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31 October 2008 : Exeter Reserves Match Now Away Game
Next Tuesday's Football Combination match between Yeovil Town Reserves and Exeter City Reserves will now be played as an away match.

The match will take place at St James' Park on Tuesday 4th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The match had been due to take place at Huish Park.

What isn't clear at this stage is whether this is a case of Yeovil and Exeter swapping their two fixtures around, or whether the Glovers have conceded home advantage and will now play one less home match and one extra away match. The away fixture against Exeter is currently listed as taking place on April 7th 2009.

We'll try and clarify the situation in due course. What is certain is that there won't be a home Reserve match at Huish Park next week.


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31 October 2008 : We Wish Hereford Well
WHAT?! Yes, you read the headline correctly. This site - for the first, and probably last, time ever - is wishing the Bulls******* the best of luck in their latest battle.

There has been little doubt for some time that police forces have been looking to chance their arm, suspecting that a political wind is blowing their way, with their charges on football clubs. Glovers fans are of course well aware of this, with the shambles that was the run up to the Boxing Day match against Swindon Town last season seeing weeks of argument between the club and Avon and Somerset Police over a proposed £40,000 charge.

Football clubs have never baulked at paying for any police presence inside their grounds, but quite reasonably have not been expected to pay for policing in the surrounding area. Even if the additional policing is indeed as a result of the fact a football match is taking place that is not how the principle of policing in this country is structured. Society as a whole pays for policing, whether it be to guard a politician, control a protest march, deal with a disturbance outside a pub or club, or come to your house if it's been burgled.

Now West Mercia Police are, in a case that seems designed deliberately to try to set a precedent, attempting to bill Hereford United not just for the presence inside Edgar Street for their fixture against Swindon Town in September, but for the policing of the nearby car park used by supporters (and of course by others, such as shoppers), which is owned by the Local Authority, and even for the police on the public highway, the A49, running past the ground. The bill that has been presented is over £20,000.

Such is the concern about something that, if the police are allowed to get away with it, could financially cripple clubs, that the Football League's chairman Lord Mawhinney took the time to visit Edgar Street for last Saturday's match against Stockport County to offer his support:

"I am concerned with the dispute between the club and the local police force and was keen to find out the circumstances for myself. While I was at the ground the club took me to see their football arrangements, in particular the car park that is not owned by the club. The Football League is fully supportive of the club regarding the difficulties it finds itself facing."

Of further concern is the issue of a conflict of interest, for it is of course the police themselves who determine the level, distribution and duration of policing they deem necessary for a football match. So no incentive for a budget conscious Chief Constable to try and offset a whole raft of general policing costs, some of which have nothing directly to do with the football club, onto that club? If they get away with things like council car parks and roads in the vicinity of a stadium how long before they start trying to charge clubs for the general policing around the whole of a town throughout a matchday, both before and after games? Then throw in any police presence at the railway station which might be several miles away? Or even general traffic control throughout the whole of their jurisdiction, arguing the volume of traffic is increased by football supporters on matchdays?

Graham Turner, who is owner, chairman and manager of Hereford United, has stated that he will not pay the part of the bill related to policing outside the stadium and will pursue the case to the High Court if necessary. West Mercia Police have declined to comment so far.


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31 October 2008 : Roberts Deal Official
After twists, turns, delays, deadlocks and more delays, midfielder Gary Roberts is now officially a Yeovil Town player. Both official sites have confirmed that Roberts has joined the Glovers, with a 2.5 year contract signed at Huish Park this morning.

Crewe's official site says that they will receive a "nominal fee", which was reported in the Crewe local press recently as being relevant to an adjustment in Roberts' wages during his loan period. Crewe will also receive an unspecified percentage of any profits made if Roberts is subsequently sold on to another club.

Congratulations to all who brokered the deal.


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31 October 2008 : Smith Chasing Trio Named
This morning's Daily Star is claiming a trio of clubs are monitoring Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith's progress at Huish Park. We're not sure whether this is a reaction to Wednesday's news and ultimately a bit of guesswork, or whether there is any serious informed information, but the Star names Premier League side Stoke City plus Championship pair Bristol City and Crystal Palace as being the other interested parties.

Of course at present, their scouts won't be reporting back too much. Smith hasn't played since the 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers in late September due to a recent groin operation, although he was an unused substitute on Tuesday night at Huddersfield Town. In his four appearances for the club so far this season, he has yet to be on the losing side.


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31 October 2008 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have been rewarded with a home draw in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will play the winners of the Didcot Town vs Cirencester Town First Round match that is due to be played on November 6th at Didcot (kick-off 7.45p.m.)

One hundred and forty-nine watched the Glovers win their First Round match against Hereford United by a 4-1 scoreline, with goals from Harry Nodwell and Lloyd Moyce plus a brace from Josh Robinson.

The Second Round date will obviously only be arranged once Didcot and Cirencester complete their fixture. However, FA rules state that all Second Round ties must be completed by Saturday 22nd November. The full draw is as follows:

1 Accrington Stanley / Wakefield v Hartlepool United / Carlisle United
2 Fleetwood Town / Oldham Athletic v Worksop Town / Rotherham United
3 Walsall / Hednesford Town v Rochdale / Huddersfield Town
4 Solihull Moors / FCV Reds v Tranmere Rovers
5 Nantwich Town / Curzon Ashton v Macclesfield Town / Morecambe
6 Stockport County v Bury / Crewe Alexandra
7 Grimsby Town / Lincoln City v Mansfield Town / Peterborough United
8 Shrewsbury Town / Chesterfield v Bradford City / Scunthorpe United
9 Oadby Town / Hinckley United v Chester City / Leeds United AFC
10 Leicester City / Port Vale v Milton Keynes Dons
11 Swindon Town / Eastleigh v Woking / Exeter City
12 YEOVIL TOWN v Didcot Town / Cirencester Town
13 Cambridge United / Colchester United v Rushden & Diamonds / Northampton Town
14 Lewes / Histon v Hayes & Yeading United / Croydon Athletic
15 Basingstoke Town / Barnet v Aldershot Town / Havant & Waterlooville
16 Southend United / Brentford v Stevenage Borough / Thurrock
17 AFC Bournemouth / Bristol Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion / Dover Athletic
18 Millwall / Luton Town v Banbury United / Dagenham & Redbridge
19 Cheltenham Town / Newport County v Gillingham / Eastbourne Borough
20 Burgess Hill Town / Wycombe Wanderers v Boreham Wood / Leyton Orient.


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31 October 2008 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their second lengthy trip of the week tomorrow as they head up the M5 and M6 again - this time to Boundary Park. They will face a fourth-placed Oldham Athletic side that have the best home record in League One, with five wins and two draws so far on their own patch. On Tuesday night, they polished off leaders Scunthorpe United by a 3-0 home scoreline and so coming home with any positive result would be a big bonus for the Glovers.

Manager Russell Slade goes into the match with only midfielder Marc Bircham (ankle) definitely absent. However left-winger Andy Welsh has a groin strain (see yesterday's news) and Russell must make a delicate judgement over defender Terry Skiverton, winger Aidan Downes and full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith as to how match-fit and physically fit they are. The quartet are theoretically available for selection, but assessing what contribution they can make is a slightly harder proposition.

One player that definitely is fit and available is centre/right-back Terrell Forbes, who has just completed a three match suspension for a red card at Northampton Town. Terrell will undoubtedly go into the sixteen as he prepares to face his former club. Striker Paul Warne also comes up against the club where he was the 2006-07 Player of the Season before being shown the door. One player though that won't be participating in this old-boys reunion is Jean-Paul Kalala, who has headed on loan to former club Grimsby Town, having not made an Oldham first team appearance for seven months.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will make his final bow on Saturday, following his three month loan spell at Huish Park. Asmir has made 15 appearances so far for the Glovers (including two last season) but will be required to return to Portsmouth after Saturday's match, due to the short term loan rules. The Glovers could make another move for him in January, although that will depend on whether Pompey want to try him out at a higher level as they continue his personal development.

Oldham will also be without defender Stefan Stam (knee ligaments) and full-back Richie Byrne (hamstring). Both have been sidelined for some time and have since returned to light training. However, they will not be risked in tomorrow's fixture and are expected to return in 7-10 days time.

The Latics feature several big name strikers in their squad, such as Lee Hughes, Andy Lidell and Craig Davies. However it was 19 year old Lewis Alessandra who captured all the midweek headlines with his hat-trick against Scunthorpe United the first of his senior career. There seems little doubt that he will partner Hughes up front tomorrow. Davies won't be there - he's gone on loan to Stockport County today until January 3rd.

If it's omens you're looking for as part of Saturday's match, you won't find too many by looking at Yeovil's past record at Boundary Park. In three visits so far, the Glovers have lost all three and have failed to score in any of the matches concerned. Last season saw a 3-0 reverse in a thoroughly miserable February afternoon that saw Nathan Jones break his arm, Scott Guyett crack his ribs and Lee Peltier score an own goal. However, Yeovil's last two matches have produced outstanding defensive performances in two 0-0 draws and it is this that the Glovers will be hoping carries them through. Would anyone complain if they made it three out of three?

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.


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30 October 2008 : Skivo's Nag Gets Pulled Up
It is with great regret that the Terry Skiverton Testimonial Committee have to announce the cancellation of the forthcoming race night planned for Friday 14th November, due to the failure to gain a licence for the event from the local authorities.

Originally it was planned to operate under the licence held by Westlands Sports and Social Club (indeed this was one of the main reasons for the choice of venue). However this was not sanctioned by the local licensing officer who has steadfastly refused our pleas for an independent licence.

The committee would like to sincerely thank those who have already pledged their support to the event and apologise for this sad conclusion to the event.

Plans are firmly in place for a number of other events. A large scale Dinner and Dance, again at Westlands is scheduled for March 7th, a Sportsman Dinner and Golf Day will follow.

Full details of these and other events will be publicised via these pages or via the dedicated www.skivo.co.uk website as soon as they are available.


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30 October 2008 : Welsh In Doubt For Saturday
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has said that left-winger Andy Welsh is a significant doubt for Saturday's trip to Oldham Athletic, after picking up a groin strain in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town. Welsh had to be withdrawn at half time in the midweek match and Thommo told BBC Somerset that this may mean he needs to be rested this weekend:

"Andy Welsh came off injured at half time at Hudderfield and he's certainly a big doubt to be available on Saturday. Terry Skiverton has trained this morning and is suffering no ill effects, so hopefully he will be available. We've also got Aidan Downes and Nathan Smith who have both trained today. So it is good news on the injury front at the moment."

The dilemma in terms of team selection - aside from Welsh - would appear to be who to play based on the lengthy list of players who have recently had injuries, but are now back in training. All of Lee Peltier, Nathan Smith, Aidan Downes and Terry Skiverton are technically available for the game at Boundary Park. Thus much will depend upon match fitness and the form of those who they are seeking to displace in the side.


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30 October 2008 : Roberts Deal Finally Confirmed - Possibly!
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson has today confirmed that all aspects of midfielder Gary Roberts' transfer from Crewe Alexandra to Yeovil Town have now been concluded.

There is no further detail on the deal whatsoever. However, in the lead-up to the deal being brokered, the belief was that it was to be a 2.5 year contract commencing from January 1st 2009 when the transfer window opens.

Update: The WDP state that pen has yet to be actually put to paper - so perhaps not as concluded as would be liked. The paper says that the club believe this will now happen on Friday - although as this has been running on that basis for around a week now, we wouldn't stake our house on it being then!


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30 October 2008 : Officials For The Oldham Match
Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic will be looked after by referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Michael is one of the youngest referees on the circuit and is around 22/23 years old. He comes though with plenty of experience in the family - father Clive is also on the Football League's referee list. Unsurprisingly, Michael is the youngest referee in the Football League and is regarded as a potential high-flyer given the head start he has got on many of his counterparts.

Having had dad take charge of Yeovil games for a number of away games, Oliver Jnr's first time in charge of a Yeovil match came in February 2008 when he was the man in the middle for the away game at Walsall. He did OK, although we did grumble a touch at the lack of protection he gave to Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall, who was receiving some rather over-physical challenges following an earlier injury. Mildy didn't finish the game and we lost 2-0.

Michael only joined the Football League's list of referees at the start of the 2007-08 season, having been an assistant referee prior to that. He made history in August 2005 when he assisted his father in a match between Rotherham United and Port Vale - the first father-son partnership in the history of the Football League. That match bizarrely saw both men head off to the game in separate cars, despite Michael still living at his father's home - Football League rules instruct officials not to car-share in case of any problems when travelling to the game.

Mr Oliver also gained a notable notch on his CV at the tail end of the 2006-07 season when he took charge of the Exeter City vs Morecambe Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley. Despite his youth, the authorities have been happy to chuck him in the deep end and earlier this season he was at Anfield, taking charge of a Liverpool League Cup match against Crewe Alexandra. His last match was on Tuesday night when he dealt with Preston North End's match against Watford without resorting to use of his cards.

Mr Oliver will be assisted by Scott Duncan (Tyne and Wear) and Robert Jones (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Graham (Greater Manchester).

Link: February 2008 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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30 October 2008 : Oldham Ticketing Reminder
A final reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Oldham Athletic are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday.

Glovers fans are allocated a section in the Rochdale Road End of the ground. The stand is currently divided between home and away supporters, with the usual away allocation being 1,620 seats. This is because Oldham's Broadway Stand has been demolished as part of the first step of a full stadium rebuild at Boundary Park. For further information see our June 24th article.

Tickets for the match are priced as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £9.00; Under 16s: £9.00; Under 12s: £3.00.

Both Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the full adult price with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Note that although tickets will be available on the day of the game, all tickets bar the U12s are subject to a two pound surcharge. For further enquiries phone the Oldham Ticket Office on 0871-226-1653 (called charged at National Rate).

The Huish Park Ticket Office often return away tickets via the Team Coach, and so if you're wanting to take advantage of the lower prices, then we'd recommend that you either make your purchase today, or phone the Huish Park Ticket Office to establish their final deadline.


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30 October 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham
A reminder to those travelling to Boundary Park on Saturday, that the Ciderspace guide to Oldham Athletic is available. Directions to the ground, parking, pubs and all kinds of other information can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham.


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29 October 2008 : Will Smith Still Be A Glover Come February?
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has conceded that interest from bigger clubs in Nathan Smith is hotting up, even though the left back has been out for some weeks injured and recovering from an operation. Smith is under contract at Huish Park until the end of the 2009-10 season, but it won't have gone unnoticed that for the last few years the Yeovil board has seemed prepared to accept any offer for anyone that comes their way, and Slade accepts that Smith is being closely monitored :

"The Championship are looking at him and one or two Premier League boys. Once we get him firing again I am sure that will be to the betterment of the team."

Although he didn't name names, rumours have been circulating for a while that Bristol City is one of the clubs keeping a close eye.


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29 October 2008 : Glovers Through In Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side triumphed by a 4-1 scoreline tonight against Hereford United. In doing so, they head through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup.

If anyone has any more information, please drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll add it into this news page.


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29 October 2008 : Russell Hails Begovic Star Show
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has unsurprisingly heaped praise on goalkeeper Asmir Begovic following yesterday's 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town. The custodian pulled off several stunning saves during the match and the Yeovil boss told the Western Daily Press after the game that he was delighted with the Portsmouth keeper's performance:

"First half he made some fantastic saves. He came on loan to us for three games last season and did smashing but Harry Redknapp called him back. We didn't hesitate to take him on loan when we couldn't afford to keep Steve Mildenhall with us. To have him back was great but he has taken a little bit more time to settle this time around. But he's only 20 and he loves to work and he is starting to hit the form that he showed last year. He has gained confidence from the clean sheet against Orient on Saturday."

Russell admitted to the paper that the home side could have had the game out of sight if his players had buckled under the strain of the Terriers pressure:

"Last year we came here and lost 1-0 and I thought we should have had something. But to be honest Huddersfield could have put the game beyond us in the first half. We defended well and I was pleased with the resilience from the lads. We frustrated Huddersfield and might have nicked one on the break. But it is very difficult at Yeovil because we are up against it from the first game of the season to the last but we are battling away and that is all I can ask of them."

Russell also focussed in on his back four, pointing out that they deserved immense praise. The Glovers started the season with a back four of Lee Peltier, Terry Skiverton, Terrell Forbes and Nathan Smith, but none were available to start in last night's fixture. Russell said that fact shouldn't be overlooked - even if left-back Nathan Jones may take exception to his description of him!

"If you had said to me that we'd be coming to Huddersfield with that back four, even two weeks ago, I'd have laughed at you. They've done admirably tonight. They've kept a clean sheet, which is great, but one is on loan, one is on a week-to-week, one is a young kid at right-back whilst the other one is older than me! So I was pleased with the way they kept battling away. That is a good result for us tonight and we've got to take that with us to Oldham now and see if we can get a result there, because that's not an easy place to get a result at either."

Centre-back Aaron Brown made his second league start for the club at the back after club captain Terry Skiverton ducked out of the game with a cracked rib, and Russell joked that it was Aaron's form that the other end of the field that needed improving:

"He did OK and he managed to get his head on a few things. I wish that when he is in the opposition box that he'd head the ball downwards because he tends to head everything over the bar, so he'd be all right when you lads are playing rugby here! Three points every time! But he has come in and he has not played a lot so I am pleased for him. To get a clean sheet without Skiverton, who is our skipper and has a cracked rib and is not available tonight, he did well to come in tonight and do a job. That is good for us."

Having waited seven months for a clean sheet, the Glovers have now managed two shut-outs inside 72 hours, and despite having concerns at the other end of the field, Russell said that two in a row was not to be sniffed at:

"That's just like when you're waiting for a bus! I'm not going to put it down to coaching or anything that we've tried to do differently, but it is pleasing to get a clean sheet again and I think it is so important to build on that. What we need though is a little bit more up front, because we are not threatening enough. You've got to score goals to win football matches. But yes, the clean sheet is good. In some recent away games, we've been very open, have taken the game to the opposition, but haven't got the right results. It is about results sometimes, and sometimes you've got to batten the hatches down and grind one out. We've ground one out on Saturday and we've ground one out tonight and they are important results for us."

Looking towards Saturday, centre-back Terrell Forbes will return from suspension, whilst Russell remained hopeful that Terry Skiverton would return for the trip to Oldham Athletic, suggesting that he may for once have a few options on his hands:

"I don't know what I'll do with 18 players to choose from! I'm going to need a bit of help! There is a chance (of Skivo returning) and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully he will recover. It's the breathing that is the problem."

Russell was also boosted by the return of Lee Peltier, who has recently had a groin operation. He explained that his hope had always been to get Peltier involved, but didn't expect to use him as a stand-in right-winger:

"That was always my thought. I didn't think I'd be putting him on the right hand side, but needs must."


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29 October 2008 : Youth Cup Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round match is being played at Huish Park tonight. The match against Hereford United will kick-off at 7.00p.m.

Admission prices have been set at £5.00 for Adults, with Concessions available at £3.00. Advance purchases can be made from the Huish Park Ticket Office or upon arrival at the stadium.

For details of the full FA Youth Cup First Round draw, see our October 16th article.


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29 October 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Huddersfield Match
For those hardy (and frozen) souls who travelled to watch the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town last night, a reminder that the Man of the Match Voting Form is open for this match. Choose your top three, plus performance and entertainment rating, plus any additional comments, via the form below.

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


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29 October 2008 : Begovic Show Grabs Galpharm Point
Yeovil Town grabbed a valuable away point at the Galpharm Stadium last night as a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield Town extended their unbeaten run to three games. A resilient performance inspired by the outstanding Asmir Begovic kept the Glovers in the game as he pulled off a number of jaw-dropping saves during the match. As unlikely as it seemed, the Glovers rallied as the game closed and Paul Warne could have stolen all three points in the dying minutes as his shot was saved at the near post.

The Glovers went into the match with the whole of the back four they started the season with out of the starting eleven. Captain Terry Skiverton was not risked following his bruised rib, Terrell Forbes was serving the last of a three match suspension, whilst full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith were on the bench following their groin operations, but surely too early to even compete for a starting position. Aaron Brown took Skivo's place, whilst the midfield was shored up with Keiran Murtagh displacing Paul Warne as 4-4-2 became 4-5-1.

The half started well for Yeovil, with some bright opening play that saw Danny Schofield shooting wide against his old club, whilst keeper Matt Glennon had to punch the ball off the head of Scott Rendell as the Glovers forced an early corner. But as the half progressed, it became pretty obvious that there was only one team on top, and it wasn't Yeovil.

Thankfully Portsmouth keeper Asmir Begovic was in utterly inspired form. Having warmed his hands up with a few early reasonable saves, his save midway through the first half from Gary Roberts (the Huddersfield winger and not the Yeovil player!) was utterly top drawer. The shot from the Terriers player would have been difficult enough to save on its own, had it not taken a looping deflection on its way - there will be few better saves in League One football this season, as Begovic readjusted to palm the ball over his own crossbar.

That seemed to inspire Begovic just as much as it inspired Huddersfield, and as the home side tried to breach his goal, he blocked attempts by Liam Dickinson, before rivalling his earlier save with another wonderful block 10 minutes before the break. Andy Butler's header from a Huddersfield set-piece was perfectly placed across Begovic and into the far corner, but he managed to stretch and palm the ball around the corner.

Yeovil's cause wasn't being helped by one of the more woeful displays from a linesman you'll see this season. Covering the main stand side at the Galpharm, the official saw Aaron Brown's brilliant tackle on Keigan Parker right on the break as worthy of a foul, and to add insult to injury, a disbelieving Brown picked up a booking for the 'offence'. Thankfully an injustice was not served as Dickinson struck the outer goalpost and the Glovers somehow went into the break on level terms.

Winger Andy Welsh was replaced by Paul Warne at the break. The former Sunderland man had not done too much wrong during the first half, but perhaps the opening period had been a little too defensive, and Warne was on to try and open the game up a little bit more.

The second period saw Huddersfield open well, with Begovic once again the star as he flipped a Jonathan Worthington attempt over the bar. The home side forced plenty of corners, but the longer the half went on, the more they seemed to run out of ideas, and their double substitution with 20 minutes to go was no doubt meant to be the arrival of the calvary. Except that if anything, the change seemed to benefit the Glovers more, with opportunities for Gavin Tomlin and Paul Warne to hit Huddersfield on the counter-attack. Warne's own near post shot with 15 minutes remaining gave the Glovers the belief that actually they might even nick this game against the odds, but although they completed the game as perhaps the better team, they couldn't quite force the opening for an improbable win at the death.

Whilst Saturday's home draw against Leyton Orient will have been viewed by many as two points dropped, there is little doubt that this was a point gained - a huge one in fact. If the Glovers are to pull their way from the relegation spots - tonight's result puts them a point clear of Cheltenham Town - then they will need to keep chipping away at other clubs and building up points on a consistent basis. The resilience shown at Huddersfield should have given them much heart on the long journey home.

Final Score: Huddersfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Huddersfield Town: (4-4-2)
27. Matthew Glennon
11. Jim Goodwin 6. Nathan Clarke 18. Andy Butler 16. Robbie Williams
10. Michael Flynn 8. Jonathan Worthington 5. Ian Craney 17. Gary Roberts
29. Liam Dickinson 7. Keigan Parker

Substitutes:
2. Andy Holdsworth (71 mins for Jim Goodwin) 3. Joe Skarz 4. Michael Collins 14. Phil Jevons 25. Steve Jones (71 mins for Jonathan Worthington)

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
15. Scott Rendell

Substitutes:
10. Gavin Tomlin (62 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 14. Paul Warne (46 mins for Andy Welsh) 19. Andre McCollin 27. Lee Peltier (86 mins for Scott Rendell) 28. Nathan Smith

Huddersfield Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Scott Rendell (42 mins, foul), Aaron Brown (44 mins, foul)

Referee: David Foster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Carl Dunn (Staffordshire) and Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 10,719 (including 113 Yeovil fans)


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28 October 2008 : Slade Slams Negativity In The Club
There were some interesting comments from Russell Slade in today's Western Morning News that may have supporters wondering who he is targetting. As one would expect the manager did not name names or specify exactly which areas of the Huish Park set up he was referring to, but did lay into what he described as 'negativity' in some parts of the club :

"We are all in it together. That's why I feel that any negativity around the place has to be disposed of, and quickly because otherwise it can drown you. We have to pull together as a football club. I am trying to do my bit on the pitch with the players, but I just feel that sometimes, in other areas of the club, there is too much negativity and that doesn't help when you want to be successful."

He went on to describe how, particularly in a difficult period, everyone in a club needs to pulling in the same direction and on board, the clear implication being that he feels this is not the case at Yeovil Town at present :

"I can only tell you from my experience that, when clubs are in a difficult period and struggling a bit, everyone has to be on the same ship. My best experience of that was at Scarborough when we were seven or eight points adrift at the bottom of the table. You have to get rid of that negativity in the changing room and around the football club. Sorry, but it has to go. No one is bigger than the football club and everybody has to be behind each other, because you don't need that.

Sometimes, people need shaking by their roots, don't they? They need a focus and I can do that as much as I can on the football side, but the whole club needs to have a focus and a direction and make sure we are positive in everything we do. You gain strength from that. People pulling in different directions and not allowing it to work drains you as an individual and as a football club.
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28 October 2008 : Roberts Deal Waits On Paperwork
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is confident that midfielder Gary Roberts will become a permanent Glovers signing sometime today. It had been hoped that the deal would be concluded yesterday, but Russell has said that the lack of an announcement is no cause for concern. Speaking to BBC Somerset he explained the delay was only down to paperwork and that everything had been agreed:

"We're going through the paperwork. All I can say is that everything is set to be done and everything is agreed with Crewe, the player and his agent and all the personal terms. I think we'll be making an announcement (on Tuesday). We'll be able to rubberstamp that and make Gary a Yeovil Town player and that will be excellent news for us."

Gary's contract is expected to be a 2.5 year deal, keeping him at Huish Park until June 2011.


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27 October 2008 : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the mammoth midweek trip to Huddersfield Town tomorrow evening, hoping to extend a two match unbeaten sequence against another side currently struggling to pick up points. Despite having some of the biggest resources in League One, the Terriers lie just one place above the Glovers and two points better off, having played a game more. They have only won once at the Galpharm Stadium in the league this season, and in their last two matches have conceded nine goals, against Hartlepool United and Peterborough United.

Huddersfield will have to reshuffle their side defensively. Captain Chris Lucketti was red-carded in the 4-0 defeat against Posh and will sit out tomorrow's match. The likely replacement will hardly weaken their team though - the experienced Andy Butler has been missing through illness but is now believed to be fit to return. Striker Andy Booth (back) and Danny Cadamarteri (hamstring) are both missing, whilst a degree of intruige surrounds former Blackpool striker Keigan Parker, who has struggled to fit in at the Galpharm. Terriers manager Stan Ternent admitted that his reasons for removing Parker from the matchday sixteen on Saturday were not wholly related to his playing form, but refused to divulge what the issue is.

Ternent is coming under increasing fire from Huddersfield supporters, with the club currently undertaking a series of events to mark their centenary season, that has in part provoked season ticket sales of over 16,000. Ternent has claimed that he will not quit his position, but perhaps the acid test will come for them if they fail to see off the Glovers and Saturday's home opponents Crewe Alexandra. The target must therefore be for the Glovers not to concede early, and to rely on the fact that the longer the game goes on at level pegging, the greater the chance of Huddersfield's home support turning on their own management team and players. However, if Huddersfield score first, then their large support have the ability to make the Galpharm a noisy place.

The Glovers go into the game with a number of niggles that largely appear to be caused by the demanding fixture schedule in recent weeks. Central defender Terry Skiverton has a bruised rib that the club want to check out properly before clearing him to play, whilst midfielder Gary Roberts has a slight groin strain from Saturday. Midfielder Darren Way also missed training today, but is expected to be cleared to play in tomorrow's game. Manager Russell Slade gave BBC Somerset a full round-up of the walking wounded:

"Terry has got a bit of a bang on a rib. He's gone for an x-ray this morning, but I don't think that to date that it has shown too much. It might need a bit of a scan so we're just checking that out, because that affects his breathing as the bruise or cracked rib is quite high up. He picked it up on Tuesday and I don't think it was too clever for him on Saturday and he was struggling after the game, but it didn't affect his performance. So we're just waiting on that one. Of the others, Darren Way didn't train today, but we're expecting him to be pushing for a slot tomorrow. I think that everyone else other than that is OK. It's a possibility particularly if we lose the skipper, that we might bring Lee Peltier in. But we'll have to wait until the last minute there to make a final decision on the two slots."

Defender Terrell Forbes misses another match through suspension, although this is his last of a three match ban. Left back Nathan Smith (groin), winger Aidan Downes (knee) and midfielder Marc Bircham (ankle) are all definitely unavailable, while all has gone quiet on young defender Rob Fitzgerald's problems. Some of the generic websites are reporting that strikers Paul Warne and Scott Rendell are doubts for tomorrow, but Russell has explained that the issue is more one of tiredness than an injury. Both are therefore likely to start, but there may be more of a chance for Gavin Tomlin and Andre McCollin to feature.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the game direct from the Galpharm Stadium. For prices and all other information relevant to the Galpharm and the town, see the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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27 October 2008 : Stockport FA Cup Tickets Go On Sale
Yeovil Town have announced that tickets for the FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

There are two bits of good news with respect to the pricing for this match. Firstly, the club are running another Kids For A Quid promotion for this match. All Under 16s will be admitted to the game for one pound only. As per Saturday's match, there are no restrictions or conditions relevant to this offer.

Secondly, the club are pricing the match at the "Early Bird" rate even if you purchase tickets on the day of the game. There will be no matchday surcharge applied for this cup tie.

Those season ticket holders who want to keep their usual seat must purchase their ticket by Tuesday 4th November at 5.00p.m. Thereafter, any unsold seats will revert to general sale.

Huish Park admission prices can be viewed via the link below, although in this instance you only need to look at the Pre-Matchday prices.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Pre-Match and Matchday Prices.

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now. Visit in person, or phone 01935-847888. The match will take place at Huish Park on Saturday 8th November, kick-off 3.00p.m.


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27 October 2008 : FAC Round One On The Box
As one would surmise, not us. As one would equally have surmised in advance Setanta have gone for Leeds United - hey, what a shock there.

Leeds United v Northampton Town, Friday 7th November, 7.45 p.m. - Setanta Sports 1

Havant & Waterlooville v Brentford, Sunday 9th November, 2.00 p.m. - ITV 1

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers, Monday 10th November, 7.45 p.m. - Setanta Sports 1

The draw for the F.A. Cup Second Round Proper is to be made at around 1.45 p.m. on Sunday 9th November, and will be covered live by both ITV 1 and Setanta Sports 1.


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27 October 2008 : Crewe Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday night's match against Crewe Alexandra saw the Glovers win their first home match of the season 3-2 in a thrilling finale to what eventually turned into an end-to-end display.

The Man of the Match votes were largely one-sided. Although there were plenty of votes for right-back Craig Alcock and striker Paul Warne, it was Danny Schofield's two goals that caught the eye

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

1 Danny Schofield 490 (38)
2 Paul Warne 258 (13)
3 Craig Alcock 244 (12)
4 Gareth Owen 46 (0)
5 Keiran Murtagh 42 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 28 (1)
7 Darren Way 22 (0)
8 Nathan Jones 20 (0)
9 Scott Rendell 12 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.75

Performance: 7.45
Entertainment: 8.06

VOTES RECEIVED: 65

Don't forget that you have until Tuesday 7.45p.m. to place your votes for the Man of the Match against Leyton Orient. The poll will automatically close when the Huddersfield Town match kicks off.

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


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27 October 2008 : SPC Date
The Second Round fixture for Yeovil Town Reserves in the Somerset Premier Cup away against Welton Rovers has been arranged for Tuesday 18th November with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

Western League Premier Welton, who beat Radstock Town 4-1 away in the First Round, play at West Clewes, North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD (click for map).

With all the First Round ties now completed the revised Second Round draw looks like this :

Bridgwater Town v Shepton Mallet Town
Bitton v Bristol Manor Farm
Weston super Mare v Brislington
Frome Town v Bath City
Keynsham Town v Portishead
Welton Rovers v YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES
Clevedon United v Bishop Sutton
Paulton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic


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27 October 2008 : Reserves Still Undefeated
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves maintained their undefeated start to the season with a 2-1 win over Bradford Town on Sunday. With six wins and a draw they sit seven points clear at the top of the Women's Somerset County League table.

Next Sunday's fixture is against Somerton & Langport, who flounder at the bottom of the division on zero points. With the Glovers opponent's last four outings registering 0-14, 0-11, 3-10 and 1-16 defeats the Reserves will surely be looking not just for the three points but to ratchet up their positive goal difference substantially.


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27 October 2008 : Northampton Town Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip to Northampton Town earlier this month was not the most productive of matches, with the Glovers losing the match 3-0. The Man of the Match votes saw a fair spread of players land on the voting forms, with seven different players being given outright MOTM votes.

Midfielder Darren Way and central defensive pair Terry Skiverton and Gareth Owen got honourable mentions, but it was striker Gavin Tomlin who got the top vote, with the former Fisher player being on the end of most of Yeovil's chances on the day.

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

1 Gavin Tomlin 62 (5)
2 Terry Skiverton 46 (2)
3 Gareth Owen 34 (2)
4 Darren Way 28 (2)
5 Nathan Jones 18 (1)
7 Keiran Murtagh 14 (0)
7 Andy Welsh 14 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 10 (1)
8 Danny Schofield 10 (1)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.64

Performance: 4.14
Entertainment: 5.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 14


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27 October 2008 : F.A. Women's Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round Proper of the F.A. Women's Cup sees Yeovil Town Ladies drawn at home to fellow South West Combination rivals Plymouth Argyle, who sit fifth in table behind the Glovers, six points back but with two games in hand having won three and lost one so far this season.

All ties are scheduled for Sunday 9th November with a 1.00 p.m. kick-off. There are no replays in the F.A. Women's Cup, ties level on 90 minutes being decided by extra-time and if necessary penalties. The full draw is as follows :

Leeds City Vixens v Crewe Alexandra
West Auckland Town v Middlesbrough
Liverpool Feds v Salford SV
Guiseley v Peterlee Town
Bury v Rochdale
Stockport County v Bradford City
Morley Spurs v Blackpool Wren Rovers
Scunthorpe United v Darlington RA
Derby County v Mansfield Town
Leafield Athletic v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Peterborough
Coventry City v Copsewood (Coventry)
Lichfield Diamonds v Leicester City LFC
Loughborough Students v Sandiacre Town
Cambridge City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lewes v Tower Hamlets
Ebbsfleet United v Wellingborough Diamonds
Enfield Town v Queens Park Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge v Luton Town
Tottenham Hotspur v Oxford City
Welwyn Garden City v Chesham United
Bedford Town Bells v Reading Royals
Havant & Waterlooville v Garston or Barking
Norwich City v Haringey Borough or AFC Wimbledon
Northampton Town v Bedford LFC
Maidenhead United v Swindon Town
Frome Town v Forest Green Rovers
TNS & Shrewsbury Town v Bracknell Town
YEOVIL TOWN v Plymouth Argyle
AFC Team Bath v Weston St.Johns


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27 October 2008 : Youths Win
Yeovil Town U18's gained some revenge over Exeter City with a 2-1 away win at the weekend. Having lost 0-1 to the Grecians in the last group stage match of the Youth Alliance League Cup earlier in the month the Glovers were looking to kick start their league campaign which so far had seen one draw and two losses. The three points secured moves the Youths up to 7th in the table. Swindon Town lead the South West Conference title race with the full complement of 15 points from their opening five games.

The next match for the U18's is this coming Wednesday, 29th October, in the First Round Proper of the F.A. Youth Cup, when Hereford United visit Huish Park. Hereford currently lie bottom of the South West Conference, having lost all their games, scoring 4 and conceding 17, and have in fact only won once all season in any competition. Kick-off is at 7.00 p.m., and admission prices are £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £3.00.

Link: Youth Cup Date Set

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw


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27 October 2008 : Officials For The Huddersfield Game
Tomorrow evening's League One match against Huddersfield Town will be looked after by Mr David Foster (Tyne and Wear). Mr Foster is another relatively new official at Football League level, having been promoted to the national list of referees in 2006.

His most significant achievement was to referee the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg between Morecambe and Dagenham and Redbridge during 2003 that saw the Daggers go through to the final. To our knowledge we've never crossed paths, and so this is yet another sighting of a new referee.

Mr Foster will be assisted by Carl Dunn (Staffordshire) and Mark Heywood (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).


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27 October 2008 : Roberts Deal Expected Today
Yeovil Town are expected to close transfer negotiations with midfielder Gary Roberts sometime today. The 21 year old has a 2.5 year contract on the table that will keep him at Huish Park until June 2011, and on Friday both club and the player's agent believed there had been a major breakthrough in talks.

The expectation is that a couple of clauses on the contract will be tweaked and then assuming all parties agree with the new wording, a signature will then be possible, and manager Russell Slade said he was hoping that could be concluded today. Speaking to the Western Daily Press over the weekend, he explained:

"I think it will get done Monday. It is very close. There was a breakthrough on Friday so hopefully that will get done. He is important to us in that process of keeping us up. He is a good player. I wasn't surprised with how he did and I think there is more to come from him."

One slight snag is that Roberts has a groin strain sustained during Saturday's match with Leyton Orient. Slade will need to take a view from physio Wayne Jones as to whether he can be risked for the Tuesday trip to Huddersfield Town.


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26 October 2008 : Amy Goes Wilde
Amy Wilde had an afternoon to remember, and a match ball to remember it by, as she hit four goals in the 5-4 win over Oxford City in the South West Combination.

Yeovil Town began the game at a ferocious pace and had the visitors pinned not just in their own half but in their penalty area for most of the first quarter of an hour. As usual, lovely passing football, building from the back and flowing forward like the tide, was the Glovers style. The early dominance was rewarded on 13 minutes as Wilde slipped through a tiny gap between defender and keeper to slide the ball in from close range.

Oxford were feeding off scraps, though what limited possession they did get saw them moving the ball slickly, and they equalised from close in on 19 minutes.

Jemma Tewksbury got the Glovers second on 35 minutes, flying in like a ninja kick-boxer to deftly side-foot the ball home whilst still airborne, to the surprise of the Oxford keeper, whose clearly audible "Where the f*** did she come from?" would have outraged any North-Eastern exile down for the game.

As half-time approached Wilde's movement and pace got her into a one-on-one with the keeper on 44 minutes. No mistake as she slotted her second, and the Glovers went into the break a deserved 3-1 up.

The visitors pulled the score back to 3-2 on 54 minutes, but only a minute later Wilde was in again, skinning the defence before firing home for her hat trick. Her fourth, and Yeovil's fifth, was a thundering shot from the edge of the area into the top of the net that the keeper just couldn't hold. Although Wilde deservedly takes the headlines, Kayleigh Nardiello was also on fire, her searing crosses proving a nightmare for the Oxford defence to deal with all match.

And that should have been it, but Oxford came back in the last quarter of an hour with two long range drives to make the closing minutes a bit nervous for the home side. The scoreline flattered Oxford in terms of the balance of play, but it has to be admitted they could finish well, converting four of their six chances during the match.

Final score: Yeovil Town Ladies 5 Oxford City Ladies 4

Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for his thoughts on this match.

A gallery of twenty photos by Sophie Elbourn from the game can be viewed here.

Only one other match took place on Sunday in the South West Combination, AFC Team Bath thrashing bottom of the table Reading Royals 7-0. Queens Park Rangers lead the division with 19 points from 7 played, Forest Green Rovers lie second with 16 from 7, whilst Yeovil Town are third with 15 from 6.

Next Sunday the Glovers are away to AFC Bournemouth who currently sit 7th.


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26 October 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield
For those Glovers preparing to make the long journey to the Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday night, the Ciderspace guide to Huddersfield Town is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield.


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26 October 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient yesterday, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match views to BBC reporter Pete Simson. Read the full transcript of that interview via the link below.

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


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26 October 2008 : Glovers Get Stockport Home Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the First Round of the FA Cup. They will face League One rivals Stockport County in a match that will be played at Huish Park on or around Saturday 8th November 2008.

The full draw is as follows:

Colchester United v Leyton Orient
Havant and Waterlooville v Brentford
Blyth Spartans v Shrewsbury Town
Sutton United v Notts County
Torquay United v Evesham United
Oxford United v Dorchester Town
Bury v Gillingham
AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
Chester City v Millwall
Carlisle United v Grays Athletic
Team Bath v Ashford Town or Forest Green Rovers
Eastbourne Borough v Barrow
AFC Hornchurch v Peterborough United
Yeovil Town v Stockport County
Leiston or Lewes v Fleetwood Town
Accrington Stanley v Tranmere Rovers
Walsall v Scunthorpe United
AFC Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers
Brighton and Hove Albion v Hartlepool United
Aldershot Town v Rotherham United
Morecambe v Grimsby Town
Huddersfield Town v Port Vale
Alfreton Town v Bury Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Cambridge United
Leicester City v Stevenage Borough or Horsham
MK Dons v Bradford City
Darlington v Droylsden or Belper Town
Chesterfield v York City or Mansfield Town
Northwich Victoria or AFC Telford v Southend United
Hinckley United or Curzon Ashton v Exeter City
Durham City or Histon v Swindon Town
Kettering Town v Lincoln City
Barnet v Rochdale
Hereford United v Dagenham and Redbridge
Cheltenham Town v Oldham Athletic
Luton Town v Newcastle Blue Star or Altrincham
Crewe Alexandra v Woking or Ebbsfleet United
Wrexham or Eastwood Town v Brackley Town
Leeds United v Northampton Town
Harlow Town v Macclesfield Town


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26 October 2008 : Somerset Cup Photo Gallery
A gallery of photos by Sophie Elbourn from last Sunday's defeat by Women's Premier Southern Division Keynsham Town in the First Round of the Somerset Cup can now be seen here :

Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Keynsham Town Ladies 4


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26 October 2008 : Diamond Jubilee
Sixty years on it remains one of the greatest upsets in the F.A. Cup ever : Yeovil Town 2 Sunderland 1.

Yeovil Town v Sunderland
Centre pages from the programme for the Fourth Round Proper tie in the F.A. Cup 1948-49
© 2008 Ciderspace


Huish Park will be holding two events to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the match on 29th January 1949 that saw the then Southern League club knock out the 'Bank of England' top flight giants from the North-East. Wednesday evening, 28th January 2009, sees a Legends Dinner in the Alec Stock Suite with Bobby Kerr and Jim Montgomery from Sunderland's 1973 F.A. Cup winning side as guests.

On the anniversary itself, the following day, there will be a match at Huish Park between a Yeovil Town Legends side to be managed by Colin Lippiatt and a Sunderland Legends side. Among those it is hoped will be turning out for the Glovers are : Tony Pennock, David Piper, Tom White, Carl Alford, Warren Patmore, Howard Forinton, Jimmy Aggrey, Terry Cotton, Steve Thompson, Roy O'Brien, Nick Crittenden, Paul Thorpe, Marcus Stewart, Tony Pounder, Stuart Housley, Kim Grant, Colin Miles (subject to club permission) and Ben Smith (subject to club permission).

Yeovil Town Football Club is trying to get in contact with the last surviving player from the tie, Vic "Dickie" Dyke, who kept goal for the Glovers that day, stepping in late to replace the injured Stan Hall, to be the Guest of Honour. The club has been unable to find him so far, and would be grateful if anyone who knows of his whereabouts would get in touch.


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25 October 2008 : Orient Force Glovers Stalemate
Yeovil Town battled out a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient this afternoon at Huish Park, in a match where both sides struggled to create chances in blustery conditions. Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic was a near spectator the entire game, leading to Yeovil's first clean sheet in the league for nearly seven months. Meanwhile at the other end, Gary Roberts and Gareth Owen came the closest to breaking the deadlock.

Roberts was the only change to Yeovil Town's line-up - as has often been the case this season, Keiran Murtagh can count himself a little unlucky to find himself sat on the bench. Right-back Lee Peltier also made his comeback - albeit by only warming the bench - meaning that Jordan Street and Andre McCollin dropped out of the sixteen.

The Glovers spent most of the first half on the offensive, although they had to deal with a number of Orient corners and a swirling wind that was against them, that required maximum concentration from Begovic and his back four. Orient managed a few wayward attempts from distance, but it was the Glovers who carved out the best two chances of the half.

Rookie referee Simon Hooper had been angering both sides during the half by pulling the game up when it didn't need pulling up, and on occasions failing to play advantage. But his major clanger was to fail to spot Tamika Mkandawire's hefty shove in the back on Scott Rendell, as the striker made a run into the box to try and meet an Andy Welsh cross. Mkandawire was fortunate that the referee's eyes appeared to be elsewhere, with the match official seemingly more concerned with following the path of Welsh's cross than looking at what was happening 10 yards away in the penalty box.

Right on the stroke of half time, Rendell was involved again - a neat flick-on setting up Gary Roberts in a one-on-one with keeper Glenn Morris, who brilliantly parried the ball at Roberts' feet, and then had the awareness to work out where the ball had gone as it squirmed behind him, with Roberts looking for a second bite of the cherry.

The second period never really took off at all. The Glovers were playing into the wind, but couldn't really make use of it. Orient had some lengthy spells of possession, which took away the Yeovil momentum, but the visitors were never looking likely to get past the Yeovil back line. All Asmir Begovic had to do all afternoon was to pluck a few crosses out of the air and that was it. At the other end, given the wind was at their backs, it was a little frustrating that the Glovers seemed reluctant to shoot - someone needed to let fly from the edge of the box, to see if the wind would assist a goal to break the deadlock.

Right at the end of the match, the unlikely source of Gareth Owen almost brought joy. He received the ball deep in the Orient box from a Gary Roberts free kick, and hammered a shot that rose upwards, clipping the Orient crossbar and going out behind the empty away terrace. That was pretty much that in terms of chances, and perhaps what says it all is that both managers took off their strike pairs before the end of the match, seeing if their bench warmers could fashion something out of the game. They couldn't, and 0-0 was probably an accurate reflection of what had gone on there. On the plus side, the extra point lifts the Glovers out of the bottom four, above Cheltenham, but the frustration is that with just a little bit of more expensive firepower out there, it could easily have been more than that.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 5. Gareth Owen 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell

Substitutes:
10. Gavin Tomlin (60 mins for Paul Warne) 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 18. Keiran Murtagh (76 mins for Scott Rendell) 23. Aaron Brown 27. Lee Peltier

Leyton Orient: (4-4-2)
1. Glenn Morris
2. Stephen Purches 4. Alton Thelwell 5. Tamika Mkandawire 3. Danny Granville
20. Jason Demetriou 8. Adam Chambers 17. Paul Terry 11. Dean Morgan
18. Adam Boyd 27. Sam Parkin

Substitutes:
6. Brian Saah 7. John Melligan (77 mins for Adam Boyd) 10. Sean Thornton 12. Jamie Jones (GK) 23. Ryan Jarvis (85 mins for Sam Parkin)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (foul, 28 mins), Gary Roberts (foul, 60 mins)
Orient Booking: Sam Parkin (foul, 83 mins)

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,320 (including 199 Leyton Orient fans).


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25 October 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Orient Match
Don't forget that the Man of the Match voting is open for this afternoon's match against Leyton Orient. Choose your top three, plus entertainment and performance ratings, plus any additional comments that you want to make, using the form below.

Remember that with a Tuesday night fixture against Huddersfield Town coming up rather quickly, voting will only be open until 7.45p.m. on Tuesday night, so get those votes in quickly.

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


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24 October 2008 : Deadlock Broken In Roberts Talks
The Western Daily Press are reporting the welcome news that Yeovil Town's negotiations with midfielder Gary Roberts have broken through a major stumbling block that was being reported yesterday.

Manager Russell Slade reported that talks had reached a 'deadlock' in Thursday's press briefing, but in the 24 hours that have passed, the WDP have been able to talk to Roberts' agent Mark Cartwright who said that matters were now looking far more optimistic:

"The deal is 99.9 per cent done. We just have to agree on the wording of a couple of clauses in the contract but I would hope that it could be done by Monday."

Cartwright has also added in tomorrow's edition of the paper that he believes his client would benefit by joining Yeovil Town and working under Russell Slade, and credited the Yeovil boss for the change in the midfielder's career:

"I think making a fresh start was what Gary needed. Working with someone like Russell Slade has been good for him. I still think there is improvement in him from what he has shown Yeovil so far."

The WDP say that they have also checked at the Huish Park end to see if Yeovil Town are of the same mind as Roberts' agent, and have been given a consistent view from both sides. Assuming all is well, a 2.5 year contract should be on the table for Gary during the early part of next week.


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24 October 2008 : New Rezzies Date For Exeter
Yeovil Town Reserves will play Exeter City on Tuesday 4th November in a rearranged Football Combination fixture. The match will take place at Huish Park with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The match had been called off earlier in the season for unspecified reasons.


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24 October 2008 : FA Cup First Round Draw Details
The FA Cup First Round Draw takes place this weekend, with all of the Fourth Qualifying Round ties due to be played on Saturday. ITV have taken over the television rights that the BBC had until last season, and they have scheduled a 30 minute programme on Sunday at 1.00p.m. when the draw will take place.

The ball numbers of Sunday's draw have also been announced, and Yeovil Town take ball number 48 for Sunday's draw. If - in the unlikely event - we come out of the hat first, then any number from 49 onwards will mean a non-league club, whilst any number lower than 49 will mean a Football League club.

Former Arsenal player Martin Keown and former Tottenham Hotspur player Ossie Ardiles will be pulling the balls out. The full draw numbers are as follows:

Football League Clubs:
1 Accrington Stanley 2 AFC Bournemouth 3 Aldershot Town 4 Barnet 5 Bradford City 6 Brentford 7 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 Bristol Rovers 9 Bury 10 Carlisle United 11 Cheltenham Town 12 Chester City 13 Chesterfield 14 Colchester United 15 Crewe Alexandra 16 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 Darlington 18 Exeter City 19 Gillingham 20 Grimsby Town 21 Hartlepool United 22 Hereford United 23 Huddersfield Town 24 Leeds United 25 Leicester City 26 Leyton Orient 27 Lincoln City 28 Luton Town 29 Macclesfield Town 30 Millwall 31 Milton Keynes Dons 32 Morecambe 33 Northampton Town 34 Notts County 35 Oldham Athletic 36 Peterborough United 37 Port Vale 38 Rochdale 39 Rotherham United 40 Scunthorpe United 41 Shrewsbury Town 42 Southend United 43 Stockport County 44 Swindon Town 45 Tranmere Rovers 46 Walsall 47 Wycombe Wanderers 48 Yeovil Town.

Non-League Clubs:
49 Hinckley United or Curzon Ashton 50 Kettering Town or Burton Albion 51 Tamworth or Barrow 52 Kings Lynn or Kidderminster Harriers 53 Boston United or Cambridge United 54 Newcastle Blue Star or Altrincham 55 Droylsden or Belper Town 56 Durham City or Histon 57 Retford United or Alfreton Town 58 Northwich Victoria or AFC Telford United 59 Blyth Spartans or Sheffield 60 York City or Mansfield Town 61 Fleetwood Town or Nantwich Town 62 Wrexham or Eastwood Town 63 Stevenage Borough or Horsham 64 Woking or Ebbsfleet United 65 Hampton & Richmond Borough or Brackley Town 66 Oxford United or Hayes & Yeading United 67 Maidstone United or AFC Wimbledon 68 Team Bath or Salisbury City 69 Dorchester Town or Bishop's Stortford 70 Oxford City or Eastbourne Borough 71 Ashford Town (Middlesex) or Forest Green Rovers 72 Evesham United or Rushden & Diamonds 73 Bury Town or Basingstoke Town 74 Burgess Hill Town or Harlow Town 75 Grays Athletic or AFC Totton 76 Aylesbury United or Sutton United 77 Torquay United or Chipstead 78 Leiston or Lewes 79 Crawley Town or Havant & Waterlooville 80 Weymouth or AFC Hornchurch

First Round winners will pocket £20,000 each, and the First Round ties are due to be played around the weekend of November 8th 2008, subject to policing and television requirements.


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24 October 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Leyton Orient at Huish Park tomorrow in the second of two home matches against sides in the bottom four of the League One table. Orient lie one point behind the Glovers, having played a game more. Leyton are not in good form, having lost six of their last seven League One matches, and that run has seen them slide into the bottom four.

Their problem is a lack of goals - they've only scored nine goals in the league, and with striker Adam Boyd the only player to net more than once in League One, their problem is acute. Former Glovers striker Wayne Gray has suffered a cruciate ligament injury and so will be missing from Orient's side until around March 2009. To compensate for that, manager Martin Ling has brought in Sam Parkin from Luton Town on loan until January 10th. Parkin himself has been missing from Luton's side through injury until recently, but Ling is hopeful that the 27 year old can be a long term acquisition:

"I'm very pleased to bring Sam to the club. He will offer something that we've been missing up front. He was on the radar in the summer, but it didn't quite come off and we've been keeping tabs on him since. Ever since the cruciate ligament injury to Wayne Gray we've been looking for a new striker and Sam fits the bill. The ingredients are all there for him to be a very good signing for us between now and January and if he does well there's a chance we could turn it into something more permanent."

It seems inevitable that Parkin will partner Adam Boyd up front as he makes his debut on Saturday. Another familiar face in the Orient line-up will be former Glovers midfielder Paul Terry, who made 154 appearances for the Glovers across four seasons before returning to his native London.

For the Glovers, it is unlikely that there will be major changes to the sixteen that turn out on Saturday. The most obvious change will be the selection of Gary Roberts, who did not play against his parent club on Tuesday. Manager Russell Slade did his best to leave some doubt over whether Roberts would come straight back into the starting line up in yesterday's article, but in all honesty it would be a major surprise if the 21 year old was not one of the first names on the teamsheet, with Keiran Murtagh likely to make way. Roberts told the Western Daily Press that he hoped that Tuesday's match, which he watched from the Main Stand, would kick-start Yeovil's season:

"The last few home games we have murdered teams and come away with only one point. But on Tuesday we got what we needed - a kicking start and hopefully we will get another three points Saturday. It has been hard but you have to keep plugging away and hope you turn the corner and hopefully on Tuesday night we turned the right corner. There's been a difference in the squad, training has been a lot more fun - the lads have been laughing and joking again. Hopefully we can carry it on."

Right-back Lee Peltier could be another surprise addition to the sixteen, but Aidan Downes (knee), Nathan Smith (groin) and Marc Bircham (ankle) will all miss out through injury, even if the former two are now back in light training. Defender Terrell Forbes will serve the second of a three match ban.

The game on Saturday kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the matchday tariffs. Don't forget that tomorrow's match has a Kids For A Quid promotion operating (see yesterday's reminder) that will run right up until kick-off. For those wanting to avoid queues, and for those wanting to take advantage of the adult/concessionary pre-match prices, the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888.


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23 October 2008 : Ladies End Forest Green Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town Ladies managed to gain their best result of the season so far, as they inflicted a 2-1 defeat upon Forest Green Rovers on their own patch tonight.

The Gloucestershire side lost their first match of the season as goals from Kayleigh Nardiello and Jemma Tewkesbury sealed a superb win that narrows the gap between the Glovers and second placed Rovers down to four points, with a game in hand.

The Glovers were 2-0 up by half-time, but had also lost Kim Turner to a crunching clash that left the Yeovil player in agony. After lengthy treatment on the pitch she was taken by ambulance to hospital in Gloucester where a broken leg was confirmed, and she was kept in overnight. We wish Kim a complete and speedy recovery.

FGR got a goal back in the second period, but the Glovers held on for the win.

Final score: Forest Green Rovers Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 2


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23 October 2008 : Roberts Deal Talks Hit 'Deadlock'
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted that negotiations between the Glovers and midfielder Gary Roberts were going more slowly than he hoped they would be. Reports from the Crewe end suggested that as far as the Gresty Road club was concerned, Roberts would be a Yeovil player by Wednesday morning, but Russell warned that there was still the matter of personal terms to sort out between the Glovers and Roberts himself.

Negotiations are ongoing, but Russell told BBC Somerset of a 'deadlock' that was occurring at present between both parties that would need to be overcome before there was any chance of the 21 year old signing on the dotted line:

"I think there is a bit of a deadlock situation at the moment. So we are just going to have to wait and see. Hopefully it does get resolved and that he does sign, because I know the boy does want to stay here. I want him here, and I'm sure that most of the fans will want him, having seen what they've seen. So, we'd love him to stay and let's hope that we can resolve the situation sooner rather than later. What you don't want is to have it going on and have him putting in the performances that he has been putting in recently and then have him attracting other clubs come the January window."


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23 October 2008 : Pelts Heading For Early Comeback
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has revealed that right-back Lee Peltier could make a shock return to the playing squad on Saturday. Peltier has recovered so well from his groin operation that he is now back in training, and Slade said that although it was an outside chance, there could be room for the Liverpudlian on the bench for the match against Leyton Orient:

"Lee Peltier is making good progress and we're really pleased with that. Nathan Smith is a shade behind that, so maybe five or seven days behind him. The same applies to Aidan Downes, but they've both taken part in a light session today, so that is really encouraging and Lee could be in contention for at least a slot in the sixteen."

The position of left-back Nathan Smith and winger/striker Aidan Downes would suggest that they would be targetting the Oldham Athletic away match on November 1st, meaning that both will be missing for the next two matches at least.

As for central midfielder Gary Roberts there was no doubt as to his position. Stopped from playing, firstly by a one match suspension and then by his parent club Crewe Alexandra refusing him permission to play against them on Tuesday, Russell admitted that Gary was champing at the bit:

"He was obviously so eager to play against his old club on Tuesday night. So hopefully he can take that frustration out on Leyton Orient if he gets the opportunity to start on Saturday. He's played so well in recent games that it's great to have him available again."


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23 October 2008 : Way Accepts New Challenge
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way admits that he is experiencing something new in his career this season. Having been involved in five years worth of success at Huish Park during his first spell with the club, Darren then went on to join Swansea City where he also picked up promotion honours as the Welsh side headed up to the Championship.

Darren returned to the club over the summer for his third spell with the Glovers and scored the winning goal in Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra - the second time that Way has provided a late strike to rescue a game for his side. Darren told BBC Somerset that he believed that treating Yeovil's current position as a challenge was the way to tackle the current 21st league position, rather than worrying about the threat of relegation:

"I'm back at Yeovil now and this is the first time that I've ever been involved in a relegation fight down at the bottom - although I wouldn't call it 'relegation' at the moment. We needed those three points. I'm just going to enjoy the challenge. It's as simple as that really. There's no point in walking around with your head down. Everyone has got to stick together."

Darren also added that although the Glovers recorded their lowest crowd of the season on Tuesday night, that he thought they kept their heads when the scoreline was pulled back to 2-2:

"In the dressing room after, I said I thought the fans were fantastic. They stuck with us right until the end and the three points was thoroughly deserved for them really. Because it was a Tuesday night, we didn't think that many people would come out, but the ones that were there were a credit to the football club."


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23 October 2008 : Schofield Enjoys The Freedom Of Yeovil
Yeovil Town wide-man Danny Schofield believes that the 'free role' that manager Russell Slade has given him has reaped rewards so far this season. Schofield is currently the club's top league scorer with four goals, having scored twice in Tuesday night's match against Crewe Alexandra.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Danny explained that he didn't feel he fitted into the role of a touchline-hugging orthodox winger and was at his best when he was given room to roam:

"I've never really been an out-and-out winger. I've always had the freedom in previous seasons at Huddersfield to come inside, then get wide, and then get back when I'm needed to defend. But I've always had that bit of freedom when we are attacking. I enjoy doing that and I think the gaffer is allowing me to do that as long as I do my defensive duties."

Danny also told the Western Daily Press that Yeovil Town's recent run of poor form had been starting to affect him personally. He was therefore hopeful that Tuesday's win would act as a release of pressure when the team go into Saturday's match with Leyton Orient:

"You do start feeling the pressure. It does get to you. You take it home with you and it starts affecting you when you are at home. You have just got to keep focussed and confident as possible. We had a really good pre-season and played some good teams here and we started off well when we drew with Walsall and Leeds. Hopefully we have got the win and we can kick on now."


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23 October 2008 : Bristol Rovers Stay Put At The Memorial
League One side Bristol Rovers have announced that they now do not plan to relocate from the Memorial Stadium during the redevelopment of their ground. Rovers were due to be groundsharing at Whaddon Road this season, but pulled out of a deal with Cheltenham Town over the summer after their plans had to be put on hold due to one of their backers pulling out of the project.

Rovers now believe that they can complete the work, which will require the redevelopment of all four sides of the Memorial Stadium, whilst still staging both football and rugby matches at the ground. They claim that a minimum 8,500 capacity will be maintained at all times, with capacity rising above 10,000 during other periods of the building programme.

Their revised plans are still provisional. In order to stage matches at the ground whilst stadium construction is underway, they still have to gain permission from the Football League, Football Foundation, Football Licencing Authority, Bristol City Council, Statutory Services and the Safety Advisory Group. However they have already informed Cheltenham Town and Bristol Rugby Club of their revised plans.

The last known date was for work at the Memorial Stadium to begin during May 2009. However, the club admit that "due to the current turmoil in the financial markets, it is not certain that we will be able to achieve the necessary funding in the manner we first planned, and the board are now exploring alternative proposals with various other parties". Rovers claim that they will able to make an announcement regarding the funding of the project by January 2009.


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23 October 2008 : Leyton Orient : Under 16s Admitted For One Pound Only
We make no apology for repeating ourselves - at Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, all supporters aged Under 16 can gain admittance for one pound only.

This was an extremely successful offer that the club took up last season, producing large crowds for the matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Doncaster Rovers. Now this season it is being repeated for Saturday's match against Leyton Orient along with next Easter's match against Millwall (see our August 18th article).

There are no strings attached to this offer. No forms to be filled in. No adults required. No limits on the number of people who can take advantage of this offer.

Simply turn up to the Huish Park Ticket Office with a one pound coin, and get a Junior ticket for any part of the ground. And that's it! As before, we'd urge all Glovers fans to tell their friends, neighbours and people at schools and youth clubs to take advantage of the offer. With this match taking place on the first day of Half Term for most people, hopefully this will be a worthy start to the school holidays.

Huish Park Ticket Office : 01935-847888.


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23 October 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Swansea
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides played Swansea City last weekend in another set of matches against numerous age groups. The results we've been able to obtain are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 10's : Drew 3-3
Yeovil Town Under 11's : Won 3-2
Yeovil Town Under 12's : Won 5-1
Yeovil Town Under 13's : Lost 2-5
Yeovil Town Under 15's : Drew 2-2.

Yeovil Town's Under 15s got their goals through a Brad Hansford free kick, and Harry Bond, who scrambled home a loose ball from another Hansford free kick.

As usual if anyone has any further details or results, please let us know, as such information is hard to come by.


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22 October 2008 : Veterans Side Opens Bridport Facilities
A Yeovil Town Veterans side opened new Changing Room facilities at Bridport FC tonight as part of a friendly to help Bridport celebrate the completion of their ground improvements. Sadly no goals could be found by either team, despite Warren Patmore striking the woodwork three times during the game, with the scoreline finishing 0-0.

Yeovil Town Veterans: (4-3-3)
Andy Buse
Eric Carvill, Russell Slade, Paul Thorpe, Peter Copeland
Tony Pounder, Steve Thompson, Gerry Pearson
Warren Patmore, Terry Cotton, Mickey Spencer.


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22 October 2008 : Officials For Leyton Orient
Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient will be looked after by Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Those that read our profile of Tuesday night's referee James Linington may at this point wonder if we've subsequently done a cut'n'paste error.

Like Mr Linington, Simon Hooper was promoted to the Football League's referee's list over the summer of 2008. He is also a regular at Huish Park, having turned up as an assistant referee and as a Football Combination referee, but like Mr Linington this will be the first time he will have been in charge for a Football League match at Huish Park, and this will be his first ever at League One level.

We must admit that becoming 'guinea pigs' for Mr Linington's debut at League One level concerned us a touch, but the general impression we've been given is that the Isle of Wight official got most things right last night. Hence let's hope that Mr Hooper's League One debut is just as successful.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire).


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22 October 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Crewe Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the thrilling game at Huish Park. The full transcript of the interview is available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Crewe Game.


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21 October 2008 : Crewe Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder that the Man of the Match voting is now open following tonight's 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. Vote for your top three players, entertainment and performance marks, plus any additional comments on the game, via the form below.

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


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21 October 2008 : That's The Way I Like It
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points tonight as they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 in a pulsating match at Huish Park that swung both ways before Darren Way's deflected effort five minutes from time sealed the points. Danny Schofield looked to have guaranteed a win for the Glovers midway through the second half when he scored the second of his two goals, but a Crewe double-substitution sparked the game into life, with Byron Moore scoring the first and then setting up Shaun Miller for an equaliser four minutes later. Thankfully, Way was to have the last laugh.

The usual squad limitations dogged any real options manager Russell Slade had when putting up his teamsheet for the match. He chose to partner Scott Rendell with Paul Warne, whilst the least surprising change was Craig Alcock coming in for the suspended Terrell Forbes. Left winger Andy Welsh's brief cameo on Saturday was impressive enough for him to earn himself a start ahead of Gavin Tomlin.

In terms of possession and territory, Yeovil got off to a flyer. Paul Warne twice got in behind the Crewe defence in the first couple of minutes, with the first attempt following a Danny Schofield throughball, forcing Crewe to clear the ball close to their own goal line as Warne put the ball across the face of the box. Then Scott Rendell charged down a Danny Woodards clearance as he broke through the Crewe back line as Yeovil took the game to their opponents in exactly the way that Slade had demanded in his pre-match interview.

The only snag was that former Glover Steve Collis wasn't getting his gloves dirty. Sure balls fizzed across the face of the box, and others went wide of the posts, but as close as Yeovil got, the golden chance they needed wouldn't come their way. That all changed though, right on the stroke of half time. Andy Welsh put in the kind of left-wing cross that the Glovers had been crying out for all half, and the ball found his opposite winger with Danny Schofield slightly miscontrolling the ball before hooking it into the back of the net with his back to goal to entirely change both managers' half time team talks.

The second half saw Crewe improve somewhat, albeit without significantly threatening the Glovers goal. Yeovil were also not quite as penatrative as they had been in the first period, and with the scoreline balanced at a delicate 1-0, there was always that underlying nervousness that just one mistake could change the game.

Midway through the second period though, the Glovers appeared to be marching their way to victory as they grabbed their second goal of the night with their first bit of clinical play of that half. Kieran Murtagh ran forward as he received a ball from Scott Rendell and then as he accelerated, he slipped it through to Danny Schofield who netted an excellent strike from the edge of the box to double Yeovil's lead and prompt wild celebrations. Celebrations that were to prove to be a little premature as the game suddenly turned into an end-to-end thriller.

Crewe's response was to make a double substitution to save the game. Within two minutes of the arrival of Anthony Elding and Byron Moore, their prescence was felt sharply. Elding skinned an otherwise reliable Craig Alcock and squared it for Moore and suddenly Crewe had a lifeline at 2-1.

As Yeovil suddenly looked ragged after 70 minutes of calmness, Crewe could have equalised just a minute later when John Brayford broke through and rounded Asmir Begovic. Rather than try and score a goal, Brayford threw himself to the floor in a clear dive. The only surprise was that referee James Linington didn't see that as a bookable offence. But four minutes after the first goal, Crewe scorer Moore turned provider as the substitute turned the ball in from the right wing and Shaun Miller couldn't miss. From 2-0 to 2-2 inside just four minutes, with Crewe's substitutes playing a key role in doing the damage.

But this game wasn't finished. Gavin Tomlin was brought on as Yeovil's first substitute, and for the second time in the evening, it was a substitute who was to spark a change in the pattern of the game. With five minutes to go, Darren Way arrived late into the box as a Tomlin cross found Scott Rendell, and Way's scrambled shot took a deflection off a Crewe defender attempting a block tackle and span into the net off the post. 3-2 and this time there was no way back for Crewe.

A pulsating end to the game, and the way that Yeovil won the match will have given a huge confidence boost to the players as they picked up their first home win of the season and their first League One victory since the August away win at Edgar Street. Perhaps Yeovil should also realise that if they are good enough to finish off sides like Hereford and Crewe, then they are also good enough to finish above them in the final league table. The challenge on Saturday, as Yeovil climb up to 21st, is to prove that 22nd placed Leyton Orient can be slotted into a similar category.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Scorers: Danny Schofield (45 mins, 1-0), Danny Schofield (66 mins, 2-0), Byron Moore (73 mins, 2-1), Shaun Miller (77 mins, 2-2), Darren Way (85 mins, 3-2).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell

Subs: 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 10. Gavin Tomlin (81 mins for Andy Welsh) 22. Jordan Street 19. Andre McCollin 23. Aaron Brown

Crewe Alexandra: (4-4-2)
1. Steve Collis
2. Dan Woodards 6. Julien Baudet 31. Dennis Lawrence 3. Billy Jones
18. Mark Carrington 23. James Bailey 8. Michael O'Connor 20. Shaun Miller
10. Calvin Zola 27. Clayton Donaldson

Subs: 4. Steven Schumacher 9. Anthony Elding (71 mins for Calvin Zola) 11. Joel Grant 17. Byron Moore (71 mins for Mark Carrington) 30. John Brayford (43 mins for Julien Baudet)

Yeovil Bookings: Gareth Owen (foul, 37 mins), Danny Schofield (kicking ball away, 56 mins)
Crewe Bookings: Calvin Zola (dissent, 45 mins), Michael O'Connor (foul, 70 mins)

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Richard Martin (Somerset) and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Mike Cairns (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,536 (including 85 Crewe supporters).


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21 October 2008 : Russell Confirms Roberts Deal Close
This morning's Western Daily Press expands on yesterday's news that midfielder Gary Roberts is to be given a permanent contract offer with Yeovil Town. The WDP state that they expect it to be a 2.5 year contract that would tie him to the Glovers until the summer of 2011.

Whilst Crewe consider that all aspects of the deal are tied up at their end, manager Russell Slade was understandably a little more cautious, given that he has yet to firmly tie up personal terms with the player himself. Russell explained that was now in the hands of Chief Executive Martyn Starnes:

"We are close. We are in negotiation with Gary over personal terms. I have had a conversation with the chief executive (Martyn Starnes). The deal isn't done but it is not too far away. He will be a great signing for the football club - we saw on Saturday how much we missed his presence when he was suspended. He would have loved to have played against Crewe but maybe in the away game he will get the opportunity. Steve Thompson thinks he has been the best midfielder he has seen at the football club in his nine years here. He needs to maintain that."

Crewe manager Steve Holland told their local press that as far as he was concerned, Crewe's part of the agreement would be sorted tonight, and reiterated that he had high hopes for the player and wished him no ill:

"He will be a Yeovil player from Wednesday morning. But I will certainly seek him out tonight and give him a firm shake of the hand to wish him well. He was one player I felt would play at the highest level and he gave us some proud moments, including when he captained his country at under-15s level."


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21 October 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park tonight in what has become the first of two crucial League One matches against sides in the relegation zone. Whether it is possible to have six-pointers or "must win" games at this stage of the season is somewhat debatable, but tonight's match and Saturday's game against Leyton Orient are likely to have a huge impact upon the way the League One table looks by Saturday evening.

The Glovers go into the match without a large number of players that is once again likely to mean that manager Russell Slade will select from the 16 players that he has left at his disposal. Full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith are now beginning their rehab following their groin operations, whilst Aidan Downes (knee ligaments), Marc Bircham (ankle ligaments), Terrell Forbes (suspended) and Rob Fitzgerald (hip/match fitness) remain unavailable. In addition midfielder Gary Roberts will not be allowed to face his parent club.

Striker/winger Paul Warne will need a fitness test to determine whether he is able to start the match, although thankfully he did train yesterday, despite having a sore ankle. If Warne does not make it then Slade will have to name 45 year old assistant manager Steve Thompson on the bench to make up the numbers. However the only definite change to the starting line-up will be in the right-back position where Craig Alcock should replace the suspended Terrell Forbes. Reserve goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has returned from international duty with Canada where he was an unused substitute in both World Cup Qualifiers and he should occupy a slot on the bench. With Wagenaar and rookie Jordan Street likely to only be called upon in emergencies, that leaves minimal options if Slade wants to make substitutions tonight.

Crewe lie one point above the Glovers in the league table, having played a game more. They have yet to win on their travels this season, having drawn just one game and have conceded 14 times in 5 away games. That's a bit of a surprise given that they have brought in many big name players over the summer, with former Glover Steve Collis, strikers Anthony Elding and Calvin Zola and Swansea defender Dennis Lawrence amongst multiple new arrivals at Gresty Road this summer. Perhaps what has affected them though, is the loss of striker Nicky Maynard, who almost single-handedly kept them in League One last season.

Manager Steve Holland is coming under increasing fire from his own supporters, with a "Holland Out" banner being unveiled at Gresty Road on Saturday. However, the Crewe boss has played down the incident and claimed it did not detract from the game itself. Given the magnitude of tonight's game, and with Crewe the away side, Holland has admitted that a draw at Huish Park would not be a disaster for his side:

"It's important we don't lose, although we're not particularly set up to go somewhere to play for a point. The players who have come through the ranks here are always looking to try to win games, that is their nature. My challenge to them is to see if they can reproduce their performance against the MK Dons (on Saturday - a 2-2 home draw). If we do that then there is no reason why we can't take three points, but if we come away with a point then it wouldn't be a disaster."

Crewe go into the match without Tom Pope, who came on as a substitute on Saturday, but has since fallen ill. Chris McCready will also sit out the trip, despite turning out for Crewe Reserves following a hamstring injury, as Holland wants to give him more time to recover and believes he has sufficient defenders available to not need to rush the player back. Irishman Michael O'Connor should be available though, despite missing training due to a knock sustained in Saturday's fixture.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available right up until kick-off, including the club's Friends and Family offer for tonight's game (see yesterday's news page reminder). All tickets must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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20 October 2008 : Russell Plans Personal Hearing
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade will request a personal hearing when he responds to the charges issued by the Football Association regarding his conduct at the game against Southend United just over two weeks ago.

Russell received his summons from the FA for an alleged breach of Rule E3 - "improper conduct" - and has until Thursday to respond to the charge. However, he has already made up his mind, and will opt to travel in person to Soho Square to state his case.

The allegations relate to comments he made to referee Keith Hill after he red carded winger Danny Schofield and midfielder Gary Roberts in the final minute of the match. However, Russell has indicated that the referee's report makes no mention of foul language from himself or Roberts.

Once Russell responds to the FA's summons, a date will be set for the hearing, and this could be anything from a week to several months after the event.


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20 October 2008 : Ladies Reserves Go Clear
A 3-4 thriller in a top of the table clash away to Frome Town saw the Glovers come out victors with goals from Becky Wakley, Louise White, Charlie Lewis and Jade Beesley. Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves have now pulled out a four point gap at the top of the Womens Somerset County League after six games played.


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20 October 2008 : Swansea Reserves Date Set
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Football Combination match against Swansea City Reserves rearranged. Last week's match had been postponed due to Yeovil's involvement in the County Cup, but this will now be played on Wednesday 10th December at Huish Park, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.


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20 October 2008 : Crewe Family Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's home match tomorrow has a promotional ticketing offers running. Tuesday night's game against Crewe Alexandra allows season ticket holders, vice presidents and GWSC members to purchase Family Tickets at a cheaper prices.

In addition, on this coming Saturday, 25th October, the Glovers play host to Leyton Orient, where all Under 16s will be admitted to the game for one pound only.

To view details on the offers (and the other forthcoming games these are valid for) see the previous news items below.

Link: Crewe (and Stockport) Family Ticket Offers.

Link: Leyton Orient (and Millwall) Kids For A Quid Offers.


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20 October 2008 : Permanent Deal For Roberts This Week
Crewe Alexandra have said that they are in the latter stages of agreeing a permanent transfer for midfielder Gary Roberts to move to Huish Park.

As mentioned on this site on September 29th, the two clubs had already agreed in principle a transfer fee for Roberts to become a Glovers player at the time that manager Russell Slade set up the half season loan. Now it looks as though all parties are in agreement for the deal to be concluded, and Crewe boss Steve Holland told the Crewe official site that should happen later this week:

"Yeovil are keen to keep Gary and we have come to an agreement to allow him to do that. That was always our intention and I'm sure something will be concluded later this week, after the game on Tuesday night. There will be a small fee involved and a sell-on because I have always thought he was a players capable of playing at a high level. He lost his way a bit here but he is still a very good footballer. I'm sure the move to Yeovil will serve him well. Gary recognises what they have done for him and what we have done for him. When he left, he called a lot of the staff to thank them for allowing the move to happen."

Roberts fell out with the Crewe management during pre-season, which saw him at one point miss training entirely. Matters deteriorated to the extent that Crewe did not even allocate a first team squad number for him this season. However, despite the way that things ended at Gresty Road, Holland said that he would be seeking Roberts out on Tuesday to wish him good luck:

"He knew there wasn't that much interest in him and geographically it is the perfect move for him, because it has got him out the environment he was used to. I've no doubt he will be at the game on Tuesday, and I will be seeking him out to wish him all the best. As Academy manager he gave one of my proudest moments when he captained England as a 15, 16, and 17 year-old. He was also good for us last season. I'm sure Gary is back on track and thankful for the opportunity that both clubs have given him. Now it is up to him to become the player, we always thought he would be."


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20 October 2008 : Youth Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round match will be played on the Huish Park Main Pitch on Wednesday 29th October. The match against Hereford United will kick-off at 7.00p.m.

Admission prices have been set at £5.00 for Adults, with Concessions available at £3.00. Advance purchases can be made from the Huish Park Ticket Office now.

For details of the full FA Youth Cup First Round draw, see our October 16th article.


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20 October 2008 : Officials For The Crewe Alexandra Match
Tomorrow night's match against Crewe Alexandra will be looked after by referee James Linington (Isle of Wight). Mr Linington is a regular at Huish Park, but has never been the man in the middle. Up until this summer, he was coming to Somerset as an assistant referee, but this summer he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, and has so far taken charge of eight matches, issuing 27 yellow cards and 3 red cards in the process - gulp! Tomorrow will be his first ever match at League One level as a referee.

His career highlights so far include being the assistant referee in the FA Vase Final between Hillingdon Borough and Nantwich Town in 2006, whilst in the same month he also was an assistant in the League One play-off final between Swansea City and Barnsley.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Richard Martin (Somerset) and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Mike Cairns (Somerset).


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20 October 2008 : No Forbes Appeal
This morning's Western Daily Press confirms that Yeovil Town will not be appealing against the red card given out to Terrell Forbes on Saturday against Northampton Town. Having reviewed the video following the match, manager Russell Slade has accepted the decision, and Forbes will now serve a three match ban for violent conduct.

Terrell will miss the home matches against Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient, plus the away match against Huddersfield Town.


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19 October 2008 : Ladies Out Of Cup
Keynsham Town proved too strong for Yeovil Town Ladies in the first round of the Somerset Cup this afternoon, dumping the Glovers out by four goals to two.

Keynsham stormed out of the traps from the kick off, and were 2-0 up in just seven minutes before Yeovil had even got into their stride. Although Yeovil then started to fight back with some very slick and quick breaks, it was the visitors who dominated play throughout the first half. Their third goal was somewhat freaky, a gust of wind deflecting the ball downwards from the outstretched gloves of the leaping Yeovil keeper and sending it between her elbows. Another goal secured before half time marked the high water of Keynsham's dominance, and things looked grim as the Glovers went in 0-4 down at the break.

Amy Wilde was brought on at the beginning of the second half and made her presence felt within five minutes with a superb goal from a very narrow angle out towards the 18-yard line. Ten minutes later Wilde lost one defender with her pace, pushed the ball around another and then nutmegged the keeper to bring Yeovil back into the game. A third Yeovil goal was on the cards shortly afterwards when Kayleigh Nardiello, Amy Wilde and Jemma Tewksbury were three-on-three with the defence but the ball just wouldn't sit right. Keynsham appeared rattled at this point, but a combination of playing down the slope and their strength and experience brought them back into control and ended with them pushing Yeovil hard towards the final whistle. They got a penalty in the last minute for handball in the box by a Yeovil player, but it was well saved by the keeper.

Final score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2-4 Keynsham Town Ladies

Attendance: around 60.

Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for the details on this match.


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19 October 2008 : Weston Photo Gallery
Courtesy of Sophie Elbourn, a photo gallery of the Yeovil Town Ladies 4-0 victory over Weston St Johns in the South West Combination last week is now available on line.

Yeovil Town Ladies v Weston St Johns Ladies


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19 October 2008 : Roberts To Miss Crewe Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that on loan midfielder Gary Roberts will not be allowed to face his parent club on Tuesday, and so will sit out a second game.

Striker/winger Paul Warne is a slight doubt for the Crewe match, having limped out of yesterday's match against Northampton Town, although his ankle injury was something that he sustained on the training ground during the two week break. However, the hope is that withdrawing him early will give him a fighting chance of still being available.

Keeper Josh Wagenaar should be back from international duty with Canada tomorrow (Monday) and given the numbers available, is likely to go straight onto the bench for Tuesday night's game.


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19 October 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Northampton Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 defeat at Northampton Town, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match views to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden. Read the complete transcript of that interview via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Northampton Game.


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19 October 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Northampton
Don't forget that you have until Tuesday evening to vote for your Man Of The Match for yesterday's Northampton Town game. With Tuesday's match against Crewe Alexandra coming up quickly, the MOTM Voting will automatically close on Tuesday at 7.45p.m. so get your votes in quickly, via the form below.

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


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18 October 2008 : No Joy At Sixfields
Yeovil Town were sunk at Sixfields this afternoon as hosts Northampton Town left the Glovers still in the drop zone, putting three goals past the Glovers with no reply. Danny Jackman, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Jason Crowe did the damage, whilst Yeovil inflicted their own wounds late in the second half when Terrell Forbes got involved in a scrap and received his marching orders and now faces a three match ban.

Selecting the sixteen to travel to Sixfields was the easiest decision in manager Russell Slade's career - he selected the only sixteen players available to him, which included rookie Jordan Street and new loan signings Gareth Owen and Scott Rendell, both of whom went straight into the starting line-up. That meant Paul Warne played out on the wing for the first time this season, whilst Terrell Forbes was given the right-back slot. Kieran Murtagh got the nod in covering for the suspended Gary Roberts.

The Glovers had a bright start to the match, with a Danny Schofield free kick skidding across the face of the Northampton box, whilst Gavin Tomlin shot wide, and all looked to be going well, with the new line-up looking energetic, even if creating hard chances wasn't quite happening.

Unfortunately, this is the pattern of much of the season so far - that possession does not win you games. Instead mistakes and taking opportunities inside the penalty boxes is often the way games are decided. That said, Northampton's opening goal had a slight element of fortune about it - Kieran Murtagh's sliding tackle left an outstretched leg, and Luke Guttridge fell over the inviting present just a little bit too theatrically for it to be believable. Referee Kevin Wright though, considered it a foul, and Danny Jackman's outstanding outward curling effort came off the inside of the post, giving Asmir Begovic little chance of saving it.

Three minutes later, the Cobblers doubled their lead though, and this time matters were a little more sloppy. The Glovers had pushed men forward on an attack that ended with Gavin Tomlin's strike being easily saved by home keeper Frank Fielding. As the ball was played out, Yeovil ended up short at the back. Andrew Holt fed Adebayo Akinfenwa from the left channel, and Akinfenwa did what he is good at - rolling his marker with ease, and netting from just inside the box, to give Northampton two goals from two chances.

It's not surprising that with the last win being in August, and two goals having gone in so quickly, heads went down and the Glovers back line began to look a little ragged over a 10-15 minute period. It wasn't that Northampton were putting a great deal of pressure on the Yeovil goal - just that when they did, they looked far more likely to score than the Glovers did. Gavin Tomlin was forced to clear off his own goal line as he stayed deep on a set piece, and really Yeovil needed the half time break more than the Cobblers did.

The second half saw - initially at least - a better performance from Yeovil, albeit without creating too many chances. Gavin Tomlin's deflected effort on the angle almost surprised Fielding on his near post, but in the main there was far too much huff'n'puff - plenty of possession, plenty of effort, but little in the way of a final ball. Northampton looked comfortable and at times looked as though they were playing within themselves.

Yeovil's bad day turned to misery with 14 minutes left, when Terrell Forbes got involved in an on-the-floor scuffle with Abdul Osman after the pair had gone in for a 50:50 ball. Osman over-reacted to Terrell's push in his face, writhing on the ground in supposed agony, but there was little doubt what was coming and Yeovil were down to 10 men.

The defensive reorganisation was probably a factor in the third goal that came. Nathan Jones became the third centre-back in a 3-4-2 formation, and Northampton exposed that with Luke Guttridge finding Cobblers defender Jason Crowe in an advanced position on the right side of the penalty box and he sealed the game with Northampton's third of the day. More concerning though was that it ensures that Forbes will be absent for the next three matches at a time that Yeovil are already without two full-backs for a month. His absence will be costly.

The game ran out with Northampton now coasting and Yeovil's second half head of steam now firmly put out, and a few of the Glovers players looked like they wanted the game to end there and then. There's still plenty of endeavour and fight out there - in Forbes' case, clearly a little too much - but there is a lack of belief, particularly at the attacking end of the field of play. There's no doubt a win would change that perspective, and with home games against fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient coming up this week, it is undeniably essential that at least one win comes out of those two games.

Final Score: Northampton Town 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Danny Jackman (17 mins, 1-0), Adebayo Akinfenwa (20 mins, 2-0), Jason Crowe (81 mins, 3-0).

Northampton Town: (4-4-2)
26. Frank Fielding
16. Mark Little 4. Mark Hughes 2. Jason Crowe 3. Danny Jackman
9. Colin Larkin 15. Abdul Osman 21. Luke Guttridge 11. Andrew Holt
10. Adebayo Akinfenwa 17. Karl Hawley

Subs:
13. Chris Dunn (GK) 6. Chris Doig (46 mins for Mark Little) 7. Giles Coke 8. Leon Constantine (86 mins for Adebayo Akinfenwa) 18. Ryan Gilligan (44 mins for Colin Larkin)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
6. Terrell Forbes 5. Gareth Owen 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 14. Paul Warne
10. Gavin Tomlin 15. Scott Rendell

Subs:
9. Andrew Welsh (83 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin (61 mins for Paul Warne) 22. Jordan Street 23. Aaron Brown

Northampton Town Bookings: None.
Yeovil Town Bookings: Danny Schofield (59 mins, foul). Red Card: Terrell Forbes (76 mins, violent conduct).

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Mike Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Paul Martin (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 5,217 (including 297 Yeovil fans).

Link: Latest 2008-09 League One Table.


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18 October 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Result
At the last home match against Southend United, the Man of the Match voting produced an emphatic winner. Despite a small number of people opting for other players, such as Lee Peltier, Gavin Tomlin and Danny Schofield for their MOTM vote, the very large majority opted for midfielder Gary Roberts, with the on-loan Crewe Alexandra player becoming a runaway winner.

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

1 Gary Roberts 356 (33)
2 Danny Schofield 108 (3)
3 Gavin Tomlin 80 (3)
4 Lee Peltier 68 (3)
5 Aaron Brown 64 (2)
6 Paul Warne 34 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 30 (0)
8 Andy Welsh 20 (2)
9 Andre McCollin 18 (0)
10 Terry Skiverton 16 (0)
11 Darren Way 8 (0)
12 Kieran Murtagh 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.46

Performance: 6.61
Entertainment: 6.30

VOTES RECEIVED: 46


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18 October 2008 : September 2008 Player Of The Month
The September Player of the Month saw one player rise head and shoulders above all the rest. Whilst there were strong showings from Paul Warne, Darren Way and Terry Skiverton, the monthly poll showed midfielder Gary Roberts as the stand-out player, with the on-loan Crewe Alexandra player getting better and better as his match fitness improved and as the month went on.

The full results, including the percentage of the vote cast, are shown below:

1 Gary Roberts 24.0
2 Terry Skiverton 13.2
3 Darren Way 11.8
4 Paul Warne 9.6
5 Asmir Begovic 7.5
5 Nathan Jones 7.5
7 Andy Welsh 6.5
8 Aidan Downes 4.3
9 Gavin Tomlin 3.5
10 Kieran Murtagh 2.5


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18 October 2008 : Scunthorpe Man Of The Match Result
The match against Scunthorpe United saw a close-run thing in terms of the Man of the Match voting - even if the two teams were not so evenly matched. The two main contenders were at opposite ends of the field of play, and it probably shouldn't be too much surprise to find that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was given significant credit by many for keeping the score down to a 2-0 margin.

At the other end though, Paul Warne was unlucky not to score, and his tireless performance was rewarded with the Man Of The Match vote. The full results for the Scunthorpe match are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Paul Warne 54 (4)
2 Asmir Begovic 48 (3)
3 Gary Roberts 26 (2)
4 Terry Skiverton 16 (1)
5 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
6 Darren Way 10 (0)
7 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 2 (0)
7 Andy Welsh 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.10

Performance: 3.80
Entertainment: 4.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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17 October 2008 : Peterborough Confirm Rendell Move
The Peterborough United official site has confirmed that striker Scott Rendell will be joining Yeovil Town on a month's loan, as stated on this site yesterday.

Their official site had initially claimed that Rendell was on his way to join Luton Town, but this morning have said that he will now be heading to Huish Park, suggesting that it was the player's wish to join the Glovers.

For a full profile on Scott, see yesterday's news item.

Update: 12.15p.m. Now confirmed by the YTFC official site as well.


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17 October 2008 : Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Sixfields tomorrow where they will take on Northampton Town in a League One match. The Glovers will come up against a Cobblers side currently in 13th place and coming into the game on the back of two consecutive wins. They are also unbeaten at Sixfields with two wins and three draws in their five league matches so far.

The Cobblers are also boosted by going into the match with no definite injury concerns, with only winger Liam Davis believed to be a risk for the match. Colin Larkin has returned to the squad after a recent injury and will be available for selection, whilst Preston North End striker Karl Hawley has just had his loan spell with the club taken into a second month. Hawley scored twice during his first month loan, but leading scorer is Adebayo Akinfenwa, who has netted seven times this season. Akinfenwa came close to becoming a Yeovil Town player last season when he played for the Reserves whilst trying to get himself fit, following a broken leg, but firstly Millwall, then the Cobblers came up with contract offers that suited Akinfenwa's London roots.

The situation looks very different for Yeovil Town. Full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith had groin operations on Thursday and are expected to be absent for roughly another month, with Smith likely to require the longer layoff. Aidan Downes (medial knee ligaments) and Marc Bircham (ankle) are also expected to be missing for several more weeks. Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar will only return from international duty with Canada around Tuesday, whilst Gary Roberts is suspended for a double yellow card sustained two weeks ago.

Striker/winger Paul Warne has also missed several days training with an ankle injury, although he hopes to pull through for tomorrow's game. All of this means that the signatures of loan duo Gareth Owen and Scott Rendell are essential for the Glovers to be able to name sixteen players for the match. Their paperwork should formally go through today, with both players expected to train at Huish Park this morning.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the game from Sixfields. For prices and directions to the ground, head to our detailed guide to Northampton - which is drawing plenty of attention at the Cobblers end, thanks to an article penned by the Northampton Chronicle & Echo - thanks guys!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Northampton.


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16 October 2008 : Danny Hoping For A Fresh Start
Yeovil Town winger Danny Schofield is hoping that the club's two week break from first team football will give the Glovers a fresh start to their season. There was no match last weekend due to opponents Leicester City having three international call-ups and although that has meant that the players were left kicking their heels, Danny told BBC Somerset that may not be a bad thing:

"I think you've got to look at it in a positive light, in that we've had two weeks worth of good solid training. We've been going through a bit of a bad patch, so hopefully we can put that right on Saturday. With all of the hard work we've done in training, we just need to put that out onto the field against Northampton."

Danny also added that the break was also an opportunity for the players to continue their bonding process. With a huge number of departures and arrivals over the summer, and only eight of the players having played a full part in last season's football, it was also important for the new arrivals to continue to blend in with the squad:

"All the lads are blending quite close together now. We've got a lot of new faces that have come in, including myself, and that is going to take time to gel. I know pre-season is for doing all that kind of work and we did start off quite well, but since the Middlesbrough game we've been struggling really. Every team goes through a bad patch, and hopefully we'll have seen the back end of ours now, and we can go on and pick up a few wins."


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16 October 2008 : Rendell To Seal Glovers Loan Move
Yeovil Town are about to sign Peterborough United striker Scott Rendell on a month's loan. The deal is a second scoop for the Glovers following the loan signing of Stockport County defender Gareth Owen - and like Owen's signature the move comes right under the noses of a League Two side.

The rather miffed club this time are Luton Town, who even had their loan deal confirmed officially on Peterborough's official site before the Glovers nipped in and grabbed the player. Luton managing director Gary Sweet accused Posh of going back on their word:

"It's disappointing that a fellow Club from the football family agreed terms only to subsequently renege on the deal. It may not be such a crucial blow for us but it has wasted a day which should have been spent recruiting an alternative striker."

Rendell will now go into Yeovil Town's squad for the trip to Northampton Town on Saturday. Posh manager Darren Ferguson - at that time talking of Rendell's move to Luton - explained why he was willing to allow the striker to go out on loan:

"I just felt that Scott needs games, he wasn't in the squad at the weekend and obviously wants to play. We have Aaron, Craig Mackail-Smith, Shaun Batt and George Boyd who can play there he wouldn't get in ahead of those players. Scott understood the situation and is looking forward to playing matches."

Luton Town's official site have stated that Rendell is heading to Somerset - the Peterborough and Yeovil official sites have yet to have their say on the matter.

Scott is a 21 year old 6'1" striker, who was born on October 21st 1986 in Ashford. He started his career with Aldershot Town before moving on to Forest Green Rovers and Crawley Town. However, his career began to seriously take off when he moved to Cambridge United, where he was their top scorer last season - scoring 17 league goals in 23 starts.

That was enough to alert Peterborough United, who took him on loan at London Road in March 2008, with an undisclosed fee already agreed with Cambridge. The deal was made permanent this summer, but the glut of strikers that Posh have, has made it difficult for Scott to break into their side. So far, he has been involved in three League One matches this season, scoring one goal, but with the Glovers having a far smaller squad than Peterborough, he should find games easier to come by.


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16 October 2008 : Ladies Get Fixture Switch
Yeovil Town Ladies will play host to Keynsham Town on Sunday in a Somerset County Cup match at Somerton Sports Ground. Kick-off is 2.00p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

The Ladies were due to play Chesham United in the league, but that match has been postponed due to the County Cup taking precedence. A new date will be found for the Chesham league match in due course.


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16 October 2008 : Gareth Owen To Join Glovers
Yeovil Town are poised to sign Stockport County defender Gareth Owen on loan. Port Vale manager Dean Glover (what a fine name!) has revealed that they have missed out on signing Owen, blaming Port Vale's league position:

"Obviously we are very disappointed he has decided to join Yeovil. It is probably because they are in a higher division than us. Dean wanted to get somebody in with a bit of experience, but now we will have to keep looking in the hope he can bring somebody in soon."

The Glovers are short of full-backs Nathan Smith and Lee Peltier for the next month, and so in the short term he will act as an extra body during the month that they are expected to be out for. However, the Stockport County official site states that Owen has been earmarked as a potential permanent signing for the Glovers in January, suggesting that this may not be just about covering for injuries.

Owen is a 26 year old, 6'1" defender, who was born in Cheadle, Staffordshire on September 21st 1982. He was Stockport County's captain during last year's promotion season and also was voted their player of the season for 2006-07. He began his career with Stoke City, having loan spells with Torquay United and Oldham Athletic before the latter took him on permanently in 2005 for a fee of £50,000. Stockport then took him on loan in 2006, making the unusual step of giving him the captain's armband whilst still a loan player. A permanent move was made for his services, and he signed a two year deal that is due to run out at the end of this season.

Port Vale's local paper, the Stoke Sentinel had already unveiled Owen as a new signing, expecting him to sign on the dotted line today, and giving him the whole of the back page of their paper today. But Vale Chairman Bill Bratt was forced to break the news that the deal wasn't going to go through after all:

"We've missed out on signing Gareth and we're very disappointed about that, but we'll keep looking around for other alternatives. Yeovil have come in at the last minute, they've made a better offer and can give him the chance of playing in a higher division."

Perhaps a clue as to how the Glovers were able to grab Owen under Port Vale's noses at the last second lies in Yeovil Town's local contacts in the area. Glovers Chief Scout Chris Johnson is a resident of Stoke-on-Trent, and this is probably not a coincidence.

The Glovers are still believed to be after a striker for this weekend's match at Northampton Town. No firm names have entered the public domain yet, although there are plenty circulating on the rumourmill.


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16 October 2008 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have been drawn at home in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. Their opponents will be Hereford United, who also play in the same division as Stuart Housley's side.

The FA Youth Cup matches are played on the Huish Park main pitch as a midweek match. A date has yet to be arranged for this fixture, but all clubs are expected to complete their First Round fixtures by Saturday 8 November 2008.

1 Grimsby Town v Lincoln City
2 Bradford City v Scunthorpe United
3 Rochdale v Huddersfield Town
4 Hartlepool United v Carlisle United
5 Bury v Crewe Alexandra
6 Yorkshire Amateur / Worksop Town v Rotherham United
7 Darlington v Tranmere Rovers
8 Nantwich Town / Wrexham v Cammell Laird / Curzon Ashton
9 York City / Walker Central v Stockport County
10 Chester City v Leeds United AFC
11 Macclesfield Town v Morecambe
12 Accrington Stanley v Wakefield / Liversedge
13 Daisy Hill or Formby or Fleetwood Town v Oldham Athletic
14 Shrewsbury Town v Chesterfield
15 Leicester City v Port Vale
16 Coventry Sphinx / Sutton Coldfield Town v Milton Keynes Dons
17 Solihull Moors / Boldmere St Michaels v FCV Reds/ Cogenhoe United
18 Oadby Town / Boston United v Shirebrook Town / Hinckley United
19 Mickleover Sports / Mansfield Town v Peterborough United
20 Rushden & Diamonds / Northampton Spencer v Northampton Town
21 Walsall v Hednesford Town / Stourbridge
22 Millwall v Luton Town
23 Gillingham v Chatham Town / Eastbourne Borough
24 Brighton & Hove Albion v Maidstone United / Dover Athletic
25 Southend United v Brentford
26 Stevenage Borough / Hemel Hempstead Town v Witham Town / Thurrock
27 Thame United / Banbury United v Dagenham & Redbridge
28 Cambridge United / Bury Town v Colchester United
29 Ebbsfleet United / Lewes v Walsham Le Willows / Histon
30 Boreham Wood / Maldon Town v Leyton Orient
31 Hayes & Yeading United / Ashford Town (Middlesex) v Croydon Athletic / Thamesmead Town
32 Burgess Hill Town / Kingstonian v Wycombe Wanderers
33 Newport Pagnell Town / Basingstoke Town v Barnet
34 Aldershot Town v Weymouth / Havant & Waterlooville
35 Didcot Town / Buckingham Town v Cirencester Town / Torquay United
36 Cheltenham Town v Forest Green Rovers / Newport County
37 AFC Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers
38 Swindon Town v Salisbury City / Eastleigh
39 Yeovil Town v Hereford United
40 Woking / Sutton United v Exeter City


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16 October 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Northampton
For those heading up to Sixfields on Saturday, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Northampton Town has been updated to cover this match. For directions, parking, ground and pub information as well as a whole load of other stuff, head to the page linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Northampton.


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16 October 2008 : Crewe And Leyton Ticketing Offers
A reminder that Yeovil Town's next two home matches have got promotional ticketing offers associated with them. Next Tuesday the Glovers are at home to Crewe Alexandra where season ticket holders, vice presidents and GWSC members can purchase Family Tickets at a cheaper prices.

On the following Saturday, 25th October, the Glovers play host to Leyton Orient, where all Under 16s will be admitted to the game for one pound only.

To view details on the offers (and the other forthcoming games these are valid for) see the previous news items below.

Link: Crewe (and Stockport) Family Ticket Offers.

Link: Leyton Orient (and Millwall) Kids For A Quid Offers.


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15 October 2008 : Andrews Heads To Luton
Former Coventry City striker Wayne Andrews is believed to have moved on from Huish Park and is now training with League Two side Luton Town.

Andrews did not feature in yesterday's County Cup match, despite having turned out for Yeovil Town Reserves in a match against AFC Bournemouth. Reports at the Luton end state that he is now training at Kenilworth Road, and hoping to earn a contract with Mick Harford's side. The Luton boss explained:

"Wayne Andrews is training with us. He will play for the reserves this week. He is a free agent and we will have a look at him. He is experienced. I know what his strengths are and what he can do. It's a bonus to us when players who are in that situation become available."

Glovers manager Russell Slade has been given the green light to sign a striker on loan for a single month by the club's board of directors, but that is unlikely to be attractive to Andrews, who would no doubt have been looking for a longer deal with a club. At present Harford has indicated that he is short of a striker as well, although is also looking at the loan market to fulfil that need. However the Luton manager admitted that he is experiencing problems in bringing experienced players with track records into his club - something that inevitably Russell will also be facing:

"At the moment clubs are not prepared to let out their experienced players. It might get to a point where I have to take a gamble on a younger player."


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15 October 2008 : Slade Takes LMA Advice
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is taking advice from the League Managers' Association before deciding whether to defend himself against the Football Association's charge of misconduct that was issued this week (see Monday's news).

Russell has 14 days to respond to the FA's charge of "improper conduct" (FA Rule E3) that was issued following an exchange of words between the Yeovil boss and match referee Keith Hill.

Russell labelled the referee as "arrogant" after he refused to view the match video of Danny Schofield's dismissal - a video clip that the FA later agreed that Mr Hill should have had a second look at, with the red card being rescinded by an FA disciplinary panel.

This morning's Western Daily Press says that Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is aware of Russell's correspondence with the LMA, and that Russell will not respond to the FA's charge until he has had feedback on the issue:

"Russell will take advice and soundings from the LMA and will decide whether to contest the charge when he gets feedback from them."

Russell will no doubt be keeping a close eye on what happens to Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd. He has also been summoned by the FA following remarks he made about the match officials after the recent match against Reading, which saw the Royals 'score' a goal that has become one of the most talked about incidents of the season. Despite Boothroyd's side clearly being wronged by the decision to award Reading a goal, the Watford manager's views after the game have seen him also receive a summons to Soho Square on an improper conduct charge.

Whilst the FA's own 'Respect' campaign is long overdue, when a manager is issued with a summons for criticising a referee for a decision that even the FA have admitted was wrong, the FA must consider exactly how that benefits the game. Certainly any industrial language that may have been used by both managers should be censured - however, the authorities should recognise the mitigating factors that provoked such outbursts. Sometimes such criticism may have had some justification. Hopefully when Boothroyd's and Slade's cases are heard, the FA will bear that in mind.


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14 October 2008 : Young Reserves Give Wellington The Boot
Yeovil Town Reserves gained an impressive 4-0 win over Toolstation Premier Division side Wellington tonight at Huish Park as they eased their way through to the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. Two goals from striker Andre McCollin and one each for Ryan Hall and Adam Wakley saw a comfortable night for a very young Glovers team.

The majority of the line-up was made up of Yeovil's Under 18s line-up, such is the fragile nature of the first team squad. Just three professionals were present in the squad, with Andre McCollin the only one to have seen any League One football at any stage in their careers. Young central defenders Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald made up part of the back line.

One of the other players to not come from Stuart Housley's team was Jermiele Johnson. The winger was back for his second Reserve match with the Glovers and he played his part in Yeovil's opening goal. Striker Andre McCollin had already had a header saved by the Wellington keeper, but when Johnson broke down the right a minute later, his square ball found McCollin, who finished from 10 yards out.

Andre McCollin bagged his second of the night with half an hour gone in almost identical fashion, and would have been a touch disappointed to have been withdrawn at half time whilst so strongly on song, although Saturday's match at Northampton Town will doubtless have been the motive behind that decision.

The impressive Ryan Hall bagged a long range strike midway through the second half, with the central midfielder persistently a thorn in Wellington's side. Then the match was wrapped up in the final minute when substitute Adam Wakley finished from a corner, with Wellington having just been reduced to 10 men following a red card.

An easy win for the Glovers, but one that shouldn't be underestimated given the age and experience of some of the players on the pitch, with a number just 16 years old. Ryan Hall, trialist Jermiele Johnson, Andre McCollin and Michael Matyaba all put in impressive individual performances on a night where a few might have expected the youngsters to find it tougher going without the old heads to guide them. No such worries.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 4 Wellington 0.

Scorers: Andre McCollin (8 mins, 1-0), Andre McCollin (30 mins, 2-0), Ryan Hall (65 mins, 3-0), Adam Wakley (90 mins, 4-0).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Lloyd Irish, 2. Danny Thompson, 3. Tom Scott, 4. Jordan Street, 5. Rob Fitzgerald (Capt), 6. Ryan Hall, 7. Jermiele Johnson, 8. Harry Nodwell, 9. Andre McCollin, 10. Stephen Friend, 11. Michael Matyaba.

Subs: 13. Jamie Beale (GK), 14. Harry Montacute (57 mins for Jermiele Johnson), 15. Adam Wakley (46 mins for Andre McCollin), 16. Julio Barnes (60 mins for Danny Thompson).


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14 October 2008 : Tonight's Team Announced
Yeovil Town have named their squad for tonight's Reserve Team match against Wellington in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The squad contains just three full time professionals in the line-up, and with only Andre McCollin having made any first team appearances.

Centre-back pairing Jordan Street and Rob Fitzgerald - making his comeback from a persistent hip injury - are the other two pros, whilst goalkeeper Lloyd Irish and winger Ren Turnock are training with the first team squad, although are not contracted.

Elsewhere there is a second chance for Sutton United striker Jermiele Johnson to impress on trial, however all other members of tonight's squad are members of Stuart Housley's Under 18 side, meaning that tonights line-up will be youthful to an extreme.

Kick-off is 7.45p.m. and tickets are available on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office - see our earlier news item.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Lloyd Irish, Danny Thompson, Tom Scott, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Ryan Hall, Jermiele Johnson, Harry Nodwell, Andre McCollin, Ren Turnock, Michael Mayaba, Stephen Friend, Harry Montacute, Adam Wakely, Julio Barnes and Jamie Beale.


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14 October 2008 : Skivo Testimonial Website Launched
A new website has been launched today, to act as the official website for club captain Terry Skiverton's testimonial season.

A supporters events committee has been formed to help organise a number of celebration and fund-raising days, and their output will be recorded on a regular basis via the new website. As well as containing details of the first event (due to take place on November 14th), the site also contains the first in a series of audio interviews.

Obviously more information will be added over the coming months. In the meantime, visit and support this site via the link below.

Link: http://www.skivo.co.uk : The Official Terry Skiverton Testimonial Season Website.


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14 October 2008 : County Cup vs Wellington Reminder (Again!)
Yeovil Town Reserves play a First Round tie in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at Huish Park. Their opponents are Wellington, who play in the Toolstation League’s Premier Division - the same level as Sherborne Town. Wellington currently reside in 10th position, having won four, drawn three and lost four, and so represent a definitive midtable side. The match was due to be played last week, but was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Little information is available from the club for this match, however what we do know is that kick-off is 7.45p.m. and a mixture of fringe players, youth teamers and trialists will somehow make up the numbers. Admission prices are not known, however for last season's home matches against Bath City and Backwell United, adults paid £5.00 admission, whilst concessions were priced at £3.00 for the Bath match and £2.00 for the Backwell match. Hence expect prices to be in this region, and expect only the Main Stand to be open for the game.

Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar is one player that will not feature tonight - he is on international duty with Canada, which suggests that Lloyd Irish will be between the sticks. Centre-back Jordan Street should also feature. Elsewhere it will be a difficult judgment for manager Russell Slade, who based on his current squad is unable to name sixteen players for Saturday's first team match at Sixfields and will be anxious not to pick up further injuries.

Update: 10.45a.m. The club have now confirmed admission prices as £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.00.


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13 October 2008 : Slade Hit By FA Conduct Charge
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been hit by a charge from the Football Association, following the last home match against Southend United. The F.A. have charged Slade with a breach of FA Rule E3, namely "improper conduct", which can mean anything, but is almost certainly to do with an altercation with the match referee.

The event follows referee Keith Hill's decision to red card winger Danny Schofield for serious foul play - a decision later over-turned by the FA. In the aftermath midfielder Gary Roberts was also given his marching orders when he disputed Hill's decision, and it appears that Slade has now received a summons to Soho Square to explain his own actions after the final whistle. The FA's website does not give specific detail to the charge though, but Slade was highly critical of the Hertfordshire official after the game.

There is currently no response from the club as to whether Russell accepts or disputes the FA charge, nor whether he plans to ask for a personal hearing. Given the dispute stems from - by the FA's own admission - an erroneous decision made by Keith Hill, it would not be a surprise if the club opted for a personal hearing.


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13 October 2008 : Youth Team Bow Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost their final Cup Group match 0-1 at home against Exeter City on Saturday, and in doing so bowed out of the competition.

The Youth Alliance League Cup now moves into a straight knock-out phase, with Exeter securing qualification through to the next stage. Swansea City and Bristol Rovers also went through, with Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United the other two clubs to head out of the competition.

For the record, today's draw in the Southern Section saw the following pairings :

Peterborough United v Brentford
Swindon Town v Colchester United
Bristol Rovers v AFC Bournemouth
Exeter City v Swansea City
Southend United v Gillingham
Wycombe Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cheltenham Town v Queens Park Rangers
Oxford United v Leyton Orient


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13 October 2008 : Officials For The Northampton Game
Saturday's match against Northampton Town will be looked after by referee Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). We've not had Mr Wright for over four years now, having twice experienced him during the 2003-04 season.

Both matches saw him have to make big decisions. At the September 2003 fixture, he seemed to have a pretty competant game, with even many rather partisan Doncaster Rovers fans at Belle Vue seeing an elbow by Leo Fortune-West late on as worthy of a red card - preferring to take it out on their errant striker than the match official.

We weren't too happy with Mr Wright in the next meeting though, even if - like the Doncaster game - it ended with a 1-0 win away from home. His second half performance saw him take the easy option on three penalty decisions - two for Yeovil and one for Kidderminster Harriers - yet on the 4th penalty appeal, when Harriers striker John Williams took a fall inside the box, Mr Wright pointed to the spot, and it's probably fair to say that one half of the Ciderspace editorial team was just a touch displeased with the decision and with Mr Williams. Thankfully Chris Weale pulled off a rare penalty save and we all went home happy.

That season was the year that Mr Wright was promoted to the Football League's referee's list, so it's a touch surprising that our paths haven't crossed since. During that time he's moved from Northamptonshire to Cambridgeshire - making him one of three officials from that county to be involved in Saturday's match at Sixfields. His last match was Watford's home match against Preston North End on October 4th where he issued two yellow cards.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Mike Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Martin (Northamptonshire).

Link: Feb 2004 : Kidderminster Harriers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Sept 2003 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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12 October 2008 : Ladies Romp To Weston Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies beat Weston Ladies by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline this afternoon, with the goals shared evenly between Kim Turner and Rachel Edwards. The result at Weston St Johns moves the Ladies up to 3rd position in the table behind unbeaten pair Queen's Park Rangers and Forest Green Rovers, with games in hand on both clubs.

The first half this afternoon was completely dominated by Yeovil, with beautiful flowing passing football putting Weston well and truly on the ropes. The first goal was surreal - Rachel Edwards and the Weston keeper ending up on the ground on about 10 mins trying to kick the ball in or away from the goal, then everyone seemed to stop except Rachel, who calmly got up and tapped the ball in. The second goal at about 25 mins was from a set piece, with Kim Turner heading the ball in at the near post completely unmarked. Yeovil's third goal came around 35 mins into the half, Kim Turner again arriving unmarked at the far post to head home a set piece.

The second period was very different, with Yeovil fading slightly and Weston fizzing but unlucky and ineffective in equal measure. Three times they put a ball right across the face of an empty Yeovil goal - twice there was noone there to tap it home and once they skyed it. Yeovil were deadly on the quick counter-attack though, Rachel Edwards getting her 2nd around 70 mins with an intelligently weighted lob that teased and beat the Weston keeper.

There are some notable partnerships taking shape this season - Lyndsey Roe, Kayleigh Nardiello and Rachel Edwards being an especially potent combination.

Final Score: Weston Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 4.

Scorers: Rachel Edwards (0-1, 10 mins), Kim Turner (0-2, 25 mins), Kim Turner (0-3, 35 mins), Rachel Edwards (0-4, 70 mins).


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12 October 2008 : Canada Down And Out
After last night's 3-1 defeat by Honduras, played at 2.30 a.m. UK time, Canada can no longer qualify for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.

Lars Hirschfeld was preferred in goal to Glover Josh Wagenaar, who had the No.18 shirt on the bench. Thirty-five thousand at the Francisco Morazan stadium saw Walter Martinez give Honduras the best possible start, poking home from close range after just 8 minutes. The visitors rallied with a reply on 53 minutes from André Hainault, but Honduras were the better team by some margin, and a spectacular 25 yard drive into the top corner by Carlos Costly on the hour mark and a Hendry Thomas close range header in time added on in no way flattered the home side.

With this coming Wednesday's fixture against Mexico now irrelevant for the Canadians as far as qualifying is concerned it may be an opportunity to try out some of the benchers, so we await to see if Josh gets the nod to take the gloves in Edmonton.


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11 October 2008 : Up One Place Without Kicking A Ball
Yeovil Town moved up one place in the League One table this afternoon - without playing a game. Crewe Alexandra's 3-0 away defeat saw them drop below the Glovers into 23rd place as a result of their inferior goal difference.

Of the other scorelines, it was a reasonable day for the Glovers, with only three sides in the bottom half of this morning's table winning, in all cases against sides struggling around the relegation zone. Most dramatic was Cheltenham Town's 4-3 win over Colchester United that saw a last minute winning goal that allowed the Robins to leapfrog the Essex side and leave them 4th from bottom. Swindon Town's defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town and Leyton Orient's loss at Bristol Rovers see them now occupy the positions just outside the relegation zone.

Basement side Hereford United play their match tomorrow at Boundary Park against promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic.

Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.


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11 October 2008 : Dayton Back At Palace
A search around the Crystal Palace Official Site reveals that, as presumed by fans but not confirmed at the Huish Park end, James Dayton has indeed ended his loan spell and returned to the London based Championship outfit. Dayton played and scored in Palace Reserves 4-1 victory away to Ipswich Town Reserves on Wednesday.

While with the Glovers, Dayton made two starts: in the League Cup against Middlesbrough and the Football League Trophy against Brentford; and came off the bench twice in league fixtures, versus Milton Keynes Dons and Brighton & Hove Albion.


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10 October 2008 : Huddersfield Split South Stand Allocation
October 28th opponents Huddersfield Town have taken the unusual step of splitting the South Stand at the Galpharm Stadium for the visit of Yeovil Town. For the past five years, the 4,000 capacity South Stand - often referred to as the Pink Link Stand - has been exclusively for away supporters, but for the midweek match, the Terriers have said that they are planning to sell tickets to home fans in that area.

A statement on the Huddersfield official site quotes Director of Business Development Sean Jarvis as saying:

"The Club has noticed a groundswell in the desire amongst fans to sit in the Pink Link Stand and being able to facilitate this at the Yeovil game is an indication that we are listening to and working with our supporters - in particular the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association, who have been instrumental in making this happen. (First team manager) Stan Ternent is also keen to build an atmosphere behind one of the goals and Chairman-elect Dean Hoyle is also in favour of this move, so we put the wheels in motion ahead of the start of the season."

"We have talked extensively to KSDL, the safety team here at the Galpharm Stadium and the events panel - which includes the emergency services such as the Police - about making the Pink Link Stand available to home fans and I would like to thank all of them on behalf of the Club for their work towards this goal. As mentioned, credit has to go to the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association for their work towards this goal too. Although we put the wheels in motion before the start of the season, we needed to wait until now to allow this move due to the tremendous uptake in season tickets; having 16,000 plus here on a matchday was always going to result in operational changes, but now that all the stakeholders are satisfied we have agreed on the Yeovil game."

"In an ideal world, we would like to offer the whole of the Pink Link Stand to the home supporters but the ground's safety certificate dictates that away fans must sit in that stand and so it will be split between the two groups. Our fans should be aware that this experiment has increased the matchday costs to the Club. Without this move, the Yeovil Town game would have been police-free but now extra stewarding is needed, along with a small police presence."

Huddersfield have got around 16,000 season ticket holders this season on the back of a heavily discounted season ticket offer over the summer. However, their average gate this season so far is 13,904 in their 24,500 capacity stadium, and with the match against Yeovil falling in midweek, only a small Yeovil contingent would be expected in the South Stand on the night.


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9 October 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 6
Last Thursday, the 6th meeting of the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership was held at Huish Park. This was an Open Meeting and aside from an agenda item concerning the Membership Scheme (see Tuesday's article) the majority of the meeting was given over to supporters' questions.

With thanks to Supporter Liaison Officer Sara Bradley's typing fingers, the full minutes of the meeting can be read via the link below.

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 6.


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9 October 2008 : Crowd Dip In Line With Expectations
Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson has reacted to the club's lowest ever Football League crowd, saying that he does not see any reason to panic at the figures. The Glovers saw just 4,008 fans watch their last home match against Southend United (see our October 5th article) however, Allinson has told this week's Western Gazette that the current crowds are in line with the club's financial budgets for this season:

"We anticipated this when we did our budgets this year and we are convinced that we are going to be ahead of our budgeting at the end of the season. It's not the case that the club need to be getting 5,000 at every home game to be financially sound."

The Gazette don't give a target figure, however our understanding is that Yeovil Town planned against an average gate of 4,500 for this season, based upon the level of season ticket sales they had achieved when the club's 'early bird discount' offer expired. The opening games have so far produced an average figure of 5,061, albeit with matches against Leeds United and Bristol Rovers boosting the average upwards. The match against Southend brought down that figure, and Allinson admitted that was a disappointment:

"Obviously the attendance was disappointing, but again you have to look at it in context with other crowds from other games because bar a selective few, clubs are suffering reduced attendances. We have had some stats through last week from the Football League, and there are a number of clubs suffering much greater reduced attendances than we are, and I'm sure it is not anything to do with the football Yeovil Town are playing. I think it is just part of the economic picture, which in my day job I know a lot more about than anyone."

Our belief is that the current downward trend for attendances at Huish Park is caused by many factors of which the economic climate is merely one slice of the pie. Even if the much talked about "credit crunch" is in part responsible for Huish Park attendances, the football club do need to work harder to address other issues that supporters may have that would influence the "value for money" that they feel they are getting at Huish Park, and the enjoyment they get out of their day, right from the moment they arrive at the ground, to the time they head home. At the moment, we'd say the club are putting far too much emphasis upon the economic climate though, and need to look at all aspects of the club, tracing back to the start of 2006 when attendances were at their peak.

Stephen says that the club are looking into what can be offered financially to entice fans back to Huish Park, but says it is a delicate balancing act:

"You've always got difficult issues there because with any initiatives that you bring in, you run the risk of upsetting season ticket holders. It really is about getting the balance right. Likewise if we were to say that everyone could get in for free one week, we would have a record attendance if we did that, but it obviously would not be helping us. Bristol Rovers are doing three for the price of two this month and we are looking at the maths to see if that would be a possibility at Yeovil."

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Since 1979.

Link: 2008-09 League One Average Attendances.


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9 October 2008 : GWSC Travel To Huddersfield
For those wanting to travel to the Galpharm Stadium on October 28th 2008, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Huddersfield Town will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 12.45p.m. and then from Huish Park at 1.00p.m.

Adults will be charged £23.00 for the trip whilst Concessions are available for £21.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more.

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


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9 October 2008 : Huddersfield Ticketing Arrangements
Tickets for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Huddersfield Town will only be sold from the Galpharm Stadium on the night of the match. There will be no advance sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th October, kick-off 7.45p.m.

Away supporters are located at one end of the ground in the South Stand (currently dubbed the Pink Link Stand) and get 4,000 seats

Tickets for the match are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors: £12.00; Under 16s: £10.00; Students: £10.00.

Wheelchair users are charged £12.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. Ambulant disabled people pay the relevant above price, but can also bring an assistant free of charge. Disabled car parking spaces can be applied for by phoning 0870-4444552. All disabled tickets must be purchased from the Galpharm Main Ticket Office.

For all other enquiries, phone the Galpharm Ticket Office on 0870-4444552 (calls charged at National Rate).


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9 October 2008 : GWSC Travel To Oldham
For those wanting to travel to Boundary Park on November 1st 2008, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Oldham Athletic will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and then from Huish Park at 7.45a.m.

Adults will be charged £22.00 for the trip whilst Concessions are available for £20.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more.

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


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9 October 2008 : Oldham Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Oldham Athletic are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 1st November.

Glovers fans will be allocated a section in the Rochdale Road End of the ground. The stand is currently divided between home and away supporters, with the usual away allocation being 1,620 seats. This is because Oldham's Broadway Stand has been demolished as part of the first step of a full stadium rebuild at Boundary Park. For further information see our June 24th article.

Tickets for the match are priced as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £9.00; Under 16s: £9.00; Under 12s: £3.00.

Both Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the full adult price with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Note that although tickets will be available on the day of the game, all tickets bar the U12s are subject to a two pound surcharge. For further enquiries phone the Oldham Ticket Office on 0871-226-1653 (called charged at National Rate).


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9 October 2008 : GWSC Travel To Northampton
For those wanting to travel to Sixfields on October 18th 2008, the following travel arrangements have been made by the GWSC. The away match against Northampton Town will see coaches depart Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and then from Huish Park at 9.30a.m.

Adults will be charged £18.00 for the trip whilst Concessions are available for £16.00. Non-members are welcomed and will be charged two pounds more.

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


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9 October 2008 : Ticketing For Sixfields
Yeovil Town's next first team match will be in just over a week's time when they travel to Sixfields to play Northampton Town. The match will take place on Saturday 18th October.

For this match there are no tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. All tickets must be purchased at Sixfields on the day of the match. Last season, Northampton had a ticket booth placed just outside the away turnstiles, however you should note that all disabled tickets must be purchased from the Sixfields Main Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Seniors: £15.00; Under 16s: £12.00; Disabled Adult: £13.00; Disabled Junior: £10.00.

YTFC have stated that children aged Under 7 can gain free admission to this fixture when accompanied by an adult playing the full admission price. However, note that the Northampton official site has this listed as an unconditional offer for Under 7s. We'll try and clarify this point.

For all other enquiries and arrangements, phone the Sixfields Ticket Office on 01604-683777.


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8 October 2008 : One Date Set, One Date Postponed
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Somerset Premier Cup First Round match against Wellington reset for next Tuesday, 14th October at Huish Park. Kick-off will be 7.45p.m.

As a result of that, the Football Combination home fixture against Swansea City that was due to take place on the following afternoon (15th October) has now been called off and will need to be rearranged.


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8 October 2008 : Striker Signing Waits Until Next Week
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is unlikely to move for a loan striker until the tail end of next week.

This is not too surprising as with the Glovers without a game this coming weekend, there is little point in using up what is a fairly limited loan option during a period when a player can't take to the field. By waiting until the last minute, Russell should be able to squeeze an extra game or two out of the loan deal.

A one month loan in the lead-up to the Northampton Town match would potentially take in eight first team games during a busy period, and with Russell only able to currently name 13 outfield players for the next League One game he will need to make the best use that he can of any loan deal.

The WDP still suggest that a fringe player will have to go out on loan to satisfy Russell's financial constraints. Other than teenager Jordan Street, it is very difficult to imagine how that could be done without causing problems elsewhere within the first team squad.


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7 October 2008 : Membership Scheme Consultation
Starting from today the Club is launching a four week consultation period for supporters to submit their views and suggestions on the implementation of a Membership and Loyalty Card scheme.

The idea has been batted around by supporters for what seems like - and is - ages, and after meetings with specialist Loyalty Card providers the club has decided to seek further views from fans. It appears that the club is looking for two types of responses. One is to try to ascertain the proportion of fans favouring the implementation of such a scheme, the proportion that oppose - and (perhaps) the proportion who are disinterested but interested enough to let the club know they are disinterested? The other is termed views and suggestions, and presumably means on details of how supporters would like to see the scheme operated, ideas on features and so on.

The sort of features the club is considering are outlined as :

Priority allocation of tickets for Cup matches after season ticket holders.
Priority allocation of away tickets after season ticket holders.
5% discount in the Club Shop.
Exclusive advanced purchase opportunities on new merchandise.
Invitations to special club events.
Selective ticketing discounts.
Option to buy ticket vouchers.

There would be the additional attraction of loyalty points attaching to purchases from national retailers such as McDonald's and Curry's as well as local suppliers that the Club would seek to recruit. Further loyalty points could be earned from business that members transact directly with the Club. Any loyalty points earned would only be redeemable at the Club on merchandise or any other items the Club may wish to choose, which could include match tickets.


The club is floating an adult annual membership fee around the £10.00 - £15.00 mark, but mentions that sponsorship would be sought for the loyalty card, which if successful could see a reduction on that fee.

The club will announce the results and if it judges the response is positive enough it is stated that it will then consider introducing its preferred option of a Loyalty Card/Membership scheme.

Those with opinions, views and ideas are requested by the club to submit them through media@ytfc.net, though we'd presume contributions by letter or through other links with the club like the Supporters Liaison Manager would not be turned away.


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7 October 2008 : Offers For Crewe And Stockport Games
For the matches against Crewe Alexandra (Tuesday 21st October) and Stockport County (Saturday 13th December) Season Ticket Holders, Vice Presidents and Green and White Supporters' Club members will be eligible for a discounted Family and Friends Ticket. The ticket is valid for up to two adults and two juniors.

Prices :
Agusta Westland Stand - £28.00 (normal price £42.00);
Cowlin Stand - £25.00 (normal price £40.00);
Blackthorn Terrace - £24.00 (normal price £40.00).


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7 October 2008 : Welton Through In County Cup
Welton Rovers gained a 4-1 away win over Radstock Town in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight. The significance for Yeovil Town fans is that Welton will now play host to the winners of the Yeovil Town Reserves vs Wellington First Round clash, which was postponed tonight.

The Second Round is due to be played during the week of November 17th - assuming of course that the Wellington tie is sorted by then.

For full First Round and Second Round draw information, see our May 22nd article.


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7 October 2008 : Schofield Wins Appeal
Yeovil Town winger Danny Schofield has won his appeal against a three match ban. The FA's appeals committee has ruled that referee Keith Hill was wrong to red card the 28 year old in Saturday's match against Southend United and therefore the suspension has been withdrawn.

The FA's website states: "Claim for wrongful dismissal upheld - 3 match suspension withdrawn".


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7 October 2008 : Wellington Match Postponed
Tonight's Somerset Premier Cup tie has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The First Round tie against Wellington will have a new date arranged soon.


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7 October 2008 : Somerset Premier Cup Reminder
Yeovil Town Reserves play a First Round tie in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at Huish Park. Their opponents are Wellington, who play in the Toolstation League’s Premier Division - the same level as Sherborne Town. Wellington currently reside in 10th position, having won four, drawn two and lost four, and so represent a definitive midtable side.

The club have yet to publicise this match, however what we do know is that kick-off is 7.45p.m. and a mixture of fringe players, youth teamers and trialists will somehow make up the numbers. Admission prices are not known, however for last season's home matches against Bath City and Backwell United, adults paid £5.00 admission, whilst concessions were priced at £3.00 for the Bath match and £2.00 for the Backwell match. Hence expect prices to be in this region, and expect only the Main Stand to be open for the game.

This morning's WDP suggest that Aaron Brown, Kieran Murtagh and Stephen Friend will be three players that feature, whilst the absence of Josh Wagenaar - on international duty with Canada - suggests that Lloyd Irish will be between the sticks. Centre-back Jordan Street should also feature.


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7 October 2008 : Peterborough Target Set
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that the Glovers are targetting a mid-November return for injured duo Nathan Smith and Lee Peltier. As per our earlier article, both players go under the knife on Thursday and the club have set a target of the November 15th match against Peterborough United for a return.

If this date is met, then the two full-backs will miss five matches, although Smith's groin injury has already caused him to miss numerous games this season.

The WDP also report that midfielder Marc Bircham may have to see a specialist about his injured ankle. Bircham appeared on Sky Sports just before the weekend as part of their weekend preview matches, and was sporting a knee-high brace on his leg, following a training ground injury. As yet the club haven't set any sort of a timeframe for Bircham's comeback.

With Aidan Downes also out of contention for another 4-5 weeks, Rob Fitzgerald yet to appear following a hip injury, the loan status of winger James Dayton at present unknown, and midfielder Gary Roberts due to serve a one match ban in Yeovil's next game against Northampton Town, if Danny Schofield's appeal against a sending off does not succeed the Glovers will be selecting from just 12 outfield players for their next league fixture. With one of those former youth teamer Jordan Street, the Glovers would only just about be able to put out a starting eleven for the match at Sixfields, let alone fill a bench, unless remedial action is taken.


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7 October 2008 : Centre Of Excellence vs Swindon
Yeovil Town's Under 15s continued their improved recent form by gaining a 3-2 win over their Swindon Town counterparts over the weekend. The Glovers got their goals through Ben Bicknell, Alex Pathy and Danny Williams.

If anyone has any other scorelines and/or scorers for the weekend just gone or for any future CoE games, please drop us an email at the address below and we'll add them into the news page.


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6 October 2008 : Reserves Top Table
While the Ladies First Team had a blank Sunday after their away fixture against Plymouth Argyle was postponed because of the weather and a waterlogged pitch, Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves continued their excellent start to the season. They have now played four, won four, and their best result of the season so far - a 5-0 away victory over Shepton Mallet - consolidated the early lead at the top of the Somerset Women's County league table.


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6 October 2008 : Schofield Appeal Received By FA
The Football Association have confirmed receipt of an appeal against Danny Schofield's red card. The Yeovil winger was dismissed in the last minute of Saturday's 1-2 home defeat against Southend United for what is logged as Serious Foul Play.

A player is deemed guilty of Serious Foul Play when he "uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play". The term "excessive force means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent".

FIFA then state that "Any player who lunges at an opponent when challenging for the ball from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent, is guilty of serious foul play".

Danny Schofield's appeal will be heard on Tuesday 7th October.


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6 October 2008 : Roberts Ban Confirmed
The Football Association have confirmed that midfielder Gary Roberts will face a one match ban following his sending off on Saturday.

There was some confusion over what exactly referee Keith Hill had dismissed Roberts for during injury time in the game against Southend United, with suggestions that the dismissal was for foul and abusive language.

However, the FA have logged a single match ban for a second bookable offence, meaning that Roberts was almost certainly dismissed for dissent. He will miss the away match at Northampton Town on Saturday October 18th.

The club are appealing against the red card issued to winger Danny Schofield, which is currently logged by the FA as a three match ban. Having viewed the incident ourselves, we'd say that the club have got very reasonable grounds for appeal. The result of that appeal will almost certainly be known in the next 24-48 hours, although with Yeovil without a game for a fortnight, there is no hurry for a decision to be made.


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5 October 2008 : Crowd Hits New Low At Huish Park
Yesterday, Yeovil Town recorded their 171st biggest crowd at Huish Park. Of greater significance though is that they also recorded their lowest Football League attendance since being promoted in 2003. The 4,008 fans who turned up were 311 less than the 4,319 who saw the team play Walsall in January 2008.

The last time a Yeovil Town match saw a smaller crowd was the 4,003 who turned up to watch the club play against Woking in the Nationwide Conference, on September 24th 2002 - a Tuesday night match that was broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The massive concern for the club is that Saturday's unwanted record is likely to be breached at the next home match - a Tuesday night fixture against Crewe Alexandra that takes place on the same night as a Champions League evening, and five days before a home fixture against Leyton Orient. It is inevitable that the Glovers will see their first sub-4,000 crowd for a league match at Huish Park since the 2001-02 season.

Regardless of the reasons - and we suspect they are multiple and complex - for the thousands of spectators that have drifted away from Huish Park over the past three years, from the 2005-06 average of 6,512, the club need to be taking urgent pro-active action to address the issue. Last week's ABUFP meeting, which was an open supporters' meeting at Huish Park, ought to have given the club details of some of the burning issues supporters have at present. That should act as a starting point, but we suspect will be merely chipping away the top of a very large iceberg.

Link: Top Crowds At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Since 1979.


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5 October 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Southend Game
Following yesterday's 1-2 home defeat against Southend United, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Jon Bennett about the game. Read the full interview transcript via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Southend Game.


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4 October 2008 : Ops Set For Thursday
Russell Slade has confirmed this evening that the groin operations set to take place on full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith have been booked in for Thursday 9th October. Presuming they are of the relatively minor Gilmore's Groin type injury, around five to six weeks is the usual recovery time so the Glovers will be looking towards their return around mid-November.


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4 October 2008 : Ladies Match Postponed
The Yeovil Town Ladies away match at Plymouth Argyle Ladies scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The date for the rearranged fixture will be announced at a later date.


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4 October 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder that the Man Of The Match voting form is available following this afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Southend United. Vote for your top three players, along with performance and entertainment ratings, plus any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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4 October 2008 : Slade Plans Schofield Appeal
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that the club will be appealing against Danny Schofield's red card. Schofield was given a straight red by referee Keith Hill, but Russell has reviewed the incident on the match video and had no hesitation in appealing against the decision. The Yeovil boss says that he tried to get the match official to review the decision himself but the referee refused, claiming he didn't need to see the incident again.

Russell said that he was unable to appeal against the sending off of Gary Roberts due to the red card being for either foul language or dissent.


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4 October 2008 : Two Off As Shrimpers Steal The Points
Yeovil Town slipped to their first home defeat of the season at Huish Park as they lost out by a 1-2 scoreline to Southend United, who picked up their fourth straight win in the process. The Glovers dominated the match in the main, but the Shrimpers converted their only on target shots all afternoon, with Lee Barnard's penalty and a late Hal Robson-Kanu strike put Southend two goals clear, before Danny Schofield converted Andre McCollin's left-wing cross to set up a tense finale.

That finale got all too tense as the game boiled over, seeing Danny Schofield red carded for a foul as Southend ran out time by the corner flag, and Gary Roberts followed him seconds later as he disputed woeful referee Keith Hill's decision-making.

Team selection saw Lee Peltier keep his place in the side, despite an impending groin operation, although there was no room for Nathan Smith in the sixteen. Both players are believed to be pencilled in for operations next Thursday, with Smith's the more urgent of the two. Elsewhere there was a surprise start for Aaron Brown in the centre of defence, displacing Terrell Forbes.

Despite a bright start that saw chances created for Gavin Tomlin to score twice, and another chance created by Tomlin that went inches away from Danny Schofield's boot, the Glovers fell behind when they conceded a penalty. Some have described it as a stonewaller - others have seen it as harsh. Whatever, referee Keith Hill had the only view that counted - he believed a foul had been committed by Nathan Jones on Lee Barnard after he was thread a ball by Alex Revell deep inside the box and Barnard picked himself up to score from the spot. 1-0 down and cruel on Yeovil, given that the spot kick was the Essex side's first shot of the match.

The Glovers looked a little shellshocked at going a goal behind and took a while to get going again. But a lengthy spell of treatment for Southend's Peter Clarke seemed to allow them to regroup, and Danny Schofield's lay-back to the impressive Gary Roberts was fired just wide. Then Aaron Brown got in a header that keeper Adam Federici was forced to dive to keep it out of his net.

Aaron Brown got in on the action at both ends within minutes of each other just before the half time whistle. Firstly she showed his defensive capabilities by making a superb tackle on Alex Revell to stop the former Bournemouth striker from breaking through on goal. Then at the other end, he showed why he's normally in the defensive half of the pitch, by fluffing a chance to equalise from two yards out, with Gavin Tomlin having flicked the ball across the face of the box.

The second period saw the Glovers play into the wind, but they still continued to dominate possession - even if play in the final 18 yards seemed to be crying out for the mythical striker that Russell Slade would love to sign. Despite that, they kept plugging away, and Gary Roberts forced visiting keeper Adam Federici into a strong save on the hour mark as he seemed to single-handedly control the centre of midfield, being on the end of every tackle, pass, block going on in the middle third.

Former Glover Jean Francois Christophe was lucky to not send Southend down to 10 men when he continued to commit numerous fouls after incurring a yellow for persistent infringments. A second half hefty challenge on Gary Roberts was undeniably a yellow card offence, but referee Hill chose to let the offence go, and perhaps Southend boss Steve Tilson heaved a sigh of relief and decided to withdraw Christophe from the scene before his day back at his old club turned into a day to forget. Perhaps Tilson was mindful of what happened to Matt Harrold last season?

With 10 minutes remaining, the Glovers came their closest to equalising, when Danny Schofield was fouled right on the edge of the box by Dan Harding, with Nathan Jones and Lee Peltier insisting to referee Keith Hill that the offence occurred inside the box - with some justification. Jones almost got justice though, when his free kick smacked against the frame of the goal and away.

Mr Hill's refusal to award a penalty there was further inflamed when a sliding block from a Southend defender appeared to strike an arm on the way through, with the match referee preferring to award a corner. In addition, his casual approach to some fairly blatant timewasting from Southend on a double-substitution that took close to three minutes to be executed sent captain Terry Skiverton rushing over to him asking why the official was not seeing that as a problem.

All of that appeared to matter little when with four minutes remaining, Hal Robson-Kanu was left unmarked on the edge of the box as Kevin Betsy set him up, and that looked to be game over. But two minutes later, it was game on again as substitute Andre McCollin, who had initially come on as a left-winger but then joined the hard-working Paul Warne up front, moved back onto the left flank and broke clean away, eventually threading the ball back across to Danny Schofield who netted at the far post to give Yeovil two minutes to rescue the game.

Sadly a late equaliser didn't arrive. Instead the game boiled over as referee Keith Hill's paper-thin grip on the game finally was lost. Having continued to ignore further Southend timewasting, some slightly more legitimate means of running down the clock saw Robson-Kanu by the corner flag, only to be tackled by Danny Schofield. Mr Hill saw the challenge as a two-footed attempt and red-carded the Yeovil goalscorer, and when Gary Roberts complained, he too got his marching orders, thus ending any chance the Glovers had of a second goal, and - appeals not withstanding - giving manager Russell Slade a big headache. The Glovers may have two weeks off now, but the reality is that by the next match they may be without six key first team players. On such a small squad, something clearly has to be done.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Scorers: Lee Barnard (0-1, 24 mins, pen), Hal Robson-Kanu (0-2, 86 mins), Danny Schofield (1-2, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 23. Aaron Brown 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
9. Andy Welsh 16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Substitutes:
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 12. Craig Alcock 18. Kieran Murtagh 19. Andre McCollin (59 mins for Andy Welsh)

Southend United:
32. Adam Federici
2. Simon Francis 5. Peter Clarke 6. Adam Barrett 23. Dan Harding
21. Kevin Betsy 28. Lee Sawyer 16. Jean Francois Christophe 17. Hal Robson-Kanu
9. Lee Barnard 11. Alex Revell

Substitutes:
7. Anthony Grant (81 mins for Lee Sawyer) 8. Alan McCormack (54 mins for Jean Francois Christophe) 10. James Walker (82 mins for Lee Barnard) 12. Damian Scannell 15. Osei Sankofa

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (22 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (66 mins, foul), Gary Roberts (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Danny Schofield (90 mins, serious foul play), Gary Roberts (90 mins, dissent - second bookable offence)
Southend Bookings: Jean Francois Christophe (44 mins, persistent infringment), Alan McCormack (64 mins, foul), Dan Harding (80 mins, foul)

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).

Attendance: 4,008


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4 October 2008 : Youths Win At Argyle
Probably too little too late (see 29th September), but Yeovil Town U18 won the Youth Alliance Cup Group Two match versus Plymouth Argyle U18 2-1 at Bolitho Park this morning.

Oddly, the last time the Glovers won a match in the Alliance Cup was also against Argyle, 5-1 on 7th October 2006. In fact, whisper it quietly, but these are the only two matches we've ever won in this competition in five years, though in our first season of entry there was no group stage and we did pull Portsmouth out of the hat in the First Round so were hardly likely to progress. Can we play Argyle every week?

More details when we get them.


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3 October 2008 : Wagenaar Called Up
The Canadian Soccer Association has today announced its squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the first away in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and the second a home tie to be played in Edmonton. Canada will be playing Honduras on Saturday 11th October and Mexico on Wednesday 15th October. After three matches, Canada is in third place in Group Two with a single point, trailing Honduras on 6 points and leaders Mexico on 9 points. Only the top two teams will qualify.

The squad will be gathered in Florida early next week for training camp before flying on to Honduras. Seventeen of the 18 players arriving in Florida are currently with European clubs. Selected for the first time for the World Cup Qualifiers are Chris Pozniak (Dundee United), Kevin Harmse (Toronto FC) and our own Joshua Wagenaar (Yeovil Town).

Full squad :

1 Lars Hirschfeld, CFR Cluj
2 Chris Pozniak, Dundee United
3 Mike Klukowski, Club Brugge KV
4 Kevin McKenna, FC Köln
5 André Hainault, FK SIAD Most
6 Julian de Guzman, Deportivo La Coruna
7 Paul Stalteri, Tottenham Hotspur
8 Kevin Harmse, Toronto FC
9 Tomasz Radzinski, K. Lierse S.K.
10 Ali Gerba, Milton Keynes Dons
11 Richard Hastings, Inverness Caledonian Thistle
12 Dejan Jakovic, Red Star Belgrade
13 Atiba Hutchinson, F.C. København
14 Marcel de Jong, Roda JC
15 Patrice Bernier, FC Nordsjælland
16 Rob Friend, Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 Iain Hume, Barnsley
18 Joshua Wagenaar, Yeovil Town

The following two players are not available for the Honduras fixture but will join the squad for the Mexico match :

Dwayne De Rosario, Houston Dynamo
Adrian Serioux, FC Dallas

Congratulations to Josh, and all the best for the coming Internationals.


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3 October 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Southend United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Southend United tomorrow afternoon in a League One match at Huish Park. The Essex side have become familiar opposition over the years as the two clubs have moved through the Football League together, with the Glovers facing Southend in all bar one of their seasons since entering the league. There is also familiarity within Southend's line-up with several former Glovers having also passed through Roots Hall over the years.

Currently, there are four former Yeovil Town players within Southend's squad, although goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is currently sidelined through injury and is expected to come down merely as a spectator for the day. Elsewhere, there are three former loan players within the Southend ranks that are more likely to be in their sixteen tomorrow. Portsmouth midfielder Jean-Francois Christophe is about to start a second month's loan at Roots Hall, whilst former Bristol City winger Kevin Betsy was a permanent signing for Southend during the summer. Finally, of course, striker James Walker was on loan at Huish Park when Southend took him from under Yeovil's noses, eventually sealing a £200,000 move from Charlton Athletic over the summer.

Walker has struggled to cement a place in Southend's starting line-up, not helped by the arrival of former Crystal Palace striker Dougie Freedman on transfer deadline day. Freedman is a doubt for Saturday's game though, having sustained a thigh strain in last weekend's 3-0 win over Leyton Orient and this could let Walker or former Bournemouth striker Alex Revell into the starting line-up. Blues manager Steve Tilson said that it was touch-and-go for Freedman:

"It’s hard to say at the moment but Dougie is definitely a doubt for the game. We’ve been working him on all week but his final assessment will be this morning and that’s when we’re going to decide whether or not he will be travelling with us. We obviously hope he will be fit because he brings a lot to the team with his goals and experience on the pitch. But at the same time we need to be sensible about this and not take unnecessary risks because that way he could eventually end up being out for even longer."

Freedman's absence would be a blow for Southend - he has scored four goals in four games since arriving from Selhurst Park - however, with Walker, Revell and former Spurs striker Lee Barnard to choose from, they are hardly likely to be caught short.

Southend will be able to name central defender Adam Barrett in their side. He sprained an ankle last weekend, but has returned to full training yesterday. In goal Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is expected to stay between the sticks whilst Mildenhall is absent. Otherwise they are at full strength and will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win as they climb the table following a slow start. Manager Tilson is expecting a good game tomorrow, having experienced many an encounter with the Glovers:

"We’ve always had good battles with Yeovil over the years and I’m expecting more of the same tomorrow. They haven’t had the best of starts but I’m not concerned about them because I’m just concentrating on what we do. We’ve had three good results and we want to keep it going. Ironically our best performance of the season was at Carlisle, when we lost 2-1. But we’re in a results driven industry so of course the last few weeks have been more pleasing and we want more wins now."

The Glovers go into the game with winger Aidan Downes out for up to six weeks with knee ligament damage and Marc Bircham out with an ankle problem, sustained during training this week. But manager Russell Slade must also decide what to do about full-back pair Nathan Smith and Lee Peltier. Both are due to go in for groin operations soon, but Russell may decide to squeeze an extra game out of one of them - most likely Peltier - particularly with a two week break coming up. Speaking to the WDP this morning, Russell explained:

"It could be a possibility that Pelts could play on Saturday. He is not so severe (as Smith) but we don't know."

Russell also believes that Southend's recent form has hinged on the arrival of Dougie Freedman. He didn't let on to the WDP that he knew the striker was injured, but there's little doubt that he won't shed a tear if Freedman doesn't make it:

"They were struggling to find the form of last season and they found it through the loan signing of a very, very experienced player. It shows how one player can make a difference. It is a bit like when we took Leon Best and it just turned us from an average team into a good side with the goals he scored and the presence he had. Dougie seems to be doing the same there. He is a wily old fox and he has had a good career in the Premier League and in the Championship."

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day, subject to the usual match-day surcharge. If you want to take advantage of the pre-match prices, visit or call the ticket office on 01935-847888 before 6.00p.m. tonight to make your purchase.


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3 October 2008 : Striker Search Recognised By Board
Further to yesterday's news, concerning manager Russell Slade's 'green light' to bring in a striker on a month's loan, both Russell and Chairman John Fry have given their views on the current attempts to strengthen the squad.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Mr Fry insisted that despite the financial constraints on the club, the board were doing everything they could to help the manager bring in new players:

"The board has discussed the situation of players with Russell and you have to bear in mind that we have financial commitments and budgets. But at this stage of the season the board have pledged their support to assist Russell wherever we can."

Although Mr Fry said that where possible new players would be brought in, he admitted that with the transfer window closed that the number of options out there were very limited, and also confirmed that the board's policy was for players to leave the club before permission would be granted for new blood to be brought in:

"The problem is that because of the transfer window, you have not got many options or choices of who is available. Like other clubs we have very few options in front of us and have to get players out before we can get players in. If we do not do that, then we will be stuck with more and more costs. We are aware that Russell needs certain players and that is a fact."

The Yeovil Chairman also pointed out that many players were turning down a chance to move to Somerset because of the inevitable relocation that would be necessary for almost any player joining the club, and that was unattractive for a loan move:

"Where we are located is a problem, because players don't want to come down here for short term periods. Also the current position of the club in the Football League is an issue because players prefer to go to a Championship club."

Mr Fry said that he had been given lists of targets by Russell in the past that the manager wanted to bring into the club, but said that the few quality players that were out there were being snapped up very quickly by other clubs:

"We had a situation recently where Russell gave us a list of players and before you could snap your fingers, these players were fitted up with other clubs. Most of these players are trying to get to the higher levels with higher wages for when the window opens up in January."

Speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Russell Slade confirmed that he'd been given the green light to bring in a striker, but wanted to clarify an assumption that this would be a permanent signing. Russell explained that the deal was for a month's loan only, with another player likely to move in the opposite direction:

"Let me clear things up. I've been given the go-ahead and the permission to bring a striker in on a month's loan. To help with the financial situation we may have to get one of our younger players out on loan, just to help that a little bit. But that's what I've been given the go-ahead to do. Unfortunately that came a little bit after (Noel) Gifton-Williams and one or two other players. On my list I had the likes of Kevin Kyle, who has moved onto Hartlepool, and one or two others on that list have also moved on very rapidly. We're trying to drum up another list to see who else is about, but I do want somebody with a little bit of presence and a little bit of power, and that's what we'll try and pick up."

Russell added that although a striker is a number one priority, that with him likely to lose full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith after this weekend to groin operations, that this would be likely to leave him short of defenders for up to six weeks:

"A striker is clearly the priority, but if we lose the two players that we're talking about, who are both full-backs, then we are going to need a defender of some description."


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2 October 2008 : Youth Venue Versus Argyle
Saturday's Under 18 fixture against Plymouth Argyle in the group stage of the Youth Alliance Cup will take place at Bolitho Park.

Plymouth Parkway of the South Western League play at Bolitho Park, which is situated within the Manadon Football Development Centre. Parkway's manager is Yeovil Town old boy Dave Leonard.

Manadon Football Development Centre, St Peters Road, Manadon, Plymouth, PL5 3JG (click for map).

The match kicks off at 11.00 a.m., 4th October.


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2 October 2008 : Skivo's Testimonial Season Gets First Event
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is to have a testimonial season this year. Having arrived at the club back in the summer of 1999, from Welling United, Skivo will have clocked up 10 years worth of service. He is currently the club's 11th top appearance maker and by the end of this season should be running close to 400 appearances with the club.

As a result there will be a series of events held this season, organised by a Testimonial Committee. The first event will be a race evening to be held at Westlands on Friday 14 November, with exact timings to be confirmed.

Tickets for the evening will cost £5 per head, which will include a hog roast roll. There will also be an auction, and obviously horse racing, with all proceeds going into the Skivo Testimonial Fund. Tables will be laid for 12, so if you can find 11 friends who are willing to spend the evening with you, drop Stew Bratherton an e-mail to reserve your table: stew@brathertons.freeserve.co.uk

Unfortunately you have to be 18 or over to attend the evening, but it is hoped to have events later in the year for younger members.

Further information on this event and other events will be publicised on these pages as soon as we get them, as well as on a dedicated website for Skivo's testimonial year, which is currently in production.


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2 October 2008 : Striker Gets Green Light ... For A Month
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he has been given the green light by the board to bring in an additional striker on a one month's loan. The agreement for Russell to bring a new player in only seems to have been reached in the last few days - Russell admitted that Coventry City striker Kevin Kyle had been one of his targets but that the go-ahead was only given after Hartlepool United had come in for him.

Russell has indicated that he may need to get a younger fringe player to go out on loan to partially offset the wages of any incoming player. The implication is that there is no deal on the table for any specific player at present, and given that Yeovil have a blank fortnight coming up, it would be unlikely that Russell would want to use up the loan during a period with no games.

Russell has also said that if he loses both Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith at the same time, whilst they have their groin operations, then he may look for defensive cover, given that it would leave Aaron Brown as the only 'spare' defensive player after Craig Alcock and Nathan Jones are used to cover the full-back positions.


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2 October 2008 : Monty Remains In The Desert
Yeovil Town believe Graeme Montgomery isn't ready for a step up to League One football, according to the player himself.

The 20-year-old had two trials with the Glovers last month, but the Huish Park management decided the leap from Non-League to the third tier of English football would be too great for him at this stage. Watford had also taken a close look at the Wealdstone player, but they didn't pursue that interest either.

Speaking to the Harrow Observer, Montgomery said :

"Again, Yeovil didn't think I was quite ready. They think it is a big step for me and sharpness was one thing they pointed out. It's all down to fitness at the moment and the fitness levels at Wealdstone to those with a League One club are massively different. But the experience has given me something to really work for now. It's nice to have professional clubs show an interest in me and now it is down to me to work harder than ever and hopefully progress."


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2 October 2008 : Pelts And Smith Need Surgery
Further to this morning's news, right-back Lee Peltier and left-back Nathan Smith will both require surgery to deal with their ongoing groin problems. The club have reported that the results of today's scan in Leicester have revealed that both players need to go under the knife to cure their current issues. Speaking to BBC Somerset manager Russell Slade explained:

"It's not particularly good news. I spoke to my physio (Wayne Jones) only an hour ago and it looks as though they are going to need some surgery at some stage - and that's both of them. So that's a bit of a low for us but we'll get over that. We've got players to come in and it just means that we're going to have to juggle about a bit to remain competitive."

It's not clear at this stage whether both will go in for immediate operations. Given that right-back Craig Alcock would be a natural replacement for Peltier, but would also be needed on the opposite flank if Nathan Jones got injured, the club may consider staggering the operations - assuming of course that Peltier is in a position to continue playing. Smith has been missing for much of this season and has only played in 4 out of 11 games so far, and so it would be a surprise if he wasn't put in for an operation straight away, but Peltier has only missed the JPT match at Brentford and so his condition is believed to be less advanced. Russell believes that it may be possible to get an extra game out of Peltier before he goes in for his operation, but will undoubtedly be consulting both Peltier and physio Wayne Jones before he makes that decision. Either way, neither player will go under the knife before the weekend:

"We've not got a game next week, so at least we've got a little bit of breathing space and we'll have a look at it from there. We'll try and get past Saturday first as that is the most important thing for us right now."

Meanwhile Marc Bircham looks unlikely to play in this weekend's match against Southend United. He has suffered an acute ankle injury in training this week, and as yet no timeframe has been given for when he is likely to be fit again. In addition, winger/striker Aidan Downes, who suffered medial ligament damage last weekend is expected to be out for up to six weeks with his latest injury.


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2 October 2008 : Brighton Suffer Stadium Delay
League One side Brighton and Hove Albion have suffered another setback in their plans to move to a new stadium at Falmer. The £60 million project has been delayed by a year, meaning that the Sussex side will now only occupy their new ground in August 2011, thus pushing out their stay at the Withdean Athletics Stadium by another year.

Costs of the stadium have already escalated substantially and on September 16th, Brighton blamed new health and safety legislation for bumping up costs by £10 million. Two weeks later they are now blaming the same issue for the year's delay on the stadium completion. Chairman Dick Knight told the BBC:

"Factors beyond our control will delay us by several months. Therefore we have reluctantly made the decision to put the project back by one season. The delay would have taken us to December 2010 at the earliest, but we cannot realistically move in mid-season. Let no-one be in any doubt. The stadium is going ahead and supporters will see us on site by the end of the year."

As reported two weeks ago, Brighton's stadium plans have had to be resubmitted to Brighton City Council to include the health and safety changes, but what Brighton didn't make clear at the time was that a landscaped area at one end of the planned stadium had also been altered to accommodate shops, offices and a power plant.

That has led to two local groups - Falmer Parish Council and the South Downs Society to cite objections to the revised plans, with Councillor Melanie Cutress claiming that the football club were going against the spirit of the original plans:

"Block work walls and metal roofs - well, that's not acceptable. The design of the stadium was sold to the community, to the council, to the public on the fact it would blend in with the area of outstanding natural beauty. But this won't blend in."

Brighton had originally claimed that as they regarded the changes as "very minor" and in the main relating to the internal stadium concourse, that obtaining planning permission again would be a formality. However, the changes spotted by the local pressure groups would suggest that the route through the City planning office may not be quite as smooth as the Seagulls would hope for. Brighton and Hove Albion are hoping for their revised application to be heard in December or January, but plan to commence the widening of Village Way in Falmer regardless of the outcome of that hearing.


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2 October 2008 : Gill Claims Coaching Role
Former Glover Jerry Gill has joined Forest Green Rovers today as their assistant manager, reporting to Jim Harvey at the New Lawn. Gill, who was part of Yeovil Town's Isthmian League title winning squad, has left Cheltenham Town to make his first move into football management - heading just down the road to the Conference National side.

Gill will also join the club as a player - on loan from Cheltenham until January 1st - until he formally signs a permanent playing contract with Rovers that will keep him there until the summer of 2010. Gill told this morning's Western Daily Press that playing at Conference level again didn't concern him:

"I know about the Conference as I came through that level with Bath and Yeovil. It's a very good standard – basically an extra division of the Football League. I am very excited about this move and working with (Rovers manager) Jim Harvey. It will be a great challenge for me."

Gill has been running his own sportswear company Pro-Tech Sports for the past two years, selling football kit to non-league sides and also schools in the Solihull area. More recently he attracted attention by winning the franchise to run Cheltenham's own club shop and redesigned the club's first team kit. As a result of that, and a regular playing career, he admitted that he hasn't given coaching too much thought yet:

"The coaching side has come about a bit quicker than I would have thought, and I will be starting my badges. (Cheltenham manager) Martin Allen has been excellent throughout this deal and Cheltenham will play a friendly at Rovers before next season as part of the deal. Jim Harvey has bags of experience and I am looking forward to learning from him. He is a gentleman and reminded me a lot of John Ward when I first met him. We hit it off straight away and I can't wait to get started at Rovers."

Meanwhile Gill's old club Cheltenham Town have made their 7th and 8th signings since September 1st today. defender Darren Kenton (ex Leeds and Leicester) and James Wesolowski (on loan from Leicester City) have become the latest arrivals at Whaddon Road. The Gloucestershire club have already added Drissa Diallo, Scott Murray, Josh Payne, Lewis Montrose, Stuart Fleetwood and of course Lloyd Owusu to their ranks since transfer deadline day. The Robins lie in 23rd place in the League One table, behind Yeovil on goal difference.


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2 October 2008 : Millwall Seal Noel-Williams Deal
League One side Millwall have now officially signed striker Gifton Noel-Williams, after a short delay relating to them obtaining international clearance for the 28 year old, who had been playing in Spain. That clearance has been now obtained, and so with Millwall strikers dropping like nine-pins at present, he will feature in their squad this weekend.

The Lions have had another boost today, with manager Kenny Jackett being named as League One's Manager Of The Month for September.


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2 October 2008 : Duo Head For Scans
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith and right-back Lee Peltier are both heading to specialists due to niggling groin injuries both players have.

Peltier has been playing through his problems so far, but there are concerns as to his fitness and so he will be joining Smith for an assessment as the club try to avoid any chance of a significant injury.

Smith has missed several matches this season, although an earlier scan suggested that he just needed to rest to ensure his groin strain was sorted. However, he dropped out of last weekend's squad again, shortly after having been given several weeks off in an attempt to clear up the problem.


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1 October 2008 : Kyle Heads For Pools
Further to Monday's news concerning the club's ongoing search for a striker, Coventry City target man Kevin Kyle has now sealed a loan move with League One side Hartlepool United.

The Western Morning News had claimed that Kyle had been a Glovers target, but that the deal had broken down. Given the sums of money involved in Hartlepool's deal, this is not too surprising. The Northern Echo claim that Kyle is on £8,000 a week at the Ricoh Arena, and that Pools have spent much of the last month trying to knock Coventry down in terms of how much they were willing to stump up as part of their share of Kyle's wages during the month.

Presumably the Glovers had been doing the same, but pulled out of negotiations before Hartlepool completed their deal. The Northern Echo state that Pools have now been able to agree for Coventry to pay "the majority" of Kyle's wages, although they don't state what the final deal was. Martin Ling, manager of fellow strugglers Leyton Orient, confirmed that his had been another club chasing the Sky Blues striker.

Kyle may make his debut on Friday night in a home match against Swindon Town. Hartlepool currently lie in 12th place in the League One table, and three points ahead of the Glovers.


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1 October 2008 : Trialists To Get Second Chance
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that the three main trialists from yesterday's match against AFC Bournemouth will all be invited back for further matches or time on the training ground.

Former Coventry City striker Wayne Andrews has been training with the Glovers during this week, and will be invited back in tomorrow (Thursday) to continue his time at Huish Park. Thommo warned the Western Daily Press though, to not expect too much too soon as Andrews has had little football this season, having only just recovered from the knee injury he sustained - ironically against the Glovers whilst a Bristol Rovers loan player:

"He played the 90 minutes and I think he needed that because he has only had one previous 90 minutes this season. He did well and worked hard. Often when players who have played at a high level drop to this level you don't see them put the work-rate in. He had a good game without scoring and he showed good pace and movement. He's an experienced player who we have had a look at in training and I am sure he'll be back in on Thursday and then it will be up to the manager (Russell Slade) and me."

Winger Jermiele Johnson, who made six appearances in the Sutton United first team at the tail end of last season, did not start the match as originally planned, due to delays in getting to the game. However, Thommo explained that was out of his control:

"He played half an hour and did well. He was supposed to start the game but his train was delayed coming into Bournemouth, it was no fault of his own. We like the look of him but we would like to see him in another match to have a good look at him."

Former Crystal Palace midfielder Ryan Hall will also be invited back for a second trial game after scoring in yesterday's match. Meanwhile, the WDP state that the fourth 'trialist', Stephen Friend is in fact part of Stuart Housley's Youth Team squad. Friend scored the first and third goal in yesterday's 3-1 win.


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