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31 October 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leeds Game
Following this afternoon's 4-0 defeat at Elland Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's views on the Leeds United game are recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leeds Game.


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31 October 2009 : Kalala Heading For A Suspension
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has become the first Glovers player to receive a suspension this season for an accumulation of yellow cards. JP picked up his fifth booking in his 10th appearance of the season for a second half foul against Leeds United this afternoon.

Kalala will now be suspended for a single game, with the FA Cup First Round match against Oxford United next Saturday due to be the match that he will sit out. Yeovil still have two other players sat on four yellow cards, with left-backs Nathan Jones and Nathan Smith both one booking away from a suspension.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2009-10 League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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31 October 2009 : Leeds 4 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Suffer A Reality Check
Yeovil Town finally had their unbeaten run ended today, in emphatic fashion as six matches without defeat were followed by a 4-0 loss at Elland Road, with table-toppers Leeds United wiping the Glovers out in a second half blitz. Goals from Bradley Johnson, Max Gradel, Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol were a touch harsh on a Yeovil side that had done well over the first 35 minutes of the match. But once the Whites scored their first, they never looked back, and the final whistle couldn't come soon enough.

The Glovers went into the match making one change, with Scott Murray pulling out with a calf injury and his place being taken by Jonathan Obika. The formation used was as per recent games, with Obika trying his luck in a wide-right position. Stefan Stam was deemed fit enough to make the bench, although didn't get as far as the pitch itself, meaning that youth-teamer Rhys Baggridge missed out on sitting on the bench by a whisker.

The first half was a tight affair, with neither side giving any quarter. Leeds were finding Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala to be a brick wall in attempting to get near the Yeovil goal, and bar an early Sam Vokes attempt, the home side were being neutered well. Sporadic, but incisive breaks were reaping dividends for the Glovers, with Jonathan Obika firing direct down Casper Ankergren's throat, Ryan Mason firing over the bar and a Craig Alcock header going over the bar.

Three minutes before the break though, the home side got lucky with a cruel looking goal. Bradley Johnson's cross deflected off Shaun MacDonald but still looked harmless enough, until Jermaine Beckford moved across the path of Alex McCarthy's near post. The assumption was that Beckford had the final touch to stick it past McCarthy and that was the name that the PA announcer gave as the scorer, but big screen replays at half time confirmed that Johnson's cross had gone direct into the back of the net for a 1-0 half time lead.

The second period saw the game fail to ignite, with a poor tempo and Leeds almost strolling around the pitch. Yeovil didn't appear to have a plan on how to open the home side up in such a situation, and everything had gone a bit stale. That was until Leeds introduced Max Gradel and Neil Kilkenny onto the field as substitutes, and Gradel needed just 11 minutes to open his account. His cool finish just inside the box as he angled the ball across the face of Alex McCarthy was the cue for Leeds to finally turn on the style as they produced a final 20 minute period that demoralised the Glovers and showed why the Yorkshire side were top of the league - prior to that there had been little to choose between the two teams, but by the end, most in the away corner would have been willing for the final whistle to blow.

Jermaine Beckford got his second first of the game when he robbed Terrell Forbes of the ball when the ball trapped under the defender's foot allowing Beckford room to move through on goal and fire past Alex McCarthy. Then as McCarthy was having to make several more saves to keep the score down, another Leeds substitute Tresor Kandol had room in the centre to plant a header home from a left-wing cross from Robert Snodgrass home and finish off the scoring, even if Leeds created more than that in the latter stages to extend that scoreline.

The final 4-0 scoreline will have been a bit of a body blow, and it was an ugly way for the unbeaten run to end. What Yeovil have to remember is that the standard of opposition and the depth of squad that they were able to choose from, particularly from their substitutes bench, is not the par for League One and they will not come across a 'Leeds United' standard team every week. As with the last two seasons, what will matter more is how the Glovers perform and how many points they gain from the Wycombes, Tranmeres and Stockports of the league - it's that which will decide whether they are in League One for another season, and not a defeat at Elland Road.

Final Score: Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Bradley Johnson (42 mins, 1-0), Max Gradel (69 mins, 2-0), Jermaine Beckford (79 mins, 3-0), Tresor Kandol (84 mins, 4-0).

Leeds United:
1. Casper Ankergren
26. Leigh Bromby 6. Richard Naylor 3. Patrick Kisnorbo 22. Andy Hughes
23. Robert Snodgrass 14. Jonathan Howson 4. Michael Doyle 16. Bradley Johnson
9. Jermaine Beckford 15. Sam Vokes

Substitutes:
25. Alan Martin (GK) 7. David Prutton 8. Neil Kilkenny (59 mins for Michael Doyle) 13. Mike Grella 17. Lubomir Michalik 20. Tresor Kandol (81 mins for Jermaine Beckford) 28. Max Gradel (58 mins for Andy Hughes)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
26. Jonathan Obika 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Keiran Murtagh (73 mins for Andy Welsh) 18. Andy Lindegaard (88 mins for Ryan Mason) 23. Danny Hutchins 28. Nathan Smith 34. Rob Clowes

Leeds Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (44 mins, dissent), Jean-Paul Kalala (72 mins, foul).

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Billy Khatib (Tyne and Wear). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 24,482 (including approx 300 Yeovil fans).


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31 October 2009 : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Man of the Match Voting Form
If you were at this afternoon's match against Leeds United which finished with a 4-0 defeat,then don't forget to choose your Man of the Match. Nominate your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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31 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Result
This morning Youth Team match against Swindon Town has now finished. The game ended in a 3-1 defeat for the Glovers with Max Harrington the Yeovil scorer. A full match report will be online later today.


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31 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Line-Up
Yeovil Town's Under 18s line-up for their trip to Swindon Town has been confirmed. The squad has been somewhat decimated by injury, illness and the co-opting of Rhys Baggridge and Robert Clowes into the first team squad. The match against Swindon is a dress rehearsal for Tuesday's game in the FA Youth Cup. Line-up for today's game is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Danny Williams 3. Steve Harris 4. Danny Rosser 5. Ciaran Levet 6. Mitch Conning 7. Sam Lanahan 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Max Harrington 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Lloyd Matthews.

Substitutes: 12. Corrie Lewis 14. Adam Wakley 15. Sam Ford.


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31 October 2009 : Skivo Previews The Leeds United Match
With Yeovil Town due to play League One leaders Leeds United later today (Saturday), Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has spoken to the BBC about the club's current run of form and the weekend match. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Week Leading Up To The Leeds Game.


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30 October 2009 : Jones Wants Pressure Kept Off Caulker
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker has been praised for his attitude by his management team, ahead of this weekend's trip to Leeds United. However, assistant manager Nathan Jones has said that it is important that the Tottenham Hotspur player keeps his feet on the ground and that people don't lose sight of the fact that he is still only 17 years old.

The Spurs Academy player has made 14 starts so far this season, and his defensive partner Terrell Forbes heaped praise upon him last weekend calling him 'a monster' in the way that he dominated the back line. Nathan agreed that the defender had played well since arriving at Huish Park but was keen to keep expectations in line:

"We saw something in Steven that we liked a long time ago and we were able to get him for this season. He has progressed nicely but I don't want to put too much pressure on him or give him too many accolades yet, because he is a very level-headed guy and we would like to keep him that way. But he's come in, he's settled in and he has bought into what we are trying to do here. He was ready-made in terms of his attitude. He's settled in and I'm sure he's loved by the fans and even more so by the people inside the club and we just hope he continues to progress at this rate and I'm sure he'll be a fine player."


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30 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Hayward Back On Board
As Yeovil Town prepare to head up the M1 to play Leeds United, Taff has given his pre-match thoughts and betting odds on the game. Big news though is the formal appointment of club co-owner Norman Hayward to the main football club company's Board of Directors. Taff considers what it means.

The latest article is on Taff's Gloversblog and can be read via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Hayward Back On Board.


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30 October 2009 : Glovers Pair Go Out On Loan To Dorchester
Yeovil Town fringe pairing Andre McCollin and Louis Lavers have headed to Dorchester Town in a one month loan deal. Striker McCollin was transfer-listed over the summer and has made just three substitute appearances at the club this season.

Meanwhile Louis only signed for the club 14 days ago on a short-term three month contract, but will also move to the Jewson Stadium for the month. He has yet to play for the club, although featured in Wednesday night's friendly at Wellington.

Both will remain at the Conference South club until November 28th. Getting updates on the pair won't be hard - Dorchester's manager Roy O'Brien works at Huish Park as Yeovil Town's Community Officer and so will see Glovers boss Terry Skiverton on a daily basis.


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30 October 2009 : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the trip to Elland Road tomorrow, hoping to extend their current run of six games without a defeat. Their task is clearly going to test them - they face a Leeds United side who are four points clear at the top of League One and lie 15 points ahead of the Glovers, who go into the game in 12th place.

The last club to beat Leeds on their home patch in the league was Carlisle United on January 10th, and they have since put together a run which has encompassed 22 home matches in all competitions where only Premier League side Liverpool were able to come home with a victory. Charlton Athletic and Carlisle (again!) are the only sides to come back from Elland Road with a point from their match in Yorkshire.

There was a small crack in their impressive start to the season last Saturday, as Millwall beat them 2-1 at the New Den - their first league defeat. But their 0-4 thrashing of Bristol Rovers showed that they weren't planning to let that defeat affect them and psychologically ensured that they passed their first major hurdle of the season.

Despite the defeat at the New Den, manager Simon Grayson kept faith with the same squad that had travelled to Millwall, and with there being no new injury concerns coming out of the trip to Bristol, it would seem logical that a manager is unlikely to change his matchday squad after a 4-0 away win. That means that new loan signings Max Gradel (Leicester City) and Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers) will feature again, particularly as Vokes grabbed his debut goal on Tuesday night after being given a starting slot alongside top scorer Jermaine Beckford. Striker Luciano Becchio (ankle), Shane Higgs (thigh), Ben Parker (hamstring), Andy Robinson (hamstring) and Rui Marques (achilles) will not feature.

One thing the Glovers have in common with Leeds is that they are also unlikely to change their starting line-up after also defeating Bristol Rovers in their last match, albeit by a more modest 2-1 scoreline. There are no new injury concerns that we're aware of, and so the only question will be whether Stefan Stam (knee) and Gavin Tomlin (groin) are back in training or not - there's been no word on their condition this week yet. Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (knee and shoulder) remain as ever out of the side.

Past meetings between the two sides are not pretty from a Glovers point of view. The March 2009 4-0 defeat was the most emphatic of the four results, with Yeovil only having managed one home draw across those games. That said, it took Leeds 89 minutes to secure a single goal win in the first meeting at Elland Road to breach the Glovers defences and Yeovil will hope to be as resolute as they were back in October 2007. Assistant manager Nathan Jones believes that there will be no repeat of the 4-0 defeat tomorrow, claiming that not everything was right with the club at that time:

"Yeovil Town is a different club from what it was then. We were ill-equipped to go and beat Leeds or to go and make an impact upon Leeds. That's basically what I said at the time. We were ill-equipped to go there and cause any kind of threat against a rampant Leeds United side. The result was certain."

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the match are available on the day of the game. See the Ciderspace Guide below for full ticketing arrangements for matchday, as they are no longer on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.

Link: Skiverton Hoping Battling Qualities Win The Day.

Link: Officials For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leeds United.


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29 October 2009 : Leeds City Centre Demonstrations Planned
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Elland Road for the League One match against Leeds United should be advised that there will be possible disruption in the City Centre area leading up to the match.

A public demonstration by a far-right political group is scheduled to take place from 1.00p.m. onwards in the City Square, with an opposing political group also planning to meet at noon outside the City Art Gallery.

It is likely that the combined demonstrations will include more than 2,000 people, with "several hundred" police officers also being deployed. Similar recent demonstrations in Manchester caused significant disruption and a number of arrests in the area.

Given that Elland Road lies on the South-West outskirts of the City Centre around two miles away from the planned demonstrations and just off a motorway, there shouldn't be too much disruption for football supporters visiting the ground. However, if you're arriving for the game by train or driving through or around the inner city area, you may want to allow time for possible road closures or diversions.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.


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29 October 2009 : Norman Hayward Returns To Yeovil Town's Board
Yeovil Town have announced the appointment of club co-owner Norman Hayward to the board of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited - i.e. Yeovil Town Football Club. Mr Hayward has for some time been a director of the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, along with John Fry, which owns Yeovil Town, but until now has not officially had a direct input into the running of the football club itself.

The statement issued tonight on the club's official site describes Mr Hayward as a "major shareholder" and suggests that the move to appoint him onto the main Huish Park board is as a part of a review of the club's "operating costs" and "operating structure". Club Chairman and co-owner John Fry explains why the appointment has been made:

"Over the past few years a profound change has taken place in the football business, which is wreaking havoc on the running of clubs in the lower leagues. In addition to this and for some considerable time now, all clubs have been operating under very tough trading conditions. We are not immune from this, and after a season on season fall in gate receipts, a full audit of our operating costs with that of a "behind the scenes" review of our operating structure, has now been concluded. As a result of this review and on the recommendations of the executive committee, the directors will be implementing changes to safeguard the future stability and security of the club. I am pleased that as a director, Mr Hayward, will now be involved in the "front line" decision making on the future development of the club."

The statement officially and explicitly credits Mr Hayward for providing financial contributions to help build the roof over the home terrace at Huish Park. This is something that has been widely assumed to be the case, but is the first instance of the club firmly stating this as an on-the-record fact. Mr Hayward is also given the credit for the decision to change the club from a part time outfit into a full time professional side in the summer of 2000.

Norman was previously on Yeovil Town's board of directors around the turn of the Century, and was at one point the club's majority shareholder. However, he sold his shareholding to Jon Goddard-Watts in November 2001. However, rumours began to circulate that he was taking an interest in the club again during early 2006, but without him having a formal position at the club. He was eventually confirmed as co-owner of the Huish Park Stadium Partnership along with Mr Fry, and now has come full circle in accepting a formal directorship on the club's main board. Mr Hayward says of the current situation:

"I feel very positive about what is happening at Huish Park, and also about Terry Skiverton, the players, the off field staff and our future prospects in the Football League. I am determined to continue the club's progress, as we look to develop an even more professional, open and effective business structure, whilst at the same time being sensitive to the needs of the fans who support our club so passionately."

Certainly given that most supporters have assumed for a number of years that Norman Hayward has had a significant involvement in the running of Yeovil Town Football Club, his formal appointment as a visible director on the company board has to be seen as a step in the right direction. What the club now need to do is to communicate the detail of the changes that are being planned and to sell them to supporters in terms of how they will push the club in a forward direction.


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29 October 2009 : Away Travel Club Arrangements For Oxford United
The Away Travel Club are running transport to the forthcoming FA Cup First Round tie against Oxford United. The game takes place at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 7th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The cost of travel to anyone wanting to go will be £15.00 and they will be leaving from the Away End at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. Call Roger on 07960-687075 if you want to reserve a seat.


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29 October 2009 : Skiverton Hoping Battling Qualities Win The Day
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he hopes his side's battling qualities will win the day when his side travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Saturday.

Skiverton told the Western Gazette that he realises there is a 'pecking order' in League One and that the Glovers are way behind the Yorkshire side in that respect, but he believes that once the two teams take to the field that his players can prove themselves as equals:

"We definitely need to have a group of people that know the pecking order that they are in, but who also want to work hard, because we can compete with these people on an even footing when we get out there. Before the game it is all right saying we have a smaller budget than these clubs, but at the end of the day it is 11 v 11 and we all want to do is make sure we go out there and compete."

The Glovers had an uncomfortable experience at Elland Road on their last visit in March, losing 4-0, and Skiverton added that it was important that his players approached the game in the right way:

"We have had a decent month and are really pleased but there is no point now going to Leeds and getting slapped 4-0 or 5-0. We know that we have to be at our mettle. They are a good side and the last time we were up there we lost 4-0. It is a difficult place to go but it is one that we go to full of confidence and really looking forward to the game."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.

Link: Officials For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leeds United.


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29 October 2009 : Extended Opening For Ticket Office This Weekend
With there being no home games between now and Yeovil's FA Cup First Round match against Oxford United, the Huish Park Ticket Office has extended its opening hours.

It will be open until 5.00p.m. on Friday (tomorrow) and will then open from 11.00a.m. until 1.00p.m. on the Saturday. Although the obvious motive is to allow tickets to be purchased for the Oxford United match, tickets for any home match, or imminent away match can be purchased during that time, as well as the club's recent offer on Pro-Rata Season Tickets.

Note that this won't apply to Leeds United tickets which are only on sale until 5.00p.m. tonight, with the remaining unsold tickets transferred up to Elland Road for Saturday's match.

Personal callers to the Huish Park Ticket Office are welcome as well as callers on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing for Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Reduced Offers On Season Ticket Purchases.


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28 October 2009 : Glovers Youth Defeat Navy
Yeovil Town's Youth Team beat RNAS Yeovilton by a single goal tonight, with a team formed mainly from the Centre of Excellence Under 16s side. They were added to by various players from U18s, U15s and a couple of trialists.

Yeovil hit the woodwork two or three times throughout the match with Lloyd Matthews a constant threat to the Yeovilton defence, making several runs in behind their back line. Corrie Lewis could have netted a couple on the night, with one particular chance seeing him lose out in a one-v-one with the Yeovilton keeper. Lewis Voizey also stood out as a solid player in the heart of defence.

The Glovers introduced two Under-15’s as substitutes on the night, with Lee Sweet and Aidan Chainey brought in to try and push them into the higher level of football, and they did well on the night. The Glovers goal was scored by Tom Hopkins with 20 minutes remaining to give Yeovil the win over the Navy side.

Final Score: RNAS Yeovilton 0 Yeovil Town Youth Team 1.

Scorer: Tom Hopkins (0-1, 70 mins).

Yeovil Town: Alex Sprake, Danny Williams, Steve Harris, Lewis Voizey, John Heathfield (trialist), Danny Rosser, Tom Hopkins, Sam Lanahan, Lee Green (trialist), Corrie Lewis, Lloyd Matthews

Subs: Steve Boore, Henry Bond, Max Harrington, Will Moggridge, Mitch Conning, Aidan Chainey, Lee Sweet.


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28 October 2009 : Glovers Defeat Wellington Side
Yeovil Town beat Wellington 4-2 tonight in a friendly arranged to celebrate the turning on of the Somerset club's floodlights. Yeovil's goals included two from Keiran Murtagh and one from youth team striker Rob Clowes.

The match included four trialists, including central defender Andy Owens and winger Kyle Fraser-Allen. Owens is a former Stoke City and Liverpool academy player who is enrolled at the Glenn Hoddle Academy. He can also play as a left-back and was born on October 15th 1989.

Fraser-Allen is another Tottenham Hotspur academy player who was born on February 2nd 1990 and represented England at Under 16 level at the age of 14. He was a near ever-present in their Academy team during 2007-08 and also played seven times for Tottenham's Reserve side during that season. He attended Wanstead High School. After a loan spell with Macclesfield Town, in February 2009, where he made two appearances, he left Spurs in the summer and joined Hayes and Yeading United.

The other two trialists were named over the tannoy, and are believed to be enrolled at the NIKE Academy, but at present there is no obvious identity for them yet.

Wellington took the lead early on, but Keiran Murtagh hit back from the penalty spot three minutes later. Murtagh put Yeovil in the lead before half time with a good solo go from the midfielder.

Trialist Kyle Fraser-Allen came on at half time, and the other named trialist Andy Owens extended Yeovil's lead early in the second period. Substitute Rob Clowes added another before Wellington pulled one back.

Wellington boss Warren Patmore came on as a substitute, but there was no chance for both managers to battle it out at the end, with Glovers boss Terry Skiverton ill and therefore unable to take to the field.

Final Score: Wellington 2 Yeovil Town XI 4.

Yeovil Town:
Richard Martin, Andy Lindegaard, Nathan Smith, Louis Lavers, Andy Owens (Trialist), Keiran Murtagh, Danny Hutchins, George O'Callaghan, Trialist B, Trialist C, Andre McCollin

Subs: Rhys Baggridge, Ciaran Levet, Tyler Sheppard, Rob Clowes, Kyle Fraser-Allen (Trialist).


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28 October 2009 : ITV Decide FA Cup Highlights Coverage
The ITV1 channel have issued their plans for the FA Cup First Round and Yeovil Town have been included as one of the main matches. Their game against Oxford United will be one of the main matches on their highlights programme.

Other matches chosen include Bromley v Colchester United and Stourbridge v Walsall.

ITV's highlights package will be broadcast on Saturday 7th November at 10.45p.m. and the programme will last 90 minutes on the ITV1 Channel. The same programme will be repeated on Sunday 8th November at 9.25a.m.

Link: FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected.


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28 October 2009 : Guide To Elland Road
For those going to Elland Road for the League One match against Leeds United on Saturday 31st October, the Ciderspace guide is to be found here or through the usual site links. Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Link: Guide to Leeds United


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28 October 2009 : Youth Team Take On Navy
A Yeovil Town Youth Team side will take on a Navy side tonight at RNAS Yeovilton. Kick-off is at 7.00p.m. The side selected will be mixed and depend upon which Under 18s players are drafted into the side travelling to Wellington tonight. All are welcome to attend if not travelling to the Wellington match.


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28 October 2009 : Wellington vs Yeovil Town Reminder
A reminder that a Yeovil Town XI will be helping Somerset side Wellington officially turn on their new floodlights tonight as part of a friendly between the two sides. The match will see Warren Patmore and Terry Skiverton go head-to-head in the dugouts (and quite possibly on the pitch itself).

The Glovers are expected to field those players who did not take to the field during Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers. The side should therefore feature Richard Martin, Nathan Smith, George O'Callaghan, Andy Lindegaard and Danny Hutchins amongst others, plus a few of the current Centre of Excellence scholars.

The match will take place at Wellington Playing Fields in North Street, Wellington, TA21 8NA. Kick-off is at 7.45p.m.

Link: Ticketing For The Wellington Game.


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27 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : But It's Alright Now, In Fact It's A Gas!
In between two big away matches, Taff has reflected upon the weekend victory over Bristol Rovers and how we appear to have a hoodoo over our local rivals. His main focus though, is last Sunday's FA Cup draw against Oxford United and the reaction to the draw amongst supporters.

The full article can be read on Taff's Gloversblog or via the link to the latest article below. Add your own views on Rovers and Oxford using the Comment facility at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : But It's Alright Now, In Fact It's A Gas!


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27 October 2009 : Priestfield Ticketing
Details of the ticketing for the League One fixture against Gillingham are now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th November, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The pricing structure adopted by Gillingham means there is a strong incentive to buy in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office, providing you can plan ahead to attend this match, as there's a hefty £3.00 surcharge on walk-up purchases on the night. Accommodation for away fans at Priestfield is a 'temporary' scaffolding structure with seating open to the elements, so dress accordingly if the weather forecast looks unpromising.

Pre-matchday prices:
adult - £20.00; over 65 - £16.00; 16-21 year-old - £13.00; under 16 - £9.00; under-12 - £6.00.

Matchday prices:
adult - £23.00; over 65 - £19.00; 16-21 year-old - £16.00; under 16 - £11.00; under-12 - £7.00.

Tickets for wheelchair users are £20.00 if bought in advance, or £23.00 if purchased on the night. In both cases a carer is admitted free of charge.

Tickets will be on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5.00 p.m. Monday 23rd November.


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27 October 2009 : Southend Consider Administration Plans
League One side Southend United are considering going into administration. As mentioned on this site on Sunday, the Shrimpers were due in court tomorrow to answer a winding-up order brought by HMRC (aka the Taxman) of £690,000 due to a shortfall in taxes.

Ever since this amount was brought into the public domain, Southend's attitude has been one of 'nothing to see, people move on', with Chairman Ron Martin telling the club's official website back in July that "in advance of that (October) date the historic debt to the Revenue will be discharged as always planned". During that same month, their official site ran an article entitled 'No need for alarm' in response to media reports drawing attention to the winding up order.

As that October 28th date has drawn imminent, it has been clear that all is not well at Roots Hall. On Sunday, the Shrimpers revealed that the Football League had issued a transfer embargo, preventing them from extending a loan deal for Wolves player George Friend. This suggested that contrary to the claims that the tax debt would always be paid off prior to the court date that in fact this was unlikely to happen.

Today, Southend have issued another statement claiming that "HMRC have changed their position and are now seeking an Administration". Given only the directors of Southend United Football Club can seek administration, this appears to be spin - there's no evidence that the taxman has been paid and with the court session due to be heard tomorrow, then it would be Southend that are now having to consider administration as a result of their own inability to pay the outstanding tax bill.

It won't surprise anyone to find that the 'credit crunch' is being blamed by Southend's Chairman, claiming that if only he had a little more time to deal with the matter, that HMRC's actions would not be required:

"The financial planning is very sound but we have needed time to overcome the banks' inability to lend since their collapse in the summer of 2008. Prior to this everything was on track and it has taken the year to get back to our advanced position. Therefore HMRC's hostile action is not only unwelcome but also destructive."

HMRC have now agreed to postpone tomorrow's winding-up order whilst Southend consider their position. They have until November 4th to respond back to HMRC and explain how they are going to pay the £690,000 owed, or alternatively accept administration, a minimum 10 point deduction and the inevitable possibility of relegation as an outcome.


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27 October 2009 : FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected
Three matches have been selected for live transmission for the FA Cup First Round. We say 'transmission' given that only two of them are via a television service, with the first ever screening of a live FA Cup match over the internet taking place.

The more orthodox matches are that of Paulton Rovers' home match against Norwich City which will take place on Saturday 7th November with a 12.45p.m. kick-off. The second is Northwich Victoria's home tie against Charlton Athletic which will take place on Sunday 8th November with a 1.30p.m. kick-off. Both of these will be live on ITV1. The latter game will be followed by the Second Round draw around 3.35p.m.

The final match is Oldham Athletic's home match against Leeds United, which will be screened on the Football Associaton's website, powered by the Perform distribution network - i.e. the PTV company that supply most Football League clubs' Official Websites. There will be no charge for this service, and it looks to be the FA filling the gap caused by the collapse of the Setanta channels.

For First Round (and Second Round) replays, the ITV4 channel will be covering one replay, with a second replay covered on the FA's website, again on a free-of-charge basis.


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27 October 2009 : Oxford Tickets Now On Sale
The club has announced tickets for the F.A. Cup First Round Proper tie against Oxford United on 7th November have now arrived at Huish Park and are thus on sale. Purchase in person, or call 01935 847888 for telephone sales.

Adults: £15.00; Student: £11.50; Over 65s/Under 16s: £9.00.

Children aged Under 7 can be admitted for free provided they are that age on the date of the match. Proof of age may be requested. An Under 7 must be accompanied by an Adult with a valid ticket.

Students must carry a valid NUS Card with them for the match.

Tickets purchased on the day go up. There is no cash allowed on the turnstiles. Tickets have to be purchased from an Away Ticket Office by the North Stand, before entering the turnstiles. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Student: £13.00; Over 65s/Under 16s: £10.00.

Link: Ticket Prices For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town


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26 October 2009 : Officials For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Leeds United this coming Saturday have been announced. The man in charge of refereeing the game will be Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Mr Haines is in his third season as a Football League official, and with him being up in the North-East, it's no surprise to find that we've not had Mr Haines too many times.

Oddly enough the last time we saw him was for last season's 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United. He didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official.

Other than that night, aside from a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee, his one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Billy Khatib (Tyne and Wear). The Fourth Official will be Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).

Link: March 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Jan 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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26 October 2009 : Ladies Heading For Saltash In WFAC
High flying Yeovil Town Ladies, leaders in the South West Combination, will be travelling to Cornwall on Sunday 8th November as they open their Women's F.A. Cup campaign in the First Round Proper. Coming out of the hat in today's draw were Saltash United Ladies. They play in the South West Regional Premier Division and are currently lying fourth, though they have plenty of games in hand and in fact are undefeated in the league this campaign, with four wins and two draws.

Saltash have beaten Launceston 2-0 and Frome Town 1-0 away, and University of Portsmouth 2-0 at home, to reach this stage of the competition.

With the clocks having gone back the First Round Proper matches are scheduled to kick off at 1.00 p.m., rather than the more usual 2.00 p.m. so far this season, according to the F.A.'s website.

The Ladies play at Kimberley Stadium, Callington Road, Saltash, PL12 6DX (click for map).

Link: Saltash United LFC


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26 October 2009 : Wot No Terrell?
Whilst it's fair to say that we've had a good share of the Team of the Week nominations from the Football League this season, it's slightly surprising that there are no Glovers players in this week's line-up.

Normally the rarity of a defender scoring a winning goal in a football match almost ensures that the player concerned lands in the team by default, there's no such luck for Terrell Forbes this time round. Instead, three Huddersfield Town players, two Oldham Athletic players, two Brentford players, plus pickings from Hartlepool United, Colchester United, Southampton and Gillingham complete the Football League's League One team for this week.


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26 October 2009 : Ticket Prices For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
FA Cup opponents Oxford United have announced that prices for the forthcoming First Round match have been set. The Conference National leaders have agreed that prices will remain as per their league matches. Yeovil Town fans will be allocated sections in the North Stand and league prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Student: £11.50; Over 65s/Under 16s: £9.00.

Children aged Under 7 can be admitted for free provided they are that age on the date of the match. Proof of age may be requested. An Under 7 must be accompanied by an Adult with a valid ticket.

Students must carry a valid NUS Card with them for the match.

Tickets purchased on the day go up. There is no cash allowed on the turnstiles. Tickets have to be purchased from an Away Ticket Office by the North Stand, before entering the turnstiles. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Student: £13.00; Over 65s/Under 16s: £10.00.

Disabled supporters don't get a mention on Oxford's official site at all as far as we can see. The NADS website indicates that there are 26 Away spaces in the North Stand at pitch level. Disabled supporters pay the same rates as above, but an assistant sitting with that person can gain admission for free.

Tickets are NOT on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office yet. The expectation is that they will arrive tomorrow, but await confirmation of this before calling the Ticket Office. You can book on-line via Oxford's official site, but given you'll get charged a booking fee to do so, you may want to wait for tickets to be available at the Yeovil end.

When tickets go on sale, bear in mind that there is a three day Postal Strike scheduled for this coming Thursday, in case you ask for your tickets to be posted out to you. The match is scheduled to be played on Saturday 7th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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26 October 2009 : Venue Chosen For Swindon Youth Fixture
Saturday's youth team fixture against Swindon Town U18 will take place at Liddington Training Ground, near Wanborough, which lies about seven miles south-east of Swindon. Kick-off is 11.00 a.m.

Liddington, which is the Robin's first team training venue, is owned by the Petersham Hotel Group, who have taken over from Zurich Life, the former sponsored name of the training ground. The Liddington Hotel and Events Venue is situated just outside the village of Liddington, 4 miles from Junction 15 of the M4.

Directions :

From the M4 exit at Junction 15 and follow signs to towards Swindon (A419). Shortly afterwards, take the slip road signed Swindon and Aldbourne (B4192).
At the Commonhead roundabout take the fourth exit signed Aldbourne and Liddington (B4192). Continue past the village of Liddington, over the M4 and take the next left signed Baydon. Continue along this road for half a mile passing back over the M4. A pair of white gatehouses on the left mark the entrance to the main drive of The Liddington.

The Liddington Hotel, Foxhill, Nr. Swindon, SN4 0DZ (click for map).

Note that the FA Youth Cup match against Swindon Town, whixh is scheduled to take place three days later, will be played at Swindon's County Ground, and not at the Liddington Training Ground.


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25 October 2009 : Terrell : I've Been Waiting 368 Games For This
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers a rather delighted Terrell Forbes spoke about his debut career goal and what it meant to him. He's had to wait over 10 years to get his first strike and BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson was on hand to help him relive the moment. Read the full transcript via the link below.

Link: Terrell Forbes Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Over Bristol Rovers.


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25 October 2009 : Ladies Thrash Oxford City
It would be nice if Yeovil Town's mens team could go even halfway towards emulating the Ladies team, based on today's scoreline. Just 30 minutes after the Glovers mens team had drawn Oxford United out of the FA Cup velvet bag, so Yeovil Town Ladies dispatched the other half of the city, with Oxford City's Ladies going down by a 9-2 scoreline.

Jemma Tewkesbury was in rampant form - taking just 19 minutes to net a hat-trick and going on to claim six goals on the day. Amy Wild, Kayleigh Nardiello and an own goal briefly interrupted the Tewksbury masterclass, and even at 6-0, Oxford threatened an improbable comeback by grabbing two second half goals. But the Ladies grabbed three more before the final whistle to clock up another highly impressive win.

In doing so, they upped their goal tally to 65 for the season, and maintained their position at the top of the South West Women's Combination table with seven wins from their opening nine games.


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25 October 2009 : Shrimpers Hit By Transfer Embargo
League One side Southend United have been hit by a transfer embargo by the Football League. The Shrimpers were first made aware of their problem in the run up to their away match at Carlisle United when the League refused to sanction a loan extension for Wolverhampton Wanderers player George Friend.

Friend was forced to sit out yesterday's match in Cumbria, despite already being on the team bus heading up the M6 by the time the League's refusal came in.

Southend's problems stem from them being hit by HMRC (aka the Taxman) back in June by a Court Petition for £690,000 in taxes to be paid to make up a shortfall in legacy taxes. The court hearing was adjourned until October 28th - this coming Wednesday - and presumably HMRC have pulled some strings in the Football League on the basis that the secondary hearing is imminent.

The Football League passed a ruling during its June AGM that "any club that falls behind with its employee related payments to HMRC will be subject to a transfer embargo until such time the debt is cleared" and it would appear that Southend have become one of the early casualties of the new ruling.

As for Wednesday's court hearing, Media Officer David Scriven has told the Southend Echo that he doesn't see the prospect of a 'winding-up order' as being a major concern to the club:

"Southend United FC has had a winding-up petition issued against them by HMRC since July and this information has been in the public domain since that time. The petition was adjourned until Wednesday at which time the club will attend a further hearing at the High Court."


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25 October 2009 : FA Cup Complete First Round Draw : Glovers Get Oxford United
The FA Cup First Round Draw has taken place today, seeing all League One and League Two clubs enter the competition alongside the winners of the Fourth Qualifying Round stage. The draw has seen Yeovil Town drawn away to Oxford United.

Oxford are the current runaway leaders of the Conference National division and lie six points clear of the opposition. Their home form has been their strength, scoring 22 goals and conceding just three, winning seven out of their eight matches so far. Despite the 'non-league' tag, it's clear that they will not be a walkover by any stretch of the imagination. The two clubs last met back in January 2005, when Oxford gained a 2-1 win at the Kassam Stadium. Scott Guyett was our goalscorer with Tommy Mooney and Craig Davies (yes, that one!) the scorers for the home side.

The Glovers have never beaten an Oxford United side on their home patch - the last time Yeovil beat the club itself was under Oxford's previous moniker of Headington United and even then you have to go back to 1951.

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on or around Saturday 7th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, with the exception of a scattering selected for live television broadcast, or those where the local policing authorities pull rank on the timing of the fixture.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

Gillingham v Southend United
Grimsby Town v Bath City
Gateshead v Brentford
Chesterfield v AFC Bournemouth
Blyth Spartans or Telford United v Lincoln City
Stockport County v Tooting and Mitcham United or Eastbourne Borough
Burton Albion v Oxford City
Barrow or Chester City v Eastleigh
Oldham Athletic v Leeds United
Lincoln United or Cambridge United v Ilkeston Town
York City v Crewe Alexandra
Wycombe Wanderers v Brighton and Hove Albion
Hereford United v Sutton United
Nuneaton Town v Exeter City
Bristol Rovers v Southampton
Carlisle United v Morecambe
Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town
Oxford United v Yeovil Town
Paulton Rovers v Norwich City
Swindon Town v Woking
Port Vale v Stevenage Borough
Luton Town v Rochdale
Bromley v Colchester United
Accrington Stanley v Farnborough or Salisbury City
Millwall v Crawley Town or AFC Wimbledon
Stourbridge v Walsall
Shrewsbury Town v Staines Town
Wealdstone v Rotherham United
Torquay United v Cheltenham Town
Barnet v Darlington
Notts County v Bradford City
Huddersfield Town v Dagenham and Redbridge
Milton Keynes Dons v Macclesfield Town
Rushden and Diamonds v Hinckley United
Northwich Victoria v Charlton Athletic
Aldershot Town v Bury
Wrexham v Gloucester City or Lowestoft Town
Hartlepool United v Kettering Town or Redditch United
Tranmere Rovers v Leyton Orient
Northampton Town v Kidderminster Harriers or Fleetwood Town

Link: 2009-10 F.A. Cup Dates

Link: FA Reduce Competition Payments

Link: Yeovil Town's Complete FA Cup Record

Link: Previous Meetings Between Oxford United and Yeovil Town.

Link: Previous Meetings Between Headington United and Yeovil Town.


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25 October 2009 : Glovers Banish Away Day Blues
Yesterday's match saw a series of ducks broken and records extended as part of Yeovil Town's 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers, including an eight month wait for an away day win.

The first and most obvious was Terrell Forbes scoring his first ever Football League goal. Terrell made his Football League debut on October 19th 1999 - just over 10 years ago - whilst he was a West Ham United player on loan to AFC Bournemouth. Given the opposition for his debut match were Bristol Rovers, it's entirely appropriate that they should be the opposition for him to net his first strike. The BBC quoted it was Terrell's 369th appearance in professional football in a career also spanning Queens Park Rangers, Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic, and whilst we're sure there will be some local variation according to the source of those appearance stats, it's safe to say that Terrell has been waiting for a very long time for that moment, with the event even getting a mention on last night's Football League Show.

Second event worthy of note, was that it was manager Terry Skiverton's first away win, and the club's first on their travels since Russell Slade's last game in charge on February 14th against Peterborough United. Yeovil's 3-1 away win on that day was followed by 15 away matches without a win, of which 14 were on Skiverton's watch. Yesterday's win breaks that run encompassing over eight months of winless football on the road. Given that barren run started at Bristol Rovers with a 3-0 defeat at the Memorial on February 17th, it's entirely appropriate for it to be ended at the same venue.

Less obvious, is that yesterday's 2-1 win represented the club's first comeback from a goal down to win an away game since February 2007. That was all the way up in Cumbria where the Glovers battled back from 1-0 down to beat Carlisle United by a 4-1 scoreline. That was a run of 71 away matches without turning around the game after falling behind.

The win also put the Glovers into a run of form that has seen them go six games without a defeat. The last time Yeovil Town managed such an unbeaten run was across December 2006 and January 2007, when wins over Gillingham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crewe Alexandra and Huddersfield Town were added to by draws with Northampton Town and Bradford City. If the Glovers avoid defeat up at Leeds United next Saturday, it will become the club's longest unbeaten run since entering League One. It may take a bit more to grab the record since entering the Football League - a run of nine consecutive wins in all competitions was set by the club in League Two across December 2004 and January 2005 and that one will be very hard to beat.

Link: 2009-10 League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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24 October 2009 : CoE Development Training Day Cancelled
For those parents and players involved in the Centre of Excellence Development Training Day planned for tomorrow, you now will safely get your extra hour in bed tonight. The bad weather has put paid to any possible usage of Carey's Field, and the Training Day has now been cancelled.


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24 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Match Report
Torquay United's Under 18s side got stark revenge for their 8-2 thrashing earlier in the season by grabbing a 1-3 away win over Yeovil Town's youth side at Carey's Field this morning. The Glovers crashed despite holding the lion's share of the possession during the match, with the Gulls emphatic on the counter-attack every time Yeovil lost possession.

The first half saw Yeovil dominate, with an early Ciaran Levet strike well saved by Gulls keeper Grant Fisher. But against the run of play, Torquay sprung the offside trap, with Ashley Yeoman breaking through on goal. The expected linesman's flag never came and Yeoman slotted past Steve Boore. Three minutes later matters went from bad to worse when Rob Hemmings took advantage of a slip by home keeper Boore, giving Torquay a 2-0 half time lead.

An hour into the game and the visitors were out of sight. A couple of substitutions had forced a shuffle around of Yeovil's personnel and left-winger Ciaran Levet lost possession whilst playing in the left-back slot, as Ray Spear robbed him of the ball and Ashley Yeoman grabbed his second and Torquay's third.

Yeovil responded by switching to three at the back with the trio of Sam Ford, Rhys Baggridge and Ciaran Levet acting as centre-backs. They grabbed a goal back with 15 minutes remaining when a handball saw Yeovil grab a spot kick, with Johnny Oliver taking advantage to pull things back to 3-1.

But that was as good as it got, and Torquay's pace and directness on goal eventually proved superior to Yeovil's precision passing skills that rarely resulted in the final ball needed. On the positive side, Tom Hopkins and Johnny Oliver had solid games in midfield, whilst Steve Boore made several excellent saves to keep the scoreline down - in the end there was little doubt that Torquay deserved their win.

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

Scorers: Ashley Yeoman (34 mins, 0-1), Rob Hemmings (37 mins, 0-2), Ashley Yeoman (62 mins, 0-3), Johnny Oliver (75 mins, pen, 1-3).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Sam Ford 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Steve Harris 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Johnny Oliver 8. Tom Hopkins 9. Robert Clowes 10. Adam Wakley 11. Ciaran Levet.

Substitutes: 12. Sam Lanahan (65 mins for Steve Harris) GK. Alex Sprake 14. Tyler Sheppard (55 mins for Joe Grimstead) 15. Lloyd Matthews (55 mins for Tom Gallagher) 16. Lewis Clarke.

Torquay Bookings: Ray Spear (59 mins, foul), Ed Palmer (76 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Ford (70 mins, foul), Rhys Baggridge (81 mins).


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24 October 2009 : Rovers 1 Yeovil 2 : Nice One Terrell!
Central defender Terrell Forbes broke a career duck today in the best possible way, by scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. He scored a 64th minute close range effort that saw the Glovers come back from a Chris Dickson goal for the home side at the start of the second half. Substitute Jonathan Obika scored with his first touch when he headed home from a free kick, but there's little doubt that Forbes will be the one grabbing the headlines this week.

Team selection was as simple as you like for manager Terry Skiverton. With Craig Davies ending his loan spell by returning to Brighton and Hove Albion, there was space for Jonathan Obika on the bench and that was the one and only change as Yeovil sought to extend a five game unbeaten run.

It certainly took them an age to come out of the blocks. The first 20 minutes was all about Bristol Rovers, who were playing down the slope and with the wind at their backs. The Glovers rarely created a chance all half, but Rovers squandered several along the way. Worst culprit had to be Jeff Hughes. Put through by Jo Kuffour, he looked a good few yards offside but the linesman's flag never came, and Hughes inexplicably sliced the attempt wide of the target.

Aaron Lescott, Hughes again, Chris Lines and Byron Anthony all had chances, but bar Anthony's effort which was blocked by a combination of Alex McCarthy and Steven Caulker, the Gas seemed to be making good work of testing the car alarms in the car park more than McCarthy's goal net.

At the other end, Yeovil's opportunities were almost non-existent, although referee Neil Swarbrick surely had to make some kind of a decision when Ryan Mason went down in the box. The Glovers player's fall to the floor was certainly emphatic and if Mr Swarbrick didn't think Mason's appeals were legitimate, then a yellow card for a dive seemed a formality in the circumstances. Instead he gave neither and the decision appeared to be a cop-out from both sides' viewpoints.

It took Yeovil 42 minutes to have any shot on goal of any description. A ball into the side netting and a Scott Murray long range effort that was gleefully jeered at by Bristolians from the blue half of the City was all that Yeovil could count, and they were probably a bit fortunate that Rovers' finishing was so wasteful at the other end.

Having weathered the storm, in both senses of the word, the Glovers had the strong wind at their backs in the second period, and so will have been deeply disappointed that the advantage of the elements counted for nothing just 60 seconds into the second period. A Stuart Campbell corner was flicked on by Danny Coles and Chris Dickson smashed home the loose ball to put the home side 1-0 up.

It was difficult to see Yeovil getting back into the game as they huffed and puffed, all until a fairly ineffective Scott Murray was taken off in favour of Jonathan Obika. The Rovers fans sarcastically cheered and jeered the former Bristol City player, who probably hadn't had the kind of game back in Bristol that he would have wanted to have. But the smile was wiped entirely off Rovers' fans faces, when straight from the free kick that was waiting to be taken, Andy Welsh curled in a real beauty, and Obika's glancing header put Yeovil level with his first touch. Nice sub, Skivo!

If that provoked joy in the away end, three minutes later, it turned into delirium. Rovers were guilty of conceding a large number of second half fouls in needless situations, and another set piece in a near identical position was again whipped in by Mr Assist, Andy Welsh. The flicked header looked to have a lesser outcome, until Terrell Forbes stuck a leg out right in front of goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen and the ball inched its way over the line for Terrell's first ever professional goal. With wild eyes and a crazed beaming smile, he ran up the line past the Yeovil supporters and straight into the arms of Terry Skiverton and the rest of the Yeovil bench. Nice one Terrell! Definitely one of those 'I was there' moments. More importantly, three minutes after the tactical change, the game had been turned on its head.

A third Andy Welsh free kick from an identical position was greeted by Rovers players in the same way as a batsman facing a bowler on a hat-trick, but Rovers survived. They in turn made their own substitutions to try and change the game, but were not so fortunate as the game swung from end to end. A few brave blocks by Yeovil defenders kept the wolves at bay, but in reality it was the Glovers who had the best chances to grab an additional goal, with both Jonathan Obika and Shaun MacDonald having great opportunities tipped away by home keeper Mikkel Andersen.

In the end a victory that the second half performance deserved, even if once again it was a game of two halves. The windy conditions had a lot to do with that though, as did the excellence of Andy Welsh's wicked deliveries, along with that priceless moment from Terrell Forbes. The win moves the Glovers up to 12th position in the League One table, and even though it's some League One minnow called Leeds United the club are facing next weekend, they will go into that match relaxed and confident, and for the moment at least they have no need to look over their shoulders at what is behind them in the table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Chris Dickson (1-0, 46 mins), Jonathan Obika (1-1, 61 mins), Terrell Forbes (1-2, 64 mins)

Bristol Rovers: (4-4-2)
27. Mikkel Andersen
2. Carl Regan 15. Byron Anthony 5. Danny Coles 32. Aaron Lescott (79)
11. Jeff Hughes 4. Chris Lines (45) 7. Stuart Campbell 3. Mark Wright (61)
17. Jo Kuffour 9. Chris Dickson

Substitutes:
51. Rhys Evans (GK) 8. Andrew Williams (61 mins for Mark Wright) 10. Darryl Duffy 6. Steve Elliott 20. Charles Reece 23. Ben Swallow (79 mins for Aaron Lescott) 16. Dominic Blizzard (45 mins for Chris Lines)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh (83 mins for Andy Welsh) 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (59 mins for Scott Murray) 28. Nathan Smith

Rovers Bookings: Byron Anthony (69 mins, foul), Stuart Campbell (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (44 mins, foul)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). Assistants: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and SJ Martin (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: MD Rowley (Berkshire).

Attendance: 7,812 (including 686 Yeovil supporters).


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24 October 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following this afternoon's 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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24 October 2009 : What A Load Of Balls - Revised
After today's Fourth Qualifying Round results the following clubs will be entering tomorrow's draw for the F.A. Cup First Round Proper. The balls will be pulled out of whatever receptacle (nowt wrong with the old velvet bag) is deemed appropriate by ITV live in a programme beginning Sunday 1.00 p.m.

1 Accrington Stanley
2 AFC Bournemouth
3 Aldershot Town
4 Barnet
5 Bradford City
6 Brentford
7 Brighton & Hove Albion
8 Bristol Rovers
9 Burton Albion
10 Bury
11 Carlisle United
12 Charlton Athletic
13 Cheltenham Town
14 Chesterfield
15 Colchester United
16 Crewe Alexandra
17 Dagenham & Redbridge
18 Darlington
19 Exeter City
20 Gillingham
21 Grimsby Town
22 Hartlepool United
23 Hereford United
24 Huddersfield Town
25 Leeds United
26 Leyton Orient
27 Lincoln City
28 Macclesfield Town
29 Millwall
30 Milton Keynes Dons
31 Morecambe
32 Northampton Town
33 Norwich City
34 Notts County
35 Oldham Athletic
36 Port Vale
37 Rochdale
38 Rotherham United
39 Shrewsbury Town
40 Southampton
41 Southend United
42 Stockport County
43 Swindon Town
44 Torquay United
45 Tranmere Rovers
46 Walsall
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 YEOVIL TOWN
49 Hinckley United
50 Nuneaton Town
51 Wrexham
52 Gateshead
53 Rushden & Diamonds
54 Mansfield Town
55 Stourbridge
56 Blyth Spartans or AFC Telford United
57 Ilkeston Town
58 Lincoln United or Cambridge United
59 Kettering Town or Redditch United
60 Northwich Victoria
61 Barrow or Chester City
62 Kidderminster Harriers or Fleetwood Town
63 York City
64 Woking
65 Gloucester City or Lowestoft Town
66 Farnborough or Salisbury City
67 Forest Green Rovers
68 Crawley Town or AFC Wimbledon
69 Oxford City
70 Bromley
71 Stevenage Borough
72 Wealdstone
73 Eastleigh
74 Staines Town
75 Luton Town
76 Oxford United
77 Bath City
78 Paulton Rovers
79 Tooting & Mitcham United or Eastbourne Borough
80 Sutton United

Ties to be played Saturday 7th November, aside from the fixtures moved for television purposes - so that will be Leeds United versus some other team as one of those then.

Link: What A Load Of (FA Cup) Balls

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw Arrangements

Link: 2009-10 F.A. Cup Dates

Link: FA Reduce Competition Payments

Link: Yeovil Town's Complete FA Cup Record


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24 October 2009 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Man of the Match Voting Form
If you were at this afternoon's match against Bristol Rovers then don't forget to choose your Man of the Match. Nominate your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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24 October 2009 : Team News For The Bristol Rovers Game
Yeovil Town have made just one change to last Saturday's side for this afternoon's match against Bristol Rovers. Even then the change is on the bench with Jonathan Obika replacing Craig Davies as the 5th loan player with Davies returning to Brighton. The full team line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika 28. Nathan Smith


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24 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s were in action today against Torquay United in a Youth Alliance League fixture at Carey's Field. The game ended with a 1-3 home defeat. A full match report will appear on this site later today.


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24 October 2009 : McCarthy Wants To Stay For A Full Season
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has said that he would like to spend the full year at Huish Park if the powers that be allow him to. The Reading custodian is on loan at Huish Park until January, but the implication has always been that the Glovers could discuss an extention to that loan period with the Championship side.

McCarthy told the Western Daily Press that his ideal scenario would be to spend the whole season on loan, but to then either break into Reading's first team or push for another loan deal at Championship level:

"I did not play much football last season so when the time came I was desperate to get out on loan. The opportunity came up and I took it straight away. The main thing I need to do is play games and progress, so that is what I am doing now and really enjoying it. As the season goes on, I want to progress more and more. Obviously being still 19 I have got quite a lot of years ahead of me. I have had a good start to the campaign so hopefully I can carry on throughout the season. With me hopefully playing for the whole season then maybe I can go back and play for Reading, or go out on loan in the Championship. I definitely want to be playing; that is the main thing."

If you spot McCarthy having a long chat with his opposite number at Bristol Rovers today, don't be too surprised. Rovers are likely to field Mikkel Andersen between the sticks, who is also from the same parent club. It would therefore be a bit of a shock if Reading's goalkeeper coach Sal Bibbo is not sat in the stand today watching the pair perform.


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24 October 2009 : Carlisle Man of the Match Result
Last week's match against Carlisle United saw the Glovers notch up a 3-1 win with a flourishing first half performance. Whilst two-goal hero Ryan Mason seemed the obvious choice for a Man of the Match, the Match Sponsors threw a curveball by nominating Shaun MacDonald as their choice.

In our Man of the Match poll, both players were streets ahead of the rest but in the end Ryan nudged his way ahead over Shaun, reflecting the Football League's nominationg in their Team of the Week.

Full results and outright MOTM votes, can be viewed via the link below. Man of the Match voting for today's game against Bristol Rovers will be open immediately after the final whistle - follow the link at the foot of this form.

1 Ryan Mason 454 (31)
2 Shaun MacDonald 420 (28)
3 Craig Alcock 122 (5)
4 Sam Williams 120 (5)
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 118 (6)
6 Alex McCarthy 68 (1)
7 Steven Caulker 54 (0)
8 Terrell Forbes 44 (2)
9 Andy Welsh 32 (2)
10 Scott Murray 6 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.00

Performance: 7.98
Entertainment: 8.03

VOTES RECEIVED: 80

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


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23 October 2009 : Skivo Previews The Bristol Rovers Match
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers, manager Terry Skiverton has been talking to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Talks To The BBC In The Lead-Up To The Bristol Rovers Game.


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23 October 2009 : Stam Still Stalling On Comeback
Yeovil Town's central defender Stefan Stam appears to still be hitting brick walls in his attempts to get his current knee injury cleared up. The former Oldham Athletic player has played just one full league game since August 15th, and has found his knee to be a persistent problem since his arrival in Somerset.

The club have tried a variety of treatments on the injury in the month that has gone past since his last full appearance, but to no avail. Manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that the club are now having to try another line of attack to try and get the problem resolved:

"I think it's still a little bit of the same. Stefan is off for an injection in his knee today, so we've gone as far as we could with it. We've been doing these different treatments but it doesn't seem to have worked. So we are going down a bit of a different road now and he's going to have a steroid injection and hopefully he will be all right to train next week."


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23 October 2009 : Youth Team Venue Switched Again
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had their playing venue switched once again. Their match tomorrow against Torquay United in the Youth Alliance League has headed back to Carey's Field in Sherborne. Kick-off is now 11.00a.m. and admission to the game is free.

If you've not been to Carey's Playing Field before, directions are available on our August 20th news item.


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23 October 2009 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip up the A37 tomorrow, where they will take on local rivals Bristol Rovers in a League One fixture. This is the Glovers' shortest away trip of the season and partly due to local radio and television boundaries, probably represents the club's biggest derby game of the season.

The Gas have been a surprise package in League One this season. Much has been made in the past of Rickie Lambert's goals and their reliance upon the big target man for their results. Even Rovers fans on many a radio phone-in predicted doom'n'gloom whenever the prospect of their talisman being linked with other clubs. So when Lambert finally disappeared off to Southampton in August, a few Gasheads probably held their breath.

The end result - so far, at least - has probably been one of "Rickie who?" as far from sending them plunging down the table, his departure appears to have allowed different players to step up to the plate and a slightly different playing style to be adopted. At present they sit in 5th place and seven points ahead of the Glovers, although until they lost their last two matches, a top three slot was theirs, as they threatened to break past front runners Leeds United and Charlton Athletic.

A 5-1 defeat at Norwich City though has brought normality back to the Mem, and they probably didn't appreciate having to stew on that result for a fortnight, with no game on the recent international weekend. A 2-1 defeat at Southend United followed and Rovers will be hoping that home comforts count for something, having not had a match in Bristol for a whole month now.

The Gas have very polarised home and away form. Whilst on their travels they've seen 26 goals scored and conceded, their five home games have seen just six scored and three conceded, and their last home defeat was on the opening game of the season. Scores of 1-0, 2-0, 1-0 and 1-1 have pointed to tight games being won by the odd goal and perhaps significantly the Gas have only failed to score in one match so far this season - a JPT game at Hereford United.

That will mean keeping a clean sheet will be a difficult prospect for the Glovers, even if they have proved lately that they are capable of doing just that, with shut-outs at Millwall and Oldham Athletic. They've tended to do that without a fair bit of the attacking flow of home matches, but have looked increasingly comfortable at being able to chip away and pick up points on their travels - even if that elusive away win still evades manager Terry Skiverton.

They go into the match without long term injury victims Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) and as far as we are aware, there's still no word on defender Stefan Stam's knee problem. Otherwise, there are no new injury problems that we're aware of. Jonathan Obika should return to the squad, given that Craig Davies is now back at Brighton and Hove Albion (see below) but otherwise it's difficult to see any other unforced changes being made to last Saturday's squad.

For Rovers, they are definitely without Ben Hunt who is missing due to a calf injury. Aaron Lescott and Jeff Hughes missed a couple of days training this week due to minor knocks, whilst defender Danny Coles makes his return after missing last weekend's defeat at Southend United due to illness. The latter means manager Paul Trollope faces a dilemma, with Steve Elliott having deputised for Coles during the game at Roots Hall. Trollope has inferred that he may make some changes on the back of their recent two defeats, but unsurprisingly hasn't hinted as to what they might be.

The last meeting between the two sides was back in February when a 3-0 defeat for the Glovers represented their first loss against a Bristol Rovers side in the Football League. The match took place in the wake of former manager Russell Slade's depature from the club and represented Steve Thompson's one and only match in charge before he was also given the push. David Pipe, Darryl Duffy and Rickie Lambert made it all a bit too easy for the Gas. Equally, the Glovers have only won once in the league at the Memorial, with a Nick Crittenden long-ranger all the way back in December 2003 representing their only scalp.

In between, there was a tempestuous 2-2 draw in October 2004, that saw four goals, two red cards, a spot of half time tea-throwing and a triple FA charge for former Rovers boss Ian Atkins. Those days appear to be long gone, with an entirely civil build-up to tomorrow's match. Although as we all know, all it will take is for a controversial goal or refereeing decision to ignite such a match.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow and obviously both BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol will be providing coverage of the game. The current expectation is that there will be tickets available from the Memorial Stadium on the day of the game, although keep an eye out for any late changes to that policy. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide to Bristol Rovers can be found below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Rovers Boss Praises Glovers Counterpart.

Link: Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Away Travel Club Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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23 October 2009 : Davies Becomes A Seagull Again
The Brighton Argus is reporting that on loan striker Craig Davies will not feature for Yeovil Town against Bristol Rovers tomorrow. The paper states that the Brighton and Hove Albion player has returned from his loan at Huish Park "48 hours early", stating that he was "not in contention" to play in tomorrow's game against Bristol Rovers.

Given that Davies is now back at the Withdean - he won't be allowed to play for Brighton tomorrow in their match against Oldham Athletic due to league loan rules - it can be probably assumed that Yeovil Town will not be extending his loan.


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23 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Glovers On A Roll
Ahead of tomorrow's Bristol Rovers match at the Memorial Stadium, Taff is here to provide his own slant on the local derby. Along with his own experience and opinion of away matches. He also takes a bite of something that he doesn't quite like the taste of. All can be found in the latest update on Taff's Gloversblog by clicking on the link below, with alternative views welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Glovers On A Roll.


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23 October 2009 : Bowditch Ramps Up His Comeback Schedule
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch is now being partially integrated into first team training at Huish Park. The former Ipswich Town man dislocated his shoulder on the opening day of the 2009-10 season and has not played since a poor tackle in the game against Tranmere Rovers saw him needing an operation to repair the damage done to his shoulder.

Bowditch is now back in training on the Huish Park training ground, although as yet is not involved in full team training sessions. Manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is confident that Bowditch will be able to return to full contact training soon:

"He is very close now. He was involved heavily in the training today (Thursday). We are erring on the side of caution rather than him being able to do full contact. He's not doing full contact at the minute, but he's looking very sharp and every time he is doing more and more with the boys and we don't see him as being very far off now."

The expectation is for Bowditch to return to full training at some point during November. There's no firm targets set for a return to the field of play yet, but it would appear that a pre-Christmas first team comeback is comfortably on the cards.


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22 October 2009 : Skiverton Checks Out Spurs Lodge
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he spent the whole of Monday with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. The Glovers boss travelled up to London along with Spurs trio Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker, who were returning to their parent club as part of an ongoing agreement with the Glovers for them to get occasional reassessment.

Skiverton used the three players' return as a chance to visit Spurs Lodge in Chigwell to watch his players get put through their paces under the eye of Tottenham coaching staff and he told BBC Somerset that it was a really good day spent there:

"The lads from Tottenham went back earlier in the week and had a couple of days back at their parent club. The relationship (with Spurs) is working really well, so that they can get a little bit of feedback on them. I actually went into Tottenham Hotspur myself on Monday just to see the set-up that they've got down there and I had a chat with some of the coaches and just to give a little bit of feedback to them on how the lads are doing with us. It was a really productive day."

Whilst Obika played in a Tuesday afternoon Reserve Team Match and Caulker and Mason stayed up in London, Skiverton said that his squad still had plenty of time to get in some good training sessions in preparation for Saturday's trip to Bristol Rovers:

"We've been in training ourselves this week though and the lads are full of confidence going into Saturday's game. We're looking very good at the moment and we've had a good week's training under our belts."


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22 October 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
For those who are heading up the A37 for our shortest away match of the season, the Ciderspace guide to Bristol Rovers is now available. Containing a potted history, ticketing information, directions, past meetings, a pub guide and almost everything you need to know about the city of Brizzle, the guide is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.


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22 October 2009 : Brislington Admission Prices Set
Further to our October 16th article, admission prices for Yeovil Town Reserves' County Cup match against Brislington have been set. Prices for the match, which will take place at Huish Park on Wednesday 11th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, are as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under 16s and Seniors: £2.00.

Just the Main Stand will be open for this tie and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the night from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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22 October 2009 : Davies Loan Spell Due To End
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Craig Davies will play the last match of his single month loan spell on Saturday, when the club travel to Bristol Rovers. The Brighton and Hove Albion player has yet to score during his time at Huish Park, although has been used as a right-winger for a number of those matches.

Davies was brought in as cover for Jonathan Obika whilst he was in Egypt with the England under-20s squad, but kept the Tottenham Hotspur striker out of the squad during Saturday's match against Carlisle United. Brighton would be willing to see Davies' loan extended given that they would then be able to exercise a 24 hour loan recall clause on any subsequent deals with the Glovers, but the issue for manager Terry Skiverton is that it would leave him having to squeeze six loan players into five available slots, with Obika and Davies the most likely to risk being dropped.

Regardless of Skiverton's final decision, which will come after Saturday's match at the Memorial Stadium, he told the Western Gazette that he'd have no hesitation in giving the Welshman the thumbs up:

"He has been fantastic for us and it is his last game for us on Saturday so we will just have to wait and see what happens after that. He is a good lad and I think maybe in the past he has been a little misunderstood. He has only been a joy so far to coach and to manage, and me and (assistant manager) Nathan Jones have had a really good experience with him. Craig has put in some very good performances for Yeovil, especially at Millwall and Oldham."


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22 October 2009 : Rovers Boss Praises Glovers Counterpart
Back in the days of Ian Atkins being in charge at the Memorial Stadium, Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers would have been stoked up to the maximum by now. Instead, here we are just 48 hours before the local derby against Yeovil Town is due to take place, and barely a whimper about the game.

Instead, Atkins' successor Paul Trollope has decided to turn up the temperature by ... saying lots of nice things about Yeovil Town and their manager Terry Skiverton. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the Rovers boss has said that Skivo did well to steady the ship after Russell Slade's controversial exit from Huish Park:

"He took it in almost bizarre circumstances when Russell (Slade) left. He kept them afloat last year and got the results to keep them in the division when it was a close-run thing. But they've started off very very well. Their budget is tight, but he's used the loan market very well. I think he's added some very good players and I think their results over the last month have shown that. So he is doing a good job and I think with both him and his assistant being very young, that they've coped very well."

As for Trollope's own team, they are coming into Saturday's match on the back of two defeats, with a rather painful 5-1 defeat at Norwich City being followed up by a 2-1 defeat at Southend United. The Rovers manager said that with his side about to play four home matches in their next five league games, he may be tempted into making changes to his side:

"We've had a lot of away games, but now we come into a run of home games against opposition from different parts of the table, so it will be an interesting period, but a period where we really think that we can consolidate a place in the top six. That will be the aim. In terms of team selection, after two defeats, obviously there are a lot of things in my mind and a lot of opportunities. We are going to look into training and how people perform and that will certainly be the case this week."


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21 October 2009 : Roberts Nets For Seagulls Reserves
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has scored two goals in two games since arriving on trial with League One rivals Brighton and Hove Albion. Roberts is currently going through a period of rehabilitation at the Withdean Stadium since undergoing a residential stay at the Sporting Chance Clinic for alcohol and gambling addictions.

Certainly on the field of play at least, everything appears to be going well for the 22 year old. He scored yesterday with a left-footed angled drive in a Brighton Reserves match against Brentford at Griffin Park, and had last week netted a spectacular long range effort against Leyton Orient.

At present there is no contract on the table for the former Crewe Alexandra trainee, who left Huish Park in August, but Brighton have described his stay with the club as a trial, which will doubtless be looking even more at his off the field rehabilitation just as much as his undoubted on the field ability.


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21 October 2009 : Final Day For Rovers Advance Tickets Tomorrow
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers are only on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until the end of tomorrow. All seated tickets have now sold out, meaning that only the standing open terrace is available. These will be sold from the club until Thursday at 5.00p.m. and even then only if these do not sell out before then.

As of 4.20p.m. on Wednesday, there were still terrace tickets available. Give the Huish Park Ticket Office a ring on 01935-847888 or pop around in person. Note that with a National Postal Strike starting tomorrow, you should factor this in to all of your future ticketing purchases until further notice. The club will allow ticket collection from the Memorial Stadium for any tickets purchased from Huish Park.

This game is not an all ticket fixture, but ticket prices do go up on the day of the match and are of course subject to availability.

For full ticketing details, and associated travel, see the earlier news items below.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Away Travel Club Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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21 October 2009 : What A Load Of (FA Cup) Balls
The Football Association have published the ball numbers for Sunday's FA Cup First Round draw. The Glovers have been given Ball 48 and will go into the draw that will be broadcast live on ITV as part of a programme starting at 1.00p.m.

The Glovers will be looking to improve upon some fairly miserable showings in recent seasons with exits at the hands of Rushden and Diamonds, Torquay United and Stockport County. Their last victory in the competition was the 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town in November 2005.

All Fourth Qualifying Round matches are due to be played on Saturday afternoon, with the exception of Lincoln United's match against Cambridge United which has been held back until the Sunday.

In terms of local interest, Bath City, Paulton Rovers and Salisbury City are still in at the Fourth Round stage, although with the draw being made on a national basis and unseeded, the Glovers could just as easily get Carlisle United, Workington, Blyth Spartans, Barrow or Gateshead!

For the list of ball numbers see below. For full competition round dates, prize money, Yeovil Town's complete historical record in the FA Cup and details of Sunday's ITV programme, see the set of links at the foot of this article.

1 Accrington Stanley
2 AFC Bournemouth
3 Aldershot Town
4 Barnet
5 Bradford City
6 Brentford
7 Brighton & Hove Albion
8 Bristol Rovers
9 Burton Albion
10 Bury
11 Carlisle United
12 Charlton Athletic
13 Cheltenham Town
14 Chesterfield
15 Colchester United
16 Crewe Alexandra
17 Dagenham & Redbridge
18 Darlington
19 Exeter City
20 Gillingham
21 Grimsby Town
22 Hartlepool United
23 Hereford United
24 Huddersfield Town
25 Leeds United
26 Leyton Orient
27 Lincoln City
28 Macclesfield Town
29 Millwall
30 Milton Keynes Dons
31 Morecambe
32 Northampton Town
33 Norwich City
34 Notts County
35 Oldham Athletic
36 Port Vale
37 Rochdale
38 Rotherham United
39 Shrewsbury Town
40 Southampton
41 Southend United
42 Stockport County
43 Swindon Town
44 Torquay United
45 Tranmere Rovers
46 Walsall
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town
49 Hinckley United or Histon
50 Nuneaton Town or Kendal Town
51 FC Halifax Town or Wrexham
52 Gateshead or Southport
53 Workington or Rushden & Diamonds
54 Mansfield Town or Altrincham
55 Buxton or Stourbridge
56 Blyth Spartans or AFC Telford United
57 Ilkeston Town or Tamworth
58 Lincoln United or Cambridge United
59 Kettering Town or Redditch United
60 Northwich Victoria or FC United of Manchester
61 Barrow or Chester City
62 Kidderminster Harriers or Fleetwood Town
63 York City or Bedworth United
64 Hendon or Woking
65 Gloucester City or Lowestoft Town
66 Farnborough or Salisbury City
67 Mangotsfield United or Forest Green Rovers
68 Crawley Town or AFC Wimbledon
69 Oxford City or Bury Town
70 Bromley or Ebbsfleet United
71 Chelmsford City or Stevenage Borough
72 Aylesbury or Wealdstone
73 Dover Athletic or Eastleigh
74 Hayes and Yeading United or Staines Town
75 Luton Town or Grays Athletic
76 Oxford United or Thurrock
77 Bath City or AFC Totton
78 Paulton Rovers or Chippenham Town
79 Tooting and Mitcham United or Eastbourne Borough
80 Hampton and Richmond Borough or Sutton United

Link: 2009-10 FA Cup Round Dates.

Link: 2009-10 FA Cup Competition Prize Payments.

Link: Yeovil Town's Complete FA Cup Record.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw Arrangements.


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21 October 2009 : Hampshire Police Appeal For Witnesses
Hampshire police have released an appeal for information after two Yeovil Town supporters were attacked in an incident following the Glovers' 2-0 defeat against Southampton on September 19th. The view of Hampshire police is that two Glovers fans were involved in an "unprovoked attack" around 5.00p.m. with a 38 year old and a 17 year old being injured in the assault at the Six Dials junction between the ground and the railway station.

Hampshire police have already arrested five individuals associated with the incident and released them on bail pending further enquiries. However, they are also looking for three more people who they have captured on CCTV who they wish to interview about the assault.

Chief Superintendant Matthew Greening has said about the attack and other associated problems with other recent fixtures:

"A few idiots who like to be considered to be Saints fans seem intent on finding any chance they can to attack rival fans even without any provocation or reason. We've had some nasty incidents at recent games and working with the club we are going to stop it. We know who many of these people are and we are going after them. We'll charge them with crimes where the evidence exists or work with the club to secure court or club bans against them. We won’t let them ruin the reputation of the club or spoil the quality of true Saints fans and their loyal support."

Chief Crown Prosecutor Nick Hawkins has said that the Crown Prosecution Service are prepared to use the full extent of the law to bring those involved to justice:

"The CPS will prosecute violent fans and bring them before the courts whenever there is sufficient evidence to do so. We will seek Football Banning Orders to keep them away from grounds so they’re unable to disrupt further matches. Youths may also be made the subject of a Football Banning Order and should not assume that their age will work in their favour if they are prosecuted for football related offences. We want to ensure that members of the public who live and work close to football grounds are able to carry on their lives and businesses free from this kind of crime."

We're not expecting any Yeovil Town supporters to be able to identify the Southampton 'fans' involved but if anyone did witness the incident and can add any relevant information concerning the identity of those involved, then you should call the Operation Statistic team at Hulse Road on 01962 841534 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thankfully our experience of Yeovil Town's matches in both League One and League Two has been a pleasant and friendly one with Glovers fans enjoying an excellent reputation up and down the country. We'd therefore hope that this isolated incident can stay isolated and that Hampshire Police are able to bring those concerned to justice.


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20 October 2009 : Obika Plays For Spurs Reserves Side
Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Jonathan Obika has today played in a training match for parent club Tottenham Hotspur. The 19 year old returned to East London for a practice match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Spurs Lodge training ground.

Spurs won the match 3-0 with two strikes from Roman Pavlyuchenko and one from Dean Parrett. Winger Andros Townsend, who is now on loan at Leyton Orient, also featured in the Spurs side and Development Coach Clive Allen explained to the Spurs Official Site that this was part of the condition of Obika's and Townsend's Youth Loans:

"It was an excellent match for us and another training ground game that we've got a lot out of. We've players returning from injury including Jonathan Woodgate playing 90 minutes and the chance for some of the youth loan players to come in and play, that's part of their youth loan agreements and that has worked well for us."

Obika did not feature in last weekend's Yeovil Town match against Carlisle United due to restrictions on the numbers of loan players a club can select in a matchday squad. The training match will therefore be well timed to ensure he keeps his fitness levels up.


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20 October 2009 : Youth Alliance Cup Group Match Gets Rearranged
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had their Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Plymouth Argyle's Under 18s rearranged. The match, which was postponed last month, will now be played on Saturday 28th November at Alvington in Yeovil.

The match is Yeovil's final game in the group stages and could easily present a bizarre scenario. With both sides having already qualified for the Second Round stage. The second round phase will take place on November 7th meaning that one or both teams could easily be out of the tournament whilst having to track back to the First Round stage.

For the Glovers they definitely will have something to aim for. With all other Group Stage matches having been played, they know that winning the match on the 28th will guarantee that they will finish top of the group.


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20 October 2009 : MacDonald Modest On MOTM Award
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has admitted he would have had no qualms if one of his other team-mates had got Man of the Match on Saturday. Whilst the Swansea City player was happy to accept the accolades from the Match Sponsor, he told BBC Somerset that two goal hero Ryan Mason deserved credit for his significant contribution to the game as part of the 3-1 win over Carlisle United:

"Ryan was probably up there as Man of the Match with me. It goes to show that he has got great ability. They were two good finishes and they were probably the hardest ones in that they were one-on-ones, but he slotted them in the corner and took them very well. But it's not just Ryan as there are a lot of good promising youngsters who the gaffer has got on loan and they are proving and showing everybody that they are good enough for this standard."

Shaun was fresh back from international duty with Wales during midweek that saw him travel to Liechtenstein with the full national squad. Although he didn't get onto the field of play, he said that he still enjoyed the whole trip:

"It was a great experience for me, as I'm still young. I've just got to keep working hard and hopefully I'll get my chance and get my first cap pretty soon. I think that Alan Curtis came up (on Saturday) from Swansea (for the Carlisle game) and it's great for me to show people what I can still do. Obviously today I felt that in the first half I had a pretty good game, so I'm happy."


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19 October 2009 : FA Youth Cup Gets Date Set
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie has had its date, time and venue set. The match against Swindon Town Under 18s will take place on Tuesday 3rd November with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The game will be played at the County Ground on Swindon's main pitch. We'd expect there to be an admission charge for this match.

Meanwhile the Youth Alliance Cup Second Round match between Bristol Rovers on the Saturday following will take place once again at the AXA Sports and Social Club in Bristol on 7th November. Note that this match has a 10.30a.m. kick-off.


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19 October 2009 : Admission Prices For Wazza vs Skivo
Admission prices and kick-off time for Wednesday week's trip to Wellington have been announced. The game takes place at the Playing Field in Wellington, Somerset on Wednesday 28th October and has been arranged between their manager Warren Patmore and Glovers manager Terry Skiverton to open their new floodlights.

Admission prices are £5.00 for adults and £3.50 for OAPs/children. There are also special group tickets available, with Wellington charging £15.00 for families of four and £25.00 for groups of six adults.

We're not 100 percent sure, but the implication is that the group tickets are only available in advance of the game, so anyone wanting to buy such a ticket should phone 07841-330543 or 07967-339625 for further details.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and although the primary focus will be the opening of Wellington's floodlights, which have cost them £30,000, along with a number of ground improvements, the Toolstation Premier Division side are celebrating a couple of other things on the night.

On the night, the club will be presented with a Community Club Award by the Somerset Football Association; the highest award possible under the Charter Standard scheme. They will also be celebrating the completion of the refurbishment of their clubhouse lounge, which no doubt Yeovil Town fans will be welcomed into (where they can hopefully find out what a clubhouse looks like!)

Wellington Chairman Ken Bird has hailed the completion of all three projects, as well as the standard of football his side are now playing and speaking to the Somerset County Gazette praised the progress he felt his club had made over recent years:

"This night will mark the culmination of a remarkable couple of years for Wellington AFC - both on and off the pitch. We have improved the standard of football at which we play, the number of teams we run and the overall quality of our facilities. None of this would have been achieved without a huge amount of hard work by everyone involved in the club and also support from our various grant providers and sponsors. Next Wednesday will be a chance for us to say thank-you to all of them at the same time as enjoying some quality football - we hope as many people as possible will come along."

Whilst there's been no suggestion of what sort of team Yeovil Town will field in next week's match, we'd hope that with there being no official Reserve Team side at Huish Park this season, and no midweek game to play, that the club will field an 'alternative XI' based upon those who don't take to the field on Saturday at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers. With the first team squad considerably bigger this season, that should leave room for a fairly strong side to take to the field, hopefully.


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19 October 2009 : Manager Marvels Over Magnificent Mason
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has heaped more praise upon double-goalscorer Ryan Mason after he set Yeovil on their way to a 3-1 win over bottom four side Carlisle United. Skiverton had already given the Tottenham Hotspur striker thumbs up in Saturday's post-match interview, but he has cited his partnership with target man Sam Williams as working perfectly as his bigger partner gave Mason the room to run onto the Carlisle back line:

"I think our passing and movement really created problems for them and they didn't really know how to deal with Ryan Mason in the hole. With Sam Williams pushing their back four really really deep, it gave Ryan an opportunity to pick up the ball and he has scored two magnificent goals."

Skiverton told the Western Morning News that he felt he now had a good balanced formation that allowed Mason to flourish, with the nested 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 formation with two holding midfielders giving him the ability to drive forward from an attacking midfield position:

"I've now got the players in to allow me to play a formation which suits him, one which I've always wanted to play. I can't remember a time when we've had a move as good as the one which led to Ryan's second goal, when he broke from the halfway line. He had a lot of time to think about the finish and Pidgeley tried to put him off, but he's one cool customer and he normally finds the back of the net. He's a good talent. He's still young and still developing and needs to grow into his body a bit more, but we're pleased with him and Tottenham are happy as well."


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19 October 2009 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's away match at Bristol Rovers have been announced. The main man in charge will be Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). For a local derby match, Lancashire is a big trek for a match referee, and it will come as little surprise that we've had few experiences of Mr Swarbrick in the middle.

Aside from two occasions when he has been running the line at Bury and Darlington, the only time we saw him as a match referee was the 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers that saw our first ever trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.

This was a frustrating stop-start match throughout anyway, but Mr Swarbrick probably didn't help the game flow by some minor irritances throughout the game that saw one too many unnecessary free kicks given. Nothing major to alter the outcome of the game, but certainly when Nathan Jones became the game's only booking for taking a free kick too quickly it rather summed up the night as a whole.

Mr Swarbrick will be assisted by Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and SJ Martin (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be MD Rowley (Berkshire).

Link: February 2007 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 October 2009 : Away Travel Club Arrangements For Bristol Rovers
The Away Travel Club are running transport to Saturday's away match at Bristol Rovers. The game takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 24th October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The cost of travel to anyone wanting to go will be £10.00 and they will be leaving from the Away End at Huish Park at 11.00a.m. Call Roger on 0781-6403982 if you want to reserve a seat. Most seats have already gone, so if you want to place a booking, do so quickly.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers (Terracing Only Available).

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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19 October 2009 : Ryan Mason Makes Team Of The Week
We would have been a tad annoyed if he hadn't been included. Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is the latest Glover to make it into the Football League's Team of the Week. The Tottenham Hotspur academy player is the club's 8th entry into the league's nominated eleven for League One.

Craig Alcock joined Ryan in the News of the World's own Team of the Week, after both put in strong performances in the 3-1 win over Carlisle United. The Football League's own version, which includes former Glovers keeper Scott Flinders as well as former trialist Sam Sodje, reads as follows:

Scott Flinders (Hartlepool)
Lloyd James (Southampton), Paul Robinson (Millwall), Sam Sodje (Charlton), Dean Lewington (Milton Keynes Dons)
Steve Jones (Walsall), Ryan Mason (Yeovil Town), John Welsh (Tranmere), Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool)
Lee Barnard (Southend), Neil Harris (Millwall)

Link: 12/10/2009 : Scott Murray In Team Of The Week.

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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19 October 2009 : Carlisle's Abbott Keeps His Job ... For Now
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott's position appears to be hanging precariously today, despite their club's hierarchy confirming that there would be no "knee-jerk reactions" to the Cumbrians' 3-1 defeat at Huish Park on Saturday. That loss has left Carlisle cemented in the relegation zone as well as seven games without a win, and the ease at which the Glovers got a two-goal first half lead has run alarm bells amongst Carlisle fans.

Speaking to the Carlisle News and Star, Chief Executive David Allen has confirmed that Abbott's position is safe, but his consideration of the Cumbrians' current situation hardly paints a ringing endorsement:

"We are taking our position very seriously, but we don’t want a knee-jerk reaction and to rush into something we end up regretting. We are not complacent about it and the board is very concerned. We would have expected to have been in a better position in the league than we are, and we do need to sort it out."

As for Abbott himself, he told BBC Radio Cumbria (via the CUFC Online Website) that although he was happy with Carlisle's second half performance that the first 50 minutes or so were unacceptable:

"We improved in the second-half, we were decent in the second-half. We were fighting in the game and we were trying to get something out of the game. In the first-half we didn't come out with the energy that we are looking for and the determination and the quality that we are looking for when we have got the ball and we have not got the ball. We have conceded two soft goals and life is going to be very difficult. The first-half disappointed me in the way that we didn't deal with the situation that we have dealt with before. We didn't squeeze the game, press the game."

Abbott felt he got a response from his players just after the break when Ian Harte converted a penalty to pull the game back to 2-1, but even then he felt his team failed to service the strikers properly:

"We didn't get that (quality and effort) until about 50 minutes into the game and that is what we are after at the start of these games. We have got a strong enough team, a powerful enough team, we have got four strikers on the field that are all capable of goals and we didn't get enough quality service into them. We didn't squeeze the play and press the play and be determined enough with the ball in the first-half to give ourselves a chance. I am an angry manager, I have just tried to explain what we didn't do and that is what we didn't do. I am as angry and as disappointed as (the fans) are, I can assure you of that, possibly even more because it is my job. We didn't come out of the blocks with that determination and we have to do that."

Abbott recognised that his players failed to deal with Yeovil Town's two goal hero Ryan Mason, and said that they couldn't cope with the fact that he was sitting deeper than his strike partner Sam Williams.

"we are not high enough up the field and we are not determined enough to stop the supply and then when the supply does come we haven't tracked runners and they have got in behind our back four too easy. The lad (Ryan Mason) has probably picked up the ball for the first goal on the edge of our box and in that respect he has got space to work in, we didn't deny that and we got punished. We had to squeeze the play, we had to be brave enough for one of the centre-halves to go in on the 13 (Mason) and the other one dropped round. The two full-backs then come narrow so there is no space. The wide players didn't really hurt us that much, it was all down the middle in the first-half. Then we did that and pressed the play and got some better service into our front players and some better quality with our passing then we looked half a decent side in the second-half. But they are small crumbs of comfort to take out of it because overall we have been beaten (3-1) and after your first-half it is going to be very difficult to come back from that and win a game."

Abbott also admitted that his side had been undone in one of their areas of weakness. Regular right-back David Raven missed the game with a hip injury, leaving Ian Harte playing out of position, and Abbott felt he had few options to put other players into that position because of the quality of Yeovil's Andy Welsh:

"You couldn't (change the right-back) because if they come up against a winger with the pace and trickery of Andy Welsh then they might have found that difficult. At the minute (Ian Harte) is probably our best option and today it didn't really work and we have got hurt with it. But David Raven is probably the one player in the whole club that we can't accommodate if he gets an injury. I don't think Danny (Livesey) or Richard (Keogh) is the answer, it might have been different if we had tried that today, that is something that you would have to think about because of the result and the way it has gone today."


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19 October 2009 : Seated Tickets For Bristol Rovers Sell Out
Yeovil Town's allocation of seated tickets for Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers have now sold out. There are still tickets for the standing open terrace available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, note that these will only be available from the club until Thursday at 5.00p.m. and even then only if these do not sell out before then.

For full ticketing details, and associated travel, see the earlier news items below.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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19 October 2009 : Skiverton Lets Players Chill Out
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is taking a relaxed approach to his players at present, and believes that is working dividends. The Yeovil boss spoke in his post-match interview about his side playing without pressure and how he was willing to tolerate mistakes.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skiverton said he felt that around the time of Yeovil's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with AFC Bournemouth that he had been too harsh on his players and that as a result of that they were not playing with enough freedom. He told the paper that by giving them full responsibility for their actions rather than dictating to them, that some had come out of their shells a bit more:

"I think before the Bournemouth game I was putting too much pressure on them, I know that. I was in people's faces and I was frustrated myself. I had to go away and think about being a bit more methodical in my approach to get the best out of individuals. I realised that me shouting at them wouldn't get the best out of them, so I've gone the other way and let them take responsibility for themselves. I've let them go out there and play with freedom and they've taken that on board. Sometimes it's either the stick or the carrot and with us it's definitely the carrot at the moment."


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19 October 2009 : Brighton Man of the Match Result
Last weekend's match saw Yeovil Town recover from a two goal deficit by snatching a 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion. The Man of the Match voting saw a two horse race emerge, with both players picking up an almost even share of the vote.

Right-back Craig Alcock got significant credit for his performance as a makeshift centre-back, but it was right-winger Scott Murray who netted both of Yeovil's goals on the day, who edged the vote, grabbing almost half of the available top votes.

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

1 Scott Murray 482 (33)
2 Craig Alcock 376 (27)
3 Terrell Forbes 110 (4)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 94 (3)
5 Sam Williams 72 (2)
6 Andy Welsh 58 (1)
7 Nathan Jones 26 (0)
8 George O'Callaghan 22 (0)
9 Alex McCarthy 2 (0)
9 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)
9 Andy Lindegaard 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.20

Performance: 6.91
Entertainment: 7.49

VOTES RECEIVED: 70

Don't forget that if you were at Saturday's 3-1 win over Carlisle United then choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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18 October 2009 : Ryan Mason Talks About His Double Strike
On loan midfielder/striker Ryan Mason scored two goals against Carlisle United on Saturday to boost his season tally to four. That made him the club's leading goalscorer so far this season, and BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson took an opportunity to interview him after the game. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Ryan Mason Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Carlisle.


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18 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Carlisle 1
Another home match took place yesterday, with the Glovers picking up an excellent 3-1 win over Carlisle United. That means that Taff's Gloversblog has a new article performing the usual post-match analysis of each player on an individual level, as well as the team as a whole.

Read on via the link below for the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, and feel free to supply your own views on yesterday via the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Carlisle 1.


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17 October 2009 : First Team Statistics Pages Updated
A little later than we've recently been managing, the first team statistics pages are now up to date, following today's site outage. The League Table sees Yeovil Town moving into nosebleed territory, currently in 14th place, but still four points from the relegation spots ... but four points off the play-offs. A genuine case of a glass being both half-empty and half-full!

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Ryan Mason becomes the club's leading goalscorer, three days after he netted for England Under-19s. Terrell Forbes and Andy Welsh are the club's most used players this season in terms of appearances. Finally in a week where the Western Gazette pointed out the Glovers had the league's second worst disciplinary record in terms of their yellow card count, that was eased slightly by a booking-free day.

Link: 2009-10 League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings (no updates today).

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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17 October 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Man Of The Match Voting Form
With the site now back in full swing (hopefully!) it should be safe to cast your Man of the Match vote. If you were at this afternoon's 3-1 win over Carlisle United then choose your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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17 October 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle United Game
Following this afternoon's 3-1 win, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton today spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the game.

The full interview transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Carlisle.


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17 October 2009 : Yeovil 3 Carlisle 1 : Mason Double Sees Off Cumbrians
Yeovil Town gained three valuable points against Carlisle United this afternoon at Huish Park in what was a game of two halves. Unlike last weekend, the Glovers were the team on the front foot in the first period, gaining the upper hand through two Ryan Mason goals, who was on a high having scored for England Under 19s in midweek. But Carlisle saw far more of the second half, with Ian Harte converting a penalty early in the second period, setting up a nervy match until substitute Keiran Murtagh netted with his first touch three minutes from the end to seal the win.

Terry Skiverton made three changes to last weekend's side, with Steven Caulker recalled for Andy Lindegaard, allowing Craig Alcock to return to his natural postion, whilst Shaun MacDonald and Ryan Mason returned from international duty. Jonathan Obika was the unlucky 6th loanee, sitting the game out in the stands.

Carlisle started brightly although their defence were having a great deal of difficulty in working out how to deal with Yeovil's nested attacking formation, with Ryan Mason instantly getting on the ball every time Yeovil launched an attack. Mason threaded Sam Williams who shot over the bar, then a Mason ball across the face of the box that Williams was inches away from converting. But when Craig Alcock fed Ryan Mason just 13 minutes into the match, the Tottenham Hotspur player needed just one touch to find a gaping hole in the Carlisle defence and to fire home past Leonard Pidgeley for the perfect start.

Despite the impressive early start, chances were hard to come by for both sides, with Shaun MacDonald's long range attempt one of the few to trouble Pidgeley, whilst Alex McCarthy was a spectator at the other end. A MacDonald ball over the top as Yeovil dominated the midfield set Sam Williams on his way, but his half-volley went just wide of the post. But three minutes before the break, good work by Scott Murray and Andy Welsh set Ryan Mason again through Carlisle's offside trap. Mason was as composed as is possible to be as Leonard Pidgeley came off his line gesticulating for an offside flag that never came, and Mason slotted home to put Yeovil in a comfortable position with the half time break not even having arrived.

At the other end Scott Dobie and Vincent Pericard combined and the former Juventus striker let him through and Alex McCarthy deflected the ball out for a corner. Then a Scott Dobie header was tipped over the bar by McCarthy as Carlisle rallied slightly from their two goal deficit, but there was no doubt as to who had won and dominated the first period. It had taken Carlisle 44 minutes to have any attempt on goal of note and that was the measure of the balance of play.

It was inevitable that Carlisle would attempt to make a comeback following their first half showing, but the Glovers will have been disappointed that they only managed eight minutes before allowing the Cumbrians a route back into the game. Terrell Forbes made an unnecessarily rash challenge on Scott Dobie and the end result was a stick-on penalty, which Ian Harte duly converted. With Yeovil now looking nervy and sitting deep, they needed to recompose themselves badly.

Catalyst for everything, Ryan Mason, did just that when he broke on the Carlisle back line yet again, forcing Pidgeley into an excellent save. But Carlisle had the upper hand with Alex McCarthy making a brave block at the feet of Scott Dobie. The second half became a game of cat'n'mouse - Carlisle with the territory and the pressure, but Yeovil with the pace to try and catch them on the break, and the game always looked like it had another goal in it - with 3-1 or 2-2 both having equal possibilities.

In the final 10 minutes, Carlisle switched to a 3-4-3 via a substitution in an effort to make their pressure count. Yeovil made their own change with Keiran Murtagh replacing Scott Murray and it was Yeovil's substitution that won out, with Murtagh scoring with his first touch. Sam Williams thread the ball through to Andy Welsh and the left winger once again provided the assist by putting the ball across the face of the box allowing Murtagh to finish from two yards out for the easiest of finishes. 3-1 and now after all their pressure no way back for Carlisle.

The win pushes Yeovil up to the dizzy heights of 14th, four points from the playoffs and four points from the relegation spots. Although only a blind optimist would suggest that the former should be Yeovil's immediate focus, it is the cushion they now have against the bottom four positions that will be a big positive out of today. With Bristol Rovers, Leeds United and Charlton Athletic included in Yeovil's next four fixtures, they will go into those games with a bit of confidence and a bit of pressure lifted and that can be no bad thing. But there is a long way to go and that shouldn't be forgotten.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Carlisle United 1.

Scorers: Ryan Mason (13 mins, 1-0), Ryan Mason (43 mins, 2-0), Ian Harte (54 mins, 2-1), Keiran Murtagh (87 mins, 3-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
16. Scott Murray 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh (87 mins for Scott Murray) 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins 28. Nathan Smith 30. Craig Davies (76 mins for Ryan Mason)

Carlisle United: (4-4-2)
40. Leonard Pidgeley
14. Ian Harte 21. Richard Keogh 5. Danny Livesey 3. Evan Horwood
7. Joe Anyinsah 12. Tom Taiwo 4. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 10. Matthew Robson
9. Scott Dobie 16. Vincent Pericard

Substitutes:
1. Adam Collin (GK) 6. Peter Murphy 15. Gavin Rothery 17. Richard Offiong (82 mins for Evan Horwood) 18. Conor Tinnion 24. Kevan Hurst (69 mins for Joe Anyinsah) 30. Ryan Bowman

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Carlisle Bookings: Danny Livesey (41 mins, dissent), Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (62 mins, foul), Richard Offiong (90 mins, foul).

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

Attendance: 4,333 (including 235 Carlisle fans)


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17 October 2009 : Skivo's Carlisle United Pre-Match Interview
Just before kick-off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton today spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about the game. Skivo explains why Gavin Tomlin and Jonathan Obika weren't in the squad today, and how he could have snapped up striker Vincent Pericard before opponents Carlisle United got hold of him.

The full interview transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Carlisle.


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17 October 2009 : Site Outage Today
Apologies to everyone who may have tried to get into the site today and failed. Early this morning we discovered that the majority of the website pages were inaccessible and contacted our ISP at 10.00a.m. As yet we've yet to have any sort of a response, but 12 hours later, the site appears to have returned to life. Hence we can't guarantee that it won't go down again, but fingers crossed whatever had caused it has fixed itself. We will try and take up the issues with our ISP when they reply to our messages. Apologies again to anyone who may have been frustrated in trying to access the site.

We will very shortly restore the articles that have been written today, but have not been loaded into the usual locations as well as bringing the statistics databases up to date to include today's results.


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16 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Carlisle Preview
Our second home game in two weekends takes place tomorrow, with Carlisle United the opponents. Hence you don't need to tell us to explain what a Taff's Gloversblog article entitled 'Carlisle Preview' is going to be all about.

As well as doing exactly what it says on the tin, Taff also looks at the somewhat acidic comments made by manager Terry Skiverton about various rumours that have been doing the rounds during the past month, and finally pays a brief trip to the sorry place that is Weymouth. Read on, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Carlisle Preview.


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16 October 2009 : Reserves Get Brislington County Tie
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn at home to Brislington in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers had been due to meet Team Bath in the First Round, but received a walkover after the University side withdrew from the competition.

The Brislington tie will be played at Huish Park on Wednesday 11th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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16 October 2009 : Glovers Recruit Former Watford Academy Defender
Yeovil Town have signed left-sided defender Louis Lavers on a three month contract. The former Watford youth player was released by the Hornets during the summer after completing a two year scholarship with the Championship side.

Louis was born on 29th September 1990 and so has just turned 19 years old. He had an unsuccessful trial with League Two side Grimsby Town in pre-season. He will now stay with the Glovers until January.

Welcome to Yeovil, Louis and here's hoping you can stay at Huish Park beyond the initial three month period.


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16 October 2009 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will face a difficult trip to play Swindon Town who are in the same division as the Glovers. Swindon currently lie in 3rd place in the League Table having won two and lost one of their fixtures so far.

Rather incredibly, this is the fifth time the two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Youth Cup in the last eight years. Swindon hold the lions share of the victories, going through during the 2001-02, 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons. But the Glovers won a First Round tie against the Robins back in November 2004 by a 2-0 scoreline when Dale Williams and Andy Holmes sent Yeovil through for the start of a cup run that was only thwarted by the might of Everton's academy side at the Fourth Round stage.

All first round matches must be played by Saturday 7th November. The FA have by default pencilled all ties in for Monday 2nd November with a 7.00p.m. kick-off, but don't be too surprised if this changes. The two sides could well have a dress rehearsal of that fixture just before then - they are due to meet in Swindon in a league match on Saturday 31st October.

FA Youth Cup First Round Draw:

1 Macclesfield Town v Bury
2 Hartlepool United v Lincoln City
3 Oldham Athletic v Stalybridge Celtic or Altrincham
4 Darlington v Huddersfield Town
5 Bradford City v Southport or Hallam
6 Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United
7 Grimsby Town v York City or Scarborough Town
8 Congleton Town or Dunston UTS v Rochdale
9 Leeds United AFC v Crewe Alexandra
10 Tranmere Rovers v Farsley Celtic or Staveley MW
11 Thackley or Chester City v Morecambe
12 Rotherham United v Stockport County
13 Bury Town or Huntingdon Town v Walsall
14 Rocester or Rushden and Diamonds v Northampton Town
15 Carlton Town or Solihull Moors v Burton Albion
16 Histon or Needham Market v Rothwell Town or Cambridge United
17 Chesterfield v Loughborough Dynamo or Mansfield Town
18 Dosthill Colts or Atherstone Town v Highgate United or Arnold Town
19 Shrewsbury Town v Port Vale
20 Mickleover Sports or Malvern Town v Notts County
21 Milton Keynes Dons v Boreham Wood or Dunstable Town
22 Lewes or Maidstone United v Wycombe Wanderers
23 Barnet v Brighton and Hove Albion
24 Ashford Town (Middlesex) or Woking v Dagenham and Redbridge
25 Tilbury or AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United or Margate
26 Charlton Athletic v Gillingham
27 Leyton Orient v Chatham Town or Bromley
28 Aveley or St Albans City v Colchester United
29 Millwall v Southend United
30 Bishop's Stortford or Clapton v Shoreham or Marlow
31 Kingstonian or Ebbsfleet United v Brentford
32 Dulwich Hamlet or Chelmsford City v Norwich City
33 Aldershot Town v Southampton
34 Forest Green Rovers or AFC Wallingford v Farnborough or Eastleigh
35 Bristol Rovers v AFC Bournemouth
36 Bitton AFC or VT v Torquay United
37 Basingstoke Town or Havant and Waterlooville v Hereford United
38 Newport County or Oxford United v Gloucester City or Thatcham Town
39 Exeter City v Cheltenham Town
40 Swindon Town v Yeovil Town


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16 October 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Carlisle United in a League One match tomorrow afternoon in a match that is hugely important for both sides fortunes. Since last Saturday, both Yeovil and Carlisle have dropped places in the league, due to Stockport County and Brighton and Hove Albion having games in hand which they both won. The result is that the Cumbrians will be starting the match in the relegation zone in 21st place, whilst Yeovil have slipped down to 19th and just one point ahead of their opponents.

Yeovil's current form can be looked at with your glass half-empty or with your glass half-full. On the minus side the Glovers have won just one match in their last 13 games, but on the plus side they have not lost in their last four and are unbeaten at home in their last three games.

Carlisle's own form is nothing to write home about. Although they won their JPT Second Round match against Macclesfield Town, they've not won in six league matches, and even then it was big strugglers Tranmere Rovers they saw off. That said, they've only lost one away match in all competitions this season suggesting that they do have a degree of resilience, with four of their six away matches ending in draws. Their one away defeat was at the hands of Oldham Athletic and their last but one away match saw them hold Leeds United at Elland Road. Clearly Carlisle's league position shows they are struggling, but a degree of patience will be required if Yeovil are to break them down. Like Yeovil, one too many draws lie at the heart of their current position.

The Glovers go into the match with no new publicised injury concerns. Loan trio Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Shaun MacDonald should return to training at Huish Park this morning after all three were involved in international matches on Wednesday. With all three playing overseas, manager Terry Skiverton will need to assess their travel weariness just as much as their physical fitness. From this morning's session, one of Yeovil's six loans will have to drop out and sit in the stands, but otherwise Aidan Downes (knee and shoulder) and Dean Bowditch (knee) are still out long term, whilst there is no fresh news on defender Stefan Stam who has played just one full game since August 15th and has not featured since the Stockport County match just over a month ago, due to a knee injury.

Given the mammoth journey Carlisle have to undertake, it's no great surprise that the Cumbrians are borrowing Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road training facilities today for a training session before stopping overnight in the Yeovil area. They are definitely without midfielder Graham Kavanagh (suspended), right-back David Raven (hip), Paul Thirlwell (achilles) and Tony Kane (on loan at Darlington). However, this week they have signed up former Stoke City striker Vincent Pericard and will take 17 year old youth team striker Ryan Bowman with them to sit on the bench. Of Pericard, he seems likely to make his debut after manager Greg Abbott told the Carlisle News and Star that he was impressed with the player in training:

"We have been on the wrong end of big, strong, aggressive centre-forwards who have caused us problems. Now we believe we have got one in our team who can do that. When you think we could be going up for corners with the likes of Ian Harte, Danny Livesey, Richard Keogh, Vincent and Scott Dobie, we could be a big threat. He’s a tough lad and will be a handful. He is not a million miles away. His type could probably play at 80 or 90 per cent. He doesn’t look out of place in the training we have done already, and we have done some hard work so far this week."

If it's past meetings you want to base your optimism for tomorrow on, then your glass will overflow with the statistic that Carlisle have never won at Huish Park. Three wins and one draw in Yeovil's favour. The most recent match represented the draw - a 1-1 result in March 2009 that saw a Gary Roberts goal put the Glovers on their way to a win ... that was until Michael Bridges netted with a speculative drive with almost the last kick of the game.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. This is a Kids For A Quid game - if you know anyone aged Under 16, then try and get them to come along tomorrow for the princely sum of ONE POUND ONLY. See the link below for full details. For all of those aged 16 or over, if you want to take advantage of the pre-match ticket rates, the ticket office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight. For all ticket enquiries, give them a call on 01935-847888.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Sign A Striker.

Link: Skiverton Facing Selection Dilemma.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.

Link: Hartlepool and Carlisle Kids For A Quid Offer.


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15 October 2009 : Skivo Angry With Murray Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has reacted angrily to suggestions that he had fallen out with right-winger Scott Murray, prior to the player's reemergence into the starting line-up last weekend.

Murray's absence from the playing field without explanation, with the Scotsman being largely listed as an unused substitute, added some fuel to the flames, leaving the rumourmill in full swing suggesting that there were problems between Skiverton and Murray.

Scott reacted to those rumours on Monday, refuting them entirely, and now Skiverton himself has had his say to BBC Somerset about the situation. Not too surprisingly he is unhappy with how they started, claiming that the situation was known about in pre-season:

"He's looking well and he's training well. I'm a bit mystified as to where these (rumours have come). I'm supposed to have fallen out with him or he's not training hard enough and all that. It just shows you that there are a lot of naive people out there. The reason was tendonitis and I think I remember telling you in pre-season that it was tendonitis and he's recovered from it. Other people seemed to get that (about the rumours) in their heads. They are people who have got nothing to do with the club. They think they've got it 'in' but actually they haven't got a clue."


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15 October 2009 : England Grab Victory Shield Opening Win
England's opening fixture in the Victory Shield tournament saw them edge out Wales in a tight game tonight at Huish Park. The Under-16s match saw a 76th minute goal decide the match, with Zak Ansah glancing a near post header home after Wales had failed to clear their lines from a free kick where England had seconds before struck the woodwork. In what was an 80 minute match, the Welsh had little time to respond in a match affected by heavy rain, and so the Three Lions came out on top by a 1-0 scoreline in front of 3,700 spectators.

Final Score: England Under 16s 1 Wales Under 16s 0.

England Under 16s:
1 Jordan Pickford, 2 Luke Hendrie, 3 Callum McFadzean (16 Anthony Callaghan, 66), 4 Jordan Cousins (C), 5 Sam Magri, 6 Tyler Blackett (17 Alex Henshall, 41), 7 Matthias Fanimo, 8 Robbie Cotton, 9 Hallam Hope (12 Zak Ansah, 60), 10 Adil Nabi (14 Nathan Redmond, 41), 11 Jake Caskey (15 Adam Jackson, 71)

Substitutes not used: 13 Bradley Watkins, 18 Curtis Edwards

Head Coach: Kenny Swain

Wales Under 16s:
1 Luke Chambers, 2 Adam Henley, 3 Jordan Holt, 4 Alex Nicholson, 5 Will James (C), 6 Elliot Scotcher, 7 James Loveridge, 8 George Higgins (14 Theo Wharton, 57), 9 Jack Simmons (15 Callum Holden, 68), 10 Leon Newell, 11 Will Roberts (16 Declan John, 57)

Substitutes not used: 12 Christian Dibble, 13 Josh Pike, 17 Lewis Blackmore, 18 Dalton Harris

Technical Director: Osian Roberts

Referee: Darren Sheldrake. Assistant Referees: Mark Russell and Lee Collins. Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson.

Attendance: 3,700.


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15 October 2009 : Skiverton Facing Selection Dilemma
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton will face an unusual decision this weekend as he prepares for Saturday's match against Carlisle United. Skiverton will potentially have to leave an entirely fit player out of his matchday squad, not because that player has been performing badly in training, but simply because Football League rules force him to.

The Glovers currently have six players on loan from a variety of clubs, with Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker all borrowed from Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Alex McCarthy (Reading), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City) and Craig Davies (Brighton and Hove Albion) make up the rest of the loans on Yeovil's books.

Striker Craig Davies was the last of the six to be brought in, with Obika in Egypt for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. With last weekend being a designated international weekend, Skiverton has yet to have all six available at the same time, but barring any late knocks that will be the case on Saturday.

That presents a small headache for the Yeovil boss given that Football League rules only allow a matchday squad to include a maximum of five loan players, meaning that one unlucky loanee will be sat watching the game in the stands. Skiverton has yet to make that decision, but told BBC Somerset that Friday's training session when all players would be back would be a key one:

"There are a lot of good options now. With Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Shaun MacDonald being away this week they have been getting good experience elsewhere. Ryan scored yesterday in a very good win for England, and Shaun got called up to the full squad. So those are all positives and we are looking forward to having them back and doing a little bit of work on the team tomorrow."


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15 October 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Leeds United
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised minibus travel for Yeovil Town's away match against Leeds United. Any supporters are welcome to join them. The match takes place on Saturday 31st October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

A full minibus will result in a charge of £13.00 for travel. They are leaving Huish Park at 7.00a.m. and will be having a full breakfast stop along with other breaks as required.

To book, either email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone on 01460-76980 (evenings) or text/ring on 07837-265-525 (mobile) any time.

At present they only have four spaces left, so make your booking as soon as possible.

Link: Ticketing For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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15 October 2009 : Murray Talks About His 100th Goal
As part of Yeovil Town's 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, right-winger Scott Murray spoke to the BBC about his two goals in the game. The first was highly significant for Scott in that it was his 100th strike in first team football and he spoke about that and the game when he talked to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin after the match. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Scott Murray Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Brighton.


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14 October 2009 : Welsh Win, But MacDonald Sits Out
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald was an unused substitute tonight at the Rheinpark Stadion as Wales won their FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Liechtenstein by a 2-0 scoreline.

Goals from David Vaughan and an Aaron Ramsey free kick gave the Welsh an away win, but Shaun had to be content with sitting on the bench, and will need to wait once again for his first full Welsh cap to come his way.

Final Score: Liechtenstein 0 Wales 2.

Wales: 1. Boaz Myhill 2. Chris Gunter 3. Gareth Bale 4. Craig Morgan 5. James Collins (c) 6. Ashley Williams 7. David Edwards 8. Simon Church 9. Jermaine Easter 10. Aaron Ramsey 11. David Vaughan

Subs: 12. Lewis Price 13. Neal Eardley (88 mins for Chris Gunter) 14. Lewin Nyatanga (85 mins for Gareth Bale) 15. Sam Vokes 16. Mark Bradley 17. Andy King (82 mins for David Edwards) 18. Shaun MacDonald


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14 October 2009 : Ryan Mason Scores For England Under-19s
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder/striker Ryan Mason enhanced his credentials this afternoon by scoring for England. The Tottenham Hotspur loan player played 90 minutes against Slovakia and netting the first in a 2-0 win in England Under-19s third and final Qualifying Group game in Slovenia this afternoon.

Chelsea's Jacob Mellis came off the bench and needed just four minutes to impress, by scoring England's second. With the Under-19s having won all three matches in Slovenia, they progress comfortably through to the next stages of the competition.

There was no sign of Steven Caulker this afternoon, who played 90 minutes on Sunday. Hopefully though that is no cause for alarm, given that Head Coach Noel Blake has been adopting some significant squad rotation in what has been a hectic schedule for the Three Lions, with three matches played since they arrived in Slovenia late last week.

Ryan and Steven will now return to England to team back up with Yeovil Town. It's somewhat doubtful that they will be able to participate in any Thursday training session with the Glovers, but hopefully will be available for the Friday training session ahead of Saturday's match against Carlisle United.

Final Score: Slovakia Under-19s 0 England Under-19s 2.

England: James Severn, Adam Smith, Reece Brown, Nathan Baker, Scott Malone, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Roarie Deacon (Nathan Delfouneso, 72), Ryan Mason, Cameron Stewart, Ryan Donaldson (Jacob Mellis, 86) Frank Nouble (James Wallace, 55)

Substitutes not used: Declan Rudd, Dean Parrett.


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14 October 2009 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw Arrangements
Yeovil Town's interest in the FA Youth Cup should commence on Friday with the draw for the First Round Proper. The draw is due to be made on Friday 16th October around 1.00p.m. and this will include Under-18s sides from all League One and League Two sides, as well as those who get past the Third Qualifying Round stage, which is due to be played throughout the whole of next week.

The First Round matches are due to be completed by Saturday 7th November, with Yeovil's usually taking place on a Tuesday or Wednesday night on the Huish Park Main Pitch. As soon as we know the draw, we'll publish it on these pages.


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14 October 2009 : Gary Roberts To Make Footballing Return
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts is set to play for Brighton and Hove Albion Reserves this evening. The free agent will play against Leyton Orient Reserves as he continues his rehabilitation from problems concerning alcohol and gambling addictions.

Roberts had his contract severed by Yeovil town on August 16th after a series of disciplinary incidents and in early September the player himself admitted that the situation had been sparked by him turning up to the club's Family Fun Day with alcohol on his breath. He has since been admitted to the Sporting Chance Clinic set up by former England defender Tony Adams.

Former Glovers manager Russell Slade, now at the Brighton helm, knows all about Roberts' on the field ability as well as his off the field issues. There's no indication as yet as to whether Roberts is on trial at the Withdean Stadium, or whether Slade is merely offering help in Roberts' rehabilitation.

Roberts severed his Yeovil contract before the transfer window closed, and is therefore entitled to sign for any club as a free agent - provided they are willing to take on any existing baggage that goes with it of course.

Update: Brighton's Official Site indicate that he is on trial at the club, subject to him proving his off the field well-being. Seagulls boss Russell Slade explains:

"Gary is trying to get his career and life back on track and he wants to re-establish himself as a professional footballer. He is still only young and has made some mistakes in his life, but he deserves a second chance. There is no doubting his football ability, but he has to prove himself in other areas. That is going to take time, one small step at a time."


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14 October 2009 : MacDonald Waits In Line For Welsh Cap
For those wanting to keep an eye on what is happening with Glovers loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald tonight, there is live coverage of the game in Liechtenstein tonight, although you'll have to hunt for it.

The game between Wales and Liechtenstein is being covered on the S4C Digidol Channel (aka Welsh Channel 4) which can be found on Channel 120 (Freesat users) or Channel 134 (Sky Digital). Virgin Media customers can in theory access S4C via Channel 167, but it looks as though this is only for viewers resident in Wales.

Coverage of the match starts at 6.40p.m. with kick-off scheduled for 7.00p.m. so if you're watching the England international tonight, you may be able to squeeze in the first half before kick-off. Alternatively, BBC Radio Wales will have live commentary.

MacDonald is in theory well down the pecking order, having only been called up to Senior level over the weekend. However, with Simon Davies, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley and Brian Stock all out injured and Aaron Ramsey a major doubt for tonight, he could find himself pushed into the spotlight at some stage during the game. Although Shaun is a regular at Under-21 level, he has yet to be capped at senior level for his country. With so many injured, and little riding on the match itself, manager John Toshack may decide it is time for fresh blood within the ranks.


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14 October 2009 : Swain Confident Of Enthusiastic Game Tomorrow
England Under-16s Head Coach Kenny Swain has said that visitors to Huish Park tomorrow should expect a highly enthusiastic performance from both sets of players. The Glovers play host tomorrow to England's opening match in the 2009-10 Victory Shield tournament, with Wales Under-16s the opponents. Kick-off at Huish Park is at 7.40p.m. with the game live on Sky Sports.

Swain has told the FA's Website that these age groups usually show a very high level of commitment and that this should be on display when the two sides meet tomorrow:

"The younger age groups, certainly the U16s and U17s, are the lifeblood of England’s future and you won’t get a more committed or enthusiastic group of players. I'm sure this commitment and enthusiasm will shine through, from both sides, and we should be in for an entertaining evening at Yeovil."

Swain has selected a squad where only two players have previously featured at this level, with Jordan Cousins and Matthias Fanimo. This will therefore be new territory for most of the players on display and so the Head Coach is expecting this to be an opportunity for his players to continue their development in a higher profile situation:

"As in previous years, we’ve identified some talented players in this age group. The Victory Shield is an important competition for us because it provides an opportunity to assess these young players properly, in game situations. We have enjoyed some success in the Victory Shield in recent seasons but at this age group it is important to marry together a winning mentality with developing players. For the majority of this squad, that process begins against Wales and it’s a game we’re all looking forward to."

Tickets for tomorrow night's match are still on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or by calling 01935-847888. Note that prices for adults go up on the day of the game, so if you want to grab tickets at the pre-match rate, you have until 5.00p.m. tonight.

Link: England U16s Victory Shield Full Match and Ticketing Details.

Link: England Under-16s Squad Chosen For Huish Park Fixture.

Link: Wales U16 Squad For Huish Park.


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13 October 2009 : Waddock Wanders Up To Wycombe
League One side Wycombe Wanderers have appointed Aldershot manager Gary Waddock as their new boss, subject to official confirmation by both clubs.

Wanderers have been without a manager since only last Friday when Peter Taylor left Adams Park. Although Taylor left the club officially "by mutual consent", he has since given his own version claiming that he was fired from the job and did not seek to leave Wanderers.

Waddock took Aldershot into the Football League at the end of the 2007-08 season, having led them to promotion in his first season in charge. A comfortable finish for the Hampshire side last season has been followed by a strong start this campaign, with the Shots currently sat in 6th place in the division.

As the current tables stand, they could very easily swap places with Wycombe. They are 23rd in League One and are currently propped up by virtue of Southampton's 10 point deduction. They are currently five points from safety and Waddock will begin attempting to close that gap with a home game against 3rd-placed Colchester United on Saturday.


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13 October 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Saturday's home League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been announced. The match will see referee Fred Graham (Essex) take to the field. Mr Graham is a very familiar name to Glovers matches, having taken charge of a large number of games over the years.

The last time we had Mr Graham was one of his better performances that we can recall. The final match of the 2008-09 season saw us lose 0-2 at home to Colchester United and to be honest, we wouldn't use the referee as an excuse in what was a flat end-of-season performance punctuated by two rare Chris Weale errors.

Coincidentally, the last time before that was the final day of the 2007-08 Season for the match at Nottingham Forest, which we lost 3-2 at the City Ground. Here we weren't too happy with a controversial free kick that brought Forest their third crucial goal, with Terry Skiverton pulled up for a dubious foul. Forest weren't complaining as it brought them the slice of good fortune they needed to gain promotion from League One.

We had Mr Graham twice more during the 2007-08 season. In the December 2007 home game against AFC Bournemouth, his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones for an on-the-line handball was a fairly easy decision to make.

However, in the September 2007 trip to Brighton and Hove Albion he managed to cause significant controversy. A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. Prior to that he was in charge at the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife.

The records show that Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern counties away games, but a rare trip to Huish Park was made in August 2004, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, which was his first Football League match involving the Glovers - way back then, we didn't mention him at all.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be John Flynn (Wiltshire).

Link: May 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Link: May 2008 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: September 2007 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


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13 October 2009 : Saturday's Opponents Sign Striker
Saturday's opponents Carlisle United have boosted their squad with the signing of 26 year old striker Vincent Pericard. He is a 6'1" tall Cameroon player who began his career with Italian side Juventus, before being signed up by Portsmouth.

His nine goals in 18 starts for Pompey during his loan spell wasn't repeated due to spending 18 months out of first team action as a result of injuries, and thereafter he seems to have lost his way a bit at that sort of level of football. Loan spells with Sheffield United and Plymouth Argyle were followed up by a permanent move to Stoke City. But he was loaned out to Southampton and finished last season on loan at Millwall and has since been a free agent.

Pericard has signed with the Cumbrians until January 12th 2010. At present he is likely to lack match fitness, but with Carlisle currently without a league win in six matches, the temptation will be for them to try and freshen up their matchday squad, so don't be too surprised to find him at least on the bench on Saturday.


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13 October 2009 : Reduced Offers On Season Ticket Purchases
Yeovil Town have announced a series of 'pro-rata' offers on Season Ticket sales. The deals allow supporters to purchase a season ticket on a sliding scale, depending upon when you make your purchase.

Example prices are for an Adult ticket in the Blackthorn Stand (home terrace) to cost £200 if purchased in time for Saturday's match against Carlisle United. If you purchase after the Carlisle match then it will drop to £188, whereas if you purchase after the Southend United home match it will drop to £176.

The original "early bird" offer over the summer was for a ticket to cost £240 and until now would have cost you £270 - minus of course the six home matches that have already been played. The £270 offer would have given you an adult ticket at a cost of £11.74 a game, whilst the current offer gives you an adult ticket at £11.76 per game. In other words a genuine pro-rata offer that recognises the six games that you will not have had the benefit of as part of the season ticket purchase. The £12 reduction across the Carlisle and Southend games again reflect that reduction and so these seems to us to be a very fair offer to anyone who missed out on buying one before the season started.

Similar adult prices available for the AgustaWestland Community Stand (Main Stand) at present are £253 in the centre blocks and £225 in the wings. In the Cowlin Stand they are currently £239 in the centre blocks and £211 in the wings.

Obviously full prices would be slightly nightmarish to publish but hopefully the general pattern can be seen. If you use the standard (non-early bird) season ticket price list (see here) and divide by 23 (for the number of games per season) and multiply by 17 (for the number of games left) and round up your answer, this appears to be roughly the method the club have used in producing the offer - give or take a quid or two.

If the options you are looking for are not in the example lists given above and you want exact prices confirmed, give the Huish Park Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 or visit them in person and they can quote you the alternative prices.


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13 October 2009 : FA Cup First Round Draw Arrangements
The date for the draw for the FA Cup First Round has been set. The draw, which will include all Football League League One and League Two sides, as well as all Fourth Qualifying Round winners, will take place on Sunday 25th October.

The draw will be broadcast live on the ITV channel, with a programme running from 1.00p.m. until 1.30p.m. All Fourth Qualifying Round ties are scheduled to take place on the previous day.


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13 October 2009 : Murray Rejects Fall-Out Claims
Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray has rejected rumours that he has been involved in any fall-out on the training ground earlier this season. Scott made his first start for the Glovers in the league since the away match against Colchester United in August, and has only been used on a very occasional basis from the bench since then, fuelling a number of claims with some involving himself and manager Terry Skiverton.

The lack of an explanation for Scott's absence from the playing field inevitably didn't help the situation, but in the past few days his problems have been revealed as being down to tendonitis in his knees which he has now recovered from, resulting in two goals against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. Speaking to BBC Somerset Scott said that he was aware of the rumours and strongly rejected them:

"It's funny because I read all these forums and allegedly me and the gaffer have had a big fall-out and I've been fighting and I've not been doing well in training. It couldn't be any further from the truth at all. Anyone who comes out and watches me in training would see that I'm always smiling and anyone who knows me would know that I'm the last person who would have a go at anybody, let alone the manager."

During much of the time, Murray was stuck to the substitutes bench and was rarely put onto the field of play until the away match at Oldham Athletic around 10 days ago, and Scott admitted that was a frustrating experience:

"It was very frustrating. But you can't complain when your team is doing well. I think the gaffer has done right with the subs that he's made. Obviously once I'm on the pitch I want to get some goals and get some crosses in. I've had my chance now and hopefully I've done enough now to keep me in the team for next week as well."


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12 October 2009 : Ticketing For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Leeds United on Saturday 31st October have gone on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Elland Road with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 60s: £11.00; Under-16s: £7.00.

Disabled supporters (both wheelchair and ambulant) are admitted for £11.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Yeovil Town fans will be housed in the South-East corner of the South Stand at Elland Road. This houses up to 1,800 supporters which should be easily sufficient for our third visit to the ground. Usual practice on the day of the game is for tickets to be available from the North East Ticket Office at no extra charge, although obviously buy from Huish Park if you want to avoid a walk round their stadium on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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12 October 2009 : Scott Murray Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray has made it into this week's Football League Team of the Week for League One. The former Bristol City veteran notched up his 100th and 101st career goals in a 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, and his overall performance and two goals make him an obvious inclusion in the League One side.

He becomes Yeovil's 7th nomination of the 2009-10 season. The full team is as follows:

Willy Gueret (Milton Keynes Dons)
John White (Colchester) Gary Doherty (Norwich City) Christian Dailly (Charlton) Adam Drury (Norwich)
Scott Murray (Yeovil Town) John-Joe O’Toole (Colchester) Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) Curtis Weston (Gillingham)
Adam Lallana (Southampton) Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield)

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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12 October 2009 : Ticketing Offers For England Under-16s And Carlisle Matches
This coming week, there are two events happening at Huish Park. On Thursday, the club hosts the England Under-16s team in a Victory Shield match against Wales Under-16s. Full ticketing and squad details are shown below. Note that prices for the match go up slightly if tickets are purchased on the day, so if you're aiming to attend then try and buy your tickets before Wednesday at 5.00p.m.

Link: England U16s Victory Shield Full Match and Ticketing Details.

Link: England Under-16s Squad Chosen For Huish Park Fixture.

Link: Wales U16 Squad For Huish Park.

Secondly, Saturday sees Carlisle United come to Huish Park for a League One match. This match has a Kids For A Quid offer running, including on the day of the game. Hence for a cheap day out, follow the link below for full details. Note again that adult ticket prices increase slightly on the day of the match, so if you want to get the pre-match prices, then Friday at 6.00p.m. is your deadline.

Link: Hartlepool And Carlisle Get Kids For A Quid Offer.

For purchases and enquiries about both matches, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888.


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12 October 2009 : Sky Sports Opt For The Easy Option In JPT
League One side Leeds United have been selected for yet another live TV broadcast. Their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against League Two side Grimsby Town has been selected by Sky Sports for transmission next month.

The baffling bit is that the Leeds match is being played at Elland Road, offering the TV cameras almost no opportunity of a cup shock against a Grimsby side currently struggling at the wrong end of League Two in 22nd position, and on paper at least, is probably the easiest of the JPT Quarter-Final matches to predict the final score for. The match will be played on Tuesday 10th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Sky have already shown Leeds this season in their Carling Cup match against Liverpool and plan to show them next Monday in their home League One match against Norwich City. A third showing this early in the season seems therefore excessive, given how unlikely the match is to produce any significant cup drama.

The clear stand-out tie in the Quarter-Final stages sees Charlton Athletic travelling for a match against Southampton at St Mary's and this has also got the live treatment, with their game taking place 24 hours later.

For those wanting to see a match that does not feature Leeds United, the home match between John Barnes' Les Parry's Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County is on Sky Sports tonight.

12/10/2009 : 19:45hrs : Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County
19/10/2009 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Norwich City
10/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Grimsby Town (JPT)
11/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Southampton vs Charlton Athletic (JPT)
14/11/2009 : 12:05hrs : Huddersfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
15/11/2009 : 16:30hrs : Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion


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12 October 2009 : Skivo Gets Ref Rage
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has taken another swipe at match referees after he felt another 'sub-standard' performance from the officials affected his side's ability to pick up points.

Referee Oliver Langford booked Glovers striker Sam Williams for diving just before half time, and awarded Brighton and Hove Albion a free kick that led to their second goal. But Skiverton claimed after the match that Williams was just trying to get out of the way of a tackle from Brighton's Tommy Elphick and felt the referee had misjudged the situation.

Referee Langford balanced things out somewhat during the second half, with a number of home-crowd-friendly decisions, along with the award of a penalty eight minutes from time that gave the Glovers a share of the points, but Skiverton told the Western Daily Press that he was fed up with the poor standard that he was seeing out there:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. It is just so disappointing when I am trying to learn my way in the game as a manager and I am getting frustrated. I understand that it is a difficult job. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

Skiverton was already fuming about the performance of match referee Tony Bates in the 2-0 defeat against Southampton last month, saying that he was disgusted with the award of a second half penalty that more or less guaranteed Saints the points.

The Yeovil boss told the WDP that he had written to the Football Association following that match, but he is still waiting a reply from their Wembley headquarters:

"After the Southampton game, I have still not heard back from anyone from the FA on that second decision. But if we get a player sent off, he is banned within a week. Work that one out. I asked them for a clarification for what he thought and I have not got anything, so it shows you how good they are. They are quick enough to fine you and I will probably get into trouble for this. They are quick enough to get you up for that, but not when it is on the other foot and they have got to explain themselves to you. I am disappointed with that."

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Views On The Brighton Game.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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12 October 2009 : GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the away match at Bristol Rovers. The game takes place on Saturday October 24th with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 11.15a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 11.30a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £9.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above price. Note that on this occasion there are no concessionary prices.

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

Whilst on the subject of Bristol Rovers, Season Ticket Holders have until 5.00p.m. tonight to gain priority on ticket sales. From 9.00a.m. tomorrow, tickets will go on general sale. See the linked news item below for full ticketing details.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers.


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12 October 2009 : MacDonald Gets Welsh Senior Squad Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has received a call-up to the Wales National Squad. The Swansea City player is one of four players drafted into the senior squad that has travelled to Vaduz to play Liechtenstein on Wednesday. Andy King (Leicester City) and Jermaine Easter (MK Dons) and Mark Bradley (Walsall) are the other players called up.

Part of the need for new reinforcements is due to suspension with Craig Bellamy (Manchester City) and Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Both players have returned home to their parent clubs.

Shaun's call-up does not theoretically cause a problem with any further Yeovil Town matches, although does mean that he will be joining Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker as players who are unlikely to team up with the Glovers squad that will face Carlisle United until their Friday morning training session.

Congratulations to Shaun, and with Wales having already failed to qualify for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, there is the opportunity for manager John Toshack to experiment with his line-up, should he wish to. Shaun is fresh from captaining the Under-21s on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 in Wrexham and so is having a busy weekend, with him having to board a plane on Sunday to join the senior squad.


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11 October 2009 : Caulker Gets Full Game As England Win Again
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker played a full 90 minutes in Slovenia today, as England Under-19s secured their second win of their trio of matches by defeating their hosts 3-1. The result guarantees England a place in the Elite Qualifying Round with a game to spare.

In a match played at the Fazanerija Stadium, Murska Sobota, goals came from Newcastle United striker Ryan Donaldson, Chelsea's Jacob Mellis and substitute Roarie Deacon.

Yeovil's other Tottenham Hotspur loan midfielder Ryan Mason sat out the game on the bench. England's final game of the three match qualifier will be on Wednesday afternoon against Slovakia at Sportni Park, Lendava. England had already beaten Finland 3-1 on Friday afternoon.

Final Score: Slovenia Under-19s 1 England Under-19s 3.

England Under 19s: 1 Declan Rudd, 3 Scott Malone, 5 Reece Brown, 6 Nathan Baker 8 Dean Parrett (c) (2 Jordan Clarke, 24), 9 Frank Nouble (16 Roarie Deacon, 57), 10 Nathan Delfouneso (7 Cameron Stewart, 57), 11 Jacob Mellis, 15 Steven Caulker, 17 Nathaniel Wedderburn, 18 Ryan Donaldson.

Substitutes not used: 4 James Wallace, 14 Ryan Mason. 13 James Severn.


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11 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Slade alive!* Yeovil 2 Brighton 2
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, Taff has added another article to Taff's Gloversblog about the game. As usual, there is analysis of each player individually, as well as the team as a whole, plus a look at the return of former manager Russell Slade. Finally, the man at the helm of a rapidly sinking ship appears to have jumped overboard, down the A37 - wonder if he took the opportunity to light up a Hamlet cigar before he left? Read on, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Slade alive!* Yeovil 2 Brighton 2.


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11 October 2009 : Oldham Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday's match produced a 0-0 draw at Boundary Park against an in-form Oldham Athletic side. Once again the new Glovers formation produced strengths in the defensive area of Yeovil's play, and so it's no surprise to find the four players selected to perform blocking and defensive roles coming out with the most positive marks.

In reverse order, Jean-Paul Kalala followed up his September Player Of The Month performance with another good showing, whilst Steven Caulker also featured highly. Terrell Forbes put in a strong performance against his former club, but it was Shaun MacDonald who took the vote in the end by a small margin.

Full marks, with outright MOTM marks in brackets, are as follows:

1 Shaun MacDonald 84 (7)
2 Terrell Forbes 72 (5)
3 Steven Caulker 60 (2)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 40 (1)
5 Gavin Tomlin 12 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 6 (0)
6 Ryan Mason 6 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 4 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.06

Performance: 7.50
Entertainment: 6.63

VOTES RECEIVED: 16

Meanwhile if you were at Huish Park for yesterday's 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion don't forget to place your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance marks along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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11 October 2009 : Slade Feels Seagulls Let Early Promise Slip
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Russell Slade felt his side did not live up to their early promise after they had taken a two goal lead at Huish Park yesterday. The Seagulls let their two goal advantage slip through two goals from Scott Murray. Slade told BBC Somerset that he felt the first of those two strikes changed the tone of the game:

"I thought we were much the better side in the first period, but we got ourselves into a very soft two goal lead and we were cruising and we were well in control. I think the big turning point was Yeovil getting a goal just before half time and I think that changed Terry's team talk."

The Brighton boss, who was up against his former side, told the Brighton Argus that he felt the second half belonged to Yeovil, and that when the equaliser came that the Glovers deserved it for their second half pressure:

"In the first period I thought we had a lot of possession at times. Certainly the better chances fell to us and we took two of them. To be honest we were well on top and there looked to be a bit of gulf between the two teams for 15 or 20 minutes. However we didn't live up to that in the second period. Yeovil battled back and deservedly got the equaliser."

Of the penalty that ensured that Yeovil got a 2-2 draw with eight minutes left, Slade admitted that his first impression was that it was a fair decision:

"There was contact in there. The referee was well placed. I haven't seen it on the DVD but I have no complaints initially anyway."

Prior to the the former Yeovil boss got a round of applause from Glovers fans that was respectful, rather than necessarily full of outright adulation, but speaking to the BBC, Slade said he appreciated the response that he got, and said that being in the opposition dugout was an unusual experience:

"It's always a little bit different, isn't it? But you're a professional man, and you get on with your job, and obviously I was coming here for the three points. It was a really good reception and I'm delighted with that. I have happy memories here, and I think they appreciated that too."

Slade said that he was enjoying his new job at the Withdean Stadium, although admitted that results so far this season had been not what he wanted them to be:

"I'm enjoying my time. It's a good club and a big club with ambitions. It's not going as well as we'd like it to on the pitch and our performances are a little bit up and down but we're going in the right direction and we just need to string a little bit of form together which we'd all like to do of course."

Link: Russell Slade Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Between Yeovil and Brighton.


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10 October 2009 : MacDonald Leads Wales To Victory
Captained by Shaun MacDonald, the Wales U21 side extended their lead in Qualifying Group Three for the UEFA U21 European Championships 2011 to seven points with a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 this afternoon. However, although in a strong position, the Welsh have now played all their home fixtures and will thus need to hold their form on the road to clinch a place for the Finals.

The first half was something of a non-event, with both sides failing to get any grip on the match. Yeovil fans were likely to be primarily interested in the form of MacDonald, and in truth he was struggling to make an impact in that opening period. At the break manager Brian Flynn did some tweaking of players' positions and formation, and both MacDonald and Wales became more effective in the second half. Two goals from Ched Evans, the second in time added on after the ball was delivered from the left by MacDonald, settled the destination of the points.

Final score: Wales 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0

Next up, Wales will travel for the reverse fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Grbavica Stadium, Sarajevo, on Wednesday 18th November 2009. Assuming MacDonald is again selected, the Glovers are unlikely to be impacted by this mid-week fixture unless the Round One F.A. Cup tie goes to a replay.


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10 October 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton had his usual post-match at with the BBC. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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10 October 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
If you were at Huish Park this afternoon, don't forget to cast your votes for this afternoon's Man of the Match. Choose your top three from the 2-2 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting Form : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion.


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10 October 2009 : Yeovil 2 Brighton 2 : Murray Grabs His Century Of Goals In Yeovil Comeback
Yeovil Town came from two goals down to gain a home point against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park this afternoon. In a pulsating match that more resembled a cup tie than a league match, six bookings and four goals in a see-saw of a match saw Brighton take the lead through an early Andrew Crofts strike and a second from Liam Dickinson. But former Bristol City winger Scott Murray put Yeovil back in it just before the half time break with his 100th career goal, and he became the Huish Park hero when he slotted home a pressure penalty eight minutes from time for his 101st after Terrell Forbes was judged to have been fouled by Jake Wright.

The Glovers went into the match without a large number of players available due to international duty, although Alex McCarthy had been given permission to come back from Coventry on Friday afternoon before the England Under-21s match, thus ensuring that he got a good night's sleep before the game. Craig Alcock started as a centre-back, with manager Terry Skiverton refusing to revive his playing career, despite the Glovers being down to just one recognised centre-back. Meanwhile Sam Williams returned as a lone striker to replace Craig Davies.

The Glovers did not exactly get off to a good start, with Brighton well on top and grabbing an early goal. A deep ball into the box was only half cleared by Craig Alcock, and from the edge of the box, former Gillingham midfielder Andrew Crofts drilled the ball home to give the Seagulls an early lead. Brighton were dominant in the early exchanges, with Nicky Forster sending a long range drive just over the crossbar, with McCarthy struggling to get near the attempt.

Yeovil gradually came back into the game, with Scott Murray in particular challenging Brighton youngster Jake Wright frequently on the right flank although without too much end product once the ball got into the Seagulls box. Brighton had appeals for a penalty turned down when Liam Dickinson took a tumble in the box under pressure from Jean-Paul Kalala. It looked a worthy shout, but he won't have helped his case by taking a number of more dubious falls earlier in the game - sometimes players dig their own graves and thus introduce doubt into referees minds. That said, referee Oliver Langford was not stamping his authority on the game with some odd decisions throughout the half.

The Glovers got their first shot on target 10 minutes before the break when Scott Murray put in a ball to Andy Welsh, but his shot was relatively comfortable for Michel Kuipers to save. It had been a half of football to forget for the Glovers but they will have felt aggrieved by the way that they fell a further goal behind. Five minutes from half time, Brighton doubled their lead through controversial means, after referee Langford judged that Sam Williams had taken a dive after Tommy Elphick had challenged him for the ball. Williams got booked and Brighton got a free kick which Michel Kuipers took, and the long ball into the box ensured that Liam Dickinson was on hand to make it 2-0.

Just as the game entered injury time though, the Glovers finally got a foothold in the game. Sam Williams was involved in the build-up when he took a free kick on the halfway line but Andy Welsh slipped the ball back to Williams who threaded it again to Scott Murray and he was on hand to slot the ball home for his first goal for the Glovers and for his 100th goal in his Football League career. Perfect timing to send Yeovil in at half time with their tails slightly up.

The Glovers made a bright start to the second half, albeit without creating too many clear cut chances. Liam Dickinson went close for the opposition though, sliding in and just missing a ball to the far post. Jonathan Obika came on as a substitute to freshen things up, with Yeovil switching to a more conventional 4-4-2, with Obika joining Williams up front, and his header from an Andy Welsh corner went wide of the mark when it probably should have hit the target. The game was getting very stretched, with the Glovers pushing numbers up for an equaliser, and Nicky Forster almost caught the Yeovil defence short when he broke and shot wide of the target.

The 4-4-2 formation became 4-3-3 as Scott Murray joined Obika and Williams up front and Yeovil took more and more gambles to get back into the game. Brighton tried to slow down the tempo with their throw-ins and goal kicks becoming painfully slow and the clock frustratingly ticked down. But with eight minutes remaining, Jake Wright, who had only just been booked for a foul on Scott Murray, was judged to have fouled Terrell Forbes, and up stepped Scott Murray to net his second goal of the game by firing straight down the middle.

With the scoreline 2-2, neither team seemed sure whether to attack or to defend, although the Glovers finished the more likely team to snatch a late winner. Some late bookings showed how fiercely contested the game was and although Yeovil could have grabbed all three points, they should be happy to have come out of the game with a point, having been two goals down earlier in the game. Given how many players were missing today, it was an impressive result and one that shows that the Glovers have got a bit more depth in their squad than they had this time last year. Scott Murray's performance in particular was a huge plus as he easily had his best game in a green and white shirt. The result lifts Yeovil one place into 17th, with Brighton still 4th from bottom, and with next week's opponents Carlisle United losing at home, they will go into their next match with great optimism.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Scorers: Andrew Crofts (0-1, 6 mins), Liam Dickinson (0-2, 41 mins), Scott Murray (1-2, 45 mins), Scott Murray (2-2, 82 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
18. Andy Lindegaard 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Craig Alcock 3. Nathan Jones
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. George O'Callaghan
16. Scott Murray 10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Andrew Welsh
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh 23. Danny Hutchins 26. Jonathan Obika (58 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin 34. Rob Clowes

Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-2):
1. Michel Kuipers
27. Gavin Hoyte 12. James Tunnicliffe 4. Tommy Elphick 5. Jake Wright
19. Arron Davies 20. Andrew Crofts 18. Gary Dicker 26. Elliott Bennett
9. Nicky Forster 10. Liam Dickinson

Substitutes:
22. Graeme Smith (GK) 3. Jim McNulty 7. Dean Cox (73 mins for Arron Davies) 15. Gary Hart 17. Glenn Murray (58 mins for Liam Dickinson) 21. Matt Thornhill 23. Adam Virgo.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (diving, 41 mins), Jean-Paul Kalala (foul, 67 mins), Jonathan Obika (foul, 90 mins)

Brighton Bookings: Nicky Forster (dissent, 55 mins), Jake Wright (foul, 80 mins), Glenn Murray (foul, 90 mins)

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,412


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10 October 2009 : Skivo's Pre-Match Interview Against Brighton
Just before kick-off today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match against Brighton and Hove Albion. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Brighton.


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10 October 2009 : Glovers Appoint New CoE Manager
Yeovil Town have appointed Scott Green as their new Centre of Excellence Manager. He will report directly to Yeovil Town's Head of Youth Mo Hopkins who has been heading up the CoE up until now. Scott will concentrate on the age levels up to and including the Under 16s, leaving Mo free to dedicate himself to the Under 18s side, as well as his overall responsibilities for the club's Youth strategy.

Scott is 39 years old, and is an experienced former professional footballer who has played more than 500 league games for Derby County, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Telford United and Wrexham. He also has management experience with Ashton United who he was player-manager for during 2006-07. He is a right-back, who was part of the Wigan squad who won the Autowindscreen Shield (aka the Football League Trophy) final at Wembley in 1999. He also played for Bolton in the 1995 Football League Cup Final, as well as the 1991 Play-Off Final against Tranmere Rovers.


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10 October 2009 : Youth Team vs AFC Bournemouth Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 1-2 at home to AFC Bournemouth this morning, in their return to Youth Alliance League action. The Glovers were missing four key players this morning, with Sam Ford injured, Ciaran Levet and Lloyd Matthews both ill and Robert Clowes called up into the first team squad and went 2-0 down before a Rhys Baggridge header gave them some hope.

The game started with Bournemouth clearly on the attack and dominating the early stages. A fumble by Steve Boore during the first minute saw him lose the ball in the wet conditions on the edge of his box, but the loose ball was hacked away. Boore quickly redeemed himself with an outstanding save with his feet three minutes later as a Bournemouth striker headed through on goal with a one-on-one chance. Midway through the first half, Boore saved Yeovil again, as another Bournemouth chance went begging.

As such there was little surprise when Bournemouth took the lead 10 minutes before the break. Steve Harris misdirected a header across his own goal, and Bournemouth's Dan Strogwell was on hand to give the Cherries the lead. They doubled it eight minutes into the second half when a right wing cross was converted by Patrick Hestler to put Bournemouth two goals up.

The Glovers introduced two Under 16s players midway through the second half and began to liven up as the game went on, putting pressure on the Bournemouth goal. That pressure was rewarded 11 minutes from time when Rhys Baggridge headed home from a corner for his first goal in two years. Game on at 1-2.

In second half injury time, the Glovers thought they had got themselves an equaliser when the ball landed in the net through a Yeovil header, but the goal was disallowed for a foul on the Bournemouth keeper in the build-up. Then in the dying seconds, a Tyler Sheppard free kick was well saved by the Cherries keeper, and the away side managed to hang on for all three points.

The slow first half start condemned the Glovers, and although they rallied well in the second half and showed good commitment it was in the end too little too late. A tactical switch to play Lewis Clarke at right-back saw him equip himself well in the new position, whilst both Under 16s players performed well when they came on. The four absentees won't have helped Yeovil's situation today, but they can certainly play better than they did today, particularly in the first period.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 AFC Bournemouth Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Dan Strogwell (0-1, 35 mins), Patrick Hestler (0-2, 53 mins), Rhys Baggridge (1-2, 76 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Charlie Elsworth 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Steve Harris 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Johnny Oliver 8. Tom Hopkins 9. Lewis Clarke 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Adam Wakley.

Subs: 12. Sam Ford (not used - injured) GK. Alex Sprake 14. Danny Williams (72 mins for Johnny Oliver) 15. Lewis Morgan (69 mins for Joe Grimstead).


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10 October 2009 : Brighton's White Expecting An Edge To The Game
Brighton and Hove Albion assistant manager Dean White is expecting a good atmosphere at this afternoon's match at Huish Park against Yeovil Town. White admits that he is fully aware of the significance of his manager Russell Slade's return to Somerset, and told BBC Radio Sussex that he expects that produce an edge to the game:

"It will be a decent atmosphere, especially with the fact that Russell (Slade) is coming back (to Yeovil). Obviously that is going to have a certain edge to it. But it's a decent place and there's always a good atmosphere and quite a vociferous crowd. But we need to go there and get a result."

The former Glovers boss is likely to get a mixed reception for this afternoon's game, after leaving Huish Park in February after a row with the Glovers hierarchy. But White believes that Slade should be welcomed back with open arms:

"For the job that he did whilst he was there, they should be bending down on hands and knees to him and thanking him for almost taking them to the Championship. For a club like Yeovil, that is unbelievable. To be 90 minutes from the Championship shows just what a great job he did."


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10 October 2009 : MacDonald Gets Armband
Shaun MacDonald has been given the captain's armband for today's Wales U21 fixture versus Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground in a UEFA Qualifying match for the U21 European Championship.

Team:
1. Chris Maxwell (Wrexham), 2. Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), 3. Neil Taylor (Wrexham), 4. Andy King (Leicester City), 5. Darcy Blake (Cardiff City, on loan at Plymouth Argyle), 6. Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), 7. Ashley Richards (Swansea City), 8. Nathan Craig (Everton), 9. Marc Williams (Wrexham), 10. Ched Evans (Sheffield United), 11. Shaun MacDonald (c) (Swansea City, on loan at Yeovil Town).

Substitutes:
12. David Cornell (Swansea City), 13. Daniel Alfei (Swansea City), 14. Casey Thomas (Swansea City), 15. James Wilson (Bristol City, on loan at Brentford), 16. Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), 17. Jake Taylor (Reading), 18. Elliot Chamberlain (Leicester City).

The match is live on Sky Sports One and Sky Sports HD One, with coverage starting at 12.30 p.m. for a 12.45 p.m. kick-off.


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10 October 2009 : Wales U16 Squad For Huish Park
Wales has announced its Under-16 squad for the Victory Shield fixture at Huish Park on Thursday 15th October, kick-off 7.40 p.m.

C. Dibble (Wilmslow High School, Bury), L. Chambers (Turnford Sports Centre, Arsenal), A. Henley (St Michaels CE High, Blackburn Rovers), W. James (Bowland High, Blackburn Rovers), A. Nicholson (Cramlington, Newcastle United), J. Pike (St Josephs, Swansea City), J. Holt (Joseph Rowntree, Hull City), E. Scotcher (Greenhill, Unattached), G. Higgins (Vega Del Argos, Pena Madridista FC), J. Loveridge (Coedcae, Swansea City), T. Wharton (Fairwater, Cardiff City), L. Newell (Holyhead High, Wrexham), D. John (Cyfarthfa High, Cardiff City), W. Roberts (Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Wrexham), D. Harris (Sawtry Community College, Nottingham Forest), L. Blackmore (Ashdown Technical College, AFC Bournemouth), J. Simmons (Beauchamps High School, Ipswich Town), C. Holden (Hawthorn High, Swansea City).

The match is being covered live on Sky Sports One, with coverage from Huish Park starting at 7.30 p.m. The broadcast will be repeated, again on SS1, at 12.30 a.m. on Friday morning.

Link: England U16s Victory Shield Full Match and Ticketing Details

Link: England Under-16s Squad Chosen For Huish Park Fixture


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10 October 2009 : Skiverton Looks Forward To 'Just Another Game'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has played down the significance of today's match against Brighton and Hove Albion, describing it as 'just another game'. The match has received a degree of hype about it, largely because of the return of former manager Russell Slade, but speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skiverton was keen to put the match into perspective:

"This game for me is not going to win or lose the league, it is not going to get me the sack or keep me in the job. For me it is just another game. It has been dealt with as another set of circumstances that we have got to deal with."

The Glovers go into this afternoon's match with a whole load of players ruled out through international duty and injury, although the paper suggests that striker Sam Williams (hamstring) and right-back Craig Alcock (ankle/dead leg) did return to training this week as hoped and so should be available. Skiverton is confident that he can still put out a good League One side and even predicts as few surprises in the line-up this afternoon:

"I will have 11 very good League One footballers out there ready to play. We are not having to go into the youth team to get an 11 out. They are all going to be first team players with good experience and I am looking forward to the game. I think we have got a good squad of players for the budget we do have and we are looking forward to progressing. A few people have come out of the woodwork and done really well this week. I might surprise some with selections."


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10 October 2009 : Youth Team Line-Up vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are in action this morning against AFC Bournemouth's Under 18s side. The following line-up has been named for the match:

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Charlie Elsworth 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Steve Harris 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Johnny Oliver 8. Tom Hopkins 9. Lewis Clarke 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Adam Wakley.

Subs: 12. Sam Ford GK. Alex Sprake 14. Danny Williams 15. Lewis Morgan.


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10 October 2009 : Skivo Previews The Brighton Game
As part of the build-up to the weekend match against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions about international call-ups, recent results and tactics, Scott Murray's lack of inclusion in games so far, and Terry's relationship with former manager Russell Slade, the full transcript of his interview with BBC Bristol Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Week Leading Up To The Brighton Game.


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9 October 2009 : Mason Starts, Caulker From The Bench
Both Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker saw action this afternoon in the England U19 qualification campaign for the UEFA European U19 Championship. The first of three games to be played in Slovenia saw Mason start and get 54 minutes, while Caulker came off the bench on 62 minutes.

England were two up against Finland in 16 minutes, but went into the break leading only by the odd goal as the Finns pulled one back on 34 minutes. A win was confirmed on 90+2 when England scored a third.

Final score: England 3 Finland 1

Goals: 1-0 Delfouneso 5, 2-0 Mellis 16, 2-1 Roope Riski 34, 3-1 Parrett 90+2

England
1. Declan Rudd, 2. Jordan Clarke, 3. Scott Malone, 4. James Wallace, 5. Reece Brown, 6. Nathan Baker, 8. Dean Parrett, 9. Frank Nouble (18. Ryan Donaldson, 72), 10. Nathan Delfouneso, 11. Jacob Mellis (15. Steven Caulker, 62), 14. Ryan Mason (7. Cameron Stewart, 54)

Substitutes not used: 13. James Severn, 12. Adam Smith, 16. Roarie Deacon, 17. Nathaniel Wedderburn

England's next match is in the same Fazanerija Stadium, Murska Sobota, on Sunday 11th October, against hosts Slovenia; and this stage of the qualification process finishes on Wednesday 14th October against Slovakia at Sportni Park, Lendava.

Link: Caulker and Mason Get International Call-Ups


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9 October 2009 : McCarthy Misses Final Cut In Coventry
Not too surprisingly Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has failed to make the final cut for tonight's England Under 21s line-up against Macedonia. Coach Stuart Pearce has favoured Watford keeper Scott Loach in the starting position, with Blackburn Rovers keeper Frank Fielding on the bench.

On the plus side, that should mean that if Alex is not already on his way home, he will be leaving on final whistle and should be able to play some part in tomorrow's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

England Under-21s: 1 Scott Loach, 2 Micah Richards, 3 Kieran Gibbs, 4 Jack Rodwell, 5 James Tomkins, 6 Michael Mancienne, 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Jack Wilshere, 9 Andy Carroll, 10 Theo Walcott, 11 Danny Rose

Subs: 12 Chris Smalling, 13 Frank Fielding, 14 Fabrice Muamba, 15 Junior Stanislas, 16 Zavon Hines, 17 Daniel Sturridge, 18 Danny Welbeck


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9 October 2009 : Youth Team vs AFC Bournemouth Match Preview
Yeovil Town's Under 18s recommence their league campaign tomorrow after four matches in the Youth Alliance Cup. Their opponents are AFC Bournemouth in a match that will take place at Westland Sports' Alvington ground at 10.30a.m. For details of how to get there, follow the link below.

Last weekend saw Yeovil secure qualification into the next stage of the Youth Alliance Cup, having guaranteed at least a top two finish. If their outstanding match against Plymouth Argyle ever gets fulfilled, then they have a chance of winning the group with their final game.

Centre of Excellence Manager Mo Hopkins felt they could have won last weekend's match against Exeter City were it not for what he saw as a loss in concentration. Speaking to the Western Gazette he gave his views on how last week's game went:

"We had enough toold to win the game against Exeter City, rather than draw it, so there was a little bit of disappointment there. Exeter are a decent team and we could have done better than just draw. They play a lot of pass and move football and we tried to deny them the opportunity to play, as well as allow our game to flourish. It worked, up to a point, and just after going into a 2-0 lead we took our mind off the game for a split second and they had scored within a minute of the restart. You cannot afford to switch off for a second; they have got to be on the ball until the final whistle."

Exeter Head of Youth Simon Hayward also had mixed feelings about last weekend's result. However, he praised his side's resilience in fighting back from two goals down:

"We were the better side in the opening 20 minutes but there wasn't any tempo about the way we moved the ball. We didn't cause them too many problems early on and we made two mistakes for both their goals. But as so often this season our response was terrific and we pulled a goal back immediately. Josh Searle slid a pass into Tim Nichols and he spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed him with his first touch. Tom then scored from close range to make it 2-2 — a result that we deserved. We are obviously disappointed with the couple of mistakes that have cost us goals. But to finish the group stages unbeaten is a good achievement from the lads."

Tomorrow's match is open for all to attend, with free admission, and the 10.30a.m. kick-off leaves plenty of time for you to get along to Huish Park later in the afternoon.

Link: Westland Sports, Alvington Ground Details.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Cup Group Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Goals.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.


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9 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Russell's Return A Reality Check
With former manager Russell Slade making his first return to Huish Park since February, it would be hard to imagine Taff's Gloversblog not giving it a mention. Taff previews tomorrow's match against Brighton and Hove Albion and the prospect of Russell's Return, as well as the possibility of Skivo getting his boots dirty again.

Aside from the hullabaloo of tomorrow, this week also saw another off-the-field issue quietly shuffled under the carpet. Taff laments the death of the long running Membership Scheme proposals and the way it finally disappeared. Read on and share your views via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Russell's Return A Reality Check.


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9 October 2009 : Slade Fit To Face Glovers
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade will definitely be travelling with the Brighton and Hove Albion team coach when they head to Somerset for tomorrow's match. The Seagulls boss was sidelined with a virus yesterday, leaving assistant boss Dean White in charge, but was back at their training ground in Falmer this morning, and so should be fit to line-up in the opposition dugout at 3.00p.m. tomorrow.


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9 October 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park tomorrow in what is a vitally important League One match for both sides. Whilst Yeovil lie in 18th position, the Seagulls are just two points behind with a game in hand, but in the first of the relegation spots.

Whilst much of the pre-match circus and hype will be about Russell Slade's first return to Huish Park since he was controversially dismissed by the Glovers in February, it is the bigger picture that is far more important here. Yeovil have winnable home matches against Brighton (21st) and Carlisle United (19th) before fairly daunting looking trips to Bristol Rovers (3rd) and Leeds United (1st) and it is important that they pick up three or four points from these two matches if they are not to find themselves under pressure to get results in the two trips at the end of this month.

Whilst Slade will inevitably be the media's main focus on the weekend, it shouldn't be forgotten that Arron Davies will also be making his first return to Huish Park. The attacking midfielder is on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the year and is a player that Terry Skiverton tried to bring back to Somerset until the Seagulls stepped in. Glovers assistant boss Nathan Jones still owns a flat in Brighton since his Brighton playing days, whilst goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts was playing for the Seagulls between 2003 and 2005. Reserve keeper Richard Martin is another ex-Seagulls player, having climbed up through their youth ranks. Seagulls physio Jim Joyce will be another familiar face at Huish Park.

If all of that leaves you feeling a little bit dizzy, the Glovers team news is no less complex. The various issues are covered in full depth in yesterday's article but definitely out are Dean Bowditch (shoulder), Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee), Stefan Stam (knee), Steven Caulker (international duty), Ryan Mason (international duty), Shaun MacDonald (international duty) and Craig Davies (banned from playing against parent club).

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will have to race back from Coventry in the small hours tonight after England Under-21s duty, whilst Jonathan Obika will hopefully be ready to return to green'n'white colours after a month out in Egypt with the England Under-20s side. Meanwhile Craig Alcock (ankle/dead leg) and Sam Williams (hamstring) will require assessment to see if they have recovered from their recent knocks.

From all of that, manager Terry Skiverton will have to cobble together a team, and that team could easily include himself for the first time since March. Skiverton's last 90 minutes in football came in the 5-0 Withdean Massacre, with the Glovers boss limping out of the following week's match against MK Dons early on with a foot injury. He hasn't played since and has resisted putting himself on the substitutes bench at all costs, yet with only one central defender in Terrell Forbes fit and available, he may find he doesn't have a choice in the matter. Craig Alcock is his only other alternative, but the right-back has never played in the centre above Reserve Team level. Despite all of that, Skiverton still has more squad options to pick a useful eleven from, than his predecessor had during his final season and it's only once the bench is named that Yeovil genuinely become down to their bare bones.

Russell Slade will have three players absent tomorrow with Adam El-Abd (suspended), Colin Hawkins (heel) and Andrew Whing (hernia) all missing. Striker Glenn Murray (hernia) and left-back Jim McNulty (ankle) are both short of match fitness but featured in the Seagulls midweek match at Leyton Orient in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Neither are likely to start, but Murray in particular should be on the bench. McNulty's appearance was his first competitive match since suffering a horrific February injury against Crewe Alexandra that was so bad that he had to have a kidney removed. Albion are therefore likely to ease him back into football slowly.

Brighton's problems this season have been somewhat self-inflicted. They've suffered five red cards so far this season, with an entire back four and a goalkeeper being dismissed at various points, often leaving them down to 10 men as early as the first half. As such, it's difficult to tell whether they will struggle again this season, or whether their problems stem from their inability to keep eleven men on the pitch. They've only lost once on their travels, although they are currently without a win in four matches in all competitions. Nicky Forster is undeniably the dangerman, with the old war horse having bagged seven goals so far this season, and he will be paired with Liam Dickinson who has got two. There's little doubt at present that they are under-achieving - and have been doing so for a number of years - and the longer they stay in the bottom four, the more the pressure will grow.

Past meetings between the two sides up until last season would have seen you stick your whole house on a Yeovil win. A sequence of WWWW in Yeovil's favour saw the Seagulls as our favourite whipping boys, but last season saw a rather nasty redressing of the situation, with a 1-1 draw at Huish Park and a goal from Darren Way being followed by that scoreline at the Withdean Stadium in March 2009. We've already mentioned it further above, and have no wish to mention Yeovil's record Football League defeat a second time.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park and tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. A lively atmosphere is likely to be in place at the ground, but it's important to remember that regardless of your opinions on Russell Slade - and he seems to have become the 'Marmite Manager' over his time in Somerset - that from 3.00p.m. he is just another opposition manager in the opposition dugout. All focus should be on Terry Skiverton and his team once the whistle is blown.

Link: Slade Finds Himself A Doubt For Huish Park Return.

Link: Team News Finds Murray In A Hurry To Impress.

Link: Seagulls Sign Up Arsenal Defender.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion.


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9 October 2009 : Taylor Gets Wycombe Boot Eleven Games After Promotion
No sooner does one manager get the boot, than another one joins him. Wycombe Wanderers have fired manager Peter Taylor, just eleven games after he led them to promotion. His assistant Junior Lewis has also left the club.

Taylor, who has officially left by "mutual consent", had been in charge since May 2008 and so led Wycombe to promotion in his first season with them. However, even that has been deemed to be not good enough when it has been followed up by just six points from their first 11 games. Wycombe lie in 23rd place in the League One table, propped up only by Southampton.

Head of youth development Richard Dobson is in temporary charge for tomorrow's away match at Gillingham. Taylor now joins John Barnes and Jason McAteer on the dole queue, who were both fired from Tranmere Rovers earlier today.


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9 October 2009 : Barnes Gets The Boot At Tranmere
Tranmere Rovers have sacked management duo John Barnes and Jason McAteer after just eleven games in charge. That has left Club Physio Les Parry in temporary charge of first team affairs, whilst Reserve Team boss Shaun Garnett will assist him.

The decision will have been somewhat embarrassing for Rovers Chairman Peter Johnson after he made the decision to sack manager Ronnie Moore in the summer, despite him coming within nine minutes of leading Tranmere into the play-offs. The implication was that Johnson wanted a 'big name' to try and draw crowds into Prenton Park, and with Barnes and McAteer both having strong Merseyside roots, they were supposed to be a popular choice to do that.

Unfortunately it doesn't matter how big a name you are as a manager if you can't get results. Tranmere currently lie in 22nd place in the table, with only Southampton's 10 point deduction stopping them from being one place lower. They are currently four points adrift of the safety line, and suffered an emphatic 5-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall. Another cup exit at the hands of League Two side Bury appears to have been the final nail in the coffin.

Ironically we suspect that the decision by Sky Sports to choose Tranmere Rovers' home fixture against Stockport County as their Monday night live fixture will have been so they could spend a night fawning over John Barnes' Tranmere Rovers. The titling of Les Parry's Tranmere Rovers won't quite have the same ring to it. But it might give them a better chance of a win.


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9 October 2009 : England Under-21s Gets Free Webcast
Tonight's England Under-21s match against Macedonia will be screened live on the Football Association's website. The collapse of TV broadcaster Setanta has left a lot of TV deals up in the air, and with there being no conventional television bidders to screen this match live, the FA have agreed to show the full match via their website.

Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is in tonight's squad, although it would be a surprise if he played, with Watford's Scott Loach and Blackburn's Frankie Fielding having been ahead of him in the pecking order in the Under-21s past two games. The hope is that if McCarthy does not play, that he can still take part in Yeovil's match tomorrow against Brighton and Hove Albion.

There have been a couple of changes to the original squad for tonight's game. Arsenal's Theo Walcott has joined the squad whilst Aston Villa's Fabian Delph and Sunderland's Lee Cattermole have dropped out.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and unlike the full national squad's match, the game can be viewed for FREE on the FA's website. They haven't explained exactly where their link to start the viewer will be displayed, but we'd hope it would be visible from the England Under-21 sub-section of their site below.

Link: The FA Website: England Under 21s Section.


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9 October 2009 : Seagulls Sign Up Arsenal Defender
Tomorrow's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion have strengthened their back line with the loan signing of Arsenal defender Gavin Hoyte. The 19 year old is the younger brother of Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte and has arrived at the Withdean on a month's loan.

He can play centre-back or right-back, but it would seem likely that Brighton will be using him tomorrow in the latter position. With regular right-back Andrew Whing out through injury and Adam El-Abd getting a red card last weekend, Brighton's other option is utility player Adam Virgo, but it would seem logical for Hoyte to be slotted in there.

Hoyte has represented England from Under-16 to Under-20 level, and could easily find himself trying to block out a player that he has been training with for the past month. Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika will be making his return to the Glovers squad after his involvement in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where Hoyte has also spent the last month.


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8 October 2009 : Club Abandon Membership Scheme Plans
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they have abandoned plans to set up a club Membership Scheme. Despite plenty of canvassing at the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership (and before that the Customer Charter Meeting) and even a consultation that produced favourable feedback, the club have decided not to go ahead with the scheme.

This week's Western Gazette doesn't directly quote any Yeovil Town representative as explaining why the scheme has been abandoned, but an article states that "it was deemed too expensive as well as likely to be unpopular".

Instead of a Membership Scheme, Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told the paper that members of the Green and Whites Supporters Club will be given priority on cup tickets and other high demand games ahead of the general public instead:

"We have given the Green and White membership effectively what would have happened if we had ran a membership scheme. What we thought is that we have already got the basis of a membership scheme here. What we will do is use the Green and White Supporters' Club as the next level down from season-ticket holders when it comes to consideration with cup tickets."


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8 October 2009 : Team News Finds Murray In A Hurry To Impress
Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray looks likely to get only his third league start of the season on Saturday. With the Glovers painfully short of players for the home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, the former Bristol City player seems likely to take full advantage of the situation and grab a wide slot in the starting line-up.

Until Murray appeared as a substitute on Saturday against Oldham Athletic, the Scotsman had managed just five minutes on the pitch since the second league game of the season, when defeat at Colchester United saw him dropped from the side, only briefly reappearing for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match at AFC Bournemouth. Otherwise Murray has been stuck to the Yeovil Town bench leaving fans questioning what sort of a role Yeovil's club captain would be playing this season.

Scott told BBC Somerset he had found the last few weeks frustrating, but admits that on Saturday he could be in with a good chance of a starting position and that if he gets it, he wants to take it:

"In the last few weeks it's been hard to try and get involved in the team, because the lads have been doing very well. We've had a couple of very tough matches and we've had a few clean sheets as well. The next two games are vital for us, with home games against Brighton and Carlisle and then we've got a nice little trip to Bristol (Rovers). So I want to keep myself fit and that's the main thing. I'm definitely available for selection and if I get my chance I need to take it really."

Murray scored a hat-trick in a midweek friendly win over Dorchester Town, giving the best possible sign to manager Terry Skiverton that he is ready to be thrust back into the action. The Yeovil boss agrees and told the Western Gazette that he was putting Scott's lack of action down to an injury sustained in pre-season that has left him playing catch-up:

"Scott has put a real dilemma in my head. He is getting his fitness every day and he came on last week and I think put in a really good performance. All the fans know what he can bring and now injury has cleared up 100 per cent he is starting to get his match fitness. Because of what happened in pre-season we have not seen a lot of Scott, but he will play a major part for Yeovil Town this season and it could start on Saturday."

One player who seems unlikely to make it into the side on Saturday is team captain Stefan Stam. He remains out of contention with a knee injury. That leaves Skiverton possibly in line to make his first full appearance for the club since the match against ... Brighton and Hove Albion. Skiverton appeared to have more or less hung up his boots since becoming manager, and only made one start following the Withdean Massacre in March, but with Steven Caulker on international duty and Stam out injured, it could be a return of the Skiverton and Terrell Forbes partnership. Craig Alcock has occasionally played for the Reserves and Youth team in a centre-back role, but it is certainly not his natural role.

Dean Bowditch (shoulder), Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee), Ryan Mason (international duty), Shaun MacDonald (international duty), Craig Davies (blocked from playing against parent club) are all definitely out as well. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy should rush back from Friday night's Under-21s match in some capacity, whilst as yet there is no suggestion that striker Jonathan Obika has been called up to the England Under 19s team. He should therefore make his first appearance for the Glovers for a month.


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8 October 2009 : Football League Make Leeds Ownership Enquries
Further to our earlier article concerning the ownership of Football League clubs, the Football League's Board have issued a statement today. As part of that statement, the League have confirmed that "it was unanimously agreed that it will be the policy of the Board to insist that it is informed, with supporting evidence provided, of the ultimate beneficial owners of all Football League clubs."

This now puts the obligation upon League Two side Notts County and League One side Leeds United to provide such information. County are already undergoing such a process and the League seem hopeful of "concluding matters in the near future".

Of Leeds, the League's statement is far more terse in its tone, suggesting that they will be opening up an investigation into the club's ownership structure, more than two years after Chairman Ken Bates first put a submission in for the Yorkshire side:

"The Board noted recent allegations made about the ownership of Leeds United Football Club. The League has written to the club seeking clarification. No further comment will be made on this matter until a response has been received."

Of Queens Park Rangers shareholder Flavio Briatore, the League speak of "due process" and have spoken of the need for further responses from him before commenting further.


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8 October 2009 : Slade Finds Himself A Doubt For Huish Park Return
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade could miss his return to his former club. The Brighton and Hove Albion manager is due to make his first appearance at Huish Park since his controversial dismissal in February when the Seagulls arrive in town on Saturday.

Russell is suffering from a virus that has stopped him from taking their training session today, with assistant manager Dean White taking over the reins. White has told the Brighton Argus:

"He's poorly. Hopefully he'll be okay tomorrow to travel down with us to Yeovil."

Whilst Slade may not receive the warmest of welcomes from various members of the Huish Park hierarchy, assuming he makes the journey, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has stressed to the Western Gazette that he will welcome him back:

"I like Russell as a person, he was a good manager, I enjoyed playing under him and it will be good to see him. Russell will come here and set his stall out and it will be a very tough game for us. They are a good side, a big club, they have got a massive budget and they are another team that we are fighting against and we are looking forward to doing so."

Saturday's match against Brighton kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the day of the game. Buy tickets before Friday 6.00p.m. if you want to take advantage of the pre-match prices.


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8 October 2009 : Unmasking The Real Owners Behind Football Clubs
Yesterday's news concerning a speech made by Football League Chief Lord Mawhinney appears to have reignited the debate concerning the ownership of football clubs. In particular the League's Fit and Proper Person Test and the issues of performing that test when no-one knows who owns their football club appear to be back on the agenda with the Football League's Board.

When the owners of a football club are unknown, how can the game be regulated and its integrity upheld? And what impact does such secrecy have upon that club's relationship with its supporters and generally in football? These issues are discussed in another Football League Blog entry.

Follow the link below, and feel free to provide your own views. The last Taff's Gloversblog entry has provided plenty of debate, whilst Tuesday's Football League Blog entry on matchday attendances also provoked some good replies, so feel free to contribute to any of these as you see fit.

Link: Football League Blog: Unmasking The Real Owners Behind Football Clubs.


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7 October 2009 : Bowditch Injury Update
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch believes he will be back in full training in around five weeks time. The former Ipswich Town player dislocated his shoulder on the opening day of the season against Tranmere Rovers and has not played since.

Dean underwent an operation to repair the damage caused and since then has been on the sidelines. However he has recently resumed light training, although without any involvement with his team-mates due to the fragile state of his shoulder. He has been back to his consultant this week, and believes that he will be able to recommence full contact training in around five weeks, with around a fortnight needed to bring himself back up to something approaching a suitable level of fitness to play in a match.

Bowditch believes that will put him in line for first team availability sometime around the end of November or the beginning of December - pretty much in line with the four month estimate given by the club straight after the injury was diagnosed. However, Bowditch admits that this will not be a hard deadline, with the actual comeback date only likely to be decided once he resumes full training and considers how confident he feels that the injury has fully healed.

Realistically, with no Reserve Team to build up match fitness, Bowditch will need to regain his match fitness from the substitutes bench. Hence anything that he can sneak in before the busy Christmas schedule creeps in and the complications of juggling players during the January transfer window will be a bonus. We naturally wish him well as he continues his rehab.


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7 October 2009 : Football League Chief Addresses Industry Leaders
Today has seen the Leaders in Football Conference take place at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground. The meeting included 1,000 senior executives from international clubs, leagues, federations and associated companies. The Football League's representation came from Chairman Lord Mawhinney, who made a speech on the current state of the game.

His speech concentrated on the financial state of today's game. He considered the problems associated with the Bosman Ruling and how that has created a culture where clubs are put under pressure to sell their players during the final years and months of their contracts, or risk losing them on a free transfer when their contract runs out. However, he also criticised the lack of respect that players had in honouring such contracts when agents and bigger clubs came calling.

Inevitably he talked about the current mounting debt that the football industry is accruing at all levels, with much of the inflation of wages being triggered from the cash-rich Premier League down to Football League level and beyond, and how he regards that as an unsustainable financial model. He pointed out that since 2002, a total of 25 Football League clubs have entered administration as evidence of the problems football clubs face today.

The existence of the transfer window at Football League level, where international transfers are rare, was also brought up, with Mawhinney questioning if it needed to exist for domestic transfers at that level. The Football League have canvassed both the Government and the Football Association to try and pressurise FIFA into relaxing rules that are believed to cost clubs transfer revenue in such circumstances.

Lord Mawhinney outlines the issues and opposition the league currently faces from any attempts to introduce salary caps, but points out where the League have attempted to control their member clubs' finances through sporting sanctions and tax regulations. He also highlights the problems of vetting clubs owned by off-shore companies where the club's true ownership can be hard to determine and thus their 'fit and proper' status remains questionable.

The full transcript of Lord Mawhinney's speech can be found via the link below. You'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader, as it is a PDF file.

Link: Lord Mawhinney's Speech To Leaders In Football Conference.


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7 October 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised minibus travel for Yeovil Town's next away match against Bristol Rovers. Any supporters are welcome to join them. The match takes place on Saturday 24th October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

A full minibus will result in a charge of £7.50 for travel. They are leaving Huish Park at 11.00a.m. and will be parking inside the stadium car park.

To book, either email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone on 01460-76980 (evenings) or text/ring on 07837-265-525 (mobile) any time.

At present they only have three spaces left, so make your booking as soon as possible.


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7 October 2009 : October 2009 Fixtures Poster - Revised Edition
The Fixture Poster for October 2009 has been revised to include the Kids For A Quid match that is on offer for the Carlisle United game in just over a week's time. If you've not downloaded the previous poster, or want to replace the poster you've previously put up, please use the amended version, available via the link below.

These posters are being produced by a couple of Glovers fans to help publicise games around the Somerset and Dorset area and these are being made available for download in case you have a workplace, school, club or local shop where you would be able to display the poster. Hence if you can help, please print out this poster and get it displayed wherever you can. Obviously remember to seek the permission of anyone who may own the building or notice board where you plan to display the poster!

For any enquiries or advice on where to display the posters, or if you just want to drop a line to let us know where they are being displayed, drop Pat Custard an email at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

If you don't have access to a printer, Pat usually leaves a supply with Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley in Huish Park Reception, so if you're going to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, pop into reception and pick up a copy.

Link: October 2009 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster (Revised Version) (opens in Microsoft Word).


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6 October 2009 : What A Difference A Gate Makes
Many is the time that we have all stood on a terrace during a second half break and played 'guess the attendance'. We scour the ground for how many empty seats there are, how many the opposition brought with them, and do a rough guess based on previous crowds. We wait for Dave Linney (or in past days Bryan Moore) to voice the official crowd over the tannoy.

These days though, you're in the wrong place in the ground to be guessing the attendance. It's actually the Ticket Office that you should be hanging around to make your predictions at many grounds, not how many people are inside the stadium. Read on to find what effect a number of changes around the Football League are having upon supporters' perceptions of what a crowd is, and just exactly what the PA announcer means when they say "The attendance today is ..."

Link: Football League Blog : What A Difference A Gate Makes.


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6 October 2009 : Kids For A Quid For The Carlisle Match
As the match is just under two weeks away, a reminder that there is a Kids For A Quid offer coming up at Huish Park. The home match against Carlisle United on Saturday 17th October will allow all spectators aged Under 16 to gain admission for ONE POUND ONLY.

There are no strings attached, no limit on numbers, no adults required, no forms to fill in. Simply take a one pound coin to the Huish Park Ticket Office and exchange it for a Junior (Under 16) matchday ticket for the Carlisle game. And whilst you're at it, tell your friends, neighbours, class-mates and get them to all come down to Huish Park for the day. For full details, see our July news item below.

Link: Hartlepool And Carlisle Get Kids For A Quid Offer.


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5 October 2009 : Glovers Win Behind Closed Doors Friendly
Yeovil Town beat Dorchester Town tonight at Huish Park in a friendy tonight. The Glovers won 4-1 in a game that was played behind closed doors.

Right-winger Scott Murray scored three, whilst striker Andre McCollin netted the other goal for the Glovers.


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5 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Curate's Egg
On the back of three promising results achieved by the first team over the past fortnight, Taff takes a step back to see where we are. In the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog both on the pitch and off the pitch issues are considered along with the past, present and future as the first quarter of the season is summed up.

Head via the link below for the latest article and use the comment facility if you want to record your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Curate's Egg.


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5 October 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Brighton and Hove Albion have been announced. The man in charge will be Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is fairly new on the Football League refereeing scene, having only spent just over one season at this level.

Although we've had him on a number of occasions as an assistant referee and as a fourth official, we've only had him once before as the man in the middle and that was for March 2009's home match against Northampton Town, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the Glovers.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level, it would appear that he is an official that the authorities are looking to fast-track through the system, still in his late twenties.

So far, so good, in our eyes at least. The match against the Cobblers didn't see him as worthy of a mention throughout our match report, which is always a good sign. So far this season he's done a slightly top-heavy 30 yellow cards, with just one red card across eight matches and took charge of Brentford's home match against Swindon Town on Saturday, dishing out four yellows

Mr Langford will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

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


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5 October 2009 : Youth Alliance Cup Second Round Draw
Despite Yeovil Town's Under 18s still having one more match left to play in their group, against Plymouth Argyle, the result of that game appears to matter little with the draw for the next stage having already been made. They face an away match against Bristol Rovers, who they have already played twice this season.

Queens Park Rangers v Brentford
Exeter City v Colchester United
Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town
Swindon Town v Gillingham
Northampton Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Plymouth Argyle v Millwall
Oxford United v Peterborough United
Brighton and Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth

The matches are scheduled to be played on Saturday 7th November, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off, subject to individual clubs confirming local arrangements.

The Second Round draw means that Yeovil face Rovers for the second time in the cup competition, having already beaten them by a 3-2 scoreline during the group stages. Earlier in the season, Yeovil lost 1-2 in a league match. Both matches took place at the AXA Sports and Social Club, and it is assumed that this venue will also be used for the November tie.

As yet, the revised fixture for the match against Plymouth Argyle, which will act as a group decider for the Glovers and Exeter City, is still outstanding.


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5 October 2009 : Caulker In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town defender Steven Caulker has made it into the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. The on-loan Tottenham Hotspur player has been in great form in the past couple of weeks in a consistent partnership with Terrell Forbes and that saw him finish runner-up in our September 2009 Player of the Month vote.

Steven becomes Yeovil's 6th nomination into the Football League's Team of the Week, and given that he has been part of a defence that has kept three clean sheets in a row, with 0-0 draws at Oldham Athletic and Millwall and a 2-0 win over Brentford this is a highly deserved nomination.

Left-winger Andy Welsh was included in the League Paper's Team of the Week in yesterday's newspaper. The Football League's version is as shown below:

Ben Williams (Colchester)
John White (Colchester), Steven Caulker (Yeovil Town), Gary Doherty (Norwich), Andy Frampton (Millwall)
James Dunne (Exeter), Ryan Harley (Exeter), James Henry (Millwall), Matthew Robson (Carlisle)
Alex Revell (Swindon), Grant Holt (Norwich).

The League Paper's version of the team is as follows:

Willy Gueret (MK Dons), Danny Bath (Colchester United), Tamika Mkandawire (Leyton Orient), Andy Frampton (Millwall), Radhi Jaidi (Southampton), James Henry (Millwall), Jon-Paul McGovern (Swindon Town), Francis Laurent (Southend United), Andy Welsh (Yeovil Town) Scott McGleish (Leyton Orient) Grant Holt (Norwich City).

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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5 October 2009 : September 2009 Player Of The Month Result
September was not the best of months for the Glovers, with one win, two draws and three defeats, including an exit from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The month ended though in more positive style, with a win over Brentford and an away point at Millwall to give matters a slighly upward look.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting across the six games, the individual match winners were Steven Caulker (Millwall and Southampton), Andy Welsh (Brentford), Jean-Paul Kalala (Stockport County), Terrell Forbes (Swindon Town) and Richard Martin (AFC Bournemouth). It's therefore no surprise to find those players occupying the top five positions in the September 2009 Player of the Month vote.

Three players, however, were well ahead of the pack, having scored consistently throughout the month. Central defensive pairing Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker have set up a strong partnership at the back and they came in 3rd and 2nd respectively. Top of the tree though was Jean-Paul Kalala, who has put in some excellent performances as a defensive midfielder since returning to the club at the start of September. Full results, including the weighted percentage of the vote cast, are as follows:

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 17.9
2 Steven Caulker 17.2
3 Terrell Forbes 15.2
4 Richard Martin 9.5
5 Andy Welsh 7.6
6 Craig Alcock 5.6
7 Sam Williams 4.9
8 Shaun MacDonald 4.5
9 Keiran Murtagh 4.4
10 Ryan Mason 3.6

Don't forget that if you were at Boundary Park on Saturday, your votes for the 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic are very much appreciated. Choose your top three, plus performance and entertainment rankings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

Link: Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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5 October 2009 : No Appeal From Seagulls
Brighton and Hove Albion have decided against appealing the red card issued to Adam El-Abd in Saturday's home defeat by Milton Keynes Dons, according to The Argus. As a result El-Abd will definitely be missing three matches, including next Saturday's visit to Huish Park.

Despite manager Russell Slade approaching the referee to ask him to review his decision, Paul Taylor was not persuaded:

"I’ve seen it again and it looks stuck on to me. It did not look good."

Deemed serious foul play, as the defender went in to contest a ball with foot high and studs showing and caught Richie Partridge, El-Abd will miss tomorrow's Football League Trophy match versus Leyton Orient, and league games against Yeovil Town and Gillingham. He is the fifth Brighton player to be red carded in their last eight matches.

Link: Seagulls Waiting On Red Card Appeal


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4 October 2009 : Torquay vs Yeovil Town U18s Photo Gallery
In early September, Yeovil Town's Under 18s side played Torquay United in a Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage match. The Glovers won an amazing game by an 8-2 scoreline, thanks to three goals from Robert Clowes, two each for Adam Wakley and Lloyd Matthews and another from Johnny Oliver.

There is now a 98-strong action photo gallery from that match available via the link below, capturing the players and many of the goals that were scored that day. Follow the link below to view it in full.

Link: Yeovil Town U18s vs Torquay United U18s : Action Photo Gallery.

Link: Yeovil Town U18s vs Torquay United U18s : Match Report.


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4 October 2009 : Millwall Man of the Match Result
Last Tuesday's trip to South-East London saw the Glovers come away with a 0-0 draw in a resolute performance and a game that could have easily gone either way. Again, the defensive midfield pair of Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala had fine games, snuffing out much that Millwall had to offer and restricting them to a lot of long range attempts.

However, the performance of Steven Caulker was the one that caught the eye of those at the New Den the most, and he wins the Man of the Match vote for the final game in September. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Steven Caulker 42 (3)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 28 (2)
3 Shaun MacDonald 28 (1)
4 Sam Williams 22 (1)
5 Terrell Forbes 16 (1)
6 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
7 Alex McCarthy 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.89

Performance: 7.33
Entertainment: 6.44

VOTES RECEIVED: 9

Don't forget that if you were at Boundary Park yesterday, your votes for the 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic are very much appreciated. Choose your top three, plus performance and entertainment rankings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

Link: Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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4 October 2009 : McCarthy Gets England Under 21s Call-Up For Macedonia Clash
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has once again been called up into the England Under 21 squad. The Reading player is one of three goalkeepers included in the squad that will face Macedonia in a European Championship Qualifier on Friday 9 October at the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City. Kick-off is 7.45p.m.

McCarthy will be competing with Blackburn Rovers keeper Frankie Fielding and Watford's Scott Loach for the starting position. His selection means that at the very least he will face disruption ahead of Yeovil Town's fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion next Saturday. With the fixture being played on the Friday night, it is possible for McCarthy to head back to Somerset immediately after the game, but his selection for Yeovil's League One fixture will depend upon whether he takes part in the Under-21 fixture on the night. Whether he plays or not on the Friday night, McCarthy should at least make Yeovil Town's bench, with Richard Martin able to take the starting position, if required. The full squad is as follows:

England Under 21s: Frankie Fielding (Leeds United - on loan from Blackburn), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Yeovil Town - on loan from Reading), Ryan Bertrand (Reading - on loan from Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Sam Hutchinson (Chelsea), Michael Mancienne (Wolves - on loan from Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur), Micah Richards (Manchester City), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Chris Smalling (Fulham) Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Tom Cleverley (Watford - on loan from Man Utd), Jack Cork (Coventry City - on loan from Chelsea), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Peterborough - on loan from Tottenham), Junior Stanislas (West Ham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Andy Carroll (Newcastle United), Zavon Hines (West Ham United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).


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3 October 2009 : Seagulls Waiting On Red Card Appeal
Next week's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion will be waiting on the verdict of match referee Paul Taylor after he dismissed Seagulls right-back Adam El-Abd for a straight foul today. El-Abd was given his marching orders in the 26th minute of Brighton's 0-1 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons, with the scores still level.

As things stand, he would receive a three match ban for his dismissal that would rule him out of next Saturday's match at Huish Park against Yeovil Town, but Seagulls boss Russell Slade has asked Mr Taylor to look at the match video to see if they have any hope of an appeal. Slade told the Brighton Argus that he was hopeful of getting the decision reversed:

"We had a look at it at half-time, I spoke to the referee Paul Taylor who obviously I have known over the years. To be fair he is going to have a little look at it. You will find Adam got to the ball before he made contact with the shin pad of an opponent so I think we were dealt a harsh card today. The referee doesn't have to look at the DVD, it's not part of his remit, but he is going to look at it. If the referee puts his hands up and says 'I've made a mistake' then he will support it when we appeal against it."

Brighton will have few problems in filling El-Abd's position in the side next Saturday if he doesn't win his appeal - he was operating in the right-back slot today because of Adam Virgo's suspension incurred for getting two yellow cards in their 1-1 draw last week against Bristol Rovers. Hence if El-Abd doesn't make it, Virgo will be the obvious replacement.

Yeovil's match against Brighton and Hove Albion takes place on Saturday 10th October at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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3 October 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
A reminder to those of you who were at this afternoon's match at Boundary Park that the Man of the Match voting form is available. Choose your top three players from the match against Oldham Athletic, plus performance and entertainment marks along with any other comments you wish to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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3 October 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Following this afternoon's 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from reporter Chris Spittles the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be viewed via the link below. As part of the interview, Skiverton warns that even though striker Jonathan Obika is due to return from international duty this weekend, he is not altogether confident that he will be playing for the Glovers next weekend.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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3 October 2009 : Oldham 0 Yeovil 0 : Unbeaten Run And Clean Sheets Continue
Yeovil Town gained another useful away point with a 0-0 draw at Oldham Athletic this afternoon to give themselves an unbeaten run of three games and no goals conceded during that sequence. In a game dominated by the wind and some fierce tackling from both sides, the Glovers were the only side to get the ball in the back of the net, with Craig Davies having his 'goal' from a Gavin Tomlin cross disallowed for a handball in the execution.

They went into the game making two changes to Tuesday night's side, with Craig Alcock (ankle) being replaced by Andy Lindegaard, whilst a hamstring injury to Sam Williams forced him out, with Ryan Mason displacing him. The latter change made for a bit of shuffling about in the current 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 formation but the basic tactic remained the same.

The formation has undoubtedly turned Yeovil into a far more resolute side, albeit at the expense of some of the attacking play, with Oldham the latest team struggling to break through the midfield pair of Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald. The Latics had the greater possession, but Yeovil carved out the first early chance when Gavin Tomlin put a header over the bar. At the other end, Keigan Parker wasted a great opportunity to give Oldham the lead when he got into a one-on-one with keeper Alex McCarthy, but the striker fired wide of the target.

Ten minutes before the break, Craig Davies got the ball into the back of the net from a Gavin Tomlin cross as keeper Dean Brill seemed to get into a tangle with his own defence, with Davies planting the touch into the net, but referee Nigel Miller ruled that the former Oldham player had used his hand, and so Davies was rewarded with a yellow card for his attempt.

At the other end, Chris Taylor missed two golden opportunities to put Oldham ahead after he burst through on goal. His first strike was saved by Alex McCarthy but when the ball came straight back to him, he shot the rebound over the bar. Overall though, it was a scrappy first period, with Yeovil playing with the wind in their favour, but not really making good use of it.

Yeovil dominated the second half, and whenever Oldham got near their back line, Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker were having terrific games at the back, mopping up almost everything at the back. Even on the rare occasions they managed to get the ball into the Yeovil box they didn't have the men available in numbers. On one occasion Keigan Parker knocked the ball across the face of the penalty area, but it missed everyone in the penalty box and ran through to safety.

Yeovil's dominance though was without creating too many chances of their own. Gavin Tomlin was the creator of one such attempt - his sheer persistence beating Oldham players and riding tackles before he squared the ball back to Jean-Paul Kalala, whose shot was well hit, but went wide of goal. Towards the end, the Latics threatened a winner, with Pawel Abbott particularly influential in their attacks, but the Glovers remained resolute and came out with a deserved point.

The result sees Yeovil drop one place to 18th place, albeit by climbing a further point away from the relegation spots. The team that has dropped into the relegation zone is Brighton and Hove Albion, who lost 0-1 at home to Milton Keynes Dons. With the Seagulls just two points behind the Glovers, next week's match at Huish Park takes on further significance.

Link: Latest 2009-10 League One Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
18. Andy Lindegaard 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
30. Craig Davies

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 16. Scott Murray (59 mins for Ryan Mason) 23. Danny Hutchins (84 mins for Andy Lindegaard) 28. Nathan Smith (87 mins for Andy Welsh) 8. Keiran Murtagh 32. Andre McCollin

Oldham Athletic:
1. Dean Brill
12. Kelvin Lomax 6. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 33. Alan Sheehan
7. Danny Whitaker 14. Dean Furman 26. Alex Marrow 18. Chris Taylor
9. Pawel Abbott 17. Keigan Parker

Substitutes:
23. Josh Ollerenshaw (GK) 4. Jonathan Worthington (46 mins for Kelvin Lomax) 19. Kieran Lee 21. Paul Black 22. Ryan Brooke (65 mins for Chris Taylor) 28. Joe Colbeck (58 mins for Dean Furman) 36. Michael McKerr

Oldham Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (57 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (25 mins, foul), Craig Davies (35 mins, handball), Gavin Tomlin (64 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul).

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham). Assistants: Richard Clark (Northumberland) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Duncan Street (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 4,208 (including 185 Yeovil supporters).


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3 October 2009 : Skivo's Pre-Match Interview At Oldham
Just before kick-off today, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his immediate pre-match thoughts on the Oldham Athletic match. Speaking to reporter Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off At Oldham.


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3 October 2009 : Team Line-Ups For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to the starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Oldham Athletic. Striker Sam Williams has a hamstring strain and so has been left in Somerset, and his place is taken by Ryan Mason who was rested in midweek due to a groin injury.

The other change is more expected, with Andy Lindegaard replacing Craig Alcock in the right-back slot after Craig's problems with a dead leg and an ankle injury forced him out of the game. On the bench that means space for Danny Hutchins to act as the back-up for the full-back positions.

Yeovil are expected to use the same 4-4-1-1 (or 4-2-3-1 depending on how you see the wingers) formation as they've employed in the last two games, with Gavin Tomlin heading back to a wide right position, whilst Craig Davies will play as the lone striker against his old club. Ryan Mason will play as the advanced central midfielder.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
18. Andy Lindegaard 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
30. Craig Davies

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 16. Scott Murray 23. Danny Hutchins 28. Nathan Smith 8. Keiran Murtagh 32. Andre McCollin

Oldham Athletic:
1. Dean Brill
12. Kelvin Lomax 6. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 33. Alan Sheehan
7. Danny Whitaker 14. Dean Furman 26. Alex Marrow
18. Chris Taylor 9. Pawel Abbott 17. Keigan Parker

Substitutes:
23. Josh Ollerenshaw (GK) 4. Jonathan Worthington 19. Kieran Lee 21. Paul Black 22. Ryan Brooke 28. Joe Colbeck 36. Michael McKerr


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3 October 2009 : Kalala Looking Forward To Latics Reunion
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala admits that this afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic will be a big one for him. Kalala is one of four ex-Oldham players in Yeovil Town's squad and although Stefan Stam is expected to be left at home today due to a knee injury, striker Craig Davies is another player wanting to prove himself against his former employers, whilst Terrell Forbes also did time at Boundary Park.

Kalala told BBC Somerset that he wasn't going to hide that playing the Latics would be a big occasion for him, having been released by them at the tail end of last season, but he was conscious of the bigger picture:

"Yes, it is a big game for me and I'm not going to lie that it is a big game. But at the end of the day it is going to be about another three points that we'll be trying to get. On the personal side it is a big game for me. I want to do well because you always want to do well against your former team and that will be no different for me."


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3 October 2009 : Glovers Youth Gain Crucial Draw Against Group Leaders
Yeovil Town gained a crucial point against league leaders Exeter City this morning in their penultimate Youth Alliance Cup Group match this morning. Two goals from Robert Clowes put the Glovers in the driving seat before the Grecians came back with two second half goals.

The Glovers started playing with a 4-3-3 formation, with the midfield trio of Tom Gallagher, Tom Hopkins and Johnny Oliver frustrating Exeter, and making the Glovers difficult to break down. The home side dominated though, and so Yeovil's lead was somewhat against the run of play - Johnny Oliver's shot was parried by the Exeter keeper and Robert Clowes gobbled up the rebound.

The one goal lead saw Yeovil grow in confidence, evening out the game, and they went further ahead just past the hour mark with again Robert Clowes the goalscorer - finishing off a move that led to a one-on-one with Exeter's goalkeeper, with the ball being pushed wide for Clowes to finish off.

However, at 2-0 down, that was the signal for Exeter to fight back. A minute later they grabbed their first goal of the game through Tom Nichols after he lobbed Glovers keeper Steve Boore and suddenly Yeovil's play was sloppy with the players struggling to retain the ball. An equaliser came 12 minutes from time with Tom Nichols again the Exeter scorer from a goalmouth scramble, leaving Yeovil adopting a rearguard action, but Steve Harris in particular was in fine form to block out the Grecians attack.

The point gained though was crucial. Exeter now have completed their fixtures in the Group Stage and lie three points ahead of Yeovil but with an inferior goal difference. The group winners will therefore be determined by the outcome of Yeovil's recently postponed match against Plymouth Argyle, and a win in their final match would ensure that they top the group.

Final Score: Exeter City U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: Robert Clowes (0-1, 22 mins), Robert Clowes (0-2, 63 mins), Tom Nichols (1-2, 64 mins), Tom Nichols (2-2, 78 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Joe Grimstead 3. Lewis Clarke 4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Steve Harris 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Tom Hopkins 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Adam Wakley 10. Robert Clowes 11. Tyler Sheppard

Subs: 12. Lloyd Matthews GK. Alex Sprake 14. Sam Ford 15. Charlie Elsworth


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3 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Line-Up
Yeovil Town Under 18s are playing Exeter City's youth team this morning in a match that could go a long way towards deciding who finishes top of their Youth Alliance Cup Group. The Glovers have named the following line-up below.

As of mid-way through the first half, Yeovil have taken the lead, with a Johnny Oliver shot being followed up by Robert Clowes after Exeter's keeper parried. However, Exeter have been seeing the majority of play so far.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Joe Grimstead 3. Lewis Clarke 4. Rhys Baggridge 5. Steve Harris 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Tom Hopkins 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Adam Wakley 10. Robert Clowes 11. Tyler Sheppard

Subs: 12. Lloyd Matthews GK. Alex Sprake 14. Sam Ford 15. Charlie Elsworth


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2 October 2009 : Skivo Previews The Oldham Game
In between the week's matches against Millwall and Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC on Thursday about the trip to Boundary Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's thoughts can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Week Leading Up To The Oldham Game.


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2 October 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Sweet FA From The FA
There won't be too many web pages you'll read this weekend that feature Oldham on the same article as Rio De Janeiro. The latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog manages just that, taking a big stick and poking the Football Association with it along the way.

Read on, via the link below, and feel welcome to provide your own comments on the topics covered.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Sweet FA From The FA.


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2 October 2009 : Obika To Return Home As England Crash Out
Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Jonathan Obika will be on his way home tomorrow after England crashed out of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the group stages. England finished bottom of their group after they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan - a result that sent both sides out of the tournament.

Obika was an unused substitute in a match where England enjoyed plenty of possession but looked lightweight up front, creating few chances along the way. With 13 minutes remaining Uzbekistan delivered a hammer-blow when Ivan Nagaev exposed the England back line on the counter-attack. Although Alex Nimely produced a great left-footed strike two minutes from time to give England their first goal in this competition for 12 years, a frantic last couple of minutes failed to produce a decisive goal.

The good news is that Obika will now be available for next weekend's League One match with Brighton and Hove Albion, and ought to be back at Huish Park around Monday or Tuesday with any luck.

Final Score: Uzbekistan U20s 1 England U20s 1.

England U20s: Elliott Parish, Kieran Trippier, Matthew Briggs, Martin Kelly, Ben Mee, Matthew James, Paul Marshall, Adam Clayton, Josh Walker(c), Febian Brandy, Alex Nimely

Substitutes: Jason Steele, Jordan Parkes, Michael Woods, Mark Oxley, Gavin Hoyte, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jonathan Obika, Sam Baldock, Gary Gardner, Andrew Tutte.


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2 October 2009 : A Very Advanced Date For Your Diary
For those who like to plan their diaries very far ahead, the start date for the 2012-13 Football League has been announced. The season will kick-off at the later date of 18th August 2012. The reason for the revised date is to avoid a clash with the London 2012 Olympic Games.


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2 October 2009 : Caulker Proud Of International Call-Up
Yeovil Town central defender Steven Caulker admits that he has mixed feelings about the fact that tomorrow will be his last Yeovil Town match for two weeks. The on-loan Tottenham Hotspur player departs on international duty for England Under 19s along with team-mate Ryan Mason after tomorrow's match and will be missing for the October 10th match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Welshman Shaun MacDonald will also be another player missing on international duty and Caulker told BBC Somerset that he was proud to be called up for his country but is still hoping that he doesn't end up missing a game in the process:

"Obviously I'm pleased to be called up because I'd love to play for my country. But it's a bit of a dilemma for the club because Shaun is away as well. I'm not sure what is going to happen, but obviously it would be good if we can get the game postponed. But it's a nice feeling (to be in demand)."


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2 October 2009 : England Under-20s In Must-Win Game
It's not that often that claims can be made that a football match is a must-win game. It is an over-used cliche that is rarely accurate until the final couple of games of the season are reached. Tonight though, the England Under-20 side have a definite must-win game. If they do not beat Uzbekistan in their final Group D match in the FIFA U20 World Cup, then they will be coming home early. Even the win may not be enough, and the situation could easily go down to goal difference. Hence the margin of the win is just as important if England hope to progress.

England need to win tonight, and thus guarantee third spot in Group D, and then hope that they are one of the four clubs in third place with the best records across the six groups. On loan Yeovil Town striker Jonathan Obika will be one of the players trying to score past Uzbekistan tonight, and Head Coach Brian Eastick told the FA's website that performances needed to improve:

"We’ve not played well enough in the first two matches to win those games, that’s quite clear. The first game against Uruguay was a good performance and a very close game, but the second game was a different story. Ghana are a very good team, both athletically and technically. We had a few struggling with illness, and perhaps one or two who started shouldn’t have started because of that illness and I think when you’re playing a team like Ghana, you need to have all players absolutely 100 per cent and at their full potential. We still had one or two chances though, hit the crossbar and could’ve been a goal up. So we need to improve and I think we will improve."

Tonight's match takes place at the Mubarak Stadium in Suez - a new venue for the Three Lions - and the game will be shown live on the British Eurosport channel starting at 8.30p.m. England may not fully know their fate until tomorrow night when Group E and Group F complete their final fixtures in the Group stages of the tournament.


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2 October 2009 : Youth Team vs Exeter Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action tomorrow morning in the latest of their Youth Alliance Cup Group matches. Their opponents are Exeter City, who climbed on top of the group whilst Yeovil's match with Plymouth Argyle was called off last weekend. Exeter are three points clear having played a game extra after they drew a midweek match with Argyle - their first dropped points in the group.

The match will take place at Exeter City's Cat and Fiddle Training Ground which is situated in Sidmouth Road in Clyst St Mary around 3 or 4 miles east of the city, close to M5 Junction 30 on the A3052. Kick-off is 11.00a.m.

Your tastes for motorway driving or A-roads as well as where you're coming from will no doubt dictate what route to take so have a look at the more detailed map below, or a wider area map here. The relevant postcode for those with Sat Nav is EX5 1DP.

Link: Multimap.com : Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, Clyst St Mary.


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2 October 2009 : Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 24th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are initially available to Season Ticket Holders ONLY and they will have priority over purchases until Monday 12th October at 5.00p.m. Prices are as follows:

Seating: Adults: £17.50; Concessions: £9.50
Terracing: Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £8.00

Concessions are Under 16s, Over 65s and NUS Card-carrying students.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users can purchase tickets for £8.00 per pair, but you must purchase in advance as these spaces are limited.

Non-season ticket holders can purchase tickets from Tuesday 13th October at 9.00a.m. subject to availability.

If there are any tickets available on the day of the match, add £2.00 to the above prices for any matchday purchases.

For all purchases, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or phone them on 01935-847888.


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2 October 2009 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long trip up the M6 this weekend where they will take on Oldham Athletic in their second away trip in five days. They will be hoping to continue a very satisfactory week that has seen them pick up four points from two games without conceding a goal, bringing to an end a barren run of form in the league and cups.

They face an Oldham side that is also on a bit of a roll, having beaten Carlisle United, Southend United and Milton Keynes Dons in their last three matches. That has lifted them up to 7th in the League One table, five points and 10 places in front of the Glovers. Their mini-run has seen ex-Blackpool striker Keigan Parker and former Huddersfield Town marksman Pawel Abbott cement their places as Oldham's leading strike duo with four goals in three games between them.

Manager Dave Penney is no stranger to Glovers fans, having managed Doncaster Rovers during their Conference and League Two days as well as getting them promoted into League One. Penney briefly managed Darlington but was installed as Oldham's manager over the summer, and he told the Manchester Evening News that his side needed to maintain their current performance levels if they were to win again on Saturday:

"When you lift your standards as high as we did against MK Dons, then you have to do it again for the next game and back that performance up. Two weeks ago we were fourth or fifth bottom but back-to-back wins have put us in the top ten."

Oldham will go into the match without long term absentees Rob Purdie, Joe Jacobsen, Deane Smalley and Lewis Alessandra. They have also lost Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman to a foot injury. Midfielder Alex Marrow is a slight risk with an ankle injury sustained in midweek, but is expected to recover. Meanwhile former Glover Jon Worthington will be hoping to recover from his own ankle injury that has kept him out for four matches.

Worthington is one of five players with connections with both sides. Whilst Stefan Stam is not expected to make the trip to Oldham, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, defender Terrell Forbes and on loan striker Craig Davies are also former Latics players who will want to put one over the club that decided they were not good enough.

Full Glovers team news can be found in yesterday's article. The expectation is for Stam (knee), Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) to be left at home, whilst Craig Alcock (ankle and dead leg) may well join them if he does not recover from his injury sustained at Millwall in midweek. Midfielder Ryan Mason (groin) and Craig Davies (cramp) ought to be fit enough to travel. Jonathan Obika remains in Egypt with the England Under-20 squad.

Last season's meetings between the two sides saw the Glovers come out on top, with a 2-0 win at Boundary Park via goals from Aaron Brown and Paul Warne in November 2008 being followed up by a 2-2 draw at Huish Park with Gavin Tomlin grabbing both goals. The November win was Yeovil's first ever at Boundary Park with all three previous meetings having ended in defeat.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available from Boundary Park on the day, subject to a matchday surcharge of two pounds in most cases. For full details see the Ciderspace guide below. If you are not going, then BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM throughout the afternoon.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Team News For The Oldham Game.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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1 October 2009 : Team News For The Oldham Match
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that right-back Craig Alcock is very doubtful for Saturday's trip to Boundary Park. Alcock limped out of Tuesday night's match with Millwall at half time after suffering an injury in the warm-ups at the New Den, and that looks as though it may cause him to miss the journey to Lancashire.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset though that he believes Alcock also picked up a dead leg during the game and that is the main point of concern to him at present:

"He didn't train today. We're going to assess him in the morning before we leave and we'll have to go from there. But it's looking a little bit against at the moment. It's nothing to do with the ankle - it's more of a dead leg. So we might give him another 24 hours and we'll have to see tomorrow."

Team captain Stefan Stam has been ruled out of the away trip, due to a knee injury he sustained the day before the match at Southampton nearly two weeks ago. Skiverton explained that he was not prepared to risk the defender against his old club, given that fellow defender Steven Caulker will be on international duty the following weekend for England Under 19s, when Brighton and Hove Albion come to visit. The Yeovil boss explained that Stam would undoubtedly be needed for that fixture and he wanted to give him a full week of rehab to maximise the chances of that happening:

"He's definitely going to be out this weekend. We need to try and get him a good week's rehab under him so that he can be available for next weekend."

Striker Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) remain Yeovil's long term absentees. At present there's no suggestion that any of Tuesday night's substituted players are struggling to make Saturday's match. Former Oldham striker Craig Davies hobbled off midway through the second half, but it appeared to be leg cramps caused by his lack of match fitness and so he will hopefully be ready to face his old club. Midfielder/striker Ryan Mason should also be in contention after being rested in midweek due to an ongoing groin problem.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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1 October 2009 : Brentford Man of the Match Result
Saturday's match against Brentford saw the Glovers gain a 2-0 win that ended a nine match winless streak. The Man of the Match voting went heavily in the direction of the two players who provided the goals that won the game.

Although the consistent performances, as ever, of Jean-Paul Kalala, Steven Caulker and Terrell Forbes once again saw those three feature highly, it was goalscorers Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh who came out on top, with Welsh influential in supplying Alcock his goal as well as grabbing his own.

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

1 Andy Welsh 384 (24)
2 Craig Alcock 216 (14)
3 Steven Caulker 144 (9)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 126 (5)
5 Terrell Forbes 122 (6)
6 Shaun MacDonald 116 (6)
7 Ryan Mason 104 (6)
8 Sam Williams 88 (4)
9 Gavin Tomlin 44 (1)
10 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.04

Performance: 8.24
Entertainment: 7.84

VOTES RECEIVED: 75

A reminder that if you went to the New Den on Tuesday night and saw the 0-0 draw with Millwall, your Man of the Match votes are required for that game. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance values along with any comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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1 October 2009 : Glovers Losing Battle To Get Seagulls Fixture Called Off
Yeovil Town appear to be losing their battle to get their next home match against Brighton and Hove Albion called off. There's been no firm word as to the outcome of the club's second attempt to plea to the footballing authorities for a postponement, but with just nine days before the Seagulls are scheduled to visit Huish Park on Saturday 10th October, it would appear that match is going to go ahead whether Yeovil like it or not.

The issue is that the Glovers are guaranteed to be without defender Steven Caulker and midfielder Ryan Mason who have been called up for England Under-19s duty, along with Shaun MacDonald who will be playing for the Welsh Under-21s that day. Striker Jonathan Obika is currently in Egypt with England Under 20s, although could come home before then. Meanwhile the club are waiting on any news of a call-up for England Under-21 goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for their match in Coventry on the Friday night.

Given that striker Craig Davies will not be allowed to face his parent club on October 10th, none of Yeovil's six loan players are certain to face the Seagulls. Speaking in today's Western Gazette, manager Terry Skiverton feels that his club are being penalised for taking advantage of a system that was specifically introduced to try and accelerate the development of players for the country's international sides:

"The FA are moaning about young English talent not breaking through into top teams so they introduce the youth loan. We bring these players in on a youth loan to help us with no money and also to help young English talent come through. All of a sudden, they get spotted playing for us and doing a good job, they get called up for an international and unfortunately, with budgetary constraints, we have got four or five. I am a bit disappointed with the FA because we are trying to do them a favour and bring that talent through earlier than it would be. The FA cannot have it both ways."

Fellow League One side Leeds United have had no such problems in getting their game with Bristol Rovers postponed on the same day. Australian Patrick Kisnorbo, Slovakian Lubomir Michalik and Scottish striker Robert Snodgrass have all received international call-ups and this was enough for the Football League to grant permission for their match to be called off today.

Although the Glovers have contributed to their own problems by bringing in MacDonald and Davies after they were made aware of the issue, there's something not quite right with the Football Association's rules when one Australian, one Slovakian and one Scotsman are seen as a greater priority to have a game called off than four Englishmen and two Welshmen. Even if the FA and Football League are interpreting their own rules correctly, the rulebook needs to be revisited if it is not to deter the likes of Skiverton from making his best use of young English players. As the governors of the game, the FA should be doing their best to encourage that to happen if their recent concerns about the development of the National Game and the use of "home grown" players is to be seen as more than just platitudes.


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1 October 2009 : Advance Ticket Sales Deadline For Oldham
A reminder to those planning to travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday, that today is the final day for advance ticket sales. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5.00p.m. tonight at the pre-match rate. They will still be available from Boundary Park on Saturday, but like Yeovil Town's pricing structure, most ticket prices go up by £2.00 on the day.

To purchase your ticket, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office by 5.00p.m. or give them a ring on 01935-847888. For full pricing details, see the Ciderspace guide to Oldham below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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