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31 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Swindon 3
Fresh back from his trip to Huish Park yesterday, Taff has submitted his thoughts on the 3-3 draw against Swindon Town. A six-goal thriller, or an error-strewn match? The latest Taff's Gloversblog pulls the game apart, and as usual considers what went right and what went wrong.

If you were at the game (or even if you weren't!) alternative views on the day are as usual welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 3 Swindon 3.


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31 October 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Following yesterday's 3-3 draw against Swindon Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game.


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31 October 2010 : Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place at stadium:mk on Tuesday 2nd November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and the man in charge for the game will be referee Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire). Mr Naylor was promoted to the Football League's referees list over the summer of 2010 and this is the first time we've had him as a man in the middle.

So far this season, his time in the Football League has been extremely low key, with his seven matches having seen just nine yellow cards and zero red cards produced. His final match as a Conference level referee was to take charge of the Conference National play-off final between York City and Oxford United in May 2010 - a suitable way to bow out from taking charge of games at that level.

Mr Naylor will be assisted by James Adcock (Nottingham) and Neil Kinseley (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Gary Young (Bedfordshire).


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31 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Swindon Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's match against Swindon Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

The post-match interview should follow during Sunday.

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


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30 October 2010 : Yeovil Town On Potted History Tonight
Unless we have entirely misinterpreted the BBC Match of the Day preview, tonight's Football League Show will be worth staying up for. Aside from the six goals in this afternoon's match against Swindon Town, tonight's show should be the night that they broadcast Yeovil Town's Potted History feature that was recorded on the day of the Exeter City home match on September 25th.

The MOTD programme dropped a little hint of what to expect - we'll say no more in case you're not aware of the connection. If you miss the Football League Show it is available in BBC iPlayer for up to a week after the show finishes, as well as on the 'Red Button' (excluding Freeview) for a limited period tomorrow.


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30 October 2010 : Skivo: Fundamental Basic Errors Are Costing Us
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has blamed basic errors for costing his side two of the three points they looked to be cruising to this afternoon at Huish Park. The Glovers were 3-1 up with three minutes to go in the home game against Swindon Town, but goals from Sean Morrison and Jon-Paul McGovern saw them throw away the lead, and be forced to settle for a point.

Speaking after the game, Skiverton admitted that it was a worrying pattern in his side's play that they were conceding late goals, with games against Crystal Palace and Bristol Rovers earlier in the season having already cost them:

"To go 3-1 up you think the game is over but we have been conceding too many late goals. Fundamental, basic errors are costing us. To get in winning position and throw it away is a tough one to take."

Skiverton added that his side's start had also not been what he expected, with him needing to make a tactical change 36 minutes into the match to change his side's formation. The Glovers boss had high praise for the performance of striker Dean Bowditch who grabbed two goals in the second period:

"It was topsy turvy to say the least. We started terribly and couldn't string two passes together and I felt I had to make an early substitution to get back into the game after they scored. It was tough on Andy Welsh but the introduction of Sam Williams worked a treat. As soon as he came on we were putting them under pressure and got Dean Bowditch at the races with their centre half to put them on the back foot."

An analysis of the way that Yeovil concede goals offers some back-up to Skiverton's suggestion that they are conceding too many goals late in the game. Whilst the current League One table makes it obvious that the Glovers have the worst goal difference in the division, it is when those goals get conceded that must cause concern.

Based purely upon second half performances, the Glovers have the worst record in League One. In all competitions they have conceded 19 times in the second period, compared to 10 in the first. When the final five minutes of the first half are taken into consideration, the split is even more pronounced - six goals conceded in the first 40 minutes, and 23 conceded in the final 50 minutes.

The statistics would suggest that, defensively at least, the Glovers are not lasting games out - at the other end they have an even balance of eight first half goals and eight second half goals. The tendency to concede more goals as the game goes on - including nine in the final five minutes of each period, with only three scored at the other end, suggests that either tiredness or concentration levels are coming into play - there is no other period of the game in which Skiverton's side are losing out so badly.


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30 October 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
If you were at this afternoon's 3-3 draw against Swindon Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


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30 October 2010 : Yeovil 3 Swindon 3 : A Draw Snatched From The Jaws Of Victory
Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead in a six goal thriller this afternoon at Huish Park, a Swindon Town came back from the dead to grab a 3-3 draw, with Sean Morrison and Jon-Paul McGovern stealing a point for the Robins. The home side looked to have wrapped the game up despite falling behind to a Charlie Austin strike. A Gavin Williams free kick and two second half goals from Dean Bowditch had put them 3-1 up and cruising despite Ben Roberts being forced into goal for the second period. But Swindon's two late strikes sent them back into the relegation zone, ending the day in 22nd place.

The Glovers started the game by making four changes with Andy Welsh replacing Luke Freeman, whilst an injury to Nathan Smith forced Nathan Jones to make a rare start. Adam Virgo recovered from his groin strain, displacing Sam Williams and with Owain Tudur Jones moving back into midfield, whilst Shaun MacDonald came in for Ed Upson.

The first period, or at least the opening 45 and a half of the first period, was not good for the Glovers, and overall was a poor quality one for both sides. Paul Caddis shot a long ranger over the bar for the visitors whilst Gavin Williams did the same for the Glovers.

But the scoring was opened with some poor defending from the Glovers midway through the half. Matt Ritchie's cross into the box looked harmless enough, with three Yeovil players in the box and only Charlie Austin present for the visitors. But stand-in captain Paul Huntington sliced the ball off his knee, and Austin took advantage, putting Swindon a goal up.

The Glovers were giving the ball away inside their own half way too frequently, almost inviting trouble, and in one such skirmish, Matt Ritchie and Stephen Henderson went in for a loose ball with Henderson bravely saving but getting Ritchie's boot on his head for his troubles. It was a physical first half, typical of previous encounters with Swindon - all blood'n'thunder from both sides, but not a lot of quality. Manager Terry Skiverton made a tactical switch, with left winger Andy Welsh the fall guy on 35 minutes, replaced by Sam Williams as the Glovers switched to a 4-4-2. There was nothing particularly wrong with anything that Welsh had done, over and above the rest of his team-mates, but something needed to change urgently.

Right with the last kick of the half, Yeovil got themselves a lifeline. A bit of poor goalkeeping from David Lucas saw Swindon concede a free kick right on the edge of the box. Up stepped Gavin Williams and fired a low equalising goal to make the half time team talk a little bit less shouty, even if Terry Skiverton will have been concerned at the quality of play from his side. At least his half time 'discussion' could be done with a slight smile on his face - the Glovers did not deserve the equaliser that they got at the break, but few in the home end would complain.

The start of the second period brought a few complications as Ben Roberts made his first appearance in a professional match for over six years, as Henderson's head injury forced him to sit out the remaining 45 minutes. With John Sullivan the 'sixth loan' and sat in the stands, Roberts had to put on the Glovers for the first time since a May 2004 Play-Off Final against Bristol City whilst playing for Brighton.

Whatever was said in the dressing room, it transformed the second half. Substitute Sam Williams used his physical presence to get in front of David Lucas five minutes after the break, and his flicked header fell into the path of Dean Bowditch who put the Glovers ahead for the first time in the game.

Ten minutes later, matters got even better, as a long ball over the top from Nathan Jones put Dean Bowditch through and behind the Swindon back four. He finished wonderfully to put the Glovers 3-1 up. Indeed, they could have put the game entirely out of sight as Bowditch grabbed two more chances that went wide of the target as the Glovers dominated the half, with Swindon manager Danny Wilson looking like he was going to explode at times, either with something he didn't like about the officials, or something he liked even less about his players.

As the minutes ticked out though, Wilson's blood pressure was to come down significantly, as his side came back from the dead to snatch a point. The Glovers had been sitting back deeper and deeper after Swindon had gradually pushed men forward through tactical switches and substitutions. From a corner, Sean Morrison was given far too much to plant the ball home, and suddenly it was game on.

For some reason, no-one bothered to put the Huish Park floodlights on for the second period, and as the light gradually disappeared, so did Yeovil's lead in the growing gloom. Substitute Vincent Pericard's cross was only half punched away by Ben Roberts, who had very little to do until the final ten minutes, and as David Prutton pushed the ball to Jon-Paul McGovern, the substitute fired the ball into the top corner to pull two goals back inside two minutes and give Swindon a share of the game.

There was an obvious concern that the Glovers might fall apart entirely as Swindon charged for the winner, but they held out for a 3-3 draw. However, when you're two goals up with three minutes remaining, the final whistle left home players and supporters with their heads in their hands at the disappointment of throwing away the win. The equalising goal also meant that the Glovers dropped down to 22nd in the League One table, when they could have ended the day in 17th. Such are the fine lines between success and failure.

Link: Latest 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Swindon Town 3.

Scorers: Charlie Austin (23 mins, 0-1), Gavin Williams (45 mins, 1-1), Dean Bowditch (50 mins, 2-1), Dean Bowditch (61 mins, 3-1), Sean Morrison (87 mins, 3-2), Jon-Paul McGovern (88 mins, 3-3).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) (46 mins for Stephen Henderson) 7. Andrew Williams (75 mins for Gavin Williams) 9. Sam Williams (36 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Swindon Town:
1. David Lucas
2. Scott Cuthbert 14. Sean Morrison 5. Andy Frampton 3. Michael Rose
6. Paul Caddis 8. Simon Ferry 10. David Prutton 22. Matt Ritchie
16. David Ball 32. Charlie Austin

Substitutes:
12. Phil Smith (GK) 7. Jon-Paul McGovern (46 mins for Simon Ferry) 9. Vincent Pericard (64 mins for David Ball) 18. Alan O'Brien (57 mins for Paul Caddis) 23. Nathan Thompson 34. Will Evans 20. Thomas Dossevi

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (69 mins, foul), Owain Tudur Jones (71 mins, foul)
Swindon Bookings: Andy Frampton (13 mins, foul)

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Lee Collins (Surrey) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Steve Cook (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,671


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30 October 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their line-up for the visit of Swindon Town this afternoon. The surprise is the loss of left-back Nathan Smith, who drops out of the squad through injury, with assistant manager Nathan Jones taking his place. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald's return to the starting line-up following illness sees Ed Upson drop to the bench.

Left winger Andy Welsh returns to the side, with Luke Freeman having missed some training this week with a thigh strain. Finally centre-back Adam Virgo comes back in following his groin strain, with striker Sam Williams dropping to the bench, which means that Owain Tudur Jones moves back into midfield.

The exact formation and line-up isn't known yet, but one of the more likely ones is that the Glovers will employ a 4-4-1-1 with Gavin Williams playing just behind Dean Bowditch.

Yeovil Town: (Possible 4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andrew Williams 9. Sam Williams 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Swindon Town:
1. David Lucas
2. Scott Cuthbert 14. Sean Morrison 5. Andy Frampton 3. Michael Rose
6. Paul Caddis 8. Simon Ferry 10. David Prutton 22. Matt Ritchie
16. David Ball 32. Charlie Austin

Substitutes:
12. Phil Smith (GK) 7. Jon-Paul McGovern 9. Vincent Pericard 18. Alan O'Brien 23. Nathan Thompson 34. Will Evans 20. Thomas Dossevi


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30 October 2010 : Interview With Ed Upson
Immediately after last weekend's 2-0 defeat at the hands of League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town's midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC about the game. Ed was making his full début for the Glovers, and he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, with the full transcript available via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-2 Defeat Against Brighton.


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30 October 2010 : Further Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt's Funeral
Further arrangement have been made for the funeral of former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt, which takes place this coming Wednesday. Colin's family have requested Family Flowers Only at the funeral.

Those wishing to make donations may do so by sending cheques payable to "The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS (Sidmouth Ward)". These should be sent via the funeral director as follows:

Address: David Greedy, House of Grace, 220 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire. RG45 6DS.

Other arrangements are detailed in our earlier news item, linked below.

Link: Funeral Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.

Link: Skivo: Big Col Saved My Footballing Career.


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30 October 2010 : Interview With Owain Tudur Jones
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones spoke to the BBC about his time at the club. In an interview conducted between the Walsall and Rochdale away games, BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson talked to him about those games, as well as his feelings on being a loan player at another club and his expectations for the future. Note that since the interview was conducted, Owain agreed a third and final month's extension to his loan deal at the club.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Rochdale Game.


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29 October 2010 : Executive Transport For Swindon CEO's Huish Park Visit
Normally the Chief Executive of any high-ranking football club will roll into the gates of their opponent's club in something expensive and shiny, such as a Jaguar or a Bentley car, with tinted windows a must. Tomorrow's opponents Swindon Town will see their top man Nick Watkins arrive at Huish Park by ... executive pushbike. Mr Watkins is one of five senior backroom personnel from the County Ground, who are cycling from Wiltshire down to Somerset for the match.

Before you assume that the days of austerity have hit the Swindon Town top brass, they are in fact doing this for local Charity Hop, Skip and Jump which provides day care for Children with special needs in the Swindon area. The Robins have chosen this as their nominated charity of the year, with the target of raising £10,000 over the course of the season. To these ends, they plan to get saddle-sore in cycling to Yeovil, Southampton and Tranmere Rovers during the 2010-11 season.

As a result, Swindon's Chief Executive, Stadium Manager and Media Manager plus two more managers working in the Commercial and Communities part of their club will arrive at the game on bicycles, and have set off for the match today. Hence if you see them on your way to Huish Park tomorrow, or as they arrive at the ground, give them a round of applause to keep them going.

The five cyclists will probably be glad that Swindon Town physio Dick Mackey did not go into semi-retirement last weekend. The 63 year old is stepping down as first team physiotherapist after more than 18 years working at the County Ground. He is scaling back his job role to go part time and work for their Youth Team, with Kate Cady taking over his position. Mackey will take his final bow at Huish Park, and thus will hand over his responsibilities after the game.

We don't know if that occasion will be recognised in any shape or form, but if there's an opportunity to do so, then make sure Mr Mackey gets a big round of applause as well. His final act could well be to rub some life into the calf muscles of Swindon's five office managers when they try to stand up to leave Huish Park at the end of the game.

Link: Just Giving : Hop, Skip and Jump Donations Page.


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29 October 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town Match Preview
Whilst the FA Cup First Round draw has occupied many supporters minds this week, it shouldn't be forgotten that Yeovil Town have two League One matches coming up before any 'cup fever' can truly be allowed to take hold. Coming up tomorrow is a localish derby against Swindon Town as the Glovers look to turn their topsy-turvy form this season back in an upward direction, following their two recent defeats.

The Glovers go into the game perilously close to the drop-zone in 20th place and just one point ahead of Leyton Orient and Tranmere Rovers. However, League One continues to be a tight league where one win can make a big difference, and its possible for Yeovil to leapfrog their opponents, who lie in 15th place, if they win on Saturday, with just two points separating the clubs.

Swindon manager Danny Wilson yesterday brought in Millwall defender Andy Frampton on a one month loan and has subsequently said that he plans to chuck him in the deep end. The Robins have let in 13 goals in their last five league games, and Wilson has told the Swindon Advertiser that Frampton is a guaranteed starter:

"Yes. Absolutely. We haven’t kept a clean sheet since I don’t know when. It’s been far too long, and we’ve got to get back to the basics of not conceding goals. That has to be the priority - the basics of good, quality defensive work and then go from there. Andy is very experienced and has been there, seen it, done it at this level. He is the voice and experience that we want, and that we have been desperately looking for since the beginning of the season."

The expectation from their local press is that Frampton will line-up in the centre of defence. They will have to make at least one change to their back four anyway, after full-back Alan Sheehan got himself suspended for a red card last weekend. Former Glover Michael Rose is the most likely beneficiary, although Frampton's arrival gives Swindon further options. Another former Glover Kevin Amankwaah should occupy the opposite flank. Swindon's other doubts lie with skipper Jonathan Douglas (toe) and striker Vincent Pericard (groin) although neither player is out of contention. Winger Alan O'Brien is out though, having suffered an ankle injury whilst playing for their Reserves in midweek.

For the Glovers, captain Craig Alcock is expected to miss out, with him having aggravated his back injury a fortnight ago, resulting in him missing last week's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. Centre-back Adam Virgo also missed last week with a groin injury, but he returned to training yesterday and so the club are just waiting to see if he has any reaction to that problem. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald will definitely return, following illness. On the flipside, Luke Freeman has not been in training due to a thigh strain, whilst there's no word on long term injury victims Stefan Stam (gluteus muscle) and Danny Hutchins (knee). As usual there are a few players, such as Sam Williams and Gavin Williams, who have been on the treatment table but at present there's no question of either player missing Saturday's game.

Swindon did the double over the Glovers last season, with a 1-0 win at Huish Park seeing Terrell Forbes the unwitting match 'winner' when he headed in a Jon-Paul McGovern cross, whilst the Christmas holiday fixture saw a more emphatic 3-1 home win at the County Ground, with Billy Painter, Charlie Austin and Daniel Ward scoring for the home side, whilst Gavin Tomlin grabbed one of those "was it a cross or was it a shot" sort of goals.

Overall, Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town matches tend not be too heated off the pitch, with both sets of supporters not having enough 'history' for this to be a true local derby. However, on the field, it does have a history of bloody battles - Sam Williams had to be substituted at the County Ground last Christmas to save him from a red card with him giving and taking plenty of rough-house treatment throughout the day. In the earlier Huish Park game, Danny Wilson got sent from the dugouts for losing his rag with Terry Skiverton. Skiverton himself was dismissed as a player, when he got involved in an off the field fracas with Barry Corr in an appropriately titled Boxing Day match in 2007. Expect plenty of big tackles and physical battles, and the odd bit of going nose-to-nose between the two sides if past encounters are anything to go by.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park tomorrow, and tickets will be on sale right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you wish to buy at the pre-match price, the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight. For those who can't make the game, we'll be on Twitter, whilst BBC Somerset should be broadcasting live commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Robins Bring In Loan Defender For Saturday.

Link: Swindon Suffer Full-Back Suspension For Saturday.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


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28 October 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Rushden
With a firm date in place for the FA Cup First Round match, we've now been able to finalise the main updates to the Ciderspace guide to Rushden and Diamonds. Featuring directions, stadium information, ticketing and travel information, a pub guide and plenty more, it can be accessed via the link below, or from the Forthcoming Events section on the Ciderspace Home Page.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rushden.


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28 October 2010 : FA Cup First Round Replay Arrangements
Further to the earlier ticketing information concerning Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round trip to Rushden and Diamonds, details for any prospective First Round Replay is also available.

If the match at Nene Park is played to a draw over 90 minutes on November 6th, then a First Round Replay will be held at Huish Park on Tuesday 16th November, kick-off 7.45p.m. assuming of course that ESPN or ITV don't step in (which seems unlikely unless we're one of the few games to go to a replay).

Rushden have published prices for their own supporters which read as follows:

Seats: Adults: £15.00; Seniors/Students: £10.00; Under-16s: £3.00.
Terrace: Adults: £10.00; Seniors/Students: £8.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

Note that these are listed only for guidance and to give an idea of what would be charged for home supporters. Whilst it's probably safe to say that the above Seated prices will be true for all Cowlin Stand ticket holders, there may be a bit of variation in the Main Stand and on the Home Terrace.

Note also that the ticket prices for the original tie have varied a couple of times this afternoon - the latest picture is available via the link below.

Link: Rushden Cup Date Confirmed With Ticketing Information.


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28 October 2010 : Skivo Waiting On Loan Arrangers For FA Cup Clash
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has yet to hear which of his loan players will be allowed to feature in the FA Cup against Rushden and Diamonds. The Glovers currently have six loanees on their books, although the deal with Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson expires before the visit to Nene Park, and will only be renewed if there is any doubt over the fitness of main loan goalkeeper John Sullivan.

Skiverton will also have the question, nearer the time, of which of his permanent acquisitions are able to feature in that tie, with a home game against Swindon Town and the trip to Milton Keynes Dons to get through before he can get anywhere near assessing that. But he has told this week's Western Gazette that he is hoping that the picture will become a little clearer within the next few days:

"This week I will be finding out which of my loan signings can play in the FA Cup. That is another headache that will be solved in the next couple of days. There is lots of stuff going on, there is lots of stuff with injuries, getting people ready and fit and who is available to play. There are no easy days at Yeovil Town at the moment, but it is a game we are really looking forward to. We are just waiting for the answer to come back because everybody that is here on loan is desperate to play in the FA Cup because it is so special."

Of the six players, given his loan arrangements, it would be surprising Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones was not given permission to play next weekend, with his third month extension taking him up to Second Round day. Equally, with Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan, it would be surprising if Skiverton had not asked the question prior to extending his loan deal until the end of the year, given the complications it would induce, with the Glovers already juggling two loan goalkeepers.

Arsenal winger/striker Luke Freeman will surely be given permission to play, whilst Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald was allowed to play for Yeovil in the FA Cup this time last year, so hopefully the same response will be forthcoming. The major two doubts are therefore Bristol City pair Stephen Henderson, who may not even be still at Huish Park next weekend, and playmaker Gavin Williams. In their cases, neither player is likely to be a Glover when City commence their own FA Cup campaign in January, and so they are the two most likely to be refused permission. All our own guesswork mind, and doubtless an injury or a suspension at any player's parent club could easily change a manager's thinking.


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28 October 2010 : Rushden Cup Date Confirmed With Ticketing Information
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds is now available. The match is a Pay On The Day fixture with prices as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £12.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-8s: Free.

Concessions apply to the Over-60s, Full Time Students and Disabled Supporters. The latter can admit an assistant free of charge. Disabled supporters requiring special arrangements should contact Matthew Banyard on 01933-652000 or email matthew.banyard@rd-fc.co.uk however, if you are calling, note that their Ticket Office is only open on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m. during the week, and then from 10.00a.m. on matchdays.

Away supporters are confirmed as being housed in the Airwair Stand - our usual place for previous visits to Nene Park.

The game will, as expected, take place on Saturday 6th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Note: Prices have been updated several times by both club official sites. If there is any further variation on this, we'll include it in the Ciderspace away guide, which is currently under production.


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28 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Diamonds Aren't Forever
Sunday's FA Cup First Round draw has brought up a bit of a nostalgia trip heading back to Yeovil Town's final few seasons in non-league football. There we locked horns with Rushden and Diamonds, with the Annies initially coming out on top, but ourselves getting the longer term stay in the Football League. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks back on that era, as well as a brief look at Saturday's match against Swindon Town.

Read on, via the link below, with your own views welcomed at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Diamonds Aren't Forever.


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28 October 2010 : Robins Bring In Loan Defender For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Swindon Town have bolstered their ranks with the signing of a new loan defender ahead of their trip to Huish Park. Millwall's Andy Frampton is their new arrival, with the 31 year old coming in for a month.

Frampton, who has been at the New Den for three years, has based his career in London, starting as a Crystal Palace trainee, before spending five years playing for Brentford. He can play as either a left-back or a centre-back.


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28 October 2010 : Notts County Bring In Ince As Short Replacement
League One side Notts County have officially confirmed their new first team manager as Paul Ince. The former Milton Keynes Dons and Blackburn Rovers boss will be formally unveiled at lunchtime today, but the inevitable overnight leaks in advance of their press conference have forced the Magpies to issue their statement early.

Ince has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2014. The 43 year old had been out of work since the tail end of last season when he stepped down from his position with MK Dons, with matters beginning to unravel a touch in Buckinghamshire, as Ince sat out a five match touchline ban, the manager criticising his own supporters, whilst the Dons playing budget began to be reined in for this season.

As yet there's no clarification as to who his new management team will be, with County having fired Craig Short and his assistant Dave Kevan on Sunday. Ince will become Notts County's sixth manager in just over a year, with Ian McParland, Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill and Craig Short all having gone through the rapidly revolving Meadow Lane door since October last year.

Link: 24/10/2010 : Notts County Manager Gets Short-Changed.

Link: 16/04/2010 : Dons Manager Ince To Resign.


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27 October 2010 : GWSC Travel To Rushden and Diamonds
A week on Saturday, Yeovil Town's 2010-11 FA Cup campaign begins, with the First Round trip to Rushden and Diamonds. As yet, the fixture has still not been absolutely 100 percent confirmed as taking place on Saturday at 3.00p.m. but working on the basis that it is, the Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.45a.m. and then from Huish Park at 9.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £19.00, with concessions available at £17.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

If for any reason the default kick-off time changes, we'll provide an update to this information.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.


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27 October 2010 : Skiverton Recalls Rushden FA Cup Horror Show
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he was mindful of the last time the Glovers visited Nene Park when his side were drawn out of the hat in the FA Cup First Round. Rushden and Diamonds last played host to Skiverton's side on November 11th 2006, at the same stage of the competition, and the end result was an emphatic 3-1 win for the home side, and Yeovil's first exit in the FA Cup to non-league opposition since heading into the Football League.

Skiverton has told today's Western Daily Press that he recalls missing the game entirely through damaged knee ligaments, with the Glovers having to reorganise their back line as a result:

"It is a tricky tie. We have been beaten there before and beaten quite convincingly. I was playing then but I can remember being out injured and I think Anthony Tonkin had to play at centre half. We had injuries then. It is a tough place to go and they are a decent side. They will fancy themselves against us through our past in recent years of first round exits, so we will have to be mindful of that."

As it happens, injuries weren't Yeovil's main problem on the day. Fellow centre-back Scott Guyett was suspended for the game, whilst loan defender Martin Cranie was blocked from being cup-tied by his parent club Southampton. Winger Martin Brittain and striker Marcus Stewart, who were both on loan as well, were also blocked from playing.

Due to the missing defenders, Bradley Thomas was recalled from his loan spell at Tamworth, whilst Anthony Tonkin made his one and only attempt to play as a central defender in his Yeovil career. It didn't work - Rushden striker Michael Rankine, who scored two on the day, and winger Lee Tomlin - now at Peterborough United - caused him havoc, and as a result Thomas made his one and only appearance in a Yeovil Town first team game as a replacement for the beleaguered Tonks.

Rushden's first team manager is former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh, who arrived at Nene Park in October 2008 as their assistant manager, stepping into the hotseat in April 2009. That meant that Edinburgh and Skiverton rubbed shoulders at the South-West Challenge Cup in the summer of 2009. Although the two sides never played against each other during that tournament, Skiverton added that he was aware of what sort of style the Rushden boss adopted:

"I know their manager Justin Edinburgh to talk to and he is a really nice guy and they are well-organised. I know a little bit about them already. They played with us in the South West Challenge Cup and I know that was a year and a half ago, but I know on their day they can more than match teams."


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27 October 2010 : Sheffield Wednesday Man Of The Match Result
Most 0-2 home defeats don't result in fans giving positive views on a game. Thus the last Yeovil Town match at Huish Park was a bit of a collector's item. By the time former Glovers loanee Jermaine Johnson rifled home the opening goal for Sheffield Wednesday, the view was that the home side had given a good account of themselves, even if it was somewhat downhill from there onwards.

The Man of the Match voting saw the defence get good recognition, with the leading two players coming from the back four. Most of you were divided between left-back Nathan Smith and centre-back Paul Huntington, but ultimately a small majority voted for Hunts.

Results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Paul Huntington 240 (16)
2 Nathan Smith 174 (10)
3 Shaun MacDonald 130 (7)
4 Gavin Williams 74 (4)
5 Luke Ayling 34 (1)
6 Owain Tudur Jones 26 (1)
7 Sam Williams 20 (0)
8 Adam Virgo 18 (1)
9 Craig Alcock 12 (1)
10 Stephen Henderson 6 (0)
11 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.51

Performance: 7.61
Entertainment: 7.41

VOTES RECEIVED: 41

There's still a little bit of time left for you to get in your votes if you were at last Saturday's Brighton and Hove Albion game. Head via the link below if you've not done so already. There were only 112 Glovers fans at the Withdean Stadium, so every vote will be highly influential in the final outcome.

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


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27 October 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To MK Dons
Yeovil Town's next away match is the trip to play Milton Keynes Dons. The game takes place on Tuesday, 2nd November with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. For those heading across to Buckinghamshire, the Ciderspace guide linked below includes directions, ticket prices, parking information, a pub guide and plenty more.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: GWSC Travel To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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26 October 2010 : Swindon Suffer Full-Back Suspension For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Swindon Town will have to make do without one of their defenders for three matches, due to him starting a three match suspension. Full-back Alan Sheehan received his marching orders in the 52nd minute of Swindon's 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient last weekend, with the Irishman dismissed for serious foul play for a late tackle on Orient's Scott McGleish.

Swindon weren't too happy about referee Trevor Kettle's decision to dish out a straight red (that'll be Our Trev!) but they have today decided not to appeal against the decision. Thus he will start his three match ban when the Robins come to Huish Park.

Sheehan's likely replacement will be a familiar name. Michael Rose had been displaced by the former Leeds United and Leicester City full-back for the visit of Orient, but came on as a substitute six minutes after Sheehan's exit, as Swindon made a tactical reshuffle. Rose made his appearance count, scoring a trademark free kick to give the home side an equaliser six minutes from time.

The full-back on the other side of the pitch on Saturday should also be rather familiar, with Kevin Amankwaah a near ever-present for the Robins this season. He is now into his third season at the County Ground, whilst Rose arrived from Stockport County over the summer.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 October 2010 : GWSC Travel To MK Dons
Yeovil Town's next away match is the trip to Buckinghamshire to play Milton Keynes Dons. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd November 2010, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at stadium:mk. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Huish Park at 2.00p.m. with no stop at Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £19.00, with concessions available at £17.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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26 October 2010 : FA Cup First Round Live Matches
The television broadcasting companies have chosen three live matches for the FA Cup First Round. There will be one each shown on Friday night, Saturday teatime and Sunday lunchtime, with the following matches selected for broadcast:

05/11/2010 : 19:45hrs : Rochdale vs FC United of Manchester (Friday night, ESPN Channel)
06/11/2010 : 17:30hrs : Cambridge United vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday teatime, ESPN Channel)
07/11/2010 : 12:00hrs : Southport vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday lunchtime, ITV1 Channel)

All six clubs above will receive a £67,500 broadcast fee from the Football Association.

Based on the above, Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town can be assumed to have a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off on November 6th, 2010.

The FA Cup Second Round draw will take place on Sunday 7th November, almost certainly as a tag-on to the above Southport match, at around 2.00p.m. although this has yet to be confirmed.


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25 October 2010 : Download The Yeovil Town Ladies Programme vs Charlton
With Yeovil Town Ladies having now made it into the FA Women's Premier League for the 2010-11 season, one of the newer ventures they have launched is a Matchday Programme for spectators at their Raleigh Grove home fixtures. For those who would like a look and a read of what they are producing, the PDF of Sunday's programme for the match against Charlton Athletic is available as a free download, via the link below.

If you've got any feedback on the programme, drop us an email via our usual address and we'll pass it on, or alternatively send feedback via their Official Site, or via their Twitter Account.

NOTE: To mobile internet users: This is an 8Mb download. You may want to wait until you are on your home/work PC before attempting to download.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Charlton Athletic Ladies Matchday Programme.


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25 October 2010 : First Half Goal Blitz Sinks Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a first half capitulation yesterday, as they were comfortably beaten by Charlton Athletic Ladies. Back at their regular Raleigh Grove venue, the Glovers did not look at home during an uncomfortable 45 minutes that saw them concede four times before the half time break.

Addicks striker Gemma Bryan scored the opener as a free kick from the left flank was only half cleared, and Byan chippered the Glovers keeper to open the scoring on 11 minutes. Six minutes later and a solo goal from Stef Simmons doubled the away side's lead, with the route to goal again coming down the left as she surged through the Glovers half and into the penalty box, shooting into the far corner.

Charlton got a third goal on 21 minutes when Charley Clifford's shot from the edge of the post and Glovers keeper Rachel Simkin probably should have done better as the ball slipped in just inside the post. Then the fourth goal arrived nine minutes before the end of a poor first half when Gemma Bryan grabbed her second, darting between two defenders and firing home. Bryan could have easily grabbed a hat-trick before the half time whistle as first Simkin blocked a chance, whilst a second was cleared off the line.

The Glovers were far more organised and resilient after the break, and were perhaps a little unlucky that their second 45 minutes failed to at least give them a consolation goal, with Laura Bray and Anusia Rourke going close with chances. But the damage had already been done before the break, with the outcome somewhat disappointing against a side who started the day only one place above them in the table. On the plus side, their second half performance shows they can compete when they get it right.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Charlton Athletic Ladies 4.

Update: There is now a full length match report on the Ladies Official Site News Page.


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25 October 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Swindon Town have been selected. The man in charge of the game, which takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 30th October, is Mr Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've only had Mr Horwood three times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game" - see, we do praise them sometimes! We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

However, the most recent occasion was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Lee Collins (Surrey) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Steve Cook (Surrey).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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25 October 2010 : Rushden Boss Hoping For TV Tie
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round opponents Rushden and Diamonds are hoping that they can get their home match against the Glovers selected for live television coverage. Both ITV and Sky Sports have got broadcasting rights for First Round matches, with games expecting to be screened on both November 6th and 7th on the two channels, as well as selected highlights packages available for ITV's evening highlights programme.

Diamonds manager Justin Edinburgh has told the Northampton Evening Telegraph that he is hopeful of his side being able to cause an upset, and believes that the draw presents one of the matches more likely to attract the television companies:

"I'm happy with that as the first thing you want is a home game. We certainly won't under-estimate them or think it's going to be an easy game. But we are in a rich vein of form and they are at the wrong end of the table. Rather than being fearful, I'm sure they will sense there could be an upset. There weren't too many stand-out ties so maybe they will look at us for a live TV game."

The rich vein of form that Edinburgh speaks of is that Rushden have won five and drawn one in their last six league matches, including an ongoing run of four straight wins. As a consequence they currently sit in 6th position in the Conference National table and will have strong hopes of promotion back into the Football League - a similar position to that occupied by them four years ago when the two sides last met at Nene Park. With Rushden, Torquay United and Oxford United having deposed of Yeovil over three consecutive years, and all three having been promotion-chasing Conference teams at the time, the Glovers can't afford to treat the opposition lightly.

Rushden's only downer is that they will have to make do without their captain Jamie Stuart. He was sent off during the second half of their 2-1 win over local rivals Kettering Town on Saturday, in their Fourth Qualifying Round success. That was his second dismissal of the season, meaning that he will serve a two match ban - their home League game against Barrow on Saturday, followed by the FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town.

In terms of Edinburgh's hopes of a televised tie coming to fruition, it's certainly not impossible. Past seasons have tended to see the TV companies pick out one tie with a chance of an upset, with the other tie being more of a 'premium' match. Stevenage vs Milton Keynes Dons, Southport's home game against Sheffield Wednesday and Cambridge United vs Huddersfield Town look to be three of the more interesting fixtures for a 'David vs Goliath' style battle, whilst the all-League-One clashes between Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town along with AFC Bournemouth vs Tranmere Rovers look to be the picks of the bigger ties. At least this time round, ITV can't choose Leeds United in every round going!

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.


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25 October 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Ladies Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies have to wait three weeks for their next home game, with a blank weekend and an away match coming up over the next two weeks. In preparation for that home match against Portsmouth Ladies, which will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne on November 14th, another Fixture Poster has been produced for the game.

Download via the link below, and open using Adobe Reader (PDF File), print out and display anywhere where you can help raise the profile of the Yeovil Town Ladies side, prior to the game.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Ladies Fixture Poster.


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24 October 2010 : November 2010 Fixtures Poster
With just one more home match to come in October, the November 2010 Fixtures Poster is now available for download. Covering all Huish Park games during next month, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

Following next weekend's home game against Swindon Town (Oct 30th), there is only one definite first team fixture pencilled in during November, namely visit of Dagenham and Redbridge (Nov 13th). However, there is also the visit of Odd Down for Yeovil Town Reserves to deal with in the Somerset Premier Cup (Nov 9th). Of course FA Cup First Round replays, and the potential of a Second Round fixture could change all of that, but if so, then we'll take a view on if a revised poster is needed.

As with last month, we've included two versions - one with a background colour and one without a background colour. Obviously the former is going to be fairly heavy on your printer ink, so if that's a concern, you'll probably want to choose the one without a background to it. We've provided both versions so you can choose, and the September poster is also reproduced in the same style.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk. For any comments on the poster design or feedback of that nature, contact Ben Barrett at benbarrett10@gmail.com

Link: November 2010 Fixtures Poster (with background).

Link: November 2010 Fixtures Poster (without background).


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24 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Brighton 2 Yeovil 0 : Defeated And Depleted
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion, our regular blogger Cruncher has returned to the warmth of his home to hijack the controls of Taff's Gloversblog from its keeper. Giving a run through of the good, the bad and the indifferent from yesterday's day out by the seaside athletics track, Cruncher's thoughts are available below - feel free to provide your own.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Brighton 2 Yeovil 0 : Defeated And Depleted.


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24 October 2010 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s suffered a spot of deja vu yesterday, when they lost 2-4 in the Football League Youth Alliance for the second week running. As with last week's match against Bristol Rovers, the Glovers gave opponents Exeter City a three goal head start, before making a game of it, as Will Gordon and Rob Clowes pulled goals back. But once again, a late goal scored on the break saw their opponents triumph.

Preparation for the match was not helped by the call-up of Youth Team captain Rhys Baggridge into the first team squad that travelled to Brighton and Hove Albion. Because of that, Under-16s captain Lee Sweet was once again promoted into the more senior side. The first 15 minutes of the match were fairly end to end, with chances for both sides. Exeter managed the first, with a blocked shot being deflected out for a corner.

At the other end, Lewis Clarke broke through and shot just over, then a powerful right-wing run from Josh Doyle put in Lloyd Matthews after he put the ball into the box, but Matthews found his shot smothered. In between those two chances, there was a five minute delay, as officials were forced to halt the game after dog mess was found on the pitch, requiring action on health grounds.

With that out of the way, it was the Grecians who benefited, as they went on to score twice during the first period, once on 16 minutes when a lobbed ball over the top allowed a Grecians striker to get in behind the Glovers back line, who were playing high up the pitch, and they finished clinically to open the scoring. The Grecians tried the same again later, this time with a pair of strikers bearing down on goal, but Glovers keeper Steve Boore forced them to shoot wide of the target.

After around 15 minutes worth of midfield tussle, the Grecians doubled their lead when a powerful header cleared the Glovers back line, and the away side scored again. The Glovers forced a couple of corners whilst Lewis Clarke had a shot on target as the half closed out, but another Grecians lob over the top of the Glovers back line almost grabbed the away side their third, with Jonny Kaye's last ditch tackle saving the day. The first 45 minutes hadn't seen the Glovers outplayed, but the invention of the Grecians had seen them outscored.

Half time saw the spectators running for cover, as the heavens opened and a violent hailstorm came down. Mercifully, the storm was well timed as the weather relented and the sun came out for the second half. The Glovers had an early chance when Josh Doyle's free kick was delivered into the box, but an Exeter defender headed the ball clear of danger.

Down at the other end, Exeter saw their own free kick attempt result in a header over the bar, followed by them hitting the crossbar on their next attack with Steve Boore beaten. They then grabbed a decisive third goal eight minutes into the half, after a left-wing run saw Lee Sweet miss his tackle and the Grecians punished Yeovil by going 3-0 up.

Yeovil still pressed, with an attacking move from Lloyd Matthews feeding Rob Clowes, whose shot was well saved. But like last week's match, a flurry of substitutions served to spark Yeovil into life. Will Agbo came on for Jonny Kaye, soon followed by Adam Cleary for Tyler Sheppard and Aiden Chainey for Josh Doyle. Lloyd Matthews had the first of two attempts when his strike on goal was saved by the Grecians keeper. Then after Adam Cleary did well to force a corner when surrounded by three Exeter markers, Lewis Clarke's pass to Matthews got him a second chance, but that was blocked.

Finally, they got themselves some joy, 15 minutes from time, after Will Gordon was fouled just outside the box. Their increasing pressure counted for something as he picked himself up and took the set piece himself, hitting a screamer into the corner of the net. 1-3 and a glimmer of hope.

A Lloyd Matthews cross found Adam Cleary unmarked in front of goal but his header landed wide of the target. But then seven minutes after the first goal had arrived, the Glovers narrowed the deficit back to 2-3, as Rob Clowes got on the end of a good team move, with his fierce drive beating the Exeter keeper to his left.

With just eight minutes left to play, Yeovil now threw caution to the wind and went for the goal they needed. However the similarity to last week's game against Bristol Rovers as again a sucker punch was to result in a goal in the opposite goal net. Against the run of play Exeter broke on the Glovers, passed their way through the Yeovil defence, and grabbed the sixth and final goal of the game in the 90th minute. In fairness to the Glovers, Nick Lyskov had been carrying an injury during the closing stages, and was not particularly mobile at the end of the match, hobbling his way through to the end, with all three substitutes already used. Hopefully in one of these games, Yeovil will either force an equaliser, or not let themselves get into such a situation in the first place, but the end result of both of the last two games has been somewhat frustrating, to say the least.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Exeter City Under-18s 4.

Scorers: Exeter City (0-1, 16 mins), Exeter City (0-2, 35 mins), Exeter City (0-3, 53 mins), Will Gordon (1-3, 75 mins), Rob Clowes (2-3, 82 mins), Exeter City (2-4, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Lee Sweet 5. Nick Lyskov 6. Jonny Kaye 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
Will Agbo (68 mins for Jonny Kaye), Adam Cleary (70 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Aiden Chainey (74 mins for Josh Doyle), George Coward (not used).


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24 October 2010 : Notts County Manager Gets Short-Changed
League One side Notts County have sacked their management team this afternoon. First team manager Craig Short and assistant boss Dave Kevan have been fired a day after the Magpies lost 2-1 at Colchester United, leaving them 16th in the League One table and a relatively decent start to their first season back in Third Tier football.

For reasons only known to themselves, a stable start in a new division was not good enough for the Notts County board, who met this morning following the defeat in Essex and decided to pull the plug on Short and Kevan. They released the following statement:

"Following a board meeting convened this morning, the board decided to review the current status of the first team. Following this review it was decided to make changes to the first-team management. The board wishes to thank them both for all of their endeavours while at Notts County and wish them well for the future. There will be no further statement at this time."

Whoever comes in at Meadow Lane to replace Short will be the club's sixth First Team Manager in just over a year. Since parting company with Ian McParland in mid-October 2009, they have gone through Hans Backe and Steve Cotterill whilst Kevan had a three month spell himself as first team boss. Short was given a rather ... errr short spell in charge of the Magpies, having only been appointed over the summer.

His 17 games in charge brought 7 wins and 9 defeats, plus a draw. Nothing brilliant, but nothing terrible either, particularly when the need for players to acclimatise to a new division, along with the club's previous 12 months of management and boardroom instability is taken into account. Once again, the ridiculous short-termism within the boardrooms of football clubs rears its ugly head.


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24 October 2010 : FA Cup Full First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Cup. They will play Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park on or around Saturday 6th November, after the draw was made this Sunday lunchtime.

The match against Rushden is an exact repeat of the 2006-07 First Round tie that saw the Conference National side triumph 3-1 in what was Yeovil Town's first defeat to non-league opposition since becoming a Football League side. An opener from Chris Hope and a Michael Rankine double sent Rushden through, with Yeovil's goal coming from Chris Cohen, as the Glovers were well beaten on the day.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

Colchester United vs Bradford City
Corby Town vs Luton Town
Harrow Borough vs Chesterfield
Notts County vs Gateshead
Stevenage vs Milton Keynes Dons
Southport vs Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United vs York City
Havant and Waterlooville vs Droylsden
Bury vs Exeter City
Cheltenham Town vs Morecambe
Hayes and Yeading United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Leyton Orient
AFC Wimbledon vs Ebbsfleet United
Lincoln City vs Workington or Nuneaton Town
Mansfield Town vs Torquay United
Hereford United vs Hyde Town
AFC Bournemouth vs Tranmere Rovers
Carshalton Athletic or Chelmsford City vs Hendon or Metropolitan Police
Swindon Supermarine or Bath City vs Eastwood Town
Rushden and Diamonds vs Yeovil Town
Southampton vs Shrewsbury Town
Cambridge United v Huddersfield Town
Burton Albion vs Oxford United
Gillingham vs Farnborough or Dover Athletic
Tamworth or Grimsby Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Darlington vs Bristol Rovers
Guisley vs Crawley Town
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Woking
Macclesfield Town vs Southend United
Rochdale vs FC United of Manchester or Barrow
Carlisle United vs Sheffield or Tipton Town
Leiston or Dartford vs Port Vale
Forest Green Rovers vs Northampton Town
Fleetwood Town vs Walsall
Barnet vs Charlton Athletic
Plymouth Argyle vs Swindon Town
Accrington Stanley vs Oldham Athletic
Hartlepool United vs Vauxhall Motors
Stockport County vs Peterborough United
Brentford vs Aldershot Town

All First Round ties will be played over the weekend of Saturday 6th November, subject to television and policing requirements.


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24 October 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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24 October 2010 : Rochdale Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago Yeovil Town travelled to Rochdale, where they picked up their first back-to-back away wins since Terry Skiverton became manager. The winning goal was scored by substitute Luke Freeman, midway through the second half after he picked up an Owain Tudur Jones shot that came off the post.

The team had been performing well even before Freeman's arrival, and so the fact that he was only on the pitch for a short space of time meant that he had little chance of grabbing many Man of the Match votes. Instead it was the central-defensive pairing that were seen as the most impressive on the day, with Adam Virgo being narrowly edged out by his partner Paul Huntington.

Results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below:

1 Paul Huntington 64 (5)
2 Adam Virgo 48 (4)
3 Sam Williams 30 (1)
4 Nathan Smith 20 (1)
5 Owain Tudur Jones 14 (0)
5 Shaun MacDonald 14 (0)
7 Stephen Henderson 16 (1)
8 Luke Freeman 8 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.17

Performance: 8.00
Entertainment: 8.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 12


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24 October 2010 : Skivo: No Panic Stations Over Seagulls Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that there is no cause for panic, despite his team slipping down to 20th place in the latest League One table following Saturday's games. The Glovers lost 2-0 against League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, as goals from Glenn Murray and Inigo Calderon saw them lose for the second weekend running.

Skiverton was missing centre-back Adam Virgo, right-back Craig Alcock, midfielder Shaun MacDonald, centre-back Stefan Stam and full-back Danny Hutchins and had seen winger Cameron Stewart recalled by Manchester United during the week. Skivo said after the game that he was keeping in mind that his team had been patched up for the fixture:

"It's never easy to have six players out against a top of the table team, and although I'm not happy with the result we did have a patched-up team. Our gameplan worked very well for 40 minutes and it could have been worse for us. The players who came in and the walking wounded did well. We see things as a challenge and there are certainly no panic stations at Yeovil."

Skiverton pointed out that a win over next week's opponents Swindon Town would see the two clubs swap positions, despite the Robins currently occupying a 15th placed slot.


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23 October 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
If you were at Saturday's 0-2 away defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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23 October 2010 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Results
All of the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round fixtures, bar one, were played this afternoon, thus simplifying the First Round draw that will be made tomorrow. The revised FA Cup draw ball numbers are shown below, with each team's results shown against the winning side.

The First Round draw will be live on ITV tomorrow lunchtime, between 12.30p.m. and 1.00p.m. and the ball numbers are as follows:

49 Darlington (beat Mossley 2-6 away)
50 Sheffield or Tipton Town (drew 2-2)
51 Guiseley (beat Redditch United 2-1 home)
52 Fleetwood Town (beat Buxton 2-1 home)
53 Gateshead (beat Altrincham 0-2 away)
54 Vauxhall Motors (beat Newcastle Town 1-0 home)
55 FC United of Manchester or Barrow (playing Sunday)
56 Workington or Nuneaton Town (drew 1-1)
57 Tamworth or Grimsby Town (drew 1-1)
58 York City (beat Kidderminster Harriers 0-2 away)
59 Mansfield Town (beat FC Halifax Town 0-1 away)
60 Southport (beat Wrexham 1-2 away)
61 Eastwood Town (beat Stalybridge Celtic 1-2 away)
62 Droylsden (beat Barwell 3-0 home)
63 Woking (beat Eastleigh 3-2 home)
64 Hythe Town (beat Staines Town 2-0 home)
65 Harrow Borough (beat Eastbourne Borough 2-4 away)
66 Cambridge United (beat Lewes 3-0 home)
67 Corby Town (beat Salisbury City 3-0 home)
68 Crawley Town (beat Newport County 0-1 away)
69 Luton Town (beat St Albans City 4-0 home)
70 Farnborough or Dover Athletic (drew 1-1)
71 Rushden & Diamonds (beat Kettering Town 1-2 away)
72 Carshalton Athletic or Chelmsford City(drew 1-1)
73 Hendon or Metropolitan Police (drew 0-0)
74 Leiston or Dartford (drew 0-0)
75 AFC Wimbledon (beat Basingstoke Town 0-1 away)
76 Swindon Supermarine or Bath City (drew 0-0)
77 Havant & Waterlooville (beat Histon 2-0 home)
78 Forest Green Rovers (beat Maidenhead United 1-0 home)
79 Hayes & Yeading United (beat Poole Town 1-3 away)
80 Ebbsfleet United (beat Boreham Wood 3-0)

As a reminder, the ball numbers for the Football League clubs are as follows:

1 Accrington Stanley
2 Aldershot Town
3 Barnet
4 Bournemouth
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 Exeter City
19 Gillingham
20 Hartlepool United
21 Hereford United
22 Huddersfield Town
23 Leyton Orient
24 Lincoln City
25 Macclesfield Town
26 Milton Keynes Dons
27 Morecambe
28 Northampton Town
29 Notts County
30 Oldham Athletic
31 Oxford United
32 Peterborough United
33 Plymouth Argyle
34 Port Vale
35 Rochdale
36 Rotherham United
37 Sheffield Wednesday
38 Shrewsbury Town
39 Southampton
40 Southend United
41 Stevenage
42 Stockport County
43 Swindon Town
44 Torquay United
45 Tranmere Rovers
46 Walsall
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town


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23 October 2010 : Brighton 2 Yeovil 0 : Seagulls Sink Second Best Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten by League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium this afternoon. An injury and illness ravaged Glovers side struggled to compete with the quality of the Seagulls squad, and despite doing a good containment job on them during the first half, a crucial header from Glenn Murray just before the break was followed up by an excellent strike from Inigo Calderon midway through the second period.

The Glovers went into the game making two forced changes and one tactical change as they attempted to deal with the prospect of playing the League One leaders with numerous players missing. Shaun MacDonald was out through illness whilst Craig Alcock's back problem defeated him and Adam Virgo suffered disappointment as his groin strain put him out against his former club. Even the normal physio was absent at the Withdean Stadium, with Phil Cole replacing Simon Baker as the man with the sponge bag.

Yeovil started well, employing a diamond formation to act as a containment operation against the Seagulls, and it served them well, frustrating Brighton and giving them few outlets towards Stephen Henderson's goal. A fairly tame shot on target from Gavin Williams was the first early chance, whilst at the other end Inigo Calderon shot over the bar as the Seagulls were reduced to aiming at the goal from distance.

As the half wore on, Brighton boss Gus Poyet changed his own formation to match up with the Glovers, switching Elliott Bennett into the centre where he started to get a lot more opportunity to put pressure on the Glovers back four. The winger, who scored against the Glovers during the final game of last season, was involved in three moves that almost brought joy for the home fans as they finally began to turn the screw over the final 15 minutes of the half.

Despite that, it was the Glovers who almost gifted Brighton an opening goal, as Paul Huntington and Owain Tudur Jones got in each others way, with Hungtington's clearance ricocheting off Jones, and looping over Stephen Henderson who could only watch as the ball came off the inside of the far post, mercifully coming back into his grasp as Glenn Murray bore down on him for the rebound.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break when Brighton's flamboyant wide man Kazenga LuaLua put a cross into the box, and stand-in centre-back Owain Tudur Jones couldn't get there, leaving Nathan Smith attempting to cover, but Glenn Murray planted a deft header across Stephen Henderson for the opening goal. Disappointing to say the least, as if the Glovers had managed to keep the scoreline blank by half time, they could have easily built on that.

The second half opened with Brighton spending much of the opening five minutes with ten men after Adam El-Abd collided with Sam Williams suffering a facial injury that the Seagulls took an age to decide to deal with, eventually bringing on Tommy Elphick.

But once they had their full eleven players on the field of play, the Seagulls doubled their lead as the Glovers went to sleep a little bit from a free kick, taken by Marcos Painter. The former Swansea City man produced a long range pass through to Inigo Calderon, and he was given far too much room to cut inside from the flank and fire from distance into the bottom left hand corner past Stephen Henderson for a 2-0 scoreline. A nice goal, but disappointing that he had so much room to aim at goal.

The Glovers made a couple of substitutions, initially introducing Andy Williams, and then Andy Welsh, eventually abandoning the diamond formation in favour of an orthodox 4-4-2 line-up. But the Seagulls were still able to look the more dangerous, with Glenn Murray getting room away from Owain Tudur Jones to fire a shot which Stephen Henderson saved well. At the other end, chances were rare, but Dean Bowditch tried his best to squirm the ball home from an impossible angle on a rare Yeovil attack.

As the game died down somewhat, former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Liam Bridcutt became Brighton's second substitution, coming up against his former team for the first time. Overall the home side looked comfortable and appeared to be playing within themselves, knowing that unless they did something daft that they had the points wrapped up. The Glovers will have mitigating circumstances that gave them few hopes against the Seagulls even before the game had kicked off, but from managing two wins in a row, they've now lost two in a row, and they will need to work hard against Swindon Town next weekend, to ensure that doesn't continue. The Glovers slip to 20th in the League One table, with little room to manoeuvre.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Glenn Murray (43 mins, 1-0), Inigo Calderon (56 mins, 2-0)

Brighton and Hove Albion:
16. Casper Ankergren
3. Gordon Greer 6. Adam El-Abd 14. Inigo Calderon 22. Marcos Painter
7. Elliott Bennett 18. Gary Dicker 25. Radostin Kishishev 12. Kazenga LuaLua
9. Ashley Barnes 17. Glenn Murray

Substitutes:
1. Peter Brezovan (GK) 4. Tommy Elphick (51 mins for Adam El-Abd) 5. Agustin Battipiedi 11. Cristian Baz (86 mins for Kazenga LuaLua) 15. Gary Hart 24. Jamie Smith 26. Liam Bridcutt (77 mins for Ashley Barnes)

Yeovil Town (4-1-2-1-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 20. Owain Tudur Jones 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
21. Jean-Paul Kalala
16. Edward Upson 24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 18. Luke Freeman

Substitutes:
1. John Sullivan (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 7. Andrew Williams (57 mins for Luke Freeman) 11. Andy Welsh (65 mins for Ed Upson) 17. Craig Calver (82 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Brighton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (foul, 34 mins)

Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent). Assistants: Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Carl Fitch (Suffolk). Fourth Official: John Magill (Essex).

Attendance: 7,253.


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23 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Brighton Interview
Just before kick-off this afternoon for the match against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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23 October 2010 : Team News For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes for this afternoon's match at Brighton and Hove Albion. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald has withdrawn from the side due to illness, whilst Adam Virgo was unable to recover from his groin injury to face his former side. Meanwhile Andy Welsh is the one tactical change as the Glovers switch from an orthodox 4-4-2 formation to a nested midfield diamond formation, aiming to pack the midfield.

That has allowed Ed Upson and Jean-Paul Kalala to come into the midfield, whilst Owain Tudur Jones is expected to play as a centre-back. Dean Bowditch will sit in the hole just behind Luke Freeman who is the third change, plus Sam Williams.

Yeovil Town (4-1-2-1-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 20. Owain Tudur Jones 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
21. Jean-Paul Kalala
16. Edward Upson 24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 18. Luke Freeman

Substitutes:
1. John Sullivan (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 7. Andrew Williams 11. Andrew Welsh 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge

Brighton and Hove Albion:
16. Casper Ankergren
3. Gordon Greer 6. Adam El-Abd 14. Inigo Calderon 22. Marcos Painter
7. Elliott Bennett 18. Gary Dicker 25. Radostin Kishishev 12. Kazenga LuaLua
9. Ashley Barnes 17. Glenn Murray

Substitutes:
1. Peter Brezovan (GK) 4. Tommy Elphick 5. Agustin Battipiedi 11. Cristian Baz 15. Gary Hart 24. Jamie Smith 26. Liam Bridcutt


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23 October 2010 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Match Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost out to Exeter City this morning in a match played at the Alvington ground. The Glovers suffered an identical scoreline to last week's match at Bristol Rovers, going down 4-2 in a Youth Alliance League match.

The game pattern was also a spot of deja vu for the Under-18s, as they gave their opponents a three goal head-start before coming back into the game. Will Gordon's free kick pulled the scoreline back to 3-1, then Rob Clowes threatened a comeback with Yeovil's second. But the Grecians scored the sixth and final goal, to give them all three points.

More details on this game will follow in the next 24/48 hours.


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23 October 2010 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
At the start of October, Yeovil Town travelled to Walsall and picked up their first away win of the 2010-11 season. The winning goal came from an Adam Virgo header, with the centre-back getting on the end of a Gavin Williams set piece.

That undoubtedly influenced the Man of the Match voting, and although left flank pairing Andy Welsh and Nathan Smith both scored well in the poll, the end result was almost unanimous, with Virgo coming out on top by a sizeable margin. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Adam Virgo 148 (13)
2 Nathan Smith 38 (1)
3 Andy Welsh 20 (2)
4 Stephen Henderson 20 (0)
4 Shaun MacDonald 20 (0)
6 Gavin Williams 18 (1)
7 Sam Williams 16 (0)
8 Paul Huntington 14 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 12 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.35

Performance: 7.65
Entertainment: 7.06

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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23 October 2010 : Freeman Wanting Improvement On Strike Record
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Luke Freeman admits that he is not happy with his current strike rate, during his spell at Huish Park. The Arsenal player has so far scored twice in 12 appearances, albeit with seven of those games having seen him come off the bench, and Luke believes he needs to improve upon that.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, the 18 year old was asked if he was pleased with the current goals-to-games ratio that he had at present:

"I'm not really, to be honest with you. I haven't really been playing at the moment. So I've got to make sure that when I'm coming on that I've got to look sharp, and try to get goals which is what I did against Rochdale. As I've said, I'm not particularly happy with it, but I've just got to keep working hard, working on my finishing and make sure that when it does come my way that I stick it in the back of the net."

If it's any consolation to Luke, his two goals have been netted across just 452 minutes of football, equating to one goal every 2.5 games. That's the best strike rate in the club, with Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh the next nearest with around one goal in every four games worth of football.

Furthermore, both of Luke's goals have been crucial, as the winning strikes in both matches. He scored the final goal in the opening day's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient, whilst his 66th minute strike earlier this month at Rochdale proved to be the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.

Link: Luke Freeman : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 October 2010 : Youth Team vs Exeter City Kick-Off Change
A reminder to those not going to the Withdean Stadium tomorrow, that Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action on Saturday morning. They take on Exeter City Under-18s in a Football League Youth Alliance match that will be played at the Westland Sports Alvington ground, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern, close to Yeovil Crematorium.

Note that kick-off is the earlier time of 10.30a.m. Admission is free, with all welcome to attend the game.


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22 October 2010 : Skivo Previews The Brighton Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Brighton Game.


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22 October 2010 : Brighton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make a difficult trip to the Withdean Stadium tomorrow, hoping to upset the League One leaders on their home patch. The Seagulls are three points clear at the top of the League One table and are unbeaten in nine matches away from the cup competitions, with the August 21st reverse against Sheffield Wednesday being the only time they've lost in league football across their 12 matches.

The Glovers lie in 18th place, and 11 points behind them. In recent seasons, visiting sides to the Withdean Stadium would see an unusual opportunity to grab all three points, with the dreadful facilities at the athletics stadium inducing a morgue-like atmosphere, with most supporters stuck out in the open well away from the action. Undoubtedly this has contributed to the Seagulls' poor home form in recent seasons - often they have picked up more points on their travels, with last season seeing 12 defeats at home, but only five away. That sort of a pattern hasn't emerged this season so far, with home points dropped in only two fixtures. Thus Yeovil will do well to come out of Saturday's match with any sort of result.

Yesterday's injury news sounded a bit grim, although manager Terry Skiverton has reported much the same on the past two weekends, only for the majority of those affected to recover in time for the game. Right-back Craig Alcock (back), midfielder Gavin Williams (ankle) and centre-back Adam Virgo are three of the higher profile concerns, whilst Stefan Stam (gluteus muscle) and Danny Hutchins (knee) have longer term issues. Sam Williams and Nathan Smith have missed training sessions this week. Finally winger Cameron Stewart has returned to Manchester United after drifting out of first team contention at Huish Park.

For Brighton, matters are far more simple. Midfielder Alan Navarro is a long term absentee with a ruptured cruciate ligament. Meanwhile striker Fran Sandaza has missed the last two games with a thigh injury. However, even if he is fit, it is almost unthinkable that manager Gus Poyet will change his squad significantly, after they thrashed Charlton Athletic 4-0 at The Valley - undoubtedly the Seagulls' most impressive result of the season.

Yeovil's record against Brighton is fairly mixed since they got into the Football League. After winning their first five matches against the Seagulls, they've failed to win in the last four, and the last two games at the Withdean have seen Brighton come out on top - the last being the final match of the 2010-11 season at saw the Glovers go down by a single goal from Elliott Bennett.

Tomorrow will be a bit of an old boys reunion, with assistant manager Nathan Jones and goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts being former Seagulls players. Their contact list has no doubt influenced manager Terry Skiverton's recruitment, meaning that goalkeeper John Sullivan, centre-back Adam Virgo plus strikers Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch are all former Brighton players, so don't be too surprised to see a bit of banter and competition going on between the two teams.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. at the Withdean Stadium. If you've not got a ticket then please do not travel, as this is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters, with sales having stopped yesterday. If you are going, the updated Ciderspace guide is linked below. If not then you'll find us on Twitter during the afternoon, whilst BBC Somerset will probably be giving you a better view of the game than the away section of the Withdean ever will, on 95.5FM. Don't forget your binoculars!

Link: Brighton Match Injury News.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brighton.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.


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22 October 2010 : Tudur Jones Agrees Final Loan Extension
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has extended his stay at Huish Park for another month. The Norwich City player will now remain a Glover until November 27th 2010. Although it's not explicitly stated, the fact that this date takes his stay up to and including a potential FA Cup Second Round match, it's probably safe to say that he has been given permission by the Canaries to play in the FA Cup.

Tudur Jones played the first game of his current loan spell with the Glovers on August 28th 2010, and so under the Emergency Loan rules, this current extension would take him to more-or-less the maximum 93 days allowable. Thus this will be the final phase of his stay at Huish Park.


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21 October 2010 : Brighton Match Injury News
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he is waiting to see if central defender Adam Virgo will be fit enough to play against his former club on the weekend. The Glovers travel to play League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, and once again a large number of players are struggling with knocks and have missed training.

Virgo is one of the more high profile concerns. The 27 year old spent seven years with the Seagulls across two spells before being released by them over the summer and moving to Huish Park. He was also born and schooled in the Brighton area and so will undoubtedly travel to the Withdean Stadium on the weekend. However, the centre-back limped off towards the end of the first half of Yeovil's 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, suffering from a groin injury. Manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he will be leaving a decision on the player until the last minute:

"It's not ideal, but these things mean that people can come in and take opportunities. Before any fall-out we need to see what kind of team we can pick. Obviously with Adam's (Virgo) past at Brighton he is desperate to play, and we'll just have to give him as long as possible, to see who is fit and who is ready to take to the field."

Other problems out in the public domain are an ongoing ankle problem that Gavin Williams has been suffering from, whilst Craig Alcock's back problems flared up when he replaced Virgo as a substitute last weekend. However, Skiverton added whilst those three were causing him concern that others were also missing, with only eleven players involved in full contact training on Thursday:

"They (Virgo, Alcock and Gavin Williams) haven't trained today. Then to add to that list, we've got Stefan Stam, obviously Danny Hutchins is out, Sam Williams hasn't trained all week, whilst Nathan Smith's first day was today. So today I think we had eleven players out there on the top pitch. So it's not ideal. It seems to keep on going every week at the moment, and we're not getting in the training that we want to do. But you've got to improvise and they're all keeping themselves fit in a non-impact sort of way and hopefully we can get them into the game. There will be fitness tests tomorrow and on Saturday morning to see who is fit and who is available."

In recent weeks, Skiverton has put a significant number of players in his starting line-up despite those players having pre-match injury concerns. However, the likes of Alcock and Gavin Williams have been noted as attempting to play through the pain barrier. Obviously there is only so many times such players can be pushed before they either become too ineffective or immobile, or where they risk more serious injury.


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21 October 2010 : Interview With Stephen Allinson
Around a fortnight ago, Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson was interviewed by the BBC for a feature relating to the club's return to Rochdale, just over seven years they made their Football League debut at Spotland. With questions from BBC Bristol Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Interview With Stephen Allinson.


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21 October 2010 : Huish Park Comedy Night No.2
A reminder that Yeovil Town will be hosting its second Comedy Night of 2010 on Saturday night in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park. Those of you who have downloaded the Huish Park Leisure Guide will already be aware of the three events that are scheduled. The second takes place at 8.30p.m. this coming Saturday, with doors open at 7.30p.m. Here's what the Leisure Guide has to say about the evening:

"Huish Park Leisure and Just fair laughs team up again to bring you the second in a trio of comedy nights, as the comedy all stars visit for the second comedy night of the year. October’s event features headliner Duncan Oakley supported by Andy Watson and Paul Kerensa in what is sure to be another unique and hilarious evenings entertainment. MC for the evening is Ben Vandervelde and with tickets costing £8.00 in advance or £10 on the door it is sure to be a credit crunching evening's entertainment. Doors open 7.30p.m. and tickets can be obtained from the YTFC ticket office."

Here's what the Leisure Guide has to say about the four men on the stage for the evening:

Duncan Oakley: Welcome to the world of Duncan Oakley ... who is known for being very naughty and really quite rude, at least on stage; but this cheerfully childish behaviour belies his credentials as a seasoned professional show off ... ‘Unlike some musical comics who rely on a guitar to get them through, Oakley's routine deftly mixes the tunes with the stand-up’ - City Life Punchlines come at a heckler-proof rate and he has the confidence and the gift of the gab that will help him spar with the most lively audience, or inject a spark of energy into the most moribund one ... Oakley is an accomplished guitarist, drummer and harmonica player, but his biggest talent is his relentless bonhomie, making for an engagingly inane performance.’ - Chortle

Andy Watson: Abuzz with nervy energy, Andy has an irresistible, infectious style that has the audience rapt from the start ... ‘he grasped the crowd's attention and left them in hysterics.’- City Life

Paul Kerensa: ITV’s ‘Take The Mike’ Award Winner. ‘f**king funny’- Ricky Gervais ...‘Paul’s material is cleverly written and at times borders on the ingenious ... Some near to the knuckle material that belies his laid back manner’ - Grinreaper.co.uk

Ben Vandervelde: (MC) ‘left the audience beaming from ear to ear with satirical quips & hilariously sinister tales’- BBC3 ... ‘exquisite comic timing ...wonderfully clownish physical comedy’ - British Theatre Guide.

To book your tickets, either visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

Link: Huish Park Leisure Guide (PDF Document - Requires Adobe Reader to view).


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20 October 2010 : Stephen Henderson's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game
Following Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 0-2 Defeat Against Sheffield Wednesday.


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20 October 2010 : FA Cup First Round Draw Ball Numbers
The ball numbers for the FA Cup First Round have now been published. Yeovil Town will be Ball Number 48, giving Glovers fans advance warning of what to listen out for when Sunday's draw takes place. Ball Numbers 49-80 represent the sides involved in the Fourth Qualifying Round which largely takes place on Saturday 23rd, with one fixture currently scheduled for the Sunday.

The draw for the First Round itself will be broadcast live on ITV, who will have a vested interest as one of the two broadcasting companies able to screen First Round matches live, alongside Sky Sports. They will be stretching out the draw between 12.30p.m. and 1.00p.m. and if past coverage is anything to go by, expect 20 minutes of waffle, with the draw itself happening in the second half of the show. The full set of balls are as follows:

1 Accrington Stanley
2 Aldershot Town
3 Barnet
4 Bournemouth
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 Exeter City
19 Gillingham
20 Hartlepool United
21 Hereford United
22 Huddersfield Town
23 Leyton Orient
24 Lincoln City
25 Macclesfield Town
26 Milton Keynes Dons
27 Morecambe
28 Northampton Town
29 Notts County
30 Oldham Athletic
31 Oxford United
32 Peterborough United
33 Plymouth Argyle
34 Port Vale
35 Rochdale
36 Rotherham United
37 Sheffield Wednesday
38 Shrewsbury Town
39 Southampton
40 Southend United
41 Stevenage
42 Stockport County
43 Swindon Town
44 Torquay United
45 Tranmere Rovers
46 Walsall
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town
49 Mossley v Darlington
50 Sheffield v Tipton Town
51 Guiseley v Redditch United
52 Fleetwood Town v Buxton
53 Altrincham v Gateshead
54 Vauxhall Motors v Newcastle Town
55 FC United of Manchester v Barrow
56 Workington v Nuneaton Town
57 Tamworth v Grimsby Town
58 Kidderminster Harriers v York City
59 FC Halifax Town v Mansfield Town
60 Wrexham v Southport
61 Stalybridge Celtic v Eastwood Town
62 Droylsden v Barwell
63 Woking v Eastleigh
64 Hythe Town v Staines Town
65 Eastbourne Borough v Harrow Borough
66 Cambridge United v Lewes
67 Corby Town v Salisbury City
68 Newport County v Crawley Town
69 Luton Town v St Albans City
70 Farnborough v Dover Athletic
71 Kettering Town v Rushden & Diamonds
72 Carshalton Athletic v Bromley
73 Hendon v Metropolitan Police
74 Leiston v Dartford
75 Basingstoke Town v AFC Wimbledon
76 Swindon Supermarine v Bath City
77 Havant & Waterlooville v Histon
78 Forest Green Rovers v Maidenhead United
79 Poole Town v Hayes & Yeading United
80 Ebbsfleet United v Boreham Wood

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on Saturday 6th November, subject to policing and television demands and variations.

Link: 2010-11 FA Cup Prize Money.


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20 October 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton
For those making the journey down to the South Coast on the weekend, the Ciderspace guide to Brighton and Hove Albion has been updated in time for Saturday's match. Featuring the usual mix of directions, ticketing information, a pub guide, statistics and much more, it can be found via the link below.

As a final reminder, this game against the League One leaders is an ALL TICKET match as far as away supporters are concerned. You have until 12.00 noon tomorrow (Thursday) to purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you don't buy your ticket by then, you will not be able to get into the ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brighton.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.


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19 October 2010 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup Tie
Further to our earlier news concerning the FA Youth Cup First Round draw, a date has been now set for this tie. The match against Havant and Waterlooville will be played on Wednesday 3rd November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Havant's West Leigh Park ground.

For the full details of the revised First Round draw, see our earlier news item.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw (Revised including results from 18/10/2010).


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19 October 2010 : Competition For Keeper Shirt Likely To Increase
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has hinted that competition for the goalkeeper place is likely to increase over the next three games. Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson had his loan spell with the Glovers extended by three games that will take him through the away games at Brighton and Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons, along with the home match against Swindon Town.

At that point, the obvious assumption is that Bristol City will be reluctant to allow Henderson to play in the FA Cup First Round match, due to be played on or around November 6th, and that the Glovers will be keeping their fingers crossed that Millwall keeper John Sullivan is 100 percent ready to take over between the sticks, having returned to training after a shoulder injury.

Skiverton confirmed to BBC Somerset that Sullivan was back in training, and suggested that one he got in some match practice that he would be offering up the goalkeeper's jersey to both players:

"John is not quite ready yet. He's back training, but he needs a game under his belt. But as you can see from Stephen (Henderson) his distribution with his feet is outstanding and he's been excellent for us. We've got two good keepers at the moment, so once John is back we'll have a good bit of competition."

The issue that the Glovers face is how to get Sullivan the game that he needs. With no formal Yeovil Town Reserves side, and the County Cup match against Odd Down taking place three days after the FA Cup First Round, Skivo's only likely option would be an ad-hoc behind-closed-doors practice match - so far this season there haven't been too many hints of such games taking place, but let's hope one can be squeezed in before the first week in November.


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19 October 2010 : Cameron Stewart Returns To Manchester United
Yeovil Town winger Cameron Stewart has returned to Manchester United, with his loan spell at Huish Park coming to a premature end. The teenager was due to stay at Huish Park until January 3rd, but has been recalled by his parent club, presumably due to his lack of appearances in a green'n'white shirt.

Cameron was the victim of the rules surrounding the number of loan players that can be put into a first team match squad. With the Glovers at one point having borrowed eight players from other clubs, that meant that three had to sit in the stand, and although injuries usually made that choice a little easier, Cameron was becoming more and more likely to be the one left out of the squad.

His last game for the Glovers came on September 28th in the home game against Southampton. In the end he made just one start and four substitute appearances in the league during his time at Huish Park, plus one start in a cup competition. We naturally wish him the best of luck for the future - at 19 years old he still has plenty of time and opportunity to cement a decent professional career.

Link: Cameron Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 October 2010 : Glovers Get FA Youth Cup Opponents Set
Further to last Tuesday's news, Yeovil Town's opponents in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup have now been finalised. The Glovers will travel to play Havant & Waterlooville after the Hampshire side beat Gosport Borough 4-1 in the Third Qualifying Round last night. The match will be played at Havant's West Leigh Park ground, with the exact date to be arranged, although it is likely to be a midweek evening kick-off.

All First Round matches must be played by Saturday 6th November 2010. The revised First Round draw is as follows:

1 Crewe Alexandra vs Wakefield or AFC Fylde
2 Bradford City vs Rochdale
3 Hartlepool United vs Whitley Bay or Staveley MW
4 Carlisle United vs Hallam or Wrexham
5 Stockport County vs Tranmere Rovers
6 Macclesfield Town vs Nantwich Town or Fleetwood Town
7 Accrington Stanley vs Darlington or Mossley AFC
8 Bury vs Oldham Athletic (played last night - Oldham won 2-5)
9 Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday (playing 03/11/2010)
10 Huddersfield Town vs Morecambe (playing 03/11/2010)
11 Histon or Yaxley vs Notts County
12 Bolehall Swifts or Romulus vs Northampton Town
13 Chesterfield vs Port Vale (playing 27/10/2010)
14 Grimsby Town or Kidderminster Harriers vs Stourbridge
15 Burton Albion vs Lincoln United or Stratford Town
16 Lincoln City vs Peterborough United
17 Shrewsbury Town vs Barwell or Boston United
18 Milton Keynes Dons vs Walsall (playing 26/10/2010)
19 Coventry Sphinx or Mickleover Sports vs Hereford United
20 Stotfold or Thurrock vs Leyton Orient
21 Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers (playing 26/10/2010)
22 Northwood vs Dulwich Hamlet
23 Bury Town FC or Chelmsford City FC or Grays Athletic FC or St Margaretsbury FC vs Bromley or Tonbridge Angels
24 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Ebbsfleet United or Redhill
25 Dagenham & Redbridge vs Stevenage (playing 01/11/2010)
26 Colchester United vs Woking or Leatherhead
27 Southend United vs Waltham Abbey or Luton Town
28 Charlton Athletic vs Crawley Town
29 Cheshunt or Concord Rangers vs Brentford
30 Newmarket Town or Rushden & Diamonds vs Carshalton Athletic or Chesham United
31 Gillingham vs Boreham Wood or Cambridge United
32 Maidenhead United or Dartford vs AFC Wimbledon or Wealdstone
33 Gloucester City or Newport County vs Bristol Rovers
34 Forest Green Rovers vs Swindon Town
35 Torquay United vs Bracknell Town or Farnborough
36 Havant & Waterlooville vs Yeovil Town
37 Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United (playing 09/11/2010)
38 Plymouth Argyle vs Southampton
39 Cirencester Town vs Aldershot Town
40 AFC Bournemouth vs Exeter City (playing 03/11/2010)


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19 October 2010 : Skivo: Big Col Saved My Footballing Career
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has credited his former boss Colin Lippiatt as saving his footballing career. Lippiatt, who passed away from pancreatic cancer last Friday, was the man who brought Skivo to Huish Park back in 1999, grabbing the then 23 year old central defender from Conference rivals Welling United during that summer.

Skiverton had started off his footballing career with Chelsea, before moving on to Wycombe Wanderers, but he then dropped out of the Football League and was playing part-time football for the Kent side when Lippiatt made his move. Skivo has told BBC Somerset that he will always be grateful for those actions:

"He saved my career, and to an extent he saved my life, because I was going nowhere. I was at Welling and he had the foresight to bring me to this football club. I wouldn't have achieved anything. I wouldn't have my family and the life that I've got without him making that gamble on me. So I've got so much respect for him and he'll be sorely missed, especially in my life, because he came back to manage in my testimonial, and it's a big loss."

The man most associated with Colin Lippiatt over the years is non-league legend Geoff Chapple, who set up a partnership with Lippiatt over the years that spanned multiple spells with Woking along with a short spell together at Kingstonian. Chapple is on the board now at Kingfield, and he told BBC Surrey that he felt like he'd lost a brother:

"I'm absolutely devastated at the news. It's such a shame for family, friends, and everyone in football who knew him. We had some lovely times together and lovely memories. We had our ups and downs but we were like a couple of brothers. It's a very, very sad loss. I’m left with a feeling of an overwhelming debt of gratitude to a man who has played such a massive part in my life both on and off the pitch."

Link: Funeral Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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19 October 2010 : Funeral Arrangements For Colin Lippiatt
Arrangements have been made for the funeral of former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt, who passed away last Friday, aged 68, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The service for the man who also managed Woking, Kingstonian, St Albans City and Chesham United as well as numerous coaching roles at other clubs, will take place on Wednesday 3rd November at 12 noon.

The funeral will take place at Easthampstead Park Crematorium and will be open for the public to attend. Following the service there will be a reception at Kingfield, home of Woking Football Club and again this is open to the public.

Crematorium Address: Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DW

Link: Easthampstead Park Crematorium : Location Map.

Woking FC Address: Woking Football Club, Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA.

Link: Woking FC : Directions.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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18 October 2010 : Ladies Suffer Defeat At League Leaders
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered defeat on Sunday, but only at the hands of a side that currently lie six points clear at the top of the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. West Ham United Ladies grabbed two first half goals through Emma Thomas during a first half that left manager Steve Phelps wondering post-match if he'd got his tactics right after the first goal.

The second period saw a much improved Glovers performance, particularly in the closing stages when Anusia Rourke came the closest to getting Yeovil back into the match against a physical Hammers side. They finished the weekend in seventh place in the Southern Division table, but next weekend will be at home to Charlton Athletic at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne with the South London side lying just one point and one position above them in the table.

There was better news for the Ladies Reserves, who gained an impressive 2-1 win against Portsmouth Ladies Reserves.

The Yeovil Town Ladies official site has a full match report of the first team match online here. For those wanting to give Sunday's match against Charlton a plug, by printing and displaying a fixtures poster, you can download one via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Charlton Athletic Fixtures Poster.


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18 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday may have been on paper Yeovil Town's sixth league reverse of the 2010-11 season, but the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry saw the game a little more optimistically. With the usual run-through of how each player did, Taff also assesses the team and the game as a whole.

As usual, feel free to provide your own views on the match via the comments link at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.


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18 October 2010 : A Bit Of Light Reading
A couple of bits of serious reading material are available on two other sites that may interest Yeovil Town fans. Both are on very different subjects. The first is the 'away day' perspective from the Sheffield Wednesday OwlsAlive website who provide a warts'n'all perspective of their day out in Somerset. Definitely an article for those football supporters who appreciate that their match day is not just about what goes on during the 90 minutes, but is about the food, drink, banter and motorway miles that make up a full and long day out.

Link: OwlsAlive : Yeovil Town Away.

The second article is an online version of a piece published in a Woking matchday programme from January 2008, around the time that former Glovers boss Colin Lippiatt had returned to Kingfield for the fourth time, bringing down the curtain on his coaching career, and taking on the role of Director of Football at the club. As this was Colin's last ever job in football, the article is an excellent recap of his entire career, and despite being written over two years before his death last Friday, reads well as a tribute to his time in football.

Link: Woking Official Site : Colin Lippiatt Jan 2008 Programme Feature.

Given that the Ciderspace server has spent most of the last few days going up (but mainly down) like a yo-yo, a reminder that our Friday evening tribute to Colin is available, in case you struggled to access it before the weekend.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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18 October 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton and Hove Albion
Yeovil Town's next match is what should be their last ever trip to the Withdean Stadium for a first match against Brighton and Hove Albion. Next season, the Seagulls should be playing in a new stadium at Falmer and so are now counting down the matches to when they can leave the athletics ground they currently occupy.

The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 23rd October 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match as follows.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £12.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 8.30a.m. and having a stop along the way. Their plan is to get to the ground in time to visit The Sportsman public house next to the ground, which organiser Pat Custard reports serves a carvery lunch.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Note: This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters. If you are thinking of going to the game, please see the Ticketing article linked below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brighton.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.


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18 October 2010 : Officials For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's final (hopefully!) trip to the Withdean Stadium have been announced. The man in charge for the game against Brighton and Hove Albion will be Phil Crossley (Kent) in a match that takes place on Saturday 23rd October 2010, kick-off 3.00p.m. Mr Crossley took up the whistle in 1990 and progressed through the local leagues before being promoted to the Panel list in 1998 and then the National list in 2000.

The last time we saw Mr Crossley was for the 0-0 draw against Gillingham at Huish Park back in February 2010. We had a small grumble with him in that match in that he didn't award a penalty for one of those 'bodies lying in the box' moments involving Sam Williams, but we've got a long string of referees who we'd point the finger at with that one.

The first appearance that he made to Huish Park as a referee was on 15th December 2001. After that, we had him for two Atkins related matches: first against Oxford United in February 2004; and then the infamous game against Bristol Rovers where he had the strength to send off two Pirates on the night in front of the usual baying coin and lighter chuckers of the Memorial Stadium, and report Atkins to the Football Association for, amongst other things, chucking a cup of tea at Gary Johnson - 19th October, 2004.

More recently were two matches during the 2008-09 season. The first was the opening match of the season in a 1-1 draw with Walsall that passed off without incident. The second was a rather lively 2-4 home defeat against Stockport County, where we felt that he was a bit too lenient with how he dealt with two incidents involving former Glover Michael Rose, who was a little bit too up for the game against his former employers.

Mr Crossley will be assisted by Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Carl Fitch (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be John Magill (Essex).

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Gillingham 0.

Link: December 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 4.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2004 : Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Oxford United 0.


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17 October 2010 : Bristol Rovers vs Youth Team League Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s lost out by a 4-2 scoreline yesterday at the Axa Sports Centre in Bristol, as Bristol Rovers defeated them on their home patch for the second time this season. Last month, Rovers thrashed the Glovers 6-0, and so this was an improved performance, particularly as Yeovil held the game level at the half time break. But 10 minutes of defensive errors opened up the floodgates, and despite Lewis Clarke forcing an own goal and Lee Green putting the Glovers back in the game, a late Rovers goal buried any hope of a comeback.

Although there had been minor injury concerns with three players, Coach Scott Green was able to put out the side that had beaten Reading and Swindon Town away during the last 10 days. The game kicked off in bright sunshine with the freshening wind behind Yeovil. For the first few minutes the game was mainly boxed into the midfield, then Yeovil started to get on top and had three successive corners, the third of which Rhys Baggridge headed just over. Two minutes later, and after good passing between Lloyd Matthews and Rob Clowes, the latter laid the ball off to Lewis Clarke whose shot hit the side netting. This was followed up by a good tricky run by Will Gordon who slotted a through-ball down the middle of the Rovers defence, reaching Tyler Sheppard whose shot was well saved by the keeper.

Following this flurry of Glovers chances, Bristol Rovers began to get a foothold in the game. They had a series of attacks, the first being well saved by Glovers keeper Steve Boore, who went down to his left. A Rovers forward then missed the target left of goal, followed by a Rovers corner that resulted in a secondary attack being pulled up for an offside decision and two further shots just wide.

As the half drew to a close, the game swung from end to end, with a smart passing move between Will Gordon and Tyler Sheppard standing out. Then Jonny Kaye threaded a pass through to Tyler Sheppard who set up Rob Clowes for a shot on goal. The half ended with the referee playing a good advantage when a Yeovil player was fouled and Tyler Sheppard carried the ball through towards the goal only to miss the target and for the game to stay goalless at the break. Nil-nil, but a good half for both sides and for the neutral observer.

Having kept their defensive line in good order during the opening 45 minutes, it took just four minutes for the floodgames to open with Yeovil having ten minutes of defensive madness as Rovers scored three times. The first came after Steve Boore parried a save and it fell straight into the path of a Bristol forward who was able to open the scoring. Then Bristol Rovers Passed their way through the Yeovil side without a block or a challenge stopping their path, completing a good team move for the visitors by doubling their lead. Then the Glovers defence failed to play to the whistle when the match referee overruled a flagging assistant, allowing Rovers the advantage, and with the back line static, a Rovers forward had a clean route through to more or less put the game out of sight at 3-0.

Thankfully the Glovers stopped what was threatening to be a repeat of last month's heavy defeat by hitting back almost straight away. A move down the right wing by Josh Doyle and Lewis Clarke resulted in a shot by Clarke that brought a brilliant save out of the Bristol keeper. Minutes later the duo repeated the same but with better results as another Doyle and Clarke right wing attack ended with a Rovers defender putting Lewis Clarke's wicked cross into his own net.

After Scott Green made a triple substitution, Steve Boore had to be alert to make a strong one-v-one save as Rovers caught Yeovil on the counter-attack; clearing the ball quickly up field. However, the Glovers keeper blocked the shot for a corner. But Yeovil had their tails up and had the ball in the back of the net again after another good cross from the Yeovil right was put in the back of the net by Adam Cleary. Sadly a linesman's flag ruled the goal out. That decision was made even more crucial when the Glovers did get a legitimate second, as from a corner substitute Lee Green powered home a header for a super goal.

That meant it was well and truly game on for the final 15 minutes, and Yeovil mounted attack after attack but to no avail. Instead it was the home side who had the last laugh as the Glovers were caught with too many players forward. Another Rovers counter-attack finally killed the game as they worked their way quickly from one end to the other, going straight through the Glovers defence one last time and to wrap up the game with the sixth and final goal of a busy second half.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers U18s 4 Yeovil Town U18s 2.

Scorers: Rovers Scorer (1-0, 49 mins), Rovers Scorer (2-0), Rovers Scorer (3-0, 59 mins), Own Goal (3-1, 61 mins), Lee Green (3-2), Rovers Scorer (4-2)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge (Capt) 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon

Subs: Adam Cleary, Will Agbo, Lee Green (all 66 mins on for Jonny Kaye, Tyler Sheppard, Lloyd Matthews)


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17 October 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game
Following Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Game.


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17 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's match against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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17 October 2010 : Ciderspace - We're Back - Hopefully!
OK, so we're back again. And keeping fingers, toes and everything else crossed, hopefully we'll stay back online. Apologies to everyone who has suffered inconvenience over the past 36 hours where we have suffered a second lengthy outage of Ciderspace. We're currently getting everything back up to date from the weekend just gone, so bear with us as we get that all done.

As with the first outage, there are no guarantees our ISP will have got it right this time round. Hence keep an eye on our Facebook Group Page, our Twitter Page and the Ciderspace Mailing List and subscribe to them as you see fit.

Given the circumstances and length of the outage, we're preparing ourselves for a potential Plan B, in case our ISP's latest fix does not prove successful. The latest fix has seen the site move onto a new physical server - with that brings teething problems, and possible broken links or functionality. We've tested the obvious, but if you spot anything wrong with the site then drop an email at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and we'll look into it. Once again, apologies that it has taken so long to get the site back up and running - unfortunately all we could do was to sit and wait ourselves and let the ISP get on with it.


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17 October 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
If you were at Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday.


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16 October 2010 : Yeovil 0 Wednesday 2 : Owls Late Double Steals Point
Yeovil Town had their three game unbeaten run broken by a resolute Sheffield Wednesday side, who grabbed a flattering 0-2 away win, thanks to two late goals scored after the Glovers had gained excessive possession, albeit without taking the few chances that came their way. Wednesday took the only on target chances they got - a Jermaine Johnson screamer, followed by a Tommy Miller penalty after Luke Ayling was judged to have fouled inside the box.

For the third match running, manager Terry Skiverton named an unchanged starting eleven, whilst his only change on the bench was midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala's recall from a knee injury - the first change to any of the seventeen players Skivo has needed to make in three matches. The game was preceded by a minute's applause for three of Yeovil Town's former managers and players, with former boss Malcolm Allison and former full-back Derek Warren's lives celebrated. However, there's little doubt that the more recent two year spell that Colin Lippiatt had at the club was the reason why many had lumps in their throat just before kick-off - the man who brought current manager Terry Skiverton to the club.

The Owls got off to a positive start, with Daniel Jones' left wing cross being headed wide of the target by Clinton Morrison when he should have done better. Then Morrison turned provider as he drew Stephen Henderson to his near post, putting the ball across the face of goal only to find Gary Teale spooning the ball over the bar from eight yards out with the goal gaping.

The Glovers took around 20 minutes to get seriously into the match, with Gavin Williams beginning to find space to pull the strings, often swapping positions between namesake Big Sam, presumably with the aim of shaking off any man-to-man marking Wednesday might have been attempting to cut out Yeovil's chief playmaker. The downside to that was that it often left Sam out in a wide position as he covered for Gavin's meanderings, giving the Glovers a somewhat lopsided attacking outlook at times.

That said, Yeovil's best chance of the half came when Sam Williams broke through with a clever pass, cut past a Wednesday defender onto his left foot, forcing Owls keeper Nicky Weaver to come off his line and smother his shot, and the Glovers couldn't grab the loose ball to poke it home. Overall though, Yeovil were beginning to dominate the midfield excessively, and gain strong possession, albeit with their other chances being largely attempts from distance, rather than getting in behind the visitors' back line.

The second half opened with the temperature of the game being raised when Wednesday centre-back Darren Purse appeared to land his studs on the leg of Gavin Williams after the Welshman had landed on the deck. Referee either gave Purse the benefit of the doubt regarding intent, or didn't see what had happened, but the crowd made it clear what they thought after Mr Scott let Purse off with just a ticking off.

Owain Tudur Jones drove an excellent strike at goal that Nicky Weaver smothered well, whilst Dean Bowditch snatched at a chance a little too quickly midway through the half when he received a loose ball - missing the target when he should have done better. The Glovers were looking fairly comfortable throughout the second period, with Wednesday doing little to threaten their goal.

All that changed though with the introduction of former Glovers loan player Jermaine Johnson, who failed to make a first team appearance for the club back in 2003 after picking up an injury during an introductory Reserve Team match for former boss Gary Johnson. He had played for Wednesday Reserves in midweek, making his comeback from injury and came on as a 62nd minute substitute. Ten minutes after his arrival, Johnson threatened to cut down the outside of his wing, but instead cut inside onto his right foot, and rifled a terrific shot into the top corner that gave Stephen Henderson utterly no chance. Their first on target shot of the game but an utterly clinical one.

The away side's second shot on target produced their second goal, after they won a penalty six minutes from time. Whilst Wednesday had been sitting on their 1-0 lead to an extreme, the Glovers went to sleep a little when right-back Jon Otsemobor advanced up the flank, no-one closed him down, and Luke Ayling's tackle was judged to be a foul and a spot kick. Up stepped Tommy Miller, and he sent Stephen Henderson the wrong way to double Wednesday's lead. Two shots on target, two goals, and with time running out, it was more or less game over.

Jon Otsemobor was Wednesday's hero for the penalty. Two minutes later he became their villain - a studs up tackle on Nathan Smith the next time the pair met down the flank saw referee Graham Scott immediately reach for his red card, and the away side had to complete the final four minutes of the game with 10 men. A glimmer of hope, although perhaps the man advantage had come too late.

In an injury time period, announced as five but extended to seven following the goal net getting broken, Yeovil Town hit the crossbar, as Owain Tudur Jones produced a looping header that saw Nicky Weaver wrap himself around his own goal net in his attempts to peddle backwards and stop it from going in. Then Gavin Williams produced a stinging shot that Weaver had to block out, but it was one of those days for the Glovers, and one where for the second week running Sheffield Wednesday could count themselves fortunate to have come away with three points. To their credit, the away side snuffed out the volume of possession that the Glovers had during the match, but to win by two goals when having only had one on target shot in open play across the whole 90 minutes is somewhat flattering on the visitors, and cruel on the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Scorers: Jermaine Johnson (72 mins, 0-1), Tommy Miller 84 mins, pen, 0-2)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
24. Gavin Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (36 mins for Adam Virgo) 7. Andrew Williams (77 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (65 mins for Andy Welsh) 21. Jean-Paul Kalala

Sheffield Wednesday:
1. Nicky Weaver
36. Jon Otsemobor 3. Lewis Buxton 4. Darren Purse 11. Daniel Jones
8. Tommy Miller 14. Darren Potter 17. James O'Connor 21. Gary Teale
7. Marcus Tudgay 30. Clinton Morrison

Substitutes:
25. Arron Jameson (GK) 2. Tommy Spurr 5. Richard Hinds 9. Paul Heffernan 23. Jermaine Johnson (62 mins for Gary Teale) 24. Chris Sedgwick (81 mins for Clinton Morrison) 33. Neil Mellor (70 mins for Marcus Tudgay)

Yeovil Bookings: Shaun MacDonald (75 mins, foul)

Sheffield Wednesday Bookings: Gary Teale (62 mins, foul). Red Card: Jon Otsemobor (86 mins, serious foul play)

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Chris Powell (Dorset) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 5,927 (including approx 1,800 Wednesday fans)


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16 October 2010 : Skivo Previews The Sheffield Wednesday Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Sheffield Wednesday Game.


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15 October 2010 : Pre-Match Appreciation For Big Col And Big Mal
Tomorrow's League One home match against Sheffield Wednesday will be preceded by a one minute applause. The appreciation will be threefold. For former managers Colin Lippiatt and Malcolm Allison who both died today, and for former player Derek Warren, who passed away earlier this month.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.

Link: Former Glovers Boss Allison Passes Away.

Link: Derek Warren: May 1923 - October 2010.


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15 October 2010 : A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010
Further to our earlier news, concerning Colin Lippiatt, a tribute article is now available on this site. Detailing Colin's time at Yeovil, as well as the great success that he had at Woking and St Albans City, amongst others, the article can be found via the link below.

We are in direct contact with Colin's family, and so if anyone reading this article wants to leave tributes or memories of Colin's time at Yeovil Town (or indeed any other clubs he managed or played for) then we will ensure they are read by his family.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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15 October 2010 : Henderson Extends Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal for goalkeeper Stephen Henderson for an additional three matches. The Bristol City keeper will be eligible to play for the Glovers up to and including the November 2nd match against Milton Keynes Dons.

Stephen's loan spell at Huish Park was due to expire after tomorrow's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, but he will now play in the away match at Brighton and Hove Albion, the home game against Swindon Town and finally the trip to play MK Dons.

The slightly unusual loan length can be explained by the fact that the game that follows the trip to stadium:mk is the FA Cup First Round. It could therefore be suggested that Bristol City are reluctant to allow him to become cup-tied with the Glovers, and therefore that if Sullivan's shoulder injury has not cleared up by then, that manager Terry Skiverton could be looking at a Plan C. Let's hope that John Sullivan is given the green light by then.


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15 October 2010 : Colin Lippiatt R.I.P. 1942-2010
We're sad to report that former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt has died this afternoon, aged 68. Colin died this afternoon after a long illness relating to pancreatic cancer, and we send our sincere condolences to his wife Frances and his family.

Update: There is now a full article detailing Colin's career at Yeovil and his other clubs, via the link below.

Link: A Tribute To Colin Lippiatt : 1942-2010.


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15 October 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in their 12th League One match of the 2010-11 season. The Glovers are fighting relegation in a lowly 17th position, whilst the Owls are flying high in a 5th place play-off position, heading for promotion.

Actually, it's not quite as cut'n'dried as that. Such is the bizarre beast that is League One, the Glovers could be on the same number of points as their Yorkshire opponents by 5.00p.m. on Saturday. The 12 places and opposite ends of the latest League One table are in fact separated by just three points, and only their respective goal differences prevent the realistic possibility of the Glovers climbing above Wednesday at the end of tomorrow's game.

Of course, the bookies will thoroughly expect the pecking order to be maintained come the end of the season and probably come the end of Saturday. However, Wednesday aren't quite the towering giants that they were as a Premier League side - in financial hock to the tune of £30 million and the subject of multiple winding up orders this season, they currently lie under a transfer embargo that is preventing them from boosting their playing squad. That means that they will have to cover an injury to centre-back Mark Beevers internally, rather than reach into the loan market.

Midfielder Giles Coke is a doubt with a hamstring problem that will require a late fitness test. Meanwhile winger Jermaine Johnson will hope to push for at least a place on the bench after completing a game for their Reserves in midweek. Johnson is technically a former Glovers player, although injury meant that he never made a first team appearance. Arriving as a Bolton Wanderers player in August 2003, initially a work permit issue held up his chance to appear in green'n'white, but then an ankle injury saw him return to the Reebok Stadium. The plan had been for him to return once fit, but that never materialised, meaning that Johnson only got Reserve Team matches at Huish Park.

For the Glovers, team news was covered earlier today. Gavin Williams (ankle), Dean Bowditch, Nathan Smith and Stefan Stam (gluteal muscle) were all named by manager Terry Skiverton as doubts, whilst Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) has been out for several matches now without resolution. With two 1-0 wins in a row though, Skivo will be loathe to change his 'winning' side, and thus is only likely to ring the changes if any of Super Gav, Bowditch or Smith fail to recover in time.

It won't be too much of a surprise to find that the two clubs have rarely crossed paths over the years. Two 1938-39 FA Cup Third Round matches are the only evidence of competitive meetings. The first at Hillsborough was watched by 24,466 spectators, with 300 travelling from Yeovil with the game almost getting called off due to snow. The Glovers came inches away from beating Wednesday on their own patch, with the state of the pitch responsible for denying Yeovil a winning goal. A 1-1 draw though earned them plenty of praise, and 14,329 crammed into Huish for the replay, so much that the Queen Street End stand split under the strain of supporters sat on top of the stand. There's a big piece on the two matches in this site's History Section.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the match, subject to the usual surcharge. If you're wanting to get them at the advance price, then call the Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888. Wednesday should be taking a good following down from Yorkshire - not quite a full away end from what we can gather, but getting close to it with under 200 tickets left earlier this week. If you can't make the match, then you can join us on Twitter or you can tune into 95.5FM where BBC Somerset will have full live coverage of the game.

Link: Skivo: Injuries Are Killing Us.

Link: Wednesday Play Waiting Game Over Oil Company Investment.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday.


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15 October 2010 : Former Glovers Boss Allison Passes Away
Former Yeovil Town manager Malcolm Allison has died at the age of 83. Whilst the majority of the obituaries penned for Allison will overlook his spell at the old Huish ground, he had a brief period as first team manager of the Glovers in 1981, sandwiched between Barry Lloyd and Jimmy Giles.

At the time he arrived at Huish, he had recently finished a second spell with Crystal Palace, heading to Somerset to cover the loss of Lloyd, who had been fired in January 1981. The presence of such a high profile manager at the club created a great deal of national media interest, and boosted the club's profile during that time, with his first game in charge - an away match at Hastings Town - raising their gate to five times its usual level, as 1,905 spectators turned up for the FA Trophy Second Round Replay.

For a man with such a big profile, his stay with the Glovers was far more low key - he managed the club for just four games, with three of those defeats, before Jimmy Giles turned up and took over the job on a permanent basis. Allison had far bigger fish to fry, moving on to become manager of Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Allison's career prior to that had a mix of West Country, top flight and even international exposure. Starting his management at Bath City in 1963, he'd just completed playing career mainly with West Ham United that had been cut short by tuberculosis, causing him to have a lung removed. In between his playing career and start in management he worked as a car salesman, professional gambler and nightclub owner.

Over the years he had two spells with Crystal Palace and Manchester City, as well as Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers. However, he also went overseas, managing Galatasaray in Turkey, Sporting Lisbon, Vitoria Setubal and SC Farense in Portugal, plus the Kuwait national side.

It was his eight year spell at Manchester City that built up his reputation though, mainly as assistant manager under Joe Mercer. During that time, they won the Second Division Championship, First Division Championship, FA Cup and League Cup as well as the Charity Shield twice along with the European Cup Winners Cup. Success followed at Sporting Lisbon, winning the Portuguese Liga, the main Portuguese Cup competition and the Portuguese SuperCup all in one season, making him a legend at that club.

Allison was no shrinking violet. As a man with a reputation as a flamboyant playboy, his name was regularly in the tabloids throughout the 1970s, and his trademark image became his fedora and cigar. Nicknamed Big Mal, he was a big name and a big character in football who everyone had an opinion on. He may have only been at Yeovil Town for four short games, but as with most things Allison did, his prescence was well and truly left when he departed.


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15 October 2010 : Henderson Stay To Depend On Sullivan Fitness
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will wait for main goalkeeper John Sullivan to prove his fitness before considering a loan extension for Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson. The Irishman has made it clear that he is willing to stay at Huish Park in a bid to play in more games, but the final match of his initial one month loan spell takes place tomorrow at Huish Park, in a League One match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Skiverton has said that Millwall keeper Sullivan is back in training, but they are keeping a close eye on him to make sure that he is 100 percent fit and ready to make his first team comeback. The obvious assumption to make is that if Sullivan is fully fit, then Henderson will return to Ashton Gate:

"I can't tell you anything at the moment. We just have to make sure that John (Sullivan) is all right. He's been out for five weeks at the moment, so we're just assessing how fit he is. Once we do come to the bottom of that, then we'll end up deciding about Hendo. But we're talking. I'm talking to him and I'm talking to Bristol City as well. So it's ongoing and we'll see how it goes and how the fall-out from today goes into tomorrow."

City boss Keith Millen has told Sky Sports that he is happy for a loan extension to be agreed in principle for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 player. Given that Millen can include a 24 hour recall clause in any loan extension agreed, this is a bit of a no-brainer for the Robins, and Millen says he is just waiting for a phone call to come:

"I am waiting on a call from them regarding Stephen because he has been playing very well for them. I am led to believe that they do want to extend his loan stay there, but I haven't had that conversation with Terry Skiverton yet. We feel that it is important that he continues playing first-team football, so if all parties are happy I can't see a problem in extending the loan, but like I said nothing has been agreed yet."


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15 October 2010 : Skivo: Injuries Are Killing Us
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he has so many players on the treatment table that he was forced to run Thursday's training session with just seven players. Whilst some of the withdrawals may be calculated decisions to rest players such as Shaun MacDonald, who had a midweek trip to Switzerland and back, a number of players are giving him concerns ahead of tomorrow's visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Huish Park.

The quartet of Gavin Williams, Dean Bowditch, Nathan Smith and Stefan Stam are the ones giving Skivo the biggest headache. Williams limped out of last week's 1-0 win at Rochdale at half time, whilst Stam has been absent for the last two matches with a gluteal muscle strain.

Skivo told BBC Somerset that in terms of tomorrow's team selection, all four players mentioned would be left until the last minute to see if they had any chance of playing:

"I think we only had about seven up there training today (Thursday) so injuries again are absolutely killing us. We've got to wait until the last minute with Dean (Bowditch), Gavin (Williams), Nathan Smith now as well and Stefan Stam, so we've got a few now. On the positive side, John Sullivan is back and he's training and he's had a few days under his belt."


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15 October 2010 : MacDonald 'Proud' Of International Debut
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald admitted that he had mixed feelings over the circumstances in which he made his full Welsh international debut, but that on the whole was proud of the landmark moment in his career. The Swansea City player was a late substitute in a Euro 2012 Qualifying match in Switzerland, allowing him to take the leap forward from his record-breaking stint at Under-21 level.

However, Shaun told BBC Somerset that whilst he was proud to represent his country, that coming on with Wales already 3-1 down, and seeing one more conceded, was a little disappointing for him:

"It was a really proud moment for me, but at the same time obviously a really disappointing result, coming off with a 4-1 (defeat) at the end of the game. That was a little disappointing, but like I've said, it was a really proud moment for me and my family."

Reporter Pete Simson joked that with Wales not winning the game that Shaun should have come on earlier. However, MacDonald was understandably unwilling to speak about the decisions made by caretaker Welsh boss Brian Flynn, who was his Under-21s manager for all of his 25 international appearances at that level:

"He's the manager - I can't really comment on that! But no, it was a pleasure coming on. Brian Flynn has already been a massive influence on my career. So hopefully I can keep working hard and keep improving."

Manager Terry Skiverton said that he had received good feedback over the years from Flynn about the 22 year old, but admitted that he was glad that MacDonald had to wait until the Tuesday night for his debut, given that a prior call-up for their Friday night would have seen him missing the Glovers trip to Rochdale:

"His performances this season have been outstanding, and I know that Brian Flynn does like him, and that he's seen a lot of him. So it was really good for him to get his call-up. I was just really pleased he didn't get his call-up for the first game, because he would have actually missed the game on Saturday!

Skiverton added that the full international call-up was a big positive for all concerned, pointing out that it would go down in the record books that MacDonald made his debut for his country whilst on the books of Yeovil Town:

"It's really good. It's a positive for him and it's positive for Swansea City, who hold his registration, and it's a positive for Yeovil Town who have got him on loan and he's got that cap whilst he's on loan with us. So that's really good, I'm really pleased for the lad, and hopefully he can take that little bit when you do go away with your country - it's a real big honour and he can bring that back into his form and have another good performance in the next couple of games coming up."

MacDonald admitted that if he had stayed at Swansea that he might not have had a high enough profile to justify an international call-up, saying that there was a risk that he would have been sat in the stands rather than playing regular football:

"Me and the gaffer at Swansea spoke, and I said I wanted to be playing games and obviously that's why I'm here. At the same time hopefully I can keep doing well for Yeovil and help us keep pushing up the league, and maybe get in the top ten this year. But obviously I'm getting recognised playing week-in, week-out instead of maybe getting on the bench or being in the stand up at Swansea. I'm getting recognised that way, and hopefully I can keep kicking on and keep improving my game and get my rewards."

Link: MacDonald Makes His Senior International Debut.


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14 October 2010 : Ciderspace Downtime
Apologies to anyone who has had problems accessing Ciderspace since Wednesday morning. Our ISP was the victim of a Denial of Service attack on its servers that gradually escalated during the afternoon, at which point they closed down all traffic to protect their network. Unfortunately resolving this has taken somewhat longer than expected and has been out of our hands.

If you're reading this, then obviously this means the site is back. However, we'd recommend that you keep an eye on our Twitter Feed or our Facebook Group Page where any further site access problems will be posted. Alternatively the good old-fashioned mailing list will include updates. We did have some early speed problems when the site was restored, so if anyone is still experiencing that, we'd like to hear about it.

Note: The way that the site has been brought back to life may mean that some of you are able to access the site before others can, and it may vary from machine to machine. If this persists, we'd recommend that you try any of the following

(a) shutting down and starting up your browser again (obviously if you've started up your browser since 5.00p.m. Thursday then you've already done this)
(b) try pressing the CTRL key with the F5 key together (a forced refresh of your browser's cache).
(c) For the more advanced users, start a DOS/Command window (obviously Windows only - and Vista users will need to run this as an administrator) and type in "ipconfig /flushdns" without the quotes. Those on work or college machines may not be able to do this.

We may find that some ISPs take an age to recognise such changes - a change we did in January proved to be persistent in that respect for one ISP. Please mail us at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com if it persists beyond 48 hours.

Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused anyone over the past 24 hours or so.


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14 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : If ....
Those of you who remember our Conference and early Football League days on the Yeovil Town forums may also recall the oft-mentioned existence of a Poetry Group that met down at The Bell before games. It would appear that Taff is trying to revive that tradition with a little prose that isn't quite his own, but serves to describe the highs and lows of following a football team.

Read on, in a brave new world of three-games-unbeaten, via the link below, and feel free to add in your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : If .....


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14 October 2010 : Stam Loan-Out Plans Confirmed
Further to Monday's news, centre-back Stefan Stam has been confirmed as having his name circulated for a loan spell with another club. The Dutchman has been missing through an unspecified injury in the last two matches against Walsall and Rochdale, but presumably is now fit enough to get some match action.

At present there's no explicit suggestion of him being put up for a permanent transfer, although manager Terry Skiverton makes it pretty clear to the Western Morning News where Stam lies in the defensive pecking order, citing Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington as his first choice pairing, meaning that there could be few future opportunities for the former Oldham Athletic player. Skivo explains:

"I had a chat with Stefan and with the two centre halves that I do have here, I think they are always going to play when they are fit. They are very good players and their form has been outstanding. It (a loan) has got to be right for the club first and foremost, but if he can go out there and get some football for his future it will be best for him to get out on loan."

As yet there's no firm indication of a club coming in to take him on loan, so he won't be going anywhere just yet, although Monday's Sky Sports reports suggested that Swindon Town and Chesterfield were interested in his services. We'll have to wait to see how keen both clubs are, and whether it turns into anything concrete.

Link: Rumours Of Stam Being Lined Up For Loan Deal.


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13 October 2010 : Glovers Chief Praises Fans Behaviour
Yeovil Town's hierachy have praised the behaviour of their home and travelling supporters, amidst media reports warning of a new trend in hooliganism around the country. A recent report by the Association of Chief Police Officers, carried on BBC 5 Live radio last Friday, warned that Football Banning Orders involving youths had rocketed in recent years, with 103 issued to Under-18s last season, compared to 38 during the 2007-08 season. That has sparked a number of 'scare' stories in the national media claiming a new generation of hooliganism is on the cards although clearly there's a lot more detail needed before such conclusions can be drawn.

The full set of Home Office figures for the 2009-10 season should be published by the end of this year. However, figures for the 2008-09 season issued last December showed the Glovers in a glowing light, with zero arrests during that season - a unique position within the Football League. At present there is just one banning order against a supporter associated with Yeovil Town, that dates from over five years ago, and only Torquay United can boast zero banning orders in the entire country.

Whilst we can't tell what's happened in the last 15 months yet, the view of Chief Executive Martyn Starnes in today's Western Daily Press is that the Glovers still have an excellent record on the terraces:

"If you want to be in the bottom part of any league, this is the one that you want to be bottom of. We have said it before, the behaviour of our supporters is top drawer, and the table reflects that throughout the club, so we are proud of that. There is little or no trouble wherever we go, because he have not done anything to cause it. I think that our fans are generally exemplary in their behaviour, and we are very proud of that. It has been tremendous. This goes back several seasons now."

Link: 22 December 2009 : Yeovil Town : The Best Behaved Supporters In The Football League.

Link: 26 November 2008 : Home Office Report Gives Thumbs Up To Glovers Fans.

Link: 12 August 2008 : Police Reveal Football Arrest Figures.


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13 October 2010 : Latics Post Heavy Financial Losses
League One side Oldham Athletic have posted fairly staggering losses in their latest accounts for the period ending December 31st 2009. They made a £1.524m deficit during the year of 2009, up significantly from the 2008 figure of £414,000. Their overall liabilities have risen to £4.63m, up from £3.57m.

The Latics only came out of administration six years ago, in February 2004, after the club almost collapsed in the summer of 2003. Their losses include the write-off of £550,000 relating to the work they carried out during the club's plans to redevelop Boundary Park, which have now been aborted in favour of building a new stadium in Failsworth.

Another part of Oldham's losses can be attributed to their changes of first team management which has in turn produced a high level of turnover in players. The Latics parted company with John Sheridan during 2009, had Joe Royle back for a short spell, then appointed Dave Penney, who was replaced during 2010 by Paul Dickov.

As a consequence they have this week stated that they have 34 first team professionals on their books, but are having problems in finding a number of transfer listed players - including former Glovers loan midfielder Jonathan Worthington - new clubs. Rob Purdie, Joe Jacobson, Greg Fleming, Sean Gregan and Worthington have all been told to find new clubs, but Chairman Simon Corney stated that four of the current playing squad had recently rejected the chance to move to League Two or Conference National clubs on loan, thus keeping their current wage bill high.

Corney has said that the club's current financial position is not unique, and told their official site that it was hard to compete against what Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic were spending:

"We are not alone and Football League clubs in general is struggling - just look at the attendances last weekend at Hartlepool, Rochdale and Walsall. People talk about the have and have nots in the Premier League in terms of Manchester United and City compared to Bolton and Blackburn. We also have them in our division with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton spending three times as much as we are doing which makes life harder and harder."


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12 October 2010 : Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Charlton Athletic are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The League One match takes place on Saturday 20th November at The Valley, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Under-21s and Over-60s: £17.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay either the Concessionary rate (£17.00) or the Under-18 rate (£5.00), depending upon your age. Any assistant is admitted free of charge. Disabled tickets must be booked in advance - you need to be on the medium (or above) rate of disability to qualify. For further arrangements and bookings, call Charlton on 020-83334010 or 0871-226-1905 or email them at disability@cafc.co.uk.

With the exception of disabled supporters, tickets for the game will be available on the day at the same prices, hence your purchase is mainly for convenience and speed. Away supporters are housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand which is a covered seated stand behind the goal on the south side of the stadium.

You have until 12.00 noon on Friday 19th November to make advanced purchases from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Thereafter they will be on sale at The Valley.

Link: Ticketing for Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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12 October 2010 : GWSC Travel To Brighton
Yeovil Town's next away match is the South Coast trip to the Withdean Stadium to play Brighton and Hove Albion. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd October 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.45a.m. and then Huish Park at 9.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £19.00, with concessions available at £17.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Brighton vs Yeovil Town.


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12 October 2010 : MacDonald Makes His Senior International Debut
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald made his international debut tonight for the Wales international side. The Swansea City player was an 88th minute substitute in their 4-1 defeat against Switzerland, coming on for Blackpool's David Vaughan with the Welsh already 3-1 down in their Euro 2012 qualifying match.

Although Shaun has been a record-breaker for appearances at Under-21 level for the Welsh, this is his first moment for the senior squad. Congratulations to Shaun, and let's hope that this is the first of many caps at senior level for his country.


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12 October 2010 : Gunners Keeping Regular Watch on Freeman's Progress
Yeovil Town's on-loan winger/striker Luke Freeman has said that his parent club Arsenal are keeping a very close eye on him since his arrival at Huish Park. The 18 year old has played in 11 out of Yeovil's 13 games so far this season, with five starts and six substitute appearances, and scored the winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Rochdale.

Freeman revealed that he was in regular contact with the Gunners coaching staff and that they had been sending representatives to every match that Freeman had played in, giving an indication as to how much they value him:

"I've spoken to Arsene Wenger a few times but talk to the reserve-team manager more and the people that arranged the loan. They said `Come here, you've got a chance to play.' That's all I want to do, get more experience under my belt. I went back there last week and they said they'd watched every game I'd played in. It's good to see they've been watching and keeping an eye on me."

Luke was interviewed by BBC Somerset after Saturday's game at Spotland. If you've not read the transcript yet (mentioned on this site yesterday) it can be found via the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Interview With Luke Freeman After The 1-0 Win At Rochdale.


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12 October 2010 : Dinner Evening With Steve Kindon Reminder
Those of you who view the Forthcoming Events section on the Ciderspace Home Page or have downloaded the Huish Park Leisure Guide will be aware that on Thursday evening, former professional footballer Steve Kindon will be the club's guest at a Dinner event at Huish Park.

For those interested in attending the event, Steve's biography, taken from the Huish Park Leisure Guide, is as follows:

One of the genuine “characters” of football, Steve Kindon is a great raconteur whose contribution to any dinner is guaranteed to have the audience rolling with laughter. Stephen Michael “Steve” Kindon (born December 17, 1950 in Warrington) was a former professional footballer who played mainly on the left wing where his speed was an asset, but also played at centre forward.

After starring in Burnley’s FA Youth Cup run of 1967-68, Steve Kindon became the first member of the Clarets victorious Youth Cup side to establish himself in the First Division. He scored on his Turf Moor debut in a 3-1 victory over West Ham Utd, and after winning Youth international honours, he was ever-present in Burnley’s First Division side of 1969-70, top-scoring with 17 goals.

After the Lancashire club were relegated in 1971, he joined Wolves for a fee of £100,000 in the summer of 1972 and scored on his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle Utd on the opening day of the 1972-73 season. However, it took him a while to settle down in the Midlands and he only appeared briefly in the club’s successful League Cup run in 1973-74, missing out on the final when Wolves beat Man City 2-1.

Though the club were relegated at the end of the 1975-76 season, they bounced straight back as Second Division Champions the following season with Kindon playing his part. He had scored 31 goals in 167 games for Wolves when he returned to Burnley in November 1977 for £80,000.

He spent two more seasons at Turf Moor taking his goal tally to 58 in 225 games before joining Huddersfield Town where he was part of a minor piece of football history, being one of three goalkeepers used in an FA Cup Tie v Shrewsbury Town in 1981. Regular goalkeeper Andy Rankin was injured and Steve took his place, only to be injured himself, his place in turn being taken by Mark Lillis. Each of them conceded a goal, and this remains an English record for the number of keepers used in one game. Injury then ended his career in 1982. Steve was an England Youth, Under-23 and “B” international.

Nowadays, “Kindo” - as he is affectionately known - prefers to take a more leisurely pace, though travelling the length and breadth of the country where his humorous reminiscences always leave the audience wanting more.

Tickets for the evening are on sale at £35 per ticket or £240 for a table of eight people. The price quoted includes a three course meal. The event starts at 7.30p.m. - for all enquiries and bookings, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: Huish Park Leisure Guide : Oct-Dec 2010.


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12 October 2010 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Get Away Tie
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will face the winners of the South Coast tie between Havant & Waterlooville and Gosport Borough that is due to be played as part of the Third Qualifying Round matches.

Havant and Gosport are due to meet each other on Monday 18th October, at Havant's West Leigh Park ground, kick-off 7.30p.m. Once that game is resolved, the winners will host the First Round tie against the Glovers' Under-18 side. All First Round matches must be played by Saturday 6th November 2010, and are usually scheduled as midweek evening matches.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

1 Crewe Alexandra vs Wakefield or AFC Fylde
2 Bradford City vs Rochdale
3 Hartlepool United vs Whitley Bay or Staveley MW
4 Carlisle United vs Hallam or Wrexham
5 Stockport County vs Tranmere Rovers
6 Macclesfield Town vs Nantwich Town or Fleetwood Town
7 Accrington Stanley vs Darlington or Mossley AFC
8 Bury vs Oldham Athletic
9 Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday
10 Huddersfield Town vs Morecambe
11 Histon or Yaxley vs Notts County
12 Bolehall Swifts or Romulus vs Northampton Town
13 Chesterfield vs Port Vale
14 Grimsby Town or Kidderminster Harriers vs Stourbridge or Garforth Town
15 Burton Albion vs Lincoln United or Stratford Town
16 Lincoln City vs Peterborough United
17 Shrewsbury Town vs Barwell or Boston United
18 Milton Keynes Dons vs Walsall
19 Coventry Sphinx or Mickleover Sports vs Hereford United
20 Stotfold or Leighton Town or Thurrock vs Leyton Orient
21 Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers
22 Camberley Town or Northwood vs AFC Wallingford or Dulwich Hamlet
23 Bury Town FC or Chelmsford City FC or Codicote FC or Grays Athletic FC or St Margaretsbury FC vs Bromley or Tonbridge Angels
24 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Ebbsfleet United or Redhill
25 Dagenham & Redbridge vs Stevenage
26 Colchester United vs Woking or Leatherhead
27 Southend United vs Waltham Abbey or Luton Town
28 Charlton Athletic vs Crawley Town or Tooting & Mitcham United
29 Cheshunt or Concord Rangers vs Brentford
30 Newmarket Town or Rushden & Diamonds vs Carshalton Athletic or Chesham United
31 Gillingham vs Boreham Wood or Cambridge United
32 Maidenhead United or Dartford vs AFC Wimbledon or Wealdstone
33 Gloucester City or Newport County vs Bristol Rovers
34 Forest Green Rovers or Salisbury City vs Swindon Town
35 Torquay United vs Bracknell Town or Farnborough
36 Havant & Waterlooville or Gosport Borough vs Yeovil Town
37 Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United
38 Plymouth Argyle vs Southampton
39 Weymouth or Cirencester Town vs Aldershot Town
40 AFC Bournemouth vs Exeter City


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12 October 2010 : Wednesday Play Waiting Game Over Oil Company Investment
Saturday's opponents Sheffield Wednesday are due to receive a significant sum of money that should end their latest court battle with HMRC. The Owls have a winding up order against them due to a backlog on their payments to the taxman; that same event has meant that they've been under their third transfer embargo of the 2010-11 season and that will remain until they clear their current HMRC backlog.

The light at the end of the tunnel comes with a £2 million investment that is due to be made by a third party. Officially the identity of the investor is not known. Unofficially most of the press appear to be assuming that it is a Middle-Eastern oil company who are supplying the money - backed by former Hartlepool United Director of Sport Chris Turner, who tried to introduce the consortium to Pools just before he resigned his position at Victoria Park, with the Pools board having rebuffed Turner's offer.

The former goalkeeper has since taken his consortium across to Wednesday -another of his former clubs - with Turner having had two playing spells and one managerial spell at Hillsborough. They appear to be more receptive to the idea, with the current owners having made it clear that they need new investment to cover an estimated £30 million debt and significant ongoing operational losses. However, in a statement issued just before the weekend, whilst Wednesday confirmed the £2 million investment was forthcoming, they stopped short of confirming that Turner's consortium were behind the move. The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that, subject to negotiation, as much as £15 million could be forthcoming if the legal eagles can agree the small print between all the parties involved.

All of this has fairly strong relevance to Saturday's match at Huish Park, where the Owls will make their first Football League trip to play Yeovil Town. Wednesday lost centre-back Mark Beevers to an ankle injury in their recent Football League Trophy win over Chesterfield and he is expected to be out for up to two months. Even before that happened, manager Alan Irvine had stated that this was one of his priority areas to strengthen his squad. Now with Beevers missing, that problem becomes more acute - but until the HMRC debt is paid off, they will not be able to apply to the Football League to have the sporting sanction removed.

Thus Irvine is having to play the waiting game and if nothing comes through before Saturday's match, he will have to make do with the squad that he's got. Doubtless the first team manager will have identified targets, and may have even negotiated with their clubs. However, no-one seems to know exactly when Turner's consortium will lodge their investment in the bank. With HMRC needing any subsequent payment to them to be cleared as well, time is obviously running out, and Irvine has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the initial payment is crucial for him to be able to make his next move:

"If the money is in the bank and we don't have a transfer embargo in place, I would like to strengthen. I have been looking for a centre-half for ages but it has not been possible. As yet, nothing has changed – but I would expect to be told if the embargo is lifted. The chairman (Howard Wilkinson) is aware of the situation and, if the embargo is lifted, I am sure we will address it but we need to have the money in the bank."

Link: 30/09/2010 : Owls Given Third Winding Up Order.


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11 October 2010 : Rumours Of Stam Being Lined Up For Loan Deal
Stefan Stam is being made available for a loan transfer, according to Sky Sports. Their website claims that the Dutchman is being told that he can temporarily leave Huish Park in the hunt for more regular football. They name League Two side Chesterfield and Swindon Town as having already enquired about his availability.

The reservation we have in their thinking is that Stam has been listed as being injured for the past two matches at Walsall and Rochdale, although the nature of his injury and its severity has never been mentioned. Certainly he has barely featured this season, having started in just two matches - both of which ended in heavy defeats - the League One matches against Notts County (4-0, away) and Exeter City (1-3, home). Hence the chance to give him regular football would make some sense.

The main problem it would produce would be that it would leave Luke Ayling as the club's only recognised central defensive cover for main pairing Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington, and with Ayling currently covering for Craig Alcock's back injury in the right-back slot, it may leave the Glovers a little thin in that area.

We'll try to confirm or deny this rumour as soon as more information becomes available.


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11 October 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Sheffield Wednesday have been confirmed. The man in charge will be Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Mr Scott is a relatively new official on the circuit, having been appointed to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2008.

We've had Mr Scott for two first team games before as a referee. The earliest of the two was the January 2009 home match against Huddersfield Town, which was Shaun MacDonald's debut for the club - he scored the winning goal that night. Our only grumble with Mr Scott that night was that he allowed Hudderfield's Ian Craney to escape with just a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Luke Rodgers that saw him crocked.

The latest match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County last season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no regrets about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Chris Powell (Dorset) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.


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11 October 2010 : Huntington Makes Team Of The Week - Again!
Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. Paul was part of a defensive line who kept their second clean sheet in a row, after the Glovers beat Rochdale 1-0 at Spotland on Saturday. Opposition centre-back Craig Dawson also gets a nomination.

This week's nomination for Huntington is his second of the 2010-11 season, having already got the nod when he scored against Tranmere Rovers exactly a month ago.

Sunday's League Paper awarded Terry Skiverton as their manager of the day, whilst Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington (again) were listed in their Team of the Day. Meanwhile the News of the World included left-back Nathan Smith in their Team of the Day.

The Football League's version is as follows:

Nicky Weaver (Sheffield Wednesday)
Dan Woodards (MK Dons) Craig Dawson (Rochdale) Paul Huntington (Yeovil Town) Sean McDaid (Carlisle)
Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield) Dale Stephens (Oldham) Matthew Richards (Walsall) Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Lee Novak (Huddersfield) Paul Benson (Charlton)

Nominations in the Football League so far during the 2010-11 season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0)


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11 October 2010 : 2010-11 FA Cup Prize Money
Yeovil Town and the bottom two levels of the Football League make their entrance into the FA Cup early next month. The First Round will be played on or around Saturday 6th November (subject to policing and television variations), with the draw itself expected to take place the day after the Fourth Qualifying Round matches are played on Saturday 23rd October.

The most important thing to any frugal football club Chairman is how much is it all worth? The answer is that the competition payments are unchanged from last season's figures with the most immediate figure being the £18,000 we'd get if only we can get past the First Round stage for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The full list of payments made to each round's winning teams are as follows (with the number of teams that will benefit in brackets):

Extra Preliminary Round winners (201) : £750
Preliminary Round winners (166) : £1,500
First Round Qualifying winners (116) : £3,000
Second Round Qualifying winners (80) : £4,500
Third Round Qualifying winners (40) : £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32) : £12,500
First Round Proper winners (40) : £18,000
Second Round Proper winners (20) : £27,000
Third Round Proper winners (32) : £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners (16) : £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners (8) : £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners (4) : £360,000
Semi Final winners (2) : £900,000
Semi Final runners-up (2) : £450,000
Final winners (1) : £1,800,000
Final runners-up (1) : £900,000

Additional fees for live television broadcasts and highlights coverage are separate to the above figures and have yet to be published, but should be in line with previous seasons given that ITV and Sky are continuing their broadcast rights packages.

The dates for the forthcoming rounds as as follows:

Fourth Round Qualifying : Saturday 23 October 2010
First Round Proper : Saturday 6 November 2010
Second Round Proper : Saturday 27 November 2010
Third Round Proper : Saturday 8 January 2011
Fourth Round Proper : Saturday 29 January 2011
Fifth Round Proper : Saturday 19 February 2011
Sixth Round Proper : Saturday 12 March 2011
Semi-Final : Saturday 16 April & Sunday 17 April 2011
Final : Saturday 14 May 2011

We'll obviously feature it nearer the time, once outcomes are known, but the chances of Yeovil Town getting a local non-league side in the First Round are fairly remote. Not only is the First Round draw national these days, but many of Yeovil's more local rivals are not present in the Fourth Qualifying Round draw that was made today. Bath City are away to Swindon Supermarine, who ensured that Weymouth's time in the FA Cup was very short, with a Second Qualifying Round 3-0 win. Other than Bath, the next nearest clubs are Salisbury City, who travel to Corby Town and Poole Town who are home to Hayes and Yeading United. Meanwhile Forest Green Rovers are home to Maidenhead United.


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11 October 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Charlton Athletic Fixture Poster
As mentioned yesterday, Yeovil Town Ladies have their next game in two weeks time when they return to League action. In preparation for that match against Charlton Athletic, which will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, another Fixture Poster has been produced for the game.

Download via the link below, and open using Adobe Reader (PDF File), print out and display anywhere where you can help raise the profile of the Yeovil Town Ladies side, prior to the game.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Charlton Athletic Fixture Poster.


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11 October 2010 : Interview With Luke Freeman
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Rochdale, Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Luke Freeman talked about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the transcript of the interview with the Arsenal teenager can be found via the link below.

Link: Luke Freeman Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Rochdale.

For those logging on for the first time since the weekend, there's two other Saturday's interviews available, with Terry Skiverton, via the links below.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Interview.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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10 October 2010 : Ladies Out Of Cup After Giving Pompey A Scare
Yeovil Town Ladies gave Portsmouth Ladies a big scare this afternoon, but couldn't stop Pompey going through into the next stages of the League Cup competitions. In a game played at Zembard Lane, Chard, the Glovers looked to be on their way to the last sixteen of the competition when Jemma Tewksbury had put them into the driving seat - scoring a first half hat-trick for a 3-0 half time lead.

That scoreline would have seen Pompey go out and the Glovers go through if it had been maintained, but they were ultimately undone by one of their former players, with Lindsey Roe grabbing a second half brace and two minutes into injury time, Yeovil's hearts were broken by Gemma Hillier, who scored the equalising goal.

The result sees Portsmouth head through to the last sixteen, in second place at the end of the Cup Group stages, joined by Reading who had already qualified. For the Glovers, it's a case of 'concentrate on the league' although they deserve credit for putting up such a do-or-die fight against a side who are one of the favourites to get promoted at the end of the season.

There is a full match report on the Yeovil Town Ladies News Page. Next week sees them back in League action with a Sunday trip to play West Ham United, whilst in two weeks time they should be back at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, where Charlton Athletic are the visitors.

It wasn't such a good day for the Ladies Reserve side today - they lost 5-2 away to Colchester United today.


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10 October 2010 : Rochdale Boss: We Didn't Deserve To Lose
Rochdale boss Keith Hill believes his side did not deserve to lose Saturday's match at Spotland. The Glovers won the game 1-0 thanks to a second half Luke Freeman goal, but the Dale boss felt that had come as a bit of a sucker punch for his side.

With the home side lying in 5th place prior to the fixture and Yeovil Town stuck in 19th, the bookies made Rochdale strong favourites prior to kick-off, but Hill insisted that his side had no divine right to win the game:

"I said prior to the game there should be no expectation for us to beat Yeovil, but I wanted us to and we had planned to but were done with a bit of a sucker punch. Maybe they could have scored another earlier on when the ball ran across the face of goal but I can't really remember them having many clear cut chances for either side."

Hill added that he had sympathy for his goalkeeper Josh Lillis, who palmed Owain Tudur Jones' shot onto the post, only to see Luke Freeman react first after the ball came back out into play:

"It wasn't a great game because of the conditions, but I didn't think we deserved to lose and I felt Josh Lillis deserved better for the save he made that resulted in their goal. There wasn't a lot between the two sides, we huffed and puffed but maybe it was one of those days."


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10 October 2010 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a shock 3-2 win over Swindon Town yesterday, as they ended the reigning champions' 100 percent league record. The Glovers grabbed their win thanks to a Rob Clowes brace, whilst the winning goal was scored when a dangerous Lloyd Matthews cross was turned into his own net by a Robins defender. Late on the home side were reduced to ten men, but the Glovers were already on their way to three points.

Coach Scott Green employed a new formation that had been used in Yeovil's midweek 3-0 friendly win over Reading, with a nested 4-3-3 formation seeing Rob Clowes at the top of a three-pronged attack, as Tyler Sheppard and Lloyd Matthews sat in just behind him.

The game started in dramatic fashion with with both teams playing a really high tempo and chances at both ends. Five minutes into the game, Swindon took the lead with a controversial goal. Their left winger crossed the ball into the box, and as Glovers keeper Steve Boore went to gather the ball, the inrushing forward put everything into the net in the style of Nat Lofthouse's 1958 FA Cup winning goal, and to the amazement of all the spectators the referee allowed the goal to stand.

It only took two minutes for the Glovers to hit back. Joe Grimstead supplied a crossfield ball to Lloyd Matthews who beat his man and supplied a lovely pass to Rob Clowes who put it in the back of the net for the equalising goal.

Three minutes later, the same combination of Joe Grimstead and Lloyd Matthews repeated the exercise down the right hand side and once again Rob Clowes was on hand to score and give the Glovers the lead with just 10 minutes gone and an impressive turnaround.

Swindon's next attack cut through the Yeovil defence but the forward shot over. The game was robust, to say the least, with no quarter asked and none given which resulted in a series of free kicks and culminated in the booking of Will Gordon for a foul on a Swindon player. Eventually the players settled down and the play flowed end to end with no clear cut chances but a lot of good football played. Jonny Kaye had been given the task of marking Swindon's star player and kept him under wraps and stopped him controlling the game. The Glovers went in at the break with a 2-1 advantage.

Two minutes into the second period though, Swindon drew level. The home side had started the half well and their equalising goal came when a good low fast cross from their left hit Nick Lyskov on the leg and fell to a Swindon forward who tapped it into the net for a 2-2 scoreline.

Yeovil immediately went on the attack following the goal, as Will Gordon had a shot saved, followed by a Rob Clowes header from a superb cross from Lewis Clarke. Then a corner from Josh Doyle was headed over the bar by Rhys Baggridge. Just as it seemed that Yeovil pressure would end with nothing to show for it, Tyler Sheppard hit a peach of a crossfield pass to the right wing and Lloyd Matthews hit a low hard cross which was turned into his own net by a Swindon defender under pressure from Sheppard, who was following up for the return pass. 3-2 and the Glovers had their noses in front for the second time in the game.

Swindon poured forward for the equaliser and brought two saves out of Steve Boore, the second of which was a top quality save, diverting the ball as it headed to the top left corner. Late on, Boore was fouled after he had saved the ball and the bad feeling spilt over. When Swindon's No.7 playmaker kicked out at Nick Lyskov whilst he was on the ground, the red card that followed was inevitable, taking the home side down to 10 men. As the minutes ticked out, Jonny Kaye became Yeovil's only substitution of the day, having done his job well throughout, allowing George Coward to take over for the final four minutes of a frenetic feisty game.

Final Score: Swindon Town U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 3.

Scorers: Swindon Goalscorer (5 mins, 1-0), Rob Clowes (7 mins, 1-1), Rob Clowes (10 mins, 1-2), Swindon Scorer (47 mins, 2-2), Own Goal (70 mins, 2-3)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1.Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge (capt) 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon

Substitutes:
George Coward (86 mins for Jonny Kaye), Sonni Lavell, Elliot Nelson (U15s side), Adam Cleary.


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10 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Interview
Just prior to kick-off against Rochdale yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, Skivo talks about Rochdale, as well as repeating his concerns about some things being speculated concerning captain Craig Alcock and what he sees as 'negativity' from 'outside influences'. The full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Rochdale Interview.

In addition Skivo's post-match interview transcript can be found below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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9 October 2010 : Skivo To Attend Ninesprings Charity Walk
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will be making an appearance at the Autumn Colours Sponsored Charity Walk tomorrow morning. The event, which takes place at Ninesprings Country Park in Yeovil, begins at 9.00a.m. and is a sponsored walk in aid of The Flying Colours Appeal For Yeovil Women's Hospital.

There is a 13 mile walk from Ninesprings in Yeovil to Montacute House, with a shorter four mile family route. Those wishing to take part can register by Goldenstones car park between 9.00a.m. and 10.00a.m. with individuals taking the 13 mile route paying £5.00 and families wanting to take the shorter route paying £5.00 for the whole family. One of the briefs for the walk states:

"The walk takes a cross country route from Ninesprings country park in Yeovil to Montacute House, enjoying some of the most beautiful paths, views and villages in South Somerset. It is a medium to difficult walk with some uneven terrain and steady climbs. You will be required to climb over stiles. The route takes you from Ninesprings country park, through the Aldon Estate, over farm land to East Coker (approx 4 mile marker). There will be light refreshments/toilet facilities at East Coker village hall together with a first aid point."

We're not sure if Skivo is doing a meet'n'greet or reception at the beginning of the event, or whether he's planning to take part in one of the walks, but he has said in both his post-match interview and on Twitter that he plans to be there for the start of the event at Ninesprings.


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9 October 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Skivo's pre-match interview is also particularly worthy of a read, with the BBC able to allocate a bit more time during today's programme to Yeovil Town, with the two Bristol clubs not playing. We'll have the transcript of that one up tomorrow.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Rochdale Game.


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9 October 2010 : MacDonald Gets Full Welsh International Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has been given a call-up to the full Wales international squad. The 22 year old Swansea City player has been drafted into the Welsh squad that will travel to Switzerland for a Euro 2012 qualifying match on Tuesday night.

MacDonald has been drafted in following the withdrawal of Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley, as his partner is expecting a baby. The Welsh have been hit by a series of injuries and suspensions, with Craig Bellamy, Rob Earnshaw, Ched Evans and Sam Vokes all missing while captain Ashley Williams has a foot injury and may not be fit for Tuesday's game. Meanwhile Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison are suspended.

The Glovers midfielder, who will join the Welsh squad tomorrow, has been joined by AFC Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins and MacDonald's teammate Jazz Richards who have all been given call-ups following last night's match. The expectation is that MacDonald will return to Huish Park by Thursday, meaning that he should not need to miss any Glovers first team action, but will miss most of this week's training schedule.

Revised Welsh Squad: Bond (Watford), Cornell (Swansea City), Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Myhill (West Bromwich Albion); D Collins (Stoke City), J Collins (Aston Villa), Ribeiro (Bristol City), Williams (Swansea City), Matthews (Cardiff City), Taylor (Swansea City), Blake (Cardiff City), Wiggins (AFC Bournemouth); Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Edwards (Wolves), King (Leicester), Richards (Swansea City), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City - on loan at Yeovil Town), Vaughan (Blackpool), Church (Reading), Doble (Southampton), Morison (Millwall)


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9 October 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win against Rochdale at Spotland, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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9 October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil 1 : Super-Sub Freeman Grabs Back-to-Back Wins
Yeovil Town achieved back-to-back away wins for the first time in eighteen months today as they beat Rochdale by a single goal at Spotland. The second 1-0 win in a row, following last week's three points at Walsall was their first away double since the February 2009 pair against Leyton Orient and Peterborough United - former boss Russell Slade's last two games. Striker Luke Freeman was the hero - following up Owain Tudur Jones' attempt that came off the woodwork.

The Glovers went into the match with another unusual statistic - the first time this season that they have managed to select the same starting eleven and same substitutes bench in two matches running. Goalkeeper John Sullivan, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala and defender Stefan Stam remained out of the squad through injury, whilst Cameron Stewart continued as the sixth loan sat in the stands, barely a couple of miles from his parent club's ground.

The action started in frenetic fashion, with Glovers keeper Stephen Henderson taking a shot straight in the face from Gary Jones that was parried out for a corner, whilst at the other end Sam Williams forced Josh Lillis into a parried save. Rochdale looked lively going forward, and from set pieces, and a Josh Thompson header from a corner whistled just wide of the post as a demonstration of the home side's intent. Both sides were employing fluid formations, with plenty of off-the-ball movement and switching of players, with the home side particularly gifted at doing that.

The half eventually settled down somewhat with the Glovers edging the game in terms of chances. Owain Tudur Jones forced Josh Lillis into a good save, whilst Shaun MacDonald fed Dean Bowditch for another chance. Yeovil's growing confidence was displayed by Adam Virgo's ludicrously long range 45 yard attempt that forced a corner, from which Gavin Williams' delivery almost saw Paul Huntington force the ball home close to the post. Rochdale's main danger was coming from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who was playing as a wide winger-cum-striker down Luke Ayling's flank, weaving his way in and out of the teenager and putting him under a great deal of pressure.

The second half opened with Gavin Williams having to withdraw with a repeat of his ongoing ankle injury, as Andy Williams replaced him out on the right flank. Rochdale started with their tails firmly up, with Akpa Akpro again looking dangerous, but it was the Glovers who created the first big chance, as Sam Williams fired the ball at goal, across the face of the box, with it striking the post, and as Andy Williams slid in for the rebound, he landed in the back of the net, but without the ball.

Rochdale continued to press well, although the Glovers were more incisive throughout the match, and that was proven when they took the lead midway through the second half. Managers always enjoy it when a substitute appears on the field and immediately influences the play, and when Luke Freeman was introduced for Andy Welsh he needed just four minutes to make his mark. Owain Tudur Jones, who had been playing a deeper-than-usual role during the match made a rare venture forward, and his shot on goal struck the woodwork, coming outwards. Freeman was the first to react, slotting the ball home to give the travelling side a valuable lead.

The home side continued to look dangerous, although appeared to take conceding the goal a touch badly, losing their rhythm badly for a five or ten minute spell following the breakthrough. They did gradually get their way back into the game, and the Glovers were indebted to a terrific save by loan keeper Stephen Henderson, who tipped a Craig Dawson header onto the underside of the crossbar, with the ball bouncing just in front of the line.

Deep into injury time, Luke Freeman had appeals for a penalty turned down when he robbied Craig Dawson of the ball and was upended inside the box. That would have potentially sealed the three points, but referee Andy Haines caused fury on the Yeovil bench by waving away their side's protests. In the end though it didn't matter, allowing both the team and an away end that included former Glover Lee Johnson amongst their travelling numbers, to celebrate a rise up to 16th place in the League One table and a win that now gives them a three game unbeaten run. Somehow losing at Notts County and Huddersfield Town feels a bit of a world away now.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Luke Freeman (0-1, 66 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
24. Gavin Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andy Williams (46 mins for Gavin Williams) 2. Craig Alcock (79 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (62 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Billy Gibson

Rochdale:
1. Josh Lillis
18. Josh Thompson 4. Marcus Holness 26. Craig Dawson 3. Joe Widdowson
6. Brian Barry-Murphy
8. Gary Jones 7. Jason Kennedy
15. Joe Thompson 19. Chris O'Grady 14. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes:
31. Ryan Jones (GK) 16. Andrew Tutte 28. Matthew Flynn 11. Matt Done (76 mins for Josh Thompson) 12. Alan Goodall 9. Anthony Elding (79 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro) 17. Deane Smalley (56 mins for Joe Thompson)

Rochdale Bookings: Craig Dawson (foul, 22 mins), Joe Widdowson (foul, 70 mins), Matt Done (foul, 87 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 90 mins)

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Martin Coy (Durham) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Jason Whiteley (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,150 (including approx 200 Yeovil fans)


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9 October 2010 : Team News For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's team selection for this afternoon's trip to Rochdale is a simple one to describe. The same starting eleven, and the same seven substitutes. The absence of John Sullivan, Stefan Stam and Jean-Paul Kalala continues, whilst Craig Alcock's back problems mean he is fit enough to stay on the bench, although last week's defensive performance at Walsall may not have forced manager Terry Skiverton's hand too much.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
24. Gavin Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andy Williams 2. Craig Alcock 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Rochdale: (4-1-2-3)
1. Josh Lillis
18. Josh Thompson 4. Marcus Holness 26. Craig Dawson 3. Joe Widdowson
6. Brian Barry-Murphy
8. Gary Jones 7. Jason Kennedy
15. Joe Thompson 19. Chris O'Grady 14. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes:
31. Ryan Jones (GK) 16. Andrew Tutte 28. Matthew Flynn 11. Matt Done 12. Alan Goodall 9. Anthony Elding 17. Deane Smalley


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9 October 2010 : Tudur Jones Wary Of Rochdale Threat
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones believes that his side have got to be wary of the threat that this afternoon's opponents Rochdale pose. Despite being one of the sides tipped for relegation at the start of the 2010-11 season, the bookies have so far been shown to have under-estimated Keith Hill's side as they currently occupy a 5th place slot in the latest League One table.

The Norwich City loan player believes that Rochdale's form has much to do with what they did last season, and told BBC Somerset that this was quite a common feature of a promoted side:

"Rochdale have obviously started quite well this season, and probably better than they expected. So we've got to be wary of that. When you're on the back of a promotion and you're not sure what's expected at the next level, you can really take the form of the previous season into the new season. So that's certainly what they've been doing. Whether or not they can continue that for the rest of the season, who knows, but certainly we've got to be strong, we've got to be quite ruthless and we'll be very hopeful of getting a result on Saturday."


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9 October 2010 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have produced a shock result in the Youth Alliance League this morning, defeating the reigning champions on their own patch. The Glovers defeated Swindon Town today in Liddington by a 3-2 scoreline, with striker Rob Clowes grabbing a brace. The Robins put through their own net for the other Glovers goal, ending the home side's 100 percent record in the League this season.

We'll hopefully have more details on the game in the next 24/48 hours.


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9 October 2010 : September 2010 Player Of The Month
The month of September was not one of Yeovil Town's more successful ones. One win, one draw and three defeats, with a large number of goals conceded. The one plus point was a comfortable home victory over Tranmere Rovers, but poor results against Huddersfield Town, Exeter City and in particular Notts County gave cause for concern amongst the Glovers ranks.

The individual Man of the Match polls were won by Shaun MacDonald (Tranmere Rovers), Dean Bowditch (Huddersfield Town), Nathan Smith (Exeter City - League) and Adam Virgo (Notts County, Southampton). Despite being the only player to win more than one match poll, Virgo could not grab the overall monthly poll for the second month running. He was pipped by left-back Nathan Smith, who has been regularly grabbing the plaudits over the past month, from internet MOTM voters and Huish Park match sponsors alike.

The full top 10, including the percentage of the vote cast across the month, is as follows:

1 Nathan Smith 15.9
2 Adam Virgo 13.8
3 Shaun MacDonald 13.2
4 Andy Welsh 9.3
5 Dean Bowditch 7.3
6 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 7.1
7 Gavin Williams 5.3
8 Luke Ayling 5.1
9 Craig Alcock 4.8
10 Paul Huntington 4.0


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9 October 2010 : Skivo Has Bitter-Sweet Memories Of Rochdale Trip
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that his return to Rochdale this afternoon evokes bitter-sweet memories for him. Whilst most of the 2003-04 Glovers squad made their Football League debuts at Spotland, Skivo was at the ground as a spectator, having to watch others get their glory day on Yeovil's historic occasion.

It wasn't until October 11th 2003, at Oxford United, that Skiverton finally got his moment of glory as he played his first game for the Glovers in the Football League. However, he told BBC Somerset that despite the disappointment of not being able to play that he remembered it as a great occasion:

"I'm looking forward to the game. It was a great occasion, as it was the first game we played in the Football League. It was a little bit bitter-sweet for me as I was injured for the first couple of months in that season with a fractured ankle. But it was a great occasion when we were travelling up there. With Rochdale and Keith Hill now, I think he's done a fantastic job and it's going to be a real tough game for us."

Skiverton told the BBC that Rochdale would have significant momentum following their promotion to League One at the end of last season, and that even 10 games into the new season, that their opponents would still be boosted by last seasons events:

"When you do get promoted, you've got a few extra thousand on the gate or a few more hundred people on the gate that get caught up in all of the euphoria of winning something. We've had that as well. It will be a bit new for them at the moment, in the clubs that they are coming up against. In the big games they'll especially be up for it. But we'll be a test for them as well. They'll probably be expecting to turn us over, but we've got to be as strong as we were in our last game (at Walsall) and make sure that we take our chances."

Link: August 2003 : Rochdale 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: October 2003 : Oxford United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 October 2010 : Huddersfield Town Man Of The Match Result
There's nothing like doing things in the wrong order. Having published a few recent Man of the Match results recently, the result of the Huddersfield Town away match got overlooked. The Glovers lost 4-2, but had given the Terriers a major scare early on by going 2-0 up, with Dean Bowditch and Owain Tudur Jones the scorers.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, the end result was a massive spread of votes, with no strong consensus as to who deserved the top score. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald and centre-back Adam Virgo were two that featured well. However, the eventual winner was opening goalscorer Dean Bowditch, who grabbed it by the smallest possible margin.

Results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Dean Bowditch 22 (1)
2 Adam Virgo 20 (2)
3 Shaun MacDonald 20 (1)
4 Andy Welsh 16 (1)
5 Stephen Henderson 12 (0)
6 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
6 Nathan Smith 10 (1)
8 Owain Tudur Jones 6 (0)
8 Gavin Williams 6 (0)
10 Paul Huntington 2 (0)
10 Luke Freeman 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.00

Performance: 6.86
Entertainment: 7.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 7


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8 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some
As the Glovers prepare for the trip to Rochdale, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry briefly touches on that, as well as looking at the week's past events. The club were featured on BBC Points West tonight, and Taff provides his thoughts on that.

Read on via the link below and feel free to provide your own views on the subjects raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some.


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8 October 2010 : Skivo Previews The Rochdale Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Bristol Sports Editor Geoff Twentyman, in a feature for BBC Points West. The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Rochdale Game.


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8 October 2010 : Rochdale vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Spotland tomorrow for their first game against Rochdale for over five years. Dale were promoted from League Two in one of the automatic slots at the end of last season, and have made a strong start to the dizzy heights of League One football. If getting up to third tier football was nosebleed territory for the club's fans, then the current 5th placed slot in the latest League One table must leave them pinching themselves.

They currently lie 14 positions and five points ahead of the Glovers, and manager Keith Hill and striker Gary Jones have recently been shortlisted for the manager and player of the month for League One, eventually won by Brighton manager Gus Poyet and goalkeeper Casper Ankergren. Still, it's clear that the Greater Manchester side have got momentum, following their promotion, and whilst it might be a touch unrealistic to expect them to shoot straight through two divisions in two seasons, they're going to enjoy it whilst it lasts.

Dale suffered a rare defeat last weekend, but given that it came at the hands of another in-form side Exeter City, and was by a single goal at St James Park, Keith Hill says that he is not going to press the panic button, and hopes to continue with what is likely to be a near-unchanged side:

"I don't think it's time to ring the changes. I think we have to evaluate where we are and what we have achieved so far this season. The players have done exceptionally well."

Rochdale report that defender Scott Wiseman is out with a stomach muscle problem, and although he is back in training they are unwilling to risk him just yet. However, fellow defender Joe Widdowson, who has had a recent knee injury, is deemed to be ready to return and so could sneak onto the subs bench. They also hope that Jack Redshaw (illness) and goalkeeper Matty Edwards (wrist) will be in contention, perhaps giving Hill a problem of who to leave out, rather than who to put in.

We covered team news for Yeovil in yesterday's article. However, to summarise, Craig Alcock's back problem is likely to only get him a place on the bench at best, Jean-Paul Kalala's knee will keep him out, whilst Stefan Stam is unavailable. Goalkeeper John Sullivan's shoulder is still giving him problems, so Stephen Henderson will continue between the sticks. Owain Tudur Jones missed a small amount of training this week, but had returned yesterday, and so ought to be okay. Given that all of the major injury concerns relate to players who missed last week's trip to Walsall, we'd expect manager Terry Skiverton to put down the same starting eleven as last weekend.

Past meetings between the two sides have seen two wins, a draw and a defeat for the Glovers, albeit with all four having come between 2003 and 2005. Spotland will always be well known in Yeovil Town's history as the scene of their first ever Football League match, on August 9th 2003, when two Kevin Gall goals were sandwiched by a Lee Johnson strike, in a 3-1 win in blistering temperatures. Those days are way behind us, but will live long in the memory.

Tickets for the game are available from Spotland on the day of the match at no extra charge (hurrah!) For full pricing see the Ciderspace guide linked below. For those who are not going, expect us on Twitter during the day, whilst BBC Somerset will be bringing you live commentary on 95.5FM across the afternoon.

Link: Skivo: Alcock Is Still My Captain.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.

Link: Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Rochdale.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Rochdale.


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8 October 2010 : Henderson Desperate To Avoid 'Rotting Away'
Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson appears to be desperate to extend his stay at Huish Park. Brought in to cover the injured John Sullivan, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has already made more first team starts for the Glovers than he has managed in three seasons at Ashton Gate.

Sitting behind Bristol City first choice pairing David James and Dean Gerken, the 22 year old has next to no chance of breaking through into the Robins' first team in the immediate future, and has told this morning's Western Daily Press that he was 'rotting away' in BS3:

"It has been absolutely brilliant at Yeovil. The lads and management staff have all been brilliant, so I have really settled in fine. It always seemed to make sense to come here considering the location. I was happy it got sorted when it did because I was kind of rotting away at Bristol City."

Henderson's loan with the Glovers runs for two more matches, with tomorrow's away trip at Rochdale and the home match against Sheffield Wednesday being his last game. Thereafter he doesn't know what the future holds, but admits that he would prefer to stay at a club where he can play first team football:

"I have got my name out here and I think I have done okay since I have been here. If it is at Yeovil, then great, but, if not, I just need to be playing football. I think we will make a decision after the Sheffield Wednesday game about what is going to happen. I am happy, I am enjoying my football and I do not see why I cannot just stay."

Henderson's hopes of a loan extension at Huish Park depend largely upon the fitness of Millwall loan goalkeeper John Sullivan. He has had a set-back with his attempts to recover from his shoulder injury and so is highly unlikely to be used during the next two games, with Glovers boss Terry Skiverton having already pledged to play the Irishman ahead of Sullivan during his loan spell. However, if Sullivan is fully fit by next weekend, then it is hard to imagine Henderson's time at Huish Park running into November when the club also have a moral obligation to both Sullivan and Millwall as well.


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8 October 2010 : Former Glovers Boss Gets International Job
Former Yeovil Town manager Graham Roberts has become the manager of an international side. The former central defender is to take on the role as coach of the Pakistan national team later this month, after they had originally offered him a consultancy role.

Roberts had already committed to support the Pakistan Football Federation as part of their participation in the Asian Games, which take place in China between November 12 and 27. Pakistan are taking their Under-23 football team to the event. Their plan was to take him on for a probationary period, with an unnamed sponsor paying his wages, but to then look at his long term position; it would now appear that they have already made their decision although there's no mention of a contract length at present.

Aside from managing Yeovil Town, Roberts has also been in charge of Carshalton Athletic, Chesham United, Slough Town, Hertford Town and Boreham Wood as well as a stint with Scottish side Clyde. However, the 51 year old's finest time in management was taking Yeovil Town to the Isthmian League title in 1997 as part of a three year spell with the Glovers between 1995 and 1998.

However, despite giving the club a record-breaking 101 points on their way to winning silverware, his relationship with the Yeovil Town board soured over his refusal to move from his London home with the club back in the Conference, and matters came to a head in February 2008, when he made national headlines for sending a fax to Newcastle United on the eve of their FA Cup match with Stevenage Borough, who Roberts had played for prior to joining the Glovers. He was suspended, and eventually departed the club 'by mutual consent' with a gagging clause put into the exit agreement. That was his cue to take on management with a number of clubs in the London and Hertfordshire area before his move up to Scotland. After he left Clyde he was reported to have set up a Sports Management Company, but to our knowledge this is his first management position since leaving the Broadwood Stadium.

Link: April 1999: A Ciderspace Tribute To Graham Roberts.


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7 October 2010 : Skivo: Alcock Is Still My Captain
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stressed that right-back Craig Alcock is still an important part of his first team, and that it is only fitness problems that are preventing him from being in the starting line-up. Centre-back Paul Huntington has taken over the captain's armband whilst Alcock has been out of the side for the last three games, with the Truro-born player only returning to action during the final couple of minutes of the 1-0 win at Walsall.

Alcock's absence from the side has been caused by back injury that has stopped him from training on most days. However, Skivo told BBC Somerset that he felt that 'outside sources' had been suggesting that his club captain had been dropped for other reasons:

"I think there's been a bit of undue pressure being put on him from outside sources, thinking that the captain has been dropped and it's not that case whatsoever."

Skiverton was keen to make it clear where things stood with Alcock's position in the side, and his future captaincy, adding that as soon as the 22 year old's back problem was sorted that he would be challenging for a place in the starting line-up:

"Craig Alcock is the captain of this football club. He's not been 100 percent fit, but when he is 100 percent fit he will be back in the team. For me, I think there's a little bit of pressure being put on Craig when there doesn't need to be. He hasn't trained today (Thursday) and he hasn't trained as he is still struggling with his back. Once we've got a fit Craig Alcock back, then he'll be back pushing for a place."

Other team news for the weekend trip to Rochdale suggests that goalkeeper John Sullivan (shoulder) and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) will not be in the side this weekend, as both have had reactions to their attempts to regain full fitness. Given Alcock's current condition, the best that he can hope for is the bench, particularly given that the recent form of Luke Ayling in the full-back position gives no urgency to force him back too quickly. Centre-back Stefan Stam is also not expected to feature, having missed last weekend's match with an unspecified injury.

On the plus side, fears that Yeovil Town might be the victim of the international weekend have yet to materialise. The Republic of Ireland Under-21s are not meeting up this weekend, freeing up goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, whilst Luke Freeman is not expected to be needed for England Under-19s. The only player who may still be involved during the international weekend is midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who is on the stand-by list for the full Wales international side. They are due to play tomorrow night at home to Bulgaria, then next Tuesday evening in Switzerland. However, the Swansea City player has yet to receive any phonecalls asking him to pack his bag, meaning that he should be available for the trip up to Rochdale.


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7 October 2010 : Capital Glovers Adam Stansfield Fundraising Night
An early date for your diaries for any Yeovil Town fans either based in, or passing through London and the South-East. The Capital Glovers are planning a fund-raising night in aid of the two Adam Stansfield funds. Obviously any Exeter City or Hereford United supporters in the area who want to come and join them for the night will be made very welcome (subject to a touch of banter!)

At present we just have the date and time of the event - November 11th 2010 from 7.30p.m. - and the location; The Blue Anchor in Chancery Lane, London, EC4A 1HL. However, we're putting out an advance warning to try to ensure everyone has their social lives clear for one evening only. Special guest will be former Yeovil Town left-back Murray Fishlock, who like Adam also played for Hereford United. Murray now works for the Football Foundation in London, and will be joining the cause. Journalists Matt Scott and Andy Brassell will also be joining us for the evening.

If you're a Hereford or an Exeter fan who is only an occasional visitor to Ciderspace but want to be kept informed of more firmed up plans for this, drop an email to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and we'll let you know of updates as the schedule for the evening takes shape. Alternatively, there is a Facebook Event Page that you can subscribe to. Other football fans wishing to join the cause, are similarly welcome.

Address: The Blue Anchor, Rolls Passage, off Chancery Lane, The City, London, EC4A 1HL.

Link: Facebook Event Page : Capital Glovers Adam Stansfield Fundraising Night.


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7 October 2010 : The Richest People In The Football League
Football magazine FourFourTwo has published a list of the 100 richest people in British football. Covering players, Chairmen and club owners along with other associated personnel, they attempt to consider which clubs have got a Roman Abramovich hidden away in the boardroom.

Whilst much of the list concentrates on where the money really is - the Premier League - a number of those also lie in the Football League. The full list can be read here, but realising our interest lies more in the Football League divisions, here's a spliced out summary of our real competitors and the magazine's estimate of how much is currently in their estate. League One money-men are highlighted in bold:

98. Jimmy Rowlinson (£20m, Crewe Alexandra board member)
98. Ken Bates (£20m, Leeds United Chairman)
90. Peter Gilman (£25m, Walsall director)
85. John Ryan (£28m, Doncaster Rovers owner)
85. Michael McDonald (£28m, Sheffield United shareholder and former board member)
85. Roy Keane (£28m, Ipswich Town manager)
78. Barry Hearn (£30m, Leyton Orient owner)
78. Patrick Cryne (£30m, Barnsley owner)
78. Phil Wallace (£30m, Stevenage owner)
78. Maurice Hatter (£30m, Charlton Athletic board member)
76. Martin Morgan (£32m, Swansea City director)
75. Peter Johnson (£33m, Tranmere Rovers owner)
72. Keith Dawe (£39m, Bristol City vice-chairman)
68. Andrew Laver (£40m, Sheffield United shareholder)
68. Robbie Cowling (£40m, Colchester United owner)
68. Steve Wharton (£40m, Scunthorpe United chairman)
67. Yasuaki Kagami (£42m, Plymouth Argyle majority shareholder)
64. Mike Garlick (£50m, Burnley board member)
64. Tony Bloom (£50m, Brighton owner/chairman)
60. Steve Hayes (£62m, Wycombe Wanderers owner)
59. Frank van Wezel (£72m, Southend United director)
57. David Allen (£75, Chesterfield majority shareholder)
55. Douglas Graham (£80m, Walsall shareholder)
52. Robbie Williams (£85m, Port Vale major shareholder)
51. Dick Watson (£95m, Doncaster Rovers shareholder)
50. Nigel Doughty (£98m, Nottingham Forest owner and chairman)
44. Steve Gibson (£142m, Middlesbrough owner)
42. Dean (and Janet) Hoyle (£154m, Huddersfield Town owner/chairman)
40. Theo Paphitis (£160m, Millwall shareholder)
39. Kevin McCabe (£180m, Sheffield United chairman)
37. Andrew Black (£185m, Swindon Town co-owner)
37. Elton John (£185m, Watford shareholder)
32. John Madejski (£200m, Reading owner)
31. Lord Iliffe (£240m, Walsall shareholder)
29. Martin Arbib (£325m, Swindon Town co-owner)
25. Terry Bramall (£450m, Doncaster Rovers director)
23. Trevor Hemmings (£500m, Preston North End majority shareholder)
22. Marcus Evans (£510m, Ipswich Town majority shareholder)
21. Steve Lansdown (£516m, Bristol City chairman)
20. Stephen Rubin (£520m, Watford shareholder)
17. Vincent Tan (£765m, Cardiff City major shareholder)
13. Lord Ashcroft (£1.25b, Watford major shareholder - also Spurs)
10. Bernie Ecclestone (£1.4b, QPR co-owner)
5. Liebherr Family (estate of Markus Liebherr) (£3b, Southampton owners)
2. Lakshmi Mittal (£17b, QPR co-owner)

Of course the devil is in the detail, with one or two of those listed as merely 'shareholders' being those with a smallish stake in their club. The FourFourTwo article gives more background on each individual and their stake in the club. Those who are directors, major/majority shareholders or outright owners are more likely to sink their money into the club. Needless to say, no-one from Yeovil Town appears in the Rich List!


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7 October 2010 : Youth Team Get Swindon Match Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have had a fixture rearranged for what would have been a blank weekend. Their Youth Alliance League away fixture against Swindon Town was originally set for April 2011, but has now been brought forward to this coming Saturday.

Swindon Town Under-18s play their home games at the Liddington Training Ground, near Wanborough, which lies about seven miles south-east of Swindon. Kick-off is 11.00 a.m.

The Liddington venue is the Robin's first team training venue. It used to be owned by Zurich Life, which was the original name of the venue until it was taken over by the Petersham Hotel Group. 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).


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7 October 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale
For those heading up to Spotland on Saturday, the Ciderspace Guide to Rochdale is now available. Listing directions, ticketing information, travel plans, a pub guide, and plenty more, it can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rochdale.

Link: Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Rochdale.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Rochdale.


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6 October 2010 : Young Glovers Get A Royal Victory
Yeovil Town's Under-18s played a 'behind closed doors' match this afternoon against Reading in a match played in Hogwood Park, Berkshire. The end result was a 3-0 friendly win for the Glovers, with three different names getting on the scoresheet. The young Royals play in the FA Premier Academy League and so this represented a strong test for the travelling side.

The Under-18s opened the scoring through striker Rob Clowes. Their second was a good personal moment for Danish youth international Nick Lyskov, who netted against the club that released him over the summer. The third and final Glovers goal was scored by Will Gordon.


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6 October 2010 : Southampton Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was the midweek 1-1 draw with Southampton just over a week ago. The Glovers fought back from being a goal down when Gavin Williams won a penalty, and Adam Virgo converted a spot kick to pull the sides level.

Virgo performed well in the outright Man of the Match votes, but he was beaten there by Luke Ayling, playing in a right-back position, and the opposite full-back Nathan Smith. However, once the final tallies were added up to include second and third placed votes, it was Adam Virgo who nudged ahead by the tiniest of margins.

As an aside, it's worth noting that the entire back four filled the top four positions - a fine recovery from a defence that had conceded 15 goals in five matches leading up to that game. Full results are shown below, with the outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Adam Virgo 228 (11)
2 Luke Ayling 218 (15)
3 Nathan Smith 212 (15)
4 Paul Huntington 132 (7)
5 Shaun MacDonald 64 (2)
6 Gavin Williams 50 (2)
7 Andy Williams 26 (1)
8 Dean Bowditch 10 (0)
9 Owain Tudur Jones 8 (0)
10 Sam Williams 2 (0)
10 Stephen Henderson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.36

Performance: 7.32
Entertainment: 7.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 53


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6 October 2010 : Derek Warren: May 1923 - October 2010
Former Yeovil Town and Exeter City right-back Derek Warren has died, aged 87. The Colyton-born player was given professional forms by the Grecians in January 1948, having played for their Reserve Team prior to that.

He played 55 League and eight Cup matches for the Grecians over a four year period before his last game for them in March 1952. He was signed up by then Glovers manager Harry Lowe and went on to play 146 times for the Glovers over a five year period for the club, including being part of the side that won the 1954-55 Southern League Premier Division and the Southern League Cup. He was a main-stay of Ike Clarke's side, but left around the time that Clarke departed the club during 1957.


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5 October 2010 : Ladies Change Venue For Cup Group Decider
The FA Women's Premier League have this afternoon announced that Yeovil Town Ladies will play their rearranged League Cup group match with south coast side Portsmouth Ladies this Sunday the 10th October 2010. The two teams were due to play last Sunday, but like so many of the other games in the competition the game was postponed due to the poor weather and the resulting waterlogged pitch.

The Glovers' usual home ground of Raleigh Grove in Sherborne is unavailable this weekend because of the annual Pack Monday Fair, so the game has been switched to Chard Town’s Zembard Lane ground, kicking off at 2.00p.m. Speaking this afternoon club secretary Ali King said:

"We were originally supposed to be playing Colchester United at home in the league this Sunday, but after the fair was announced in the summer we managed to get the fixture switched. Although we could have played the game midweek, it soon became apparent that it would have to be played this Sunday, and with Raleigh Grove unavailable we had a problem. I would like to thank the Premier League Secretary Tessa Hayward for allowing us to switch grounds at such short notice to allow the game to go ahead."

Glovers manager Steve Phelps was delighted with the arrangements, and grateful to Chard for stepping in at the last minute to help out.

"In adhering to ground grading regulations there were few options open to us. Chard has similar facilities to Sherborne, and when I telephoned them last night they were only too happy to help us out. They were our first choice as an alternative venue, and we are most grateful to them for coming to our assistance. I would like to personally thank Chard Secretary Michael Hawes for stepping in at a moments notice to allow this game to take place. We are most grateful to him and the club, and are very much looking forward to the game."

The match itself is a League Cup Group decider, with neither side certain of qualification. However, last week's postponement has meant that both teams go into the final match with a clearer sight of their destiny. The situation is as follows:

If either side lose, then they will fail to qualify. Portsmouth can guarantee qualification by either drawing the game or beating Yeovil Town.

For the Glovers, the situation is a little more complicated. If Yeovil win by two clear goals, then they will be guaranteed qualification. If they win by one goal, then they will finish third, and so would have to wait for all other groups to be completed to see who lands the two slots across the groups that go to the best performing third place sides. However, given that a one goal victory would see the Glovers on four points, but with a negative goal difference, they probably need a two goal win.

The Fixture Poster that was produced for the last planned date for this game has now been updated and you can download, print and display it via the link below. Meanwhile, if you're in the Chard area, come down to Zembard Lane on Sunday and help cheer the team on.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Ladies Fixture Poster.

[With thanks to Ali King and David Mills, Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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5 October 2010 : Huntington Enjoying Goals Being Spread Around The Team
Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington admits that having the goals spread across the team will be beneficial to the squad. Huntington, who has been captaining the Glovers side in the absence of right-back Craig Alcock, has seen his defensive partner Adam Virgo chip in with three goals so far this season.

That makes the former Brighton and Hove Albion player Yeovil's joint top scorer with Dean Bowditch, but Huntington joked to BBC Somerset this week that he was worried that Virgo would want to move from his favoured centre-back position and go up front again:

"Don't tell him that though, as he thinks he's a striker! He was at Brighton and he used to play up front quite a lot and that's how he got his move to Celtic a few years ago. But he's popped up with a few important goals, and obviously if we can spread that across the team, then that will benefit the whole squad."

So far, after 12 games having been played this season, seven Yeovil Town players have found the net, with the goals coming in at precisely one per game. Aside from Virgo and Bowditch, left-winger Andy Welsh is the other player to find the net more than once. Huntington is one of four players with a single goal to his name.

Link: Season 2010-11 : First Team Goalscorers.


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5 October 2010 : Premier League Referee Becomes Patron Of Stansfield Foundation
The Trustees of the Adam Stansfield Foundation have appointed a Patron for their organisation. The man who has agreed to front the foundation is Premier League referee Mark Halsey - someone who has strong emotional reasons to want the venture to succeed.

The purpose of the foundation is to support youth football in Devon and Somerset that Adam himself used during his early footballing career. They also hope to increase awareness about cancer and to continue to raise funds for their cause through events and sponsorship. The trustees, which include Adam's widow Marie Stansfield, are currently working with the Charities Commission to formally register the Foundation as a charity.

In the meantime, they have appointed Mark Halsey as their Patron and he has told Exeter's official site that he had little hesitation in agreeing to get involved:

"I am pleased to be able to offer what support I can to Andy and the Trustees. Although I am based many miles away I want to take an active role where possible, if through supporting this cause I can help with youth football and raise awareness about cancer then this will be time well spent."

Halsey missed most of the 2009-10 season whilst having treatment for a cancerous tumour in his throat, but returned to more lower key Reserve and Football League matches at the tail end of the season, and has now been reappointed to the Premier League referees list after a year away.

You can still donate to the Adam Stansfield Foundation via the link below. For any queries on the foundation's aims, their Chairman Andy Cole can be contacted at Exeter City by emailing andy.cole@exetercityfc.co.uk

Link: The Adam Stansfield Foundation.


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4 October 2010 : Glovers Appoint New Head Of Youth And CoE Managers
Yeovil Town have appointed a new Centre of Excellence Manager today. The new man in charge is Mick Bennett, with Scott Green now formally assuming the title of Head of Youth within the club.

The changes have been necessary since the Mo Hopkins left his Head of Youth position in March 2010, with Scott Green assuming both roles on a temporary basis. Scott now takes over the more senior of the two roles, with Mick taking over his old position.

Mick is a 47 year old former left-back who represented England at Youth level, who was also on the books of Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cambridge United, Preston North End, Carlisle United and Northwich Victoria. He has also worked as a coach at Bolton and Blackpool.

The club have also had another behind the scenes change, with Sara Bradley moving full time into the Community Trust operations, taking up a position as Joint Manager of the Community Trust alongside former Glovers defender Roy O'Brien. The Irishman's previous position within the club was that of Community Coach, so he has also been given a new title. The previously titled Community Trust Manager was Adrian Hopper.

That has meant that the club have now appointed website administrator Martin McConachie as Sara's replacement as the Supporters Liaison Officer. Contact address for all such issues remains supporter.link@ytfc.net as before.

Link: Club Information Page : Who's Who At Huish Park.


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4 October 2010 : Glovers Quartet Chosen In Teams Of The Week
Four Yeovil Town players have been recognised by the national media for their performances in the 1-0 win over Walsall over the weekend just gone. With the Glovers keeping their first clean sheet since August, and only their second of the season, Bristol City's loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is included in the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One.

He is joined by left-back Nathan Smith who has been picking up a sizeable number of Man of the Match nominations from those voting on the Ciderspace website during September's and October's matches, as well as from the Matchday Sponsors at Huish Park.

The Football League's line-up is as follows:

Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town)
Steve Tully (Exeter City) Danny Coles (Bristol Rovers) Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town)
Marcus Tudgay (Sheffield Wednesday) Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) Ryan Harley (Exeter City) Damian Scannell (Dagenham and Redbridge)
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)

The League Paper also picked out two Yeovil Town players, chosing different ones for their Team of the Day yesterday. Centre-back and matchwinner Adam Virgo and Bristol City playmaker Gavin Williams landed in their chosen eleven.

Well done to all four players on their performances on Saturday.


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4 October 2010 : Officials For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's trip to Spotland for the match against Rochdale on Saturday October 9th have now been published. The man in charge will be referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). We're not sure if referees can bring clubs good luck or bad luck, or if results in matches involving referees can be any guide to the future, but if there is such a thing as an 'unlucky referee' then Andy Haines is it, given that we've lost the last two matches he's refereed involving Yeovil Town by a 4-0 scoreline!

To be fair to him, the fact that the opponents on both occasions were Leeds United may have had more to do with it. Manager Terry Skiverton had a few minor quibbles about some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.

In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines 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.

Aside from the two Elland Road matches, we've had Mr Haines for 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 Martin Coy (Durham) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Jason Whiteley (West Yorkshire).

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

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

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


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4 October 2010 : GWSC Travel To Rochdale
Yeovil Town's next match is the journey up the M5 and M6 to Spotland to play Rochdale. The match takes place on Saturday 9th October 2010, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and then Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Rochdale.

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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4 October 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Rochdale
Yeovil Town's next match is the trip to the Spotland for our first match against Rochdale for five years. The match takes place on Saturday 9th October 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match as follows.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £14.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.00am and having a breakfast stop along the way along with any others requested.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Rochdale vs Yeovil Town.


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3 October 2010 : Exeter City vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down by a 3-1 scoreline against Exeter City yesterday, despite having held the lead at half time. In their final Youth Alliance League Cup Group match, the Glovers were a goal to the good through Tyler Sheppard, but a second half fightback by the Grecians at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground, combined with some wasted chances by the visitors, ensured that they went out of the competition with a defeat.

Team selection saw the Glovers having to fill their bench with players from the Under-16s team, with Adam Cleary missing out through injury. Nick Lyskov made his comeback in the centre of defence after his recent suspension.

Rather like Paul Tisdale's first team, Exeter are a strong passing side that like to play the ball from the back. However, the Glovers contained them well, with early play fairly even. That patience paid off when Yeovil took the lead midway through the half, after a combination move between Lloyd Matthews and Tyler Sheppard saw the latter break the deadlock with a calm finish.

The even nature of the game continued up until the break as Exeter tried to fight their way back into the match. Goalkeeper Steve Boore kept the Glovers ahead five minutes after the opener with a good save, whilst sharp defending by Rhys Baggridge and Nick Lyskov kept Yeovil ahead. The Glovers even had further chances from Tyler Sheppard and Rob Clowes to extend their lead, but could be fairly happy with how things stood at half time.

The Grecians started the second period more strongly than they'd managed in the first half, but still couldn't find a way through. A long range shot from Nick Lyskov after he found a gap in midfield was the pick of Yeovil's early chances. The home side finally found an equaliser 20 minutes into the half, when their No.11 Jamie Reed got between two Yeovil defenders to level the scores and set the match up for an exciting finale.

Yeovil's response to the equaliser was positive, with Joe Grimstead playing in Will Gordon, whose cross for Tyler Sheppard went over the bar. But the Grecians completed their turnaround with a spot of controversy as a linesman's flag proved crucial. The match referee had already waved play-on to a foul, but his assistant disagreed and the whistle-holder allowed himself to be overruled. Up stepped Jamie Reed again, with his free kick converted directly into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to give the home side the lead.

The Glovers again produced a response to the set-back, with chances for Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lloyd Matthews to pull the game back level again. They also introduced Under-16s players Sonni Levell and Aiden Chainey, in the closing stages, giving the Glovers fresh legs and fresh impetus. But with Yeovil pushing up, Exeter broke froward and the crucial fourth and final goal of the game saw Tom Nichols score for the Grecians to finish matters off at 3-1.

Yeovil's combination play and hard work deserved better but they need to take advantage of opportunities in front of the goal, particularly when they had the chances to get their way back into the match during the second period. They will now take a two week break, with no fixture next weekend, and will finally return to Youth Alliance League action on October 16th when they make their second trip of the season up the A37 to play Bristol Rovers.

Final Score: Exeter City U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Tyler Sheppard (0-1, 23 mins), Jamie Reed (1-1, 65 mins), Jamie Reed (2-1), Tom Nichols (3-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore. 2. Josh Doyle. 3. Rhys Baggridge (Capt). 4. Nick Lyskov. 5. Joe Grimstead. 6. Rob Clowes. 7. Jonny Kaye. 8. Lewis Clarke. 9. Will Gordon. 10. Tyler Sheppard. 11. Lloyd Matthews.

Substitutes:
Aiden Chainey (sub for Tyler Sheppard), Sonni Levell (sub for Will Gordon) and Lee Sweet.


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3 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1
Yesterday's trip to the West Midlands saw Cruncher on his travels, as he witnessed the 1-0 win over Walsall. As a consequence, he has stolen the controls of Taff's Gloversblog and the end result is what you've come to expect from home games - an analysis of the individual players, and some thoughts on the overall team performance.

Particularly if you were also at yesterday's game, thoughts, opinions and such-like are welcome via the comment box at the foot of the article, linked below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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3 October 2010 : Exeter City (League) Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town crashed to a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Exeter City, just over three weeks after the Devon club had inflicted the exact same scoreline upon the Glovers in the Football League Trophy.

Apart from an all-too-brief moment when Sam Williams put the Glovers level, the 90 minutes were a bit of a miserable experience with the Glovers' game fizzling out badly. As far as the Man of the Match voting was concerned, there was really only one man in it. Left-winger Andy Welsh picked up a decent number of votes, but he was heftily beaten by the other man on the left flank - Nathan Smith - who finished the poll way out in front.

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

1 Nathan Smith 184 (16)
2 Andy Welsh 88 (3)
3 Shaun MacDonald 44 (1)
4 Gavin Williams 40 (1)
5 Dean Bowditch 28 (1)
6 Sam Williams 16 (1)
6 Adam Virgo 16 (1)
8 Paul Huntington 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.71

Performance: 4.33
Entertainment: 5.08

VOTES RECEIVED: 24


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3 October 2010 : Ladies Suffer Double Postponements
Yeovil Town Ladies have had both their First Team and Reserve Team matches postponed. Their home match against Portsmouth Ladies in the Premier League Cup, and the away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion have both been called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Both games will get new dates in due course.


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3 October 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Walsall Game.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Interview.


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2 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Walsall Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's match against Walsall, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match, including his thoughts on team selection and tactics. Speaking to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the full transcript is available via the link below.

Skivo's post-match interview will follow in the next 24 hours.

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


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2 October 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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2 October 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil 1 : Saddlers Sunk By Glovers
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points at the Bescot Stadium today, with a 1-0 win over Walsall that lifted them out of the relegation zone. Adam Virgo's third goal of the season and his second in a week, won the points midway through the second half. In what was a stop-start match, the Saddlers occasionally threatened, but looked short of confidence as they slipped to the foot of the table.

The Glovers made one tactical change for the starting line-up with Sam Williams replacing Andy Williams in the team, as they switched to a 4-4-2, with Big Sam going up front with Dean Bowditch, and Super Gav switching out to the right-wing. On the bench, captain Craig Alcock returned, whilst Luke Freeman was preferred to Cameron Stewart, who slipped out of the squad due to the rules on loans.

It was Terry Skiverton's side who got off to the best start, largely dominating the first period, but without finding the net. An early chance for the Glovers saw Luke Ayling and Dean Bowditch combine well to set up Gavin Williams into his new wide right position, with the Welshman firing over the crossbar. The Saddlers were struggling to find their way into the match, with an Andy Welsh header going wide of the target.

Sam Williams grabbed two chances in 60 seconds, as he turned left-winger, weaving his way past two Walsall players and firing through on goal, with his final attempt being blocked. Almost immediately, Dean Bowditch fed a ball into the box, which Williams slid in for a second chance, with home keeper Jon Brain once equal to the attempt.

Glovers keeper Stephen Henderson had been a near spectator throughout the opening 25 minutes, but he was alert to make a good save from Julian Gray as he came out to block at the winger's feet. Then Jonathan Macken found the Glovers defence caught out of shape when he was able to beat Sam Williams trying to cover the full-back slot, and Reuben Reid's header was saved by Henderson. But overall the away side were the dominant one, with the Saddlers going in at the break to a chorus of boos from their fans, giving a barometer of how well Yeovil had done during the opening period.

The second half opened with Walsall looking a lot more lively, with Stephen Henderson making an excellent double-save from first Matt Richards then Alex Nicholls, and was fortunate to find the third shot by Jonathan Macken deflecting wide for a corner. Then Ryan McGivern forced Henderson into his third save inside five minutes as the Saddlers finally started to look dangerous.

Despite that, the Glovers got themselves a strong early chance, 10 minutes into the half, by breaking on the home side superbly. Walsall's back line got caught out as they appealed for an offside flag that never came, as Shaun MacDonald raced through on goal. His shot was blocked well by Saddlers keeper Jon Brain, and Andy Welsh's opportunity to put the ball into an empty net on the rebound was wasted as he fired the loose ball over the bar.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Andy Welsh was withdrawn for Andy Williams, leaving three Williams players on the pitch. Gavin swapped flanks to allow Andy to move to the right flank, whilst Gavin headed to the left. Almost immediately, Yeovil won a free kick for a foul on Shaun MacDonald, with Gavin Williams given the chance to take it. His set piece delivery earlier in the match hadn't been too clever before that, but this time he got it spot on, as he found Adam Virgo, who powered home a classic centre-half set-piece header, to put Yeovil 1-0 up, and to finally throw down the gauntlet to the largely pedestrian Walsall side.

The big surge never really happened, with Walsall's best chance coming in the closing stages as Jonathan Macken fired across the face of goal to draw the breath of the 227 noisy travelling fans. As the minutes ticked down Craig Alcock replaced Gavin Williams, and there were a few late concerns as Stephen Henderson spent the last couple of minutes of the game limping around with what appeared to be a thigh or hamstring problem. But he got through the three minutes injury time, and the Glovers celebrated a deserved three points.

The win lifts the Glovers out of the drop zone by two places, ending the day in 19th position. With a difficult looking five games coming up, a rare away win was priceless, to ease the pressure. Walsall, who sank to the foot of the table today, were a poor side, but you can only beat what is put in front of you, and the Glovers did that with a great deal of professionalism.

Final Score: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Adam Virgo (0-1, 70 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
24. Gavin Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andy Williams (68 mins for Andy Welsh) 2. Craig Alcock (87 mins for Gavin Williams) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Walsall: (4-4-2)
1. Jon Brain
3. Aaron Lescott 6. Emmanuele Smith 5. Oliver Lancashire 23. Ryan McGivern
11. Alex Nicholls 26. David Davis 8. Matthew Richards 18. Julian Gray
10. Jonathan Macken 22. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
21. David Bevan (GK) 2. Darryl Westlake 4. Clayton McDonald (83 mins for Oliver Lancashire) 12. Paul Marshall 15. Jamie Paterson (78 mins for Alex Nicholls) 19. William Grigg (68 mins for Reuben Reid) 20. Sean Geddes

Walsall Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Owain Tudur Jones (80 mins, foul).

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcester). Fourth Official: Daniel Meeson(Staffordshire).

Attendance: 3,172 (with 227 Yeovil fans)


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2 October 2010 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Team News
Yeovil Town have made one change to their line-up for this afternoon's match against Walsall. That change is tactical, with Sam Williams coming in for Andy Williams and with the Glovers switching from the recent 4-4-1-1 formation into a 4-4-2. Gavin Williams has passed a fitness test and will play as a right-winger today.

Captain Craig Alcock is fit enough to sit on the bench, with Andy Williams joining him. Cameron Stewart and John Sullivan are the two loanees to miss out on selection, with Rob Kiernan having returned to Watford yesterday. Luke Freeman comes back into the squad on the bench.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
24. Gavin Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. Andy Williams 2. Craig Alcock 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 23. Billy Gibson

Walsall:
1. Jon Brain
3. Aaron Lescott 6. Emmanuele Smith 5. Oliver Lancashire 23. Ryan McGivern
11. Alex Nicholls 26. David Davis 8. Matthew Richards 18. Julian Gray
10. Jonathan Macken 22. Reuben Reid

Substitutes:
21. David Bevan (GK) 2. Darryl Westlake 4. Clayton McDonald 12. Paul Marshall 15. Jamie Paterson 19. William Grigg 20. Sean Geddes


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2 October 2010 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town U18s Result
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have lost this morning's Youth Alliance League Cup Group match against Exeter City. Despite being a goal ahead at the break, thanks to a 23rd minute Tyler Sheppard goal, the Youth Team conceded three times after the break, to lose out by a 3-1 scoreline. The result completes their participation in the Youth Alliance League Cup, with the Glovers having failed to qualify for the next round stage.

Next weekend is a blank one, with the Under-18s returning to action in two weeks time with a second trip to play Bristol Rovers on October 16th.


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2 October 2010 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last victory came three weeks ago with a comfortable victory over Tranmere Rovers. The game turned into a bit of a stroll in the park, with Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington giving the Glovers a 3-0 head start within half an hour of the match.

As for the Man of the Match voting, you headed away from the three goalscorers, citing the two central midfielders as having masterminded the victory. Jean-Paul Kalala clocked up a sizeable number of those votes, but he was pipped by Shaun MacDonald, who gained a comfortable victory in the polls. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Shaun MacDonald 370 (28)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 214 (13)
3 Andy Welsh 110 (6)
4 Dean Bowditch 100 (3)
5 Gavin Williams 82 (1)
6 Nathan Smith 70 (2)
7 Paul Huntington 44 (2)
8 Andy Williams 38 (3)
9 Adam Virgo 30 (1)
10 Craig Alcock 20 (1)
11 John Sullivan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.82

Performance: 7.87
Entertainment: 7.77

VOTES RECEIVED: 60


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2 October 2010 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town U18s Half Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are playing another Youth Alliance League Cup match this morning, with Exeter City the opponents at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground in Clyst St Mary. At half time, the Glovers are 1-0 up thanks to a 23rd minute Tyler Sheppard goal. So far it's been a very even game, with Yeovil just about edging it on chances.


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1 October 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence
Just ahead of Saturday's trip to Walsall, the latest Taff's Gloverblog puts its anorak on and gets a bit stattastic on us. With tomorrow marking the magical 10 game baseline that former boss Gary Johnson always used to baseline his sides again, are we doing good, bad or indifferent. Taff looks at the evidence, whilst you can agree, disagree or otherwise via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence.


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1 October 2010 : Skivo Previews The Walsall Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match at Walsall that is being played at the Bescot Stadium, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of that interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Walsall Game.


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1 October 2010 : Adam Stansfield Collection Raises Nearly Three Grand
Last Saturday's fundraising activities concerning the two funds set up in Adam Stansfield's name have raised close to three thousand pounds. At the League One match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City, a collection at half time and full time raised a total sum of £2,536.74. This includes just over £100 collected a few miles down the road at Raleigh Grove, where Sherborne Town Football Club organised their own collection.

The coffers were boosted even further by the £340 that was raised by the Yeovil Town Supporters vs Exeter City Supporters match in the morning. All of the money raised will go towards the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation and the Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

Given that the mammoth run undertaken by Grecians fan Nick Bryant and Adam's brother Paul Stansfield has so far raised £2,888 for Cancer Research UK, the total raised in the name of charitable/trust causes stands close to £6,000. Both clubs have yet to complete the auction of the players' shirts worn by both teams, so those figures should continue to grow.

Well done to those who contributed, and in particular those who put in the organisational effort to make such things happen.


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1 October 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Southampton Interview
Just before kick-off for the midweek game against Southampton at Huish Park, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the transcript of that interview has now been placed in our interview archive and also available via the link below.

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

The post-match interview is still available and can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.


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1 October 2010 : Bring Me Sunshine Back To The Board
Yeovil Town have announced that two new Directors have been appointed to the board. Andy Rossiter and David Lee have been given positions on the board of directors for the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company - i.e. Yeovil Town Football Club.

The first of the two directors needs little introduction, given that this will be his second spell on the board, having served between 1993 and 1999 at Huish Park. Andy Rossiter is well known within the town as the Managing Director of Radio Cabs and has 30 years of experience of working with local businesses in the Somerset area. He left the Yeovil Town board during 1999 after he moved out to Spain to live, and to undertake various European business opportunities.

Andy continued to be in regular contact with the club during the decade that followed, often flying from his home in Spain back to the UK for matches. He has also been an occasional poster on the various supporters message boards that have existed over the years. More recently, he returned to the UK on a full-time basis two years ago and is now back living in Somerset. His daughter Becky Foster (as Becky Rossiter) was a regular in Yeovil Town Ladies side, and she is married to former Yeovil Town striker Adrian Foster, now manager of Gillingham Town.

The second director David Lee also has existing strong links with the club. He is a trustee of the Yeovil Town Community Trust and is also a serving Director and Company Secretary on that board, having been appointed in 2007. He is a Legal representative for Agusta-Westland in Yeovil, carrying the title of General Counsel, representing their worldwide business activities across the company group. He is a Bolton Wanderers supporter by virtue of his home town, but has lived in Yeovil since joining Westland in 1980 and now considers the Glovers his supported team.

In terms of committed responsibilities, David Lee will continue his work with the Community Trust programme, whilst Andy Rossiter has been given the club's Centre of Excellence as his area of responsibility.

We'd like to welcome Mr Rossiter and Mr Lee to the board, and hope they can have a strong positive influence in the running of the club over the coming months and years.

For the record, the other board members of Yeovil Town Football Club are John Fry (Chairman), Norman Hayward, Stephen Allinson, Brian Willis and Ron Budden.


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1 October 2010 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Bescot Stadium tomorrow, where they will face Walsall in a League One match. Having dropped into the bottom four during the midweek home game against Southampton, the importance of tomorrow's game is magnified by the fact that the Saddlers sit one place below them in the latest League One Table and one point worse off. Win and the Glovers would be desperately unlucky to still be in the bottom four come Saturday tea-time. Lose and they can guarantee they will drop at least one more position in the table. Is it too early in the season to mention the great footballing cliche, the 'six-pointer'?

Both teams go into the match decidedly short of good form, although perhaps arrested the slide a little bit in midweek. Whilst the Glovers have won just once since the opening day of the season, up until Tuesday the Saddlers had lost six games in a row, with a 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient restoring a little bit of confidence to their side.

Over the past three seasons, Walsall have been a solid mid-table side, but striker Troy Deeney departed for Watford just before the season started, whilst Sam Parkin headed to St Johnstone and with captain Darren Byfield currently out with a knee injury, they are short of fire power. Midfielders Steve Jones (ankle) and Richard Taundry (knee) will also be absent tomorrow.

The Glovers have similar injury concerns, with Gavin Williams (ankle), Jean-Paul Kalala (knee), Stefan Stam and Shaun MacDonald (hip) all needing to be assessed ahead of tomorrow's game. However, the return of Rob Kiernan to parent club Watford would imply that the central-midfield area is not quite so bereft of bodies as the above might suggest - it would appear that at least some of those players have been passed fit to play. Manager Terry Skiverton has talked this week about needing to pick a settled side to bring consistent results - whether he gets that opportunity is another matter. On the plus side, he will almost certainly restore captain Craig Alcock to the side, meaning that Luke Ayling will be looking to take advantage of any midfield injury crisis that might materialise.

The two sides have met 12 times over the years, with Yeovil's record in the West Midlands of four wins in seven trips being not too shabby. Walsall have the edge in terms of recent meetings between the two sides, with four wins and a draw in the last six matches, but the most recent was a 1-0 victory to Yeovil, with former Saddlers loan striker Sam Williams doing the dirty on his former club and netting the 5th minute winner in snowy February conditions.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day, subject to a matchday surcharge. For full details see the Ciderspace guide below. If you're not going, we'll be on Twitter during the day, whilst BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live commentary on 95.5FM.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.

Link: Good Team News ... And Bad Team News.

Link: Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Walsall.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Walsall.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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1 October 2010 : Kiernan Has Huish Park Loan Deal Cut Short
Yeovil Town's defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan has returned to his parent club Watford after having his loan spell at Huish Park terminated today. The Irishman has not featured for the club since the home match against Hartlepool United in August, partly due to an international call-up, and partly due to injury. He also fell foul of the Glovers' heavy use of the loan system that meant that a number of loanees had to be left out of the first team matchday squad.

With Kiernan likely to be called up again for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad next weekend, he was unlikely to be used in the foreseeable future. However, his loan deal had been extended to run until January 3rd 2011 at Huish Park. It's not clear which party has made the decision to terminate the loan deal, but it seems highly probable that lack of games was an influencing factor from whichever party pulled the plug.

Rob made one starting appearance and two substitute appearance during his two months at Huish Park, all in a central midfield role, rather than the centre-back position he has more recently occupied for the Republic of Ireland and Watford Reserves.

We naturally wish him the best of luck in his future career at Vicarage Road.


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1 October 2010 : Quartet Under Consideration For International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton fully expects to lose two of his squad members for next weekend's trip to Rochdale, and admits he could lose two more. The weekend of October 9th is another designated international weekend, with all age groups involved in matches, and the worst case scenario could mean that up to four Glovers would be missing for the game at Spotland.

The Yeovil boss fully expects goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan to get call-ups for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad, where both have been regulars in the side recently. However, on top of that, he is also aware that midfielder Shaun MacDonald and winger/striker Luke Freeman are both on stand-by lists for international squads, where they could be called up if any of the more senior squad members suffer injuries during this weekend's set of matches.

MacDonald is now past the age limit for the Welsh Under-21 squad, but is knocking on the door for the full Wales international side, whilst we assume that the stand-by list for Freeman is for England Under-19s, having already represented his country at Under-16 and Under-17 level. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton was philosophical about the possibility of losing those players:

"Shaun MacDonald is on stand-by for the full (Welsh) squad, and Luke Freeman is on stand-by as well. So it shows that we have got the right young lads, as they are the ones that are being called up for international duty. We'll just have to wait and see what the fall-out is from that. If they go, they go. We've got cover in those sort of positions and places, and it was lucky that John Sullivan is another one that was back training today. So we've got cover in all those positions. It's not ideal but this is what happens when you get decent young players in."


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1 October 2010 : Good Team News ... And Bad Team News
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has mixed news in terms of injuries ahead of tomorrow's trip to Walsall. The Yeovil boss admitted that on Tuesday that he had a number of his players playing through the pain barrier against Southampton, with playmaker Gavin Williams one of those who limped out of the tail end of the match.

Skivo has admitted that Williams has yet to train since Tuesday, and that Shaun MacDonald has only been able to get through light training. In another blow, BBC Somerset have reported that midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala limped out of training yesterday and returned to the treatment table - whether this is just a reaction to his first day back in training, or a more serious set-back isn't clear at this stage.

On the plus side, the Yeovil boss has told the BBC that he fully expects captain Craig Alcock to be fit and available for selection for tomorrow's trip to Walsall - something that could allow Luke Ayling to be switched to a midfield berth if any of Williams, Kalala or MacDonald fail to pull through. Skivo saw the return of Alcock as a big positive:

"Craig has trained today, so he is back. So I think he will be fit and available for selection on the weekend. Craig has done fantastic for us this year and he has led by example, and it's good to have him back into the fold, because when you have got people dropping in and out, it's nice when you get a couple back. So it's good news for everyone."

The other player currently receiving treatment for an unspecified knock is defender Stefan Stam - again no indication as to whether his position in the squad for tomorrow's game is under threat here.


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