both that I won't allow any other club to speak to my manager and I think I would be letting our fans down if I did. I have Russell Slade's backing in that and I've got a good understanding with Russell. I've let him know about the interest. He's done a remarkable job and it's inevitable that he will be in demand, but he's got a long-term contract here."

Slade's contract at the club runs until June 2009, meaning that any approach to take Russell elsewhere would have to be accompanied by a large pay-off.

Millwall have been a manager's graveyard over the past two years. Since Dennis Wise left the club in May 2005, they have gone through Steve Claridge (who was infamously sacked before taking charge of a competitive match), Colin Lee, David Tuttle, Alan McLeary, Tony Burns and Nigel Spackman, before they turned to Donachie last September. Seven managers in just over two years certainly takes some doing.

Donachie saved Millwall last season the embarrassment of slipping from being a side playing European Football in 2004-05 to playing football in League Two this season by taking them off the foot of the table up to a respectable mid-table position by the end of the campaign and they were being tipped by many to challenge for promotion to the Championship this season. But the summer sale of Darren Byfield and Marvin Elliott to Bristol City and Marvin Williams to Yeovil Town saw them hit the foot of the table once again this season and they currently lie in 21st place in the table, just a point off the bottom.

Given that Slade knows both Donachie and Spackman well from their days at Sheffield United there is little doubt that he will have a strong insight into the difficulties that both managers have faced in dealing with the air of expectancy at the New Den. That knowledge may explain why Fry appears to be relatively confident in holding onto his current manager.


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16 October 2007 : Youths Go Down Against Southend
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side saw their interest in the Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group section effectively ended on Saturday after they were beaten 3-1 by Southend United.

Having put on an impressive performance in last week's match against Oxford United, manager Stuart Housley kept faith with the same line-up and formation that he had used throughout that match.

The Glovers though, couldn't have got a worse start, with Southend taking the lead just three minutes into the match, as James Lindie deflected a wild and wide Southend shot across the face of the box, surprising John Steele in the Yeovil Town goal.

Steele made a series of fine saves during the match, doing well to keep Yeovil in the game, whilst another Southend chance forced a goal-line clearance to keep the score at 1-0. That doggedness seemed to have paid off, when a Carl Lazenby 34th minute free kick was spilled by Southend keeper Nathan McDonald and Owen Irish was the first to react as the central defender provided the equaliser with a tap-in.

Had the Glovers managed to get through the remaining 11 minutes before the break without conceding, the game would have been set up for the second half. But Richard Priest's 25 yard drive took a deflection on its way into the top corner and then with half time looming, Luke Thurlbourne drove home through a crowded goalmouth with Glovers keeper John Steele having been blocked off from a Southend corner.

Omar Simpson went up front for the second period as the Glovers switched to 4-4-2 and they probably should have pulled a goal back when Ali Lwanga missed a great chance early on. But after a brief end-to-end flurry of activity from both sides, the game calmed down, with Southend content to shut up shop and control the match thereafter.

The result leaves the Glovers with two games to go against Gillingham and Colchester before the group stages complete. But with only one point from their games so far, realistically these final two matches will be played for pride rather than for a place in the final stages.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 Southend United Under 18s 3.

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
John Steele
Mark Muddyman Jordan Street Owen Irish Sam Elphick
Omar Simpson Ren Turnock Stuart Davies Carl Lazenby Ali Lwanga
Lloyd Moyce

Southend United: (4-4-2) Nathan McDonald; Dan Harvey, Tom Hopkins, Ronnie Jones, Johnny Herd; Stuart O'Keefe (Tashan Adeyinka 82) Luke Thurlbourne (Davis Abbey 76), Richard Priest, Jamie Forshaw (Jack Morris 59); Rhys Henry, James Lindie.

Goals: James Lindie (0-1, 3 mins), Owen Irish (1-1, 34 mins), Richard Priest (1-2, 40 mins), Luke Thurlbourne (1-3, 44 mins).


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15 October 2007 : Hereford Man Of The Match Results
Yet another tight vote was experienced for last week's Man of the Match voting for the Hereford United game. There was a significant spread of views across the board, but Marcus Stewart, who lasted 90 minutes and scored Yeovil's first penalty in the winning shoot-out despite suffering a second half hamstring strain, narrowly edged out Kevin Betsy.

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

1 Marcus Stewart 48 (4)
2 Kevin Betsy 40 (2)
3 Scott Guyett 32 (2)
4 Anthony Barry 30 (1)
5 Nathan Jones 22 (2)
6 Terrell Forbes 20 (1)
7 Romain Larrieu 18 (1)
8 Mark Lynch 8 (0)
9 Matthew Rose 6 (0)
10 Paul Warne 2 (0)

A reminder that you can still place your vote for Saturday's match against Carlisle United using the link below.

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


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15 October 2007 : Owusu In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town striker Lloyd Owusu has made it into the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. Lloyd scored in the 2-1 win over Carlisle United, scoring his 6th of the season in the process.

Of the Sunday papers, the Sunday Independent gave Matthew Rose as their Man of the Match, whilst the News Of The World gave the same to Nathan Jones who scored the winning goal. Jones got into the NOTW divisional team of the week along with goalkeeper Romain Larrieu. The sponsors Man of the Match was Anthony Barry.

The full Football League team of the week is as follows:

Jan Budtz (Hartlepool United)
Luke Chambers (Nottingham Forest) Tommy Elphick (Brighton & Hove Albion) Tamika Mkandawire (Leyton Orient) Stephen Hammell (Southend United)
Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers) Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) Kris Commons (Nottingham Forest) Sebastien Carole (Leeds United)
Warren Feeney (Swansea City) Lloyd Owusu (Yeovil Town)

Do you agree or disagree with the players gaining the accolades above? Cast your vote in the Ciderspace Man of the Match vote using the form below. Just to show how opinions can vary, whilst the Match sponsors singled out Anthony Barry as their star player, the NOTW journalist marked Anthony as Yeovil's worst player! It's a good job football is a game of opinions ...

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


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15 October 2007 : Bristol Rovers Tickets
For the avoidance of doubt, tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 20th October are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Adults can gain admission for £17.50, whilst there are concessions available at £9.50. We suspect interest in this fixture will grow during the week, so if you are thinking of going we'd suggest you make your decision as soon as possible.

Rovers have introduced a change of policy for this match, with Glovers fans being given the whole of the Becks South Stand, which is the 'marquee' style seated area behind the goal. There will be no Rovers fans in this section of the ground.

The open-terraced 'paddock' (with awful obscured views of the pitch) below the Main Stand at the Memorial Stadium will instead be occupied by home fans. The South Stand holds a maximum of 1,008 spectators.


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15 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Carlisle Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given his players two days off to try and freshen up after a hectic fortnight that has seen them cram in four first team games as well as a number of Reserve Team fixtures. With a 2-1 win secured on Saturday against Carlisle United and no first team fixture in midweek, Russell believes his players deserve an extended weekend.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of his squad: "The boys are having Monday off and they've earned that. It's the same players that have put in a big shift over the past 14 days with the four games that we've had across each Saturday and Tuesday. So they have earned that and hopefully they can come back a little fresher when we take on Bristol Rovers on Saturday."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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14 October 2007 : FA Women's Cup Draw
As Yeovil Town Ladies start their F.A. Women's Cup campaign they find themselves drawn with a home tie against Team Weston in the First Round Proper. Team Weston are also in the Women's Combination South West, currently lying in 11th spot while the Glovers are 7th. The fixture is scheduled for Sunday 28th October.

Next Sunday, 21st October, the Glovers are also facing a cup tie, away to Frome Town in Round One of the Somerset County Cup.


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14 October 2007 : SPC Date
The Second Round tie for the Yeovil Town Reserves in the Somerset Premier Cup away to Bitton will take place on Wednesday 14th November. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

Bitton play in the Toolstation Western Football League Premier Division, and are averaging gates of 88 so far this season. Home colours are red and white striped shirts and black shorts and socks. The club first achieved the status of the Premier Division with promotion as runners-up in Divison One in the 2003-04 campaign.

The stadium is on Bath Road (A431) to the north-west of the village. There is a 50 seater stand and cover for around 150-200 standing in the 1,000 capacity ground. Floodlights were installed in 2001. The dressing room facilities are new, built in 2004, and there's a clubhouse for supporters.

Click here for map.

Recreation Ground, Bath Road, Bitton, BS30 6HX.
Tel. 0117 932 3222


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13 October 2007 : Jones Seals Glovers Comeback
Yeovil Town superbly bounced back from a goal down to beat a well-organised Carlisle outfit 2-1 at Huish Park this afternoon. Unsung hero Nathan Jones bagged the winner with a cracking free-kick after Lloyd Owusu had levelled matters five minutes after Carlisle took the lead.

The visitors went ahead four minutes after the break when a cross from former Yeovil Town player Kevin Gall allowed Simon Hackney to slot home from a narrow angle and put Carlisle in front. Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade began to show his frustration but his side showed tremendous character with two goals in eleven minutes, having not scored for an incredible 407 minutes going into the fixture today.

Lloyd Owusu scored his sixth competitive goal of the season after good work from Scott Guyett who headed back an Anthony Barry free-kick into the path of Owusu. The come back was completed when left-back Nathan Jones struck an excellent free-kick on the edge of the box into the top corner of the Carlisle goal for his second ever goal for Yeovil Town.

Nathan Jones has been without a doubt one of the most consistent players for his club in the past year, providing a wealth of experience and class going forward and defending. It was therefore only fitting that, although one of the oldest members of the squad yet the fittest player in the side, the 34-year-old grabbed the winner to give Russell Slade’s men three important points before a tricky away test against local rivals Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2-1 Carlisle United.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
31. Romain Larrieu
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 27. Lee Peltier 25. Kevin Betsy
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Subs: 15. Justin Cochrane (46 mins for Lee Peltier) 16. Ritchie Jones 17. Simon Gillett (83 mins for Paul Warne) 19. Craig Alcock 30. Wilfried Domoraud.

Carlisle United:
1. Keiren Westwood
2. David Raven 5. Danny Livesey 6. Peter Murphy 3. Zigor Aranalde
7. Kevin Gall 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 8. Chris Lumsdon 16. Jeff Smith
9. Danny Graham 18. Simon Hackney

Subs: 20. Chris Howarth (GK) 10. Danny Carlton (81 mins for Danny Graham) 15. Paul Arnison 17. Neale McDermott 22. Joe Anyinsah (69 mins for Jeff Smith)

Scorers: Simon Hackney (49 mins, 0-1), Lloyd Owusu (54 mins, 1-1), Nathan Jones (65 mins, 2-1).

Bookings: None.

Referee: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: John Flynn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,757 (including 245 Carlisle fans).


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13 October 2007 : Glovers Get Swansea JPT Trip
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the Area Quarter-Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, with a trip to Swansea City the reward for the Glovers successful penalty shoot-out against Hereford United last Tuesday.

The match will be played at the Liberty Stadium on the week commencing November 12th 2007. The full draw is as follows:

Southern Section

AFC Bournemouth United v Milton Keynes Dons
Swansea City v Yeovil Town
Gillingham v Dagenham & Redbridge
Brighton and Hove Albion v Cheltenham Town

Northern Section

Carlisle United v Stockport County
Hartlepool United v Morecambe
Leeds United v Bury
Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers/Oldham Athletic


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12 October 2007 : Club Fireworks Night
Yeovil Town Football Club are holding another of their Fireworks Nights. Described as a night of "Fireworks, Food and Funfair", the evening is to be held at Huish Park on Monday 5th November. The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm with the first firework going off at 7.25pm.

Tickets are priced at £5.00 for Adults, £3.00 for Under 16s and £15.00 for a Family Ticket (2 Adults plus up to 4 children). Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office either by phone on 01935-847888 or by visiting them in person.


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12 October 2007 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Agenda
The agenda for the first Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting (replacing previous Customer Charter Meetings) has been issued by the club in time for next Thursday's meeting. It reads as follows:

The Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting
18th October 2007, 5.45pm
Agenda

1) Welcome and Introductions

2) Election of Partnership Chairperson

3) Selection process for the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership

4) Categorised Matches
a) Mini Season Tickets
b) Match Day Pricing


5) Match Day Programme

6) Website
a) Content
b) PTV
c) Adverts


7) Club Communication

8) Advertising

9) Bars & Tea Bars

10) Huish Park Match Day Experience/Entertainment

11) How to attract more Home and Away Fans

12) A.O.B
a) Firework Night – 5th November
b) The Football League Awards
c) Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Presentation
d) LABECKONS Competition
e) Staff vs. Supporters Match


If anyone has any last minute comments or observations regarding any of the agenda items then either feed them through to the meeting representatives or drop Sara an email at supporter.link@ytfc.net


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12 October 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Carlisle United at Huish Park tomorrow in a match that kicks off at the earlier time of 1.00pm, to avoid a clash with England's match against Estonia.

The Glovers go into the match with one of the most ludicrous injury lists known to man, such that manager Russell Slade may have to resort to some extreme measures to name sixteen players for tomorrow.

Those on the treatment table this week include Gary Dempsey (foot), Nathan Jones (dead leg), Matt Rose (ankle and flu), Mark Lynch (hamstring), Lee Morris (knee), Marvin Williams (ankle), Steve Mildenhall (hip), Terry Skiverton (groin), Darryl Knights (shoulder), Justin Cochrane (ankle), Marc Bircham (hamstring), Marcus Stewart (hamstring), Curtis Ujah, James Brown and Lee Peltier (ankle). If strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Reddy are added to the equation, then club physio Jim Joyce has been looking after seventeen players this week.

Of that long list, Mark Lynch, Nathan Jones and Matt Rose will be tested today to see what chance they have of recovering from their Tuesday night knocks, whilst Marcus Stewart has not been entirely ruled out yet. Russell could place midfielders Gary Dempsey and Justin Cochrane on the bench, but with both having only clocked up half a Reserve game then he would doubtless prefer not to. Liverpool midfielder Lee Peltier had been hoping to return for Saturday's game, but his current situation is not clear.

Russell could dip into the loan market today if required, but again will have to tread carefully. Our understanding of the loan system is that a club can only field five loan players in a squad of sixteen and Yeovil already have Romain Larrieu, Simon Gillett, Ritchie Jones, Kevin Betsy and Lee Peltier on their books. If Peltier is still out, then the Yeovil boss may be tempted to move for Charlton Athletic striker James Walker or left-sided defender/winger Ryan Dickson. Other options may be to put former AFC Bournemouth defender Callum Hart or former Germinal Beerschot striker Bjorn de Wilde on registration forms - both are free agents and are believed to be training with the club. Free agents do not count towards the number of allowable loans.

Unsurprisingly Carlisle have travelled down this morning and rather unusually manager John Ward has said that the Cumbrians will be using Yeovil Town training facilities this afternoon to stretch their legs. The two managers know each other well, having competed in the League Two play-off final 18 months ago, whilst Russell was Grimsby Town manager and Ward was Cheltenham Town's manager and Ward said it was very much a case of managers swapping favours:

"People tend to look after each other in football and Russell might want a favour from us at some point. I’m sure he won’t have his spies in the bushes watching us."

Ward's squad is missing captain Paul Thirlwell (calf) and striker Joe Garner (suspended) whilst he also has worries about Preston loan winger Joe Anyinsah, who picked up a thigh strain:

"Joe did some work back at Preston on Wednesday and said there was a bit of an ache in his thighHe missed Thursday’s full training session, although he did some work with (physio) Neil Dalton. He is travelling with us and I’m optimistic he will be ok."

If Anyinsah doesn't make it, then former Glover Kevin Gall may be pushed out wide tomorrow, from the central position he has been occupying so far this season. Gally scored twice in midweek against Chester City and the Cumbrians certainly aren't short of a goal or two, having knocked up 13 goals in their last 4 games. They are currently third in the League One table and so will present an extremely difficult opposition to contain.

To repeat again - the match kicks off at 1.00pm and tickets are available until 6.00pm tonight, or alternatively (at matchday prices) right up until the 1.00pm kick-off.


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12 October 2007 : Ticket Office Extended Hours
Those going to tomorrow's Carlisle United match tomorrow who haven't bought a ticket yet may like to know that the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 6.00pm tonight.

Given that tomorrow's match kicks off at 1.00pm, this may give supporters an extra hour to purchase tickets for the game, particularly given that tickets purchased today will be at the pre-match price.

The Huish Park Club Shop will also be open until 6.00pm tonight.


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12 October 2007 : Youth Team vs Southend
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s play Southend United tomorrow morning in the latest Youth Alliance League Cup Group match.

The match will be played at Somerton Sports Club, kick-off 11.00am, with address as follows:

Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HS.

Link: Multimap.com : Somerton Sports Club.


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11 October 2007 : Russell's Concern For Jones And Rose
Injuries this week to left-back Nathan Jones and defender Matthew Rose have given Glovers boss Russell Slade a massive headache ahead of Saturday's match with Carlisle United. In addition to problems concerning Marcus Stewart (see earlier news) there are doubts concerning defenders Matthew Rose and Nathan Jones and Russell admitted to the Western Morning News that things were getting rather desperate:

"We simply can't afford any more injuries, and unfortunately we've picked up a couple more at Hereford. Ideally, I would have rested a few for the Trophy game and shuffled my pack, but I'm not in that situation. We've got a really serious injury list at the moment, but we're hanging in there. We just have to keep going."

Russell explained that Matthew Rose's problems were compounded by him having missed training with flu before the game:

"Rosey was very tired. He's been bunged up and it's the first time we've seen him since Saturday, so I'm delighted he got through the majority of the game. But he did have to go off before the end with his ankle, and we'll have to assess that later this week."

Left-back Nathan Jones is suffering from a dead leg, rather than the knee ligaments that were first feared, but that still doesn't guarantee him a starting place on Saturday:

"Nathan Jones has got a dead leg and again we'll have to see how he is for Saturday. We don't know at this stage. Hereford had the luxury of being able to change their team about a little bit but, as you well know, the 16 names on my team-sheet were the only 16 players I had available."


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11 October 2007 : Stewart The Latest To Fall
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart has become the latest player to be affected by the club's injury jinx.

Stewart appeared to be struggling during the second period at Edgar Street on Tuesday night, and on several occasions he had conversations with the bench. But with penalties looming and Yeovil eventually needing to replace Matthew Rose and Nathan Jones through other injuries, Stewart lasted the full 90 minutes.

The injury is a hamstring strain and that could bring Yeovil's injury tally to a rather ludicrous 13 players and manager Russell Slade told the Western Gazette that he could easily be without all of them on Saturday:

"It is unbelievable that he (Stewart) has got a hamstring injury. He is a doubt as well and it is incredible. He will be a last-minute thing. I will possibly have none of the injured players back by the weekend and that is the worst scenario. Our best scenario is that Nathan Jones gets over his dead leg. It makes such a difference when you have a fully-fit squad in a lot of ways because the manager has choices, the bench is stronger and there is competition for places. I do not want to make a big thing of it but it is so frustrating and difficult at the minute."


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11 October 2007 : Officials For The Carlisle United Game
Saturday's match against Carlisle United will be looked after by Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire). He was appointed to the Football League's referee list in 2001. He's taken charge of three games since we entered the Football League, most recently the rather legendary 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town in April 2006 that kept the Glovers in League One.

He also took charge of the game of waterpolo that was the Boxing Day clash with Kidderminster Harriers at Huish Park in 2003, whilst in between that he was at Adams Park for the 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers that cost Tony Adams his job in November 2004. The most surprising thing of them all? We barely mention or criticise Mr Hegley in any of the three games. More of the same please!

Mr Hegley will be assisted by Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be John Flynn (Wiltshire).

Link: April 2006 : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2004 : Wycombe Wanderers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2003 : Yeovil Town 1 Kidderminster Harriers 2.


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11 October 2007 : Leeds Man Of The Match Result
The Ciderspace Man of the Match result for Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Leeds United was won by about the narrowest margin possible. In terms of points, the result was a tie between defender Scott Guyett and right-winger Kevin Betsy, who both scored 110 points, based on votes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed votes.

However, Scott wins the vote by the tiniest of margins by gaining seven outright votes, to Kevin's six. Those coming in behind were almost as close, with midfielder Anthony Barry just 10 points behind.

Full voting with outright MOTM votes in brackets are as follows:

1 Scott Guyett 110 (7)
2 Kevin Betsy 110 (6)
3 Anthony Barry 100 (7)
4 Terrell Forbes 90 (4)
5 Marcus Stewart 58 (4)
6 Lloyd Owusu 42 (3)
7 Matthew Rose 32 (1)
8 Paul Warne 30 (0)
9 Mark Lynch 12 (1)
10 Romain Larrieu 10 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.39

Performance: 8.73
Entertainment: 8.06

VOTES RECEIVED: 33

A reminder that if you went to Tuesday night's match against Hereford United, please cast your votes as soon as possible. With only 125 people travelling, we're currently struggling for votes on this one, so any from those who went would be appreciated!

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


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10 October 2007 : Lwanga Double Downs City
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a shock 2-0 win over Bristol City Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, despite the two clubs putting out extremely different looking line-ups.

Whilst the Glovers were forced to shield almost all of their senior players from the match to avoid the possibility of their injury list being increased even further, City fielded a side full of household names, with Brian Wilson, Jamie McCombe, Phil Jevons, Scott Murray, David Noble and Cole Skuse all starting.

The Glovers fielded three trialists within their young side, with 19 year old Charlton Athletic striker James Walker, Plymouth Argyle midfielder Ryan Dickson and former AFC Bournemouth defender Callum Hart all in the starting line-up. Former Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy was deemed to be not quite ready yet for competitive action.

Despite the huge gulf in experience between the two sides, it was the Glovers who started the brighter and just 18 minutes into the match they took the lead when James Walker got down the wing, put in a byline cross that had the City keeper coming out for it. He missed the cross and Youth Teamer Ali Lwanga headed home.

Yeovil also went close when Gary Dempsey, making his comeback from a foot injury, picked out Jerahl Hughes with a long cross-field pass. Hughes broke down the left-wing and put in a cross for Walker, who shot just wide of the post.

A minute before the break, Yeovil doubled their lead, in a near carbon copy of their opening goal. Walker again provided the width, City keeper Balasz over-committed himself, and Ali Lwanga grabbed his second. 2-0 at half time.

City came out somewhat more fired up for the second period, but failed to dislodge the Yeovil lead. A few rather 'tasty' City tackles suggested that manager Gary Johnson wasn't best pleased with their first half efforts, but the Glovers remained on top in the match. City had to rue a number of missed chances, with former Glover Phil Jevons twice hitting the woodwork, whilst Jamie McCoombe also managed the same.

Aside from the result, two big positives to come out of the match were Gary Dempsey lasting 65 minutes, whilst Justin Cochrane, who replaced him lasted 25 minutes. At a time when physio Jim Joyce's room seems to have a perpetual number of players coming through the In door, it's a relief to find a couple of players appear to be finding the Out door.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Bristol City Reserves 0.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Craig Alcock (capt) 3. Ryan Dickson 4. Owen Irish 5. Callum Hart 6. Stephen Maher 7. Ali Lwanga 8. Gary Dempsey 9. James Walker 10. Jordan Street 11. Jerahl Hughes.

Subs: 12. Wilfried Domoraud (77 mins for Ali Lwanga) 14. Stuart Davies (80 mins for Jerahl Hughes) 15. Justin Cochrane (65 mins for Gary Dempsey) 16. Ren Turnock.

Bristol City Reserves: (provisional - tbc) Balasz; B.Wilson, Wilkinson, McCombe, Slocombe; Murray, Noble, Skuse, Kington; Plummer, Jevons. Subs: Jackson, Boon, Sivers, Dunn.


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10 October 2007 : Youths Draw At Oxford
Saturday's Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Oxford United Under 18s saw Yeovil Town's youngsters gain a highly creditable 0-0 draw at the Iffley Road Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

Oxford won last season's Youth Alliance league at a canter, and the result was made all the more impressive given that the Glovers achieved it through only 12 players. Although 14 were named on the teamsheet, late drop-outs meant that in practice manager Stuart Housley was down to his last available players.

Oxford's official site grumbled that Yeovil lined up in a "wholly unadventurous" 4-5-1 formation - unfortunately like the Glovers first team, you line-up in whatever formation you can fit your remaining players into, and so Lloyd Moyce was a lone striker putting in an excellent performance until with 15 minutes to go he was finally given a chance to put his feet up.

The Glovers defence almost entirely snuffed out the Oxford United attack, such that keeper John Steele had little work to do, and the view from the Oxford end of things shows how frustrated they were at Yeovil's ability to shut up shop.

In the end it was the Glovers who looked the more likely to snatch victory. Midfielder Ren Turnock went the closest, firing a shot against the foot of a goalpost. Then in the 90th minute, Omar Simpson went agonisingly wide when he glanced a header just beyond the far post.

Final Score: Oxford United U18s 0 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Yeovil Town U18s: 1. John Steele 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Sam Elphick 4. Jordan Street 5. Owen Irish (capt) 6. Carl Lazenby 7. Omar Simpson 8. Ren Turnock 9. Stuart Davies 10. Lloyd Moyce 11. Ali Lwanga.

Subs: 17. J Flack (75 mins for Lloyd Moyce) 14. Jamie Morgan 15, Steve Martin.

Oxford United U18s: Warrell; Sampson, Clarke, Owen, Martin; Benjamin, Groves, Posey; Hodgkins, Fisher, Spilman.

Subs: Bowerman (Hodgkins 45) Fower (Spilman 80).


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10 October 2007 : Reserves vs Bristol City Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Bristol City Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, kick-off 2.00pm. Entry for the game is via the Main Stand and will cost 2 pounds for adults and one pound for concessions, with season ticket holders able to gain admission for free.

Exactly what kind of team that manager Russell Slade can field is rather debatable! With at least 12 players occupying Jim Joyce's rather cramped treatment room it could be a case of anyone who has a pair of boots getting a game. That said, it is hoped that midfielder Gary Dempsey and striker Michael Reddy will feature in today's line-up as they continue their rehabilitation.


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10 October 2007 : Injury Update
This morning's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletin states that left-back Nathan Jones suffered a dead leg in last night's 0-0 draw with Hereford United and not knee ligaments as was first feared. They are therefore hopeful that he will recover in time for Saturday's game against Carlisle United.


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9 October 2007 : Glovers Hit The Spot
Yeovil Town moved into the Third Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for the first time in their history after a 0-0 draw against Hereford United was ended via penalty kicks, with Yeovil winning 4-2 on the night.

The depleted Glovers went into the match with 10 first-teamers out injured, with Curtis Ujah the latest to be jinxed following a training ground injury. Thankfully Jerahl Hughes was fit enough to make the bench, whilst Matthew Rose took to the field despite having not trained so far this week because of flu.

The 90 minutes itself was nothing to get too excited about, with both sides missing chances to break the deadlock, but in the main far too much of the play was scrappy. Home striker Trevor Benjamin put wide from close range in the first half, whilst two chances in two minutes during the second period saw Yeovil's best chances go by, with Matthew Rose and Lloyd Owusu both being denied by home keeper Michael Ingham.

Penalties though, were on the whole inevitable and resulted in the Glovers taking the initiative, taking a 3-0 lead in the spot-kicks through Marcus Stewart, Anthony Barry and Lloyd Owusu before Hereford briefly fought back through Kevin Betsy having had his attempt saved. Midfielder Ritchie Jones who had only been on the field for 60 seconds and had yet to touch the ball took Yeovil's 5th penalty and scored to put the Glovers into the Third Round.

1-0 SCORE - Marcus Stewart - hit the ball low centre with keeper diving away
1-0 SAVE - Trevor Benjamin - saved by Larrieu going down low to his left
2-0 SCORE - Anthony Barry - hit high and up the middle with keeper diving under the ball
2-0 MISS - Dean Beckwith - sliced well wide of the target
3-0 SCORE - Lloyd Owusu - low into the bottom left-hand corner
3-1 SCORE - Theo Robinson - hit low into bottom right hand corner
3-1 SAVE - Kevin Betsy - hit low towards bottom right hand corner but not enough pace and saved.
3-2 SCORE - Luke Webb - bottom right hand corner and scored
4-2 SCORE - Ritchie Jones - middle right hand side of goal.

The night was marred by injuries to left-back Nathan Jones, who limped off with a knee ligament injury, whilst defender Matthew Rose also departed with an ankle injury. Both left the field just before the full time whistle and if both are not fit for Saturday, manager Russell Slade could have a big headache when attempting to select a player in the left-back slot for Saturday's match against Carlisle United.

Final Score: Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 0. (Yeovil Town win 4-2 on penalties).

Hereford United: (4-4-2)
14. Michael Ingham
2. Trent McClenahan 28. Dean Beckwith 5. John McCombe 4. Richard Rose
21. Luke Webb 20. Toumani Diagouraga 10. Kris Taylor 11. Clint Easton
23. Simon Johnson 12. Trevor Benjamin

Substitutes: 1. Wayne Brown (GK) 8. Ben Smith (64 mins for Richard Rose) 15. Sam Gwynne (78 mins for Toumani Diagouraga) 19. Marcus Palmer 22. Theo Robinson (65 mins for Clint Easton)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
31. Romain Larrieu
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
25. Kevin Betsy 12. Matty Rose 10. Marcus Stewart 8. Anthony Barry 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu

Substitutes: 16. Ritchie Jones (90 mins for Matty Rose) 17. Simon Gillett (59 mins for Paul Warne) 19. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Nathan Jones) 21. Jerahl Hughes 30. Wilfried Domoraud

Hereford Booking: Kris Taylor (80 mins, foul)
Yeovil Booking: Mark Lynch (50 mins, foul)

Referee: Steven Cook.

Attendance: 1,859 (including 125 Yeovil fans).


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9 October 2007 : County Cup Second Round
With the County Cup Second Round having been drawn all the way back on May 30th we finally now know who our Second Round opponents are for the Somerset Premier Cup.

Yeovil Town Reserves will travel to play Bitton, who beat Radstock Town 4-0 in their First Round match. The game should be played during the week commencing November 12th, but there is no firm date as yet. You'll find Bitton situated partway between Bristol and Bath - we'll supply more details nearer the time.


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8 October 2007 : Skivo Going Under The Knife
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is expected to be ruled out for a further 3-4 weeks as he prepares for a groin operation. The central defender has been struggling on and off since late last season with groin problems, but until now the club have resisted going down the route of putting him under the knife.

However, with Skivo's last come-back lasting barely 1.5 matches, the club have now agreed, subject to a specialist's assessment, that they will allow him to drop out of contention until November, with him having an operation later this week. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound manager Russell Slade explained:

"Skivo has gone today to see a specialist. It is every likelihood that he will have surgery on Thursday. Once it is done, hopefully it will take three weeks from the day of the operation, so at least it is not long term. That is the most positive thing I can say about Terry's injury."

Russell also confirmed that winger Marvin Williams has now had his operation, with January 2008 pencilled in for his comeback:

"As you know, Marvin Williams has had his operation. He had his on Thursday. He'll be out for three months. I really don't want too many more of these."

In terms of better news though, Russell added that midfielders Justin Cochrane and Gary Dempsey are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel from their injury problems, with the latter expected to play against Bristol City Reserves on Wednesday. Striker Michael Reddy is also believed to be in the reckoning for that line-up:

"Justin Cochrane trained this morning and he is feeling it a little bit and trying to go through the pain barrier. Gary Dempsey trained and he'll play (for the Reserves) on Wednesday, which is good news for us."

As for tomorrow's match at Edgar Street, the BBC expect midfielder Lee Peltier to still be unavailable with an ankle injury, although he is hopeful of returning for Saturday's match. Defender Matthew Rose is the only player Russell will take a late raincheck on - Matthew has been suffering post-Leeds with flu symptoms.


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8 October 2007 : Morris Career Hangs In Balance
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris is going to be paying a nervous trip to a knee specialist this week, knowing that his future in professional football could hang on the results of that consultation.

Lee injured his knee in the Carling Cup match against Hereford United but hobbled his way through the second half. However he has not played since, and manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound tonight that the club are concerned that it could be a cruciate ligament injury, and with Morris having already had that knee operated upon for the same injury before he came to Yeovil, such a diagnosis could mean curtains for Lee:

"The worst scenario is that it could actually finish Lee's career. That's how severe it could be - that is the worst scenario. I don't think there are many players who can come back from a second cruciate ligament injury. The specialist that he is going to has done thousands of them and only one person he knows has ever come back in the history of him doing them. If this one came back then this would be his second. So you can't get more unlucky than that really."

Obviously Russell is hoping that Lee comes back from his consultation with somewhat happier news. Either way, he is not expecting Lee to be involved for several weeks now:

"The best scenario is that it could be cartilage and it may need tidying up or it may need further rest and that sort of thing would keep him out for another three to four weeks. I don't know for sure as it is difficult for me to pin a timetable down to that one. I'm just guessing a little bit, so we'll just have to wait and see."


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8 October 2007 : Fry Outlines Stadium Plans And Problems
Further to our September 27th article concerning the club's finalisation of plans to expand the stadium, this week's Western Gazette reveals that the club are planning to lay down four separate proposals for discussion. Three of those plans have been drafted whilst a fourth was still in progress as the Gazette went to print.

Depending on the option chosen, the ground capacity would rise from it's current 9,400 to between 14,000 and 18,000 capacity. Inevitably if those options included redevelopment of the two terraces then this would make the ground an all-seater affair as Chairman John Fry's motivation for these changes include getting the stadium ready for Championship football, which requires clubs to convert to an all-seater stadium by the end of their third season.

The talks over the plans have been in progress for two years, and of the proposals on the table so far, the club have identified the following options, with one other option still to follow:
a) Develop all four sides of Huish Park
b) Develop three sides of Huish Park (it isn't specified which stand would be left 'as is' but presumably this will be the Main or East Stand)
c) Develop the two terraces at the ground.

The fly in the ointment is, as ever, the covenants on the Huish Park land that prevent the club from expanding in certain ways without breaching legal agreements drawn up at the time the ground was built. Mr Fry also references a "change of use" application that would go before the council - currently the usage is considered as being "recreational" and moves to introduce more leisure and commercial-focussed developments could see those terms of usage challenged. The club also need to negotiate the lease of a new plot of land from the council. But Mr Fry accepts that the covenant agreement is the main stumbling block:

"Some of the plans are to develop the whole lot and others are extensions to existing facilities. We want to release it out to the fans for them to have their say and conclude on it and then submit to the council for change of use. But before we waste any more time we have to get a decision on the covenant. Another strip of land would need to be leased from the district council and that could affect the final plan."

Many fans have criticised the skeleton proposals, suggesting that the club should be doing more to attract people to fill the existing ground before looking to expand it. But Fry points out that moving up another division would require stadium development regardless, and suggests there is a little bit of 'chicken and egg' involved concerning the stadium facilities:

"We are confident we can get the numbers in and obviously don't want an empty stadium. When we get to the Championship, both ends need to be nailed down all seater within three years, so with a regenerated stadium it makes sense to put seats in from the beginning. We have limited facilities and have some criticism levied at us because of this. This includes more facilities for ladies watching and developing it into a business resource which can be used by the people of Yeovil."

In the September 27th article we highlighted that Mr Fry was looking for the County Council to take a lead in overcoming the restrictions on the land. However a Council spokesman has responded stating that not all matters are within their control:

"We have an excellent relationship with Yeovil Town Football Club and will do our best to support their aspirations as far as we are able to. But there are controlling interests on part of the land that Mr Fry wants to use that are entirely outside the control of the council."

We suspect that the area the council is referring to is the covenant itself, which to our non-legal-trained eyes would probably require a county court, rather than a county council, to be over-turned, although the council could in such circumstances provide guidance on the reasons for the establishment of the covenant back in 1989.

The Gazette claims that the establishment of the covenant came out of the then Chairman Gerry Lock's plans to turn Huish Park into a Sports Village featuring community facilities, cricket pitches and tennis courts. This was apparently taken out of scope when the club ran out of money when building the ground, but despite those plans being dropped, the restriction remained in place.

Hence presumably the club will argue that the reasons for the covenant existing in the first place never materialised. With the County Council now looking to develop the Mudford Recreation Ground and turn that into a Sports Village, the club will no doubt claim that the original plans for Huish Park will never be realised and that the covenant should be scrapped. To these ends,

Mr Fry has said that there needs to be a summit meeting with South Somerset District Council, plus other organisations and covenant holders. One of those interested parties - the Abbey Manor Group - refused to pass comment to the Gazette on the current situation. Despite that, Mr Fry added that the issue needs to be forced now rather than waiting for the club to reach the Championship:

"There is fear in the club that this could stop the whole thing going ahead as we have been through it before. It is out of our hands and in the hands of politicians and others to negotiate and discuss. But we have a real sense of urgency and we cannot sit and wait until we get promoted. We need a clear-cut decision now and there is no point wasting any more time on it until this is resolved. We are being hampered by conditions that have never been enforced. I have written to the chief executive of South Somerset District Council and met with project manager of Yeovil Vision Alan Brown. Our frustration is we want to be part of the vision for Yeovil. We have held some useful talks but before we can make any more progress on the masterplan we need to resolve this issue. Aside from the astro turf facilities, which the owners of the club financed from their own pocket, the sports village never materialised as it 'was not functional commercially'. If we cannot progress with the plans, this could really restrict development of the football club. We are taking the club to the heights of football ambition and but we cannot bring the club up to the standards of the 21st Century and provide adequate facilities for our supporters."

Mr Fry also told the paper that there were issues concerning the existing facilities, pointing out that it hampered their ability to set up a Centre of Excellence as well as allow the First Team to train within the main stadium complex:

"We keep the training pitch the best we can but it is dangerous to be played on by professional footballers and was probably the reason we were getting so many injuries. We have had no choice but to look outside the boundaries of Yeovil and have now been forced out to Yeovilton. We were the only club in the league without a centre of excellence."

He also revealed his embarrassment when Football League Chairman Brian Mawhinney visited Huish Park and on spotting the beer tent assumed that it was there for merely a one-off event:

"He saw a marquee and asked if there was a wedding. I had to tell him it is a bar for our supporters as we are restricted from selling alcohol on some areas of the site."

Should all the barriers be broken through, there will be no move down the A37, as happened when the club refurbished their pitch and moved down to Dorchester Town for the start of the season. Nor do the club have the options that Bristol Rovers had to hand when they announced plans to redevelop the Memorial Stadium. Fry added that was another option that needed to be overcome:

"We are not in Bristol where we have alternative facilities available. We need to continue to play football and will look at the most sensible scheme to help us do that. In the past we have used Dorchester but their ground is not up to League One status."


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8 October 2007 : Feedback From West Yorkshire Police
The Avon and Somerset Police force have passed us the following message which has come from the Commander in charge of the Leeds United vs Yeovil Town match on Saturday. The West Yorkshire Police representative writes:

"I was commander for the inside of the ground and would like to pass on my compliments regarding the excellent behaviour of the Yeovil supporters. It was a real pleasure to welcome them to Leeds and meet with them. They were very polite, helpful and good humoured. There was just the one arrest - a middle aged man who was drunk and disorderly using foul language to a steward and, subsequently, 2 police officers."

A big well done to all (bar one) of you who travelled to Elland Road on Saturday, and created a terrific volume of support. Obviously, we hope that there is an investigation and appropriate action taken regarding the singular incident mentioned above.


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8 October 2007 : Away Travel Club News
The Away Travel Club will be running transport to Bristol Rovers leaving at the away end at 11.00am. The price will be £10 and they will have a stop on the way. If you want to book your place phone Roger on 07960-687075.


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8 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Leeds Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade said he couldn't be satisfied with his day out at Elland Road despite the Glovers having dominated their more illustrious counterparts throughout the majority of the 90 minutes. The Glovers lost the match 1-0 due to an 89th minute Mark de Vries goal and although Yeovil deserved far more than the result that they got, Russell said that good performances were not the be all and end all.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the match: "I'm conscious of the fact that I don't want us to be the nearly men. We nearly got a good result. We played well, but we've not got the right result. I don't want that. That is 'nearly man' football. I want us to be successful."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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7 October 2007 : Luton Man Of The Match Result
The Ciderspace Man of the Match result for last Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Luton Town was won by a reasonable margin by midfielder Anthony Barry. Paul Warne, who spent most of the match playing as a left-winger was his nearest challenger.

The full results are shown below, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Anthony Barry 110 (8)
2 Paul Warne 76 (4)
3 Lee Peltier 58 (4)
4 Simon Gillett 56 (3)
5 Marcus Stewart 40 (3)
6 Matthew Rose 38 (2)
7 Nathan Jones 20 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 14 (0)
9 Scott Guyett 8 (0)
10 Romain Larrieu 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.08

Performance: 5.08
Entertainment: 5.08

VOTES RECEIVED: 24

As a reminder, if you went to Leeds United yesterday, don't forget to cast your vote before Tuesday evening as of course there is another match against Hereford United taking place then.

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


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7 October 2007 : League One Saturday Round-Up
With a handful of emphatic score lines, and a grand total of thirty seven goals clocked up, several of this year’s top contenders decidedly chose this Saturday afternoon to up the tempo in League One. Leading the way were Roberto Martinez’s rampant Swansea City who demolished league leaders Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road by five goals to nil. With the O’s dream start to the campaign now all but a distant memory, following two consecutive defeats this week and eight goals conceded, Tranmere Rovers, unbeaten in nine, rose to the occasion and deservedly pipped them of top spot - Gareth Taylor the man for Rovers to bring Southend United’s recent run of form to a standstill.

Up north high-flyers Carlisle United continued to climb the table, welcoming new manager John Ward to Brunton Park with an impressive 4-0 win over lowly Millwall, as striker Danny Graham celebrated becoming joint top scorer in the league with his 6th and 7th efforts. Newly promoted Walsall, winning by the exact same margin against promotion chasing Huddersfield Town, improved their poor home record and moved one place above Yeovil in the process.

Meanwhile manager-less Gillingham, who so far have been a trifle wobbly on their travels, were at the receiving end of the weekend’s other mauling, as a rejuvenated Swindon Town side bounced back from their mid-week defeat at the Liberty Stadium to treat the delighted home crowd to a festival of goals. Despite some battling displays at The Priestfield and a top-notch performance against Leeds the Gills were unable to prevent the Robins from putting their promotion push back on track. In the end Paul Sturrock’s men put five past a dejected Simon Royce, with former Huish Park favourite Efe Sodje clearly unlucky to miss out on the man-of-the-match award ...

Elsewhere Northampton Town sunk a shaky Port Vale side at Sixfields, courtesy of Andy Kirk’s first-half brace. At the City Ground, Junior Agogo found the net late on, to help Nottingham Forest edge past playoff rivals Hartlepool, while struggling Bournemouth secured a crucial win at Gresty Road, leaving an uninspired Crewe Alexandra side hanging dangerously above the relegation zone. Finally Brighton battled out a goalless draw with the Gas, while Cheltenham v Oldham, and Luton v Donny both finished with a share of the spoils, at one all.

For now Yeovil Town sit five points above the bottom four and five below new league leaders Tranmere. And whilst at this point the Glovers season could arguably still swing either way, the quality on show at a buoyant, and frankly intimidating Elland Road was more than promising. Plagued by injury with ten first team players unavailable for selection, Yeovil did brilliantly to soak up the pressure and at times looked set for a famous win. Unfortunately in the end De Vries’ late header was enough to see off the valiant green and white army that on balance was definitely worth at least a point.

With a fair share of luck on their side Leeds United took their goal tally to 15 and if it weren’t for the deduction penalty they would currently lead the pack by nine points. Having waited until stoppage time against Oldham on Tuesday, the mighty Yorkshire outfit decided to play it safe this time by tying up victory as early as the 89th minute ... And whilst an avalanche of goals this weekend does highlight the Glovers shyness in the last third, it remains early days and with only three points separating the top seven teams anything seems possible in what is proving to be a highly competitive division.

[Article by Josh Rogers.]

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.


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7 October 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Hereford
A slightly tweaked version of the earlier season guide to Hereford United - our opponents on Tuesday in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford.


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7 October 2007 : Bristol Rovers Tickets On General Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 20th October go on general sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office tomorrow at 9.00am. Adults can gain admission for £17.50, whilst there are concessions available at £9.50.

The good news is that Rovers have introduced a change of policy for this match, with Glovers fans being given the whole of the Becks South Stand, which is the 'marquee' style seated area behind the goal. There will be no Rovers fans in this section of the ground.

The open-terraced 'paddock' (with awful obscured views of the pitch) below the Main Stand at the Memorial Stadium will instead be occupied by home fans. The South Stand holds a maximum of 1,008 spectators.


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7 October 2007 : September 2007 Player Of The Month
The September 2007 player of the month, based upon the Ciderspace Man of the Match voting, has been won by central defender Scott Guyett by a sizeable distance. After right-back Craig Alcock took the plaudits in August, Scott came to the fore with a couple of Man of the Match awards for September. Whilst striker Marcus Stewart came through with a late push, Scott won the vote by a comfortable margin.

The percentage share of the vote for September is shown below:

1. Scott Guyett 31.9
2. Marcus Stewart 18.1
3. Paul Warne 11.8
4. Terrell Forbes 9.8
5. Lloyd Owusu 9.5
6. Anthony Barry 6.2
7. Matthew Rose 2.6
8. Steve Mildenhall 2.4
9. Lee Peltier 1.8
10. Ritchie Jones 1.8
11. Nathan Jones 1.2
12. Terry Skiverton 1.1
13. Romain Larrieu 0.9
14. Simon Gillett 0.7
15. Craig Alcock 0.3


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7 October 2007 : Supporters Team Take On Orchard FM
The Yeovil Town Supporters Team are taking on a team from Orchard FM today at 1.30pm, with a collection being taken to raise funds for charities sponsored by the radio station. All are welcome to attend with the match taking place at the club's Kingsbury Episcopi training ground.


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6 October 2007 : Late Leeds Strike Sends Glovers Home Pointless
Yeovil Town suffered the cruellest of blows at Elland Road today as an 89th minute goal from substitute Mark De Vries denied them the deserved right to be the first team to grab points from the Yorkshire giants on their home patch. The Glovers had dominated much of the game, but home manager Dennis Wise had an embarrassment of riches when he was able to introduce De Vries and Tore Andre Flo with 14 minutes left and that move was ultimately decisive.

The Glovers went into the match missing nine first team players, with midfielder Lee Peltier not making the squad, adding to the eight known pre-match injuries. But their patched up side, featuring loan debutant Kevin Betsy, took the game to Leeds, gradually growing in confidence in their play as strikes from Anthony Barry and Paul Warne brought out the best in home keeper Casper Ankergren, as he was forced to parry the attempts. Leeds were on the back foot and bar a wild shot by Sebastien Carole that flew way over the bar, had done little to suggest that they were the side with eight wins out of nine in the league this season.

The home side came out very strong early in the second period, and it took 15 minutes of rearguard action from the Yeovil defence to ensure that Glovers keeper Romain Larrieu was largely untested. They rode that storm well though, and began to create their own second half chances.

With 16 minutes left, Marcus Stewart really should have buried an attempt to put the Glovers 1-0 up when he accepted a low cross from the right-wing, yet somehow he managed to put the ball wide of the posts, when many in the Glovers away section were already celebrating. That was the signal for Wise to introduce De Vries and Flo and for Leeds to finish the match playing four strikers.

Still Yeovil defended superbly against the new Leeds attack, which was now going for broke, but with a minute of time remaining, a soul-destroying goal broke the deadline with a Jonathan Douglas cross being met by a looping Mark De Vries header, and the on-loan Leicester City striker had rather luckily won the game for the home side to keep up their amazing run of grabbing last gasp winning goals. For the Glovers, they should be proud of their performance, even if the end result was a little difficult to take in at the final whistle.

Final Score: Leeds United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
31. Romain Larrieu
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
25. Kevin Betsy 12. Matty Rose 10. Marcus Stewart 8. Anthony Barry 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu

Substitutes: 16. Ritchie Jones 17. Simon Gillett 19. Craig Alcock 24. Curtis Ujah 30. Wilfried Domoraud (90 mins for Paul Warne)

Leeds United: (4-4-2)
1. Casper Ankergren
2. Frazer Richardson 5. Rui Marques 6. Matt Heath 24. Jamie Clapham
7. David Prutton 4. Jonathan Douglas 22. Andy Hughes 17. Sebastien Carole
9. Jermaine Beckford 20. Tresor Kandol

Substitutes: 3. Paul Huntington 11. Ian Westlake (84 mins for Andy Hughes) 19. Tore Andre Flo (76 mins for Sebastien Carole) 30. Filipe Da Costa 32. Mark De Vries (76 mins for David Prutton)

Yeovil Bookings: Mark Lynch (76 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (86 mins, foul)

Leeds Bookings: Matt Heath (66 mins, foul), Andy Hughes (80 mins, foul)

Scorer: Mark de Vries (89 mins, 1-0)

Attendance: 27,808 (including approx 1,200 Glovers fans)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester). Assistants: Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Paul Simpson (County Durham). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (Yorkshire).


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5 October 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Leeds - Updated
Further to this morning's news item, the Ciderspace guide to Leeds United has been updated to include missing the Club Background section.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds.


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5 October 2007 : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Elland Road tomorrow to play their first ever match against Leeds United in the two clubs histories. Inevitably, like the matches against Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town in recent years, much has been made of the respective positions of the two clubs and the fact that it wasn't so long ago that one club was playing in European Football, whilst the other was playing non-league football. The Glovers have had many of these "moments of perspective" over the last few years and this is the latest of them all.

Leeds have of course started this season like a steam train, perhaps now hoping to even make their 15 point deduction for breaching the Football League's insolvency laws an irrelevance by the time they reach next May. At present, they are on track to do that, having dropped just two points from their first nine games and having developed an extraordinary knack of grabbing late goals, with six of their tally coming in the last five minutes of a game, and in three of those matches they have proved to be winning goals.

The pundits and those selecting the Teams of the Week have inevitably highlighted goalscorers Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol, who have netted 11 goals between them this season, but Glovers boss Russell Slade told the Western Daily Press that he believes set-piece expert Alan Thompson is the real jewel in their crown:

"With the amount of late goals they have scored this season, they have proved they just keep going at you and you can't switch off. In Thompson they have got someone who is not particularly mobile but has to have, in my opinion, the best delivery in the league. So if there is a free-kick or a corner in the last minutes then it could be fatal."

Leeds welcome back Beckford and Kandol from suspension and they will hope to displace loan pair Mark De Vries and Wayne Andrews. Fellow striker Tore Andre Flo is a long-term absentee with a foot injury.

For the Glovers, injury matters continue to cloud their team selection. Club captain Terry Skiverton (groin), goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall (hip), midfield trio Gary Dempsey (foot), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Justin Cochrane (ankle) plus strikers Marvin Williams (ankle), Darryl Knights (shoulder) and Lee Morris (knee) represent an incredible eight definite absentees and that could be increased by an injury that Liverpool youngster Lee Peltier picked up in midweek. Russell told BBC Somerset Sound the news:

"I thought he did very well (against Luton in midweek) particularly in the second half. He's got an ankle problem, so he is having to keep his weight off that ankle right now. But we shall soldier on. That's the way it's been. Those are the cards we've been dealt of late and we'll just have to get round them and to pick up as many points as we can."

Kick-off at Elland Road is at 3.00pm and it has now been confirmed that it will be possible for away supporters to purchase tickets on the day. See the earlier story today for details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds.


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5 October 2007 : Glovers Get Reddy For Michael
Yeovil Town are keeping their fingers crossed that they can put former Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy on display in next week's Reserve Team match against Bristol City.

The 27 year old has been out of the game since the summer, and is currently training with the Glovers after coming back from a hip operation that caused his former club to release him over the summer. However, manager Russell Slade, who Reddy worked under, told the Western Daily Press that the striker had finally started full training with his squad:

"It was his first day of training in a year and we will have to see how that settles now. He will need a good few weeks of that but I am hoping while he does that we can get him some football in the reserves."


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5 October 2007 : Leeds Ticketing Information
Supporters who are planning on travelling to Elland Road tomorrow who have not yet bought a ticket for the match against Leeds United, can do so by going to the North East Ticket Office on the day.

As per our earlier warning, Leeds are accepting cash only at the ground, so don't rely on your credit card.

The North-East side of the ground is the area where the double-decker buses drop supporters off who are arriving from the City Centre area. The East Stand is the largest of the four stands at Elland Road, and Yeovil Town supporters are housed in the South-East corner of the South Stand. Hence to get between the Ticket Office and the away turnstiles (or vice versa), walk the length of the main East Stand.


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5 October 2007 : Glovers Sign Betsy On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed Bristol City winger/striker Kevin Betsy on a month's loan. The 29 year old is well known to Yeovil Town fans, having started his career with Conference side Woking over 10 years ago. He usually plays out on the wing, although is sometimes used as a striker in a 4-3-3 formation.

After impressing with Woking, Kevin spent four seasons with Premiership side Fulham before being snapped up by Barnsley for £200,000. Bristol City signed him from Wycombe Wanderers in January 2007 for the sum of £150,000. Kevin has also featured for AFC Bournemouth, Hull City, Hartlepool United and Oldham Athletic during his career that has seen him clock up in the region of 250 Football League appearances.

Speaking to the Bristol City official site manager Gary Johnson gave his views on the move:

"Kevin knows he is in my plans and his future lies at Ashton Gate, but this move is ideal for him at the present time. Our reserve games aren't competitive enough at the moment, having experienced matches with young Cheltenham and Bournemouth sides in recent weeks. Kevin will now get the opportunity to play some good League One football and Yeovil have some important games coming up too. He'll also be in action during the international weekend, where we won't have any matches. The move also enables Kevin to still live in Bristol. It's right for everyone."

For the Glovers, the move will add a bit of extra width to a rather narrow looking side, caused by their recent injury crisis, and in particular the long-term absence of winger Marvin Williams.


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5 October 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Leeds
The Ciderspace guide to tomorrow's opponents Leeds United is available - sort of! We've still yet to add in the "Club Background" section - that will happen later today - but the rest of the profile is now in place for those wanting to organise their day tomorrow.

One thing to separately stress for those travelling tomorrow - when Leeds went into administration, their credit card broker withdrew the facility amidst concern that they would not be able to honour their debts. To our knowledge, that restriction has not been lifted, and so if you're planning on spending money at Elland Road, we'd advise that you don't rely on using your credit card to make any purchases.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.


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4 October 2007 : Officials For The Leeds Match
Saturday's match against Leeds United at Elland Road will be looked after by referee Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester).

This is a rather easy one to assess - we've only had the pleasure of Mr Taylor's company once to our knowledge, in last December's 2-0 win over Gillingham. Whilst he did not commit too many major cardinal sins on the day, we found him a little erratic in what he did and didn't blow up for as "little niggles were being blown for, whilst far more blatant shoves and trips were being let go". He is in his second season on the National List of Referees.

Mr Taylor has hit the headlines this week when he took charge of Hull City's 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic, leaving both managers highly critical of the referee's actions after an 18 man brawl ended with a player from each side being sent off. Hull manager Phil Brown accused the match official of bowing to Charlton pressure to even up the red card count, whilst Charlton manager Alan Pardew felt the decision to wave the first red card punished the victim in the affray rather than the aggressor and plans to appeal against the decision.

Mr Taylor will be assisted by Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Paul Simpson (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Alf Greenwood (Yorkshire) (did we even need to say he was from Yorkshire with a name like that!!)

Link: December 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 0.


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4 October 2007 : Forest Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's Man of the Match voting for the 0-3 home defeat against Nottingham Forest saw Paul Warne narrowly take the honours for his performance in the match. He only just claimed the top spot, with Marcus Stewart breathing down his neck.

Full results are shown below, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Warne 148 (10)
2 Marcus Stewart 136 (7)
3 Matthew Rose 46 (3)
4 Anthony Barry 36 (3)
5 Terry Skiverton 24 (1)
7 Lloyd Owusu 10 (1)
7 Romain Larrieu 10 (1)
8 Terrell Forbes 10 (0)
9 Lee Peltier 6 (0)
10 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
11 Scott Guyett 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00

Performance: 4.85
Entertainment: 5.15

VOTES RECEIVED: 26

A reminder that Man of the Match voting for the home match against Luton Town is currently in progress. Please get your votes in as quickly as possible, given that there is another match quickly approaching on Saturday.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Luton Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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3 October 2007 : The Great Backwell Massacre
Yeovil Town Reserves ran riot tonight at Huish Park against Backwell United in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup, clocking up an 11-0 win that went some way towards showing the first team where the home goalnets are.

The goalscoring was merciless and could easily have been more, with goals being scored throughout the whole night. Darryl Knights set things rolling on 10 minutes when a Jerahl Hughes cross was headed on by Wilfried Domoraud and Knights headed in at the back post. Then Wilfried Domoraud doubled the lead, running through a group of Backwell defenders who could only stop and admire as the Frenchman rifled home from just inside the box.

The third of the night was an excellent full end to end move. Keeper Lloyd Irish fed the ball out to Mark Lynch, who put the ball down the line to Jerahl Hughes. His cross was met by Stuart Davies who slotted home to put the Glovers 3-0 up. Then two minutes later Lynch was involved again after he put the ball in from the right flank, and Danny Thompson chested the ball down and struck confidently home to give a 4-0 half time scoreline.

The only downer on the half had been Darryl Knights making an early exit, 10 minutes before the break, when he dived for a cross and landed awkwardly on the deck. Darryl went off with his shoulder being supported and he made a trip to hospital tonight to see what damage has been caused, with either a shoulder or collarbone problem suspected. He is now unlikely to make Saturday's trip to Leeds United.

Eight minutes into the second period, the Glovers showed they would not be going soft on Backwell as Stephen Maher opened proceedings with a 25 yard drive that flew into the net. Then Mark Lynch got his second assist of the night when he produced a back-post cross for Owen Irish to join the long list of scorers. On 63 minutes, Stephen Maher got his second of the night, and again it was another long-ranger, firing home from 20 yards to make the score 7-0.

With 22 minutes remaining Stuart Davies got his second of the night when he headed home a Wilfried Domoraud cross. And it wasn't long before Stuart Davies got his hat-trick, as the same combination of players worked together for another cross into the box and the same result ensued.

As the game went into the final 10 minutes, Wilfried Domoraud had the honour of taking the Glovers into double figures, when he accepted a ball over the top to score his second of the evening. And matters were completed with Steve Thompson pacing down the wing, slipping the ball inside to Jerahl Hughes who grabbed Yeovil's 11th goal of the night and little doubt that Yeovil would be the side passing into the second round of the competition.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 11 Backwell United 0.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Lloyd Irish 2. Mark Lynch 3. Craig Alcock 4. Curtis Ujah 5. Owen Irish 6. Jerahl Hughes 7. Stephen Maher 8. Ren Turnock 9. Danny Thompson 10. Wilfried Domoraud 11. Darryl Knights

Substitutes: 12. Danny O'Brien (66 mins for Mark Lynch) 14. Stuart Davies (35 mins for Darryl Knights) 15. Steve Thompson (78 mins for Danny Thompson)

Goals: Darryl Knights (11 mins, 1-0), Wilfried Domoraud (25 mins, 2-0), Stuart Davies (40 mins, 3-0), Danny Thompson (42 mins, 4-0), Stephen Maher (53 mins, 5-0), Owen Irish (57 mins, 6-0), Stephen Maher (63 mins, 7-0), Stuart Davies (68 mins, 8-0), Stuart Davies (79 mins, 9-0), Wilfried Domoraud (80 mins, 10-0), Jerahl Hughes (90 mins, 11-0).


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3 October 2007 : County Cup Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves will play their First Round tie in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm. The opponents are Backwell United.

Prices have been set for this game with adults gaining admission for 5 pounds, whilst there are concessions available for 2 pounds. All tickets are for the Main Stand, with no other parts of the ground open. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

We would expect tonight's line-up to include last night's five bench-warmers, plus the likes of Jerahl Hughes and a selection of Youth Team players.


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3 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Luton Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade blasted a small number of Main Stand supporters who spent last night shouting abuse at him and his players during last night's 0-0 draw with Luton Town at Huish Park. Russell was angry that those people were not making enough allowances for the club's injury crisis or the playing budget they had relative to other League One clubs. Russell also criticised a journalist who had described Saturday's performance against Nottingham Forest as being like 'Laurel and Hardy'.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the club's current situation: "We've hung in there, we're still in or around the top seven or eight in the table. we've had seven major injuries, and at times we've had 10 players out. We're hanging in there. Things aren't right and we're having to dig in. We're actually producing small miracles at this moment in time at this football club and people don't appreciate it, and nor do some journalists by the way!."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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3 October 2007 : Glovers Admit FA Charge
Yeovil Town have been warned as to their future conduct after admitting a charge of failing to control their players during their home match against Tranmere Rovers on September 1st 2007.

The charges, listed on the FA Website, do not specify the exact incident that caused referee Ray Lee to report the club to the FA, but almost certainly stem from the controversial 96th minute equaliser that Lee allowed Tranmere to gain.

On September 4th, the Glovers were charged with Rule E20a - "failure to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion". The Glovers admitted the charge 15 days later and requested a personal hearing which was held at Soho Square yesterday.

We've little doubt that as part of that personal hearing, the Glovers will have taken along the match video which will have shown how referee Lee played beyond the displayed four minutes injury time, then managed to make a series of mistakes in the lead-up to the goal, including two free kicks and allowing one of them to be taken 10 yards from the apparent offence without the match official taking control of the situation.

The FA have merely issued a warning for the club's previously exemplary behaviour, perhaps suggesting that they acknowledged the mitigating circumstances that led up to the equalising goal. One wonders though what remedial action they will take in an effort to improve the conduct and performance of their own match officials in such circumstances?


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2 October 2007 : Stalemate At Huish Park Sees Home Blues Continue
Yeovil Town extended their stuttering home run to four matches without a win as a 0-0 draw at Huish Park against Luton Town saw an improvement upon Saturday's result against Nottingham Forest, but did not give them the win in front of the home fans that the club so badly needed. The Glovers stay 7th in the League One table, but could do with bringing some of their excellent away form back to Huish Park before being at home becomes a psychological pressure.

The Glovers opened up tonight's match using a new formation - back to an orthodox 4-4-2 formation with Lee Peltier going to right-back, whilst the incoming Simon Gillett came in at right-wing - the only change in the names on the teamsheet, with the injured Terry Skiverton dropping out. Marcus Stewart moved up front whilst Paul Warne went wide in an effort to breathe new life into the Glovers side.

At first it seemed to work with a bright start from the home side. Anthony Barry should have shot at goal on a breakaway but instead chose to put the ball square towards Lloyd Owusu, and the move never really came off.

However, once the visitors got to grips with the Glovers, they began to swamp the Huish Park midfield with their own 4-5-1 line-up seeing their midfielders moving quickly to support lone striker Calvin Andrew. Thankfully most of their breaks up field ended without damage, with balls either flashing across Romain Larrieu's box or in the case of Luton's David Bell, more endangering the spectators behind the goal with his own wild shooting, including one that lifted clean above the top of the Westland Stand.

It took Yeovil 43 minutes to have a shot on goal of any description, with Marcus Stewart's shot being deflected out for a corner. In reality, the Glovers were probably fortunate that Luton's shooting was so woeful that Romain Larrieu was rarely troubled.

Although the Glovers were to dominate the second period, Luton managed their best chance just three minutes in, with Jaroslaw Fojut being denied from a corner as the Pole's downward header was cleared off the line. Straight up the other end and Anthony Barry's cross found Lloyd Owusu but his acrobatic attempt went wide of the target. Five minutes later a Nathan Jones cross from the opposite side also found Owusu and his header flew wide.

Anthony Barry, Marcus Stewart and Paul Warne all tried their luck, although frequently it was from distance. Lee Peltier was having an impressive game at right-back and he got in on the act as Luton spent the majority of the half on the back foot.

Richard Beeby has not been the best of the officials on the circuit throughout the years, and he caused fury amongst the Yeovil support and players in the final 10 minutes when he turned down huge appeals for a handball against Luton Town defender Jaroslaw Fojut, only to award a free kick to the visitors instead for another infringement. At the other end David Edwards spurned a rare chance for Luton when he fired well over the bar, but that was as good as it got for the Hatters, and they would have doubtless appreciated Mr Beeby's final whistle a little more than those in the home colours would have.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Luton Town 0.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
31. Romain Larrieu
27. Lee Peltier 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Simon Gillett 12. Matty Rose 8. Anthony Barry 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu 10. Marcus Stewart

Substitutions: 2. Mark Lynch 16. Ritchie Jones 18. Darryl Knights 19. Craig Alcock 30. Wilfried Domoraud (none used)

Luton Town: 4-5-1
27. Ben Alnwick
5. Chris Perry 6. Chris Coyne 31. Jaroslaw Fojut 3. Alan Goodall
14. Steve Robinson 16. David Edwards 10. Darren Currie 25. Matthew Spring 8. David Bell
20. Calvin Andrew

Substitutes: 4. Don Hutchison 12. Richard Jackson 18. Ahmet Brkovic 19. Drew Talbot (46 mins for David Bell) 28. Paul McVeigh

Bookings: None.

Goals: None.

Attendance: 4,818.

Referee: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Matthews. Fourth official: Guy Beale (Somerset).

Link: 2007-08 League One Latest League Table.


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2 October 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Luton Town tonight at Huish Park as part of their second home match in three days.

Whilst the Glovers lie in a reasonably steady 7th position, Luton arrive in a surprisingly lowly 16th place, having lost all of their away games so far and on a run of four league defeats in their last five. They are capable of turning it on though on their home patch as Carling Cup wins over Sunderland and Charlton Athletic would testify.

Luton go into tonight's match without top scorer Paul Furlong who was red-carded on Saturday for two bookable offences. They will therefore rely on four goal midfielder Matthew Spring to grab their goals, with Drew Talbot likely to partner Paul McVeigh up front.

Like Yeovil, they have a series of ongoing injuries that are unlikely to have cleared up in time for tonight's game. Midfielders Don Hutchison (knee) and Keith Keane (leg), striker Paul Pescisolido (ankle) and defender Paul Underwood (blood infection) are expected to remain in Bedfordshire with Furlong.

For the Glovers, the hospital ward that is Jim Joyce's physio room still holds goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall (hip), midfielders Gary Dempsey (foot) and Justin Cochrane (ankle) as well as attacking players Marvin Williams (ankle) and Lee Morris (knee). Morris and Cochrane are the two who are the closest to making a return, although tonight is not on the cards.

Club captain Terry Skiverton will also be absent after his groin injury forced him off at half time against Nottingham Forest although manager Russell Slade has told the Western Morning News that things are not as bad as they could have been:

"Terry is not too bad. It's a different injury to anything else he's had in that area, and we expect him probably to be available for the visit to Leeds on Saturday, which would be good news and a big boost for us."

It's a different story for midfielder Marc Bircham, who on Friday had another set-back in his attempts to regain fitness and now may travel to Germany for some specialist treatment. Bircham has yet to play for Yeovil since signing in the summer and Slade said the club needed to look at a Plan B:

"We're going to have to explore another avenue with Marc to try to deal with the injury he has. If that means he's going to have to go abroad to get the right treatment, then we'll have to look at that. There's been a slight reoccurrence, and you can't keep doing that. To have somebody of his experience on the field is vital for us."

The Glovers have never played Luton in the league before, with the last meeting between the two clubs coming in the Carling Cup, three days after Yeovil Town started their life in the Football League. Luton won that night at Kenilworth Road by a 4-1 scoreline, although a lot of water has passed under the bridge at both clubs since then - not one single player who played for the Glovers that night remains on the Huish Park payroll.

Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the 7.45pm kick-off, subject of course to the usual match-day pricing structure.

Link: August 2003 : Luton Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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2 October 2007 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Match Stats And Report
Further to Saturday's details of Yeovil Town's Under 18s result against Bristol Rovers Under 18s the full match stats are now available.

The Under 18s started off their third match in the Youth Alliance Cup Group stages at a poor tempo and fell behind due to some slack defending that allowed a Bristol Rovers player room to hit a rising shot into the roof of the net from inside the box barely 10 minutes into the match. Rovers doubled their lead before half time was among us - not through any significant domination of the match but more through the space that the Yeovil defence again allowed them in the penalty box. At the other end, the Glovers were a little too static when they broke forward, with frequently the player with the ball being run into a corner without a team-mate moving into space.

Thankfully the second half, in autumn drizzle, proved to be a better affair, woken up by Stuart Davies, who cut in from a wide position past two Rovers defenders, curling an excellent shot towards the back post and into the back of the net.

With the match now delicately poised at 2-1, the Glovers tails were now up and they put Rovers firmly on the back foot as they searched for the equaliser. It was therefore rather disappointing to see how easily Rovers got their two goal cushion back. Keeper John Steele had only just made his first save of the second half - brilliantly palming the ball around the post for a corner. But from that corner, a Rovers player took an air-swing at the ball on the near post, barely made contact, and that was enough to bamboozle the Yeovil defence as the ball continued its path across the face of the box and a simple tap-in was all that was needed.

With five minutes to go, and with the game looking out of Yeovil's reach, the Glovers got a second late lifeline that set up a frantic final few minutes. Danny O'Brien's right-wing run saw the Rovers defence stretched and when he put the ball back from the by-line, the Bristol Rovers keeper was caught out of position on his near post, and Ren Turnock managed to poke the ball narrowly over the line, despite a back-pedalling Rovers defender attempting to prevent a goal.

The final minutes brought shots from Ren Turnock, Carl Lazenby and Stuart Davies that all threatened to produce a late equaliser as Yeovil began to camp in the Rovers half, but in the end it was too late to stop Yeovil's third consecutive defeat in the competition. Realistically, the Glovers now need to win at least three of their four remaining fixtures in the Cup Group stages to avoid a now likely looking elimination.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 2 Bristol Rovers Under 18s 3.

1. John Steele 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Sam Elphick 4. Owen Irish 5. Jordan Street 6. Omar Simpson 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Stuart Davies 9. Ren Turnock 10. Carl Lazenby 11. Jamie Morgan

Subs: 12. Sam Cutler (72 mins for Mark Muddyman) GK. Peter Burridge 14. Lloyd Moyce (60 mins for Omar Simpson) 15. Alistair Tucker (75 mins for Jamie Morgan).

Yeovil Scorers: Stuart Davies (61 mins, 1-2), Ren Turnock (85 mins, 2-3).


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1 October 2007 : Officials For The Luton Game
Tomorrow night's match against Luton Town will be looked after by Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).

Mr Beeby appears to have been taking a break from the game lately, and certainly the Glovers have not had the errr 'pleasure' of his attendance for a couple of years now. His last match involving Yeovil Town was the away match against Kidderminster Harriers in April 2005. Thankfully that game appears to have been a quiet one by his standards, but he has not always been a particularly favourable official for the Glovers.

The 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town in March 2004 was described as being "marred by an inept refereeing performance" and at the end of the game "most of the 6002 crowd preceded to tell Mr Beeby what they thought of his afternoons work". Manager Gary Johnson said after the match of Mr Beeby: "I daren't speak to him. It's not the time to speak to him. I will have to take a week to calm down first."

In between the Northampton official managed a slightly erratic performance in the October 2004 4-1 win over Chester City, managing a rather dubious penalty award for both sides.

He has been on the national list of referees since 1999, and his high point was the 2004 Division Two (now League One) Play-Off Final between Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City.

Mr Beeby will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Matthews. The fourth official will be Guy Beale (Somerset).

Link: April 2005 : Kidderminster Harriers 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 4 - 1 Chester City.

Link: March 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Mansfield Town.


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1 October 2007 : Reserves Fixture Changes
We've made a series of changes to the Reserve Team's schedule as part of their Pontins Holiday Football Combination fixtures.

The most immediate is that the Reserves will now take on Bristol City Reserves at Huish Park on Wednesday October 10th at 2.00pm instead of the previous November 28th date.

The return match at Ashton Gate has also been moved. This will take place on March 26th 2008 instead of the original February 13th date. Kick-off is 7.00pm.

The away match against Forest Green Rovers has been pushed back a week to December 10th, with a new kick-off of 7.00pm.

Finally, the away match against AFC Bournemouth will now take place on March 4th 2008, with a 7.00pm kick-off having been previously set for November 13th.

All four changes have been incorporated into the master fixture list, whilst all of the October fixtures have been listed in the Forthcoming Events section on the front page of Ciderspace.

As a reminder, in addition to tomorrow's first team home match against Luton Town (kick-off 7.45pm), the Reserves also take on Backwell United in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup on Wednesday (kick-off also 7.45pm).

Link: 2007-08 Reserve Team Results And Fixtures.


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1 October 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Forest Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade said he had concerns at how easily his side gave up the ghost after falling behind on Saturday against Nottingham Forest. The Glovers lost 0-3 at home at Huish Park on Saturday, despite looking the more likely team to score at 0-0, but as soon as the visitors scored with their first on target shot, the Glovers gradually slipped out of contention and ended the match looking well beaten.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the game: "For an hour we were well on top. And even after they went 1-0 up, the attitude was still good. I thought though that when it went 2-0 that I saw heads begin to drop a little bit, which is a little bit of a concern."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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