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31 October 2011 : Officials For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Chesterfield and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 5th November 2011 at the Spireites new B2Net Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

For the third time in the past month, we've been given an official who is brand new to the Football League circuit. Mr Madley has been involved in one Yeovil Town match that we can find - as an assistant referee at Hartlepool United back in December 2008, in a match where none of the officials raised the hackles too much.

He's started off his Football League career with 24 yellows and one red cards in 10 matches - fairly par for the course compared to most officials. He's only done one League One fixtures before - a match between Leyton Orient and Preston North End at the start of October. At least we think that's the case - the Press Association statistics are not very good at telling the difference between Andrew and his namesake Robert who is also on the Football League's books.

In his last match, Mr Madley took charge of a League Two game between AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town. At half time in this fixture, he sent off convicted tax fraudster and Crawley boss Steve Evans, after he threw a wobbly at something or other. We're warming to Mr Madley already ...

Mr Madley will be Amy Fearn (Leicestershire) and Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).

Link: GWSC Travel To Chesterfield.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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31 October 2011 : Statto's Corner : Away The Lads
Yesterday's FA Cup First Round draw against Hereford United contained few surprises. This site has written "Yeovil Town have been given a away draw in the FA Cup" out so many times that we'd pre-typed it before the draw had even been made.

But surely we exaggerate. The chances of coming out as the home or away side in a cup competition are evenly matched aren't they? It would appear not - in a statistical look at the last eight years of cup draws since we played Liverpool in January 2004, you'll find the odds are strangely stacked against us.

Link: Statto's Corner : Away The Lads.


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31 October 2011 : GWSC Travel To Chesterfield
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Chesterfield. The match against the Derbyshire club takes place on Saturday 5th November 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and is our first ever fixture at their new B2Net Stadium, with the Spireites having vacated Saltergate 18 months ago. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be 25.00 with concessions available at 23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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31 October 2011 : Prendergast Exits Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence manager Rory Prendergast has left his position at Huish Park, by mutual consent. The 33 year old has only lasted two months in the position, having arrived at the start of the 2011-12 season.

The club state that the Pontefract-born former midfielder, who spent the majority of his playing career on the books of clubs in Yorkshire and Lancashire, has had difficulty in settling in the area. Prendergast had spent the summer on the books of Tiverton Town, but after taking up his position at Huish Park, he disappeared from their line-ups.

Prendergast's exit leaves the club searching for a new Centre of Excellence manager for the second time in 2011, having lost Mick Bennett for similarly named reasons earlier this year.


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30 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Huddersfield Home Game.


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30 October 2011 : Yeovil Town And The Bulls In The Cup : A Potted History
Whilst Yeovil Town being drawn away in a cup competition these days appears to be almost a pre-drawn event, the other habit they have had over the years is being drawn against clubs that they have a strong past history with. Thus it should come as little surprise to Glovers fans, when the name of Hereford United came out of the hat in the FA Cup First Round draw this afternoon, almost before anyone had plonked themselves on the sofa.

The two clubs have been drawn out twice before in the FA Cup, with a win for each side. The earliest came in November 1985 when a Glovers side who were in the doldrums after being relegated to the Vauxhall-Opel Isthmian League, faced the Bulls in a first round clash in front of 4,533 spectators. With the visitors two divisions higher, it wasn't too surprising to find Yeovil on the end of a 2-4 home defeat, with Gary Smith and John McGinlay scoring the Glovers goals.

One notable memory of the day was a segment of the old Huish ground retaining wall collapsing during the game, leading to a short delay in the match. The Glovers looked to be heading to a replay until the Bulls scored twice in the last four minutes to settle the tie. Hereford were knocked out by Reading in the next round, losing 2-0.

The second meeting between the two sides is etched on Glovers fans minds because of the subsequent place it had in the club's history. The December 1992 home match at Huish Park saw the Glovers draw 0-0 in front of 8,085 spectators, and with the Bulls a division above, it looked as though the pressure Yeovil had put on the visitors goal was in vain, with home advantage now conceded with a replay set for Edgar Street.

The Glovers fans amongst the 6,051 present for the replay on December 16th 1992 will recall a tempestuous fixture. Paul Sanderson set the Glovers on their way with a header, and the Glovers could have sealed the tie when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Phil Ferns, but Paul Batty missed the spot kick. Bulls boss Greg Downs was sent off for a professional foul as he cut down Mickey Spencer whilst he was clean through on goal. Then Liverpool loanee Tony Cousins hit the crossbar for the home side.

Glovers were deflated 13 minutes from time when Owen Pickard, who would later sign for Yeovil Town, out-paced goalkeeper David Coles to a 50:50 ball. But in the 89th minute, Gillingham youngster Neil Coates who was on as a late substitute, ghosted in from his full-back position, to create a last gasp winner for Yeovil.

Nothing too incredible for Yeovil Town on the surface of it, with the Glovers having gained their 16th Football League scalp against a side that they'd spent many years playing against as Southern League rivals. However, in between the original tie and the replay, the winners had been given a plum tie against George Graham's Arsenal side - a tie that was to give the club in the region of 100,000 worth of additional income.

That was to prove crucial to the club's overall fortunes - the club's creditors were on the edge of calling in the club's debts, and unbeknown to the players and fans, had they not won that game, the club would have been on the edge of folding. The late Coates goal is therefore considered by many as being one of the most important in the club's history.

The two sides have had a habit of getting drawn against each other in recent years. In November 1999, Yeovil won a Nationwide Macmillan (Bob Lord) Trophy match by a 3-0 scoreline, with two Warren Patmore goals and a Glenn Poole strike sealing the tie. They then met a year later as Hereford thrashed the Glovers 4-0 in an LDV Trophy match at Edgar Street.

In January 2003, an FA Trophy Third Round tie was wrapped up nice and early as Colin Miles and Adam Lockwood scored in the first four minutes, in what was to be the club's promotion season. Former Glover Ben Smith reduced the deficit on 20 minutes but the Glovers held on for the victory.

Then more recently the two sides met twice in two different cup competitions during the 2007-08 season. In the Carling Cup, a Lionel Ainsworth hat-trick gave Yeovil a miserable evening, with Lloyd Owusu the only Glovers scorer in a 4-1 defeat. Two months later, they gained revenge of sorts when they beat the Bulls 4-2 on a penalty shoot-out after the 90 minutes had seen a 0-0 shut-out. Romain Larrieu saved one penalty, whilst Marcus Stewart, Anthony Barry and Lloyd Owusu scored theirs. Kevin Betsy had his saved, but the Bulls sliced their attempt wide, which allowed Ritchie Jones the chance to put Yeovil into the third round.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw Details.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Hereford United : Meetings Since World War II.


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30 October 2011 : FA Cup Full First Round Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given a away draw in the FA Cup First Round. In a draw that was made this lunchtime, former Sutton United midfielder Matt Hanlan and former Coventry City cup final hero Keith Houchen ensured that the Glovers will play League Two side Hereford United.

The Bulls lie in 20th place in League Two after a slow to their season that saw them occupy a relegation spot during the early weeks of the season. However, they've won three out of their last four matches. They are managed by former Glovers midfielder Jamie Pitman, who rose through the Bulls ranks after working as their physio at Edgar Street, having retired from playing around 2008. He has been manager of Hereford since October 4th 2010, initially in a caretaker capacity.

The full draw is as follows:

Hereford United vs Yeovil Town
Bury vs Crawley Town
Luton Town vs Northampton Town
Cambridge United vs Wrexham
Morecambe vs Sheffield Wednesday
Swindon Town vs Huddersfield Town
Redbridge vs Oxford City
Bristol Rovers vs Kidderminster Harriers or Corby Town
Oldham Athletic vs Burton Albion
Preston North End vs Southend United
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Bath City
Hartlepool United vs Stevenage
Droylsden or Blyth Spartans vs Gateshead
Alfreton Town or Lincoln City vs Carlisle United
Chesterfield vs Torquay United
Crewe Alexandra vs Colchester United
Tranmere Rovers vs Cheltenham Town
Chelmsford City or Gloucester City vs AFC Telford United
Darlington or Hinckley United vs Tamworth
Exeter City vs Walsall
Bradford City vs Rochdale
Notts County vs Accrington Stanley
Port Vale vs Grimsby Town
Sheffield United vs Oxford United
FC Halifax Town vs Charlton Athletic
Sutton United or Leatherhead vs Kettering Town
AFC Bournemouth vs Gillingham
Milton Keynes Dons vs Nantwich Town
AFC Totton vs Bradford Park Avenue
Newport County vs Shrewsbury Town
Leyton Orient vs Bromley
East Thurrock United vs Macclesfield Town
AFC Wimbledon vs Scunthorpe United
Salisbury City vs Arseley Town
Brentford vs Basingstoke Town
Maidenhead United vs Aldershot Town
Mansfield Town or Fleetwood Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Barrow vs Rotherham United
Southport vs Barnet
Plymouth Argyle vs Stourbridge

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 12th November 2011.

Link: 2011-12 Season Cup Competition Dates.


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30 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Huddersfield Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Huddersfield Town kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, the interview has been transcribed and is available via the link below.

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


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29 October 2011 : Ladies Facing Forest Green Cup Test
Glovers fans looking for sporting action on Sunday afternoon need look no further than Yeovil Town Ladies who are back in action at Raleigh Grove. The Ladies take on Forest Green Rovers in a South West Women's Combination League Cup that kicks off at 2.00p.m. on Sherborne Town's ground.

Taking a break from a highly successful League schedule, that has seen them undefeated and dropping points in just one match, joint manager Nigel Williams has said that although tomorrow's match may not be their number one priority, he told the Ladies website, that he still wants to see his side maintain their unbeaten run against a side that could be challenging them for promotion this year:

"I am really looking forward to this game. Our league campaign is going really well, and now it will be interesting to compete against the same set of teams in the League Cup. The league will always be our priority, but we would love to do well in this competition, aiming towards a show-piece final at the end of the season. We are undefeated in all competitions so far this season, and would love to finish Sunday in that same position. We are looking to win this encounter, and will be doing our utmost to achieve this goal."

Whilst tomorrow's game will not count towards any league points, the two sides are evenly matched in terms of their start to the season. Like the Glovers, the Gloucestershire side have dropped points in just one match this season - Yeovil's advantage is that their match was a draw, whilst Rovers lost on the opening day of the season to league leaders Havant & Waterlooville before establishing their six game winning run in all competitions.

For those attending the match, Raleigh Grove will be open two hours prior to the 2.00p.m. kick-off, with refreshments and full bar facilities available to supporters. Admission prices are 2.00 for adults with concessions available at 1.00.


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29 October 2011 : Terriers Boss: We Got Out Of Jail
Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark felt his side were very lucky to come away with all three points at Huish Park today. The Terriers managed a smash'n'grab 0-1 away win over the Glovers, thanks to an Anton Robinson goal ten minutes from time, despite the home side twice hitting the woodwork.

Clark, whose side are now on a run of 41 league matches without defeat, was honest enough to admit that on the day his side weren't up to scratch, and had high praise for the way that the 24th placed Glovers had matched his side:

"Credit to Yeovil - they were excellent. I thought we were awful in the first half but we got one or two things sorted out at half-time. In the second half we played some good stuff and created one or two openings. They (Yeovil) were unlucky. They hit the bar a couple of times and the lad running in on a rebound (Ed Upson) is a very good technician and you expected it to be volleyed into the goal rather than wide. I don't know how many chances you get in a season. When you play Monopoly you can get a "get out of jail card' but I don't know how many we've got left."


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29 October 2011 : Sutton Match Hero To Draw FA Cup Balls
The draw for the FA Cup First Round will be held tomorrow, with Yeovil Town entering the famous competition once again, following today's Fourth Qualifying Round ties. The draw will be live on ITV1 with a 30 minute programme commencing at 1.30p.m. The Football Association have announced that two players that took part in the legendary Sutton United vs Coventry City Third Round tie in 1989 will draw out the balls on the day.

Sutton's 2-1 win over the Sky Blues stands as one of the biggest shocks in the competition, with the non-league side beating a club that had won the trophy just two years previously. With it being the main game on Match of the Day, the goals from captain Tony Rains and midfielder Matt Hanlan became folklore from that moment onwards. Hanlan's match winner put him on the back pages of the national press, and he will be in the studio to draw out one set of balls.

The FA have also recruited in 51 year old former Coventry player Keith Houchen to draw out the other set of balls during the draw. Houchen won't have quite so fond memories of that day - he was a substitute within Coventry's ranks, and would perhaps rather remember their 1987 triumph, having scored at Wembley during their FA Cup Final victory over Tottenham Hotspur - a header that won him the Goal of the Season award from Match of the Day.

With the Fourth Qualifying Round being played today, the ball numbers published earlier this week now simplify down. Of the local sides, Bath City won 1-0 at Dover Athletic, whilst Salisbury City beat Bishop's Stortford 2-1. However Weston-super-Mare headed out of the competition, losing 2-3 at home to Oxford City.

Some supporters of a nervous disposition may be glad to note that Hayes and Yeading United and Forest Green Rovers went out of the competition today. With Yeovil Town taking Ball No. 48, the revised ball numbers read as follows:

Football League Sides:
1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY ; 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH ; 3 AFC WIMBLEDON ; 4 ALDERSHOT TOWN ; 5 BARNET ; 6 BRADFORD CITY ; 7 BRENTFORD ; 8 BRISTOL ROVERS ; 9 BURTON ALBION ; 10 BURY ; 11 CARLISLE UNITED ; 12 CHARLTON ATHLETIC ; 13 CHELTENHAM TOWN ; 14 CHESTERFIELD ; 15 COLCHESTER UNITED ; 16 CRAWLEY TOWN ; 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA ; 18 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE ; 19 EXETER CITY ; 20 GILLINGHAM ; 21 HARTLEPOOL UNITED ; 22 HEREFORD UNITED ; 23 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN ; 24 LEYTON ORIENT ; 25 MACCLESFIELD TOWN ; 26 MILTON KEYNES DONS ; 27 MORECAMBE ; 28 NORTHAMPTON TOWN ; 29 NOTTS COUNTY ; 30 OLDHAM ATHLETIC ; 31 OXFORD UNITED ; 32 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE ; 33 PORT VALE ; 34 PRESTON NORTH END ; 35 ROCHDALE ; 36 ROTHERHAM UNITED ; 37 SCUNTHORPE UNITED ; 38 SHEFFIELD UNITED ; 39 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY ; 40 SHREWSBURY TOWN ; 41 SOUTHEND UNITED ; 42 STEVENAGE ; 43 SWINDON TOWN ; 44 TORQUAY UNITED ; 45 TRANMERE ROVERS ; 46 WALSALL ; 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS ; 48 YEOVIL TOWN

Non-League Sides:
49 TAMWORTH ; 50 DROYLSDEN OR BLYTH SPARTANS ; 51 STOURBRIDGE ; 52 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) ; 53 GATESHEAD ; 54 GRIMSBY TOWN ; 55 WREXHAM ; 56 MANSFIELD TOWN OR FLEETWOOD TOWN ; 57 NANTWICH TOWN ; 58 ALFRETON TOWN OR LINCOLN CITY ; 59 AFC TELFORD UNITED ; 60 SOUTHPORT ; 61 FC HALIFAX TOWN ; 62 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS OR CORBY TOWN ; 63 DARLINGTON OR HINCKLEY UNITED ; 64 BARROW ; 65 BATH CITY ; 66 SALISBURY CITY ; 67 EAST THURROCK UNITED ; 68 CHELMSFORD CITY OR GLOUCESTER CITY ; 69 CAMBRIDGE UNITED ; 70 MAIDENHEAD UNITED ; 71 SUTTON UNITED OR LEATHERHEAD ; 72 OXFORD CITY ; 73 AFC TOTTON ; 74 BASINGSTOKE TOWN ; 75 ARLESEY TOWN ; 76 BROMLEY ; 77 LUTON TOWN ; 78 KETTERING TOWN ; 79 REDBRIDGE ; 80 NEWPORT COUNTY.

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 12th November 2011.

Link: 2011-12 Season Cup Competition Dates.


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29 October 2011 : Skiverton Lifted By Glovers Supporters
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is getting his energy to turn the club's results around from the support his side are getting during matches. The Glovers lost 0-1 at home to Huddersfield Town, with Anton Robinson netting ten minutes from time, but a spirited Glovers performance saw them hit the woodwork twice either side of that goal.

Skiverton said after the game that he thought his side's football was 'excellent' and praised the club's fans for staying vocally behind his side, despite the club remaining at the foot of the League One table:

"I felt we came out with some excellent football in the first half. We caused them a lot of problems but we couldn't quite get the ball in the net. We need to take those chances. We hit the bar twice but we need to see them going in. One thing that got me going and I feel quite emotional was the supporters. The way they stuck to us when we're trying to give them what we can, gave me the energy and boost to keep fighting for this club. I relish the challenge to turn this round. We have done it before and we will do it again."


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29 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Hudderfield
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield 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 Hudderfield Town.


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29 October 2011 : Yeovil 0 Huddersfield 1 : Robinson Steals Points For Terriers
Yeovil Town stayed bottom of League One, despite taking promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town to the wire in an evenly contested match at Huish Park. An Anton Robinson goal ten minutes from the end of the match was all it took to separate the two sides, although Dominic Blizzard and Oli Johnson struck the woodwork either side of that in a game where the Glovers could easily have broken the Terriers' mammoth unbeaten run that now extends to 41 league matches.

The Glovers went into the game making just one change to their side, with Max Ehmer's one match suspension forcing him to drop out of the side. However, a delay on Luke Ayling's FA disciplinary hearing meant that he was able to be selected, and so he slotted into the right-back position in a like-for-like swap. The only other change was on the bench, as Alan O'Brien made his comeback from a groin injury, displacing Curtis Haynes-Brown.

The first half was a quiet one in terms of chances, even if Yeovil Town imposed themselves well on the game during the 45 minutes. Much of the Glovers outlets came through the pace of Gavin Massey and Kieran Agard with the ball being pumped into the channels for them to run onto. An Oli Johnson early attempt across the face of the box saw Agard inches away from connecting at the back stick during the opening ten minutes.

Bar the odd long ranger, the visitors struggled to create chances of any note, with their most impressive attempt coming from a corner when Peter Clarke's header forced Marek Stech to palm his attempt over the bar. That was the Terriers' only shot on target during the whole 45 minutes, with a Jordan Rhodes turn-and-shoot their only other danger moment. The Glovers deserved to be level at the break, with Kieran Agard having a shot on the angle deflected for a corner in the lead-up to half time.

Second half saw Huddersfield introduce winger Gary Roberts as a substitute and their response to what was doubtless a half time Lee Clarke talking to, was decidedly sharper, even if the Glovers still continued to hold their own. Jordan Rhodes struck a long range attempt just over the bar, whilst balls into the box from wide positions from Roberts kept the Yeovil defence busy, but Darren Purse was an utter rock at the back for the home side.

Just past the hour mark, Yeovil seemed to accelerate their attempts to grab the win. A clever free kick routine appeared to be teed up for the usual Paul Wotton blast but was instead tapped down the channel to Nathan Jones, catching out the Huddersfield back line. His ball whistled across the face of the box, but no-one could get on the end of it. Then minutes later Dominic Blizzard struck the crossbar, but Ed Upson fluffed his lines on the rebound, slicing his attempt wide of the target.

That miss was to prove crucial when Huddersfield managed a smash'n'grab ten minutes from time. When you can bring in substitutes of the quality of Gary Roberts, Lee Novak and Anton Robinson onto the field, you're always going to be a threat, and the Terriers introduced all three over the course of the second period. Slightly against the run of play, Scott Arfield's shot was parried by Marek Stech and as the ball broke lose, Robinson slotted the ball into the back of the net for a real sucker punch of a goal.

Just a minute after that strike, Yeovil threatened to hit back. Oli Johnson had just before the goal looked to be running out of steam, managed to get some energy from somewhere. A strong run by Gavin Massey saw him slip the ball through to Kieran Agard, and his pass found Johnson who struck the woodwork again to the home side's frustration.

Huddersfield then professionally wound the clock down, slowing down every free kick and throw-in that they legitimately could, and Yeovil probably didn't help themselves too much, with Bondz N'Gala and Ed Upson picking up late bookings as the frustration of not getting what they felt they deserved. The Glovers stay bottom, with their sixth home defeat of the 2011-12 season, and the league table shows that they are still deep in trouble. However, they will wonder how the Terriers came out of that with all three points on the day.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Scorer: Anton Robinson (0-1, 80 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-5-1)
30. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
6. Dominic Blizzard 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson 21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien (84 mins for Kieran Agard) 23. Billy Gibson

Huddersfield Town:
13. Ian Bennett
32. Jack Hunt 5. Peter Clarke 15. Liam Cooper 2. Calum Woods
11. Daniel Ward 14. Damien Johnson 18. Tommy Miller 16. Scott Arfield
17. Jordan Rhodes 19. Alan Lee

Substitutes:
25. Nick Colgan (GK) 8. Antony Kay 22. Anton Robinson (73 mins for Damien Johnson) 7. Gary Roberts (46 mins for Daniel Ward) 21. Lee Novak (62 mins for Alan Lee)

Yeovil Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (90 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (90 mins, foul)

Huddersfield Bookings: Scott Arfield (35 mins, foul), Alan Lee (55 mins, dissent)

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,486 (including 533 Huddersfield supporters).


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29 October 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town have made just one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Huddersfield Town. Max Ehmer serves a one match suspension for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, but Luke Ayling returns from his own similar suspension, slotting in at right-back.

The only other change is that Alan O'Brien displaces Curtis Haynes-Brown on the bench, as he makes his return from a groin injury. The line-up could be either a 4-3-3, or a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation - we'll work on the assumption that the same formation that was used against Leyton Orient is utilised.

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2 diamond)
30. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien 23. Billy Gibson

Huddersfield Town:
13. Ian Bennett
32. Jack Hunt 5. Peter Clarke 15. Liam Cooper 2. Calum Woods
11. Daniel Ward 14. Damien Johnson 18. Tommy Miller 16. Scott Arfield
17. Jordan Rhodes 19. Alan Lee

Substitutes:
25. Nick Colgan (GK) 8. Antony Kay 22. Anton Robinson 7. Gary Roberts 21. Lee Novak


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28 October 2011 : Carlisle Home Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to Carlisle United. The end result was a rather woeful 0-3 home defeat that saw the Cumbrians score three second half goals and Flavien Belson get his marching orders.

The Man of the Match voting was very much a one horse race in the end. Midfielder Ed Upson picked up a few of your votes to see him come in as the runner up, but it rather sums up Yeovil Town's day, that Marek těch was able to concede three times yet still come out with a near unanimous Man of the Match award. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Marek těch 238 (23)
2 Ed Upson 56 (3)
3 Luke Ayling 50 (0)
4 Bondz N'Gala 38 (0)
5 Max Ehmer 30 (0)
6 Oli Johnson 20 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 12 (1)
8 Paul Wotton 4 (0)
8 Gavin Massey 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.75

Performance: 3.57
Entertainment: 3.93

VOTES RECEIVED: 27


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28 October 2011 : Jonesy Clarifies The Injury List Situation
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has said, ahead of tomorrow's home game against Huddersfield Town, that he can now see the club's treatment table rapidly clearing as they gradually see injured players return to the squad. The Glovers have had up to eight players out at various stages during October, albeit with new loan arrivals replacing many personnel; the likes of goalkeeper Marek Stech and centre-back Darren Purse providing temporary cover.

Right-back Kerrea Gilbert and midfielder Dominic Blizzard returned from injury last Saturday at Stevenage, with Blizzard getting in 83 minutes in his second start for the club during the midweek match against Leyton Orient. That pair of players should be joined by left-winger Alan O'Brien tomorrow, who has recovered from a groin injury and should be ready for selection.

That still leaves Andrew Williams (ankle), Jonathan Obika (knee), Paul Huntington (hand) and Gavin Williams (knee) waiting for their returns. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Jones gave a run-down of who to expect back and when:

"We'll have Alan O'Brien back (for tomorrow's game against Huddersfield). He'll be involved in the weekend. Andy Williams is chomping at the bit to be involved but we'll probably have to hold him back for a week, but he is going to be a big big lift for us there. Jon Obika and Paul Huntington will probably be a matter of days apart, and then probably the last one to return will be Gavin Williams, which will somewhere around late November."

As yet, there's no news on striker Steve MacLean who was due to go for a scan on a knee injury picked up at Stevenage. In terms of Obika, he has been back at his parent club Tottenham Hotspur receiving treatment, but the expectation is that he will be given the green light to resume some sort of training with the Glovers in just over a week's time.

The only other player who won't be involved in tomorrow's match is defender Max Ehmer, who serves a one match suspension for picking up five yellow cards. Fellow defender Luke Ayling will be available for selection, despite picking up an FA charge, as that case will not be heard before the weekend.


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28 October 2011 : Slade Cites Superior Fitness Levels For Midweek Comeback
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has said that he felt that his team were physically fitter than Yeovil Town when the two sides met on Tuesday night at Huish Park. The Glovers drew 2-2 in the League One match, but were pegged back during the closing stages, during which David Mooney grabbed a late equalising goal.

The Glovers were 2-1 up at half time, through goals from Kieran Agard and Bondz N'Gala and were seemingly in control of the game until around the hour mark. However, Orient have a reputation as strong late finishers in games, and their 87th minute goal was the eighth time they had scored in the final five minutes of this season. Slade told his club's site that he put that down to his own side's fitness levels:

"I think we've shown how fit we are in games. I felt that we were fitter than the Yeovil side on Tuesday and that showed in the way we finished the game. From our point of view that's really encouraging and we work hard on that side of it. We measure the fitness with Lee Southernwood our fitness coach, we measure how much we're doing. We try to get the players prepared in peak form or peak fitness from Saturday to Saturday."

For those who might recognise the name of Lee Southernwood, he was used on an occasional basis by Slade during his final season at the club. At the time of his involvement with the Glovers, he was an army fitness instructor based at the Army Physical Training Corps at Warminster who began to appear in the scene regularly in the summer of 2008. However, after Slade left, he also departed, turning up at the Memorial Stadium to work under Paul Trollope.

Slade is usually the second League One manager to suggest his side's fitness levels played a part in gaining points at Huish Park. Earlier this month Bury boss Richie Barker also made the same claim, following his team's 1-3 away win over the Glovers.


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28 October 2011 : Glovers Youth Face Grecians In Final Cup Group Match
A reminder that Yeovil Town Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning as they play their final Youth Alliance Cup Group match. They play host to Exeter City, who are currently level on points with them, although the Grecians have a game in hand. With the Glovers now in third place following last week's 0-5 home defeat against Bristol Rovers, a win would be highly influential in their chances of qualifying to the next stage.

The Football League have not published their rules for how teams qualify to the knock-out stages yet. However, during last season, sixteen teams progressed through to the Second Road across the five groups. That meant that the top three clubs in each group automatically qualified, whilst the additional team was selected from the team with the best record in 4th place from the groups with the larger number of teams. Assuming this still holds, the Glovers will probably need to wait until next weekend's final set of matches, which they are not involved in, to discover their fate.

Tomorrow morning's match kicks off at 11.00a.m. at the usual Alvington ground, and admission to the game is free of charge. The usual section of hot drinks and food will be available on sale.


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28 October 2011 : County Cup Match Postponed
Yeovil Town Reserves' planned visit to Shepton Mallet Town in the Somerset Premier Cup has been postponed. The match was due to be played on November 8th but will now require a new date. The game has been called off due to the Youth Team's involvement in the FA Youth Cup in the same week. This competition takes precedence over the County Cup and so the County Cup Second Round tie will need to be rearranged to a later date.

Somerset Premier Cup Second Round

Bristol Manor Farm v Weston-Super-Mare
Hengrove Athletic v Brislington
Larkhall Athletic v Street
Portishead Town v Radstock Town
Shepton Mallet v Yeovil Town Reserves
Odd Town v Taunton Town
Welton Rovers v Clevedon Town
Wells City v Frome Town

Planned Round Dates:

Second Round - week commencing November 7th 2011
Third Round week commencing February 27th 2012
Semi Finals week commencing April 2nd 2012
Final May 1st 2012 (subject to participants involvement in League play offs).


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28 October 2011 : Farnborough FA Youth Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town Under-18s have now had a date set for their trip to Cherrywood Road. The FA Youth Cup First Round match against Farnborough will be played on Monday November 7th 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at their Rushmoor Stadium.

Admission to the match will be 3.00 for adults, with concessions available for 1.00

The winners of the tie will face either Soham Town Rangers or Charlton Athletic, who have yet to set a date for their First Round meeting.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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28 October 2011 : Jones Aware Of Boo-Boy Calls
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones admits that he is fully aware of the heckling that he has been receiving from a small section of Glovers fans this season. The Welshman has been the target for a number of games this season, and in particular received sarcastic cheering when he was substituted in the 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Jones said that he didn't want to turn it into a big issue, and hoped his own efforts on the field would win those people over:

"I'm aware of it. I'd have to be deaf not to. But that's something that you have to handle. When you go out, if all you want is adulation then you're not going to get it. That's all part and parcel about it. I don't want to make a big issue of it. If people are watching me play, and watching me train, they will see that I give my absolute everything to this club. I always have. My life is devoted to this club."

Jones felt that his age and his role as assistant manager were factors in why he was being targeted, but would rather that he bore the brunt of any cat-calls rather than large number of inexperienced players within the ranks:

"They're probably taking out their frustrations from a bad day. I'm quite easy to be shot at, because of my age and because I'm the assistant manager. I'm not in the team because I want to prolong my career; I'm in the team because I have to be at the minute. But if fans pay their money and they want to vent their anger, then I'd rather they did it at me than do it towards a youngster, who maybe wouldn't be able to cope with it. We've got a good little club here, and a good management team, because we are. If the crowd get behind us, then I promise we won't let anyone down."


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27 October 2011 : Skivo Aims To Upset Odds In Terriers Test
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he wants his side to beat the odds and grab all three points against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. At present the two clubs are poles apart - Yeovil lie in 24th place in the League One table, whilst the Terriers are in one of the automatic slots in second place.

More telling is the two clubs current run of form - the Glovers have not won in eight matches, and have just the victory over Wycombe Wanderers to their name in the last 14 matches. Meanwhile the Terriers have not been beaten in a league match during 2011 - a mind-boggling run of 40 matches without defeat. The last side to send them home unhappy was Southampton on December 28th 2010, with Huddersfield's only problem being that they've split that run over the course of two seasons.

Despite those statistics, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he wants his side to continue what they started with draws against Stevenage and Leyton Orient, and plans to put the pressure on his players to achieve that:

"We've got to make sure that teams are not pulling away from us and that we're getting cut adrift at the bottom. We're not doing that - we're picking up points. We need three points, and I'm going to be putting the pressure on our players to play well again and to put in that performance against Huddersfield. They're flying, but we can normally raise our game in those bigger games, and we definitely need to do that against a good team. But we're unbeaten again in two matches, and this is hopefully the start of a mini-run for us."


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27 October 2011 : Ayling FA Disciplinary Case Next Week
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling has been given the green light to turn out against Huddersfield Town this coming Saturday. Despite being charged by the Football Association following last Saturday's 0-0 draw against Stevenage, the case to discuss his 'improper conduct' has yet to be heard.

Whilst there still remains the possibility that Ayling will receive further punishment on top of the automatic one match ban he received for a professional handball, the 20 year old will be able to face the Terriers. His case will be heard by the Football Association next Wednesday. As stated yesterday, his charge is for "using language and/or behaviour amounting to improper conduct" after referee Iain Williamson dismissed him from the field of play.

The plus point that this delay brings is that Ayling will face Huddersfield Town whilst Max Ehmer sits out a one match ban. If Ayling does subsequently get a further ban, then it should coincide with Ehmer's return to the side.


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27 October 2011 : Ehmer Suspension Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town defender Max Ehmer will now serve an automatic suspension, following his booking against Leyton Orient on Tuesday night. Ehmer picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2011-12 season, and so will now be missing for Saturday's home match against Huddersfield Town.

Ehmer's suspension is the seventh time a Glovers player has had to sit out games this season, with Luke Ayling, Paul Wotton, Ed Upson and Nathan Jones having all clocked up five or more bookings this season. In addition, Ayling has served a suspension for a red card, along with Curtis Haynes-Brown and Flavien Belson.

As yet, there's no indication as to whether Ayling will be available for Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town - he was charged yesterday with a further offence that is believed to relate to something he did or said after he was dismissed during Saturday's match at Stevenage. The FA are attempting to 'fast track' such cases this season, but have yet to make the specifics of the charge public.

The latest misdemeanours continue to put the Glovers on top of a table they'd much rather not be - the League One disciplinary table. Their 199 fouls, 38 yellow cards and three red cards put them easily out in front on that list, with Tranmere Rovers the next in the bad boys list, with 194 fouls, 28 yellow cards and two red cards.

League Leaders Charlton Athletic are the cleanest side in the division with 15 yellow cards and no dismissals. Chesterfield, Bury and Sheffield United are the other clubs who have managed to keep all eleven players on the field during League matches this season.


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27 October 2011 : Glovers Get Yellows Trip In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town have had their FA Youth Cup First Round opponents confirmed after last night's Third Round Qualifying fixtures simplified both the First and Second Round draws. The Glovers will travel to Hampshire side Farnborough after they thrashed Wokingham & Emmbrook by a 9-2 scoreline, thus setting up a first round tie that will see the Glovers travel up the M3.

The draw elsewhere also looks a little simpler after Soham Town Rangers beat St Neots Town to progress through to their First Round tie against Charlton Athletic. The winners of both ties will meet in the Second Round, with details as follows:

First Round:
Farnborough vs Yeovil Town
Soham Town Rangers vs Charlton Athletic

Second Round:
Farnborough OR Yeovil Town vs Soham Town Rangers OR Charlton Athletic

Farnborough were formed in 2007 out of the ashes of Farnborough Town, the club that Yeovil Town used to play during their Isthmian League and Conference days. They still play at the Rushmoor Stadium, which is more locally known as Cherrywood Road.

Dates for the respective ties have yet to be confirmed, but with First Round matches due to be completed by Saturday 5th November, they should take place next week - the majority of other first round matches are taking place across November 1st and 2nd.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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27 October 2011 : Interview With Martyn Starnes and Hank Julicher
On Tuesday, Yeovil Town announced a partnership agreement with American sports construction firm Blue Sky International. The deal with the company, who are currently taking a stake in League Two side Port Vale, will see the Glovers get a new artificial pitch installed, and will see them undertake pre-season tours of North America and the Caribbean.

Local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset that was broadcast on Tuesday night's 'Drive' and Midweek Sports Special programmes, talked to Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and Blue Sky International Chief Executive Hank Julicher about the deal. That interview has been transcribed and can be read via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes and Hank Julicher Talk About Blue Sky International.


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26 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Interview
Just before kick-off in last night's home match against Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's thoughts about team selection and how the match was expected to pan out, are archived via the link below.

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


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26 October 2011 : Ayling Receives FA Charge Following Red Card
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling has been charged by the Football Association in relation to an incident that occurred during Saturday's match at Stevenage. The 20 year old was dismissed during the latter stages of the game at Broadhall Way for blocking a shot on the line, and so had already incurred an automatic one match ban as part of that incident, which he served as part of last night's match against Leyton Orient.

Now Ayling has been issued with a separate charge relating to the fixture - as yet no information has been disclosed as to the nature of the alleged offence or whether the club plan to contest the charge. As yet the Football Association have not published the regulation that the former Arsenal trainee is accused of breaching. However, news last night was that the Glovers were bracing themselves for him to be banned for Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town.

The most likely scenario, is that it relates to something that referee Iain Williamson has reported as occurring after he showed the red card. Any subsequent offence recorded after the dismissal would have to be recorded separately as part of the referee's report. However, this is pure guesswork on our behalf.

In addition to Ayling's possible absence, we're expecting fellow defender Max Ehmer to receive a one match ban from the Football Association after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season. However, the FA's own records have yet to be updated following last night's matches to confirm this.

Update: The Western Gazette have done some further checks on this, and it would appear that the charge relates to "using language and/or behaviour amounting to improper conduct" following his dismissal from the field of play.


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26 October 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One fixture against Huddersfield Town have been published. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 29th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The main in charge of the fixture against the Terriers will be Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We last had Mr Whitestone in November 2010 when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

Prior to that, we last had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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26 October 2011 : FA Cup First Round Ball Numbers
The ball numbers for this Sunday's FA Cup First Round draw have been issued by the Football Association. Yeovil Town have been allocated Ball No. 48 for the draw, which will take place on Sunday 30th October 2011 from 1.30p.m. as part of a 30 minute programme that will be broadcast live on the ITV1 Channel.

The Fourth Qualifying Round matches are scheduled to be played on Saturday 29th October 2011, and the draw represents the moment where all League One and League Two Football League sides become involved in the competition.

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 12th November 2011.

The allocated ball numbers are as follows:

1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY
2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
3 AFC WIMBLEDON
4 ALDERSHOT TOWN
5 BARNET
6 BRADFORD CITY
7 BRENTFORD
8 BRISTOL ROVERS
9 BURTON ALBION
10 BURY
11 CARLISLE UNITED
12 CHARLTON ATHLETIC
13 CHELTENHAM TOWN
14 CHESTERFIELD
15 COLCHESTER UNITED
16 CRAWLEY TOWN
17 CREWE ALEXANDRA
18 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
19 EXETER CITY
20 GILLINGHAM
21 HARTLEPOOL UNITED
22 HEREFORD UNITED
23 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
24 LEYTON ORIENT
25 MACCLESFIELD TOWN
26 MILTON KEYNES DONS
27 MORECAMBE
28 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
29 NOTTS COUNTY
30 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
31 OXFORD UNITED
32 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
33 PORT VALE
34 PRESTON NORTH END
35 ROCHDALE
36 ROTHERHAM UNITED
37 SCUNTHORPE UNITED
38 SHEFFIELD UNITED
39 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
40 SHREWSBURY TOWN
41 SOUTHEND UNITED
42 STEVENAGE
43 SWINDON TOWN
44 TORQUAY UNITED
45 TRANMERE ROVERS
46 WALSALL
47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS
48 YEOVIL TOWN
49 TAMWORTH OR KING'S LYNN TOWN
50 DROYLSDEN OR BLYTH SPARTANS
51 STOURBRIDGE OR RUSHALL OLYMPIC
52 KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC OR BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
53 GATESHEAD OR HEBBURN TOWN
54 GRIMSBY TOWN OR ASHINGTON
55 WREXHAM OR YORK CITY
56 MANSFIELD TOWN OR FLEETWOOD TOWN
57 NANTWICH TOWN OR NUNEATON TOWN
58 ALFRETON TOWN OR LINCOLN CITY
59 AFC TELFORD UNITED OR GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
60 SOUTHPORT OR STOCKPORT COUNTY
61 SOLIHULL MOORS OR FC HALIFAX TOWN
62 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS OR CORBY TOWN
63 DARLINGTON OR HINCKLEY UNITED
64 WITTON ALBION OR BARROW
65 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BATH CITY
66 BISHOP'S STORTFORD OR SALISBURY CITY
67 EASTBOURNE BOROUGH OR EAST THURROCK UNITED
68 CHELMSFORD CITY OR GLOUCESTER CITY
69 HAYES & YEADING UNITED OR CAMBRIDGE UNITED
70 GODALMING TOWN OR MAIDENHEAD UNITED
71 SUTTON UNITED OR LEATHERHEAD
72 WESTON SUPER MARE OR OXFORD CITY
73 AFC TOTTON OR HANWORTH VILLA
74 BASINGSTOKE TOWN OR STAINES TOWN
75 ARLESEY TOWN OR FOREST GREEN ROVERS
76 DARTFORD OR BROMLEY
77 LUTON TOWN OR HENDON
78 KETTERING TOWN OR SOUTHEND MANOR
79 REDBRIDGE OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
80 NEWPORT COUNTY OR BRAINTREE

Link: 2011-12 Season Cup Competition Dates.


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26 October 2011 : Slade Views A Game Of Two Halves
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade felt his side put on a mixed performance at Huish Park last night. The former Glovers boss admitted his side did not deserve to take the lead through David Mooney, in what he felt was a poor display by his side during the opening 45 minutes.

However, speaking to the London Evening Standard, the Orient boss felt that his side dominated the final quarter of the game, during which Mooney notched his second goal of the game to earn them a 2-2 draw they didn't look like getting at the break, with goals from Kieran Agard and Bondz N'Gala giving Yeovil as deserved half time advantage. Slade explained:

"We were really poor in the first half. I know we got the first goal but we came to a club who I thought looked low on confidence early on. We allowed them to grow into the game. We scored our goal against the run of play. It was a great goal but it was definitely against the run of play. Yeovil deserved their 2-1 lead at half-time. Yeovil could have wrapped the game up. However, they didn't and as the second half went on I thought we started to dominate. Particularly in the last 20 minutes it became one way traffic."


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26 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following last night's 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's post-match thoughts have been transcribed via the link below.

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


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26 October 2011 : Skiverton Admits Disappointment At Lost Points
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted disappointment last night that his side couldn't claim all three points for the first time in seven games. A late David Mooney penalty meant that the Glovers had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient that kept them at the bottom of the League One table.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt his side's first half performance was 'scintilating' and blamed the penalty miss by Paul Wotton that would have put them 3-1 up as the psychological turning point in the game:

"In the first half, some of our play was scintilating. I thought we carved them open time and time again. We got ourselves into a decent position, and then got the penalty. If you put that away then the game is put to bed. But we gave them a bit of a lifeline."

The Glovers boss felt that the point had still given his side hope, and he boldly predicted that they would begin to climb off the foot of the table soon on the back of that display:

"Overall, from where we have been, it's really tight down there (in the League table) as I've had a look, I think we'll be leapfrogging people before you know it. We're two games unbeaten now. In one game (at Stevenage) we were lucky to come out with a draw and then tonight we were a little bit disappointed that we didn't get the win."


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25 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Leyton Orient
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's match against Leyton Orient 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 Leyton Orient.


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25 October 2011 : Yeovil 2 Orient 2 : A Tale Of Two Penalties Keeps Glovers Bottom
Yeovil Town stayed bottom of League One tonight, despite being three minutes away from hauling themselves out of the relegation zone. A late David Mooney penalty for his second of the game was all it took to see them stay in 24th place - at that point they had been winning the match through goals from Kieran Agard and Bondz N'Gala. Paul Wotton missed a second half penalty meaning that it was very much two points dropped and an opportunity lost on the night.

Yeovil went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with both of them forced. Steve MacLean's knee injury meant he dropped out of the squad entirely, whilst Luke Ayling sat out his second game of the season due to suspension. Ayling's place was taken by Nathan Jones in the line-up, although Jones took his usual left full-back position, whilst Max Ehmer switched across to cover Ayling's slot on the right.

The Glovers started in dominant form during the first half, despite Stephen Dawson slicing an early attempt wide of the target early on in the match. Most of Yeovil's dominance came from set pieces, with free kicks and corners a-plenty, and the visiting defence having to put in a fair chunk of blocks from shots by Gavin Massey and Darren Purse to prevent direct shots on goal.

From two corners, they even had to rely upon the men stood on their goalposts. A Nathan Jones corner saw Darren Purse rise dominantly above the Orient defence, and head towards goal, only to find Scott Cuthbert in the way as he stood on his goalpost. Five minutes later, and another corner from the other side was swung in by Ed Upson, with Dominic Blizzard's near post flicked attempt blocked by Matthew Spring on the line.

That dominance made it all the more frustrating when Orient took the lead against the run of play with their first shot on target. A strong run down the wing from Dean Cox saw his deep cross find David Mooney in far too much free space in the box, and he headed home to give the Londoners the lead and a rather harsh looking scoreline.

Perhaps the best thing that happened at this point was that there was an enforced break in play, allowing the Glovers a chance for an impromptu team talk and a change to be geed up rather than feel sorry for themselves. Seven minutes after that Orient goal, an Ed Upson free kick was put into the box, Bondz N'Gala disrupted the Orient defence by using his physical presence, and the ball broke loose to Kieran Agard who slid the ball home from close range.

Four minutes later, and the turnaround was complete, with Ed Upson again the provider. The Glovers won a corner, and the midfielder took the set piece - his ball being volleyed home from eight yards out by Bondz N'Gala for his first ever Yeovil Town goal. A shock to Orient's system, but certainly well deserved on the overall balance of play.

A much quieter start to the second half saw Yeovil largely in control, but without quite as much bite. However, they spurned a great opportunity to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes for handball, after Dominic Blizzard's shot was blocked by a stray arm in the box. Up stepped the usually reliable Paul Wotton, who blasted his spot kick, but it struck the outside of the post, and the home advantage stayed at one goal.

That miss was to prove costly. As the substitutions were made, Orient got more attacking and Yeovil got more defensive - switching from their diamond formation into a more orthodox 4-4-2 that saw Kerrea Gilbert and Curtis Haynes-Brown take up slots as defensive players playing as midfield wingers. The visitors began to push for a chance to level, and they got it four minutes from the end, when Orient substitute George Porter gave Nathan Jones the slip down his flank, and as he burst into the area, Marek Stech brought him down for the second spot kick of the night. On this occasion David Mooney found the net, and with just minutes remaining, the Glovers had dropped two of their available three points.

That single goal was to push them from 20th to 24th in the 'live' table on the night, thus ensuring that they stayed bottom of the division. That was frustrating given that they deserved on the balance of play to gain all three points, although perhaps that should be tempered against Saturday's match at Stevenage where they sneaked a point they didn't deserve. In terms of the performance, the Glovers looked their brightest in weeks, but after Wotton's penalty miss, they sucked back into their shells, and Orient took full advantage.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Scorers: David Mooney (0-1, 30 mins), Kieran Agard (1-1, 37 mins), Bondz N'Gala (2-1, 41 mins), David Mooney (2-2, 87 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2 diamond)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert (72 mins for Oli Johnson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (83 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 23. Billy Gibson

Leyton Orient: (4-1-4-1)
12. Lee Butcher
14. Leon McSweeney 5. Scott Cuthbert 6. Terrell Forbes 19. Mike Cestor
16. Matthew Spring
39. David Mooney 17. Marc Laird 8. Stephen Dawson 7. Dean Cox
9. Kevin Lisbie

Substitutes:
24. Tom Lovelock (GK) 10. Jamie Cureton (71 mins for Kevin Lisbie) 15. George Porter (64 mins for Marc Laird) 20. Jimmy Smith (65 mins for Mike Cestor) 22. Moses Odubajo

Yeovil Bookings: Max Ehmer (12 mins, foul), Kieran Agard (69 mins, foul), Marek Stech (87 mins, foul)

Leyton Orient Bookings: Stephen Dawson (58 mins, dissent)

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Paul Rees (Bristol). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,121 (including 231 Leyton Orient fans).


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25 October 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League One clash against Leyton Orient. Both are forced, with the first being due to suspension, as right-back Luke Ayling serves his second suspension of the season. That means that Max Ehmer is expected to flip across to the right-flank, whilst allowing assistant manager Nathan Jones to make his return.

The second change is due to striker Steve MacLean's knee injury that he sustained at Stevenage on Saturday. He is replaced by midfielder Dominic Blizzard, which points to a formation change. The expectation is that the Glovers will use a diamond formation, with Oli Johnson operating 'in the hole' whilst Paul Wotton will be the holding midfielder. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2 diamond)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson

Leyton Orient:
12. Lee Butcher
14. Leon McSweeney 5. Scott Cuthbert 6. Terrell Forbes 19. Mike Cestor 16. Matthew Spring 17. Marc Laird 8. Stephen Dawson 7. Dean Cox 39. David Mooney 9. Kevin Lisbie

Substitutes:
24. Tom Lovelock (GK) 10. Jamie Cureton 15. George Porter 20. Jimmy Smith 22. Moses Odubajo


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25 October 2011 : Yeovil Town Blog : How The Port Vale BSI Deal Unfolded
With Yeovil Town having confirmed today a new investment deal with American sports company Blue Sky International, the situation with League Two side Port Vale is obviously now of interest to Glovers fans.

BSI's involvement with the Valiants was only made public around September 13th/14th, and so this is very much an unfolding story at Vale Park as well. However, in an attempt to bring you all up to date, the article linked below contained a number of snippets from local paper The Sentinel as well as Port Vale's club site.

Obviously, we'd welcome your views on the investment plans - particularly if you are a Port Vale fan visiting the site.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : How The Port Vale BSI Deal Unfolded.


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25 October 2011 : Glovers In Million Pound Investment With American Sports Company
Yeovil Town have gone into partnership with an American Sports Construction firm that will provide them with new artificial pitches at the club. As reported last Thursday, they are to receive investment from Blue Sky International, who hold a 24.9 percent stake in League Two side Port Vale.

In a deal that is worth 1.25m, a total of up to 750,000 will be set aside for the production of a new artificial playing surface, whilst a further fund of 500,000 will be allocated to pre-season tours in North America and the Caribbean over the next ten years. This is a similar arrangement to that offered to Port Vale, although on a much smaller scale than the 8 million plan the Valiants agreed, and without any indication of BSI taking on a shareholding at the club.

At present there's no indication as to whether the club have got a firm location for the pitch surface - whilst there is an existing surface that has seen better days adjacent to the Main Stand, the club are also using land at Alvington, for their Centre of Excellence operations. The pitch, when installed, will be used for the first team and Centre of Excellence, as well as being made available to the local community.

As yet there's no timescale laid down for this project. It's also not clear at this stage exactly what BSI get out of the deal - commercial sports companies do not hand over money without getting something in return. In the case of the Valiants, they are taking on partial ownership of the League Two side as part of a share purchase, but in this arrangement, it's not clear yet what they get back as part of their investment.

One note of caution here, is that whilst this will potentially give the Glovers improved training facilities - a succession of managers have struggled with the quality of the top pitches during the winter months - the investment will not, as far as we can see, alter the income available to the playing squad itself.


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25 October 2011 : Roy Toogood Funeral Date
A date for the funeral of Green and White Supporters Club committee member Roy Toogood has been set. The service will take place on Wednesday 9th November at 12.00 noon at Yeovil Crematorium. Roy passed away on Sunday following a stroke.


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25 October 2011 : Colchester Away Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town travelled to play Colchester United in a League One match at the Essex side's Community Stadium. The end result was a fairly fortunate 2-2 draw, achieved thanks to a brace from Watford striker Gavin Massey - Yeovil's only two on target shots during the entire game.

Man of the Match voting saw defensive duo Bondz N'Gala and Paul Huntington impressive in what was largely a rearguard action, whilst midfielder Ed Upson's performances continue to be noticed, partnered by Luke Ayling who shuffled up into midfield. However, striker Gavin Massey was always likely to pick up the plaudits for his two goals, and he finished out in front by a comfortable margin. Full results are as shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Gavin Massey 108 (7)
2 Ed Upson 62 (5)
3 Luke Ayling 40 (2)
4 Bondz N'Gala 30 (1)
5 Paul Huntington 20 (2)
6 Paul Wotton 18 (0)
7 Steve MacLean 10 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 6 (0)
9 Jed Steer 2 (0)
9 Oli Johnson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.41

Performance: 6.12
Entertainment: 6.71

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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25 October 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Leyton Orient tonight (Tuesday), in a League One fixture that features two sides struggling somewhat at the wrong end of the table. Saturday saw the Glovers hit rock bottom as they moved down to 24th position in the current League One table - the occupant of that position up until a few weeks ago were The O's, who have endured a surprisingly sluggish start to the season, given their impressive finish to the 2010-11 season. Saturday saw them climb out of the relegation zone for the first time. However despite their lofty heights of 19th place, they are only three points ahead of the Glovers - hence the meeting is a six-pointer of sorts.

Orient's season has been polarised to say the least. They lost their first five matches, and ten games into the season hadn't won a single game. Now they arrive at Huish Park on the back of a five match unbeaten run, with much of their turnaround coinciding with the arrival of Jamaican international Kevin Lisbie, who signed as a free agent during the second week of September. Already he's netted four times, providing Orient with a natural successor to Scott McGleish, who was surprisingly released in the summer.

Their other main goal threat comes from winger Dean Cox who is currently their top goalscorer and played for manager Russell Slade during his time at Brighton. Striker David Mooney is another familiar face to Glovers fans, from his loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Colchester United - he's now a permanent signing for Leyton. They also have the experience of Jamie Cureton to call upon - a player who has tormented Yeovil Town sides over the years, but has yet to net for his new club.

Aside from former boss Slade, there are only two other personnel with Yeovil Town connections. Defender Terrell Forbes needs absolutely no introduction whatsoever. Goalkeeper Jamie Jones is another - although if you can remember the single game that he played for the Reserves, whilst an Everton Academy player, you'll have done well. Defender Aaron Brown, who had been recruited in by Slade last season, was released over the summer and has moved to Aldershot Town.

For the Glovers, they go into the match welcoming back left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Flavien Belson from suspension. However in turn they lose right-back Luke Ayling to his second suspension of the season, meaning that the most likely change at the back is for Max Ehmer to swap flanks and for Jones to be restored to the side.

Elsewhere, there will almost certainly need to be one more change, with Steve MacLean's knee injury at Stevenage seeing him withdrawn at half time, and some concerns being expressed post-match that he might need a scan on the injury to determine the severity of that. It's therefore almost certain that there will be a change needed up front. The trio of Gavin Williams (knee), Andy Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Obika (knee) continue to be absent, although the return of Kerrea Gilbert and Dominic Blizzard to the bench at Stevenage means that those players are fit and ready to be selected.

Last season saw Yeovil Town complete the double over Orient - the last match at Huish Park was the opening day of the 2010-11 season that saw Dean Bowditch and Luke Freeman net for the Glovers, with Alex Revell providing an equaliser in the middle of a 2-1 win.

The last meeting, in March of this year though, was nothing short of extraordinary - a 5-1 demolition sparked by an early bath for Orient's Matthew Spring, and a Shaun MacDonald hat-trick. Goals from Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch in the second half added to the Londoners' misery, with their Dean Cox strike almost an irrelevance.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. tonight, with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. If you can't get to the game, then expect BBC Somerset to be providing full live commentary. Tune in just after the 7.00p.m. news for their build-up to the game. In addition, follow us on Twitter for views on the match as it unfolds.


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24 October 2011 : Ladies Pluck The Feathers From The Robins
Yeovil Town Ladies continued with their unbeaten season with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Swindon Town Ladies at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. Laura Bray, Kirsty Whitton, Justine Lorton and Jodi Cornwall all got on the score sheet as the Glovers took advantage of defeats from the top two teams in the league to move up to second place, now just a point behind leaders Gloucester, and with two games in hand.

"It was a good win," joint manager Sarah Lawler said after the match. "You would not have thought it, having watched the first half. Unfortunately we were poor during this period of the game, giving them too many opportunities, and failing to make the most of our own. We got lucky and were awarded a penalty just before half time, giving us a half time lead, which is not something that we deserved. We made some changes at half time, and we came out a different team in the second half, and deservedly took the points."

Swindon made the better start in a game that was fast and furious from the off, with both sides crunching tackles throughout the pitch. The visitors could have taken the lead on seven minutes when Alison Witts broke into the box, but her shot went wide of the diving Simkin in the Glovers goal. Minutes later Yeovil had a chance themselves when Leah Jennings crossed in for Laura Bray to go close at the near post.

The Robins were on top, with Witts, Kirsty Shell and Hayley Huckin seeing plenty of the ball, but the Glovers were still seeing plenty of the ball, with Bray, Jennings, Justine Lorton, Kirsty Whitton and Terri Trowbridge all doing well. However, Yeovil were generally sloppy in their play, not finding enough quality possession, and creating little in attack. As the game approached the half hour Yeovil started to improve, and on 26 minutes Lorton hit a lovely ball just wide, after some great work from Bray, Trowbridge and Jennings, and Pearson tested the 'keeper well with a decent angled shot.

The Glovers were starting to get on top now, with Lorton and Bray buzzing around the box, well backed by a busy midfield, and a hard working defence. And on 37 minutes Lorton burst into the box to send in a short cross for Bray. Her shot was saved by the 'keeper, but the ball came back out to Lorton, who went round a defender, but as she lined up a shot she had her feet taken away. The referee Mr Hall, immediately pointed the spot, and Laura Bray buried the ball to give her side a 1-0 lead.

"We looked a lot more comfortable in the second half after we had changed things around," joint Nigel Williams said. "We had to remove a player from midfield at half time. It did not seem to gel with that extra one in the middle, but in the second half at 4-4-2 it started to happen, and within three minutes of the re-start we put our second goal away. From that time on we were on top, and looking the likely winners."

It was certainly a resounding start to the new half, with Bray sending a lovely ball to Kirsty Whitton in the box, who blasted home a lovely half volley for Yeovil's second goal.

"Kirsty (Whitton) took her goal well," Lawler said. "She is one of those players in training who always looks a threat. She always scores goals on the training ground, and it was just a matter of time before she did it in a game too. She is always positive in front of goal, and always wants to get the ball down, find some space and get a shot in."

The Glovers were in full command now, and were like a rash, almost smothering the opposition, and seven minutes later they found themselves three goals up when Rachael Edwards found substitute Jodi Cornwall on the left of midfield. The youngster spun on her axis to send a wonderful pass over to Justine Lorton just inside the box, to crack the ball into the back of the net.

"Justine (Lorton) will be more frustrated at the goals that she missed today," Williams said. "But the one that she did put away was a cracker, with the way she chipped it over the 'keeper. She could have had four today, but she is more than just a goal scorer, and had a great all round match. Laura Bray also had another good game today. She stuck the penalty away well, ran her heart out, and did a real job up front for us. Her goal was a real springboard for us to go on and win the game."

The game was in the bag now, but the Glovers were still hungry for more, and some of their passing and movement was a joy to watch as they hit the visitors from every angle. Swindon were still playing their part, and on 67 minutes Catherine Reid brought the best out of Simkin with a well drilled 12 yard shot, and a few minutes later the giant Kim Athey broke into the Glovers box for a powerful show, but Simkin was equal to it, pulling off a good two handed save.

Yeovil were always on top, and on 75 minutes Bray broke away, bombing her way down the right side to cross in for Lorton, who uncharacteristically booted the ball way over the bar. Three minutes later Lorton was in on the act again when she received another lovely ball from Bray in front of the box. The former Arsenal Lady sent in a great shot, but the 'keeper got a hand to it, with the ball coming back to Lorton, who unluckily volleyed over the bar. Another goal was always on the way, and again Bray was the provider, as she sent a pass over to Jodi Cornwall on the left, who weaved her way to the edge of the box to flick the ball from a tight angle into the far corner of the net. Sublime!!

"Jodi did well for her goal," Lawler said. "She made a bit of space so that she could exploit in behind their defence, and was very direct. That is just what you will get from Jodi. If she gets a sniff of a chance on goal she will take it, and that is just what she did today. She took it superbly, and deserves all the praise."

Swindon worked hard throughout the game, and right at the death they got a consolation goal when Kirsty Shell broke away from the Yeovil defence and into the box to hit a low shot under the body of Simkin, into the back of the net.

"It was another victory in that keeps us right up there in the league," Williams said. "But to be honest we have to stop thinking about other teams, and just concentrate on ourselves, thinking about the way we play, and keep getting those three points. If we keep putting in those performances and putting the goals away we will be up there amongst it."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Swindon Town Ladies 1.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Jennings (Jennings - 74), Edwards, Whitton (Osman - 81), Wensley, Hinton Cornwall - 46), Bray, Lorton, Pearson.

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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24 October 2011 : Glovers Keeper Grabs Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Marek Stech has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. The West Ham United keeper made a string of excellent saves in the away match against Stevenage that set up a 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way. Most crucial though, was his 85th minute penalty save from John Mousinho that denied Boro victory on the day.

The team for League One features a trio of Huddersfield Town players, plus pairs from Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday. Leaders Charlton Athletic, and Yeovil Town make up the final numbers. The team is as follows:

Marek Stech (Yeovil Town)
Jack Hunt (Huddersfield Town), Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic), Rob Jones (Sheffield Wednesday), Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
Scott Arfield (Huddersfield Town), Paul Murray (Hartlepool United), James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic), Chris Taylor (Oldham Athletic)
Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town), James Poole (Hartlepool United).

Marek becomes Yeovil Town's third nomination for a Team of the Week slot. The list of nominations for the 2011-12 season reads as follows:

1) 13/08/2011 : Andy Williams (3-1 home vs Oldham Athletic).
2) 08/10/2011 : Gavin Massey (2-2 away vs Scunthorpe United).
3) 22/10/2011 : Marek Stech (0-0 away vs Stevenage).


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24 October 2011 : Ladies Get Home Tie In FA Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home draw in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Women's Cup. The draw, which was made today and represents the Glovers' entry into the competition, has pitched them against Isle of Wight side Shanklin Ladies. They play in the Southern Region Women's Football League - one division below the South-West Combination League.

Shanklin are currently in third place in their table, but level on points with the leaders. Last season, the University of Portsmouth were promoted from this division into Yeovil's league, so the Ladies already have an idea of the standard to expect.

Matches will be played on or around Sunday 13th November - one day after the men's side will play in the FA Cup First Round. Winners of the Ladies ties will receive 225 from the prize pool fund. Fixtures are as follows:

1 Mossley Hill v Curzon Ashton
2 Ashington CFC v California
3 Rothwell v Newcastle United
4 Stockport County v St Francis 2000
5 South Durham & Cestria v Wakefield FC Ladies
6 Tranmere Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
7 Morecambe v Sheffield United Community
8 Liverpool Feds v Salford
9 Blackpool Wren Rovers v Lowick United
10 Durham Wildcats v Barnsley
11 Whitley Bay v Middlesbrough
12 Huddersfield Town v Bradford Town
13 Arnold Town v Coventry Sphinx
14 Lichfield Diamonds v Stoke City
15 Leicester City v Northampton Town
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leafield Athletic
17 Loughborough Students v Bilbrook
18 Stratford Town v Loughborough Foxes
19 Crewe Alexandra v Crusaders
20 Mansfield Town v Copsewood
21 AFC Trinity v Dudley United
22 Radcliffe Olympic v Long Eaton United
23 C&K Basildon v Hemel Hempstead Town
24 MSA v MK Dons
25 Ebbsfleet United v Barking
26 Norwich City v Chesham United
27 Ipswich Town v Hannakins
28 Hethersett Athletic v Enfield Town
29 Old Actonians v Billericay Town
30 Peterborough Northern Star v Brentwood Town
31 Hampstead v Cambridge Womens
32 Luton Town Ladies v Peterborough Sports
33 London Corinthians v Oxford United
34 Bexhill United v Bracknell Town
35 Chichester City v Rusthall
36 Crystal Palace v Crawley Wasps
37 Westfield v Oxford City
38 Lewes v University Of Portsmouth
39 Denham United v Southampton Saints
40 Yeovil Town v Shanklin
41 Southampton v Weymouth
42 Exeter City v Keynsham Town Development
43 Newquay v Frome Town
44 Bristol Ladies Union v Forest Green Rovers
45 Larkhall Athletic v Gloucester City
46 Bridgwater Town v Swindon Town
47 Boscombe Albion v Launceston


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24 October 2011 : Suspensions Confirmed For Glovers And Orient
Both Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient will be missing one player each through suspension when the two sides meet at Huish Park tomorrow night. The two sides meet in a League One match that takes place on Tuesday night on October 25th, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Glovers right-back Luke Ayling becomes the latest player to sit out a fixture following his dismissal for a professional handball, as he blocked a goalbound shot on the line, in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Stevenage. He has received a one match ban from the Football Association which will be served on Tuesday night - his second suspension of the 2011-12 season. He will return for Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town.

In the opposition ranks, they have lost left-back Charlie Daniels, who was given a straight red in Orient's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United. Daniels was dismissed for a foul on Blades player Lee Williamson, and as a result has had a three match ban confirmed by the Football Association that will also commence tomorrow evening.


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24 October 2011 : Roy Toogood RIP
We're sad to report that Green and White Supporters Club committee member Roy Toogood passed away yesterday. Roy died yesterday, aged 73 years old, after suffering a stroke. He was a long running member of the GWSC and an active director of their limited company.

Most supporters would have come into contact with Roy during their time at Huish Park, whether selling programmes or helping out with travel, or working in the GWSC shop. Roy was one of the key people who helped organise the 100-plus coaches that travelled from Huish Park to Wembley in May 2007, spending the entire week leading up to the fixture, working at the club to organise travel and act as an information bureau for those supporters wanting help in organising their day. He was also a member of the CCM/ABUFP supporters committees and also had represented the GWSC on the matchday programme committee.

Our sincere condolences to all of his family, and the close friends that he built up during his time at Yeovil Town.


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24 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Stevenage Interview
Just before kick-off for Saturday afternoon's match against Stevenage, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC giving his pre-kick-off thoughts. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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23 October 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 0 : Drawing Blanks
Yesterday, we had a trip back in time as we headed to Broadhall Way, now dubbed as the Lamex Stadium. In what turned out to be a 0-0 draw against Stevenage, Cruncher made his way down to Hertfordshire and came back with the following Taff's Gloversblog entry to provide his views on his day out. If you were also there, or if you want to comment on the wider issues, leave your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 0 : Drawing Blanks.


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23 October 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Leyton Orient have been published. The game takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 25th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He is a brand new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that this is the first time we've had him as a man in the middle. He is familiar with Huish Park though, as well as this level of football, having been a regular as either an assistant referee or a fourth official over the years. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so is enjoying a swift rise through the ranks over the past few years.

Mr Collins hasn't been a shrinking violent since he's been promoted to League level. So far this season he's taken charge of eight matches, and has sent off five players in the process. A slightly more modest 22 yellow cards have been dished out during that time. He's only done one match at League One level - a game between Walsall and Carlisle United at the start of October, although did look after a Football League Trophy between Milton Keynes Dons and Brentford that featured two teams at third tier level.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Paul Rees (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).


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23 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Stevenage Game
Following yesterday's 0-0 draw against Stevenage, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stevenage Game.


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22 October 2011 : Ladies Looking For Extra Support For Swindon Clash
Yeovil Town Ladies are hoping for more Glovers fans to come and watch their games this season. The Ladies side take on Swindon Town in the South West Women's Combination League tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, and are hoping that their current form on the field can bring more people to their Raleigh Grove ground.

The Ladies have this week made clear their commitment to supporters by publishing their Fans' Bill Of Rights, and joint manager Nigel Williams has told their website that those who are already turning up are making a difference in their aims to gain promotion:

"We really appreciate the support we get from the fans, both home and away. I know that it is a clich, but they are our twelfth man, inspiring us to good results and performances. The girls really appreciate it, and always look forward to seeing supporters out in numbers. What about a record attendance on Sunday? Come along, Ladies supporters, in Green and White. It would be great to see you come to Raleigh Grove, and bang your drum on the sidelines."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday, whilst you will find that Raleigh Grove and its social club facilities will be open two hours before that. Admission prices are 2.00 for adults and 1.00 for concessions. If you've never been to Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, before, directions can be found on the Ladies site.


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22 October 2011 : Skiverton Delighted With Away Point
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he was 'delighted' after his side grabbed an away point today, despite falling to the bottom of League One at the end of the day's fixtures. The Glovers managed a 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way, in what was a rearguard action at times, particularly during the final 10 minutes worth of playing time when they had to finish with 10 men.

The League One newcomers have recorded a solid start to life in the third tier of English football, and are currently the only side to beat leaders Charlton Athletic. Skiverton said after the game that he was pleased to come home with something to show for his side's efforts:

"Stevenage have put plenty of pressure on us, but thanks to the heroics at the end we've managed to take a point from a very tough away fixture. They've done ever so well since gaining promotion and they will upset teams. They showed exactly that last week by beating Charlton. We knew just what they were capable of so we have to be delighted with a draw."

Skiverton admitted that the key moment in the game saw his side gaining a bit of luck, when referee Iain Williamson blew his whistle for a penalty instead of awarding the goal that was scored shortly after Luke Ayling's handball. Goalkeeper Marek Stech saved John Mousinho's spot kick, and the Glovers boss was pleased with his goalkeeper's decision-making:

"Fair play to Marek he's guessed right and he's kept us in the game. I haven't seen the penalty incident a second time just yet but the decision was made, although we've ended up getting away with it. Maybe it would have been a little harsh if we'd not come away with anything. I thought we battled hard throughout and created a couple of decent little chances on the break."


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22 October 2011 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Hit Bottom Despite Stech Shut-Out
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable away point against Stevenage at Broadhall Way this afternoon - but that wasn't enough to prevent them slipping to the foot of League One. The Glovers were indebted to goalkeeper Marek Stech whose 85th minute penalty save from John Mousinho gave the Glovers a rare clean sheet. However, that came at a cost as right-back Luke Ayling received a straight red card for the handball offence that led to the spot kick.

The Glovers went into the match losing Nathan Jones and Flavien Belson to suspension and that meant that Darren Purse came into the heart of defence to make his debut. Kieran Agard was the other inclusion, as the Glovers switched to a 4-4-2 that saw two strikers deployed as wingers.

The game was a messy one throughout, punctuated by errors by both sides. Stevenage had the best chances of the first period, with Glovers keeper Marek Stech making two flying saves from Scott Laird and Byron Harrison when the home side fired in quick shots on his goal. At the other end, Gavin Massey was the main productive outlet early on, making several intelligent runs and even firing one cross that hit the crossbar on the angle. Kieran Agard really should have put Yeovil ahead midway through the half when he rounded keeper Chris Day, only to dither whether to shoot or play the ball across goal, thus giving the home defence a chance to block out the chance.

Agard got himself booked along with Stevenage's Ronnie Henry when the two got a little too physical with a ball that got blocked under their feet. That led to a 20 man game of handbags - and thankfully referee Iain Williamson decided to just issue yellows to the two participants who had kicked off the melee of players pushing and shoving each other, with play restarting with a drop ball.

The second period saw Steve MacLean replaced by Dominic Blizzard, with MacLean having hobbled about during the closing stages of the half. This was a wretched second half to watch, with both sides causing more danger to the corner flag than the goals - indeed the Glovers failed to put a single shot on target during the entire game, whilst Stevenage barely mustered one during the second half.

The key moment in the game came five minutes from time when a corner put into the box by Scott Laird saw Stevenage fire a shot in on goal. Luke Ayling had already cleared the ball off his own line legitimately with his boot earlier in the half from another corner. On this occasion he was judged to have handled on his own line, and referee Iain Williamson blew up for a penalty. Much to Stevenage's disgust, they'd converted the loose ball into the back of the net a fraction after play was stopped - that meant that Ayling had to walk for a professional handball, whilst John Mousinho had a penalty to take. Mercifully Marek Stech dived the right way, and kept the scoreline at 0-0.

Five minutes of injury time couldn't separate two poor sides on the day, although the home team undoubtedly did more to justify a win across the whole 90 minutes. The Glovers unconvincing play was summed up when with 95 minutes on the clock, they chose to run a free kick down the channels rather than put players into the box that might have snatched them an improbable win. The point in the circumstances, was no great disaster, although Exeter's 3-1 win over Rochdale meant that it was not enough to prevent Yeovil from slipping to the foot of League One.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day 2. Lawrie Wilson 3. Scott Laird 5. Jon Ashton 8. Stacy Long 10. Craig Reid 14. Mark Roberts 21. John Mousinho 24. Michael Bostwick 25. Ronnie Henry 26. Byron Harrison

Substitutes:
1. Alan Julian (GK) 6. Phil Edwards 13. Joel Byrom 20. Chris Beardsley (74 mins for Byron Harrison) 32. Robin Shroot (57 mins for Stacy Long)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
30. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 14. Max Ehmer
21. Gavin Massey 8. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 18. Kieran Agard
9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (46 mins for Steve MacLean) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (85 mins for Gavin Massey) 23. Billy Gibson (66 mins for Oli Johnson)

Stevenage Bookings: Ronnie Henry (29 mins, off the ball incident), Mark Roberts (71 mins, foul), Michael Bostwick (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Kieran Agard (29 mins, off the ball incident), Paul Wotton (35 mins, kicking ball away). Red Card: Luke Ayling (84 mins, professional handball).

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Geoff Law (Leicestershire) and Stephen Rubery (Essex). Fourth Official: Lee Betts (Norfolk).

Attendance: 3,036.


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22 October 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, 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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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22 October 2011 : Skiverton Wants Players To Calm Down
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that his players need to 'calm down' if they are to get themselves back on track in terms of their form in the League this season. The Glovers have had six players given suspensions this year, with two of those sitting out this afternoon's match at Stevenage, as left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Flavien Belson face one game bans.

In addition to the suspension problems, which have seen the Glovers pick up 33 yellow cards this year - more than any other team in League One - a growing tendency has been for panicked clearances and a lack of composure on the ball. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he believes a combination of both needs to be addressed if they are to start winning games again:

"With Nathan (Jones) being suspended, and with Flavien (Belson) having his opportunity and then getting sent off, it doesn't help. But we're in a situation where we've got to make sure that we're fighting. The boys are fighting for their lives, but they've got to calm down a little bit. We need to start working on our possession again. The turnover is too easy. We're giving the ball away too easily. We've tried to relax them this week. We've tried to get them working on possession and keeping the ball. That will be the goal to get back on track for this season, and that's playing better football."

This afternoon's opponents have achieved back-to-back promotions over the last two seasons, and thus find themselves playing third tier football for the first time in their history. The match at Broadhall Way represents the first meeting between the two clubs for eight seasons, and they currently lie in a 14th place position in the League One table. Skiverton believes that what they have achieved is 'amazing' but warns that there is a long way to go in their season:

"They've just overtaken us now as the highest non-league team. That's an amazing achievement for Stevenage, as they were a non-league team like ourselves. They're riding high in the league, or certainly riding higher than us in the league. But they still could get pulled into it, and they still could get dragged into in and around where we are. There's still some big teams in that bottom four that don't need to be there. There's a lot of pressure on them. We're quite comfortable in where we are, because we're not panicking. We know that you have got to be above that line towards the end of the season. As I've said before, I'm just focussing upon giving the supporters performances to really get enthused about, rather than that fear football that we've played in the last couple of weeks."


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22 October 2011 : Team News For Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action this morning in their Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Bristol Rovers. One change is made to the side, with Josh Anderson dropping out after his injury last week, and that allows midfielder Jonny Kaye to be restored to the side after his injury in the Somerset Premier Cup. The following team has been selected for the game:

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson, Taran Singh Jheeta, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Jonny Kaye, Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary

Substitutes:
Corey King, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, George Russell.


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22 October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth JPT Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town headed out of the Football League Trophy at the Second Round stage. Their 3-2 defeat at the hands of AFC Bournemouth saw a woeful first half, with only a late rally making the game appear closer than it was, with the Glovers nearly snatching an improbable draw in the final minute, following goals from Steve MacLean and Max Ehmer.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, not many of you went to the match, and even fewer fancied the idea of casting a vote. Six votes were received, but one voter declined to identify any players worthy of a shout, whilst only two of you submitted a full top three, preferring to just nominate one or two players.

What that meant was that Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard were given the nod by a couple of voters, but the majority favoured Max Ehmer, who played the match in a midfield position, to cover for Ed Upson's suspension. Votes were as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Max Ehmer 26 (2)
2 Kieran Agard 12 (1)
3 Steve MacLean 10 (1)
4 Anthony Edgar 6 (0)
4 Alan O'Brien 6 (0)
6 Billy Gibson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.17

Performance: 3.67
Entertainment: 4.67

VOTES RECEIVED: 5


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22 October 2011 : Gibson Frustrated By Spell On Sidelines
Yeovil Town winger Billy Gibson admits that it is frustrating watching from the sidelines as he attempts to win a place back in the team. The former Watford player gained his first ever start for the club at the start of October when he was selected for the home match against Bury, and followed that up three days later when he played 90 minutes in the Football League Trophy tie at AFC Bournemouth.

However, on the back of two extremely poor team performances, the 21 year old was dropped to the bench for the following fixture and has not set foot on the pitch since then. He has told BBC Somerset that he is doing his best to keep his concentration levels high, in case he gets his chance in the side again:

"It is frustrating sometimes. Obviously you think you should be playing, and the manager might not necessarily play you. But you've just got to keep going, because you might not expect your chance to come. If it comes and you're not ready then you're not going to help anybody. I came in a few weeks ago but unfortunately we didn't have the best of performances or results. Everyone in the squad is itching to play and I just hope that I get my chance."

Gibson has so far had two starts during his two seasons at Huish Park, with a further eight substitute appearances since his arrival as a free agent in the summer of 2010.

Link: Billy Gibson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 October 2011 : Versatile Ehmer Favouring Central Role
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Max Ehmer admits that he is far more comfortable playing in the heart of the defence, despite him having performed a variety of roles this season. The Queen's Park Rangers teenager arrived at the club badged as a midfielder, but spent most of the second half of last season playing as a centre-back for the Glovers.

This season, Ehmer has had a short spell in midfield, but has also managed to turn up as a left-back and a right-back with injuries and suspensions forcing plenty of reshuffles. For tomorrow's match at Stevenage, he is a candidate to fill in as a left-back with Nathan Jones suspended for reaching five bookings. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Ehmer said that although he would play anywhere, he did have a strong preference for one position in the side:

"Centre-half is the position that I've played for quite a while, so I would probably say there. Although anywhere really - I can play centre-midfield, but my best position would be centre-half. I played there on Saturday with Bondz (N'Gala) and even though we lost 3-0, I felt solid with Bondz there, and next to Luke (Ayling) and with Jonesy (Nathan Jones) on the other side, I felt we did all right."

Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town take on Stevenage at Broadhall Way for the first time in nine years, and they arrive with the Hertfordshire side in a healthy 14th place in the latest League One Table - nine places and seven points ahead of the Glovers. Ehmer says that he has been warned to expect a physical side in opposition:

"It will be a good game for us and a good test. We're just going there on the Saturday and looking to win the game. We're going there to get a result and we've obviously got to defend well from the start and do what we've got to do and play from there. They're a big team and a physical team, so we've got to be clever from our set pieces, in both attacking and defending, and just be steady the whole way through the game to get a result."


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21 October 2011 : Skivo Previews The Stevenage Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match at Stevenage, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo talks about the current run of poor form, and his plans to solve it. The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Stevenage Game.


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21 October 2011 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw
The Second Round of the FA Youth Cup has been drawn today, with the Glovers getting a home tie, if they win their First Round clash. With the Third Qualifying Round matches yet to be completed, the Second Round draw is a little early to say the least - for that reason, we'll only attempt to show the tie for the Glovers as it stands today.

The draw produced the following for Yeovil Town:

Yeovil Town OR (Wokingham & Emmbrook OR Farnborough) vs Charlton Athletic OR (Soham Town Rangers OR St Neots Town)

The Glovers are still waiting to find out who their First Round opponents are, with Wokingham & Emmbrook and Farnborough due to meet next Wednesday. On the same night, Soham Town Rangers and St Neots Town will have a second attempt at settling their tie, which was abandoned after 35 minutes during the week due to a serious injury to a Soham player.

The First Round draw in full, can be read via the link below. We'll publish the Second Round draw once most of the First Round ties have been completed.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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21 October 2011 : Date Set For FA Cup First Round Draw
The Football Association have agreed a date and time for the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup. The balls for each team will be drawn on Sunday 30th October 2011 from 1.30p.m. as part of a 30 minute programme that will be broadcast live on the ITV1 Channel.

The Fourth Qualifying Round matches are scheduled to be played on Saturday 29th October 2011, and the draw represents the moment where all League One and League Two Football League sides become involved in the competition.

All First Round matches are scheduled to be played on or around the weekend of Saturday 12th November 2011.

Link: 2011-12 Season Cup Competition Dates.


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21 October 2011 : Glovers Open Up The Purse Strings For Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has brought in a further loan signing this morning to help provide cover for injured vice-captain Paul Huntington. The Glovers have snapped up centre-back Darren Purse from Championship side Millwall on a month's loan whilst Huntington recovers from an operation on his hand, following a broken finger that is expected to keep him out for three or four weeks.

Purse is a 34 year old (born February 17th 1977) who hails from Stepney and started his career with Leyton Orient. He is a former England Under-21 international, who has had a long career in the top flight as well as bigger Football League sides. After leaving Leyton Orient for Oxford United in 1996, he then spent six years with Birmingham City, followed by a year at West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, before spending four years with Cardiff City.

More recently, Purse had two seasons with Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to Milwall in January. He has been recognised for his leadership skills, captaining both the Owls and Cardiff during his time with both clubs. He has made over 500 first team appearances across all clubs, and so brings a wealth of experience to the Glovers at a time when they are looking to break a run of six matches without a win.

Purse has agreed a one month loan deal, and will be available for tomorrow's trip to Stevenage. His involvement upon the whole 90 minutes may depend upon his match fitness - he has yet to feature for the Lions in the league this season, having only been selected for a single Carling Cup match back in August.

The Londoner is Yeovil Town's 20th signing of the 2011-12 season the full list of new arrivals since the summer are as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jed Steer (returned injured), Marek Stech

Defenders: Bondz N'Gala, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Max Ehmer, Kerrea Gilbert, Darren Purse

Midfielders/Wingers: Gavin Williams, Anthony Edgar, Dominic Blizzard, Alistair Slowe, Alan O'Brien, Flavien Belson, Abdulai Bell-Baggie

Strikers: Kieran Agard, Jonathan Obika, Steve MacLean, Rory Fallon (since released), Oli Johnson, Gavin Massey


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21 October 2011 : Skiverton Warns Against 'Knee Jerk Reactions'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that resorting to 'knee jerk reactions' would not be in the club's best interests, as it attempts to climb out of trouble near the foot of the League One table. The Glovers slipped into the relegation zone after the 1-3 home defeat against Bury, and have lost five of their last six matches, conceding 20 times in their last eight games.

The poor run of form has led Chairman John Fry to issue a vote of confidence in Skiverton and his management team in the Western Gazette and club site over the past 24 hours. Fry admitted that the last three weeks had been 'dismal' but made it clear he was still backing his manager:

"This is not a time to panic. It is a time for everbody at the club from supporters to players and the board to stick together and turn things around as soon as possible. Last season Terry and his team finished in the second highest position in the history of the club. Terry's record has been very creditable during his tenure and he has not turned into a bad manager over the last few matches. Make no mistake, we will get over this dismal three weeks and come back stronger for the experience."

Skiverton has given his views in his regular Thursday interview for BBC Somerset, and he says that he has been through runs of form like the current one before, and that chopping and changing doesn't work:

"There can't be any knee-jerk reactions at a club like Yeovil. As you've seen from other places, if you keep chopping and changing (management teams) then it won't work. We're together, and you've got to be strong and you've got to be united. I've been through tough times before at the football club, and you've just got to get through them. We can't just be stagnant and wallow in it. You need to make sure that you're strong, and that if you're going through a tough time, don't stand there; walk through it."

Skiverton added that he wanted to get some of his players back off the treatment table for his side to get back to their best, and explained that he would be looking to get the team playing the style of football that he wanted to see:

"We know we've got to get our best players back. We know that we've got a good enough squad to make sure that we're not in the bottom four, and we've got to get some results. But we've got to play the right way and that's the most important thing. That's my aim for this next month, and it's something that we'll be making sure that we put into practice."


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20 October 2011 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are back in action on Saturday with a home match that will be played at Alvington. The game which kicks off at 11.00a.m. is their fourth Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group match, with Bristol Rovers their opponents.

The Glovers go into their match against the Gas topping their group, with two games remaining. However, their opponents lie in second place, two points behind and with a game in hand. Saturday's match is therefore a crucial one if Yeovil are to qualify for the knock-out stages, with this being their penultimate group match.

Any supporters not travelling to Stevenage on Saturday are welcome to attend, with admission free of charge. For those hungry types, there will be food and drink on sale, with a special offer of a bacon roll, with a hot drink for 2.50. Hence come down to Alvington, situated behind the Airfield Tavern, and support the Youth Team in what will be a big match for them.


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20 October 2011 : Glovers Look At Artificial Pitch Providers
Yeovil Town are planning to meet with a company that specialises in providing artificial pitches in the near future. The Glovers have a meeting scheduled for next week, according to this week's Western Gazette, with a view to providing new facilities for the 'community and football club'.

The club's current strategy is to cease use of the existing two grass pitches that are situated behind the Copse Road away end, and use the land for a Retail Park development. However, this would leave the club without training facilities for first team footballers. In addition, the club have in the past raised concerns about the costs of maintaining the existing astroturf facility that is situated next to the Main Stand. The club also have training facilities at Alvington, which are used by the Centre of Excellence sides.

Chairman John Fry doesn't tell the paper exactly what areas the club is thinking of discussing, but does confirm that they are about to hold talks next week:

"We are meeting with an artificial pitch provider next week and full details will be released shortly. We will be improving the facilities for both the community and football club."

No names are named, however there have been rumours circulating prior to the Gazette's article that the Glovers are in talks with Blue Sky International, an American sports construction firm who have recently announced plans to invest 8 million into League Two side Port Vale. BSI have recently taken a 24.9 per cent shareholding in the Valiants, including a seat on the board. They would not be allowed to make a similar investment into Yeovil Town due to FA rules over club ownership, but would be able to provide services to the Glovers as a commercial supplier.

Mr Fry also has indicated that he is due to meet South Somerset District Council officials this week to discuss their current plans:

"We are meeting with South Somerset District Council this week to discuss the developments at Yeovil Town and we will be going out to the public to progress the type of facilities we need."

The club made public their strategy to develop the land behind the away end of the ground in March 2011, which included the building of a new stand to replace the Copse Road Terrace. So far, in terms of what is available on the South Somerset District Council website, they have submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Request, which was put through in March, with SSDC confirming a month later, on April 6th 2011, that the EIA would not be required for either project.


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20 October 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first trip to Broadhall Way for nine years, when they play Stevenage in a League One match. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has had a major facelift for the journey, giving you directions, ticket prices, pub information, ground information, as well as a potted history of the club and how it coincides with the Glovers. The page is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.


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19 October 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Launch Fans' Bill Of Rights
Yeovil Town Ladies FC has taken a significant step forward in its customer care process by publishing a Bill of Rights in which it sets out what fans can expect from the club when they attend first team home games for the rest of the season. The document covers all aspects of a supporter's visit and is designed to be equally applicable to visiting fans, players and officials.

Chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies FC, David Mills said "It is only right that fans know what standards we aspire to provide them with and this is a small step in building our customer service policy. We picked up the idea from the Fan Experience Co, which is a gold mine of information for anyone looking for ideas about how to improve customer service. Mark Bradley, who runs the Fan Experience Co, came across this concept on a recent trip to the United States and it seemed like a brilliantly simple idea. We liked and adopted the idea of using an old fashioned style of writing as it underlines that we hope to meet these standards for a long time to come and it also makes it look a bit different from most customer care charters you see."

Commenting on matter, Mark Bradley of the Fan Experience Co said "Too many football clubs at all levels of the game make assumptions about what matters to fans. As a result long term fans often feel alienated and attracting and retaining new fans becomes nigh on impossible. Yeovil Town Ladies Bill of Rights strikes just the right chord: it focuses on those things that matter and it gives you a lovely insight into the personality of the Club."

The Yeovil Town Ladies 'Bill Of Rights' can be read (using Adobe Reader or similar PDF software) via this linked document.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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19 October 2011 : Stech Happy To Look At Extended Stay
Yeovil Town's latest signing Marek Stech says that he is happy to consider a more lengthy stay at Huish Park. The 21 year old arrived as a short notice replacement for Jed Steer last Friday, and impressed hugely in his opening appearance, despite letting in three goals against Carlisle United on his debut.

The Czech Republic Under-21 international told BBC Somerset after the game that he was glad to return to Huish Park after his earlier trial at the club, and would gladly extend his deal beyond the initial month, provided things worked out:

"I was here before for one week, but only for a trial. But obviously the other goalkeeper (Jed Steer) got injured, so I got called up. I'm really happy to get some games, and hopefully if I do well for this month, then maybe they will extend it. But that's not up to me, and we'll see what happens. So far I've really been enjoying it and hopefully everything will got well."

Stech picked up the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match after the game, after making a number of excellent first half saves that had kept his new side in the game at 0-0. However, he said that it gave him little pleasure in being able to do that:

"To be honest, I'm more disappointed that we lost, because Man of the Match for me doesn't really matter. I'm happy that I played well, but obviously I'm very disappointed. We lost when we played at home, and when you play at home you should win. I think with what happened, it was a silly foul that got the two yellows. Obviously we were a man down, and that put us a little bit down for the second half. I just feel a little bit disappointed, not only for myself, but also for my team-mates."

The game hinged on a number of critical decisions made by referee Carl Berry during the match, as he chalked off Steve MacLean's first half goal, and followed that up with a red card for Flavien Belson. Stech said it was important not to dwell on that:

"That's football. You get all these situations sometimes when everything goes wrong. Sometimes you can't do anything about it. Obviously we need to keep our heads up for the next game. We play away, and obviously when you play away it's more important that you get even a point. Today didn't help us, so we need to improve for our next game."


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18 October 2011 : Ladies Progress After Premier Performance
Yeovil Town Ladies showed little regard for the boundaries between themselves and higher league opposition as they bumped Women's FA Premier League side Keynsham Town Ladies out of the Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup on Sunday, following a hard fought 1-0 victory. Goal machine Laura Bray continued an impressive season as she yet again got on the score sheet, but this deserved win was really the result of a very good team performance, with every player playing their part, seeing the team through to the semi final stages of the competition, where they will take on Taunton Town Ladies.

"I said in the pre-match interview that today was going to be a day when we could go and enjoy ourselves," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the game, "And we did just that, producing a fine performance, and a result that has us all over the moon."

The Glovers set their stall out from the start, and coped reasonably well as the opposition hit them hard with a continuous barrage of fast moving attacks. Yeovil were looking a little rusty at times, taking time to adjust to the pace of the game, unable to hold any sustained possession, and not showing any fluidity in their game. Keynsham had a number of opportunities to score, but Yeovil soon adjusted, and started to knock the ball around nicely, creating chances for themselves.

"Jodi Cornwall had a fantastic game today," Williams said. "We started with one up front, and I left it to her to hold the ball for support from midfield. We sat back a bit much for my liking in the first twenty minutes of the game, and this left Jodi isolated up front. Once we could see that packing the midfield left us to deep, and with little space to play we changed it around. Maybe we gave them a little to much respect in planning the game. We made some quick tactical changes to the formation and our goal came soon after."

With the Glovers seeing the better of the possession, the goal was fully dissevered, and came in the 36th minute following a strike from outside the box from Jodi Cornwall. The shot was too hot to handle, and the goalkeeper parried the ball into the path of Laura Bray, who instinctively buried it into the back of the net.

"I said to the girls at half time that we had to go out and play for every youth player in our set up," Williams said. "I want them to realise that every girl coming to Yeovil Town Ladies wants a first team place, and that they need to play their best to show them what they have to aim for. The girls responded, and they played well in the second half.

"We were really in amongst them in that second period. Our midfielders were controlling the battle, and Dana Hinton showed us that she was back on form following her long summer lay-off. On occasions she had three players on her, and came away with the ball every time. I can only remember two shots on goal in the second half from the visitors, and both were off target. Real testament to a good all round display from us.

"I could mention all the team today as all the players stepped it up when required, but Terri Trowbridge showed determination at right back, and the only way to stop her today was to kick her in the head; and she got up from that as well! The front two played very well as a pair, and they became better as the game went on. Laura Wensley was really up for it today, with her playing a superb game. I was very proud today of all the players. A great team performance. However, we can forget this game now. The fun is over for a period, and it is now back to the business next week for the coming league game at home to Swindon Town."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Keynsham Town Ladies 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards, Hatton, Hinton, Wensley, Pearson (Adams - 82), Whitton (Jennings - 66), Bray, Cornwall.

[Report by Ali King, with the observations of Nigel Williams.]


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18 October 2011 : Huntington Has Hand Operation
Yeovil Town central defender Paul Huntington has been confirmed as facing a three to four week break from football, following the need to have an operation on his hand. As revealed by manager Terry Skiverton in Saturday's pre-match interview, Huntington suffered a broken finger in the away match against Colchester United and so was missing from the line-up for Saturday's home game against Carlisle United.

Skiverton warned in Saturday's interview that Huntington was likely to need an operation to fix the bone once he had seen a specialist. That has now happened, and the 24 year old will now most likely miss the next four League One matches, with the big question being whether he can recover in time for the FA Cup First Round weekend, currently scheduled for November 12th.

For those wondering why a single finger break is serious enough to keep Huntington out of playing football, our understanding is that the player was due to have a supporting rod fitted to the digit that would make it dangerous to him (and to other players) to play in a match.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle United Interview.


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18 October 2011 : Skiverton Asks Supporters: 'Stick With Us'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has reiterated his calls for those at the club to 'stick together' as he attempts to get the Glovers out of trouble near the foot of the League One table. Following his post-match interview that followed the club's 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United, Skiverton has expressed concern at the level of booing aimed at his players after the game, and also that aimed at his assistant manager Nathan Jones.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton believed that it was important that people were 'realistic' about the club's current situation and that they enjoyed the challenge of getting out of trouble:

"I'm asking for the supporters to stick with us. There's a long way to go yet. We don't want to get cast adrift, but we've got to make sure that we're realistic. I keep repeating myself, but let's all stick together, and make sure that we climb this level and we climb this league, and get ourselves into a good position. But we can't do it with excuses, and we can't do it by feeling sorry for me, and we can't do it by saying 'poor me, poor me!' We've got to chalk this one off and really enjoy the challenge of the next game."


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18 October 2011 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 22nd October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Thankfully although Mr Williamson has a reputation in the Football League for being rather card-happy, our experiences of him have not been too bad at Football League level.

Our last meeting was for the home match against Exeter City - not the earlier cup game that saw Sam Williams red-carded, but the second game that was a League One fixture. We lost the game 1-3 at Huish Park, and Mr Williamson had nothing to do with that - if anything he ruled that a Grecians penalty appeal was deserving of a free kick in the other direction. Prior to that, he took charge of the home game against Leicester City all the way back in January 2009. The match was live on Sky Sports and was a booking-free affair, where certainly the Foxes 0-2 away win was unaffected by the officials, who had a quiet game.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to an April 2007 home game against Rotherham United, and prior to that an away game against Barnsley along with earlier home matches against Lincoln City and Torquay United. The Lincoln match is significant in that it was our final game at League Two level. We have had him several times during our non-league days as well, with his promotion to League level happening 12 months before we got there.

Our past reports of him are that he's got through each game relatively quietly without ruffling too many feathers, although we've noticed around the internet that he's upset people in a lot of other games. Maybe we catch him on his good days; last season he clocked up 133 yellow cards and 5 red cards across 34 games, with only one of those being card-free. This season he's been a little bit more moderate - 24 yellows and zero dismissals across nine games with the last - a JPT game between Wycombe Wanderers and Cheltenham Town passing off without a single caution.

Mr Williamson will be assisted by Geoff Law (Leicestershire) and Stephen Rubery (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Lee Betts (Norfolk).

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Leicester City 2.

Link: April 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Rotherham United 1.

Link: August 2005 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2005 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 0.

Link: Sept 2003 : Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2.


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17 October 2011 : GWSC Travel To Stevenage
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, currently badged as the Lamex Stadium. The match against the Hertfordshire club takes place on Saturday 22nd October 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 8.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.45a.m. Cost of travel will be 20.00 with concessions available at 18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). You can also contact the GWSC office at Huish Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm on 01935-847879. An answer machine service is also available on this number.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.


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17 October 2011 : Belson and Jones Suspension Confirmed
The Football Association have this morning confirmed the suspensions for left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Flavien Belson. Both will now miss next weekend's trip to Stevenage, as a result of a one match ban, effective immediately.

Belson has been banned for his red card against Carlisle United on Saturday, given after he picked up two first half bookings. Meanwhile Jones received his fifth yellow card of the season after he blocked off a Carlisle player early in the second half.

Belson and Jones become the 5th and 6th Yeovil Town players to receive suspensions this season. They follow Paul Wotton, Ed Upson and Luke Ayling who all reached five bookings recently, whilst Curtis Haynes-Brown also served a one match suspension for his red card against Sheffield United.

The latest bookings and dismissals continue to put the Glovers on top of the League One card count. Tranmere Rovers have committed more fouls this season, with 177, whilst the Glovers come in second with 174. However, with respect to the card count, the Glovers have few challengers - a total of 33 cautions and two dismissals, with Tranmere next on 26 yellows and two dismissals. Supporters may want to brace themselves for Saturday's trip to Stevenage. The League One newcomers have committed the third most fouls in the division with 172 infringements.


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16 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Game
Following Saturday's 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Skivo's post-match views can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Game.


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16 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's home match against Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

As part of the interview, Skiverton explains how long he had been tracking goalkeeper Marek těch, gives an explanation on the injury to Paul Huntington, as well as giving a run through all the other injuries at Huish Park.

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


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15 October 2011 : Missing Players Too Much For Skiverton
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt that missing key players and having a player sent off proved too much for his side today, as they went down to a 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United. The Glovers lossed Flavien Belson to a second bookable offence just before the break, and that was followed by goals from Liam Noble, Jon-Paul McGovern and Danny Livesey that gave the Cumbrians an easy victory on the day.

Skiverton said after the game that having so many players missing didn't help, but also felt that Belson's first booking after just five minutes made a rod for referee Carl Berry's back:

"I had eight players out and we came up against a team in a decent run of form. That first booking created the whole tempo of the game and later on Carlisle relaxed and cut us open. It was too much for us in the end. They ran out worthy winners and used their extra man very well. We have to chalk that one off and start again."

Belson's second booking came just before the break, and just after referee Berry had appeared to issue him a final warning. Skiverton felt that the match official should have made more allowances to ensure that the Frenchman had understood the situation:

"It should never have been a booking. The lad's French - what's he saying to him? He'd just come on for his dbut and he shouldn't have been booked."

The eight players Skiverton refers to are goalkeeper Jed Steer (returned to Norwich after a thigh injury), Paul Huntington (hand), Dominic Blizzard (knee), Andy Williams (ankle), Gavin Williams (knee), Kerrea Gilbert (hamstring), Alan O'Brien (groin) and Jonathan Obika (knee).

Subject to confirmation by the Football Association, Skiverton will also be missing midfielder Flavien Belson after his red card, and also left-back Nathan Jones, who picked up his fifth booking of the season during today's match. Both are due to miss next Saturday's trip to Stevenage.


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15 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United at the 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 Carlisle United.


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15 October 2011 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 3 : Second Half Crumble Gives Cumbrians Victory
Yeovil Town crashed to their fifth home defeat of the 2011-12 season this afternoon, when they lost 0-3 at home to Carlisle United. The Cumbrians gained their first ever victory at Huish Park thanks to second half goals from Liam Noble, Jon-Paul McGovern and Danny Livesey, but the game turned significantly on a red card issued to debutant Flavien Belson just before the break as he faced an early bath for two bookings.

The Glovers went into the match having to make three forced changes to their first team squad. The goalkeeping position was well known about with Marek těch coming in to make his dbut for the club, as he replaced the injured Jed Steer, who returned to Norwich City in midweek. The other major change came as Paul Huntington dropped out of the side with a hand injury, with Flavien Belson coming in to make his dbut for the club.

It was a fairly open first half period, albeit with Glovers keeper Marek těch being one of the busiest players on the pitch. The game opened with the other debutant Flavien Belson leaving his foot up during the opening five minutes, and picking up an early booking that was to be significant. A Gavin Massey shot was well saved by Carlisle keeper Adam Collin after an Oli Johnson run had set him through.

At the other end, Carlisle looked dangerous though with Rory Loy and Liam Noble getting far too much space to move in on the Yeovil back four. Loy struck the post with the ball rolling dangerously across the face of the goal, and only an excellent Ed Upson tackle stopped the open goal from being breached. Meanwhile Noble was able to charge through the middle without a tackle - not unlike Giles Coke's goal for Bury in the last home match. Marek těch made the first of several terrific first half saves to bale his side out as he tipped the ball out for a corner. těch also made further saves from Loy and Noble as he kept his side in the game.

That said, the Glovers had their own chances to break the deadlock, with Oli Johnson making a terrific break on the Cumbrians, only to be let down by his final shot. Then there was a touch of controversy when Steve MacLean got the ball in the back of the net - with a linesman's flag having gone up in the build-up for some kind of infringement as MacLean challenged his marker. MacLean continued with plenty of chat with referee Carl Berry about the decision as play resumed, with it not being entirely clear why play had been pulled up.

The turning point though in the game came right on the stroke of half time. Belson had committed a number of fouls during the first period, and although his challenge on Tom Taiwo was a fairly run-of-the-mill one, suggestions were that referee Carl Berry had only just warned him about his foul rate when the latest challenge came in. A soft second yellow card though, and it left Yeovil Town to 10 men, and some boos for Berry at the break.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Glovers retained their personnel and shape for the start of the second period, with Carlisle having had plenty of space in midfield through the likes of Liam Noble even with Belson in the middle. It was therefore not too surprising when he was the man in free space when a Yeovil defensive header landed at his feet ten minutes into the half, and he finished well to put Carlisle 1-0 up.

Max Ehmer almost turned the ball into his own net, whilst Bondz N'Gala had to put in two great tackles to rescue his side, as the Glovers began to creak at the seems, and it only took another ten minutes before 0-1 became 0-2. A ball over the top saw Jon-Paul McGovern beat the offside trap, and as Marek těch advanced off his line, McGovern skilfully lobbed him to put the Cumbrians another goal to the good.

Realistically, Yeovil were never in the game during the second period, and whilst two late substitutions tried to freshen things up a touch, with Anthony Edgar and Curtis Haynes-Brown coming on, a Jon-Paul McGovern corner six minutes from time was flicked on at the near post, and Danny Livesey headed home. 0-3 down. Game over, and a dispiriting climax to a game.

The Flavien Belson red card was no doubt the tipping point in a match that had been a fairly lively end-to-end game, and no doubt made a difference in the magnitude of the win on the day. However, it shouldn't be forgotten that Marek těch was the busiest man on the pitch, even before Belson's double-booking, and the Czech Republic keeper deservedly picked up the Sponsors Man of the Match for those first half saves. Yeovil now slip to 23rd in the League One table, and this current run of form, and in particular the consistent shipping of goals, has to be causing some significant concerns within the ranks right now. October was earmarked as an opportunity for the Glovers to pick up points against some 'lesser' sides - instead it threatens to maroon them inside the bottom four at an early stage of the season.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 3.

Scorers: Liam Noble (0-1, 55 mins), Jon-Paul McGovern (0-2, 65 mins), Danny Livesey (0-3, 84 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3):
30. Marek těch
2. Luke Ayling 14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
22. Flavien Belson 20. Paul Wotton 8. Ed Upson
21. Gavin Massey 9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar (78 mins for Steve MacLean) 18. Kieran Agard (63 mins for Oli Johnson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (78 mins for Nathan Jones) 23. Billy Gibson

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin 22. James Tavernier 6. Peter Murphy 5. Danny Livesey 3. Matthew Robson 12. Tom Taiwo 17. Liam Noble 21. James Berrett 9. Rory Loy 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 14. Lee Miller

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 13. Francois Zoko (83 mins for Rory Loy) 15. Craig Curran (90 mins for Lee Miller) 16. Jeremy Helan (87 mins for Jon-Paul McGovern) 29. Stephen O'Halloran

Yeovil Bookings: Flavien Belson (5 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (51 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (80 mins, dissent). Red Card: Flavien Belson (45 mins, second bookable offence)

Carlisle Bookings: James Berrett (52 mins, foul), James Tavernier (75 mins, foul)

Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,673 (with 175 Carlisle supporters)


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15 October 2011 : Doyle Heads Out For Terras Loan
Yeovil Town Under-18s player Josh Doyle has become the third of their teenagers to go out on loan. The right-back, who can also play higher up the flank, has gone out on loan to Southern League side Weymouth and is included on their substitutes bench for their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match at AFC Totton today.

Centre-back Rhys Baggridge is currently on loan at Western League Division One side Gillingham Town, whilst winger Lewis Clarke is currently playing for Poole Town, who play in the Southern League Division One South and West.

The best of luck to Josh, and hopefully he will take to the field sometime this afternoon.


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15 October 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Yeovil Town have been forced into two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Carlisle United. Vice captain Paul Huntington's hand injury was considered serious enough to keep him out of the match, and he looks likely to need an operation that will keep him out of the side for three or four weeks.

That means that Flavien Belson comes in to make his dbut for the club, with Luke Ayling moving back into his more usual full-back position, whilst Belson occupies a midfield slot. The other change is in goal as Marek těch makes his dbut, replacing the injured Jed Steer.

On the bench, the Glovers also lose left-winger Alan O'Brien who is out with a groin injury. In comes Anthony Edgar, who travelled up to Colchester United last weekend but was not included in the final squad.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-3-2-1):
Marek těch
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
22. Flavien Belson 20. Paul Wotton 8. Ed Upson
21. Gavin Massey 9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin 22. James Tavernier 6. Peter Murphy 5. Danny Livesey 3. Matthew Robson 12. Tom Taiwo 17. Liam Noble 21. James Berrett 9. Rory Loy 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 14. Lee Miller

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 13. Francois Zoko 15. Craig Curran 16. Jeremy Helan 29. Stephen O'Halloran


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15 October 2011 : Jones Reaches Double Ton Milestone
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones reaches a significant milestone this afternoon, as he starts in the League One home match against Carlisle United. The 38 year old plays his 200th first team appearance for the Glovers, as part of his 12th appearance of the 2011-12 season.

Jones was signed by Gary Johnson during the summer of 2005, and although he had been gradually winding down his playing career since becoming part of the current management team, he has become a regular in the first team again this season, and today's appearance passes the 11 matches he turned out in during the whole of the 2010-11 season.

Link: Nathan Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 October 2011 : King Strike Sinks Swans
Yeovil Town Under-18s gained a superb win in South Wales this morning, as they picked up three points in their latest Youth Alliance Cup Group match. A single goal from Corey King five minutes from time proved to be the difference as they beat Swansea City Under-18s by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Glovers went into the match minus midfielder Jonny Kaye who had been ruled out due to a bad injury sustained in the midweek Somerset Premier Cup win at Keynsham Town, but were able to welcome back Melchi Emanuel-Williamson after his lengthy lay-off, with the striker slotting in on the bench. Josh Anderson made his first start for the Glovers.

After a goalless first half, Yeovil suffered a setback when Lloyd Matthews couldn't continue, due to a virus he had been trying to battle through - he was replaced by Corey King at the break. They also lost Josh Anderson due to injury in the closing stages, but didn't let those problems get them down, and with five minutes remaining, they got their rewards, as an Aidan Chainey pass put substitute King through, and he finished to secure the win.

With the Glovers having now managed two wins out of three in their Youth Alliance Cup Group stage, they've put themselves into a great position to potentially qualify through to the next stages. Home matches on consecutive weekends against Bristol Rovers and Exeter City stand in their way during the remainder of October as they look to make that happen.

Final Score: Swansea City Under-18s 0 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Scorer: Corey King (85 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson, Taran Singh Jheeta, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Josh Anderson, Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary

Substitutes:
Corey King (46 mins for Lloyd Matthews), Melchi Emanuel-Williamson (80 mins for Adam Cleary), Tobias Iriah, George Russell (79 mins for Josh Anderson).


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15 October 2011 : Bury Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match was the 1-3 home defeat against Bury, that saw them slide into the relegation zone, and the Shakers leap above them. In the worst performance of the 2011-12 season, Bury easily won the match, outpassing the Glovers on the day.

Man of the match voting saw a fair spread of votes, with left-winger Alan O'Brien and right-back Luke Ayling considered to be two of the better players out there. Goalkeeper Jed Steer was also excused from what went on during the afternoon, and the overall winner of the poll was striker Kieran Agard, whose opening goal was the only bright spot of a day that got darker the longer it went on.

It's worth noting that with the Man of the Match voting, we actually received 50 votes in total. However, a significant number of voters declined to provide either a complete top three, and on a number of occasions refused to nominate anyone at all, deciding to just award match performance and entertainment marks. A total of 15 voters decided not to submit all three of the available player options.

1 Kieran Agard 154 (8)
2 Jed Steer 140 (12)
3 Luke Ayling 108 (8)
4 Alan O'Brien 108 (4)
5 Billy Gibson 44 (1)
6 Max Ehmer 30 (2)
7 Ed Upson 20 (2)
8 Nathan Jones 18 (1)
9 Anthony Edgar 16 (1)
10 Paul Huntington 14 (0)
11 Bondz N'Gala 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 2.43

Performance: 2.30
Entertainment: 2.55

VOTES RECEIVED: 39


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15 October 2011 : Team News For Youth Team vs Swansea City
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action against Swansea City Under-18s this morning in South Wales and their team has been selected for the match. Midfielder Jonny Kaye has dropped out of the squad following the injury he sustained in the midweek Somerset Premier Cup match at Keynsham, allowing Josh Anderson to get his first start for the club.

Meanwhile Melchi Emanuel-Williamson makes his long awaited return from injury, with the striker getting a place on the bench. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Elliot Nelson, Taran Singh Jheeta, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Josh Anderson, Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary

Substitutes:
Corey King, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Tobias Iriah, George Russell


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14 October 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Carlisle United tomorrow in a League One match at Huish Park. The game sees the Glovers aiming to break a run of five matches without a win - a spot of form that has seen them occupy a relegation spot for the last two matches. With a two point gap between themselves and the current safety line, only a win will see them stand a chance of climbing upwards by 5.00p.m. tomorrow. Their opponents lie in 10th place in the League One table and nine points better off.

Carlisle's current form is relatively steady, with two wins, two draws and a defeat in their last five, which probably gives an indication as to why they are occupying a solid mid-table position but without pushing any higher than that. They've achieved that though with an injury list that saw them struggle to field sixteen players last weekend, with assistant boss Graham Kavanagh forced to act as one of the available substitutes.

Whilst former Glover Andy Welsh will stay at home, they are boosted by the loan signing of Manchester City defender/midfielder Jeremy Helan who signed on a one month loan deal yesterday and is expected to travel south. The Frenchman is a 19 year old, who has represented his country at Under-19s level, as well as playing for their Under-16s and Under-17s. Lubo Michalik also comes into their squad, having been on international duty last weekend. However, in addition to Welsh, they are not expected to take Paul Thirlwell (calf), Paddy Madden (broken metatarsal) or Frank Simek (thigh) to Somerset.

For the Glovers, their injury list was added to by the loss of goalkeeper Jed Steer, who has gone back to Norwich City with a thigh injury. He is replaced by West Ham United keeper Marek těch. As well as the loss of Steer, the Glovers continue to be without Gavin Williams (knee), Andy Williams (ankle), Jon Obika (knee) and Dominic Blizzard (knee). The situation regarding Kerrea Gilbert is not too clear, with no word on his hamstring injury. Meanwhile there's a bit of uncertainty over centre-back Paul Huntington's dislocated finger and whether that may cause him problems tomorrow.

Past meetings between the two clubs have generally gone with the home sides - five wins out of six for the Glovers at Huish Park, whilst the Cumbrians have won four out of six on their own patch. However, form is with Yeovil Town - they did the double over Carlisle last season, with Jonathan Obika scoring in both games, and Dean Bowditch scoring the second in the 2-0 win at Brunton Park on the final day of last season. Carlisle's one and only success at Huish Park was a 1-1 draw in March 2009 - on all other occasions they've gone on a long journey home with nothing to show for it.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and there is a 'Kids For A Quid' ticketing promotion running for it. Adult tickets are also available right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharges. We'll be on Twitter throughout the afternoon, including the best of the tweets from Glovers fans. Meanwhile BBC Somerset will be doing their usual thing on 95.5FM with full live match commentary.

Link: Skivo Previews The Carlisle Home Game.

Link: No Welsh Return To Huish Park.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.

Link: Cumbrians Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.


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14 October 2011 : Ladies Looking For County Cup Repeat Over Keynsham
Yeovil Town Ladies are looking to repeat the success of the class of 2010 by beating FA Women's Premier league side Keynsham Town Ladies in the quarter final of the Somerset County Women's Senior Cup on Sunday. The two clubs came up against each other at the semi final stage of the competition last season, and on a glorious day the Glovers won through, following a great 3-1 victory, with Laura Bray, Jemma Tewkesbury and Jodi Cornwall all getting on the score sheet. It had been Keynshams first defeat in the competition in five years, and it saw Yeovil go through to beat Larkhall Athletic 3-0 in the final at Shepton Mallet.

The Glovers have had a good start to the season, and with them winning all but one of their games, they are presently sitting third in the league, just a point behind the leaders, with a game in hand. Confidence is high, and the girls are hungry for success this season, and that includes the bonus of doing well in cup competitions. And as joint boss Nigel Williams explained, the squad are well prepared for a tough test on Sunday.

"Training this week has been about confidence in front of goal," Williams said this morning. "We have made chance after chance in games this season, but have not capitalised on the opportunities we have created. I am looking for us to now turn that around, starting on Sunday. It will be tough, but winnable."

Keynsham came close to promotion last season to the National Premier League. However, their present campaign has started slowly, with them presently in eighth position in the table (from ten), having won just two of the opening seven games. The Glovers would love to win this match, and will arrive at the ground on Sunday feeling the pressure off them, but aware of the threat their opponents still present.

"This match gives us a free opportunity to play football," Williams said. "Keynsham are the side under pressure as they are the Southern Premier League team, so will expect to come away with the game in the bag. It is nice to have a game where we can go out and enjoy ourselves, but the main responsibility for Sarah, myself and the team is to win the league.

"The cup is a pleasure for us this year I'm afraid, which will be nice to advance in. We go into every game to win it, and to play our football. We will do the same this weekend. All I would say to visiting teams is do not under estimate us, we can play. Looking forward to this game Keynsham, it will give us a good test, and you never know what might happen ... after all, it is the cup!"

Yeovil Town Ladies take on Keynsham Town Ladies this coming Sunday, the 16th of October 2011.

PLEASE NOTE: The match takes place at the Somerton Sports Ground, as the usual Raleigh Grove is unavailable. Please also note that in line with Somerset FA guidelines the match kicks off at 2.30p.m. rather then the usual 2.00p.m.

The ground will be busy on the day, so supporters are advised to get to the facility in plenty of time. Refreshments and bar facilities are available to supporters, and admission is free. For directions to the Somerton Sports Ground head to the Somerton Sports Ground page on the Yeovil Town Ladies website.


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14 October 2011 : Skivo Previews The Carlisle Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo's pre-match thoughts are transcribed via the link below.

Note that the interview was conducted prior to this morning's loan signing of West Ham United goalkeeper Marek těch.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Carlisle.


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14 October 2011 : Stech Steps In To Solve Goalkeeper Crisis
Yeovil Town have drafted in a new goalkeeper ahead of tomorrow's match against Carlisle United. As suggested in yesterday's news, the new man is West Ham United goalkeeper Marek těch, who joins on loan until Saturday 19th November, which covers him for seven matches up to and including the home game against Exeter City. It's not yet been stated whether he will be allowed to play in the FA Cup First Round on November 12th.

těch is a Czech Republic Under-21 international goalkeeper who played in midweek in their 1-0 win over Wales Under-21s at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. He has also recently been on trial with Championship sides Ipswich Town and Burnley, playing for their Reserve Team sides as the Hammers looked to get him out on loan for some experience. He also recently played for Yeovil Town Reserves back in August against Torquay United Reserves in a training match in Devon.

He has been capped at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level for his national side, and started his career at Sparta Prague before being signed by the Hammers at the age of 16. The 6'3" keeper has made three League Cup first team appearances for West Ham, whilst has also clocked up three first team appearances whilst undertaking loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth during 2009. těch has been on the bench for West Ham 28 times as part of their Premier League squads, but has yet to make his league debut for them.


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13 October 2011 : Stewart On Standby For Glovers Debut
Yeovil Town could be forced into fielding goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart in Saturday's League One home match against Carlisle United. The 31 year old has plenty of Football League experience with AFC Bournemouth, having been on their books between 1999 and 2008, and clocking up 163 league appearances and a further 16 in cup competitions for the Cherries.

The Preston-born player could be drafted into action following this morning's news that Jed Steer had returned to Norwich City, having suffered a thigh injury that was serious enough to end his loan stay at Huish Park. Steer suffered the injury during last Saturday's 2-2 draw against Colchester United and although he completed the full 90 minutes between the sticks, he will play no part in manager Terry Skiverton's short term plans.

The search has already begun for a replacement, with the Glovers highly likely to use the loan route again, with few free agents of any great quality likely to still be available. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he is in talks with one club in particular about allowing their keeper to come to Huish Park. However, if that move falls through, or it fails to complete by tomorrow, then he says he has no qualms about putting Stewart in goal:

"There's one (loan target) especially and we are hoping we get him in before tomorrow. If not, Gareth Stewart will start at the weekend and we'll have someone by the end of next week. I've got no problem in putting Gareth in for one game. We can't rush into this decision as Jed was hand-picked and somebody we had been looking at for a while."

Stewart has featured in a couple of low key Yeovil Town matches, including one of this season's pre-season friendlies. Since leaving Bournemouth, he played 47 times for Dorchester Town, and had been turning out for Welling United when he was recruited as a replacement for Ben Roberts, who left for Charlton Athletic.

Stewart left Park View Road after making 12 appearances, with the last of those coming in early January 2011. His last Football League appearance came on March 1st 2008, when he played the opening 40 minutes of a 2-0 Bournemouth home win over Hartlepool United, before suffering an injury. That saw the end of his competitive professional footballing career as he moved to join the Magpies that summer, dropping into non-league football as he began to get more involved in coaching at Bournemouth's Community Trust.


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13 October 2011 : Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Chesterfield in a League One match are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 5th November 2011. This is the Glovers first ever trip to the B2Net Stadium after the Spireites vacated their old Saltergate ground over the summer of 2010.

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are as follows:

Adults: 18.00; 15-18yo and Over-65s: 12.00; 14yo and Under: 8.00

There are no student concessions. Disabled supporters requiring a wheelchair space must liase with Melanie Cooper on 01246-209765 Ext 4112.

Yeovil Town supporters have been allocated the Rubicon North Stand. This is a covered seated stand behind a goal, that holds up to 2,112 spectators.

There are no matchday surcharges for this game. However, note that Chesterfield's ground operates via cashless turnstiles. If you do not buy from Huish Park in advance, you will need to purchase your ticket from a booth that is situated just outside the turnstiles. If lots of away fans turn up at the same time, then expect some queues.


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13 October 2011 : No Welsh Return To Huish Park
Yeovil Town supporters hoping to see former left-winger Andy Welsh in action on Saturday will be disappointed, with the Mancunian ruled out of this weekend's game. The Glovers play host to Carlisle United on Saturday, who signed the 27 year old over the summer after three years at Huish Park.

Welsh had made four starts for Carlisle, after initially starting the season on their bench, but suffered a torn calf muscle in training at the start of October, and at that time was ruled out of action for six weeks. Hence unless he makes a special journey to sit in the stand and see old friends, it's likely that the winger will remain in Cumbria.

Their manager Greg Abbott has been given more bad news this week, as captain Paul Thirlwell has been ruled out of their long trip down the M6 and M5. The 32 year old missed their match last weekend against Brentford with a calf injury, and that has not quite cleared up enough for them to risk him in this weekend's game. Tom Taiwo deputised for him last weekend, and is set to continue in that midfield position.

The Cumbrians have been down to their bare bones in recent week, although should be able to welcome back defender Lubo Michalik, who has been on international duty with Slovakia. Michalik was the club's first player to feature in an competitive full international match for 44 years when he played in Macedonia - the 28 year old 6'5" defender will come back into their squad, although will have had to deal with a 3,000 mile round trip, with his return to Carlisle only happening on Wednesday.

Last weekend, Abbott put assistant manager Graham Kavanagh on the bench - the 37 year old hasn't set foot on the field of play since August 2010, and pretty much hung up his boots after their Football League Trophy final defeat in March 2010, but Carlisle's lack of numbers forced to make himself available. Abbott has been looking at a number of trialists, but said today that he was unlikely to pursue any of them. Kavanagh should be able to concentrate on his coaching duties on Saturday, but they are likely to travel with pretty much every fit senior first teamer on board their bus.


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13 October 2011 : Glovers Set Date For Shepton Visit
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a date set for their Second Round match in the Somerset Premier Cup. They will travel to play Shepton Mallet, who play in the Western League First Division, on Tuesday 8th November 2011. Kick-off for the match at their Playing Fields ground will be at 7.45p.m.

All First Round fixtures have now been completed, with Frome Town progressing last night, via a 1-0 win over Paulton Rovers. That now gives a Second Round line-up as follows:

Bristol Manor Farm v Weston-Super-Mare
Hengrove Athletic v Brislington
Larkhall Athletic v Street
Portishead Town v Radstock Town
Shepton Mallet v Yeovil Town Reserves
Odd Town v Taunton Town
Welton Rovers v Clevedon Town
Wells City v Frome Town

All Second Round ties are due to be played during the week-commencing November 7th 2011.


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13 October 2011 : Screwfix Take Huish Park Stand Sponsorship
Yeovil Town have finally obtained new sponsorship for the East Stand at Huish Park. The stand has been sponsored by Yeovil-based firm Screwfix Direct, and it will become known as the Screwfix Community Stand.

The stand had previously existed under the names of the Bartlett Stand and the Cowlin Stand before being given an unsponsored name of the East Stand this summer, when Cowlin's deal ran out.

The new name of the stand will be in place for the home match against Huddersfield Town on Saturday 29th October. The deal with Screwfix will run for "two years" - presumably until the end of the 2012-13 season, rather than two complete calendar years.


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13 October 2011 : Jed Steer Leaves Yeovil Town Due To Injury
Yeovil Town are searching for a new goalkeeper after Jed Steer returned to Norwich City having suffered a thigh injury. The Eastern Daily Press state that the 19 year old suffered a thigh injury in last weekend's trip to Colchester United and is expected to be ruled out for at least two weeks - something that will take him to the end of his loan spell.

Skiverton has told the paper that Steer has done well and would look to bring him back to Huish Park, although obviously now has to go elsewhere before Saturday's match with Carlisle United:

"He has done absolutely fantastic so far and its just a little bit unfortunate that hes gone back with an injury. Leading up to then, for a young goalkeeper he came in, kept us in a lot of games and for someone so young, he shows great maturity and I know he will go on to become a great goalkeeper. One thing I will look to do is when hes back fit we will definitely look to do something to get him back. We are going to have to get someone in for the short term now, but speaking of Jeds attributes I dont think you would find a better shot stopper in League One, hes that good."

One option that Skiverton has is West Ham United goalkeeper Marek těch. The Czech Republic Under-21 international has been on international duty this week, keeping a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Wales Under-21s at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Tuesday night. He has also had recent trials with Championship sides Ipswich Town and Burnley, but neither side have taken up the offer of a loan deal.

The 21 year old recently played for Yeovil Town Reserves in a training match at Alvington, with Skiverton keeping in mind the fact that Steer's three month loan deal was due to end. One headache that Skiverton will need to contend with is that he will need Steer's replacement to be eligible for the FA Cup First Round - even a one month loan deal for a keeper would cover the fixture which is due to take place across the weekend of November 12th.

Finally, the Carlisle press were reporting that vice-captain Paul Huntington suffered a dislocated finger during last weekend's match at Colchester. Hunts completed the whole 90 minutes without problems - we recall him receiving some treatment during the game which presumably was related to that injury. The Carlisle press suggest that will not prevent him from turning out against his home town club on Saturday.


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12 October 2011 : Interview With Gavin Massey
On the Saturday just gone, two goals from Watford striker Gavin Massey secured the Glovers a 2-2 away draw against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. Following the match, Gavin spoke to the BBC about the game, and with questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: Gavin Massey Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Colchester.


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12 October 2011 : Gally Heads To Yorkshire For Contract Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall has left Workington to join one of their rivals in the Conference North division. The Welshman has moved from 21st placed Workington to sign for 3rd placed Guiseley after the West Yorkshire side put a contract offer on the table for his services.

According to the Cumbrian News and Star, the 29 year old played just four matches, totalling 314 minutes for the Reds, but was not under contract at Borough Park, and had turned out in one match for just travelling expenses, having had eight months without a club since his release from Wrexham in January.

Unsurprisingly, with a bit of financial security on the table, and no contract holding him down in Cumbria, Gally was free to walk, and Workington boss Darren Edmondson told the paper that he wasn't going to knock him for choosing to move on:

"Kevin came here in a bid to help us out and I thank him for the work hes put in. Guiseley came in for him and offered a contract, something we couldnt and hes decided its best for his future that he has some stability. You cannot fault a man for wanting that. Hes also been able to move closer to his family and hell continue to thrive in this league. Kevins been nothing but fair with us and we have to be fair with him. Hes decided he wants to move so theres very little we can do but offer him our best wishes. He made the effort in every game but was unlucky not to score some goals."

Since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2006, Kevin's travells have taken him through a range of mainly northern clubs, with Carlisle United, Darlington (loan), Lincoln City (loan), Port Vale, Darlington (this time permanently), York City and Wrexham all seeing him play across the five years. Guiseley should know a thing or two about Kevin already - his final appearance for Workington at Borough Park came in Guiseley's 3-1 win there on Saturday.

Spare a thought for another former striker, in Sam Williams who is expected to be out of action for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, with a knee injury. The 24 year old, who is currently Dagenham and Redbridge's top scorer, had been expected to be on the sidelines for six to eight weeks with a knee cartilage problem, but further diagnosis revealed that he had serious ligament damage in his right knee that would require an operation.

The rehabilitation process is expected to see him out of the game for a minimum of six months. With the operation yet to be pencilled in, whilst they wait for swelling on the knee to go down, Sam is not expected to play until next season. He remains under contract with the Daggers, having signed a two year deal at Victoria Road during the summer.


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12 October 2011 : September 2011 Player Of The Month
The month of September was a bit of a mixed one for the Glovers, as they picked up four league points across their five matches. There was one win and one draw, combined with three defeats, perhaps not helped by a couple of the negative results coming when Yeovil Town came up against a couple of the big guns.

In terms of the individual Man of the Match votes throughout the month, these were won by just three players across the five matches, with Anthony Edgar (Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End), Ed Upson (Wycombe Wanderers, Scunthorpe United) and Kieran Agard (Sheffield Wednesday) getting the nod.

Although Edgar and Agard did well in individual matches, defensive pair Luke Ayling and Paul Huntington pushed ahead of them, thanks to their overall consistency throughout the month. On top of the tree though for the month, was midfielder Ed Upson, who many supporters have picked out as one of the most improved players of the season so far.

The top ten players, along with the percentage of the vote cast, can be found below:

1 Ed Upson 21.8
2 Paul Huntington 11.6
3 Luke Ayling 10.8
4 Anthony Edgar 10.5
5 Kieran Agard 9.6
6 Alan O'Brien 8.3
7 Steve MacLean 6.2
8 Jed Steer 6.0
9 Max Ehmer 5.4
10 Nathan Jones 3.2


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11 October 2011 : Chainey Strike Guides Glovers Past Keynsham
Yeovil Town Reserves needed a single goal to secure their route into the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup this evening. A second half Aidan Chainey goal was enough to earn them a visit to Shepton Mallet for the second stage in a game that threatened to go through to extra time until the midfielder struck from the edge of the box.

The Glovers selected a side that contained just three professional players, and only one with any first team experience. Defensive midfielder Flavien Belson took to the field as the most senior player, whilst winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie and the versatile Rob Clowes provided the trio of first team squad members, with the remainder being made up from the club's Centre of Excellence side, more used to playing youth team football.

In a match being played on the brand new Crown Field 3G artificial surface, Glovers first team manager Terry Skiverton had said in the lead-up to the match that he was reluctant to include any of his professional players to play on an unfamiliar surface. That decision appeared to be vindicated when after a few tasty tackles and a frentic start of few chances, midfielder Jonny Kaye went down with a nasty injury. Kaye had to be replaced by Will Gordon, with the former on his way to hospital to have his injury seen to.

Rob Clowes, who started the match playing as a striker in a 4-4-2, but after the substitution found himself playing as the lynchpin in a 4-5-1 with Flavien Belson as a holding midfielder, was to have two great chances on either side of half time. One forced a strong save from the Keynsham keeper, whilst another saw him clear the crossbar from close range when he really should have hit the target.

The game was won though, by an excellent piece of work on the wing by substitute Will Gordon. He found Aidan Chainey on the edge of the box, and the midfielder swept the ball home to break the deadlock, and put the Glovers 1-0 up. Keynsham, who had shown a competitive edge throughout the match, weren't quite finished as they struck the crossbar only a few minutes after the goal, with the ball rebounding out for a throw-in, such was the power in the shot. However, the Glovers hung on for the win, and a route through to the second round.

Final Score: Keynsham Town 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 1.

Scorer: Aidan Chainey (0-1, circa 75 mins)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Matt Cafer
Taran Singh Jheeta, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle
Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Aidan Chainey, Flavien Belson, Jonny Kaye
Rob Clowes, Lloyd Matthews

Substitutes: Will Gordon (23 mins for Jonny Kaye)


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11 October 2011 : Team News For Keynsham Town vs Yeovil Town Reserves
Yeovil Town Reserves are playing Keynsham Town in tonight's Somerset Premier Cup First Round match at Keynsham's Crown Field ground. There are three professional players in tonight's line-up with winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie, defensive midfielder Flavien Belson and striker Rob Clowes all included. Their starting line-up for the game is as follows:

Matt Cafer
Taran Singh Jheeta, Lee Sweet, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle
Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Aidan Chainey, Flavien Belson, Jonny Kaye
Rob Clowes, Lloyd Matthews

The list of substitutes is yet to be determined, but Will Agbo has been spotted amongst their numbers, which are expected to be from the Under-18s side.


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11 October 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Announce Tamburino Partnership
Yeovil Town Ladies are proud to be representing the Tamburino Caffe and Restaurant of Yeovil, and Tamburino Gold of Sherborne. Tamburino have kindly supplied the senior squad with new training kit, and Laura Wensley, Rosie Williams, Terri Trowbridge, Jodi Cornwall, Rachel Simkin and Rachael Edwards are pictured below with Dominico outside the Tamburino Caff in Yeovil showing off their new attire.

Yeovil Town Ladies Joint Manager, Nigel Williams was delighted with the deal:

"The club is very pleased to be associated with Dominico and his Tamburino Restaurant group. The money provided by Dominico has enabled us to provide the players with a training Kit for the season, and this will also be used on Match day warm up.

"We feel privileged, as a club to be supported in such a way by a Yeovil Business that provides a professional service to its customers. At Yeovil Town Ladies we feel that we can give valued support to business partnerships in Yeovil by promoting them on our team wear and website. The partnerships funding help us to provide Ladies Football to the Town. We really value the support given, and obviously if you are ever in town and you want to meet the Ladies; we are regularly are seen in the caff.

If you are interested in becoming one of our partners of Yeovil Town Ladies please contact club secretary Ali King at alastair.king1965@btinternet.com
Yeovil Town Ladies Squad Members outside the Tamburino Caffe in Yeovil
Yeovil Town Ladies Squad Members outside the Tamburino Caff in Yeovil


[Article by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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11 October 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home League One match against Carlisle United have been published. The match will take place on Saturday 15th October 2011 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Carl Berry (Surrey).

We've not had Mr Berry as a match referee before, as he was only promoted to the Football League lists over this summer, although he did cover a couple of League Two matches during the latter part of the 2010-11 season. We've had him a couple of times as an assistant referee, such as the August 2009 home game against Tranmere Rovers (2-0 win) and the September 2010 home match against Exeter City (1-3 defeat) so he certainly knows where Huish Park is.

In addition to the couple of League Two matches during the second half of last season, he's done four more at League Two level this season, and produced his first red card in a Football League match during mid-September's match between Barnet and Oxford United - a 90th minute dismissal for a second bookable offence. This will be his first ever match at League One level - so far this season he's produced 18 yellow cards and that one dismissal across five games this season.

Mr Berry will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

A reminder that Saturday's match has a Kids For A Quid ticketing offer running. For full details, see the article linked below.

Link: Cumbrians Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.


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11 October 2011 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Away Tie
Yeovil Town have been drawn away in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will travel to play the winners of the Third Qualifying Round tie between Wokingham & Emmbrook and Farnborough. The former only played their Second Qualifying Round match against Binfield last Wednesday, so as far as we can tell there isn't a firm date for the Third Qualifying Round match yet, let alone the First Round! However, it's clear that the Under-18s will be getting a trip up the A303 and M3 regardless of who wins.

The Football Association state that all Third Qualifying Round matches are due to be played during the week commencing Monday 17th October. All First Round matches must be staged by Saturday 5th November. The full draw is as follows:

1 Tranmere Rovers vs Sheffield United
2 Mossley AFC or North Ferriby United vs Crewe Alexandra
3 Prescot Cables or York City vs Macclesfield Town
4 Hartlepool United vs Bury
5 Rochdale vs Oldham Athletic
6 Rotherham United vs Accrington Stanley
7 Morecambe vs Preston North End
8 Altrincham or Darlington vs Sheffield or Ashton Athletic
9 Scunthorpe United vs Huddersfield Town
10 Carlisle United vs Sheffield Wednesday
11 Bradford City vs Yorkshire Amateur or Marine
12 Burton Albion vs Boston United or Stourport Swifts
13 Hereford United vs Halesowen Town or Calverton MW
14 Kidderminster Harriers or Matlock Town vs Brighouse Town or Loughborough Dynamo
15 Chesterfield vs Tamworth or Lincoln City or Gresley
16 Milton Keynes Dons vs Walsall
17 Shrewsbury Town vs Notts County
18 Northampton Town vs Woodford United or Cambridge United
19 Nuneaton Town or Stratford Town vs Port Vale
20 Epsom & Ewell or Ebbsfleet United vs Whyteleafe or Welling United or Dulwich Hamlet
21 Brentford vs Dartford or Lewes
22 Crawley Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
23 Chelmsford City or Tilbury vs Stevenage
24 Uxbridge or Needham Market vs AFC Wimbledon
25 Leyton Orient vs Dereham Town or Luton Town
26 Corby Town or Redbridge vs Colchester United
27 Gillingham vs Staines Town or Hayes & Yeading United
28 Southend United vs Ramsgate or Corinthian or Erith Town
29 Dagenham & Redbridge vs Barnet
30 Hadleigh United or Thurrock vs Boreham Wood or Billericay Town
31 Soham Town Rangers or St Neots Town vs Charlton Athletic
32 Swindon Town vs Wimborne Town or Newport County
33 Bishop's Cleeve or Poole Town vs Torquay United
34 Larkhall Athletic or Cirencester Town vs Leatherhead or Camberley Town
35 Aldershot Town vs Bracknell Town or Corinthian or Erith Town
36 Wokingham & Emmbrook or Farnborough vs Yeovil Town
37 AFC Bournemouth vs Plymouth Argyle
38 Bristol Rovers vs Oxford City or Maidenhead United
39 Eastleigh or AFC Totton vs Exeter City
40 Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United


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10 October 2011 : Ladies Come From Behind To Pass University Test
Dawna Dennett, Justine Lorton and Laura Bray all got on the score sheet as Yeovil Town Ladies came from behind to beat the University of Portsmouth 3-1 at Southsea on Sunday. It was a tough test for the Glovers, and they had to be patient to get the points, but following a great second half performance they gained a deserved victory, keeping up the pressure on Havant & Waterlooville and Gloucester City at the top of the table, still just a point behind, with a
game in hand.

"Well, what can I say, another three points in the bag," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "We could just leave it at that and have done with it. We won - That is all our youth and senior teams either winning or drawing their matches. Well done to all for a successful weekend."

The Glovers started the game well, and laid into the opposition, creating three gilt-edged chances in the opening ten minutes, all of which failed to meet the back of the net thanks to either good defending and goalkeeping from Portsmouth, or Yeovil's inability to finish.

"For the first ten minutes of the half we were awesome," Williams said. "We were all over them, with our players coming from every direction, but then we went to sleep and they got their goal. We had all the play, but Portsmouth got their goal from a break down the right, a cross being whipped into the centre that we failed to deal with it, needlessly conceding.

"If you thought Sir Alex Ferguson gives the hairdryer treatment, then you ought to have been in our dressing room area at half time. You know it is not good enough when the whole team come off the pitch, with everyone annoyed with the first half performance."

The management's talk had a resounding effect on Yeovil, with them coming out in the second period, taking the opposition apart, and on 54 minutes Dawna Dennett banged home the equaliser, set up from a neat ball in from Terri Trowbridge, following a good run down the right side.

"Dawna's goal saw us get back on track," Williams said. "I was pleased with her today, and she took the goal well. Her fitness is getting better each week, but I had to bring her off after she received a knock on the head, being replaced by Justine Lorton who got involved from the minute of her arrival.

"Since joining the club Justine has shown her quality. She brings a calmness to the side, and with her on the pitch we started to knock the ball around, keeping possession and taking our opportunities. The second substitution saw us replace Kirsty Whitton on the right with Leah Jennings. She was asked to run at the defence on the right hand side, and we were then penetrating from the right and left sides, and switching play all the time."

Justine Lorton was continuing to cause problems for Portsmouth, holding the ball superbly and bring a multitude of players into the game, but when she put the Glovers two up on 80 minutes it was from a moment of individual brilliance, when she received the ball 30-yards out, finding some space to rifle home a cracker that gave the 'keeper no chance as the ball flew into top left hand corner of the net.

Yeovil were purring now, and four minutes later the third goal was slotted into the bottom left side of the net by Laura Bray, having received the ball from Stacey Pearson, after a lovely move of one touch football through the heart of the midfield.

"Dana Hinton came on for the final 15 minutes of the game," Williams said. "Although still not fully fit from an extended summer lay-off, she showed some great touches in the middle of the park. Dana worked hard after the game on a good blow out session. It is great to see her working to get her place back in the starting line.

"The great thing for Sarah (Lawler) and I at the moment is that the squad is so competitive. If you want a first team place at this club you have to work for it, and the players currently out injured must be wondering how they will get back into a winning team. All I can say is that is how we wanted it at the start of the season.

"We want the girls to work hard. We will not accept second best, and expect hard work at training and on the pitch. If they cannot make training for whatever reason they have to work away from the squad. If they do not they will be left behind. This is a club going places, and players who thought or think it is going to be easy at Yeovil Town Ladies, think again.

"I would like to thank the players for the second half performance. As a squad we did a Job today. Thank you to the supporters who travelled to see us as well. A good three points won, and a good weekend all round for the club."

Final Score: University Of Portsmouth Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Edwards (c), Brazell, Hatton, Trowbridge, Whitton (Jennings - 65), Wensley, Cornwall (Hinton - 77), Pearson, Dennett (Lorton - 55), Bray

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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10 October 2011 : Massey Lands Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Gavin Massey has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. The Watford striker was included in the line-up after he scored his first two senior goals in the 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Gavin netted Yeovil Town's fastest goal of the 2011-12 season when he scored with just 40 seconds on the clock, and he followed up with a second in the 63rd minute, with both goals being classic 'poacher' strikes, capitalising upon loose balls inside the box. The full team of the week for League One is as follows:

Trevor Carson (Bury)
Lewis Buxton (Sheff Wed), Dave Winfield (Wycombe), Miguel Llera (Brentford), Dave Buchanan (Tranmere)
James Berrett (Carlisle), Peter Sweeney (Bury), Gary Jones (Rochdale), Adam McGurk (Tranmere)
Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient), Gavin Massey (Yeovil Town)


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10 October 2011 : Ticketing And Directions For Keynsham County Cup Match
Yeovil Town Reserves are due to play Keynsham Town in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow evening. The match will be played at Keynsham's Crown Field ground, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Address: Keynsham Town Football Club, Crown Field, Bristol Road, Keynsham, Somerset, BS31 2BE.

Keynsham's ground is situated just south of the A4 Keynsham Bypass, and on the north side of Keynsham Town Centre. There's two main ways of getting to the ground - either head up to the south side of Bristol and then use the outer ringroad to join the A4 going towards Bath - this is a longer route, but sticks to the main roads. Or alternatively, you can cut a slice off by turning off the A37 just north of Farrington Gurney.

Just north of Farrington Gurney, take the B3355 onto the A39 at Hallatrow. Go through High Littleton and Farmborough. Bear right at the junction with the A368 Weston road and into Marksbury. At the end of the dual carriageway, fork Left for Keynsham. On entering the town, turn left at the roundabout by the Talbot Inn, go over the mini roundabout by the bridge and up to the High Street. Turn right at the next roundabout and at the end of the High Street, go straight on, with the church on your right. The rugby ground is on your right and the Crown Inn on the Left. Next, by the metal overbridge. turn right into the slip road and right into Keynsham Town's ground.

If you choose the route via the A4, then you need to turn off at the Hicks Gate Roundabout, and head south of the A4. For those coming from Bristol, this will be the third exit, or the first exit if you're coming from Bath. Descend down Durley Hill (A4175). At the bottom is a metal overbridge. Turn left before the bridge, where the yellow lines start, into the slip road and left again into Keynsham Town's ground.

Admission prices for tomorrow night's match are 4.00 for Adults, with concessions available for Juniors and OAPs at 2.00. Their Social Club will be open from 6.30p.m. with the usual range of beers and lagers and with Thatchers cider on tap. There are also refreshments available inside the ground.

As mentioned in our earlier article, the Crown Field ground has been radically redeveloped over the summer, with a new 3G artificial pitch laid down for the game. They are also in the midst of redeveloping their car park, so allow for a few temporary arrangements on the night in that area.

The expectation is that Yeovil Town will largely select their team from the Centre of Excellence side, with manager Terry Skiverton having indicated that he is unlikely to select from his professional squad, although whether he includes the players such as Rob Clowes and Alistair Slowe in the squad, we're not sure at this stage.

The referee for the match will be Martin Veater, assisted by Adam Fricker and Jack Daniells.

The majority of the First Round matches have now been completed, leaving the first and second round draw looking as follows:

Somerset Premier Cup First Round

Brislington 2-0 Chard Town
Clevedon Town 3-2 Bridgwater Town
Frome Town v Paulton Rovers (playing Wednesday)
Keynsham Town v Yeovil Town Reserves (playing Tuesday)
Larkhall Athletic 5-1 Bishop Sutton (AET - 1-1 after 90 mins)
Taunton Town 2-1 Bath City
Wellington Town 0-2 Odd Down

Somerset Premier Cup Second Round

Bristol Manor Farm v Weston-Super-Mare
Hengrove Athletic v Brislington
Larkhall Athletic v Street
Portishead Town v Radstock Town
Shepton Mallet v Keynsham Town or Yeovil Town
Odd Town v Taunton Town
Welton Rovers v Clevedon Town
Wells City v Frome Town or Paulton Rovers

Planned Round Dates:

Second Round - week commencing November 7th 2011
Third Round week commencing February 27th 2012
Semi Finals week commencing April 2nd 2012
Final May 1st 2012 (subject to participants involvement in League play offs).

Link: Date Set For Keynsham Cup Clash.

Note: If anyone is going to tomorrow night's match and would be able to provide either text messages, phone calls or Twitter updates, please drop a message, as obviously updates on this game will be harder to come by for this game.


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10 October 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Colchester 2 Yeovil 2
On Saturday, Yeovil Town came back with their first positive result for a month when they gained a 2-2 away draw against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. Our regular blogger Cruncher went on his travels to Essex, and came back with some post-match thoughts on the good and bad about the away point. Find out what he thought via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, available via the link below, and feel free to add your own thoughts.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Colchester 2 Yeovil 2.


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10 October 2011 : Scunthorpe United Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final game of September saw them travel to Glanford Park to play Scunthorpe United. A 2-1 defeat saw two Damien Mozika goals wraparound a Paul Wotton penalty after Kieran Agard was fouled inside the box.

Man of the match voting was a tight affair, with a lot of variation around the top four players who got the nod. Defensive pairing Paul Huntington and Luke Ayling got a decent share of the votes, whilst Kieran Agard did well up front. The winner, and not for the first time during September, was midfielder Ed Upson, who continues to be one of the shining lights in the side for the 2011-12 season. Results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Ed Upson 62 (5)
2 Kieran Agard 48 (4)
3 Luke Ayling 44 (3)
4 Paul Huntington 38 (2)
5 Jed Steer 30 (1)
6 Paul Wotton 16 (1)
7 Billy Gibson 14 (0)
8 Steve MacLean 12 (0)
8 Alan O'Brien 12 (0)
10 Max Ehmer 6 (0)
11 Anthony Edgar 2 (0)
11 Curtis Haynes-Brown 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.19

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.38

VOTES RECEIVED: 16


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9 October 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Torquay United : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s came from behind to record their first victory in the Youth Alliance League Cup Group on Saturday. They saw off opponents Torquay United by a 2-1 scoreline, with Will Gordon grabbing both goals, despite the Gulls having taken an early lead.

Once again, the Glovers went into the match missing Melchi Emanuel-Williamson through injury, although they were able to recall Adam Cleary to the side following his recent injury, as well as striker Will Gordon. Corey King and Elliot Nelson dropped to the bench, which included trialist Josh Anderson.

Despite a strong start from the home side, out on the Alvington pitches, they fell behind against the run of play as the Gulls No.8 smashed the ball home from just outside the six yard box, after Matt Cafer had parried a shot on goal. The Gulls also hit the crossbar from a free kick, but on the whole only established their attacking credentials on the counter-attack.

The Glovers were playing the ball around well in midfield, but perhaps guilty of over-playing it, given that when they did lose the ball, Torquay were able to hit them on the break. One of the best efforts of the opening half came from centre-back Lee Sweet when he shot just wide of the far post from the edge of the box. 0-1 down at the break.

The second period saw Yeovil attempt a few tactical switches, in their efforts to break their duck. Lloyd Matthews narrowly missed the target with two great attempts - glancing one shot just wide of the target, then another that just missed landing in the top corner of the net. Persistence eventually paid off though, and Matthews was the supplier - running in and feigning to shoot, but instead passing the ball across for Will Gordon to fire home the equaliser from six yards out.

Better was to come during the final 10 minutes of the match, after Josh Anderson had replaced Adam Cleary. The trialist found Will Gordon in the box, and after his first shot on goal was blocked, Gordon buried the rebound to bring the score back to 2-1 and complete Yeovil's deserved comeback. Full marks for persistence to the players, and a welcome three points to set them on their way in the second of five Cup Group matches.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Torquay United Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Torquay Player (0-1, first half), Will Gordon (1-1, second half), Will Gordon (2-1, second half).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Taran Singh Jheeta, Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Lee Sweet, Jonny Kaye, Will Agbo, Aidan Chainey, Lloyd Matthews, Adam Cleary, Will Gordon.

Substitutes:
Corey King, George Russell, Elliot Nelson (for Will Agbo), Josh Anderson (for Adam Cleary)


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9 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 away draw against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.


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9 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Interview
Just before kick-off in yesterday's match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of his interview is recorded via the link below.

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


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8 October 2011 : Away Point Banishes Skiverton's Demons
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said that he was glad to break a bad run of form this afternoon, when his side took a point from their away match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium today. Two goals from Gavin Massey sandwiched goals for the home side from Andy Bond and Michail Antonio.

Speaking after the game, Skiverton said that not everything about the performance pleased him, but that in breaking a run of four consecutive defeats, including two very poor performances against Bury and AFC Bournemouth, that his side had shown some signs of recovery:

"We banished a few demons and ghosts from this game but the hard work is still to come and we have to make sure that we carry on playing with that same determination. The supporters are fine if you put the effort in but they can't stomach it when we're not running around and we're not showing enough energy and look like we're fighting for the badge. It's only happened for one and a bit games out of 11 or 12 now, but it's still not good enough. We're in a tough league but we have to keep rallying and showing that to the supporters."

Colchester boss John Ward reflected upon an afternoon that had seen his side dominate the majority of the match, yet almost lose it at the death with Kieran Agard's header hitting the crossbar in the 90th minute.

Statistics sourced from the Press Association claimed that header was Yeovil's only shot during the match of any kind, apart from Massey's two goals, yet the Essex side had clocked up 13 shots at the other end, as well as forcing 11 corners to just one from the Glovers. Ward felt that his side had committed two defensive errors that had contributed to his side's failure to win all three points:

"It was a frustrating afternoon in terms of the scoreline. We dominated maybe 75% of the game if not more, but we made two errors at the back which have resulted in goals going against us. I'd imagine Yeovil have gone away wondering how on earth they've managed to score two goals because we've had the majority of the play, the majority of the efforts and the majority of the football and not managed to win the game. But that happens in football and in sport and there are frustrations, but you have to overcome them. Whether we thought it would be okay after we went 2-1 up I don't know, but it also jolted Yeovil into a more positive approach. There was an error which they capitalised on, but we did have two or three opportunities to win the game after that."


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8 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-2 away draw against Colchester United at the Community 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 Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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8 October 2011 : Colchester 2 Yeovil 2 : Massey Double Stops Losing Run
Yeovil Town snatched a point from the Community Stadium this afternoon as they managed a 2-2 against Colchester United. They had Gavin Massey to thank for that, with the Watford loan striker netting his first two goals for the club in a game where the Glovers had few chances. An Andy Bond strike and a Michail Antonio header appeared to have the U's on their way until Massey's second, and Kieran Agard could even have committed daylight robbery when he hit the crossbar in the final minute.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the side that lost in the Football League Trophy during midweek. Included in those changes was also a formation change, as suspended pair Luke Ayling and Ed Upson returned, lining up in a three man midfield. At left-back Nathan Jones was recalled, whilst Steve MacLean came into the starting line-up as the most advanced of a three pronged attack.

Having lost their last four matches, Yeovil got off to a dream start when they netted with just 40 seconds on the clock. Steve MacLean put the ball into the path of Oli Johnson who drove forward, firing in a shot on goal. Colchester keeper Ben Williams could only parry the ball into the path of Gavin Massey and he put the rebound home for a 1-0 lead and an incredible start to the game.

The next 44 minutes and 20 seconds all went with one side, and it wasn't Yeovil. They were not to have a single shot during the remainder of a half that Colchester dominated and Yeovil defended deep as if it was part of a training ground 'defenders vs attackers' routine - Steve MacLean often a lonesome figure on the halfway line. Andy Bond and Ian Henderson had wild attempts wide of goal, whilst Kayode Odejayi nearly score as he saw the ball ricochet off his shins from a Jed Steer parry of a better Henderson shot.

Strikers Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey were booked as they attempted to provide defensive capabilities, and it was from the latter foul that Colchester got their equaliser, as a free kick was pushed sideways, and no-one closed down Andy Bond, whose long range shot appeared to wrong-foot Jed Steer via a deflection. On the balance of play, little more than the home side deserved, and giving a 1-1 half time score.

The second period opened up with more of the same, and Colchester took the lead nine minutes into the second period - an Antony Wordsworth cross into the box was in danger of going in direct, but a close range Michail Antonio header put the Essex side 2-1 up, and with Yeovil not having shown any sort of attacking intent, it was looking like they were slipping to another defeat.

Not quite. The goal forced the Glovers to force a slightly more positive outlook, and nine minutes after Antonio's goal, Max Ehmer made a run from a right-back position and his shot was parried by Ben Williams. In the space where the ball fell was Gavin Massey - right place, right time and he was able to sweep the loose ball home. Two shots and two goals, but an all important 2-2 equalising goal.

Colchester thought they had the lead back with five minutes left when substitute Steven Gillespie got the ball in the back of the net, but they were frustrated by the whistle of referee Chris Sarginson, who blew up, and promptly booked the striker for a foul on Jed Steer. Then defender Magnus Okuonghae shot over the bar from close range in a crowded box as the home side turned the screw in the closing minutes. Yet improbably, Yeovil could have snatched all three points, as Glovers substitute Kieran Agard struck the crossbar in the 90th minute - pretty much only Yeovil's third shot on goal of the day. But in the end both sides had to settle for the point.

The result keeps Yeovil in 21st place in the League One table, and two points adrift of safety, but on the plus side, at least the run of four consecutive defeats has been ended. Colchester was where the great 2010-11 turnaround started - they will be hoping today also acts as the spark for something better, even if the balance of the game suggests that there is still rather a lot to work on.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gavin Massey (0-1, 1 min), Andy Bond (1-1, 38 mins), Michail Antonio (2-1, 54 mins), Gavin Massey (2-2, 63 mins)

Colchester United
1. Ben Williams
20. Brian Wilson 5. Pat Baldwin 4. Magnus Okuonghae 24. Ben Coker
14. Andy Bond 10. Kemal Izzet 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson
15. Kayode Odejayi 11. Michail Antonio

Substitutes:
6. Matt Heath 8. John-Joe O'Toole 9. Steven Gillespie (74 mins for Anthony Wordsworth) 23. Lloyd James 27. Karl Duguid

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-3-2-1):
1. Jed Steer
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
2. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 8. Ed Upson
21. Gavin Massey 9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard (82 mins for Oli Johnson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson

Colchester Bookings: Steven Gillespie (85 mins, foul), Kemal Izzet (88 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Oli Johnson (30 mins, foul), Gavin Massey (37 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (80 mins, foul), Bondz N'Gala (90 mins, foul)

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Barry Holderness (Essex) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,521


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8 October 2011 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting eleven for the League One match against Colchester United, following the midweek debacle that saw them exit the Football League Trophy at Dean Court at the hands of AFC Bournemouth. The four that are recalled to the side were all involved in the last League One match at Bury with Luke Ayling and Ed Upson returning from suspension. Left-back Nathan Jones returns to the side at left back, whilst striker Steve MacLean comes into a three pronged attack.

The formation is expected to be a 4-3-3 formation, although with Steve MacLean playing at the top and Gavin Massey and Oli Johnson likely to be providing some width. Paul Wotton will act as the most defensive of the midfielders.

Kerrea Gilbert, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Billy Gibson and Alan O'Brien all drop out of the starting line-up, which reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-3-2-1):
1. Jed Steer
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
2. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 8. Ed Upson
21. Gavin Massey 9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson

Colchester United
1. Ben Williams
20. Brian Wilson 5. Pat Baldwin 4. Magnus Okuonghae 24. Ben Coker
14. Andy Bond 10. Kemal Izzet 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson
15. Kayode Odejayi 11. Michail Antonio

Substitutes:
6. Matt Heath 8. John-Joe O'Toole 9. Steven Gillespie 23. Lloyd James 27. Karl Duguid


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8 October 2011 : Freeman Bemoans Glovers Injuries As He Searches For New Loan
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Luke Freeman has spoken about his time at Huish Park, blaming a succession of injuries for his problems in fully establishing himself in the Glovers side. The Arsenal player went out on loan for the start of the 2010-11 season, but only lasted until mid-November, making five league starts in a total of 15 appearances that saw him score two goals.

Having scored against Leyton Orient on his dbut, the end was a less eventful one, as he returned to the Gunners in late November, having had his half-season loan deal cut short. The 19 year old said that he'd never had fitness problems before, but told Arsenal's club site that his time at Huish Park saw him suffer three or four problems before he headed back to the Emirates Stadium:

"I definitely want to go back out on loan to get that experience. First, I'll make sure it's the right club and just hopefully wait for a good one to come in for me. I had a few injuries at Yeovil that let me down. The first couple of months I did well and then they hit. I've never really suffered with them in my life, but I think I had three or four in about six months there. It was definitely gutting. I didn't get as many games as I'd wanted to because the injuries held me back which was very unfortunate."

Freeman had been connected with a loan spell at League Two side Swindon Town last month, but the Robins later denied that was on the cards. He has yet to have another loan spell since his time in Somerset.

Former Yeovil Town defensive midfielder Matthew Rose has been appointed as Reserve Team Coach at Conference South side Hampton & Richmond Borough. Little has been seen of Rose since his retirement from football, after leaving the Glovers in the summer of 2008. He set himself up as a financial advisor to footballers during the summer of 2009 and is still listed as part of their management team in Peterborough.

Former striker Alex Meechan has moved on a one month loan deal to Harrogate Town. Currently on the books of AFC Telford United, he has had a nomadic existence over the years. Since leaving Bristol City where he joined Yeovil on loan, the 31 year old has played for Forest Green Rovers (three times), Dagenham and Redbridge, Leigh RMI, Halifax Town, Chester City, York City, Stalybridge Celtic, Altrincham and Droylsden.


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8 October 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday Man Of The Match Result
Mid-September saw Yeovil Town lose out by a 2-3 scoreline against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. Both Glovers goals were scored by Kieran Agard and it's fair to say that the first of that pair caused plenty of debate around the internet. That brace though was to prove to be irrelevant, as a trio of set pieces proved Yeovil's undoing.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, right-back Luke Ayling and left-winger Alan O'Brien came in for praise, earning a high proportion of the votes. However, it was striker Kieran Agard, in scoring his first two goals for the Glovers, who got the nod, even if the first one may have not made Owls fans too happy! Results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Kieran Agard 188 (12)
2 Alan O'Brien 144 (7)
3 Luke Ayling 124 (9)
4 Paul Huntington 66 (3)
5 Ed Upson 50 (4)
6 Anthony Edgar 34 (1)
7 Nathan Jones 28 (2)
8 Jed Steer 22 (1)
9 Steve MacLean 18 (0)
10 Dominic Blizzard 10 (1)
11 Max Ehmer 8 (0)
12 Bondz N'Gala 6 (0)
12 Billy Gibson 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.68

Performance: 6.10
Entertainment: 7.25

VOTES RECEIVED: 40


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7 October 2011 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Reminder
For those Yeovil Town supporters who are not travelling up to Essex tomorrow, a reminder that you can still watch football in the town on Saturday morning. The Under-18s side play their second Youth Alliance League Cup Group match of the season when they play host to Torquay United at the Alvington ground, which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern (Brewsters) pub off Bunford Lane.

Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and there will be refreshments available before and during the game on sale. All supporters are welcome and admission to the match is free of charge.


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7 October 2011 : Skivo Previews The Colchester Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Colchester.


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7 October 2011 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make a journey eastbound tomorrow when they take on Colchester United in a League One match at the Community Stadium. They play the Essex side lying in the relegation zone in League One for the first time since the opening day of the season, currently 10 places and eight points behind 11th placed Colchester.

Form at present is not looking too good at present by any stretch of the imagination. A total of 15 goals have been conceded in the last six matches, with the last four of those being defeats, whilst the last ten matches have brought seven losses, two draws and just one win. Concerning? Undoubtedly. However, for those who like omens, it's worth noting that the 2010-11 low point was a pretty dreadful 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth that was followed by a trip to Colchester. The end result was a creditable, if not spectacular 0-0 draw. That was the start of a five game unbeaten run and a manager of the month nomination - right now the Glovers could do with history repeating itself.

Manager Terry Skiverton read the riot act after Tuesday night's defeat at Bournemouth, threatening to turf out some of his under-performing players. He has now back-tracked somewhat on that, probably in part because with 16 different players having started against Bury and Bournemouth, it's simply not possible to drop all of the guilty parties from those matches. The long term injuries to Andy Williams (ankle), Jonathan Obika (knee) and Gavin Williams (knee) also limit the options he has, whilst Flavien Belson (back) and Dominic Blizzard (knee) have been unavailable during the last couple of games. He does have the option of recalling midfielder Ed Upson and right-back Luke Ayling following their one match suspensions - with Kerrea Gilbert having gone down with what looked to be a hamstring problem on Tuesday, Ayling's recall seems inevitable.

Colchester welcome back midfielder John-Joe OToole from a three match suspension, although with the U's having won their last two matches by a 1-0 scoreline, he may have to wait his turn to get back into their side. Goalkeeper Mark Cousins is missing with a shoulder injury, but Ben Williams has proved an able deputy during the last three matches, whilst winger Ashley Vincent has been out with a knee injury, and is short of match practice and so is unlikely to get any further than the bench.

As for past meetings, Yeovil's track record is not good. Although the Glovers won 4-2 on the last day of last season, that was their first victory over the U's since entering the Football League, and for their last victory in Essex you have to go back to March 1991 when both were Conference clubs. However, based on current form, few would complain if Yeovil got a repeat of last December's 0-0 draw.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available from the Community Stadium, albeit with a matchday surcharge. If you are going to the game, then don't forget to look at our Ciderspace guide, linked below. We will be providing updates via our Twitter account so follow us for news and views during the day. You'll also find BBC Somerset operating on 95.5FM for full live commentary of the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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7 October 2011 : Bondz: It Wasn't Me That Scored Own Goal
Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala unwittingly landed on the scoresheet on Tuesday night, but he denies being the goalscorer. The 22 year old was credited as having headed into his own net for AFC Bournemouth's third goal in the 3-2 defeat at Dean Court in the Football League Trophy, but has pointed out that he didn't touch the ball as it was flighted into the net via the near post.

Speaking to BBC Somerset yesterday, Bondz was keen to have his name erased from the scoresheet following the game, but said that he wasn't going to point the finger at anyone else for what had been a small part of a very poor first half performance:

"It wasn't me! It was one of the other lads, but it was given to me. So I hope that I can get a goal on Saturday if selected, or that a goal is given to me when someone else scores! We all know who it was. We'll take it as a team and take it on the chin. It wasn't a great first half performance. That's the angriest I've seen the manager, but we shouldn't allow him to get to that point. We were given all the right tools to perform, and so it's time for us to do so."

Reviewing the video footage on the BBC Sport website, it's quite clear to us that Bondz is nowhere near the ball, and is stood slightly deeper from the penalty spot (No.4 shirt) when the ball goes in the net. Exactly who netted the own goal in the end? We wouldn't want to name names, but suggest that Curtis Haynes-Brown should maybe look away when watching the footage again ...


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7 October 2011 : Skiverton Puts On A Cool Head After Midweek Anger
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has calmed down now following his fiery post-match verdict after the AFC Bournemouth Football League Trophy defeat at Dean Court. The Glovers boss suggested after the 3-2 defeat that several of his playing squad had their careers on the line, and that there would be changes on the cards.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, in advance of Saturday's trip to Colchester United, Skiverton said that there were problems that needed to be worked upon, but conceded that some of his words had been chosen in the heat of the moment:

"That's what happens when you've got to do media (interviews) right after a game. The honesty comes out of your emotions. I'm okay now. We've had to put it to bed in a meeting. A few home truths have come out. We need to work harder, and we need to be stronger when we're out of possession and that we're not conceding goals - because we're scoring enough. It's something that we need to remedy and we need to remedy it fast. But there's a bigger picture as well, and we need to make sure that we're concentrating on the jobs that we're doing and not to get fearful and panic, because we've never done that before, so why start doing it now?"

Skiverton freely admitted even on Tuesday night that he was angry with his side's performance, but said that for that anger to be effective, it needed to be controlled:

"It is (effective) if it is controlled, and it wasn't really that controlled on Tuesday night. It was the angriest I've been for a while and sometimes you're out of practice. But it got the right response. In the second half, I think we were a lot better. We were disappointed to not come away by making it go to penalties, because we had the chance where we hit the crossbar and we got into some real dangerous positions at the end but couldn't quite get the third. But again we were needing to score three goals to draw a game. You're not going to win any games if you keep conceding that amount of goals."

Skiverton talked on Tuesday about players perhaps finding themselves out in the cold following the team's performances against Bournemouth and Bury. He explained today that his decision-making may not be quite as blunt as that in practice:

"That's what I said after the game, but that's just in the heat of the moment. I'll be picking my strongest team because that's what I do every week, and we'll just have to wait and see."


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6 October 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make the journey to Essex, where they will visit the Community Stadium, home of Colchester United. As usual, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include the latest detail on ticketing, travel including special information for those using public transport to get to the match. There's also a pub guide, plus general club background and statistics. Head via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.


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6 October 2011 : Owls Coach Lands FA Fine
The Football Association have fined Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes after he was found guilty of improper conduct in his club's recent League One match at Huish Park. The charge relates to the September 17th fixture between the two clubs that proved to be a fiery encounter, following Kieran Agard's first half equalising goal that pulled the game back to 1-1.

Wednesday eventually grabbed all three points in a 2-3 away win, but Rhodes was charged after the match by the FA. No formal details have been provided by the FA or the Owls over what the charge related to, but was understood to relate to an incident in or around the tunnel area just after the half time whistle blew.

Rhodes pleaded not guilty to the charge. Today an Independent Regulatory Commission disagreed and found him guilty. He has been fined 1,000 and warned as to his future conduct as a result of the hearing.


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6 October 2011 : Massey Now Parked Up For Extended Stay
Yeovil Town have extended their loan deal for Watford striker Gavin Massey. The 19 year old will remain at Huish Park until Sunday November 6th, which will keep him at the club until the day after the Glovers are due to travel to play Chesterfield. The following Saturday is reserved for the FA Cup First Round suggesting that a decision has yet to be made over whether the Hornets would be willing to allow him to become cup-tied if his stay in South Somerset was extended further.

Massey has so far made four substitute appearances at League One level during the first month of his loan spell with the Glovers. However, he made his first full appearance for the club in Tuesday night's defeat against AFC Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy. He has yet to score for the club. Watford have included a 24 hour recall clause in the extended deal.


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6 October 2011 : Holding Company Publishes Annual Accounts
Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd have published their annual accounts for the year ending December 31st 2010. This is the first set of accounts published by the holding company which now has 100 percent ownership of Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Ltd (trading as and more commonly known as Yeovil Town Football Club).

As such the accounts published are extremely brief. The main change to the company is that a total of 1,707,213 ordinary one pound shares have been added to the company's share issue, giving a total of 1,707,214. This is a paper transfer of the share ownership in Yeovil Town Football Club and thus completes the transfer of ownership (see September 15th news item) into the separated holding company. There had previously been a single nominal share issued to the company - the total now and the allocated share distribution should mirror that previously was contained within Yeovil Town Football Club.

The Yeovil Town Holdings company has reported an operating loss of 50,391 for the year 2010. No breakdown of the detail behind these losses are provided, and they are allocated to "Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year".

Given the Holdings Company is not involved in day-to-day trading it is likely that the costs involved relate to sums incurred by splitting the club's property assets from its footballing operations and providing the share transfer to set up the company structure required. Some further costs may relate to any fees incurred as part of the company's talks with the local Council, and CDS Superstores International Limited, who are the group company own The Range and are fronted by Chris Dawson. However, the annual accounts do not provide any detail that would imply where the 50,391 costs have come from, or who the current creditors are.

The Holding Company accounts confirm that they are now 100 percent owners of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd. They note that the club currently has an Aggregate Capital and Reserves of 900,549 (note that this includes assets and issued shares), and made a profit of 11,612 during the last reported accounts.

In other news, this week's Western Gazette indicates that the Football Club are about to announce new sponsors for the East Stand at Huish Park. The stand has been unsponsored since the deal with Cowlin Construction expired at the end of last season. The paper believes that a deal has already been agreed with a 'local business' and that the name will be revealed within the following week.


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5 October 2011 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side crashed to a 4-1 defeat in their opening cup match this afternoon. In a match played at Elburton Villa's Haye Road ground, only a Lloyd Matthews goal gave them some joy in the first of five Football League Youth Alliance Cup Group games being played throughout October.

The Glovers made one change to Saturday's starting line-up that played against Swansea City, with Will Gordon dropping out of the squad entirely due to an injury, allowing Elliot Nelson a chance to start in Devon. However, they fell behind early on when a defensive error after five minutes left keeper Matt Cafer stranded, and he brought down an Argyle striker in the box for a penalty kick - scored to put the home side 1-0 up.

Plymouth were very physical against a smaller Glovers side, and when Yeovil tried to compete with that, they fouled in situations where the Pilgrims managed to stay - in the eyes of the referee - on the right side of the law. A second foul inside the box though had a touch of bad luck about it - Will Agbo's slip resulted in Argyle's second spot kick, duly dispatched for a 2-0 half time lead.

Yeovil regrouped at half time and came out of the traps flying for their best spell of the game, and they got their reward for that effort when Lloyd Matthews cut in from the left flank, moving across the Argyle defence, before firing an excellent shot into the top left hand corner to pull the game back to 2-1. Fully deserved within that spell of the match, with the Glovers having managed to get a good pass'n'move rhythm going following the break.

During the closing stages of the game, Yeovil made a number of substitutions, bringing on a couple of younger players in the process. That may have been a contributory factor in the home side finishing the match strongly - forcing two more second half goals for a disappointing end to the match. Next up is Saturday's home match against Torquay United, at Alvington as Yeovil aim to get off the mark in their Cup Group campaign.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 4 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Taran Singh Jheeta, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Elliot Nelson, Johnny Kaye, Lloyd Matthews, Corey King.

Substitutes:
Tommy Smith, Andy Venning, George Russell.


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5 October 2011 : Clarke Lands Dolphins Loan Deal
Yeovil Town first year professional Lewis Clarke has gone out on loan in search of first team experience. The former youth team player, who operates generally as a right-winger, but has also played in the full-back position, has joined Southern League South and West Division side Poole Town on a 'short term' loan deal.

Clarke has already had first team loan experience with Sherborne Town and his home town Weymouth. This is his first outing since turning professional.

Clarke joins Rhys Baggridge, who is currently away from the club playing for Dorset side Gillingham Town, who are managed by former Glover Adrian Foster.

Update: Poole Town have stated that the loan will run for a three month period. This will take Clarke's stay with the Dorset club until the first week in January.


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5 October 2011 : Bingo! Ladies Arrange Another Night Out
Yeovil Town Ladies have launched plans for their second Bingo night, as part of their efforts to raise funds for their club. Having hosted a highly successful event back in February 2011, they're repeating the evening next month at Huish Park.

The evening will take place on Friday 11th November, in the Alec Stock Lounge, with doors opening at 7.00p.m. The Bingo itself will commence at 7.30p.m. thus giving you half an hour to get settled in and to order drinks at the bar.

Cost of entry, which will include all games, will be 8.00, with prizes available for those lucky people who get a 'line' or a 'full house' in any of the games. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you don't watch the Ladies game, or even if someone in your family has no interest in football, but enjoys a few Bingo cards. All are welcome.

For further information, call 07813 293998 or turn up on the evening and play.


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5 October 2011 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 8th October 2011 at the Community Stadium. The man in charge of of the fixture will be referee Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson is relatively new to Football League refereeing, having been promoted in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it.

Most recently, we had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

This season, he's started fairly quietly with just 12 bookings in six games, and zero red cards. Colchester last had him in March 2011 when he took charge of their 1-3 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons.

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Barry Holderness (Essex) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Nigel Lugg (Surrey).

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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5 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Cup Game
Following last night's 3-2 defeat against AFC Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skiverton gives a fairly damning assessment of his players' performances and that transcript can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Cup Game.


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5 October 2011 : Carlisle United Kids For A Quid Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town's next home match is a home game against Carlisle United that takes place in 10 days time on October 15th 2011. The match has a 'Kids For A Quid' promotion running against it where supporters aged Under 16 can gain admittance to the ground for just one point.

With that in mind, an additional Fixtures Poster has been produced to help promote the game, in addition to the one that covers all fixtures for the month of October 2011.

As before, the poster is available in two forms - both of which are displayed in PDF format (which requires Adobe Reader to open). Feel free to display either poster in any shop, school, or noticeboard where you have permission from the owner/authority to do so. The 'High Resolution' version is the higher quality version for printing, however for those happy to accept something a bit rough at the edges, then a 'Low Resolution' version is available.

The two versions of the October 2011 poster are also available via the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: Cumbrians Match Gets Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: October 2011 : Fixtures Poster (Low Resolution Version - PDF format).

Link: October 2011 : Fixtures Poster (High Resolution Version - PDF format).


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4 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this evening's 3-2 away defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, 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 Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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4 October 2011 : Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 2 : Late Drama Can't Stop Another Cup Exit
Yeovil Town crashed out of the Football League Trophy tonight, despite giving hosts AFC Bournemouth a late scare at Dean Court as they threatened to come back from three goals down at half time. Two strikes from Marc Pugh and a Curtis Haynes-Brown own goal threatened to turn the game into a riot, but a Steve MacLean second half goal, followed by a late Max Ehmer tap-in at the right end created an exciting late finish during which MacLean almost grabbed an improbable equaliser.

With this being viewed as a minor cup tie, the Glovers made five changes to Saturday's line-up, with two of them forced. Luke Ayling and Ed Upson were suspended, and so Kerrea Gilbert and Bondz N'Gala came in as replacements, with Max Ehmer moving into midfield. Curtis Haynes-Brown got a chance at left-back, displacing Nathan Jones, whilst strike pair Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey got the nod in preference to Steve MacLean and Kieran Agard.

The first half started reasonably quietly, in an even opening 15 minute period that saw few chances for either side. The pattern of the game changed though with the opening goal - the Cherries had just been building up a head of steam leading up to that, and a left-wing cross from Warren Cummings was nodded down by Steve Fletcher. The only player to react to this simple move was Marc Pugh who fired home, in off the turf and past Jed Steer for a 1-0 lead.

At this point, a Glovers side who have been looking rather low on confidence in the last couple of games, crumbled, with their play disintegrating across a 30 minute spell that was car crash football. On 25 minutes Bournemouth doubled their lead when indecision between Kerrea Gilbert and Jed Steer saw the goalkeeper make a rare error, with Marc Pugh robbing him of the ball and planting the ball into an empty net for a dreadfully soft goal.

Five minutes later and things got worse, as Marc Pugh got a hat-trick of sorts - his cross into the box saw Curtis Haynes-Brown put under pressure by Bournemouth's big striker Steve Fletcher, and the Glovers defender ended up flicking the ball off his head and into the back of the net for an own goal. 3-0 down and only 30 minutes played and this was looking very messy indeed.

The Glovers switched to a 4-5-1 formation, pushing Oli Johnson into a right-wing position, whilst Billy Gibson moved into the centre. Having only one up front wasn't likely to get them back into the game, but it served as damage limitation as the extra man swamped the midfield and at least shored things up a touch. There was still another blow by half time though, with Kerrea Gilbert going down with what appeared to be a hamstring strain - he just about limped through to the break, but with Steve MacLean already stripped off when the referee's whistle blew at the end of an awful 45 minutes, it was obvious what was planned.

McLean's second half arrival meant that Max Ehmer switched into a right-back slot to cover Gilbert's absence, and the second period was a far quieter affair, with players from both sides going through the motions a touch, and the Cherries making a number of substitutions, doubtless to save their players legs, with the tie seemingly already won. Just past the hour mark though, Steve MacLean gave Yeovil a small glimmer of hope as he received possession from Gavin Massey; turning and shooting well inside the box to bring the deficit back to 3-1 with 27 minutes remaining.

The Glovers gradually managed to build up a collection of goal attempts, albeit without truly threatening to find a route back into the match. Anthony Edgar and Kieran Agard were introduced as late substitutes, and things began to warm up a touch, with the perspective of the game firmly changed on 88 minutes when Max Ehmer converted Steve MacLean's cross from close range, as Ehmer stayed in the box following a set piece. Suddenly two minutes left, and game on at 3-2!

What had seemed impossible on 45 minutes and improbable on 85 minutes suddenly became possible, as the Cherries defence panicked for the first time in the match. In the 90th minute, Steve MacLean struck the woodwork inside a crowded box, and Anthony Edgar had a shot blocked for a corner, as the temperature was turned up. MacLean went down in the box amidst one goalmouth melee, sparking a spot of handbags between the players, which referee Fred Graham either couldn't work out the origins of, or decided to just calm things down. Three minutes of injury time couldn't quite force an equalising goal that in truth wouldn't have been deserved, but at least that final period of play restored some pride in a Glovers side that at one point in the match looked as though it was on the brink of total collapse.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Marc Pugh (16 mins, 1-0), Marc Pugh (25 mins, 2-0), Curtis Haynes-Brown (30 mins, og, 3-0), Steve MacLean (63 mins, 3-1), Max Ehmer (88 mins, 3-2)

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Shwan Jalal
19. Stephen Purches 28. Warren Cummings 5. Adam Barrett 40. Stephane Zubar
7. Marc Pugh 4. Shaun Cooper 15. Steven Gregory 11. Jaime Peters
14. Lyle Taylor 33. Steve Fletcher

Substitutes:
23. Darryl Flahavan (GK) 22. Joe Partington (56 mins for Stephen Purches) 24. Michael Symes (69 mins for Jayden Stockley) 29. Jayden Stockley (46 mins for Lyle Taylor) 36. Josh Carmichael

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
15. Kerrea Gilbert 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
23. Billy Gibson 20. Paul Wotton 14. Max Ehmer 17. Alan O'Brien
21. Gavin Massey 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 11. Anthony Edgar (77 mins for Oli Johnson) 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 9. Steven MacLean (46 mins for Kerrea Gilbert) 18. Kieran Agard (79 mins for Alan O'Brien)

AFC Bournemouth Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Max Ehmer (53 mins, foul)

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Ryan Atkin (London) and Philip Knight (Kent). Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (East Sussex).

Attendance: 3,265 (including 213 Yeovil fans)


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4 October 2011 : Team News For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Two of those changes are enforced, with Ed Upson and Luke Ayling ruled out after reaching five yellow cards. They are replaced by Kerrea Gilbert at right-back, and with Bondz N'Gala coming in as a centre-back. Max Ehmer is expected to shift upwards into midfield.

Elsewhere there are three voluntary changes, with Nathan Jones, Kieran Agard and Steve MacLean dropping to the bench. They are replaced in like-for-like fashion by Curtis Haynes-Brown, Gavin Massey and Oli Johnson.

The underlying formation is expected to remain a 4-4-2 as follows, although could easily turn into a wing-back system if required.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
15. Kerrea Gilbert 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
23. Billy Gibson 20. Paul Wotton 14. Max Ehmer 17. Alan O'Brien
21. Gavin Massey 16. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 11. Anthony Edgar 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Shwan Jalal
19. Stephen Purches 28. Warren Cummings 5. Adam Barrett 40. Stephane Zubar
7. Marc Pugh 4. Shaun Cooper 15. Steven Gregory 11. Jaime Peters
14. Lyle Taylor 33. Steve Fletcher

Substitutes:
23. Darryl Flahavan (GK) 22. Joe Partington 24. Michael Symes 29. Jayden Stockley 36. Josh Carmichael


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4 October 2011 : Wycombe Man Of The Match Result
Midway through the month of September, Yeovil Town took on newly promoted Wycombe Wanderers, in a midweek League One match. The match was sealed by an early Ed Upson goal as Yeovil won by a 1-0 scoreline.

Man of the Match voting saw eleven players feature, in a big spread of voting. At the top of the poll, striker Steve MacLean and centre-back Paul Huntington got a sizable chunk of those votes. Right out there in front though was midfielder Ed Upson, who was a runaway winner - doubtless in part for his long range strike, but also because of his overall impressive form that has carried him for most of this season.

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

1 Ed Upson 362 (29)
2 Paul Huntington 176 (7)
3 Steve MacLean 98 (6)
4 Alan O'Brien 70 (3)
5 Luke Ayling 62 (3)
6 Jed Steer 52 (2)
7 Max Ehmer 36 (1)
7 Nathan Jones 36 (1)
9 Gavin Massey 20 (0)
10 Paul Wotton 18 (0)
11 Kieran Agard 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.73

Performance: 6.81
Entertainment: 6.65

VOTES RECEIVED: 52


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4 October 2011 : The Table Doesn't Lie For Glovers Assistant
Yeovil Town's assistant manager Nathan Jones admits that with around a quarter of the 2011-12 season gone, that his side's current relegation spot in the League One table can't be argued with. The Glovers slipped into the bottom four after Saturday's 1-3 home defeat against Bury - the first time they had occupied such a position since the opening day of the season.

Jones told BBC Somerset that he was bitterly disappointed by the position that the Glovers had found themselves in, but said that there was plenty of room for improvement:

"The league table doesn't lie after 11 games. We had a position where we would have liked to have been. That hasn't materialised. We had a tough month before, in terms of the teams that we played, but of course we've got to improve upon everything that we do - our defending, our attacking and every aspect of our game. We're bitterly disappointed."

Jones cited Bury's equalising goal just before half time as evidence of the sort of areas that his side needed to improve upon, as Sheffield Wednesday's on loan midfielder Giles Coke was able to breeze his way through the Yeovil midfield without a tackle going in:

"Right before half time, (Giles) Coke rode three or four challenges and was able to put the ball into the net. We're not able to do that against sides. We're having to create an absolute chance for someone to put it in the net. We've been proving frail in one area, and then when we are playing well we're not taking chances. At the minute, that's why we're not picking up vital points."

In the second half, the Shakers then took the lead, thanks to a David Amoo header from a corner, as the on loan Liverpool striker rose largely unmarked inside the Yeovil penalty box. Conceding from set pieces has been a concerning feature of the Glovers play in recent weeks, with all three goals in the previous home match against Sheffield Wednesday coming out of opposition training ground moves. Jones agreed that was a problem:

"We've conceded one or two from set plays lately, and that can't creep into our game, because we're very good from set plays. It's disappointing when you concede stuff though, because we've been working on them regularly and we know what they do, and then it's just a free header. That's happened in recent weeks and we've addressed that in training, but there's only so much you can do on a training field."


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3 October 2011 : Barker Felt Shakers Won Second Half Fitness Battle
Shakers boss Richie Barker has said that he received scouting reports in advance of Saturday's match against the Glovers that suggested that his side could out-do Yeovil Town in terms of fitness. The somewhat damning assessment was made after the Lancashire side gained a comfortable 1-3 win over the Glovers.

In getting an equalising goal just before the break, Barker told the Bury Times that he felt his side's own fitness would win over as the game got stretched, suggesting that this was a factor that he was aware of before kick-off:

"I said before the game that I felt we were fitter than them, and Id heard some of their players tire as games go on. So it was important that we were in contention with half an hour to go, and we werent just in contention, we commanded it. The way we passed the ball as well was excellent, and I cant say how pleased I am with the performance and the three points.

"The players were absolutely brilliant and we were only in danger for 15 minutes of the first half when they went ahead against the run of play. I always felt the equaliser would come because we were on top, and to score just before half time was a great time to do it. In the second half we were clearly the better side. They hit the post, but this is a hard place to come and play and we were by far the best team, so Im delighted. To come from a goal down, after the run weve been on in the last month, and go on to win comfortably, I cant speak highly enough of the players."

Whilst factors other than fitness, such as the quality of available substitutes and ongoing tactical battles can affect second half performances, Barker's claims are worthy of scrutiny. Across Yeovil Town's 12 matches so far this season, they have scored scored five goals and conceded five goals during the first 40 minutes of matches this season, suggesting that during the early phases of games they are competing well.

However, when the final five minutes of the first period, and the second period are totted up, the Glovers have scored seven goals and have let in fifteen at the wrong end. A league table based purely upon second half 'results' would put Yeovil Town equal bottom with Oldham Athletic. However, an equivalent first half table would put them in a far more respectable 16th place position. Barker's views may not explain the full picture, but they are certainly not unreasonable.


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3 October 2011 : Ladies Bring Saints to Their Knees With Battling Victory
Laura Bray fired home a first half scorcher as Yeovil Town Ladies moved up to third in the South West Women's Combination League following a hard fought 1-0 victory of Southampton Saints at Raleigh Grove on Sunday. It was often a scrappy affair, and was not the best performance from the Glovers, but they kept their nerve to take the points, and have now moved to within a point of the two teams at the top of the table, and with a game in hand.

"It was not a pretty game," Joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "But it was a well won three points. We had the majority of possession, and we had most of the attacking options. I said to the girls afterwards that we had fourteen corners in the first half alone, and that said that we totally dominated the play in their half. We just now need to finish with more consistency."

In a match played in temperatures nearing 30 Celsius, the game started off fast and furious, with both teams intent on taking the early advantage. However, with the first ten minutes over, the match turned into a more measured affair, with both teams feeling the effects of the heat.

"It was a hot day, but the players knew what to expect temperature wise," fellow manager Sarah Lawler said. "It will always be hard as the heat really takes it out of you, but they should have known to be prepared for that. Some players looked like they had, but I think that others need to continue to work on their fitness for days like this."

Yeovil were the better side throughout the match, and they were soon creating chances, with Jodi Cornwall grabbing the ball on nine minutes to cross in for Laura Bray to go close. A minute later Cornwall weaved her way into the box and turned the last defender before unleashing a good shot that forced Hannah Hallington in the Saints goal into a decent save.

Southampton were still very much in the game, with Crystal Whyte a big influence in midfield, and Jasmine Abbey seeing plenty of the ball in the final third. At times they put Yeovil under pressure, but as hard as they attacked, they continually came up against a brick wall that was the Glovers defence.

"Rach (Edwards) is our stalwart at the back," Williams said. "She keeps the defence together. Her communication is excellent, and her experience counts for everything. She keeps the younger players going. I cannot speak highly enough of her. Jade (Hatton) did well today on the left, as did Manners (Emma Brazell) in the centre and Terri Trowbridge at right back. The defence was tight today, and this was summed up with a clean sheet."

"When I first joined the club Manners played at centre back," Lawler said. "So I knew that she would comfortably slot in there today. She works well with Rach, so it was seamless with her putting in a good performance."

Yeovil could have taken the lead on twelve minutes when Justine Lorton got on the end of a Brazell corner, but Hallington palmed the ball away. The ball came to Bray, who volleyed for goal, but the keeper somehow managed to scoop the ball over the bar. Lorton continued have a big influence on the game, and on 14 minutes she hit the ball inches wide, following a good move involving Bray and Cornwall. On 21 minutes Lorton stuck a great shot from 30-yards, but she was denied brilliantly as Hallington tipped the ball over the bar.

"Justine is and will continue to be a big influence on the team," Lawler said. "She has come in with a lot of experience, and we always felt that she would give a lot more than just her play on the pitch, with her proving vital in the dressing room and on the training pitch. She did really well today, and with a bit more luck could have won us the game."

The Glovers continued to attack, and they got their reward on 44 minutes when Brazell swung in a corner for both Trowbridge and Dana Hinton to have shots on goal, but somehow the Saints managed to keep the ball out, but not the third time, with the in-form Laura Bray pumping the ball into the roof of the net for a deserved half time lead.

"It was a well taken goal," Lawler said. "Laura to keeps getting into the right places, and that is exactly what we want from her. We asked her to play in a wide position today, but also told her to get into areas where she will get opportunities. She keeps coming up trumps for us, but the other forwards, wide players and midfielders need to do the same. We have bags of ability in those areas, and we showed in pre-season that we can score from those areas. It is now time to do that in the league."

The Glovers continued to dominate in the second period, but their play was often sloppy, with them failing to hold enough quality possession. The heat was playing its part, but Yeovil needed to put together some quality moves, and kill the game off with a second goal. Cornwall went close on 48 minutes, and three minutes later Stacey Pearson made a great run into the box, to lay a short pass to Bray who shot inches wide. The Glovers changed things around midway through the half, with the addition of Sarah Adams and Dorna Dennett, but the game continued to be scrappy.

"I felt today that we did not hold enough quality possession throughout the pitch," Williams said. "We said time and time again that we gave the ball away too easily after putting in so much work to win it. We need to make sure that we hold it and distribute well, and not rush the play."

Pearson forced Hallington into another good save with ten minutes to go with a well struck shot from just inside the box, and this heralded a good end to the game for the Glovers, with them piling on the pressure, but despite chances for both Bray and Dennett they had to settle for a single goal victory.

"Today was another three points that keeps us right up there in the league," Williams said. "That is a big positive point, and so is that fact that we are still unbeaten and that we have kept another clean sheet."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Southampton Saints 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Hatton, Edwards (Capt), Hinton (Adams - 58), Wensley, Bray, Cornwall (Dennett - 69), Lorton, Pearson.

[Report by Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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3 October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town JPT Match Preview
Yeovil Town commence their Football League Trophy campaign for the 2011-12 season tomorrow, when they travel down to the Dorset coast where they will take on AFC Bournemouth in a Second Round clash. The Glovers got a bye for the first round in a competition where they have never got beyond this current stage, having gone out in the opening round eight times in the eleven years that they've taken part, and having not won in the competition since September 2007.

The tie is a repeat of the September 2009 clash between the two clubs that saw the Cherries triumph by a 2-1 scoreline, with goals from Brett Pitman and Alan Connell whilst Jonathan Obika provided a late Yeovil consolation on a rather poor night out. Last season's League One match was probably even worse than that - a 2-0 defeat was "rock bottom" according to manager Terry Skiverton. Hopefully given the weekend performance against Bury, his side have got to that point a game early in their 2011-12 season.

In terms of personnel, the Glovers will have to make at least two changes to Saturday's side, with Ed Upson and Luke Ayling suspended for one match. Kerrea Gilbert could be a candidate to fill Ayling's right-back slot, although has not played for several weeks since dislocating his shoulder, whilst there is a bit more of a headache in central midfield, with Flavien Belson and Dominic Blizzard having been on the treatment table lately, leaving few options to cover Upson's position. A diamond midfield is one possibility with Paul Wotton providing the sitting role, freeing up a player such as Anthony Edgar to play a free role. Up front is where there may be voluntary changes, with Skiverton having hinted prior to Saturday's game that he would rotate his strike force across the two matches, meaning that Gavin Massey and Oli Johnson could get the nod for the first starts of their current loans. Long term absentees Gavin Williams (knee), Jonathan Obika (knee) and Andy Williams (ankle) remain out.

If the Glovers have got team selection problems, then the Cherries have possibly got worse problems. Midfielder Shaun MacDonald will not face his former club, having suffered a bad foot injury a few weeks ago, whilst they have a number of other long term injuries, with midfielder Mark Molesley (hamstring), defender Mathieu Baudry (hamstring) and defender Nathan Byrne (ankle) all ruled out. Striker Michael Symes and Joe Partington are back in light training following injuries but are not expected to play in the match. Meanwhile Ryan Doble (knee) and Scott Malone will require late fitness tests to see if they can play any part. On top of that Harry Arter picked up his fifth booking for the Cherries on Saturday, whilst winger Wes Thomas played for Crawley Town in the first round and so is cup-tied.

Tomorrow night's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Dean Court and tickets will be available on the night of the game. The match will be played to a finish with no extra time scheduled. If the scores are level on 90 minutes, then the game will go straight to penalty kicks to decide the tie. If you're going, then the Ciderspace guide is below, whilst for those sat with their feet up at home, you can expect BBC Somerset to be providing coverage on 95.5FM from just after the 7.00p.m. news. We'll also be providing tweets on the game via our Twitter account @ytfcciderspace - follow us for views on the game as it unfolds.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.


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3 October 2011 : Yeovil 0 Swansea 0 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a rare goalless draw as they resumed competitive action on Saturday, having had most of September off following a break in fixtures. The match at Alvington against Swansea City Under-18s saw the Glovers dominate possession in phases, but without managing to get a clear breakthrough.

They went into the match without Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and Adam Cleary, who were both missing through injury. Watched by first team management pairing Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, as well as Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, the Glovers dominated midfield during the first period, but struggled to create chances. Best chance of the half saw Lloyd Matthews fire just wide of the target, whilst at the other end Josh Doyle was snuffing out a great deal of the Swansea attack with a commanding defensive performance. On the occasions when they did break through, Matt Cafer pulled off two excellent saves to deny the Welsh side a first half lead.

The second period opened up with Mitch Brundle having a header saved, but like the first half chances were few and far between for both sides. Trialist Corey King was replaced by Elliot Nelson, prompting a reshuffle as the incoming substitute moved into a right-back position, allowing Taran Singh Jheeta a chance to move up the flank as a winger, whilst Lloyd Matthews headed to the opposite flank. Will Gordon was pushed up front as a striker.

During the closing stages, Andy Venning and George Russell replaced Johnny Kaye and Will Agbo, but still both sides couldn't find the breakthrough goal, resulting in a 0-0 final scoreline, as the Under-18s take a break from Youth Alliance League activity. Next up is five Cup Group matches as the League Cup takes full focus, starting on Wednesday afternoon, when they will make the trip down to Devon to play their opening match against Plymouth Argyle - their second meeting against the Pilgrims this season. Then next weekend, they play host to Torquay United at Alvington, in their second cup group match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Swansea City Under-18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Taran Singh Jheeta, Mitch Brundle, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Aidan Chainey, Will Agbo, Will Gordon, Johnny Kaye, Lloyd Matthews, Corey King.

Substitutes:
Elliot Nelson (for Corey King), Tommy Smith, Andy Venning (for Johnny Kaye), George Russell (for Will Agbo).


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3 October 2011 : Upson And Ayling Bans Confirmed
The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town will have to make do without two first team regulars for their next fixture. Right-back Luke Ayling and central midfielder Ed Upson have both picked up a one match suspension following their fifth yellow cards of the 2011-12 season.

Both are therefore scheduled to be absent for tomorrow night's Football League Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, but should return for Saturday's away match at Colchester United.

Upson and Ayling are the third and fourth Yeovil Town players to pick up bans this season, with Paul Wotton having recently passed the five yellow card mark, whilst Curtis Haynes-Brown has served a one match ban for picking up a red card.

According to the Football League's own statistics, the Glovers currently have the worst disciplinary record in League One, having accumulated 26 yellow cards so far this season. Their nearest challengers are Notts County (24) and Tranmere Rovers (23). They also top the foul count, with 150 fouls across the 11 games played so far - Tranmere also match that total, with Stevenage next on 141 fouls.

At the other end of the scale, League One leaders Charlton Athletic are also one of the cleanest sides in the division, with just nine yellow cards and 98 fouls committed, whilst Hartlepool United have just 10 bookings, with 90 fouls committed. Currently Milton Keynes Dons have the most dismissals, having seen red three times this season, although have just 16 yellow cards and 101 fouls against their name. Basement side Leyton Orient have conceded the most penalties - three so far.


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3 October 2011 : Engineering Works For The Colchester Away Match
Yeovil Town supporters planning to head to Saturday's away match at Colchester United should be aware that there are some Engineering Works on the railways that may cause disruption to your journey to and from the game. The two sets of Engineering Works like between Salisbury and Basingstoke and between London Liverpool Street and Ilford and both will add significant time to your journey.

South West Trains: Between Basingstoke And Salisbury

There are no trains stopping between these two stations - buses replace trains for all intermediate stations. The route from Yeovil Junction up to London Waterloo makes a detour via Southampton Central, where the service will stop. You can still travel direct if you're getting on at Yeovil (or any station up as far as Salisbury) but you'll find the loop adds an extra 30 minutes to your journey time - South West Trains warn of delays of up to 60 minutes in practice for this service.

Note that this set of engineering works is in place for other weekends during October, so may affect Capital Glovers heading to Huish Park for future home games.

National Express East Anglia: Between Liverpool Street and Ilford

The line is out entirely between Maryland and Forest Gate meaning that you can not take a direct service from Liverpool Street. Buses replace trains, but we do not recommend you take this unless you're taking a different route to most Yeovil fans. Instead join the Central Line (probably at Oxford Circus or Bank - note that you can't change on the Northern Line at Tottenham Court Road due to the Crossrail work there) and travel eastbound to Newbury Park. Then take a stopping service to Ingatestone, which takes 35 minutes. From there you should be able to get on a service to Colchester. This detour roughly doubles the final leg of your journey from just under an hour to around 1 hour 50 mins.

Overall Effect:

The overall effect of the two bits of engineering works is that whereas taking the 8:29a.m. service from Yeovil Junction up to Colchester would take you 4 hours 11 minutes on the Friday, getting you to your destination by 12:40p.m. the same journey one day later is timetabled to take 5 hours 17 minutes, getting you in at a slightly less comfortable 1:46p.m. Bearing in mind that Colchester's Community Stadium is a fair trek out of town, and that Engineering Works tend to result in unpredictable timetable variations on top of the above plans, and we'd say that is the latest service you should consider for getting to the ground. Your return journey will again take roughly the same sort of time.


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2 October 2011 : GWSC Travel To Colchester United
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town have a League One match against Colchester United at their Community Stadium. The match against the Essex club takes place on Saturday 8th October 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from from Yeovil Bus Station at 8.00a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.15a.m. Cost of travel will be 23.00 with concessions available at 21.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). You can also contact the GWSC office at Huish Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm on 01935-847879. An answer machine service is also available on this number.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.


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2 October 2011 : Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Second Round match against AFC Bournemouth have been published. The match takes place at the Seward Stadium aka Dean Court on Tuesday 4th October 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Fred Graham (Essex). He's had a few mixed performances, although thankfully the lesser ones are back in the mists of time, and when you've had a referee nine times there's going to be a few occasions where you ended up grumbling about him.

The last three meetings that we've had involving him were fairly anonymous - albeit with two of them being end of season games that didn't mean too much to the Glovers. The most recent was the February 2010 trip to Charlton Athletic - a 2-0 defeat where it was largely poor shooting by the Glovers that cost them. Prior to that was the final match of the 2008-09 season - a home match against Colchester United where Chris Weale didn't have one of his better games, but Mr Graham didn't have too much to do.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Graham will be assisted by Ryan Atkin (London) and Philip Knight (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Harry Lennard (East Sussex).

Link: February 2010 : Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2 October 2011 : Roberts Transfer Listed By Valiants
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has been transfer-listed following a disciplinary issue at his current club Port Vale. The League Two side have formally offered him up to other clubs, despite him being due to return to first team training tomorrow morning, following a 14 day suspension from the club.

The 24 year old was suspended after failing to show at the club on a Sunday, after Micky Adams had called his side in for an additional day's work on the training ground. Having failed to make contact with the club to explain his absence, the player then called in on the Monday indicating that he would not be turning up due to being 'unfit' to train, at which point Vale suspended him, pending an investigation.

With Roberts' 14 day suspension from the club now compete, Adams has told BBC Sport that he finds it unlikely that he will select the former Rotherham United and Crewe Alexandra player for future fixtures:

"No, he's got a lot to do. If somebody treats their profession, his manager, team and supporters with the contempt he did, he's got a lot to do to get back anywhere near the side."

League Two side Burton Albion have agreed a short term deal with former Glovers right-back Kevin Amankwaah. The 29 year old has joined the Brewers as a free agent, having recently left Swindon Town. He has signed a contract that will keep him there until January 2012.

Former Glovers midfielder Ben Smith has joined Conference side Kettering Town on a month's loan, having dropped down the pecking order at Crawley Town since their promotion into the Football League. The 32 year old has played just five times during 2011-12 since the Sussex side's promotion, but has signed for the Poppies on a temporary basis.


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2 October 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth
Tuesday night sees Yeovil Town open up their Football League Trophy campaign, as they make the short trip down to South Dorset to play AFC Bournemouth in a Second Round clash. For those travelling to the match, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover this fixture. The usual diet of directions, parking, pub guides, club information and other such things can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.


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2 October 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bury Game
Following Saturday's 1-3 home defeat against Bury, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game, giving his usual post-match verdict. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bury Game.


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2 October 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Bury Interview
Just before Saturday's home match against Bury kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about his expectations and hopes for the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

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


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1 October 2011 : Skiverton Criticises 'Lethargic' Team's Effort
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that his team's performance had not been up to scratch this afternoon, as they slipped to a 1-3 home defeat against Bury in a League One match at Huish Park today.

Despite taking the lead through Kieran Agard's third goal of the season, goals from Giles Coke, David Amoo and former Glovers loan player Peter Sweeney saw the Shakers deservedly grab the points. Speaking after the game, Skiverton accused his side of lacking commitment and being lethargic:

"I'm very disappointed. When I walked around the ground at the end one of the supporters said 'where was the commitment' and I sympathised with him. We were lethargic, and low in effort. Even when we went a goal up we didn't let the supporters get behind us. Today we seemed to capitulate and that was the worst that we've played in a long time. We concede too many goals. We can talk about missed chances, but again we're going through that little run of conceding goals and I can't allow that to happen. Three goals at home and you're never going to win a game of football like that."

Shakers boss Richie Barker felt that his side had been unlucky to even go a goal down, pointing out that he disagreed with the decision to award the free kick that led to Agard's opener. He had high praise though for the way his side came back into the game to record their first win since August 20th and climb out of the bottom four:

"If we hadn't got one back when we did it would have been difficult but I thought overall we were far and away the best team. We started well but then, in my opinion, the referee made a mistake giving them a free-kick. They put it in the box and we conceded a sloppy goal. To come from a goal down when we have gone through what we have gone through in the past month, I can't speak highly enough of the players."


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1 October 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Bury
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 1-3 home defeat against Bury 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 Bury.

P.S. Yes, we're well aware that this may turn into a 'least worst player' vote, but do your best! Consider which players deserve a small amount of credit out there on the day!


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1 October 2011 : Yeovil 1 Bury 3 : Woeful Glovers Left Shaken By Shakers
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten at Huish Park this afternoon, as their worst performance of the season saw them go down 1-3 against fellow relegation candidates Bury. The Lancashire side dominated the majority of the 90 minutes, despite Kieran Agard's goal giving Yeovil the lead against the run of play. Giles Coke equalised just before half time, and David Amoo and Peter Sweeney's second half goals were little more than the Shakers deserved, as Yeovil slid into the bottom four for the first time this season.

The Glovers went into the game making just one change to last week's line-up that started at Scunthorpe United. Yesterday's birthday boys Anthony Edgar and Billy Gibson swapped around one day after they celebrated turning 21 years old, as Gibson got the late present of his first ever Football League start. Otherwise the side was unchanged with the only other alteration being Oli Johnson coming into the bench, replacing goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart.

In glorious sunshine, Yeovil kicked off, but failed to establish any real momentum, with seemingly everyone on and off the field sunning themselves on the beach, in record October temperatures. Bury looked far more comfortable, passing the ball around well as they switched between a 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formation, largely based around playing Liverpool loanee David Amoo in different slots and targeting him as a playmaker.

Despite that start, the Glovers took the lead against the run of play, as they netted via a set piece. Nathan Jones' ball into the box was flicked on in the box, Ed Upson found his attempt on goal blocked, and Kieran Agard acrobatically hooked the ball home to put Yeovil 1-0 up. Against the run of play, but based on what had happened up at Scunthorpe, it was difficult to argue against.

That goal actually boosted a Yeovil side that had been apparently lacking confidence in their own abilities; the Glovers went on to play their best football of the game, although that would turn out to be a relative thing. Alan O'Brien was causing his usual problems down the flank, and a cross into the box found Kieran Agard stretching to provide a header that he couldn't quite keep down.

There were some warning signs for the Glovers though. A Peter Sweeney corner found Efe Sodje totally unmarked in the box, as the ex-Yeovil Town duo almost set up an equaliser - a double save by Jed Steer saving where his team-mates had failed to provide adequate marking. But two minutes before the break, midfielder Giles Coke powered his way through the centre of Yeovil's midfield for the equalising goal. His run took him past three or four Yeovil defenders and midfielders without a proper tackle coming in, and as he got into the box, he fired home for a deserved equaliser. The Shakers could even have gone in at the break ahead as Coke again put a similar run over the bar.

If the first half had been patchy, the second half got worse. Terry Skiverton tried to patch up the way that his side were being totally overrun in midfield by switching to a 3-5-2, and then modifying it to a 3-4-1-2 as Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey were introduced as second half substitutes just after the hour. But in truth neither substitute showed too many signs of getting themselves into goalscoring positions as the visitors continued to keep control of the game.

Ed Upson went close when he clipped the outside of the post from the edge of the box, but this was a rare opportunity for the Glovers. Ashley Eastham got a free header inside the box for Bury after Ed Upson had been penalised for a free kick that landed the midfielder his fifth booking of the season - Luke Ayling also later got his fifth yellow card meaning that both will sit out Tuesday night's game at Bournemouth if confirmed by the FA.

Bury continued to make the clear-cut chances. David Amoo continued to look classy, as the Liverpool youngster almost emulated Coke's earlier goal with the Glovers centre players clearly not having learned from the first half goal. Then Mike Jones did the same, getting space to shoot on goal with Jed Steer's save superbly tipping the ball around for a corner. However, from that set piece, Yeovil's woeful marking from corners caught them out once again - David Amoo's header was nothing less than Bury deserved. A 2-1 lead for the Shakers - although it was Yeovil who looked the more shaky team out there.

Yeovil's second half collapse was completed with five minutes remaining when Bury caught the Glovers out on the counter-attack, and David Worrall's cross into the box was met by Peter Sweeney, and the former Yeovil loanee netted to put the game out of sight. 85 minutes, 1-3 down, and the home supporters voted with their feet, with hundreds choosing to leave the ground. With only 3,127 spectators at Huish Park - once again Yeovil's lowest ever Football League crowd broken again - it was to leave a very sparsely populated stadium for the closing minutes.

Four minutes of injury time were never going to get Yeovil back into the game in a million years, although their 90 minutes were summed up when Steve MacLean burst through on goal, slipping the ball through to substitute Anthony Edgar, but he blazed over the bar, leaving Yeovil slipping into the relegation zone at the end of the day, and a lot of serious thinking needed both in terms of the quality of play on the field, and the disappearing numbers off the field.

Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bury 3.

SCorers: Kieran Agard (17 mins, 1-0), Giles Coke (43 mins, 1-1), David Amoo (67 mins, 1-2), Peter Sweeney (85 mins, 1-3)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
23. Billy Gibson 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 11. Anthony Edgar (74 mins for Billy Gibson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey (62 mins for Kieran Agard) 16. Oli Johnson (61 mins for Alan O'Brien)

Bury:
30. Trevor Carson
2. Phil Picken 18. Ashley Eastham 16. Efetobore Sodje 3. Joe Skarz
14. Mike Jones 15. Giles Coke 23. Shane Byrne 6. Peter Sweeney
10. Andy Bishop 19. David Amoo

Substitutes:
1. Cameron Belford (GK) 7. David Worrall (74 mins for Mike Jones) 8. Steven Schumacher 21. Andrai Jones 25. Shaun Harrad

Yeovil Bookings: Kieran Agard (foul, 52 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 53 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 80 mins)

Bury Bookings: None.

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Dave Bushell (London). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).

Attendance: 3,127 (including 159 Bury supporters).


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1 October 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has made just one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Bury. For once, the change is unforced, with Billy Gibson getting his first start for the club, displacing Anthony Edgar who drops to the bench.

The only other change on the bench is that Norwich City striker Oli Johnson comes in, as goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart puts 100 percent focus upon his coaching duties.

The Bury line-up includes three former Glovers, with centre-back Efe Sodje, left-winger Peter Sweeney and striker Andy Bishop all starting the match against their old club.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
23. Billy Gibson 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
4. Bondz N'Gala 11. Anthony Edgar 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey 16. Oli Johnson

Bury:
30. Trevor Carson
2. Phil Picken 18. Ashley Eastham 16. Efetobore Sodje 3. Joe Skarz
14. Mike Jones 15. Giles Coke 23. Shane Byrne 6. Peter Sweeney
10. Andy Bishop 19. David Amoo

Substitutes:
1. Cameron Belford (GK) 7. David Worrall 8. Steven Schumacher 21. Andrai Jones 25. Shaun Harrad


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1 October 2011 : Interview With Oli Johnson
On Monday, striker Oli Johnson returned to Yeovil Town for a three month loan deal and his second spell with the Glovers. The Norwich City player spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin upon his arrival, and the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Oli Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Signing A Three Month Loan Deal.


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